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THE OBSERVER NEWSPRST STDPAIDRUSKIN, FLORIDA 33570 PERMIT NO. 8 Follow us on:@observersshore Thursday, May 1, 2014 1629 Sun City Center Plaza(near SCC Post Ofce)813-633-7116Golf cart accessible Family Owned & Operatedwww.JohnMooreFloorCovering.comSCCs oldest and most trusted ooring dealer MEMBER WEST FLORIDA CARDS Interest-Free Financing Take Care of Mom... She Took Care of YouSuprising Her with a New Floor Would Be a Great Thing To Do Come See Our New Wood Flooring Display With big grant, Bayou Pass Village greens up for Earth DayBy MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.netA quote passed widely around Facebook in the weeks leading up to Earth Day and Arbor Day said, Imagine if trees gave off WiFi signals, we would be plant ing so many trees and wed prob ably save the planet, too. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breathe. On Earth Day, April 22, a dozen volunteers working with Florida Home Partnership and assisted by a grant from Wells Fargo actually did plant trees (sorry, there were no reports the trees included WiFi signals) as part of the 14th Avenue Beauti fication Project at FHPs Bayou Pass Village Phase 4 develop ment. The group planted several Washingtonia Palms along 14th Avenue SE and 6th Street SE. While another widely distrib uted quote on Facebook attri butes President Abraham Lincoln as saying, You cant believe everything you read on the In ternet, the first quote is, indeed, based on fact. Trees produce oxygen we breathe. For Bayou Pass Village and the surround ing community, there are other benefits in addition to oxygen and neighborhood beautification. The palm trees as planted will help to reduce noise pollution from the nearby roads and work to not only clean soil but also reduce carbon dioxide in the air. The Earth Day tree planting was made possible by a grant from Wells Fargo. The event was attended by Steve Schultz, Wells Fargo area president, who delivered remarks after the tree planting and presented FHP with a check for $219,000, part of the corporations UrbanLIFTSM program, a program that distrib uted $11.4 million in grants to organizations in just 25 cities across the nation. UrbanLIFTSM was established by the national financial firm to help advance community stabilization in com munities significantly impacted by the housing crisis. It is the most recent commitment in Wells American Victory Greatest Generation cruise to honor late congressman, veteransBy MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.netThe historic American Victory ship, one of only four operational World War II merchant steamships in the U.S., will set sail on Saturday, May 3, to honor the life of Sam M. Gibbons, distinguished war hero and accom plished congressman for 34 years, as well as to honor the men and women who have served and continue to serve our country. This semiannual fundraiser cruise helps support the maintenance and preservation of the SS American Victory Built in 1945, the ship served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Built in California and serving primarily in the Pacific during the war, American Victory became a museum ship docked in Tampas Channelside District in 1999. Before arriv ing in Tampa, the ship last saw active duty in Vietnam before being deactivated in 1969. American Victory remained in the James River Reserve Fleet in Virginia until 1985, when she was temporarily activated again Continued on page 28 Continued on page 2 Continued on page 28 By KEVIN BRADY kevin@observernews.netFamed blues artist George Worthmore will headline a barbecue and blues concert this weekend at the Firehouse Cultural Center, 101 1st Avenue NE, Ruskin. Organizers are hoping to draw more than 150 concertgoers for the Saturday, May 3, event, which will also feature a silent auction. We would like to see a few hundred people here for just the barbecue and at least 100 for the concert, said Frances Hereford-Griffin of the Cultural Center. We have had several jazz groups here and they have proved to be a big draw. The event kicks off at 5 p.m. with a barbecue. Craft beer and wine accompany the main dish. Country band Victoria Hawkes, featuring Victoria Ginty and Mike Ivey, will provide the mu sic until 7 p.m., when Worthmore takes the stage. Known for his quick wit and musical dexterity, Worthmore was a regular in the New York City music scene for more than 20 years. He has shared the stage with many elite blues, folk and rock artists such as Kinky Friedman, Bo Diddley, Ben E. Firehouse Blues & Bar-B-Que at Firehouse Cultural CenterFIREHOUSE CULTURAL CENTER George Worthmores shows are interlaced with humorous comments and anecdotes about the songs, his life and his music. MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTO Gibbons, a Democrat, represented Florida in the U.S. House from 1962 to 1996. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his actions in Normandy as a U.S. Army captain in the 101st Airborne Division during World War II. On D-Day, June 6, 1944, he parachuted into Caretan, France. He served in the European campaign until the end of the war. Shortly before German forces surrendered, Gibbons was promoted to Major, but a communications delay kept him from finding that out until after he was honorably discharged. He was awarded the French Medal of Valor in 2004 at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial during the 60th anniversary of D-Day. Gibbons died Oct. 10, 2012, in Tampa. He was 92.MITCH TRAPHAGEN PHOTOThe SS American Victory will take to sea on May 3 for one of its semiannual fundraiser cruises. Saturdays five-hour cruise is set to honor World War II veteran and late Congressman Sam Gibbons as well as all veterans.after a $2.5 million investment to bring the ship back to opera tional condition. She steamed only 26 hours before returning to the reserve fleet. American Victory ar rived in Tampa under tow in 1999. The ship is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Now as a museum, the ship has again been restored to seaworthy status and, while the historical ele ments remain intact, she has been upgraded with modern electronics for navigation. Although guns


2 MAY 1, 2014 are still mounted on deck, they have been demilitarized. Of 534 Victory Class ships built, American Victory is one of only four that remain fully operational. SS American Victory Mariners Memorial and Museum Ship is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor the dedicated men and women who serve our country during times of peace and war. The ship provides daily educational tours and serves as a training facility for active and reserve military, firefighters and law enforcement officers. The SS American Victory Mariners Memorial and Museum Ship is located at 705 Channelside Drive in Tampa, behind the Florida Aquarium. Tickets for the May 3 cruise are available for $99 for adults, $69 for active duty military members and veterans and $49 for children ages 4 to 12. Space is limited. Tickets available at, by calling 866-4687630 or 813-228-8766. Tickets will also be available aboard the ship.For the cruise, registration begins at 10 a.m. on May 3 with a departure at 11 a.m. The ship is expected to return to port at 4 p.m.For more information about the cruise or the ship, visit www. TRAPHAGEN PHOTO The SS American Victory.American Victoryf Hillsborough Choice Options accepting applicationsThe Hillsborough Choice Options application period for elementary magnet and School Choice programs for the 2014-2015 school year is open now through May 14 at noon. Under Hillsborough Choice Options, students can apply for a magnet school or another public school with available space within Hillsborough County. Students who wish to remain at their current magnet or choice school, or prefer to go to their attendance area school, do not need to complete an application. School choice and magnet programs are available for students entering kindergarten through 11th grade. Students currently enrolled in a Hillsborough County public elementary school should apply directly online. Students new to Hillsborough County Public Schools can download an application from the Choice Options website, complete it and mail it to the address listed on the application. Applications are available online at Parents can call the Choice Information Line at 813-272-4692 for answers to their questions. For more information, call Terrie Dodson-Caldevilla at 813-272-4048.Womens center holds ribbon cuttingChoices Womens Center held a ribbon-cutting at their new location in the Sun Point Shopping Center, 3018 E. College Ave., Ruskin, last week. Members of the SouthShore Chamber of Commerce were on hand for the ceremony (above). The expanded resource center can now offer more services for those facing an unplanned pregnancy, including counseling, ultrasounds, pregnancy testing, baby care items, mentoring, parenting classes and more. All services are confidential and free of charge. For more information, visit www. or call 813-938-6024.chereCHERE SimmonIMMONS photoPHOTOSVolunteers and staff at the Choices Womens Center are, left to right, Lorena Clark, executive director Karen Brooks, Heather Eddy, Ida Klinger, center director Lucinda Hodges, Sylvia Guerra, Christy Bowman, Liz Collazo and Karen Burns. Volunteers not pictured are Vanessa Suarez and Christine Hoyt. Area churches donate items and other resources to Choices Womens Center on a monthly basis. At right, diapers and baby wipes were collecting during April at South Bay Church in Riverview. Heading the project was Dee Frazee, with help from Amanda Joplin, Nancy Sanders, Faith Moeller and Laura Moore.


Brick by brickThe Ruskin Womans Club has a new fundraising endeavor. Personalized bricks that will hold special messages for a loved one, special event, business, or as a memorial to someone are available for purchase. The bricks will line the walkway to the front of the clubhouse. The standard size 4-by-8-inch brick with three lines of 20 characters will be $125; a signature 4-by-8-inch brick with two lines of 20 characters plus a signature will be $225; a standard 8-by-8-inch brick with six lines of 20 characters will be $175; and a signature 8-by-8-inch brick with four lines of 20 characters plus a signature will be $275. You may order the bricks by making a check payable to the Ruskin Womans Club and mailing the check and order form to Ruskin Womans Club, P.O. Box 547, Ruskin, FL 33770. The order form is found online at www. For information, call Carolyn Jones at 813-645-3488. 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It is possible that serving others can also keep you young, if Phyllis Elsberry and Wilma Wood are examples. They are still curious, love to travel and have been living a life of service for quite a few years. Between them, Elsberry and Wood have 172 years of living to talk about. Both are past president of the Ruskin Womans Club and attribute their steady attendance at womens clubs through the years to wanting to help others. Their lives, though they took different paths, parallel each other in their zest for life, their happiness with not only serving but also in living. I wanted to volunteer and make a difference, Elsberry said, a member of more than one womans organization in her life. Though both women have served in womens clubs before moving to Florida, Elsberry, who lives in Apollo Beach, joined the Ruskin Junior Womans Club in 1960, while Wood, a Sun City Center resident, began attending the Ruskin Womans Club in 1996. Thinking of when she was a young woman and about womens changing roles, Elsberry said that the primary reason that women join a womans club is to serve others outside their family circle. She said that in West Virginia, when she was raising her children, the womans club she belonged to was called a progressive womans club. Very few women worked at that time. And the women Serving through the yearswho worked tended to help their husbands, mostly farmers, tend their farm produce stands on the weekends. So, they were available to meet in the day. Later on, when women began working outside the home during the day, they met in the evening rather than the day. Wood worked as a medical secretary at a childrens hospital in Pittsburgh before and after she married her husband in 1951. She still works part-time as a secretary. Those were exciting days, she said. The hospital where she worked was among the pioneers in organ transplants, making history. Wood later moved to Virginia Beach, then attended a junior womans club in 1949 in Pennsylvania. The Ruskin Womans Club has paralleled others. It began as the Womans Twentieth Century Club, established in 1912. The name was changed to the Ruskin Womans Club in 1940. That was the year the Miller Family deeded their family home to the club. Dr. George McAnelley Miller, a prosecuting attorney in Chicago, also was a professor and president of two Ruskin colleges in Chicago. After moving to Florida in 1906, he established a Ruskin College in Ruskin in 1910. His wife, Adaline Dickman Miller, founded the first Ruskin Post Office on Aug. 7, 1908, which is also known as the official founding day of Ruskin, Fla. The General Federation of Womens Clubs is an international womens organization dedicated to community improvement by enhancing the lives of others through volunteer service. Since it was founded in 1890, the Federation has brought local womens clubs from around the country and throughout the world into membership. It is evident that both women live in the present. They are excited about the help the club can give to students hoping to go to college. The Ruskin Womans Club usually offers $10,000 in scholarships every year to East Bay High School students. Thirty students applied for the scholarship this year. Eight received the scholarship. The interviewing process is extensive. The students who apply for scholarships always impress Elsberry and Wood. They said that the students mostly work and help others outside their school curriculum. They are busy and still get good grades. Besides giving scholarships, Ruskin Womans Club is able to help other organizations from money the club receives in donations and in fundraising. They preserve pickles and strawberry jam, hold an annual Christmas tea and also design holiday cards for veterans. The club also rents its space every week to a church and rents two upstairs apartments. And, it allows its premises to be used for weddings and other social events. Their list of service projects and donations includes the Special Olympics, Hacienda Girls Ranch, Rock Camp, the Mary & Martha House, Keep Hillsborough Beautiful and Canine Companions, to name a few. The GFWC Ruskin Womans Club meets monthly at 503 U.S. 41 N., Ruskin, FL 33570. General membership meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month at 2 p.m. A second meeting or recap of the general membership meeting is also held the second Tuesday of each month. Members create and implement community service programs in the arts, conservation, education, home life, international outreach and public issues.LIA MARTIN PHOTOFrom left, Wilma Wood and Phyllis Elsberry look at some older scrapbooks compiled of Ruskin Womans Club members and events. 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Well, there may not be one definitive standard, but in our survey of employers, we found they prized some specific traits. Would your employer see these traits in you? Honesty is the most prized trait. Companies point out that their losses from the inside are much higher than those from thieves in the night. How honest are you? Are you the type that wastes company resources and uses supplies for unauthorized purposes? I know one man who routinely outfits his three children with school supplies out of the company supply cabinet. He calls it a fringe benefit; the company would call it theft. Enthusiasm and cheerfulness are also very valuable traits and highly prized by most employers. It is said that God loves a cheerful giver, and it appears that employers love a cheerful worker. Do you light up your workplace with a smile? In bad times, smiles become valuable commodities. Vitality and energy are a must. 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Email: Website: www. billhodges.comPositive Talk: Are you a keeper if they right-size?SCC Chamber Cup Classic is May 9The 4th annual Sun City Center Chamber Cup Classic is Friday, May 9, at the Apollo Beach Golf Club. Tee-off is at 8 a.m. There will be a $15,000 hole-in-one-prize on the 8th hole, sponsored by Ed Morse Cadillac. And on the 17th hole, a celebrity shot will be available for only $10, courtesy of Canadian pro-golfer and PGA player Jim Nelford. The cost is $200 for a foursome, which includes an omelet station breakfast, lunch, lots of prizes and a best-ball scramble. Fax your team names to 813634-8438 or stop by the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce to register. For more information, call 813-634-5111.Opening reception at SouthShore Regional LibraryThere will be an opening reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 8, for the artists who will display their painting and mixed-media artwork in the Crawford Gallery and Community Gallery at the SouthShore Regional Library.The artists are Margit Redlawsk, Anna Schermerhorn, Dolores Phelps, Art Sarlin and Cynthia Wortmann. The exhibit runs through June 26. SouthShore Regional Library is at 15816 Beth Shields Way in Ruskin. For more information, call Laurie Burhop at 813-273-3652.Attention, all women of the Military Sea ServiceTampa Bay WAVES Unit #55 will meet at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 10, at the Assisted Living Facility of Hawthorne Village, a retirement community located on W. Lumsden Road in Brandon, just west of Kings Avenue on the south side of Lumsden. The Assisted Living building is the first one on the right of the entrance road into the Hawthorne compound. 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Guest columnist Barbara Baker of Riverview has attempted to take some of the guesswork out of the decision by writing a series of articles that will answer many of the questions parents have about the ins and outs of homeschooling. Barbara was inspired by a family friend with 11 years experience teaching at home. She put Barbara on the path to finding the answers needed for this series, and in turn, to enlighten you, our readers, on this important topic. So, join us for the next few weeks on a journey down the path of home-based education. Editor By %  BARBARA BAKERAccording to Dr. Brian Ray of the National Home Education Research Institute (NHERI), Homeschooling that is, parentled, home-based education is an age-old traditional educational practice that a decade ago appeared to be cutting edge and alternative, but is now bordering on mainstream in the United States. He says there are about 2.2 million home-educated students in the U.S. A degree in education is not required to homeschool your child. However, strong organizational skills are a plus. There are some websites that tout free, accredited online classes. There are resources to help your kids, even without a curriculum, says Sarah Puebla, a homeschool veteran of 11 years. As you go, you figure out what is best for your child. Puebla homeschools her special-needs children, and has learned that one of her children can concentrate better when weights are placed across her shoulders. It calms her down, she says. That kind of personalized attention is a real perk of homeschooling. Ray reports that home-educated students typically score 15 to 20 percentile points above public school students on standardized academic tests, and home-educated students are increasingly being actively recruited by colleges. In an article titled Benefits of Home-schooling: Dealing With Conflict, Jeanne Faulconer writes, I have found that kids tend to be emotionally honest with their parents in the intimate relationship of homeschooling. The ability to console or guide a child who is angry, anxious, frustrated or sad, right when she needs it, writes Faulconer, is a remarkable opportunity that is simply woven into the homeschool days. There are multiple opportunities for socialization. Puebla points out that homeschooled kids can take advantage of field trips organized by the co-ops or sometimes even a couple of moms will get together and organize something. A homeschool co-op is typically formed by individual families who share their academic goals, morals, religious beliefs and social behaviors. The children learn similar belief and social structures from observation and interaction with the different members of the co-op. There are opportunities for education in music, art and physical education through the co-ops, taught by professional teachers and/ or experienced moms. Home-educated students of high-school age may sign up for any sports teams offered by the public high schools. A good website to start with is www.NewBeeHomeSchooler. com. The owners have created a boot camp for those new to homeschooling. The NHERI also directs parents to pertinent resources and offers a peerreviewed research journal. There are many magazines on the subject as well. Statistics from data collected by NHERI show that a diverse group of people embrace homeschooling regardless of their socioeconomic, religious or political standing. Data continue to be collected on the success of adults who were home-educated. In general, they are doing as well as, if not better than, their public school counterparts with regard to participation in local community services, success at college and in internalizing the values and beliefs of their parents. Next week: Laws regarding homeschooling. What you need to know to get started.The homeschooling conundrum Students of the Month at Apollo Beach Elementary SchoolApollo Beach Elementary School acknowledged the following as Students of the Month: Kylie Auciello, Morgan Ayan, Bailee Barnette, Vedhan Basnet, Lila Boyd, Micah Brandon, Holly Brophy, Caroline Chase, Lacy Comer, Becky Council, Dillon Edgar, Tyler Fields, Lauren Gonzalez, Linda Granados, Max Granados, Caroline Halsema, Henry Hanlon, Adam Maysles, Myles McColl, Madilyn McMillan, Ryan Mercer, Willow Morgan, Bailey Palmer, Julianna Perez, Halle Razick, Noah Rodrigues, Ethan Self, Logan Simon, Amberleigh Smith, Cameron Smith, Morgan Steel, Sam Summerlin, Diego Vergara, Kathryn Warren and Lleyton Wijbrandi. From left are Tim Vanderveer, Ruskin Christian School administrator; Dr. Barry Rumsey, pastor of First Baptist Church; and Steve Weer, high school principal.Since 1971, Ruskin Christian School has been committed to providing the South Shore community with affordable, quality, Christcentered education. On April 10, the Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools, or FACCS, awarded Ruskin Christian School full accreditation. RCS is one of only two schools in Hillsborough County now holding this stamp of approval. According to Dr. Howard Burke, the chairman of the accreditation committee, it is very rare for a school to receive this level of accreditation the first time through this process. Most schools receive a conditional or probationary status for the first two years. In order to thrive, schools need to constantly look for areas to improve and to strive for excellence. Ruskin Christian School voluntarily chose to seek external validation of its performance as a school when it submitted the application for accreditation in 2011. RCS went through a rigorous, impartial evaluation by FACCS, and met or exceeded their standards. According to Tim Vanderveer, Ruskin Christian School administrator, This process of self-study caused Ruskin Christian School to look at every aspect of our school from a critical perspective to deter mine the effectiveness of the over all program and create a school improvement plan to address areas of concern, he said. The FACCS accreditation validates our educational program, and we are excited to have received full accreditation. Assisting with this self-study was Dara Alexander, high-school history teacher and athletic director. For me, its a validation of the school doing what they should be doing, Alexander said. It should validate for this community that Ruskin Christian School has a phenomenal program. Students [who] graduate from RCS go on to very respectable universities and graduate with multiple degrees. Accreditation will challenge us to continue to improve ourselves in academic excellence. In addition to being accredited, RCS strives to excel in technology. RCS has introduced an iPad lab in the elementary school this year. Steve Weer, high-school principal, said, This next year, middleschool and high-school teachers who want to, can start introducing it. The FACCS accreditation team said our technology plan, if carried out, is very aggressive for a school our size. In the next couple of years [all] student[s] will have their own iPad, eBooks and research-based learning. Technology is our niche. There arent a lot of schools, even public schools, using this technology on a daily basis. I think were ahead of the game. RCS is now enrolling students from age two through 12th grade for the 2014-2015 school year. Interested parents should call 813645-6441 to schedule an appointment for a tour of the school. RCS will also host Treasure Island Summer Camp in June and July for children age 2 through grade 5.Ruskin Christian School receives accreditation


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The Terrific Kids program is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Sun City Center. Terrific Kids at Ruskin Elementary SchoolIn March, trustworthiness was the character trait that earned Terrific Kid status at Ruskin Elementary School, in a program sponsored by Kiwanis of Sun City Center. Present for the photo were: Jacklyn Galicia-Miron, Allizon Monterrosas Ramirez, Diego Santiago, Jazlyn Aparicio, Mareli LealAdame, Marvin Solorzano, Bailey Belcher, Oscar Dong, Daisy Perez Ramirez, Adrian Rosales, Alan Calixtro, Maria Linares, Kameron McNeill, Elizabeth Reyes-Gaspar, Pablo MartinezHuerta, Brianna Hudson, Chance Grace, Briseida Mejia-Mejia, Demian Espindola, Faith Ponce, John Monterrosas, Oscar Ramirez-Porras, Juliana Lizardo, Ricky Rivera, Arianna Breault, Nicholas Scott, Liliana Urraya, Jillian Giles, Eliseo Arias, Rolando Grimaldo, Vicky Mullins, Daisy Ramirez, Samantha Ziff, Haylie Sylvis, Adrianna Ibarra, Nephtalie Sainitdor, Liana Campisciano, Jocelyn Romero-Cruz, Reychell Grogan, Rachel Sherman, Nancy Maya, Justin Roque, Daniel Hernandez, Alejandra Lopez Perez, Abigail Numerick, Nailea Portillo, Lisa Soto, Jhamare Jones, Juan Lumbreras, Elainy Vergara, Mariajose Claudio, Miguel Aguilera, Ana Casarubias, Rachel Beasley, Paris Newton, Angelina Brannon, Yareli Aguilera, Destiny Spady and Davon Martin. Also pictured are Ruskin Elementary Principal Lisa Amos and Kiwanis members Donna and Tom Braden. Not present for the photo were children Christopher Mondragon, Savannah Butler and Jessica Sanchez. SouthShore Regional LibraryKids program/event highlights Teen Game Zone Thursday, May 1, 5:30 p.m. Teen gamers, come join us as we plug our Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation into our large projector screens for two hours of gaming. Bedtime Stories Thursday, May 1, 7 p.m. For ages 2-5 with a caregiver ~ 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. Teen Advisory Board Meeting Thursday, May 1, 7 p.m. For teens in grades 6-12 ~ Join the Teen Advisory Board to get involved with the Librarys teen programs or earn community service hours for graduation, scholarships and more. Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Magic is For Everyone & Bookmark Awards Saturday, May 3, 10:30 a.m. Join us as we announce the winners of our SouthShore Library Bookmark Contest. After the awards, watch as Magician Cesar Domico amazes with magic tricks, using everything from handkerchiefs and sponge balls to cards and balloons. Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Pee Wee Artists: Lets Create! Monday, May 5, 10:30 a.m. Pee Wee Artists, 3-5 years, adult must be present, will join our art instructor and have fun creating an art project to take home. Limit 18. Register at the Information Desk or call 813-273-3652. Baby Time Monday, May 5, 1:35 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, 11:35 a.m. Wednesday, May 7, 10:05 a.m. For children ages up to 20 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. Super Science Monday Monday, May 5, 3 p.m. For children ages 5-12 ~ Join us for an interactive, hands-on afternoon and experiment as we turn the library into a science lab! The special science workshop features High Touch High Tech presenting experiments about chemical concoctions. This is a school early-release Monday. Funded by the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library. Puppet Show: The Gingerbread Boy Tuesday, May 6, 10:15 a.m. For children ages 3 and up ~ Run, run, as fast as you can. You cant catch me, Im the Gingerbread Man! The Gingerbread Boy has escaped from the oven and is running away from the little old woman, the little old man and quite a few animals! Find out who will be lucky enough to capture him, or if he successfully escapes! Presented by Creative Arts Theatre of the City of Tampa Parks and Recreation Department. Adult/Teen: How Do You Make Art Anyways? Tuesday, May 6, 6:30 p.m. Phyllis Alexandroff will be teaching this popular class. Participants take a walk back into their own personal history to create a work of art based on experiences. This will be a fun, rewarding activity and available to any level of ability. Limit 22. Registration required; do so at the Information Desk or call 813-273-3652. Funding for this program provided by a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Sun City Center. Toddler Time Wednesday, May 7, 10:35 a.m. For children ages 20-36 months and their caregivers ~ Stories, finger plays, songs and interactive activities make up this fun 20-minute program that highlights early literacy skills and encourages reading readiness. Story Time Wednesday, May 7, 11 a.m. 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. Membership with the Friends of the SouthShore Regional Library helps provide the funding for free programs offered at the Library. If you are interested in becoming a Member of the Friends of the Library, call Jim Duffy at 813-634-1396. At the Apollo Beach Womans Club luncheon meeting on Wednesday, May 14, $10,000 in scholar ships will be awarded to high-school students living in Apollo Beach. The luncheon meeting at Little Harbor, 611 Destiny Drive in Ruskin, will also include the installation of officers for 2014-2015. Luncheon tickets are $16; the reservation deadline is May 9. To make a reservation, call Deanna Anest at 813-938-3641 or email hookr06@ The Club is open to all women in Apollo Beach and surrounding communities. Dues ($20 annually) are payable in May. In addition to raising monies for college scholar ships and participating in community service projects, club members participate in a variety of enrichment groups, including the bridge, book, culture and garden clubs. Judy Motta and Lynn Lucido, organizers of events for the Culture Club, arranged a visit to Tampa Electric Company, or TECO, in Apollo Beach for a tour of the stacks and the view of Apollo Apollo Beach Womans Club to award $10k in scholarshipsBeach from the top. The group learned how electricity is produced and the uses for byproducts. In April a visit to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park gave members a taste of Old Florida; they watched the mermaid shows in the submerged theater, lunched in the park and had a narrated river ride. The May Book Club will meet May 22 to review All the Flowers in Shanghai by Duncan Jepson. Marcia Ward will be the hostess; Beverly Fletchall is co-hostess. For more information, call Seel Lundy at 813-645 2313. An Easter Hat contest, organized by Sonya Davidson, was held at the Clubs April meeting. Judged by the Sunset Grill wait staff, prizes were awarded to Connie Craig (funniest), Lessie Deane (most attractive), Yollie McBrayer (queen hat), Beverely Brooks, (most interesting) and Nancy Grubb (most original). For more information, call Judy Peck, vice president of membership, at 813-746-1072. To learn more, visit


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By %  KEVIN BRADY kevin@observernews.netA new land code amendment that sets guidelines for development in large parts of Ruskin passed its legislative test last week. The public hearing on the amendment was lauded by commissioners, who praised county staff for listening to the concerns of Ruskin residents. You guys reached out. You did a great job, Hillsborough County Commissioner Sandra Murman told staff at the April 24 public hearing. A second public hearing on the amendment is set for May 29. With no dissenting voices heard, for now, it appears the amendment is well on its way to becoming part of the Comprehensive Plan, the countys development bible. The bonhomie of the meeting was a stark contrast to a March 24 public hearing on the proposed amendment in Ruskin. Residents criticized the language of the amendment, saying it did not reflect the intent or spirit of the Ruskin Community Plan.Ruskin Land Code amendment clears a key hurdleThe Plan, the result of two years and more than 40 public meetings, was adopted by the county commission in 2005. The 16-page, 3,200-word Plan would guide future development in Ruskin. Or so it was thought, until a challenge by a developer last April found the Plans recommendations were never actually incorporated into the countys Comprehensive Plan; hence, the need for an amendment. The countys first draft of that amendment, however, was worse than useless according to some Ruskin residents, who demanded a rewrite and called on the community to let their voices be heard on the issue. Joe Moreda, the countys director of planning and zoning, said he heard those concerns. We reviewed the input we received from the board [of county commissioners] and the community and weve made some edits to that language, Moreda told commissioners. The edits are primarily in the area of how we will review projects that are not consistent with the guidelines, so if its inconsistent with the guidelines, then weve established criteria that we will apply to projects. I think the county finally has something that will work for the community, said Mariella Smith, one of the leaders of an effort to rewrite the amendment. Its really important now that citizens show their support for this by contacting county commissioners, If passed, the amendment will give developers two choices: abide by the guidelines of the Community Plan and sail through the approval process, or provide detailed reasons why they need to opt out of the Plans guidelines. 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Looking Ahead Dear Looking, Many retirees are unclear with what Medicare does and doesnt cover when it comes to eye care. The good news is that Medicare covers most medical issues like cataract surgery, treatment of eye diseases and medical emergencies. But unfortunately, routine care like eye exams and eyeglasses are usually the beneficiarys responsibility. Heres a breakdown of how original Medicare covers your eyes, along with some tips that can help you reduce your out-of-pocket costs. Exams: Routine eye exams (sometimes called eye refractions) that test for eyeglasses or contact lenses are usually not covered under Medicare, but you are entitled to a yearly medical eye exam if you have diabetes or are at high risk for glaucoma. People at high risk include diabetics, those with a family history of glaucoma, and older Hispanics and AfricanAmericans. Medicare will also pay for exams to test and treat medical eye diseases and other problems like macular degeneration, dry eye syndrome, eye infections or if you get something in your eye. Eyeglasses and contact lenses: Medicare does not pay for eyeglasses or contact lenses, with one exception: If you have had a conventional intraocular lens inserted during cataract surgery, Medicare will pay for eyeglasses or contact lenses following the operation. Otherwise, you are on your own. To find affordable eye exams or eyeglasses, many retailers provide discounts between 10 and 30 percent if you belong to a membership group like AARP or AAA. Also consider Costco Optical, which is considered by Consumer Reports as the best discount store for good eyewear and low prices it requires a $55 membership fee. Walmart Vision Centers and For Eyes Optical offer low prices, too, with no required membership. You can also save big by buying your glasses online. Some online stores like, and sell prescription eyeglasses for as little as $7. To purchase glasses online, youll need your prescription and pupillary distance from an exam, and your frame size. Eye surgeries: Medicare covers most eye surgeries, including cataract surgery to remove cataracts and insert standard intraocular lenses to replace your own. Medicare will not, however, pick up the extra cost if you choose a specialized lens that restores full range of vision, thereby reducing your need for glasses after cataract surgery. The extra cost for a specialized lens can run up to $2,500 per eye. Eye surgeries that are not covered by Medicare include refractive surgery and cosmetic eye surgery (such as eyelid surgery) that are not considered medically necessary. Supplemental insurance Keep in mind that of the medical eye-care services that are covered by Medicare, youre still responsible for 20 percent of the cost; Medicare pays the other 80 percent. To help with this out-ofpocket expense, you may want to consider getting a Medigap supplemental policy. If you cant afford Medigap insurance, check into EyeCare America at This is a national program that provides medical eye examinations to seniors, age 65 and older, and up to one year of treatment at no cost. Advantage option Another way you can get extra vision coverage when you join Medicare is to choose a Medicare Advantage plan instead of original Medicare. Many of these plans which are sold through private insurance companies (see medicare. gov/find-a-plan) cover routine eye care and eyeglasses along with dental, hearing and prescription drugs, in addition to all of your hospital and medical insurance. Or, if you choose original Medicare, consider purchasing an individual vision insurance policy (see These policies cover routine eye care and eyeglasses and typically run between $12 and $15 per month. Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. 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MOSI, the Museum of Science & Industry, is at 4801 East Fowler Ave., Tampa.South Shore Dems meet May 8South Shore Democratic Club will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, May 8, at SouthShore Regional Library, 15816 Beth Shields Way, Ruskin. The program begins at 1:30 p.m., with refreshments and socializing at 1 p.m. Countywide Commissioner Kevin Beckner, who was first elected to the County Commission in November 2008, will discuss some of the current critical issues and challenges facing Hillsborough county residents. All Democrats and like-minded individuals are invited to attend. Visit as well as Facebook at www. for more information. 813-645-3111 or visit


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(behind Peggys Corral). This class satisfies Florida Boating and Safety Education regulations requiring those born on or after Jan. 1, 1988, to complete a National Association of State Boating Law Administrators-approved boater education course or competency exam before operating a vessel powered by a motor of 10 hp or more. Additionally, some insurers offer discounts for completing this course. Topics covered include: boat-handling techniques; navigation aids; required equipment; rules of the road; emergency procedures; radio procedures; local water knowledge; and optional on-the-water demonstration. The class fee is $25, which includes course material, morning coffee and doughnuts, and a light lunch. Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, call Marty Spencer at 941-761-9444 or email him at mwsspencer25@  JONIE MaAScCHEKMember: Florida Outdoor Writers Assn.There was a lot of choppy water last week, but most days were warm and fish were looking for food. Some anglers said more redfish were caught than any other species. Schools of them were reported in several parts of the bay. The legal limit on redfish is one per person. Those who depend on greenbacks for bait might have a hard time finding them. They seem to be slow showing up in the bay this season. Other bait fish are out there in schools, but those who have not mastered their cast nets are having a difficult time getting them. A castnetter must read the water and know when a school of bait fish is passing by. Be ready to throw the net in a complete circle over the school. It takes practice, keep trying. Local bait shops always have live shrimp and a variety of frozen bait on hand. In case you run out of bait, always have a couple of cans of sardines in your boat; use them for bait instead of going ashore. And, if youre hungry sardines and crackers are really tasty. Many have mastered the art of catching sheepshead, as witnessed by the many catches last week. This fish has a hard, bony mouth, and an angler must master the art of setting Fish Tales: Sardines make great backup baita hook to make the catch. Sheepshead has a lean, white meat, and is very good table fare. Since the ban on snook fishing has ended, its stock has rebounded to about normal. The catch is still restricted to one per person, per day. Pier fishing was outstanding last week, boasting great catches of snook, sheepshead, trout and redfish. If you dont have a boat, find a pier, bridge, park or some landside area where you can legally drop a line. Flounder love the warm weather and are no longer lazing on the sandy bottom. You will find them in schools looking for food. Many are out at high and low tide feasting on bait fish. Freshwater catfish are in our upper rivers, both the Alafia and the Little Manatee. I saw many large catches last week. 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Sponsored by American Newland Communities and their joint-venture partner North America Sekisui House LLC, the concerts feature live music ranging from rock n roll to Top 40. The Friday-night concert series also offers concertgoers the opportunity to help the 700,000 hungry people in Tampa Bay by bringing nonperishable items for Feeding America Tampa Bay in lieu of admission cost. Last year, Concerts for a Cause collected more than three tons of food, which equaled more than 5,000 meals. The next concert on the schedule: May 2 at FishHawk Ranch, 7-10 p.m. Stormbringer, supported by a stellar light show and sound, performs an extensive classic and concert rock set list.


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MasterCard is a registered trademark of MasterCard International Incorporated. Copyright 2014 Michelin North America, Inc. All rights reserved. The Michelin Man is a registered trademark owned by Michelin North America, Inc. By %  WARREN RESEN North American Travel Journalists Assn.When George Washington Vanderbilt began planning and building his home, which today is still the largest private residence ever built in America, he was a 28-year-old bachelor. It took six years to complete this 175,000-square-foot French Renaissance chateau with 250 rooms, On the road again The Biltmore Estate35 bedrooms, 43 bathrooms, 66 servants bedrooms, 65 fireplaces and many more features under roof. When it officially opened 120 years ago on Christmas Eve 1895, Vanderbilt was 35. At a time in history when most homes did not have indoor plumbing and electricity was a novelty, Vanderbilts house in Asheville, N.C., was considered one of the most technologically advanced structures ever built. It is still admired today for its beauty and innovative engineering. The house was fully electrified, and used some of Thomas Edisons first light bulbs. There was a fire-alarm system, an electrical call-box system for servants, two elevators, elaborate indoor plumbing for all 35 bedrooms, that new novelty called a telephone, walk-in refrigerators, under-cabinet chilling systems in the kitchen to hold prepared food, a 70,000-gallon indoor swimming pool, a two-lane bowling alley and many more innovative features. The true cost of building the estate seems to be lost in the mists of time. No one I questioned could The Biltmore Estate, Asheville, N.C.even venture a guess. There were so many additions and changes to the original plans that a dollar figure wasnt available. Today this would be called a time and material job. An old saying about yacht ownership is that, If you have to ask how much it costs, you probably cannot afford it. This would apply to an undertaking like the Biltmore Estate. Three years after completion of the main building, George Vanderbilt married Edith Stuyvesant Dresser. After a prolonged European honeymoon, Vanderbilt brought his bride to her new home. She had never seen it until, after a slow ride over the three-mile approach road from the main gate, the final bend in the road was negotiated, and there it was. The estates landscaping was designed so that the house was hidden from view to anyone entering from the main gate. It can be seen only after rounding the final bend on the approach road. There were many reported stories as to what Mrs. Vanderbilt said on seeing her new home for the first time. My favorite is, George, I dont do windows. I first became aware of the Biltmore Estate when watching the wonderful 1979 award-winning movie Being There, with Peter Sellers and Shirley MacLaine. 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Wylie was relinquished to C.A.R.E. because his caregivers health and change in living arrangements made it impossible for Wylie to remain with her. He is a joyful dog who seems to be adjusting well under the circumstances. Perhaps hes the dog youve been waiting on! Wylie has been neutered and microchipped. As part of his adoption, he is up to date on routine vaccinations. DOB: May 14, 2008.C.A.R.E. is an all-volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)3 organization (59-3678003) registered with the Fla. Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services, No. CH-14526. The shelter is funded solely through donations, adoptions, spay/neuter fees, fundraisers and small grants. For more information, volunteer opportunities or donations, please visit our website ( or call us at 813-645-2273. We are very grateful for your support. The Biltmore Estatethe year. When in bloom, rhododendrons show bursts of color among the green of the woods. Because there is so much to see and do on the property, confusion can be the order of the day for first-time visitors who wonder how best to see and experience everything in the time available. The admission fee gives visitors access to the House, Gardens and Grounds, Antler Hill Village and Winery, optional outdoor adventures and much more. There are numerous choices, both in the House and throughout the 8,000 acres. The Biltmore Estate opens to visitors at 9 a.m. The House is least crowded then, and again around noon when people break for lunch, and also in early afternoon when many visitors have gone on to visit other parts of the estate. I highly recommend taking advantage of the optional audio tour as you wander through the House. The one-hour Butlers Tour took us up and down back staircases, and through kitchens, prep rooms, the staff dining room and staff bedrooms. We learned that in the grand mansions during this countrys Golden Age (1880s early 1900s), it was the head housekeeper, not the head butler, who ruled the roost. Check the brochures to see which tour(s) would be of interest to you. The available active outdoor activities would include river trips, fly fishing, equestrian center, trail rides, hiking, archery, sporting clays, Segway tours, Range Rover off-road driving, bicycle riding on 22 miles of trails, and much more. For those interested in less strenuous outdoor activities, there is the new Antler Hill Village. Opened in 2010, the Village is the center for information about Vanderbilt family history, and features live entertainment, dining and shopping. There are coffee, ice cream, pastry and sandwich shops, and restaurants. It is also the location of the famous Biltmore Winery. The most visited winery in the United States is not in Californias Napa Valley but right here in the mountains of North Carolina at the Biltmore Estate. The Biltmore Winery hosts approximately 600,000 visitors a year who stop by for a free tour and samples of the Biltmore vineyards offerings. George and Edith Vanderbilt had one child, Cornelia, born in 1900. The Vanderbilts were married for only 16 years when George died from complications of surgery in 1914. He was 52 years old. Edith remained at Biltmore House and ran the estate. In 1930, during the Great Depression, the Biltmore Estate was opened to the public for the first time. It was hoped this would increase tourism in the Asheville area and that visitor admissions would help defray costs of running the estate. Both things came to pass. Today, more than a million visitors pass through the Biltmore Estate gates every year. The Biltmore Estate is privately owned and supported entirely by admission fees. There is neither government funding nor grants. A question frequently asked is: Why is the property called Biltmore? The Vanderbilt family originally came from Holland. George Vanderbilt called his estate Biltmore, from Bildt, the Dutch town where his ancestors originated, and more an Old English word for open, rolling land. If you have only one day to spend at the Biltmore Estate, do your homework. Go to their website ( and check out what you want to do there. The Biltmore House itself will, of course, be first on the list, but then go to the other venues and make a list, in order of interest, of the other things you would like to experience. If you cant do everything during a one-day visit, you might want to plan on coming back during another season and continue the tour. We plan on doing so when the gardens are in bloom.f George Vanderbilts bedroom in the Biltmore Estate, Asheville, N.C.


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Living in the moment, listening to his stories, had an impact on me. I drove away feeling great. By %  MITCH TRAPHAGEN mitch@observernews.netThe moment I met Chuck and Sandy at their Kings Point home, I knew that I would like them very much. I arrived a few minutes early for my 1 p.m. appointment, and Chuck answered the door with a big smile and a firm handshake. A few moments later, Sandy appeared, saying, We were sitting at the table just yakking away and before we knew it, it was 12:45, she said. I told Chuck that we had better get dressed for the day because Mitch would be here soon. They have been married for decades and yet they can still lose hours yakking away at the table. To me, that is so cool, so admirable. The happiness they share was palpable and, indeed, time slipped by for me, too before I knew it two hours had passed listening to their stories. Such lovely, warm and interesting people, they are a couple that is so full of life. Perhaps another incredible point: through the entire conversation, Chuck never mentioned that he was a highly decorated war hero. He never mentioned the medals he received or any other accolades. His modesty, his attitude toward life and his happiness were all inspiring to me. I was fortunate to meet them and am looking forward to seeing them again. I left their home feeling very happy. As I drove away, I also heard Chucks voice saying, You make your own luck. Indeed you do. And Chuck has been extremely successful at making it. How he looked at Sandy was proof of that. I have much more to say but cant give anything away I will be writing about Chuck, Sandy and some amazing stuff that has happened in their lives in the coming few weeks. Please check the newspaper Ill do my best to tell their story. Ive always said that you could randomly knock on doors in Sun City Center and find incredible stories. Chuck and Sandy are certainly proof of that. Richard is a big man, an imposing man. I could see that under the right circumstances, he could even be a threatening man. Richard keeps an eye on things around the marinas at Little Harbor Resort. I was walking to the marina office the other evening when I saw him. I waved and shouted my thanks to him for being there. The wind blew my words away and also his reply in asking what I had said, thus forcing us to walk up to each other. He had no idea what to expect perhaps I was some lunatic at night wandering around shouting at people. I saw the imposing yet professional and polite Richard right then. He was very much doing his job, and he clearly does it very, very well. I reached my hand out to shake his and said, I was just trying to tell you how much I appreciate you being here keeping an eye on things. Id seen him several times over the past week and he was always hard at work, taking his job seriously, and giving me a good feeling about that.Upon my words, he softened considerably and smiled. We shook hands and he thanked me for saying that. I wonder if enough people tell him that what he does is valuable and is truly appreciated. For him, the best results of his work is that nothing at all happens. Thus, perhaps some people dont realize that the nothing is largely thanks to him doing his job with dedication. Point being ... how friendly and seemingly happy he was to hear that his work was appreciated; and how open he became as a result of the sincerity (I suspect he would quickly see through anything insincere). As a note to some of less than noble intent, I wouldnt want to be on his wrong side the wrong side due to the job he takes seriously but am happy to have met him. I thanked him and he thanked me for that. We chatted for a moment until he needed to check in on his radio. We shook hands again and I said, Its good to meet you, Richard. Its good to meet you, Mitch. I hope you have a nice evening, he said warmly. That he remembered my name after a mere chance and very quick introduction was also telling. Every extremely successful person Ive ever known has had that talent instantly remembering names and confidently using them. Im quite certain hell remember it when I see him again on my next trip to Florida that is quickly approaching. It really was good to meet Richard. It was wonderful to meet Chuck and Sandy. Good people are everywhere. What a blessing that is. But the reality is that meeting wonderful people is a two-way street. The best way to find them is to try to be a good and thankful person yourself. If you can do that, youll be amazed what you will find: people who can change your day or even your life. Barring that, you may never know just how cool the nurses are at your clinic, or how generous and helpful the guy who bags your groceries is. Without that, you could miss out on so much in life. Live in the moment. And with that, enjoy and be grateful for that precious moment. 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There are lots of gifts in the goodie bags and plenty of prizes to win. If youre a business owner, now is when you get three of your best customers and reward them for their patronage by giving them a day of golf. If youve got great employees, let them put on their company shirts and show off to all the other players! My days of playing golf are long over. My college coach saw to that when he told me I just really wasnt any good. His motto was: How far the drive it matters not, if you screweth up the second shot! He saved me years of grief and lots of money. But Ill be one of the Beer and Beverage Bunnies on the front nine with First Light Home Care, and Palm Garden skilled-nursing facility will make sure those on the back nine are given their choice of libations. Any and all tips will go to Wounded Warriors. Manatee Healthcare Systems will be providing a scrumptious omelet station so you can custom-create your breakfast. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the Ruskin Methodist Church Youth Group. The putting contest is sponsored by ServiceMaster 24 Hour. Many other businesses will sponsor the holes. Well have all sorts of prizes, including $15,000 cash if you make a hole-in-one on the 8th hole, sponsored by Ed Morse Cadillac Brandon. Other closest-tothe-hole, closest-to-the-alligator and longest-drive prizes include a trip, TVs, gift cards and much more. If putting is your specialty, well have a contest just for that! I might have to enter that one Im pretty good at getting the ball through the clowns mouth. Entry is only $60 per person or $200 for a foursome, and that includes breakfast and lunch, goodie bags and chances to win door prizes. If you would like to play in the tournament, please come by the Chamber or call us at 813-6345111 to register. Come on out and have fun! You just might be riding home $15,000 richer, wearing The Jacket, and showing off your trophy to the neighbors!By DANA DITTMARExecutive Director SCC Chamber of Commerce You, me and business:Fearsome Fore!somesEast Bay High School hosts its annual M Mothers Day plant saleEast Bay High School FFA alumni will host their annual Mothers Day Plant Sale from Wednesday, May 7, until Friday, May 9. The plant sale will be at the East Bay High School Agriculture Shop, 7710 Old Big Bend Road, Gibsonton. The sale is open to the public from 7:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. The sale will feature outdoor landscape plants, hanging baskets, indoor foliage plants and great Mothers Day gifts. Money raised from the plant sale will sponsor FFA members to attend leadership and career development events through the National FFA Organization (formerly known as the Future Farmers of America) and support FFA Chapter projects and activities. The Agriculture Shop is in between East Bay High School and Eisenhower Middle School, off Old Big Bend Road. Customers are encouraged to drive down the service road between the two schools and turn right on the second road. The road will dead-end into the agriculture shop. The Florida FFA Association is a premier youth leadership organization with nearly 17,000 middleand high-school student members as part of more than 300 local FFA chapters across the state. FFA makes a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premier leadership, personal growth and career success through agricultural education.


MAY 1, 2014 19 813-634-14554002 Sun City Center Blvd., Unit 102 Sun City Center, FL 33573 (One block west of the Hospital)www.theskincancercenters.comSouth Hillsborough Countys Only Fellowship Trained Mohs Surgeon Howard A. Oriba, M.D. Leslee Baute, P.A.-C. Michael G. Caruso, M.D. ACCEPTING NEW PATIENTSLongest Practicing Dermatology Ofce in Sun City CenterEstablished in 1982 | State-of-the-Art Mohs Surgical Laboratory | General Dermatology | Skin Cancer Identication, Diagnosis, Treatment and Removal | Rash Treatment | Mole Removal | Cosmetics | Free Skin Cancer ScreeningFor Your Medical, Surgical and Cosmetic Needs: Available Monday Through FridayNow accepting Simply Healthcare and Florida Healthcare Plus By %  MICAH BREWER bmicah25@yahoo.comI was talking to my good friend Ty the other day, and we were discussing our financial situations. It is so easy to get down about how much money we have, and how broke we feel. It doesnt even matter how much money you make, or how much you have in the bank. It seems like everyone feels like they dont have enough. Especially as Americans, many of us have no concept of what real need is. A large number of the worlds population live on less than one dollar per day, and yet Ill talk about how poor I am as Im sitting in my recliner watching TV with the air conditioner cranked down to 72 degrees. If I am hungry, I can easily hop in my car and get food at one of five grocery stores within two miles of my house, or hit any number of restaurants within my general vicinity. And if that isnt enough, I live within just a few minutes of the ocean. I was talking to someone the other day, and they said they had seen food there, too. Apparently its a big hangout for fish. Many people are legitimately in need these days, and we should do everything we can to help them get back on their feet, but many of us are fine, and yet we are ungrateful for what we already have. How can we be so blessed, and feel so poor at the same time? Is it fear? Often my wife and I are in perfect comfort, and we find ourselves worrying about what could happen. It hasnt even happened yet, probably wont, and yet we can fill times that should be full of contentment with anxiety over something that may or may not happen in the future. This week tornadoes destroyed homes and businesses throughout the Midwest. They are still working through the wreckage, but the damage is tremendous. My cousins home in Arkansas was blown away in the storm. Everything they had was gone except the closet that they were huddled in. As they clung to each other in prayer, they did not ask God to protect all of their stuff. Neither would you. In those moments, possessions just arent important anymore. Its the people we love that we truly care about. As I look back at the greatest tragedies in my life, none of them had anything to do with losing things. The truth is, its the ones we love that can bring real tragedy and true joy. As Floridians, we watch and wait through hurricane season every year, mindful that at some point we could be hit with devastation. But as I watch the newscast whenever a storm hits, the greatest tragedy is always loss of life. I have gone to help with cleanup after some of these storms, and most of the people I have met are so grateful that they are alive. Many times they seem to have a new perspective on what is important to them. Its not more stuff. Count your blessings. It sounds childish, doesnt it? Although it may seem trite or insignificant, taking time for gratitude can change the way you look at life. Yesterday I did not thank God that my house had not blown away, but today I will. In the mind of MicahIf I were a rich manin the Community Plan for land use, density and lot sizes in four areas of Ruskin: Area 1: The Old Ruskin neighborhood west of downtown will feature lower density singlefamily housing in keeping with the traditional character of the area. Area 2: This area east of downtown and west of the I-75 employment center will accommodate a variety of housing types, including multi-family and entry-level housing. Area 3: This area south of College Avenue will accommodate a more suburban style and type of residential development with safeguards for the redevelopment of property along the Manatee River. Area 4: This area southeast of I-75 will retain its rural and agricultural character and provide for enhanced interaction and access to the publicly owned lands adjacent to the Little Manatee River. Next for the Ruskin Land The Planning Commission will review the amendment for consistency with the Comprehensive Plan May 12. Commissioners will vote on the amendment at their 6 p.m., May 29 meeting after the second and final public hearing. Both public hearings will take place on the second floor of County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd. in Tampa. View the draft amendment schedule at: http://www. aspx?nid=906.Ruskin Land Codef


20 MAY 1, 2014 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 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 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. www.nbcor.orgLoving God, Loving Others, Serving Beyond Borders Sunday School (all ages)........9:30 a.m. Dr. Samuel (Sam) A. Roach, Pastor WORSHIP SERVICES:SUNDAY8:30 a.m. .................................Contemporary Service 9:30 a.m. .........................................Traditional Service10:00 a.m. ...............................Contemporary Service 11:00 a.m. .......................................Traditional Service4:00 p.m. ........................................Hispanic Worship Senior Pastor: Dr. Warren Langer Assistant Pastor: Rev. Samuel Rorer Bookstore 633-8595 FREE Nursery Provided Rance Goad, Pastor (Southern Baptist)1511 El Rancho Dr. Sun City Center, FL 33573Phone/Fax:813-633-5950 TRADITIONAL 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 REDEEMER LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA Worship Services on Sunday 10 a.m. PRAYER PRAISE WORSHIPThe Anointing Church Area Places of Worship UNITED COMMUNITY CHURCH United Church of Christ1501 La Jolla Ave., Sun City Center, FL 33573-5329A Caring Church United in Gods Love Serving Our CommunityRev. Dr. Timothy Shirley Worship Services ~ 8:30 and 10:00 a.m. (813) 634-1304 ~ Sunday School ................................10:00 a.m. Sunday Morning Worship ...............10:45 a.m. Sunday Evening Worship ..................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Youth Worship ...............6:00 p.m. Wednesday Evening Service .............7:00 p.m.Pastor Tom Durrance Wimauma Church of God First Baptist Church of Gibsonton Traditional Worship Service Sunday School ............................ 9:30 A.M. Old-Time Gospel Hymns Morning Worship ..................... 10:30 A.M. Nursery Available Sunday Evening ......................... 6:00 P.M. Children & Youth Ministry Mid-Week (Wed.) ........................ 7:00 P.M. We love because 1 John 4:19 Malcolm S. Clements, Pastor Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of SCCMeets in the Henry Gibson Social Hall of the Beth Israel Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing whats right. Isaac Asimov Area Obituaries Dorothy Kroll BenderDorothy Kroll Bender, 94, wife of the late Paul V. Bender, entered into rest Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Evans, Ga. Dorothy was born to Edward and Harriet Kroll on October 28, 1919, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. Dorothy graduated from Freeport High School. She married Paul Bender in 1941, and they lived in Freeport, Ill., before retiring to Sun City Center, Fla., in 1978. Dorothy worked as a paralegal until her retirement. In Augusta, Ga., she was a member of First Baptist Church of Augusta and the CSRA Bridge Center of Augusta. She loved to play bridge and was made an honorary lifelong Masters member. Dorothy is survived by children Doug Bender (Marianne) of Scottsdale, Ariz., and Susan Kious (Dr. Andrew Kious) of Evans, Ga.; grandchildren Allison Zimmerman of Scottsdale, Ariz., Randy Bender of San Diego, and Christina Kious of Atlanta; and great-grandchildren Stella and Rachel Zimmerman of Scottsdale. A memorial service was held Tuesday, April 29, in the Story Chapel at First Baptist Church of Augusta, with Dr. Greg DeLoach officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to either First Baptist Church of Augusta, 3500 Walton Way, Augusta, GA 30909 or to The Independence Fund Inc., 32379 Collection Center Drive, Chicago, IL 60693. Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors is assisting the family. Please sign the guestbook at www. M. ClarkOrrell M. Clark, 88, of Sun City Center, Fla., passed away on Tuesday, April 22, 2014. She is survived by her beloved husband of 68 years, Carl H. Clark of Sun City Center; daughters Janet Clark Smith and Nancy Clark Veazey of Berkeley Heights, N.J., and East Greenwich R.I., respectively; their husbands Gregory Smith and Ted Veazey; grandchildren Carl and Claire Smith and Scott and Barrett Veazey; sister Marsha Mitchell, her husband Wiley F. Mitchell and their family of Virginia Beach, Va.; and brother Jack Moody, his wife Mary Helen Moody and their family of Siler City, N.C. A memorial service will be held for Orrell on Saturday, June 14, at the United Community Church, Sun City Center, at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Orrells name to the United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Ave., Sun City Center, FL 33573, to LifePath Hospice, 12470 Telecom Drive, Suite 300, Temple Terrace, FL 33637, or to Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612. Arrangements by Sun City Center Funeral Home.Marion GreenMarion (ne Wale) Green, 86, died peacefully at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, on Sunday, March 16, 2014. Loving wife of the late Eldon Green (deceased 2009), mother and grandmother, she is survived by her children Cynthia (Dr. Brian Mercer), Sandra (Dr. Bruce Fisher) and Scott (Alice Bruechert); and her grandchildren Caelin, Brandon, Sarah, Bryson, Ian, Ben, Arielle and Adaire. Marion was born and grew up in Ottawa, Canada. At a young age, her beautiful soprano voice led her to join a church choir, where she met Eldon. She often sang solo and, in later years, sang at Bromley Baptist church in Ottawa. In addition, Marion was an excellent tennis, lawn bowling, and bridge player. In 1992, she moved with Eldon to Sun City Center where she volunteered at the local library. She loved people, books and was always willing to lend her kind support. She will be greatly missed by family and the people whose lives she touched. Her children and grandchildren will miss the warm and welcoming Sun City Center community where so many happy Christmases were spent with Eldon and Marion. Hazel Lorraine Drake WilliamsHazel Lorraine Drake Williams, 88, of Sun City Center passed away on April 21, 2014. Hazel was born August 5, 1925, in San Antonio, Texas, to Samuel Otis Drake and Annie Jane Bell. She was married to Lieutenant Edward James Williams on March 4, 1950, in the Base Chapel at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Her loving husband predeceased her in October 2009. She was a proud Air Force wife and enjoyed living all over the United States and especially overseas in Germany and Spain. She is survived by daughter retired U.S. Air Force Col. Karen W. Currie and her husband Wayne Daniel Currie of San Antonio; son Richard Edward Williams and his wife Sandra Heysinger of Houston; son Stuart Alan Williams and his wife Cynthia of Williamsburg, Va.; grandsons Conrad Edward Williams of New Orleans, La., and Colin Patrick Williams of Houston; and several nieces and nephews. Hazel was a member of St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, the Colonel George Mercer Brooke Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution in Sun City Center, the North Carolina Genealogy Society and the Wilson County N.C. Genealogy Society. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donation to Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612 or Hillsborough County Animal Services, 440 N. Falkenburg Road, Tampa, FL 33619. Funeral services were held on Friday, April 25, at Sun City Center Funeral Home. Jehovahs Witnesses have open house this weekend at new place of worshipAfter months of hard work by hundreds of tradesmen and volunteers, the 10,000-square-foot, double-auditorium place of worship for local Jehovahs Witnesses has been completed. They will hold Open House from 1 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 3, and Sunday, May 4. The new building, called Kingdom Hall, is at 11725 East Symmes Road in Riverview. All in the area are invited to take a tour; light refreshments also will be available. Explanations will be available in English and Spanish. Kingdom Hall will be used by the Sun City Center, Ruskin and Riverview congregations of Jehovahs Witnesses as well as by three Spanish-language congregations. Needed because of the increase in the number of Jehovahs Witnesses, the new hall will accommodate the six current congregations and will have room for more as the need arises. The Sun City Center congregation was formed in the early 1970s with about 70 witnesses. At the time, they met in a rented building in Tampa. A new meeting place built on U.S. 301 in 1974 served the area from Gibsonton to the Manatee line and from Fort Lonesome to the Bay. Over the years the congregation has grown as new members joined. We have several dozen congregations now that serve the same area, said Clayton Peace, elder in the Sun City congregation and resident of Sun City Center. We like to keep our congregations to about 100 members. This way we are able to keep in touch with everyone and assist as needed. Also, several of our Bible study meetings call for audience participation and question-andanswer sessions, so a very large group would make this difficult, he said. We could build a much larger building to accommodate everyone, but we would lose this personal involvement, said Peace. This double-auditorium church will allow such needs to be met by these congregations. Christian Womens Connection plans May 8 meetingThe May luncheon and program for the South Shore Christian Womens Connection is on Thursday, May 8, at Club Renaissance, 2121 S. Pebble Beach Blvd., Sun City Center. Inspirational speaker Diane Green will share her story entitled How withered relationships blossomed into a fragrant bouquet when I found true forgiveness. Seating begins at 11 a.m.; the program runs from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The menu is curry chicken salad plus beverage and dessert. An alternate meal of tossed salad with grilled chicken is available if you order it when you make your reservation. Cost is $17 inclusive. For reservations, call Pat Butler at 813-938-4320 or Gail Green at 813-634-2159 or e-mail Reservations or cancellations must be made before noon on Monday, May 5.Five Wishes program at UMC At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 7, the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center will host a program on Five Wishes, the first living will that addresses your personal, emotional and spiritual needs, as well as your medical wishes. This program is designed to guide you in talks with family, friends and doctors about how you want to be treated if you become seriously ill. Five Wishes focuses on maintaining your human dignity and getting your needs met. Call the church office at 813-634 -2539 to reserve a seat and an informational booklet. For additional information about this and other events and activities at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, call Jeff Jordan, director of worship arts, at 813634-2539. To learn more about the church, visit


MAY 1, 2014 21 CHRISTIAN SCHOOL K-2 Through 12th GradeSunday School.................................9:45 a.m. Morning Worship...............8:30 & 11:00 a.m. Evening Service..............................6:00 p.m. Wednesday Night Service................7:00 p.m. Awana............................................7:00 p.m.Dr. Barry RumseyA Resource for Families First Church of Christ, Scientist Sunday Service .............................................................10 a.m. Sunday School ..............................................................10 a.m. Wednesday Service ........................................................5 p.m. Reading Room ...............................Wednesday 4 to 4:45 p.m. All Are Welcome U.S. Hwy. 41 106 11th Ave. NE Ruskin MASSESVigil Mass.....................................................................Saturday 4:30 p.m. Sunday Mass .....................................8:00 a.m., 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday ....................................................................8:00 a.m. Holy Days ....................................... Espaol ......... .................Thursday 6:15 p.m.; Saturday 3:15 p.m.Saint Anne Catholic ChurchSouthShore: Apollo Beach, Ruskin, Sun City and S. GibsontonSS Getting to Know You (Donuts & Coffee) ....9:00 a.m. Sunday Evening Service ............6:00 p.m. Sunday School ...........................................9:30 am. Wednesday Evening Service ......7:00 p.m. Sunday Morning Worship............................10:55 a.m. Thursday Morning Prayer ..........10:00 a.m. Southside Baptist ChurchA Warm, Loving & Friendly Church Worship Service @10:30 am Adult Sunday School @ 9:30 am 1707 33rd Street Southeast Ruskin, Florida 33570 Minister Mike Grant First Christian ChurchSun City Center FloridaFCCSCC Area Places of Worship 1239 Del Webb Blvd. West Sun City Center, FL 33573 Church is Handicap accessible Phone: 813-634-1252 For information visit: St. Andrew Presbyterian ChurchSunday Services 9:30 a.m. Contemporary Service 11:00 a.m.Prayers with anointing for healing and wholeness during worship the second Sunday of every month.Pastor: Rev. Dr. Mark E. SalmonMeet friends in Fellowship Hall between Services. Refreshments served.A Stephen Ministry Church S T J O H N T H E D I V I N E E PISCOPAL C HURCH A C A R I N G C H R I S T I A N F A M I L Y W I G G L Y C H I L D R E N W E L C O M E S UNDAY S ERVICES 8:00 AM Rite I 9:15 AM Contemporary 11:00 AM Rite II & Choir Morning Prayer & Healing Service 10 AM every Wednesday Fr. Lee Miller Priest S UN C ITY C ENTER 1015 Del Webb Blvd. E 813 633 3970 Fellowship Hour after all services Sunday Service 10:30 813-481-9060 Spirituality Rather Than ReligionUnityHenry Gibson Social Hall, Beth Israel Synagogue ENJOY A COMPLIMENTARY DENTAL IMPLANT and PERIODONTAL EXAM Web: | Email: BETH ISRAEL The Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center, 1115 Del Webb Blvd. E. Sun City Center (813)634-2590 SHABBAT SERVICES FRIDAY EVENING AT 7:30 PM TORAH STUDY SATURDAY AT 12 NOON MORNING SERVICES 2ND AND 4TH SATURDAY 10AM EVERYONE IS WELCOME Rev. Langer to retire from UMC this SundayThe Rev. Dr. Warren Langer will preach his last sermon at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center on Sunday, May 4, at the 9 and 11 a.m. wor ship services. Langer has the longest tenure of any of the full-time pastors serving churches in Sun City Center, having served the church from 2003 to the present. Under his leadership, the church has grown from 450 attendees to a current attendance of 1200 during winter months. The church has been twice recognized as the fastest-growing United Methodist Church in the Florida peninsula of more than 740 churches. During this period, the church has completed three major capitalimprovement programs valued at $4.5 million. During Rev. Langers term, the church opened the Community Wellness Center, offering services supported by a psychologist, psychiatrist, counselors and social workers. Pages of Life Bookstore, which opened in 2007, was a hallmark of Pastor Langers leadership. The church also helped to start and sponsor the South Shore Symphony Orchestra, one example of Rev. Langers community involvement. The church developed an Emer gency Response Team with a fully equipped trailer that has helped communities in four states and Jamaica to recover from natural disasters. The ministries have also partnered with three elementary schools in the Ruskin and Wimauma area to support their requested needs. Children/Youth and Family Ministries grew through Langers vision. From three children in 2008, the church currently ministers to 75plus children and youth weekly. The church has been the number one nonprofit supporter of the Salvation Army Kettle Drive each Christmas season in the Tampa Bay area. In the last few years, the church has sent three mission teams to Uganda, Africa, and sponsored a sister church in Cuba. There is a mission team going this summer to Peru to build a church and provide medical assistance. Offerings from the church have built homes and helped to rescue street children in Vietnam. In 2009, Langer provided leader ship as the church initiated its Hispanic Ministry. Bridges have been built through this ministry in South Hillsborough County. The Rev. Warren Langers vision and dedication will long be honored and remembered at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center.United Methodist Church has thrived under the Rev. Dr. Warren Langers guidance.May Crowning and Fellowship Sunday at Prince of PeaceOn Thursday, May 1, the Ancient Order of Hibernians invites you to attend the May Crowning of the Blessed Virgin Mary statue in the prayer garden at Prince of Peace Catholic Church. The crowning will take place immediately following 8 a.m. Mass. The rite of crowning the Blessed Virgin Mary originated in 1837 when Pope Gregory XVI placed crowns on an icon of Jesus and Mary. In Catholic tradition, statues are venerated not because of a belief that these images themselves possess anything of divinity or power but because the honor shown them is directed to the prototypes they represent. Catholics join together in the May Crowning to show their love and thankfulness to the Blessed Virgin Mary.Fellowship SundayAre you a new resident of Sun City Center? Are you a Catholic looking for a new parish? The parishioners of Prince of Peace invite you to join them for Mass on Sunday, May 4. Masses will be offered at 8 and 10 a.m. and at noon. Following Mass, all are invited for a time of fellowship in the Conesa Center, where coffee and doughnuts will be available. A member of the parish stewardship committee will be present to answer any questions. Prince of Peace Catholic Church is located at 702 Valley Forge Blvd. in Sun City Center. For more information, visit or call 813-634-2328.The Empirical Miracle is topicAt 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 1, the Rev. Robert P. Tucker, PhD, will deliver a sermon to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Sun City Center. The sermon will survey the rise and importance of empiricism and the empirical/scientific method in the West. Tucker will celebrate the great thinking that arose over the centuries, from individuals like Thales (who produced the first empirical miracle), to Locke, Berkeley and Hume, who helped to set modern thinking on the right path. The Fellowship meets in the Henry Gibson Social Hall of the Beth Israel Synagogue on East Del Webb Boulevard in Sun City Center. All are welcome.The Peytons return to United MethodistThe United Methodist Church of Sun City Center welcomes the Peytons, Southern Gospel singers, at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 2. A local favorite, they grew up in Appalachia, raised on gospel music. After hearing them sing, a friend declared that they had a message they needed to share. The Peytons took that advice and had their opening concert in North Carolina in 2009. They travel mostly in the Southeast, sharing their message to the glory of God. Concertgoers are encouraged to arrive early for a good seat. A donation of $5 is requested at the door. For additional information about this and other concerts and recitals at the United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, call Jeff Jordan, director of worship arts, at 813634-2539. The United Methodist Church is at 1210 W. Del Webb Blvd.


22 MAY 1, 2014 Summer camp for martial arts is in Apollo BeachTampa Bay Martial Arts Academy, at 6038 U.S. 41 N. in Apollo Beach, will offer martial arts summer camp, starting Monday, June 9, the first day of summer break. The camp, for children going into kindergarten next fall through 5th Grade, is available weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can sign up for the summer, by the week, or even just two or three days a week. The last day of camp is Monday, Aug. 18, the last day of summer break. Besides martial arts classes, the academy has field trips, behind-the-scenes tours of businesses and supervised swimming almost every week. There are also craft times, education game times and just plain play times. The camp offers family rates and specials. For more information, call Nancy at 813-649-0020 or visit its website at events at Brandon Regional HospitalBrandon Regional Hospital will offer the following events in May. All will take place in the Oakfield Medical Campus, 119 Oakfield Drive, Brandon, unless otherwise noted. room C, Suite 258 Brandon Regional Hospital, Womens Center Lobby classroom B, Suite 260 Womens Center Lobby room A, Suite 262 Suite 262 p.m., classroom B, Suite 260 Haverford Ave., Suite 106, behind South Bay Hospital, Sun City Center classroom A, Suite 262 room B, Suite 260 B, Suite 260 room A, Suite 262 Seating is limited and reservations are advised. For more information and to register, call 813-653-1065 or visit Cypress Creek Vac & Sew holds ribbon cuttingThe Sun City Center Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the new, larger location of Cypress Creek Vac & Sew. Still located in the Bealls shopping center, the new shop, next to the Sunshine Caf, is three times larger than the previous site. In addition to servicing vacuum cleaners and sewing machines, Vac & Sew offers classes in sewing, embroidery and quilting. From left are Briana Brown, Noora Al-qili and Scarleth Rachel Jimenez.Indians on a rollEast Bays girls flag football team improved to 6-4 on the season after defeating district rival Lennard 40-0. The Longhorns are much improved with new head coach Corries Culpepper, lead that Lennard could not overcome. QB Madeline Hornacek had her best game of the season throwing for 5 TDs and 232 yards with a 64 percent completion rate. Michelle Rodriguez caught 3 TDs, with Sydney and Sara Hostelley catching one each. Sydney Hostelley came in as QB and threw a TD to Tabitha Willis. Defensively, Rodriguez and pulls each. Matthews and Sydney Hostelley also intercepted Lennard. Scarleth Jimenez got on the stats board with an offensive reception and defensive flag pull. season total flag pulls as well. WR Briana Brown scored her first career point on a 3-yard pass. Brown held on to the ball in the endzone, being hit hard as the ball hit her hands. Jenna McEneaney closed out the game as QB. making her longest run of the season with an 11-yard scamper. season at home against Strawberry Crest and will play as third seed in the district semifinal against Bloomingdale. Keep up with the team at www. Bay Watchby Michael Cooper Ruskin Eagles Aerie 4351 1205 1st St. S.W. p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month; Auxiliary at 6 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th; Eagle Riders at 6 p.m. on the 3rd.Upcoming EventsFriday . ...............................5:30 p.m. Kitchen opens. . ............................................ 6 p.m. Feather Your Nest Game. Saturday, May 3 . .............5 p.m. Auxiliary Dinner. Check at club . ............................................ for menu. 6:30 p.m. Music by You 2 Kan. Sunday . ........................................ $1 draft beer all day and evening.Monday. .............................6 p.m. Bingo. Tuesday . .............................$1 draft beer all day and evening. Wednesday. ........................Come on down and socialize. For more information, call 813-645-2922. Thursday, May 1 Bar Bingo 6 p.m. Jerrys last night. Friday, May 2 Saturday, May 3 Joint installation 4-8 p.m. followed by a dinner. Music by You 2 Kan. Sunday, May 4 Monday, May 5 Crew Games 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 6 Lounge Games 1-4 p.m. Bingo: doors open 3 p.m., Bingo 6 p.m. Kitchen opens 4:30 p.m. RUSKIN BrR ANCH LIbr BR Ar R Y Adult Computer Classes for the Technologically ChallengedComputer Tutor Wednesday, May 7, 5:30 p.m. ister in person no earlier than one hour before the start of the program.


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