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By MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.netRUSKIN Digital technology has been a boon for music and movie lovers. Now, with the mere click of a button, thousands of movies are as close as your computer through services such as Netflix or payper-view on your television. While movie producers have struggled with the illegal copying of movies, the technology has also saved them money. Beginning in 2013, movies will be distributed to theaters as digital files rather than in the form of 35mm film. The files are much cheaper to produce and are far easier to distribute. For a South County landmark, however, it may also mean the end of a long road. The Ruskin Drive-In, one of few drive-ins remaining in the nation, is scrambling to raise the estimated $150,000 necessary to convert from their current decades-old film projection system to a state-of-the-art digital version. Theater owners Ted and Karen Freiwald are not seeking handouts, but they are looking to the community to help keep South Countys only theater alive. And they hope to reach their $150,000 goal one t-shirt at a time. Just about the time the Ruskin Drive-In opened for the first time in the late 1950s, drive-in theaters were nearing their peak, with more than 4,000 large screens dotting the American landscape. Today, less than 400 remain, mostly in Florida and other southern states. According to Ted Freiwald, only three have successfully made the change to digital technology, and one of them, for reasons unknown, has since converted back to film. See THEATRE THREATENED, page 16 www.ObserverNews.netAugust 11, 2011 Volume 55 Number 30 32 PagesTHE OBSERVER NEWS An epidemic of missing dogs in Wimauma has residents up in arms. Read Penny Fletchers story this week on page 3Gardenville Parks rec building dodged another bullet with a temporary reprieve on its destruction. Read Melody Jamesons report on page 6 PRST STDPAIDRUSKIN, FLORIDA 33570 PERMIT NO. 8 INSIDE:Changing technology threatens South County landmark Cuba Today MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOBy 2013, all new movies will be distributed as digital files rather than 35mm film. In order to afford the estimated $150,000 it will take to convert the theater, the Ruskin Drive-In is hoping to sell 15,000 t-shirts in the coming year.Fifty years and one embargo later, what did I miss? (Today your local newspaper group begins a month-long series of articles by contributing writer Melody Jameson, based on her recent visit to Cuba, our near neighbor controlled by the communistic regime of Fidel Castro. The 51-year-old U.S. embargo on travel, commerce and communication exchanges with the island nation is up for renewal in September.) A half century and a couple of years ago, I was eagerly, pleadingly trying to get to Cuba. In the spring of 2011, I finally made it. So, what did I miss? At first glance, not much. But upon a second look, quite a bit. The magnificent Roman, Spanish, Moorish, French, Dutch tinged architecture of Old Havanas 200, 300, 400 year old buildings is still there just a half century more decayed. Detroits best of the s,s, s especially those big boats, the Pontiacs, Buicks, Oldsmobiles on stretched out wheel bases, are very much in evidence on her streets a little noisier, burning a little more oil. And Havana continues to hum, buzz, even rock with lifes day time routines as well as night time pleasures in her themed restaurants, her night clubs, her world famous artistic venues. By MELODY JAMESON mj@observernews.net See CUBA TODAY, page 2MELODY JAMESON PHOTOAmericas mid-20th century big boats, particularly the ragtops, make both popular taxis and photo props in Old Havana. This brightly repainted 1952 Oldsmobile was serving the latter purpose in the busy plaza of Cubas capitol building when two female visitors took the owner up on his invitation to record their Havana experience in a vehicle which may have rolled off the Detroit assembly line before they were born. They each would have paid him no more than two Cuban pesos for the souvenir. The Olds, carefully patched and held together however possible, probably has been on the island for the last 50 years as Cubans for decades could not acquire American made vehicles after 1960.


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If you are facing the challenges of low vision or caring for a loved one facing this issue, this support group is a must! FREE vision health questionnaire will be provided. Tues., Aug. 23 WWII Veterans, This is for you! Honor Flight of West Central Florida (HFWCF) provides all-expense-paid ights to World War II veterans in the Tampa Bay area to visit their memorials in Washington, D.C. Please attend as James Haake presents this topic.Wed., Aug. 24 Diabetes Support Group. Please join Shelley Tanner, R.N. from Angels Care Home Health as she facilitates our support group Everyday Basics of Diabetic Care. Edmond Dubreuil MSW, RCSWI mental health professional facilitates this support group for those suffering from depression, loss or grief or are the caregiver of someone facing those issues. Supported by: South Shore Coalition on Mental Health & Aging & The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center.Fri., Aug. 26 C.O.A.P. (Children of Aging Parents) is an ongoing support group for individuals who are assisting and/or caring for older, adult parents. For more information about the group visit: www.caps4caregivers.org Tues., Aug. 30 South Bay Hospital presents Aaron Gibson, Rehab Manager who will be addressing the question: Considering Joint Replacement? If this possibility is in your future, you dont want to miss this informative session! But, its also spectacle in a police state, a sheen over a thirdworld nation, a necessary keeping up of appearances by a substantial portion of the population, beleaguered and impoverished, but intensely patriotic about the homeland and yearning mightily for free enterprise, property rights, a better deal for their children. Many Habanans equate lifting the U.S. embargo with realization of this improved state, while some Cuban Americans vociferously disagree. I am not immune to the pain sustained by the ex-patriots who lost so much in Castros revolucion, in the subsequent seizure by nationalization of all private property, forced to start over in America with few resources and resentment that still boils. Yet, I found it exceedingly difficult to walk with Habanans through their disintegrating city, listen over strong Cuban coffee to their stronger words, visit with them and their families in what they call home, and not conclude its time the embargo go. Cubas working class peoples anywhere, for that matter deserve better than they get in Cuba today. Gradually lifting the embargo would help and there are slivers of hope on the horizon. The beginning for me In 1959, the heavily bearded, battle-hardened young Fidel Castro and his revolucion are on the verge of overthrowing finally the islands military dictator, Gen. Fulgencio Batista, who was somewhat reluctantly backed by U.S. policy. That exquisite tropical paradise less than a hundred miles off our southern tip is going to be free free free, returned to the people of Cuba. Or, so it seems that spring in West Central Florida. I am a young, far-from-seasoned intern schlepping copy and coffee to hard-bitten editors and real reporters across the vast second floor newsroom of the old St. Petersburg Independent that citys famed afternoon daily. The Indys select contingent of male reporters stomp across the uneven floorboards in combat boots, their green fatigues tucked into high tops, preparing for their Cuban assignments. I can only watch, listening in envy as the banter swirls, cameras are checked, film canisters counted, orders shouted, gear hoisted. I so want to go, too; I ask, even beg. But, theres no way a slip of an inexperienced girl from north St. Pete is going into a hot Cuban combat zone. No girls allowed, the guys smirk, with knowing winks, as if were talking backyard tree house. Not outta my newsroom, the managing editor growls with finality. A few years later, in nearly lawless Alaska as drunken threats fill the air and blood flows, men of the same stripe will stand with me, surrounding me to protect my honor, very possibly preserving my life. But those warm days in 1959, I am nothing but unwanted excess baggage on their excursions of a lifetime. Finally, objective achieved Fast forward fifty odd years. Its mid May, 2011. Im in Havana, Cuba for the first time. Ive accompanied a Florida League of Women Voters delegation on a cultural exchange mission. Our U.S. State Department visas classify us as engaged in Continued from page 1 Cuba Today See CUBA TODAY, page 14MELODY JAMESON PHOTOA study in contrasts, Old Havana's streets are generally straight, narrow and cobble stoned, meant for the passage of conquistadors horses and horse-drawn carriages two or three centuries ago. But native adaptability is demonstrated by the white PVC-like pipe (center) added at floor level to a rooftop in order to drain off into the street below falling rain or resident wash water. The old citys streets provide access to her thousands of three and four story structures of varying ages where most of her inhabitants live behind facades reflecting French, Spanish, Roman and Flemish influences coming to the island hundreds of years ago. Such buildings, once the pride of relocated Europeans, now are cut into tiny, barely furnished two, threeroom apartments where two generations have grown up under Castros communism.


3 NAVY SEABEE VETERANS of AMERICA Contact: Hilrie Kemp, Jr.(813) 368-3787 Hilrieekempjr@aol.comThe legacy began by the World War II veterans needs your participation to survive. Any veteran that served with a Seabee unit is welcome to participate with an Island. GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION!For The Tigers 1910 Haverford Avenue Suite 107 Sun City Center, FL 33573 (813) 633-0286 www.brandonorthopedics.com Robert J. Maddalon, MD John D. Okun, MD Peter V. Lopez, MD Steven M. Page, MDBoard-Certified Orthopedic Surgeons Brandon Orthopedic Associates 721 West Robertson St., Ste. 102 Brandon, FL 33511 Phone: 813-684-3707 BRANDON ORTHOPEDIC ASSOCIATES EAST BAY SPORTS MEDICINE & ORTHOPEDICS Board Certified Orthopedic Surgery Brandon Orthopedic Associates is one of the most respected and professional orthopedic and sports medicine practices and Hillsborough County. Our state-of-the-art facilities allow us to specialize in sports medicine, arthroscopic surgery, partial and total joint replacements of hip, knee and shoulder, hand surgery including endoscopic carpal tunnel release, finger joint replacement, complex surgery of the elbow, and ankle and foot injuries. Our compassionate and caring atmosphere is in two convenient locations near local hospitals and outpatient surgery facilities in Brandon and Sun City Center. We work relentlessly to provide the best care possible for every patient's unique orthopedic need. Permanent Makeup~ Eyebrows, Liner and Lips ~813-562-7485 Sun City Center Missing dog owners unite to find answersNext meeting scheduled for August 19 at 7:00 p.m. BY PENNY FLETCHER penny@observernews.net PENNY FLETCHER PHOTOSCpl. Steve Billor, supervisor of detectives at the Hillsborough County Sheriffs Office, said his environmental detective alerted him to the flyers being posted, which caused him to show up at the meeting of lost dog owners Aug. 4 to find out more about them and advise victims on how to proceed. WIMAUMA Some largebreed dogs that were once rescued may need rescued again. Frances Poirrier has taken in two rescue dogs in the last few years that have now gone missing. So has Jessica Urbanski. And when they started putting up posters and asking neighbors questions, it didnt take them long to find out that many of their Wimauma neighbors were also missing dogs. They were all medium to large breeds. Frances, who was born in Alabama but raised in Ruskin and has lived in South County most of her life, said when she lost her first dog a German shepherd named Stripes in January she didnt think he had been stolen. Living next to hundreds of acres of woods and an agricultural reclamation area we have a lot of wild animals, including hogs, and I figured maybe Stripes had gotten in a fight and been killed, she told me in an interview following a meeting she arranged at Dennys restaurant Aug. 3. But then May 23 I lost Bodie too. I had found him by the side of the road and a neighbor said he had been dropped off there. He was only a year and a half old. When Bodie went missing, Frances made 200 posters and started putting them up around town. While doing this, she met people who told her about Jessica Urbanski who had organized a similar poster. Jessica had lost a husky-pitbull mix that was 5 years old and weighed about 60 pounds. When the two began putting up posters with photographs of lost dogs all over Wimauma and the surrounding area, people began to tell them stories of their own lost dogs. It was much bigger than we knew, Frances said. So she scheduled a meeting at the local Dennys restaurant. Three amazing things happened almost immediately. Even though the posters advertising the meeting had only been on the street 24 hours, more than 20 people showed up. Secondly, a sheriffs offices environmental deputy read them and contacted Cpl. Steve Billor, chief of detectives for the area, who showed up at the meeting. The third good thing that came about because of the posters was that Dennys restaurant, that usually charges a $50 fee for the meeting room, waived the charge as a donation. People gathered and promised to spread the word. They swapped stories and were advised by Cpl. Billor what they should do next. I have never gotten a report on a stolen dog in that area, Billor told the crowd. I meet regularly with deputies from around the county and from the neighboring counties too and it would have been easy for me to mention this. But I didnt know. How will anyone know if you dont make reports? We have 250-square miles to cover with fewer than 100 deputies. Organized dog fights are a thirddegree felony, he said. And since there have been arrests for dog fights in both Tampa and Brandon in the last six months, those at the meeting said they think there is cause to think this could be the reason for the missing dogs. Especially since no small breeds have been reported missing. One police report has now been made. It is # 11-378158. People may add their names and dogs to this report if they wish. The number of the main desk is 813-247-8200, he said but his private line is 813545-8329. This would make it much easier for the sheriffs office to follow, Billor said. The dogs dont go missing in the dead of night. Theyre being taken in broad open daylight. Some of the people at the meeting live on farms and on hundreds of acres or by wooded areas, so their dogs run free. But others were stolen from behind fenced areas. Maria Lepochat had a beautiful family pet: a mixed-breed German shepherd that weighed around 40 pounds. This is similar in size and weight to many of the dogs taken, although some are much larger. She said her gate had been opened. Many of the people who had lost dogs said they had been rescue dogs meaning they had gotten them from the Humane Society, and places of refuge like C.A.R.E and Lost Angels no-kill shelters. Christy Clark had rescued an abandoned dog recently and taken it to her vet, finding out it had Parvo. Twenty-five hundred dollars later it was well. And now it is gone, Sue Killigsworth told a different kind of tale. Ive always had trouble getting anybody in the county to respond to reports about dogs, Killingsworth said. Two winters ago we had brutal cold and there were packs of loose feral dogs running in our neighborhood maybe 50 or 60 of them together. It took getting Pinellas County involved finally because nobody in Hillsborough said they could help with this.With only one day of flyers on the street more than 25 people showed up at a restaurant in Sun City Center to meet about largebreed dogs that are being stolen regularly in the Wimauma area.See MISSING DOGS, page 15


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 brenda@observernews.net Mitch Traphagen. .................Online Editor mitch@observernews.net Penny Fletcher..........Contributing Writer penny@observernews.net Melody Jameson. ......Contributing Writer mj@observernews.netAll press releases, news articles and photos may be emailed to news@ observernews.net, faxed to 645-4118, or mailed to Observer News, 210 Woodland Estates Ave. SW, Ruskin, FL 33570SALES:Vilma Stillwell. ...Display Advertising Rep. vilma@observernews.net 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 chere@observernews.net Sue Sloan. .............Composition / Layout sue@observernews.net 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 Newspapersneed not say, I told you so. Maturity is the ability to make decisions and stand by them. The immature spend their lives exploring endless possibilities then doing nothing. Maturity means dependability, keeping ones word, coming through in the crisis. The immature are masters of alibiconfused and disorganized. Their lives are a maze of broken promises, former friends, unfinished business, and good intentions which never materialize. Maturity is the art of living in peace with that which we cannot change. W. Somerset Maugham said, The complete life, the perfect pattern, includes old age as well as youth. The beauty of the morning and the radiance of noon are good, but it would be a very silly person who drew the curtains and turned on the light in order to shut out the tranquility of the evening. Old age has its pleasures, which, though different, are not less than the pleasures of youth. Maybe maturity as described above is the true pleasure of age. Certainly, if one could master all the above, he or she would be at peace with the universe.Hodges is a nationally recognized speaker, trainer and syndicated columnist. He also hosts an interviewformat television program, Spotlight on Government, on the Tampa Bay Community Network which airs Mondays at 8 p.m. and Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. (Bright House channel 950, Verizon channel 30). The shows can also be viewed at www.hodgesvideos.com. Phone: 813-633-1523. Email: bill@billhodges.com Website: www.billhodges.comMaturity is defined in the dictionary as: The state or quality of being fully grown or developed. I think most of us do not automatically mature at the magic age of 21. In fact, I doubt that many of us mature in our thinking much before we start seeing gray in our hair. At 21, I was sure that I knew everything; by 31, I realized I had a few gaps in my knowledge. By 51, I realized I really didnt know everything at 21or had forgotten a lot of the answers. One of the things I didnt know was what maturity really is and how to explain it beyond the dictionary definition. I found the answer in something Ben Holden wrote, which I think adequately describes what maturity is by telling us what it does. The following is what he said. Maturity is controlling your angerto be able to settle differences without violence or destruction. Maturity is patiencethe willingness to pass up immediate pleasure in favor of the long-term gain. Maturity is perseverancethe ability to sweat out a project or a situation in spite of opposition and discouraging setbacks. Maturity is unselfishness responding to the needs of others, often at the expense of ones own wishes or desires. Maturity is the capacity to face unpleasantness and frustration, discomfort and defeat, without complaint or collapse. Maturity is humility. 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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. Monday, Aug. 22: $7 Blue Plate Special at 5 p.m. Menu: Chicken Parmigiana. Only 50 tickets will be sold. Sunday, Aug. 28: Boom Ba from 2 to 5 p.m. Food will be available from noon to 2 p.m. at very reasonable prices. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 10 and 11: Donate your old treasures to the Lodge or rent a table for the 400 Family Bazaar. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. The South Hillsborough Elks Lodge is located at 1630 U.S. Hwy. 41 S., Ruskin, FL 33570. The Club has a clean, smoke-free environment. For more information, call (813) 645-2089. South Hillsborough Elks Lodge #2672 Upcoming Activities


X 8 5 5Free 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. Yoga-Thon supports CureSearchLast summer, one of Apollo Beachs own 4-year-olds was diagnosed with cancer. This yoga-thon is supporting her Moms participation in CureSearchs walk and childrens cancer research from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Aug. 27 at Apollo Beach Yoga, 118-C Flamingo Dr., to help kids like her get and stay healthy. Support Team Lil Cancer Warriors and CureSearch. Do yoga for 10 minutes or all 3 hours and make a donation based on how much you yoga. Never done yoga? No worries, theyll go easy on you. Stretch for a good cause. Also there will be raffles, shopping, kids face painting, and a balloon artist. For more information, or to make a donation, go to www.abeachyoga.com or call Apollo Beach Yoga at (813) 422-2336.Kids Program/Event Highlights August 11 to 17Teen Night: Game Zone* 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. Family Time For ages 2-5 with a caregiver. Make reading time family time. Stories, action rhymes, songs, interactive activities, and crafts make up this fun 30-minute program that celebrates a love of reading. Children may wear pajamas and bring a blanket and favorite cuddly toy. Motion Commotion For children ages 2-5 and their caregivers. Join others for this fun and very interactive preschool music and movement program as they shake some sillies out. Wee Artists Cartooning!* Wee Artists, 3-6 years, will join art instructor Leah Lopez and have a fun morning exploring cartooning. Students will complete a series of cartoons. Limit 15. Adult must be present. Registration required. Call 273-3652 or visit the Information Desk at the Library. Creative Artists Cartooning!* Creative Artists. 7-10 years, will join art instructor Leah Lopez and have a fun afternoon creating a series of cartoons. Limit 25. Registration required. Call 273-3652 or visit the Information Desk at the Library. Toddler Time For children ages 18-36 months and their caregivers. Stories, fingerplays, songs and interactive activities make up this fun 20-minute program that highlights early literacy skills and encourages reading readiness. Story Time For children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Stories, action rhymes, songs and interactive activities make up this engaging 30-minute program that highlights early literacy skills, and encourages reading readiness and social interaction. Baby Time For children ages 0-18 months and their caregivers. Early literacy begins at birth. Bond with your baby through stories, bouncy rhymes and songs in this 20-minute lap-sit program that introduces early literacy skills and encourages language development. Toddler Time For children ages 18-36 months and their caregivers. Stories, fingerplays, songs and interactive activities make up this fun 20-minute program that highlights early literacy skills and encourages reading readiness. Story Time For children ages 3-5 and their caregivers. Stories, action rhymes, songs and interactive activities make up this engaging 30-minute program that highlights early literacy skills, and encourages reading readiness and social interaction. *Free event funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Library SOUTHSHORE REGIONAL LIBRARY Assistance in caring for an elderly loved oneHillsborough County Family and Aging Services is holding open houses for those who are in need of assistance in caring for an elderly loved one. These events, to be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13 offer the opportunity for the community to ask questions and enroll in the adult Day Care Program. Hillsborough County Division of Aging Services offers a comprehensive health, social, supportive and therapeutic day service for persons diagnosed with dementia/ Alzheimers disease or are age 60 and over that are functionallyimpaired. Those enrolled in Adult Day Care participate in activities, field trips, socialization and receive a hot midday lunch. Senior Center locations holding open houses are: Parsons Ave. in Brandon St. S.E. in RuskinCamp Bayou Back-to-School eventThe 4th annual Back to School -Back to Nature event held Aug. 6 was great fun for all ages, plus provided participants with a few school supply items to help with this years back to school needs. Approximately 80 school-age children and their families came out for a wonder ful morning of games, face painting, fossils, ant lions and more! The Teacher Resource table offered information for teachers such as regional information through the League of Environmental Educators in Florida (LEEF) and free items for teachers to use in their classrooms this year. The membership table provided a glimpse of future events including A Natural Education Weekend to be held Friday-Sunday, Nov. 11-13. A big Thank You goes to sponsors, partici pating organizations and volunteers, without whom, this event would not be possible. In addition to regulars, including: Hillsborough County Solid Waste Recycling Program, Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, Florida Division of Forestry, Florida Master Natural ists, Paleo Preserve Fossil Museum, and dedicated Camp Bayou volunteers and members; They were joined this year by Hillsborough County's Adopt-a-Pond Program, West Central Girl Scouts with local troop from Bayou Pass in Ruskin, Wandering Whimsy/Conserve It Forward, and Face Painters from a South County church group. They also had several families volunteer from the Brandon Homeschool Fellowship who helped with various event tasks such as registration, parking and grilling hot dogs, plus they donated many of the school supply items that were distributed. A special thank you goes to the Glazer Family Foundation, Inc. for providing Buc-Packs from their Back-to-School Program which were given out as raffle prizes. This event is a Summer Learning Day, Be Out There!, Get Outdoors Florida!, Lets GO -Children and Nature, No Child Left Inside, and Lets Move Outside inspired initiative. Camp Bayou is neither a campground nor a summer camp. It was an RV park before the Countys ELAP program purchased the land but it is now open for day use only, to the general public. Through volunteers, donations, membership and grants, the RCDF offers pre-scheduled programs to schools, youth groups, adult groups and families plus its open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday-Saturday for passive recreational pursuits such as wildlife watching, nature photography and trail walks. General admission is still FREE. The Camp Bayou Outdoor Learning Center is a public-private partner ship between the non-profit Ruskin Community Development Foundation, Inc. (RCDF) and Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation. Camp Bayou is located 3 miles south of S.R. 674 at the end of 24th St. SE in Ruskin. More information is on the web at http://www. campbayou.org or call 641-8545. Jonathan wins the first Bucs backpack of the day. Ribbon Cutting ceremony G & H Tae Kwon Do Community Bank hosts meetingCoast Guard Auxiliary Public Education Courses will be held at Century 21 Beggins Enterprises 6542 N. U.S. Hwy. 41, Apollo Beach. Courses and Dates: 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. Boating safety courses to be offeredClasses 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. 13.


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The brick structure on Symmes Road, built to function as a grade school, later converted to a community recreational center and considered ready for razing a year ago, was reroofed this week, according to Dan Myers, a senior architect in the countys facilities management department. However, the layer of new 20-year shingles on top of the old roof is intended more to stop leaking than to replace a failed roof in a building rehabilitation effort, Myers said. The job, involving laying shingles over existing roofing material, could give the long-closed structure another 10 to 12 years, he added. The job was done for $1.81 per square foot or for a total of just under $8,000, the architect noted, adding we negotiated a good price. The pitched roof with several valleys covers a single-story rectangular building of about 4,400 square feet. Built in 1925, the red brick structure served as the areas elementary school for more than 30 years. Many residents of Gibsonton and its environs today spent their early school years in its classrooms which served first through eighth graders. In 1959, when Gibsonton Elementary was opened, the former school was pressed into service as a recreation and meeting center for the community. This phase of its history ended in 2005 when the communitys dedicated recreational center was completed and opened immediately to the east. Then 80 years old and showing its age, the structure which had sheltered, guided and helped launch an untold number of youngsters, was closed and shuttered. By 2010, it was being discussed for razing which would have cleared the land next to the existing rec center, perhaps for expansion of that facility nearing capacity. Both local residents and county authorities noted at the time the old buildings poor condition and lack of suitability for any other purposes. Structural rehabilitation costs were estimated in the $500,000 range, considerably more than the cost of leveling it. While it may represent historic milestones in the lives of locals, the buildings faults for any repurposing are numerous. Constructed originally to standards of the early 20th century, it falls far short of todays building requirements, Myers has said in the past. Its roof is not tied to the walls, its walls are not anchored to the foundation, the architect noted, and there are very basic problems with its windows. In addition, due to moisture seepage through the failed roof, the flooring is completely unreliable and molds have grown through the building. Whats more, its rest rooms are inadequate for 21st century use.In short, Myers reiterated this week, any restoration meeting current building codes could amount to tearing it down to the bare brick walls and then placing an entirely new building from foundation to roof inside them. In the past, he has characterized the estimated half million dollar investment in structural improvements as merely a down payment on the final total costs. And Pete Johnson, a lifelong Gibsonton area resident now retired who attended the old school as a boy, has labeled the old building an unending money pit for which the historic restoration window simply has closed. On the other hand, the Gardenville Recreation Center has been designated to become one of a dozen regional centers scattered around the county to replace some 30 community parks to be closed under a plan floated by Mark Thornton, Hillsboroughs parks, recreation and conservation director. Neither the facilities management department nor the office of Sandy Murman, the districts county commissioner, could state whether the old school is being eyed as part of the regional rec center at Gardenville. Meanwhile, Myers pointed out, the 85-year-old school building is dried in, if unusable, somewhat protected from further deterioration and from becoming a public nuisance as its final fate again is debated. Copyright 2011 Melody JamesonBack-to-school sales tax holiday approachesState Senator Mike Fasano reminds shoppers that the Backto-School Sales Tax Holiday is this weekend. Beginning at 12:01 a.m., Friday, Aug. 12 and running through midnight Sunday, Aug. 14, the sales tax holiday helps families and others who need clothes and school supplies to save some money. During the three-day holiday no sales tax will be collected on sales of clothing, footwear, and certain accessories selling for $75 or less, or on certain school supplies selling for $15 or less. I encourage everyone who needs clothes or school supplies to plan your shopping for this coming weekend, Senator Fasano states. Many retailers will offer great sales. With the added savings of no sales tax this is the ideal time to help tight dollars stretch even further. The sales tax holiday has been a periodic part of the back-to-school season since 1998. It is hoped that families and others who are braving through tough economic times will benefit from this opportunity to shave some dollars from their shopping bill.5K run to benefit assualt victimThe River of Life Christian Center, 6605 Krycul Ave., Riverview, is holding its 1st Annual 5K run to benefit the Bloomingdale Library assault victim. The high school student was preparing for college when she was beaten and raped and left to die in front of the library. She has a long road to recovery and requires around the clock care, extensive therapy and much medical help. The run will be held Sept. 3, with registration at 7 a.m., an 8 a.m. start time, and awards ceremony at 9 a.m. Prizes will go to someone in each age group from under nine years old to over 65. Age groups will be in four-year increments betwen nine and 65. For more infor mation, call (813) 677-4453. MELODY JAMESON PHOTONow 85 years old and in extreme disrepair, the red brick structure on Symmes Road that once housed Gibsonton area elementary students through the eighth grade, then hosted after school programs as the communitys rec center and finally was ready for razing in 2010, got a new roof this week. However, county officials say the $8,000 shingle job was more patch than permanent, designed to halt further decay by leaking and give the old building another dry decade. Its basic rehabilitation costs have been estimated at more than $500,000.


SSA Tools A good place to start is at the Social Security website. Just go to socialsecurity. gov and click on the Retirement tab at the top of the page and access their Plan for Retirement tools where you can estimate your benefits at different ages and get guidance based on your personal situation. Or, if you would rather have faceto-face assistance, call 800-7721213 and schedule an appointment to visit with a claims representa tive at your nearby Social Security office. The Social Security Administration also offers a bevy of free publications (see ssa.gov/pubs) that you can have mailed directly to you. Retirement Benefits, When To Start Receiving Retirement Benefits and How Work Affects Your Benefits are three popular publications for those nearing retirement. Other Resources If you need help in addition to what the government offers, some good resources include the Social Security Claiming Guide which is published by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. This easy-to-read 24-page guide sorts through all the options, spells out how much you can get, and answers frequently asked questions. Go to socialsecuritycla imingguide.info to read it online or to print a copy for free. X 10 7 6B 7Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some good resources that can help me decide when to start my Social Security retirement benefits? Ill be 62 early next year and want to carefully weigh all my options, but could use some help. Nearing Retirement Dear Nearing, Figuring out the best age to start claiming your Social Security retirement benefits is an important financial decision. The difference between a good decision and a poor one could cost you tens of thousands of dollars over your retirement, so doing some homework and weighing your options now is a very smart move. What to Consider As you may already know, you can claim Social Security any time from age 62 to 70, but the longer you wait, the larger your monthly check. But there are actually many factors you need to take into account to help you make a good decision, including your current financial needs, your health and family longevity, whether you plan to work in retirement, whether you have other retirement income sources, and if youre married, your spouses situation. To help you compare your options and make an informed decision, there are a number of resources and services available depending on how much assistance you need. By Jim Miller Social Security help for those nearing retirement THE SAVVY SENIORAnother good publication is When to Take Social Security Benefits: Questions to Consider (see whentotakesocialsecurity. info). Offered by the National Academy of Social Insurance, a nonprofit research and educational group, this 16-page booklet uses a question-and-answer format to guide you through the key issues. To get a free hardcopy mailed to you, call (202) 452-8097. You can also get help online at websites like analyzenow.com, which offers a free tool called Social Security Planner that helps singles and couples cal culate the best time to take their retirement benefits. And AARPs new Social Security Benefits Calculator (www.aarp.org/social securitybenefits), which lets you estimate how much youll receive in monthly and lifetime benefits, based on your salary and your age when you file. Or, for a $40 annual fee, maximizemysocialsecurity. com provides a comprehensive new tool to help retirees, spouses and survivors make decisions to maximize their benefits. If, however, youd like more per sonalized help, there are financial advisors and investment advisor firms that for a fee can assist you by taking you through the specific claiming strategies. One such firm is Social Security Solutions (social securitysolutions.com, 866-7627526), which offers three levels of service including their Premium Plus plan that runs multiple cal culations and comparisons, recommends a best course of action in a detailed report, and gives you a one-on-one session with a Social Security specialist over the phone to discuss the report and ask questions. Fees for their services range between $20 and $125. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of The Savvy Senior book. Adult Program/Event Highlights August 11 to 17PowerPoint: Introduction, ClipArt and Autoshapes* Learn the basics of slide design and layout to create a professionallooking presentation. Adding text boxes, clipart and Autoshapes to your presentation. Previous experience with Microsoft PowerPoint is recommended. Registration in person required no earlier than one hour prior to the start of the program. Internet: Introduction and Search Techniques* Introduction to the Internet and related terminology. Learn how to use search engines to find information and tips for evaluating what you find. Basic mouse and keyboarding skills are recommended. Registration is available one hour prior to the beginning of the program. Students will learn the technique of creating mosaics out of floor tiles. Bring in a six-inch flower pot and a hammer (if you have one) and we will provide everything else. If you have special tiles or broken pottery you may bring them to class to use. On Monday, Aug. 15 work on the tiles and Tuesday, Aug. 16 grout flower pots. Limit 16. Registration required. Please visit the Information Desk at the Library or call 273-3652. 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 & 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. SouthShore Needle People* 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 funded by the Friends of the SouthShore LibrarySOUTHSHORE REGIONAL LIBRARY E ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE the opening of a new Raymond James branch at Sun City Center, FL 33573 Steve Overton, CFPCERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER/FINANCIAL ADVISOR Individual solutions from independent advisorsEnglund & Overton, LLCIndependent Company Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC The West Central Florida LongTerm Care Ombudsman Programs upcoming Aug. 2011 monthly meeting will be held on Friday, Aug. 19 at 9393 N. Florida Ave., Room 805, Tampa. They would like to invite everyone to be present and discuss bills that passed during the 2011 legislative session, the changes that occurred and the impact those changes have on residents, fami lies, facilities and programs. Check the DOEA website at http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/ english/pubmeetnotices.php prior to attending the meeting for any updates.Everyone invited to discuss bills Animal Advisory Subcommittee meets A Hillsborough County Animal Advisory Subcommittee will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11 at Animal Services, 440 Falkenburg Road, Tampa, to discuss proposed changes to the ordinance pertain ing to community cat issues. The public is invited to attend. There will be a time scheduled for any public comments. For more information, call Animal Services at 744-5660.


8 SEATING IS LIMITED, PLEASE CALL FOR RESERVATIONS813-634-3396LIC# 6193 LIC# 9109 LIC# 11099 LIC# 15328This is a one-step dental procedure that involves minimally invasive surgery, no sutures, nor the typical months of healing.FREE SEMINAR"The Amazing Mini-Implant System" at the office ofZamikoff, Klement, Jungman & Varga 703 Del Webb Blvd. West, Suite B Sun City Center, FLLearn About The Amazing I can still believeI am going through a personal crisis that millions of people go through, or have already gone through. Despite the shared experience, despite the phone calls, emails and text messages from friends and family, my mind has created a self-deceptive world of isolation. I know I have the love and support of family and friends. Yet I feel alone. I should be smarter than that because as things began to look their worst, I found myself surrounded by the people who matter the most. It seems the entire world is in chaos. As millions of people lose their homes and go without jobs, our representatives in Washington bicker along party lines making an already unstable world feel even less stable. It is outrageous that a battle could erupt between political parties just when Americans most need leaders to work together to solve the very real threats to our nation. While verbal grenades are thrown via television news sound bites and chests are thumped in self-serving victory, America itself has been downgraded. That is not representation. That is not the behavior of men and women looking out for our children, our childrens children, America, or us. That is merely self-serving. No wonder America is fracturing. No wonder it feels as though we are alone. Watching the debacle between well-dressed, well-fed men and women in our nations capitol while we fail to find a job to pay the mortgage and put food on the table only serves to reinforce the notion that we are on our own. Although America is known for rugged individualism, in truth America has historically been a land where people have pitched in. There were no government safety nets in the 19th century, but there were social safety nets. People pitched in to help. Towns rose from the hard soil of the prairies and forests of this great nation by people willing and motivated to contribute to something greater than themselves. They believed in the unlimited promise of America. But more than ever today, people are on their own. More than ever, it seems they are struggling. Most people still have faith in America, but it is much less focused than before. People just dont know what promise to believe. The space program is an example of faith in America. My life in this snapshot of time is totally different than it is today. Ive learned that nothing can be taken for granted. And now the iconic countdown clock behind me serves as a reminder that life itself is counting down. There is no point in spending it surrounded by...well, unpleasant people.By Mitch Traphagenmitch@observernews.net When the Russians launched the first satellite into space, followed by the first man in space, America felt down, but was most assuredly not out. In less than a decade, the entire nation had pulled together to accomplish something that no other nation on earth has yet achieved: We landed a man on the Moon. While Neil Armstrongs first contact with an extra-terrestrial body was certainly a dramatic display of Americas rugged individualism, the truth is that it was anything but. That single step required thousands of dedicated scientists, engineers and even factory workers to make it possible. More than that, it required a nation that had faith. Big dreams need big support. Much like today, the early 1970s were challenging years for Americans. Young men were dying by the thousands in a war that few people understood and an oil embargo set the nations economy on a path of inflation, with prices for nearly everything spiraling out of control and lines at gas stations that sometimes stretched for city blocks. Yet through it all, we continued to send men into space. We continued to land on the Moon. The space program was outrageously expensive, but for weary Americans it provided a basis for faith that while the world seemed to be crumbling down, perhaps a better world was at hand. It inspired faith that something else was out there, something that perhaps would mean a brighter future. We had escaped the bounds of a troubled earth, something few people could have conceived only a few years prior. We were beaten down; but we were by no means defeated. A politician did not make the first step on the Moon. Politicians did not launch men into space. Politicians did not invent the worldtransforming device known as the personal computer. Politicians, in fact, being the fallible humans they are (although it seems they frequently forget that), have often failed us. As bad as the dysfunctional leadership appears today, things have been worse. At one point in our history, the political process failed to the point that Americans began leveling our own cities in a war that claimed 600,000 lives, the Civil War. When the dust settled and the dead were buried, Washington D.C. did not heal the nation, Americans did by pulling together and making something happen. We landed on the Moon. We changed the world with personal computers and the Internet. We did it ourselves, as Americans who believe that something better lies over the horizon, that the future can and will be brighter. If this column stopped here, I have little doubt that emails would soon arrive out of both concern and anger that I failed to mention that our faith should be placed in God. To me, that would not only be missing the point, it would fall one significant step short. I do have faith in God but more than that, I have faith that He gave us the tools we need to right the wrongs in the world (or at least make them righter). Whats more, I have faith that He has given those tools to believers and non-believers alike. My faith is so deep that I am certain He has already provided for us and thus, it is now up to us to prevail or fail. I feel alone in my personal struggle, but I am smarter than that. I know that my family and friends are supporting me. I know that I couldnt get through this without them. And although I cant see it right now, I know that a brighter future lies just over the horizon. I have faith in it. And so it goes for America, I think. Were not alone in our struggles to simply get by. We have each other. For me, for anyone going through hard times and most certainly for the nation itself, the words, ironically enough, from 60s dropout William Gibson comes to mind: Before you diagnose yourself with depression or low self-esteem, first make sure that you are not, in fact, surrounded by a**holes. We all know the people Gibson described are out there, it would be naive to assume otherwise. But they arent the many. In an age where its difficult to know what can be believed, it is still possible to believe in America. It is possible to believe in us. Softball championShelby Evans proudly displays her first place softball trophy. She and her teammates won the Independent Softball Association (ISA) World Series held in Bartow on July 24. Congratulations to Shelby and the Fishhawk team, Lady Bandits 02. She is the daughter of Jessica Evans of Fishhawk and Michael and Brandy Evans of Fishhawk. Her grandmother is Dianne Schehl of Apollo Beach.


9TECH TALKthey would have handled things differently. And to follow up with last weeks column on the women/ Venus/men/Mars topic, this is often what causes problems when women vent to men. I once casually vented to a male store manager about another customer who made a rude remark to me in the parking lot. (The customer thought I parked too close to his car when, in fact, he was the one over the line.) This male store manager proceeded to berate the poor fellow wheeling his cart to his car, voice raised and arms moving every which way to emphasize his point. This was not at all my intention. Had it been a female store manager, I can very well think the response might have been more of a dont you just hate that? Wed smile knowingly at each other and move on without giving anything a second thought. Is it that men automatically respond with a need to fix things? Perhaps, although Id like to think we women are perfectly capable of fixing things on our own. (Sometimes we are, sometimes were not. If its a situation involving a snake, I need you!) Im grateful when they want to assist me with my problem and I appreciate their chivalry. Its just that often, it isnt necessary. By Dana Dittmar Last week, Kristy The Office Manager and I had a particularly stressful day at the Chamber. No one thing made the day memorable; it was just a steady stream of ringing phones, visitors needing directions, unusual questions requiring us to keep Google going for hours, and a couple of disgruntled residents who wanted us to fix problems we are not allowed to fix. (By the way, if someone is perfectly happy with their situation, are they gruntled? At the end of the day, Kristy and I took our new American flag down from the pole, brought the new porch chairs in, turned off the lights, pulled down the closed panel and sat down just to chat. Otherwise known as girltalk. We compared notes on several of the days instances and then we vented to each other about the disgruntled residents. And here is where we made a very astute observation. When women vent to each other, it is with the sole purpose of just getting it out and having the other person validate that our feelings are honest, whether they be right or wrong. We dont expect our women friends to have a silver bullet solution or to avenge whatever perceived wrongs we are discussing. We dont expect them to solve the problem or to point out that By: Dana Dittmar, Executive Director You, Me, and Business MOWW wins prestigious national Chapter Activity awardThe Sun City Center Military Order of World Wars (MOWW) won a prestigious national Chapter Activity award. This is the third year in a row that the SCC Chapter has won this coveted award for the BEST Chapter activities and programs. The awards were presented at the MOWW 91st National Convention in Bozeman, Montana, which met from July 18-23. Hillsborough Community College offers free tuition waivers for Senior Citizens. The conditions are: Aug. 22 for most classes To take advantage of the fee waiver, seniors should do the following: 1. Go to http://hccfl.edu/searchsections/index.asp, select the SouthShore 2. Come to the SouthShore Campus on Monday, Aug. 22 with the following: The HCC SouthShore Campus is located at 551 24th Street NE, in HCC offers free tuition waivers for seniors Art Committee to hold meetingHillsborough Countys Public Art on the 23rd floor of County Center, town Tampa. Bill Iverson, Public Art Program Book a cruiseThere will be a presentation the Sun City Center Chamber Center Plaza.


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Our guide walked us through the formations and discussed with our group the history and the geology of not only the caves, but the island. The Crystal Caves were worth a quick look and gave us a much needed reprieve from the island heat, and I would recommend this detour if ever you find yourself on the relaxing island of Bermuda. On a recent trip to Bermuda, we had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to journey 120 feet under ground into the world famous Crystal Caves. Visitors from far and wide make it a necessary stop during their travels around Bermuda, and we were no exception. Upon entering the damp stairway that would lead us into the caves, the temperature almost instantly dropped from a balmy 85 degrees to the lower 70s; making the physical activity of walking more bearable. As we walked further down the entrance stairwell, we could hear water dripping and could see formations jutting out of the rocky ceiling. Once in the belly of the caves, the stalactites and stalagmites were clearly visible. The stalactites were the formations that seemed to be growing downwards from the cave ceiling and the stalagmites looked as if they were reaching up toward the ceiling, growing out of the cave floor. What made this sight all By Karey Burek SATURATION POINTDont miss Crystal CavesStalactites seemed to be growing downwards from the cave ceiling. The Hillsborough County Hazard Mitigation Section is holding five public meetings to provide updates and seek public input from residents on the plans included in the Local Mitigation Strategy. The strategy is a document that identifies local vulnerability to natural hazards, such as flooding and wildfires; assesses risks for all of Hillsborough County, including Tampa, Temple Terrace and Plant City; and details government projects to mitigate or reduce those vulnerabilities. At the meetings, staff will provide an overview of the Local Mitigation Strategy. Staff also will present and seek input on the Floodplain Management Plan portion of the Strategy and the draft Community Wildfire Protection Plan. The Community Wildfire Protection Plan will be included in the Local Mitigation Strategy when adopted later this year. Additionally, an update will be provided on the progress of implementing the Countys Post-Disaster Redevelopment Plan. For more information on the Countys Hazard Mitigation Programs, visit: www.hillsboroughcounty.org/pgm/hazardmit/. All meeting facilities are ADA compliant. For more information, call the Hazard Mitigation Section at (813) 307-4541 (TTY: 301-7173). Para informacin, llamar al (813) 272-5275. South Countys meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23 at the South Shore Regional Service Center, 410 30th St. S.E., Ruskin.Countys disaster plan to be discussedSHINE program seeks volunteersThe Florida Department of Elder Affairs, along with the West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging, invites you to join the award-winning SHINE team of volunteers. This program helps elders make informed decisions about Medicare, health insurance and prescription drug plans. SHINE volunteers provide individual counseling and assistance to elders and their caregivers about Medicare, Medicaid, Medicare plan choices, long-term care planning and prescription discount drug programs. Volunteers may also make educational presentations to community groups and participate in local health fairs, senior fairs and other outreach and educational events. If you would like more information about this exciting opportunity and would like to become a SHINE volunteer in Hillsborough, Hardee, Highlands, Manatee and Polk Counties, call the West Central Florida Area Agency on Aging at (813) 740-3888, ext. 5593.TDC to meet for quarterly meetingThe Hillsborough County Tourist Development Council (TDC) will meet at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11 for its regular quarterly meeting in the boardroom on the 2nd floor of County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. For more information, contact Marilyn Hett, Tourism Development Manager with the Economic Development Department, at hettm@hillsboroughcounty.org or call 272-6212.


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A lot of the pieces we have are name brands and are expensive pieces when new, but now they are in here. They still look like new but are very affordable, Spano said. We are trying to suit everyones budget. We have a bedroom suite over here that originally cost over $25,000, but we have it for under $7,000. Its neat that people who typically couldnt afford that type of furniture; its basically handmade, heirloom-type pieces, almost anyone can afford them. Inside the 1,300 square foot store are unique pieces and something for nearly everyone. Accessories are already selling really well, Spano said. People will stop in just to look around, not expecting to buy any furniture, but theyll end up taking some accessories home. Accessories have been selling so well that Im ordering some they are new, not everything here is pre-owned. But what is pre-owned is typically one-of-a-kind. Some of the things I have in Business Newshere are unique, she said looking around the tastefully presented and beautiful furniture. You cant just go into any store to find some of these pieces. Personally, I would not spend the money they cost new, that just isnt possible in my lifestyle, but for so much less money I can get a quality piece, an heirloom piece that will last forever. In addition to what she has in the store, Spano, an interior decorator, wants to be the means through which people can find anything they may be looking for. I love finding unique pieces, and especially finding someone who loves it just as much as I do, knowing that it will be perfect for their house, she said. I have 30 pages of things that people are looking for, or they want to consign. No matter what, were going to find what you are looking for. You tell me what you need; Ill find it at a price that you want. Her Apollo Beach location has given her a perk that she wasnt expecting. Although she has lived in the Bay area for 20 years, she remains a small-town Georgia girl at heart. I prayed about it that things would line up, and I came to this place, she said. I want to say just how much I love this area and the people here. I am so grateful to the people here. People here like this community and they want people to succeed here. It is very personal and I want to get to know every person that walks through the door. Southern Charm Boutique 222 Apollo Beach Blvd Apollo Beach, FL 33572 813-645-9047Michele Herndon with Keller Williams Realty, and Candy Seward with Florida Home Realty Professionals, Inc., have each earned the nationally recognized Short Sales and Foreclosure Resource certification. The National Association of REALTORS offers the SFR certification to REALTORS who want to help both buyers and sellers navigate these complicated transactions, as demand for professional expertise with distressed sales grows. According to a recent NAR survey, nearly one-third of all existing homes sold recently were either short sales or foreclosures. For many real estate professionals, short sales and foreclosures are the new traditional transaction. REALTORS, such as Michele and Candy, who have earned the SFR certification, know how to help sellers maneuver the complexities of short sales as well as help buyers pursue short sale and foreclosure opportunities. Using her short sales and foreclosure expertise, Herndon has closed on over 30 distressed properties for her clients in the recent past. The certification program includes training on how to qualify sellers for short sales, negotiate with lenders, protect buyers, and limit risk, and provides resources to help REALTORS stay current on national and state-specific information as the market for these distressed properties evolves. For more information about the SFR certification, visit www. REALTORSFR.org or call 1-877510-7855. Michelle Herndon and Candy Seward earn short sales, foreclosure certification Tour of local businesses offered monthlyTour de SouthShore is a behindthe-scenes look at businesses people might never have visited or even known existed. This will be a once a month event sponsored by the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce given Fridays through October. The tour involves five or six businesses and a stop for lunch along the route. The day concludes around 1:30 p.m. Not only chamber members, but the general public will be invited to participate. There is a $50 participation fee for those who would like their businesses toured and a $25 cost to those who would like to take the tour to cover the chambers expenses. Any business interested in being a stop on the tour may call for details. There are also a few openings left for tourists. The $25 fee for a tourist includes breakfast, snack and lunch. For more information call 813645-3808.


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Trout were a great catch from the beach for those wading out a distance and then making their cast. Some, however, only fed the fish, not knowing when to set the hook. I was surprised how many people were fishing on the beach. Many charter boats are in this area, and their summer business is just as great as during the winter season. I was told that in the summer the tourists arrive with their families before school starts and many take their children on the charter boats. Each day, from 2 to 4 p.m. char ters return to the local waterfronts with their anglers and their catches. Many locals are waiting for the boats to return to buy fresh fish. Anglers are warm, friendly people, all in the mood to get away from it all. Outdoor fun takes center stage. No one is a stranger; everyone you meet is happy. Its vacation time, and no ones in the daily grind that a job brings, and the children are not in school. There is a beach in Venice, FL for dogs. It is called Brohard Dog Beach and Paw Park located in South Venice on Harbor Drive. Dogs and owners cool off in the water together. Owners of horses still ride on the beach, but maybe not for long, as this is a subject being reviewed by the City Fathers of the beach town, who are not in favor of horses on their beaches. While in Venice, you not only can go to the dog beach, but fish from their famous waters that deposit more sharks teeth ashore, than any other shore in Florida. Eat your seafood at Sharkeys Restaurant, and then go shark tooth searching along their beachfront. If you collect seashells, Captiva Island is the place to go. Many different shells are on Captivas waterfront that cant be found elsewhere. Most of the condo and water front hotels keep their waterfronts free from shells by pavers smoothing out the sand each morning. You will find seafood restaurants along the beaches from Anna Maria, Bradenton, Lido, St. Armand, Siesta Key, Holmes, Longboat, Nakomis, Venice, and Captiva. Of all that I visited I found that I enjoyed the food at Anna Maria Oyster Bars three locations best for food value and cost. You see people of all walks of life, and it seems all are very friendly. I talked to people from all over the world. Many from France, Canada, England, Germany, and Spain. A fashion show of bathing wear was everywhere. From the small est toddler to the older men and women. Bermuda shorts were the dress code for both men and women anglers. I saw one boat with girls only aboard, all fishing. I also met one women who owns a fleet of char ter fishing boats. Our local waterways have the same charms: breaking waves, salt water spraying in your face, the smell of nature, and abundance of fish as our friends south of us, so you need not travel, although it is great to get away from the daily grind. Aleta Jonie Maschek is a member of Florida Outdoor Press.By Jonie Maschek Get away from the daily grindThe 31st Annual Tampa Bay Senior Games are scheduled for Oct. 3-14. The games are open to anyone age 50 and up. Last years oldest contestant was 96 years young and the youngest was 50. Entry fee is only $20 and includes unlimited partici pation in the games, a ticket to the awards luncheon, opening ceremony breakfast, and t-shirt. The golf event costs an additional $20 and power lifting an additional $5. The award banquet for a non-participant is $10. Registration deadline is Friday, Sept. 23. The games feature two weeks of competition in various activi ties, such as basketball, billiards, bowling, cribbage, dominoes, golf, hobby show, pickleball, pinochle, swimming, table tennis, talent showcase, tennis and track and field. The Tampa Bay Senior Games are hosted by the Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department, Hills borough County Family and Aging Services, City of Tampa Recreation Department, and Temple Terrace Leisure Services. For the registration form, event schedule and event locations, visit www.hillsboroughcounty. org/parks/ or for more information, call (813) 635-3519. Register for Senior Games Boating safety tip sheetAs boaters take to the waterways this summer, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) boating experts have some tips to help keep people safe. condition. life jackets, fire extinguishers, sound-producing devices and visual distress signals and ensure they are readily accessible. personal watercraft or water skis, to wear life jackets. FWC boating safety experts say all boaters should wear life jackets and should consider are leaving, where you are going and your estimated time of return. properly. Commission-approved boater education course to operate most boats. The FWC encourages all boaters to take a safe-boating course. major contributors to boating fatalities. Also, impaired boaters come off the water and often become impaired drivers, further endangering public safety. Dont drink or take drugs and operate a boat or vehicle. FWC encourages people to report impaired or suspected impaired boaters to the FWCs toll-free Wildlife Alert Hotline at 1-888-404-FWCC (3922). Callers may stay anonymous and are eligible for a reward if their information leads to an arrest. But more importantly, reporting impaired boaters may save lives. responsible for their vessels wake. Ruskin Animal Hospital & Cat ClinicPET TIP: Drs. Ott, Slaughter & Waldy r


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15 Billor said now that a report has been made, if people call and add to it, their claims will be investigated. What frightens people like Debbie Chapman is that dogs like hers cannot always obey commands and therefore may be beaten or killed. There is no way the thieves will know my dog is deaf, she said, almost in tears. All the dogs were males PENNY FLETCHER PHOTOSome of the people who had lost their dogs brought photographs of them hoping someone reading this news story would recognize them.Missing dogsContinued from page 3 many boxers and pit bulls except for two of the four boxers stolen from my sister, said Connie Ciani. She had four boxers with shock collars on. People who have lost dogs or who are interested in this cause may attend the next meeting. It is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. at the South Shore Library on Beth Shields Way (off 19th Avenue) that runs east and west between U.S. 41 and U.S. 301 in Ruskin. Perhaps someone has a description of the people who are stealing the dogs, Christy Clark said. So far, a black Chevrolet diesel pick-up truck and a smaller red pick-up are the only descriptions of vehicles described anywhere near any of the scenes.Building a disaster supply kitThe Florida Division of Emer gency Management is reminding all Floridians of the importance of personal preparedness and building a disaster supply kit before a hurricane threatens your area. We encourage every Floridian to take personal responsibility for their familys hurricane preparedness, said Bryan W. Koon, Director of the Division of Emergency Management. A personal disaster plan and a well-stocked disaster supply kit are essential tools to ensure your familys safety and security during a hurricane. Residents and businesses can prepare for the 2011 Atlantic Hur ricane Season now by going to www.FloridaDisaster.org, where you can create a personal disaster plan and a business disaster plan. The best way for residents to make their families and homes safer is to be prepared before a disaster happens. For more information visit: www.FloridaDisaster.org. Follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/ flsert and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/FloridaSERT.


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Even better news: Were working hard to make hearing help more affordable than ever. Visit HEARx soon, and let our hearing health professionals help you nd a solution thats perfect for your needsand your budget. Its time to get back in the conversation! WE MAKE IT EASY SUN CITY CENTER Marketplace at Cypress Creek 729 Cortaro Drive, Unit 15 813.633.6767 *Example based on $1495 nanced, 48 mos, 13.90% APRYour payments may be higher or lower depending on purchase amount, term, down payment or interest rate you qualify for.Based on approved credit; not all applicants will qualify. That leaves just two theaters in America ready for the change to digital, a short 18 months away. Nearly eight decades after the first drive-in opened in 1933 with the slogan The whole family is welcome, regardless of how noisy the children are, the Ruskin Drive-In still holds true to a family-friendly tradition. It is one of South Hillsboroughs largest and most economical familyoriented entertainment venues. Whether it makes the short list of theaters to survive the digital conversion remains an unknown. The final Harry Potter movie is playing on the screen as the storm clouds from summer squalls move out. In front of the projection booth, two young women sit on top of the back seat of an open convertible making for an iconic image in an iconic place. Inside the snack bar, young children look at the candy offerings with the seriousness of bankers looking at a pile of cash. Their parents chat amongst each other. The snack bar clears out when the movie begins, although some children still prefer to run to this place or that in favor of seeing Harry Potter defeat the Dark Lord. The movie is about magic, but the real magic is within the expansive fenced confines of the theater. In many ways, it is like stepping back in time, a time when people were happy and good to each other. You can see how people treat each other in the theater, said owner Ted Freiwald. People seem to treat each other better in here. I dont know why. The atmosphere here has totally changed since 2004, and it was good before. Its not just how they treat the theater itself, but its also how they treat each other. Two first-run movies are $5 for an adult ticket and $1 for children, making the Ruskin Drive-In one of the most economical entertainment venues in South Hillsborough. Prices in the snack bar are also reminiscent of times past, with a hot dog, hamburger, pizza, popcorn, or soda available for just a few bucks. Ticket sales help in getting a shot at first-run movies, but the concession stand keeps the theater in business. Concession prices are kept low to make it competitive and affordable, but the money from ticket sales alone isnt enough to keep the theater open. Despite the pressure to raise money, Ted and Karen Freiwald have no intention of changing anything. They understand that times are tough for many people, especially families. They understand what the theater means to people across the area. Like other drive-in theater owners, their business could be closed down easily enough. Ted and Karen work overtime to ensure that wont happen. Im going on 79-years-old. We could be out doing other things, but we want to stay here, Ted said. Karen, with her booth experience, could keep the Ruskin Drive-In open for many more years with film format and probably hold prices at 2011 levels. But that isnt possible. Movie distributors will be fully converted to digital by 2013. To raise the funds needed to convert to digital, the Ruskin Drive-In is selling t-shirts for $16.50. They hope to sell 15,000 of them to make the conversion possible. Today people have way more on their plates with the economy, Ted said. If people want to give donations, instead just take some t-shirts to sell. I want to give people some quality for their money. If they have a good t-shirt they can wear out in public, theyve got something for their money. People have a tremendous amount of money to spend just getting their kids to school. Converting to digital is more than just buying a new projector film and computers are two vastly different things. In addition to a new projector, a new projector booth must be built closer to the screen. That booth must be air-conditioned and dust-free to protect the computers. Additionally, connecting to their traditional speaker stands and FM radio broadcasting system will present challenges. In addition, there are questions surrounding the new equipment itself. With only two theaters in the world successfully converted, there is little in the way of field-testing. There is more reasonably priced equipment available to go digital, Ted said. I, with other theatre owners, have looked at the quality and found that there is a very high probability that such equipment would not last over 3 to 4 years. If the Ruskin DriveIn is to continue in business, we need to have the best equipment available. Also, these companies are all start-ups and may not be around for a long time. Christies, Local theatre threatenedContinued from page 1 MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOS See THEATRE THREATENED, page 17


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A critical maintenance issue began in 2007 when the County turned over athletic field maintenance to the various youth athletic leagues and volunteer organizations due to budget cuts. While some leagues were financially able to take on this maintenance level, many struggled with What better way to end the summer than to visit a Wilderness Park. The parks department invites you to bicycle, fish, hike, or walk in this 16,000-acre sanctuary for wildlife in Thonotosassa. Hillsborough Countys Wilder ness Park System is about 16,000 acres, and is located in the Thonotosassa area. Dead River, Flatwoods, John B. Sargeant, Sr. Memorial Park, Harney Boat Ramp, Morris Bridge, the Morris Bridge Off Road Loop Area, Old Fort King Trail, and Trout Creek are all sites within the Wilderness Park System. Although the motive behind the creation of the areas largest regional park was to protect downstream areas from flooding, the ultimate benefit to area residents goes far beyond that, and includes a wide variety of environmental and recreational advantages. Most of the area was designed as a temporary impoundment of floodwater with a levee on its western boundary, a dam on the Hillsborough River, and the Tampa Bypass Canal to reroute floodwater. In addition, Flatwoods Park is also a well-field that supplies drinking water to the City of Tampa. The area has a long history. Past generations of Native Americans created tools out of flint, which is found along the river. American industrialists began harvesting pine, cypress and hardwood trees on the property in the 1840s. Elevated tram roads built to haul timber through forested wetlands now serve as recreational trails. Choices abound for wildlife sanctuary visitsThe Old Fort King Trail was a supply route from Tampa to Ocala, used to support U.S troops during the Seminole Wars and was later used during the Civil War. Dead River Park Dead River, 15098 Dead River Road, is situated at the confluence of Dead River and the Hillsborough River. Nature lovers appre ciate a scenic two-mile trail alongside the Hillsborough River. This site offers primitive group camping. Flatwoods Park Flatwoods has two access points, 14302 Morris Bridge Road and 18205 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Best known for its seven-mile paved loop road, which serves as a multiuse trail, Flatwoods Park provides a welcome getaway from Tampas developed landscape. The Morris Bridge well-field is located within the Park, and wellhouses can be observed along the trail. A twomile paved extension connects Bruce B. Downs Boulevard with the loop road. Park activities and features include a paved bicycle loop, off road bike trails, remote picnicking, and nature trails John B. Sargeant, Sr. Memorial Park John B. Sargeant, Sr. Memorial Park, 12856 U.S. Highway 301 North, is best known for boating access to the Hillsborough River. Downriver, the Hillsborough River State Canoe Trail winds through a jungle of hardwood trees, lilies and birds. Upstream, the river widens to flow through the broad hardwood swamp known as the Seventeen Runs. In 1989, Flint Creek Park was renamed in memory of John B. Sargeant, Sr., who served as a member of the Hillsborough River Basin Board of the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Park activi ties and features include a small boat ramp, picnicking, boardwalk, and fishing. Morris Bridge Park Morris Bridge, 13330 Morris Bridge Road, offers access to the most popular and extensive network of trails at the trailhead approximately 100 yards from the I-75 Fletcher Avenue off ramp, east on Morris Bridge Road. This Parks features include picnic benches, a boat launch, boardwalks and restroom. Old Fort King Trail The Old Fort King Trail is 6.7 miles long, and runs from just south of the Hillsborough River State Park to John B. Sargeant, Sr. Park, along U.S Highway 301 North. The trail offers hiking, biking, and rollerblading on 2.2 miles of the paved section of the trail. The trail head is available at John B. Sargeant, Sr. Park on the southern end. Trout Creek Park Trout Creek, 12550 Morris Bridge Road, is located near the mouth of Trout Creek. This property on the Hillsborough River is popular for fishing, canoeing and group picnics. Trout Creek is a pleasant place to get away for a midday break or to take small chil dren for a mini-adventure. Park features and activities include a canoe launch, picnicking, restrooms, boardwalk, fishing and offroad bike trails. Fees: Entry -$2 per vehicle car rying up to eight people and $1 each additional person. Annual Entrance Pass -$50 individual, $100 family. Boat Launch -$5 per boat. Annual Boat Launch Pass -$100. Shelter Rental: Small Shelter $40 per day; Medium Shelter $70 per day; Large Shelter $125 per day; Extra Large Shelter $225 per day. The Wilderness Park System is a joint venture between Hillsborough County and the Southwest Florida Water Management District. Visit us on Facebook at HillsboroughFL, or click on this link to view pictures of Wilderness Park System. Health Care Advisory Board to meetThe Hillsborough County Health Care Advisory Board will meet at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11 in Conference Room B on the 26th floor of County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., Tampa. For more information, call Tina Brown at (813) 301-7364. the responsibility and costs to properly maintain large acreages of turf. Without the proper maintenance and implementation of turf-man agement best practices, costly capital repairs become routine. Re-sodding a single football field, for example, currently costs the County up to $40,000. This proposed change in main tenance would mean that PRC would take back the responsibility of maintaining these athletic fields and would establish contracts with local businesses. This would strengthen the Countys partner ship with local leagues, and could allow these sports organizations to redirect the funds once spent in field maintenance directly toward their programs. Additional information on this and other changes proposed by the Parks, Recreation and Conservation Department can be found online at www.hillsbor oughcounty.org/parks/strategic/. For more information, call Rina Rojas, Parks, Recreation and Conservation at (813) 635-3501.


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Gold, M.D., chairman of the UF College of Medicines depart ment of psychiatry, suggest modern living presents many delicious possibilities for people at mealtime too many for people who respond to food as if it were an addictive drug. Their comments are in response to new research by scientists at the State University of New York at Buffalo that shows even obese people lose interest in and eat less of foods that they are repeatedly exposed to a behavior known as habituation. Clearly, school-lunch planners and public health officials should note that diversity in the menu is not necessarily a virtue, and in fact may be associated with promoting excess food intake and increased body mass index, Avena and Gold wrote. Before the SUNY at Buffalo study, rigorous research did not clearly indicate whether healthy-weight and overweight individuals responded in the same way to a limited diet. The thought was menu monotony did not constrain people who continually eat far more than their normal energy requirements. In addition, little is known about the food exposure patterns needed to cause people to lose interest in their food, thereby reducing the likeli hood of overeating and subsequent obesity. The research study, led by Leonard H. Epstein, Ph.D., of SUNY at Buffalo, analyzed the food consumption of obese and non-obese women that either received a macaroni-and-cheese meal every day, or once a week for five weeks. The women in the group that received macaroni-and-cheese daily for five days reduced their food intake, whether the women were obese or not. Women in the group with a larger variety of choices did not lower their food consumption. Additional studies are needed to see whether men given fewer food choices would also lower their food intake. Variety in palatable food choices appears to be important in determining whether or not habituation or perhaps tolerance to food can develop, Avena and Gold wrote. But in our modern-day food environment, monotony and similarity in meals are rare. Concepts of food addiction, pioneered for more than three decades by UF, Princeton University and Yale University researchers, suggest that highly palatable foods trigger the same sort of gene expression and release of chemicals in the human brain associated with highly addictive drugs. Even rodents that have excessive amounts of sugar in their diets exhibit signs of drug withdrawal when they return to a normal diet. Not every obese person is addicted to food, Avena said. But the data are really saying that highly palatable food, rich in fats and sugars, might be difficult to stop taking for the same reasons that its difficult to stop taking drugs of abuse. It means we might be able to take lessons from drug-abuse literature when considering ways to reduce consumption of highly palatable foods.Further research is needed to learn more about the underlying causes of overeating, the scientists say. It is becoming clear that new pharmacologic therapies for overeating may end up being established drug addiction treatments, they wrote.Abundant food choices may overwhelm brain, reinforce overeatingDear Editor, Dog-friendly beaches, sand bars and resorts that permit canines have become very popular in recent years. Details may be found on website www.petfriendlytravel. com, as well as in the AAA 733 page publication Traveling with Your Pet. Here are some tips on taking dogs to the beach and some fun facts they may encounter there. Its also important to remember to have a leash on hand, pick-up bags, fresh drinking water, a bowl and a small towel. Be aware that the biggest risk for a dog at the beach is salt poisoning from the water. Dogs retrieving balls and other objects can ingest enough water to make them sick. In fresh water the games are the same, but the problem can be drinking too much water, or water intoxication. The most common veterinarian treatment for salt poisoning or water intoxication is intravenous fluid therapy. Dogs can get sunburned just like people, and even suffer from heat stroke. Sunburn inspection includes their ears, nose, underside and inside of their legs. Signs of heat stroke include rapid panting, pale gums, bright red tongue, thick sticky saliva, weakness, vomiting, and diarrhea. Be sure to get the dog out of the sun; apply cool water to lower body temperature, and have him drink small amounts of fresh cool water. Other thing to watch out for is dogs can get sick from eating dead fish, crabs, or even bird feces. The treatment is fluids and antibiotics. In some areas, it is jellyfish stings afflicting pain to dogs similar to encounters by humans and requiring pain medication. Last but not least, never let the dog enter salt water if they have any breaks in their skin. The same applies to humans because salt water is not clean no matter how clean it may look. The wildlife on beaches range from sea gulls to horseshoe crabs, all of which can be of further inter est to dogs as well as entertaining to humans. Gulls will eat whatever they find wherever they find it. A common habit is for them to drop clams and other shells at great heights onto hard surfaces to break them open to feed their young. When on pavements, the watch word is always keep an eye up. Starfish are not fish but inverte brates so are now called sea stars. There are more than 1,800 species of sea stars, and although the five-pronged versions are the most common, they may have as many as 40 arms. Sea stars are poisonous and can cause severe vomiting and drooling in dogs. Sand crabs are used for bait -birds eat them and kids love to dig them out of the shifting sand, because they dig right back. They have pointy legs, no claws, and can only move backwards. They are about the size of a thumb. Laboratories use sand crabs in neurological studies because the crabs tails have the largest sensory neutrons found in any animal. Whenever encountering a horseshoe crab on its back, carefully flip it over so that it can return to the water. The horseshoe crab is more closely related to scorpions and spiders than crabs, but is not dangerous. They eat mollusks, dead fish and algae. Their blood is blue because it contains copper, and is used to test the purity of vaccines and other pharmaceutical products. The horseshoe crab is one of the most ancient marine animals, going back on the average of 350 million years. After a day on the water, be sure to rinse the sand and salt from the dogs coat thoroughly. Dry his ears, if his head was under water. Inspect foot pads for any scrapes and shell cuts. If the dog is scratching, you may need a trip to the vet for treatment as there are such things as sand fleas and sea lice that can infect a dog. Charlie Feldschau, member of Sun City Center Dog ClubTaking your dogs to the beach LETTER TO THE EDITOR:Sampson is a 12-year-old white neutered male, who has all his shots, including rabies (good until March 2014). He knows basic commands and is playful. He is friendly with other dogs and children, housetrained, crate trained, and microchipped. There is a 30-day gift from the Sanctuary of Pet Insurance for unfor seen illnesses. His current owners long hours at work forces surrender. Sampson has vet records from 8-weeks old. There is an adoption cost of $150. Napiers Log Cabin Horse & Animal Sanctuary, Inc. located in East Bradenton is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) no-kill Florida corporation that provides loving adoptive homes or permanent homes to needy animals. 100 percent of donations go to caring for the animals and are tax deductible as allowed by law. Cash donations or WalMart and Tractor Supply gift cards may be mailed to: Horse & Animal Sanctuary, 20010 East S.R. 64, Bradenton, FL 34212; credit card donations may be made on the link on the website or cash donations may be made at any Bank of America in care of the Horse & Animal Sanctuary fundraiser account. For more information, call (941) 750-8185 or visit www.Napier FamilyFarm.com. Dogs available to adopt at Napiers Log Cabin Horse & Animal Sanctuary Grocery help for low-income people over 60 your grocery bill? Manatee, Polk, Highlands or Hardee County? If so, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly known 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 informa tion, call 800-963-5337.


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Pedaling through the tree tops at your own pace, you can stop and contemplate your surroundings, taking time to absorb the beauty and serenity of the land below. Will you see wildlife? Sit quietly in your cycle above the forest floor and who knows what you might see or hear? This is not a theme park and wildlife moves to its own schedule. A required stop on the tour is a visit with George. Below your cycle, in the pond that is Georges home is the 13 foot alligator that has called these parts home for about fifty years. Stop and take some pictures of this magnificent animal and then head into the final stretch and bring your cycle back to the barn. When you are sitting over George, you might have to contend with zip liners passing by on a parallel cable. Theyve been whizzing by George for about a year now, their rigs hooked up to another cable, letting gravity do all of the work. Thats something you might want to try your skill at after your cycle ride. The newly opened Cypress Canopy Cycle at Forever Florida is the first of its kind in this country. Its predecessor has been successfully operated at an adventure park in Tulum, Mexico for about four years. Florida EcoSafaris at Forever Florida is a unique attraction located off Rte 441 in St. Cloud, Florida about an hour southeast of Orlando. This is a pristine part of old Florida where every care has been taken to preserve a vanishing life style. Adjoining Forever Florida is the Crescent J Ranch, a living museum educating visitors about Floridas unique ranching heritage. Preserved on its land are Spanish Colonial Cattle (cracker cows) and Cracker Horses both brought into Florida by the Spanish in the early 1500s. Forever Florida covers nine distinct ecosystems and is preserved by the Broussard family in as natural a state as possible. Streams, forests and wetlands are home to a myriad of wildlife: alligators, black bears, white-tail deer and the endangered Florida panther. Visitors can enjoy all of this without having a negative impact on the environment. To insure a continuous stream of funding for Forever Florida, additional adventures are available to visitors. Floridas first Zipline Safari is here as well as a Coach Safari, Horseback Safari, Summer Camp, Special Events and the Cypress Restaurant. Forever Florida was founded by Dr. Bill Broussard, a tenth generation rancher, as a living monument to his son Allen, a devoted ecologist. A substantial portion of the revenues collected go toward the Allen Broussard Conservancy for the conservation of these lands and purchase of additional property. Forever Florida and the Crescent J Ranch are located on N. Kenansville Road south of St. Cloud. Their web site is www. floridaecosafaris.com As a footnote, Kenansville was named by Henry Flagler to honor the family of his third wife, Mary Lily Kenan.Local realtor awarded Real Estate Owned Specialist designationCathy Griggs has been recognized by the American Real Estate University as a REO Specialist, a designation which requires an intensive course of study and examination to complete. Fewer than one percent of all real estate licensees have earned this recognition. The American Real Estate University (AREU) is a professional association comprised of real estate professionals and affiliates focused on real estate education. According to Council President A. Shane Mask, REOS designees are uniquely qualified to work with bank and HUD properties to assist homebuyers in the purchase process. Their advanced training in BPOs and understanding market finance options enables them to assist homebuyers buy homes and lenders move properties. In addition, they are also trained to be advisors to homeowners on how to avoid foreclosure and stay in their homes. Thats why todays homebuyers and sellers need to be certain to work with real estate professionals who are completely up-to-date on the foreclosure marketplace and who are committed to providing the best knowledge and advice available. While assistance with buying foreclosures is important to home buyers, explains Griggs, sellers can also benefit when their listing agents understand short sale process, foreclosure prevention methods and creative financing options to open up the market to more buyers who can qualify for the purchase. Cathy Griggs is a sales associate with Paul B. Dickman Realty Inc. in Ruskin and has been working in the real estate business since 2004. Paul B. Dickman Inc. has been serving the real estate needs of Southeastern Hillsborugh County since 1924. CATHY GRIGGS PHOTO BY JEANNE OCONNORObserver News travel writer, Warren Resen, starts his journey on the Cypress Canopy Cycle. Below, George, a 13foot alligator who greets visitors from above at Forever Florida on their new cypress canopy cycle and zip line.


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The ordinance is designed to protect the health and safety of all Hillsborough County residents, particularly children. Here are some things residents need to know to meet the Countys Minimum Standard Ordinance. How must a swimming pool be secured? 09-63 requires that all swimming pools be enclosed with a four foot fence, equipped with self-closing, self-latching gates. and maintained to make the pool inaccessible to young children. when released from six inches from the gatepost. Why does the County regulate pool enclosures and sanitation?County offers tips to keep your swimming pool safe sanitation are regulated to stem the breeding of disease carrying insects such as mosquitoes, and to prevent accidental drowning. quitoes include encephalitis, West Rift Valley Fever, and Yellow Fever. tal drowning are declining, drowning remains the second leading cause of death among children ages one to 14. occur in residential swimming pools among children ages one to four years. dren who drowned in pools were last seen in the home, had been out of sight less than five minutes, and were in the care of one or both parents at the time. What is the penalty for this violation? able period of time to comply with the Code. in the prescribed time, the case is forwarded for a hearing before the Hillsborough County Code Enforce ment Board or Special Magistrate. Board/Magistrate faces a fine of up to $1,000 for each day that the violation continues to exist. against all properties owned by the violator. the matter is turned over to the Hillsborough County Attorneys office where a determination is made on foreclosure. How do I report a violation? oughcounty.org/hcce and then clicking on the Online Services link on the left side of the page. normal business hours. days a week. in Tampa. Ruskin. What do I do if Ive received a notice of violation? what is required of you to achieve compliance with Hillsborough Countys Code, contact the investigator assigned to your case. The investigators name is listed at the bottom of the notice you received. Can I remain anonymous when registering a complaint? Hillsborough County does not require any personal identifying information when registering a complaint. Any information provided to the department, including names, phone numbers, or email addresses, are subject to the Public and must be provided to anyone who requests the information. To remain completely anonymous, do not provide any of this information when registering the complaint. For more information or more safety tips, residents should call hillsboroughcounty.org/hcce. Governor Scott signs legislation to promote adoption, affect abortion Governor Rick Scott today held a ceremonial bill signing at the Governors Mansion for four bills that strengthen Floridas pro-life laws. Joining him for the event were legislative sponsors of the bills and John executive director of Florida Catholic Conference; Pam Olson of the and government affairs consultant to the Florida Baptist Convention; and pro-life. House Bill 97tected from state and federal dollars being used to fund abortions. 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DATE, 2009 SCC OBSERVER X 23 The Observer News CARRIER OF THE WEEKBetsy Gutierrez has been working for The Observer News for five years. Here with her mother, they deliver portions of Sun City Center. The duo is quick and they get the job done, which is especially difficult this time of year with so many residents on vacation and returning to the north. Thanks for your effort...we couldnt do it without you! Hillsborough County Affordable Housing and the Tampa Housing Authority are considering a merger of their Section 8 programs -the housing assistance program for low-income families. Following are answers to some questions that are important in the decision. Why are Hillsborough County and the Tampa Housing Authority considering a merger of their Section 8 programs to be adminis tered under one organization? Hillsborough County must examine opportunities to consolidate services with other governmental entities where it can be determined that the result will enhance delivery to customers and save taxpayer dollars. The separate agencies providing administration of Section 8 voucher rental assistance have documented that duplication occurs on waiting lists for rental assistance; confusion exists with customers as to whom they should talk to about service; and landlords providing rental units in both the City and the County have reported differing policy require ments for operation and inspection. One unified agency admin istration of the Section 8 program should eliminate duplication and confusion. Presently, Hillsborough County Section 8 is provided approximately $575,000 in support services from the Civil Service, Clerk of the Court, Human Resources, Management and Budget, Payroll, Public Information, Real Estate. Currently, the budget charges to the federal funds supporting Section 8 are approximately $269,000. The difference in cost comes from the general tax funds. The transfer to the Tampa Housing Authority should eliminate the Hillsborough County Section 8 transitions to Tampa Housing Authorityneed for general tax dollars to support the operation of Section 8 by the County. When would the merger become effective? The merger would be effective Oct. 1, the date of Fiscal Year 2012 County budget. Countys staff will be released from County positions by Sept. 24, at which time Federal funds will be released to Tampa Housing Authority for administration of the Voucher Program. What happens to tenants cur rently being provided with rental assistance from Hillsborough County? Rental assistance will continue to the approximate 2,000 voucher tenants in Hillsborough Countys program by the Tampa Housing Authority, in addition to the approx imate 5,000 voucher tenants currently in the Housing Authority program. There will be no lapse in assistance. What happens to landlords and their contracts with Hillsborough County Section 8 to provide rental units? Tampa Housing Authority will maintain and honor all contracts for Section 8 rental units countywide, including those established through Hillsborough County. Whats next for employees? Employees with Hillsborough County Section 8 would be noticed formally on July 28 with Reduction In Force notices. If the Board of County Commissioners approves the consolidation of the Section 8 program with Tampa Housing Authority, the draft Interlocal Agreement states: All employees now assigned to work in the County Housing Choice Voucher Program shall be given first preference for consideration for employment by the Housing Authority in the Consolidated Housing Choice Voucher Program, if they choose to apply for employment with the Housing Authority. What happens to the current waiting lists? Waiting lists for housing choice vouchers are presently maintained by both Hillsborough County and Tampa Housing Authority. The lists will be purged by Tampa Housing Authority for duplica tion of names and for valida tion that rental vouchers are still needed. The lists will be integrated in the most equitable method to provide housing preferences for the families on the waiting lists. The County and Tampa Housing Authority are still examining the best method to merge the lists to ensure the integrity of the order of names intact on both lists and to not increase waiting time for any individual. What is the next step in the merger plan? An Interlocal Agreement between Hillsborough County and the Tampa Housing Authority must be finalized and approved by both jurisdictions in order for the transition to occur. The Housing Authority Board of Commissioners approved the Interlocal agreement on July 20. The plan is to bring the interlocal agreement, as approved by the Housing Authority, to the Board of County Commissioners for their consideration and approval in August. If amendments are needed by the Board of County Commissioners, the amendments will be sent to the Housing Authority for further action and approval before final action is taken by the Board. Who makes the final approval? The actual transfer of the Hillsborough County Section 8 program to the Tampa Housing Authority must also be approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. HUD has already expressed that they are looking forward to getting this done as quickly as possible. HUD has previously approved the transfer of Sarasota County Section 8 to the Sarasota Housing Authority. If there are delays in the actual transfer of the program to the Tampa Housing Authority, the transfer of funds and employees will have to be delayed to coincide with final approvals. At this time, such delays are not anticipated. Residents who are involved in the Section 8 program and have questions on how this merger may impact them should call Paula Harvey, Affordable Housing Services at (813) 612-5397. O TannenbaumRuskin Elementary School PTA will be hosting its annual multicultural Festival of Trees on Dec. 3. If your business or organiza tion would like to participate, you could donate an artificial decorated Christmas tree that will be auctioned off, or a themed basket for the raffle. They are also looking for bake sale items and entertainers. If you are a crafter, you may set up a table and donate a percentage of your sales to the Festival. The money raised will be used to help pay for the students educational field trips. If you wish to participate or have any questions, call Cheryl Jones at 634-8019.


24 Area Places of Worship 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 www.calvarylutheranchurch.net 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 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 REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA Rev. Dr. Peter Stiller, PastorTelephone: Website: sccredeemer.org Worship Services on Sunday 9:30 & 11:15 a.m. Harold Dan Patch, president of the Keenagers, is shown with a special gift given by the organization to the United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Avenue. The Keenagers, a social organization of the church, recently presented a new automatic coffee maker that was so needed and appreciated, with its ability to prepare delicious coffee in brief periods of time. The Keenager Board had worked for over two years putting on church dinners and entertainment to earn enough money for the purchase and installation of the coffee maker. The group also raised money for replacing kitchen sinks and plumbing. Keenager GiftHAZEL MARTIN PHOTOFun Brigade has funThe Fun Brigade, a group at the United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Avenue in Sun City Center enjoys fun and fellowship. It is where everyone is invited and welcomed. The film, The Bucket List will be the movie for viewing at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 11. There is no admission charge and snacks will be available for purchase. On Thursday, August 18, at 1 p.m. people may attend an afternoon of bingo. Again, there is no admission charge. For more information, call Paula Lickfeldt at 633-6739 or Karl Buffington at 634-7062. St. Andrew Presbyterian Church held a Farewell Party with skits, songs and humor for Interim Pastor Dr. Gerald Jerry Iwerks. Jerry, as he insists on being called, is pictured with his wife Dottie, wearing his frog hat. Since he has a collection of more than 500 frog items, the party planners developed the frog theme and presented him with the interesting hat. The congregation greatly appreciates his outstanding contribution to the church during the months while the church was seeking a new pastor. Frog enthusiastROSIE CLIFTON PHOTOThe United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, is proud to present Christian singer and comedienne Judy Rogers at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 19 in the church sanctuary. For over twenty-five years of full time ministry, Judy has traveled the U.S. and other countries sharing her miraculous testimony and inspired music. She communicates with humor and inspiration to audiences of all ages. Twenty-seven years ago Judy and her daughter, Trena, embarked on a journey together with the desire and intent to share Gods powerful message of the Gospel through music and ministry. Along the journey they would eventually introduce another younger member, Torie, Trenas daughter. The three of them traveled the United States and other countries together sharing their miraculous testimony and inspired music. They produced eleven albums varying in style from contemporary to country pop. All of these wonderful memories have been captured in their published book, We Will Carry On. After much prayer, Trena has retired to spend more time with her young son and family. Torie has now become a college student. A chapter in this journey closes, but a new one opens as Judy continues to carry on. Judy Rogers has performed in numerous venues ranging from churches and music conference center to cruise ships and live radio and television broadcasts. She has been a performer at Tennessee's famous Dollywood Theme Park for twenty years and as soloist in the spectacular Singing Christmas Trees at First Orlando, one of Orlandos largest churches. For more information about Judys ministry, visit www. judyandtrenarogers.com. Arrive early for a good seat. A donation of $5 is requested at the door. For more information, call 6342539. Judy Rogers will perform at the Sun City Center Methodist Church Aug. 19.Christian singer to performBible study offeredRev. Dr. Harrison will teach the Bible anywhere, anytime even in private homes for a love offering. He is a current member of the International Seminary Ministerial Association, holds a Bachelor of Education degree, a Masters and Doctors degree in ministry and is founder, editor, and publisher of The Christ Clarion. In 2008, he established The Healing/ Miracle Gifts Ministries and in 2011 the Prayers for Prayers Unlimited was born. He also was selected to receive an honorary Doctor of Divinity in 2010. This family man has written 14 books and has an extensive military career. Between the years 1936 and 1985 he logged more than 21,000 flight hours. He began his flying career as a WW II cadet, piloted El Lobo a B-17, participated in 18 attacks and was a POW for 13 months. For more information on Bible study call Rev. Dr. Harrison at 6420189. An editor reported that a Japanese inventor was making and selling an electronic head cooler. Interesting! What we need is fewer hot heads and more warm hearts. So many are flying into a rage, and they always make a bad landing. Some are continually popping off, and they always burst the breech only to hurt themselves. Others are daily blowing their stack, and they always pollute the atmosphere. But the Bible says, Let all bitterness, and wrath, and clamor, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be kind to one another. Visit us at: www.TheSower.comSeeds from the sowerMichael A. Guido, D.D.


25 THE FIRST CHRISTIAN CHURCH NO CREED...BUT CHRIST NO BOOK...BUT THE BIBLE Sunday Service 10:00 a.m.www.unitycommunityofjoy.com 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. SouthShore: Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City and S. Gibsonton MASSES 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. PastorSaint Anne Catholic Church 1239 Del Webb Blvd. West Sun City Center, FL 33573 Church is Handicap accessible Phone: 813-634-1252 For information visit: www.standrewatscc.org 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. Mark E. SalmonMeet friends in Fellowship Hall after the Service. Refreshments served.A Stephen Ministry Church Basic Traditional Burial $2,500DIRECT CREMATION $875Zipperers Funeral Home813-645-6130 Daniel Strunk (Big D)George W. StarkGeorge W. Stark, 93, of Sun City Center, passed away on Saturday, July 23, 2011 at Sun City Center Hospice House. Born in Dalton Gardens, Idaho on June 25, 1918, George was a retired auditor employed by the U.S. government. Survivors include his wife Helen, a son Jerome of Spokane, Wash.; a daughter, Dee Nutter, of W. Va. He had five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Inurnment will be at Sarasota National Cemetery, Sarasota, Florida. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home, Sun City Center, Florida. Louis MontiLouis Monti died on July 13, 2011. The New York City native was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and a retiree from the NYC Department of Highways. In 1992 he retired to Sun City Florida with his late wife Tessie. Louis was active in many community groups, the NY Club, the Italian Club, the Polish Club to name a few. Louis is survived by sons Anthony of Ronkonkoma, N.Y., Robert of Palm Harbor, Fla., Louis of Ronkonkoma, N.Y.; James of Palm Harbor, Fla.; and seven grandchildren. A funeral mass will be held at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 702 Valley Forge Blvd, Sun City Center, Fla. at 11 a.m. on August 22, 2011. Mary E. ConnerMary E. Conner, 81, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away Aug. 2, 2011 in Lakeland, Fla. due to lung failure. She was born June 22, 1930 in Nelsonville, Ohio, the daughter of Henry Sanford and Jesse (Ossman) Litteral. She was an accountant. She was a volunteer for the Sun City Security Patrol and Emergency Squad. Mrs. Conner is survived by her sisters, Janice Day of Sun City Center and Betty Barch of Pompano Beach, Fla. Arrangements by Ott-laughlin Funeral Home, 2198 K-Ville Ave., Auburndale, Fla., 33823. Jennie Ray SimmonsJennie Ray Jay Simmons, 95, a lifelong resident of Polk and Hillsborough Counties passed away July 28, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband, Samuel Royce Simmons and daughter Selma Shenefield; two sisters, Mary Thompson and Kathryn Comerford, and her brother Dick Willis. Survivors include her son, Sam and his wife, Linda; two sisters, Elander Cerasoli and Grace Whidden; four grandchildren, Sammy (Nikki) Simmons, Dean (Chivon) Simmons, Jason Shenefield; and Cindy (Jeff) Cumming; son-in-law Mike Shenefield; three great-grandchildren, Hailey, Garrett and Morgan Simmons; and many nieces and nephews. She was a very unique lady and was loved by all. She never met a stranger and will be greatly missed by her family and all who knew her. Funeral services were conducted Aug. 1, 2011 at Sun City Center Funeral Home. Burial followed in Ruskin Memorial Park, Ruskin, FL. Additional information may be found at www. suncitycenterfuneralhome.com. Roberto CurielRoberto Curiel, 73, of Ruskin, Fla., passed away Aug. 3, 2011. He was born in Brownsville, Texas, Jan. 25, 1938 and moved to the Ruskin area in 1967. He was a hard worker, a loving father, and a member of St. Anne Catholic Church. He leaves behind a brother, Pete Curiel; two sisters, Nancy Alexander and Lupe Rivera; his son, Robert Jr.; daughter, Olga; two daughter-in-laws, six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. He will be missed but never forgotten. A Catholic Mass was held at St. Anne Catholic Church Saturday, Aug. 6.Wilma Bates ChiottiWilma Bates Chiotti, 95, of Sun City Center, FL, formerly of Ames, IA, died July 25, 2011. Wilma was predeceased by her husband Premo Chiotti. Survivors include her sister-in-law, Stella Tonelli of Joliet, IL.; half sister, Dorothy Baker of Bark River, MI; nephew, Tom Chiotti of Sarasota, FL; nieces, Renee Finucane of Evanston, IL, and Rosalie Shackleford of Joliet, IL; and cousin Marjorie Everson of Mendon, MI. Wilma was raised in Otsego, MI and moved to Ames, IA where she served as Administrative Assistant at Iowa State University for 22 years. Wilma and Premo retired to Sun City Center where they spent many happy years. Wilma requested no memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to LifePath Hospice, 12973 N. Telecom Pkwy., Suite 100, Temple Terrace, FL 33637.Gloria Joyce LucasGloria Joyce Lucas, 86, of Sun City Center, FL, died on Sunday, July 24, 2011 after a long illness. She was born in Minnesota and married Stephen M. Lucas there in 1943. Gloria loved Steve, her family, the beach and life. Her son, Thomas, preceded her in death. She is survived by her sister, Nancy; her husband, Steve; her children; grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her funeral was at Prince of Peace Church where her family celebrated her life.Alberto Taylor, Jr.Alberto Taylor Jr., 63, of Wimauma, FL, died on July 16, 2011 in Tampa. He was born in Cuba, the son of Amelia and Alberto Taylor. Survivors include his wife of 39 years, Maria-Elena; daughter, Jennifer R. Tedder (Todd Tedder); son, Troy A. Taylor; two grandchildren, Nicholas and Nadia Tedder; and sister, Teresa Vumbaco. He was cremated and there were no services.Area Obituaries A Man Among MenA man among men We lost one Monday night Feeling such peace As he followed the light. The love in his eye And the sound of his laughter Remains in our hearts Forever and after. Through all of his loved ones He'll never be gone Through each one of us His spirit lives on. We all have a purpose And something to give With each breath That we take For as long as we live. Big "D" can rest easy With Angels above As we share his gift Of laughter and love. It always has been And always will be true He's the King among friends We love and miss you too! 8/14/88 4/22/08 Happy Birthday Love, Mom, Dad, Cari, Noah & Luis Timmy, Katrina, Cheyanne Matt and Danielle Levi and ChopsI am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. John 10:11 Were more than just business cards...We print newsletters, bulletins, post cards, membership directories, tickets, posters, letterhead, envelopes, etc. Call us for ALL your church printing needs. 813-645-4048 &Established in 1968 Printing Company, Inc.SHEETFED & WEB PRINTING In Memoriam


26 Balloon releases take a toll on wildlifeThe Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) reminds event organizers and other Floridians about a law prohibiting the release of more than nine lighter-than-air balloons within a 24-hour period. Balloons released in Florida almost inevitably end up in the Gulf of Mexico or Atlantic Ocean. Wildlife, especially sea turtles, mistake balloons for food, and strings attached to balloons can entangle birds and other animals. Violators could incur $250 in fines, according to Florida law. Snake predator may benefit endangered bird, UF study finds Agricultural Sciences researchers found that rat snakes, once thought to threaten the endangered, redcockaded woodpecker, actually benefit the birds. The study is published in the current issue of the ornithology journal The Condor. The findings could help landowners, conservationists and those enrolled in programs such as Safe Harbor, which allows those with endangered species on their land to harvest timber if they agree to help promote the species recovery. Forestry and forest products contributed more than $4.4 billion to Floridas economy in 2008. Red-cockaded woodpeckers are small, black-and-white birds, about 8.5 inches long, that live in longleaf pine forests and are named for the red spot on the male birds head. Katie Sieving, a wildlife ecology and conservation professor, and co-author John Kappes, a former doctoral student in the department, found that rat snakes help the birds by eating species that commonly steal red-cockaded woodpecker nest cavities. Red-cockaded woodpeckers nest in cavities they create in living pine trees and naturally protect themselves from rat snakes by pecking around the cavity and causing sap to flow. Any snake that climbs the tree gets sap stuck under its scales and, more often than not, will fall out of the tree before being able to eat the red-cockaded woodpeckers, Sieving said. Since cavity thieves, such as red-bellied woodpeckers, dont maintain the sap flow, they are easily disposed of by rat snakes, and red-cockaded woodpeckers can return to their nests. It is counterintuitive that a principal predator of a particular species can also indirectly benefit that species, Kappes said. But if Katie Sieving, a UF wildlife and ecology professor, demonstrates the type of camera-mounted telescoping pole used to peer into red-cockaded woodpecker nest cavities during the study she coauthored that monitored nesting and predation of the birds. Redcockaded woodpeckers are endangered, and it is estimated there are fewer than 4,000 of the birds in Florida. UF/IFAS PHOTO BY TYLER JONESA red-cockaded woodpecker is shown with an insect in its mouth. Red-cockaded woodpeckers are small, black-and-white birds, about 8.5 inches long, that live in longleaf pine forests and are named for the red spot on the male birds head.GAINESVILLE, Fla. An endangered Florida bird may have some unexpected help in its struggle for survival, according to a new University of Florida study. UF Institute of Food and it eats its enemies at higher rates than it eats the particular focal species, then it can. This pattern has been seen repeatedly in ecological communities, and now we have found evidence of such complex interactions in the red-cockaded woodpecker cavity system. The study was conducted at two North Florida sites Camp Blanding Joint Training Center in Clay County and Goethe State Forest in Levy County, with $210,000 in funding provided by the Florida Department of Military Affairs, Camp Blanding Training Site, and $40,000 in funding from the U.S. Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division. Tree cavities were monitored regularly for signs of nesting and predation. Despite steadily increasing redcockaded woodpecker numbers, there are still fewer than 4,000 of the birds in Florida. At one time the species numbered in the millions across the U.S., but significant habitat reduction caused their decline. Preserving red-cockaded woodpeckers is important because their preservation also requires protecting their surroundings, Kappes said. It has some pretty demanding requirements for relatively old forests and relatively extensive amounts of it to maintain a population, Kappes said. If we maintain red-cockaded woodpecker populations that are viable, then we are going to be maintaining chunks of this ecosystem that are also viable.


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Close to Manatee River & boat ramp. Available now. 813610-3485 or 813-641-7791612 Ap APTS. ForOR RenENTRiverview 2br/1ba, CHA, water, garbage & maintenance included. $600 monthly $600 deposit. 813-239-4293 or 813645-2193 CALL (813) 645-3211Serving South Hillsborough County since 1924.www.dickmanrealty.com dickman@tampabay.rr.comCelebrating 87 Years 1924 2011 Donate your old functioning cell phones and drop off at our office for use by the "Victims Assistance Program."CALL US FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS........645-3211(Evening phone numbers)Judy Erickson.....................468-0288 Claire Tort...........................363-7250 Kay Pye..............................361-3672 Cathy Griggs.....................391-8653 Christine Nethers..................260-6335 Roxanne Westbrook...............748-2201 Jo Ellen Mobley.....................645-1540 LaRae Regis...........................633-8318 NEWLY LISTED! Meticulously maintained doublewide, modern and bright 2BR/2BA, open floor plan, large inside utility-rm, enclosed Florida-Room with A/C, 12x24 workshop, carport, nice lot, no HOA fees. $63,900. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 SUN CITY CENTER LAKEFRONT HOUSE: With fabulous view of water from most rooms, this 2BR/2BA furnished home offers large enclosed Florida-Rm facing lake, inside utility-rm, 2-car garage, and beautiful lot at end of cul-de-sac. $150,000. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 RUSKIN INCOME PROPERTY, EXCELLENT CONDITION: 2 duplexes, 4 units of 2BR/1BA + utility-rm each. Newly painted, newer roofs, acre corner lot close to school & shopping, good rental history. $142,500. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 ACREAGE WITH LARGE LAKE, RIGHT IN RUSKIN: 4.65 Acres, secluded and close to everything, with well and electric. Needs clearing, but great potential at $70,000. CALL CLAIRE TORT 363-7250 SPACIOUS 3BR POOL HOME on over acre lot within walking distance to elementary school, library, bus stop, churches, shopping and more! Almost 1900 square feet of living area, spacious rooms, loads of storage, and the list goes on. Call to see. Asking $159,900. CALL JO ELLEN MOBLEY 645-1540. HOME PLUS INCOME. Great opportunity to have help paying your mortgage when you buy this waterfront duplex. Live in one side and rent the otherchoose 2BR/1BA for yourself or 1BR/1BA each with views of bay and inlet. Recently refurbished. Make an offer! $159,900 CALL JUDY ERICKSON 468-0288 REDUCED $329,000 OVER 1 ACRE ON LITTLE MANATEE RIVER. Features extra large bedrooms which includes in-law or guest quarters, 5-car garage for the car-lovers with extra carport. High bank of the riverout of the flood zone. This is a must see. Easy to show so CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 OVER 6 ACRES of beautiful secluded, wooded acreage, one-of-a-kind waterfront view. Property has M/M Well & Septic. Two folio numbers. 165 ft. riverfront. $299,900 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 GREAT PRICE DEDUCTION!! Prime location close to Hwy. 41 w/easy access to I-75 pole barn w/bath & small living quarters. Property formerly a nursery. Now has cows grazing. Approx. 45 usable acres. Phase one environmental survey & traffic study completed. Reduced to $999,000 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 COMMERCIAL LISTING! Great commercial property with 158 ft. of frontage on Hwy. 41 (1.04 acres MOL). Property is zoned CI (commercial intensive) and is currently rented to an auto/service/repair garage. Special features include: huge building (3,192 sq. ft.) with new roof, three bays, two offices, and lots of room for storage. $279,000 CALL KAY PYE 361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201 NEW LISTING! GORGEOUS RIVERFRONT LOCATION!! Quaint and cozy 1BR/1BA with a dock and two storage sheds. Large lot with towering oak trees and completely fenced with 121 feet on the river. CALL KAY PYE 813-361-3672 or ROXANNE WESTBROOK 748-2201. UNHEARD OF PRICE!! This is one of the lowest priced properties in Sun City Center for a home of similar age and size and it is not a short sale or foreclosure! This beautiful property has been meticulously maintained with new a/c in 2006, a new roof in 2007 and much, much more. Sun City Center boasts golf, tennis, softball, two indoor pools plus over 200 clubs and activities. A golf cart friendly community to local shopping and activities and it is conveniently located to airports, beaches, Tampa, Sarasota & St. Petersburg. Come and enjoy the Florida lifestyle today!! $135,000 CALL CATHY GRIGGS 391-8653 Read the entire newspaper online including the classified by going to Observernews.net. Community news & advertising 24/7 is only 1 click away. 612 ApPTS ForOR renRENTRuskin area. 2br/1ba, very clean, wash er /dryer hookup. $695 monthly plus deposit, water & lawn service included, 813-244-1676 Adult, furnished 1br/1ba apt. $750 monthly, lease, includes utilities. Call 813-634-2395. Little Manatee Springs gated Moble Home Park. Riverview. Everything furnished, utilities included. Older man, no smoking, drinking, pets or children. On river, free Beautiful 813-677-0135 NOW RENTINGAVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE OCCUPANCYRIVERWOOD APARTMENTS1 Bedroom Apartments Rental Rates Beginning at $520 + Utilities For Rental Information call: (813) 645-7320 (TDD 800-955-8771) 709 Oceanside Circle Ruskin Mon-Fri 9:00 AM 5:00 PMEqual Opportunity Provider & Employer 613 ConONDoOS ForOR RenENTKings Point 1br/1.5ba. furnished nicely, covered parking, all amenities $650 monthly or for sale. $25,000, owner 630 M.H. RenENTAlLSOne bedroom RV on private property. References. $125 weekly plus deposit. includes utilities. 813-363-6001 Movie in special (2 week free). Newly renovated MHP. Several homes ready. $155 weekly. L&N MHP, Gibsonton. 813-684-9708 or 813-245-7425 Mobile homes & RV lots for rent. Mobile homes for sale. E-Z terms. Eastwood Estates Mobile Home Park, Gibsonton. Call Heather 813-677-5726 FFor Rent: Clean Mobile Homes With A A/C. 813-677-1086Clean, small 2br/1ba mobile on private country lot near SCC. CHA. $130 weekly. Call owner after 6pm. 813633-5978 645 oOFFiceICE SpP AceCE 646 WArehoREHOUSeE SpSP AceCEGarage & mini storage rooms for rent. Pirates Treasure Cove, Gibsonton. 813-677-1137 PROFF SSERVICESS650 651 BooOOKKeepinEEPINGQuickBooks Next training class A August 20 Pro-advisor & POS. Full bookkeeping services Tutoring/ software issues/ payroll/ inventory/ review/ cleanup. Theas Quick Bookkeeping Inc Ruskin 813-641-1089 email: theahp@verizon. net. www.theasquickbookkeeping.com 680 A ADUlL T/ChilHILD CAreRE Ruskin United Methodist preschool, approved VPK provider is now accepting applications for the fall school starting Aug. 23 Call 813-645-6198, CHC-110087 Now accepting applications for enrollment. Age 6 weeks -12yrs. Half or full day. Ruskin United Methodist pre school. Call 813-645-6198. CHC110087 House cleaning or live in companion assistant. Good references 813-965-1114 or 941-567-4298 for information. Elderly caregiver or housekeeper, excel lent driving record. Any hour, Monday thru Friday. Years of experience w/ references. 813-645-2456 Caregiver/Companion Quality care for your loved one. References upon request. Please call 813-641-9012 Senior Home Companions, Inc.For Seniors by Active Seniors Call for FREE In-Home Consultation813-980-3408www.SeniorHomeCompanions.comLic. #232146 Our goal is to help seniors continue to live independently and comfortably by supporting you with active senior caregivers who are understanding and trustworthy. 20 YEARS of SERVICE 705 CleLEAninNINGRons Cleaning SService Quality housecleaning with integrity. Call for free estimate. 7days a week. Move-in, move-out, rentals. Insured, bonded, licensed. Ruskin, Apollo Beach, Sun City Center. 813-846-7629 FFlat rate $75, full cleanDo you need a house cleaner? Call Sandy. Honest, dependable & reliable. 15yrs experience in SCC. 813-6455273, leave message. Deep Cleaning. Ceiling fans, base boards, carpets, cobwebs, garages, yard debris, pressure washing, interior painting. Very affordable, honest, dependable. 813-309-3415 710 LAwn WN CAreREM & C Mower Repair. Parts & service. Authorized warranty center. Commercial & residential. Open 7days, 8:30am-6pm. 725 14th St., Wimauma. 813-938-3226. Pickup & delivery Bills Lawn SService Licensed & insured. No contract. Yearly, monthly or per cut. As low as $25 per cut. 813-293-6840TTerrys Lawn SService Free estimates. Mowing, trimming, edging. Home 813-634-2856, cell 813317-7679 Henrys Lawn Maintenance. Landscaping needs. Rock, mulch, tree service. Pressure washing. Monthly lawn maintenance. Licensed & insured. Free estimates. 813-477-3054 www.henryslawnmaintenance.comFFloraSScapes Professional maintenance company serving all your landscaping needs. Residential & commercial. Ruskin, Apollo Beach, SCC, Riverview. Licensed /insured. 813-333-3688 714 TreeTREE RemovEMOV AlLProfessional TTree & Landscaping. Sales: trimming, removals, popcorn curbing, stump grinding, clearing, hauling. Fill dirt/ top soil/ rock/ mulch. We barter for items of value. Free estimate. Call Paul 813634-6041 or 813-751-9691715 FillFILL DirDIRT/HAUlinLINGMyers TTrucking Backhoe & Tractor Service. Culvert sets, driveways, shell, crushed mowing etc. Tony (813) 363-7963 Free estimates. Pittman TTrucking & TTractor topsoil, sand, crushed rock & asphalt, driveway culverts. Loader, backhoe, grading, bushhog, discing. Install Sep813-645-1883 716 ConcreONCRETeEConcrete FFinishing Patios, driveways, sidewalks. Licensed & insured. Call Steve SimSSERVICESS700 Quality Home Health CareH ope Romer o(813) 468-3983H opeRomero65@gmail.comOver 20 years experience We provide personal care for your loved one in a health care facility or in your home#C15 680 Call Beverly 813-645-3111 20 words for $17.00 and 30 for each additional word. Bold line $3. All We take Visa, MasterCard or Discover


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