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
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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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For information, call (813) 929-1214.ESSENTIAL OILS 101Marti and Deanna Jacobs will present a free Essential Oils 101 class at the New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel July 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants can learn what essential oils are and how to use them to support health, and for toxic-free personal care, toxic-free home cleaning, pet care and more. There will be free oil gifts. For information, call (813) 479-7724.CODING CLUBThe Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host a Coding Club July 7 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., for ages 12 and older. The club will meet every Friday in July, and will focus on computer science and programming, how to code a website, and other topics such as JavaScript, Java and Swift. To register, call (813) 929-1214.CREATE & CONSTRUCTThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will offer a Build a Better World program July 7 at 11 a.m., for grades one to five. Participants can create and build with Legos, Keva planks and Arckits. For information, call (352) 567-3576.TEEN GAME NIGHTThe Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host a teen game night July 7 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., for ages 12 to 18. Teens can play new video games and have free snacks. For information, call (813) 9291214.ETSY CRAFT PARTYThe Tampa Bay Etsy Crew will host its sixth annual Etsy Craft Party July 8 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at The Coliseum, 535 Fourth Ave., N., in Saint Petersburg. There will be free make-and-take projects, live skill demos, artists, handmade vendors, vintage sellers and a raffle to benefit the Heart Gallery. The first 100 people through the door will receive a swag bag. Admission is free. GARDENING PROGRAMSThe Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., will offer two gardening programs July 8. There will be a Florida-friendly gardening program at 9 a.m., for guests to bring in plants and ask questions. There also will be a butterfly program at 10 a.m., for kids, to learn what butterflies like to eat, the colors and structures of the wings, and more. Kids can make their own butterfly that balances on the tip of their finger. For information, call (813) 780-0064.BEXLEY MARKETBexley Market will be open July 8 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., at 16950 Vibrant Way in Land O’ Lakes. There will be organic produce, eco-friendly produce, local honey, homemade preserves, fresh flowers, hand crafts, live music and more. For information, call (813) 491-4866. For directions, visit RIFLE PROGRAMThe Dade City Rod & Gun Club will offer the NRA First Steps Rifle Program July 8, for ages 10 through 18. The program is about five hours and is designed to teach firearm safety and proper rifle handling. Rifles, ammunition, training materials and a light snack will be provided. Upon completion, participants will receive an NRA certificate. The cost is $40 per child. For information and to register, contact Larry Shrewsbury at or (813) 245-9588.THE STING MOVIETampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., in downtown Tampa, will show “The Sting” as part of its Summer Classics Movie Series July 9 at 3 p.m. After the film, USF film professor Harriet Deer will lead a short discussion and an audience question-andanswer session. Admission is $10 for adults and $7 for theater members. For information, visit SENIOR CENTERThe Lutz Senior Center, 112 First Ave., N.W., will host these upcoming events:  July 10 at 11 a.m.: “Be Food Safe: Food Safety in the Kitchen and Beyond”  July 11 at 12:30 p.m.: “Library Tour: Get to Know Your Library”  July 12 at 1 p.m.: Free bingo For information, call (813) 264-3803.GRACE LUTHERAN DAY CAMPGrace Lutheran Church, 3714 W. Linebaugh Ave., in Carrollwood, will host a day camp July 10 to July 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for students who have completed kindergarten through eighth grade. Counselors from Luther Springs Camp will be the leaders. The theme will be “The Water of Life,” and there will be activities such as Bible stories, singing, crafts, games and more. Registration forms are available at For information, call (813) 961-8747.JOIN SIERRA CLUBThe Sierra Club is organizing to save the Serenova Tract of the Starkey Preserve, by preventing the Ridge Road extension, and will meet July 10 at 7 p.m., at the Energy and Marine Center, 9130 Old Post Road in New Port Richey. For more information, you can email Tim Martin at MUSICThe Lutz Branch Library, 101 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road, will host a family music program July 11 at 11 a.m., for ages up to 5 years old. Participants can learn to build a foundation of musical skills through instruments, song, dance, games and more. Space is limited to 25 children and their caregivers. Check-in is at the reference desk after 10 a.m. For information, call (813) 273-3652.COMMUNITY COLORINGThe New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills, will offer Community Coloring July 11 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., for grades four to seven. Participants can work together to color the same big piece of art. For information, call (813) 788-6375.HENNA TATTOOSThe Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer a Teens Build a Better World program called “Handtastic Henna” July 11 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., for grades eight to 12. For information, call (813) 929-1214.FREE KIDS MOVIESCobb Grove 16 Theatres, 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, will offer free summer kids’ movies every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. The movies for July 11, July 12 and July 13 are “The Croods” and “Home.” Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Same-day ticketing only. Large groups, schools and camps are invited. For information, call (813) 948-5444.KIDS ART CLASSThe Lutz Branch Library will offer a “Painting on Poster Board” step-by-step instructional art class July 11 at 2 p.m., for kindergarten through fifth grade, at the Lutz Community Center, 98 First Ave., N.W. For information, call (813) 273-3652.NATIVE PLANT SOCIETYThe Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will meet July 11 at 7 p.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. The guest speaker will be David Hall on the topic of “Forensic Botany: How Bad Guys Can Bark up the Wrong Tree.” There will be light refreshments and a native plant drawing. For information, call Sandy Vanno at (727) 207-1853.PHOTOGRAPHY CLUBThe Land O’ Lakes Photography Club will meet July 11 at 7 p.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. All levels of photographers can attend. The topics will be landscapes and family vacations. For information, email COURSEThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will offer a Summer Reading Club: Magic Course program July 12 at 3:30 p.m., for teens; and, July 13 at 3:30 p.m., for preteens. For information, call (352) 5673576.SEW A TOTE BAGThe Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host Sewing 101: Tote Bags on July 12 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., for ages 9 to 15. For information, call (813) 929-1214.WORLD ARCHITECTUREThe Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer a Build a Better World program on “Architecture Around the World” July 12 at 10 a.m., and July 15 at 2 p.m., for kindergarten through third grade. There will be crafts, games and stories. For information, call (813) 929-1214.JEWISH CALENDAR CLASSCongregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road in Tampa, will host a Tree of Life Long Learning Class on the Jewish calendar July 12 at 7:30 p.m. Participants can learn about the holidays, little known facts about each date, and interesting and funny traditions. For information, call (813) 962-6338.MEET POLICE OFFICERSThe Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., will host members of the Zephyrhills Police Department July 12 at 2 p.m., so guests can learn what the officers do to help build a better world. For information, call (813) 780-0064.DRAMA CLASSThe Lutz Branch Library, 101 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road, will offer a drama class July 12 at 2 p.m., for kindergarten through fifth grade. Participants can learn acting skills, build confidence, inspire creativity and improve public speaking. The class is limited to 20 children. For information, call (813) 273-3652.BLACKOUT POETRYThe New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills, will host “Blackout Poetry” July 13 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., for grades eight to 12. For information, call (813) 788-6375.MONEY FOR TEENSThe New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills, will offer a presentation on money management and resume building for teens July 14 at 2 p.m., presented by Pasco County Cooperative Extension. For information, call (813) 788-6375.SCHOOL BASH NEEDS PARTNERSThe annual Cobb Grove 16 Theatres Backto-School Bash, scheduled for Aug. 12 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., is looking for partners to showcase their businesses in the community and make an impact on kids. If interested, call Demene Benjamin at (813) 948-5444.  The Gulfside Hospice thrift shops and the Kiwanis Club of Greater West Pasco are partnering to host a Back to School Supply Drive through July 22. Items collected will be donated to students in need at Pasco County elementary schools. Last year, 260 supply filled backpacks were given to eight Pasco County schools and Healthy Families. Donate and receive a voucher for 25 percent off a single item in the thrift shops. Items needed include colored pencils, crayons, erasers, folders, glue sticks, markers, notebooks, paper, pencil cases, pens, scissors, yellow pencils and backpacks. For shop locations, visit For information, call Kirsty Churchill at (727) 845-5707.  Stuff the School Bus for Teachers will take place July 28, July 29 and July 30 at these Walmart donation sites: Land O’ Lakes Boulevard in Lutz, State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, and Gall Boulevard in Zephyrhills. Shifts for volunteers are available from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., to collect donations and stuff the bus. To sign up, visit Minors must be accompanied by an adult age 18 or older. 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She set a goal of $3,000 to purchase eight items, ranging from a sensory pod to a therapeutic listening program. She didnt expect any donations. But, by June 30, more than $1,300 had been raised. Donations have poured in from friends, family members, and former teachers at Zephyrhills High School. Even perfect strangers have pitched in. It was very nice to see the reaction we got, and to see that people cared, AvilaPosey said. It makes me happy, because I know somebody is taking time out of their day to think about him. Already, the Posey family has used funds to purchase a Yogibo, for deep sensory input; a platform swing and stand, for sensory integration; and, a bubble column, used as a calming mechanism during therapy. We didnt want people to think that were just asking for money, Avila-Posey said. Were fine with donations, secondhand if anybody even wanted to have us purchase them at like a cheaper rate or reused, were all for that. 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If its not one thing, its literally the other, Avila-Posey said. Its been like nonstop. He almost doesnt catch a break. Avila-Posey acknowledges there are bad days, when her son screams and cries endlessly with no solution to console him. Its so sad, she said, because it almost makes you think youre not doing something right because you cant fix it. Formerly a childcare day care professional, Avila-Posey had experience working with special needs adolescents. That, she said, has made caring for her son a lot less scary. Still, it breaks her heart to see him struggle. The hardest obstacle, she said, is Julians limited understanding. Some days he doesnt know what youre saying to him, she said. Forming a bond with Julian wasnt automatic from birth. I had to earn that, Avila-Posey explained. It took years to form that bond, and its super strong now. I feel like that makes it even more special, because I had to work for it. It wasnt unconditional. It is now, but I had to establish that. For the most part, Julian is a happy, funloving boy. Its evident when he visits entertainment centers like Chuck E. Cheeses, Bangin Bungee Kidz Zone and 2Infinity Extreme Air Sports. He also gets a kick out of movie monsters, dinosaurs, minions and superheroes, Avila-Posey said. Hes got a cute little sense of humor, she said, joyfully. Hes got like 20 different laughs. Meanwhile, her sons various obstacles create a whole new perspective on life. It almost humbles you a little bit, AvilaPosey said. It makes you step back and take a check at your attitude, like, Really, what are you complaining about today? Is your day that hard? In caring for Julian, Avila-Posey takes one day at a time, finding ways to make his life easier. She also maintains her faith in him, regardless what others may say. Sometimes youre your only childs advocate and cheerleader, she said. Always be their voice. KEVIN WEISS


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Eventually, he rose to the rank of Sergeant First Class E7. Along the way, he worked as a banker, chef and nightclub manager. During his last 10 years of service, he was a generals aide. Despite the decades that have passed, details of war remain vivid in Voorhes mind. Most notably is the passing of his brother-in-law, who succumbed to Agent Orange. I miss him, Voorhes said, holding back tears. He was only a brother-in-law, but he was more like a brother to me, he said. The first U.S. combat troops were sent to Vietnam in 1965. More than 9 million Americans served during the Vietnam War, representing 10 percent of their generation. They marked the oldest and best-educated force that America ever sent into harms way. The last remaining troops were withdrawn in 1973. Though 97 percent would be honorably discharged, 58,307 service members died in the war, and more than 1,600 are still considered missing in action. Upon their return to America, Vietnam troops often were greeted with silence or worse for having served in the controversial war. Unlike soldiers returning from World War I and World War II, there were no ticker tape parades or triumphant marches for veterans returning from Vietnam. Despite painful memories and personal losses, though, Voorhes remains proud of his service. Its an honor to serve my country, he said, and Id do it again, if I had to. The Rotary Clubs commemorative ceremony and breakfast was held at the Copperstone Executive Suites in Land O Lakes. Voorhes received the Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemorative Lapel Pin from Chief George McDonald, of the Pasco Sheriffs Office. McDonald is a retired U.S. Army Special Forces Colonel. Throughout the hour-long event, Voorhes was lavished with applause, warm greetings and countless thank-yous from dozens of Rotarians and their guests. Voorhes also received a dedication message and certificate form the staff of U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis. The congressman, who represents Floridas 12th District and is vice chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, even had an American flag flown over the United States Capitol to honor Voorhes service. In a letter to Voorhes, Bilirakis wrote, There are no words that can adequately express the gratitude, admiration and respect that your military service during the Korean and Vietnam Wars has earned.The congressman also noted that members of the Armed Forces who served bravely during the Vietnam War were caught in the crossfire of public debate regarding our nations involvement and did not receive the warm welcome that you all deserved.The Vietnam War Commemoration is a government-led initiative, engaging 10,000 event partners, ranging from the Boy Scouts of America to the NFL. In 2012, President Barack Obama signed a proclamation creating the Vietnam War Commemoration. Obama called on communities across the country to come together and hold events between then and Veterans Day 2025 to recognize the 7 million living Vietnam veterans. To date, the commemoration has reached more than 1.4 million Vietnam veterans and their family members. Voorhes was chosen as the Rotary Clubs first recipient after his wife of 57 years, Jean Voorhes, reached out to the service organization, inquiring about the program. The satellite Rotary Club had just recently become an official commemoration partner, through the United States Department of Defense. That application process took about a year, said Sandy Graves, a member of the satellite club who helped coordinate the ceremony for Voorhes. The clubs worked very hard to become a commemorative partner with the government and do these ceremonies for Vietnam vets that kind of didnt get that when they came home, Graves said. Moving forward, the Wesley Chapel Noon Rotary Land O Lakes Satellite Club plans to organize two Vietnam Commemoration ceremonies each year. Graves said the satellite club will likely host a dinner ceremony sometime this fall, to honor multiple Rotarians that served in Vietnam. Its a wonderful thing, Graves said of the Vietnam commemoration program. My father served in the military, I have many friends that served in the military and every night I would just implore everyone to, when you do lay down to go to sleep, think about how come youre able to do that, and be very thankful for those that made (freedom) possible for us.Vietnam veteran receives overdue honor KEVIN WEISS COURTESY OF SANDY GRAVES


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. Our physicians are especially skilled in the areas of minimally invasive surgical procedures, including those utilizing the daVinci robot. We are located on the campus of Medical Center of Trinity, just 15 minutes west of the Suncoast Expressway on State Road 54. Reut Bardach, MD, FACOG Nay Hoche, MD Dr. Buck earned her medical degree from Michigan State University. She was Board Certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2009 and specializes in roboticassisted gynecological surgery. For the past 10 years, Dr. Buck practiced at Hackley Hospital Mercy Health, near her hometown of Muskegon, Michigan. € Medical Checks € Podiatrist Visits € Salon Services € Pet Therapy Sessions € Massage Therapyengaged in life! one will spend the day At Jaimes, your loved€ Innovative Activities € Monthly Field trips 813-26 3 half Call for www.jaimesadul t 18950 N. Dale Mab r 3 -6735day! a FREE t r y € Lutz, FL 33548 8A July 5, 2017 What do I do now?An unplAnned pregnAncy cAn be frightening And lonely. 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Otero has served at the hospital for more than a decade, and has been a member of the Women’s Orthopedic Global Outreach for four years. Otero also uses her vacation time for medical trips. The Frist award, created in 1971, honors outstanding individuals for humanitarian and volunteer service. The award is named for Dr. Thomas Frist Sr., founder of HCA and renowned humanitarian.BREAST-FEEDING CLASSSt. Joseph’s Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz, will offer a breast-feeding class July 8 from 9 a.m. to noon, in Garden Classroom A. Topics will include latching and positioning, the benefits of immediate skin-to-skin contact, newborn hunger signs, tips for returning to work, breast-feeding lifestyles, and when to call a health care provider or lactation consultant for help. The cost is $25. For information and to register, call (813) 443-2046.JOINT REPLACEMENT LECTURESt. Joseph’s Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz, will present a free lecture on total joint replacement July 10 at 10 a.m., in the Nursing Administration classroom. Participants can learn about total joint replacement, how to prepare for surgery and become familiar with the recovery process. Based on the requirements of an individual’s physician and availability, pre-op testing could be done the same day. For information and to register, call (813) 443-2046.HEALTH CARE FORMSThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host a Premier Community Healthcare representative July 11 from noon to 2 p.m., to answer questions about health care forms. For information, call (352) 567-3576.KNEE PAIN LECTUREFlorida Hospital Wesley Chapel, 2600 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., will offer a free lecture on “Walking Away from Knee Pain” July 11 at noon, in the fourth-floor classroom. Dr. Stephen Raterman, orthopedic surgeon, will discuss prevention methods and treatment options. For information and to register, visit WORKSHOPGulfside Hospice will offer a Creative Grieving workshop, for anyone coping with the loss of a loved one, July 14 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Gulfside Bereavement & Community Outreach Center, 6224 Lafayette St., in New Port Richey. The workshop is aimed at teaching various ways to relax, reduce stress and process grief feelings. There will be music, coloring and meditation. For information and to RSVP by July 11, call Kelly Cavagnetto at (813) 431-3348.HORMONE BALANCEFlorida Hospital Wesley Chapel will offer a free lecture on “Balanced Hormones, Balanced Life” July 11 at 6 p.m., in the Health & Wellness Center classroom, second floor, 2700 Healing Way. Participants can learn how to naturally balance hormones through diet, exercise and lifestyle changes. For information and to register, visit VICE PRESIDENT OF OPERATIONSOak Hill Hospital has appointed Cathy Edmisten as its new vice president of operations, replacing Alejandro Romero, who has transferred to the Medical Center of Trinity. Edmisten has a background in emergency services, nursing operations, nursing administration and nursing finance. She has lived in Spring Hill for 30 years and has had a wide range of health care management positions, including assistant chief nursing officer at Oak Hill Hospital; chief nursing officer/director of clinical services at University Community Health Long Term Acute Care Hospital in Connerton; director of nursing support operations at University Community Hospital in Tampa; director of operations at Woodruff & Company in Brooksville; charge nurse at Oak Hill Hospital’s emergency department; and, 20102011 Kiwanis Club of Nature Coast president.LIFELINK BOARD APPOINTMENTThe LifeLink Legacy Fund, a nonprofit community service organization dedicated to the mission of the LifeLink Foundation, has announced Dr. Thomas C. Pearson as a new member to its Board of Directors. Pearson, an Atlanta-based physician, is currently director of the Emory Transplant Center’s Kidney Transplant Program. He also is a professor of surgery for Emory University and an affiliate scientist at the Yerkes Division of Pathobiology and Immunobiology, both in Atlanta. Pearson steps into the board position previously held by Dr. John Whelchel, who served with the Fund for five years.BATTLE OF THE BELTS AWARDRegional Medical Center Bayonet Point has awarded a $500 prize to the students at Ridgewood High School for the “most improved safety belt use” while driving in the “Battle of the Belts.” The program, with partner Safe Kids of Pasco County, was initiated in an effort to change the statistics and increase seatbelt use. There were several award categories such as highest seatbelt use, most improved seatbelt use, best school campaign, best public service announcement, best poster and best essay.NONPROFIT OF THE YEARThe Crisis Center of Tampa Bay has been recognized as the 2017 Nonprofit of the Year in the crisis resources category, by the Tampa Bay Business Journal. The Nonprofit of the Year awards recognize Tampa Bay nonprofit organizations in a number of categories, including arts, culture and humanities; crisis resources; education; and, environment and animals. NAMI SUPPORT MEETINGSThe Pasco County Chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) offers two types of support group meetings every month. The NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a structured closed group, open only to those with a mental illness diagnosis. The group is for individuals age 18 and older, who are interested in the recovery process, sharing coping skills and being with others who understand the daily challenges of living with a mental illness. The group is facilitated by trained peers. The NAMI Family Support Group is for family members and caregivers of an adult with a mental illness diagnosis. The support meetings cover all brain disorders including, but not limited to, OCD, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, multiple personalities and more. For information, call (727) 992-9653, or visit Send health news to Health & Wellness Lizette Otero The Medical Center of Trinity has recognized two nurses who demonstrate excellence in professional mentoring and compassionate care. Michelle Sparks, RN, received the Excellence in Nursing Professional Mentoring Award. Sparks has been employed at the hospital for four years, and has taken on the role of mentor and preceptor for 5 West Oncology. Gregory Kennedy, RN, received the Excellence in Nursing Compassionate Care Award. Kennedy has been employed at the hospital for four years, and is the nursing manager for 2 West. His attention to detail, ability to empathize and genuine concern for those in his care are inherent to him.Excellence in Nursing awards Michelle SparksGregory Kennedy


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And thats why he prides himself for being able to talk to customers about their computer problems and needs at a level that they understand. Its unfortunate that 90 percent of computer technicians have difficulty explaining a computer problem and solution in language that regular people understand,Ž said Hatch. Which means, after they leave, the customer often has no idea what was done, and then are very frustrated if the problem happens again.Ž This is never the situation with Hatch, who operates SB Hatch Computer Services in Wesley Chapel. My first goal is to always make someone feel comfortable with me,Ž said Hatch. Whether it's the CEO of a company, or an entry-level employee, I know how to communicate so they do not feel intimidated and are at ease asking me questions.ŽHatch has been working on computers for over 30 years. In the 1970s, before there were even PCs, he immersed himself in computer technology. 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AVIATION PROGRAMS OPEN HOUSEPasco-Hernando State College will host an Aviation Programs Open House July 27 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at its East Campus, 36727 Blanton Road in Dade City, in the Public Service Technology Building. Pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, beginning fall 2017, PHSCs new aviation department will offer two programs: Aviation Administration Associate in Science and Professional Pilot Technology Associate I Science. Future programs will include Aviation Maintenance Administration Associate in Science and Unmanned Vehicles Systems Operations Associate in Science. To RSVP by July 20, visit, or call Cathi Kelly at (352) 518-1255.BACK-TO-SCHOOL CELEBRATIONFred K. Marchman Technical College, Chasco Elementary School, Calusa Elementary, Chasco Middle and Ridgewood High are hosting a Back-to-School Bash July 22 at Ridgewood High, 7650 Orchid Lake Road in New Port Richey. 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When the tour-takers finished that visit, most of them drove across county to visit Cypress Creek Middle High School to get a sneak preview of that campus led by Principal Carin Hetzler-Nettles. Bexley which will relieve overcrowding at Odessa and Oakstead elementary schools is the largest elementary school that Pasco County Schools has ever built, said John Petrashek, director of construction services for the district. Its design was a result of collaboration between architect Harvard Jolly, four elementary principals and David Scanga, assistant superintendent for elementary schools, Petrashek said. That team told the district, this is what we need to make this a very functioning, high-performing elementary school, the construction services director said. We listened. We designed They didnt get everything they wanted, but just about, he said. The resulting elementary school is rich for teaching, learning and for achievement, Petrashek said. The district aims to be as frugal as possible when building new schools, but doesnt cut corners when it comes to the quality of construction and design, Petrashek said. This building is built to last. You can pay for a building and good design now, or you can cheapen this design and pay forever out of operational costs for maintenance and repair, he said. This building has a 50-year life expectancy.Petrashek praised Newland Communities, the developer of the Bexley subdivision, for being tremendous partners.Newland ensured that the site was large enough to meet the districts needs and also made sure that needed infrastructure was available, Petrashek said. Pasco County Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning is enthusiastic about the new school. We expect great things to come out of Bexley Elementary School, Browning said. Its a beautiful place. Its obviously very functional, and it will lend itself to a great learning environment for kids. Wolin noted the emphasis was on collaboration, efficiency of space and flexibility. We wanted something that was timeless, so it would be efficient in the future, she said. For instance, there are stools that can break apart into smaller seats, and also be adjusted so that they rock. We want to offer our students seating areas that best meet their needs for learning, instead of: Sit down and sit still, Wolin said. The building also is designed with spaces that can shrink or expand, allowing grade-level teams to work together and enabling teachers to tailor instruction to meet the varying needs of students. The technology also offers flexibility. For instance, the same piece of equipment can be used to show a video or to be an interactive tool, depending on what a teacher needs for a particular lesson, Wolin said. Even the schools large front office is designed with families in mind, the principal said, noting it is more spacious than the typical front office at an elementary school. The idea is to give families more room as they wait to take care of school business. At Cypress Creek Middle High School, at 8701 Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel, Hetzler-Nettles led the group around the campus, which initially will serve students in grades six through 11. Much of the furniture and equipment has yet to be installed, but, like Bexley, the school will have different types of seating and spaces that can be reconfigured for different uses. Stops on the tour included a science classroom, the school gymnasium, the cafeteria, the weight room, locker rooms, a band room, a conference room, various other classrooms and a look at the athletic fields. For parents and students who want to see for themselves, Cypress Creek Middle High will be holding two events, designed for students in different age groups. For details, visit the schools website at Bexley is planning an open house, too. For more information about Bexley, visit the coalition is heading in the right direction. Commissioners gave initial approval to the funding and the location for the center on June 20 in New Port Richey. A final vote on the project is scheduled for July 11 in Dade City.The funds would be dispersed after Oct. 1.Commissioners will be asked in September to transfer the county property to the Homeless Coalition of Pasco, which will manage the navigation center. The goal is to work with one camp at a time. Homeless individuals would live at the navigation center on average about 90 days, said Raine Johns, the coalitions chief executive director. They would be given wrap-around services, and personalized case management for about 12 months, through a coalition of partners, including United Way of Pasco and the Pasco County Housing Authority. As many as 75 single adult men and women would be housed at the center. They would get help in finding jobs, job training, education and health care. Housing is a priority. The countys housing authority has pledged 75 housing vouchers to the program. There is such a big change in a persons life when he does have a place to live, Johns said. Homeless people are living in cars and in the woods, she added. You are creating a cycle of poverty because people dont have a safe place to live. Conservation Department removed some concrete. Then, Valenti and his volunteers went to work. We laid the concrete, then we planted this large flower box around it, he said. The volunteers also built a flower box near the Lutz Memorial Park sign. The teenager wanted plants that could tolerate the sun, the rain and the drought. In other words, he was looking for low-maintenance plants that could survive in sandy soil, he said. Since he wasnt sure what would be best, he turned to gardening experts for advice. He settled on blue salvia, pink guara and firebush. Over the course of two weekends, we had more than 40 people, he said, including several members of Troop 12 and friends from Freedom High School. Several local businesses helped out, too. Johns Butcher Shop and Benedettos (Ristorante Italiano) provided the food, he said. People allowed us to use their facilities, like their water and their bathrooms, he said. It would have been about $2,000 with everything, including food and whatnot, but Lowes and Home Depot gave us significant discounts, he said. Ace Hardware, in Lutz, helped, too. Earning the Eagle Scout is gratifying, said Valenti, who lives in Lutz, and is the son of Ron and Rose Valenti. Its kind of the pinnacle of your scouting career. Its taken years of hard work to get where I am, said the teenager, who will be a junior at Freedom High School. And, its an accomplishment with staying power, he noted. Once youre an Eagle, youre an Eagle for life. Valenti was a third-grader when he joined scouts, and he hopes he will become a scout leader when hes an adult. It just ingrains very important values, he said, and prepares youths to become good citizens. Besides being an Eagle Scout, Valenti has earned 48 scouting badges and is a member of the Order of the Arrow, scoutings national honor society.While he does well in school and plans to attend a state college, he hasnt pinned down which career path hed like to pursue. B.C. MANION COURTESY OF RON VALENTI


The 2017 football season is two months away, but one of Pasco Countys top teams already has taken a hit. In a weeks span, two varsity standouts from Wiregrass Ranch High School cornerback Shamaur McDowell and quarterback/safety Raymond Woodie III have exited the rising program, which last season finished Class 7A, District 8 runnerup, making its first playoff appearance since 2010. On June 16, Woodie III, a 6-foot-2, 185pound junior, announced he was enrolling at Sheldon High School in Eugene, Oregon, a move that allows him to reconnect with his father, an assistant football coach at the University of Oregon. ...I would like to thank everyone at Wiregrass for taking me in and giving me the opportunity to be successful on and off the football field, Woodie III said, in a statement. I will forever be grateful to the coaches and players, and wish them nothing but the best this season. With that being said, my family and I have decided it is best for me to move out to Oregon with them and attend Sheldon High School. Just four days later, McDowell, a 5-foot-11, 184-pound senior, announced his intention to transfer to IMG Academy, a boarding school and sport-training destination in Bradenton. My parents and I felt like it was the best decision, McDowell said, in a statement. It will allow me to focus on being the best student-athlete I can be. It will also prepare me for the next stage in my life. Both are widely regarded as elite prospects for their respective classes. And, noteworthy losses for Wiregrass Ranch, which figures to be one of the better teams in Pasco in 2017. Woodie III, who landed at Wiregrass Ranch after transferring from Carrollwood Day School in the offseason, is rated by 247Sports as a three-star prospect and the nations eighth-best dual-threat quarterback for the 2019 class, and boasts scholarship offers from over 20 Division I football programs. McDowell, a three-year varsity player for the Bulls and verbal commit to the University of Minnesota, is rated by 247Sports as a three-star prospect and ranked among the states top 300 players for the 2018 class; he also holds scholarship offers from nearly 20 Division I schools. For McDowell, the transfer to IMG Academy offers an opportunity to further enhance his skills, and raise his national profile. The academy, ranked as the top prep program in Florida, typically plays a national schedule. This season, IMG Academy (11-0 in 2016) will play games in Arizona, California, Maryland, Washington D.C., Utah, Alabama and Virginia, facing some of the nations other top prep football schools. Throughout the school year, McDowell will receive training inside state-of-the art facilities from a staff of full-time coaches, trainers and nutritionists. He will also compete alongside other top talent IMGs entire roster is actively recruited by FBS (Football Bowl Subdivision) schools. Meanwhile, the Bulls remain stockpiled with impact players, even with the two departures. It all starts with senior defensive back Jordan Miner. The four-star prospect is ranked one of the states top 50 players for the 2018 recruiting class, and claims nearly 30 Division I scholarship offers, including Penn State University, University of Maryland, University of North Carolina and University of Tennessee, among others. Last season for the Bulls, the 6-foot-1, 177pound Miner tallied 38 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions and 12 passes defensed. He also racked up nearly 500 all-purpose yards on offense, defense and special teams. Besides Miner, the Bulls have numerous players with standing college scholarships offers, including wide receiver/safety Daniel Biglow (Fort Lewis College), safety/running back Kwesi Littlejohn (Webber International University), tight end/defensive end Devaun Roberts (Warner University, Webber International) and wide receiver/slot back Adrian Thomas (Webber International). The return of 1,000-yard rusher Da Da McGee and a potential breakout campaign from junior quarterback Grant Sessums should also help mask the exodus of Woodie III and McDowell. Save for anymore unforeseen departures from the program, the Bulls look to build on last seasons success, under third-year coach Mark Kantor. Kantor, who previously coached at Hudson High School, orchestrated an impressive turnaround from 2015 (2-8 record) to 2016 (7-3 record). But, the upcoming season wont be easy. Besides facing tough district opponents like Plant, Gaither and Wharton high schools, the Bulls kick off the 2017 slate against nondistrict opponents Zephyrhills, Wesley Chapel and Sunlake high schools which went a combined 22-7 last season. The challenging schedule may come in handy near playoff time, however. The Florida High School Athletic Associations new playoff system for football stresses strength of schedule, along with overall record. After the four district champs in Class 7A, Region 2, the other four playoff teams will be determined by a points-based system. In preparation for the rigors of a demanding 2017 schedule, Kantor arranged a May 19 spring game against Tampa Catholic (33-27 loss) and Aug. 18 preseason classic against Clearwater Central Catholic (9-2 record in 2016). 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Wesley Chapel High School utility/designated hitter Hunter Moye has signed to play baseball at Central Lakes College, a junior college in Brainerd, Minnesota. Moye was named to the SAC (Sunshine Athletic Conference) East AllCounty Second-Team in 2016. Wiregrass Ranch High School third baseman Hunter Brown has committed to play baseball at Glenville State College, a Division II school in West Virginia. Brown posted a .232 batting average and .338 onbase percentage in 2017.SPECIAL OLYMPICS PASCO SWIM MEET JULY 15Special Olympics Pasco student-athletes will put their talents on display at the County Aquatics Meet July 15 at 5 p.m., at the New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center, 6630 Van Buren St., New Port Richey. The aquatic athletes, who have trained two months for the event, will compete in a variety of swimming strokes and relays, ranging from 25-meter to 100-meter races. The event also will prepare them for the Area Games, on Aug. 12, in Dunedin. Competing athletes registered prior to the meet and participated in training at a Special Olympics Pasco Site. To become a volunteer for the event, contact Valerie Lundin at (727) 492-8413. Saint Leo Universitys head womens golf coach Tommy Baker has resigned from his role at the university to accept an assistant coaching position at Colorado State University, a Division I program in Fort Collins, Colorado. Baker exits Saint Leo after four seasons, having turned the Lions into a top-10 program over the past two seasons. All of us at Saint Leo are grateful for Coach Bakers contributions to the growth of the womens golf program and to our overall womens athletics program, Saint Leo athletic director Francis X. Reidy said, in a release. He has laid a great foundation for the future growth of Saint Leo womens golf, and we will now look for a successor to build on Tommys work over the last four years. Tommy has been a tremendous asset to our department, and I wish him all the best in his new role at Colorado State. The Lions qualified for the NCAA South Super Regional in each of Bakers four seasons at the helm. His 2015-16 squad earned the programs first team qualifier into the national championship and finished in a tie fourth place, while Saint Leo produced individual qualifiers in 2014 and 2017. Baker coached senior Marie Coors, Division IIs top-ranked player throughout much of 2016-2017, to the individual title at the 2017 NCAA Division II Womens Golf Championship in Findlay, Ohio Saint Leos first NCAA national championship, team or individual, in womens athletics. Coors capped the season by earning 2017 Womens Golf Coaches Association (WGCA) Division II Player of the Year honors, as well as being named the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Division II Academic All-America of the Year in the At-Large category, and the Division II Honda Athlete of the Year nominee in womens golf. Coors was one of three WGCA AllAmericans who was coached by Baker over his four seasons at Saint Leo, two of whom he recruited. Also during Bakers time as head coach, the Lions four-player team stroke average dropped from 309.59 in his first season down to 297.64 in 2016-17, and Saint Leos 74.46 adjusted scoring average in 2016-17 was fourth lowest in all of Division II according to GolfStat. I have enjoyed my time at Saint Leo University and feel extremely grateful for the knowledge and friendships that I have gained over the past four years. I am forever grateful for the opportunity the university provided me, said Baker. I want to personally thank Dr. Arthur Kirk and Dr. William Lennox (former and current Saint Leo presidents), Fran Reidy, and the Saint Leo community for allowing and trusting me to be an influential part of the daily lives of our student-athletes. I wish the university, the athletics department, and the Saint Leo womens golf program continued success. Prior to Saint Leo, Baker served as the head golf coach at Coker College, in Hartsville, South Carolina, and assistant golf coach at University of North CarolinaPembroke. COURTESY OF SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY Saint Leo womens golf coach resigns; accepts position at Colorado StateFILE Wiregrass Ranch football loses two playmakers Wiregrass Ranch High 2017 football scheduleAug. 18 -at Clearwater Central CatholicAug. 25 Zephyrhills High SchoolSept. 1at Wesley Chapel High SchoolSept. 8 Sunlake High SchoolSept. 15 at Sickles High SchoolSept. 22 Wharton High SchoolOct. 6 at Gaither High SchoolOct. 13 at Freedom High SchoolOct. 20 Leto High SchoolOct. 27 Plant High SchoolNov. 3 at Auburndale High School FILE COURTESY OF RIVALS.COM District Champs! COURTESY OF TERENCE DOOHEN


INSIDE: Directories, Classifieds, Games & More B If you enjoy the act of creation, the Art in the Afternoon program at Zephyrhills Public Library may help you fulfill that urge. The program welcomes art enthusiasts of all levels. Its a great way for artists to share their knowledge and mingle with other creative spirits. Budding artists can learn techniques from those with more experience. Artists should bring their own supplies and join those who enjoy sharing their time and talents. The group meets at the library, at 4347 Eighth St., on Tuesdays, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. This is just one of many programs offered at the library, said Peggy Panak, the librarys acting director. The events calendar shows a wide range of programs offered throughout the month, including help with career searches, gardening, crafts, cooking, good health and other topics. The librarys hours are Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. To find out more about what this branch offers, go to, and search the events calendar for the Zephyrhills branch. Explore your inner artist on Tuesday afternoons FRED BELLET

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