The Laker

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The Laker
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Laker (Land O'Lakes, Fla.)
Diane Kortus ( publisher )
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Land O'Lakes, FL
Community News Publications, Inc.
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Began in 1982.
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Janet Gillis, publisher.
General Note:
"It's not Wednesday til you read The Laker."

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University of Florida
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GRAD AD Join us as we celebrate the 2017 Graduating Seniors Congratulate the communitys children on their accomplishment with an ad in TheLaker/LutzNews. ATTENTIONbusiness owners... show your community support with a LAKERLUTZNEWS.COMThe LAKER LAND O’ LAKES EDITION The LAKERFreeMAY 10, 2017 B INSIDE, PAGE 1B By B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.comA group of secondthrough eighthgraders at Lutz Learning Center have been rehearsing their lines, and now they’re ready to present Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing.” The school, located at 621 Sunset Lane, will be presenting a free community performance of the play at Nye Park, 630 Sunset Lane in Lutz, on May 11 at 1 p.m. Those attending the event should bring blankets or chairs to sit on, and they should get ready to see a bunch of young actors who are eager to put on a show, said Stephanie Rodriguez, director of staff at the school. The play is an outgrowth a Shakespeare study the children have been involved in at the school. “We kind of pride ourselves in making sure that kids are challenged and that they have a well-rounded education,” Rodriguez said, which includes not only mathematics By B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.comThe Pasco County Commission has set into motion the process for boosting school impact fees, which are charged against new residential construction to help pay for new schools. Commissioners directed county staff to set up a hearing before the Development Review Committee and to establish two public hearing dates on a proposal to boost school impact fees. In pushing the issue forward, commissioners rejected a recommendation by the School Infrastructure Funding Committee, which they had appointed to study funding needs and potential revenue sources for school construction. That committee recommended the County Commission adopt the full impact fee recommended by a school district consultant, provided the Pasco County School Board votes to put at least a quarter-cent sales tax on the 2018 ballot, so voters can decide the issue. County commissioners didn’t like that idea. “I’m not very keen on the recommendation for this board to attempt to almost hijack the process, or tie the school board’sHearings authorized for impact fee hikeSee HIKE, page11A COURTESY OF LUTZ LEARNING CENTERThese are the students taking part in Lutz Learning Centers production of Much Ado About Nothing, back row, from left: Carte r Smith, Devyn Asencio, Emberly Wilson, Aiva Sohl, Anola Sohl, Ryan Brochu, Campbell McElaney; middle row, from left: Kendal Whillock, S asanka Senthil, Caleb Wong, Evan Meredith, Gavin Quijano, and Jaden Askew; front row, from left: Levi Quijano, Lucia Pinera, Damien Ne gre, Elysia Wootten and Jackson Brewer.By Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.comThe Commission on the Status of Women met recently to elect officers and begin exploring issues that they want to pursue in coming months. Pasco County commissioners established the 15-member commission in September 2016 as an advisory board. The commission will make periodic reports and recommendations on matters that promote women’s issues. Amanda Colon, president of the Women Lawyers of Pasco Inc., will serve as chairwoman; Krista Covey, SMARTstart Business Incubator director with the Pasco Economic Development Council, as vice chairwoman; and Kelly Mothershead, communications assistant at Pepin Academies in Pasco, as secretary. Meetings are open to the public. The next meeting will be June 5 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., at the county’s Utilities Administration Office, at 19420 Central Blvd., off U.S. 41, in Land O’ Lakes. “The more public support we have in the community, the more it’s going to help us,” said Colon. Commission members opted to focus on three umbrella issues of health and safety; education; and, economic prosperity and promotion. Among health and safety topics are domestic and sexual violence, mental health, women’s health, veteran’s services, and the epidemic of drugs, pills and alcohol. 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Final figures on revenues and expenses are evolving. The Pasco County Property Appraiser’s office is scheduled to provide tax valuation data in June. Commissioners are set to review the budget in July and to have two public hearings before final approval. The fiscal year begins Oct. 1. At the workshop, county projections pegged property tax revenues according to three scenarios – a 4 percent increase, a 7 percent increase and a 9 percent increase. Even with the rosiest of scenarios, the county’s property tax revenues for 2018 will be less than where the county was 10 years ago, said Bob Goehrig, the county’s budget director. The county also will be facing the potential loss in 2019 of as much as $13 million in property tax revenues. Voters will decide in a 2018 referendum whether to increase the current $50,000 standard homestead exemption to $75,000.COURTESY AMANDA COLONMembers of the Commission on the Status of Women elected their officers at a recent meeting. Amanda Colon, president of the Women Lawyers of Pasco Inc., left, is chairwoman; Krista Covey, SMARTstart Business Incubator director with the Pasco Economic Development Council, is vice chairwoman; and, Kelly Mothershead, communications assistant at Pepin Academies in Pasco, is secretary.See BUDGET, page11A See OFFICERS, page11A Jack Mariano Putting on a show that’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’


lose. Just the experience just going to Worlds is a huge deal, said team member Rowan Heyman. Team member Isabell Barrios said shes glad she decided to get involved in Odyssey of the Mind and thinks others should check it out. Life is just trying new things. It can lead you to what youd like to do in the future. Three of the team members, who are fifth-graders, will be missing their graduation ceremony, in order to compete at Worlds. They think its a trade-off worth making. Besides getting to travel out-of-state, theyll be meeting kids from all over the word, testing their skills in a big arena and getting a chance to trade pins, they said. Justin Acosta said Odyssey offers lasting value. While youre doing it, youre getting experience towards life, problems you need to solve every day, he said. They know that the competition will be challenging, but theyre looking forward to it. I think its really exciting, especially for me, because Ive never been out of the state before, said Sam Cappelluti, 10. Its really exciting to go to a different place with all of your friends. The fourthand fifthgraders already have demonstrated that theyre contenders. They won first place at the Gulf Coast Regional competition, and wowed the judges so much that they won the Ranatra Fusca Award for their exceptional creativity. They also won first place at the state tournament at the University of Central Florida on April 8. Odyssey of the Mind is a competition that encourages students to use creative approaches to solving problems. The program emphasizes the importance of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. In Odyssey of the Mind, teams come up with their own ideas, engineer technical features, make costumes and props, and present their interpretation of the answer to a highly complex problem. More than 825 teams from around the world are expected to compete in the 38th Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. The teams represent nearly every state in the United States and approximately 20 other countries. It takes a lot of work, said 10-year-old Mina Melaika. The team meets every day, adding small details and re-reading the problem to be sure that were getting everything right, the fourth-grader said. Ten-year-old Jason Sherman is excited about the competition, but he has another agenda, too. When I get up there, I want to try making a lot of friends, he said. Proudly WelcomingJenny Buck, MD, FACOG Obstetrics and Gynecology of Trinity is pleased to welcome Dr. Buck to our team of physicians. 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. 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Also get the c h assortment of toppings including various fruits, cho c 813-591-140223028 State Road 54, Lutz, FL 3 3 3 549 By B.C. ManionTheyre just in elementary school, but these children are already learning about the trade-offs in life. Theyre also getting a firsthand experience regarding the importance of preparation, and theyre finding out that even the smallest of details can alter the outcome in a competition. These seven children are members of Wesley Chapel Elementary Schools Catch Us If You Can team, and theyll be competing at Michigan State University May 23 to May 28, at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals. The team is made up of Jake Piller, Sam Cappelluti, Isabell Barrios, Mina Melaika, Rowan Heyman, Jason Sherman and Justin Acosta who are coached by Veronica Acosta and Janet Heyman. The coaches have children on the team and teach at Wesley Chapel Elementary. Naturally, the kids and their coaches are excited. I still have to pinch myself, said coach Veronica Acosta. Some of the team members have been working together for three years, which has its advantages. They can finish each others sentences, said coach Janet Heyman, noting that familiarity between team members lends itself to excellent collaboration on solving problems. The team has also learned from victory and from defeat, coach Acosta said. They know what it means to lose, and theyve learned how it feels to win. Even though theyre elementary school students, some team members take a bigpicture view on competing at Worlds. It doesnt really matter if you win or Members of the Catch Us If You Can team from Wesley Chapel Elementary School are, from left, Jake Piller, Sam Cappelluti, Isabell Barrios, Mina Melaika, Rowan Heyman, Jason Sherman and Justin Acosta. Theyll be competing at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals at Michigan State University in May.Wesley Chapel team ready to take on the world


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ADDITIONAL COPIES: A listing of boxes and business locations is on our home page at EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS: Suggestions for stories and news coverage are welcome. Please send ideas to, or call our newsroom at 813-909-2800. ADVERTISING ERRORS: Publisher is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the space cost for the first insertion, or for the validity of claims made by advertisers. MEMBER: Central Pasco Chamber, Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber, Greater Zephyrhills Chamber, Greater Dade City Chamber, Florida Press Association, Free Community Papers of Florida, Southeast Advertising Publishers Association, Association of Free Community Newspapers, Independent Free Newspapers of America.Advertising and editorial content by Manatee Media Inc. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden without prior written permission from the publisher. The LAKER/ Lutz NEWS ADVERTISINGTERRI WILLIAMSONSenior Account Managertwilliamson@lakerlutznews.comCHERYL MICHELAccount Managercmichel@lakerlutznews.comRACHEL THOMPSONClassified & Directory Salesrthompson@lakerlutznews.comDESIGN ACCOUNTINGMATTHEW MISTRETTAArt Directormmistretta@lakerlutznews.comSTEFANIE BURLINGAMEGraphic Designersburlingame@lakerlutznews.comMARY EBERHARDmeberhard@lakerlutznews.comLOCATION: 3632 Land O' Lakes Blvd. Suite 102 Land O Lakes, FL 34639 MAIL: P O. Box 479 Lutz, FL 33548 PHONE/FAX: ph: 813.909.2800 fax: 813.909.2802 IT SUPPORT: STEVE MISTRETTA WEBSITE: FACEBOOK: TWITTER: EMAIL: sales@lakerlutznews.comPUBLISHER & OWNER: DIANE KORTUS, LUTZ, ODESSA, LAND O LAKES, WESLEY CHAPEL, NEW TAMPA, ZEPHYRHILLS, DADE CITY Serving Pasco since 1981 / Serving Lutz since 1964 KATHY STEELEStaff Writer ksteele@lakerlutznews.comB.C. MANIONEditor bcmanion@lakerlutznews.comKEVIN WEISSStaff Writer kweiss@lakerlutznews.comMARY RATHMANEditorial Assistantmrathman@lakerlutznews.comEDITORIALDISTRIBUTION: Florida Circ, LLC ANNE KIBBEAccount Managerakibbe@lakerlutznews.comCUSTOMER SERVICE CAROLYN NATURE NOTES Were on the lookout for water-wise landscapesThe Pasco County Extension Office and Tampa Bay Water are looking for attractive landscapes with irrigation systems or techniques that minimize water waste and represent the best in Florida-Friendly Landscaping. We would love to present your outdoor oasis for relaxation and a haven for wildlife as a powerful environmentally friendly example of Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM. Florida-Friendly Landscaping is a concept based on the use of low-maintenance plants and environmentally sustainable practices. 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By using these principles, many Pasco County residents have produced relaxing outdoor spaces worthy of gracing the front page of a lawn and garden magazine. In Pasco County, the UF/IFAS Extension Office has a Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program Manager and Program Coordinator, funded by our partners at Tampa Bay Water. As part of Tampa Bay Waters efforts to conserve water, they offer the Water Wise Awards each year to recognize attractive, water-conserving landscapes at homes, businesses, industry and government. In conjunction with our UF/IFAS Pasco Extension professionals, a winner is selected during landscape evaluations, and that winner is acknowledged with a beautiful, handmade mosaic stepping stone and recognition from the Pasco Board of County Commissioners. If you would like to submit your landscape for an evaluation, simply go to, and click on the entry link. The deadline for Water Wise Award applications is June 30, 2017. 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Applications are online at and due no later than June 1.BEER-TASTING PARTYCongregation Kol Ami’s Men’s Club will host a Pre-Shavout Beer Tasting Party May 11 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Six Ten Brewing, 7052 Benjamin Road in Tampa. Shavout is a time of thanks for the gift of Torah and the new grain of the summer wheat harvest. The tasting includes one flight of beer, and snacks provided by the Men’s Club. Reservations are required. For information and to RSVP, call (813) 9626338.SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARKThe middle and upper levels of the Lutz Learning Center will perform “Much Ado About Nothing” May 11 at 1 p.m., at Nye Park, 630 Sunset Lane in Lutz. Guests should bring a chair or blanket. COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONSThe Pasco Alliance of Community Associations will meet May 11 at 7 p.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. The guest speaker will be attorney Ellen Hirsch de Haan on the topic of HOA (Home Owners Association) issues. For information, visit AND FASHIONThe Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center will host its annual Spring Tea and Fashion Tea May 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, 32825 Rhode Island Ave., in San Antonio. Tickets are $20 per adult, $10 for ages 6 to 12, and free for ages 5 and younger. Guests should wear a hat and gloves, and bring a favorite teacup. For information, call (352) 5211218. For information, email Becky Finley at THE MUSICALDreamhouse Theatre, 1840 Oak Grove Blvd., in Lutz, will present “Shrek the Musical” May 12, May 13, May 19, May 20, June 2 and June 3 at 8 p.m., and May 21 and June 4 at 3 p.m. For information and tickets, visit AND SHABBATCongregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road in Tampa, will host a Pizza & PJ Shabbat May 12 at 6 p.m., for families. There will be a pizza dinner followed by a child-friendly musical service, and then ice cream for dessert. The cost is $5 per person, with a $25 family maximum. Children ages 3 and younger are free. The program is recommended for kids ages 15 months through second grade. To RSVP by May 10, email FOR TEENSThe Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host its free ninth annual AntiProm May 12 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., for ages 13 to 18. There will be a disc jockey, a piata, chips, soda and punch. Guests can donate $5 to Friends of the Library for admission to the VIP room with pizza and video games. For information, call (813) 929-1214.BOOK BAZAARThe Friends of the Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will have a book bazaar May 12 and May 13 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The next book sale will be in July. For information, call (352) 5673576.BRAIDING FOR BEGINNERSThe Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer a Kumihimo class for beginners May 13 from 10 a.m. to noon, for ages 9 to 15. Kumihimo is traditional Japanese braiding from the day of the samurai. Participants will learn the basics, building a toolkit, choosing braiding material, setting up your disk, making a bracelet, and more. A proper dress code, registration and liability waiver are required. For information and to register, call (813) 929-1214.PLANT PROPAGATIONThe UF/IFAS Pasco Extension Office will offer free tips and tricks for “Unusual Plant Propagation Methods” May 13 at 10 a.m., at the Zephyrhills Library, 5347 Eighth St. There will be a discussion on methods and hands-on examples. To register, visit MAKERS PROGRAMThe Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer a Little Makers program May 13 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., with an “In a Small Small Pond” sensory experience. The program is for toddlers and preschoolers. For information, call (813) 929-1214.WORMS AND WASTEThe UF/IFASA Pasco Extension Office will offer a free seminar on “Worms are Eating My Kitchen Scraps” May 13 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. Participants can learn how to harness the power of the red wiggler worms to turn garden waste and food scraps into fertilizer. To register, visit LEGIONLutz-Land O’ Lakes American Legion Post 108 will meet May 13 at 9 a.m., at Harvester United Methodist Church, 2432 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes. Members and potential members can attend. Officers for the following year will be nominated. For information, call Lyle Watson at (813) 996-5917.TAMPA BAY LIBCONThe Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., in Tampa, will host the Tampa Bay LibCon May 13 at 10 a.m., to celebrate comics, anime, manga, sci-fi, fantasy, and the world of fandom. Participants can play video and tabletop games all day, check out fan panels, presentations, a vendor room, and see special guests. Dress up as your favorite character and enter the cosplay contest. The event is for all ages. For information, visit YOGA CLASSThe Tampa Premium Outlets in Lutz will host an OM Yoga Class at 4 p.m. and 5 p.m., May 13; and at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., May 14, in Lagoon Court. The cost is $10 and guests will receive a discount card and complimentary tote bag. All proceeds will benefit Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer. Participants can register online at or at the event. For information, visit SHOWThe Tampa Rose Society will present its 46th annual Rose Show May 13 from noon to 6 p.m., at Westfield Citrus Park Mall, 8021 Citrus Park Town Center in Tampa. There will be hundreds of blooms competing for trophies and awards in more than 40 classes of homegrown roses. Entries will be judged by the American Rose Society. There also will be locally grown, fresh-cut roses and arrangements available for a donation, as well as an educational and informational display by Consulting Rosarians. For information about the show, email Marilyn Bertch at For information about the society, email Larry Sullivan at CLUBThe East Pasco Democratic Club will meet May 15 at 7 p.m., at The American House, 38130 Pretty Pond Road in Zephyrhills. The guest speaker will be Michelle Petrie, of Toastmasters, on the topic of “Positive Political Speaking” and effective communications. Light refreshments will be served. For information, call Fern Williams at (813) 838-0767.BROMELIAD GUILDThe Bromeliad Guild of Tampa Bay will host its annual picnic, followed by an auction, May 15 at the Christ the King Catholic Church, 821 S. Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa. There will be a covered-dish dinner provided by guild members at 6:30 p.m. The auction will begin at 7:30 p.m., with prices starting at $5. For information, call Tom Wolfe at (813) 391-1542 or (813) 9611475.SAFETY ACADEMYThe New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., will offer a “Splish, Splash” Safety Superhero Academy May 16 at 3 p.m., for ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue will give tips on making water adventures safe and fun for children. Participants also can learn that water can be as hot as fire. For information, call (813) 273-3652, or visit WILDLIFEThe UF/IFASA Pasco Extension Office will offer a free seminar on “Attracting Wildlife” May 16 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., at the New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel. Participants can learn how to use native plants to attract pollinators and other good guys to the garden. 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For information, call (813) 788-6375. Moms are free at MOSI The Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., in Tampa, will give all mothers free admission May 13 and May 14, with the purchase of one child’s general admission ticket. Limit one offer per household. Excludes special engagements. Must mention offer. For information, visit Big band music for mom The Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa, will host a Mother’s Day Celebration May 13 at 8 p.m. The Carrollwood Jukebox Big Band will perform a variety of swing and jive music, along with contemporary tunes of the 20th century. Swing Time of Tampa Bay also will give free dance lessons to ticket holders at 6:30 p.m. To get a free ticket for mom (limited amount available), call or visit the box office. The event is open to moms and families. For information, visit, or call (813) 922-8167. Market celebrates moms The Farmers Market in San Antonio, at San Antonio City Park, will celebrate Mother’s Day May 13. 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The Homestead Act of 1862 provided land grants of 160 acres to all Americans, including former slaves and women. During her residency, Musco wrote Steal Away, a one-woman show on homesteaders and exodusters. She occasionally performs at events for Black History Month or Womens History Month. She wrote her book in 2016 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. The variety of properties operated by the park service often surprises people, who tend to only think of the national parks, such as the Grand Canyon or Yosemite. There are many other properties to visit that are less widely known, Musco said. For instance, the national historic site commemorating the Supreme Court desegregation decision in Brown v. Board of Education is in Topeka, Kansas. It has a lot of multi-media. Its a really good place to go, she said. Another plus? The site is free, Musco said. Another free attraction which was the countrys most visited park property in 2016 is the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. About 15.6 million people visit that each year, Musco said. The Grand Canyon ranks No. 8 for most visitors; Yosemite, No. 12; and the Lincoln Memorial, No. 6. The Blue Ridge Parkway No. 2 in visitors follows a scenic route for more than 400 miles through the Shenandoah National Park within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Smoky Mountains became a national park in the 1930s as automobiles became a popular mode of travel. Park service officials wanted to have a national park located in a populated area, unlike the western parks that had far fewer, if any, residents. Most Americans wanted to go somewhere in their automobiles, Musco said. Donations from the states of Tennessee and North Carolina, average citizens, and John D. Rockefeller Jr., helped buy the land. The parks creation came with controversy, as about 1,200 people were displaced. People lived in the hollers in the Great Smokies, Musco said. About 70 log-built structures remain. Today, the Great Smoky Mountains is the largest protected land area east of the Rocky Mountains. In Florida, a popular spot is the Hernando de Soto National Memorial, near the Sarasota-Bradenton airport. The site marks the spot where the Spanish explorer came ashore in Tampa Bay in 1539. The Dry Tortugas National Park is an island fortress south of the Florida Keys, accessible by ferry or seaplane. Dr. Samuel Mudd, convicted as a conspirator in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, served time on the island until his pardon in 1869. Musco said Cuban refugees fleeing Castro would sail small boats to the island to seek asylum in the closest place to mainland United States. It is one of the least visited parks but, Musco said, Its architecturally a magnificent place. The aquatic life is beautiful. Its an all-day adventure. Her personal favorite is the Grand Canyon. It is so immense and so hard to wrap your mind around the scale, she said. Musco also loves the opportunities for free or reduced cost passes issued by the park service. Seniors age 62 and older qualify for $10 lifetime passes. (There is a proposal to increase that fee to $80). Free passes are available to military; permanently disabled; and, fourth graders (age 10) and their families from Sept. 1 through Aug. 31. Parks also are free on Presidents Day, Martin Luther King Jr.s birthday and on Aug. 25 for the National Park Services birthday. For information on parks, visit For information on Musco, visit National parks offer lessons in life, history CORRECTIONS: Marc Bellas first name was misspelled in a photo caption and story published on May 3 in The Laker/Lutz News. Brooke Blankenships name was spelled incorrectly in a caption on the Community Sports page on May 3. Staff members from Pasco Kids First recently appeared at a seminar on child abuse at PascoHernando State Colleges Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch. The name of the organization was incorrect in some references in a story published on May 3. An incorrect website for the organization was published as well. The organizations website is Penny Musco


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Carlos stepped away from a long career in the insurance industry, including stints at Aetna and Unitedhealthcare, to open his Dairy Queen. He is proud to remain on active duty with the U.S. Air Force Reserves. When Carlos researched restaurant franchises, he zeroed in on Dairy Queen for a personal reason it was one of his first fast-food meals in Florida after he moved here from Puerto Rico when he was in middle school. Carlos feels many others are also nostalgic about the restaurant chain, which began in 1940 with its iconic menu of burgers, hot dogs, fries, Peanut Buster parfaits, Dilly bars and ice cream cones. Dairy Queen celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2015, and these old favorites remain. Over the years, DQ has expanded its menu to include the incredibly popular Blizzard as well as other tantalizing dairy treats. This includes custom-decorated ice cream cakes perfect for upcoming events, such as birthdays, graduations and Mothers and Fathers Day. 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The students will perform in various disciplines, including dancing, singing/duets, lip syncing, unique talents (recalling facts, dates, etc.), comedy/telling jokes, puppet shows and more. Admission is free, and open to the families and friends of the performers, as well as district staff and other county schools students to watch. For information, call Heather Farnsworth at (813) 794-8802. TEACHER ART SHOWPasco County Schools inaugural MyArt teacher art show will take place through May 20, at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road. Pasco Schools teacher-artists from kindergarten through 12th grade will exhibit a diverse array of 2-D and 3-D artwork, with the aim to inspire students-artists to be passionate about their own work. Students and the community also will have an opportunity to interact with the teacher-artists during a closing reception May 20 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For information, email Tom Viking at ARTWORK EXHIBITPasco-Hernando State Colleges Rao Musunuru MD Art Gallery will exhibit Artistic Articulation: A Student Showcase through May 31. The annual exhibition showcases diverse talent achieved without the influence from staff or faculty. Gallery visitors can experience completed works of photography, drawing and mixed media, from past and present art students. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Art exhibits are free. For information, call (727) 816-3231.HILLEL ACADEMYHillel Academy Tampa, a private Jewish community day school, has appointed Wendy Leigh to the position of director of development and community relations. Leigh will be responsible for raising awareness, increasing enrollment and spreading the word about the historic school. Leigh has degrees in both education and theater, and taught for seven years in the Hillsborough County school district. The academy also recently hosted its Gift of Gold Gala and broke a fundraising record by raising more than $100,000, through sponsorships, donations and silent auction proceeds. Proceeds from the gala will help fund scholarships, financial aid, teacher education and campus improvements. For information on Hillel, call (813) 9632242, or visit 10A FREE Cleaning New customers only. Must purchase intial clean.Expires 5-31-17 $30 OFF Some restrictions apply. Call for details. 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Weve got to help our youth. It comes down to Whats the amount?, Wells said. Starkey, a former school board member, said, I believe the school district needs help. Its unfortunate that our state is, in my opinion, not funding needs at an adequate level, and I guess now it comes to the local government to help schools. Mariano added: I think its clear that everyone agrees they need the full fee. The new fee would be tiered, based on the square footage of a house. As it stands now, the proposed school impact fee would be $7,539 for a house with less than 1,500 square feet; $9,785 for a house larger than 1,500 square feet, but less than 2,500 square feet; and $12,028 for a residence exceeding 2,500 square feet. The ordinance also would include a provision that allows the fee to go up or down each year, based on construction costs. Those figures are subject to change, based on the County Commissions vote after the Development Review Committees meeting and the two public hearings. Any new impact fee would take effect 90 days after approval by the County Commission. Even if the county adopts the highest rate, school district officials estimate a $284 million shortfall in revenue needed for capital construction during the next decade. The district says that the impact fees would be used to build Cypress Creek Middle, Starkey Ranch Kindergarten through Eighth Grade, a high school with a location to be determined and an elementary school in the Wesley Chapel area. The district is already feeling the squeeze and conditions are expected to worsen, as an estimated 20,000 students are projected to arrive in the district during the next 10 years. Some relief is expected, as Bexley Elementary and Cypress Creek Middle High are set to open in the fall. But, as residential growth continues to march through Pasco, the school district will have to come up with additional revenues to pay for schools needed to accommodate increased enrollment, said Ray Gadd, deputy superintendent for Pasco County Schools. Boosting impact fees is only part of the solution, he said. Under economic prosperity and promotion, homelessness, affordable housing, affordable daycare, and promoting women in the political and government arenas are on the list. Going forward, the commission will decide on priorities and set up committees. The commission must meet at least six times annually, but can meet more frequently. Meeting dates are scheduled into February 2018, though no meetings are planned for July, September and January. Efforts to create the commission began more than two years ago with discussions between Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey and Land O Lakes attorney Michele Hintson. More women joined the conversation and took the matter to the county commission. Research turned up an ordinance from 1979 that had established a womens commission. But, it is unclear if its members ever met. The countys legal staff updated that ordinance to create the current commission. County commissioners appointed five of the commission members, with 10 selected from area agencies, schools and nonprofits. They are African-American Club of Pasco County Inc.; Hispanic Professional Womens Association Inc.; Metropolitan Ministries; Pasco Economic Development Council; Pasco-Hernando State College; Saint Leo University; Sunrise of Pasco County Inc.; United Way of Pasco County Inc.; and Women Lawyers of Pasco Inc. That will make our decisions more difficult, said Pasco County Transition Manager Michele Baker. Baker is retiring as county administrator. Her replacement is Dan Biles, who started his new job on May 1. One of the biggest ticket items for 2018 will be the Pasco County Sheriffs Office. A requested increase of $8.1 million would be used for pay raises, equipment and new job hires. About $5.5 million of the increase is for the last phase of a 3-year pay raise plan for deputies.A somewhat smaller amount of about $4.8 million had been anticipated, said Goehrig.Several other departments made presentations requesting budget increases. Over three years, library officials want to restore operating hours to 2008 levels of 40 hours a week at each library, and to hire eight full-time employees. The total cost over three years would be about $985,000. In the first year, the Land O Lakes Public Library and Regency Park Public Library would add hours and staff at a cost of about $325,000. In later years, service would increase at the Hudson Regional Public Library, Hugh Embry Public Library, New River Public Library, Centennial Park Public Library and South Holiday Public Library. We should be doing this, said Pasco County Commissioner Ron Oakley. But, weve got to come up with a funding source. The countys parks department needs about $15 million to pay for deferred maintenance and about $6.4 million to replace aging infrastructure. Based on a long-range master plan for parks, about $134 million is needed to provide amenities to meet population growth for the last 10 years and for the next 10 years. At a prior workshop, county commissioners requested information on eliminating $2 parking fees at county parks, and $60 annual passes. That would mean a revenue loss of about $332,000 a year, said Kelley Boree, the countys parks, recreation and natural resources director. To cover the loss, general funds could be used or, Boree said, the county could end three programs aquatics, horticulture at sports field and summer camp. Im just totally against taking any money from parks, said Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey. But, Pasco County Commissioner Jack Mariano said he wants to see fees eliminated and suggested a higher tax rate would save programs from being cut. You increase access and quality of life; I think thats great advertising for the county. and reading but also the arts. One of the things that we do try to implement is allow the kids a little bit of direction in their learning as well, she said. For instance, the school had planned to do Shakespeares tragic play, Julius Caesar, but the kids voiced a greater interest in putting on Much Ado About Nothing, a romantic comedy, Rodriguez said. Theyre definitely a funny bunch, Rodriguez said, describing the students who are presenting the play. I know a lot of the parents are going to come, but we wanted to open it up to the community, to reach out more to give the kids a chance to perform for people other than their family, Rodriguez said. She expects the production to last between 20 minutes and 30 minutes. Despite the range in age, the performers have been preparing as a troupe. Theyve been working together and practicing together, Rodriguez said. She thinks the experience helps the students to develop confidence, and shes confident theyre going to put on a good show. These kids are just so animated. They really go into the role, 100 percent. They are using gestures, facial expressions. They are just completely into it, 100 percent, Rodriguez said. Helping to provide meals for kids Much Ado About NothingWHERE:Nye Park, 630 Sunset Lane, LutzWHEN:May 11, 1 p.m.COST: FreeDETAILS:Bring a chair or a blanket and get ready to watch a group of secondthrough eighth-graders present their take on Shakespeares Much Ado About Nothing.INFO: Call Lutz Learning Center at (813) 949-3484. Convention brings back Roaring s


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But now — with a fruitful combination of talent, depth and experience — the Wildcats appear primed for a breakout year. “This is the first year we have everybody coming back since I’ve been here,” Brown said, during a late April spring practice at the Lake Padgett Estates East Sports Complex. After having no seniors in 2016, the Wildcats expect to field a dozen on the 2017 roster. Among them is Florida Christian Association of Private and Parochial Schools (FCAPPS) All-State linebacker Danny Gonzalez, who registered 165 tackles in 2016, the highest among all Florida eightman players. Doubling as a tailback, the 6-foot, 205pound team captain was also the Wildcats leading rusher (608 yards, 10 touchdowns). And, throughout his sensational 2016 campaign, Gonzalez received some national recognition, becoming a three-time nominee for MaxPreps/USA Football Player of the Week. His performance has drawn the attention of multiple college scouts, including Millsaps College (Jackson, Mississippi), Florida Tech University (Melbourne, Florida) and Hillsdale College (Hillsdale, Michigan). Impressive, considering Gonzalez didn’t begin playing football until his freshman year. Instead, he played basketball through the eighth grade. “He has come a long way,” Brown said. “He’s just turned into a pure football player in the last four years.” Understanding football’s nuances was foremost to his development as a player, Gonzalez said. He acknowledged he “didn’t know a single thing” about the game when he first signed up. “I think a lot of it was just learning the game a little bit more,” Gonzalez said. “Coach Brown was always helping me at the linebacker position, just teaching me.” Seeing Gonzalez’s triumphs have encouraged other Academy at the Lakes students give football a shot. Currently the 2017 squad has nearly 30 players, about a dozen more than last year. “All the other kids have come out,” Brown said, “because they see Danny didn’t play before, and he’s been successful.” Beyond the gaudy statistics and football skillset, Gonzalez’s best quality is his work ethic, the Wildcats coach said. “Everything he does is at 100 percent. He doesn’t take plays off,” said Brown. That mindset, too, translates to the classroom, where Gonzalez boasts a 3.8 grade point average. “He’s a perfectionist, so he doesn’t like to fail at anything,” Brown explained. “I think that shows in his grades. If you say we’re going to play basketball one-on-one, he’s going to do everything to beat you. If you play pool, he’s going to try to beat you. If you play chess, checkers — I think it’s that he takes everything so seriously.” Yet, Gonzalez doesn’t figure to be the only Wildcat filling up highlight reels. The 2017 squad features several other impact players, including senior wide-out Isaiah Smith (28 receptions, 592 yards, seven touchdowns), junior tailback/defensive back Jamaal Johnson (702 all-purpose yards) and freshman quarterback Jalen Brown, who started as an eighth grader in 2016, passing for 1,116 yards, 14 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. “I think we have a good group where a lot of guys can make some plays,” Shawn Brown said. “Now we have the experience, we shouldn’t have as many mistakes in games, and we should win more games.” His star pupil concurs. “We’re just all trying to come together as a team this year,” Gonzalez said. “We’re just working together and make sure everyone works as hard as the next guy...” Besides shedding tackles, the Wildcats look to shed perceptions about eight-man football, where games are played on a compacted 40 by 80-yard field. “Some people give eight-man a bad rap,” Shawn Brown said. “They’re like, ‘kids can’t get recruited,’ but I look at a guy like Danny Gonzalez. A lot of colleges will recruit (eightman) because it’s a skill-based game.” To Brown, “football is football,” whether it’s six-man, eight-man or the standard 11man. “We do everything everybody else does,” he said. The Wildcats will wrap up spring practices on May 25 with a jamboree against other FCAPPS programs. COURTESY OF JOE WINN, WINNING PHOTOGRAPHYAcademy at the Lakes running back/linebacker Danny Gonzalez is one of a dozen seniors on the 2017 squad. He was named to the Florida Christian Association of Private and Parochial Schools (FCAPPS) All-State team in 2016. AREA ATHLETES JOIN NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUEPasco High product Joey Ivie (University of Florida) was picked by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round with the 228th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-3, 301-pound defensive tackle, who was one of eight Florida Gators selected in the draft, registered 26 tackles and 2.5 sacks in 11 games last season. Ivie graduated from Pasco High in 2013. Freedom High product T.J. Mutcherson (University of Central Florida) has signed an undrafted free agent contract with the Houston Texans. The 5-foot-11, 195pound safety tallied 73 tackles and two interceptions in 13 games last season. Mutcherson, who graduated from Freedom High in 2010, also played for Iowa State University, but was dismissed in 2015 for violating team rules.CENTRAL PASCO CHAMBER GOLF TOURNAMENTThe Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce is hosting its 31st annual golf tournament May 19 at the Heritage Harbor Golf & Country Club, 19502 Heritage Harbor Parkway in Lutz. Check-in begins at noon with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Cost is $70 for an individual, and $260 for a team of four. Registration includes greens fees, golf cart, range balls and a barbecue awards dinner. For information about registration and sponsorships, visit, or call (813) 909-2722.LUTZ BASKETBALL LEAGUE REGISTRATIONRegistration has been extended through May 15 for the Our Lady of the Rosary Summer Basketball League. Youth (ages 5 to 18 years old). Adult leagues also are being offered. Spots are limited to the first 32 players per division. The season runs from June 6 through July 29. Games are played at the Saint John Paul II Youth Center, 17512 Lakeshore Road in Lutz. For information, call (813) 949-4565, or email SOCCER LEAGUE REGISTRATIONThe NewAPSL (Adult Premier Soccer League) is accepting teams and individual players its Wednesday night and Sunday afternoon spring leagues. Games are played at Benito Middle School, 10101 Cross Creek Blvd., in New Tampa. For information, visit, or call Colin Eke at (813) 610-2278.SPORT ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE FOR SENIORSSenior Sports/North Tampa Bay Senior Softball organizes a variety of sports programs for senior adults. The organization’s over-60, coed, slow-pitch softball is accepting new players. Other programs include volleyball, golf, bowling and tennis. To find out about upcoming programs, call Walt Bockmiller at (813) 527-8211. ROLLER DERBY BENEFIT MAY 28Revolution Roller Derby, a coed flat-track roller derby league, is hosting a battle between two all women’s teams — Valkyries and Sugar Sands Roller Dolls — May 28 at 5:45 p.m., at SpinNations Skating Center, 8345 Congress St., in Port Richey. Entry fee is $12 at the door. A portion of event proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club; school supplies will also be collected. For more information, visit online at, or email RANCH BOYS TENNIS FINISH STATE RUNNER-UPThe Wiregrass Ranch High varsity boys tennis team finished state runner-up at the 2017 FHSAA (Florida High School Athletic Association) Class 4A State Finals, at Sanlando Park in Altamonte Springs on April 27.The Bulls defeated Fleming Island High (4-1) and Steinbrenner High (4-1), before falling to Douglas High (1-4) in the championship match. The tournament marked Wiregrass Ranch’s fifth consecutive state appearance and first runner-up title after winning state championships in 2014 and 2015. The 2017 season also marked the Bulls’ ninth conference title, eighth consecutive district title, and fifth regional title.Academy at the Lakes poised for breakout season LOCAL COMMITS AND SIGNEESWharton High senior Ryan Russell has signed a letter of intent to run track for Boston College, a Division I school in Boston, Massachusetts. Russell is expected to compete in both the 200-meter dash (PR 22.06) and 400-meter dash (PR 50.01). Freedom High product Taylor Emery has verbally committed to play women’s basketball at Virginia Polytechnic University, a Division I school in Blacksburg, Virginia. The 5-foot-10 shooting guard most recently was named national junior college women’s basketball player of the year after leading Gulf Coast State (Panama City, Florida) to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I championship as a sophomore in the 2016-2017 season. A four-year varsity starter at Freedom, Emery averaged 36.4 points per game in her senior prep season, and set Hillsborough County’s all-time scoring mark (2,689 career points). Emery signed with Tulane University (New Orleans, Louisiana) out of high school, but elected to transfer after her freshman season. Wesley Chapel High junior Isaiah Bolden has verbally committed to play football at the University of Oregon, a Division I school in Eugene, Oregon. The 6-foot-3, 180-pound defensive back previously committed to Florida State University last June. A highly touted four-star recruit and consensus top-200 player for the 2018 recruiting class, Bolden holds nearly 30 scholarship offers. COURTESY OF SAINT LEO ATHLETICSThe Saint Leo softball team won its second consecutive Sunshine State Conference title on April 28.SAINT LEO SOFTBALL CLAIMS CONFERENCE TITLEThe 14th-ranked Saint Leo softball team won its second consecutive Sunshine State Conference title, and third in five years, after posting a 17-7 record in conference. Saint Leo (37-13) won their final series over Rollins College on April 28 to push to the top of the SSC standings. The Lions, who are currently ranked No. 1 in the South Region, will receive the conference’s automatic qualifier to the postseason. Meanwhile, the Lions’ 37 wins mark the 17th time in program history the team has eclipsed 30 wins in a season and the 11th time they have recorded 35 or more wins. 2017 Hillsborough County All-Western Conference BaseballAMERICAN DIVISIONFIRST TEAMCatcher — Danny Gutcher, Jr., Gaither High Infielder — Chipper Holland, Sr., Gaither High Infielder — Jose Cadenas, Sr., Gaither High Pitcher —CJ Van Eyk, Sr., Steinbrenner HighSECOND TEAMOutfielder—Cam Coakley, Sr., Steinbrenner HighOutfielder—Jordan Lala, Jr., Steinbrenner HighNATIONAL DIVISIONFIRST TEAMInfielder—Drew Ehrhard, Sr., Wharton HighSECOND TEAMPitcher-Austin Appel, Sr., Wharton High Infielder—Leo Alfonzo, Jr., Wharton HighThe 2017 All-Western Conference baseball teams are selected solely by Hillsborough County’s public school head baseball coaches. Only players from public school programs are eligible for the teams. Athletes from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area were represented in both the American and National divisions. COURTESY OF KYLE LOJACONORyan Russell Taylor Emery Isaiah Bolden FILEJoey Ivie T.J. Mutcherson


MAY 10, 2017The LAKER/ INSIDE: Directories, Classifieds, Games & MoreThe LAKER/ Lutz NEWSLutz NEWS B By B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.comStep in Melissa Brown’s workshop, and you’ll see a woman focused on creating handmade soaps at her home business in Lutz.Brown launched her business —Nautilus Soap Company LLC — more than a year ago, and hopes one day to open her own storefront. Besides making scented and unscented soaps, she also makes bath bombs and shampoo bars. She sells her products at local markets, such as the Lutz Arts & Crafts Fair, the weekly market in Indian Shores, the downtown Dunedin and other events. She offers wholesale pricing and handles custom orders. Brown is a member of the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce and was one of the vendors at the chamber’s Land O’ Lakes Music Fest in March. When Brown ventured into soap-making, she was beginning at Ground Zero. So, she has spent a fair amount of time researching how to make soap, source suppliers and find out which markets work for her, and which ones don’t. She’s chatted with other soap-makers to glean pointers — to help her avoid potential mistakes. And, she’s done a fair amount of experimentation, too, learning through trial and error. She began soap-making after trying her hand with candles and discovering that she didn’t find that engaging enough to suit her. “I actually started making soap last January, really more of a hobby than anything. It just continually progressed,” Brown said. “This is my absolute passion. It’s what I live, eat, breathe, and sleep every single day. I’ve never been this way about anything before,” she said. She sells all sorts of soap. There’s Almond Milk & Honey, Bare Naked Soap, Bay Rum & Bergamot, Bed of Roses, Chill Out, Mother Nature, and Orange Blossom, just to name a few. One recent day, Brown was experimenting with a batch of pink grapefruit soap. While soap-making is an ancient art, Brown uses sophisticated equipment. She uses a computer software program to formulate her recipes. As she mixed the sample batch, she explained her process.“What I have in here is my oil blend. I use an oil blend of five different oils. I use canola, castor, coconut, rice bran oil and olive oil.“What is in this pitcher right here, is my lye and water mixture. It’s a specific strength that I use, and it has been formulated by my program, chemistry-wise, to make sure that it activates all of the molecules of the oils that I have in here. It’s a very specific ratio,” she said. The lye mixture is critical, she said. “If you do not have this, you will not get soap. You will just get oil,” she added. Pink grapefruit essential oil, Australian pink clay and melted cocoa butter were the other ingredients she used, for this batch of soap. The clay is good for the skin, but also provides some color for the soap. “Once I mix the oils and the lye together, after that is when I add the cocoa butter, because the cocoa will be free floating molecules within the soap, so it will more moisturizing,” Brown said. “I give it a little stir, and then I go with the stick blender,” she said. She’s careful while mixing the ingredients, because she doesn’t want the soap to harden too quickly. She also adds the color gradually to make sure she gets the shade she desires. Her sample batch makes 11 bars. After pouring the mixture into the mold, it rests overnight. “Once I cut it,” she said, “it goes on these drying racks, it cures for six weeks.” Sometimes, the soap doesn’t come out like she expects. But, some creations she views as “mistakes” turn out to be quite popular with customers, Brown said. In addition to learning the ins and outs of soap-making, Brown has broadened her knowledge on many other fronts, including figuring out out how much to charge for her soap, how to market it, and about taxes and other business requirements. “I learn as I go,” Brown said. Her husband, Doug, helped her to price her goods. “We looked at basically everything that was out there. We looked at markets. We looked at soap companies online. We looked and actually broke it by how much they were charging by ounce of soap. And, that’s how we kind of came up with it, so we were in line. “I didn’t want to be too high, because then people are turned off by the price; but, I didn’t want to be too low, because then it would seem like it was a cheap product,” Brown said. Brown said most of her working life has been devoted to medical work, in one form or another. She didn’t’ feel able to unleash her creativity. She decided to give soap-making a try and discovered a new source of joy. The feeling reminded her of advice she’d heard during a talk, many years ago, by Debbi Fields, the founder of Mrs. Fields Cookies. “She (Fields) said, ‘Do what you love, and love what you do.’ I never ever forgot that. And, that’s when it came to me, ‘You know what? I love this, and I want to do this.’ “It just blossomed from there,” Brown said. B.C. MANIONMelissa Brown uses a cutting device to create 11 bars of soap from a single mold.Woman unleashes creativity through soaps Melissa Browns Nautilus Soap Company LLC creates soaps of many colors and fragrances. Melissa Brown stands in front of her Lutz home, where her soap company is based. These pink creations add fizz to a luxurious bathing experience. Upcoming markets, fairs and festivalsYou can buy handmade soaps produced by Nautilus Soap Company LLC, based in Lutz, either through the company’s website, or at these upcoming markets: Indian Shores Sunday Market, on May 14 and May 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Indian Shores Town Hall Municipal Center, 19304 Gulf Blvd., Indian Shores. Clearwater Mall Weekly Market, May 16, May 23 and May 30, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., southeast corner of U.S. 19 and Gulf-ToBay Boulevard, in front of Target. Downtown Dunedin Weekly Market,May 12, May 19 and May 26, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Pioneer Park, Main Street and Douglas Avenue. Armed Forces Day, May 20, noon to 8 p.m., at Frankie’s Patriot BBQ, U.S. 19 and Ulmerton Road in Clearwater. For more information, call (813) 438-3507, or visit Nautilus Soap Company LLC can custom make orders. These bars of soap are on the curing rack. Theyll cure for six weeks before being sold.


FLORIDA TOMATOESVINE-RIPENED ig, bold, backyar ” If you would like to adopt either Marky or Snickers, be sure to visit Pasco County Animal Services at 19640 Dogpatch Lane in Land O Lakes. The adoption center is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6:30 p.m. All adoption fees include spay/neuter, microchip and vaccines. For more information, email is a young boy Snickers is looking for his forever home. He is quick to meet and greet you. Snickers is one of the many kitties that are coming in this kitten season. If you are not interested in adopting, perhaps you are interested in fostering.The shelter has many bottle babies coming through that need the help. Fishing around for a meal This 7-foot gator was photographed by Liz LaFalce, of Trinity East, in her backyard, and of all days, on Good Friday. It seems even alligators adhere to the tradition of eating fish on Friday during Lent. Adult alligators eat rough fish, snakes, turtles, small mammals and birds. LaFalce lives on a large lake, and gators are a pretty common site. 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 PET PAWS ADOPTION DAYQuality Pet Market and Carter's Canine Rescues will host an adoption day May 13. Buddy Carter and two of his rescues organizations will be onsite from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for a meet-and-greet, and any questions about dog adoptions. Quality Pet is located at 1408 Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz. For information, call the rescue center at (813) 235-6366 or Quality Pet at (813) 9091767.DO IT ‘FUR’ LOVEPasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano’s five offices will feature CARES (Community Aging & Retirement Services) as its charitable organization for the month of May. The campaign slogan is “Do it Fur Love,” with all proceeds to benefit CARES’ program to help the elderly take care of their pets. Donations can be made at any of the tax collector locations in Pasco County, and will be used to supply pet food, pet care products and other supports to assist the elderly in keeping their pets well cared for. For information, call Jemith Rosa at (727) 863-6868, or visit 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. We also need a contact name and number; in case we have questions. There is no guarantee of publication. If you’d like to make a submission, send it to PET of the WEEK A kitten with mittens Leo is part Siamese, with Lynx markings, beautiful blue eyes, and cute white mittens, and just turned 1-year-old. He is pictured with one of his favorite toys, of which he has so many that he has his own little toy box. Leos favorite game is retrieving and bringing his toys back to be thrown again. He was adopted from Cat Haven Rescue. Leos proud parents are Velma and Bill Herrig, of Land O Lakes. Send us a picture and information on your favorite pet!Write a short paragraph about why your pet is special along with a photo and mail to: Pet of the Week, c/o The Laker, P.O. Box 479, Lutz, FL 33548 or email to, ATTN: Pet of the WeekPLEASE NOTE: OWNERS NAME AND ADDRESS MUST BE INCLUDED FOR YOUR PET TO BE CONSIDERED FOR PUBLICATION. Marky could be a model Marky is a handsome man who is happy and ready to smile for his photos.If you are looking for the perfect model, here he is. Marky has even earned his AKC Canine Good Citizen certification, which means he has proven his good manners. Come by and meet Marky. Pet Hospital SPAY & NEUTER CLINIC: Call for appointment: Subject to $3 medical, infectious & records fee.(Includes pre-anesthetic exam, anesthesia, pain & antibiotic pre-medication) Cat Neuter: $40 Cat Spay: $50 Dog Neuter: Dog Spay: up to 11 lbs $50 up to 11 lbs $60 12 33 lbs $55 12 22 lbs $65 34 66 lbs $65 23 44 lbs $70 67 88 lbs $80 45 66 lbs $80 89 132 lbs $95 67 88 lbs $100 89 132 lbs $120(813)949-441621515 VILLAGE LAKES SHOPPING CENTERLAND OLAKES(next to Beef O Bradys in old Wal-Mart Plaza) MONDAY-FRIDAY 8 AM 6 PM SATURDAY 8 AM 12 PMPETS SHOULD BE HEALTHY & NOT PREGNANT. MUST BE CURRENT ON RABIES & DHPP/FVRCP VACCINES. VACCINES CLINIC: Monday-Friday 1 2 pmWalk-Ins Welcome. Subject to $3 medical, infectious & records fee. Includes exam & economy vaccines. Consult is addl $30 on request.€ Rabies 1 yr $15.00 € Feline Leukemia 2 yr $25.00 € Feline Distemper Combo 3 yr $30.00 € Rabies 3 yr $30.00 € Canine Distemper Combo 3 yr $30.00 € Bordetella/Kennel Cough $18.00 May 10 201 72B Stephen John Photography


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