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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So, on Oct. 16, Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles prepared to send a letter to the Florida Department of Family and Children Services cancelling plans for a similar event scheduled at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Center. The four-day event had been slated to begin on Oct. 22. Pasco officials now are scouting for a different location, and will work with local DCF officials to identify a more suitable site, said Biles. Per the agreement, either party can terminate upon three days prior written notice. As of Oct. 16, about 11,000 people had pre-registered online to participate in the emergency food program, Biles said. The challenge is finding a large building with sufficient parking in a location that is accessible, he said. “We (Pasco County) don’t have a location for that,” Biles said. The better option likely is finding a private property that would meet thoseBy B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.comBexley Elementary was formally dedicated last week. It was a festive event, with Pasco County Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning making some remarks, the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce marking the occasion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the Sunlake High School band performing a few numbers. There was cake, of course. And, cupcakes, too. The cafeteria was crowded with families celebrating the new school, and many of the guests took advantage of the opportunity to go on self-guided tours to see the classrooms and meet school staff. The school, at 4380 Ballantrae Blvd.,Pasco seeks new location for food reliefSee RELIEF, page15A ‘He had lots of ideas and wanted to do things’By B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.comSeventy-three-year-old Ray Mason died suddenly after a medical emergency during a vacation. Mason’s death was “a terrible shock,” said Lyle Watson, who came to know Mason during their time together as members of the Lutz/Land ‘O Lakes American Legion Post 108. “He bought into the Legion 150 percent,” Watson said. “He very quickly made a name for himself and made everybody take notice,” Watson added. Mason served in the Navy, from 1962 to 1968, as a commissary store keeper. More recently, he served as adjutant of Post 108, assisting commanders and then later beSee BEXLEY, page15A See RAY MASON, page15A Helping Puerto Rico, one click at a timeBy Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.comAs the island of Puerto Rico tries to pick up the pieces after the devastating landfall of Hurricane Maria, a group of students at Sunlake High School offered their help in the recovery efforts — via classroom computers nearly 1,200 miles away. On Oct. 2 and Oct. 3, students in teacher Anne Cullison’s Advanced Placement (AP) Geography class participated in a collaborative project called The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, a nonprofit that does emergency mapping in the wake of disasters. Cullison’s two classes, comprised of mostly freshman, mapped areas affected in Puerto Rico using what’s called OpenStreetMap, a web project that uses open-source geospatial data, and satellite imagery to create better, digitally available maps of the area. Over the course of two days, Cullison’s students mapped and validated everything from buildings and streets, to homes and parking garages. The exercise, also performed by numerous volunteers worldwide, serves a critical resource when relief organizations, such as the American Red Cross and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), are responding to disasters — by providing more details on the island’s roads and buildings, in part to give them information about who needs help and how to get there. Cullison explained relief organizations working in Puerto Rico struggle to help those trapped in rural areas in the interior of the island, due to little data on roadways and buildings. Small towns may also not be labeled on maps, so in some cases, aid workers may not even know which towns exist. But, with up-to-date maps, “the Red Cross…can go in and start actually checking destroyed things and go, ‘OK, well that was a building,’” Cullison said. “It could also give them data about areas that may be without power or what kind of infrastructure needs to be rebuilt,” she said.HURRICANE MARIA UNLEASHES HER FURYHurricane Maria, a Category 5 Hurricane, hit Puerto Rico on Sept. 20 after barreling into Dominica. Regarded as the worst natural disaster on record in Dominica, Hurricane Maria also caused catastrophic damage and a major humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. More than 1,500 roads and bridges were damaged after the hurricane, and rebuilding them could cost more than $240 million, transportation officials estimate. There also have been 45 known deaths in Puerto Rico alone, as of Oct. 10. The Humanitarian OpenStreet Map Team seeks to help emergency responders help people affected in disaster zones. The group was initially organized after the Haiti earthquake in 2010. At the time, the maps available of the country were on paper, and mostly outdated. A loose network of volunteers started using OpenStreetMap, to create better, digitally available maps of the area. Since then, emergency disaster mappers KEVIN WEISSMadeline Murch, a freshman Advanced Placement geography student, marks buildings on OpenStreetMap, to gives relief organizations in Puerto Rico information about who needs help and how to get there. Its really nice knowing that you can help other people, just from sitting in your class and doing work at a computer, but knowing that its still helping others. I feel like its time well spent, Murch said. COURTESY OF SUNLAKE HIGH SCHOOLSunlake High School geography teacher Anne Cullison introduced her classes to a collaborative project called The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team, a nonprofit that does emergency mapping in the wake of disasters. COURTESY OF U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSEPuerto Rico was hit by Hurricane Maria, a Category 5 Hurricane, on Sept. 20. More than 1,500 roads and bridges were damaged. See PUERTO RICO, page15A B.C. MANIONMembers of the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce join administrators from Pasco County Schools and members of the Pasco County School Board during a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the formal dedication of Bexley Elementary School.Bexley Elementary celebrates its formal dedication


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Once the sale of the 10 malls to QIC, and the companys New York specialty retail centers to Madison International is complete, Forest City will no longer have shopping centers in its portfolio.We are very pleased to achieve this key milestone with our partner, said David J. LaRue in a written statement. LaRue is Forest City president and chief executive officer. This transaction is a win-win for all parties, as we continue to focus our business on urban residential, office and mixed-use assets, and QIC acquires full ownership of a U.S. retail presence with high quality regional malls in strong markets.For more information, visit FILEA light rail system running beside Interstate 275 is the top choice for transit in a study that identifies potential projects in the Tampa Bay region, according to rankings from the Regional Transit Feasibility Plan. The route would link Wesley Chapel to Tampa and St. Petersburg, with a stop at the University of South Florida. The second choice would follow the same route but rely on rubber tires in a dedicated lane, most likely buses or self-driving vehicles. The results are part of an ongoing study, which has included workshops, meetings and social media responses. The study focused on the urban areas of Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties. The approximately $1.5 million cost is being funded by the Florida Department of Transportation, with support from local governments and agencies, including the three county governments and their transit agencies. The study considered rail and rubber tire modes of transportation including express bus, bus rapid transit, light rail/modern streetcar, and commuter rail. A total of 15 projects were ranked based on technical merit, and public opinion. The studys findings were presented by HART on Sept. 29 at a meeting attended by the Tampa Bay Transportation Management Area (TMA) Leadership Group. The group includes members from Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco counties. Previously, the study identified five potential transit corridors. They are Wesley Chapel to USF, Tampa, and St. Petersburg; downtown Tampa to USF; Westshore to Brandon; south Tampa to downtown Tampa; and Clearwater and Gateway to St. Petersburg. No funding sources have been identified. The study is scheduled to conclude in September 2018 with a recommendation for a specific project that can attract funding and is forward thinking. Other projects with top rankings in order are: Light rail along the CXS rail line between downtown Tampa and USF Rubber tire in a dedicated lane along the rail line, also between downtown Tampa and USF Commuter rail along I-275 linking Wesley Chapel, USF, Tampa and St. Petersburg tied for fifth Commuter rail along CSX linking downtown Tampa and USF tied for fifth Commuter trains generally operate with heavier train cars at higher speeds, more passengers and fewer stops than light rail. Light rail is closer to a modernized street car with quicker starts and stops, and fewer passengers than commuter trains. The study also provided a county by county breakdown on preferred choices for transit based on public opinion. Light rail along I-275 for Wesley Chapel, USF, Tampa, Gateway and St. Petersburg ranked first in Hillsborough and Pinellas. In Pasco, the same route with some type of bus or self-driving vehicle placed first. Light rail ranked in third place. 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Jungalow style brings the beauty and life of plants indoors by integrating them in living areas. Plants may be grown indoors — both for their beauty and their air quality benefits. A study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) conducted regarding air quality and houseplants concluded that a plant is “very important in removing indoor air pollution either directly through its leaves or indirectly through the root/soil pathway” (Wolverton, Douglas, and Bounds, 1989, pg. 10). Plants tested by NASA include bamboo palm, English ivy, peace lily, Sansevieria laurentii, spider plant, golden pothos, and philodendron. As with any plant, be sure to follow the first principle of Florida Friendly LandscapingTM: Right Plant, Right Place. This means selecting plants suited to your landscape (or home) based on light, water, temperature, and soil conditions. My grandmother grew about 20 different African violets. She placed them in the perfect spot in her living room – a north-facing windowsill. African violets grow well in bright, indirect light. A south-facing window would generally be too sunny for African violets. You don’t need many plants to create an indoor garden. Choose easy-to-grow plants such as spider plants, Aglaonema spp., and hoya. One of my favorite indoor plants is called a “ZZ plant” or Zamioculcas zamiifolia. ZZ plants have shiny, dark green leaves. They thrive in low-light environments and are drought-tolerant. ZZ plants have no significant pest or disease problems. The main concern is proper watering. ZZ plants need soil that drains well. Water your ZZ plant and let it dry out between waterings to reduce the chance of root rot, which can be caused by too much water. Generally, you should have few pests with indoor plants, but you may occasionally encounter mealybugs and whiteflies. If this happens, remove the pot from your house or office and place it outside in a similar environment. Often, natural predators will eat the pest insects. You may also use least toxic pest control methods, such as horticultural oils and insecticidal soaps. Some pests, such as mealybugs or aphids, may be treated by wetting or removing the insects with a cotton swab dipped in a solution of one-half water and one-half rubbing alcohol. To avoid disease problems, water appropriately. This requires some care and monitoring of your plants. Plants grown indoors don’t dry out as quickly as plants grown outside. Monitoring your plants to provide sufficient – but not too much – water can be tricky at first. But, over time you’ll know your plants’ watering needs. For example, I have an English ivy in a windowsill. It requires more water during the summer months than it does during the winter months. Additionally, some months I water it every two weeks because that is all the water it needs! A word of caution: Some houseplants may be considered invasive when planted in the landscape. Be considerate of the growing characteristics of houseplants and check their status prior to planting them in the ground. You can look up plant names and view pictures of invasive plants on the UF/IFAS Assessment website found at For example, searching for the plant Sansevieria will yield results for three plants included in the Assessment. You will see that Sansevieria cylindrica is not considered a problem species at this time. However, Sansevieria trifasciata is listed as invasive in Central Florida and throughout the rest of the state. Get creative with your indoor garden by choosing flower pots that match your dcor, or try growing plants in a terrarium. I enjoy searching for vintage or antique pots in thrift stores, yard sales, and antique shops. Keep an eye out for unique finds when traveling. I spotted the geometric flower vase — now hanging in my office — at a garden center in Nashville, Tennessee. You may find other creative containers such as pottery, vases, jars, concrete planters, baskets, wall pockets, and galvanized buckets. The UF/IFAS Extension Hillsborough County office can help answer your gardening questions. We are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Our office and gardens are located at 5339 County Road 579, Seffner, Florida 33584. For additional information, contact or (813) 744-5519, Ext. 54145.Nicole Pinson is the Urban Horticulture Agent in Hillsborough County. The author gratefully acknowledges Master Gardener Nancy Ham for contributing to this article.References: Black, R. and R. Henley. (2003). Care of Plants in the Home. IFAS Publication Number CIR454. Gainesville: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Short, D.E., S.M. Dickerson, and E.A. Buss. (2006). Houseplant Arthropod Pest Management. IFAS Publication Number ENY330. Gainesville: University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. Wolverton, B.C., W.L. Douglas, and K. Bounds. (1989). A Study of Interior Landscape Plants for Indoor Pollution Abatement. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Stennis Space Center, MS. Retrieved from COURTESY OF NICOLE PINSONAn easy-to-care for ZZ plantŽ growing in Nicole Pinsons office. You can find interesting containers when traveling and at online and neighborhood sales and shops.


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NATIVE PLANT SALEThe Native Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will host a native plant sale Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. There will be a selection of nursery-grown native plants for sale, a plant profile for each plant purchased, free literature and nursery information, native plant books for sale, carts available for plant transportation, and a master gardener information table. For information, visit SALEThe New River Friends of the Library will have their semi-annual book sale Oct. 21, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the library at 34043 State Road 54. Besides gently used books, the Blood Bank also will be there, and, as always, there will be a free craft corner with face painting for children. For more information call Becky at (813) 310-9165.ST. TIMOTHY FALL FESTIVALSt. Timothy Catholic Church, 17512 Lakeshore Road, will have its fall festival Oct. 19 through Oct. 21. The event kicks off with a Taste of St. Timothy on Oct. 19, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., featuring food from 40 local eateries. A variety of family friendly activities are planned on Oct. 20, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Festivities on Oct. 21 begin with a Fun Run at 8 a.m., and include a fishing derby, food booths, a rock wall, tethered hot air balloon rides and other activities. Visit for more information.SUNLAKE JUNIOR CHEER CLINICSunlake High School Cheerleaders are presenting the 2017 Junior Cheer Clinic on Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Sunlake High School football field. The clinic is open for students from kindergarten through eighth grade. The school is at 3023 Sunlake Blvd. in Lutz. Register on the day of the camp by 8:45 a.m.. Cost is $35. Bring a sack lunch and a water bottle. For additional information, text questions to (813) 300-7505 or email This is the first time the cheerleaders have offered this camp, but they expect it to become an annual event.FAMILY HERITAGE FESTIVALFriends of the John F. Germany Public Library will host the third annual Family Heritage Festival, at the library, 900 N. Ashley Drive in Tampa, on Oct. 21, from 10:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (813) 273-3652.JUNK IN THE TRUNKKeystone Community Church, 21010 State Road 54 in Lutz, will hold its second annual “Junk in The Trunk” yard sale on Oct. 21, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. You price and sell your items, keeping all of your profits. Those wishing to sell can purchase a space for $20. An 8-foot table and two chairs will be delivered to your space for $10. For information, call Mary Howard at (813) 2987443 or Gail DuBose at (813) 205-0594.LAKE MIRROR AUTO SHOWThe Lake Mirror Auto Show and Lake Mirror Concours, presented by MidFlorida Credit Union, will take place Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the streets of downtown Lakeland. There will be more than 750 show vehicles surrounding the restored, 1920s art deco-inspired Lake Mirror Promenade. For vehicle registration or information, visit HERITAGE FESTIVALFriends of the John F. Germany Public Library will be hosting the third annual Family Heritage Festival, at the library, 900 N. Ashley Drive in Tampa, on Oct. 21, from 10:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, call (813) 273-3652.SHABBY CHIC VINTAGE MARKETThe Shabby Chic Vintage Market & Artisan Day returns to The Grove parking lot, 6105 Wesley Grove Blvd., Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be shabby chic items, plants and yard art, home decor and more. Admission is free. The event is kid friendly. NATIVE AMERICAN FLUTE GATHERINGThe Silverhawk Native American Flute Gathering and Arts and Crafts Show will be held Oct. 21 and Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Withlacoochee River Park, 12449 Withlacoochee Blvd. in Dade City. There will be music, arts and crafts and food vendors. For more information, visit or call (813) 763-2118.CENTRAL PASCO REPUBLICAN CLUBThe Republican Club of Central Pasco will host Republican candidates for the District 37 State House seat currently held by Speaker of the House Richard Corcoran, who cannot seek re-election to the seat because of term limits. The Oct. 23 meeting, beginning with a social at 6:30 p.m., will be held at Copperstone Executive Suites, 3632 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. For more information, call (813) 996-3011.TAMPA ORCHID CLUBThe Tampa Orchid Club will meet at the Northdale Recreation Center, 15550 Spring Pine Drive in Tampa, on Oct. 24, at 9:30 a.m.. This month’s program is a documentary film, “Journey to Machu Picchu.”TRINITY DEMOCRATIC CLUBSusan Glickman, Florida Director of the Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, will speak on Oct. 25 at the 6:30 p.m. meeting of the Trinity Democratic Club, at Fox Hollow Golf Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway in Trinity. Doors open at 5 p.m. For more information call (727) 4828709.CARROLLWOOD BOOK CLUBThe CCC Book Club will meet Oct. 25 at 7 p.m., at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa, to discuss “North River” by Pete Hamill. For information, visit, or email David Bradshaw at CHURCH FALL FESTIVALLife Church, 6224 Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel, will host its annual Fall Fest Oct. 25, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. This free event (excluding food) will feature carnival games, bounce houses, entertainment for the kids, and food trucks. Kids ages 12 and younger can dress in costume. For information, call (813) 973-2230.CARROLLWOOD TOASTMASTERSThe Carrollwood Toastmasters meets Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave. in Tampa. Learn to improve your public speaking, or just stop by for a fun evening. For more information, please visit OF JEWISH SETTLERSLearn about Tampa’s Jewish population, the economic role of Jewish-owned businesses and the role of Jewish residents in politics during this presentation on Oct. 26, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., in Tampa, offered in partnership with the Tampa Bay History Center.PASCO COMMISSIONER MIKE MOORE OFF-SITE HOURSPasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore will hold off-site office hours at the Pasco County Utilities Building, 19420 Central Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes, on Oct. 26, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Citizens who wish to meet with Moore should call Terry Ewing-Chow, his assistant, to set an appointment. The number is (352) 5214111, Ext. 4682. The meetings will be in the Crystal Springs Conference Room on the first floor.PATEL CONSERVATORY PRESENTS ‘GODSPELL’The Patel Conservatory will present “Godspell” Oct. 26 to Oct. 29 in the Straz Center for the Performing Arts’ TECO Theater. The show will be performed by students in grades seven through 12. Shows are Thursday and Friday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m. (sensory friendly) and 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. Tickets start at $20, and can be purchased by calling (800) 955-1045, in person at the Straz, or online at OR TREATOur Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 2348 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes, will host its 21st annual Trunk or Treat Oct. 27, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be a snack table in the courtyard. No scary or immodest costumes will be allowed. To sign up with your trunk, call (813) 949-4565,ST. JOE FALL FESTIVALThe St. Joe Fall Festival, at Sacred Heart Church, 32145 St. Joe Road in Dade City, is set for Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event features live music, arts and crafts, bouncy houses, face painting, carnival games, fish and wildlife, food and more. For more information, visit CEREMONY FOR VIETNAM VETSThe Wesley Chapel Noon Rotary Land O’ Lakes Satellite Club plans a Commemoration Ceremony to honor and thank Rotary-sponsored veterans on Oct. 28, at 10 a.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. The public is invited to attend. For more information, call Sandy Graves at (813) 996-3011. Cont i nued on next page


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GULFSIDE HOSPICE DEFICIENCY FREEGulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care has been declared deficiency-free after two in-depth inspections by the Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA), according to a news release from Gulfside. Our teams hard work, attention to detail and execution in compliance, quality and risk management was evident to the surveyors throughout the entire routine process, Linda Ward, President and CEO of Gulfside, said in the release. Thank you and congratulations to everyone on our team for providing service and care that keeps our organization always at the highest level of standards! The AHCA conducted two unannounced routine surveys, the Overall Company Licensing Inspection and the Life Safety Inspection. Throughout the process, surveyors examined policies, procedures and clinical practices, as well as toured the Gulfside Center for Hospice Care and interviewed various employees. Both inspections resulted in 100 percent compliance in all aspects with zero deficiencies found in the organization. Gulfside Hospice serves more than 375 hospice patients and more than 100 palliative patients daily. It has more than 250 employees and more than 300 volunteers. To find out more, call (800) 561-4883 or visit OF THE MONTHRegional Medical Center Bayonet Points employee of the month for August was Jeffrey Visag, the hospitals lead X-Ray technologist. He was recognized as someone who leads by example in the areas of customer service, optimal imaging, and promoting the patient experience. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point is at 14000 Fivay Road in Hudson.MILES BY MOONLIGHT TREADMILL RELAYThe Health & Wellness Center at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel is holding a treadmill relay called Miles by Moonlight to raise money for the American Heart Association Heart Walk. Teams of up to 10 people can participate by donating $300 or more. 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SUNLAKE JUNIOR CHEER CLINICSunlake High School Cheerleaders are presenting the 2017 Junior Cheer Clinic on Oct. 21, from 9 .m. to 3 p.m. at the Sunlake High School football field. The clinic is open for kindergarten through eighth-grade students. The school is at 3023 Sunlake Blvd. in Lutz. Register on the day of the camp by 8:45 a.m. cost is $35. Bring a sack lunch and a water bottle. For additional information, text questions to (813) 300-7505 or email This is the first time the cheerleaders have offered this camp, but they expect it to become an annual event.SAINT LEO HELPS COLLEGE STUDENTS DURING HURRICANESSaint Leo University has assisted students during a hurricane season that has produced one massive storm after another. Throughout the devastation of hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, Saint Leo University has served to shelter students and to ensure their education could continue uninterrupted. During Hurricane Irma, the university sheltered more than 600 students. With the support of generous donors, the university also established an emergency scholarship fund for students who were in the path of the three stormsincluding those who study at University Campus, at 27 teaching locations, and online, according to a Saint Leo news release. The university also has announced a special program for college students in Puerto Rico whose education was affected by the aftermath of the hurricanes. For the semester beginning in January, Saint Leo will provide these students with free room and board, as well as a discounted tuition rate of $8,500. While these students will be responsible for the cost of books, Saint Leo also will waive their student fees to further aid these students to continue their educations. Federal financial aid and other private scholarships may be utilized to help pay the discounted tuition rate. At Saint Leo we live by six core values, one of which is community, Dr. William J. Lennox Jr., university president, said in the release. We are happy to extend this helping hand and extend our community to those who have had their college careers interrupted by this devastation.PHSC PRESIDENT JOINS HIGH TECH COUNCILPasco-Hernando State College president Timothy Beard is the newest member of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council. The corridor council is an economic development initiative of the University of Central Florida (UCF), the University of South Florida (USF) and the University of Florida (UF). The corridor councils mission is to expand high tech in the corridor and encourage innovation through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce and entrepreneurship, according to a news release announcing Beards addition to the council. The corridor council is a partnership involving more than 25 local and regional economic development organizations (EDOs), 14 state colleges and 12 CareerSource boards. Beard joined PHSC in 2007 as the vice president of student development and enrollment management after more than 30 years in education and student services. He was named the colleges fourth president in 2015. During Beards tenure, PHSCs enrollment has increased by 40 percent. Several programs at the college also have been recognized as Exemplary Best Practices by the Association of Florida Colleges. Beards expertise and knowledge in higher education and workforce development is expected to help guide The corridor council in its mission to grow high tech industry and innovation through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce and entrepreneurship, according to the release.STRIKE UP THE ORCHESTRAPasco County Schools music students will be performing with the Florida Orchestra in the Florida Orchestra Youth Concert Series. Four shows are planned. The first two shows are at Center for the Arts at River Ridge on Oct. 18. The first show is at 10:30 a.m. and the second show is at noon. That auditorium is at 11646 Town Center Road in New Port Richey. The second set of shows is at Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel. The first show is on Oct. 19 at 10:30 a.m. The second show is at 11:45 a.m. That auditorium at at 30651 Wells Road in Wesley Chapel. The Florida Orchestra is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and select music students from Pasco County Schools will rehearse and perform alongside it. The students will perform only during the second performance each day. All performances are open to the public. Tickets are $7 each.PHSC COMMUNITY SEMINARSPasco County State Colleges Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch is hosting two upcoming community seminars. They are: Medical Marijuana Legalization and Regulation Awareness Seminar, Oct. 26, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Driving Under the Influence Awareness Seminar, Nov. 15, 11 a.m. to noon These seminars are open to students, teachers, staff and the community. Both sessions will be in the Conference Center, Building B., Room 303 at Porter Campus, 2727 Mansfield Blvd.OUT OF THE DARKNESS COMMUNITY WALKPasco County is having its third annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Oct. 28, at 9:30 a.m. at Sims Park, at Grand Boulevard and Bank Street in New Port Richey. The walk raises money for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Last year more than 700 walkers raised $30,000 for the cause. This years goal is to attract 1,000 registered walkers and to raise $35,000. Join a team by going to this link: Pasco County ranked fourth in Florida in 2012 for the highest number of suicides. This annual walk is aimed at raising awareness about depression and suicide, and is intended to provide comfort and support to those who have lost someone to suicide. For more information, contact Dawn Daniels Hahn, Gulf High School social worker at (727) 774-3457.FREE MIDDLE-SCHOOL MATH ENRICHMENT PROGRAMSSaint Leo University is offering students, parents and teachers two free educational offerings to help middle-schoolers develop their confidence and enjoyment of mathematics. The two programs are: Math Circle, an after-school activity for middle-school students held every Thursday from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Lewis Hall, Room 131, under the direction of Professor Monika Kiss. The program features hands-on and fun activities to help children enjoy mathematics, and to boost their confidence. To arrange for a child to participate, or to get more information, please email Dr. Kiss at with the words Math Circle in the subject line. Or, call Dr. Kiss at (352) 588-8836. Free entry for middle schools into the American Mathematics Competition being held at the Saint Leo University campus in November. The national competition, developed by the Mathematical Association of America, seeks to help young students develop positive attitudes about mathematics and analytical thinking by allowing them to apply their classroom learning to a 25-question, multiple-choice exam given in a friendly environment. Saint Leo is able to accommodate 30 students. Mathematics faculty will monitor, and the test will be given on Nov. 14, at 5:45 p.m., in TECO Hall in the School of Business building. Students have 40 minutes to complete the test, and can learn more about it here: To participate, parents must contact mathematics Professor Kiss in advance at and include the words AMC 8 in the subject line. Alternately, parents may call Dr. Kiss at (352) 588-8836. Saint Leo University is at 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo, 33574. Free parking is available without any restrictions in the evenings in surface lots and in the campus garage.YOUR VOTE IS YOUR VOICE Pasco seventh-graders are invited to enter the Pasco Supervisor of Elections video contest. The contest deadline is Nov. 3. Video submissions must be between 3 minutes and 5 minutes long and must communicate: How your vote is your voice How we affect change and make a difference together The importance of participating in the democratic process Check with the Pasco Supervisor of Elections Office for more information. 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came a commander himself. Watson served as Mason’s adjutant. Bill Garrison, a former post commander, said Mason’s death “was definitely a loss” for Post 108. Garrison described Mason as “the glue that held Post 108 together. “He went above and beyond, both as commander and adjutant. He loved veterans,” Garrison said. Richard Fernandez, another former commander, said Mason accomplished a great deal during his tenure with Post 108, perhaps more than any other commander in recent years. “He loved being involved in it,” said Mason’s wife, Mary. The Land O’ Lakes couple was married for 48 years and had four children. Their sons are Brian and Tim, and their daughters are Terry Aurie and Karen Kulzer. Before moving to the area in 1984, Mason lived in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he owned a meat shop. When he moved here, he worked in the meat department at several different Publix stores, serving as an assistant manager, his wife said. “He was very helpful. He was everybody’s go-to person,” said his daughter, Karen. “He was a great father, a great husband.” His wife added: “He was a great friend.” “If someone had a problem, or something they needed, they’d call him,” she said. If they wanted to borrow something, he was always willing to help — although sometimes it could take a day or two for him to find the requested item. When Mason joined Post 108 he was determined to get things done, said Watson, noting he’ll miss his friend. “He was a great guy.” Over the years, Post 108’s membership has waxed and waned. Mason was always looking for ways to expand its membership. During an interview about Post 108’s 80th anniversary earlier this year, Mason talked about the increasing losses suffered by the post, as aging members died. Now, he too, has joined those ranks. He died during a vacation, after visiting Gettysburg, a place he always wanted to see, his wife said. Arrangements are pending, but the family plans to hold a ceremony with military honors at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell. PERSONAL INFORMATIONStay safe online: Ads for coupon codes and free services often hide scams to steal your personal information. Avoid giving anything other than an e-mail address and name to untrusted sites!Learn more ways to keep your information safe at the Register at: Convention CenterFLORIDA CENTER FOR CYBERSECURITY ANNUAL CONFERENCEOCT 27 PROTECT YOUR October 18, 201715A Starting Saturday, Oct. 21st at 10:00 am Prices starting at $29,900 Florida Waterfront Marketin g LLC. Licensed Real Estate Broker. For video and info packet 1-844-826-9565 opened in August to relieve overcrowding at Odessa and Oakstead elementary schools. The formal dedication was on the evening of Oct. 10. In a tour before the school opened, Principal Vicki Wolin described Bexley’s emphasis on research, enrichment opportunities and collaboration. Bexley, which is in a subdivision developed by Newland Communities, is the largest elementary school that Pasco County Schools has ever built. Its design was the result of a collaboration between architect Harvard Jolly, four elementary principals and David Scanga, assistant superintendent for elementary schools. Wolin was one of the principals weighing in on that design — which is intended to facilitate enriching learning opportunities for children.BEXLEY, from page 1A have worked to coordinate their responses to provide more directed, higher quality maps — to give disaster response workers better information. Cullison explained OpenStreetMaps differs from Google Maps, as Google Maps is proprietary software that doesn’t allow third parties to label buildings and residential areas and so on. “If you pull up a Google Map of Puerto Rico, it’s going to look essentially like (OpenStreetMaps), but there’s nothing you do with it,” Cullison said. OpenStreetMaps, however, can provide relief organizations data about the types of infrastructure that needs to be rebuilt in a certain area by detailing, “exactly what was there” prior to a natural disaster. As an example closer to home, Cullison pointed out Google Maps has labeled streets and large buildings, like Sunlake High School, but not her own residential neighborhood. “None of the homes around here are mapped…so we would have some of the exact same problems,” the high school teacher said.GEOGRAPHY TEACHER BRINGS HER LESSONS TO LIFECullison herself learned about humanitarian mapping last spring, when she participated in the American Geological Society teacher fellowship program. She was one of 50 teachers selected for the program, which was held at Columbia University in New York City. Besides Sunlake, volunteers from other universities — including Boston University, Trinity College, Miami (Ohio) University, the University of Miami, Rutgers (New Jersey) University and University of Nebraska Omaha — held simultaneous “mapathons” for Puerto Rico on their own campuses. Meanwhile, other worldwide emergency mapping projects also are being done for Mexico, following a trio of September earthquakes, and for Bangladesh, after experiencing devastating flooding during monsoon season. Many of Cullison’s students, including freshman AP student Madeline Murch, found the two-day humanitarian activity worthwhile. “It’s really nice knowing that you can help other people, just from sitting in your class and doing work at a computer, but knowing that it’s still helping others. I feel like it’s time well spent,” Murch said. Diego Montoya, another freshman AP student, agreed that it’s great to be able to help others. He also noted: “This class just kind of opened my eyes a bit to what’s actually going on in the world, rather than what’s going on just like in technology.” The way Cullison sees it, the exercise has both philanthropic and educational benefits. “This is kind of getting them some hands-on use in terms of GIS software and the layers,” she said. “We were already a little bit behind because of our own hurricane in losing (school) days, but I decided this was worth it so I pushed our schedule a little bit farther to get them into this, for them to see what we can actually do with geography.” Throughout the year, Cullison plans to introduce her classes to other geographic-related software techniques, like Esri, an international supplier of geographic information system (GIS) software. “It’s different than a regular geography course. It’s not just about, ‘Here’s a map and let’s talk about the culture in one place.’” said Cullison, who’s taught geography and social studies for 13 years. Instead, students in her AP class learn about global development, migration, culture and religion, resource disparity, political geography and urban development, among other topics. “We have the interplay between the human aspect and the physical aspects and where they come together,” Cullison explained. “Kids come out more understanding, more caring, because they understand a little bit more about the world. They really start to understand the plight of some of the other people around the world, instead of having the veil of a fairly privileged upbringing.”PUERTO RICO, from page requirements, he added. County commissioners were scheduled to hold a workshop on Oct. 17 in Dade City, with discussion of the emergency food program an added topic. The meeting was scheduled after publication deadlines for The Laker/Lutz News. County commissioners reluctantly approved the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Center for the federal relief program on Oct. 10. Their approval came only after an unsuccessful try to move the emergency food program to a vacant Super Target store, at State Road 54 and Suncoast Parkway. That didn’t happen because the owner told county staff that the store needs repairs that could not be completed in time. “So, that’s out of the loop,” Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore said during the Oct. 10 meeting. Moore and Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey both indicated that the Target store would be better able to handle a high volume of traffic. They also voiced concerns that a crush of vehicles and people at the recreation center would slow work commutes and recreational activities scheduled in the afternoon. A Florida Department of Children and Families official estimated up to 82,000 people could show up to the site during the four-day period. The Land O’ Lakes Branch Library and several schools also are along Collier Parkway. Before Biles cancelled the use of the recreation center site, county staff members and DCF officials had been working on plans to limit disruptions at the recreation center. State workers processing the applications were planning to park their vehicles at a vacant Kmart store on State Road 54. The Pasco County Sheriff’s Office had agreed to assist with traffic. Pasco commissioners had been told that the 6 p.m. closing time would be met to keep from interfering with regular activities at the center. Ongoing reports of problems at other sites around the Tampa Bay area also had heightened Pasco officials concerns. The Food for Florida program is administered by DCF in partnership with the United States Department of Agriculture. Residents can qualify based on income and losses. People who currently receive food stamps through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, aren’t eligible. Instead, they will be compensated with extra benefits through the monthly program. For eligible applicants, Disaster-SNAP, or D-SNAP debit-style cards will be issued if the applicant lived or worked in one of the 48 declared federal disaster counties from Sept. 5 to Oct. 4. Those qualifying can receive assistance for the months of September and October. For information, visit, from page 1A By Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.comFederal emergency management teams are fanning out statewide to help Hurricane Irma victims register for financial assistance. In Pasco County, a team settled in at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library on Collier Parkway from Oct. 11 through Oct. 14. Area residents applying for assistance also could speak with representatives of the United States Small Business Administration and Pasco County. Pasco County officials will make announcements soon about more locations that will open to take applications. The in-person meet-ups with Federal Emergency Management Agency workers are only one of several ways to register for financial assistance. Currently, the deadline to register is Nov. 9. State officials have the option to request an extension, however. Steven Solomon, a FEMA media relations specialist, said the easiest way to apply is to online. The website is For those who don’t have access to a computer or the Internet, they can call FEMA at (800) 621-3362. Because FEMA is responding to a number of recent disasters, including Irma and Hurricane Harvey, there could be long waits on the phone. “We’re asking for people to be patient,” Solomon said. FEMA workers also are out in the field in the 48 counties declared as federal disaster areas. “We’re walking door-to-door with Ipads, registering people as we go,” Solomon said. The field workers will have a federal ID badge, which residents should ask to see, Solomon said. Those who register with FEMA for assistance will be asked to provide the following information: Social Security number Address of the damaged property and a contact phone number Insurance coverage Total household income Bank routing number and account number FEMA will schedule an appointment for an inspector to meet the applicant – age 18 or older at the hurricane damaged property. The inspector doesn’t determine eligibility, Solomon said. All of the information is sent to FEMA, and a letter will be sent to the applicant regarding a grant award. FEMA grants can pay for a variety of losses including home repairs, temporary housing, transportation, medical and dental costs and funeral expenses. These will be grants, not loans that would be repaid. Also, grants are not considered taxable income, and they don’t affect other benefits being received, such as Social Security or food stamps. Homeowners with property insurance should file separate claims with their insurance companies and FEMA. The federal agency can supplement what insurance doesn’t cover. Grant amounts aren’t intended to be a dollar for dollar replacement of all losses, but Solomon said they can aid in “making people whole again.” Businesses can apply for low-interest loans through the Small Business Administration. Solomon said it also would be helpful for business owners to talk with FEMA representatives to find out if other types of benefits also would be available. Anyone who needs repairs completed should do so as quickly as possible, without waiting for a FEMA decision, Solomon said. But, they also should take pictures of the damage and keep receipts for purchases and services, he added. Everyone should be on the alert for scam artists trying to take advantage of people, Solomon said. “There is no charge for anything FEMA does,” Solomon said. “If (anyone) asks for money, it’s a scam.”Federal aid available for Hurricane Irma victimsRAY MASON, from page 1A FILERay Mason during the American Legion Post 108s 80th birthday celebration. Follow @LakerLutzNews on Twitter …


BIGGEST SURPRISE: Gaither High Cowboys (5-2 overall, 4-1 district)The Cowboys have utilized an explosive running game (280 rushing yards per game, 7.7 yards per carry) and suffocating defense (13 points per game allowed) to become one of the toughest teams to face in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Quite a feat, considering the Cowboys entered the season with just five seniors for first-year head coach Kirk Karsen.Expectations this season were relatively tame, moreover, following the graduations of two Division I talents — linebackers Decalon Brooks and Estefano Feliciano — and top offensive playmaker in TJ Williams. Standout quarterback Gavin Denboer’s offseason transfer to Alonso High School didn’t help the team’s preseason outlook, either. Though several of Gaither’s wins have come against struggling teams, the Cowboys quieted doubters after a convincing 23-13 win over Wiregrass Ranch on Oct. 6. In that game, the Cowboys rushed for a combined 259 yards, while garnering four sacks and forcing three turnovers. With three regular season games remaining, the Cowboys look to secure its first winning season since 2014. Consideration for biggest surprise also given to: Pasco High PiratesBIGGEST SLIDE: Sunlake High Seahawks (3-4 overall, 2-1 district)While Sunlake was expected to be in rebuilding mode this season, it’s still startling to see a losing record attached to the historically dominant program, under longtime head coach Bill Browning. The Seahawks have had to mold a new quarterback and several starters, both on defense and at multiple skill positions. A brutal regular season schedule hasn’t offered many favors, either. Sunlake’s first three contests were against Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills and Wiregrass Ranch high schools — who have a combined 18-4 overall record. And, it doesn’t get any easier, with road dates remaining against Mitchell High (7-0 overall) and River Ridge High(4-3 overall). The Seahawks, meanwhile, will need to win two of its last three games to prevent suffering its first losing season since 2009. From 2010 to 2016, the Seahawks went a combined 60-16. Disappointing season aside, Seahwawks fans have been able to witness one of the county’s top offensive playmakers, in running back Bryant Beacham. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound senior is averaging over 100 yards per game to go along with nine rushing touchdowns. He’s also on pace to become the program’s first single-season 1,000-yard rusher since 2014, when then-senior Nathan Johnson tallied 1,088 yards. —Stats compiled from 16A October 18, 2017 Your Neighborhood Sports Source Community Sports Community Sports SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SEND SPORTS NEWS TO KWEISS@LAKERLUTZNEWS.COM CHECKTHIS OUT The annual Flapjack 5K and 1-mile Fun Run is back, but this time at a new location. The Nov. 4 race, presented by the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce and entering its 24th year, will be held at Connerton, 21100 Fountain Garden Road in Land O’ Lakes. The popular race, which typically draws hundreds of participants, has more recently been held at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex. The 5K will begin at 8 a.m. and the Fun Run starts at 8:45 a.m. Cost for the 5K is $25 for adults and $17 for students K-12; the 1-mile Fun Run is $15. All winners will receive a T-shirt and medal, and the top finishers in all age groups will win a trophy. A flapjack breakfast also will be served after each race. It is free to runners and available to non-runners for a $5 donation. To register, visit: nual-flapjack-5k-connerton-2017 Vendor and various sponsorship opportunities remain available. For more information, e-mail: Beast of a feat! Land O Lakes resident Brian Morgan completed the ULTRA Beast Spartan Championship in Lake Tahoe, California on Oct. 1. He hiked 36 miles, with 75 grueling obstacles and elevation changes of more than 16,000 feet „ accomplishing the feat in 14 hours and 35 minutes. The course, considered one of the most difficult challenges in the world, draws well over a thousand competitors, with many failing to finish. Morgan, 28, did the bulk of his training in Dade City and Zephyrhills, hiking up and down U.S. 301 with a 50-pound sandbag. Morgan attended Land O Lakes High School and Pine View Middle School as a youth.PHSC VOLLEYBALL STANDOUT EARNS DEFENSIVE HONOROn Oct. 10, Pasco-Hernando State College freshman libero Morgan Church was named NJCAA Region 8/FCSAA Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week, after averaging 6.4 digs per set over five matches, totaling 122 digs. Church, who graduated from Harmony High School in Saint Cloud, paces all Region 8 players with 345 digs on the season. COURTESY OF AMANDA MORGAN COURTESY OF CENTRAL PASCO CHAMBER OF COMMERCEThe 24th annual Flapjack 5K and 1-mile Fun Run begins at 8 a.m., Nov. 4 at Connerton, 21100 Fountain Garden Road in Land O Lakes. Flapjack 5K set for Nov. 4BEST TEAM: Zephyrhills High Bulldogs (6-1 overall, 5-0 district)Aside from an early season hiccup to Wiregrass Ranch (31-to-29 loss), the Bulldogs have planted themselves as one of the top — and most electrifying— teams in the Tampa Bay area, under second-year head coach Nick Carroll. Look no further than its balanced, yet potent offense, which is averaging 49 points and nearly 400 total yards per game. And, Zephyrhills now stands alone at the top of District 8-5A after securing a 38-35 win over River Ridge on Oct. 13 — ending the Knights’ 23-game district win steak that spanned back to 2013. Meanwhile, the Bulldogs’ toughest remaining game is an Oct. 20 road matchup against Wesley Chapel (6-2 overall), which has won two straight games since the departure of its top player, senior cornerback Isaiah Bolden. (Bolden was dismissed from the team on Oct. 4 due to undisclosed reasons). Should Zephyrhills win two more contests this season, it will mark the fourth consecutive year the program has won eight games. Consideration for best team also given to: Gaither High School, Wesley Chapel High Wildcats, Wiregrass Ranch Bulls, Zephyrhills Christian Warriors By Kevin W ith the midway point of the 2017 prep football season recently passing by, here’s a look at some noteworthy teams and players in The Laker/Lutz News coverage. FILEThe Zephyrhills Bulldogs have been dominant under second-year head coach Nick Carroll. COURTESY OF GAITHER HIGH FOOTBALLThe Gaither High Cowboys are looking for their first winning season since 2014.  Charles Harrison III, senior quarterback, Zephyrhills High BulldogsThe three-year starter is arguably the county’s top signal-caller, tossing 21 touchdowns with just five interceptions, to go with a 62 percent completion rate. Jordan Miner, senior cornerback/wide receiver, Wiregrass Ranch High BullsThe Penn State signee and four-star prospect has lived up to the hype as a jack-of-all-trades, making key contributions on offense (424 yards), defense (25 tackles, two interceptions, seven passes defensed) and special teams (125 return yards). Austen Wittish, senior linebacker, Wesley Chapel High WildcatsThe 6-foot, 195-pound inside linebacker ranks among the state’s top tacklers (104 total tackles), to go along with five sacks. Darrion Robinson, sophomore wide receiver, Pasco High PiratesThe young 5-foot-11 wideout has quickly developed into one of the county’s most productive receivers, tallying 17 receptions for 412 yards and eight touchdowns.  Jeromy Reid, junior running back, Gaither High CowboysThe 5-foot-11, 190-pound tailback is having a breakout campaign, pacing all of District 8-7A with 863 rushing yards (123 yards per game, 9.5 yards per carry) and six touchdowns. TEAM RECORDS The Laker/Lutz News coverage area includes the following schools from Hillsborough and Pasco counties:HILLSBOROUGH:  Carrollwood Day School Patriots (Class 2A-Region 3): 2-3 overall, 1-1 district Freedom High School Patriots (Class 7A-Region 8): 2-5 overall, 1-3 district Gaither High School Cowboys (Class 7A-Region 8): 5-2 overall, 4-1 districtSteinbrenner High School Warriors (Class 8A-Region 6): 2-5 overall, 1-3 district Wharton High School Wildcats (Class 7A-Region 8): 2-5 overall, 1-3 districtPASCO:  Academy at the Lakes Wildcats (8-man-Florida Christian Region 2): 5-1 overall, 5-0 district Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School Hurricanes(SSAC): 3-4 overall, 2-2 district Cypress Creek Middle High School Coyotes (Class 4A-Region 3): 1-6 overall, 0-0 district Land O’ Lakes High School Gators (Class 6A-Region 6): 2-4 overall, 0-2 district Pasco High School Pirates (Class 6A-Region 6): 4-4 overall, 0-2 district Sunlake High School Seahawks (Class 6A-Region 6): 3-4 overall, 2-1 district Wesley Chapel High School Wildcats (Class 5A-Region 8): 6-2 overall, 4-1 district Wiregrass Ranch High School Bulls (Class 7A-Region 8): 6-1 overall, 3-1 district  Zephyrhills High School Bulldogs (Class 5A-Region 8): 6-1 overall, 5-0 district Zephyrhills Christian Academy Warriors (Class 2A-Region 2): 6-1-1 overall, 0-1 districtPrep football mid-season review COURTESY OF TOM KETCHUM, PASCOCOUNTYFB.COMZephyrhills High senior quarterback Charles Harrison III 5WHO’VE SHINED: AREA COMMITMENTS & OFFERSAshley Smith, a senior utility player/pitcher at Land O’ Lakes High School, has committed to play softball at St. Petersburg College, a Division I junior college program. Smith was one of the Gators’ top hitters last season, leading the team in home runs (four), doubles (seven), triples (five) and RBIs (30), to go along with a .390 batting average. As a pitcher, Smith won four games, posting a 4.67 ERA and 25 strikeouts in 18 innings. Foday Kamara, a Pasco-Hernando State College basketball alum, has transferred to McDaniel College, an NCAA Division III program in Westminster, Maryland. Kamara, a 6-foot-1 guard, last played for PHSC in the 2015-2016 season, where he averaged 3.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. Prior to attending PHSC, Kamara played high school basketball at Sandy Spring Friends School in Washington, D.C., where he was a four-year varsity starter and three-time Second Team All-Conference selection. Donovan Jennings, a senior offensive tackle at Gaither High School, has picked up a scholarship offer from Liberty University, an NCAA Division I FBS (Football Subdivision) program in Lynchburg, Virginia. It marks the 13th Division I offer for the 6-foot-5, 310-pound Jennings, who’s regarded as one of Tampa Bay’s top offensive line prospects. Schools who’ve offered include, Marshall, Old Dominion, Central Florida, South Florida, Toledo and Virginia universities, among others. Multiple recruiting outlets pin Jennings as a three-star recruit, with 247Sports ranking him the nation’s top 150 offensive line recruits for the 2018 class. Darin Green Jr., a 6-foot-4 junior shooting guard at Wharton High School, has picked up a basketball scholarship from Florida Gulf Coast University, an NCAA Division I program in Fort Myers. Green Jr., who also holds an offer California State University-Fullerton, helped guide Wharton High to a 20-6 mark and Class 8A regional quarterfinal last season. COURTESY OF PASCO-HERNANDO STATE COLLEGE ATHLETICSMorgan Church


H In ir FHInspira i t t rg c e tionPlace.or FHInspirat sp i a i i a e n rg o io g F r n o c e io nPla n o HI FH Ins p nsp pi a ir ra FHInspira HIn FH Ins sp nsp pi a ir ra t nP Pla or .o ce c e or o io a rg nP Pla e. n o org .o ce c c e or o tio io o p g INSIDE: Directories, Classifieds, Games & More B Arriving in Mount Dora is like walking onto a movie set: sparkling Lake Dora provides the backdrop. Panning out from the lake, frontporched homes, American flags flying, line shady streets, an easy walk from main street shops, parks and even a candy cane-colored lighthouse. In the daytime, visitors like movie extras fan out to the lake on scenic boat tours, hikes on lakeside boardwalks, then strolls to downtown shops and cafes. They can even take seaplane rides over the lake or rent their own pontoon boat to watch for gators, turtles, otters, herons, egrets and other wildlife. In the evening, theyre back at the lake to witness salmon-colored sunsets over the water and maybe later to stroll to historic Lakeside Inn for a nightcap. Mount Dora, a town of 12,534 residents in Lake County, 40 minutes northwest of Orlando, looks like small-town USA, with its moss-draped oaks, flowering magnolias, hilly terrain and higher-than-normal for Florida anyway elevation of 184 feet above sea level. Its an extra friendly town. Everyone is really welcoming, says Henry Ollendick, who co-owns one of downtowns most charming shops, Papilio, which is Latin for butterfly. When he and his partner, Joel Maas, opened their shop in 2013, other shop owners welcomed them and asked if they needed anything, which made them feel at home, Ollendick says. That friendliness, as well as the hills, the big oaks, the Spanish moss hanging from the trees so different from the rest of Florida, convinced them to leave Key West and move to Mount Dora. Now, they walk to work. You get to know your neighbors that way, Ollendick says. Its very homey. The two were also drawn by the towns many festivals, which earned it the nickname Festival City. Its 33rd annual Craft Fair, coming up on Oct. 28 and Oct. 29, features the work of 400 crafters and artists. Its antique extravaganzas at Renningers Antique Center, the next one is Nov. 17 to Nov. 19 draws treasure hunters from around the world. Years ago, the antique center and sister flea market next door helped make Mount Dora a darling of travel guide book authors. The flea market is open weekends from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and the antique center Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Vendor Stan Lawson, who owns Triple LLL Treasures in the antique center, says he meets people from all over the U.S., and from around the world in his shop. Not long ago, he sold his Native American jewelry to visitors from Iceland, and he often sells to Germans and Brits, he says. His shop sells jewelry made by Native Americans in the Southwest who hes known for years. In another area in the center, Steve and Barbara Gretchko sell hard-to-find barristers bookcases, wood filing cabinets and other early 20th century office furniture. Dozens of other booths sell everything from antique glassware and furniture to books, toys, linens, sports memorabilia and paintings. Outside, vendors sell old birdbaths, yard statuary, vintage signs, plants and more, while the flea market next door sells plants and produce, garage-sale-type items, Tshirts and other new clothes. Downtown shops vary from home decor to paintings and other art, clothing and even dog bakery items. At Papilio, Joel Maas sells his artwork made with real butterflies, as well as stationery, jewelry, garden and home decor, plants and other items. Like their visitors, downtown restaurants span the globe, with cuisine representing Cuba, Peru, Great Britain, Mexico, India, Italy, China and the Caribbean, along with the usual pizza and pub grub. Florida celebrity chef and cookbook author Norman Van Aken owns a restaurant in a house built in 1921, called, appropriately enough, 1921 by Norman Van Aken. We chose Magical Meat Boutique for lunch, partly because of its kooky name and partly because it got raves on the online travel site Trip Advisor. Housed in a British pub-style space, it specializes in British fare think bangers and mash, and shepherds pie. It also attracts British tourists. On our visit, two parties at nearby tables had British accents and talked nostalgically about how happy they were to find a little home so far away from their homeland. Next time, we thought wed try The Goblin Market Restaurant & Lounge, a fancier place with a book-lined dining room and delicious sounding rack of lamb, duck, quail, Idaho trout, and jumbo lump crab cakes with peach and chive chutney on its menu. Visitors need at least two days or three, four or five to take a boat ride, go out fishing, hike along the lake or just drive around and look at some of the neighborhoods and some of the old Victorian houses, such as the Donnelly House, built in 1893 and now owned by the Masonic Lodge, and open to the public for special occasions. The old railroad depot, built in 1915, now houses the Mount Dora Chamber of Commerce offices and visitor center at the corner of Third Avenue and Alexander Street. The picturesque Lakeside Inn, opened in 1883, is an elegant place to stay and dine, get married or take a boat ride off its shores. Some 36 years ago, Mount Dora was the setting for the movie Honky Tonk Freeway, starring Jessica Tandy, Beau Bridges, Teri Garr and Beverly DAngelo. Townspeople were extras. The plot: The town named Ticlaw already has a wildlife safari park and a waterskiing elephant named Bubbles, so when residents hear a freeway is about to be built, they hope an off-ramp will lead to more riches. But, when the new freeway bypasses them without an off-ramp, they paint their downtown buildings pink to get people to come. Today, Mount Dora doesnt have to paint itself pink. It has charm enough to attract visitors even without a waterskiing elephant.Worth the Trip Mount Dora: A charming way to spend a day KAREN HAYMON LONG TIPS FOR THE TRIPHOW TO GET THERE:The easiest way to get to Mount Dora from Pasco County is to go north on Interstate 75. That way, MapQuest says its an hour and a half, and 80 miles, from Wesley Chapel. Another route is Interstate 4 toward Orlando, then north to Mount Dora. For details, see MapQuest or another directions site.WHERE TO EAT:We liked Magical Meat Boutique, at 112 W. Third Ave., where we had bangers and mash, a stilton, pear and walnut salad, and two Scottish beers for $37. For menu, visit TO STAY: Weve stayed at Lakeside Inn before and enjoyed its quiet elegance. The town also has a variety of bed and breakfast inns, and other hotels. See the chamber of commerces for options. FESTIVALS:This city of festivals has all sorts of offerings, including Renningers Antique Extravaganzas Nov. 17 through Nov. 19; Jan. 19 through Jan. 21 and Feb. 16 through Feb.18 at its antique center, 20651 U.S. 441. For details, visit Other events include: 33rd Annual Craft Fair, with 400 vendors, Oct. 28 and Oct. 29, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., 510 N. Baker St. Christmas Lighted Boat Parade, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m., begins on Lake Dora at the lighthouse across from Gilbert Park on Tremain Street and Liberty Avenue, downtown. Christmas Tour of Homes,Dec. 2 and Dec. 3, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., $20; for details, visit 43rd annual Arts Festival, Feb. 3 and Feb. 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., downtown, with park and ride options; for more, visit a more extensive list of festivals and events, go to, and click on annual events.


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