Laker (Zephyrhills edition)

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Details on page 11 A GOLFERS diet consists of lots of GREENS AUGU S T 7, 2013B y Mi chael H i n m an Property taxes are not expected to rise in either Zephyrhills or Dade City after governments in both cities put together 2014 budgets. The rate in Zephyrhills was tentatively set at 6.1415 mills ahead of its Sept. 16 meeting, where the city council there will make a final decision on taxes. The rate remains the same as last year, and despite recent property value declines, will actually generate a little more revenue for the city. That’s because the council was aggressive this past year in annexing areas along Fort King Road, as well as the Silver Oaks area. While annexing areas might cost more to service, the tax revenue annexed areas bring in typically more than offsets those expenses. In Dade City, commissioners approved a millage rate of 7.2, up from 7.1 last year. However, the city — which has not raised taxes since 2009 — has the option to lower it back to 7.1 ahead of its September budget meeting. Once the commission sets the tax rate, it is allowed to only lower it, not raise it. By starting it higher, it gives the commission some wiggle room in case taxes do need to go up. One mill represents $1 of tax on every thousand dollars of taxable property value. For example, in Zephyrhills — based on a Zillow-reported average home value of $73,400 — the tax would be $297.25 after standard homestead exemptions. In Dade City, the average home valued at $67,000 would carry a tax of $302.40 after the homestead exemption. Both cities have taken a long, hard look at annexation in recent years to try and make up for potential budget shortfalls plaguing other municipalities because of property value declines. However, recent news in the housing market showing significant gains in home values may change that need. A new CoreLogic Case-Shiller report shows that home prices increased 10.2 percent in the first quarter compared to a year ago, the first double-digit increase since the peak of the housing bubble, according to the Florida Association of Realtors. Home price increases are generally followed by property value increases, which means more tax revenue for cities like Zephyrhills and Dade City without the need to raise taxes.Jeffries House seeks place in 21st centuryB y Mi chael H i n m an It has a small yard begging for some tender loving care. Overgrown bushes, untrimmed trees, brown grass desperate for water. The house that it surrounds, empty for the past few years, could almost find a place among neighborhood children’s haunted house legends, if it weren’t for the bright yellow paint that still shines through B y M ar i e Abra m ov Special to The Laker Edward Bent will soon bring his young stepdaughter, Calee Heinlein, to a place stocked with more children’s stories than it ever has had. That’s because city officials in Zephyrhills plan to build a new public library to replace the one that’s just north of city hall on Eighth Street. Replicating an architectural style of the early 1900s, the new library will be twice as large as the one used now by residents. It will have more books in all genres, as well as movies, magazines, public-use computers and electronic upgrades. Blueprints should be complete by October, and building is scheduled to begin in November. Construction could take up to a year. Bent and his family come to the Zephyrhills library three or four times a week and generally stay about three to four hours each time. Heinlein and her brother play and read in the library’s children’s section. “I know bringing her here from an early age has really helped her and her developmental skills,” Bent said. “If I had to choose between the money being spent here as opposed to a recreational facility, it’ll definitely be here because this is long-term, sustained knowledge and things that’s gonna help them in the future.” The estimated cost for the project is up to $1.7 million, financed through Penny for Pasco and private donations, said librarian Vicki Elkins. That will allow the project to start without additional debt, taxes and fees, city officials said. The new library will be built on the parking lot just north of the current library. It will have an arched entrance, atrium and a white stone foundation. It will have separate rooms for children and certain organizations that might want to have community meetings. The new library will also be equipped with charging stations for electronic devices. Once it’s completed, the old library building will be razed, and a new parking lot will be built in its place. Joe DelVecchio, a regular library patron for about four years, thinks an expansion is long overdue.“We need a bigger one,” DelVecchio. “We need more books. I’m running out of Westerns. I read a lot. It’s gonna help the city.” Rendering of new Zephyrhills Library, which will replicate an early 1900s style of architecture. (Rendering courtesy of the Cit y of Zephyrhills)New Zephyrhills library offers moreZephyrhills, Dade City taxes to remain steady The new Zephyrhills library will have a separate room for a larger children’s section. (Photo by Marie Abramov) Capt. Harold Jeffries made this his home for years after founding Zephyrhills, but now this historic structure is suffering from neglect. (Photos by Michael Hinman)See HOUSE, page9


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There also will be a social hour, dinner and sharing old memories from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 10 at Embassy Suites Brandon, 10220 Palm River Road in Tampa. There is still time to register by emailing or go to the class Facebook page at Plant City Class of 1978. AMERICAN BOARD PROGRAMSAccording to the 2012 Florida Vital Signs report, only 22 percent of Florida eighth graders have a math teacher who majored in the subject they teach. Only 43 percent of eighth graders have a science teacher who majored in the subject they teach. This summer, the American Board, a teacher certification nonprofit, is aiming to alleviate this issue by helping career-changing professionals bring their experience and expertise to local classrooms. The board assists careerchangers, subject area experts, recent college graduates and others with a bachelor’s degree to earn full teacher certification by offering programs online so candidates can work at their own pace. The board is hosting informational sessions in August for those interested. To learn more, visit WORK PROGRAM GETS ACCREDITATIONSaint Leo University announced its Master of Social Work program has received accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation of the Council on Social Work Education, just four years after the technologically innovative program was launched. The accreditation assures workplaces, prospective students and the general public that the Saint Leo program meets the teaching and curricular standards established by the profession. Through the accredited program, Master of Social Work graduates are eligible to take the examination to become licensed clinical social workers.BURDZINSKI APPOINTED TO NATIONAL COUNCILKen Burdzinski, vice president of administration and finance at Pasco-Hernando Community College, was appointed to the National Association of College and University Business Officers Community Colleges Council. His term runs from Aug. 1 through July 31, 2014, and is renewable up to three years. The council serves as an advisory body to the council’s president and staff by providing suggestions, feedback and support for the association’s goals and activities as they pertain to the constituency. Burdzinski has worked at PHCC for 16 years in the administration and finance division. He has a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University and a master’s degree from Baldwin-Wallace College.TEACHER APPRECIATION CONTESTIce Cold Air Discount Auto Repair, with locations in Zephyrhills and New Port Richey, is having its second annual Facebook “Cool For School” Teacher Appreciation Essay Contest. The grand prize teacher receives a $200 office supply gift card, $100 Visa gift card and an Ice Cold Air club card worth $762. The person who nominates the winner receives a $50 Visa gift card and $30 in Ice Cold Air bucks. Facebook users can submit a short essay, poem or thank you letter sharing how a public school teacher has influenced their lives and the lives of others. Deadline for submissions is Aug. 9. The winner will be announce Aug. 15. Visit and click on the contests tab to enter or vote. By Michael Hinman School taxes are expected to rise slightly, but it’s not the fault of local elected officials.The Pasco County School Board has proposed a millage rate of 7.357 for the fiscal year, up a fraction from last year. One mill represents $1 of tax on every thousand dollars of taxable property value. For example, a home valued at $75,000 after homestead exemptions would be responsible for $551.78 in school taxes, compared to $550.58 the previous year.This year’s increase is coming from the state education commissioner’s office, which sets what local school boards must tax to receive state funding. Pasco school officials can only modify tax rates involving local discretionary and capital improvement funds. Those two areas will stay the same at a total of 2.248 mills. The school board is looking to raise $151.1 million through local taxes as part of an overall $1.05 billion budget. The remaining dollars come from state and federal sources. Last May, an internal report showed the district had a shortfall of $26.4 million going into the 2013-14 budget year, fueled primarily by $5.3 million in retirement cost increases and $3.5 million in overall salary increases. It is the sixth consecutive year that the school district has had to deal with multi-million-dollar budget shortfalls. The school board, acting on recommendations by Superintendent Kurt Browning, has cut media specialists, literacy coaches and technology specialists. It also has closed the campuses of Shady Hills and Quail Hollow elementary schools, which are both being remodeled, shifting the staff from those schools to new assignments. The school board is slated to take its final vote on the budget on Sept. 17. Pasco schools budget shortfalls2008-09: $19.0 million 2009-10: $21.4 million 2010-11: $24.3 million 2011-12: $55.4 million 2012-13: $25.3 million 2013-14: $26.4 millionSource: Pasco County School District Children stream off yellow buses at Quail Hollow Elementary on the last day of classes. The school has been closed to allow for a massive reconstruction project. (File photo)Budget cuts avoid school tax hikes Send school news to Ken Burdzinski


ADVERTISINGTERRI WILLIAMSON twilliamson@cnewspubs.comLutz, Wesley ChapelSUZANNE BEAUCHAINE sbeauchaine@cnewspubs.comSales AssistantCAROLYN BENNETT cbennett@cnewspubs.comCustomer ServiceRACHEL THOMPSON rthompson@cnewspubs.comClassified & Directory Sales DESIGN SUBSCRIPTIONS: Paid subscriptions available for those outside delivery area. Call 813-909-2800.CIRCULATION: If you did not receive your paper, or to stop your paper, call 727-530-5521.NEWS DEADLINE: Thursday at noon. CLASSIFIED DEADLINE: Friday at noon. DISPLAY AD DEADLINE: Thursday, 5 p.m.EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS: Suggestions for news content and coverage are welcome and e-mails are invited. Publisher reserves the right to edit and/or reject any editorial and advertising content.LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: We welcome community topics in the 250-word range. Please include daytime phone number.Opinions expressed by the writers are their own and do not reflect the opinion of the publisher.ADVERTISING ERRORS: Publisher is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the cost of space for the first insertion, or for the validity of claims made by advertisers.MEMBER: Central Pasco Chamber, Wesley Chapel Chamber, Zephyrhills Chamber, Dade City Chamber, Florida Press Association, Free Community Newspapers of Florida, Southeast Advertising Publishers Association, Association of Free Community Papers.Advertising and editorial content copyright 2013 Community News Publications. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden w ithout prior written permission from the publisher. LOCATION3632 Land O' Lakes Blvd. Suite 102 € Land O Lakes, FL 34639MAIL P. O. Box 479 € Lutz, FL 33548 PHONE/FAX ph: 813.909.2800 € fax: 813.909.2802 IT SUPPORT STEVE MISTRETTA WEBSITE EMAIL € DISTRIBUTION Sunset Advertising Distributors € 727.530.5521 lshiflett@sunsetadvertisingdistributors.comPresident & Publisher Diane Kortus The LAKER/ Lutz NEWSLUTZ, WESLEY CHAPEL, LAND O LAKES, WEST PASCO, TRINITY, ZEPHYRHILLS, DADE CITYServing Pasco since 1981 / Serving Lutz since 1964 EDITORIALMICHAEL HINMAN News Editor B.C. MANION Community Editor JEFF ODOM Staff Writer MARY RATHMAN Editorial Assistant ACCOUNTINGMATTHEW MISTRETTA Art Director STEFANIE BURLINGAME Graphic Designer MARY EBERHARD KATHY WELTON ADMINISTRATIVE / 813-909-2800 COMMUNITY NEWS PUBLICATIONS August 7, 2013 3 By Michael Hinman Pasco Regional Medical Center in Dade City is now under new ownership after a $7.6 billion buyout of its parent company. Health Management Associates Inc., the Largobased company that owns Pasco Regional and 22 other hospitals in Florida, was sold to Community Health Systems Inc., in a deal announced July 30. Once completed, Community Health Systems will own 25 hospitals in Florida, and 206 nationwide. Before the takeover, Nashville, Tenn.based Community Health had just two hospitals in Florida, with the closest in Lake Wales. “We are pleased that this combination will create an even stronger organization for the benefit of our patients, physicians, associates and the communities we serve,” said William J. Schoen, chairman of the board for Health Management, in a release. The purchase will likely not affect the upcoming name change for the local hospital, which will become Bayfront Health Dade City, according to a Community Health Systems spokeswoman. Tomi Galin referred questions to Health Management spokesman Eric Waller, but added that the acquisition won’t be completed for “several months.” Waller released a statement about the acquisition that didn’t address any previously announced name changes for the hospital. Instead, he made it clear that no immediate changes were planned for the Dade City hospital in light of the purchase. “The combination of Health Management and CHS is not expected to impact local hospital operations,” he said. “Our deep commitment to providing the highest quality patient care will not change.” Pasco Regional announced the name change early last month, before the deal to purchase the hospital chain was finalized. The Dade City hospital has been through several name changes over the years. It was originally founded in 1973 as Community General Hospital, but was renamed Humana Hospital-Pasco in 1982, according to the facility’s website. In 1993, after the Columbia network of hospitals purchased it, the name was changed to Dade City Hospital. Five years later, the name was changed again to Pasco Community Hospital, and then was renamed Pasco Regional Medical Center not long after Health Management purchased the hospital in 2000 for $17 million. The 120-bed acute care hospital is at 13100 Fort King Road in Dade City. The Laker/Lutz News staff report The Laker/Lutz News has received seven awards in six categories of the 2012 Florida Press Association Better Weekly Newspaper Awards. The contest drew 1,641 entries from 64 newspapers, with editors and publishers from New York and Pennsylvania judging the competition. Community Editor B.C. Manion received four awards in three categories. She received first place in the agricultural and environmental category for a piece she wrote on an uplands restoration project at Lake Dan Nature Preserve in Odessa. Her story profiling the 690-page book, “Going, Going … Almost Gone: Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Pioneers Share Their Precious Memories,” by Elizabeth Riegler MacManus and Susan A. MacManus, received a second place award in the community history category. Manion also received secondand thirdplace awards in the faith and family category of the competition. Her story about a drive-through prayer service in Lutz won second place, and her story about a young man’s prize-winning video about a mission trip he took to Honduras captured third. Kyle LoJacono, the newspaper’s former editor and sports editor, received three awards for his work. In the sports page or section category, LoJacono shared secondplace honors with Jeff Odom, the newspaper’s sports writer, and Matt Mistretta, the newspaper’s art director. Mistretta designed the winning entry. LoJacono also took home second-place honors in education writing and sports spot news. His second-place winning education entry was a story about the friendship and competition among three Wiregrass Ranch female student-athletes. The second-place award winner in the sports spot news story was about Gaither High’s improbable district championship run. “Once again, I am very proud of my news staff,” said Publisher Diane Kortus, noting the annual recognition The Laker/Lutz News receives from the statewide newspaper competition. “Every year we are recognized for outstanding journalism by the industry’s most prestigious newspaper association. These awards are a reflection of my staff’s commitment to pursue and develop quality stories that are pertinent to our readers in Pasco and Hillsborough counties,” Kortus said.Local stories capture seven statewide awards Nothing expected to change at Pasco Regional after takeover For the first time in 13 years, Pasco Regional Medical Center — soon to become Bayfront Health Dade City — has a new owner. But the deal is not expected to finalize until the end of the year. (Photo by Michael Hinman) Change at the TopPasco Regional Medical Center isn’t the only local medical facility affected by the sale of Health Management Associates to Community Health Systems. These clinics also will welcome a new owner: —Surgical Health of Pasco, Dade City —Women’s Health of Pasco, Zephyrhills —Women’s Health of Pasco, Dade City B.C. Manion received a first place award in the agricultural and environmental category. (Photo by Diane Kortus)


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For people who want to hear better. Make it an Endless Summer! 813-909-2800 / COMMUNITY NEWS PUBLICATIONS August 7, 2013 4 Stress Buster Day for caregiversThe Alzheimer’s Family Organization is hosting a free Stress Buster Day for caregivers on Aug. 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, 7050 Gall Blvd. Topics covered will be Alzheimer’s disease update, stress reduction, along with diabetes, weight, and stress. The day includes refreshments, chair massages, manicures, facials and more. To register, call (727) 848-8888.Pasco Aging NetworkThe Pasco Aging Network will meet on Aug. 14 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Atria Baypoint Village on SR 52 in Hudson. Guest speaker is Robert Carter, owner of Carter Enterprises, on the topic of “Network Security: Protecting Your Clients’ Confidential Information.” A free breakfast will be provided. To RSVP, call Wendy Morrison at (727) 457-2302.Hospice volunteer orientationsGulfside Regional Hospice will host volunteer orientations for new patient care volunteers in east and central Pasco, Aug. 14-15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Gulfside Center for Hospice Care, 5760 Dean Dairy Road in Zephyrhills. There will also be an orientation for all new volunteers in east Pasco on Aug. 29 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Gulfside’s East Pasco Administration Office, 37826 Sky Ridge Circle in Dade City. For information or reservations, call Jennifer Ball or Tracey Thompson at (813) 780-1235.Nominate a caregiver for cruiseHome Instead Inc. is sponsoring a cruise for one lucky caregiving hero and guest on Royal Caribbean Enchantment of the Seas. Florida residents are invited to nominate deserving family caregivers, including themselves, for the opportunity to win a free four-night, five-day cruise from Cape Canaveral to stops in CocoCay and Nassau, Bahamas. The cruise is scheduled for Feb. 3-7, 2014. The winning recipient also will receive 40 hours of free care from a Home Instead Senior Care professional for his or her loved one while away. For information and to submit nominations by Aug. 24, visit needs volunteersFlorida Hospital Zephyrhills is looking for volunteers to help with a variety of tasks including transporting patients to and from tests, driving the shuttle, distributing mail, cafeteria, clerical/administrative, and more. Volunteers must be at least 14 years old. There is a minimum requirement of four volunteer hours per week. Volunteers receive a complimentary meal in the caf on the days they work and recognition at the annual volunteer banquet. Orientation sessions are twice a month. Applications are available online at or by calling (813) 779-6256.Senior wellness The following wellness services are offered at The Commons, 38130 Pretty Pond Road in Zephyrhills: —Ask a Community Care Coordinator: Every Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Learn about various senior services offered by Community Aging and Retirement Services. No appointment necessary. —Free amplified telephones: Third Wednesday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon. Deaf & Hard of Hearing Services of Florida offers amplified and text telephones and ring signaling devices to Florida residents. For an appointment, call (727) 853-1010. —Hearing clinic by Affordable Hearing Solutions: Third Wednesday of every month from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Includes earwax checks, earwax removal, hearing screenings and cleaning and servicing of hearing aids. The services are free. For information, call (727) 807-7082.—A Matter of Balance: Tuesday and Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. starting Sept. 10. This is an eight-week program designed to help older adults learn methods to reduce falling and the fear of falling. The program is free. Space is limited. To preregister, call Peggy Johnson at (813) 788-0471.Pasco Regional adds eventsPasco Regional Medical Center, 13100 Fort King Road in Dade City, now offers the following: —Free Senior Extra Breakfast and Walking Club. The club meets every Monday from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. in Medical Plaza I, Suite 108, for an invigorating walk and breakfast. For information, call (352) 518-1087. —“Living With Diabetes,” a fourweek education program. The class is limited to six participants per session. For information, call (352) 521-1100, ext. 1423. —Diabetic Support Group. The group will meet on Sept. 5 and Dec. 5 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Medical Plaza I Suite 107. For information, call (352) 521-1100 ext. 1423.Support for stroke patientsFlorida Hospital Zephyrhills has a stroke support group that meets the third Thursday of every month from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. The group offers support to patients who have had a stroke, as well as their caregivers. The meetings are in the hospital’s wellness conference room at the hospital, 7050 US 301. For information, visit hospice programsGulfside Regional Hospice hosts a variety of bereavement groups throughout Pasco County. The following support groups are offered: —Children Grief and Anticipatory Group, 5760 Dean Dairy Road in Zephyrhills, every Tuesday, 5 p.m. Call (727) 452-1592. —Parents Support Group, 5760 Dean Dairy Road in Zephyrhills, every Tuesday, 5 p.m. Call (727) 992-8034. —Newly Bereaved Group, 37826 Sky Ridge Circle in Dade City, every Wednesday, 2 p.m. Call (727) 992-8034. —West Winds Support Group, 37411 Eiland Blvd. in Zephyrhills, every Wednesday, 3:30 p.m., by appointment only. —Youth Support Group, St. Rita’s Catholic Church, 14440 14th St. in Dade City, every Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. Call (813) 780-1235. —Latino Parent Support Group, St. Rita’s Catholic Church, 14440 14th St. in Dade City, every Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. Call (727) 992-8034. —Children Support, 37826 Sky Ridge Circle in Dade City, every Thursday, 5 p.m. Call (727) 992-8034. —Alumni 2011 Social Group, 37826 Sky Ridge Circle in Dade City, every Friday, 1 p.m. Lunch is served. Call Joan Kolb at (813) 715-4163. A Grief and Loss Puppet Show with presentations is also available to schools and organizations and can be scheduled by calling Ashley Monteath at (727) 844-3946. Florida Hospital earns certificationFlorida Hospital Zephyrhills has earned the designation as a Comprehensive Stroke Center by the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration, or AHCA. It is the only hospital in Pasco County, and one of 26 stroke centers in Florida, that is distinguished as an AHCA Comprehensive Stroke Center. Florida Hospital Zephyrhills offers a dedicated stroke team, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The hospital is at 7050 Gall Blvd. —Health notes are run for free on a first-come, first-served basis. Please send all information at least two weeks before an event. HEALTH & WELLNESS Kumquats are the center of attention every January in Dade City for the annual Kumquat Festival. Dade City is hosting a festival considered one of the Top 20 Events from the Southeast Tourism Society. (file photo)Festival considered one of Southeast’s best The Laker/Lutz News Staff Report Once again, when tourists start looking for Florida-based events to attend, they will find Dade City’s annual Kumquat Festival among the top they should visit. The 17th annual event, which takes place Jan. 25, was awarded a “Top 20 Event” status for the Southeast United States by the Southeast Tourism Society. The society promotes travel to and within the 12 southeastern states. More than 40,000 attendees, 430 vendors and 40 sponsorship partners participate in the festival centered around the kumquat, the small fruit that resembles an orange, but has its own unique taste. The festival was also recently awarded Pasco County’s “Event of the Year” from the Pasco County Tourist Development Council.Hundreds of volunteers assist the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce in marketing, servicing and hosting the annual festival, which generates an estimated $1 million in economic impact for the area, and has become well-known as a Tampa Bay “must-see” event. The festival features live entertainment, shopping, arts and crafts vendors, a car show, and thousands of kumquat pies and related kumquat products.The Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 Events publication receives exposure in print media, Web, television and radio in both the United States and Canada. More than 1,600 newspapers, magazines, radio and television stations receive the listings. For more information on this year’s festival, visit


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Dark clouds formed over the building site and the nearby lush terrain, and heavy showers soaked the volunteers. But the downpour didn’t dampen their enthusiasm. They donned ponchos and worked through the wet weather — working in three teams and finishing three houses by the end of the day. “It’s the hardest I ever worked in my life,” McDaniel said of her stay in Honduras. Besides making it more difficult to build, the rainstorm caused water to stream down the goat path making the rocks slippery as the construction crew headed down the mountain at the end of the day. McDaniel and her teenage son Matthew made the trip as part of an outreach organized by Northwest Tampa Church of Christ. The Lutz residents are parishioners of the church and spent two weeks toward the end of June building houses for the poor in Honduras. The volunteers built 37 one-room homes, which measure 14-by-14. Each home is valued at about $1,200. There’s very little to no public assistance in Honduras, which is the second poorest country in Central America, according to the CIA’s website. About one-third of the 8.5 million people living in Honduras are underemployed, and more than half of the residents live in poverty. Impoverished conditions are especially great in rural and indigenous areas, like the three villages where the volunteers helped. The nation also has the highest murder rate in the world. “Up in the mountains is where we worked,” said Keith Boyer, a leading organizer on this trip. “It’s just the poorest of the poor. They squat on the land, and then they get ownership. And then we’ll build as many houses as we can.” Crystal was motivated by a desire to help those less fortunate. “We’re here to serve others — seriously,” she said. “I was born and raised with a family that — you (live) a life of service.” Matthew said he went to Honduras because it was a new and different experience. “I do it to grow closer to the youth group that goes down there,” he said. “And then it’s nice to go help people who don’t have anything. Even though it’s hard work, building the houses is actually kind of fun, and you get to see another country.” The nondenominational Northwest Tampa Church of Christ, located at Sheldon Road in Tampa, gets parishioners from all over the Tampa Bay area. Church organizers have been planning annual trips to Honduras for the last 13 years. It costs $1,650 per adult and $400 per teen to go on the trip, and parishioners had to pay the full or partial amount depending on how actively they donated and participated in church fundraisers and other activities. Crystal paid more than $1,000 for herself and $400 for Matthew to go. The mission trip also received funds raised through food sales, car washes and other church events. All of the money went toward food, lodging, plane tickets, lumber and other materials needed to build the homes. The houses built by the volunteers consisted of four wooden walls, a floor and a tin roof. Residents who want smaller rooms can use clotheslines and blankets to create separate spaces. The houses have no plumbing or electricity. Meals are cooked outside with a makeshift stove. Matthew said residents who want electricity have to buy their own wires and connect them from their homes to the main source of electricity set up in these villages by the government. Each home has a family with up to nine people living in it.“They have nothing – absolutely nothing but the clothes on their back,” Crystal said. “And they’re the happiest people you ever saw.”She observed an abundance of affection, communication and interdependency within families that led to joy and satisfaction in life. The villagers were very friendly with each other and the volunteers, Matthew said. Besides receiving new housing, each family also received an adult and children’s Bible in Spanish from the mission. On their three flights from Miami to Honduras, the church group took 37 large duffel bags full of shoes, small toys, shampoos, 150 dresses and many other small items to give out in Honduras. The volunteers also managed to buy and assemble 300 bags of staple foods like rice, beans, sugar, lard, coffee and pasta. They gave one bag per family that moved into the new houses and their neighbors. McDaniel and her son said they found the trip so rewarding they plan to go back again.Building homes for the poor abroad Crystal McDaniel holds a wooden plank that’s destined to become part of a new home. John Marincin holds the ladder as a volunteer from Honduras descends. Maurico Perdigon, one of the crew leaders, stands on the roof. (Photos courtesy of Crystal McDaniel)


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The park features child play areas, shopping, dining and botanical gardens. Boat rides are not included in the free admission deal, and cost $12.99 for adults and $9.99 for seniors and children. Each ticket purchased includes a buy-oneget-one-free food voucher and a merchandise discount voucher. Regular daily admission is still charged on days when a concert is scheduled. The park is at 5656 E. Silver Springs Blvd. in Silver Springs. For information, visit BOOK BAZAARThe Friends of the Hugh Embry Library will host a book bazaar Aug. 9-10 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There will be a diverse selection of slightly used books, audio and video media, magazines, and related materials. Many items will be available for less than $3. The library is at 14215 Fourth St. in Dade City. For information, call (352) 567-3576.CHARITY GOLF TOURNAMENTHabitat for Humanity of East and Central Pasco County will host a Habitat Business Challenge and 2013 Charity Golf Tournament Aug. 9-10 at Silverado Golf and Country Club, 36841 Clubhouse Drive in Zephyrhills. Proceeds will benefit Habitat and the Zephyrhills and Pasco high school golf teams. The tournament is for all skill levels. For information, call (813) 788-1225.SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVEThe Dade City Woman’s Club is hosting its annual school supply drive during August to help families that do not have the means to buy their children necessary school supplies. Needed supplies include pencils, crayons, markers, erasers, notebooks, folders, glue sticks, book bags, shampoo and soap. Items can be dropped off at the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce, 14112 Eighth St., in Dade City. For information, call (352) 567-3769.ELKS LODGE EVENTThe Zephyrhills Elks Lodge has lunch available Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Tuesday, meals can be ordered from the lunch menu from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. for prices ranging from $2 to $6. Dinner will be served for $10 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Friday evening. Entertainment on Tuesday evening from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. is Karaoke by Dudley. Upcoming music is Reflection Duet on Aug 9, Mike Laine on Aug. 16, Joe Nelson on Aug. 23 and Clayton Seawright on Aug. 30.BACKPACK GIVEAWAYHis Storehouse Outreach and First Presbyterian Church in Zephyrhills will host a back-to-school event on Aug. 10 from 10 a.m. to noon. There will be one backpack with school supplies per child, while supplies last. The event will also include a puppet show, bounce house, petting zoo, games and more. The church is at 5510 19th St. For information, call (813) 783-2141.PACK THE BACKPACKCenterState Bank in Zephyrhills is having a back-to-school Pack The Backpack Drive to benefit West Zephyrhills Elementary and Woodland Elementary schools. The bank also will accept donations of Box Tops for Education and Labels for Education. Items needed include baby wipes, erasers, lined paper, notebooks, Ziploc bags, folders with pockets and more. Supplies will be collected through Aug. 12 at 6930 Gall Blvd.PLANT CITY HIGH REUNIONPlant City High Class of 1978 is hosting a reunion from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 9 at Keel & Curley Winery, 5210 Thonotosassa Road in Plant City. There also will be a social hour, dinner and sharing old memories from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Aug. 10 at Embassy Suites Brandon, 10220 Palm River Road in Tampa. There is still time to register by emailing, or go to the class Facebook page at Plant City Class of 1978. BACK TO SCHOOL FAIRThe Glazer Children’s Museum is hosting a Back to School Fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 10. The first 150 kids will receive a bag filled with back-to-school goodies. There will be live entertainment, informative speaker sessions, games, arts and crafts, face painting, balloon artist, kid and mom workshops, and more. Fair guests can also enjoy the museum for $5 per person. The museum is at 110 W. Gasparilla Plaza in Tampa. For information, call (813) 9494400.BOOTS AND BLING FUNDRAISERThe Pasco Aging Network will host its Boots and Bling fundraiser on Aug. 23 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Spartan Manor in New Port Richey. There will be a Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament, along with other games, dancing, food and an auction. Proceeds help support senior services in Pasco County. Tickets are $25 each, or two for $40, prior to the event. The cost at the door is $35. Tickets include 100 gaming bling bucks and hors d’oeuvres. For tickets, call Terry Weaver at (352) 796-9891 or email FINGERPRINT KITSGoin’ Postal, 38439 Fifth Ave., and Hut No. 8, 38435 Fifth Ave., in Zephyrhills, are once again offering free child fingerprinting and identification kits, while supplies last.EAGLES AERIE EVENTSZephyrhills Eagles Aerie 3752 meets on the first and third Tuesday every month at 7 p.m. The Ladies Auxiliary meets on the first and third Wednesday every month at 7 p.m. Euchre is played at 1 p.m. on Friday. There is a fish fry every Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The coin club meets the first Saturday of every month. There is a pool tournament at 2 p.m. every Sunday. For information, or to rent the social hall, call Phil Tripp at (813) 780-1558.AMERICAN LEGION MEETINGSAmerican Legion Zephyr Post 118 will meet the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the post home, 5340 Eighth St., in Zephyrhills. The club is open from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. There are no fish fries during the summer. Membership to the club is open to all eligible veterans. For information, call Keith Holz at (813) 782-0481. HIDDEN CREEK MUD RUNHidden Creek in Zephyrhills is hosting an ‘80s-style 5-kilometer mud run on Sept. 21 starting at 3:30 p.m. The event will include uphill slide climbs, slides, log crossing and mud. There also will be an afterparty with live music by Hired Guns, Ryman Fillmore Band and No Name Band, along with dancing, music and volleyball. Each participant gets one free beer or water, Tshirt, custom finisher medal and free entry into the afterparty. Registration starts at $45. To register online, visit MODERN TENNISModern tennis will be taught by U.S. Professional Tennis Association coach Jeanette Marcus at a private facility at 35949 Bozeman Road in Dade City. Lessons are offered by appointment in singles, doubles, and private and group instruction. Juniors, adults and all levels welcome. For information, email, or call (813) 417-0061.RECREATIONAL CLASSESThe following recreational classes are offered at The Commons, 38130 Pretty Pond Road in Zephyrhills: —Computer classes by appointment: Learn the basics in six two-hour sessions. Cost is $99 and includes textbook. For information, call (727) 514-5002. —Learn to make greeting cards: Second and fourth Thursday of every month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $10. Participants must bring small paper scissors. Reservations are required. Call (352) 2060277. —Watercolor classes: Every Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Cost is $10. Bring your own supplies. Reservations required. Call (813) 788-0471.PASCO GENEALOGYThe Genies, a small informal genealogical group, meets every Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Church of Latter Day Saints, 9016 Fort King Road in Dade City. For information, call Janet at (813) 788-8894, or Peggy at (813) 715-7133.AMVETS EVENTSAMVETS Post 550, 4645 Airport Road in Zephyrhills, offers bingo on Mondays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., visitors can enjoy delicious meals ranging in price from $7 to $10. Check out the entertainment schedule at or on Facebook at AMVEST Post 550. For information, call (813) 780-8180.BINGO AT SWEETWATER Sweetwater RV Park will host its summer bingo every Thursday. Doors open at 4 p.m. Sweetwater is located at 37647 Chancey Road in Zephyrhills. For information, call (813) 715-7452.SHOWS AT SOUTHERN CHARMSouthern Charm RV Resort, 37811 Chancey Road in Zephyrhills, has complete package and individual show tickets for 2014 available to purchase at the office. The package price is $49. Individual show tickets are $8, with the exception of Brian Gurl’s An American Rhapsody at $9. The first show is Jan. 11 with Steve Jeffris. Others performing are The Browns, Crystal Gage, Brian Gurl, Jimmy Smith and Sarah Getto. For information, call the office at (813) 783-3477 or Walt Hershberger at (813) 783-3346. COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT TEDDY BEAR CLINICPasco Regional Medical Center and Walmart Supercenter in Zephyrhills is hosting a Back-to-School Teddy Bear Clinic on Aug. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon at Walmart, 7631 Gall Blvd. in Zephyrhills. Bring your teddy bear from home in for a check-up. The event will include a fire engine display, child fingerprinting, health insurance information, face painting and more. Your Community Calendar  Submit 2 weeks in advance to:  All listings free of charge


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We were in our car traveling to his home that is in a nearby town of Colchester when my mind started to wander back some 50 odd years. I recalled the time when TVs were a rarity, and people used to stand in front of the store windows where there was a display of new television sets, and at times it would be playing a broadcast. Some big and some small crowds would always congregate outside the store trying to get a look at this new invention. They always walked away with a promise to someday get a television set. Well, it wasn’t long after this that my dad brought home a 13-inch black and white television set. We were in our glory at this time. It seemed as if we were one of the few people on the block where we lived who owned a set. We thought we had friends before this, but at this time, it seemed like everyone wanted to do things with us. I wonder why? Yes, all of a sudden, we were everyone’s best friend. My brother and I, who would use the new purchase more often than the rest of the family and constantly fight over it, finally devised a plan between the two of us so that we knew who would have control of the TV. We designated a particular seat in the living room. That’s right; whoever was sitting at this certain seat had complete control over the television set. At this time, there were no remote controls, so if the person wished to watch a different program on a different channel, he had to state, “Change the channel” and then get up and go do whatever he had to. Nobody, at this time, was allowed to take the seat. If the person forgot to say these words before getting up from the seat, anyone could take over. This was a different way to do this, but there was no way to go channel surfing like we do today. Of course, all rules were put to rest if our father or mother decided they wanted to watch something. A small argument may have developed, but the end result was always the same — the parents won. It was also null and void when the Milton Berle Show was on. Then, Uncle Miltie always won. I was so busy reminiscing of these earlier times that I almost missed the correct turn-off. Well, we were getting closer to our friend’s house, and the home is in a beautiful section with so much scenery. The house is right on a lake with a little boat tied up to the docks. Oops, almost missed the house while gazing at all the beauty that surrounds us. We park our car, go into the house, and boy, their TV sure has come a long way. It is so much bigger than the 13-inch black and white. This is a huge set that is plastered against the front of the den, and I would say it is approximately 40 inches or so.When the Yankee-Red Sox game came on, it almost felt like we were in the park. We cheered with the rest of the crowd in the stands. If a batter hit a foul ball, I actually could see the ball coming my way, and I reached out to catch it. Darn it, the person next to me in the stands caught it. Since it was the New York Yankees vs. the Boston Red Sox teams, we could sense the friction between the two. The coloring was so vibrant that I could almost smell the grass and see each bead of perspiration on a player’s face. When a fight between the two teams broke out, it almost felt like we were on the pile of players kicking and punching one another. Eventually the game went on again and the better team won. Seeing it on thin plasma left us with a feeling that we were at the game. The end of the game came, and we left the house quite content but not knowing how we will stand using our television set after seeing this. Yes, TV has come a long way. Each year finds something new and different on a set. Helene Rubenstein Army Pfc. Robert E. Welch Jr. graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C. During the nine weeks of training, Welch studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises. Welch is the son of Helen Dees and stepson of Darren Dees of Zephyrhills. MILITARY Robert E. Welch Jr. graduates basic combat trainingWhatever happened to that old black-and-white TV?

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And as community business leaders work to revitalize the downtown section, questions abound on what to do with the Jeffries House after suffering through a foreclosure two years ago, and been abandoned ever since. “I think the Main Street Zephyrhills office would look great there,” said Gina King Granger, executive director of the city’s Main Street group. “Our board had actually discussed that at one time, but our funding was so tight, there was no way we could make it work.” CenterState Bank of Florida owns the house, but is looking to get back the nearly $280,000 it lost when the previous owner defaulted on the mortgage. However, Main Street may get another shot at the building if city officials move forward with plans to buy the house from CenterState, and then possibly leasing it out. Such a move would make the site much more attractive from a financial standpoint for potential tenants like Main Street. “There’s a lot of interest in it,” Granger said. “Folks are just shying away from it because they think there is a lot more involved in terms of restoration and what would be needed to get it back into good shape.” While the house itself would likely not be a strong anchor to help draw other businesses into the downtown district, there are a number of other possibilities for the Jeffries House as well, ranging from bed and breakfasts to restaurants, even to becoming a residence again. That’s exactly how Jerry Pricher remembers the Jeffries House growing up. “That house was the only residence on that block for many, many years,” said Pricher, who is vice president of the Zephyrhills Historical Association. “I walked by that house all the time when I was a kid, pretty much whenever we would walk down to the Home Theater to go to the movies.” The Jeffries House is hardly the only house with local historical significance in Zephyrhills, but it gets the most attention because of its location right in the middle of town, Pricher said. Because of that, and its place in the city’s history, it could be the perfect place for a museum. The only drawback to that idea is that Zephyrhills already has the Depot Museum on South Avenue. “The Depot Museum is slap full, so (the Jeffries House) could be nice as a secondary museum,” Pricher said. “We could always use more room to display some of the many historical items we have.” Vicki Elkins, who runs the Depot Museum, says they do regularly have to switch out exhibits because of space constraints in the old railroad depot. However, she may need some more exhibit donations before they can think of a second location. “We don’t really have an overflow right now, but certainly at some point we might,” Elkins said. She feels that the Jeffries House could be turned into a nice museum remembering the school history of the city. Or, “it would make a wonderful Main Street office.” “It’s historic, and it’s what Main Street is all about,” Elkins said. No matter who might end up in the Jeffries House, chances are it won’t be as expensive to move in as many might think, Main Street’s Granger said. A city inspection of the house showed that despite some exterior issues, the interior is structurally sound. And outside money might be available to convert the historic house into a new business. “A lot of work would be needed to bring it up to code, but it could be done,” Granger said. “There are a lot of grants for restoring these old properties at both the state and national levels, but money like that might not be available for a few years.” And that could be a death knell to the Jeffries House if it remains empty and is not properly maintained. As passers-by have already noticed in recent years, a house like this can deteriorate fast. “Obviously, to those of us who love the history of Zephyrhills, we would rather not lose it,” Pricher said. “Something needs to be done with that building, and we need to do it right now.”HOUSE, from page 1 The yellow paint on the Jeffries House remains bright, but rain and weather is causing it to deteriorate on the historic wood-frame building’s exterior. The Laker/Lutz News Staff Report The sky over West Winds Assisted Living Facility in Zephyrhills was filled with white balloons on July 23 as residents honored more than 90 loved ones who have passed away. Gulfside Regional Hospice staff hosted a memorial at the facility, which culminated with the balloon release, to help residents cope with their loss, as well as remember and honor the lives of their loved ones. Before the balloons were released outside, a memorial service was led by the staff from Gulfside, including chaplain Anthony Dodd, bereavement coordinator Cecilio de Leon and director of bereavement services Karlyle Knox. Dodd spoke to the group about his personal experience with loss and the importance of remembering loved ones. Along with sharing stories, poems, songs and prayers, Gulfside’s bereavement team read a list of names and rang a bell to remember the loved ones of West Winds residents. Each balloon released also had a name of a lost loved one tied to the string. Gulfside’s bereavement services are available to all community members, free of charge, regardless of previous association with the hospice. Bereavement services include support groups, counseling and memorial services. For more information about Gulfside’s bereavement services, call (800) 561-4883.Balloon release honors loved ones at West Winds Balloons from a memorial service float above the West Winds Assisted Living Facility in Zephyrhills on July 23. Residents and staff members attended the memorial service, where more than 90 loved ones were honored. (Photo courtesy of Kirsty Churchill)


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