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Hearing set this week for public commentBy B.C. Manionbcmanion@cnewspubs.comResidents and business owners can weigh in on two very different alternatives at a public hearing this week to discuss the fate of proposed improvements for US 301 in Zephyrhills. One alternative proposed by the state Department of Transportation could have a harmful effect on the citys redevelopment goals and could threaten commercial activity along the highway corridor, said Jim Drumm, city manager. The other alternative, proposed by the city, could handle additional traffic without adversely affecting local businesses, Drumm said. State Department of Transportation Emergency Department Chest Pain Center Stroke Center Our Goal: No Wait.Are you ready for an emergency?Visit fhzeph.org/ED TheLAKER PARKNEWS FEBRUARY 22, 2011 ZEPHYRHILLS SERVING GREATER ZEPHYRHILLSFREE Traffic flows north and south on Gall Boulevard, also known as US 301 in Zephyrhills, and city officials want to keep it that way. (Photo by Eugenio Torrens)See US 301, page4 Open HouseThursday, Feb. 23, 5-7 p.m. Department of Transportation staff will be on hand to field questions at 5 p.m.; a formal presentation and public comment will occur at 6 p.m., after that more questions will be answered until 7 p.m. The meeting will be at First Church of the Nazarene, 6151 12th St., Zephyrhills. No way, this crowd says By B.C. Manionbcmanion@cnewspubs.comFacing a deficit that could reach $40 million, the Pasco County School District is looking at the possibility of shortening its school week to four days an idea that drew an avalanche of protests at a public meeting last week at Rushe Middle School, in Land O Lakes. Steve Luikart, the school board member chairing the districts Four-Day School Week Task Force, told a crowd of more than 100 people that a 36-member committee is examining the issue from every angle. We are still in the information-gathering stage. This is not an information-sharing stage. We want to make sure youre part of the information thats going to the board, Luikart emphasized, before launching into a Powerpoint presentation. The presentation contained facts about the school districts budget, the committees that are working on the task force and information about four-day school weeks, including potential merits of the approach. If the Powerpoint was meant to inform, however, it only seemed to inflame. I came here having an open mind, said Ian Boyle, of Wesley Chapel. I was hoping to listen to some pros and cons. You gave me the positives of a 4-day week, Boyle said, adding he was disappointed by the districts lack of specifics about the potential impacts of a four-day school week. Angie Johnson, of Odessa, told Luikart Recognize this face?Read more about this seasoned musician inside on page 3. Four-day school week? See SCHOOL, page14 Future plans for US 301 up in air
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By Eugenio Torrensetorrens@cnewspubs.comEven in a secluded corner of the Chowder House Restaurant in Zephyrhills, Steve Jeffris is still noticeable. He orders decaf coffee and water and the usual at this establishment fish and chips. In the nearly two hours Jeffris is at the restaurant, he says hello to at least six people, including a table of three women who say they thoroughly enjoyed his show a waitress and one of the owners. He stops to chat with anyone who wants to talk. Jeffris, 53, is a self-proclaimed entertainer who has been playing the snowbird circuit, for about 10-15 years. He doesnt limit his shows to Zephyrhills though. He plays all around the country in county and town fairs. His next show, however, is just around the corner in New Port Richey on Wednesday, Feb. 29, where he will perform for General Electric retirees. This is what I do for a living, he said. But Rainbow Village in Zephyrhills is his home away from home which is Indianapolis during the winter season and has been for four years. I dont have any worries at Rainbow, Jeffris said. Jeffris may own a unit at Rainbow Village, but he can call all of Zephyrhills his home. With his professional attire, sandblonde beard and hair, Jeffris is pretty recognizable around town. I chase the snowbird circuit, Jeffris said. He got this way because of two things: his personality and his ability. Jeffris received his first guitar for Christmas when he was 13. By his junior year in high school, he had formed a band Steve Jeffris and The Country Entertainers and recorded his first album. By the time he was out of high school, there was another album and another band The Circle City Express. You go through a lot of band names through the years, like youre changing socks or undershorts, Jeffris said. He also spun records out of high school at his local radio station and that helped him memorize song lyrics, song titles, album artwork and album titles effortlessly. Already immersed in music, Jeffris spent a lot of his early career in Nashville. I guess you might say trying to make it, Jeffris said. You chase that and then it seems as you mature and you get a little bit older you realize that maybe youre chasing the wrong thing. It probably was better that I didnt go the Nashville route, he added. That doesnt mean Nashville didnt almost hook him. In the late 80s, he got a call from an agency in Nashville about the possibility of getting a five-piece band together to open for a budding country star. Jeffris decided against it, preferring the life he had established to the rigors of a superstars touring life. I almost did, and I decided not to because I was already making a good living as a musician and entertainer, he said. I was traveling some, but I had control over it and I didnt want to give that up. Turns out that that up-and-coming star was Garth Brooks, Jeffris said with a chuckle. I really feel I made the right move, he continued. Ive had a ball in the last 35 years. In 1990, Jeffris left the security of his job as a steel pipe and tubing distributor to pursue a career as a fulltime entertainer. Armed with his guitar and a personality driven to feed off entertaining the crowd, Jeffris has compiled 11 CDs. But its the live shows that really get Jeffris excited and fresh after 35 years of performing. The audience always revives you, Jeffris said. My therapy is get me on the phone and find me a show give me an hour on stage and Im well again. In his live shows, he sings and accompanies himself on guitar with no tracks or canned music. The only piece of machinery up on stage is a drum machine to fill out the sound. Jeffris believes the authenticity and directness of his show are reflected in his popularity. He does it the old-fashioned way. He books himself and manages all the administrative work that comes with his profession. He plays an estimated more than 400 shows per year. His shows are generally either two hours with an intermission or a straight-through one-hour show. They like to see people do it, Jeffris said. In fact, part of Jeffris act is trying to make people in the community and audience the star. As part of his show at Rainbow Village, he always gets the manager of the park a special something. And when he can help it, that something involves bringing the community together. There was the time he brought in the Zephyrhills High marching band to his show. One time, he stopped mid-show to place an order for a pie for his manager and a second later, a Sonic waitress rolled up on skates with the pie in hand. He is constantly trying to top himself when it comes to surprising his manager. He is just as determined to improve his show in general. Despite three-plus decades of playing, Jeffris is constantly tweaking his routine and says hell play as long as he doesnt sound or look bad to the audience. As if preplanning for possible denial, he even made a pact with his wife, Sharon, that she would tell him when it was time to end his career. Im not satisfied with my show yet, he said. He might be the only one in Zephyrhills. CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 22, 2011 3 Steve Jeffris has been playing music for more than 35 years. Despite his Midwest music roots and professional connection to Nashville a city steeped in music history Jeffris loves his gig as a traveling entertainer chasing the snowbird circuit in Pasco County and Central Florida. 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(DOT) officials will answer questions and field comments on both alternatives from 57 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23 at First Church of the Nazarene, 6151 12th St. in Zephyrhills. Both alternatives are intended to accommodate future traffic needs along the US 301/SR 41 corridor, known locally as Gall Boulevard. The DOTs study limits are from SR 39 south to CR 54, a distance of about 2.6 miles. The portion of the project from the beginning of the study limits going to C Avenue is within the county, and the rest is within the city.Gall Boulevard is a two-lane undivided road, with traffic moving in both directions within the study limits. Sixth Street is currently a twolane, one-way road, with traffic flowing to the south; and Seventh Street is a two-lane, one-way road, with traffic flowing to the north.The proposal that the city favors is referred to as the Sixth Street and Seventh Street One-Way Pair Alternative. In essence, it calls for: Keeping US 301 a two-lane road, flowing in both directions, from A Avenue to North Avenue. Expanding US 301 (Gall Boulevard) to a three-lane, one-way northbound roadway south of A Avenue to Corey Street, connecting to Seventh Street. Widening Sixth Street to three lanes, with southbound traffic heading from Corey Street to 16th Avenue. Seventh Street would be widened to three lanes, with the one-way, northbound roadway beginning at A Avenue and ending at the US 301/Fort King Road intersection.This alternative passes through segments of the historic district between Fourth and Fifth avenues and would eliminate a number of parking spaces. The design speed would be 40 miles per hour, with an anticipated posted speed limit of 35 miles per hour.The other alternative is called the Sixth Street and US 301/SR 41 (Gall Boulevard) One-Way Pair Alternative. In essence, this alternative calls for: Converting US 301 (Gall Boulevard) from a two-way, two-lane road, into a oneway, three-lane road for northbound travelers, from Corey Street to Geiger Road/North Avenue. Converting Sixth Street to a three-lane, one-way southbound road from Corey Street to 16th Avenue. Leaving Seventh Street as it is. The design speed would be for 40 miles per hour, with an anticipated posted speed of 35 miles per hour.Or, the third option would be a no build alternative, which would mean leaving the roads as they are, and doing only safety improvements or maintenance repairs.Gordana Jovanovic, a project manager for DOT, said the state transportation agency is interested in hearing public reaction to both alternatives being presented for roadway improvements. She said no money has been budgeted for construction yet, but money has been allocated in the DOTs five-year plan to acquire right-of-way. Drumm said both improvement alternatives would do the job of moving traffic. The citys concern is: How will it affect the business district? he said.Three-laning Gall Boulevard (US 301) and making it one-way would reduce potential business for commercial properties lining the highway commercial corridor, he said. Our concern really is for the business district that will be caught in the middle. Right now, traffic is slower. People can pull off in parking lots and go to Wendys or go to the bank. Our concern is that these businesses will be caught up, almost in the median, of a high-speed freeway, Drumm said.If the citys alternative is selected, the city would dedicate its rights-of-way for Sixth and Seventh streets to the state, and the state would dedicate its right-of-way for Gall Boulevard to the city. Another advantage of the citys plan is that some businesses would have the opportunity for double frontage, such as Wendys which has frontage on Gall Boulevard, but owns property all of the way to Seventh Street, Drumm said. The city would like to expand its Community Redevelopment Area to include the highway area, near its historic downtown, to support its vision for revitalization. But it will have to reconsider those ideas if the highway becomes a one-way road in that area, Drumm said. Residents and business owners have offered strong support at previous public meetings for the citys approach, but it is important they voice their opinions during this weeks public hearing to make it part of the states official record, Drumm said. Theyre going to make a decision soon after that. They want to see how much public support there really is from business, citizens and travelers, Drumm said. 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CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 22, 2011 5 The Laker Park News Staff ReportOn Feb. 7, the Zephyrhills Chamber organized a Leadership Excursion for Chamber Ambassadors, leaders and guests. A group of 20 signed on, traveling to the Port of Tampa and Tampa Bay History Center for an educational tour. Conducted by the Port of Tampa and the Florida Aquarium, the harbor tour circled the primary points of interest at the nations 15th largest cargo seaport. Passing by the CF Industries international cargo loading dock was a reminder of the close connection between local industry and the global marketplace. Following the harbor tour, the group walked down the Channelside district to the new Tampa Bay History Center, which is featuring Zephyrhills in the Community Exhibit hall through the end of February. After breaking for a lunch meeting at the Columbia Cafe in the History Centers Atrium, the group wrapped up the day with a private tour of the exhibit hall conducted by History Center Marketing Director, Manny Leto. Leto thanked the group for recognizing the connection between Zephyrhills and the greater Tampa Bay area, pointing out that history knows no geographic boundaries. The Chamber of Commerce views the launch of the Leadership Excursion and similar outreach programs as a way to engage, develop and broaden accurate perceptions about the greater Zephyrhills community. The next excursion is planned for late spring and will take place at the Crystal Springs Education Center where Zephyrhills Natural Spring Bottled Water originates. To learn more about the Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce, membership, ambassadors or the Leadership Excursion, please contact the chamber at (813) 782-1913. Pictured: Vonnie Mikkelsen, Jan Roberts, Don Edwards, Jen Clapper, Nick Lenz, Nils Lenz, Stephanie Stephenson, Lindsay Johnson, Matthew Bader, Diana MacDiarmid, John MacDiarmid, David Loomis, Carolyn Sentelik, Carolyn Hodges, Rachel LeBlanc, Damon LeBlanc, Tammy Smith, Amy Christopher and Katy Boyd. They were a part of the Zephyrhills Chamber Leadership Excursion that traveled to the Port of Tampa and Tampa Bay History Center for an educational tour. (Photo courtesy of Vonnie Mikkelsen)Zephyrhills chamber organizes leadership The skill to heal. The spirit to care. Womens Heart Health & Wellness FairFebruary 27, 20129:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m. Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Front Lobby Call to register for FREE EKG and/or Carotid Artery Ultrasound screenings: (877) 534-3108Cholesterol Blood Pressure BMI MassagesAlso available during the Health & Wellness Fair: Heart Health Lecture | Breast Health Cooking Demonstrations | Diabetes Education Put the dedicated and experienced staff at CommunityNewsPublications to work for you. Call 909-2800 today! Cornerstone Air Conditioning & Heating has been advertising with The Laker/Lutz News for over 6 years and the results have been tremendous. It is a great way for people in the local communities to be able to choose a local businesswithin their neighborhood that they can trust. As a lifetime resident and local business owner of this area I truly look forward to this publication each week for its great community news and the quality advertising it offers. I have been able to build a solid business that provides honesty, integrity and quality work to all of the customers we serve with the help of our ads in The Laker/Lutz News. Cornerstone Air will continue to advertise with them for years to come and would like to thank all of our customers for there support and continued business. The Laker truly works for me!! Great success to all in 2012! Dana SpearsTheLAKER/ LutzNEWSWorks for Me!813-995-7289www.CornerstoneAirFla.com
The Laker Park News Staff ReportOn Friday, Feb. 3 the Grand Reserve (located off Wire Road in Zephyrhills) threw a birthday party to celebrate its special residents whose birthday fell in the months of January and February. It was a spectacular day for all who attended. There were party hats, decorations, lots of balloons and gifts for the birthday guys and gals. We are always looking for ways to make our residents feel special. Having these fun, social activities is a great way to bring our residents together and give them this important sense of community. We also offer daily activities that they love as well, said Kristin Pelletier, activities director. For more information about Grand Reserve, go to www.grandreserve-fl.com or call (813) 377-3000.813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 22, 2011 6 Sharon Thomas, left, chums it up with newfound friend and neighbor, Jackie Wasbers.A Grand birthday celebration Grand Reserve residents got together on Feb. 3 to celebrate residents whose birthday fell in January and February. (Photos courtesy of Kristin Pelletier) GROUP BASIC OBEDIENCE CLASS$125 for 5 weeks Starts Tues 3/20 6:30pm (Vaccine Record Required)Pet Supermaket, 18445 U.S. Hwy 41 N., LutzFREE Dog Socialization Class FREE In-Home Evaluations Board & Train WE CAN TRAIN ANY DOG! 813-951-4480 www.FL-K9.com 18875 State Rd 54 at Sunlake Blvd.Next to Publix 813-949-3644QUALITY DOG & CAT FOOD & TREATSOPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK $5.00 OFFNEXT PURCHASE OF $25 OR MORE Vaccinations, Heartworm Testing, Flea and Heartworm Products Spay & Neuter by Appointment Walk In Shot Clinics on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 12 -2 www.plannedpethoodpasco.org5053 Gall Blvd. Zephyrhills 813 779 7000 Non-Profit Spay, Neuter and Vaccination Clinic Waggin Tails Pet CareWe keep their tails waggin when We keep their tails waggin when you need to be travelin! you need to be travelin! 813-786-1476licensed/bonded/insured licensed/bonded/insured www.waggin-tails-pet-care.com 10% of ALL Profitsgo to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay Maryanne YoungOwner Place your ad in the Pet Station Director yTODAYand we willDOUBLEits size atNO ADDITIONAL CHARGE!*Advertise in our popular weekly directory where Tampa Bay pet owners turn for the help they need.*12 week contract required. Only single and double ad sizes qualify No other discounts apply. New clients only .(813) firstname.lastname@example.org HERES ATREAT TheLAKER/ LutzNEWS Veterinarians Grooming Breeding Training Supplies Pet Sitters Pets 4 Sale PET STATION Send us a picture and information on your favorite pet!Write a story about why your pet is special and include a photo with names on the back and mail to: PETof theWEEK
Zephyrhills Dade City West Zephyrhills6930 Gall Boulevard 14045 7th Street 36239 State Road 54 Zephyrhills, FL 33542 Dade City, FL 33525 Zephyrhills, FL 33541Phone: (813) 783-8122 Phone: (352) 521-0715 Phone: (813) 783-3664 www.centerstatebank.comFREE CHECKING! FREE DEBIT CARD! FREE GIFT! CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 22, 2011 7 By David Rushton and Sally WardWinters ParkHello again, we at Winters Park are having a great time this winter. The Activities Committee is doing a great job. Our fish dinner was a great success thanks to Duke and Connies team of workers. The Tuesday night potluck is growing in numbers 57 this week. Of course, lots and lots of great food. Turnout at Tuesday night euchre was also increasing in numbers. Winners were Ev Acker, Don Jennings, Gordon Thompson and Alberta Diehl. Saturday night winners were: John Woodbury, Helen Rodenfels, Gordon Thompson, Jack Gardella and Mary Hollingsworth, Guess numbers in the game this week. The number of hats made for our soldiers in the military by residents each week is surprising. We are so thankful for each and every knitter and appreciate his or her nimble fingers. Along the activity theme, line dancing numbers have increased each week. All are planning on showing off their newfound knowledge of the dance at the Valentines Dance on Feb. 11. Also the Activities Committee has just recently started up Spring Bowling League in the hall. If interested, contact Ron Ferry. This has been a great week for shuffleboard in our park. The Winters family put on a great tournament every year about this time with a beautiful meal and grand prizes. It is called the Gordon Winters Memorial Tournament in memory of Helen Winters husband and Bob Winters father. Everyone in the park is invited to participate. This year there were 58 people signed up to participate. The better players, A players, and the new players, B players, had select partners and play began. We have finally got enough novice players to have a Novice Tournament this year. This tournament will be organized by Gaynelle Pawsey and Nancy Barbrick, both of whom are novice shufflers. Dini Rushton and Carol Jones will be the tournament directors and look after the tournament. It should be a great time for novice players who can compete against the same caliber of players as themselves. The tournament took place on Tuesday, Feb. 21, and there will be trophies awarded to the firstand second-place players. Hoss Collar on Friday evening had eight courts with 47 players in attendance. There were 23 winners as follows: (1) Glenn Clark-922, (2) Wilma Bolivard-860, (3) Ron Ferry-847, (4) John Woodbury-835, (5) Ernie Darrow-823, (6) Sue Dungey-809, (7) Wayne Church-803, (8) Gordon Thompson801, (9) Donna Willis-801, (10) Carol Jones-792, (11) Janet Sheldon-773, (12) David Rushton-762, (13) Sally Ward-757, (14) Pat Vona-740, (15) Dick Willis-739, (16)Phyllis Huyck-734 (17)Ken Sheldon736, (18) Jack Hillman-733, (19) Gerri Church-731, (20) Mary Hollingsworth-725, (21) Diane Thompson-720, (22) Wouter Manten-718, (23) Jerry Jones-717. A great time was had by all and everyone really enjoys Hoss Collar. Shuffleboarding in memoriam Bob Winters and Donna Willis, tournament director, stand on either side of first-place consolation winners of the Gordon Winters Memorial Tournament, Duke Gardella and Gordon Thompson. (Photos courtesy of David Rushton and Sally Ward) The winners were as follows: First in Main Event Bob Marshman and Leroy Anderson Second in Main Event Mary Hollingsworth and Kurtis Boucha Third in Main Event Sue Dungey and Gary Still Fourth in Main Event Bill Hollingsworth and WouterManten First in Consolation Duke Gardella and Gordon Thompson Second in Consolation Ron Ferry and Phyllis Huyck Third in Consolation Bonnie Ferry and Don Merindorf Fourth in Consolation Dini Rushton and Jim MacLean Bob Marshman and Leroy Anderson took first in the main event of Winters Park shuffleboard tournament.
813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 22, 2011 8 By John MortonLaker CorrespondentDo you have green ideas for Zephyrhills?Thats what the city asked its residents recently, and the answer was a resounding yes, as 50 people of all ages attended a pair of workshops on the topic Feb. 2 at the Alice Hall Community Center. The strong turnout and the positive feedback have prompted another pair of public meetings at the same location, 38116 Fifth Ave., at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Feb. 29.This is not just a Planning Department plan or a consultants plan, but a community plan, said Todd VandeBerg, the citys director of development. Thats why we were so excited to see the turnout, especially from our retirement community. I was really surprised by the interest of the seniors. That group has so much talent and expertise in so many different areas. And they could help so much in the volunteer capacity.And the initiative is a broad one. Its a citywide plan its much more comprehensive than just recycling, VandeBerg said. Were definitely talking about something more than reminding people to put their bottles and newspapers at the curb. There are so many different areas in which we can take steps. We want Zephyrhills to be self-sustaining.The suggestions put forth include the creation of non-automobile travel routes; creation of a skateboard park; water conservation; the creation of a community organic farm and organic restaurants; and the use of more efficient energy sources, including solar heating. Tammy Vrana, of Vrana Consulting Inc., the consultant hired by the city to spearhead the effort, agreed that the senior community is a key. She has met with many of its members in recent weeks. Ive found they are hungry for information, she said. Their brains are still working. They want to play a role. David Emery, owner of D&G Cyclery on US 301, is a longtime advocate of going green and attended the workshop. He supports the creation of more paths instead of roads, and said he hears the same from seniors in his bike-riding groups. They are willing to trade in their Cadillacs for bikes, he said. Our seniors want to be more active. And if we had trails in this town, traffic would die down. VandeBerg agreed. More multi-purpose trails will allow them to use their bikes or even their golf carts, he said. They are willing to not have to drive. And he noted that the discussions during the process will likely help shape the citys master plan. Many of these ideas will be put to good use, VandeBerg said. Vrana sees Zephryrhills as an ideal community to run with the initiative, especially considering its reputation for all that is pure when it comes to its water. There is a sense of pristineness there, Vrana said. Its a perfect opportunity to perfect the citys brand and image. Speaking of water, VandeBerg said conservation of it on the local level is a particularly key issue. While the city enjoys the benefits of the uniquely great water it pumps out of the aquifer in the Hillsborough River Basin, strict limits in usage go with it. Were getting close to our capacity, VandeBerg said. With that, the city is exploring a plan to offer a $100 rebate to those who are willing to say goodbye to the traditional 8-gallon flush toilets in exchange for a 1.6-gallon system, VandeBerg said. Installation of the toilets will be the responsibility of the homeowner. VandeBerg considers it a good starting point. Just think of all that water being wasted, he said. The city is also taking the lead in the area of energy use. VandeBerg said the green light is likely to be given this week for the installation of energy-efficient LED lighting at both City Hall and the public library. Meanwhile, not only has an electric-car charging station been installed at the citys municipal parking lot, but VandeBerg said the city has interest in purchasing an electric car for its fleet. Were thinking of everything, he said. That includes the needs of the citys younger residents as well. VandeBerg was pleasantly surprised that several high-schoolage kids attended the workshop. Emery wasnt surprised, seeing as hes heard them voice their need for more outdoor opportunities for years. Our teens want an area where they can skateboard and not get picked up by police, Emery said. It turns my stomach to see them with nothing to do.Green workshops prompt further discourse TICKETS ON SALE AT THE MCDONALDS TICKET OFFICE AT THE TAMPA BAY TIMES FORUM, TICKETMASTER.COM AND SELECT WALMART LOCATIONS OR CHARGE BY PHONE AT 800.745.3000 RUNNING OR NOT TITLE OR NO TITLE$400 $5,000 CASHFREE TOW 24/7 SE HABLA ESPAOL(352) 260-0144 www.WBCFast.com MONDAY-SUNDAY 9AM 9PM AUTOMOTIVE RECYCLING
WALMART FOR MERCURY Covanta Pasco will set up for its mercury bounty collection program during the Pasco County Fair, offering fairgoers each $5 Walmart gift cards in exchange for mercury thermostats and thermometers. Covanta Pasco will be set up to the west side of Higgins Hall from 3-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25; and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 26 for the collection for the mercury. Covanta will remove the mercury and recycle it. For more information about the Pasco County Fair, call the Fair Office, (352) 567-6678, or visit the Web site: www.pascocountyfair.com.YODELING AND TUMBLEWEEDSZepher Shores Estates will be hosting The Leonards, Joyce Americas Yodeling Sweetheart and Tumbleweed Phil, on Friday, Feb. 24 at 7 p.m. The public is invited. There will be a $5 donation at the door. Zepher Shores Estate is located at SR 54. The Leonards bring you great traditional country, western, yodel, and gospel music. Joyce is an award winning yodeler. She will teach you how to yodel and now the couple bring you harmony yodeling as well. The Leonards are in the Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame and Americas Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame. You will enjoy the songs and humor Joyce and Phil bring to you. For information, call (813) 779-2723.LOVE FOR YOUR HEARTFlorida Hospital Zephyrhills and Bentley Commons of Zephyrhills host cardiologist and electrophysiologist Nadim Kahn in How are you treating your heart? The seminar will take place on Thursday, Feb. 23 from 1:15-2:15 p.m. at Bentley Commons, 38130 Pretty Pond Road. RSVP to Bentley Commons at (813) 779-4501. WELLNESS FAIRFlorida Hospital Zephyrhills is recognizing February American Heart Month by presenting: Womens Heart Health & Wellness Fair. Through community education and free health screenings we are joining the national initiative to prevent 1 million heart attacks and strokes in the United States over the next five years. The fair takes place on Monday, Feb. 27 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the front lobby of Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, 7050 Gall Blvd. Call to register for free EKG and/or carotid artery ultrasound screenings: (877) 534-3108. QUILT SHOWSundance Parks Quilt and Craft Group, The Sew and Sews, will be having its sixth annual quilt show on Sunday, Feb. 26 from 1-4 p.m. in the Sundance Park Clubhouse. There will be many new quilts to show as well as numerous hand crafted/quilted gift items for sale. At this time you will have an opportunity to purchase tickets for a beautiful very large quilt, along with several other theme baskets, that will be raffled the day of the show. Sundance Park is located on CR 54 east of US 301.SUPPORT GROUPLooking for caregiver help and resources? Then Gulfside Regional Hospice has the solution for you, with its free monthly caregiver support group in east Pasco. The group is scheduled for the last Thursday of the month at West Winds Assisted Living, 37411 Eiland Blvd. in Zephyrhills. Dates include Feb. 23, March 29, April 26 and May 31. All of Gulfsides support groups are free and open to the public, and no prior association with Gulfside Regional Hospice is needed to attend. A trained social worker leads all groups. For more information, call Kelly Milner at (813) 780-1235. For more information, about Gulfside Regional Hospice, call (727) 845-5707 or visit www.GRHospice.org.ZHS KEY CLUBJoin the Zephyrhills High Key Club for a Founders Day Feast. Advance sale tickets are $5, benefitting the ZHS Key Club. The breakfast goes from 7-9:30 a.m. at Zephyrhills High, 6335 12th St. PET VACCINESThere will be low-cost pet vaccinations available at Goin Postal headquarters, 4941 Fourth St. in Zephyr Park on Sunday, Feb. 26. Vaccines are from licensed veterinarians and will be offered from 2-3 p.m. Appointments are not necessary. Cats and dogs should arrive on leashes or in pet carriers. MIDLAND GATHERINGThe 30th annual Midland County Michigan Gathering takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 29. The meeting will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Alice Hall, SR 54 and Fifth Ave. in Zephyrhills. There is a donation for $3 per person. You may register for door prizes. For information, call Tom Boman at (989) 948-2998.GARDEN AND FLOWERS MEETThe Founders Garden Club and the Day Z Flower Club of San Antonio are having a joint monthly meeting on Thursday, March 1 at 9 a.m. at the home of Bonnie Hill of San Antonio. Dave Johnston, former president of the Bromeliads Society and owner of Bromeliads Galore in Pinellas Park, will be the guest speaker. Johnston has four greenhouses with 26 years experience as a Bromeliad grower and offers 1,500 different kinds of Bromeliads, some of which he will bring with him to sell. Anyone interested in joining either club is welcomed to attend the March meeting. For information, call Donna Swart, (352) 588-3631. The Founders Garden Club is planning a field trip for its April meeting. YARD SALE CORNER PARK & WALK SALESleepy Hollow Park is having its Park & Walk Sale on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be a white elephant sale in the clubhouse. Sleepy Hollow is located on SR 54 E, just east of Zephyrhills High. CRAFT AND GOODY SALELeisure Days RV Resort is having a Craft and Goody Sale. The sale will take place at the park, two blocks south of SR 54, off Morris Bridge Road, on Saturday, March 3. The hall opens at 8 a.m. The sale will include Chinese auction, white elephant sale, live auction, 50/50 and a quilt raffle. SPRING BAZAARCountry Aire Village is having a spring bazaar on Saturday, March 3 from 7 a.m.-1 p.m. Country Aire Village is located on the corner of SR 54 and 23rd Street. There will be a Chinese auction, a bake, sale, crafts, clothing, furniture, tools and lunch will also be available. For more information, call Dottie at (813) 780-2622. **Send your yard sale info to email@example.com** Your Community Calendar Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org All listings free of charge What s HAPPENING Michelle Capps email@example.comOrder Your Baseball Shirts Locally!3-5 Day Turn Around No Set-Up Fee No Minimum to BuyThe "T" Zone Custom Shirts Custom Graphics Transfers Athletic Appeal Special Events Screen Printing SAVE $50.00 COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHTFOUNDERS DAYMain Street Zephyrhills, Inc. will once again host the annual Founders Day celebration in downtown Zephyrhills on Saturday, March 10, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. with the parade starting at 10 a.m. This is the largest event of the year and will be celebrating the 102nd birthday of Zephyrhills on the actual birthday this year. CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 22, 2011 9
Call today See us tomorrowSpecialties Cardiovascular Surgery Family Practice General Surgery Geriatric Medicine Internal Medicine Interventional Neuroradiology Interventional Pain Medicine OB/GYN Orthopaedics Robotic Surgery Podiatry Pulmonary Medicine Rehabilitation & Physical Medicine Sleep Disorders Urology Please call our physician referral line813.779.6482Whether youre looking for a family practice doctor or specialist, our Medical Group of Tampa Bay physician oces are easily accessible and conveniently located throughout East Pasco County. To see our physician directory, by specialty or location, visit us at mgtb.com Silver Award WinnerTampa Tribune 813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 22, 2011 10 By Larry MyottSleepy Hollow Somewhere in the Gulf, more than 200 seniors and their friends from Pasco County were on board The Norwegian Star from Jan. 8-15. Cruisers were from several parks in the county, including Crystal Lakes and Sleepy Hollow Parks in Zephyrhills, Morningside Park in Dade City and more. Most of the Pasco County cruisers gathered for a group photo on the heliport deck. They cruised through great warm weather to four ports in the southwestern Caribbean, including Honduras, Belize, Costa Maya and Cozumel, Mexico. The cruise was arranged by Carefree Vacation Services of St. Petersburg, with its group leaders, Leo Sattler of Crystal Lakes and Shirley Humber and Larry Myott of Sleepy Hollow Parks. They have announced their 2013 cruise: It will be aboard the Carnival Valor on Jan. 6 13, traveling to the eastern Caribbean ports at Nassau-Bahamas; La Romana-Dominican Republic; San Juan-Puerto Rico and Grand Turk-Turks and Caicos. Passengers will be picked up in Dade City and Zephyrhills on a luxury tour bus to travel to the Port of Miami to board the ship. For more information contact a group leader: Larry Myott, firstname.lastname@example.org; Leo Sattler, email@example.com; or Shirley Humber, firstname.lastname@example.org. Cruising is one of the biggest winter activities of Florida seniors. Cruisers from Crystal Lakes, Sleepy Hollow and Morningside parks got together for a group picture on the heliport deck of The Norwegian Star. The more than 200 vacationers sailed from Honduras to Mexico in early January. (Photo courtesy of Larry Myott)Conglomeration of cruisers
CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 22, 2011 11 By Donna J MacArthurMorningside RV Estates A cousin of mine, and former radio host from British Columbia, Canada, tells me that a recent event held at Morningside should have made national headline news! The occasion was the parks 50-PlusYears Anniversary Celebration, held annually every February, which recognizes couples in the park who have been married 50 years or more. The outstanding part is that this year there were 52 couples honored several of whom have been married well over 60 years and several more which qualified but couldnt make the gala afternoon event which was organized and hosted by Linda OConnor and her helpers. Linda suggests that this may very well be the one time during the season that some of the men in the park get dressed up. They tell me that their wives make them bring their suits and ties for this occasion, she said with a laugh. Individual photos were taken of each well-dressed couple under a beautifully decorated wedding arch. Then the couples were introduced individually, according to their years married, and were invited to share a few words about their respective families which, of course, included children, grandchildren and great children. Linda also asked them to reveal what they thought was the best invention which made their lives easier during their years of marriage. The responses were as varied as the people themselves. The automatic washing machine was a popular suggestion by many of the women who had begun their marriages using the old-fashioned wringer-washers and some even recalled washing their laundry by hand with a scrub board in a tub. Some of the retired farmers in the gathering felt that automatic milking machines lightened their workload, while others appreciated the invention of tractors with rubber tires. Others suggested that the invention of the Mack trucks made the transporting of goods and products easier (there are a number of retired truckers in the park, as well). The golf club was another commodity that was credited with improving their quality of life, as well as disposable diapers and big-screen televisions and the list went on. One bride couldnt decide which invention made her life easier, but she offered that when her husband came home safely after being in the military for many years it made her life better. The Rev. Walter Crosby and his wife Bonnie have been married 62 years, and they were among the anniversary celebrants. Walters heartfelt comment was this: the best invention ever was the wedding band! There were also humorous, light-hearted comments made that brought roars of laughter from the packed clubhouse. One man shared that he and his young bride were very nave when they got married. We didnt know just what to do on our honeymoon, he said, so we went to a movie. Another retired nurse told the crowd of friends and neighbors that she was in nurses training when she and her hubby started courting. I think he married me so that hed have someone to look after him when he got old, she laughed. Wilma and John Goodbrand, of western New York State, were among the longestmarried couples who tied the proverbial knot more than 62 years ago. Wilma, a very youthful-looking almost 80, attributes humor and laughter to a lasting marriage. When you laugh a lot as a couple, it makes you feel closer, she said. My husband, John, is a very special person. We were high-school sweethearts, and we were married when I was only 17. Weve had ups and downs, the same as everyone else, but weve never stopped loving each other. Wilma believes that cultural changes have altered the lifestyles of some modernday couples. Church and family were the center of our lives back when we were young; it was so important. There was no TV or video games. We played games with our kids and we talked a lot. We worked hard and were busy, but families today seem to be busy in different ways and not always for the best, she suggested. Many others shared similar memories of the changes that have taken place during the many decades since they were young brides and grooms. All agree they are thankful to be healthy enough to reach such amazing milestones. May Field, left, and Yvonne Lawrence shared stories and memories at Morningside Parks recent 50-Plus-Years Wedding Anniversary celebration. May and her husband Don, of New Hampshire, were married 58 years ago, while Yvonne and her husband David, of New York, have been married for 52 years. 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A former resident Dean Heberly had started a golf club at Rainbow Village many years ago. Over the years the club has grown. Graffie Deredin was a golfer for many years and when he died, Billy Rector wanted to honor Graffie and so each year since he died they vote for a golfer of the year. Dean Heberly was the first winner, Billy Rector the second winner and this year 90-year-old Orion Harper a former World War II Air Force pilot of a B-17, and a prisoner of war for two years received the award. It was presented by Graffys widow, Lee Deredin. Orion was still golfing up to this year. Congratulations Orion!!!!! Joe and Rose Lasch have been residents of Rainbow for nine years. Two years ago they decided to become full time residents. They always had a dream that they wanted a home at a lake so they could do some fishing and just enjoy retirement years. The dream came true and they will be moving to Land O Lakes soon. Joe and Rose have been very active in everything at Rainbow. Joe is credited in organizing security in our park. He also started recycling glass and plastic. He was our soundman. Rose was our photographer for all events and put a DVD together of all events during the year and sold them for the association. She also was our manager, Sue Flynns right hand person. Rose was in charge of making signs and posters for all events. We wish them the best in their new adventure and we will miss you!!!!! Multi state and the Michigan State dinners were held recently and lots of great food was enjoyed by all who attended. George Hamilton IV entertained at both dinners with his music from his career singing A Rose and a Baby Ruth and many others. Rainbowettes red hat group took a trip to the Early Bird Dinner theater to see Lie, Cheat and Genuflect. The husbands were invited to come along. Very funny play and food was delicious. Chris Michaels show was a wonderful show! He is one talented artist who played many instruments like the banjo, guitar, saw, harmonica, accordion and he was very funny with his singing and stories. Thirty-five years of entertaining folks all over the world. Great show! Upcoming shows are the Joe and Jan Edwards from Nashville and also residents of our park will entertain with Joe playing his guitar and Jan singing on Wednesday, March 7 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available, please call Sue Flynn at (813) 782-5075. On Friday, March 16, the Scott Woods show, the Canadian fiddle champion will be performing. All are welcome. Tickets are $7 each.CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 22, 2011 13 By Sandra AbelRainbow VillageRecently a 21-foot motor home pulled into Rainbow Village with three sisters from Maine looking for their two sisters, Claudette Poulin and Jeanine Beland. This was one of the many stops these three single ladies will do in the next nine months of traveling to visit each state in the USA. This is a very interesting family of seven sisters and four brothers. Jeanine stated that all the sisters get together once a year and create a wonderful memory whether to the shore, to a cabin or just a day of playing cards, sharing the good and bad times, laughing, crying just spending time together. This is a rare occasion in these times. Hats off to this special family!!! We have some very dedicated men at Rainbow Village that are very concerned about trying to make a difference when it comes to recycling everything that they can so it wont fill up our landfill. The men spend many hours recycling. They disassemble aluminum by taking out the screws and bolts. Separate copper, brass, plastic bottles, tin cans and soda cans. The plastic and glass they take to transfer station in Dade City. No money for this stuff, but the satisfaction is that it isnt filling the landfill with these items. They stated that they have collected more than $1,200 from recycling this year so far. They hope that other RV parks would start the recycling in their parks and they would be glad to share what they know. Just call Larry Beland at (813) 7885765. Our park thanks these gentlemen for a great service to our county and for our association. What a way for a 92-year-old woman to celebrate her birthday!! Ruthie Rounds celebrated her 92nd birthday with a ride on a motorcycle owned by Lane Hooper. He took her all over our park with residents cheering them on the way. They also had a little party for her. Ruthie has been a resident for 26 years and is from northern New York. Happy Birthday Ruthie and many more. Fun day started out with a pancake breakfast served by John Turner, Doris Adams and their great committee. Pancakes, bacon, applesauce, juice and coffee were served. Later in the day, Sheila Rempts famous Sloppy Joes were served for supper. Joyce Stickler and her committee sold delicious pieces of pie baked by our good bakers at Rainbow. Bonnie Cormier was in charge of the beverages. Jan Henning and Nancy Matthias traveled around our park and got numerous donations for prizes. Great job ladies. The person in charge of Fun Day and Night is Reggie Short. He put many, many hours into the planning of this event. A big thanks to Reggie and all the committees. Games were enjoyed by all! It was a great fun day!!!!! Trio travelers, recycling and more over the Rainbow The Fun committee organized a pancake breakfast, a Sloppy Joes supper, pie and refreshments and games for prizes. (Photos courtesy of Sandra Abel) Orion Harper, a 90-year-old war veteran, receives a plaque from Lee Deredin for coming out on top on the links. The recycling clue at Rainbow Village is comprised of Larry Beland, Eugene Hoard, Charlie Dickey, Peter Bisig and Freeman Higgins. Fellow member Reggie Bradley is absent from the picture. Ruthie Rounds, on her 92nd birthday, rides a motorcycle with Lane Hooper.
813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 22, 2011 14 that she was sure he sincerely believed the Powerpoint was a good presentation. However, she said, its tone feels very positive. She offered to lend her expertise to future presentations, to assure a more balanced approach. I thank you for looking outside the box, said Dawn Chiarenza, of Trinity. However, she suggested the district consider some other cost-cutting ideas. Maybe we should look at putting the offices on a four-day work week, she said. Several speakers mentioned practical concerns, such as providing childcare when schools are out, fitting in extracurricular activities with a longer school day and trying to help their tired children with homework after such a long day. Several people shared Peggy DAlessandros concerns about potential negative impacts on student learning. Missing that fifth day of school every week is detrimental, said the woman who described herself as being very active in her schools PTA. Two women said that school bus drivers, kitchen workers and other support personnel would take a financial hit from a shorter work week. One woman said shes worried about children whose only meals are the breakfast and lunch they eat at school. Luikart said the issues raised at the forums are being researched by the task force, which will present its report to the school board. He told speakers the purpose of the three public forums was to give people the opportunity to raise issues. There are hundreds of school districts operating on a four-day week, Luikart said. But none of them are quite like Pasco County, he added. Pasco County is the biggest district in the United States thats even looking at this, he said. Of dozens of speakers, just one offered outright support. Im a huge proponent of the fourday school week, said Dana Livesay, of Land O Lakes. Luikart told the crowd that additional public forums would be held if the school board decides to pursue a fourday week. The task force is scheduled to present its report at a school board workshop at 4 p.m. on March 20. The public is welcome to attend, but these sessions generally are not open for public comment. SCHOOL, from page 1 Pasco County School Board member Steve Luikart conducts a public forum on a proposal to shift to a four-day school week in the countys public school district. (Photo by B.C. Manion) By Barb WhiteSundance ParkOn Monday, Feb. 13, around 40 ladies of the Womens Club of Sundance Park Zephyrhills joined together for the monthly meeting. The morning began with our speaker, B.J. Jarvis from Pasco Cooperative Extension. She presented information about gardening principles here in Florida. A potluck luncheon was enjoyed by all with the ladies sharing favorite covered dishes. The luncheon was organized by Connie Soule and her kitchen committee. Many thanks go out to all of the volunteers each month to make these luncheons successful! After the luncheon, the meeting began as usual with the Pledge of Allegiance led by the president, Sara Lawson. Sara did a reading about us not only leaving fingerprints as we travel through life, but also leaving heartprints to be remembered. February birthdays and anniversaries were acknowledged. Some of the upcoming events were discussed. Pat Wilson reported on the upcoming Spring Fashion Show that will be on Saturday, March 24. Ticket sales of $7 were on sale and will remain on sale at the March meeting as well as at the door on the day of the fashion show. The Monday, March 12 meeting will begin with election of officers for the next season. Next, the past Womens Club presidents along with the current and future 2012-13 board of officers will be recognized. There will be a program of going down memory lane by Sara Lawson, the current president. All ladies in the park are welcome to attend the monthly Womens Club meetings. Shuffling and new faces at Florida EstatesDave and Rose are new neighbors of Florida Estates. Here they are pictured cruising around in a golf cart. (Photo courtesy of Autumn Watson) Florida Estates and Hillside had a shuffling tournament on Feb. 6. Paul Thibideau and Charles White came in fourth place. (Photo by Ed Watson) Becky Bishop, left, of West Zephyrhills Elementary and Sara Lawson, president of the womens club, hold up the Sundance Park Womens Club yearly donation to the school. (Photos courtesy of Barb White) From left, Jean Popp, Sara Lawson and Becky Bishop proudly display the labels for education that were also presented to the school.Spring, memory lane on the horizon
CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 22, 2011 15 By Kathy MaceBetmarWe finally got our little taste of winter. It is so hard not to complain but three days is not like the two months of winter we had last year. I finally got to haul out some of those long sleeve shirts I stocked up on last year when it was soooo cold. The really nice part of the weather being cold is you dont have to make an excuse for curling up, wrapping in a blanket and reading a good book. Enjoy your break while you can because the sun will be out soon and it will be back to golf, tennis, bike rides, walks and being on the go every minute. Bryan Toll, assistant activities director, opened coffee today. Charlotte Volsburg gave the invocation and led us in the pledge. The computer lab will be open to members of the Computer Club on Tuesday after coffee to learn about programs on office or to ask questions. Bingo is held on Mondays in Clubhouse No. 2. The kitchen crew fixes wonderful sandwiches, kielbasa, hot dogs and other foods. The food court is open for everyone from 4-7 p.m. so come on in and leave the cooking to them. There will be a General Admission Dance on Saturday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Clubhouse No. 2. Music will be by Chrissy Harriman. Tickets are a donation of $5. The Health O Rama Wellness Fair is Thursday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. 2 p.m. in Clubhouse No. 2. Many health checks will be available including blood pressure, moles, PSA and hearing. Find out about inhome care, long-term care and other topics. There will be presentations starting at 9:30 a.m. The Swim Clubs annual Chicken and Biscuit Dinner is Friday, Feb. 24 from 4:30-6 p.m. in Clubhouse No. 2. Tickets are a donation of $6. A general Swim Club meeting will be held on Feb. 13 at 9 a.m. in the Apache Clubhouse. Larry Martins WWII In Their Own Words will present an interview with Eugene Bleil on Friday, Feb 24 at 9:00am in Clubhouse #2. Tickets are a donation of $2 at the door. The Betmar Hobby Club is presenting a Spring Bazaar and Bake Sale on Friday, March 2 from 45:30 p.m. and Saturday, March 3 from 8-11 a.m. Bridge winners on Monday, Feb. 6 were first Inga Lindner, second Joyce Roberts, third Betty Brown and fourth Virginia Decker. Bridge winners on Wednesday, Feb. 8 were first Nev Haggins, second Tom Poppas and third Ray Lindner. The high score at Fun Darts on Tuesday, Feb. 7 went to Walt Shine with a 121 followed by Mary Gough and Ralph Knotts both with 100s. The winners of the Stars games were Sue Lane, Verna Young, Walt Shine, Pat Chesebro, Steve Dukeshire and Toni Nelson. Dee Payne, activities director, gave a big thank you to all who have been and are making or buying hats and mittens for our elementary children at Christmas. Hats and mittens are already coming in for next year. Birthdays this week are John Cassidy, Feb. 4, Claudia Masse, Feb. 4, Fred Sulier, Feb. 5, Pat Murray, Feb. 6, Joe Brooks, Feb. 6, Maxine Bailey, Feb. 7, Graham Thompson, Feb. 10, Cathy Horn, Feb. 11 and Lyn Reyner, Feb. 12. Anniversaries are Pat and Derald VanCamp, Feb. 7, Rose and Bob Reardon, Feb. 8 and Jim and Ginny Matthews, Feb. 8. Ralph Knotts played the piano while we sang to the celebrants. Visitors are Doug Baker from North Carolina visiting Sandy Stanton, Amber, Christopher and Abigail from Florida visiting Bobbie and Harold Grass, Dale and Velva Margraf from Michigan visiting Jack and Karen Allan, Cindy Rubbins and Kathy Riordan from Maine visiting John and Elaine Cassidy, Lucy and Dave Bryant from New York visiting Vic and Doris Bryan, Angela Hyldburg from Vermont visiting Claudia and Merrill Masse, Dianne Bezdon from Indiana visiting Herb and Karen Mathias, Vera Klein from Minnesota visiting Jim Kollodge and Sue Hovia and Katuinstra from Michigan visiting Johnny and Julie Ellis. New residents are Don and Linda Hamilton from Michigan, Jim and Mary Ellen Werner from Ohio and Bob Randall and Helen Wulf from Iowa. January coffee workers were Flo Galligan, Betty Bradley, Bill and Alice Devine, Gretchen Dolan, Helene Dolan, Connie Johnson, Don and Jan Kiessel, Bob and Mary Sue Kintzer, Lynn and Donna Long, Gerry and Norma Nusz, Tony and Lucy Mastro, Joan McPhail, Janet Send, Bill and Pauline Westen, Lynda Jaynes and Sue Lane.Activities heating up as winter fades The Pasco-Hernando Community College cheerleading team was the best in the state in its classification. Front row l-r: Molly Kibby, Teri Hardy, Ashley Mitchell, captain Katherine Harrison, Samantha Fularz; middle row: Kayla Kizer-Pressel, Jill Rosella, Darcy DellaFiora, Abby Vincent, Brandais Austrino, Marissa Johnson; back row: Kevin Stafford, Brittney Farese, Jennifer Grafton, captain Natalee Sesler and Matthew Phillips. Lisa Fairbanks is the cheerleading team coach. (Photo courtesy of Courtney Boettcher) If you have stories and/or photos from the Zephyrhills and Dade City community, we want to hear about it!Always feel free to submit any news to The Laker/Park News editor Eugenio Torrens at email@example.com. PHCC cheerleading captures championshipThe Laker Park News Staff Report The Pasco-Hernando Community College cheerleading team won the Florida State Cheer and Dance Championship competition in College Level 6 Co-ed. Along with winning its division, the team had the highest applied total score of the entire competition. The team received a total of 82.52 out of a possible 104 points scoring 9.10 in performance, 9.60 in pyramid, 9.80 in tosses, and 8.90 in formations and transitions all out of a possible 10. The competition took place at the Florida State Fairgrounds amphitheater on Saturday, Feb. 11. To see a video of the PHCC cheerleading team in action, visit www.phcc.edu/athletics/cheerleading/.
By Helene RubensteinGrand HorizonsQuite a bit has transpired since the last article. On Jan. 17 we all gathered at the community center for a game of bingo. The hall was filled with expectant winners and, Only one more number was heard throughout the room. I was one of them and, I am sure, many more. We had some happy winners leaving that night to go home and others who said, Just wait for next week. The following day found a good many of us attending coffee hour and doughnuts. This is where we all socialize and get up-to-date news on the happenings of the community. We also are able to get our blood pressure checked at this time. This is a very good idea, as we tend to forget these important issues. In addition to the blood pressure and the up-to-date information, we also had a lawyer, Stephen Carle, talk about changes in power of attorney and Florida law. The talk was very informative and some questions that we may have had were addressed. After the coffee and doughnuts, we had three games of shuffleboard. Even though it looked like rain, we some how managed to get the games played. Later that day, a few guys went to Hooters once again and, from what I understand, had a real good time. Then, at night, we had a game of hand and foot. I recently started to play this game, and it is a lot of fun. Several of us showed up for this entertaining game. It consists mainly of women while the guys get together and play some cards in another part of the community center. It is an enjoyable night for all who attended. Jan. 19 finds many women playing Mah Jongg at the community center while another group of women go in the craft room to make greeting cards. Sam Sage started this group of creating greeting cards some time ago and they create many different kinds for the many assisted living homes and rehab centers. From what was told to me by Sam Sage, the residents of these homes look forward to these cards. It feels good to see them smile is what I was told. It is worth any work that is required. Something new has been added. On Jan. 20 we had our first social hour in the new community center. While there were not too many of us that joined in that day, I am so sure that as the times goes by; we will have more and more people. Each couple brings a little nibble and discussion and, in return, they meet new neighbors and have a good time. Remember, the main reason for this is to get to know one another better and meet new neighbors that recently moved to Grand Horizons. On this same day, several couples from Grand Horizons joined others from Gem Estates plus other parks, for a Bon Voyage party. We were all leaving for Mexico on Jan. 21 aboard the Jewel of The Sea. There were movies, trivia contests, shows, karaoke, swimming plus listening to live music and so much more. Russ and Lee Heffelfinger were our liaisons with our travel agency and helped us with any and all problems. They did a wonderful job and our thanks go out to them. Thanks to Lee and Russ for great planning and a fun time. Several days before this, on Jan. 15, there was another cruise planned for 10 days and 12 people went on a Southern Caribbean Cruise on the NCL Dawn. They went to six ports including the Dominican Republic, Tartola BVI, St. Martin, Antigua, Barbados, and St. Kitts. There were several activities from relaxing in the sun to dancing under the stars and dining in style. There was a spaghetti dinner that was held back in the community center on Jan. 25, while we were soaking up the sun on our cruise, and, this was hosted by Andy and Margaret Castonguay. We werent there, but from what I heard from the different people that attended, a good time was had by all and, I understand that 99 people attended. Spaghetti was served with a special and secret sauce along with tossed salad and Italian and Garlic bread. The special sauce was prepared by Andy and Carol. There were also home made cakes by Donna Scott. This dinner ran smoothly with the help from the volunteers who were Dudley and Carol Newvine, Joe and Margaret Clark, Bill Donlon, Rox-Anne Lamphere and Donna Scott. Next time, Andy and Margaret, we definitely hope to be there. 813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 22, 2011 16 Helene Rubenstein was ready for Mexico even before stepping afoot the Jewel of The Sea. (Photos courtesy of Helene Rubenstein)Land and sea for Grand Horizons residents Tom Carter and a Hooters girl pose for a picture during guys night out.
CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 22, 2011 17 In chaps or crowns, pillars of the park stand tall The Wild Hogs from Baker Acres are just a fun-loving bunch that enjoys touring the country on their bikes and once in awhile, if they are lucky, their wives get to go along. Front row: Gary Hilborn and Bud Avery. Back row: Gaylord Sharp, the leader of the pack, Larry Loeffen and John Platania. (Photos courtesy of Kathy Adams) Bob and Joyce Atwater were elected the new Prince and Princess and were handed their robes and pinned by outgoing Prince and Princess, Wendell and Vivian Jordan. After dancing their last dance as King and Queen, Jerry and Sandy Polster placed their crowns on Wendell and Vivian who will reign for the upcoming year. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Mark Killian, there were 11 former Kings and Queens represented. After enjoying a royal feast provided by Don and Sue Wyatt, everyone danced to the music of Alan Chamberlain. Tom and Donna Wyatt retired in 2002. They browsed Florida and even had a connection to another park in Zephyrhills, but the lack of pool kept them searching until they came to Baker Acres. They became active immediately and when the director of the Follies moved out of the park, Tom convinced Donna that she should volunteer. This is her eighth year directing the Follies (Variety Show). She also produces many of the skits and once in awhile finds herself in one of them on the stage. Tom is the Master of Ceremonies for the Follies, he and his good friend, John Toolin, have been keeping the audience entertained between acts since Donna started directing the event. Tom is also chairperson for bocce ball and heads up the parks popular annual visit to the dinner theatre in Hudson with more than 170 of our residents attending. They come to us from east Cincinnati. Their two children and spouses, three grandsons, one step grandson and two step great grandsons love to visit the lake and play with all Grandpas water toys. Last summer they celebrated their 50th anniversary over the Labor Day weekend and were delighted to have 11 of their Baker Acres friends travel from Wisconsin to South Carolina to share the event. Wendell and Vivian Jordan were crowned King and Queen in a beautiful ceremony held in conjunction with the Sweetheart Dinner and Dance on Feb. 9. 813-996-55305710 Land OLakes Blvd.lolrecycli ng.com In 2010,with your efforts, WE RECYCLED 46,361 TONS OF PAPER This means we saved 788,137 trees. This is 6,255 acres. Concerned for the Environment and your Community?RECYCLE your Cardboard Magazines Junk Mail Phone Books and Office Paper EVERY WEEK and HELP Raise Money for your comm unity. We Make it Easy.Place Paper product s (CLEAN, Dry Paper Only Please) in the BLUE MIX PAPER Recycling Bin at your location,7 Days a week.THANKS FOR YOUR RECYCLING EFFORTS. PLEASE CONTACTUS IF YOUR CO MMUNITY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE ARECYCLING BIN
813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 22, 2011 18 By Janet NelsonWood Dale ParkLast time I told you we were in full swing for the winter and there certainly is no question about that! Wood Dale Park residents have participated in a burst of special events over the past couple of weeks. On Jan. 27, several people attended the delicious pancake breakfast sponsored by our Shuffle Club. A delightful young couple, Thom and Cindy Jarvis, came from Yellowknife in the Northwest Territories, Canada, just to have pancakes with us. Of course, the fact that Thoms parents, Vince and Sharon Jarvis, live in the park may have had something to do with that. It was so nice to meet Thom and Cindy and have them visit our park.The Peters family honored us with a delightful concert on the evening of Jan. 28. Mom, Betty Peters, is a resident in the park. Betty sang her signature song Mrs. Robinson while her family showered us with a wonderful variety of melodies. Other family members entertaining us were James Peters, Sharon Crowley, Tim and Donna Smith, Stacy Rose, and Jim Peters. Fred Partridge, a resident of the park, also joined the Peters family for a couple of songs. The Peters family furnished several door prizes during the show and great snacks during intermission. Thank you Betty and family for a great evening! Wow! And just wait until you read what events residents have participated during February so far and we are only halfway through the month. Lois Denison and the Hymn Sing group sponsored a lovely memorial service for several of our friends whom were called to the Glorious Home Above during the past year. These included: Thelma Beadle, John Brooks, Herb Brown, Manuel Burnsworth, John Denison, Don Kepler, Martin Spinks, Anna Swart, Ruth Wood and Jeane Wythe. The Wood Dale Band (Connie Wilbur, Jane Race, Fred Bleckley, Gordon Beukema and Natalie Cass) played while the residents sang. Following the service, white balloons were released to the beautiful blue sky above in remembrance of our dear friends. Residents were then invited to stay for a delightful sandwich, fruit cocktail and cookie plate. A life well-lived is a legacy of joy and pride and pleasurea loving, lasting memory our grateful hearts will treasure.It was a perfect cool day on Feb. 10 for the delicious Chili and Cornbread Luncheon put on by the Community Club. The chili and cornbread lunch was topped off with a delicious choice of lemon or lime parfait made by resident Marion Bryan. We had a wonderful turnout for the lunch and everyone seemed to really enjoy the chili! Valentines Day got off to an early start with a delicious Sweetheart Breakfast. The clubhouse was beautifully decorated for this special event. Residents came to the clubhouse between 8-10 a.m. and were escorted to their seats by Elaine Bunting where each person was given a menu, a valentine card and a handmade red heart. Terrific waitresses took their orders, which were cooked as they came in. Dorothy Brooks was at the door to receive payment for the breakfast as the people left and each person was presented with handmade chocolate valentine candy. The Sweetheart Breakfast was sponsored by the Women of Wood Dale. What a great, hard-working crew they were! Thanks to all who helped with and who supported these special events. This makes our park so special. These special events were in addition to all our regular activities. We never lack for something to do here at Wood Dale! Stacy Rose, James Peters, Sharon Crowley, Donna Smith, Betty Peters, Tim Smith and Jim Peters all put on a show, complete with songs and door prizes. (Photo courtesy of Janet Nelson)Sweetheart breakfast latest in burst of events AUTO LOANS! Bankruptcies Repos Foreclosures Auto Loans1-888-845-02161000 s of Car s Sold Already Get Approval Today!CREDIT ANALYSTS ARE READY FOR YOUR CALL! Over 15 banks nationwide that specialize in helping you to recreate the credit you once had and the confidence of driving a reliable vehicle (most with a warranty). Avoid Buy Here Pay Here dealerships STARTREBUILDING YOUR CREDITNOW. A payroll company that puts MONEYback in YOUR POCKET! THATS HOW CONFIDENT WE ARE IN OUR SERVICE.WELL SAVE YOU TIME AND MONEY,PLUS REDUCE YOUR EMPLOYEE LIABILITY.$25 rebate per employeewith first payrollSay NO toNo set-up fees No charge for W-2s No workerscomp and unemployment tax problems No IRS worries payroll taxes filed accurately and on timeCall us today!Locally owned and managed since 2001 Direct deposit or cash bank cards Group health, 401k plans, pre-tax deductions, COBRA administration (727) 323-7979www.innovativeemployer.com
CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 22, 2011 19 All Hail!Bob and Gale Hilton were elected as the new Tropical Acre Estates King and Queen. They have lived in the park since 1993 and moved here from Boston. Bob and Gale have attended and participated in many of the park activities. Presently, Gale is president of the TAE Homeowners Association as well as a member of the womens golf league, and participates in bowling. They are a very busy couple and we congratulate them on being selected our new king and queen. (Photo courtesy of Lynda Warner) b tnbfrrtnb HANK WILLIAMS, JR.TAKING BACK THE COUNTRY TOUR VINCE GILL CRACKER BARREL OLD COUNTRY STORE PRESENTSJOSH TURNER THE OAK RIDGE BOYS RODNEY ATKINS BRENDA LEE REBA THE CHARLIE DANIELS BAND LUKE BRYAN Thu. Mar. 1 Ride-A-Thon $19 3 pm 11 pm Fri. Mar. 2 Sweetbay Supermarket Day on the Midway Noon 10 pm. Present any My Essentials non-perishable item at gate. Get $2 off Fun Pack Ride Coupon Book Moonlight Magic $20 11 pm 3 am Sat. Mar. 3 Kids Day All Day Free Admission for Kids through High School Sun. Mar. 4 Mountain Dew Family Day $5 offwith Mountain Dew can Ride all day for $20Mon. Mar 5 Ride-A-Thon $19 10 am 11 pm Tues. Mar. 6 Ride-A-Thon $19 3 pm 11 pm Wed. Mar. 7 Ride-A-Thon $19 3 pm 11 pm Thu. Mar. 8 Ride-A-Thon $19 3 pm 11 pm Fri. Mar. 9 Tampa Tribune Day Noon 10 pm $2 Off Fun Pack Ride Coupon Book Sun. Mar. 11 Mountain Dew Family Day $5 offwith Mountain Dew can Ride all day for $20The Midway opens daily at 12 noon except on Sat., Sun. & Mon., when it opens at 10:00 a.m. T F S S M T W T F S T e T MIDWAY HIGHLIGHTSFESTIVAL FAVORITES Dennis Lee Jay Taylor Band The Walker Brothers Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Show The Gothard Sisters Runa Pacha Robinsons Racing Pigs Rock-It The Robot NEW: World Champion Lumberjills Ron Diamond Lloyd Mabrey Makenzie Raye Karaoke Contest Kandu Magic Show Sea Lion Splash Show GrowingSweetMemories Artists Appearing on the Wish Farms Soundstage:Order: www.strawberryfestival.com or 813-754-1996 Concert dates and times are subject to change Direct Auto Insurance Free GrandstandSeating 3:30 & 7:30 pm are on a first come, first seated basis. Red Hat Society DayTues, Mar, 6th $2 Off Gate Admission Re Red Red Red d d H H H Ha Ha t R R R Rd d d R H H H H H t SENIOR CITIZENS DAYSFREE CONCERTS Thurs, Mar 1st Jimmy Sturr Orchestra Thurs, Mar 8th Ronnie McDowell Concerts 10:30am AMERICAN HEROES DAYWed. Mar. 7thAll Active, Reserve, Retired Military, Military Veterans, Law Enforcement, First Responders (EMS & Fire Fighters) admitted Free all day with a valid ID GRETCHEN WILSON Save $2.00 on Adult General Admission at all Sweetbay Supermarkets! MAR. 1 MAR. 11, 2012 PLANT CITY, FLORIDA Expires 3-31-12 Park News SATURDAY, MARCH 31 HOMOSASSA HERITAGE DAY In the V isitor Center Florida Room SATURDAY,APRIL 7 EASTER EGG HUNT On the Green next to the Parking Area on US 19 SATURDAY,APRIL 21 EARTH DAY Events & Exhibitors in the Garden of the Springs Call (352) 628-5343 for more information on any of these events.www.HomosassaSprings.orgSPRING EVENTS
813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 22, 2011 20 Sweet, new pavilion at Sweetwaterfans got hungry, they visited the Dale and Rhoda food tent. The Hunts, the clubs kitchen management, provided hot dogs, beans and soft drinks at a minimal price. The food tent servers were Dorothy North, Heather Kelly and Shirley Baker. Plans are being made for the next performance at the new Sweetwater Pavilion. By Cinda McCormickSweetwaterA large and eager crowd gathered Feb. 7 to see the dedication of the new Sweetwater Pavilion. A group of men in the park took a bare bones utility trailer and transformed it into a sturdy and attractive bandstand. Neil Peck, vice president of Sweetwaters Runningwater Club, served as the master of ceremonies. Claude Smith, resident minister, began the festivities with a prayer. Jeanette Smith, park manager; Terry Harrell, part owner of Sweetwater; and Gary Irving, club president, participated in the ribbon cutting ceremony. Next on stage were the newly formed Sweetwater Cheerleaders: Heather Kelly, Chris Parker, Shirley Todaro, Kim Ricketts, Judy Dishon and Doris Steele. They gave a spirited performance. The headliners of the day were five Canadian bands that reside in Sweetwater Park. First on stage was Gator Creek, with lead singer Catherine Lawrence. They were followed by the Ed Martin Band, Terri and Friends, Claude and Friends, and Bob Marshall and the Silver Rockets. Overcast and misty weather didnt keep fans of the bands away. When From left: Jeanette Smith, Sweetwater manager, Terry Harrell, part owner of Sweetwater and Gary Irving, president of Sweetwaters Runningwater Club stand on stage of the parks new pavilion. (Photos courtesy of Cinda McCormick) Part of the crowd is pictured watching the Bob Marshall band perform. 37940 Live Oak Ave Dade City 352.523.0055 www.kafekokopelli.comHOURS: TUES THURS 11AM-9PM FRI SAT 11AM-10PM CLOSED SUNDAY & MONDAYAn incredible dining experience in an atmosphere so unique,youll never forget it. PATIO NOW OPEN Sunset Menu 4-6pm everyday starting at $7.99 Happy Hour 4-7 Daily extensive Wine List 3rd Wednesday of Every Month house wines $3.00 a glass Magician every Tuesday & Saturday 6 9pmDaily & Weekly Specials on Catering & Party Rooms Available FREE ESTIMATESon all installations A/C & GasSales Service Installation Lenny Bahr Kevin BahrOwnersVisit Any Of Our 3 Locations For The Lowest Prices In Town! Mon-Fri 8am-5pm Sat 8am-Noon352-567-767815229 US Hwy 301 Dade City, FLMon-Fri 8am-5pm Sat 8am-Noon 813-782-50134441 Allen Rd. Zephyrhills, FL $1OFF Propane Cylinder Fill20 30 lb.Limit one per person, per visit. Expires 2-29-12.$5OFF A/C Maintenance CheckLimit one per person, per visit. Expires 2-29-12.$100OFFNew A/C InstallLimit one per person, per visit. Expires 2-29-12. 6701 Dairy Road Zephyrhills (Behind Florida Medical Clinic)813-782-4417 www.westbrookemanoralf.comWe would like to invite you to stop by Westbrooke Manor and see our beautiful home. Come take a tour...have a bite to eat...or just sit a spell and visit. We enjoy company and we are sure you will enjoy Westbrooke Manor.25 Years of Excellent Care for Seniors
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