Seminole voice
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Stetsons Corner ...................................... 7 Interests .................................................. 4 Calendar .................................................. 5 Athletics .................................................. 6 Ask Sandi ................................................ 7 Young Voices ........................................... 7 Classifieds ............................................... 8 Calendar > 5 Seminole County is celebrating 100 years with Centennial Saturdays. Learn about county history and win prizes in a museum scavenger hunt. Check out our new Shop Local listings, featuring friendly neighborhood home-based businesses on page 4! >> Cops and cars mix at this annual car show at the Oviedo Mall. Calendar > 5 This man donated 100 gallons of blood, and hes not stopping. Interests > 4 Hansel and Gretel, bounty hunters with a specialty for witches, face a new, powerful evil. Opening this week: HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS More than 30,000 people came out came out to Central Winds Park to get their annual dose of Scottish heritage at the Central Florida Scot tish Highland Games on Saturday. Estimates for Saturdays crowd had attendance exceeding both days of the event in 2012. Road 434 that morning, as the Central Florida to Winter Springs end, theyd have drank 165 kegs of beer, 40 more than the entire week end the year before, said Winter Springs Mayor Charles Lacey. We were blessed with some re ally great weather this weekend, said. Minus a short stall in restocking said beer supply, Lacey said this years event was a stellar success not only for Winter Springs, but the entire community. It was just all around excellent While event organizers focused on the execution of the perfect As the new year of 2013 begins, Seminole State College of Florida continues to work toward the ex pansion of its four campuses. After purchasing 23 acres of land adjacent to the Altamonte Springs campus in 2010, the college took full ownership of the location earlier this month. With that began the initial phase of an expansion that will create 1.4 million square feet of space more than the colleges four campuses combined. This will create a center for education for the region, and also a major employment center for one of the largest areas in Central nications director for Seminole State College of Florida. The new master plan for the expansion was introduced last October, and will include eight new high-rise buildings and two parking structures spread over a 40-acre area. No timeline for con struction has been released, but the expansion is set to take place over a period of 10 years. Altamonte Springs Mayor Pa expansion of the school will be a munity. I think the economic value of having all of those folks in our city is an absolute plus, and I think its going to be awe some for the citizens of Altamon te and the students who go there; When I think of how it started, just a little community college, Altamonte Springs City Man ager Frank Martz said that he too the citys economy. We believe very strongly that Seminole States expansion is a real cornerstone for the eco nomic development in Altamon To pay for the overall cost of the expansion, which is yet to be released, the college will rely on public-private partnerships, and has already been contacted by more than 100 contractors and developers. The college now is looking at potential partners and how the Seminole State would only con for the college, our students and Previously, funding for con struction came from the state. The master plan maps out a plan to expand the campus without using state funding or raising Potential expansion is also in the works for the colleges Ovie do campus, with a brand new master plan that was unveiled in March 2011 at the 10th anniver sary ceremony of the campus. This master plan includes three new buildings for class rooms, labs and support servic es; a 5,000-square-foot multipur pose room; the addition of more than 1,000 parking spaces; and a bike path/nature trail around the campus. Of Trustees member and Oviedo said that the potential expansion to the Oviedo campus would surely serve the Oviedo commu nity well. Its going to help our com munity and attract more busi nesses because of the accessibil community. Seminole State Col lege is a great partner to the city Seminole State College ignites growth explosion Altamonte Springs campus expected to expand larger than SSCs four other campuses combined TIM FREED The Voice PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE VOICE Seminole States humble beginnings in Sanford have built into a rapid expan sion effort thats expected to nish its planned construction within 10 years. Please see HIGHLAND on page 2 Record crowd at games SARAH WILSON The Voice L OCAL Shop HOME-BASED BUSINESSES Oviedians celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. with a parade and party in the park Jan. 21. PHOTO BY SARAH WILSON THE VOICE MARCHING IN MEMORY MARCHING IN MEMORY


Page 2 THIS WEEK in history Jan. 26, 1945 The most decorated soldier of World War II, American Lt. Audie Murphy, is wounded in France. Murphy was wounded three times, fought in nine major campaigns across Europe, and was credited with killing 241 Germans. He won 37 medals and decorations. Seminole Voice is published twice a month by Turnstile Media Group | POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Seminole Voice | P.O. Box 2426 | Winter Park, FL 32790 Publisher reserves right to edit or refuse all advertisements, announcements, articles and/or letters to the editor. Submission does not guarantee publication. Columnists opinions are made independently of the newspaper. All rights reserved. Seminole Voice 2012 TCraft@TurnstileMediaGroup.com IBabcock@TurnstileMediaGroup.com SWilson@TurnstileMediaGroup.com JGallagher@TurnstileMediaGroup.com jwfoley@att.net Sandi@ChristianHelp.org SundewGardens@gmail.com KPhillips@TurnstileMediaGroup.com Josh Garrick JoshGarrick9@gmail.com Brittni Johnson Tim Freed DSheehy@TurnstileMediaGroup.com Legal@FLALegals.com AShortridge@TurnstileMediaGroup.com Florida Press Association & Oviedo/Winter Springs Regional Chamber of Commerce Seminole Voice is published by Turnstile Media Group. Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Orlando, Fla., Turnstile Media Group is also the parent of Golfweek, Golfweek Custom Media, TurfNet, Professional Artist, Winter Park/Maitland Observer, Baldwin Park Living and Turnstile Con nect. CHAIRMAN: Rance Crain PRESIDENT/CEO: Francis X. Farrell VICE PRESIDENTS: Patti Green & Jeff Babineau Periodicals postage is paid at Oviedo, Fla. ADMISSION! ADMISSION! Train ONLINE for Allied Health and Medical Management. Job placement assistance. Computer available. MEDICAL CAREERS BEGIN HERE Call 888-203-3179www. CenturaOnline.com equation of live Scottish entertain ment, from pipers piping to dancers jigging, Lacey said the city and county is focused on building the event as a tourist and economic booster for the region. With tens of thousands of people coming to the city, and selling out all rooms of the Altamonte Springs Hilton Hotel, he said the Highland Games, as Seminole Countys largest Were trying to build this up as a We want people to come here and patronize our restaurants and stay in our hotels And this weekend was HIGHLAND | Games plans to keep growing C ONTINUED FROM FRONT PAGE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE Pipers and drummers play to the crowd at the 36th annual Central Florida Scottish Highland Games Saturday, which drew crowds of more than 30,000 spectators in two days.


Page 4 He rolls up his sleeves proudly, smiling, to show off the little bumps of scar tissue that line the crook of his arm. Remnants of black sticky adhesive, from a ban dage thats almost always there, smudge his arms, marking the spots where hes given a bit of his life. Theyre his badges of honor. call donating blood a passion of his, and maybe a bit of a mission. Hes a prime example of a said Pat Michaels, executive direc tor of public relations for Floridas When hes devoted to some Russell, who lives in Chuluota, has been donating blood for 34 years, and recently hit the 100-gal lon mark. It was a goal hed set for himself to make by his 50th birthday, and he did it this past lar blood donor, but now donates platelets, which can help eight people each time he goes to the blood bank. The platelets Russell gives help cancer patients, burn victims and children every day. He spends two hours every two weeks in that chair, and hed go more if they let him. Hes saved an estimated 2,400 lives. Hes always shocked to think about how meaningful his little gift is. I never thought Id be saving Michaels said without Russell and others like him, theyd lose patients. Their dedication is criti cal. We call them superheroes be cause they give something that is Michaels said. Every single day someone needs a blood transfu sion, and theres never a day off Russell takes what he does very seriously, but doesnt make a big deal out of his contribution. Whats a little pain, whats All in the family His passion started when he was 16. His mother was and is an avid blood donor she reached 50 gallons and started when she was only 17 and as soon as her three sons could, they were donating. I told them when theyre old a miscarriage and received lots of blood while recovering, and wouldve died without it. She said that pushes her to keep donating and encouraging her sons to as well. She also organizes a blood drive at her church every two months, where all of her men are required to show their support. Educating others Not only is Russell passionate about giving blood and platelets he even drives 45 minutes to some of the blood banks to do nate he loves talking to others about trying it out. No one with a blood donation shirt on out in public will escape Russell. Hell immediately strike up a conversa tion with any stranger, generally starting with the question, How His mission is then to edu cate and encourage the person to try donating platelets. When he meets someone new, he cant help but bring donating up. Hes got ten many of his friends and family members to participate, too. And dont tell him you hate needles; he overcomes that 24 times a year. Im the seed, spreading good Russell has always been a friendly, giving person, ready to said. Hes signed up to be a bone marrow donor, and to his disap pointment hes never been able to donate, but has been close twice. And he doesnt seem to want any for milestones in donating, but when given the choice of a plaque commemorating his donations or a brand new grill, hell always choose the little plaque. That memory lasts forever, he said. THIS WEEK in human history Jan. 27, 1888 The National Geographic Society is founded in Washington, D.C. Readership in its magazine did not grow, however, until it discarded the format of overly technical articles and used articles of general interest accompanied by photographs. National Geographic quickly became known for its stunning and pioneering photography. L OCAL Shop HOME-BASED BUSINESSES VALANTS EMBROIDERY & SEWING Custom embroidery by the piece. Sew ing for adults and children. Lace jewelry. Embroidery: Monograms, logos, and digi tizing. Custom sewing. One of a kind cre ations. Alterations and repairs. No job too small or too large. 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We offer ne custom closets at below competitors prices. Clos ets, Home Ofces, Entertainment Centers, Garage Systems. If you need it organized, we can handle it. Im Mike Boyanton & if youll call me, I can show you how we can help you mold space to t your needs 407-252-2762 www.everydayclosets.com To have your home based business listed in Shop Local, email Deborah Sheehy at DSheehy@ turnstilemediagroup.com Tom Carey SundewGardens@gmail.comEvery home should have a garden Experience homegrown gardening: Donor gives 100 gallons of blood BRITTNI JOHNSON The Voice PHOTO BY BRITTNI JOHNSON THE VOICE David Russell may have a wild side, but his big hobby has been a lifetime do nating blood and platelets, and convincing friends and strangers to help save lives. To learn about Floridas Blood Centers and to nd a location near you, visit oridasbloodcenters.org


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Brian Thomas 110 Geneva Drive, Oviedo, Florida(Across From Ace Hardware) THOMAS PRODUCE Notes Calendar Top scholar Ashley Niro of Chuluota received a Pres idents Recognition at Clearwater Chris tian College for scholastic achievement during the 2012 fall semester. New to the zoo The Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens announces the appointment of David Tetzlaff as vice president of opera tions. Tetzlaff was previously the execu tive director of the Naples Zoo. Seat still warm Congressman John L. Mica was named chairman of the Subcommittee on Government Operations of the House Oversight and Government Reform Com mittee. Mica will also retain his Transpor tation Committee assignment and serve as one of the most senior leaders on that important national infrastructure panel. New health careers Seminole State College of Florida will launch two 14-week programs in March. The Home Health Aide Vocational Certicate prepares students to provide personal care. The Phlebotomy Techni cian Vocational Certicate prepares stu dents to work in medical laboratories collecting blood samples. JAN. 25 A ceremony in honor of Spc. Brenden Salazar a former Hagerty High School student who died in service of his coun try in Afghanistan, will be held Jan. 25 at Hagertys main entrance. The ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m. Christy_bryce@scps. k12..us Enjoy an artful beginning to the year at the Sanford Art Walk Jan. 25. On the fourth Friday of each month, multiple venues in Sanfords downtown historic district showcase local talent along with opportunities to meet visiting artists. The event is free and runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Someone wins a piece of original art ev ery time. Visit jtfolkart.com for more info. JAN. 26 See the largest snake that ever roamed the Earth at the Florida Museum of Natu ral History during the opening of Ti tanoboa: Monster Snake from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 26. Activities range from screenings of the Smithsonian Channel documentary to individual presentations by scientists who discovered fossils of the 2,500-pound reptile in a Colombian coal mine in 2004. The museum is at 3215 Hull Road in Gainesville. Visit mnh.u. edu for more information. The inaugural Get Fit For FIT 5K pre sented by The Silver Law Firm, P.A. will benet Families in Transition and will take place at the Winter Springs Town Center on Jan. 26. To register and to learn more about the race, visit the Families in Tran sition website, seminolehomelesskids. org or call The Silver Law Firm at 407608-6080 regarding sponsorships. The Race Love Wish 5K Beneting the Make-A-Wish Foundation is at 9 a.m. Jan. 26 at the University of Central Florida. Registration is at 8 a.m. Visit racelovew ish.wix.com for more information. Seminole County is celebrating 100 years with Centennial Saturdays Visit spe cial locations to learn about the countys history and earn a chance to win prizes along the way. Visit seminolecounty.gov/ Centennial/Events.aspx for event infor mation. Jeanine Taylor Folk Art will host a Come Together to promote a positive start to the new year in Sanford. Visiting artist Trs Taylor and his daughter Lillis Taylor will lead a hands-on workshop and a gal lery talk in conjunction with their show enCHANTment, which is set to open on Friday, Jan. 25. The Come Together will take place from noon to 2 p.m. on Sat urday, Jan. 26. It is free to all ages. Visit jtfolkart.com for more information. JAN. 29 Bill Ivey, arts advocate and former chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, will discuss the importance of the arts at Seminole State College of Florida at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 29. Ivey, a musicologist and folklorist, is the author of Handmaking America: A Back-toBasics Pathway to a Revitalized American Democracy, and Arts, Inc.: How Greed and Neglect have Destroyed Our Cultural Rights. The event is free. Visit semi nolestate.edu/arts for more information. JAN. 31 Come out Jan. 31 (amd every last Thurs day of the month) for Yoga for Stress Relief at the Geneva Community Center. Take some time to unwind right here in our Village. Proven relaxation techniques are used to release tension and nd tran quility. Class is from 6 to 7:15 p.m., and costs $8. Contact 407-538-2433 or emi lylovesyoga@yahoo.com Visit www.seminolevoice.com/ events/search for more details. Send submissions to ibabcock@ turnstilemediagroup.com JAN. 26: Car show The Winter Springs and Oviedo Police Departments and the Ovie do-Winter Springs Optimist Club will host the eighth annual Central Florida Law Enforcement Car Show Jan. 26. For more information visit owsoptimistclub.com/carshow.html


Page 6 Oviedo is 15-6, 3-2 and a game and a half out of the district lead with only a game left in district play. They wont catch Evans in time for the district champion ships at the start of February, but they wont have to. The Lions have already beaten before falling 73-63 in a grudge win again in the districts. Theyll have one more oppo nent to play in their district before the Lions. Those two teams hit the court at Lake Howell at 7:30 p.m. Hagerty since early in the season, but they by much. They face Lake Mary in the postseason. That game tips off Winter Springs have many routes to the postsea son barring a district tournament resurgence. Theyre all done with home game against Circle Chris THIS WEEK in sports history Jan. 25, 1924 The first Winter Olympics take off in style at Chamonix in the French Alps. Spectators were thrilled by the ski jump and bobsled as well as 12 other events involving a total of six sports. The International Winter Sports Week, as it was known, was a great success. For more information, Call today!(407)-644-6646www.aSafeHarbor.com Member of Bob Adams President/CEO A SafeHarbor, LLC bob@asafeharbor.comWhen is 3 greater than 7?Many of the individuals I meet with are saving and investing, while hoping to get a 7 percent return. The reality is that the fees inside their accounts could erode their returns to the point that a 3 percent return could beat 7 percent. The Custom Annuity Review with A SafeHarbor can show you Exactly how fees impact your accounts. Phone: 407-365-3722 Fax: 407-365-7786 Phone: 407-365-3722 Fax: 407-365-7786 Phone: 407-365-3722 Fax: 407-365-7786 Phone: 407-365-3722 Fax: 407-365-7786 www.signman.net www.signman.net www.signman.net www.signman.net www.signman.net www.signman.net www.signman.net www.signman.net www.signman.net Computerized Laser & Rotary Engraving Custom Name Badges Signs & Banners Large Format Printing Rubber Stamps Awards, Trophies, and Novelties The Sign Man Lions, Huskies surge ISAAC BABCOCK The Voice ARCHIVE PHOTO BY ISAAC BABCOCK THE VOICE R.J. June has led the Oviedo Lions in scoring, frequently exceeding 20 points. UPCOMING GAMES OVIEDO 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 @ Lake Howell HAGERTY 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 vs. Lake Mary WINTER SPRINGS 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 vs. Circle Christian


Page 7 THIS WEEK in political history Jan. 31, 1606 In London, Guy Fawkes, a chief conspirator in the plot to detonate the British Parliament building, jumps to his death moments before his execution for treason. He had been found lurking in a cellar of the Parliament building with 2 tons of gunpowder. Kids at the Oviedo Farmers Market talk about what happens when it rains. I dont like thunder storms with lightning and thunder but a gentle rain is okay. Sometimes I wear a poncho or a jacket in the rain. I also have a hot pink umbrella. It is fun to splash in the puddles. Kate M. 11 years old I like the lightningit looks cool. I use boots, a raincoat and an umbrella. People driving cars have to be careful where they are going and the windshield wip ers are on. I like to splash in puddles. Kaden O. 7 1/2 years old I am happy when it rains-it helps the plants grow. I use a purple umbrella and I still play in the rain. The sky is gray and rainbows come out after it rains. Taylor O. 7 1/2 years old Rain helps the flow ers grow-I like yellow flowers. My umbrella helps keep me dry but sometimes I have to clean my shoes. The sunshine goes away but after it rains I like to see rainbows in the sky. Audrey S. 4 years old When it rains the sun is still there, it just goes behind the clouds. I like to splash water on mommy and the playground gets wet. The wind sometimes messes things up. Aiden R. 3 years old The unemployment numbers are drop ping to the lowest levels since 2008, yet going on in our communities. In Central employed and many more are working below their capacity to earn. The rate for people who have fallen off the rolls or work part time when they want full time is six points higher than normal rates. The upside is there are more nowhiring signs in the windows. The down side is, most positions are part time. The other move employers are taking is requiring potential employees to pay for their own background checks and drug screenings. This is similar to the welfare process being hotly debated in Florida. Reimbursement often happens after pany told me their background check is $80 and people have to wait two weeks ing for someone who is unemployed. Recently several groups came togeth er to promote innovative solutions to the jobs crisis by raising awareness for noncom. Christian HELP was selected as one wide. We would love your support! The job search is most successful when you have a plan in place. It is important to target the companies you want to work for, research them, tailor your resume, and be prepared for the in terview. One of the new programs we are launching is a new jobs initiative focused on teaching those skills. If you would like to hear more, please email me at sandi@christianhelp.org The job search doesnt have to be a lonely process. 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. For questions, please call 407-834-4022 ( fax 407-260-2949) sandi@ christianhelp.org or mail Ask Sandi C/O Christian HELP, 450 Seminola Blvd., Casselberry, FL 32707. TALK T O SANDI > EMPLOYMENT Ask Sandi presented the State of the City ad dress to the Oviedo-Win ter Springs Chamber of Commerce at its monthly luncheon. As expected, the Mayor did an excellent job presenting highlights from the year and expectations for next year. The Mayors PowerPoint presenta tion can be viewed on the city of Oviedos webpage at cityo foviedo.net/node/81. Scroll to the bottom of the page and look for State of the City 2013. As most of youve noted, the intersection project at Kingsbridge West and Lake Rogers is progressing. The con struction will provide a safer means of ingress and egress to both communities. The east bound turn lane from Mitchell Hammock Road onto Kings a new westbound turn lane will be added from Mitchell Hammock onto Lake Rogers be installed in late-March 2013 and completion of the intersec tion is planned for the begin ning of April. Mitchell Hammock will see another intersection improve tion at Clara Lee Evans Way. This intersection will become the entry point on Mitchell Hammock for the Oviedo on the Park project. The intersec tion design is nearing comple by the end of February with construction starting at the end of the summer. The next City Council meet ing is scheduled for Monday, City Manager And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye did it unto one of these my brethren, even these least, ye did it unto me. Matthew 25:40 Up before dawn Its 4 a.m. Friday morning, Rick Hughes is on the road. Hughes Ford pickup has more than 400,000 miles on it, now he and another volunteer will collect donated breads, rolls, armed with a black sharpie, the men mar through each items bar code, then load the piles of donated carbs and sweets into their open-bed trailer. After a few more similar stops they head back to the Community Church of God Inasmuch Food Pantry in Geneva. The sun is just rising as they pull in the church driveway and join the other volunteers to prepare the pantry for its 8 a.m. opening. 20 years delivering hope Last year this food pantry als representing 2,800 fami lies. Government regulations require certain documentation and standards of food pantries, and Hughes and his team stay on top of all of them. This modest and humble operation started more than 20 years ago when the church pastor some times delivered food from the back of his car. Empathy connects the folks who visit this pantry. They know each others struggles and stories: a grandmother helping her daughter with a newborn, a senior caring for her sick sister, or a father try Aisles of smiles on Wednesdays and 8 a.m. on Fridays, and its patrons gather early, sign in and take a number. One-by-one they are welcomed in and shepherded through the aisles by a volun teer. Fresh fruits and produce, breads, boxed and canned goods, drug store items and frozen meats are offered to all with helping hands every step of the way. Volunteers hold bags and help take groceries to cars. Along the way there are hugs, pats on the shoulder and smiles. Each person leaves with so much more than a box of cereal or a loaf of bread. Pantry bucket List What does the Inasmuch Hughes, prayers and a panel the collection process would be easier with a covered vehicle like a panel truck, affording protection from summer heat and inclement weather. Food transport would be easier to keep organized when collect ing donations from the Second ey are appreciated: Proteins like peanut butter and tuna, fruits, jelly, beverage mixes to enhance water, oatmeal, cereal, macaroni and cheese, toiletries and toilet tissue. Also in demand are diapers, wipes and items that cannot be purchased with food stamps. Consider what you can do to support our own food pan try through donations of cash, food, equipment or time. For more information and to make donations contact Rick Hughes at 407-461-7066, or by chran Road, Geneva, FL 32732. Bus tour and pancake breakfast The 13th Geneva Historical day, Feb. 2. To reserve your genevabustour@aol.com and leave your name, number of seats requested and if you want the earlier or later tour. Enjoy the pancake breakfast at the community center from 8:30 to 11: 30 a.m. for $5 no reservation required. The Museum of Geneva His 11:30 a.m. Geneva Citizens Associa ly meeting of 2013 on Monday, Feb. 4, at 7 p.m. at the Geneva Community Center. Paying for your drug tests? Stetsons Corner By Karen McEnany-Phillips Please share your thoughts about Geneva at 407-221-7002, kphillips@turnstilemediagroup. 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 > Prayer, proteins and a panel truck Mayor Dominic Persampiere Oviedo City Talk Building our way into a better new year


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