Laker (Zephyrhills edition)

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The L AKER FREE The L AKER EAST PASCO EDITION JULY 23, 2014 Orthopedic care that's close. So you can go far. To help you get back to your active life, we provide services ranging from general orthopedic care and sports medicine to minimally invasive hip, knee and shoulder replacements. To nd an orthopedic surgeon, call 877-DOC-5321 (362-5321) or visit Bayfront Health Dade City is directly or indirectly owned by a partnership that proudly includes physician owners, including certain members of the hospital's medical sta!. 13100 Fort King Road L AKER XL Extra news in an EXTRA LARGEformat WE'RE GETTING BIGGER AND WE'RE EXCITED! The L AKER / Lutz N EWS phone: 813.909.2800 fax: 813.909.2802 August 6 The Laker/ Lutz News will be six inches taller. We will be the same size as many daily newspapers. BEGINNING B y B .C. Man i on In her previous role, Carol Scheckler delivered warm greetings to people when they dropped in at the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce. But she stepped away from her job as administrative assistant at the chamber in May, and has since become president of The Samaritan Project, based in Zephyrhills. The chamber job, she said, was her paycheck. The Samaritan job doesn't pay Scheckler a dime. "Now, I don't have a paycheck, just a passion and a mission," Scheckler told members of the East Pasco Networking Group at its July 8 breakfast meeting. In fact, there are no paid positions in The Samaritan Project organization, she said. "None of us get anything other than the reward of knowing we are helping some people," said Scheckler, who became acquainted with the charitable organization when she was working for the chamber. B.C. MANION/STAFF PHOTO Carol Scheckler, pre si dent of The Sa m ar i tan Project, s a i d help i ng the ho m ele ss is her pa ssi on and missi on. Not too proud to beg for homeless See HELPING, page8 B y M i chael H i n m an With a new owner and a new name, change has been a constant for Bayfront Health Dade City. But while some may say too much change is bad, Shauna McKinnon knows that what the Dade City hospital has experienced in recent months will only make it better. And that includes planned major changes coming up this winter. McKinnon, who has led the hospital as its chief executive since January 2013, has been making stops around the community sharing news of a $3 million expansion planned to start later this year that will expand the five existing operating rooms, and make some much-needed updates to the pre-operation area and recovery rooms as well. "We have five rooms there right now, but they are quite small," McKinnon said. "Everything in the medical field evolves over time, and it creates more of a demand for space. We're simply responding to that demand." The renovation and expansion could take close to a year to complete, but McKinnon is not anticipating any interruptions in service. Enough space will still be made available during construction to keep surgeries going, and the hope is that seeing contractors will build excitement instead of creating any inconvenience at the 13100 Fort King Road facility. Renovating the surgical areas was next on McKinnon's list once a $3.5 million expansion of the hospital's emergency room was completed in 2012. McKinnon, however, didn't lay out the plans with her parent company until after Community Health Systems Inc. completed its $7.6 billion buyout of previous hospital owner Health Management Associates last year. "When I talked to them about it, they See HOSPITAL, page8 Don Porter: A forward-thinker, with deep community roots COURTESY OF THE PORTER FAMILY Don Porter wa s de s cr i bed by s tate Rep. W i ll Weatherford a s a g i ant of a m an.' Porter d i ed July 1 at age 73. B y B .C. Man i on When Don Porter was growing up in Wesley Chapel, he attended elementary school at a one-room schoolhouse and rode a bus to Dade City for high school. Much has changed in the Pasco County community where he grew up and Porter and his extended family have played a considerable role in creating that change. The memorial service to honor his life was July 12 in the conference center at Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, a satellite campus of Pasco-Hernando State College, on land the Porters donated. That campus is just one tangible sign of the forward-thinking and big picture approach that the entire family has used in making decisions regarding the development of thousands of acres they have owned for decades, Porter's son, J.D. Porter, said in a recent interview. The Shops at Wiregrass, a regional shopping mall, and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, an 83-bed facility, are two other projects built within the 5,100-acre development of regional impact approved in 2006 on the Porters' land. Porter, the eldest son of the late James and Martha Porter. He died on July 1, at age 73. The Porters moved into Wesley Chapel in the 1940s, long before development hit the area. They bought land from the Rockefeller Land Trust for Wiregrass Ranch after being forced to sell the land now occupied by Zephyrhills Municipal Airport. The Porters were forced to sell that land at the beginning of World War II, to make way for an Army Air Force training station. In personal interviews and during the memorial, family and friends described the kind of man Porter was. They characterized him as a passionate fighter for justice, but also a patient listener. They said he was a deep thinker, a loving father and a faithful friend. Porter enjoyed single malt scotch and Little Debbie snack cakes. He had musical tastes that ranged from Pavarotti to Dave Brubeck, and was a man with his own sense of style. State Rep. Will Weatherford said he was 26 and making his first run for state office when he met Porter. Over the years, Weatherford had numerous roundtable chats with Porter, his brothers, Tom and Bill, and his son, J.D. The men didn't talk about what Wiregrass would look like in the next five to 10 years, but took a longer view. See PORTER, page8 Dade City hospital readies $3M surgical expansion COURTESY OF BAYFRONT HEALTH DADE CITY Change ha s been the order of bu si ne ss at B ayfront Health Dade C i ty over the pa s t year, but ho s p i tal ch i ef execut i ve Shauna McK i nnon feel s the co mm un i ty ha s e m braced all tho s e change s a s po si t i ve, i nclud i ng the recent announce m ent to expand s urg i cal s erv i ce s


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Caruso, M.D. | Leslee Baute, P .A.-C The Skin Cancer Centers / Dermatology Associates 813-782-2165 38162 Medical Center Ave. Zephyrhills, FL 33540 USDA committing $31.5M to citrus greening disease The Laker/Lutz News Staff Report More than $31 million in funding for research and Cooperative Extension Service projects to fight citrus greening disease is being released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Most of the funding for the research comes from the 2014 Farm Bill passed by Congress this past spring, with an additional $6.5 million coming from the USDA budget, officials said. It's spearheaded for research to combat huanglongbing, commonly known as citrus greening disease. HLB is a pathogen that is transmitted by insects that causes fruit to yellow and become bitter. Although it was first recognized in the 1920s, HLB wasn't found in Florida until the late 1990s, according to published reports. "USDA is committed to the fight against citrus greening, including making major research investments to counter this destructive disease," said USDA secretary Tom Vilsack, in a release. "The citrus industry and the thousands of jobs it supports are depending on groundbreaking research to neutralize this threat." Because there are wide differences in the occurrence and progression of HLB among the states, there are regional as well as national priorities for the Citrus Disease Research and Education Program, which will disperse research funds. Projects that are multistate, multi-institutional or trans-disciplinary will be considered first, officials said. Along with the research, the USDA's HLB Multi-Agency Coordination Group said it was funding three new projects to combat citrus greening. The first will commit $2 million to field test antimicrobials that have shown promise in combating HLB in laboratory and greenhouse studies. The second, also funded up to $2 million, will support the deployment of large-scale thermotherapy, since studies have shown heating a tree to 120 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 48 hours can kill the HLB bacterium in the upper tree. That allows the tree to regain productivity, officials said. A third project will use $2.5 million to establish several model groves in cooperation with Florida Citrus Health Management Areas that would include systematic surveys, timely chemical treatments, new planting strategies, and the removal of dead and abandoned groves. Send business news to NEW CEO AT FLORIDA HOSPITAL WESLEY CHAPEL Denyse Bales-Chubb is the new president and chief executive for Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, beginning Aug. 1. She replaces Brian Adams, who filled a similar position at Florida Hospital Tampa earlier this year. "Denyse is committed to our mission and growing the legacy of Seventh-day Adventist health care," said Don Jernigan, president and chief executive of Adventist Health System, in a release. "I'm pleased to welcome her to our system, and look forward to seeing her contributions to both Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel and Adventist Health System." Bales-Chubb brings more than 25 years of health care experience, most recently serving as vice president and administrator of Adventist Medical Center Selma and Adventist Medical Center Reedley, both located in Southern California. She has worked for other organizations as well, including United WestLabs, Valley Baptist Health Plan, Tenet Health System, Columbia Healthcare, Lutheran Health Systems, and Arkansas Valley Regional Medical Center. Bales-Chubb has a master's degree in health care administration from Wichita State University in Kansas, and a bachelor's degree in medical technology and biology from Fort Hays State University in Missouri. Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel is an 83bed facility located on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard in central Pasco County. KAUFMAN JOINS FATHER'S PRACTICE Dr. Jon Kaufman has joined the Kaufman Eye Institute, which has offices located in Zephyrhills, Wesley Chapel, Sun City Center and Bushnell. He is the son of Stuart Kaufman, the medical director and founder of the institute, and is a Cornell fellowship-trained surgeon. The younger Kaufman grew up in Tampa, and is a graduate of Berkeley Preparatory School. He earned his bachelor's degree in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Michigan, and his medical training at Rush Medical College in Chicago. For information, call (855) 733-2378. RIBBON-CUTTING FOR NANA JO'S Nana Jo's CafŽ, 14748 U.S. 98 Bypass in Dade City, will have a grand opening and ribbon cutting July 26 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., hosted by the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce. The event will include live music by DC Country, barbecue chicken and more. Cost is $8 for adults, $6 for children. NEW BUILDER AT SILVERADO Highland Homes has started to offer homes in the Zephyrhills community of Silverado Ranch off Eiland Boulevard. The homes, which start at $170,000, range in size from 1,508 to 3,315 square feet, between three to five bedrooms, and two to three bathrooms. For information, visit the website at DADE CITY CHAMBER WANTS AWARD WINNERS The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce will host its annual awards banquet Oct. 16. With that, it's seeking nominations for various awards. Typically, awards are open to members who have been a part of the chamber in good standing for at least a year. Some of the categories include Business Leader of the Year, Large Business of the Year, Small Business of the Year, Civic Association of the Year and Citizen of the Year. To learn more about how to nominate, contact Jo Uber at the chamber office at (352) 567-3769, or email her at Denyse Bales-Chubb


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, Independent Free Pap ers of America. Advertising and editorial content copyright 2014 Community News Publications. Reproduction in whole or in part is forbidden w ithout prior written permission from the publisher. President & Publisher Diane Kortus The L AKER / Lutz N EWS LUTZ, WESLEY CHAPEL, LAND O' LAKES, WEST PASCO, TRINITY, ZEPHYRHILLS, DADE CITY Serving Pasco since 1981 / Serving Lutz since 1964 EDITORIAL ADVERTISING TERRI WILLIAMSON twilliamson@ Senior Account Manager SUZANNE BEAUCHAINE Account Manager CAROLYN BENNETT cbennett@ Customer Service RACHEL THOMPSON rthompson@ Classified & Directory Sales DESIGN MICHAEL HINMAN News Editor MARY RATHMAN Editorial Assistant ACCOUNTING MATTHEW MISTRETTA Art Director STEFANIE BURLINGAME Graphic Designer MARY EBERHARD meberhard@ KATHY WELTON kwelton@ ADMINISTRATIVE B.C. MANION Community Editor MICHAEL MURILLO Staff Writer SUMMER INTERN ASHLEY SCHRADER LOCATION 3632 Land O' Lakes Blvd. Suite 102 Land O' Lakes, FL 34639 MAIL P. O. Box 479 Lutz, FL 33548 PHONE/FAX ph: 813.909.2800 fax: 813.909.2802 IT SUPPORT STEVE MISTRETTA WEBSITE/FACEBOOK EMAIL DISTRIBUTION Sunset Advertising Distributors 727.530.5521 July 23, 2014 3 Anthony V Valenti OD & Associates Inc. 27727 State Road 56 Wesley Chapel, FL 33544 (813) 994-EYE1 Dr. Valenti OD is now practicing in Wesley Chapel! Comprehensive Eye Care Medical Treatment of Eye Diseases Specialty Contact Lenses Co-management of Cataract & LASIK Surgery Retinal Imaging Walk-ins Welcome! Convenient Hours by Appointment: Tues Sat 10:00 am 5:30 pm Medicare accepted c all for details. (3931) PUBLISHER'S COLUMN By D i ane Kortu s Publisher In the past few months I have used my column to boast about our recent industry audit, which reports that our newspapers have more readers than ever before. Today I want to tell you why that is. But first, a brief recap. According to this statistically valid research, The Laker/Lutz News is read by 79 percent of households in Lutz, Land O' Lakes, Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills or more than 64,000 people every week. This is a readership increase of 10 percentage points in the past five years an achievement we are quite proud of, especially when considering most newspapers are reporting fewer readers, reducing frequency, shrinking in size, or being discontinued altogether. So, what are we doing different here at The Laker/Lutz News to buck those downward trends? It comes down to three things. 1. In our audit, we added questions that asked readers what types of news and stories they wanted to read in their community paper. 2. We accepted the survey results as fact and began focusing more on topics readers ranked as most important. 3. We hired additional professional journalists who are experienced reporters, excellent writers and passionate about community journalism. It's this third element I want to write about today. After I became publisher in 2009, it took me a while to learn the importance of hiring the best reporters that I could find. I learned nothing is more important than experience and credibility when it comes to giving readers well-written, relevant stories that will engage them and keep them reading the paper. Good writing and fair reporting builds readership and loyalty because readers know they can trust what they read in our papers because our stories are accurate, balanced and relevant to their interests. Our journalists were accomplished writers and editors long before they joined The Laker/Lutz News. They know how to identify stories about interesting people and groups, how to pick through public meeting agendas to find stories buried between government hype, and perhaps most importantly, they know how to write well. Frankly, it is a bit unusual for a newspaper our size to have such accomplished journalists. So let me tell you a little about our team, beginning with Michael Hinman. Michael joined us last year as news editor. He has helped us add more serious hard and breaking news to our mix, and has brought daily news postings to our website. His background includes five years writing for community sections of The Tampa Tribune, including editor of the Temple Terrace News before it was shuttered. More recently, Michael was a real estate reporter at the Tampa Bay Business Journal. He first started covering Pasco County in 1997 when he was hired as a reporter for the Zephyrhills News, and later became its editor. The quality of his work received recognition over the weekend in Coral Gables, where Michael picked up two prestigious statewide journalism awards from the Florida Press Association. He received first place in best local government coverage for his outstanding coverage of the proposed elevated toll road along the State Road 54/56 corridor. He also took top honors in general news about a town hall last year hosted by U.S. Rep Gus Bilirakis, bringing to light major problems with flood insurance in our county. Next is Community Editor B.C. Manion, whose byline has graced our pages for four years. She is our most experienced journalist, coming to us after 23 years with The Tampa Tribune, where she covered everything from city government to schools to regional planning. But her love is writing about interesting people, organizations and places, and that's mostly what she does for us. B.C. has been the leader of our editorial team as we've worked hard to improve the quality and depth of our stories. B.C has received 11 awards from Florida Press Association while on our staff, and is one of the most respected journalists in Tampa Bay. Michael Murillo joined us as a freelance writer last summer. We liked his work so much that he became an employee in the fall, writing most of our sports stories and also feature stories about people and things to do. Michael also wrote editorials for the Tribune and spent many years as a reporter for local community newspapers. His wacky sense of humor makes him fun to work with, and his love for community journalism is contagious. Mary Rathman is the reason our pages rarely have a grammatical mistake or typo. She scours our sentences, looking for any misplaced comma or misspelled word. She has a sign on her desk that says, "I am silently correcting your grammar," and indeed, she is. Besides proofing our work, Mary compiles three columns that provide useful information for our readers: What's Happening, Health Notes and Chalk Talk. Mary is a respected and well-liked employee, who started working here more than 10 years ago. She also has served the company in other roles before using her talents to assist our editorial team. While our editorial team is dedicated to delivering a newspaper and website that our readers can turn to for pertinent information and lively stories, we know that much of our best work begins with ideas we get from readers like you. If you have an idea you'd like to share, please call (813) 909-2800, or email us at COURTESY OF KAREL ORTIZ-TAVAREZ Mi chael H i nman, new s ed i tor of The Laker/Lutz New s s how s the two troph i e s he won for f i r s t place f i n is he s at the Flor i da Pre ss A ss oc i at i on Better Weekly New s paper Conte s t i n Coral Gable s la s t week. H i nman won for local government report i ng and general new s Outstanding journalists make for outstanding papers


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GET THE MOST OUT OF INSURANCE Many health care plans must now cover a set of preventive services like shots and screening tests under the Affordable Care Act. To better understand insurance coverage, Bayfront Health Dade City's free physician referral service is offering information on how to get the most out of insurance. Those in need of assistance can call (877) 362-5321, or visit online at BALLOON RELEASE AT WEST WINDS Gulfside Hospice hosted a memorial at West Winds Assisted Living Facility in Zephyrhills July 3, as residents honored loved ones who have passed away. A memorial service was led by staff and culminated in a balloon release to remember and honor the lives of their loved ones. Guests shared stories, poems, songs and prayers. ADVANCED CARE PLANNING SEMINAR Gulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care is hosting a free seminar on end-of-life decisions and advanced care planning July 24 at 2 p.m., at the Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City. Complimentary copies of "Aging with Dignity's Five Wishes," a living will, will be distributed. Light refreshments will be served. For information, or to RSVP, call Patty Sutton at (813) 997-4690. BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT Gulfside Hospice's bereavement department is offering a 10-week Newly Bereaved Support Group beginning Aug. 6 at 4 p.m., at Gulfside's East Clinical Office and Bereavement Center, 37826 Sky Ridge Circle in Dade City. For information, call Cecilio De Leon at (727) 992-8034. VOLUNTEER FOR OMBUDSMAN PROGRAM Florida's Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of advocates who protect the rights of elders living in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. Local councils need volunteers to identify, investigate and resolve residents' concerns. Special training and certification is provided. For information, call (888) 831-0404, or visit CARES PROGRAMS CARES Enrichment Center, 13906 Fifth St., in Dade City, offers 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 (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 (352) 518-9300. VOLUNTEER AT BAYFRONT HEALTH Bayfront Health Dade City, 13100 Fort King Road in Dade City, is looking for energetic men and women to join its volunteer team, including junior volunteers between the ages of 14 and 18. Opportunities are available in both clinical and nonclinical areas of the hospital. To learn more about the program, call Amy Fort at (352) 521-1195. HOSPITAL NEEDS VOLUNTEERS Florida 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 and 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 cafŽ 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. SENIOR WELLNESS AT THE COMMONS The following wellness services are offered at The Commons, 38130 Pretty Pond Road in Zephyrhills: Ask a Community Care Coordinator: Every Tuesday at 1 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 at 10 a.m. 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. FREE SUPPORT GROUPS AT FLORIDA HOSPITAL ZEPHYRHILLS Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, 7050 Gall Blvd., offers the following monthly support groups: Depression/Bipolar Support Group: every Monday, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Stroke Support Group: every third Thursday, 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Diabetes Support Group: every first Tuesday, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Parkinson's Support Group: every second Wednesday, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. No registration is required. For information, call (877) 534-3108. BAYFRONT HEALTH DADE CITY EVENTS Bayfront Health Dade City, 13100 Fort King Road in Dade City, now offers the following: Free Senior Extra Breakfast and Walking Club: Every Monday at 8 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: Limited to six participants per session. For information, call (352) 5211100, ext. 1423. GULFSIDE HOSPICE PROGRAMS Gulfside 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 on 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.


Annette S. Williams, MD, FACOG Gynecology Dr. Williams provides compassionate, state-of-the-art care to women of all ages. Board certi!ed in obstetrics and gynecology, she o"ers care ranging from routine annual exams to new and advanced treatment options for gynecologic disorders. Services include: Treatment for complex conditions including: Caring for women of all ages To Schedule Your Appointment, Please Call (813) 779-2900. Most forms of insurance accepted. Se Habla Espa–ol. Accepting New Patients July 23, 2014 5 The Laker/Lutz News Staff Report The Laker/Lutz News has earned two top awards from the Florida Press Association. During its annual conference July 11 in Coral Gables, the association awarded The Laker news editor Michael Hinman with two first place prizes in local government reporting and general news. The local government award was based on a series of stories in 2013 about the now-cancelled elevated toll road project that had been planned over a 33-mile stretch between Zephyrhills and New Port Richey along the State Road 54/56 corridor. The general news award was based on coverage of a flood insurance town hall meeting held by U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis last December. The Laker competed in the top circulation category in the state, against similar weeklies with circulation of 15,000 or more "Community newspapers are more important than ever before, because many times they are the only place you will find the stories important to you," said Diane Kortus, publisher of The Laker. "Our reporters deliver those stories each week, and we're proud to get this recognition at a statewide level." Judges called Hinman's coverage of the elevated toll road a "well-researched series of articles" that "looked at pitfalls of similar projects, and presented the pros and cons of the road." In reporting about a town hall meeting hosted by Bilirakis about rising flood insurance rates, judges said Hinman had a "nice use of observation to capture the mood at the meeting, Groans, interruptions, occasional applause." Judges also noted Hinman's "concise explanation of the impact of the Reform Act." The Florida Press Association is a statewide organization that promotes weekly and daily newspapers. Its annual Better Weekly Newspaper Contest recognizes strong reporting, photography, online work and graphical artwork among all its member newspapers in Florida. Since 2011, The Laker/Lutz News has won 20 awards from the Florida Press Association, reflecting its continued dedication to community news. The Laker takes two awards at conference By B.C. Manion If you've been outdoors lately, no doubt you've observed that Florida's steamy days of summer have arrived with a vengeance. You also may have noticed there are a lot more kids riding bicycles in the street, splashing around in pools, and hanging off equipment at the local playground. The roads are busier, too. Cars and trucks snake toward the beach, and families have packed up to hit the road for vacation. There are a lot more people firing up their backyard grills and having picnics at parks, too. Summer and its pastimes can offer a pleasant break, but is also can lead to illnesses or injuries, prompting unwanted trips to the local emergency room. There are ways, though, to lower your risk of getting sick or injured. Three physicians from Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel and St. Joseph's Hospital-North shared their observations about the types of summer injuries that typically arrive at their emergency departments, and they offered suggestions to help people avoid the need for medical care. On the road "We see increased motor vehicle accidents," said Dr. Javier Gonzalez, assistant medical director of the emergency department at the Zephyrhills hospital. Wear a seat belt, he added, because it reduces injuries and save lives. It's important to safeguard children, too. Be sure they have the appropriate type of protection, such as car seats or child-restraint chairs, he said. Head injuries tend to increase in the summer, too, because of greater use of bicycles, skateboards and in-line skates, Gonzalez said. Be sure to wear helmets and make sure they fit properly, he said. Also, be sure the chinstrap is strapped beneath your chin to help protect the side of your head. Use wrist guards to help prevent injuries, too. "A lot of these people wear helmets, but when they fall, they put their hands down first, so they get a lot of wrist injuries," Gonzalez said. In the water The importance of water safety cannot be overstated. "In Florida, a lot of people have pools. Make sure they have gates," Gonzalez said. Constant vigilance is required when children are in or around water, he added. "Don't take a break to get on the phone. I hear that all of the time, I just went out for a second to speak to somebody or to pick up the phone.' Before they know it, two minutes have passed by and the child is dead at the bottom of the pool." At public pools, be sure the child is within view of the lifeguard, Gonzalez said. Drownings at the beach often result from swimmers getting caught in riptides, so be sure to swim across the current, not against it. "Always wear a life vest, as well, if you are doing activities like jet skiing," he said. It's also wise to do so when you're cruising in a boat. Besides the potential for drowning accidents, there are other risks associated with the water, Cordero said. Diving accidents can cause serious neck injuries, she said. When someone gets hurt diving, it's important to get them out of the water to make sure they're breathing, said Dr. Katrina Cordero, associate medical director of the emergency room at St. Joseph's HospitalNorth. Then, make sure they keep their neck still until help arrives. E njoying the outdoors When you're having a cookout or picnic, pay attention to how long the food has been sitting out, Gonzalez said. Some foods must be refrigerated, and if they are left out too long, it can cause people to become ill. Store uncooked meats in separate coolers to avoid issues with cross contamination. Dr. Michael Longley Dr. Katrina Cordero Dr. Javier Gonzalez FILE PHOTO Going to the beach is a fun summer pastime, but three local doctors want to make sure that trip doesn't end up in the emergency room. See SUMMER, page9 Enjoy your summer: Avoid a trip to the ER

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For information, call Sybrian Castleman at (813) 434-3112, or email FREE TACOS AT POST 118 American Legion Post 118, 5340 Eighth St., in Zephyrhills, meets the third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. The lounge is open seven days a week at 3 p.m. Free tacos are available from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., every day. Veterans and guests are welcome. For information, call (813) 782-0481. COBB'S FREE KIDS SHOWS Grove 16 Cobb Theatres, 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, is hosting its free summer kids shows at 10 a.m., every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Upcoming shows are "Despicable Me 2" and "Babe" through July 24, and "Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2" and "Escape From Planet Earth" July 29-31. All movies are rated PG. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Schools, groups and camps are welcome. Same-day ticketing only. For information, call (813) 948-5444. TAMPAPALOOZA COMING IN AUGUST Tampapalooza will be at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 in Tampa, Aug. 2-3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The event will include local food, local craft beer, kids activities, farmer's market, music, raffles, stilt walkers, and an aerial yoga show. Admission is free. For information, call (800) 345-3247, or visit LEARN TO GROW MORINGA Morning Star Fishermen, 33336 Old Saint Joe Road in Dade City, is offering a seminar on "Moringa, the Miracle Tree" Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. Moringa is native to Africa and Asia, and its leaves provide protein, vitamins A, B and C, and minerals. Participants can learn to incorporate the plant into their everyday foods. Guest speaker is Ken Black. Cost is $25. For information, call Ara McLeod at (352) 523-2722. LIBRARY BOOK BAZAAR The Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will have a book bazaar Aug. 8-9 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. There will be slightly used books, audio and video media, magazines and related materials, many priced at less than $3. For information, call (352) 567-3576. CHRISTMAS IN JULY The Lodge at Wilderness Lake Preserve, 21320 Wilderness Lake Blvd., in Land O' Lakes, will have a Christmas in July Craft Fair July 26 from noon to 3 p.m. There will be vendors, a children's artwork exhibition, bounce house, and more. For information, call Terri Spicola at (813) 995-2437. DONATE TO PET PANTRY Dogs Day Pet Pantry, 14012 Seventh St., in Dade City, is looking for donations of pet food and pet supplies to help pet owners facing economic hardship in the Dade City area. Items needed are dry or canned dog and cat food, cat litter, and collars and leashes. The pantry accepts donations from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. PASCO GENEALOGY The Genies, a small informal genealogical group, meets every Friday at 1 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 9016 Fort King Road in Dade City. For information, call (813) 788-8894, or (813) 715-7133. RESTORE SALE DATES Habitat ReStore's discounts on items that have been in inventory for a while is now on Mondays. Senior Day has moved to Tuesdays, when a senior citizen discount is 20 percent. Dade City ReStore also will host monthly silent auctions. Habitat ReStores are located at 15029 U.S. 301 in Dade City, and 4700 S. Allen Road in Zephyrhills. For information, visit LEARN TO TANGO The Tampa Bay Tango Club and Tampa Downtown Partnership are offering a free weekly tango class at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N. Ashley Drive, in Tampa, on Thursdays at 6 p.m. The dance class will run until March 12. All skill levels are invited. For information, call (813) 2213686. AMVETS EVENTS AMVETS 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 buy meals ranging in price from $7 to $10. The entertainment schedule is available on Facebook at AMVETS Post 550. For information, call (813) 780-8180. BINGO AT TIMBER LAKES Timber Lake Estates, 30301 Countryside Drive in Wesley Chapel, continues to offer Thursday bingo throughout the summer. Doors open at 4 p.m. A full kitchen menu will be available starting at 4:40 p.m. ZEPHYRHILLS EAGLES CLUB Zephyrhills Eagles 3752, 4149 New River Road, is seeking new members. The club hosts steel darts on Tuesdays at 2 p.m., bar bingo on Wednesdays at 1 p.m., ladies night on Thursdays at 6 p.m., euchre on Fridays at 1 p.m., karaoke on Fridays at 7 p.m., a coin show the first Saturday of every month, and Sunday breakfast from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. For information on events, visit Zephyrhills Eagles No. 3752 on Facebook. CARES SENIOR ACTIVITIES Common on Pretty Pond, 38130 Pretty Pond Road in Zephyrhills, will host the following CARES Crescent Enrichment Center senior activities: Multimedia Art Instruction by Don Heinke: Mondays at 9:30 a.m. Bring own supplies. Cost is $15. For information, call (813) 748-5364. Watercolor Classes with Sandi Lallemand: Fridays at 9:30 a.m. Bring own supplies. Cost is $10. To register, call (352) 523-1213. COLONY HILLS BINGO The Colony Hills Community, 35144 Wagner Way in Zephyrhills, hosts weekly bingo Wednesday nights. Early bird bingo is at 6 p.m., and regular bingo starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 3:30 p.m. Snack kitchen features hot dogs, popcorn, cake and drinks. For information, call (813) 7884121. CENTENNIAL EAGLES EVENTS Centennial Eagles Dade City, 15924 U.S. 301, hosts nickel bingo on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., bar bingo on Thursdays at 7 p.m., Friday dinners from 4 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and a pool tournament on Fridays at 7 p.m. The public is welcome to all events. For information, call (352) 567-9755. AMERICAN LEGION KARAOKE NIGHT American Legion Post 15, 37745 Church St., in Dade City, hosts indoor corn toss tournaments the third Saturday of every month. Registration is at noon, and games start at 1 p.m. For information, call Bob Case at (813) 713-4588. The club meets the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. Karaoke night is the first Friday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. There is an air rifle Junior Shooting Sports Program for boys and girls ages 8 through 18 every Wednesday at 5 p.m. For information, call (352) 518-0021. SQUARE DANCING AT BETMAR The Belles and Beaus square and round dance group of Betmar Acres hosts a mainstreamand plus-level dance every Wednesday at 7 p.m., in Clubhouse 2 at 37137 Lakewood Drive in Zephyrhills. For information, call (989) 742-4639. Vegetable gardening seminar Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service is offering a free vegetable gardening seminar Aug. 2 at 9 a.m., at Clayton Hall, Pasco Fairgrounds, 36702 State Road 52 in Dade City. Topics include tips on when to plant and how to care for a Florida vegetable garden. For information, call (352) 518-0156.


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She learned about it through Tim Mitchell, who was president of the Zephyrhills chamber at the time, and president of The Samaritan Project as well. "I met a lot of unique people, coming into the office, applying for assistance," Scheckler said. She felt compelled to get involved. "My dad is a minister. I was raised that we were to help those less fortunate," Scheckler said. "Not to turn our backs on them, not to stereotype them, but to help them." The Zephyrhills woman understands how it feels to struggle. "When my husband and I moved up in 1982, we did it for a reason. We were losing everything," she said. Her husband, a semitrailer driver had been through two major gas wars. "This was our fresh start," Scheckler said. "That's why this project is so important to me. I have been there. I know firsthand what it is to lose everything." The Samaritan Project has been helping people since 2008. It operates on donations and fundraisers. "We assist people with past due rent and utilities," Scheckler said. The organization keeps its operational costs low. "We do not pay rent. We have one overhead (cost), that is our Internet, because as you know in this day of technology, everything relies on the Internet." The project has spent more than two years in the St. Joseph's Catholic Church Education Building in Zephyrhills in 500 square feet of space, including the bathroom and air-conditioning room. "My private office is the bathroom," she said, noting whenever she has to make a private call to a landlord or utility company or somewhere else, she steps into the bathroom to do it. But the organization is moving to much larger quarters at 5722 Eighth St., in Zephyrhills. Last week, the Samaritan Project signed a two-year lease, rent-free lease for the 1,400-square-foot home, thanks to the generosity of a local couple. In addition to its own fundraising efforts, the organization received a $76,000 Emergency Solutions Grant earlier this year from the Florida Department of Children and Families and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. "With this grant, we are able to get them into housing," Scheckler said. "We can pay their first month's rent, we can pay their electric deposit, water deposit, the security deposit." There is a drawback, though. The organization must raise matching funds for the grant money it spends, Scheckler said. The grant also requires applicants to fill out a form that's about 20 pages long. "We don't make the rules. We strictly abide by the rules," she said. Still, the project is thrilled to be able to help more people, Scheckler said. The grant is aimed at preventing homelessness and getting people without housing back into homes. Sixty percent of the grant is earmarked for getting people back into housing, she said, and the need is great. "We had 151 homeless, registered students, just in Zephyrhills," Scheckler said. At any given time, there are 1,500 to 2,000 registered homeless students in Pasco County. One of the biggest challenges is finding a place for these people to live thanks to past evictions and credit issues, she said. "Landlords won't step up." "If you know landlords who own property, ask them to trust us," Scheckler said. "Our organization is backing these people. We follow them for six months. I do a case management every 30 days on everyone that we assist." Despite challenges, Scheckler said her volunteer work has moments of sheer joy. "The biggest thing is, when you walk up to this client and you go, Here's your lease,'" she said, with her voice breaking and tears in her eyes, "I do get real emotional." A couple of weeks ago, the organization moved a young woman and her father into an apartment. The woman has special needs and the pair had been living in a truck. "Habitat for Humanity stepped up and donated the furniture," Scheckler said. "When I walked them in the apartment, I told (them), This is yours. This is all yours. The furniture. The TV. Everything.' How do you put a price on something like that?" While many youths are couch-surfing to keep a roof over their heads, there also are elderly people who are in desperate need, Scheckler added. "We have an 87-year-old woman who couldn't pay her water bill. She was living off of pool water, drinking water out of a pool," she said. "Did we step up and help her? Absolutely." After telling the group about The Samaritan Project's mission, Scheckler went into her fundraising mode. "Any of you women in here wear jewelry?" she asked, to set up a pitch for a fundraiser planned for Aug. 10. She also urged them to get involved in the Harvest Festival, another fundraiser on Nov. 1, or to hit the links on Feb. 7, at its annual golf benefit. Scheckler frequently speaks at churches and civic organizations to drum up support for the cause. "What we really, really, really need is support of the community," she said. "Our motto is Working together to make a better community.' That's what we want to do." And Scheckler said she'll do whatever she can to make that happen. "I am not too proud to beg," she said. "I July 23, 2014 8 L AKER XL The L AKER 3632 Land O' Lakes Blvd, Suite 102 Land O' Lakes, FL 34639 phone: 813.909.2800 fax: 813.909.2802 Extra new s i n an EXTRA LARGEfor m at Augu s t 6 The Laker w i ll be si x i nche s taller than the current new s paper you're hold i ng. We w i ll be the s a m e si ze a s m any da i ly new s paper s WE'RE GETTING BIGGER AND WE'RE EXCITED! B EGINNING For more information To help The Samaritan Project, based in Zephyrhills, or to get help from the organization, call (813) 810-8670. HELPING from page 1 "I never knew a man who could speak less and say more than Don Porter," Weatherford said. "In my business, you get to meet a lot of families that have very large landholdings. It's not rare for a family to have thousands of acres there's a lot them in the state of Florida," Weatherford said. "But I've never met a family, I've never met a man until I met Don that was so keenly more focused on the future of his community than on how much money he would make off of it." While Porter was proud of the accomplishments in the development arena, he would resist being credited as the leader or the patriarch of the family, J.D. Porter said. That role belonged to Don's father, James Porter. J.D. Porter said his father, his uncles and the rest of the extended Porter family have shared a collective vision and a collective will for what has been done so far, and for the foundation that has been laid for future achievements. "Development was a very important part of his life," J.D. Porter said. "But if you had a top five list, I'm not sure it would make it. "At No. 1 was family. It wasn't just my mom, my sister and myself," he said, but his dad also cared tremendously for his parents, his brothers and their families. Porter's daughter, Quinn Miller, recalled a father who taught her how to ride a bicycle, accompanied her to father-daughter dances, and was her biggest fan during her softball days. Porter was quite the athlete himself. He held a baseball state record for years after striking out 20 of the 21 batters he faced during a championship. He attended Ole Miss on a baseball scholarship, and he used the signing bonus he received from the Houston Colt 45s to buy his family's home. Miller said her dad taught her to think for herself. She remembers being frustrated by him when she would want to commiserate over a problem or disappointment, and he wouldn't let her or offer her advice. Instead, he listened and then asked her questions. She now understands that he wanted her to arrive at her own solutions. "He had a way of offering perspective by forcing introspection, not (offering) his opinion," Miller said. Porter's cousin, Mike Gramling, and Porter's friends Will Roberts, Doug Manson and Tom Touchton, also spoke at the memorial. When the Porters arrived in Wesley Chapel, there was no electricity and the family lived in a moonshiner's cabin, Gramling said. Porter's mother prepared meals on a Coleman stove. Roberts said they used to joke that Porter was "sweater-rich." "He had more sweaters than Bill Cosby," Roberts said. He recalled a time when Porter took him, his brother and J.D. to a basketball game at the University of South Florida Sun Dome. Porter was wearing a beret, a sweater, brown leather pants and black Italian zippered ankle boots. "Nowadays, the sight of man dressed like that with three young boys might be cause for an Amber Alert. But that was Don in all of his glory," Roberts said, drawing a roar of laughter from the nearly 240 at the memorial. Manson was in his late 20s when he met Porter. It was obvious, he said, that Porter's life was centered on his family. The two men never had a conversation that didn't begin with an update on their families. Porter was a multi-dimensional man, with many interests, said Touchton, who knew Porter for about 60 years. One of his favorite poets was Lawrence Ferlinghetti, of the beat poet generation. Porter especially liked Ferlinghetti's "I am Waiting," which repeated this phrase, "I am perpetually awaiting the rebirth of wonder." "I suggest Don has to wait no longer," Touchton said, "because in leaving us, he has finally found his rebirth of wonder." PORTER from page 1 agreed that we need to be able to respond to the needs of our community and our patients," McKinnon said. "We had a huge expansion of our ER a couple years ago, and the OR was the next obvious step." For McKinnon, it's hard to believe sometimes how much has happened to the 120-bed hospital in just the past year, with the new name, new owners and expansion. But one thing she's been proud of is how the community has embraced those changes, especially putting "Dade City" back in the hospital's name for the first time since the 1990s. "One of the benefits that we have in going through a rebranding is to be able to retain the name which the hospital has been recognized for in the community," McKinnon said. "Lending ourselves to the Bayfront name in brand recognition has been wonderful. And to be able to retain the name Dade City was very welcomed by our community." Upgrades to the surgical units won't finish McKinnon's wish list for future improvements. There is still a lot more she's looking to do to help Bayfront Health Dade City keep up with the ever-changing medical environment. "We already have a lot of ongoing projects, like the redesign of our patient rooms, and the redesign of our orthopedic joint center," she said. "We need to be prepared for more growth and how we're going to respond to that. And because we care about our patients and the community, we're prepared." HOSPITAL from page 1


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Walking, feeding, cleaning, playing, and administering any needed medication Don't leave home without us! 813-777-8350 813-909-2800 Fax 813-909-2802 / The L AKER Lutz News / July 23, 2014 9 Also, be sure to thoroughly cook meat and chicken, he said. All three doctors said drinking water is important to avoid dehydration. "There's a misconception that you can actually keep up with your hydration once you're outside, or once you're doing the activity," said Dr. Michael Longley, medical director of the emergency department at the Wesley Chapel hospital. "The reality is you really need to pre-hydrate. Drink a lot either the night before or a couple of hours before you're going to be outside. "You're losing water with every breath you take, you're losing water with the heat itself. You're losing water with sweating and you're losing water with the activity that you're doing. It's compounded and there's just no way to keep up if the tank isn't full to begin with," Longley said. How much you need to drink varies based on your size. An adult should drink a liter or two before they go out. A child should drink about half of that, Longley said. To help people drink enough water, Longley offers this piece of advice: "I tend to tell kids and adults, alike, to add a little extra salt to their meal. It drives the thirst. It helps the muscle function and it helps you to hold in a little of the water, as well." People who suffer from heat cramps, heat stroke and heat exhaustion haven't hydrated before they go outside, Longley said. Often, people don't realize how hot they are because they've been out in the sun for hours, take a dip and feel a cool breeze. Sunburn is a problem, too, St. Joe's Cordero said. People often underestimate the intensity of the sun here. "They fall asleep on the beach," she said, and when they wake up, they have painful sunburn. The same thing can happen when people are out working in the yard and haven't applied sunscreen, she said. They get busy and forget how much sun exposure they've had. Cordero also offered this tip to avoid becoming dehydrated: Carry a bottle of water or Gatorade around with you, to remind yourself to drink. Some people like to quench their thirst with a beer or another alcoholic drink. "Beer is OK," Cordero said. But "don't let it be your only means of hydration." Rockets' red glare The increased amount of recreation during summer months tends to result in more people visiting the ER with injuries, Longley said. "We see a lot more broken bones." It's also a time of year when there's an uptick in fireworks injuries, which are typically unique injuries that require expert medical attention. "Explosions can cause all sorts of tissue damage locally," Longley said. "Particles can be inhaled. They can be embedded in the eye." The injuries can get complicated quickly. "Something that seems simple can be way more complex a few hours later," Longley said. Sometimes the steps taken immediately after a fireworks injury can make a big difference, Cordero said. If a fingertip is blown off, for example, it's important to try to find the fingertip, she said. It should be placed in a cloth that has been dampened with water, placed in a plastic bag, and then all put into a larger bag that has some ice in it. "You don't want any direct contact with ice," Cordero said. "That could cause some tissue damage." SUMMER from page 5 Tips for a safer summer Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration. Start drinking water before you head out for the day, and keep drinking it throughout the day to stay hydrated. If you're grilling, be sure to cook your meats thoroughly. Also, do not allow children to be near hot grills. If you're having a gathering, be sure to keep foods that need refrigeration in coolers until shortly before you need them. Keep them away from direct sunlight and don't leave them out for more than an hour. Wear helmets while riding bikes, skateboarding or rollerblading. Wear wrist guards, too. Be vigilant when there are children around water. A happy gathering can turn tragic within minutes. Wear sunscreen to avoid sunburn. Be sure to reapply it if you decided to take a dip in a pool or at the beach. Wear life jackets on boats and seat belts in cars. Send school news to BOOT CAMP FOR NEW TEACHERS The School of Education and Social Services at Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52 in St. Leo, is offering a free Beginning Teacher Boot Camp for first-time teachers in Pasco and Hillsborough county school districts. The camp is July 25 from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the Student Community Center. New teachers are invited whether they graduated from Saint Leo or another institution. Topics will include classroom management strategies, contract rights and responsibilities, workplace acronyms, and how to work with school support personnel and fellow teachers. To attend, email, with the phrase "Beginning Teacher Boot Camp 2014" in the subject line. STUFF THE BACKPACK First National Bank of Pasco is hosting its fifth annual Stuff the Backpack Drive through Aug. 4. School supplies needed include pencils, pens, scissors, index cards, notebooks, folders, paper, glue sticks, Ziploc bags, crayons, erasers, rulers, highlighters and pencil boxes. Monetary donations will be used to purchase additional school supplies. Donations can be dropped off at its three locations: 13315 U.S. 301 in Dade City 37215 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills 4518 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills KIWANIS CLUB SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE The Kiwanis Club of Greater West Pasco is having a school supply drive through Aug. 5. Gulfside Hospice thrift shops will collect donations at its five sites, including 37925 Sky Ridge Circle in Dade City, and 36524 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills. Anyone who donates to the drive will receive a voucher for 25 percent off a single item (excluding sale items and furniture) valid for up to one week after donation is made. For information and shop locations, visit BACK TO SCHOOL BASH Cobb Theatre Grove 16 & Cinebistro's 2014 Back to School Bash will be Aug 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. The event will include face painting, games, haircuts, health screenings, school supplies and more. The theme for this year's bash is the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," which will be the theater's major summer release. PASCO COUNTY SCHOOLS REOPEN AUG. 18 Students in Pasco County will return to school for the 2014-15 school year Aug. 18. Notable dates on the calendar are: Possible hurricane makeup days are Nov. 24-25, and Feb. 16 Veterans Day will be a school day Thanksgiving holiday is Nov. 24-28 Winter break is Dec. 22 through Jan. 2 Spring break is March 16-20 Last day of school is June 3 For complete calendar information, visit TEACHERS GET IN FREE AT ZOO Through Aug. 14, Florida certified teachers for kindergarten through 12th grade can receive a free ticket to Lowry Park Zoo, 1101 W. Sligh Ave., in Tampa. It is open to teachers in Pasco and Hillsborough counties, as well as Pinellas, Polk, Hernando, Manatee and Sarasota. Teachers must present valid professional or temporary teaching certification, pay stub and Florida ID to receive the offer. Eligible teachers can purchase up to two additional one-day companion tickets at a discounted rate. For information, call (813) 935-8552. STETSON LAW OPEN HOUSE Stetson University College of Law will host two open houses and information sessions for part-time law school applicants. Students interested in the full-time program are also invited to attend. The two sessions are: July 31 at the Tampa Law Center, 1700 N. Tampa St. Aug. 28, at the Gulfport campus, 1401 61st St., S. Registration begins at 6 p.m., followed by the program at 6:30 p.m. Visit, or email for more information.


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July 23, 2014 10 AROUND THE PARKS B y Rae R i ce Grand Horizons That is exactly what it is like being in Shipshewana, Indiana, the third largest Amish county in the United States. It's a step back in time with the sound of the horses and buggies trotting down the road. The beautiful Amish flower and vegetable gardens, the outstanding Amish craftsmanship, bike paths, home cooking, the largest flea market in the area, watching the baby Clydesdale ponies romp and play, and just the peacefulness of being here, is beyond words. Ernie and I are working as camp hosts here at the Shipshewana South Park Campground for the entire summer. Duties are not bad with mowing, plumbing, some electrical work, greeting campers, helping them park their rigs, and answering questions like where to go and what to do. We work 24 hours a week in return for full hookup of our motorhome. It's such a pleasure meeting people from all over the United States. Shipshewana is famous for the huge flea market, the cleanliness of the area, and that wonderful Amish food. At nighttime when laying in bed, you can hear the clip clop of the horse and buggy trotting down the road. There are two big event centers that host all kinds of musicals and celebrities such as singers like The Oak Ridge Boys, Lee Greenwood, Crystal Gayle, The Texas Tenors, Sawyer Brown, and many others. Entertainment goes through Dec. 31. The flea market is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Wednesday also is a huge auction day at the flea market. A couple of things that made us smile were an Amish buggy pulling a boat down the road, the tiny ponies, and the little Amish children learning how to steer the buggy getting them ready for school next fall. Another beautiful sight is watching the farmers in the fields with the team of horses plowing and planting for the season. While Ernie has been hard at work, I planted a garden. There is watermelon, cantaloupe, yellow and green onions, lettuce, cabbage, green beans, tomatoes, radishes, zucchini, eggplant, and some flowers. I've found out already that the rabbits like the lettuce, too, so I guess I will have to share it with them. There are three other camp hosts here in the park, and we share the responsibility of keeping the park in top shape. A step back in ti m e in an A m ish county A peaceful s pot for re s p i te at the S h i p s hewana ca m pground. PHOTOS COURTESY OF RAE RICE The hor s e and buggy wa s a fa mi l i ar si te i n S h i p s hewana, Ind i ana. A br i dge u s ed by the A mis h i n the th i rd large s t A mis h county i n the Un i ted S tate s The off i ce where Ern i e and Rae R i ce s pend the i r s u mm er m onth s help i ng out at S h i p s hewana S outh Park Ca m pground.


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