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Apparently, the event went well because now event planners are gearing up for the second annual Ranch Days on the 2,050acre property, owned by Bob and Sharon Blanchard. Slated for Feb. 10, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and for Feb. 11, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the event offers a chance to listen to music, grab a bite to eat, and take home a purchase or two. Little Everglades Ranch is at 17951 Hamilton Road, north of Dade City. Last year, about 5,000 turned out, said Kevin Campbell, who along with his wife, Andie, coordinates events at Little Everglades Ranch. For a first-year event, we were pleased with the amount of people that we had A volunteer advisory committee had recommended that 17 parcels of the former Ft. King Ranch be added to a list of conservation lands worthy of purchase by Pasco County.But, the Pasco County Commission balked at the potentially pricey cost of buying nearly 3,600 acres, and voted against the committees wishes. The property, owned by the limited liability partnership of Secret Promise, is situated off State Road 52, near the Ehren Cutoff. It stretches from the northern boundary of Cypress Creek to the Crossbar Wellfield, near Bellamy Brothers Boulevard. Thats a very, very large purchase, said Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore. It could crush future projects. Its almost to the point if we add this, we cant add anything else. Currently, the countys ELAMP, or Environmental Lands Acquisition and Management Program, has nine properties under review for purchase. The programs budget has a balance of about $27 million KATHY STEELE Pasco County has joined the national trend for municipalities to fight back against distributors and manufacturers of opioid medications. County commissioners voted to become one of several plaintiffs in litigation that seeks to replicate the kind of payouts attorneys won in the late 1990s against the tobacco industry. Pensacola-based Levin Papantonio will represent Pasco County. The law firm is part of a consortium that is pursuing lawsuits in several states including West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky. At stake is money that could be made available to the county for drug addiction treatment and the costs to law enforcement. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco spoke in favor of the lawsuit, prior to the county commissioners vote on Jan. 23 in New Port Richey. We feel the epidemic every day, Nocco said. In 2016, Pasco County had 165 drug overdose deaths, and 120 were related to opioids. This is a legacy of marketing strategies that promoted prescription opioids as safe and nonaddictive, the sheriff said. Its actually a pill that made them addicts, Nocco said. Someone is accountable for it. They should be sued, the sheriff said. Nocco noted the unexpected consequences from the states successful closure of pill mills, which distributed the opioids. He said people addicted to prescription pain medications turned to other sources, including heroin and fentanyl. The sheriff recalled an instance when officers found a man beating on the chest of a homeless man. Initially, it appeared to be an assault. Instead, Nocco said it was a heroin overdose. He was trying to revive him, Nocco said. Pasco County deputies routinely carry Narcan, a medication that can help reverse the effects of an overdose. In December, Pasco County commissioners heard a workshop presentation from attorney Jeff Gaddy, of Levin Papantonio. The local law firm of Lucas/Magazine initially approached the county about the lawsuit proposal. No upfront costs will be charged to the county. If a settlement is reached, attorneys would be eligible for a maximum 25 percent contingency fee from the countys share of the settlement. FILE out, he said. This year, he said, there have been some improvements. The stage is bigger and better, Campbell said. Where we have the stage sits on a real gentle kind of hill to the north, and there are three or four real big live oak trees kind of around it. The music is great. We went a little bit harder on some of the headline entertainment, he said. This years lineup includes Thomas Wynn and The Believers, as the headline act on Feb. 10. Theyre kind of a bluesy-rock Florida group. Another act, Colin Axxxwell, is coming from Nashville. Hes just so good. I had to book him, Campbell said. Theres also Bill The Sauce Boss Wharton. Bill is a 72-year-old man who has been playing music for many years. For the last 30 years, he cooks out a batch of gumbo on the stage. He comes up in a chefs coat and a chefs hat. He plays guitar all by himself, with a bass drum and a high hat. When he first comes out, I think he has a 12-gallon pot. We give him all of the ingredients and he fills this pot up, and he starts his batch of gumbo and then 67 minutes later he takes the batch of gumbo and he gives out 100 bowls of gumbo. Another act, Mean Mary, is back again from last year. If you goRANCH DAYSWHERE:Little Everglades Ranch, 17951 Hamilton Road, Dade CityWHEN: Feb. 10, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Feb. 11, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.COST:Admission is free; parking is $10 for cars, $25 for buses and RVs; vendor charges for food, rides and purchases DETAILS:Live music on two stages, ranch tours, exhibitions of a high-wire act, a juggling and variety act, birds of prey and indigenous snakes, kids activities and moreINFO: Visit RanchDays.com.RICHARD K RILEY .Pasco joins lawsuit seeking opioid settlementRanch Days is back for its second actFt. King land seen as too costly
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Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.comItÂ’s not all that uncommon for Freddy Barton to spend part of his weekend working Â— heading out to talk to people in the community. If heÂ’s headed out from his Lutz residence on his motorcycle, chances are heÂ’s going to go hang out with some kids Â— to find out whatÂ’s on their minds. Â“IÂ’m talking to kids. IÂ’m trying to probe their mind, to figure out, Â‘What does it take to make you feel that you can have a chance in life?Â’Â” he said. Barton recently was named one of six Â“Community ChampionsÂ” across the state by Molina Healthcare of Florida at the organizationÂ’s eighth annual recognition event. The awards dinner was held at Busch Gardens. Over the course of his life, Barton has done volunteer and professional work aimed at helping youths to avoid violence, helping both youths and adults to develop job skills, and helping those who have been incarcerated to make successful transitions into society after their release. While working with incarcerated men, he created relationships through mentoring that continue to this day. The Community Champions program celebrates the vision of Dr. C. David Molina, the founder of Molina Healthcare, as well as community partners who work together to care for societyÂ’s most vulnerable individuals. Each Community Champion was nominated by a community-based organization. Recipients received a $1,000 grant to give to a deserving nonprofit organization. Barton chose to donate his to the Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, where he previously worked. Barton said he was nominated for the award by two professional colleagues and by one of the men he mentors. He was gratified by the recognition. In his current role, as executive director of Safe and Sound Hillsborough, he works in a collaborative that aims to prevent violence. Safe and Sound is the outgrowth of a think tank pulled together by Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner in 2013, in response to the Sandy Hook shooting deaths. Â“When that happened, it was like a national wakeup call to everyone,Â” Barton said. Â“You canÂ’t do anything to stop the random shooter, but you can do something to address the community violence that occurs,Â” he said. Â“We look at violence as a disease, something that is preventable. Â“My role is to work within the communities in which we serve, tie together elected officials, public agencies, private sector, residents, youths, adults Â— all together Â— to find out what do we need to do to address the factors that contribute to violence,Â” he said. The work includes looking at issues such as truancy, mental health needs, job opportunities and re-entry after incarceration, Barton said. Before taking his current job, he worked for Corporation to Develop Communities of Tampa, which built homes, built commercial development, had a workforce development team and created a vocational school. Currently, he said, heÂ’s out in the community, working to discern what the problems are and how they can be addressed. Â“How do you stop violence? WeÂ’ve been trying to stop violence since Cain killed Abel. Â“ItÂ’s not going to stop overnight. It didnÂ’t start overnight,Â” he said. But, there are some steps that can help, he added. Â“IÂ’m focusing on out-of-school-time opportunities for kids,Â” Barton said. Â“If we donÂ’t find something for kids to do, theyÂ’re going to find something to do. And, itÂ’s not going to be what we think.Â” For instance, Barton was instrumental in getting Hillsborough County to unlock a recreational center that had not been used for several years. Â“With The ChildrenÂ’s Board and the countyÂ’s (Hillsborough County) help, we started up a camp. We said, Â‘LetÂ’s only have about 30 kids, letÂ’s run a test. Within a day, we had 54 kids signed up. Â“Now, itÂ’s an afterschool Safe Haven for kids. WeÂ’ve got all types of programming.Â” Kids need to be engaged, and they need opportunities, Barton said. Â“We look at spring break, we look at summer break, we look at over the winter break Â— whenever the kids are out of school,Â” he said. ItÂ’s also important for youths to understand the repercussions of their actions, he added. Â“TheyÂ’re living out fantasies that they see in video games,Â” he said. Often, they donÂ’t realize the serious consequences that can result,Â” Barton said. Baron and his wife, Denise, have two sons, 14-year-old Tahj and 11-year-old Cameron. B.C. MANIONFreddy Barton has been named one of six ÂCommunity ChampionsÂ across the state by Molina Healthcare of Florida. Lutz resident receives Â‘Community ChampionÂ’ award COURTESY OF PATRICIA SERIO A quarter century of dedication The GFWC Lutz-Land OÂ Lakes WomanÂs Club and Keep Pasco Beautiful Committee honored Gloria Dale for her 25 years of service and commitment to the Keep Pasco Beautiful annual Coastal Cleanup event.From left, Lottie Kelly, coordinator of the Pasco County event, and club conservation chair Lonna Vizzari presented Dale with a Certificate of Appreciation for her dedication to this cause.
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John Moors, executive director of The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce, put it like this in a news release: tens of thousands of people came from all over the Tampa Bay region residents, winter visitors and tourists joined in the fun. Over 400 vendors and sponsors sold and promoted their wares and services. Our entertainment stage at the Historic Courthouse featured free live performances from wonderful local talent all day. Many of the shops and restaurants in Dade City and the surrounding area enjoyed their busiest day of the year. Moors also noted that the festival, which offers free admission, free parking and free shuttles, could not happen if it werent for the generous support of sponsors. RICHARD K RILEY pie. Festival. Festival.
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T UTZL L T T A Â€ Mason OCA Â€ S tepp i Â€T s . T. ock N -R T onece n t .s MON FRI 7AM 1 618 Land O www u s.co m er pl nt T 8AM 5PM T 9 2 0 813-428-6 9 Lakes Blvd, L u Â u t z Y O Y & DELIVE R U P R PICK U M 5PM Â€ SA GOODWILL BOOK DRIVEGoodwillÂ’s BookWorks childhood literacy programÂ’s annual book drive starts Feb. 1 through March 15. Participants can donate childrenÂ’s books in good condition or make a donation to purchase books. To donate, drop off books with a note Â“For BookWorksÂ” at any Goodwill-Suncoast store or donation site in Hillsborough and Pasco counties. For locations, visit GoodwillSuncoast.org.AMERICANA MUSICThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host Jim and Suzanne Hale in concert, as part of their Silver Jubilee Tour, Feb. 1 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For information, call (352) 567-3576.GETTING THROUGH DIVORCESt. Timothy Catholic Church, 17512 Lakeshore Road in Lutz, will offer a Â“Surviving DivorceÂ” class starting Feb. 1 at 7 p.m., in the parish center. This is a 12-week program designed as a guide to encounter ChristÂ’s healing power in a personal way. The ministry is open to all faiths for the length of separation or divorce. To register, visit SaintTims.org/surviving-divorce/. For information, email Gina Gawienczuk at email@example.com.SALSA SOCIALThe Land OÂ’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer a Social Seniors: Salsa Social Feb. 1 from 10 a.m. to noon, for age 55 and older. The special guest will be Â“Dancing with Grace.Â” Refreshments will be provided. For information, call (813) 9291214.TEEN ADVISORY BOARDThe New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills, will host a Teen Advisory Board meeting Feb. 1 at 6 p.m., for grades six to 12. Participants can get volunteer hours for scholarships and school clubs by attending. Board members help to plan and run teen library programs. For information, call (813) 788-6375.CIVIL WAR PRESENTATIONThe Historic Hernando Preservation Society will host author Erwin Wunderlich Feb. 1 at 6:30 p.m., at Brooksville City Hall, on the topic of Â“The Civil War in Florida.Â” Admission is free. For information, visit HistoricHernandoPreservationSociety.org.WRITING SEMINARThe Lutz Senior Center, 112 First Ave., N.W., will host a writing activity Feb. 1 and Feb. 15 at 1 p.m. Participants can learn story construction, plot and character development. The new program will take place every other Thursday. For information, call (813) 264-3804.TEEN GAME NIGHTThere will be a teen game night at the Land OÂ’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Feb. 2 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., for ages 12 to 18. Teens can play new video games and have free snacks. For information, call (813) 9291214.Z BOOK CLUBThe Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., will host the Z Book Club Feb. 2 at 3 p.m., to discuss Â“Circling the SunÂ” by Paula McLain. For information, call (813) 7800064.MOONLIGHT AND IVORYThe 21st annual Â“Moonlight and IvoryÂ” concerts, sponsored by the Heritage Arts Center Association, will be Feb. 3 at the historic Dade City WomanÂ’s Club, 37922 Palm Ave. There will be a matinee at 2 p.m., followed by an art show. Doors open for the evening performance at 7 p.m., for the art exhibit, with the concert at 7:30 p.m. Proceeds will fund the arts in the area, including two $1,000 scholarships. Tickets cost $15 for the matinee and $25 for the evening performance. For information, call Judy Schaper at (813) 997-4631 or Jean Johnson at (352) 521-4778.THE MARKET PLACEThe Market Place at Hibiscus Park in Dade City will be Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be fresh produce, garden accessories, home dcor, soaps, jewelry, honey and more. The Vendor of the Month will be Brookstone Wine from Brooksville. The event is pet-friendly. For information, contact Lucy Avila at (352) 424-4972 or firstname.lastname@example.org.DOCUMENT SHREDDINGPasco County Clerk & Comptroller Paula S. OÂ’ Neil will host Â“The Big ShredÂ” Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to noon (or until the truck is filled), at the Robert Sumner Judicial Center, 38053 Live Oak Ave., in Dade City. The limit is five boxes or bags of paper documents per person. All staples, paper clips and metal clasps must be removed. For information, visit PascoClerk.com.SNOWBIRD PALOOZAThe City of Zephyrhills will host Â“Snowbird PaloozaÂ” Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave. There will be free health checks, entertainment, games, raffles, exhibitors, a card game lounge and tournaments, karaoke contest, an Elvis impersonator, recording artist Kris Pierce, and more. Admission and parking are free. For information, call Simply Events at (727) 674-1464.HARRIET TUBMAN STORYTIMEBarnes & Noble, at The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel, will host an Â“I Am Harriet TubmanÂ” storytime Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. The book tells the story of TubmanÂ’s role in the fight against slavery. For information, call (813) 907-7739.HOME EXPOWilderness Lake Preserve, 21330 Wilderness Lake Road in Land OÂ’ Lakes, will host a Community Home Expo Feb. 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be door prizes; industry experts in roofing, painting, carpet cleaning and pool services; and more. Admission is free. HARRY POTTER NIGHTBarnes & Noble, at The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel, will host a Harry Potter Book Night Feb. 3 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter. Guests can dress as favorite characters, meet fellow fans, and play trivia, games and more. For information, call (813) 907-7739.SUPER BOWL PARTYCongregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road in Tampa, will host a Super Bowl viewing party Feb. 4 at 5:45 p.m., on a 12-foot by 12foot big screen. There will be food and refreshments. Bridge tables will also be set up. The cost is $8 for adults. Children age 12 and younger are free. To RSVP, email email@example.com, or call (813) 9626338.HAM & TURKEY DINNERSacred Heart Catholic Church, 32145 St. Joe Road in St. Joseph (6 miles west of Dade City), will host its 55th annual Ham & Turkey Dinner Feb. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., dine in or carryout. The cost is $10 for adults, and $5 for kids age 10 and younger. For information, call (352) 588-3641.LEARN TO WRAP TEFILLINCongregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road in Tampa, will host Â“World Wide WrapÂ” Feb. 4 at 9:15 a.m., to celebrate the Mitzvah of Tefillin. Participants can learn how and why Tefillin (black leather boxes) are wrapped. There will be bagels and light refreshments. For information, call (813) 962-6338, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.JEFFERSON COUNTY PICNICThe Jefferson County, New York picnic will take place Feb. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Lions Club, 5728 Dean Dairy Road in Zephyrhills. Guests should bring a beverage. Food will be provided. The guest entertainer is Virgil and Friends ventriloquist. There also will be door prizes, raffles, and a roll call of towns. Admission is $3. For information, call Jim Dashnaw at (813) 395-6871, or visit JeffPicnic.com.PHOTOGRAPHY CLUBThe Land OÂ’ Lakes Photography Club will meet Feb. 6 at 7 p.m., at Land OÂ’ Lakes Heritage Park (formerly the Land OÂ’ Lakes Community Center), 5401 Land OÂ’ Lakes Blvd. The topic will be artificial light. All levels of photographers can attend. For information, call (813) 838-1473, or email LandOLakesPhotoClub@gmail.com.MYSTERY BOOK DISCUSSIONThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City will host a Mystery Book Discussion Group Feb. 6 at 2 p.m., to talk about Â“As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust: A Flavia de Luce Novel,Â” by Alan Bradley. New members can attend. For information, call (352) 567-3576.GARDEN CLUBThe Land OÂ’ Lakes Garden Club will meet Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m., at Land OÂ’ Lakes Heritage Park (formerly the Land OÂ’ Lakes Community Center), 5401 Land OÂ’ Lakes Blvd. There will be a short business meeting at the center, followed by lunch at ABC Pizza, 405 Land OÂ’ Lakes Blvd., and then a tour and presentation at Everlast Orchids Supplies, 17019 U.S. 41 in Spring Hill. For information, visit Facebook.com/lolgcfl/.CHICKEN LITTLE MUSICALThe Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa, will present Â“Chicken Little: A Musical Appalachian JamboreeÂ” Feb. 6 at 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m., Feb. 7 at 10:30 a.m., and Feb. 25 at 2 p.m. The original program will be filled with mountain music. Admission is $7 for members, $8 for general admission, and $28 for a family four-pack. Children age 4 and younger are free, but must still have a ticket. For information, call (813) 9228167.AFRICAN MUSICThe Lutz Senior Center, 112 First Ave., N.W., will celebrate Black History Month with live African music Feb. 7 at 1 p.m. The special guest will be Ward Cox, who will play African songs on the instrument, the Kalimba. For information, call (813) 2643804.LUTZ GARDEN CLUBThe Orange Blossom Garden Club of Lutz will meet Feb. 7 at 10 a.m., at the Lutz Civic Center, 98 First Ave., N.W. Gil Sanchez, a member of the Tampa Rose Club, will present Â“Antique Roses.Â” Members can bring a small rooted cutting to trade (must be labeled) and a canned good for the food bank. For information, visit the club on Facebook.DANCE USF PERFORMANCEHillel Academy will host Dance USF on Feb. 7 at 11:15 a.m. DanceUSF professor and choreographer John Parks, and three dancers, will perform for students and discuss the art of dance. For information, call (813) 963-2242.DEMOCRATIC CLUBThe Land OÂ’ Lakes Democratic Club will meet Feb. 7 at 6:30 p.m., at Brick City Eatery, 16540 Pointe Village Drive, Suite 108, in Lutz. The guest speaker will be Ryan Torrens, candidate for Florida Attorney General, on the topic of Â“Our Number One Issue: FloridaÂ’s Addiction Crisis.Â” For information, Facebook.com/LOLDemocraticClub or MakingPascoBlue.com.CARROLLWOOD TOASTMASTERSThe Carrollwood Toastmasters will meet Feb. 7 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave. Guests are invited. For information, visit Carrollwood.toastmastersclubs.org. Leisure Days quilt showThe quilters of Leisure Days RV Resort, 34533 Leisure Days Drive in Zephyrhills, will host their 13th annual Quilt Show Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be quilts by individual quilters, wall hangings, and specialty quilts from family treasures. The cost is $3. For information, call (813) 395-5706.Farm Fest & Quilt ShowThe 28th annual Farm Festival and Quilt Show will take place Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Feb. 4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village in Dade City. There will be a show of quilts and clothing, local quilters on display, quilts and supplies for sale, quilt appraisals, a trunk show, cane grinding and syrup making (Saturday), an arts and crafts show, vendors, childrenÂ’s activities, an antique car show, live entertainment (Sunday), concessions, raffle drawing, and a Southern Draft Horse Pulling Competition (Saturday). No pets, coolers, food or beverages will be allowed. Admission for adults is $10 on Saturday and $5 on Sunday. Children age 6 to 12 are $5; age 5 and younger are free. For information, visit PioneerFloridaMuseum.org.
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And, thatÂ’s just four of the more than 50 graduates who received their diplomas during the 2018 Commencement Ceremony on Jan. 25 at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel. Some had completed their GEDs. Others had finished the cosmetology program or Early Childhood Apprenticeship. And, there were some receiving high school diplomas, either finishing up credits they needed, or graduating ahead of their class. All of the graduates had something in common: They smiled broadly as they marched into the auditorium, as members of the audience clapped and cheered. This was their moment, and they soaked it in. Graduate Hailey Pecora, of Dade City, plans to enroll at Pasco-Hernando State College, to pursue a degree in nursing. Her grandmother, Xandra Erickson, came from Jacksonville, to share in the moment. Her pride was evident. Â“She has done this graduation thing at 16. SheÂ’s already enrolled in college.Â” Graduate Sita Ramrattan completed the Early Childhood Apprenticeship. Next, the 44-year-old plans to earn her associateÂ’s degree, at either Saint Leo University or Pasco-Hernando State College. Eighteen-year-old Gunter Winkler, of Zephyrhills, wants to pursue welding, with the aim of going into shipbuilding. He was pleased to be moving onto the next step, and to have his parents, grandparents and best friend there to help him mark the accomplishment. Sandra Vogel, a school counselor for adult education, simply loves graduation ceremonies. Â“It gives you a warm feeling because you know what theyÂ’ve gone through to get here. Â“TheyÂ’ve worked really hard, and weÂ’re really proud of them,Â” Vogel said. Leslie Ruttle, a resource teacher, said that besides recognizing the graduates, the ceremony can serve as a stimulant for others. Â“A lot of our students, the way we get them, it is word of mouth. A relative, or a friend, or something like that has gone through the program,Â” Ruttle said. Â“WeÂ’ll get some students tonight,Â” she predicted. Â“TheyÂ’ll come here, and theyÂ’ll see other people have been successful and theyÂ’ll think: Â‘I can do it, too.Â’Â” Â“So many of the students have gone through trials,Â” said Wendy Beard, program manager for adult education. Â“Now, another door is opening for them.Â” Throughout the auditorium, there were family members, friends and fellow students cheering on the graduates. Ambrose Helms, 17, of Wesley Chapel had a giant fan club. Roughly 30 people were expected to come help him celebrate. Â“I feel excited because heÂ’s graduating early,Â” said Latoya Lovett, his cousin, who had staked out a place near the front of the auditorium for HelmsÂ’ supporters. Nicole Robinson was there to support Olivia Paradilla, a graduate from Land OÂ’ Lakes High. Â“SheÂ’s my best friend. I know sheÂ’ll do great things,Â” Robinson said. Catherine Agovino came to support Niki Atkins and Danielle Cary, who had completed their Early Childhood Apprenticeship. Â“ItÂ’s a big accomplishment,Â” Agovino said. Hope Corcoran, who delivered the student address, underscored the reality that high school is not a perfect fit for everyone. She was born in China, where she was abandoned, as an infant, on the side of the road.She was adopted and attended schools in Wesley Chapel. Â“It didnÂ’t go as I would have liked,Â” Corcoran said. Â“I felt like I didnÂ’t fit in. I was constantly bullied and teased. I would come home crying to my mom, and I told her I didnÂ’t want to go back because I felt so different from the other kids. Â“I was made fun of for being overweight and for having slanted eyes,Â” she said. Â“It got to a point where I ended up enrolling into home-school,Â” she said. Â“And, then I found out about the GED program and that I could finish high school and get my diploma. Â“It was through this program that I met Miss Linda Rockwell. Â“IÂ’m so thankful that I had the opportunity to meet this incredible woman. She cares about her students and wants to see them achieve the best future possible,Â” Corcoran said. Along the way, Corcoran said she learned some lessons. Â“I have learned that people drop out for different reasons. Sometimes bullying. Sometimes academic reasons and family struggles. Everyone has their own story. Â“Many students feel lost in high school and donÂ’t know where to begin. There are so many things that go on, behind the scenes, that we are unaware of. Â“ItÂ’s expected that students all learn the same way, with the same lessons, same techniques and same books, when that is simply not the case. High school isnÂ’t for everyone. Â“Some students have jobs, to help support their families. Or, need to stay home to take care of them, along with other responsibilities, outside of school that can get in the way of academic work,Â” Corcoran said. Â“A few nights ago, I was texting Miss Rockwell and I was telling her I wasnÂ’t sure what else I should talk about. Her response was: Â‘Talk about how thereÂ’s more than one path to success. How each person chooses their path. You can talk about how not everyone has the same definition of success, and that getting a GED is just the first step to success.Â’Â” Corcoran observed: Â“I couldnÂ’t have said it better myself.Â” B.C. MANIONSixteen-year-old Hailey Pecora plans to pursue a nursing degree. Forty-four-year-old Sita Ramrattan celebrated the completion of her Early Childhood Apprenticeship.By B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.comA circuit court judge has invalidated school rezoning actions by the Pasco County School Board for some of the districtÂ’s west schools, citing violations of a public notice requirement and of the stateÂ’s Sunshine Law.In a ruling dated Jan. 10, Circuit Court Judge Kimberly Sharpe Byrd determined that members of the districtÂ’s boundary committee Â“held discussions on Boundary Committee business outside of a noticed public hearing, and when it held breakout sessions of the middle school and high school groups.Â” The school board also violated a section of the stateÂ’s public notice requirements, according to the judge. The judgeÂ’s ruling did not affect any zonings involving schools in other parts of the county. In response to ByrdÂ’s findings, Pasco School Superintendent Kurt Browning held a news conference to discuss the ruling and talk about the districtÂ’s next steps. Â“Our attorneys are currently determining how to respond to the order,Â” he said, and It will be up to the Pasco County School Board to decide how to proceed. Meanwhile, Browning gave parents of all students affected by the invalidated rezoning the opportunity to choose to return to the school they were rezoned from, or stay where they are at, for the rest of the school year. Parents had the opportunity, before Jan. 20, to indicate their wishes via a form on the districtÂ’s website. Â“Parents who donÂ’t complete the form will be presumed to want (their student) to stay in their current school,Â” Browning said. Â“We believe it would be entirely disruptive of us to just literally give parents no choice, give students no choice and pick them up out of classrooms, letÂ’s say Friday, and Monday they start back at Seven Springs Middle and J.W. Mitchell (High School),Â” Browning said. The vast majority of parents opted to keep their children at the school they had been reassigned to attend. During the news conference, Browning said the district expects to rezone schools again before the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year, so it is possible that someone could choose to leave River Ridge to go back to J.W. Mitchell, and then be rezoned back into River Ridge again. Â“The same thing could be said of Seven Springs Middle and River Ridge Middle, as well,Â” he said. It is possible that the upcoming rezoning on the west side of the district will include additional schools, Browning said. That rezoning will be done using the districtÂ’s new rezoning procedure, Browning said. Â“I eliminated the boundary committee. The committee was problematic,Â” Browning said. Â“I think this order exposed that there were opportunities for possible Sunshine violations, and according to the judge (there were) four Sunshine violations.Â” Besides citing communications outside of committee meetings, the judge also had a problem with breakout sessions used. Individuals could not hear what was going during them, and there were sidebar conversations, Browning said. Â“ItÂ’s problematic. I think If you are going to be making public decisions, they need to be made in the public, where people can hear them and they can participate at the appropriate time. Â“I think this has taught us a lesson. I think it will send a message to school districts and county commissions and local governments across the state,Â” Browning said. Under the new rezoning procedure, the superintendent determines a rezoning is needed, has proposed boundaries prepared, takes them to a public workshop and then takes the final recommendation to the school board for action. Â“It follows the process that the department of transportation uses when they go to site a road,Â” Browning said. Browning said he understands that parents donÂ’t want their children to be rezoned. Â“As a parent of two boys that went through this system, I would not want to be told that IÂ’m going to have to take my children out of Pasco High School, where I went to school, where my mother went to school and send them to another school in Pasco County. Â“Fundamentally, itÂ’s aggravating,Â” he said. However, the district has to accommodate growth and must redraw boundaries to address school crowding, Browning said. Rezoning of some west Pasco schools invalid, judge says
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The event, held Jan. 20, at the festival venue at Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, featured blues music, award-winning barbecue, and vendors offering goods and services. The Ed Wright Duo, The Doug South Band, The Legendary JCs, Chuck Rileys All-Star Revue and Someday Honey Entertainers were the slate of entertainers lined up for the festival. People set up lawn chairs to listen, while others danced in front of the Florida Hospital Pavilion stage. Dozens of professional and backyard barbecue teams competed for prizes and bragging rights. Melonie Monson, executive director of The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce, was enthusiastic about the events success. It is exciting to say this was our favorite BBQ yet; our team was amazing. We, at the chamber, are ecstatic with how everything came together, Monson said, in a news release. She noted having the event at the same facility for the second time made it easier to organize setting up the event, and offered a simpler layout for festival-goers to navigate. She also expressed appreciation for the people who helped pull off the event. About 200 volunteers are involved each year. The teams this year were top notch, we had a variety of concessions who put out amazing food, the Kidz Zone was a huge hit, I heard rave reviews of the car show, and the bands were better than ever, Monson said. I talked to many who traveled far just to hear our bands, she added. As usual, the festival was built around a Florida BBQ Association-approved barbecue competition. More than 50 professional and backyard teams competed in the four standard categories of chicken, pork, brisket and ribs. Professional teams had the added incentive of potentially winning $10,000 in prizes. In the professional barbecue division, Hot Wachulas of Bartow, under head cook Matt Barber, took top place overall winning $2,000, plus $700 in individual category awards, not to mention an unprecedented rare score of a full 200 points for Ribs. Swamp Boys of Winter Haven, led by Rug Bagby, took second place winning $1,500 and $850 in individual category awards. Both won trophies as well. Backyard division winners were 27 South BBQ of Babson Park, under Danny Sharpless, in first place, winning a trophy and $200, and Smokin Aint EZ of Valrico, taking second place under Sam Nowakowski, winning a trophy and $100. Monson noted that two of the teams received a perfect 200 score on their individual entry, which she said, Im told never happens and is unprecedented. That makes me proud to know we gave them the right combination to help them excel. The festival was enhanced this year with a Rock Wall in the Kidz Zone, sponsored by Suncoast Credit Union. The car show was run by veteran Ronnie Setser, and Roy Kesner of Riverview took Best of the Best in early models with a 1937 Ford 3 Window Coupe. Other highlights included an aviation showcase, access to the Military History Museum, and a business expo, the news release said. B.C. MANION PROFESSIONAL DIVISION Overall Winners:Hot Wachulas, first place; Swamp Boys, second place; GetChewSumBBQ, third placeChicken:Uncle Toads BBQ, first place; Backyard Bros, second place; Hot Wachulas, third placeRibs: Hot Wachulas, first place; Swamp Boys, second place; Sweet Smoke Q, third placePork:Pig Chicka Cow Cow, first place; GetChewSum BBQ, second place; Going Yard BBQ, third placeBrisket:Swamp Boys, first place; Uncle Toads Competition BBQ, second place; Uncle Kennys BBQ, third placeBACKYARD DIVISIONOverall Winners:27 South BBQ, first place; Smokin Aint EZ, second place; Big Red BBQ, third placeChicken:Big Red BBQ, first place; Smokin Aint EZ, second place; 27 South BBQ, third placeRibs:27 South BBQ, first place; Smokin Aint EZ, second place; Papas BBQ, third placePork:27 South BBQ, first place; Smokin Bros, second place; Bahrs Smokin Butts, third placeBrisket: Smokin Bros, first place; Big Red BBQ, second place; 27 South BBQ, third place Barbecue competition results:
INFANT/CHILD CPRSt. Josephs Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz, will offer an infant/child CPR course Feb. 1 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., in Garden Classroom A. Participants can learn to perform 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. To pay the additional fee, call (877) 6922922. To register, call (813) 443-2046.KIDS DENTAL DAYPremier Community Healthcare will host its third annual Childrens Dental Day Feb. 2 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., at three of its health centers. If uninsured, free dental services will include dental screenings, fluoride treatments and sealants (as needed). There also will be X-rays and cleanings available. Most insurance plans will be accepted, including Medicaid and Florida KidCare. Participants can take part in activities, refreshments and giveaways. Locations include Dade City Dental Center, 37944 Pasco Ave.; Spring Hill Family Health Center, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd.; and, New Port Richey Family Health Center, 2114 Seven Springs Blvd. To schedule an appointment, call (352) 518-2000.TEEN TALK FOR BOYSSt. Josephs Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz, will offer Teen Talk for Boys Feb. 2 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., in Garden Classroom B. Topics will include pubertys physical and emotional changes for ages 10 to 14, as well as conception, sexuality and abstinence for older teens. The cost is $35. To register, call (813) 443-2046.BREAST-FEEDING CLASSSt. Josephs Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz, will offer a breast-feeding class Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon, in Garden Classroom A. The class is for expectant moms and a support person. Topics will include latching and positioning, benefits of immediate skinto-skin contact, newborn hunger signs, tips for returning to work, breast-feeding lifestyles, and when to call a health care provider or lactation consultant for help. The cost is $25. To register, call (813) 443-2046.HANDS-ON CPRThe Heart Institute at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson will offer a free community hands-on CPR demonstration training Feb. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon. Classes will take place every hour. Light refreshments will be served. All sessions will be at the Rao Musunuru MD Conference Center. Participants should use the back entrance at 14108 Glacier Drive. To register, call (727) 869-5498 or (888) 741-5119.ACTIVITY WITHOUT INJURYFlorida Hospital Wesley Chapel will host a lecture on Active Adulthood Without Injury Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m., in the Health & Wellness Center second-floor classroom, in the Wellness Plaza. Dr. Barbara Morris will discuss how to become and remain active, injury-free. For information and to register, call (844) 9378, or visit FHWesleyChapel.org/events.DIABETES EDUCATIONThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will offer a Diabetes Academy Feb. 6 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. For information, call (352) 567-3576.OILS FOR STRESSDeanna Jacobs will offer a free class on essential oils for stress and emotional upheaval Feb. 6 from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Living Food Bakery & Caf, 38201 10th Ave., in Zephyrhills. For information, call (813) 479-7724.ALZHEIMERS SUPPORTThe Land O Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host an Alzheimers Association Caregiver Support Group Feb. 7 at 11 a.m. Participants can learn about the services and support available for patients with dementia. For information, email Phyllis Bross at email@example.com. 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. Reut Bardach, MD, FACOG Jenny Buck, MD, FACOG Nay Hoche, MD Dr. Colon-Rivera earned her medical degree from Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, Mexico. Active member of the Puerto Rico, Florida & American Medical Associations; American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology; American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology. 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For information, call (813) 929-1214.TAI CHI CLASSESThe Land OÂ’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer BonnieÂ’s Tai Chi class Feb. 8 at 5 p.m., for adults. The class aims to bring physiological systems, from digestion, cardiovascular, respiration, immunity and mental activity to a higher level in a gentle and low-impact manner. Greater flexibility, core stability, improved balance, less fatigue and reduced stress can aid in the ability to prevent and deal with issues such as fibromyalgia, ParkinsonÂ’s disease, arthritis, joint replacement, lowering blood pressure, depression, anxiety and breathing. A signed liability waiver is required. For information, all (813) 929-1214.SERTOMA FAMILY SUPPORTSertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation of Florida will host a free February Family Support Group meeting Feb. 8 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St. The meeting will have a ValentineÂ’s Day theme, and will include an informational speaker and fun activities for the kids. Virtual attendance will also be available. Attendees will be entered to win a fourpack movie ticket bundle. Go to Facebook.com/SertomaFL and like to page to be eligible. To RSVP, call (727) 312-3881, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.HEALTHY EATINGThe Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., will offer Â“Healthy Eating Produces Healthy Living,Â” Feb. 8 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. This is a series of book reports followed by informative discussions. For information and to RSVP, call (813) 780-0064.LIGHTHOUSE AWARDED GRANTThe Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind received a grant from the Florida Medical Clinic Foundation of Caring to cover the cost of an Independent Skills Living program to be provided to a group of up to 10 Pasco County adults and seniors. The skills program will help those visually impaired or blind adults and seniors to acquire the adaptive skills and technical devices needed to live safety in their homes, care for their families, and take care of their basic needs. To learn more about Lighthouse, visit LVIB.org. For information on the Foundation of Caring, visit FMCFoundationOfCaring.org.FIRST ROBOTIC SPINE CARE PERFORMEDRegional Medical Center Bayonet Point performed its first case using the Mazor X surgical assurance platform, which combines unprecedented pre-operative planning tools and analytics with intra-operative guidance. The platform improves safety and efficiency, while giving patients the most advanced spinal surgery options available.Dr. Brian Hudson, neurosurgeon, performed the surgery. Hudson said, in a release, Â“As spinal surgery has evolved, more focus has been placed on minimizing trauma to the body during surgery and expediting a return to function through the use of minimally invasive techniques.Â” These procedures can mean less pain, less blood loss, smaller incisions, shorter hospitalizations and shorter recovery time for patients. COURTESY OF FLORIDA HOSPITAL TAMPA Pirate invasion infuses fun Moms and babies, and young kids, as well as staff members of Florida Hospital Tampa were visited by pirates on Jan. 23. The pirates invaded to visit with the patients and hand out beads to kick off Gasparilla 2018. The Laker/Lutz News likes to keep our readers informed about available classes, seminars, lectures and events regarding health and wellness issues. 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SAINT ANTHONY OPEN HOUSESaint Anthony Catholic School, 12155 Joe Hermann Drive in San Antonio, will have its annual open house Feb. 1 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., for kindergarten through eighth grade. For information, call (352) 588-3041, visit StAnthonySchoolFl.org, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.ADMISSIONS OPEN HOUSESaint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52 in St. Leo, will host an undergraduate admissions open house Feb. 4 from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students of all ages can attend with families and friends to learn about the schools academic offerings, student life, campus involvement, financial aid and more. Current high school seniors or students who are looking to transfer can complete an application and meet with an admissions counselor during the open house. Participants that bring official copies of transcripts and test scores can also be reviewed for instant on-site admission into the university. For questions or special accommodations, please contact Saint Leos Office of Admissions at (352) 588-8283 or email@example.com.DEALERSHIP DONATES TO CHEERLEADERSThe Zephyrhills High School Bulldog Cheerleaders qualified for the Florida National High School Cheerleading Championship that will take place at Disneys Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Feb. 9 to Feb. 11. It is the first time the squad has made it this far in the competition.Wade Thomas and the Thomas and Son Inc., dealership have stepped in and donated $2,000 to cover the cost of registration for all the cheerleaders. Thomas has been a supporter of the ZHS students and athletics department for years. Thomas and Son started the Thomas and Son Touchdown at home football games three years ago, donating $100 to the Booster Club for every Bulldog touchdown made during seasonal play. The company also provides shoes for the basketball team yearly. Wade Thomas is also the founder of the Thomas Promise Foundation, a nonprofit that battles hunger by providing weekend lunches to all schools in east Pasco County, and some in central and west Pasco as well. LOCAL EDUCATORS JOIN BOARDUnited Way of Pasco County, committed to fighting for the health, education and financial stability of Pasco residents, welcomed seven new board members. Joining the Board of Directors are: Commissioner Mike Wells, Pasco County District 4; Michael Aitken, Publix Supermarkets; Timothy Beard, president, Pasco-Hernando State College; Christina Mathis, Gulf Coast North Area Health Education Center Inc.; John Polisknowski, HCA Healthcare, Medical Center of Trinity; Kevin Shibley, Pasco County School District; and, Stephen Williams, Williams, Ristoff & Proper.UNIVERSITY GRADUATESTwo local Odessa students have graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University: Lea Mahoney with a Bachelor of Arts from the College of Education; and, Melissa Hussain with a Bachelor of Science in nursing from the Marieb College of Health & Human Services. Kritti Batra, also of Odessa, graduated from Troy University in Alabama with a Master of Science in counseling and psychology.DEANS LISTS AND HONOR ROLLPayton Strawser, of Land O Lakes, earned a spot on the fall Deans List at Bethel Universitys College of Arts and Sciences; and, Riley Wood, also of Land O Lakes, was named to the Honor Roll at Bethels College of Health Sciences. 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The late Dr. Crayton Pruitt, a noted heart surgeon from St. Petersburg bought the property in 1997 for about $3.1 million. Peter Wallace, registered agent for Secret Promise, made an offer to sell the land to the county. The 11-member advisory committee took up the matter last summer and requested an evaluation of the property. Committee members in November voted to recommend its placement on the ELAMP list, and for a negotiated deal to buy part or all of the property. The county would be able to buy the land outright or buy only the development rights. The site meets the definition of agricultural reserve land, and includes pastures, wetlands, pine flatwoods, freshwater marshes, and wildlife habitats. On a graded scale, it earned 52 out of 80 points, according to the evaluation report. Moore pressed for an opinion from Keith Wiley, the countys interim director for parks, recreation and natural resources department. I always maintain my neutrality, Wiley said. But, he added, At the least, its one of our lower priorities. Years ago, the land was re-zoned for future development of single-family homes and retail, with about 2,000 acres left as open space. Currently, there are three small houses on site, as well as a working cattle barn and two workshops. Florida Estates Winery also is located on site. Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey wondered if the winery owners would want to remain. She also had concerns about the countys future plans to build a road through the property. I want to be real cognizant of the road system, she said. If the property were put on the countys waiting list, Starkey said that didnt mean the county had to purchase it. The devil is in the details of the deal, she said. After the vote to keep Secret Promise off the list, Oakley left the door open for reconsideration. He asked Wiley to come back with new information, if it puts the land higher on the ranking scale. Shes been playing since she was a 4or 5-year-old child. She plays fiddle and banjo. Shes really, really talented, Campbell said. The Junior Savage Race is back, too, complete with medals for the kids who complete the course. This years guided tours include a bus tour, swamp buggy rides, a ride on a Vietnam-era amphibious supply vehicle, and camel rides. The bus tour is new. The event also offers a petting farm, pony rides, face painting, and entertainment by Mr. Tommy.Other acts will include high-wire shows by Tino Wallenda, of the Flying Wallenda Family, and a snake show and exhibit by Jim Mendenhall, a snake handler and expert.Lady Kitty will be there, with her birds of prey; and, Rick and Jan Stratton will provide a juggling and variety show, with their sidekick, Snorkel the pig. He offered these tips for enjoying the experience. Buy tickets for rides early, wear hiking boots, and bring lawn chairs and blankets, to relax on while you listen to the music. The rides were booked solid last year, he said. People just loved going across the ranch, he said. The amphibious vehicle goes across the ranch and into the lake. There are plenty of choices for food, and theres beer, soda and water. Admission is free, but parking is $10 for cars, and $25 for buses and RVs. Campbell think its an event that families will enjoy. You pay for rides, and you pay for food and you pay to park, Campbell said, but everything else is free, he said. No coolers or pets are allowed. The event will be held, rain or shine. For more information, visit RanchDays.com. Sienna Village, a small office park off State Road 54, is about to get a companion Sienna Village II. Pasco County commissioners approved a rezoning for the new office park, which will be on the southwest corner of State Road 54 and Sofia Drive. It is east of the existing Sienna Village, and about one-third mile from the intersection of State Road 54 and U.S. 41. The rezoning allows up to 150,000 square feet of professional office, and up to 30,000 square feet of commercial. The property, including the existing Sienna Village, covers about 15 acres. The undeveloped portion includes several dilapidated residences. Sienna Village I is just a lovely project, said Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey. Im glad to see it (Sienna Village II) coming here today. Businesses in the existing office park include the Merricks Law Group, Suncoast Skin Solutions, Lumina Dental, Johns Hopkins All Childrens Hospital, and Caribbean MystiqueMassage & Wellness Spa. Developers want to use Sofia Drive as access into the new office park. The roadway is privately owned, and unpaved, except where it intersects with State Road 54. Issues related to Sofia Drives ownership must be worked out, but developers propose to pave and bring the roadway up to county standards. Bus stops also would be accommodated, if the county makes public transit available there. The office parks proximity to the busy intersection of State Road 54 and U.S. 41 also could have future impacts on the site, according to county records regarding the rezoning application. Pasco currently is reviewing recommended solutions to resolve traffic gridlock at the intersection, which has about 100,000 vehicles a day passing through it. A volunteer task force, working on the countys Vision 54/56 project, recommended a variety of options, including elevated lanes, and a system of at-grade frontage roads. The county also has requested a study to determine if an underpass is a practical and financially viable option. New Sienna Village office park approved
12A Vicky King is perhaps best known as the longtime head coach of the powerhouse Land O Lakes High girls soccer team.After all, the Gators did just secure its fourth-straight district championship and fifth-straight 20-plus win season, with sights now set on another regional title and state finals appearance. However, thats not the only team she coaches. King also oversees the high schools Unified Special Olympics sports program, which pairs special needs athletes with nondisabled peers, or partners. Together, these Land O Lakes athletes and partners compete year-round against other unified programs across Pasco County and Florida in everything from basketball and soccer, to flag football, bowling, golf and more. King has done it for more than 30 years, ever since she took a coaching job at the high school in the mid-1980s, which came with the duty of working with athletes with special needs. Every (special needs) athlete appreciates everything, explained King, the longesttenured and winningest coach in Pasco County. Whether they win or not, theyll play as hard as they can. They dont argue about the calls. They just take it for what it is, whereas the people that are more gifted or more talented or have everything sometimes take it for granted. Its just small things, like cheering for the other team, or sometimes giving up another basket to someone whos never scored, she said. Besides coaching the Gators varsity girls soccer team, King is helping unified athletes at Land O Lakes gear up for the upcoming Pasco County Summer Games. Scheduled for Feb. 22 and Feb. 23, at River Ridge and Wesley Chapel high schools, the summer games are expected to feature many of the countys Special Olympic athletes competing in bocce, cycling, tennis, soccer and volleyball. Thats followed by the Area Summer Games in March and April. First-place finishes at area meets provides athletes the opportunity to advance to state championships something Land O Lakes has accomplished frequently under Kings tutelage. Weve been to state soccer I cant remember the last time we didnt go and then theyve been to state basketball the past two years. A couple of them have gone to state swimming, King said. In Pasco County, there are more than 1,500 Special Olympics athletes and more than 200 volunteers across 17 offered sports. The Land O Lakes unified program, meanwhile, features 24 coed athletes and nearly 40 partners. Its a solid participation rate based on the schools ESE (Exceptional Student Education) population, King said. Andrew Ahearn has been one of Kings standout unified athletes for several years, participating in soccer, basketball, flag football, bowling, and swimming, among others. Ahearn has high-functioning autism and competes as a 21-year-old senior. Soccer is my favorite sport, Ahearn said, noting he likes to run and score goals. Hes never concerned himself with medals, or wins and losses. Instead, Ahearn prides himself on teamwork and enjoying himself through physical activity. Its not about winning or losing its about having fun, he said. It aint about gold or medals or anything, its about...doing whats best for the team. Ive always been a team player and forever will be a team player, he added. Involvement in unified sports helped Ahearn cultivate countless long-lasting friendships over the years. Ive got a lot of best friends and buddies in Special Olympics, Ahearn said, as he rattled off the names of his Land O Lakes teammates. Every athlete thats a part of (the team) is my favorite. Some of the best memories came in 2015, when the Land O Lakes High School Unified Special Olympics Soccer journeyed to Los Angeles for the Special Olympics World Games. The Land O Lakes squad was the lone representative from the United States in unified soccer. They earned a bronze medal after defeating a team from China. It was fun, Ahearn said, enthusiastically. We went to the Olympics Village, doing all kinds of stuff. ...We went to dance, too. That was my favorite part, he said. Basketball is the last sport Ahearn competes in as a member of the Land O Lakes unified team. Hell advance to the Masters division of Special Olympics after he turns 22 next month. Hes really good. Im sure people will want him, King said. Hes very focused, hardworking, wants to do well. Hell do any sport. According to Special Olympics Floridas website, unified programs enable Special Olympics athletes to not only learn and play new sports, but also experience meaningful inclusion. Each athlete is ensured of playing a valued role on the team. The teams also provide a forum for positive social interaction. All participants are of similar age and ability, and unified teams are constructed to provide training and competition opportunities that meaningfully challenge and involve all athletes. Special Olympics sports rules, moreover, ensure everyone has a fair and enjoyable competitive experience. Unified sports can also prove to be a rewarding experience for its volunteer partners, such as Land O Lakes High senior Kim Guglielmello. Guglielmello has served as a unified partner for five years, dating back to when she was a student at Pine View Middle School. Oh, theyre the best, said Guglielmello, who assists with basketball. Just seeing the joy and excitement they get out of scoring a point...its probably the best experience you could possibly get. January marked the start of a fundraising campaign called Light The Torch, where Publix and other businesses support local Special Olympics programs. For more information, visit SpecialOlympicsPasco.org. 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Marshman won the Florida State Amateur Singles in 2008 and the Florida National Singles in 2009. She also won first place in the Tournament of Champions in 2014. More recently, she teamed with Joan Cook to win the 2017 Florida National Doubles. Marshman turned pro in 2008. She teaches shuffleboard to beginners at the Zephyrhills Shuffleboard Club.Special Olympics program rewards athletes, volunteers Heavy hauls! LOCAL YOUTH EARNS RUNNER-UP AT USTA TOURNAMENTLutz resident Samuel Frizelle placed second at the USTA (United States Tennis Association) Florida Level 3 Boys 14 Singles Championships on Jan. 16, at the Hunters Green Sports Center in Tampa. Frizelle advanced to the finals, before falling in three sets to Solomon Giles, of Pembroke Pines. The tournament featured more than 60 players from across the state. Frizelle, an eighthgrade home-school student, trains at Eric Dobsha Tennis Academy at Van Dyke Farms. Tennis Recruiting Network lists Frizelle as a fourstar prospect, ranking him as the No. 15 player in Florida and No. 119 nationally for the 2022 recruiting class. WOMENS SOCCER LEAGUE IN TAMPARegistration is open for the NewAPSL (Adult Premier Soccer League) 2018 Winter Ladies Soccer League. The season begins Feb. 11 and runs for eight weeks. Games are played between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., at Benito Middle School, 10101 Cross Creek Blvd., in New Tampa. Costs are $450 per team (of up to 12 players), or $45 for free agents. For more information, call (813) 610 2278, or email email@example.com.WATERGRASS ELEMENTARY 5K SETThe Watergrass Elementary 5K for K5 is LOCAL SOCCER PLAYER SETS GOAL-SCORING RECORDCarrollwood Day Schools Rachel Stevenson recently scored her 33rd goal of the season, setting a new school record across the girls and boys soccer programs. Stevenson, a senior midfielder, has scored more than 90 goals across her fouryear varsity career. set for Feb. 17 at 7 a.m., at Watergrass Elementary School, 32750 Overpass Road in Wesley Chapel. The 3.1-mile course starts at the elementary school and winds through the Watergrass community. Awards will be given to overall top male and female finishers, and the overall winners of each age group. Following the 5K is a one-mile fun run at 8 a.m. Cost for the 5K is $25; the fun run is $15. Event registration closes on Feb. 9. To sign up, visit tinyurl.com/yc4njvn7.For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
INSIDE: Directories, Classifieds, Games & More B It may sound like the stuff of dreams, but theres a place in Florida where horses with sunlit manes dance for sugar cubes, and tourists seeking a break from glitzier and expensive attractions are welcome to watch.Herrmanns Royal Lipizzan stallions have settled back into their winter home, a 25acre ranch in rural Manatee County, following nearly six months of performances at fairs and special events throughout the Northeast. Now, as they have for more than 50 years, the stallions will rehearse three days a week for upcoming shows, until its time to go back on the road in the spring. A spacious arena at the ranch in Myakka City is flanked by rows of bleachers to mimic the venues the horses typically encounter on tour. Ranch owner and horse trainer Gabriella Gabby Herrmann hopes that Florida visitors will fill those bleachers and help keep the equine entertainers accustomed to performing in front of an audience. The audience is a very important part of the training here, she said. Not only do the stallions perform better when they hear an audience applaud, but they also break bad habits that they pick up on the road. During formal shows, Herrmann explained, the trainers dont correct mistakes. In the tradition of showmanship, the performance continues, even when a horse fails to perform the proper maneuver, and some of the horses learn to take advantage of that. During the rehearsals in Myakka City, however, the show stops and trainers repeat their commands until each horse performs properly, even though theres an audience watching. With the exception of costuming, the Florida Lipizzan rehearsals include the same performance elements of the touring show, said Herrmann, who serves as emcee. Individually and in groups, the stallions demonstrate the dance-like movements that have made them famous, accompanied by a mix of popular tunes and traditional drill team music. The show is choreographed anew with fresh music each year, Herrmann said. But, it always includes a review of the Lipizzans noble origins in Austria; how they were brought to the United States after a daring rescue during World War II; some information about the care and training they receive; and, an explanation of their airs above the ground and other maneuvers.THE LIPIZZAN LEGACYLipizzan horses were bred for war during the 16th century, and many of the kicks and rearing movements that audiences today perceive as ballet-like were originally designed to frighten the enemy or even deal a fatal blow. The stallions themselves were the weapons, Herrmann said. After gunpowder was invented, the battle role of the Lipizzans diminished, but the royal Hapsburg family of Austria continued to favor the breed for its grace, beauty and athletic ability. Later, the performing Lipizzans so captured the imagination of Gen. George Patton that he helped rescue the animals from danger in the final days of World War II, a drama re-enacted in the 1963 Walt Disney film, Miracle of the White Stallions. Herrmanns father and grandfather, both now deceased, were part of that effort and were among others who brought the horses to America and began featuring them in shows. Herrmann said after the rehearsal that her family bought land in Myakka City in 1962 for the Lipizzan breeding and training program because of the areas reputation as the winter home of circus performers. The weather is really ideal for us, she said. Thats why we settled here. Gabby Herrmann grew up riding the horses and learning showmanship from her father. She took the helm of the operation when her father, Col. Ottomar Herrmann Jr., died in 2004. The stables now hold 29 horses, including mares and foals. These horses, theyre like our children, Herrmann said, adding that each of the horses has its individual personality. Were allowed to take our time with our horses because this is not a competition or show barn.During the rehearsal, Herrmann explained to the audience that training at the ranch depends on a three-pronged reward system for the animals carrots, apples or sugar cubes for a job well done, along with praise from the trainer and applause from spectators.As the winter season progresses, there may be hundreds of people in the stands, Herrmann said. About 30 people some from as far away as Wisconsin, Ohio and Missouri found their way to the ranch for the opening day of winter rehearsals on Dec. 14. Cathy Widen, who splits her time between Waukesha, Wisconsin, and Orlando, was there with her friend, Linda Schmit, also of Waukesha. Widen said she recently saw an exhibition of Lipizzan horses in Vienna, Austria, and she was eager to see an American version. Theyre just so majestic, she said. And, its amazing how well-trained they are. Elizabeth Dodge, 15, who lives in southern Missouri, was visiting her grandmother, Susan Ludwig, a Manatee County resident. She said she saw the show a few years ago and described it as horse ballet. I just love horses, the teen said. I think its neat that theyve been able to keep this line pure. Herrmanns daughter, Rebecca McCullough, has joined her mother in the family business and is a featured performer in the show. Herrmanns granddaughter, Sydney McCullough, 8, is taking her turn in the show ring this season, putting a rescue pony, Willie, through his paces. Herrmann said she is gratified that, after so many years of opening the rehearsals to the public, people who visited the ranch as children often return with their own children or grandchildren in tow, wanting to share a special experience with the next generation. In addition to the show, she noted, visitors are welcome to stroll through the barn, see the stallions in their stalls and enjoy the beauty of the ranch, where wild turkeys and deer sometimes make an appearance. What brings people out? They know the history behind these horses, Herrmann said. And, in these times that we live in, its a place where you can still bring a family and wander around and take your mind off of whats going on in the world. To me, its just serenity out here. SUSAN GREEN Herrmanns Royal Lipizzan StallionsWHAT: Herrmanns Royal Lipizzan Stallions off-season rehearsalsWHERE: Herrmanns Royal Lipizzan Ranch, 32755 Singletary Road, Myakka CityWHEN: Thursdays and Fridays at 3 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m., through April COST: $5 donation requested for admission, optional costs for concession stand and photos with the stallionsINFO: (914) 322-1501, email@example.com or HLipizzans.com Worth the Trip Dancing for sugar cubes
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