The Laker

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

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Aside from mostly pleasant weather, the county lays its claim to bountiful ecotourism, miles of bike trails, premier multipurpose sports facilities — as well as beaches and resorts. “We have a lot of opportunities,” said Thomas, who is Pasco’s newest tourism director. “Our destination is really primed for success in the future, and ready for success now. We have a lot of key attractions and key different segments in tourism right here...” Thomas, 38, started his $82,000-a-year job in September. He shared his vision for Pasco County’s Office of Tourism Development — which is known as Visit Pasco — during a Nov. 8 luncheon hosted by The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce. He expressed confidence in the county’s tourism offerings, but he said the county’s current strategy “lacks an identity.” “Not one person can identify what our brand is, as a tourism destination,” Thomas told chamber members and county stakeholders gathered at the Fox Hollow Golf Club. Thomas needs to develop a brand strategy that highlights the county’s assets and create a business model that attracts not just locals, but also resonates with people “50 miles and beyond.” He noted he has considerable work to do to attract visitors that will produce economic impact over the course of the year. Most recently, Thomas served as director of the Citrus County Visitor’s Bureau, since 2013. Before that, he was a minor league baseball player, a career that spanned more than a decade, and took him to three continents and countless cities across the United States. Thomas replaced Doug Traub, who left after just three months on the job as the county’s first tourism director. Traub arrived in Pasco from Lake Havasu, Arizona, where he was the chief executive officer of the visitor and tourism bureau. Pasco County previously had a tourism manager position, but the director’s job expands on those duties to handle long-range strategic goals. In Citrus County, Thomas said tourism generated $11.7 million in sales taxes in 2016, ultimately saving each county household about $197 on taxes that year. “Something that I love about our industry is that it’s no tax burden on the citizens in their household, but it’s providing economic sustainability,” Thomas said. Duplicating results for Pasco, he said, starts with auditing each event and festival coordinated by his office — to determine whether or not they drive hotel room nights and create an economic impact that “brings the highest yield of investment.” Thomas noted Visit Pasco last year spent $285,000 on local events and festivals, and $160,000 on tourism advertising initiatives. He questioned whether those local events — such as the Pasco County Fair in Dade City and the Chasco Fiesta in New Port Richey — actually entice tourists and nonresidents. “On an annual basis, we’re spending more money on local events and festivals than we actually do marketing the destination,” he said. “We have to take a look at the bigger picture.” The tourism director also panned the economic model for the Dick’s Sporting Good Tournament of Champions in Wesley Chapel, a youth lacrosse showcase that draws more than 50 teams from more than a dozen states, as well as Canada. The three-day eventSee TOURISM, page11A Pasco’s tourism director wants to take a new approachBy B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.comDenham Oaks Elementary School was awash in red, white and blue as children and staff offered a warm welcome to about 75 area veterans at a Nov. 10 celebration. As they arrived, a series of signs posted outside the school honored the men and women who have served in the nation’s military. There were posters and other artworks all over campus carrying the same message of gratitude. Fourthand fifth-graders expressed their appreciation through a gallery of patriotic artworks. Second-graders made ornaments for the veterans to take home, and third-Denham Oaks offers patriotic welcome to veterans KEVIN WEISSNew Pasco County tourism director Adam Thomas shared his vision during a Nov. 8 luncheon hosted by The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce. By Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.comRemedying a massive sinkhole in Land O’ Lakes has taken a minor step forward, four months after it opened and swallowed two homes on Ocean Pines Drive in Lake Padgett. Residents of the Lake Padgett community were presented several preliminary solutions for fixing the sinkhole long-term, during a Nov. 8 meeting at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center. The audience also had the opportunity to ask questions and offer input to county officials. Kevin Guthrie, assistant county administrative of public safety, led the meeting. He offered up three possible solutions for “success” in the sinkhole’s remediation:  Build a fence around the sinkhole with a cul de sac on each side (estimated cost of $1.7 million)  Connect the sinkhole to Lake Saxon while adding a cul de sac to each side of the lake (estimated cost of $2.5 million)  Rebuild the original road through the sinkhole (estimated cost of $800,000) The first two options would require the county to purchase several properties, either to connect the sinkhole to Lake Saxon and/or develop a cul de sac. The third option, meanwhile, requires the reconstruction of Ocean Pines Drive using a sheet piling methodology. Fences then would be placed around bodies of water on either side of the road — similar to how retention ponds have fences around them. A fourth option consists of leaving the sinkhole “as is,” adding a chain-link fence and signage around its perimeter. The option would cost about $50,000. The Pasco County Commission will have the final say on how to proceed with long-See SINKHOLE, page11A Looking for sinkhole solutions Army veterans Edwin Aguiar and Derrick Jayska view artwork created by Denham Oaks Elementary students to thank veterans for their service.See VETERANS, page11A


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The funding is slated for fiscal year 2023, as part of the agency’s five-year work plan. The funding for the rights of way for the State Road 54 and U.S. 41 intersection is a conservative amount programmed in advance to give Pasco County time to do outreach, and determine the community’s vision for this project, according to FDOT spokeswoman, Kris Carson, in an email response to The Laker/Lutz News. “The amount may be reduced or increased or we can shift the funds elsewhere if the no-build is selected,” Carson wrote. The department also is working on interim improvements for the intersection, she added. One anticipated project would lengthen some of the turn lanes at the intersection to improve traffic flow. In October, the 17-member Vision 54/56 Task Force scheduled a workshop to review in more detail traffic projects that are being proposed as solutions. The group’s options include 11 major highway and transit alternatives, as well as a no-build alternative for the intersection. Some alternatives would be at-grade re-designs with express transit lanes; others would have flyovers, and toll lanes. The task force is expected to schedule its next public meeting in November or December. Additional public meetings into 2018 also are expected in order to complete the second of three phases of the traffic study. The entire study includes the State Road 54/56 corridor, from Bruce B. Downs Boulevard on the east to U.S. 19 on the west. However, for the current phase of the study the focus is on two intersections: Little Road and State Road 54 in New Port Richey, and U.S. 41 and State Road 54 in Land O’ Lakes. The Land O’ Lakes segment is getting intense scrutiny as it is among the busiest intersections, with nearly 100,000 vehicles per day. Representatives from Pasco County Planning and Development, the county’s Metropolitan Planning Organization, FDOT and consultants are assisting in the study. The FDOT also is expected to fund a detailed analysis and evaluation of the State Road 54 and U.S. 41 intersection, likely in 2018. MPO officials say it is the only segment included in the study that has funding. The MPO established the task force in 2015, and started with two separate groups. One studied issues for west Pasco; the other for east Pasco. In late 2016, a single task force, with some members from the first groups, began studying a list of potential options. They include 11 major highway and transit alternatives, as well as a no-build alternative for the intersection. The task force initiative got underway after the FDOT proposed a flyover for the intersection, with room for express toll lanes. The project met with opposition from the community, and FDOT officials agreed to back off while a task force tried to reach consensus on what should be done. The FDOT’s five-year work plan is updated annually. Some projects to redesign, expand and resurface roadways are slated for 2018/19. They are:  Resurfacing U.S. 41 from north of Ehren Cutoff to north of Caliente Boulevard for about $2.3 million  Resurfacing U.S. 301 from Pond Avenue to north of Long Avenue/Pioneer Museum for about $2.3 million  Realignment, widening and new construction on State Road 52 from Uradco Place to west of Fort King Road for about $83.3 million  Widening State Road 52 from two lanes to six lanes, from west of Suncoast Parkway to east of U.S. 41 at cost of about $75 million. This also includes intersection improvements, sidewalks and 12-foot trail.  Right of way purchase for U.S. 41 from north of Connerton Boulevard to south of State Road 52 for about $739,000. Construction of that project, in 2020, would cost about $20.3 million. For more information, visit budgeting future land purchases for 54/41 project Five-year-old Lucy Duffy inspects the dolphin and heart design she drew for her part of the ocean-themed drawing she created with her brother. Brendan Ruby, 9, puts some finishing touches on his hot air balloon for his sky-themed chalk display. Jadon Storer, 11, draws his interpretation of the Shadow Monster character from the Netflix series ‘Stranger Things.’ CHRISTINE HOLTZMANEight-year-old Kahlen Ruby uses her blue chalk to color in one of the bands of her rainbow. Using chalk to release their inner artists Artists of all ages hit the pavement in Connerton, using chalk to release their creative spirits during the community’s second annual Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest on Nov. 11. The competitors drew everything from rainbows to hot air balloons, ocean scenes to a memorial for Veterans Day. There was even a tribute to ‘Stranger Things,’ a hit show on Netflix.


3A When it comes to Southern pies, Florida has its famous Key Lime pie. Georgia has a classic Buttermilk Custard pie.And, North Carolina has its Chocolate Chess pie. But when it comes to the fall, seasonal favorites are apple, pecan, pumpkin and sweet potato in alphabetical order. Thats because the ingredients needed for the seasonal pies are at their peak. And, it turns out that these pies often add the exclamation to a traditional Thanksgiving feast. Many recipes are passed from one generation to the next, to carry on the family traditions. Last year, the editors of Delish conducted a national Favorite Turkey Day Pie survey, which revealed that pumpkin remains the No. 1 favorite, with 36 percent of those polled choosing it. Pecan pie came in second, with 15 percent of the vote. Apple came in third, at 14 percent, sweet potato pie garnered 10 percent of the top votes and chocolate pie scored 8 percent. The remaining pies cherry, blueberry, lemon meringue and others received 5 percent of the votes or fewer. The survey data was broken down even more. Evidently, pumpkin is more popular in the western part of that nation, where 46 percent ranked it first, compared to 39 percent of Midwestern voters and 33 percent of northeastern. Surprisingly, pumpkin pies scored only 30 percent of the top vote in the South. Among age groups, pecan pie scored the second highest votes and apple pie ranked third, among Gen Xers, between the ages of 38 and 53. Pumpkin pie was most popular with the baby boomers, ages 54 to 72; and traditionalists, ages 54 to 72 but slightly less than a third of millennials, ages 18 to 37, ranked pumpkin pie first. Here are some cooking tips to help you create new pie traditions as you gather to celebrate Thanksgiving.COOKING TIPS: Use a prepared pie crust. That saves time, trouble and cleanup. If crusts are refrigerated, rest on counter for approximately 15 minutes to reach room temperature, or microwave on defrost for 10 seconds to 20 seconds, before unrolling. To make your own cinnamon sugar: Combine 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons (or more) of ground cinnamon. Mix well and store in a small, air-tight jar. To make your own pumpkin pie spice: Use 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon, 1 tablespoon ground nutmeg, 1 tablespoon ground ginger, and 1 teaspoons cloves. Mix well and store in a small, air-tight jar. The best apples for baking include Braeburn, Cortland, Gala, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, McIntosh and Rome.Betsy Crisp is a Professor Emeritus, UF/IFAS Extension Family & Consumer Sciences Its the holidays: Time for yummy Southern pies Pumpkin-Pecan Pie with Cinnamon-Pecan Crust and Streusel ToppingINGREDIENTS Crust: (14.1-ounce package) ready-prepared/refrigerated piecrusts Spray cooking oil teaspoon cinnamon sugar1 tablespoons finely chopped pecans, toastedFilling:1 can (15 ounce) pumpkin (not pie mix filling) 1 cup fat-free evaporated milk cup light brown sugar, firmly packed 3 large eggs, lightly beaten 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice 1/4 teaspoon saltTopping: cup pecan halves, coarsely chopped 1/3 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons butter, melted teaspoon pumpkin pie spiceInstructions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Open package and remove one roll/pie crust. Bring to room temperature and then unroll into a 9-inch pie plate, lightly-greased (with spray cooking oil). Evenly sprinkle dough lightly with cinnamon sugar and pecans. Lightly press into dough with back of spoon. Fold under edges and crimp into points with fingers, or with tines of fork, and set aside. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together pumpkin, milk, sugar, eggs, spice and salt. Pour into pie plate. In another bowl, add together all topping ingredients, mix well, and set aside. Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove pie from oven. Carefully cover edges with a 3-inch wide strip of aluminum foil to prevent burning and return to oven for 40 more minutes. Remove pie from oven. Remove aluminum and add streusel topping. Return to oven for 15 minutes to 20 minutes. You may have to cover top of pie with aluminum foil after 10 minutes to prevent topping from burning. Cool completely on a wire rack. Makes 8 servings. Leftovers must be refrigerated.Apple-Cranberry Pie with Cinnamon CrustINGREDIENTS Crust:1 package (14.1 ounce) / two ready-prepared/refrigerated piecrusts Spray cooking oil 1 teaspoon cinnamon sugar, divided Filling: cup light brown sugar, firmly packed 1 tablespoons lemon juice 3 tablespoons flour teaspoon salt teaspoon ground cinnamon teaspoon ground ginger teaspoon ground allspice 1 pounds (approximately 5 cups slices/5 medium) baking apples, washed, cored and thinly sliced cup dried cranberries 1 tablespoons butter, cut into small piecesTopping:water teaspoon cinnamon sugarInstructions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Open package and remove one roll/pie crust. Bring to room temperature and then unroll onto flat surface covered with waxed paper or parchment. Sprinkle teaspoon cinnamon sugar on each side of crust before pressing into a 9-inch pie plate, lightly-greased (with spray cooking oil). Set other roll aside. 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4A November 15, 2017 Your Community Calendar  Submit 2 weeks in advance to:  All listings free of charge Whats Happening What  s Happening CHOOSE FROM PUBLIX DELI SPECIALTY CHEESE DANCE CONCERTThe HCC Dance Ensemble will present a Fall Dance Concert Nov. 16 to Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m., at the Hillsborough Community College, Ybor City Campus, Mainstage Theatre. General admission is $10. HCC faculty, staff and students with ID are free. COUNTRY MUSICThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host a country music concert by Jeni Hankins Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. Hankins will perform original country and bluegrass music. For information, call (352) 567-3576.GARDEN CLUBThe Zephyrhills Garden Gate Garden Club will meet Nov. 16 at 10 a.m., at the Magnuson Hotel, 5734 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills. There will be a succulent presentation and a white elephant sale. For information, call Vicky Keffer at (813) 7828004.SENIOR GAMESThe Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host Senior Games Nov. 16 from 10 a.m. to noon, for adults. There will be card playing, board games and video games. Refreshments will be provided. For information, call (813) 929-1214.WRITING GROUPThe Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host “NaNoWriMo” (National Novel Writing Month) Nov. 17 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., for anyone who is writing a novel; wants to meet with others striving to beat a deadline; compare and/or share work; or sit, chill and get some work done. Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided. For information, call (813) 929-1214.RED HAT SOCIETYThe Red Belles, part of the Red Hat Society, will meet Nov. 17 at 2:30 p.m., at Sunsets Restaurant, 18430 Livingston Ave., in Lutz. For information, email Lynn Small at SOCIETYThe Pasco County Historical Society will meet Nov. 17 at 7 p.m., at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road in Dade City. Al Stone will portray Gen. Robert E. Lee with a presentation on “Fallacies of the War Between the States.” There also will be a covered-dish dinner before the program. Guests should bring cutlery for personal use, disposable plate(s) and a beverage. Meetings are free and open to the public. For information, contact Glen Thompson at (352) 567-7449 or & PJ SHABBATCongregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road in Tampa, will host a Pizza & PJ Shabbat Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. All young families can attend. Pajamas are not required, but guests should dress comfortably. There will be guitar playing, singing, dancing, food, fellowship, and ice cream for dessert. The cost is $5 per person, with a $25 family maximum.Children age 3 and younger are free. To RSVP, call (813) 962-6338.LUTZ SENIOR CENTERThe Lutz Senior Center, 112 First Ave., N.W., will host these upcoming events:  Nov. 17 at noon: Thanksgiving luncheon (Bring a dish to share)  Nov. 22 at 1 p.m.: Computer class For information, call (813) 671-7601.MOVIES AT HUGH EMBRYThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will offer a senior movie and popcorn Nov. 17 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., for adults; and, a family movie, popcorn and juice Nov. 18 at 2 p.m., at which kids ages 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. For information and movie titles, call (352) 567-3576.HOLIDAY CLASSIC MOVIESTampa Theatre is back with its Holiday Classics movie series. The theater itself will be closed for renovations through the end of December, so the movies will be shown at Curtis Hixon Park. The movies scheduled (all at 7:30 p.m., unless otherwise noted) are “White Christmas” on Nov. 17; “Home Alone” Nov. 18; “Miracle on 34th Street” Nov. 24; “A Christmas Story” Nov. 25; “The Polar Express” Dec. 1 at 8 p.m.; “Elf” Dec. 15; and “It’s a Wonderful Life” Dec. 16. Admission is free. Lawn seating is firstcome, first-served. Refreshments will be available. For information, visit A RAG WREATHThe Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer a rag wreath craft class Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to noon, for ages 9 to 15. A proper dress code, registration and signed liability waiver is required. To register, call (813) 929-1214.MODEL AIRPLANE MEETBay City Flyers will host a radio-control model airplane meet Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to2 p.m., at the Bay City Flyers Area 52 Flying Field, 22500 State Road 52 in Land O’ Lakes. The Flyers will have its annual Fighter Town Military Fly-in featuring scale models of full-size aircraft from all wars. The cost is $3 per carload at the gate. A fullservice concession stand will be available. For information, visit CRAFTThe Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer a Thanksgiving craft Nov. 18 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., for elementary to fifth grade. For information, call (813) 929-1214.PASCO FOOD GIVEAWAYThe annual East Pasco Food Giveaway will be Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. to noon, at the Dade City Business Center, 1500 Citrus Country Drive, front parking lot. There is a limit of three families per vehicle. For information, call Robin Ringeisen or Jonathan Till at (813) 780-0667.UPCYCLE AND ART FESTThe Pasco Upcycle Festival will take place Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Sim Park, 6431 Bank St., in New Port Richey. There will be numerous vendors (both educational and environmentally friendly), a native plant sale, farmer’s market-type vendors, food trucks, and entertainment. Admission is free. For information, contact Kristen King at (727) 856-7252 or YARD SALEAmerican Legion Post 147, 17383 Gunn Highway in Odessa, will host an indoor and outdoor community yard sale Nov. 18 and Nov. 19 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The American Legion Auxiliary will sell hot dogs and bottled water. For information, call Jim Carper at (813) 453-7997.HOBBY SHOW & SALEThe Toy Train, Collectible and Hobby Show/Sale will take place Nov. 18 from 9a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, 215 Sydney Washer Road in Dover. There will be train memorabilia, trains, accessories, baseball cards, crafts, comic books, coins, crafts, antiques, die-cast cars, and more. For information, call (727) 244-1341, or visit’S DAY FESTIVALThe Lake Padgett Estates East Founder’s Day Festival will take place Nov. 18 from noon to 4 p.m., at 4533 Savanah Way in Land O’ Lakes. The association is celebrating its 45th birthday with a car and truck show, food, children’s events, a 50/50 drawing and more. The event will be moved to Nov. 19 in the event of rain. Proceeds from the car and truck show entry fees will benefit a children’s’ hospital.SANTA’S ARRIVALTampa Premium Outlets, 2300 Grand Cypress Drive in Lutz, will usher in the holiday season with Santa’s arrival and a tree lighting Nov. 18 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be live music, shopping discounts, family activities, Santa and Mrs. Claus, a meet-and-greet with Santa and friends, and more. Admission is free. For information, visit PEACE BREAKFASTSunrise of Pasco’s 14th annual Peace Breakfast will be Dec. 7 at Saint Leo University, Greenfelder Board Room, 33701 State Road 52 in St. Leo. Registration, networking and breakfast start at 7 a.m., followed by a program at 7:30 a.m. A hot buffet breakfast will be served. To RSVP by Nov. 18, call (352) 521-3358.BEER & BURGER THROW DOWNSunWest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Highway in Hudson, will host a Beer & Burger Throw Down Nov. 18 from noon to 6 p.m. There will be a car show, beer gardens, a craft fair, a business expo, wakeboard pros, local burger restaurants and food trucks, live music, the Risen BMX Stunt Team, and more. For information, call Sarah Gaborik, Simply Events, at (727) 674-1464.WINTER VILLAGEGame Time in Ybor City will present Winter Village at Centro Ybor every Sunday, Nov. 19 to Dec. 17, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Ybor will be transformed into a Holiday Winter Wonderland for all ages, and will feature free kids’ crafts and games, kids’ vendors, merchant specials and more. There also will be a red carpet to walk to have your photo taken with a tree presented by Ashley HomeStore. For information, email Deb Hargreaves at FRUITS PROGRAMThe Dade City Garden Club, 13630 Fifth St., in Dade City, will host Steve Cox, master gardener, Nov. 20, on the topic of backyard fruits. There will be a social, coffee and light refreshments starting at 9:30 a.m., followed by the program at 10 a.m. For information, email Operation Christmas ChildLocal packing parties will take place for Operation Christmas Child, a Samaritan’s Purse project, Nov. 19 at 5 p.m., at Keystone United Methodist Church, 16301 Race Track Road in Odessa; and Nov. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Bay Hope Methodist Church, 17030 Lakeshore Road in Lutz. At Keystone, participants can help pack shoeboxes with toys, school supplies and hygiene items for children around the world; and at Bay Hope, participants can help put all the packed shoeboxes into an 18-wheeler for delivery. All ages are invited to attend and bring shoebox supplies. 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The program is for adults and is limited to 20 participants. Participants must register in person, starting 30 minutes prior to the lecture. For information, call (813) 273-3652, or visit HOLIDAY ILLNESSFlorida Hospital Zephyrhills will present How to Avoid Illness During the Holidays Nov. 16 at 11:30 a.m., at the CREATION Health Wellness Center, Education Room, 38233 Daughtery Road in Zephyrhills. Dr. Jordan Axe, of the Root Cause Clinic, will share tips on how to stay well. Reservations are required. Call (813) 7796476.GULFSIDE FUNDRAISERA Charity Fashion Show benefitting Gulfside Hospice will take place Nov. 16 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at Heritage Springs Golf & Country Club, 11345 Robert Jones Parkway in Trinity. The guest emcee will be Deiah Riley of ABC Action News. Fashions will be presented by Belk department store. Proceeds will benefit Gulfside Hospice in support of hospice patient care and bereavement services in Pasco County. The cost is $35 per person. For information and tickets, visit DEMENTIA TOURAmerican House, 38130 Pretty Pond Road in Zephyrhills, will host the Virtual Dementia Tour, offered by Second Wind Dreams, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., for anyone who wants to see, feel and hear what its like to live with dementia. The tour is a training activity created to help caregivers provide better care for those suffering from dementia and Alzheimers disease. Admission is free, but to set up an appointment by Nov. 15, call (813) 400-2262.CPR AND CHOKINGFlorida Hospital Zephyrhills, 7050 Gall Blvd., will offer the American Heart Association class on Hands-on CPR and Chocking Rescue Nov. 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., in the Magnolia Room on the first floor. The class is an orientation to CPR and not for certification or credentials. To register, call (813) 783-6124.MEDICARE HELPTwo local libraries will host a SHINE (serving health insurance needs of elders) volunteer to answer Medicare questions. 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The first workshop will be at Gulfsides Bereavement and Community Outreach Center, 6230 Lafayette St., in New Port Richey, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. An additional workshop is planned for the same location Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. For residents in East Pasco, a workshop will take place at Gulfside Center for Hospice Care, 5760 Dean Dairy Road in Zephyrhills, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. For information, call Kelly Cavagnetto at (727) 845-5707.SILVER SNEAKERS PROGRAMSilver Sneakers Strength & Balance Classes take place every Wednesday at 9 a.m., and every Friday at 10:30 a.m., in The Groves Golf and Country Club Civic Center in Land O Lakes. The program is free for Silver Sneakers members and $5 for non-members, per session. These are low-impact classes for men and women designed to improve flexibility and balance, which can help prevent falls, broken hips and more. 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CONSTITUTION ESSAY WINNERSThe Pasco County Clerk & Comptrollers fifth annual Constitution Essay Contest drew a record 72 entries, nearly 70 percent more than in 2016. The top prize in the contest was awarded to Bailey Keyes, a fifth-grader at Trinity Elementary School, for her grasp of individual liberties guaranteed by the Constitution, and noting personal examples along with her clear beginning and logical ending, according to a press release. Ryleigh McQueen, a fifth-grader at Woodland Elementary School, won second place; and, Nathan Grimes, a fifth-grader at Trinity Elementary School, won third place. The winners will be awarded trophies at the Pasco County School Board meeting Dec. 19. Keyes also will receive a tour of the Pasco courthouse of her choice, plus lunch with Clerk & Comptroller Paula S. O Neil.STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN MANUFACTURING DAYManufacturing Day activities throughout Pasco and Hernando counties drew the participation of more than 2,000 students. Approximately 500 students attended tours of local manufacturers, while 1,800 more students throughout Pasco and Hernando high schools and middle schools were educated about manufacturing through a virtual tour of a local Pasco County manufacturer, Arete Industries. Two local fundraisers also took place, as well as library events to inform the public about manufacturing, and the opportunities manufacturing offers to jobseekers and the local economy.TIMOTHY BEARD JOINS TECH COUNCILTimothy Beard, Ph.D., president of Pasco-Hernando State College, is the newest member of the Florida High Tech Corridor Council. 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 selected to serve as the colleges fourth president in 2015. Enrollment at PHSC has increased by 40 percent under Beards leadership. Beards expertise and knowledge in higher education and workforce development will help guide The Corridor in its mission to grow high tech industry and innovation through partnerships that support research, marketing, workforce and entrepreneurship.STUDENT TOY DRIVEPasco County Board of County Commissioners Chairman Mike Moore and the Pasco County District School Board will collect new toys for Pasco County children through its inaugural Holiday Toy Drive, through Nov. 27. All toys will be donated to students through Pasco County District Schools. Donations of new, unwrapped toys for children ages 5 to 13 can be dropped off at any of these locations: Copperstone Executive Suites, 3632 Land O Lakes Blvd., Land O Lakes Pasco County Historic Courthouse, 37918 Meridian Ave., Dade City New River Branch Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills West Pasco Government Center, 8731 Citizens Drive in New Port Richey Several Pasco County community partners also will accept toy donations. For information, visit STOCKING STUFFERSA group of International Baccalaureate students at Land O Lakes High School will be collecting stockings to be donated to foster children through the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco County, as part of a service project. The group needs donations of stockings, as well as small toys, socks, toothbrushes, coloring books, art supplies, puzzles and other small items. No food will be accepted. Completely assembled stockings and individual items can be donated. Donations will be accepted through Dec. 11 at the Wilderness Lake Clubhouse, Meadow Pointe Clubhouse, Lake Bernadette Clubhouse and at Land O Lakes High School (for students). For more information, please email FOR STUDENT SCHOLARSHIPSimplified IT Products LLC, the makers of Picture Keeper, will offer a scholarship to two students who are chasing their dreams. 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The University of South Florida also is recommending a resistivity survey be completed to determine how the sinkhole interacts with underground surrounding areas. The cost would be another $15,000. Dr. Lori Collins is a research professor at USF, and is a part of the team of geologists and postgraduate students researching the sinkhole since Day 1. She explained further testing is needed to truly understand how the sinkhole penetrates the Florida aquifer and connects to the lake system. “We want to make sure science tells us what the alternates should be first. Right now we don’t know…what’s going on underneath the ground,” Collins said. The necessary prep work could take another 45 days, Guthrie said, before a final recommendation is presented to county commissioners. “We want to do it right the first time and not keep coming back, time and time again,” Guthrie said. Since the sinkhole involves private property and a county road, the county is a stakeholder in the situation. Had the sinkhole never touched the roadway, it would’ve strictly been a private property issue, Guthrie said. Regarding funding, Guthrie mentioned municipal service taxing units (MSTU) or municipal services benefit unit (MSBU) as options that have been used in the past.Utilizing the county’s general fund reserves is another possibility. However, the county is already “significantly dipping” into those reserves following Hurricane Irma, Guthrie said.Assistance through grants and the state also will be vetted, he said. “We’re trying to get whatever we can,” Guthrie said. “It’s going to be very difficult… to help pay for this.”Terence Doohen was one of several sinkhole victims who attended the Nov. 8 meeting.He said the public forum proved beneficial to affected homeowners and community members. “I felt there was some good information there that had not been communicated to me,” he said, “so I thought it was well worth my time and some other people’s time.” The 44-year-old, along with his wife and 10-year-old son, in August had their lakeside property red-tagged by the Pasco County Building Inspectors Office. Doohen said he’s in favor of “whatever is the safest solution for everyone involved.” “I would go to bat for long-term, whichever is the safest option,” he said. Doohen also supports the county taking a thorough look at the sinkhole matter before making any major decisions. “I’m fine with the time that’s gone by,” he said “I think it’s fine, if everybody’s dotting all the ‘i’s and crossing all the t’s, and if it moves at a little bit slower pace than one expected; I think you’ve just got to kind of live with it and roll with it.” Several additional community meetings are expected over the next several months. Guthrie acknowledged the sinkhole matter will be handled in a methodical fashion, likely extending well into 2018. “We are at step one on a ladder that’s probably about 10 stories long,” Guthrie said.SINKHOLE, from page 1A has been held in the county each year since 2008. Thomas pointed out the county spent a combined $694,000 on the three-day event over the last seven years alone. “That’s a $94,000 (annual) bill for us, with 80 percent of the rooms going to Tampa. Is that a good business decision?” he asked. “It’s really not all about heads and beds. It’s about getting the right event or the right audience in our destination to create the highest economic impact and the highest visitor expenditure. That’s going to offset costs, again, to the local community in the sales tax,” he said. He also detailed some of his long-term ideas. He said he wants to lure more small conferences and trade associations — with various incentive packages — to places such as Saddlebrook Resort & Spa and the forthcoming Wiregrass Sports Complex, both of which offer thousands of square feet of meeting space, along with numerous recreation opportunities. “These are small, little initiatives that can really make an impact to the entire community,” Thomas said. He also wants to popularize scallop harvesting in west Pasco, with the approval of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Scalloping was a draw for traveling families in Citrus County between June and September, he said. Drawing other profitable sporting events and fishing tournaments are definite possibilities, too. Elsewhere, Thomas wants to furnish interactive kiosks and mobile video displays to promote the county at events and trade shows. He noted other communities have introduced digital billboards, videos and virtual reality to portray their respective various tourist attractions. “There’s a lot of things our office hasn’t been doing in the past that we need to be doing moving forward,” he said. “We’re behind the eight-ball a little bit...” Meanwhile, Thomas plans to completely rebrand “Visit Pasco” during the next several months. He plans to have a consulting firm in place by January to help with new branding, as well as marketing efforts. The process could take anywhere from six months to eight months, he said. “We first have to identify who our target audience is...and we have to do that through a brand and research strategy where a firm comes in and works directly with our events holders, our properties, to actually find out who’s coming here and why,” he explained. “We have some really key attractions, but it’s all going to be a part of the brand umbrella,” Thomas said. Whatever slogan is selected, Thomas wants Pasco to identify as an entirely separate entity from Tampa — not merely an extension of it. “We want to pull ourselves away from Tampa,” he said, “and the only way we’re going to be able to do that is with the brand strategy to be a standalone competing destination for it. “We don’t want to be a room night, a day trip from Tampa into Pasco. We don’t want to be a bedroom community to Tampa,” Thomas said. Thomas and his staff of two will have a budget based on the recent doubling of Pasco’s tourism tax, to 4 percent from 2 percent. The surcharge on overnight hotel stays and other short-term rentals had remained at 2 percent for 26 years, until August. Pasco officials estimate the additional 2 percent tourism tax will generate an additional $1.2 million in fiscal 2018, which began Oct. 11.TOURISM, from page 1A graders made them greeting cards. All of the school’s students learned patriotic songs to sing at the event. “As you can see, our whole school is decked out to celebrate our veterans,” said Principal Mardee Kay Powers, who leads the elementary school at 1422 Oak Grove Blvd., in Lutz. Music teachers Amarilys Barbosa and Jodi Mark, art teacher Lee Taylor, and physical education teachers Fred Cornelius and Justin Partain organized the event, which included all 725 students and the school’s staff. Mark brought the event to Denham Oaks two years ago, from Lake Myrtle Elementary, where she used to teach. Veterans attending the celebration were clearly touched by the school’s gesture. Some came wearing military uniforms, while others dressed more casually. They took turns at the microphone, telling the crowd what branch of the military they served in and where they served. They also gave shout-outs to their sons or daughters, grandchildren, nieces or nephews, or others who had invited them. Several expressed gratitude for the obvious preparation the school had made for the day, for their appreciation of the armed forces and for their reverence toward the American flag. Teachers involved in putting together the program seemed pleased to play a part. “It happens to be my favorite performance because it’s teaching them (students) the respect for their country, the respect for the veterans. It’s also the only event where we can get the entire school — because of the numbers — all together at the same time,” Mark said. “All of the kids are getting into it,” Partain said. Cornelius agreed. “It’s special because they see the value of what our vets did for us.” Barbosa also noted: “When we’re teaching these songs, we’re teaching them what it means to be a veteran. We’re teaching them why this country is so great and what makes it so great.” Edwin Aguiar said he couldn’t resist attending the ceremony. “My granddaughters (Lilliana Nazar and Gracey Jayska) — you cannot say ‘No’ to them, so I decided to take the day off and come in,” Aguiar said. Derrick Jayska, another Army veteran, is Gracey’s dad. He said he also has a niece and nephew at the school. “It’s awesome to come out and see all of the stuff they did.” “It’s nice to see that they’re teaching them the history behind things.” Caryl Wheeler, a spectator, from Lutz, was pleased that her husband and other veterans were honored. She also was impressed by the ornament and greeting cards the children made for veterans to take home. “They thought enough to give this to our veterans, the people who served our country — when there is so much hatred now for the American flag,” Wheeler said. “I’m glad that this school and other schools throughout Pasco County are doing a great job of promoting the flag and the country,” she added. VETERANS, from page 1A


12A Land O Lakes High Schools varsity football program will have a new leader in 2018.Brian Wachtel, the Gators head coach since 2011, stepped down following the teams final regular season game on Nov. 3 a 36-6 win over Fivay High School. Wachtel, 39, announced his decision to principal Ric Mellin prior to the game. Land O Lakes athletic director Michael Frump said the school will advertise the coaching vacancy after the Thanksgiving holiday The Gators finished the 2017 season 4-5 overall, with a 1-3 district mark. Wachtels entire seven-year run offered mixed results. He posted just one winning season (8-2 in 2013) and a combined 25-42 record including an 0-10 mark in 2011 where games were forfeited as a result of an ineligible player. The Gators also failed to register a victory over rival Sunlake High School in the annual Butter Bowl during that period. Wachtel came to Land O Lakes with considerable fanfare in 2011, after posting a 13-7 record in two seasons at Mitchell High School. His career as a coach began nearly 15 years ago as an assistant at his alma mater River Ridge High School, where he quickly rose up the ranks in the profession. Land O Lakes historically has fielded one of the top football programs in Pasco County, earning a string of 14 straight playoff appearances from 1997 to 2009 under coaches John Benedetto and Matt Kitchie. However, the recent success of other programs in the county and an ever-challenging district made winning consistently a tall task. While the Gators win-loss column left much to be desired, Wachtel and his staff mentored several athletes who advanced to the college ranks, at the NCAA Division I, II and III, and NAIA levels. Among them is Samford Universitys Shaheed Salmon, a preseason FCS All-American whos quickly developed into one of the nations most productive linebackers. Additionally, Wachtel this year coached five players whove been selected to the Pasco County Senior East-West Classic wide receiver Taylor Winn, offensive tackle Justin Collier, offensive guard Guston Farr, defensive tackle Xavier Arroyo and linebacker Matt Geiger. Projecting forward, the Gators next coach should have budding talent to work with on both sides of the ball in 2018. Leading rusher Kyle Leivas, who tallied 1,050 yards and 12 touchdowns this season, is expected to return for his senior season, teaming up with a promising quarterback Ethan Forrester, who will be a junior next year. And, thats not all. The Gators defense is expected to return its top three tacklers in linebackers Myron Bloom (76 tackles, two sacks) and Clayton Hendriksen (75 tackles, 1.5 sacks), and safety Nate Howard (66 tackles, one interception). 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The 6-foot-1, 175-pound Luke batted .279, with one home run, five doubles and 11 RBIs last season.Alonzo Sampson, a senior running back/linebacker at Zephyrhills Christian Academy has picked up a football scholarship offer from Mayville State University, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) program in Mayville, North Dakota. The 6-foot-3, 210pound athlete, whos rushed for over 1,000 yards and racked up over 100 tackles this season, also has scholarship offers from several other NAIA schools, including University of Saint Francis (Indiana), Lawrence Tech (Michigan) University, Baldwin-Wallace (Ohio) University, Culver Stockton (Missouri) College and Warner (Lake Wales) University.Sam Pinto-Pannella, a senior offensive/defensive lineman at Land O Lakes High School, has picked up a football scholarship from Alma University, an NCAA Division III program in Alma, Michigan. The 6-foot, 215-pound athlete also is a member of the Land O Lakes High track team, competing in discus and shot-put. Darin Green Jr., a 6-foot-4 junior shooting guard at Wharton High School, has picked up a basketball scholarship from Northern Arizona University, an NCAA Division I program in Flagstaff, Arizona. Green helped guide Wharton High to a 20-6 mark and Class 8A regional quarterfinal last season. He also has offers from several other Division I programs, including Rider (New Jersey) University, Florida Gulf Coast University, and California State University-Fullerton.COURTESY OF SAINT LEO UNIVERSITY The Saint Leo University womens basketball team will play 28 contests during the 2017-2018 season, under the leadership of second-year head coach Anthony Crocitto. Saint Leos first home game is Nov. 15 against Florida Southern University. It is one of 13 home slates for the Lions. The Lions are looking to improve on last years 9-18 mark, which saw them go just 4-14 in the Sunshine State Conference. The Division II program returns six players with starting experience, including captains Ragen Dotson and Gina Brierly, and Asia Royster, Nikira Hooks, Madelin Lang and Izabell Skoogh. Our young players need to develop, as planned, while our returners continue to build on their own careers in 2017-18, coach Anthony Crocitto said, in a release. We will fight each and every game, and have goals of outworking our opponents, while doing all the hustle things that make this game so fun to watch, he added. Saint Leo womens basketball home schedule:NOV. 15:Florida Southern University (5:30 p.m.)NOV. 22:Flagler University (7 p.m.)NOV. 29:University of Tampa (5:30 p.m.)DEC.5:Ave Maria University (7 p.m.)DEC. 12:Johnson & Wales (Rhode Island) University (7 p.m.)DEC. 30:Lynn University (2 p.m.)JAN. 10: Florida Tech (5:30 p.m.)JAN. 17:Eckerd College (5:30 p.m.)JAN. 20:Palm Beach Atlantic University (5:30 p.m.)JAN. 27:Embry Riddle University (5:30 p.m.)FEB. 7:Nova Southeastern University (5:30 p.m.)FEB. 10:Barry University (5:30 p.m.)FEB. 24:Rollins College (5:30 p.m.) CLASS 4ABOYS TEAMS Steinbrenner High School (2nd place)Davis Bly, junior (17th:16.02) Jackson Miller, senior (45th:51.98_ Zachary Whitmer, senior (47th:52.57) Daniel Weller, senior (55th:56.86) Ryan Gorman, junior(59th:59.44)Wharton High School (15th place)Tre Rivers, junior (7th:53.80) Eric Jurgensmeyer, senior (46th:52.34) Josue Reyes, junior (114th:44.93) Frank Godbold, senior (128th:52.78) Anthony Stephens, junior (134th:58.44) GIRLS TEAMS Steinbrenner High School (8th place)Alexandra Straumann, junior (13th.57.17) Sarah Magee, junior (26th:30.82) Dana Elkalazani, senior (63rd:27.60) Sophia Piniella, senior (94th:16.28) Jennifer Teixeira, senior (110th:44.48)Wharton High School (15th place)Nia Rivers, sophomore (55th:18.59) Michelle Sullivan, sophomore (83rd:03.21) Callie Zach, freshman (85th:04.07) Nicolina Otero, junior (92nd:12.53) Amanda Brake, junior (111th:46.21) CLASS 3ABOYS Land O Lakes High School (18th place)Alex Normandia, senior (72nd:19.96) Joseph Pineda, junior (78th:22.67) Adam Hahn, junior (97th:39.09) Josiah Pineda, junior (128th:00.31) Brandon Castillo, freshman (132nd:01.43)Individual qualifiersDominic Burleson, junior, Sunlake (77th:22.33) Alejandro Michel, senior, Freedom (90th:33.36) GIRLS Land O Lakes High School (17th place)Natalie Abernathy, junior, (7th:39.30) Estefania Acosta, junior (25th:52.12) Emma Skantze, senior (117th:50.59) Emily Flaherty, junior (158th:16.65) Aracelis Colon, senior (162nd:27.15)Sunlake High School (20th place)Shannon Gordy, freshman (62nd:44.17) Liina Winborn, sophomore (67th:49.98) Emily Jenkins, sophomore (122nd:06.35) Ashley Spires, freshman (138th:22.81) Cathryne Newport, freshman (146th:43.77)Class 2A, Class 1ANo schools or athletes represented in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area COURTESY OF LAND O LAKES HIGH SCHOOL COURTESY OF KYLE LOJACONO COURTESY OF STEINBRENNER HIGH SCHOOL 2017 FHSAA Cross Country Championships resultsSaint Leo announces womens basketball scheduleWINTER BASEBALL/SOFTBALL CAMP STARTS NOV. 15Rockstar Baseball-Softball Elite Skills Training, based in San Antonio and Wesley Chapel, is hosting its winter camp for ballplayers ages 6 to 12, beginning Nov. 15. Sessions will be on Wednesday nights through January. Cost is $250 for eight sessions. The camp is organized by Ryan Pryor, a former varsity assistant at Bishop McLaughlin and Wiregrass Ranch high schools. For information, visit, or call (813) 992-1030.GOLF SCRAMBLE NOV. 18 AT TAMPA BAY GOLF & COUNTRY CLUBMake a Difference Inc., and ThePerfect10 Charity are hosting an 18-hole golf scramble at 8 a.m., Nov. 18, at Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club, 10641 Old Tampa Bay Drive in San Antonio. Cost is $25 for members and $50 for non-members. Proceeds will benefit several local charities, including, 100 Bicycles and Toys for Tots. Lunch, prizes and raffle items will also be available. Preregistration is required. For information, email Cherrie Lowe a, or call (352) 437-3466.SOFTBALL FUNDRAISER NOV. 18Myrtle Lake Baptist Church will host a charity softball game against House of God Church Nov. 18 at 11 a.m., at 2017 Reigler Road in Land O Lakes. The event, which runs until 3 p.m., will benefit hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico. It will also include corn hole games, soccer games for all ages and Latin food served throughout the day. For information, visit FOR LIFE 5K DATE CHANGEThe fifth annual Run for Life 5K run/walk has been pushed to Jan. 27. For information, call (813) 453-9042, or email


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COURTESY OF PATRICIA SERIO Gone to the dogs Members of the Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club helped to prepare and serve lunch to the recipients of the well-trained graduating class of working dogs of Canine Companions for Independence. The organization provides the disabled a new ‘leash on life’ with more options for independence. From left are Nancy Fisher, Andrea Sands and Edwina Kraemer with a recent puppy graduate. Sponsored by:9513 Nebraska Avenue Tampa, FL 33612 813.932.9775 or 813.932.4333 (4 blocks north of Busch Boulevard) 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 November 15, 2017 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. Just a little ‘nut’ Peanut is an 11-year-old Yorkie. Debbie Lowe and Chris Jackson, of Land O’ Lakes, are Peanut’s proud owners. Molly is a sweet girl Molly is a beautiful tuxedo and has now been at the shelter for almost three months. She would really love to find her furever home, but in the meantime Molly helps out with the shelter’s school tours. She recently spent an afternoon with the vet tech program from Pasco High School and loved every minute. Bridgett is worth your time Bridgett is a shy 6-year-old girl who came in as a stray. She was very nervous and scared. After settling in and spending some time with volunteers and staff, Bridgett has come out of her shell a bit and didn’t mind playing a little dress up. Due to her nervousness, Bridgett sometimes will bark at her kennel door, but a staff member or volunteer can help you meet her. CONNECTING VETERANS WITH SERVICE DOGSPasco County Animal Services is working with K-9 Partners for Patriots to help connect veterans with service dogs. Specially trained service dogs can help veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Military Sexual Trauma (MST). The K9 organization, a Brooksville nonprofit, trains veterans and their service dogs together through a 19-week program that helps veterans cope with stress and anxiety. Pasco County Animal Services has shelter pets considered as candidates for the training program. Dogs qualify if they are able to pick upon the scent of adrenaline. Animal Services staff members then select dogs based on assessments performed at the shelter, and K9 Partners for Patriots further assesses pets for temperament and service dog potential. The service dogs, training and equipment are available to participating veterans at no cost. Pasco County Animal Services has place more than 15 dogs with the K9 organization and will continue to help find suitable canine candidates for the program.ADOPTION FEES WAIVEDThe Citrus County Animal Shelter is over capacity, and dogs continue to come into the shelter on a daily basis. In an effort to clear out the kennels and make room for more dogs, the shelter is waiving adoption fees until further notice on all dogs that are currently available for adoption. The recently seized dogs are not available for adoption at this time.Citrus County residents, however, will be required to pay $10 for a county registration tag.For information, visit you would like to adopt Bridgett or Molly, 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 Choose & use your own permanent container. Sticker it & put it at the curb on your recycling day. € ALUMINUM CANS € METAL FOOD CANS € CLEAR, G REEN & BROWN GLASS BOTTLES & JARS € PAPER € CARDBOARD € PLASTIC BOTTLES, JARS & SMALL CONTAINERS CODED 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 AND 7 For r esidents living in unincorporate d Pasco with curbside trash service For more info or a sticker call 727-856-4539www.pascocountyutilities.comDo your part…RECYCLE!€ NO PLASTIC BAGS € NO STYROFOAM RECYCLE ONLY THESE ITEMS: PET PAWS


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In addition to the solar-powered homes, Lennar will have single-family homes and townhomes with standard energy in other areas of the community. Bexley Courtyard will have four floor plans with about 1,800 square feet to about 2,500 square feet. The solar energy is included in the price of each home. All equipment comes pre-installed and ready for activation. Homeowners would pay a fixed monthly fee to SunStreet that never increases based on energy consumption. Energy produced, but not used, is sent to the homeowner’s utility provider. It may be used as a credit, based on the provider’s policies and procedures. In cases where the homeowner needs more energy than the solar panels produce, additional energy comes from the utility provider. Credits may be used to offset the cost. Lennar, with SunStreet as partner, has about 200 solar-powered communities nationally. Babcock Ranch, a masterplanned community in southwest Florida, for instance, will run mostly on solar energy and will have about 20,000 homes at build out. Florida, known as the Sunshine State, has lagged other states in solar power. According to a June 2017 report by Solar Energy industries Association, the state ranks third in solar capacity potential, but 13th nationally for installed solar capacity. For information, visit Bexley by Newland Communities at, or Send business news to COURTESY OF B2 COMMUNICATIONSMembers of Lennar’s Tampa team, who were present at Lennar’s VIP Solar Home Unveiling event at Bexley were, from left: Kim Coit, Jacque Talley, Kathy Eller, Jeffrey Morin, Pamela Diers and Carlo Eugenio.


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Small purses, little cars, coloring books, art supplies, costume jewelry, dolls, stuffed animals and puzzles are the kinds of items they’re seeking to collect. The idea is for the item to be small enough to fit in a stocking, but not small enough to pose any kind of hazard to a young child. The organizers also are asking contributors to refrain from donating any type of food. The collection boxes will remain up through Dec. 11. The young women also are appealing to large businesses that may buy in bulk to donate some items for the cause. Bhojani said she came up with the idea because her dad owns a preschool, and some of the children he serves come from foster families. She also volunteered to feed the homeless and saw firsthand how those children struggle. She saw a young boy who was freezing cold. “He was wearing shorts and a jacket that was way too small for him,” she said. “I’ve just been very fortunate. I’ve never really had to go through the holidays without family and support,” she said. “So, I just wanted to do something for kids who might not be as lucky as I am during this time of the year.” She also noted that many people give to large charities that help people in far-away places, but people sometimes fail to notice the need for help right here. Rodriguez said she wants to help share Christmas joy. “To me, Christmas is a season of giving, and love and charity. I love Christmas. I’ve always loved it,” she said. Alamares said she wanted to get involved because she understands there are people who are much less fortunate, including some of her own relatives who live in the Philippines. She also has seen that need locally. When she did some volunteer work at Tampa General Hospital on the children’s floor, she met children who live in difficult conditions. “It was eye-opening for me,” she said. Rao said the idea appealed to her because she could see that it’s the kind of project where “small gestures can have a broad effect.” The IB students hope to collect at least 50 stockings to distribute to foster children through the Early Learning Coalition of Pasco County. That’s one goal they hope to exceed. B.C. MANIONFrom left, Angelina Rodriguez, Deah Bhojani, Geanna Alamares and Ariana Rao are banding together on a project aimed at providing at least 50 stuffed Christmas stockings for children in foster care. Want to help? If you would like to help make the holidays merrier for some foster children, contact Angelina Rodriguez at From left, Jaden Hook, Nathan Fisher and Joshua Diaz were winners in the youth baking contest at the Lutz Branch Library on Oct. 28.‘Stocking Stuffers’ spread holiday cheer Want S’more Cake? The Friends of the Lutz Branch Library sponsored a youth baking contest on Oct. 28, with several youths submitting entries. Jaden Hook, 13, took first place. AMY CHIRINOS Thirteen-year-old Jaden Hook won first place with the entry, Want S'more Cake? Several spectators came to watch the award ceremony.


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