Observer news

MISSING IMAGE

Material Information

Title:
Observer news
Physical Description:
Unknown
Publisher:
M&M Printing Co., Inc ( Ruskin, FL )
Publication Date:

Record Information

Rights Management:
All applicable rights reserved by the source institution and holding location.
System ID:
UF00102144:00198


This item is only available as the following downloads:


Full Text

PAGE 1

Ho-Ho-Holiday DeadlinesThats right....Christmas is just around the corner and we want to make sure your news is included in every issue. The Observer News office will be closed Tues., Dec. 24, and Wed., Dec. 25, for Christmas. All news deadlines for the issue of Dec. 26 will advance to Friday, Dec. 20. www.ObserverNews.netTHE OBSERVER NEWSPRST STDPAIDRUSKIN, FLORIDA 33570 PERMIT NO. 8 MEMBER WEST FLORIDA SCCs oldest and most trusted ooring dealer 1629 Sun City Center Plaza(near SCC Post Oce)813-633-7116www.JohnMooreFloorCovering.com Merry Christmas from the staff at John Moores Flooring Rhonda, Joe, John, Dave & Mike New SCC CA board electedBy %  PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.netSun City Center Community Association directors say it was the smoothest election ever. Thats because of the three open seats, one was termed-out and the other two ran unopposed. The way the association Bylaws read, three seats on the nine-member board become available on a rotating basis, each seat being for three years. Directors may only serve two consecutive terms, but may run again at a later time. Any time they are appointed to fill a seat that becomes empty before an election is due does not count as part of the two terms consecutively allowed. Its set up this way so there wont be a lot of confusion with all new board members at one time, said outgoing President Ed Barnes. Barnes has served two full terms but was appointed before that to fill a seat left open when another director left. Barnes and the person elected to fill his seat, Helen Lewis, both expressed the thought that it would be good if more people would become involved and run. The directors said its a good thing residents like the way the current board members run things, but a little new blood would bring new ideas, and also being a volunteer job it would be good to have more people help with the work it takes to run a community of 11,00 residents. Dec. 3, residents voted in the main complex on Cherry Hills Drive and Dec. 4, at Community Hall on the south side of the community. Of the votes cast, David Floyd retained his seat with 1108 votes; Helen Lewis received 1010; and Sam Sudman 1079. Barnes worked with Hillsborough County and the State of Florida on many projects during his terms and said he enjoyed his time there but does not intend to run again when his time out of office permits. MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOEd Socha, a veteran and survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, speaks during a Pearl Harbor Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park in Tampa. Afterwards, Socha received an extended standing ovation. By %  MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.netThe immaculate, black super-stretch limousine carefully weaved through the parked cars and traffic of a nearby estate sale and pulled to a stop in front of the Sun City Center home. People at the sale stared at it, no doubt wondering who was in it and why it was there. In a community of golf carts and even a good number of Lincolns and Cadillacs, the car stood out. It was something special. Ed Socha was among them in wondering. The car was so long it covered the width of his driveway and a good part of his yard. It was Saturday, December 7 Pearl Harbor Day. Continued on page 16X Continued on page 8X Continued on page 22X Showmens Museum starting private toursIrreplaceable memorabilia from days gone by By %  PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.netSome of the ancient Ferris wheel seats had spindled backs, like front porch swings. Running my hand along the wooden parts of the 100-year-old gasolinepowered machine was like going back in time. Yet the Ferris wheel wasnt the oldest memorabilia at the International Independent Showmens Association Museum. A lot of photographs, side-show items, banners, signs and early games were made before the turn of the century. No, not the millennium the turn of the century before that. Im talking about the 1800s. The Rocky Road to Dublin was the early version of todays Tunnel of Love. Oh, if those cars could talk, I said to the museums executive director, David Rivera. David explained that the small wooden cars had run on tracks, which was easy to verify as they sat upon railroad-car looking wheels. He said they were probably made some time in the 1800s. All the old-timey rides were gas-powered because of a lack of electricity. We didnt have it in homes, and they certainly didnt PENNY FLETCHER PHOTOThis completely restored truck was the kind that hauled heavy circus equipment and rides on the show route around the country in a time when there were no roads. This gas powered Ferris wheel had hand carved seats, some made with spindle backs like porch swings. All the rides were first powered by gasoline as there was no electricity in many homes in the 1800s and early 1900s when they were made.have on the road, he added. The Old Mug Joint was the name of the photo booth cameras, and believe me, there was no resemblance to the cameras of today. This thing was a huge wooden box. I remembered when I took my granddaughter to photo classes on Saturdays in Tampa she had made a camera out of a cigar box and had actually taken a picture with it. Same principle. Who could have guessed? The museum brought back a lot of memories. Of being a child on merry-go-rounds and of the carnivals I had gone to as a child in the 1950s. The carnivals then werent like they are today. In the 1970s, laws were enacted that made it illegal to feature people who had deformities like conjoined twins or body parts in the wrong place. Those people made a good, decent living, and the others in the shows were their family. Once they couldnt be put on display anymore, what could they do? They had to take welfare. There was no way most of them could hold other jobs, and they were always on display anywhere they Enjoy the season outdoors with Art in the ParkThe 4th Annual Ybor Art in the Park event will take place on December 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Centennial Park, 1800 East 9th Avenue in Ybor City. In addition to a wide demonstration of local and regional talent with 50 artists along with music and entertainment, the event will also include art demos, childrens activities and other fun stuff to see and do. Food trucks will also be on site. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/observer-artpark. Ybor Art in the Park is presented by the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department.Tampa AMPA BayAY area AREA arti ARTIStT DaA VidID SigelSIGEL

PAGE 2

2 DECEMBER 12, 2013 Dr. TRAN Dr. KORAHJSA Medical Group Sun City Center Activity CenterEVENTS CALENDARJSA MEDIC A L GROUP SUN C ITY C ENTER787 Cortaro Dr., Sun City Center, FL 33573 Adult Primary CareIn a State-of-the-Art New Facility!physiciansJSA Medical Group in Sun City Center is a comprehensive primary care clinic with many services offered in-house including radiology and labs! There is no better time to become a member of JSA!Call Today! (813) 634-2500ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTSIncluding Humana and CarePlus Medicare Advantage Plan MembersJSA Medical Group Sun City Center Activity Center is open to the community & offers a variety of FREE community & patient events including Yoga, Tai Chi, health lectures, parties, line dancing & more! (*Classes are subject to change) Thu 12: SilverSneakers (MSROM)* HOLIDAY CRAFTS 9:30 to 10:30 am 2:30 to 3:30 pm Fri 13: SALSA DANCING SLOW FLOW YO GA GENTLE CHAIR Y OGA 10 to 11 am 1 to 2 pm 2:15 to 3:30 pm Mon 16: MONDAY MORNING MOVIES SLOW FLOW YO GA GENTLE CHAIR Y OGA 10 am to Noon 1 to 2 pm 2:15 to 3:30 pm Tue 17: SilverSneakers (MSROM)* DEALING WITH HOLIDAY STRESS (PT 2) 11 am to Noon 1 to 2 pm Wed 18: LINE DANCING*: Beginners or Advanced (Classes Limited to 30 ppl) 11 am to Noon; 12:15 to 1:15 pm Thu 19: SilverSneakers (MSROM)* 9:30 to 10:30 am Fri 20: SALSA DANCING YOGA CANCELLED TODAY 10 to 11 am CANCELLED TODAY Mon 23: MONDAY MORNING MOVIES SLOW FLOW YO GA GENTLE CHAIR Y OGA 10 am to Noon 1 to 2 pm 2:15 to 3:30 pm Tue 24: SilverSneakers (MSROM)* 11 am to Noon Wed 25: MERRY CHRISTMAS! CLOSED TODAY Thu 26: SilverSneakers (MSROM)* 9:30 to 10:30 am Fri 27: SALSA DANCING SLOW FLOW YO GA GENTLE CHAIR Y OGA 10 to 11 am 1 to 2 pm 2:15 to 3:30 pm DECEMBER EVENTS *R EGISTER NOW (813) 419-5020LIN E D ANCIN G PARTICIPANTS: Close-toe shoes with non-stick bottoms only permitted. No scented perfumes & lotions to class. Please check your insurance coverage for SIL VERSNEAKERS class participation eligibility. *MSROM: Muscular Strength & Range of Movement Classes Visit us online for the complete monthly schedule: www.JSAMedicalGroup.com, click EVENTS tab, click Activity Calendar Seasons Greetings Irish dancing a sister act for Brandon trio JEN JOHANSON PHOTOSElla, left, and Freya Johanson at the Suncoast Feis in Tampa in September 2013. The Johanson girls, from left, Freya, Poppy and Ella and their fellow Brandon dance partner, Colleen Hickle (middle rear) at the Suncoast Feis earlier this year. By %  KEVIN BRADY kevin@riverviewcurrent.comFreya Johanson tried tap and ballet but when it came to Irish dancing, she fell in love. Its really cool because you can just express yourself when you are dancing and let go of all the things you are worried about and just dance, said Johanson, 10. Ballet is more graceful and I am not so much of a graceful dancer but in Irish dancing the steps are more vivid and complex. Freyas love of dance runs in the family. Shes one of three awardwinning Johanson sisters who enjoy Irish dancing. Ella, 12, and Poppy, 6, join their sister twice a week for classes at Sarasotas Drake School of Irish Dance. The two-hour roundtrip, twice a week is not easy but their mom, Jen Johanson, says its all worthwhile. [My husband] Erik and I are very proud of the girls, said Johanson. They do work very hard at school and homework can be a bit of a juggling act, but we make it work. I am not a dance mom who pushes her kids into it. If anything, I let the girls push me. The drive isnt the only cost for the family. The striking gowns worn by female Irish dancers dont come cheap with many costing north of $1,000. The guys get off relatively easily; they wear pants, white shirts and ties. Having three Irish dancers in the family can get a little expensive paying for shoes, dresses and lessons but both the Brandon and St. Petersburg chapters of the New World Celts, an organization promoting Celtic culture, have been amazingly supportive by offering the girls scholarships, Jen Johanson said. The Johanson girls were doing ballet and tap when the family lived in Germany, Erik Johanson was stationed there with the U.S. Air Force, when they were introduced to Irish dancing, catching a live performance. From that day on they were hooked, Jen Johanson said. They had a passion for it straight away. Moving back to Brandon in 2010, the Johansons took classes in town for a year before that dance school disbanded. They continued to perform at New World Celt events until joining classes at the Drake School last year. Since then, the girls have competed in more than 10 Irish dance contests, raking in numerous medals. Dancing is in their blood. They dont walk anywhere, they dance. Irish dancing is one of those things that just gets you hooked. Freyas dream is to one day take the stage as an Irish dancer. I want to be a Riverdance dancer one day, she said, referring to the theatrical show consisting of traditional Irish step dancing. The Johanson girls are set to dance at OBriens Irish Pub and Restaurant, located at 701 W. Lumsden Road, Dec. 18, for customer appreciation night. They will also be tapping the floorboards at 7 p.m. New Years Eve at OBriens.

PAGE 3

DECEMBER 12, 2013 "\011-\015,\015, \015-U-\012\012"\011-\015,\015, 3 Celebrate Christmas with Old Castle Restaurant for the best GERMAN FOOD LIVE MUSIC every Friday, Saturday, and Tuesday Old Castle Restaurant 3830 Sun City Center Blvd., Ruskin 813-633-3331 Monday Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Lunch/Dinner SPECIAL FEATURE: Thurs., 12/19 with Sepp* Tues., 12/24 with Klement* 2-4-1 BEER Chance to win a free dinner! Reservations Recommended John V. Dunne, MD, FACS Board Certified \027\023\025\023\003WDWH\003RDG\003\031\032\027\017\003XLWH\003\025\003‡XQ\003&LW\\000&HQWHU\003\003‡ ZZZ\021\(UDVHUV,QF\021FRP In-Office Procedure Safe, Effective, Affordable Insurance Accepted Medicare Don’t Wait Schedule Now! 813-634-9260 ‡ 1.5 cc of Radiesse $525 ‡ Sclerotherapy $150 per session ‡ Botox $11 per unit ‡ Xeomin $10 per unit expires Dec. 31, 2013 Holiday Specials ,Q\020IILFH\003URFHGXUH\003‡\003DIH\017\003\(IIHFWLYH\017\003$IIRUGDEOH ,QVXUDQFH\003$FFHSWHG\003‡\003\000HGLFDUH EVERYONE IS WELCOME!!!! Have fun ringing in the new year ~ 2 014!! Sun City Center New Year’s Eve Party sponsored by the Oldies But Goodies Dance Club Enjoyable Music For All Ages! December 31, 2013 Sun City Center Community Hall 1910 Pebble Beach Blvd. South Cocktails 7:00 p.m. (BYOB) Elegant Hors d’oeuvres and Desserts served by Banquet Masters beginning at 8:00 p.m. Champagne at Midnight Q Dancing till 1:00 a.m. Entertainment by “The KEGG” Ticket price: $ 40 per person Purchase tickets at the SCC Atrium Tues., Thurs., or Fri, 9 a.m. to noon or for more information or tickets call Barbara Gingrich 633-5649 Applied over Spray Crete, Stucco, Wood, Block or Metal Lifetime Warranty Lifetime WeatherProong Coupon worth $ 1,000 NEVER PAINT, SPRAY-CRETE or STUCCO YOUR HOUSE AGAIN! SAVE 50% CLIMATE PROOF COATING WHOLE HOUSE FLEX-COATED™ OUR 7-STEP PROCESS #1 SINCE 1960 ’\016ASOZ\016PSZ]e\016U`]c\\000R\016ZSdSZ\032\016eSObVS`^`]]\\000U ’\016gR`]\016EOaV\016\016VSOdg\016QZSO\\000W\\000U ’\016;OaY\016]TT\016OZZ\016eW\\000R]ea\016O\\000R\016R]]`a ’\016>ObQV\016OZZ\016Q`OQYa\016O\\000R\016P`SOYa ’\016/^^Zg\016a^SQWOZ\016OZZ\033^c`^]aS\016^`W[S` ’\016B`W[\016O`]c\\000R\016R]]`a\016\024\016eW\\000R]ea\016\026eVS`S\016\\000SSRSR\027 ’\016/^^Zg\016QZW[ObS\016^`]]T\016Q]ObW\\000U A>@/G\033=/B\016FB@=@A\016<\034 $ 1495 \037\033&\036\036\033%\036"\033%' $\016’\016'"\037\033%!'\033$$'' Priced with coupon discount Up to 1500 sq. ft. Expires 12/31/13 America’s Carwash HOURS OF OPER AT \014\017\016\007\001\006\002\005\007\004\003\001\015\017\016\002\012\021\014\001\025\001\006\002\005\001\022\010 T NOW OPEN SUNDAYS 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A A ANY FULL SERVICE WASH ONLY With this coupon only Not valid with other specials or discounts. $1.50 extra for vans and SUVs. Exp.1/15/13 $ 2 OFF GET YOUR MONTHLY CAR WASH PASS Pay once a month and come as often as you like! a a CARDS 728 Cypress Village Blvd. Sun City Center, FL 813-634-9409 Next to Sonny’s Observations By Mitch Traphagen mitch@observernews.net Observations: To be like Sammy S ammy hauled his huge body up onto the couch, laid his giant head on his pillow and let out a sigh befitting that of a big dog. He shifted around to get comfortable, finally putting his gigantic front paws on the pillow and laying his head on top of them. It was a weekday afternoon and there was no way I was going to get that couch. Sammy is a dog of habit; he loves routine. And the routine is that he gets the couch on weekday afternoons. Since I’m normally working, that’s just how it is. He let out another big sigh and then fell asleep. Before long, he was on his back, sleeping the sleep of the innocent. The Wall Street Journal published a list of the best and worst careers in terms of job stress, income and opportunity. Congratulations actuaries — you came in as number one — the best of 200 possible careers. Software engineers, my wife’s profession, MITCH T RAPHAGEN P HOTO Sammy the dog has nothing on his schedule. He doesn’t worry or carry personal baggage and he never holds a grudge. He’s just happy being Sammy. weren’t far behind at number three. Reporter (newspaper) came in dead last — number 200. Being a maid, a dishwasher and an oil rig worker were all considered to be better careers than being a reporter. Photojournalist was right in the same dubious neighborhood at number 188. Yay. Sammy could not possibly care less about any of that. He is a four-year-old boy inside of a big 11-year-old dog body. He is gentle, huge, can be bratty and doesn’t worry about such stuff. He has never hurt anything in his life. When he was a puppy, the cats used to chase him around the house and he would hide under furniture. Now, 80 pounds bigger, no one chases him but I’ve seen our cats completely cover his face in paws and sometimes claws, yet he does nothing. He would never hurt one of his kitties. But if he gets scared or has reason to be concerned about his pack he certainly has a big dog growl. A scary big dog growl. Sammy has absolutely nothing on his schedule. And even if he did, such as a veterinarian appointment, he wouldn’t care about it. Going to the appointment would be fun, although leaving the couch behind would be hard. Dogs most certainly do like trucks and he gets to ride in the truck to the vet. Now being at the vet wouldn’t be much fun. That would be scary. Not big-doggrowl scary but scary nonetheless. And then it would be over and he would get to ride in the truck again. And all would be good. He is getting to be an old dog and I’m pretty sure he hurts all over. He takes meds to help with that but it probably isn’t enough. He has hip dysplasia and his front wrists appear to be going out on him. There is little his vet can do for him now. But despite all of that, he doesn’t complain. Not at all. He is indeed a little boy inside and thus he can be a brat. He displays his brattiness with an occasional loud “WOOF!” Sometimes it’s because Casey is lying across the entrance to the kitchen, blocking his way to the dog bowl. Sometimes it’s because Andi just happens to be breathing too close to him. Brattiness doesn’t necessary need a good reason. He does get a little upset when Andi takes his toys away. He might let out a big “WOOF!” but more than likely he’ll just put his head down on his gigantic front paws to watch her play for a while and then he’ll take a nap. He doesn’t hold grudges and doesn’t worry about much for long. I think we could all use a little Sammy in our lives. If that were to happen, no crazed dictators would attempt to build a nuclear weapons system because, well, that would get in the way of nap time. Sammy would never invade another country to grab their resources; he would never be mean to someone else out of ideology because being mean has \012œˆ'i`œ>}in X

PAGE 4

4 DECEMBER 12, 2013 CLARKE AUTOMOTIVE CLARKE AUTOMOTIVEOPEN ALL DAY SATURDAYEverything we do keeps your car in warranty Includes: Visual Inspection of tires, belts & hoses, horn/lights, brakes, shocks/struts, exhaust, wipers, suspension, air and breather filter. Most cars/light trucks. Disassembly to perfect inspection may result in additional charges. Present coupon to receive savings. No other discounts apply. Additional charges for shop supplies may be added. See store for details. Exp. 1/15/14MAINTENANCE INSPECTIONFREEValue$3995 AAA DiscountOBN 131 Central Ave., Brandon813.685.2939 FREE Shuttle to FishHawk & Sun City Center TIRES DEALER ALTERNATIVEAAA Authorized Service Center OIL CHANGE & LUBRICATION$1095OBN motor oil. Purolator oil filter. Most cars and light trucks. Please call for appointment. Valid only with coupon. Not valid with any other 10% DISCOUNT on service or repair.EXCLUDES TIRES & SALES SPECIALS Honor All Competitors Coupons 2010-13 Builds Club Car 4 FrontBrand new factory direct pricingonly $6,995 Loaded. Save $$$2011 Club Car PrecedentsNicely equipped with new batteriesonly $3,995 With warranty2011-13 RebuildsLoaded with warrantyonly $4,850Gas EZ-Go RXV Modelsonly $4,850 SAVE $$$BOGEY-BILLS.comALL AMERICAN CUSTOM CARTS N MOREYour Hometown Custom Golf Cart Shop813-649-8099Authorized dealer for Trojan, Powertron, ElectroAWARD-WINNING CUSTOMER SERVICE Always FREE LOCAL PICK-UP & DELIVERY SERVICE: Certified techs on all major brands, makes and models:Club Car, EZ-Go2, 4, 6, & 8 PassengerWe accept all major credit cards Factory Direct pricing Save Hundreds! We beat any competitors price. Family Owned & Operated for over 11 years! 2011Golf Cart Blowout! Its time to go SOLAR! Loadmaster Custom Aluminum TrailersFactory blue More years ago than I care to admit, when I was going through basic military training, we were required to make a forced march with a 40-pound pack on our backs. The 40 pounds were made up of two 20-pound sacks of sand. It seemed to us at the time to be a pretty useless exercise since almost all of us were going into technical or desk jobs. I even went so far as to ask the drill sergeant why we were doing something so stupid. Not a good thing to do. As anyone who has been through basic training knows, one does not question the drill sergeant. One just does what he is told. My reward for my stupid question, as he put it, was to get another 20-pound bag of sand put in my pack. My stupidity caused me to carry that weight for only one forced march, but I hesitate to say how much weight I have carried over the years because I didnt know enough to lay it down. I am not speaking of the kind of weight you can see or feel, like the sand. I knew that 60 pounds of sand was there from the minute I picked up my pack. What I am referring to are the needless pounds of worry that most of us carry around. A friend told me the following story that I believe carries a very important lesson for all of us. Tom, a handyman hired to help restore an old farmhouse, had just finished a rough first day on the job. His truck had broken down on the way to the site and he had lost an hour of work. The materials he had ordered for the job had been mixed with another job and the supplier still had not made it right. Now, as it was time to leave, Toms beat-up pickup truck refused to start. Jim, the owner of the property, offered to drive him home and, as he did, Tom said very little. Once at Toms home, he invited his benefactor in to meet his family. As they walked toward the front door, Tom paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands. As he opened the door, Tom changed drastically. With his former worried face now lit up with a smile, he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss. Afterward, Tom walked Jim to his car. As they passed the tree, Jims curiosity got the better of him, and he asked Tom about what he had done earlier with the tree. By William Hodges Tom replied, Oh, thats my worry tree. I cant stop having worries at work; but one thing for sure, work worries dont belong in the house with my wife and the children. So as I come home each night, I just hang them up on the tree before I come through the door. As I leave in the morning, I pick up whats left of them. Whats left of them? Jim inquired. Yes, said Tom. Strange thing is, when I come out in the morning to pick up the worries, there dont seem to be as many as I remember putting on the tree when I came in the night before. Tom has the right idea. Dont carry your troubles like a field pack, 24 hours a day. It is important that we lay them down. A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work. Wouldnt it be nice if we all had a worry tree on which we could hang the burdens caused by daily worries? We can, if we will remember these simple pieces of advice. Things always get better or worse, so were either worrying for nothing or worrying too soon. Stop worrying and either forget the problem or take action. A minute of action is better than an hour of worry. If you cant take action, then find a worry tree.Hodges is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer and syndicated columnist. He also hosts an interviewformat television program, Spotlight on Government, on the Tampa Bay Community Network which airs Mondays at 8 p.m. (Bright House channel 950, Verizon channel 30) and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. (BH channel 949, Verizon channel 36). The shows can also be viewed at www.hodgesvideos.com. Phone : 813-641-0816. Email: bill@billhodges. com Website: www.billhodges.comPositive Talk: The 40-pound pack Holiday DeadlinesThe Observer News will be closed December 25The Deadlines will be moved up as follows for the 12/26/13 publicationNews Releases. ................................................Wed., Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. Display Ads. ......................................................Thur., Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. Classified Ads. ..................................................Thur., Dec. 19 at 4 p.m.Questions call 813-645-3111 210 Woodland Estates S.W. Ruskin, FL 33570813-645-3111Fax: 813-645-4118www.ObserverNews.netPublished Every Thursday by M&M Printing Co., Inc. 645-4048EDITORIAL:Brenda Knowles. ............Publisher/Editor brenda@observernews.net Mitch Traphagen. .................Online Editor mitch@observernews.net Penny Fletcher..........Contributing Writer penny@observernews.net Kevin Brady. ..............Contributing Writer kevin@observernews.net Warren Resen. .....................Travel Writer w630@aol.comAll press releases, news articles and photos may be emailed to news@ observernews.net, faxed to 645-4118, or mailed to Observer News, 210 Woodland Estates Ave. SW, Ruskin, FL 33570SALES:Vilma Stillwell. ...Display Advertising Rep. vilma@observernews.net Nan Kirk. ...........Display Advertising Rep. nan@observernews.netCLASSIFIED / CIRCULATION:Beverly Kay.........Classied / Circulation beverly@observernews.netPRODUCTION:Chere Simmons. ...........Creative Director chere@observernews.net Carol MacAlister. ...Graphic Arts / Layout carol@observernews.net Jason Martin. .........Graphic Arts / Layout jason@observernews.net The views expressed by our writers are not necessarily shared by The Observer News, SCC Observer, The Current or M&M Printing Co., Inc.We Accept:Award-Winning Newspapers Congressional candidate will speakAlan Cohen, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, is the scheduled speaker at the next South Shore Democratic Club meeting on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 1:30 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin. As a distinguished investigative reporter for several television stations for more than 30 years, Cohn has exposed criminals, corrupt politicians, crusaded for consumer rights, and stood up for veterans. Alan Cohn earned the reputation as one of the more respected and investigative reporters in the nation. Cohn is now running for U.S. Congress and will describe his qualifications at the meeting. The library is located at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin. Meet and Greet refreshments at 1 p.m. All Democrats and like-minded persons are urged to attend the meeting. Visit www.southshoredemocraticclub.org as well as Facebook at www. facebook.com/SSDEMCLUB for more information.

PAGE 5

DECEMBER 12, 2013 5 Joe Lang, CFP Glenn Krcmaric, OSJ Robyn Payant, President Tom Payant, C.E.O., Lillian Brassil, Office Manager Heidi Oelgart, Marketing Assistant Peter Farina, CFA Regi stered Investment AdvisorThomas A. Payant, Glenn Krcmaric, Joseph Lang, and Peter Farina offer securities through SagePoint Financial, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. Thomas A. Payant, Glenn Krcmaric, and Joseph Lang offer investment advisory services through Payant Financial Services, Inc., a registered investment advisor not affiliated with SagePoint Financial, Inc.WHO IS THE TEAM BUILDING YOUR RETIREMENT STRATEGY? Let our team help you!Call us! 813-633-73331653 Sun City Center Plaza Sun City Center, FL 33573 www.payantfinancial.com Serving South Shore for 30 years Your Emergency MattersQuality Care from ER Experts In an emergency, minutes can mean the difference between life and death. So, its vital that you get the quality care you need 24/7. At South Bay Hospital, our ER experts know that. We have the staff, equipment and expertise to handle the most critical medical emergencies. And with average wait times that are consistently shorter than the national average, we can get you in and get you treated promptly and efcientlywithout waiting any longer than you need to. Text ER to 23000 fo r Avg. Wait Time South Bay Hospital. Quality Emergency Care. FastER. WHY WAIT? 4016 Sun City Center Blvd. I Sun City Center, Florida SouthBayHospital.com For 24/7 health information and physician referrals, please call Consult-A-Nurse at 1-888-685-1595. Santa Claus paid an early visit to the Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin on Saturday, and he brought with him a vintage fire truck and a brass ensemble from the South Shore Symphony Orchestra playing holiday music. Santa listened to Christmas wishes and passed out peppermint candy canes. The season continues at the cultural center with Joyful Jazz for the Holiday with the Haferhouse Jazz Group performing on Friday, Dec. 13 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. and with the Shoemaker and the Elves puppet show at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 18. The Firehouse Cultural Center is located at 101 1st Ave. NE in Ruskin. For more information visit www.firehouseculturalcenter.org.Santa pays an early visit to MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOS Adult Computer Classes for the Technologically ChallengedFree Open Source Software An introduction to free open source software alternatives to commonly used programs. Discover free alternatives to Microsoft Office products, Photoshop, even a completely free alternative to Windows O/S uBuntu. Bring an iPad/iPhone and operation questions to the class. Will demonstrate how to use the device and popular functions. General Settings, Security, iCloud, Software, and Apps. How to open an Apple account, Internet access, and more. Tutoring in Microsoft software, email, and the Internet.

PAGE 6

6 DECEMBER 12, 2013 Finally, The Smallest Hearing Device Ever CreatedIntroducing Isolate Nano Technology Designed to DisappearIntroducing theWORLDS FIRST Only Company In The IndustryN o H i d d e n C h a r g e s W A R R A N T Y FA CT OR Y 5 Y EAR S PUBLIC NOTI CE 813-990-03354 Days ONL Y Dec. 16 Dec. 19 100% custom, invisible, digital and programmable hearing aidOther DEAP FittingCall today to see what it can do for you!Our NANO Fitting www.armandshearing.com L ocation also in:These People Have Already Experienced What the New Isolate Nano T echnology Can Do. THIS IS ALL Y OU WEAR (Better Synchronizing than Bluetooth) Digital C.I.C. 6 ChannelCO NSUMER COMPA RISON CHARTManufacturer Model # Channels Warranty Avg. Retail Price GN ReSound VEA 6 1 $1995.00 Oticon INO Pro 6 1 $1949 Widex Flash 5 1 $1699 Rexton DAY 6 2 $1599 Phonak Cassia 6 2 $1899 SUN CIT Y CENTER LOWEST PRICE OFFERED IN U.S.$59800New ModelDont be fooled by inferior technology100% PROGRAMMABLE COM PUTER ADJUST ABLE FITTING RANGE 35/40 DB LOSS At time of purchase onlyReg. Price $1995 each Post OfficeChamber of CommerceIn Payant Financial Plaza (big yellow building between the Chamber of Commerce and SCC Blvd.) Sun City Center Plaza DriveSun City Center Blvd. (S.R. 674) Payant Financial PlazaARMANDS 4 Days ONL Y Dec. 16 Dec. 19CALL NOW! HURRY! HURRY!

PAGE 7

DECEMBER 12, 2013 OBSERVER NEWS 7Share a childs imagination for ChristmasThey live modestly, yet dream big. Nayeli Gonzalez, whose parents work in the tomato fields south of Tampa, wants to be a veterinarian. Adriana Saavedra, whose mom works at a dry cleaner, wants to be a firefighter. The imaginations of both girls are taking flight this month in the form of Christmas cards. The girls are among dozens of children from lowincome Florida families whose art won a place in the annual collection of cards sold by Redlands Christian Migrant Association. The cards can be ordered online at www.rcma.org. From there, click How you can help, then Christmas Card Drive. RCMAs Judy Brill also takes phone orders at (800) 282-6540, ext. 242. RCMA operates 70 child-care centers and three charter schools for Floridas rural poor. The Immokalee-based nonprofit is busiest in the Tampa Bay area, where it operates 19 child-care centers and two charter schools, all in farming communities. Nayeli and Adriana drew their Christmas art at RCMA Wimauma Academy, a charter school in south Hillsborough County. Nayelis card features a snowman, tall and slender, with a brilliant cardinal on his stick arm. Adriana drew a bowl of pink poinsettias. The girls Christmas cards are among those offered exclusively to buyers who purchase at least 100 cards. Thats a popular option among the agribusinesses that support RCMA. But smaller orders variety packs of 10 cards each also are for sale. We love our cards for many reasons, said Barbara Mainster, RCMAs executive director. The money raised qualifies RCMA for matching funds from the State of Florida, one of our most important funding sources. Every dollar spent on RCMA Christmas cards can be matched by $16 from the state. Also, they showcase the talents of our children. Mace Multimedia Gives Back to the Riverview High School Band through Music and Snow.Mace Multimedia, a full service marketing and design firm, will sponsor the Riverview High School Band for the second annual Snow on 7th Parade in Ybor City this year. The sponsorship allows the High School band the opportunity to be a featured musical act in the parade at no cost to them and also provides a $500 contribution to the schools music program. Manny Potter and Gabrielle Perham, owners of Mace Multimedia, wanted to give back to the town they call home by sponsoring the high school. We live in Riverview, do business in Riverview, and our children go to school in Riverview. We wanted to show our appreciation for the positive experiences and business connections weve made in the Riverview community. Though our business is in Ybor City now, our roots are in Riverview. We thought this was the perfect opportunity to mix our love of home with the fun of Ybor. Whats better than a musical parade down 7th Avenue? The Riverview High School band will join many Tampa area school marching bands in the Snow on 7th Ave Parade on December 14th. The Snow on 7th Parade will have the largest number of high school marching bands in the Central Florida region this holiday. For more information call 813-704-0460.Danielle Coppola studies abroad through Union College programDanielle Coppola, of Riverview, FL, will be spending Union Colleges winter break studying in New Zealand, focusing on electric power development and environmental management. Coppola is majoring in English. Union College, founded in 1795 as the first college chartered by the New York State Board of Regents, offers programs in the liberal arts and engineering to 2,100 undergraduates of high academic promise and strong personal motivation. Union, with its long history of blending disciplines, is a leader in educating students to be engaged, innovative and ethical contributors to an increasingly diverse, global and technologically complex society. Learn more at www.union.edu. By Katie Purcell As many of us are enjoying the holiday season, we may stop and think about the things for which we are thankful. Our freedom, family and friends, the beautiful Florida weather, hunting and fishing opportunities this winter and camping and hiking trips surely make the list. Some other blessings to remember are the people who fight for our freedom, those working to keep us safe in our daily lives and those keeping the resources plentiful and the environment beautiful. Often, they may actually be one and the same. More than 200 members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissions (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement have previously served in the military, are currently on active duty or are active in the reserves or National Guard. These folks serve triple duty by protecting us, our natural resources and our country. They represent all branches of the military and bring a variety of skills and experiences to the FWC. For example, they include a Navy SEAL, platoon sergeants, dive team members, military police officers, engineering technicians, combat instructors, infantrymen and more. Some are currently serving in leadership in the military as well. They have been involved in operations Desert Storm, United Shield, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and others and have been trained and deployed in many areas across the United States and overseas, including Germany, Ku-Protecting ParadiseGive thanks for many things this holiday seasonwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Trinidad, Russia and Somalia. These military veterans and current military members serve throughout the Division of Law Enforcement, from operations to training to administration. Some are members of FWCs Special Operations Group (SOG), where they put their experience and expertise to work in Florida. Some fly aircraft or teach at our academy, while others patrol the woods and waters of our great state. Still others are members of the FWCs leadership or support staff. Their service, as well as the efforts of all FWC officers, is invaluable to Floridas people and natural resources. Last week, on Thanksgiving night, three duck hunters were stranded when their boat capsized on Lake Monroe in Volusia County. The two men and a woman found themselves in cold, waist-deep water. To get as much of their bodies out of the water as they could, they climbed on top of the sunken boat. Luckily, their cell phones still worked so they were able to call for help. The FWC responded along with local law enforcement and fire personnel. FWC officers Aubrey Ransom, Maxwell Edson and James Yetter, a former U.S. Coast Guard reservist, were successful in finding and reaching the hunters. They took the trio safely to shore. In another recent case, Officer Paul Mendez, a retired member of the U.S. Navy, responded to a complaint of someone hunting in a closed portion of the Triple N Ranch Wildlife Management Area. He tracked a vehicle for approximately 2 miles and found the illegal hunter. After talking with him, the suspect admitted to loosening boards to a gate and lifting the chains and locks over it to enter the closed area. Mendez cited him for operating a vehicle in a closed area and hunting in a closed area both misdemeanors. The FWC is proud of all levels of its military involvement. In addition to military service, FWC staff supports Wounded Warrior hunts, participates in the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve program and coordinates license exemptions for disabled veterans, military members stationed out of state and those participating in a Military/Disabled Veteran Event. The FWC also encourages veterans and current military members to apply to it for employment. Check MyFWC.com/Get-Involved for more information. You can also get involved by reporting suspected violations. To do so, call the FWCs Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922 or text Tip@MyFWC.com. Get out and enjoy all Florida has to offer this holiday season and remember to thank those who make it possible to do so. Protecting Paradise provides a glimpse into the world of an FWC officer. Finding lost hikers, checking boaters for safety gear and teaching children about fishing and hunting are just some of the contributions they make. This column is written by Katie Purcell, Division of Law Enforcement Community Relations Coordinator. The winners of the 2013 Camp Bayou Photo Contest were announced at the Fall Open House. The photos are on display in the Visitors Center. Congratulations are in order for photographers in the following categories: Macro 1st-Suzanne S. Austin-Hill, Trametes Vericolor 2nd-Allen Maser, Gopher Tortoise 3rd-Dolly Cummings, Palmedes Swallowtail on Paintbrush Landscape 1st-Bruce Fallender, Bayou Reflections 2nd-Dotty Guerrera, The Light at the End 3rd-Shayna Coonin, Blend In Plant 1stSuzanne S. Austin-Hill, ... An Old, Old Story 2nd -Marianne Phelps, Berry Light 3rd-Dotty Guerrera, A Big One from a Little One Also the Little Free Library at Camp Bayou had its official opening day at the Fall Open House. Stop in to take a book to read or drop off a nature related book for a another visitor to enjoy. The next program at Camp Bayou is the Monthly Guided Paddle on Saturday, December 14, starting at 9am. Expect up to a 90 minute paddle with Camp Bayous experienced guides. Canoe seats 3 and each rental is $25. If you wish to join the trip using your own canoe or kayak, we request a donation of just $5. Reservations requiredcontact Dolly at campbayou@ gmail.com or call 81-641-8545. There will be an Arbor Day Program on Saturday, January 4 starting at 9:30am, part of a Project Learning Tree EE Center effort that combines nature activities and storytelling. Program suitable for pre-K through late elementary. Registration not required but appreciatedcall 813-641-8545 or email campbayou@gmail.com Activities are part of Florida Youth Conservation Center Network, Get Outdoors Florida, Children and Nature, No Child Left Inside, Be Out There!-NWF, Lets Move Outside inspired initiatives. Camp Bayou is neither a campground nor a summer camp. It was an RV park before the County 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 Center offers pre-scheduled programs to schools, youth groups, adult groups and families plus it is open from ThursdaySaturday from Camp Bayou announces photo contest winnners and upcoming events The Little Free Library.9am-2pm for passive recreational pursuits such as wildlife watching, nature photography and trail walks. The Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is managed by the newly created, non-profit Bayou Outdoor Learning & Discovery, Inc. (BOLD), in a publicprivate partnership with the non-profit Ruskin Community Development Foundation, Inc. (RCDF) and Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation. Camp Bayou is located 3 miles south of SR674 at the end of 24th St SE in Ruskin. More information is on the web at www.campbayou.org or call 813-641-8545.

PAGE 8

8 "\011-\015,\015, \015-U-\012\012"\011-\015,\015, DECEMBER 12, 2013 Sun City 813-634-2850 3846 Sun City Center Blvd (next to Bealls in Home Depot Center) M-F 8-8 Sat 9-6 Sun 10-4 Brandon Regency 813-681-7267 2480 W. Brandon Blvd. (next to TJ Maxx & Movie Theater) M-F 9-9 Sat 9-6 Sun 12-5 Brandon Causeway 813-651-4640 11235 Causeway Blvd. (next to Publix across from Wal Mart) M-F 9-9 Sat 9-6 Sun 11-5 OMC1 EXP. 12/31/13 '\022\020\006\036' OK3 EXP. 12/31/13 '\022\016 $ 7 95 Kids Cut (11 & under) Free Shampoo & Lite Dry Specialty cuts, blow-dry style, design lines, set or curling iron extra. Not valid with other offers. Adult Cut Free Shampoo & Lite Dry $ 11 95 Specialty cuts, blowdry style, design lines, set or curling iron extra. Not valid with other offers. OA6 EXP. 12/31/13 '\022\003#' OP 5 EXP. 12/31/13 '\022\023"' $ 44 95 Quick & Easy Perm Wave Free Shampoo & Cut Price will vary with length or condition of hair. Design wraps extra. Not valid with other offers. OSS1 EXP. 12/31/13 '\022\026\026\036' $ 12 00 Shampoo & Set Price will vary with length or condition of hair. Haircut extra. Not valid with other offers. OB6 EXP. 12/31/13 '\022\005#' $ 54 95 CHI BUNDLE! CHI Color with Styled Cut TM Price will vary with length or condition of hair. Haircut extra. Not valid with other offers. OS2 EXP. 12/31/13 '\022\026\037' $ 19 95 Styled Cut TM Shampoo, Cut & Finished Style Price will vary with length and/or condition of hair. Specialty cuts/ flat iron extra. Not valid w/other offers. OH2 EXP. 12/31/13 '\022\013\037' $ 10 off Highlights/Lowlights Free Shampoo & Style Price will vary with length or condition of hair. Haircut extra. Not valid with other offers. $50 Minimum $ 9 95 Men’s Quick Color Discreetly done at the shampoo bowl! Price will vary with length or condition of hair. Haircut extra. Not valid with other offers. Dr. Robert Norman & Associates Dermatology Dr. Robert Norman, DO MPH, MBA Dr. William Eng Holly Pohler, ARNP Kate Sedlaczek, ARNP WE OFFER THE FOLLOWING: Appointments made in a timely manner with never more than a 2 week waiting period maximum, and same day appointments are available. Diagnosis & treatment of skin cancer & diseases of the skin, hair & nails. Wide excision, treatment for spider veins & rosacea, Electrodessication, curettage, cryotherapy & debridement. Botox & Restylane. Dermatological products available in the ofce. Clarisonic, MD Solar Sciences, Image, Merderma, Retin-A, Sun Block, moisturizer and more. Radiation & laser treatment for skin conditions. Call to schedule your appointment today! 813-880-7546 10422 U.S. H WY 301 Riverview MOST INSURANCE ACCEPTED $ 35 ................before noon $ 30 ...................after noon $ 23 ..............after 2:00 pm $ 5 00 OFF Any Round IMPROVED COURSE CONDITIONS Includes 18 holes and cart. Tax Included Valid only with this coupon. Exp. 12/15/13 =PZP[\003V\\000Y\003L^\023\003 \000TWYV]LK\003\003:/ 1 Pier Drive, Ruskin LEAGUES WELCOME Reserve your tee time today 813.645.2000 CASUAL WATERFRONT DINING Steaks, Seafood, Burgers & Other Delicious Fare FULL LIQUOR BAR Live Music every Fri. & Sat. 6-10 p.m. Karaoke every Wed. 5-9 p.m. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC OPEN Mon.Sun. 7 a.m.10 p.m. Food Served 7 a.m.8 p.m. Bright House NFL TV Sunday Ticket 2034 Pier Drive Ruskin, FL 33570 813-638-1005 no place in his ideology. He’s just a happy dog and that is good enough. Sammy’s life is simple and he doesn’t complicate it. He has a few simple things — his pack (family), his couch and his pillow. He loves treats (cheese mostly) and being positioned just so under the table at dinnertime. Sammy was not dealt a great hand of cards in life with all of his health problems but that doesn’t seem to bother him. Like everything else that goes bad in his life, whether it is Andi stealing a toy or Casey blocking the way to the dog dish, at most he’ll just let out a big “WOOF!” and then he’s over it. He doesn’t carry negativity around. He has no baggage. MITCH T RAPHAGEN P HOTOS He doesn’t like being at the vet but once back in the truck, all is good again in his life. And yes, objects in the mirror are much closer than they appear. I suspect that he hurts all over but he doesn’t complain. He can be bratty now and again but that’s OK. He has what he likes. He has his family and his couch and pillow and that is enough. In other words, he’s smarter than a lot of people. He’s certainly smarter than me. Too much of my life is consumed by deadlines, stress and other nasty stuff. “That’s life,” a lot of people would say. Well, it’s not Sammy’s life. Life is good for Sammy, I think. From his place on the couch just now, he noticed Andi walking away from a toy. He gathered up the energy needed to haul his giant body down to the floor and then put the toy between his big front paws. I’m pretty sure he started humming to himself. Andi wasn’t happy, of course, and before long she’ll steal it back but that will be OK. It’s a weekday and he still has his couch and pillow. Observations \012œˆ'i`vœ“>}i X School Security Meeting The Hillsborough County School Board has scheduled a special called School Board meeting to discuss security. The meeting will take place at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18, in the Raymond O. Shelton School Administrative Center (ROSSAC) auditorium. A School Board workshop to discuss policies and way of work will immediately follow on the second floor. ROSSAC is located at 901 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. Financial aid information nights Also on the ballot was whether to raise membership dues to $275 per member in 2014. This passed overwhelmingly 999 to 290. Dec. 5 the new board voted for officers and elected Jane Keegan president; Sam Sudman vice president; David Floyd secretary; and Neil Rothfield treasurer. There are many committees and projects residents may help with by contacting the association office at (813) 633-3500 and making an appointment to speak with a director about volunteering their time and talents. SCC CA election \012œˆ'i`vœ“>}i£ X Hillsborough County Public Schools Guidance Services is hosting financial aid information nights for high school students and their families. University financial aid representatives will explain the financial aid process, review how colleges and universities compile financial aid packages, and discuss available local, state, and federal aid. Meetings start at 6 p.m. in each school’s auditorium. For more information call 813-273-7203. January 14, 2014 Brandon High School 1101 Victoria St., Brandon January 28, 2014 Riverview High School 11311 Boyette Rd., Riverview

PAGE 9

DECEMBER 12, 2013 9 The Redeemer Lutheran Church of SCCALL ARE WELCOME It is our prayer that your Christmas will be lled with joy and hope. Authentic Mexican & Tex/MexBreakfast Starting at $5.00FREE COFFEE W/ PURCHASE OF BREAKFAST ITEMSMon-Thurs 7:30AM-8PMAM-9PM17 7th Ave. N.E. Ruskin, FL 33570 813-419-4921 Goodson Produce Market Open Mon.-Sat. 9:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m. NOW OPEN!C.R. 672 E. (3-1/3 miles east of 301) Balm, FL(813) 634-7790 Ruskin Animal Hospital & Cat Clinic Drs. Ott, Langston, Waldy & Heaton Dr. Paul Langston WAR EAGLE Ruskin AVID programs sponsor clothing drivesThe AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) programs at Shields Middle School and Lennard High School are collecting new and gently used jackets and shoes for youngsters in the area. Donation boxes are in the AVID classrooms and front offices at both schools. Shields Middle School is located at 15732 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin; Lennard High School is located at 2342 Shell Point Rd E. in Ruskin. Donations will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 13th. All donations will support local familes. 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.PHOTOS MARLENE GREENBERgG SpunkySpunky is a young gray and white cat who was recently found as a stray. Spunky lives up to his name in his energy which seems almost without end. He loves to play with the other young cats at the shelter, and has adapted quite well. He is very friendly and could be a great companion; but like his fellow cats, Spunky would like a forever home of his own. Stop in at C.A.R.E. and give Spunky that home. Spunky has been neutered and brought current on his shots. As part of his adoption he will be micro chipped, DOB: May 2, 2012. ChicoChico is a small, gentle and happy dog. Hes approximately 1.5 years old and is a soft apricot color. He is quick to welcome you with wags and kisses. He is a little more passive than his boisterous kennel mate. Hes the perfect size to snuggle with! Chico is a fun little guy who seems to be dog-friendly and a people lover. He arrived at C.A.R.E. because a concerned member of the community found that he and his partner (Skippy) were abandoned by their owner. As part of Chicos adoption, he has been neutered, micro chipped, and brought current on his shots. DOB: Approx. 4/2/2012. Manatee RV Park hosts dance Dec. 14The Manatee RV Park will host a social dance from 7 to 10 p.m. on Satur day, Dec. 14 in their clubhouse at 4972 Manatee Creek Blvd. in Ruskin. Dance to the music of Dave Harris. Bring your own refreshments; ice will be provided. The cost is $5 per person, and the public is invited. For more information, contact J. Sullivan at 813-649-9150 or E. Resch at 813-649-1145. Manatee RV Park is 7 miles south of Ruskin or 4 miles north of I-275.

PAGE 10

10 U OBSERVER NEWS DECEMBER 12, 2013 1) Santa’s workshop is located at the South Pole. Fact or Fiction? 2) Santa used to have another workshop on the moon. Fact or Fiction? 3) Toys are made at Santa’s workshop. Fact or Fiction? 4) The reindeer make most of the toys at the workshop. Fact or Fiction? 5) Mrs. Claus and her sisters also work at the workshop. Fact or Fiction? 6) Mrs. Claus’ sisters wrap all of the toys. Fact or Fiction? 7) Santa receives many letters from children at his workshop each season. Fact or Fiction? 8) Rudolph is in charge of sorting through all of the children’s letters. Fact or Fiction? 9) Santa keeps a list of all the children who are naughty and nice. Fact or Fiction? 10) During the summer, Santa gives tours of his workshop. Fact or Fiction? Santa is very busy at Christmastime. Here are some questions about his workshop and helpers. How many can you answer correctly? Answers: 1) Fiction, it is located at the North Pole, 2) Fiction, 3) Fact, 4) Fiction, the elves make most of the toys, 5) Fiction, 6) Fiction, no one knows if Mrs. Claus even has sisters, 7) Fact, 8) Fiction, Rudolph leads the sleigh, 9) Fact, 10) Fiction Fact or Fiction? Santa’s Workshop Challenge COLORING PICTURE There are books about Santa’s workshop and movies too. There are amusement parks based on Santa’s workshop There are even replicas of Santa’s workshop. That’s right. People around the world have set up their own Santa’s workshops. The owners of these workshops have used their imaginations to recreate what they think is Santa’s workshop, complete with toys of all types. There are replicas of Santa’s workshop in Europe, the United States and elsewhere. For those that don’t have a chance to visit these workshop replicas, there are websites that focus on Santa’s workshop and what you might see there if ever given the chance to visit. As for visiting the actual Santa’s workshop, well, there’s only one person you can ask about that—the man in the red suit himself! What will he say? A Glimpse into Santa’s World 1) D O __ __ S 2) T R __ __ N S 3) T E __ __ Y B __ __ R S 4) C __ R S & T __ U C __ S 5) B __ K __ S 6) B A __ __ S 7) S K __ T __ S Answers: 1) Dolls, 2) Trains, 3) Teddy Bears, 4) Cars & Trucks, 5) Bikes, 6) Balls, 7) Skates Santa’s workshop is filled with toys for kids of all ages. Fill in the blanks to name some of the toys that might be found in Santa’s workshop. Name That Toy Jokes and Riddles Jokes and Riddles A: About a wick! Q: How long does it take Santa to burn down a candle in his workshop? A: Because he likes to hoe, hoe, hoe! Q: Why does Santa keep a garden outside his workshop?

PAGE 11

DECEMBER 12, 2013 11

PAGE 12

12 DECEMBER 12, 2013 *Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any knee or hip surgical procedure, including MAKOplasty. Talk with your doctor about these risks to nd out if MAKOplasty is right for you. Physicians are on the medical staff of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, but, with limited exceptions, are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. The hospital shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians. ROBOTIC SUR GERY NOW AT THE RANCH MAKOplasty with Robotic Arm technology eliminates guesswork in hip and knee surgeries8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Bradenton, FL 34202 www.lakewoodranchmedicalcenter.com The Orthopaedic Spine and Joint Center at Lakewood Ranch Are you living with knee or hip pain? Lakewood Ranch Medical Center is the ONLY hospital in Bradenton and Sarasota to offer MAKOplasty with Robotic Arm technology for Partial Knee Resurfacing, an innovative new treatment option for people with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee. And For the many people who suffer from degenerative joint disease of the hip, we also offer MAKOplasty with Robotic Arm technology for Total Hip Replacement. Using a computer-assisted visualization guide, a robotic arm gently directs the surgeons hand, ensuring precision and quality results. The Orthopaedic Spine and Joint Center at Lakewood Ranch is committed to providing the latest advances in orthopaedic surgery and dedicated to helping our patients return to daily activities with relief from pain. Help reduce your pain and restore your lifestyle with MAKOplasty. For more information please call 941.782.BONE (2663). Medical Director of the Orthopaedic Spine and Joint Center Lawrence MacAlister, an artist largely self-taught but with a lifelong interest, opened his solo show exhibit at the Sun City Center Art Club gallery last week. This marks his first solo exhibit of his work. Ive had four or five paintings in exhibits but never alone, MacAlister said. It feels very nice, a little overwhelming. When asked about his inspiration for his work, MacAlister replied that he goes out to see what is out there. Each painting represents approximately 35 hours of work, some less, some much more. The first paint strokes on the canvas are the easiest part, he said. I have in my mind what I want to do. I try to capture what is in my head. MacAlisters exhibit will run through December. Admission to the exhibit is free. The Art Club gallery is located in the Community Association complex off North Pebble Beach Blvd.MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOS Archery turkey shootThis Saturday, Dec. 14, at South Bay Church, 13498 U.S. 301 S., Riverview, there will be a Turkey Shoot for all ages to benefit needy children in Haiti. This family event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will cost $10 per round. Register now at www. SouthBay.cc under Events. Bows and arrows will be provided by Doyens Sawmill Archery, Lithia, (no personal archery equipment allowed). There will be prizes for adults and childrens categories. Team up for the father/daughter, father/ son, husband/wife, brother/ sister, brother/brother, etc. competition. There will be a 50/50, and food and drinks will be available for sale. There will also be other fun activities for children and those not shooting in the tournament. Come out for this fun, family event. Proceeds benefit Bethany Christian School in LAcrobate, Haiti Make a difference for a child this Christmas!

PAGE 13

DECEMBER 12, 2013 13 Robert Edelman, M.D. ~ Eric Berman, M.D. Anita Shane, M.D. ~ Jeffrey Davis, M.D. 813-633-3065 1515 Sun City Center Plaza YourEyeDoctors.com Compr ehensive Ophthalmology Cataract Sur gery Glaucoma Management Laser Sur gery Macular Degeneration Cor nea Diabetic Eye Car e Neur o-Ophthalmology Trustedby & Patients Alike. PhysiciansOur ophthalmologists are board-certied and fellowship-trained to provide specialized care for your eyes. Medicar e & most insurance accepted. When surveyed, 97.5% of patients stated they would recommend us to a friend! FREE ADMISSION Stone Beads Findings Crystal Spheris Jewelry Pearls Cabs Points AURA Phots Seed Beads Show Times Fri., Dec. 13 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Dec. 14 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., Dec. 15 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sun City Center Inn 809 N. Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center, FL 33573 FREE ADMISSION Sun City Dental CenterThe fee advertised is the minimum fee charged. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has the right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for payment for any other service, examination or treatment which is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for the free service, examination or treatment. Senior Citizen discount does not apply.*Actual Fee May Vary Depending Upon Degree of Complexity in a Given Case** Time to process denture cases may change due to complexity/ type of case Thomas A. DeVol, D.D.S., P.A.(813) 633-2636General Dentist727 Cortaro Drive(Two doors down from AAA) Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed for Lunch 1-2 p.m. Thomas A. DeVol, D.D.S., P.A. Practicing Dentistry for 26 years Chuck Fredericks, Lab Technician, 41 years experienceIn-House Denture Lab Choices Made in Just One Week**New Patients and Emergencies Are Always WelcomeMost Major Insurance Plans AcceptedFREEDENTURE CONSULTATION OR 2nd OPINIONwith patient bringing current x-ray. Limit one per patient. FULL MOUTH SERIES OFX-RAYS & EXAMfor $95and receive a $100 credit toward your acount for future treatment. 0210 0150 A p o l l o B e a c h M a s s a g e & W e l l n e s s C e n t e r 100 Frandorson Circle Suite 201 Apollo Beach, FL 33572 www.apollobeachmassagetherapy.com C h r i s t m a s S p e c i a l s Two One hour Massages $110 Dear Savvy Senior, When I had a mild heart attack about six months ago, my doctor told me I needed to be extra careful during the winter when recurring heart attacks are more common. Is this true? How can the seasons affect your heart? Leery Senior Dear Leery, Everyone knows winter is cold and flu season, but most people dont know that its also the prime season for heart attacks, too, especially if you already have heart disease or have suffered a previous heart attack. Heres what you should know, along with some tips to help you protect yourself. Heart Attack Season In the U.S., the risk of having a heart attack during the winter months is twice as high as it is during the summertime. Why? There are a number of factors, and theyre not all linked to cold weather. Even people who live in warm climates have an increased risk. Here are the areas you need to pay extra attention to this winter. Cold temperatures: When a person gets cold, the body responds by constricting the blood vessels to help the body maintain heat. This causes blood pressure to go up and makes the heart work harder. Cold temperatures can also increase levels of certain proteins that can thicken the blood and increase the risk for blood clots. So stay warm this winter, and when you do have to go outside, make sure you bundle up in layers with gloves and a hat, and place a scarf over your mouth and nose to warm up the air before you breathe it in. Snow shoveling: Studies have shown that heart attack rates jump dramatically in the first few days after a major snowstorm, usually a result of snow shoveling. Shoveling snow is a very strenuous activ ity that raises blood pressure and stresses the heart. Combine those factors with the cold temperatures and the risks for heart attack surges. If your sidewalk or driveway needs shoveling this winter, hire a kid from the neighborhood to do it for you, or use a snow blower. Or, if you must shovel, push rather than lift the snow as much as possible, stay warm, and take frequent breaks. New Years resolutions: Every Jan. 1, millions of people join gyms or start exercise programs as part of their New Years resolution to get in shape, and many overexert themselves too soon. If youre starting a new exercise program this winter, take the time to talk to your doctor about what types and how much exercise may be appropriate for you. Winter weight gain: People tend to eat and drink more, and gain more weight during the holiday season and winter months, all of which are hard on the heart and risky for someone with heart disease. So keep a watchful eye on your diet this winter and avoid bingeing on fatty foods and alcohol. Shorter days: Less daylight in the winter months can cause many people to develop seasonal affective disorder or SAD, a wintertime depression that can stress the heart. Studies have also looked at heart attack patients and found they usually have lower levels of vitamin D (which comes from sunlight) than people with healthy hearts. To boost your vitamin D this winter, consider taking a supplement that contains between 1,000 and 2,000 international units (IU) per day. And to find treatments for SAD, visit the Center for Environmental Therapeutics website at cet.org. Flu season: Studies show that people who get flu shots have a lower heart attack risk. Its known that the inflammatory reaction set off by a flu infection can increase blood clotting which can lead to heart attacks in vulnerable people. So, if you havent already done so, get a flu shot for protection. See flushot.healthmap.org to find a nearby vaccination site. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Nor man, OK 73070, or visit SavvySe nior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today Show and author of The Savvy Senior book. How to Guard Against Wintertime Heart Attacks THE SAVVY SENIORBy Jim Miller Business slow? Advertise in The ObserverWe cover south Hillsborough County with a circulation of 48,000 papers every week! We offer many options in every price range...from classified ads to full pages. Call 813-645-3111 and ask to speak to an advertising representative today. For more information visit us on the web at www.ObserverNews.net

PAGE 14

14 DECEMBER 12, 2013 301 75 813-741-9220 813-741-9220 CARDS Serving: RIVERVIEW APOLLO BEACH SUN CITY CENTER How about renting a unit at Santas Secret Storage? Serving: RIVERVIEW APOLLO BEACH SUN CITY CENTER Will match competitors prices & discountsNew Customers Only *Interest rates as of 10/24/2013, subject to change. FG Guarantee-Platinum annuity is a single premium xed deferred annuity issued by Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company, Baltimore, MD. Form Numbers: FGL SPDA-MY-F (7-04); et al. Subject to state availability. Certain restrictions may apply. When your guarantee period expires, Fidelity & Guaranty Life will automatically renew your annuity for the same period at the then-current interest rate. The renewal interest rate will never be less than the minimum guaranteed interest rate, which will be established between 1 percent and 3 percent. Surrender charges may apply to withdrawals. Withdrawals may be taxable and subject to penalties prior to age 59-1/2. Withdrawals will reduce available death benet. A market value adjustment may apply to withdrawals and may increase or decrease the surrender value. FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY3.5% Interest5-Year Guarantee PeriodContact us today to learn more about the FG Guarantee-Platinum Annuity a Great Savings OptionDONT DELAY.This offer is good until Dec. 13, 2013* 948-B Cypress Village Blvd. Sun City Center, FL 33573 (813) 633-7377Ronald H. Ward has been helping clients build, manage and protect their wealth for over 40 years. WE HAVE SOMETHING FOR EVERY ROOM INSIDE AND ALL AREAS OUTSIDE Our Cushion Shop is worth the drive from ANYWHERE!Quality Furniture at Affordable Prices 813-876-1566 MLK Columbus Dr.Mac Dill Check us out at 813-645-3529 Ken Knox, Contractor Lic: #RX0057641 Free Low-E upgrade on Simonton House Windows. Energy Star Rated for a TECO Rebate! Call the Ofce for Details! Offer Valid: November 1st December 31st FREE Advanced Pain Relief Now AvailableThe Riverview Chiropractic Office is among the first in the area to invest in a Deep Tissue Therapy Laser from LiteCure Medical. Drug free pain relief is the goal for individuals suffering from pain. Now offers you a non-surgical option that has the power to eliminate or significantly reduce pain. It floods the tissues with photons, energizing the damaged cells and increasing circulation This reduces inflammation, reducing your pain. Treatments take just a few minutes, however the therapeutic effect continues to soothe and heal long after you leave the office. For more information call 813-677-2700. As you know, Ive been a late bloomer to social media. I still find it difficult to spend any time on Facebook, so I usually let the staff do it. They love taking photos of our various events and posting them for all to see. They also love to read what our members post. I must admit, its been good for the Chamber to have a Facebook page, so occasionally, I want to make sure were using it to our advantage. With this in mind, I asked one of our local gurus to give me some advice for Facebook during the holidays. His advice was great, so Im sharing it with you. Guru suggested we add some holiday cheer to our page. In other words, we need to update our current Facebook cover photo to reflect the holiday season. This is a simple, easy and fun way to connect with our friends by reminding them of something we have in common celebrating the holidays. The purpose here is to get in the status spirit. Its no secret using particular action words Post, Comment, Take, Submit, Like and Tell Us will increase our Facebook status engagement, so if we combine several of these popular words or phrases with a relevant holiday topic, weve got ourselves an awesome seasonal status! For example: Whats your favorite Holiday song? Last minute Holiday shoppingguilty or not? Click LIKE if youre excited for Christmas caroling. These are certain to add some cheer AND engagement to our page. So it looks like well be decking the Facebook walls! In case you didnt know, Facebook recently lifted the requirement of using a third-party app when running a Facebook contest. So, now we can directly (and easily) post fun Chamber contests, sweepstakes and giveaways directly to our Facebook wall. I cant wait for us to take advantage of this by creating a holiday campaign or promotion for our members. The holidays are the perfect time to launch a lighthearted, seasonal campaign to reward and connect with our current and future Facebook fans. And we wont be at a loss for ideas we can Google them and find hundreds of ideas. And finally, we can show off some of our staff holiday highlights. Hopefully our friends will want to see how Dexter and DeeLores decorate their office spaces! We might even do a daily employee highlight during the upcoming holiday season, where they can share what they love about the holidays and your company. Nah. Thats a little too much, even for me. I think well stick to some holiday photos and some engagement questions. Maybe even a contest. Time for a little fa-la-la!By DanaANA DITTMarARExecutive Director SCC Chamber of Commerce You, me and business: Facebook and the holidays

PAGE 15

DECEMBER 12, 2013 15 The joy and laughter we all experience with family during the holidays can be overshadowed with feelings of uncertainty if youre concerned about nding the right senior living solution. Everyone deserves a stress-free holiday so were making it easy by customizing a solution thats right for you or your loved one. Dont let the holidays get in your way. If you sign a lease before December 23, 2013, the base monthly fee is locked in for life! Call today to learn about our convenience solutions and the additional benets we can offer. Your family can celebrate the holidays together with peace of mind having made the right decision, which for a short time also includes exclusive benets. This is a limited time offer and is subject to availability and the type of apartments that have been designated for this exclusive holiday offer.Call 1-866-947-9193 today to discuss a customized plan before time runs out on this exclusive holiday offer. Lock in Base Monthly Fee for Life! PEACE OF MIND Give Your Family 3910 Galen Court | Sun City Center, FL 33573 Assisted Living Facility # AL9634

PAGE 16

16 DECEMBER 12, 2013 CALL TODAY for your FREE Skin Cancer Screening Call 813-634-1455 to reserve your spotThe Skin Cancer Centers / Dermatology AssociatesHoward A. Oriba, M.D. | Michael G. Caruso, M.D. | Leslee Baute, P.A.C.WWW.THESKINCANCERCENTERS.COMSOUTH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTYS ONLY FELLOWSHIP TRAINED MOHS SURGEON Are you over 65? Did you know people over 65 have a 50% higher likelihood of developing Skin Cancer? NOW ACCEPTING TRICARE PRIME Master Certified Technicians AT HOME AUTO CARE Approved Auto Repair Center We participate in AAA Dollars Program (813) 645-0339 $2795OIL CHANGELUBE, OIL & FILTER*Up to 5 qts. 5W20 or 5W30 Motorcraft Oil, Filter, and 27-point inspection. Most cars Owners: Lee & Julie Davis DROP BOX How about aGIFT CERTIFICATEfrom At Home Auto? Socha, a 92-year-old retired U.S. Navy Commander, is a Pearl Harbor Veteran and survivor. He was stationed aboard the USS Maryland and was getting ready to go to church on what began as another beautiful morning in Hawaii 72 years ago. He was waiting aboard the USS Oklahoma for a launch ashore when he saw the first wave of Japanese Zeros flying in to attack. So instead he immediately returned to the Maryland to his battle station, to his job, and in an instant he became one of Americas first veterans of World War II. Socha did not simply survive the attack on Pearl Harbor; he went to work that day, just as thousands of his fellow service members did. Despite the carnage and chaos growing around him, he did his job, serving and protecting the nation. Seventy-two years later to the day, Michael La Paglia, the limousine driver, got out of the car and opened the rear door for Socha and then waited to open the other door for Sochas friend and neighbor Richard Latamour. Are other people in there? Socha asked, eyeing the length of the vehicle. No sir, La Paglia responded with deep respect. This is just for you. When Anthony DAmico, owner of 1st Class Limousines in Riverview, learned that a Pearl Harbor veteran needed a ride to a ceremony in Tampa, he didnt hesitate. We will do that, he said. There would be no charge for it this was much more about honor and respect than business. Today is Pearl Harbor Day, driver Michael La Paglia said. I was honored as the son of a Navy veteran to escort this Pearl Harbor Survivor Veteran to the Veterans Memorial Park in Tampa. I am truly proud of his great service in the Navy and the great country in which we live. The stands were full for the ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park and Museum in Tampa. There were Patriot Guard Riders with the motorcycles holding American Flags, there were riflemen for the salute, and there was a color guard and a bagpiper. And there were dignitaries ranging from staff members from MacDill and officials from veterans organizations to former prisoners of war. But the star of the ceremony was Ed Socha. When he began to speak, the audience quieted and the years peeled away and he was again Commander Edward J. Socha of the United States Navy. He was decked out in a dress jacket over a Hawaiian shirt. Aloha everybody! he announced in a strong and clear voice. He went on to describe the day, related the feel and atmosphere as though it were yesterday. He told of the shock and the dismay and of numerous false reports, such as those of enemy troop landings. But when it all began, on a perfectly beautiful morning on a Pacific island, he thought it had to be some kind of a drill. When I saw the Rising Sun emblem on the planes, I soon found out that it was not, he said. I heard the call for general quarters and by the time I got to my battle station on the Maryland, I glanced over the side and gasped at the unbelievable sight of the Oklahoma flipped bottom up. She must have suffered three or four or more torpedo hits. He told of the rescue efforts he saw as people began trying to reach survivors, tapping away on the hull of the mortally wounded ship, in which 429 crewmembers would perish.Pearl Harbor survivorX MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOSMichael La Paglia of 1st Class Limousines holds open the door for Ed Socha in front of his Sun City Center home for the ride to the Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony in Veterans Memorial Park. La Paglia felt honored to drive him. Walt Raysick, president of the Veterans Council, stands with members of the Patriot Guard Riders and salutes during Taps.X

PAGE 17

DECEMBER 12, 2013 17 From high school dual enrollment students earning college credits to business students working toward bachelors degrees, the Hillsborough Community College SouthShore Campus brings endless opportunities. Partnerships with Lennard Academy and USF Sarasota-Manatee make it possible for members of our community to nd all the educational resources they need, close to home. With small class sizes, affordable tuition and strong community connections, its easy to see why more than 46,000 students each year choose HCC.Students from Lennard Academy and USF Sarasota-Manatee achieve success.hcc.edu/registernowHCC is an equal access/equal opportunity educational institution. Observer_News_6x5_12-12-13_Partnerships.indd 1 12/5/13 12:48 PM Military and civilian casualties that day totaled over 2,400. Tens of thousands of service members survived and they went on to lead the effort that would win the war. Today, fewer than 3,000 Pearl Harbor veterans are still alive. I am a lifetime member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Socha said. We were chartered in 1958. We turned in our charter on December 31, 2011 because death and old age had trimmed the ranks. The duties of the association had been taken over by the National Park Service in Hawaii. In a remark that drew unexpected laughter, Socha added a wry comment at his own expense. I just got a letter from them [the Park Service] saying that I am a life member of the association but my current membership expires at the end of December in 2014. Near the conclusion of his talk, the rapt audience listened as he quoted the words of a fellow Pearl Harbor survivor:Pearl Harbor survivorX MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOSA muzzle flash in the rifle salute before Taps was played near the conclusion of the ceremony. Ed Socha with the memorial wreath shown in the foreground. Destiny has granted you the courage for the journey through life. Sochas journey involved serving his nation through WWII and through numerous posts until his retirement from the Navy in 1966 holding the rank of Commander. He looked up at the audience and thanked everyone for listening. He received an extended standing ovation. The ceremony concluded with the memorial wreath presentation and a rifle salute. And then Veterans Park officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking for what they believe will be the largest World War II memorial in Florida. Afterwards, Ed Socha was surrounded by people taking his photo, posing with him for photos, people wanting to thank him and shake his hand, and by members of the media asking for interviews. Ed Socha did not know what to make of the limousine that pulled to a stop in front of his house earlier that day but it was most appropriate. Socha is a humble man who moved to Sun City Center with his wife Naomi, married since 1948, and the father of two children, five grandchildren and eight greatgrandchildren. He is a humble man who on Saturday became a reluctant celebrity. He is a living symbol of a nation that would take a grave, unimaginable blow but would not kneel; a nation that would immediately take steps to rebuild, to stand tall and go on to win a world war; a nation that would win but become so powerful as not to conquer, but rather extend a hand of friendship to a defeated enemy. Like his millions of fellow veterans, Commander Edward J. Socha is a symbol of all that is good about America and more. He has been granted the courage for the journey through life and a nation is better for it. Later, the driver Michael La Paglia, his voice cracking with emotion, called to again offer his thanks. With that, he spoke for many. Veterans Memorial Park and Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins Jr. Museum is actively seeking donations for the construction of the World War II memorial, for which groundbreaking took place on Dec. 7, 2013 with help of several veterans. The park is located at 3602 Highway 301 North in Tampa. For information, visit www.veteransparkhc.com. 1st Class Limousine is located in Riverview. For more information, visit www.1stclasslimollc.com or call 813-234-1744. For more photos, visit www. observernews.net or www. riverviewcurrent.com.

PAGE 18

18 DECEMBER 12, 2013 FREE20 Locations in the Tampa/St. Pete Area, one just minutes from you www.floridahearing.comSUN CITY CENTER 4850 Sun City Center Blvd.813-634-8451 a t FLORIDA HEARING CARDS AUDIBEL The carefree way to connect to your world This advertisement funded by the MANUFACTURER, Minneapolis, MN BRANDON TAMPA 813-681-4046 813-831-9442 ELLENTON BRADENTON 941-722-7200 941-747-6966 STOP A UDIBEL HEARING AID TUNE-UP and MOISTURE CHECKDoes your hearing aid struggle to give you the amplification you need?ALL MAKES, ALL MODELSBring in your damaged hearing aid. If we can fix it in our lab, we will, at no charge! Hearing test necessary for all hearing aid repairs. FREE IN-OFFICE REPAIRS for your ears FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THE MOST ADVANCED HEARING AID EVER, IS SMALLER! AUDIBELALL SIZES, FOR ALL HEARING AID BRANDS 99 HEARING AID BATTERIES! A2 InvisibleSAVE TODAY$1,500 EACHOFF MSRPLimited time offer.Limit 2 packs per patient per packAudibel also offersFREE In-Home Hearing Tests.An Audibel professional will come to you at any time convenient to you. $ 499 AUDIBELSTOCK CANAL AIDFits up to 40db lossThis offer expires 12/27/13NOWFREE EAR INSPECTION FREE Ear Inspection and Ear Wax Removal Assistance with Your FREE HEARING TEST Why Do People Delay Addressing Hearing Loss?Most patients that visit Audibel for a free hearing test leave hearing better and did not need to purchase a new hearing aid. Fact is, hearing aids are not always the answer. Havent you waited long enough?ignoring the WARNING SIGNS!DID YOU KNOW it could just be ear wax build-up OR one of a number of simple solutions that does not require a hearing aid? THE ALL NEW 100% DIGITAL AND COMPUTER PROGRAMMABLE Available in three popular styles. All custom molded to your ear. All Audibel Models30-50%OFF MSRP IntroductorySPECIAL50% OFF MSRPExclusively on ARIES BTE. Custom ear mold sold separately.

PAGE 19

DECEMBER 12, 2013 19 Never mind Black FridayHow aboutBlack December!!!MASSAGE BARGAINS ALL MONTH!1/2 hour massage only $35.00!How about1 Hour massage for $55.00!!And for that ULTIMATE MASSAGE,1 1/2 hours for only $80.00!!!Buy as many as you want in the month of December...Use them all year!!! OR... Get them in gift certicates and give them out as presents!! Riverview Chiropractic Center, Massage and MediSpa 11357 Big Bend Road, Riverview677-2700Order now! We can even mail them out for you! DONATE!CARS, TRUCKS, BOATS, RVs Please Help FightFULLY TAX DEDU CTIBLE RECEIVE BLUE BOOK V ALUE800-714-3575 American Childrens SocietyFlorida Reg. #CH11978 An IRS Recognized Non-Pro t 501(c)3 OrganizationMaking a difference for a child!We also accept collectibles, appliances, furniture, etc.R ecei pts on the sp ot and IRS forms sent directly to you!F AST & FR EE PICK UPVehicles Running or Not NO RestrictionsFREE $200 Gas CardWITH YOUR DONATION!! ATTENTION Contractors:Check out our selection of tools & supplieswww.TampaCrossties.com Need Landscaping Advice? Speak with one of our Professionals! Concrete Accessories of the price of Bulk Mulch & Rock 813-641-0090 Precast Concrete Stepswww.centurygrp.com/Products/Concrete-Steps Red Mulch 5 bags for $ 10 Add a new spark to your backyard with a Century Fire PitExpires 12/21/13 SAINT ANNE CHRISTMAS BINGOEarly Birds at 6:30 p.m. Regular Games at 7:00 p.m.EVERYONE WELCOME!($150 min./$250 max. payout based on number of players) Bring a canned good get one free SPEEDY per playerNO BINGO DEC. 26St. Anne Catholic Church 106 11th Ave. NE Ruskin 813-645-1714 It will soon be Christmas and the stores are full of all types of technology to improve your fishing success. At the recent boat shows in Tampa and St. Petersburg I was amazed with how boats have changed into the world of gadgets. High-tech maps show you where the fish are located; the weather report is at the touch of a button; look at your screen and you can tell the depth of the water; it will even show you where to anchor your boat and the distance from the school of fish to where you anchor. Talking to locals, who have fished all their lives, they think all this hightech takes the fun out of fishing. It no longer makes it a sport of skill. One said that you dont use your brain to fish, but rather to learn how to oper ate the buttons on your boat. At Riverside, just south of Ruskin near Dooley Groves, I noticed are a lot of anglers use canoes and kayaks. Talking to them revealed a different world of fishing. They say we have two paddles, no engine to care for, we dont buy gas, we dont have any high-tech gadgets to learn or spend our time fixing. While on the end of Cockroach Bay Road, I spotted a kayak angler with an ice chest full of fish. He told me he didnt go out in the deep, but probably caught more than those who were 40 miles out. His fishing was in spots where a big boat cant go and he had spots to fish that no one else had found. The water this week was as smooth as silk, sun was beautiful, fish were everywhere, and no people were around him, but he said he saw plenty of them sailing by going out to make a catch. Their fish cost them three or four times as much as his did. Anglers may give this some thought, sounds like a wise angler to me. This inexpensive way of fishing also applies to those with canoes. Of course you can buy all prices of canoes and kayaks, it is up to you, how much your ride will cost. Reports came in of monster redfish out in the deep waters. I did not see them, but was told that they were so big that they had to have help pulling them in. This is not a Fish Tale but the truth. Nothing was said to me, about a catch and release deal. I wonder.... Mullet are playing hide and seek, jumping to and fro in much of our waterways. They have come back in large schools. Many with castnets are enjoying them deep fried with hushpuppies. Hushpuppies originated in the South with the early settlers. They would travel long distance to get their supplies, and always stayed the night outside along the way and cooked over a fire with a black iron pot. They took dogs along in the wagon for protection. As they cooked the dogs would howl. While making the batter for the fried bread, they would give bites to the dogs and yell Hush Puppies. Now you know how they got the name. If you dont feel skilled enough to make them homemade, they are available readymade in the frozen food section of most supermarkets. Flounder have been a great catch again this week. Most fishermen who brought ashore a redfish, had a flounder too. The usual sheepshead catches prevailed for the land anglers weekly catches. Trout catches have been great. They have been caught from piers, boats, and bridges. They look as if they have not traveled, just hung out in our warm waters and grew big and fat. Schools of thread herring bait have entered our bay waters. If you cant locate bait, follow the flock of birds, they are chasing schools of them. Learn how to cast your bait net in a complete circle over the bait and you will fill up your bait well. Trash fish, so called because they are not good to eat, make good fish to cut or grind up for chumming. Dogfish, needlefish, saltwater cats and so on. There are plenty around, in our warm weather. We not only offer the best saltwater fishing in the world, but also have many freshwater lakes and streams and upper fresh water in the Little Manatee and the Alafia Rivers. Winter visitors are now in our area, the waterways are full of boats of all types and sizes. Be careful, be kind, be nice to them and if they are lost help them find their way.By Jonie MaschekMember: Florida Outdoor Writers Association Fish Tales: Canoes, kayaks make inexpensive fishing

PAGE 20

20 DECEMBER 12, 2013 1910 Haverford Avenue Suite 107 Sun City Center, FL 33573 (813) 633-0286 www.brandonorthopedics.com Robert J. Maddalon, MD John D. Okun, MD Peter V. Lopez, MD Steven M. Page, MDBoard-Certified Orthopedic Surgeons Brandon Orthopedic Associates 721 West Robertson St., Ste. 102 Brandon, FL 33511 Phone: 813-684-3707 BRANDON ORTHOPEDIC ASSOCIATES EAST BAY SPORTS MEDICINE & ORTHOPEDICS Board Certified Orthopedic Surgery Brandon Orthopedic Associates is one of the most respected and professional orthopedic and sports medicine practices and Hillsborough County. Our state-of-the-art facilities allow us to specialize in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, partial and total joint replacements of hip, knee and shoulder, hand surgery including endoscopic carpal tunnel release, finger joint replacement, complex surgery of the elbow, and ankle and foot injuries. Our compassionate and caring atmosphere is in two convenient locations near local hospitals and outpatient surgery facilities in Brandon and Sun City Center. We work relentlessly to provide the best care possible for every patient's unique orthopedic need. Call CATHY 813-938-5801 for an appointment 137 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center MATRIX COLOR$35HAIR CUT$15 CABINETSCOASTAL WOOD DESIGN, INC.Tear out the old... install new, We do it all!We Will Beat Any Written Estimate with this couponCALLJOYCE SUTHARD OR RICHARD TALLY(813) 422-3454Sun City Center References Available 24-HOUR TOWINGFree Diagnostics Free Towing to shop if we do repairs SUN POINT AUTOMOTIVEA/C CHECK$1995+ FreonFREE Mount & Balancewith purchase of 4 tiresBRAKE BUNDLE$150Per Axle + TaxOIL CHANGE$1995 EMERGENCY SERVICES Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.813-645-7653 (At the corner of U.S. 41 and S.R. 674) For your convenience were now open longer hours! www.TotalAutomotiveServices.com Servicing Sun City Center, Ruskin & Apollo BeachGet YourFREE2014CALENDAR BRAKE SERVICE$9999PER AXLE. Includes replacing pads, shoes and turning rotors. 813-645-4632We offer a Same Dealer Services... Lower Prices/ Better Care Public invited to Iraq Veterans Memorial DedicationThe Iraq Veterans Memorial will honor fallen veterans and members of the military at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. at Veterans Memorial, 3602 U. S. Highway 301 N. in Tampa A new memorial commemorating the service of Iraq Veterans will be unveiled at 3 p.m. Dec. 14 at Veterans Memorial Park, 3602 U. S. Highway 301 N. in Tampa. The dedication ceremony will honor military veterans from Flor ida who sacrificed their lives in Iraq from March 2003 to December 2011. The public is invited to attend and should plan to arrive early due limited parking. A motorcycle processional will begin at 2 p.m. An official proclamation from Hillsborough County will be presented and singer Jason Wyatt will perform a musical selection. Guest speakers include Lt. Gen. John Mulholland (SOCOM), CSM Frank Grippe (CENTCOM), and a representative from American Gold Star Mothers Tampa Bay Chapter. The event will conclude with the playing of Taps and a rifle salute by the Riverview Detachment of the Marine Corps League. Refreshments will also be provided. For more information on the Veterans Memorial Park and Museum, call 813-7445502 or Hillsborough County Department of Veterans Affairs at 813-246-3170.Financial Aid explainedHillsborough County Public Schools Guidance Services is hosting financial aid information nights for high school students and their families. University financial aid representatives will explain the financial aid process, review how colleges and universities compile financial aid packages, and discuss available local, state, and federal aid. All meetings start at 6 p.m. in the school auditorium. For more information call 813273-7203. January 14, 2014 Brandon High School 1101 Victoria St., Brandon January 16, 2014 Jefferson High School 4401 W. Cypress St., Tampa January 23, 2014 Gaither High School 16200 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa January 28, 2014 Riverview High School 11311 Boyette Rd., Riverview January 30, 2014 Hillsborough High School 5000 N. Central Ave., TampaMargot Ward joins Dickman RealtyMargot (Margo) Ward has joined the team of Realtors at Paul B. Dickman, Inc. Realty, commonly known as Dickman Realty. A Southern California native with roots also in Charlotte, North Carolina, Margots professional background is in construction contract administration, construction cost accounting, benefits management, accounts payable and payroll. Dickman Realty, has been serving the real estate needs of the SouthShore community and beyond since 1924. You can reach Margot at 813-645-3211, ext. 249 or on her cell at 813-486-9480.

PAGE 21

DECEMBER 12, 2013 21 GREAT DAY!A Choral Celebration for Christmaspresented by Southside Baptist Choir andBETHLEHEM PROJECTpresented by the children Sun., Dec. 1511:00 a.m.Southside Baptist Church 4208 Hwy. 41 South Ruskin, FL 813-645-4085Approximately 4 miles south of College Ave. (SR 674) has been located at 1601 Rickenbacker Dr., Ste #5 in Sun City Center for 14+ years and is only a phone call away Call 634-6617We accept most long-term care insurance policies.WithHanson Services...Its like having a personal staff.Personalized services for your individual needs.Some of our many services include, but not limited to: All caregivers are background screened.You DO have choices. FREE in-home and private consultation to see how we can help you with your needs to be comfortable in your home.References upon request Check Out Our NewRATES New Clients Only A view to dance toSarasota-based soulRcoaster, a band rapidly growing in popularity, took to the new stage at the Sunset Grill Tiki Bar last week. With Tampa Bay and the lights of St. Petersburg in the background along with a beautiful Florida evening, the bands lineup of popular music had people of all ages out of their chairs and dancing the night away. soulRcoaster will return to the Sunset Grill on Dec. 21. For more information, search for soulRcoaster on Facebook. For schedules at Little Harbors Sunset Grill Tiki Bar visit www. facebook.com/SunsetGrillTikiBar. MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTO For South County residents in search of something to do, or even for a unique gift for Christmas, look no further than the Sun City Center Art Club. The club offers a myriad of events and exhibits. Last week, renowned Tampa artist Taylor Ikin, shown above, was holding a workshop in the clubs studio. The club is also offering for sale beautiful and distinctive Christmas and holiday cards with art from club members. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, visit www.artclubofscc.org.MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOS

PAGE 22

22 OBSERVER NEWS DECEMBER 12, 2013 DECEMBER EVENTSA RETIREMENT & REHABILITATION COMMUNITY 1:30 3:30 p.m. Parkinsons Support Group of Sun City Center Sponsored by The Mens Club of SCC Facilitated by the USF Parkinsons Disease & Movement Disorders Center. Our speaker this month will be Luke Janssen, Therapy Representative for Medtronic Deep Brain Stimulation. Are your Parkinsons medications not working as well as they used to? Are you spending more hours a day with shaking, stiffness, or difculty moving? Does relief take longer to kick in and wear off before the next dose? Do you have more side effects like unwanted movements? If so, dont miss this meeting! FREE Valet Parking available at Entrance. 10 11 a.m.Charles Schwab Investment Series Dont miss this opportunity to meet with Ann MacKay, CFP with Charles Schwab as she discusses: The Schwab Approach to Stock Research 2:30 3:30 p.m. Alzheimers Association Caregiver Support Group. Bring Your Loved One For a Well Deserved Break. Facilitated by Aging Care Advocates. You will receive information while your loved one is cared for in our Secured Memory Care. Please RSVP no less than 3 days prior to 813-246-4120. 10 11 a.m. Your Money Matters Tax Strategies to create Tax Free money presented by: Rick Lanese, CPA, partner at Lanese + Associates and sponsored by Chris Redhead, CFP,ChFC,CFS, Executive Vice President of Sequoia Financial Group. During these turbulent times many investors are plagued with challenging questions and difcult decisions that may signicantly impact their familys nancial future. Join us each month on the third Wednesday as we share prudent strategies that have helped us guide our clients to achieve successful results through uncertain markets. 1:30 2:30 p.m.Low Vision Support Group. Facilitated by Ana Maria Oliva, M.D. and Sponsored by the Sun City Center Mens Club. This month, Dr. Oliva will present Cataract Surgery and Beyond. Dr. Oliva completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and earned her medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, where she remains a member of the prestigious medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. She completed a rigorous internship in internal medicine, as well as a highly competitive residency in ophthalmology, at the University of South Florida, where she was subsequently fellowship trained in cornea and refractive surgery. 32834_Butterfly_Doris_NewBar_ObserverNews_BW_1025x75.indd 1 12/9/13 3:37 PM Showmens MuseumContinued from page 1X went anyway, David said. Hey how did he know so much about the traveling showmen? I wondered. So I did what reporters do best: I asked. As it turns out, David known locally as Doc has lived in Hillsborough County since 1956. But his background includes years in every phase of carnivals. He started out running rides at a carnival near where he lived, and then began to travel with shows. He ran food trailers and game concessions. Did you know that way before they made plastic or even teddy bears that the prizes were all made of plaster of Paris? he asked me, pointing to a display full of them. Of course, I did not. Before he was finished traveling, he owned his own carnival: Metrolina Rides & Shows. Hes also a painter, and in the museum collection are many of his works depicting things as they were in the old days. Now hes content to work with the International Independent Showmens Association running the museum across from the Showmens Club and grounds just east of U.S. 41 on Riverview Drive at the north end of the Alafia River Bridge. He knows the story behind each and every piece, sign, banner, book, and photograph in the museum, and loves to tell them. The museum had begun with contributions from the Showmens Club members, but was short of enough money to open. This has all been privately funded by the generous donations of the clubs members, especially the Showmens Shrine.Continued on page 23X PENNY FLETCHER PHOTOSThe International Independent Showmens Museum just north of the Alafia River Bridge and east of US 41 on Riverview Drive has thousands of items depicting how old-time carnivals and circuses differed from todays. I didnt even know the Showmen had a chapter of the Egypt Shrine, but as it turns out, they have an active group. Whenever you see Shriners in local parades driving specially-built dodge-em cars instead of the regular little cars, theyre from the showmens group, David said. Then, in 2011 Jim Frederiksen donated a million dollars and the museum was eventually put together. It is two levels, has many different areas, including the beginning of a library, a photo restoration center, and an area that is slated to someday become a theater. Weve never had a whiz-bang Grand Opening, he explained. What they need are donations and grant money. But the Showmen have come up with another way to make some operating money by holding private tours. David pointed out the learning experience that the museum offers for any group of individuals, or civic associations, or schools. Riverview Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tanya Doran has become very interested and had taken the first tour. This will be a very big thing for Riverview, she stated in an interview Dec. 4. Having written about Gibsontons show people for many years, I thought I knew the history of the troupes that came here every winter to refurbish their rides and equipment, train animals and make new costumes and develop

PAGE 23

DECEMBER 12, 2013 OBSERVER NEWS 23 HILLSBOROUGH(813) 634-8310MANATEE(941) 524-2259 For a FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATE, call us TODAY!Shutter & Blind Manufacturing CompanySHUTTERS ~ VERTICALS ~ FAUX WOOD & WOOD HORIZONTAL BLINDS CELLULAR SHADES ~ WOVEN WOODS ~ SUNSCREEN SHADES ~ PRIVACY SHADINGS ~ MORE INSTALLED FREE! INSTALLED FREE! VERTICALS PLANTATION SHUTTERS$1395Sq. Ft. Measured & Installed LIFETIME WARRANTY 2 FAUX BLINDS Our blinds are built with a STEEL HEADRAIL. Unlike the Flimsy Plastic Headrail from the Home CentersMADE IN AMERICA EXAMPLE OF OUR PRICES24 W x 36 H ..........$84 Installed 36 W x 50 H ........$175 Installed 48 W x 48 H ........$224 Installed 48 W x 60 H ........$280 Installed 72 W x 62 H ........$434 InstalledEXAMPLE OF OUR PRICES36 W x 48 H .......$39 Installed 52 W x 62 H .......$68 Installed 60 W x 62 H .......$75 Installed 72 W x 72 H .......$93 InstalledEXAMPLE OF OUR PRICES36 W x 48 H .......$39 Installed 52 W x 48 H .......$49 Installed 60 W x 48 H .......$69 Installed 72 W x 72 H .......$86 Installed SAVE ENERGY EXAMPLE OF OUR PRICES FOR SUN SCREENS24 W x 36 H ....................$49 Installed 36 W x 48 H ....................$62 Installed 52 W x 48 H ....................$93 Installed 72 W x 60 H .................$131 Installed SUN SCREENS SPECIAL FOR 2Includes:2 Soup or Salad2 EntreesChoose from: (Spicy)2 Desserts1 Complimentary Bottle of WineAvailable for a LIMITED TIME ONLY, Wednesday through Saturday.2 for $3999+ tax Cypress Creek Golf Club 1011 Cypress Village Blvd., RuskinPlease call for reservation 813-440-4576 Ext. 2LUNCH: DINNER: BRUNCH: Showmens Museum now offering private toursContinued from page 22X routines. Not so. The museum tells a story that goes back much further than the late Al Tomaini, known as The Giant, and his wife Jeannie, who I interviewed many times before her death. Eddie and Grace LaMay had a cook house in the 1920s and they toured with carnivals all over the country, David said. They stopped to rest in Gibsonton and while Eddie was fishing in the Alafia, the towns people came to welcome them. That was the first time show people decided to make Gibsonton their off-road home. By 1965, the Showmens Club had been formed, working out of a small trailer, and later, the county gave the show people special zoning so they could continue bringing their equipment and animals to their winter home. At one point, while listening to Davids stories, I leaned upon a large marble stone. Suddenly I realized it was a tombstone. Oh yes, David said. Sam the Candyman Clark made fudge on the back of his tombstone for years. Nobody knew it was his tombstone. But there it was, with his name and date of birth, not death, carved beautifully into the whiteand-beige marble. Obviously, it was never used as one. Do you know the story of the Giant? David asked me as I started to go. Well of course I did. I had written about Al Tomaini. In fact, my late husbands father knew him well. No, no, the Viking Giant, David said. What Viking Giant? I asked, all ears and ready to type again, my small hand-held computer now balanced on my arm. He was Johann Petursson from Iceland. Much larger than Tomaini. Petursson was 8-foot-8. He performed with little people in Europe before the war. But so many of the little people midgets were sent to the gas chambers as inferior and he was sent to work in the shipyards. Forced labor of course. When he got out, he couldnt bear to work there any longer. And he couldnt find little people. If any were left, they had stayed in hiding. So Johann came to America and worked with Ringling Brothers and later with Royal American Shows. Okay, my tour had to end some time. But you can see and hear about all these things by arranging for a private tour with your friends, neighbors or social group. Teachers can bring their students in as a class. For more information, call Docs cell (813) 765-7031. I keep it on all the time, he said. He prefers to be called just Doc. You may also reach him by email at showmenshistory@ gmail.com. It is a tour that teaches much that even those of us who have been here many, many years dont know. I know I am still amazed, and someday, I will go back. PENNY FLETCHER PHOTOMidway Girlie Shows such as this one had flashing colored lights and a narrator who described the special talents of each woman as she did her act. On display in Gibsonton are such figures as the famous stripper Gypsy Rose Lee and women who danced with fans. The rules were that everyone had to have on a shred of covering of certain body parts.

PAGE 24

24 U "\011-\015,\015, \015-U-\012\012"\011-\015,\015, DECEMBER 12, 2013 South Hillsborough Church of Christ Welcome to the: SERVICES: Sunday........................9:30 & 10:30 a.m.; 6:00 p.m. Wednesday................7:00 p.m. EVERETT TATE, MINISTER —NON-INSTRUMENTAL— \006\011\006\006\001\017\031\034\035\036\001\025\036\004\001\025\030\001 \001\024\037\035\032\031\033\002\001\017\021\001 \001\011\007\010\003\012\011\005\012 Ruskin United Methodist Church First Street & 4th Ave. NW, Ruskin (behind Suntrust Bank) ALL ARE WELCOME TO COME AND WORSHIP WITH US: SUNDAY MORNINGS: Rev. Richard Nussel Phone: 645-1241 Nov. April..................8:30 a.m. and All Year...............10:45 a.m. Sunday School............9:30 a.m. Day Care Available Mon. Fri. 6 a.m. 6 p.m. call 645-6198 702 Valley Forge Blvd., SCC, FL 33573 \000HONE\032\000\026\023\024\015\022\023\022\030\000s\000&AX\032\000\026\023\023\015\026\026\027\020 www.popcc.org Masses: Sunday.8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., Noon Saturday Vigil....................4:00 p.m. Daily................................8:00 a.m. Confessions: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m. and Sat. 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m. www.unitycommunityofjoy.com 813-481-9060 Spirituality Rather Than “Religion” Unity Henry Gibson Social Hall, Beth Israel Synagogue \021\021\021\025\000$EL\000EBB\000%\016\000s\000UN\000#ITY\000#ENTER\014\000&, \021\023\020\021\000\016\016\000\(WY\016\000\024\021\000.\016\014\000USKIN\014\000&,\000s\000\026\024\025\015\021\021\022\021\000s\000 www.nbcor.org “Loving God, Loving Others, Serving Beyond Borders” Sunday School (all ages)........9:30 a.m. UNDAY\000-ORNING\000ORSHIP\016\016\016\016\021\020\032\024\025\000A\016M\016 UNDAY\000%VENING\000ORSHIP\016\016\016\016\016\016\016\026\032\020\020\000P\016M\016 EDNESDAY\000\010ALL\000AGES\011\016\016\016\016\016\016\016\016\016\016\016\016\016\026\032\023\020\000P\016M\016\000 Dr. Samuel (Sam) A. Roach, Pastor WORSHIP SERVICES: SUNDAY 8:30 a.m. .................................Contemporary Service 9:30 a.m. ......................................... Traditional Service 10:00 a.m. ...............................Contemporary Service 11:00 a.m. ....................................... Traditional Service 4:00 p.m. ........................................Hispanic Worship Senior Pastor: Dr. Warren Langer Assistant Pastor: Rev. Samuel Rorer Bookstore 633-8595 FREE Nursery Provided Rance Goad, Pastor (Southern Baptist) 1511 El Rancho Dr. Sun City Center, FL 33573 Phone/Fax: 813-633-5950 WEEKLY SERVICES: Sunday 9 a.m.......................Bible Study 11 a.m.....................Bible Study 10 a.m. & 6 p.m............Worship Wednesday 6 p.m....Prayer Meeting/Bible Study (813) 634-1304 ~ www.uccsuncity.org UNITED COMMUNITY CHURCH ~ United Church of Christ 1501 La Jolla AVE, Sun City Center, FL 33573-5329 A Caring Church United in God's Love Serving Others Rev. Dr. Jean M. Simpson Worship Services ~ 8:30 and 10 AM Wimauma Church of God Sunday School ................................10:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship ...............10:45 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship ..................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Youth Worship ...............6:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening Service .............7:00 p.m. \030\030\023\027\003\021\021\003\031\032\027\017\003:LPDXPD\017\003\\003\026\026\030\034\033\003‡\003\033\024\026\020\031\026\027\020\027\032\032\031 Pastor Tom Durrance REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA \030\021\022\001BMMFZ\001'PSHF\001#MWE\017\001t\001VO\001$JUZ\001$FOUFS\015\001'-\001\024\024\026\030\024\016\026\024\026\025 FWFSFOE\001%BWJE\001"MMNBO\015\001BTUPS FMFQIPOF\033\001\031\022\024\016\027\024\025\016\022\023\032\023\001t\001FCTJUF\033\001TDDSFEFFNFS\017PSH Worship Services on Sunday 10 a.m. \JSTU\001\007\001IJSE\001VOEBZ\001t\001#JCMF\001$MBTT\001IVSTEBZ\001\022\021\001B\017N\017 Area Places of Worship PRAYER PRAISE WORSHIP The Anointing Church "\016`SS\\000;O\\000]`\016`WdS\032\016A\032\016:\016’\016&\037!\033' \033$$"\036 www.theanointingchurch.com Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of SCC Meets in the Henry Gibson Social Hall of the Beth Israel ->}œ}'iU£££x\015\014iiLL\011` /…'`>]\\000*\037U\012>‡™UVV''œ} Harmony exists in difference no less than in likeness. — Margaret Fuller Area Obituaries Jeffrey “Jeff” Anderson Jeffrey “Jeff” Anderson, 52, of Apollo Beach, Fla passed away December 5, 2013. He was owner of AFC Systems, Inc. Survivors include his son, Matthew Anderson, his parents, Bob and Sara Anderson, two brothers and sisters in law, Brian and Robin Anderson and Terry and Danyle Anderson. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center, Fla (813) 634-9900. Joseph W. Bierly, Jr., 79, of Sun City Center, FL died on November 28 at LifePath Hospice. Born in Glen Rock, PA he lived most of his life in Hanover, PA. Joe attended Susquehannock High School, where he was a four letter athlete. He was offered a full baseball scholarship to Gettysburg College where he was a starting pitcher and starting center in basketball. Following graduation in 1956 he signed with the Baltimore Orioles. In 1957, after one season in the minors, he was drafted into the Army and served in the 82nd Airborne. Joe later earned his master’s degree at Western Maryland College and taught Physical Education and Health at South Western High School for 33 years. In addition, he was Athletic Director and coached baseball and basketball. Later he officiated basketball at the high school and college levels. In 1998 he was inducted into the SouthCentral Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. In his later years golf became an increasingly large part of his life, and Joe was club champion at both South Hills and Honey Run Golf Clubs in Pennsylvania. For the past several years he enjoyed the warm Florida sunshine and the many friends he made on the golf course. Joe was a member of the Men’s Club in Sun City Center. Joe is survived by his forever partner, Flavia Robertson, a sister Mary Rudy, children Donald “Tony” Cape, Holly Cape Cook, Sherry Jo Bierly, and seven grandchildren. Joe was known for his warm smile that lit up his entire face and he had a knack for making everyone feel good about themselves whenever he was around. At school he was known as “SIR”, and he and many of his students have kept in touch throughout the years. He was well loved by everyone that knew him. Joe had strong spiritual beliefs and lived his life accordingly. A celebration of his life will be held at Community Hall, Room 5, in Sun City Center. FL on Saturday, January 4, 2014 from 2:30 – 5 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sun City Center Emergency Squad, 720 Ray Watson Dr, Sun City Center, FL 33573. Joseph W. Bierly Marvene J. Bussell Marvene J. Bussell, age 90, passed away quietly on November 21, 2013. She was a member of the last graduating class of Steele High School in Dayton, Ohio and a graduate of the University of Dayton with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught Fifth grade for over 30 years at Kemp School in Dayton, Ohio. She also taught in Fairborn, Ohio; New Castle, Indiana; and Lowell, Arizona. She was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Sun City Center, Florida. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank S. Bussell and is survived by her two sons: Michael and Gregory Bussell and her daughter-in-law, Susan Bussell. Further, she is survived by her grandchildren: Jeffery and Brandy Bussell, Jennifer Bussell-Schiff, and Alexander Bussell. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren Alyssa and Ashley Bussell. She will be missed by all. Graveside services will be held at on Saturday, December 7, at 1 PM at Mt. Zion Shoup Cemetery. Contributions in Marvene’s memory can be made to SPCA International. Arrangements are in care of Tobias Funeral Home Beavercreek Chapel. Condolences for the family can be made at www. tobiasfuneralhome.com Kenneth C. Grom Kenneth C. Grom was born in Barrington, Illinois and passed away in Sun City Center at age 91. He was an accomplished musician and served as a church organist and director of music on behalf of churches in Illinois, Indiana and Florida for more than 70 years. He is survived by his wife Lorrie Grom, his daughter Wendy Grom, his stepson Edward De Laurier and two stepgrandsons. A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Sun City Center on December 14, 2013 at 3 p.m. Thomas F. Leuzzi Thomas F. Leuzzi of Kings Point passed away Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Hospice House in Sun City Center. Tom was surrounded by loved ones Ginny Riordon; daughter Christine Simone; and mother Florence Leuzzi. He is survived by his beloved mother Florence; sons Thomas and Michael; daughter Christine; four grandchildren and one great-grandson; two sisters, Arlene Relli of Ohio, and Mary McCarty of North Daokta. Tom was a 25 year resident of Florida, coming here from Long Island, New York. He was an avid NASCAR fan and used his love of cars in pursuing his career as an automotive entrepreneur. A visition and service was held Dec. 13, 2013, at the National Crematory (formerly Lewers Funeral Home) 308 E. College Ave., Ruskin, FL, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Tom would prefer that you make a donation to the Sun City Center Emergency Squad, 720 Ray Watson Dr., Sun City Center, FL 33573 or LifePath Hospice, Memorial Gift, 12470 Telecom Dr., Suite 400, Temple Terrace, FL 33637. William Cooper Schick William C. (Bill) Schick, 97, died Thursday, November 28, 2013 at Sun City Center, Fla.. He was born in Choteau, Montana on September 28, 1916, and at age three, moved to Michigan. Bill served in World War II and the Korean War and retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1966. Bill and Mary moved to Sun City Center in 1981. Bill was an enthusiastic golfer, served as President of the Men’s Golf Association of the North-South Golf Course and was a member of Caloosa Golf and Country Club. He was President of the local chapter of the Retired Officers Association, Deacon of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, and a 60-plus years’ Mason and Shriner. Bill was predeceased by son John; Mary, his wife of 63 years; sister Virginia; and brother Jack. Bill is survived by son Michael (Betty) of Homosassa; granddaughter Jennifer Schick (Ryan Cox) of Pompano Beach; great-grandson Cooper; niece Jane S. Frucci (Gary) of Naples; great-niece Christina Chane (Jonathan) of Jupiter; great-nephew John Frucci (Carin) of Winnetka, Ill.; eight great-great-nieces and nephews; and friend and caregiver Rosa Rosado. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 20 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Sun City Center. Arrangements by Zipperer’s Funeral Home. Helen R. Schleiden Helen R. Schleiden has been celebrating in Heaven since Nov. 23, 2013. She was 97 years old. She is survived by sister Edith Rosenberger; sons A. Richard (Irene), David, and Donald (Judi); daughter Doris; 31 grandchildren; 39 greatgrandchildren; and 6 great-greatgrandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Gideons. Mason Sikes Mason Sikes, 84, of Gibsonton, went home to be with God on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. Mason was a life long resident of Hillsborough County spending most of his life in the southeast part of the county. He was born October 18, 1929, in Wimauma, Florida, to General Gardner Sikes and Beatrice Judah-Sikes, just a few days before the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Most of Mason’s youth was spent in the Church of God, in the vegetable fields of Ruskin and Wimauma, or on Tampa Bay eating fresh oysters and fishing with his father. Continued on page 25 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:12 d d

PAGE 25

DECEMBER 12, 2013 25 CHRISTIAN SCHOOL K-2 Through 12th GradeSunday School.................................9:45 a.m. Morning Worship...............8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Evening Service..............................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Night Service................7:00 p.m. Awana............................................7:00 p.m.Dr. Barry RumseyA Resource for Families 1239 Del Webb Blvd. West Sun City Center, FL 33573 Church is Handicap accessible Phone: 813-634-1252 For information visit: www.standrewatscc.org St. Andrew Presbyterian ChurchSunday Services Traditional Service 9:00 a.m. Contemporary Service 11:00 a.m.Prayers with anointing for healing and wholeness during worship the second Sunday of every month.Pastor: Rev. Dr. Mark E. SalmonMeet friends in Fellowship Hall after each Service. Refreshments served.A Stephen Ministry Church First Church of Christ, Scientist Sunday Service ........................................................ 10:00 a.m. Sunday School ......................................................... 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Service ................................................... 4:00 p.m. Reading Room ............................... Wednesday 4 to 4:45 p.m. All Are Welcome U.S. Hwy. 41 106 11th Ave. NE Ruskin 813-645-1714SaintAnneRuskin.org MASSESVigil Mass.....................................................................Saturday 4:30 p.m. Sunday Mass .....................................8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday ....................................................................8:00 a.m. Holy Days ....................................... Espaol ......... .................Thursday 6:15 p.m.; Saturday 3:15 p.m.Saint Anne Catholic ChurchSouthShore: Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City and S. GibsontonSS Area Places of Worship Getting to Know You (Donuts & Coffee) .... 9:00 a.m. Sunday Evening Service ............ 6:00 p.m. Sunday School ........................................... 9:30 am. Wednesday Evening Service ...... 7:00 p.m. Sunday Morning Worship ............................ 10:55 a.m. Thursday Morning Prayer .......... 10:00 a.m. Southside Baptist ChurchA Warm, Loving & Friendly Church Worship Service @10:30 am Adult Sunday School @ 9:30 am 1707 33rd Street Southeast Ruskin, Florida 33570 Minister Mike Grant First Christian ChurchSun City Center FloridaFCCSCC Mason Sikes Obituary continued In 1948 he enlisted in the United States Army as an infantryman and was one of the first soldiers that was sent into Korea at the start of the war. Mason never lost his family roots while in the Army, sending an allotment back home so that his mother could take care of herself and his younger siblings. After the war he returned to Ruskin and began a career as a tropical fish farmer and then in 1962 he married Florence Padgett. Mason and Florence were among some of the first tropical fish farmers in Hillsborough County, and soon established a thriving fish farm in Riverview at the corners of Rhodine Road and Sykes Road. Mason raised some of the most beautiful tropical fish at the time and was the first farmer to breed the now very popular, plecostomus catfish. In the mid 1970s the Sikes family sold their fish farm and moved to Lake Wales, Florida, after Mason was injured in an accident. He continued to raise his family while selling fresh caught fish, canned mullet and crab meat, and by taking odd jobs over the years. In the late 1970s Mason moved his family back to Gibsonton, Florida, where he and his wife raised their two sons and for the next thirtyseven years they lived on Bliss Road. Mason was a member of The Loyal Order of the Moose, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and the Disabled American Veterans organizations. He was also a dedicated member of the Hackney Cemetery Trust, Inc., a cause that was very near and dear to his heart. Mason is survived by his loving wife of fifty-three years Florence Padgett Sikes of Gibsonton, Florida, and two sons, Mason Sikes, Jr. of Riverview and Troy Allen Sikes of Riverview. Mason also had two children by a previous marriage, Randy M. Sikes of Texas and Janis Sikes-Boscarello of Virginia. He is also survived by two sisters Gillie Baker of Gibsonton; Maxine Dozier of Zephyrhills; and one brother, Alfred Sikes of Gibsonton. Mason has seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a vast number of nieces and nephews. Mason was preceded in death by his parents General Gardner Sikes and Beatrice Judah Sikes; one sister Myrtle Clark; one brother Edgar Sikes; one son James Wesley Sikes; one daughter-inlaw Sandra Canaday Sikes; and two grandsons James Wesley Sikes, Jr. and Yancy Bo Sikes. Pallbearers will be Keith Sikes, Bryan Sikes, Junior Clark, Randy Sikes, Jr., Ron Joey Padgett, and Roy Bass. The Sikes Family wishes to extend a heart-felt and humble thank you to Peggy Speece, Charlene Lopes, and Lifepath Hospice for their attentive care and attention during Masons illness. For almost a year Peggy has shown love that only a compassionate and caring person could show, there is no way to repay her for all the kindness and support that has been shown by this wonderful, beautiful woman. Services were held at Serenity Meadows Funeral Home on December 7, 2013. The family ask that donations be made to the Hackney Cemetery Trust, Inc., Care of: Sunshine State Federal Savings, 7459 US Highway 301 S, Riverview, Florida 33578 in honor of Masons life.Area Obituaries (continued from page 24) Norma M. ZellerNorma M. Zeller, age 90, of Woodbridge, Va., formerly of Lansing, Mich. and Sun City Center, Fla., went to be with God on Tuesday, November 26, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Merv Zeller. She is survived by her daughter Beth Adams and son-in-law Steve of Fairfax Station, Va. and grandchildren Erin of Richmond, Va., Kyle (and fiance Ashley) of Harrisburg, Pa., and Brian of Woodbridge, Va. A graveside service was held Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Deepdale Memorial Gardens, Lansing, Mich. Donations may be made in Normas name to the Gentiva Hospice Foundation, 7801 Mesquite Bend Dr., Suite 105, Irving, TX 75063. Please write Norma Zeller, Woodbridge, VA in the memo line. Arrangements by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. www.EstesLeadley.com.Henry M. Butch SmithHenry M. Butch Smith, 72, of Ruskin passed away December 4. He was retired from W.R. Bonsal and was a former Fire Chief for the Gibsonton Volunteer Fire Department. He was a 28 year member of the Loyal Order of the Moose. He is survived by his wife, Charlene, daughters, Jennifer Marie Smith and Dana Ostrander, granddaughter, Tabitha Ostrander, sister Marlene Figga, and brother Filmer Bud Smith. A memorial service was held at the Riverview Moose Lodge on Sunday, December 8th at 4 p.m. Redeemer women to meetThe womens organization of Redeemer Lutheran Church (Women of the ELCA) will meet at 9:30 am on Wednesday, Dec. 18 beginning with refreshments. The program beginning at 10 AM will be provided by Mariam Sorby. Her presentation will be on Christian Crosses in which she will explain the meaning of various crosses from all over the world. For the Christmas luncheon that follows, meat and bever ages will be provided and those attending are asked to bring a side dish. Everyone is invited to attend. For more informa tion, call 813-634-1292.Eastern Hillsborough Community Band to performThe Eastern Hillsborough Community Band, a 50-piece concert band, is presenting a holiday concert Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. in Sun City Center at the United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Web Blvd. West. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door. The program includes holiday music and other popular songs, such as Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the Pink Panther. The Eastern Hillsborough Flute Choir will also perform. For more information about the band, call (813) 569-1771, email info@ehcb.org or visit www.ehcb. org. For more information about concerts and other events at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, call Jeff Jordan at (813) 634-2539 or visit www.umcscc.org.Prince of Peace expands Confession scheduleThroughout the liturgical season of Advent, Prince of Peace Catholic Church located at 702 Valley Forge Blvd. in Sun City Center will expand its usual schedule for the Sacrament of Confession to help Catholics prepare for the cel ebration of Christmas. On Satur day, Dec. 21 priests will be avail able to hear confessions from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., noon to 1 p.m. and again from 3 to 3:50 p.m. Confessions will also be offered on Sunday, Dec. 22 from 9 to 9:50 a.m. and 11 to 11:50 a.m. Expanded times for confessions will also be offered throughout the week. For more information visit www.popcc.org.Four Services Christmas Eve at First United Methodist Church of BrandonBrandon First United Methodist Church offers four unique services December 24th: 5 5:45 p.m. Family Service, geared to families with young children. 7 8 p.m. Special music with full choir & orchestra; message & candlelighting (with childcare for ages 5 & under) 8:30 9:30 p.m. Carols with praise band and singers; message & communion (with childcare for ages 5 & under). 11 p.m. midnight Special music, bell choir, communion, message and candle lighting. Brandon First United Methodist Church is located just north of SR 60/Brandon Blvd, between Kings & Parsons, at 121 N. Knights Ave. For more information, call 813689-4161 or email info@fumcb randon.org or visit www.fumcbrandon.orgRuskin Womens AglowBegin the 2nd part of their New Bible Study. You will be taken on a journey into a new and more enlightening understanding of the Mind of Christ than you have ever experienced before. Learn how God really feels about you and this world and how the Holy Spirit can become your dearest and closest friend. They will meet at 10 a.m. on Dec. 21 in the dining room at The Palm Gardens at 3850 Upper Creek Dr. For more information call Carol at 633-7799

PAGE 26

26 DECEMBER 12, 2013 5908 FORTUNE PLACE APOLLO BEACH, FL 33572www.Glisson1.com(813) 645-6796DAMON C. GLISSON, ATTORNEY-AT-LAW The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertisement. Before you decide, ask us to send you FREE written information about our qualifications and experience. The members gathered at Trinity Baptist Church to put up the Christmas decorations, both inside and outside. After the decorating was completed, a nice chili lunch was served, followed by cake and cookies. As always, a good time was had by all. Afterward, the decorators gathered for a group photo. For more information on the church, call 813.634.4228. PHOTO CREDIT: VERN EELARTH UCC collects food for Beth-ElIn November the members of the United Community Church collected non perishable food to be given to Beth-El Farmworker Ministry in Wimauma. Mary Houston, left, Sandra Eckelaert and Paula Lickfeldt of the churchs mission committee pack up the donated food and give it to Beth-Els Santos Dvela.Beth Israel Sisterhood Program AnnouncementsIs health equal to wellness? is the subject of the next Sisterhood meeting at 1 p.m. on Jan. 7 when Jeanne Shanin joins them as their guest speaker at the Synagogue on Del Webb Blvd. in Sun City Center, in the Henry Gibson Social Hall. Jeanne is a PR/Communications professional, an Usui and Karuna Reiki Master/teacher and a certified teacher of Kundalini yoga and Meditation. Jeanne will be talking about the interconnection of mind, body and spirit and will focus on restoring balance and creating greater joy and fulfillment in life. Ms, Shanin will give us some ideas for delicious recipes and show us how to substitute healthier ingredients into our recipes. Many of her recipes will be prepared in advance by our Board Members and you will be invited to taste and enjoy. Prepare to leave with techniques you can use to cultivate physical health and emotional well beingSt. John The Divine Episcopal Churchs Christmas scheduleTuesday, December 24 Wednesday, December 25 Sunday, December 29 Festival of Lessons and Carols at Sun City Center campus 9 a.m.Holy Communion Rite II Festival of Lessons and Carols at Ruskin campus. First Baptist presents Bethlehem MorningThe First Baptist Church will be presenting Bethlehem Morning A Christmas Musical and Drama at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 and at 10:30 a.m on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 9912 Indiana St., Gibsonton, FL 33534. Bethlehem Morning tells the story of Christmas through traditional stop there. For more information call 677-1301.Ruskin Church of Christ to host Thomas Shelton in concertAt 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 611 2nd Ave. W., Ruskin the Ruskin Church of Christ will host Thomas Shelton in concert. This is a free to all show featuring a man who has shared his Gospel musical talents for over 35 years. All are encouraged to attend and see Thomas Shelton who has traveled all 50 states too include 11 other countries through his perfomances. On Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. at the Beth Israel Synagogue on Del Webb Blvd. in Sun City Center, in the Henry Gibson Social Hall a fun afternoon of Bingo has been planned.Northside Baptist Church presents baby quilts and diapers to LifeCare of Southshore.The quilts were made by the Busy Bees. Pictured here: Pastor Sam Roach, Doris Reynolds, Josie Singletary, Valerie Lee, Millie Stahl and Donna Cass. The diapers were donated by members of the congregation. For more information about Northside Baptist Church, call 813-645-1121.

PAGE 27

DECEMBER 12, 2013 27 STEPHEN A. SWITLYK, M.D.Board Certied | American Board of Dermatology Switlyk Dermatology813-634-6600STEPHEN A. SWITLYK, M.D.Board Certied American Board of Dermatology GOT MOLD?Call the Experts GOT MOLD? Call the ExpertsADVANCED RESTORATION SERVICES 813-225-1441 WE ALSO OFFER FREE Mold Inspection$99 Value10 point inspectionAir Duct Cleaning Special$34.95Unlimited Vents for first AC Unit10% Senior Discount On Any ServiceNo minimumLic# MRSR1933 MRSA1774 CABINET REFACINGDoor and Drawer Replacement Water Damage Repair or ReplacementCOUNTERTOPSGranite Cultured Marble Solid Surface South Shore Cabinet Works, Inc.We are local, doing business for 30+ years!813 493-3330 Licensed & Insured RUSKIN, FL The 2013 Apollo Beach Boat Parade, held on Dec. 7, was a big success. Over 30 Boats participated in this years event. The over-all winner was Light Chop, captained by Scott Jones This year the winner of each category received a complimentary dinner for two aboard the Yacht StarShip, courtesy of Yacht StarShip Dining Cruises of Tampa. Following the parade a dinner of chili was served and awards were presented at the Tampa Sailing Squadron clubhouse. Dan Fels (3rd from left), Vice-Commodore of the Tampa Sailing Squadron giving out awards. Pictured are Leo Caruso, Michele Caruso, Dan Fels, Scott Jones, Gavin Arancio, Hayden Jones, Michele Jones, Kim Arancio, Grayson Arancio, Brian Arancio.Call to artistsThe 22nd Annual Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts will be held from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, Mar. 8 and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday, Mar. 9 at TECO SouthShore Community Events Center 302 Noonan Branch Rd. Apollo Beach, Florida 33572 Event draws over 10,000+ attendees. Unlike a street fair, we attract a cultivated audience that has paid specifically to enter the event to shop. Promotion of the event to the public through magazine, radio, direct mail, press releases, social media, postcards, and posters digital ads & online notifications available to exhibitors Exhibitor awards Patrons Program for the art enthusiastpre-sellling approximately $7000 in artwork Great communication with office staff via email and phone Booth sitters available *Complimentary artist breakfast both days and a special artist dinner on Saturday evening after festival Hillsborough County Sheriffs OfficeLaw Enforcement for overnight security The Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts is a nationally recognized juried arts show. A total of $4600.00 is awarded to artists as well as an additional $7000 pre-sold in patrons ribbons. Deadline is quickly approaching with applications accepted now through Jan. 31. Booth fees due Jan. 31. For more information, call the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce at 813-645-1366 or email questions to admin@southshorechamberofcommerce.org

PAGE 28

DECEMBER 12, 2013 ANNOUNCEMENTS100 FARMERS MKT200 Place your ad by calling:(813) 645-3111 x201Up to 20 words:$17Deadline:Monday at 4 p.m. 30 each addl. word100 ......Announcements 200 ......Farmers Market 300 ......Merchandise 400 ......Marine 500 ......Real Estate 550 ......Manufac. Housing 600 ......Rentals 650 ......Professional Services 700 ......Services 800 ......Employment PHONE: 813-645-3111 FAX: 813-645-1792 EMAIL: beverly@ observernews.net BOLD LINE: Addl. $3 Published by M&M Printing Co. 210 Woodland Estates Ave. SW Ruskin, FL 33570 310 GARAGE/YARdD SALE MERCHANDISE300 est te ses 105 PERSONALWin for LLosin g Weight loss support group. Begins Jan. 19, Apollo Beach. Get a head start on your New Years resolution. Register today. 813-6906424 Prayer to the Blessed Virgin. (Never Known to Fail). Flower of Mt. Caramel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the sea, help me and show me herein you are my mother. O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in my necessity (make request). There are none that can withstand your power. O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (3 times). Holy Mary, I place this cause I your hands (3 times). Say this payer for 3 consecutive days. You must publish it and it will be granted to you. mjl Mary & Martha House T HRIFT STORE OPEN: Wed., Thurs. & Fri. 8 a.m. 3 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noonWE HAVE FURNITURE, TOO! S.R. 674U.S. 41 1st St. SW Donation drop offs accepted TUESDAY thru FRIDAY ONLYAll donations must be clean and in usable condition.All proceeds benet the Mary & Martha House a 501(c)3 non-prot organization providing emergency shelter and transitional housing for homeless and abused women and their children. Woodland Est. ets 5-Paw Doggie Resort Training In-Home Pet Sitting Day Care Daily Walks BOARDING Grooming Oliver & Company, LLCFull Service Pet Sitting (813) 767-7225 Established in 2002 Now accepting newKITTY CLIENTSProfessional Pet Sitting Service 813-634-8894 ets 310 GGARAGE/YY ARdD SSALEAlmost New Thrift Store. 10008 Indiana St., Gibsonton (1 block off US 41, 1 block north Gibsonton Dr.,) Wednesday through Saturday, 9am-3pm. Clothing, furniture, lots misc. Ministry First Baptist Gibsonton. 813-671-0036 to donate Estate/ yard sale. Antiques, furniture, glassware, household, automotive, boat, lots of tools, hot rod parts. 704 Johnson Dr., Ruskin. Friday 12/13 & Saturday 12/14. 7am-3pm. Multi family. Friday, 12/13 & Sat urday 12/14. 8am-1pm. 2023 N Pebble Beach Blvd., SCC. No early birds. Lots of goodies. You name the price! 5 rooms & patio furniture, all handyman supplies, garden tools. Dec. 13 & 14, 8am5pm. 130 21st St, NW Ruskin. (off Shell Point Rd., West) Garage sale. Nov. 13 & 14, 8am2pm. 1007 Athens Way, SCC. (south Pebble to Weatherford to end of road. Garage sale. 915 Windton Oak Dr., Ruskin (College Chase). Tools, Christmas, furniture, childrens items & clothes. Friday 12/13 & Saturday 12/14, 7:30am-1pm. Hugh sale. Christmas decorations, collectibles, household items, vanity sink tops, much more. 716 Sahara Drive, SCC. Saturday, Dec. 14, 8am-2pm. 4 family sale. Dec. 13. Corner of Danbury & W. Del Webb, SCC. 8am-2pm. Furniture, clothes & household items. Friday December 13, 8am-noon. Furniture, lawn mower, canoe. 1733 W. Del Webb, at Allegheny, SCC. Garage/ yard sale. Homes around North Lake, SCC. Beginning at Bunker Hill & follow signs. Friday & Saturday, Dec. 13 & 14. 8am-1pm. st te esPPQuality used furniture. 2406 College Ave., Ruskin. Stop in you will be pleasantly surprised. We buy & sell. 813-645-1800 est te ses U.S. Paper Money WANTED (Small or Large)Foreign Currency WANTED Will be buying coins Monday Friday: 10 am 3 pm Saturday by appt. only 918 North Pebble Beach Blvd. (813) 634-3816 (813) 503-4189ALWAYS BUYING SILVER COINS, INGOTS, Misc. & Other Mint BarsYou tried the SCC Chamber & Ruskin. Why not try us for Extra Holiday Cash?Wishing all our customers a very MERRY CHRISTMAS! Your local dealer for over 24 years Sun Ci ty Center COINS C ollectables will be closed Wednesday December 25 in observance of Christmas. Deadline for to Friday, December 20 at 4pm. for the December 26th edition HolidayASTON GARDENSSaturday Dec. 14 10 am 2 pmAston Gardens BallroomUnique gifts and decorations Jewelry, Miche, Craft items, and much more! 1311 Aston Gardens Court Sun City Center, FLNEW VEN DORS WELCOME!Call to register: 813-642-0860 Annes Estate Sales 1321 Crystal Greens Dr. (Off Platinum Dr. in SCC) Friday & Saturday Dec. 13 & 14 7 am noon(813) 758-7952 (813) 758-7954Dining Room Table w/chairs, China Cabinet, Patio Set, Large Area Rugs, Bedroom Furniture, Coffee & End Tables, Large Wardrobes, Artwork, Longaberger Baskets, Collectables, Kitchen Items, Linens, Costume Jewelry & MiscellaneousPARK SIDE OF SALE ONLY www.AnnesEstateSales.blogspot.com NETTIES ESTATE SALESCell: (813) 382-7536Contents Include: E-Z-GO Golf Cart, Dining Room Table W/ Chairs, China Cabinet, Server, Sleeper Sofa, Loveseat, Swivel Rockers, Small Entertainment Center, Side Chairs, Glass & Brass Coffee & End Tables, La-Z-Boy Recliners, Yamaha Key Board, Kitchen Table W/ Chairs, Bookcase, (2) Twin Bed Set, Full Size Bed Set, Computer Desks, Area Rugs, Kitchenware, Glassware, Home Dcor, Patio Furniture, Garage Items, Jewelry, And More.Please park on side of sale due to emergency vehicles! Please dont miss our other sale this Friday/Saturday December 13-14th at 2319 Lyndhurst Dr. (off W. Del Webb Blvd.)See You There!906 E. Del Webb Sun City Center FRI DAY & SATURDAY Dec. 13th & 14th7 a.m. NOON NETTIES ESTATE SALESCell: (813) 382-7536Contents Include: Like New Furniture, Beautiful Cream Leather Sofa & Matching Loveseat, Cream Coffee & End Tables, Florida Style White Wash Dining Room Table W/Chairs & Matching Curio Cabinet, Pretty Wrought Iron Table W/Chairs, Bakers Rack, Two Tone Wood & Green Tile Top Pedestal Kitchen Table W/Chairs & Matching Hutch, Beautiful Queen Master Bedroom Set W/Faux Marble Look, A Second Light Colored Queen Bed Set, Computer Desk, Home Dcor, Art, Kitchenware & Glassware, Mens & Womens Bikes, Patio Set & Garage Items. Please park on side of sale due to emergency vehicles! Please dont miss our other sale this Friday/Saturday December 13-14th at 906 East Del Webb See You There!2319 Lyndhurst Dr.Off W. Del Webb Blvd., SCC FRI DAY & SATURDAY Dec. 13th & 14th7 a.m. NOON Have a bright sunny day Ministry of Calvary Lutheran Church T hrift Store Dec. 11, 13 & 14 50% OFF all Shoes Wed., Fri. & Saturday 9 a.m. Noon 813-641-7790Plus the Secret Sale BEVERLYs ESTATE SALESSun City CenterDec. 13th & 14th7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.1061 Regal Manor WayPebble Beach S. to Emerald Dunes Dr., left to Noble Fare, left to Regal ManorDO NOT PARK ON SI DE OF STREET WITH CONES. THANK YOU.Computer desk, book cases, side arm and le cabinet, all matching; 3-piece expandable entertainer center; 2 bar stools; dining table, 6 chairs and China cabinet; Henredon 3-piece king headboard, lighted plus storage; ultra suede blue couch; marble top coffee table; end tables; large server; slate top outdoor patio furniture with 6 chairs; ofce chair; 3 small maple chairs; cranberry ginger jar lamp; 2 Stiffel brass lamps; China; linens; collectables; womens clothing (small and medium size).PLEASE WELCOME Joe and Pat Bodnar from Sun City Center Antiques, our new associates. Joe will be doing FREE appraisals of small items from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.508-0307 or 633-1173 fax to 813-645-1792

PAGE 29

Golf carts wanted. Buy sell, trade. Chargers, parts all related. Ronnys Carts & Parts. 813-484-9855 or 813-645-4515Golf Clubs: Irons, 4, 6, 8, 9. Putters, wedge, sand wedge, woods, 1, 3, 5, 7. Tees, balls, umbrella, nylon rain suit. Call after 10am. 813-634-8364 MARINE400 TRANSPORTATION450 South Bay RV & Boat Storage. Specializing in outside storage for RVs, boats & trailers. 813-677-2000 www.SouthBayStorage.com 2010 Hyundai Elentra, blue 39,000 miles, new tires, excellent condition 813-463-6163. SCC. REAL ESTATE500 M.H. HOUSING550 1-4pm. December 15, 1402 River Dr. SW, Ruskin. Life style ;living on water to bay. Must see. A gated, resident-owned, waterfront, 55+ mobile home community. zon.net officecell AFFORDABLE LIVING 3BR/2BA, 720 Sq. Ft. Single Wide sells furnished, including appliances and central AC. The home also has a carport, a 10x15 screen room and a shed. Its yours for $35,900 including the share. FULL-TIME OR GETAWAY Thats your choice with this 2BR/2BA Double Wide with 1,350 Sq. Ft. of living space. Also, theres 150+ Sq. Ft. of living space in a finished addition that could be used as a family room, for guests, or as a home office. The home sells partially furnished and includes appliances and central AC. The carport is large enough for 2 cars and has a 8x12 shed. Set up housekeeping for $68,000 including the share. Vacant Lots from $17,000y One bedroom mobile home in waterfront park with dock. Room addition., with view of river. No pets $6,000. Call for info. 813645-2446 (2) One bedroom, one bath, furnished.. 55+ park in Ruskin. Ready to move in. $7,000 obo. Low lot rent. 813-867-9139 Mobile Home for sale. 55+ Neptune park, Ruskin. Very well decorated, all furniture included. $8,500. 813645-3563 cell 519-239-3046 2br/1ba. Movin-in ready. Complete ly renovated. Large shed, screened room, large attached laundry room. CHA, Excellent condtion. Small pet ok. $10,000 obo. Ruskin 813389-0048 Ruskin, 3br/2ba home with covered porch on large lot. Well suited for 1-3 people. Monthly rent $925 with signed lease. No smoking. No pets. Security deposit & references required. 813-649-1599 Apollo Beach 3br/2ba house for rent. New carpet, paint & tile. Fenced yard. $1,250 monthly. Non smoking only. Call Beth Christo, Century 21 Beggins. 813-7143811 Waterfront rentals. 1/2 acre, 2br/1ba, $850 monthly with washer/ dryer. Studio $650 monthly. Both with deposit. 941-713-2743 SCC 1br/1ba with: lawn care, water, sewer, trash collection, recreation card. No smoking, no pets. 813-634-9695 Ruskin, 3br/1ba, CHA, utility shed, washer/ dryer hookup. Very clean. 813645-1447 Weekly rates, utilities furnished 813-601-1542 or 813-850-7886 Furnished apartment for rent. $500/ monthly includes parking, water/ sewer, trash. Clean, convenient, great for a couple or single. 1 bedroom, 1bath, living room, dining area, kitchen. Non-smoker, no pets. Call 813-645-7874.Snow birds. Apollo Beach. Totally furnished, 2br/1ba. 813-645-4145 or 813-642-0681Nice 2br/1ba duplex apt, unfurnished, inside utility. $750 monthly plus security. 813-361-3672 Owner/ realtor, Kay Pye Riverview apt, 2br/1ba, CHA, water, maintenance included. Tile Ask for Vicky 813-458-8178 or 813-641-8400 For rent. 2 bedroom mobile home near shopping center in Gibsonton. 813-601-1542 or 8138507886 Trailer for rent, 1 bedroom. Riverview area. Access to fishing $175 weekly $75 deposit. Call Nancy 813677-0141 Motor home on private lot. All utilities included. $100 weekly. Gibsonton. 813-495-7481 Garage & mini storage, RV lots & mobile home lots for rent. Call Pirates Treasure Cove, Gibsonton. 813-677-1137 SERVICES700 Hauling/ moving. Anything you dont need, unwanted items or move to your new home. Appliances, furniture, trash yard debris, construction junk. No job too small. Licensed/ Insured. Free estimate. Dave 813-447-6123 After party cleanups, move-in, move-outs, constructions sites. Monthly, by-weekly, weekly, onetime. Free estimates, low rates, licensed. Marias Cleaning Service. 813-704-7835 Quality housecleaning with integ rity. Call for free estimate. 7days a week. Move-in, move-out, rentals. Insured, bonded, licensed. Ruskin, Apollo Beach, Sun City Center. Affordable Moving & Hauling. Local or long distance. Full service moving to/ from anywhere in US. Load & unload storage units, truck & more. Licensed & insured. Free estimate. Call Dave 813-447-6123. Ask about free boxes. No job too big or small. Clean, honest & dependable. Licensed & insured. Call 813-633-5544. IM1340 In business 40yrs. Move 1 piece to whole household plus haul away anything in your way. Packing services available. (Fully Insured). Best rates. Call 813-6290108, 813-260-9840 US. DOT #434469 Licensed & insured. No contract. Yearly, monthly or per cut. As low as $25 per cut. 813-293-6840 Free estimates. Mowing, trimming, edging. Home 813-634-2856, cell 813-317-7679 Complete outdoor property main tenance. Landscaping, trimming, pressure washing, sprinkler repair. Licensed & insured. 813-2983376 Shrubs trimmed & removed Ruskin, Apollo Beach, Riverview, Gibsonton, SCC area. Free estimate & fully Insured. Call Tony Horman. 603-662-6079 Backhoe & Tractor Service. Culvert sets, driveways, shell, excavating, mowing etc. Tony (813) 363-7963 Free estimates. dirt, topsoil, sand, crushed rock & asphalt, driveway culverts. Load er, backhoe, grading, bushhog, discing. Install Septic System & 645-1883 Phil Oley 25+ yrs experience. In sured. Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City Center & Kings Point. also new construction of docks, boat lifts & seawalls. Free inspec tion. Hecker Construction Co. 813236-9306 RENTALS600Check out our web site observernews.netPlease Recycle This Paper RE/MAX South Shore RealtyRoberta Rowe, Realtor Cell: 813-215-7127Hampton (2BR/2BA ) with up-leveled lanai, CARPORT IN KINGS POINT ....................................................... $64,900RENTALS KP 2BR/2BA 1700 sq. ft. double-car garage on Golf Course. Unfurnished ................................................. $1200 /month SCC 1BR/1BA FURN seasonal ..................................................$1200 /month SCC 2BR/2BA, Oak flrs, unfurn, dbl car garage .................................................$1200 /month Cell: 382-7536 Cathy Griggs 813-391-8653 cathygriggs@msn.com Home For SaleBeautiful 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath TwinTree Corner Lot with Lake View Completely updated Bath and Kitchen With Stainless Steel Appliances Home Warranty Included Many Extras! Call Marianne Crowe Keller Williams Realty812-230-6915 NEWER 3BR/2BA MANUFACTURED HOME Spacious bright and so well maintained, with high ceilings, inside utility, newer appliances, large enclosed lanai, 2 car detached garage and a huge shed. Beautiful corner lot with huge oaks. Boat ramp is a block away, no HOA, no ood insurance required! $72,500. CORNER LOT ZONED FOR HOME OR DUPLEX! Water meter and electric on site, this 1/3 acre is cleared and has large shady oak trees. Convenient location close to everything! Possible owner nancing! $16,900.00 $10,000 REDUCTION ON THIS 1.92 ACRES CLEARED LOT with all new utilities including electric, well and septic. This lot is ready for the home of your dreams! Across the street from Little Manatee River, boat ramp and park at end of street. $74,500 .CLAIRE TORT Cell: (813) 363-7250 Call (813) 645-3211Serving South Hillsborough County since 1924www.dickmanrealty.comdickman@tampabay.rr.comCelebrating 89 Years 1924 2013 PLENTY OF ROOM FOR YOUR FAMILY IN THIS 6BR/3BA POOL HOME! Formal living and dining room, spacious eat-in kitchen is open to family room. Large master bedroom and bath with garden tub, separate shower. Hardwood, ceramic tile and carpet throughout. Intercom, security, surveillance systems and so much more! $269,000 CALL MARGOT WARD 813-486-9480 RUSKIN AFFORDABLE INVESTMENT PROPERTY! Invest in this 2BR/1BA concrete block with eat-in kitchen and attached utility room. Nice size back yard with 2 storage sheds. block from river in quiet neighborhood. $59,750. CALL MARGOT WARD 486-9480 EVER WISH YOU COULD LIVE ON NEARLY AN ACRE IN TOWN? Time to stop wishing and start acting. Rare opportunity to buy large 4BR/3BA in Valrico. Newly listed house on beautiful treed lot with mature landscaping in super convenient location. Updated kitchen, newer CHA and roof, living room/dining room combo plus large family room with replace, screened porch, large outbuilding. Possibility for accommodating extended family. $169,900 JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288 JUST LISTED: FABULOUS RIVERFRONT PROPERTY IN A PARKLIKE SETTING! Including almost 1 acre lot with 136 ft. on water, dock, boathouse and lift, 3BR/3BA spacious main house with loft and pool, 1BR/1BA, kitchenette guesthouse and its connecting breezeway, circular driveway to carport/workshop area, it offers peace and seclusion, and short drive to Tampa or Sarasota. $450,000. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 KINGS POINT CONDO IN EXCELLENT CONDITION! 2BR/2BA with enclosed lanai + washer/dryer. Tile ooring in kitchen, living room and bath, laminate ooring and walk in closet in MB, walk-in shower and large mirror in MBA. All appliances stay! $42,900. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 NEWER 3BR/2BA MANUFACTURED HOME Spacious, bright and so well maintained with high ceilings, large enclosed lanai, built-in glass China cabinet, newer appliances, inside utility, 2 car detached garage and a huge shed. Shady oak trees and nice landscaping. Boat ramp is a block away, no HOA and no ood insurance required! $72,500. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 FANTASIC LOCATION with 28.8 acres perfect for development on Bullfrog Creek. A LARGE 5BR home with plenty of room for a growing family and your own ball eld. Perfect for animal lovers and big families. JUST $1,900,000. CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 WELCOME HOME! Almost new 3BR/2BA with attached 2 car garage! This meticulously maintained home was built in 2010 and is located on a cul-de-sac with a pond view in the back. Special features include: gorgeous ceramic tile in living room, dining room and kitchen, nice open oor plan, granite counter tops, stainless appliances, plenty of cabinet and counter space in kitchen, garden tub and separate shower in master and much more! Great location with easy access to Highway 41 and I-75! $152,900. CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 813-748-2201AWESOME VIEWS AND SPECTACULAR SUNSETS from this completely remodeled 2BR/2BA condo overlooking Tampa Bay. This unit has been meticulously maintained and has a very unique oor plan with an extended kitchen. The master bath offers a large walk-in shower and gorgeous cabinets with granite. $239,900. CALL ROXANNE WESTBROOK 813-748-2201VERY WELL MAINTAINED AND TOTALLY FURNISHED 2BR/1.5BA mobile home including a golf cart. The attached garage has two electric garage doors, one for a car, and one for the golf cart. Other special features include: a nice, open oor plan with a large eat-in kitchen that has plenty of cabinets and counter space, a large family room, plenty of storage areas, newer A/C unit (2011), and much more. Riverbreeze Estates is a very nice, gated adult community with a heated pool and clubhouse. $51,900. CALL ROXANNE WESTBROOK 813-748-2201.

PAGE 30

DECEMBER 12, 2013 RENTALS600 740 MISC. SER VICES I can remove it. Want something textured & painted. Big or small, I can do it. Debby. 813-434-6499 EMPLOYMENT800 810 MEDICAL We have a need for a 11pm-7am Licensed Supervisor, 3pm-11pm PT Nurses and PRN all shifts Dietary department has a need for food servers part-time and full-time. We are also looking for a Maintenance Assistant full-time. If you are interested in any of these positions please apply within at our facility 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City, Florida 33573. For ques tions or concerns please contact Teri Mazza at 813-634-3347 ext.113.870 GENERALTruck driver/ Rep needed, part-time/ full-time position. Some out of state travel. Retirees welcome to apply. Apply in person. 2209 S Dock St., Palmetto. 7am-noon. Help wanted. Full-time English speaking, energetic, outside maintenance worker for mobile home park in Riverview. Call 813-6774778, 8am-5pm. Monday through Friday only. Drivers $5,000 sign on bonus! Great pay. Consistent freight. Great miles on this regional account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2507 OF FLORIDA AT&T U-Verse for just $29/mo! BUNDLE & SAVE with AT&T Internet+Phone+TV and get a FREE pre-paid Visa Card! (Select plans). HURRY, CALL NOW! 800-327-5381 DirecTV Over 140 channels only $29.99 a month. Triple savings! $636.00 in Savings, Free upgrade to Genie & 2013 NFL Sunday ticket free for New Customers. Start saving today! 1-800376-0868 $$$ ACCESS LAWSUIT Cash Now!! Injury Lawsuit Dragging? Need $500$500,000++ within 48/hours? Low rates Apply Now By Phone! 1-800-568-8321. www.lawcapital.com ; DISH TV Retailer. Starting at $19.99/ month (for 12 mos.) & High Speed Internet starting at $14.95/month (where available.) SAVE! Ask About SAME DAY Installation! CALL Now! 1-800438-8168 Do you Take Cialis/ Viagra? Theres an Herbal Alterative thats Safe/ Effective. VigorCare For Men the perfect alterna tive to other products, with similar results. 60 Pills /99.00 plus S &H 1-888886-1041, herbalremedieslive.com E very baby deserves a healthy start. Join more than a million people walking and raising money to support the March of Dimes. The walk starts at marchforbabies.org. New Log Home* on 8+ acres in Floridajust $87,900. Sale! Saturday, Dec 14th. 3BR, 2BA, 1700sf cabin on spectacular lake access setting in beautiful upscale community with all infrastructure/ameninow 877-525-3033, x 984 *constructed weather tight log home shell PERSONAL CREATIONS -Personalized holiday gifts. Order now for 25 percent off your order of $19.00 or more (regular priced) To redeem this offer, visit www. PersonalCreations.com/amazing or Call 1-800-730-1604 SAVE on Cable TV-Internet-Digital Phone-Satellite. Youve Got A Choice! Options from ALL major service provid ers. Call us to learn more! CALL Today. 888-708-7137 Wrap up your Holiday Shopping with 100% guaranteed, deliveredtothedoor Omaha Steaks! SAVE 67% PLUS 4 FREE Burgers Many Gourmet Favorites ONLY $49.99. ORDER Today 1-800-781-9710 Use code 49377EKD or www.OmahaSteaks.com/mb54 ; A Fun loving married couple seeks to adopt. Stay-at-home mom & devoted dad. Financial security. Expenses paid. Lets help each other. Call/Text Paula & Adam. 1-800-790-5260. FLBarNo.0150789. DIVORCE $50 $240* Covers Child Support, Custody, and Visitation, Property, Debts, Name Change Only One Signature Required! *Excludes govt. fees! 1-800-522-6000 Extn. 300 Baylor & Associates UNPLANNED PREGNANCY? Adopcal, living & counseling expenses paid. family. Compassionate Atty. Lauren Feingold 24/7 866-633-0397 www. fklhearttoheart.net ; #0958107 ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TRAIN EES NEEDED! Become a Certified rience Needed! SC Train can get you job ready ASAP! HS Diploma/GED & PC/ Internet needed! 1-888-212-5888 AIRLINE CAREERS begin here. Become an Aviation Maintenance Tech. FAA approved training. Financial aid if ment assistance. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance 866-314-6283. AVIATION MAINTENANCE / AVIONICS NOW TRAINING PILOTS! Financial aid Call National Aviation Academy! FAA Approved. Classes Starting Soon! 1-800-659-2080 NAA.edu KILL ROACHES & PALMETTO BUGS! Buy Harris Roach Tablets. Eliminate Bugs Guaranteed. No Mess, Odorless, Long Lasting. Available at Ace Hardware, The Home Depot, Homedepot. com Business & Trade Directory AC REPAIR/SALES Family Owned and Operated 263-6503 D. KAY CARR, P.A.Attorney at Law e 214 Apollo Beach Boulevar d Apollo Beach, FL 33572(813) 645-7557 ACCOUNTINGA AUTOMOTIVE REPAIRA Mobile Auto Repair FREE Scan with repair10% Off any repairfor military personnel and their dependentsCall, text or email Joe Brys813.833.8973 joehd2007@yahoo.com Lic. # MV87956 COMPUTER REPAIRC CLEANINGC BAIL BONDSB NEED A GOODELECTRICIAN?Call Don or John!LICENSED BONDED INSURED ER00126636SERVICE UPGRADES ALL TYPES OF WIRING RENOVATIONS Don 645-8985 South BayElectric Co. of Ruskin Call Don or John Need a Licensed Electrician?www.HoffmanElectrical.comLic. #ECI3004496 CARDS 813-298-FAST(3278) FREEService Callwith any repair.15% OFFany service or repair. (813) 495-7027davidmoorellc@yahoo.com www.TheFloorSource.bizWe bring the Showroom to you!David Moore, Owner-OperatorFREE Estimates! The Floor Source FLOORINGF*No project over $1000. No electrical, gas, or plumbing, and nothing structural. HANDYMAN*H Bobs Mobile Fix-It CenterResidential & CommercialLicensed & Insured Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed! Call for FREE Estimate(813) 671-7870Robert GerstenschlagerWe Fix It All! 813-642-6182 HOME IMPROVEMENTH 27 YEARS EXPERIENCE 813-641-3603205 W. Shell Point Road Ruskin, FL 33570 AFFORDABLE Q U A L I F I E D Q U A L I F I E D ELECTRICIANE ATTORNEYA Need help with your computer, or setting up your electronics?MAC & PCFriendly, Professional, Microsoft Certified, A+$35 per hr.Setting up, Upgrades, Virus Removal, Spyware, Pop-Ups, Security, Email & Printer ProblemsCall Ryan 813-262-2559 SHOP LOCALLY this holiday season! Your neighbors are our advertisers! CRIPLOC.com $39/HR24/7 PC Mac Xbox PS Service Security Training Home or Business Systems(813) 440-0829WE COME TO YOU ELECTRICIANE

PAGE 32

32 DECEMBER 12, 2013 DontHaveHearingAids?TAKE$1000OFFAnyPromise17or9 20%-30%oreven40%OFF*whenyoutradeinyourcurrent HearingAids. *Discounts o MSRP. Discount good only on two Beltone Promise 17or Promise 9 Hearing Instruments. Cannot be combined with any other oers. Previous purchases excluded. Beltone Hearing Care Centers are independently owned and operated. Benets of hearing instruments vary by type and degree of hearing loss, noise environment, accuracy of hearing evaluation and proper t. Participation may vary by location. 813.633.9200(Across from Walgreens)104 Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center, FL. 33573www.beltone.comWe are providers of BCBS Ronald HapanowiczHAS, BC-HIS* *Board Certied in Hearing Instrument Sciences Call to schedule your free, no obligation appointment today!



PAGE 1

Ho-Ho-Holiday DeadlinesThats right....Christmas is just around the corner and we want to make sure your news is included in every issue. The Observer News office will be closed Tues., Dec. 24, and Wed., Dec. 25, for Christmas. All news deadlines for the issue of Dec. 26 will advance to Friday, Dec. 20. www.ObserverNews.netTHE OBSERVER NEWSPRST STDPAIDRUSKIN, FLORIDA 33570 PERMIT NO. 8 MEMBER WEST FLORIDA SCCs oldest and most trusted ooring dealer 1629 Sun City Center Plaza(near SCC Post Oce)813-633-7116www.JohnMooreFloorCovering.com Merry Christmas from the staff at John Moores Flooring Rhonda, Joe, John, Dave & Mike New SCC CA board electedBy %  PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.netSun City Center Community Association directors say it was the smoothest election ever. Thats because of the three open seats, one was termed-out and the other two ran unopposed. The way the association Bylaws read, three seats on the nine-member board become available on a rotating basis, each seat being for three years. Directors may only serve two consecutive terms, but may run again at a later time. Any time they are appointed to fill a seat that becomes empty before an election is due does not count as part of the two terms consecutively allowed. Its set up this way so there wont be a lot of confusion with all new board members at one time, said outgoing President Ed Barnes. Barnes has served two full terms but was appointed before that to fill a seat left open when another director left. Barnes and the person elected to fill his seat, Helen Lewis, both expressed the thought that it would be good if more people would become involved and run. The directors said its a good thing residents like the way the current board members run things, but a little new blood would bring new ideas, and also being a volunteer job it would be good to have more people help with the work it takes to run a community of 11,00 residents. Dec. 3, residents voted in the main complex on Cherry Hills Drive and Dec. 4, at Community Hall on the south side of the community. Of the votes cast, David Floyd retained his seat with 1108 votes; Helen Lewis received 1010; and Sam Sudman 1079. Barnes worked with Hillsborough County and the State of Florida on many projects during his terms and said he enjoyed his time there but does not intend to run again when his time out of office permits. MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOEd Socha, a veteran and survivor of the attack on Pearl Harbor, speaks during a Pearl Harbor Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park in Tampa. Afterwards, Socha received an extended standing ovation. By %  MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.netThe immaculate, black super-stretch limousine carefully weaved through the parked cars and traffic of a nearby estate sale and pulled to a stop in front of the Sun City Center home. People at the sale stared at it, no doubt wondering who was in it and why it was there. In a community of golf carts and even a good number of Lincolns and Cadillacs, the car stood out. It was something special. Ed Socha was among them in wondering. The car was so long it covered the width of his driveway and a good part of his yard. It was Saturday, December 7 Pearl Harbor Day. Continued on page 16X Continued on page 8X Continued on page 22X Showmens Museum starting private toursIrreplaceable memorabilia from days gone by By %  PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.netSome of the ancient Ferris wheel seats had spindled backs, like front porch swings. Running my hand along the wooden parts of the 100-year-old gasolinepowered machine was like going back in time. Yet the Ferris wheel wasnt the oldest memorabilia at the International Independent Showmens Association Museum. A lot of photographs, side-show items, banners, signs and early games were made before the turn of the century. No, not the millennium the turn of the century before that. Im talking about the 1800s. The Rocky Road to Dublin was the early version of todays Tunnel of Love. Oh, if those cars could talk, I said to the museums executive director, David Rivera. David explained that the small wooden cars had run on tracks, which was easy to verify as they sat upon railroad-car looking wheels. He said they were probably made some time in the 1800s. All the old-timey rides were gas-powered because of a lack of electricity. We didnt have it in homes, and they certainly didnt PENNY FLETCHER PHOTOThis completely restored truck was the kind that hauled heavy circus equipment and rides on the show route around the country in a time when there were no roads. This gas powered Ferris wheel had hand carved seats, some made with spindle backs like porch swings. All the rides were first powered by gasoline as there was no electricity in many homes in the 1800s and early 1900s when they were made.have on the road, he added. The Old Mug Joint was the name of the photo booth cameras, and believe me, there was no resemblance to the cameras of today. This thing was a huge wooden box. I remembered when I took my granddaughter to photo classes on Saturdays in Tampa she had made a camera out of a cigar box and had actually taken a picture with it. Same principle. Who could have guessed? The museum brought back a lot of memories. Of being a child on merry-go-rounds and of the carnivals I had gone to as a child in the 1950s. The carnivals then werent like they are today. In the 1970s, laws were enacted that made it illegal to feature people who had deformities like conjoined twins or body parts in the wrong place. Those people made a good, decent living, and the others in the shows were their family. Once they couldnt be put on display anymore, what could they do? They had to take welfare. There was no way most of them could hold other jobs, and they were always on display anywhere they Enjoy the season outdoors with Art in the ParkThe 4th Annual Ybor Art in the Park event will take place on December 14 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Centennial Park, 1800 East 9th Avenue in Ybor City. In addition to a wide demonstration of local and regional talent with 50 artists along with music and entertainment, the event will also include art demos, childrens activities and other fun stuff to see and do. Food trucks will also be on site. For more information, visit tinyurl.com/observer-artpark. Ybor Art in the Park is presented by the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department.Tampa AMPA BayAY area AREA arti ARTIStT DaA VidID SigelSIGEL

PAGE 2

2 DECEMBER 12, 2013 Dr. TRAN Dr. KORAHJSA Medical Group Sun City Center Activity CenterEVENTS CALENDARJSA MEDIC A L GROUP SUN C ITY C ENTER787 Cortaro Dr., Sun City Center, FL 33573 Adult Primary CareIn a State-of-the-Art New Facility!physiciansJSA Medical Group in Sun City Center is a comprehensive primary care clinic with many services offered in-house including radiology and labs! There is no better time to become a member of JSA!Call Today! (813) 634-2500ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTSIncluding Humana and CarePlus Medicare Advantage Plan MembersJSA Medical Group Sun City Center Activity Center is open to the community & offers a variety of FREE community & patient events including Yoga, Tai Chi, health lectures, parties, line dancing & more! (*Classes are subject to change) Thu 12: SilverSneakers (MSROM)* HOLIDAY CRAFTS 9:30 to 10:30 am 2:30 to 3:30 pm Fri 13: SALSA DANCING SLOW FLOW YO GA GENTLE CHAIR Y OGA 10 to 11 am 1 to 2 pm 2:15 to 3:30 pm Mon 16: MONDAY MORNING MOVIES SLOW FLOW YO GA GENTLE CHAIR Y OGA 10 am to Noon 1 to 2 pm 2:15 to 3:30 pm Tue 17: SilverSneakers (MSROM)* DEALING WITH HOLIDAY STRESS (PT 2) 11 am to Noon 1 to 2 pm Wed 18: LINE DANCING*: Beginners or Advanced (Classes Limited to 30 ppl) 11 am to Noon; 12:15 to 1:15 pm Thu 19: SilverSneakers (MSROM)* 9:30 to 10:30 am Fri 20: SALSA DANCING YOGA CANCELLED TODAY 10 to 11 am CANCELLED TODAY Mon 23: MONDAY MORNING MOVIES SLOW FLOW YO GA GENTLE CHAIR Y OGA 10 am to Noon 1 to 2 pm 2:15 to 3:30 pm Tue 24: SilverSneakers (MSROM)* 11 am to Noon Wed 25: MERRY CHRISTMAS! CLOSED TODAY Thu 26: SilverSneakers (MSROM)* 9:30 to 10:30 am Fri 27: SALSA DANCING SLOW FLOW YO GA GENTLE CHAIR Y OGA 10 to 11 am 1 to 2 pm 2:15 to 3:30 pm DECEMBER EVENTS *R EGISTER NOW (813) 419-5020LIN E D ANCIN G PARTICIPANTS: Close-toe shoes with non-stick bottoms only permitted. No scented perfumes & lotions to class. Please check your insurance coverage for SIL VERSNEAKERS class participation eligibility. *MSROM: Muscular Strength & Range of Movement Classes Visit us online for the complete monthly schedule: www.JSAMedicalGroup.com, click EVENTS tab, click Activity Calendar Seasons Greetings Irish dancing a sister act for Brandon trio JEN JOHANSON PHOTOSElla, left, and Freya Johanson at the Suncoast Feis in Tampa in September 2013. The Johanson girls, from left, Freya, Poppy and Ella and their fellow Brandon dance partner, Colleen Hickle (middle rear) at the Suncoast Feis earlier this year. By %  KEVIN BRADY kevin@riverviewcurrent.comFreya Johanson tried tap and ballet but when it came to Irish dancing, she fell in love. Its really cool because you can just express yourself when you are dancing and let go of all the things you are worried about and just dance, said Johanson, 10. Ballet is more graceful and I am not so much of a graceful dancer but in Irish dancing the steps are more vivid and complex. Freyas love of dance runs in the family. Shes one of three awardwinning Johanson sisters who enjoy Irish dancing. Ella, 12, and Poppy, 6, join their sister twice a week for classes at Sarasotas Drake School of Irish Dance. The two-hour roundtrip, twice a week is not easy but their mom, Jen Johanson, says its all worthwhile. [My husband] Erik and I are very proud of the girls, said Johanson. They do work very hard at school and homework can be a bit of a juggling act, but we make it work. I am not a dance mom who pushes her kids into it. If anything, I let the girls push me. The drive isnt the only cost for the family. The striking gowns worn by female Irish dancers dont come cheap with many costing north of $1,000. The guys get off relatively easily; they wear pants, white shirts and ties. Having three Irish dancers in the family can get a little expensive paying for shoes, dresses and lessons but both the Brandon and St. Petersburg chapters of the New World Celts, an organization promoting Celtic culture, have been amazingly supportive by offering the girls scholarships, Jen Johanson said. The Johanson girls were doing ballet and tap when the family lived in Germany, Erik Johanson was stationed there with the U.S. Air Force, when they were introduced to Irish dancing, catching a live performance. From that day on they were hooked, Jen Johanson said. They had a passion for it straight away. Moving back to Brandon in 2010, the Johansons took classes in town for a year before that dance school disbanded. They continued to perform at New World Celt events until joining classes at the Drake School last year. Since then, the girls have competed in more than 10 Irish dance contests, raking in numerous medals. Dancing is in their blood. They dont walk anywhere, they dance. Irish dancing is one of those things that just gets you hooked. Freyas dream is to one day take the stage as an Irish dancer. I want to be a Riverdance dancer one day, she said, referring to the theatrical show consisting of traditional Irish step dancing. The Johanson girls are set to dance at OBriens Irish Pub and Restaurant, located at 701 W. Lumsden Road, Dec. 18, for customer appreciation night. They will also be tapping the floorboards at 7 p.m. New Years Eve at OBriens.

PAGE 3

DECEMBER 12, 2013 3 Celebrate Christmas with Old Castle Restaurant for the best GERMAN FOOD LIVE MUSIC every Friday, Saturday, and Tuesday Old Castle Restaurant3830 Sun City Center Blvd., Ruskin 813-633-3331Monday Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Lunch/DinnerSPECIAL FEATURE:Thurs., 12/19 with Sepp* Tues., 12/24 with Klement* 2-4-1 BEERChance to win a free dinner! Reservations Recommended John V. Dunne, MD, FACSBoard Certified In-Office Procedure Safe, Effective, Affordable Insurance Accepted MedicareDont Wait Schedule Now! 813-634-9260 1.5 cc of Radiesse $525 Sclerotherapy $150 per session Botox $11 per unit Xeomin $10 per unitexpires Dec. 31, 2013 Holiday Specials EVERYONE IS WELCOME!!!!Have fun ringing in the new year ~ 2014!! Sun City Center New Years Eve Partysponsored by theOldies But Goodies Dance ClubEnjoyable Music For All Ages!December 31, 2013Sun City Center Community Hall 1910 Pebble Beach Blvd. SouthCocktails 7:00 p.m. (BYOB) Elegant Hors doeuvres and Desserts served by Banquet Masters beginning at 8:00 p.m.Champagne at Midnight Dancing till 1:00 a.m.Entertainment by The KEGGTicket price: $40 per personPurchase tickets at the SCC Atrium Tues., Thurs., or Fri, 9 a.m. to noon or for more information or tickets call Barbara Gingrich 633-5649 Applied over Spray Crete, Stucco, Wood, Block or Metal Lifetime Warranty Lifetime WeatherProong Coupon worth$1,000 NEVER PAINT, SPRAY-CRETE or STUCCO YOUR HOUSE AGAIN!SAVE 50%CLIMATE PROOF COATINGWHOLE HOUSE FLEX-COATED OUR 7-STEP PROCESS #1 SINCE 1960 $1495Priced with coupon discount Up to 1500 sq. ft. Expires 12/31/13 Americas CarwashHOURS OF OPERAT T NOW OPEN SUNDAYS 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A A ANY FULL SERVICE WASH ONLYWith this coupon only Not valid with other specials or discounts. $1.50 extra for vans and SUVs. Exp.1/15/13$2 OFFGET YOURMONTHLY CAR WASH PASSPay once a month and come as often as you like! a a CARDS 728 Cypress Village Blvd.Sun City Center, FL813-634-9409 Next to Sonnys ObservationsBy Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net Observations: To be like SammySammy hauled his huge body up onto the couch, laid his giant head on his pillow and let out a sigh befitting that of a big dog. He shifted around to get comfortable, finally putting his gigantic front paws on the pillow and laying his head on top of them. It was a weekday afternoon and there was no way I was going to get that couch. Sammy is a dog of habit; he loves routine. And the routine is that he gets the couch on weekday afternoons. Since Im normally working, thats just how it is. He let out another big sigh and then fell asleep. Before long, he was on his back, sleeping the sleep of the innocent. The Wall Street Journal published a list of the best and worst careers in terms of job stress, income and opportunity. Congratulations actuaries you came in as number one the best of 200 possible careers. Software engineers, my wifes profession, MITCH T TRAPHAGEN PPHOTOSammy the dog has nothing on his schedule. He doesnt worry or carry personal baggage and he never holds a grudge. Hes just happy being Sammy. werent far behind at number three. Reporter (newspaper) came in dead last number 200. Being a maid, a dishwasher and an oil rig worker were all considered to be better careers than being a reporter. Photojournalist was right in the same dubious neighborhood at number 188. Yay. Sammy could not possibly care less about any of that. He is a four-year-old boy inside of a big 11-year-old dog body. He is gentle, huge, can be bratty and doesnt worry about such stuff. He has never hurt anything in his life. When he was a puppy, the cats used to chase him around the house and he would hide under furniture. Now, 80 pounds bigger, no one chases him but Ive seen our cats completely cover his face in paws and sometimes claws, yet he does nothing. He would never hurt one of his kitties. But if he gets scared or has reason to be concerned about his pack he certainly has a big dog growl. A scary big dog growl. Sammy has absolutely nothing on his schedule. And even if he did, such as a veterinarian appointment, he wouldnt care about it. Going to the appointment would be fun, although leaving the couch behind would be hard. Dogs most certainly do like trucks and he gets to ride in the truck to the vet. Now being at the vet wouldnt be much fun. That would be scary. Not big-doggrowl scary but scary nonetheless. And then it would be over and he would get to ride in the truck again. And all would be good. He is getting to be an old dog and Im pretty sure he hurts all over. He takes meds to help with that but it probably isnt enough. He has hip dysplasia and his front wrists appear to be going out on him. There is little his vet can do for him now. But despite all of that, he doesnt complain. Not at all. He is indeed a little boy inside and thus he can be a brat. He displays his brattiness with an occasional loud WOOF! Sometimes its because Casey is lying across the entrance to the kitchen, blocking his way to the dog bowl. Sometimes its because Andi just happens to be breathing too close to him. Brattiness doesnt necessary need a good reason. He does get a little upset when Andi takes his toys away. He might let out a big WOOF! but more than likely hell just put his head down on his gigantic front paws to watch her play for a while and then hell take a nap. He doesnt hold grudges and doesnt worry about much for long. I think we could all use a little Sammy in our lives. If that were to happen, no crazed dictators would attempt to build a nuclear weapons system because, well, that would get in the way of nap time. Sammy would never invade another country to grab their resources; he would never be mean to someone else out of ideology because being mean has u

PAGE 4

4 DECEMBER 12, 2013 CLARKE AUTOMOTIVE CLARKE AUTOMOTIVEOPEN ALL DAY SATURDAYEverything we do keeps your car in warranty Includes: Visual Inspection of tires, belts & hoses, horn/lights, brakes, shocks/struts, exhaust, wipers, suspension, air and breather filter. Most cars/light trucks. Disassembly to perfect inspection may result in additional charges. Present coupon to receive savings. No other discounts apply. Additional charges for shop supplies may be added. See store for details. Exp. 1/15/14MAINTENANCE INSPECTIONFREEValue$3995 AAA DiscountOBN 131 Central Ave., Brandon813.685.2939 FREE Shuttle to FishHawk & Sun City Center TIRES DEALER ALTERNATIVEAAA Authorized Service Center OIL CHANGE & LUBRICATION$1095OBN motor oil. Purolator oil filter. Most cars and light trucks. Please call for appointment. Valid only with coupon. Not valid with any other 10% DISCOUNT on service or repair.EXCLUDES TIRES & SALES SPECIALS Honor All Competitors Coupons 2010-13 Builds Club Car 4 FrontBrand new factory direct pricingonly $6,995 Loaded. Save $$$2011 Club Car PrecedentsNicely equipped with new batteriesonly $3,995 With warranty2011-13 RebuildsLoaded with warrantyonly $4,850Gas EZ-Go RXV Modelsonly $4,850 SAVE $$$BOGEY-BILLS.comALL AMERICAN CUSTOM CARTS N MOREYour Hometown Custom Golf Cart Shop813-649-8099Authorized dealer for Trojan, Powertron, ElectroAWARD-WINNING CUSTOMER SERVICE Always FREE LOCAL PICK-UP & DELIVERY SERVICE: Certified techs on all major brands, makes and models:Club Car, EZ-Go2, 4, 6, & 8 PassengerWe accept all major credit cards Factory Direct pricing Save Hundreds! We beat any competitors price. Family Owned & Operated for over 11 years! 2011Golf Cart Blowout! Its time to go SOLAR! Loadmaster Custom Aluminum TrailersFactory blue More years ago than I care to admit, when I was going through basic military training, we were required to make a forced march with a 40-pound pack on our backs. The 40 pounds were made up of two 20-pound sacks of sand. It seemed to us at the time to be a pretty useless exercise since almost all of us were going into technical or desk jobs. I even went so far as to ask the drill sergeant why we were doing something so stupid. Not a good thing to do. As anyone who has been through basic training knows, one does not question the drill sergeant. One just does what he is told. My reward for my stupid question, as he put it, was to get another 20-pound bag of sand put in my pack. My stupidity caused me to carry that weight for only one forced march, but I hesitate to say how much weight I have carried over the years because I didnt know enough to lay it down. I am not speaking of the kind of weight you can see or feel, like the sand. I knew that 60 pounds of sand was there from the minute I picked up my pack. What I am referring to are the needless pounds of worry that most of us carry around. A friend told me the following story that I believe carries a very important lesson for all of us. Tom, a handyman hired to help restore an old farmhouse, had just finished a rough first day on the job. His truck had broken down on the way to the site and he had lost an hour of work. The materials he had ordered for the job had been mixed with another job and the supplier still had not made it right. Now, as it was time to leave, Toms beat-up pickup truck refused to start. Jim, the owner of the property, offered to drive him home and, as he did, Tom said very little. Once at Toms home, he invited his benefactor in to meet his family. As they walked toward the front door, Tom paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands. As he opened the door, Tom changed drastically. With his former worried face now lit up with a smile, he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss. Afterward, Tom walked Jim to his car. As they passed the tree, Jims curiosity got the better of him, and he asked Tom about what he had done earlier with the tree. By William Hodges Tom replied, Oh, thats my worry tree. I cant stop having worries at work; but one thing for sure, work worries dont belong in the house with my wife and the children. So as I come home each night, I just hang them up on the tree before I come through the door. As I leave in the morning, I pick up whats left of them. Whats left of them? Jim inquired. Yes, said Tom. Strange thing is, when I come out in the morning to pick up the worries, there dont seem to be as many as I remember putting on the tree when I came in the night before. Tom has the right idea. Dont carry your troubles like a field pack, 24 hours a day. It is important that we lay them down. A day of worry is more exhausting than a week of work. Wouldnt it be nice if we all had a worry tree on which we could hang the burdens caused by daily worries? We can, if we will remember these simple pieces of advice. Things always get better or worse, so were either worrying for nothing or worrying too soon. Stop worrying and either forget the problem or take action. A minute of action is better than an hour of worry. If you cant take action, then find a worry tree.Hodges is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer and syndicated columnist. He also hosts an interviewformat television program, Spotlight on Government, on the Tampa Bay Community Network which airs Mondays at 8 p.m. (Bright House channel 950, Verizon channel 30) and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. (BH channel 949, Verizon channel 36). The shows can also be viewed at www.hodgesvideos.com. Phone : 813-641-0816. Email: bill@billhodges. com Website: www.billhodges.comPositive Talk: The 40-pound pack Holiday DeadlinesThe Observer News will be closed December 25The Deadlines will be moved up as follows for the 12/26/13 publicationNews Releases. ................................................Wed., Dec. 18 at 4 p.m. Display Ads. ......................................................Thur., Dec. 19 at 11 a.m. Classified Ads. ..................................................Thur., Dec. 19 at 4 p.m.Questions call 813-645-3111 210 Woodland Estates S.W. Ruskin, FL 33570813-645-3111Fax: 813-645-4118www.ObserverNews.netPublished Every Thursday by M&M Printing Co., Inc. 645-4048EDITORIAL:Brenda Knowles. ............Publisher/Editor brenda@observernews.net Mitch Traphagen. .................Online Editor mitch@observernews.net Penny Fletcher..........Contributing Writer penny@observernews.net Kevin Brady. ..............Contributing Writer kevin@observernews.net Warren Resen. .....................Travel Writer w630@aol.comAll press releases, news articles and photos may be emailed to news@ observernews.net, faxed to 645-4118, or mailed to Observer News, 210 Woodland Estates Ave. SW, Ruskin, FL 33570SALES:Vilma Stillwell. ...Display Advertising Rep. vilma@observernews.net Nan Kirk. ...........Display Advertising Rep. nan@observernews.netCLASSIFIED / CIRCULATION:Beverly Kay.........Classied / Circulation beverly@observernews.netPRODUCTION:Chere Simmons. ...........Creative Director chere@observernews.net Carol MacAlister. ...Graphic Arts / Layout carol@observernews.net Jason Martin. .........Graphic Arts / Layout jason@observernews.net The views expressed by our writers are not necessarily shared by The Observer News, SCC Observer, The Current or M&M Printing Co., Inc.We Accept:Award-Winning Newspapers Congressional candidate will speakAlan Cohen, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, is the scheduled speaker at the next South Shore Democratic Club meeting on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 1:30 p.m. at the SouthShore Regional Library in Ruskin. As a distinguished investigative reporter for several television stations for more than 30 years, Cohn has exposed criminals, corrupt politicians, crusaded for consumer rights, and stood up for veterans. Alan Cohn earned the reputation as one of the more respected and investigative reporters in the nation. Cohn is now running for U.S. Congress and will describe his qualifications at the meeting. The library is located at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin. Meet and Greet refreshments at 1 p.m. All Democrats and like-minded persons are urged to attend the meeting. Visit www.southshoredemocraticclub.org as well as Facebook at www. facebook.com/SSDEMCLUB for more information.

PAGE 5

DECEMBER 12, 2013 5 Joe Lang, CFP Glenn Krcmaric, OSJ Robyn Payant, President Tom Payant, C.E.O., Lillian Brassil, Office Manager Heidi Oelgart, Marketing Assistant Peter Farina, CFA Regi stered Investment AdvisorThomas A. Payant, Glenn Krcmaric, Joseph Lang, and Peter Farina offer securities through SagePoint Financial, Inc., member FINRA/SIPC. Thomas A. Payant, Glenn Krcmaric, and Joseph Lang offer investment advisory services through Payant Financial Services, Inc., a registered investment advisor not affiliated with SagePoint Financial, Inc.WHO IS THE TEAM BUILDING YOUR RETIREMENT STRATEGY? Let our team help you!Call us! 813-633-73331653 Sun City Center Plaza Sun City Center, FL 33573 www.payantfinancial.com Serving South Shore for 30 years Your Emergency MattersQuality Care from ER Experts In an emergency, minutes can mean the difference between life and death. So, its vital that you get the quality care you need 24/7. At South Bay Hospital, our ER experts know that. We have the staff, equipment and expertise to handle the most critical medical emergencies. And with average wait times that are consistently shorter than the national average, we can get you in and get you treated promptly and efcientlywithout waiting any longer than you need to. Text ER to 23000 fo r Avg. Wait Time South Bay Hospital. Quality Emergency Care. FastER. WHY WAIT? 4016 Sun City Center Blvd. I Sun City Center, Florida SouthBayHospital.com For 24/7 health information and physician referrals, please call Consult-A-Nurse at 1-888-685-1595. Santa Claus paid an early visit to the Firehouse Cultural Center in Ruskin on Saturday, and he brought with him a vintage fire truck and a brass ensemble from the South Shore Symphony Orchestra playing holiday music. Santa listened to Christmas wishes and passed out peppermint candy canes. The season continues at the cultural center with Joyful Jazz for the Holiday with the Haferhouse Jazz Group performing on Friday, Dec. 13 from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. and with the Shoemaker and the Elves puppet show at 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 18. The Firehouse Cultural Center is located at 101 1st Ave. NE in Ruskin. For more information visit www.firehouseculturalcenter.org.Santa pays an early visit to MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOS Adult Computer Classes for the Technologically ChallengedFree Open Source Software An introduction to free open source software alternatives to commonly used programs. Discover free alternatives to Microsoft Office products, Photoshop, even a completely free alternative to Windows O/S uBuntu. Bring an iPad/iPhone and operation questions to the class. Will demonstrate how to use the device and popular functions. General Settings, Security, iCloud, Software, and Apps. How to open an Apple account, Internet access, and more. Tutoring in Microsoft software, email, and the Internet.

PAGE 6

6 DECEMBER 12, 2013 Finally, The Smallest Hearing Device Ever CreatedIntroducing Isolate Nano Technology Designed to DisappearIntroducing theWORLDS FIRST Only Company In The IndustryN o H i d d e n C h a r g e s W A R R A N T Y FA CT OR Y 5 Y EAR S PUBLIC NOTI CE 813-990-03354 Days ONLY Dec. 16 Dec. 19 100% custom, invisible, digital and programmable hearing aidOther DEAP FittingCall today to see what it can do for you!Our NANO Fitting www.armandshearing.com Location also in:These People Have Already Experienced What the New Isolate Nano Technology Can Do. THIS IS ALL YOU WEAR (Better Synchronizing than Bluetooth) Digital C.I.C. 6 ChannelCO NSUMER COMPA RISON CHARTManufacturer Model # Channels Warranty Avg. Retail Price GN ReSound VEA 6 1 $1995.00 Oticon INO Pro 6 1 $1949 Widex Flash 5 1 $1699 Rexton DAY 6 2 $1599 Phonak Cassia 6 2 $1899 SUN CITY CENTER LOWEST PRICE OFFERED IN U.S.$59800New ModelDont be fooled by inferior technology100% PROGRAMMABLE COM PUTER ADJUST ABLE FITTING RANGE 35/40 DB LOSS At time of purchase onlyReg. Price $1995 each Post OfficeChamber of CommerceIn Payant Financial Plaza (big yellow building between the Chamber of Commerce and SCC Blvd.) Sun City Center Plaza DriveSun City Center Blvd. (S.R. 674) Payant Financial PlazaARMANDS 4 Days ONLY Dec. 16 Dec. 19CALL NOW! HURRY! HURRY!

PAGE 7

DECEMBER 12, 2013 OBSERVER NEWS 7Share a childs imagination for ChristmasThey live modestly, yet dream big. Nayeli Gonzalez, whose parents work in the tomato fields south of Tampa, wants to be a veterinarian. Adriana Saavedra, whose mom works at a dry cleaner, wants to be a firefighter. The imaginations of both girls are taking flight this month in the form of Christmas cards. The girls are among dozens of children from lowincome Florida families whose art won a place in the annual collection of cards sold by Redlands Christian Migrant Association. The cards can be ordered online at www.rcma.org. From there, click How you can help, then Christmas Card Drive. RCMAs Judy Brill also takes phone orders at (800) 282-6540, ext. 242. RCMA operates 70 child-care centers and three charter schools for Floridas rural poor. The Immokalee-based nonprofit is busiest in the Tampa Bay area, where it operates 19 child-care centers and two charter schools, all in farming communities. Nayeli and Adriana drew their Christmas art at RCMA Wimauma Academy, a charter school in south Hillsborough County. Nayelis card features a snowman, tall and slender, with a brilliant cardinal on his stick arm. Adriana drew a bowl of pink poinsettias. The girls Christmas cards are among those offered exclusively to buyers who purchase at least 100 cards. Thats a popular option among the agribusinesses that support RCMA. But smaller orders variety packs of 10 cards each also are for sale. We love our cards for many reasons, said Barbara Mainster, RCMAs executive director. The money raised qualifies RCMA for matching funds from the State of Florida, one of our most important funding sources. Every dollar spent on RCMA Christmas cards can be matched by $16 from the state. Also, they showcase the talents of our children. Mace Multimedia Gives Back to the Riverview High School Band through Music and Snow.Mace Multimedia, a full service marketing and design firm, will sponsor the Riverview High School Band for the second annual Snow on 7th Parade in Ybor City this year. The sponsorship allows the High School band the opportunity to be a featured musical act in the parade at no cost to them and also provides a $500 contribution to the schools music program. Manny Potter and Gabrielle Perham, owners of Mace Multimedia, wanted to give back to the town they call home by sponsoring the high school. We live in Riverview, do business in Riverview, and our children go to school in Riverview. We wanted to show our appreciation for the positive experiences and business connections weve made in the Riverview community. Though our business is in Ybor City now, our roots are in Riverview. We thought this was the perfect opportunity to mix our love of home with the fun of Ybor. Whats better than a musical parade down 7th Avenue? The Riverview High School band will join many Tampa area school marching bands in the Snow on 7th Ave Parade on December 14th. The Snow on 7th Parade will have the largest number of high school marching bands in the Central Florida region this holiday. For more information call 813-704-0460.Danielle Coppola studies abroad through Union College programDanielle Coppola, of Riverview, FL, will be spending Union Colleges winter break studying in New Zealand, focusing on electric power development and environmental management. Coppola is majoring in English. Union College, founded in 1795 as the first college chartered by the New York State Board of Regents, offers programs in the liberal arts and engineering to 2,100 undergraduates of high academic promise and strong personal motivation. Union, with its long history of blending disciplines, is a leader in educating students to be engaged, innovative and ethical contributors to an increasingly diverse, global and technologically complex society. Learn more at www.union.edu. By Katie Purcell As many of us are enjoying the holiday season, we may stop and think about the things for which we are thankful. Our freedom, family and friends, the beautiful Florida weather, hunting and fishing opportunities this winter and camping and hiking trips surely make the list. Some other blessings to remember are the people who fight for our freedom, those working to keep us safe in our daily lives and those keeping the resources plentiful and the environment beautiful. Often, they may actually be one and the same. More than 200 members of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissions (FWC) Division of Law Enforcement have previously served in the military, are currently on active duty or are active in the reserves or National Guard. These folks serve triple duty by protecting us, our natural resources and our country. They represent all branches of the military and bring a variety of skills and experiences to the FWC. For example, they include a Navy SEAL, platoon sergeants, dive team members, military police officers, engineering technicians, combat instructors, infantrymen and more. Some are currently serving in leadership in the military as well. They have been involved in operations Desert Storm, United Shield, Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and others and have been trained and deployed in many areas across the United States and overseas, including Germany, Ku-Protecting ParadiseGive thanks for many things this holiday seasonwait, Iraq, Afghanistan, Trinidad, Russia and Somalia. These military veterans and current military members serve throughout the Division of Law Enforcement, from operations to training to administration. Some are members of FWCs Special Operations Group (SOG), where they put their experience and expertise to work in Florida. Some fly aircraft or teach at our academy, while others patrol the woods and waters of our great state. Still others are members of the FWCs leadership or support staff. Their service, as well as the efforts of all FWC officers, is invaluable to Floridas people and natural resources. Last week, on Thanksgiving night, three duck hunters were stranded when their boat capsized on Lake Monroe in Volusia County. The two men and a woman found themselves in cold, waist-deep water. To get as much of their bodies out of the water as they could, they climbed on top of the sunken boat. Luckily, their cell phones still worked so they were able to call for help. The FWC responded along with local law enforcement and fire personnel. FWC officers Aubrey Ransom, Maxwell Edson and James Yetter, a former U.S. Coast Guard reservist, were successful in finding and reaching the hunters. They took the trio safely to shore. In another recent case, Officer Paul Mendez, a retired member of the U.S. Navy, responded to a complaint of someone hunting in a closed portion of the Triple N Ranch Wildlife Management Area. He tracked a vehicle for approximately 2 miles and found the illegal hunter. After talking with him, the suspect admitted to loosening boards to a gate and lifting the chains and locks over it to enter the closed area. Mendez cited him for operating a vehicle in a closed area and hunting in a closed area both misdemeanors. The FWC is proud of all levels of its military involvement. In addition to military service, FWC staff supports Wounded Warrior hunts, participates in the Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve program and coordinates license exemptions for disabled veterans, military members stationed out of state and those participating in a Military/Disabled Veteran Event. The FWC also encourages veterans and current military members to apply to it for employment. Check MyFWC.com/Get-Involved for more information. You can also get involved by reporting suspected violations. To do so, call the FWCs Wildlife Alert Hotline at 888-404-3922 or text Tip@MyFWC.com. Get out and enjoy all Florida has to offer this holiday season and remember to thank those who make it possible to do so. Protecting Paradise provides a glimpse into the world of an FWC officer. Finding lost hikers, checking boaters for safety gear and teaching children about fishing and hunting are just some of the contributions they make. This column is written by Katie Purcell, Division of Law Enforcement Community Relations Coordinator. The winners of the 2013 Camp Bayou Photo Contest were announced at the Fall Open House. The photos are on display in the Visitors Center. Congratulations are in order for photographers in the following categories: Macro 1st-Suzanne S. Austin-Hill, Trametes Vericolor 2nd-Allen Maser, Gopher Tortoise 3rd-Dolly Cummings, Palmedes Swallowtail on Paintbrush Landscape 1st-Bruce Fallender, Bayou Reflections 2nd-Dotty Guerrera, The Light at the End 3rd-Shayna Coonin, Blend In Plant 1stSuzanne S. Austin-Hill, ... An Old, Old Story 2nd -Marianne Phelps, Berry Light 3rd-Dotty Guerrera, A Big One from a Little One Also the Little Free Library at Camp Bayou had its official opening day at the Fall Open House. Stop in to take a book to read or drop off a nature related book for a another visitor to enjoy. The next program at Camp Bayou is the Monthly Guided Paddle on Saturday, December 14, starting at 9am. Expect up to a 90 minute paddle with Camp Bayous experienced guides. Canoe seats 3 and each rental is $25. If you wish to join the trip using your own canoe or kayak, we request a donation of just $5. Reservations requiredcontact Dolly at campbayou@ gmail.com or call 81-641-8545. There will be an Arbor Day Program on Saturday, January 4 starting at 9:30am, part of a Project Learning Tree EE Center effort that combines nature activities and storytelling. Program suitable for pre-K through late elementary. Registration not required but appreciatedcall 813-641-8545 or email campbayou@gmail.com Activities are part of Florida Youth Conservation Center Network, Get Outdoors Florida, Children and Nature, No Child Left Inside, Be Out There!-NWF, Lets Move Outside inspired initiatives. Camp Bayou is neither a campground nor a summer camp. It was an RV park before the County 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 Center offers pre-scheduled programs to schools, youth groups, adult groups and families plus it is open from ThursdaySaturday from Camp Bayou announces photo contest winnners and upcoming events The Little Free Library.9am-2pm for passive recreational pursuits such as wildlife watching, nature photography and trail walks. The Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is managed by the newly created, non-profit Bayou Outdoor Learning & Discovery, Inc. (BOLD), in a publicprivate partnership with the non-profit Ruskin Community Development Foundation, Inc. (RCDF) and Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation. Camp Bayou is located 3 miles south of SR674 at the end of 24th St SE in Ruskin. More information is on the web at www.campbayou.org or call 813-641-8545.

PAGE 8

8 DECEMBER 12, 2013 Sun City 813-634-28503846 Sun City Center Blvd (next to Bealls in Home Depot Center) M-F 8-8 Sat 9-6 Sun 10-4Brandon Regency 813-681-72672480 W. Brandon Blvd. (next to TJ Maxx & Movie Theater) M-F 9-9 Sat 9-6 Sun 12-5Brandon Causeway 813-651-464011235 Causeway Blvd. (next to Publix across from Wal Mart) M-F 9-9 Sat 9-6 Sun 11-5 OMC1 EXP. 12/31/13 OK3 EXP. 12/31/13 $ 7 95Kids Cut (11 & under)Free Shampoo & Lite DrySpecialty cuts, blow-dry style, design lines, set or curling iron extra. Not valid with other offers. Adult CutFree Shampoo & Lite Dry $ 11 95Specialty cuts, blowdry style, design lines, set or curling iron extra. Not valid with other offers. OA6 EXP. 12/31/13 OP 5 EXP. 12/31/13 $ 44 95Quick & Easy Perm WaveFree Shampoo & CutPrice will vary with length or condition of hair. Design wraps extra. Not valid with other offers. OSS1 EXP. 12/31/13 $ 12 00Shampoo & SetPrice will vary with length or condition of hair. Haircut extra. Not valid with other offers. OB6 EXP. 12/31/13 $ 54 95CHI BUNDLE!CHI Color with Styled CutTMPrice will vary with length or condition of hair. Haircut extra. Not valid with other offers. OS2 EXP. 12/31/13 $ 19 95Styled CutTMShampoo, Cut & Finished StylePrice will vary with length and/or condition of hair. Specialty cuts/ flat iron extra. Not valid w/other offers. OH2 EXP. 12/31/13 $ 10 offHighlights/LowlightsFree Shampoo & StylePrice will vary with length or condition of hair. Haircut extra. Not valid with other offers. $50 Minimum $ 9 95Mens Quick ColorDiscreetly done at the shampoo bowl!Price will vary with length or condition of hair. Haircut extra. Not valid with other offers. Dr. Robert Norman & Associates Dermatology Dr. Robert Norman, DO MPH, MBA Dr. William Eng Holly Pohler, ARNP Kate Sedlaczek, ARNPWE OFFER THE FOLLOWING:Appointments made in a timely manner with never more than a 2 week waiting period maximum, and same day appointments are available. Diagnosis & treatment of skin cancer & diseases of the skin, hair & nails. Wide excision, treatment for spider veins & rosacea, Electrodessication, curettage, cryotherapy & debridement. Botox & Restylane. Dermatological products available in the ofce. Clarisonic, MD Solar Sciences, Image, Merderma, Retin-A, Sun Block, moisturizer and more.Radiation & laser treatment for skin conditions.Call to schedule your appointment today!813-880-7546 10422 U.S. H WY 301 Riverview MOST INSURANCE ACCEPTED $35................before noon$30...................after noon$23..............after 2:00 pm $500 OFF Any RoundIMPROVED COURSE CONDITIONSIncludes 18 holes and cart. Tax Included.Valid only with this coupon. Exp. 12/15/13 1 Pier Drive, RuskinLEAGUES WELCOMEReserve your tee time today 813.645.2000 CASUAL WATERFRONT DININGSteaks, Seafood, Burgers & Other Delicious FareFULL LIQUOR BARLive Music every Fri. & Sat. 6-10 p.m. Karaoke every Wed. 5-9 p.m.OPEN TO THE PUBLIC OPEN Mon.Sun. 7 a.m.10 p.m. Food Served 7 a.m.8 p.m. Bright House NFL TV Sunday Ticket2034 Pier Drive Ruskin, FL 33570 813-638-1005 no place in his ideology. Hes just a happy dog and that is good enough. Sammys life is simple and he doesnt complicate it. He has a few simple things his pack (family), his couch and his pillow. He loves treats (cheese mostly) and being positioned just so under the table at dinnertime. Sammy was not dealt a great hand of cards in life with all of his health problems but that doesnt seem to bother him. Like everything else that goes bad in his life, whether it is Andi stealing a toy or Casey blocking the way to the dog dish, at most hell just let out a big WOOF! and then hes over it. He doesnt carry negativity around. He has no baggage.MITCH T TRAPHAGEN PPHOTOS He doesnt like being at the vet but once back in the truck, all is good again in his life. And yes, objects in the mirror are much closer than they appear. I suspect that he hurts all over but he doesnt complain. He can be bratty now and again but thats OK. He has what he likes. He has his family and his couch and pillow and that is enough.In other words, hes smarter than a lot of people. Hes certainly smarter than me. Too much of my life is consumed by deadlines, stress and other nasty stuff. Thats life, a lot of people would say. Well, its not Sammys life. Life is good for Sammy, I think. From his place on the couch just now, he noticed Andi walking away from a toy. He gathered up the energy needed to haul his giant body down to the floor and then put the toy between his big front paws. Im pretty sure he started humming to himself. Andi wasnt happy, of course, and before long shell steal it back but that will be OK. Its a weekday and he still has his couch and pillow.ObservationsX School Security MeetingThe Hillsborough County School Board has scheduled a special called School Board meeting to discuss security. The meeting will take place at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, December 18, in the Raymond O. Shelton School Administrative Center (ROSSAC) auditorium. A School Board workshop to discuss policies and way of work will immediately follow on the second floor. ROSSAC is located at 901 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa.Financial aid information nightsAlso on the ballot was whether to raise membership dues to $275 per member in 2014. This passed overwhelmingly 999 to 290. Dec. 5 the new board voted for officers and elected Jane Keegan president; Sam Sudman vice president; David Floyd secretary; and Neil Rothfield treasurer. There are many committees and projects residents may help with by contacting the association office at (813) 633-3500 and making an appointment to speak with a director about volunteering their time and talents. SCC CA electionX Hillsborough County Public Schools Guidance Services is hosting financial aid information nights for high school students and their families. University financial aid representatives will explain the financial aid process, review how colleges and universities compile financial aid packages, and discuss available local, state, and federal aid. Meetings start at 6 p.m. in each schools auditorium. For more information call 813-273-7203.January 14, 2014Brandon High School 1101 Victoria St., BrandonJanuary 28, 2014Riverview High School 11311 Boyette Rd., Riverview

PAGE 9

DECEMBER 12, 2013 9 The Redeemer Lutheran Church of SCCALL ARE WELCOME It is our prayer that your Christmas will be lled with joy and hope. Authentic Mexican & Tex/MexBreakfast Starting at $5.00FREE COFFEE W/ PURCHASE OF BREAKFAST ITEMSMon-Thurs 7:30AM-8PMAM-9PM17 7th Ave. N.E. Ruskin, FL 33570 813-419-4921 Goodson Produce Market Open Mon.-Sat. 9:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m. NOW OPEN!C.R. 672 E. (3-1/3 miles east of 301) Balm, FL(813) 634-7790 Ruskin Animal Hospital & Cat Clinic Drs. Ott, Langston, Waldy & Heaton Dr. Paul Langston WAR EAGLE Ruskin AVID programs sponsor clothing drivesThe AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) programs at Shields Middle School and Lennard High School are collecting new and gently used jackets and shoes for youngsters in the area. Donation boxes are in the AVID classrooms and front offices at both schools. Shields Middle School is located at 15732 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin; Lennard High School is located at 2342 Shell Point Rd E. in Ruskin. Donations will be accepted through Friday, Dec. 13th. All donations will support local familes. 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.PHOTOS MARLENE GREENBERgG SpunkySpunky is a young gray and white cat who was recently found as a stray. Spunky lives up to his name in his energy which seems almost without end. He loves to play with the other young cats at the shelter, and has adapted quite well. He is very friendly and could be a great companion; but like his fellow cats, Spunky would like a forever home of his own. Stop in at C.A.R.E. and give Spunky that home. Spunky has been neutered and brought current on his shots. As part of his adoption he will be micro chipped, DOB: May 2, 2012. ChicoChico is a small, gentle and happy dog. Hes approximately 1.5 years old and is a soft apricot color. He is quick to welcome you with wags and kisses. He is a little more passive than his boisterous kennel mate. Hes the perfect size to snuggle with! Chico is a fun little guy who seems to be dog-friendly and a people lover. He arrived at C.A.R.E. because a concerned member of the community found that he and his partner (Skippy) were abandoned by their owner. As part of Chicos adoption, he has been neutered, micro chipped, and brought current on his shots. DOB: Approx. 4/2/2012. Manatee RV Park hosts dance Dec. 14The Manatee RV Park will host a social dance from 7 to 10 p.m. on Satur day, Dec. 14 in their clubhouse at 4972 Manatee Creek Blvd. in Ruskin. Dance to the music of Dave Harris. Bring your own refreshments; ice will be provided. The cost is $5 per person, and the public is invited. For more information, contact J. Sullivan at 813-649-9150 or E. Resch at 813-649-1145. Manatee RV Park is 7 miles south of Ruskin or 4 miles north of I-275.

PAGE 10

10 OBSERVER NEWS DECEMBER 12, 2013 1) Santas workshop is located at the South Pole. Fact or Fiction? 2) Santa used to have another workshop on the moon. Fact or Fiction? 3) Toys are made at Santas workshop. Fact or Fiction? 4) The reindeer make most of the toys at the workshop. Fact or Fiction? 5) Mrs. Claus and her sisters also work at the workshop. Fact or Fiction? 6) Mrs. Claus sisters wrap all of the toys. Fact or Fiction? 7) Santa receives many letters from children at his workshop each season. Fact or Fiction? 8) Rudolph is in charge of sorting through all of the childrens letters. Fact or Fiction? 9) Santa keeps a list of all the children who are naughty and nice. Fact or Fiction? 10) During the summer, Santa gives tours of his workshop. Fact or Fiction?Santa is very busy at Christmastime. Here are some questions about his workshop and helpers. How many can you answer correctly?Answers: 1) Fiction, it is located at the North Pole, 2) Fiction, 3) Fact, 4) Fiction, the elves make most of the toys, 5) Fiction, 6) Fiction, no one knows if Mrs. Claus even has sisters, 7) Fact, 8) Fiction, Rudolph leads the sleigh, 9) Fact, 10) Fiction Fact or Fiction?Santas Workshop Challenge COLORING PICTURE There are books about Santas workshop and movies too. There are amusement parks based on Santas workshop There are even replicas of Santas workshop. Thats right. People around the world have set up their own Santas workshops. The owners of these workshops have used their imaginations to recreate what they think is Santas workshop, complete with toys of all types. There are replicas of Santas workshop in Europe, the United States and elsewhere. For those that dont have a chance to visit these workshop replicas, there are websites that focus on Santas workshop and what you might see there if ever given the chance to visit. As for visiting the actual Santas workshop, well, theres only one person you can ask about thatthe man in the red suit himself! What will he say? A Glimpse into Santas World 1) D O __ __ S2) T R __ __ N S3) T E __ __ Y B __ __ R S4) C __ R S & T __ U C __ S5) B __ K __ S6) B A __ __ S7) S K __ T __ SAnswers: 1) Dolls, 2) Trains, 3) Teddy Bears, 4) Cars & Trucks, 5) Bikes, 6) Balls, 7) SkatesSantas workshop is filled with toys for kids of all ages. Fill in the blanks to name some of the toys that might be found in Santas workshop. Name That Toy Jokes and Riddles Jokes and RiddlesA: About a wick! Q: How long does it take Santa to burn down a candle in his workshop?A: Because he likes to hoe, hoe, hoe! Q: Why does Santa keep a garden outside his workshop?

PAGE 11

DECEMBER 12, 2013 11

PAGE 12

12 DECEMBER 12, 2013 *Individual results may vary. There are risks associated with any knee or hip surgical procedure, including MAKOplasty. Talk with your doctor about these risks to nd out if MAKOplasty is right for you. Physicians are on the medical staff of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center, but, with limited exceptions, are independent practitioners who are not employees or agents of Lakewood Ranch Medical Center. The hospital shall not be liable for actions or treatments provided by physicians. ROBOTIC SUR GERY NOW AT THE RANCH MAKOplasty with Robotic Arm technology eliminates guesswork in hip and knee surgeries8330 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. Bradenton, FL 34202 www.lakewoodranchmedicalcenter.com The Orthopaedic Spine and Joint Center at Lakewood Ranch Are you living with knee or hip pain? Lakewood Ranch Medical Center is the ONLY hospital in Bradenton and Sarasota to offer MAKOplasty with Robotic Arm technology for Partial Knee Resurfacing, an innovative new treatment option for people with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee. And For the many people who suffer from degenerative joint disease of the hip, we also offer MAKOplasty with Robotic Arm technology for Total Hip Replacement. Using a computer-assisted visualization guide, a robotic arm gently directs the surgeons hand, ensuring precision and quality results. The Orthopaedic Spine and Joint Center at Lakewood Ranch is committed to providing the latest advances in orthopaedic surgery and dedicated to helping our patients return to daily activities with relief from pain. Help reduce your pain and restore your lifestyle with MAKOplasty. For more information please call 941.782.BONE (2663). Medical Director of the Orthopaedic Spine and Joint Center Lawrence MacAlister, an artist largely self-taught but with a lifelong interest, opened his solo show exhibit at the Sun City Center Art Club gallery last week. This marks his first solo exhibit of his work. Ive had four or five paintings in exhibits but never alone, MacAlister said. It feels very nice, a little overwhelming. When asked about his inspiration for his work, MacAlister replied that he goes out to see what is out there. Each painting represents approximately 35 hours of work, some less, some much more. The first paint strokes on the canvas are the easiest part, he said. I have in my mind what I want to do. I try to capture what is in my head. MacAlisters exhibit will run through December. Admission to the exhibit is free. The Art Club gallery is located in the Community Association complex off North Pebble Beach Blvd.MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOS Archery turkey shootThis Saturday, Dec. 14, at South Bay Church, 13498 U.S. 301 S., Riverview, there will be a Turkey Shoot for all ages to benefit needy children in Haiti. This family event will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will cost $10 per round. Register now at www. SouthBay.cc under Events. Bows and arrows will be provided by Doyens Sawmill Archery, Lithia, (no personal archery equipment allowed). There will be prizes for adults and childrens categories. Team up for the father/daughter, father/ son, husband/wife, brother/ sister, brother/brother, etc. competition. There will be a 50/50, and food and drinks will be available for sale. There will also be other fun activities for children and those not shooting in the tournament. Come out for this fun, family event. Proceeds benefit Bethany Christian School in LAcrobate, Haiti Make a difference for a child this Christmas!

PAGE 13

DECEMBER 12, 2013 13 Robert Edelman, M.D. ~ Eric Berman, M.D. Anita Shane, M.D. ~ Jeffrey Davis, M.D. 813-633-3065 1515 Sun City Center Plaza YourEyeDoctors.com Comprehensive Ophthalmology Cataract Surgery Glaucoma Management Laser Surgery Macular Degeneration Cornea Diabetic Eye Car e Neuro-Ophthalmology Trustedby & Patients Alike. PhysiciansOur ophthalmologists are board-certied and fellowship-trained to provide specialized care for your eyes. Medicare & most insurance accepted. When surveyed, 97.5% of patients stated they would recommend us to a friend! FREE ADMISSION Stone Beads Findings Crystal Spheris Jewelry Pearls Cabs Points AURA Phots Seed Beads Show Times Fri., Dec. 13 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat., Dec. 14 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sun., Dec. 15 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sun City Center Inn 809 N. Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center, FL 33573 FREE ADMISSION Sun City Dental CenterThe fee advertised is the minimum fee charged. The patient and any other person responsible for payment has the right to refuse to pay, cancel payment or be reimbursed for payment for any other service, examination or treatment which is performed as a result of and within 72 hours of responding to the advertisement for the free service, examination or treatment. Senior Citizen discount does not apply.*Actual Fee May Vary Depending Upon Degree of Complexity in a Given Case** Time to process denture cases may change due to complexity/ type of case Thomas A. DeVol, D.D.S., P.A.(813) 633-2636General Dentist727 Cortaro Drive(Two doors down from AAA) Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed for Lunch 1-2 p.m. Thomas A. DeVol, D.D.S., P.A. Practicing Dentistry for 26 years Chuck Fredericks, Lab Technician, 41 years experienceIn-House Denture Lab Choices Made in Just One Week**New Patients and Emergencies Are Always WelcomeMost Major Insurance Plans AcceptedFREEDENTURE CONSULTATION OR 2nd OPINIONwith patient bringing current x-ray. Limit one per patient. FULL MOUTH SERIES OFX-RAYS & EXAMfor $95and receive a $100 credit toward your acount for future treatment. 0210 0150 A p o l l o B e a c h M a s s a g e & W e l l n e s s C e n t e r 100 Frandorson Circle Suite 201 Apollo Beach, FL 33572 www.apollobeachmassagetherapy.com C h r i s t m a s S p e c i a l s Two One hour Massages $110 Dear Savvy Senior, When I had a mild heart attack about six months ago, my doctor told me I needed to be extra careful during the winter when recurring heart attacks are more common. Is this true? How can the seasons affect your heart? Leery Senior Dear Leery, Everyone knows winter is cold and flu season, but most people dont know that its also the prime season for heart attacks, too, especially if you already have heart disease or have suffered a previous heart attack. Heres what you should know, along with some tips to help you protect yourself. Heart Attack Season In the U.S., the risk of having a heart attack during the winter months is twice as high as it is during the summertime. Why? There are a number of factors, and theyre not all linked to cold weather. Even people who live in warm climates have an increased risk. Here are the areas you need to pay extra attention to this winter. Cold temperatures: When a person gets cold, the body responds by constricting the blood vessels to help the body maintain heat. This causes blood pressure to go up and makes the heart work harder. Cold temperatures can also increase levels of certain proteins that can thicken the blood and increase the risk for blood clots. So stay warm this winter, and when you do have to go outside, make sure you bundle up in layers with gloves and a hat, and place a scarf over your mouth and nose to warm up the air before you breathe it in. Snow shoveling: Studies have shown that heart attack rates jump dramatically in the first few days after a major snowstorm, usually a result of snow shoveling. Shoveling snow is a very strenuous activity that raises blood pressure and stresses the heart. Combine those factors with the cold temperatures and the risks for heart attack surges. If your sidewalk or driveway needs shoveling this winter, hire a kid from the neighborhood to do it for you, or use a snow blower. Or, if you must shovel, push rather than lift the snow as much as possible, stay warm, and take frequent breaks. New Years resolutions: Every Jan. 1, millions of people join gyms or start exercise programs as part of their New Years resolution to get in shape, and many overexert themselves too soon. If youre starting a new exercise program this winter, take the time to talk to your doctor about what types and how much exercise may be appropriate for you. Winter weight gain: People tend to eat and drink more, and gain more weight during the holiday season and winter months, all of which are hard on the heart and risky for someone with heart disease. So keep a watchful eye on your diet this winter and avoid bingeing on fatty foods and alcohol. Shorter days: Less daylight in the winter months can cause many people to develop seasonal affective disorder or SAD, a wintertime depression that can stress the heart. Studies have also looked at heart attack patients and found they usually have lower levels of vitamin D (which comes from sunlight) than people with healthy hearts. To boost your vitamin D this winter, consider taking a supplement that contains between 1,000 and 2,000 international units (IU) per day. And to find treatments for SAD, visit the Center for Environmental Therapeutics website at cet.org. Flu season: Studies show that people who get flu shots have a lower heart attack risk. Its known that the inflammatory reaction set off by a flu infection can increase blood clotting which can lead to heart attacks in vulnerable people. So, if you havent already done so, get a flu shot for protection. See flushot.healthmap.org to find a nearby vaccination site. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today Show and author of The Savvy Senior book. How to Guard Against Wintertime Heart Attacks THE SAVVY SENIORBy Jim Miller Business slow? Advertise in The ObserverWe cover south Hillsborough County with a circulation of 48,000 papers every week! We offer many options in every price range...from classified ads to full pages. Call 813-645-3111 and ask to speak to an advertising representative today. For more information visit us on the web at www.ObserverNews.net

PAGE 14

14 DECEMBER 12, 2013 301 75 813-741-9220 813-741-9220 CARDS Serving: RIVERVIEW APOLLO BEACH SUN CITY CENTER How about renting a unit at Santas Secret Storage? Serving: RIVERVIEW APOLLO BEACH SUN CITY CENTER Will match competitors prices & discountsNew Customers Only *Interest rates as of 10/24/2013, subject to change. FG Guarantee-Platinum annuity is a single premium xed deferred annuity issued by Fidelity & Guaranty Life Insurance Company, Baltimore, MD. Form Numbers: FGL SPDA-MY-F (7-04); et al. Subject to state availability. Certain restrictions may apply. When your guarantee period expires, Fidelity & Guaranty Life will automatically renew your annuity for the same period at the then-current interest rate. The renewal interest rate will never be less than the minimum guaranteed interest rate, which will be established between 1 percent and 3 percent. Surrender charges may apply to withdrawals. Withdrawals may be taxable and subject to penalties prior to age 59-1/2. Withdrawals will reduce available death benet. A market value adjustment may apply to withdrawals and may increase or decrease the surrender value. FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY3.5% Interest5-Year Guarantee PeriodContact us today to learn more about the FG Guarantee-Platinum Annuity a Great Savings OptionDONT DELAY.This offer is good until Dec. 13, 2013* 948-B Cypress Village Blvd. Sun City Center, FL 33573 (813) 633-7377Ronald H. Ward has been helping clients build, manage and protect their wealth for over 40 years. WE HAVE SOMETHING FOR EVERY ROOM INSIDE AND ALL AREAS OUTSIDE Our Cushion Shop is worth the drive from ANYWHERE!Quality Furniture at Affordable Prices 813-876-1566 MLK Columbus Dr.Mac Dill Check us out at 813-645-3529 Ken Knox, Contractor Lic: #RX0057641 Free Low-E upgrade on Simonton House Windows. Energy Star Rated for a TECO Rebate! Call the Ofce for Details! Offer Valid: November 1st December 31st FREE Advanced Pain Relief Now AvailableThe Riverview Chiropractic Office is among the first in the area to invest in a Deep Tissue Therapy Laser from LiteCure Medical. Drug free pain relief is the goal for individuals suffering from pain. Now offers you a non-surgical option that has the power to eliminate or significantly reduce pain. It floods the tissues with photons, energizing the damaged cells and increasing circulation This reduces inflammation, reducing your pain. Treatments take just a few minutes, however the therapeutic effect continues to soothe and heal long after you leave the office. For more information call 813-677-2700. As you know, Ive been a late bloomer to social media. I still find it difficult to spend any time on Facebook, so I usually let the staff do it. They love taking photos of our various events and posting them for all to see. They also love to read what our members post. I must admit, its been good for the Chamber to have a Facebook page, so occasionally, I want to make sure were using it to our advantage. With this in mind, I asked one of our local gurus to give me some advice for Facebook during the holidays. His advice was great, so Im sharing it with you. Guru suggested we add some holiday cheer to our page. In other words, we need to update our current Facebook cover photo to reflect the holiday season. This is a simple, easy and fun way to connect with our friends by reminding them of something we have in common celebrating the holidays. The purpose here is to get in the status spirit. Its no secret using particular action words Post, Comment, Take, Submit, Like and Tell Us will increase our Facebook status engagement, so if we combine several of these popular words or phrases with a relevant holiday topic, weve got ourselves an awesome seasonal status! For example: Whats your favorite Holiday song? Last minute Holiday shoppingguilty or not? Click LIKE if youre excited for Christmas caroling. These are certain to add some cheer AND engagement to our page. So it looks like well be decking the Facebook walls! In case you didnt know, Facebook recently lifted the requirement of using a third-party app when running a Facebook contest. So, now we can directly (and easily) post fun Chamber contests, sweepstakes and giveaways directly to our Facebook wall. I cant wait for us to take advantage of this by creating a holiday campaign or promotion for our members. The holidays are the perfect time to launch a lighthearted, seasonal campaign to reward and connect with our current and future Facebook fans. And we wont be at a loss for ideas we can Google them and find hundreds of ideas. And finally, we can show off some of our staff holiday highlights. Hopefully our friends will want to see how Dexter and DeeLores decorate their office spaces! We might even do a daily employee highlight during the upcoming holiday season, where they can share what they love about the holidays and your company. Nah. Thats a little too much, even for me. I think well stick to some holiday photos and some engagement questions. Maybe even a contest. Time for a little fa-la-la!By DanaANA DITTMarARExecutive Director SCC Chamber of Commerce You, me and business: Facebook and the holidays

PAGE 15

DECEMBER 12, 2013 15 The joy and laughter we all experience with family during the holidays can be overshadowed with feelings of uncertainty if youre concerned about nding the right senior living solution. Everyone deserves a stress-free holiday so were making it easy by customizing a solution thats right for you or your loved one. Dont let the holidays get in your way. If you sign a lease before December 23, 2013, the base monthly fee is locked in for life! Call today to learn about our convenience solutions and the additional benets we can offer. Your family can celebrate the holidays together with peace of mind having made the right decision, which for a short time also includes exclusive benets. This is a limited time offer and is subject to availability and the type of apartments that have been designated for this exclusive holiday offer.Call 1-866-947-9193 today to discuss a customized plan before time runs out on this exclusive holiday offer. Lock in Base Monthly Fee for Life! PEACE OF MIND Give Your Family 3910 Galen Court | Sun City Center, FL 33573 Assisted Living Facility # AL9634

PAGE 16

16 DECEMBER 12, 2013 CALL TODAY for your FREE Skin Cancer Screening Call 813-634-1455 to reserve your spotThe Skin Cancer Centers / Dermatology AssociatesHoward A. Oriba, M.D. | Michael G. Caruso, M.D. | Leslee Baute, P.A.C.WWW.THESKINCANCERCENTERS.COMSOUTH HILLSBOROUGH COUNTYS ONLY FELLOWSHIP TRAINED MOHS SURGEON Are you over 65? Did you know people over 65 have a 50% higher likelihood of developing Skin Cancer? NOW ACCEPTING TRICARE PRIME Master Certified Technicians AT HOME AUTO CARE Approved Auto Repair Center We participate in AAA Dollars Program (813) 645-0339 $2795OIL CHANGELUBE, OIL & FILTER*Up to 5 qts. 5W20 or 5W30 Motorcraft Oil, Filter, and 27-point inspection. Most cars Owners: Lee & Julie Davis DROP BOX How about aGIFT CERTIFICATEfrom At Home Auto? Socha, a 92-year-old retired U.S. Navy Commander, is a Pearl Harbor Veteran and survivor. He was stationed aboard the USS Maryland and was getting ready to go to church on what began as another beautiful morning in Hawaii 72 years ago. He was waiting aboard the USS Oklahoma for a launch ashore when he saw the first wave of Japanese Zeros flying in to attack. So instead he immediately returned to the Maryland to his battle station, to his job, and in an instant he became one of Americas first veterans of World War II. Socha did not simply survive the attack on Pearl Harbor; he went to work that day, just as thousands of his fellow service members did. Despite the carnage and chaos growing around him, he did his job, serving and protecting the nation. Seventy-two years later to the day, Michael La Paglia, the limousine driver, got out of the car and opened the rear door for Socha and then waited to open the other door for Sochas friend and neighbor Richard Latamour. Are other people in there? Socha asked, eyeing the length of the vehicle. No sir, La Paglia responded with deep respect. This is just for you. When Anthony DAmico, owner of 1st Class Limousines in Riverview, learned that a Pearl Harbor veteran needed a ride to a ceremony in Tampa, he didnt hesitate. We will do that, he said. There would be no charge for it this was much more about honor and respect than business. Today is Pearl Harbor Day, driver Michael La Paglia said. I was honored as the son of a Navy veteran to escort this Pearl Harbor Survivor Veteran to the Veterans Memorial Park in Tampa. I am truly proud of his great service in the Navy and the great country in which we live. The stands were full for the ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park and Museum in Tampa. There were Patriot Guard Riders with the motorcycles holding American Flags, there were riflemen for the salute, and there was a color guard and a bagpiper. And there were dignitaries ranging from staff members from MacDill and officials from veterans organizations to former prisoners of war. But the star of the ceremony was Ed Socha. When he began to speak, the audience quieted and the years peeled away and he was again Commander Edward J. Socha of the United States Navy. He was decked out in a dress jacket over a Hawaiian shirt. Aloha everybody! he announced in a strong and clear voice. He went on to describe the day, related the feel and atmosphere as though it were yesterday. He told of the shock and the dismay and of numerous false reports, such as those of enemy troop landings. But when it all began, on a perfectly beautiful morning on a Pacific island, he thought it had to be some kind of a drill. When I saw the Rising Sun emblem on the planes, I soon found out that it was not, he said. I heard the call for general quarters and by the time I got to my battle station on the Maryland, I glanced over the side and gasped at the unbelievable sight of the Oklahoma flipped bottom up. She must have suffered three or four or more torpedo hits. He told of the rescue efforts he saw as people began trying to reach survivors, tapping away on the hull of the mortally wounded ship, in which 429 crewmembers would perish.Pearl Harbor survivorX MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOSMichael La Paglia of 1st Class Limousines holds open the door for Ed Socha in front of his Sun City Center home for the ride to the Pearl Harbor Day Ceremony in Veterans Memorial Park. La Paglia felt honored to drive him. Walt Raysick, president of the Veterans Council, stands with members of the Patriot Guard Riders and salutes during Taps.X

PAGE 17

DECEMBER 12, 2013 17 From high school dual enrollment students earning college credits to business students working toward bachelors degrees, the Hillsborough Community College SouthShore Campus brings endless opportunities. Partnerships with Lennard Academy and USF Sarasota-Manatee make it possible for members of our community to nd all the educational resources they need, close to home. With small class sizes, affordable tuition and strong community connections, its easy to see why more than 46,000 students each year choose HCC.Students from Lennard Academy and USF Sarasota-Manatee achieve success.hcc.edu/registernowHCC is an equal access/equal opportunity educational institution. Observer_News_6x5_12-12-13_Partnerships.indd 1 12/5/13 12:48 PM Military and civilian casualties that day totaled over 2,400. Tens of thousands of service members survived and they went on to lead the effort that would win the war. Today, fewer than 3,000 Pearl Harbor veterans are still alive. I am a lifetime member of the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association, Socha said. We were chartered in 1958. We turned in our charter on December 31, 2011 because death and old age had trimmed the ranks. The duties of the association had been taken over by the National Park Service in Hawaii. In a remark that drew unexpected laughter, Socha added a wry comment at his own expense. I just got a letter from them [the Park Service] saying that I am a life member of the association but my current membership expires at the end of December in 2014. Near the conclusion of his talk, the rapt audience listened as he quoted the words of a fellow Pearl Harbor survivor:Pearl Harbor survivorX MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOSA muzzle flash in the rifle salute before Taps was played near the conclusion of the ceremony. Ed Socha with the memorial wreath shown in the foreground. Destiny has granted you the courage for the journey through life. Sochas journey involved serving his nation through WWII and through numerous posts until his retirement from the Navy in 1966 holding the rank of Commander. He looked up at the audience and thanked everyone for listening. He received an extended standing ovation. The ceremony concluded with the memorial wreath presentation and a rifle salute. And then Veterans Park officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking for what they believe will be the largest World War II memorial in Florida. Afterwards, Ed Socha was surrounded by people taking his photo, posing with him for photos, people wanting to thank him and shake his hand, and by members of the media asking for interviews. Ed Socha did not know what to make of the limousine that pulled to a stop in front of his house earlier that day but it was most appropriate. Socha is a humble man who moved to Sun City Center with his wife Naomi, married since 1948, and the father of two children, five grandchildren and eight greatgrandchildren. He is a humble man who on Saturday became a reluctant celebrity. He is a living symbol of a nation that would take a grave, unimaginable blow but would not kneel; a nation that would immediately take steps to rebuild, to stand tall and go on to win a world war; a nation that would win but become so powerful as not to conquer, but rather extend a hand of friendship to a defeated enemy. Like his millions of fellow veterans, Commander Edward J. Socha is a symbol of all that is good about America and more. He has been granted the courage for the journey through life and a nation is better for it. Later, the driver Michael La Paglia, his voice cracking with emotion, called to again offer his thanks. With that, he spoke for many. Veterans Memorial Park and Rear Admiral LeRoy Collins Jr. Museum is actively seeking donations for the construction of the World War II memorial, for which groundbreaking took place on Dec. 7, 2013 with help of several veterans. The park is located at 3602 Highway 301 North in Tampa. For information, visit www.veteransparkhc.com. 1st Class Limousine is located in Riverview. For more information, visit www.1stclasslimollc.com or call 813-234-1744. For more photos, visit www. observernews.net or www. riverviewcurrent.com.

PAGE 18

18 DECEMBER 12, 2013 FREE20 Locations in the Tampa/St. Pete Area, one just minutes from you www.floridahearing.comSUN CITY CENTER 4850 Sun City Center Blvd.813-634-8451 at FLORIDA HEARING CARDS AUDIBEL The carefree way to connect to your world This advertisement funded by the MANUFACTURER, Minneapolis, MN BRANDON TAMPA 813-681-4046 813-831-9442 ELLENTON BRADENTON 941-722-7200 941-747-6966 STOP A UDIBEL HEARING AID TUNE-UP and MOISTURE CHECKDoes your hearing aid struggle to give you the amplification you need?ALL MAKES, ALL MODELSBring in your damaged hearing aid. If we can fix it in our lab, we will, at no charge! Hearing test necessary for all hearing aid repairs. FREE IN-OFFICE REPAIRS for your ears FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, THE MOST ADVANCED HEARING AID EVER, IS SMALLER! AUDIBELALL SIZES, FOR ALL HEARING AID BRANDS 99 HEARING AID BATTERIES! A2 InvisibleSAVE TODAY$1,500 EACHOFF MSRPLimited time offer.Limit 2 packs per patient per packAudibel also offersFREE In-Home Hearing Tests.An Audibel professional will come to you at any time convenient to you. $ 499 AUDIBELSTOCK CANAL AIDFits up to 40db lossThis offer expires 12/27/13NOWFREE EAR INSPECTION FREE Ear Inspection and Ear Wax Removal Assistance with Your FREE HEARING TEST Why Do People Delay Addressing Hearing Loss?Most patients that visit Audibel for a free hearing test leave hearing better and did not need to purchase a new hearing aid. Fact is, hearing aids are not always the answer. Havent you waited long enough?ignoring the WARNING SIGNS!DID YOU KNOW it could just be ear wax build-up OR one of a number of simple solutions that does not require a hearing aid? THE ALL NEW 100% DIGITAL AND COMPUTER PROGRAMMABLE Available in three popular styles. All custom molded to your ear. All Audibel Models30-50%OFF MSRP IntroductorySPECIAL50% OFF MSRPExclusively on ARIES BTE. Custom ear mold sold separately.

PAGE 19

DECEMBER 12, 2013 19 Never mind Black FridayHow aboutBlack December!!!MASSAGE BARGAINS ALL MONTH!1/2 hour massage only $35.00!How about1 Hour massage for $55.00!!And for that ULTIMATE MASSAGE,1 1/2 hours for only $80.00!!!Buy as many as you want in the month of December...Use them all year!!! OR... Get them in gift certicates and give them out as presents!! Riverview Chiropractic Center, Massage and MediSpa 11357 Big Bend Road, Riverview677-2700Order now! We can even mail them out for you! DONATE!CARS, TRUCKS, BOATS, RVs Please Help FightFULLY TAX DEDUCTIBLE RECEIVE BLUE BOOK V ALUE800-714-3575 American Childrens SocietyFlorida Reg. #CH11978 An IRS Recognized Non-Pro t 501(c)3 OrganizationMaking a difference for a child!We also accept collectibles, appliances, furniture, etc.R ecei pts on the sp ot and IRS forms sent directly to you!F AST & FREE PICK UPVehicles Running or Not NO RestrictionsFREE $200 Gas CardWITH YOUR DONATION!! ATTENTION Contractors:Check out our selection of tools & supplieswww.TampaCrossties.com Need Landscaping Advice? Speak with one of our Professionals! Concrete Accessories of the price of Bulk Mulch & Rock 813-641-0090 Precast Concrete Stepswww.centurygrp.com/Products/Concrete-Steps Red Mulch 5 bags for $ 10 Add a new spark to your backyard with a Century Fire PitExpires 12/21/13 SAINT ANNE CHRISTMAS BINGOEarly Birds at 6:30 p.m. Regular Games at 7:00 p.m.EVERYONE WELCOME!($150 min./$250 max. payout based on number of players) Bring a canned good get one free SPEEDY per playerNO BINGO DEC. 26St. Anne Catholic Church 106 11th Ave. NE Ruskin 813-645-1714 It will soon be Christmas and the stores are full of all types of technology to improve your fishing success. At the recent boat shows in Tampa and St. Petersburg I was amazed with how boats have changed into the world of gadgets. High-tech maps show you where the fish are located; the weather report is at the touch of a button; look at your screen and you can tell the depth of the water; it will even show you where to anchor your boat and the distance from the school of fish to where you anchor. Talking to locals, who have fished all their lives, they think all this hightech takes the fun out of fishing. It no longer makes it a sport of skill. One said that you dont use your brain to fish, but rather to learn how to oper ate the buttons on your boat. At Riverside, just south of Ruskin near Dooley Groves, I noticed are a lot of anglers use canoes and kayaks. Talking to them revealed a different world of fishing. They say we have two paddles, no engine to care for, we dont buy gas, we dont have any high-tech gadgets to learn or spend our time fixing. While on the end of Cockroach Bay Road, I spotted a kayak angler with an ice chest full of fish. He told me he didnt go out in the deep, but probably caught more than those who were 40 miles out. His fishing was in spots where a big boat cant go and he had spots to fish that no one else had found. The water this week was as smooth as silk, sun was beautiful, fish were everywhere, and no people were around him, but he said he saw plenty of them sailing by going out to make a catch. Their fish cost them three or four times as much as his did. Anglers may give this some thought, sounds like a wise angler to me. This inexpensive way of fishing also applies to those with canoes. Of course you can buy all prices of canoes and kayaks, it is up to you, how much your ride will cost. Reports came in of monster redfish out in the deep waters. I did not see them, but was told that they were so big that they had to have help pulling them in. This is not a Fish Tale but the truth. Nothing was said to me, about a catch and release deal. I wonder.... Mullet are playing hide and seek, jumping to and fro in much of our waterways. They have come back in large schools. Many with castnets are enjoying them deep fried with hushpuppies. Hushpuppies originated in the South with the early settlers. They would travel long distance to get their supplies, and always stayed the night outside along the way and cooked over a fire with a black iron pot. They took dogs along in the wagon for protection. As they cooked the dogs would howl. While making the batter for the fried bread, they would give bites to the dogs and yell Hush Puppies. Now you know how they got the name. If you dont feel skilled enough to make them homemade, they are available readymade in the frozen food section of most supermarkets. Flounder have been a great catch again this week. Most fishermen who brought ashore a redfish, had a flounder too. The usual sheepshead catches prevailed for the land anglers weekly catches. Trout catches have been great. They have been caught from piers, boats, and bridges. They look as if they have not traveled, just hung out in our warm waters and grew big and fat. Schools of thread herring bait have entered our bay waters. If you cant locate bait, follow the flock of birds, they are chasing schools of them. Learn how to cast your bait net in a complete circle over the bait and you will fill up your bait well. Trash fish, so called because they are not good to eat, make good fish to cut or grind up for chumming. Dogfish, needlefish, saltwater cats and so on. There are plenty around, in our warm weather. We not only offer the best saltwater fishing in the world, but also have many freshwater lakes and streams and upper fresh water in the Little Manatee and the Alafia Rivers. Winter visitors are now in our area, the waterways are full of boats of all types and sizes. Be careful, be kind, be nice to them and if they are lost help them find their way.By Jonie MaschekMember: Florida Outdoor Writers Association Fish Tales: Canoes, kayaks make inexpensive fishing

PAGE 20

20 DECEMBER 12, 2013 1910 Haverford Avenue Suite 107 Sun City Center, FL 33573 (813) 633-0286 www.brandonorthopedics.com Robert J. Maddalon, MD John D. Okun, MD Peter V. Lopez, MD Steven M. Page, MDBoard-Certified Orthopedic Surgeons Brandon Orthopedic Associates 721 West Robertson St., Ste. 102 Brandon, FL 33511 Phone: 813-684-3707 BRANDON ORTHOPEDIC ASSOCIATES EAST BAY SPORTS MEDICINE & ORTHOPEDICS Board Certified Orthopedic Surgery Brandon Orthopedic Associates is one of the most respected and professional orthopedic and sports medicine practices and Hillsborough County. Our state-of-the-art facilities allow us to specialize in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, partial and total joint replacements of hip, knee and shoulder, hand surgery including endoscopic carpal tunnel release, finger joint replacement, complex surgery of the elbow, and ankle and foot injuries. Our compassionate and caring atmosphere is in two convenient locations near local hospitals and outpatient surgery facilities in Brandon and Sun City Center. We work relentlessly to provide the best care possible for every patient's unique orthopedic need. Call CATHY 813-938-5801 for an appointment 137 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center MATRIX COLOR$35HAIR CUT$15 CABINETSCOASTAL WOOD DESIGN, INC.Tear out the old... install new, We do it all!We Will Beat Any Written Estimate with this couponCALLJOYCE SUTHARD OR RICHARD TALLY(813) 422-3454Sun City Center References Available 24-HOUR TOWINGFree Diagnostics Free Towing to shop if we do repairs SUN POINT AUTOMOTIVEA/C CHECK$1995+ FreonFREE Mount & Balancewith purchase of 4 tiresBRAKE BUNDLE$150Per Axle + TaxOIL CHANGE$1995 EMERGENCY SERVICES Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.813-645-7653 (At the corner of U.S. 41 and S.R. 674) For your convenience were now open longer hours! www.TotalAutomotiveServices.com Servicing Sun City Center, Ruskin & Apollo BeachGet YourFREE2014CALENDAR BRAKE SERVICE$9999PER AXLE. Includes replacing pads, shoes and turning rotors. 813-645-4632We offer a Same Dealer Services... Lower Prices/ Better Care Public invited to Iraq Veterans Memorial DedicationThe Iraq Veterans Memorial will honor fallen veterans and members of the military at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14. at Veterans Memorial, 3602 U. S. Highway 301 N. in Tampa A new memorial commemorating the service of Iraq Veterans will be unveiled at 3 p.m. Dec. 14 at Veterans Memorial Park, 3602 U. S. Highway 301 N. in Tampa. The dedication ceremony will honor military veterans from Flor ida who sacrificed their lives in Iraq from March 2003 to December 2011. The public is invited to attend and should plan to arrive early due limited parking. A motorcycle processional will begin at 2 p.m. An official proclamation from Hillsborough County will be presented and singer Jason Wyatt will perform a musical selection. Guest speakers include Lt. Gen. John Mulholland (SOCOM), CSM Frank Grippe (CENTCOM), and a representative from American Gold Star Mothers Tampa Bay Chapter. The event will conclude with the playing of Taps and a rifle salute by the Riverview Detachment of the Marine Corps League. Refreshments will also be provided. For more information on the Veterans Memorial Park and Museum, call 813-7445502 or Hillsborough County Department of Veterans Affairs at 813-246-3170.Financial Aid explainedHillsborough County Public Schools Guidance Services is hosting financial aid information nights for high school students and their families. University financial aid representatives will explain the financial aid process, review how colleges and universities compile financial aid packages, and discuss available local, state, and federal aid. All meetings start at 6 p.m. in the school auditorium. For more information call 813273-7203. January 14, 2014 Brandon High School 1101 Victoria St., Brandon January 16, 2014 Jefferson High School 4401 W. Cypress St., Tampa January 23, 2014 Gaither High School 16200 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa January 28, 2014 Riverview High School 11311 Boyette Rd., Riverview January 30, 2014 Hillsborough High School 5000 N. Central Ave., TampaMargot Ward joins Dickman RealtyMargot (Margo) Ward has joined the team of Realtors at Paul B. Dickman, Inc. Realty, commonly known as Dickman Realty. A Southern California native with roots also in Charlotte, North Carolina, Margots professional background is in construction contract administration, construction cost accounting, benefits management, accounts payable and payroll. Dickman Realty, has been serving the real estate needs of the SouthShore community and beyond since 1924. You can reach Margot at 813-645-3211, ext. 249 or on her cell at 813-486-9480.

PAGE 21

DECEMBER 12, 2013 21 GREAT DAY!A Choral Celebration for Christmaspresented by Southside Baptist Choir andBETHLEHEM PROJECTpresented by the children Sun., Dec. 1511:00 a.m.Southside Baptist Church 4208 Hwy. 41 South Ruskin, FL 813-645-4085Approximately 4 miles south of College Ave. (SR 674) has been located at 1601 Rickenbacker Dr., Ste #5 in Sun City Center for 14+ years and is only a phone call away Call 634-6617We accept most long-term care insurance policies.WithHanson Services...Its like having a personal staff.Personalized services for your individual needs.Some of our many services include, but not limited to: All caregivers are background screened.You DO have choices. FREE in-home and private consultation to see how we can help you with your needs to be comfortable in your home.References upon request Check Out Our NewRATES New Clients Only A view to dance toSarasota-based soulRcoaster, a band rapidly growing in popularity, took to the new stage at the Sunset Grill Tiki Bar last week. With Tampa Bay and the lights of St. Petersburg in the background along with a beautiful Florida evening, the bands lineup of popular music had people of all ages out of their chairs and dancing the night away. soulRcoaster will return to the Sunset Grill on Dec. 21. For more information, search for soulRcoaster on Facebook. For schedules at Little Harbors Sunset Grill Tiki Bar visit www. facebook.com/SunsetGrillTikiBar. MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTO For South County residents in search of something to do, or even for a unique gift for Christmas, look no further than the Sun City Center Art Club. The club offers a myriad of events and exhibits. Last week, renowned Tampa artist Taylor Ikin, shown above, was holding a workshop in the clubs studio. The club is also offering for sale beautiful and distinctive Christmas and holiday cards with art from club members. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For more information, visit www.artclubofscc.org.MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOS

PAGE 22

22 OBSERVER NEWS DECEMBER 12, 2013 DECEMBER EVENTSA RETIREMENT & REHABILITATION COMMUNITY 1:30 3:30 p.m. Parkinsons Support Group of Sun City Center Sponsored by The Mens Club of SCC Facilitated by the USF Parkinsons Disease & Movement Disorders Center. Our speaker this month will be Luke Janssen, Therapy Representative for Medtronic Deep Brain Stimulation. Are your Parkinsons medications not working as well as they used to? Are you spending more hours a day with shaking, stiffness, or difculty moving? Does relief take longer to kick in and wear off before the next dose? Do you have more side effects like unwanted movements? If so, dont miss this meeting! FREE Valet Parking available at Entrance. 10 11 a.m.Charles Schwab Investment Series Dont miss this opportunity to meet with Ann MacKay, CFP with Charles Schwab as she discusses: The Schwab Approach to Stock Research 2:30 3:30 p.m. Alzheimers Association Caregiver Support Group. Bring Your Loved One For a Well Deserved Break. Facilitated by Aging Care Advocates. You will receive information while your loved one is cared for in our Secured Memory Care. Please RSVP no less than 3 days prior to 813-246-4120. 10 11 a.m. Your Money Matters Tax Strategies to create Tax Free money presented by: Rick Lanese, CPA, partner at Lanese + Associates and sponsored by Chris Redhead, CFP,ChFC,CFS, Executive Vice President of Sequoia Financial Group. During these turbulent times many investors are plagued with challenging questions and difcult decisions that may signicantly impact their familys nancial future. Join us each month on the third Wednesday as we share prudent strategies that have helped us guide our clients to achieve successful results through uncertain markets. 1:30 2:30 p.m.Low Vision Support Group. Facilitated by Ana Maria Oliva, M.D. and Sponsored by the Sun City Center Mens Club. This month, Dr. Oliva will present Cataract Surgery and Beyond. Dr. Oliva completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Florida, Gainesville, and earned her medical degree from the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa, where she remains a member of the prestigious medical honor society Alpha Omega Alpha. She completed a rigorous internship in internal medicine, as well as a highly competitive residency in ophthalmology, at the University of South Florida, where she was subsequently fellowship trained in cornea and refractive surgery. 32834_Butterfly_Doris_NewBar_ObserverNews_BW_1025x75.indd 1 12/9/13 3:37 PM Showmens MuseumContinued from page 1X went anyway, David said. Hey how did he know so much about the traveling showmen? I wondered. So I did what reporters do best: I asked. As it turns out, David known locally as Doc has lived in Hillsborough County since 1956. But his background includes years in every phase of carnivals. He started out running rides at a carnival near where he lived, and then began to travel with shows. He ran food trailers and game concessions. Did you know that way before they made plastic or even teddy bears that the prizes were all made of plaster of Paris? he asked me, pointing to a display full of them. Of course, I did not. Before he was finished traveling, he owned his own carnival: Metrolina Rides & Shows. Hes also a painter, and in the museum collection are many of his works depicting things as they were in the old days. Now hes content to work with the International Independent Showmens Association running the museum across from the Showmens Club and grounds just east of U.S. 41 on Riverview Drive at the north end of the Alafia River Bridge. He knows the story behind each and every piece, sign, banner, book, and photograph in the museum, and loves to tell them. The museum had begun with contributions from the Showmens Club members, but was short of enough money to open. This has all been privately funded by the generous donations of the clubs members, especially the Showmens Shrine.Continued on page 23X PENNY FLETCHER PHOTOSThe International Independent Showmens Museum just north of the Alafia River Bridge and east of US 41 on Riverview Drive has thousands of items depicting how old-time carnivals and circuses differed from todays. I didnt even know the Showmen had a chapter of the Egypt Shrine, but as it turns out, they have an active group. Whenever you see Shriners in local parades driving specially-built dodge-em cars instead of the regular little cars, theyre from the showmens group, David said. Then, in 2011 Jim Frederiksen donated a million dollars and the museum was eventually put together. It is two levels, has many different areas, including the beginning of a library, a photo restoration center, and an area that is slated to someday become a theater. Weve never had a whiz-bang Grand Opening, he explained. What they need are donations and grant money. But the Showmen have come up with another way to make some operating money by holding private tours. David pointed out the learning experience that the museum offers for any group of individuals, or civic associations, or schools. Riverview Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Tanya Doran has become very interested and had taken the first tour. This will be a very big thing for Riverview, she stated in an interview Dec. 4. Having written about Gibsontons show people for many years, I thought I knew the history of the troupes that came here every winter to refurbish their rides and equipment, train animals and make new costumes and develop

PAGE 23

DECEMBER 12, 2013 OBSERVER NEWS 23 HILLSBOROUGH(813) 634-8310MANATEE(941) 524-2259 For a FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATE, call us TODAY!Shutter & Blind Manufacturing CompanySHUTTERS ~ VERTICALS ~ FAUX WOOD & WOOD HORIZONTAL BLINDS CELLULAR SHADES ~ WOVEN WOODS ~ SUNSCREEN SHADES ~ PRIVACY SHADINGS ~ MORE INSTALLED FREE! INSTALLED FREE! VERTICALS PLANTATION SHUTTERS$1395Sq. Ft. Measured & Installed LIFETIME WARRANTY 2 FAUX BLINDS Our blinds are built with a STEEL HEADRAIL. Unlike the Flimsy Plastic Headrail from the Home CentersMADE IN AMERICA EXAMPLE OF OUR PRICES24 W x 36 H ..........$84 Installed 36 W x 50 H ........$175 Installed 48 W x 48 H ........$224 Installed 48 W x 60 H ........$280 Installed 72 W x 62 H ........$434 InstalledEXAMPLE OF OUR PRICES36 W x 48 H .......$39 Installed 52 W x 62 H .......$68 Installed 60 W x 62 H .......$75 Installed 72 W x 72 H .......$93 InstalledEXAMPLE OF OUR PRICES36 W x 48 H .......$39 Installed 52 W x 48 H .......$49 Installed 60 W x 48 H .......$69 Installed 72 W x 72 H .......$86 Installed SAVE ENERGY EXAMPLE OF OUR PRICES FOR SUN SCREENS24 W x 36 H ....................$49 Installed 36 W x 48 H ....................$62 Installed 52 W x 48 H ....................$93 Installed 72 W x 60 H .................$131 Installed SUN SCREENS SPECIAL FOR 2Includes:2 Soup or Salad2 EntreesChoose from: (Spicy)2 Desserts1 Complimentary Bottle of WineAvailable for a LIMITED TIME ONLY, Wednesday through Saturday.2 for $3999+ tax Cypress Creek Golf Club 1011 Cypress Village Blvd., RuskinPlease call for reservation 813-440-4576 Ext. 2LUNCH: DINNER: BRUNCH: Showmens Museum now offering private toursContinued from page 22X routines. Not so. The museum tells a story that goes back much further than the late Al Tomaini, known as The Giant, and his wife Jeannie, who I interviewed many times before her death. Eddie and Grace LaMay had a cook house in the 1920s and they toured with carnivals all over the country, David said. They stopped to rest in Gibsonton and while Eddie was fishing in the Alafia, the towns people came to welcome them. That was the first time show people decided to make Gibsonton their off-road home. By 1965, the Showmens Club had been formed, working out of a small trailer, and later, the county gave the show people special zoning so they could continue bringing their equipment and animals to their winter home. At one point, while listening to Davids stories, I leaned upon a large marble stone. Suddenly I realized it was a tombstone. Oh yes, David said. Sam the Candyman Clark made fudge on the back of his tombstone for years. Nobody knew it was his tombstone. But there it was, with his name and date of birth, not death, carved beautifully into the whiteand-beige marble. Obviously, it was never used as one. Do you know the story of the Giant? David asked me as I started to go. Well of course I did. I had written about Al Tomaini. In fact, my late husbands father knew him well. No, no, the Viking Giant, David said. What Viking Giant? I asked, all ears and ready to type again, my small hand-held computer now balanced on my arm. He was Johann Petursson from Iceland. Much larger than Tomaini. Petursson was 8-foot-8. He performed with little people in Europe before the war. But so many of the little people midgets were sent to the gas chambers as inferior and he was sent to work in the shipyards. Forced labor of course. When he got out, he couldnt bear to work there any longer. And he couldnt find little people. If any were left, they had stayed in hiding. So Johann came to America and worked with Ringling Brothers and later with Royal American Shows. Okay, my tour had to end some time. But you can see and hear about all these things by arranging for a private tour with your friends, neighbors or social group. Teachers can bring their students in as a class. For more information, call Docs cell (813) 765-7031. I keep it on all the time, he said. He prefers to be called just Doc. You may also reach him by email at showmenshistory@ gmail.com. It is a tour that teaches much that even those of us who have been here many, many years dont know. I know I am still amazed, and someday, I will go back. PENNY FLETCHER PHOTOMidway Girlie Shows such as this one had flashing colored lights and a narrator who described the special talents of each woman as she did her act. On display in Gibsonton are such figures as the famous stripper Gypsy Rose Lee and women who danced with fans. The rules were that everyone had to have on a shred of covering of certain body parts.

PAGE 24

24 DECEMBER 12, 2013 South Hillsborough Church of Christ Welcome to the:SERVICES:Sunday........................9:30 & 10:30 a.m.; 6:00 p.m. Wednesday................7:00 p.m.EVERETT TATE, MINISTER NON-INSTRUMENTAL Ruskin United Methodist Church First Street & 4th Ave. NW, Ruskin (behind Suntrust Bank)ALL ARE WELCOME TO COME AND WORSHIP WITH US:SUNDAY MORNINGS:Rev. Richard NusselPhone: 645-1241Nov. April..................8:30 a.m. and All Year...............10:45 a.m. Sunday School............9:30 a.m.Day Care Available Mon. Fri. 6 a.m. 6 p.m. call 645-6198 702 Valley Forge Blvd., SCC, FL 33573 www.popcc.orgMasses:Sunday.8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., Noon Saturday Vigil....................4:00 p.m. Daily................................8:00 a.m.Confessions:Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m. and Sat. 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sunday Service 10:30 a.m.www.unitycommunityofjoy.com 813-481-9060 Spirituality Rather Than ReligionUnityHenry Gibson Social Hall, Beth Israel Synagogue www.nbcor.orgLoving God, Loving Others, Serving Beyond Borders Sunday School (all ages)........9:30 a.m. Dr. Samuel (Sam) A. Roach, Pastor WORSHIP SERVICES:SUNDAY8:30 a.m. .................................Contemporary Service 9:30 a.m. .........................................Traditional Service10:00 a.m. ...............................Contemporary Service 11:00 a.m. .......................................Traditional Service4:00 p.m. ........................................Hispanic Worship Senior Pastor: Dr. Warren Langer Assistant Pastor: Rev. Samuel Rorer Bookstore 633-8595 FREE Nursery Provided Rance Goad, Pastor (Southern Baptist)1511 El Rancho Dr. Sun City Center, FL 33573Phone/Fax:813-633-5950 WEEKLY SERVICES: Sunday9 a.m.......................Bible Study 11 a.m.....................Bible Study 10 a.m. & 6 p.m............WorshipWednesday6 p.m....Prayer Meeting/Bible Study (813) 634-1304 ~ www.uccsuncity.org UNITED COMMUNITY CHURCH ~ United Church of Christ 1501 La Jolla AVE, Sun City Center, FL 33573-5329 A Caring Church United in God's Love Serving Others Rev. Dr. Jean M. Simpson Worship Services ~ 8:30 and 10 AM Wimauma Church of GodSunday School ................................10:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship ...............10:45 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship ..................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Youth Worship ...............6:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening Service .............7:00 p.m.Pastor Tom Durrance REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA Worship Services on Sunday 10 a.m. Area Places of Worship PRAYER PRAISE WORSHIPThe Anointing Church www.theanointingchurch.com Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of SCCMeets in the Henry Gibson Social Hall of the Beth Israel Harmony exists in difference no less than in likeness. Margaret Fuller Area Obituaries Jeffrey Jeff AndersonJeffrey Jeff Anderson, 52, of Apollo Beach, Fla passed away December 5, 2013. He was owner of AFC Systems, Inc. Survivors include his son, Matthew Anderson, his parents, Bob and Sara Anderson, two brothers and sisters in law, Brian and Robin Anderson and Terry and Danyle Anderson. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center, Fla (813) 634-9900. Joseph W. Bierly, Jr., 79, of Sun City Center, FL died on November 28 at LifePath Hospice. Born in Glen Rock, PA he lived most of his life in Hanover, PA. Joe attended Susquehannock High School, where he was a four letter athlete. He was offered a full baseball scholarship to Gettysburg College where he was a starting pitcher and starting center in basketball. Following graduation in 1956 he signed with the Baltimore Orioles. In 1957, after one season in the minors, he was drafted into the Army and served in the 82nd Airborne. Joe later earned his masters degree at Western Maryland College and taught Physical Education and Health at South Western High School for 33 years. In addition, he was Athletic Director and coached baseball and basketball. Later he officiated basketball at the high school and college levels. In 1998 he was inducted into the SouthCentral Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame. In his later years golf became an increasingly large part of his life, and Joe was club champion at both South Hills and Honey Run Golf Clubs in Pennsylvania. For the past several years he enjoyed the warm Florida sunshine and the many friends he made on the golf course. Joe was a member of the Mens Club in Sun City Center. Joe is survived by his forever partner, Flavia Robertson, a sister Mary Rudy, children Donald Tony Cape, Holly Cape Cook, Sherry Jo Bierly, and seven grandchildren. Joe was known for his warm smile that lit up his entire face and he had a knack for making everyone feel good about themselves whenever he was around. At school he was known as SIR, and he and many of his students have kept in touch throughout the years. He was well loved by everyone that knew him. Joe had strong spiritual beliefs and lived his life accordingly. A celebration of his life will be held at Community Hall, Room 5, in Sun City Center. FL on Saturday, January 4, 2014 from 2:30 5 In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Sun City Center Emergency Squad, 720 Ray Watson Dr, Sun City Center, FL 33573.Joseph W. Bierly Marvene J. BussellMarvene J. Bussell, age 90, passed away quietly on November 21, 2013. She was a member of the last graduating class of Steele High School in Dayton, Ohio and a graduate of the University of Dayton with a degree in Elementary Education. She taught Fifth grade for over 30 years at Kemp School in Dayton, Ohio. She also taught in Fairborn, Ohio; New Castle, Indiana; and Lowell, Arizona. She was a member of the Redeemer Lutheran Church in Sun City Center, Florida. She was preceded in death by her husband Frank S. Bussell and is survived by her two sons: Michael and Gregory Bussell and her daughter-in-law, Susan Bussell. Further, she is survived by her grandchildren: Jeffery and Brandy Bussell, Jennifer Bussell-Schiff, and Alexander Bussell. She is also survived by her great-grandchildren Alyssa and Ashley Bussell. She will be missed by all. Graveside services will be held at on Saturday, December 7, at 1 PM at Mt. Zion Shoup Cemetery. Contributions in Marvenes memory can be made to SPCA International. Arrangements are in care of Tobias Funeral Home Beavercreek Chapel. Condolences for the family can be made at www. tobiasfuneralhome.comKenneth C. GromKenneth C. Grom was born in Barrington, Illinois and passed away in Sun City Center at age 91. He was an accomplished musician and served as a church organist and director of music on behalf of churches in Illinois, Indiana and Florida for more than 70 years. He is survived by his wife Lorrie Grom, his daughter Wendy Grom, his stepson Edward De Laurier and two stepgrandsons. A memorial service will be held at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Sun City Center on December 14, 2013 at 3 p.m.Thomas F. LeuzziThomas F. Leuzzi of Kings Point passed away Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Hospice House in Sun City Center. Tom was surrounded by loved ones Ginny Riordon; daughter Christine Simone; and mother Florence Leuzzi. He is survived by his beloved mother Florence; sons Thomas and Michael; daughter Christine; four grandchildren and one great-grandson; two sisters, Arlene Relli of Ohio, and Mary McCarty of North Daokta. Tom was a 25 year resident of Florida, coming here from Long Island, New York. He was an avid NASCAR fan and used his love of cars in pursuing his career as an automotive entrepreneur. A visition and service was held Dec. 13, 2013, at the National Crematory (formerly Lewers Funeral Home) 308 E. College Ave., Ruskin, FL, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, Tom would prefer that you make a donation to the Sun City Center Emergency Squad, 720 Ray Watson Dr., Sun City Center, FL 33573 or LifePath Hospice, Memorial Gift, 12470 Telecom Dr., Suite 400, Temple Terrace, FL 33637. William Cooper SchickWilliam C. (Bill) Schick, 97, died Thursday, November 28, 2013 at Sun City Center, Fla.. He was born in Choteau, Montana on September 28, 1916, and at age three, moved to Michigan. Bill served in World War II and the Korean War and retired from the Air Force as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1966. Bill and Mary moved to Sun City Center in 1981. Bill was an enthusiastic golfer, served as President of the Mens Golf Association of the North-South Golf Course and was a member of Caloosa Golf and Country Club. He was President of the local chapter of the Retired Officers Association, Deacon of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, and a 60-plus years Mason and Shriner. Bill was predeceased by son John; Mary, his wife of 63 years; sister Virginia; and brother Jack. Bill is survived by son Michael (Betty) of Homosassa; granddaughter Jennifer Schick (Ryan Cox) of Pompano Beach; great-grandson Cooper; niece Jane S. Frucci (Gary) of Naples; great-niece Christina Chane (Jonathan) of Jupiter; great-nephew John Frucci (Carin) of Winnetka, Ill.; eight great-great-nieces and nephews; and friend and caregiver Rosa Rosado. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 20 at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in Sun City Center. Arrangements by Zipperers Funeral Home. Helen R. SchleidenHelen R. Schleiden has been celebrating in Heaven since Nov. 23, 2013. She was 97 years old. She is survived by sister Edith Rosenberger; sons A. Richard (Irene), David, and Donald (Judi); daughter Doris; 31 grandchildren; 39 greatgrandchildren; and 6 great-greatgrandchildren. A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Gideons.Mason SikesMason Sikes, 84, of Gibsonton, went home to be with God on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013. Mason was a life long resident of Hillsborough County spending most of his life in the southeast part of the county. He was born October 18, 1929, in Wimauma, Florida, to General Gardner Sikes and Beatrice Judah-Sikes, just a few days before the Stock Market Crash of 1929. Most of Masons youth was spent in the Church of God, in the vegetable fields of Ruskin and Wimauma, or on Tampa Bay eating fresh oysters and fishing with his father. Continued on page 25 No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:12d d

PAGE 25

DECEMBER 12, 2013 25 CHRISTIAN SCHOOL K-2 Through 12th GradeSunday School.................................9:45 a.m. Morning Worship...............8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Evening Service..............................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Night Service................7:00 p.m. Awana............................................7:00 p.m.Dr. Barry RumseyA Resource for Families 1239 Del Webb Blvd. West Sun City Center, FL 33573 Church is Handicap accessible Phone: 813-634-1252 For information visit: www.standrewatscc.org St. Andrew Presbyterian ChurchSunday Services Traditional Service 9:00 a.m. Contemporary Service 11:00 a.m.Prayers with anointing for healing and wholeness during worship the second Sunday of every month.Pastor: Rev. Dr. Mark E. SalmonMeet friends in Fellowship Hall after each Service. Refreshments served.A Stephen Ministry Church First Church of Christ, Scientist Sunday Service ........................................................10:00 a.m. Sunday School .........................................................10:00 a.m. Wednesday Service ...................................................4:00 p.m. Reading Room ...............................Wednesday 4 to 4:45 p.m. All Are Welcome U.S. Hwy. 41 106 11th Ave. NE Ruskin 813-645-1714SaintAnneRuskin.org MASSESVigil Mass.....................................................................Saturday 4:30 p.m. Sunday Mass .....................................8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday ....................................................................8:00 a.m. Holy Days ....................................... Espaol ......... .................Thursday 6:15 p.m.; Saturday 3:15 p.m.Saint Anne Catholic ChurchSouthShore: Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City and S. GibsontonSS Area Places of Worship Getting to Know You (Donuts & Coffee) ....9:00 a.m. Sunday Evening Service ............6:00 p.m. Sunday School ...........................................9:30 am. Wednesday Evening Service ......7:00 p.m. Sunday Morning Worship............................10:55 a.m. Thursday Morning Prayer ..........10:00 a.m. Southside Baptist ChurchA Warm, Loving & Friendly Church Worship Service @10:30 am Adult Sunday School @ 9:30 am 1707 33rd Street Southeast Ruskin, Florida 33570 Minister Mike Grant First Christian ChurchSun City Center FloridaFCCSCC Mason Sikes Obituary continued In 1948 he enlisted in the United States Army as an infantryman and was one of the first soldiers that was sent into Korea at the start of the war. Mason never lost his family roots while in the Army, sending an allotment back home so that his mother could take care of herself and his younger siblings. After the war he returned to Ruskin and began a career as a tropical fish farmer and then in 1962 he married Florence Padgett. Mason and Florence were among some of the first tropical fish farmers in Hillsborough County, and soon established a thriving fish farm in Riverview at the corners of Rhodine Road and Sykes Road. Mason raised some of the most beautiful tropical fish at the time and was the first farmer to breed the now very popular, plecostomus catfish. In the mid 1970s the Sikes family sold their fish farm and moved to Lake Wales, Florida, after Mason was injured in an accident. He continued to raise his family while selling fresh caught fish, canned mullet and crab meat, and by taking odd jobs over the years. In the late 1970s Mason moved his family back to Gibsonton, Florida, where he and his wife raised their two sons and for the next thirtyseven years they lived on Bliss Road. Mason was a member of The Loyal Order of the Moose, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and the Disabled American Veterans organizations. He was also a dedicated member of the Hackney Cemetery Trust, Inc., a cause that was very near and dear to his heart. Mason is survived by his loving wife of fifty-three years Florence Padgett Sikes of Gibsonton, Florida, and two sons, Mason Sikes, Jr. of Riverview and Troy Allen Sikes of Riverview. Mason also had two children by a previous marriage, Randy M. Sikes of Texas and Janis Sikes-Boscarello of Virginia. He is also survived by two sisters Gillie Baker of Gibsonton; Maxine Dozier of Zephyrhills; and one brother, Alfred Sikes of Gibsonton. Mason has seven grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a vast number of nieces and nephews. Mason was preceded in death by his parents General Gardner Sikes and Beatrice Judah Sikes; one sister Myrtle Clark; one brother Edgar Sikes; one son James Wesley Sikes; one daughter-inlaw Sandra Canaday Sikes; and two grandsons James Wesley Sikes, Jr. and Yancy Bo Sikes. Pallbearers will be Keith Sikes, Bryan Sikes, Junior Clark, Randy Sikes, Jr., Ron Joey Padgett, and Roy Bass. The Sikes Family wishes to extend a heart-felt and humble thank you to Peggy Speece, Charlene Lopes, and Lifepath Hospice for their attentive care and attention during Masons illness. For almost a year Peggy has shown love that only a compassionate and caring person could show, there is no way to repay her for all the kindness and support that has been shown by this wonderful, beautiful woman. Services were held at Serenity Meadows Funeral Home on December 7, 2013. The family ask that donations be made to the Hackney Cemetery Trust, Inc., Care of: Sunshine State Federal Savings, 7459 US Highway 301 S, Riverview, Florida 33578 in honor of Masons life.Area Obituaries (continued from page 24) Norma M. ZellerNorma M. Zeller, age 90, of Woodbridge, Va., formerly of Lansing, Mich. and Sun City Center, Fla., went to be with God on Tuesday, November 26, 2013. She was preceded in death by her husband of 47 years, Merv Zeller. She is survived by her daughter Beth Adams and son-in-law Steve of Fairfax Station, Va. and grandchildren Erin of Richmond, Va., Kyle (and fiance Ashley) of Harrisburg, Pa., and Brian of Woodbridge, Va. A graveside service was held Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Deepdale Memorial Gardens, Lansing, Mich. Donations may be made in Normas name to the Gentiva Hospice Foundation, 7801 Mesquite Bend Dr., Suite 105, Irving, TX 75063. Please write Norma Zeller, Woodbridge, VA in the memo line. Arrangements by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel. www.EstesLeadley.com.Henry M. Butch SmithHenry M. Butch Smith, 72, of Ruskin passed away December 4. He was retired from W.R. Bonsal and was a former Fire Chief for the Gibsonton Volunteer Fire Department. He was a 28 year member of the Loyal Order of the Moose. He is survived by his wife, Charlene, daughters, Jennifer Marie Smith and Dana Ostrander, granddaughter, Tabitha Ostrander, sister Marlene Figga, and brother Filmer Bud Smith. A memorial service was held at the Riverview Moose Lodge on Sunday, December 8th at 4 p.m. Redeemer women to meetThe womens organization of Redeemer Lutheran Church (Women of the ELCA) will meet at 9:30 am on Wednesday, Dec. 18 beginning with refreshments. The program beginning at 10 AM will be provided by Mariam Sorby. Her presentation will be on Christian Crosses in which she will explain the meaning of various crosses from all over the world. For the Christmas luncheon that follows, meat and beverages will be provided and those attending are asked to bring a side dish. Everyone is invited to attend. For more information, call 813-634-1292.Eastern Hillsborough Community Band to performThe Eastern Hillsborough Community Band, a 50-piece concert band, is presenting a holiday concert Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. in Sun City Center at the United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Web Blvd. West. There is a $5 suggested donation at the door. The program includes holiday music and other popular songs, such as Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, and the Pink Panther. The Eastern Hillsborough Flute Choir will also perform. For more information about the band, call (813) 569-1771, email info@ehcb.org or visit www.ehcb. org. For more information about concerts and other events at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, call Jeff Jordan at (813) 634-2539 or visit www.umcscc.org.Prince of Peace expands Confession scheduleThroughout the liturgical season of Advent, Prince of Peace Catholic Church located at 702 Valley Forge Blvd. in Sun City Center will expand its usual schedule for the Sacrament of Confession to help Catholics prepare for the celebration of Christmas. On Saturday, Dec. 21 priests will be available to hear confessions from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., noon to 1 p.m. and again from 3 to 3:50 p.m. Confessions will also be offered on Sunday, Dec. 22 from 9 to 9:50 a.m. and 11 to 11:50 a.m. Expanded times for confessions will also be offered throughout the week. For more information visit www.popcc.org.Four Services Christmas Eve at First United Methodist Church of BrandonBrandon First United Methodist Church offers four unique services December 24th: 5 5:45 p.m. Family Service, geared to families with young children. 7 8 p.m. Special music with full choir & orchestra; message & candlelighting (with childcare for ages 5 & under) 8:30 9:30 p.m. Carols with praise band and singers; message & communion (with childcare for ages 5 & under). 11 p.m. midnight Special music, bell choir, communion, message and candle lighting. Brandon First United Methodist Church is located just north of SR 60/Brandon Blvd, between Kings & Parsons, at 121 N. Knights Ave. For more information, call 813689-4161 or email info@fumcbrandon.org or visit www.fumcbrandon.orgRuskin Womens AglowBegin the 2nd part of their New Bible Study. You will be taken on a journey into a new and more enlightening understanding of the Mind of Christ than you have ever experienced before. Learn how God really feels about you and this world and how the Holy Spirit can become your dearest and closest friend. They will meet at 10 a.m. on Dec. 21 in the dining room at The Palm Gardens at 3850 Upper Creek Dr. For more information call Carol at 633-7799

PAGE 26

26 DECEMBER 12, 2013 5908 FORTUNE PLACE APOLLO BEACH, FL 33572www.Glisson1.com(813) 645-6796DAMON C. GLISSON, ATTORNEY-AT-LAW The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertisement. Before you decide, ask us to send you FREE written information about our qualifications and experience. The members gathered at Trinity Baptist Church to put up the Christmas decorations, both inside and outside. After the decorating was completed, a nice chili lunch was served, followed by cake and cookies. As always, a good time was had by all. Afterward, the decorators gathered for a group photo. For more information on the church, call 813.634.4228. PHOTO CREDIT: VERN EELARTH UCC collects food for Beth-ElIn November the members of the United Community Church collected non perishable food to be given to Beth-El Farmworker Ministry in Wimauma. Mary Houston, left, Sandra Eckelaert and Paula Lickfeldt of the churchs mission committee pack up the donated food and give it to Beth-Els Santos Dvela.Beth Israel Sisterhood Program AnnouncementsIs health equal to wellness? is the subject of the next Sisterhood meeting at 1 p.m. on Jan. 7 when Jeanne Shanin joins them as their guest speaker at the Synagogue on Del Webb Blvd. in Sun City Center, in the Henry Gibson Social Hall. Jeanne is a PR/Communications professional, an Usui and Karuna Reiki Master/teacher and a certified teacher of Kundalini yoga and Meditation. Jeanne will be talking about the interconnection of mind, body and spirit and will focus on restoring balance and creating greater joy and fulfillment in life. Ms, Shanin will give us some ideas for delicious recipes and show us how to substitute healthier ingredients into our recipes. Many of her recipes will be prepared in advance by our Board Members and you will be invited to taste and enjoy. Prepare to leave with techniques you can use to cultivate physical health and emotional well beingSt. John The Divine Episcopal Churchs Christmas scheduleTuesday, December 24 Wednesday, December 25 Sunday, December 29 Festival of Lessons and Carols at Sun City Center campus 9 a.m.Holy Communion Rite II Festival of Lessons and Carols at Ruskin campus. First Baptist presents Bethlehem MorningThe First Baptist Church will be presenting Bethlehem Morning A Christmas Musical and Drama at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 and at 10:30 a.m on Sunday, Dec. 15 at 9912 Indiana St., Gibsonton, FL 33534. Bethlehem Morning tells the story of Christmas through traditional stop there. For more information call 677-1301.Ruskin Church of Christ to host Thomas Shelton in concertAt 5 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 22 at 611 2nd Ave. W., Ruskin the Ruskin Church of Christ will host Thomas Shelton in concert. This is a free to all show featuring a man who has shared his Gospel musical talents for over 35 years. All are encouraged to attend and see Thomas Shelton who has traveled all 50 states too include 11 other countries through his perfomances. On Feb. 4 at 1 p.m. at the Beth Israel Synagogue on Del Webb Blvd. in Sun City Center, in the Henry Gibson Social Hall a fun afternoon of Bingo has been planned.Northside Baptist Church presents baby quilts and diapers to LifeCare of Southshore.The quilts were made by the Busy Bees. Pictured here: Pastor Sam Roach, Doris Reynolds, Josie Singletary, Valerie Lee, Millie Stahl and Donna Cass. The diapers were donated by members of the congregation. For more information about Northside Baptist Church, call 813-645-1121.

PAGE 27

DECEMBER 12, 2013 27 STEPHEN A. SWITLYK, M.D.Board Certied | American Board of Dermatology Switlyk Dermatology813-634-6600STEPHEN A. SWITLYK, M.D.Board Certied American Board of Dermatology GOT MOLD?Call the Experts GOT MOLD? Call the ExpertsADVANCED RESTORATION SERVICES 813-225-1441 WE ALSO OFFER FREE Mold Inspection$99 Value10 point inspectionAir Duct Cleaning Special$34.95Unlimited Vents for first AC Unit10% Senior Discount On Any ServiceNo minimumLic# MRSR1933 MRSA1774 CABINET REFACINGDoor and Drawer Replacement Water Damage Repair or ReplacementCOUNTERTOPSGranite Cultured Marble Solid Surface South Shore Cabinet Works, Inc.We are local, doing business for 30+ years!813 493-3330 Licensed & Insured RUSKIN, FL The 2013 Apollo Beach Boat Parade, held on Dec. 7, was a big success. Over 30 Boats participated in this years event. The over-all winner was Light Chop, captained by Scott Jones This year the winner of each category received a complimentary dinner for two aboard the Yacht StarShip, courtesy of Yacht StarShip Dining Cruises of Tampa. Following the parade a dinner of chili was served and awards were presented at the Tampa Sailing Squadron clubhouse. Dan Fels (3rd from left), Vice-Commodore of the Tampa Sailing Squadron giving out awards. Pictured are Leo Caruso, Michele Caruso, Dan Fels, Scott Jones, Gavin Arancio, Hayden Jones, Michele Jones, Kim Arancio, Grayson Arancio, Brian Arancio.Call to artistsThe 22nd Annual Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts will be held from 10 am to 6 pm on Saturday, Mar. 8 and 10 am to 5 pm on Sunday, Mar. 9 at TECO SouthShore Community Events Center 302 Noonan Branch Rd. Apollo Beach, Florida 33572 Event draws over 10,000+ attendees. Unlike a street fair, we attract a cultivated audience that has paid specifically to enter the event to shop. Promotion of the event to the public through magazine, radio, direct mail, press releases, social media, postcards, and posters digital ads & online notifications available to exhibitors Exhibitor awards Patrons Program for the art enthusiastpre-sellling approximately $7000 in artwork Great communication with office staff via email and phone Booth sitters available *Complimentary artist breakfast both days and a special artist dinner on Saturday evening after festival Hillsborough County Sheriffs OfficeLaw Enforcement for overnight security The Apollo Beach Manatee Festival of the Arts is a nationally recognized juried arts show. A total of $4600.00 is awarded to artists as well as an additional $7000 pre-sold in patrons ribbons. Deadline is quickly approaching with applications accepted now through Jan. 31. Booth fees due Jan. 31. For more information, call the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce at 813-645-1366 or email questions to admin@southshorechamberofcommerce.org

PAGE 28

DECEMBER 12, 2013 ANNOUNCEMENTS100 FARMERS MKT200 Place your ad by calling:(813) 645-3111 x201Up to 20 words:$17Deadline:Monday at 4 p.m. 30 each addl. word100 ......Announcements 200 ......Farmers Market 300 ......Merchandise 400 ......Marine 500 ......Real Estate 550 ......Manufac. Housing 600 ......Rentals 650 ......Professional Services 700 ......Services 800 ......Employment PHONE: 813-645-3111 FAX: 813-645-1792 EMAIL: beverly@ observernews.net BOLD LINE: Addl. $3 Published by M&M Printing Co. 210 Woodland Estates Ave. SW Ruskin, FL 33570 310 GARAGE/YARdD SALE MERCHANDISE300 est te ses 105 PERSONALWin for LLosin g Weight loss support group. Begins Jan. 19, Apollo Beach. Get a head start on your New Years resolution. Register today. 813-6906424 Prayer to the Blessed Virgin. (Never Known to Fail). Flower of Mt. Caramel, Fruitful Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the sea, help me and show me herein you are my mother. O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succor me in my necessity (make request). There are none that can withstand your power. O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee (3 times). Holy Mary, I place this cause I your hands (3 times). Say this payer for 3 consecutive days. You must publish it and it will be granted to you. mjl Mary & Martha House T HRIFT STORE OPEN: Wed., Thurs. & Fri. 8 a.m. 3 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noonWE HAVE FURNITURE, TOO! S.R. 674U.S. 41 1st St. SW Donation drop offs accepted TUESDAY thru FRIDAY ONLYAll donations must be clean and in usable condition.All proceeds benet the Mary & Martha House a 501(c)3 non-prot organization providing emergency shelter and transitional housing for homeless and abused women and their children. Woodland Est. ets 5-Paw Doggie Resort Training In-Home Pet Sitting Day Care Daily Walks BOARDING Grooming Oliver & Company, LLCFull Service Pet Sitting (813) 767-7225 Established in 2002 Now accepting newKITTY CLIENTSProfessional Pet Sitting Service 813-634-8894 ets 310 GGARAGE/YY ARdD SSALEAlmost New Thrift Store. 10008 Indiana St., Gibsonton (1 block off US 41, 1 block north Gibsonton Dr.,) Wednesday through Saturday, 9am-3pm. Clothing, furniture, lots misc. Ministry First Baptist Gibsonton. 813-671-0036 to donate Estate/ yard sale. Antiques, furniture, glassware, household, automotive, boat, lots of tools, hot rod parts. 704 Johnson Dr., Ruskin. Friday 12/13 & Saturday 12/14. 7am-3pm. Multi family. Friday, 12/13 & Sat urday 12/14. 8am-1pm. 2023 N Pebble Beach Blvd., SCC. No early birds. Lots of goodies. You name the price! 5 rooms & patio furniture, all handyman supplies, garden tools. Dec. 13 & 14, 8am5pm. 130 21st St, NW Ruskin. (off Shell Point Rd., West) Garage sale. Nov. 13 & 14, 8am2pm. 1007 Athens Way, SCC. (south Pebble to Weatherford to end of road. Garage sale. 915 Windton Oak Dr., Ruskin (College Chase). Tools, Christmas, furniture, childrens items & clothes. Friday 12/13 & Saturday 12/14, 7:30am-1pm. Hugh sale. Christmas decorations, collectibles, household items, vanity sink tops, much more. 716 Sahara Drive, SCC. Saturday, Dec. 14, 8am-2pm. 4 family sale. Dec. 13. Corner of Danbury & W. Del Webb, SCC. 8am-2pm. Furniture, clothes & household items. Friday December 13, 8am-noon. Furniture, lawn mower, canoe. 1733 W. Del Webb, at Allegheny, SCC. Garage/ yard sale. Homes around North Lake, SCC. Beginning at Bunker Hill & follow signs. Friday & Saturday, Dec. 13 & 14. 8am-1pm. st te esPPQuality used furniture. 2406 College Ave., Ruskin. Stop in you will be pleasantly surprised. We buy & sell. 813-645-1800 est te ses U.S. Paper Money WANTED (Small or Large)Foreign Currency WANTED Will be buying coins Monday Friday: 10 am 3 pm Saturday by appt. only 918 North Pebble Beach Blvd. (813) 634-3816 (813) 503-4189ALWAYS BUYING SILVER COINS, INGOTS, Misc. & Other Mint BarsYou tried the SCC Chamber & Ruskin. Why not try us for Extra Holiday Cash?Wishing all our customers a very MERRY CHRISTMAS! Your local dealer for over 24 years Sun Ci ty Center COINS C ollectables will be closed Wednesday December 25 in observance of Christmas. Deadline for to Friday, December 20 at 4pm. for the December 26th edition HolidayASTON GARDENSSaturday Dec. 14 10 am 2 pmAston Gardens BallroomUnique gifts and decorations Jewelry, Miche, Craft items, and much more! 1311 Aston Gardens Court Sun City Center, FLNEW VEN DORS WELCOME!Call to register: 813-642-0860 Annes Estate Sales 1321 Crystal Greens Dr. (Off Platinum Dr. in SCC) Friday & Saturday Dec. 13 & 14 7 am noon(813) 758-7952 (813) 758-7954Dining Room Table w/chairs, China Cabinet, Patio Set, Large Area Rugs, Bedroom Furniture, Coffee & End Tables, Large Wardrobes, Artwork, Longaberger Baskets, Collectables, Kitchen Items, Linens, Costume Jewelry & MiscellaneousPARK SIDE OF SALE ONLY www.AnnesEstateSales.blogspot.com NETTIES ESTATE SALESCell: (813) 382-7536Contents Include: E-Z-GO Golf Cart, Dining Room Table W/ Chairs, China Cabinet, Server, Sleeper Sofa, Loveseat, Swivel Rockers, Small Entertainment Center, Side Chairs, Glass & Brass Coffee & End Tables, La-Z-Boy Recliners, Yamaha Key Board, Kitchen Table W/ Chairs, Bookcase, (2) Twin Bed Set, Full Size Bed Set, Computer Desks, Area Rugs, Kitchenware, Glassware, Home Dcor, Patio Furniture, Garage Items, Jewelry, And More.Please park on side of sale due to emergency vehicles! Please dont miss our other sale this Friday/Saturday December 13-14th at 2319 Lyndhurst Dr. (off W. Del Webb Blvd.)See You There!906 E. Del Webb Sun City Center FRI DAY & SATURDAY Dec. 13th & 14th7 a.m. NOON NETTIES ESTATE SALESCell: (813) 382-7536Contents Include: Like New Furniture, Beautiful Cream Leather Sofa & Matching Loveseat, Cream Coffee & End Tables, Florida Style White Wash Dining Room Table W/Chairs & Matching Curio Cabinet, Pretty Wrought Iron Table W/Chairs, Bakers Rack, Two Tone Wood & Green Tile Top Pedestal Kitchen Table W/Chairs & Matching Hutch, Beautiful Queen Master Bedroom Set W/Faux Marble Look, A Second Light Colored Queen Bed Set, Computer Desk, Home Dcor, Art, Kitchenware & Glassware, Mens & Womens Bikes, Patio Set & Garage Items. Please park on side of sale due to emergency vehicles! Please dont miss our other sale this Friday/Saturday December 13-14th at 906 East Del Webb See You There!2319 Lyndhurst Dr.Off W. Del Webb Blvd., SCC FRI DAY & SATURDAY Dec. 13th & 14th7 a.m. NOON Have a bright sunny day Ministry of Calvary Lutheran Church T hrift Store Dec. 11, 13 & 14 50% OFF all Shoes Wed., Fri. & Saturday 9 a.m. Noon 813-641-7790Plus the Secret Sale BEVERLYs ESTATE SALESSun City CenterDec. 13th & 14th7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.1061 Regal Manor WayPebble Beach S. to Emerald Dunes Dr., left to Noble Fare, left to Regal ManorDO NOT PARK ON SI DE OF STREET WITH CONES. THANK YOU.Computer desk, book cases, side arm and le cabinet, all matching; 3-piece expandable entertainer center; 2 bar stools; dining table, 6 chairs and China cabinet; Henredon 3-piece king headboard, lighted plus storage; ultra suede blue couch; marble top coffee table; end tables; large server; slate top outdoor patio furniture with 6 chairs; ofce chair; 3 small maple chairs; cranberry ginger jar lamp; 2 Stiffel brass lamps; China; linens; collectables; womens clothing (small and medium size).PLEASE WELCOME Joe and Pat Bodnar from Sun City Center Antiques, our new associates. Joe will be doing FREE appraisals of small items from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.508-0307 or 633-1173 fax to 813-645-1792

PAGE 29

ortsGolf carts wanted. Buy sell, trade. Chargers, parts all related. Ronnys Carts & Parts. 813-484-9855 or 813-645-4515scForeGolf Clubs: Irons, 4, 6, 8, 9. Putters, wedge, sand wedge, woods, 1, 3, 5, 7. Tees, balls, umbrella, nylon rain suit. Call after 10am. 813-634-8364 MARINE400 TRANSPORTATION450 sortorgeSouth Bay RV & Boat Storage. Specializing in outside storage for RVs, boats & trailers. 813-677-2000 www.SouthBayStorage.com Automob es2010 Hyundai Elentra, blue 39,000 miles, new tires, excellent condition 813-463-6163. SCC. REAL ESTATE500 M.H. HOUSING550 ousesFore 1-4pm. December 15, 1402 River Dr. SW, Ruskin. Life style ;living on water to bay. Must see. est te ses housesorse mhonots A gated, resident-owned, waterfront, 55+ mobile home community. zon.net officecell AFFORDABLE LIVING 3BR/2BA, 720 Sq. Ft. Single Wide sells furnished, including appliances and central AC. The home also has a carport, a 10x15 screen room and a shed. Its yours for $35,900 including the share. FULL-TIME OR GETAWAY Thats your choice with this 2BR/2BA Double Wide with 1,350 Sq. Ft. of living space. Also, theres 150+ Sq. Ft. of living space in a finished addition that could be used as a family room, for guests, or as a home office. The home sells partially furnished and includes appliances and central AC. The carport is large enough for 2 cars and has a 8x12 shed. Set up housekeeping for $68,000 including the share. Vacant Lots from $17,000y nP rsOne bedroom mobile home in waterfront park with dock. Room addition., with view of river. No pets $6,000. Call for info. 813645-2446 (2) One bedroom, one bath, furnished.. 55+ park in Ruskin. Ready to move in. $7,000 obo. Low lot rent. 813-867-9139 Mobile Home for sale. 55+ Neptune park, Ruskin. Very well decorated, all furniture included. $8,500. 813645-3563 cell 519-239-3046 2br/1ba. Movin-in ready. Complete ly renovated. Large shed, screened room, large attached laundry room. CHA, Excellent condtion. Small pet ok. $10,000 obo. Ruskin 813389-0048 ousesorrentRuskin, 3br/2ba home with covered porch on large lot. Well suited for 1-3 people. Monthly rent $925 with signed lease. No smoking. No pets. Security deposit & references required. 813-649-1599 housesorreneApollo Beach 3br/2ba house for rent. New carpet, paint & tile. Fenced yard. $1,250 monthly. Non smoking only. Call Beth Christo, Century 21 Beggins. 813-7143811 Waterfront rentals. 1/2 acre, 2br/1ba, $850 monthly with washer/ dryer. Studio $650 monthly. Both with deposit. 941-713-2743 SCC 1br/1ba with: lawn care, water, sewer, trash collection, recreation card. No smoking, no pets. 813-634-9695 A tsorentRuskin, 3br/1ba, CHA, utility shed, washer/ dryer hookup. Very clean. 813645-1447 Weekly rates, utilities furnished 813-601-1542 or 813-850-7886 Furnished apartment for rent. $500/ monthly includes parking, water/ sewer, trash. Clean, convenient, great for a couple or single. 1 bedroom, 1bath, living room, dining area, kitchen. Non-smoker, no pets. Call 813-645-7874.onosorentSnow birds. Apollo Beach. Totally furnished, 2br/1ba. 813-645-4145 or 813-642-0681DueorentNice 2br/1ba duplex apt, unfurnished, inside utility. $750 monthly plus security. 813-361-3672 Owner/ realtor, Kay Pye Riverview apt, 2br/1ba, CHA, water, maintenance included. Tile Ask for Vicky 813-458-8178 or 813-641-8400ent sFor rent. 2 bedroom mobile home near shopping center in Gibsonton. 813-601-1542 or 8138507886F A Trailer for rent, 1 bedroom. Riverview area. Access to fishing $175 weekly $75 deposit. Call Nancy 813677-0141 Motor home on private lot. All utilities included. $100 weekly. Gibsonton. 813-495-7481 rehouseceGarage & mini storage, RV lots & mobile home lots for rent. Call Pirates Treasure Cove, Gibsonton. 813-677-1137 SERVICES700 unemov Hauling/ moving. Anything you dont need, unwanted items or move to your new home. Appliances, furniture, trash yard debris, construction junk. No job too small. Licensed/ Insured. Free estimate. Dave 813-447-6123 enngAfter party cleanups, move-in, move-outs, constructions sites. Monthly, by-weekly, weekly, onetime. Free estimates, low rates, licensed. Marias Cleaning Service. 813-704-7835 cenng Quality housecleaning with integrity. Call for free estimate. 7days a week. Move-in, move-out, rentals. Insured, bonded, licensed. Ruskin, Apollo Beach, Sun City Center. F oversAffordable Moving & Hauling. Local or long distance. Full service moving to/ from anywhere in US. Load & unload storage units, truck & more. Licensed & insured. Free estimate. Call Dave 813-447-6123. Ask about free boxes. No job too big or small. Clean, honest & dependable. Licensed & insured. Call 813-633-5544. IM1340 In business 40yrs. Move 1 piece to whole household plus haul away anything in your way. Packing services available. (Fully Insured). Best rates. Call 813-6290108, 813-260-9840 US. DOT #434469Lwn reLLicensed & insured. No contract. Yearly, monthly or per cut. As low as $25 per cut. 813-293-6840L Free estimates. Mowing, trimming, edging. Home 813-634-2856, cell 813-317-7679 L Complete outdoor property maintenance. Landscaping, trimming, pressure washing, sprinkler repair. Licensed & insured. 813-2983376 reeemov L Shrubs trimmed & removed Ruskin, Apollo Beach, Riverview, Gibsonton, SCC area. Free estimate & fully Insured. Call Tony Horman. 603-662-6079 FDrtung Backhoe & Tractor Service. Culvert sets, driveways, shell, excavating, mowing etc. Tony (813) 363-7963 Free estimates. P dirt, topsoil, sand, crushed rock & asphalt, driveway culverts. Loader, backhoe, grading, bushhog, discing. Install Septic System & 645-1883 omentennce Phil Oley 25+ yrs experience. Insured. Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City Center & Kings Point. scervces also new construction of docks, boat lifts & seawalls. Free inspection. Hecker Construction Co. 813236-9306 RENTALS600Check out our web site observernews.netPlease Recycle This Paper RE/MAX South Shore RealtyRoberta Rowe, Realtor Cell: 813-215-7127Hampton (2BR/2BA ) with up-leveled lanai, CARPORT IN KINGS POINT ....................................................... $64,900RENTALS KP 2BR/2BA 1700 sq. ft. double-car garage on Golf Course. Unfurnished ................................................. $1200 /month SCC 1BR/1BA FURN seasonal ..................................................$1200 /month SCC 2BR/2BA, Oak flrs, unfurn, dbl car garage .................................................$1200 /month Cell: 382-7536 Cathy Griggs 813-391-8653 cathygriggs@msn.com Home For SaleBeautiful 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath TwinTree Corner Lot with Lake View Completely updated Bath and Kitchen With Stainless Steel Appliances Home Warranty Included Many Extras! Call Marianne Crowe Keller Williams Realty812-230-6915 NEWER 3BR/2BA MANUFACTURED HOME Spacious bright and so well maintained, with high ceilings, inside utility, newer appliances, large enclosed lanai, 2 car detached garage and a huge shed. Beautiful corner lot with huge oaks. Boat ramp is a block away, no HOA, no ood insurance required! $72,500. CORNER LOT ZONED FOR HOME OR DUPLEX! Water meter and electric on site, this 1/3 acre is cleared and has large shady oak trees. Convenient location close to everything! Possible owner nancing! $16,900.00 $10,000 REDUCTION ON THIS 1.92 ACRES CLEARED LOT with all new utilities including electric, well and septic. This lot is ready for the home of your dreams! Across the street from Little Manatee River, boat ramp and park at end of street. $74,500 .CLAIRE TORT Cell: (813) 363-7250 Call (813) 645-3211Serving South Hillsborough County since 1924www.dickmanrealty.comdickman@tampabay.rr.comCelebrating 89 Years 1924 2013 PLENTY OF ROOM FOR YOUR FAMILY IN THIS 6BR/3BA POOL HOME! Formal living and dining room, spacious eat-in kitchen is open to family room. Large master bedroom and bath with garden tub, separate shower. Hardwood, ceramic tile and carpet throughout. Intercom, security, surveillance systems and so much more! $269,000 CALL MARGOT WARD 813-486-9480 RUSKIN AFFORDABLE INVESTMENT PROPERTY! Invest in this 2BR/1BA concrete block with eat-in kitchen and attached utility room. Nice size back yard with 2 storage sheds. block from river in quiet neighborhood. $59,750. CALL MARGOT WARD 486-9480 EVER WISH YOU COULD LIVE ON NEARLY AN ACRE IN TOWN? Time to stop wishing and start acting. Rare opportunity to buy large 4BR/3BA in Valrico. Newly listed house on beautiful treed lot with mature landscaping in super convenient location. Updated kitchen, newer CHA and roof, living room/dining room combo plus large family room with replace, screened porch, large outbuilding. Possibility for accommodating extended family. $169,900 JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288 JUST LISTED: FABULOUS RIVERFRONT PROPERTY IN A PARKLIKE SETTING! Including almost 1 acre lot with 136 ft. on water, dock, boathouse and lift, 3BR/3BA spacious main house with loft and pool, 1BR/1BA, kitchenette guesthouse and its connecting breezeway, circular driveway to carport/workshop area, it offers peace and seclusion, and short drive to Tampa or Sarasota. $450,000. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 KINGS POINT CONDO IN EXCELLENT CONDITION! 2BR/2BA with enclosed lanai + washer/dryer. Tile ooring in kitchen, living room and bath, laminate ooring and walk in closet in MB, walk-in shower and large mirror in MBA. All appliances stay! $42,900. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 NEWER 3BR/2BA MANUFACTURED HOME Spacious, bright and so well maintained with high ceilings, large enclosed lanai, built-in glass China cabinet, newer appliances, inside utility, 2 car detached garage and a huge shed. Shady oak trees and nice landscaping. Boat ramp is a block away, no HOA and no ood insurance required! $72,500. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 FANTASIC LOCATION with 28.8 acres perfect for development on Bullfrog Creek. A LARGE 5BR home with plenty of room for a growing family and your own ball eld. Perfect for animal lovers and big families. JUST $1,900,000. CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 WELCOME HOME! Almost new 3BR/2BA with attached 2 car garage! This meticulously maintained home was built in 2010 and is located on a cul-de-sac with a pond view in the back. Special features include: gorgeous ceramic tile in living room, dining room and kitchen, nice open oor plan, granite counter tops, stainless appliances, plenty of cabinet and counter space in kitchen, garden tub and separate shower in master and much more! Great location with easy access to Highway 41 and I-75! $152,900. CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 813-748-2201AWESOME VIEWS AND SPECTACULAR SUNSETS from this completely remodeled 2BR/2BA condo overlooking Tampa Bay. This unit has been meticulously maintained and has a very unique oor plan with an extended kitchen. The master bath offers a large walk-in shower and gorgeous cabinets with granite. $239,900. CALL ROXANNE WESTBROOK 813-748-2201VERY WELL MAINTAINED AND TOTALLY FURNISHED 2BR/1.5BA mobile home including a golf cart. The attached garage has two electric garage doors, one for a car, and one for the golf cart. Other special features include: a nice, open oor plan with a large eat-in kitchen that has plenty of cabinets and counter space, a large family room, plenty of storage areas, newer A/C unit (2011), and much more. Riverbreeze Estates is a very nice, gated adult community with a heated pool and clubhouse. $51,900. CALL ROXANNE WESTBROOK 813-748-2201.

PAGE 30

DECEEMBEER 12, 2013 RENTALS600 740 mMIScC. SErR VIcCES I can remove it. Want something textured & painted. Big or small, I can do it. Debby. 813-434-6499 EMPLOYMENT800 810 MEDIcCAL We have a need for a 11pm-7am Licensed Supervisor, 3pm-11pm PT Nurses and PRN all shifts Dietary department has a need for food servers part-time and full-time. We are also looking for a Maintenance Assistant full-time. If you are interested in any of these positions please apply within at our facility 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City, Florida 33573. For questions or concerns please contact Teri Mazza at 813-634-3347 ext.113.870 GENErRALTruck driver/ Rep needed, part-time/ full-time position. Some out of state travel. Retirees welcome to apply. Apply in person. 2209 S Dock St., Palmetto. 7am-noon. Help wanted. Full-time English speaking, energetic, outside maintenance worker for mobile home park in Riverview. Call 813-6774778, 8am-5pm. Monday through Friday only. Drivers $5,000 sign on bonus! Great pay. Consistent freight. Great miles on this regional account. Werner Enterprises: 1-855-517-2507 ountpers OF FFLOrRIDA st tew es AT&T U-Verse for just $29/mo! BUNDLE & SAVE with AT&T Internet+Phone+TV and get a FREE pre-paid Visa Card! (Select plans). HURRY, CALL NOW! 800-327-5381 DirecTV Over 140 channels only $29.99 a month. Triple savings! $636.00 in Savings, Free upgrade to Genie & 2013 NFL Sunday ticket free for New Customers. Start saving today! 1-800376-0868 $$$ ACCESS LAWSUIT Cash Now!! Injury Lawsuit Dragging? Need $500$500,000++ within 48/hours? Low rates Apply Now By Phone! 1-800-568-8321. www.lawcapital.com ; DISH TV Retailer. Starting at $19.99/ month (for 12 mos.) & High Speed Internet starting at $14.95/month (where available.) SAVE! Ask About SAME DAY Installation! CALL Now! 1-800438-8168 Do you Take Cialis/ Viagra? Theres an Herbal Alterative thats Safe/ Effective. VigorCare For Men the perfect alternative to other products, with similar results. 60 Pills /99.00 plus S &H 1-888886-1041, herbalremedieslive.com Every baby deserves a healthy start. Join more than a million people walking and raising money to support the March of Dimes. The walk starts at marchforbabies.org. New Log Home* on 8+ acres in Floridajust $87,900. Sale! Saturday, Dec 14th. 3BR, 2BA, 1700sf cabin on spectacular lake access setting in beautiful upscale community with all infrastructure/ameninow 877-525-3033, x 984 *constructed weather tight log home shell PERSONAL CREATIONS -Personalized holiday gifts. Order now for 25 percent off your order of $19.00 or more (regular priced) To redeem this offer, visit www. PersonalCreations.com/amazing or Call 1-800-730-1604 SAVE on Cable TV-Internet-Digital Phone-Satellite. Youve Got A Choice! Options from ALL major service providers. Call us to learn more! CALL Today. 888-708-7137 Wrap up your Holiday Shopping with 100% guaranteed, deliveredtothedoor Omaha Steaks! SAVE 67% PLUS 4 FREE Burgers Many Gourmet Favorites ONLY $49.99. ORDER Today 1-800-781-9710 Use code 49377EKD or www.OmahaSteaks.com/mb54 ; A Fun loving married couple seeks to adopt. Stay-at-home mom & devoted dad. Financial security. Expenses paid. Lets help each other. Call/Text Paula & Adam. 1-800-790-5260. FLBarNo.0150789. DIVORCE $50 $240* Covers Child Support, Custody, and Visitation, Property, Debts, Name Change Only One Signature Required! *Excludes govt. fees! 1-800-522-6000 Extn. 300 Baylor & Associates UNPLANNED PREGNANCY? Adopcal, living & counseling expenses paid. family. Compassionate Atty. Lauren Feingold 24/7 866-633-0397 www. fklhearttoheart.net ; #0958107 ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT TRAIN EES NEEDED! Become a Certified rience Needed! SC Train can get you job ready ASAP! HS Diploma/GED & PC/ Internet needed! 1-888-212-5888 AIRLINE CAREERS begin here. Become an Aviation Maintenance Tech. FAA approved training. Financial aid if ment assistance. Call Aviation Institute of Maintenance 866-314-6283. AVIATION MAINTENANCE / AVIONICS NOW TRAINING PILOTS! Financial aid Call National Aviation Academy! FAA Approved. Classes Starting Soon! 1-800-659-2080 NAA.edu KILL ROACHES & PALMETTO BUGS! Buy Harris Roach Tablets. Eliminate Bugs Guaranteed. No Mess, Odorless, Long Lasting. Available at Ace Hardware, The Home Depot, Homedepot. com cpfst tew es Business & Trade Directory AC REPAIR/SALES Family Owned and Operated 263-6503 D. KAY CARR, P.A.Attorney at Law e 214 Apollo Beach Boulevard Apollo Beach, FL 33572(813) 645-7557 ACCOUNTINGA AUTOMOTIVE REPAIRA Mobile Auto Repair FREE Scan with repair10% Off any repairfor military personnel and their dependentsCall, text or email Joe Brys813.833.8973 joehd2007@yahoo.com Lic. # MV87956 COMPUTER REPAIRC CLEANINGC BAIL BONDSB NEED A GOODELECTRICIAN?Call Don or John!LICENSED BONDED INSURED ER00126636SERVICE UPGRADES ALL TYPES OF WIRING RENOVATIONS Don 645-8985 South BayElectric Co. of Ruskin Call Don or John Need a Licensed Electrician?www.HoffmanElectrical.comLic. #ECI3004496 CARDS 813-298-FAST(3278) FREEService Callwith any repair.15% OFFany service or repair. (813) 495-7027davidmoorellc@yahoo.com www.TheFloorSource.bizWe bring the Showroom to you!David Moore, Owner-OperatorFREE Estimates! The Floor Source FLOORINGF*No project over $1000. No electrical, gas, or plumbing, and nothing structural. HANDYMAN*H Bobs Mobile Fix-It CenterResidential & CommercialLicensed & Insured Customer Satisfaction Guaranteed! Call for FREE Estimate(813) 671-7870Robert GerstenschlagerWe Fix It All! 813-642-6182 HOME IMPROVEMENTH 27 YEARS EXPERIENCE 813-641-3603205 W. Shell Point Road Ruskin, FL 33570 AFFORDABLE Q U A L I F I E D Q U A L I F I E D ELECTRICIANE ATTORNEYA Need help with your computer, or setting up your electronics?MAC & PCFriendly, Professional, Microsoft Certified, A+$35 per hr.Setting up, Upgrades, Virus Removal, Spyware, Pop-Ups, Security, Email & Printer ProblemsCall Ryan 813-262-2559 SHOP LOCALLY this holiday season! Your neighbors are our advertisers! CRIPLOC.com $39/HR24/7 PC Mac Xbox PS Service Security Training Home or Business Systems(813) 440-0829WE COME TO YOU ELECTRICIANE

PAGE 32

32 DECEMBER 12, 2013 DontHaveHearingAids?TAKE$1000OFFAnyPromise17or9 20%-30%oreven40%OFF*whenyoutradeinyourcurrent HearingAids. *Discounts o MSRP. Discount good only on two Beltone Promise 17or Promise 9 Hearing Instruments. Cannot be combined with any other oers. Previous purchases excluded. Beltone Hearing Care Centers are independently owned and operated. Benets of hearing instruments vary by type and degree of hearing loss, noise environment, accuracy of hearing evaluation and proper t. Participation may vary by location. 813.633.9200(Across from Walgreens)104 Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center, FL. 33573www.beltone.comWe are providers of BCBS Ronald HapanowiczHAS, BC-HIS* *Board Certied in Hearing Instrument Sciences Call to schedule your free, no obligation appointment today!