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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Previously, Pasco County commissioners had approved an agreement with the Florida Department of Children and Family Services to allow an emergency food relief program at the Land O Lakes Recreation Center, off Collier Parkway in Land O Lakes. That department, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is administering the Food for Florida relief program. Before the Pasco County Commission initially approved the Land O Lakes Recreation Center, they raised concerns about the location because its on a busy corridor and at a recreation complex with youth athletic activities. After approving it, they quickly regretted the decision, and on Oct. 16 sent a letter to DCF officials withdrawing from theFood relief at Pasco fairgrounds Pasco County is experiencing rosier days for its 2018 budget, which began Oct. 1. So, the good old days when Pasco County libraries were open on Mondays are on the way back. Two libraries, including the Land O Lakes Branch Library, had ribbon cuttings on Oct. 16 to celebrate a return to the tradition of Monday library hours. Weve been advocating and advocating, said Elayne Bassinger, who serves on the library board. We cannot tell you how grateful we are. This is exciting. In addition to the restored hours, the Land O Lakes library will add five additional full-time staff members, and more activities to its monthly calendar. Budget cuts in past years axed Monday from all library schedules. The situation was so dire, county commissioners in 2013 considered closing two libraries: the New River Branch Library in Zephyrhills and the Centennial Park Branch Library in Holiday. All libraries still remain closed on Sundays. However, over the next three years, all of the countys libraries are expected to open again on Mondays, as the countys budget allows. The goal is to restore library hours to the 2008 level of 40 hours a week for each library. Land O Lakes restored hours on Mondays are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Its an extra day of the week to be open, but also adds a second day of evening hours. The library also is open the same hours on Tuesday. Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore joined Bassinger, Library Administrator Nancy Fredericks, Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles and libraryLand O Lakes library is open on Mondays again Restoring the site of a sinkhole within the Lake Padgett Estates subdivision to pristine condition would cost as much as $12 million. That idea was a non-starter for the Pasco County commissioners who reviewed a list of options on what to do next. They also rejected a suggestion for a $4 million bridge to span the sinkhole, and keep traffic flowing along Ocean Pines Drive. The sinkhole opened on July 14 at 21825 Ocean Pines Drive, and swallowed two homes, a motorcycle and a boat. Five more houses on both sides of Ocean Pines have been condemned. The county approved $1.3 million for an initial cleanup of debris, and stabilization of the site. That work has been completed. County commissioners reviewed future options at a workshop on Oct. 17 in Dade City. The least expensive choice was to do nothing and install decorative fencing, with warning signs, around the sinkhole for about $50,000. But, options in between $12 million and $50,000 are on the table. Pasco County officials plan to meet with residents of Lake Padgett for their input before making a final recommendation to county commissioners. One option is to connect the sinkhole to Lake Saxon, which is about 90 feet away. That would cost about $800,000. Any connection to the lake would not go over well with the community, said Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore, who has heard from some residents in Lake Padgett regarding concerns about potential contamination from the sinkhole. The University of South Florida is recommending that a survey be completed to determine how the sinkhole interacts with underground surrounding areas. The cost would be about $15,000. Before that, county officials say an additional geological survey should be done at a cost of about $100,000. Ceres Environmental Services has completed its work to remove and dispose of floating debris from the sinkhole, pump and remove contaminated water, and stabilize the southeast portion of the sinkhole with granular fill. Kevin Guthrie, assistant county administrator for public safety, said linking the sinkhole to the lake could be a low-cost, long-term, permanent solution. The sinkhole, which went as deep as 50 feet, is now 10 feet deep, said Guthrie. And, he said, The water quality in the sinkhole is better than in the lake. Major portions of the two houses, the motorcycle and the boat remain in the sinkhole, but thats not unusual in such instances, Guthrie said. We have cars in sinkholes in just about every sinkhole in Pasco County, he said. The lake connection is an idea worth exploring, said Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey. To me, when I was out walking, it made great sense to connect it to the lake, she said. Historically, Pasco County officials say the lakes shoreline at one time extended beyond the sinkhole and included lots where homes now exist. Along with the lake connection, cul-desacs on Ocean Pines also could be built on either side of the sinkhole. That would cost about $1.7 million, bringing the total cost to about $2.5 million. Pasco County Commissioner Ron Oakley suggested that if cul-de-sacs are built, different names would be needed for the disconnected segments of Ocean Pines. It doesnt need to be confusing for emergency (responders), Oakley said. Another choice would be to reconnect Ocean Pines at the sinkhole and build up the road with sheet piles on either side. 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The Laker/Lutz News Graphic Designer Stefanie Burlingame and Account Manager Cheryl Michel were recognized for their work on this campaign. Judges described the entry this way: “Creative and engaging. Fresh approach to display an advertising community.” Another judge added: “A wonderfully illustrated and colorful map referencing area businesses promoting result-oriented offers is sure to catch the reader’s eye.” In addition to the Best of Show award, The Laker/Lutz News received six additional advertising design awards, and five editorial awards for stories and photograph. “To have our work chosen as Best of Show is quite an honor, especially when considering there were over 400 entries in this statewide newspaper competition,” said Publisher Diane Kortus. The newspaper received these awards in advertising categories:  First place: Theme Promotion: Fun on 41 Map and Business Legend, Stefanie Burlingame and Carolyn Bennett  First place: Real Estate: Tapestry Lake Park Apartments, Stefanie Burlingame and Carolyn Bennett  First place: Spot Color: Pete the Painter directory ad, Matt Mistretta and Rachel Thompson  Second place: Full Color Ad: Oasis Pregnancy Center, Stefanie Burlingame and Diane Kortus  Third place: Self Promotion: Outside Sales Rep Recruitment, Stefanie Burlingame and Carolyn Bennett  Third place: Best Special Section Cover Design: Congratulations Class of 2017, Matt Mistretta The newspaper received these awards in editorial categories:  First place: Personal Column, “My Father Loved This Newspaper,” Diane Kortus  First place: Best Original Photographic Spread: “Rattlesnake Fest hits half-century mark,” Richard Riley  Second place: Best Original Photograph: “Zoe Deimling just can’t stop looking,” Fred Bellet  Second place: Best Original Photographic Spread: “Cueing up for a good time,” Fred Bellet  Third place: Best Original Writing: “‘Dear World’ gives storytellers a voice,” Kathy Steele Community Papers of Florida represents 86 publishers of free-circulation community papers that reach 3.5 million homes weekly. Members range from independently-owned publications such as The Laker/Lutz News to free paper/shopping guide divisions of major communications companies. By Betsy Crisp, MS, LD/NSpecial to The Laker / Lutz NewsThe thought of fall may bring to mind bright orange pumpkins, and when Halloween arrives, those pumpkins take on a personality of their own, as jack-o-lanterns. It’s also a season when candy reigns supreme in the eyes of young witches, ghosts and other costumed characters who go door-to-door in search of treats. But, for parents, nutrition and safety, are the top concern. So, here are a few tips to help keep your Halloween happy, healthy and safe.TRICK-OR-TREATINGIf taking to the streets, young children should always be accompanied by an adult. Set curfews for your older children and make sure they know to stay with their group and stay on the sidewalks. Make sure that children understand that they can only go to homes of neighbors they know. Check your lawn and walkways for any obstacles and be sure to leave your lights on. Keep pets inside or confined to an area of the home. This will keep your pet from being frightened and from frightening others. To be even safer, consider planning a neighborhood, community or school party.TREATSLet the children have fun collecting treats, but be sure they know that they must bring all home to be inspected before they can eat any. Throw away any opened/unwrapped candy, and reject any homemade goods. If your child has any allergies, be sure to check the ingredient label carefully. Limit the amount they consume. Let them choose a few pieces a day, for a few days. And remember, there are ways to give children delicious treats that will help control calories and won’t promote cavities.Betsy Crisp is a Professor Emeritus, UF/IFAS Extension Family & Consumer Sciences Spicy Apple BarsIngredients 1 cup light brown sugar, packed  cup canola oil  cup low-fat milk  2 egg whites (1/2 cup egg substitute or 1 whole egg)  1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour  1 cup whole wheat flour  1 teaspoon baking soda  1 teaspoon ground cinnamon  teaspoon ground nutmeg  teaspoon ground cloves  1 cups cooking apples, peeled and chopped (about 2 small)  1 cup walnuts, chopped  - cup powdered sugar (optional)Instructions Pre-heat oven to 350F.  Spray 13-inch by 9-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.  In a large bowl, mix together the brown sugar, oil, milk and egg.  Stir in flours, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.  Mix in apples and walnuts.  Pour into the pan and spread evenly.  Bake 20 minutes or until wooden pick comes out clean.  Cool for 30 minutes.  Optional:Dust lightly with powdered sugar (they can be frosted or glazed, but those are less healthy options)  Cool completely and cut into 2-inch by 1 1/2-inch bars.  This recipe makes 36 bars, which have 95 calories each and just 3 grams of fat.There’s no tricks here, only healthy Halloween treats Whats Cookin BETSY CRISPSpicy Apple Bars are a delicious and nutritious treat. SUBSCRIPTIONS: The Laker/Lutz News is a free newspaper distributed to 44,800 homes and businesses in Pasco and Hillsborough counties. Mail sub scriptions are sold to cover postage cost: $40/3 months, $80/6 months, $160/12 months. DELIVERY PROBLEMS:If you do not receive your paper, or want to stop home delivery, email Or, to stop delivery, go to www.lak, select AboutŽ tab and complete Opt OutŽ form. ADDITIONAL COPIES: A listing of boxes and business locations is on our home page at EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS: Suggestions for stories and news coverage are welcome. Please send ideas to, or call our newsroom at 813 -909-2800. ADVERTISING ERRORS: Publisher is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the space cost for the first insertion, or for the validity of cl aims made by advertisers. MEMBER: Central Pasco Chamber, Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber, Greater Zephyrhills Chamber, Greater Dade City Chamber, Florida Press Ass ociation, Free Community Papers of Florida, Southeast Advertising Publishers Association, Association of Free Community Newspapers, Independent Free Newspapers of America.Advertising and editorial content 2015 by Manatee Media Inc. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden without prior writt en permission from the publisher. The LAKER/ Lutz NEWS ADVERTISINGTERRI WILLIAMSONSenior Account Managertwilliamson@lakerlutznews.comCHERYL MICHELAccount Managercmichel@lakerlutznews.comRACHEL THOMPSONClassified & Directory Salesrthompson@lakerlutznews.comDESIGNACCOUNTINGMATTHEW MISTRETTAArt Directormmistretta@lakerlutznews.comSTEFANIE BURLINGAMEGraphic Designersburlingame@lakerlutznews.comMARY EBERHARDmeberhard@lakerlutznews.comLOCATION : 3632 Land O' Lakes Blvd. Suite 102 € Land O Lakes, FL 34639 MAIL : P O. Box 479 € Lutz, FL 33548 PHONE/FAX : ph: 813.909.2800 € fax: 813.909.2802 IT SUPPORT : STEVE MISTRETTA WEBSITE : FACEBOOK : TWITTER : EMAIL : € sales@lakerlutznews.comPUBLISHER & OWNER : DIANE KORTUS, LUTZ, ODESSA, LAND O LAKES, WESLEY CHAPEL, NEW TAMPA, ZEPHYRHILLS, DADE CITY Serving Pasco since 1981 / Serving Lutz since 1964 KATHY STEELEStaff Writer ksteele@lakerlutznews.comB.C. MANIONEditor bcmanion@lakerlutznews.comKEVIN WEISSStaff Writer kweiss@lakerlutznews.comMARY RATHMANEditorial Assistantmrathman@lakerlutznews.comEDITORIALDISTRIBUTION : Florida Circ, LLC € ANNE KIBBEAccount Managerakibbe@lakerlutznews.comCUSTOMER SERVICE CAROLYN The Laker/Lutz News wins ‘Best of Show’ Fun on 41 …Discover the Wonders 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Fun on 41 won first place in the Theme Promotion category and the best of show for a full-page ad. The Laker/Lutz News Staff ReportTRICK-OR-TREATING TIPS  Bring snacks from home when you go trick-or-treating so children have safe snacks if they get hungry.  Once at home, inspect all candy and toys to avoid choking hazards.  Only eat treats if in their original, unopened wrappers. Remember, when it doubt, throw it out!  Keep candy up and away from dogs. COSTUME COSMETICS  Only use products intended for use on the skin.  Test makeup on a small area of skin first (arm/leg) to check for an allergic reaction before applying it to the face.  Avoid the eye area when applying makeup.  If makeup has a bad smell, throw it out. This could be a sign of contamination.  Before bedtime, remove makeup and colored hair sprays to prevent eye and/or skin irritation. Source: Florida’s Poison Control CentersHalloween safety advice


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The meetings will be in the Crystal Springs Conference Room on the first floor.AARP ANNUAL PICNICThe Land O' Lakes AARP Chapter is having its Annual Picnic Meeting Oct. 27 beginning at 10:30 a.m., at Laird Park, which is at the corner of Collier Parkway and Parkway Boulevard in Land O Lakes. Chapter members should bring your agreed-upon picnic lunch food item to share. If you have not been asked to bring a specific dish, bring a $7 lunch donation (cash or check payable to AARP). Election of officers will happen at this meeting. Those wishing to donate a toy for Toys for Tots are asked to bring a new unwrapped toy or item for a teen.TRUNK 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.HIGH SCHOOL FIFTH QUARTERAfter the football game, grab your friends and head to North Pointe Church, at 19862 Amanda Park Drive in Lutz, for free pizza, music, games and a chance to win a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre. The Oct. 27 event is from 9:30 p.m. to midnight.FESTIVAL AND CONCERTCome to the field next to BarkYard at Bexley for a fall festival and concert. Eye Candy will be performing, and there will be food trucks, a costume contest, a pumpkin patch, pumpkin decorating and other festivities. Bring nonperishables for Feeding America. Bring your own lawn chairs and blankets. The Oct. 28 event is planned for 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Bexley is located off State Road 54, west of the Suncoast Parkway. The address for Bexley by Newland Communities is 16950 Vibrant Way in Land O Lakes.MEET MEMBERS OF SHERIFFS OFFICEThe Edward Jones Office, at 18932 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Suite 102, will host an event aimed to help build a community of protection. The public is invited to come meet members of Hillsborough County Sheriffs Department District 1. The event is set for Oct. 27 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Besides getting a chance to meet law enforcement personnel, the event includes refreshments, a chance to donate to a food bank and a chance to register your bicycle.ST. JOE FESTIVALThe St. Joe Fall Festival at Scared 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 information, visit VIETNAM VETSThe Wesley Chapel Noon Rotary Land O' Lakes Satellite Club is a Commemorative Partner with the United States Government to commemorate the service of veterans that served during the Vietnam War Era. It plans a Commemoration Ceremony on Oct. 28 at 10 a.m., at the Land O' Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O' Lakes Blvd. The community is invited. For information, call Sandy Graves at (813) 9963011. CREATURES OF THE NIGHTTampas Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W. Sligh Ave., will host Creatures of the Night on Friday and Saturday nights through Oct. 28, for ghouls and goblins of all ages. The park will be open until 10 p.m., on the select nights. For complete information, visit FUNDRAISERHorsePower for Kids, 8005 S. Racetrack Road in Tampa, will host its 10th annual Fall Festival fundraiser through Oct. 29, on Saturdays and Sundays, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be pony rides, hayrides, farm animals, face painting, a bon fire, games, train rides and live music. There also will be pumpkins available for purchase. Admission is $12 each for children and adults. Children age 1 and younger are free. Parking is $1. For information, call (813) 855-8992, or visit N TREATGrace Lutheran Church at Carrollwood is presenting Trunk N Treat on Oct. 28, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Children will be able to dress in costumes to go trick-or-treating from decorated car trunk to car trunk for Halloween treats. The churchs youth group will have a haunted shack as part of the event, and food will be sold to benefit the youth group going to a national convention next summer in Houston. The church is located at 3714 W. Linebaugh Ave.KOL AMIS GOT TALENTThis evening of entertainment presents talented members of Congregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road in Tampa. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for kids for the Oct. 28 event, which begins at 8 p.m., and is in the social hall.HALLOWEEN HOWLMain Street Zephyrhills will present Halloween Howl Oct. 28 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Fifth Avenue in Zephyrhills. There will be food and merchandise vendors, games, a safe trickor-treat zone, and more. Admission is free. For information, call (813) 780-1414.COSTUME PARTY AND MUSICRhythm & Brews, 4711 Gall Blvd. in Zephyrhills, presents The Headless Horseman of Hippie Hollow Party on Oct. 28, beginning at 6 p.m. The event combines an old-fashioned costume party and live music. Admission is $10 in advance, $13 at the door. For information, visit CHAPEL FESTIVALThe Wesley Chapel Fall Festival is set for Oct. 28 and Oct. 29, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., at The Grove, 5827 Wesley Grove Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. Festivities on Oct. 28 include a pet parade and costume contest at 11:30 a.m., and a trunk or treat at 4 p.m. On Oct. 29, there will be a Mr. and Mrs. Pumpkin Pageant at 11 a.m. There also will be a Fall Festival Carnival open until 10 p.m. For information, call Simply Events at (727) 674-1464.FALL FESTFall Fest will take place Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Event Center, 8718 Trouble Creek Road in New Port Richey. 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The ninth annual Showcase for Exceptional Talent was in the auditorium at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel The event allows all of the special needs students to come together as a community to show off their talents. It encompasses students with developmental and intellectual disabilities, including autism, Aspergers syndrome, Down syndrome and so on. From dancing and singing/duets, to lipsyncing and comedy skits, there wasnt a dull moment. This years hour-and-a-half show featured 25 routines from dozens of exceptional student education (ESE) students. And, each exhibited skills with aplomb, unafraid of the main stage, bright lights or the large audience, that watched intently. Clearly it was the students day to shine. Performers hailed from Wesley Chapel, Ridgewood and Zephyrhills high schools, as well as Weightman Middle School. A largescale digital backdrop recognized each act and the performers involved. Wesley Chapels David Dixon started the show on a patriotic note, with his rendition of the National Anthem. Ridgewood Highs Becky Bordeaux worked the crowd with her comedy, drawing hearty rounds of guffaws with every joke. Weightmans Mauricio Diaz and Noah Brooks kept younger members of the audience engaged, hip-hop dancing to Bank Account by rapper 21 Savage. Zephyrhills Highs Ryan Womack, meanwhile, had older show-goers singing in unison with a stirring cover of Its Not Unusual by legendary Welsh singer Tom Jones. During brief breaks in action, Wesley Chapel Highs Anthony Minnick and Ashley Mendez served as masters of ceremony. They kept the show moving along with dialogue and introductions. A grand finale was newly introduced this year. All ESE students were invited on stage to celebrate with a reprise song of Michael Jacksons Bad. The event ended about as well as it started. It even elicited tears of joy from parent Dale Kimball, who also attended last years show. Kimballs 15-year son, Paul, has autism. Paul was part of a Wesley Chapel High group ensemble that performed Heigh Ho from Snow White. He played the part of Prince Charming, while his teacher, Penny Ward, played the Evil Queen. It created quite the paradox, Kimball said, as Ward is so kind and wonderful. The Wesley Chapel parent pointed out the annual showcase is the closest to a stage most ESE students will ever get. He also mentioned the staff at the schools are very encouraging to get even reluctant students to participate in the annual showcase. These kids never will be on a field, ever. These kids will never be on a stage, ever, except for something like this. You see the joy (of the kids), Kimball said. Were so blessed to have this program, he added. Bridget White, an ESE teacher at Wesley Chapel High, coordinated this years showcase. She concurred with Kimballs assessment the event provides an important and worthwhile experience for special needs students countywide. 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Choose multipurpose storage: Needs can change over time, so invest in storage that can be used for a variety of items in multiple ways. For example, large, durable totes can hold lawn gear, tools or camping equipment. Think mobility: Being able to move containers within the garage is important. However, the ability to move them into your vehicle and hit the road quickly also makes life a lot easier. Protect items: Moisture and pests cause problems in even the cleanest garage. Look for durable storage containers with tight-fitting, critter-resistant lids. Categorize: Assign and colorcode dedicated areas for each type of item -tools, decorations, lawn equipment, etc. -to avoid the hassle of searching. Allow room to grow. While it can be tempting to stuff every square inch, try to leave room for future additions. To ensure everything deserves the space its occupying, do a yearly purge of unneeded or unused items. Keeping the garage in order is a necessary evil, but with a solid game plan and the right equipment, its easier than you think.Courtesy StatePoint MediaMaximizing Garage Storage F or all the companionship pets provide, they can also mess up a clean, tidy home pretty quickly. But instead of banishing your furry loved ones to certain rooms of the house, or simply submit to the chaos, you can follow a few savvy tips to keep your home fresh with less work. PET GROOMING Brushing pets regularly is good for them -and good for flooring and furniture. Do so every couple days in order to keep your pets coats healthy and help prevent shedding fur from ending up everywhere. After walking the dog or letting the cat into the backyard, wipe paws clean before they track in mud and debris. You can set up a clean-paws station by your homes entrance to help make this a habit. SMART FLOORING Theres no need to compromise on the quality of your homes flooring because of your pets. As much as we all love our pets, its no secret that they can wreak havoc on flooring, especially carpets, says Jennifer Bertrand, Flooring America design consultant. But by seeking flooring products specifically designed for busy homes with pets, you can maintain the look of your carpets. BERTRAND RECOMMENDS Stainmasters PetProtect as a good solution for pet owners. It resists pet stains, which means you can worry about other things, like which dog park to visit next. Your pup will love it too, because he wont get in trouble after his little mess-ups, Bertrand says. When it comes to pet messups, the carpeting features a breathable moisture barrier designed to prevent spills and accidents from soaking through the cushion and subfloor, so there are no lingering pet odors after a thorough cleaning. And because the carpeting releases more pet hair when vacuumed, this routine chore is made fast and simple. Look for carpeting with extra durability and protection against color fading, which means it will stay newer-looking for longer, with no compromise to your pets territory or your daily schedule. CLEANING HABITS With smart pet-friendly flooring and furniture choices (think microfiber sofas), cleaning up after your pet and busy lifestyle should be easy. But remember, its easier to clean as you go than it is to wait until things get out of hand. Keep cleaning supplies nearby for spot cleans and quick touchups after mishaps, and remember to vacuum regularly. Dont forget corners, where build-up tends to occur. Wipe down surfaces to lift pet dander off baseboards, counters and window sills. With a few tricks, and some smart pet-friendly product selections where carpeting and furniture are concerned, you can have the best of both worlds: a clean and fresh home, and all the members of your family -including those with four legs -together when and where you like.Courtesy StatePoint MediaKeeping Your Home Beautiful With Pets


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13A The Toast of Tampa Show Chorus placed fourth at the Sweet Adelines International 71st annual Convention & Competition, which wrapped up on Oct. 14, at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. This was the 13th time the group has competed on the international stage, and the groups success is consistent with its past performances. In 2015 and in 2013, it took third-place at the international level, in 1993 it won the top prize, and in between it had a number of top-10 finishes. We took 108 ladies on stage, Beth Bosserman Curts said, via email. All choruses sing a 6-minute semifinals compulsory ballad and uptune, she said. This year, there were 33 choruses representing the best of regions in 15 countries in the competition. Those who finished in the top 10 proceeded to the finals, Curts added. In the finals, competing choruses present a 15-minute show package. Of the 10, the winner and second place choruses were from opposite sides of Canada, Curts said. The ninth-place winner was from Stockholm, Sweden, and the other top finishers were from Chicago, Florida, Ohio, Baltimore, California and New Jersey. The top five choruses sang at very, very high levels, Curts said. Of the quartets, four chapter and one regional quartets sang, Curts added. They, too, turned in excellent performances. Windsor placed third and GQ placed fifth. Toast of Tampa is a group of female a cappella singers that performs in four-part harmony. Its members range from age 10 to 85.They sing under the direction of internationally recognized Tony De Rosa, performing modern, complex arrangements. Chorus members come from throughout Tampa Bay and other parts of Florida, including Jacksonville, The Villages, Sarasota, Bradenton, Fort Myers, Orlando, Melbourne and Crystal River. Toast of Tampa draws members from all walks of life, including military veterans, new moms, grandmothers, real estate agents, accountants and others. Members audition to join the group and are expected to meet high expectations. Toast of Tampa practices on Tuesdays, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., with occasional weeks off. The sessions are at the TPepins Hospitality Centre, at 4121 N. 50th St., in Tampa. Those interested are welcome to come to a rehearsal to see if joining the chorus is something they wish to pursue. Anyone wanting to know more about the group should call Toast of Tampa Show Chorus at (813) 963-7464, or email COURTESY OF TOAST OF TAMPA Toast of Tampa brings home honors If you goToast of Tampa Show Chorus presents Standing Room Only, featuring special guest VoctiveWHERE: University of South Florida Music Concert Hall, 3755 Holly Drive in TampaWHEN: Nov. 4, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.COST: $40 patron; $25 regularDETAILS: The Toast of Tampa Show Chorus is an internationally recognized female chorus that performs four-part a cappella singing. As they perform, they sing and move with emotion and precision. LIVE MUSI C Showstoppe Contempora r Country C rs r y BBQ A PhilousC FOOD CajunFoodT ribs & pork A loy Thai Tr ruck Country ARTS & CRAFTS Sand Art Woodworking Christmas Gifts Unique Baskets Handmade items Kids Name Shop Homemade Soaps Clothing, Jewelry, Rosaries Campus Gear Philous C Mexic a TLC B u Kon a Ku m Ba k CH I C 8 Bo u Finger p Fire T a n T Cajun Food T Tr ruck Ta acos L a n d u rgers & Brats a Ice Cream m quat Pies k ed Goods I LDRENS C ORNER T u ncy Houses p rinting Demo Tr ruck Display .stjoefallfestival.c o www 352-588-3641 32145 St. Joe Road Dad e ed Heart C h Sacrat a W plus: Beer & Wine Garden, OneBlOOd, Fi s raFFles, Givea Wa ay ys, 50/50 and sO o m e Citych h ur s h & WildliFe, much mOre! Welcome JOHN TEDESCO, DOAmerican Osteopathic Board of Family PhysiciansANNE CLARK, ARNP Nurse PractitionerALISE PASTORIK, ARNP Nurse PractitionerLISA HAYES, PA Physician Assistant Family Medicine NOW ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTSLAND OLAKES 2100 Via Bella Blvd, Suite 204813.751.3636Alise Pastorik, ARNP Request an appointment online: DAN CANNON AUDITORIUM (Pasco County Fairgrounds) 36722 SR 52 Dade City 33525THURSDAY, November 16, 2017 4:00-7:00pm presents WANT MORE INFORMATION? LIST OF EXHIBITORS? ARE YOU A BUSINESS INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING? CONTACT US!352.567.3769 Local restaurants offering FREE samples Exhibitor give-a-ways & valuable information Register to win valuable door prizes Two GRAND PRIZEwinners will receive a $350 gift card Something for everyone Discover the Treasure in YOUR COMMUNITY FREEPUBLIC INVITED Community & Business2017 Co m Dade City


AARON PRESTON NAMED DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL/SURGICALAaron Preston has been named director of medical/surgical at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road in Hudson. Preston was promoted from his position in Infection Control Management. He joined the hospital in 2010. He served as a nursing supervisor from 2014 to 2015. Before beginning his nursing career, he served in the United States Marine Corps, where he helped oversee communications during two combat tours. He has a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from St. Petersburg College and an Associate in Science in nursing degree from Pasco-Hernando State College. INFANT/CHILD CPRSt. Josephs Hospital-North will offer an Infant/Child CPR class Oct. 26 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., in Garden Classroom A at the hospital, 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz. Those attending will learn CPR and choking rescue techniques on both infants and children, according to American Heart Association guidelines. The cost is $40 per person, plus a $10 fee if a completion card is required. If registering online, call the Customer Service Center at (877) 692-2922 to pay the additional fee for the completion card. Call (813) 443-2046 to register. ALZHEIMERS FAMILY ORGANIZATION CAREGIVER EVENTThe Alzheimers Family Organization will host a free caregiver event at Rosecastle in Zephyrhills, at 37411 Eiland Blvd., Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A continental breakfast and lunch will be served. The event also will feature vendors, speakers and more. For information, call (352) 616-0170.NEWBORN CARESt. Josephs Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz, will offer an interactive class on newborn care Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to noon, in Garden Classroom A. The class covers various aspects of infant care, including feeding, diapering, bathing safety, signs of illness and newborn characteristics. The $25 fee covers the expectant mother and a support person.BREAST IMAGING TUTORIALRegional Medical Bayonet Point will continue its Tuesday Tutorials with a seminar presented by Dr. Alene Wright called Breast Imaging 2017: Why, Who, When and What? The Oct. 31 session begins with registration and lunch at 11:30 a.m., followed by the tutorial, which starts atnoon. The seminar will be presented in the Rao Musunuru MD Conference Center, 14100 Yosemite Drive in Hudson. For information and reservations, call (727) 869-5498.BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUPThe Medical Center of Trinity will host a breast cancer support group Nov. 1 and Nov. 15, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the American Cancer Society Resource Room, 9332 State Road 54, Suite 402, in Trinity. To register, call (727) 834-5630.BREASTFEEDING COURSEThe Medical Center of Trinity will offer a breastfeeding course Nov. 1 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the OB classroom at the hospital, 9330 State Road 54 in Trinity. Reservations are required. Call (727) 834-5630 to register.CHILDBIRTH PREPARATION CLASSThe Maternity Suites at Oak Hill Hospital will host a free Childbirth Preparation Program for expectant parents Nov. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the hospital, 11307 Cortez Blvd., in Brooksville. The class will be in the Maternity Suites Education Room, on the third floor of the North Tower. To register, call (844) 769-2229.LIVING HEALTHY WORKSHOP Enrollment is open for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program Living Healthy workshop, a six-week workshop for those with conditions such as hypertension, COPD, heart disease, diabetes and arthritis. This workshop helps people learn real-life tools to help live a fuller, more comfortable life. The workshop teaches techniques for handling problems such as frustration, fatigue, pain and isolation. It covers appropriate exercises for maintaining and improving strength, flexibility and endurance. It goes over the appropriate use of medications; communicating effectively with family, friends, and health professionals; nutrition; and, how to evaluate new treatments. This free course will be offered at the Land OLakes Community Center, 5401 Land OLakes Blvd. The classes are every Tuesday from 9:30 a.m. to noon, for six weeks, beginning Nov. 7. Space is limited and reservations are required. For information, call (727) 863-6868.DR. MANJUSRI VENNAMANENI RECEIVES NATIONAL RECOGNITIONThe Access Health Care Physicians LLL, office of Dr. Manjusri Vennamaneni recently was recognized for excellence in diabetes care by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. The certificate of recognition is valid until Feb. 15, 2020. Vennamaneni is chief medical director for Access Health Care and practices at Access Health Cares main office at 5350 Spring Hill Drive in Spring Hill.COREY D. CAMPBELL NAMED DIRECTOR OF MEDICAL TELEMETRYRegional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road in Hudson, has appointed Corey D. Campbell to be the hospitals director of medical telemetry. Campbell joined the hospital in 2012 as a nurse intern. Most recently, he was the RN staff educator and co-manager of Proudly WelcomingMalieri Colon-Rivera, MD, FACOG Obstetrics and Gynecology of Trinity is pleased to welcome Dr. Colon-Rivera 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. 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SURPLUS SALEPasco County Schools Surplus Store will have a sale Oct. 25 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., at 7301 Land O Lakes Blvd., Building 1, in Land O Lakes. All items are sold as-is. There will be no returns or refunds; all sales are cash only; no loading assistance will be provided; and, no children under age 18 will be permitted. The school district has a vast inventory of items that are no longer needed that will be sold at this sale.HELPING HURRICANE VICTIMSWoodland Elementary Schools National Elementary Honor Society collected $530 through a coin drive to donate to the American Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. The students continued to collect donations even as Hurricane Irma was threatening Tampa Bay, according to an item posted on the Pasco County Schools website.JOBS AND INTERNSHIP FAIRPasco-Hernando State College and CareerSource Pasco Hernando will host a job and internship fair Oct. 26 from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will be at PHSCs West Campus in New Port Richey, 10230 Ridge Road, Room R151. Local employers with open positions and future opportunities will meet and greet job seekers from the community, and PHSC students seeking employment and internships. Job seekers interested in attending the job and internship fair must preregister for the event at For more information, contact Jackie Eden (727) 816-3334 or COMMUNITY SEMINARSPasco County State Colleges Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch will host 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 will have 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. 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By Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.comPlans to serve up more tennis opportunities for Zephryhills residents — while also creating a regional asset — have moved yet another step forward. The Zephyrhills City Council on Oct. 9 unanimously approved a 20-year contract with Tennis P.R.O. Florida, LLC, to operate and mange the proposed Zephyrhills Tennis Center. Tennis P.R.O. is owned by Pascal Collard, who was the director of tennis at Saddlebrook Tennis Academy in Wesley Chapel from 2003 to 2006. Most recently, he was tennis director at The Merion Cricket Club, a private club in Haverford, Pennsylvania. Under the agreement, Tennis P.R.O. will be responsible for day-to-day operations of the facility, which will include providing lessons and running concessions. The firm also will handle memberships and fundraising.Moreover, Collard’s company will pay $300,000 upfront for capital improvements to the facility — covered court, hitting walls, indoor and outdoor playground and so on. The agreement also calls for the proposed facility to be open at least 80 hours per week, as weather permits. “I’m very excited about starting as soon as possible,” Collard told council members. “I’m already working on the marketing, trying to find out what can we do to make it a big success. We want the community to be involved. We’re also going to have a foundation, where we’re going to try to do a lot of outreach programs,” he said. Council members unanimously agreed in May to enter negotiations with Tennis P.R.O. LLC, to operate and manage the proposed tennis facility. The firm was selected over Management Partners and Net Results. The planned $2.19 million complex will include eight clay and two hard surface courts, two sheltered courts, two minicourts and several pickleball courts, built to U.S Tennis Association (USTA) professional standards. It also will feature a pro shop, a multifunctional community room, and two office spaces. A second floor, if added, will include an observation deck overlooking the courts with concessions and a lounge for players. The complex will be located on 4.7 acres of donated land at The District at Abbott’s Square, a new real estate development situated north of Dean Dairy Road and west of Simons Road. Officials say the project could break ground as soon as March, with construction estimated at 12 to 16 months. Once complete, it will be renamed Sarah Vande Berg Memorial Tennis Center, after the former Zephyrhills High School district champion who became a scholarship player on the University of South Carolina Upstate women’s tennis team. Vande Berg, the daughter of the Zephyrhills planning director Todd Vande Berg, died in an automobile accident at the age of 21 in October 2015. City Manager Steve Spina said the city will receive no revenues in the first three years of the complex opening, to help Tennis P.R.O. recoup its upfront costs. For the remainder of the agreement, however, the firm will pay rent to the city based on a percentage of its profits. Spina said the public-private partnership resembles the one Zephyrhills has with the East Pasco Family YMCA, in which the city owns the building property, but outsources programming and facility management. Meanwhile, recreation impact fees from The District at Abbott’s Square and other developments will be used to finance most of the facility’s construction costs, city officials say. The city also is looking into additional funding from USTA grants, Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program (FRDAP) grants, Penny for Pasco, and partnerships with Pasco County Parks and Recreation, and Pasco County Tourism. Memberships, or hourly court rental fees, will be required to access the tennis facility, though Zephyrhills residents will see a price break compared to non-residents. And, while those figures haven’t yet been configured, they are expected to mirror other clay-court tennis centers in nearby communities. The eight-court Cindy Hummel Tennis Center, in Auburndale, has yearly memberships ranging from $75 to $171, for unlimited court access. Elsewhere, the 10court Plant City Tennis Center offers individual annual passes for $350, and family annual passes for $700. Hourly court fees range from $1 to $7 at both facilities. “If you go to Plant City, if you go to Auburndale, if you go to Tampa — to have clay courts you have to have fees,” Spina said. Aside from serving east Pasco residents, officials believe the new tennis complex could become a draw for college and USTAsanctioned events. “We think this is more than a local tennis club; we think it will be a regional asset,” Spina told the council. “This is a feather in our cap,” said Alan Knight, council president. “I’m excited about it,” said Lance Smith, council vice president. “I think it’s going to bring some people in here, and we don’t really have any idea how big this is going to be. …I think it’s going to be a great success. I’m looking forward to seeing it come along.”Tennis center secures management KEVIN WEISSTennis P.R.O. is owned by Pascal Collard, shown here. Collard was the director of tennis at Saddlebrook Tennis Academy in Wesley Chapel from 2003 to 2006. He most recently served as the tennis director at The Merion Cricket Club, a private club in Haverford, Pennsylvania. 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The new site has one feature lacking at the recreation center – 20 acres for parking. Fair association officials also have years of experience in handling crowds and traffic. Some of their staff will help with parking and other activities. “We have traffic flow and people flow down to an art,” said Dicky Brown, president of the fair association. The rental agreement with DCF was finalized on Oct. 18, Brown said. The agency will have the use of two buildings, including restroom facilities, and an open field for parking. It’s a major undertaking, and a strain on any community, Brown added. “But, we can get people off (State Road) 52 faster than anywhere because we have 20 acres of parking.” The search for a new site was a countywide effort among local governments and agencies, including county commissioners, the school district and law enforcement, said Pasco County Commissioner Mike Wells Jr. “It’s (fairgrounds) the only location that made sense and everyone worked together,” said Wells, who is on the fair association’s board. The DCF will have hundreds of employees on site during the four-day program. Law enforcement from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and Dade City will aid in traffic and crowd control. Residents who come to the site can qualify for food replacement for September and October, based on income and losses suffered during Hurricane Irma. 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. To speed up the process, DCF officials encourage applicants to preregister at least a day before coming to an application site. For more information, please visit, from page 1A would work as a dam to contain the sinkhole. The cost would be about $800,000. Whatever the final decision, there are financial implications for the county and residents. Pasco County officials have said they want to get reimbursement for as much of its costs as possible. They view sinkhole damage largely as a private matter between insurance companies and the injured parties. To that end, the county mailed demand letters and notice of financial responsibility to homeowners, renters and companies that have done remediation work in the past. Left open is how much liability could rest with Lake Padgett residents. Moore said residents are concerned about taking on maintenance costs of the sinkhole. The subdivision has a special taxing district, created by Florida statute. However, those funds are collected solely for the operation and maintenance of recreational facilities in the subdivision, including five lake parks, three boat ramps and a horse stable. For fiscal year 2018, the per unit fee collected by the taxing district is about $500, according to documents on Lake Padgett’s website. In describing the taxing district, website documents specifically state that it doesn’t serve or have authority to serve as a Community Development District, civic association or a homeowner association.SINKHOLE, from page 1A staff members for the ribbon cutting. After years of deep cuts to library budgets, county commissioners approved a budget for fiscal year 2018 that added in more money for libraries, and also for parks.Libraries are valuable to communities, Moore said. In addition to books, they also provide innovative technology, including Land O’ Lakes makerspace, to help people learn.Plus, they facilitate connections between people. “It’s a great meeting place,” Moore said. In addition to the Land O’ Lakes library, at 2818 Collier Parkway, the county restored Monday hours to the Regency Park Branch Library, in New Port Richey. That library also will get new staff members. “Those are the county’s busiest libraries,” Fredericks said. To celebrate the restored hours, Land O’ Lakes library patrons were treated to special activities, including pen turning, a silly dance party, a visit from “creepy” reptiles and invertebrates, yoga and Tai Chi. Looking ahead, Mondays now can be filled with additional activities on a regular basis on the library’s monthly calendar, said Kathleen Rothstein, Land O’ Lakes branch manager. Yoga and Tai Chi will be offered on alternating Monday nights. There will be a Monday Movie Matinee. The library’s Foundry, or makerspace, will be open at various times on Monday. The Foundry has a variety of new technology including 3-D printers, state-of-the-art Computer Aided Design (CAD) equipment, an Oculus Rift virtual reality system, and an audio recording studio. It also offers opportunities to work with traditional hand and power tools, as well as crafting tools and supplies, including yarn and thread. Other programs scheduled on Mondays include an introduction to knitting, Autumn Candle Holder, Essential Oils, woodworking and Pumpkin Planter. 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18A October 25, 2017 Your Neighborhood Sports Source Community Sports Community Sports By Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.comOnce or twice a week, a veteran NFL running back can be found training at Wesley Chapel District Park, readying for another shot to play on Sundays. “I’ll get that call soon. I know how the game goes,” he says. Indeed, Brooksville native DuJuan Harris knows pro football all too well. Since 2011, the 29-year-old has bounced around to eight NFL franchises across both coasts, in various capacities. It has included multiple stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars (2011, 2017), and stops with the Pittsburgh Steelers (2012), Green Bay Packers (2012 to 2014), Minnesota Vikings (2015), Seattle Seahawks (2015), Baltimore Ravens (2015) and San Francisco 49ers (2015 to 2016). He’s spent just weeks with some teams, and months with others. He’s been on practice squads and active rosters. He’s even been a starter multiple times. For Harris, it’s all been a “blessing.” “I’ve bounced around to a lot of different places, but I got to meet a lot of great guys. I played side by side with some future Hall of Famers and some Hall of Famers now, so it’s been amazing. It’s been tough, but I wouldn’t try to change it for anything; every team has been fun.” More recently, Harris spent preseason and training camp with the Jacksonville Jaguars until he was released in September. It’s not the first time he’s been cut, and it surely won’t be the last — should another NFL opportunity arise. “Every year you’ve got to prove yourself, so it’s a grind,” Harris says. “It’s a different kind of life, definitely. It’s been a struggle throughout my career...” The average NFL career is 3.3 years, according to the NFL Players Association. It’s undoubtedly shorter for undrafted free agents, like Harris. “You can make the same mistake as a first-round guy, and (coaches) are going to pat him on the back and say, ‘Oh, it’s OK.’ You make that same mistake (as an undrafted player), you’re going to be gone,” Harris explains. The circumstances entering the league don’t matter anymore to Harris. Instead, he bides his time, relishing the chance to prove himself once again as a veteran player. “It’s something that I hold my head up for when I go to new teams,” he says. “I don’t get nervous about anything. I feel like you see someone new come in that door, you’re going to have to worry. That’s how it is in the NFL. That’s what I tell some younger guys, ‘Don’t get down when you get released.’” Whatever the reason, Harris consistently has been overlooked as a football player. Despite starring at Central High School in Brooksville — where he recorded 3,000 career rushing yards and 45 touchdowns and holds a Hernando County record for the most yards in a single game with 363 yards and five touchdowns — Harris only had offers from Troy (Alabama) University and Florida A&M University. And, after a prolific four-year college career at Troy — nearly 3,200 scrimmage yards and 32 touchdowns — Harris didn’t receive an invite to the NFL combine. Perhaps it’s his stature. He stands just 5foot-7. It’s certainly not his athleticism or aggressive running style. The chiseled Harris recorded the highest vertical leap (41.5 inches) and fastest 40-yard dash time (4.37 seconds) on his college team. But an eye-opening pro day workout wasn’t enough to have Harris’ name among the 254 chosen during the 2011 NFL Draft, either. “I didn’t mind even not getting my name called on draft day,” Harris says. “I really just wanted to hear my name called for my family. Just for them to hear it and for them to cheer about something. Other than that, my mindset is, ‘I’m going to play football anyway. I’m going to be in the NFL, I’m going to get my respect one way or another, if I’m going to get picked or not.’” He’s done that year in, year out. In 38 career NFL games, Harris has tallied 590 rushing yards, 244 receiving yards and three touchdowns. In regular season action, he’s proven to be a productive back, averaging a career 4.1 yards per carry, and a reliable pass-catcher, with 21 receptions. Harris, meanwhile, is confident he can still make plays, at 29 years old — aging by NFL standards. “There’s older guys that can still do it and I feel like if they can, then I can too. It’s doable,” he says. His newfound athletic trainer, Bebe Roberts, also shares the sentiment. “He’s amazingly fast, but I didn’t know he was that fast,” Roberts says of observing Harris in a recent workout. Roberts is a former Wesley Chapel High School track star. He’s worked out other NFL hopefuls through his athletic training company, Fast Sprint Quick Performance, LLC. His relationship with Harris dates back to high school, when they went head-to-head in local track meets — where Roberts beat the NFL player in the 100-meter dash. “He brings that up all the time,” Roberts jokes. Roberts’ job is to maintain the NFL veteran’s speed and flexibility, through hip stabilizers and other routine running back drills. “He’s a running back, so we don’t want him to get tight, especially in the offseason,” Roberts explains. “I did a lot of research on him, so I could help make him a better athlete.” Those personalized workouts are critical to Harris, who’s fighting to stay in the sport that skews young. “Every year since my rookie year, it’s been the same thing. Just pretty much trying to work on everything. In this league, you learn something every year—and people get better every year,” he says. “You just got to stay prepared. You could have a skill set that’s pretty good, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to work for you all the time. You’ve got to keep working at it.” Harris has temporarily settled in Wesley Chapel with his family, while he awaits his next football opportunity. With ample downtime, he’s been assisting in his wife’s custom wig business, DarVida by Keysha. “She makes the wigs and I take care of everything else; we make a good team,” says Harris, noting he developed the professional website. Interestingly, it’s not the first non-NFL job he’s had. Harris garnered national headlines in the 2012 season, when he went from working at a Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge dealership in Jacksonville to the Green Bay Packers practice squad, eventually working his way onto the active roster as a starter. That year, Harris took the sales job to supplement his income as he awaited his next NFL roster spot. Harris recalls the unique circumstance: “I’m not a big spender, but during the offseason there’s only so far that your money can stretch. I didn’t have enough to get me through an offseason and some of the season, so I had to get up and work. I couldn’t just sit around and wait for something to happen. “The process of getting a job was new for me. I never had to go in for an interview, dress nice and everything else. It all was new to me. I was only there for a week —didn’t sell a car, but came close on a couple. “It was fun and I was thankful for them giving me the opportunity. I was doing workouts in between, got a call from Green Bay and they asked me if I wanted to fly out the next day.” Now Harris hopes for a similar call, from any of the 32 NFL franchises — or even the Canadian Football League. It may come sooner than later, as injuries mount and wide-eyed rookies make mistakes. “In this game, if a young guy’s not doing too well, they’re going to go to a vet, no matter what. 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In 358 career innings, Melendez has racked up 35 wins, to go along with a 2.91 ERA, 193 strikeouts and 42 complete games. At the plate, Melendez has a career .407 batting average, tallying 108 hits, 51 RBIs and 75 runs. Also a threat on the base paths, Melendez has 32 career steals.Ashley Sieper, an Odessa resident who attends Tampa Catholic, has verbally committed to play basketball at Boston University, an NCAA Division I program in Boston, Massachusetts. The 6-foot-2 power Additional Q-and-A with veteran NFL running back DuJuan HarrisOn having his No. 20 jersey retired at Central High School’s Sept. 29 Homecoming game:“It didn’t hit me until I got on the field. I was thinking, like, ‘Wow, nobody in this school is ever going to wear my number again.’ It kind of just hit me. My wife was trying to ask me, ‘Did it really set in yet?’ She saw, once I kind of got some tears in my eyes.”On the challenge of bouncing from various NFL franchises, with a family at home:“That’s when it got hard. When I was by myself it was simple. ...Just bouncing around from place to place, sometimes I’ve got to leave my wife, and for her to take care of things on her own—I hate having to do that. When you get to a new city and she has to go, now she’s in a new place by herself. So, that’s another thing that I’ve got to try to worry about on top of all the new (stuff) I’ve got to get ready for. So, it’s difficult, but it is what it is. We’d rather go through all of it now.”On the feeling of getting released:“You might feel like you’re an outcast when you leave ‘here’ and get released ‘here’ and you might feel a little embarrassed and you want to be in your shell. But when you get a call from another team and go there, there’s guys in that locker room that are going to worry because, ‘Hey they just brought in a new running back, who’s going to go?’ And in this league, it’s a numbers game. You just can’t really think about all the negativity in the league because there’s a lot. There’s nothing you can do about it.”On what he misses most about the NFL:“Just pretty much being in that (locker) room. Just that atmosphere itself, it’s amazing and it’s something that a lot of people wish they could be apart of. If I get another opportunity to prolong my career, it would be a blessing...” On the difficulty of learning an NFL playbook, especially in a short period of time: “It’s definitely not like the video games. You’ve got to learn a new language pretty much. It’s a little difficult. One word might mean something for one team and it means something else for another. And then the routes, they call the routes a little differently. But it’s a copycat league. Everything you pretty much learn from other teams, you end up running that same play. ...I go to one team and I just try to learn the basics and then go from there. You’ve just got to put in the time. There’s a lot more to it than people think.”COURTESY OF POSITIVE COACHING ALLIANCE-TAMPA BAYWharton Highs Raweerat KhunduangTRIPLE-IMPACT COMPETITOR FINALISTS NAMEDSix senior athletes from schools in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area were recently named finalists for the Triple Impact Competitor Scholarship through the Positive Coaching Alliance-Tampa Bay: Raweerat Khunduang, Wharton High School  Emily Leonard, Wiregrass Ranch High School  Alexander Lopez, Steinbrenner High School  Karissa Olsen, Wesley Chapel High School  Andrea Wallace, Sunlake High School  Chandler Carr (formerly of Lutz), Brooks DeBartolo Collegiate High SchoolThe Triple Impact Competitor Scholarship seeks to salute student-athletes who have “demonstrated a commitment to improving themselves, their teammates, and their sport as a whole,” according to a release.Applicants had to submit essays and receive at least three recommendations from coaches, teachers or administrators. A total of 25 Tampa Bay-area student-athletes from the high school class of 2018 were finalists for the Triple-Impact Competitor, which is presented by Sagicor Life Insurance Company. Each of the finalists will next be interviewed by members of a selection committee, Scholarship winners will be named at a Tampa Bay Rays game in the 2018 season. COURTESY OF SUNLAKE HIGH SCHOOLSunlake Highs Maria Melendez plans to play collegiate softball at Ave Maria University.COURTESY OF MEG MERRITT Pasco County champs For the second straight year, the Wiregrass Ranch High girls golf team won the Pasco County Girls High School Golf Conference tournament. Buoyed by freshman Norah Caitlin, who shot a 69 to earn individual medalist honors, the Bulls edged 12 other Pasco schools at the Oct. 9 tournament at The Groves Golf and Country Club in Land O Lakes. From left: Tyler Finn, assistant coach, and Zoe Wood, Mya Simard, Norah Catlin, Morgan, Sustachek, Laryn Finn, Karlie Finn and Jeremy Calzone, head coach.forward averaged 8.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game for the Crusaders last season, which reached the Class 5A regional finals. ranks Sieper as a three-star recruit and the nation’s 42nd best post prospect for the 2018 recruiting class. Darin Green Jr., a 6-foot-4 junior shooting guard at Wharton High School, has picked up a basketball scholarship from Rider (New Jersey) University, marking his second Division I offer in as many weeks. Green Jr., who helped guide Wharton High to a 20-6 mark and Class 8A regional quarterfinal last season, recently earned an offer from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers. The Saint Leo University women’s basketball team has picked up a verbal commitment from Tampa Catholic guard Lenise Santiago. The 5-foot-8 junior averaged 8.1 points, 1.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.1. steals per game last season. Former Wiregrass Ranch defensive back Shamaur McDowell, now a senior at IMG Academy in Bradenton, has decommitted from the University of Minnesota. The 5-foot-11, 184-pound McDowell, who originally committed to Minnesota on June 11, recently made the announcement on Twitter. McDowell, a three-star prospect ranked among the nation’s top 150 cornerbacks for the 2018 class, has offers from North Carolina State, Washington State, Central Florida, South Florida, Purdue and Iowa State universities, among others, according to


INSIDE: Directories, Classifieds, Games & More B Frida Kahlo is a Mexican artist whose face, with her riveting dark eyes and unibrow, is instantly recognizable even to people who know little about her life and art.Yet, more than 80 years after her first New York exhibition, Kahlo still fascinates as a woman, an artist and an iconic figure to feminists and political activists. Pasco-Hernando State Colleges Rao Musunuru M.D. Art Gallery is hosting a Teachers Discovery Traveling Exhibit to highlight Kahlo and her work.The exhibit is free and open to the public.The gallery, located in a wing of the colleges library at 10230 Ridge Road in New Port Richey, is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., on Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., on Friday. The exhibit ends on Dec. 12. She was a revolutionary, said Connie LaMarca-Frankel, a humanities professor at PHSC, and a founder of the Tampa Repertory Theatre. She was engaged in the politics of her day and at the same time was an artist. LeMarca-Frankel brought her students to the exhibit to introduce them to Kahlo. Now maybe theyll start to think about her, the humanities professor said. The exhibit includes large banners that feature Kahlo and recreations of her paintings. Books on Kahlo are there, too, for study or a quiet moment to sit in a chair and browse their pages. Theres also an interactive video that gallery visitors can use to view La Casa Azul, Kahlos house and garden in Coyoacan, outside Mexico City. Kahlo was born in 1907 and died in 1954, at age 47. Her short life was filled with debilitating pain from childhood polio and a bus accident that crushed and wounded her body. She spent nearly two years in a body cast. Lying on her back, looking into a mirror, she painted what she saw Frida Kahlo. She met Mexican muralist, Diego Rivera, a much older man than she, and already wildly famous. They had a tumultuous marriage, a divorce, and a remarriage. Both had love affairs. For many years, she was known more for being Riveras wife than as an artist in her own right. She is known for her self-portraits, and for a folk-art style of painting that captured Mexican culture and challenged peoples concepts of gender, race, class and the history of colonialism. Two of her most known paintings are The Two Fridas and Thorn Necklace and Hummingbird. In The Two Fridas, Kahlo did a double self-portrait. Both Kahlos are sitting down. One is garbed in European-style dress, the other in traditional Mexican dress. In the other painting, Kahlo is wearing a thorn necklace, with a hummingbird pendant. On her right shoulder, a monkey pulls at the necklace, drawing blood. A black panther, with blue eyes, looks over her left shoulder. She was such a great personality. Her artwork is amazing, said Blythe Sanschagrin, who attended the exhibits opening reception. I love the story of how strong of a woman she was. Kahlos Mexican heritage seemed right for a celebration of multiculturalism during Hispanic Heritage Month, which was from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. The exhibit also serves a mission of the college to promote interactive events for students, said Ray Calvert, the colleges director of libraries. The main thing is to generate awareness for students and create themes around which they can interact, he said. Luz Himelhoch brought her own form of interaction to the opening reception. She had about 30 students swaying and sashaying to Latin rhythms, as she taught them to dance the salsa and meringue. She is a Kahlo admirer. Frida Kahlo is my hero, Himelhoch said. This is a woman who had to endure so much at a young age. She still continued to forge on. She never gave up. Gallery exhibit showcases Mexican artist Frida Kahlo FRED BELLET 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


Provided locally by: Pet Loss Support GroupLast Thursday of the Month from 3 4:30 p.m. Upcoming Dates: July 27, Aug. 31 & Sept. 28Gulfside Center for Hospice Care 5760 Dean Dairy Road in Zephyrhills Our relationship with our pets is very special. For many of us, they are members of the family, and when the bond we share is broken, the resulting sense of loss and grief can be overwhelming. At Gulfside Hospices Pet Loss Support Group, you can share your feelings with others who are going through a similar experience. Facilitated by Chaplain Mike Merritt For more information or to RSVP, call 727-845-5707. Media Sponsor: Last Thursday of the Month from 3 4:30 p.m. Upcoming Dates: Sept. 28, O ct. 26 & N ov. 30 24416 State Road 54, Lutz 33559  813-428-6994At the corner of S R 54 and Oak Grove B oulevardi nfo@petpo i ntan im alhosp i m  www.petpo i ntan im alhosp i m EXAMS € VACCINES € WELLNESS PLANS € DENTAL CLEANING SURGERY € PET BOARDING € HOUSE CALLS € TENDER LOVING CARE (TLC) Open M onday-Fr i day 8a m -6p m  S aturday 8a m -4p m  VACCINE HOURS: WEDNESDAY 2-4 Dr. Moses Kawalya, DVM, DABVP(Board Certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners) $22.00 EXA M FOR ALL NEW CLIENT S M ULTI-PET DI S COUNT DOG FLU VACCINE AVAILA B LE 2B October 25, 2017 Sponsored by:9513 Nebraska Avenue Tampa, FL 33612 813.932.9775 or 813.932.4333 (4 blocks north of Busch Boulevard) PET OF THE WEEK FAMILIES RECEIVE A $25 SHELL’S FEED & GARDEN GIFT CERTIFICATE TO USE IN ITS STORE FOR TREATS, TOYS, COLLARS, LEASHES & HOME GROOMING PRODUCTS.Send us a picture and information on your favorite pet!Write a short paragraph about why your pet is special along with a photo and mail to: Pet of the Week, c/o The Laker, P.O. Box 479, Lutz, FL 33548 or email to, ATTN: Pet of the WeekPLEASE NOTE: OWNERS NAME AND ADDRESS MUST BE INCLUDED FOR YOUR PET TO BE CONSIDERED FOR PUBLICATION. Kochanie is a back-seat driver Kochanie is a 9-year-old Great Pyrenees. She does volunteer time with the veterans’ home and the Florida Great Pyrenees Rescue. You might have seen her cruising around Land O’ Lakes with her ‘doggles’ on. Kochanie’s proud owner is Geri Cochran, of Land O’ Lakes. Kitten overload The shelter has had a recent influx of young cats and unweaned kittens that could greatly benefit from foster care. Kittens often visit the shelter for recheck visits every two weeks, until they are old enough and weigh enough for their spay/neuter and adoption. Many of these kittens are too young to be staying in the shelter alone and need foster care to truly thrive and live. Please consider fostering with Pasco County Animal Services. If you are interested in fostering, come to the shelter to talk with a staff member or email If you would like to foster a kitten or adopt Daisy, be sure to visit Pasco County Animal Services at 19640 Dogpatch Lane in Land O’ Lakes. The adoption center is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6:30 p.m. All adoption fees include spay/neuter, microchip and vaccines. For more information, email Daisy is a shy girl Daisy, a pretty little black-mouth cur mix, is timid and shy, but is increasingly coming out of her shell. She would greatly benefit from a home that doesn’t mind giving her some love and affection to build her confidence. Daisy is not recommended for a home with young children, because she is nervous around them. As with all dogs, we recommend meet and greets. Daisy is spayed, microchipped and vaccinated and ready to go to her new home.


PET PAWS PASCO ADOPTION SPECIALSPasco County Animal Services’ shelter is overcrowded again, so it is reducing its adoption rates to $25 for dogs and $15 for cats. The fees still cover spay/neuter, microchipping and age-appropriate vaccinations. The shelter will also have an event called “No Tricks, Just Treats” on Oct. 28 from noon to 4 p.m., which is a free adoption day, with a donation. Animal Services is at 19640 Dogpatch Lane in Land O’ Lakes.PET SUPPLIES PLUS HALLOWEEN EVENTPet Supplies Plus, 21703 Village Lakes Shopping Center Drive in Land O’ Lakes, will host a Halloween event that will include kids’ and dogs’ costume contests, prizes and giveaways, trick-or-treat stations, kids’ crafts and treats for pets. The event is on Oct. 28 from noon to 3 p.m.PET ADOPTION EVENTAdoption fees will be waived for the first 75 pet adoptions at the Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center, 440 N. Falkenburg Road in Tampa. Patrons at the Subaru Love Pets’ Tricks for Treats event also can enjoy food, candy stations and a photo booth for selfies with your new pet. The event is free, courtesy of Subaru of America, and the ASPCA. The event is Oct. 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.BOW WOW BINGO & LUNCHEONSupport Canine Companions for Independence by enjoying a catered luncheon and 10 games of Bow Wow Bingo on Nov. 2 at 11:30 a.m. A donation of $20 covers lunch and bingo. The event is at the Lutz Community Center, 98 First Ave., N.W.PET FOOD BANKIf you are a struggling pet owner who is having difficulty providing the basic essentials for your pet, Pasco County Animal Services, 19640 Dogpatch Lane in Land O’ Lakes, may be able to help, according to the department’s website. Thanks to community donations of food and basic pet supplies, Animal Services has begun a Pet Food Bank. 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