The Laker

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

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University of Florida
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Chiles Aquatic Center in Land O’ Lakes that could become a magnet for swimming tournaments, and would provide a wide range of services for swimmers of all ages and abilities. It would cost about $8 million for the facility, without a complete roof system, said Scott Sutek, executive director for the envisioned aquatic center. Backers would prefer a building with an indoor pool, but that would cost between $12 million and $15 million, Sutek said. Efforts began last July to develop a plan for the aquatics center, Sutek said.Plans call for local aquatics center COURTESY OF SCOTT SUTEKThis rendering shows the proposed Christopher N. Chiles Aquatics Center in Land O Lakes.Budget talks look at next two yearsBy Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.comAs the Pasco County Commission contemplates the county’s budget for fiscal year 2019, it’s also thinking about the budget for 2020. Commissioners are looking ahead, because they know that a referendum on the November ballot could have a sizable impact on the county’s budget. Voters will decide on Nov. 8 whether to expand homestead exemptions by $25,000. If the referendum passes, Pasco County stands to lose an estimated $10 million to $12 million in property tax revenues. So, instead of looking at just this year’s budget, commissioners are taking a close look on any expenses that could affect future budgets. Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles has asked department heads to submit flat budgets, with little to no increase. There are 14 potential budget initiatives that will compete for property tax revenues in the 2019 budget. Expanded library hours is one of the initiatives competing for the funds. Libraries slated to get more hours in 2019 are Hugh Embry Branch Library in Dade City and Hudson Regional Library in Hudson. Other budget initiatives include the 911 Call Center and salary increases for county employees. Salary raises would be 2 percent for cost of living, and 2 percent for merit. Biles said employees “are our most important resources. See BUDGET, page11A By B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakierlutznews.comPeople who enjoy learning more about gardening and getting a better understanding about sustainable practices may want to check out the Rosebud Continuum open house. The free event is set for May 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 22843 Hale Road in Land O’ Lakes. Jerry Comelias, site and educational director for the 14-acre Rosebud Continuum, said the open house is the first full-fledged attempt to let the public know about the project. There was a smaller open house last year, but that was a soft launch, he said. The upcoming tour features a sustainability farm, a wildflower meadow, friendly goats, aquaponics, hydroponics, Florida native plants, beekeeping and biodigesters. Tours through the Florida Native Plant Trail feature a Florida Native Wildflower Meadow, with the tours being led by Dr. Craig N. Huegel and Lisa Boing. Tours will be offered at 9 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m., noon and 12:30 p.m. Visitors also will be able to learn about biodigesters from Dr. Thomas Culhane, a National Geographic Explorer professor at the Patel College of Global Sustainability and a world traveler. Culhane will explain how biodigesters can take waste and turn it into energy. Visitors can also check out the hydroponics and aquaponics area, where they can learn how to grow plants without soil. And, they check out the apiary at 10 a.m., to learn how to be a beekeeper. They also can see a small chicken coop, called a chicken tractor, that is moved around the property, Comelias said. “We put chickens in it, and they will prepare the ground for growing food. They pull the roots and eat the bugs. It’s really great,” he said. And, there’s also a petting zoo where children can pet goats. Comelias, a graduate of the Patel College of Global Sustainability at the University of South Florida, said the project grew out of a partnership between the Patel College, and Sonny and Maryann Bishop family that owns the 14-acre site. Sonny Bishop, a former National Football League player, also is Lakota Sioux. The project expresses the Bishop family’s desire to kind of recover some of the indigenous practices previously used in Take a free garden tour, learn about sustainabilitySee GARDEN, page11A Scrub-a-dub-dub, earning some grub Members of the Chapel Rip City Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) basketball team were busy recently, soaping cars down and rinsing t hem off, in a quest to raise money for their team. In between cars, Coach Erik Ravenna injects a bit of fun „ spraying team members with a hose. The car wash fundraiser took place at a convenience store at the busy intersection of U.S. 41 and State Road 54 in Land O Lake s. Sixteen-year-old Kyle Cantwell, of Wesley Chapel, left, uses a brush to clean the roof of a car, while his 14-year-old teammate Collin Ostapchuk soaps it down with a hand mitt.B.C. MANIONJerry Comelias holds two white carrots planted by Academy at the Lakes students at the Rosebud Continuum in Land O Lakes.See AQUATICS, page11A CHRISTINE HOLTZMANFifteen-year-old Alex Young, of Land O Lakes, cleans a windshield during the carwash, with proceeds from the event benefiting Chapel Rip City, a basketball team with players from Land O Lakes and Wesley Chapel.


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Corley, whos served as the countys elections supervisor since 2007, explained the elections office has been working closely with the FBI, Homeland Security, the Pasco County Sheriffs Office and other agencies to vet any potential threats, particularly of the cyber variety. Additional security precautions have been taken since the 2016 Presidential Election and measures are in place for every possible scenario, Corley said. In a worst-case scenario such as the PascoVotes website getting compromised Corley explained the countys elections office would have the ability to recreate the election. Thats because its headquarters has multiple redundancies to preserve the countys voter registration database. If there was any kind of issue, theres backups of the voter data, the elections supervisor said. Corley referenced a website called, which analyzes real-time cyber attempts to hack networks. To underscore the reinforced security of the county elections office, Corley made an analogy of would-be election hackers to a car thief attempting to unlock cars in a parking lot: In our office, our doors are locked and you cant get to the car. Corley explained the Dade City-based elections service center couldnt be any more secure should someone attempt to hack its internal servers, steal electronic poll books or other data. The Category-5 hardened building is equipped with security cameras and multiple levels of physical access control systems, Corley said. Furthermore, to even activate those voting machines or poll books, Corley said the elections office has multiple sets of unique passwords. Youd have to physically drive a Mack truck through the wall, and I dont think a Mack truck can even get through that wall, to be honest, he said. Corley also said his office always conducts a post-election audit physically counting ballots from a randomly selected race and a certain percentage of precincts, to be sure of factual results. We reconcile everything that we do, Corley said. We always have 100 percent accuracy, Corley said. The elections supervisor also addressed other voting-related matters, including voter fraud. He acknowledged the existence of voter fraud in Florida and elsewhere, but doesnt feel its as widespread as some believe. Respectfully, I dont really think its as bad as the president says it was, he said. Corley suggested many fraud cases occur through voters registered in multiple states, such as Florida and New York. When you vote in two states, thats when it becomes problematic, he said. The dilemma may soon be alleviated once Florida and its 14 million voters officially join the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), which is a nonpartisan, nonprofit consortium among 20 states and the District of Columbia. The consortium shares voter registration information to improve the accuracy and integrity of voter lists. The consortium was designed to improve the integrity of voter rolls by matching millions of voter records from one state with those of other participating states. The data matches can identify voters that have registered in two states, voters that have moved between states, and those that have died. Its an absolute no-brainer, Corley said of the ERIC system. Were obviously very, very excited about that. Meanwhile, Corley shared some details about the upcoming Aug. 28 primary election. He branded the one-page midterm ballot very, very busy with its Florida Constitution Revision Commission amendments, as well as several other state and county amendments. Were going into a crazy midterm, Corley said. Its like the election in 2016 never ended. It has that feel to it. Its going to be a lengthy battle. He said the elections office is doing more to service absentee voters. More voting days will be added to the schedule, and there will be three additional voting precincts Pasco County Utilities building, in Land O Lakes; Alice Hall Community Center, in Zephyrhills; and Odessa Community Park, in Odessa. With a population of nearly 500,000 and a voter registration roll of about 340,000, Pasco County is divided into 109 precincts. Absentee or early voting accounted for about 60 percent of all votes cast in the 2016 election, Corley said. Early voting seems to kind of be the way to go, he said. Were not expecting that to change.KEVIN WEISS Corley discusses voting system reliability, security


A more proactive approach to reducing blight in Pasco County appears to be working, and the Pasco County Commission wants the efforts to continue. Commissioners approved a pilot program in April 2017, described as high return enforcement. The focus was to become more aggressive in pursuing the worst of the countys code violators through the use of fines and court actions. A partnership of county departments, including the county attorneys office, Pasco County Sheriffs Office, code enforcement and building inspections have worked together, using existing staff members and resources. The program has received no dedicated funding. Assistant County Attorney Kristi Sims presented a progress report during a recent workshop in New Port Richey.The idea was to use what we had and to reorganize to take on more than what would normally have been taken on, said Sims.The program focused on repeat offenses, danger to health and public safety, and violations with serious impacts to the community. One court case, settled in 2017, led to the removal of about 40 mobile homes and as many as 15 recreational vehicles at the Lazy Breeze Mobile Home & RV Park, off U.S. 301, outside Dade City. Weve done a lot with a little, Sims said. Its up to the board to decide if they want us to continue doing it. The program won praise from county commissioners. I think the public really notices, said Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey. In her district, Starkey said no one has a problem with removing blight because its keeping their property values down. Its keeping commerce and business out. Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Wells Jr., also complimented the programs results. He had one cautionary caveat. We shouldnt be overregulating and hurting small businesses, said Wells. But, he did favor demolitions, and other actions that address matters of life and public safety. The countys priority is not to go out and bust peoples chops about a sign or bushes, he added. Sims said the program relies on a scoring system to prioritize the worst offenses, including factors such as safety risks. Our goal is to strategize enforcement based on the boards goals, she said. Commercial blight is an expressed priority of this board, Sims said. She also noted that the county is flexible in scheduling a timetable to complete repairs. Our goal isnt to eradicate a business or use, if it can be fixed, Sims said. What were looking for is compliance, and progressing toward fixing it. One of the challenges is to balance an employees everyday workload with the additional duties required by the new enforcement efforts, Sims said. A lot of time is taken up with clerical work, and the need for up-to-date communications on work done by multiple departments. 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For information, call (813) 929-1214.COMMUNITY ASSOCIATIONSThe Pasco Alliance of Community Associations will meet May 10 at 7 p.m., at Land O Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O Lakes Blvd. The guest speaker will be Brian Corley, Pasco County supervisor of elections. For information, visit BAZAARThe Friends of the Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host a book bazaar May 11 and May 12 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a diverse selection of books, audio and video media, magazines, and related materials, all for a modest cost. For information, call (352) 567-3576.RED HAT MEETINGThe Radiant Redz (formerly Red Belles of Lutz) will meet May 11 at 12:30 p.m., at Chuys Tex-Mex restaurant, 25750 Sierra Center Blvd., across from the Tampa Premium Outlets in Lutz. For information, email MASON JARSThe Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., will offer a craft class May 11 at 10 a.m. Participants can learn to make a nautical mason jar. The class is limited to 20 participants. All supplies are included. Registration is required by calling (813) 780-0064.TEA & FASHION BENEFITThere will be a Spring Tea and Fashion Show May 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Saint Anthony Padua Catholic Church Parish Center, 32825 Rhode Island Ave., in San Antonio, to benefit the Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center in Dade City. Guests should bring their own teacup. Hats and gloves are encouraged. Tickets are $20 per person. Seating is limited. For information, call Angelica Herrera at (352) 521-1218. For tickets, call Herrera or visit Foundations of Life at 37733 Meridian Ave., in Dade City.TAMPA BAY LIBCONThe third annual Tampa Bay LibCon will take place May 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., in Carrollwood. There will be special guests, cosplay contests, a Super Smash Bros. tournament, panel discussions, trivia, tabletop gaming, kids crafts, face painting, green-screen photography and robotics demonstrations. Guests must register the day of to participate in the contests. Admission is free. For information, visit SOCIETY FIELD TRIPThe Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will take a field trip May 12 at 10 a.m., to the native garden at the Morean Art Center and Chihuly Collection in St. Petersburg. Lunch will be at the 4th Street Shrimp Store. Participants should bring water and snacks. For information, contact Gail Parsons at (813) 928-1412 or A SIGNThe Land O Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer a class May 12 from 10 a.m. to noon, for ages 9 and older. Participants can use acrylic paints to design a cardboard sign. Registration and a signed liability waiver are required. RSVP by calling (813) 929-1214.SHADE PLANT SEMINARThe Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., will host a question-and-answer session with a master gardener May 12 at 9 a.m., and a free shade plant seminar at 10 a.m. Registration is required. For information, call (813) 780-0064. ROSEBUD CONTINUUMThe Rosebud Continuum will host an open house May 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at 22843 Hale Road in Land O Lakes. There will be free tours through the Florida Native Plant Trail, featuring the Florida Native Wildflower Meadow. Guests also may see native and migrating birds on the lakeside ecotour, and can visit the hydroponics and aquaponics area. At 10 a.m., learn how to Bee a Keeper in the apiary. Kids can visit a petting zoo. For more information, you can BAY AIRFESTMacDill Air Force Base will host the Tampa Bay AirFest May 12 and May 13. This years headliner will be the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, joined by the F-22 Demo Team and the A-10 Demo Team (flying airshows for the first time in seven years). Admission is free. For information, call (813) 828-7469, or visit STOMPThe Hillsborough River State Park will host the third annual Hillsborough River Swamp Stomp May 12. There will be more than 30 obstacles, some man-made and some natural, to challenge participants. There also will be an after-party. The cost starts at $35, with a $5 insurance fee. Parking is $10. Proceeds benefit the Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society. For information, call (813) 987-6771. To register, visit FOOD DRIVEParticipating Goodwill stores will be hosting Cereal for Summer food drives through May 13 to help feed needy families this summer. The stores, including the Goodwill Superstore at 2390 Willow Oak Drive in Wesley Chapel, will be collecting donation of cereal, oatmeal, breakfast bars and other nonperishable breakfast foods.SUCCULENTS & CACTIThe Lutz Library, 101 Lutz-Lake Fern Road, will offer a free Succulents and Cacti 101 seminar May 14 at 6:30 p.m. Topics will include landscapes, varieties of plants, cultivation and watering basics, potting soil, container gardening, and propagation. For information, call (813) 744-5519, or visit BEAR CLINICThe New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., will host the MedExpress Teddy Bear Clinic May 15 at 11 a.m., for ages 3 to 5. Participants can learn about hand-washing, X-rays, medical tools, basic health care treatments, and what to expect when visiting a doctor. Kids can bring their favorite teddy bear or other stuffed friend. For information, call (813) 273-3652, or visit BOOK CLUBThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host the Third Tuesday Book Club May 15 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., to discuss The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende. For information, call (352) 5673576.STEM STATIONThe New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, will offer a Tween STEM Station May 16 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., for children interested in science, technology, engineering or math. There will be a hands-on project. For information, call (813) 788-6375.CUB SCOUT MEETINGCub Scout Pack 9 will host its monthly pack meeting and yearly roundup for new scouts May 16 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at McKitrick Elementary School, 5503 W. Lutz-Lake Fern Road, in the cafeteria. For information, email JeanMaurice Yazbeck at BOOK CLUBThe Land O Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host the LOL Book Club May 16 at 1:30 p.m., to discuss The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict. For information, call (813) 929-1214.T-SHIRT PAINTINGLifes Treasures Thrift Store, 4910 S. Allen Road in Zephyrhills, will offer a free T-shirt painting workshop May 19 at noon. Supplies to paint one shirt will be provided. Bring a plain T-shirt or purchase one from the store. Learn to paint a design or picture on the shirt using stencils. Signup is online at calendar-chapters-health. For information, call (813) 355-4830.FARM ACTIVITIESSweetfields Farm, 17250 Benes Roush Road in Masaryktown, will again showcase its living labyrinth a sunflower maze on weekends during the month of May from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., on Saturdays and Sundays (last admission on farm grounds is at 3 p.m.) The maze also will be open Memorial Day, May 28. Admission is $9.50 plus tax for age 12 and older; $5 plus tax for ages 3 to 11; and free for age 2 and younger. No pets are allowed. This is an outside activity, and subject to close if weather is severe. No rain checks or refunds. For information, call (352) 2790977, or visit FOR TROOPSBooks for Troops, a nonprofit group that provides recreational and educational reading material to men and women in uniform free of charge. The group is asking for specific books to answer a request from Forward Operating Base Fenty. All books on the required military reading lists are for officers and enlisted on active duty or reserve duty. These donations will be accepted in hardback. The list of needed books can be found at Donations can be dropped off at Simply Self Storage, 22831 Preakness Blvd., in Land O Lakes. Straw hat day The Lutz Senior Center, 112 First Ave., N.W., will host a Mothers Day and National Straw Hat Day celebration May 11 at 1 p.m. Guests should wear their most extravagant straw hat to celebrate spring. For information, call (813) 264-3804. Mother-Son game night The Land O Lakes Recreation Complex, and Pasco County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources will host a Mother-Son Game Night May 11 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at 3032 Collier Parkway, for ages 4 to 15. There will be inflatables, laser tag, mini golf and more activities. The cost is $10 per pair and $5 for any additional child, if paid by May 9. After May 9, the price is $15 per pair and $5 for an additional child. For information, call (813) 929-1220. Farmers market The San Antonio Farmers Market will celebrate moms on May 12 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at San Antonio City Park. All moms will receive a free chance drawing ticket for a Mothers Day basket. There also will be vendors, free activities for kids, and hot dogs and sodas available for purchase. Vendor fees support charities of the Rotary Club of San Antonio. For information, contact Winnie Burke at (352) 437-5161 or Shower & fashion show Amiras Retail Shop, 28152 Paseo Drive, Suite 140, at The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel, will host a Mommy Shower & Fashion Show Fundraiser May 12 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. There will be live entertainment, giveaways, light refreshments and discounts. Tickets are $10. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to The Promise Love Foundation, which is currently raising money to help a family that recently adopted nine siblings. Tickets can be purchased at the shop or online at For information, call (813) 618-3931. Rose Society show The Tampa Rose Society will host its annual Mothers Day weekend Rose Show May 12 at Westfield Citrus Park Mall, 8021 Citrus Park Town Center. Locally grown, freshcut roses and floral arrangements will be available for a small donation to the society. The public can vote on three Peoples Choice awards in the categories of fragrant roses, favorite hybrid tea and favorite old garden rose. Admission is free. For information, contact Karen Prevatt at (813) 634-1830 or Pops in the Park The Florida Orchestra will host a Mothers Day concert at the opening of the Julian B. Lane Waterfront Park, on the river next to the University of Tampa, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. There will be symphonic, Broadway and movie music, as well as food trucks, with beer and wine on site. Admission is free.


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As part of that effort, the school system brought together student services staff and community mental health providers on May 4 for the districts first-ever Mental Health Symposium. The seminars aim was to raise awareness of students mental health, build capacity of staff to respond, and increase collaboration between schools and mental health providers.The daylong event featured a panel discussion on mental health, plus a series of breakout sessions, which covered such topics as eating disorders, anxiety, school-based violence prevention, trauma reduction and supporting recovery, non-suicidal self-injury, connecting mental health services, and so on.About 280 student services staff school counselors, school psychologists, school social workers, school nurses and dropout prevention teachers participated in a morning or afternoon session, said Dave Chamberlin, Pasco Schools student services supervisor. Pasco County Schools Superintendent Kurt Browning kicked off the event with a brief introduction, during which he underscored the necessity of the district to provide quality education and to meet students mental health needs. We have got to be singularly focused on meeting those social and emotional needs of our kids, Browning said, before they can even learn to do mathematics or science. The symposium, which coincided with Mental Health Awareness Month, was at the districts offices. Planning for it began in September. In the aftermath of the Valentines Day school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland that left 17 dead, Browning noted theres been a renewed emphasis on mental health, and student and staff well-being. Offering one possible solution of his own, Browning stated hes a huge proponent of trauma-informed care, an organizational structure and treatment framework that involves understanding, recognizing and responding to the effects of all types of trauma. Weve got to get out and educate our teachers training our teachers and school-based staff about trauma informed care, the superintendent said. That suggestion, among many others, was presented during the hour-long panel discussion featuring community mental health providers, a student, and a parent with experience interacting with the system of care. Access, awareness and availability of mental health services seem to be ongoing barriers, panelists suggested.HELPING YOUNGER CHILDRENTheres a great need for more pediatric psychiatrists and pediatric bed space in the county, said Craig Leech, program manager for the Land O Lakes-based Morton Plant North Bay Hospital Recovery Center. Leech explained the recovery facility is only able to utilize 20 of its 25 pediatric beds at a time, and theres oftentimes a waiting list of several days for children to get the mental services and treatment. At any given day, we are full and do not have bed space. We are the only pediatric receiving facility in Pasco County, he said. Another panelist, Doug Leonardo, senior vice president of Chrysalis Health, said more flexibility is needed in providing mental health services for children. He advocates conducting school behavioral health screenings to flag potential mental health problems with students at a younger age. We need to do a better job at getting upstream of these issues. We have universal screenings in schools for hearing and speechI dont know why we would not want to do the same things for mental health issues, he said. Leonardo, whos helped provide mental health and substance abuse in Pasco County and other areas for more than 20 years, also supports creating more community partnerships among schools, law enforcement and mental health professionals. He emphasized the importance of encouraging parents to be unafraid to seek help for their children who may suffer from mental illness. We can treat the kids but, if we dont have the parents engaged and bought in and helped, it doesnt really work, so we really need that family system to be involved, the health professional said. While health experts described some of community resources available to youth, many students are unaware of whats available to them, Anclote High senior Emily Leopardi said. Leopardi overcame a broken home and dysfunctional family life, and is on track to graduate high school and attend Hillsborough Community College in the fall. Growing up, she was fortunate to receive counseling and assistance from Youth and Family Alternatives Inc., and Baycare Behavioral Health. I would like to see more support in the schools that focus on mental health, and resources for students like myself whos family life is challenging. Without the help of these providers, students like myself can fall through the cracks, she said. Other panelists, including moderator Monica Rousseau, said reducing the stigma associated to mental health problems must remain a focus. Rousseau, coordinator for the Pasco County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP), referenced a study that more Americans are starting to understand mental illness is very much a chronic illness, like any other physical illness; yet more and more people are associating mental illness with violent tendencies, she said. We have shootings, we have a lot of big news stories that are really skewing the way people view people with mental illness, so its really important to be stomping out that stigma, Rousseau said. Some issues related to childrens mental health services might soon be mitigated with the recent passing of Senate Bill 7026 (Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act). Besides its various school safety mandates, the new law creates mental health assistance allocation for every school district in Florida. It also requires school districts to deliver a plan focused on delivering evidence-based mental health treatment, assessment, diagnose, intervention services and so on. For school districts like Pasco, it marks a big sea change, Leonardo said. Were going to start asking school districts to do things that I think, historically, they havent focused on doing. It probably happens sporadically, but now its being mandated, Leonardo said. 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The Legislature provided funding in the bill and districts were given three options: Provide school resource officers (SRO) at each school, Provide school safety officers for each school, or Participate in the school guardian program requiring certain school personnel to be armed. The law also requires each district to appoint a school safety specialist, which is the director of school safety and security position approved by the board. During a recent school safety workshop, Browning told school board members he would prefer to have an SRO on each of the districts school campuses, but the district could not afford that option. The advertisements for the jobs have been posted on the districts website and its Facebook page. The district is hosting two recruitment and interview events for the school safety guard positions. They will be on May 10 and May 21, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., in Building 2 of the district office complex, at 7227 Land O Lakes Blvd., in Land O Lakes. The interviews for the director position will be on May 10 and May 11. The districts middle schools and high schools will continue to be staffed by SROs through the Pasco County Sheriffs Office and municipal police departments.P asco elementar y schools to get safety guards COURTESY OF PATRICIA SERIO Womans club endorses Judi Fisher Dr. Jeffrey D. Senese has been named the acting president of Saint Leo University, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Dr. William J. Lennox Jr. Lennox announced his retirement effective April 30. The Saint Leo University Board of Trustees appointed Senese to the leadership role. He was the universitys first provost and senior vice president of Academic and Student Affairs. Lennox became the universitys ninth president in 2015, following the retirement of Dr. Arthur F. Kirk Jr., according to a news release from the university. Lennox, who is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant general, previously served as superintendent of the U.S. Military Academy. He also was a university trustee before being selected to serve as the universitys president. When I was asked to assume the role of president, it was always my intention to serve, in a way, as a transition leader between the long service of Dr. Kirk and a candidate who could serve for a decade or longer, Lennox said, in the release. The new acting president was named Saint Leos first provost following a nationwide search. Senese held significant leadership roles in previous assignments such as at Cardinal Stritch University, one of the nations largest Franciscan universities; Johnson & Wales University (Providence, Rhode Island); Philadelphia University (Pennsylvania); and Penn State Wilkes-Barre. 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AORTIC VALVE LECTURERegional Medical Center Bayonet Point will offer a lecture on “TAVR: Do You Suffer from Aortic Valve Stenosis?” May 10 at Heritage Pines, 11524 Scenic Hills Blvd., in Hudson. The guest speaker will be Dr. Keshav Ramireddy, medical director of the Valve & TAVR Clinic, and board certified in cardiovascular disease, interventional cardiology and internal medicine. Registration starts at 5 p.m., and a complimentary dinner will be served. Admission is free. Reservations are required. For information, call (727) 869-5498.HEALTH CARE ROUNDTABLECareerSource Pasco-Hernando will host a free Health Care Roundtable for all health care employers May 10 at Rasmussen College, 18600 Fernview St., in Land O’ Lakes. The discussion will feature training and workforce needs, business growth and technology, market trends and sector strategy. To register, contact Ana Segovia at m or (352) 293-1335.BIRTH CENTER TOURSSt. Joseph’s Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz, will offer birth center tours in the Labor & Delivery Unit at 1 p.m., on May 13, May 20 and May 27. The orientation program and tour are designed to introduce the services available to the entire family. Admission is free. To register, call (813) 443-2046.CANCER SURVIVOR EVENTThe BayCare Cancer Survivor Event will take place at George M. Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive in Tampa, May 12 from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. All cancer survivors, regardless of when they were diagnosed or treated, will each receive a free ticket to the home game (Tampa Tarpons vs. Florida Fire Frogs). Additional tickets can be purchased for $4. Each guest also will receive a food voucher, and can take photos at selfie stations, take part in kid-friendly activities, and view a private fireworks display. There will be a Cancer Survivor Recognition Concert by the country band Smithfield after the game. Registration is required at REPLACEMENTSt. Joseph’s Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz, will present a lecture on total joint replacement May 14, May 21 and May 28 at 10 a.m., in the Nursing Administration Classroom. Learn more about preparing for surgery and the recovery process. Based on the requirements of your physician and availability, participants could get pre-op testing done the same day. Admission is free. To register, call (813) 443-2046.DIABETES MANAGEMENTAccess Health Care Physicians, 5382 Spring Hill Drive in Spring Hill, will offer a lecture on “Overcoming Barriers to Success in Diabetes Management” May 14 at 1 p.m., for anyone diagnosed with diabetes mellitus and family. Reservations are required by calling (352) 200-2190.MENOPAUSE DISCUSSIONFlorida Hospital Wesley Chapel will host “Secrets to Surviving and Thriving through Menopause” May 15 at noon, in the fourthfloor classroom. Dr. Jennifer Roller, board-certified obstetrics and gynecology, will discuss hot flashes, night sweats, and signs, symptoms and treatment options for peri-menopause, menopause and post-menopause. Registration is required. For information, call (844) 504-9378, or visit PROGRAMSThe Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, will offer these community events:  Tours of obstetrics unit: May 15, May 22 and May 29 at 5 p.m.  Newborn Care Class: May 16 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Super Prep Childbirth Class: May 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Infant CPR: May 23 at 6 p.m. Reservations are required. For information, call (727) 834-5630.MEDICARE PROGRAMThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host a SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) volunteer May 16 at 1 p.m., to answer Medicare questions. For information, call (352) 567-3576. 8A May 9, 2018 Send health news to Health & Wellness DERBY LEAGUE GIVES BACKRevolution Roller Derby, a mixed-gender Flat-Track Roller Derby League, hosted a battle between its own Valkyries and The Bradentucky Bombers to benefit Sunrise of Pasco County Domestic & Sexual Violence Center. The league collected goods, including all-gender clothing, toiletries, children’s books and gift card, to support Sunrise. Revolution Derby will continue to collect donations through the month at SpinNations Skating Center, 8345 Congress St., in New Port Richey, on Mondays from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. For information on the Sunrise center, visit For league information, visit, or email COURTESY OF REVOLUTION ROLLER DERBYContinued on next page


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The guest speaker will be Kyle Moore on the potential effects diabetes can have on the feet and lower extremities, and what can be done to prevent complications. A complimentary light lunch will be served. Admission is free. Reservations are required.For more information, please call (727) 834-5630, or send an email to CESSATIONOak Hill Hospital, 11307 Cortez Blvd., in Brooksville, will offer the Tools to Quit smoking cessation program May 16 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Participants can learn to prepare a plan, deal with cravings, and how to cope with physical and emotional symptoms. Four weeks of free patches, gum or lozenges will be available, while supplies last. Registration is required. Call (813) 9291000.GRISWOLD CELEBRATES 10 YEARSThe Tampa Office of Griswold Home Care marked 10 years in business with a series of activities targeted at organizations serving seniors and the disabled. 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For information, call (813) 949-1331, or visit KIDS CHARITYLaurens Kids, a statewide organization to prevent childhood sexual abuse through education and awareness, will be the Pasco County Tax Collectors charity of the month. Individuals who have vehicle registrations coming due in May can trade in existing license plates for a Laurens Kids specialty plate. The tags also may be purchased for newly registered vehicles. Those that purchase the specialty tag will be entered into a drawing for a gift card. Cash donations also will be accepted at any of the five tax collector offices. For information, call Greg Giordano at (727) 847-8179, or visit For information on the nonprofit, visit Ombudsman of the Year COURTESY OF PATRICIA SERIO


HONOR DAY CEREMONYCitizens Concerned for Students will recognize the public middle and high school African-American students who have earned the Honor Roll at least once during the current school year. The annual awards ceremony, Honor Day, will celebrate almost 2,000 students who have earned the achievement on May 12 at 5 p.m., at the Pasco Schools Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road. The fifth annual College and Career Fair also will take place at 3 p.m., in the adjacent Wesley Chapel High School gymnasium. The fair will feature schools and career resources, including Florida State University, Pasco-Hernando State College, the United State Coast Guard, St. Petersburg College and more. A voter registration booth also will be available. Both the awards ceremony and fair are free. For more information, you can visit EXCELLENCE AWARDSThe Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that by 2024, there will be more than 1.5 million skilled trades job openings as Baby Boomers retire. Harbor Freight Tools for Schools Teaching Excellence will award a combined $1 million in cash prizes to 18 outstanding public high school skilled trades teachers and programs. Three first-place winners each will receive $100,000, with $70,000 going to the high school skilled trades program and $30,000 to the individual teacher or teacher team. The 15 second-place winners each will be awarded $50,000, with $35,000 going to the program and $15,000 to the teacher/team. Applications are open until May 16 and are due July 6. Semifinalists will be announced on Aug. 15, and the firstand second-place winners will be announced on Nov. 15. For information and to register, visit SERVICE HOURSLifes Treasures Thrift Store, 4910 S. Allen Road in Zephyrhills, is looking for teens age 14 and older to join its team. Students can acquire volunteer hours toward the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship community service requirement, as well as develop their character, add new skills and increase their confidence. For information, contact Anne Ferrell at (813) 357-5321 or ASSESSMENTThirty-five years after A Nation at Risk was released, student achievement is either flat or dropping for many U.S. students, according to the results of the latest National Assessment of Education Progress, known as the Nations Report Card. Scores from the 2017 NAEP administration saw no significant change from the prior 2015 assessment, except for a one-point increase in eighth-grade math scores. The results were as follows: Reading proficiency or above: Fourth grade, 37 percent; Eighth grade, 36 percent Math proficiency or above: Fourth grade, 40 percent; Eighth grade, 34 percent Math proficiency declined in 10 states Florida, in particular, did see unprecedented gains statewide and in two of its largest districts Miami and Duval counties.SCHOOLS HONOREDThe National School Boards Associations National Black Council of School Board Members presented its Recognizing Innovative Strategies in Equity (RISE) Award to Hillsborough County Public Schools during its annual conference. The RISE Award honors a school board for its excellence in policies, practices and strategies that promote and enhance equitable outcomes and career readiness for African-American students. The award is sponsored by McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company that delivers personalized learning experiences that help students, parents, educators and professionals improve results. For information about the council, visit and click on services. For more on McGraw-Hill, visit RANKS FOURTHPasco-Hernando State College has been ranked fourth overall best college among 28 state and community colleges by evaluated the 28-member institutions in the Florida College System, including traditional community colleges and state colleges that provide bachelor degrees, as well as associate degrees. Floridas efforts to develop a more welltrained and educated workforce have garnered national attention. The statistical methodology used to rank colleges included affordability, graduation rates, transfer rates and student-faculty ratio. PHSC ranked fourth behind Valencia College (Orlando), followed by Eastern Florida State College (Cocoa) and LakeSumter State College (Leesburg), respectively.LOOKING FOR ALUMNI, PHOTOSIndependent Day School/Corbett Prep is turning 50 and is looking for alumni who attended the Independent Day School in Tampa, for an anniversary celebration that will take place Aug. 18. The school is asking for stories and photos from former students who were enrolled anytime between the schools founding in 1968 to present day. To share your memories, help with planning or attend the event, email Lisa Herscovici at, or join the Facebook group at Independent Day School changed its name to Corbett Prep in 2012, and is located at 12015 Orange Grove Drive in Carrollwood. For information, call (813) 961-3087. N T NO TI T I ME T A A O T T W T! 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Of that, about $7.2 million is for operations, with about $5.4 million for the cost of temporary housing for inmates at the overcrowded Land O Lakes Detention Center. The countys 2018 budget came in at about $1.3 billion, with no change to the existing millage rate. The millage rate determines how much the county collects from property taxes. Estimates on new property tax revenues for 2019 have increased slightly. In February, county officials anticipated a 7.5 percent increase of about $13.3 million. The estimate now is for about an 8 percent increase, or $14.2 million. However, once deductions are made for items such as payments for special tax districts, community redevelopment areas, and temporary housing for inmates, the countys portion of new money dips to about $3.7 million. Pasco County Sheriff Chris Noccos operations budget separate from inmates temporary housing is about a 6 percent increase. Thats a smaller increase than the $8.1 million requested in 2018, which paid for raises, equipment and new hires. Nocco brought up the issue of overcrowding at a February workshop with commissioners. In his budget letter to the board on May 1, Nocco puts the blame for the matter on the failure of (the) past County administration. No action in past years was taken to approve a 1,000-bed expansion, estimated at around $128 million. Now, according to Nocco, the county can expect an annual bill of about $9.8 million to pay for temporary housing, until the jail expansion is built. It has now become a burdensome, unfunded liability for the county, Nocco states in his letter, which commissioners didnt receive until after their May 1 workshop. At the February workshop, county commissioners discussed placing bond issues before the voters to pay for the jail expansion, other public safety projects, and libraries. No decision has been made.Current options for inmates temporary housing include transferring some inmates to Seminole County, possibly Hernando County, and installing trailers at the detention center. The cost of a contract with Seminole is estimated at $2.5 million, with another $2.4 million for trailers at the detention center.Pasco County officials expect to receive the final taxable assessed values from the Pasco County Property Appraiser by July 1. Commissioners would then set the millage rate on July 10, and the budget would be finalized in September. The fiscal year for 2019 begins Oct. 1. The swimming facility at the Land O Lakes Recreation Complex, off Collier Parkway, is operating at maximum capacity, prompting the need for a larger facility, Sutek said. Five teams train at the current pool, and the teams from Sunlake and Land O Lakes high schools compete there. Lorin Macdonald, the facilitys head coach, said the new center ideally would have eight 50-meter lanes that can be transferred over to 20 to 22 short-course lanes. The center would be able to accommodate longand short-course competitions, and would give Olympic hopefuls a good place to train, Macdonald said. The facility also would be able to accommodate hundreds of additional swimmers, Sutek said. It also would be able to offer water aerobics, synchronized swimming, scuba lessons and training programs for lifeguards, law enforcement officers and public safety, military and CPR. Practitioners could write prescriptions for aquatic therapy, Sutek said, because the center would have an aquatics therapy room, with a therapy pool. The new facility also would make it possible to attract competitions, Sutek said. Weve already gotten interest in having events here local, state and semi-regional events. We have the capacity to hold up to the Pro Series events. So, well have local high school and local club swim events that host anywhere from 300 to 1,200 swimmers, Sutek said. Local teams currently travel to meets in Largo, South Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Fort Myers, Orlando and Stuart, Macdonald said. Plans call for building the facility on land donated by Academy at the Lakes, an independent private school. Academy at the Lakes operates two campuses on Collier Parkway in Land O Lakes, but plans to expand to a third location, off Twenty Mile Road, off State Road 54. The aquatics center would become part of that campus, on land the school purchased from the MacManus family. The high school from Academy at the Lakes will be using the new facility. Promoters are ready to get started on pursuing the swimming complex, as soon as they raise the necessary funds, said Sutek, who is serving as the centers executive director on a strictly volunteer basis. When were at 50 percent (funding), well go through with the design, and start talking about construction budgets and times, so that were ahead of the ballgame when 100 percent costs come in, Sutek said. With this facility, the public will have more use of the pool, all of the time, Sutek said. The facility also would create some job opportunities for lifeguards, coaches and operations staff, Sutek said. The aquatics center will be a nonprofit operation, Sutek said. We will focus on a minimum of two charitable organizations right now. One is the Make-A-Splash. The other is the Special Olympics. Make-A-Splash is part of USA Swimming Foundation. The aquatics center would like to partner with them, to remove the economic barrier that sometimes prevents children from learning how to swim, Macdonald said. A lot of the kids who end up being drowning victims, end up being drowning victims because they come from families who cant afford swim lessons. Its important to us that we start getting the entire community involved in swim lessons, so that everybody can swim and help reduce that drowning rate, she said. We would also give scholarships to kids to participate on our swim teams and to do team travel, she added. Macdonald sees a larger facility as a way to reach more people in the community. We want to make sure they have someplace safe where they can come and swim, somewhere where they have programs that are geared toward making sure the community is water safe, she said. The new facility also would make it possible to attract world-class competitions, Sutek said. Swim coach Robin Hilgenberg is a Special Olympics swimming coach. We want to be able to train more Special Olympics kids of all ages, instead of the handful we have, Sutek said. We would love to host a Special Olympics swim meet, of large magnitude, here in this area. Organizers have shared their plans to the Pasco Economic Development Council and received support, Sutek said. A discussion with Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore also was positive, he added. Next, proponents will be making the rounds to the countys municipalities and local civic organizations to talk about their vision. Florida, Comelias said. A trail leads through a wildflower meadow, which is near the propertys lake. We want it to be a place where people can come and reflect, think or pray, or just enjoy being out in nature, Comelias said. The open house includes the chance to learn more about biodigesters, which convert food waste into fuel and fertilizer. The gas thats produced can be used to fuel a grill, and the liquid fertilizer it yields can be used in gardens and in hydroponic systems, he said. The fertilizer is so highly concentrated, you can take beach sand, and put that in it, and grow food, he said. Beyond the wildflowers, the site features all sorts of ways to grow fruits, vegetables and herbs. There are hydroponics, aquaponics and traditional garden beds. Students from Academy at the Lakes and Blake High School are involved with the project. Fruits and vegetables being grown at the site include white carrots, strawberries, okra, cabbage, onions, celery, pineapple, tomatoes, Seminole pumpkins, collards, kale, beans, radishes and lettuce. There are all sorts of herbs, as well. And, theres a variety of trees. The project aims to look at using natural approaches and keeping the big picture in mind. The idea is to use systems-thinking when approaching problems, Comelias said. That means being mindful of potential consequences. For instance, If we come up with a solution for fuel, is it going to create a problem for food? Is it going to create a problem for water? he said. The project aims to help others to learn about sustainable practices. We kind of try to do everything in a natural way and help people learn how to do that, Comelias said. For example, we hope to do sustainability summer camp for kids and teach them how to turn 2-liter bottles into hydroponic systems. There are also some visitors there this week, who traveled from Haiti, to learn about practices they can use at home, Comelias said. L The LA AKER / Lutz N W Wo orks for M Owner of Pure Health F aylor ~Samant h a T I have advertised in The Laker every wee k eight years because it is by far, my numbe referral source for new customers. Ta r, Fi itnessStudios N EWS M e! W Scom k for the past r one lead TheLAKER/ LutzNE W Community News Publications813.909.2800 www.lakerlutznews.


12A The 2018 NFL Draft has come and gone, and one athlete from The Laker/Lutz News Coverage area had the privilege of hearing his name called during the three-day event from April 26 to April 28 Gaither High School product Alex McGough. McGough was selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the seventh round (220th overall) as a quarterback out of Florida International University. A four-year starter, the 6-foot-3, 214pound McGough cemented his legacy as FIUs most decorated passer, completing 807-1335 passes (60.4 percent completion rate) for 9,091 yards, 65 touchdowns and 37 interceptions. He also rushed for 535 yards and 16 touchdowns. Last season, he guided FIU to an 8-5 record the programs third-ever winning season and first since 2011 a mark achieved in Butch Davis first season as FIU head coach. I couldnt be happier for Alex, Davis said, in a released statement on McGoughs draft selection. His passion, leadership and performance last year was incredible. He played a huge role in our teams success, and he has absolutely earned this opportunity to play in the NFL. In a post-draft media conference call, McGough said hes beyond grateful to get chosen by the Seahawks, adding hes ready to get to work. Said McGough, I wanted to come into the draft just kind of open-minded, and obviously, whatever happened, happenedThe only thing I could control was the work I put in. Im very happy with what I put in, and Seattle saw that and they took me. Though he didnt earn an invite to the NFL Scouting Combine in March, many NFL draft analysts viewed McGough as a lateround sleeper, spotlighting his physical tools, poise, and red zone accuracy, while also spotlighting his limitations. An draft analysis characterized McGough as a good athlete with a good frame, though his hands (9 1/8 inches) are on the smaller side. His 30:19 touchdown-to-interception ratio over the past two seasons isnt ideal. Seattle brought McGough in for a private workout a few weeks prior to last months draft. During his visit McGough said he developed a connection with quarterbacks coach Dave Canales and came away overall impressed with the organization. Its an organization full of great people, and they want to win bad, McGough said. McGough was one of 13 quarterback prospects taken in this years draft and the first by the Seahawks since Russell Wilson was selected in the third round of the 2012 draft. Besides Wilson, Seattles starting quarterback and a four-time Pro Bowler, the roster includes two other quarterbacks sevenyear veteran Austin Davis and second-year player Stephen Morris. McGough likely will have to beat out one of those backups in training camp and preseason to solidity a roster spot. Im a competitor that wants to win and Ill do everything to win, McGough said. I just want to play football and succeed. Though hes facing a relative uphill battle, McGough is no stranger to perseverance, nor proving doubters wrong. He most recently underwent a full recovery from a broken left collarbone he suffered in the Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl in December. And, despite a noteworthy high school career amassing more than 5,100 career passing yards and 52 touchdown passes in four varsity seasons McGough was rather under-looked. He earned just two football scholarship offers (FIU and Colgate University, in upstate New York). He went on to achieve instant success at FIU, setting numerous school passing records and then becoming the programs eighth player to be drafted in its 14-year football history. Meanwhile, McGough joins rare company as just the fifth player from a Hillsborough County high school to be drafted as a quarterback in the last 50 years. The others are Robinsons John Reaves (1972), Letos Gary Huff (), Chamberlains Dean May () and Plants Aaron Murray (2014). (McGough transferred from Wesley Chapel High School to Gaither following his freshman year.) Besides McGough, a handful of other athletes with ties to The Laker/Lutz News coverage area have been given shots with various NFL teams, signing as either priority undrafted free agents or invited tryout players. Each will have an opportunity to stick with their respective teams at rookie minicamps, which run from May 11 through May 14. Heres a closer look at the others:JANARION GRANT, RECEIVER: Baltimore Ravens (mini-camp tryout invitation) COLLEGE: Rutgers University (Piscataway, New Jersey) HIGH SCHOOL: Pasco High School; graduated in 2013When healthy, the 5-foot-9, 177-pound receiver was one of the most electrifying offensive playmakers in college football, chiefly in the return game. But, Grant struggled to stay on the field of late, playing in a combined 11 games the last two seasons, dealing with an ankle injury and other nagging ailments. Despite limited action in 2016 and 2017, Grant became Rutgers alltime kickoff return-yardage leader (2,857 yards) and tied for the NCAA record for combined kick return touchdowns (eight). That skill on special teams perhaps gives him a leg up on other tryout players the Ravens signed. Before college, Grant left a lasting legacy at Pasco High School, where he was a fouryear starter and still holds the county record for most career touchdowns (77) by a skill player. He was also a two-time All-State selection. Also notable, Grant is the grandnephew of Lacoochee native Jim Mudcat Grant, a 14-year MLB veteran and two-time All-Star, who, in 1965 became the first black pitcher to win 20 games in a season in the American League and the first black pitcher to win a World Series game for the American League.JACOB PUGH, LINEBACKER: Seattle Seahawks (priority undrafted free agent) COLLEGE: Florida State University SCHOOLS: Godby High School (Tallahassee); Jefferson County High School (Monticello, Florida); Pasco Middle School (Dade City native)A decorated high school player and highly-touted blue chip prospect who won state championships at two different north Florida programs, the Dade City native never seemed to fully blossom at Florida State, where he posted a combined 108 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, seven sacks and two interceptions across four seasons. Solid numbers, sure, but a bit anticlimactic considering Pugh was named an Under Armour High School All-American and widely viewed as one of the nations top five linebacker prospects in the 2014 recruiting class. Blessed with length, agility and athleticism in a sturdy 6-foot-4, 246-pound frame, Pugh has moldable traits to stick on an NFL roster. Pugh attended Pasco Middle School before his family moved to the Panhandle, where he began, and ended, his prep career. His ties to east Pasco run deep. His uncles, Darren and Troy Hambrick, led Pasco High to the countys only state championship (1992) before spending five years each in the NFL. Hes also related to Pasco High alums Janarion Grant (Rutgers) and Josh Johnson, a former NFL who now plays in the Canadian Football League. Pugh is also cousins with fellow Auburn wide receiver Nate Craig-Myers, a Dade City native who attended Tampa Catholic, where he was one of the most prized football recruits to come out of the Tampa Bay area in years.TREY JOHNSON, DEFENSIVE BACK:Pittsburgh Steelers (priority undrafted free agent) COLLEGE: Villanova University (Villanova, Pennsylvania) HIGH SCHOOL: Steinbrenner High School; graduated in 2013A standout defensive back at a small school in the FCS ranks 45 total tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss, one interception and 13 pass break-ups in 2017 Johnson further landed on NFL scouts radars after showcasing elite athleticism at Villanovas Pro Day in late March. At the sanctioned workout, the 5-foot-11, 177-pound Johnson touched 36 inches in the vertical jump, reached 10-foot8 in the broad jump and posted a sizzling 4.37-second 40-yard dash. Johnson becomes the first Steinbrenner High graduate to sign an NFL contract. There, Johnson earned four varsity letters in football, as well as three in basketball and two in track. He was also inducted into the National Honor Society.SHAHEED SALMON, LINEBACKER:Tampa Bay Buccaneers (mini-camp tryout invitation) COLLEGE: Samford University (Homewood, Alabama) HIGH SCHOOL: Land O Lakes High School; graduated in 2014The 6-foot-2, 232-pound outside linebacker solidified himself as one of the most dominant tacklers in the FCS ranks the last two seasons, racking up a combined 202 tackles, 28.5 tackles for loss, and 5.5 sacks in 2016 and 2017. Though an undrafted player from a lower-level division of college football, a path to the NFL isnt out of the question for Salmon, as more than 150 FCS players made NFL active rosters in 2017. At Land O Lakes, Salmon was a four-year starter and an All-State selection as a senior. He also competed in basketball and track. 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For information, contact Bob Durham at (813) 784-4410 or HIGH GIRLS BASKETBALL CAMPThe Sunlake High School girls basketball program is hosting a summer camp for girls ages 8 to 14, from June 11 through June 14. Activities and drills include ball handling, skill building stations, game situations, 3-on-3, 5-on-5, shooting and more. Each camp day runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For cost and other information, email Reesa Hendrix Pledge at LEO NAMES ASSISTANT ATHLETIC DIRECTORSaint Leo University announced Erin Bean, a former school employee, to the position of assistant athletic director for external operations. The former Saint Leo employee returns to the school by way of the University of South Florida, where she spent the past three years as the primary contact for its nationally ranked womens basketball team, the mens soccer team, and assisted with the football program.In her new role at Saint Leo, Bean will oversee all aspects of external relations and oversee the athletic communications office.Bean has seven years of experience in collegiate athletics, including experience in all three NCAA Divisions. That includes stints at Tennessee Technological University, the Northeast Conference, and Juniata College.


MAY 9, 2018The LAKER/ INSIDE: Directories, Classifieds, Games & MoreThe LAKER/ Lutz NEWSLutz NEWS B But don’t expect this political analyst to sit on the sidelines for the 2018 Mid-TermsBy B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakelutznews.comWhen Dr. Susan A. MacManus recently headed to the front of Room 128, in the Social Science Building on the University of South Florida campus — it was to deliver the final lecture of her 47year teaching career. Her regular students were there, but there were visitors, too — former students who wanted to be there to share the moment. MacManus offered her thoughts about the coming Mid-Terms, and when she concluded, she announced: “That, my friends, is my last lecture ever,” with her voice cracking a bit. One student immediately rushed forward to give MacManus a hug. Another declared: “You’re going to make me cry.” Those gathered finished out the period eating pizza and cake, and picking up political buttons, reporters’ notebooks and additional trinkets MacManus had collected along the political trail. Being a teacher was always part of the plan, said MacManus, who grew up in Land O’ Lakes. “I knew very, very early that I was going to be a teacher. I loved school. I really enjoyed my teachers. “Sanders (Memorial Elementary) had a lot of really good teachers,” MacManus said. She graduated at 16 from Pasco High School and initially was a double major, in political science and physical education at Florida State University. It didn’t take long, though, for MacManus to discover that politics were her true passion. She graduated from FSU with a bachelor’s degree in political science and went straight to the University of Michigan for a master’s degree. She was attracted to its Survey Research Center, and it was there she developed an interest in polling. After that, she landed her first job as an instructor at Valencia Community College. She was 21.AN EARLY INTEREST IN GOVERNMENT FINANCINGWhile teaching at Valencia, she took advantage of a program that allowed her to be paid to go back to school to expand her expertise. She went to FSU where she studied urban planning and political science, under Thomas Dye, who ultimately turned out to be her major professor and mentor. After returning to Valencia, Dye called her out of the blue and offered her the chance to become his research assistant, allowing her to pursue her doctorate at FSU. For her dissertation, MacManus examined the revenue patterns of cities and suburbs across the United States. She coded data for multiple decades for 600-plus cities and suburbs across the country. “From the beginning, understanding the financing of state and local governments has been a terrific asset to me as a political scientist,” she said. Her first big university job was at the University of Houston, she said. “It just was the right fit for me. The city was exploding.” Next, she was recruited by Cleveland State, in Cleveland, Ohio, which also was a good fit professionally and personally. Her sister, Lou, and her brother, Cameron, were both practicing medicine there and both had young children — allowing MacManus to bond with her nieces and nephews from their infancy. After four years in Cleveland, she returned to Land O’ Lakes. “I had left home when I was 16,” she said. “Basically, I hadn’t been able to experience rich time with my parents.” Coming back to the community where she grew up gave her a chance to work at USF, learn about the family’s citrus business, and to help her mom write two local history books about Lutz and Land O’ Lakes. “I look back on it, and it all fits together,” she said. Beyond her influence on students, MacManus also became widely known for her deep knowledge of Florida and national politics. During the 1990s, she began providing political analysis for News Channel 8. That started at the encouragement of Bill Ratliff, who had interviewed her for his political show and told her: “You ought to think about doing this. You’re good at it because you can talk to everyday people.” MacManus replied: “Well, I’m a country girl, you know.” She agreed to give it a try, if Ratliff would show her the ropes. She went on to become part of the television station’s coverage team for national political conventions, presidential debates and inaugurations. And, for decades, she has been a prolific speaker providing her insights to hundreds of civic groups, statewide associations, political and government groups. Beyond that, she has frequently shared her knowledge in television, radio and newspaper interviews. She also provided analysis of political conventions during the past two presidential elections, and coverage of the 2016 presidential election for The Laker/Lutz News. Those experiences of providing political analysis for the media and speaking before myriad groups required her to stay informed, she said. “It’s absolutely made me keep on top of things. It made me a far, far better teacher,” she said. The connections she made were invaluable, too. “I cannot tell you how many internships and jobs that my students have gotten as a consequence of people I have met, on both sides of the political aisle, at major political events,” she said. “You don’t get those kinds of opportunities for students, sitting in your office.”HASHING OUT OPPOSING VIEWSMacManus believes her personal background prepared her for her future career. “I grew up with differences of opinion about politics and lots of family bantering, especially at our large-extended family events. “But, when it was time to eat and have fun, that was put aside. “That has been one of the greatest gifts I was given — for being an analyst — was growing up in that kind of environment. I don’t get to the point where I can’t talk to somebody because they think differently,” she said. She praised her last crop of students at USF for being able to hold widely divergent views, while maintaining civility. It’s an art, she fears, that’s being lost in society today. Communication has changed, too. “Candidates and parties, and everyone else, you have to go to multiple platforms,” MacManus said. “You cannot any longer rely upon one source of information.” As she was winding up her final class, she paused to thank her students. “I’ve learned far more from you than you’ve learned from me. Your generation is the most interesting one we’ve had, in a very long time,” she said. “Thank you for being a wonderful, wonderful class,” MacManus said. “I couldn’t ask for a better end to my career than you all. Thank you.” What people are saying about Dr. Susan A. MacManusDr. Judy Genshaft, president of the University of South Florida, and Dr. Liana Fernandez Fox spoke during a retirement reception for Dr. Susan A. MacManus at the University Club of Tampa. During the event, sponsored by USF Women in Leadership & Philanthropy, the women offered these comments — made by others — to honor MacManus:  “Besides my parents, no one has had as much impact on me as Dr. MacManus. She is an incredible teacher. She has a story about everything, and is so generously willing and giving of her time and knowledge to students who want to work.” — Anthony Cilluffo, former research assistant for MacManus and current research associate with the Pew Research Center in Washington D.C. “Susan is as much of an institution in Florida politics, as ambitious candidates embarrassing themselves at the Possum Festival, or sipping Cuban coffee in Little Havana. Besides the sheer depth of her knowledge, she happens to be one of the nicest people on the political scene.” — Adam Smith, the Tampa Bay Times political editor “The views of Susan MacManus have always been welcomed, eagerly sought — about both Florida politics and national politics. Susan is a gifted academic, whose work my own team has cited many times. What makes Susan even more special is her remarkable ability to translate her work, as well as her colleagues’ findings, for the benefit of the news media and the general public. A keen observer of the political scene for decades, Susan will, no doubt, be called upon frequently in retirement. We continue to need her voice.”— Dr. Larry Sabato, founder and director of the University of Virginia Center for Politics. Susan’s Four FsDr. Susan A. MacManus never got an F in anything, except for Home Ec, according to her sister, Lou MacManus, who spoke at Susan’s retirement reception at the University Club of Tampa, on the 38th floor of One Tampa City Center. She said these are the four Fs that have been a constant in Susan’s life: Family, friends, faith and fun. The reception reflected that. Some former students drove down from Gainesville. Another former student flew in from Washington D.C. Her best friend traveled from Michigan. Her cousins came from Land O’ Lakes. And, scores of others were there, too, to celebrate Susan’s accomplishments. Lou ribbed her older sister, sharing littleknown details about her — including Susan’s fascination for insects when she was young and her runner-up finish a Pasco County beauty pageant. (Actually just in the top 10, Susan says). University of South Florida President Judy Genshaft praised Susan’s academic contributions. Genshaft also noted: “I would venture to say that Susan is among the most sought-after political analysts in the country.” The room was decorated with photographs of Susan pictured with prominent political figures, and all sorts of political buttons on display. There was even a polling booth, from the 2000 presidential election — the year of the infamous “hanging chad.” Susan’s long-time friend, Dr. Liana Fernandez Fox, said the party was exactly Susan’s kind of celebratory gathering. “We filled this room with family and friends, good friends — and, with mementoes of Susan’s fabulous and fun career, of educating students, voters and the media,” Fox said. Some 2018 Mid-Term insightsDr. Susan A. MacManus, distinguished professor of political science, offered these observations during her final lecture at the University of South Florida: Lawyers will be busy.“This is going to be a very litigious, contentious election. Lawyers are going make a lot of money this election cycle because you’re going to have a lot of voting rights’ issues being litigated.” The ballot will be crowded.“We’ve got everything under the sun, up for election this time.” Besides U.S. Senate and Governor, Floridians will be choosing congressional representatives, state lawmakers and local elected officials. There’s 13 proposed constitutional amendments, too. Lots of new faces will be on the political scene.“We’re already seeing a record number of new people who have never run before filing to run for office in Florida, at every level.” A coming Blue Wave?“As an analyst, I’m not seeing it yet. It could happen, but it’s not there yet.” Expect a close finish.“The last four elections, two governors, two presidential — 1 percent margin of victory for the winner. It doesn’t get any better than that.”USF Professor Susan A. MacManus retiresB.C. MANIONDr. Susan A. MacManus, known nationally for her knowledge of Florida and national politics, stands near her home in Land O Lakes. FILEDr. Susan A. MacManus stands in front of a bus parked at the first 2016 presidential debate. The bus is touting CNNs coverage of the 2016 race for president between Donald J. Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton. B.C. MANIONDr. Susan A. MacManus has amassed a large collection of political buttons while covering the campaign trail as a political analyst. Some were on display during her recent retirement reception.


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