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HEART INSTITUTE #1 Heart Hospital in East Pasco County TreatmentofHeartAttack Five-StarRated2012 TheLAKER PARKNEWS MARCH 21, 2012 ZEPHYRHILLS SERVING GREATER ZEPHYRHILLSFREE Zephyrhills past and present celebratedDespite some overcast skies, a throng of spectators came out on March 10 as part of the Zephyrhills Founders Day Parade. (Photos by Al Carroccetto) More Founders Day photos, page 2. Zephyrhills eyeing areas for annexationBy B.C. Manionbcmanion@cnewspubs.comAs City Manager Jim Drumm surveys the city of Zephyrhills, he sees places that logically should be in the city, but are not. These are pockets of land within unincorporated Pasco Countys jurisdiction known as enclaves that are surrounded by lots within the city limits. There are other properties that are unincorporated known as pockets that are surrounded on three sides by lots within the citys jurisdiction. On the surface, it doesnt seem to be much of a problem but the situation creates confusion and results in inefficient government services, Drumm said. Theres confusion on both sides. People will call the local police and find out they were surrounded by the city, but the sheriff was actually their law enforcement agency, the city manager said. He offered this example of a See ANNEX, page13
The Pasco Sheriffs Mounted Posse made an appearance at the parade as well. Volunteers in the posse have been serving citizens of Pasco since 1995.813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com THE LAKER/PARK NEWS March 21, 2012 2 Kentucky dairy farmer Jack Linville started Zephyr Egg in 1954. His photo was plastered on the side of a train that made its way down Main Street. Greg First was the Grand Marshall for the parade and got the crowd excited in his fire engine red Chevy Camaro. (Photos by Al Carroccetto) Carolyn Hodges, left, and Stephanie Stephenson parade down the street with a Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce banner. The Zephyrhills High marching band added jubilation to the afternoon with its performance.Founders Day draws community together
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Sponsors of the event include the Association of Florida Colleges (AFC) and the Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Florida Region. The Laker Park News Staff ReportThe Zephyrhills High School Team that performed the Odyssey Angels problem at the Gulf Coast Odyssey of the Mind competition on Saturday, March 10, 2012, at Rushe Middle School took home first place in its problem area. The all-girl team of six moves on to the state competition at the University of Central Florida on Saturday, April 14. Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. They then bring their solutions to competition on the local, state and world level. Thousands of teams from throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program. Odyssey of the Mind encourages students to use their creativity toward problem solving so that they can learn skills that will provide them with the ability to solve problems of any size in the future. This group of Bulldogs also earned the Ranatra Fusca Creativity Awards (one of only two acknowledged this year, and the only team to receive this highest honor). This recognition is well deserved for this team, they have been working together since eighth grade and this is their fourth year together as a team. They are now all juniors at Zephyrhills High, where they recruited Cecil James, science teacher at ZHS, as their coach in ninth grade. They are hoping that this is their year to go to world competition, which takes place May 23-26 at Iowa State University. For more information on Odyssey of the Mind, visit www.odysseyofthemind.com or call (856) 256-2797.This oyster, made in part with paper plates, was the sign for the Zephyrhills High team that placed first in the Odyssey Angels problem at the Odyssey of the Mind competition. (Photo courtesy of Jill Wright)Bulldogs dominate Odyssey FAMILY OWNED & OPERATED813-995-7803www.CornerstoneAirFla.com SALES SERVICE INSTALLATIONLicensed Bonded &Insured Lic# CAC 1816647 ARated BBB A/C CompanySERVING OUR CUSTOMERS WITH QUALITY,HONESTY & INTEGRITY FREE Service Call with repair FREE ESTIMATES FOR NEW SYSTEMS PRECISION TUNE-UP$4995*ULTIMATE 77 POINT *if system fails we reimburse $49.95 toward repairs6 MONTH GUARAN TEE (813) 909-2800 www.cnewspubs.comThe LAKER/ PARKNEWSis published every other week by CommunityNewsPublications, 3632 Land O Lakes Blvd., Suite 102, Land O Lakes, FL 34639. All mail: P.O. Box 479, Lutz, FL 33548. 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You get better employees because they have critical thinking skills, but then they can actually pound a nail or push a syringe, or whatever it is, Hagen said. Real-world experiences also help students make informed career choices, he said. College takes such resources these days. It seems to me it is kind of a tragedy when somebody goes through a program and graduates with a degree or even for that matter, they come out of high school and then they go to work in the field that theyve chosen and they discover, This isnt what I thought it was. I dont like it. Employers who provide internships can observe potential employees and help them learn career skills. We realize that the knowledge content of jobs is going up, Hagen said. Part of the problem with todays labor market is the mismatch between what employees know how to do and the skills that employers need. Hagen is pleased by the school districts interest in helping to develop a stronger work force. 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Manionb cmani on@cnewspub s.comA deeper partnership between the countys public schools and employers could strengthen Pasco Countys work force, economic boosters say. The goal is to give students a chance to broaden their learning experiences through internships, apprenticeships, mentoring and other opportunities at local businesses, said John Hagen, CEO and president of the Pasco Economic Development Council (PEDC). A steering committee, led by Hagen, is asking businesses to become more engaged in preparing the local work force. Peter Buczynsky, president of Pharmaworks, a company based in Odessa, said more hands-on training is needed to prepare todays work force. One of the biggest challenges his company faces is finding employees who have practical skills in addition to theoretical knowledge. Theyve never had to put the chain on their bicycle or fix a flat tire or figure out a lawn mower, said Buczynsky, who oversees the company that was named Floridas 2011 Manufacturer of the Year. He also thinks middle school students need opportunities to see whats happening in the work force. Such opportunities might spark a career interest, Buczynsky said, adding: It starts off with exposure. The school district wants to expand internships and other learning opportunities, said Rob Aguis, who oversees the districts 17 career academies. However, it needs more business partners to achieve that, he said. The districts academies focus on various fields. Theres the Academy of Culinary Arts at Land O Lakes High, the Academy of Finance at Sunlake High and the Academy of Automotive Service Technology at Wesley Chapel High. Others include the Academy of Information Technology and the Academy of Medical Professions at Wiregrass High, the Academy of Health at Zephyrhills High and the Academy of Health and the Academy of Building Technologies at Pasco High. Hillsborough County also offers a wide selection of career and technical programs at Steinbrenner, Freedom, Gaither and Wharton high schools. Steinbrenner is a choice school for its culinary and its sports, recreation and entertainment marketing programs. Its offerings also include agritechnology, health and wellness, agricultural communication, digital design, veterinary assisting and teaching assisting. Gaithers selections include nursing assistant, digital design, veterinary assisting, drafting and illustration, accounting operations and agricultural science and service. At Wharton, career and technical offerings include accounting operations, business supervision, digital design, early childhood education, teaching assisting and web design. Freedom also offers web design, animal science and service, marketing, culinary and other career and technical options. Giving students more real-world experiences can reap tremendous dividends, both for students and the local work force, Hagen said.It has the power to transform students and the relationship they have to their own education, and to their own lives, Hagen said. You get a skill set, but you are also going to get a different view of the world. Getting experience in work settings also gives students a competitive advantage in the job market, Hagen said. You dont just know it, he said. You know how to do it. It also benefits employers.Building a stronger work force Peter Buczynsky Breanna Crabtree, a student in Pasco Highs Certified Nursing Assistant program, takes Maria Sanchezs blood pressure. The program is part of the schools Academy of Health (File photo)
Wiregrass Ranchs Erin Dodd resigns Erin Dodd resigned as the Wiregrass Ranch girls soccer coach on March 2. (File photo)By Kyle LoJaconoklojacono@cnewspubs.comWiregrass Ranch girls soccer coach Erin Dodd has resigned in order to take a job with a school in Doha, Qatar. Dodd, who is also a teacher at John Long Middle, will leave for the Middle Eastern country this summer to teach at an international school, where she will be for at least two years. This was by far one of the hardest decisions that Ive ever had to make, Dodd said. These opportunities dont come around very often so I felt like I had to take it. Ill be helping out and doing everything I can with the team before I leave and trying to stay as up to date when Im gone.The Bulls have reached new heights since Dodd took over the program two years ago. Wiregrass Ranch has a combined 40-8-2 record during that time, including its first district championship and regional finals appearance in the 2010-11 season. Shes done a great job, said Bulls athletic director Dave Wilson. She really helped make the program into a winner. Before Wiregrass Ranch, Dodd also coached the John Long girls soccer team, posting a combined 30-3-3 record during her four seasons. Dodd shined as a midfielder at Zephyrhills High, where she is still the Bulldogs all-time leading scorer with 147 tallies. She played at the University of Memphis on scholarship. Wilson said there is no timetable for selecting Dodds successor. 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 Where Your Pet Is Always Safe!813-388-2921www.noahsarkpetgrooming.com26606 Magnolia Blvd.(Behind Marathon Gas Station on S.R. 66) $5.00 OFF FIRST GROOMING OR FREE TOOTHBRUSHINGWith this coupon. Exp 4-16-12. More NeighborhoodsMore CustomersPet Station61,200 READERS IN LUTZ, LAND O' LAKES & WESLEY CHAPELADS BEGIN AT JUST $40/WKThe LAKER/ Lutz NEWS(813) 909-2800CALL TODAY TO GROW YOUR BUSINESS $ 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 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 813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com THE LAKER/PARK NEWS March 21, 2012 6
CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 THE LAKER/PARK NEWS March 21, 2012 7 The Laker Park News Staff ReportAn army of volunteers turned out last tax season to prepare more than 1,000 tax returns in the Zephyrhills and Dade City area. They are back to help again. The AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers will prepare tax returns for free for filing with the Internal Revenue Service. All Tax-Aide volunteers are trained and certified by the IRS, and the service is open to taxpayers of any age of low to moderate income. Returns are submitted electronically and refunds are available in approximately 10 days. Taxpayers do not have to be AARP members to participate.The service is available now through April 14 on the following days and locations:Mondays: Assembly of God Church, Zephyrhills Tuesdays: First Baptist Church, Dade City Thursdays: Assembly of God Church, Zephyrhills Saturdays: St. Rita Catholic Church, Dade City To make an appointment call the United Way of Pasco County at (727) 845-4357.For appointments, bring social security cards for all taxpayers and dependents, photo IDs, all tax papers, information on home energy improvements and last years return. Walk-ins are accepted after taxpayers with appointments have been accommodated. By B.J. JarvisPasco Extension Horticulturist and DirectorAfter azalea shrubs bloom, it is time to prune excess vegetation. While pruning, you may find that leaves are spotted or have a whitish cast to them. The culprit is likely the azalea lace bug. You may have noticed anytime theres a bug named for the plant, theres a good chance infestations are common. Check under the leaves for round black specks. This isnt the actual bug, but rather its excrement, or an egg-case which its momma cemented to the leaf with a molasseslike mixture. Specks are often easier to see than the small, nearly translucent insect. What kind of damage do lace bugs cause? Once hatched, the juveniles spend the day on the lower leaf surface systematically sucking the sap. In addition to azaleas, the Azalea lace bug also enjoys hanging on other shrubs and trees, including lantana, hawthorn, oaks and sycamore. Lace bugs are the key reason sycamores drop their leaves quite early in the fall. Vigilant gardeners may be able to keep lace bug populations down on smaller plants by shooting a strong jet of water from a garden hose on the succulent new leaves. Do this in early spring when young are hatching. While this may not be practical on tall sycamore trees, gardeners can maintain good control on smaller plants such as azalea. If the pests get ahead of you and stronger measures are needed, horticultural soaps or Neem Oil also works effectively. Apply at one-week intervals in the spring until control is achieved. For more information about azaleas and their pests, check out the University of Floridas Extension website at http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/topic_azalea. Also contact Pasco Extension at (352) 518-0474 with gardening questions. NATURE NOTES BJ Jarvis is the Director of Pasco Cooperative Extension a part of the University of Florida/IFAS and Pasco County government. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Azalea lace bug causes discoloration on azaleas and other plants. (Photo provided)Whats ailing my azaleas? Spanish Trails royaltyRandy and Ida Salsbury were crowned king and queen of Spanish Trails earlier this year. (Photo by Faith Jordan)Free tax help is around the corner FLORIDA HOSPITAL ZEPHYRHILLS presentsA PRELUDETO EASTERfeaturing e Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Chorale with Brass Ensemble and String Quartet Dr. Marvin L Robertson, ConductorSaturday, March 24, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. East Pasco Seventh-day Adventist Church7333 Dairy Road, Zephyrills, FloridaA gift to the community from Florida Hospital Zephyrhills.
813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com THE LAKER/PARK NEWS March 21, 2012 8 The Laker Park News Staff ReportOnce again two Zephyrhills High Bulldog Band members were honored by being selected as All-State musicians. Under the direction of bandmaster Russell Schmidt, Kaitlin Greenough and Zachary Winters auditioned in September and were notified in November of their selection. One thousand freshman and sophomore students from across the state of Florida auditioned for these coveted concert positions. Greenough plays the Bb clarinet and was selected for the All-State Concert Band which was directed by Dr. Scott Tobias of the University of Central Florida. Winters plays percussion and was chosen to play in the AllState Concert Orchestra, which was directed by Mr. Chung Park of Idaho State University. The two sophomores performed at concerts on Jan. 14 at the Straz Performing Arts Center in Tampa. This yearly event was presented by the Florida Music Educators Association. Both Greenough and Winters were extremely honored to represent Zephyrhills High at the state level. This was an incredible learning experience for them as young musicians. In addition to All-State, both Greenough and Winters were selected for Pascos AllCounty Band which performed its concert on Jan. 28 at the Wesley Chapel Center for the Performing Arts. Also, on Feb. 11 both were awarded superior ratings on solos they played for judges at Fivay High. Sophomores Kaitlin Greenough and Zachary Winters, of the Zephyrhills High Bulldog Band, were recognized as All-State musicians. (Photo courtesy of Kathy Shannon)Zephyrhills High musicians make All-State Saturday, March 24, 2012 10am 4pmLocated at The Shops at Wiregrass Expires 3-31-12 Park News SATURDAY, MARCH 31 HOMOSASSA HERITAGE DAY In the Visitor 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
GOSPEL SINGS 4 WELLNESSAs part of the Gospel Sings 4 Wellness 2012 Series, Charlotte Richie will be performing on Thursday, April 5 at East Pasco Seventhday Adventist Church, 7330 Dairy Road in Zephyrhills. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the concert starts at 7 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Wellness Center or online at www.itickets.com/events/282868.html. Tickets are $8. For more information, call (813) 788-0411 ext. 1421. MANY VOICES POETRYTo usher in April as National Poetry Month, the public is invited to Many Voices, a free performance poetry event, presented by The New River Poets, a chapter of the Florida State Poets Association. The event will take place at New River Branch Library, 34043 SR 54, on Saturday, March 31 at 1 p.m. This will be a dramatic presentation, with appearances by Emily Dickinson, Edgar Allan Poe and Elizabeth Bishop. Other poetry genres will be performed and the event is suitable for all ages. Members of the audience are welcome to bring poems by a favorite poet or samples of their own poetry.VAGINA MONOLOGUESThere will be a production of the Vagina Monologues to benefit Sunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center of Pasco County. The award-winning Vagina Monologues play is based on V-Day Founder/playwright Eve Enslers interviews with more than 200 women. The performance is on Saturday, March 31 and will take place at the Zephyrhills Lions Club, Inc., 5827 Dean Dairy Road. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. Students with valid IDs can get in for $15. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call Sunrise at (352) 521-3358. AUTO CLINIC FOR WOMENPatriot Chevrolet invites you to auto care service clinic for women on Saturday, March 24 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The last day to RSVP is March 21. The clinic takes place at Jim Browne Patriot Chevrolet, 10741 US 301 in Dade City. The clinic, designed exclusively for women, includes checking your oil and other fluids, adding fluids, checking tire pressure, installing a spare tire, differentiating between your vehicles warning lamps and more. DRIVER SAFETY COURSESAARP conducts driver safety courses throughout east Pasco on a regular basis. These courses are especially designed for drivers over 50 years old, but are open to everyone. You do not have to be an AARP member to sign up. The cost is $12 for AARP members and $14 for nonmembers. These six-hour classes are held as a one-day 6-hour class or a two-day 3hour-each-day class. Most insurance companies offer discounts for completion of these courses. Check with your insurance company for the amount of the discount, which is good for three years. One course is planned for Pasco Regional Medical Center in Dade City on Monday and Tuesday, April 16 and 17. Contact Dennis Smith at (813) 994-9832, for more information. There will also be a course at Florida Hospital in Zephyrhills on April 16; contact Ramona Erwin at (813) 7809168. To check for other classes coming up, you may call Jack Martin at (352) 5882802. BETMAR CHORUSThe Betmar Chorus is celebrating its 40th year and will present three concerts on Wednesday, March 28 at 2 p.m., Thursday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Friday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. All performances will be held in Clubhouse No. 2 at 37145 Lakewood Drive in Zephyrhills. The public is invited to attend. The chorus, which numbers 100plus members, is made up of singers from ages 56-94 representing 17 states and three Canadian provinces. Tickets for a donation of $5 are available from any chorus member or by calling Jan at (813) 7889606. Tickets will also be available at the door, which opens 30 minutes before each performance.BIBLE CONFERENCEDade City Grace Bible Church, 1500 Citrus County Drive, is hosting an all-day Florida Spring Bible Conference on Saturday, March 31. The event will be held at the Dade City Business Center Office Plaza in the John Hornbuckle Banquet Room. The theme for the Bible Conference will be: Is 2012 the End of the World? What does God say? What is our Hope? Fellowship and refreshments will begin at 9 a.m. with guest speakers presenting these Scripture topics throughout the day, ending at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Pastor Willard Sessoms at (352) 567-3955 or visit www.BibleTruthForToday.com. AERIE MEETINGCentennial Aerie No. 4399 will host a Spring Fling on Saturday, March 31. There will be free food, music and friendship. Festivities go from 4-8 p.m. For more information, call (352) 567-9755 or stop by the Aerie home at 15924 US 301 in Dade City. Your Community Calendar Submit to: email@example.com All listings free of charge What s HAPPENING YARD SALE CORNER PLANT AND RUMMAGE SALEThe Azalea Circle/Dade City Garden Club is having its annual Plant and Rummage Sale on Saturday, March 31. The event, which will last from 8 a.m.-2 p.m., will include bromeliads, butterfly plants, veggies, garden art, household and dcor items, designer clothes and shoes and house estate items. The sale takes place at the Dade City Garden Club, 13630 Fifth St.PARK-WIDE SALETimber Lake Estates is having its park-wide sale on Saturday, March 24 from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be a bake sale, Chinese auction, white elephant, belly busters, donuts and coffee in Clubhouse No. 1, 34301 Countryside Drive in Zephyrhills.**Send your yard sale info to firstname.lastname@example.org** COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT COUNTRY BALL N AWLINS STYLEThe ninth annual Pioneer Florida Museum Black Tie and Blue Jeans Country Ball N Awlins Style will take place on Saturday, March 24 from 6:3010:30 p.m. There will be a Cajun-style dinner at 7:30 p.m. The Porch Dogs will provide the music. The ball takes place at the Pasco County Fair Grounds in the Dan Cannon Auditorium, 36722 SR 52 in Dade City. 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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 March 21, 2012 10 The Laker/Park News Staff ReportThe fourth annual Ride for Hospice is set for Saturday, March 31. The Pasco Sheriffs Mounted Posse will kick off the ride at Diamond B Ranch, 21309 Kettering Road in Dade City. The event includes a three-hour trail ride through the ranch, pony rides, kids games, live music, a horseshoe tournament and lunch. Afterward, riders can enjoy a performance featuring Tommie Turveys Amazing Horses. Prizes will be awarded to the rider who raises the most money for Gulfside Regional Hospice. All riders must provide their own horse. If you do not have a horse, you can still participate in other events at the ranch throughout the day. Pre-registration is available at www.rideforhospice.net. Locations to pre-register in person, on March 17 and 24 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., are: Bliss Feed & Supplies, 36703 Chancey Road, Zephyrhills Farmers Feed Depot, 14648 Seventh Street, Dade City Giddy-Up Saddlery, 490 Broad St., Masaryktown Midway Farm & Ranch, 19211 SR 52, Land O Lakes Pre-registration is $25, and includes a tee shirt at the event. Riders can register that morning at 8 a.m., and non-riders at 10 a.m., for $30. The trail ride begins at 9:30 a.m. and other activities begin at 10 a.m. Children ages 16 and younger must wear a helmet, safe riding attire and be accompanied by a parent or guardian on the ride. Current negative Coggins must be presented at the gate to take place in the ride. For more information about the Ride for Hospice, call (813) 220-8459. The 2011 Ride for Hospice raised $17,000 for Gulfside Regional Hospice. This years ride is set for Saturday, March 31. (Photo by Keth Luke) Giddy up for Hospice
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813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com THE LAKER/PARK NEWS March 21, 2012 12 By Larry MyottSleepy Hollow The annual Spring Fling was a big success on March 11. The hall was full for much entertainment in the form of humor, song and theatrics. The large cast came from all three Sleepy Hollow parks. The show was directed by Marilyn Finch. Brother and sister duet Sonny Farnham and Jo Shaw performed their fine country singing. Two of the musicians were caught fiddling around too! Each of the three Sleepy Hollow parks has produced a show this spring. Mobile Estates, the Spring Fling and Park 2 produced the entertainer Rich Wilson for music from the 1950s through the 70s for a fun time. Sleepy Hollow Park 1, under the direction of resident Pat Aiken, produced Spring Concoctions, with all kinds of variety entertainment. More than 170 people attended the festivities. The cast that participated in the annual Spring Fling at Sleepy Hollow comprised of residents from all three Sleepy Hollow parks. (Photos courtesy of Larry Myott) Brother-and-sister duo Sonny Farnham and Jo Shaw performed their country music at the Sleepy Hollow Spring Fling. The Sleepy Hollow Parks recently held a BonWorth Fashion Show to share the styles that fit. The parks models were: (from left) Pat Aiken, Sharon Simmons, Jo Shaw, Judy Biddinger, Theresa Cabot and Jackie Malinowski. Lee Edie and Ruth Davis produced the show for the Sleepy Hollow Ladies Club. 21 YEARS IN THE SAME LOCATION813-780-1858 5529 8TH ST., ZEPHYRHILLSCash for CoinsHAVE A COIN COLLECTION YOU WANT TO SELL?We Buy and Sell Large or Small CollectionsCHARLIE'S COINS & COLLECTIBLESFair prices for pre 1964 Gold & Silver U.S. Coins & Old U.S. CurrencyFREE Appraisals on all Coin Collections Washing Vacuum Interior & Exterior Buffing & Waxing Motor Homes TooCall for our WASH & VAC SPECIAL Sleepy Hollow gets lively for Spring Fling Marilyn Finch took on the task of directing the annual Spring Fling at Sleepy Hollow.
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Our coffee social had several announcements in the form of birthdays and anniversaries: Ray and Elaine Mercer celebrated 66 years of wedded bliss, while Ed Goodreault had a milestone birthday of 80. March has several of our residents celebrating birthdays: Owen Garrow on March 6, Clara Moyer on March 14, Bill Kiger on March 18, Lois Sprague on March 24 and Jerry Wyfels on March 30. Happy Birthday to all.The sick list has several people on it and prayers were said for Hannah Riser, Karen Nagle, Armand Drapeau, and Ron Falsey. The line dancing hosted by Loretta Green is a great way to get your exercise, plus it gives good balance and quite a few ladies are enjoying this activity along with the Yoga classes chaired by Ann Casey. Come join these groups. The Craft Class chaired by Ginnie Zepp had a beautiful display of its creations. The work ranged from pine needle bowls to quilted table accessories to painted artwork and very lovely folded paper cutwork. If any one were to have to judge for a first-place prize, it would be very hard to choose. John Mauk is back doing any revisions to the telephone directory. He and Gary Gibson have diligently scoured the business places for advertisers that would help sponsor the directory plus supply a first hand promotion of good businesses you can depend on should the need arise. Scott Pearce, visiting son of Nan Pearce, related how concerned he was when his parents decided to settle into Gem Estates 30 years ago, but now realizes what an extended family Nan has here after all this time. Friendships and companionships abound once you live in a mobile home park such as ours. Other visitors include Brea Babbitt and her friend Amanda Carey enjoying a break with Keith and Carolyn Babbitt. John Trundy introduced his friend, Edith Shepard from Searsmont, Maine. Welcome to our new neighbors Carol and Dan Farnsworth, who moved into the house vacated by Dick and Gloria Holbin on Sterling Drive. Also Nancy and Don Scott on Rockford Avenue. We hope to see all the newcomers helping and participating in our many activities. This years celebration for our friends and neighbors who celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary during 2011 was a great success. Three couples were honored: Keith and Carolyn Babbitt, Frances and Tom Galvani, and Walt and Rita Kissel. Walt and Rita were unable to attend the luncheon due to medical issues, but they were in everyones thoughts. Dea-Ann Burgess, who chaired the event, said it could not have been done without the help of many willing hands and was thankful to all the ladies who worked so hard to make this special event a success. Coming up on March 22 beginning at 5 p.m., we will be honoring those of our residents who have reached their 90th birthday. A Happy Birthday picnic will be held in Gem Estates park under the trees. There will be a $6 donation. All those 90 or older are free. See Loretta Green for tickets. We certainly want to thank Tom Geenwood for his beautification efforts to our park. His talent has given us a new Gem Estates sign, the faux brick on the marquee and the clubhouse, the valances over the interior windows and more. What a terrific improvement. Thanks Tom. Our bus trips are about over for this season. One last trip to Immokalee resulted in a full busload with lots of winners. The Early Bird Dinner Theater was a smash hit and we are planning on another great season of trips when you get back in the fall. Hope everyone has a fantastic summer and a safe journey north and back again in the fall.Spring in the air, home on the brain NOTICE OF FINAL AGENCY ACTION BY THE SOUTHWEST FLORIDA WATER MANAGEMENT DISTRICTNotice is given that the Districts Final Agency Action is approval of a Petition for Formal Determination of Wetlands and Other Surface Waters to serve commercial activities on 17.44 acres known as W esley Chapel Medical Center The project is located in Pasco County, Section(s) S30 Township T26S South, Range R20E East. The petitioer is Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, Inc. whose address is 7050 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills, FL 33576 Petition No. is 44024538.002 The file(s) pertaining to the project referred to above is available for inspection Monday through Friday except for legal holidays, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Southwest Florida Water Management District, 2379 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34604-6899 .NOTICE OF RIGHTSAny person whose substantial interests are affected by the Districts action regarding this matter may request an administrative hearing in accordance with Sections 120.569 and 120.57, Florida Statutes (F.S.), and Chapter 28-106, Florida Administrative Code (F.A.C.), of the Uniform Rules of Procedure. A request for hearing must (1) explain how the substantial interests of each person requesting the hearing will be affected by the Districts action, or proposed action; (2) state all material facts disputed by each person requesting the hearing or state that there are no disputed facts; and (3) otherwise comply with the Chapter 28-106 F.A.C. Arequest for hearing must be filed with and received by the Agency Clerk of the District at the Districts Brooksville address, 2379 Broad Street, Brooksville, FL 34604-6899 within 21 days of publication of this notice. Failure to file a request for hearing within this time period shall constitute a waiver of any right such person may have to request a hearing under Sections 120.569 and 120.57, F.S. Because the administrative hearing process is designed to formulate final agency action, the filing of a petition means that the Districts final action may be different from the position taken by it in this notice of agency action. Persons whose substantial interests will be affected by any such final decision of the District in this matter have the right to petition to become a party to the proceeding, in accordance with the requirements set forth above. Mediation pursuant to Section 120.573, F.S., to settle an administrative dispute regarding the Districts action in this matter is not available prior to the filing of a request.
By Sandra AbelRainbow VillageOn our chicken bake day at Rainbow Village you could smell this wonderful odor of chicken being grilled all through the park. Residents couldnt wait for the time to eat this wonderful meal that consisted of half a chicken, baked potato, corn, slaw, roll and dessert. Lots of work goes into preparing this meal and we thank Lewis, Judy May and Art and Alice Sikkenga and their great committee for a wonderful meal!The quilting ladies of Rainbow Village showed off their projects that they did this season. Quilts, lap quilts, aprons, tie purses, shoulder bags, place mats, vests, jackets, scarfs and many other items were shown. The quilters helped Sandy Abel with a project for her church in Pennsylvania that their teenagers will be going on a mission trip next July to upper New York and they wanted to give each residents a lap quilt. We completed 21 lap quilts for the project. Thanks to Nancy Pollock, Sue Larkin and Edie Dayton who come up with the ideas for our quilting ladies. Well done ladies!The theme of Rainbow Villages birthday party is a Western Hoe down. The birthday party started off with a parade of residents decorating their bikes to look like horses and the riders dressed in country attire. Motorcycles decorated and even dogs all dressed up for the party. They paraded all around the park. Lunchtime at the chuck wagon consisted of hamburgers in sauce, baked beans, slaw, chips, ice cream and cake. Billy Mann and the Old Country Band entertained and residents danced. It was a great birthday party! Thanks to Carol Halloway and her great committee! Joe and Jan Edwards Git-Fiddle Review Show was a big hit at Rainbow Village recently. Joe plays a mean guitar and Jan has a beautiful voice singing all styles of music from Joe playing Orange Blossom special to Jan singing some of Patsy Clines songs. Joe and Jan are residents of Rainbow Village, and we love them as our neighbors! Joe was a musician for 48 years on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville. Great show! At our Sunday night ice cream, our Rainbow Village performers put on a skit entitled The Great Train Robbery. It was so funny! Thanks for an enjoyable night!!! The following Sunday night ice cream we had the talented David Teague playing his guitar and banjo. Very talented gentleman!!!! We always enjoy his music. The committee led by Fred Were and Dick Rose had a great time planning and building our float for the Founders Day parade. It was a great team effort to put the theme Unsung Heroes of Zephyrhills together to create this float. We picked the early 1920s period of Zephyrhills. We built a train engine that had smoke come out of the smoke stack and a train car that carried three unsung heroes: Aunt Dora Marsh, Captain Jeffries and Helen Miller. We also had Senator Pasco campaigning from the rear of the train. Our present unsung hero was Dave Emory, who owns the bike shop in Zephyrhills, who helped to bring the proposed bike trail to Zephyrhills and also helps the youngsters by holding workshops. He is a very generous man. We had the honors of receiving the trophy for Best of the Parade. It was a great day for Rainbow Village! After this week, things are slowing down at Rainbow Village. Some residents have already gone home. The season seems to have gone by so fast, just like life is going fast for us snowbirds! The Rainbow Village float won Best of the Parade during the Founders Day celebrations in Zephyrhills. (Photos by Sandra Abel) 813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com THE LAKER/PARK NEWS March 21, 2012 16 Unsung heroes and more at Rainbow Village The committee in charge of the chicken dinner on the parks chicken bake day whipped up a meal of chicken, baked potato, corn, slaw, roll and dessert.
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The community center was packed with residents recertifying our eligibility of a 55plus community, plus the voting of new members. It was a busy place but the election went well and the final count was in by the end of the meeting. Each person who volunteered had their particular job to do and it was done in good fashion. Earlier in the day the men decided to go and try a new restaurant called, Wild, Wild, Wings located in Zephyrhills at noon. They say that this restaurant is the equivalent of Hooters that is located in Lakeland. This was hosted by Jon Lamphere and the men found another place to have a nice frosty beer and forget their troubles and/or problems. Several of the guys went and had a fun time. Also, during the same day, the Ladies of Grand Horizon had a swell time at the Olive Garden in Lakeland. Since the Olive Garden is relatively close to a mall, some women combined this trip with shopping. After all, a good meal, to some, is not complete without a little bit of shopping. The hostess of this outing was Pidge Elliott and she did a fine job. The previous day, Feb. 15, found a writing group at Nancy Martins house to talk about some ideas that they may have to write about. Several years ago a writing group was formed but fell through but, now that we have so many more new residents, we thought we would try it once again. We did start the group the previous month with three people. It was such fun that it grew to four people the following month and one wanting to join at a later date. So we do hope that our little writing group catches on with more and more people coming each month. Right now it is only held once a month, but that may change if more and more people are interested. The purpose of this group is to voice our thoughts to each other. A little support can go a long way. This is a time to write about events that have happened but never have been written about. So, come and join the fun of seeing the story that you talked about come to life right before your very eyes. Because this is a new community center, we would like to have a nice stage and dance floor. So, while all our activities are going on, some of our residents and neighbors are building a new dance floor from scratch. We can see that a lot of hard work is going into this project but, then again, that is exactly how our neighbors respond when something is needed. They do what they can and they are doing a top-notch job. Thanks to all the volunteers who are undertaking this project. A yard and bake sale will be held at Grand Horizons on March 24 and, as mentioned previously, a dance floor will be on sale in addition to a decorative brass tagre. It is a lovely stand with open shelves for displaying ornaments. Also, I was told that a raffle is being held for a quilt and also hand-made crocheted items. So it should be interesting. Mark this date down as it is a date that you do not want to forget. Guaranteed, there will be something for everyone. We had a potluck social hour on Feb. 24 and there was a great turnout. The cooks at Grand Horizon outdid themselves and there was a large variety of food. There were approximately 70 people and, it seemed to me, that everyone had a fun night. This event was hosted by Bill and Pidge Elliott and Ron and Patty Molnar. Our thanks go out to them. We had our second ice cream social on Feb. 26 and approximately 93 people attended this social. It was hosted by Jerry and Chris Buckley and they had several people to help them out. The helpers included Andy and Margaret Castonguay, along with Linda and Dave Tutin and Barbara Delaney. Every topping that was available was on a table on the side and in the front. In addition, Barbara Delaney was there putting cherries on the ice cream. Each person had their own specific job and thereby everything ran smoothly. All the people that attended this function had a great time and are looking forward to the next one. Barbara Delaney tops off an ice cream with a cherry at Grand Horizons second ice cream social on Feb. 26. (Photo by Adrianne Ayres) Ron Bell, Bill Elliott and Jim Leitzke work on stage. The dance floor for the new community center was being made from scratch. (Photo by Helene Rubenstein)Elections and more at Grand Horizons
By Rosalie DoughtyOaks Royal ParkArmand Poirier, a Maine native, was recently awarded the highest honor France can bestow for his courageous actions during WWII. While serving in the U.S. Army Medical Corp, he fought in five major battles, which include the Battle of the Bulge in France, Belgium and Luxemburg. He also was in the Battle of Nuremburg, the crossing of the Rhine River and was among the first Allied forces to liberate the concentration camps at Dachau and Auschwitz. He suffered as a P.O.W. and was M.I.A. for 55 days before his discharge from the military. The medal he was awarded was created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. No one can honestly say that we, as Americans, dont have our own heroes for our young people to admire and paten their lives after. Heartland of Zephyrhills813.788.7114Join us for a Community Health Fair Featuring: Offering complimentary screenings: 38220 Henry Drive Zephyrhills, FL 33542 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 3-31-12.$5OFF A/C Maintenance CheckLimit one per person, per visit. Expires 3-31-12.$100OFFNew A/C InstallLimit one per person, per visit. Expires 3-31-12. The Laker Park News Staff ReportPatientsChoice.org has once again recognized Dr. Ahad Mahootchi and Dr. Shawn Chhabra as two of Americas Most Compassionate Doctors for 2011. The cataract surgeons and eye specialists also won in 2009 and 2010. The recognition is given to less than 3 percent of Americas physicians and is based on patient reviews and voting. PatientsChoice.org is a website that compiles patient reviews of doctors. According to the website, more than 200,000 patients across the country provide online feedback about their experiences with their doctors. They rate various components such as bedside manner, doctor-patient face time, degree of follow-up, courtesy of office staff, and overall opinions. Over the course of 2011, these doctor reviews have totaled hundreds of thousands patient opinions. While physicians generally receive positive reviews from their patients, only a select few receive uniformly rave reviews across the board. Only those who have received rave reviews with near perfect scores by their patients are awarded this honor. Also according to the website, of the nations 830,000 active physicians, only 5 percent were accorded this honor by their patients in 2011. Only doctors who have received this award are featured on PatientsChoice.org.Drs. Mahootchi and Chhabra are both ophthalmologists at The Eye Clinic of Florida in Zephyrhills. It is the only local practice that performs all their cataract surgeries in town. For more information, call (813) 779-3338, or visit online at www.SeeBetterFlorida.com. Armand Poirier was recently awarded the highest honor France can bestow for his service in WWII. Here, Poirier is pictured with his longtime companion, Shirley Lathrop. (Photo courtesy of Pauline Bergeron)The country band originally known as the Maniacs supplied the toe tapping, hand clapping entertainment delighting the crowd. Members of the band are: (from left to right) Armand Poirier playing the harmonica, Bill Doten on the guitar (from Oaks Royal Park), Wynn Elliot playing guitar (sometimes mandolin), Pauline Walton (A.K.A. Mother Hen) singer, Mike LeFaize on piano and Gerry Mann on guitar. The band provided entertainment when Oaks Royal Park had an ice cream function. (Photos courtesy of Pauline Bergeron) Zephyrhills doctors recognized for compassion Dr. Ahad Mahootchi WWII vet gets French medal The ladies of Oaks Royal Park baked cakes to go along with the plenty of ice cream that was being served to the parks members and guests on Feb. 12. Ice cream, cake and country813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com THE LAKER/PARK NEWS March 21, 2012 20
In the large dog categoryfor the second year in a rowDaisy Ost showed off her wining tricks. She is the dog of Larry and Sandy Ost. The Pet Parade is always a big attraction at Fun Day. First prize for Best Dressed in the small dog category was Barney Russell, dog of Jim and Kay Russell. Ten teams signed up for an in park Bocce Ball Tournament at Baker Acres on Wednesday, March 14. The team of Dan Benik, Erle Hamilton, Joan Belotti and Kathy Adams came out victorious with no losses.In second place was the team of Jim Saxton, Wendell Jordan, Trish Brooks and Sue Wyatt. The referees for the tournament were Tom Wyatt and John Toolin. Genny Schroeder, Pat Johnson, Phil and Gale Vara and Lois Knapp were in charge of the luncheon.Golf scramble a successA Park Golf Scramble for Baker Acres, took place and Silverado Golf Course on Sunday, Feb. 26. Twenty teams signed in (80 golfers) and teed off at noon despite the inclement weather. The team of Mark Killian, Mary and Ken Larson and Terry Sheffield won this years title with a score of 31 and 33 (64). Referees Tom Wyatt and John Toolin hold up the bracket for the Bocce Ball tournament at Baker Acres.Bocce Ball a hit Joan Belottie, Erle Hamilton, Kathy Adams and Dan Benik made up the Bocce Ball team that came out on top at the Baker Acres tournament. Sue Wyatt, Wendell Jordan, Jim Saxton and Trish Brooks captured second place. (Photos courtesy of Kathy Adams) Wendell and Vivian Jordan took second place with the Queen of Heart cart in honor of their king and queen status in Baker Acres. Dan and Juanita Benik were first-place winners with their Laundry Service cart during Baker Acres Fun Day, which started with a golf cart parade. Costumed pets highlight Fun DayThis feline wasnt scared off by his canine companions. Nicholas Ost was the only cat in the Baker Acres Fun Day Pet Parade. (Photos courtesy of Kathy Adams) CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800THE LAKER/PARK NEWS March 21, 2012 21
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