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ObserverWINDERMEREYOU YOUR NEIGHBORS. YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD. FREE THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018 WISHES GRANTED Make-A-Wish hosts Wishmakers Ball. 10.REAL BLACK TIE VOLUME 3, NO. 29 PRSRT STD ECRWSS US POSTAGE PAIDWINTER GARDEN, FL PERMIT NO. 81 *****************ECRWSSEDDM****Postal Customer SCHOOLS GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITORA man wanted for killing a woman in her home was shot Friday, April 20, by two Orange County Sheriffs Office deputies.Deputies shoot, kill suspect in Windermere homicide caseDANIELLE HENDRIXBLACK TIE EDITOROn most weekdays you can find Hector Hidalgo wrapped up in conversation with a customer at Vs Barbershop in Lakeside Village. As he talks with his clients, he works meticulously on restoring their shoes to their original shine. Rise & shineA man accused of killing an 82-year-old woman was shot by two Orange County deputies Friday, April 20. GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITOROrange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs, who cannot run for a third term as county mayor, has her sights set on new elected seat rfrntbttrt btf Teresa Jacobs announces candidacy for School BoardThe Orange County mayor announced last week her bid for School Board chair. Courtesy photoINSIDESPECIAL SECTIONLearn the latest home trends in this section.Vs Barbershop shoeshiner Hector Hidalgo has been shining shoes for more than 50 years. SEE MURDER PAGE 4 SEE PAGE 4 PARTY IN THE PARK Bridgewater Bobcats host spring soiree. SEE 7. I think what I value the most about Hector is the authenticity of his love for serving others. What better way to demonstrate that than shining shoes? Lawrence JohnsonSEE JACOBS PAGE 8 Big Wheels, bigger heartsTiny Turtle Swim School took to land for its Big Wheel Grand Prix fundraiser. SEE PAGE 8.Danielle Hendrix


2 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018 321.841.9690Next-Day Appointments Available for New Patients When it comes to your heart, you deserve to be in the very best hands. Orlando Health has an entire institute dedicated to collaborative care to create the best treatment plan for you. When you choose Orlando Health Heart Institute, you choose an experienced team of cardiovascular experts equipped with the latest technology and committed to keeping you healthy. And with Central Florida, you have convenient outpatient services right in your own community. Choose a team dedicated to heart health 269848 Thoughtfully Sourced, Earth Friendly, Tastefully AdventurousWE MOVED! New location inside the Dr P Phillips YMCA!272159 Have breakfast or lunch with us or pickup dinner to go! We can take care of all your catering needs!7000 Dr Phillips Blvd. THURSDAY, APRIL 26ART HISTORY TRENDING 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at the Winter Garden Art Associations SoBo Art Gallery, 127 S. Boyd St., Winter Garden. Pop Culture, Social Media & Instagram is this months discussion in the series of art historical topics through the lens of todays social media and pop culture trends, such as memes. Register at lecture-arthistorytrending. Information at (407) 347-7996. KISS ME KATE AT WINDERMERE HIGH 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, and Friday, April 27; and 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Windermere High School, 5523 Winter Garden-Vineland Road. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $15 for premium seats and can be purchased at, APRIL 27AMERICAN LEGION 98TH ANNIVERSARY DINNER 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 27, at American Legion Post 63, 271 Plant St., Winter Garden. The post was granted a temporary charter dated April 26, 1920, with 15 charter members. Hugh T. Gregory was chosen for the name of the post, in memory of the Winter Garden resident who was killed in World War I. (407) 656-6361. GENTLE YOGA CLASS 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Fridays in the gymnasium at St. Lukes United Methodist Church, 4851 S. ApopkaVineland Road, Orlando. Classes are $2; drop-ins welcome. Gentle yoga is slower-paced, designed for all bodies and suitable for people with medical issues or chronic conditions. Visit sports, email sports@st.lukes. org or call (407) 876-4991, Ext. 290, for details.SATURDAY, APRIL 28CORKS, CALADIUMS & CANVASES 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Nehrling Gardens, 2267 Hempel Ave., Gotha. Stroll historic gardens while sampling wines and foods of the world where the plants and trees originated. View artists at work with original art for purchase and auction. There will be live music, a silent auction and gift shop. Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door and are available at nehrlinggardens. org. (407) 455-9977. DEA NATIONAL DRUG TAKEBACK 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Windermere Police Department, 620 Main St. Plant St. Residents can drop o unwanted or unused prescription drugs so they dont end up in the hands of dealers. (407) 876-3757. FAMILY FUN DAY 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Horizon West Community Church, 6121 Avalon Road, Winter Garden. Enjoy train rides, inatables, face-painting and a variety of games. (407) 877-6237. SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS AT DPHS 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at Dr. Phillips High School, 6500 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando. DPHS Theatre Troupe 4276 is hosting a fun afternoon of Scottish Highlands. The Disney-Pixar lm Brave will be shown at 5 p.m. Admission is free. All proceeds from games, concessions and merchandise will benet the troupes summer trip to Scotland. (407) 355-3200. WORLD TAI CHI AND QIGONG DAY 2 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Join Sifu Al Aki, who teaches Tai Chi in West Orange County. No prior Tai Chi experience needed. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Chairs provided if needed. Ages 13 and older. Reservation required at ocls. info or (407) 835-7323. Register online at or call (407) 835-7323.MONDAY, APRIL 30PARACHUTE PARTY 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 30, at the Southwest Library, 7255 Della Drive, Orlando. Toddlers can enjoy a special parachute playtime with rhymes and songs. Ages 18 months through 3 years. Seating is limited; registration recommended at (407) 8357323.WEDNESDAY, MAY 2BOOK LAUNCH: WINTER GARDEN CHANGE MAKERS 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at Winter Garden City Hall, 300 W. Plant St., Winter Garden. Join the city of Winter Garden and the Winter Garden Heritage Foundation in celebrating visionary leaders who changed the community. The program is presented by Jerry Chicone Jr. (407) 656-3244.SATURDAY, MAY 564TH ANNUAL BAHIA SHRINE CIRCUS 10:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 5, and Sunday, May 6 at Silver Spurs Arena/ Osceola Heritage Park, 1875 Silver Spur Lane, Kissimmee. Enjoy six shows of a traditional American three-ring circus by the Royal Hanneford Circus. Proceeds benet the operations of Bahia Shrine Center in Orlando. Children under 12 attend free with a paying adult. Nonprot charities can request complimentary admission at or by calling (407) 660-8811. YOUR CALENDAR


WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018 3 GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITORJordan Baszner does not consider himself much of a bird enthusiast; he only learned what a purple martin was three years ago. But when the first pair of purple martins showed up at the 22-compartment birdhouse he spent a year planning, he was ecstatic. The birdhouse, which looks almost like a miniature condominium, is located near a retention pond in the Summerport neighborhood right outside the Keenes Crossing Elementary School campus. Baszner, who manages science and environmental education at Disneys Animal Kingdom, is also part of the purple martin conservation project at Disney, which has erected about 20 martin homes throughout its grounds. Using the knowledge he learned at Disney, Baszner set out to obtain approval from his neighborhoods HOA to establish a martin home in his own neighborhood. This particular bird species prefers open areas so that theyre not near trees where hawks and eagles might get them and they can have a 360-degree view around them, Baszner said. So I was looking at this one area in our neighborhood that was near the school and near water and thought, This is a perfect location. So I went ahead and asked our HOA board and the process took about a year, because we also had to get approvals from neighbors, he said. Once we got the OK, I asked some of my Disney friends who work with me on the purple martin project to come help me with the construction. Baszner used tactics he learned from conservation experts at Disney to attract purple martins to newly installed homes. Those included plastic purple martin decoys and a solar-activated speaker that would play recordings of purple martin bird songs at sunrise. I was weirdly giddy and excited when they finally came, Baszner said. Im a typical guy. I mean, Ive never been a bird guy, but to think that after all this work they finally came its like the fruits of our labor. And I was also really excited when we got our first egg. I came home, and I was like, Oh my gosh, we have an egg. We helped create life by putting all the work into this project! Its difficult to accurately discern how many birds have made their nests in the newly installed Summerport purple martin home, but Baszner estimates about 10 to 12 birds now reside in the home. The birds breeding season usually lasts from January to July. Baszner has also used the nests as an educational tool for students at Keenes Crossing, who line up along the schools northern fence line to watch the action for close-up views of the most recent hatchlings in their nests. Now that its up, its been incredibly successful, he said. It took off much faster than I was expecting, and we have way more birds than I was expecting. I didnt think wed even get any birds the first year. Just because you put up one of these things doesnt mean birds are going to come, it may take one to three years. But then the first pair came, and they had babies, and now here we are.For the birdsPURPLE MARTIN FAST FACTS With a length of 7 to 8 inches and a wingspan of up to 15 inches, the purple martin is the largest swallow in North America. Purple martins are known to return to the same nesting site every year. Male purple martins are an iridescent, dark-blue purple with dark brown wings and tail. Female purple martins have a duller color, with variable amounts of gray on the head and chest and a white lower belly. Purple martins eat ying insects and do most of their feeding between 150 to 500 feet high in the air. Purple martins are known to eat beetles, ies, dragonies, damselies, leafhoppers, grasshoppers, crickets, butteries, moths, wasps and bees. The top ight speed of purple martins is greater than 40 mph. Purple martin parents may feed their young up to 60 times per day. Summerport is now home to 12 purple martins, which found shelter in a 22-unit birdhouse near Keenes Crossing Elementary School. ONLINETo keep up with the purple martin project, you can join their Facebook group, A LONGHELD TRADITIONLong ago, purple martins built their nests in hollow trees, but thanks to a practice believed to have begun with Native Americans, the birds now rely on man-made birdhouses for their shelter after migrat ing to North America for their breeding season. Native Americans would hang up empty gourds for the purple martins, and Europeans settlers followed suit. Early settlers valued the birds because they would eat insects that would otherwise infest or harm their crops. The tradition of setting up martin homes has continued since, although on the West coast, purple martins continue to nest in natural cavities, such as woodpecker holes and tree snags. The Summerport purple martin birdhouse is home to 10 to 12 birds.Courtesy photoJordan Baszner has used the new purple martin birdhouse as a teaching tool at Keenes Crossing Elementary. GABBY BAQUERONEWS EDITOROrange County commissioners on Tuesday gave final approval to the Reams Road Roadway Conceptual analysis study. The RCA focused on the segment of the Reams Road corridor from just south of Summerlake Park Boulevard to Taborfield Avenue a distance of 3.1 miles. The study, which began in April 2017 and reached completion earlier this year, involved the collection and analysis of traffic data and evaluation of public feedback received from past community meetings. The project will include a full reconstruction of Reams Road into four lanes, which is currently a two-lane undivided roadway. It will consist of two 11-foot travel lanes in each direction separated by a 19.5-foot raised median, and include a five-foot sidewalk on the south side of the roadway and a 14-foot multi-use trail along the north side. According to the RCA, between 14,100 to 16,800 vehicles travel Reams Road daily. By 2045, that number is estimated to increase between 26,700 and 29,900 vehicles. During community meetings, county officials presented residents with three roadway design options for the widening project: Centered/Hybrid Alignment, North Alignment and South Alignment. The Centered/Hybrid Alignment Alternative Design, which is projected to minimize the impacts to surrounding property owners, was selected as the preferred option to combat Reams Roads ongoing congestion and prepare it for the future transportation needs of the rapidly growing surrounding area. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2021 and is expected to take up to two years. For questions or more information on the project, visit OKs 3-mile stretch of Reams road project PROJECT COST Design: $3.79 million Right-of-way acquisition: $7.18 million Utility relocation: $4.2 million Wetland mitigation: $690,000 Construction: $25.2 million CEI: $3.79 million TOTAL: $44.9 million


4 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018 WINDERMERE OBSERVER The Windermere Observer (USPS 687-120) is published weekly for $40 per year ($50 outside of Orange County) by the Observer Media Group, 720 S. Dillard St., Winter Garden, Florida 34787. Periodical postage paid at Winter Garden, Florida. POSTMASTER send address changes to the Windermere Observer, 720 S. Dillard St., Winter Garden, Florida 34787.OrangeObserver.comObserver Media Group Inc.1970 Main St. Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-3468Editor and CEO / Matt Walsh Vice President / Lisa Walsh Chairman / David BelilesPublishers of the Longboat Observer, East County Observer, Sarasota Observer, Siesta Key Observer, Palm Coast Observer, Plant City Times & Observer, Ormond Beach Observer, West Orange Times & Observer, Windermere Observer, Winter Park/Maitland Observer, Business Observer, Jacksonville Financial News & Daily Record, Jacksonville Realty-Builder Connection, LWR Life, Season Magazine and Baldwin Park Living If we are to build a better world, we must remember that the guiding principle is this a policy of freedom for the individual is the only truly progressive policy. Friedrich Hayek Road to Serfdom, 1944CONTACT USThe Windermere Observer is published once weekly, on Thursdays. It provides subscription home delivery. The Windermere Observer also can be found in commercial locations and at our oce, 720 S. Dillard St., Winter Garden. If you wish to subscribe to, visit our website, OrangeObserver. com, call (407) 656-2121 or visit our oce, 720 S. Dillard St., Winter Garden.TO ADVERTISEFor display or digital advertising, call (407) 656-2121. For Classieds, call (407) 656-2121.SEND US YOUR NEWSLet us know about your events, celebrations and achievements. To contact us, send your information via email to Michael Eng, meng@ / Dawn Willis, Executive Editor / Michael Eng, Design Editor / Jessica Eng, Senior Sports Editor / Steven Ryzewski, News Editor / Gabby Baquero, Community Editor / Amy Quesinberry, Black Tie Editor / Danielle Hendrix, Sta Writer / Eric Gutierrez, Advertising Executives Michelle Gentry, Cyndi Gustafson, Creative Services Tony Trotti, Customer Service Representatives Allison Brunelle, Katie Rehm, krehm@orangeobserver.comObserver Media Group Inc.1970 Main St. Sarasota, FL 34236 941-366-3468Editor and CEO / Matt Walsh Vice President / Lisa Walsh Chairman / David BelilesPublishers of the Longboat Observer, East County Observer, Sarasota Observer, Siesta Key Observer, Palm Coast Observer, Plant City Times & Observer, Ormond Beach Observer, West Orange Times & Observer, Windermere Observer, Winter Park/Maitland Observer, Business Observer, Jacksonville Financial News & Daily Record, Jacksonville Realty-Builder Connection, LWR Life, Season Magazine and Baldwin Park Living 2018 The Observer Media Group Inc. All Rights ReservedDusting, polishing, cleaning, buffing he works through the process, taking his time to connect with the shoes owner all the while.A NATURALHidalgo, an Apopka resident, was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He first picked up shoeshining casually at age 12. It was something he was curious about, having watched other kids set up shoe-shining stops in subway stations, but it wasnt something he began doing professionally until he was 14. He worked as a shoe salesman for Thom McAn in Brooklyn in the 1970s and made his way up to assistant manager. Learning the art of shoe-shining came from watching the shops master shoeshiner. He said he wanted me to be a master shoe-shiner and follow in his steps, Hidalgo said. I saw how he shined and everything, step by step. I was next to him most of the time to start. Then I did a little, step by step, and a couple hours after watching him, he saw what I could do. I learned pretty quick. It was an old-fashioned art with which Hidalgo, now 65, quickly fell in love. He spent the next seven to eight years in Brooklyn selling and shining shoes before moving to Puerto Rico to be closer to his family. While in Puerto Rico he put shoe-shining to the wayside as he focused on his career in sales. He always had a knack for selling shoes and clothes. In the mid-1980s, Hidalgo made the move again, but this time to the Orlando area, where hes been ever since. He dived right back into shining shoes at places such as Fashion Square Mall, the Sheraton Orlando and The Westin Lake Mary. Clients included judges, business professionals and even Orlando Magic staff. He shined shoes in clients homes and in car dealerships, and also trained a few young shoeshiners himself. At the Sheraton I had a nice room they turned into a place to shine shoes, he said. The manager got me a $4,500 chair, a good wooden, old-fashioned two-seater. It was fancy and an old-fashioned shoe-shine stand. It was away from the crowd. People liked it, because they would read the paper and I had the music on and we talked. They liked it a lot and felt like they were at home. I built a customer base there.ONE OF A KINDEventually, he began looking for his next venture and came across the opening at Vs Barbershop. This is the first time hed ever shined shoes in a barbershop. Vs was founded with the idea of capturing that old-school bar bershop experience, said owner Lawrence Johnson. We reserve a special place for shoe-shiners when we can find them. Most Vs shops around the country have a shoe-shiner; some, because of location or the lack of availability, dont. We (Hector and I) were fortunate enough to meet each other. With that, we feel like we have a very special location here in Windermere. As Johnson got to know Hidalgo and learned about his experience and personality, he knew hed found a diamond in the rough. Hidalgo has a wealth of life experience, stories and relationships he has built with the Orlando community over the years, which Johnson believes adds to the sense of nostalgia Vs aims to create. Hector is one of a kind, Johnson said. Youre not going to find many people like him. Hes very caring, he is someone that takes his time to connect with people when they allow it. At the same time, hes very respectful of others. I think what I value the most about Hector is the authenticity of his love for serving others. What better way to demonstrate that than shining shoes? A lot of times, hes doing it complimentary as part of our service, trying to earn that trust and confidence so theyll bring shoes to him on a regular basis and become customers for life, Johnson said. Hidalgos dream is to one day be able to open his own shoeshining parlor an extension of the lifelong passion hes honed and holds so close to his heart. Its a lost art, Hidalgo said. I like to deal with giving people the finishing touch. When they dress up, shoes are very important. When you go to an interview or youre going to work in an office or something, you want to look sharp. They look you over from top to bottom, and it makes a lot of difference when youre dressed and have shiny shoes. Thats the finishing touch of the way youre dressed. When you have a customer that comes into the shop and they see that we have a shoe-shiner their eyes just light up, Johnson said. Its definitely been an amazing experience. SPIFF UP YOUR SHOES7848 Winter Garden Vineland Road, No. 108, Windermere PHONE: (407) 6140330 AVAILABILITY: Hidalgo shines shoes at Vs Barbershop from about noon to 7 p.m. four days a week Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Shoe shining is complimentary with a service, but customers also can drop o their shoes to be shined through Hidalgos own shoe-shining service, Rise to the Shine. Regular dress shoes are shined for $10 per pair, boots for $12 per pair and golf shoes for $15 per pair.The deputy-involved shooting took place at about 8:18 p.m. Friday, April 20, at Lime Court and West South Street in the Parramore neighborhood of Orlando. The male suspect, James Bauday, 48, initially was being sought by the Orlando Police Department in connection with a violent carjacking that occurred at about 9 a.m. Thursday, April 19, near the area of ConroyWindermere and Kirkman roads. According to the Orange County Sheriffs Office, the carjacking investigation was later turned over to OCSO when it was discovered that the carjacking suspect was also a suspect in a Windermere homicide case. The homicide victim, Elfriede Asendorf, 82, was discovered dead from a gunshot wound in her home, located at 2721 Ingeborg Court in Windermere, on Thursday morning. The carjack ing victim from that morning is her daughter. When Sheriffs Office deputies tracked down the suspect and tried to take him into custody, the man was shot and killed. We do believe a dangerous individual is off the streets of Orange County an individual that was wanted on homicide charges from yesterday involving an 82-year-old woman, Mrs. Elfriede Asendorf, from West Orange County in the Windermere area, said OCSO Sheriff Jerry Demings in a press conference held Friday. So it appears that investigation culminated here tonight with the shooting of this subject. Demings added the two deputies involved in Baudays fatal shooting Sgt. Bruce Vail and Cpl. Randolph Hovland gave the suspect specific instructions, which he failed to comply with. Both deputies shot him because they believed he was in possession of a weapon, Demings said. When the felony units approached him, it was believed that he was armed at the time and made some type of furtive movement, and he was shot, Demings said. Were not certain how many rounds were fired tonight, but it appears it was probably less than a half-dozen rounds. The subject was mortally wounded. The deputy-involved shooting is being investigated by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. Vail has been employed by OCSO since March 1994, and Hovland has been employed with OCSO since July 1998. Both deputies have been reassigned to administrative duties pending FDLEs investigation. CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1Murder suspect dies in shootingShoe-shiner preserves lost artCONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 Danielle HendrixReal horse-hair brushes and various-colored polishes are two of the tools Hector Hidalgo uses in the shoe-shining process.When the felony units approached him, it was believed that he was armed at the time and made some type of furtive movement, and he was shot. OCSO Sheri Jerry Demings




6 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018 MV APROGRAMS REGISTER TODAY! 269686 Mothers Day PHOTO CONTESTNow thru May 7Submit a photo of you and your children or you and your mom to the West Orange Times or Windermere Observer Facebook pages. You may also email the photo to or bring your entry to the Observer office at 720 S. Dillard St. The contest ends Monday, May 7th at 5pm. Winners will be announced Thursday, May 10th. 273200 Sponsored in Part by...WIN A GIFT BASKET FOR MOM! AMY QUESINBERRYCOMMUNITY EDITORAt 11 years old, Katelyn Carter has become quite the spokesperson for a disease many people arent comfortable talking about. Diagnosed with Crohns disease in 2016, Katelyn is open with people in hopes of bringing attention to Crohns and ulcerative colitis, collectively known as inflammatory bowel diseases. Its Crohns disease, which is a disease that affects your colon, she said. It gives you stomach pain. It can make you really tired. It can make you spend long periods (of time) on the toilet. I used to finish my homework on it, she said matter-of-factly. She will continue to share her experience with the disease, even after recently being told shes in remission. Katelyn takes several pills daily, and every six weeks, she has to get an infusion of Remicade. The infusion keeps her in remission, said her mother, Michelle Carter. If we stop the medicine, the symptoms come back.THE DIAGNOSISBrian and Michelle Carter, of Windermere, thought their daughter was lactose intoler ant because of constant stomach aches, but they knew they needed to seek professional help when changing her diet didnt relieve the pain. The Lake Whitney Elementary School fifth-grader went through a battery of tests including two colonoscopies to get a diagnosis. The colonoscopy wasnt so bad; it was the prep that was bad, Katelyn said. It was scary, because I didnt really know what to expect. My GI doctor said the procedure is nothing like the prep. I had to have a second one a year later to make sure. If a positive attitude is important for healing, then Katelyn should have no problem. For the MRE (magnetic resonance elastography), they make you lay still for a really long time, she said. The best part is the bed vibrates so it feels like a massage. But you get to watch a movie so youre distracted. I got to watch Finding Nemo. The second time I watched Finding Dory. Getting a diagnosis was impor tant for another reason. They said if we wouldnt have caught it, she would have gotten cancer, Michelle Carter said.WARRIOR IN PURPLEKatelyn has stepped up in her role as advocate, speaking about Crohns disease to the student population on Lake Whitneys morning announcements. She has her entire school involved in showing support. For the last two years, Ive written a letter and talked to my principal, she said. Theres a Crohns and Colitis Week in December, and I asked if we could find a reasonable date in that week where the whole school can wear purple. And everyone wore purple. Last year, I bumped it up and asked everyone to bring a $1 and wear purple. Katelyn has been named the Youth Honored Hero for 2018 and will participate in the April 28 Take Steps Walk, hosted by the Crohns & Colitis Foundation. Her team, Katelyns Warriors, is getting close to its $2,800 goal. The foundation nominated her after meeting her at the 2017 walk and being impressed with her outgoing nature and positive attitude. She had to write an essay, which is printed on fliers being handed out to promote the walk, and she was present at last months walk kickoff at Dave & Busters in Orlando. Katelyn will join the adult heroes onstage during the walk this week ed. Her younger sister, Alexis, is one of Katelyns warriors and will be walking alongside her sister. She is always ready with a hug and a stuffed animal whenever Katelyn isnt feeling well. Katelyn, who will attend Foundation Academy next year as a sixth-grader, wrote in her essay: Now Im in remission, which is amazing, and I feel great! I love to do math, art, music and archery. Now that I have more energy, I also like to do CrossFit. I feel like I wouldnt have gotten this far without my friends and family close by my side, especially my little sister, Alexis, who is always there for me.Student walking for Crohns cure Katelyn Carter, 11, hopes to raise awareness of Crohns disease and ulcerative colitis. She was diagnosed with Crohns in 2016 and is now in remission. CROHNS & COLITIS FOUNDATION TAKE STEPS WALKWHEN: Festival opens at 9:30 a.m., walk begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28 WHERE: Lake Lily Park, 701 Lake Lily Drive, Maitland REGISTRATION: cctakesteps. org/CentralFL2018 DONATIONS: Send check to Crohns & Colitis Foundation, Attn: Katelyns Warriors, P.O. Box 701130, St. Cloud, FL 34770; or go to cctakesteps. org/CentralFL2018 VOLUNTEERS: Teenagers and adults can contact Kim Teter at (813) 693-2546 or QuesinberryKatelyn Carter is the Youth Honored Hero for the Take Steps Walk 2018.


WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018 7 272752 AL Facility #: Pending Senior living worth Independent Living | Assisted Living | Memory Care Windsor at Celebration isNOW OPEN!Rare, spirited and thoroughly modern senior living inspired by genius: Windsor at Celebration is an invitation to live your best life in an idyllic neighborhood. Gorgeous apartments, world-class entertainment, cutting-edge fitness options, and an on-the-go ambiance. This is a whole new kind of magic you can live every day.1370 Celebration Boulevard, Celebration, FL 34747 407-870-1561 | 273340 www.westorangehabitat.org270544 13369 West Colonial Drive( between 9th and Dillard Street, behind Taco Bell in Winter Garden)Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm Saturday, 8 am to 4 pm. Closed SundayBring your IMAGINATION to the ReStore on Saturday, April 28, 10 am to 12 noon for WORKSHOP #1 CREATE A YARD ORNAMENT Materials provided. Space is limited; call 407-905-0406 to RSVP Announcing the Imagination Station A series of workshops showing ways to re-design and re-create everyday items.Check us out on Facebook West Orange Habitat Restore 273105 Bridgewater Middle Schools Party in the Park, which took place on April 14 at Deputy Scott Pine Park, invited local children to learn more about the schools summer sports, clubs and activities. The event also featured kid entrepreneurs, food trucks, music, vendors, games and more. GABBY BAQUERO Hailey Paltjon, Olivia Mico, Gianna Borghesi and Gracie Borghesi showed o their new toy balloons. Maya Nelson, 5, tapped into her creative side with sidewalk chalk art. Ryan Parrulli, Nadya Myers, Natalie Weiss, Michaela Malhiot and Lila Ashton handed out pamphlets advertising the upcoming Bridgewater Middle Summer Band Camp.Bridgewater Middle parties at Pine Park ONLINESee more photos at


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THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018 BLACK TIEORANGEOBSERVER.COM ALSO INSIDE: Make-A-Wish Foundation: Wishmakers Ball. 10. A Gift for Teaching: Back to School Blast. ONLINE. Sip & StrollAs the sun set on Thursday, April 19, a few hundred people descended on the streets of downtown Winter Garden as part of the Garden Choirs semiannual wine walk. Participants received a wine glass and route map upon checkin and could visit various shops along Plant Street for dierent wine samples, food tastings and shopping. The Garden Choir is a nonprot choir for adults who enjoy singing and making music together. The walk serves as one of its most anticipated fundraisers. DANIELLE HENDRIX Some attendees showed up in groups for a fun evening out. Front row, from left: Summer Brown and Katie Marquiss. Back row, from left: Vivi Persaud, Jenny Dwyer, Aleaha Russell, Makenna Shepherd and Cate Fiandra. Renee Watson gave a thumbs-up as she, Linda Smith, left, and Diane King prepared to begin their walk. Liz Janiak, Alyse Fidanza, Ashley Castle and Jenn Helit showed o their wine glasses. Garden Choir members were pleased with the turnout about 425 attendees. Nisha Crosby, Sharon Ramkarran and Devi Mahavir clinked wine glasses to commence their evening out. ONLINESee more photos at


10 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018 270532 267886 Saturday, May 5, 2018 5:00pm-10:00pm $100 per person in advance $150 per person day of event144th Kentucky Derby! To Purchase Tickets Visit Or email: Make-A-Wish of Central and Northern Florida put on another extravagant event with its Wishmakers Ball Saturday, April 21, at the Waldorf Astoria Orlando. The chapter, which covers 54 counties in Florida, raised more than $1 million to grant wishes to children suering from life-threatening conditions. After bidding on more than 200 items in the silent auction, guests sat down for a three-course meal and presentations from families who were helped by the foundation. HARRY SAYERMake-A-Wish Central and Northern Floridas Wishmakers Ball REAL BLACK TIE John Mina, K.C. Cali and Bob Szafranski were happy to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Avery Donaudy, Danielle Murphy and Lisa Hurst Tommy Kendrick, David Abraham, Tom Mahan, Bridgette Lurz and Scott Lowe had a blast at the event. Above: Maria Elena Perez, Cathy Bette and Jamie Hedger looked great. Left: Jeannie Moorjani, Jennifer Socarras and Nicole Okaty dressed elegantly for the nights ball. Jeremy Humphries and Steve McClurg were a dapper duo.


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12 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018 270617 1801 E. Colonial Dr., Suite 112 273063Educator Level: Bond Foundation Horticulturist Level: West Orange Times & Observer Environmentalist Level: West Orange Health Care District Fishback Dominick Harbinger Capital Advisors Orlando Health Health Central Hospital Holston Properties & DevelopmentSPONSORED BY 256497with single coupon from 7:00pm 12:00am Expires 4/30/18 One Free Glass of Wine MARY J. SWITZER JUNE 2, 1928 TO APRIL 2, 2018Mary Switzer was a wonderful mother and grandmother. She was devoted to her husband of 50 years, Harold E. Switzer. He preceded her in death in 2000 and welcomed her to heaven this week. Mary was born June 2, 1928, in Saugus, Massachusetts. Her father, Robert F. Gulledge, worked at Esso, and her mother, Irene, was a housewife. After moving away from home, she worked for U.S. Navy Department in down town Washington, D.C., and at the annex in Arlington, Virginia. She was a receptionist and secretary while working for the Navy. She lived in Arlington Farms, which is now part of the Arlington Cemetery, where 10 dormitories were built to house women who were recruited by the U.S. Civil Service Commission to work government jobs in and around D.C. During her time in D.C. area, Mary also worked in the Mary land and Virginia school systems. Later, she was a Senior Personnel Administrator for Computer Science Corporation in Arlington. After she married in 1950, she had three children, Wayne (Janet), Pam and Marie Brodmerkel (Tom). Transfers with the U.S. Navy moved the family to Patuxent River, Maryland, Quonset Point, Rhode Island, Hawaii, San Diego, California, and Washington, D.C. Her husband Harold retired after 20 years in the service and went to work for the U.S. State Department as a Foreign Service Officer. She leaves behind a wonderful legacy of four grandchildren: Steven Switzer (Kerrie), Kevin Switzer (Heather), Amanda Brodmerkel (Eric) and Jason Brodmerkel (Kyra). She loved them all and was delighted when the family increased to include six great-grandchildren: Claire, Lydia and Owen Switzer, Ava and Sadie Switzer and Gunnar Wertz. We, her children, feel incredibly blessed to have had such a kind, gentle soul to give us guidance and love. Lay down your burdens and rest in peace, Mom. Have fun in heaven with Dad. Memorial services were held Friday, April 6, at Baywoods in Annapolis, Maryland. A private graveside service was held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, April 7, at Woodlawn Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Gotha. WEST ORANGE OBITUARIESJEFFERY RICHARD CRESON DIED MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018.Jeffery Richard Creson, 60, of Montverde, Florida, passed away Monday, April 16, 2018. He was born Aug. 17, 1957, in Orlando, Florida. The Creson family founded Auto Electric Co. on Plant Street, Winter Garden, Florida, in 1947. Jeff took over as sole proprietor in 1990. He was a devoted son, husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was an Eagle Scout, avid fisherman, scuba diver and lover of the outdoors. Mr. Creson is preceded in death by his father, Richard John Creson. He is survived by his loving wife, Linda May Fortmueller Creson; mother, Ethel Mae (Willard Bill) Parker Creson Taylor; children, Jennifer (Robert) Lin Creson Riffle and Zachary (Carissa) Richard Creson; and grandchildren, Bayleigh May Riffle and Gracey Lin Riffle. Jeff will be deeply missed by his friends, family and all who knew him. A celebration of life will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12, 2018, at First Baptist Church of Montverde, 17409 Eighth St., Montverde, Florida 34756. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Alzheimers & Dementia Resource Center, 1506 Lake Highland Drive, Orlando, FL 32803.


WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018 13 HELEN DEE ROBERTS DIED FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018.Feb. 1, 1932 to April 13, 2018. Helen Dee Roberts, 86, was called to her eternal home by our heavenly Father on Friday, April 13, 2018, where she will join and be joined by family and friends. Born in Winter Garden, Florida, on Feb. 1, 1932, she was the loving wife of the late Clarence Curtis Roberts Sr. for 56 years. Helen quickly became a friend to everyone that she met while devoting herself to raising her three children and participating in their interests. Having graduated from Lakeview High School and living most of her life in the cities of Ocoee and Winter Garden, Helen was a loyal community member supporting schools, businesses and local endeavors. Helen was active in her church and was a true disciple of Jesus Christ. Helen loved a good gab session and could tell a story with the best of them. She became an active member of Eastern Star and volunteered frequently to help those in need. Helen and Curtis Sr. spent their later years in Lakeland and continued the volunteer activities. She worked as a bookkeeper in accounting and was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, aunt and grandmother. She was preceded in death by her son, Clarence Curtis Roberts Jr. Helen is survived by her children, Brenda D. (Robert) Titus, from Lakeland, and Phillip E. Roberts, from Gainesville; sister, Betty (Merle) Corbett, from Winter Garden, Florida; granddaughter, Kali (Matt) Morgan, from Roswell, Georgia; niece, Leslie (Dan) Fuqua; and great-nephew, Jared Fuqua, from Panama City, Florida. Lanier Funeral Home in Lakeland handled the arrangements. Helen was laid to rest next to her beloved husband. In lieu of flowers prayerfully consider a donation to the following charities in Helens memory: VISTE in Lakeland, Florida,; or Lighthouse for the Blind in Winter Haven, Florida. 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For more information and a complete list of prices, please visit our website: www.cremationchoicesfl.comCremation Choices offers an affordable alternative to expensive funeral homes and cremation services in the Central Florida area. 270743 www.winteroakfuneralhome.com1132 E. Plant Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787 LIC #F080822 We have the largest chapel in West Orange County. Owned and operated by the Romano family. Thats My WishDirect Cremation for:$795.00 Call for details407-614-8350 Home of the areas rst certied therapy dog. Feel free to stop in and say hello to Charley Girl! 270519 FRANK LEE WELLS DIED MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2018.Frank Lee Wells, 71, of Bushnell, Florida, passed away Monday, April 16, 2018, at home, surrounded by his loving family.Frank was born June 1, 1946, in Savannah, Georgia. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Bushnell and was a retired missionary who served in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He is survived by his wife, Judy Black Wells, of Bushnell, Florida; son, Tony Wells (Kim) of Eustis, Florida; daughter, Belinda Wells of Ocoee, Florida; grandchildren, Brenden, Bryson, Kemper and Parker; and sister, Tracy Mosqueda (Mike) of Deltona, Florida. A service was held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 21, 2018, (with visitation from 10 to 11 a.m. prior to service) at First Baptist Church, Bushnell, Florida, with Pastor Doug Watkins officiating. Interment will follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Bushnell, Florida. Online condolences may be left atpurcellfuneralhome. com.Arrangements entrusted to Purcell Funeral Home, Bushnell, Florida. TERESA PAULINE HAMEL DIED FRIDAY, APRIL 13, 2018.Teresa Pauline Hamel, 63, passed away Friday, April 13, 2018, at her home in Winter Garden, Florida. She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca, 37; her grandsons, Hunter, Mason and Ian; and her son, Robert, 36. She was a beloved Mother, Mem, sister, aunt and friend. She will be deeply missed by many. Her memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 28, 2018, at Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, located at 428 E. Plant St., Winter Garden, FL 34787. A Celebration of Life will be held afterward from 1 to 4 p.m. at Hyde Park Clubhouse at 14287 W. Colonial Drive, Winter Garden, FL 34787. Arrangements entrusted to Baldwin Fairchild Funeral Home, Winter Garden,


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SPORTSAPRIL 26, 2018 Windermere Elementarys Tyler Arafet recently was chosen for the USSSA All American 10U Atlantic region team. Page 16.1 Olympias Jeslyn Whitehead had an impressive night on Friday in a 10-0 win over Ocoee. As a dual threat, Whitehead pitched a complete game as he shut out the Knights and picked up ve strikeouts. Oensively, Whitehead went 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI.2 The Dr. Phillips softball team kept trucking along in a 16-0 rout of Haines City Friday, April 20. The Panthers Megan Rush had an outstanding oensive per formance, going 3-for-4 and accounting for 4 RBI. Pitcher Raychel Trocki helped hold the Hornets scoreless, as she went ve scoreless innings with 10 strikeouts. Trocki also added a run.3 Both Olympias boys and girls tennis teams picked up District 3 titles this past week. For the boys, Juan Bianchi, Alexey Timokhine, Ricardo LaVieri and Kapindra Singh picked up wins in singles play, while Bianchi/Timokhine picked up a win in doubles. For the girls, Annalise Vetter notched a win in singles, while Vetter/Julianna Ciccantelli took home a win in doubles play.4 The Dr. Phillips girls lacrosse team had a big night Friday, April 20, as the Panthers (15-4) upset the defending state champion Bishop Moore Hornets (17-2) to take home the District 12 title in a close 11-10 win. The Panthers look to keep their winning ways going as they take on Viera in regional quarternal play Thursday, April 26.5 Windermeres Grant Greca went 1-for-3 as he smashed a huge grand slam that helped catapult the Wolverines to a 9-5 win over Olympia. Greca nished the night with ve RBI, while teammate Carson Crossley picked up the save. HIGH5 DANIELLE HENDRIXBLACK TIE EDITORDo you have what it takes to be a Wolverine? Thats the question the organizers of Horizon West Youth Sports & Cheer have for potential youth athletes as they continue to recruit and grow the brand-new sports league.HORIZON WEST WOLVERINESHWYSC is the brainchild of local parents, including league president and Horizon West resident Dale Wood, who wanted a youthsports organization close to home for their children. Wood has coached Upward Sports at First Baptist Church Windermere for about five years, and he and other parents had children who played previously in other local youth leagues. However, they realized they didnt have a league that would help feed the Horizon West-area schools. We sat down and said, Hey, we need to start a league, Wood Start em youngSTEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORThe newly opened Barre Strong sits just two doors down from Fusion X-cel Performance, an MMA, boxing and fitness center. The proximity of the two may seem like a coincidence the disciplines are an odd couple of sorts but they are not neighbors by accident. Winter Garden resident Elizabeth Bowersox, the owner of Barre Strong, said she was encouraged and inspired by Julien Williams, one of the owners of Fusion, to give the West Oaks Mall consideration when she began to explore possibly opening her own studio. Bowersox had been training with Williams as a New barre studio, MMA center create complementary comboBarre Strong celebrated its grand opening April 21. It is two doors down from Fusion X-cel Performance an MMA, boxing and tness center. Steven RyzewskiEdwin Carmichael, left, and Julien Williams of Fusion X-cel Performance are happy to welcome Elizabeth Bowersox and her new Barre Strong studio as their new neighbors in the West Oaks Mall. SEE PERFECT PAGE 16 Although the youth-sports league Horizon West Youth Sports & Cheer is in its inaugural spring season, much like the area it serves, its growing and fast.Three-year-old Gracelynn Wood, daughter of HWYSC president Dale Wood, has been dubbed the cheer teams mascot.Courtesy photosThe Horizon West Youth Sports & Cheer organization is run entirely by volunteer parents and coaches. SEE WOLVERINES PAGE 16


16 WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018 State Farm, Bloomington, IL Family. Friends. Community. Were all in this together.1211007Shannon Till, Agent Fowlers Grove 3279 Daniels Rd Winter Garden, FL 34787 Toll Free: 855-742-1591 State Farm has a long tradition of being there. Thats one reason why Im proud to support West Orange county.. Get to a better State. State Farm, Bloomington, IL Family. Friends. Community. Were all in this together. 1211007Shannon Till, Agent Fowlers Grove 3279 Daniels Rd Winter Garden, FL 34787 Toll Free: 855-742-1591 State Farm has a long tradition of being there. Thats one reason why Im proud to support West Orange county.. Get to a better State. State Farm, Bloomington, IL Family. Friends. Community.Were all in this together. 1211007 Shannon Till, Agent Fowlers Grove 3279 Daniels Rd Winter Garden, FL 34787 Toll Free: 855-742-1591 www.shannontill.comState Farm has a long tradition of being there. Thats one reason why Im proud to support West Orange county.. Get to a better State. Shannon Till, AgentFowler Groves 3279 Daniels Road Winter Garden, FL 34787 Toll Free: 855-742-1591 Hablamos EspaolAthlete of the Week Sponsored by...270599 What do you think of being chosen for the Atlantic region team? I feel excited. I feel like I had a good tryout. Im excited to meet new people and to also play against the best of the best competition. What do you like most about playing baseball? I like playing with my friends, and I like the challenge. I do like the competition, too. What do you think is your biggest strength? Its between hitting and pitching. Whats your goal with baseball right now? Right now, its to make it to University of Florida. Whats your favorite baseball team? The Yankees are my favorite team, because they win a lot, and I just noticed that every single person who goes to the Yankees is a good player. Who is your favorite player? Giancarlo Stanton. He hits a lot of home runs. What do you put on your sub sandwich? Ham, mayonnaise and cheese. If you could have one superpower, what would it be? Super speed! If you could travel anywhere, where would you? I would go to New York, because its where the Yankees games are. If you could play at any ballpark where would it be? Yankee Stadium. Whats the best piece of baseball advice youve ever gotten? Swing for right-center, because it gives me more power. Cats or dogs? I like dogs because theyre playful. Cats just sit there and meow. Whats your favorite subject in school? Its between math and social studies. I just like studying about history and math comes easy. TIM FREED SPORTS SPOTLIGHTWindermere Elementary School fourth-grader Tyler Arafet has been killing it on the baseball diamond. He recently was chosen for the USSSA All American 10U Atlantic region team. That team includes players form Florida, Georgia and South Carolina and will be playing Aug. 4 to 11 in Viera. Tyler currently plays baseball for Chandler 10U and leads his team in RBIs, home runs and doubles. Tyler has hit three home runs so far this season through ve tournaments, but his most impressive stat comes from his pitching 39 batters struck out through 19 innings, including his rst no-hitter. SPONSORED BY SHANNON TILLSTATE FARM IN FOWLER GROVESTyler Arafet THE BASICSAGE: 10 POSITION: Third base, pitcher HITS LEFT OR RIGHT: Right HEIGHT: 5foot complement to her own work as a barre instructor, and the two began to share a vision of helping to revitalize the West Oaks Mall and to share the complementary qualities of the two seemingly unrelated disciplines that are now neighbors. I knew this mall when it was the place to be I really saw (opening Barre Strong) as this awesome opportunity to be a part of the solution of saving these malls, Bowersox said. Its the perfect marriage of really feeling like a woman (doing barre) and then coming over to Fusion and kicking some butt it really does make you feel so powerful. Barre Strong celebrated its grand opening April 21, and the ownership team of Fusion X-cel is excited to have it just two doors down. I just feel like any business here in the West Oaks Mall is going to be good business, Williams said. What (Barre Strong) does supplements what we do at Fusion X-cel. (Bowersox) bringing her type of clientele that she has will help revitalize this mall.SETTING THE BARREBarre has played a big role in Bowersoxs life the last few years, with the opening of her studio representing only the latest progression. As a former competitive and collegiate cheerleader, as well as a dancer, Bowersox began to seek a fitness alternative two years ago that would help her rehab her knees and feet in a lowimpact setting. A ballet-inspired form of fitness that incorporates elements of pilates and yoga, barre seemed to be the perfect fit. It wasnt long after Bowersox found a studio in the Windermere area that she became hooked. It rehabbed my body so quickly I just kind of became obsessed, Bowersox said. Everyone belongs in barre because its so adaptable.RECIPROCITYThe details are still being fleshed out, but Bowersox said she has spoken with Williams and his partner, Fusion fitness coach Edwin Carmichael, about exploring incentive structures such as reciprocal memberships or attractive drop-in rates to encourage her mostly female clientele to give Fusion a shot as a complementary fitness discipline. I think the benefit they get to doing boxing is just building on that empowerment, Bow ersox said. Its why I think its such a good marriage. Bowersox also wouldnt mind getting a few of the clients at Fusion some worldclass fighters to drop in for a class or two at her studio, and Carmichael believes the benefits can be reciprocal. Doing both will help the clients, Carmichael said. We can teach them the force of their flexibility. Barre is more flexibility and were more pow er and speed. If our clients come over (to Barre Strong), they can gain the flexibilityside of fitness. Its a win-win situation for everybody. said. Then we said, Lets (be the) Horizon West Wolver ines, because thats where we all live. We started in November, and now we have a league running. Its been a lot of work, but we have things happening. With coaches and everything we have 15 to 17 people work ing four days a week making things happen. Everybodys a volunteer; its a nonprofit. We all just work for the kids. The organization borrows its mascot from Windermere High and aims to help train its youth athletes in the ways of sportsmanship, attitude, teamwork, academic excellence and integrity. After all, many of these kids will one day become Windermere Wolverines themselves. Most of the volunteers and coaches have children involved in some way, Wood said. HWYSC currently offers flag football and cheerleading but looks to expand its athletic offerings as it grows. Practices for tackle football should begin in July, he said. Were trying to get these (sports) running right first, but were definitely looking into doing other sports for the area, he said. We start our practices in July for tackle football and mini camps and things like that, and the season will start around the first of August. Were working on putting a schedule together for that to schedule things out with the school and the use of the stadium. Right now, the league, which belongs to the Mid Florida Football and Cheerleading Conference, holds its practices at the field at Lifebridge Church. However, it will head to the Windermere High football practice field Saturday, April 28, for a game. Wood hopes to be able to use the stadium this fall for more games.FOR THE KIDSBridgewater Middle seventhgrader Dalton Walker plays as the quarterback for the senior age divisions flag football team and has been taking in every moment of being part of a startup league. Its fun; I dont mind having the pressure all on me, he said. I wanted to play this year, because Im very competitive and have a lot for friends on the team. Hes excited about the games coming up, his mother, Rhonda Walker, said. When he played flag before, he liked playing that because a lot of people got to be involved in the game and it wasnt just the select three people (or something). Its more of a team event. Its not as intense in the spring. I think hes just excited about playing with his friends and getting out and getting exercise. And with a new youth sports league in a fast-growing area, the word already is spreading. At this point, Wood said, he had imagined the organization might have 40 athletes. Thus far HWYSC has about 80 ranging from 4 to 14 years old registered, with about 30 of them in cheerleading and 50 in flag football. Hes still receiving calls daily from parents interested in getting their children involved. Organizers are still recruiting more players and coaches. Additionally, Wood hopes to be able to partner with more cor porate sponsors in supporting HWSYC. Ive been coaching for a while, and the best thing is watching the kids enjoy being together, Wood said. Were giving them a good atmosphere and the ability to succeed, but the camaraderie with the kids is what has helped us get so big so fast. The kids are all friends, and thats been the blessing with everything. Theyre in school all day, and then they get to come out and play and have fun on the field together. Perfect partners HORIZON WEST WOLVERINESFor more information on the Horizon West Youth Sports & Cheer league, visit The league also is looking to recruit more youth athletes, coaches and corporate sponsors. If you live in the Horizon West area and have a child between the ages of 4 and 14 who would like to get involved in ag football or cheerleading this spring, contact the league through its website or on Facebook at hwwolverines1. WolverinesCONTINUED FROM PAGE 15 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 15


WINDERMERE OBSERVER | THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2018 17 273136 Eat, Play & Stay Healthy West Orange! ADVERTISE OR SUBSCRIBE TODAY! Call 407-656-2121 or Visit STEVEN RYZEWSKISENIOR SPORTS EDITORAbout a month ago, the Florida High School Athletic Association sent a media release containing an op-ed piece titled, The Truth about Sports Scholarships. Authored by Bob Gardner, executive director of the National Federation of State High School Associations, and George Tomyn, executive director of the FHSAA, the piece has appeared in publications around the state and beyond. It is a rebuke of sorts of the treatment by some parents of the college scholarship for their son or daughter as a holy grail, and it highlights what the authors perceive as some of the benefits of high-school sports over club and travel sports. It is also a rebuke of specializing in and playing one sport year-round an increasingly popular trend that student-athletes continue to gravitate toward at younger ages. Some of the information cited is illuminating. Studies suggest that fewer than 2% of all high-school athletes (one in 54) will play Division I athletics; many Division I athletic scholarships do not cover as much of the costs of attendance as is popularly believed; and finally, even when an athlete beats the odds and achieves a Division I scholarship, its payout may not come close to the amount of money spent on years of travel sports and showcases. Personally, while Im obviously a big fan of highschool sports, Im also not a big detractor of club sports. I get it this is how recruiting has evolved, and in a lot of ways, it makes sense. It is much easier for a college basketball coach to attend an AAU showcase with hundreds of teams and thousands of players in one place on a Saturday during the offseason than to try to squeeze in highschool games on weeknights. I also understand how a junior or senior two-sport athlete may want to focus in on one of those sports for his or her final year or two of high school. The truth, though, is when you talk to as many young athletes as I have interviewed over the years, you meet kids who are burned out, in the process of becoming burned out or have at age 15, for instance already burned out on one sport and moved on to another. Something you wont read about as often is that even athletes who make it to college often burn out there and return home or transfer after a few semesters. College sports can be pretty great, but they also can be pretty cut-throat, especially at high-profile programs where the livelihood of coaches depends on wins and losses. Then again, Id be remiss if I didnt note some teens love the grind and thrive on the structure a scholarship pursuit lends to their adolescence. Absent of a scathing hot take on the matter or a onesize-fits-all solution, I do know experience and years of observation have taught me that more athletes and their parents might benefit from taking things in stride and enjoying the ride. High-school sports are a really cool thing. They are fun, and they are rooted in community. Its something Im reminded of when I see someone such as Dr. Phillips senior Daniel Love a basketball star who will play collegiately at Mercer playing for the Panthers boys volleyball team this spring. After all, why not make a few more memories in your final days as high-school senior? I admire the hard work and dedication of our studentathletes here in West and Southwest Orange and enjoy reporting on them when they earn scholarship offers and ink an NLI. Its an incredible thing, and we know from reader response that the community takes pride in these achievements. But consider this a friendly reminder to stop and smell the roses a bit and enjoy the ride. Whether it ends with an athletic scholarship or not, a high-school sports career is a pretty wonderful time.FHSAA-sponsored op-ed a reminder to take scholarship pursuit in stride SIDELINE SCENE ADVANCED CAMP FOR AGES 14+ June 14-16th 9am-2pm $200 BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE CAMP FOR AGES 10+ June 25-28th 5-8pm $125 Foundation Academy Gym15304 Tilden Rd, Winter GardenRegister at 270751


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