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First Baptist Church of Ruskin,
shares history, memories of the past
75th anniversary celebration
to be held in October!
* By PENNY FLETCHER
RUSKIN Doris Buzbee's
mother Ida McRoberts was a
charter member of the First
Baptist Church of Ruskin and
Doris's earliest memories are of
growing up there.
"I raised my six children
right here in this church," Doris
said July 19. \ ly late husband
Charlie was a Deacon here."
Mary Tidwell moved to Ruskin
in 1945 from Georgia and started
attending the church in 1948 with
her three children.
Still an active member with a
memory like an elephant Mary
described how the Rev. Donald
Ketcham who was pastor from
1964 to 1969 had married two
of those "children."
As the interview at the church
continued, I found Doris and
Mary had much more in common
than being long-time members
of this obviously outgoing and
"We were married the same
night Christmas Eve 1945
- but we didn't know it then,"
Doris said. That was because at
the time Mary was attending the
Church of God across town.
Doug Wells also has long-term
Transferred to Ruskin in 1962
with Tampa Electric Company, he
built a home and raised his three
children in the church.
Much of the church's earliest
history is only in the minds of
its members as the records from
1935 to 1960 were in the church
safe which was stolen and found
empty and blown up.
But the man who married
See 75TH ANNIVERSARY, page 5
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MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOS
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solitude. The city, looking towards Central Park only slightly visible in the distance through the haze
of a cloudy evening.
Proposed custom community
plan going on exhibit soon
* By MELODY JAMESON
BALM Before and beyond all else, this community's citizens
planners want to keep and continue its rural character.
From its lengthy history through its guiding goals and strategies to
its envisioned future, their emphasis during the months dedicated to
creating documents intended to become part of Hillsborough's land use
code consistently has been on open space preservation, agriculture, low
density housing. This strong inclination is demonstrated frequently in
the language use and stated objectives as the planners have referred to
their "pedestrian friendly village" or "hamlet" as well as to protection
of natural assets and creation of equestrian trails.
The multiple components of their formal community plan in draft
form are coming together now, being readied for display during
an open house set for August 7 when the
community at large will have opportunity to
review, judge, and comment as they enjoy light
refreshments made in local kitchens.
The settlement of Balm began to take shape
in the late 19th century as pioneering families
cleared land, built initial housing, planted crops
and established cattle herds. The first few years
after turn of the century brought a rudimentary
railroad station, the Harley Sweat general store,
a post office, the Baptist church, a blacksmith.
In short order, saw milling and turpentine
collection would join farming, ranching, and
LISA SILVA vegetable packing as local industries.
Principle Planner See BALM PLANS, page 3
See BALM PLANS, page 3
* By MITCH TRAPHAGEN
Until earlier this week, the
wildest cab ride I have ever
had was in the Dominican
Republic, a nation of few actual
traffic laws and fewer still that
are acknowledged or enforced.
That was a place in which our
cab driver happily told us that he
chooses to not use the brakes on
his vehicle because the parts are
expensive and difficult to find -
he said that while passing another
vehicle as we rapidly approached
a two-lane tunnel running down
the side of a mountain.
Twenty-five minutes before our
train was scheduled to depart for
the airport, Michelle and I were
still standing outside of our rented
apartment on the Upper West
Side of Manhattan with a pile of
too-heavy luggage to lug to the
subway that would deliver us to
the vast and mostly underground
expanse that is Penn Station. In
the best of circumstances, the
chances of making it would have
been low, but after a few days
of walking around America's
largest city, we opted to forgo
the subway and hailed a cab on
I don't know if the driver
New York is a riot of people, sound and sights but tranquility is in
the eye of the beholder, and it is available to those who choose to
sensed that we were in a hurry
or if he was just a lunatic, but
we made the 50 blocks to Penn
Station, right where we needed
to board our train, in record
time and at warp speed. Like
the driver in the Dominican
Republic passing another vehicle
in a tunnel, our driver saw
no obstacles, only openings,
regardless of how small and
fluid those openings were. We
squeezed through cars and even
the occasional pedestrian that
dared to set foot on the street
outside of a crosswalk. On the
entire drive, he was speaking
calmly on his phone using a
hands-free device. We made
the train, made our flight, and
returned home to the Tampa Bay
area unscathed with the entire
(and flawless) return trip set in
motion by an outrageously calm,
crazy cab driver. Was it supreme
confidence on his part? Or was
it a complete lack of willingness
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* continued from page 1
Other crops and different means
of making livings from the land
have replaced those first endeavors,
but the lifestyle remains a priority
for descendants of those pioneers
and newcomers alike. In fact, the
first of the planners' eight goals
identified in their drafted outline
is "to maintain and preserve the
rural and agrarian characteristics,
atmosphere and quality of life"
evolving from that era, including
the "strong neighborhood ties,
faith-based organizations, and rural
low density land use designations."
A second goal calls for
improvements such as multi-modal
pathways, greenway corridors
and equestrian trails. Successive
objectives deal with keeping,
supporting and expanding various
types of agricultural activity, plus
preservation and acquisition of
existing and new open spaces
and, in addition, concentrating on
precious historic landmarks such
as their century-old, continually-
operating post office.
Yet another goal pertains to local
law enforcement and "effective
services to prevent the continued
occurrence of crime throughout
Balm" in order to maintain a safe,
From these objectives, the
advisory planning group also
distilled an immediate "action
plan" of three items seen as
particularly important and
achievable. First on the list is
implementation of the existing
policies part of the Future
Land Use Element that call for
countywide rural design guidelines.
The second action priority is
cementing a partnership with the
county's parks and recreation
department to enhance accessibility
to the preservation area known as
the Balm Scrub, plus creation of
community gateway signage.
The community's proposed
vision statement, written from a
2035 perspective and describing
a Balm with many of the goals
achieved, refers to its "rustic
atmosphere" maintained as
Sweat Loop has been widened to
accommodate biking lanes and
increasingly popular equestrian
ridership along with riding trails
mean residents can get to the
hamlet or Balm Park on horseback.
Eco-tourism sites, community
gardens and a large farmers'
market have become prosperous
attractions. This Balm hamlet
business district, architecturally
preserving the "old Florida flavor,"
is a mix of commercial, retail and
community service establishments,
including restaurants, a country
store, a bed and breakfast inn, the
historic post office and a sheriff's
The comments of citizens
inspecting the various stations
where pieces of the draft plan are
exhibited during the August open
house, coupled with the reviews by
various county agencies looking
over the proposed community plan,
will help finalize the plan when
the advisory group meets again
in September, said Lisa Silva,
senior planner with The Planning
Commission. The final draft then
is expected to be part of the next
county land use code amendment
cycle beginning in October, she
The open house on Tuesday,
August 7, is scheduled for 5:30
to 7 PM in the Balm Community
Copyright 2012 Melody Jameson
PHOTO COURTESY HCSO
Based on a grant application to underwrite an informational resource on scams aimed at retirees, a
$1,300 check was presented to Sun City Center Security Patrol leaders last week through the Hillsbor-
ough Sheriff's Office Community Enrichment Grants Program. Karen Ryan, patrol board president (sec-
ond from right), accepted the grant with appreciation on behalf of the organization. HCSO Major Sankar
Montoute (second from left) participated in the presentation. Flanking them are Mike Albanese, patrol
chief, (far left), and Kurt Nolden, deputy chief, (far right).
Fraud forewarning underwritten
by sheriff's office
* By MELODY JAMESON
SUN CITY CENTER In order to forearm
residents here with forewarning knowledge,
this community's volunteer security
organization has received a grant from the
Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.
The $1,300 grant was awarded last week
based on application by the Sun City Center
Security Patrol for funds to underwrite
preparation of an educational booklet
informing retirees about the types and
numbers of frauds focused on them by scam
The check was presented patrol leaders
Wednesday during the HSCO's annual
Community Enrichment Grants Program
award ceremonies in Ybor City, according to
Karen Ryan, president of the patrol's board
of directors. This is the second year the patrol
has received funding through the program and
the 2012 grant is the only one made to a South
County organization, she added.
This year's grant application, prepared by
Ryan, sought a total of $1,500 to produce
and deliver "an all-in-one resource" aimed at
giving residents a ready reference covering
the variety of scams, frauds and theft concepts
that frequently are targeted at retirement
community populations assumed to be easy
prey. The application's estimates put the
composition, printing and binding costs at
a minimum of $1,000, with the remainder
earmarked for delivery methods.
Ryan's project outline envisions collection
of information on the subjects from a range of
sources, including the sheriff's office and its
officers serving as the community's resource
deputies, state agencies which focus on
elderly services and online websites dedicated
to consumer protections.
Ryan, a long time patrol member who has
served in several capacities, also noted in
the proposal that "Sun City Center, due to its
senior population, is a prime target for scams,
thefts and assorted frauds." Many times, she
added, they are reported to the patrol, but only
after an occurrence which has taken advantage
of a resident. '"The objective is going to be
to reduce and prevent those occurrences by
See GRANT, page 11
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4 OBSERVER NEWS RIVERVIEW CURRENT SCC OBSERVER
Dreams and visions
Author John Updike said,
"Dreams come true; without that
possibility, nature would not in-
cite us to have them." But I think
that nature needs our help to turn
a dream into a reality. Dreams
for the most part have little sub-
stance. They are wisps
of smoke that can be
blown away on a light
breeze of neglect or
adversity. Dreams be-
come doable when we
turn them into visions.
When a dream be- Positi
comes a vision, it takes Talk
on substance. To do ByWilliarr
that, we must quantify
our dream and be honest about
what we are really hoping to
achieve. To say, "My dream is to
live comfortably," does not define
the goal. What does it mean to live
comfortably? To change the dream
to a vision, we must clarify "what"
our objective is. When we say, for
instance, that my dream is to own
my own home and be debt-free,
that begins to answer the "what"
question and begins to move from
dream to vision. But vision has
several other requirements.
A dream rarely deals with the
lho\\" of achieving the goal.
Dreaming is easy but doing is hard,
and most dreamers do not want to
ruin their dream by dousing it with
the reality of determining how to
make it happen. The fact that the
how of your dream is not clear is
not reason enough to declare it
invalid. It might just be that it has
not yet been made evident to you
what you need to bring your dream
into vision status. Write the dream
down. Make note of what you need
to proceed and then watch for it to
appear. If the how is evident, then
move on to the next phase of turn-
ing a dream into a vision.
That phase is the "when" or tim-
ing of the project. A key part of
turning a dream into a vision is to
establish a time to start and a time
to finish. Many a dream has died of
old age. The dreamer had defined
the goal and had the resources to
achieve it, but for some
reason never estab-
lished a time line for its
completion. One of my
-favorite writers, Miguel
de Cervantes, wrote,
"Delay always breeds
e danger; and to protract
a great design is often
lodges to ruin it." Move your
dream to vision and
your vision to reality by establish-
ing a time for it to be born.
The final step in changing your
dream into a vision is to begin
working on it. You have answered
the what, the how, and the when.
The final step is the no" It is
when you drive the first nail in
your new house or begin saving
for it by putting the first dollars in
an account designated especially
for it. Then the dream becomes a
vision that can be turned into a re-
ality. Most of us falter at this final
step because of the fear of failure.
But when you feel this fear com-
ing on, think of these words that
novelist George Eliot wrote, "The
only failure a man ought to fear is
failure in cleaving to the purpose
he sees to be best." You know what
is best; press on.
To dream is a wonderful thing
and should be encouraged. But
to only dream can lead to defeat
and disenchantment. Look at your
dreams and shine the light of re-
ality on them. How can they be
moved from that "might be" state
to a "can be" state? The first step
is to write them down. Then look
at the resources needed to achieve
them. Now decide when you want
them to come true. Finally, decide
to start the journey toward their
accomplishment. At that point,
you are no longer a dreamer but
a visionary. You are also well on
your way to having a dream come
Hodges is a nationally recog-
nized speaker, trainer and syndi-
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interview-format television pro-
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on the Tampa Bay Community
Network which airs Mondays at
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Hillsborough County Commis-
sioner Kevin Beckner, District
6, Countywide, is hosting office
hours in the community to hear
from residents and to help connect
them to their County government.
The Commissioner and his staff
welcome this opportunity to meet
citizens, one-on-one, to discuss
their ideas and concerns regarding
issues taking place in Hillsborough
No appointment is necessary and
residents are seen on a first-come,
The community office hours are
from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday,
July 27 at Ruskin Senior Center,
905 6th St. SE, Ruskin.
For more information, call 672-
1107.To learn more about Hills-
borough County Commissioner
Kevin Beckner, visit his web page,
or call (813) 272-5730.
JULY 26, 2012
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For its inaugural year in 2011, the SouthShore Chamber's Pigs in the
Park invaded EG Simmons Park. This year, the pigs are storming the
park...ing lot from 4 to 10 p.m. on Friday, July 27 at the parking lot
at Mira Bay SweetBay Plaza in Apollo Beach. Bring the whole family
for a night of BBQ, beer, blues and a Business Expo with a special area
designed just for kids.
Feast on down-home slow-cooked BBQ; sway to the rhythm of live
blues music featuring Ladyhawke; stop by the booths of local business
owners to learn more about the services they have to offer the commu-
nity. Let the kids loose in the kids' area featuring Home Depot's activity
center, bouncy houses, Jumbo the Clown and the Kids R Kids coloring
According to SouthShore Chamber executive Director Melanie
Morrison, "This is a very affordable way to get out with friends and
family and meet people in your community. Creating a true community
feeling is all about bringing people together where they can have fun and
be proud to work, live and play right here in South Shore! Be sure and
stop by and check it out!"
Admission is free for a whole parking lot filled with food, fun and
entertainment for kids of all ages. For more information, call the Chamber
at (813) 645-1366 or (813) 645-3808.
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First Baptist Church of Ruskin celebrates 75 years
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Senior Pastor Barry V. Rumsey
and his wife Vicki have been at
the Ruskin church since August
2001 and are now busy planning
for the church's 75th anniversa-
ry celebration in October.
Obviously this was no small
While Don was pastor, Nell ran
the youth department at the school
and taught 4-year-olds in Sunday
They also began a large bus
ministry which later hosted
the National Bus Conference.
They presented plans for a new
auditorium, and were present at
the groundbreaking in 1968.
What now stands on the church
property has grown from a simple
house to a large 3-acre campus
with sporting ministries, a school,
large gymnasium, worship
sanctuary with a Baptistry, and a
separate house for offices.
The church's story began in
1935 when the Conley family
donated a small home and two
lots on what is now College
"Not much is known about
them," said Jan Liles, who has
been working at the church 38
years, has worn many hats but is
now known (mostly) as secretary
to the senior pastor.
Jan and Jim Farr, other long,
long-term members, filled in
many details of how the church
began and grew.
As it prepares for its 75th
anniversary celebration in
October, many facts are being
brought out that some even
members did not know.
In the beginning people were
meeting in homes and the Conley
family (who no one seems to
know much about since the
history of that was destroyed)
donated the house and two lots.
The mission became known
(then) as the First Baptist Church
of Ruskin. Their home was across
the street from the present church
and on that land an auditorium
See 75TH ANNIVERSARY, page 26
Mary's children The Rev. Don
Ketcham, now 80, and his wife
Nell were on hand to fill in what
they knew. Since it would take
this whole newspaper to tell the
things they told me, I'll have to
settle for a choice few.
Rev. Don pastored the church
from 1964 to 1969 when he went
full time with the youth ministry
Word of Life. But in 1999 he and
his wife returned to retire in Sun
While he was pastor, the couple
started the pre-K and kindergarten
that later became an accredited
school and now has grades pre-K
through 12 (accepting more
than church members) Ruskin
Christian School, under the
current principal, Tim Vanderveer.
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it, they will baptize in an easier place, including swimming pools. When looking at this photograph,
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Call for appt. 813-244-0341
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Greater Riverview Chamber adds to staff
Left to right: Jim Raymond, Linda Raymond, Jim Hiller, Bev Hiller,
Debbie Fonseca, and Santiago Fonseca.
Gleaners Bay Area Arbor provides
A catastrophic event or injury frequently leaves its victims and family
in serious stress. Although every survivor's experience and reactions are
different, there are many reactions and long term issues that must be
dealt with. These injuries can leave a person suffering from permanent
disabilities for the rest of their life. If compensation is not received the
physical, emotional and financial strains are devastating to the victim as
well as the family.
The Gleaners Bay Area Arbor located in Apollo Beach has been
charged with the responsibility of finding a person each year that has
suffered a catastrophic event and make a financial donation to cover
some of the medical bills, rehabilitation services or continued care costs.
The Arbor group monitors the news during the year and looks for one
or two people who are suffering and are in need of help or financial
assistance due to a catastrophic event. This year the Arbor concentrated
on the Bloomingdale rape victim who was viciously attacked and raped
a few years ago. This young lady's life has been forever changed by the
malicious attack. The girl, whose identity has not been released due to
the nature of the crime, is now blind, cannot speak and is unable to walk
or move. After spending months in the hospital and then spending more
time at a rehabilitation hospital she is now undergoing intense physical
therapy at home. While people have continued to contribute money to
assist in her recovery she will probably need medical care for the dura-
tion of her life. Therefore, every dollar counts and much more is needed
to carry her through. Therefore, the Gleaners Bay Area Arbor and its
members are contributing $1,500 to her continued care. They ask that
people in our community interested in making further donations go to
any SunTrust bank and indicate that the money is for the Bloomingdale
Library Assault victim and make a small donation.
The Arbor receives its financial support from The Gleaners Life Insur-
ance Society when members simply participate in community activities
and other volunteer tasks. Arbor members are merely required to attend
monthly meetings, attend community projects and report their personal
volunteer acts and hours to the organization in order to receive these
funds. All money received from Gleaners is passed back to its member's
communities and used to accomplish special tasks that include but are
not limited to: helping the needy, educating youth, providing support
for animals, offering help to our military and financial support to help
4H organizations. Individuals interested in becoming involved in the
community and would like more information about Gleaners Bay Area
Arbor can send an Email to: Hillerbev @aol.com.
The Greater Riverview Cham-
ber of Commerce is pleased to
announce that they have added a
new staff member to their team.
Debbie Kirkland has accepted the
new position as Assistant Execu-
Debbie is a native of Elizabeth-
town, KY She and her husband,
Bill moved to Florida in 1999 and
have been Riverview residents
since 2005. They have two grown
daughters, a granddaughter and 2
grand-dogs living in Tampa.
Debbie comes to GRCC after
spending three years with the
Greater Brandon Community
Giant Wet Willie
Water Slide open
Foundation as the Administrative
Director. Prior to that, she was
employed by Kimley-Horn and
Associates Inc. as a permitting spe-
cialist. Before moving to Florida,
Debbie's job experiences varied as
she supported her husband's mili-
Chamber staff members are
thrilled to have Debbie join their
team and look forward to incorpo-
rating her knowledge and experi-
ence into serving the community's
Debbie may be contacted at the
Riverview Chamber office at (813)
On July 10, YMCA Camp Cristina hosted a Greater Riverview Cham-
ber of Commerce Ribbon Cutting Ceremony to celebrate the grand open-
ing of their new giant Wet Willie Water Slide. Several Chamber mem-
bers were in attendance, taking the colorful Camp Cristina YMCA Bus
over to the Wet Willie Water Slide. The Greater Riverview Chamber
of Commerce raised and donated $1,125 to Camp Cristina to help local
children attend camp. Plus the 2012 Riverview Chamber President Ed
Booth of Huth and Booth Photography was allowed to try out this excit-
ing slide. For more information about Wet Willie, contact Camp Cristina
Camp Director Darren Dannelly (813) 677-8400.
Local company featured on national TV show
Last fall, the team from David J.
Brate Aluminum and Construction
was invited to participate in an
episode of the DIY Networks' pop-
ular show "Yard Crashers." The
episode, filmed in the Wimauma
neighborhood of Ayersworth, was
aired for the first time on Tues-
day, July 10. Show details from
the DIY network's website are as
follows: Show host Ahmed Hans-
san, "headed to Tampa, Florida to
change one couple's yard from an
ugly, blank slate to an entertaining
Left to right: Bill Kaufman, Metals USA, Billy Seay, Matt Blashaw,
David Brate, and James Brate. Front row: Ceasar Pecina.
paradise. A raised patio is topped
off with a pergola for shade and
a massive water feature along the
back with lights that change colors
and flames that dance on the wa-
ter. A crushed shell walkway leads
around the yard from the pergola
lounge area to an outdoor kitchen
made from polymer cabinetry and
hooked up with a high-end grill,
sideburner and unique beverage
dispenser. Episode DYCR-410H."
BrateAluminum and Construc-
tion was responsible for build-
ing the pergola featured in the
episode. Materials for the pergola
were supplied by the kind folks
at Metals, USA. The show will
be rebroadcast throughout July
and August. To see the broadcast
schedule, go to http://www.diy-
ity-edge-bar/index.html. David J.
Brate Aluminum & Construction
is a family owned and operated
construction company specializing
in sun rooms, screen rooms and
replacement windows. They have
served the communities of South
Shore for over 26 years.
For more information about
Brate Construction or to schedule
your free estimate, call 649-1599.
Quality Life Massage Therapy joins
On July 13, Quality Life Massage Therapy hosted a Greater Riverview
Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting at their location inside the L.W
Hair Studio, 911 Lithia Pinecrest Rd., Brandon.
They joined the Chamber during
the recent Membership Drive and
several Chamber members were in
attendance to help welcome owner
Leslie Forrester as a new member.
Quality Life Massage Therapy
offers a variety of therapeutic mas-
sages as well as party packages
and gift certificates.
For more information, call (813)
735-2476 or leslie@qualitylife-
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JULY 26, 2012
Back to School/Back to Nature event happens August 4
Before homework, tests and the
smell of markers or chalk dust fill
the air, enjoy a beautiful morning
filled with learning that is fun and
check off some school supplies in
Camp Bayou's 5th Annual Back
to School/Back to Nature event will
be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Sat-
urday, Aug. 4. Registered families
will visit several nature stations
where they will learn something
about frogs, fossils, forests or one
of several nature topics. This year
there will also be a station with
information about NASA's Curios-
ity rover and its expected landing
on Mars on Aug. 5.
Before leaving each station, the
children will be given a free school
supply item! For a possible extra
bonus, children will be given a free
raffle ticket when they arrive after
their family signs in at the regis-
tration table. Tickets will be drawn
every 30 minutes for other items, in-
cluding backpacks, journals, lunch
bags, and more. As in past years,
registration is requested but FREE,
online at www.campbayou.org.
There will be a LEEF Teacher
Resource Exchange -- an area for
educators to leave materials they
no longer need or pick up some-
thing new. Current items available
for the Teacher Exchange include
a fish tank with some accessories,
posters, colorful nature magazines,
water quality test kits and more!
Teachers can also learn about
field trips to the Nature Center or
Fossil Museum, upcoming teacher
professional workshops, League
of Environmental Educators in
Florida (LEEF) regional informa-
tion and Florida Master Naturalist
Organizations that will be partici-
pating in this year's event include:
Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful
Florida Division of Forestry
League of Environmental
Educators in Florida
A cooler will be on hand to help
keep participants hydrated with
free cups of water. There will also
be hot dogs, chips and soda for sale
starting at 11 a.m. to keep those
tummies from grumbling.
This event is a Summer Learning
Day, Be Out There!, Get Outdoors
Florida, "Let's GO"- Children and
Nature, No Child Left Inside, and
Learning Center is a public/private
partnership between Bayou Out-
door Learning and Discovery,
Inc. (BOLD), Ruskin Community
Development Foundation, Inc.
(RCDF) and Hillsborough County
Parks, Recreation and Conserva-
tion. Camp Bayou is located 3
miles south of S.R. 674 at the end
of 24th St. SE in Ruskin.
Visitors have fun learning about nature then receiving a free school
supply item at last year's Back to School- Back to Nature event.
Let's Move Outside inspired initia-
tive. Plus, this year, it is also a Mars
Curiosity Landing event!
Camp Bayou is neither a camp-
ground nor a summer camp. It was
an RV park before the County's
ELAP program purchased the
land but it is now open for day use
only, open to the general public.
Through volunteers, donations,
membership and grants, the RCDF
offers pre-scheduled programs to
schools, youth groups, adult groups
and families plus it's open from 9
a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday through
Saturday for passive recreational
pursuits such as wildlife watching,
nature photography and trail walks.
General admission is still FREE.
The Camp Bayou Outdoor
More information is on the web
at illp '.' : .c. li'pl.iyou.org/ or
call (813) 641-8545.
Brad Jenkins, professor and di-
rector of engineering technology
at St. Petersburg College (SPC)
in St. Petersburg, has been named
HI-TEC Educator of the year. Jen-
kins will receive the Educator of
the Year Award at the High Impact
Technology Exchange Conference
(HI-TEC) in Denver, CO.
This national award recognizes
a community college educator's
outstanding contributions to ad-
vanced technological education.
Nominees for the award must also
have demonstrated impact on tech-
nology education on a local and
For more information on HI-
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Brad Jenkins at (727) 341-4378/
jcinkliiins fl-, c oil or Dr. Mari-
lyn Barger, executive director of
FLATE at (813) 259-6578 or email
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Kids' Program/Event Highlights
July 26-August 1
Teen Night: Game Zone
Thursday, July 26 5 to 7 p.m.
For middle and high school students. Get in the zone with friends
for some gaming fun on the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii with games
such as Band Hero, Guitar Hero 5, Smash Brothers Brawl and more!
Funding provided by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library.
Family Story Time
Thursday, July 26 7 to 7:30 p.m.
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.
VFW Post #8108
7504 Riverview Dr.
Men's Auxiliary -- First Thursday
at 7 p.m.
Ladies' Auxiliary -- Second
Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Post -- Second Thursday at
Wednesday Spaghetti Dinner
from 5 to 7 p.m.
Friday Fish Fry from 5 to 7 p.m.
Sunday Breakfast from 9 a.m.
Bar Bingo Monday at 6:30 p.m.
Bar Poker with Lori on
Wednesday at 1 p.m.
Fire in the Hole on Saturdays
at 1 p.m.
Last chance for
The GFWC Brandon Junior
Woman's Club still has some open-
ings at their annual Teen Forum on
July 30 through
S Aug. 3 at Na-
Church, 705 E.
4 Brandon Blvd.
in Brandon. The
day camp is for
6th, 7th or 8th grades.
They are pleased to announce
that the 2012 Florida Strawberry
Festival Queen, Chelsea Bowden
and a few members of her court
will attend Teen Forum at 10 a.m.
on Tuesday, July 31.
They will be appearing as a
panel to answer questions. Many
other speakers will be provided on
topics ranging from self-esteem,
fitness to service as well as crafts,
team activities, snacks and prizes.
Reserve your space by going to
www.thebjwc.com to print the form
and send it with payment of $70 to
Brandon Junior Woman's Club,
P.O. Box 66, Brandon 33509.
For more information, call Donna
Griffin at (813) 244-4758.
Free back-to-school physical and
immunizations scheduled for August
Hillsborough County Public Schools and the Back-to-School Coalition
of Hillsborough County are co-hosting opportunities for free physical
and immunizations on upcoming Saturdays.
Free school physical are available to any child entering a Florida
school for the first time in kindergarten through grade 12. Parents or
legal guardians must accompany their children at all times and immuni-
zation records are required for children to receive free immunizations.
No sports, Head Start, or day care physical will be available.
The event will take place Saturday, Aug. 11 at the SouthShore Com-
munity Resource Center, 201 14th Ave. SE, Ruskin
Appointments are required. For more information or to schedule an
appointment, call (813) 443-3048.
Ruskin VFW Post #6287
Ruskin VFW Post #6287, 5120 U.S. 41 N. has listed the following
weekly activities. Meetings are: American Legion on 1 st Wednesday
each month; VFW and LAVFW on the 2nd Wednesday each month;
and MAVFW on the 3rd Thursday each month.
Thursday, July 26 Bar Bingo
at 6 p.m.
3 -Friday, July 27 Fish Fry from
4:30 to 7 p.m. Music by George
Rabb from 7 to 11 p.m.
Saturday, July 28 Music by
Sweet Water Band from 7 to 11
Sunday, July 29 Fire in the
Hole from 1 to 4 p.m. Music by Bert
& Sassy from 5:30 to 9 p.m.
Monday, July 30 Open.
Tuesday, July 31 Games in Lounge from 1 to 5 p.m. Kitchen
open from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Bingo at 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 1 American Legion Meeting at 7 p.m.
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How to Search for Forgotten Money your Loved
Ones Left Behind
Dear Savvy Senior
I've heardthat there are resources
available that can help people
look for lost or forgotten money
left behind by their diseased rela-
tives. When my mother and father
passed away their financial con ,.. I
were in such a mess, I'm wonder-
ing if there was i rii ,,,,. I over-
looked. What can you tell me?
By Jim Miller
Lost or forgotten money is
actually quite common in the U.S.
In fact, according to National
Association of Unclaimed Property
Administrators, nearly $33 billion
in unclaimed assets is sitting in
state treasuries and other agencies
just waiting to be found.
These unclaimed assets are from
some 117 million accounts that
are inactive or whose owners or
their heirs cannot be located. Un-
claimed assets can include things
like lost or forgotten investments
or bank accounts, Social Security
payments, utility deposits, tax re-
funds, life insurance proceeds,
stocks, un-cashed dividends and
This typically happens because
of a change of address (the own-
er moved), a name change (the
owner got married or divorced), or
the owner dies and the estate was
unaware of the money or the heirs
could not be located. By law, com-
panies and financial institutions
that can't find the owner or their
next of kin within two to five years
must turn the property over to the
state where it's held indefinitely.
Where to Search
It's very possible that your de-
ceased parents, or you, have some
unclaimed assets out there and you
don't even know it. To start your
quest, go to missingmoney.com
or unclaimed.org, both of which
contain records from most state
unclaimed property programs.
Check every state in which you
or your parents have lived, worked
or conducted business. Also search
using maiden names and any pre-
vious names, as well as middle
names and middle initials. Every
state can tell you immediately if
your parents or you have some un-
claimed property, as well as how
to go about collecting it. If you
don't have a computer, you can
call the state treasurer's office for
Look Here Too
Beyond state treasuries, here are
some other agencies you should
check for lost loot, along with a
few resources that can help you
IRS: Each year thousands of
refund checks totaling millions
of dollars are returned to the IRS
by the post office. To look for lost
tax refund checks go to IRS.gov
and click on "Individuals," then
on "Where's My Refund," or call
U.S. Treasury: To find out if
there are any savings bonds your
parents didn't claim dating back to
1974, go to treasurydirect.gov and
click on "Check Treasury Hunt to
see if you own matured savings
bonds." For older bonds or those
still drawing interest, use form
1048 which you can download at
Pension Benefit Guaranty
Corp.: If you or your parents
worked for a company that went
out of business or ended its defined
benefit pension plan, you may be
entitled to some of their benefits.
Check at pbgc.gov and click on
"Missing Participants Search."
The National Registry of
Unclaimed Retirement Benefits:
To search for lost 401(k) plans,
com where plan sponsors, admin-
istrators and custodians register
missing participants who have un-
claimed retirement funds.
Federal Deposit Insurance
Corp.: Search for unclaimed bank
accounts at firms that were shut
down between 1989 and 1993 go
to www2.fdic.gov/funds. State
treasuries hold assets from shut-
downs after 1993.
Social Security: To find lost
Social Security benefits, including
the $255 death benefit, call 800-
American Council of Life
Insurers: If you think your parents
had a life-insurance policy try
missingmoney.com, or for more
tips go to acli.com and click on
"Missing Policy Tips."
Send your senior questions to:
Savvy Senior PO. Box 5443,
Norman, OK 73070, or visit Sav-
vySenior.org. Jim Miller is a con-
tributor to the NBC Today show
and author of "The Savvy Senior"
JULY 26, 2012
EPC of Hillsborough to host workshop
The Environmental Protection Commission of Hillsborough County
(EPC) will host a workshop to answer questions and take public com-
ment on proposed amendments to the rules listed below from 3 to 5 p.m.
on Wednesday, Aug. 1 at the Environmental Protection Commission
Roger P Stewart Center, Classroom A, 3629 Queen Palm Dr., Tampa.
The proposed amendments serve to remove or modify obsolete, con-
fusing, unnecessary or contrary provisions contained within the existing
rules and will not add to or expand any environmental regulations. EPC
staff will make the same presentation at each workshop.
The proposed rule amendments are available for review online at
www.epchc.org. Copies can be requested by calling (813) 627-2600 ext.
1054. Submit written comments by Wednesday, Aug. 1, via U.S. Mail
to Ricardo Muratti, Esq., Environmental Protection Commission, 3629
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Model train event at Palmetto Historical Park
The Palmetto Historical Park
and Manatee County Agricultural
Museum will host a "Model Train
Social" Friday, August 3, from 5 to
8 p.m. and ."il.i.\ .\ugu-1. 4, from
10 a.m. to 4 p.m., this family event
is sure to please any train enthusiast.
The Gulfcoast Garden Railroaders
and Real Rail will be visiting and
bringing their model trains. There
will be trains set up in different
locations in the park as well as two
Speeders. A hands-on train play
area, train crafts, train activities, and
train movies are all part of the event.
There will even be several contests
to participate in and a swap session
that will be open to the public.
A raffle will be taking place of a
"Percy" G-Scale starter set. Come
visit the park and have a great time!
Snack It To Me will be selling food
on both days and Alex's Lemonade
Stand will be raising funds for
childhood cancer research.
This family event is free! The
park is located at 515 10th
Ave. West, Palmetto. For more
information, call 941-721-2034 or
arming our residents with useful
information," she said.
The board chairman said
this week the project will get
underway immediately, beginning
with organization of materials to
be included in the booklet. No
target date for completion has
been established but a publication
date this fall is anticipated, and in
as many units as available monies
will allow, she added.
Initially, the booklets are to be
distributed through the security
patrol offices on the North Pebble
Beach Boulevard Central Campus
and supplies maintained in the
patrol's vehicles which daily
circulate through the community.
The long standing HCSO
Community Enrichment Grants
Program is supported by monies
and resources seized as part of
the law enforcement agency's
crime solving efforts, according
to Amanda Pope, a member of the
department staff administering the
program. Funds available each
year are commensurate with the
This year, a total of 37 grant
applications were received,
seeking up to $1,500 for a variety
of community projects, Pope
said. A panel of 12 individuals
selected 21 of them to receive
grants in assorted amounts which
were awarded last week. Inquiries
frequently begin in January of
each year, she added, with the
process concluding in the spring
or early summer.
In 2011, the security patrol
received $300 through the HCSO
program which was applied
to purchase of tires for patrol
vehicles, Ryan said.
"And thanks to the sheriff's
office program," she added, "this
year we will be able to address
another pressing need to enlighten
our community about potential
harm. If we can prevent one theft
or scamming of a SCC resident, I
will consider this grant a success."
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for plants and yards in South Hillsborough. The rain hasn't been
without some problems, however. Shell Point Road and several
adjacent roads flooded after a significant storm lingered over the
area on July 18. The owners of the Dog House and More on Shell
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Gigantic puppets come to life at the Firehouse Cultural Center
Young children attending the free workshop at the cultural
last week made their large puppets even larger during a s
puppet show. Judging by the size of the tiny feet under the s
it also makes small children much larger.
* By MITCH TRAPHAGEN
RUSKIN Last week, master
puppet artist and puppeteer Sara
Peattie became the second artist
in residence at the Firehouse
Cultural Center in Ruskin. Peattie
brought with her not just puppets.
but the means for dozens of
children and adults to make their
own gigantic creations.
Over the course of the week,
53 children aged 8 to 11 attended
the free Extreme Puppets
workshops that were sponsored
by the SouthShore Chamber
of Commerce and other local
businesses. The children formed
puppet troupes, making their
own puppets and developing
a common story. Each troupe
performed for the entire workshop
and even the small puppets
became gigantic when they were
transformed by a single spotlight
through a white screen in a
shadow puppet show.
Older children, aged 11 to 13,
became involved through the
Powerstories Theatre, a new,
all-girls group from a South
County troupe formed from
the established Tampa theater
company of the same name. The
18 puppets made by the girls at
the cultural center will be props
they will use in performances this
season, including an appearance
this week at the Rollin's Theater
in Sun City Center.
Check out the
In three sold-out adult
workshops, participants eng
in building three-dimensior
armatures and papier-mach
heads using a variety of ma
and sewing, gluing, painting
and assembling each to cre;
character with which to per
'There is magic in seeing
of cardboard, newspaper, b,
paint and fabric remnants
transform into a larger than
movable creature," said Do
Coe of the Firehouse Cultu
With the unqualified succ
of Peattie's residency, a pla
hatched to form an improm
flash mob of gigantic puppc
on the beach at the Little H
"A high energy week of c
puppet design and construct
wrapped up with a beachsic
appearance on Saturday ev>
* Coe said. "About one-third of the
giant puppets constructed during
the week converged on Little
Harbor and the adjacent beach
by bus, pick-up truck, vans and
overstuffed cars. The puppets
were to make their debut in a
'flash mob' scenario. Planned to
unfold over just a few minutes, a
cast of giant sea creatures would
~I lure a young nerd puppet away
from his computer into a lively
frolic with the crowd before
sweeping him off down the
beach and out to sea."
Unfortunately, nature did not
cooperate with their plans.
'Perfectly timed severe
thunderstorms hit just as the
PHOTOS puppets were taking their
center places," Coe continued. "So
hadow a large nerd [puppet] with
screen, solar computers, along with a
gigantic mermaid, sea serpent,
frog, jelly fish and assorted
other creatures took shelter with
guests and musicians and did a
aged Plan B version [of the show].
lal In any case, the puppeteers
6 had the opportunity to bring
trials to life a most basic, but highly
g expressive, form of animation."
ate a Sara Peattie lives and works
form. in Boston and has been making
stacks puppets for more than 30 years,
amboo, including puppets for parades,
pageants and community events.
life, She has built puppets for the
lores Lincoln Center Out of Doors
ral Festival in New York, First Night
Boston and other major events
ess around the country.
n was For more information, visit the
ptu Puppeteers Cooperative website
ets at gis.net/~puppetco. For more
arbor information about the Firehouse
Cultural Center, visit www.
relative firehouseculturalcenter.org. For
tion more about the Powerstories
de Theatre, visit www.powerstories.
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FEMA Community Relations
Representatives arrive in Hillsborough
A two-person team from Federal Emergency Management Agency
Community Relations is on the ground in Hillsborough County to help
those impacted by Tropical Storm Debby. This team will be going door-to-
door to help those residents who need financial or other assistance under-
stand how to register for federal assistance.
The FEMA team will be in our community working seven days a week
from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. for as long as there is a need.
Residents who feel they have been impacted by Tropical Storm Debby
should call 800-621-FEMA (3362) to register. The TTY number is 800-462-
7585. Residents can also apply online at www.DisasterAssistance.gov.
Residents need to register by Sept 6, 2012.
By registering, home owners, renters and businesses may be eligible
to receive assistance for their homes or other property, and lost wages.
Assistance will vary with each case.
During this 10-minute phone registration, residents will need to have the
following information available:
Social Security Number of the heads of household
Private insurance information, if available
Address and zip code of the damaged property
Directions to the damaged home or property
A telephone number where a message can be left
An address where mail can be received
Once registered, a FEMA inspector will be sent to the damaged property
to make a report. The resident will then receive a detailed summary of the
federal assistance available to them.
Any resident who feels they were impacted by Tropical Storm Debby
is encouraged to register for federal aid, even if they have insurance, as
quickly as possible. The FEMA assistance may be able to fill the gaps of
their insurance or address issues that arise after a homeowner's insurance
claim is settled.
Since the federal statewide disaster declaration:
$9.4 million has been made available in Individual Assistance, including:
$8.3 million for housing assistance.
$1 million approved to cover other essential disaster-related needs, such
as medical and dental expenses.
6,306 people have called FEMA for information or assistance.
3,793 inspections of homes completed.
2,017 individuals and families have been approved for federal disaster
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Several months back, I met a
woman from Apollo Beach and we
became fast friends. She had me
over to her home one Saturday to
sit by the pool and again for dinner
with Husband. On the
first occasion, I noticed
get well cards scattered
around her living room.
When I came back for
the dinner a few weeks
later, I noticed they were
I asked her if she was YOU/
feeling better, and she Busfl
respondedwithaclueless By Dana
blank stare. I gestured
toward the get well cards. With a
dismissive wave of the hand, she
said "Oh those. I keep them out so
if someone comes over unexpect-
edly they'll think I was too sick to
clean the house."
I might have to steal her idea!
While I don't like lying to my
friends, it would sure come in
handy for those times when in-
considerate people (who are NOT
good friends) pop over without a
warning phone call. My place is
usually neat, but there are those
times when it's a hectic week and
unread newspapers litter the coffee
We should have had get well
cards all over the Chamber lobby
last week. The place looked like
we left the doors open during a
A company in Tampa (who asked
to remain anonymous) needed to
find a good home for some very
gently used office furniture and
supplies before they moved to
another location. This is high-end
stuff and VERY gently used! We
were given four desk/hutch/return
workstations with matching visitor
and office chairs. They gave us two
incredibly soft leather chairs for
the lobby. Then there are the four
bookcases, six cases of paper, two
microwaves, coffee maker, electric
can opener, six white boards, con-
ference table and 14 conference
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Before we could unload the
U-Haul truck with the new stuff,
we had to clean out and organize
the old mis-matched "antique"
desks that have held the lobby
together for decades.
Thanks to some great
Chamber volunteers and
the maintenance guys
S from the Community
Association, we moved
out (and sold) the old
furnishings and reas-
4e & sembled the new modem
ISS MATCHING modules.
)ittmar What a difference!
For a couple of days it
was fairly chaotic, but once the old
stuff was out of the building and
the new workspaces were orga-
nized, we realized we finally look
like the 21st century Chamber we
The leather on the new chairs is
as soft as a baby's bottom and the
hutches at the workstations hide
all of the clutter we use every day
but don't necessarily want to see.
The Board members appreciated
the new chairs at the meeting last
week, and the microwave has been
used a multitude of times.
We have been truly blessed to
be the recipient of such incred-
ible largesse! To our anonymous
benefactors we give a heartfelt
hug of appreciation. And to our
volunteers and friends who helped
us transition from old to new, we
love your dedication to making
our Chamber better and stronger
every day. Come by and check out
our new digs! I'll put all of the get
well cards in a drawer!
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You, Me, and Business
You, Me, and Business
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."
By: Dana Dittmar, Executive Director
SCC Chamber News
to hold meeting
The next Economic Prosperity
Stakeholder Committee meeting
will be held from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
on Monday, July 30 at the Tampa
Port Authority Boardroom.
The public is invited; a public
comment opportunity will be pro-
vided at the end of the meetings.
The meetings will be replayed
by HTV on channel 622 on Bright-
house and channel 22 on Verizon
and saved for later viewing on
the EPSC webpage. For the HTV
replay schedule, visit the HTV
The Hillsborough County Com-
missioners approved the creation
of an Economic Prosperity Stake-
holder Committee (EPSC) in
March 2012 with the mission of
examining the County's regulatory
structure and making recommen-
dations to ease the burden and cost
of regulatory oversight on eco-
nomic development, while main-
taining the County's commitment
to quality of life and responsible
The Stakeholder Committee
includes 21 members, who rep-
resent development and land use
interests, minority communities,
small businesses, and economic
development and environmental
interests. It is chaired by Commis-
sioner Sandra Murman and vice-
chaired by Commissioner Lesley
"Les" Miller, Jr.
For more information, visit the
EPSC's webpages, contact Brian
Grady, Development Services, at
(813) 276-8343 or email EPSC@
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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.
This beautiful female Calico named Spice is the color of a blend of
spices and just as inviting. Spice had a rough start to her life and gave
S' birth to five stillborn kittens. The trauma of her life as a stray must have
H"' been too much for the kittens. Come in and try some Spice in your
household. She is very friendly to each and every volunteer. As part of
her adoption Spice will be spayed, and microchipped. She is up to date
on her shots. DOB: Nov. 2, 2011.
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Natasha is a goofy Terrier puppy who was found as a stray with her
.6 brother Boris. Natasha is a sweetheart. She loves to cuddle. Both Natasha
and her brother zip around the play yard, chasing each other and their
toys. Natasha has started obedience training.
With some of her favorite treats on hand, she will follow the sit and
down commands so far. She is a super active pup so she will need some-
one who can keep up with her. She is good with other dogs. As part of
her adoption, Natasha will be spayed, microchipped, and brought up to
date on her shots. DOB: May 2, 2012.
Hillsborough County students excel on writing test
Hillsborough County fourth and
tenth graders posted the second
highest score in the state on Flor-
ida's writing test, while the eighth
graders were tied for the third
highest score statewide.
When compared to "comparable
and contiguous" school districts
(the state's largest school districts
and those in the Tampa Bay area),
Hillsborough County's fourth and
eighth graders earned the high-
est scores, while the tenth graders
posted the second highest score.
Comparisons to writing scores
from previous years are difficult
because the state changed the
scoring for the test, placing more
of an emphasis on grammar and
punctuation. When it became
clear that the statewide scores
were alarmingly low, Education
Commissioner Gerard Robinson
said the state had not adequately
notified school districts about the
new expectations this year. The
Florida Board of Education held
an emergency meeting and voted
to change the cut score that will be
used for accountability purposes.
Because of the change in scor-
ing and chthehanges this week, the
most meaningful comparison this
year is to simply compare how dis-
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year's test. With that comparison,
Hillsborough County students did
well, exceeding the state average
at all three grade levels and scor-
ing near the top of Florida's 67
The state's writing test scores
range from a low of 1.0 to a high
of 6.0. The average score (the
state refers to it as a mean score)
for Hillsborough County's fourth
graders was 3.4. The average score
for eighth graders was 3.5. The
average score for tenth graders
was 3.5. The writing test is given
to students in fourth, eighth and
tenth grade only.
Last week's release of test scores
marks the first release of scores
that ultimately result in a school
grade under Florida's accountabil-
In addition to writing scores, the
state also released reading scores
for ninth and tenth grade. Hills-
borough County tenth graders
ranked second among comparable
districts, showing a 14 percent
increase in students scoring at or
above the proficiency level. Hills-
borough County ninth graders also
showed an increase over last year's
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of Education website at www.fl-
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Governor Rick Scott welcomes first
Wawa Store to Florida
Governor Rick Scott welcomed Wawa convenience stores to Orlando
at the grand opening of their first store in the state of Florida. The store
is the first of five stores opening in the greater Orlando area by mid-Au-
gust, with 100 Florida stores planned during the next five years. These
stores represent the company's first outside of the Mid-Atlantic states of
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia.
"Florida is proud Wawa has chosen to expand their company here in
our great state," Governor Scott said. "Today's grand opening is evidence
that more companies want to grow and expand here in Florida because of
all we are doing to make our state the best place for business."
Wawa also plans to open stores in Tampa in 2013. The new stores will
each provide 35 full-time and part-time jobs, meaning the 100 planned
stores will bring about 3,500 jobs to Floridians during the next five
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Residents take over community after developers' abandonment
* By PENNY FLETCHER
RUSKIN When the bottom
dropped out of the housing market
a few years back many developers
abandoned projects all over the
country. Homes stood half-
finished. Others were completed
but were left vacant surrounded
by a mix of dirt, block and wood
that were never used, instead of
by other finished homes.
I worked on news stories with
Hillsborough County Code
Enforcement and with sheriff's
deputies who were worried about
neighbors watching out for crime
activity in nearby vacant houses.
While some of these places
still stand vacant and others have
turned to rubble, residents of the
River Bend development on 21st
Street in Ruskin decided to take
matters into their own hands to
improve their lot- or in this case,
It turns out their hands were
very capable and they were able
to turn things around.
"It wasn't easy," said Lance
Belka, one of the five-person core
team behind the effort. Mostly
Belka credits Harry Wallace,
who took the reins and gathered
resident volunteers, contractors
and county officials to take
over the CDD (Community
Development District) the
developers left behind; cover
costs associated with the
vacancies; form their own
governing board; and finally build
the amenities residents had been
promised when they bought their
homes six years ago.
Saturday, July 21, residents
enjoyed the results of the team's
hard work for the first time at the
Grand Opening of the pool and
"I couldn't wait to come over,"
said Richard Ostor as he came up
from a dive underwater playing
with his two grandchildren.
Ostor was there with his daughter
Kimberly Molinaro who was one
of the first homeowners and has
waited years for this to happen.
"The 'regime' here really got
things done we thought were
impossible," Ostor said. "It's
amazing how those guys were
able to deal with more than 500
homeowners, some who were
Chris Douglas, whose wife
Algalana (known at River Bend
simply as 'Al') talked about how
he appreciated all the sacrifices
the group had made to better
their community. "They worked
so hard, and it really shows,"
The team, made up of Rich
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Our neighborhood on the Upper
West Side consisted of brown-
stones originally built as single
family homes. Although most
have since been subdivided into
apartments, one just down the
street remained a single resi-
dence. It was for sale with an
asking price of $8.9 million.
to acknowledge a whole bunch of
the laws of physics?
He smiled and offered his
sincere thanks for the large tip
we gave him, given partially for
getting us to our train on time and
partially for getting us there alive.
As we exited, a young woman
climbed into his cab and he
smiled a serene smile to her and
exuded an aura of absolute calm.
But we knew that within seconds
the young woman would be
clutching the conveniently-placed
handrails for dear life.
When Michelle and I decided
we needed a break to find
some peace and serenity, we
immediately began checking
into flights to New York City.
For those who have never been,
a city of more than eight million
people would seem an odd choice,
but peace is part of the magic of
the city. I can think of few urban
places in the world that have the
serenity of the Upper West Side.
Oh sure, there are lots of people,
but, with the exception of the
cab drivers, they tend to move
at a comfortable pace, primarily
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streaming in, both to visit and to
live. It is a city with everything
and that "everything" attracts
millions of people. Housing can
be difficult to find and even more
difficult to afford. In other words,
New York City today can be an
expensive place to find peace
and solitude, but it doesn't have
to be. In New York, there are
always ways around expensive,
from subways to a $4 lunch in
Chinatown to being a guest in
someone else's apartment.
A cab ride into Manhattan from
any of the three international
airports that serve the city costs
around $50 plus tip. A shuttle
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smartphone and iPad apps that
might provide steep discounts,
but only by waiting until after 12
p.m. on the day of arrival. But if
you are going to visit New York,
why hang out with a bunch of
other tourists in a hotel? There is
a much better and cheaper way to
go, although it carries some risks
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that high-priced hotels do not.
If, however, you have a spirit of
adventure (and perhaps a back-
up plan in mind), then there are
the means to visit the city not
as a tourist, but as a sojourner.
Those means also provide the
opportunity to save considerably
on lodging costs.
To sojourn is defined as
becoming a temporary resident of
a place. AirBnB.com is a website
that allows people to rent homes
and apartments (or to offer their
own homes for rent) on a short-
term basis. Perusing the website
carefully, we found the peace and
tranquility we desired at a third
the cost of a hotel, and in the
process, we became sojourners
instead of tourists. Even for our
short stay, our rented apartment
became our home and it felt
like home. The neighborhood
where we temporarily resided
became our neighborhood. Our
apartment, which included a
small kitchen, a flat-screen TV,
comfortable furniture and high-
speed internet, was just a block
away from Central Park.
In the mornings, eggs and
French toast were available at the
deli just around the corner, and
in the evenings a glass of wine or
pale ale could be had at the pub
with sidewalk seating down the
street. To top it off, New York's
sometimes maligned but incredibly
impressive subway system put the
entire city at our feet.
A seven-day, unlimited subway
ride pass costs only $29. From
the subway station that was just a
block away, we visited the tourist
spots at Times Square and the
discount shopping extravaganza
in genuine counterfeit stuff on
Canal Street in Lower Manhattan,
along with some great and not
so great, inexpensive Chinese
restaurants, without requiring car
keys or the search for a parking
spot. We walked everywhere.
Everything we needed was in
our neighborhood, everything
else we wanted to see was just a
short hop away on the subway.
That extensive system makes it
possible for so many people to
live and work in New York.
OK, yes, we did have to
hail a cab to make our train to
the airport, but only because
we dawdled too long in our
temporary home. As sojourners,
we apparently felt more relaxed
than we ever have as tourists. The
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seemingly a world away from
the hustle and bustle.
With our luggage packed and
ready to go, we walked through
a farmer's market filled with
incredible-looking produce and
baked goods, reveling in how
good the summer air of a peaceful
Sunday morning felt on our skin.
Everywhere around us, people
seemed happy, content and
enjoying their lives as we were.
We crossed the street, picked
up our luggage and locked our
apartment door for the last time,
still steeped in the tranquility
we had found on our short trip.
Then we walked the half block to
Amsterdam Avenue and Michelle
raised her hand up for a cab.
Walking through Central Park makes it difficult to believe that one is
in America's largest city.
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Born too late for what?
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Were you born at the right time?
Do you sometimes feel as though
you are here too early or too late?
Do you long for a golden age,
whatever that may be, or do you
that has not
met up with
Observations someone I
By Mitch Traphagen graduated
years ago. In hindsight, it is
amazing how quickly three
decades have passed. Our lives
diverged moments after we had
our diplomas in hand, and back
then I had no expectation or even
a thought that our paths would
ever cross again. But indeed they
did. I waited in a city restaurant
for him to appear and I recognized
him immediately as he walked
up. OK, so I had the advantage of
using Google Images to search for
a recent photo of him, and I was
holding a copy of his book that
included a photo but neither would
have been necessary. He was his
own man back in high school and
he remains so today. That rare
trait alone made him immediately
I told my friends that I was going
to catch up with a "kid I went to
high school with." We are both
nearly 50 years old now so neither
of us fit the "kid" category, except
to the centenarians. But until I saw
him in person, despite the photos
on his book and on the web, he was
frozen in my mind at 1981. When
our lives diverged, he became
forever young, barring all other
evidence to the contrary. In my
mind, he remained the "kid I went
to high school with."
Joe Goodrich, today an author
and a playwright, arrived wearing
a fedora, a natty jacket and
immaculate saddle shoes, all in
stark contrast to my blue jeans,
untucked shirt and boat shoes with
holes in the soles. He talked about
his life over the past three decades,
his career and his wife, always
attempting to turn around my
questions with, "And what about
you?" He was modest about his
After breakfast, we walked down
streets in the city and his manner
in approaching and respecting
others revealed that perhaps I have
become increasingly thoughtless
over the years. Politically correct
or not, I've always believed in
such things as holding doors open
for others, particularly women,
but for Joe, grace was apparently
effortless. I was happy for the
reminder of his example.
I asked him if he ever considered
that perhaps he was born 100
years too late. The moment those
words slipped from my lips I knew
that fifty years was a better time
frame for him. His reply, however,
surprised me he said no, he
didn't feel that way and he had
clearly given it a lot of thought. He
had analyzed each decade going
back a century or so and had asked
himself, would it have been better
Different decades carried
different wars and depressions
and calamities. He did allude to
wishing he had made better use
of his own past, however. There
were authors and artists he could
have made an effort to meet, some
having passed away in the 1980s or
90s. He could have, "But I didn't,"
he said. "I didn't and really, that's
that. There is nothing that can be
I looked at this person, someone
who could only be described as
dapper, poised and articulate,
someone who had gone in my
mind from the "kid in high school"
to an accomplished and successful
man in an instant, and I felt he
was being logically honest but
emotionally, perhaps, not fully
forthright. Off the cuff and at
the moment, he answered from
his brain. A few hours later, he
answered from his heart via an
I've been thinking about your
question, "Were you born a
hundred years too late?" Perhaps
not a hundred, but certainly fifty.
Whenever I start yearning for
another time, however, I think
of the message---as I see it---of
Woody Allen's MIDNIGHT IN
PARIS: Each generation thinks
the generation before had it better,
lived in a better, golden era. Had
I been born in 1913, I may well
have found the 30s and 40s to
be mundane and wished for the
glories of the 1880s...
It is so easy to wax nostalgic
about the past, the "good old days",
words I heard my own parents use
while I was growing up. When I
was a child, we not only did not
lock the doors to our home, we
didn't even have the keys to the
locks. I remember one time when
my years were numbered as a
single digit, a bully began chasing
a friend and me we simply ran
into someone's house. Naturally, it
was easy enough since their doors
weren't locked. And, of course, the
people living there did not freak
out at the sight of two frightened-
looking children standing in their
foyer. There is a lot to be said
of that era of relative innocence,
MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTO
My friend Joe with Michelle perusing books at a sidewalk sale. In
many ways, he is a man from a different, perhaps better, era, but he
lives fully in the present.
a pre-terrorist time when Andy
Griffith was not only alive, but was
still sharing stories from Mayberry
on the single bulky television sets
that, by then, most families had
managed to acquire.
After considering my friend's
words, I now realize there has
been no perfect era in the annals
of time. Each era carries positives
and negatives, some of the latter
being downright horrific. Without
saying it specifically, my friend
was the embodiment of the best
of times. He lives his life by
selecting the best elements of the
past and carrying them with him
into the present and the future.
His debonair personality and dress
and his chivalrous behavior harks
back to a past golden age, perhaps
several different ages, yet my
friend lives fully in the moment.
I think his way of taking the best
from the past and carrying it with
him in the present makes for the
best of times right now.
I was born at the right time I
think we all were. We all have
our own ideas of the good old
days. Fortunately, as my friend
so brilliantly has proven, we can
choose to bring the good old days
with us into the present. Perhaps if
more of us did that, the world would
be a better place. But if nothing else,
I know I was born at the right time.
Unlike my friend Joe, and despite
my sincere wishes to the contrary, I
look like a moron in a fedora.
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sponsored by Winthrop Town Center.
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being made each day by our military men, women and their families.
let This event also allows the organization to honor its promise to Gold Star
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let forgotten. Numerous Gold Star Families have attended traveling from as
far away as Pensacola.
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specific fallen hero which they will represent. Several Gold Star Family
members will be participating along with active military from MacDill
AFB, USMC 4th Amphibious Reserve Center, Recruiters, Veteran Orga-
nizations, JROTC Cadets and many patriotic supporters throughout the
Tampa Bay community and beyond.
This 5th year anniversary of the event, brings many additions: Active.
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Dinner and a Saturday evening candlelight vigil ceremony.
Florida Fallen Memorial Display Aug. 20-26
August 20-26 -- A permanent addition to their event is the Florida Fall-
en Memorial which will be available for public display. These crosses
have the names, dates and pictures of each of our states Fallen from
both Operation Iraqi Freedom/OIF and Operation Enduring Freedom/
OEF. The Memorial is on loan to the event by Mr. Jim Vanderbleek of
Candlelight Vigil Saturday, Aug. 25 7:30 p.m.
This new addition will be a moving experience for everyone involved.
Join them for special music, poetry and speakers who will honor the
Fallen Heroes. Numerous local motorcycle groups have been asked
to 'stand watch' for this ceremony in honor of our Gold Star families.
Candles will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.
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26, at The Barn at Wintrhrop in Riverview with online pre-registration
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opening ceremony at 9 a.m. with walk/runs immediately following
on Sunday. Colors will be presented by the Chamberlain High School
Marine JROTC cadets, and a gun salute by the Riverview MCL during
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Grouper takes the spotlight this week
Conversations were about to chum fish in the area before
catching grouper as far north as casting into the school.
Destin, to ship channels as far Those who fish miles out in the
south as the mouth of deep report that this is
Tampa Bay. All over the the season for the big
waterways I have heard tuna. A mighty fish to
about gag grouper in catch.
the swim. A few tarpon have
Some have been stayed around our
confused as to when waters. I had a tarpon
they were legal to Fish Tales catch reported by
catch. Such conflicting anglers who were night
releases that calls have By JonieMaschek fishing.
been made by anglers to Cobia love our warm
the Fish and Wildlife Commission. water, and have been swimming all
They released one day, then over the bay. They have left their
change their minds. This led to an safe harbor at the electric plant's
online venue for you to call when warm water flow. Catches have
in doubt. Check with www.fwc. been reported in both the Little
saltwaterfishingpanel.com. Manatee and the Alafia Rivers.
Those who are not fishing out Can you remember back in
in the deep waters, but only go 1974 when the daily bag limit on
out as far as the ship channels are snook was four? Today we can't
enjoying the excitement of gag have even one in our baitwell. The
grouper catches. I have not heard season has been closed for more
of any being caught in the rivers, than two years. It was in 1974 that
When you think of lobster, it is we could fish without licenses for
not in Florida, but in the northern sport fishing.
locations of Boston and Maine. Flounder are known as a lazy
In Monroe County (Florida fish, but not this time of the year,
Keys) and Biscayne National with the full moon this week and
Park, you may keep six lobsters, the rain now and then, they have
The mini season starts this week. surfaced to eat. You don't need
Your catch doubles on the second to dangle your line over them on
day. It is somewhat dangerous and the bottom sand now, as they are
a challenge. Florida lobster look to watching the tides for baitfish. I
me like a crawfish. The taste is the saw many along with a variety of
same as the northern lobster. You catches this week.
will need both a saltwater fishing You will notice this week that the
license and a lobster tag. The tag trout have headed for the deeper
will be $5. waters.
Between rain showers, fishing Redfish are "tailing" in the flats.
has been good this week. Most Largemouth bass and freshwater
anglers were fishing in the early catfish are being caught in the
mornings and returning before the upper freshwater parts of the rivers
afternoon showers, and in the private lakes.
Checking the grassy flats, one I noticed that the ever-popular
can get plenty of bait with a bait Williams Park was packed with
cast net. I saw a boat with an old- trailers each morning, but during
fashioned food grinder attached the week, empty in the afternoon.
to the side of the wooden panel I am happy that all of you are
across the boat, which was used to watching the weather.
grind up all trash fish, which fell AletaJonieMaschekis a member
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PENNY FLETCHER PHOTOS
River Bend Board member Rich Orcutt, left, spent most of the day
Saturday, July 21, identifying homeowners and issuing temporary
identifications. When completed, the community facility will use a
fingerprint system like the one at Busch Gardens instead of having
to carry IDs.
Residents take over
* Continued from page 15
Orcutt and Bill Bish as well as
Wallace, Belka and (Al) Douglas
said they had help from County
Commissioner Sandra Murman
and Jim Ford from the county's
Building and Construction
'They were able to help us
through many rough spots," Belka
The group also is grateful for
the work done to help start the
process by former resident Dean
Walters, who has since moved,
and BYO Enterprises of St.
Augustine, whose workers took
a pool that had been started five
years ago and upgraded it and
finished it to their specifications.
"It's an astronomical
accomplishment. BYO is going
to use this 125,000-gallon pool in
their ads," Belka said.
Wallace told the story of the
group's efforts as he sat down
for the first time all day. When I
arrived for photos of the Grand
Opening at noon, he was still
at work on the new clubhouse,
covered with sawdust and sweat.
As he told it, Metro Land
Development in Tampa obtained
the original CDD to build the
community. (This is in a very
nutshell description a county
procedure where bonds are
sold; developers get loans and
make promises to build certain
amenities as well as homes.)
Metro used five builders and
contracted them to build 400
homes. After about 375 of them
were occupied, most of them went
bankrupt or just pulled out.
'Taylor Morris and Lennar
stayed," Wallace said. Taylor
Morris built 20 last year and
Lennar owned 53 more lots they
But the CDD still had 254
Taxes were owed. There was
a mess. And there seemed to be
no chance of getting the pool and
According to Belka, Wallace led
the charge for residents to take
over the CDD.
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was put on each homeowner for
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part of the amenities, Wallace
The most important were the
pool, clubhouse, kiddie pool and
But to Belka, a retired law
enforcement officer from Ohio,
security fencing was just as
He showed me how kids
are unable to get from one
area to another without adult
supervision and also places where
a fingerprinting identification
system is being installed.
"You can fake an ID card,"
he said. "But you can't fake a
He said the system will be like
the one at Busch Gardens gate.
With the help of county
officials, the River Bend
Community Development District
was formed with Wallace as its
chairman. The next thing is to
make the 254 vacant lots the
property of the CDD so that when
all the legal matters are taken care
of, any operation and maintenance
fees collected can go back into
finishing the amenities.
The first move after gaining
ownership of the CDD was to hire
District Management Services and
form a five-person board, Wallace
These residents are a good
example of what can happen
when a few people make up their
minds to make a positive change
to their community.
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A. Katherine Barkley
Katherine Barkley, 95, of Sun City
Center, FL passed away on Friday, July
13, 2012. Katherine was born on May
25, 1917, in Kentucky, where she was
the youngest of five children of Robert
and Bertha Moore. The family moved
soon thereafter, to Bethel, Ohio, where
she grew up.
In 1937, Katherine married a local
boy from nearby New Richmond,
Ohio, Forrest "Frosty" Barkley. They
were married for 65 years when Frosty
passed away at Sun City Center in 2002
at the age of 89. They are survived by
their daughter, Martha "Marti" Snider
who lives in Lansing, Michigan, with her
husband, David Snider.
In 1950, Katherine, Frosty and Marti
moved to Miamisburg, Ohio where the
family lived until 1975, when Katherine
and Frosty retired to Venice, Florida,
and finally to Sun City Center, Florida,
in 1977, where they enjoyed many
happy years playing golf and bridge.
After Frosty passed away, Katherine
moved to Homewood Residence until
2006, when it became necessary for
her to move to Plaza West Skilled
Nursing Facility, in Sun City Center.
A memorial service was held on
Monday, July 16, 2012, at Plaza West.
Memorial contributions may be made in
her memory to Lifepath Hospice, 3010
Azeele Street, Tampa, FL 33609, or
Sun City Center Emergency Squad,
720 Ray Watson Drive, Sun City
Center, FL 33573.
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Rance Goad, Pastor (Southern Baptist) 9 a.m ...................... Bible Study
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REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA
701 Valley Forge Blvd. Sun City Center, FL 33573-5354
Rev. Robert G. Wiley, Interim Pastor
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Worship Services on Sunday 10 a.m.
Holy Communion First & Third Sunday Bible Class Thursday 10 a.m.
Spirituality Rather Than "Religion"
Henry Gibson Social Hall, Beth Israel Synagogue Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.
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"We love because He first loved us." 1 John 4:19
Traditional Worship Service *Sunday School 9:30 A.M.
Old-Time Gospel Hymns *Morning Worship 10:30 AM.L
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702 Valley Forge Blvd., SCC, FL 33573 Daily.................................... 8:00 a.m.
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NO BOOK...BUT THE BIBLE
Minister DR. DAVID CAMPBELL
F FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
O of RUSKIN, FL
820 College Ave. W. Ruskin, FL 33570
www.fbcofruskin.org A Resource for Families
Sunday School............................... 9:45 a.m.
Morning Worship............... 8:30 & 11:00 a.m.
Evening Service ........................... 6:00 p.m. Dr. Barry Rumsey
Wednesday Night Service ................ 7:00 p.m. CHRISTIAN SCHOOL
K-2 Through 12th
Awana .................. ................... 7:00 p.m. Grade
Southside Baptist Church
"A Warm, Loving & Friendly Church"
Looking for a church home?
Need the comfort of a warm and loving family?
Join us on Sunday to come home to the warmth of our church family.
Located in South Hillsborough County, just south of Stephens Road in old Sun City.
4208 U.S. Hwy. 41 S Sun City, FL 33586 813-645-4085
"Getting to KnowYou" (Donuts & Coffee) ....................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.
Dan Collis, Pastor
Come join us to
learn about God's
Word and salvation
in Jesus Christ
First Church of Christ, Scientist
204 2nd St. N.W. Ruskin, FL 33570 (813) 645-6102
Christian Science Heals
Sunday 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
SSt. Andrew Presbyterian Church
Sunday Services 9:30 a.m.
Contemporary Service 11:00 a.m.
Prayers with anointing for healing and wholeness
during worship the second Sunday of every month.
Ministry Pastor: Rev. Dr. Mark E. Salmon
Church Meet friends in Fellowship Hall between Services.
a Refreshments served.
1239 Del Webb Blvd. West
Sun City Center, FL 33573
Church is Handicap accessible
For information visit:
Pictured from left to right: front row is Gerry Harding, Sue Watkins,
Nancy Majorki, Christine Lewis, Anita Akridge and Jackie Poplin;
back row: Vi Davis, Luana Brooks, Ardyth Bennett, Melba Strawn,
Loretta Lucek and Betty Harker.
Trinity Baptist Church Women's
Fellowship makes a special trip
The Trinity Baptist Church Women's Fellowship recently visited the
Southeastern Guide Dogs. They learned about the process necessary for
the puppies to serve as guide dogs. They especially enjoyed getting to
pet and hug the puppies.
For more information on the church call 634-4228.
Brother and sister team are active
2012 USF graduate, Katie Arp, and brother Matt Arp pose with The
Rev. Tracy Wilder of St John the Divine Episcopal Church in Ruskin
and Sun City Center. Katie and Matt are active members of the
church and assist in leading the Youth Group and participate in the
annual mission trip to the Dominican Republic to build schools and
churches in that country.
It's Tough Being a
This article's title is the name
of a ten-week Bible study starting
Wednesday, September 19, from 6:30
to 8:30 p.m. in Fellowship Hall of St.
Andrew Presbyterian Church at 1239 .|
Del Webb Boulevard West in Sun City
Center. This course, based on the Old
Testament Book of Esther, was writ- Pat Mather (left in photo) and
ten by internationally known Beth Bobbi Curtis.
Moore, who founded Living Proof Ministries in 1994 with the purpose of
teaching women how to love and live on God's Word. She is an American
evangelist, teacher, and author of numerous books and Bible studies. The
evening hours were selected to allow women of all ages to attend, as there
are lessons for working women and retirees alike in the Book of Esther.
Pat Mather and Bobbi Curtis are excited to be leading one of Beth
Moore's Bible studies. Pat, a retired college professor, will teach the
course, and Bobbi will be the facilitator. Bobbi has attended ten different
studies written by Beth Moore, and says, "I have never been disappointed."
So that the proper number of study books can be ordered, call Bobbi Curtis
at 633-8582 to be enrolled. You do not have to be a church member to at-
tend this class.
wSaturday Night Service
WE NOW OFFER 3 SERVICES:
Saturday Night Service: 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Services: 9:00 & 11:00 a.m.
SOUTH BAY CHURCH
13498 US 301 S. Riverview, FL 33578 677-0721
www.southbay.cc Pastor: David Speicher
Visit SouthBay.cc for details on Celebrate Recovery Training; Youth/Kids Summer Camp; much more
Come and experience the power of
Jesus to change your life.
Sunday @ 9 & 11 AM Servicio en Espahiol @ 6 PM
2322 11th Ave. SE Ruskin, FL 813.645.3337
VIEW CURRENT SCC OBSERVER 25
Prepare for flight
The Northside Baptist Church
will be holding Vacation Bible
School "Amazing Wonders
Aviation" from 6-8:30 p.m. July
30-August 3 at the church located
at 1301 US Hwy 41N in Ruskin.
They would like to invite children
and families to take part in this
For more information call 813-
645-1121 or email nbc@nbcor.
Beth Shalom of
Brandon to hold
The annual Congregation Beth
Shalom Open House and Bagel
Brunch will be from 9:30 a.m. -
noon on Sunday, August 19. This
event is free and open to the public,
with no reservations or tickets re-
quired. Admire the beautifully re-
modeled building and learn about
the exciting Religious School and
innovative programs for children
of all ages. Join them for brunch.
Explore their showcase of the
many and varied activities avail-
able at Congregation Beth Sha-
lom. Discover what they do in the
community, how to get involved,
and how to get tickets for the High
For more information call Rudi-
na Richter (813-690-1436) or the
Temple office (813-681-6547).
The United Community Church,
1501 La Jolla Avenue has selected
Metropolitan Ministries Back-
packs of Hope as their Mission of
the Month. Metropolitan Minis-
tries hopes to provide 5000 chil-
dren with backpacks, school sup-
plies and a great start to the school
year. Many parents find that in
these poor financial times, they
cannot afford the needed school
supplies in addition to food and
rent. Help is so essential on every
level. Please remember, that from a
pack of pencils to a full backpack,
you have given a child real hope.
Everything is appreciated and will
be a gift to their future. The back-
packs, school supplies and money
may be deposited in the church
Narthex at any time. For more in-
formation call Metropolitan Min-
istries at 813-209-1000 or visit
Unity in Brandon
to host guest
Valleri Crabtree will be the guest
speaker on Sunday, July 29. The
Message Title: We really do reap
what we sow!
Galatians 6:7 says "...for you
reap whatever you sow."
Is this a well-worn Bible verse
that folks are just fond of quoting
or does it actually hold much wis-
dom for us?
What are the seeds that people
are sowing in their lives? How
are they selecting these seeds?
Are they allowing these seeds to
germinate and grow in an environ-
ment of co-creation or are people
getting in the way of their growth?
Why do some of the seeds which
people sow produce plants which
wither and die while others give
them a strong, healthy, and beauti-
Unity in Brandon is located at
129 N. MoonAve., Brandon in the
Brandon Woman's Club building.
Services begin at 10:30 a.m. and
the web site is unityinbrandon.
&id (:t/ze/ GCa[61k0hi CAu fA
SouthShore: Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City and S. Gibsonton
L U.S. Hwy. 41
-106 11th Ave. NE
"LI t "" A-- '813-645-1714
Very Rev. John F. McEvoy, VF.
Vigil M ass.. .............................................................Saturday 5:00 p.m .
Sunday Mass........8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Contemporary)
M onday thru Friday .................................................................. 8:00 a.m .
Holy Days....................................... Contact Parish Office for Schedule
Espatol ......................................Domingo 12:30 p.m.; Jueves 7:00 p.m.
Confession......................... Thursday 6:15 p.m.; Saturday 3:45 p.m.
26 OBSERVER NEWS RIVERVIEW CURRENT SCC OBSERVER
First Baptist Church of Ruskin celebrates 75 years
U Conntinuedr from a e b5
was built in 1937 and the church
officially organized as a Southern
The Rev. R.P. Coogle was its
first pastor. Since then, 14 other
pastors have served its people.
The land where the present
auditorium stands was purchased
in 1957 and the Rev. Bill Martin
had what is now called The
Martin Building constructed.
Following that, Rev. Don
(Ketcham) arrived and word-
of-mouth history was carried
forward even after the blowing up
of the safe.
When asked, Rev. Don told
several stories but one particularly
struck a chord with those present
because they saw it as a miracle
- although no one knew its
significance (not even Don) for
almost 30 years.
'One day the Deacons and I
were praying and it was very
heavy on our hearts to donate
money to a particular missionary,"
he said. The missionary was in
Grand Turk, a poor island at the
end of the Bahamas, and the
preacher there had been saved
Donald and Nell Ketcham have
now retired to Sun City Center
but Donald was pastor of the
church for five years beginning
in 1964 before going into Word
of Life Youth Ministries full time.
in the same church at the same
time as Rev. Don. 'We had been
friends, but were not connected
then as missionaries went off to
these places and well they
lived on what they could, at
that time he had no 'board' or
anything to go to for support."
The Ruskin church sent him
Years later, it came out in
conversation that at the very
moment the money arrived,
the missionaries Jack and
Marguerite Harvey had packed
up and were ready to leave
because they were completely
'They took that gift as a sign
God wanted them to stay on and
they did, for a long time after that
and made a great difference,"
Rev. Don explained.
Soon afterward, the Harveys got
support from a Mission Board and
stayed in Grand Turk 30 years.
Only upon their return did the
Ketchams hear this story.
Born in New Jersey, Rev. Don
left there at 13. His grandfather
was a preacher in the jails there.
Don got his training at Tennessee
Temple in Chattanooga and
still remembers his first sermon
was back at the church where
he was saved; Calvary Baptist
in Lakeland and it was on the
Psalms. He then pastored in
Jupiter and later helped start
Hillsdale Baptist Church in
Tampa before landing in Ruskin
three years later.
There were many large shoes
to fill when the current pastor,
Rev. Barry Rumsey and his wife
Vicki walked through the doors in
August of 2001.
Rev. Barry had gotten his
religious education at Baptist
Bible College in Springfield, Mo.,
I am grateful for the sharing of
Doris'journey and those of all
the others who spent an afternoon
telling me their stories last week.
The church is located at 820
College Ave. W., Ruskin. Its
telephone number is (813) 645-
6439. For more information, visit
and had then been a pastor in
Lenoir City, TN, for 17 years.
The couple married at 20 and
have been married 36 years,
have four children and eight
He was an associate pastor eight
years and a youth minister before
becoming a full pastor in 1984.
While Rev. Barry pastors the
church, Vicki is not idle. She
is the director of the children's
ministry (for the church, which is
separate from the school); works
with the AWANA program that
helps strengthen families and
works with youth; and began a
sports ministry for area youth
called RAYS (Ruskin Area Youth
Sports) that has soccer, basketball,
cheerleading, and many other
'The core value of RAYS is
sportsmanship," she explained.
Brochures provided by the
church cite positive coaching
and character growth as more
important than "winning" a game.
The Rumseys followed The Rev.
William Taylor who was pastor
from 1986 until 2001 and under
his leadership the church not
only became debt-free but built
several new buildings, remodeled
the auditorium, and made many
improvements to all the facilities.
The long-term members agreed
the church has been blessed by
'I have known them all," said
Doris Buzbee. "I have been here
through every pastor."
Having been moved and shifted
due to husband's moves and job
changes many, many times in
early life, I can only imagine the
wonderful joy of growing up in
the same place as your parents,
raising your children there and
going to the same church all of
PENNY FLETCHER PHOTOS
Doris Buzbee, Mary Tidwell, and Doug Wells, three of the earliest
members of First Baptist Church in Ruskin at 820 College Ave. W.,
tell stories about the old days as Jan Liles, secretary to the senior
pastor, shows the things she plans to put in give-away bags for the
church's 75th anniversary celebration in October and goes over old
photographs that are being collected.
The earliest photograph of the church and its congregation was
taken in the early 1940s.
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misc. Ministry First Baptist Gibson-
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Huge Garage Sale
Friday & Saturday. Entire house-
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antiques, art work, kitchenware.
Too much to list. Everything must
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Furniture, Glassware & Collectibles,
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Century Welder, Books, TOYS,
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Light grey leather love seat w/
matching chair, plus black leather
lounger chair. All for $150. 813-
360 GOLF CARTS
Golf carts wanted. Buy sell, trade.
Chargers, parts all related. Ronny's
Carts & Parts. 813-484-9855 or
390 MISC. FOR SALE
Spinet piano (older but better) Bench
w/ music. Great for beginners. Top
light included. Asking $800. Teak
dining table 3'x5', extends to 7', 6
chairs $400. 813-645-1209
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Ramey's Business Park
Dollar a day. RV & boat storage &
heavy equipment. Water & electric
hookup, 1/4 mile from Williams
Park boat ramp. Also RV lots
available. 813-310-1888, 813-
10% off all parts & service now
through Aug 31. Alafia Marine,
6128 Lewis Ave., Gibsonton.
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511 HOUSES FOR SALE
MANUFACTURED HOME ON ITS OWN
LOT: Greatly kept, walk-in closets in both
BRs, bright open living area, modern
kitchen, large inside utility, enclosed lanai,
and a fabulous attached workshop/shed,
at end of carport. Close to golf course,
no HOA fees. $59,900.
NICE 2BR/2BA DOUBLEWIDE ON ITS
OWN LOT: Large MBR and MBA, "L"
shaped living/dining room with built-in
china cabinet, glass enclosed addition,
carport, utility shed. $49,900.
MOST AFFORDABLE MOBILE-HOME
IN RUSKIN: 2BR/1.5BA, split plan, large
screened porch, double roof, utility shed,
carport, 4-years-new CHA. Nice own lot,
no HOA fees, not in flood zone.S31,900.
511 HOUSES FOR SALE
1BR APARTMENT in SCC, FURN,
carporteene............. .............$500 per m month
2BR/2BA, furnished, close to
clubhouse..............from $650 per month
565 M.H. IN PARKS
One bedroom mobile home in wa-
terfront park with dock. Corner lot
with view of river. No pets $5,000.
Call for info. 813-645-2446
55+ park. Waterfront access,
minutes from beach. Several
available, also vacant lots. $350
monthly lot rent. Ruskin. 813-523-
610 WATERFRONT RENTALS
The Dolphin House, 768 Gran Kay-
men Way, Apollo Beach, efficiency
apartments on water. Boat docking/
fishing, laundry. $185 weekly, plus
$300 deposit, utilities included. No
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NEW LISTING IN RUSKIN! 2BR/1BA in a great location! Handy-man special. Lot is
66'x175' (MOL). This is not a short sale and can close quickly. $39,000 CALL ROXANNE
CARIBBEAN ISLES IN APOLLO BEACH! Very well maintained 3BR/2BA MH in gated
waterfront community. Special features include: nice open floor plan with split bedrooms,
extra large kitchen with tons of cabinets, wet bar, new insulated windows, new flooring &
carpet, remodeled bathrooms, workshop, fruit trees and much more! OWNER FINANCING
A POSSIBILITY $82,000 CALL ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201
EXCELLENT RENTAL PROPERTY!! 2 homes on 1.39 acres on THE LITTLE MANATTE
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sq. ft. and a boathouse. $299,900 CALL ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 or KAY
PRIME LOCATION CLOSE TO HWY. 41 w/easy access to 1-75 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
REDUCED TO $199,000! Ruskin 1 acre property, in RESIDENTIAL area with COMMER-
CIAL zoning, offers either 5BR/2.5BA house or 2BR+Den house with 3 large attached offices
and separate entrance. Screen porch, 2-car garage + carport, circular driveway, a stone
throw from major highway. Excellent condition throughout. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250
KINGS POINT CONDO: 1BR/1.5BA, very nice enclosed lanai with washer & dryer, close
to clubhouse. Remodeled BA with nearly new walk-in premier tub with hydrotherapy.
$21,900 CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250
RUSKIN 2 M/HOMES ON 2.30 ACRES: cleared with shady trees and pond full of fish! One
M/H is a 2BR/2BA, other is a 2BR/1BA, both in good condition with large screened porches.
Peaceful and secluded, close to shopping and hospital. No HOA. $89,900 CALL CLAIRE
1.4 ACRES with county water and sewer available. Ideal for your estate home or build up
to 4 homes on this property. Mostly cleared corner lot within minutes to schools, churches,
restaurants and recreation. Asking $60,000 CALL JO ELLEN MOBLEY 645-1540
DO NOT CALL TO SEE this condo if you love having a yard to mow or a garden plot to
plow. The outside maintenance of lush green grass, numerous tropical plants, pool, and
clubhouse is all taken care of with this great 2BR plus den/office/TV room. Fireplace, central
vac, loft, extra storage. $119,900 CALL JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288
BEAUTIFULLY MAINTAINED 3BR/2BA MANUFACTURED HOME built in 1994 on large
lot located convenient to the Wildcat Creek boat ramp. Inside laundry and all appliances are
included. HVAC system is only 3 years old!! 2 storage sheds located on the property and
one even has a workbench. The large 12x24 screened lanai affords additional space for
dining & relaxing and enjoying the beautiful oak trees that grace the property. Don't delay -
call for your own private showing today. $56,900 CALL CATHY GRIGGS 391-8653
COMMERCIAL PROPERTY PRICE REDUCED!! Don't let this one get away!! PRIME
LOCATION ON HIGHWAY 41!! Great location for many business uses close to 1 acre
200x200 with easy access to Hwy. 41 and lots of room for parking. Fenced, 2 roll-up doors
& loading dock, this building would make a great office/showroom with room for either
storage or workshop $300,000 CALL CATHY GRIGGS 391-8653
CALLUS FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS.......645-3211
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(Evening phone numbers)
Judy Erickson .................. 468-0288
Claire Tort.................... ..... 363-7250
Kay Pye ........................... 361-3672
Cathy Griggs .................. 391-8653
Christine Nethers ..................
Jo Ellen Mobley.....................
611 HOUSES FOR RENT
3br/2ba house. Apollo Beach, com-
pletely remodeled, fenced yard, no
pets. $1,200 monthly plus deposit.
4br/2ba Apollo Beach home, large
privacy fence. $1,150 monthly plus
Ruskin, 3br/2ba home with cov-
ered porch on large lot. Well suited
for 1-3 people. Monthly rent $925
with signed lease. No smoking. No
pets. Security deposit & references
SCC house for rent. 55+ 2br/1.5ba,
Monthly rent $850 plus security de-
posit with yearly lease. Association
fees & lawn maintenance extra. No
pets, no smoking. Call 813-649-
1599 for details
Sun City Center 55+
2br/2ba or 1br/lba. Includes:
yard care, water, sewer, trash
collection. No smoking no pets
4br/2ba/2cg, screened pool. Apollo
Beach. $1,400 monthly. First, last
& security. Freshly painted/ new
carpet & tile 219-218-4189 or 219-
612 APARTMENTS FOR RENT
Ruskin area. 2br/lba, very clean,
washer/dryer hookup. $675 monthly
plus deposit, lawn service included.
Apollo Beach large one bedroom.
Refrigerator, range, carport, yard,
washer/ dryer hookup. 813-645-
4145 or 813-642-0681
For rent: Efficiency apartments.
Weekly rates, utilities furnished
813-677-8789, 813-601-1542 or
Riverview apt, 2br/1ba, CHA,
water, maintenance included. Tile
floors. $600 monthly $600 security.
813-239-4293 or 813-645-2193
Very clean 2br/1 ba apt. with wash-
er/ dryer hookup. Includes water &
mowing. $625 monthly plus deposit.
No pets. 813-645-1801
614 DUPLEX FOR RENT
Duplex for rent. 2br/1ba in Gulf
City. Yards from Tampa Bay. Free
use of boat ramp across the street.
Backyard patio. Just $700 monthly
620 ROOMS FOR RENT
Rooms for rent. 3 bedroom modular
home. Washer/dryer, utilities paid.
(Gibsonton/ Riverview). 813-234-
621 PLACES TO SHARE
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