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Mitch
Traphagen
continues his
journey home
through the
winter waters.
See page 1B


Florida's State
Parks are
booming with
events for the
holidays, and
year round.
See page 3B


SCC CA
elections
concluded
last week.
See Melody
Jameson's story
on page 6


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County government

responds to hard times

by reinventing itself

* By MELODY JAMESON of six Assistant County Adminis-
mi@observernews.net trators which has been a fixture for
SOUTH COUNTY - If South years under the top administrator
Hillsborough citizens find them- who interfaces most with Hillsbor-
selves talking to more voice mails ough's elected Board of County
when they call county government Commissioners (BOCC) has been
these days, it may be because the cut in half. The new county org
administration is undergoing its chart now taking shape is likely
most radical 'retooling' in recent to have just three ACAs, Stewart
history. indicated.
Driven by drastic reductions in Similarly, a number of county
revenues attributed to several fac- services and departments are com-
tors and spanning several budget ing together under new banners as
cycles, the administration has cut others are disbanded or given to
jobs, increased fees, instituted fur- other areas of government. A case
lough days for remaining person- in point was the Debt Management
nel. As the recession persisted and Department which was transferred
projected income still fell short of in October to the office of the
projected needs, top level leaders Clerk of Circuit Court, a constitu-
began planning what many resi- tional office entirely separate from
dents have become all to familiar the county administration, where
with at home -- they're eliminat- debt management functions are
ing and consolidating functions on to be integrated with investment
a comprehensive scale, management func-
trying to squeeze max- tions performed in the
imum efficiency and Clerk's domain.
wring more expense On the other hand,
out of the system. whenever possible
The result is a merg- without incurring
ing of departments heavy overhead, gov-
unlike anything under- ernmental activity is
taken in recent memo- . being transferred to
ry. County government . - venues closer to citi-
has 'shrunk,' acknowl- zens, Stewart added.
edged Edith Stewart, STEWART Keeping pace with a
public affairs admin HiEDllsborough CunTEWAR Pubic growing national trend
istrator. Notably, long Hffairs Administrator to expand uses of pub-
term employees and lic libraries, the admin-
middle managers, 'perhaps seeing istration is encouraging scheduling
the handwriting on the wall,' are certain functions in the county's
moving into retirement or simply outlying libraries, she noted, with
moving on, she added, and posi- extension service programs being
tions vacated by such attrition are an example. And, although it is not
not being filled. yet known when a full complement
For instance, the high level staff See COUNTY GOVERNMENT, page 2


Congregation

doubles in

size in last 18

months
* By PENNY FLETCHER
penny@observernews.net

RUSKIN - The First Chris-
tian Church of Sun City Center
is moving to Ruskin.
The congregation has doubled
in size in the last 18 months and
outgrown its host - the Sun
City Center Funeral Home.
"We've been meeting there
about 4 years," said its pastor,
Rev. David Campbell. They've
been wonderful hosts but the
time has come to have our own
building."
Groundbreaking for the new
4,500-square-foot building on
the 5-acre property located on
33rd Street in Ruskin was held
Sunday afternoon, Dec. 5, at the
site.
It was exactly one year to the
day after the dedication of the
land had taken place there.
The ground was hard but the
weather was good as Campbell
introduced the Building Com-
mittee and others who had taken
part in the work that has been
done to date and those who will
be in charge once the permitting
phase is over, hopefully, he said,
in about two more weeks.
The funeral home has al-
lowed the members of the First
Christian Church to meet in its
chapel for several years since
it outgrew the office space in
the plaza on the comer of U.S.
301 and State Road 674 (behind
Boggs Jewelry) in Wimauma
where it had moved shortly after
See NEW CHURCH, page 11


World tours end in Riverview

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The Lange's Riverview home is filled with albums, newspaper
clippings and magazine articles about their performances which
stretched over five decades and made headlines around the world.


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Penny
Fletcher has
a doggone
good tale in
Over Coffee
this week.
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2 * OBSERVER NEWS * RIVERVIEW CURRENT * SCC OBSERVER

County government
* Continued from page 1


DECEMBER 9, 2010


of services again can be delivered
from facilities such as the South-
shore Services Center on 30th
Street, certain services continue to
be fielded from senior centers in
the South County and from facili-
ties such as the Joyce Ely Health
Center, she pointed out.
What's more, the tight financial
situation also is driving greater
reliance on newer technology. As
county government has contract-
ed, drawing services back to the
County Center in downtown Tam-
pa in order to eliminate space leas-
ing costs and achieve economies
of scale with services and person-
nel, the administration has turned
to a new means of interacting with
citizens, Stewart noted. The Citi-
zen Request Management System
(CRMS) is being designed to give
every Hillsborough County citizen
a central point of contact where
complaints can be registered, ques-
tions posed, issues raised, either
by telephone or email or fax, with
replies then provided, she said.
Communications also is one
of the largest new departments
emerging from the consolidation
efforts. It is bringing together in
one location community relations
coordinators and public informa-
tion specialists from such areas as
code enforcement, water resource
services, parks, recreation and
conservation, as well as public
works under the same department
banner as the county's television
broadcast people and website per-
sonnel.
Another new administrative

See more stories from
Melody Jameson on our
website at
observerNews.net


unit is to support the Planning
and Infrastructure Services Team
by combining portions of Public
Works, Real Estate, along with
Planning and Growth Manage-
ment. Eventually, this area is to in-
clude what formerly was known as
the surveying section and now is
called Geomatics, with expanded
responsibilities.
The new Business and Support
Services area merges the Depart-
ment of Management and Budget
plus Human Resources and Pro-
curement Services.
Newly configured Public Utili-
ties and Commerce combines Wa-
ter Resources, Solid Waste Man-
agement, along with theAffordable
Housing Department which also is
to include the Section 8 Housing
Assistance section, formerly part
of Health and Social Studies.
Health and Social Services itself
is joining with Children's Services
and Aging Services to become the
new Department of Family and
Aging Services. This section will
include such operations as Head
Start and Veterans' Services.
And how much can this rear-
rangement of county government
be expected to save in dollars?
Stewart said this week she did
not have a reliable dollar figure
to quote. But the 2011 budget
recommended by interim County
Administrator Mike Merrill noted
that operating costs in Fiscal Year
2011 should decline by $36 mil-
lion. Merrill went on to state in
his budget message to the BOCC
that public safety spending would
increase in both of the county's
primary operating funds but added
that spending in other program ar-
eas would be either flat or in de-
cline.
Merrill also pointed out that


FY2011 will be the fourth year
that property tax revenues to the
county have been reduced. In bud-
get years 2008 and 2009 the loss of
revenue is attributed to Florida tax
reform, he added, and in the fiscal
years 2010 and 2011 the situation
was worsened by 'sharp declines
in values' brought on by the reces-
sion and the housing downturn.


Slow improvement in gas tax and
sales tax revenue anticipated dur-
ing 2011, he added, would not be
sufficient to offset other shortfalls
in the near term.
These conditions, coupled with
the facts that neither the state nor
the federal governments are in any
position to lend helping hands to
financially strapped county ad-


ministration, mean that "we've
got to help ourselves," Merrill told
The Observer recently, "we have
to find the ways to cut costs."
The "retooling to rebalance our
government so it reflects our re-
sources and permits the best level
of service," Stewart said, "is ex-
pected to continue into 2011.
' 2010 Melody Jameson


Postcards MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTO
The Bridge of Lions, shown in last week's Postcard, spans the Intracoastal Waterway joining St. Au-
gustine with Anastasia Island. Marble lions guarded the bridge since it was completed in 1927 but they
were removed in 2005 for refurbishment. The bridge itself has undergone major refurbishment, having
been declared structurally deficient years ago. Today, as it was 83 years ago, it is certainly one of the
most beautiful bridges in Florida and I'm looking forward to sailing under it someday soon. Bill and
Margie Galbreath (great guess and great to hear from you!) were alone in recognizing the iconic struc-
ture. This week, we have marble of a different sort. She doesn't look like a lion but for some reason I
have a feeling I wouldn't want to be on her bad side. Or to put it better, I'd rather have her with me than
not. Where is she? Send your best guess to where@observernews.net or mail to 210 Woodland Estates
Ave., Ruskin, FL, 33570.


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DECEMBER 9, 2010




By: Dana Dittmar, Executive Director
SCC Chamber News


I can definitely tell it's Snowbird
Season by the number of people
who visit the Chamber each day.
Some are new residents who want
a map and one
of our business
directories, and
some are inter-
ested in perus-
ing the plethora
of travel bro-
You, Me & chores in the
Business lobby. People
By Dana Dittmar often come in to
e get directions or
a referral to a local business, and
others pop in merely to visit.
We love our visitors. We wish
we had all day to chat with them
and to answer all their questions.
But with only two people on staff,
that isn't always possible. So we
rely heavily on our volunteers and
ambassadors to help us out. Un-
fortunately, we don't have enough
volunteers.
Volunteering at the Chamber is a
great way to meet your neighbors
and learn about local businesses.
There's so much to do! We have
phones to answer, newsletters to
get out, scrap books to put together,
the usual faxing and copying, and


of course the meeting and greet-
ing of visitors. We have plenty
of space and our volunteers have
their own desk and computer!
The Chamber is open from 9:00
am until 4:00 pm Monday through
Friday, except on Wednesdays
when we close at noon. (We have
to have some time to get reports
done and make updates to the
website!) Some of our volunteers
are morning people (like Frank
and Elsa) who leave at noon and
others are afternoon people (like
Susan and Fran.) And some only
come in when there's photography
to be done (like Larry) or when we
need the banquet room set up for
a monthly luncheon (like Larry's
wife, Ruth.) These great and con-
sistent volunteers are crucial to
the Chamber's success, and we
couldn't work well at all without
them!
If you'd like to be a part of our
team, stop on in and let's talk!
Whatever your talent or whatever
time you might want to share with
us, I can guarantee you, you will
be so appreciated by the staff, and
by our visitors! Come on in and be
a part of our team!


I 'Wishing you andyours vwe C
this -Hoiday Season


OBSERVER NEWS * RIVERVIEW CURRENT * SCC OBSERVER * 3


Alumacar of
SCC collects Toys
for Tots
Alumacar of SCC, in conjunction
with Toys for Tots and 933-FLZ, a
local radio station will collect toys
for Toys for Tots. Alumacar is an of-
ficial drop-off location in the SCC,
Ruskin and Apollo Beach area.
Alumacar will deliver the toys to
the area DJ's Rat Boy and Stay Puff
from the nightly radio show on 933-
FLZ at the Brandon Town Centre
Mall for their annual 'Stuff the Bus'
drive.
They are trying to fill an entire
bus up with toys before Christmas.
Alumacar is accepting toys for this
charity event until Dec. 18.
Alumacar will be donating the use
of two golf carts at The Brandon
Mall for a week to help in the col-
lection process.
Help Alumacar and the children
this holiday season and drop off
unwrapped toys to 1649 Sun City
Center Plaza in Sun City Center.For
more information call (813) 634-
2278 or (813) 766-7138.

Continue to bring
in old cell phones
Since 2004, Cell Phones for
Soldiers has provided more than
90 million minutes of free talk
time to the troops and kept more
than 7.5 million cell phones out
of landfills. Dove Interiors is cur-
rently collecting cell phones. Stop
by the showroom at 2305 College
Ave. East in Ruskin.


HCC SouthShore SGA brings Christmas
early to area children
The Student Government Association at Hillsborough Community
College's SouthShore Campus recently sponsored an event to bring an
early Christmas to children from the Redlands Christian Migrant Asso-
ciation Academy. The event took place on November 30 at the campus.
All 64 preschool and kindergarten students at the RCMA Academy were
brought to the campus to assemble Build-A-Bears which were donated
through the SouthShore SGA. The SGA also provided refreshments for
the children, and Lester the Balloon Guy was on hand to entertain the
children.


Erasers

Vein Institute
BODY ENHANCEMENT CENTERS, INC. "

John V. Dunne, MD, FACS .
Medical Director ..
The ONLY Board Certified Vein
Specialist in the Area AFTER
Sun Hill Medical Arts Building
Suite 2
Sun City Center, Florida


www.erasersinc.com * Practicing in SCC since 1978


WestBay opens 4th
� "5 ' ? , building activity
It's one thing to open a home-
building company in the depths of
the worst housing downturn since
the Great Depression. But to fol-
S olow that up by building and open-
* ing four model homes in three sep-
arate communities in less than two
S months is downright optimistic to
say the least.
But that's what Homes by West-
Bay - one of the Tampa Bay ar-
ea's newest home builders - has
done with completion of its Ame-
lia model home ... its fourth ... in
Lagoon Cove at MiraBay - the
award-winning waterfront com-

An Exciting New Opportunity for Your





Providing excellent, accessible
and affordable character based
, after school activities with
daily classes in the visual and
performing arts.

On January 3, 2011, we will offer
' transportation from Cypress Creek,
Reddick, Ruskin, and Wimauma
Elementary schools to our campus at The United Methodist
Church in Sun City Center. The children will have a structured
time with snacks and character-based activities to enhance
self-esteem and values in classes of variousforms of art, dance,
and music. Arts Camp is Mondays - Fridays until 6:30 p.m.

To Register or for more information, contact
Elizabeth Parry, Arts Director, at (813) 817-1662
or visit our website, www.sccumc.corm

The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center
1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, Sun City Center, FL 33573
(813) 634-2539 * www.sccumc.com


model in burst of


munity just off U.S. 41.
According to Willy Nunn, presi-
dent of Homes by WestBay, the
Amelia design - with three bed-
rooms, a den and three baths -
features a bonus room, three-car
tandem garage and 2,421 square
feet of living space. The two-story
floor plan is priced from $289,900
including homesite.
Built with a coastal architectur-
al flavor, the Amelia - located at
534 Manns Harbor Drive, Apollo
Beach - boasts a broad front porch
that can be expanded to wrap
around the front of the home.
Upon entering the Amelia, guests
will stand in a foyer (with tray ceil-
ing) flanked on one side by a den
that can be converted to a fourth
bedroom and a shared bath.
Beyond the foyer and adjacent
gallery is the home's gourmet is-
land kitchen that is open to a din-
ing area and greatroom. A cov-
ered lanai is visible through a wall
of glass ... half of it windows and
half of it sliding glass doors. If
the expanded wrap-around porch
is selected, the den, living room
and dining room each would have
double french doors opening to the
outdoor space spanning one entire
side of the home.
Aside from MiraBay, WestBay
homes are being built in Hillsbor-
ough County at FishHawk Ranch
in Lithia.
Homes by WestBay was founded
by longtime Tampa Bay-area home
builders Roger Gatewood and Wil-
ly Nunn, who have built thousands
of homes in the Tampa Bay area
during the past three decades.
Model hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Monday-Saturday, and Sunday
noon-6 p.m. For more details on
Homes by WestBay, visit www.
westbaytampa.com.






4 * OBSERVER NEWS * RIVERVIEW CURRENT * SCC OBSERVER


What kind of sign
I was watching an old Laurel and
Hardy film on television, and it
was full of the slapstick humor for
which they were so famous. As you
might know, a slapstick is a large
paddle with which circus clowns
hit each oth-
er. Hence,
any com-
edy routine
/ , J 7 fraught with
.' violence and
mayhem is
Positive termed slap-
Talk stick. Stan
By William Hodges Laurel spent
most of this
particular
movie with a sign on his back say-
ing, "Kick me." You can guess the
results. He was kicked a lot.
I think many people go through
life with signs on their backs. The
signs may not be as obvious as a
piece of paper physically taped to
their back, but the signs are there
just the same. For instance, I know
of one person who is very afraid
that someone will rob him. He
has been that way since I first met
him in 1970 although he had never
been robbed. As time went on, he
became more fanatical about the
fear of theft and he has now been
robbed at least four times that I
know about. I think he sets himself
up for break-ins. For example, he
and I owned identical hatchback
cars which we parked side by side
in a parking garage. We both had
materials in the back of the cars. I
left my materials uncovered, but he
threw a blanket over the things in
his. Guess whose car was broken
into? If it was mine, it wouldn't
prove my point, so obviously it
was his. He made his home a for-
tress, even though he had nothing
of extraordinary value. His home
was the only home in his entire
neighborhood that was targeted by
burglars. By his actions, he wore a
sign that said, "I have something
you might want; steal from me,"


are you wearing?
and the crooks obliged him.
A social worker friend of mine
told me that she knows numerous
women who carry signs on their
backs that say, "Hit me. I deserve
it." One in particular has been hurt
on a number of occasions. In each
instance, she justified the assault
by saying that she provoked the
attack. In my mind, the only pos-
sible excuse for hitting another hu-
man being is self-defense. Howev-
er, there are animals out there who
take great pleasure in hurting the
weak and defenseless. They can
even justify their actions when the
prey takes the blame for provok-
ing them. Some attackers will tell
you the attacked enjoy the rough-
ness of what they call "play," but I
doubt that they would consider it
nearly as much fun if the slapstick
were turned on them.
If life is not what you hoped it
would be, the approaching new
year is a good time to check to see
what label you might have pinned
to your back. How are you ask-
ing people to treat you? They are
probably treating you just as you
have asked them to treat you. Your
sign should read, "I am a good and
worthwhile person. Treat me well."
Life can be fun if you approach it
that way. If you expect good treat-
ment and give it in return, you will
find yourself more often laughing
with the clowns rather than being
hit by their slapstick.
"Hodges is a nationally recog-
nized speaker, trainer and syndi-
cated columnist. He also hosts an
interview-format television pro-
gram, Spotlight on Government,
on the Tampa Bay Community
Network which airs Mondays at
8 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7:30
p.m. (Bright House channel 950,
Verizon channel 30). The shows
can also be viewed at www.hodg-
esvideos.com. Phone: 813-633-
1523. Email: billKbillhodges.com
Website: www.billhodges.com"


KP Ladies 9 hole golf league


Game: Best Ball
Played: 4 October 2010
Winners: Two Teams Tied with
38
Team 1: Nita Schmierer, Dottie


Repass, Sally Repetti and Mary
Winter
Team 2: Karen Bergmoser, Joan
Leombruno and Joan Abrams


Holidays for Hope event
The community of Mira Lago will hold its second annual Holidays for
Hope event on Saturday and Sunday, Dec 11-12 from 7pm-9pm. Check
out the neighborhood's drive-thru light display. Visitors will get a chance
to greet Santa, see the winner of the house decoration contest, meet the
Lightening Girls and be entertained by local choruses. The event will
benefit the Joshua E. Gandy Trust Fund. Donations will be taken through
BB&T Bank to help the family with medical expenses. Eight year old
Joshua Gandy was diagnosed with T Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leuke-
mia 2 years ago. His dad, Lee, is a teacher and his mom, Renee, left her
job at Apollo Beach Elementary school to be Joshua's full-time caregiv-
er. They have another son, Jarrod. Follow Josh's battle with Leukemia at
http://joshuagandy.blogspot.com.
Details are available on the Holidays For Hope Facebook Event page
(http://tinyurl.com/28guc63). To get involved in this fundraiser, contact
them on the event page. All appearances will be at the Community Club-
house, 604 York Dale Road, Ruskin.

Hillsborough Veterans Council elects
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The Hillsborough Veterans Council elected new officers for 2011 at
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in at the January 31, 2011 meeting are President Wal- 0
ter Raysick, 1st Vice President Alfred Mc Donald,
2nd Vice President Dick Arens, 3rd Vice President
Marie Cain, Chaplain Elsie Amos, Assistant Chap-
lain Susan MacArthur, Treasurer Barbara Mc Guire,
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Friday, Dec. 10 7-11 p.m.


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Saturday, Dec. 11 5-7 p.m. WOTM Annual Christmas Party
with Ham Dinner
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Friday, Dec. 17 7-11 p.m.


Saturday, Dec. 18


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4-7 p.m. Moose Legion Dinner
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Friday, Dec. 24 7-11 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 31

Every Wednesday 5-7 p.m.
Every Thursday 5-7 p.m.


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New Year's Eve Party with
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Wings (except Thanksgiving)


5-7 p.m. Fish Fry (except Christimas)
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All events are open to qualified
Moose members and guests.


SouthShore
Rotary meets on
Wednesday
The Rotary Club of SouthShore
-- Ruskin meets every Wednesday
at Circles Waterfront Restaurant,
1212 Apollo Beach Blvd., Apollo
Beach. All visitors and visiting
Rotarians are welcome.
Arrive around noon to order
lunch. The meeting starts promptly
at 12:15 p.m. and ends at 1 p.m.
FormerRotarians and those inter-
ested in joining are encouraged to
visit them. For more information
call David Madden, membership
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Gibsonton.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
with the production at 7 p.m.
Complimentary coffee, hot choco-
late and cookies will be served af-
ter the show.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $4
for students. Groups of 10 or more
will receive student price.
Seats can be reserved by calling
671-5134, ext. 271. You may also
purchase tickets at the door with-
out a reservation.


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downtown Tampa, during special
extended hours. From 4 to 8 p.m.
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March 1, simply show up at the
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be covered.
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permitted without children.


New Thought Church shares music
of the season
The music of the season is an essential element of the holidays. Music
shares the joy of the birth of Jesus, celebrates rich traditions from around
the world, and promotes peace on earth!
On Saturday, Dec.11, Unity in Brandon will host 'An Acoustic Christ-
mas,' a holiday concert that will share some unique music of the winter.
The program will begin at 7 p.m. in the intimate setting of the Brandon
Junior Woman's Center, located at 129 N. Moon Ave., Brandon.
Since the building is designated as a historic site, the concert will be
strictly acoustic, with no electronic equipment! The evening will feature
a performance by Marion Gwizdala, a local entertainer and recording
artist. Admission is on a love offering basis and no one will be turned
away! Light refreshments will be available at the concert and there will
be a Holiday Bake/Craft Sale.
For more information about Unity in Brandon, visit their website at
unityinbrandon.org. or call (813) 263-6155.


Apollo Beach Woman's Club thanks
community for their support
A special thank you goes to the South Shore Community for their
support of the Apollo Beach Woman's Club annual Bake Sale that was
held on Nov. 23 in front of Apollo Meats. The sale was a huge success
raising over $1,000. Bake Sale chairman Sonja Davidson said all pro-
ceeds from the sale will go to the Scholarship Fund. The fund supports
graduating high school students in Apollo Beach who have excelled
academically and need help in meeting tuition costs at both two- and
four-year colleges and universities in Florida.
In addition to chairing this event, Davidson baked 78 dozen cookies,
50 Amish and banana bread loaves, and numerous pecan and pumpkin
pies. The Bakery at the Apollo Beach Sweetbay Supermarket donated
containers for packaging of the homemade bake goods. The unsold bake
goods were donated to Beanies Bar & Grill Big Feed on Thanksgiving
Day to complement free meals to the needy. Membership in the club is
open to all women in the South Shore area. For more information on
membership or other information on the club, call Judy Peck at (813)
746-1072.


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Democratic Club
to meet
at Giordano's
The East Hillsborough County
Democratic Club will hold its
first meeting in 2011 on Tuesday,
Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Giordano's
Restaurant, 11310 Causeway Blvd.
in Brandon.
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Christmas Toy Drive
For over a quarter century East Bay students have donated toys
for the annual Christmas toy drive. Led by Mike Shirley, Drivers'
Education instructor, the school collects toys which are given
to The Good Samaritan Mission in Balm. "Our students are the
best in sharing the Christmas spirit with the young people at the
mission," Mr. Shirley said. The Good Samaritan Mission helps
the underprivileged in the greater Tampa
area all year long, giving out food baskets. At
Christmastime every child receives a toy. For
some children this is the only present they
receive. Anyone interested in donating to .
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New SCC CA board will be mostly familiar faces


* By MELODY JAMESON
mj@observernews.net
SUN CITY CENTER - A mi-
nority of the community associa-
tion membership here has returned
three veteran directors to their
governing board and added one
newcomer to the mix.
A total of 1,380 votes were cast
during the two-day election con-
ducted November 30 and Decem-
ber 1 - less than 13 percent of the
voting- eligible SCC CA member-
ship pegged at 11,200 that week.
The returning directors are: Ed
Barnes, current SCC CA president
now taking on his second term;
David Hoyd, appointed a year ago
to fill a vacated board seat and now
elected for his first term, as well as
Bob Black, who sought only one
more year as a director and this
year completes his first full term.
Black, the current board vice
president, in 2011 is to finish the
last year of former director John
"Woody" Nelson's term which be-
came available upon his resigna-
tion. The other three were elected
to the customary three-year terms.
The newcomer tapped by the
electors is Marvin " Sam" Sudman
who had tossed his hat in the ring
previously as a potential appointee
to complete an unfulfilled term.
Sudman replaces Don Schings,
the one director now leaving the
board.
Schings, who has served the
maximum two consecutive terms,
was particularly involved with
transportation issues related both
to the community and to the region.


In this regard, he functioned as the
board's liaison with the county ad-
ministration on such issues. Sch-
ings also currently is president
of the SouthShore Roundtable of
community representatives from
across the South County.
The most recently elected di-
rectors will join sitting directors
Ann Marie LeBlanc, Al Alder-
man, Charles Collett and Martin
Hurwitz, making an eight -person
board as the new year begins. One
of their first tasks will be appoint-
ing another director to fill a seat
also opened by recent resignation.
The newly reconstituted board of
directors will be sworn in during
the group's January 5, 2011, meet-
ing, Barnes, the outgoing presi-
dent, said this week. The 2011
CA leadership will be formally
seated at its January 12 session. It
is likely the group will choose its
officers for the year at that time,
Barnes added.
With that task completed, the
new board will have to turn quick-
ly to appointment of a ninth direc-
tor to fill out the leadership team
and take the position opened by
the resignation of Anne Cross,
until recently the group's corpo-
rate secretary. Applications for the
appointment now are available in
the SCC CA office on the central
campus. Deadline for return of the
completed applications is January
5.
Another early issue to be ad-
dressed by the new board will be
the challenge of improving com-


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entire community. The necessity of
ensuring a continuing free flow of
accurate information between the
CA leadership and the 11,000 plus
membership was a primary plank
in the campaign platforms of sev-
eral candidates. Barnes said this
week that he expected to receive
before week's end a report on this
subject from a Public Relations
and Public Information committee
formed earlier in the year.
In addition, the outgoing presi-
dent looking ahead to his last term,
said that he, personally, would
like to see the community website
upgraded and enhanced, perhaps
with more interactive capability
making it more useful, and greater
emphasis placed on the CA news-
letter, The News of Sun City Cen-
ter, which is circulated by U.S.
Mail through the community.
The SCC CA board elections are
held at the end of each year. The
board's primary responsibilities
are oversight, support and main-
tenance of the community's com-
plex of amenities on three cam-
puses, including dozens of clubs
and resident organizations as well
as a wide range of meeting rooms
and athletic venues such as pools
and ball fields. It administers an
annual budget of approximately
$2.6 million. The position of CA
director is voluntary, without any
salary compensation.
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Katherine A. Hall
Army Reserve Pvt. Katherine
A. Hall has graduated from Basic
Combat Training at Fort Sill,
Lawton, OK.
During the nine weeks of train-
ing, the soldier studied the Army
mission and received instruction
and training exercises in drill and
ceremonies, Army history, core
values and traditions, military
courtesy, military justice, physical
fitness, first aid, rifle marksman-
ship, weapons use, map reading
and land navigation, foot marches,
armed and unarmed combat, and
field maneuvers and tactics.
She is the daughter of Richard
Hall of Apollo Beach. Hall gradu-
ated in 2010 from East Bay High
School, Riverview.


Dollar Tree
signs lease at
Summerfield
Crossing Plaza
RMC has secured a new lease
with Dollar Tree for 9,500 square
feet. The Dollar Tree Store will be
constructed directly adjacent to the
new 80,000 sq. ft. Bealls Depart-
ment Store. In addition to Bealls, a
free-standing McDonald's and the
new Dollar Tree store, the center
has an additional 20,000 sq. ft. of
build-to-suit space plus five addi-
tional outparcels available.
Construction on the new Dollar
Tree store is scheduled to begin
immediately, and is anticipated to
take 60 days for completion of the
building shell and an additional 90
days of tenant build-out prior to
opening. The projected store open-
ing date is April 2011.
The Summerfield Crossing
Phase 2 shopping center is located
on the Northeast corer of the
heavily trafficked intersection of
U.S. Hwy. 301 and Big Bend Road
in Apollo Beach.
Summerfield Crossing Phase 1,
located adjacent to the south, is
anchored by Publix. U.S. Hwy.
301 is currently being widened to
six lanes directly in front of the
property.


First Baptist Church of Ruskin adds
Christmas performances
First Baptist Church of Ruskin, 820 College Ave. W. has a long stand-
ing tradition of producing a Christmas program as their gift to the com-
munity. In years past they have had cantatas, musical dramas, musical
pageants, reader's theater, just to name a few. Some have been large and
complex, others much more simplistic. This year's program will be Four
Tickets to Christmas, a Broadway musical set in 1905.
Over twenty years ago they started by performing their program on a
Sunday night. As the production grew in size and popularity, a second
performance was added on Saturday night. This allowed for more folks
to attend, that could not attend the Sunday evening performance. Once
again they have expanded their performances to include a matinee on
Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m. to provide even more opportunities for
folks to attend. As always, each performance is free.
As well as expanding the number of performances they also have ex-
panded the production for this year. It will be largest production they
have ever done. Dr. Barry Rumsey, Pastor at First Baptist, would like to
extend an invitation to all to attend the performances at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.
on Saturday, Dec. 11, with the final performance at 6 p.m. on Sunday,
Dec. 12. For more information, contact the church office at 645-6439.


Riverview Memorial
VFW Post #8108
7504 Riverview Dr.
(813) 671-9845
MEETINGS
Men's Auxiliary -- First Thursday
at 7 p.m.
Ladies' Auxiliary -- Second
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Post -- Second Thursday at
7:30 p.m.
MEALS
Wednesday Spaghetti Dinner
from 5 to 7 p.m.
Friday Fish Fry from 5 to 7 p.m.
Sunday Breakfast from 9 a.m.
to noon
ENTERTAINMENT
Friday, Dec. 10 -- Jeff Olsen
Saturday, Dec. 11 --- Voice of
Dem at noon. Flip Side at 8 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 17 -- Galvin 0 at
8p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 18 -- Post
Christmas Party at 8 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 25 -- Dinner at 3
p.m. Bring dish.
Friday, Dec. 31 -- New Year's
Eve Party.
CANTEEN HAPPENINGS
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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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 9- Bar
Bingo at 6 p.m.
Friday, December 10- Fish
Fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Music by
George Raab from 7 to 11 p.m.
- ) Saturday, December 11-District
Meeting American Legion at 9 a.m.
Turkey Shoot at 1:30 p.m. Toys for
Tots from 4 to 8 p.m. Music by DJ
) Gary.
Sunday, December 12- Music by
Bert & Sassy from 4 to 8 p.m. Beer Can Chicken Dinners.
Monday, December 13- Taco Night from 5 to 7 p.m. Crew Games
in Lounge at 6:30 p.m. Donna Wheeler Birthday.
Tuesday, December 14 - Games in Lounge from 4 to 5 p.m.
Kitchen opens at 4:30 p.m. Bingo at 6 p.m. Barbara & Jack Billings
Anniversary.
Wednesday, December 15 - American Legion Auxiliary Meeting
at 7 p.m.


Dance at Manatee RV Park
The Manatee RV Park will host a social dance from 7 to 10 p.m. on
Saturday, Dec. 11 at Manatee RVPark Hall, 6302 U.S. Hwy. 41 S. Music
by 'CASS.'
Bring your own refreshments; ice will be provided. $4 per person do-
nation; the public is invited.
For more information, call J. Sullivan at 649-9150. Directons are 4
miles north of 1-275 or 7 miles south of Ruskin.


Love is in the hair
Until Saturday, Dec. 18, New Identities Hair Studios will proudly be
displaying The Heart Gallery exhibit, at both its salon locations (Tampa
Palms and South Shore). New Identities has named the event 'Love Is
In The Hair.'
During the dates of the exhibit, salon guests will be able to view
children's photographs, read a short bio on each child, and if they like,
make a monetary donation to a particular child (or to the organization's
general fund). 100 percent of all donations will be given to the Hills-
borough Kids organization, and used for purchasing Christmas presents
for the children, for much needed supplies, etc.







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Apollo Beach annual lighted boat parade
The Parade will begin at approximately 6 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18
in Apollo Beach at the South Channel, proceeding towards Lands End
Marina. It will then proceed around the Lake Sunrise Basin, back out and
around Bal Harbor and then up Flamingo Canal. It will then return back
on Flamingo Canal and go around the Dolphin House at the end of Grand
Kayman Dr. The parade will then go back out Flamingo Canal, across
/fthe front of the Symphony Isles Beach and into Symphony Isles, going It
to the end of the canal between Chipaway Dr. and Allegro Lane. There it
will end around 9:30 p.m.
The Lighted Boat Parade is free for all to enjoy and open to all boaters
in the surrounding communities. Any size boat, power or sail are invited
to join the parade. There is no charge for individuals to enter. Multiple
awards will be presented in all classes of entry.
There will be a required Captain's Meeting at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec.
18 at the Tampa Sailing Squadron on Apollo Beach Blvd. The Captain
of each boat, who plans to be in the Lighted Parade, must attend this
mandatory meeting. All boats will be registered at this meeting and boat
numbers for judging will be assigned.
For more information, call the Apollo Beach Chamber of Commerce
at (813) 645-1366.

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Humor in remembrance? Surely you can't be serious


Funerals are often described
as "celebrations of life" but they
rarely live up to that billing. Death
is sad and there is just
no way around that.
When comedian Johnny
Carson passed away a
few years ago, I was
struck with the sober-
ing realization that the
world had forever lost Obser
his gracious, comic ge- Byitch
mitch@obse
nius. When John Len-
non died, it was a huge
blow when the realization sunk in
that there could never possibly be
a Beatles reunion and that a gentle
spirit had been senselessly taken
from the world.
The passing of actor Leslie
Nielsen at the age of 84, while
incredibly sad with the aware-
ness that the world lost a talented
man who made millions forget
about their own problems through
laughter, was covered differently
than any celebrity passing I can re-
call. Throughout the web and the
mainstream media, people noted
his passing with references to the
joy he brought to all of us. It is a
truly remarkable statement for a
remarkable man.
Leslie William Nielsen was born
in Saskatchewan on February 11,
1926. He enlisted in the Royal Ca-
nadian Air Force and then became


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a diskjockey in 1948 before begin-
ning work as an actor. By 1950, he
had made more than 50 television
appearances. A suave
and distinguished look-
ing man, comedy came
naturally to him but ap-
_A peared at odds with his
handsome, debonair
nations appearance - a trait
aphagen that only enhanced his
comedic abilities.
emews.net
On November 28,
2010, Nielsen passed
away in a Fort Lauderdale hospi-
tal, which is a big building with
patients, but that's not important
right now. What is important is
that Nielsen lived the life he chose
to live and in the process brought
lasting joy to millions of people
around the world. His lines from
the 1980 movie Airplane are still
widely quoted today, and still gen-
erate laughs. After Airplane, film
critic Roger Ebert described Niels-
en as the Olivier of spoofs.
With the success of Airplane,
Nielsen exchanged his dramatic
past for deadpan comedy. He later
said that comedy was what he re-
ally wanted to do. Through his ca-
reer, he portrayed 220 characters
in more than 100 films and 1,500
television appearances.
Of the thousands of words spo-
ken and written about Mr. Niels-


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en's passing, Brian Williams of
NBC News, himself a debonair
and serious-looking man with a
flair for deadpan comedy, summed
it up most eloquently in borrowing
a line from Airplane when asking
what Nielsen's death means:
So when we were left today with
the sadness of Leslie Nielsen's
death and the question of what
to make of it. There is only one
answer: We can make a hat or a
brooch or a pterodactyl.
Leslie Nielsen suffered from a
significant hearing impairment
and wore hearing aids for most of
his life. Knowing what he had ac-
complished with that impairment
is an inspiration to me as a person
who suffers from 90 percent hear-
ing loss. A hearing impairment is
a hidden disability; people can't
see it as they can with paralysis
or blindness. While I certainly
wouldn't trade my disability to
hear well with either of those
disabilities, the additional effort
required to understand what the
world is saying can be exhausting.
Also, as a disability that cannot
be seen, there is often little pa-
tience for it. Nielsen was legally
deaf and strongly supported the
Better Hearing Institute (www.
betterhearing.org), an organiza-
tion with numerous resources for
the hearing-impaired. With the el-


Jerry Angelica via flickr (www flickrcom/photos/ierryangelicaphotography)
Leslie Nielsen in October, 2008.


derly (and even the not-so-elderly)
population in South Hillsborough,
hearing loss is a disability that
can be mitigated, if not overcome.
Nielsen served to remind us that it
is not necessary to live in silence.
This week in my feature article, I
wrote about four people who made
a big impact through simple acts
of kindness. They thought noth-
ing of it, but what they had done
had deeply affected me. I will re-
member them long after they've
forgotten me. They, like so many
others in South County and around
the world, touched my heart and
that touch will remain. When my
time runs out, I hope for a party
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friends to talk about the inane and
humorous things I've done and
to remind my wife Michelle of
the good things that were, rather
than what might have been. I want
laughter and good feelings that I
was here at all, rather than sadness
that I am gone.
Leslie Nielsen accomplished
that. His numerous gag lines will
certainly remain long after his
death and his very passing allowed
a far too serious and frightened
world a chance to remember and
laugh all over again. Could there
possibly be a better tribute to the
man? To anyone?
How do you want to be remem-
bered? Do you really want those
who love you to wail and mourn
with flowing tears? Or do you
want your family and friends to
talk about the time that... well,
you know. Somehow I think Mr.
Nielsen would be happy to know
that people are already remember-
ing him in death with the same joy
he brought them in life.
Of all the words spoken since
his passing, it was Nielsen who
summed it up best in the 1994
movie Naked Gun 33 1/3:
Cheer up, Ed. This is not good-
bye. It's just I won't ever see you
again.
Godspeed Leslie Nielsen. Thanks
for the laughs. You are missed.


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Program/Event Highlights
Week of December 12 to 18


Windows: Introduction*
Monday, Dec. 13 * 2 to 3 p.m.
Learn the parts of a window, how to navigate in the Windows
environment, and file management. Free event provided by
the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library.

Computers: Basics*
Monday, Dec. 13 * 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.
Learn about the parts and basic terminology of computers.
Also covers basic purchasing considerations. Free event is
provided by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library.

Dancing with Jansen
Monday, Dec. 13 * 7 to 7:45 p.m.
For ages 4-12, with a caregiver. Join us for a fun and 'moving'
time with the Jansen Dance Company. Children will experience
dance through dance games, improvisation, music, props and
theirimagination. Free event is provided by the Friends
of the SouthShore Regional Library.

Toddler Time
Tuesday, Dec. 14 * 10:05 to 10:25 a.m. and 10:35 to 10:55 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 15 * 10:35 to 10:55 a.m.
For ages 2-3 years with a caregiver. Stories, finger plays
and songs make up this fun 20-minute program.

Story Time
Tuesday, Dec. 14 * 11 to 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 15 * 11 to 11:30 a.m.
For ages 3-5 years. Stories, finger plays and songs
make up this fun 30-minute program.
Seating limit: 20 children plus their parent/caregivers.

Game Zone
Tuesday, Dec. 14 * 5 to 7 p.m.
For middle and high school students. Get in the zone and
join your friends for some gaming fun with games such as Dance,
Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero 2, Rock Band and others. Co-sponsored
by Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library and Domino's Pizza.

Baby Time
Wednesday, Dec. 15 * 10:05 to 10:25 a.m.
For ages 0-24 months. Share books, rhymes, songs, games and
quality time together while instilling a love of reading and
regular library visits in this 20-minute program.
Seating limit: 20 children plus their parents/caregivers.

Adult/Teen Handmade Paper Ornament Art Class
Wednesday, Dec. 15 * 6 to 8 p.m.
Adults and Teens will create handmade paper and then shape the
paper into holiday ornaments. Have fun creating something for
yourself or a present for someone special. Art instructor Minnette
Webster will teach this interesting class. Limit 20. Register at the
Information Desk or call 273.3652. Free event is provided by the
Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library.

File Storage Devices
Thursday, Dec. 16 * 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
Learn to save files to portable media devices. Registration in person
required no earlier than one hour prior to the start of the program. Free
event provided by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library.

Downloading Digital Media
Thursday, Dec. 16 * 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Learn to transfer media from CDs, digital cameras, or
scanners to your PC. Free event is provided by the Friends
of the SouthShore Regional Library.

Book Discussion
Thursday, Dec. 16 * 2 to 3:15 p.m.
Discussion of the classic 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee.
Discussion led by John Bostick. Free event is provided by
the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library.


Bedtime Stories
Thursday, Dec. 16 * 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 program.

Motion Commotion
Friday, Dec. 17 * 10:30 to 11 a.m.
For children ages 2-5 with their caregivers. Join us for this fun
and very interactive preschool music and movement program as we
shake some sillies out. Free event provided by the Friends
of the SouthShore Regional Library.

Wee Artists
Saturday, Dec. 18 * 10:15 to 10:45 a.m.
For ages 3-5 years and adult must be present. Cartoonist Leah Lopez


will have the little artists create a cartoon with the theme of
'Florida...Winter Wonderland.' Limit 15. Registration required and
available now at the Information Desk or call 273-3652. Free event is
provided by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library.

Creative Artists Cartooning
Saturday, Dec. 18 * 11am. to noon
For ages 6-9 years. Cartoonist Leah Lopez will have artists create a
cartoon with the theme 'Florida.. .Winter Wonderland.'
Limit 20. Registration required and available now at the
information desk or call 273-3652. Free event is provided by
the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library.

Expressive Artists Cartooning
Saturday, Dec. 18 * 1 to 2 p.m.
'Expressive Artists' ages 10 and up will work on 'Manga' cartoons
with Art Instructor Leah Lopez. All materials are provided. Limit 22.
Register at the Information Desk or call 273-3652. Free event is
provided by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library.


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Building Committee members managed to shovel some dirt even though the ground was hard from lack
of rain. They are, from left, Marvin Kastama, John Woods, Sara Anderson, Darrell Snyder, Betty and Bill
Moore, Pat Butler and George McDonald.


New church
* Continued from page 1
it was founded at Freedom Plaza
in 1999.
It currently meets at 10:30 a.m.
in the funeral home, located at
1851 Rickenbacker Drive, Sun
City Center.
'We're really looking forward to
serving the greater community,"
Campbell told me in a telephone
interview prior to the ground-
breaking ceremony. 'We hope to
have both adults and children from
the area join our congregation."
This, he said, is one of the main
reasons they chose to relocate
in that particular rural section of
Ruskin.
"Once we paid off the land, we
started our building fund," he add-
ed. "Our members have been very
generous and have worked very
hard."
The total cost of the new build-
ing is approximately $539,000 and
it will seat 154 people, he said.
Jim Allen of Spectrum Church
Builders based in Lexington, Ky.
is project manager. Spectrum has
built many churches in Florida,
and was affiliated with a First
Christian Church in Kentucky,
Campbell said.
"Remember, it's not just a build-


ing," Allen said when given a turn
to speak at Sunday's ceremony.
"It's a place being built to worship
Jesus Christ."
Campbell said he is very happy
about having moved to the area to
pastor this church.
He and his wife Mitzi have been
married 24 years and have six
grown children, spread out in sev-
eral states. They came to this area
in June 2008 after he retired from
a position as a hospital chaplain
who served at the Mayo Clinic and
many hospitals in various states.
His last position as a hospital chap-
lain was in Knoxville, Tenn.
Taking on the job of pastoring a
church full time isn't exactly what
most people would call retirement,
he said, but he enjoys the church
and its people.
Meanwhile, Mitzi is a leader at
the Grief Support Group that meets
weekly at the United Community
Church in Sun City Center.
"No creed but Christ, and no
book but The Bible," is how
Campbell explains the beliefs of
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DECEMBER 9, 2010


Some of his earliest memories
are of sitting in Jane Russell's lap
and wearing the now-famous der-
by belonging to Lou Costello, both
of which are backed up by yellow-
ing newspaper photographs.
Robert's wife, Jane, also an acro-
batic aerialist, started her acrobatic
gymnastics at the ripe old age of
12 and joined the troupe at 16. Her
sister Grace also worked in the
act.
When Robert and Jane were 21,
they married, and have been to-
gether for the last 49 years.
"One night, we told his parents
we were going bowling, and we
got married," Jane said. This hap-
pened while the act was playing a
show at the Stardust night club in
Las Vegas with Arthur Godfrey,
who was a family friend.
Eventually Robert's parents
decided to start a new act based
around chimpanzees, and Robert
and Jane began their own aerial
acrobatic show.
While traveling 40
weeks a year, Jane
managed to birth, rear
and home-school four
children and design and ... ......
sew all the costumes for
the shows while Robert
put together the acts
and made all the props.
They and their chil-
dren enjoyed their life
on the road.
"I didn't want my
kids to have to stay
home while we trav-
eled," Robert said,
recalling his younger --
days when he would
live with his grandpar-
ents while his parents
toured, except during (
breaks from school.
"We took our children
with us. The standards
for home-schooling
were very strict then.
There was always This derl
someone checking up tello and
to be sure the kids were boy in t
Lange at
doing the acts because with his
they wanted to, not be- from the
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1 is autographed inside. The young
he photograph behind it is Robert
t about eight years old, wearing it,
parents, sister, two other women
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Costello. The miniature piano is
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This newspaper clipping shows Robert Lange in 1941 at 11 months
old being held up by his dad on the left and Robert holding up his
dad on the right in 1960.


The family toured all 50 states,
every province in Canada and per-
formed in Cuba, South America,
Japan and Europe.
Their oldest daughter Vickie Lee
was on Don Ameche's Internation-
al Showtime television show when
she was 7 months old and devel-
oped her own acrobatic act as the
years rolled by.
Some of the highlights of the
family's career are performing
on the Milton Berle (television)
Show and in Hollywood's Sealtest
Big Top Circus in the 1960s. They
worked with Ed McMahon at the
Big Top (McMahon later went on
to be with Johnny Carson on late-
night TV) and they never missed
playing the Bozo Show in Chica-
go- twice a year for 30 years.
A lot of work went into putting
on the shows.
\ ly dad used to say it took
100 hours of practice for every
trick in the act," Robert said. "So
when people asked me how it felt


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laugh."
A lot of their memories are pre-
served in photographs, including
a half-page in Look magazine,
which was one of the two largest
magazines in the country from
1937 to 1972.
"One of the best things about
doing what we did was getting to
work with so many great people,"
Jane said. "Vickie played Barbies
(dolls) with Marie Osmond grow-
ing up, and we taught Donny Os-
mond to juggle. The Osmonds had
really great kids."
The Lange's projector may be
broken now but they keep about
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their fifties. Today the Riverview couple looks back on a long career
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Former animal control

officer talks about more

than sit, heel, stay!


DECEMBER 9, 2010


When I got to Michael Lunny's
house I thought our talk would be
all about dogs.
It wasn't.
It seems as a former animal con-
trol officer in his home state of
New Jersey Michael had
run-ins not only with
loose dogs, but skunks,
raccoons, horses and
even a Brahma bull. But
his favorite story was
one about his mistaking
a full grown Newfound- Over
land dog for one of south Coffee
Jersey's black bears. By Penn
Not being familiar with By Penny
that particular breed of penny@obsi
dog, I listened carefully
as he told about it, and when I got
home, I looked up Newfoundlands
on the Internet and found that from
the rear, when standing, the black
ones look just like black bear cubs.
Even their faces, at a distance, can
be mistaken for a bear.
After viewing the photos on line,
I could more appreciate his tale.
"For some reason the State of
New Jersey decided to introduce
black bears into the population of
south Jersey," he told me. "Shortly
after that, I got a call that a cub was
loose in the area where the blue-
berry farms are."
Michael said he wasn't sure what
he was going to do once he arrived
on scene, but it was
his job to take care
of any animal prob- .
lem and a bear, even .
a cub, loose in the
community was
definitely what he
- and the State of
New Jersey - con-
sidered a problem.
"I first saw it from
the back. New-
foundlands are thick PENNY
around the middle Michael Lu
and sway just like City Centel
a bear. I stepped out some of the
of my truck and said in his 25-y
m h boy' an animal c
Come here boy in New Jers
and it turned, and all about dc
then I saw it was a
dog," he told me.
Newfoundlands, he knew, are
known for their giant size, muscu-
lar build and tremendous strength,
and are often used as working dogs
in countries with extremely cold
temperatures. Needless to say, find-
ing out it was a dog was a relief,
especially since the breed is known
to be extremely gentle.
After the black bear story he told
me about a time when he had to
push a runaway Brahma bull back
into its fenced area with the back
of his truck.
But most of his work hours have
been spent with dogs.
"I trained under Larry Freas, who
learned from a German whose last
name was Stein," Michael told
me. He remembers that Larry told
him Stein was brought by the gov-
emrnment to the United States as a
trainer because he trained German
attack dogs during World War II.
But he couldn't remember Stein's
first name.
"Some of the things Larry taught
me were how to 'read a dog' and
correctly use a control stick," he
added.
When Michael's training was
over, Larry gave him a gift of an
Alaskan Siberian Husky that had
been bred by wolves.
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chael said she was the best dog he
ever owned. After 10
years together, she died.
Michael and his wife
Ariane moved to Kings
Point in Sun City Center
7-1/2 years ago after he
retired from 25 years as
an animal control officer
and she retired from the
Fletcher finance department of a
non profit organization
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drop-outs.
They immediately immersed
themselves in activities, and Mi-
chael said he got so busy right away
that he asked a friend how to handle
it and the only advice the friend had
was for him to get up earlier so he
could fit more in his day.
Among other things, Michael
is an expert wood carver. Ariane
burns wood and they have beauti-
ful pieces all over the house.
Still, Michael found time to teach
a Basic Dog training class at Com-
munity Church College at the Unit-
ed Community Church in Sun City
Center during the fall semester.
"Ariane volunteered me," he said.
"So I had to do it."
The college,
which is not limited
to Sun City Center
1,S 4 participants, is a
1A. non-credited senior
, Learning experience
with a wide variety
S-a of subjects.
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year however that it
offered obedience
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experiences semester," Michael
ar career as said. Registration
ntrol officer
y and it isn't for that semester is
_s. Jan. 28 and infor-
mation may be ob-
tained by calling the college office
at (813) 634-8607.
He limits his classes to six dogs
and their owners, and for a $25 en-
rollment fee conducts a full semes-
ter of commands including, "Come,
heel, sit-stay, and stand-stay."
No aggressive dogs are permit-
ted so everyone can feel safe, he
explained. Even then, he keeps the
dogs apart, not allowing them to
sniff each other in case somebody
may have had a bad day.
Michael loves dogs, although he
says he doesn't want another one
of his own so he and Ariane won't
be tied down when they want to
travel.
In the past he has not only taught
obedience and off-lead tracking, but
also judged at dog shows. In more
ways than one, Michael certainly
knows how to "put on the dog."
*Perhaps you have something
you'd like to share. Or maybe you'd
rather tell the community about your
favorite charity or cause: or sound
off about something you think needs
change. That's what "Over Coffee"
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whether we actually drink any cof-
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It's what you have to say that's im-
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a meeting place. No matter what's
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Holiday gift ideas for the angler


OBSERVER NEWS * RIVERVIEW CURRENT * SCC OBSERVER * 15


Gifts for the holidays are all
around us. I found a silent running
electric motor for small boats and
kayaks. It is made by Torqeedo and
weighs 28 lbs.
The bait shops carry bait nets and
Mullet nets. The smaller
cast nets are great if you
catch your own bait. You
must learn to read the
water, so you can cast
your complete circle
pver the bait.
Maybe Santa will bring Fish Ta
you a wireless GPS troll- Byonie /
ing system. This can -
keep you on a prime fish-
ing spot like an electronic anchor. It
looks like a TV control gadget, and
enables you to push a button to turn
left or right and turn the motor off
or on. It's all wireless.
Buy your angler a pair of suede
gloves for a firm grip on his fish-
ing rod.
Maui Jim sunglasses come in four
lens colors, each for low light or
overcast conditions. They are said
to block 100 percent of sun glare.
Knives for the angler -- some of
the different functions of various
bladed knives are serrated for cut-
ting through ribs and speaking fish;
narrow for detail work and remov-
ing skin; and curved for carving up
large fish.
Buy a thermal camera for your
angler for his night fishing. It is
lightweight, compact and built to
withstand the most demanding
environments. Navigate with to-


tal confidence in darkness, where
you can see di iiii' . clearly. It
is made by Hir and will cost you
$2,999 and up.
Another new product out there is
the redfish flasher. It has a jig head,
a paddle or curl tail and
a Colorado blade and is
made in 12 different col-
ors. It costs $6.29 and is
made by Bomber, salt-
water grade.
I S There are many Top
les Dog lures out there.
Moaschek Top water plugs are de-
signed to get attention.
There are chuggers,
walkers, splashers, and swimmers.
Your walkers or splasher sell for
$7.99. Dumbbell Popper 200 sells
for $19.99. Your Popstick will cost
you $29.99. Sea Dragon will cost
$34.99. The highest priced lure I
saw was the Top Dog Splasher 190
S&S at $50.49.
You could buy a saltwater rod, or
an inshore rod, perhaps a coastal
casting rod, or a jigging rod, or a
freshwater rod (a casting rod for
freshwater, not salt), a heavy duty
rod, a flexible rod or maybe a cane
pole.
Reels come in all shapes and sizes
-- saltwater reel; freshwater reel;
lever drag; spinning; Penn Interna-
tional holds loads of line; feather
light reel, or one with oversize
bearings to hold heavy duty line.
You can view dozens and dozens
of reels, but you must know before
you go what reel for what pole.


A new life jacket on the market is
made of lightweight stretch mate-
rial. It is made by Mustang and
costs $119.96.
If you can't find all of these new
items, get your angler a new tackle
box; they too, come in all shapes
and sizes.
Clothes for fishing, shirts, hats,
shorts, or shoes.Sunglasses, bug re-
pellant, and sunscreen.
Get the boat painted or the bar-
nacles scraped off the bottom.
Fix the trailer, or buy a new
anchor.
Buy a new horn or radio for the
boat.
A throw net or cast net.
A gift card for gasoline.
A book. There are all kinds of
'How To Catch' any type of fish
books.
Decorate the boat for the
holidays.
A new paint job, or re-cushion the
seats.
In our area, many of the bait
shops stock unusual gifts for the
Holidays. Many are having a fun
day catching Spanish mackerel.
Those wading the flats are reeling
in trout and redfish.
Kayaks and canoes are paddling
into places boats cannot go and
having a hey-day with limit catch-
es.
Deep grassy flats attract many
fish on any day, so wade or turn off
your motor and start fishing. You
will hook a variety of fish, such as
redfish, trout pompano, Spanish
mackerel or a permit.
Enjoy our waterways, watch the
weather, and always fish together.

Aleta Jonie Maschek is a member
of Florida Outdoor Press.


Terrific Kids at Collins Elementary
November Terrific Kids was sponsored by the S.C.C. Kiwanis Club,
Casper's McDonalds, Bob Evans, and SweetBay. The recipients are: Cris-
tian Salazar, Monique Alicea, Jariyah Sawyer, Gabriella Arias, Mackenzie
Schultz, Evan Arias - Johnson, Aiden Simmons, Jalen Bing, Rachel Slay,
Kerrigan Blakemore, Duyen Tran, Darrien Boodhoo,
Niaya Vasquez, Adrian Broco, Nicolae Zavatchii, Abi-
gal Brown, Mariajosse Claudio, Ireyssa Cardona, Co- -
lin Carey, Conner Childs, Miranda Crocker, Zackary
Crouse, Nathan Donoho, Jania Drayton, Ariel Dupree,
Isabella Duran, Katie Grable, Emily Gonzales, Hunter Garry, Michael Hono-
var, Deja Hargrove, Abbigayle Jordan, Riley Lewis, McKenna McQueen,
Ryan McIntosh, Aahiyah Miller, James Miller, Paige Miller, JaniceMoya,
Aidan Parshad, Sydney Pioli, Brien Piske, Areeya Reneau, Sirinya Reneau,
Jayson Rivera, Dan Roberts, Cristian Robu, Aileen Rodriquez, Ashlee Rosa-
les, Hannah Rowe.

Donate food for stamps
Visit the Wimauma Post Office, 5608 S.R. 674 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on
.....i.. Dec. 11 and donate 4 cans of food and the Wimauma Post Office
will give you 1 stamp (440). What a better way to help feed the hungry.


Love is in the hair
Until Saturday, Dec. 18, New Identities Hair Studios will proudly be dis-
playing The Heart Gallery exhibit, at both its salon locations (Tampa Palms
and South Shore). New Identities has named the event 'Love Is In The
Hair.'
During the dates of the exhibit, salon guests will be able to view children's
photographs, read a short bio on each child, and if they like, make a mon-
etary donation to a particular child (or to the organization's general fund).
100 percent of all donations will be given to the Hillsborough Kids organiza-
tion, and used for purchasing Christmas presents for the children, for much
needed supplies, etc. New Identities South Shore is located at 10639 Big
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Celebrating 90 Years Young
Kathryn Schaub of Sun City Center, formerly of Northport, MI, recently
celebrated her 90th birthday. Sixty guests attended a party held in her
honor at the home of Rudy and Donna Schaub. All six of her children
were in attendance, including Bonnie Forner of Muskegon, MI, Jerry
Schaub of Twin Lake, MI, Rudy Schaub and Linda Avis of Sun City
Center, Dan Schaub of Northport, MI, and Debbie Belanger of Suttons
Bay, MI.


Kathryn Schaub of Sun City Center celebrated her 90th birthday.

SouthShore Democratic Club provides Health
Care Counseling
The SouthShore Democratic Club will meet Thursday, Dec. 9, at 1:30
pm at the SouthShore Public Library on 19th Ave. Social starts at 1 pm.
The meeting will feature Robin Watt of
o. 3State Health Insurance Assistance Program
who will talk about the complex world of
Health Care in these turbulent times. Medi-
care Health Plan Choices, Medicare Appeals,
Long term Care Options and other concerns
will be covered and questions will be encour-
aged. To reach the Library go North on Cypress Village Blvd. to 19th
Ave turn right to the first left, Beth Shields Way. For more information
go to www.southshoredemocraticclub.org


Christmas gift give-a-way by Good
Samaritan Mission
With Christmas quickly approaching, Good Samaritan Mission is
getting ready for their Annual Christmas Gift Give-A-Way for over
1,300 children from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 18 at 14920 Balm
Wimauma Rd. in Wimauma. Every year they are in need of many helpful
hands.
Volunteers are needed to host a Toy Drive, set-up toys from 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. Dec. 16-17; and Dec. 18 to
coordinate toy rooms, escort local
children from families in need through
their decked halls and assist the chil-
dren in finding the age appropriate gift
of their choice, sleeping bag, stuffed
animals, and for some, gift cards to
use for shoes, socks, under clothing,
etc. They need your help to reach their
goals.
To volunteer, log onto gsmission.org,
go to volunteer needs, and click on the
toy icon. You will be able to register through the website. There are two
different shifts for the event. If you know of anyone who could donate
lunch for all of the volunteers, let them know.
For more information, contact Kathy at kathygsm@aol.com or Theresa
at theresa.cruzl@grnail.com. Office phone is (813) 634-7136.
Donate gifts unwrapped. Just a few of the things needed for the
Give-A-Way: Juvenile sleeping bags, new toys, balls, dolls, board games,
toiletries, watches, cologne for teen boys, gift cards for clothing, elec-
tronics, cars and trucks, perfume, jewelry, hair, products for teen girls,
books -- new or gently used.

Donors needed!
"Kids Against Hunger" has lost part of its funding and is in need of mon-
ey donations for their food packaging event on Jan. 22. Consider helping.
There are a lot of hungry people vis-
iting their food pantries. They are a
501 c-3 organization. 'Kids Against
Hunger' c/o Denny Hanson, 1805
Wedge Court, SCC. For more infor-
mation, call Denny at 633-7733


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p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
For directions, visit www.CareShel-
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part of their adoption, Alley and
Victoria will be spayed, micro-
chipped, and brought current on
shots.


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The Paw-fect IIOLIDAY for PET


T his holiday season, share
seasonal celebrations and
traditions with the entire
family, including four-
legged family members. Accord-
ing to a national PetSmart survey,
72 percent of pet parents include
their pet in holiday festivities.
"The holidays are about being
with our loved ones - and that
includes our pets, too," said PetS-
mart Veterinarian and Pet Care Ex-
pert Dr. Robyn Jaynes. "Whether
it's including your pet in a family
photo, taking them on a family trip
or giving that perfect holiday gift
or treat, it's important for pet par-
ents to consider the unique behav-
iors of each and every pet."
As families everywhere kick off
the season, PetSmart has a few
simple tips to help pet parents
make it a safe and enjoyable time
for their pets.


Put Up Pet-Friendly Decor
Keep your pet's safety in mind and help furry friends steer clear of
dangerous decorations.
m Holiday lights mean extra electrical cords and plugs. For pets, these
items are tempting "chew toys." Taking extra time to tape down or
cover cords will help prevent shocks, bums or more serious injuries.
* Christmas trees are sure to attract a pet's attention. Secure Christmas
trees to keep them from toppling over if a pet should try to climb them,
use them as a scratching post or simply bump into them.
* Forgo small ornaments, especially balls, bells and tinsel that are
attractive to pets - but deadly if consumed.
Traveling With Furry Friends
Many families travel at this time of year. Whether pet parents are taking
their pets along or leaving them at home, it's important to make sure their
pets are safe and comfortable.
m Pet parents who board their pets should look for facilities that are clean
and have friendly, responsive staff and strict policies on health and
safety issues.
* If pets are included in a family's travel plans, many resources
can help you find hotels that accommodate pets. Visit www.petswelcome.
com for more information.
* Many products are available to keep pets safe in the car,
including harnesses and barriers that secure pets in the back
of the vehicle.


Help Pets Get Camera-Ready
Just like the rest of the family, pets need to look their best for the holiday photo
or the traditional shot on Santa's lap. Try these tips to prepare your pet:
* Help your pets look their best with a pre-photo bath.
* For pets that enjoy dressing up, holiday outfits such as a reindeer
or Santa costume, cable knit sweater, elf hat or jingle bell collar are
festive.
* Having treats or special toys on-hand can keep pets from getting anxious
while in line and also help them behave during the photo.
To find out when and where you can have your pet's photo taken with
Santa Claws, visit www.petsmart.com.
Keep Pets Calm and Comfortable
The holiday season can be hectic for pets with the hustle and bustle of
parties, travel and family dinners. To ease pet stress, pet parents should be
mindful of the following:
* Pets may not understand why their usually quiet home is filled with
people and noise. Provide pets with a quiet place to retreat.
* Pet parents often think they're "treating" their pets with table scraps
from their holiday meals. The danger, say PetSmart veterinarians, is
that dogs can become seriously ill from human foods because they do
not have the same digestive system or nutritional needs as people.
* For the most part, pets should stay indoors during the cold winter
months. Some dogs may not adjust as well to the cold weather, so pet
parents may consider sweaters to keep their pets warm.


The Best Gifts for Four-Legged Family Members


With an estimated 71.4 million pet-
filled homes in the U.S., many pet
parents will be searching for the
perfect pet gift this holiday season.
PetSmart offers special toys, treats
and other great gifts that will make
your pet wag their tails with joy.
This year's must-have gifts are:
* Chance and Lucky -
The adorable holiday
collection includes stuffed
animals, ornaments, slippers,
boxed cards or gift cards
which are perfect to celebrate
the holiday season and support
a good cause, too. Ten percent
of all purchases will be
donated to PetSmart Charities
to save the lives of homeless
pets. The collection ranges
from $5 to $20.


Ten percent of all Chance and Lucky sales
go to save homeless pets through PetSmart
Charities.


* Fisher-Price - Inspired by classic
Fisher-Price icons, the whimsical toys
for dogs feature items such as the
Xylobone, Chatter Pup Telebone and
Ruff-a-Stack. Available in two sizes -
small ($7.99) and large ($11.99).
* Martha Stewart Holiday Collection
- The holiday Nordic Fair Isle sweater
from the exclusive Martha Stewart Pets
collection keeps your four-legged family
members cozy during the cold winter
months. Available for just $19.99.
* Stockings for Dogs and Cats -
PetSmart's classic holiday value pack
stockings are filled with an assortment
of toys for cats and dogs. Pet parents
can pick a theme that matches their
pet's personality, such as the merry pink
gingerbread-man or the classic red and
green reindeer. Price ranges from $4.99
to $19.99.


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Sweet potatoes...seasonal produce with a nutritional wallop


* By JAYNA HAMEL
October to January is prime
sweet potato season in the South.
The orange-fleshed treats are a
staple for the Southern table and
a great switch up from the white
potato routine.
How can you cook a sweet po-
tato? Pretty much the same as a
regular potato, plus a few more
things.
At our house, a quick, easy and


versatile recipe is to make /4 inch
slices, pop them on a baking sheet,
brush with some olive oil, sprinkle
with salt and pepper, and bake at
350 degrees for about 10 min per
side or to your desired crispness.
For extra flavor, add cayenne
pepper, cinnamon, or even bleu
cheese to the finished product for
a little variety. A sweet potato
beats a baked potato for nutritional
value and adds color and texture


to the dinner plate. The absence of
scoops of sour cream, butter, etc.
saves calories and fat grams, too.
But there are plenty of ways to
load up a sweet potato.
A restaurant we love in Winter
Park, FL called Dexter's makes
little potato chips out of sweet po-
tatoes. The chips are more chewy
than crisp. My first reaction after
tasting one was: "not sure if I like
these, think I'll have some more."


MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTO (2006)

Remember Pearl Harbor
It is a day that shall live in infamy. On December 7, 1941, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor
killed 2,402 people, wounded 1,282, sunk four battleships and three destroyers and destroyed
188 aircraft. The attack was a profound shock to all Americans and ushered the United States
headlong into World War II. Each year on this day, survivors of the attack gather to remember and
mourn their fallen comrades. Despite the passing of nearly seven decades, it is incumbent upon
all Americans to remember and respect. Survivors of the attack are still with us and they not only
deserve our utmost respect, they deserve our gratitude. In this 2006 file photo from a Pearl Har-
bor Day ceremony held at Little Harbor Resort in Ruskin in 2006, Pearl Harbor survivor Ed Warren
steals a glance back at a wreath tossed into Tampa Bay in honor of his fallen comrades. Warren
recalled Japanese planes flying within 100 feet of him - he had a gun but no ammunition. He said
he remembered it all as if it were yesterday.


Perfect gift for outdoor activities


Looking for that last minute
holiday gift idea? Searching for a
unique gift for the entire family?
Consider the gift of the great out-
doors. Annual passes to visit Hills-
borough County's Regional Parks
or to launch watercraft at County
boat ramps are available and make
great gifts that keep giving for an
entire year.
Annual passes, for individuals
or families, are good for one year
from date of purchase. Park entry
passes are $100 (family), $50
(individual) and the boat launch
pass costs $100. Passes are avail-
able in person at the Regional Park
office at 15502 Morris Bridge Rd.
Cash, checks, money orders, credit
cards and debit cards are accepted
for annual passes.
You may also obtain annual
passes by filling out the form
http://www.hillsboroughcounty.
org/parks/resources/forms/An-
nualPass.pdf and mailing to the
Parks Recreation and Conserva-
tion Regional Park Office at the
address listed on the form. Faxes
also accepted at (813) 987-6271.
Information may be obtained by
calling (813) 987-6240.
Thosewho choosenotto purchase
annual passes will be charged per
visit. Daily fees are $2 per vehicle
entry, up to eight people and a $5


fee to launch watercraft.
Regional Parks include: Alder-
man's Ford; E.G. Simmons;
Edward Medard; Eureka Springs;
Lake Park; Lake Rogers; Let-
tuce Lake; Lithia Springs; Upper
Tampa Bay Park; and various sites
of Wilderness Park. Visit http://
www.hillsboroughcounty.org/
parks for additional information
on the Regional Park system.
Regional Parks provide acces-
sibility to diverse natural envi-
ronments so visitors may enjoy
resource based activities such as


picnicking, boating, canoeing,
swimming, hiking, nature study,
photography, horseback riding,
and camping. Trails and green-
ways provide facilities for bicy-
cling, in-line skating, running, and
walking. Parks also offer views of
natural Florida providing a perfect
get-a-way from the hustle and bus-
tle of daily life.
A list of boat ramps can be
seen at: http://www.hillsborough-
county.org/parks/parkservices/
BoatWeb.pdf.Fees are required for
Hillsborough County ramps.


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mesh-sided option offers better ventilation
than the solid material. The machine wash-
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clean and fold down for easy storage.
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Suddenly an empty basket was
staring me in the face and I was
asking for refills. Delicious!
Square One Burgers in South
Tampa serves sweet potato fries
with smoky chipotle ketchup. Try
it, you'll like it!
I've got relatives who wax nos-
talgic about sweet potato pie.
There's also a traditional casse-
role in which marshmallows play
a pivotal role. (Are marshmallows
in a food group?). Mashed sweet
potatoes are an option as well.
The easiest way to eat sweet po-
tatoes is to just wrap them in alu-
minum foil and cook like a baked
potato, about 45 min in a 350 de-
gree oven.
Sweet potatoes pack a wallop of


nutrition as well as a good bang
for your buck. The average price
in the Southeast for sweet potatoes
this time of year is about 50 cents
per pound. For this low price,
you'll get plenty of Vitamin A,
B6, and fiber. Sweet potatoes are
a diet staple around the world. A
look at their uses on Wikipedia is
worth your while.
Here's a really fun food fact:
sweet potatoes and yams aren't the
same thing. They actually aren't
even distantly related. So Popeye
might say, "I yam what I yam...
but I'm definitely not a sweet po-
tato."
Enjoy the seasonal produce and
our bountiful American harvest.
(Jayna Hamel is the owner of Back-
yard Produce in Apollo Beach.)


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SouthShore arts camp is fun
South Shore Arts Camp is an exciting opportunity for your child. The
camp will provide excellent, accessible and affordable character-based
S-after-school activities
with daily classes in the
visual and performing
arts.
The vision for South
Shore Arts Camp is to
offer elementary age
school children in South
Hillsborough County a
wholesome environment
in which they may ex-
- plore the visual and per-
forming arts after regular
school hours.
Starting on Jan. 3, the
camp will offer trans-
portation from Cypress
Creek, Reddick, Ruskin, and Wimauma Elementary Schools to The
United Methodist Church in Sun City Center. In addition to classes in
various forms of art, dance, and music facilitated by staff and commu-
nity volunteers, the children will have a structured time with snacks and
character-based activities to enhance self-esteem and values. The camp
will be held daily Monday through Friday until 6:30 p.m.
To learn more about the new South Shore Arts Camp program and
student registration, call Elizabeth Parry, Arts Director at (813) 817-1662
(email: elizabetha parrydesign.com) or Pat Hill, Director of Spiritual
Growth and Ministries at (813) 634-2539, or visit their website, www.
sccumc.com, The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210
Del Webb Blvd. West, Sun City Center, FL 33573.


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Christian Science Heals!

First Church of Christ, Scientist
204 2nd St. N.W. * Ruskin, FL 33570
(813) 645-6102
Sunday Service.... ................................ 10:00 a.m.
Sunday School ............................................... 10:00 a.m .
W wednesday Service.......................................... 5:00 p.m .
All Are Welcome


Dr. Robert A. Norman Dr. A. Theodosatos
Board Certified Dermatologist Brandi Broughton, PA-C

Offering Botox, Restylane and various cosmetic
products and services
Same Day Appointments * FREE Skin Screening
6322 U.S. Highway 301 * Riverview ' - '
813-880-7546
Insurance accepted: Medicare, Medicaid, BCBS, Humana,
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Animal sanctuary seeks members
'Twas two weeks before Christmas, when all ;ih,. ,i,li the land
Elmira 's creatures were ,ion .. ., saying 'can you lend us a hand'?
The bears tried to nestle all snug in their dens,
and get visions ofpeppermints dancing in their heads.
The lion and tigers and lemurs and such
were settling down after .i..iig some lunch,
When out in the Sanctuary there arose such a clatter,
they stretched, yawned and growled to see what was the matter
From their den boxes they flew like a flash,
ran to their table and sat up on the sash.
When, what to their wondering eyes should appear,
but people, so nice looking, '1 0 110 , to draw near..
with all, young and old, so quick and alive,
they knew in a moment it must be Elmira ' 'Welcome Christmas'
Member Drive
Elmira's Wildlife Sanctuary cordially invites you to join them from 1
to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 11 for guided tours, light refreshments and

i -- Membership also makes a great
Christmas gift for family and
t[ friends.
Elmira's Wildlife Sanctuary,
currently open to members only,
provides a home for more than
l S40 displaced wild and exotic
animals and relies strictly on
donations, members and volunteers. They welcome and encourage new
members. Join this fantastic organization during Sunday's member drive
with memberships starting as low as $25. It's your opportunity to see the
animals up close -- a lion, tigers, bears, cougars, leopards and more, with
limited photo opportunities available. The Sanctuary is located 4 miles
south of Sun City Center, 301 south to River Road, to Seminole. Merry
Christmas!
For more information visit: www.elmiraswildlife.org.


Stephanie Vazquez, 4th Grade; Rosalba Neri-Baxcajay, 3rd Grade;
Alizzay Gomez, 4th Grade; Gemini Morales, 4th Grade; with Jamie
Perkins
Look no further for your holiday
greeting cards this year
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 El-
ementary Schools. The winning artists' holiday renderings were beauti-
fully transformed into cards by Ruskin printer, M&M Printing Company,
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 supplement
the cost of various programs offered to the public for free at the Library.
The SouthShore Regional Library is located at 15816 Beth Shields Way
(off 19th Avenue) in Ruskin. For more information, call 813.273.3652

Reopened Mosaic lakes teem with fish
for anglers
Portions of the Mosaic Fish Management Area in southern Polk County
will reopen to public fishing on Friday, Dec. 10. The 1,000-acre fish man-
agement area near Fort Meade is managed through a cooperative agreement
between Mosaic Fertilizer LLC and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conserva-
tion Commission (FWC).
Lakes Coulter, LP2 East, LP2 West, S8 East and S8 West are reopening.
These lakes have been closed for more than three years due to mining-relat-
ed public safety issues.
When the lakes reopen, there likely will be some memorable fishing trips
in store for anglers looking to catch largemouth bass, crappie, bluegill and
catfish. Fish populations, as well as fishing success, often improve signifi-
cantly when lakes are closed and then reopened. The lakes range in size
from 20 to 250 acres and have an angler quota that protects the fishery from
overharvest. Quotas will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
The Mosaic Fish Management Area has been in existence for more than
10 years. The area is open to public fishing Fridays through Mondays, from
6 a.m. until 2 p.m. There is no cost to fish, but anglers must check in and
out with Mosaic security staff. For more information on freshwater fishing
opportunities, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing or call the FWC regional office in
Lakeland at 863-648-3200 during regular working hours.


Apollo Beach resident
nominated for 'Rare
Life' award
Michelle Grady, an Apollo
Beach resident, has been nomi-
nated for Eagle Rare Single Bar-
rel Bourbon's Rare Life Award.
Grady, who is a homemaker and
fundraiser for the Susan G. Komen
Foundation and for the American
Cancer Society, was nominated by
a friend for her charity work and
service to others, specifically by
way of fundraising for the Susan
G. Komen Foundation.
The award will be presented to
one person who best exemplifies
a commitment to excellence and
making a difference in a unique
way. Nominees demonstrate such
core values as courage, leadership,
survival, heroism, devotion and
character. The prize is $10,000,
which will be donated by Eagle
Rare Bourbon to a charity of the
winner's choice. Grady has chosen
the Susan G. Komen Foundation to
receive the award money, should
she win the award. To date, there
are nearly 115 nominees from 25
states.
"This country is filled with cou-
rageous, honest, hard-working
people who lead rare lives every
day," said Kris Comstock, Eagle
Rare Brand Manager. "Eagle Rare
Bourbon embodies life, liberty
and the pursuit of happiness. This
award will honor those who do the
same, as we think rare lives de-
serve to be rewarded."
A reception honoring the Rare
Life Award winner will be held
in the recipient's hometown next
year.
The public is invited to nomi-
nate people who lead rare lives by
visiting http://www.eaglerarelife.
com. Entries will be posted on the
Eagle Rare website. Individuals
are asked to vote for the nominee
they think most embodies the Rare
Life core values.
All nominations and votes must
be submitted by January 1, 2011.
The 10 submissions receiving the
most votes will be reviewed and
one winner will be selected in Feb-
mary 2011.


Michelle Grady


Holiday in the
Park
Don't miss the annual Apollo
beach Holiday in the Park on Fri-
day, Dec. 10. at the Apollo Beach
Recreation Center, 664 Golf and
Sea Blvd. Donations of candy
canes, sodas, and chips are still be-
ing collected. For more informa-
tion, email apollobchcivicassoc@
tampabay.rr.com.


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Christmas with the Celts featuring Marcille Wallis


As part of their popular, "Thank
God Its Variety" concert series,
the United Methodist Church of
Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb
Blvd. West, will be hosting Christ-
mas with the Celts: traditional
Celtic Christmas music and dance,
on Friday, Dec. 17 at 6:30 in the
church sanctuary. This year's
Christmas tour features Marcille
Wallis - hammer dulcimer, Don
Pigeon -vocals/flute/whistle/man-
dolin/banjo, Matt Miller - fiddle
Ann & Cal Lloyd - Irish and Scot-
tish dance, Robin Hendrickson
- bagpipes, and Michael DeLalla
- guitar.
Native Floridian Marcille Wal-
lis is a classically trained pianist
who began her musical studies at
age six. Using her polished skills
and talent she added the guitar and
eventually the hammer dulcimer
as well as other folk instruments
to her repertoire. As a full time
professional hammer dulcimer
player, Marcille now tours the
country entertaining at fairs, fes-
tivals, churches, concerts, pubs,
bookstores, workshops and pri-
vate functions. Drawing on her 23
years in the classroom as a Math-
ematics teacher, Marcille's shows
are both entertaining as well as


educational as she takes audiences www.celticheritageproductions.
on a "tour" of the Celtic lands and com. A suggested donation of $5


their history.
With eight CDs to her credit,
Marcille's music can be heard on
radio stations and Internet broad-
casts world-wide and on PBS
Television across the U.S. Learn
more about Marcille and friends
at www.marcillewallis.com or at


donation will be collected at the
door on the evening of the concert.
For additional information about
this and other concerts and recitals
at the United Methodist Church of
Sun City Center, contact Jeff Jor-
dan, Minister of Worship Arts, at
813-634-2539.


Christmas with the Florida Boychoir


Join the Choirboys of the Florida
Boychoir for a special concert of
Christmas music under the direc-
tor of Choirmaster and Founder,
Brian Collar on Sunday, Dec. 19 at
4 PM, at Prince of Peace Catholic
Church, 702 Valley Forge Blvd.,
Sun City Center.
The program includes works
from the English and German ca-
thedral traditions. The featured
work is Cantata #142 "Uns Ist Ein
Kind Geboren" attributed to Jo-


hann Sebastian Bach along with
a number of English Carols and
holiday favorites. The boys will be
accompanied by pipe organ, piano
and chamber orchestra. A $10 do-
nation is suggested to benefit the
Florida Boychoir's scholarship
fund.
The mission of the Florida Boy-
choir is to "Glorify God through
the Boychoir tradition." Since its
formation in 1986, hundreds of
Choirboys have received vocal


The Florida Boychoir


and music theory training. The
Choirboys have given concerts
throughout Florida and the United
States. The choir has toured in-
ternationally to Austria, Belgium,
Canada, Czech Republic, Germa-
ny, Iceland and Poland. The boys
perform music of the masters as
well as staged productions of one
act operas and sang most recently
with the Florida Orchestra in the
"Lord of the Rings Symphony"
and the St. Pete Opera Company
production of Bizet's "Carmen". In
June 2010, the boys toured to four
southern states and next summer
will perform throughout central
Europe.
The Florida Boychoir is housed
at the historic St. Andrew's Epis-
copal Church in downtown Tam-
pa. In January two new Boychoirs
will begin: The Tampa Boychoir
and St. Petersburg Boychoir.
For additional information, con-
tact the Boychoir at 1-813-671-
7464, by email at ChoirMaster@
FloridaBoychoir.com or visit the
website, FloridaBoychoir.com
where you can request to be added
to the Boychoir's mailing list.


Handel's "Hallelujah" Chorus brings holiday spirit


George Frederick Handel's high-
ly esteemed 'Messiah.' will ignite
the holiday season at 3 p.m. on
Sunday, Dec. 12 at the St. Stephen
Catholic Church, located at 5049
Bell Shoals Road, Valrico. 'Mes-
siah' will showcase the Brandon
Choral Society -- 80 plus voices/
singers from all church denomina-
tions, as well as guests from the


Judaism program
Unitarian Universalist Fellow-
ship present Bob Cobe and Paul
Grossman who will present a
general overview of Judaism and
the significance of some of the
holidays and an explanation of the
Torah and other symbols of the re-
ligion. Both men are members of
the Beth Israel Jewish Congrega-
tion.
Coffee and conversation starts
at 7 pm, Dec. 9 in the Beth Israel
Social Hall at 1115 Del Web, East,
Sun City Center. The program be-
gins at 7:30 pm. Visitors are wel-
come. For information, call 813-
633- 2349.


Brandon/Tampa area. Exceptional
soloists will also take part in this
beloved work. This epic produc-
tion is under the direction of Rob-
ert Romanski, accompanied on the
organ by Chris Westfall.
'Messiah,' the most well-known
of Handel's works, relates the sto-
ry of the life of Jesus. Perhaps the
most famous portion of the work is
the 'Hallelujah' chorus. This holi-
day classic is a wonderful way to
bring in the holidays.
Tickets for the concert can be
purchased in advance at Roydon


Music, 939 Oakfield Dr., Brandon
for $10 and $12 at the door. Free
admission for children under 12.


DECEMBER 9, 2010






CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH
)'y Sunday Worship: Blended 8:00 a.m.
Nursery Prvded Contemporary 9:40 a.m. g11d1
Pastor Jack R. Palzer Traditional 11:15 a.m.
5309 U.S. Highway 41 North * Apollo Beach S A
(across from MiraBay) www.calvarylutheranchurch.net 645-1305 , l

St. John the Divine Episcopal Church
Growing by Faith from Generation to Generation
NRev. 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 am. - 6 p.m
SPhone: 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.
Holy 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


friendship Baptist Church
Rance Goad, Pastor (Southern Baptist)
. 1511 El Rancho Dr.
Sun City Center, FL 33573
Phone/Fax:
813-633-5950


WEEKLY SERVICES:


.Bible Study
.Bible Study
.....Worship


Sunday
9 a .m . ...............
1 1 a .m ..............
10 a.m. & 6 p.m.


Wednesday
6 p.m.... Prayer Meeting/Bible Study


Unitarian 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
Where the earth is, we are.
the WALT WHITMAN

NORTHSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH
"Where God's Love is Shared"
U.S. Hwy. 41 N., Ruskin, FL * 645-1121 * www.nbcor.org sBc
Sunday School for all ages 9:30 AM WANTED: People Who Want to
Morning Worship 10:45 AM WANTED People Who Want to
Evening Worship 6:00 PM Grow and Live for Jesus!
Full Wednesday Schedule for all ages Pastor: Sam Roach

North River Church of Christ [
- Non-Instrumental -
13885 U.S. Hwy 301 South
(Just South of the Manatee County Line)
Minister: Howard Johnson ff 1 77 11
Services: Sunday 10:00am,11:00am & 6:00pm Office 941-776-1134
Wednesday7:00pm Home 813-754-1776

( First Baptist Church of Gibsonton
"We lovtbecause He first loved us." 1 John 4:19
Traditional Worship Service I *Sunday School 9:30 A.M. l
Old-Time Gospel Hymns *Morning Worship 10:30 A.M. V l
Nursery Available I Sunday Evening 6:00 P.M. I
* Interpreter for the Deaf Mid-Week (Wed.) 7:00 P.M. S
9912 Indiana St. Hwy 41 & Estelle AV Malcolm S. Clements, Pastor
,Gibsonton, FL 33534 - 813-67'-1301

/je" & .m - EVERETT TATE, MINISTER
South Hillsborough Church of Christ
1611 First St. SW * Ruskin, FL * 645-7607
-NON-INSTRUMENTAL-
SERVICES: Sunday........................ 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.; 6:00 p.m .
Wednesday ................7:00 p.m. .- -

Prince of Peace Masses:
SSunday R..........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 W Confessions:
www.popcc.org Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m. and Sat. 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.


FIRST BAPTIST C-HURCH


RUSKIN, FL 33570
645-6439
.. . www.fbcruskin.org
A Resource for Families
Sunday School......................... 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship............8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Dr. Barry Rumsey
Evening Service...........................6:00 p.m. CHRISTK-2SCHOOL
Wednesday Night Service..............7:00 p.m. THROUGH 12TH
Awana...................... .................. 7:00 p.m . GRADE


CHURCH
Come and experience the power of
Jesus to change your life.

Sunday @ 9 & 11 AM * Servicio en Espariol @ 6 PM

www.aplace4everyone.org

2322 11th Ave. SE * Ruskin, FL * 813.645.3337






DECEMBER 9, 2010






U n it quality Rather Than "Religion"
Spirituality Rather Than "Religion"


Beth Israel's Social Hall
1115 Del Webb E. * Sun City Center, FL
www.unitycommunityofjoy.com


Sunday Service 10:00 a.m.
Tel. 813-298-7745


EMPOWERMENT CHRISTIAN CENTER
at SouthShore, Inc.
Worship I SUVD.IY NOV14 * 9:00 A.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

SSouthside 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) ....................9:00 a.m. D
Sunday School .............................. ......................... 9:30 am. D an Collis, Pastor
Sunday MorningWorship .........................................10:55 a.m. Comejoin 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


Q iefJe&odis/ GAiucofun Gly Genler
The Church of Open Hearts... Open Minds... Open Doors
1210 W. Del Webb Blvd. * 634-2539
'" t Worship Services:
I Saturday................. 4:00 p.m.- Creason Hall (Traditional Service)
. Sunday................ 8:15 a.m. in Sanctuary (Traditional Service)
9:30 a.m.- Creason Hall (The Oasis)
10:55 a.m. - Sanctuary (Traditional with Chancel Choir)
Fellowship timid .... T7, ,,. , ' 1.., ,,,, I-.. r .... 10:15a.m. and 11 a.m . in Creason Hall
" 'o Love x% .SCC LIC.c om
PASTORS: DR. WARREN LANGER, REV GARYBULLOCK
Communion First Sunday of Each Month


. St. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Sunday Services 9:30 a.m.
Casual Service 11:00 a.m.
t Prayers with anointing for healing and wholeness
during worship the second Sunday of every month.
A Stephen
Ministry Pastor: Dr. Gerald Iwerks
Church Meet friends in Fellowship Hall after the Service.
Refreshments served.


1239 Del Webb Blvd. West
Sun City Center, FL 33573
Church is Handicap accessible


JSaint Anne


Phone: 813-634-1252
For Information visit:
www.standrewatscc.org


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." " .Fr. JohnpMcEvoy
. - Pastor
S1. 813-645-1714
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U.S. Hwy. 41 * 106 11th Ave. NE * Ruskin
SouthShore: - F ' .11. Beach, Ruskin, Sun City and S. Gibsonton
0 MASSES `
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.
Espaiol.............................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 (



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Unity in Brandon hos


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sts acoustic Christmas


The music of the season is an es-
sential element of the holidays.
Music shares the joy of the birth of
Jesus, celebrates rich traditions from
around the world, and promotes
peace on earth!
On Saturday, Dec. 11, Unity in
Brandon will sponsor An Acoustic
Christmas - a holiday concert that
will share some unique music of the
winter. The program will begin at 7
pm in the intimate setting of the Bran-
don Woman's Club , located at 129
N. Moon Avenue, one block north of
Brandon Blvd. Since the building is
designated as a historic site, the con-
cert will be strictly acoustic, with no
electronic equipment! The evening
will feature a performance by Mar-
ion Gwizdala, a local entertainer and
recording artist. Marion also expects
a few of his musician friends to drop
in to join him on a song or two! The
suggested offering for this unique
concert is $15. Light refreshments
will be available and there will be a
holiday bake/craft sale, along with a
meet and greet with Marion follow-
ing the concert. There will be a raffle
for a beautiful decorated Ginger-
bread House too.
"The Brandon Woman's Club is
very conducive to the music I per-
form," says Gwizdala, who com-
bines his strong, clear tenor voice
with the rich, woody sounds of his
Martin guitar. "This wood frame
building will truly vibrate the energy
of peace, joy, and love!"
Marion was a regular performer
at Brandon's Fox & Hound, taking
the stage for Friday happy hours
there for nearly three years! Describ-
ing his music as P.:.-sA ii Acoustic
Rock", he promises an entertaining
evening of music that will make you


Children participate in sermon at RUMC
On Sunday, Nov. 7, Ruskin United Methodist Church had a children's
sermon where they talked about becoming members of God's Army. As
part of the lesson, the children were given shields and helmets. Rev. Hal
Jeffery, the Youth Director, assisted in outfitting the children.

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Gift of Christmas
to be performed
The United Methodist Church of
Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb
Blvd. West, is proud to announce
that an original holiday play en-
titled The Gift of Christmas will
be performed on Wednesday, Dec.
15 at 7PM in the sanctuary of the
church.
Written by Carol Stewart and
Jeff Jordan and directed by Peli-
can Player, Bill Turcotte, the play
takes place in a fictitious local de-
partment store, the Sun City Cen-
ter Super Saver and Discount Drug
Depot, on Christmas Eve just be-
fore closing time. You'll be intro-
duced to several shoppers, each
With a unique
and memorable
personality,
from the man
N .,. buying his girl-
friend a fishing
rod & reel to
the last minute
candle and garland shoppers. The
performance is free and open to
the public, and it is suggested that
patrons arrive early for the best
seating. For more information
about this and other events at the
United Methodist Church of Sun
City Center, call Jeff Jordan, Min-
ister of Worship Arts, at 813-634-
2539.

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laugh and make you cry. Some of Brandon is committed to helping you
the songs will conjure up images of transform your life through the use
a monastery's chapel with the Latin of spiritual principles and practices.
Veni, Veni Emanuel, share a was- Believing there are many Paths to
sailing song (A'Soalin'), and let you God, Unity honors and learns from a
hear how the first rendition of Silent variety of Spiritual traditions. Unity
Night might have sounded when it respects one another, valuing our
debuted in 1818. similarities and our differences, in-
Brandon Unity is a part of the cluding differences of lifestyle. For
worldwide Unity movement found- more information about Brandon
ed in 1889 and affiliated with Unity Unity, you may visit their web site
School of Christianity, publishers of athttp://www.unityinbrandon.org/ or
the Daily Word Magazine. Unity in call (813) 263-6155







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Mission of the month 'Aging Out Prog
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Foster Angel Executive Director Melvin "Mac" Mac Neel and Mis-
sion Board member Alice Tolley.


St. Andrew receives check from
Men's Club of SCC
Richard Schaffer, member of the Men's Club of Sun City Center's
Health Care Program, is presenting a donation to Pastor Dr. Gerald
Iwerks of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church for their generous offer
of their facilities and hospitality to allow the Men's Club to promote
their cancer and health care programs.


ram'
The United Community Church
1501 La Jolla, Sun City Center
Mission Board selected the Foster
Angel "Aging Out Program" as a
mission of the month.
A new service and caring feature
of the Foster Angel Program has
been developed. As the foster chil-
dren reached the age of 18 they are
no longer eligible for assistance.
They now have 3 options:
-Independent Living Program, to
remain with their foster parents
-Remain with their foster parents
-Venture out on their own
-The "Aging Out Program" will
assist the children with food, fur-
niture, cleaning supplies and care-
giver boxes from the food bank.
Donations are greatly needed and
if you have any furniture, food,
household supplies, gift cards or
money, they are truly appreciated.
For more information or to pickup
call Stephanie MacNeil at 813-
770-4313.


SEEDS
FROM
THE
SOWER


Rushing down a steep hill in Cali-
fornia, while loaded with propane,
a truck driver discovered his brakes
had failed. Reaching for his CB ra-
dio, he called for help.
Close behind him was a highway
patrolman. Hearing his plight, he
pulled his car in front of the truck,
and started to slow down.
Realizing what the officer was do-
ing, the driver maneuvered his truck
until it rested against the back bum-
per of the patrol car, and they came
to a stop without any damage.
Near you are others who are rush-
ing to destruction, and the Bible
says, "By all possible means... save
some."
You will help them, won't you?
Visit us at: www.TheSower.com


NCWS adopts highway
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Pictured are: back row, Antonio Ramirez, April Perez, Roy Castaneda, Oralia
Zamora. Front row, Veronica Escobedo, Mellissa Castaneda, Crystal Castane-
da. and Jov Berrien.


NCWS (Nondenominational Christian Worship Services), in conjunction with
Good Samaritan Mission, has adopted part of Route 674 from Route 301 East
to Sth Street in Wimauma. NCWS has agreed to clean both sides of the high-
way the third Saturday of each month as part of an effort to "think green" and
keep God's beautiful creation litter free. The group collected 6 bags of trash
with a total weight of 140 pounds. For more information call Jim Butner at
634-3114.


Redeemer WELCA to meet
WELCA, the women's organization of Redeemer
Lutheran Church will meet on Wednesday, Dec. 15 at
9:30. The devotion and presentation will be provided
by Hope Seeds, a local Christian, charitable organi-
zation that provides seeds and agricultural support
to mission teams. A Christmas potluck luncheon will
follow the presentation.


Silver Bells and
Diamonds
OnSunday,Dec. 12theDiamonds
will present 'Silver Bells and Dia-
monds. This is NOT their regular
show that so many have seen (and
enjoyed)..but their special Holiday
show. It is going to be fabulous,
with The Diamonds singing many
Christmas songs plus some of the
rock and roll songs they are known
for, like "Little Darlin' ". Join them
A i for this truly
spectacular
. ' show, Dec. 12,
,' 2:30-4:30, in
the Communi-
Aty Hall, 1910 S.
Pebble Beach
I Blvd., Sun City
Center. Tickets
are $20/person and on sale now
at Atrium Kiosk. Reserved seats
are available. Open to the public.
For more information, call Judy at
642-2001.


New members welcomed
Trinity Baptist Church recently welcomed two new members. From
left to right are Senior Pastor Dr. Ron Churchill and Irene and Bruce
Cruzan. For information on the church, call 634-4228.








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106 11th Ave. N.E. * Ruskin, Fl 33570 ......
645-1714 * SaintAnneRuskin.org ...

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SATURDAY & SUNDAY MASS SCHEDULE
Saturday, 5:00 p.m......................................... Vigil M ass
Sunday 8 & 10 a.m . ........ ............................ ........................... M ass
Domingo 12:30 p.m. ........................................Misa en Espafol
Sunday 5:00 p.m . .......... ..................... ............................. Evening M ass
DAILY MASS SCHEDULE
Mon. thru Fri. 8 a.m. * Los Miercoles 7:30 p.m. (Misa en Espafol)

7 east of ODt jtady of uJadalape
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11TH
10:00 p.m . ....................................................... ....................... M af an itas

Penance reVice 9
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 15TH
7:00 p.m . .......................................... ..................... English and Espafol

c tistmrnas Schedule
THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD
FRIDAY, DEC. 24TH
4 :00 p .m . ................................................................................................ M ass
6:30 p.m. ........... ................ ................... Children's Choir - M ass to follow
9:00 p.m . ..............................................................................M isa en Espaf ol
11:30 p.m........................... ................... Choral Singing - M ass to follow
SATURDAY, DEC. 25TH
8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m...................................Mass (All English)
(No Evening Mass)


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* Continued from page 12

40,000 feet of film on reels to re-
mind them of their days with per-
sonalities such as Frank Sinatra,
Lucille Ball, Desi Arnaz and Jerry
Van Dyke.
"I remember meeting Lou Cos-
tello when I was 8 years old," Rob-
ert said. "He had just lost his son,
who was about the same age as I
was, in a swimming pool accident
and he took a liking to me. "Which
is why Robert thinks Costello gave
him the derby that now sits on a
shelf in his den.
In June 1982, the couple had a
reunion with all the people they
could locate who had been in their
act, and they keep the large paper


with everyone's signatures on it
that was made for them that day.
Many of the people who worked
in their act went on to have acts of
their own.
"It isn't the same now," Robert
said. 'There used to be so many
variety shows on television. Now
they're just about all gone."
It seems "variety" shows have
been replaced with "reality"
shows, he said.
Besides touring and appearing
on television, the act made many
charity appearances, for which
they garnered letters of thanks
and recommendations which they
have kept in an album; many from
people associated with the Shrine
Circus which supports 22 Shriners


Hospitals for Children.
In all the time his dad and moth-
er performed their high-wire acro-
batics, Robert only remembers one
broken bone.
\ly dad broke a bone in his foot
once, but he had to keep on work-
ing," Robert said. "We (he and
Jane) never had any broken bones
in our act. Not one."
Neither did anyone in their
group, he said proudly.
The two continued to perform
into their 50's and finally retired
in 1997.
When asked why they chose
Riverview to retire - after seeing
pretty much the whole world- they
said they'd liked the area when
visiting friends nearby.


OM


In the 1950s, Robert and Jane Lange, right, often performed with
Robert's dad, Ervin and Jane's sister Grace.


The center pho-
tograph on the
Lange's "Wall
of Fame" shows
Jane in the air and .
Robert and his
father and mother
on the ground.
This photograph
is surrounded by
photos of people
the Langes have
worked with dur-
ing the last fifty
years, including -
Arthur Godfrey,
Abbot and Lou
Costello, Tony VEAs EDEL dCO
Curtis, Judy
Garland, Ted Wil-
liams, the Mills
Brothers and
more.


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I A RETIREMENT & REHABILITATION COMMUNITY
101 Trinity Lakes Drive * Sun City Center, FL I
wwwv.SunTowersRetirement.com

Upcoming December Events
I Wed., Dec. 1 5 * 10-11 a.m. * Whose voice do you miss hearing? If I
I you are hard of hearing, the Florida Teleconmmumications Relay I
I is here to help at no charge to you! Receive an amplified telephone I
I so that you may once again hear your loved ones. Don't miss this
beneficial meeting!
I Wed., Dec. 1 5 0-11l a.m. * Therapeutic Tai Chi open to the I
I public! Our therapists have advanced training in therapeutic Tai ChiI
I for Seniors and will provide guidance in this healthy exercise. Offered
the 1st and 3rd Wed. of each month. Number of guests limited, RSVP
as soon as possible!
I Wed., Dec. 15 * 2:30-4 p.m. * Parkinson's Support GroupI
Marcia A. McCall, M.T.S Coordinator of Research Department of
I Neurology College of Medicine USF will be here for our first Parkin-
son's support group.
I Wed., Dec. 15 * 4:45-5:3o p.m. * Dialysis patients and their
I family members now have a support group at Sun Towers!
Our facilitator is Virginia Winn MSW who is a dialysis and medical
social worker with 18 years of experience. Guest speakers and edu-
cational information will be provided along with much needed re-
sources.


Thur., Dec. 16 * 10-11 a.m. * Dr Rampertaap, Pulmonary and
Sleep Specialist in the Sun City Center Area with over 25 years ex-
perience. He will be lecturing on how Sleep Disorders affect you and
what you can do to alleviate the problems. Don't miss this opportu-
nity to "Ask the Doctor"!
Tues., Dec. 21 * 2:30-3:30 p.m. * Join Katie Colwell Williams, MA,
CMC from Bayshore Geriatric Solutions, Inc. for our Alzheimer's
Association Caregiver Support Group. The needed rc-'.urce�
I are endless! alzheimer's association
Thurs., Dec. 23 *10o-n1 i in * Celebrate \\ithl South Bay Hos-
pital! Enjoy a cozy holiday party hosted by South Bay Hos-
pital just before the Christmas holiday. Mingle \withl hospi-
I tal staff and just enjoy yourself!
Thurs., Dec. 28 * *-, :;-4 I' 1 * Edmond Dnblreil IMS\V, RC-
SWI mental health professional facilitates this support
I group for those suffering froin.deprnesion,. lo.s or grief orI
are the car'egierl of soeineoi facing ill% oe issues. Support-
I ed by: South Shlori L Io i omi ilental Health & Aging and
The United MIethod i JL Cl JOi fS J ir- t -C iter.


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* By MITCH TRAPHAGEN N
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T he circus has moved down thl i ud \I .id i l lniI.
way, I've heard stories of thK ~,IluihluIInd . tin,-
ing fleet crowding bridges and niin.i. .iln.' ili.
Intracoastal Waterway bound for I h i'ndai r lI. 1ilBI.aimai
and Caribbean; but by the time I . in .d thl ilnn. in.i,
were empty. It's spooky being the ,inl\ in ii ..li .d il
a marina, but it turns out there arc I 1." |I.v ipl. c. v.n
crazier than me still in the Chesapcakc. I 1 sl oany loi
them - and I feel a certain joy in knowing that I am out
of that beautiful, but boisterous, body of water.
On my first full day in the ICW, I had the waterway
to myself for hours. It was calm and stunningly beauti-
ful with late fall colors still lingering in the trees that
thickly lined the shore. By late morning a trawler slowly
passed, followed by a larger and faster sailboat. I'm not
pushing \'/. 1 I.- ., Marie too hard. She has been seriously
neglected for the past 10 years and I'm not anxious to
find her breaking point in the Middle of Nowhere, North
Carolina.
I was tied to an 800-foot long dock that ran along the
ICW in an outpost named Coinjock. There were two
boats sharing the dock with \h. /. I., Marie, but neither
had anyone aboard and it appeared they represented
dreams either interrupted or shattered. Captain Mark
Goodbrand was working at the Midway Marina. He said
that just a month ago boats were tied to the dock like
jigsaw puzzle pieces. I looked around the deserted place
at dusk and could almost hear the echoes of the laughter
and merriment of the crowd, all headed south for adven-
tures in the tropics. But there were only echoes left and
by nightfall, I had the place to myself.
The next morning, I motored into diminishing fog to
continue the quest for sunshine and warmer weather.
My sails went up for a beautiful cruise across the wide
body of water known as Albemarle Sound. Haze and
distance obscured the shorelines and, for a few hours,
it felt as though I were in the middle of the ocean with
no land in sight.
Alligator River Bridge, this is /,.,I/.,'i Marie. I'm a
southbound sailboat approaching for your next open-
ing.
Click.
This is Alligator River Bridge. Keep it coming , cap-
tain. I'll get you 1,i. .i,.i1,
As the bridge loomed larger and larger on my horizon,
I could see the cars and big trucks flying across it. On
the radar screen, it looked as though I was sailing into a
brick wall. The bridge tender said to keep it coming -
and bridge tenders know what they are doing. Finally,
mercifully, as I drew closer to the bridge, the gates went
down over the roadway bringing the cars and trucks to
a stop.
Keep it coinn, captain.
Again mercifully, daylight started to show as the
bridge slowly swung open. I kept it comin' and well be-
fore I arrived at the channel, the bridge was wide open.
Ten miles or so from that bridge there is an anchor-
age in the Alligator River of North Carolina that is com-
pletely isolated from the world. There are no lights on
the horizon save for the anchor lights of two sailboats
about a half-mile off; no homes, not even the blinking
lights of radio or cellular antennas. I stopped in this
place, anchored in eight feet of water next to nothing at
all, because only professionals on tugboats and insane
people attempt to navigate the ICW at night. Since I'm
neither, that means when it gets dark, I stop.
I was cut off from everything just a few hundred yards
south of the Intracoastal Waterway. There was no cel-
lular phone coverage and no MiFi hotspot to connect to
the Internet. The quiet of such a place might have been
deafening, but for the fighter jets that served to remind
me that civilization was not far away.
See HELPING HANDS, page 2B


Helping Hands: John and his dog Roscoe, Rick and Marybeth Bearden, and Carl Cantrell.


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Just a month earlier, this dock in Coinjock, North Carolina, would
have been packed with boats and cruisers headed south for adven-
tures in the tropics. I had the place to myself.


Helping




Hands
* Continued from page 1 B

The two jets circled low over the
wide river - very low. In daylight,
the fast planes were so far ahead of
their noise that they were easy to
hear but difficult to see. Once night
fell, it was easy to see their
navigation lights glh -
ing and I watched a> ,th.
two pilots performed 1in1 ,
incredible mid-air bal-
let, sometimes simply * \ .
circling, other times
streaking towards
each other. The jets
were low enough ,
for me to see the *
orange glow of
their engines. The noi *
in that fascinating b.ildk
eased the deafening quiet, al-
lowing me to run the little genera-
tor that powers my electric blanket
without concern for disturbing the
peace in this remote place. I prayed
for calm winds so I could sleep
without too much worry about the
anchor dragging.
I awoke the next morning to a
passing squall and a cold drizzle.
The sunrise was visible only as a dim
orange glow for a few minutes and
then dark clouds snuffed even that
out. There was something ominous
in the air as I started the engine and
motored away from that beautiful
but desolate place. I was bound for
the small community of Belhaven,
North Carolina, a j.* . 11 n . ili.i would
take me through a 22-mile-long ca-
nal known as a land cut. The sun
burned away the haze while I was
in the protected confines of the land
cut and for the first time in days, I
was able to remove my heavy winter
jacket. Somewhere past the halfway
point, I noticed the treetops were
bending over to a strong wind that
I could not feel in the narrow water-
way.
As I left the protection of the
land cut for the wide expanse of
the Pungo River, winds gusting
over 30-miles-per-hour and short
choppy waves buffeted the boat, and
/ii,.n Marie heeled over despite
having no sails up. The conditions
weren't dangerous, but they certain-
ly weren't pleasant. My main con-
cern was with my destination for the
evening. From a look at the chart,
I could see that the marina where I
had a slip reserved would be totally


exposed to the wind and the waves.
Cell phone service was still spotty
but I managed to make a call to my
wife, Michelle, to ask if she could
call the marina to check conditions
there. They told her that I was to
go to the fuel dock and that people
would be waiting.
I literally surfed into the marina
and what I saw stabbed fear into my
heart. The fuel dock was the out-
ermost dock in the marina and the
waves were crashing into it. There
were a half dozen people on the
dock motioning me towards them,
but every instinct I had told me to
turn off, to anchor off the marina
iii a -Ii. hiln more protected place.
I wtiuld see the hulk of a
* .ailboat that had been
S * driven up into the
. . marshes from a
previous storm
and that was
enough to make
, anchoring a ques-
f . tionable action.
7 \* And so I surfed
,* 1up to the dock, hit-
ting hard reverse, stop-
ping the boat with inches to
spare as a dozen hands reached out
to grab the lines, trying to steady
the boat and, most importantly, to
keep i'/,,L,,,i Marie from crashing
into the dock.
I wanted to get out of there, but
knew there was no way I was go-
ing to turn this 18,000-pound boat
around in such a strong wind. For
better or worse, I was trapped
against that dock until the wind di-
minished. The chaos on the dock
continued for an hour as a spider

" a


web of lines was formed to keep
\id i,.. Marie tied down. Fend-
ers (large rubber bumpers) were
squeezed in to protect the hull of
my boat from the dock. John, a
cruiser from Canada and the unof-
ficial dock master for the marina,
spent much of his afternoon work-
ing with me to protect my boat.
It became an odd sort of roller
coaster ride. I was tied to the
dock but the boat would rise and
fall a few feet with each wave.
As the boat would rise, another
wave would smash into the bot-
tom with a sickening boom. When
the crowd returned to their boats,
I was left lying on the deck with
my legs pressed against the dock
piling, pushing back the fenders as
they popped out from the continu-
ous motion. After an hour of that, I
began to think that the best way to
get home was at the nearest airport
in a comfortable airplane. Just as
I started to feel sorry for myself,
Rick Bearden, on the Mary Eliza-
beth, stepped out onto the dock,
reached over the lifelines to where
I was lying on the deck, and hand-
ed me a hot cup of soup.
"I have a feeling you might need
that," he said.
Indeed I did. It was a lifesaver that
not only warmed me physically and
mentally, but it abruptly ended the
self-pity I was beginning to drown
in. After gobbling the soup down,
his wife, .i-..iii-l . came out onto
the dock to ask if I'd like a grilled
cheese sandwich to go with it. In the
chaos of getting into the marina, I
hadn't noticed that Rick had spent a
good hour helping to secure my boat.

an..


Now their generosity and concern
for me, a complete stranger, touched
my heart and raised my spirits.
After several hours, the boat was
secured to the point where I could
walk away for brief periods, only re-
turning to push down the fenders that
popped up from the bucking motion
caused by the waves. John stopped
by to invite me to an impromptu
dinner that was going to be held that
evening in the boater's lounge. I was
among several boats blown into the
marina with the heavy weather, so
the dinner was an opportunity to get
to know each other and to get off our
boats for a while. John said he was
baking fresh bread.
At dinner, the wind howled out-
side in the darkness and I worried
about my boat smashing up to the
dock. The company was excellent,
however, as was the food and John's
bread. Despite that, I excused myself
early to return to "fender duty" on
the boat. Eventually, I went down to
the berth and fell into a fitful sleep.
By 3 a.m., the already bad condi-
tions had deteriorated further with
increasing winds and passing rain-
squalls pelting the boat. Every 15
minutes I went out into the darkness
and the howling wind to lie on the
deck and push the fenders back down
between the boat and the dock. Then
I flopped back into the berth soaking
wet knowing I would be out there to
do it all again in another 15 minutes.
When daylight broke the gloom, the
winds began to clock around, slowly
increasing the protection from land
and decreasing the waves. By after-
noon, whitecaps ripped down the
river but the marina was as calm as


The North Landing Swing Bridge on the ICW closes in my wake.


a millpond.
I was having a problem with my
depth sounder - a serious concern
with the many shallow water places
yet to come on the ICW - and had
been asking around in the marina for
advice. Fate being what it is, that af-
ternoon I met Carl Cantrell. Carl is a
marine electronics expert with many
years of experience in that industry.
He dropped what he was doing to
come by my boat to troubleshoot
the problem. He stripped wire and
soldered, all the while talking about
this and that, and before long, I had
a depth sounder that worked 99
percent of the time, rather than less
than 50 percent of the time. How
can I possibly repay Carl for that?
He saved me from untold hours of
worry over running the boat aground
and being stranded in the middle of
nowhere.
How can I possibly repay John for
spending an entire afternoon helping
to secure my boat against the wind
and waves? How can I repay him
for finding extra fenders and boards
that, in the end, saved my boat from
being damaged against the dock?
How can I repay him for his unde-
manding friendship and fresh baked
bread?
How can I possibly repay Rick and
1.,i. i- -,li for restoring my spirits and
nourishing both my mind and body
when the first fleeting thoughts of
giving up this quixotic quest entered
my mind? How can I thank them for
their generosity and concern?
Only hours before, I was a com-
plete stranger to all of these people.
Simply saying "thank you" doesn't
begin to express the gratitude I feel
towards them. What they did repre-
sented so much more than the simple
acts of making a hot cup of soup or
fixing a depth sounder. They went
out of their way to help me when
they had no reason whatsoever to do
so, and for it, they expected nothing
in return. Over the past few days, I
was feeling sorry for myself; believ-
ing that sailing alone was a burden
that few could appreciate. Now I
know that I'm not alone. Rick, Ma-
rybeth, Carl and John are exception-
al people in this world - and they
were there when I needed them. I am
not alone.
The wind was gone, but there was
ice on the deck the morning I de-
parted Dowry Creek Marina in Bel-
haven. It was a chilly reminder that I
need to get south as quickly as pos-
sible. Even more pressing, a day's
sail away in the city of Oriental, I
have a date with a charming, young
woman. To borrow from the Beat-
les, it has been a long, cold, lonely
winter and it feels like years since
it's been clear. But now the ice is
slowly melting.


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Holiday events at Florida State Parks


* DADE'S BATTLE
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park
January 1-2, 2011
This is the battle that started the Second Seminole War in 1835. Each
year a re-enactment of the Dade's battle is held to commemorate those
who died in the battle and to bring a broader understanding of the people
and events in frontier Florida in the 1800s. Living history reenactors
portray Seminoles, soldiers, settlers, and traders in frontier Florida.
Vendors and interested individuals should call 352-793-4781 for more
information.
Dade Battlefield Historic State Park is located off 1-75 and state Road
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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 interpret
the history of early Florida.This
historic place will be offering its
second annual Candlelight Tours at
Fort Foster on December 10 & 11,
2010, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 pm.
This evening program will present
a glimpse at life during the Second
Seminole War. Visitors will enjoy
a tour of a Seminole encampment,
Fort Foster, and witness a rare
night time firing. Park rangers and
volunteers will lead visitors on a
walk through time while enjoying
the tastes of mulled cider, period
music and ginger snaps.
Public admission for this event is
$5 per person ages 13 and over. 12
years and under free.
Call the park at 813 987 6870 or
patrick.potts @dep.state.fl.us for
more details.


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December 11 & 12
This nostalgic show will take
you back to the early years of Wee-
ki Wachee Springs by the ladies
who created the magic. The former
mermaid show includes perform-
ers representing the decades from
the 40s to the 70s. Don't miss this
magical performance by this spe-
cial group of ladies. For more in-
formation visit weekiwachee.com
Contact Weeki Wachee Springs
State Park for fee information,
352-592-5656.


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Highlands Hammock evening con-
certs in the park's picnic area. Pic-
nic baskets/coolers are welcome
and refreshments will be available
at the Hammock Inn restaurant.
Proceeds benefit park improve-
ments via the Friends of Highlands
Hammock.
Concert admission is $5 per per-
son (accompanied children 12 &
under admitted free). Regular park
entrance fee of $6 per car is waived
after 6 p.m. on concert nights.
For more information call the
park at (863) 386- 6094.
* HOLIDAY IN THE
GARDENS
Washington Oaks Gardens
State Park
December 11 8 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Visit Washington Oaks Gardens
State park for the annual Holiday
in the Gardens Celebration! The
gardens are beautiful this time of
year and come alive with Holi-
day decorations. Come do your
Christmas shopping with our arts
and crafts vendors, enjoy live mu-
sic, and great food in the events
field. Also, make sure to visit the
"Holidays Around the World Play-
ground" where children can play
holiday games and participate with
hands-on holiday arts and crafts
from different cultures. There will
be a Gingerbread house contest for
all ages! Your Gingerbread house
will need to be dropped off at the
park between the hours of 8:00
and 9:30 a.m. on December 11,
and remain on display until 4:00
p.m. Prizes will be given including
a "Mrs. Claus' Choice" award.
A donation of a canned good or
toy per vehicle is requested.
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December 17 & 18, 7-10 p.m.
Holiday themed mermaid perfor-
mance featuring Santa Claus, live
nativity scene, Grinchmas show,
arts and crafts, John Leggio's
Christmas spectacular. $4 (adults)
$2 (kids). Contact the park at (352)
592-5656
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A Myakka Friends Nature
Adventure
Myakka River State Park
Sat., January 15, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
How much thought and prepara-
tion do you put into planning a day
hike? Do you know how to cope
with the unexpected? Spend a few
hours with Outdoorsman Larry
Roberts to learn what to take and
how to use common items that will
keep you comfortable for a day on
the trails. Reservations required.
$20 per person (Friends members
$15). Call (941) 316-8139 for res-
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MOAA Florida Council of Chapters president addresses SCC chapter A Spruce Tree's Lament


DECEMBER 9, 2010


Capt. Don Freese, USNR/RET,
president of the MOAA Florida
Council of Chapters, was the fea-
tured speaker at the Sun City Cen-
ter Chapter of the Military Officers
Association of America luncheon
held Dec. 1, at the Florida Room
in the Sun City Center North Side
Atrium Building.
The Florida Council of Chapters,
an affiliate of the Military Officers
Association of America (MOAA),
is a dynamic organization of more
than 10,000 active, retired and for-
mer officers of the uniformed ser-
vices. The Council was chartered
on Nov. 18, 1970 with 20 Chapters
and Clubs and now includes 44 or-
ganizations from the Florida Pan-
handle to the Florida Keys.
Capt. Freese discussed the cur-
rent status and activities of the
national MOAA organization. In
addition to his presentation, he in-
stalled the newly elected MOAA
officers for the coming year. Col-
onel James Shumway will be the
2011 MOAA president, replacing
this year's president Major Kirk
Faryniasz.


- -. -
Incoming SCC MOAA officers for 2011. From left, Capt. Frank Ke-
pley; Lt Skip Franklin; Maj. Bob Fowler; LTC Paul Wheat; Col James
Shumway; LTC Frank Sanyour; Cpt. Betty Dunn; Maj. Dan Jackson;
LTC Julian Graham; and Capt. Don Freeze. Officers not shown are
Maj. Sala Helm and Maj. Jerry Foppe.

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From len, olI. James Snumway, incoming president; iviaj rirK
Faryniasz, immediate past president; and Capt. Don Freeze, presi-
dent of the MOAA Florida Council of Chapters.


Winn Dixie brand bottled water sales benefits Toys for Tots


Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. an-
nounced that for a limited time,
it is offering specially wrapped
24-packs of Winn-Dixie brand
spring water and purified water
to benefit the U.S. Marine Corps
Reserve's Toys for Tots (www.
toysfortots.org) program to bring
holiday cheer to disadvantaged
families this holiday season.
For every 24-pack of bottled wa-
ter sold, 10 cents will be donated
to the organization, up to a total
of $100,000. Two of Winn-Dixie's
vendors, Niagara Bottling and Sil-
ver Springs Bottled Water, are sup-


plying the product.
The water's packaging reflects
the partnership - imagery that
includes the "Marine Teddy Bear,"
children, and a red wagon filled
with gifts. The 24-packs of bottled
water sell for $3.69 and are now
available in all of the grocer's 485
stores.
"We are thankful to Winn-Dixie
for their support of Toys for Tots
and our military," said retired Ma-
rine Maj. Bill Grein, vice president
of the Marine Toys for Tots Foun-
dation. "Together, we can ensure
this is the most successful Toys for


Tots campaign in our 63-year his-
tory."
Toys for Tots began in 1947,
when Maj. Bill Hendricks and a
group of Marine Reservists col-
lected and distributed 5,000 toys
to needy children in Los Ange-
les. The project was so success-
ful it was expanded nationwide
the following year. Marines have
conducted successful nationwide
campaigns every Christmas since
1948, distributing more than 400
million toys to more than 188 mil-
lion disadvantaged children across
the country.


Well,
it's that
time of

the year for Whit N'
spruce trees. Whimsey
Men with axes
and those mea- By Nancy Porter-Thai
during tapes with
the inch things are
trolling my digs in
the "hood." They're
looking' for all sizes and
shapes of trees to sell the
folks who do that Merry
Christmas thing. I'm more
into the Bah Humbug mode
myself. For all the sappy pine
trees in the forest, this is defi-
nitely the "wrong time to be in
the right place." So far, I've never
been "a chosen" one. Personally,
I think I've escaped this "duty" be-
cause I don't have the best behind, if
you know what I mean. My branches
never quite filled out back there. I think
I must be psychologically stunting my own
growth 'cuz I don't want to give up the cushy
job I have here, just sitting' and blowing ' in the
wind.
I hate the thought of getting all decked out
in ribbons, bows, and standing still like a fool in
the middle of some yahoo's living room. What if
they spray paint me blue? Yuk! All that singin', bell
ringin', yankin', whiffin' and sniffin' my branches and
oh - those gaudy twinkling lights flashing on and off like
some neon sign on a cheap motel.
When the big Ho, Ho, day is over, I'd be left a shab-
by mess with dried out needles dropping all over the place.
Then, with little dignity left, be kicked to the curb like some
old, cheap date. Nope, I'm gonna' skip that gig as long as I can.
That's no life for an almost stately spruce like me. Let me just
stay here and be the forest's misshapen Tree Of Life! Wait, I hear a
lot of crunchin' and crashin' out there. I hope they leave me a buddy
or two. Oh, Oh, - They're looking' this way. Ohno, I think I'm goin'- -
TO GET LIT UP THIS YEARRRR!!!! Yikes guys, that smarts!


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younger looking legs:
All veins have valves. Healthy
valves keep blood flowing only
upward and support the weight
of the column of blood. When
Normal One-Way Varicose
Vein Valves Vein Valves





Healthy valve prevents Reverse blood flow
reverse blood flow due to damaged valve

these valves are broken, blood
pools below. This congestion
and increased pressure result in
discomfort and cause fluid to
build up and leak from the deeper
capillaries. The result - gradual
and continuous deterioration of
your legs over the years. Both
visible and hidden varicose veins
are dangerous - they increase
your risk of blood clots. Most
varicose veins are hidden. Tired,
painful legs are a symptom that
something is wrong.

Don't take your
ultra-sound while
lying down.
We test your vein valves while
you are standing. If you have ever
had an ultrasound of vein valves
performed while you were lying


Any of these symptoms can r E Painful, aching legs
signal dangerous, hidden D Tired legs
varicose veins. Schedule D Leg cramps
< Swollen ankles
a FREE consultation D Skin discoloration
to see if our painless E Restless legs
procedures can help. t D Itching, burning skin

A simple procedure will change your life.
There are many different treatments for vein disease,
but not all are equal. Some are obsolete, painful and
dangerous. Ours are modern, painless and safe.


Before and after photos show dramatic
results from advanced vein procedures.
down, you have had inadequate
testing. This is a gravity issue,
after all! Our more advanced


methods detect valve problems
frequently missed by less well-
equipped clinics.
Vein testing is easy and painless
and takes place right in our office.
At your exam appointment, our
doctor will explain the ultrasound
results and discuss treatment
options with you. At Mountcastle
Vein Centers, we offer four simple,
advanced 20-minute procedures
performed in our private, small
clinic atmosphere. All four are


painless, effective, minimally
invasive and non-surgical. You
can expect to return to normal
activity the same day.
The sooner you
call, the sooner
you'll find relief.
Don't let leg discomfort keep you
from enjoying life. In most cases,
our procedures are considered
medically necessary and are
covered by health insurance and
Medicare. This is a progressive
disease. So call today for
your free consultation. Learn
how to stop and reverse the
deterioration of your legs.

Sun City Center
4040 Upper Creek Dr., Ste. 105, FL
33573 (next to South Bay Hospital)
St. Petersburg (at Isla del Sol)
Largo (next to Largo Medical Center)
Palm Harbor
(at The Fountains, Alderman & US19)
Mountcastle
vein centers
Never stop living!TM
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(Ohio State University)


Naushin Jobe, MD Jack Lipps, MD
(Chicago Medical School) (University of Louisville)


Kim Truett, BS, Vascular Technology
(Oregon Institute of Technology)
02010 Mountcastle Vein Centers


DECEMBER 9, 2010






6B - OBSERVER NEWS * RIVERVIEW CURRENT * SCC OBSERVER


Making This Right


Beaches
Claims
Cleanup

Economic Investment
Environmental Restoration
Health and Safety
Wildlife


"Now Gulf seafood is coming back on the menu, so come on down,
we're open for business."
Bryan Zar
Co-owner, Restaurant des Families
Crown Point, LA


I grew up bussing tables at this restaurant. Last year, my wife, Brooke, and I
bought it. We were working hard to build a business, then the spill hit. BP said
they would try to make things right. But how was an energy company going to
help our restaurant?

Keeping Businesses Open
We figured they would tell us to take a number and wait in line.Instead, they
asked us if we could serve food to the workers,engineers, scientists, and local
residents they had hired to cleanup the spill. It kept us busy round the clock.
And we weren't the only ones. They hired a lot of local businesses and kept a
lot of people working. They have kept businesses up and down the Gulf open
and it's still making a difference.

Open for Business
BP asked us to share our story with you to keep you informed. Our restaurant's
open six days a week. Customers are filling our restaurant again and we think
it's a good time to come down to the Gulf Coast. And if we could make just one
request, please think of us when planning your next vacation. We're still here
and while it's been tough, we are still cooking. And we are just one of the
hundreds of great places ready to welcome you when you come down. So
don't wait. We're looking forward to seeing you.


For information visit: bp.com For assistance, please call:
restorethegulf.gov To report impacted wildlife: (866) 557-1401
facebook.com/bpamerica To report oil on the shoreline: (866) 448-5816
twitter.com/bp_america To make spill-related claims: (800) 440-0858
youtube.com/bp floridagulfresponse.com


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S 'I A Thy wait until you or your family are in a crisis and
don't know where to turn for help? Call us now," urged
T f Georgana Collins, administrator of Sun City Center-
based Hanson Services, which has been helping clients for 12 years.
She recommends that older people and their families schedule a
complimentary in-home "get-acquainted" visit to establish plan that
can be easily activated when a crisis arises.
Hanson offers services for clients who need help due to accident,
illness or aging. Services include organizing medication, meal
preparation, light housekeeping, shopping, accompanying to doctors
or testing appointments.
"Put yourself in the shoes of Carla and Bob from Austin, TX,"
Ms. Collins said. They were awakened in the wee hours of one
morning to learn that Bob's Mom--who is Dad's caregiver--had
fallen and would be in the hospital for at least several hours, leaving
Dad--who has Macular Degeneration and early Alzheimer's--alone.
Thanks to their pre-arrangements with Hanson Services, it took
just one call to ensure that Dad wouldn't be alone and the situation
would be covered until they could arrive from Texas.
"We treat our clients as our own parents-- with respect and
genuine concern," said Georgana. Care is available for as little as
two hours a day to 24/7. "I am so very proud to be an advocate
of our senior community and look forward to being your eyes
and ears for your loved ones. We can help people maintain their
independence where it matters most--at home."
To arrange help foryoursef or a loved one, call Hanson Services at 813-634-
6617 or stop by at 1601 Rickenbacker Drive Suite 5, in Sun City Center

SCC PLUMBING JOINS WITH HOWIES

To better serve customers, Sun City Center Plumbing Services
joined forces with Howie's Plumbing, Inc.
Jay Gisler, who headed Howie's Plumbing, is the merged
firm's president. Randy Crofton is Vice President. Jay and Randy
share the same values and care for each customer, making it a
perfect fit.
"Our reputation is everything and so are our customers," noted
Dee Crofton as she explained that the merger will add depth to the
service staff and improve the firm's strength in new construction.
Randy's wife Dee is secretary-treasurer. The firm has over 40 years
combined experience in the plumbing industry.
Recognizable to most as grey pipe, Polybutelene pipe installed in
many local homes built from 1984-1995 can fail catastrophically due
to problems with both pipe and fittings. Because the resulting water
damage--especially when occupants are absent for a period of time--
adds considerably to the cost of repairs, many owners opt to replace
their piping before it fails.
Projects like these are a specialty of Sun City Center/ Howie's
plumbing, which offers free assessments and estimates. The firm
offers a full line of services repairs on a prompt 24/7 basis, and will
install or replace water heaters, disposals, faucets, comfort height
toilets and backflows. They perform any type of drain cleaning,
sewer line replacements, hydrojet-cleaning, and camera inspections.
They also handle kitchen and bath remodels as well as new
construction.
"With our services," Dee promised, "you get a lot more than
what you pay for. We guarantee prompt, professional service and
satisfaction on all our jobs".
For a plumbing company you can depend on, call Howie's/Sun City Center
Plumbing services today at 813-633-8923. Mention this ad and receive a 10%
discount. (some restrictions apply)

HELP FOR ACCIDENT VICTIMS

W WATe help people put their lives back together as quickly
as possible after an accident," said personal-injury
attorney Rolando Santiago of his Apollo Beach law
firm, Cameron & Santiago PLLC, work with injured victims of
auto accidents and the families of those whose loved one suffered a
wrongful death.
Quick service and personal attention are the firm's hallmarks.
"When a person calls our office, they get to talk with me or Nicole-
to work and speak directly with the attorney who handles their case.
We make sure [clients] get immediate and proper medical attention--
critical, even when the injury appears minor," said Santiago.
One recent case shows why: '"A young man rear-ended by a drunk
driver on a Friday evening called us. I met him at his home on
Saturday morning and got him a prompt appointment with a doctor,
who diagnosed a broken neck. Delayed treatment or the slightest
wrong move could have paralyzed him for life!"
Families of those who died in an automobile, motorcycle or other
type of negligent death get the same quick and personal attention.
"Families can concentrate on grieving and recovery while we handle
the administrative details," said Santiago.
A native of Puerto Rico who grew up in Honduras, Attorney
Rolando Santiago came to the U.S. as a teenager. Fluency in his
native language helps him serve Spanish-speaking clients at home
and abroad. A graduate of Sarasota High School and Flagler
College in St. Augustine, he earned a law degree in 2000 from
Gonzaga University School of Law in Spokane, WA, and is a
Marine Corps veteran, He is a member of the Florida Bar.
Before graduating from Stetson Law School and moving to
Apollo Beach in 2006, partner Nicole Cameron spent 17 years as a
paralegal assistant in personal injury and medical malpractice.
For more information contact Cameron & Santiago PLLC at 813-641-0010
or visit online at www.cameron-santiago.com


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511 HOUSES FOR SALE


* RUSKIN CONCRETE BLOCK HOUSE,
3BR/2BA: $55,900: Tile floors, screened
patio, carport, beautiful lot. Home needs
some TLC and appliances. Great potential
for handyman.
* WINTER/RETIREMENT OR STARTER
HOME: Neat, clean, furnished 2BR/2BA
doublewide on its own large corner lot,
bright open living/dining room, inside utility
room, large MBR/MBA, screened porch,
carport, sheds. $67,500.
* 3 ADJACENT ACRE LOTS, ZONED
FOR HOUSES OR M/HOMES. Each lot
is $54,900, mostly cleared, facing nature
preserve. Very secluded, minutes from town
& shopping. Well & electric on first comer
lot. No association fees; not in flood zone.
Owner financing.


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/aI B.I (813) 645-3211

DICKMAN Serving South Hillsborough
A L INC.T County since 1924.
REALTY
ratin ar www.dickmanrealty.com
Celebrating 86Years dickman@tampabay.rr.com
1924-2010
WANTED: SAVVY BUYER to take advantage of realistic seller of newly listed Sun City
Center home. 2BR/2BA plus den, Anna Maria expanded floor plan just the right size for
full or part time living is exceptionally well maintained and has great amenities. Corner
lot, attractive landscaping, screened patio with peaceful pond view. If you don't already
know the opportunities of the community, you must let us fill you in. $154,900. JUDY
ERICKSON 468-0288
BRAND NEW HOME. Never lived in, ready to move into. Not a short sale. Close to
school and shopping. $125,000 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WEST-
BROOK 748-2201
GREAT LOCATION!! 2BR/2BA 1-car garage home on .99 acre (MOL) with river
frontage! Beautiful setting with a wonderful view of the river. $185,000 CALL
ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 or KAY PYE 361-3672
JUST REDUCED AGAIN!! Great commercial location on Hwy. 41! 2530 sq.ft. metal
building with 3 phase power, dust collection unit, 6 inch sloped concrete floor for
drainage, two 10' doors and three 8' doors. Three other very well maintained office
buildings on the 1.43 acre property Combined parking could easily accommodate 30
cars. $574,900 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201
REDUCED!! OVER 8 ACRES REZONED FOR 5 HOMES. One well and septic in
place.Located at the deadend of 30th St. SE on west side . 330 Ft of road frontage.
Priced to sell at $154,900 CALL ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 or KAY PYE
361-3672.
PLENTY OF ROOM! 3BR/2BA home on 4.55 acres. Room to expand or enjoy the
quiet. In-ground pool, green belted, zoned for horses and could be a fish farm as tanks
are set up. $250,000 CALL KATHY JACOBSON 624-2225
JUST LISTED! GREAT POOL HOUSE, deeded access to canal and bay! 2BR/2.5BA
+ den, inside utility room, garage. Remodeled kitchen has granite countertops and
wood cabinets, new hardwood floors in living room, bedrooms & den, roof & windows
3 years new, appliances & screened pool 2 years new! Water access & boat ramp in
backyard. $191,000. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250
IMMACULATE FURNISHED CONDO ON TAMPA BAY! Breathtaking view of water
from this 2BR/2BA, with MBR, great room & balcony overlooking Bay, inside utility,
covered parking. Pools, fishing pier, restaurants, tennis courts are there to enjoy!
$175,000. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250
RUSKIN COMMERCIAL CORNER LOT: 1/2 acre, cleared, on busy street, a block from
main Hwy, close to post office and shopping. Zoning CN. Possible owner financing.
$99,000. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250
TURNKEY PROPERTY INs SUN CITY CENTER!! This lovely home boasts 2BR/2BA,
2-car garage and is ready and waiting for you! Built in 1994 this home has been meticu-
lously maintained with new a/c in 2006, a new roof in 2007 and much, much more. HOA
includes lawn maintenance so you have time to enjoy all of the amenities that Sun City
Center has to offer with golf courses, tennis, softball, two indoor pools plus over 200
clubs and various other activities. A golf cart friendly community to local shopping and
activities and it is conveniently located to airports, beaches, Tampa, Sarasota & St.
Petersburg. Come and enjoy the Florida lifestyle today!! $139,500 CALL CATHY
GRIGGS 391-8653
AFFORDABLY PRICED 3BR/2BA 2-car garage on corner lot with screened back
porch, oak shaded front yard, corner lot and much more. Recently remodeled interior
just needs a few finishing touches to make it 'your' home. Call to see today! $90,000.
JO ELLEN MOBLEY 645-1540
TWO LOTS make up this spacious homesite of 180'x172'. Room enough for a nice
sized home, close but not too close to town, partially cleared, located on corner in quiet
area. Asking $60,000 but make an offer. JO ELLEN MOBLEY 645-1540
SIX AND A HALF ACRES with much potential for fish farming, development, private
homesite and the list goes on. Quiet non-through street is the location for this property
with well and septic on site, large storage building, mobile home on site previously
Asking $125,000 with possible owner financing. JO ELLEN MOBLEY 645-1540
CALL US FORALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS........645-3211
Donate your old functioning cell phones and drop off at our
office for use by the "Victims Assistance Program."
(Evening phone numbers)
Judy Erickson .................. 468-0288 Jim Grannon....................... 610-3485
Claire Tort....................... 363-7250 Kenn Antonelli ................. 786-3124
Kay Pye .......................... 361-3672 Kathy Jacobson ................. 624-2225
Cathy Griggs ................. 391-8653 Jo Ellen Mobley................. 645-1540
Christine Nethers ........... 260-6335 LaRae Regis....................... 633-8318
Roxanne Westbrook............ 748-2201

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1.What did the American Ralph E Morris Invent?
2.Which was the first country to issue a Christmas
postage Stamp?
3.Which popular Christmas food was an American
discovery?
4.Which is the only Santa's reindeer that is named
after another animal?
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KP Augusta on Lancaster, 2BR/2BA/2CG on Golf
Course, remodeled (ready to move in)...... $89,500
SCC Worthington on Berry Roberts, NEWA/C and
flooring, SPA ...............................................$249,000
SCC 2BR + Den, split bedrooms, 37x12 enclosed
lanai, valued ceilings.................... $183,000
RENTALS
1BR/1.5BA, furnished..............................$750/month
2BR/2BA, near clubhouse, furnished. $575/month
2BR/2BA, Lanc., furnished, GC............ $1000/month
2BR/2BA Lanc., furnished, seasonal.... $1600/month
SCC 3BR furnished home (annual) .... $1200/month







Reduced from $400,000 to $180,000
with 8'Doors, 12'Ceilings,Granite
*Waterfront Reduced
from $700,000 to $299,000
* Valencia Lakes 2/2 + den
$159,900
* 3/2 Waterfront MH w/dock
$39,000
*Waterfront Condo w/dock $195,000
*Bimini Bay3/3 $199,000
*10 Acres on 672 $225,000
* 3.59 Acres,SeminoleTrl. $110,000
*Commercial Lot, Shell Pt. $89,000
* Plant City Estate, 2-Story Home, 4/3,
Pool, Spa, 2.26 acres $340,000
* 3,423 sq.ft. Home on Terra Ceia Bay,
433 acres $1,100,000




512 CONDOS FOR SALE

Sun City Center Bargain!
Kings Point condo. Like new, 2br/2ba,
1200sf, w/ carport. $44,900 or best of-
fer. Terms! Owner! 813-850-1173

Turn your unwanted items into
cash. Call the classified depart-
ment to place your ad
813-645-3111


560 M.H. ON LOTS


Mobile home for sale Eastwood Mobile
Home Park, Gibsonton. Call Heather
813-677-5726


565 M.H. IN PARKS


One bedroom, one bath /study. 1973
mobile home, completely furnished on
Little Manatee River with dock. 55+
$4,000. 941-685-7879







610 WATERFRONT RENTALS
The Dolphin House, Apollo Beach,
efficiency apartments on water. Boat
docking /fishing. Pool, laundry. $185
weekly, $185 deposit. No pets. 813-
850-5217

611 HOUSES FOR RENT
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.
lyr lease. 813-649-1599

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

2 bedroom, 1bath house. Large lot,
Ruskin area near Dennys'. $650 monthly
plus $400 deposit. Garbage included.
813-389-2071

E-MAIL
Classified@observernews.net


612 APTS. FOR RENT
Apollo Beach 1 bedroom, 1 bath. Re-
frigerator, range, patio, carport, washer
/dryer hookup, yard. 813-645-4145 or
813-642-0681

For rent: Efficiency apartments. Weekly
rates, utilities furnished 813-677-8789,
813-601-1542 or 813-516-0896

613 CONDOS FOR RENT
Snow birds. January, February & March.
Apollo Beach. totally furnished, 2br/1 ba.
813-645-4145 or 813-642-0681

620 ROOMS FOR RENT
Live in a country setting that's clean,
safe & quiet. No alcohol or drugs. $440
per month. nicely furnished includes all
utilities and basic cable. Must see to
appreciate. 813-503-4592

630 M.H. RENTALS
For rent. 2 bedroom mobile home near
shopping center in Gibsonton. 813-677-
8789, 813-601-1542 or 813-516-0896

Two bedroom $165 weekly, plus secu-
rity deposit. R & M Mobile Home Park
in Gibsonton. 813-236-9207

One bedroom furnished, water & electric
included. $165 weekly, plus security
deposit. R & M Mobile Home Park
Gibsonton. 813-236-9207

For Rent: Clean
Mobile Homes With
A/C. 813-677-1086

Ruskin 2 bedroom, 1 bath, single wide
on acre. $650 monthly, one month secu-
rity. 813-641-7791 or 813-610-3485

Gibsonton/ Riverview area. 3 bedroom
modular home & (2) 2 bedroom mobile
homes for rent. Water, sewer, trash
included. No pets. 813-234-0992


630 M. H. RENTALS


2br/2ba private lot. South of Gibsonton,
US 41. Call 813-927-2065

646 WAREHOUSE SPACE
Garage & mini storage rooms for rent.
Pirates Treasure Cove, Gibsonton.
813-677-1137

Have a nice day






651 BOOKKEEPING

QuickBooks�
Certified Pro-Advisor. Your office
or mine. Full bookkeeping services.
(training /software install /review /
POS /payroll /inventory /tax prep).
Hourly rates. 10+ years local service.
Thea's Quick Bookkeeping Inc,
Ruskin 813-641-1089. Email: theahp@
verizon.net

665 HEALTH AND BEAUTY

Personal Trainer
Smaller midsection, strong legs &
upper body! Free fitness consultations.
Francois@FastTwitchFP.com 813-
294-2836, located in Apollo Beach

680 ADULT/CHILD CARE

A Helping Hand
from a women who cares: groceries,
meals, home, companionship, appoint-
ments. Whatever is needed when life
happens, call SCC resident. Katarine,
retired minister. 813-938-3414

Caregiver/Companion
Quality care for your loved one.
References upon request. Please call
813-641-9012


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Residential & commercial. Reasonable
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Call 813- 919-2642

708 MOVERS

Affordable Moving & Trash Hauling.
Specializing in delivery /estate sales.
One piece or whole house. Loading &
unloading moving trucks/ storage units.
Free estimate. Dave 813-447-6123

710 LAWN CARE

B&S Lawn Care.
Professional lawn care providing all
of your turf, landscaping & irrigation
needs. Residential/ commercial. www.
bandslawncare.com 813-645-7266

Bill's Lawn Service
Licensed & insured. No contract.
Yearly, monthly or per cut. As low as
$25 per cut. 813-293-6840

FloraScapes
Professional maintenance company
serving all your landscaping needs.
Residential & commercial. Ruskin,
Apollo Beach, SCC, Riverview. Li-
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

Pittman Trucking & Tractor
Service. Bank run, wash shell, fill dirt,
topsoil, sand, crushed rock & asphalt,
driveway culverts. Loader, backhoe,
grading, bushhog, discing. Install Sep-
tic System & drain fills. CFC#1427021.
813-645-1883


715 FILL DIRT/HAULING

Myers Trucking
Backhoe & Tractor Service. Cul-
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asphalt, concrete, fill dirt, excavating,
mowing etc. Tony (813) 363-7963
Free estimates.


720 HOME MAINT.


Experience carpenter. Needs work will
fix anything. Free estimate. Call Dave
813-447-6123. 27yrs experience in fin-
ish work. Guaranteed quality service.

740 MISC. SERVICES

In Your Home
Pet Care
813-767-7225. Affordable, licensed,
bonded, insured. References avail-
able. email: olivertort@aol.com Oliver
& Company

Seawall Repairs
also new construction of docks, boat
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er Construction Co. 813-236-9306

Cameras In Use. CC TV & voice & data
installation. Residential & commercial.
camerasinuse@yahoo.com. 407-758-
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810 MEDICAL


FLEXIBLE SHIFTS, COMPETITIVE PAY...
EXPERIENCED CNAs NEEDED!
Must have Level 2 background screening, CPR training, valid FL driver's
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!
EXPERIENCED CAREGIVERS---REWARDING POSITIONS
Call 813-752-0008 to schedule an appointment/interview
*Must be willing to work throughout
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SUNTOWERS
RETIREMENT COMMUNITY

CNAs
SUN TERRACE
RETIREMENT
COMMUNITY
is seeking CNAs for our
Assisted Living Facility.
Medical Tech preferred, but
will train the right person.
Interested candidates should apply at
101 Trinity Lakes Drive
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SuNTOWERS
RETI REM ENT COM MUN ITY

RN UNIT MANAGER

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Needed for Ruskin based business:
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General Maintenance technician
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1 2B OBSERVER NEWS * RIVERVIEW CURRENT * SCC OBSERVER


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
p.m.
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 On(t ..


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.


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-*w -' *^


You are invited to the Grand Opening Celebration

of the new Center for Joint & Spine Care!


Saturday, December 18

11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

at South Bay Hospital

* Tour our new patient rooms
* Learn the benefits of new
procedures and treatment options
* Enjoy Refreshments
* Special Giveaways


South Bay Hospital

Center for Joint & Spine Care


Our new Center offers:
* Full service orthopedic and spine care
* Experienced orthopedic and spine surgeons
* Nurses Certified in Orthopedics (National
Association of Orthopaedic Nurses)
* Preoperative education classes


Call Consult-A-Nurse at

1-877-442-2362 and make your

reservation to join the celebration.


Optimal care in a

comfortable setting.
Now THAT's a reason to celebrate.


An HCA affilate


TOGETHER, PERFORMING AT A HIGHER STANDARDsM


DECEMBER 9, 2010