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Annual Big Top Circus coming to GibsontonSaturday, January 7, the International Independent Showmens Association brings an old-time circus under the big top to Gibsonton. Show times are 1:00, 4:00, and 7:00 p.m. at the I.I.S.A. club grounds at 6915 Riverview Drive in Gibsonton. For almost thirty years the Showmens Club has been producing this show with the proceeds benefiting local charities. Childrens admission is free with one paid adult. PRST STDPAIDRUSKIN, FLORIDA 33570 PERMIT NO. 8THE OBSERVER NEWS See full story below Ruskin boy in serious condition, struck down by celebratory gunfire PHotoOTO illustration ILLUSTRATION BY MitITCH TrapRAPHaAGenENBy MITCH TRAPHAGEN%  mitch@observernews.netRUSKIN According to family friends, 12-year-old Diego Duran is an A student at Beth Shields Middle School and loves sports. On New Years Eve, he was with his family in the front yard of their Ruskin home watching the fireworks. But there were more than sparklers in the sky, it turns out there were bullets, as well. Just after 1 a.m., as the fireworks were winding down, Diegos mother Sandra watched him collapse to the ground, bleeding from his nose and ears. She had no idea what had happened to her son but quickly rushed him to South Bay Hospital in Sun City Center. Doctors at the hospital determined that he had suffered a gunshot wound that had entered the See RUSKIN BOY, page 16Become a kid again: The circus is coming to town By MITCH TRAPHAGEN%  mitch@observernews.netClose your eyes; think back to your childhood and listen for a moment. Do you hear that? Yes, its the sound of your youth a sound from a happy time when simple things like laughter and sunshine mattered the most. Can you hear the calliope? Can you smell the sawdust? Here, have some cotton candy On Saturday, January 7, the circus is coming to town. For the 28th year, the Gibsonton Showmens Circus will take place with three shows under the Big Top that will include one of the largest circus bands to be found in the world. It is an oldfashioned circus, without electronic special effects, but with real-time thrills. This is a year-long project, said circus organizer and former International Independent Showmens Association president Lee Stevens. This is our 28th year and were fortunate that most local merchants know us now. They are very accommodating when they see us coming with posters. This year, as with all past years, the Showmens Circus will donate all profits to charities most of which are in this area but some are of national concern. Children in need have traditionally been a big focus. We have a committee of 24 people. We sit down and decide who needs what maybe someone needs more this year than last year, Steven said. Weve had years with 15, 16, 17 charities. Most of them are in the area. All of the performers, including Stevens as master of ceremonies, donate their time and talents to this circus. While virtually See CIRCUS, page 28MITCHCH TRAPHHAGGEN PHHOTOExpanding Port Manatee has growing appealBy MELODY JAMESON%  mj@observernews.netBy land and by sea, theyre coming to Port Manatee. It might sound like the opening line of a ditty composed over the bar in a Key West watering hole, but it actually applies to the 40-year-old deepwater port that not only is weathering recessionary pressures but growing and positioning to meet future demands. The evidence is in the 11 outsized freighters that have slipped into new Berth 12, dedicated less than three months ago and designed to accommodate Panamax vessels drawing as much as 41 feet. Its verified by the incoming tenants and the internal port expansions and investment in new equipment. And, the proof is in the touring trams crowded with curious visitors wholl never pilot a freighter into a berth or unload a ships cargo or stack pallets in a seaside warehouse but still want to know the port up close and personal. Port Manatee, located just south of the Hillsborough-Manatee County line, was created by legislative act in 1967 on acreage between U.S. 41 and the mouth of Tampa Bay. The first ship arrived in August, 1970, several months before the facility was dedicated in October, that year. Roadway which once led to the East Tampa Bay shoreline docks of the Beeline Ferry, carrying passengers to Pinellas County long before the contemporary bridges were built, runs along the ports north edge. Today, less than a half century later, the 1100-acre port is home to dozens of permanent tenants using its facilities. It supports, either directly or indirectly, an estimated 24,000 jobs and presents an economic impact for the region exceeding $2.3 billion each year, according to Anne ORoake, port spokesperson. And, it is not supported by property taxes. Commodities being shipped out of the See PORT MANATEE, page 13PHotoOTO CourtesOURTESY PortORT ofOF ManateeANATEEOcean going freighters of the Panamax class from around the world, such as the Ozgur Aksoy (above) now are loading and unloading cargo regularly at Port Manatees new Berth 12. The ship berth, dredged to accommodate vessels drawing up to 41 feet, is expected to get plenty of use when a $5 billion expansion of the Panama Canal is completed in 2014, sending larger ships more easily into eastern U.S. ports, including Manatees. The deep water facility is located conveniently at the mouth of Tampa Bay.

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2 JANUARY 5, 2012Something good is in the airBy Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net www.S outhBayH ospital.comSp onsor ed by: RS VP required. To Register call 1-888 -685-1 595Abo ut th e Mo vie Age o f Ch ampion s is a do cumentar y that fo llo ws a gr oup of athlet esa 100 y ear old ten nis ch ampion, 86 y ear o ld po le v aulter, oct ogenar ian swi mmers who are all cha sing the gold a t the Nation al Sen ior Ga mes. This movie will inspir e y ou to f ollo w y our dr eams a nd nd the champion in you. F riday, J anuar y 20thUnit ed Meth odist C hurch 1210 D el W ebb Bl vd West Sun Cit y Center FLDoors open at 11: 00 A.M. and movie starts at N oon. Fr ee L unch, Fr ee Health Scr eenings, and Fr ee I nspiratio n t o become a cha mpion! IF YOU ARE CONCERNED AB OUT A SKIN GROWTH, WE WOULD BE HAPPY TO EVALUATE IT FOR YOU. CALL TODAY FOR A FREE SKIN CANCER SCREENING!NOW ACC EPTING AV-MED INSURANCE Howard A. Oriba, M.D. | Michael G. Caruso, M.D. | Leslee Baute, P.A.The Skin Cancer Centers / Dermatology Associates4002 Sun City Center Blvd. U nit 102 Sun City Center, FL 33573(One Block West of the Hospi tal)813-634-1 455 SIGN UP FOR A FREE SKIN CANCER SCR EENINGBRING THIS COUPON IN TO RE CEIVE A FREE GIFT! I have a great feeling about 2012. After a decade of fear and loathing, I think people are ready for something good. Perhaps this year, the moon and the stars will align for a new beginning, as they did on a recent beautiful evening at Little Harbor Resort in Ruskin (left).MITCH T TRAPHAGEN PPHOTOThere is no shortage of predictions for doom and gloom in 2012. According to doom-andgloomists, here is how the year will play out: There will be a total economic collapse and if you somehow survive that, you can pretty much count on being incarcerated into a secret FEMA concentration camp (for what reason exactly is never made clear), but you will have something to look forward to, your sentence will be relatively short because the entire world will end on December 21, 2012. I have another take on 2012. I think there is something good in the air. It has been a long decade filled with fear and loathing, and I am convinced that people are ready to move on. People are ready for something good. I am also convinced that those who attempt to perpetuate the fear and loathing that has worn thin with the public will pay a price for it. No, not a physical violence sort of price, but for the narcissists and power brokers who use such tools, it will be a much higher price they will be increasingly marginalized and ignored. Somewhere in the past decade, we stepped away from our forefathers such as Patrick Henry who stated, Give me liberty or give me death. Beginning in 2001, fear turned to anger over terrorism and then fear over the economy settled deep into our collective mind and only recently has it turned to anger and, perhaps more accurately, disgust. A decade is a long time to be afraid and irate and that is no way to live. As for the world ending, yeah, well good luck with that. People have been predicting the end of the world ever since people have trod the earth. It seems every few months a new prediction comes forth. Back on January 1, 1000, the people who left their jobs and abandoned their homes to prepare for Armageddon were probably a bit conflicted. No doubt, they were happy to be alive but were less than overjoyed about losing everything and having to start all over again. And, of course, the people who woke up in their bunkers in places like northern Wisconsin on January 1, 2000, no doubt felt the same. If there is one constant through the ages of human existence on this planet, it is the near glee people take in predicting its end. I guess were just nuts like that. Last year was a bland, transitional year. Bits of good news were mixed with bits of bad news, and things ended pretty much where they started, except for one thing: optimism. I know with certainty the tide is turning against fear and loathing, and optimism is being carried in with the new tide. Yeah, we have problems lots of them but we also have the ability to deal with those problems. As a nation, weve turned around in worse times, well do it again now. I can see it in faces, I can hear it in voices and I know the tide has turned. Despite everything, people are finding joy again. And why not? How has that fear and loathing thing worked out for you? As a former employee of the House of Representatives, Ive always taken blanket criticism of that institution with a grain of salt. I saw the blanket criticism as the words of people who felt both fear and loathing making ad hominem attacks against straw men. Ive always considered myself pragmatic in how I view our representatives, and in thinking that Washington works pretty much as it should slow and plodding, See OBSERVATIONS, page 3

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Advertising Lawson Financial Tax-Free Muni Bond & Seminar Ad Seminar: Sun City, FL on 1/11/12 SUN CITY OBSERVER NEWS (FL) Ad Runs: Thursday, 1/5/12 12/28/11 PO Wednesday, January 11th 10:25 AM3747 Sun City Center Boulevard Light Lunch Served Monthly Payments Starting March 1, 2012Tax-Free Municipal Bonds7.25% *Call for Reservations:727-572-6864 or 1-800-888-4082 Bonds as an investment, explore the potential at our next seminar:NEW ISSUEWe don't spend your time we invest it.YTM frustrating sometimes but always, in the end, with the right outcome for America. But now, Ive changed my tune on that. I think we should fire them all, clean the slate and start from scratch with people who arent cynical narcissists looking out for themselves rather than their country and constituents. I know full well there are good (and even great) representatives in Washington, but the institution as a body seems to have lost its mind and its purpose. When celebrities like Sean Penn become those actually having the fortitude to go out to make things happen in the world while our representatives bicker and exaggerate as the nation burns, well then, yeah its time to fire them all. Or, at a minimum, we need to get involved to remind them for whom they really work. From my congressional experience, I can break the bad news that one or even a few dozen emails is not something that is going to register on the radar of an elected official. But a few thousand? Tens of thousands? Hundreds of thousands? Oh yeah that will leave a mark. And the best part is, we can do that we can send that reminder. We simply need to remind them that it is time for them to sit down, shut the hell up, and listen to us for a change. Best of all, theres no better time than an election year to remind them. There are so many people in this country doing so many good things and it is time to celebrate them rather than to publicize the greedy egomaniacs and lunatics. I am sick to death of fear and loathing, and I know with absolute certainty that the best days of the United States of America are NOT behind us they are still to come. You know that too, right? I know you can feel that. This nation is and always has been amazing. When we rise above the negative, we will build on the positive. I know it will happen. As individuals, we can make it happen in our own families and neighborhoods. The examples are everywhere. They are in the men and women in the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office and at the fire department. They are in veterans organizations and the guy in the grocery store who offers to carry groceries for an elderly person. They are in our schools and in small businesses. Last week I spent time talking with Lee Stevens, a former president of the International Independent Showmens Association and organizer of the Gibsonton Circus that will take place this week. The circus is made up entirely of people donating their time and talent for the benefit of others. In talking to Lee, there was no doom and gloom; I could feel his optimism. I can feel it in nearly everyone I meet while running around South Hillsborough.Yes, the tide has turned and I am certain 2012 is going to be the start of a new era in America, turning away from the negativity of the past decade towards a new day. We have so many reasons to be optimistic about the future and we have the ability to turn that optimism into reality. Im convinced it has already begun. Borrowing from President Reagan, its morning again in America. Embrace a new feeling of optimism and share it with your family and neighbors. It is not naive, it is pragmatic and it will make a difference. We can do this.Good morning my friends and Happy New Year! Observations%  In more ways than one, this historian makes historyBy MELODY JAMESON%  SUN CITY CENTER If you have an interest in history here, youve certainly come across John Bowker. If you have been involved with amateur radio in the last 20 years, youve no doubt talked radio speak with him. If youre among the 5,000 or so subscribers to the Bowker eNEWS, youve shared your computer screen with his words regularly. If youre a New Englander or a SCC Emergency Squad volunteer or into genealogy or careful to evaluate candidates for local offices, youve rubbed shoulders with him at club meetings or on squad duty or at the SouthShore Regional Library or in forums at Community Hall. Vermont native John D. Bowker is a SCC volunteer par excellence, something of a man for all seasons, quite literally a man about town. His is the voice of a one-time broadcaster, positive, definite, rarely at a loss for words. By his own admission, hes a confident, productive, happy man in his maturity. Others think so, too. Sunday, January 22, 2012, has been declared John Bowker Day by the Community Association directors. For his part, he wants to introduce his new history of the community that afternoon at Community Hall. But John Bowker once was so painfully shy he entered therapy. In high school, he met Linda, the love of his life, admired her from a distance and eventually worked up courage to ask her if she could, possibly, see her way clear to allow him to, well, escort her, if she were willing, to a dance, maybe. Then, I had to get my mother to call her and tell her I was sick and could not keep the date, he now recalls. He was not physically ill, but beset by an attack of bashfulness driven by insecurity. Later, after college at Middlebury in their hometown, after dating for several years, he determined he was going to pop the question. And, he did, but with no small amount of trepidation. Incredulously, without hesitation, she said yes. Looking back today, he remembers still his feelings of surprise and elation over her warm acceptance of his proposal. It remains one of his proudest moments, he allows. Theyve been married 56 years now and produced three constructive, productive offspring who, in turn, have given them six grand children. Later yet, in the same vein, Bowker again was taken by surprise. Sitting in a large audience, listening idly to Jim Douglas, a future Vermont governor, Bowker heard his name spoken from the podium. Douglas, a younger Middlebury College alum, described Bowker as his idol, telling the assembly that Bowkers battle to overcome the shyness that could impair most communication had inspired and encouraged the politician in his war See HISTORIAN, page 9 PHOTO COURTESY LINDA BOWKERSince establishing his first operational radio station as a teen-ager in Vermont, John Bowker rarely has been far removed from the basic equipment needed to engage with an unseen audience. His lifelong affinity particularly for the technical side of air waves use carried him through a 38-year-career with RCA and NBC. A dedicated community historian and outstanding Sun City Center booster, he is being honored with John Bowker Day on January 22.

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Who is right? I dont know. All these theories have some bit of truth, but none of the environmental factors can explain why the depression rate in the south is still high during January. I know that once I understood the theory of endorphins and how endorphins could help to power up my life, it made a difference. Endorphins, without going into a lengthy chemical explanation, are a natural pain killer, not unlike a narcotic, that is manufactured within the body. Our bodies build them during happy times and use them to blunt the pain during stressful times. If we find ourselves in a really blue mood, assuming we are otherwise healthy, it is probably because our endorphin levels have fallen. Here are some ideas to help you build a ready supply of endorphins almost on command. CD library or even a music service on your computer like Pandora and find five songs that are upbeat and have a positive message. Play the songs and sing along with them. Remember the words from the Carpenter song Sing: Dont worry about if its good enough for anyone else to hear, just sing, sing a song. who you know has a good sense of humor and dare them to make you laugh. No humorist can resist that challenge. and review happy experiences vacations, trips, graduations, birthday parties, etc. which you are grateful. Dont overlook the most obvious of blessings, such as the fact you are still living and breathing. As long as you are alive, there is much more you can accomplish. emphasizing all the good things you can think of. (Resist the urge to tell them youre blue.) Try diligently to brighten their day. I guarantee if you do, it will brighten yours. All these things can give us a start on creating more endorphins. When your endorphin level rises, more than likely, you will not see inclement weather as an insurmountable barrier. Force yourself to break the cycle and brave the short periods. The exercise you get just going for a walk is a wonderful antidepressant. So now youre thinking happy thoughts and youve been outdoors. Your endorphin levels are already rising and the gray is leaving the skies. One final piece of adviceno matter what else you do, put on a happy face. Hodges is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer and syndicated columnist. He also hosts an interview-format television program, 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.hodgesvideos.com. Phone: 813-6410816. Email: bill@billhodges.com Website: www.billhodges.com Post-Polio support group changes locationPost-Polio Syndrome support group of Southern Hillsborough County is meeting at a new location and a new time starting with the January 2012 meeting. The new location is Dennys on SR 674 in Sun City Center at noon. The group will still meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month September month of December. This group also meets the first Friday of every month, all year long, at 10 a.m. at Sun City Cafe, SR 674 in Sun City Center. For more information call Pam Vogelsang 813642-8707.VFW Post 1288 meets Jan. 12The next meeting of VFW Post 1288 of Sun City Center will be Jan. 12, at 9 a.m. in the Sandpiper Room. The guest speaker will be Don veteran.S.T.A.R.T. to meetLarry Francis will lead a discussion: The promise of computers as super-teachers; why it never happened. all who are interested in science and technology subjects are invited.

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X 8 5 JANUARY 5, 2012 5Check out the Tiny Tot programThe Tiny Tot programs winter session will be from 9:30 to 11:30 Monday and Wednesdays, Jan. 9 to Feb. 29. Tiny Tots is a social/recreation program for ages 2-5 that helps prepare children for pre-school. Cost is $40 for the 8-week program. For more information, call Joy Robinson, Ruskin Recreation Center at (813) 672-7881. About Boating Safely is a beginner boating course that can save boaters money, increase skill confidence and make for relaxing and safe boating excursions. Offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (Flotilla 75-Ruskin) the course will be held at the Tampa Sailing Squadron clubhouse on Apollo Beach Blvd. in Apollo Beach. Topics include types of boats, boating law, boating safety equipment, weather and tides, knots, docking, types of buoys, sound signals, trailering, leaving and returning. The seminars are held in manageable segments of 3 hours over a 2-week period. The 3 sessions will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Jan. 12, Jan. 19 and Jan. 26 overlooking the water at Tampa Sailing Squadron. The first two sessions are instructional and the third session for reviewing and testing. This boating course will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a Florida Boating Safety Education I.D. Card. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts to boaters who successfully complete About Boating Safely. More importantly the course will make you a more knowledgeable and more confident boat operator. Cost is $40 and includes the ABS book and CD, a lifetime reference manual. For more information and reservations, call Guy Mandigo at (813) 641-2488. Flotilla 75-Ruskin of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard. Dedicated to boating safely, boater education and security patrols, Flotilla 75 meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the Ruskin Community Center.New boaters can start the New Year safer and smarter Starting the New Year...NaturallyThe Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is starting the year off with some outdoorsy fun. A few of the many activities scheduled this year include: Family Naturalist Hour Accompany naturalists on the first Saturday of each month to explore the outdoors and maybe learn something new in the process. On Saturday, Jan. 7, starting at 9:30 a.m. the hour will begin by learning a bit about gopher tortoises, followed by a walk to find burrows of tortoises. Free to participate, but limited to 20 people. MLK Day of Service Have the day off from work and school? How about spending 9 a.m. to noon being a good steward of your environment while enjoying a day outdoors on MLK Day, Monday, Jan. 16. Land-based crews will pick up trash on the road and trim trails while water-based crews will pick up trash along the Little Manatee River. Paddlers need to bring their own watercraft -either canoes or kayaks preferred but small jonboats may work also. RSVP. The next Homeschool Series at Camp Bayou begins on Friday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. Students will explore the lifestyle of Floridas Native People through activities conducted in four consecutive Friday sessions from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration fee of $20 for the 4-week series is due on the first day of the program. Save the date for the Camp Bayou Open House on Saturday, March 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lots of green activities plus a St. Pattys Day lunch of corned beef and cabbage for $10 per person. Registration for all the programs can be made by contacting Dolly at campbayou@gmail.com. For more news from the Bayou, check out the newsletter at www.campbayou.org/news. The Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is a publicprivate partnership between the newly created, non-profit Bayou Outdoor Learning and Discovery, Inc. (BOLD), the non-profit Ruskin Community Development Foundation, Inc. (RCDF) and Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation. Camp Bayou is located 3 miles south of S.R. 674 at the end of 24th St. SE in Ruskin. More information is on the web at http://www.campbayou.org or call (813) 641-8545. Annettes Beauty SalonCorner Hwy In the Village Plaza (next to Copper Penny) Golf Cart Accessible 634-5422FULL SERVICE SALON for Men and Women 20% Off with Maria only Welcome Miriam to our staff Tuesday Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. La Gaceta is discussedThe East Hillsborough County Democratic Club will hold its January 2012 meeting at Barnacles Restaurant in Brandon, located at 926 Providence Road, Brandon. The club will present guest speaker Patrick Manteiga, the editor of La Gaceta, the nations only trilingual newspaper. Manteiga will discuss the Tampa-based papers unique history and the political implication of large numbers of Spanishspeaking voters with their widely varying concerns. For more information and to register, visit www.easthillsboroughdems.org or Club President Angie Angel can be reached at EHCDClub@yahoo.com. The Ruskin Moose Lodge #813 is located at www.lodge813.moosepages.org WEEKLY EVENTS Every Wednesday 5-7 p.m. Best Spaghetti in Ruskin Every Thursday 5-7 p.m. Wings Every Friday 5-7 p.m. Fish Fry (baked, beer batter or fried) 7-11 p.m. Live Music Every Saturday 2 p.m. Horseshoes 7-11 p.m. Karaoke with Kim UPCOMING EVENTS Friday, Jan. 13 7-11 p.m. Calvin O All events are open to qualified Moose members and guests. RUSKIN Moose Lodge #813 UPCOMING EVENTSLennard FFA competed in the National FFA Nursery/Landscape Career Development Event in October at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in conjunction with the 84th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN. Lennard FFA members Kyle Bowman, Randall Casey, Rebecca Knowles and Joshua Stanaland won the State Nursery/Landscape Contest to earn the opportunity to compete nationally. The National FFA Nursery/Landscape CDE is a competitive activity in which FFA members test their knowledge and skills in nursery practices and landscaping. Contestants must complete a general knowledge exam testing horticultural principles including plant anatomy, production, marketing, turf, landscape design and maintenance. Each participant must also complete practicums involving a landscape drawing, landscape estimating, plant propagation or potting, identification of plants, diseases, disorders and equipment. Over the summer, the four practiced assiduously. The contest spanned two days. The results were announced at a reception banquet. All of the team members received a gold ranking, the team received a gold team honor, and the team placed 9th nationally.Lennard FFA competes nationally SouthShore Arts Council to meetThe members of the SouthShore Arts Council will gather to discuss membership at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Big Draw Studio, 613 U.S. Hwy. 41 in Ruskin. All are invited to the next general meeting which will be a potluck and membership kick-off. Bring a dish to share, utensils and drinks will be provided. There will be a sign up for the upcoming production of Thornton Wilders classic play Our Town. Shane H. DerbyNavy Lt. Cmdr. Shane H. Derby, son of Deborah S. Roberson of Racine, WI. and Donald G. Derby, of Sun City Center, recently received his Masters degree from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. Derbys graduation from the school, the only naval institution of its kind in the world, means he has been prepared through advanced professional education to provide intellectual leadership and sound judgement in defense matters. Derby is a 1991 graduate of South Milwaukee High School of South Milwaukee, WI and joined the Navy in September 1991.

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6 JANUARY 5, 2012 Were Here For You! We Welcome New PatientsOur practice provides a complete range of professional services including Restorative Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Thorough Examinations, Cleanings, Dental Makeovers and Implant Restorations. Michelle Halcomb, D.D.S.813-634-3396703 Del Webb Blvd. W., Suite B Sun City Center, FL 33573 We salute all of our men, women and Veterans of the Armed Forces! Fully Insured & Bonded Fully Insured & BondedSUN POINT AUTOMOTIVE SUN POINT AUTOMOTIVE 24-HOUR TOWING Se Habla Espaol Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City Center BRAKE SPECIALOIL CHANGE Emergency Services813-645-7653 Monday Friday 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m.$99$2495Includes Labor, Turn Rotors. Most Cars & Light Trucks. Per Axle + PadsMost cars & light trucksSummertimeAC Check$2995+ FreonMost cars & light trucks.Must present coupon for special price. Must present coupon for special price. Must present coupon for special price. Another excellent option is Dakim BrainFitness Software (dakim.com, 800-856-5502) that costs $249 and is designed specifically for adults over 60, as well as for seniors with memory loss. And for non-computer users, Diakim offers a touch-screen console for $2,349 thats pre-loaded with BrainFitness software. Just plug it in and youre ready to go.If you dont want to rely on a computer for playing brain-boosting games, consider electronic games like Brain Age, Brain Age 2 (see brainage.com) and Big Brain Academy (bigbrainacademy.com). Made by Nintendo, these games cost around $20 each, but to play Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good brain-fitness computer games that are designed to help seniors keep their minds sharp? I love to play solitaire on my computer but Im interested in expanding to some other games that can benefit my mind and memory. Forgetful Frank Dear Frank, There are actually a handful of great braintraining websites and computer software products on the market today that are backed by research and proven to help boomers and seniors improve their memory, slow agerelated mental decline and even build a stronger brain. But theres no evidence that these games will prevent Alzheimers disease. Here are the best options to consider.If youre interested in exercising your brain but dont want to spend a lot of money, brain-training websites are a good place to start. While there are many sites that offer games that claim to sharpen the mind, the most valid and highly rated one is Lumosity.com who currently boasts around 15 million users. Developed by neuroscience researchers from Stanford University and UC San Francisco, Lumosity offers more than 35 games and exercises aimed at increasing alertness, sharpening memory skills, improving concentration and faster thinking. The games are fun and engaging, and in each By Jim Miller Computer brain games that can help seniors stay sharpthem youll need to purchase a hand-held Nintendo DS Lite game unit which runs around $100. You can buy these products online at amazon.com or at retail chains like Walmart, Target and BestBuy. There are also dozens of mindchallenging books and puzzles you can purchase that can help too, such as Keep Your Brain Alive: 83 Neurobic Exercises by Lawrence Katz and Manning Rubin, and The Big Book of Mind Bending Puzzels by Terry Stickels. Check your local book store, or visit amazon.com to find them. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior book. game, as your skill improves, the tasks become progressively more difficult to keep you challenged. The costs: $14.95 a month or about $80 for a one-year subscription. Lumosity even offers mobile apps for smart phone users so you can train wherever you are. Another good site to check out (but not the quality of Lumosity) is Cognifit.com. This site starts with a brain fitness assessment that lets you know where your stronger areas are, and where you could use some extra training. Cognifit offers around 20 games that are free to play, or you can pay $4.95 for each of their two advanced games for memory and concentration training.In addition to the websites, there are also a number of computer software brain-training products that you can purchase and use on your home computer. Some of the best are made by Posit Science (positscience.com, 866-599-6463), which sells three types of brain-training software including Brain Fitness, which speeds up and sharpens the auditory system of the brain for faster thinking, sharper focus, and better memory; InSight which targets visual processing to improve how your brain takes in, reacts to, and remembers what you see; and DriveSharp which strengthens the cognitive skills essential for safe driving. All software is available in PC and Mac versions. The only downside is the price. You can buy the Brain Fitness and InSight software together for $690, or individually for $395 each. The DriveSharp software costs $89.Local bowler offers knowledgeBowling Lessons are now available at the Alley at Southshore Lanes on Big Bend Rd. in Riverview. Local resident, Herm Hambaugh, 74, has been appointed Teaching Pro and Youth Coach at the Alley at SouthShore Lanes. He has been certified by USBC (United States Bowling Congress) to coach youth bowlers. His extensive experience in the bowling game includes 40 years of league play. Start the new year off right...advertise in The Observer News

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JANUARY 5, 2012 7BUSINESS NEWS Cianfroccas Auto Detailing/Tampa Jax Wax opens for businessCianfroccas Auto Detailing/Tampa Jax Wax recently hosted a Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate their grand opening. Chamber members were treated to a light breakfast, catered by Copper Bell Caf (Riverview) while learning about this new business. Race car driver Kelsey Lay was on hand to sign autographs. Cianfroccas is a local husband and wife owned and operated business; experienced and dedicated. For more information call 813-409-2630 or visit www.cianfroccadetail.com. Firestone Complete Auto Care opens doorsFirestone Complete Auto Care (Riverview) hosted a Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of their new facility located at 10135 Bloomingdale Avenue, Riverview. Local businesses came out to tour the beautiful new store and enjoyed a catered BBQ lunch. Attendees registered for a chance to win a 2011 BMW 316i, 2011 Audi A4, $2500 American Express Gift Card, iphones, flat-screen TVs and so much more. Racing legend, Mario Andretti, was on hand to greet and sign autographs for the crowd. For more information, call 813-626-7939 or visit www.firestonecompleteautocare. com. PHOTO BY HHUTH & BBOOTH PHOTOGRApPHY PHOTO BY HHUTH & BBOOTH PHOTOGRApPHY BUYER BE AWARE--Be careful when looking for leather furniture, some retailers could mislead consumers into paying higher prices for bonded or blended leather by promoting it as leather furniture. Bonded or Blended leather is not even close to being as durable as top grain leather. Once scratched it breaks the top coat of the polyurethane and allows product to peel. StartingFrom$1288 StartingFromStartingFrom$1988$1088 100%Leather100%Leather FLORIDAS BEST LUXURY LEATHER SPECIALIST Trusted byPhysicians & Patients Alike. 813-633-3065 1515 Sun City Center Plaza YourEyeDoctors.com Our ophthalmologists are fellowship-trained to provide specialized care for your eyes. Medicare & most insurance accepted. Comprehensive Ophthalmology Cataract Surgery Glaucoma Management Laser Surgery Macular Degeneration Cornea Diabetic Eye Care Neuro-Ophthalmology Eric Berman, M.D. Jeffrey Davis, M.D. Walter Moscoso, M.D. Robert Edelman, M.D. Local company helps redefine daylighting with decorative fixturesSeeing the sun in a new light: solatube international launches glass distractions decorative fixtures Solatube International Inc., the worldwide leading manufacturer and marketer of Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs), has redefined daylighting once again. It announced today that it has a new line of decorative fixtures, called Glass Distractions. The fixtures provide a decorative element at the ceiling level to an already-perfect source of light: daylighting. Daylight Concepts began carrying them as soon as they became available, in answer to pent-up consumer demand. When I heard that Solatube was introducing decorative fixtures for its daylighting systems, I could not wait to see them, said Denise Homme, Ph.D., interior design professional and program director of the Design Institute of San Diego. For years, I had been modifying decorative fixtures to attach for clients who wanted something different in their homes. Glass Distractions are really a dream come true for anyone who loves daylight and wants to customize the look of their home, just like they would with traditional lighting fixtures. There are six new decorative fixtures in the line: rary design element of the sky metrical style temporary fabric for a chic design shaped glass feature The new fixtures are fabulous and what a difference they have made in the look of our room. These are such nice quality and really add to our dcor, said Christine and Jim Simon, Solatube International customers. They make us want to add more, which well definitely think about doing. Glass Distractions decorative fixtures are made from only highquality materials, such as glass and metal, and are available for the 160DS and 290DS Solatube products (10-inch and 14-inch diameter TDDs). Retail price quotes are available through Daylight Concepts. For more information, please visit www.daylightconcepts.com Solatube International invented TDDs, which harvest and distribute daylight in homes and commercial buildings, opening up an entirely new category in the lighting industry. Solatube Daylighting Systems are now routinely installed as part of energy-saving and sustainability efforts in residential and commercial spaces around the world. Using patented technology, Solatube Daylighting Systems harvest daylight at the rooftop and transfer it down through a highly reflective tube (which bends up to 90 degrees and can be up to 70 feet or more long) and distribute it evenly into a room through a diffuser at the ceiling. The products have been installed in everything from homes to warehouses, schools, offices, manufacturing facilities, zoos, and government buildings in every part of the world. For more information visit the Daylight Concepts site at http:// www.daylightconcepts.com or call (813) 886-5500.Realtors earn prestigious designation Cathy Griggs and Jo Ellen Mobley of Paul B. Dickman Realty in Ruskin have earned the prestigious Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designation, having completed extensive training in foreclosure avoidance and short sales. This is invaluable expertise to offer at a time when the area is ravaged by distressed homes in the foreclosure process. Short sales allow the cash-strapped seller to repay the mortgage at the price that the home sells for, even though it is lower than what is owed on the property. With plummeting property values, this can save many people from foreclosure and even bankruptcy. More and more lenders are willing to consider short sales because they are much less costly than foreclosures. In the Southshore area, more than three thousand homes are in danger of foreclosing. It is happening in all price ranges. Local experts say that even high-priced homes are not immune. This CDPE designation has been invaluable as I work with sellers and lenders on complicated short sales, said Mobley. It is so rewarding to be able to help sellers save their homes from foreclosure. Alex Charfen, founder of the Distressed Property Institute in Boca Raton, Fla., said that Realtors such as Griggs & Mobley with the CDPE designation have valuable training in short sales that can offer the homeowner much better alternatives to foreclosure, which virtually destroys the credit rating. These experts also may better understand market conditions and can help sellers through the emotional experience, he said. The Distressed Property Institute opened in January 2008 and CDPE is the premier designation for Realtors helping homeowners in distress and handling short sales. people as possible so we can help as many homeowners as possible, Griggs said. Paul B. Dickman Realty Inc. has been serving the real estate needs of Southeastern Hillsborough County since 1924. For more information call Jo Ellen Mobley directly at 813-645-1540 or Cathy Griggs at 813-391-8653.

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8 January 5, 2012 SHOWMEN'S CHARITY Saturday, January 7thOld time circus under the big top family fun for everyone. Featuring circus acts from around the world jugglers, contortionists, aerial ballet, daredevils, trained animals, horses, dogs, clowns, live circus band and more.Showtimes: 1:00, 4:00 & 7:00 p.m.Tickets:Adults $10 in advance / $12 at the door. FREE kids tickets available at local merchants! Advance tickets available at: Info: FREE SHOWMEN'S CHARITY KID TICKET2 kids per paid adult PLEASE CUT HERE From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, The Chakra Center at 137 S. Pebble Beach Blvd., Ste 201 (behind CVS upstairs in the South Corporate Building) will be the site of a Psychic Arts Fair. The roster will include not only psychics, but also mediums, intuitives, energy healers, and astrologists. Also throughout the month additional classes will be held beginning Tuesday, Jan 10, with Christophers Healing Hands; Thursday, Jan 12, Pendulum with Julie Heath; Thursday, Jan 19, Digital Network Alignment with Solfeggio Frequencies; beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 24 for 6 weeks Beyond the Physical You with Judy Taylor and on Saturday, Jan. 28 Shirley Patterson will present Crystals. For class information or to register call 813-633-9400 or visit www.thechakracenter.net Every Thursday at 11 a.m. the Sun City Center Circle of Love meets. This is a metaphysical group, spiritual, not religious. It is open to all religions or no religion and to all persons inside and outside of Sun City Center. For more information call Louise at 813-634-3167. Every Friday at 3 p.m. Rev. Debbie Dienstbier conducts a weekly service that includes a Guided Meditation, Soul Sermon, Healing time and Personal Messages from Spirit. A $10 love donation is requested. For more information call 813-633-9400. Cynthia Castillo is a Christian based psychic who sees herself as a radio where she is able to tune in to what your Guides have to tell you. She is available for 30 minute readings for $45. For more information on Castillo or any of the classes call The Chakra Center at 813-633-9400.The Chakra Center is site of Psychic FairThe Southwest Florida Figure Skating Club at Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex will host a special event as part of U.S. Figure Skatings National Skating Month on Jan. 14 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. This free event will include an exhibition show featuring Olympians Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig along with other senior and junior level skaters who will be competing at US National Championships January 22 29 in San Jose, CA. Attendees will also have the opportunity to try out skating with instruction provided by the coaching staff at Ellenton Ice at the Its Great to Skate clinic. National Skating Month, now in its 10th year, allows U.S. Figure Skating member clubs and Basic Skills programs to reach out to new members in their communities by offering the fundamentals of ice skating from professionally trained instructors. The goal of National Skating Month is to increase awareness and participation in the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program. In March 2002, U.S. Figure Skating unveiled National Skating Week with great success. Following the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, thousands of people took to the ice for National Skating Week. As part of the weeklong activities, more than 110 member clubs nationwide hosted Its Great to Skate clinics, with clubs realizing membership increases ranging from 10-50 percent. U.S. Figure Skating expanded the fifth year of the program to National Skating Month Over the last 16 years, U.S. Figure Skating has enjoyed consistent growth through programs that provide opportunities for all ages. During the 2001-02 season, U.S. Figure Skatings Basic Skills Program, presented by Marshalls, reached a milestone by registering more than 100,000 members for the first time in the programs history. Since its inception in 1985, the program has taught more than 2 million people to skate. U.S. Figure Skating is the national governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union. U.S. Figure Skating is comprised of more than 680 member clubs, collegiate clubs, and school-affiliated clubs and more than 1,000 registered Basic Skills skating schools representing approximately 180,000 members. U.S. Figure Skating is charged with the development of the sport on all levels within the United States including athletes, officials, sanctioning of events and exhibitions, and establishing the rules and guidelines by which the sport is governed. For more information, call Kelly Paige at Ellenton Ice 941-3505491 or Renee Felton, U.S. Figure Skating media relations, at 719635-5200. Annual free skate offered locallyRecently Cub Scout Pack 2140 had the opportunity to visit Ladder, Engine and Rescue Company 28 of the Hillsborough Fire Department, located in Sun City Center. Company 28 is the second largest Fire Station in the county. The Pack along with leaders and family members were hosted by Lt. Paul Green and several members of Company 28. Cub Scout Pack 2140 at ladder, Engine and Rescue Company 28 in SCC.The Pack was treated to demonstrations of the 95 foot Extension Ladder Truck, a tour of the Pumper Truck, Bush Fire Truck, and Rescue Unit, along with the numerous equipment that they carried. In addition Fire Safety information was provided by Lt Green. The Pack toured the fire stations living, eating and sleeping quarters. After the tour, all Pack members received Junior Fire Fighter Certificates.Scout Pack treated to tour Annual Picnic to be heldThe Eaton County Michigan Annual Picnic will start at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Palmetto Mobile Home Park on US 41 Palmetto, FL. Registration starts at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon, bring a dish to pass and your own table service.LHS plans yard saleThe Lennard High School Drama Booster Club will host a fundraising yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14. Proceeds from the yard sale will help to purchase needed equipment, props, and other supplies for the schools drama program. In advance of the sale, students and parents will be collecting donated clothing, toys, books, and miscellaneous items from the community. To arrange for a pickup of donated items, contact Mary Ferguson, President of the Booster Club, at 813-431-2930. From the desk of Govenor ScottGovernor Rick Scott announced the reappointment of Stephen W. Swindal to the Tampa Port Authority. Swindal, 57, of Tampa, is the chairman of Marine Towing of Tampa and co-owner and operator of Swindal International L.L.C. Swindal is a member of the Propeller Club of Tampa and a board member of the Salvation ArmyTampa Chapter. He is reappointed for a term beginning February 6, 2012, and ending February 6, 2016. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate. See the current issues of The Observer News, as well as past issues, classified advertising, advertising information, and much more! www.ObserverNews.net

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JANUARY 5, 2012 9 Sun Hill Optical Sun Hill Optical Sun Hill Optical McDonalds Hess Station Hess Station Publix Post Office Dollar General SavALot HWY. 60 Boyette Rd. S.R. 674Valrico Rd.VALRICO (813) 653-2244 RIVERVIEW (813) 672-8100 SUN CITY CENTER (813) 634-6344 Sun Hill Optical FREE LensBuy 1 Complete Pair of Eye Glasses & receive 1 pair of lens at no charge.Some restrictions apply.Most prescriptions. Not valid with any other offer Exp. 1/19/12 CR39Not valid with any other offer exp. 1/19/12 CR39 Not valid with any other offer. Clear. exp. 1/19/12 CR39CONTACTS Progressive No-Line Bifocalsmonth supply starter kit with exam7$99$149The patient and any other person responsible for payment has a right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for payment for any other service, examination or treatment which is performed as a result within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for the free, discounted fee, or reduced fee, examination or treatmentINSURANCES ACCEPTED: United Healthcare, EyeMed, VBA, Spectra, Humana, Freedom, VCP, Advantica, Optum, Davis Vision and many moreVision insurance for employees of Hillsborough County, Media General, Publix, Citigroup, Verizon, FedEX, Ford, and many more. THE 2010 McMullen Rd. SCC PlazaPLAZASome restrictions apply. Some restrictions apply. 7 $ 99 $ 149Expires 1/19/12 HCSO to offer seminar on fraud, identity theft in RiverviewMITCH T TRAPHAGEN PPHOTO The Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office in Riverview will hold an educational seminar on fraud, identity theft and how to protect yourself beginning at 9:30 a.m. on January 12. It will be held at the Riverview Civic Center, 11020 Park Drive in Riverview. The seminar is sponsored by the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office, the HCSO Riverview Community Station, the Riverview Hobby Club and the Hillsborough County Parks Department. Lunch will be provided. Seminar speakers will include detectives from the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office. The event is open to the public.on the affliction. Both men overcame their insecurities. For Bowker, the therapy unquestionably was successful. And, he says, Douglas acknowledgment that day in Vermont capped what continues to rank high among his cherished personal achievements. The Bowker achievements began to pile up when he was a teen-ager. Unsure, perhaps, in human relationships, young John could be masterful with technology. Still in high school, he designed, created and operated a small but quite functional radio station in Middlebury. He would go on to earn a BS in Engineering Physics from Middlebury College, graduating with the class of 1952. In August, 1953, he was doing graduate work in New York City when offered the opportunity to join an elite group of 34 young men being assembled by David Sarnoff, then president of Radio Corporation of America (RCA), parent company of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC). Bowker says he recognized the choice: a masters degree in the coming year or the RCA brass ring immediately at hand. He grabbed the ring. It would prove a good choice. Bowker would be involved from the ground floor in development of color television. However, it was not all smooth sailing in the world of TV technology during those middle decades of the 20th century. But Bowker would tack safely through the troubled waters. At one point, he recalls, corporate seas were so stormy, he expected RCA to let him go. Instead, he was tapped to head personnel management. Ultimately, he would take on licensing responsibilities for NBC, managing that aspect across all broadcast components of the network radio, television, ship-to-shore, etc. And, at one point during an engineers strike, he would totally run an NBC radio station in the west, from announcing to cleaning the floors. Come 1987, he retired for the first time. With Linda not yet ready to wrap up her career as a computer systems analyst, Bowker established and operated his own company for four years. Eventually, though, they put those worlds and their longtime home base at Princeton Junction, West Windsor Township, New Jersey in the rearview mirror, hitting the open road in a motorhome. They had two separate objectives. He wanted to record and collect the hourly-announced identifying call letters of AM radio stations around the country; she wanted to visit every fabric store in the nation. He would amass 14,000 recordings; she would acquire a stash of textiles and a button collection that surpassed that in a national museum. What I saved on store-bought dresses, Ive spent on closets, he jokes in mock complaint. They also began, during these years, a practice of bringing radio station recordings to annual conventions of blind persons which they scheduled and conducted in different U.S. cities each Labor Day weekend. And, in 1990, they wandered into Sun City Center to visit an old colleague. Parking the motorhome on Cherry Hills Drive, he spotted a small antenna farm and discovered the amateur radio clubroom where, he remembers, he was graciously welcomed. Linda happily had stumbled across the very productive sewing group. Now, he says, we didnt know it at the time, but both of us returned to the coach that day wondering how we were going to tell each other we wanted to stay here. They worked it out and before leaving town, they asked a local Realtor to look for a single story home on water facing south with no front windows. The result was an open, airy Limetree model at the west end of Ft. Duquesna Drive which met the exact specifications. They settled in during 1991, still living the snowbird lifestyle. Soon, though, they were out in the community. Bowker first took in an Issues and Ideas forum conducted by the late Phil Lange, happening on a talk by Aaron Long, a South County rancher and land clearing specialist, who detailed SCCs evolution from cattle pasture to cosmopolitan retirement center. It was interesting, Bowker remembers, and I asked Phil Lange if any of it was written down anywhere; available for reading. Lange, he says, handed him a box of clippings, notes, letters, photos, assorted references. And John Bowker was on his way to community historian. I promised Phil before he died I would write that community history. In the meantime, there was service with the SCC Mens Club and its Lifeline help program and work as a hospital volunteer and duty at the SCC Security Patrol and the first community answers outlets both in print as well as by telephone and establishment of the SCC Information and History Center as part of the Central Campus and creation of the annual Hi Neighbor program and the 40th anniversary efforts and the Welcome Newcomer series and the annual Fun Fest andthe list goes on. Its one of the reasons Ed Barnes, Community Association president, says of Bowker he always puts Sun City Center first; hes our biggest supporter. John Bowker Day on January 22 is to demonstrate our gratitude for all that hes done; his day of recognition, Barnes notes. Its only the fifth time in SCCs 50year history that such an honor has been accorded. For Bowker, its a day to mark the promise kept, the first fulfilling of the pledge to a treasured latelife friend in the form of Volume I, authored by Bowker, dedicated to Lange, published by M&M Printing. Now comfortably ensconced with Linda in an apartment at The Courtyards, hes been thinking about Volume II. History, he suggests, helps fit the pieces of lifes puzzles together.Copyright 2011 Melody JamesonHistorian makes history% 

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Democratic Club to meetThe South Shore Democratic Club meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 12 at the South Shore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin. Coffee, refreshments and camaraderie are offered at 1 p.m. the meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. All Democrats and like-minded people are welcome. This months speaker will be Dr. Jason W. Wilson, MD, Attending Physician, Associate Research Director, USF, Emergency Medicine Residency, whose interests are emergency department utilization, patient flow, critical medical anthropology and health policy and public service. He will discuss the Affordable Health Care Plan. X 10 JANUARY 5, 2012 Riverview Memorial VFW Post #81087504 Riverview Dr. (813) 671-9845MEETINGS Mens 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 CANTEEN HAPPENINGS Bar Bingo Monday at 6:30 p.m. Bar Poker with Lori on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Fire in the Hole on Saturdays at 1 p.m. Welcome to...Sun City Dental CenterThomas A. DeVol, D.D.S., P.A.633-2636General and Cosmetic DentistryOur Own In-House Denture LabOur Lab Tech Has 38+ Years Experience Thomas A. DeVol, D.D.S., P.A., Practicing Dentistry for 23 YearsChuck Fredericks, Lab Technician, 38+ Years Experience727 Cortaro Drive (Burger King Plaza) Open: Monday Thursday 8:30 5:00 New Patients & Emergencies Are Always WELCOME PATIENT REWARDSRefer 2 new patients and receive a $25 credit toward your next visit. Be sure to have your friend or family member mention your name to receive the credit at time of scheduling.Coupon must be mentioned at time of scheduling appointment. The fee advertised is the minimum fee charged. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has the right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for any other service, examination or treatment which is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for the fee service examination or treatment. Senior citizen discount does not apply. Finally, answers to your Medicaid questions. Free Medicaid Information Seminar New Tampa Regional Library South Shore Regional Library 15816 Beth Shields Way Ruskin, Florida(off 19th Avenue NE) FLMedicaid.com care. SOUTHSHORE RREGIONAL LLIBRARYFamily Story Time For ages 2-5 with a caregiver. Make reading time family time. Stories, action rhymes, songs, interactive activities, and crafts make up this fun 30-minute program that celebrates a love of reading. Children may wear pajamas and bring a blanket and favorite cuddly toy. Teen Advisory Board Meeting For teens in grades 6-12. Join the Teen Advisory Board to get involved with the librarys teen programs or earn community service hours for graduation, scholarships and more. Free event funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Motion Commotion For children ages 2-5 and their caregivers. Join them for this fun and very interactive preschool music and movement program as they shake some sillies out. Baby Time For children ages 0-20 months and their caregivers. Early literacy begins at birth. Bond with your baby through stories, bouncy rhymes and songs in this 20-minute lapsit program that introduces early literacy skills and encourages language development. For kids ages 5-12 with an interactive, hands-on afternoon and experiment as they turn the library into a science lab! Registration is required. Call 273-3652 or ask at the Information Desk at the Library. This is a school early-release Monday. Toddler Time For children ages 20-36 months and their caregivers. Stories, finger plays, songs and interactive activities make up this fun 20-minute program that highlights early literacy skills and encourages reading readiness. Ruskin VFW Post #6287Ruskin 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, Jan. 5 VA Hospital at 5:30 p.m. Bar Bingo at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6 Fish Fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Music by George Rabb from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 District 12 Voice of Democracy, Patriot Pen, Teacher of the Year Awards at noon. Lunch to follow. Music by Neil Diamond Tribute Show at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $15, or $20 at the door. No Turkey Shoot. Sunday, Jan. 8 Fire in the Hole from 1 to 4 p.m. Music by Bert & Sassy from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9 Planning Meeting at 6 p.m. House Meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 Games in Lounge from 1 to 5 p.m. Kitchen opens at 4:30 p.m. Bingo at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 VFW and LAVFW Mug at 7 p.m. Register for Youth Court Hockey LeagueCalling all boys and girls ages 7-11. Sign up for a team sport that encourages self-esteem, recreation, and physical activity. The Youth Court Hockey League will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 7 through March 9. Cost is $50 per child and $25 per child for children registered in the Countys Youth Afternoon Recreation Program, or the REC2SIX Program. Each child will receive a shirt and trophy. Register at the Ruskin Recreation Center, 901 6th Street SE in Ruskin on Tuesday, Jan. 24. For more information, call Joy Robinson, Ruskin Recreation Center, at (813) 672-7881.Edward Medard Park to re-open The Edward Medard Park, 6140 Turkey Creek Rd. in Plant City has re-opened to boating and catch and release fishing. Park entry fee is $2 per vehicle carrying up to eight people. Boat launching fee is $5 per boat per day. Annual passes are also available. Edward Medard Park has been closed to boating and fishing since November 2009 due to a reservoir maintenance and repair project performed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Edward Medard Park has been designated as a Fish Management Area, and the following restrictions must be followed: above For more information, call Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation at (813) 757-3802. Youve seen them in your neighborhood, colonies of stray cats surviving on garbage, seeking shelter under cars and bushes, and running scared from anyone who approaches. Some are emaciated, ill or injured and their numbers keep increasing. These community cats, some who were born in the wild and some who have been abandoned and reverted to a wild state, fight a daily battle to survive and those that are captured and brought to animal control facilities are euthanized. In Hillsborough County, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB) has saved countless lives through their Trap/Neuter and Return (TNR) program. Now, through a generous grant of $20,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center, TNR is coming to Sun City Center. The grant will allow HSTB to provide free sterilization of 500 feral cats in zip codes 33598, 33573, 33572 and 33570. TNR is the only proven method of humanely managing feral and stray cats while at the same time reducing their numbers. With TNR, cats are trapped, sterilized, vaccinated, ear-tipped (the international symbol for sterilization) and returned to their colony where a caretaker provides them with food and water and monitors their health. Because fixed cats no longer reproduce, the number of cats in the colony will gradually diminish through natural attrition. More information about the TNR program at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and information about how to coordinate services for feral cats can be found at humanesocietytampa. org or by calling (813) 625-0910.Free sterilization for feral cats for certain South Shore zip codes

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January 5, 2012 11 902 N. Tamiami Trail, Ruskin, FL 33570(Across from Sweetbay Supermarket)NEW PATIENTS WELCOMEKirk D. Parrott, D.D.S Carl E. Friedman, D.D.S.Members: American Dental Association, Florida State Dental Association, Florida West Coast Dental Association, Manatee County Dental Association and Hillsborough County Dental Association. (813) 645-6491 Riverside Golf813.645.2000 $38................before noon$30...................after noon$20...................after 3 pm $500 OFF Any RoundGolf Lessons $20Includes 18 holes and cart. Tax Included.Valid only with this coupon. Exp. 1/31/12Visit our New, Improved PRO SHOP1 Pier Drive, Ruskin LEAGUES WELCOMEReserve your tee time today CASUAL WATERFRONT DININGSteaks, Seafood, Burgers & Other Delicious FareFULL LIQUOR BARLive Music Every Wednesday and Saturday OPEN TO TH E PUBLICTuesday-Saturday 11-8 pm NOW OPEN Sunday 11-6 pm for Lunch and NFL Direct TV Sunday Ticketwww.RiversideBarAndGrille.com SEASONAL SAVINGS Goodson Strawberry MarketC.R. 672 E. (3-1/3 miles east of 301) Balm, FL(813) 634-7790 Free Tuition Waivers for Senior CitizensHillsborough Community College SouthShore is issuing tuitionfree waivers for senior citizens who wish to take a class beginning on Monday, Jan. 9 from 8 a.m. to noon. Only classes with space available are eligible for the waiver. The following conditions must be fulfilled: you must be at least 60 years old and be a Florida resident for more than one year. This is an opportunity to audit the class without college credit (waiver does not include textbooks). Enter the College behind the Flag Pole. Bring your Florida Drivers License and a Florida Voters Registration card. For more information call Peggy Gleason 259-6157 if you have any questions. Hillsborough Community College (SouthShore Campus): 551 24th Street, Northeast Ruskin.Tampa Homeland Security Officer to speak at MOWW luncheonTodd A. Anthony, who works in the Homeland Security Division, Hillsborough County Sherriffs Office, will be the featured speaker at the Military Officers of World Wars (MOWW) luncheon to be held at the Sun City Center Plaza Club at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 19. Reservations ($13.00) should be made by Monday, Jan. 9. Sgt. Anthony received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Pre-Law at the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL in 1988. He was recently appointed a member of the Crisis Management Sub Committee with the United States Secret Service for the Republican National Convention to be held in 2012 in Tampa. He has also been a Hillsborough County Security Officer for many of the Raymond James Stadium Outback Bowls; State Fairs; Strawberry Festivals and Gasparilla Day Parades. He is a recipient of Tampa Police Departments Chiefs Appreciation Award. Additionally, he has served on the Hostage Negotiations Team of the year for four separate years. He will discuss the many issues involved in providing effective homeland security measures during major events that take place in Tampa.Riverview Moose Family Center 2158/Chapter 1031 Upcoming EventsAll events are open to qualified Moose Members and guests. January 8 District Meeting N. Hillsborough Meeting starts at 1 p.m. January 14 Back to the Good Ol Days country fried steak dinner from 5 7 p.m. the Myakka Band starts at 7:30 p.m. January 21 Post Holiday Revival Party Open face roast beef sandwiches dinner starts at 4:30 and entertainment will be The Tonebenders. Jan. 27 thru Mar. 3 Moose Idol Starting Dates Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28. February 3 Steak, fish or shrimp dinner from 5 7 p.m. Taylor & Taylor will start at 7:30 p.m. February 4 Dinner & Magic Show by Bones wear your best pirate attire. February 5 Super Bowl Sunday! February 10, 17, 24 Moose Idol Finals March 3 February 11 Valentines Sweet Heart Ball Elegant dinner starts at 6 p.m. with the Flip Side Band. March 3 Moose Idol Final Show March 10 Moose Charities Dinner & Entertainment April 1 Drawing for Weekend Getaway See bar stewards or Linda Peltier for tickets. Treasure Island Room for 2 & $100 Gift Card RUSKIN BrR ANCH LIbr BR Ar R Y Learn what hardware and software is required to download eBooks from our library. FallTech. Learn what eBay is all about, how to use and register. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are recommended. Topics include bidding, proxy bidding and My eBay. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are recommended. Topics include selling, fees, listing types, pricing and research. eBay account required and basic mouse/keyboarding skills are recommended. FallTech. Learn to create, save, print, and edit documents. Basic keyboarding and mouse skills are recommended. Discover the basics of font formatting, changing font type, size and color and page setup, margins, paper orientation. Word I is recommended. Learn paragraph formatting from setting margins to line spacing and how to create bulleted and numbered lists. Word II is recommended. Create professional looking tables for form and lists, format table structure, and more. Previous experience with Microsoft Word is recommended.Adult Computer Classes for the Technologically ChallengedSouth Bay Hospital has implemented a new electronic system, Vitals Now, which automatically sends a patients vital signs to their electronic record. A nurse can take a patients blood pressure, pulse, oxygen saturation and temperature and have the results instantly entered into the patients medical record. The nurse begins by scanning the patients armband and pulling up their electronic record. After verifying the patient information, the nurse can begin to take the patients vital signs using the hospitals Dyna-Map electronic monitoring system. The results are automatically recorded by the Vitals Gabriele Zavala, CNA, prepares to take the vital signs of Dean Abercrombie at South Bay Hospital as Amy Hemby and Marcia Meade look on. New technology provides faster access to vital signsNow electronic system. Once the nurse has finished taking the vital signs, they submit the information and it is electronically sent into the patients medical record. This new system allows for greater accuracy and faster turnaround times, says Amy Hemby, Senior Clinical Analyst at South Bay Hospital. Physicians can instantly see the vital signs of each of their patients, and this automation prevents any delay in care. The new electronic system also reduces the likelihood of errors in a patients record and improves overall quality of care. For more information call Natalia Diaz at 813-634-0496.Visions of Natural Florida on displayThe Museum of Science and Industry is a not-for-profit, community-based institution and educational resource dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge and understanding of science, industry and technology. Located at 4801 East Fowler Ave. in Tampa, MOSI features educational and entertaining exhibits, activities and special events, and is home to Floridas only IMAX Dome Theatre and the new Sky Trail Ropes Course. For more information about MOSI and upcoming activities, visit www. mosi.org or call 813-987-6000. In January the James Phillips: Visions of Natural Florida exhibit features photographs of Floridas Central Gulf Coast region taken over the last decade. The collection includes both landscapes and closeups, with an emphasis on Floridas precious and extraordinary water resources: its many and diverse rivers, estuaries and wetlands. Phillips work is on display at MOSI in the 2nd floor connecting hallway through Jan. 30. For more information about MOSI and upcoming activities, visit www.mosi.org or call 813987-6000.

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12 January 5, 2012The worst praise offense you can make? Gushing over the persons success and asking for a favor at the same time. My mother used to call that a backhanded compliment. It comes across as not very sincere, and actually can make the person feel like theyre being played. Save the favor for another time. And finally, try to be original in what you say. I have a great friend who is constantly and consistently being lauded for her magnificent singing voice. Shes been told since she was a teenager that shes got a great set of pipes, can really belt out a song, and should be a recording star. The compliment that means the most to her is when a stranger came up to her at a baseball game and told her that her rendition of the National Anthem was so beautiful, it moved her to tears. The first time shed cried over the song in her life. My friend will remember that forever. The most wonderful thing about praise, is that it not only makes the receiver feel great, it also makes you feel great for having given it. Karma says you get back what you put out into the universe. So spread a little praise around and see what happens to YOU. You might end up with your own gold star! Not that youre craving it or anythingTECH TALKBy: Dana Dittmar, Executive DirectorSCC Chamber News You, Me, and BusinessWhen I was in kindergarten, I was known as the Gold Star Princess. I had an insatiable need to win over approval of the teacher and get the most gold stars in the class. I craved the attention, the credit, the praise and the recognition that came with taking home my artwork or my ABCs and showing my mom the shiny affirmations of my efforts. While that incessant craving for praise melted away like so much baby fat, its still nice to hear youve done a good job. If youre like most people, you hear lots of sound and fury when something isnt right, but seldom do any of us get the recognition we deserve for all of the things we do. Whats worse, most of us dont know how to give praise to someone else in a way that truly makes them feel special. So here is a basic primer on how to say great job. First, some of the best praise is done when that person isnt even there. Praise someones efforts highly to several people and it will not take long for it to get back around to them. I ran into Kyle the other day and he just couldnt say enough about how you handled the Reynolds situation. He said youre the best negotiator hes ever worked with. Sounds kinda nice, huh? (Likewise, if you hear praise, be sure to pass it on to the praisee.) It helps when youre very specific in your praise. Great golf tournament, Patricia! isnt nearly as satisfying as Wow! You had fantastic turnout on Saturday! And those hole signs were so innovative. How did you get so many door prizes donated? You must know every business in town. People who head committees or pull off special events get noticed when the big job is over. But not everybody has the opportunity to do noticeable things. Every day praise for every day work is appreciated, too. Making sure all the work is done on time, on budget, and effectively is often unappreciated. Let people know you notice their effort. You know, you havent missed a staff meeting all year or been late with a report once. You, Me & BusinessBy Dana Dittmar Now Open To The Public1st & 3rd Saturdays OnlyTours at 11 a.m. and noon13910 Seminole Trail Wimauma ElmirasWildlife.org 941-776-8975 and our specialty CUSTOM WINDOW TREATMENTSSince 1987design shoppethe 674 301 Americas Carwash NOW OPEN SUNDAYS 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.RAIN CHECK: Bring in your receipt for any full service wash within 48 hours and receive an Express Wash for $1.00 (on same vehicle) ANY FULL SERVICE WASH ONLYWith this coupon only. 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The agency has received numerous Customer Service awards, including the Premier Service New team member of All Bay Insurance Group, Victoria WeatheringtonVicki Weatherington joins All Bay Insurance GroupAgency designation each year of the awards existence. The agency is an active member of the Greater Riverview & South Shore Chambers of Commerce. Joel Meek (agency owner) serves as the incoming President of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, is the incoming Vice Chairman of the South Shore Round Table, and Treasurer of the South Shore Young Professionals Association. All Bay Insurance can be reached by phone 813-569-7759, online at www.allbayins.com, or by stopping by their office at 101 Flamingo Dr., Apollo Beach.Port of Tampa offers service to RussiaThe Tampa Port Authority (TPA) is pleased to welcome the announcement by Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers that it will launch a new multipurpose general cargo service between the Port of Tampa and Saint Petersburg, Russia. The service will begin with the arrival of Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers vessel M/V Baltic Mercur at the Port of Tampa on January 14, 2012. The service will operate on a monthly frequency using highly versatile ships, capable of carrying break bulk cargoes such as steel, as well as containers, roll-on/roll-off traffic, project cargoes, and bulk commodities. We are pleased to be partnering with Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers to open up a new direct service option for trade with Russia that will be of great benefit to exporters and importers in Florida and the Southeastern US, noted Tampa Port Director and CEO Richard Wainio. Established in 1995, Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers operates regular liner services between Russia and the US East and Gulf Coasts and is a recognized market leader for transit times and schedule frequency moving millions of tons of cargo per year. For more information on Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers, visit www.arrcm.com and for cargo booking contact: Vladimir Eremin at tel:281-931-3600 or email: vladimir@arrctx.com. Tampa Port Authority (www. tampaport.com) administers Floridas largest and one of the nations most diverse ports handling a wide array of bulk, break bulk, containers and roll-on/roll-off cargoes, in addition to being a major cruise homeport and shipbuilding and repair center. Business slow? Need to advertise? 813-645-3111 or visit www.observernews.net

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16 JANUARY 5, 2012 We know the value of water,and we work to preserve it.Mosaic understands what it means to be good stewards of our water supply. Over a span of nearly 40 years, the industry has reduced its water usage by more than 75 percent. Today, we recycle approximately 95 percent of the water we use at our mining facilities. Were continually seeking new ways to further reduce our water usage, and to preserve vital resources well into the future.A better Florida and a better world Your story continues here...The 1930s ushered in a style of music that was the most accessible in jazz history. As the nation recovered from the Great Depression, big bands flourished and the dance craze swept the country. Exposure to swing music via radio broadcasts and recordings thrust the music into popular culture and got Americans onto the dance floor. Join us for a Big Band Brunch including champagne brunch and Big Band tunes by Mark WallyWEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18 10:30 A.M. 12:00 P.M.RSVP at (813) 633-4340 or bhurley@brookdaleliving.comPersonalized Assisted Living Alzheimers & Dementia Care 3910 Galen Court, Sun City Center, Florida 33573 (813) 633-4340 www.brookdaleliving.comAssisted Living Facility # AL9634 top of his head. He was rushed to Tampa General Hospital where, at press time, he remains in critical condition with the bullet still lodged in his head. According to Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office Detective Larry McKinnon, Detectives have interviewed the childs family members as well as the neighbors and have determined no one in the immediate area was firing a gun. It appears at this time that the victim was shot from celebratory gunfire falling from the sky from a distance that could range for miles away. It is a simple law of physics that what goes up must come down, a law that certainly applies to bullets shot into the air. Although a bullet falls to the earth at a much lower velocity than when it is fired directly out of a gun, it is still a hazard that has repeatedly proven to be dangerous and sometimes fatal. Firing a weapon into the air in such a manner is illegal in Florida, along with many other states. A bullet fired into the air could travel a mile high before falling back down and it may fall miles from where it originated. The downward speed increases until it reaches terminal velocity, a point at which the resistance from the air equals the mass of the object. Military and laboratory testing over the years have indicated that the terminal velocity of a larger caliber bullet falling to the ground is capable of causing injury and even death. Yet the practice of firing weapons into the air as part of celebratory events such as New Years and the Fourth of July continues, despite the enormous risks to innocent bystanders. In Ruskin on early Sunday morning, those risks hit home all too clearly, resulting in the serious injury of an innocent child and devastated family and friends at his bedside.According to Detective McKinnon, the investigation is still ongoing and detectives would like to talk to anyone who may know of someone in the area of Ruskin who may have been firing any type of firearms into the air during the New Years celebration. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office at 813-247-8200. PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY MITCH T TRApPHAGENRuskin boy% 

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JANUARY 5, 2012 17 ATTENTION Contractors:Check out our selection of tools and supplies www.TampaCrossties.com Commercial Quality Outdoor Furniture Need Landscaping Advice? Speak with one of our Professionals! Beautiful, Large Landscape Rocks & Boulders Furniture is perfect for beach, pool deck, sundeck, front porch or around the re Variety of Concrete Outdoor Furniture & Accessories deck at a fraction of the price of 813-641-0090 $ 9 90 Used Railroad Crosstieseach Bulk Mulch & Rock before afterJohn V Dunne, MD, FACS In Office Procedure 813.634.9260Insurance Accepted SUN CITY CENTER Sunhill Medical Arts Bldg. Why Go Anywhere Else?Let a Board Certified Vascular Surgeon & Vein SpecialistEliminate Your Ugly Veins! Council, Green Market, and many more attractions. Not a bad showing for a largely urban setting. In modern times, the Fair has had yearly themes ranging from Tales of the American West, Gateway to the Tropics, Sea Lion Splash, Americas National Parks and many, many more. The most popular ones from years past will be revisited for this 100th celebration as part of the Centennial Exposition in the South Florida Fairs mammoth main 70,000 square foot building. Other buildings house crafts people and vendors selling all manner of goods. And then there is the ever popular, family pleasing, Yesteryear Village showcasing the areas rich history. Yesteryear Village is a replica of a rural community set on 10 acres featuring buildings and artifacts dating from the 1850s to the 1950s. When the village comes to life every January, volunteers in period costumes inhabit the houses and Village Green. Walking into Yesteryear Village will take you back to an earlier time when schools were one room affairs, houses used kerosene lamps for light, water was pumped by hand from wells and people kept livestock in their back yards. It was a much simpler time. More than 20 historic and restored Florida buildings dating from the post-Civil War period surround the Village Green where entertainers perform for visitors, contests are held and Native American dancers recreate centuries old ceremonies. Some lucky visitors will get to sample wild boar cooking over an open fire at the Hunting Camp. The Village Blacksmith will be working on his anvil. The fully stocked General Store will be open for business as will many other merchants. All of this activity goes on for 17 days and nights and the nighttime views of the thousands of lights on the Midway are truly spectacular as visitors swirl, sweep and drop from great heights on the thrilling rides while children of all ages toss a ring or ball to try for the really big teddy bear prize. Win or lose, everyone has fun. Food vendors sell things of which no dietician would approve. But its only a one-day-a-year splurge for most. The South Florida Fair will open its doors for its 100th year on January 13. It will close out its Centennial Exposition on January 29 when planning begins for its second century. The South Florida Fair is off Southern Blvd. (SR 80) west of Floridas Turnpike. Parking is FREE. For any additional information call 561-793-0333 or toll free in Florida at 800-640-FAIR.South Florida Fair%  South Florida Fair overview showing 70,000 s.f. Expo Center. Volunteers at the Cracker cow camp. Barrel racing in the Agriplex.

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18 January 5, 2012 The Golf Club at Cypress Creek Restaurants Open to the PublicBest of Both Worlds! The Creek Sports LoungeLaid Back, Easygoing Sports Lounge The Best Deals Around All-U-Can-Eat Wednesday Shrimp Friday Fish Night Saturday Pasta Night Come and Experience fine dining at its Best More than just a Golf Club... a destination for Great Food! 634-8888 AT HOME AUTO CARE Master Certified Technicians Coast-to-CoastWarranty Coverage The best in safety, value and performance for your car.Family Owned & Operated Nationwide Warranty Available Through Participating VendorsWe service and repair all makes and models including:VW, Mercedes, Volvo, BMW& other European lines and Diesel Repair(exactly 1 mile south of SR 674/College Ave.)(813) 645-0339AAA Approved Auto Repair Center Lic# MVS51635$2795OIL CHANGELUBE, OIL & FILTER*Up to 5 qts. 5W20 or 5W30 Motorcraft Oil, Filter, and 27-point inspection. Most cars.+ tax & S.S. GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE Why us? Call for a FREE ESTIMATE649-1599www.BratesAluminum.com South Hillsborough Elks Lodge #2672 Upcoming Activities Every Tuesday Jam Session 3 to 5 p.m. No charge for all Elks and their guests. Every Wednesday Best Spaghetti in Town $7, All You Can Eat, for all Elks and their guests. Music by Bryan from 5 to 8 p.m. Every Friday Seafood and Sandwiches for all Elks and their guests from 5 to 7 p.m. Karaoke by Bryan from 5 to 8 p.m.. Monday, Jan. 9 Blue Plate Special for all Elks and their guests, Menu: Swiss Steak with all the trimmings, 5 p.m., $7, only 50 tickets will be sold, get them early. Saturday, Jan. 14 Elvis is coming to the Lodge for all Elks and their guests, $8, Menu: Baked potato with all the trimmings and salad, This event is a must. Feb. 12 to Feb. 19, 2012 Join S. Hillsborough Elks Lodge Valentines Western Caribbean Fund Raiser Cruise, 7 days only $643. The South Hillsborough Elks Lodge is located at 1630 U.S. Hwy. 41 S., Ruskin, FL 33570, and has a clean, smoke free environment. For more information, call (813) 645-2089. BRANDON PEST CONTROLPhone: (813) 685-7711Fax: (813) 685-360710 Locations in Florida, Georgia & Tennessee CALL FOR FREE INSPECTIONASK ABOUT TERMIDORCelebrating 38 Years in Business TERMITES? Business slow? Need to advertise? 813-645-3111 or visit www.observernews.netLocal attorney opens new office The law office of Nicole M. Cameron, P.A. has moved to the Harbor Pointe Business Center, 449 Apollo Beach Blvd., Apollo Beach, Florida. The office ribbon cutting is being held Friday, Jan. 6, at noon. The law firm opened its doors in April of 2007 and serves the greater Southshore area (Apollo Beach, Brandon, Fishhawk Ranch, Gibsonton, Riverview, Ruskin, Sun City, Tampa, Wimauma and surrounding cities). The law firm represents plaintiffs in the areas of personal injury, bankruptcy, real estate disputes, commercial transactions, business incorporation, will preparation, probate administration, guardianship, contract reviews and serves as corporate counsel to small and medium sized businesses in the Southshore area. Nicole Cameron has been a resident of Apollo Beach since Nicole M. Cameron1996. Prior to graduating from law school and opening her own firm, she worked as a legal assistant for 17 years in the area of bankruptcy, personal injury, medical malpractice and insurance defense. The office will be providing free legal seminars on the areas of bankruptcy and wills and estate planning in the upcoming months. For more information call the office of Nicole M. Cameron, P.A. at Harbor Pointe Business Center, 449 Apollo Beach Blvd., Apollo Beach, Florida 33572, Tel. 813645-8787 or visit www.law-cameron.com.Residents of Florida can ring in the New Year by receiving 5 free crapemyrtle trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation anytime during January 2012. These small flowering trees will provide any landscape in Florida with a splash of color for much of the year, from pink and red flowers in the spring, to green in the summer to red, orange and yellow in the autumn, said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundations Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between Feb. 1 and April 30, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6to 12-inch tall trees are guaranteed to grow, or they will be replaced free of charge. Arbor Day Foundation members also receive a subscription to the Foundations colorful bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care. To receive the free trees, send a $10 membership contribution to 5 Crapemyrtles, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by January 31, 2012. Florida residents can also join online at arborday.org/january.Arbor Day Foundation offers free trees

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16 JANUARY 5, 2012 19Christmas was made much brighter for two Apollo Beach families by the members of the Apollo Beach Womans Club who purchased and wrapped presents selected from wish lists provided by the two families. Ninety gifts of clothes, household items, shoes and toys for the two families, one at Apollo Beach Elementary School, and the other at Dobie Elementary were collected and given to the two families along with a $100 Publix gift certificate to buy their Christmas dinners. Guidance counselors at each of the elementary schools selected the two families for the Christmas service project based on need. The Christmas giving effort was led by Sylvia Gordon and Beverly Fletchall, who co-chair community service activities for the more than 150 ABWC members. This is not the only community service project sponsored by the ABWC. For Thanksgiving, the membership provided four families in Apollo Beach with supermarket gift certificates in order to buy their Thanksgiving dinners. The families were chosen to receive the gift certificates based on need and were selected by the guidance counselors at both Doby and Apollo Beach Elementary Photo by: JM Doyle East Bay H Schools. As though this is not enough, for the third year in a row, the members of ABWC rallied to the aid of families in our community after learning that some children would not be able to attend the summer camp because their parents could not afford the $400+ camping fee for the 2011 summer camp program run by the county. The ABWC donated $1400 to help families afford the camp fees so that children in this community can enjoy a safe environment during the school break while their parents work. We are so pleased to lend a helping hand to families in need, especially in these hard economic times, said Judy Peck, ABWC president. We were thrilled that some these children had a safe, fun and memorable summer as a result of the donation. The ABWC provided assistance to the elementary schools nursing staff by supplying much needed shorts, belts, underwear, socks and T-shirts and helped the nursing staff of Eisenhower Middle School with their scoliosis screening. In October, members donated personal care items for troops in Afghanistan. The clubs largest fund-raising effort will be held Saturday, March 31 at the Bradenton Yacht Club, Snead Island Road, Palmetto. Coldwater Creek will feature their new Spring line and invite all the ABWC members to a breakfast on the following Saturday at their store in the Westfield Mall. The event will also include a silent auction. Tickets are $30 and can Apollo Beach Womans Club unveils community service projectsbe purchased by calling Pam Kerstetter at 813-645-2425 after January 11, 2012. The clubs next meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 11, and will feature Til Hagen, Author, Humorist, Seminar Leader and Life Coach. He will present real life experiences with honesty and humor. The meeting will be held at Little Harbor in Ruskin, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Luncheon tickets are $16. Any woman living in the South Shore area is welcome to attend but reservations and payment for the luncheon must be received by Friday, Jan. 6 and may be made by calling Pam Scott at (813) 260-3963 or emailing her at gpscottfl225@ yahoo.com. In addition to meeting each month, the club offers special interest activities sponsored by the Book, Bridge, Culture and Garden clubs. For membership information or contact information regarding any of the clubs activities and sub clubs, contact Sharon Vasquez at (813) 641-7856 or by e-mail: sharonvasquez47@yahoo. com. ABWC dues are $20 annually and can be sent to Vasquez, vice-president/membership at 913 Golf Island Dr., Apollo Beach, FL 33572.Dance your way to a fitter new youHillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department offers a great way to have fun, get in shape, and gain confidence. Zumba, often referred to as an exercise in disguise, is offered at the following Hillsborough County recreation centers. Apollo Beach Recreation Center Mondays at 6:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Gardenville Recreation Center Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. Providence West Park Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Riverview Community Center Tuesdays and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Ruskin Recreation Center Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.; Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. For more information, cal Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation at (813) 635-3500, or one of the above recreation centers. Calling all women of Military Sea ServiceAttention, all Women of the Military Sea Service. Tampa Bay WAVES Unit #55 will meet at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14 at St. Matthews Anglican Church, 10701 Bloomingdale Ave., Riverview in St. Annes Hall, located at the rear of the church building. Membership in the Unit and in the parent organization, WAVES National, is open to all women who served honorably (including those currently serving) in the U.S. Navy, Navy Nurse Corps, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Maritime Service, or related reserve components. Enjoy the fellowship and activities that will rekindle memories of your military service days. In addition you will find opportunities to serve your fellow veterans and support our military forces. For more information, call Jeannette Green at (813) 657-9164.Hillsborough graduation rate climbsThe graduation rate for Hillsborough County Public Schools students improved to 84.3 percent in 2011, an increase of 2 percentage points over last year and more than 4 percentage points higher than the state average of 80.1 percent. Hillsboroughs graduation rate is the highest among Floridas largest school districts. Since 2006, the school districts graduation rate has steadily improved by 9.8 percentage points. The 74.2 percent graduation rate for Hillsborough County African American students is 5.8 percent above the state average, while the 80.8 percent graduation rate for Hispanic students in Hillsborough County 3.5 percent higher than the state average. Its gratifying to see steady improvement in our graduation rate year after year, said Superintendent MaryEllen Elia. This has been and continues to be a priority of ours. Hillsboroughs dropout rate also continues to move in the right direction. The dropout rate remains below 1 percent at 0.8 percent. That represents a decrease of 1.3 percent since 2006. The dropout rate remains more than a percentage point lower than the state average of 1.9 percent. Websters dictionary definition of communication is: a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a  common  system of symbols, signs, or behavior. Believe it or not, there are classes specifically designed to teach high school agriculture students about this process and why it is important. Actually, these classes have existed since 1905, when the class Agriculture Journalism first began. However, in modern times, this class has changed and transformed, spinning off an entirely new class, targeted to high school students, called Agricultural Communications. Agricultural Communications is a class focused on taking agriculture students and giving them new, creative, and more efficient ways to improve the way they communicate. But, what exactly does this intricate process called communication consist of? And why is it so important? Thats what the FFA students in class at Lennard High School, are going to find out this year, as this course has finally been added to the elective classes available at Lennard High School. When asked about what he was looking forward to the most, FFA member, Robert Matta replied, How to be able to successfully distribute information to the media, in positive ways. Fellow FFA member, and officer, Randall Casey agreed, saying that, Agricultural communications is beneficial, as a class, because it is essential to communicate to the masses that agriculture is such an integral and important part of the society. Though it is still the beginning of the school year, students are happy to have already learned so much about communication that they didnt know before. I have already learned the different types of skills you need to communicate to everyone, even the people outside the campus. Kayla Gaines, FFA officer reported. Im excited to take pictures and report to everyone. About things like new technology, and advances in agriculture, and why theyre important to everyone! she continued, expressing her knowledge of the importance of communication in the agriculture industry and to the public. In the agricultural world, communication is vital. Whether it is between a business, the general public or two students enrolled in an agriculture class. Without proper communication, nothing Communication is keyis accomplished. That is why the ability to properly communicate is essential to not only an FFA member, but everybody. In the agriculture industry communication is critical due to the need to educate the public and to spread positive messages, viewpoints and the benefits of Florida agriculture. Play 4 on 4 adult ag footballAdults 18 and older can register for a team sport that encourages recreation, and physical activity. The 4 on 4 adult flag football league will kick off from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday night, Jan. 20 through March 23. Cost is $250 per team which includes officials. There will be awards for 1st and 2nd place teams. Register at the Ruskin Recreation Center, 901 6th Street SE in Ruskin January 3-13. For more information, call Kevin Cletken at Ruskin Recreation Center at (813) 672-7881.

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20 January 5, 2012 South Hillsborough Church of Christ Welcome to the:SERVICES:Sunday........................9:30 & 10:30 a.m.; 6:00 p.m. Wednesday................7:00 p.m.EVERETT TATE, MINISTER NON-INSTRUMENTAL CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCHSunday Worship: Blended 8:00 a.m. Contemporary 9:40 a.m. Traditional 11:15 a.m.Nursery Provided Pastor Jack R. Palzer www.calvarylutheranchurch.net 645-1305 Rance Goad, Pastor (Southern Baptist)1511 El Rancho Dr. Sun City Center, FL 33573Phone/Fax:813-633-5950 WEEKLY SERVICES: Sunday9 a.m.......................Bible Study 11 a.m.....................Bible Study 10 a.m. & 6 p.m............WorshipWednesday6 p.m....Prayer Meeting/Bible Study Southside Baptist ChurchA Warm, Loving & Friendly ChurchLooking 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.Getting to Know You (Donuts & Coffee) ....................9:00 a.m. Sunday School .................................................................9:30 am. Sunday Morning Worship ............................................10:55 a.m. Sunday Evening Service..................................................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening Service ..........................................7:00 p.m. Thursday Morning Prayer ............................................10:00 a.m.Come join us to learn about Gods Word and salvation in Jesus Christ Ruskin United Methodist Church First Street & 4th Ave. NW, Ruskin (behind Suntrust Bank)ALL ARE WELCOME TO COME AND WORSHIP WITH US:SUNDAY MORNINGS:Rev. Richard NusselPhone: 645-1241Nov. April..................8:30 a.m. and All Year...............10:45 a.m. Sunday School............9:30 a.m.Day Care Available Mon. Fri. 6 a.m. 6 p.m. call 645-6198 REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA Rev. Dr. Peter Stiller, PastorTelephone: Website: sccredeemer.org Worship Services on Sunday 9:30 & 11:15 a.m. Area Places of Worship Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of SCCMeets in the Henry Gibson Social Hall of the Beth Israel We do not have to wait until we are excellent before we can do excellent things. Pierre Thilhard De Chardin Ruskin Foursquare ChurchBuilding Community Thru Gods Love 106 7th Ave. N.W. Ruskin, FL 33570 N. Blanton (813) 309-3558Pastor Norman & Sherril Blanton 10 a.m. Sunday School 11 a.m. Worship Service 7 p.m. Wed. Bible Study Enjoy the Jazz XperienceThe United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, is proud to present Phil Provenzano and The Jazz Xperience at 6:30 p.m. on Friday Jan. 27 in the church sanctuary. Phils ensemble is a main-stream, straight-ahead jazz combo that was originally formed to perpetuate the West Coast jazz sounds of musicians like Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker. Since its inception twenty years ago, the group has grown to include other mainstream jazz styles including their own unique sound. The Xperience has performed all over the Bay area and has had the privilege of performing with such jazz greats as Ted Farlow, Herb Ellis, Nick Brignola, John La Porta, Phil Urso, Manfredo Fest, Billy Cobbham, Ira Sullivan, Richie Cole, and John Allred. Jazz musician Phil ProvenzanoThis concert is part of a Fourth Friday Jazz Series that includes the Mike Markaverich Trio on Friday, Feb. 24 and the Boulevard Jazz Orchestra on Friday, March 23. Concert-goers are encouraged to arrive early for a good seat. A donation of just $5 is requested at the door. For more information call Jeff Jordan, Director of Music and the Arts, at 813-634-2539 or visit www.sccumc.com. New Beginnings Fellowship welcomes Debbie DomerNew Beginnings Fellowship will be blessed to have Debbie Domer and her friends as guests at the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, Jan. 8. Debbie will be singing and preaching as only she can do with the help of her furry friends. The church is located at 1120 27th St. SE Ruskin, FL. For more information call Pastor Lewis Brady, D.D. at 654-1018.Facing challenges of interfaith families The Sisterhood of Beth Israel Congregation in Sun City Center begins the New Year with an informative discussion, The Challenges of Interfaith Families and Grandchildren. The guest speaker will be Rabbi Betsy Torop of Congregation Beth Shalom in Brandon. Rabbi Torop has taught on a variety of subjects, including Jewish law and ethics, and women in Judaism. Her particular interest is in programs for Jewish families. For all Grandparents, and Interfaith families, this will be a very thought provoking topic. It will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10 in the Henry Gibson Social Hall at the Temple. The address is 1115 Del Webb Blvd. E., Sun City Center. Refreshments will be provided.Sound The Shofar to meetSound The Shofar will meet at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 at in the South Shore Library. The library is located at 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin. Pastor David Jones of Ruach Ministries in Brandon, will continue speaking on the Hebraic Roots of the Christian Faith. For more information, contact Pastor Jones at 477-1517. Ruskin Aglow to meetRuskin Aglow will meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday Jan. 21 at Palm Garden, 3850 Upper Creek Dr., Sun City Center. The speaker will be pastor Gloria Chiles from Aglows area board. For more information call Gloria Crossman, President 813-633-9613.Christmas party is a successMembers and friends of Friendship Baptist Church, 1511 El Rancho, attended a marvelous Christmas party in December at the lawn bowling building. They all sang carols, while their pianist played the electronic piano. An inspiring solo was the closing feature of the musical section of the evening. Church Secretary Friendship Baptist Church celebrates Christmas.Robin Marshall, with her glorious voice sang the O Holy Night. It was even more appreciated as she had recently been hospitalized. The final pleasure was the choosing of gifts -both men and women. Each one was given a number, and they may not have gone home with their first choice, as there was much trading back and forth. C.A.R.E. is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For directions, visit www.CareShelter.org or call (813) 645-2273.OreoOreo is a great little guy and very playful too. He has a black and white tuxedo pattern with a ring of pure white around his neck Oreo was playing around on the lanai and just enjoying some nice winter weather when we visited. This little male is one cute cookie. As part of his adoption Oreo will be neutered, brought up-to-date on his shots and micro chipped. DOB: 10/1/2011 JadeJade is a darling Shiba Inu mix. Her owners moved out of their rental and left her behind. What a crime! Jade has the softest coat and the sweetest disposition. She loves humans but would prefer to be an only dog. She enjoys time cuddling. She also has fun chasing balls and squeaky toys. Jade appears to have great house manners too. This is a special little girl. Jade has been spayed, microchipped, and brought current on her shots as part of her adoption. DOB: January 2010 Business slow? Advertise in The ObserverWe cover south Hillsborough County with a circulation of 42,000 papers every week! We offer many options in every price range...from classified ads to full pages. Call 813-645-3111 and ask to speak to an advertising representative today. For more information visit us on the web at www.ObserverNews.netLocal dancers and entertainers to perform for charityWinter Review, Florida Style A Divine Frolics Variety Show, featuring many local dance groups and entertainers. One performance only at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Sun City Center Community Hall 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Tickets will be $8 at the door. All proceeds go to St. John the Divine Church community outreach programs. For more information call 642-0110. For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, they are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

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January 5, 2012 21 702 Valley Forge Blvd., SCC, FL 33573 www.popcc.orgMasses:Sunday..........8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., Noon Saturday Vigil.................4:00 & 6:00 p.m. Daily..........................................8:00 a.m.Confessions: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m. and Sat. 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCHMinister DR. DAVID CAMPBELL INVITES YOU TO SERVICES AT OUR NEW LOCATION10:30 a.m. SUNDAYSNO CREED...BUT CHRIST NO BOOK...BUT THE BIBLE Sunday Service 10:00 a.m.www.unitycommunityofjoy.com 813-298-7745 Spirituality Rather Than ReligionUnityHenry Gibson Social Hall, Beth Israel Synagogue www.nbcor.orgLoving God, Loving Others, Serving Beyond Borders Sunday School (all ages)........9:30 a.m. Dr. Samuel (Sam) A. Roach, Pastor Area Places of Worship 1239 Del Webb Blvd. West Sun City Center, FL 33573 Church is Handicap accessible Phone: 813-634-1252 For information visit: www.standrewatscc.org St. Andrew Presbyterian ChurchSunday Services 9:30 a.m. Casual Service 11:00 a.m.Prayers with anointing for healing and wholeness during worship the second Sunday of every month.Pastor: Rev. Dr. Mark E. SalmonMeet friends in Fellowship Hall after the Service. Refreshments served.A Stephen Ministry Church First Church of Christ, ScientistChristian Science HealsSunday Service ..................................................10:00 a.m. Sunday School ..................................................10:00 a.m. Wednesday Service .............................................5:00 p.m. Reading Room .........................Wednesday 4 to 4:45 p.m. All Are Welcome U.S. Hwy. 41 106 11th Ave. NE Ruskin 813-645-1714SaintAnneRuskin.orgMASSES Vigil Mass.....................................................................Saturday 5:00 p.m. Sunday Mass ........8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Contemporary) Daily .........................................................Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. Holy Days ....................................... Espaol ......................................Domingo 12:30 p.m.; Jueves 7:00 p.m. Confession .........................Thursday 6:15 p.m.; Saturday 3:45 p.m. Saint Anne Catholic ChurchSouthShore: Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City and S. GibsontonVery Reverand Fr. John F. McEvoy, V.F. Direct Cremation $925Zipperers Funeral Home813-645-6130 EXP. 3/31/12 Lois AlpertLois Alpert, 87, of Sun City Center, FL, passed away December 22, 2011. She was preceded in death by son Marcus in 1993. She is survived by son, Barnett (Susan Wenzel) of Alexandria, VA and Sun City Center, FL and granddaughter Leah Roylance of CA. Lois was born and lived in Scranton, PA until she moved to SCC, FL in 1997. The family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude for the love and care provided to Lois by Central Park Nursing Home staff, Brandon, FL and LifePath Hospice. Condolences can be sent to barnettalpert@cox.net. A private memorial service has been Ralph B. GetchellRalph B. Getchell 91, of Sun City Center died December 12, 2011. He was born in Uniontown, Pa. on Dec. 18, 1919 to Sarah Barnett and John Getchell, and was predeceased by a brother, John. He is survived by his wife Ruth; nieces Sue George and Janet Larson and their families. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at the Sun Towers Chapel. Internment will be at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.Area Obituaries Vivian Laul Clark SelnerVivian Laul Clark Selner went to be with the Lord on December 21, 2011. She was born on September 25, 1914 in Parrish, FL to Sam and Kansas (Buzbee) Clark. Vivian was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Richard Selner; daughter, Maxine Simmons; sisters, Florence White, Helen Clyatt, Willie Mae Jahns, and brothers Franklin Clark and Milton Clark. A member of the First Baptist Church of Ruskin, she is survived by daughter, Betty Jo Castillo; sons, Ronald (Glenda) Selner, Rodney (Brenda) Selner; daughter, Harriett Sutherland, 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, and many nieces and nephews. A member of pioneering families, Vivian witnessed many changes in the Ruskin, Gulf City, and Old Sun City areas. She recalled the days when the areas mail was delivered by boat from Tampa to Gulf City and watching movies on the lawn of the old Ruskin Chamber of Commerce. She remembered her father placing her in the rafters of the old Gulf City schoolhouse to escape the storm surge from the 1923 hurricane. She will be greatly missed by all family and friends. Services were held at First Baptist Church of Ruskin on December 26, 2011.More new members welcomedTrinity Baptist Church recently welcomed three new members. Close to 60 new members have joined the church in 2011. For information on the church call 634-4228.Pictured from left to right are Lowell and Marilyn Deitsch, Pastor Ron Churchill, and Jane Foley. The Nativity Scene from the Christmas Eve pageant at St. John the Divine Episcopal was enhanced by the participation of Susan Wilder, Shirley Luxana, Kylie Miller, Zach Wilder (dog), Gracie, Kennett Luxana, Liz Arp, Hannah Selke, Rebecca Carlisle, John Patterson, Matt Arp, Whitney Selke, and Veronica. Nativity scene brought joy to all Unitarian Universalists to host speakerSCC Unitarian Universalists Fellowship presents the Rev. Dr. Robert P. Tucker with Our Burden of Responsibility. January 28 marks the 24th anniversary of the Challenger disaster. Dr. Tucker will use the little-known human problems in NASA to examine the need for individuals to assume their own proper responsibilities in order to avoid the mesmerism of groupthink. This is the week to bring donations for the Beth El food bank. On Jan. 12 The Road Not Taken will be presented by the Rev. Don Beaudreault. This is the first of four on the road sermons Rev. Beaudreault will present this season. Later, we will learn about The Yellow Brick Road, The Road to Damascus, and The Road to Hell. Coffee and conversation starts at 7 p.m., in the Beth Israel/Henry Gibson Social Hall at 1115 Del Webb, East, Sun City Center. The programs begin at 7:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome for more information call 813-633-2349.Guest Speaker at Trinity Baptist ChurchDavid Caton, founder and Executive Director of the Florida Family Association will speak at Trinity Baptist Church on Sunday, Jan. 15, at the 6 p.m. worship service. A reception will be held following the service. Attendance is free and refreshments will be provided. If you care about family values, you will want to hear what this organization is doing to improve and protect our moral environment. For information call 634-4228. Foursquare called to pray and fastThe Ruskin Foursquare Church will begin 2012 with 21 days of Praying and Fasting for their church community and South Hillsborough County. This special emphasis will start Jan. 8 and end Jan. 28. Pastor Norm Blanton, will lead a campaign in 2012 called Reach Ruskin and Beyond believing that revival and restoration is going to happen in South Hillsborough County. This time of prayer and fasting will be a quick start to prepare our hearts to be sensitive to what God wants to do in our region, says Pastor Blanton. Pastors, their churches and individuals are encouraged to join in this united effort to impact our community. For more information call Norm Blanton at 813309-3558 or by e-mail Norman. Blanton@verizon.net. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever Hebrews 13:8 NLT

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Unlike the Flimsy Plastic Headrail from the Home CentersMADE IN AMERICA EXAMPLE OF OUR PRICES24 W x 36 H ..........$84 Installed 36 W x 50 H ........$175 Installed 48 W x 48 H ........$224 Installed 48 W x 60 H ........$280 Installed 72 W x 62 H ........$434 InstalledEXAMPLE OF OUR PRICES36 W x 48 H .......$39 Installed 52 W x 62 H .......$68 Installed 60 W x 62 H .......$75 Installed 72 W x 72 H .......$93 InstalledEXAMPLE OF OUR PRICES36 W x 48 H .......$39 Installed 52 W x 48 H .......$49 Installed 60 W x 48 H .......$69 Installed 72 W x 72 H .......$86 Installed SAVE ENERGY EXAMPLE OF OUR PRICES FOR SUN SCREENS24 W x 36 H ....................$49 Installed 36 W x 48 H ....................$62 Installed 52 W x 48 H ....................$93 Installed 72 W x 60 H .................$131 Installed SUN SCREENS Dr. Robert A. NormanDermatologistDr. A. TheodosatosCarole Mazzone, ARNPOffering Laser, Botox, Restylane and various cosmetic products & services 813-880-7546MOBILE RADIATIONSame Day Appointments FREE Skin ScreeningInsurance accepted: Medicare, Medicaid, BCBS, Humana, Cigna, Aetna, Amerigroup, and many more Ruskin Animal Hospital & Cat ClinicPET TIP: Drs. Ott, Slaughter & Waldy r NEVER PAINT, SPRAY-CRETE OR STUCCO YOUR HOUSE AGAIN OUR 7-STEP PROCESS #1 SINCE 1960CLIMATE PROOF COATINGSMWhole House Flex-CoatedSAVE YOUR ROOF w/PROTECTIVE COATINGCoupon worth $1,000Special Roof Coating Discounts SPRAY-COAT EXTERIORS, INC.Applied over Spray Crete, Stucco, Wood, Block or MetalLifetime Warranty Lifetime WeatherProong $1895Up to 1500 sq. ft. Expires 1/31/12Priced with coupon discount SOUTHSHORE RREGIONAL LLIBRARYDigital Cameras, Flash Drives MP3 Players and more Thursday, Jan. 5 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. Learn to save files to portable media devices. Learn to transfer media from CDs and digital cameras to your PC. Learn about creating MP3s and MP3 players. Registration for this program is available when the Library opens at noon. Opening Reception for High School Art Exhibit Thursday, Jan. 5 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Crawford Gallery welcomes SouthShore High Schools for this juried show. Awards will be presented by the SouthShore Arts Council. Light refreshments. Open to the public. Free event is being funded by the Friends of SouthShore Regional Library and the Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center Teen/Adult Drawing Monday, Jan. 9 6:30 to 8 p.m. Art instructor Tim Gibbons the exploration of drawing techniques with pencil, charcoal and pastel. Limit 20. Registration required. Visit the Information Desk or call 273.3652 Free event is funded by the Friends of SouthShore Regional Library Windows 7: Introduction and Computer Basics Tuesday, Jan. 10 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. Learn the parts of a window, how to navigate in the Windows environment, and file management. Learn about the parts and basic terminology of computers. Also covers basic purchasing considerations. Registration is available one hour prior to the beginning of the program. eBooks and eReaders Wednesday, Jan. 11 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Learn about the librarys eBook services. Registration in person required no earlier than one hour prior to the start of the program. SouthShore Needle People Wednesday, Jan. 11 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. Join other needle people to share techniques, tips and experiences about knitting and other fiber and fabric crafts. Beginners are welcome! Bring a project and ask us questions! Master Gardener: Florida Lawns Wednesday, Jan. 11 7 to 8 p.m. This presentation explores many depths to lawn care in Florida. Topics include: the advantages and disadvantages to warm season grasses such as Bahia, St. Augustine, Bermuda, seashore paspalum. Co-sponsored by the Hillsborough County Extension Service.Want action? Fish for cobia Aleta Jonie Maschek is a member of Florida Outdoor Press.By Jonie Maschek COBIAMake a resolution to support our environmentAre you looking for ideas for a New Years resolution? The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) has some suggestions for 2012 resolutions that will promote healthy water resources. This year make a resolution to: tion and skip at least one week of watering your lawn in January and February. According to research by the University of Florida, grass doesnt need to be watered as often during the cooler months. One-half to three-quarters of an inch of water every 10 days is sufficient. In fact, if your lawn has received any significant rainfall, you can turn off your irrigation system and operate it manually as needed. To learn the signs of when your grass needs watering visit WaterMatters. org/SkipAWeek/. going online and pledging to conserve water around your home. Family members can pledge to: minutes and save up to 240 gallons per month. around 1,650 gallons per month. low-flow models and save about 480 gallons per month. ing teeth and shaving, and save up to 225 gallons per month. system for leaks and potentially save up to 6,300 gallons of water per month. dishwasher only when full and save up to 175 gallons per month. around 40 gallons per wash. To take the pledge, visit WaterMatters.org/WaterPledge/. restaurants by dining at a Water Program for Restaurant Outreach (Water PROSM) restaurant. Participating eateries follow best management practices to conserve water while also saving energy. For a list of Water PROSM restaurants in your area visit WaterPro.org. if traveling within the District. The Water Conservation Hotel and Motel Program (Water CHAMPSM) is a free program that encourages hotel guests to reuse their towels and linens during their stay. More than 450 properties within our 16county District participate in the program. To see the list of all participating hotels or for more information about Water CHAMPSM visit WaterChamp.org. by learning about and implementing the nine principles of FloridaFriendly Landscaping. The principles include using the right plant in the right place, watering effiusing mulch, attracting wildlife, managing yard pests responsibly, recycling, reducing stormwater runoff and protecting the waterfront. Learn how to use these principles to reduce pollution in our water resources by visiting WaterMatters.org/yards/. more than 343,000 acres of District-managed public recreation lands. These lands were obtained to protect Floridas natural resources and are open for you to use for recreation. Get started by ordering your free Recreation Guide, which features more than 50 parks and preserves in the region owned by the District and its partners. Some of the outdoor activities available include hiking, bicycling, picnicking, nature study, horseback riding, fishing, paddling, camping and hunting. To order a guide or to learn more about each property and how they help protect the 16county regions water resources visit WaterMatters.org/recreation/

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Tampa, FL 33607 813-876-1566 Call for directions WE HAVE SOMETHING FOR EVERY ROOM INSIDE AND ALL AREAS OUTSIDE 105 personaPERSONAL 310 GarageARAGE/YardYARD SaALeEAA lmost N N ew T T hrift S S tore. 10008 I Indiana S St., G Gibsonton (1 block off US S 41, 1 block north G G ibsonton D D r.,) Wednesday through S S aturday, 9am-3pm. Clothing, furniture, lots misc. Ministry F First Baptist G Gibsonton. 813-671-0036 to donateSuper Saturday Yard sale, AAbove TThe RRest. Come see our new remodeled store. Jewelry that had been $18-$36 now $5-$10. Big yard sale, including clothing, shoes, purses & much more. 139 SS. Pebble Beach Blvd., 813-633-5013 312 estateESTATE saSALesES 741-0225Cell: 382-7536 328 Northway Dr., SCC(off Del Webb East)ARKONIDEOFALENLY Golf Cart Club Car. Furniture: Dining Room Table w/Chairs, China Cabinet, Sofa & Loveseat, Queen and Full Bedroom Suite, Rocking Chair, Dinette Table w/Chairs, White Wicker Patio Furniture, Entry Cabinet, Drum Table, Grandfather Clock, Coffee & End Tables. Collectables: Waterford, Roseville, Hummels, Royal Doulton, Beanie Babies, Quilts, Old Books, Jewelry; Tools, Bicycles, Household Kitchen & Misc. Items.www.AnnesEstateSales.blogspot.comAnne's Estate Sales 360 GoOLfF CartsARTSBogey Bills Golf Cars Cruise Car, Club Car, EE-Z GGo. N New, rebuilds, restoration, rentals, solar, LSVLSVs SVSVC, parts, charger repair & batteries. 2202 USS 41 SS. R Ruskin. 813-649-8099 G Golf carts wanted. Buy sell, trade. Chargers, parts all related. R R onnys Carts & Parts. 813-484-9855 or 813-645-4515 425 SLipsIPS orOR StorageTORAGELL ittle Manatee Outdoor S S torage. RV RV s, boats, trailers. A A ll sizes. 2903 39th A A ve., SE SE. R Ruskin. 813-7878531. www.littlemanateeoutdoorstorage.comS S outh Bay RV RV & Boat S S torage. S Specializing in outside storage for RV RV s, boats & trailers. 813-677-2000 www.SSouthBaySStorage.com 455 AutomobiUTOMOBILesES2005 V Volkswagen Beetle, convertible. T T an with tan leather. R R uns, drives & looks great. $7,995. 217440-3163 1998 Cadillac D DeVVille, white, blue leather. R Runs, drives & looks great, ice cold air. G G reat transportation. $3,850. 217-440-3163456 trucTRUCK & Vans ANSChrysler 2005 T Town & Country L Limited van with mobility scooter. L Load & unload scooter with remote control. G Go to the mall & shop in style. E Economical V V6 with 4 speed automatic, 58k with or without scooter, $14,500 obo call 813-763-2434461 TraRA VeEL TraiRAILersERSFF leetwood T T ravel T T railer, 2004, Prowler R R egal, 34ft, slideouts, main & window awnings, completely furnished. A Asking $16,500. Call to see 508-740-0736 511 HousesOUSES ForOR SaALeEChoosing S SCC. 2br/2ba, A AC, movein ready home. F F ully equipped, sprinklers, lawn service, gutters, lot, quiet cul-de-sac, year warranty, Pickup grocery & move-in only $115,000. Unfurnished $102,000. 813-260-3391 upper homes. A All are livable as is, but need your touch. Priced from $115,000. Bob G G ardiner Buyer S S pecialist, Keller Williams R R ealty. 813-545-4598 S S un City Center. 2br/2ba, quiet location on cul-de-sac. A All appliance included. May sell furnished. R Ready to occupy. $68,900 S Shirley 813-918-1826 M.H. HOUSING550 565 M.H. inIN Par ARKsSRR uskin 55+, senior park. V V ery clean, L L arge sunroom & carport, plus shed. $9,500. N N eptune Park Unit 13. Call 813-645-3563 or 519-2393046. IImmediate occupancy.Have a nice dayTT urn your unwanted items into cash. 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Del Webb Blvd.)Sun City CenterThurs. & Fri., Jan. 5-67 a.m. to NoonContents Include: (4) Total Twin Beds, Triple Mirror Dresser, Wicker Furniture, Leather Loveseat, Lift Chair, Recliner, Rattan Side Chair & Furniture, Glass Top Table w/Chairs, Side Chairs, Office Furniture, Patio Set, Keyboard, Tools, Bikes, Persian Rugs, Art, Clothing Rollaway Beds, Loveseat Sleeper Sofa, Square Dance Clothing, Kitchen & Household Items, and more. PLEASE PARK ON SIDE OF SALE DUE TO EMERGENCY VEHICLES.See You There!

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Seawall RRepairs also new construction of docks, In Y Your Home Pet Care We are the local source for business cards, letterhead, invoices, posters, tickets, etc..... Your neighborhood printer. &Established in 1968 Printing Company, Inc.SHEETFED & WEB PRINTING 210 Woodland Estate Ave., Ruskin, Fl 813-645-4048 START THE NEW YEAR RIGHT by starting your business in this well priced, well situated property in Ruskin. Or, if you just need a place to live while you resolve to work for yourself, this 2BR/1BA CB building will also work. Owners very motivated and will consider holding a mortgage. Just reduced to $99,900 and looking for offers. JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288 WHAT A VIEW. And just waiting for clever buyer with floor plan that takes advantage of opportunity. Oversized lot on Ruskin Inlet with short boat trip to bay and river. Near end of cul de sac. Come check it out at asking price of $95,000 JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288 THIS MIGHT BE THE YEAR FOR DEVELOPMENT TO RECOVER. Get a headstart by investing in this acreage where previous owner reportedly did some preliminary study for subdivision. Just over 14 acres near I-75 now owned by bank and priced at appraised value but below assessed value. $155,000 JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288 NO DESCRIPTION CAN DO IT JUSTICE. You must come and see house and view for yourself. 3BR/2BA very tastefully updated and decorated home on double lot on Little Manatee River. Waterviews from most rooms and great floor plan for entertaining. Comes with boat! Reduced to $249,900! Dont be afraid to make offer. JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288 WATERFRONT HOME with 2BR/2BA, within minutes and no bridges to Tampa Bay, boat lift, quiet neighborhood, lots of personality, and so much more! Asking $199,900. Call to see today! CALL JO ELLEN MOBLEY 645-1540 THIS 2BR/1BA HOME is for todays Senior Citizen who wants the active Senior Lifestyle offered only like Sun City Center can. Fresh paint, recently updated kitchen and bath, open floor plan, clean and neat, quiet cul-de-sac location and so much more! Asking only $69,000. CALL JO ELLEN MOBLEY 645-1540 today! SUN CITY CENTER Nicely maintained popular 2BR/2BA T-2 floor plan located close to shopping, hospital, and Sun City Center clubhouse with lots of activities available. Come on and enjoy the carefree living that this golf cart community has to offer. $74,500 CALL CATHY GRIGGS 391-8653 WATERFRONT LOT Beautiful building lot ready for the home of your dreams located on a wide canal with no bridges to the bay. Lot size is 75x140 mol with county water and sewer available. $90,000 CALL CATHY GRIGGS 391-8653 COMMERCIAL PROPERTY PRIME LOCATION ON HIGHWAY 41!! Owner will consider both purchase and lease option offers with flexible terms. This property has 200 ft on U.S. Hwy. 41 and is set up for both office and warehouse space. The property is completely fenced in with parking for over 30 vehicles. This is a great location for a business that needs easy highway access and flexible space. Dont miss this opportunity! PRICE REDUCED TO $474,500!! CALL CATHY GRIGGS 391-8653 BEAUTIFUL 2BR/2BA/2CG Nassau model in SUN CITY CENTER move in ready! Built in 1994 this property has been lovingly maintained with both newer roof and A/C, Call today! $135,000 CATHY GRIGGS 391-8653 NEW PRICE REDUCTION!! $299,900 OVER 1 ACRE ON LITTLE MANATEE RIVER. Features extra large bedrooms which includes in-law or guest quarters. 5-car garage for the car lovers with extra carport. High bank of the river, out of the flood zone. This is a must see. Easy to show so CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 COUNTRY CHARM KEY WEST FLAVOR. 3BR/2BA, Mexican tile throughout, wet bar with icemaker & sink, glass doors on kitchen cabinets, French doors to patio. Plantation shutters in front bedroom, vaulted ceilings. Koi pond with waterfall, wrap-around porch & private screened cat porch. Loads of storage & closet space. 1.59 acres with fruit trees & oak trees & lots of parking space, garage with workshop. Truly one of a kind. Priced at $364,900. CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 PEACE AND QUIET IN THE COUNTRY! 2.5 acres on 21st Avenue SE. A mobile home on the property will be removed. VERY MOTIVATED SELLER. $85,900. CALL ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 or KAY PYE 361-3672 NEW LISTING IN SUN CITY CENTER! Very nice 2BR/1BA single family home with a one car garage Located on a nice corner lot. Special features include a new roof and air conditioner. $62,900 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 YOUR CHRISTMAS WISH COULD COME TRUE with this 2BR home best described as nice and cozy. New roof, newly painted outside and new A/C. Extra large patio, nicely landscaped and 2-car carport. Inside open and airy with eating space in the kitchen. Priced at just $79,900. 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Just $129,900 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 COUNTRY BUT CLOSE! Looking for room to roam? Put your home on this 8+ acres piece with no close neighbors. Priced at $99,000 and septic in place. Property zoned for 5 homes. Have your whole family close. CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 PRIME LOCATION CLOSE TO HWY. 41 w/easy access to I-75 pole barn w/bath & small living quarters. Property formerly a nursery. Now has cows grazing. APPROX. 45 USABLE ACRES. Phase one environmental survey & traffic study completed. Reduced to $999,000 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 AWESOME COMMERCIAL LOCATION ON BUSY HIGHWAY 41 IN RUSKIN! .84 ACRE with 150 feet on Highway 41. Easy access to I-75. Property is zoned CG/General. $164,900 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 BUILDING LOT cleared with RCD-12 zoning for residential or duplex. $15,000 CALL ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 COMMERCIAL ACREAGE IN RUSKIN! 3.7 acres (MOL) with CG Zoning. The initial work has been done for office buildings. This property has a great location, on corner of 10th St SW and Woodland Estates. $374,900 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 CONCRETE BLOCK HOUSE FOR $45,000! With 2BR/1BA, laminate floors, recently remodeled BA, enclosed addition, inside utility, and large fenced yard, this Apollo Beach house can be a prefect starter/retirement or rental home. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 GREAT 2BR/2.5BA TOWNHOUSE IN GATED COMMUNITY! Beautiful Hardwood floors in living area, tiles in kitchen & BA, newer appliances include washer/dryer, sliding doors to screened porch and storage closet. Large MBR & MBA with walk-in-closet. Great location close to everything. $59,500. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 A HOME AND A BUSINESS Ruskin great property including a 2BR+Den house, remodeled kitchen, inside utility, hardwood floors throughout, fireplace, and 4 offices/1.5BA, on a beautiful acre cleared with few huge oaks. Detached garage, 2-car carports, circular driveway, good road frontage, CG zoning and a great location! $259,000. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 COMMERCIAL RENTAL: 7,200 SQ.FT. warehouse in Ruskin, including 1,400 sq. ft. of air-conditioned offices, loading dock, roll-up doors, 2 half BA, security system, on 1.61 acres, with parking and handicap parking. $1,800/mo + tax & deposit. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 NOW IS THE TIME TO BUY!!

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This year there will be a lot of young people, so there will be a lot of second, third and fourth generation kids that are continuing on with their familys traditions. They are still in the business. We have an abundance of acts this year, which is great. We have lots of animals, pony rides and a midway for kids of all ages. Well also have the circus models here, which is really neat it is amazing to see. According to Stevens, the circus also involves an army of back people working in the parking lot, selling tickets and even making cotton candy. Few people can appreciate how many people and how much work is involved in organizing such a large-scale event and that, he said, is exactly how it should be. People come to the circus to have a good time. When he walks out to open the circus on Saturday, Stevens is looking forward most to two things: seeing the kids in the audience and seeing people who have come from Sun City Center. The people in Sun City CenterI always start the show asking them to raise their hands, he said. They come here and feel like they are 10 years old again. They love the tents and the seats MITCH T TRAPHAGEN FILE PPHOTOSThe midway opens an hour before the show. Some of the attractions are not only for the young, but also the young at heart.and the smells. They are so much fun to have here. It is wonderful. The march of progress has changed everything in America and around the world, and the circus is no exception. Even Gibsonton, formerly almost exclusively the winter home of circus performers, has changed. Once the town of giants and little people (the post office was once the only office in America with a counter tailored for dwarves), it is becoming more suburban as the years pass, although happy and unexpected sights still can lurk around any corner. Its kind of bittersweet there were a lot of circus people in Gibsonton at one time but many of them have passed away, Stevens said. Times change and it is a very hard business and there are more and more rules and regulations. You have to be pretty selfreliant. But for those who remain, there are rewards that cannot be counted exclusively in terms of dollars and cents. Stevens is excited about having younger people take part in this years circus because he knows all too well the talent and dedication they have to their work and to their families. The young people are really impressive, he said. The education they have, with a sense of worth and self assurance that a lot of kids dont grow up with. For most people, if you have both parents working, kids go to daycare or after school programs. The circus is just the opposite you are together 24 hours a day. The kids work with their parents. And a lot of them are accustomed to walking out in front of 20,000 people to perform. The Gibsonton Showmens Circus isnt mere virtual reality it is the real thing, including chills, thrills and laughter, all playing out just feet away from where you sit. As the aerial ballet artists soar above you, the clowns will make you laugh, while the circus band brings forth the sound of youth. Reach down to touch the sawdust, have some cotton candy and for a few hours, simply enjoy being a kid again. Arrive an hour early to enjoy the midway with rides for children, a petting zoo, and plenty of food (including cotton candy, of course), along with the large and amazing display of circus models. There is something for everyone, of every age the circus is just magic that way. The Gibsonton Showmens Circus will take place on January 7 with three shows beginning at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the Paradise Pet Salon in Riverview, The Observer News office in Ruskin, Fish 4 U in Gibsonton and the Showmens Club in Gibsonton. Free tickets for kids under 12 are available in this edition of The Observer News, SCC Observer and Riverview Current, the Great Wall Chinese restaurant in Ruskin as well as at all merchants listed above and other local businesses. The midway opens one hour before show times. The circus will take place at the Showmens Club at 6919 Riverview Drive in Gibsonton. For further information, call 813-677-3590.The Circus is coming to town!%  Feel like a kid again under the big top at the Gibsonton Showmens Circus taking place on Saturday, January 7. All proceeds from the event go to charity.



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Annual Big Top Circus coming to GibsontonSaturday, January 7, the International Independent Showmens Association brings an old-time circus under the big top to Gibsonton. Show times are 1:00, 4:00, and 7:00 p.m. at the I.I.S.A. club grounds at 6915 Riverview Drive in Gibsonton. For almost thirty years the Showmens Club has been producing this show with the proceeds benefiting local charities. Childrens admission is free with one paid adult. PRST STDPAIDRUSKIN, FLORIDA 33570 PERMIT NO. 8THE OBSERVER NEWS See full story below Ruskin boy in serious condition, struck down by celebratory gunfire PHOTO ILLUSTRATION BY MITCH TRAPHAGENBy MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.netRUSKIN According to family friends, 12-year-old Diego Duran is an A student at Beth Shields Middle School and loves sports. On New Years Eve, he was with his family in the front yard of their Ruskin home watching the fireworks. But there were more than sparklers in the sky, it turns out there were bullets, as well. Just after 1 a.m., as the fireworks were winding down, Diegos mother Sandra watched him collapse to the ground, bleeding from his nose and ears. She had no idea what had happened to her son but quickly rushed him to South Bay Hospital in Sun City Center. Doctors at the hospital determined that he had suffered a gunshot wound that had entered the See RUSKIN BOY, page 16Become a kid again: The circus is coming to town By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.netClose your eyes; think back to your childhood and listen for a moment. Do you hear that? Yes, its the sound of your youth a sound from a happy time when simple things like laughter and sunshine mattered the most. Can you hear the cal liope? Can you smell the sawdust? Here, have some cotton candy On Saturday, January 7, the circus is coming to town. For the 28th year, the Gibsonton Showmens Circus will take place with three shows under the Big Top that will include one of the largest circus bands to be found in the world. It is an oldfashioned circus, without electronic special effects, but with real-time thrills. This is a year-long project, said circus organizer and former International Independent Showmens Association president Lee Stevens. This is our 28th year and were fortunate that most local merchants know us now. They are very accommodat ing when they see us coming with posters. This year, as with all past years, the Showmens Circus will donate all profits to charities most of which are in this area but some are of national concern. Children in need have traditionally been a big focus. We have a committee of 24 people. We sit down and decide who needs what maybe someone needs more this year than last year, Steven said. Weve had years with 15, 16, 17 charities. Most of them are in the area. All of the performers, including Stevens as master of ceremonies, donate their time and talents to this circus. While virtually See CIRCUS, page 28MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOExpanding Port Manatee has growing appealBy MELODY JAMESON mj@observernews.netBy land and by sea, theyre coming to Port Manatee. It might sound like the opening line of a ditty composed over the bar in a Key West watering hole, but it actually applies to the 40-year-old deepwater port that not only is weathering recessionary pressures but growing and positioning to meet future demands. The evidence is in the 11 outsized freight ers that have slipped into new Berth 12, dedicated less than three months ago and designed to accommodate Panamax vessels drawing as much as 41 feet. Its verified by the incoming tenants and the internal port expansions and investment in new equipment. And, the proof is in the touring trams crowded with curious visitors wholl never pilot a freighter into a berth or unload a ships cargo or stack pallets in a seaside warehouse but still want to know the port up close and personal. Port Manatee, located just south of the Hillsborough-Manatee County line, was created by legislative act in 1967 on acreage between U.S. 41 and the mouth of Tampa Bay. The first ship arrived in August, 1970, several months before the facility was dedicated in October, that year. Roadway which once led to the East Tampa Bay shoreline docks of the Beeline Fer ry, carrying passengers to Pinellas County long before the contemporary bridges were built, runs along the ports north edge. Today, less than a half century later, the 1100-acre port is home to dozens of perma nent tenants using its facilities. It supports, either directly or indirectly, an estimated 24,000 jobs and presents an economic impact for the region exceeding $2.3 billion each year, according to Anne ORoake, port spokesperson. And, it is not supported by property taxes. Commodities being shipped out of the See PORT MANATEE, page 13PHOTO COURTESY PORT OF MANATEEOcean going freighters of the Panamax class from around the world, such as the Ozgur Aksoy (above) now are loading and unloading cargo regularly at Port Manatees new Berth 12. The ship berth, dredged to accommodate vessels drawing up to 41 feet, is expected to get plenty of use when a $5 billion expansion of the Panama Canal is completed in 2014, sending larger ships more easily into eastern U.S. ports, including Manatees. The deep water facility is located conveniently at the mouth of Tampa Bay.

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2 JANUARY 5, 2012Something good is in the airBy Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net www S out h B a y H ospit a l c o mS p onsor ed b y : R S VP r e q u i r e d T o Regist e r c a l l 1-888 -685-1 595A b o ut th e M o vie Age o f Ch ampion s is a do cumenta r y tha t f o llo ws a g r oup of athlet esa 100 y ear o l d t e n nis c h ampio n 86 y ear o ld po le v ault e r o c t ogen a r ian swi mmers who a r e all ch a sin g the gold a t the Nati o n al S e n ior G a mes T h i s m o v i e will inspi r e y ou t o f ollo w y our dr eams a nd n d the champion in y o u F riday J anu a r y 2 0thUnit ed M e t h odist C hur c h 1210 D el W ebb Bl vd W e s t Sun C i t y C e n t e r F LDoors open a t 11: 00 A.M. and mo v i e star t s a t N oon. F r ee L unch, F r ee Health S c r eenin g s and F r ee I nspiratio n t o become a cha mpio n I F Y O U A R E C O NC E R NE D A B OUT A SK I N GR O W T H W E W O UL D BE H A P P Y T O E V A L U A T E I T F O R Y O U C A L L T O D A Y F O R A F R E E S K I N C A N C E R S C R E E N I N G !N O W A C C EPT I N G A V M E D I N S U R A N C E Ho w a r d A O r i b a M .D | Mi cha e l G C a r u so M .D | Le sl e e Ba u t e P A .T h e S k in C a n ce r Ce nt e r s / D e r m a t ol o g y A s soc i a t es4 0 0 2 S u n C i t y Cen t e r B l v d U nit 1 0 2 S u n C i t y C e n t e r F L 3 3 5 7 3( O n e B l o c k W e s t o f the H o s p i tal )8 1 3 6 3 4 1 455 S I G N U P F O R A F R E E S K I N C A N C E R SCR EEN I N GBR I N G T H I S C O U P ON I N T O R E CEIVE A F R E E G I F T I have a great feeling about 2012. After a decade of fear and loathing, I think people are ready for something good. Perhaps this year, the moon and the stars will align for a new beginning, as they did on a recent beautiful evening at Little Harbor Resort in Ruskin (left).MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOThere is no shortage of predictions for doom and gloom in 2012. According to doom-andgloomists, here is how the year will play out: There will be a total economic collapse and if you somehow survive that, you can pretty much count on being incarcerated into a secret FEMA concentration camp (for what reason exactly is never made clear), but you will have something to look forward to, your sentence will be relatively short because the entire world will end on December 21, 2012. I have another take on 2012. I think there is something good in the air. It has been a long decade filled with fear and loathing, and I am convinced that people are ready to move on. People are ready for something good. I am also convinced that those who attempt to perpetuate the fear and loathing that has worn thin with the public will pay a price for it. No, not a physical violence sort of price, but for the narcissists and power brokers who use such tools, it will be a much higher price they will be increasingly marginalized and ignored. Somewhere in the past decade, we stepped away from our forefathers such as Patrick Henry who stated, Give me liberty or give me death. Beginning in 2001, fear turned to anger over terrorism and then fear over the economy settled deep into our collective mind and only recently has it turned to anger and, perhaps more accurately, disgust. A decade is a long time to be afraid and irate and that is no way to live. As for the world ending, yeah, well good luck with that. People have been predicting the end of the world ever since people have trod the earth. It seems every few months a new prediction comes forth. Back on January 1, 1000, the people who left their jobs and abandoned their homes to prepare for Armageddon were probably a bit conflicted. No doubt, they were happy to be alive but were less than overjoyed about losing everything and having to start all over again. And, of course, the people who woke up in their bunkers in places like northern Wisconsin on January 1, 2000, no doubt felt the same. If there is one constant through the ages of human existence on this planet, it is the near glee people take in predicting its end. I guess were just nuts like that. Last year was a bland, transitional year. Bits of good news were mixed with bits of bad news, and things ended pretty much where they started, except for one thing: optimism. I know with certainty the tide is turning against fear and loathing, and optimism is being carried in with the new tide. Yeah, we have problems lots of them but we also have the ability to deal with those problems. As a nation, weve turned around in worse times, well do it again now. I can see it in faces, I can hear it in voices and I know the tide has turned. Despite everything, people are finding joy again. And why not? How has that fear and loathing thing worked out for you? As a former employee of the House of Representatives, Ive always taken blanket criticism of that institution with a grain of salt. I saw the blanket criticism as the words of people who felt both fear and loathing making ad hominem attacks against straw men. Ive always considered myself pragmatic in how I view our representatives, and in thinking that Washington works pretty much as it should slow and plodding, See OBSERVATIONS, page 3

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When celebrities like Sean Penn become those actually having the fortitude to go out to make things happen in the world while our representatives bicker and exaggerate as the nation burns, well then, yeah its time to fire them all. Or, at a minimum, we need to get involved to remind them for whom they really work. From my congressional experience, I can break the bad news that one or even a few dozen emails is not something that is going to register on the radar of an elected official. But a few thousand? Tens of thousands? Hundreds of thousands? Oh yeah that will leave a mark. And the best part is, we can do that we can send that reminder. We simply need to remind them that it is time for them to sit down, shut the hell up, and listen to us for a change. Best of all, theres no better time than an election year to remind them. There are so many people in this country doing so many good things and it is time to celebrate them rather than to publicize the greedy egomaniacs and lunatics. I am sick to death of fear and loathing, and I know with absolute certainty that the best days of the United States of America are NOT behind us they are still to come. You know that too, right? I know you can feel that. This nation is and always has been amazing. When we rise above the negative, we will build on the positive. I know it will happen. As individuals, we can make it happen in our own families and neighborhoods. The examples are everywhere. They are in the men and women in the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office and at the fire department. They are in veterans organizations and the guy in the grocery store who offers to carry groceries for an elderly person. They are in our schools and in small businesses. Last week I spent time talking with Lee Stevens, a former president of the International Independent Showmens Association and organizer of the Gibsonton Circus that will take place this week. The circus is made up entirely of people donating their time and talent for the benefit of others. In talking to Lee, there was no doom and gloom; I could feel his optimism. I can feel it in nearly everyone I meet while running around South Hillsborough.Yes, the tide has turned and I am certain 2012 is going to be the start of a new era in America, turning away from the negativity of the past decade towards a new day. We have so many reasons to be optimistic about the future and we have the ability to turn that optimism into reality. Im convinced it has already begun. Borrowing from President Reagan, its morning again in America. Embrace a new feeling of optimism and share it with your family and neighbors. It is not naive, it is pragmatic and it will make a difference. We can do this.Good morning my friends and Happy New Year! Observations In more ways than one, this historian makes historyBy MELODY JAMESON SUN CITY CENTER If you have an interest in history here, youve certainly come across John Bowker. If you have been involved with amateur radio in the last 20 years, youve no doubt talked radio speak with him. If youre among the 5,000 or so subscribers to the Bowker eNEWS, youve shared your computer screen with his words regularly. If youre a New Englander or a SCC Emergency Squad volunteer or into genealogy or careful to evaluate candidates for local offices, youve rubbed shoulders with him at club meetings or on squad duty or at the SouthShore Regional Library or in forums at Community Hall. Vermont native John D. Bowker is a SCC volunteer par excellence, something of a man for all seasons, quite literally a man about town. His is the voice of a one-time broadcaster, positive, definite, rarely at a loss for words. By his own admission, hes a confident, productive, happy man in his maturity. Others think so, too. Sunday, January 22, 2012, has been declared John Bowker Day by the Community Association directors. For his part, he wants to introduce his new history of the community that afternoon at Community Hall. But John Bowker once was so painfully shy he entered therapy. In high school, he met Linda, the love of his life, admired her from a distance and eventually worked up courage to ask her if she could, possibly, see her way clear to allow him to, well, escort her, if she were willing, to a dance, maybe. Then, I had to get my mother to call her and tell her I was sick and could not keep the date, he now recalls. He was not physically ill, but beset by an attack of bashfulness driven by insecurity. Later, after college at Middlebury in their hometown, after dating for several years, he determined he was going to pop the question. And, he did, but with no small amount of trepidation. Incredulously, without hesitation, she said yes. Looking back today, he remembers still his feelings of surprise and elation over her warm acceptance of his proposal. It remains one of his proudest moments, he allows. Theyve been married 56 years now and produced three constructive, productive offspring who, in turn, have given them six grand children. Later yet, in the same vein, Bowker again was taken by surprise. Sitting in a large audience, listening idly to Jim Douglas, a future Vermont governor, Bowker heard his name spoken from the podium. Douglas, a younger Middlebury College alum, described Bowker as his idol, telling the assembly that Bowkers battle to overcome the shyness that could impair most communication had inspired and encouraged the politician in his war See HISTORIAN, page 9 PHOTO COURTESY LINDA BOWKERSince establishing his first operational radio station as a teen-ager in Vermont, John Bowker rarely has been far removed from the basic equipment needed to engage with an unseen audience. His lifelong affinity particularly for the technical side of air waves use carried him through a 38-year-career with RCA and NBC. A dedicated community historian and outstanding Sun City Center booster, he is being honored with John Bowker Day on January 22.

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4 JANUARY 5, 2012 By William Hodges The skies are going to clear up 210 Woodland Estates S.W. Ruskin, FL 33570813-645-3111Fax: 813-645-4118www.ObserverNews.netPublished Every Thursday by M&M Printing Co., Inc. 645-4048EDITORIAL:Brenda Knowles ............ Publisher/Editor brenda@observernews.net Mitch Traphagen ................. Online Editor mitch@observernews.net Melody Jameson ...... Contributing Writer mj@observernews.netAll press releases, news articles and photos may be emailed to news@ observernews.net, faxed to 645-4118, or mailed to Observer News, 210 Woodland Estates Ave. SW, Ruskin, FL 33570SALES:Vilma Stillwell ... Display Advertising Rep. vilma@observernews.net Nan Kirk ........... Display Advertising Rep. nan@observernews.netFor current rates and circulation information visit our website at www.ObserverNews.netCLASSIFIED / CIRCULATION:Beverly Kay ......... Classied / Circulation beverly@observernews.netPRODUCTION:Jason Martin ......... 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PEBBLE BEACH.............$95,000 330 GREEN MANOR DR.........$100,000 1708 N PEBBLE BEACH.........$154,900 1802 ADREAN PL....................$169,000 830 REGAL MANOR................$179,000 2021 EAST VIEW DR...............$199,900 1053 EMERALD DUNES..........$199,900 1208 KNIGHTS GATE CT.......$369,500 We Now Have a Rental Department BIGGER POTS When the skies are dark and the mood is blue, thats the time to do something new. Well, maybe you dont have to do something new, but you do have to do something. According to statistics, one of the highest periods for depression dur ing the year is January. I think my late friend, Dr. Norman Cousins, would say it is because we used all our endorphins during the hustle and bustle of December. Others would probably blame it on the fact that it is normally the coldest month and we do not go out as often. Still others will tell us it is simply a matter of more gray days and we may not get sufficient light for our systems to function properly. Who is right? I dont know. All these theories have some bit of truth, but none of the environmental factors can explain why the depression rate in the south is still high during January. I know that once I understood the theory of endorphins and how endorphins could help to power up my life, it made a difference. Endorphins, without going into a lengthy chemical explanation, are a natural pain killer, not unlike a narcotic, that is manufac tured within the body. Our bodies build them during happy times and use them to blunt the pain during stressful times. If we find our selves in a really blue mood, assuming we are otherwise healthy, it is probably because our endorphin levels have fallen. Here are some ideas to help you build a ready supply of endorphins almost on command. CD library or even a music service on your computer like Pandora and find five songs that are upbeat and have a positive message. Play the songs and sing along with them. Remember the words from the Carpenter song Sing: Dont worry about if its good enough for anyone else to hear, just sing, sing a song. who you know has a good sense of humor and dare them to make you laugh. No humorist can resist that challenge. and review happy experiences vacations, trips, graduations, birthday parties, etc. which you are grateful. Dont over look the most obvious of blessings, such as the fact you are still living and breathing. As long as you are alive, there is much more you can accomplish. emphasizing all the good things you can think of. (Resist the urge to tell them youre blue.) Try diligently to brighten their day. I guarantee if you do, it will brighten yours. All these things can give us a start on creating more endorphins. When your endorphin level rises, more than likely, you will not see inclement weather as an insur mountable barrier. Force yourself to break the cycle and brave the short periods. The exercise you get just going for a walk is a wonder ful antidepressant. So now youre thinking happy thoughts and youve been outdoors. Your endorphin levels are already rising and the gray is leav ing the skies. One final piece of adviceno matter what else you do, put on a happy face. Hodges is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer and syndicated columnist. He also hosts an interview-format television program, 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.hodgesvideos.com. Phone: 813-6410816. Email: bill@billhodges.com Website: www.billhodges.com Post-Polio support group changes locationPost-Polio Syndrome support group of Southern Hillsborough County is meeting at a new loca tion and a new time starting with the January 2012 meeting. The new location is Dennys on SR 674 in Sun City Center at noon. The group will still meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month September month of December. This group also meets the first Friday of every month, all year long, at 10 a.m. at Sun City Cafe, SR 674 in Sun City Center. For more information call Pam Vogelsang 813642-8707.VFW Post 1288 meets Jan. 12The next meeting of VFW Post 1288 of Sun City Center will be Jan. 12, at 9 a.m. in the Sandpiper Room. The guest speaker will be Don veteran.S.T.A.R.T. to meetLarry Francis will lead a discussion: The promise of computers as super-teachers; why it never happened. all who are interested in science and technology subjects are invited.

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X 8 5 JANUARY 5, 2012 5Check out the Tiny Tot programThe Tiny Tot programs winter session will be from 9:30 to 11:30 Monday and Wednesdays, Jan. 9 to Feb. 29. Tiny Tots is a social/recreation program for ages 2-5 that helps prepare children for pre-school. Cost is $40 for the 8-week program. For more information, call Joy Robinson, Ruskin Recreation Center at (813) 672-7881. About Boating Safely is a beginner boating course that can save boaters money, increase skill confidence and make for relaxing and safe boating excursions. Offered by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary (Flotilla 75-Ruskin) the course will be held at the Tampa Sailing Squadron clubhouse on Apollo Beach Blvd. in Apollo Beach. Topics include types of boats, boating law, boating safety equipment, weather and tides, knots, docking, types of buoys, sound signals, trailering, leaving and returning. The seminars are held in manageable segments of 3 hours over a 2-week period. The 3 sessions will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. on Jan. 12, Jan. 19 and Jan. 26 overlooking the water at Tampa Sailing Squadron. The first two sessions are instructional and the third session for reviewing and testing. This boating course will give you the knowledge needed to obtain a Florida Boating Safety Education I.D. Card. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts to boaters who successfully complete About Boating Safely. More importantly the course will make you a more knowledgeable and more confident boat operator. Cost is $40 and includes the ABS book and CD, a lifetime reference manual. For more information and reservations, call Guy Mandigo at (813) 641-2488. Flotilla 75-Ruskin of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary is the civilian component of the U.S. Coast Guard. Dedicated to boating safely, boater education and security patrols, Flotilla 75 meets on the second Wednesday of the month at the Ruskin Community Center.New boaters can start the New Year safer and smarter Starting the New Year...NaturallyThe Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is starting the year off with some outdoorsy fun. A few of the many activities scheduled this year include: Family Naturalist Hour Accompany naturalists on the first Saturday of each month to explore the outdoors and maybe learn something new in the process. On Saturday, Jan. 7, starting at 9:30 a.m. the hour will begin by learning a bit about gopher tortoises, followed by a walk to find burrows of tortoises. Free to participate, but limited to 20 people. MLK Day of Service Have the day off from work and school? How about spending 9 a.m. to noon being a good steward of your environment while enjoying a day outdoors on MLK Day, Monday, Jan. 16. Land-based crews will pick up trash on the road and trim trails while water-based crews will pick up trash along the Little Manatee River. Paddlers need to bring their own watercraft -either canoes or kayaks preferred but small jonboats may work also. RSVP. The next Homeschool Series at Camp Bayou begins on Friday, Feb. 3 at 10 a.m. Students will explore the lifestyle of Floridas Native People through activities conducted in four consecutive Friday sessions from 10 a.m. to noon. Registration fee of $20 for the 4-week series is due on the first day of the program. Save the date for the Camp Bayou Open House on Saturday, March 17 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lots of green activities plus a St. Pattys Day lunch of corned beef and cabbage for $10 per person. Registration for all the programs can be made by contacting Dolly at campbayou@gmail.com. For more news from the Bayou, check out the newsletter at www.campbayou.org/news. The Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is a publicprivate partnership between the newly created, non-profit Bayou Outdoor Learning and Discovery, Inc. (BOLD), the non-profit Ruskin Community Development Foundation, Inc. (RCDF) and Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation. Camp Bayou is located 3 miles south of S.R. 674 at the end of 24th St. SE in Ruskin. More information is on the web at http://www.campbayou.org or call (813) 641-8545. Annettes Beauty SalonCorner Hwy In the Village Plaza (next to Copper Penny) Golf Cart Accessible 634-5422FULL SERVICE SALON for Men and Women 20% Off with Maria only Welcome Miriam to our staff Tuesday Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. La Gaceta is discussedThe East Hillsborough County Democratic Club will hold its January 2012 meeting at Barnacles Restaurant in Brandon, located at 926 Providence Road, Brandon. The club will present guest speaker Patrick Manteiga, the editor of La Gaceta, the nations only trilingual newspaper. Manteiga will discuss the Tampa-based papers unique history and the political implication of large numbers of Spanishspeaking voters with their widely varying concerns. For more information and to register, visit www.easthillsboroughdems.org or Club President Angie Angel can be reached at EHCDClub@yahoo.com. The Ruskin Moose Lodge #813 is located at www.lodge813.moosepages.org WEEKLY EVENTS Every Wednesday 5-7 p.m. Best Spaghetti in Ruskin Every Thursday 5-7 p.m. Wings Every Friday 5-7 p.m. Fish Fry (baked, beer batter or fried) 7-11 p.m. Live Music Every Saturday 2 p.m. Horseshoes 7-11 p.m. Karaoke with Kim UPCOMING EVENTS Friday, Jan. 13 7-11 p.m. Calvin O All events are open to qualified Moose members and guests. RUSKIN Moose Lodge #813 UPCOMING EVENTSLennard FFA competed in the National FFA Nursery/Landscape Career Development Event in October at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in conjunction with the 84th National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN. Lennard FFA members Kyle Bowman, Randall Casey, Rebecca Knowles and Joshua Stanaland won the State Nursery/Landscape Contest to earn the opportunity to compete nationally. The National FFA Nursery/Landscape CDE is a competitive activity in which FFA members test their knowledge and skills in nursery practices and landscaping. Contestants must complete a general knowledge exam testing horticultural principles including plant anatomy, production, marketing, turf, landscape design and maintenance. Each participant must also complete practicums involving a landscape drawing, landscape estimating, plant propagation or potting, identification of plants, diseases, disorders and equipment. Over the summer, the four practiced assiduously. The contest spanned two days. The results were announced at a reception banquet. All of the team members received a gold ranking, the team received a gold team honor, and the team placed 9th nationally.Lennard FFA competes nationally SouthShore Arts Council to meetThe members of the SouthShore Arts Council will gather to discuss membership at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 26 at the Big Draw Studio, 613 U.S. Hwy. 41 in Ruskin. All are invited to the next general meeting which will be a potluck and membership kick-off. Bring a dish to share, utensils and drinks will be provided. There will be a sign up for the upcoming production of Thornton Wilders classic play Our Town. Shane H. DerbyNavy Lt. Cmdr. Shane H. Derby, son of Deborah S. Roberson of Racine, WI. and Donald G. Derby, of Sun City Center, recently received his Masters degree from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA. Derbys graduation from the school, the only naval institution of its kind in the world, means he has been prepared through advanced professional education to provide intellectual leadership and sound judgement in defense matters. Derby is a 1991 graduate of South Milwaukee High School of South Milwaukee, WI and joined the Navy in September 1991.

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6 JANUARY 5, 2012 Were Here For You! We Welcome New PatientsOur practice provides a complete range of professional services including Restorative Dentistry, Cosmetic Dentistry, Thorough Examinations, Cleanings, Dental Makeovers and Implant Restorations. Michelle Halcomb, D.D.S.813-634-3396703 Del Webb Blvd. W., Suite B Sun City Center, FL 33573 We salute all of our men, women and Veterans of the Armed Forces! Fully Insured & Bonded Fully Insured & BondedSUN POINT AUTOMOTIVE SUN POINT AUTOMOTIVE 24-HOUR TOWING Se Habla Espaol Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City Center BRAKE SPECIALOIL CHANGE Emergency Services813-645-7653 Monday Friday 8 a.m. 5:30 p.m.$99$2495Includes Labor, Turn Rotors. Most Cars & Light Trucks. Per Axle + PadsMost cars & light trucksSummertimeAC Check$2995+ FreonMost cars & light trucks.Must present coupon for special price. Must present coupon for special price. Must present coupon for special price. Another excellent option is Dakim BrainFitness Software (dakim.com, 800-856-5502) that costs $249 and is designed specifically for adults over 60, as well as for seniors with memory loss. And for non-computer users, Diakim offers a touch-screen console for $2,349 thats pre-loaded with BrainFit ness software. Just plug it in and youre ready to go.If you dont want to rely on a computer for playing brain-boosting games, consider electronic games like Brain Age, Brain Age 2 (see brainage.com) and Big Brain Academy (bigbrainacademy.com). Made by Nintendo, these games cost around $20 each, but to play Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good brain-fitness computer games that are designed to help seniors keep their minds sharp? I love to play solitaire on my computer but Im interested in expanding to some other games that can benefit my mind and memory. Forgetful Frank Dear Frank, There are actually a handful of great braintraining websites and computer software products on the market today that are backed by research and proven to help boomers and seniors improve their memory, slow agerelated mental decline and even build a stronger brain. But theres no evidence that these games will prevent Alzheimers disease. Here are the best options to consider.If youre interested in exercising your brain but dont want to spend a lot of money, brain-training websites are a good place to start. While there are many sites that offer games that claim to sharpen the mind, the most valid and highly rated one is Lumosity.com who currently boasts around 15 million users. Developed by neuroscience researchers from Stanford Univer sity and UC San Francisco, Lumosity offers more than 35 games and exercises aimed at increasing alertness, sharpening memory skills, improving concentration and faster thinking. The games are fun and engaging, and in each By Jim Miller Computer brain games that can help seniors stay sharpthem youll need to purchase a hand-held Nintendo DS Lite game unit which runs around $100. You can buy these products online at amazon.com or at retail chains like Walmart, Target and BestBuy. There are also dozens of mindchallenging books and puzzles you can purchase that can help too, such as Keep Your Brain Alive: 83 Neurobic Exercises by Lawrence Katz and Manning Rubin, and The Big Book of Mind Bending Puzzels by Terry Stickels. Check your local book store, or visit amazon.com to find them. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Nor man, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior book. game, as your skill improves, the tasks become progressively more difficult to keep you challenged. The costs: $14.95 a month or about $80 for a one-year subscription. Lumosity even offers mobile apps for smart phone users so you can train wherever you are. Another good site to check out (but not the quality of Lumosity) is Cognifit.com. This site starts with a brain fitness assessment that lets you know where your stronger areas are, and where you could use some extra training. Cognifit offers around 20 games that are free to play, or you can pay $4.95 for each of their two advanced games for memory and concentration training.In addition to the websites, there are also a number of computer software brain-training products that you can purchase and use on your home computer. Some of the best are made by Posit Science (positscience.com, 866-599-6463), which sells three types of brain-training software including Brain Fitness, which speeds up and sharpens the auditory system of the brain for faster thinking, sharper focus, and better memory; InSight which tar gets visual processing to improve how your brain takes in, reacts to, and remembers what you see; and DriveSharp which strengthens the cognitive skills essential for safe driving. All software is avail able in PC and Mac versions. The only downside is the price. You can buy the Brain Fitness and InSight software together for $690, or individually for $395 each. The DriveSharp software costs $89.Local bowler offers knowledgeBowling Lessons are now available at the Alley at Southshore Lanes on Big Bend Rd. in Riverview. Local resident, Herm Hambaugh, 74, has been appointed Teaching Pro and Youth Coach at the Alley at SouthShore Lanes. He has been certified by USBC (United States Bowling Congress) to coach youth bowlers. His extensive experience in the bowling game includes 40 years of league play. Start the new year off right...advertise in The Observer News

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JANUARY 5, 2012 7BUSINESS NEWS Cianfroccas Auto Detailing/Tampa Jax Wax opens for businessCianfroccas Auto Detailing/Tampa Jax Wax recently hosted a Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate their grand opening. Chamber members were treated to a light breakfast, catered by Copper Bell Caf (Riverview) while learning about this new business. Race car driver Kelsey Lay was on hand to sign autographs. Cianfroccas is a local husband and wife owned and operated business; experienced and dedicated. For more information call 813-409-2630 or visit www.cianfroccadetail.com. Firestone Complete Auto Care opens doorsFirestone Complete Auto Care (Riverview) hosted a Greater Riverview Chamber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of their new facility located at 10135 Bloomingdale Avenue, Riverview. Local businesses came out to tour the beautiful new store and enjoyed a catered BBQ lunch. Attendees registered for a chance to win a 2011 BMW 316i, 2011 Audi A4, $2500 American Express Gift Card, iphones, flat-screen TVs and so much more. Racing legend, Mario Andretti, was on hand to greet and sign autographs for the crowd. For more information, call 813-626-7939 or visit www.firestonecompleteautocare. com. PHOTO BY HHUTH & BBOOTH PHOTOGRApPHY PHOTO BY HHUTH & BBOOTH PHOTOGRApPHY BUYER BE AWARE--Be careful when looking for leather furniture, some retailers could mislead consumers into paying higher prices for bonded or blended leather by promoting it as leather furniture. Bonded or Blended leather is not even close to being as durable as top grain leather. Once scratched it breaks the top coat of the polyurethane and allows product to peel. StartingFrom$1288 StartingFromStartingFrom$1988$1088 100%Leather100%Leather FLORIDAS BEST LUXURY LEATHER SPECIALIST Trusted byPhysicians & Patients Alike. 813-633-3065 1515 Sun City Center Plaza YourEyeDoctors.com Our ophthalmologists are fellowship-trained to provide specialized care for your eyes. Medicare & most insurance accepted. Comprehensive Ophthalmology Cataract Surgery Glaucoma Management Laser Surgery Macular Degeneration Cornea Diabetic Eye Care Neuro-Ophthalmology Eric Berman, M.D. Jeffrey Davis, M.D. Walter Moscoso, M.D. Robert Edelman, M.D. Local company helps redefine daylighting with decorative fixturesSeeing the sun in a new light: solatube international launches glass distractions decorative fixtures Solatube International Inc., the worldwide leading manufacturer and marketer of Tubular Daylighting Devices (TDDs), has redefined daylighting once again. It announced today that it has a new line of decorative fixtures, called Glass Distractions. The fixtures provide a decorative element at the ceiling level to an already-perfect source of light: daylighting. Daylight Concepts began carrying them as soon as they became available, in answer to pent-up consumer demand. When I heard that Solatube was introducing decorative fixtures for its daylighting systems, I could not wait to see them, said Denise Homme, Ph.D., interior design professional and program director of the Design Institute of San Diego. For years, I had been modifying decorative fixtures to attach for clients who wanted something different in their homes. Glass Distractions are really a dream come true for anyone who loves daylight and wants to customize the look of their home, just like they would with traditional lighting fixtures. There are six new decorative fixtures in the line: rary design element of the sky metrical style temporary fabric for a chic design shaped glass feature The new fixtures are fabulous and what a difference they have made in the look of our room. These are such nice quality and really add to our dcor, said Christine and Jim Simon, Solatube International customers. They make us want to add more, which well definitely think about doing. Glass Distractions decorative fixtures are made from only highquality materials, such as glass and metal, and are available for the 160DS and 290DS Solatube products (10-inch and 14-inch diameter TDDs). Retail price quotes are available through Daylight Concepts. For more information, please visit www.daylightconcepts.com Solatube International invented TDDs, which harvest and distribute daylight in homes and commercial buildings, opening up an entirely new category in the lighting industry. Solatube Daylighting Systems are now routinely installed as part of energy-saving and sustainability efforts in residential and commercial spaces around the world. Using patented technology, Solatube Daylighting Systems harvest daylight at the rooftop and transfer it down through a highly reflective tube (which bends up to 90 degrees and can be up to 70 feet or more long) and distribute it evenly into a room through a diffuser at the ceiling. The products have been installed in everything from homes to warehouses, schools, offices, manufacturing facilities, zoos, and government buildings in every part of the world. For more information visit the Daylight Concepts site at http:// www.daylightconcepts.com or call (813) 886-5500.Realtors earn prestigious designation Cathy Griggs and Jo Ellen Mobley of Paul B. Dickman Realty in Ruskin have earned the prestigious Certified Distressed Property Expert (CDPE) designation, having completed extensive training in foreclosure avoidance and short sales. This is invaluable expertise to offer at a time when the area is ravaged by distressed homes in the foreclosure process. Short sales allow the cash-strapped seller to repay the mortgage at the price that the home sells for, even though it is lower than what is owed on the property. With plummeting property values, this can save many people from foreclosure and even bankruptcy. More and more lenders are willing to consider short sales because they are much less costly than foreclosures. In the Southshore area, more than three thousand homes are in danger of foreclosing. It is happening in all price ranges. Local experts say that even high-priced homes are not immune. This CDPE designation has been invaluable as I work with sellers and lenders on complicated short sales, said Mobley. It is so rewarding to be able to help sellers save their homes from foreclosure. Alex Charfen, founder of the Distressed Property Institute in Boca Raton, Fla., said that Realtors such as Griggs & Mobley with the CDPE designation have valuable training in short sales that can offer the homeowner much better alternatives to foreclosure, which virtually destroys the credit rating. These experts also may better understand market conditions and can help sellers through the emotional experience, he said. The Distressed Property Institute opened in January 2008 and CDPE is the premier designation for Realtors helping homeowners in distress and handling short sales. people as possible so we can help as many homeowners as possible, Griggs said. Paul B. Dickman Realty Inc. has been serving the real estate needs of Southeastern Hillsborough County since 1924. For more information call Jo Ellen Mobley directly at 813-645-1540 or Cathy Griggs at 813-391-8653.

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8 January 5, 2012 SHOWMEN'S CHARITY Saturday, January 7thOld time circus under the big top family fun for everyone. Featuring circus acts from around the world jugglers, contortionists, aerial ballet, daredevils, trained animals, horses, dogs, clowns, live circus band and more.Showtimes: 1:00, 4:00 & 7:00 p.m.Tickets:Adults $10 in advance / $12 at the door. FREE kids tickets available at local merchants! Advance tickets available at: Info: FREE SHOWMEN'S CHARITY KID TICKET2 kids per paid adult PLEASE CUT HERE From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14, The Chakra Center at 137 S. Pebble Beach Blvd., Ste 201 (behind CVS upstairs in the South Corporate Building) will be the site of a Psychic Arts Fair. The roster will include not only psychics, but also mediums, intuitives, energy healers, and astrologists. Also throughout the month additional classes will be held beginning Tuesday, Jan 10, with Christophers Healing Hands; Thursday, Jan 12, Pendulum with Julie Heath; Thursday, Jan 19, Digital Network Alignment with Solfeggio Frequencies; beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 24 for 6 weeks Beyond the Physical You with Judy Taylor and on Saturday, Jan. 28 Shirley Patterson will present Crystals. For class information or to register call 813-633-9400 or visit www.thechakracenter.net Every Thursday at 11 a.m. the Sun City Center Circle of Love meets. This is a metaphysical group, spiritual, not religious. It is open to all religions or no religion and to all persons inside and outside of Sun City Center. For more information call Louise at 813-634-3167. Every Friday at 3 p.m. Rev. Debbie Dienstbier conducts a weekly service that includes a Guided Meditation, Soul Sermon, Healing time and Personal Messages from Spirit. A $10 love donation is requested. For more information call 813-633-9400. Cynthia Castillo is a Christian based psychic who sees herself as a radio where she is able to tune in to what your Guides have to tell you. She is available for 30 minute readings for $45. For more information on Castillo or any of the classes call The Chakra Center at 813-633-9400.The Chakra Center is site of Psychic FairThe Southwest Florida Figure Skating Club at Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex will host a special event as part of U.S. Figure Skatings National Skating Month on Jan. 14 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. This free event will include an exhibition show featuring Olympians Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig along with other senior and junior level skaters who will be competing at US National Championships January 22 29 in San Jose, CA. Attendees will also have the opportunity to try out skating with instruction provided by the coaching staff at Ellenton Ice at the Its Great to Skate clinic. National Skating Month, now in its 10th year, allows U.S. Figure Skating member clubs and Basic Skills programs to reach out to new members in their communities by offering the fundamentals of ice skating from professionally trained instructors. The goal of National Skating Month is to increase awareness and participation in the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program. In March 2002, U.S. Figure Skating unveiled National Skating Week with great success. Following the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, thousands of people took to the ice for National Skating Week. As part of the weeklong activities, more than 110 member clubs nationwide hosted Its Great to Skate clinics, with clubs realizing membership increases ranging from 10-50 percent. U.S. Figure Skating expanded the fifth year of the program to National Skating Month Over the last 16 years, U.S. Figure Skating has enjoyed consistent growth through programs that provide opportunities for all ages. During the 2001-02 season, U.S. Figure Skatings Basic Skills Program, presented by Marshalls, reached a milestone by registering more than 100,000 members for the first time in the programs history. Since its inception in 1985, the program has taught more than 2 million people to skate. U.S. Figure Skating is the national governing body for the sport of figure skating in the United States as recognized by the United States Olympic Committee and the International Skating Union. U.S. Figure Skating is comprised of more than 680 member clubs, collegiate clubs, and school-affiliated clubs and more than 1,000 registered Basic Skills skating schools representing approximately 180,000 members. U.S. Figure Skating is charged with the development of the sport on all levels within the United States including athletes, officials, sanctioning of events and exhibitions, and establishing the rules and guidelines by which the sport is governed. For more information, call Kelly Paige at Ellenton Ice 941-3505491 or Renee Felton, U.S. Figure Skating media relations, at 719635-5200. Annual free skate offered locallyRecently Cub Scout Pack 2140 had the opportunity to visit Ladder, Engine and Rescue Company 28 of the Hillsborough Fire Department, located in Sun City Center. Company 28 is the second largest Fire Station in the county. The Pack along with leaders and family members were hosted by Lt. Paul Green and several members of Company 28. Cub Scout Pack 2140 at ladder, Engine and Rescue Company 28 in SCC.The Pack was treated to demonstrations of the 95 foot Extension Ladder Truck, a tour of the Pumper Truck, Bush Fire Truck, and Rescue Unit, along with the numerous equipment that they carried. In addition Fire Safety information was provided by Lt Green. The Pack toured the fire stations living, eating and sleeping quarters. After the tour, all Pack members received Junior Fire Fighter Certificates.Scout Pack treated to tour Annual Picnic to be heldThe Eaton County Michigan Annual Picnic will start at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 7 at the Palmetto Mobile Home Park on US 41 Palmetto, FL. Registration starts at 11 a.m. with lunch at noon, bring a dish to pass and your own table service.LHS plans yard saleThe Lennard High School Drama Booster Club will host a fundraising yard sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14. Proceeds from the yard sale will help to purchase needed equipment, props, and other supplies for the schools drama program. In advance of the sale, students and parents will be collecting donated clothing, toys, books, and miscellaneous items from the community. To arrange for a pickup of donated items, contact Mary Ferguson, President of the Booster Club, at 813-431-2930. From the desk of Govenor ScottGovernor Rick Scott announced the reappointment of Stephen W. Swindal to the Tampa Port Authority. Swindal, 57, of Tampa, is the chairman of Marine Towing of Tampa and co-owner and operator of Swindal International L.L.C. Swindal is a member of the Propeller Club of Tampa and a board member of the Salvation ArmyTampa Chapter. He is reappointed for a term beginning February 6, 2012, and ending February 6, 2016. The appointment is subject to confirmation by the Florida Senate. See the current issues of The Observer News, as well as past issues, classified advertising, advertising information, and much more! www.ObserverNews.net

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JANUARY 5, 2012 9 Sun Hill Optical Sun Hill Optical Sun Hill Optical McDonalds Hess Station Hess Station Publix Post Office Dollar General SavALot HWY. 60 Boyette Rd. S.R. 674Valrico Rd.VALRICO (813) 653-2244 RIVERVIEW (813) 672-8100 SUN CITY CENTER (813) 634-6344 Sun Hill Optical FREE LensBuy 1 Complete Pair of Eye Glasses & receive 1 pair of lens at no charge.Some restrictions apply.Most prescriptions. Not valid with any other offer Exp. 1/19/12 CR39Not valid with any other offer exp. 1/19/12 CR39 Not valid with any other offer. Clear. exp. 1/19/12 CR39CONTACTS Progressive No-Line Bifocalsmonth supply starter kit with exam7$99$149The patient and any other person responsible for payment has a right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for payment for any other service, examination or treatment which is performed as a result within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for the free, discounted fee, or reduced fee, examination or treatmentINSURANCES ACCEPTED: United Healthcare, EyeMed, VBA, Spectra, Humana, Freedom, VCP, Advantica, Optum, Davis Vision and many moreVision insurance for employees of Hillsborough County, Media General, Publix, Citigroup, Verizon, FedEX, Ford, and many more. THE 2010 McMullen Rd. SCC PlazaPLAZASome restrictions apply. Some restrictions apply. 7 $ 99 $ 149Expires 1/19/12 HCSO to offer seminar on fraud, identity theft in RiverviewMITCH T TRAPHAGEN PPHOTO The Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office in Riverview will hold an educational seminar on fraud, identity theft and how to protect yourself beginning at 9:30 a.m. on January 12. It will be held at the Riverview Civic Center, 11020 Park Drive in Riverview. The seminar is sponsored by the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office, the HCSO Riverview Community Station, the Riverview Hobby Club and the Hillsborough County Parks Department. Lunch will be provided. Seminar speakers will include detectives from the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office. The event is open to the public.on the affliction. Both men overcame their insecurities. For Bowker, the therapy unquestionably was successful. And, he says, Douglas acknowledgment that day in Vermont capped what continues to rank high among his cherished personal achievements. The Bowker achievements began to pile up when he was a teen-ager. Unsure, perhaps, in human relationships, young John could be masterful with technology. Still in high school, he designed, created and operated a small but quite functional radio station in Middlebury. He would go on to earn a BS in Engineering Physics from Middlebury College, graduating with the class of 1952. In August, 1953, he was doing graduate work in New York City when offered the opportunity to join an elite group of 34 young men being assembled by David Sarnoff, then president of Radio Corporation of America (RCA), parent company of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC). Bowker says he recognized the choice: a masters degree in the coming year or the RCA brass ring immediately at hand. He grabbed the ring. It would prove a good choice. Bowker would be involved from the ground floor in development of color television. However, it was not all smooth sailing in the world of TV technology during those middle decades of the 20th century. But Bowker would tack safely through the troubled waters. At one point, he recalls, corporate seas were so stormy, he expected RCA to let him go. Instead, he was tapped to head personnel management. Ultimately, he would take on licensing responsibilities for NBC, managing that aspect across all broadcast components of the network radio, television, ship-to-shore, etc. And, at one point during an engineers strike, he would totally run an NBC radio station in the west, from announcing to cleaning the floors. Come 1987, he retired for the first time. With Linda not yet ready to wrap up her career as a computer systems analyst, Bowker established and operated his own company for four years. Eventually, though, they put those worlds and their longtime home base at Princeton Junction, West Windsor Township, New Jersey in the rearview mirror, hitting the open road in a motorhome. They had two separate objectives. He wanted to record and collect the hourly-announced identifying call letters of AM radio stations around the country; she wanted to visit every fabric store in the nation. He would amass 14,000 recordings; she would acquire a stash of textiles and a button collection that surpassed that in a national museum. What I saved on store-bought dresses, Ive spent on closets, he jokes in mock complaint. They also began, during these years, a practice of bringing radio station recordings to annual conventions of blind persons which they scheduled and conducted in different U.S. cities each Labor Day weekend. And, in 1990, they wandered into Sun City Center to visit an old colleague. Parking the motorhome on Cherry Hills Drive, he spotted a small antenna farm and discovered the amateur radio clubroom where, he remembers, he was graciously welcomed. Linda happily had stumbled across the very productive sewing group. Now, he says, we didnt know it at the time, but both of us returned to the coach that day wondering how we were going to tell each other we wanted to stay here. They worked it out and before leaving town, they asked a local Realtor to look for a single story home on water facing south with no front windows. The result was an open, airy Limetree model at the west end of Ft. Duquesna Drive which met the exact specifications. They settled in during 1991, still living the snowbird lifestyle. Soon, though, they were out in the community. Bowker first took in an Issues and Ideas forum conducted by the late Phil Lange, happening on a talk by Aaron Long, a South County rancher and land clearing specialist, who detailed SCCs evolution from cattle pasture to cosmopolitan retirement center. It was interesting, Bowker remembers, and I asked Phil Lange if any of it was written down anywhere; available for reading. Lange, he says, handed him a box of clippings, notes, letters, photos, assorted references. And John Bowker was on his way to community historian. I promised Phil before he died I would write that community history. In the meantime, there was service with the SCC Mens Club and its Lifeline help program and work as a hospital volunteer and duty at the SCC Security Patrol and the first community answers outlets both in print as well as by telephone and establishment of the SCC Information and History Center as part of the Central Campus and creation of the annual Hi Neighbor program and the 40th anniversary efforts and the Welcome Newcomer series and the annual Fun Fest andthe list goes on. Its one of the reasons Ed Barnes, Community Association president, says of Bowker he always puts Sun City Center first; hes our biggest supporter. John Bowker Day on January 22 is to demonstrate our gratitude for all that hes done; his day of recognition, Barnes notes. Its only the fifth time in SCCs 50year history that such an honor has been accorded. For Bowker, its a day to mark the promise kept, the first fulfilling of the pledge to a treasured latelife friend in the form of Volume I, authored by Bowker, dedicated to Lange, published by M&M Printing. Now comfortably ensconced with Linda in an apartment at The Courtyards, hes been thinking about Volume II. History, he suggests, helps fit the pieces of lifes puzzles together.Copyright 2011 Melody JamesonHistorian makes history% 

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Democratic Club to meetThe South Shore Democratic Club meeting will be held on Thursday, Jan. 12 at the South Shore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin. Coffee, refreshments and cama raderie are offered at 1 p.m. the meeting begins at 1:30 p.m. All Democrats and like-minded people are welcome. This months speaker will be Dr. Jason W. Wilson, MD, Attending Physician, Associate Research Director, USF, Emergency Medicine Residency, whose interests are emergency department utiliza tion, patient flow, critical medical anthropology and health policy and public service. He will discuss the Affordable Health Care Plan. X 10 JANUARY 5, 2012 Riverview Memorial VFW Post #81087504 Riverview Dr. (813) 671-9845MEETINGS Mens 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 CANTEEN HAPPENINGS Bar Bingo Monday at 6:30 p.m. Bar Poker with Lori on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. Fire in the Hole on Saturdays at 1 p.m. Welcome to...Sun City Dental CenterThomas A. DeVol, D.D.S., P.A.633-2636General and Cosmetic DentistryOur Own In-House Denture LabOur Lab Tech Has 38+ Years Experience Thomas A. DeVol, D.D.S., P.A., Practicing Dentistry for 23 YearsChuck Fredericks, Lab Technician, 38+ Years Experience727 Cortaro Drive (Burger King Plaza) Open: Monday Thursday 8:30 5:00 New Patients & Emergencies Are Always WELCOME PATIENT REWARDSRefer 2 new patients and receive a $25 credit toward your next visit. Be sure to have your friend or family member mention your name to receive the credit at time of scheduling.Coupon must be mentioned at time of scheduling appointment. The fee advertised is the minimum fee charged. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has the right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for any other service, examination or treatment which is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for the fee service examination or treatment. Senior citizen discount does not apply. Finally, answers to your Medicaid questions. Free Medicaid Information Seminar New Tampa Regional Library South Shore Regional Library 15816 Beth Shields Way Ruskin, Florida(off 19th Avenue NE) FLMedicaid.com care. SOUTHSHORE REGIONAL LIBRARYFamily Story Time For ages 2-5 with a caregiver. Make reading time family time. Stories, action rhymes, songs, interactive activities, and crafts make up this fun 30-minute program that celebrates a love of reading. Children may wear pajamas and bring a blanket and favorite cuddly toy. Teen Advisory Board Meeting For teens in grades 6-12. Join the Teen Advisory Board to get involved with the librarys teen programs or earn community service hours for graduation, scholarships and more. Free event funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Motion Commotion For children ages 2-5 and their caregivers. Join them for this fun and very interactive preschool music and movement program as they shake some sillies out. Baby Time For children ages 0-20 months and their caregivers. Early literacy begins at birth. Bond with your baby through stories, bouncy rhymes and songs in this 20-minute lapsit program that introduces early literacy skills and encourages language development. For kids ages 5-12 with an interactive, hands-on afternoon and experiment as they turn the library into a science lab! Registration is required. Call 273-3652 or ask at the Information Desk at the Library. This is a school early-release Monday. Toddler Time For children ages 20-36 months and their caregivers. Stories, finger plays, songs and interactive activities make up this fun 20-minute program that highlights early literacy skills and encourages reading readiness. Ruskin VFW Post #6287Ruskin 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, Jan. 5 VA Hospital at 5:30 p.m. Bar Bingo at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 6 Fish Fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Music by George Rabb from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7 District 12 Voice of Democracy, Patriot Pen, Teacher of the Year Awards at noon. Lunch to follow. Music by Neil Diamond Tribute Show at 7:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $15, or $20 at the door. No Turkey Shoot. Sunday, Jan. 8 Fire in the Hole from 1 to 4 p.m. Music by Bert & Sassy from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 9 Planning Meeting at 6 p.m. House Meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10 Games in Lounge from 1 to 5 p.m. Kitchen opens at 4:30 p.m. Bingo at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11 VFW and LAVFW Mug at 7 p.m. Register for Youth Court Hockey LeagueCalling all boys and girls ages 7-11. Sign up for a team sport that encourages self-esteem, recreation, and physical activity. The Youth Court Hockey League will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday, Feb. 7 through March 9. Cost is $50 per child and $25 per child for children registered in the Countys Youth Afternoon Recreation Program, or the REC2SIX Program. Each child will receive a shirt and trophy. Register at the Ruskin Recreation Center, 901 6th Street SE in Ruskin on Tuesday, Jan. 24. For more information, call Joy Robinson, Ruskin Recreation Center, at (813) 672-7881.Edward Medard Park to re-open The Edward Medard Park, 6140 Turkey Creek Rd. in Plant City has re-opened to boating and catch and release fishing. Park entry fee is $2 per vehicle carrying up to eight people. Boat launching fee is $5 per boat per day. Annual passes are also available. Edward Medard Park has been closed to boating and fishing since November 2009 due to a reservoir maintenance and repair project performed by the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Edward Medard Park has been designated as a Fish Management Area, and the following restrictions must be followed: above For more information, call Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation at (813) 757-3802. Youve seen them in your neighborhood, colonies of stray cats sur viving on garbage, seeking shelter under cars and bushes, and running scared from anyone who approaches. Some are emaciated, ill or injured and their numbers keep increasing. These community cats, some who were born in the wild and some who have been abandoned and reverted to a wild state, fight a daily battle to survive and those that are captured and brought to animal control facilities are euthanized. In Hillsborough County, the Humane Society of Tampa Bay (HSTB) has saved countless lives through their Trap/Neuter and Return (TNR) program. Now, through a generous grant of $20,000 from the Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center, TNR is coming to Sun City Center. The grant will allow HSTB to provide free sterilization of 500 feral cats in zip codes 33598, 33573, 33572 and 33570. TNR is the only proven method of humanely managing feral and stray cats while at the same time reducing their numbers. With TNR, cats are trapped, sterilized, vaccinated, ear-tipped (the international symbol for sterilization) and returned to their colony where a caretaker provides them with food and water and monitors their health. Because fixed cats no longer reproduce, the number of cats in the colony will gradually diminish through natural attrition. More information about the TNR program at the Humane Society of Tampa Bay and information about how to coordinate services for feral cats can be found at humanesocietytampa. org or by calling (813) 625-0910.Free sterilization for feral cats for certain South Shore zip codes

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January 5, 2012 11 902 N. Tamiami Trail, Ruskin, FL 33570(Across from Sweetbay Supermarket)NEW PATIENTS WELCOMEKirk D. Parrott, D.D.S Carl E. Friedman, D.D.S.Members: American Dental Association, Florida State Dental Association, Florida West Coast Dental Association, Manatee County Dental Association and Hillsborough County Dental Association. (813) 645-6491 Riverside Golf813.645.2000 $38................before noon$30...................after noon$20...................after 3 pm $500 OFF Any RoundGolf Lessons $20Includes 18 holes and cart. Tax Included.Valid only with this coupon. Exp. 1/31/12Visit our New, Improved PRO SHOP1 Pier Drive, Ruskin LEAGUES WELCOMEReserve your tee time today CASUAL WATERFRONT DININGSteaks, Seafood, Burgers & Other Delicious FareFULL LIQUOR BARLive Music Every Wednesday and Saturday OPEN TO TH E PUBLICTuesday-Saturday 11-8 pm NOW OPEN Sunday 11-6 pm for Lunch and NFL Direct TV Sunday Ticketwww.RiversideBarAndGrille.com SEASONAL SAVINGS Goodson Strawberry MarketC.R. 672 E. (3-1/3 miles east of 301) Balm, FL(813) 634-7790 Free Tuition Waivers for Senior CitizensHillsborough Community College SouthShore is issuing tuitionfree waivers for senior citizens who wish to take a class beginning on Monday, Jan. 9 from 8 a.m. to noon. Only classes with space available are eligible for the waiver. The following conditions must be fulfilled: you must be at least 60 years old and be a Florida resident for more than one year. This is an opportunity to audit the class without college credit (waiver does not include textbooks). Enter the College behind the Flag Pole. Bring your Florida Drivers License and a Florida Voters Registration card. For more information call Peggy Gleason 259-6157 if you have any questions. Hillsborough Community College (SouthShore Campus): 551 24th Street, Northeast Ruskin.Tampa Homeland Security Officer to speak at MOWW luncheonTodd A. Anthony, who works in the Homeland Security Division, Hillsborough County Sherriffs Office, will be the featured speaker at the Military Officers of World Wars (MOWW) luncheon to be held at the Sun City Center Plaza Club at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 19. Reservations ($13.00) should be made by Monday, Jan. 9. Sgt. Anthony received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Pre-Law at the University of South Florida, Tampa, FL in 1988. He was recently appointed a member of the Crisis Management Sub Committee with the United States Secret Service for the Republican National Convention to be held in 2012 in Tampa. He has also been a Hillsborough County Security Officer for many of the Raymond James Stadium Outback Bowls; State Fairs; Strawberry Festivals and Gasparilla Day Parades. He is a recipient of Tampa Police Departments Chiefs Appreciation Award. Additionally, he has served on the Hostage Negotiations Team of the year for four separate years. He will discuss the many issues involved in providing effective homeland security measures during major events that take place in Tampa.Riverview Moose Family Center 2158/Chapter 1031 Upcoming EventsAll events are open to qualified Moose Members and guests. January 8 District Meeting N. Hillsborough Meeting starts at 1 p.m. January 14 Back to the Good Ol Days country fried steak dinner from 5 7 p.m. the Myakka Band starts at 7:30 p.m. January 21 Post Holiday Revival Party Open face roast beef sandwiches dinner starts at 4:30 and entertainment will be The Tonebenders. Jan. 27 thru Mar. 3 Moose Idol Starting Dates Friday, Jan. 27 and Saturday, Jan. 28. February 3 Steak, fish or shrimp dinner from 5 7 p.m. Taylor & Taylor will start at 7:30 p.m. February 4 Dinner & Magic Show by Bones wear your best pirate attire. February 5 Super Bowl Sunday! February 10, 17, 24 Moose Idol Finals March 3 February 11 Valentines Sweet Heart Ball Elegant dinner starts at 6 p.m. with the Flip Side Band. March 3 Moose Idol Final Show March 10 Moose Charities Dinner & Entertainment April 1 Drawing for Weekend Getaway See bar stewards or Linda Peltier for tickets. Treasure Island Room for 2 & $100 Gift Card RUSKIN BrR ANCH LIbr BR Ar R Y Learn what hardware and software is required to download eBooks from our library. FallTech. Learn what eBay is all about, how to use and register. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are recommended. Topics include bidding, proxy bidding and My eBay. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are recommended. Topics include selling, fees, listing types, pricing and research. eBay account required and basic mouse/keyboarding skills are recommended. FallTech. Learn to create, save, print, and edit documents. Basic keyboarding and mouse skills are recommended. Discover the basics of font formatting, changing font type, size and color and page setup, margins, paper orientation. Word I is recommended. Learn paragraph formatting from setting margins to line spacing and how to create bulleted and numbered lists. Word II is recommended. Create professional looking tables for form and lists, format table structure, and more. Previous experience with Microsoft Word is recommended.Adult Computer Classes for the Technologically ChallengedSouth Bay Hospital has implemented a new electronic system, Vitals Now, which automatically sends a patients vital signs to their electronic record. A nurse can take a patients blood pressure, pulse, oxygen saturation and temperature and have the results instantly entered into the patients medical record. The nurse begins by scanning the patients armband and pulling up their electronic record. After verifying the patient information, the nurse can begin to take the patients vital signs using the hospitals Dyna-Map electronic monitoring system. The results are automatically recorded by the Vitals Gabriele Zavala, CNA, prepares to take the vital signs of Dean Abercrombie at South Bay Hospital as Amy Hemby and Marcia Meade look on. New technology provides faster access to vital signsNow electronic system. Once the nurse has finished taking the vital signs, they submit the information and it is electronically sent into the patients medical record. This new system allows for greater accuracy and faster turnaround times, says Amy Hemby, Senior Clinical Analyst at South Bay Hospital. Physicians can instantly see the vital signs of each of their patients, and this automation prevents any delay in care. The new electronic system also reduces the likelihood of errors in a patients record and improves overall quality of care. For more information call Natalia Diaz at 813-634-0496.Visions of Natural Florida on displayThe Museum of Science and Industry is a not-for-profit, community-based institution and educational resource dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge and understanding of science, industry and technology. Located at 4801 East Fowler Ave. in Tampa, MOSI features educational and entertaining exhibits, activities and special events, and is home to Floridas only IMAX Dome Theatre and the new Sky Trail Ropes Course. For more information about MOSI and upcoming activities, visit www. mosi.org or call 813-987-6000. In January the James Phillips: Visions of Natural Florida exhibit features photographs of Floridas Central Gulf Coast region taken over the last decade. The collection includes both landscapes and closeups, with an emphasis on Floridas precious and extraordinary water resources: its many and diverse rivers, estuaries and wetlands. Phillips work is on display at MOSI in the 2nd floor connecting hallway through Jan. 30. For more information about MOSI and upcoming activities, visit www.mosi.org or call 813987-6000.

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12 January 5, 2012The worst praise offense you can make? Gushing over the persons success and asking for a favor at the same time. My mother used to call that a backhanded compliment. It comes across as not very sincere, and actually can make the person feel like theyre being played. Save the favor for another time. And finally, try to be original in what you say. I have a great friend who is constantly and consistently being lauded for her magnificent singing voice. Shes been told since she was a teenager that shes got a great set of pipes, can really belt out a song, and should be a recording star. The compliment that means the most to her is when a stranger came up to her at a baseball game and told her that her rendition of the National Anthem was so beautiful, it moved her to tears. The first time shed cried over the song in her life. My friend will remember that forever. The most wonderful thing about praise, is that it not only makes the receiver feel great, it also makes you feel great for having given it. Karma says you get back what you put out into the universe. So spread a little praise around and see what happens to YOU. You might end up with your own gold star! Not that youre craving it or anythingTECH TALKBy: Dana Dittmar, Executive DirectorSCC Chamber News You, Me, and BusinessWhen I was in kindergarten, I was known as the Gold Star Princess. I had an insatiable need to win over approval of the teacher and get the most gold stars in the class. I craved the attention, the credit, the praise and the recognition that came with taking home my artwork or my ABCs and showing my mom the shiny affirmations of my efforts. While that incessant craving for praise melted away like so much baby fat, its still nice to hear youve done a good job. If youre like most people, you hear lots of sound and fury when something isnt right, but seldom do any of us get the recognition we deserve for all of the things we do. Whats worse, most of us dont know how to give praise to someone else in a way that truly makes them feel special. So here is a basic primer on how to say great job. First, some of the best praise is done when that person isnt even there. Praise someones efforts highly to several people and it will not take long for it to get back around to them. I ran into Kyle the other day and he just couldnt say enough about how you handled the Reynolds situation. He said youre the best negotiator hes ever worked with. Sounds kinda nice, huh? (Likewise, if you hear praise, be sure to pass it on to the praisee.) It helps when youre very specific in your praise. Great golf tournament, Patricia! isnt nearly as satisfying as Wow! You had fantastic turnout on Saturday! And those hole signs were so innovative. How did you get so many door prizes donated? You must know every business in town. People who head committees or pull off special events get noticed when the big job is over. But not everybody has the opportunity to do noticeable things. Every day praise for every day work is appreciated, too. Making sure all the work is done on time, on budget, and effectively is often unappreciated. Let people know you notice their effort. You know, you havent missed a staff meeting all year or been late with a report once. You, Me & BusinessBy Dana Dittmar Now Open To The Public1st & 3rd Saturdays OnlyTours at 11 a.m. and noon13910 Seminole Trail Wimauma ElmirasWildlife.org 941-776-8975 and our specialty CUSTOM WINDOW TREATMENTSSince 1987design shoppethe 674 301 Americas Carwash NOW OPEN SUNDAYS 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.RAIN CHECK: Bring in your receipt for any full service wash within 48 hours and receive an Express Wash for $1.00 (on same vehicle) ANY FULL SERVICE WASH ONLYWith this coupon only. 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The agency has received numer ous Customer Service awards, including the Premier Service New team member of All Bay Insurance Group, Victoria WeatheringtonVicki Weatherington joins All Bay Insurance GroupAgency designation each year of the awards existence. The agency is an active member of the Greater Riverview & South Shore Chambers of Commerce. Joel Meek (agency owner) serves as the incoming President of the South Shore Chamber of Commerce, is the incoming Vice Chairman of the South Shore Round Table, and Treasurer of the South Shore Young Professionals Association. All Bay Insurance can be reached by phone 813-569-7759, online at www.allbayins.com, or by stopping by their office at 101 Flamin go Dr., Apollo Beach.Port of Tampa offers service to RussiaThe Tampa Port Authority (TPA) is pleased to welcome the announcement by Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers that it will launch a new multipurpose general cargo ser vice between the Port of Tampa and Saint Petersburg, Russia. The service will begin with the arrival of Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers vessel M/V Baltic Mercur at the Port of Tampa on January 14, 2012. The service will operate on a monthly frequency using highly versatile ships, capable of carrying break bulk cargoes such as steel, as well as containers, roll-on/roll-off traffic, project cargoes, and bulk commodities. We are pleased to be partnering with Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers to open up a new direct service option for trade with Russia that will be of great benefit to exporters and importers in Florida and the Southeastern US, noted Tampa Port Director and CEO Richard Wainio. Established in 1995, Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers operates regular liner services between Russia and the US East and Gulf Coasts and is a recognized market leader for transit times and schedule frequency moving millions of tons of cargo per year. For more infor mation on Atlantic Ro-Ro Carriers, visit www.arrcm.com and for cargo booking contact: Vladimir Eremin at tel:281-931-3600 or email: vladimir@arrctx.com. Tampa Port Authority (www. tampaport.com) administers Floridas largest and one of the nations most diverse ports handling a wide array of bulk, break bulk, contain ers and roll-on/roll-off cargoes, in addition to being a major cruise homeport and shipbuilding and repair center. Business slow? Need to advertise? 813-645-3111 or visit www.observernews.net

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18 January 5, 2012 The Golf Club at Cypress Creek Restaurants Open to the PublicBest of Both Worlds! The Creek Sports LoungeLaid Back, Easygoing Sports Lounge The Best Deals Around All-U-Can-Eat Wednesday Shrimp Friday Fish Night Saturday Pasta Night Come and Experience fine dining at its Best More than just a Golf Club... a destination for Great Food! 634-8888 AT HOME AUTO CARE Master Certified Technicians Coast-to-CoastWarranty Coverage The best in safety, value and performance for your car.Family Owned & Operated Nationwide Warranty Available Through Participating VendorsWe service and repair all makes and models including:VW, Mercedes, Volvo, BMW& other European lines and Diesel Repair(exactly 1 mile south of SR 674/College Ave.)(813) 645-0339AAA Approved Auto Repair Center Lic# MVS51635$2795OIL CHANGELUBE, OIL & FILTER*Up to 5 qts. 5W20 or 5W30 Motorcraft Oil, Filter, and 27-point inspection. Most cars.+ tax & S.S. GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE Why us? Call for a FREE ESTIMATE649-1599www.BratesAluminum.com South Hillsborough Elks Lodge #2672 Upcoming Activities Every Tuesday Jam Session 3 to 5 p.m. No charge for all Elks and their guests. Every Wednesday Best Spaghetti in Town $7, All You Can Eat, for all Elks and their guests. Music by Bryan from 5 to 8 p.m. Every Friday Seafood and Sandwiches for all Elks and their guests from 5 to 7 p.m. Karaoke by Bryan from 5 to 8 p.m.. Monday, Jan. 9 Blue Plate Special for all Elks and their guests, Menu: Swiss Steak with all the trimmings, 5 p.m., $7, only 50 tickets will be sold, get them early. Saturday, Jan. 14 Elvis is coming to the Lodge for all Elks and their guests, $8, Menu: Baked potato with all the trimmings and salad, This event is a must. Feb. 12 to Feb. 19, 2012 Join S. Hillsborough Elks Lodge Valentines Western Caribbean Fund Raiser Cruise, 7 days only $643. The South Hillsborough Elks Lodge is located at 1630 U.S. Hwy. 41 S., Ruskin, FL 33570, and has a clean, smoke free environment. For more information, call (813) 645-2089. BRANDON PEST CONTROLPhone: (813) 685-7711Fax: (813) 685-360710 Locations in Florida, Georgia & Tennessee CALL FOR FREE INSPECTIONASK ABOUT TERMIDORCelebrating 38 Years in Business TERMITES? Business slow? Need to advertise? 813-645-3111 or visit www.observernews.netLocal attorney opens new office The law office of Nicole M. Cameron, P.A. has moved to the Harbor Pointe Business Center, 449 Apollo Beach Blvd., Apollo Beach, Florida. The office ribbon cutting is being held Friday, Jan. 6, at noon. The law firm opened its doors in April of 2007 and serves the greater Southshore area (Apollo Beach, Brandon, Fishhawk Ranch, Gibsonton, Riverview, Ruskin, Sun City, Tampa, Wimauma and surrounding cities). The law firm represents plaintiffs in the areas of personal injury, bankruptcy, real estate disputes, commercial transactions, business incorporation, will preparation, probate administration, guardianship, contract reviews and serves as corporate counsel to small and medium sized businesses in the Southshore area. Nicole Cameron has been a resident of Apollo Beach since Nicole M. Cameron1996. Prior to graduating from law school and opening her own firm, she worked as a legal assistant for 17 years in the area of bankruptcy, personal injury, medical malpractice and insurance defense. The office will be providing free legal seminars on the areas of bankruptcy and wills and estate planning in the upcoming months. For more information call the office of Nicole M. Cameron, P.A. at Harbor Pointe Business Center, 449 Apollo Beach Blvd., Apollo Beach, Florida 33572, Tel. 813645-8787 or visit www.law-cameron.com.Residents of Florida can ring in the New Year by receiving 5 free crapemyrtle trees by joining the Arbor Day Foundation anytime during January 2012. These small flowering trees will provide any landscape in Florida with a splash of color for much of the year, from pink and red flowers in the spring, to green in the summer to red, orange and yellow in the autumn, said John Rosenow, chief executive and founder of the Arbor Day Foundation. The free trees are part of the nonprofit Foundations Trees for America campaign. The trees will be shipped postpaid at the right time for planting, between Feb. 1 and April 30, with enclosed planting instructions. The 6to 12-inch tall trees are guaranteed to grow, or they will be replaced free of charge. Arbor Day Foundation members also receive a subscription to the Foundations colorful bimonthly publication, Arbor Day, and The Tree Book, which includes information about tree planting and care. To receive the free trees, send a $10 membership contribution to 5 Crapemyrtles, Arbor Day Foundation, 100 Arbor Avenue, Nebraska City, NE 68410, by January 31, 2012. Florida residents can also join online at arborday.org/january.Arbor Day Foundation offers free trees

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16 JANUARY 5, 2012 19Christmas was made much brighter for two Apollo Beach families by the members of the Apollo Beach Womans Club who purchased and wrapped presents selected from wish lists provided by the two families. Ninety gifts of clothes, household items, shoes and toys for the two families, one at Apollo Beach Elementary School, and the other at Dobie Elementary were collected and given to the two families along with a $100 Publix gift certificate to buy their Christmas dinners. Guidance counselors at each of the elementary schools selected the two families for the Christmas service project based on need. The Christmas giving effort was led by Sylvia Gordon and Beverly Fletchall, who co-chair community service activities for the more than 150 ABWC members. This is not the only community service project sponsored by the ABWC. For Thanksgiving, the membership provided four families in Apollo Beach with supermarket gift certificates in order to buy their Thanksgiving dinners. The families were chosen to receive the gift certificates based on need and were selected by the guidance counselors at both Doby and Apollo Beach Elementary Photo by: JM Doyle East Bay H Schools. As though this is not enough, for the third year in a row, the members of ABWC rallied to the aid of families in our community after learning that some children would not be able to attend the summer camp because their parents could not afford the $400+ camping fee for the 2011 summer camp program run by the county. The ABWC donated $1400 to help families afford the camp fees so that children in this community can enjoy a safe environment during the school break while their parents work. We are so pleased to lend a helping hand to families in need, especially in these hard economic times, said Judy Peck, ABWC president. We were thrilled that some these children had a safe, fun and memorable summer as a result of the donation. The ABWC provided assistance to the elementary schools nursing staff by supplying much needed shorts, belts, underwear, socks and T-shirts and helped the nursing staff of Eisenhower Middle School with their scoliosis screening. In October, members donated personal care items for troops in Afghanistan. The clubs largest fund-raising effort will be held Saturday, March 31 at the Bradenton Yacht Club, Snead Island Road, Palmetto. Coldwater Creek will feature their new Spring line and invite all the ABWC members to a breakfast on the following Saturday at their store in the Westfield Mall. The event will also include a silent auction. Tickets are $30 and can Apollo Beach Womans Club unveils community service projectsbe purchased by calling Pam Kerstetter at 813-645-2425 after January 11, 2012. The clubs next meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 11, and will feature Til Hagen, Author, Humorist, Seminar Leader and Life Coach. He will present real life experiences with honesty and humor. The meeting will be held at Little Harbor in Ruskin, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Luncheon tickets are $16. Any woman living in the South Shore area is welcome to attend but reservations and payment for the luncheon must be received by Friday, Jan. 6 and may be made by calling Pam Scott at (813) 260-3963 or emailing her at gpscottfl225@ yahoo.com. In addition to meeting each month, the club offers special interest activities sponsored by the Book, Bridge, Culture and Garden clubs. For membership information or contact information regarding any of the clubs activities and sub clubs, contact Sharon Vasquez at (813) 641-7856 or by e-mail: sharonvasquez47@yahoo. com. ABWC dues are $20 annually and can be sent to Vasquez, vice-president/membership at 913 Golf Island Dr., Apollo Beach, FL 33572.Dance your way to a fitter new youHillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department offers a great way to have fun, get in shape, and gain confidence. Zumba, often referred to as an exercise in disguise, is offered at the following Hillsborough County recreation centers. Apollo Beach Recreation Center Mondays at 6:30 p.m.; Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. Gardenville Recreation Center Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. and 7:45 p.m. Providence West Park Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. Riverview Community Center Tuesdays and Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Ruskin Recreation Center Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.; Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. For more information, cal Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation at (813) 635-3500, or one of the above recreation centers. Calling all women of Military Sea ServiceAttention, all Women of the Military Sea Service. Tampa Bay WAVES Unit #55 will meet at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14 at St. Matthews Anglican Church, 10701 Bloomingdale Ave., Riverview in St. Annes Hall, located at the rear of the church building. Membership in the Unit and in the parent organization, WAVES National, is open to all women who served honorably (including those currently serving) in the U.S. Navy, Navy Nurse Corps, Coast Guard, Marine Corps, or Maritime Service, or related reserve components. Enjoy the fellowship and activities that will rekindle memories of your military service days. In addition you will find opportunities to serve your fellow veterans and support our military forces. For more information, call Jeannette Green at (813) 657-9164.Hillsborough graduation rate climbsThe graduation rate for Hillsborough County Public Schools students improved to 84.3 percent in 2011, an increase of 2 percentage points over last year and more than 4 percentage points higher than the state average of 80.1 percent. Hillsboroughs graduation rate is the highest among Floridas largest school districts. Since 2006, the school districts graduation rate has steadily improved by 9.8 percentage points. The 74.2 percent graduation rate for Hillsborough County African American students is 5.8 percent above the state average, while the 80.8 percent graduation rate for Hispanic students in Hillsborough County 3.5 percent higher than the state average. Its gratifying to see steady improvement in our graduation rate year after year, said Superintendent MaryEllen Elia. This has been and continues to be a priority of ours. Hillsboroughs dropout rate also continues to move in the right direction. The dropout rate remains below 1 percent at 0.8 percent. That represents a decrease of 1.3 percent since 2006. The dropout rate remains more than a percentage point lower than the state average of 1.9 percent. Websters dictionary definition of communication is: a process by which information is exchanged between individuals through a  common  system of symbols, signs, or behavior. Believe it or not, there are classes specifically designed to teach high school agriculture students about this process and why it is important. Actually, these classes have existed since 1905, when the class Agriculture Journalism first began. However, in modern times, this class has changed and transformed, spinning off an entirely new class, targeted to high school students, called Agricultural Communications. Agricultural Communications is a class focused on taking agriculture students and giving them new, creative, and more efficient ways to improve the way they communicate. But, what exactly does this intricate process called communication consist of? And why is it so important? Thats what the FFA students in class at Lennard High School, are going to find out this year, as this course has finally been added to the elective classes available at Lennard High School. When asked about what he was looking forward to the most, FFA member, Robert Matta replied, How to be able to successfully distribute information to the media, in positive ways. Fellow FFA member, and officer, Randall Casey agreed, saying that, Agricultural communications is beneficial, as a class, because it is essential to communicate to the masses that agriculture is such an integral and important part of the society. Though it is still the beginning of the school year, students are happy to have already learned so much about communication that they didnt know before. I have already learned the different types of skills you need to communicate to everyone, even the people outside the campus. Kayla Gaines, FFA officer reported. Im excited to take pictures and report to everyone. About things like new technology, and advances in agriculture, and why theyre important to everyone! she continued, expressing her knowledge of the importance of communication in the agriculture industry and to the public. In the agricultural world, communication is vital. Whether it is between a business, the general public or two students enrolled in an agriculture class. Without proper communication, nothing Communication is keyis accomplished. That is why the ability to properly communicate is essential to not only an FFA member, but everybody. In the agriculture industry communication is critical due to the need to educate the public and to spread positive messages, viewpoints and the benefits of Florida agriculture. Play 4 on 4 adult ag footballAdults 18 and older can register for a team sport that encourages recreation, and physical activity. The 4 on 4 adult flag football league will kick off from 6 to 9 p.m. every Friday night, Jan. 20 through March 23. Cost is $250 per team which includes officials. There will be awards for 1st and 2nd place teams. Register at the Ruskin Recreation Center, 901 6th Street SE in Ruskin January 3-13. For more information, call Kevin Cletken at Ruskin Recreation Center at (813) 672-7881.

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20 January 5, 2012 South Hillsborough Church of Christ Welcome to the:SERVICES:Sunday........................9:30 & 10:30 a.m.; 6:00 p.m. Wednesday................7:00 p.m.EVERETT TATE, MINISTER NON-INSTRUMENTAL CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCHSunday Worship: Blended 8:00 a.m. Contemporary 9:40 a.m. Traditional 11:15 a.m.Nursery Provided Pastor Jack R. Palzer www.calvarylutheranchurch.net 645-1305 Rance Goad, Pastor (Southern Baptist)1511 El Rancho Dr. Sun City Center, FL 33573Phone/Fax:813-633-5950 WEEKLY SERVICES: Sunday9 a.m.......................Bible Study 11 a.m.....................Bible Study 10 a.m. & 6 p.m............WorshipWednesday6 p.m....Prayer Meeting/Bible Study Southside Baptist ChurchA Warm, Loving & Friendly ChurchLooking 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.Getting to Know You (Donuts & Coffee) ....................9:00 a.m. Sunday School .................................................................9:30 am. Sunday Morning Worship ............................................10:55 a.m. Sunday Evening Service..................................................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening Service ..........................................7:00 p.m. Thursday Morning Prayer ............................................10:00 a.m.Come join us to learn about Gods Word and salvation in Jesus Christ Ruskin United Methodist Church First Street & 4th Ave. NW, Ruskin (behind Suntrust Bank)ALL ARE WELCOME TO COME AND WORSHIP WITH US:SUNDAY MORNINGS:Rev. Richard NusselPhone: 645-1241Nov. April..................8:30 a.m. and All Year...............10:45 a.m. Sunday School............9:30 a.m.Day Care Available Mon. Fri. 6 a.m. 6 p.m. call 645-6198 REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA Rev. Dr. Peter Stiller, PastorTelephone: Website: sccredeemer.org Worship Services on Sunday 9:30 & 11:15 a.m. Area Places of Worship Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of SCCMeets in the Henry Gibson Social Hall of the Beth Israel We do not have to wait until we are excellent before we can do excellent things. Pierre Thilhard De Chardin Ruskin Foursquare ChurchBuilding Community Thru Gods Love 106 7th Ave. N.W. Ruskin, FL 33570 N. Blanton (813) 309-3558Pastor Norman & Sherril Blanton 10 a.m. Sunday School 11 a.m. Worship Service 7 p.m. Wed. Bible Study Enjoy the Jazz XperienceThe United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, is proud to present Phil Provenzano and The Jazz Xperience at 6:30 p.m. on Friday Jan. 27 in the church sanctuary. Phils ensemble is a main-stream, straight-ahead jazz combo that was originally formed to perpetuate the West Coast jazz sounds of musicians like Gerry Mulligan and Chet Baker. Since its inception twenty years ago, the group has grown to include other mainstream jazz styles including their own unique sound. The Xperience has performed all over the Bay area and has had the privilege of performing with such jazz greats as Ted Farlow, Herb Ellis, Nick Brignola, John La Porta, Phil Urso, Manfredo Fest, Billy Cobbham, Ira Sullivan, Richie Cole, and John Allred. Jazz musician Phil ProvenzanoThis concert is part of a Fourth Friday Jazz Series that includes the Mike Markaverich Trio on Friday, Feb. 24 and the Boulevard Jazz Orchestra on Friday, March 23. Concert-goers are encouraged to arrive early for a good seat. A donation of just $5 is requested at the door. For more information call Jeff Jordan, Director of Music and the Arts, at 813-634-2539 or visit www.sccumc.com. New Beginnings Fellowship welcomes Debbie DomerNew Beginnings Fellowship will be blessed to have Debbie Domer and her friends as guests at the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, Jan. 8. Debbie will be singing and preaching as only she can do with the help of her furry friends. The church is located at 1120 27th St. SE Ruskin, FL. For more information call Pastor Lewis Brady, D.D. at 654-1018.Facing challenges of interfaith families The Sisterhood of Beth Israel Congregation in Sun City Center begins the New Year with an informative discussion, The Challenges of Interfaith Families and Grandchildren. The guest speaker will be Rabbi Betsy Torop of Congregation Beth Shalom in Brandon. Rabbi Torop has taught on a variety of subjects, including Jewish law and ethics, and women in Judaism. Her particular interest is in programs for Jewish families. For all Grandparents, and Interfaith families, this will be a very thought provoking topic. It will be held at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 10 in the Henry Gibson Social Hall at the Temple. The address is 1115 Del Webb Blvd. E., Sun City Center. Refreshments will be provided.Sound The Shofar to meetSound The Shofar will meet at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012 at in the South Shore Library. The library is located at 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin. Pastor David Jones of Ruach Ministries in Brandon, will continue speaking on the Hebraic Roots of the Christian Faith. For more information, contact Pastor Jones at 477-1517. Ruskin Aglow to meetRuskin Aglow will meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday Jan. 21 at Palm Garden, 3850 Upper Creek Dr., Sun City Center. The speaker will be pastor Gloria Chiles from Aglows area board. For more information call Gloria Crossman, President 813-633-9613.Christmas party is a successMembers and friends of Friendship Baptist Church, 1511 El Rancho, attended a marvelous Christmas party in December at the lawn bowling building. They all sang carols, while their pianist played the electronic piano. An inspiring solo was the closing feature of the musical section of the evening. Church Secretary Friendship Baptist Church celebrates Christmas.Robin Marshall, with her glorious voice sang the O Holy Night. It was even more appreciated as she had recently been hospitalized. The final pleasure was the choosing of gifts -both men and women. Each one was given a number, and they may not have gone home with their first choice, as there was much trading back and forth. C.A.R.E. is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For directions, visit www.CareShelter.org or call (813) 645-2273.OreoOreo is a great little guy and very playful too. He has a black and white tuxedo pattern with a ring of pure white around his neck Oreo was playing around on the lanai and just enjoying some nice winter weather when we visited. This little male is one cute cookie. As part of his adoption Oreo will be neutered, brought up-to-date on his shots and micro chipped. DOB: 10/1/2011 JadeJade is a darling Shiba Inu mix. Her owners moved out of their rental and left her behind. What a crime! Jade has the softest coat and the sweetest disposition. She loves humans but would prefer to be an only dog. She enjoys time cuddling. She also has fun chasing balls and squeaky toys. Jade appears to have great house manners too. This is a special little girl. Jade has been spayed, microchipped, and brought current on her shots as part of her adoption. DOB: January 2010 Business slow? Advertise in The ObserverWe cover south Hillsborough County with a circulation of 42,000 papers every week! We offer many options in every price range...from classified ads to full pages. Call 813-645-3111 and ask to speak to an advertising representative today. For more information visit us on the web at www.ObserverNews.netLocal dancers and entertainers to perform for charityWinter Review, Florida Style A Divine Frolics Variety Show, featuring many local dance groups and entertainers. One performance only at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 5, at the Sun City Center Community Hall 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Tickets will be $8 at the door. All proceeds go to St. John the Divine Church community outreach programs. For more information call 642-0110. For I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, they are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 NLT

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January 5, 2012 21 702 Valley Forge Blvd., SCC, FL 33573 www.popcc.orgMasses:Sunday..........8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., Noon Saturday Vigil.................4:00 & 6:00 p.m. Daily..........................................8:00 a.m.Confessions: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m. and Sat. 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCHMinister DR. DAVID CAMPBELL INVITES YOU TO SERVICES AT OUR NEW LOCATION10:30 a.m. SUNDAYSNO CREED...BUT CHRIST NO BOOK...BUT THE BIBLE Sunday Service 10:00 a.m.www.unitycommunityofjoy.com 813-298-7745 Spirituality Rather Than ReligionUnityHenry Gibson Social Hall, Beth Israel Synagogue www.nbcor.orgLoving God, Loving Others, Serving Beyond Borders Sunday School (all ages)........9:30 a.m. Dr. Samuel (Sam) A. Roach, Pastor Area Places of Worship 1239 Del Webb Blvd. West Sun City Center, FL 33573 Church is Handicap accessible Phone: 813-634-1252 For information visit: www.standrewatscc.org St. Andrew Presbyterian ChurchSunday Services 9:30 a.m. Casual Service 11:00 a.m.Prayers with anointing for healing and wholeness during worship the second Sunday of every month.Pastor: Rev. Dr. Mark E. SalmonMeet friends in Fellowship Hall after the Service. Refreshments served.A Stephen Ministry Church First Church of Christ, ScientistChristian Science HealsSunday Service ..................................................10:00 a.m. Sunday School ..................................................10:00 a.m. Wednesday Service .............................................5:00 p.m. Reading Room .........................Wednesday 4 to 4:45 p.m. All Are Welcome U.S. Hwy. 41 106 11th Ave. NE Ruskin 813-645-1714SaintAnneRuskin.orgMASSES Vigil Mass.....................................................................Saturday 5:00 p.m. Sunday Mass ........8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Contemporary) Daily .........................................................Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. Holy Days ....................................... Espaol ......................................Domingo 12:30 p.m.; Jueves 7:00 p.m. Confession .........................Thursday 6:15 p.m.; Saturday 3:45 p.m. Saint Anne Catholic ChurchSouthShore: Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City and S. GibsontonVery Reverand Fr. John F. McEvoy, V.F. Direct Cremation $925Zipperers Funeral Home813-645-6130 EXP. 3/31/12 Lois AlpertLois Alpert, 87, of Sun City Center, FL, passed away December 22, 2011. She was preceded in death by son Marcus in 1993. She is survived by son, Barnett (Susan Wenzel) of Alexandria, VA and Sun City Center, FL and granddaughter Leah Roylance of CA. Lois was born and lived in Scranton, PA until she moved to SCC, FL in 1997. The family wishes to extend their deepest gratitude for the love and care provided to Lois by Central Park Nursing Home staff, Brandon, FL and LifePath Hospice. Condolences can be sent to barnettalpert@cox.net. A private memorial service has been Ralph B. GetchellRalph B. Getchell 91, of Sun City Center died December 12, 2011. He was born in Uniontown, Pa. on Dec. 18, 1919 to Sarah Barnett and John Getchell, and was predeceased by a brother, John. He is survived by his wife Ruth; nieces Sue George and Janet Larson and their families. A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at the Sun Towers Chapel. Internment will be at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, FL.Area Obituaries Vivian Laul Clark SelnerVivian Laul Clark Selner went to be with the Lord on December 21, 2011. She was born on September 25, 1914 in Parrish, FL to Sam and Kansas (Buzbee) Clark. Vivian was preceded in death by her husband, Harry Richard Selner; daughter, Maxine Simmons; sisters, Florence White, Helen Clyatt, Willie Mae Jahns, and brothers Franklin Clark and Milton Clark. A member of the First Baptist Church of Ruskin, she is survived by daughter, Betty Jo Castillo; sons, Ronald (Glenda) Selner, Rodney (Brenda) Selner; daughter, Harriett Sutherland, 12 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great grandchild, and many nieces and nephews. A member of pioneering families, Vivian witnessed many changes in the Ruskin, Gulf City, and Old Sun City areas. She recalled the days when the areas mail was delivered by boat from Tampa to Gulf City and watching movies on the lawn of the old Ruskin Chamber of Commerce. She remembered her father placing her in the rafters of the old Gulf City schoolhouse to escape the storm surge from the 1923 hurricane. She will be greatly missed by all family and friends. Services were held at First Baptist Church of Ruskin on December 26, 2011.More new members welcomedTrinity Baptist Church recently welcomed three new members. Close to 60 new members have joined the church in 2011. For information on the church call 634-4228.Pictured from left to right are Lowell and Marilyn Deitsch, Pastor Ron Churchill, and Jane Foley. The Nativity Scene from the Christmas Eve pageant at St. John the Divine Episcopal was enhanced by the participation of Susan Wilder, Shirley Luxana, Kylie Miller, Zach Wilder (dog), Gracie, Kennett Luxana, Liz Arp, Hannah Selke, Rebecca Carlisle, John Patterson, Matt Arp, Whitney Selke, and Veronica. Nativity scene brought joy to all Unitarian Universalists to host speakerSCC Unitarian Universalists Fellowship presents the Rev. Dr. Robert P. Tucker with Our Burden of Responsibility. January 28 marks the 24th anniversary of the Challenger disaster. Dr. Tucker will use the little-known human problems in NASA to examine the need for individuals to assume their own proper responsibilities in order to avoid the mesmerism of groupthink. This is the week to bring donations for the Beth El food bank. On Jan. 12 The Road Not Taken will be presented by the Rev. Don Beaudreault. This is the first of four on the road sermons Rev. Beaudreault will present this season. Later, we will learn about The Yellow Brick Road, The Road to Damascus, and The Road to Hell. Coffee and conversation starts at 7 p.m., in the Beth Israel/Henry Gibson Social Hall at 1115 Del Webb, East, Sun City Center. The programs begin at 7:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome for more information call 813-633-2349.Guest Speaker at Trinity Baptist ChurchDavid Caton, founder and Executive Director of the Florida Family Association will speak at Trinity Baptist Church on Sunday, Jan. 15, at the 6 p.m. worship service. A reception will be held following the service. Attendance is free and refreshments will be provided. If you care about family values, you will want to hear what this organization is doing to improve and protect our moral environment. For information call 634-4228. Foursquare called to pray and fastThe Ruskin Foursquare Church will begin 2012 with 21 days of Praying and Fasting for their church community and South Hillsborough County. This special emphasis will start Jan. 8 and end Jan. 28. Pastor Norm Blanton, will lead a campaign in 2012 called Reach Ruskin and Beyond believing that revival and restoration is going to happen in South Hillsborough County. This time of prayer and fasting will be a quick start to prepare our hearts to be sensitive to what God wants to do in our region, says Pastor Blanton. Pastors, their churches and individuals are encouraged to join in this united effort to impact our community. For more information call Norm Blanton at 813309-3558 or by e-mail Norman. Blanton@verizon.net. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever Hebrews 13:8 NLT

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Learn about creating MP3s and MP3 players. Registration for this program is available when the Library opens at noon. Opening Reception for High School Art Exhibit Thursday, Jan. 5 5:30 to 7 p.m. The Crawford Gallery welcomes SouthShore High Schools for this juried show. Awards will be presented by the SouthShore Arts Council. Light refreshments. Open to the public. Free event is being funded by the Friends of SouthShore Regional Library and the Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center Teen/Adult Drawing Monday, Jan. 9 6:30 to 8 p.m. Art instructor Tim Gibbons the exploration of drawing techniques with pencil, charcoal and pastel. Limit 20. Registration required. Visit the Information Desk or call 273.3652 Free event is funded by the Friends of SouthShore Regional Library Windows 7: Introduction and Computer Basics Tuesday, Jan. 10 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. Learn the parts of a window, how to navigate in the Windows environment, and file management. Learn about the parts and basic terminology of computers. Also covers basic purchasing considerations. Registration is available one hour prior to the beginning of the program. eBooks and eReaders Wednesday, Jan. 11 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. Learn about the librarys eBook services. Registration in person required no earlier than one hour prior to the start of the program. SouthShore Needle People Wednesday, Jan. 11 6:30 to 8:30 a.m. Join other needle people to share techniques, tips and experiences about knitting and other fiber and fabric crafts. Beginners are welcome! Bring a project and ask us questions! Master Gardener: Florida Lawns Wednesday, Jan. 11 7 to 8 p.m. This presentation explores many depths to lawn care in Florida. Topics include: the advantages and disadvantages to warm season grasses such as Bahia, St. Augustine, Bermuda, seashore paspalum. Co-sponsored by the Hillsborough County Extension Service.Want action? 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MERCHANDISE300 ANNOUNCEMENTS100THE SHOPPER 23 To place an ad call 813.645.3111 ext. 201 Fax: 813.645.1792 $17.00 up to 20 words 30 addl. word Deadline is Monday at 4pm100 Announcements 200 Farmers Mkt 300 Merchandise 400 Marine 450 Transportation 500 Real Estate 550 Manuf. Housing 600 Rentals 650 Prof. Services 700 Services 800 EmploymentTHE SHOPPER CLASSIFIED ADVERTISINGThe Observer News, The SCC Observer and The Riverview Current CARDS M & M Printing Co., Inc weekly publisher of the 210 Woodland Estates Ave., SW Ruskin, Florida 33570 312 ESTATE SALES JANUAR Y 5, 2012 MARINE400 TRANSPORTATION450 511 HOUSES FOR SALE REAL ESTATE500 We are wo r th the driv e from any where! We re -c over or mak e new cushions Deliv er y Av ailableHOURS: Mon.-F ri. 10-6 Closed on W eekends 2711 N. MacDill Av e. T ampa, FL 33607 813-876-1566 Call for directions WE HA VE SOMETHING F OR EVER Y ROOM INSIDE AND ALL AREAS OUTSIDE 105 PERSONAL 310 GARAGE/YARD SALEA lmost N ew T hrift S tore. 10008 Indiana St., Gibsonton (1 block off U S 41, 1 block north G ibsonton D r.,) Wednesday through S aturday, 9am-3pm. Clothing, furniture, lots misc. Ministry First Baptist Gibsonton. 813-671-0036 to donateSuper Saturday Yard sale, Above The Rest. Come see our new remodeled store. Jewelry that had been $18-$36 now $5-$10. Big yard sale, includ ing clothing, shoes, purses & much more. 139 S. Pebble Beach Blvd., 813-633-5013 312 ESTATE SALES 741-0225Cell: 382-7536 328 Northway Dr., SCC(off Del Webb East)ARKONIDEOFALENLY Golf Cart Club Car. Furniture: Dining Room Table w/Chairs, China Cabinet, Sofa & Loveseat, Queen and Full Bedroom Suite, Rocking Chair, Dinette Table w/Chairs, White Wicker Patio Furniture, Entry Cabinet, Drum Table, Grandfather Clock, Coffee & End Tables. Collectables: Waterford, Roseville, Hummels, Royal Doulton, Beanie Babies, Quilts, Old Books, Jewelry; Tools, Bicycles, Household Kitchen & Misc. Items.www.AnnesEstateSales.blogspot.comAnne's Estate Sales 360 GOLF CARTSBogey Bills Golf Cars Cruise Car, Club Car, E-Z Go. New, rebuilds, restoration, rentals, solar, LSVs SVC, parts, charger repair & batteries. 2202 US 41 S. Ruskin. 813-649-8099 Golf carts wanted. Buy sell, trade. Chargers, parts all related. R onnys Carts & Parts. 813-484-9855 or 813-645-4515 425 SLIPS OR STORAGEL ittle Manatee Outdoor S torage. RV s, boats, trailers. A ll sizes. 2903 39th A ve., SE Ruskin. 813-7878531. www.littlemanateeoutdoorstorage.com S outh Bay RV & Boat S torage. Specializing in outside storage for RV s, boats & trailers. 813-677-2000 www.SouthBayStorage.com 455 AUTOMOBILES2005 Volkswagen Beetle, convertible. T an with tan leather. R uns, drives & looks great. $7,995. 217440-3163 1998 Cadillac DeVille, white, blue leather. 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Ready to occupy. $68,900 Shirley 813-918-1826 M.H. HOUSING550 565 M.H. IN P ARKSR uskin 55+, senior park. V ery clean, L arge sunroom & carport, plus shed. $9,500. N eptune Park Unit 13. Call 813-645-3563 or 519-2393046. Immediate occupancy.Have a nice dayT urn your unwanted items into cash. Call ment to place your ad 813-645-3111 Thrift Store813-641-7790Ministry of Calvary Lutheran Church 9 a.m. Noon WOMENS TOP SALEBOGO on all womens topsPlus, the secret sale $42,000. $53,000. $59,500. $63,900.These properties are all in nice condition!HAPPY NEW YEAR!! CALLClaire TortOFFICE:(813) 363-7250 AFFORDABLE MOBILE HOMES ON THEIR OWN LOT, IN RUSKIN AREA: Please Recycle This Paper 328 Northway Dr., SCC(off Del Webb East)ARKONIDEOFALENLY Golf Cart Club Car. Furniture: Dining Room Table w/Chairs, China Cabinet, Sofa & Loveseat, Queen and Full Bedroom Suite, Rocking Chair, Dinette Table w/Chairs, White Wicker Patio Furniture, Entry Cabinet, Drum Table, Grandfather Clock, Coffee & End Tables. Collectables: Waterford, Roseville, Hummels, Royal Doulton, Beanie Babies, Quilts, Old Books, Jewelry; Tools, Bicycles, Household Kitchen & Misc. Items.www.AnnesEstateSales.blogspot.comAnne's Estate Sales NETTIES ESTATE SALES1606 Alexander Crossing(off W. Del Webb Blvd.)Sun City CenterThurs. & Fri., Jan. 5-67 a.m. to NoonContents Include: (4) Total Twin Beds, Triple Mirror Dresser, Wicker Furniture, Leather Loveseat, Lift Chair, Recliner, Rattan Side Chair & Furniture, Glass Top Table w/Chairs, Side Chairs, Office Furniture, Patio Set, Keyboard, Tools, Bikes, Persian Rugs, Art, Clothing Rollaway Beds, Loveseat Sleeper Sofa, Square Dance Clothing, Kitchen & Household Items, and more. PLEASE PARK ON SIDE OF SALE DUE TO EMERGENCY VEHICLES.See You There!

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This year there will be a lot of young people, so there will be a lot of second, third and fourth generation kids that are continuing on with their familys traditions. They are still in the business. We have an abundance of acts this year, which is great. We have lots of animals, pony rides and a midway for kids of all ages. Well also have the cir cus models here, which is really neat it is amazing to see. According to Stevens, the circus also involves an army of back people working in the parking lot, selling tickets and even making cotton candy. Few people can appreciate how many people and how much work is involved in or ganizing such a large-scale event and that, he said, is exactly how it should be. People come to the cir cus to have a good time. When he walks out to open the circus on Saturday, Stevens is looking forward most to two things: seeing the kids in the audience and seeing people who have come from Sun City Center. The people in Sun City CenterI always start the show asking them to raise their hands, he said. They come here and feel like they are 10 years old again. They love the tents and the seats MITCH TRAPHAGEN FILE PHOTOSThe midway opens an hour before the show. Some of the attractions are not only for the young, but also the young at heart.and the smells. They are so much fun to have here. It is wonderful. The march of progress has changed everything in America and around the world, and the cir cus is no exception. Even Gibsonton, formerly almost exclusively the winter home of circus performers, has changed. Once the town of giants and little people (the post office was once the only office in America with a counter tailored for dwarves), it is becoming more suburban as the years pass, although happy and unexpected sights still can lurk around any corner. Its kind of bittersweet there were a lot of circus people in Gibsonton at one time but many of them have passed away, Stevens said. Times change and it is a very hard business and there are more and more rules and regulations. You have to be pretty selfreliant. But for those who remain, there are rewards that cannot be counted exclusively in terms of dollars and cents. Stevens is excited about having younger people take part in this years circus because he knows all too well the talent and dedication they have to their work and to their families. The young people are really impressive, he said. The education they have, with a sense of worth and self assurance that a lot of kids dont grow up with. For most people, if you have both parents working, kids go to daycare or after school programs. The circus is just the opposite you are together 24 hours a day. The kids work with their parents. And a lot of them are accustomed to walking out in front of 20,000 people to perform. The Gibsonton Showmens Cir cus isnt mere virtual reality it is the real thing, including chills, thrills and laughter, all playing out just feet away from where you sit. As the aerial ballet artists soar above you, the clowns will make you laugh, while the circus band brings forth the sound of youth. Reach down to touch the sawdust, have some cotton candy and for a few hours, simply enjoy being a kid again. Arrive an hour early to enjoy the midway with rides for children, a petting zoo, and plenty of food (including cotton candy, of course), along with the large and amazing display of circus models. There is something for everyone, of every age the circus is just magic that way. The Gibsonton Showmens Circus will take place on January 7 with three shows beginning at 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Advance tickets are available at the Paradise Pet Salon in Riverview, The Observer News office in Ruskin, Fish 4 U in Gibsonton and the Showmens Club in Gibsonton. Free tickets for kids under 12 are available in this edition of The Observer News, SCC Observer and Riverview Current, the Great Wall Chinese restaurant in Ruskin as well as at all mer chants listed above and other local businesses. The midway opens one hour before show times. The circus will take place at the Showmens Club at 6919 Riverview Drive in Gibsonton. For further information, call 813-677-3590.The Circus is coming to town! Feel like a kid again under the big top at the Gibsonton Showmens Circus taking place on Saturday, January 7. All proceeds from the event go to charity.