The Laker

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The Laker
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Laker (Land O'Lakes, Fla.)
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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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AV VING S D 10 to 6 Mon-Sat € 12 to 6 Sunday Land O Lakes, FL 34638813-491-4879 10to6Mon-Sat€12to6Sunday Private quiet lakeside s Perfect for business lun c No waiting for family w e Br ing your laptop and s D iscover Bexle y s B S uperb culinary exper i By B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.comThe Pasco County Commission has approved a 145-home subdivision on the west side of Fort King Road, south of State Road 52 and north of Roberts Road, despite opposition by neighbors. Attorney Barbara Wilhite, representing the applicant, Dade City Fifty LLC, noted that the county’s future land use designation allows a potential of 284 units on the 50-acre property. Wilhite also noted that flooding historically has been an issue in the area, and that this project will actually help improve drainage. Neighbors expressed concerns about flooding back in 2005 when the property originally was rezoned to allow 100 homes, Wilhite said. “The board heard these neighbors’ concerns and put stricter requirements,” Wilhite said, noting that a study of Tank Lake was done and the board adopted a Drainage Basin of Special Concern ordinance in the summer of 2005. “So, as we come forward now in 2018, this project has to comply with those (stricter) standards,” Wilhite said. Jeremy Couch, with Tampa Civil Design in Lutz, said he understands neighbors’ concerns. “We’re higher than them, their fear is that we’re going to dump more water on them. “We’re going to keep it (the water) there. We’re not going to let it go downstream,” Couch said. Twenty-nine percent of the property is going to be used for ponds and drainage, Wilhite said. “One 50-acre project is not going to fix the flooding that happens downstream. But, we are going to do our little part,” Couch said. “And, our little part is to put in infrastructure, trap the water and keep the volume. We are not going to slow-release. We’re just going to hold it.” Still, neighbors were skeptical. Once the retention pond fills up, the water will flow downhill, they said. “What they’re going to do — I can guarantee you, is not going to hold all that,” said Betty Jean Perez, of 12431 Fort King Road. “When that water comes down, off those hills, it comes down like a river — a rushing, rushing river.” Kathleen Schrimpf, of 12457 Fort King Road, also weighed in: “I understand they’re not responsible for the entire flooding issue in this area, however, I’m not confident that what they’re doing isn’t going to at least exacerbate the problem.” Marie McLeod, 12524 Green Oak Lane, who said she’s been a flooding victim twice, urged board members to protect the neighbors. “I would like to place my trust in you, that you will keep us safe and dry,” McLeod told commissioners. Eddie Schultz, 12510 Fort King Road, noted: “I do think the engineers have done a good job of trying to come up with a solution.” However, Schultz added, “there is a real concern about the ability of the water to actually be absorbed. The question is, how fast can it be absorbed?” Cheryl Musgrove, speaking on behalf of her mother, Martha Damron, of 12231 Fort King Road, said there’s standing water on her mother’s property now — just from normal rains. “Flooding plans are nice, but if they don’t work, real people’s lives and older homes are at risk of flood damage and loss,” Musgrove told commissioners. Sheila Tomlinson, 12649 Green Oak Lane, said adding more homes will increase the potential for flooding. “That’s a lot of roof, that’s a lot of cement, that’s a lot of driveways, that’s a lot of sidewalk,” she said. Tomlinson said she was unaware of the area’s flooding problem when she moved into her home in 2004. “Within two months, we had hurricanes come in. “I was the mother of twin daughters. Every day I had to walk with my children on my shoulders in waist-deep water, so we could go to school and work every day for over a month,” Tomlinson said. Jeff Richey, 12509 Green Oak Lane, cited concerns about increased traffic. There are no sidewalks in the area, he said. Plus, “at the wrong time of the day, it’s hard enough to get out of our neighborhood,” Richey added. Wilhite said the applicant hired a traffic consultant to analyze the situation and that there will be no degradation of traffic standards, even with the project’s traffic. Pasco County Commissioner Ron Oakley, former chairman of the board for the Southwest Florida Water Management District, said the area has been plagued by drainage problems and efforts have been underway for years — and still continue — to address the issue. 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PAGE 3 September 19, 20183A SUBSCRIPTIONS: The Laker/Lutz News is a free newspaper distributed to 44,800 homes and businesses in Pasco and Hillsborough counties. Mail sub scriptions are sold to cover postage cost: $40/3 months, $80/6 months, $160/12 months. DELIVERY PROBLEMS:If you do not receive your paper, or want to stop home delivery, email Or, to stop delivery, go to www.lak, select “About” tab and complete “Opt Out” form. ADDITIONAL COPIES: A listing of boxes and business locations is on our home page at EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS: Suggestions for stories and news coverage are welcome. Please send ideas to, or call our newsroom at 813 -909-2800. ADVERTISING ERRORS: Publisher is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the space cost for the first insertion, or for the validity of cl aims made by advertisers. MEMBER: Central Pasco Chamber, Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber, Greater Zephyrhills Chamber, Greater Dade City Chamber, Florida Press Ass ociation, Free Community Papers of Florida, Southeast Advertising Publishers Association, Association of Free Community Newspapers, Independent Free Newspapers of America.Advertising and editorial content 2015 by Manatee Media Inc. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden without prior writt en permission from the publisher. The LAKER/ Lutz NEWS ADVERTISINGTERRI WILLIAMSONSenior Account Managertwilliamson@lakerlutznews.comCAROLYN BENNETTCustomer Servicecbennett@lakerlutznews.comDESIGNACCOUNTINGMATTHEW MISTRETTAArt Directormmistretta@lakerlutznews.comSTEFANIE BURLINGAMEGraphic Designersburlingame@lakerlutznews.comMARY EBERHARDmeberhard@lakerlutznews.comLOCATION: 3632 Land O' Lakes Blvd. Suite 102 € Land O Lakes, FL 34639 MAIL: P O. Box 479 € Lutz, FL 33548 PHONE/FAX: ph: 813.909.2800 € fax: 813.909.2802 IT SUPPORT: STEVE MISTRETTA WEBSITE: FACEBOOK: TWITTER: EMAIL: € sales@lakerlutznews.comPUBLISHER & OWNER: DIANE KORTUS, LUTZ, ODESSA, LAND O LAKES, WESLEY CHAPEL, NEW TAMPA, ZEPHYRHILLS, DADE CITY Serving Pasco since 1981 / Serving Lutz since 1964 BRIAN FERNANDESStaff Writer bfernandes@lakerlutznews.comB.C. MANIONEditor bcmanion@lakerlutznews.comKEVIN WEISSStaff Writer kweiss@lakerlutznews.comMARY RATHMANEditorial Assistantmrathman@lakerlutznews.comEDITORIALDISTRIBUTION: Florida Circ, LLC € € 813-948-5237 RACHEL THOMPSONClassified & Directory 9 9963253W 81 1 13-9963253 81 813-996-3253 W kayaks or can o paddleboa rFIR $999 onBe 6 ul B 9963253 if on B R s t W a W t 1 1 13-9963253 1 13-9963253 963253 s i tF tF t We We o es r ds RST e k ak Bell L als ta nt Ren t a $ k a and O L $ 4 6 08 L $ $9.9 HO U FIR $ $9.99 ( US 41 2 s e k a a n d L d O L U R RST of SR 54 ) h t s n or mile Local musician keeps busy with multiple instruments, bandsBy Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.comFred Chandler relishes a good musical challenge. It is why he’s seemingly always working on the craft — whether it be playing in solo and band shows, tinkering with a new instrument, or laying down new tracks in a recording studio. Sometimes, when he wakes up, he has locked, bloody fingers and a hoarse voice — following a busy week of performances. His creativity, however, is never the worse for wear. “If my imagination gets burnt out, then you may as well just throw me to the coroner, because, that’s the most enduring part,” Chandler said. Music means just about everything to the 58-year-old Lutz resident. He’s been playing guitar and writing songs for more than 40 years, dating back when he was living in Bennington, Vermont and Saratoga Springs, New York. And, he has no plans of stopping anytime soon. “I’ll probably be like Tiny Tim — die twice doing your show,” Chandler jokingly says, referencing the multiple heart attacks the well-known ukulele player suffered during live performances that led to his passing in 1996. Since moving to Florida 17 years ago, Chandler has become a familiar name in the local music scene— primarily as a rock-androll guitar player who’s also gained popularity as a violinist. He regularly performs at venues all throughout Lutz and Land O’ Lakes, such as Ukulele Brand’s, Craft Life Brewing, Whiskey Willy’s and In the Loop Brewing. He also hosts a weekly open mic night each Wednesday at Uncle Fats 2, in Tampa. Over the years, he has opened for such acts as Foreigner, Blake Shelton, Willie Nelson, Blue Oyster Cult, Phish, and many others. Career highlights include working on stage with Buddy Cage, the pedal-steel player for the country rock band New Riders of the Purple Sage; playing violin for the Woodstock 25th Reunion in New York’s Catskill Mountains; and, performing on stage at Nashville’s famous 3rd & Lindsley venue. Now a member of two bands — Magnum Opus and The Band 4X — Chandler can be seen at venues throughout the greater Tampa Bay area, including Jannus Live and Skipper’s Smokehouse. And, they play everywhere in between Englewood and Crystal River. Chandler’s groups perform a wide range of original tunes, as well as covers of hit classic and alternative rock songs, plus some modern pop. Basically, their repertoire includes everything from Kansas to Queen to 21 Pilots. Often, he performs five or six gigs a week, and no two shows are alike, Chandler said. He said he tries to put a twist on each performance, with his improvisational skills and deep catalog of songs. “I like to keep it fresh. That’s why I constantly learn new material,” the musician explained. “I’m not one to just learn a solo from a record and play it at you. I want to play to you. I want you to go, ‘Wow, he was totally on that night. He had something going on.’ The people that come to see our shows get that because they know we’re all just going to kind of play from the hip, from the heart a bit and change it up,” he said. Chandler’s knack for learning a wide array of instruments has also made him a local fixture. In fact, it takes two hands to list them all —viola, cello, mandolin, dobro, lap steel, banjo, bass, ukulele and most recently, the saxophone. “If I own it, I can play it, at least to some degree,” Chandler said. “String instruments are fast for me because I understand the mechanism. I understand the geometry that goes along with them,” he explained. “Every stringed instrument is a hall of mirrors because of the way they’re tuned.” Chandler also takes pride in his lyrics and songwriting. His subject matter spans everything from love to nature. “I really want them to say something,” Chandler said of the songs he composes. “I don’t just want to jot down something, just because the music’s good. If I’m going to put lyrics, then it’s got to be dead on.” Chandler, curiously, draws much of his musical inspiration from his Maltese dog, Olivia Marie, whom he describes as “the best listener in the world.” He put it this way: “She doesn’t care if it’s disco or it’s a pop tune or if it’s country, she just likes whatever I’m doing. I love that.” Meanwhile, Chandler’s next big performance is happening later this month. On Sept. 29, The Band 4X will compete in the Battle of the Bands at Harley Davidson New Port Richey. It was one of just six bands to earn an invitation. The winner goes on to perform at the Cotee River Bike Fest in October. For information on Chandler’s music and future shows, visit COURTESY OF RANDY UNDERHILLFred Chandler has been playing guitar and writing songs for more than 40 years, dating back when he was living in Bennington, Vermont and Saratoga Springs, New York. The Lutzbased musician has opened for such act as Foreigner, Blake Shelton, Willie Nelson, Blue Oyster Cult, Phish, and many others. Chandler regularly performs at venues all throughout Lutz and Land O’ Lakes, including Ukulele Brand’s, Craft Life Brewing, Whiskey Willy’s and In the Loop Brewing. Chandler, pictured far left, is the bandleader of The Band 4X, one of six Floridabased bands invited to compete in the Battle of the Bands at Harley Davidson New Port Richey on Sept. 29. Other 4X band members pictured are Kevin McNary, Leah Ordetx and Doug Cecil. A rock-and-roll guitarist by trade, Lutz’s Fred Chandler has also gained local popularity as a violinist. In total, he plays about a dozen other instruments.


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Space is limited. Registration is required. To RSVP, text your name to (703) 795-9077.GARDEN GATE CLUBThe Zephyrhills Garden Gate Garden Club will meet Sept. 20 at the Magnuson Hotel, 5734 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills. Vicky Keffer, club president, will present photos and information on the rainforests and gardens of Australia, Hawaii and Alaska. Refreshments will be served. For information, call Keffer at (813) 782-8004.VOLUNTEER PALOOZALifes Treasures Thrift Store, 4910 S. Allen Road in the Westgate Shopping Center, Zephyrhills, will host a Volunteer Palooza recruitment event Sept. 21 from noon to 2 p.m. Guests can learn about the wide variety of flexible, volunteer opportunities available. For information and to RSVP, contact Anne Ferrell at (813) 357-5321 or SOCIETYThe Pasco County Historical Society will meet Sept. 21 at 7 p.m., at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road in Dade City. There will be a presentation of historical music by the Chipco Creek String Band. A carry-in dinner will precede the program, so guests should bring a dish to share, as well as your own cutlery, plate(s) and a beverage. For information, contact Madonna J. Wise at (813) 782-0246 or HITCHCOCK PLAYThe Saint Leo University Black Box Theatre will present The 39 Steps, an adaptation of Alfred Hitchcocks 1935 film. Performances are Sept. 21, Sept. 22, Sept. 23, Sept. 28, Sept. 29 and Sept. 30. Friday and Saturday showtimes are at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. The theatre is on the ground floor of Benedictine Hall at 33701 State Road 52 in St. Leo. There is a $10 suggested donation. To reserve a seat, email For information, contact Megan Orendorf at (352) 588-8401 or SHOW & SALERegal Railways Toy Train, Collectible and Hobby Show & Sale will take place Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., in Brooksville. There will be vendors with train memorabilia, trains, tracks, accessories, crafts, comic books, coins, antiques, diecast cars and more. There also will be a running train layout. Admission is $5 for adults. Kids age 12 and younger are free. Forinformation, call (727) 244-1341, or visit HUNTThe New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., will host a Treasure Island Scavenger Hunt Sept. 22 at 10 a.m., for kindergarten through fifth grade. There will be pirate crafts and a scavenger hunt to celebrate, Talk Like a Pirate Day. Registration is online at FAIRThe Lutz Branch Library, 101 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road, will host a Teen Fair on Sept. 22 at 10:30 a.m. Teens can discover community involvement through local groups for such hobbies as anime, sewing, music, blog writing, and athletics. Participants also can learn about the Teen Advisory Board and projects offered at the library, such as robotics, cartooning, film editing, and improvisation. For information, call (813) 273-3652, or visit LEARNING HIVEThe New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., will celebrate the opening of Grandma Claires Early Learning Hive on Sept. 22 at 1:30 p.m. The hive is a new space dedicated to learning through play and designed for children under the age of 6. Refreshments will be provided. For information, call (813) 273-3652, or visit WITH CHARLIEThe Land O Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, offers the Read With Charlie program. Children can develop their reading skills by bringing a book of their own or by using one from the library to read to Charlie, the dog. Spots are available in 15-minute increments. Registration opens weekly. For information, call (813) 929-1214.TEDDY BEAR FIRST AIDThe Temple Terrace Public Library, 202 Bullard Parkway, will offer Teddy Bear First Aid on Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m., for ages 4 to 10, with their caregivers. Children can bring a stuffed animal for a checkup with a nurse from Florida Hospital Tampa, listen to stories, color, and learn about staying healthy. For information, call (813) 2733652, or visit FESTThe Plant City Garden Club will host its 10th annual Garden Fest on Sept. 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Plant City Train Station and Museum, 102 N. Palmer St., in Plant City. The host, Rustic Door Dcor & More, will have a booth with unique metal yard ornaments, refurbished furniture, handcrafted ladders, succulents and more. There also will be plants, garden art, and food. For information, email Jan Griffin and APPRECIATIONAll Lifes Treasures Thrift Stores, which benefit HPH Hospice and LifePath Hospice, will host a Customer Appreciation Night on Sept. 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be a mystery discount sale with savings from 30 percent to 50 percent off an entire purchase. There also will be gift basket giveaways and light refreshments. For information, contact Anne Ferrell at (813) 357-5321 or PROGRAMThe Land O Lakes Scribblers will meet at the Land O Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Sept. 25 from 5:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. Participants, age 16 and older, can use this time to practice writing skills with creative writing prompts. Local authors also can share their writing. For information, call (813) 929-1214.KNITTING CLUBThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host the Knitting Club on Sept. 25 at 12:30 p.m. Participants should bring their own supplies. A bagged lunch is optional. For information, call (352) 5673576.TAMPA ORCHID CLUBThe Tampa Orchid Club will meet Sept. 25 at the Northdale Recreation Center, 15550 Spring Pine Drive in Tampa. The guest speaker will be Phillip Hamilton, of Bredren Orchids in Apopka, on the topic of Growing Warm Tolerant Oncidinae. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., followed by the meeting at 10 a.m. There will be a bloom table, plants for sale, and a silent auction. For information, call Barbara Barkhurst at (813) 949-7467, or visit BROTHERS BIG SISTERSBig Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay will host an orientation Sept. 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Wesley Chapel Honda, 27750 Wesley Chapel Blvd., for anyone who is interested in becoming a volunteer/mentor. For information, contact Deb Kristol-Irwin at (813) 997-6881 or TRAININGThe Land O Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer volunteer training Sept. 25 at 4 p.m., for any teen interested in volunteering at the library. Participants must fill out a form online at, and then call the library at (813) 929-1214 to register for a training session. Training sessions are limited to 10 teens. COOKBOOK CLUBThe Cookbook Book Club will meet Sept. 26 from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., at the Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eight St. The theme will be Pie: Savory or Sweet. Bring your favorite pie recipe and (optional) samples to share. Participants can discuss the taste-testing. For information, call (813) 780-0064.LAND O LAKES ROCKSThe Land O Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host the Land O Lakes Rocks painting club Sept. 26 from 10 a.m. to noon, for ages 16 and older. Registration is required. Call (813) 929-1214.MOBILE OFFICE HOURSA representative from Sen. Marco Rubios office will visit the Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, Sept. 26 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., to meet with constituents to answer questions and address concerns. For information, call (352) 567-3576.PIZZA IN THE SUKKAHCongregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road in Tampa, will host Pizza in the Sukkah Sept. 26. There will be a Sukkot music program and services at 6:30 p.m., followed by pizza, salad and dessert in the Sukkah at 7 p.m. The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 4 to 12; and free for children younger than age 3. There is a family maximum price of $25. To RSVP by Sept. 20, call (813) 962-6338.DUCT TAPE CRAFTThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host Wired Wednesday on Sept. 26 at 4 p.m., for grades four to 12. Participants can make duct tape crafts. For information, call (352) 567-3576.WOMENS CONFERENCESpirit FMs fifth annual Catholic Womens Conference will be Sept. 29 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 401 in Tampa, in the Special Events Center. There will be guest speakers, including Father Leo Patalinghug, as well as food. Tickets are on sale at or by calling (813) 289-8040, ext. 231.GREAT GATSBY GALAThe Lutz Chiefs will host a Great Gatsby Gala, to celebrate its 40th year as part of the community, Oct. 5 from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., at the Cheval Country Club in Lutz. There will be an open bar, silent auction, live music, hors doeuvres and dinner. Tickets are $75 per person or $125 for a couple. Proceeds will go toward the purchase and installation of shade covers for bleachers. There are three ways to help: be a sponsor, participate with goods or services, or attend the gala. For donations (pickup available) and sponsor information, email For tickets, call Stacy Turk at (813) 732-8170. Girl Scout FestThe Girl Scouts of West Central Florida will host GS Fest 2018: Unleash the Possibilities! on Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 in Tampa. Participants can get a sneak peek at all the events, activities and experiences for the 20182019 Girl Scout year. There will be indoor and outdoor space for vendor exhibits, including an area with activities just for Girl Scout Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors; the Girl Scout store; door prizes; concessions, and more. Cracker Country will also be open and free to the public as part of Smithsonian Museum Day. 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At Obstetrics and Gynecology of Trinity 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. Nay Hoche, MD, MSc, FACOG Malieri Colon-Rivera, MD, FACOG Jenny Buck, MD, FACOG CARDIOLOGIST JOINS PREMIER HEART CENTERPremier Heart and Vascular Center has announced that Dr. Huy Khuu has joined its growing practice. Khuu will be the center’s ninth interventional cardiologist and 19th practitioner. Khuu comes to Premier Heart with more than 18 years of interventional cardiology experience. He most recently served as cardiac catheterization lab director at Florida Hospital Dade City and as a board member of the medical executive committee. Khuu was instrumental in the creation of the STEMI (ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction) program at Florida Hospital Dade City. He previously served as assistant professor of medicine, cardiology division, at the University of South Florida, Tampa General Hospital. His areas of expertise include coronary artery disease; stenting, pacemakers and defibrillators; and peripheral arterial disease. Khuu is board certified in interventional cardiology and general cardiology.MANAGING GRIEFFlorida Hospital Zephyrhills will host a support group on managing grief Sept. 20 at 1 p.m., in the CREATION Health Wellness Center, 38233 Daughtery Road, in the Education Room. Senior Chaplain Doug Higgins will discuss suggestions on how to embrace grief and navigate the process in a more positive way. Reservations are required by calling (813) 779-6476.COMMUNITY EVENTSThe Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, will offer these community events:  Chatterboxes, Sept. 20 at 3 p.m.  Tools to Quit, Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon  Type 1 Diabetes Support Group, Sept. 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. For information, call (727) 834-5630, or visit’S HEALTH DAYFlorida Hospital Wesley Chapel will host a Women’s Health and Wellness Day Sept. 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Saddlebrook Resort and Spa, 5700 Saddlebrook Way in Wesley Chapel. Activities will include a women’s health panel, health and wellness presentations, and health screenings. There also will be chair massages, mini makeovers, mini facials, lunch, door prizes and a keynote presentation. Admission is $5, online only at, which will be donated to the Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel Foundation.YOGA FOR STRESS RELIEFThe Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer Yoga for Stress Relief on Sept. 24 at 6 p.m. The free class will offer fundamental techniques tailored to the ability and fitness levels of the participants, with an emphasis on relaxation and mindfulness. Guests should wear comfortable exercise clothing, and bring a beach towel or large mat. A signed liability waiver is required. Call the library at (813) 929-1214 for information.MUSCLES AND JOINTSFlorida Hospital Zephyrhills will offer a seminar on avoiding strains, sprains and fractures Sept. 25 at 11 a.m., in the CREATION Health Wellness Center, 38233 Daughtery Road, in the Education Room. The guest speaker will be Holly Musselwhite, of Zephyrhills Health and Rehab, to discuss how to decrease the risk of experiencing one of these injuries by keeping muscles and joints healthy. Reservations are required by calling (813) 779-6476. CHAIR YOGA CLASSESChair yoga classes will be offered at these locations:  Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway: Sept. 25 from 10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. The class is taught in seated and standing positions using a chair as a prop. Guests should wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat or towel for the final pose on the floor. For information, call (813) 9291214.  New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel: Sept. 26 from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. For information, call (813) 788-6375.SEE THE FILM ‘WONDER’Florida Hospital Zephyrhills will present the movie, “Wonder,” on Sept. 25 at 5 p.m., in the CREATIONHealth Wellness Center, 38233 Daughtery Road, in the Education Room. The film, based on the book of the same title, tells the story of August “Auggie” Pullman who was born with facial deformities that initially prevented him from attending a mainstream school. Auggie eventually becomes an unlikely hero in the fifth grade. For information, please visit CONTROLMorton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., in New Port Richey, will offer a seminar on apps and web tools for diabetes control Sept. 25 at 10 a.m. A certified diabetes educator will discuss mobile apps, web tools and technical advances for monitoring and maintaining healthy blood sugars. To preregister, call (727) 953-6877, or visit AND INFERTILITYFlorida Hospital Wesley Chapel will offer a seminar on fibroids and infertility, as part of its Infertility Series, Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m. Dr. Anthony Imudia, board-certified obstetrics and reproductive endocrinology, will give an educational lecture. There also will be a group discussion. To preregister, call (844) 50-9378, or visit WEBINARHillsborough County Extension will offer a nutrition webinar Sept. 26 at 3:30 p.m. The topic will be “Popular Diet Trends.” Participants can learn to decipher fact from fiction, what is healthy, and what works for the long-term. For information and to register, go to the Local Events Calendar at, or call (813) 744-5519. NEWBORN CARE CLASSSt. Joseph’s Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz, will offer a newborn care class Sept. 29, from 9 a.m. to noon, in Garden Classroom A. This is an interactive class and will cover various aspects of infant care, including feeding, diapering, bathing safety, signs of illness, and newborn characteristics. The cost is $25, which covers the expectant mother and a support person. To register, call (813) 443-2046.RX EXPRESS ANNOUNCES NEW PACKAGINGAccording to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, medication is not taken as prescribed 50 percent of the time, and the non-adherence causes more than 30 percent of chronic disease failures, according to a new release from Rx Express Pharmacy and Compounding Center, in Lutz. To address the issue, the pharmacy has announced its new Dispill Medication Packaging Program, a personalized program designed to help patients take the right medications at the right time. For information, call (813) 948-4321.BRAIN ANEURYSM AWARENESS MONTHAccording to the Brain Aneurysm Foundation, each year, brain aneurysms cause nearly 500,000 deaths worldwide. During the month of September, The Trinity Love Hoblit Foundation is hoping to increase public awareness of this devastating and often-fatal condition. The Hoblit Foundation also provides support and funding for neuroscience research for brain aneurysms with the goal of advancing treatment options, and reducing the time between treatment and signs/symptoms to ensure better outcomes. Aneurysm risk factors include: smoking, high blood pressure, family history, age 40 and older, female, person of color, and drug use (particularly cocaine). Sudden symptoms include: loss of consciousness, confusion, seizure, nausea and vomiting, stiff neck, sensitivity to light, numbness or weakness, and pain behind the eye. 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So, in preparation, the cheese was melted in a communal pot made of heavy earthenware (called a caquelon or fondue pot) and wine (or brandy) was added. Crusty bread was cut into cubes so the peasants could take turns dipping the pieces into the pot using long-stemmed forks or skewers. Not only did this make a great meal, but it became a social event. Promoted as the national dish of Switzerland in the 1930s, fondue officially made its way to the United States by the 1960s and premiered at the New York Worlds Fair in 1964 I was there! Like many food trends, fondues popularity has waxed and waned. It became quite trendy for parties in the s, s and s. Other recipes were developed to cook meats and vegetables in oil or broth, and even melt chocolate for dipping fruits or pastry for desserts. A widely known restaurant chain based in Tampa was established in 1975 and expanded franchises across the United States, into Canada and Mexico, as well, to promote this rather unique way of eating. If you are a baby boomer like me and looking for a bit of nostalgia, try pulling out the old fondue pot and try one of these recipes. (My fondue pot is electric and dates back to when I married in 1973) If you are from a younger generation and looking for a new although actually old food experience, you can purchase a new electric fondue pot and be somewhat adventurous. Typically, metal fondue pots are best for cooking meats/vegetables in the pot with wine, beer, oil or broths because the food cooks in the pot. For cheese, chocolate or other dessert fondues that require a lower temperature, ceramic pots work well. However, these days you can get a practical combination pot that can be used for both. When it comes to cheese selection, it is recommended that you do not mix families of cheeses. For example, here are seven families that work well together within their group: Brie, Muenster, Camembert, Limburger, Port du Salut, and Bel Paese Blue Cheese and Roquefort Cheddar, Colby, Longhorn, and Monterey Jack Cream Cheese/Neufchatel, Ricotta and cottage cheese Gruyere and Emmentaler (Swiss) Mozzarella, Provolone and Scamorze Parmesan and Romano As for liquids, you never use water, only liquids with flavor, such as beer or wine, or broth. Alcohol will lower the boiling point. You dont want to boil when using cheese or it will curdle. When doubling a recipe, you will need to reduce the amount of liquid. When planning a meal or a party, figure about 1 pounds of food per person (a combination of bread, meat/seafood, fruit/vegetables and pastry/cake cubes). All these should be cut into bite-sized pieces (approximately 1-inch cubes). In general, the recipe is prepared on the stovetop and transferred to the fondue pot to keep warm. The new electric pots (versus candles or food-warming fuels) make life simpler, allowing you to set the desired temperatures (cheese and desserts/chocolates about 120 degrees Fahrenheit for dipping fruit/pastry). Oil is kept at approximately 375 degrees Fahrenheit for frying the meats/vegetables. Remember to remove the piece of food from the pot and place on a clean plate to cool before eating. Be sure not to use the same plate that raw meat was on, to avoid cross-contamination. And, because others are sharing the pot, never return a fork that has been touched by tongue or lips back into the pot. In other words, no double-dipping.Betsy Crisp, MS, LD/N is a professor emeritus for the University of Florida/Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Family & Consumer Sciences. Rediscovering the fun of fondueClassic Swiss FondueIngredients:1 pound Swiss cheese (or 8 ounces Gruyere plus 8 ounces Emmenthaler), shredded 1 clove garlic 2 cups dry or semi-dry white wine (Swiss Fendant, Sauvignon Blank or California Riesling) 1 Tablespoon lemon juice 2 Tablespoons flour 1 dash each ground paprika and nutmeg 3 Tablespoons kirsch (optional)Instructions: Finely dice or coarsely shred the cheese. Cut the clove of garlic in half. Rub the cut side around the inside of the pot using the back of a wooden spoon and then discard what is left. Pour the wine into the pot and warm over medium heat. When hot (never boil), add lemon juice. Lightly toss the flour with the cheese and drop by handfuls into the wine. Stir constantly with wooden spoon, allowing each handful to melt before adding the next. Continue stirring in a figure-eight motion until all cheese is melted. Add and stir in the spices (and kirsch = optional) before serving.Note: Good for dipping cubed crusty French bread and some raw vegetables.Basic Meat FondueIngredients:2 pounds beef/boneless sirloin and/or boneless chicken breasts Enough oil, (peanut*, canola or sunflower all have a relatively high smoking points**) to fill the electric fondue pot half full.Instructions: Trim fat from meat and cut into bite-sized pieces (approximately -1 cubes). Add oil to electric fondue pot set at 375F. Pieces of raw meat should be speared with fondue forks off one plate and returned/removed off fork to a clean plate when cooked to avoid cross-contamination. (It takes approximately 30 seconds for medium rare beef, longer for well-done and chicken.) Let pieces cool. You can season or dip into sauces before eating.Note:Plan 1 pounds of food per person, including cheese, meat, vegetables, and pastry (3 ounces raw to 5 ounces cooked, lean meat/poultry is considered one serving of protein about the size of a deck of cards). *Always be aware of food allergies. **And DO NOT use olive oil, sesame oil, or walnut oil they are more likely to create smoke at higher temperatures. BETSY CRISPBetsy Cri sp has had thi s fondue pot si nce she was marri ed, i n 1973.Delectable Chocolate FondueIngredients:9 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (or milk chocolate), broken into pieces cup heavy creamInstructions: Combine ingredients in a fondue pot on very low heat (about 120 degrees Fahrenheit). Stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. 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FEE ADJUSTMENT MEETINGPasco-Hernando State Colleges District Board of Trustees (DBOT) will consider approving proposed adjusted course-related fees at its Sept. 25 meeting, at 6 p.m., at the Spring Hill Campus, 450 Beverly Court. Fee adjustment proposals are reviewed and approved for DBOT consideration by PHSCs Council of Academic Affairs, a committee that includes representation by administrators, deans, academic department chairs, program directors, faculty and staff. For details, visit Questions and concerns can be directed to the appropriate dean listed on the webpage.SAINT LEO OPEN HOUSESaint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52 in St. Leo, will host an open house Sept. 29 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., for students of all ages, and their families and friends. Guests can get acquainted with the academic programs by talking to the faculty, through resource fairs, and a variety of academic presentations and demonstrations. Visitors also can tour the campus, chat with current students, learn about clubs and organizations, meet with financial aid representatives, talk with admission counselors, and more. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Admission is free.To register, visit help with registration, or for questions, contact the Office of Admissions at or (352) 5888283.COLLEGE FAIRStudents interested in pursuing a college degree in dance, theater or music are encouraged to attend the Straz Centers inaugural Performing Arts College Fair on Sept. 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at 1010 N. MacInnes Place in Tampa.There will be morning workshop rotations that include master classes and audition prep taught by Patel Conservatory faculty.In the afternoon, guests can meet with representatives from schools known for their performing arts programs, including: Carnegie Mellon School of Music; The American Musical Dramatic Academy; Boston Conservatory; Flagler College; Greensboro College; Stetson University; Florida College; Butler University; University of North Florida; Lynn Conservatory of Music; Florida State University College of Music; Valdosta State University; University of South Florida; Florida Southern College; Savannah College of Art & Design; Manhattan School of Music; The New School; and, the University of Florida. Admission is free. Lunch will be available for purchase. Reservations are required at For information, call the Patel Conservatory Student Affairs office at (813) 222-1029.FREE DRESSES AND ACCESSORIESThe Belle of the Ball Project will once again provide free homecoming dresses and accessories, to in-need high school girls, Sept. 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at its boutique at 1210 Holt Ave., in Clearwater. Upcoming dates include Oct. 6 and Oct. 20. Dresses will be available for prom, homecoming and military balls. A small donation of $1 to $5 can be made, but is not required. The project also will accept donations of dresses and accessories. For information, call (877) 772-3553. 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Connertons proximity to the project is a plus because it has both housing and commercial components, Nocco noted. Everything right there is going to get bigger, he said. There are students coming from other universities, graduates and post-grad students that are coming and want to live here as they do their work, Nocco said. The forensics research center is expected to offer a wide range of training sessions for local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. The FBI evidence response team is already talking about coming down to train with us. The border patrol, the coast guard, NCIS, Nocco said. They recognize that this is something unique. The training opportunities will boost Pascos economy, with travelers staying at local hotels, the sheriff said. His department has been reaching out to partners in academia, to explore possibilities. The unique part about this is that were the only subtropical environment and tropical environment that this training goes on in, he said. He believes that people from Central America, South America and the Caribbean would be among those interested in training at this facility. Theres also potential for training in the use of robotics, drones and data processing in the arena of public safety and workforce training. Information is the gold of the future. These are the things we want to train our students for now, so in the future theyll be trained for better jobs and bringing in jobs to our community, Nocco said. Pasco Sheriffs Capt. Justin Ross said the centers training will be taking a forward-focused view. Its mission statement is Creating safer communities by transforming public safety through research, education and innovation. Its one thing to come up with a nice, new, nifty shiny idea, Ross said. Everybody understands that in public safety, were dealing with matters of life and death. If were going to come up and innovate and lead the way, we need to make sure that those things are going to be effective, that they will work, he added. The center will be a collaboration between academia and practitioners, he said. County Commissioners expressed enthusiasm for the venture. Commissioners Mike Moore, Ron Oakley and Jack Mariano said they believe the project will create new economic opportunities in Pasco. Commission Chairman Mike Wells put it like this: This is a perfect example of everybody coming together for the betterment of our region and the county. Its going to save lives. Its going to create jobs, Wells said. The economic development councils Cronin put it this way: It (the research center) further activates that corridor on 41, where weve got shallow lots and a road that continues to widen. These businesses just need to be next to them. It helps us in that area where traditionally it was difficult for us to get businesses up in that area. Commissioner Kathryn Starkey expects this project to be a catalyst for change in Land O Lakes. I think (U.S.) 41, in 10 years, is going to look so different, Starkey said. patriotism and support. Serio, like others, knows exactly where she was when she first heard of the attacks. She was at home watching the news when regular broadcasting was interrupted by the flowing smoke from the World Trade Center. Her initial reaction was: It has to be an aviation problem, she recalled. Not long after, Serio came to find out that the country was under attack. As a (native) New Yorker, I felt the impact, Serio added. Dee Knerr, who also took part in the flag-waving tribute, said she was scheduled to fly back to Florida on Sept.11, after visiting family in Ohio. I was scheduled to fly home that afternoon, getting ready to go to the airport, said Knerr. Of course, all the flights were cancelled. After working 40 years at the Lutz Post Office, Knerr is now retired and dedicates her time to the womans club. Besides remembering the lives that were lost on Sept. 11, the tribute was also intended to honor American troops, law enforcement and firefighters. They put their lives out there every day for us, said Knerr. I want to thank them all from the bottom of my heart. Ben Nevel, a member of the Citizens for the Old Lutz School Building, also took part in the tribute. We all need to stand together, said Nevel, a veteran of the Vietnam War. Another member of the crowd was Linda Mitchell, a Lutz native and retired teacher. She recalled being conflicted, as the news broke about the terrorist attacks. She decided not to show the news coverage in her class. It was hard being a teacher during that day, she said. We wanted to know as citizens what was going on, but we were protecting our students. Before retirement, she had the opportunity to teach children who were born after 9/11. She said there was a stark contrast between how students who lived during the incident perceived it, and those who came after. The memorial also came as something personal for Mitchell, as both her husband and son serve as Hillsborough County firefighters. In waving their flags, the men and women gathered in front of the Old Lutz School were reminding those passing by about the need to remember the fallen, and to express gratitude for the men and women who continue to put themselves in harms way, whether they are wearing military uniforms, or serving as first responders. Balancing a full-time job and her responsibilities as a mother and wife, it took Wichlenski about a year to complete. Wichlenski, 34, works throughout Lutz and Pasco County as a sales account manager for United Materials Inc., a Tampa-based wholesaler of countertop products. She lives in Apollo Beach. The author, who grew up in Tampa, acknowledged experiencing a dark time in her own life during her 20s. During that period, she believed her worth needed to be based off looks, income and other superficial factors. I was homecoming queen in high school, so a girl can kind of grow up thinking, My worth is based off of all these things that the world points to, Wichlenski said. Her outlook changed in recent years, however. The guidance of her faith, she said, helped her realize your worth is based on your soul. Since publishing the book, Wichlenski has regularly begun speaking at various churches throughout the Tampa Bay area. She often tells teenage girls to be authentic and not force themselves to conform to societal norms and influences from pop culture and social media. The author explained: Its OK to be totally different and its OK to love the way that you were created to look. Sometimes its a purposeful thing: You have to look yourself in the mirror and say, I am beautiful and I am loved and I am strong, and you have to say those things to yourself to kind of build that confidence. Its important for young women to know that they are worthy of the best, and they dont have to compare and look to the worlds approval of them, she added In the advent of social media and cyber bullying, Wichlenski believes teenage girls have a rougher go nowadays, compared to when she was growing up. Theres so much pressure for a girl to be perfect, she said, noting teenagers today are so frequently judged on their attractiveness, popularity and so on. Social media has taken a toll on a lot of girls these days, she said. It can be very difficult to know exactly who you are and how amazing you are. Wichlenski encourages parents of teenage girls to make themselves very available to listen to their problems and to offer positive guidance. Parents need to talk with them about issues that may even make them feel uncomfortable. You have to bring it up. You have to talk to them, Wichlenski said. Wichlenski plans to pen other editions of The Keeper of My Heart that would be geared to younger girls and working women. She is also planning a book for boys, and she plans to have the current edition translated into Spanish. For more information, visit COURTESY OF PAT SERIO, GFWC LUTZ-LAND O LAKES WOMANS CLUB


12A Faster tter Back to be r. r. sco | W Central Pa We e sley Chapel The NFL season is underway and a handful of athletes from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area wound up making rosters, proving themselves worthy throughout training camp and preseason action. Here is a look at the locals now playing at footballs highest level: JANARION GRANT, RECEIVER: BALTIMORE RAVENS COLLEGE: Rutgers University (Piscataway, New Jersey) HIGH SCHOOL: Pasco High School; graduated in 2013The 5-10, 173-pound shifty athlete overcame the odds as an undrafted rookieand nagging injuries his last two college seasonsto make the Baltimore Ravens 53-man roster. His prowess on special teams was a big reason why; penciled in as the teams starting kick and punt returner. Grant, 24, showcased that skillset in Week 1, with a field-flipping 51-yard return in the Ravens 47-3 home win over the Buffalo Bills, breaking several tackles, and utilizing his agility and straight-line speed. PATH TO THE PROSGrants path to the NFL wasnt without some hardship, particularly in regard to staying healthy. While at Rutgers, Grant suffered an ankle injury early in 2016 that forced him to miss all but four games and later gain a medical redshirt. He also battled ailments the following year as a fifth-year senior, able to play in just seven contests. Despite limited action his final two collegiate seasons, Grant wound up becoming Rutgers all-time kickoff return yardage leader (2,857 yards) and tied for the NCAA record for combined kick return touchdowns (eight). Meanwhile, 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. The two-time All-State selection also tallied over 5,000 career all-purpose yards in his prep career. JOEY IVIE, DEFENSIVE TACKLE: KANSAS CITY CHIEFS COLLEGE: University of Florida HIGH SCHOOL: Pasco High School; graduated in 2013The 6-foot-3, 295-pound defensive tackle is now on his fourth NFL franchise since being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the seventh round (228th overall) of the 2017 NFL Draft. Ivie, 23, was recently signed to the Chiefs practice squad after brief stints with the Cowboys, Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks, respectively. He spent most of the 2017 regular season on the Falcons practice squad after being waived by the Cowboys before the start of that season. Though hes not yet seen any regular season action as a practice squad player, NFL teams seem to value his motor, energy and overall athleticism. Lack of desired mass and power as a run-stopper has been a knock, however.PATH TO THE PROSIvie was a strong contributor to the Florida Gators since his freshman year. His best campaign came as a senior in 2016, starting 10 of 11 games while battling a thumb injury (26 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks). Like Janarion Grant, Ivie himself shined for Pasco High School, where he posted a combined 142 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, and 20 sacks as a junior and senior. The skillset and production on the line helped him become a prized four-star recruit, with more than 20 Division I scholarship offers. Meanwhile, the Pirates went a combined 363 mark and captured three district titles in the three seasons Ivie spent on varsity. ALEX MCGOUGH, QUARTERBACK: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS COLLEGE: Florida International University HIGH SCHOOL: Wesley Chapel High School (freshman year only), Gaither High School; graduated in 2014Selected by the Seahawks in the seventh round (220th overall) of this years NFL Draft, the 6-foot-3, 214-pound signal-caller proved himself worthy of making the teams practice squad roster after showing signs of potential throughout the preseason completing 58 percent of his passes for 416 yards, three touchdowns and an interception, and rushing for 59 yards. The Seahawks certainly seem to like the 23-year-old McGough, considering hes the NFLs third-highest paid practice squad player, according to reporter Tom Pelissaro, earning $28,235 per week, totaling up to $451,760 for the entire season. (The minimum amount a team can pay their practice squad player is $7,600 per week totaling up to $120,000 for the regular season.) McGough is one of three quarterbacks on the Seahawks roster, behind four-time Pro Bowler Russell Wilson and fourth-year veteran Brett Hundley.PATH TO THE PROSMcGough became FIUs most decorated passer and set numerous school passing records across four years as a starter. For his career, he completed 807 of 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. McGough, surprisingly, was rather underlooked coming out of Gaither High School where he tallied nearly 5,000 passing yards and more than 50 passing touchdowns in three varsity seasons earning just two college scholarship offers (FIU and Colgate University, in upstate New York). Hes certainly proved any doubters wrong, becoming 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.) SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SEND SPORTS NEWS TO KWEISS@LAKERLUTZNEWS.COM CHECKTHIS OUT The Saint Leo University athletics department has announced its Hall of Fame Class of 2018. Eight honorees will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Nov. 1, at 6:30 p.m., inside the boardrooms on University Campus, 33701 State Road in St. Leo. Inductees in the Class of 2018 include: Ernie Robinson (baseball and mens basketball) Brian Dayett (baseball) Pierre Augustin (mens basketball) Eusebio Montoya (mens soccer) Ashley Urbanik (softball) Hannah Beard (womens soccer) Kyle Marceau (mens lacrosse) Kaitlin McKenna (womens volleyball) Saint Leos Athletics Hall of Fame was organized by the Saint Leo Alumni Association and athletic department during the 1986-1987 school year. Committee membership provides a broad representation of the universitys alumni, and involves the administration, faculty and athletic department. For more information, visit COURTESY OF SAINT LEO ATHLETICSYOUTH FLAG FOOTBALL LEAGUERegistration is open for Evov Sports Youth 7-on-7 Flag Football league. The 10-week league runs from Jan. 15 to March 17, with a single elimination playoff for top teams. There will be a league for boys ages 6 to 14, as well as an all-girls league for ages 6 to 17. Registration is available online at For information, contact Rex Desvaristes at or (321) 710-6379.LIGHTNING FAN FEST SET FOR SEPT. 23The Tampa Bay Lightning will host its annual Fan Fest on Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive in Tampa. Fan Fest, presented by Florida Blue, will be the first chance for fans to see and interact with the 2018-19 Lightning. As in previous years, fans will have the opportunity to watch practice, and get autographs and selfies with Lightning players in training camp. Those who attend can partake in several other in-arena elements, as well as a complete program featuring interviews with players and other personalities. The event is free and open to the public, but fans must obtain a mobile ticket by visiting GAMESThe Land O Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Pkwy, Land O Lakes, is offering pickleball games every Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All ages are encouraged to play. Paddles and balls are provided. For information, email Bob Matthews at make 2018 NFL rostersSaint Leo announces 2018 Hall of Fame FALL GOLF CLASSICThe Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce Fall Golf Classic is set for Oct. 12 at Plantation Palms Golf Club, 23253 Plantation Palms Blvd, Land O Lakes. Check-in begins at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Cost is $85 for an individual, and $290 for a team of four. Registration includes greens fees, golf cart, range balls and awards networking. For information about registration and sponsorships, visit, or call (813) 909-2722.PATRIOT RUN IS SETThe 10th annual Patriot 5K Run/Walk is set for Oct. 13 at 9 a.m., at Carrollwood Day School, 1515 West Bearss Ave., in Tampa. The Patriot Run is a family event sponsored by the schools Patriot Booster Club. Other racing events include a coed sprint relay between parents and faculty; 1mile run with obstacles; and kids dash. Inflatable activities and crafts will also be available. Cost is $30 for students and $35 for adults. To register, visit For information, contact Nayda Hawkins at or (813) 920-2299, ext. 227. COURTESY OF THE BALTIMORE RAVENS COURTESY OF THE KANSAS CITY CHIEFS COURTESY OF SEATTLE SEAHAWKS Locals placed on NFL injured reserve for the 2018 season: TJ MUTCHERSON, SAFETY: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS COLLEGE: University of Central Florida, Iowa StateHIGH SCHOOL:Freedom High School TREY JOHNSON, CORNERBACK: PITTSBURGH STEELERS COLLEGE: Villanova University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)HIGH SCHOOL: Steinbrenner High SchoolLocals cut during the course of NFL preseason training camp: JACOB PUGH, LINEBACKER: CUT BY THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS COLLEGE: Florida State UniversityHIGH SCHOOLS:Godby High School (Tallahassee); Jefferson County High School (Monticello); Pasco Middle School (Dade City native)SHAHEED SALMON, LINEBACKER: CUT BY THE TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS COLLEGE: Samford University (Homewood, Alabama)HIGH SCHOOL:Land O Lakes High School COURTESY OF NFL.COM


INSIDE: Directories, Classifieds, Games & More B For Land O Lakes High School, this years Butter Bowl will go down as one of the most historic, as the Gators football team finally cracked an eight-game losing streak to crosstown rival Sunlake High School, with a 35-24 home victory. The most enduring moment of the evening, however, came right before kickoff. Thats when a special dedication ceremony was held to honor longtime athletics booster Mike Connor. The press box space at John Benedetto Stadium was named the Mike Connor Family Press Box. Connor, a volunteer at the school since 1989, was instrumental in building a sustainable athletic and football booster club. He is noted for being a key part of the early successes of the Flapjack Festival and, later, in helping to create the Land O Lakes Swamp Fest. The Swamp Fest continues to benefit the high school and other local organizations. Connor, too, served as the Voice of the Gators, calling the action of every Friday night home game for nearly two decades, and creating catchphrases, such as a gaggle of Gators. The dedication drew dozens of friends and family, as well as current and former Gators coaches, who showed their support and appreciation for Connor. At 69, Connor is restricted to a wheelchair and has been in declining health, battling cancer in recent years. An area business owner, Connor operated Taco Johns on the corner of State Road 54 and U.S. 41, as well as Beef O Bradys in Wilderness Lakes. He has been a Land O Lakes resident since 1982. One of his sons, Mike Connor Jr., said his father no longer makes it out to many Gators games anymore, but would not have missed (the dedication) for anything. Its huge for him, the son said of the ceremony. Hes loved this school so much. He noted that his father has had an undying passion for the Land O Lakes community and its local high school. He was really excited about doing everything for the students, Mike Connor Jr., said. When the Flapjack Festival flipped over to the Pasco County Fairgrounds in Dade City in 2008 and threatened to affect Land O Lakes fundraising, Connor spearheaded the idea for Swamp Fest. He put a lot, a lot of work into that, his son said. He was very proud of that and what it did for the community. It brings everyone together and thats what he really liked. The press box dedication ceremony had been in the works since July, when the Pasco County School Board approved a request by Land O Lakes principal Ric Mellin to recognize the longtime volunteer. Mellin credited Connor for raising hundreds of thousands of dollars toward the support of the schools athletic programs, for the purchase of new equipment, uniforms, various facility upgrades and so on. Connors efforts also helped established a yearly scholarship fund for a male and female at the high school. In many cases, he was like the lifeblood of this athletics program, Mellin said. So much of what weve been able to accomplish is because of him, and the amount of work and tireless efforts that he put forward. Another highlight of the 12th annual Butter Bowl came when another family synonymous with Land O Lakes High athletics was also recognized. The Weatherford family and brothers John, Will, Stephen and Drew were named honorary team captains for the game. In total, the Weatherford family had six brothers play Gators football for 18 consecutive years up until 2010, each of whom went on to play college football. A helmet signed by the brothers was auctioned and will be awarded during Homecoming on Sept. 21. Butter Bowl series history Sunlake leads 8-42018: Land O Lakes 35, Sunlake 24 2017:Sunlake 37, Land O Lakes 202016:Sunlake 21, Land O Lakes 32015:Sunlake 34, Land O Lakes 02014:Sunlake 42, Land O Lakes 142013:Sunlake 38, Land O Lakes 212012:Sunlake 18, Land O Lakes 62011:Sunlake (Land O Lakes forfeit due to recruiting violations)2010:Sunlake 29, Land O Lakes 212009:Land O Lakes 42, Sunlake, 142008:Land O Lakes 28, Sunlake 02007:Land O Lakes 26, Sunlake 0 Land O Lakes High honors Voice of the Gators FRED BELLET


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