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www.ObserverNews.netJuly 28, 2011 Volume 55 Number 28 28 PagesTHE OBSERVER NEWS Local graduate garners a full scholarship to the US Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. Read the full story on page 19 Vice President Spiro Agnew coined the phrase Nattering nabobs of negativism in 1970... it has never been more useful. See page 11 PRST STDPAIDRUSKIN, FLORIDA 33570 PERMIT NO. 8 INSIDE: Directly across from Sweetbay Carpet Wood Laminate TileHUGE SAVINGS onBackstock Itemsat An era ends; the legacy enduresBy MITCH TRAPHAGEN KENNEDY SPACE CENTERExactly 42 years, seven hours and one minute from the moment astronaut Neil Armstrongs left boot first made contact with the surface of the Moon, the wheels of the Space Shuttle Atlantis stopped, ending Americas longest running space program. After a journey of 5.5 million miles and 200 orbits of the Earth, Atlantis returned home to Kennedy Space Center (KSC) MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOSAtlantis landed for the final time at Kennedy Space center at 5:57 a.m. on July 21. Mission complete, Houston, commander Chris Ferguson radioed to Johnson Space Center in Houston.early Thursday morning, ushering in the post-shuttle era in space exploration. STS-135 Atlantis, the 135th and final space shuttle mission, was an unqualified success. The four astronauts on board, Commander Chris Ferguson, pilot Doug Hurley and mission specialists Sandy Magnus and Rex Walheim, all veterans of previous shuttle flights, docked with the International Space Station (ISS) to transfer more than 8,000 pounds of supplies and spare parts, enough to stock the station for a year. The shuttle was the only space vehicle currently in existence that is capable of ferrying large cargo to the station. On Tuesday, Atlantis undocked from the ISS beginning what could be described as an orbital ballet performance to slow down and begin the descent back to Earth. Fittingly, the International Space Station was as visible as a bright star to the crowd gathered at the KSC runway control tower on Thursday about 10 minutes before the landing. At just over three minutes remaining, twin sonic booms heralded the arrival of Atlantis. Then, in the pre-dawn darkness, Atlantis silently glided down the runway, coming to a stop at 5:57 a.m. MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOSSouth County dogs are valued assets in local businessesAmericas big dog shows dont have much on the canines of South County. By MELODY JAMESON mj@observernews.netNext up, ladies and gentlemen, its the working classhere they come into the ring now: A Great Pyrenees who looks after a hundredmember family; a nonjudgmental Beagle who supports music students; a five-pound Shih Tzu mini who misses absolutely nothing in the vacuum store, and an English Bulldog with a no-nonsense appearance who keeps things properly lined up in an accounting firm. Each of them is on the job every day, making appointed rounds, manning or should we say dogging specific duty stations, making contributions to their respective businesses according to their individual capabilities. Every one of them is valued far beyond money by their human companions. And, incidentally, three of them are rescues; a fourth was considered the least of her litter. But those not-so-good ole days are history now for Liam, the Great Pyrenees with free run of the Aston Gardens Assisted Living Facility adjacent to The Courtyards. Liam had been roaming the streets of Bradenton when he was picked up by Manatee Countys animal services personnel and was spotted there by humane society staff on the lookout for likely pets, notes Terri Ivey, an ALF staff member and now his chief caretaker. His condition was poor, his snowy Residents encouraged to fill out online surveys before next planning meetingBy PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.netRUSKIN Ideas are starting to come forward at meetings concerning the new countyproposed overlay for properties with frontage along the 8-mile stretch of U.S. 41 between Big Bend Road and the Little Manatee River Bridge. But theyre really preliminary and are coming from a small committee of volunteers who have attended planning meetings. All residents of Apollo Beach and Ruskin now have a chance to submit their views either by survey online or at a future planning meeting. Property and business owners who own along the roadway are especially encouraged to speak out, said county planner Jose Fernandez at a meeting at the SouthShore Regional Library July 19. Fernandez was one of five county staffers present at the meeting which was scheduled to get an idea of what residents and business owners want fronting U.S. 41 in their communities. When asked to briefly explain the purpose of an overlay in an interview following the meeting, Fernandez said it is a set of additional developmental standards for a certain area to achieve the community preferences and desires in a certain area. The county has several overlay districts in effect now that have accomplished just that, he said. We want to make sure the public knows an overlay does not take away any existing property rights, uses, densities or intensities See A DOGS LIFE, page 3 See US 41 OVERLAY, page 6 See ATLANTIS, page 28 My name is Diamond, dears, and sitting laps is something I absolutely do better than anyone else.MELODY JAMESON PHOTO STS-135 Atlantis crew members Commander Chris Ferguson, mission specialists Sandra Magnus and Rex Walheim and pilot Doug H urley at a post-landing press conference.


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This is the warning now being issued by Hillsborough County Sheriffs Deputies to South County drivers, particularly to those in the retirement community, as the 2011 sub-tropical rainy season gets underway. Florida Statute, Section 316.217, subsection (1)(b), specifically requires that on any vehicle being operated in the state headlights must be displayed during any rain, smoke, or fog., Deputy Rob Thornton pointed out this week. Failure to comply with the statutory requirement can mean a ticket and the fine for the offense is $104.00, he added. Thornton, former community resource deputy in Sun City Center and temporarily spending more time in the community during the current short-term absence of CRD Chris Girard, told The Observer early in the week he has been alarmed by the number of SCC drivers seen on the roads during routine rain storms without vehicle headlights activated. The number is great enough, he added, that he has begun stopping the violating drivers he has observed during patrols in his HCSO cruiser through the community. Many drivers he has spoken with said they believed their headlights were displayed because they assumed their vehicles dashboard sensors had automatically switched the lamps on, the deputy noted. But, the fact is the sensor, triggered by ambient light through the windshield, may not activate when visually impairing rain begins to fall, he added. In other words, the law may kick in before the sensor does. There are three possible ways to adequately light a moving modern vehicle, said Sonny Segovino, automotive electrical and electronics specialist with Hancocks Riverview Tire and Auto Service. Probably the two most commonly relied upon are the automatic method set in motion by the lightactivated dashboard sensor and the constant lighting method activated day or night, regardless of conditions, when the ignition key starts the engine. The third method is a manual action intentionally undertaken by the driver and, once in times past, the only means of activating headlights, he added. The automatic sensor process is multi-step and involves calibration, he added, with the dashboard mechanism triggering resistors in turn signaling the computer which sends a message via relay to the lights. The calibration applied in the automatic systems may vary to a degree from maker to maker, Segovino suggested, a fact that could account for headlights activated automatically in one vehicle before they are lighted in another vehicle even though both are exposed to the same conditions at the same time. That calibration is done in the factory, he noted, and cannot be changed by a mechanic. 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Impressed by his gentle nature and unwilling to consign him to euthanasia due to his condition and lack of claimants, humane society staffers wanted to take the big guy on. With a clean-up, regular meals, veterinary attention and a sheltered environment away from noisy, threatening traffic, in the company of other dogs and caring humans, they figured the extraordinary bulk of a Great Pyrenees would take shape again. At about that same time, at the Aston Gardens ALF, a search was underway to replace Buttons, the house standard poodle, who had been reclaimed by a former owner. The most important specification: a big dog, tall enough to stand at wheelchair height. Learning about Liam, ALF Director Michelle Orlando dispatched Candise Brown, a special needs nurse, to check out the four-year-old former stray who suddenly had two interested parties in his camp. She took one look at Liam and knew he was the one, recalls Ivey. That was more than three years ago. Today, a fully recovered Liam is A dogs lifeContinued from page 1 in command of the facility lobby, frequently found at his chosen duty station between the coffee table and the sofa in the livingroom-like welcome area. From that vantage point, he has a clear and unobstructed view of the entry foyer, rising to greet and inspect all visitors, ready to determine friend or foe. Now at his normal weight 155 pounds with a massive head and a nose that knows, Liams once over is not to be ignored. But, thats to be expected of a gentle giant whose loyalty is to the 100 or so residents and patients who call the ALF home, says Ivey. He visits with many of them on a very regular basis, cadging the treats they carry for him as they get around the facility and sometimes accompanying her on rounds of the ALFs second floor, she adds. He also makes house calls in the special needs/Alzheimers unit where his presence is a calming influence, coaxing patients to focus on stroking his broad back and lap-filling head. Not long ago, Liam reached a new height. He has the distinction of being a beneficiary under a will, Ivey says. One of the facilitys late residents included Liam as he devised his estate, leaving monies to fund the dogs medical/dental plan, provide food and other necessities. After a day of greeting and fraternizing, comforting and pleasing, Liam and Ivey meet at the front door for their evening walk around the complex. Frequently, she also will cater to one of his other favorite entertainments a ride in her car before he retires for the night in a facility office, preparing for yet another day on the job with people who consider him nothing less than family. Amber, the Beagle, like Liam, stays with her humans through the night just not at her workplace. She comes and goes each day with Steve and Ruth Downie, proprietors of Music Avenue in the Bealls shopping center. The full-sized Beagle, named for her glowing eyes, wandered across the Downies path into their lives and then into their hearts about 18 months ago, says Ruth. We had been thinking about having a dog, but just hadnt done anything about it, she adds with the lilting British accent she brought from Shropeshire. So, somehow Amber took care of it. She now has charge of the store where the Downies give lessons on a variety of string, percussion and keyboard instruments, sell various instruments and also provide basic repair services. In fact, Steve asserts If Amber had opposing thumbs shed run the cash register, too. Lacking the thumbs, she, instead, serves as official greeter, meeting everyone coming through the door adults and youngsters alike with a warm canine welcome. And, she makes the place homey, Ruth adds. Shes very definitely a people dog. Shes also a music aficionado, although its not known whether thats an innate or an acquired trait. Affectionately called a sound hound by one Downie student, See A DOGS LIFE, page 12 Got the amber eyes in focus yet? Quick, snap the pic, before I blink.MELODY JAMESON PHOTOSSo open the door awreddy! Ya want me ta do it? I can, yknow. I wanna ride...ride...ride....


X 4 The SCC Observer & The Riverview Current 210 Woodland Estates S.W. Ruskin, FL 33570813-645-3111Fax: 813-645-4118www.ObserverNews.netPublished Every Thursday by M&M Printing Co., Inc. 645-4048EDITORIAL:Brenda Knowles ............ Publisher/Editor Mitch Traphagen ................. Online Editor Penny Fletcher .......... Contributing Writer Melody Jameson ...... Contributing Writer mj@observernews.netAll press releases, news articles and photos may be emailed to news@, faxed to 645-4118, or mailed to Observer News, 210 Woodland Estates Ave. SW, Ruskin, FL 33570SALES:Vilma Stillwell ... Display Advertising Rep. Nan Kirk ........... Display Advertising Rep. nan@observernews.netFor current rates and circulation information visit our website at www.ObserverNews.netCLASSIFIED / CIRCULATION:Beverly Kay ......... Classied / Circulation beverly@observernews.netPRODUCTION:Chere Simmons .... Graphic Arts / Layout Sue Sloan ............. Composition / Layout The views expressed by our writers are not necesssarily shared by The Observer News, SCC Observer, The Riverview Current or M&M Printing Co., Inc.We Accept: Audited by: Award-Winning NewspapersWe can be replaced, but we do make a difference. Our replace ment may be good or bad, and the difference we make may be large or small. The change, however, will be apparent. My inkjet printer is a great exam ple of what happens when something leaves or in this case runs out. The printer contains a cartridge with four colors of ink: red, yellow, blue and black. From these, it creates the multiple colors of the rainbow by mixing them in exact propor tions to create the specific hue. As long as they are all working, the picture is very life like. But when one runs out, the colors shift dramatically. The loss of red may turn the color on the page from a regal purple to a dirty yellow-black. When the blue runs out, royal blue becomes a shocking pink on the page. With the printer, it is easy to see how important each color is to the overall design. With people, it is not always easy to see. Also, the impact you are making may not be evident for many years. For example, teachers rarely get to see the results of their labor. The children leave school and move away. But I can tell you now that some of my teachers will always be with me and they are continuing to make a difference in my life. There was a young man who came to my aid in the middle of the night in rural Georgia when my car Have you ever wondered what difference you make in this world? Would it really matter whether you existed or not? Jimmy Stewarts character in the movie Its A Wonderful Life, ultimately came to the realization that his existence had made a difference. What about you? There are many who will tell you that if you want to see how impor tant you are and how hard it would be to replace you, simply put your finger in a bucket of water and then pull it out. The hole which remains in the water is the difference you would make if you left. Their theory is that everyone is expendable and everyone can be replaced. They are probably right, except that by replac ing you, nothing will ever be the same. Your replacement wont be you with your unique talents and knowledge. On the other hand, there is a group of people who believe that the smallest action on earth impacts all of us sooner or later. They believe that the fluttering of a butterfly in the Sahara desert causes wind movements that can multiply and become the hur ricanes of the Caribbean. I dont believe this hypothesis is totally true, because energy has a finite life and will ultimately dissipate. It may or may not have any lasting effects. The truth probably lies somewhere between the two theories. By William Hodges Your life can make a difference POSITIVE TALKbroke down. He didnt have much, but he was generous with his help and taught me that it doesnt matter how much you have but how you use it that counts. Today, whenever I stop to help someone, I think of that young man. He doesnt know it, but he is still making a difference. If you look at your life and come to the conclusion that if you were not here, no one would miss you, Id bet that you are wrong. But let me hedge my bet with this advice. The best way to be missed is to be a giverone who does things for others. Giving does not mean that you must give gifts wrapped in beautiful bows. The people I would miss most are those who give me the gift of friendship. Nothing is more precious to me. Circumstance and death have taken several friends from me over the past year, and I can tell you they are sorely missed. Think of yourself as a color in the portrait of life. With you, the picture will be its brightest. Hodges is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer and syndicated columnist. 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Negotiations continueOpen negotiations between Hillsborough County Public Schools and the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association for the 2011-2012 school year will continue at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 1 at the Dr. Sam Horton Instructional Services Center, 2920 N. 40th St., Room 141, Tampa.SBE to hold meetingThe Small Business Enterprise (SBE) will meet at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, July 28 in the medium conference room on the 22nd floor of County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. For more information, call Sheila Hudson, Contracts Manager, Economic Development Dept. at (813) 276-2745.


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Tax Included.Valid only with this coupon. Exp. 9/30/11Visit our New, Improved PRO SHOP1 Pier Drive, Ruskin LEAGUES WELCOMEReserve your tee time today Casual Waterfront Dining Steaks, Seafood, Burgers and Other Delicious Fare FULL LIQUOR BARLive Music Every Thursday and Saturday OPEN TO THE PUBLICTuesday-Saturday 11-8 pm Sunday 11-3 FOURSOME SPECIAL $504 Golfers Exp. 9/1/11 already in effect, Fernandez continued. We want to see what people would like to see preserved, changed and created (new). The attendees at the meeting divided into two groups, one for Apollo Beach and the other for Ruskin, individually filling out three surveys and then discussing them in roundtable fashion before combining and prioritizing their goals onto one sheet for each community. Improving the appearance of the highway was one of the main objectives of the Community Plans made several years ago when Hillsborough County planners worked with residents to find out what they wanted in their neighborhoods future. We found they wanted to improve the appearance of the corridor, promote community identity and promote economic development and redevelopment, Fernandez said. July 21, planners put the same survey taken at the recent meeting online. One for Ruskin and one for Apollo Beach. They can be found at http://www.hillsboroughcounty. org/pgm/zoning/cpiongoing/us41. cfm. County planners are hoping many people will fill out the surveys online before the next planning meeting, which is scheduled for Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. They expect the planning process for the overlay to last about eight months before planners make recommendations to County Commissioners who will make the final decision on what will occur. The overlay has nothing to do with the widening of U.S. 41 being done by the Florida Department of Transportation. In an overlay, generally areas have regulated architectural design and features, signage, landscaping and buffers, Fernandez said. But those factors are not set in stone and the county realizes U.S. 41 in Apollo Beach differs greatly from U.S. 41 in Ruskin, said planner John Healey who has worked on plans in South County for many years. There was a consensus that U.S. 41 acts as a major roadway through Apollo Beach while Apollo Beach Boulevard is considered the communitys hub, but Ruskin U.S. 41 is actually the towns main street. This makes a huge difference in what people want to see happen, Fernandez said. So the two groups, one for each community, separated and began to dig into what preservation, change and creating something new can actually accomplish. County staff pointed out that in the overlay, the definition of these three key points is this: preservation is maintaining and protecting; creating is bringing something in that is not there today and change means to fix something that is present but not currently working for, or pleasing to, residents. The group talking about Apollo Beach included Michael Peterson, Barbara Compton, Joel Meek and David McDaniel who listed preservation of the landscaping and PENNY FLETCHER PHOTOSCameron Clark of the Hillsborough County Attorneys Office explains why it is necessary that people attending this meeting not talk together outside meetings about matters that will eventually be voted on. It was explained that they may discuss anything said at meetings with individuals and groups and the sole purpose of this requirement is to assure residents that no meetings are held in smoke-filled rooms behind closed doors.US 41 OverlayContinued from page 1 See US 41 OVERLAY, page 7 Jose Fernandez, principal planner, Development Services of the Hillsborough County Planning and Zoning Division.


7 frontage of major developments like Mira Bay and South Shore Falls, community signs, sidewalks green medians, commercial clusters, and keeping the community look and feel provided by icons that included the Ruskin Drive In and the vegetable stand south of the commercial area of Apollo Beach. As for new ideas, they brought up a park-and-ride lot, wider walking and biking trails, landscape that could provide better buffers, and new signs marking the entrances to the community at Big Bend Road to the north and 19th Avenue to the south. Changes of existing elements included screening of open storage, mobile homes and car lots, modernizing Flamingo Plaza and including covered and benched bus stops. Ruskin talked mainly about preserving the historic nature of neighborhoods and buildings like the Ruskin Womans Club. Lets be sure and keep the historic places and hometown look, said Sam Cook. The group agreed they did not want to lose their four-lane traffic flow on U.S. 41. (Years ago in planning workshops some had suggested bringing that down to two lanes to make it more like a small town and encourage shops along the highway.) Putting all utilities underground was an idea brought up by Tom Grimm but he admitted that would be up to the utility companies and almost impossible to include in a plan unless they agreed. Every corridor is different. We have to work with what is appropriate, Fernandez said. He said the county would be checking out the regulations associated with the Florida Department of Transportation as the plan moved forward. The most important thing now is for residents to visit the Website, read the brochure about the overlay, fill out the online survey and come to the meetings, Fernandez said. They are also welcome to call him at 813-307-3435 with their questions. PENNY FLETCHER PHOTOSCounty planners brought separate maps of a planned overlay district for Ruskin and Apollo Beach and also one that takes in the entire 8-mile area from its northern beginning at Big Bend Road to the Little Manatee River Bridge at the south end of the proposed project.US 41 OverlayContinued from page 6 The group members discussing plans for the look of U.S. 41 in Ruskin with county planner John Healey are Sam Cook, Tom Grimm, Karen Freiwald, Sandy Council, Michael Parker and Tony Zipperer.County seeking nominations for Moral Courage AwardWinners of the Hillsborough County Moral Courage Award are those citizens who have stood up to government, rejected the status quo, and challenged decisions for the betterment of the county and its citizens. If you know someone who has courageously fought for the principle of right and wrong, nominate him or her for the Countys 2011 Moral Courage Award. Deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 15. The nomination form for the 2011 Moral Courage Award is available at bocc, click on Special Awards, then click on Moral Courage Award. Nominations should be submitted in one of three ways: Communications Department Re: Moral Courage Award, P.O. Anyone may submit a nomination. All Hillsborough County residents -individuals and groups -are eligible to receive the award. The Hillsborough County Citizens Advisory Committee will review nominations at their may recommend a finalist to the Hillsborough County Commission. Nominees are welcome to appear and speak on their behalf during public comment at the beginning of the meeting. The nomination will then be considered by the County Commission in September. Commissioners created the Moral Courage Award in 1992 to recognize individuals and groups who have courageously challenged government actions for the good of the county and its residents, and demonstrated the willingness to take a moral or ethical stand against decisions of government. Past award recipients include a staunch Sun City Center resident advocate, a local government whistleblower, and civic groups that spearheaded efforts to clean up landfills, fought the installation of giant power poles in their neighborhood, and started an affordable housing program.


X 10 7 6B 7 Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good resources to help job hunting seniors? Im 60 years old and have been out of work for nearly six months now and need some help. What can you tell me? Seeking Employment Dear Seeking, The tough employment market over the past few years has been particu larly hard on people over the age of 55. Fortunately, there are a number of online tools and in-person training centers scattered across the country today that can help. Heres what you should know. In-Person Help A good first step to get help finding a job is at a Career One-Stop center. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, these are free job resource centers that can help you explore career options, search for jobs, find training, write a resume, prepare for an interview and much more. There are around 3,000 of these centers located throughout the country. To find one near you, call 877-348-0502 or go to Depending on your financial situation, another program that may help is the Senior Community Service Employment Program ( SCSEP). Also sponsored by the Department of Labor, SCSEP offers access to training and part time job placements in a wide variety of community service positions such as day care centers, senior centers, governmen tal agencies, schools, hospitals, libraries and landscaping centers. To qualify, participants must be over 55, unemployed and earning less than 125 percent of the federal poverty level -$13,600 a year. Unfortunately, 2011 federal budget cuts have significantly reduced this program funding, but its still a viable option. To learn more or locate a program in your area visit or call 877-872-5627. In addition to the national resources, some states, communi ties and local nonprofit organiza tions may offer their own senior By Jim Miller employment programs. For exam ple, in certain areas in Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas, Vermont, Washington state and Wisconsin there are Aging Worker Initiative programs to help local job seekers 55 and older. To find out if your community offers any locallybased senior employ ment programs, contact the Area Agency on Aging call 800677-1116 or see www. to get your local number. AARP WorkSearch Another resource that offers free job help is the AARP Foundation WorkSearch Virtual Job Coach program. This is a volunteer-run program that helps any job-seeker (you dont need to be an AARP mem ber), age 40 and older, by connect ing you with a trained volunteer to help you search for jobs and get training. The coaching is typically done via e-mail or over the phone. Call 877-659-0969 or visit to find help. In addition, AARP also offers a jobs search engine that you can access at Or, if you want in-person assistance, AARP has 23 WorkSearch facilities around the country that provide free face-to-face help. To search Resources for job-hunting seniors THE SAVVY SENIORfor a facility, contact your state AARP office. See or call 888-687-2277 for contact information. Online Resources Theres also a wide array of online employment networks that can help you connect with companies that are interested in hiring older workers. One of the best is, which offers a job search engine that lists more than 30,000 jobs nationwide from companies that are actively seeking workers over the age of 50. It also provides job-seeking tips and advice, helps with resume writing and allows you to post your resume online for companies to find you. Some other 50-plus job seeking sites worth a look are seniors4hire. com,, retired,,, seniorjobbank. com, (a site devoted to retired government employees) and (an online recruitment firm that connects retired scientists, developers and engineers with companies that offer consulting assignments). Start a Business If youre interested in starting a small business but could use some help getting started, turn to the U.S. Small Business Administration which offers tips, tools and free online courses that you can access at Also see a nonprofit association that provides free business advice for entrepreneurs. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit Savvy Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior book. Dr. Robert A. NormanBoard Certified DermatologistDr. A. TheodosatosBrandi Broughton, PA-COffering Botox, Restylane and various cosmetic products and services Physician of the Year2005 813-880-7546 Hillsborough County Animal Services hosts disaster training In recent years, Hillsborough County Animal Services has deployed for rescue and recovery of animals for a variety of named storms, includ ing Hurricanes Charley, Floyd, Katrina and Wilma. With the most active months of the 2011 hurricane season ahead, Hillsborough County Animal Services will host disaster training to recruit volunteers to assist at emergency pet shelters in the event of local disasters (natural or man-made). The theme of bay area community preparedness for animals is: Because the ENTIRE family matters! A special one-day course titled Awareness Level Emergency Sheltering is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 31 at the Hillsborough County Animal Services facility located at 440 Falkenburg Road, North in Tampa. The course is open to adults 18 years and older, and space is limited. The awareness level course is designed to familiarize community animal advocates, volunteers, and future animal professionals with the chain-of-command and skills necessary for quick and effective emergency response to animalrelated disasters. Wide ranging course topics include: protocols for proper kennel and shelter setup; cleaning and disease control; animal behavior, personal preparedness and safety; stress management; code of conduct; security procedures, and an overview of FEMAs Incident Command System. Professional animal responders from both Hillsborough County Animal Services and the Florida State Animal Response Coalition (SARC) will team up for this special day of classroom and hands-on instruction. Attendees should wear closed-toed shoes and comfortable clothing; one-hour lunch is to be self-provided. The Awareness Level Emergency Sheltering course is sanctioned by the State Animal Response Coalition (SARC), and the University of Florida. A $50 course fee includes a student manual, with proceeds to benefit Florida SARC (registered 501(c)3). To register for the class, go to or call 352.658.1224. During disasters, Hillsborough County Animal Services is responsible for ESF 17 (Emergency Support Function for animals). Hillsborough County currently has four approved pet-friendly evacuation shelters located within existing Red Cross Shelters. Reservations for pet shelters are not accepted in Hillsborough County. Pets will be sheltered on a firstcome, first-served basis when pet owners stay at the corresponding Red Cross shelter location. Shelters will open upon order of the Hillsborough County Emergency Operations Manager. Since public shelters offer very limited space for animals, it is vital that residents have an emergency plan to include pets -because the ENTIRE family matters! For more information on disaster preparedness for pets, the current list of pet-friendly shelters in Hillsborough County, or to learn more about volunteering, log onto www.hillsboroughcoun or call Hillsborough County Animal Services at (813) 744-5660.


9TECH Every Wednesday: Best Spaghetti in Town -$7, All You Can Eat, for all Elks and their guests. Music by Bryan from 5 to 8 p.m. Every Friday: Seafood and Sandwiches for all Elks and their guests from 5 to 7 p.m. Karaoke by Bryan from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 30: Cyndi Burger One Girl Band, from 7 to 10 p.m. $6 with light snacks. Sunday, July 31: Rays Games. Wieners and Wings will be served. Sunday, Aug. 28: Boom Ba. Mark your calendars. Details to follow. The South Hillsborough Elks Lodge is located at 1630 U.S. Hwy. 41 S., Ruskin, FL 33570. It is a smoke-free environment. For more information, call (813) 645-2089. South Hillsborough Elks Lodge #2672 Upcoming Activities CARPET | HARDWOOD | VINYL | TILE | LAMINATE | BLINDS | SHUTTERS | WE REPAIR BLINDS 5908 FORTUNE PLACE APOLLO BEACH, FL 645-6796DAMON C. GLISSON, ATTORNEY-AT-LAW The hiring of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely on advertisement. Before you decide, ask us to send you FREE written information about our qualifications and experience. KNOX ALUMINUMIMPROVEMENTSOur Customers Are Our Best Advertisement LICENSED INSURED BONDEDOVER 30 YEARS EXPERIENCEOF RUSKINCheck the... Quality Difference Price 813-645-3529 MEMBER WEST FLORIDA FISH TALESWhy not fish with our locals in the beautiful, sparkling waters of our bay which is teeming with a variety of fish? You will have a great vacation without spending the high price for a place to sleep and eat. You wont spend the day traveling, but will have all day to fish. As you know, I have written many local history books, and one story I havent printed is a local legend. The legend goes like this: In our bay waters, there is a mysterious sound, described to me as the most beautiful sound that your ears will ever hear. This sound can be heard only in the quietest of nights, when there are no motor boats around. You can hear music; it is like none you have ever heard before. Some think it is nature itself singing. These anglers swear that it is out there and their forefathers have handed down this legend from generation to generation. How many of you know how long it took man to learn to fish? The first settlers used rawhide lines and carved crude hooks, made from shells. They, as the Indians did, took logs and carved them out to make a boat to sit in and had a pole to push them around. We still have a pole to push our boats around the grassy flats, with motor off, to save the flats. Time changes everything. All of the books written on How to catch and find a fish, are in todays world, just history. I heard from anglers years ago that if you could catch a fish, it was pure luck. I would write about how to have patience and practice, and learn from the past generation. Todays world is all electronics, for those who can afford them. I will call it Touchscreen Fishing, perhaps the greatest invention since the lighthouse. Boats have auto-pilot and you thought that was for airplanes only. You dont need a chart plotter. Just touch your screen -no more maps and paper aboard. With a good radar and a good antenna you can see your fish before you get to them. You can detect rocks and all water conditions ahead. You will be able to see the weather before it arrives. In this electronic world, our small town of Ruskin is probably the only place that one can still buy a bamboo fishing pole. This goes back to the years of hand line fishing. We have great freshwater fishing in our state which is not as well known nationwide as our salt water fishing. Fresh water is a great place to take your children fishing this summer. You can stay at home, and take them to the upper waters of our rivers, either the Little Manatee or the Alafia -a great place to catch your first fish and to get acquainted with the great outdoors. They could catch stump knockers, black crappie, redbreast sunfish, blue gill, spotted sunfish, a variety of catfish, bass, watermouth, gar, skipjack, bowfin, herring, and red finned pickerel, to name few.By Jonie Maschek Touch your screen and see your fishEven in the hot weather with rain, now and then, I have seen anglers with catches. Many go fishing early in the morning or late at night. Night fishing has been good because it is quiet out there and the fish do not get spooked. Flounder catches have been many this week. A good catch and a great tablefare. Their white meat is a good diet food without much fat content. Sheepshead seem to like our area and are most often caught by those pier fishing. One or two redfish catches have come to our attention this week. I heard from the charters that they have seen some huge ones out on the edge in the deep. They are staying out of the heat and finding a cool spot to hide. A tip from one of the ole local anglers: If your shrimp gets sluggish in the heat, put a pinch of baking soda in your bucket or bait well and they will start jumping again. Remember you can tell the story of your Big Catch over and over again, until you make the next big catch. Aleta Jonie Maschek is a member of Florida Outdoor Press.Grocery help for low-income people over 60 as Food Stamps) may be able to help you pay for some of your groceries. The West Central Florida Area Agency on Agings Aging Resource Center has a team of specialists who can help you complete your Supplemental Nutrition Assistance application over the phone. For more information, call 800-963-5337 (96-Elder).Community Action Board to meet The Hillsborough Community Action Board has scheduled a special meeting at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 3 at the Lee Davis Neighborhood Service Center, Second Floor, 3402 N. 22nd St., in Tampa. For more information, call Luisa Rodriguez-Zmoda at 273-3746.Elder Helpline offers supportThe West Central Florida Area Agency on Agings Elder Helpline provides information for older adults and their caregivers by helping callers make informed decisions about available assistance. It is the starting point in getting connected with programs or services that can meet the needs of the older adult or caregiver. For more information, call 800964-5337 (96-Elder).


X 10 Kids Program/Event Highlights July 28 to August 3 Expressive Artists Lets Create!* Expressive Artists, 11 years and up, will have a creative afternoon. Limit 20. Registration required at SouthShore Regional Library. Please visit the Information Desk or call 273-3652. For teens in grades 6-12. Bring your work and prepare to throw down in a grand poetry slam. Judges will be selected from the audience. If youre a poet or simply enjoy poetry, come on out to shout, laugh, and clap for your favorite poems. For middle and high school students. Get in the zone and join your friends for some gaming fun on the Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii with games such as Band Hero, Guitar Hero 5, Smash Brothers Brawl and more! Refreshments provided by Dominos Pizza. For ages 2-5 with a caregiver. Make reading a family affair. Children may wear pajamas and bring a blanket and favorite cuddly toy for stories, songs and activities during this 30-minute program. For grades K-5. As summer winds down, join us for a cool and refreshing treat. Share in stories, crafts, and games all about ice cream! Everyone will also get to create their very own ice cream sundae. Registration is required. Ask at the Information Desk or call 273-3652. Come dressed as your favorite Anime or Manga character for a night of Anime-themed fun, music, games, and prizes. There will be a special contest for the best costume. Advance tickets are available and ticketholders are entered into a special raffle contest. *Free event is provided by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library SOUTHSHORE RREGIONAL LLIBRARYMany boaters have upgraded their boating skills and knowledge by taking a boating course through the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Now theyre offering another practical course that should probably be titled, How to Get There... From Here -in other words, a course on basic navigation. Let them show you how to confidently and successfully go where youd like to go on the water. Learn how to avoid the shallows of St. Petersburg and get to nice restaurants. Figure out the requirements and tides for going under eight bridges to Ricks on the River. Find the best and safest anchorages for the annual MacDill Air Show. Discover the aqua blue headwaters of the Alafia River and the fun restaurants along the way. Chart a course to Egmont Key and bring friends and family on an adventurous trip. Plan weekend tours by boat of Tampas many art shows, festivals, hotels and restaurants. Lets get on the water and have some fun. The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliarys Weekend Navigator Course is a comprehensive course designed for both experienced and novice powerboat and sailboat operators.The course is divided into two major parts designed to educate the boating enthusiast in skills required for a safe voyage on a variety of water and boating conditions. Each class is two consecutive Saturdays, Aug. 6 and 13 or Sept. 10 and 17. Students must pre-register for either class by mailing a $70 check made out to Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 75 to: Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 75, P.O. Box 692, Ruskin, FL 33575-0692. The deadline for registration submissions for the August 6 and 13 classes is the close of business, Thursday, July 28. The deadline for the Sept. 10 and 17 class is Thursday, Sept.1. Let the Coast Guard Auxiliary show you how to start to get where you want to go. Call Guy Mandigo at (813) 641-2488 to register.U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 75 offers weekend navigator classes Camp Bayou plans annual Back to School -Back to Nature DayCamp Bayous annual Back to School -Back to Nature event will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 6. Registered families will visit several nature stations where they will learn something about frogs, fossils, forests or one of several nature topics. Before leaving each station, the children will be given a free school supply item. Children will also be given a raffle ticket when they arrive after their family signs in at the registration table. A ticket will be drawn every 30 minutes for other items, including backpacks, journals, lunch bags, and more. As in past years, registration is required, but attendance is free. This year they will again hold a Teacher Exchange area for educators to leave materials they no longer need or pick up something new. Current items available for the Teacher Exchange include a fish tank with some accessories, posters, colorful nature magazines and water quality test kits. Teachers can also learn about field trips to the Nature Center or Fossil Museum, SWFWMDs SPLASH! grants, upcoming teacher professional workshops, League of Environmental Educators in Florida regional information and Florida Master Naturalist Program updates. Organizations that will be participating in this year's event include: Hillsborough County Solid Waste Recycling Program; Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful; Florida Division of Forestry; Adopt-a-Pond and West Central Girl Scouts. Register online at The Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund, the nations largest nonprofit organization solely devoted to providing college scholarships for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), is awarding for the first-time scholarships to more than 500 outstanding students for the next academic school year. Reyna Theresa Bansil, salutatorian at Lennard High School for the 2011 graduating class, will receive $2,500 of these funds for the 20112012 school year. Reyna has been taking classes at Hillsborough Community College while a senior in high school. She says her biggest challenge has been learning English as she takes her classes because she came from the Phillipines where she spoke a language called Tagalog. Reyna earned the title of Statewide Volunteer of the Year for 2010 for the ALS Associatoin (Lou Gehrigs disease) for which she raises funds and volunteers. For more information about AAPI, which is based in Washington, D.C., call (202) 747-7236. Asian & Pacific Islander Scholarship Fund selects Lennard HS studenteyna eresa ansilEmma Barbara Krentzman was born May 30, 2011 at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, 2014 Washington St., Newton, MA 02462. The proud parents are Jenny and Tim Gomeringer. The happy grandparents are Carol and David Krentzman of Natick, MA; and Debbie and George Marsoobian of Apollo Beach, FL. Congratulations on your new arrivalWhat are your kids eating this summer?Hillsborough County is participating in the Summer Food Service Program, going on now through Aug. 12, to provide FREE nutritious lunches and afternoon snacks to children at more than 80 sites throughout Hillsborough County. These sites are in geographical areas of where 50 percent or more of the children qualify for free or reduced price meals during the school year. Too often, many children are left searching for unhealthy foods to eat when their parents are working or not in the home. When there is not enough food to go around, their nutritional needs are not met and their choices are not always the best. The purpose of the Summer Food Program is to provide a balanced meal regardless of race, color, sex, disability, age national origin or income during summer vacation when school breakfasts and lunches are not available. Applications or eligibility are not required. Summer Camp registration is NOT a requirement. Summer Food Program sites are located at schools and other locations in the community to provide meals to all children in the surrounding area, in addition to those enrolled in summer school. Any child age 18 and under can visit a participating site to eat a free lunch and/or afternoon snack. The Summer Food Service Program for Children is federally funded and operated by the Hillsborough County Family and Aging Services Department. The United State Department of Agriculture is an equal opportunity provider and employer. Any person who believes he or she has been discriminated against in any USDA-related activity should write or call immediately to: USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, If any site is interested in serving as a host site, call (813) 272-5220, ext. 357. A list of approved sites is attached or can be found under the Summer Food Program Link at For more information, call Summer Food Program for Children at (813) 272-5220, ext 357. Coast Guard Auxiliary Public Education Courses will be held at Century 21 Beggins Enterprises 6542 N. U.S. Hwy. 41, Apollo Beach. 1) About Boating Safely -This 8-hour beginner boating class will give the student the knowledge needed to obtain a boat license or safety certification in many states. Many boat insurance companies will offer discounts on boating insurance to boaters who successfully complete About Boating Safely. Cost is $40 per student. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 20. 2) The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliarys Weekend Navigator Course is a comprehensive course designed for both experienced and novice power boat and sailboat operators. The course is divided into two major parts designed to educate the boating enthusiast in skills required for a safe voyage on a variety of waters and boating conditions. Each class is two (2) consecutive Saturdays. Students must pre-register with Guy Mandigo at (813) 641-2488 or mandigo@earthlink. net. Cost is $70 per student. Classes will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 6 and Aug. 13. Boating safety courses offered Free boat safety inspections are availableEvery Saturday the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 75 Ruskin provides free, no-obligation vessel safety inspections for recreational boaters. These safety inspections take about 15 minutes and are available from 10 a.m. until noon at Simmons Park in Ruskin on the first and third Saturday of the month; and at Williams Park in Gibsonton on the second and fourth Saturday, also from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information, call (813) 645-6984. Display your workThe John Crawford Advisory Board is looking for artists (painting or drawing) to display their work in the Crawford Gallery at SouthShore Regional Library. Applications are available for juried shows during the months of March and April; or May and June; or Nov. and Dec. 2012. Applications may be picked up at the Information Desk at SouthShore Regional Library. Applications are due Oct. 8. For more information, call Laurie Burhop at (813) 273-3652.


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I was honored and proud to be an employee of the U.S. House of Representatives from 2009 until earlier this year. I couldnt see how anyone could help but to be proud when walking down the hallowed hallways of the House office buildings, seeing the Capitol and the memorials just across the street. Given the distinguished history of this great nation, how could anyone not give their best for their constituents and their country in such a setting? At the time, I felt that surely everyone was struck by the presence of the same ghosts of our forefathers who I felt visited me. While the people in Washington didnt always see eye to eye on issues, I was certain that no matter what, their eyes were always focused on the objectives that they felt were in the best interests of the nation. Now, as I watch the debacle over the debt ceiling unfold, I am no longer certain about that. It seems that people on both sides of the aisle are putting their respective parties before the United States of America. I wonder if the protocol that I so respected while working for the House somehow contributes to what appears to be a tragic comedy of Nero fiddling while Rome burns. While our elected officials revel in their titles of President, Speaker, Senator, Congressman and even Commissioner, have they forgotten about the fact that they were elected as common men and women to represent all of us? Credit rating agencies have already threatened to downgrade the stellar AAA rating of American debt if the debt ceiling is not raised. Should that happen, the cost of the enormous debt we as taxpayers carry will increase and that would happen for no good reason other than party politics, where one side wants to win all over the other side. Keep in mind that we are NOT From my perspective, our nations capitol is becoming less a hallowed ground of honorable representatives with this great nations history on their shoulders and more a city filled with nattering nabobs of negativism.MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOtalking about new government expenditures here; we are talking about keeping our obligations to pay for things that are already approved by both parties and already charged to the nations gigantic credit card. Both parties have already said yes to the money that has been spent, but now that the bill has arrived, they are fighting over actually paying it. So much for Americans keeping their word. Confidence is everything in America. Consumer and government spending on health care accounts for nearly 70 percent of the nations economy. If consumer confidence wanes, so does spending and the economy, as painfully illustrated by the Great Recession, the effects of which linger on in places like Florida even today. Watching this latest political sideshow play out has certainly done nothing for consumer confidence. And then, of course, there is world confidence in the United States. Yes, it does matter to all of us. I know there are plenty of people out there who will say that there really will be no default, that if enough entitlement programs are gutted the U.S. government revenue is enough to meet the governments obligations. But thats not true when you look at the big picture. The big picture includes some really big printing presses from which the dollars in your wallet emerge. The U.S. can run those presses night and day, printing more and more money because the world believes the United States is a stable and honest leader. As long as the world believes in America, theyll keep taking our money and investing in our nation. As long as that belief continues, the United States will never go broke. We cant we produce money. The fact that we can run those presses 24/7 means that, as a society, we get to live indoors; drive cars on paved roads; have nice television sets, iPods and computers; and have world-class law enforcement officers and first responders. However, once that belief stops, or is even eroded a little bit, the game changes and those presses would have to be shut down the only thing theyd be printing is Monopoly money. The politicizing of and the theatrics involved in the debate over the debt ceiling makes the world lose faith in us and deservedly so because it is becoming clear that weve already lost faith in ourselves. The deadline for the debt ceiling decision, set by the Treasury Secretary, is approaching like a slow-motion train wreck. Perhaps, hopefully, by the time you read this a compromise will have been reached with a clear and definitive resolution on the horizon. But even so, there has been damage done. Certainly, the world is seeing America as less a shining and stable beacon on the hill and more an angry nation of bewildering people who bicker and point fingers while their economy rushes towards the edge of a cliff. It is more than metaphoric. Just last weekend 4,000 FAA employees were furloughed because Congress could not get its act together to continue funding for the agency, something that up until now Congress has managed to do without dispute for more than a decade. And that Congress could not get their act together doesnt just affect the FAA employees, it also hits government revenue as airline taxes wont be collected until a reauthorization bill passes. While that may appear to be good news if you are a passenger, it isnt most airlines quickly raised their fares to pick up some easy profit from the unexpected tax holiday. The bottom line is that the already in-debt government is the big loser, which, of course, translates to the American taxpayers. It doesnt matter if you are a Democrat or a Republican. It doesnt matter if you are for or against entitlements such as Medicare and Social Security. Thats not what this argument is about. America should be a nation that keeps its word. We should be good for our debts. The debate over the debt ceiling is a little like kidnapping your neighbors wife and holding her at gunpoint because his dog barks and keeps you up at night. Yes, that might be an effective resolution to the problem, but the cost of handling it that way would be extremely high. One of the primary responsibilities of Congress is to manage the nations money. Everyone with a lick of common sense knows that this country cant continue to pile up debt as it has, nor can it continue to print money full time. But thats what the budget is for and Congress needs to address that reality in the proper place. Its time they stop playing politics and do their job as best they can for the American people, without the games, drama, posturing and theatrics. From my perspective, our nations capitol is becoming less a hallowed ground of honorable representatives shouldering the weight of great history and more a place filled with nattering nabobs of negativism. That needs to stop now. Yes, our nation is facing monumental problems but I still believe in America and in the unlimited potential of my fellow Americans. Its time our elected officials show some faith as well.


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In this position, she listens uncritically throughout the lesson, raising neither her voice nor a paw if a wrong note is struck, offering encouraging companionship to those trying to acquire a new skill. Frequently complimented for her intelligence, her soft sleek tri-color coat and her willingness to humor humans, Amber also is a hit, Steve points out, with people who do no business at Music Avenue. One of her admirers is a gentleman who brings his wife to a nearby beauty salon every week and then drops into the store to spend the wait time visiting with the friendly Beagle who never tires of the attention. Down the walkway a few doors, theres another canine on the job an assertive if tiny handful named Diamond, about eight years old. No more than five pounds after a full meal, Diamond has been door dog at Cypress Vac and Sew for two years. She shares her life and zest for life with Sherri Huffman, store manager. She also monitors the shop door like a cat watching a bird, Huffman notes, but never tries to go through it. The predominately Shih Tzu miniature, through whose veins also may course the blood of the imperial Japanese or Chinese Chins, captured Huffmans attention when she visited C.A.R.E., the South Countys no-kill shelter, after losing a beloved pet. She needed attention, Huffman recalls, she was noticeably underweight; looked as though shed not had much concern directed her way. And, she had not been in the shelter long enough to recover. Huffman saw a diamond in the rough. She initiated the adoption and took home her three-pound, black and white handful. Handful in Diamonds case, Huffman indicates, refers to both her small size physically and her outsized personality. Diamond today rules both her store and home roosts, Huffman allows. Shes very territorial, adds her admiring human. Gaining back two pounds, taking her to her natural healthy weight, not only added size, it added spirit. Playful, consistently pleased with toys, Diamond regularly receives gifts from store customers and visitors, Huffman says, adding it may be Christmas, it may be no occasion at all. Whats more, Diamond is spoken to in different languages, French, Spanish, English but always interprets the words as loving. Her capability, her contribution to her workplace, Huffman indicates, is that shes simply irresistible and irrepressible. Those probably are not terms often used to describe Rosie, the English Bulldog, intrepid greeter at Confidential Accounting in Ruskin. But Rosies pugnacious appearance actually camouflages a big heart and a sunny personality. In fact, Rosie, at five years, is a sun lover extraordinaire. Her post, as she sees it, is immediately inside the exterior glass door to the accounting firms offices, according to Teddi Aberle owner of the practice that serves small businesses and Rosies human parent. Here she will rest in a pool of sunlight until the door rattles her to duty and she rouses to welcome clients, new and old. Aberle, an English bulldog fan, purchased Rosie from a breeder. The pup had been labeled runt of the litter, she remembers, and to this day, at 35 pounds, is considerably lighter than most mature members of her breed. No matter, with her smooth fawn coat and her aggressively inquisitive expression, she is an office dog to be reckoned with. Its that expression that got her the moniker. Remember Rosie the riveter from the World War II posters; the female in a jumpsuit, ready to do her part for the war effort? Aberle asks rhetorically. Rosie, she adds, naturally looks ready to go to war. She even wears a neck scarf. If Rosie does battle, though, its with her toys and treats. Like all of South Countys working dogs, she has the run of her office, checking on staff working in their private spaces, escorting clients to the appropriate specialist, sometimes even performing a trick or two on command. She will happily pounce on a rag bone in a faux example of capture or catch in mid-air a tossed tasty morsel with the help of her jutting lower jaw. Among her very favorites are those strips that look and smell like old bacon. At home, Rosie is the last child in the household of Aberle and her husband. There are six grown children, all launched, so Rosie now is the youngun to be raised, Aberle admits a mite ruefully. There never A dogs lifeContinued from page 3 are any disputes over the vegetables, however. Rosie loves her raw carrots and cauliflower and cucumbers, the accountant adds. Maybe she gets that they keep a bulldog fit for her work at the office. While neither Liam nor Diamond, Amber nor Rosie are trained for the show ring, each is special. Liam, says Ivey, has touched a Oh yeah! My nose tells me weve met before. So, what can I do for ya?MELODY JAMESON PHOTOSLiam, the Great Pyrenees of Aston Gardens Assisted Living Facility had been roaming the streets of Bradenton when he was picked up by Manatee Countys animal services personnel and was spotted there by humane society staff on the lookout for likely pets.lot of lives and Huffman calls Diamond the best dog in the world. Downies think of Amber as a real asset who has changed our lives although we would not have believed it before and Aberle asserts Rosie spreads lots of love and joy. Such, too, are gifts South County canines bring to their jobs. Copyright 2011 Melody Jameson


13 Apollo Beach bank closed by FDICMITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOApollo Beach-based SouthShore Community Bank was closed by the FDIC on Friday. On Saturday, it reopened under the ownership of American Momentum Bank of Tampa. Sun City CenterPermanent Makeup~ Eyebrows, Liner and Lips ~813-562-7485 By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.netAPOLLO BEACH Regulators from the Federal Deposit Insur ance Corporation (FDIC) closed the SouthShore Community Bank on Friday. On Saturday, the bank branches in Apollo Beach and Sun City Center reopened under the ownership of Tampa-based American Momentum Bank. Also on Friday, the FDIC closed LandMark Bank of Florida in Sarasota. American Momentum Bank agreed to assume the deposits and purchase the assets of that bank as well. The FDIC does not give advance notice when a bank is taken into receivership. SouthShore Community Bank had total assets of approximately $46.3 million and about $45.3 million in deposits. According to the FDIC, all deposit accounts have been transferred to American Momentum Bank and are available imme diately. For those who already have accounts with American Momentum Bank, the transferred accounts will be fully insured separately for a period of six months after the closing of SouthShore Community Bank. All ATM machines remain available and any checks that did not clear before the closure of SouthShore Community Bank will be honored as long as there are sufficient funds in the account. Loan payments should continue to be made as usual, and the terms of loans will not change. On interest bearing accounts, inter est accrued through July 22 will be paid at the same rate, but American Momentum Bank is reviewing rates and will notify customers of any changes. Nationally, the failure of SouthShore Community Bank is the 57th FDIC-insured bank failure this year and the 9th in Florida. The FDIC has estimated the cost of the failure to the Deposit Insurance Fund will be $8.3 million. Check out The Observer News online at www.ObserverNews.netMentors sought at HCC for non-credit coursesDo you have a yen to share your special knowledge about a subject dear to your heart? The Continuing Education Division of Hillsborough Community College/SouthShore in Ruskin is looking for part-time paid instructors in the following subject areas: 1. The Travel Tutor 2. Alternative Medicine Today 3. Social Media and Privacy Issues 4. Navigating Todays Big Government 5. Nutrition & Cooking For One 6. Guardianship for the Lay Person 7. Comparative Religions 8. Selling On E-Bay & Craigs List In the Continuing Ed Division the emphasis is on lifelong learning, where both the students and the teacher create an atmosphere of mutual enjoyment. The classes are not age restricted and there are no exams, credits or grades. Some experience as a mentor or teacher in your chosen subject is preferred. 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By using some personality profiling and testing, I would often find a passion in an area the student never even thought of. I once had an accountant who wanted to change her career, but knew she was really good at what she had done for over 30 years. I asked her what she loved and she told me gardening. Within a month, we found her a job doing accounts receivable at a local floral shop and learning how to make arrangements. Shes thrilled. I hope my bartender buddy finds a class that sparks her interest. Just one course, taught by the right instructor, can change a life. In the meantime, I have no problem if she stays my local bartender, pouring my two-for-one drafts on a Saturday night. Someone has to do it and I tip well.By: Dana Dittmar, Executive DirectorSCC Chamber News You, Me, and Business By Dana Dittmar Saturday night, Husband and I were out for dinner, chatting with one of our favorite bartenders. I noted to her she had been serving us for several years. She responded she was thinking about going back to school but she had no idea what she wanted to do. I asked her what she was passionate about -what did she enjoy doing? I was amazed when she couldnt think of anything. We offered ideas and kept prodding, but nothing we mentioned brought even a flicker of interest to her face. Husband and I were stunned. We cant imagine what it must be like to not know what turns you on in life. Husbands father, two brothers and son all work in the autobody business. He grew up learning the trade and it never occurred to him to do anything else. Cars are his life blood and making them showpieces is his mistress. I knew when I met him, she would always come first. Likewise, I grew up on the stage. From the age of two, I had Grandmas soup ladle microphone in my hand belting out tunes in nursery school. I was in every community theater and school play, and twirled a rifle in the marching band. My first job out of college was as a weathercaster for the local TV station. Ive had two radio shows and written for newspapers and magazines. I never wanted to do anything else. I was born a ham and never outgrew it. Never wanted to. One of my favorite songs is from the musical South Pacific. A Tonganese native, Bloody Mary, is teaching two young lovers about, well, love. In the song, she sings You got to have a dream or how you gonna have a dream come true? Saturday night, I felt truly sorry for my bartender buddy. How can she have a dream come true if she hasnt anything to dream for? Sometimes you have to do some serious soul searching to find what makes you happy. I used to coach job seekers. In this economy, anyone looking for work needs to hone their job Adult Program/Event Highlights July 28 to August 3 A Call To All Adult Artists for the John Crawford Gallery The John Crawford Advisory Board is looking for artists (painting or drawing) to display their work in the Crawford Gallery at SouthShore Regional Library. Applications are available for juried shows during the months of March/April, May/June, or November/December, 2012. Please pick up an application at the Information Desk at the Library. Applications are due October 8, 2011. Questions? Contact Laurie Burhop at 273-3652. Mouse and Keyboard* In part one, learn how to grip, move and click the buttons on the mouse. In part two, you will learn the keys on the computer keyboard. This is a beginner level class. Registration in person required no earlier than one hour prior to the start of the program. eBooks and eReaders* Want to read eBooks? Dont fret, help is on the way! Demonstration of the Overdrive Media Console and Adobe Digital Editions; learn how to check out and download eBooks to your PC or eReader. Registration in person required no earlier than one hour prior to the start of the program. Presented by the Tampa Bay Library Consortium. Join other needle people to share techniques, tips and experiences about knitting and other fiber and fabric crafts. Beginners are welcome! Bring a project and ask us questions! *Free event is provided by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library SOUTHSHORE RREGIONAL LLIBRARYThe family of David Ramirez, a second grade student at Wimauma Elementary School, is just one of the families benefitted by the generosity of The Interfaith Council of Sun City Center. At the beginning of this 2010 2011 school year, each 2nd grade student was given two vocabulary building books to take home as reference books to be used during the school year and then to keep. The books were part of a project called, The Family Learning Project. The goal of the project was to get parents and their children talking about things in their own surroundings. Research indicates that the quantity and quality of the conversation in a home has a huge impact on a childs vocabulary and success in reading. Each Thursday, the students would have an assignment that they were to do with their parents or another adult. To do the assignment they would use one or both of the books provided to them and a worksheet to fill out or blank paper to trace and label an object SCC residents help students build vocabulary through Family Learning When surveyed, 100 percent of the students said they liked the project. Some of the comments about what they liked best about the Family Learning Project were: I liked all of the project because I got to learn more about stuff. What I liked best was working with my mom. Yes, I liked it. I like learning with my family. I thought it was fantastic and when my mom helps I feel like doing it again. At the end of the project, when told to look through their Me and My World folders and write down some things they had learned, the teachers were pleased with their responses: I did not know that a group of snakes is called a bed. I learned that I have a crown at the top of my head and a door has a threshold. I learned about the palm of my hand, hinges of the door, and an earlobe on my head. I learned about parts of a boat. I like the hull. I did not know that a female goat is called a nanny. The Interfaith Council of Sun City Center was instrumental in increasing these students vocabulary and pool of general knowledge. Because of this grant, each student has a folder with worksheets and drawings they did each week. This folder is evidence of their learning and something they can refer to later. Also, their homes now have two reference books which could have a positive impact for years to come. If anyone is interested in finding out more about this exciting project, call Janet Caruthers,Wimauma Elementary School, at (813) 6715159.


19 MOFFETT ORAL SURGERY& DENTAL IMPLANT CENTERJerey V. Moett, D.M.D., P.A.Big Bend Professional Park 13136 Vail Ridge Drive Riverview, FL 33579813-677-3331www.MoettOralSurgery.comNitrous Oxide and I.V. Sedation Available EBHS grad snags full U.S. Coast Guard scholarshipBy PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.netAPOLLO BEACH A recent East Bay High School graduate has snagged one of the highest ranking scholarships in the country. Catherine D. Flocken, now 18, known to her family and friends as Cathy, has earned a full scholarship valued at $365,000 to the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. The Academy is the smallest of the four military academies with 1,030 cadets. Admission is by a national competitive evaluation based on a wide variety of factors. Now in her fifth of a seven-week Swab Summer (boot camp) that ends following a weeks training on the USS Eagle, a 300-foot sailing vessel, Cathy plans to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree while at the academy so she can work in government intelligence and international affairs. Cathy has pushed for excellence ever since arriving in Apollo Beach with her mother, Idalya, from Central America on her sixth birthday after Idalya was granted political refugee status from Nicaragua where her family had been involved in the revolutions against both the Somoza Family dictatorship and the Communist Sandinistas. Her mother has since married Walter Flocken, and the family still lives in Apollo Beach. While at East Bay, Cathy was ninth in her graduating class with a grade-point-average of 3.750. Her academic honors include College Board AP Scholar; National Honor Society; National Spanish Honor Society; the Tampa Tribune Honor Scholar and the National Scholar/ Athlete Award. She reads and writes Mandarin Chinese and is also fluent in spoken and written Spanish. She took private lessons at the Clearwater Chinese School on Sundays for several years, making the 85-mile round trip, her father said. Cathy was a three-sport athlete swimming, football and softball and earned two varsity letters each year at East Bay. In 2010, she played on the State Softball Championship Team and was selected for the Florida 5A AllStar Softball 2nd Team. Somehow, she also managed to belong to the Chess Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In May she was awarded the Brighthouse Sports Network David Logan Scholarship for excelling in both athletics and academics. But Cathy still managed to find time for other thingsincluding community service. She volunteered Saturday mornings all through middle school as translator/clerk at the Calvary Lutheran Churchs thrift store, Angel Attic in Ruskin, said Idalya Flocken. Then in high school she volunteered 300 hours at C.A.R.E. (Critter Animal and Rescue Effort) in Ruskin. CARE is a no-kill animal shelter. Cathy also did community service at Habitat for Humanity and answered telephones for the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon, her mother added. Winning a David Logan Scholarship was the icing on the Cathy was a three-sport athlete earning two varsity letters each year, playing on the 2008and 2009 Flag Football District Champion Teams. Here she is in her East Bay Indians uniform. cake, Cathy added. Logan was a former Tampa Bay Buccaneer and later the anchor of Sports Connection on Bay News 9. He died from a blood clot at the age of 42 in 1999. The tie-breaker for the scholarship was her essay in which she wrote why she believed she deserved the scholarship. She says it is because her ambition is a rewarding career in intelligence or the Diplomatic Corp. Either career will require dedication, determination, a superior education, and being of exceptional character. To prepare myself, Ive set high goals. They are, to excel in science and math, to excel in more than one foreign language, and to excel in multiple varsity sports, she said. In her interview, she went on to say, Balancing my goals of achieving academic excellence, proficiency in two foreign languages, excelling in multiple varsity athletics, and continued community volunteering, while keeping a sense of perspective in my personal, home and social life has been a challenge. A rewarding career in service to my country is worth the challenge. She is very dedicated and works extremely hard. We are looking forward to seeing more good things from her, her father said. These photographs were taken on Cathys first day at the Coast Guard Academy the last week of June. Now in her fifth of a seven-week Swab Summer (boot camp) Cathy will follow that experience with a weeks training on the USS Eagle, a 300-foot sailing vessel.


20 Area Places of Worship REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH-ELCA701 Valley Forge Blvd., Sun City Center, FL 33573-5354 Rev. Dr. Peter Stiller, 634-1292Saturday Worship: 4:00 p.m. Sunday Worship: 9:30 a.m.Holy Communion....First & Third Sunday Bible Class...Thursday 10 am, Guests Welcome South Hillsborough Church of Christ Welcome to the:SERVICES:Sunday........................9:30 & 10:30 a.m.; 6:00 p.m. Wednesday................7:00 p.m.EVERETT TATE, MINISTER NON-INSTRUMENTAL CHRISTIAN SCHOOL K-2 THROUGH 12TH GRADE820 COLLEGE AVE. W. RUSKIN, FL 33570645-6439Sunday School............................9:45 a.m. Morning Worship............8:30 a.m. & 11 a.m. Evening Service.............................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Night Service................7:00 p.m. Awana .............................................7:00 p.m.Dr. Barry Rumsey www.fbcruskin.orgA Resource for Families CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCHSunday Worship: Blended 8:00 a.m. Contemporary 9:40 a.m. Traditional 11:15 a.m.Nursery Provided Pastor Jack R. Palzer 645-1305 St. John the Divine Episcopal ChurchGrowing by Faith from Generation to Generation 9:00 a.m. Contemporary Service and Sunday School at West Campus (S.R. 674 and 9th Street SE, Ruskin) 8:00 a.m. Traditional Service and 11:00 a.m. Holy Communion with Choir at East Campus (1015 Del Webb Blvd., Sun City Center)ALL WORSHIP SERVICES WITH HOLY COMMUNION AND HEALING HOLY OIL Rance Goad, Pastor (Southern Baptist)1511 El Rancho Dr. Sun City Center, FL 33573Phone/Fax:813-633-5950 WEEKLY SERVICES: Sunday9 a.m.......................Bible Study 11 a.m.....................Bible Study 10 a.m. & 6 p.m............WorshipWednesday6 p.m....Prayer Meeting/Bible Study Southside Baptist ChurchA Warm, Loving & Friendly ChurchLooking for a church home? Need the comfort of a warm and loving family? Join us on Sunday to come home to the warmth of our church family.Located in South Hillsborough County, just south of Stephens Road in old Sun City.Getting to Know You (Donuts & Coffee) ....................9:00 a.m. Sunday School .................................................................9:30 am. Sunday Morning Worship ............................................10:55 a.m. Sunday Evening Service..................................................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening Service ..........................................7:00 p.m. Thursday Morning Prayer ............................................10:00 a.m.Come join us to learn about Gods Word and salvation in Jesus Christ Basic Traditional Burial $2,500DIRECT CREMATION $875Zipperers Funeral Home813-645-6130 Ruskin United Methodist Church First Street & 4th Ave. NW, Ruskin (behind Suntrust Bank)ALL ARE WELCOME TO COME AND WORSHIP WITH US:SUNDAY MORNINGS:Rev. Richard NusselPhone: 645-1241Nov. April..................8:30 a.m. and All Year...............10:45 a.m. Sunday School............9:30 a.m.Day Care Available Mon. Fri. 6 a.m. 6 p.m. call 645-6198 VBS in GibsontonVacation Bible School is scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 8-12 for ages 5-12. Join them and get ready to put on the Armor of God. Lessons, crafts, games, food and music will all be a part of Bible School at the Vaughn Street Bible Church, 10018 Vaughn Street in Gibsonton. For more information, call Sandy at (813) 486-3130.Movie features SCC residentsThe movie Are You Fitter than a Pensioner is being shown again July 29 at the United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb West, Sun City Center. The movie features four British young people, who had social and personal problems and their Sun City Center mentors, Rolande and Bert Poulin and Bruce and Joan Andersen. The young Brits and the Sun City Center retirees were challenged to have a contest to see which group was the fittest. Carolyn Miller, one of the young people, involved with the movie, will be on hand to answer questions after the movie. Guess which group won? You may be surprised. The movie will begin at 6:30 p.m. with doors opening at 6 p.m. There will be refreshments before the show.Congregation Beth Shalom hosts open houseCongregation Beth Shalom will hold its annual Open House and bagel brunch Sunday, Aug. 21 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Beth Shalom is located at 706 Bryan Road in Brandon. This event is free and open to the public, with no reservations or tickets required. Join them for brunch and view their showcase of activities, groups and committees available to the membership. There will be representatives from all aspects of the congregation's many and varied endeavors to answer questions about what they do in the community, how to join and how to get tickets for the High Holydays. There is also a free bagel brunch. For more information call Rudina Richter 813-690-1436. Bible study geared to people unfamiliar with Scripture Mission of the Month A mission that the United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Avenue in Sun City Center, fully supports is Southeastern Guide Dogs. A special program Southeastern provides is the Paws for Patriots. This is a service provided free of charge for qualified veterans and very meaningful to the church. Paula Lickfeldt, member of the Mission Board presented a donation to Development Associate Darren Rivera from the congregation for this cause. For more information call Southeastern Guide Dogs at 941-729-5665 or check out the Web site at MARTIN PhHOTOPaula Lickfeldt of the United Community Church presents a check to Darren Rivera, development associate at Southeastern Guide Dogs.Jim Butner, Worship Leader for NCWS (Nondenominational Christian Worship Services) will be starting a Bible study for those individuals who have never had the opportunity or taken advantage of an opportunity to become familiar with the Scriptures. Jim is a well-known local worship leader, heading up an all-volunteer itinerate outreach ministry that is currently providing 11 weekly worship services throughout Sun City Center and Ruskin. The Bible study will be topical in nature, based upon a word, for example, like Restoration. Attendees will research the word with references from the Old and New Testaments. Im excited about providing this opportunity to expose individuals to the Bible that will be their first time to become familiar with the Scriptures. This will be a very casual, laid back, Bible study with no pressure placed on people to respond unless they are comfortable. There will neither be a workbook to purchase nor any donations requested or accepted; just bring a Bible. Also, there will be no weekly reading assignments. Since its topical in nature, if one misses a week, it wont be a problem because each session is a separate entity, Jim said. The day, location and time of the study will be determined based upon community response. For more information call Butner at 813-634-3114 to register for the study. CCW Card Party The Council of Catholic Women of Prince of Peace Catholic Church invites anyone who likes to play cards or board games to make up a table in advance and come to the Dessert Card Party Wednesday, August 10 from noon until 3:30 p.m. in Conesa Center. Cards, pencils and tallies are furnished. They will have an assortment of desserts, table and door prizes. For more information call 6332460. For their community presentation on the 10th Anniversary of 9-11-01 entitled A Service of Remembrance, Reflection and Recovery, the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center is seeking singers for a community choir as well as poets and storytellers who were present or personally impacted by the tragic events of that day. Jeff Jordan, Minister of Worship Arts at the church, has put together a program of music, poetry, video, scripture, imagery, dance and story telling to commemorate this important occasion. The community chorus will be performing excerpts from the Requiems of Brahms, Faur, and Mozart as well as music appropriate to the occasion by Joseph Martin. Rehearsals will be on Thursdays Aug. 25 and Sept. 1, and on Saturday morning, Sept. 10. Music will be provided and there are no auditions. Interested singers should call (813) 634-2539, ext. 207 or visit the church office at 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West in Sun City Center. Part of the program will also be dedicated to personal testimony and poetry. If you or someone you know was personally impacted by the events of 9-11 or you have written or would like to write a poem for the occasion, submit these texts via email to jeff@ The program will be presented to the public at 2 p.m. on Sept. 11 in the church sanctuary. A worship service with choir and orchestra using many of the elements of the afternoon presentation will also happen at 10:55 a.m. in the church sanctuary. Earlier that morning, there will be a service of remembrance outlining the chronological events of that day. This service, to be held in Creason Hall, will run from 8:46 a.m. (the time of the first plane crash) to approximately 10:03 a.m. Singers, poets, and storytellers needed(the crash of Flight 93). For more information about this and other events and activities at the United Church of Sun City Center, call Jeff Jordan, Director of Music and the Arts at (813) 6342539. To learn more about the United Methodist Church of Sun City center, visit the website at www. Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1


21 THE FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH NO CREED...BUT CHRIST NO BOOK...BUT THE BIBLE 1239 Del Webb Blvd. West Sun City Center, FL 33573 Church is Handicap accessible Phone: 813-634-1252 For Information visit: St. Andrew Presbyterian ChurchSunday Services 9:30 a.m. Casual Service 11:00 a.m.Prayers with anointing for healing and wholeness during worship the second Sunday of every month.Pastor: Dr. Gerald IwerksMeet friends in Fellowship Hall after the Service. Refreshments served.A Stephen Ministry Church Sunday Service 10:00 813-298-7745 Spirituality Rather Than ReligionUnityHenry Gibson Social Hall, Beth Israel Synagogue www.nbcor.orgLoving God, Loving Others, Serving Beyond Borders Sunday School (all ages)........9:30 a.m. Dr. Samuel (Sam) A. Roach, Pastor First Church of Christ, ScientistChristian Science HealsSunday Service .................................................. 10:00 a.m. Sunday School .................................................. 10:00 a.m. Wednesday Service ............................................. 5:00 p.m. Reading Room ................ All Are Welcome Area Places of Worship 702 Valley Forge Blvd., SCC, FL 33573 www.popcc.orgMasses:Sunday..........8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m., Noon Saturday Vigil.............................4:00 p.m. Daily..........................................8:00 a.m.Confessions: Mon.-Fri. 7:30 a.m. and Sat. 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Area Obituaries SouthShore: Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City and S. GibsontonMASSES Vigil Mass ..................................................................... Saturday 5:00 p.m. Sunday Mass ........ 8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (Contemporary) Daily ......................................................... Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. Holy Days ....................................... Espaol ...................................... Domingo 12:30 p.m.; Jueves 7:30 p.m. Confession ...................... Wednesday 6:45 p.m.; Saturday 3:45 p.m. PastorEvelyn M. PetrausEvelyn M. Petraus, 100, of Sun City Center, passed away on Sunday, July 24, 2011 at South Bay Hospital. Born in Bemidji, Minnesota on January 9, 1911, Evelyn was a retired Diamond Grader employed by Seattle Jewelry chain. Evelyn is preceded in death by husbands Irving Lusk and Charles Petraus, and her parents. Evelyn was Presbyterian by faith. Survivors include her daughter Joan L. Scheerer of Palm Coast, Fla., four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and a great-great grandson. Inurnment will be held at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Seattle, Washington at a later date. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center, Florida. Caryl Pat Keeler Caryl Pat Keeler, 85, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away July 24 at her home from kidney failure. Pat was born in Chicago, Ill., and graduated from Morgan Park high school and subsequently St. Lukes Hospital as a Registered Nurse. She joined the U.S. Army Cadet Corps and was stationed at V.A. hospitals in San Francisco, Calif., and then Biloxi, Miss., where she met the love of her life, Curt. Curt was a pilot in the Air Force, stationed at Keesler AFB. Pat and Curt were married and went on to enjoy a blissful life together for 62 years. Pat loved her life as a military wife and mother, and when Curt retired from the Air Force, they lived in Miami, Fla., for 22 years, and then made their final move to Sun City Center in 1987. Pat is survived by her devoted husband, Curt, her daughter Jill, and sons Craig, Jay (Annica), Scott (Gracy), as well as her grandchildren Jessie, Jack, and MonaLisa. Her memorial service will be held at the United Community Church in SCC next week. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in her name to Shriners Hospitals http://support. Dont forget!Friendship Baptist Church, 1511 El Rancho Dr., Sun City Center, is presenting another of their monthly movie episodes, as well as a beautiful buffet of goodies during the intermission break. There is never any charge for anyone. Join them at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 30.St. John the Divine to hold VBSSt. John the Divine Episcopal Church is offering two separate Vacation Bible School programs from August 1-5, PandaMania, for young children five to 11 years old, will be held at the Ruskin Campus, 705 9th Street, S.E., from 5:45 8:45 p.m. A program for youth entering the 6th grade and higher will be held at the Sun City Center Campus, 1015 E. Del Webb Boulevard, from 6 8:30 p.m. Both programs begin with dinner and feature Biblelearning, crafts, music, games, and a mission project. There is no charge to attend. To register, call 645-1521. Mr. and Mrs. George Chanzuk of Canada decided to keep all the empty cereal boxes and food jars from which they fed their daughter, Shawana. In her first year she ate 182 pounds of groceries. This included 569 jars of food. Interesting, isnt it? Babies need food. So do believers. You eat, rest and exercise for the good of your body. But do you leave your souls undernourished? Bodily health is important. Soul health is more impor tant. The Bible says, Like newborn babies, crave spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow. Visit: www.TheSower.comDomestic violence education program aimed at teens wins awardVerizon Wireless of Floridas Teen Technology Panel was named Best Community Relations Program in this years Impact Awards, an international strategic communications competition, created by the League of American Communications Professionals LLC (LACP). The program was created locally to address and help prevent the emerging issue of teen dating violence, and the role that today's technology can play in inappropriate behaviors. The Teen Technology Panel has proven to be unique and remarkable, even among tremendous competition, said Christine Kennedy, LACP Managing Director. Nearly 100 entries were received for the 2010 Impact Awards, comprising the very best in communications from eight countries. The Verizon Wireless Teen Technology Panel brings peers, law enforce ment representatives and domestic violence experts together for an open discussion in front of a teen audience, uncovering the harsh realities of teen dating violence. The program also teaches teens how to establish healthy relationships and boundaries while using cell phones, social media and other technology. At the conclusion of each panel, teens in attendance are encouraged to text in their pledge against violence. We are very pleased with the impact that the Teen Technology Panel is making throughout our Florida communities and among our youth, says Pam Tope, Verizon Wireless president for the Florida region. In its first year, the program already has reached hundreds of teens, helping them build positive habits and break bad ones. Verizon has continued to be a corporate leader in the effort against domestic violence and in the support of abuse survivors. Verizon's HopeLine program is one visible example of the company's efforts. Through HopeLine bins located inside every Verizon Wireless store, the company collects no-longer-used wireless phones, batteries and accessories that are refurbished or recycled for cash. Verizon Wireless then provides the refurbished phones, airtime and recycling proceeds to local domestic violence shelters and other organizations. Since its inception, HopeLine has collected more than 8 million phones and provided $10 million in grants. In addition to HopeLine, the Verizon Foundation has awarded more than $21 million in the past four years to nonprofit organizations that assist domestic violence survivors. The Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, uses its technology, financial resources and partnerships to address critical social issues, with a focus on education and domestic violence prevention. In 2010, the foundation awarded nearly $67 million to nonprofit agencies in the U.S. and abroad. Through Verizon Volunteers, one of the nation's largest employee volunteer programs, Verizon employees and retirees have volunteered nearly 6 million hours of community service since 2000. For grant requests and other information, visit www. us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9


6 Beware of car dealer loan rate markupsIf youre relying on a dealer arranged loan to finance your next vehicle, you could end up paying hundreds of dollars more than if you financed elsewhere. The Center for Responsible Lending issued a report that ranked Florida 4th in the nation for rate markup volume in 2009. A dealer that provides financing can markup the interest rate above what the consumers credit would qualify for. That markup can be a hidden cost to the consumer since most consumers dont know what they qualify for. The report found that dealership interest rate markups can lead to more expensive loans and more default and repossession for borrowers. Consumers who finance their cars through the dealership will pay more than $25.8 billion in interest rate markups during their loan according to the report. You can avoid higher interest rates on your next car loan with these tips from the Center for Responsible Lending: Federal website or call 1-877-322-8228. They tell consumers their credit worthiness. Avoid paying for credit reporting services. the interest rates they are offering on new or used car loans. Ask to be pre-approved, if you know what make and model vehicle you intend to purchase. You will then know exactly what interest rate and monthly payments you can expect. should attempt to negotiate a lower interest rate. An informed consumer can better negotiate with a dealer and know whether a dealerships claim that a given rate is truly the best one available. Compare auto loan rates in your area at and calculate your loan payment. More great tips for car buyers: low interest rates, special promotions, high trade-in allowances and free or low-cost options. Many times these ads are nothing but bait to lure you into the dealership. Carefully examine the small print and details of the offer. greeted to where you sit is designed to sell you a car when you walk into a dealership. azines or consumer reports. Check out auto-buying websites: www.,, negotiate. tion. If you want to trade-in your current vehicle, bring it up after youve agreed on a price for the new car. Research and know the value of your trade-in. If the dealers offer is too low, call them on it. blank spaces are filled in, or ask why not. tracts can cost less if purchased from other sources rather than the dealer ship. Always shop for the best price and coverage. pay for all repairs, even if the car breaks down on the way home from the dealership.Republican Clubs Summer Picnic to feature candidates rent elected officials and candi fifth anniversary of the event and and more people beginning to get excited about the 2012 elec tions this will be the first chance to meet candidates in an informal dates have already started targeting Florida for the 2012 primary staffers that theyll have some presence at the event. A few of the candidates are trying to work this event into their schedules so were optimistic that we might see a grabs, too and a wide open field have a few of the candidates for a matter of adjusting schedules. In attended, at a time when his candi Locally, the County Commission three people have indicated they Margaret Iculano have confirmed they will attend. The picnic gets under way at 10 a.m. and lunch will be served starting at 11:30 a.m. A small fee of $5 will be collected from non-club members. All registered Republican and Independent are welcome to attend. For more infor Shorebird nesting site vandalized, community response swiftdalized during the early morning of June 28. Community leaders, local landowners and wildlife volunteers are upset. cated the markers and signs were ripped out and some nest destruction occurred on the protected portion of the beach, just west of the Carlos stakes, hundreds of yards of twine, attached flagging tape and signs marking the shorebird nesting site were uprooted. It is very fortunate that the colony did not abandon the site shorebird species are listed as threatened or endangered, the nesting area was posted by the state. It is a violation of state and federal laws to harass or take any endangered or threatened birds, their eggs or young. flaged eggs directly on the sand, making them nearly invisible to predators and to the untrained human eye. Any disturbance by people, pets or vehicles accidental or otherwise can cause these birds to abandon their nests, resulting in unhatched eggs and the death of young chicks. dent. Maintenance of the posted area, monitoring of the birds and outreach to visitors is accomplished by a local network of partners, includ together to organize the bird steward program, which is supported by Anyone having information about this incident is encouraged to call the and may be eligible for a reward if their information leads to an arrest.


MERCHANDISE300 ANNOUNCEMENTS100THE SHOPPER 23 To place an ad call 813.645.3111 ext. 201 Fax: 813.645.1792 $17.00 up to 20 words 30 addl. word Deadline is Monday at 4pm100 Announcements 200 Farmers Mkt 300 Merchandise 400 Marine 450 Transportation 500 Real Estate 550 Manuf. Housing 600 Rentals 650 Prof. Services 700 Services 800 EmploymentTHE SHOPPER CLASSIFIED ADVERTISINGThe Observer News, The SCC Observer and The Riverview Current CARDS M & M Printing Co., Inc weekly publisher of the 210 Woodland Estates Ave., SW Ruskin, Florida 33570 310 GaraARAGeE/ Yard ARD saSALeE 312 estateESTATE saSALesES TRANSPORTATION450 MARINE400 JULYLY 28, 2011 105 PersonaERSONAL We are wo rth the drive from anywhere! We re -c over or make new cushions Delivery Av ailableHOURS: Mon.-Fri. 10-6 Closed on Weekends 2711 N. MacDill Av e. Tampa, FL 33607 813-876-1566 Call for directions WE HAVE SOMETHING FOR EVERY ROOM INSIDE AND ALL AREAS OUTSIDE 115 LostLOST & FoundOUNDFF ound S S hepherd mix, male, between 1 & 2 yrs old in vicinity of Kings Point S SCC. Call 813-944-8868 to identify. Read the entire newspaper online including the classified by going to Community news & advertising 24/7 is only 1 click away. 310 GaraGARAGeE/YardYARD SaALeEAAlmost N New T Thrift S Store. 10008 I Indiana S S t., G G ibsonton (1 block off US S 41, 1 block north G Gibsonton D Dr.,) Wednesday thru S S aturday, 9am-3pm. Clothing, furniture, lots misc. Ministry F First Baptist G Gibsonton. 813-671-0036 to donate St. Vincent de Paul Thrift StoreHours: Mon-Fri. Saturday 4S ENIOR MOND AY SMany popular items discounted 50% in addition to weekly specials. Alwa ys lo w, re asonabl e prices. (Behind St. Anne Church & Next to Kennco Mfg.) ve $10 OFF(before tax)Expires 8/10/11BRING THIS AD FFriday & S Saturday, July 29/30. 8amnoon. 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Shortly after landing, emotions ran high as NASA administrators and shuttle program employees gathered around Atlantis before it was towed to the orbital processing facility where thousands of NASA employees were gathered to welcome the crew and shuttle home for the final time. Out on the runway, I found myself just taking in the beauty of the vehicle, said NASA Shuttle Launch Director Mike Leinbach. I took pictures of the vehicle and the workers; I asked for pictures to be taken of me with the vehicle. It was a family event out there today. Its hard to describe the emotions. There were good emotions that we brought the crew home safely and sadness that its over. I saw grown men and grown women crying today tears of joy, to be sure. Human emotions came out on the runway today, you couldnt suppress it. For thousands of people working in the shuttle program, the landing meant an end to their jobs. In 2008, 15,000 people worked at KSC. That number is expected to decrease to 8,200 in the coming months; although NASA is predicting the number will rise again to 10,000 employees in the coming years to support new programs. The layoffs thus far have been almost exclusively NASA contractors rather than government employees. I cant say enough good things about the team at KSC and how theyve performed these last few flights, Kennedy Space Center Director Bob Cabana said. When you consider that folks know they are going to be out of work here (tomorrow will be their last day) theyve performed flawlessly, right up to the very end. I have extreme pride in each and every one of them. Cabana later added, You cant keep doing the same thing and expect something to change. In todays times, we cant afford to keep flying the space shuttle and still work on those future programs. I want to thank the space shuttle team for a tremendous effort, today and throughout the history of the program, said NASA Associate Administrator of Space Operations Bill Gerstenmaier. I recognize that change is very hard, but huge growth, huge improvement will come from change. They should be very proud of what they have done; theyve accomplished everything we asked them to do. Gerstenmaier then said, Id also like to thank the nation for allowing us 30 years for the shuttle program. This is a tremendous vehicle. As I stood out on the runway and stared at the vehicle, I thought about all of the systems and when they were designed back in the 70s, and it was a true marvel, looking at that machine out on the runway. It was a true marvel and it has allowed us to do amazing things. Although the space shuttle program ended the moment the wheels of Atlantis stopped on the runway, the legacy will live on, not only through the inspiration the program provided to millions of people around the world but also in its technological advancements, many of which are now part of everyday life. Research and development from the shuttle program have given the world everything from an improved form of LASIK eye surgery to a miniature, implantable heart pump that has extended or saved the lives of 450 people to date. The diversity of spinoffs from the program also ranges from home insulation that is many times more effective than fiberglass insulation to lens stabilization software that is incorporated into home video cameras. Today there exist hundreds of products in health and medicine, transportation, public safety, consumer electronics, computer technology, environmental conservation, and industrial productivity, thanks exclusively to the space shuttle program. The shuttle program has launched 355 individuals representing 16 countries into space. The five space probes (orbiters) in the program flew 541 million miles and orbited the earth more than 21,000 times. Shuttles docked nine times with the former Russian space station Mir and thirty-seven times with the International Space Station. Fourteen astronauts gave up their lives in the tragedies on Challenger in 1986 and Columbia in 2003. Today Atlantis is lined up behind Discovery and Endeavour, ready to be converted from spacecraft to museum pieces. Discovery will reside at the Smithsonian Institutions National Air and Space Museum and Endeavour will go to the California Science Center in Los Angeles. Atlantis, still fresh from her final mission, will remain in Florida at Kennedy Space Center and is expected to be on display at the visitor complex in 2013. Although the shuttle era is over, NASA is committed to further space exploration beyond Earths orbit with the Orion capsule, still in development. Although Orion is not expected to launch before 2016, Americans will return to space much sooner than that. NASA astronaut Dan Burbank is scheduled to lift off aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket bound for the ISS on Sept. 22.NASA administrators and shuttle program employees gather around the Space Shuttle Atlantis, holding a banner commemorating the programs final flight shortly after landing at Kennedy Space Center on Thursday. The banner includes mission badges from each of Atlantis 33 flights into space. Emotions ran high on the runway with employees celebrating the successful last mission while mourning the end of the program.MITCH T TRAPHAGEN PPHOTO

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