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OCTOBER 22, 2014 LAKERLUTZNEWS.COM Lutz N EWS SERVING LUTZ/ODESSA Lutz N EWS Free 24/7 Emergency A/C & Plumbing Service PLUMBING LIC. #CFC1428982 A/C LICENSE #CAC1816647 813-949-4445 SAME GREAT SERVICE NEW LOOK GIVE US A TRY & FIND OUT WHY WE ARE A TOP RATED CONTRACTOR. Auto Accident? Slip and Fall? FREE CONSULTATION No Fees Or Costs Unless You Win Walk-Ins Welcome Call Attorney JIM HOLLIDAY 813-868-1887 18920 N. Dale Mabry Hwy Ste 101 Lutz, FL (Corner of Sunlake & Dale Mabry) "I Will Aggressively Fight To Protect Your Legal Rights" HOLLIDAY KARATINOS LAW FIRM, P.L. BC1403701_0814 Personal and Expert Emergency Care for the Whole Family !ey took really good care of me." Forever the Keppel Way at Land O' Lakes High School By Michael Hinman The crowd was there to watch the football teams from Land O' Lakes and Sunlake high schools take the field. But for several minutes before kickoff, they were all chanting something much different: "We love Keppel!" Kris Keppel, who spent more than two decades as the coach of the Land O' Lakes cross-country team, and even longer as a teacher, was given that ovation during last Friday's game. Keppel, never one who likes to draw attention to himself, knew something was up when he was invited to the game. But he still showed up, because he knew his courage facing pancreatic cancer would continue to inspire the students and athletes at the school. "It's pretty easy to inspire," Keppel told the crowd. "Inspiration is a two-way street. You all can inspire each other on a daily basis." School officials and his team wanted to honor Keppel for being a finalist in the Brooks Inspiring Coach of the Year contest. Although Keppel received the most votes in the nationwide competition, he was able to applaud as Renee Williams-Smith of Manhattan Beach, California, received this year's award during a ceremony last summer in Seattle. The initial idea was to give Keppel a large trophy, girls' cross-country coach and close friend Karen DeHaas said. But then an idea surfaced that would allow Keppel's work to be honored year after year, naming a new school inspirational award after him and a fellow teacher, the late Marilyn Ling, who also battled cancer. "We have always had inspirational people that helped our students and helped our faculty," school assistant principal Rich Batchelor said. "We would like to start a new award, the Ling Inspiring Individual Award. But we decided to rename it for the first recipient of the award. So it will now be known as the Ling Keppel Inspiring Individual Award." But the school wasn't done. A small crowd walked to a spot just outside the Land O' Lakes football stadium so a new street sign could be unveiled renaming that stretch of Gator Lane to Keppel Way. "What better way to have students in the future know how much he inspired us to do things the Keppel way than to actually rename the roadway that leads into the athletic facility here," school principal Ric Mellin said. "From this point forward, every time our athletes come down the road from the parking lot into the stadiums in the back here, they are going to be doing it the Keppel Way." Keppel was first diagnosed with pancreatic cancer more than a year ago. Despite B INSIDE, PAGE 1B No tricks, but plenty of free community treats for Halloween By Michael Murillo Many families will go door-to-door in local neighborhoods searching for candy this Halloween. But if you'd rather do something different or don't want to limit the fun to Oct. 31 there are several public events to enjoy. Several activities most of them free occur the weekend before Halloween, while others are scheduled for the week of the holiday, and the rest on Oct. 31. FOR FAMILIES Halloween Howl in Zephyrhills is an annual free event Oct. 25 along Fifth Avenue from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be a costume parade, a hayride which costs $2 and free books for children. There's also a haunted house at 38533 Fifth Ave., the historic Jeffries House. The costume parade starts at 6 p.m., near FRED BELLET/PHOTO Ellison Stokes, 2, points out what a pumpkin is to her 7-month-old brother, Marshal, who will celebrate his first Halloween. They are flanked by their parents, Kyle and Laci Stokes of Wesley Chapel, during a recent visit to the Seal Swim School in Lutz. MICHAEL HINMAN/STAFF PHOTO Kris Keppel along with daughters Meredith and Morgan, and wife Dar, proudly show the new sign students and visitors will see leading the way to the athletic fields of Land O' Lakes High School. Principal Ric Mellin says this will remind everyone to take the Keppel way.' By B.C. Manion The stage is empty. But then, they start arriving: The woman who does information technology finance during the day, the guys who do pest control and lawn work. Then, there's the nanny, the grocery clerks, the college students and the teachers. When they hit their marks, they shed those roles of daily life and become Seymour, Audrey, Orin Scrivello D.D.S., and other characters in "Little Shop of Horrors." As they immerse themselves, the actors hope they can transport the audience right along with them into the world they've created. At least that's what cast members said during breaks at a recent rehearsal at Bridgeway Church on Wells Road in Wesley Chapel. They've been rehearsing for weeks. They'll present the comedy rock horror musical at 8 p.m., on Oct. 24 and Oct. 25 at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road. The musical represents the first fullfledged production of Dreamhouse Theatre, a theater company based in Wesley Chapel that got its start about a year ago. The company's first production was a musical review, but this one is much more ambitious. Bryan D'Onofrio, the company's artistic director, has a lot riding on it. As does his wife, Darci, the play's executive director. "Something we've always wanted to do was to have our own theater," Bryan D'Onofrio said. "That's been a dream of ours." The couple has talked about it for about two decades. "Our pastor gave us a book called The Dream Giver,'" he said. "It was about following your dreams and doing what you're meant to do, what you're born to do." So, the D'Onofrios decided: "Let's give this a shot." They joined forces with Chris and Melissa VanSchaik, also of Wesley Chapel, to bring the vision of Dreamhouse Theatre to life. If you go WHAT: Little Shop of Horrors' WHO: Dreamhouse Theatre WHEN: Oct. 24 and Oct. 25, 8 p.m. WHERE: Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road. COST: $20, available at the door INFO:, or call (813) 997-7146. B.C. MANION/STAFF PHOTO Grace Spenceley, left, Sylvia Roper, Jose Sotero (sitting), Janelle Ankrom and Phyllis Frey (on a platform) run through a number as they prepare to perform in Dreamhouse Theatre's first full-fledged play, Little Shop of Horrors.' See THEATRE, page7A See HALLOWEEN, page7A Theatre seeks to entertain, inspire See KEPPEL, page7A


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It was his first debate in his race for a seat on the Zephyrhills City Council, and he had an uphill battle to convince older voters that elected an 18-year-old to represent them was the right way to go. "I realized that you just got to be an open book," Burgess said. "I remember looking at my mom and telling her that I am just going to get up there and tell the truth. And as long as I'm telling the truth, nothing else matters." Telling the truth worked, as did Burgess' highly precocious approach to life of being mature far beyond his years. He won that council seat, went to law school, threw in a quick year as mayor, and now a decade later he has a new prize in sight: state House District 38. The current representative, Will Weatherford, would have to step down because of term limits, and Republicans needed a refreshing and young candidate to help energize its voting base in the district. Burgess, who had just stepped in to help calm a scandal in the mayor's office in Zephyrhills, was the most logical choice for them. But Burgess himself wasn't quite yet convinced. "I wanted to be in public service in some way shape or form when I was 18, and being on the council allowed me to provide a voice in the community because I knew I had something to offer," he said. "I had to really think about (the District 38 race) because this is one of those decisions that should not be easily made. It's something that can really take you away from your family, and I had a new wife, and I had a baby on the way." But Burgess made that decision, and on Dec. 3, he filed his paperwork to succeed Weatherford in Tallahassee. The race has not been without its own excitement, however. Burgess geared up early for a primary run against Minnie Diaz, a strong up-and-comer herself who had become very active in both the community and politics. And the winner of that race would have to face longtime Pasco County teacher and education advocate Beverly Ledbetter on the Democratic side of the ticket. But on qualifying day, Diaz was missing some paperwork, ultimately disqualifying her from the race. That allowed Burgess to focus instead on Ledbetter, who he has outspent 6-to-1. Remembering his political roots in Zephyrhills city government, Burgess is a champion of giving local governments as much power as possible. He has spoken out against unfunded mandates issued by Tallahassee, forcing smaller governments with much smaller budgets to scramble to stay in compliance with ever-changing laws. "You really have to be careful," he said. "Otherwise, a lot of the decisions you make on the state level can really tie the hands of our local government, which is our most precious form of government. It's as democratic and as accountable as it's ever going to get." Local governments know what they need and want, Burgess said, and far too often, lawmakers from hundreds of miles away think they know better. Burgess also wants to make sure the fast development in Pasco County the area he primarily represents is done right, especially in places like Wesley Chapel. "It's one of the fastest-growing areas, and a lot of opportunities are starting to pop up," Burgess said. "We have to continue to push these efforts and promote this area, and we have to support the local efforts and our local delegation to continue their work, like the State Road 56 expansion." He also is focusing on developing a better work force in the area, to help attract new businesses and keep high-paying jobs local. That includes his continued exploration of vocational opportunities that he started to do as Zephyrhills mayor, and making sure schools have the resources they need to make it happen. "We have to remember that not everybody who goes to school is college-bound, and we need to have options for them," Burgess said. "They need to work, too, and we need to make sure we're providing those opportunities for them to succeed." Burgess, an attorney with Johnson Auvil Pratico & Chane P.A. in Dade City, hopes he has all the pieces in place to win Weatherford's seat. But no matter what happens on Nov. 4, this is an experience he says he'll never forget. "This has been far more wonderful than I ever imagined it would be," Burgess said. "It's been fun along the way. And win, lose or draw, I'm very glad I did this." The Laker/Lutz News Staff Report Yet another focus on a nonprofit has helped raise thousands of dollars from the community. The Pasco County Tax Collector's office raised nearly $4,000 for the Florida AAA Traffic Safety Foundation. The fundraising was part of the office's August promotion, which will be used for life-saving bicycle and automobile equipment, as well as educational training on traffic safety issues. Through the voluntary automobile registration and renewal check-offs, as well as direct cash donations from the public, the Florida AAA Traffic Safety Foundation will be able to purchase booster seats, bicycle helmets, educational materials, and other important bicycle and vehicle safety devices, according to a release. "The AAA is one of the most respected organizations in the nation," said Tax Collector Mike Fasano, in a release. "The funds raised through this promotion will benefit Florida in general, and the residents of Pasco County and surrounding communities, in particular." Additionally, the foundation will allow senior citizens to have their vehicles inspected to ensure their safety equipment is functioning properly. The donations made during the promotional event also will help educate children and adults about the dangers of texting and driving, as well as the dangers and penalties that driving while impaired may have on the driver and everyone else in a vehicle. To learn more about the Florida AAA Traffic Safety Foundation, visit For more information on the Pasco County Tax Collector's office, visit Tax collector raises $4,000 for traffic safety group Burgess: There's no place like home rule COURTESY OF DANNY B URGESS He wa s the younge s t m e m ber of the Zephyrh i ll s C i ty Counc i l i n h is tory at 18, and the younge s t m ayor at 27. Now, Danny B urge ss is look i ng to take h is precoc i ou s s p i r i t to Tallaha ss ee to repre s ent s tate Hou s e D is tr i ct 38. The other side The Laker/Lutz News profiled Danny Burgess' Democratic opponent, Beverly Ledbetter, in the July 30 editions of our paper. To read more about her, visit our website at, or go directly to DANNY BURGESS Republican for House District 38 OCCUPATION Associate attorney, Johnson Auvil Pratico & Chane P .A. ELECTED OFFICE Zephyrhills City Council, 2005-08 Zephyrhills mayor, 2013-14 FAMILY Courtney Burgess, wife Adeline Burgess, daughter RESIDENCE Lifelong of Pasco County, most recently in San Antonio FUNDRAISING, THROUGH OCT. 10 $124,790


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That answer isn't surprising to retired Gunnery Sgt. Tedd "Gunny" Weiser, interim director for Saint Leo University's Veteran Student Services. As a student who also served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 20 years, it makes perfect sense to him. "That basically tells me that when these veterans come off of active duty, there's a trust, a comfort level, in being able to speak with somebody who can not only talk the talk, but walk the walk," Weiser said. Having a department dedicated to their needs helps veterans transition from the structure of military life to the more self-directed schedule of a student. That assistance can take many forms, Weiser said. The university can answer questions, help find scholarship opportunities, or simply provide a sounding board for their frustrations. Just having a place to go can help Saint Leo's veteran students adjust easier. And there are plenty of students at the university who can use those services. At Saint Leo, 38 percent of the student body is active duty military or veterans, totaling around 3,500 students. The vast majority of those students are not learning in Pasco County. For more than four decades, Saint Leo has taught on military bases and installations. They currently have 40 education centers around the country, including a dozen different military bases in the United States. While the university's relationship with the military stretches back for decades, the Veteran Student Services department is fairly new. Established in 2012, it's the result of identifying ways to better assist its large veteran population, Weiser said, and was initiated by university president Arthur Kirk. "He saw the need to establish a better relationship and better support for our veteran and active duty students," he said. That support includes a lot more than answering basic questions or maintaining a campus presence. The university has developed a free online course specifically for veterans and their families on how to make the transition from military to civilian life. It includes information on areas such as job interviewing and resume writing, networking, as well as identifying benefits and opportunities for spouses and other dependents. The department also has its own financial resource for veterans where they can receive temporary assistance to help with financial obstacles to pursuing their educational goals. The Military Education Excellence fund provides gifts up to $500 to help pay for groceries, utilities or whatever expenses might occur. This year, the fund has dispersed 32 gifts ranging from $160 to $500. They have another $26,000 in reserve to handle future requests. The fund is donation-based, and Weiser said the department is trying a variety of methods to keep its coffers filled. One was the recent Mud Endeavor on Oct. 4 in Brooksville. The event, which features runners tackling a muddy obstacle course, is a tool different organizations can use to raise funds. While Weiser isn't sure how many people signed up to assist the department and how much money was raised quite yet, he believes it was only a modest total. Due to logistics, they only partnered with the event a few weeks before it occurred, so there was a lack of promotion and advertising. Next year they plan to participate again, utilizing a longer lead-time to get the word out. The feedback regarding the Veteran Student Services department has been excellent, Weiser said, both on campus and on the various bases where the university has a presence. He's personally visited 21 of the 40 educational centers, and believes it's important for students far from Saint Leo's campus to see an actual person and feel like the department is in their corner and attending to their needs. And they're able to accomplish that by utilizing the strong bonds they all share, as well as their familiarity with the unique challenges and sacrifices active military and veteran students experience. "I always preface this by saying I mean no disrespect to anybody with a clinical license or degree," Weiser said. "But there's a bond between veterans that no other modality or no other relationship can touch, particularly between combat veterans." FRED BELLET/PHOTO The Oct. 4 Mud Run raised money for Saint Leo University's Veteran Student Services. The department provides support and resour ces to help military personnel adjust to student life.


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For tickets, visit HALLOWEEN FLICKS AT TAMPA THEATRE Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., in Tampa, will host "A Nightmare on Franklin Street" classic movie series. Upcoming shows are "Paranormal Activity" Oct. 24, "Scream" Oct. 25, and "Frankenweenie" Oct. 26. The cost for most films is $10. For a complete list of shows, times and ticket prices, visit HAUNTED TRAM RIDES Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, 4150 S. Suncoast Blvd., in Homosassa, will offer haunted tram rides Oct. 24-25 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The cost is $5 for ages 13 and older, and $3 for children younger than 12. There will be a costume contest both nights, refreshments, games, face painting, and a haunted house for $2. For information, call (352) 628-5343. STAND DOWN FOR VETERANS Pasco County Stand Down will be from 4 p.m., Oct. 24 to 3 p.m., Oct. 26 at Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road in Hudson. 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PETER'S CHURCH Deacon Greg and the Gregorians will present a "60 Minutes of Peace & Music" concert Oct. 25 at 7 p.m., at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, 12747 Interlaken Road in Trinity. For information, call (727) 264-8968. FAIRGROUNDS HOSTS BRICKWORLD Brickworld Tampa, a Brickworld Lego Exposition, will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 25, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 26., at the Florida State Fairgrounds, 4800 U.S. 301 North in Tampa. The show features 40,000 square feet of items made of Lego and Duplo bricks. There will be interactive games, play areas, fighting Lego robots, and vendors. Admission is $10 in advance, or $11 at the door. For information, visit BONSAI TREE DEMO Eve's Garden Gifts, 5602 Land O' Lakes Blvd., in Land O' Lakes, will host a free bonsai tree demonstration Oct. 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn proper trimming, potting and shaping. You can bring your own bonsai for a demonstration, too. For information, call (813) 996-5012, or visit KIDS' CRAFT WORKSHOPS ME Hobbies, 1904 Oak Grove Blvd., in Lutz, will host a pumpkin decorating workshop for kids ages 3 and older, Oct. 25 and Oct. 29 at 4 p.m. The cost is $10 for materials and instruction. Class size is limited. For information, call (813) 949-3500. MR. TOMMY AT CULTURAL CENTER Mr. Tommy's Halloween Party for kids will be at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa, Oct. 26 at 2 p.m. This is a scare-free party. Come in costume for treats. Admission is $6 for members, $7 for non-members, and $24 for a family fourpack. For information, call (813) 269-1310. FIRST UNITED FAMILY FUN Land O' Lakes First United Methodist Church, 6209 Land O' Lakes Blvd., will host a pirate-themed Family Fall Festival Oct. 26 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be a Trunkr-Treat lane, live music, a High Seas obstacle course and food. Kids can wear costumes. For information, visit MESSIAH LUTHERAN TRUNK OR TREAT Messiah Lutheran Church, 14920 Hutchison Road in Tampa, will have its annual fall festival with Trunk or Treat Oct. 26 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be a dinner, devotion, fun and games. Child ID will be available. No scary costumes allowed. For information, call (813) 961-2182. FREE FESTIVAL AT FIRST BAPTIST First Baptist Church, 37511 Church Ave., in Dade City, will have a fall festival Oct. 26 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. There will be games, bounce houses, food and candy, and amazing feats of strength by the Strength Team at 3:30 p.m. For information, call (352) 567-3265, or visit CLASSIC MOVIES AT COBB Cobb Grove 16 & CineBistro, 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, is offering CineClassics 2014. Upcoming shows include "Halloween" Oct. 28, "Driving Miss Daisy" Nov. 4 and "Thelma & Louise" Nov. 11. All shows begin at 6:30 p.m. Guests should arrive 30 minutes prior for in-theatre CineBistro service. Tickets are $5 and are available at the concierge or CobbTheatres/ For information, call (813) 948-5444. GULFSIDE VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION Gulfside Hospice will host a volunteer orientation Oct. 29 at 9 a.m., at the Lutz Thrift Shoppe, 1930 Land O' Lakes Blvd., for new shop volunteers in Central Pasco. Volunteers must be at least 15 years old. Reservations are required. For information, call Jennifer Ball or Tracey Thompson at (813) 780-1235. SAINT LEO HAUNTED TRICK-OR-TREAT The Saint Leo University Office of Residence Life will host Haunted Marmion Oct. 30 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., in Marmion and Snyder halls, 33701 State Road 52 in St. Leo. Marmion Hall will be a themed haunted house, and Snyder Hall will host trick-ortreating. Admission is free. For information, call Anthony Wise at (352) 588-8268, or email WAR OF THE WORLDS' Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa, will present a live stage production of "War of the Worlds" Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is from $10-$16. For information and tickets, call (813) 9228167, or visit FALL FESTIVAL AT SENIOR CENTER The Lutz Senior Center, 112 First Ave., N.W., will host a Fall Festival with games and refreshments Oct. 31 at 1 p.m., for adults ages 50 and older. The center also offers a weekly book club, a beginner's computer class, a pinochle group and more. For information, call (813) 272-5250. GULFSIDE HALLOWEEN SALE Gulfside Hospice will host a Halloween sale at all five thrift shop locations Oct. 31. Customers will receive 31 percent off storewide. All stores are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Children will receive candy, too. For information and locations, visit TRUNK-A-TREAT AT MYRTLE LAKE Myrtle Lake Baptist Church, 2017 Reigler Road in Land O' Lakes, will host a free Trunk-a-Treat Oct. 31 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be games, food, face painting, balloons and candy. For information, call (813) 949-5516, ext. 100. HAUNTED WOODS EVENT The Hillsborough River State Park Preservation Society will present its 22nd annual Haunted Woods event Oct. 24-25 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at 15402 U.S. 301 in Thonotosassa. There will be the Haunted Woods Trail, a coloring contest, a family tram ride, and a costume contest both nights for all ages at 6 p.m. Refreshments will be available at concessions. Admission is $10 for ages 13 and older. Proceeds will benefit the park's preservation society. For information, call (813) 987-6771. STARKEY PARK SCREAM ACRES' Jay B. 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October 22, 2014 5A Party lines crossed: Mulieri backs Remsberg CORRECTION Myrtle Lake Baptist Church is assisting Connerton Elementary School with a program aimed at ensuring children from the school do not go hungry over the weekend. A story published in Oct. 15 editions of The Laker/Lutz News had an incorrect name for the church. By Michael Hinman No one could ever accuse Pat Mulieri of simply following the herd. Two months ago, she took a stand in the Republican primary, endorsing underdog Bob Robertson from a group of candidates looking to replace her on the Pasco County Commission. Robertson lost the primary, so that left the door open for Mulieri to choose yet another underdog one that is not even a Republican. Although she stopped short of giving her official endorsement, Mulieri has at least thrown her support behind the Democrat in the county commission District 2 race: Erika Remsberg. It also marked the second time Mulieri chose not to go with the race's frontrunner at least in terms of finances Republican Mike Moore. "I met with Erika," Mulieri told The Laker/Lutz News. "She is bright, knowledgeable and caring. We have quite a bit in common," including being from New York, and earning master's degrees from New York-based schools. Mulieri also liked the fact Remsberg is a teacher, who works as a liaison to homeless children. "The next years, there will be many exciting changes in Pasco," Mulieri said. "The new commissioners have to be ready to do the job. She will respond to citizens and work to solve problems. I believe she will keep learning. She may not have all the answers, but will work to resolve issues." Remsberg said she was humbled by Mulieri's backing. "Pat has told me she is supporting me, and that she and (husband) Jimmy are both voting for me," Remsberg said. "I spent a couple hours with her at (Pasco County Animal Services) talking about the county, talking about the commission, and county goals." Remsberg has received help from another former commissioner as well, Michael Cox. Cox was the last Democrat to serve on the board but was ousted in 2010 by Henry Wilson Jr. Wilson lost his seat in August in an open primary against another Republican, Mike Wells Jr. While she won't name names, Remsberg said others from across the aisle are boosting her as well. "I am getting more support from Republican voters," she said. "I believe that my bipartisan message is resonating with people from both parties." Moore, who out-spent Remsberg more than 19-to-1 in the campaign, said last week in a statement that he is honored to receive the support of many government and community leaders, listing nearly 20 of them. They included Pasco County sheriff Chris Nocco, state Sen. Wilton Simpson who also has made sizable contributions to Moore's campaign and groups like the Pasco County Professional Firefighters Local 4420, and West Central Florida Police Benevolent Association. Moore has raised just under $170,000 in his race to succeed Mulieri, while Remsberg has pulled in a little less than $9,000. In the most recent reporting period ending Oct. 10, Moore raised $3,625, including $2,000 from development-related donors. Remsberg raised $650 that same period, including $500 from IBEW Local Union 915 in Tampa. The differences between Democrat and Republican did not faze Mulieri in deciding to support Remsberg, the retiring commissioner said. "We may have some philosophical differences, but she will be the people's commissioner, and that is needed," Mulieri said. "Someone to listen, find answers, and realize that commissioners work for the citizens. They are our boss." 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Wilton Simpson, who graduated from Pasco High in 1984. His mother also is a graduate of the school, as are his wife and daughter. His son will graduate from there next year. "All of the Simpsons have come through here," he said. Some spectators have been regulars at the games for decades, Kadlub said. One group of sisters has been Pasco High fans for about a half-century. "They literally sit on the track with their lawn chairs," she said. Part of the attraction is the team itself, said Simpson, who recently spearheaded a community effort to help build a concession stand and add new restrooms at the stadium. "We've got good coaching and a good program," he said. Many Pasco High graduates still feel a deep connection with the school, said John Petrashek, director of construction services for Pasco County Schools. "It's a real identification and association," he said. "That's where they went to school. That's where they graduated. That's their school." "There's a lot of pride here," Simpson agreed. "If you come out here (to the concession stand) and look at the boosters cooking, most of them graduated from this school. Some of them (graduated) in the '70s, and some in the '80s." Stadium projects reveal sense of connection to Pasco High The community and Pasco County Schools came together to make the improvements happen. The concession stand built to last for at least 30 years replaces a shed. The stand's professional restaurant-style equipment replaces a portable grill. "I helped raise the funds for the project and was general contractor," said Simpson, who also is head of Simpson Environmental Services, which specializes in asbestos removal, mold remediation, duct cleaning, lead-paint abatement, general contracting and demolition work. On top of that, he owns and operates Simpson Farms, an egg-laying facility based in Trilby that is home to more than 1 million chickens supplying eggs to supermarkets throughout Florida. Tom Lameau, an electrician for Pasco County Schools, did the electrical work on the project. Bobby Correia, also on the district's staff, did the plumbing. A number of other district employees handled other chores during construction. The new concession stand and new bathrooms were desperately needed, Simpson said. Construction began a couple of days after the last school year ended, and work was completed a couple of days before the school's first football game. One portion of the project remains to be done. It involves renovating the restrooms underneath the stadium, Simpson said. That work will start after football season ends. "If you go back to the '80s, the restrooms under the stadium are the same ones as when I was here," he said. Besides benefiting the football crowd, the concession stand provides an avenue to generate revenue for booster programs and local civic groups, Simpson said. "The Kiwanis Club and Rotary Club may use this facility for fundraisers during the year," he noted. The project cost about $275,000, with the school district covering about $75,000, and community contributors chipping in the rest. Simpson was humble about his contributions to the effort. "There were a lot of very generous people," he said. "We were just the backstop." The school celebrated the new facilities at a dedication ceremony at the Oct. 10 game. Kadlub marvels at the transformation. "You see, over there, that shed?" the principal said, pointing at a small shed across the field. "We called it Ted's Shed." There's no comparison between the old facilities and what's there now. Not only is the concession stand larger and better looking, Kadlub said, the equipment is safer and allows food to be cooked more quickly. "At halftime, there used to be a really, really long line," she said. Now, patrons can get their food faster. There's a lot to be said for creature comforts. "I was on the fair board for a long time," Simpson said. "As we upgraded our facilities cooking facilities and restroom facilities it was easier to keep a crowd longer." B .C. MANION/STAFF PHOTO Pasco High School principal Kari Kadlub, center, joins, from left, Mark Fox, Bobby Correia, Tom Lameau and Wilton Simpson, inside the window of the new concession stand at Pasco High School's football stadium.


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T h ei r c o nf i d enc e s h oul d g et a boo s t a s w ell. R e tu rnin g qu ar terb a c k S c ott Ed w ard s cr ed it s t he ir coa c h f o r k e epi n g t he t ea m c a l m a n d f o c u s e d a s t h e y s t r u g g l e d t h r o u g h a dif ficult season in 20 13. "I t hi n k i t w as coa c h Her na nde z' a t t i tude. He' s go t a reall y positive attitude a bout t h e w h o le s e a s o n a n d I t h i n k t h a t h e l p s u s o ut Edw a r ds sai d. He be l i ev es t h at last ye ar' s e xper ience coupled wit h some comp e titio n w ill h elp h im u p h is ga m e th is y ear Rya n Robi ns on, who pl a ys on t h e o f f en s i v e l i n e s a i d t h a t r e t u r n i ng so man y l i nemen fr om l a st y e ar al so wi l l make a bi g di f f e r e nc e. H e bel i ev e s th a t i t s u p t o hi m and hi s t eammate s on the l i n e t o s t e p u p a n d c r e a t e o p p o r tunities f or th e of f e n se "W e pla y the bigg est r o le if y ou ask me Robi nson s ai d. W i t hout us, n o n e o f th is h a p p en s. Hern ande z al s o f e el s good about t he t e a m s d e f e n s e W h i l e t h e y g a v e u p a l o t o f po i nt s i n s o me g a me s h e s a i d t ho se n umber s don't tell the w hole stor y Mistakes on off e nse, special team s scor es and ot her mental m iscu es ofte n p u t th e d ef en s e in d if ficult si tuati ons, and contri but ed to so me lopsi ded def eats. He has confidence the Wildcats w ill hav e a g o od sh o w in g o n th at side of the b all. Wh i l e th er e' s a l ot of opt i mi s m he aded i nt o t he se a son the t eam f e el s g ood a b out their par ticipation in sev en-on-sev en c o m p e t i t i o n t h i s s u m m e r n ob o d y i s w i l l i n g t o m a k e c o n c r e t e p r e d i c t i o n s a b o u t t h e upc oming season. Her nandez ac kno wledg es t h e r e 's a l o t o f t a l e n t i n C l a s s 5 A D i s t r i c t 7 and their non-distr ict schedule isn't an y easie r w ith m a tc h u p s a g ain st s c h o o l s lik e P a s c o and Sun lake. Des pit e t he c ha l l e ng e s, t he coac h be lie v e s th e y 'r e bu i ld in g a s t r o n g p r o g r am a n d l oo k s f o rw a r d t o s eei ng h o w hi s t ea m ha s p rogr e sse d sinc e str u g glin g thr ou g h a w inl e ss s ea s on l ast y ea r. Ho w ev e r t hi ngs t ur n out, Her nandez f eels privileg ed to h av e the op p o r t un i t y t o w or k wi t h t he t e a m, pl a y a r o le in their g r owth and be par t of the game he e njo ys. I l o v e i t I m b l e s s ed H er na ndez sa i d. Ev e r y d ay I m t h a nk f ul I 'v e g o t coa c hes who be l i ev e i n ea c h o t he r t he a dmi ni s t r at i o n i s f a nt a s t i c a n d c ommuni t y s up po r t s up. W e pl a y a g a me t ha t t he s e ki d s ha v e pl ayed s i n ce t h e y w e re l i t t l e k i ds We' re bl es sed ev er y day t o be a bl e t o come out h e r e wi t h g re a t h e a l t h I t s a gre a t o p p o r t u n i ty to pla y f o o tball in th e state o f Flo r ida. MI C H A E L MUR I L L O / S T A F F P HOT O W ith anothe r y ear o f e x p e r ien c e un d er th eir be lts S c o tt Ed wa r d s left, a n d R y a n Ro b in so n are e xpe c ted to h elp t ur n ar o u nd Wes l ey C ha pe l's f o rtu nes in 20 14. C OUR T E S Y OF JE F F O LS E N Coac h J arr o d P o orman hos ts a g r o u p o f se c o ndan d th ir d-gra de p la y er s at th e U pw a r d S o ccer C a m p ho sted b y G rac e C om m u nity C h u r c h i n J u l y. 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They want to open a storefront initially and eventually build their own arts center, where they can put on about a half-dozen productions a year, and offer arts classes and summer drama camps. They've even talked over the possibility of a couple locations with J.D. Porter near Wiregrass Ranch, Melissa VanSchaik said. "We just think there's such a need for it in this area," she said. "There's no entertainment quite like live theater. There's nothing like this in our area that's consistently family friendly passes that love for the arts onto the kids." Ticket prices at places like the Straz Center in Tampa are astronomical, she said. "It's very hard to take a family of five to a show where tickets are $100 apiece." VanSchaik added. The goal is to provide quality entertainment at an affordable price, said Chris VanSchaik, who got involved when Bryan D'Onofrio was drama pastor at Victorious Life Church. The VanSchaiks helped in the dramatic productions there, with Chris building sets and Melissa doing makeup. "It was really a great avenue as a makeup artist to get to explore the world of special effects," said Melissa, a makeup artist, a stylist and a part owner of Eclipse Salon and Spa in Lutz. "Having that creative outlet really fulfilled something within me that would have been dead otherwise." Besides being co-owners of Dreamhouse Theatre, the VanSchaiks are helping with makeup and stage construction, too. Many of the actors have known the D'Onofrios for years. For some, acting has been part of their lives for years. That's true for Timothy Mendoza, 20, who is playing the role of Seymour Krelborn. Mendoza is so serious about acting he aspires to make it his life's work. Gabrielle Dion, 18, has been cast in the role of Audrey. She has never played a lead role, and said she's excited and feels ready. While some are seasoned performers, Phyllis Frey, 48, is making her theatrical debut. The Wesley Chapel resident is an experienced choral singer, but has never attempted acting. "I find it very challenging," Frey said, noting that it not only involves singing, but acting and moving, as well. Jorge Diaz, who teaches acting classes and works as a pest control operator, is playing the role of Orin Scrivello D.D.S. The New Tampa 22-year-old believes he was born to act. "Being on stage, it's like I'm home," he said. "When I'm on that stage, it's like I'm in a different world." Janelle Ankrom, 18, enjoys being able to try on life through a new perspective. "I get to be someone else," the Land O' Lakes resident said. "I get to experience what they would be feeling and something that I would probably not do in my real life." For Grace Spenceley, 18, acting almost is like an out-of-body experience. When she's acting, the Land O' Lakes resident is so attuned to her character that she almost forgets she's there. Lori Littlefield, who is handling many backstage duties, was involved in her first theatrical production when she was 3. "I just love the theater," said the Wesley Chapel woman who now works at Tampa Palms Elementary School. Littlefield will do anything even sweep the floors if it gets her into the theater. Sylvia Roper, 48, who works with preschoolers all day long, has known the D'Onofrios for years. "I'm enjoying performing," she said. Her acting skills come in handy at her day job, too. "I'm a lot of different characters all day long." Jose Sotero, 48, likes the feeling that comes when the actors are performing well. "It's really awesome when you can fit in that part, when you see the audience get connected," the Wesley Chapel pest control operator said. Josiah Lindsay, who is playing eight different roles in the upcoming play, enjoys having an opportunity to learn. The Wesley Chapel 19-year-old told friends he's "playing every non-main character in the show." "I'm literally every extra who has a line," he said. The D'Onofrios know they took a big risk when they decided to pursue their dream, but it's a dream they believe in. "We absolutely love the arts," Darci said. "We want to bring them here. We know that's a need." "We really believe in the power of the arts in music and dance and theater," Bryan added. No matter the outcome of chasing his dream, Bryan D'Onofrio said there's one thing he won't have to regret. "When I'm 75, I'm not going to say, I wish I would have tried that,'" he said. THEATRE from page 1A his grueling treatment for the disease, Keppel continued to attend as many practices and meets as he could. That continued until this past school year when he was forced to retire to focus more on fighting the cancer. It meant stepping down from his longtime role as cross-country coach, too. "He's retired, yet he comes to all the practices, except when he has chemo on Mondays," DeHaas said. "He's not able to bike with the runners anymore, but having him out there has really motivated all of our runners, and they want to win for him." Those trips to practices and meets have become their own inspiration to Keppel. "We're a team, we are a partnership," Keppel said. "They keep plugging away, and I keep plugging away." A recent change in his chemotherapy treatment has allowed Keppel to grow back his hair, his eyebrows, and even his trademark moustache. He has lost weight, but being able to recognize his reflection in the mirror has helped him continue to fight the cancer. "I have good days and bad days, but today was a good day," Keppel said, looking toward his wife Dar, standing nearby. "The last few days were good, but the beginning of the week wasn't so hot. It is what it is, and you just take it one day at a time." And that couldn't be any other way, because it is indeed the Keppel way. KEPPEL from page 1A the 7-Eleven on Fifth. If daytime activities are better for your schedule, Hillbilly Farms at 10325 U.S. 98 in Dade City, will host its annual Harvest Festival Oct. 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hayrides, horseback rides, face painting, pumpkin painting and train rides on the Woodland Express all are on the agenda. Food and other vendors also will be available. If you're looking for something on a weekday morning, The Shops At Wiregrass at 28211 Paseo Drive in Wesley Chapel will have a Halloween event Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to noon in its parking structure. Around 400 children are expected to attend, with gift bags ready for each of them. Debbie Detweiler, The Shops' marketing director, said the shopping location enjoys putting something special on each year that attracts so many people. "It's just a great opportunity for us to be able to give back to the community and provide free entertainment for families," she said. That free entertainment includes cookie decorating, balloon art, face painting, crafts and a photo booth. There will also be a costume contest for children 11 and younger benefiting the American Cancer Society, with the winner receiving a family four-pack to Legoland. The cost is $15 until the day of the contest, and $20 on the day of the event. Registrations must be completed by Oct. 29 at 10:30 a.m. To register in advance, visit FOR PETS Your four-legged friends can participate in the Halloween fun with Spooky Tails on Oct. 25, an annual event at Parwick Kennels, 22129 Carson Road in Land O' Lakes. Starting at noon, children can enjoy pony rides and face painting, with a police dog demonstration at 1:30 p.m. But it's the pets that go all out for the event, with a costume contest that begins at 2:30 p.m. Each entry gets a free pumpkin and the winner receives $200. Local business booths, raffles and live music round out the information and entertainment. While it's a fun Halloween-themed event, it's also a fundraiser to help pay the bills for police dogs when they retire from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office. It also helps pay for equipment and other supplies for the K-9 Unit. In the past, Spooky Tails has helped pay for a bite suit, which is used in K-9 training drills. For more information about the event, call (813) 949-1687, or visit HALLOWEEN ALTERNATIVES If your family doesn't celebrate Halloween, or you'd prefer to participate in a faith-based setting, there's fall fun on your schedule, too. Several churches are hosting events on or around Halloween. On Oct. 31, Myrtle Lake Baptist Church, 2017 Reigler Road in Land O' Lakes, will hold a Trunk-A-Treat celebration from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and includes games, face painting, balloons and candy. That same evening, Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 2348 Collier Parkway in Land O' Lakes, will host its Trunk or Treat event from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Children will go from car to car with their trunks and tailgates open in the church's parking lot to collect candy and other treats in this family-friendly environment. Also on Oct. 31, Idlewild Baptist Church, 18333 Exciting Idlewild in Lutz, will have its Light the Night event from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. No costumes are allowed, but there will be games, a hayride and inflatables. The cost is $3 per person or $15 per family, with children under 2 admitted free. HALLOWEEN from page 1A The Laker / Lutz News


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"Thank you for your involvement in our community!" --Regarding a feature story about Club Mom's upcoming open house To: Diane Kortus From Peter Casellani, Executive director of Oasis Pregnancy Centers I just wanted to take a minute out and thank you for running the ads for the Oasis banquet. It was our best event ever and we had well over 400 people there. "We appreciate your support ! --Regarding newspaper-sponsored advertising for Oasis event To: Michael Hinman From Kathy Quayle "Thank you for doing such a great story about Kenny and his trip to the jungle.! I was wondering if you have an online version that I can share with family and friends that don't live here?! " --Regarding feature story about Kenny Quayle P OLITICAL A GENDA SEND POLITICAL NEWS TO MHINMAN@LAKERLUTZNEWS.COM CRIST GETS PASCO SUPPORT FROM FASANO Mike Fasano has made no secret his dislike for Gov. Rick Scott. But now he's taking that opposition to television. The Charlie Crist gubernatorial campaign has released a new commercial featuring the Pasco County tax collector and former legislator, taking a shot at Scott while publicly endorsing Crist, who Fasano calls "a good man." Fasano appears in front of the Historic Pasco County Courthouse in Dade City, first announcing he's not only a lifelong Republican, but a Rick Scott appointee Scott named Fasano the tax collector following the death of Mike Olson last year. In the commercial, Fasano says he decided to voice his opinion after he saw "the smears by Rick Scott against Charlie Crist." While he has not always seen eye-to-eye with Crist, Fasano said he was a good governor, working to prevent utility companies from overcharging, cut property taxes and increased education spending. "This Republican is supporting Democrat Charlie Crist," Fasano says at the end of the 30-second ad. The gubernatorial race is said to be too close to call at this point, with just a couple weeks before the Nov. 4 election. Both Crist and Scott have been debating, including one Oct. 15 that created some fireworks in the beginning after Scott refused to take the stage, accusing Crist of violating the debate agreement by including a small electrical fan at his podium. REPUBLICAN WOMEN TO TALK HEALTH The Pasco Federated Republican Women's Club will meet Nov. 7 at 11:30 a.m., at the Fox Hollow Golf Club, 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway, in Trinity. Guest will be Mike Napier, a health officer with the Pasco County Department of Health. Cost is $15. For information, or to make a reservation, call Fran Scerbo at (727) 597-3727. KEEP TRACK OF VOTER TURNOUT ONLINE Want to know how many people are voting in the midterm elections? It will all be available online. Pasco County elections supervisor Brian Corley announced that turnout data will be available on the county's website of "Transparency with elections in Pasco County has been, and will continue to be, of great importance for this office," Corley said, in a release. "The posting of voter turnout on our website is an extension of our commitment to openness in the process." The numbers will represent those who have returned their vote-by-mail ballot, and beginning Oct. 25, will include those who have voted early. Turnout will be reported every 10 minutes during early voting and on general election day. Once the polls close at 7 p.m., on Nov. 4, the results will be posted online as they become available. The elections office already has mailed nearly 52,000 vote-by-mail ballots, with new requests being processed daily. Those wishing to request such a ballot can call (800) 851-8754, or visit Early voting begins Oct. 25, and ends Nov. 1. FLORIDA TAXWATCH: BE CAREFUL WITH SURPLUS For the fourth straight year, the improving economy will give state lawmakers a head start on the 2015 budget, but one tax advocacy group is asks they spend it wisely. Economists are predicting that an additional $336.2 million will be available for the next budget, created by additional taxes the state didn't plan for in the most recent budget cycle. "More Floridians are working and paying their taxes, which has enabled our government to receive a budget surplus for the past four years," said Dominic M. Calabro of Florida TaxWatch, in a release. "However, even with a small surplus, it is crucial that lawmakers spend the hard-earned money of Florida taxpayers as carefully as they do for their own families." Another TaxWatch analyst, Kurt Wenner, did say that the surplus will not have a significant effect on the budget. "It is only 1.1 percent of projected general revenue spending," he said. "It is also based on leaving only $1 billion in reserves, much smaller than what recent Legislatures have left." BASSINGER ENDORSES BURGESS San Antonio city commissioner Elayne Bassinger has endorsed Danny Burgess for state House District 38. "In the years that I have known Danny, I have found that he is smart, capable and humble," Bassinger said, in a release. "But what impresses me most is his ability to see the big picture, and to bring a no-nonsense realism to the challenges ahead. Danny is the type of leader we need in Tallahassee to continue to fight to strengthen our economy, reduce unemployment, and make sure that the needs of Pasco County are well represented. Burgess, a Republican, faces Democrat Beverly Ledbetter in the Nov. 4 election.


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SAME DAY APPOINTMENTS *WHEN AVAILABLE COURTESY OF PATRICIA SERIO Providing a little comfort Members of the GFWC Lutz-Land O'Lakes Woman's Club members recently had a marathon stuff and sew' event to produce a mountain of comfort pillows. They were donated to ovarian cancer advocates, and spokeswomen Katina Johnston and Carole Martinez, who also are board members of Ovacome Gynecologic Cancer Alliance. The pillows will be distributed to local doctors' offices and St. Joseph's OB/GYN Surgical Department, and placed in comfort bags' for post-surgical recuperation. Holding some of the pillows are, from left, club member Karen Molis, Johnston, Martinez, and club chair Ciel Birkett. RODRIGUEZ-RESTO GRADUATES FROM NAVY BASIC TRAINING U.S. Navy Seaman Recruit Edwin D. Rodriguez-Resto recently completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Illinois. During the eight-week program, RodriguezResto completed a variety of training, which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis also was placed on physical fitness. The capstone event of boot camp is "Battle Stations." It is designed to galvanize the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills, and the core values of honor, courage and commitment. Rodriguez-Resto is a 2014 graduate of Land O' Lakes High School, and is the son of Jaime and Jahaira Perez of Land O' Lakes. HANDLON FINISHES AIR FORCE TRAINING U.S. Air Force Airman Barrett W. Handlon has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, in San Antonio, Texas. Handlon completed an intensive, eightweek program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate's degree through the Community College of the Air Force. He is the son of Joel Handlon of Wesley Chapel, and is a 2012 graduate of Zephyrhills High School. MILITARY LAND O' LAKES BRANCH LIBRARY Toddler Storytime, 10:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m., every Friday Preschool Storytime, 11:30 a.m., every Friday Reading Buddies, 10 a.m., every Saturday Japanese class, 3 p.m., Oct. 25 Teen Advisory Board, 6 p.m., Oct. 28 Senior Games, 10 a.m., Oct. 23 Halloween dance, 7 p.m., Oct. 24 Pasco County early voting, 7 a.m., Oct. 25-31 Pre-teen monster face, 2 p.m., Oct. 25 SCORE: Introduction to QuickBooks, 5 p.m., Oct. 28 The library is closed Sundays and Mondays, and is located at 2818 Collier Parkway. It can be reached at (813) 929-1214. AUSTIN DAVIS PUBLIC LIBRARY Toddler Time, 10:30 a.m., every Thursday Storytime, 11 a.m., every Thursday Tai Chi with Bonnie Birdsall, 6:15 p.m., every Monday Baby Time, 11:30 a.m., every Tuesday The library is located at 17808 Wayne Road in Odessa, and can be reached at (813) 273-3652. LUTZ BRANCH LIBRARY Story Time, 11:30 a.m., Oct. 28 Baby Time, 10:15 a.m., every Thursday Toddler Time, 11 a.m., every Thursday Knitting at The Depot, 6 p.m., Oct. 28 Harvest Stories and Crafts, 3 p.m., Oct. 27 Teen Advisory Board meeting, 6:30 p.m., Oct. 27 Microsoft Excel: Advanced Calculations, 2 p.m., Oct. 29 The library is located at 101 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road, and can be reached at (813) 273-3652. THE JIMMIE B. KEEL REGIONAL LIBRARY Baby Time, 10:15 a.m., and 11 a.m., every Tuesday Toddler Time, 10:15 a.m., and 11 a.m., every Wednesday Gallery at 2902 by Lynn Rattray, all day through Oct. 31 Story Time, 10:15 a.m. and 4 p.m., every Monday Tai Chi with Bonnie Birdsall, 1 p.m., every Monday Family Center on Deafness telephone distribution, 10 a.m., Oct. 28 Computer and e-Book tutor, 2 p.m., Oct. 23 eBay: Introduction, 10:30 a.m., Oct. 24 Annual teen Halloween dance, 7 p.m., Oct. 25 Zinio: Digital Magazines, 2 p.m., Oct. 30 eBay: Buyer and Seller Tips, 10:30 a.m., Oct. 31 The library is located at 2902 W. Bearss Ave., and can be reached at (813) 273-3652. LIBRARIES


By B.C. Manion When the Dade City Garden Club began selling an annual holiday ornament to raise money for the club, the decoration was simple: a two-dimensional square. That didn't matter. The ornament's theme the Historic Pasco County Courthouse touched a chord among area residents and quickly sold out, recalled Pat Carver, who was involved in getting the ornament sales off the ground. When people bought the ornament, they would say things like, "This was the room where I got married," or, "this was where my mother was a secretary," Carver recalled. The garden club didn't originate the fundraising idea, but it recognized its potential, Carver said. Jackie Preedom, a fellow garden club member, heard about it when she attended a convention. Since then, the ornaments have been popular with the community. "There are people who anxiously look forward to what the next ornament is going to be," Carver said. That's because Dade City is a place where people still feel a connection with each other, and with the town's landmarks and institutions. "We love our community," Carver said. Apparently, the idea of selling an annual ornament to raise money for the club has had staying power the tradition has been going on for two decades now. Proceeds help pay expenses to maintain the garden club's building, grounds and botanical garden to support club projects, according to club member Sally Redden. Those projects include floral, horticultural and environmental programs, flower shows, garden tours, and civic beautification projects. The entire garden club votes on what the ornament should feature. Each is accompanied by a card stamped with a picture of the ornament on the front and contains a brief historic account on the back. This year the garden chose to pay homage to the Pasco County Fair. Like the garden club, the fair has deep roots in the county. Both got their start in 1947. Fairs in Dade City date back to 1915, but there hadn't been any for a long time. The Pasco County Fair evolved from the Pasco's participation in the Florida State Fair, according to the ornament's fact sheet, and was designed to showcase county resources. Rancher D. E. Cannon led the efforts, with the help of Jimmy Higgins, George Nikolai, Bob Williams and Joe Collura. They found a 40-acre tract along State Road 52 and raised $3,500 to purchase the site. The Kiwanis Club and the Chamber of Commerce were instrumental in helping raise the money from local businesses and the community. The first documented Pasco County Fair began on Jan. 20, 1948. Ornaments are available for purchase through garden club members and at the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce, 14112 Eighth St., in Dade City. The ornaments are $22 each, and checks should be made payable to the Dade City Garden Club. 100% satisfaction guaranteed for spider vein removal. 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US 41 and Dale Mabry Apex NORTH TA M PA 3000 M ed i cal Park Dr., S u i te 300 Bruce B. Downs at Fletcher Ave. A gem of a golf course just minutes from Land O' Lakes B y Mi ke M atthew Special to The Laker / Lutz News Ron Padoba has been the proud owner of the Meadow Oaks Golf and Country Club since 1994. The course was originally built in 1984. "People are always telling us they never knew we were here," says Ron. "You can't see the course from the highway." Meadow Oaks is a challenging shorter course 6,030 yards from the back tees. It's not too difficult for beginners, but still challenging enough for experienced golfers. The front nine holes wind through majestic oak trees. Water comes into play on seven of the final nine holes. It's a player friendly course with good conditions centrally located a few miles north of Land O' Lakes. "We'd like to be known as the friendly golf course," says Ron. "A lot of golf courses are in trouble these days, because it's just a business to the owners. We're hands-on owners onsite everyday. The whole family plays. We're passionate about golf." The course is open to the public. A variety of memberships are available at reasonable prices. The course is maintained in a state of tournament preparedness. The greens feature Jones-Dwarf grass. Laura Sanderson, head golf professional, says it's more like a mom and pop shop with a hometown feeling. "We love our staff and take pride in our course," says Laura. "We're constantly looking for ways to upgrade and improve the course. We've probably played every golf course in several counties. We try to integrate the things we like about other courses into ours." Meadow Oaks has a full driving range, warmup areas, an immaculately maintained putting green, and a chipping green with practice bunker. "We're golfers," says Ron. "We look at our course with a golfer's eyes. We're constantly looking toward the future, to things we can do to make this course the very best in the area. This is a constantly changing industry. We're always on the lookout for new ideas." Golf pro Laura Sanderson is a past member of the LPGA and a certified instructor for the AAU Junior Golf program. She teaches the courses at Meadow Oaks for junior golfers ages 17 and under. She is an All-Army European Women's Golf champion and a member of the All-Forces Golf team. "We produce the best course that people can play at a reasonable price," says Laura. "We're successful for a reason, we're doing a lot of things right." Ron grew up in the area and graduated from high school there. Laura was born and raised here. The staff is made up of community people. Most have been working there for years. All of this contributes to the family friendly atmosphere of the club. You'll find a good mix of golfers playing at Meadow Oaks, from beginners to seniors. Mature oak trees abound. The club also hosts tournaments, weddings and charity events. There is a full bar and restaurant where you can relax and enjoy a meal whether you're golfing or not. Meadow Oaks is located approximately 1.5 miles from the Suncoast Parkway interchange (Route 578 / County Line Road). The clubhouse restaurant serves breakfast and lunch every day of the week. Their Friday night fish fry is very popular. Play nine holes and eat, or just come for dinner. They also feature a full-service liquor bar. Meadow Oaks Golf & Country Club is located at 13125 Fairwinds Road in Hudson. Additional information can be found on their website at Their phone number is (727) 856-2878. Closer Look AN ADVERTISER PROFILE 13125 Fa i rw i nd s Road, Hud s on SR 52, 1.5 miles west of the Suncoast Just 15 minutes from Land O' Lakes 727-856-2878 www. m eadowoak s m www. L aker L utz N October 22, 2014 11A League play available Golf instruction available Prime morning tee times available 7 days a week Practice facilities Book your Tee Times online at The Groves Golf and Country Club 7924 Melogold Circle, Land O' Lakes, FL 34637 5 miles North of SR 54 on US 41 813.996.0161 After 3 p.m. $19 +tax Round of Golf Golf & Country Club HOT GOLF DEALS! 20% OFF Round of Golf Only Valid before 12 p.m. Restrictions apply. "Knowledgeable & friendly staff" "Fully stocked pro shop by Steve's World of Golf" Mark Your Calendars! Lutz-Land O'Lakes Evening Garden Club is presenting a fun & exciting meeting! Learn how to grow beaut i ful hang i ng ba s ket s & learn about conta i ner garden i ng. Please join us: OCTO B ER 28, 2014 7P M Land O'Lakes Community Center 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd, Land O'Lakes. Call for more information 813-949-6809 COURTESY OF THE DADE CITY GARDEN CLUB The Dade City Garden Club sells a holiday ornament each year to honor a local place or organization. Proceeds help pay to maintain the garden club's facilities and support its community projects. Ornaments reveal history, raise money Ornaments over the years Here are some of the ornaments the Dade City Garden Club has sold over the years: 1994: Pasco County Courthouse 1995: Dade City Grammar School (Cox Elementary) 1996: Dade City Garden Center 1997: First Presbyterian Church of Dade City 1998: Historic Pasco County Courthouse 1999: Dade City Woman's Club 2000: Pioneer Florida Museum 2001: Edwinola 2002: St. Mary's Episcopal Church 2003: St. Leo Abbey Church 2004: First United Methodist Church of Dade City 2005: National Guard Armory 2006: Atlantic Coastline Railroad Depot 2007: First Baptist Church of Dade City 2008: Williams/Lunch on Limoges 2009: Pasco High School 2010: Lacoochee School House at the Pioneer Museum 2011: Pasco Packing Plant 2012: Pasco County World War II Memorial 2013: 1913 Pasco High School 2014: Pasco County Fair


LODGE OFFERS TOPS PROGRAM J.F. Swartsel Lodge, 3309 Lutz Lake Fern Road in Lutz, offers the TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) program every Wednesday. Weigh-in is at 9 a.m., following by a meeting at 9:45 a.m. For information, call Mary Clark at (813) 908-3587. PRE-DIABETES LECTURE Access Health Care LLC, 5350 Spring Hill Drive in Spring Hill, will have a lecture on "Pre-Diabetes: Learn What This Means, If You Have the Problem, and What You Can Do to Prevent Diabetes" Oct. 23 at 5:15 p.m. For information or to register, call (352) 688-8116. BREAST CANCER SUPPORT Florida Cancer Affiliates will host breast cancer support group meetings every other Thursday at the New Port Richey center, 5500 Little Road. The next meeting is Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. For information, call (727) 505-6379. MAKING STRIDES AGAINST BREAST CANCER The Shops at Wiregrass and Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel will host the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Pasco event Oct. 25. This is a non-competitive 5-kilometer walk of cancer survivors, families and friends, business partners and community members. Registration will open at 8 a.m., and the walk begins at 9 a.m. For information, visit ALZHEIMER'S SEMINAR FOR CAREGIVERS There will be a seminar called "Alzheimer's Disease: What Family Caregivers Need to Know" Oct. 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Hyde Park United Methodist Church, 414 Magnolia Ave., in Tampa. Topics will include diagnosis and treatment, participating in a clinical trial, tips to prevent or reduce behavior problems, and managing medications. Lunch will be provided. Admission is free. Pre-registration is required by calling (813) 974-4357. BREAST CANCER DISCUSSION The Health & Wellness Center at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, 2700 Healing Way, will offer "The Nature and Treatment of Breast Cancer" Oct. 28 at noon. Admission is free. Lunch will be provided. To make a reservation, call (813) 9295432, or visit HEARING LOSS, DEAFNESS SEMINAR The Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, will have a seminar called "A Surgical Option for Conductive Hearing Loss and Single-Sided Deafness" Oct. 29 at noon. Topics include how our bodies hear and perceive sound, types of hearing loss and their causes, and surgically implantable devices. Admission is free. A light lunch will be served. For information or to register, call (727) 834-5630. GENERAL CANCER SUPPORT Florida Cancer Affiliates will host a general cancer group meeting Oct. 29 at 6 p.m., at the New Port Richey center, 5500 Little Road. For information, call (727) 808-4818. PREPARED CHILDBIRTH COURSE The obstetrics program at Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, will offer a six-week prepared childbirth class starting Oct. 29. Classes meet one night per week at 7 p.m. The cost is $70. For information or to register, call (727) 834-5630. FOUNDATION TO HOST BLACK & WHITE BALL The Suncoast Health and Education Foundation will host a Black & White Ball Nov. 1 at Aripeka Elks Lodge, 9135 Denton Ave., in Hudson. A cocktail hour begins at 4 p.m., and dinner is at 5 p.m., followed by dancing. Tickets are $20 per person available at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point's lobby, 14000 Fivay Road in Hudson, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance. There will be a silent auction, a 50/50 raffle, and Glamour Shots. All proceeds will go to the foundation's scholarship fund. For information, call Barbara Benson at (727) 863-6437, or John Cardalena at (727) 967-1253. PREVIEW THE NEW FLORIDA HOSPITAL ER Florida Hospital Tampa, 3100 E. Fletcher Ave., will offer a look at its new state-of-theart emergency room Nov. 2 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event includes guided tours, CPR and poison prevention education, entertainment, food trucks, door prizes and music. Admission is free. For information, visit online at DONATE TO REMEMBER LOVED ONES All Gulfside Hospice thrift shops are offering a way to honor or remember your loved ones at the Hike for Hospice. For a $1 donation, you can write the name of a loved one on a paper shoe. The shoes will be displayed in the thrift shops until the event, and then placed on a memory wall at the Hike for Hospice Nov. 16. For information and shop locations, visit BALANCE PROGRAM FOR SENIORS Anytime Fitness, 7016 Land O' Lakes Blvd., in Lutz, is offering an Agility & Balance Program for seniors on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. For information, call Tom Marbell at (352) 409-2984, or send email to CELEBRATE RECOVERY FROM ADDICTIONS Victorious Life Church, 6224 Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel, offers a Celebrate Recovery group on Mondays at 6:30 p.m. The group is a recovery resource for healing from addictions. Participants will discuss hurts, hang-ups and habits. For information, call (813) 973-2230. SENIOR STRENGTH CLASSES The Groves Golf and Country Club, 7924 Melogold Circle in Land O' Lakes, offers a Silver Sneakers Strength & Balance program on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. These are low-impact classes to improve flexibility and balance. Classes are free to Silver Sneakers members, and $5 for non-members. For information, call Tom Marbell at (352) 409-2984, or send email to OAK HILL OFFERS MAMMOGRAMS FOR UNINSURED Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., in Brooksville, offers digital mammography screenings for $60 to patients without health insurance. The screening includes the imaging and the radiologist's reading. Patients do not need a prescription from a physician to schedule a screening. 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47 p.m. Friday, October 31 Trick or Treat With Us! Dress up in your most jawsome disguise Defrightful or boo-tiful or improvise. It's fun, not scaryyou won't hear a "Boo!" Get a coloring sheet and candy, too! Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Your Neighborhood Sports Source Community Sports Community Sports 14A October 22, 2014 By Michael Murillo Sometimes it's good to know your schedule in advance. The Pasco-Hernando State College women's volleyball team still has around seven games left on their schedule, but they already know where they'll be next month: Competing in their regional tournament at Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, North Carolina. The Lady Quistas have already qualified for District P, which covers three collegiate regions. PHSC punched their tournament ticket with a current mark of 29-4. Because they aren't in close proximity with other schools in their region, the team must be .500 or better during the regular season in order to earn a bid into the tournament. They technically qualified back with their 20th win, but have compiled even more victories with both a potent offense and stifling defense to improve on their strong record. Coach Kim Whitney is glad to have gotten tournament qualification out of the way with plenty of games to spare. "We have that expectation for that goal, but once you get into the season, you're not really sure how you're going to match up with your opponents," she said. "It was a big deal for us to get to that point." Part of that uncertainty was the makeup of this year's team. Of the 15 players, 10 are freshmen. And while they were recruited for their ability, the coach said, one never knows how they'll actually perform under pressure. Now it's clear this year's squad will fit in nicely with other teams during Whitney's 11-year tenure at PHSC. The school tends to expect this kind of success each year, and Whitney has the track record to justify those expectations. In her previous 10 seasons as volleyball coach, PHSC qualified for their regional tournament every year. They've reached the National Junior College Athletic Association national tournament four times, and took home their division's national championship in 2010. Earlier in the season, continuing that regional tournament streak was no sure thing. PHSC started their season just 5-3, and were still trying to determine their most effective lineup and how best to match up with their opponents. But those early losses motivated the team, and now the coach thinks the earlyseason struggles were character building and a positive experience for her athletes. She was particularly happy to see them bounce back from a poor game against the College of Central Florida with an excellent one against Hillsborough Community College. "We didn't really play well in that match, and the following night they played phenomenal," Whitney said. "I think it did make us better and stronger." And 15 consecutive wins later, the Lady Quistas were playing more to their potential and sewing up a tournament berth. Freshman Amanda Turley is one of the impact players helping her team reach that potential. Recruited from Franklin High School in Tennessee, Turley accepted a scholarship to play volleyball for PHSC, partially because of its coach. "She was one of the main reasons why I decided to come here," Turley said of Whitney. "She's so smart and knowledgeable about the game, and what we need to do." Part of the coach's plan was to get her young team prepared early in the year and acquire important game experience ahead of their opponents. Whitney purposely scheduled many games at the beginning of the season so they'd have an opportunity to gel as a team and get several college-level matches under their belts while their opponents were still easing into the season. The team also faced Santa Fe College for that school's first-ever home volleyball game. Whitney's team had to perform in a hostile environment with a crowd of around 500 cheering against them. The coach hopes those intangibles will help the Lady Quistas if and when they face adversity on the court later in the year. In the meantime, as the PHSC volleyball team keeps achieving their goals, Whitney keeps creating new ones for them. They reached their first goal, a .500 season, relatively early. Then they were challenged to reach 27 wins. With that accomplished, the coach has a new one: Fewest losses in her tenure as coach. All her previous teams finished the regular season with at least seven losses, she said. The current team has the opportunity to beat that mark and go into their tournament, which begins Nov. 7, with a great deal of momentum. And at that point, she'll probably have a new set of goals to keep her team focused. "When you don't have something you're driving for and you're trying to reach, you lose that vision," Whitney said. Whatever that next goal is, Whitney has a history of success that says she can help them reach it, and a team full of eager players who are listening and ready to do what it takes to accomplish it. "She's really balanced," Turley said of her coach. "She never gets too angry, but is never too calm. She still always has something to tell you, even if we're up by a lot. "I can trust everything that she says." Set for success: PHSC qualifies for tournament COURTESY OF LEN UMHOEFER With a team full of talented freshman athletes like Amanda Turley, Pasco-Hernando State College had to find their chemistry. Wi th a 29-4 record so far, they've found a regional tournament berth as well. RUNNERS NEEDED FOR CONNERTON CHALLENGE Connerton, 21100 Fountain Garden Way in Land O' Lakes, will host its Connerton Challenge on Nov. 8. The community will host a certified run at 10 kilometers, 5 kilometers and a kids fun run to benefit Operation Helping Hand, which provides assistance to the families of wounded and injured service personnel while they recover in the Tampa Bay area. The event includes prizes, trophies for category winners, a raffle, and an after-party with a rock wall. The 10k run starts at 7:30 a.m., the 5k run at 7:45 a.m., and the kids fun run at 9 a.m. The cost ranges from $5 to $30, depending on the length of the run. All runners receive T-shirts. For information and to register by Oct. 30, visit NEW TENNIS LEAGUE The Tri-County Tennis League is looking for individuals, teams and facilities to begin league play. It will include age divisions from 40s and older. League play also will feature ratingsonly play, regardless of age. For information, call Walt Bockmiller at (813) 527-8211. HIKE FOR HOSPICE Hike For Hospice, a 5-kilometer run and walk benefiting the patient care and bereavement services of Gulfside Hospice & Palliative Care, will be Nov. 16 at the Land O' Lakes campus of Rasmussen College, 18600 Fernview St. Registration begins at 7 a.m., with the run beginning at 8 a.m., and the walk following at 8:15 a.m. A memorial ceremony and balloon release will follow. Sponsorships are available. For more information, call (727) 8455707. T-SHIRTS SUPPORT CROSS-COUNTRY COACH "I Run For Keppel" T-shirts are available to help support Land O' Lakes High School cross-country coach Kris Keppel, who is battling pancreatic cancer. The shirts are $15 each, with all proceeds going to Keppel. For information or to make a donation, call (813) 406-5730, or email or to GIRLS SOFTBALL REGISTRATION OPEN Lutz Leaguerettes, a slow-pitch softball league for girls ages 6-18, is now accepting registrations for its spring schedule. They play at the Oscar Cooler Sports Complex, 766 Lutz Lake Fern Road. The fee is $180 through Dec. 1. For information, visit SOCCER LEAGUE REGISTRATION OPEN The Greater Tampa Bay Football Club is now accepting registrations for its fall and winter soccer league. The league is open to boys and girls in north Hillsborough and Pasco counties from ages 5-19. Each team will have one practice day per week, and a game on Saturdays. Practices and games will be at the Land O' Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway. 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