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Construction on the infrastructure for the new shops is in early stages. Berry Construction has obtained permits for Burlington (formerly Burlington Coat Factory), Earth Fare grocery store, Home Goods, and Five Below, for Cypress Creek Town Center. A representative for Sierra Properties, which is developing the site, couldn’t be reached for comment. Permits are for parcels located along Sierra Center Boulevard, which already isCypress Creek getting more shopsDelay appears likely on Ridge Road extension permitBy Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.comPasco County officials were hoping for a decision on a permit, and a construction start for the proposed Ridge Road extension by winter 2018. Instead, a revised schedule provided to the United States Army Corps of Engineers projects the anticipated permit decision in late February 2019. Despite the revised time frame, Pasco County Administrator Dan Biles remains hopeful of a quicker decision. “I still think there’s a way to get there this year,” Biles said. Pasco is whittling down a checklist of additional information requested by the Army Corps in May 2017. Monthly status reports are provided to the Army Corps and weekly conference calls are held. Biles said he was set to meet with Army Corps representatives on June 15 in Cocoa Beach. Members of the Pasco County See ROAD, page11A By B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.comCamp Invention isn’t your typical summer camp. It’s a camp where kids are encouraged to strap on their creative thinking caps and let their imaginations run wild. And, that’s exactly what was going on at Lutz Preparatory School last week. This year’s curriculum tested a variety of the young students’ skills. In one challenge, campers designed their own Optibot, a small driving robot that senses changes in light. In another, campers dreamed up their own futuristic smart home — complete with high-tech innovations. Another group got involved with cupcake catapults, while another worked on nursing a sick robotic puppy back to good health. This is the fourth summer that Lutz Preparatory has hosted Camp Invention — a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame in partnership with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The national program serves more than 140,000 students each year, partnering with nearly 1,700 schools and districts across the nation, according to program materials. It’s a summer camp that challenges kindergarten through sixth-graders to find their inner inventor — and that’s exactly what it was doing in the classrooms at Lutz Preparatory. Kids were buzzing with excitement, chattering with each other on projects they were doing. Six-year-old Liam Loper was working on his Mod My Mini Mansion, which featured, among other things, a windmill made of clothespins to help generate energy.See CAMP, page11A Creativity rules at Lutz Preparatory summer camp See SHOPS, page11A Buster, an Australian Labradoodle, leaps in the air to catch the disc just tossed by his owner, Suzy Giunta, of Carrollwood. Monica Gobeli, of Land O Lakes, shows her dog, Rocky, the Frisbee before throwing it during a practice round. KATHY STEELEAt Home Dcor Superstore is under construction at Tampa Premium Outlets.CHRISTINE HOLTZMAN Adding an ‘air’ of excitement to the game of fetch These dogs and their owners are clearly having a blast, while competing at the Lutz disc dog club, Lutz Toss & Fetch. The competition gives owners and dogs a way to exercise and form stronger bonds. The league is part of a global sports organization, K9 Frisbee Toss & Fetch. The league competes in Lutz once a week for five weeks, several times a year and is open to all people-friendly dogs, regardless of skill level. Above, between rounds, Cathy Nelson, of Lutz, shows off her dog Graces skills by having her do some jumps and flips for the Frisbee. Nelson recued the high-energy dog, after several previous adoptions of the dog failed. Grace now serves as the ambassador to the nonprofit pit bull rehab and sanctuary, Pibbles to the Rescue, in Hillsborough County. Zac listens intently, as owner Suzy Giunta, of Carrollwood, encourages him before he takes his turn in toss and fetch. B.C. MANIONAudrey Wehling, 9, gave her Optibot a name: Bob 2.0. She says she has always liked the name Bob and thought it would be cool to add 2.0 to it.


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Funding for the new route is from about $1.2 million in grants from the Florida Department of Transportation. Funds are expected to cover operating expenses for 18 months. Were very excited about this service, said Steve Feigenbaum, HARTs director of service development. We have very high hopes for it. Route 275LX largely will follow Bruce B. Downs Boulevard and Interstate 275. Feigenbaum said this service is separate from a proposed catalyst project for a bus rapid transit system that would travel on dedicated lanes built on the shoulders of I275. The Florida Department of Transportation funded a study that prioritized a 41-mile bus rapid transit system from Wesley Chapel to St. Petersburg. Initial construction estimates were nearly $455 million. Supporters hope that bus rapid transit can jumpstart a long-range transit vision for the area. Opponents say the project is too limited, too expensive, and wont, by itself, address traffic gridlock. A decision on bus rapid transit is expected in the coming months. Meanwhile, major stops on HARTs limited express service will include Tampa International Airport, the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, the University Area Transit Center, the Westshore business district, and the Marion Street Transit Center in downtown Tampa. According to a HART news release, residents and businesses, especially in New Tampa and Wesley Chapel, asked for the bus route. It is considered a boon for employees commuting to and from work across county lines, and for area residents who want to visit dining, shopping or entertainment destinations in Hillsborough and Pasco counties. HART estimates about 123,000 residents live within the service area. Transportation from Pasco to the veterans hospital in Hillsborough is an especially important benefit to the area, said Kurt Scheible, director of Pasco County Public Transportation (PCPT). I get requests all the time on how can we get people down to the veterans hospital, Scheible said. I think this is a great step forward. The July 1 start is a soft opening, with an official ribbon cutting at Tampa International Airport scheduled for July 13. HART buses will pick up passengers at the Route 54 bus stop operated by PCPT. The bus stop is located at the Wiregrass Park-n-Ride, at 28222 Willet Way, near Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel. The Wiregrass bus stop is the backbone of Pascos transit system, with the kind of ridership that makes it a perfect fit for HARTs new route, said Scheible. HARTs operating hours will be seven days a week, generally from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., with buses leaving hourly. Bus fares will be $2 each way. Free WiFi is available on the bus ride. PCPTs Route 54 operates only six days a week, with no buses running on Sundays. Weekday hours are 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., for east/west service from Universal Plaza in New Port Richey to Zephyrhills. 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to shoot 9-mm pistols and M-16 rifles. Other daily training sessions involve moral, mental, physical or professional development and team-building skills. Activities include swimming, martial arts, basic rock climbing, obstacle, endurance and confidence courses. Forty hours are devoted to the instruction of infantry drill and five formal parades. Mitchell is looking forward to all of it. “I know the summer’s going to be very difficult, very busy,” she said, “but overall, I’m excited for the structure of the academy. “I’m really excited to gear up, do PT (physical training) with the brigades, I’m excited to basically learn to be a soldier, and I’m going to be living that life for the next four years, and they’re grooming me to be the best officer I can for our country, so I’m excited to learn everything over the next couple of years.”JUGGLING ACADEMY LIFE AND SOCCER Besides handling responsibilities of the service academy life, she’ll also be a member of the Navy women’s soccer team, a Division I program. Mitchell, a forward, opted to strictly play club soccer her senior year after playing varsity soccer at Wesley Chapel High the past three seasons. Her junior year, she posted a team-leading 34 goals in just 16 games played, earning second-team All-Sunshine Athletic Conference honors. Also throughout high school, Mitchell was a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She volunteered for Special Olympics and Relay for Life, and was a youth soccer coach for a local development academy. The Naval Academy was the only school she applied to, after vetting other service academies and what they offered. “It’s a pretty good fit for me,” she said, “because I get to play Division I soccer, go to school and then I also graduate as an officer.” She plans to serve for at least 10 years, noting she also has an interest in entering the aviation field at some point. “I’m going to see where it takes me,” she said of the Naval Academy. ”I know there’s a certain point in the Academy where you can sign on for more years in the service, which I’ll probably do,” she said. June 20, 20183A Baked Chicken, Stuffed Pepper & Tomato, Gyro, Briam, Mousaka, Dolmades, Spanakopita, Souvlaki, Large Greek Salad w/Potato SaladANY GREEKENTREE DINE IN TAKE OUT DRIVE THRU CATERINGSUMMER SAVINGSWITH THE UBER EATS AND SLICE APPS!$2.00 OFF* *Cannot be combined with other offers. One coupon per ticket/table. Expires 6/30/18. 21501 Village Lakes Center Land O Lakes, FL 34639(813) 949-7484 TUESDAY, THURSDAY AND SUNDAY $5.99 SPAGHETTI OR PENNEwith one toppingWEDNESDAY AND SUNDAY $10.95 GREEK STYLE CHICKENMONDAY AND WEDNESDAY $8.95 LASAGNA$10.95 with salad KIDS EAT FREE ALL DAY MONDAY Dine in only. One child per adult. Military academy appointments include soccer standoutBy Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.comGrowing up, Victoria Mitchell always knew she wanted to serve her country with a career in the military. She’ll soon get the chance, when she’s officially inducted into the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on June 28. The 17-year-old recent Wesley Chapel High School graduate received her official appointment to the Navy in late March — about 10 months after she verbally committed to play soccer there last May and five months after she was nominated for appointment from the 12th Congressional District by U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis. Mitchell is one of six Tampa Bay area students who were nominated and subsequently received appointments to a United States service academy through Bilirakis’ office. The others are: River Ridge High School’s Connor Beckman, United States Military Academy; Mitchell High School’s Austin Jerome, United States Merchant Marine Academy; Clearwater Central Catholic High School’s Annalise Klopfer, United States Naval Academy; Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School’s Dennis Teicher, United States Military Academy; and, Wiregrass Ranch High School’s Payton Wilson, United States Air Force Academy. Mitchell, for one, vividly remembers when her acceptance letter arrived in an email. “I was pretty much overwhelmed with excitement,” Mitchell recalled. “I actually read the email several times and couldn’t believe that, like, I actually got in. I remember showing the email to my dad and being like, ‘Is this for real? This means I’m going straight there?’ I thought I was going to a prep school at this point, so I was kind of down; I didn’t think I was going to get in immediately. I had almost given up hope and then I got that email when I least expected it. I was just overwhelmed, excited — like, it was one of the best days ever.” Each year, members of Congress nominate candidates for appointment to four of the five academies: U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York; the U.S. Naval Academy (USNA), Annapolis, Maryland; the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado; and, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, New York. The fifth service academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, New London, Connecticut, does not require a congressional nomination for appointment. APPLICATIONS FAR EXCEED OPEN SLOTSAppointments by service academies are usually made between January and April, and sometimes as late as May. Congressional service academy nominations don’t always guarantee acceptance. Approximately 1,200 candidates are selected each year for the Naval Academy’s “plebe” or freshman class, and each student is required to participate in Plebe Summer. Last year the Academy received more than 16,000 applications for the Class of 2022. A 2018 study by the U.S. News and World Report found the U.S. Naval Academy to have an 8 percent acceptance rate — the 12th most selective among all colleges and universities in the United States. Attending a service academy comes with an obligation and commitment to serve in the military for a minimum of five years upon graduation. Each student receives a full scholarship. The application process alone is arduous, Mitchell said, from filling out hundreds of pages of paperwork to undergoing a background check and a physical fitness test. It also requires a series of interviews before a group of retired and active duty service members, which she labeled “probably the most complex part of the application.” Mitchell’s passion for the military traces back to her grandfather, Patrick Mitchell, who served in the Air Force for 24 years. As a young girl, her family would take her to Air Force bases throughout Florida, where she was in awe of “seeing our soldiers in uniform and just everything they stand for.” Mitchell, too, has always considered herself “a patriot at heart.” Said Mitchell, “I love my country, and I’ve always known I wanted to serve my country and protect our land — especially like nowadays with all the controversy going on, there’s a lot of disrespect towards our nation and it kind of motivates me to stand up (and) encourages me to go join our military…” Immediately after induction, Mitchell will report for Plebe Summer, which is designed to help freshman prepare for their first academic year at the Naval Academy. During this time, plebes have no access to television, movies, the Internet or music, and restricted access to cellphones. They are only permitted to make three calls during the six weeks of Plebe Summer. As the summer progresses, the new midshipmen learn basic skills in seamanship, navigation, damage control, sailing, and handling yard patrol craft. Plebes also learn infantry drills and how SUBSCRIPTIONS: The Laker/Lutz News is a free newspaper distributed to 44,800 homes and businesses in Pasco and Hillsborough counties. Mail sub scriptions are sold to cover postage cost: $40/3 months, $80/6 months, $160/12 months. DELIVERY PROBLEMS:If you do not receive your paper, or want to stop home delivery, email Or, to stop delivery, go to www.lak, select “About” tab and complete “Opt Out” form. ADDITIONAL COPIES: A listing of boxes and business locations is on our home page at EDITORIAL SUBMISSIONS: Suggestions for stories and news coverage are welcome. Please send ideas to, or call our newsroom at 813 -909-2800. ADVERTISING ERRORS: Publisher is not responsible for errors in advertising beyond the space cost for the first insertion, or for the validity of cl aims made by advertisers. 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Appointees, pictured from left, Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High Schools Dennis Teiche r, United States Military Academy; Wesley Chapel High Schools Victoria Mitchell, United States Naval Academy; Wiregrass Ranch High Schoo ls Payton Wilson, United States Air Force Academy; and, River Ridge High Schools Connor Beckman, United States Military Academy.


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Not valid with any other offers or insurance. Does not include periodontal therapy. Limited time only. *EXPIRES 6/30/18 SCI-FI TRIVIAThe Studio at Carrollwood Cultural Center, 13345 Casey Road in Tampa, will host Trivia Night: Sci-Fi on June 21 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Players will be tested on sci-fi knowledge, as teams play for wacky prizes and bragging rights. Admission is free. Spunky Spirits will provide a cash bar. For information, call (813) 922-8167.RED HAT MEETINGThe Radiant Redz (formerly Red Belles of Lutz), members of The Red Hat Society, will meet for lunch June 22 at noon, in the Market Place Food Court at Tampa Premium Outlets, 2300 Grand Cypress Drive in Lutz. Anyone interested can attend. For information, email Marsha Peters at COMMUNITY EXPOThe Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., in Carrollwood, will host a Community Expo June 23 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. For information, call (813) 273-3652.MS. LUTZ PAGEANTLutz Guvna candidate Kandy Sinquefield will host the Ms. Lutz Pageant June 23 at 7 p.m., at The Sydney Center, 102 Whitaker Road in Lutz. Tickets are $15. For information, visit OF SOULThe Carrollwood Culture Center, 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa, will host The Sounds of Soul on June 23 at 8 p.m. The group will perform songs of The Temptations, The Four Tops, Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, The Supremes, Lionel Richie, Tina Turner, Barry White and more. Tickets start at $29. For information, call (813) 922-8167, or visit BROWN PLAYDreamhouse Theatre in Lutz will present Youre a Good Man, Charlie Brown June 23, June 29 and June 30 at 8 p.m., June 24 at 3 p.m., and July 1 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for kids. For information and tickets, visit MOVIETampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St., in downtown Tampa, will show To Kill A Mockingbird June 24 at 3 p.m., as part of its Summer Classics Movie Series. Tickets are $7 for theater members and $10 general admission. For information, visit SEMINARThe Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., in Carrollwood, will host Top 7 Legal Issues for Start-Ups June 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. For information, call (813) 273-3652.ESSENTIAL OILSThe Land O Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host The Science of Essential Oils June 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will be a PowerPoint presentation and lotion to sample. The class is for ages 16 and older. A waiver and safety forms are required. To register, call the library at (813) 929-1214.ORCHID CLUB MEETINGThe Tampa Orchid Club will meet June 26 at the Northdale Recreation Center, 15550 Spring Pine Drive in Tampa. Laurie Neissen will lead a Cattleya potting clinic. There also will be a bloom table, plants for sale and a silent auction. Doors open at 9:30 a.m., with the meeting starting at 10 a.m. For information, call Barbara Barkhurst at (813) 949-7467.FREE KIDS MOVIESCobb Grove 16 Theatres, 6333 Wesley Grove Blvd., in Wesley Chapel, will again offer its free Kids Summer Movie Escape. The theater will show Sing and Secret Life of Pets on June 26, June 27 and June 28 at 10 a.m. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. Sameday ticketing only. Large groups, schools and camps are welcome. For information, call (813) 948-5444, or visit GAME NIGHTThe Land O Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host a Summer Reading Club Mini Game Night, for grades eight to 12, June 26 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. There will be three TVs with Xbox, Wii and more, in the meeting room; and, computer games and board games in the Teen Room. Snacks will be provided. For information, call (813) 929-1214.BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERSBig Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay will host an orientation June 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Wesley Chapel Honda, 27750 Wesley Chapel Blvd., for anyone interested in becoming a volunteer. For information, contact Deb Kristol-Irwin at (813) 9976881 or CLUB EVENTSThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will offer these Summer Reading Club events: June 26 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Radical 1980s, for teens June 27 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.: Radical 1980s, for preteens June 28 at 10:30 a.m.: Line Dancing with Angela Lewis-Bennett, for kindergarten through third grade For information, call (352) 567-3576.WILDLIFE SHOWThe Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., will present a Summer Reading Club event, Wonders of Nature, June 27 at 10:30 a.m., for kindergarten through fifth grade, and their caregivers. This educational wildlife show will feature birds and their behaviors to survive in the wild. For information, call (813) 780-0064.TEEN ESCAPE ROOMThe New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, will host two Tween Summer Reading Club Escape Room events. The first is June 26 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., and again on June 28 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Participants will need to figure out clues to escape the library. For information, call (813) 788-6375.WHAT TREE IS THAT?The Arbor Day Foundation has a book that helps people to identify trees, available for a $5 donation. To obtain the tree guide, send your name, address and $5 to What Tree is That?, Arbor Foundation, 100 Arbor Ave., Nebraska City, Nebraska, 68410. Or, order the guide online at MEETINGLand O Lakes AARP Chapter 4764 will meet June 28 at 10:30 a.m., at Land O Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O Lakes Blvd. The guest speaker will be Sylvia Stinson-Perez, CEO and executive director of the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind. Potential new members can email Ileana Santini at for information.ROCK PAINTINGThe Land O Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host an Adult Summer Reading Club event, Kindness Rocks, June 28 from 10 a.m. to noon, to paint rocks. For information, call (813) 929-1214. FLORIDA JAZZ EXPRESSThe Florida Jazz Express, an 18-piece band, will perform June 28 at 8 p.m., at Dockside Grille, 5015 U.S. 19 in New Port Richey. There will be classic and modern big band music from a variety of composers and arrangers. Admission is free. For information, call (516) 480-8587.YOUTH UKULELEThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will offer a Youth Ukulele class June 28 from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., for grades four to 12. Instruments will be provided. This is a three-week course. To register, call (352) 567-3576.SEWING PRACTICEThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will offer a Basic Survival Sewing Practice Workshop June 29 from 10 a.m. to noon. For information, call (352) 567-3576.SILLY DANCE PARTYThe Land O Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host a Silly Dance Party June 30 at 10:30 a.m., for toddlers and preschoolers, as part of its Little Makers program series. For information, call (813) 929-1214. Family Field DayColor Me Abstract will present a Family Field Day June 23 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road in Dade City. There will be a bounce house, water games, face painting, music, food, picnicking, prizes, giveaways and free museum entry. Family Cellphone Karaoke will take place from 11 a.m. to noon. Guests are asked to bring nonperishable food, unused socks and/or toiletries for Sunrise of Pasco County and Bright Hopes. For information, visit will take place June 23 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave., in Zephyrhills. The family event is pet-friendly, and includes a kids area with face painting and bounce houses, food vendors, music, a watermelon-eating contest and a fireworks show. There also will be an old-fashioned Patriotic Stroll around the lake at 7 p.m., to benefit Gulfside Hospice. The cost to participate in the stroll is $10 for adults and $5 per child. For information, call Simply Events at (727) 674-1464. Zephyrhills reunion being held for 48th yearIts an annual reunion that draws people from near and far to celebrate the days they spent in any of Zephyrhills schools, from elementary through high school. Some of those attending the party didnt attend a Zephyrhills school or work in one, either, but theyre friends or family members of people who did. The gathering is set for June 24, with the doors opening at noon, a covered-dish luncheon served at 1 p.m., and recognitions and announcements made at 2:30 p.m. The event will be at the Zephyrhills Lions Club, 5827 Dean Dairy Road. Everyone is welcome and theres no admission charge, according to the new release. Of course, donations are accepted and it is a potluck supper. So, those who show up should bring a large food item to share. And, if youre having trouble thinking about what to bring, organizers say that meat and vegetables are always in short supply. Please bring your dish to share in a disposable container. The reunion association supplies paper plates, napkins, plasticware, cups and iced tea. To help keep things flowing, the association has dropped the registration process thats been used in the past and there wont be any door prizes, the news release says. Those who want a name tag can make one to wear. The idea is to maximize the amount of time people have to sit and visit with each other. As usual, recognition will be given to the Oldest Grads, Youngest Grads, and teachers and administrators, past and present. Classes that are celebrating a special class reunion this year will also be recognized, the release says. To find out more about those reunions and about the 48th party, call Clereen Morrill Brunty at (813) 782-8763, or email her at


The National Hispanic Institute led the International Collegiate World Series at Saint Leo University last week for the second year in a row. The event is the capstone of a series of three programs designed by NHI to help high school students to develop the skills needed to become the next generation of community leaders, said Zachary Gonzalez, associate vice president of the institute. The conference is held annually for high school students from across the United States and from global Latino communities, Gonzalez said. This year, it attracted more than 110 students traveling from different countries and from across the United States. Saint Leo University picked up the students at the airport, housed them, fed them and provided them a chance to get a taste of life on a college campus. We are proud to again partner with the National Hispanic Institute for the Collegiate World Series, Dr. Jeffrey D. Senese, Saint Leo University president, said in a prepared statement. NHI holds the same values as Saint Leo Universityboth instill the drive for excellence and encourage respect for all. Saint Leo welcomes learners of all backgrounds. We are excited to welcome these young people to our campus, and help them learn about college life and all that it offers. The program uses a self-directed, studentcentered learning method that encourages critical thinking. Every high school program that we have focuses on a different angle of leadership development, Gonzalez said. NHIs mission is to build more community leaders that dont rely on external forces to guide them. We talk a lot about thought leadership. During the week, the students work on filling out college application forms, writing essays and making other preparations for college life and beyond. They have a chance to collaborate with other students and to gain insights from mentors who have already experienced college life. A lot of times a college freshman comes on campus, they dont necessarily know how to plug in. They dont necessarily know how to lead. Sometimes they dont have any prior experiences in working with students of different nationalities, different backgrounds, confronting different cultures, confronting different social environments, Gonzalez said. Were not here to tell them theres a right or wrong answer. Its about how do we get them to see that their talents can be applied to the community, and begin to build those tools, he added. Danielle Castro, who works in admissions at Saint Leo University, was one of the coaches during the week. She thinks the experience is helpful, as college-bound students look ahead to apply for admission. Theyre getting prepped and ready, so now theyre going to feel that much more confident in applying to all the schools that they really want to go to. It helps them mentally, Castro said. Connor Caldwell, 16, from San Antonio, Texas, knows exactly what she wants to do. I want to major in computer science and electrical engineering, and I want to become a computer scientist or an electrical engineer for the FBI, she said. I also want to have a dance minor. Ive been dancing since I was 2. Participating in the week at Saint Leo is helpful, she said. My school is really good about college applications and starting early, but this is an additional resource that I have that my peers dont. Its an advantage, especially going in as a rising senior, knowing what to expect and having my essay looked at and having my application looked at, she said. Ive visited colleges before, and Ive talked to admissions counselors before, but now that its actually my turn to do this (it helps) knowing what questions to ask, and what to get from my admissions counselors, and knowing how I can implement that with my applications and essays, and such, she said. Gonzalez said the experience can be quite eye-opening for many of the students. For a lot of them, its the first time theyve flown to another state or country, he said. For more information about NHI, its programs, and its new path for developing leaders, visit Wednesday, July 25th 6-8pm 5A Farm Sup Y H O LL O W A S alt ply Y S S ale VICE V E E Y Y SE S Y Y R F A A A AST AND RIENDL F D D ER 655$ 995$ Q UALIT Y H IGHEST 40lb. Bag 655$ TO PROTECT Y T T Y SAL $ 40lb. Bag 995 $ m s p ar kl e b ra ti m www Institute aims to equip students for success in college and life COURTESY OF BENJAMIN WATTERS B.C. MANION Did you know...813-996-1895 3632 Land OLakes Blvd, #105-7 Land OLakes, FL 34639WWW.DUROJAIYELAW.COM*2016 Gallup The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Before you decide, ask us to send you FREE written information about our qualifications and experience. ONLY 50%*OF AMERICANS HAVE A WILL? We can help you plan for the future and make sure your family is protected. Call Babatola Durojaive today. His mission is to help you plan ahead with wills, trusts and estate planning. The cost is likely much less than you think.


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Through the program, although schools are not in session, there are many places across Pasco County where children under the age of 18 can have a free breakfast, lunch or snack. No application is needed at the sites operated by Pasco County Schools. Any child 18 or younger is eligible for a free meal during serving times. Adults or a responsible teen are asked to accompany the children receiving meals because the school district does not have a large staff to oversee the program. No transportation is provided to the site. The free breakfast consists of one serving of milk, one serving of a fruit and/or vegetables and one serving of grains. The free lunch includes one serving of milk, one serving of grains and one serving of protein.The free snack includes one serving of milk, one serving of fruits and vegetables, one serving of grains and one 1 serving of protein.Lee Beville, a bus driver who is working in the program for the first year, said he drives a bus to deliver lunch to Pretty Pond and Wire Road, and at Zephyr Park. The people who come are super appreciative, he said. We get a lot of people they dont know what they would do if they didnt have this. The numbers are going up, said Gail Hohensee, who serves the meals. It helps them a lot. The program also operates in Hillsborough County.To find out specifics on when the sites are open and where additional sites are located, visit, or go to Different locations offer meals on different days and different times. 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CLUB MAKES PILLOWSThe GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club had a “Stuffing Party” to finish its assembly line project of cutting, sewing and finishing 160 comfort pillows for women recuperating after breast cancer surgery. The pillows were delivered by Margee Carpenter, project chair, to the Women’s Center at Florida Hospital. For information on the club, visit PRESENTATIONThe New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, will host a Medicare presentation June 21 at 11 a.m. For information, call (813) 788-6375.SIPPIN’ WITH SUNRISESunrise of Pasco County Inc., will host a fundraiser June 21 from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at Covington Farm, 36222 Covington Road in Dade City. Tickets are $40 each, or two for $75. VIP tickets also are available for $55 each or two for $100. The evening will include entertainment, food, wine and craft beer vendors. The event is sponsored by Jarrett Ford Dade City. For information, call (352) 521-3358, or visit EVENTSThe Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, will offer these community events:  Lymphedema Support Group: June 21 at 3 p.m.  Huntington’s Disease Support Group: June 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  JDRF Cups of Hope Type 1 Diabetes Support Group: June 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Walk-ins are welcome. For information, call (727) 834-5630.NEWBORN CARESt. Joseph’s Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz, will host a newborn care class June 23 from 9 a.m. to noon, in Garden Classroom A. The interactive class will cover feeding, diapering, bathing safety, signs of illness and newborn characteristics. The cost is $25, which covers the expectant mother and a support person. To register, call (813) 443-2046.FREE PHONESThe Sertoma Speech and Hearing Foundation will have free phones on June 25 from 9 a.m. to noon, at CARES Crescent Center, 13906 Fifth St., in Dade City, to share with Florida residents who have a certified hearing loss. The amplified telephones will be made available by Florida Telecommunications Relay Inc., a nonprofit organization. Cordless and corded phones also will be available to persons with mild to severe hearing loss at distribution centers statewide. The limit is one per customer. For information, call Ian David at Sertoma Foundation at (727) 312-3881.SUNRISE CENTER OPEN HOUSESunrise Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center will host an open house June 27 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at its new location, 5330 George St., in New Port Richey. There will be a ribbon-cutting at 4:30 p.m. The community can meet staff, learn about expanded programming and services, and network. For information, call (352) 521-3358, or email LECTUREFlorida Hospital Wesley Chapel will host “Fibroids and Infertility” June 27 at 5:30 p.m., at Inspiration Place, Wellness Plaza, third floor. The guest speaker will be Dr. Anthony Imudia, board certified obstetrics and reproductive endocrinology. Preregistration is required by calling (844) 504-9378.ACCESS HEALTH NEW OFFICEAccess Health Care Physicians has opened a new office in Zephyrhills for cardiology services, at 7323 Green Slope Drive. Dr. Vinod Raxwal is board certified in cardiology, interventional cardiology, echocardiography and nuclear cardiology. He specializes in interventional cardiology. Raxwal also has locations in Hudson and New Port Richey. For information, call (813) 333-5754.GULFSIDE BENEFITGulfside Hospice & Pasco Palliative Care will host a Charity Casino Night on July 14 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Gulfside’s West At Obstetrics and Gynecology of Trinity our skilled and friendly team provides high quality, comprehensive and personalized medical care for women in all stages of life. Services include routine gynecological and pregnancy care, family planning and surgical procedures. Our physicians are especially skilled in the areas of minimally invasive surgical procedures, including those utilizing the daVinci robot. We are located on the campus of Medical Center of Trinity, just 15 minutes west of the Suncoast Expressway on State Road 54. 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GRADUATION SURPRISEMayah Jaramillo, a student at Weightman Middle School, received a surprise at her eighth-grade promotion ceremony. Her brother, Air Force Airman E-2 Joel Jaramillo joined her on stage when Mayahs name was called for graduation on May 25. Mayah hadnt seen Joel, a 2015 Wiregrass Ranch High graduate, all school year. For the previous three years, her brother always drove her to school on the first day. Assistant Principal Andressa Williams and Mayas mom planned the surprise.SAINT LEO SUMMER FESTSaint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52 in St. Leo, is hosting Summer Fest on June 23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the universitys main campus. The event gives families and prospective students an opportunity to enjoy a day of music, food, fun and sun. The event is open to students who have committed to attending the university this fall, to students who are still making their college decision and to students who may be interested in attending the university in the future. The event is free. For more information, please email HIGH REUNIONThe 48th annual ZHS Alumni, Teachers & Friends Reunion will take place June 24 at the Zephyrhills Lions Club, 5827 Dean Dairy Road. Doors open at noon, with a potluck luncheon at 1 p.m., followed by announcements and recognitions at 2:30 p.m. The reunion is for anyone who attended, taught at or worked at any of the Zephyrhills schools, from elementary through high school, and their families. Dress is casual. No registration required. Admission is free. Guests should bring a covered dish to share. For information, contact Clereen Morrill Brunty at (813) 782-8763 or SCHOOLS DISCUSSIONThe Pasco Unit of the League of Women Voters will host The Status of our Pasco Schools June 26 at 6:30 p.m., at Stagecoach Clubhouse, 3632 Mossy Oak Circle in Land O Lakes. There will be pizza and fellowship starting at 6 p.m. The guest speaker will be Kurt Browning, Pasco County superintendent of schools.Topics will include school safety, arming teachers, funding issues, and the leagues position on charter schools. There also will be a question-and-answer session. To RSVP, email names of attendees to Sally Wilson,, by noon on June 25.STUDYING ABROADKatie Wynn, of Lutz, was busy packing up for the summer to join 700 Belmont University students in one of 43 faculty-led Maymester and Summer Study Abroad experiences across the world. The programs provide students with the opportunity to expand the classroom beyond the traditional experience, by visiting places they have never been, seeing historical sites and spending time delving into new cultures. A few of the new, added programs this summer from the Office of Study Abroad are: Acting and its origins in Belfast and London; examining the history and psychology of sport in Scotland; and, understanding service learning through live sound in South Africa and Zambia. Throughout the summer, students and faculty will document their travels on social media. Follow #BelmontAbroad to see frequent updates.STUDENT VOLUNTEERSLifes Treasures Thrift Stores are looking for teen volunteers for the summer months. Hours count toward the Florida Bright Futures Scholarship community service requirement. Colleges look for well-rounded applicants, and volunteers can show a good use of their time, as well as being a person who cares about others. Volunteering helps to develop character, new skills and confidence. It also can lead to a great work ethic down the road. For information and store locations, contact Anne Ferrell at (813) 357-5321 or ACHIEVEMENTSStudents from The Laker/Lutz News coverage area have achieved the following: Calee Ash (Lutz), Harding University Deans List: nutrition and dietetics Kelsey Bognar (Lutz), Hofstra University (New York) Deans List Kallie Cook (Odessa), Tallahassee Community College Presidents List Natalie Dambrosio (Lutz), Tallahassee Community College Presidents List Megan Everett (Lutz), Tallahassee Community College Deans List Critina Filippone (Odessa), Tallahassee Community College Presidents List Elena Filippone (Odessa), Tallahassee Community College Presidents List Brycie Gauthier (Lutz), Oklahoma City University Deans Honor Roll Rachael Martin (Odessa), Tallahassee Community College Presidents List Carolyne Rogers (Odessa), Tallahassee Community College Deans List Summer Solovitch (Dade City), Missouri Valley College Deans List: exercise science Sarah Sprague (Lutz), Berry College (Georgia) Deans List Madison Stevens (Lutz), Harding University (Arkansas) Deans List: marketing Heather Tumminia (Lutz), Tallahassee Community College Presidents ListDAY SCHOOL TURNS 50Independent Day School/Corbett Prep is turning 50 and looking for alumni who attended the Independent Day School in Tampa for an anniversary celebration scheduled for Aug. 18. The school is asking for stories and photos from former students who were enrolled anytime between the schools founding in 1968 to the present day. To share memories, help with planning or attend the event, you can email Lisa Herscovici at, or join the Facebook group at Independent Day School changed its name to Corbett Prep in 2012 and is located at 12015 Orange Grove Drive in Carrollwood. For information, call (813) 961-3087. HOMES FOR SALESKI, FISH, SWIM, RIDE, PLAY!BEAUTIFUL CORNER LOT, 3 bed/2 bath, 1807 sq. ft. in quiet, secluded neighborhood of Paddock Groves Estates Addition to Lake Padgett Estates. New carpet and paint. Features 3 Ski Size Lakes, Private Boat Ramps, Lakeside Parks, Tennis Courts and is close to the Horse Stables. $220,000Call Cody at 813-909-0712 TAMPA BAY GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB 3/2 1,670 sq. ft. home on oversized lot. The entire house is porcelain tile, wood look in living room. Master suite features 2 walk-in closets, dual sinks & large walk in shower. 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Ford’s Garage, Mellow Mushroom, Men’s Wearhouse, Pollo Tropical, Chuy’s Tex Mex, Great Clips and Bahama Breeze are among existing tenants. A 130-room Hyatt Place Hotel & Conference is nearing completion. At Home Dcor Superstore is under construction on an outparcel, off Grand Cypress Drive at the outlet mall, which is being developed by Simon Property Group. The store will be directly behind the Costco Warehouse Store. Advertising on the exterior of a parked Home Dcor truck touts a summer 2018 opening. A company representative couldn’t be reached for comment. By Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.comNorth Tampa Aero Park is on the market. The sales price for the licensed public airport is $4 million, according to brokers with CBRE. The company’s airport specialist group is in charge of marketing and selling the airport, located at 4241 Birdsong Blvd. “We’ve had quite a bit of interest,” said Gary Bauler, broker and first vice president for industrial properties at CBRE in Tampa. The airport, which dates to the mid1970s, covers 21 acres sandwiched between Wesley Chapel Boulevard and Interstate 75. Compark 75, a business park with premier office, warehouse and manufacturing tenants, is adjacent to the airport. The airport offers about 10,000 square feet of maintenance hangar space; 3,500 square feet of offices; three platted residential lots; office and hangar buildings; a fuel farm, 16 T-hangars; annual runway easement income fees; a licensed Lasergrade and PSI testing facility; and a licensed Federal Aviation Administration repair station. While most local airports are regulated by municipalities or aviation authorities, Bauler said North Tampa Aero Park is unique in being privately owned. The Brammer family has owned and operated North Tampa Aero Park for years. But, Bauler said, “They think it’s time to get out of the business, and do something else.” The area has seen a lot of changes since the airport opened in 1975, Bauler said.“When it was originally built, Pasco was a lot more undeveloped,” he said. “Now, you’ve got a lot of residential and more businesses, like Compark 75. We’re encouraged that this is the right time to sell. There are a lot more affluent owners in the area now.”Tenants at the airport include Happy Hangar Caf, American Balloons, and Tampa North Flight Center, which is the airport’s fixed-base operator (FBO). The flight center offers a range of services, including flight instruction, aircraft sales, instrument proficiency checks, parts sales and biennial flight reviews. It has been a training and teaching resource for the Wesley Chapel Civil Air Patrol. Some hangars are leased, but others are condominium hangars, whose owners are represented by a condominium association. For information, visit Tampa Aero Park airport up for saleSHOPS, from page 1A Metropolitan Planning Organization got a brief update on the project at their June 14 meeting in New Port Richey. A May 3 letter to the Army Corps, with the new schedule, was included in an agenda packet for the meeting. The county has been on a quest for the Ridge Road extension permit for nearly 20 years. The roadwork would entail an 8-mile extension of Ridge Road, which currently dead-ends at Moon Lake Road in New Port Richey. The new segment would link Moon Lake to U.S. 41 in Land O’ Lakes, across from an entrance into the master-planned community of Connerton. The county puts a priority on Ridge Road as an east-west evacuation route during hurricanes. Environmentalists are fighting against the project, which would cut through environmentally sensitive wetlands in Serenova Preserve. The Army Corps is the federal agency in charge of regulating the Clean Water Act. In April, the agency selected one of 17 proposed routes through the Serenova Preserve as “the least environmentally damaging practicable alternative.” But, the Army Corps requested additional engineering and environmental information, including wetlands mitigation plans. In March, Pasco County commissioners approved a wetlands credit purchase agreement with Ecosystem Investment Partners Credit Co., for up to $4.4 million. The Florida Turnpike Enterprise would pay a portion of the costs. The credits would come from the Old Florida Mitigation Bank, located south of State Road 52 and east of U.S. 41, adjacent to the Connerton Preserve. The route under review was set aside in a court settlement years ago to mitigate about 200 acres of wetlands lost during construction of the Suncoast Parkway. Opponents of the road extension say the county’s road project violates that agreement. They also maintain the road is meant to encourage new development, and will destroy wildlife habitats. Attorneys for the Save the Serenova Coalition have submitted documents in opposition to Ridge Road. Coalition members have said they would file a lawsuit, if the Army Corps grants the permit.ROAD, from page 1A B.C. MANIONThe North Tampa Aero Park airport is up for sale. The asking price is $4 million.  BURLINGTONThe company began in 1924 as a wholesaler of women’s coats and junior suits. An outlet store opened in 1972 in Burlington, New Jersey. The shop expanded from women’s clothes to add men’s wear, sportswear and accessories. EARTH FAREEarth Fare is a full-service supermarket that offers natural, healthy food choices. It began in 1975 as Dinner for the Earth, a health food store in Ashville, North Carolina. The first Earth Fare grocery store opened in 1994. FIVE BELOWFive Below is aimed at teens, preteens and their parents, selling an eclectic mix of items, including cellphone cases and chargers, yoga pants, footballs, and candy and seasonal items for Halloween, Easter and Christmas. HOME GOODSHome Goods is a discount home furnishings store with a range of departments, including furniture, gifts, bedding, pets, and home accents.  AT HOME DCOR SUPERSTOREThe Texas-based discount home dcor store sells upwards of 50,000 items in warehousesize spaces. Departments include furniture, rugs, storage and organization, pots and planters, and lights.The new retail will offer a range of shopping choices: FILEVisitors to the Serenova Tract at Starkey Park Wilderness Preserve can enjoy trail walks past scenic water views. The Laker/Lutz News Staff ReportThe Pasco County Office of Tourism Development is launching a program to provide up to $5,000 to promote events and increase visitation to Pasco. Special event organizers can expand their market reach through Visit Pasco’s new Matching Marketing Sponsorship Program. Applications must be received by June 28, and approved applicants must present a funding request to the Tourist Development Council. The Pasco Board of County Commissioners will grant final approval. Other guidelines include:  The matching program requires a dollar-for-dollar match and/or in-kind goods or services.  The maximum allowable match is $5,000.  The program funds are for event-related marketing expenditures only.  The marketing dollars must be used to promote outside the Tampa Bay area. The new matching program replaces the previous Special Event Marketing Program. To apply for funding, contact the Office of Tourism Development at (727) 847-8129, or email available through new match program The Laker/Lutz News Staff ReportPasco County will be honored in July for its county administration and management by the National Association of Counties, according to a news release. The county is receiving the national association’s 2018 achievement award for Pasco’s innovative and effective county programs that strengthen services to the communities and residents it serves. County Administrator Dan Biles said, “A big part of my decision to join the Pasco County team was that we are committed to a unique, best-practice infrastructure. Organizational Performance Management gives us a real advantage.” NACo’s annual Achievement Awards program, started in 1970, is designed to recognize county government innovations. Each nominee is judged on its own merits and not against other applications received. Nationally, awards are given in 18 categories reflecting the vast, comprehensive services counties provide. The categories include children and youth, criminal justice, county administration, information technology, health, civic engagement and many more. “We are honored that NACo is recognizing Pasco County with another National Achievement award,” Dr. Marc Bellas, the county’s organizational performance management director, said in response to the award. “The work we have done over the past six years is paying off. Our goal is to be high-performing in every aspect of our business to support delivering the best possible service to our citizens,” Bellas added. The national association will recognize award-winning counties at its 2018 Annual Conference and Exposition July 13 through July 16 in Nashville, Tennessee.Pasco County wins national recognition B.C. MANIONCaitlyn Commedor sits near her Mod My Mini Mansion.The young boy said he was having fun at the camp and it seemed like everyone else was, too. Meanwhile, in another classroom, 9-yearold Audrey Wehling, was talking about the Optibot she designed. “We had to design a car with sensors,” she said. Her car, she said would fly and would go under water. She also gave it name: Bob 2.0. “I’ve always liked the name Bob,” she said. “I thought adding 2.0 was cool.” Kids weren’t the only ones enjoying themselves at the camp. Greg Robbibaro, who led the group of fifthand sixth-graders, said the camp encourages kids to go on mental explorations. “The kids get to expand their imagination. They get to have a little bit of freedom with all kinds of things that would otherwise be thought of as junk, but they get to make these creations that they’re extremely proud of,” Robbibaro said.Andrea Ball, who was leading a younger group, said the camp gives kids a great way to learn how to work with others and to think.“I think it’s good that they work with people they don’t know. They’re so used to working with their friends or their classmates,” she said. “They have to do unstructured activities, which can be hard. They have to think outside the box,” she said. “I’m not going to tell them how to do it. They have to brainstorm,” she said. It’s good for the children, she said. “We need more of that.” This year’s camp drew 111 participants primarily from Lutz, Land O’ Lakes, Wesley Chapel and Odessa, said Christina Mitchelson, the camp director. The camp was led by five instructors and 15 leadership interns. The leadership interns are area high school students who are earning community service hours needed for scholarship requirements, she said. “Our leadership interns have been fantastic,” Mitchelson said. They help the instructors and help the students, as well. For instance, when a young student is having trouble with a particular task, the leadership intern can step in. Leadership interns also direct games during the lunch break, once the children finish eating. The level of engagement was obvious, as kids keyed into the activities going on in the classrooms. They were chattering, quiet, or eager to answer questions — depending on what was happening in the room. Mitchelson said the camp is popular every year. “They love this camp. They wish it went on longer,” she said.To find out more, visit, from page 1A


12A June 20, 2018 Your Neighborhood Sports Source Community Sports Community Sports By Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.comBecoming a professional baseball player will soon be a reality for a handful of athletes with ties to The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. The 2018 Major League Baseball Draft ran from June 4 to June 6 — whereby four locals had their names called. University of North Florida junior righthander Frank German, who grew up in Lutz and graduated from Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, represented the highest local draftee when he was taken in the fourth round (127th overall) by the New York Yankees. German recently signed with the club for a reported bonus of $350,000. German’s college teammate, junior lefty Austin Drury, a Land O’ Lakes native/ Wiregrass Ranch High School product, was also drafted, in the 34th round (1034th overall) by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Meanwhile, a pair of Saint Leo ballplayers also were selected — junior righty/first baseman Jake Sims, in the 31st round (921st overall) by the San Diego Padres; and senior second baseman Zach Scott, in the 32nd round (958th overall) by the Seattle Mariners. Both Sims, who signed with the Padres on June 12 for an undisclosed amount, and Scott helped Saint Leo University to a 38-11 record and a 21-9 mark in the Sunshine State Conference. They respectively join 49 other former Lions who have had their name called for the draft, dating back to 1969. Elsewhere, Saint Leo signee Waylon Richardson was also drafted, in the 40th round (1,187th overall) by the Philadelphia Phillies. Richardson, a 6-foot-5 righty out of Kankakee (Illinois) Community College, opted to sign with the Phillies for an undisclosed amount, forgoing his eligibility to play baseball for Saint Leo.The first-year player draft is Major League Baseball’s primary mechanism for assigning amateur baseball players, from high schools, colleges and other amateur baseball clubs, to its 30 teams — which offer up millions of dollars in signing bonuses to its top draftees.All 30 MLB teams have until July 6 to get 2018 drafted players signed. There were 40 rounds and 1,214 picks in total, during the three-day draft. Players came from across the United States and Canada, from high school and college, and from every position on the diamond. There were players from 47 states taken. Of those picks, 158 were from Florida, second to only California, which yielded 187 selections. Following California and Florida, were Texas (114 draftees), Georgia (65) and North Carolina (49). Last year’s draft was particular fruitful for area talent. Among the 2017 crop were four Steinbrenner High School products — Kevin Merrell (first round), Patrick Morris (14th round), Josh Falk (17th round) and CJ Van Eyk (19th round); Bishop McLaughlin products Nate Pearson (first round) and Paul Coumoulos (40th round); and Sunlake High School’s Tommy Mace (14th round). Here’s a closer look at the local 2018 MLB draftees: FRANK GERMAN, RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER (New York Yankees-fourth round, 127th overall)HOMETOWN: Lutz/Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School COLLEGE: University of North FloridaAs a fourth round selection, the 6-foot-2, 195-pound righty became the highest-drafted pitcher in North Florida program history, which previously never had an arm drafted within the top five rounds. This past season, German went 8-3, posting a team-leading 1.58 earned run average and 108 strikeouts in 91.1 innings. He allowed one or fewer earned runs in 11 of his 14 starts, while notching six or more strikeouts in 13 contests. He also allowed just 14 walks and held opponent bats to just a .190 average. German picked up All-American honors from D1Baseball (2nd team) and Perfect Game/Rawlings (3rd team), as well as being named an American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-South Region (2nd team) selection. Additionally, he was a First-Team AllAtlantic Sun Conference honoree and was named a semifinalist for the prestigious Golden Spikes Award, given to the nation’s top college baseball player. The accomplished thrower has a threepitch arsenal, which includes a 90-mph to-94-mph fastball, along with a curveball and changeup — which some draft experts say projects him as an end-of-the-rotation starter at the next level. As a high school senior, German earned 3A All-State honors and helped guide Bishop McLaughlin to the State Final Four. JAKE SIMS, RIGHT-HANDED PITCHER/FIRST BASEMAN (San Diego Padres—31st round, 921st overall)HOMETOWN: Guelph, Ontario, Canada COLLEGE: Saint Leo UniversitySims proved himself a capable two-way player for Saint Leo in his first and only season with the club, coming from Roane State Community College in Tennessee. At the plate for the Lions, the 6-foot-2, 205-pound Sims, who bats left-handed and throws right, hit .250 with 17 hits, nine runs scored, four doubles and four home runs. He also drove in 13 runs while finishing the 2018 season with a .485 slugging percentage and .354 on-base percentage. Meanwhile on the mound, Sims held a 2.35 ERA in six appearances with 10 strikeouts and just four hits allowed. He allowed just two runs in his 7.2 innings of work. Sims is the second Saint Leo player to be drafted by the Padres, joining Darrin Reichie, a fourth-round selection in 1987. ZACH SCOTT, SECOND BASEMAN (Seattle Mariners—32nd round, 958th overall)HOMETOWN: Scottsdale, Arizona COLLEGE: Saint Leo UniversityThe 6-foot, 185-pound Scott was a mainstay at second the past two seasons for Saint Leo after transferring from Colorado Christian University. He wrapped up the 2018 campaign with a .312/.570/.385 slash line, recording 58 hits on the year with 12 doubles, six triples and eight home runs, while scoring 45 runs and driving in 42 RBI in all 49 games. Defensively, Scott posted a .947 fielding percentage with 85 putouts and 131 assists while turning 27 double plays. He’s now one of three former Lions to get drafted by the Mariners, joining Daniel Torres (2013) and Taylor Perez (2015), all infielders. AUSTIN DRURY, LEFT-HANDED PITCHER (Los Angeles Dodgers34th round, 1034th overall)HOMETOWN: Land O’ Lakes/Wiregrass Ranch High School COLLEGE: University of North FloridaA former A-SUN All-Freshman and Freshman All-American, the 5-foot-11, 175pound lefty had a slightly down showing in 2018, finishing with a 4-4 record in 13 starts with a 4.85 ERA, recording 58 strikeouts in 68.2 innings of work and holding opponent’s to a .258 batting average. Yet, his past success and potential as a southpaw is likely what intrigued pro scouts to call his name late in the draft. In 2017, as a sophomore, Drury went 6-2 with a 2.43 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 74.1 innings, holding opponents to a .231 batting average. Should Drury sign with the Dodgers, he’ll achieve a rare designation as a thirdgeneration professional baseball player. His uncle, Ronald Kelly, and grandfather, Roy Kelly, both played in the minors. Prior to college, Drury was a four-year member of the Wiregrass Ranch High School baseball team. His senior year he earned First-Team All-Pasco honors as the Bulls’ top batter (.380) and pitcher (1.83 earned run average). He was also teammates with his older brother, Zach, at both Wiregrass Ranch and North Florida. SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SEND SPORTS NEWS TO KWEISS@LAKERLUTZNEWS.COM CHECKTHIS OUT The Land O’ Lakes Gators Athletics Foundation inducted five new members to the school’s athletics Hall of Fame during a dinner ceremony last month. The inductees for the 2018 class were: William Gebauer, a longtime administrator and varsity coach for football, track and wrestling; Jeff Hendrix, a three-sport athlete from 1979 to 1981 who became the first Land O’ Lakes football player to receive a Division I scholarship; Don Meredith, a three-year letterman in football and wrestling from 1988 to 1990 who later became a standout offensive lineman at the University of North Carolina; Dr. Kirk Peterson, a three-sport standout in soccer, football and track in the late ’80s; and Karla Walsh Graziano, a three-sport athlete from 1979 to 1981 in volleyball, basketball and track, where she qualified for the state meet and set the school’s jump record. The May 22 ceremony marked the school’s sixth Hall of Fame induction class, which began in 2013 after the Gators Athletics Foundation was established as a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Anthony Becht, a former NFL tight end and current ESPN college football analyst, was the keynote speaker for the event. The foundation’s purpose is to “raise funds through donations and fundraising events for the direct benefit of the athletic programs at Land O’ Lakes High School.” Funds raised through the booster club are currently being allocated to build an athletic field house at the school, perhaps within the next five years. COURTESY OF MICHAEL WILLIAMSFrom left, Land O Lakes High School athletic Hall of Fame members William Gebauer, Don Meredith, Karla Walsh Graziano, Jeff Hendrix and Dr. Kirk Peterson. An induction ceremony was held at the school May 22.Locals well-represented in 2018 MLB DraftHall of Fame adds membersADULT SOFTBALL LEAGUE SIGN-UPOnline registration opens June 20 at 6 p.m., for the Pasco County Parks & Recreation Department’s 2018 Fall Adult Softball League. The softball season begins the week of Aug. 6. Sign up by visiting, and clicking on “Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources” under Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park. Registration remains open through July. For information, email A.J Fernandez at, or call (813) 929-1229.LIGHTNING HOCKEY CAMPThe Tampa Bay Lightning will host a general hockey camp for all skill levels from June 25 to June 29 at Florida Hospital Center Ice, 3173 Cypress Ridge Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. The Lightning Made Summer Camp general session is a five-day camp taught by Lightning alumni and staff. Sessions are available for children ages 5 to 10, and 11 to 15. For information and to register, visit COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA ATHLETICSAustin Drury, a Land O Lakes native and Wiregrass Ranch High School product, was drafted as a pitcher in the 34th round by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was teammates with Frank German at the University of North Florida. COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF NORTH FLORIDA ATHLETICSFrank German, a Lutz native who graduated from Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School before attending the University of North Florida, was selected as a pitcher in the fourth round by the New York Yankees in the 2018 MLB Draft. COURTESY OF SAINT LEO ATHLETICSSaint Leo second baseman Zach Scott was selected in the 32nd round (958th overall) by the Seattle Mariners. He is now one of three former Saint Leo University players to get drafted by the Mariners, joining Daniel Torres (2013) and Taylor Perez (2015), all infielders. COURTESY OF SAINT LEO ATHLETICSSaint Leo first baseman/pitcher Jake Sims was selected in the 31st round by the San Diego Padres. He signed with the club on June 12.


JUNE 20, 2018The LAKER/ INSIDE: Directories, Classifieds, Games & MoreThe LAKER/ Lutz NEWSLutz NEWS B CHRISTINE HOLTZMANGinny Geiger delivers a high-energy lesson on the importance of bees. Seven-year-old Annabelle Harris, of Dade City, and her brother, 9-year-old Anderson, construct their model bees during a hands-on activity at the Nature Detectives program. Pasco County participants ages 9 through 12 are eligible to apply for a scholarship for a one-week paid nature camp at Camp Wekiva, near Orlando, in 2019. By Christine HoltzmanSpecial to The Laker/Lutz NewsGinny Geiger, a member of the Dade City Garden Club, delivered an entertaining and informative program on the importance of bees at the Hugh Embry Library.Geiger led the “Nature Detectives Bee Workshop,” dispensing information and, at one point, demonstrating how a bee might act, if a wasp — an enemy of the bee — approached the hive. In her hour-long workshop, Geiger talked about the importance of bees as pollinators. The western honey bee, according to the University of Florida, IFAS Extension, is conceivably the most important pollinator in Florida and American Agricultural landscapes. Bees are critical to the food chain, and without them much of the fruits and vegetables at local supermarkets would disappear. Besides talking about the importance of bees, Geiger also gave the children a chance to try their hand at making a bee. The workshop, held during National Garden Week, was sponsored by the Dade City Garden Club, in coordination with the Hugh Embry Library. The program was first developed by the St. Augustine Garden Club and is recognized by the American Library Association. Everyone who took part received a bee swag bag — containing things to do, fun facts, a packet of flower seeds, honey samples and a copy of the book “You Wouldn’t Want to Live Without Bees.”Buzzin’ about bees at the Hugh Embry Library Deborah Roberts, of Zephyrhills, helps her grandson, 5-year-old Kaeden Roberts, construct a model bee during one of the hands-on activities given recently at the Nature Detectives Bee Workshop at the Hugh Embry Library. Deborah says that her grandson loves nature and was excited to attend the workshop. Three-year-old Miguel Alvarez, of Dade City, proudly shows off his bee that he made during the workshop. With her model bee in hand, 9-year-old Glorie Todd, of Dade City, listens to instructor Ginny Geiger as she speaks about the next activity, which will be sampling honey.


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