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cient, and more involved in worldwide economics. “Many of them follow learning methods originally written by the Russians,” Colson said. “We started a Girl Scout group there, and one of the things we realized was that no one there knew how to brainstorm. That was a skill we had to teach them.” That is what helps make the Peace Corps necessary in countries like Armenia, said Alethea Parker, public affairs specialist for Peace Corps in Atlanta. “It’s is a large commitment to be away from your family and friends for two years,” she said. “But from our perspective, it’s very rewarding and impactful … and it is important work.” The only requirements to become a TheLAKER FREE TheLAKER EAST PASCO EDITION SEPTEMBER 18, 2013 By B.C. Manion Gerald Stanley wants to build the first private toll road in the state. And he wants to build it across Pasco County. Stanley, a retired road builder from Lutz who is a partner with International Infrastructure Partners LLC, submitted an unsolicited proposal June 11 to the state Department of Transportation proposing a toll road be built along the SR 54/SR 56 corridor. That would link Wesley Chapel to New Port Richey, with the possible addition of Wesley Chapel to US 301 in Zephyrhills. The partnership proposes to lease the right-of-way from the state and both build and operate a 33-mile toll road. Much of the road would be elevated, but portions would be at ground level where necessary. It would be constructed in phases, with the first leg planned for SR 54/56 from Bruce B. Downs Boulevard to the Suncoast Parkway. The second phase would go from the Suncoast Parkway to US 19 in New Port Richey. A possible third phase would extend the road from Bruce B. Downs to Zephyrhills. It’s possible, however, that phases one and two would be combined immediately for cost efficiency. Stanley touted the benefits of the proposed project in a letter addressed to Anath Prasad, the secretary of the state roads department. “This will be the first of its kind, privately funded, designed, built, operated and maintained elevated expressway in the state of Florida,” Stanley wrote. “It will create thousands of jobs for Floridians, further economic development in Pasco County, improve traffic flow, and promote use of existing and future transportation facilities.” International Infrastructure Partners wasCounty could have state’s first private toll roadSee TOLL, page9 Barbara Colson joins some of the Armenian students she taught English to visit a rebuilt 10th century church. Armenia, where the Dade City women spent two years as part of the Peace Corps, was the first full country to accept Christianity in A.D. 301. (Photo courtesy of Barbara Colson)See TEACHER, page9 By B.C. Manion Motorists buying gas in Pasco County won’t be faced with an extra nickel-a-gallon tax after a divided Pasco County Commission rejected the proposed increase. Raising the tax would have required four votes, but during a four-plus-hour public hearing, it became clear that the 5-cent hike lacked the votes to pass. Chairman Ted Schrader and members Kathryn Starkey and Pat Mulieri supported the additional tax, but commissioners Jack Mariano and Henry Wilson were opposed. The increase needed four votes to pass. Efforts to compromise by reducing the tax also failed to gain support by Mariano or Wilson. Instead, the commission decided to shift money out of other gas tax revenues to cover road and bridge maintenance costs. Those funds were intended for road construction projects that now will be built Pasco motorists avoid nickel gas hikeSee GAS, page9 Call AttorneyJIM HOLLIDAY813-868-1887 AUTO ACCIDENT?SLIP & FALL? 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It was 1966, and another girl in her dorm had just received a phone call and found out she had been accepted. “I had no idea what she was talking about, so I decided to learn more about it,” the retired Dade City teacher said. “I thought it sounded good, like something I wanted to do, but life got in the way.” And it was a lot of life. Colson would raise her family, excel in her career with the Hillsborough County school system, and travel when she could. It wasn’t until she turned 59, after her retirement, that Colson finally applied for the Peace Corps. “This was something I always wanted to do, and I was finally doing it,” Colson said. She was one of thousands of people vying for just 8,000 slots that are available each year in the Peace Corps, but Colson’s education background and community service made her a perfect fit to teach English as a second language. She found out quickly that her home for the next two years would be Armenia, a former Soviet Union republic that was still struggling to get back on its feet. “They loved the Russians,” Colson said. “Back then, everybody worked, and everybody had a house. But then the Russians just packed up everything and left, and they left these countries without the resources to continue.” Factories closed and jobs dried up. Many Armenians now look for a better life in Russia, or even the United States. That has refocused attention on education, working to help the country become more self-suffi-


813-909-2800 / COMMUNITY NEWS PUBLICATIONS September 18, 2013 2 813-996-55305710 Land OLakes In 2010,with your efforts, WE RECYCLED 46,361 TONS OF PAPER This means we saved 788,137 trees. This is 6,255 acres. Concerned for the Environment and your Community?RECYCLE your Cardboard Magazines Junk Mail Phone Books and Office Paper EVERY WEEK and HELP Raise Money for your community. We Make it Easy.Place Paper products (CLEAN, Dry Paper Only Please) in the BLUE MIX PAPER Recycling Bin at your location,7 Days a week.THANKS FOR YOUR RECYCLING EFFORTS. PLEASE CONTACTUS IF YOUR COMMUNITY WOULD LIKE TO HAVE ARECYCLING BIN! B y B .C. M an i on When Andy Hamilton goes rummaging around at a swap meet or flea market, he’s always on the lookout for the makings of his metal works of art. What might look like a colander to most instead looks like a turtle shell to Hamilton. Pot lids and air-conditioning gauges are eyes. Hedge clippers and rakes make good wings. Rusty pipe wrenches bounce back to life as grasshoppers. Hamilton sees possibilities everywhere. “These two bikes here, they came from a flea market,” said Hamilton, 62, outside his workshop in Lutz. “The guy was just trying to get rid of them. Five dollars a piece. I’ll take the front forks off of them, use them for legs. Chains, I’ll use for manes on a horse. The satellite dish arm? “This is the neck of a horse.” And the post-hole diggers? “These are the heads for alligators,” he said. “Potato forks are usually tail feathers for a bird.” Hamilton is a Lutz-based artist with Twisted Mind Rusty Metal, a company that specializes in recycling old metal and other objects into art. Where other people see obsolete car parts, rusted garden implements, empty bottles and old tools, Hamilton envisions whimsical works of art. “Somehow, I can see something,” Hamilton said. “People have asked me, ‘What kind of drug do you take? Do you drink a lot?’ It seems like the crazier I make stuff, the more people like it.” Bins and shelves in his workshop are chock-full of the raw materials of his artworks. He has another collection of salvaged goods that he plans to recycle outside next to his shop. “You’ve got to have a stockpile,” Hamilton said. As he surveys his shop, there is stuff everywhere. “It’s a disorganized, organized mess,” he said. Hamilton hunts regularly for old golf clubs, and often finds them for a dollar each at thrift stores. “I just cut all of these off the shafts,” he said, motioning to a stack of club heads. The steel pieces become ears for dogs and feet for pigs.“A lot of people throw these away,” Hamilton said, pointing to some empty helium tanks. “They end up in the trash and when I see ‘em, I grab ‘em.”The tanks become the bodies of pigs and other animals. Hamilton, who has spent more than four decades working in masonry, started his metal art business more than two years ago. It started when he decided to make a couple of things for his wife’s garden. “A friend of hers had sold plants at plant shows,” he said. “She told me to bring some along and see if they would sell.” They did sell, and the company was born — using a name his wife, Sheila, created. Over the past couple of years, he has sold 700 to 800 pieces, ranging in price from $35 to $400. He now spends nearly every evening out in the workshop behind his house, where he sandblasts rusted parts, welds pieces together and paints to create Chihuahuas, pigs, robots, weather vanes, sunflowers, birds and all sorts of critters. On weekends, one can find Hamilton making the rounds — either to events where he’s selling his art, or at swap meets, garage sales and flea markets where he’s picking up materials he can recycle.“Starting September through basically March, that’s the busy season,” Hamilton said.Over Labor Day weekend, for instance, he had a booth at the 13th annual Gulfport Geckofest on Saturday. By Sunday, he was at a swap meet in Bushnell. Monday, he hit the flea market in Webster.During the off-season, typically November through March, Hamilton spends Saturday mornings in Dunedin at the Green Market. And the third Friday of each month, he’s in Safety Harbor between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. He also does three shows a year in Lakeland.He also attends the Lutz Arts & Crafts Festival Christmas show. “Last year we sold like 26 pieces on Saturday, and at least 10 or 12 on Sunday,” Hamilton said, adding he sells even more during the town’s Fourth of July celebration. Hamilton’s wife is a big supporter of his artistic pursuits.“She wants me to quit masonry for this,” said Hamilton, who believes someday he will.For recycler, it’s not junk … it’s art Hamilton uses his welder to bind pieces of metal together as he works on a crab, one of many creatures he creates from recycled materials. (Photos by B.C. Manion) Andy Hamilton of Twisted Mind Rusty Metal, stands next to a robot he built. 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All successful businesses work to give customers what they want at a fair price so they continue to be their customer and tell friends and family about their products and services.If you are a restaurant, you offer a menu filled with dishes customers have asked for and prepared by the best chef in town. If you are a retail store, you sell products people want so they come back and shop again. At The Laker/Lutz News, our customers are both readers and advertisers. We know that if we give you stories and information about people and issues that are important to you, you will read your paper cover to cover, week after week, and share what you’ve read with family and friends. And we know that your readership has a direct impact on the bottom line of our other customer — businesses that advertise in our papers. The better and more completely you read your paper, the more you will take note of the adjacent ads. Which brings me to why we’re making some changes to the kinds of stories we write in The Laker/Lutz News. Last spring we hired an independent research company to ask readers what type of news they want in their community paper. This was done in conjunction with our annual circulation audit that verifies the number of papers we print and deliver. This study revealed the No. 1 reason people like you read The Laker/Lutz News is to learn about things to do in their community. Our best-read section is What’s Happening with its news briefs about upcoming activities and events. Because readers put What’s Happening at the top of their list, we’re expanding this section and increasing our coverage of community events before they take place. B.C. Manion, our community editor for the past three years, is taking on this charge and welcomes suggestions on events you’d like to see covered. The second topic most requested is business news. You want to know what’s coming when you see a new commercial building underway. You want to know about local road improvements and how they will impact your drive to work. You are curious about local businesses, big and small, and are looking for new places to shop and professional services in your neighborhood. To increase our business coverage, in late July we hired Michael Hinman as our news editor because of his community and business journalism background. In addition to working for several area weekly newspapers, Michael spent five years as a reporter at the Tampa Bay Business Journal. Like B.C., Michael also welcomes your story ideas. Both journalists can be reached at (813) 909-2800 or by email at or You may have already noticed that there’s more business news in your paper. Last week, for example, we were the first to report on the expansion of Florida Medical Clinic’s new facilities in Zephyrhills and Carrollwood. This week we have a story on the elevated expressway for SR 54 that’s being proposed by a private developer. I began this column talking about the importance of giving customers what they want. That’s why we’re committing more of our resources to stories you want to read. And why you’re seeing more stories about upcoming events, local businesses and growth and development.With more than 60,000 readers, it’s impossible to give every single person everything they want in their community paper. But know that we’re acting on the best information we have to give you the kinds of stories you tell us you’re most interested in reading in The Laker/Lutz News. Giving readers what they want to read PUBLISHER’S COLUMN By B.C. Manion Pasco County Tax Collector Mike Fasano is asking Pasco County’s auto dealers to keep title and tag fees for the vehicles they sell in Pasco County. He’s asking motorcycle, recreational vehicle and boat dealers to do the same. Fasano sent a letter to more than 100 car dealerships alerting them to the fact that many third-party vendors are collecting fees for auto title and registration fees and sending them to another county. The tax collector estimates his office is losing at least $200,000 a year in potential revenues because of the third-party transactions. Fasano discovered this was happening when he was reviewing the revenue streams for his office soon after his appointment to it, and didn’t see much coming in from car dealerships. That didn’t make sense to him. It turns out that third-party vendors are paying the registration and title fees in other counties. “The dealers are not aware of this,” Fasano said, noting they sell cars and have someone else handle the title and registration paperwork. At $6.75 a vehicle, the fees add up. Fasano said he talked to one vendor who represents a number of dealers who was sending between $5,000 and $8,000 each month to Hillsborough County. Fasano estimates that Pasco County is losing at least $200,000 a year in revenues because of the third-party transactions. “Hillsborough County’s tax collector has been very generous to say, ‘We want to return those fees to you,’” Fasano said, noting his staff is working on obtaining an interlocal agreement with Hillsborough County.Fasano said he heard there was a considerable amount of revenue going to Palm Beach County and tried to work out the same deal there, but that tax collector would agree to return just 50 percent of the fees.Fasano rejected that offer. Instead, he decided to appeal directly to car dealers, boat dealers, motorcycle dealers and RV dealers to ask them to be sure their vendors are paying these fees in Pasco County. 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Plus … well show you how they work with your cell phone and B luetooth 813-909-2800 / COMMUNITY NEWS PUBLICATIONS September 18, 2013 4 Suzanne Beauchaine SPONSOR SUZANNE NOW! Accepting donations of goods and All proceeds will benefit your community. Purchase your tickets for the performance at Saturday, September 21 at 6 pmThe Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel The LAKER / Lutz NEWS By Lee Heffelfinger Gem Estates Those people that go north for the summer have no idea how hot it gets here in Zephyrhills. I can remember when we first moved here in 1968 how it used to rain every day, either in the morning or afternoon. We would hang out our laundry according to the weather report, and you could count on it — if it rained in the morning you knew you could hang your laundry in the afternoon. Now I don’t hang out my laundry, so it doesn’t matter when it rains. But the rains are what makes the beautiful flowers. The crepe myrtle bushes are really full and colorful. And, of course, the grass is so green and grows so fast, just ask Larry, who mows the majority of the lawns and all the grounds around the clubhouse at Gem Estates. We were sorry to hear about the passing of Phyllis Smith. She and her husband Hugh have not been able to spend much time here at their home in the park because of Phyllis’ illness. Got an email from Ernie and Bev Martin of Sterling Drive, informing us about the sale of their house in Pittstown, Maine. They are living in their fifth-wheel trailer until they can build their new house on an adjacent lot. More power to them to visualize and go through building a new house. Bev sent a picture of Ernie doing laundry on an old Maytag wringer washer. Joe and Ann Casey returned from a fourweek vacation traveling and visiting with family and friends in Pennsylvania, Connecticut and Maine. The Caseys spend time with their Gem Estates neighbors, Howard and Belinda Sleeper, as well as Ken and Sandy Mann. Ray and Clara Moyer, living in a fruit orchard in Berks County, Pa., reported the weather wreaking havoc on their fruit. First the cold weather this spring, and now the heat and rains are really messing the fruit crop. The peaches are splitting and are watery from the rains. Vernita Perdue is having a rough summer in Hubbard Lake, Mich. All of you who know Vernita should send a card and prayers for her recovery. Rosemary Leibrook, here in the park, is also having very bad health problems and could also use prayers for recovery. Elaine Mercer fell and hit her head, while we heard that Helen Springer is home from the hospital and is pain-free. Our prayers should still include Karen Wyant. It was so good to see Karen come to our coffee social on Thursday. She looks great but has a long way to full recovery, attributing her progress to lots of prayers, cards and visits. Speaking about prayers, Ann Casey’s son, Patrick Darby, is headed to Turkey with the U.S. Air Force, and we wish a safe return for him. Harold and Bessie Palmer took a quick trip to Hilton Head, S.C., to see her brother, Brian Puffenberger, who is on a respirator and not doing well. Joan Martinson had a hip replacement and is doing well. We are sorry to hear of the passing of Carol Joyce, who had been living at Westwind until recently, when she was taken to hospice. Also Phil Miletello passed away in Michigan. Carol Cooper is spending time with her mother, Mabel Ferdon. Mabel is in a senior facility in Wisconsin and is celebrating a milestone birthday. She is 101 years young. How wonderful! She is in pretty good health, but has minor problems with her feet and ankles. We love you, Mabel. We are celebrating birthdays this month including Madeline Macomber and Ron Plummer. Happy Birthday to all. We’re starting up our bus tours for this coming season. Our trip to Branson, Mo., on Nov. 11 can still take a few more travelers, and includes nine days and eight nights, 12 meals, eight top shows and two casino visits. Plus, Branson will be all lit up for Christmas. Call Lee at (813) 780-1012 for more details, and come join us.Remembering the rains of Zephyrhills


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The free half-day seminar, sponsored by Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, will be on Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The seminar will feature six breakout sessions, giving women a chance to hear from some of the area’s most respected physicians discussing heart health, breast cancer risk factors, pregnancy, healthy aging and other wellness topics. Women who are pregnant or are thinking of having a baby can talk with a lactation consultant. The event will also feature a women’s health panel, with experts fielding questions about primary health care, internal medicine, geriatric medicine, obstetrics and gynecology. There will also be a cooking demonstration and free screenings for blood pressure, blood glucose, BMI and others. There will be pampering opportunities, too, and giveaways.The event will feature a women’s health panel, answering questions about primary health care, internal medicine, geriatric medicine, obstetrics and gynecology.Send questions in advance to Space for the seminar is limited and reservations are required.To register, call (813) 929-5432, or visit to promote women’s health HEALTH & WELLNESS Tobacco cessation programFlorida Hospital Zephyrhills is partnering with Gulfcoast North Area Health Education Center to provide a free tobacco cessation seminar. It will provide information, tools and resources need to quit using tobacco. Participants will receive four weeks of optional nicotine replacement therapy. The next program is Sept. 19 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 7050 Gall Blvd. in Zephyrhills. To register, call (813) 929-1000.Gulfside volunteer orientationsGulfside Regional Hospice is hosting volunteer orientations as follows:  Sept. 19 and Sept. 20, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Gulfside Center for Hospice Care, 5760 Dean Dairy Road, Zephyrhills, for all new volunteers in east and central Pasco.  Sept. 26 from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Gulfside’s East Pasco Administrative Office, 37826 Sky Ridge Circle, Dade City, for all new thrift shop volunteers in east Pasco. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. For information, call Jennifer Ball or Tracey Thompson at (813) 780-1235. Oak Hill women’s seminarOak Hill Hospital will present a panel discussion, “Comprehensive Care for Women of All Ages,” on Sept. 25 at 5:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 8831 W. Bradshaw St., Homosassa. The panel will feature breast and general surgeon Dr. Alene Wright as well as Dr. Marc Polecritti of the Julian Institute of Plastic Surgery. Admission is free, but seating is limited and reservations are required. A complimentary hot meal will be served. For information, call (352) 597-6333.Moffitt seeks study volunteersMoffitt Cancer Center is recruiting healthy volunteers and breast cancer patients to participate in a study to determine the effects of chemotherapy on the brain. Chemotherapy is routinely used to treat many cancers, but also has a number of side effects including hair loss, nausea and fatigue. Two groups will be evaluated: older women undergoing treatment for breast cancer, and older women who do not have cancer. The study needs women 60 and older with no history of cancer. A saliva sample is required and participants will meet with researchers over the next two years for questionnaires and memory tests. Participants will be compensated $50 for each of the visits. For information, call (813) 745-8245, or email programsCARES Enrichment Center, 13906 Fifth St., Dade City, offer these activities:  Adult Day Care: Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants receive breakfast, lunch and a snack, along with organized activities. The program provides social and health services to adults who need supervision in a safe place outside the home. Reservations are required, and veterans are accepted. For costs and available funding, call Melinda at (352) 519-9300.  Senior Moments Early Memory Loss Program: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For reservations or information, call (727) 862-9291, ext. 2002.Hospital 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. If interested, applications are available online at, or by calling (813) 779-6256.Pasco Regional Medical Center 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 four-week 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. HPH Hospice is in need of adults to consider visiting patients in private homes, nursing homes, assisted living facilities and the HPH Hospice Care Centers. Volunteers are matched with a patient who lives near their residence. Trainings are two days from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and preregistration is required. The next training is Sept. 24 and Sept. 26 at HPH, 37445 Clinton Ave., Dade City. For information, call Liz Helms at (813) 780-6797.Hospice needs patient visitors


Hall. Parking will be available in municipal lots on Plum Street, SR 54 and South Avenue, and at Goin’ Postal, 4941 Fourth St. Goin’ Postal will be open during the cleanup so volunteers can use the restrooms and have access to cold beverages and running water to wash their hands. For information, call (813) 782-1500, ext. 104.ADOPT A DOG FOR $1Pasco County Animal Services is offering “Dollar Dog Days of Summer” through Sept. 28. Select dogs are waiting for a home for a $1 adoption fee, plus a license fee of $10. The dogs have been vetted, microchipped, and spayed or neutered. The shelter is at 19640 Dogpatch Lane in Land O’ Lakes. For information, call (813) 929-1212.TIMBER LAKE BINGOTimber Lake Estates in Zephyrhills hosts bingo every Thursday. Doors open at 4:30 p.m., and bingo starts at 6 p.m. Food will be served. Timber Lake is at 34301 Country Side Drive, just south of Chancey Road on Morris Bridge Road. For information, call (813) 788-6647.AQUARIUM OFFER FROM GOODWILLDuring September, anyone dropping off clothes or household items at a Goodwill Industries-Suncoast donation site will receive a coupon good for a buy-one, getone free admission to The Florida Aquarium. The coupon is good for up to three free tickets, one for each paid adult admission. The offer is redeemable until Nov. 30. For Goodwill donation sites, visit BARREL WORKSHOPPasco Extension is offering the “Every Drop Counts” rain barrel workshop on Oct. 5 at 10:30 a.m. at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36702 SR 52, Dade City. Each household is eligible to receive a 55-gallon rain barrel for $20 when one household member registers and attends the workshop. Preregistration is required, with the deadline set for Sept. 28. For information, call (352) 518-0156. LIBRARY BOOK BAZAARThe Hugh Embry Library will host a book bazaar on Oct. 11 and Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. 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. For information, call (352) 567-3576.SCARECROW FEST NEEDS VENDORSThe 2013 Scarecrow Festival & Tractor Pull at the Pioneer Florida Museum is looking for traditional crafters, food, arts and crafts, nonprofit, and commercial vendors for the Oct. 12 event. The festival includes a bounce house, train rides, assorted games, face painting, pumpkin patch, petting zoo and more. The museum is at 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. For information, call (352) 567-0262.FOUNDING FATHERS DINNERThe Conservative Club of East Pasco will host a Founding Fathers Dinner on Oct. 12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Lions Club, 5827 Dean Dairy Road, Zephyrhills. Those attending will hear about the U.S. Constitution and what is happening in America today. There will be a prime rib dinner, dessert, and a beverage bar. There will also be a raffle and motivational speakers. Tickets are $75 per single, or $125 per couple. For information, call Debbie Murray at (813) 395-6424.FALL AUTOFEST SEEKS DRIVERSZephyrhills Fall AutoFest and Carlisle Events takes place Nov. 14-17 at Festival Park, just south of downtown Zephyrhills. This is a two-day collector car auction as well as a four-day swap meet and car corral. There will be celebrities, special cars, displays and attractions. The event wraps up with a special demolition derby on the adjacent track on Nov. 17. The derby is free with a paid gate admission. Anyone interested in participating as a driver should call T.E. Promotions at (812) 689-1046. For event information, visit 813-909-2800 / COMMUNITY NEWS PUBLICATIONS September 18, 2013 6 Your Community Calendar € Submit 2 weeks in advance to: € All listings free of charge What’s Happening What s Happening PASCO REGIONAL MEDICAL CELEBRATES FOUR DECADESPasco Regional Medical Center will host its 40th Anniversary Celebration from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Oct. 1 at 13100 Fort King Road in Dade City. The community is invited to attend the event, which will include hors doeuvres, hospital tours and a little nostalgia. Visitors will be able to take a stroll down memory lane as the hospital recalls its beginnings and the many advances that have been made through the years, since the hospital opened its doors in 1973 with 14 patients, one surgery, 64 beds, 28 physicians, a five-bed intensive care unit, two operating rooms and a nursery large enough for eight babies.HISTORICAL SOCIETY MEETSThe Pasco County Historical Society will meet Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Hall Post 15, 37745 Church Ave., Dade City. The topic will be “Beyond the Shadow of Race: A Social History of Saint Leo, Saint Leo College, Saint Leo Abbey & Holy Name Monastery.” The guest speaker is Reggie Hill, director of admissions at Saint Leo University. There will be a covered-dish dinner before the program. Bring a dish to share, cutlery and a beverage. For information, call Glen Thompson at (352) 567-7449.SHRED-A-THONAmeriprise Financial Advisor Cheryl Burbano will sponsor a “shred-a-thon” on Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. to noon at her office, 28943 SR 54 in Wesley Chapel, across the street from Saddlebrook. The event will kick off an annual food drive to benefit Feeding America Tampa Bay-Suncoast Branch. Attendees are encouraged to bring paper materials to shred, as well as a nonperishable food item to donate. For information, call (813) 994-1190.HIDDEN CREEK MUD RUNHidden Creek in Zephyrhills will host 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 CLASS REUNIONThe Zephyrhills High School Class of 1973 is having its 40th reunion on homecoming weekend. Kickoff is on Sept. 27 at the football game at 6 p.m., with a social afterward at the home of David Calhoun. There will be a get-together on Sept. 28 for a cookout at the home of James and Donna Meyer starting at 4 p.m. For details, contact Clereen Morrill Brunty at (813) 782-8763 or TASTING AT USFThe University of South Florida Botanical Gardens is hosting a Taste of Honey fundraiser on Sept. 28 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors can taste more than 100 honeys from all over the world and participate in beekeeping workshops. There will be honey-inspired food, door prizes and live music. Tickets are $20 each. All proceeds benefit the beekeeping program at the Gardens. For information, visit CLEANUPThe next “I Heart Zephyrhills” community cleanup is Sept. 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. in Zephyr Park. Those interested can meet at the bandstand located near Alice COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT POW WOW IN ODESSAThe Eighth Annual Fall Odessa Pow Wow is Sept. 20-22 at Starkey Ranch on SR 54. Gates open each day at 10 a.m. On Sept. 21 there will be an Indian auction at noon giving visitors a chance to purchase something original made by one of the vendors. Learn how tribes lived, and enjoy native dancing and singing. Food will be available. Admission is $4 per person. Children younger than 12 are admitted free. For information, email


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That is one thing about Branson — all shows end with a tribute to veterans. It is a very touching moment and helps people realize that without these veterans, we wouldn’t have the freedoms that we have today. After the show, it was time for a light lunch and then to see the Magic and Comedy of Taylor Reed. Reed took us on a journey with stunning illusions, colorful sets, original storylines, and award-winning, high-energy entertainment. In closing, he made a racecar and a driver appear onstage. There was a lot of audience participation, keeping them amazed. After the show, we went back to our motel to get some dinner before we headed off to the Clay Cooper Show. This show was more than country music, as it included 22 veteran entertainers that performed on three stages. They would light up these stages with singing, dancing, gun-slinging, rope twirling and comedy. There were 10 dancers, a comedian by the name of Matt Gumm, an 8-year-old Colt Cooper — who was fabulous — and they had one of the best seven-piece live bands in Branson called The Country Express Band. There was unbelievable talent and hysterical comedy to create a show of family fun. On Aug. 16, it was off to the John Denver Show that was located in the IMAX complex. They had a special tribute to Peter, Paul and Mary. James Garrett was the lead singer, and he took us through the life and songs of John Denver. He performed songs such as “Rocky Mountain High,” “Leaving on a Jet Plane” and “Calypso.” Garrett shared stories of Denver’s life and experiences from a firsthand perspective. The show featured legendary Branson gospel singer and songwriter Randy Plummer; Jim Glaspy of the world famous bluegrass band The Dillards; and Ricky Wood, mandolin player from the Kendalls. Wood did a fine job performing the song “Will the Circle be Unbroken?” Plummer did a masterful job on “Far Side Banks of Jordan,” while Garrett performed the song “Rocky Top High” (the Colorado state song) and “Annie’s Song,” which was written while at a ski lift. There was one particular cute spot in the show when they had trouble with the lights, and Garrett had mentioned that they need an electrician. At this point, Plummer blurted out, “I guess I can’t help as I am only a plummer and not an electrician.” After the end of the show we were off to see and hear “Hank Williams Revisited.” The star of this show was Tim Hadler, who shared memories of his decade in Branson as well as his musical journey abroad. He performed his own songs as well as some of Hank Williams’ hits. Hadler also included his family, and the entire show was great. Hadler also presented a song that was originally written for Little Jimmy Dickens called “Hey Good Looking,” but performed by Hank. On this particular day, Marty and I saw four shows, but three of them were located in the IMAX complex, including a show called “The Johnny Cash Songbook.” The show started off with a hit from 1955, produced by Sun Records, called, “Cry, Cry, Cry,” and was followed by “Hey Porter.” The band included Randy Plummer, Jim Glaspey and Ricky Wood, who were also in the morning production tribute to John Denver. We enjoyed hearing all, or at least most, of the Johnny Cash songs, such as “Ring of Fire,” “I Walk The Line,” “Folsom Prison Blues” and so many others. A very special moment came when John Wain did a recitation of “Ragged Old Flag.” He did a great job. There was not a dry eye in the place as the entire audience was on its feet. The applause was overwhelming. The day was not yet complete. We made our way to the Americana Theatre to see “3 Redneck Tenors.” This show is performed by three accomplished opera tenors, all of whom at one time performed at Carnegie Hall. They presented an unusual and entertaining show. In the first portion, Billy-Bob, Billy-Joe and Billy-Billy were three good ol’ southern boys from Texas living in a trailer discovered by a talent agent who promised to make them big stars. These hillbillies looked and acted like they fell off a turnip truck. After a brief intermission, our three hillbillies returned in formal clothing and showed the audience why they starred at Carnegie Hall. The next day, after losing ourselves downtown for several hours, we took a little trip to the Branson Mill. This is truly a distinctive shopping experience with a village of working craftsmen. There are well over 150 booths where you can find a huge selection of unique items. In addition to the fine artisan handcrafted work, you will find distinctive quality items such as home dcor, sandals, women’s clothing and accessories, and handcrafted and Vintage Native American jewelry. You will see craftsmen at work, such as a person doing pen and ink drawings, handthrown pottery, handcrafted leather, custom embroidery, laser engraving and loom weaving. There are also musicians that will keep you entertained. After lunch, we went to the show featuring The Platters. We heard several songs by this world-famous group like “My Prayer,” “He’s Mine,” “Only You” and more. There were too many hits to mention. A highlight in the show occurred when my husband Marty was picked from the audience to perform onstage. At first, he was somewhat hesitant, but when the Platter who had picked Marty assured him that he would not have to sing or dance, Marty went willingly. True, all he ended up doing was moving his arms and legs in certain directions, but the main point was he was onstage with the Platters. From this show, we went to see The Presleys’ Country Jubilee. The Presleys were the original show on the Strip. They started their career in a cave, but eventually got their own theatre in Branson. Today, over the course of a year, more than 200 different acts play in Branson. This is a far cry from when the Presleys originally started. Today, at the center of it all, Branson’s first family of entertainment remains the Presleys. From new country favorites, classics, from the zany antics of Herkimer and Cecil, to the soulful reflection of southern gospel hits, this is a show that you must see. There was great music and hilarious comedy. Yes, the tradition continues with four generations of entertainment with the Presleys. The show ended with a tribute to the veterans plus confetti sprinkling in the audience. It ended a perfect day. On Aug. 18, we took a ride on the Canadian Pacific Railway steam engine. We saw the breathtaking vistas of the Canadian Rockies, and we took part in the adventures of building a nearly impossible railway. This marked the end of an enjoyable trip. It was a heck of a long drive, but once in Branson, it was worth it. These memories should last for a long time. The three Redneck Tenors before their transformation into opera stars at Carnegie Hall. (Photo by Marty Rubenstein) 813-909-2800 / COMMUNITY NEWS PUBLICATIONS September 18, 2013 8


Saturday, September 21 at 6 pmThe Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel The LAKER / Lutz NEWS announces our 2nd Annual Dancing with Our Stars... An evening of fun and entertainment with our local stars and dance professionals. Premier Sponsors: Other Sponsors: RPM Printing & Marketing Hampton Inn & Suites Time for Wine Express Shipping and Business Solutions Crew EntertainmentTICKETS AVAILABLE NOW AT $35 for one reserved seat $20 for one general admissionLocal community personalities, leaders and celebrities have graciously agreed to help raise funds by competing, while bringing you a night of grace, glitz and glamour. For more information, please contact the Central Pasco Chamber at 813-909-2722 or Carla Collier at 813-345-8580 formed specifically to manage the project and consists of engineers, accountants and financial professionals, according to Stanley’s proposal.The construction would be done by PCL, a company that is currently working on the Interstate 4 connector project. The company also has completed work for the toll-funded Lee Roy Selmon Crosstown Expressway.Guggenheim Securities LLC would be the capital partner for the project, Stanley said, soliciting investments through a fund called “FL54Xpressway.” Kris Carson, spokeswoman for District 7 of the DOT, said it is too early to tell if any project like this would come to fruition. “It could be that nothing ever happens,” Carson said. “There are a lot of questions to be answered.” In response to Stanley’s proposal, the state roads department issued a request for proposals to encourage a competitive process, and set a date of Oct. 23 for opening those proposals. John Hagen, president and CEO of the Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., said when the idea of a toll road was initially raised, there were questions about who would pay for it, and its financial feasibility. The fact that a private group has stepped forward and is willing to pay for it, gives legitimacy to the concept, he said. Like Carson, Hagan said it is too early to tell if a project will materialize. “There are a lot of technical questions that need to be answered,” Hagan said. But if a toll road is built, it will provide an additional transportation option that will allow traffic to move quickly across the county on a toll road, while local traffic uses the surface streets, the economic development expert said. Steps must be taken to increase traffic capacity, Hagan said. Otherwise, “eventually SR 54/SR 56 will just become a parking lot.” Jeff Miller, a real estate agent and resident of Wesley Chapel, said he welcomes this type of project. He sees it as a way for people, like himself, to get to New Port Richey and Pinellas County much more quickly than is possible now. “It’s not a done deal. We’re all trying to determine if it’s feasible,” Stanley said. “If it’s not profitable, it won’t be built.” If the project is done, however, it will employ hundreds of construction workers and will bring more industry to Pasco County. It will also help prevent gridlock, as Pasco continues to grow, said Stanley, who has been a part of the Florida Transportation Builders Association for 35 years, and was the group’s president in 2005-06. In its request for proposals, the state DOT requires those interested in pursuing a private toll road to obtain required approvals, talk specifics at how it would build the road, and share any future infrastructure build-outs.The submitter must also demonstrate its ability to further economic development in the region and state, protect the environment, create temporary and permanent jobs in Florida, improve transportation efficiency and otherwise benefit citizens and the state. The state would not provide any funding for the project, according to the RFP.TOLL, from page 1 later or removed from the county’s longrange capital improvement plan. Commissioners are expected to weigh in on which roads will be removed from that list before taking their second and final vote on the county’s budget. The vote to reject the additional gas tax followed extensive public comment, with more than 30 speakers weighing in on the issue. The testimony broke down into two basic arguments. Those who favored the tax said the county needs to address deteriorating road conditions. They called the gas tax an investment that would help support the county’s quest to attract more jobs. They said better roads would improve the quality of life and would help give residents the option to stay in Pasco to work, instead of commuting elsewhere. Those opposed to the tax said that it unfairly burdens those who can least afford it, including single moms driving children to school, middle-aged people looking for jobs, and elderly people heading to medical appointments. They also argued the government needs to find ways to live within its budget, instead of making taxpayers foot the bill. “A lot of people are really hurting,” said Denis Murray of Zephyrhills. “There’s a lot of retired people living here. There’s a lot of unemployed people living here. You’re going to hit them right in the pocketbook.” Barbara Wilhite, an attorney who represented T. Rowe Price, which plans to build an office campus in Pasco, said that having quality infrastructure was a critical issue in attracting the company. She urged commissioners to remain committed to their vision to move the county forward. “Your leadership is being tested tonight,” she said. “I think you’re foolish if you turn this down,” Mulieri told her colleagues But Wilson said he observed those speaking in favor of the tax “make a lot of money,” while those who spoke against it, don’t. The 5-cent-a-gallon gas tax, which would not have applied to diesel fuel, would have generated $8.1 million a year in revenues, according to county estimates. While commissioners rejected the gas tax, they unanimously supported a property tax rate increase. Based on the new tax rate, the owner of a $100,000 house, assuming a $50,000 homestead exemption, will pay $33 more a year in property taxes. Commissioners are scheduled to their final vote on the county’s proposed budget at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 24 at 7530 Little Road, New Port Richey. Peace Corps volunteer is being at least 18 years old, and a U.S. citizen. But getting selected, that is a much more daunting process. “Our application process is quite competitive,” Parker said. “Most of our programs do require at least a bachelor’s degree, and we are typically looking at several years of full-time professional work experience.” Yet, being a Peace Corps volunteer has its advantages beyond just helping out overseas. Medical expenses are covered at 100 percent, and a decent stipend is offered to cover day-to-day living expenses. Colson lived in Kapan, a small city of just 45,000 people in southern Armenia. That worked out great for Colson, who struggled to learn Armenian. Unlike more rural areas, the cities in Armenia tend to have a more international feel. “A lot of people speak English as it’s an international language,” she said. “They want to be a part of the world, and to get along in the world. And they’re working hard to achieve those goals.” Even if Colson was in a bind, where she couldn’t just point to something on a store shelf she wanted, it seemed there was always someone willing to help. It’s the kind of neighborly actions she wishes existed more back home. “The things that Americans get upset about, it’s beyond me,” Colson said. “Try really being in survivor mode, and you’ll find out there’s a lot more we can do for our own people back home, too.” The Peace Corps currently has 36 volunteers from the Tampa Bay area serving overseas, and have joined more than 850 volunteers from the region who have participated since President John F. Kennedy founded the program in 1961. Right now, however, the Peace Corps needs 1,000 volunteers, and are recruiting. Details can be found online at, from page 1 / 813-909-2800 COMMUNITY NEWS PUBLICATIONS September 18, 2013 9 TEACHER, from page 1 16176 Cortez Blvd. Brooksville, FL 34601 James L. 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(813) 996-9800Dr. Michael A Craven, D.C. 5420 Land OLakes Blvd € Land O Lakes, FL 34639 813-996-9800 www. HOURS: MON, WED, THURS 9 TO 6; TUES, 2-6; FRI 9-12Dr. Michael Craven, a well-respected chiropractor who has practiced in Land O Lakes since 1983, has partnered with NeuropathyDR to offer treatment plans that dramatically reduce chronic pain, burning, numbness, fatigue, muscle weakness and tingling caused by nerve damage from diabetic neuropathy, fibromyalgia and other chronic pain sources. Traditional treatments for chronic pain are only focused on treating symptoms with prescription drugs and in the case of diabetes, by controlling blood sugar. But drugs are expensive, often have limited effectiveness and can result in unpleasant side effects. If only physical therapy is prescribed, patients often do not find lasting relief. NeuropathyDR is a new breakthrough program for people who suffer from various forms of neuropathy. In addition to successfully treating the symptoms of these chronic diseases, it also addresses the true root causes and fosters independence.Fortunately for area residents, Dr. Craven is the only doctor in Tampa Bay to offer this new NeuropathyDR program and his office is close to home for residents in Pasco and north Hillsborough counties. What Exactly Is Diabetic Neuropathy?This chronic disease is a result of nerve damage that results in pain, weakness, burning and tingling in the hands and feet. Its root cause is most often trauma, medications and systemic diseases like diabetes. An estimated 20 million Americans suffer from this debilitating illness.How Does NeuropathyDR Help?This comprehensive program of patient care incorporates nutrition, dietary changes, exercise and rehab therapies. It uses clinically tested NDGen home care electrical therapy units, along with massage, spinal therapy and LASER THERAPY, to achieve lasting pain relief and longterm self-management of their illness.What Makes NeuropathyDR Different From Other Treatments? This protocol begins by establishing a baseline upon which to improve and then develops four key areas: 1.) Determine what caused a patients neuropathy, fibromyalgia or chronic pain in the first place 2.) Diet analysis and specific nutritional supplement combinations 3.) Using Laser Therapy and NDGen nerve stimulators to heal and restore function. 4.) Perhaps most importantly, Dr. Craven monitors his patients progress and adjusts their individual, specific treatment plans based upon their clinical results to achieve maximum relief. The Bottom Line This program is for the patient that is serious, really serious, about restoring their health, normal daily function, independence, and reducing their dependency on drugs.For diabetic neuropathy there is usually four to six weeks of supervised in-office treatments, then patients continue on a personal, home-care program. Most patients need only periodic, in-clinic follow-ups. Other conditions may require less.Craven Chiropractic uses the highest quality professional and research-supported nutritional products and therapy tools. Laser Therapy especially has shown fantastic results with a multitude of painful conditions. Dr. Craven is always available for follow up and emergencies. The office phone is answered live 24/7, offering you direct contact with Dr. Craven by phone or email, at all reasonable hours of every day. He gladly shares clinical support materials with your physicians and always refers you back to your personal physicians for careful monitoring of underlying medical conditions.Craven Chiropractic Offers Patients Breakthrough Treatment for Diabetic Neuropathy, Fibromyalgia and Chronic PainDo you or a loved one suffer from Diabetic Neuropathy, Fibromyalgia or Chronic Pain? Dr. Michael Craven can offer you relief with NeuropathyDR Protocol. Call our office at (813) 996-9800 to schedule a FREE* Neuropathy Consult and Analysis.(* $99 Value) Dr. Craven looks forward to personally consulting with you on this exciting new program for particularly challenging problems. Our Policy: The patient and any other person responsible for payment has the right to refuse payment for any service performed within 72 hours of responding to an advertisement of free or discounted examination or treatment. Personal, outstanding patient care to area residents since 1983. 813-909-2800 / CO MM UNITY NEWS PUBLICATIONS September 18, 2013 16