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Free! www. Seminole Voice .com March 9 March 29, 2012 USPS 008-093 Publisher statement on page 2. Whats goin on? INDEX WSHS hosts concert for Black History Month Photo gallery > 3 Lions and Huskies see the end of their postseasons Athletics > 10 St. Lukes celebrates 100 years in Oviedo on March 11 Interests > 6 Winter Springs is bringing back its annual Spring Family Festival this year in a new incarnation af ter a three-year hiatus. The free event, once held in Central Winds Park, will now move to the Winter Springs Town Center and will feature live bands, local vendors, crafts and activities. The city already sponsors three other seasonal events the Celebration of Freedom on July 4, Hometown Harvest in October and Winter Wonderland in December. Its only natural to add a fourth event to add balance and to encourage residents to visit the Town Center, said Brian Dunigan, Winter Springs pro gram and events coordinator. In a tight economy it is dif Winter Springs and Oviedo to keep their events on the budget, let alone add one back to the schedule. Winter Springs has found its solution by turning to local spon sors for event funding, allowing them to expand their offerings while keeping their budget neu tral. There is a lot of planning and careful thought put into these events, Dunigan said. As a city we see the value to our resi dents. Despite some setbacks along the way, such as having to can cel the Fourth of July celebration in 2008, Winter Springs has kept all their city-run events going throughout the recession. The canceling of the Fourth of for the City Commission City Manager Kevin Smith said. I wasnt in on the decision at the time, he said. But I know it was really disappointing that they werent able to make it hap pen. It was extremely important to bring it back because people said. Weve tried since then to make all of the events self-sus taining. In order to do this, the city seeks out sponsors willing to fund the four events as a pack age, rather than individually. They also work with event ven dors to get the best prices for things such as lighting, stages and sound equipment. Like anyone else on a bud get, we are looking for the best prices, Smith said. The Fourth of July event gets a budgetary boost by being the last It helps if we can be up a little going into July 4. This way the excess funds [in the event budget] can go into this event, Dunigan said. Other events that take place in Winter Springs, like the pop ular Central Florida Scottish Highland Games in January and the Winter Springs Festival of the Arts in October, are funded through outside organizers. They rent the facilities and pay the city for its police support for the du ration of the events. In this way the city incurs no cost to host these weekend festivals. Oviedo faces similar challenges Like Winter Springs, Oviedo has also faced and overcome chal lenges to their community events calendar. A few years ago, Oviedo had to give up its Oktoberfest event because it wasnt compet ing as well against other similar events. We replaced it with our Hal loween Carnival of Screams, fea turing a haunted house, and its doing much better, Oviedo Rec reation Superintendent David Burgoon said. Oviedo is also working toward where each event would pay for itself. All the events are in the bud get, but we do rely on sponsors and donations, Burgoon said. We dont get it all back but we got close this past Halloween; we got back 85 percent of our costs. Other events rely heavily on donated services and equip ment. If you look to the skies over Oviedo in April you might see an unusual sight marshmallows by the thousands falling from a helicopter gently circling above. For the third year running, Oviedo has swapped the tradi tional Easter egg hunt for some thing a little different The Marshmallow Drop is April 7 this year. Kids collect the softly falling, sugary blobs and trade them in for the real goods can dy baskets. This event would not happen without the help of a donated he Were still working on one for this year, if anybody wants to help out, Burgoon said. Sometimes getting creative is what it takes to make these city traditions happen. By asking sponsors to donate their resourc es, communities such as Oviedo and Winter Springs are able to keep the good times rolling even if times are a little tight. Its hard to put a cost to these events they make the community what it is, Burgoon said. They bring the community together; its part of our culture and history. Calendar > 8 Seminole County Animal Services hosts its 9th Annual Pet Adopt-A-Thon on Saturday, March 10, in Sanford. Celery Stalks ........................................... 4 Stetsons Corner ...................................... 5 Interests .................................................. 6 Calendar .................................................. 8 Athletics ................................................ 10 Ask Sandi .............................................. 11 Young Voices ......................................... 11 Classifieds ............................................. 12 Civil War veteran John Carter is transported to Mars and finds himself in a position to save its inhabitants. Opening this week: John Carter Keeping city events alive While not big moneymakers, Winter Springs and Oviedo events strengthen community, ofcials say ALLISON OLCSV A Y The Voice ARCHIVE PHO T O BY ISAA C BABCOCK THE V OICE Winter Springs Mayor Charles Lacey, left, and Seminole County Supervisor of Elections Michael Ertel, right, throw Chick-l-A toy cows to the crowd at the Winter Springs Celebration of Freedom held at Central Winds Park on July 4. the Seminole County School Board voted to stop paying its stormwater bills. The decision came during a School Board meeting Feb. 28, when the board voted to cease paying its bills to cities in the county. A week before, School Board Chairwoman Tina Calderone and Superintendent Bill Vogel placed a series of phone calls to mayors and city managers to notify them of the pending deci sion. Despite a weeks notice, the decision was a surprise, said Ste ven Henken, a city councilman in Oviedo, one of the affected cities. All we got is Were not going to pay the stormwater fee anymore, Henken said. The announcement came less than a week after the board an nounced it would not be closing two schools in the coming year, to the jubilation of local parents. But the board did not announce how it planned to cover all the budget gaps it needed to close. Councilman Stephen Schenck said that the board is on the hook Schools wont pay storm tab ISAA C BABCOCK The Voice Please see STORMWA TER on page 2 The inaugural Spring Family Festival is at the Winter Springs Town Center from 5 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 10. The free event will feature live entertainment for the entire family and vendors. There will also be a kids area with great games for kids of all ages. For more information on events, call 407-327-6599 or visit www. wintersprings.org
Page 2 March 9 March 29, 2012 Seminole Voice THIS WEEK for about $70,000 per year in stormwater fees from Oviedo, which would not be paid. Dep uty Superintendent George Kos mac said that number is closer to $32,000, and that the board could save $284,000 total annually be tween all the stormwater bills the board would stop paying. Considering how rapidly the decision was made, Schenck said he was perplexed about how the board members reacted when in formed of the citys displeasure with the sudden decision. All the sudden theyre like Oh, you have a problem with that? Schenck said. Partnership problems Mayor Dominic Persampiere said that he was bothered that after the city had cut the school board a break on paying certain other fees, the bill for the stormwater. I dont appreciate the fact that we help them so much and they turn around and do this, Per sampiere said. When they need [Middle School] and were $40,000 short, we wrote a check. But Kosmac contended that the school board helps cities through allowing them to use school facili ties, and use school electricity and water, for their activities. "What we try to do on our joint facilities is we try to work togeth er on those, and offset their invest ment by not charging the city elec tricity for events they have there," Kosmac said. "You can imagine the air conditioners how expen sive they are to run." Sharing costs brings up anoth er issue between the cities and the school board. Persampiere said that the school board refusing to pay its stormwater bill could have an impact on others.. "When you have a system that supports the well being of the community that they are a part of and contribute to, then they have to pay their fair share or else others end up paying more," Per sampiere said. "Wed end up sub sidizing what they have to pay." Kosmac contend that the school board already manages most of its own stormwater, with nearly all of the county's schools having reten tion ponds for rainwater runoff. "Weve got ponds on all but two of our campuses," Kosmac said. "All 58 or 59 other campuses really have stormwater ponds al in not having to pay those." Mayor questions motives Winter Springs Mayor Charles Lacey said he disagrees. "We've got six schools and the bus depot on our property, and Lacey said. "When that water goes into the city's system, the city has Lake Jesup." Vogel met with the Oviedo City Council on March 5 to discuss how they would move forward. Lacey said he also plans to meet with the board in a few weeks. If the situation goes to the courts, the board may have prece dent to fall back on. A Jan. 18 Flor ida District Court ruling against the city of Key West allowed Florida Keys Community Col lege to stop paying its stormwater bills legally. The majority of the state's 67 school boards do not pay stormwater fees. With the recent court ruling, Vogel said he did not think the Seminole County School Board should have to either. "When we got that ruling and saw what our budget situation was, we had school closings on the agenda, we had to look at this as a way of reducing our budget," Vogel said. Lacey said that Key West's de cision should have no bearing on how Seminole County's stormwa ter management is handled. "We believe it's not comparable to our situation here," Lacey said. ferent than what led to the deci sion in Key West." Rebuilding a bridge At the March 5 City Council meet ing in Oviedo, Calderone and Vo gel spoke with the council to try to build understanding about the situation that led to the School Boards decision. Calderone said that she wished the board would have been able to give the city more notice. It would be great to be able certain things, but just as recently as two years ago, the state Legis lature in the middle of the school year with zero notice cut our bud get by $15 million, just because they can, Calderone said. With strangled funding caus ing the board to cut back, Calde rone said the board made the de cision not to seek back pay from the cities because they understood that budgets are all tight. We chose to take the high road and not come after the city saying we want all the money back that weve been paying for these fees, she said. Lacey said that regardless of the board's situation, Winter Springs would continue to bill the board. Thats something Calderone said has precedent in Pinellas County already, but that the school board there is not obligated to pay it. "We still intend to levy those fees," Lacey said. "We'll continue to send a bill every month wheth er the school intends to pay them or not." THIS WEEK in history March 13, 1942 The United States Army begins training dogs for the new War Dog Program, or K-9 Corps. Perhaps the most famous war dog was Rin Tin Tin, an abandoned puppy of German war dogs found in France in 1918 and taken to the United States, where he made his film debut in the 1922 silent film The Man From Hells River. Published Friday, March 9, 2012 PUBLISHER Tracy Craft 407-515-2605 firstname.lastname@example.org ASSOCIATE EDITOR Isaac Babcock 407-563-7023 email@example.com MANAGING EDITOR Jenny Andreasson 407-563-7026 firstname.lastname@example.org DESIGNER Jonathan Gallagher 407-563-7054 email@example.com CLASSIFIEDS LISTINGS firstname.lastname@example.org P hone 407-563-7000 SeminoleVoice.com F ax 407-563-7099 Volume 22 Issue No. 9 The Seminole Voice is published twice a month by Community Media Holdings, LLC USPS #008-093 Periodicals postage is paid at Oviedo, Fla. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Seminole Voice, P.O. 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Page 3 March 9 March 29, 2012 Seminole Voice I am not jealous or in a competition with any of my gardening compatriots. In an occupation as rewarding as food garden ing, the more the merrier. When a neo phyte has glaring success entertaining a crop with which I struggle, my practiced tact kicks in to not blurt out axioms related to beginners luck. This lack of accu mulated pests and diseases in a recently developed plot encourages the newbie to continue his endeavors, honing his skills for when troubles arrive. And after a short apprenticeship, the now-experienced gar dener can teach me a trick or two. Starting with Mel Bartholomews book Square Foot Garden ing and then graduating to John Jeavons tome How to Grow More Vegetables is the beacon of a maturing dedication. In the early stages, simply germi nating seeds is enough to feed the soul when looking for any success. My original goal was to merely consume something from the garden on a daily basis. After a couple of growing seasons, expectations to assuage the rumbly tummy emanate from the household as attention is drawn away from other honey-do projects. Time to submit results more substantial than com plimenting a bagged-salad mix with a few Productivity from the garden as a measure of quantity will ultimately be derived from available growing space cultivated over time. A familys farm of a single growing bed 4 feet on a side produces enough green beans for a couple of meals, to the exclusion of most other crops. And then the whole garden needs to be started over from scratch. Time to dig up the grass, dedicate a germination space, rededicate the irrigation system and free up hours in a hectic schedule. Linking the foursquare plots into a lengthy grow ing bed is what were talking about. When enough plants are germinating, surviving, produce purchases at the grocery will become a memory of the past. Finally, a managed risk resulting in a return on our own investment! Properly choosing crops, knowing that we have the luxury of spatial quantity, produces a quality all its own. Selecting to grow stalwart green scallion onions that produce year-round rations requires minimal space and they are universally consumed. Allow room for promised producers such as collard greens, kohlrabi, turnips and radishes to tender repetitive provisions. Harvest, repatriate the soil and customarily grow what will be eaten. Yes, plant those beans again and again. Once the routine of dependably feeding the unbeknownst to most that is almost as Get the look you deserve ... Contact us at 4079146445 Were 100% mobile Car Wash & Wax $15* Insured Business For a limited time only. Restrictions ap ply due to size and condition of vehicle. $100 to $500 OFFAny Servicewith this ad On Call 24 Hours A DayServing Central Florida Since the s Let Us Handle Your Emergency!Call Our Hotline 877-936-8998 www.EmergencyServices24.comServing Floridas Residential & Commercial Community Since 1990 IMMEDIAT E RESPONSE Whats Your Emergency?CBC057844 F lood l Leaks l Mold l F ire l Storm l Smoke l Roong Tom Carey is the owner of Sundew Gardens, a you-pick gardening business in Oviedo. Visit the Sundew Gardens Facebook page. WHO IS CAREY > Tom Carey From my garden to yours Productivity food gardening PHO T O COUR TESY OF WINTER SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL Winter Springs High School students were treated to a Black History Assembly on Feb. 24. The show featured Black Women in American History performing musicals, dance, poetry and historical readings. Day of celebration Salad greens
Page 4 March 9 March 29, 2012 Seminole Voice March is here! Daylight saving time will arrive on the 11th of this month. Be aware, we dont want you to be late for church since it is a Sunday. One cannot sleep late that day, for there are too many activities going on in our com munity. I was at the Oviedo Historical Societys Farmers Market last Saturday, and boy is that the place to be. I think half of Oviedo was there. It is a great gathering for our community to get familiar with our Lawton house and its history, plus buying goodies and having a great socializing with your friends. Taste the fruits of our labor Did you get your ticket for the Oviedo Womans Clubs annual Tasting Luncheon, Fruits of our Labor? Well it is coming up from 11 to 1 p.m. on Wednesday, March 14, at their clubhouse, 414 King St., between the high school and the Methodist church. We will have tickets for sale $7 each and cookbooks at the door for $5. We still have lots of tickets left that can be purchased from any club member. The womans club always has great food and fun; so well see you there. Something new Anyone interested in attending a tour of the Vietnam War Museum in Chuluota on Sunday, March 11, after the First United Method ist Churchs 11 a.m. service may contact Liz Whitley at Inlwhit firstname.lastname@example.org or call 407-721-2055. A group of culinary students will prepare a salad, or hot dogs and hamburgers for a cost of $6-7. The proceeds will go to the War Museum. St. Patricks Day fun On Saturday, March 17, the American Cancer Society Relay for Lifes All Around Geneva Team will host St. Patricks Day Kids Fun Day. There will be live music, crafts, food, a chicken poop lottery, bounce house, themed and donut eating contests from noon to 6 p.m. at the Jolly Gator Fish Camp, 4650 E. State Road 46, in Geneva. Some of the First United Methodist Church daycare for improvements to its facility. There will be chance drawings, 50/50 drawings and a small fee for activities. No charge for the bounce house. Do come on out and enjoy the festivities. For more information call, 407402-3993 or email mconsolato@ bellsouth.net. Also on Saturday, March 17, the Ministry of the Forgot ten Ones, will be hosting a St. Patricks Day Dinner Dance from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Oviedo Memorial Building, 38 S. Central music and a dinner of corned beef, cabbage, desserts and bever ages. Tickets cost $10 for adults and $6 for children. All proceeds more information, call the Vine Outreach Thrift Store at 407-2212000 and please ask for Sami. Other events The next general meeting of the Oviedo Historical Society will be held at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, in the Memorial Building on Central Avenue in downtown Oviedo. Our guest speaker will be Ben Wheeler, long-time Ovie do resident. Public is welcome to attended and light refreshments will be served. The Sonshine Community Thrift Store in Oviedo needs help sorting and organizing donations from 10 a.m. to 5p.m. Monday through Saturday. For further details, please call 407-366-3422. A thought Good thoughts bear good fruit, bad thoughts bear bad fruits and man is his own gardener. James Allen OF CENTRAL FLORIDA CELEBRATING OVER 25 YEARS SERVING YOUR COMMUNITYBernard S. Zeffren, MD Eugene F. Schwartz, MD Winnie Whidden, MSN, ARNP-CVoted Best Doctors of Central FL, Orlando Magazine for 7 consecutive yearsDiplomates American Board of Allergy and Immunology Evening Hours Available793 Douglas Ave. Altamonte Springs, FL 32714407-862-5824 2 locations in Seminole County7560 Ste. 2064 407-366-7387www.orlandoallergy.com MUSIC for NEWBORNS KINDERGARTEN & the adults who love them.Free Sample ClassesAvailable: March 20 24Winter Park Tuesday 9:30 a.m. Mixed Ages Thursday 9:30 a.m. Mixed Ages Thursday 6:30 p.m. Mixed Ages Casselberry Wednesday :30 a.m. Mixed Oviedo Friday, 9:30 a.m. Mixed Ages Saturday 9:30 a.m. Mixed AgesR.S.V.P. email@example.com WWW.SEMINOLEMUSICTOGETHER.COM Spring classes begin April 9th CELERY By Janet Foley the Between Stalks Send word to Janet Foley about events and let her know whats going on around town by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org TALK T O JANET > March brings farm-fresh fun Plan your weekend with The Weekender! Visit seminolevoice.com and click "Subscribe to Newsletter"
Page 5 March 9 March 29, 2012 Seminole Voice We wonder if this will be the last cold snap of this season as last weekend's front plunged temperatures from 90 degrees into the 40s. Still the pale green, tender leaves and vibrant azaleas will not be denied. In fact, just Community nds bargains I hope you enjoyed all the bar gains last weekend in and around Geneva. Private homes, churches and the Geneva Historical and Genealogical Society sponsored community garage and yard sales can't say enough about the help fulness of the Scout troops with parking and unloading, and we were happy to help support the fundraising efforts for the Eagle Scout project we loved those nut rolls and snickerdoodles! It was so nice to see families man ning their booths, kids running about with painted faces and all the bustling activity on the front porch of the Community Center. We hope everyone had a great day and even returned home with some unexpected treasures. Resilience from South to Midwest Our prayers and thoughts go out to the communities from the Gulf Coast to the Great Lakes that were devastated by the line of tornadoes last week. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels de scribed the 'resilient spirit' of the residents of his state who began rebuilding even before FEMA arrived. We can barely under stand the images of Henryville, Ind. where the small commu embedded in a cafe, vehicles and homes shredded and mangled, and houses lying in ruin. Pray for these communities and send whatever support you can as they bury their dead, heal their ultimately rebuild their lives. Community cares for its own Geneva's organizations and churches care for those in need in the community, whether they are mortar organizations or not. It is what true ministry is all about. Our churches provide spiritual strength and education through services and Sunday school, all types of daycare and activities for teens and seniors. They provide sustenance for the body and spirit. For example we love the Wednesday night suppers at the First United Methodist church of Geneva. These are fun gettogethers centered on homemade food that is only $5. You can sit and eat with folks or take it with you between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Sometimes there's even a little music. Did you also know they hold a covered dish lunch the Make sure you pay a visit to the Thrift House & Boutique furnishings, jewelry, toys and so much more. Contact the church for more information at geneva email@example.com or 407-349-9596. It's no wonder this church has been ministering for 125 years. Plan to attend Spotlight Theatre in Geneva Geneva is always looking for new traditions, and a few months ago we were fortunate to con nect with the Spotlight Theatre during the holidays. Now we are so lucky to have them return this month with a fantastic new pro duction of The Boy Friend from March 16-18, at the RHC. Support local 4H It's time for the Central Florida Fair and our local 4-H groups will be showcasing swine and livestock at 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings, with an animal auction on Sunday night. Remember we turn the clocks forward Saturday evening into Sunday morning, so there will be more light Sunday night. We understand that you should receive free general admission on Saturday if you wear a green sticker or badge that says I Love 4-H. Regular admission is $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-10 and free for kids younger than 5. A Nations strength lies in the well-being of its people. e Social Security program plays an important part in providing for families, children and older persons in time of stress, but it cannot remain static. Changes in our population, in our working habits, and in our standard of living require constant revision.June 30, 1961 John F. KennedyBased on the current debt situation in the United States, many preand post-retirees have become concerned about their Social Security benet. Receiving that continuous in come stream is the foundation of a retirement income plan. To make sure that you maximize your Social Security benet, it is important to know the answers to these questions. CALL US TODAY FOR A COPY OF Your Guide to Social Security firstname.lastname@example.org | ASafeHarbor.comLearn more visit www.ss.vip2site.com (407) 644-6646 *A Safe Harbor LLC is in no way afliated with the Social Security Administration. Individual & Family health plans For an Instant Quote or to apply, visit our website www.HealthInsuranceIBS.com407-831-5166 Stetsons Corner By Karen McEnany-Phillips Please share your thoughts about Geneva at 407-221-7002 email@example.com with Stetsons Corner in the subject line, or fax 407-349-2800 Thanks! This column is dedicated to Deputy Sheriff Gene Stetson Gregory, killed in the line of duty on July 8, 1998. Geneva will never be the same because of Deputy Gregory it will be better. TALK T O KAREN > Community caring
Page 6 March 9 March 29, 2012 Seminole Voice INTERESTS Just off the road in a swirl of dust from nearby construction, sits a one-room church, long outgrown by its congregation. All around are remnants of the past stones and pillars marking the passing of time and family. The bustling community of be lievers that make up St. Lukes Lutheran Church in Oviedo grew from that humble 25-seat chapel tucked under the oaks. On Sunday, March 11, they will celebrate their 100-year anniversary with a day of festivities. Founded on hard work and the faithful vision of its members, said Joshua Jones, the churchs commu nications director. St. Lukes has grown to nearly a thousand mem bers, and includes numerous out reach missions throughout the com munity. Back in 1911, a group of Lu theran farmers from Ohio resolved to bring their families to Florida to create a better environment in which to raise their children. By the end of the year, they had purchased 1200 acres near the vil lage of Oviedo and made plans to relocate. Shortly after their arrival, a group of men from the settlement met on March 17, 1912, and orga nized the church that would be come St. Lukes. They chose a site and together erected the simple clapboard build ing that still stands today. It was a place to come together, worship, THIS WEEK in human history March 9, 1913 English author Virginia Woolf delivers the manuscript of her first novel, The Voyage Out, to her publisher. In 1941, fearful for her own mental state and afraid of the coming world war, she filled her pockets with rocks and drowned herself. Geneva Archery presentsJunior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) Program Orientation ClassesWinter 2012 Registration: Open until March 17 or until FilledJunior Olympic Archery Development (JOAD) is a program of USA Archery that is designed to teach archery to young people over a series of classes taught by a Certied Archery Instructor. JOAD classes teach the fundamentals of range safety and proper shooting form. JOAD offers both recurve and compound archers the opportunity to learn proper shooting technique in an environment that also fosters focus, increased self-condence, and teambuilding skills. JOAD is open to any youth archer aged 8 to 20 and does not require prior experience.Register by email: PhilGraves@GenevaArchery.com For more information call: 407-221-7764 You must receive an Email conrmation! Program Dates: Five Weeks on Saturdays, starts Mar. 17th Cost: $55 ALL EQUIPMENT PROVIDED Includes a certicate of completion promoting the archer to the next level of training. Classes held at Geneva Archery Range, www.GenevaArchery .com 160 East Broadway PO Box 622143 Oviedo, FL 32765 Phone: (407) 365-3722 Fax: (407) 365-7786 www.signman.net (Located at the base of the Nelson & Co. water tower) 1900 2010 1911 Some members of Holy Trinity Slovak Lutheran Church in Cleveland, Ohio, form the Slavia Colony Company. In October, they buy 1,200 acres in the Oviedo area and begin moving there. 1912 March 17 St. Luke the Evangelizer Church is founded and its rst sanctuary is built. 1934 July 31 Pastor Stephen M. Tuhy was installed as the rst full-time pastor. 1939 June 4 Dedication of the new red-brick structure built as St. Luke's Evangelical Lutheran Church, at a cost of $7,421. 1947 Sept. 4 St. Lukes Christian Day School opens. 1969 Pastor John J. Kucharik is installed as the new pastor. 1979 "Founders' Hall" multi-purpose building is built and dedicated to St. Luke's early pioneers. The building cost $500,000 and features a gymnasium, locker room, stage, kitchen and a lunchroom/meeting room. 1982 Pastor E. J. Rossow is installed as the new pastor. 1993 Nov. 14 Dedication of new sanctuary and other renovations. 1998 April 5 Pastor W. M. Arp is installed as a new pastor. Pastor Arp is named to Senior Pastor in 1999. 2000 March 30 Pastor Brian Roberts is installed as a new pastor. July 16 Pastor Gary Schuschke is installed as a new pastor. 2001 June New St. Luke's Lutheran School building completed. Aug. 22 New Lutheran Haven Early Childhood Center opens. 2002 Dec. 10 Shepherd's Hope Health Care clinic opens in the old school building. 2005 July 31 Pastor Scott Abel is installed as missionary-at-large to serve the new Chuluota multi-site location. Sept. 11 The new St. Luke's multi-site location in Chuluota holds its rst worship service. A century of St. Lukes ALLISON OLCSV A Y The Voice ARCHIVE PHO T O BY ISAA C BABCOCK THE V OICE Music ows through the main worship hall of Oviedos St. Lukes Lutheran Church, which has expanded greatly since 1912. Please see ST LUKES on page 7
Page 7 March 9 March 29, 2012 Seminole Voice Family Calendar marry and bury their dead, a place that would help shape the com munity over the years to come. Despite having no full-time bers and visiting pastors kept the nity grew around them. Twice over the years, the con gregation outgrew its home and so they built larger, more-modern facilities, but the members never forgot their heritage. As the new buildings came into use, they found new purposes for the old, keeping them open as a functioning part of the churchs history. The old brick sanctu ary was even incorporated into the new sanctuary, built in 1993, keeping the original stained glass windows in place. This sense of continuation is important in a church so deeply rooted in the community, church A living history Emma Chapman is living proof of that heritage. Her great-great-great grand father, Andrew Duda, was one of the founding members of the church. When St. Lukes started a school in the original church building in 1947, her grandfather, or Poppa as she knows him, ating class. Her mom also attended the school. Now, its Emmas turn. She and many of her cousins currently at tend St. Lukes, making them the Its great to go to school here, where I can learn about and talk about Jesus, she said. I couldnt do that in other schools. St. Lukes Lutheran School now has more than 700 students, 70 teachers and occupies a stateof-the-art school building on the church grounds. It sounds like a lot for just a few dedicated families to have be gun, but there is much more to the work this faith community has ac complished in the past 100 years. In addition to the school, in 1948 St. Lukes added its Lutheran Haven, a home for orphans and the elderly, which still functions today as a retirement/assisted liv ing community. Within sight of Lutheran Ha ven, little ones play on the play ground of the preschool center that has been part of the church since its early days. This type of close-connect edness between the generations seems integral to the well being of the church and the work that it does. Working with local organiza tions such as HOPE Helps, The Christian Sharing Center, Share the Care and other outreach pro one of its core values, to make Christ known throughout our community and the world. One way the church does this is through the Shepherds Hope Health Care facility, established on the campus in December 2002. Shepherds Hope is a Central Flor care services to the uninsured. Including the St. Lukes loca tion there are now nine centers throughout Central Florida. This is a wonderful partner munity, said Shari Vander Wiede, vice president of communications and development with Shepherds Hope. Its one we look forward to continuing for a long time. That shouldnt be a problem for St. Lukes, whose long history has proven that the church is here to stay. Oviedo VISION Center 875 Clark Street,Suite A Oviedo, FL 32765 www.OviedoVision.com 407.366.7655 Dr. Gary D. McDonald and Dr. Jason R. Wallace Optometric PhysiciansFashion Frames Custom Contact Fittings Eye Exams for All Ages Designer & Rx Sunglasses Treatment of Red Eyes Treatment of Infections & Glaucoma In-House Optical Lab Surgery Co-Management Fresh Fruit Vine Ripe Tomatoes Vegetables Thomas Produce110 Geneva Dr., Oviedo (Across from Ace Hardware) Get Healthy From the Inside Out! FREEComplete Door Maintenance with any Service 407-780-1691 Orlando, FL St. Lukes Lutheran Church of Oviedo 100th Anniversary Celebration kicks off at the church Sunday, March 11, with services at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., followed by a full day of festivities that are open to the public. At noon, the barbecue begins with free food from Bubbalous. From noon to 3 p.m. there will be games and bounce houses for the kids, as well as local entertainment and presentations to seven local charities that St. Lukes partners with. At 3 p.m. the church bell will ring 100 times accompanied by the school children singing Happy Birthday. Then the real fun begins with cupcakes and ice cream for everyone. Hair Cuts Starting at$8 For Men $9 For Women We Specialize in Seniors and Home Bound Clients Yes, We Go To Your House, Nursing Home, Or Adult Living Facility!Most of Our Clients are Veterans! OOH R AH! 407-808-7320 561-358-2123 407-376-9367Se Habla Espanol* *Merci Hair Styles35 Years Experience ST LUKES C ONTINUED FROM P AGE 6 Enjoy all that spring has to offer at the inaugural Spring Family Fes tival in at the Winter Springs Town Center from 5 to 9 p.m. on Satur day, March 10. The free event will feature live entertainment for the entire family and vendors. There will also be a kids area. Celebrate the 75th anniversary of Theodor Seuss Geisels rst-ever published childrens book, And To Think That I Saw it on Mulberry Street. Seminole Towne Center invites families to celebrate at a free Dr. Seuss special event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Satur day, March 10. Free Family Fun Day is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at WaterStone Fellow ship, 1925 W. County Road 419, in Oviedo. There will be a bounce house, puppet show, kids crafts, games, free hot dogs and refresh ments. Call 407-366-7775 or visit WaterStoneFellowship.org. Winter Springs is hosting a Spring Break Camp 2012 for kids ages 6 to 12 at Camp Sunshine, March 19-23, at 400 N. Edgemon Ave. Camp hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The cost for residents is $70 and for non-residents it is $90. For more information please call 407327-6593. Seminole County Music Together invites children to attend free sample classes March 2024. Music Together is a researchbased, developmentally ap propriate music and movement program. Call 407-844-4414 to reserve your spot: Tuesday 9:30 a.m., Thursday 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. in Winter Park; Wednesday 10:30 a.m. in Casselberry; Satur day 9:30 a.m., in Oviedo. Seminole State College of Florida will host College 101: Experience Seminole State, on Friday, March 30. The event is open to any high school senior interested. It will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Visit semi nolestate.edu/future-students/ college-101/index.php. The 4th Annual Cops for Kids Flag Football Game to benet Kids House of Seminole will held at Oviedo High School and kick off is at 12:30 p.m. To purchase tickets in advance, contact 407324-3036, ext. 237, or dearth@ kidshouse.org. Join Seminole County Natural Lands Program for guided hikes and programs throughout the county. Its $3 per person. Call 407-349-0959 to register. Up coming events are: March 17: Owl Prowl 7:30 9:30 p.m. @ Geneva Wilderness Area April 7: Nocturnal Animals 7:30 9:30 p.m. @ Chuluota Wilder ness Area April 2: Insects After Dark 7:30 9:30 p.m. @ Geneva Wilderness Area Email calendar submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Page 8 March 9 March 29, 2012 Seminole Voice MARCH 9 Epiphany Lutheran Church is hosting a community rummage sale from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on both Friday, March 9, and Saturday, March 10, at 1498 Tuskawilla Road, in Oviedo. Call 407678-6672. MARCH 10 The Rotary Club of Casselberry pres ents The W orlds Festival 2012 from noon until 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at Metro Life Auditorium. Visit Ro taryFestival.org Christian HELP celebrates its 20th birthday with an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 10 at 450 Seminola Blvd., in Casselberry. Call 407-834-4022. Seminole County Animal Services is hosting its 9th Annual Pet Adopt-AThon on Saturday, March 10, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the Criminal Justice Center. Contact 407665-5208. MARCH 11 On Sunday, March 11, St. Lukes Lu theran Church 2021 W. State Road 426, celebrates 100 years of Faith & Service with a community picnic at 12:30 p.m. Visit stlukes-oviedo.org Februarys Food Truck Crazy is March 11 at Oviedo Mall from 5 to 9 p.m. on Sunday, March 11. Visit myo viedomall.com MARCH 12 Learn about Seminole State College of Floridas new bachelors degree programs by attending an information session on March 12, May 17 or June 11. Visit seminolestate.edu The Cuplet Fern Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society March Chapter Meeting is at 7 p.m. on Mon day, March 12, at the Sanford Garden Club, 200 Fairmont Drive. Call 407302-7616. MARCH 13 Learn how to save time and cook a healthy meal in a pressure cooker from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 13, at the Seminole County Extension Services kitchen. Call 407-665-5560 to register. MARCH 16 The Princess Players, located at 115 W. First St., in Sanford, presents Broadway At W ar! March 16-25. Call 321-578-1463, or order online at celerysoupsanford.secure.force.com/ ticket MARCH 17 Spotlight Theatre will be performing The Boyfriend at the Rural Heri tage Center, 101 E. Main St., in Ge neva, from March 17-19. Visit their website at spotlighttheatrecf.org The Cuplet Fern Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Societys March eld trip is at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, at the Maple Street Natives Nursery. The trip is free. Call 407-302-7616. MARCH 18 Renowned baritone Juan Martinez will be singing the baritone solo God My Father as part of the 11 a.m. worship service at Tuskawilla United Methodist Church on March 18. Call 407-699-8155. MARCH 22 A how-to run an election campaign workshop is March 22 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Seminole County Supervisor of Elections ofce at 1500 E. Airport Blvd., in Sanford. Visit VoteSeminole. org MARCH 23 StarTalk Live! will be presented from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. on March 23 at Planetarium at Seminole State Col lege of Florida. Visit seminolestate. edu/planet or call 407-708-2360. MARCH 25 Lutheran Cantata Choir and Chamber Orchestra presents Songs of Hope and Peace with Director Justin Chase at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 25. Its free. Visit www.stlukes-oviedo. org/concert-series MARCH 28 Learn about the FairTax from David Leake at the Seminole County Sher iffs Annex, 1225 E. Broadway St., in Oviedo, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28. Call 407-3703389. Its free. MARCH 31 The third annual UCF Book Festival is Saturday, March 31, at the UCF Arena from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. Visit bookfestival.ucf.edu Food Truck W ars is noon to 6 p.m. on March 31 at the Oviedo mall. 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Page 9 March 9 March 29, 2012 Seminole Voice Notes Book loot Win a $100 shopping spree! Enter the UCF Book Festival Caught You Read ing Facebook Photo Contest. Just post on the UCF Book Festival Face book page a photo you took of some one you caught reading. The photo with the most likes wins a $100 Barnes & Noble shopping spree at the UCF Book Festival. Contest deadline is 5 p.m., March 30. School news Deans List Two Oviedo residents have recently been named to the Deans List at Boston University for the fall semes ter: Sven E. Eriksson and Michael D. Simpson. Oviedos delegates Paul J Hagerty High School students Elizabeth Rockburn and Nishad Vaidya, both of Oviedo, are among only 250 individuals chosen as National Youth Delegates to attend the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment at George Mason University. Win a laptop Casselberry dentist Dr. Tim Chatterley launched a Good Deed Contest. Sub mit an essay about a good deed you have accomplished. A brand new HP laptop computer goes to the winner who submits the best essay. Visit ti nyurl.com/dentistcass Replacing oaks Winter Springs plans to remove the live oak trees growing under the powerlines in the right-of-way along Northern Way (north of Winter Springs Boulevard) and replace them with other trees that will not grow to more than 15-20 feet tall likely start ing in May. Contact 407-327-6584 or email@example.com with questions. Biz news Craft named publisher Turnstile Media Group publisher of Seminole Voice and Winter Park/Mai tland Observer appointed Tracy Craft to the position of pub lisher on March 1. Craft, 43, has been a major player in the success of the commu nity media division of Turnstile since joining the organization in 2008. Heritages new location Keller Williams Heritage Realty has moved into Silver Springs Square, on the corner of 434 and Douglas Avenue overlooking Interstate 4. Call 407862-9700 or email PegiB@kw.com Send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org Science prodigy Oviedo High School senior Neel Patel wants a career as a research scien tist and hes well on his way. Patel is one of 40 students nationwide, and the only Florida student, selected as a nalist for the Intel Science Talent Search sponsored by the Society for Science & the Public. Its the Nobel Prize of U.S. high school science competitions, says Dr. Suzy Behel, biological science professor and founder of the STEM Research Program at Seminole State College of Florida. Patel has studied with Behel for ve semesters as a dual-enrollment student at Seminole State. For four years, Patel has focused his research on sonications. The Intel Science Talent Search nalists will gather in Washington, D.C., March 8-13 for a rigorous judging process and meetings with national leaders. Ready for adoption Genevieve, the chocolate lab TEARS and Seminole County Animal Services is ofcially ready for adoption. To read more about her and see her past videos, please visit www. TEARSofSeminoleCounty.org Craft
Page 10 March 9 March 29, 2012 Seminole Voice ATHLET I CS It was a night full of cheers for A.J. Rompza and P.J. Gaynor. UCFs only two senior players made of taking a bow, as the Knights sank UAB 71-63 while simultane ously climbing into the fourth slot in Conference USA. The win gave the Knights a narrow lead over UAB in the con ference standings, enough to se C-USA championships. For Rompza, the Knights emotional leader over the course of the last three seasons, the win career on the court, collecting a double-double with 11 points and 10 assists, adding four rebounds, two steals and even a blocked Those two steals put the Knights energetic guard in second place all-time for steals in UCF history. For Gaynor, a spot on the start ing lineup translated into six points including a perfect per formance from the free throw line one rebound, one block and one turnover. Early in the game the Knights may have been more perfect on of fense than they had been all year, drilling shot after shot in a rain of 3-pointers that never touched the rim. Even under pressure, the Knights never buckled, with Rompza falling to the ground as he hit a seemingly impossible tri ple from the sideline, and Marcus Jordan getting a blind feed and turning it into an effortless three of his own. have been the best shooting the Knights have seen all season, with 57.7 percent accuracy overall and 58.8 percent from 3-point land. Keith Clanton led the way, hitting seven of nine shots overall for 22 points, adding six rebounds. Mar cus Jordan and Isaiah Sykes were both on their A-game, shooting 16 and 15 points respectively. The game, and the ceremony behind it, may have been an emo tional high point for Rompza, who had transitioned into a highenergy team leader early on, and had been a fan favorite for the en a ceremony before the game, he was moved to tears by fans ap plause. Now hell hope to move the Knights deep into the postseason, possibly starting with the team the Knights just defeated. The Knights (21-9, 10-6) will have to defeat either UAB (14-15, 9-7) or Tulane (15-15, 3-13) to move on to the next round of the C-USA championship. round as the fourth seed, starting at 10 p.m. Thursday at press time in Memphis. With a win, they could be facing top seed Mem phis in the next round. After hustling their way to the boys basketball state champion history, the Hagerty Huskies an end at the Lakeland Center on March 3. The Huskies (26-8) had spent the postseason shocking oppo nents on the regional and state ladders, trouncing Flagler Palm squeaking by in three straight into the state championship game against Hialeah Gardens (30-5). Hialeah Gardens capitalized on rebounds and defense to hold back the Huskies while running away with the win, controlling the game throughout. For the son ranked No. 17 in the state, a strong season fell just short, 6346. Lions lose The Oviedo Lions (20-11) had also made a run of it, through a series of nail-biters that ended in scor Against Oak Ridge (20-11), the Lions had another close one on their hands. A game that went back and forth ended up coming down to possession of the game as the Pio neers held on for a 62-61 win. THIS WEEK in sports history March 14, 1914 Stock-car racer Lee Arnold Petty (father of Richard Petty) is born near Randleman, N.C. In 1959, he won the Daytona 500. Its said that Lee Petty never lost a race on account of being too kind to his competitors, even if his competitors were family. Hours: M-F 8am to 4:30pm 2315 Lee Road Winter Park, Florida 32789 Your Guiding Beacon for Quality Healthcare Harbour Private Duty Nursing, LLCSkilled Nursing Physical Therapy Occupational Therapy Companionship Home Health Aid Homemaking Flexible Schedules Free RN Assessments The Services of Harbour Private Duty Nursing provide peace of mind to loved ones, trust ofcers, guardians and physicians. 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Page 11 March 9 March 29, 2012 Seminole Voice VO I CES Young Voices We would love to hear your from Young Call 407-563-7026 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to have The Voice visit your class or group. Voices! THIS WEEK in political history March 10, 1902 In the case of Edison v. American Mutoscope Company, the U.S. Court of Appeals rules that despite his claims, Thomas Edison did not invent the movie camera. The court did, however, admit that Edison invented the sprocket system that moved perforated film through the movie camera. I like the color of blue jays Ive seen them in the spring. It would be awesome to fly because I would see a nice view. There is a family of red-tail hawks that sits on the fence near us. Sierra B. 10 years old I like falcons, hawks and eagles. Some of them live up north and they eat furry little animals. The eagle is our national bird. You could go anywhere you want if you could fly. Julian L. 9 years old Eagles dont have many predators, and sometimes they have white heads. Theres not much to block you when you fly. The condors live in California and they have really big wings. Evan K. 8 years old I like the bald eagle Ive seen them and their nests on television and online. Ive seen them at the Melbourne zoo. They eat fish. Id like to fly and to sit high up in the trees. Anthony B. 8 years old I like the red robins and the blue jays that I see in my neighborhood. They live in the trees in nests. It would be fun to fly because at night you could see all the pretty lights. Sofia L. 7 years old Heres what kids at the Oviedo Farmers Market said about their favorite birds. EMPLOYMENT Ask Sandi Sandi Vidal is the executive director for Christian HELP and the Central Florida Employment Council, with more than 10 years of recruiting and human resources experience. Please send questions about employment by fax 407-260-2949 email@example.com or mail Ask Sandi C/O Christian HELP, 450 Seminola Blvd., Casselberry, FL 32707. TALK T O SANDI > What message are you sending out to potential employers? Do you know? You hear me say over and over again every contact matters. From the presen tation of your resume to the acceptance of an offer, you are judged on what you say and do when you are job searching. When people meet you, what is their impression? Are you warm and friendly? Do you chat with the receptionist and others around you while you wait for an interview? Do you complain about your last employer when you interview? Do you look the interviewer in the you do, dont ever do it againplease. Do you dress for an interview, a nightclub, or a day out at the mall? Do you polish your toenails if you wear open-toed shoes? Is it fresh or scraped off and cracked? Do you limit your inter view answers to answering the question or do you go off on tangents? Do you ask questions at the end? Do you ask for the job and say thank you? Why am I asking all of these ques tions? Because time and again, I get feed back from interviewers who share stories of what people did in the interviews or in other contact. The more you become aware of your behaviors and how people may be sabotaging your chances of get ting hired. Do you have any stories of bad inter viewers you would like to share? Please contact me at the information below. Sending the right signals Put a spring in your step this month with W alk MS: Orlando With the coming of spring, we all look forward to enjoying the outdoors the mild, but sunny weather, the aroma of us. Spring is also an opportune time to winter and holiday feasting. What better way to get in shape and enjoy the new season than to participate in the plethora of outdoor charity walks available every spring to help those in our community who are in need? One such walk is in our backyard Florida Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, is 8 a.m. on Saturday, March 10, at Lake Eola at Thornton Park. Walk MS is one of the National MS Societys signature fundraising events, drawing hundreds of thousands of participants each year to nearly 600 sites throughout the United States. The family-friendly event includes 1and 2.34-mile routes and is open to anyone families, teams or individuals. Participants in Walk MS: Orlando help raise funds for close to 73,000 people lo cally who are affected by this chronic dis ease, offering support services including educational programs, self-help groups, research, medical equipment and more. MS attacks the central nervous system, which is made up of the brain, spinal cord and optic nerves. Walk MS is our rallying point to help raise critical funds that support cuttingedge research and services to help people with MS move their lives forward. The MS Societys call-to-action, Join the Movement, is a reminder of the fact that MS robs people of the ability to move, disabling some and that action is needed to raise funds for research while improv ing the quality of life and independence of those living with MS. Join the movement toward a world free of MS by making donations or participat ing in one of the Walk MS events or Bike MS: The Citrus Tour 2012. There is no cost to register for Walk MS, although a minimum $20 donation is requested. Those who raise at least $125 receive a T-shirt. For details, visit Mid FloridaMSWalks.org or call 407-478-8882, extension 28. Gaby Casado Development manager National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Mid Florida Chapter Letters to the editor When gearing up to participate in a walk, keep in mind these healthful tips from physical therapist, Patty Bobryk, at MS Comprehensive Care Center of Central Florida. Look for opportunities to be more active throughout your day. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Park at the far end of the parking lot. Walk the dog. Small changes will add up. Drink plenty of water. Hydrate before, during and after your workout. A dehydrated body is unable to cool itself, which can cause heat exhaustion or heat stroke. It can also cause muscle fatigue. To get the most of your walk, stay well hydrated. Stretch before and after your walk. Stretching before you exercise warms up your body and helps prevent injuries. Slow walking or stretching after you walk allows your heart rate and blood pressure to return to pre-exercise levels. YEAH!!! GO TIM!! MEGA N CLONIN GE R SL A D E K LOV E Y OU, TIMO THY MOR A N! AND S O PROUD T O B E Y OUR FRI E ND! YOU A R E ON E OF A KIND A ND TH I S WORLD I S A B ETTE R PL ACE B ECA U SE OF Y OU! DI A N E MAG ILL I A M S O PROUD OF Y OUR ACC OMPLI SH M E N TS A ND THE WORK Y OU DO. MAY GOD BL ESS Y OU RI CH L Y AS Y OU C ON T INU E B E IN G THE B EST L A W YE R Y OU CA N B E IN OVI E DO. DE L A IN E EFLIN SO PROUD A ND HA PP Y FOR Y OU. YOU A R E THE G R EATEST. KEE P UP THE G OOD WORK. PEGGY OS BORN Heres what SeminoleVoice.com readers are writing about the Feb. 24 article Call of Duty that spotlights Oviedo lawyer Timothy Moran being honored by the state supreme court for service to the community:
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