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RUSKIN, FLORIDA 33570
PERMIT NO. 8
December 2, 2010
THE OBSERVER NEWS
Tampa Electric unplugs a
S- By MELODY JAMESON
APOLLO BEACH - Molly Manatee is on notice, Disney Radio is sched-
uled, food is ordered, commemorative beads are being strung, exhibits are
arranged - all that remains is getting word to the party's guests of honor.
Party giver Tampa Electric Company is counting on a nippy little cold
.. ... .g snap by mid-January to telegraph their invitations - no RSVPs required.
SBut, if history is any guide, the thousands of anticipated party goers are not
S. likely to be disappointed due to no shows by honorees.
Although the two-day party on January 15 and 16 to celebrate the 25th
. anniversary of the utility's Manatee Viewing Center (MVC) would go on
Without them, the annual influx of coastal manatees seems a pretty sure
thing, observed Stanley Kroh, manager of land and water projects for Tam
The sea cows, known to range for hundreds of miles up the nation's east-
ern seaboard during warm months, usually seek the clean, comfortingly
warm water flowing from the utility's Big Bend power plant into its dis-
-charge canal immediately north of Apollo Beach when outside water temps
drop to 68 degrees. In fact, in early January, 2009, when a cold snap held
,, on for more than two weeks, at least 350 manatees settled into the canal
. area to give MVC visitors an extraordinary up close and personal experi-
PHOTO COURTESY TAMPA ELECTRIC COMPANY ence, Kroh recalled.
Numerous cousins of this endearing, gentle manatee are expected as guests of honor in mid-January Utility staff generally does not name the legally protected manatees re
when Tampa Electric Company celebrates the 25th anniversary of its Manatee Viewing Center adjacent Utility staff generally does not name the legally protected manatees re-
to the Big Bend power plant at Apollo Beach. Harmless and slow moving, the mammal that grazes on laxing in their version of a warm springs retreat, but returning individuals
plants sometimes is referred to as the sea cow. Manatees are protected by law and are highly vulner- occasionally are identified because of the boat motor scars on their backs,
able to injury from boat motor props. This photo was shot by a Tampa Electric photographer of a mana- the manager allowed. Plus, Lowry Park Zoo personnel just released to the
tee recovering from injuries in the Lowry Park Zoo's "manatee hospital". The two-day birthday celebra- See MANATEE VIEWING CENTER, page 12
tion featuring activities and give-a-ways at the MVC is open to the public free of charge.
Balm plan getting
* By MELODY JAMESON
BALM - Looking ahead to onset of their first community plan-
ning process, four long-time residents here will show the profes-
sional planners their working material next week.
At least one planner from The Planning Commission staff, Lisa
Silva, a senior planner, along with Gerald Davis, descendant of
one of the community's early settlers, Joel Capps, another settling
family member, Beryl Burnett Fernandez, who also grew up in the
community, and Marcella O'Steen, president of the local civic as-
sociation, will spend Wednesday afternoon (December 8) touring
the community from one end to the other.
The objective is to acquaint the professional planners with what
the locals already grasp, "the lay of the land; what is and what has
been," O'Steen said this week.
The community, once a tiny settlement established initially
around the turn of the 20th century which grew up on timbering
and turpentine to become an agricultural center known for cattle
and potato production before diversifying into other crops includ-
ing citrus and strawberries, has attracted over the years independent
folk interested more in rural living than city services. Many Balm
residents live on small acreages, keeping horses and cattle for plea-
sure or profit. They all obtain their water from wells on their prop-
erty and dispose of sewage through individual septic tanks systems
because such municipal services do not exist and have not been
desired. See BALM PLAN, page 12
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Part four of an Observer
News feature series /
U By MITCH TRAPHAGEN 1 W
I had never been so cold in my life -
and that is saying something coming
from a former Minnesotan. The wind
blasting across Norfolk harbor shook
my spine and instilled fear deep into
my heart - not a life-threatening fear
so much as a will-I-ever-get-out-of-this
fear. I wanted it to end. I wanted a 737 to
take me back home. For the first time in
days, I didn't miss my wife. I wouldn't
want her to endure the cold and choppy
waves blasting spray over the deck.
Then slowly, almost imperceptibly, the
icy cold hand clutching my heart began
to release its grip. By the time I sailed
into downtown Norfolk, conditions were
almost pleasant - at least as pleasant
as things could be with a temperature in
the 40s. But as the waves subsided and
the sun warmed my skin (what little was
exposed) and I remembered why I was
See SAILING HOME, page 11
MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTO
The Norfolk Rebel, designed and built by Captain Lane Briggs is the
world's only sail-assisted, schooner-rigged tugboat.
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2 * OBSERVER NEWS * RIVERVIEW CURRENT * SCC OBSERVER
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By: Dana Dittmar, Executive Director
SCC Chamber News
If you will remember last week
when I normally would have writ-
ten a column relating to Thanks-
giving and all that goes with the
holiday. I was busy ranting against
the decline of
. v tesy. But after
a long weekend
in the Florida
YOU, Me & ing Thanksgiv-
Business ing in our own
By Dana Dittmar non-traditional
way, I realize I
do need to talk about what has now
become known simply as Turkey
It really bothers me when people
jauntily offer a "Happy Turkey
Day" instead of recognizing the
significance of Thanksgiving. Un-
fortunately, we have commercial-
ized and marketed this wonderful
day as nothing more than outland-
ish spreads of food, football, and
the Macy's Day Parade. Televi-
sion ads bombard us with visions
of perfectly browned turkeys,
pumpkin pie and green bean cas-
seroles, but few remind us of the
reason for the season.
In today's world, I am thank-
ful to have this fantastic job. I am
thankful for my fantastic co-work-
ers and the Board of Directors here
at the Chamber. I am thankful my
mother is still alive at 89 and my
husband is in good health. I am
thankful I was able to go on a brief
trip to the mountains to see the
leaves turn and another brief trip
to the Keys to soak in the beautiful
variations of blue.
As we go about our daily grinds
and work so hard to make our busi-
nesses profitable, let's not forget
our co-workers, fellow business
owners, customers, vendors, and
service people who are part of our
circle of life. Be thankful for all
the small, seemingly insignificant
blessings you have received this
past year - they might not have
been so insignificant after all.
And as we head into the hectic
hustle bustle of the rest of the sea-
son, let's not lose sight of what is
truly important. Because, we're all
in this together. And I'm thankful
for each and every one of you.
OBSERVER NEWS * RIVERVIEW CURRENT* SCC OBSERVER * 3
Cargill supports community through donation to local organization
Committed to supporting the
communities in which it does busi-
ness, Cargill announced recently
it has donated $10,000 to Keep
Hillsborough County Beautiful.
In support of environmental
stewardship, Cargill has partnered
with Keep Hillsborough County
Beautiful, Inc., a local nonprofit
organization dedicated to beauti-
fying and conserving the county's
natural resources. Funds from
Cargill will be used to support the
Great American Cleanup and In-
ternational Coastal Cleanup.
During the 2010 International
Coastal Cleanup recently, more
than 4,400 volunteers picked up
litter and debris at 40 sites, which
included 133 miles of shorelines,
rivers and lakes during the cleanup
on Sept. 25, collecting an esti-
mated 62,000 pounds of trash and
2,125 pounds of recyclables.
The donation will also go toward
the 2011 Great American Cleanup
on April 16 next year. The Great
American Cleanup is a national
campaign organized by nonprofit
Keep America Beautiful, which
KHCB coordinates locally to help
make our communities cleaner and
Cargill is an international pro-
vider of food, agricultural and
risk management products and
Bob Berkhahn from Cargill presents a $10,000 check to Keep Hills-
borough County Beautiful Executive Director Christine Commerce
to assist with their Great American Cleanup and International
Coastal Cleanup efforts. Cargill has been an ongoing sponsor for
the Great American Cleanup and Coastal Cleanup events. In addi-
tion to providing monetary support, Cargill's employees also show
their support by participating in the cleanup events. For more infor-
mation about sponsoring Keep Hillsborough County Beautiful, call
services. With 160,000 employees
in 67 countries, the company is
committed to using its knowledge
and experience to collaborate with
customers to help them succeed.
Cargill contributes more than $44
million a year globally to civic and
Golf Scores - Hogans Golf Club
10/16, Course: SandPiper, Play:
1st : three-way tie @ 6 skins
each - Mac Mckay, Fred Mayes &
2nd : two-way tie @ 3 skins each
- Bob Layer & Dave Diehl
Low-net: Fred Mayes, 72 (2
Low-gross: Terry Siepelt, 86, (2
Also playing: Doug Seipelt, Jer-
ry Egger, Andy Betz, Woody Nel-
son, Frank Carlin, Jay Sparkman,
Don Mowry & Sharlene Peter
charitable organizations that help
nourish the people and possibili-
ties in communities where its em-
ployees live and work. For more
information, visit http://www.car-
Women's Golf Assoc.
First on, closest to the pin, Oc-
Linda Smith 12
Bess Hosford 12
Karen Jones 12
Mary Ann Speich 13
Lynn Patron 13
Madelyn Scholz 11
Gene Szczepaniak 9
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South Hillsborough Elks Lodge #2672's
Every Wednesday - Best Spaghetti in Town - $7, All You Can Eat, for
all Elks and their guests. Music by Bryan from 5 to 8 p.m.
Every Thursday - Fun Night, Bar Bingo, Wii games available all eve-
ning till closing.
Every Friday - Seafood and Sandwiches for all Elks and their guests
from 5 - 7 p.m. Karaoke by Bryan from 5 to 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 11, Holiday Anniversary Dinner Dance for all Elks
and their guests. 5 - 10 p.m. Appetizers: 5-6 p.m., Dinner: 6 p.m.
and Dancing: 7 p.m. Music by Bryan. Menu: Surf & Turf, $15 per
A Foster Angel Tree is now available in the lodge for all Elks and
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4 . OBSERVER NEWS * RIVERVIEW CURRENT * SCC OBSERVER
To lead a happy life; forgive and forget
"It is often better not to see an
insult than to avenge it."-Chinese
I have always thought it was
counterproductive to hold a grudge
against those who might have
in some way.
S That isn't
S to say that I
-, to follow
Positive the Bible's
Talk teachings and
By William Hodges examples on
the subject of
feel quite sure that I could not, as Je-
sus did according to St. Luke, utter
the following phrase as nails were
being driven into his hands, "Father,
forgive them; for they know not what
they do." But I have tried diligently
to forgive and forget, so that when I
get to the line in The Lord's Prayer
that says, "Forgive us our debts, as
we forgive our debtors," God will
know I'm at least trying and maybe
cut me some slack.
Thomas Szasz, an American psy-
chiatrist circa 1920, is quoted to
have said the following: "The stupid
never forgive nor forget; the naive
forgive and forget; the wise forgive
but do not forget." I suppose there
is some argument that can be made
for holding on to the memory of a
hurt so that one can be wary of be-
ing hurt in that manner again, but I
believe the price of readiness may
be too high. As long as we hold the
memory of the hurt in our heart and
mind, we always live in the shadow
of it. It may prevent us from ever
having a full relationship with the
person we claimed to have forgiven
and may even prevent us from avail-
ing ourselves of new opportunities
because we carry this mental picture
of a previous hurt. Most likely, one
never truly forgives until they put
the wrong behind them and forget
it. Clergyman Henry Ward Beecher
said it best, "I can forgive but I can-
habitat for Manatees
at State Park
A new spring run gate will open
at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs
Wildlife State Park this Friday, De-
cember 3 at 10 a.m., allowing the
wild manatee population to swim
through for the first time in the park's
history and enjoy the warmth and
safety of the main spring throughout
the winter months.
The event, hosted by the Florida
Department of Environmental Pro-
tection's (DEP) Florida State Parks,
will commemorate the opening of
the gate underneath the bridge that
stretches across the spring run and
separates captive, rehabilitating
manatees in the spring bowl from
the wild manatees in the spring run.
Historically, the Club has con-
tributed to various manatee protec-
tion efforts at Homosassa, including
funding this past winter for heating
support tanks, veterinary care, and
food to rehabilitate rescued mana-
tees suffering from cold stress.
Other participants at this Friday's
event, including representatives
from Save the Manatee Club and
DEP, are the U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Service, the Florida Fish and Wild-
life Conservation Commission and
other partners. The event is open to
the public with regular park admis-
sion. For additional details, visit
Find out about the Club's Adopt-
A-Manatee� program at Homosassa
at www. savethemanatee.org/adopt
not forget, is only another way of
saying I cannot forgive."
Forgiving and forgetting has many
practical benefits. To forgive an en-
emy is the first step in making him
a friend. If you look at the history
of man, it is replete with examples
of how today's enemies have be-
come tomorrow's allies. It takes
more courage than a coward will
ever know to let go of the blanket
of hurt that so many who feel they
have been wronged wrap around
themselves. But that blanket is not a
safety blanket. It is not even a blan-
ket at all, but rather a shroud which
will in the end smother them. If you
are brave, you can refuse to have en-
emies by refusing to carry the hurt
in your heart. You can turn potential
enemies into friends by returning
their transgressions with forgive-
ness, thereby eliminating an enemy
from your life-and that's impor-
tant. I like what Ali ibn-Abi-Talib,
a Moslem prophet, had to say: "He
who has a thousand friends has not a
friend to spare, and he who has one
enemy will meet him everywhere."
All of us, at one time or another,
will need the forgiveness of our fel-
lowman, not to mention that of our
maker. If we are of a forgiving na-
ture and have treated others well, we
can hope for the same treatment. Not
harboring grudges and dark feelings
of hurt is the key to living a full and
happy life. Put hurt behind you by
both forgiving and forgetting. Only
then can you be truly free.
"Hodges is a nationally recog-
nized speaker, trainer and syndicat-
ed columnist. He also hosts an in-
terview-format television program,
Spotlight on Government, on the
Tampa Bay Community Network
which airs Mondays at 8 p.m. and
Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. (Bright
House channel 950, Verizon chan-
nel 30). The shows can also be
viewed at www.hodgesvideos.com.
Phone: 813-633-1523. Email: bill@
billhodges.com Website: www.bill-
On Monday, Nov. 22, Bob Russell, General Manager of Riverside Club
and Gary Wilber, representing the 2010 StreetFest Committee, presented
a check for $3,000 to Suzanne Ancarana, RN, BA, Clinical Manager of
Riverside Club event supports local hospice
Riverside Club Golf and Boating Resort enjoyed their 5th annual Street-
Fest community block party on Saturday, Nov. 3. This year, money raised
through prize raffles was directed to benefit LifePath Hospice of Sun City
Center. Special thanks to the following local businesses for their support:
Riverside Club, Incognito Lounge, America's Oil Express, Boggs Jewelry,
Crowder's Gifts and Gadgets, Southern Grace, Inc., Tom Lavin- The Golf
Cart Guy, Paul Bray- Paradise Air Conditioning, John Anzilotti Powerwash-
ing, and Tim's Mobile Home Repair. Thanks also to the many generous resi-
dents who were instrumental in the success of this effort. Over the past 5
years, the StreetFest has raised $11,500 for local charities.
The Member-Member (CWGA 18) golf tournament at the Caloosa C.C.
winners on Oct 12-13 were: Gross top row, 1 to r, Low Net: Flight 1 Millie
Perhoch/Beverly Valentine 127, Flight 2 Terry Cox /Jodie Allison 121, Flight
3 Alberta Sousa/Val Pelkowski 136 and Flight 4 Jackie Wrigley/Mary Ann
Wellender 133. Bottom L to R, Low Gross: Low Gross Ann Skinner/Jeanne
Kolls 160 ,Flight 2 Jerry Ramsey/Carmen Fields 179, Flight 3 Patty Hersey /
Hazel Winklmann 198 and Flight 4 Joan LaMar/Dolores Phelps 202.
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DECEMBER 2, 2010
IN UNIFORM More than 8,400 square miles of Gulf
__,_ waters reopen for fishing
OBSERVER NEWS * RIVERVIEW CURRENT * 5
LOREN E. BELL
Loren E. Bell has graduated from
the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer
Training Corps) Leader Devel-
opment and Assessment Course,
also known as 'Operation Warrior
Forge,' at Fort Lewis, Tacoma,
The 32 days of training provide
the best possible professional train-
ing and evaluation for all cadets in
the aspects of military life, admin-
istration and logistical support.
Although continued military train-
ing and leadership development
is included in the curriculum, the
primary focus of the course is to
develop and evaluate each cadet's
officer potential as a leader by
exercising the cadet's intelligence,
common sense, ingenuity and
physical stamina. The cadet com-
mand assesses each cadet's per-
formance and progress in officer
traits, qualities and professional-
ism while attending the course.
Cadets in their junior and senior
year of college must complete the
leadership development course.
Upon successful completion of the
course, the ROTC program, and
graduation from college, cadets
are commissioned as second lieu-
tenants in the U.S. Army, National
Guard, or Reserve.
He is the son of Linda and Dave
A. Bell of Apollo Beach.
Bell graduated in 2005 from East
Bay High School, Gibsonton and
received an associate degree in
2007 from Tallahassee Commu-
The National Oceanic and Atmo-
spheric Administration (NOAA)
cleared another 8,403 square miles
of Gulf waters for fishing. The
area reopened is due south of the
Florida/Alabama state line extend-
ing west to the Louisiana state
water line. This opening leaves
just a fraction of the Gulf of Mexi-
co closed to fishing.
The area just reopened has been
sampled betweenAug. 31 and Nov.
1 for oil or sheen. NOAA workers
tested finfish and shrimp, includ-
ing tuna, swordfish, and royal red
They report finding no detectable
oil or dispersant odors or flavors.
Results of chemical analysis for
oil-related compounds and disper-
sants were well below levels of
"This is the first reopening where
we have added a supplemental test
to detect dispersants in seafood,
and all the samples passed," said
Jane Lubchenco, Ph.D., Under
Secretary of Commerce for Oceans
and Atmosphere and NOAA Ad-
ministrator. "This is yet another
indication that our Gulf seafood is
safe for consumption."
NOAA continues its work with
the Food and Drug Administra-
tion (FDA) on testing to detect any
presence of dispersants in Gulf
seafood. They are still working
a broad scale seafood sampling
which includes testing seafood
from inside and outside the closure
area. They also test dockside and
An area covering 1,041 square
miles immediately surrounding
the Deepwater Horizon wellhead
remains closed to fishing. To date,
NOAA has reopened more than
82,900 square miles of oil-impact-
ed federal waters under this proto-
col and sampling regime.
Feline Folks receives grant from
Community Foundation of Greater SCC
Feline Folks has been awarded a grant of $7,500 to continue its
Community Program of 'Humane Feline Management' to sterilize free
roaming and community cats, thereby controlling the population growth
in the South Shore area of Hillsborough County. They are on target to
spay/neuter over 600 cats and kittens this year.
The 'William and Dorothy Bruse Fund' was
established to provide direct care to dogs and
The program utilizes a Spay/Neuter Clinic
'Operation Feline Fix' on the 3rd Saturday
of every month in partnership with C.A.R.E.
Dedicatedto Humane They also utilize the spay/neuter services of
Feline Management A.C.T. and the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.
Feline Folks loans out humane cat traps to area
residents who wish to participate in their control program, from their trap
depots in Riverview, and Sun City Center. They charge $10 per cat or
kitten, for spay/neuter, rabies vaccination, ear tip & flea control. Feline
Folks absorbs the remaining cost from their Grant Award.
Feline Folks is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2007 to
help control the feline population growth explosion in SCC and to elimi-
nate the need for a euthanization program. Since their inception they
have spay/neutered over 1,726 cats and kittens, while socializing and
fostering out to forever homes over 506 cats and kittens.
For more information, call 813-944-7651 or visit www.felinefolks.us.
St. Andrew presents one-act play
Riverview resident Peggy Anderson practices for her lead role in 'We
Three Kings from Someplace.' Although this production respects the
Christmas story, the play does have humor and original music along with
traditional Christmas music. This one-act play will be performed at 5
p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 12 in the sanctuary of St. Andrew Presbyterian
Church, 1239 Del Webb West, Sun City Center. The event is free and
open to the public. For more information, call 634-6787.
VFW Post #8108
7504 Riverview Dr.
Wednesday Spaghetti Dinner
from 5 to 7 p.m.
Friday Fish Fry from 5 to 7 p.m.
Sunday Breakfast from 9 a.m.
Friday, Dec. 3 -- Jeff Olsen
Saturday, Dec. 4 -- Calvin 0
Friday, Dec. 10 -- Jeff Olsen
Bar Bingo on Monday at 6:30 p.m.
Bar Poker with Lori on
Wednesday at 1 p.m.
Fire in the Hole on Saturdays
at 1 p.m.
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The Rolling Thunder Florida
Chapter 11 will present a $3000
check to the Vietnam Memorial
Committee at the Hillsborough
County Veterans Park 7 Museum
on Wednesday, Dec. 8.
On Nov. 14, Rolling Thunder
Florida Chapter 11 hosted a Poker
Run to raise funds for the Viet-
nam Memorial at the Hillsborough
County Veterans Park and Muse-
um on Highway 301.
Stops were at the AMVETS
Post 44 in Brandon, the Nam
Knights Clubhouse in Plant City,
the American Legion Post 148 in
Riverview, the VFW Post 6287
in Ruskin and culminated at CJ's
Saloon in Riverview. Live music
was provided by Code Blues and
hosted by Parti Patti and food pro-
vided by 'Sandy's Home-Style
This donation goes towards the
6,000 square-foot Vietnam Veter-
ans Memorial Plaza. Upon com-
pletion, lighted Cobra and Huey
helicopters will be visible to night
traffic along U.S. 301 N. To learn
more, visit the Memorial website
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I have all my lists and I am
checking them twice, just to make
sure that everyone gets a gift for
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Point year I am
By Karey Burek having more
ever finding meaningful presents
for those on my "nice" list.
Homemade gifts are always well
received in my family, because it
shows thought and creativity, but
sometimes not much skill. Some-
thing easy to do, that is cost effec-
tive and fun is to create a garden-
ing gift for someone you know
who likes to spend the springtime
outdoors tending to flowers. Some
helpful hints are on the website of
HGTV and offer an array of heart-
felt ideas to give the gift of garden-
ing a personal touch. Jars of dirt,
The Best Friends Sanctuary is
a rescue center for all types of
animals. You do not necessarily
need to donate money, you can
donate goods as well.
few tools or a set of gloves and
wammbamm, you have a unique
gift for someone you love.
Another neat idea is to adopt an
animal in someone's honor. Ani-
mals Asia Foundation is still one
of my favorites and a small dona-
tion to this organization can go a
long way in helping keep rescued
bears fed and healthy (animalsasia.
org). National Wildlife Federation
has over 60 species of animals that
you can adopt in honor of your gift
recipient-they get a stuffed ver-
sion of the chosen animal, along
with a certificate and some other
cool items depending on the pack-
age you pick. By visiting sho-
pnwf.org you can also choose to
plant a tree and get a neat gift of
ornaments, jewelry or keychains-
An organization that is very
close to my heart, was introduced
to me by my mother. We are
both avid supporters of the Best
Friends Sanctuary (bestfriends.
org), a rescue center for all types
of animals. There are several op-
tions for giving to these animals,
either by sponsoring an animal in
someone's honor, donating money
or even goods. There are lists of
items that this group needs for the
animals and ranges from bags of
jerky treats to harnesses and pil-
lows for all types of rescued crit-
Thoughtful giving is harder to do
these days, with all the crazy ads
and shop-til-you-drop stress. Why
not give a gift that gives back? It's
easy on the wallet and even better
for the heart.
LR Loren Hofer President of the Caloosa Country Club Board Con-
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Flight, Pearl Ashe FSG officer won the Super Seniors Division tied for
3rd in 4-Ball & 5th low net in the 1st Flight, Carmen Fields FSG officer
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Couple loans Big Bear to those needing some hugs
It started with a trip to the Mary
& Martha House Thrift Shop.
It wasn't like they'd never been
there before. Mary and Neal Night-
ingale of Sun City Center
go there a lot because they -
like to help the Mary &
Martha House woman's
shelter in Ruskin and also
find stuffed animals to
take to people suffering
from trauma or loss.
'"There are so many peo- Over
ple in nursing homes and Coffi
hospitals," Mary told me By Penr
during an interview in the penny@o
adorable lakeside cottage
they recently bought after
"downsizing" from a larger home.
"We've been taking stuffed ani-
mals to people for a long time."
But one day not long ago Mary
was in one room at the thrift shop
when she heard her husband's
voice loudly say "Sold!" from an-
"I went in right away and there
he was, holding the biggest stuffed
bear I've ever seen. I said, "What
are we going to do with something
that big in our little house?"
But Neal had other plans for Big
Bear, knowing his wife had been
buying and giving (much smaller)
stuffed animals away to friends
and neighbors who were having a
To make Big Bear different from
all the rest, they made the rule that
he could make visits, but he would
always have to come home.
"I had one friend who had lost
her husband, and was sick all the
time but none of the doctors could
find out what was the matter,"
Mary said. "She was really feel-
ing down. But she smiled when
we brought Big Bear to stay with
her. I said, 'You can keep him as
long as you like but just make sure
he comes home.' I think that was
the first time I had ever seen her
Big Bear stayed quite awhile at
the first home he vis-
ited. But eventually, he
After a couple of
visits to people Mary
knew who had recently
endured trauma or loss,
she took him to a meet-
ing of the P.E.O.
e The local chapter of
,Fletcher the international Phil-
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comed him with open
arms, as they had with many other
stuffed animals Mary had brought
for them to take home with them
"I took a lot of stuffed animals
but I especially remember a polar
bear and a large dog and a 7-or-8-
foot snake," Mary told me. "They
took them all."
Big Bear, however, only visits
the places he travels. Because he
needs to visit many others in his
future, Mary says he must always
Mary, a former high school Eng-
lish teacher, and Neal, a former
physical education coordinator
and tennis coach, have now been
married 50 years. Both are always
on the lookout for something nice
they can do for others.
'They're sharing the bear to
spread happiness," said their friend
Mira Beck. "Recently he was taken
to Freedom Plaza, and when he got
off the elevator many people just
wanted to stop and hug him."
Neal, who keeps his hand in
tennis and pickle ball, has volun-
teered a long time at Hillsborough
Correctional Institution, the faith-
based women's prison located on
State Road 672 in Balm.
He introduced the women at the
prison to the game of pickle ball.
Mary was quick to show me the
cards the incarcerated women sent
him when he recently got too ill to
visit them. He is better now, but
waiting for the change of prison
management to settle in before re-
suming his volunteerism there.
For now Big Bear overflows
the mid-size chair from which he
looks out the window, watching
the almost-constant activity in the
Nightingale's lakeside backyard.
Their yard is right on Swan Lake
and is a haven for black bottom
whistlers, seagulls, and of course-
swans. While I was there, I saw
them all. But the one lone wood
stork in residence that they've
nicknamed Woody tapped his
beak against the glass window un-
til Neal went outside and gave him
"He comes all the time because
he knows he'll get treats," Mary
Big Bear, however, requires
nothing. He is just there to hug.
Mary said anyone who knows of
a person who needs a special bear
hug is welcome to give her a call.
*Perhaps you have something
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your favorite charity or cause: or
sound off about something you
think needs change. That's what
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doesn't matter whether we actually
drink any coffee or not (although I
probably will). It's what you have
to say that's important. E-mail me
any time at penny@observernews.
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No matter what's going on, I'm
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PENNY FLETCHER PHOTO
Mary and Neal Nightingale of Sun City Center get ready to loan "Big
Bear" to another person who needs a smile. Once they bought small
stuffed animals to give away to friends and neighbors who had
suffered a loss but now they loan the huge bear for however long
someone needs him, with the understanding that he will always find
his way home.
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Ruskin VFW Post #6287
Ruskin VFW Post #6287, 5120 U.S. 41 N. has listed the following
weekly activities. Meetings are: American Legion on 1st Wednesday
each month; VFW and LAVFW on the 2nd Wednesday each month;
and MAVFW on the 3rd Thursday each month.
Thursday, December 2- VA
Hospital at 5:30 p.m. Bar Bingo
at 6 p.m.
Friday, December 3- Fish Fry
from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Music by You
2 Kan from 7 to 11 p.m.
Saturday, December 4 - District
Meeting in Zephyrhills at noon.
Turkey Shoot at 1:30 p.m.
) Sunday, December 5- Voice of
Democracy & Patriot's PenAwards
at 2 p.m. Dinner at 3 p.m. Music by Bert & Sassy from 4 to 8 p.m.
Monday, December 6-Taco Night from 5 to 7 p.m. Planning Meet-
ing at 6 p.m. Crew Games at 6:30 p.m. House Meeting at 7 p.m.
Tuesday, December 7 - Pearl Harbor Day. Little Harbor at 9
a.m. Kitchen opens at 4:30 p.m. Bingo at 6:30 p.m. John Zelba
Wednesday, December 8 - VFW and LAVFW Meeting at 7 p.m.
Medicare: helping seniors in the fight
against breast cancer
Any woman can get breast can-
cer, even if she has no family histo-
ry of the disease, and this risk only
increases with age. Unfortunately,
many older women are concerned
not just about the disease itself, but
also about their ability to receive
proper treatment because they fear
they won't be able to afford it.
Women should know that Medi-
care provides a range of services
to detect and treat breast cancer,
which is the second leading cause
of cancer death in women in the
United States and the most com-
mon non-skin cancer in women.
Early detection is a key to sur-
viving the disease, as breast can-
cer can usually be successfully
treated when found early. As state-
wide program director of Florida's
SHINE (Serving Health Insurance
Needs of Elders) Program, I am
urging Floridians to keep their
loved ones with Medicare healthy
by encouraging them to take ad-
vantage of important services cov-
ered by Medicare.
mammograms and digital tech-
nologies for screening mammo-
grams to check for breast cancer
may find developments before you
or a doctor can feel them. Medi-
care provides coverage for an an-
nual screening mammogram for
all female beneficiaries age 40 or
older. Medicare also provides cov-
erage for one baseline mammo-
gram for female beneficiaries be-
tween the ages of 35 and 39. When
breast cancer is detected early, the
five-year relative survival rate is
98 percent, but declines dramati-
cally once the cancer has spread to
other parts of the body.
Dedicated volunteers with the
SHINE Program provide one-on-
one counseling to seniors, retirees
and disabled individuals. SHINE,
which is part of the Florida De-
partment of Elder Affairs, empow-
ers elders to make informed health
care choices. The program's mis-
sion is to offer free, unbiased and
confidential guidance on Medi-
care, Medicaid and other health or
prescription drug coverage issues.
Let SHINE be your guide to
services. Medicare's preventive
services and prescription drug
coverage may be just what you or
a loved one needs for good health
and independence. For more infor-
mation about the SHINE program
or Medicare preventive services,
call the Florida Elder Helpline
toll-free at 1-800-96-ELDER (1-
800-963-5337) or visit www.Flori-
For more information on
National Breast Cancer Awareness
Month, visit www.nbcam.org.
we have something
to smile about
The dental practice of zamikoff,
Klement, Jungman and Varga
welcomes Dr. Michelle Halcomb to
their staff. Dr. Halcomb comes to
Sun City Center with over 20 years
of dental practice experience.
She looks forward to developing
long lasting relationships with her
patients in order to give them the
best that dentistry has to offer.
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ABWA and Deputies Darlin's receive donations
In tune with the holiday spirit,
Mary Ann Wilhelm presented
two checks on Nov. 23 to Francis
Hereford the Co-President of the
South Shore Chapter of the Ameri-
can Business Woman's Associa-
tion (ABWA) and Officer Donna
Budd of Deputies Darlin's.
As the President of Wilhelm
Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc.
Mary Ann constantly looks to help
organizations; in particular those
that aid children and promote
education, two causes close to her
The donations, amounting to
over $900, were collected dur-
ing Mary Ann's vie for Honor-
ary Mayor of Ruskin. The money
donated to ABWA is put into its
education fund that gives schol-
arships to local female students
who would like to pursue higher
education. The money donated
to Deputies Darlin's helps needy
children and elderly in the South
Shore area, especially during the
For more information on ABWA
contact Co-President Dolores
Berens at (813) 634-1418, and for
more information about Deputies
Darlin's Contact Officer Donna
Budd at (813) 672-7430.
Mary Ann Wilhelm presents a check to Officer Donna Budd of Deputy Darlins.
iviary Ann vvWinem presents a cnecK to -rances MereTora, co-presiaent O ne ABWVVA.
Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr. Veterans
Museum Building to be dedicated
Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr. Veterans Museum Building Dedica-
tion ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at Veterans
Memorial Park and Museum at 3602 Hwy. 301 N. in Tampa.
The life of Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr. will be celebrated during a
building renaming ceremony hosted by the Hillsborough County Board
of County Commissioners, the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs
and Hillsborough County's Veterans Park and Museum Committee.
In October, the Hillsborough County Board of County Commis-
sioners approved re-naming the County Veterans Memorial Museum
in honor of the former executive director of the Florida Department
of Veterans' Affairs, retired Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins, Jr. after his
A native of Tallahassee, FL, LeRoy Collins, Jr. received his commis-
sion from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1956, and spent the next 10 years
on active duty before transferring to the Navy Reserves in 1966.
Following a distinguished military career both ashore and at sea, he
retired from the Navy Reserves as a two-star Rear Admiral in October
In 2007, Rear Admiral Collins was appointed executive director of
the Florida Department of Veterans' Affairs where he was a fierce
advocate on behalf of Florida's more than 1.6 million veterans and
Over the past four decades, the Rear Admiral also became a promi-
nent businessman and civic leader in Florida, serving as president of
several financial and real estate companies. His sudden passing this
year has not only impacted Florida's veterans, but the entire Sunshine
The public is encouraged to RSVP with Tracey Coley of the County
Veterans Affairs Office at (813) 246-3170 or e-mail Coleyt @hillsbor-
Enjoy the AB
The Apollo Beach Christmas
Lighted Boat Parade will be held
on Saturday, Dec. 18. The parade
will begin at the South Channel at
approximately 6 p.m. and proceed
through some of the major deep
canals in Apollo Beach.
Posters will be displayed within
Apollo Beach at many business-
es and at the Chamber showing
the route.The Parade is a yearly
tradition sponsored, hosted and
organized by the Tampa Sailing
Squadron and the Apollo Beach
Chamber of Commerce.
Should you wish to be a par-
ticipant in the parade, all boaters
must attend 'The Captains Meet-
ing' to get their assigned number
and directions at 9 a.m. at the
Tampa Sailing Squadron on the
morning of the Dec. 18.
Enjoy a Christmas
The community of Symphony
Isles in Apollo Beach will open the
gates to the community for their
annual Christmas Lights Drive-
Thru from 6-8 p.m on Sunday,
All are invited to this free event
featuring the lights of Symphony
Isles as well as a special visit from
Mr. and Mrs. Claus.
Symphony Isles is located at
the end of Flamingo Dr. in Apollo
Beach. For more information, call
Peggy Diaz at (813) 403-9009.
St. Matthew's Anglican Church
will hold a Recitation of the Joy-
ful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary,
followed with the Benediction of
the Blessed Sacrament at 9 a.m. on
Saturday, Dec. 18.
St. Matthew's, located at 10701
Bloomingdale Ave., Riverview, is
an Anglican Catholic Parish serv-
ing South Hillsborough.
For more information, call (813)
New anti-fraud program launched
Thought you'd won the lottery? Or that multi-million dollar sweep-
stakes? Or all you have to do for that big prize is send money somewhere
for taxes? Don't be fooled. It's a fake check scam.
The Hillsborough County Consumer Protection Agency is joining with
Consumer Federation of America (CFA) in launching a new program
to protect consumers and financial institutions from fake check scams.
Banks and credit unions will hand out a brochure created by the CFA
titled 'Don't Become a Target' to every consumer who visits their bank
to deposit checks or money orders of $1,000 or more, or to withdraw
$1,000 or more.
Florida ranks as the 4th most common location for consumers to report
fake check scams to the National Consumers League's Fraud Center dur-
ing the first nine months of this year. The Fraud Center keeps the data-
base for complaints about telemarketing and internet fraud.
In most fake check scams, a consumer receives a genuine-looking
check or money order for something and is asked to wire money some-
where in return before claiming the rest of the prize. In another scenario,
the consumer is recruited to work at home as a 'mystery shopper' and
is instructed to send money somewhere as part of the job. However, the
subsequent check or money order sent to the consumer is phony. In most
cases, when it bounces, the victim owes the money back to the financial
institution where it was deposited or cashed.
"These fake check scams don't seem to be going away," said Kevin
Jackson, Chief Investigator, Hillsborough County Consumer Protec-
tion Agency. "We are proud to partner with the Consumer Federation of
America to aggressively help protect our residents from such scams."
For a copy of the brochure, or to find other ways to protect yourself
from being the target of a fake check scam, log onto the Hillsborough
County Consumer Protection website at www.hillsboroughcounty.org/
consumerprotection and click on 'Avoid Fake Check Scams.'
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Gibsonton students are terrific
Congratulations to the "Terrific Kids" of Gibsonton Elementary who
showed their peers what it means to be Respectful.
Timothy Glenn, Jessica Gonzalez-Vargas, Alexia Macias, Allison Purcell,
Evette Velasquez, Felicia Fuentes, Alanah McDowell, Kaedyn Love, McK-
enna Newell, Nicole Nunez-Rodriguez, Jessie
Baldridge, Ashanni King, Mat Hall, MariahPardo, ,
Hailey Gillette, Alex Pineda, Adriana Hernandez,
Savannah Boddie, Jasmine Rock, Joseph Stead-
man, Griselda Cantoriano-Tolentino, Carmelo
Vargas, Juan Martinez, Diane Pineda, Amanda
Hardin, Mark Nguyen, Roy De La Cruz, Davier Lopez, Josselin Martinez,
Jesus Lemus, Kourtney Kaletta, Andrew Guerrero, Steven Franks.
LR: Carmen Fields Co-Chr and Sally Heffernan Chr.
CWGA- 18 Annual Member-Member Tournament
Chairpersons of the (CWGA 18) Annual Member-Member Women's
18 hole golf league. Thirty-four twosomes competed in this fun tourna-
ment followed by hand catered refreshments.
9 a.m. to noon
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Letter to the Editor
My name is Nicole Liles, and I am
a lifelong resident of Ruskin, with
deep roots in our community. My
family has lived here for genera-
tions. In June of 2010, I graduated
as Salutatorian from Palmetto High
School and am currently serving as
a state officer for the Florida FFA
Association with the position of
Area 5 State Vice President. After
a two-day interview process and two
months of campaigning, I was elect-
ed to this position at the 82nd An-
nual Florida FFA State Convention
held in Orlando in June. Because it
is a full-time position, I will be start-
ing college next fall at the Univer-
sity of Florida with the intentions
of graduating from the College of
Agricultural and Life Sciences and
bringing my knowledge back to our
community. In January, I have the
opportunity to travel to Argentina
to study foreign agriculture, and am
asking for your help.
I have been involved in the FFA
since my first meeting at Lincoln
Middle School, to my senior year as
President of Palmetto FFA. I found
that my agricultural passions lie in
vegetable production and agricul-
tural advocacy on a political level.
During my year of service as a State
Vice President, it will be my respon-
sibility to serve as a representative
for 15,000 FFA members, agricul-
tural education, and Florida's agri-
culture industry. State FFA Office
is a full-time position and my duties
will include: presenting numerous
leadership conferences to thousands
of Florida FFA members, an intern-
ship with the Florida Department of
Agriculture, serving as a delegate at
the National FFA Convention, work-
ing at the Florida State Fair, just to
name a few.
One of the opportunities that I
have as a Florida FFA State Officer
is to attend the International Lead-
ership Seminar for State Officers
(ILSSO), organized by the National
FFA Global Programs. This is a once
in a lifetime opportunity to visit the
country of Argentina, where I will
learn about agriculture on a global
scale, and become more culturally
aware of the diversity in worldwide
agriculture. While in Argentina I
will visit grain ports on the Parana
River, overlook the auctions of 8-12
thousand head of cattle at a Buenos
Aires livestock market, and view
the complexes of the highest soy-
bean crushing concentration in the
world. I will tour a farm dedicated to
the production of corn, soybean and
wheat in no till agriculture, and also
a full cycle cattle operation, while
learning the farming practices, crop
rotation, fertilization and herbicide
management, and commercial and
financial aspects of the operation.
Florida's agriculture industry is
competitive with South American
agriculture industries and by ex-
panding my knowledge of Argentin-
ean agriculture, I can bring my expe-
riences back to Hillsborough County
to enhance and improve our market.
After I return from Argentina, I will
be more than willing to give a pre-
sentation or share my knowledge
gained with anyone interested. For
more information ion this program,
you can visit www.ffa.org.
As I prepare for this trip in January,
I am in the process of raising funds.
Because it is an international trip,
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in Bradenton on Dec. 4. More than
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Proceeds from the Summerfield
Ladies Club holiday bake sale on
Saturday, Dec. 4 at the subdivision's
community center will be donated to
the US Marine Corp Toys for Tots
Former alumni of East Bay High
School are raising money to fund a
scholarship in honor of retired dra-
ma teacher Lynnette Lota. The Lota
Arts Scholarship will be an endow-
ment that awards a $1,000 scholar-
ship each year to a performing arts
student from EBHS or Riverview
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A calm respite for the night after a bitterly cold morning, Shadow
Marie is securely tied to a free dock near Great Bridge, Virginia. The
bridge is visible in the background.
* Continued from page 1
doing this, my outlook brightened
with the rising temperature.
If you have a bad day or reach a
point in your life where you won-
der if there is any good left in this
world, I can assure you there is.
Let me introduce you to Captain
David Briggs. He is tall and sun-
and wind-tanned with silver hair
at a young age. He is an unpreten-
tious man who exudes calm, con-
fidence and utter competence. In
short, he is a very good man.
Wind, waves and current were
not in my favor as I sailed out of
the Chesapeake Bay to Norfolk,
Virginia. From the start, my for-
ward speed hovered at a walking
pace and I realized that there was
no way I was going to reach my
planned anchorage before night-
fall. As the bitter cold of the bay
reached into my bones, I began to
think that spending the night tied
to a dock with shore power, un-
der my electric blanket, was the
best possible way I could spend
Thanksgiving. In the hope of
finding a dock, my wife Michelle
called the marinas in the Norfolk
area; but, as it was a holiday, none
answered. She left messages with-
out confidence that anyone would
Then David Briggs called her. He
told her I could tie up at a floating
dock in his marina just inside the
mouth of Norfolk harbor. When
she asked for the cost he replied,
"I can't charge him, it's Thanks-
When I arrived at Rebel Marina,
Briggs introduced himself and in-
vited me to the marina lounge for
Thanksgiving dinner. There I was
told to help myself to a feast of tur-
key, stuffing, green beans, yams,
mashed potatoes and several pies
David Briggs invited me, a total
stranger, to stay at his marina free
of charge and to enjoy Thanksgiv-
ing with his family and friends. I
was cold and tired and they took
me in, expecting nothing other
than my company in return. He
even refused my offer to help with
the dishes. I am grateful for who
he is and for his considerable gen-
erosity in providing a free boat
slip and a Thanksgiving dinner.
He represents what is good in this
It turns out the apple didn't
fall far from the tree. His father,
Captain Lane Briggs, was widely
known for his generosity and kind
heart. In the early 1980s he devel-
oped the tugantine - a tugboat that
uses sail power in addition to fos-
sil-fuel burning engines. He used a
tugantine named the Norfolk Rebel
for towing, commercial fishing,
and even occasionally for carrying
cargo. The Norfolk Rebel remains
as the world's only sail-powered,
One Christmas during the height
of an oil crisis, he organized a
fleet of carolers, led by the Nor-
folk Rebel, to sing to homesick
crewmembers of ships that were
at anchor in the harbor, waiting for
cargo and better fuel prices. Cap-
tain Briggs was a founder of the
Great Chesapeake Schooner Race,
in which dozens of schooners race
from Baltimore to Norfolk. The
race has raised tens of thousands
of dollars for the Chesapeake Bay
Foundation. He was well known
in the world of schooners and tall
ships - not just up north but all
along the coast. In 1983, he was
named an honorary citizen of Tar-
Captain Lane Briggs passed away
five years ago. His son resisted
the fast money of the real-estate
boom years to keep the marina his
father created as a family-run op-
eration. He stands tall in my eyes,
as a kind-hearted man who took in
a cold, lonely, and tired stranger on
Thanksgiving. It seems it was just
what his father would have done.
There are small things that you
notice after spending a few hours
at the marina. There is the little
door in the wall for cats to come
in for supper and warmth, there are
the dogs that showed up and found
a home, there is the gas fireplace
in the boater's lounge that is on
early to ward off the morning chill,
and there is the large ice machine
without padlocks but with a sign
saying ice is sold on the honor sys-
tem. The father and now the son
have created a special place in this
The marina cats were tucked
inside the boater's lounge on the
morning I set out from the Rebel
Marina. The wind was howling out
of the northwest and the National
Weather Service was predicting
overnight low temperatures at
freezing. It was hard to leave the
comforts of the dock, but I knew
that time for going south was run-
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Manatee Viewing Center
DECEMBER 2, 2010
* Continued from page 1
wild TECO II along with Howard,
named for an MVC staffer, after
nursing the two injured males back
Regardless of the number of the
slow-moving, seagoing mammals
who stop off in the canal this com-
ing January, though, the utility
plans to celebrate them with every
sense. Disney Radio, a station for
kids which broadcasts at 1380 on
the AM dial, will be onsite describ-
ing the scene, interviewing visi-
tors, perhaps trying to get a travel-
ogue from a particularly outspoken
manatee on both days, according
to Rick Morera, Tampa Electric
spokesman. The station's remote
broadcast direct from the MVC on
Saturday is set for noon to 2 p.m.
and on Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m.
And, if none of the manatees in
the water want to float in place long
enough for an interview, Molly
Manatee, the MVC mascot, will be
on hand, on land, Morera said. Mol-
ly, who well may tip the scales at
about the same weight as one of her
more aquatic kin, is, however, clos-
er to human size in height and tends
to get around in an upright position,
Kroh added. Accompanied by her
handler, Molly is expected to attend
both days, interacting with visitors,
providing youngsters of all ages
with unforgettable visual impact.
The utility also has ordered large
quantities of manatee sugar cookies
from Alessi's Bakery, one of Tam-
pa's most popular premier bakers,
to tempt the taste buds of visitors,
Kroh said. The cookies, shaped
like sea cows, are to be frosted in
appropriate colors and individually
wrapped for protection and conve-
nience. Aromatic hot, buttered pop-
corn, a proven favorite at previous
MVC observances, will be avail-
able, too, Kroh said.
Both savvy adults and trend-fol-
lowing youngsters will find a lot
to touch during the quarter century
anniversary party. Tampa Electric
plans to introduce its new MVC
logo with a freshly cast medallion
on strings of colored beads, ala
Gasparilla style, and there will be
plenty of silly bands in manatee
shapes for the junior set. "We think
the medallion could become a col-
lector's item," Kroh noted.
Several tents will be set up around
the viewing center site where activ-
ities as well as exhibitors are slated.
One will house a variety of arts and
crafts designed for children, includ-
ing picture making and face paint-
ing, Kroh said. Others will host a
variety of displays from invited
exhibitors such as the Lowry Park
Zoo, the Florida Aquarium, the
Save Our Seabirds Sanctuary and
the Southwest Florida Water Man-
The occasion also gives the util-
ity an opportunity to introduce to
the general public its own newly re-
vamped exhibits at the MVC, Kroh
indicated. The expanded displays
have become considerably more in-
teractive, he said, inviting hands-on
participation. Similarly the MVC
gift shop has been doubled in size,
to give both visitors and area shop-
pers with manatee lovers on their
lists a wider range of souvenir and
gift items, he said.
In addition, Tampa Electric will
be showing off a new solar power
installation near the MVC site.
Eight steel utility poles - each sup-
porting ten 210-watt all back con-
tact mono-crystalline panels - were
set in place during October, Morera
said. The 80 panels produce 16.8
kilowatts and when added to older
panels on the roof of the exhibit
building, can provide about 37,500
KWh annually. The utility estimates
this amount of sun power is equiva-
lent to taking four cars off the road
for a year or planting 7.5 acres of
trees and generates enough to keep
three average homes operating. The
solar project was made possible by
the company's renewable energy
program in which customers volun-
tarily take part of their energy from
renewable sources, Morera added.
The energy produced also helps
power the MVC.
The entire two-day anniversary
observance is open to the public
and all of its activities, exhibits and
almost all of the celebration treats
- including all conversations with
visiting manatees - are free of
charge. The only nominal charge
involved is for the manatee cook-
ies, Kroh said. Parking also is free
and shuttle buses will ferry visitors
from off-site parking lots on both
days, he added.
The Manatee viewing Center is
open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven
days a week, between November 1
and April 15, each year.
Copyright 2010 Melody Jameson
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April 15 each year, visitors line the railings at Tampa Electric's Man-
atee Viewing Center to observe close-up huge but harmless mana-
tees relaxing in their version of a warm springs resort. Clean, warm
water outflowing from the utility's power plant near Apollo Beach
attract the mammals when Tampa Bay and Gulf water temperatures
dip into the high 60s. The utility will be celebrating a quarter century
of manatee viewing and education on January 15 and 16.
* Continued from page 1
Balm also has come to host, over sometimes strenuous objections, a mas-
sive landfill, a state prison, a small mountain of dry disposal matter and
numerous commercial dirt pits which fed home, road and public structure
builders' need for fill during booming construction years earlier this de-
On the other hand, it also is home to the sprawling Gulf Coast Research
and Education Center affiliated with the University of Florida's College
of Agriculture, a growing educational and religious complex for Spanish-
speaking migrants, a privately-owned equine exhibition center and a for-
profit tree farm where locals still cut their Christmas trees. The commu-
nity's first residential subdivision sprang up in the last five years.
It is such assets and liabilities, the inherent values and traditions, that the
citizens group wants the planners to see and understand from the resident
perspective, O'Steen indicated.
Silva, who has been on The Planning Commission staff for seven years
and involved with about a dozen community plans over the years, said the
community tour prior to beginning the planning process is a welcome op-
portunity to see the area from the local vantage point. Depending on the
demands of their schedules, other planners may accompany her, she noted,
adding that she will record photographically what she sees throughout the
The working definition of a community plan from her perspective, she
added, is development of a vision calling for goals and strategies that can
be applied to a specific study area.
Balm's plan, scheduled to start taking shape early in 2011 with Silva as
facilitator, is the last of the new South County Community Plans scheduled
at this time. Riverview's formal plan encompassing an area north of Balm
and Wimauma's plan outlining area south and west of the community both
have been completed, approved at state and county levels, and added to the
Hillsborough County Comprehensive Plan which attempts to impose order
on land use in the county.
Boundaries set in the two other plans, O'Steen suggested, may dictate the
Balm study area because it is between the other communities. Silva, how-
ever, noted that establishing the community boundaries is not necessarily
the first objective in the planning process.
The community planning process in Hillsborough County frequently has
continued over an 18-month period and has lasted for as long as three years.
It is to begin in Balm, as it has in other communities, with an open house
hosted by The Planning Commission in the subject community where the
process is explained and the local advisory group begins to form.
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vided by the Friends of
the SouthShore Regional Library.
Thursday, Dec. 9 * 7 to 7:30 p.m.
For ages 2-5 with a caregiver ~
Make reading a family affair.
Children may wear pajamas
and bring a blanket and favorite
cuddly toy for stories, songs and
activities during this 30-minute
Holiday Shopping on the Web
Saturday, Dec. 11 * 4 p.m.
Learn how to find bargains and do
your holiday shopping safely on
the Internet. Free event is pro-
vided by the Friends of the
SouthShore Regional Library.
*Registration in person required
no earlier than
one hour prior to the start of the
Interested in joining Friends of the
South Shore library,
visit the Book Sale Room at the
Library for a membership applica-
tion. For any additional informa-
tion, visit www.southshorefriends.
SouthShore Regional Library is
located at 15816 Beth Shields Way
(off 19th Avenue between U.S. 301
and 1-75). (813) 273-3652.
My tip to keep a disposable razor
sharp for months is to store the ra-
zor with the blade down in a small
cup of olive oil. The oil will keep
the razor blade sharp for months.
Helen G. in Rock Hill, S.C
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Do your pipelines
and ours a favor
If your holiday plans include
deep-frying a turkey - or anything
else delectable - Hillsborough
County has just the place to take
cooking oil that is past its useful
All three of the County's House-
hold Chemical and Electronics
Collection centers accept used and
leftover cooking oil. There is no
The Household Chemical and
Electronics Collection centers are
open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on these
days during the upcoming holiday
Dec. 11 and Jan. 8 - South
County, Powell Road, a quarter-
mile north of Big Bend Road and
just east of U.S. Highway 41.
Judging from the inner work-
ings of many sewage lift stations,
a surprising number of people
don't know that cooking oil and
grease shouldn't be poured down
the kitchen drain, said Kizuwanda
Agee, who coordinates the Fats,
Oil and Grease Program for Hills-
borough County's Water Resource
All cooking oils -- including fry-
ing oil, salad oil, meat drippings,
bacon fat and greasy leftovers --
can cause problems in the sewer
As they cool, oil and grease gel
and solidify in plumbing systems
and pipes. It's bad enough when
your home's plumbing backs up,
but the problem is even worse for
public utilities when thick layers of
grease clog wastewater pipelines
and lift stations. The result can
cause lift station pumps and other
equipment to malfunction, sewage
spills, overflows onto streets, and
foul odors in homes and neigh-
borhoods, Agee said. It's messy,
smelly and costly to clean up.
The best bet for small amounts
of grease, like bacon or hamburger
drippings, is to pour it into a small
can that can be covered and stored
in your refrigerator. When the
can is full, place it in the regular
For larger quantities -- such as
those used in deep-frying -- allow
the cooking oil to cool, then care-
fully pour it into a large, sturdy
plastic or wax-coated container,
such as the original container or
a juice carton. Cap the container,
label it as holding cooking oil, and
take it to a disposal facility such
as one of the County's Household
Chemical and Electronics Collec-
tion centers. The container can
be used to hold additional oil and
grease until it's full; just store it in
a safe, cool location, and don't mix
the grease with any other liquids
Hillsborough County's House-
hold Chemical and Electronics
Collection centers accept peanut
oil and other cooking oil year-
round, not just at the holidays.
The centers are for the conve-
nience of residents and cannot ac-
cept commercial waste. For more
information about the centers and
their schedules, visit www.hills-
call (813) 272-5680 during normal
Look no further for holiday cards
The 2nd Annual Student Holiday Greeting Card Art Contest was held
this year during the months September and October. The winners have
been picked and the cards are ready for sale!
The Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library are selling holiday
greeting cards created by local elementary school students. The partici-
pating schools were Cypress Creek, Reddick, Ruskin and Wimauma Ele-
mentary Schools. The winning artists' holiday renderings were beauti-
fully transformed into cards by Ruskin printer, M&M Printing Co., Inc.
The Holiday Greeting Cards are now available to the public and can
be purchased at the SouthShore Regional Library front desk at a cost of
only $5 for all 10 cards! Proceeds from the sale of the cards will supple-
ment the cost of various programs offered to the public for free at the
SouthShore Regional Library is located at 15816 Beth Shields Way (off
19th Avenue) in Ruskin. For more information, call (813) 273-3652.
The gift exchange
I go to garage sales throughout the spring
and summer. I buy all the new, still-in-the-box
things they have to offer. I also purchase gift
paper and gift bags. You can buy them cheap-
ly then. Most were gifts they could not use.
Then in October or November, when people
start thinking about Christmas, I have an 'in-
the-house' sale. They look much better there
than in a garage, and people pay twice to three
times what you purchased them for.
Pat H. in Independence, MO
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Camp Bayou hosts Holiday open house
The Ruskin Moose Lodge #813 is located at
1212 E. Shell Point Road, Ruskin * (813) 645-5919
Friday, Dec. 3
7-11 p.m. Shine On
Saturday, Dec. 4 7-11 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 10 7-11 p.m.
Karaoke with Charlie Bums
Saturday, Dec. 11 5-7 p.m. WOTM Annual Christmas Party
with Ham Dinner
7-11 p.m. Party with Kim Mullins
Friday, Dec. 17 7-11 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 18
4-7 p.m. Moose Legion Dinner
7-11 p.m. Karaoke with Kim Mullins
Friday, Dec. 24 7-11 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 31
Every Wednesday 5-7 p.m.
New Year's Eve Party with
Taylor and Taylor
Spaghetti Dinner -- new and delicious
5-7 p.m. Wings (except Thanksgiving)
5-7 p.m. Fish Fry (except Christimas)
7-11 p.m. Karaoke by Kim
All events are open to qualified
Moose members and guests.
Wilhelm donates tree to Ruskin
Wilhelm Heating and Air Conditioning, Inc. employees have been hard
at work to create a unique work of art for Ruskin Elementary's multicul-
tural Festival of Trees from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4.
To raise money for the title I, school businesses and individuals have
been asked to donate a decorated Christmas tree to be auctioned off in
the school's cafeteria. The auction, part of the non-denominational holi-
day event, will begin at 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.
The 'Wilhelm tree' is teal, and will boast pink decorations representing
the company's colors. The topper for the tree is the real prize -- a free
service call (a $100 value). There will be many trees to bid on, so be sure
to stop by with the whole family and choose your favorite.
After choosing your tree you can stop by and visit with Santa Claus
from 1 to 4 p.m. or stop by the reading comer that will be going on all
day. There will be live entertainment and food from cultures all over the
world. For more information, call Cheryl Jones at (813) 340-1831.
Camp Bayou will hold its Holi-
day Open House from 9 a.m. to
2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 4. The
day's activities reflect programs
held throughout the year at Camp
9 a.m.: Guided walking tour
begins at Visitor's Center
9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.: Highlight
cart tours, 20 minute tours on 7-
passenger cart every half hour
10 a.m.: Compost workshop led
by Hillsborough County Coopera-
10:30 a.m.: Aquatic explorations.
Join a naturalist to net critters in
11 a.m.: Rainbarrel workshop
led by Hillsborough County Coop-
Noon: Holiday BBQ (mem-
bers only). The main dish will be
provided by Camp Bayou with
side dishes supplied by members.
(Members are folks who have
made a recorded donation, or vol-
unteered at least 5 hours, in the
last 6 months.) Not a member yet?
New members may sign up on the
morning of the event for a nomi-
nal fee. RSVP to Dolly at camp-
firstname.lastname@example.org, and include if
you will be bringing a side dish.
1 p.m: Guided walking tour
begins at Visitor's Center.
Throughout the day:
Paleo Preserve Fossil Museum
open; Leisey-Casey Discovery
Center open; fossil pit dig (for
small fee); fossil show and sale,
nature center open; art show and
sale; photography contest display/
Visitors net critters in the river -- just one of many activities at the
Holiday Open House.
awards; nature activity/crafts sta-
tions; geocache/letterbox treasure
hunt, three trails through varied
habitats; native plants for sale;
native peoples' camp; fishing
cabins showcased; storytelling on
the bayou; 'green' information;
Eagle Audubon Butterfly Habitat.
Save your home: foreclosure prevention
scheduled in Ruskin
"The most obvious and com- foreclosure practices at the Flor-
pelling reason why homeowners ida Default Law Group, the Law
should attend this workshop is to Offices of Marshall C. Watson,
get honest information about their PA.; the Law Offices of David J.
loans from objective and quali- Stern, P.A.; and Shapiro & Fish-
fled third-party sources rather than man, LLP., a Florida court ruled
from the banks that are currently that banks must provide evidence
under scrutiny for illegal activity," of ownership when attempting to
says Florida Foreclosure Defense foreclosure on a property.
attorney David C. Hicks. The recent decisions come amid
He will be serving as the Key- critical reports of judicial fore-
note Presenter at this free work- closures receiving 'rocket docket'
shop designed to teach about new processing despite missing and/
legal strategies and the potential or poorly prepared documents.
solutions for defending against In October, Wells Fargo admit-
foreclosure eviction. The event is ted making mistakes in 55,000
designed to empower homeowners foreclosure cases but promised to
with knowledge and resources that expeditiously address them. Now,
may help them in preventing their a growing number of concerned
foreclosure, homeowners, including many who
Foreclosure Prevention Work- have missed their mortgage pay-
shop will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. ments are now moving to challenge
on Thursday, Dec. 9 at Destiny their foreclosure proceedings.
Church Community Room, 2124 Attorney Hicks states that these
11th Ave. SE, Ruskin. and a host of other lender-caused
The workshop is free. Advanced issues may result in the prevention
RSVP is requested at 877-306- of foreclosure eviction and encour-
5299. ages homeowners to learn the facts
Why should Florida residents about their loan. He emphasizes
attend this foreclosure preven- that lender violations are typically
tion workshop? found in 8 out of10 reviewed loan
Following foreclosure mora- files. "In many cases, lenders made
toriums by PNC Bank, Bank of violations that are actionable in a
America, J.P. Morgan Chase, and court of law," said Hicks, "but 95
Ally Financial, the settlement of percent of homeowners don't real-
deceptive marketing charges by
Wells Fargo Bank and the Attorney
General's investigation into faulty
ize that they also have legal rights
that could potentially prevent their
foreclosure from continuing."
org/ to download a flyer with the
schedule of events.
Camp Bayou is located 3 miles
south of SR674 at the end of 24th
St. SE in Ruskin. More informa-
tion is on the web at www.camp-
bayou.org or call (813) 641-8545.
During the workshop, Hicks
will provide free legal information
about homeowners' rights and the
most recent discoveries in Florida
foreclosure defense law. In addi-
tion, homeowners will receive
information from participating
non-profit agencies to help them
better assess a practical course of
action for their needs. Participat-
ing sponsors include Legal Aid,
Boys and Girls Club, Goodwill
Industries and more.
Topics covered in the free fore-
closure prevention workshop
* Loan Modifications - Effective
techniques in working with banks
* Federal Foreclosure Programs
- HAMP and HAFA
* Loan Review - How to identify
errors in your loan papers
* Buying More Time in Your
Home - Simple steps to postpone
* Protecting Against Foreclosure
* County Agency Resources
* Potential Legal Defenses
* Open Question and Answer
"I'm encouraged to see that many
more people are taking an interest
in protecting what's legally theirs,"
said Hicks. "Taking responsibility
to prevent foreclosure will make a
difference not only to the family,
but to the community-at-large."
East Bay presents holiday play
Emily Marchant, part of the Wilhelm Heating and Air Conditioning,
Inc. staff, is hard at work painting a one-of-a-kind Christmas tree for
Ruskin Elementary's multicultural Festival of Trees.
Celebrate the holiday season at
the East Bay High School Theatre
Department production of 'The
Best Christmas Pageant Ever.' The
story is a hilarious family piece that
explores what happens when the
town misfits take over the church
Christmas pageant. The show is
sure to please with holiday mu-
sic, singing, and a heart-warming
message. The production will take
place Dec. 9-11, at the East Bay
High School Theatre. Doors open
at 6:30 p.m, with the show starting
at 7 p.m. Run time is 1 hour and
complimentary cookies, hot choc-
olate, and goodies for children will
be distributed after the show. Call
(813) 671-5134, ext. 271 for res-
The annual Middle School Mad-
ness festival in its 4th year will
take place in February and will be
made available to all Eisenhower
Middle School 8th grade students.
The East Bay Theatre Depart-
ment will present a spring musi-
cal 'Grease' May 12-14, 2011. In
addition to the mainstage produc-
tions, the EBHS Moving Minds
Theatre Co. will be presenting
touring children's theatre free of
charge to area elementary schools
from November through March.
Any school interested should call
Krista M. Pelham, Theatre Direc-
tor at (813) 671-5134, ext. 271.
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Reality as not seen on TV
I am seriously behind sched-
ule on a slow journey home to
Florida. My goal was to be well
into the Intracoastal Waterway in
a southern state by my birthday,
which was last Monday.
Instead, thanks largely
to weather and mechani-
cal delays, I crossed the
Chesapeake on the date
of my birth. I am a very
long way from home and
my stress level is extraor- Obse
dinarily high. Just as my By Mitc
stress-level went into the
stratosphere, I received m
an email from my boss.
It started out with the words to the
Happy Birthday song and it con-
cluded by saying that I need to go
easy on myself, and that I should
make it a short day to relax. What
boss does that sort of thing? A
great boss - and a great friend.
Brenda Knowles is the editor and
publisher of The Observer News.
She runs this newspaper with the
same heart and passion as she re-
vealed to me in that email. She
truly cares about the community
and she always wants to do the
right thing. Sometimes doing the
right thing costs her, but she is OK
with that because her soul and her
heart remain intact.
The Observer has won literally
hundreds of awards since I joined
the paper in 2001. Everyone
working here has been recognized
for excellence. Penny Hetcher,
Melody Jameson and I have all
won awards for editorial work.
The phenomenal graphics artist
Chere Simmons has won dozens of
awards, as have others. That rec-
ognition by our peers, from an as-
sociation of newspapers represent-
ing six million readers, would not
have happened without Brenda.
She not only inspires
excellence, she paves
the way for it.
A sailboat means
more to me than just
a hobby or a pastime.
My wife and I lived
nations aboard for eight years
Traphagen and bringing Shadow
Marie home to Florida
will mean that some-
day we can resume the
lifestyle we loved so much. Bren-
da sees value that extends well be-
yond simply sailing a boat home
to Florida. She is allowing this to
happen because she wants a bet-
ter writer on her staff. She wants
and deserves more awards for ex-
cellence. But she is also doing it
because she has a good heart and
she knows that this is important to
me. She cares about me and about
everyone who works for her and
she cares about you and this com-
munity. She has already made one
of my dreams come true in giving
me this job.
The basic premise of reality TV
shows is that one person comes
out on top. Everyone else will
lose. Despite the fact that teams
are created, winning means stab-
bing everyone else in the back.
That is reality TV. But it is not re-
ality. People like Brenda and Cap-
tain David Briggs (the man I wrote
about in this week's installment on
the trip) are real.
MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTO
Sailing down the country at six miles-per-hour has given me a unique perspective on life. It has also
introduced me to the beauty of this nation.
Moving down the length of the
country at six miles-per-hour
changed my perspective on so
many things. I am going slow
enough to appreciate the incred-
ible beauty that exists everywhere
in this very blessed nation. I have
met countless people who would
give the shirt off their backs if you
needed it. As a journalist, there
are benefits in this that are invalu-
able. Not only does such a journey
open my eyes to the beauty of this
nation, it also allows me to give a
voice to the good and decent peo-
ple in this world.
On a personal level, this is giving
me the opportunity to see if I can
still pull something like this off.
I entered my 48th year last week
and I don't care what the conven-
tional wisdom says, that is well
past middle age. More often than
not, I'm tired, cold, bloodied and
lonely. But I'm also having a blast.
It may all end tomorrow due to
many different circumstances but
for today, I've reached my goals. I
am going to be a better person and
hopefully a better writer because
The true reality series of life
does not involve people plopped
onto an island somewhere schem-
ing and plotting against each other.
Reality is people like Brenda, who
work behind the scenes to make
things better for everyone. While
to me she is unique in her gifts, I
know full well there are people
like her all around us. They may
not always make the headlines, in
fact they may avoid the headlines,
but they are reality, as it is not seen
Visit Ruskin Elementary School's Festival of Trees
Need a fully decorated Christmas
tree? On Saturday, Dec. 4 begin-
ning at 9 a.m. look no farther than
Ruskin Elementary School PTA's
Multicultural Festival of Trees lo-
cated in the cafeteria. Local busi-
nesses, families and organizations
are supplying fully decorated trees
for the event's Christmas tree auc-
tion. The silent auction begins at
9 a.m. and the bidding ends at 4
p.m. The themed trees are from:
Wilhelm Heating and Air Con-
ditioning, Dr. Kirk Parrot, Kona
Ice, Joy Filters, Destiny Church,
M & M Printing Company, Inc.,
Suncoast Schools Federal Credit
Union, Harriet's Flowers, the
Whitzel family. Kim Mosley and
Events at Florida
Find directions and more info at
* CANDLELIGHT TOURS OF
Hillsborough River State Park
December 10 & 11 * 5-9 p.m.
This evening experience will of-
fer a rare chance to visit the fort
after dark and to witness life in the
early days of the Florida Frontier.
Fort Foster Historic Site is a na-
tionally listed historic place, and
its mission is to preserve and in-
terpret the history of early Florida.
$5 ages 13 and over, 12 and under
* SANTA PAWS 5 K RUN &
Highlands Hammock State Park
December 11 * 8:00 a.m.
Bring the whole family, includ-
ing Fido, for this fun event to
benefit the Humane Society of
Highlands County. Dress up your
pet and get your picture taken with
Santa Paws. Pre-registration for
the 5K run is $20 day of race. Pre-
register at hshcsantapaws5k@live.
Tracey Zirfas both have donated
a Mary Kay basket for the occa-
sion. One of the best buys will be
a tree donated by Mr. and Mrs.
Cullen of Sun City that is adorned
with more than $150 worth of gift
cards donated by local restaurants
and grocery stores as ornaments.
There will also be food (with $.25
ticket purchases), entertainment,
face painting, temporary tattoos,
singing, a reading comer and vis-
its to booths representing Germa-
ny, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Africa,
Switzerland, Holland, and Poland.
Santa will visit between 1 p.m. and
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Home and home Golf Tournament with
The 9-hole women's golf association of Caloosa Golf and Country Club
hosted a golf mixer with the 9-hole women's league of the Falcon Watch
golf association. First place winners were Kay Dudek, Lynn Bodner, Emma
Gadd, and Becky Benhart. Second place: Mickey Tarrantino, Jo Nieter,
Mary McLafferty, and Jenny Ryan. Third place: Doris DeArment, Judy
Boyer, Audrey Ercogovich. A luncheon followed at the Caloosa Club. Doby
Taney and Margo Stonefield were social chairs for the event and Kay Dudek
was the tournament director.
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A crowd gathers under the tent at the festival.
St. Anne Catholic Church draws crowds
Saint Anne Church recently held
its annual Fall Festival on the
Church grounds in Ruskin. The
weather, from Thursday night
through Sunday evening, was fan-
tastic and hundreds of South Shore
residents took advantage of the op-
portunity to enjoy the rides, games,
foods, crafts, and entertainment
provided. In addition to the usual
carnival activities, Saint Anne of-
fered its own assortment of games
and prizes. The "big winners" of
the weekend in the Saint Anne tent
were Benjimen Aguado, Lucia
Segovia-Sarte, and Chris Cooper.
Benjimin took home a GPS, Lu-
cia an E-Reader, and Chris a Wii
console. The highlight of the fes-
tival, the "You Choose the Prize"
drawing was won by J. T. Vena of
Riverview. Fr. John presented the
winner a check for $1,300 which
was 10% of this year's total dona-
Father John presented J.T. Vena
of Riverview with a check.
The hundreds of volunteers nec-
essary to ensure the success of this
annual event are looking forward
to a well-earned rest. They would
like to thank all those people who
attended this year's festival and
hope to see them again next year!
Redeemer Lutheran to hold German Service
The Sun City Center German
American Club Singers, in coop-
eration with Redeemer Lutheran
Church will present a German
service at 3PM on Sunday, Dec.
5 in the church sanctuary. Read-
ings will be done in the German
language and the singers will also
present choral numbers in German.
Join them in celebrating the Ger-
man Advent and Christmas sea-
son. Refreshments will be served
following the service.
Lady of Song
Enjoy a wonderful night of music
with the Legendary Lady of Song.
This is a limited one night engage-
ment at Apollo Beach Community
Church, 6414 Gulf & Sea Blvd,
Apollo Beach, Dec. 4, at 6:30pm.
Cost of a ticket is $12.50. Tick-
ets can be purchased by calling
the Church at 641-2222 between
9-12, Monday thru Friday or call
W 4 your name,
The Church is located at 701
Valley Forge Blvd. Sun City Cen-
ter on the corner of Valley Forge
Blvd. and S.R. 674. All are wel-
Connection to hold I
luncheon meeting 1
The December South Shore
Christian Women's Connection
Luncheon will be held on Thurs-
day, Dec. 9. The program and lun- Nui
cheon will be held at Club Renais- Pa
sance, 2121 South Pebble Beach 51
Blvd. Sun City Center. The doors -
will open at 11:00am and lunch [
served at 11:30am.
The program will be presented
by Chef Dave West, owner of the
Rolling Pin Kitchen Emporium,
in Brandon. He will be providing
great cooking tips.
Special feature --12 days of
Christmas with Shirley Walker I
and Eleanor Crossley
The inspirational speaker is Pam
Santner, former dental assistant,
teen model, widow and cancer
survivor blends two families with
a song in her heart.
Lido Chicken Salad,(grilled
chicken breast atop romaine let-
tuce with mandarin oranges, blue
cheese, dried cran-raisins and
sweet glazed pecans with a Man-
darin-ginger dressing), will be the Hc
December entree for the luncheon.
The special meal is always tossed
salad with grilled chicken. If you
request a special meal, please tell
your server at the luncheon. You
must order the special meal when
you make your reservation.
Make your reservation or can-
cellation before noon on Monday,
Dec. 6. The cost is $17 inclusive.
All ladies welcome, no member-
ship required. sponsored by South
Shore Christian Women's Con-
nection, affiliated with Stonecroft
To make a reservation for De-
cember, please call Pat Butler 813-
938-4320 or Tara Flood 813-383-
7540 or respond to this email at
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Join the Brandon Chai group Si
of Hadassah for their annual fun- M
packed Channukah party on Sun- F,
day, Dec. 5, at 1p.m. The party
will include a pot-luck luncheon
and will be held at the home of
Janice Perelman in Brandon.
Members, husbands and guests
are invited, but reservations are a
must. Call Janice at (813) 571-
2029 to RSVP.
Come and experience the power of
Jesus to change your life.
Sunday @ 9 & 11 AM * Servicio en Espariol @ 6 PM
2322 11th Ave. SE * Ruskin, FL * 813.645.3337
Zipperer's Tunera( T-ome
Only Onsite Crematory in S. Hillsborough County
Family owned and operated since 1979
' 7 1520 33rd St. S.E., Ruskin, FL 33570
DECEMBER 2, 2010
-, CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH
W Sunday Worship: Blended 8:00 a.m.
Contemporary 9:40 a.m. _ ,B,,. R
rsery Provided= "
store Jack R. Palzer Traditional 11:15 a.m.
309 U.S. Highway 41 North � Apollo Beach A t
ossfrom MiraBay)ww.calvarylutheranchurch.net 645-1305 =' N S
St. John the Divine Episcopal Church
Growing by Faith from Generation to Generation
Rev. Tracy H. Wider - Church Office 813-645-1521
UNDAY SERVICES: 9 am - Contemporary Service and Sunday School
at West Campus, S.R. 674 and 9th Street SE, Ruskin
8 am - Traditional Service and 11 am Holy Communion with Choir at East Campus
at 1015 Del Webb Blvd., SCC
All Worship Services with Holy Communion and Healing Holy Oil
Ruskin United Methodist Church
First Street & 4th Ave. NW, Ruskin (Behind Suntrust Bank)
ALL ARE WELCOME TO COME AND WORSHIP WITH US:
SUNDAY MORNINGS: (Nov.-April ............................. 8:30 a.m. Day Care Available
Rev. John M. Bartha and all year)...................... 10:45 a.m. 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Phone: 645-1241 Sunday School.................... 9:30 a.m. call 645-6198
REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH-ELCA
701 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City Center, FL33573-5354
Rev. Dr. Peter Stiller, Pastor * 634-1292
Saturday Worship: 4:00 p.m.
Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m.
)ly Communion....First & Third Sunday * Bible Class...Thursday 10 am, Guests Welcome
First Church of Christ, Scientist
Ruskin - Sun City Center (813) 645-6102
204 Second St. N.W, Ruskin, Florida 33570
Sunday Service * Sunday School .................................................... 10 AM
Wednesday Testimony Meeting ....................................................... 5 PM
Reading Room. Tuesday and Thursday..................................... 1- 4 PM
ALL ARE WELCOME www.spirituality.com
f riendship Baptist Chwrch
A Rance Goad, Pastor (Southern Baptist)
. 1511 El Rancho Dr.
Sun City Center, FL 33573
9 a .m . ...............
1 1 a .m ..............
10 a.m. & 6 p.m.
6 p.m.... Prayer Meeting/Bible Study
fUnitarian Universalist Fellowship of SCC
Meets in the Social Hall of the Beth Israel Synagogue
1115 E. Del Webb Blvd.
Thursday, 7:00 PM - Call 633-0396
What we wish to become tomorrow begins with what
we choose to be today. RICHARD A. KELLAWAY
NORTHSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH
"Where God's Love is Shared"
U.S. Hwy. 41 N., Ruskin, FL * 645.1121 * www.nbcor.org
sunday School for all ages 9:30 AM SBC
morning Worship 10:45 AM Wanted: People Who Want to Grow
evening Worship 6:00 PM and Live for Jesus!
ull Wednesday Schedule for all ages
North River Church of Christ
- Non-Instrumental -
13885 U.S. Hwy 301 South
(Just South of the Manatee County Line)
Minister: Howard Johnson Offi
Services: Sunday 10:00am, 11:00am & 6:00pm Offic
Wednesday 7:00pm Homi
(First Baptist Church of Gibsonton
"We love because He firit loved us." 1 John 4:19
Traditional Worship Service *Sunday School 9:30 A.M.
Old-Time Gospel Hymns *Morning Worship 10:30 A.M.
Nursery Available I Sunday Evening 6:00 P.M.
* Interpreter for the Deaf Mid-Week (Wed.) 7:00 P.M.
9912 Indiana St.* Hwy 41 & Estelle A n 11 Malcolm S. Clements, Pastor
,Gibsonton, FL 33534 - 813-671-1301
W cOa~ d EVERETT TATE, MINISTER
South Hillsborough Church of Christ
1611 First St. SW * Ruskin, FL * 645-7607
SERVICES: Sunday........................9:30 & 10:30 a.m.; 6:00 p.m .
Wednesday................7:00 p.m .
Prince of Peace Masses:
SSunday ..........8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., Noon
Catholic Church Saturday Vigil ...............4:00 and 6:00 p.m.
702 Valley Forge Blvd., SCC, FL 33573 Daily..........................................8:00 a.m.
Phone: 634-2328 * Fax: 633-6670 I Confessions:
www.popcc.org Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m. and Sat. 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
F"RST BAPTIST CHURCH
820 COLLEGE AVE. W.
RUSKIN, FL 33570
. - www.fbcruskin.org
A Resource for Families
Sunday School............................9:45 a.m .
Morning Worship............8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Dr Barry Rusey
Evening Service..............................6:00 p.m. KCHRIST 2SCHOOL
Wednesday Night Service..............7:00 p.m. THROUGH 12TH
Awana...................... .................. 7:00 p.m . GRADE
DECEMBER 2, 2010
U n it yity Rather Than "Religion"
Spirituality Rather Than "Religion"
Beth Israel's Social Hall
1115 Del Webb E. * Sun City Center, FL
Sunday Service 10:00 a.m.
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Drive with family receiving friends prior
to services from 12:00 to 2:00 PM. In
lieu of flowers, donations may be made
in Jack's memory to a charity of choice.
Arrangements are under the care of
Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun
City Center, FL
S EMPOWERMENT CHRISTIAN CENTER
at SouthShore, Inc.
Worship SUVD.IY:NOV14 * 9:00A.M.
Service Schedule: Sundays........9 a.m. Thursdays........7:30 p.m.
6140 N. U.S. Hwy. 41 * Apollo Beach, FL 33572
(In the plaza with Blockbuster Video)
Pastor Deondrick Douglas * (813) 938-5815
^ THE FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH
INVITES YOU TO THE SERVICES NOW WORSHIPPING IN THE "CHAPEL"
AT SUN CITY CENTER FUNERAL HOME 10:30 AM ON SUNDAYS
NO CREED...BUT CHRIST
NO BOOK...BUT THE BIBLE
1851 RICKENBACKER DRIVE * 813-938-4955
Minister - DR. DAVID CAMPBELL
Southside Baptist Church
"A Warm, Loving & Friendly Church"
Looking for a church home?
Need the comfort of a warm and loving family?
Join us on Sunday to come home to the warmth of our church family.
Located in South Hillsborough County, just south of Stephens Road in old Sun City.
4208 U.S. Hwy. 41 S * Sun City, FL 33586 * 813-645-4085
"Getting to KnowYou" (Donuts & Coffee)......... 900 a.m. n Collis, Pastor
Sunday School .................................................................. 9:30 am . an C o lls, Pastor
Sunday Morning Worship ....................................... 10:55 a.m. Come join us to
Sunday Evening Service.............................................. 6:00 p.m. learn about God's
Wednesday Evening Service...................................... 7:00 p.m. Word and salvation
Thursday Morning Prayer ............................................10:00 a.m . in Jesus Christ ,
61InfieJJ7ei1Aocs1 CGurc qof un CQ6y Genleer
The Church of Open Hearts... Open Minds... Open Doors
1210 W. Del Webb Blvd. * 634-2539
, , Worship Services:
' Saturday............. 4:00 p.m. Reason Hall (Traditional Service)
Sunday................ 8:15 a.m. in Sanctuary (Traditional Service)
9:30 a.m. - Creason Hall (The Oasis)
,Im F h 10:55 a.m. - Sanctuary (Traditional with Chancel Choir)
(H 1 Fellowship timI .... i, ' , ,..,,,i,. I..r .... 10:15a.m. and 11a.m. in Creason Hall
�j od- ove A.S(CC1L'MC.Com
PASTORS: DR. WARRENLANGER, REV GARY BULLOCK
Communion First Sunday of Each Month
W St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Sunday Services 9:30 a.m.
Tl \ Casual Service 11:00 a.m.
t. Prayers with anointing for healing and wholeness
during worship the second Sunday of every month.
Ministry Pastor: Dr. Gerald Iwerks
Church Meet friends in Fellowship Hall after the Service.
1239 Del Webb Blvd. West
Sun City Center, FL 33573
Church is Handicap accessible
For Information visit:
Saint 4nne Catholic dCutch
04 Fr. John McEvoy
U.S. Hwy. 41 * 106 11th Ave. NE * Ruskin
SouthShore: r- : .*I I., Beach, Ruskin, Sun City and S. Gibsonton
Saturday Vigil M ass................................................................ 5:00 p.m .
Sunday Mass..................................8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
Holy Days................................... Contact Parish Office for Schedule
Daily ...................................................... M onday thru Friday 8:00 a.m.
Espatol.............................Domingo - 12:30 p.m.; Miercoles 7:30 p.m.
Confession ..........................Wednesday 6:45 p.m.; Saturday 3:45 p.m.
Nursery Available for 10:00 a.m. Mass
John 'Jack' Bernard
John "Jack" Bernard, 84, of Sun City
Center, FL, passed away on November
27, 2010 at Tampa General Hospital.
Born on April 11, 1926 in Parma,
Ohio, Jack was a retired business
owner of Bernard Specialty Company
in Cleveland, Ohio and moved to the
area in 1998. He was a WWII US
Army Veteran and a member of the
Woodcarvers of Sun City Center, the
Sawdust Engineers of Sun City Center,
Rod & Reel Club of Kings Point, the
Gadabouts of Sun City Center and the
Simmons Lake Association. He was
preceded in death by his first wife, Willi
and survivors include his wife, Caroline
of Sun City Center; three sisters: Rita
(Larry) Taddie, Catherine Dunkle &
Ruth Wise; 14 nieces and nephews; 5
children and numerous grandchildren
and great-grandchildren along with dear
friends, Art & Elsie Shirley. A Funeral
Service will be held on December 8,
2010 at 2:00 PM at Sun City Center
Funeral Home, 1851 Rickenbacker
Juan and Sergio Guitron
Juan and Sergio Guitron whose lives
were taken short, died on Thanksgiving
Day. Juan, 28, was born on July 12,1982
and Sergio, 22, was born on February
11, 1988. The men were survived
solely by mother Paz Quezada. They
were preceded in death by their father
in January 2004. They were beloved
sons, cousins, friends and will never be
Memorial contributions are welcomed
and should be mailed to 720 Johnson
Dr. Ruskin, FL 33570.
Arthur Andrew Muise
Arthur Andrew Muise, 79, of Sun
City Center, passed away on Monday,
November 22, 2010 after a long battle
with Parkinson's Disease.
Bor n nBoston, MA, Arthur served in
the Army during the Korean War. He
was extremely proud of his military
A retired insurance adjuster, Arthur
loved his tools and working on his
house and researching his family tree.
Arthur is survived by his wife Susan of
Sun City Center; sister, Margaret Ennis
of Boyton Beach, FL; children, Stephen
Muise of Norcross, GA, Gary Muise of
Chelmsford, MA, Carolanne Lanouette
of Danville, NH, Corinne Tosti of
Framingham, MA, and Jacqueline Hart
of Salem, MA..
He also had 14 grandchildren and
several great-grandchildren. Arthur's
ashes will be interred at Arlington
In lieu of flowers, donations can be
made to Palm Garden of Sun City
Center, 3850 Upper Creek Drive, Sun
City Center, or to your local military
Join the festivities at SCC Methodist
The United Methodist Church of
Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb
Blvd. West, will present A Christ-
mas Madrigal Dinner III on Thurs-
day, Friday, and Saturday, Dec. 2,
3 and 4 at 6pm in Creason Hall.
This traditional Elizabethan mad-
rigal dinner is an evening of din-
ner theatre in which diners join a
16th century English court in its
celebration of Christmas dinner,
typically a four-course meal that
is eaten along with a royal family
and their immediate friends. The
emphasis is on silliness, slapstick
Mon., Wed., and Fri.
9:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Sunday 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
comedy, good music and period
food. Besides toasting and eating,
diners are also encouraged to par-
ticipate in the festivities by sing-
ing and dancing. The main plot of
this third installment of the show
revolves about Prince Claudius
and Princess Christina who are
about to have a baby. The eve-
ning of comedy ends with dessert
and a short concert of Christmas
madrigals, 16th century a cappella
choral pieces. The experience of
a madrigal dinner is unlike that of
any other dinner theatre. "So the
Located at the United Methodist Church
1210 Del Webb W. * Sun City Center, FL
SOUTH BAY CHURCH
To reserve or for more information:
13498 US 301 S. * Riverview, FL 33578
story unfolds before ye this night;
watch and enjoy as it all comes to
The players in this year's Mad-
rigal include Bill Turcotte, Jene
Evans, David and Katy Style,
Al Moorman, Pat Johnson, Scott
LaRue, Rod Peterson, Dianne Tur-
cotte, Shane Canfield, Mike Sekol,
Kathy Straub, Isabelle Jordan, Tom
& Sue Montgomery, Julia Jordan,
Linda Whitt, Donna Van Dreser,
Dennis & Sydney LaRue, Linda
Sanford, Shirley Bengston, Shir-
ley Walker, Barbara Kanoza and
Mary Bushong. Costumes are by
Carol Stewart, dinner by Amanda
Jordan and the play is written and
directed by Jeff Jordan.
There are still several tickets
available for these special perfor-
mances. Tickets are $15 each in-
clude a home-cooked four-course
meal and may be purchased in
the church office during business
hours. For more information about
this and other concerts and special
events at the United Methodist
Church of Sun City Center, please
contact Jeff Jordan, Minister of
Worship Arts at 813-634-2539.
The choir of St. John the Divine
will present Camille Saint Saens
magnificent Christmas Oratorio
on Dec. 12 at 4pm. The extensive
solo work in the oratorio will be
sung by Bridgie Brelsford, Vince
Robbio, Mary K. Merrill, Paul
Barientos, Alyson Barrett. The
SCC campus of St. John the Di-
vine will host the event.
Dessert Card Party
The Prince of Peace Council of
Catholic Women invite everyone
who likes to play cards or any
board game to make up a table in
advance and come to the dessert
card party on Wednesday, Dec. 8,
noon to 3:30 PM. They furnish
cards, pencils and tallies. They
have an assortment of desserts,
table and door prizes. For more
information, call 633-2460.
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They raised over $4000, allowing the Community Cupboard to give
each family a $10 gift card to purchase a turkey for their Thanksgiving
meal and purchase additional food.
DECEMBER 2, 2010
project a success
Thanks to Calvary Lutheran
congregants and friends for mak-
ing the 2010 ThanksForGiving
Bag project a huge success! Their
generosity produced over 275
bags filled with all of the neces-
sities for a great Thanksgiving
meal. Combined with generous
donations of food from Destiny
Church and from the Walston
family's daycare, and The Pea-
cock's Plume, these bags of food
were given to over 300 needy
families in the local area through
the Community Cupboard. It was
truly God's work, throughtheir
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
welcomes nine new members
Front row: Associate Member Rosie Clifton, Roberta Ackerman,
Carol Quam, Lori Bossman, David Bossman. Back row: Carl Se-
lavka, Janet Selavka, Janet Carter, Raymond Carter
One year ago the congregation
of the First Christian Church of
Sun City Center held a ceremony
to celebrate the
burning of the
their land. Now
they are inviting
you to gather
- with them to
"- ---- celebrate the
ground to begin the construction
of their new church. They are hop-
ing for occupancy by Easter.
The ground breaking will take
place on Dec. 5, at 1711 33rd
Street, SE. Plan to arrive by 1:30
pm. The ceremony will begin
promptly at 2 pm followed by light
refreshments. Please bring lawn
chairs. The public is invited.
RUMC veterans display quilts
earmarked for military
Ruskin United Methodist Church has a prayer quilt ministry. After each
quilt is completed, individual church members and friends say a prayer
and tie a bow on the quilt. When all the bows have been completed, the
quilt is given to a person in need of prayer, many times a terminally ill
congregant or neighbor. The prayer quilt ministry also makes several
patriotic quilts annually that are sent to Afghanistan military bases. Two
patriotic quilts sent for Veteran's Day are shown by 3 of the church's
Vietnam veterans -- Rev. John M. Bartha, Renee Gausche and Mark
Michael A. Guido, D.D.
A man came down from the hills
all dressed up and carrying his Bi-
ble. "Where are you going?" asked
"I've been hearing about the
gambling, drinking, pretty girls,
and partying in Las Vegas," said
John, "and I'm going there to find
out about it."
"But why the Bible?" he asked.
"If it's as good as they say it
is," answered John, "I'll stay over
Sunday and go to church."
Many of us "stay over" Sunday
after Sunday to hear the sermons,
but the Word of God goes in one
ear and out the other. We read
without responding and hear with-
But the Bible says, "Be ye doers
of the word, and not hearers only,
deceiving your own selves."
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The Advent season will begin
with a Taize Evensong Dec. 5 at
4pm. This service will be held
in conjunction with St. Anne Ro-
man Catholic Church in Ruskin
and will be led by organ builder
Wayne Warren. This service will
feature the children's choir of St.
Anne's church as well as their own
musicians and singers. The Ruskin
campus of St. John the Divine will
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late November and so I untied the
lines and powered into Norfolk
The harsh conditions I encoun-
tered aside, Norfolk harbor is an
amazing place. As the home of the
world's largest naval base, it is a
truly awesome display of Ameri-
ca's military might. Almost every-
thing the United States Navy has
to offer passes through here, from
submarines to aircraft carriers.
The collection of ships is stun-
ning and the aircraft carriers dwarf
them all. At the far end of the har-
bor in Newport News is the newest
of them: the USS Gerald R. Ford,
expected to be placed into service
in 2015. This is the only place in
the world in which that ship could
be built. Seeing the ships with
flags flying, knowing everything
is run at the highest professional
level was a warm thought on that
Just entering the harbor is awe-
inspiring. Norfolk is part of the
Hampton Roads metropolitan area
with 1.8 million people. Bridges
are as much a way of life here as
they are in Tampa Bay. Upon en-
tering the harbor, all vessels, large
and small, cross over the Hamp-
ton Roads Bridge-Tunnel. The
bridge-tunnel consists of a bridge
at both ends with a tunnel in the
middle. Man-made islands form
the mouths of the tunnel. It is an
unusual sight to sail in and see the
headlights of cars barreling to-
wards the water, only to disappear
beneath the surface.
But the most awe-inspiring sight
after a cold day spent out of sight
of land in heavy gray clouds is the
American Flag flying over Fort
Wool. Seeing the flag flying as
large commercial ships entered
and left the harbor, welcoming all
who come from the sea, caused me
to shiver - and that had nothing
to do with the cold weather.
That flag, along with Captain
David Briggs, made for a warm
welcome to the city. I had expect-
ed to spend Thanksgiving alone at
anchor having only canned soup
or a cold sandwich - and even
that is much to be thankful for. But
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in Norfolk, I was given so much
more. How do you say "thank
you" for bolstering faith in your
Past Norfolk, into the Intracoast-
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from urban and industrial to serene
and picturesque. Twelve miles
south of the city I was lowered
three feet closer to Florida via the
Great Bridge Lock, the only lock
of the entire voyage. Past the lock
is a canal bulkhead where visiting
boaters are invited to dock over-
night, free of charge. On this night,
there are three sailboats at the bulk-
head. We are all sailing for Florida,
but I'm the only one aboard alone.
That will soon change as Michelle
is making plans to meet me in
Wilmington, Charleston or some
other city down the line near a ma-
The compass is pointed south
and I am sailing home as fast as
I can. Sailing away from winter.
Sailing towards Michelle, wher-
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PENNY FLETCHER PHOT'-:-
Harold Mudry of Gibsonton has
painted and put together repli-
cas of battle scenes using more
than 30,000 military figures
from every war he could find
record of, from Roman armies
to the present day.
Creativity takes center stage in this man's tent
* By PENNY FLETCHER
GIBSONTON - When I first
got the call about Harold Mudry's
unusual calling, I was told he was
the set up king for such area events
as Guavaween in Ybor City, the
annual Showman's Circus in Gib-
sonton, and the Blues Fest at St.
Petersburg's Vinoy Renaissance
I met him the day after he and his
three-man crew had taken down
the big tent at the yearly festival
at St. Anne Catholic Church in
But when I got to Harold's place,
I found a lot more than tents and
food concessions because when
Harold does a "set-up" it can mean
anything from bringing one of his
many styles of fencing to hundreds
of tables and chairs.
If it's indoors, he also could have
to supply carpet, draperies, table
settings and may even have to set
up a stage.
Harold, now 69, who moved to
the area in 1955 from Connecticut,
seems to be a jack-of-all trades.
Somehow he keeps track of thou-
sands of feet of tent poles and pipes
and drapes, a warehouse filled
with deep fryers and ice cream
machines, a semi-truck filled with
various props, portable wet bars,
3,500 feet of different styles of
fencing, and 24 trailers filled with
ready-to-go tables, chairs and oth-
er widely-used items.
He keeps a golf cart for mak-
ing his way through crowds at the
events he works, tents from 4-foot
by-4-foot to 4,000-square feet and
can supply dance floors and stages.
But Harold is also an inventor.
When I arrived at the large spot
where he keeps his equipment, he
showed me a machine he is work-
ing on now that when finished will
pressure wash hundreds of tables
with the push of a button.
"I work mostly by word of
mouth," Harold told me. "For a
long time I had an unlisted phone
number. But when I wanted a line
of credit the bank didn't under-
stand how a business could oper-
ate that way so I ended up listing
in the telephone book."
Once he explained his "barter
and trade" arrangements and other
unique traits though, it wasn't hard
"Sometimes I don't pay- like at
the Levy County Fair - and then
they get a percentage off the food I
sell. Most of the time bartering like
that is a win-win for everybody,
unless, of course, the turn-out's
bad and we don't sell much."
Most set-up companies just put
up tents and stages and then come
back and pick them up after the
event, he explained. His service is
different because someone might
get there at 4 a.m. one day and not
leave until after 4 p.m. the follow-
ing day. "Not many people still
work that way," he said.
Harold has even let people make
up their own invoice.
"If they aren't sure what they
want to pay, I've told them just
to give me what they think it was
worth after the event is over," he
said. "So far, I've done just fine on
my word, and on word-of-mouth."
Naturally, he gets a lot of repeat
events. Right now, he has three
employees but often hires more
than 20 temporary workers for an
His biggest loss doesn't come
from letting people make up their
own price, or from bartering and
hoping for good turnouts.
"Lately it's because my regular
customers, like Bennigans and Al-
bertsons (grocery) are going out of
business," he said.
See CENTER STAGE, page 5B
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Cracker Country Celebrates 'Christmas in the Country'
TAMPA - 'Tis the season for
Cracker Country's annual Christ-
mas celebration; Christmas in the
Country. Bring the family for a
great day experiencing the sights,
sounds and smells of an old fash-
ion country Christmas.
Christmas in the Country is now
offered twice, Saturday December
4th and Saturday December 18th,
2011. Learn how the holiday tra-
ditions of the 19th century differ
from those of the 21st through
hands-on historical interpretations,
carols, traditional decorations and
more! Enjoy making old fashion
ornaments, and then try your hand
at decorating your own salt dough
Christmas in the Country is a
themed event within the Discover
the Past program. These events are
designed to awaken your senses
and bring you into Florida's rural
past. Discover the Past is offered
the first and third Saturday of the
month (October-December and
March-April) between 10am and
SaintAnn's Children's Choir will
be performing in our Church on
Saturday, December 4th, singing
time-honored Christmas carols. In
addition to traditional Christmas
activities, Christmas in the Coun-
try will also feature country chores
and hands-on activities, including
butter making, laundry, and his-
Adult admission tickets are $
7.00 each; students six to twelve
years old and senior citizens tick-
ets are $ 6.00 each. Children five
and under are admitted free. Park-
ing is free for this event when visi-
tors enter the Fairgrounds via the
Orient Road entrance.
For more information, contact:
Dan Marshall at 813-627-4225 or
by email at email@example.com.
Period Christmas decorations adorn the homes and buildings at
Cracker Country for its annual Christmas in the Country event.
Cracker Country is located inside the Florida State Fairgrounds.
Visit the website at www.crackercountry.org.
Fine art show
The first Art Show of the season at the Florida Maritime Museum at
Cortez will take place with a reception on December 3, 2010 from 5 to
7PM. The show will display the work of Lucia van den Berg Klein, artist
with a studio in Bradenton.van den Berg Klein was born in the Nether-
lands and studied in the Netherlands and Italy. She feels that the true
value of a thing and, indeed, its beauty lies in its history and its use. She
captures the essence of her subjects in an impressionistic style utilizing
brush work or a palette knife. The artist also travels frequently to Europe
for inspiration. Many of the painting in this show are of the Cortez area
and the artist will be on hand at the reception to answer any questions.
For information contact Ted Adams 941-708-6120 or ted.adams@
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The Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC)
has a suggestion for anyone shop-
ping for a boater this holiday.
A new, comfortable, life jacket
makes an ideal gift, and it could
save someone's life.
As FWC officers patrol Florida's
waterways, one of their main re-
sponsibilities is to help residents
and visitors boat safely. Officers
often check boaters for adherence
to safety regulations and educate
them about safe boating practices.
Unfortunately, at other times, FWC
officers are called to the scene of
"Frequently, a life jacket can
save a life during a boating acci-
dent," said Capt. Tom Shipp, of
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Many of the boating accidents
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were 65 boating fatalities - 45 of
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boaters wear one at all times on the
"A lot of people don't wear life
jackets because they feel they're
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"However, with newer models,
such as belt packs or suspenders,
you hardly feel them. Replacing an
old, bulky life jacket with a newer
model makes a great gift."
Belt-pack and suspender life
jackets are inflatable. Some inflate
automatically when a person falls
into the water, while others inflate
after the wearer pulls a cord. Prices
of the belt-pack and suspender life
jackets start at approximately $60.
"Many people don't expect to
need a life jacket, particularly if
they feel they are good swimmers,"
Shipp said. "However, when boat-
ing accidents happen, you may not
be able to rely on your swimming
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oysters are available year round,
but harvest really gears up in fall
as water temperatures begin to
drop. The cool months are when
oysters taste the best. Head to your
favorite seafood market or restau-
rant now and you'll find delicious
Florida oysters in abundance.
Florida's oyster industry is based
on the Eastern oyster (Crassostrea
virginica), which is found from
the Yucatan Peninsula in the Gulf
of Mexico to the St. Lawrence
River in Canada. Ninety percent
of Florida's oysters are harvested
in Apalachicola Bay in Franklin
County, one of the most produc-
tive, pristine estuaries in the coun-
try. In the warm, nutrient-rich
waters of the bay, oysters grow
quickly and can reach market size
in less than two years. (Farther
north, in colder waters, this pro-
cess might take up to six years.)
Oysters are among Florida's top
commercial seafood products in
terms of dockside value, with last
season's harvest totaling over $6
million. And oysters are valuable
in many other ways too. They play
a critical role in their ecosystems,
filtering and cleaning the water,
helping to stabilize the coastline,
and providing habitat for fish,
shrimp, crabs, and other animals.
In Florida, shell or"cultch" plant-
ing -- the placement of processed
oyster shell on depleted oyster
reefs and suitable bay bottom ar-
eas -- is an important resource
management tool for maintaining
and enhancing productive oyster
habitat. Shell plantings provide
an excellent base upon which free-
swimming oyster larvae can attach
"Florida has maintained an effec-
tive shell-planting program since
the early 1900s," Florida Agri-
culture Commissioner Charles H.
Bronson said. "Since the program
began, the Florida Department of
Agriculture and Consumer Servic-
es has collected and planted more
than 10 million bushels of shucked
oyster shells. This practice miti-
gates resource losses and contrib-
utes direct economic benefit to
Florida's oyster fishery."
Florida's top three oyster-pro-
ducing counties are Franklin, Levy,
and Wakulla. Along Florida's Gulf
Coast, oysters are still harvested in
the same way they have been for
over a century: from small boats
The recipe for lemon- garlic oysters is simple and delicious.
by fishermen using large, long-
handled tongs to scoop them up
from their beds in the shallow wa-
ter. Hand-tonging for oysters is
backbreaking work, but it's much
more sustainable than other harvest
methods, such as dredging, which
heavily damages oyster beds.
Fresh oysters are sold live or
shucked. Live oysters should have
a mild sea-breeze aroma, and their
shells should be free of cracks.
Live oysters should close tightly
when their shells are tapped, and
oysters that do not close should
be discarded. Live oysters should
be stored in the refrigerator at a
constant 41 degrees Fahrenheit in
a container with the lid slightly
open. Excess liquid should be
drained daily. Live oysters should
be eaten within seven days of pur-
chase and washed thoroughly be-
Fresh-shucked oysters should
also have a mild sea-breeze aroma.
They can be stored on ice or in the
coldest part of the refrigerator for
up to five days from the date of
purchase. Expect to see a clear or
slightly milky, light gray liquid in
People with compromised im-
mune systems should avoid con-
sumption of raw oysters due to
the possible presence of Vibrio
vulnificus, a bacterium that occurs
naturally in marine waters (it is not
the result of pollution or poor han-
dling). Vibrio vulnificus is not a
threat to most healthy people, but
it can be dangerous to people with
certain medical conditions, includ-
ing liver disease, diabetes, and
cancer. It is a myth that eating raw
oysters with hot sauce or while
drinking alcohol will kill the bac-
teria. However, heat will destroy
Vibrio vulnificus, so everyone,
even people in high-risk groups,
can safely consume oysters that
have been thoroughly cooked.
Oysters can be steamed, boiled,
oven-roasted, baked, grilled, or
fried. When fully cooked, they be-
come plump and opaque and their
edges begin to curl.
Oysters are highly nutritious.
They are a low-calorie, low-cho-
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1 tablespoon chopped gar-
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for 10 minutes, let cool. Top each
oyster with 1/2 teaspoon of butter
mixture and bake in a preheated
350-degree F oven for 10 minutes
or until edges begin to curl.
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More of the thousands of replica soldiers, armament, vehicles and
all other military paraphernalia from every era are neatly organized
on shelves. Below, one of Mudry's tents being erected for an event.
PENNY FLETCHER PHOTOS
What may look like just trailers and containers to others are real-
ly ready-made set ups for large events. One trailer is kept loaded
with 100 tables; a container is filled with 100 chairs. Others are pre-
packed to include deep fryers and ice cream machines, tents of vari-
ous sizes and even draperies and carpet so that when an event is
booked, the amount needed can easily be adjusted before hauling
to the site.
Harold is also an inven-
tor. This is a machine
he is working on now
that will automatically
pressure wash hun-
dreds of tables with the
push of a button when
he and his crew are
Breaking down their
tents and food conces-
sions after events.
* Continued from page 1B
Still, he has more irons in the fire
than his huge stock of events. On
the property is a unique workshop
and storage area devoted to more
than 30,000 military figures and
associated battlefield props.
Having been in the Army at the
highest security level during the
Cuban Missile Crisis in 1960, as-
signed to the Defense Intelligence
Agency, he has been interested in
battles and armies ever since.
"I don't use the computer," he
explained. "I use these books."
Books on armies and their gear
and battles from pre-Roman em-
pire times through the current
wars in Afghanistan and Iraq fill
shelves in the workshop where he
paints miniature military figures
to match the pages in the books.
He also makes castles and houses
and barracks and other props from
wood and plasterboard to create
Many of these can be seen in the
Midway at the annual Showman's
Circus at the International Inde-
pendent Showman's Association
held in January.
"I picked this up as a hobby dur-
ing the Cuban Crisis," he told me.
And he's been at it ever since.
As we walked out through the
rows of deep freezers and fryers,
rows of folded tents and frames
and poles, I saw a large erasable
calendar filled with upcoming
"I do everything from revivals to
beach parties and weddings," he
Now that he has a listed tele-
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Evening Christmas Tour of
Palmetto Historical Park
PALMETTO - Palmetto His-
torical Park and Manatee County
Agricultural Museum will be open
for an Evening Christmas Tour
Friday, December 10, 6:30 to 8:30
Learn about Palmetto's history
and enjoy the park and buildings
which will be decorated for the
holidays. While on the tour, hon-
or family and friends who have
served our country by hanging an
ornament on the Military Muse-
um's Memory Tree and collect the
special recipes available in all of
the buildings. Children can enter
the reindeer trivia contest.
Cookies and coffee will be served
afterwards. The park is located at
515 - 10th Ave. West, Palmetto.
The tour is free, but reservations
are needed. Call 941-721-2034 for
more information and to make res-
ervations by December 9.
About Palmetto Historical Park
Where the Past Comes Alive!
The Palmetto Historical Park of-
fers children of all ages the oppor-
tunity to learn about the history of
Palmetto and the area on the north
side of the Manatee River While
touring the park, visitors can check
for mail at the 1880 Post Ortn ,.
write on slates in the Schoolhouse
and try on pioneer clothing in the
cottage. The Chapel, Military Mu-
seum and 1914 Carnegie Library
add to visitors' experience. The
Palmetto Historical Park is a joint
project of the Palmetto Histori-
cal Commission, Manatee County
Clerk of Circuit Court, the Mana-
tee County Board of County Com-
mission, and the City of Palmetto.
MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTO
The Tampa Theater is a pretty amazing place. Just walk into the place and you
can feel the history descend upon you. It's
not overwhelming, it's comfortable. The
cool little signs telling you to not wait for
the ushers because they are all dead is a
nice touch, too. In fact, if I were to haunt a
place someday, that might be high on the
list. Ralph Del Castillo (thanks for the note,
it's good to hear from you!) got it as did
Pat Bush (you would think but I'm not sure
anyone actually goes to Tampa! Thanks -
for writing!), Robin Greenwood (it was a
heartwarming Thanksgiving! I hope you had a wonderful day, too!) and Bill and
Margie Galbreath (a belated Happy Thanksgiving to you, too! Thanks for the
note!). Juanita Sehorne (very cool story! Thanks for writing!) came in just under
the deadline in recognizing The Dive photo from two weeks ago. This week we
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DECEMBER 2, 2010 THE SHOPPER 7B
TO place an ad call THE SHOPPER
813.645.3111 ext. 201
up to 20 words
300 addl. word
Deadline is Monday
M & M Printing Co., Inc
weekly publisher of the
The Observer News, The SCC Observer and The Riverview Current
210 Woodland Estates Ave., SW
Ruskin, Florida 33570
200 Farmer's Mkt
500 Real Estate
550 Manuf. Housing
650 Prof. Services
Prayer to the Blessed Mother. Oh most
beautiful flower of Mount Carmel's fruit-
ful vine, splendor of Heaven. Blessed
Mother of God, Immaculate Virgin, as-
sist me in my necessity. Oh star of the
sea, help me & show me here, in you
are my Mother. Oh Holy Mary Mother
of God, queen of heaven & earth, I
humbly beseech you from the bottom
of my heart to secure me in my neces-
sity (make request) There are none that
can withstand your power. Oh Mary
conceived without sin pray for us who
have recourse to thee (say 3 times).
Holy Mary, I place this prayer in your
hands (3 times). Say this prayer for 3
consecutive days, then you must publish
it and it will be granted to you. Grateful
Bon Worth's Customer appreciation
day. Dec. 4, 9am-5:30pm. 1517 Sun
City Center Plaza, SCC. Refreshments,
prizes. 10% of total purchase
115 LOST & FOUND
Found dog in vicinity of Gulf& Sea Blvd.,
Apollo Beach. Call 813-625-8832 to
SouthShore Senior Singles
Holiday party, Dec. 5, Sunday, 4-6pm.
The Alley on Big Bend Rd. All 50+
single seniors welcome! 216-577-2278
Dansby Citrus, 115 Castillo Rd., Ruskin.
813-645-1541. Red & White Navel
oranges, pink grapefruit. $5 per bucket.
(bucket 1/2 bushel).
261 FARM EQUIPMENT
Fresh Blue Crabs
for sale. By the dozen or bushel. Call
today 813-641-1522 or 813-541-3670
When am I required to turn on my
More often than not you'll find the fol-
lowing sentence: "By law, your vehicle's
headlights must be turned on from a half
hour after sunset until a half hour before
sunrise." That sentence is taken from
Washington's drivers handbook and is
the standard law for every state.
310 GARAGE/YARD SALE
Almost New Thrift Store. 10008 Indiana
St., Gibsonton (1 block off US 41,1 block
north Gibsonton Dr.,) Wednesday thru
Saturday, 9am-3pm. Clothing, furniture,
lots misc. Ministry First Baptist Gibson-
ton. 813-671-0036 to donate
Moving sale. Furniture & misc. items.
Saturday, Dec. 4, 7am-4pm. Sunday
Dec. 5, 7am-2pm. 757 Flamingo Dr.,
Neighborhood Garage Sale.
Saturday, Dec. 4, 7am-3pm. West end
of Sago Palm Way, Apollo Beach. 2nd
Left of Abaco Dr.
Moving /garage sale. Furniture, Hy-
droponic garden, ceramic, dishes,
yard fountain, household items. 1621
Brookton Green Dr., (off West Del
Webb) SCC. Friday & Saturday, 12/3
& 12/4, 8am-?
New Winter Hours:
M-F 9 to 5:30 * Sat 9 to 4:30
Most items discounted
Accessories, Collectibles, Art,
Books, and some Furniture.
Please call (813) 645-5255
1311 3rd St. NE * Ruskin
(Behind St. Anne Church
& Next to Kennco Mfg.)
SCC Mother ode sale. 704 Indian
Wells, 12/3 & 12/4 Antique tables &
dresser, quilts, 40 pillows, pictures, bolt
of material, jewelry, massive eloquent
Christmas decorations & trees, clothes.
So much more. All must. go. 8am
Yard sale. Manatee RV Park, lot 338.
US41 South, 8am-noon. Saturday,
12/4. Tools, propane gas heater. No
Yard sale. Friday, Dec. 3, 8am-2pm.
Golf clubs & bags, furniture, stained
glass, electronics, pictures. 672 Al-
Yard sale. Saturday & Sunday, 7:30am-
4:30pm. 804 7th St., SW, Ruskin.
Christmas items, dolls, lots of misc.
2711 N. Macdill Ave. * Tampa, FL 33607
813-876-1566 Call for directions
Quality Furniture at Affordable Prices
* Dining * Seating * Bedroom * Patio * Much More
WE HA VE SOMETHING FOR EVERY ROOM
INSIDE AND ALL AREAS OUTSIDE
We are worth
the drive from
Closed on Weekends
We re-cover or
310 GARAGE/YARD SALE
1 THRIFT HOUSE
9 Household Items
* Much, more
Open Fri. & Sat. 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
109 W. Shell Point Road * Ruskin
Yard sale. 3 families. Saturday, 12/4,
8am-? 803 10th St., SW, Ruskin (off
College Ave). Jewelry, furniture, lots
Moving sale. King size bedroom set,
dining room set, bureau, desk. 211 Rick-
enbacker Dr., SCC. Thursday, Friday &
25+ park wide sale. King Richards MHP.
10382 Big Bend Rd., Riverview. Satur-
day & Sunday, 12/4 & 12/5, Something
Dec.. 2, 3 4 & 5, 8am-4pm. No early
sales. 611 Allegheny Drive., SCC. Best
Yard sale. 12/4 & 12/5, 8am-4pm.
Sunday 12/6, 8am-3pm. (US41 South)
3611 Petrovia Circle, Ruskin. Nascar,
clothing, knickknacks & misc.
Garage sale. Misc. household, misses
clothes, misc men clothes, Christmas
lights & decorations. Friday 12/3 &
Saturday 12/4, 8am-1:30pm. 1515 Al-
legheny Drive, SCC.
Upscale electronics (camera, video,
Karaoke), golf clubs, clothes, books, etc.
Come see early. Saturday 7am-2pm.
2046 Berry Roberts Dr., SCC.
Big Christmas Sale household items,
Lowell Davis collectibles, 2302 Metro Dr.
Ruskin off Universal, Friday & Saturday,
Dec. 3 & 4, 8am-noon
212 Amesbury Circle, St. Andrews,
SCC. Patio set, table & chairs, dryer,
lots of misc. Friday & Saturday, 12/3 &
12/4, 8am-1 pm.
Gigantic yard sale. 10 or more families,
over 200 handcrafted earrings, TV, com-
puter, golf clubs, bread machine, juice &
more. 1910 N. Pebble Beach Blvd., Dec.
3 & 4, 8am-2pm.
Craft sale. ChulaVista Landings Mobile
Home Park clubhouse. Dec. 11, 9am-
1pm. Lunch served. Great food. 1702
Gulf City Rd., Ruskin.
Shop for Christmas. Hand bags, scarfs,
sports bags along w/ 4 family yard sale.
Small appliances, Christmas decora-
tions, toys, jewelry, sports cards &
misc. 9022 Gibsonton Drive. Dec. 3, 4,
Summerfield Holiday Market
Summerfield Community Center,
13011 Summerfield Blvd, 813-671-
2005. Saturday, Dec. 4, 10am-2-am.
(Santa will arrive at 1 pm)
Don't miss this one. Laureate Zeta Pi
yard sale. Saturday, 12/4, 8am-2pm.
223W. College Ave., Ruskin. Household
items, clothes, odds & ends.
Saturday only, 8am-1pm. Clothes ac-
cessories, furniture, toys, home decor,
holiday items. Price to sell. 515 Red
Mangrove Lane, Apollo Beach.
310 GARAGE/YARD SALE
712 Sahara Dr., SCC. Thursday, Friday
& Saturday, 12/2,12/3 & 12/4, 7am-3pm.
Personal items, carpentry tools, saws,
hammers, queen mattress & box spring,
card tables, books, jewelry, foot stools,
Coleman gas later, exotic tile (many
sizes, over100 pieces, camera gear.
SCC 1504 Danbury Dr. Garage /moving
sale. Dec. 2-4. Thursday, 8am-noon,
Friday & Saturday 8am-1pm. Sofa,
love seat, chest of drawers, night stand,
Broyhill dresser & mirror. Christmas &
Community Yard Sale
Household between Bunker Hill &
Allegheny. Collectibles, clothing, sea-
sonal, fishing, household, misc items
& more. Friday 12/3 & Saturday, 12/4
Dec. 2, 3 & 4. Glassware, dining set,
pictures, tools, good misc. 1220 Del
Webb Blvd., W. SCC
Estate/ Garage Sale
1921 East View Dr., Caloosa Golf
Course (off N. Pebble Beach). New
York central engines (trains). Top of
the line mens clothing, shirts, shorts,
dress pants, suits. Johnson & Murphy
shoes size 8-W, beautiful oak bar, sofa
table, 2 end tables, luggage, picture
frames, area rugs, bags of jewelry,
Christmas & more, 8am-1 pm. Friday &
Yard sale & bake sale. Lots of Christmas
items, lots of variety. Saturday only. 12/4
8:30am-2pm. SR 674 to 7th St., to 5527
Hillsborough Street, Wimauma
Multi family. 1832, 1833 & 1901 Del
Webb Blvd., East. SCC. 7am-2pm.
Dec. 2, 3 & 4. Wheel chair, microwave,
AB Lounger, Christmas & household
goods, square dance, adult & child
S nge 9 ttic
-/ TYhrift Store
Wed.,Fri. & Sat.
9 a.m. - Noon
Also 'Secret Sale'
1424 E. College Ave. * Ruskin
Ministry of Calvar2 Lutheran Church
Check out our web site
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310 GARAGE/YARD SALE
Garage sale. SCC
306 Linger Lane
Thursday & Friday, 9am-1 pm. Large
collection of angels, Christmas items &
decorative items, dishes, glassware,
small furniture, linens, pictures, lug-
gage & lots of ladies clothes.
312 ESTATE SALES
New & Gently Used Furniture
BUY & SELL
Daily Trips to SCC
6819 U.S. 301 S., Riverview
Let us get done in one day
what it takes the other
guys a week to do.
We will pack-up and
pick-up one room or the
entire house for a QUICK,
Butterfield Auctions AB2706/AU3549
" TiHRIFT STORE
OPEN: Wed., Thurs. & Fri. 8 a.m. -
Soturdoa 8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
100Q 1~t~ Street SW.
674 E We Have
DONATION DROP OFFS
TUES. TftRU FRL ONLY PLEASE,
ALL DONATIONS MUST BE IN CLEAN
9 a.m.-5 p.m.
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DECEMBER 2, 2010
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312 ESTATE SALES
Anne's Estate Sales
Bedroom Suite, Dining Room Table
w/Chairs; Leather Recliner, Sofa, Queen
Bedroom Suite, Deskw/chair, Bar
Stools, Large Screen TV, Patio Furniture,
Large Overstuffed Chair, Collectables:
Star Wars, Vintage Clocks, Jewelry,
Schwinn Bike, Golf Clubs, Ladies'
Clothing, Household, Kitchen and Misc.
Contents Include: Di ning
Room Table w/6 Chairs,
Kitchen Table w/4 Chairs,
China Cabinet, Entertain-
ment Center, TV w/Stand,
Computer, Computer Desk,
Recliners, Sofa, Occ. Tables,
Bookcase, Chest, Night
Stands, Vintage Wood Tea
Cart, China Collectibles,
Crystal Collectibles, Knick
Knacks, lots of Tools includ-
ing Antiques, Household,
Garage & Misc. Items.
Please Park on Side of Sale
due to Emergency Vehicles.
SEE YOU THERE!
DECEMBER 2, 2010
610 WATERFRONT RENTALS
The Dolphin House, Apollo Beach,
efficiency apartments on water. Boat
docking /fishing. Pool, laundry. $185
weekly, $185 deposit. No pets. 813-
611 HOUSES FOR RENT
House for rent. Ruskin 2br/1 ba house,
fenced yard. $735 monthly. One month
security. Waterfront neighborhood. 813-
610-3485 or 813-641-7791
S & R Properties
3, 2 & 1 bedrooms. No pets. Ruskin,
Gibsonton area. RV lots available 813-
310-1888 or 813-849-1469
House for rent. 3 bedrooms. Gibson-
ton area. $150 weekly $500 deposit.
Garbage included. First & last week.
Background check. 813-671-1184
Ruskin 3br/2ba, 3rd bedroom suited
for office or baby. Nice home with front
porch & large backyard. Great for couple
or small family. References & applica-
tion required. No smoking, no pets.
Monthly rent $875 plus security deposit.
1yr lease. 813-649-1599
425 SLIPS OR STORAGE
Ramey's Business Park
RV & boat storage & heavy equipment.
1/4 mile from Williams Park boat ramp.
813-410-9607 or 813-849-1469
Cars, trucks & ,Vans. Dead or alive.
813-626-5733, 813-924-6255 Free
Hauling. God Bless
511 HOUSES FOR SALE
* 1BR/1.5BA, cleaned, furnished, sofa
bed in living room for company. Screened
porch, carport, utility shed + tool shed.
Large lot. $35,000.
* 2BR/2BA across from golf course.
New laminate/new carpet, freshly
painted, inside utility, screened porch,
carport, shed. $42,500.
* 2BR/2BA doublewide, inside utility
room, carport and great attached
workshop. Large lot and extra parking for
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Your home will be staged for
best results. Working in
Sun City Center for 23 years.
Please feel free to call about
the sale or its contents.
Bonded * Licensed
Furniture, SCC. Broyhill dresser & mir-
ror, love seat & sofa from Haverty's
813-931-3322 or 860-221-9660
Technics organ, excellent condition.
Bench, tons of music, headphone &
much more. Cost new $23,000, asking
$5,900. Call for details. 813-642-8663
360 GOLF CARTS
Golfcartswanted. Buy sell, trade. Char-
gers, parts all related. Ronny's Carts &
Parts. 813-645-4515 or 813-484-9855
We buy golf carts, any condition. We pay
top dollar for used carts, running or not.
Same day pickup. 813-300-0114
390 MISC. FOR SALE
2 bicycles, new 26" single speed w/
lights & accessories. Cost $191.55 each.
Sell $55 each, 2 bicycles helmets. New
Livestrong, Cost $43 each, sell for $15
425 SLIPS OR STORAGE
South Bay RV & Boat Storage. Special-
izing in outside storage for RVs, boats &
trailers. 813-677-2000 www.SouthBay-
319 KELSEY WAY. Model perfect, charming 2BR/2BA Condo in the Knolls. Upgraded
appliances are all included. Beautiful tile floors, nice cabinetry. Not a Short Sale -- can close
immediately if desired. Bright and pretty and the Knolls has a private pool in Kings Point
for its residents, and Seller says'SELL." $64,900.
2008 HALMROCK PLACE. Immaculate, pretty water view from lanai, 2BR/2BA Condo,
completely furnished condo in Highgate, golf cart available, gated community with
24-hr. security and every imaginable recreational facility for you -- just bring your
218 S. PEBBLE BEACH. Lovely, spacious with open floor plan, well cared for and Mrs.
Clean lives here. 2BR/2BA, 1224 sq. ft. inside utility room, private rear drive and large
carport, close in convenient location. Shows so nicely, $62,000.
1025 BLUEWATER DRIVE. Awesome water view. Desirable 2BR/2BA Twintree floor plan with
2 master suites. Nice appliances and has been perfectly maintained. $119,000 or best offer.
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TURNKEY PROPERTY in SUN CITY CENTER!! This lovely home boasts 2BR/2BA 2-car garage and is ready and SPEND WINTER OR YEAR-ROUND in this 2BR/2BA condo in Sun City Center Close to the clubhouse where activities
waiting for youl Built in 1994 this home been meticulously maintained with new a/c in 2006, a new roof in 2007 and abound Peaceful and quiet on a deadend street Community heated pool, racquetball, shuffleboard -- it's all there +
much, much more HOA includes lawn maintenance so you have time to enjoy all of the amenities that Sun City Center security Priced to sell at $32,900. KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201
has to offer with golf courses, tennis, softball, two indoor pools plus over 200 clubs and various other activities A golf HUGE PRIVATE LOT! 3BR/2BA on over 1/3 acre lot in non-deed restricted community Split floor plan with a nice big
cart friendly community to local shopping and activities and it is conveniently located to airports, beaches, Tampa, lanai overlooking a very private backyard $89,900 SHORT SALE CALL ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 or KAY
Sarasota & St Petersburg Come and enioY the Florida lifestyle todayll $139,500 CALL CATHY GRIGGS 391-8653 PYE 361-3672
PRICE REDUCED!! Beautiful building lot in Ruskin situated on a quiet street with water views Close to schools, 2.5 ACRES REDUCED TO $114,900. Mobile on property does not remain Peace and quiet in the country on 21st Ave
shopping and much, much morel The lot is 80 x 160 MOL and utilities are available Owner will consider financing - call SE Motivated seller. CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 OR ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201
today for more details $27,000. CALL CATHY GRIGGS 391-8653 5 ACRES with easy access to 1-75 Perfect for Landscape/Nursery business Property complete with irrigation &
RUSCKIN ACHREAGE SOver 91acres in an area of new homes, close to 1-75, just waiting to be developed $275,000 commercial grade well2000 sq ft metal building & an 1800 sq ft gutted home & shop Reduced $74,900 KAY PYE
CALL CATHY GRIGGS 391-8653---361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 for details.
ATYOWNER FINANCING available6 with $5000 down 2BR/2BA manufactured home on nice fenced lot $45,000 CALL NEED SOME ROOM TO SPREAD OUT? Fenced one acre lot (MOL) like new 2BR/2BA doublewlde & 20 x 26 shop with
CATHY GRIGGS391-8a carport, electric hookup for a RV, new roof in 2005 Country living close to town $119,900 KAY PYE 361-3672 or
DUPLEX - Great opportunity to own an income property Built in 2003 this property has been meticulously maintained ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 for details
and is waiting for a new owner Both units have 2BR/2BA with ample parking and a huge fenced in yard New air
conditioners in both this year and utilities are on separate meters $195,000 CALL CATHY GRIGGS 391-8653 dTHIS ONE IS A MUST SEE...3BR/2BA with 2-car garage It sparkles and shines with too many upgrades to lst Brand
. new 135 MPH storm windows protect this near perfect home It is unique in every way Private backyard with large patio
WATERFRONT - NEW LISTING! This 2BR/2BA 2-car garage is just waiting for you to come and finish the renovations for backyard funl Priced at $179,900. n CA LL KAY PYE 36 1-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 74 8-2201
Property is complete with a nice in-ground pool and plenty of parking for your boat both on land and water Located just
off the Ruskin Inlet this property has a lot of potential but needs some TLC $191,000 CALL CATHY GRIGGS 391-8653 JUST REDUCED!!! OVER 6 ACRES of beautiful secluded, wooded acreage, one of a kind waterfront view Property has
M/M , well & septic Two folio numbers 165' riverfront $ 399,000 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE
PUT THIS AT THE TOP OF YOUR SHOPPING LIST and be moved in and ready for carefree holidays Cheerful R T 0 f numbers 165' rverfront $ 399000 CALL KAY PYE 3613672 or ROXANNE
2BR/2BA Kings Point condo with over 1100 square feet Covered parking just outside door and enclosed golf cart WS R K 821
storage attached Quiet surroundings close to clubhouse, pool, hobby rooms, tennis, shuffleboard, numerous activities COMMERCIAL LISTING! Great commercial property with 158 ft of frontage on Highway 41 (1 04 acres MOL) Property
and opportunities Best buy at $42,900 JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288 is zoned Cl (commercial intensive) and is currently rented to an auto/service/repair garage Special features include
RUSKIN RENTALS: Unfurnished 2BR/2BA Bahia Beach waterfront condo $900; Furnished 2BR/2BA duplex $800; huge building (3,192 sq ft) with new roof, three bays, two offices, and lots of room for storage Adjacent property with
Furnished 1BR/1BA duplex $700. JUDY ERICKSON 468-02B8 128 feet (MOL) of waterfront is also for sale $279,000 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-220
DECK THE DOCK with bright lights that reflect off wide waterway Festive 1BR/1BA waterfront house at end of street NEW LISTING! 3BR/2BA doublewlde home that has been extensively remodeled and updated Special features include
with views of water from 3 sides of house and fitting Florida furnishings $219,000 JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288 laminate floors in all rooms except the bathrooms which have ceramic tile, master bath has double sinks, separate
rE ECMTnFenTrsz pd e k n n ra edhowng m nthtsee shower & garden tub, large bedrooms with walk-in closets, extra large laundry room, huge walk-in pantry, new
PERFECT FOR ENTERTAINING. 4BR/2 5BA riverfront home with flowing floor plan that allows for large or small appliances, fenced back yard & much morel Public boat ramp is just minutes away $67,000 CALL ROXANNE
crowds Mingle in over-sized updated kitchen, in formal living and dining rooms, family room, screened porch, pool area, WESTBR60K 748-2201
or dock Private setting on 2 plus acres Dare to compare at $439,000 JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288
WATET FANTSIA! R A E r Fr T n ro ti s ee u o 2 nle pa es l n & & neat, tile& V ERY NICE 70x108 LOT on a nice pond in beautiful Bimini Bay Ready to build your dream home and choose your own
WATERFRONT FANTASIA! 3BR/2BA 2-car garage on wide Ruskin Inlet w/ Tampa Bay access Clean & neat, tile & , �((. �.. .yp <;,(7 -RYANWfT nK 7a9fi
hardwood floors, fresh paint, great locationl Call to see today $285,000. JO ELLEN MOBLEY 645-1540. builder $69,900 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201
POLISHED TO PERFECTION! Darling 4BR/2BA 2-car garage home in lovely community move in ready hardwood REDUCED! WATERFRONT DUPLEX ON THE LITTLE MANATEE RIVER in Ruskin Quiet area with dock on a spring
floors, fresh paint, great room plan with spiht bedrooms, eat-in kitchen, inside utility great family home Asking $149,000. fed pond and river frontage Beautiful sunsets Great saltwater and fresh water fishingl 15 minutes by boat to Tampa
JO ELLEN MOBLEY 645-1540. Bayl 1 BR/1 BA on each side $124,900 CALL ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 or KAY PYE 361-3672
FOURTEEN ACRES with 6" deep well, cleared, clean and green belted for reduced taxes Currently used for fish farm, SHORT SALE!! Gorgeous 4 81 acres with tons of trees, two storage sheds and a barn Special features include
but seller will consider filling in ponds for other uses Asking $395,000. JO ELLEN MOBLEY 645-1540. completely fenced, state of the art water system, and water softner, extra attic storage, large walk in closet in Master BR,
garden tub with separate shower, wood burning fireplace, nice open floor plan and much more $199,000 CALL
NEW LISTING! GREATLY MAINTAINED 2BR/2BA, 14' wide m-home with enclosed A/C addition, enclosed screen ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 or KAY PYE 361-3672
porch, carport, and detached shed & carport in back 1 year new CHA, newer refrigerator, washer & dryer in utility-rm,
shingle roof, cement driveway Home is handicap accessible Nice lot across from golf course $49,900. CALL CLAIRE
OWNER WILL LISTEN TO OFFERS for this 3BR/2BA (1995) doublewlde in Ruskin, with large screen porch, detached NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY!!
barn, on 1 34 acre fenced lot Split BR plan, beautiful kitchen with new cabinets, inside utility brand new roofl $79,000.
CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250A S F R A O R R A STAT N DS 11
MOVE-IN-READY! Beautiful home in Kings Point, 2BR/2BA + Den (3rd BR), elegantly furnished High ceilings, split BR CALL US FORALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS .........645-3211J
plan, bright open living area, modern kitchen, breakfast nook, wrap-around screened patio and 2-car-garage Offered at
$117,900. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250
FABULOUS WATERFRONT LOT, GREAT FISHING/BOATING! Deep water, huge new dock, spectacular riverfront All ont you f n inn J p n s a o t
utilities on site include sewer Fenced lot, PD-MU zoning (good for M/H or house). $239,000. Owner financing CALL D n e l u nto i c ll p1 d o a u
CLAIRE TORT 363-7250
FANTASTIC WATERFRONT HOME! Relaxing water, quick access to Beautiful Tampa Bay 3BR/2BA with boat dock, offle P us the ' 'l l f Pr0ram,
woodburning fireplace, storage, fruit trees and much more Very well maintained Owner very motivated -- bring allofi fru s b U LH th " 1Victims1 AssistancePlbollla 1 lU ill
offersll $210,000 CALL KATHY JACOBSON 624-2225
LAND 3.5 ACRES (mol) on Hwy 674 or College Ave zoned AR that could possibly be rezoned for your business
Property has two septics, water and electric Now reduced to $175,000 CALL KATHY JACOBSON 624-2225
511 HOUSES FOR SALE
II .....I II i2 I'1 )000
SCC 2BR + Den, split bedrooms, 37x12 enclosed
lanai, ,,,,, ,i ,,i ,,, l I i * - 500
2B1V2BA, near clubhouse, furnished..... $575/month
2B2BKP Augusta on Lanca., furnished, 2BR/2Bseasonal.... $6/monGothlf
SCC Worthington on Berry Roberts, NEW A/C and
SCC 2BR + Den, split bedroonis, 37x12 enclosed
lanai, % %1. .l. l- 500
2BR/2BX near clubhouse, furnished...$575/month
2BR/2BA Lanc., furnished, seasonal...$1600/month
SCC 3BR furnished home (annual).... $1200/month
M. H HOUING!
312 ESTATE SALES
560 M.H. ON LOTS
Mobile home for sale Eastwood Mobile
Home Park, Gibsonton. Call Heather
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DECEMBER 2, 2010
612 APTS. FOR RENT
For rent: Efficiency apartments. Weekly
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Summerfield, 2br/2ba screened room,
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Live in a country setting that's clean,
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630 M.H. RENTALS
One bedroom furnished, water & electric
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homes for rent. Water, sewer, trash
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646 WAREHOUSE SPACE
Garage & mini storage rooms for rent.
Pirates Treasure Cove, Gibsonton.
Certified Pro-Advisor. Your office
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Hourly rates. 10+ years local service.
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680 ADULT/CHILD CARE
Quality care for your loved one.
References upon request. Please call
A Helping Hand
from a women who cares: groceries,
meals, home, companionship, appoint-
ments. Whatever is needed when life
happens, call SCC resident. Katarine,
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Two Sisters & A Mop Cleaning Service.
Residential & commercial. Reasonable
rates. Free estimate. Bonded & insured.
Call 813- 919-2642
Ron's Cleaning Service
Quality housecleaning with integrity.
Call for free estimate. 7days a week.
Move-in, move-out, rentals. Insured,
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Beach, Sun City Center.
Flat rate $75, full clean
* Phase III Now Available!
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Free estimate. Dave 813-447-6123
710 LAWN CARE
B&S Lawn Care
Professional lawn care providing all
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Bill's Lawn Service.
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Professional maintenance company
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Residential & commercial. Ruskin,
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censed /insured. 813-333-3688
714 TREE REMOVAL
Professional Tree &
Landscaping. Sales: trimming, remov-
als, popcorn curbing, stump grinding,
clearing, hauling. Fill dirt/ top soil/
rock/ mulch. We barter for items of
value. Free estimate. Call Paul 813-
634-6041 or 813-751-9691
715 FILL DIRT/HAULING
Dozer & loader work, driveway & sep-
tic fill, & shell hauled. Robert Carver,
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Backhoe & Tractor Service. Cul-
vert sets, driveways, shell, crushed
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Pittman Trucking & Tractor
Service. Bank run, wash shell, fill dirt,
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Experience carpenter. Needs work will
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Garage Floor Painting
Empty, clean, painting garage floors.
$50 a door. 3 door garage $125. Over
10yrs experience. Call Derek 813-642-
Will transport out of state. All trailers,
bumper pull, gooseneck travel trailers,
fifth wheel trailers, horse trailer, boats,
car & heavy objects. Enclosed trailer
also available to haul, etc. 813-477-
740 MISC. SERVICES
In Your Home
813-767-7225. Affordable, licensed,
bonded, insured. References avail-
able. email: firstname.lastname@example.org Oliver
also new construction of docks, boat
lifts & seawalls. Free inspection. Heck-
er Construction Co. 813-236-9306
Amish type house cleaning, cooking /
baking service. Any diet. One time or a
weeks worth. Call Ruth 813-447-1986,
to reserve. Also light maintenance
To Place A Classified Ad
20 words for $15.50 and
300 for each additional
word. Bold line $3. All
Classified ads are
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Needed for Ruskin based business:
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ers Must have some tools and reliable
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ow Taking Application
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Behind 5th 3rd Bank
General Maintenance technician need-
ed. HVAC systems & equipment knowl-
edge necessary. Valid Florida DL. Com-
petitive wages. Mail resume: PO Box
934, Ruskin, Fl 33575 or email: Filters@
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Bulk newspaper distribution. Assist in
delivery on Wednesday only. Some
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license and reliable transportation. Visiting Angels will verify license,
check driving record, background screen and all references as well as
verify medical clearance for ability to provide quality care for an agency
that provides our senior citizens with the continued independence
allowing them to remain in their own homes!
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BUSINESS & TRADE DIRECTORY
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Complete Sales, Service,
Installation & Repair
Amana and Senior
Trane Dealer Discount
John R. Bowman, Jr., Owner
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Turn to the Experti
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Making This Right
Health and Safety
For information visit: bp.com
"My family's been fishing for eight generations. It's just a way of life.
That's why we've got to get this cleaned up."
When the spill hit, a lot of people said it would be the end. BP said
they would try to make this right. But how was an energy company
going to help a fisherman?
Putting People to Work
The first thing they did was rent my boat and hire me to help with the
cleanup. They made up my losses so I could pay my bills. And they
worked with all kinds of people here from fishermen and shrimpers
to restaurant owners. It helped us keep our businesses open. And
it helped us make ends meet so we could support our families.
Staying for the Long Haul
When they capped the well in July and finally killed it, we were all
relieved. But would BP stick around? Well, they did. The beaches are
clean and we're back on the water fishing so things are getting a
whole lot better. They are still here and have said they will keep
working for as long as it takes.
Getting Back to Normal
BP asked me to share my story with you to keep you informed. If you
still need help, please call 1-866-448-5816 or go to bp.com. If you're
wondering what you can do, well - the next time you're shopping,
buy a little Gulf seafood. There is none finer.
For assistance, please call:
To report impacted wildlife: (866) 557-1401
To report oil on the shoreline: (866) 448-5816
To make spill-related claims: (800) 440-0858
flI oridagu If response.com bp
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DECEMBER 2, 2010
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Visit Germany, 4
in one place.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Ruskin Elementary School Cafeteria
101 E. College Ave., Ruskin
(follow signs to cafeteria)
$5 entrance fee per adult * Children 12 & under free
Entry fee gets you a passport to the
to purchase decorated
Bidding ends at 4 p.m.
1 ARTS & CRAFTS ENTERTAINMENT
d * Make & Takes * Martial Arts
* International Food * Dancing * Carolling
Items For Sale * Singing
Food & Beverage Tickets Required 251 each
Also available for sale:
Pastries, Coffee & Juice in the morning * Pizza & Drinks in the afternoon
Visit Santa's Corner and the Reading Corner.
Tour of all the beautifully decorated trees.
Bid in the silent auction and you could be taking one home with you!
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