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Welcome to our year-end special edition - a reflective
look back at 2010. Inside you will find inspiring, funny,
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About


this Issue

Think of"2010Again" as your time cap-
sule for the year in our community.
Our team of reporters and photogra-
phers documented hundreds of stories in
Lutz, Land O' Lakes, Wesley Chapel,
Zephyrhills and Dade City this year, and this
guide offers a cross section of those reports.
We've included some of the more important
news of the year, including a look back on
significant developments in medicine (a
new hospital) and transportation (the long-
awaited, life-changing extension to SR 56).
We selected some stories because they're
touching - a community rallying to help
keep an injured Marine in his home, a look
at a cancer survivor who now drives race-
cars. Others earned a spot because they
made us laugh - the story of a blue heron
that visits the same man every day, or made
us cry -the memorial for aWesley Chapel
family killed in a plane crash this summer.
We also offer a special look at some local en-
trepreneurs making their mark with cake
pops, hot sauce, cookbooks and more.
We have a few other items of interest in
this issue, including a chance for you to meet
the people who bring you the The
Laker/Lutz News every week, a look back on
some of our favorite "pets of the week" and
Sports Editor Kyle LoJacono's inaugural"All-
Laker/All-Lutz News" teams for fall sports.
I'm proud of the work this community
newspaper presents each week.We thank
you for reading and look forward to contin-
uing to present compelling stories and
photos about our little slice of Florida in the
year ahead.

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Coping with the loss of a father


By Kyle LoJacono
Originally published Sept. 22

At 12-years-old Nate McCoole's life
changed forever when his father, Michael,
died from cancer.The loss was difficult,
but with the help of his family and sports
he has become star on the Seahawks foot-
ball team.
"I remember he was the best dad,"
Nate, 16, said."He was really involved in
everything me and my sister did. It was
very hard to see him so bad."
Michael came home from work one day
in 2002 with what he and his family thought
was the flu.They never expected the diag-
nosis to be terminal cancer in his abdomen.
"He was wonderful," said Michael's
wife, Laura McCoole. "He was very in-
volved in our children's lives.They waited
for him at the door to get home from
working at Gaither every day."
Michael worked at Gaither High School
as a science teacher for 17 years.When he
became sick Laura, who was a stay-at-
home mother, went back to school for her
master's degree in reading education from
Saint Leo University. She has been a third-
grade teacher for the last five years at
Maniscalco Elementary in Lutz.
While Laura was going back to school,
her children, Nate and Micah, had to take
care of Michael until he died in 2006.
Laura said she would set out the things for
dinner and Nate would make it for his fa-
ther and sister when he got home.
Laura said the family's faith in God and
closeness helped them get through losing
Michael. Additionally, Nate, a junior, has
found a sanctuary on the football field as
the starting right tackle on the Sunlake
High football team.
"I most like the camaraderie with my
friends on the line, but I also like driving
people into the dirt," Nate said.


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The McCooles in their last family photo
before Michael died in 2006. (Photo cour-
tesy of Laura McCoole)

Also on the line this year with Nate are
right guard Matt Sanders, center Josh
Nobles, left guard Randy Silverwood and
left tackle Canon Clark.
"He's a very hard worker," said Sunlake
coach Bill Browning."He leads by example
in the weight room and is probably the
strongest guy we have. I can't say enough
about him because he's a great example of
a young man."
Clark said off the field Nate is one of
the most mellow guys he knows, but
when he straps on his helmet he switches
into another mode.
Laura, meanwhile, is the Sunlake team
mom and supports the team however she
can.
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makes us food," Clark said."His mom is re-
ally amazing and she's like my second
mom."
Those meals do not come cheap.
"Those are big shopping bills when
they come over," Laura said jokingly."They
can really eat and I make sure to get them
only the best steak to keep them strong."
Nate's work ethic and by Laura's
choice of meat has helped him on the
Seahawks weightlifting team as well.
His best lift in the bench press is 425
pounds and can also put up 445 in the
squat and 540 in the powerlift, also called
deadlift.
Sunlake weightlifting coach Matt
Smith, also the offensive line coach, went
with Nate to the national weightlifting
event, and Nate called the coach the
biggest male influence on his life since his
father died.
Nate is not just about athletics. His par-
ents made it clear how important
education is and he has responded with a
3.83 weighted grade point average. He is
also not far from his Eagle Scout award
from Boy Scout Troop 212 in Lutz.
Nate also volunteers at his church's va-
cation Bible school, at Maniscalco and at
the Relay for Life event at the Lutz Train
Depot.
"I do the relay each year," Nate said."It's
a good way to remember my father and
help other people with cancer."

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Friends honor the life of Alexa Rae Ulrich and her family during a vigil this summer at Wiregrass Ranch High School.


Ulrich family remembered at Wiregrass vigil


Students say, 'Save a

spot for me in Heaven'

By Sarah Whitman
Originally published June 23

Alexa Rae Ulrich will not be forgotten.
More than 600 people gathered Friday
night atWiregrass Ranch High School for a
vigil remembering Alexa, 15, her little sister
Carlie, 5, and their parents,Jeff and Ronni.
The family was killed last week when
their single-engine plane inexplicably
crashed into anArizona high school.They
were headed to the Grand Canyon for vaca-
tion. Instead, the week ended with a
funeral service at Congregation KolAmi in
Tampa.
Alexa, known to her friends as Lexi, was
an honor-roll student, a cheerleader and a
cross country athlete. She was well known
for her upbeat attitude and infectious smile.
Classmates d te rlbc, I her as happy,kind and
full of energy.
"She was the most amazing girl I've ever
met," said David Villarreal, one of the stu-


dents who helped organize
Friday's vigil."It's only fitting
we do something to honor her
and her family.They meant so
much to all of us."
Villarreal, who wore a shirt
reading 'Save me a spot in
Heaven,' was one of several
people to speak at the flash-
light vigil.Wiregrass principal
Raymond Bonti, teachers and


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friends stood one by one at a
podium looking out at the football field.
They spoke about the family and what they
meant to the community.They spoke about
Alexa and what she meant to the Wiregrass
alma mater.
Alexa's friend and Wiregrass graduate
Nicole Phillips, struggled to speak through
her tears.
"We were best friends," Phillips said."Her
family was like my second family...Before
Lexi left she was making a scrapbook with
pictures of us and she said she would finish
it would she got back. It was going to be
filled with pictures of us from summer.
Now it will be filled with pictures from
tonight."


Principal Bonti remembered
Lexi's school spirit and passion
for cross country.
"In a school with more than
2,000 students, everyone knew
Lexi for all the right reasons,' he
said. "She loved life, school,
cross country and cheerleading.
Most of all she loved her friends
Jlrich and her family. Her ever shining
light will live in all of us forev-
er."
Teacher Frank Shearrow also shared his
memories of Lexi.
"Lexi lived it to its fullest," he said."Her
smile was untamed by the troubles of this
world.When she left school for the summer,
the last thing I said to her was'I'll see you
later' Lexi knew I didn't like goodbyes. So
tonight I won't say goodbye, I'll say'I'll see
you later'."
Class of 2010 graduate Jack Whidden,
who co-organized the vigil, remembered
Lexi by talking about the good times.
"Thank you Lexi for always making my
day brighter," he said."Thank you for being
an amazing friend that will never be re-
placed."


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Ulrich.The
Class of 2012 dedicated its powder
puff game at this year's
Homecoming events to Lexi and
wore the Ulrich name on the back
of their shirts. Key Club assisted
with the Ulrich Scholarship garage
sale. A boys' basketball tournament
will raise money for the scholarship
fund. The football team wore an
Ulrich Family memorial sticker on
their helmets and had a moment of
silence before the first home game.
The cross country team's T-shirt
has a dedication to Lexi and her
family on the back and runners
hung Lexi's jersey in the team camp
before each competition."She real-
ly is still running with all of us," said
coach Don Howard.


On the field, mourners held pink bal-
loons given out before the ceremony.The
balloons were released into the sky at sun-
set.As they drifted away into the clouds, the
people below looked up.
"We'll see each other again Lexi,"
Villarreal said at the podium."We just have
to wait. One day, we'll all get back in touch.
Rest in paradise."
Under a clear night sky, the flashlights
were turned on and shined as bright as
Alexa's smile.
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Supporters want earlier drinking hours


They will ask City Council to lift laws that
limit alcohol sales on Sunday mornings

By B.C. Manion
Originally published July 21

In a place perhaps best known for its
bottled spring water, the Zephyrhills
Chamber of Commerce and some local busi-
ness owners want to let liquor flow a bit
earlier on Sundays.
They want the Zephyrhills City Council
to allow alcohol to be served and sold be-
ginning at 11 a.m. on Sundays, two hours
earlier than currently allowed.
It's not a matter of preferential treatment,
it's an issue of equal treatment, Mikkelsen said.
"It's just making a fair playing field for
the businesses," agreed Mike Mira, president
of the Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce,
and owner of Maine-ly New England, a
restaurant at 5039 First St.
"For me, it's not going to make or break me
- selling alcohol two hours earlier,"Mira said.
But changing the start time for alcohol
sales would make a huge difference for
Kenny Patel, who owns Time Saver Food &
General Store at 37853 SR 54 and Time
Saver Liquors,right next door.
"Previously everyone was to sell their
beer and alcohol at 1 o'clock," Patel said.
That was fine, when everyone played by the
same rules, he said.
But Pasco County changed the rules in
2004, allowing alcohol sales to begin in the
county at 11 a.m. on Sundays.The law did
not impact Zephyrhills, which sets the law


within the city limits.
New Port Richey, Port Richey and Dade
City also follow the 11 o'clock rule and San
Antonio is even less restrictive, allowing al-
cohol sales to begin at 8 a.m.
Patel said the county's change caused
sales to drop off at his convenience store
because people who wanted eggs, bread,
milk and a six-pack of beer began bypassing
his store to get everything they wanted in a
single shopping trip.
"I lose business on liquor, beer and my
groceries," said Patel, whose stores are less
than a block from the city limits.
Just on the other side of the boundary,
where alcohol can be sold at 11 a.m. on
Sunday, there's a competing lounge and
package store within three blocks and a
Quick Mart, which sells beer and groceries,
within a mile.
Cheryl and Bob Maxon, owners of John's
Steak & Seafood Restaurant, 38361 CR 54,
have similar complaints.
"You can go to Saddlebrook and get any-
thing you want, and here we sit with our
hands tied," Cheryl Maxon said.
"It's not like somebody is trying to come
in and get loaded at 11 o'clock in the morn-
ing," Bob Maxon said.
However, when people go out to eat -
especially on holidays, anniversaries, birth-
days and other special occasions - they
often want a glass of wine, a mimosa, a
Bloody Mary, or a beer to go with their
meal, the couple said.
"I don't want anything (to drink) at 11
o'clock, but there are people who do, and I
want to offer it," Bob Maxon said.


Finally 56!

Walk/run celebrates opening
of SR 56 extension

By Maggie Schiller
Originally published Aug. 4

To celebrate the long-awaited opening of
the SR 56 extension,Wiregrass Ranch and
the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of
Commerce held a celebratoryWalk/Run on
Saturday,July 31.
Despite the sweltering heat, nearly 400
community members, along with several
local businesses came out to support the
cause.
"This is the day that many people
thought would never come," said David
West, executive director of the Wesley
Chapel Chamber of Commerce."Many peo-
ple built their houses expecting this road to
come through and make it convenient to
get to their home. It has been delayed quite
awhile, but I am glad so many people came
out to witness and actually see the barri-
cades removed and the road actually
opened for traffic."
The walk/run was a four-mile loop, with
an optional two and one mile loop, begin-
ning at the intersection of Mansfield
Boulevard and the new extension of SR 56.
Kurt Stone, 8, who ran alongside his
brother, Evan Stone, 10, said the run was a
lot of fun.
"It was hot and sweaty," he said."But I
made it."
Wiregrass Ranch developer J.D. Porter


said that the completion of the project is
godsend for anybody living in the Wesley
Chapel area.
"Basically the way we are looking at it is
that it is a gateway that has opened up a lot
more business opportunities, a lot more
traction opportunities and a lot more things
the community has been screaming for," he
said.
"A lot more things that Wesley Chapel
people have been wanting we are going to
provide off of a major highway. It kind of
opens up everything that has been back here
for so long," added Porter, who helped turn a
simple ribbon cutting into something more.
Alexandra Williamson, from Meadow
Pointe, ran in the event with her husband
and said she thinks SR 56 will do many posi-
tive things for the community.
"For one it alleviates all the traffic, espe-
cially with all the construction that is going
on at Bruce B. Downs, so this is going to be
a big plus just with the shortcut going
through Meadow Pointe," she said.
"Plus all the nice walkways that they
have along the road brings people out on
long walks, more bike riding.Just for that as-
pect of it I love it."
The road will alleviate traffic along con-
struction-heavy SR 54 and cut miles off the
drive from locations such as deep inside
Meadow Pointe.
"I drive to work downtown and I cur-
rently live on the northeast side of Meadow
Pointe, so I take 54 which is currently under
construction and sometimes it takes about
15 to 20 minutes just to get to the inter-
state," said Michael Ruiz."I can take this road
which cuts in through Meadow Pointe over
to the interstate 75 and it should cut my
time back a lot."


The Zephyrhills City Council voted to allow alcohol sales earlier on Sunday
morning after the Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce and local business owners
complained they were at a competitive disadvantage. Kenny Patel,a convenience
and liquor store owner, said the change has made a positive difference."That was a
good thing that they passed it', he said."lt gives me peace of mind that at least we
are on an equal playing ground with all of the other stores in Pasco County."


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County.Also, county school buses going to and from Wiregrass Ranch
High and Dr.John Long Middle have a shorter route to drop off stu-
dents who live in Meadow Pointe and the surrounding
neighborhoods. Pasco County plans to eventually take SR 56 all the
way to US 301 in south Zephyrhills.


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Florida Hospital parent,


UCH complete merger


By Kyle LoJacono
Originally published Sept. 8

University Community
Health (UCH) and the Adventist
Health System (AHS) have com-
pleted the merger that started
months ago when the two
signed a letter of intent to com-
bine the two healthcare
systems.
The merger will create one
organization with 43 hospitals,
combining the 37 fromAHS in-
cluding Florida Hospital
Zephyrhills, UCH's five and the
future Wesley Chapel Medical
Center that was to be jointly
owned by the two.
"AHS and UCH are commit-
ted to enhancing the
accessibility and quality of med-
ical care to the Tampa Bay area,"
AHS president and CEO Don
Jernigan said.
"After working so closely to-
gether on the joint venture for


the past three years, we have de-
cided to explore opportunities
that allow (us) to deliver height-
ened healthcare services to our
expanding patient population,"
Stein said previously. "It helps
that we already are working to-
gether and have like-minded
missions that stress patient-cen-
tered services."
The first act of the new
board was to appoint current
Florida Hospital Zephyrhills
president and CEO John
Harding to the same position for
the Tampa Bay region. He was
replaced in Zephyrhills by Doug
Duffield, previously the hospi-
tal's chief operating officer.
AHS is affiliated with the
Seventh-dayAdventist Church. It
already had the most hospitals of
any nonprofit protestant health
care company in the United
States, but Florida Hospital
Zephyrhills was the only facility
in the Tampa Bay area.


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Since the merger of University
Community Health and the
Adventist Health System, the new
company has broken ground on the
Wesley Chapel Medical Center.

Since first published, the Wesley
Chapel Medical Center has cleared
both the Pasco County Planning
Commission and Board of County
Commissioners and broke ground
Dec. 14. It will take about two years
to complete and will bring about
450 jobs to the area.

St.Joseph's Hospital-North
opened its doors in February.The
first baby was born at the facility on
Sept. 15 - Michael Boria III. He was
born at 7:57 a.m. to Land O' Lakes
residents Jill and Michael Boria II.


Wesley Chapel Medical

Center to take 18 months


By Kyle LoJacono
Originally published May 5

Wesley Chapel doesn't have
its own hospital - yet - but
plans are in the works to
change that.
The Wesley Chapel Medical
Center is about two years from
completion, but the plan for its
construction is starting to take
shape.
The facility, which will be lo-
cated one half-mile north of SR
56 and the Shops atWiregrass
on the east side of Bruce B.
Downs Boulevard, will be run
by Adventist Health System
(AHS).
The hospital had not an-
nounced a groundbreaking as
ofAugust 2010.
"We are still waiting for the
permits to be accepted before
we can set the date to break
ground," Jan Baskin, Florida
Hospital Zephyrhills assistant
vice president of marketing,


said in summer 2010. "From
that point it will take 18
months for the whole facility."
The Agency for Health Care
Administration is the governing
body that will give final ap-
proval before the Wesley
Chapel facility is built.
Agency spokeswoman
Shelisha Durden said the pre-
liminary approval for the facility
came in December 2009, but
final plans cannot be finalized
until the local government ap-
proves the permits.
The original plans were for
the facility to cost $121 million,
but that number could change
based on the final plans.
Once completed, the facility
will have 80 beds and offer ob-
stetrics, pediatrics, women's
and men's services, general sur-
gery, an emergency department
with helicopter pad, a compre-
hensive medical fitness
program, orthopedics and
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St. Joseph's Hospital-North opens up green


New facility will help patients
and the environment

By Kyle LoJacono
Originally published Jan. 13

It is not every decade that a new hospital
opens in Hillsborough County.
In fact, when St.Joseph's Hospital-North,
4211Van Dyke Road in Lutz, opens on Feb.
1,it will be the first new full-service hospital
in the county in 30 years. That distinction
would be enough to make the hospital
unique, but the new facility will not just be
giving a boost to the health of north
Hillsborough and south Pasco county resi-
dents.
"Buildings are one of the largest con-
sumers of resources and energy in the
country," said Paula McGuiness, chief operat-
ing officer of the hospital. "St. Joseph's
Hospitals and Bay Care Health System be-
lieve in being leaders of environmental
stewardship, innovation and corporate re-
sponsibility."
The 350,000-sqaure-foot, $225 million
hospital was designed to both treat patients


while reducing its effect on the environ-
ment.
"The environmentally friendly building is
made of materials that support energy con-
servation and clean air with low chemical
emissions and recycled content," said hospi-
tal spokeswoman Jacqueline Farruggio.
Besides using more environmentally
friendly building materials, the hospital has:
-Installed lighting and heating systems
that use about 12 percent less energy than
standard ones.
-Selected refrigerants that minimize the
impact on ozone layer depletion.
-Installed water fixtures that use 20
percent less water than standard ones.
-Uses only reclaimed water from reten-
tions ponds to maintain its landscaping.
-Used only building materials produced
within 500 miles of the hospital to reduce
transportation.
-Will offer preferred parking to low-
emission and fuel-efficient vehicles.
"It's the new direction of healthcare fa-
cilities because of how the industry can
impact nature, Farruggio said."St.Joseph's
Hospital-North will be a leader in both pa-
tient care and helping the environment."


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Customer Service Rep
Employee since September 2004
Best kept secret: Was 1st runner up in the Miss Florida
sweetheart pageant in 1978.
What she loves best about her job: "I love working with the
big accounts. When we got Publix in the paper this year, it
was so exciting."
If she could do anything: "I'd take all my kids to Mexico to
tour the Mayan ruins"


Graphic D. ..-.-,. I
Employee since June 2008
Best kept secret: Was a star soccer player in high school.
What she loves best about her job: "The satisfaction of
being able to create beautiful ads from the 'scribbles' that
sales reps often turn in."
If she could do anything: "I'd hire a crew and travel the
world by sea on a massive sailboat. The kind that looks like a
pirate ship."


Stefanie
Burlingame


Classified Manager and Customer Service
Employee since March 2005
Best kept secret: Sharp and quick wit makes her the Tina Fey
of the office.
What she loves best about her job: "I love the people I
work with and the relationships I've developed with clients."
If she could do anything: "I'd take my 15-year-old son, who
is a Civil Air Cadet, to Hawaii to tour Pearl Harbor."


Gena
Crowder


Chris
Drews


Automotive and Zephyrhills Account Manager
Employee since April 2005
Best kept secret: Newspaperman all his life, starting out as a
paperboy when he was 10.
What he loves best about his job: "I can make a difference
by connecting people who can support one another and get-
ting their stories in the paper."
If he could do anything: 1cill- a car guy I'd buy a
'57 T-Bird and travel Route 66 across the country."


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Employee since December 2004
Best kept secret: Likes to enter contests and wins a couple
every year.
What she loves best about her job: "I majored in advertis-
ing in college and I am so happy to have a job in my field."
If she could do anything: "I would travel more."







Senior Account Manager, Land O'Lakes
Employee since October 2002
Best kept secret: Wanted to attend Julliard School in NYC to
study classical ballet and piano.
What she loves best about her job: "Knowing so many peo-
ple for so many years because of The Laker."
If she could do anything: "Sail the San Juan Islands in Puget
Sound with my brother."


Associate Editor
Employee since June 2010
Best kept secret: Fan of Glee, Fox TV's hit series about the
interactions of a high school show choir.
What he loves best about his job: lIclll part of an amazing
Steam that strives to tell interesting and important stories about
what is happening in our community each week."
If he could do anything: "Lots of traveling. I would take my
son on a tour of all the great baseball and college football sta-
diums of America and my wife to see the Pacific Northwest
Joe p and Broadway shows."
Humphrey


Publisher
Since June 2009
Best kept secret: She is a Trekkie - favorite character is
T'pol.
What she loves about her job: Seeing employees learn and
grow personally and professionally,
If she could do anything: "I'd buy a cabin on a lake in
northern Minnesota and listen to the loons all summer long."


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Sports Editor
Employee since October 2009
Best kept secret: Member of Cub Scout Pack 12 and Boy
Scout Troop 12 in Lutz from grades 1 through 12. He is an
Eagle Scout.
What he loves about his job: "I've always been passionate
about sports and never tire of writing about sports."
If he could do anything: "Take my mother to all 30 baseball
stadiums in the country. We're big baseball fans and so far
we've visited 17."


Community Editor
Employee since A,,.,a .i 2010
Best kept secret: Had a greeting card verse she wrote pub-
lished by Blue Mountain Arts.
What she loves about her job: "The gratification I get when
I know that a story I wrote made a difference in someone's
life, informed our readers or helped improve the community."
If she could do anything: "I'd like to own my own greeting
card company so I can control the quality of the design, the
paper that's used and the message that's sent."


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College Intern
Employee since June 2010
Best kept secret: Plotting to take Zeke, her yellow lab, back
to Stetson University.
What she loves about her job: "People appreciate what I do,
because no one else wants to do it."
If she could do anything: "Time travel, definitely time travel."


Art Director
Employee since A,,.,, ti 2005
Best kept secret: Has played the drums for almost 10 years.
What he loves about his job: "The satisfaction of producing
something every week that is read by thousands of people."
If he could do anything: "I'd like to take a double-decker
bus to every major music festival in the country."


Matthew
Mistretta


Park News Editor and Editorial Assistant
Employee since December 2002
Best kept secret: Wrote a children's alphabet book 15 years
ago and collects Santa Clauses (she has a couple hundred).
What she loves most about her job: "I'm a perfectionist and
I love proofreading, so I feel a little joy in catching mistakes."
If she could do anything: "I'd make sure my sister is set for
life and vacation in Greece and visit Poland to see where my
ancestors came from."


Staff Writer
Employee since A,,. *,,,I 2010
Best kept secret: Has driven tractors of every size and
purpose.
What she loves most about her job: "Meeting all the people
with interesting stories to write about."
If she could do anything: "I'd motorcycle across the country
following US Hwy 20, from Boston to the West Coast."


Tammy
Struble


Editorial Assistant and Receptionist
Employee since June 2007
Best kept secret: Has more than 75 teddy bears - the soft
and fluffy kind - and names every one.
What she loves most about her job: "I love the people here.
It's a great group to know each other well and get along."
If she could do anything: "I'd host a family reunion for
everyone in my family - probably about 100 people - to a
resort, someplace warm."


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Employee since November 2003
Best kept secret: Wanted a career in broadcast; Barbara
Walters was her role model.
What she loves most about her job: "Building relationships
with all the business owners in our community. We have a lot
of wonderful people here that I feel privileged to know."
If she could do anything: "I would like to be a philanthropist
and support research to find a cure for Spinal Muscle Atrophy,
a disease my nephew suffers from."


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Hero's wife thinks his police
training and instincts kicked in

By B.C. Manion
Originally published Sept. 15

Carolyn and Joe Sentelik of Zephyrhills
had just bought a boat and were scouting
out a marina where they could use it.
They decided they would spend part of
their Sunday just watching boaters at a mari-
na and then grab a bite to eat.
They had intended to go to Clearwater,
but while en route decided instead to go to
Dunedin.
"There's some sort of divine intervention
as to why it happened the way it did,"Joe
said.
"I think things happen for a reason,"
Carolyn agreed.
The couple had spent some time on the
morning of Aug. 29 looking at boats and
watching people launch them, before head-
ing to Bon Appetit Restaurant for lunch,
Carolyn said.
They had just ordered their drinks when
they heard a terrible noise, she said.
"We heard a screech and a thump. It was
a very odd sound," she said. It was the kind
of sound that signals "something very, very
horrible had happened."
"We heard a woman scream,"Someone
call 911."
Joe, a former police officer, didn't hesi-
tate. He took off running toward the sound,
and when he got there,he saw a 1995 white
Mercury Marquis had plunged over the sea-
wall into the water.
The driver was 89-year-old Joseph
Schlesselman, who was accompanied by his
86-year-old wife, Ruth.
As the car began to sink, Joe Sentelik
dove into the water to attempt a rescue.
Another man also jumped in,
and as both men attempted
to get into the sinking car,
a third man with a boat
came along and hurled a
fire extinguisher through
the rear window - creat-
ing a hole the size of a
dinner plate, Carolyn said.
"I could see a person in
the car, in the front,"
Carolyn said. "I thought I Besides h;
was going to see a man die sheer pleasu
right in front of me. It ing he helped
made me feel sick lives of two
After the fire extin-
guisher broke through the Sentelik also
window,Joe used his hand some public
and his fist to break away for his quick
enough glass to get his action from
body through, Carolyn City Commi
said.
Once he got in,he tried was honor
unlocking the backseat ing in Septer
doors, but was only able to he heard wo
get the backseat door on praise and re
the passenger seat un- certificate of
locked.
locked. ^ .signed by Di
"It was chaotic and signed by D
crazy and traumatic," Mayor Dave
Carolyn said.
"He went down three
times," she said, tugging at the driver - but
couldn't get him loose.
"I was screaming for him to get out. I
was afraid he was going to be killed,"
Carolyn said. She was especially worried be-
cause Joe suffered a heart attack in May and
because he's on blood thinners, he was
bleeding profusely from cuts that he got
from the glass.
Joe said everything happened so quickly
he's not sure exactly who did what.
He knows another rescuer was able to
get in and to cut the driver and his wife free
from their seatbelts.
That man also helped to push the driver
out of the car, and Joe pulled the driver out
the rest of the way - loading him onto a
nearby boat.


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Someone else pulled the woman to safe-
ty.
The elderly woman was so small, Carolyn
didn't even realize there was anyone else in
the car.
Once the couple was safe, Joe used a
rope to pull himself out of the water. He cut
his feet on the barnacles as he climbed the
marina wall.
There was blood gushing everywhere,
Carolyn said."It was kind of gory."
After the rescue, the driver told deputies
he had pulled into a handicapped parking
space and his foot slipped from the brake
pedal onto the gas, causing the car to
plunge into the water, according to a
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office report.
The report also identified
the other rescuers. They
were Eric Corum, 42, of
Tarpon Springs and
Courtney Douthit, 32, of
Dunedin.
Once they were out of
the water, the couple was
transported to Mease
Dunedin Hospital, where
they were treated and re-
ring the leased.
e of know- Joe was taken to the
to save the same hospital, where emer-
eopleJoe agency room personnel
scrubbed out the tiny
received pieces of glass that were
recognition embedded in his skin, and
ind selfless used tweezers to take out
ie Dunedin the larger pieces.
sion. He Besides hospital bills the
couple expects to receive,
at a meet- Joe's cell phone was ruined
ber, where - and his contact list was
ds of destroyed.
:eived a Carolyn said they re-
recognition ceived a thank you note
iedin from the couple's son.
The Aug. 31 letter, from
Eggers. James J. Schlesselman, of
Pittsburgh, Pa., expressed
deep appreciation from him-
self and his brother. In part, it notes that
without the rescuers' intervention, "Our
mom and dad would have undergone a ter-
rifying death, drowning while trapped in
their car under water."
The son also volunteered to cover any of
the Senteliks' expenses, but the couple de-
clined the offer.
"I'm just glad they're all right,"Joe said.
"For the last 10 seconds their heads were
under water."
Carolyn, executive director of the Florida
Hospital Zephyrhills Foundation, said she is
tremendously proud of her husband.
She said she told him:"You are a much
better person than I could ever hope to be
because I'm not sure I could do what you
did."


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What happens when a cupcake


meets a lollipop? Cake pops


By B.C. Manion
Originally published Sept. 8

Melissa Ramacco didn't set out to be-
come a cake pop queen.
It just happened.
Now, the Land O' Lakes woman who
drives a van with a "Got Cake" license tag
keeps busy creating her clever confections
for customers of all ages.
When Ramacco, the owner of Island Girl
Cakes, began her business she specialized in
custom-designed and decorated cakes.
She got her start in the cake world be-
fore shows like Cake Boss, theAce of Cakes
and DC Cupcakes became the rage.
Her foray into the field, however, was not
part of any grand design. She began simply with
a cake expressing a NewYorkYankees' theme
that she made for her dad for Father's Day.
The response was so positive, she decid-
ed to begin taking orders to make cakes for
family and friends.
As her business evolved, she became
more and more immersed in all things cake -
reading blogs, scouring the Internet for infor-
mation and perfecting all sorts of techniques
by following directions in how-to articles.
For awhile, her elaborate cakes were
fetching anywhere from $100 to $250 each
on a regular basis, and even up to $500 for a
really big job.
But as the economy slowed, so did her
orders.
Patrons loved the cakes, but either could-
n't or wouldn't pay for them, she said.
So, she shifted to smaller cakes and
matching cupcake tiers. That gave kids a
chance to blow out candles and to hand out
the coordinating cupcakes.
Then she read about cake pops.
She loved the idea.They looked fun and
she wasn't aware of anyone else in the area
that was making them.
So, she focused her efforts making and
marketing cake pops. She is totally sold on
the value of social media, such as Twitter
and Facebook, and relies heavily on word-of-
mouth marketing.
The cake pops took off and she's not
looking back.
"Cakes are really labor intensive. I don't


Melissa Ramacco shows off some of her
handiwork. (Photo by B.C. Manion)
think people realize how much labor goes
into those cakes," said Ramacco, noting she
has no plans to return to custom cakes.
Making cake pops offers plenty of op-
portunities for creativity, she said.
They can be dipped and left to dry up-
right, like a traditional candy apple or can be
air-dried by poking their stick into a plastic
foam form.
The upright technique produces a pop
with a flattened bottom; the air-drying ap-
proach produces a perfectly rounded pop.
The pops typically are wrapped individu-
ally, and can be presented on a tray, in a bud
vase or as a bouquet.
They also can be put on longer sticks
with a name card attached.These can serve
double duty at weddings and other events:
They're a party favor and they let people
know where to sit.
To learn more about the business go to
www.IslandGirlCakes.com or call (813) 699-
9866.


Melissa Ramacco's Island
Girl Cakes has branched out, offer-
ing her cake pops at a
location in Pinellas
County. She also has
received mail orders
from as far away as
Seattle.


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'Making Life


Saucier' is Michele


Northrup's motto

By B.C. Manion
Originally published Sept. 1

Michele Northrup stands in her kitchen,
dicing jalapeno peppers and cloves of gar-
lic, and mixing them into a sauce that is
simmering in a pan on her stove.
She's experimenting on a new recipe for
her gourmet hot sauce business called
IntensityAcademy.
The company's name pays homage to the
fact that Northrup was inspired to begin her
business while in the garden at Learning Gate
Community School, where she works in Lutz.
The vegetable of the week that week
was carrots and everyone was encouraged
to come up with a new way to serve car-
rots, Northrup said. She concocted a
gourmet hot sauce, combining the sweet-
ness of carrots and the heat of peppers.
The sauce was such a hit, Northrup de-
cided to try her hand at creating a gourmet
sauce company.
Since then, her sauce line has evolved
into tea-infused marinades, ketchups, dip-
ping sauces and hot sauces. She uses
organic teas as additives in her sauces.
Besides concocting the sauces, she de-
signs the labels on her bottles and does all
of her marketing.The sauces are made and
bottled at a bottling plant in Clearwater.
Northrup's company has not gone unno-
ticed.
She has won a slew of national and local
awards. Her Chai Thai Teriyaki sauce re-
ceived the Golden Chili award at the 2010
Chili Pepper Magazine competition in Fort
Worth and her Chai Chipotle Chup was
voted the No. 1 ketchup in the nation in the


Michele Northrup contin-
ues concocting new sauce recipes
and expects to release
a new sauce to the
market, Chai Sweet
Chili, in the spring.
She's also writing a
cookbook.


Michele Northrup takes a break from stirring
jalapeno peppers and garlic cloves into a
gourmet sauce that she is concocting, with
the intention of adding a bit more heat to a
previous recipe. (Photo by B.C. Manion)

2010 Scovie Awards Fire Foods magazine
competition.
Most recently, she won the manufacturing
category in the Tampa Bay Business Journal's
2010 Business Woman of the Year competi-
tion. Winners in various categories were
announced at a black-tie gala onAug. 20.
She was delighted and surprised.
"I didn't really think I was going to win.
Some of these companies that I was up
against were really big," said Northrup, whose
work force consists mostly of her three sons,
her husband and her father-in-law
Northrup's sauces are sold at about 90
stores across the nation, including all of the
Whole Foods stores in Florida, someWalgreens
locations in Hillsborough and Pasco counties
and numerous independent shops.
She also sells her sauces online,promotes
them vigorously through Facebook and
Twitter, and markets them at the Zephyrhills
Celtic Festival, San Antonio Rattlesnake
Festival, the Kumquat Festival in Dade City,
and at festivals and street markets in Lutz,
Land O'Lakes,Tampa and St. Petersburg.
Northrup also makes deliveries. She'll
put out the word that she'll be out on the
road and people will send her requests.
Northrup is widely known in Lutz, as the
former Guv'na, who still holds the record
for raising the most money by a candidate
seeking the honorary post. Information:
www.intensityacademy.com.


Lutz family tastes


cookbook success


Sharing recipes is a source
of joy for mother and son

By B.C. Manion
Originally published Oct. 13

They don't have a fancy test kitchen, so-
phisticated equipment or years of formal
culinary training, but this Lutz mother and
son have big dreams.
They're aiming for their own cooking
show.
Years ago, they would have never pic-
tured themselves having such lofty
ambitions, but that was before they turned
their hobby into a publishing venture that
they hope will lead to bigger things.
Indeed, it already has.
Iris and Michael Raie are scheduled to
appear Oct. 15-17 at the Epcot International
Food &Wine Festival.They will be talking
about their cooking techniques and recipes
and signing copies of their book,"No Place
Like Home: Southern Cooking with a Latin
Flair."
The mother and son say their love of
cooking is rooted in generations of good
cooks in their family.
"My mother was an excellent cook," Iris
said. Her grandmother was too, she said."My
mom grew up in the kitchen cooking. I
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Iris and Michael Raie are still
sharing the joy of cooking.They'll
appear soon at a food show in
Atlanta and as guests on Ch. 10.


hold that cooked. I fell
in love with it."
When he was just 4, Michael said, Iris
caught him standing on a chair near the
stove frying bacon.
"I came downstairs and I smelled bacon,"
Iris said. When she went to see what was
going on, she saw that Michael had the task
well under control.
"Most boys like playing with cars and
trucks, but my love was cooking" Michael
writes in the cookbook."My toys were an
Easy Bake Oven, play stove and pots and
pans."
While the mother and son said they have
always loved to cook, decorate and enter-
tain, neither expected to turn their passion
for making delicious foods into a larger pur-
suit.
The family used to live in South Tampa,
Iris said.They decided to move out to Lutz
several years ago after suffering some per-
sonal losses.
Michael's big brother, Scott, who had
epilepsy, died suddenly while he was sleep-
ing.That happened in July 1997.
"I almost had a nervous breakdown," Iris
said.
Three years later, Iris' husband,Jack, suf-
fered a stroke that left him disabled.
The family decided to move to Lutz to
begin making new memories, Iris said. Her
mother, Lillie Pope, moved with them - and


at 85 she was still
cooking.
"Shortly after we
moved here, we start-
ed seeing her decline,"
Lillie said. In 2006,
Lillie died, and while


Iris knew her mother's
recipes by heart, they were not written
down anywhere.
Friends encouraged Iris to compile the
recipes in a book, and after she'd begun the
project she decided to branch out and add
her own recipes and some from her friends.
Creating the book was a monumental task.
As Iris and Michael made Lillie's dishes,
they had to constantly measure ingredients
that for years they'd added by a pinch or a
handful.The project was pricy. Buying the
ingredients to make all of the recipes was
expensive.
It also was time-consuming.They spent
many long days prepping the ingredients,
preparing the dishes and then cleaning up
afterwards. Ultimately, they decided to self-
publish the book.
Now the pair plans to self-publish a se-
ries of five cookbooks. Once they sell
enough volumes they will recoup the
money they have paid to the publishing
company, Iris said.
Already, they are tasting more success.
They've been on radio and television pro-
grams and will be featured in a podcast out
of Iowa.
They recently taught a cooking class on
southern cuisine at The Rolling Pin in
Brandon.They demonstrated how to make
fried green tomatoes, chicken and
dumplings, skillet cabbage and country-fried


Michael and Iris Raie, cookbook authors who
live in Lutz, will speak at the Epcot International
Food & Wine Festival. (Photo by B.C. Manion)

apples.They hope the Epcot talks will open
many new doors.
Their next cookbook, slated to come out
next year, will be called "No Place Like
Home: Holiday Creations." Other books are
planned on children's recipes, desserts and
international foods.
Sharing recipes is a source of joy, Iris
said. She said she doesn't understand why
some people want to keep them secret.
"There was a lady at the church where
we used to go and she made the most deli-
cious pickles and the most delicious apple
butter," Iris recalled."I said,"I would love to
have that recipe"
"She said,'Honey, I don't give my recipes
out to nobody, "Iris said.
Michael added: "She said, "I'm taking
them to the grave with me."
"And she did," Iris said."To me, that is a
waste. I would want to share - (so that) our
recipes live on."
For more information about the cookbook go
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My favorite part of the week is
Wednesday morning when I get together
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on what we're doing well and what we
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Wayne Rogers with his buddy, Elvis, a Great Blue Heron who stays by his side while he
fishes. They have grown closer since Wayne lost his dog a few years ago. (Photos by
Glenn Gefers of www.photosby3g.com)


Elvis the Heron finds a friend


By Shannon Edinger
Originally published Oct. 18

Fishing is more than just a hobby for
Wayne Rogers. It is a way for him to bond
with his buddy, Elvis.
What makes their relationship unique?


Elvis is a Great Blue Heron.
Rogers, 67, has lived in the
area for 19 years now. Elvis
first came by his Land O'
Lakes house five years ago
and, Rogers said, has re-
turned every day since.
Rogers' wife, Kitty, says Elvis
showed up a week after
their dog died."After losing
my dog, I kind of took him
in as a pet," he said.
Rogers is not entirely
sure if Elvis is a male or fe-
male, but he named him
Elvis and refers to him as a
he. Elvis initially got
Rogers' attention by flying
around outside his back
window. He also walked
around and pecked on the
roof to make noise.
To this day, Elvis still
uses these techniques to
get Rogers' attention when
he is hungry.
"The hungrier he is, the
braver he is," Rogers said. In
the winter, Elvis is more ag-


When Rogers walks outside, Elvis follows
him down the back walkway to the dock.
There, the bird quietly stands, waiting for
Rogers to catch him some fish. Once Rogers
catches a fish, he will hold the fishing pole up
with the fish dangling so Elvis can grab the
fish off the line."I don't want to try feeding
him by hand," Rogers said."He's still a wild an-


This was the staff's
"you've got to see it to
believe it" story. Some
of us weren't so sure
this could be real, but
writer Shannon Edinger
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proving that even the
oddest tips can some-
times turn out to hold a
compelling tale.


gressive because there are fewer fish to
catch than in the summer. Great Blue
Herons primarily feed on small fish.
Neighbors have seen Elvis walk up to
Rogers' back door and patiently wait for him
to come outside.


imal and that long bill could
cut one of my fingers off."
Rogers usually spends
about an hour on the dock,
but Elvis will remain out-
side until dark.
"Once it's dark, he will
fly off somewhere. I'm not
sure where he goes, but I've
always been curious about
it," Rogers said.
Sometimes, Rogers will
go out on his boat to go
fishing and Elvis will stand
on the front of the boat.
"If I'm not careful, he
will get into the bait well
and eat all the bait," Rogers
said. Elvis has become terri-
torial of Rogers' dock."He
won't let any other birds on
the dock," Rogers said. Elvis
started a fight with a hawk
one time for coming too
close to the dock. "This is
his territory."
Elvis is shy around peo-
ple he does not know. He


keeps a safe distance when there are
strangers around, but he always keeps a
watchful eye on Rogers and the dock.
It is uncertain why Elvis chose Rogers'
home, but Rogers is certain of one thing:"He
is a happy camper."


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Principal Estabrook celebrates last first day


By B.C. Manion
Originally published Aug. 25

It's Day 1 of the 2010-11 school year, and
Principal Dave Estabrook wants to make
sure it gets off to a smooth start.
"It's a big day for setting the tone for the
year," said Estabrook, as he greets students
filing into Charles S. Rushe Middle School in
Land O' Lakes.


Dave Estabrook greets a group of boys
heading into Rushe Middle School for the
first day of classes in the 2010-11 school
year. (Photo by B.C. Manion)


As students pass by, some say hello to the
principal, others stop to ask him questions.
One girl tells him,"Nice tie, Mr. Estabrook."
Opening day is always special for educa-
tors, but this one in particular, has even
more meaning for Estabrook: It will be the
last time he rings in a new school year as a
Pasco County educator.
Estabrook is set to retire in mid-
December from his 35-year career in the
county's public schools.
He chose a mid-year departure to try to
ease the transition, he said.
But nothing will make his departure
easy, said Lorraine Majowicz, registrar and
class sub coordinator.
"I'm really sad that he's going to retire.
We're all going to cry," she said. Estabrook
treats others with respect, is an excellent lis-
tener, is fair-minded and is compassionate
with his staff when they have family issues,
she said.
He is able to see the big picture, while
still responding to individual needs, said
Assistant Principal Ron Michalak.
"I'm going to miss his strength and his
wisdom," Michalak said.
"He's an icon in the community,"
Michalak continued, which gives Estabrook
great credibility among parents and staff.
"The trust is there."
Estabrook inspires loyalty because he sin-
cerely wants to help other people grow, said
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"He's always trying to find everybody op-
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something new," Hill said.
"You can't even imagine how many peo-
ple respect him and really enjoy working for
him and with him," Majowicz added.
When Estabrook was tapped to open
Rushe Middle three years ago,lots of teach-
ers and staff from Pine View Middle - his
previous school - followed him.
"That says a lot," said Mindy Turba, presi-
dent of the Parent Teacher Student
Association, who also knew Estabrook at
Pine View.
"He's very accessible,"Turba said."He will
make time for people. He will listen."
He's cordial, but no pushover, she added.
"We know how far we can push. If he's
against it, he's not going to sugarcoat it,"
Turba said.
Being able to communicate is perhaps
the most important aspect of a principal's
job, Estabrook said.


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The days of a school leader are filled
with communications - with administrators,
teachers, instructional assistants, custodians,
cafeteria workers, office staff, parents, stu-
dents and virtually everyone else on the
school campus, he said.
On top of all that, there's a need to reach
out to the community, said Estabrook, who
has mastered that as an active board mem-
ber and former president of the Central
Pasco Chamber of Commerce.
"We're here for the curriculum, the in-
struction, the teaching and the learning, No.
1 - but that still involves tactful communica-
tion, in order to get the job done," he said.
The principal is adept at reaching kids,
said Majowicz, who used to be directly in-
volved with school discipline cases.
When dealing with students who were
in trouble, Estabrook was firm, she said. But
he also is skilled at building rapport with
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Lutz restaurant benefit to help injured Marine keep home


By Suzanne Schmidt
Originally published July 28

An injured war veteran living inWesley
Chapel needs the community's help to stay
in his home.
AlexAltenhoff, co-owner ofWeck's, said
from the moment he met Pequeno he knew
he wanted to help him.
"We wanted it to be a nice backyard
shindig where whole families can come and
eat together," Altenhoff said. "This is not
about whether you are pro- or anti-war.Jose
made his decision to fight forAmerica and
he needs support."
Altenhoff said he was inspired by the
strength and determination he sees in
Marine Staff Sgt.Jose Pequeno, 36.
It has been more than four years since he
returned to the states after that fateful day in
Iraq when a grenade was thrown into the
Humvee he was riding in. He suffered a severe
brain injury along with a number of other in-
juries. Since then he has had 21 surgeries and
spent a total of 34 months in the hospital.
The day his mother, Nellie Bagley, re-
ceived the call he was injured is one she
will never forget. It was March 1,2006 when
her whole life turned upside down.
"They told me that my son had been in
an accident, but they wouldn't give me de-
tails," Nellie Bagley said. "When that
happens, you imagine the worst.When you
get a call like that you lose a piece of your-
self.That phone call is always in the back of
my mind.They said they didn't think he was
going to make it."
Pequeno either damaged or lost 50 per-
cent of his brain on the left side. Bagley and
her daughter Elizabeth Bagley traveled to
the Navy National Medical Center in
Maryland to see him as soon as he got back
to the states.
"When we were allowed to see him, we
took our gloves off and touched his shoul-
der in the only place we could," Nellie


Marine Staff Sgt. Jose Pequeno with his mom Nellie Bagley and Alex Altenhoff, co-owner of
Weck's American Grill. (Photo by Suzanne Schmidt)


Bagley said."We looked at him and told him
that we care for him and that if he wanted
to let go he can.We said if he wants to stay
and fight that we will be there for him.We
told him he will never be alone."
His mother and sister have kept that
promise by taking care of him everyday
since he cannot take care of himself and he
still cannot speak. Up until the last year and
a half, they stayed with him while he was in
and out of several hospitals. Since
December 2008, they have been living with
him in a home inWesley Chapel. Now it is
time to buy the house they have been rent-
ing, but they do not have the money.
"I started looking for a rental house that
would allow me to fix the bathrooms and in-
stall ramps and widen the doors," Nellie
Bagley said."The goal was to get him into a
house and out of the hospital so he could


get better. I found someone who would let
me rent the home and we had all of the
modifications done but I had to sign a con-
tract stating I would buy the house in a year."
Heroes to Hometown withTheAmerican
Legion did all of the $60,000 worth of modi-
fications to the home but now the family is
struggling to be able to buy it.
"Over a year has gone by and we haven't
had any success in raising money for the
house," Nellie Bagley said."Being out of the
hospital is the best thing for him. No med-
ication can replace the love and attention of
a family around him. If we get the house se-
cured that would be one big weight off my
shoulders.We have to keep the house, be-
cause Jose has to stay out of the hospital.
The difference in him since he has been out
is unbelievable."
Elizabeth Bagler said her brother knows


Former
Marine Jose I
Pequeno, who
suffered seri-
ous injuries
while serving, is
now almost $80,000 closer to
owning his home due to a fundrais-
er held by a local restaurateur.
Weck's American Grill owner
AlexAltenhoff hosted The Meet
Jose silent auction and, despite tor-
rential downpours of rain, managed
to gather 500 people for a success-
ful night.Though Altenhoff's original
goal was $ 10,000, the auction at-
tendees exceeded his expectations
and raised $27,000, plus another
$50,000 donated by the Semper Fi
Fund.
According to Altenhoff,
Penqueno's home is around
$250,000, so there is still a little
way to go.


what's happening around him.
"We are typical brother and sister," Bagley
said."I will give him a hard time about the
outfit he is wearing and he will make a
growling noise or make a face as if he is re-
torting. It may take time but I have no doubt
in my mind one day he will communicate
with us down the line."
He has been improving thanks to the
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School celebrates a century of service


Zephyrhills High School's

roots date back 100 years

By B.C. Manion
Originally published Oct. 20

When students and alumni of
Zephyrhills High celebrate homecoming
this week - they will be marking 100 years
of public education in a place that prides it-
self on strong ties between the community
and its schools.
The homecoming game and its festivi-
ties, dubbed "A celebration of the
generations," promise to offer opportunities
not only for current faculty and students at
Zephyrhills High but also for decades of
alumni and former school staff to create
new memories and demonstrate school
pride.
The roots of today's Zephyrhills High go
back a century, when small nearby schools
closed and a new school opened in 1910 to
accommodate children in grades one
through 11.
Madonna Jervis Wise has chronicled the
city's history in "Images of America,
Zephyrhills" published by Arcadia
Publishing. She also gathered memories
about the school in "Zephyrhills - An
Anthology of its History Through
Education."



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The original Zephyrhills School at Seventh Ave
Sixth Street opened in 1910. (Photos provided
Madonna Jervis Wise)


Students are shown in front of the second Zephyrhills school in 1926.


In"Images of America, Zephyrhills,"Wise
Slc rnbc, I the first public school in the city:
"It had four rooms on the first floor with a
wide hall and stairway leading to the second
floor."
That structure was built behind the pres-
ent-day Clock restaurant,Wise said, during a
recent interview with Wise, Ron Cherry,
Clereen Morrill Brunty and Caroline
Marlette, all members of the ZHS 100
Centennial Committee.
As homecoming festivities kick into high
gear, many alumni will be sharing fond
memories of the good old days at
Zephyrhills High.
While it began as a school for students in
grades one through 11, the school went
through many changes over
Sthe years.
The original two-story
wooden school burned down
Sand was replaced by a two-
story stucco school. That
mn school also had a fire, which
caused extensive damage and
forced students to be split up
and taught at a bakery, a hotel,
a grocery store, City Hall and a
schoolhouse annex until re-
pairs were completed through
the Works Progress
Administration.
Wise marvels at how the
nue and city banded together to make
sure students had places to
by learn while awaiting the re-
vamped school.


"Can you imagine a city - all those busi-
nesses - to show that kind of love and
support?"Wise asked.
The school moved to its current location
in 1975, with the former high school build-
ing becoming Stewart Middle School.
Ron Cherry has spent the better portion
of his life walking the corridors of
Zephyrhills schools. He spent a combined
total of more than 48 years as a teacher, stu-
dent and assistant principal.
He recalls when Pasco County had just
three high schools, and those attending
Zephyrhills High came from an area roughly
bounded by Greer Hill and the Pasco
County line, the Cypress Creek area and the
Polk County line.
Cherry played on the high school's bas-
ketball team during its glory days. He recalls
basking in the glow of the community's love
when he and his teammates won the state
championship in 1964.
As the team was heading back home, it
was greeted by sheriff's deputies at the


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county line and given an escort into the city
where nearly half of the town was there to
celebrate.
"We thought we were heroes," Cherry
said.
Cherry also remembers the introduction
of technology into Zephyrhills High. The
mathematics teachers were ecstatic when
they learned they were getting a half-dozen
calculators made by Texas Instruments, he
said.
But the school quickly became a leader
in technology, said Caroline Marlette, brag-
ging how Zephyrhills High was the first
school in Pasco County to have its own
computer network.
Clereen Brunty, of the school's alumni as-
sociation, said thousands of people have
attended Zephyrhills High through the
years. She said there's roughly 11,000 names
of alumni in a database and she's still look-
ing for more.
Brunty is excited about the upcoming
festivities, where old friends, classmates and
faculty members will have a chance to min-
gle and share memories.
Unlike many homecoming dances,
which are exclusively for current students,
Zephyrhills High will have two dances this
year.
The students' dance will be in the
school's activity center, while the ZHS 100
Social and Dance will be in the school's
commons area.
A photographer will be on hand, too, to
capture the event in photos.
If the past is any indication, this will be
just one more time when special memories
are made during a century of public educa-
tion in Zephyrhills.


Students weren't the only ones partying at
this year's homecoming at Zephyrhills High School.
In the spirit of the school's centennial year, the
school held a dance for alumni and staff members
- and more than 200 people turned out, said
Madonna Jervis Wise.The decorations were lovely,
the cake was huge and alumni from numerous
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New Gaither field name honors 'Original Cowboy'


By Kyle LoJacono
Originally published Aug. 25

For years, Gaither High's football stadium
has been known as Death Valley, but this
season the field will have a name for the
first time - RonAllen Field.
Allen was Gaither's first principal when
the school opened in 1984. He came to the
school after being the principal at
Chamberlain High.
"I wasn't expecting it and I'm very hum-
bled to have such an honor," said Allen, who
has lived in Lutz for the last 32 years."I've
spent a lot of time as an administrator in
Hillsborough County and I will always re-
member the time I spent at Gaither."
Gaither's current principal was a student
there when Allen led the school.
"Mr. Allen is an important part of our
local community in northwest Hillsborough
County," said current Gaither principal Marie
Whelan, who is Gaither's fourth principal.
"Mr.Allen was my principal when I was a
student at Gaither, so this is even more spe-
cial for me."
One current teacher at Gaither has even
more history withAllen.
"Mr.Allen hired me in 1978 to teach and
coach at Chamberlain High School," science
teacher Karen Haag wrote in a letter to the
Hillsborough County School Board."He was
a tremendous principal and an amazing
leader of a severely overcrowded school.


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Gaither's first principal Ron Allen looks at the plans for the
school before it was built in 1984. (Photo courtesy of Allen)


"I transferred to Gaither in 1984 not only
to work at a new school, but because I
could not imagine going to work with any-
one else at the helm," Haag continued.
Whelan, Haag and other Gaither employ-
ees and current students, such as student
senate president Shelby Masuck, wrote let-
ters to the school board requesting the field
be named after him. The board approved
the motionAug. 10.
School board chairwoman SusanValdes
said the board saw how obvious the Gaither


community supported the
motion and was happy to
honor Allen.The school will
officially honor Allen at a
home football game this sea-
son.
Allen said he remembers
the first day of school at
Gaither. He said there was no
intercom or bell system, so
faculty had to use bullhorns
in the halls to let people
know to move to the next
class.
"We opened the school
on time and had very few
problems,"Allen said."We had
more than 2,000 students
that first day and things went
smoothly."
Allen also recalls how the
school got its mascot - the


Cowboys. Before the first day of class in
1984 he got 30 incoming students to dis-
cuss what would be a good name. They


decided on the Cowboys because it was
then very rural in north Hillsborough and
no other county school had a similar mas-
cot.
"He loved this school,"Whelan said."He
would wear a huge cowboy hat and cow-
boy boots and ride onto the field on a horse
(Spirit) during football games. He was the
original Gaither Cowboy."
Allen left Gaither in 1993 to become an
administrator for Florida High School
Athletic Association (FHSAA). Allen's wife
Nancy said it was very hard to leave Gaither
because they both love the school very
much. He retired from FHSAA in 2003 and
was inducted into the organization's hall of
fame the next year.
Besides his position with FHSAA,Allen
was also a high school track and field, foot-
ball and basketball coach. He also received
the 2003 Honor, Courage and Commitment
Award from the U.S. Marines, a partner of
FHSAA.
Allen and Nancy will celebrate their 50th
wedding anniversary next month.


Ron Allen is still living with his wife Nancy in
their Lutz home. Gaither High officially renamed the
field afterAllen at the Cowboys home football game
Oct. 24. Gaither defeated Freedom High in the con-
test 17-10.


Hall of fame calls for


Gaither coach Frank Permuy


By Kyle LoJacono
Originally published March 10

During the 26-year history of Gaither
High School, only one man has managed the
Cowboy's baseball team. Now Frank Permuy
will live forever as a hall of famer.
Permuy was named to the Florida High
SchoolAthletic Association's (FHSAA) Hall of
Fame Feb. 25.
"When the FHSAA called me I was actu-
ally worried because they usually will only
call if you've broken some rule," Permuy said
jokingly."When they told me I was named
to the hall I was very surprised and ex-
tremely honored. There are so many great
coaches in the FHSAA Hall of Fame and it's a
pleasure to be among them."
It is the second hall of fame the coach
has been inducted into. The first is the


Florida Athletic Coaches
Association Hall of Fame,which
he was named to last year.
"The FACA is for coaches
only, so this one is even a little
more prestigious you could say,"
Permuy said."The FHSAA has of-
ficials, student-athletes and other
athletic personnel along with Frank Pe
coaches."
The 2010 class is the 18th group named
to the FHSAA hall.The group will be official-
ly inducted at a ceremony April 25 in
Gainesville.
"Frank Permuy will join official Clement
Brooks, former swimmer Andrew Coan,
baseball coach Pat McQuaid, writer Larry
Blustein, former football coach Harry
Jacobs, the late baseball coach Guy Garrett,
official Joseph Rider and the late former


football coach Sam Sirianni," said Seth
Polansky, FHSAA spokesperson."Permuy and
the others are all very deserving new mem-
bers of the hall of fame."
Permuy, 67, was born inYbor City and
grew up playing baseball, football and many
other sports.After a short career
in the minor leagues was cut
short because of knee problems,
he took over as the skipper at
Leto High School for the 1971-72
school year.
"We won our district my first
year at Leto and I'm proud of
that," Permuy said.
uy He then coached at the
University of Tampa for four
years before moving to Tampa Catholic High
School. He guided the Crusaders to the
1982 Class 3A state championship.
Permuy took the coaching job at Gaither
when the school opened in 1984. He was a
physical education teacher for most of that
time, but retired from teaching three years ago.
"Now I just coach and it's a little differ-
ent," Permuy said."Before I could deal with
problems as soon as they happen. Now I


wait until I come in and get my mail to hear
if there are any problems."
The Cowboys have won eight district ti-
tles under Permuy, who was also named the
2007 National Federation of State High
School Association's coach of the year.
Gaither's best finish under Permuy was the
2005 6A state runner-up. He has won more
than 500 games during his high school
coaching career.
"We went 2-20 my first season at Gaither
and that's the only losing season I've had
here," Permuy said."The next year we won
the district, so we got things going in the
right direction fast.
"I want to keep coaching because I think
I can contribute and help the kids," he con-
tinued. "Although my wife (Danae) might
tear the uniform off me before I'm ready.
She thought it was time years ago."
During his career at Gaither, Permuy has
coached several players who were drafted
by Major League Baseball franchises. Of
those, Kevin Cash, who played last season
for the NewYorkYankees, and Chad Zerbe,
who played four years for the San Francisco
Giants,reached the big leagues.


Frank Permuy is devoting his life to teaching
area children baseball. He is currently getting his
Cowboys ready for the 201 I season. Several of his
former players are doing the same as coaches for
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AUTHE BT FALL TEAMS



THE BEST PLAYERS OF 2010 SELECTED BY SPORTS EDITOR KYLE LOJACONO


The Laker and the Lutz News has named its inaugural All-Laker/All-Lutz News teams for the
I I 2010 fall high school athletic seasons. Members of the team were selected based on their skill,
value to their team, final statistics and head-to-head matchups.Teams in the coverage area in-
clude Academy at the Lakes, Carrollwood Day, Freedom, Gaither, Land O' Lakes, Pasco,
Saddlebrook Prep, Steinbrenner, Sunlake,Wesley Chapel,Wiregrass Ranch, Zephyrhills and
Zephyrhills Christian. Only sports sanctioned by the Florida High School Athletic Association
(FHSAA) are eligible for the team, not recognized sports. Sports Editor Kyle Lojacono selected the team.All stats were
as recorded to Maxpreps.com by coaches and all playoff performances are as recorded by the FHSAA.


GOLF

BOYS
-Jacob Fleck, Sr.,Wesley Chapel. No. 1
golfer on the first Wesley Chapel boys team to
reach the state tournament in program history.
-Jon Kopsell, Sr., Land O' Lakes.Was the
individual runner-up in districts and helped
the Gators reach the regional tournament.
-Dylan Larson, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch.
Leader of the first boys Bulls team to win a dis-
trict championship in program history and
was also the individual champion.
-Brandon Mumaw, Sr.,Wesley Chapel.
Four-year member of the Wildcats team and
finished as the individual runner-up in districts
with a 76.
-Jimmy Stranger, So., Gaither. His 77 was
tied for the lowest in districts and helped the
Cowboys finish as the runner-up in the event.
Coach of the Year: Alan Black, Wesley
Chapel. Black has been the only boys golf
coach at Wesley Chapel since it opened in
1999 after coaching at both Pasco and Land O'
Lakes and he saved his best team for his last
year.While he had taken individuals to states
before, including Cameron Knight who won
the 2004 Class 2A state title, this was the first
time he had taken a team to the event.

Player of the Year:
Jacob Fleck, Wesley
Chapel. Besides being
the No. 1 golfer of the
first team in program
history to reach the state
tournament, Fleck won
the individual Sunshine
Athletic Conference
tournament. His 78 was
good enough for third
lowest in districts and
followed that up by win-
ning the individual crown
in regionals with a 70.


GIRLS
-Nicholette Clark, Sr.,
Zephyrhills. Qualified for states in
the 200-yard freestyle with a time of
2:00 and won the race in districts in
2:01.
-Lindsay Gorgen, Sr.,
Zephyrhills. Won the 100-yard
freestyle in districts with a time of
56.71 seconds.
-Megan Huynh, Sr., Sunlake.
Won the 50-yard freestyle race in
districts with a time of 27.44 sec-
onds.
-Rebecca Pindral, Sr.,
Wiregrass Ranch. Came in sixth in
the state in the 100-yard back-
stroke with a time of 1:07.
-Makayla Strickland, Sr.,
Wiregrass Ranch. Key member of the
Bulls 200-yard freestyle relay team that
took first in districts in 1:49.


Player of the Year: Alex Milan, Steinbrenner.
Milan brought home her fourth straight district
tournament and competed in states for the
third consecutive season, but for the first time,
her team came with her. Milan was the leader
of the first Warriors team to reach states and
was like a second coach for the squad. She
has already signed her letter of intent to play
at Florida State University next year.


GIRLS
-Ellen Crowley, Jr., Academy at the
Lakes. Leader of the team that won the first
district championship in school history.
-Hana Lee, Fr., Wesley Chapel. Only a
freshman, but was the No. 1 golfer on the
squad and shot an 86 to qualify for regionals as
an individual.
-Kellianne May, Jr., Pasco. Shot a 79 in
districts, helping the Pirates earn runner-up in
Class 1A, District 8. She followed up with a 79
in regionals, good enough for third place.
-Alex Milan, Sr., ~cilnbrciincr Won her
fourth straight individual district champi-
onship.
-Lauren Riehle, Jr., Saddlebrook Prep.
Won her second straight individual district
championship despite being the only member
on the team.
Coach of the Year: Mark Mann, Steinbrenner.
Mann became the Warriors coach when the
school opened last year. Most of his new players
at Steinbrenner came over with him from Sickles
and he has helped turn the second-year school
into a girls golf contender. His team will likely re-
turn four players who competed in this year's
Class 1A state tournament and the squad will like-
ly be a factor for years.


Swimmer/Diver of the Year: Rebecca
Pindral, Wiregrass Ranch. Besides being a
part of the Wiregrass Ranch 200-yard
freestyle relay team that took first in districts,
Pindral also won the 100 backstroke. Pindral
has been on the team for four years and was
also a leader of the team that started to make
a name for itself in the school's fifth year.

Coach of the Year: Jennifer Ordetx,
Steinbrenner. Despite coaching a program in its
second year, Ordetx took several swimmers to
regionals. She was only the girls coach in name,
but did everything she could to help the boys
as well. Given a couple more years Ordetx will
likely add some banners in the Warriors gym.


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FIRST TEAM
-Libero: CaryAnn Bame,Jr.,
Steinbrenner. Led the Warriors
with 217 digs while adding 43
aces and helped the squad win
its second district title and first
regional match.
-Middle hitter: Chelsea
Violenes, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch.
Her 1.5 blocks per game was
11th most in the state. Had 138
blocks, a team-high 152 kills and
103 digs.
-Middle hitter: Nicole
Woodard, Sr., Land O' Lakes. Her
136 blocks was tied for third
most in Florida. She also added
186 kills and 20 aces.
-Outside hitter: Morgan
Crescent, Sr., Land O' Lakes.
Named the Sunshine Athletic
Conference East Co-Player of the
Year after putting down a team-
high 221 kills and adding 97
aces.


-Outside hitter: Natalia
Ortiz, Sr., Steinbrenner. The co-captain put
down 84 kills while adding a team-high 31
blocks.
-Outside hitter: Teresa Della Penna,Jr.,
Land O' Lakes. Played both outside hitter and
setter this year and led the Gators with 284 as-
sists and 112 aces while adding 208 kills.
-Setter: Erin McMurtry, Sr., Steinbrenner.
Along with her 613 assists, she had 79 digs, 70
aces, 37 kills and 17 blocks.

SECOND TEAM
-Libero: Helen Marte, Sr., Land O' Lakes.
Finished the year with 371 digs and also con-
tributed 19 aces.
-Middle hitter: Megan Moyer, Sr.,
Steinbrenner. Led the Warriors with 128 kills
and contributed 25 aces and 22 blocks.
-Middle hitter: Tori Quaglia,Jr.,Wiregrass
Ranch. Led the Bulls with 83 blocks and also
added 135 kills and 41 digs.
-Outside hitter: Kaylee Gaskin, Sr.,
Zephyrhills.After losing three key starters to


BOYS
-Alex Hill, Sr.,Wesley Chapel. Came in
second overall in the Class 2A state diving fi-
nals with 17 points.
-Nick Keach, Sr., Sunlake. Finished sec-
ond in districts with in the 100-yard freestyle
in 50.05 seconds and part of the 200 freestyle
relay team that finished second in the event.
-Matt Menendez, Fr.,Wiregrass Ranch.
Placed second in the 100-yard butterfly event
in districts with a time of 59.32 seconds.Also
came in third in 200-yard free in 1:54.
-Giorgi Meyer, Jr., Steinbrenner. Took
first place in diving in the Class 1A, District 7
and followed that up by finishing third in re-
gionals.
-Kyle Shaffer, Sr., Sunlake.Won the 200-
yard individual medley in districts with a time
of 2:11 and part of the 200 freestyle relay team
that finished second in the event.
Coach of the Year: Tanner Schmitz,
Wiregrass Ranch. Schmitz had never coached


Player of the Year: Erin McMurtry,
Steinbrenner. McMurtry had not played
setter since middle school but had to
relearn the position this summer to fill a
team need. She did not miss a beat and
helped guide the Warriors to their second
straight district championship and first
regional tournament win. McMurtry was
also a co-captain and was a leader on and
off the court.

graduation, Gaskin stepped up and was the
frontline leader for the Bulldogs.
-Outside hitter: Ashley Wilson, Fr.,
Freedom. Led the Patriots with 295 kills and
chipped in 205 digs and 25 aces.
-Setter: Kelly Schaller, Fr., Freedom.
Racked up 645 assists and a team-high 82 aces.
Also had 97 digs, 39 kills and 18 blocks.
Coach of the Year: Laurie Fitzpatrick,
Land O' Lakes.The first-year coach came in and
made a mark on the program quickly. The
Gators were 11-9 last season, but improved to
19-4 this year. Land O' Lakes was knocked out
of the district semifinals in a four-set match
against Hernando, but were headed in the
right direction. Given a few more years she
will likely end the Gators 21-year district tour-
nament drought.


Swimmer/Diver of the
Year: Alex Hill, Wesley
Chapel. Coming in first
in diving in the Class 2A,
District 5 tournament
was just the beginning
for Hill. He followed that
up by placing second in
regionals and matched
that finish in states.
Unfortunately for the
Wildcat senior, he was
runner-up to Cole Maffeo
in both events, but made
his mark on state diving
in his last year.


swimming before this season, but he handled
the Bulls team like a seasoned professional. He
played and coached football and brought a
new level of work and commitment to the
boys and girls squads' practices this year.


uTTensive player OT me Tear: Stepnen
Weatherford. Despite missing the Gators
last two games for undisclosed reasons,
Weatherford's 30 passing touchdowns
was still tied for third most of any quar-
terback in Florida. His 237.3 passing
yards per game was also the eighth
most in the state. He added a team-high
476 rushing yards and eight touchdowns
on 62 carries and brought in one catch
for five yards and another score.


-Offensive line: Carrollwood Day.The unit includes jun-
ior right tackle Chance Furman, sophomore right guard Collin
DeBossier, sophomore center Jarrod Smith, sophomore left
guardAdam Morsel and senior left tackle Mak Djulbegovic.

OFFENSIVE HONORABLE MENTION
-Quarterback: Jacob Jackson, Sr.,Sunlake. Stepped up as a
passer this season, throwing for 1,258 yards on 82 completions
and 18 touchdowns while adding a team-high 1,058 rushing
yards on 138 carries and another 12 scores.
-Running back: Robert Davis, So., Carrollwood Day. Ran
for 1,523 yards on 124 carries and 15 touchdowns.
-Running back: Janarion Grant, So. Pasco. Picked up five
touchdowns and 434 rushing yards on 41 carries and added an-
other seven receiving scores.
-Wide receiver: TobiAntigha, Sr., Steinbrenner. Most reli-
able target on the Warriors team that finished 5-5 after not
winning a varsity contest the year before.
-Offensive line: Wiregrass Ranch.The unit had six play-
ers who rotated as starters, including senior tackle Noah
Ravenna, junior tackle Justin Scamardo, junior tackle Jacob
Sniezyk, senior guard Frankie Walther, senior guard Jared Cameli
and junior center TravisWhiddon.


OFFENSIVE FIRST TEAM DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM


--Quarterback: Stephen Weatherford,
Sr., Land O' Lakes. Led Pasco County with
2,136 passing yards and 30 touchdowns
while adding another eight rushing scores.
--Running back: David Emmanuel,
So., Pasco. Racked up 1,046 rushing yards
on 145 carries and 16 scores.
-Running back: Josh Roberts, Jr.,
Zephyrhills Christian.Was the leading rush-
er and scorer on a Warriors team that won
the six-man football championship.
-Wide receiver: Trey Dudley-Giles, Jr., Pasco. Led the
Pirates with nine receiving touchdowns while adding 547
yards on 24 catches.
-Wide receiver: Will Irwin, Sr., Land O' Lakes. Brought in
18 touchdowns and 46 catches for 1,018 receiving yards.
-Tight end: Jason Tello, Sr., Land O' Lakes.Was the under-
neath threat for the Gators, catching 58 passes for 846 yards
and five scores.
-Offensive line: Sunlake.The unit includes junior right
tackle Nate McCoole, junior right guard Matt Sanders, senior
center Josh Nobles, junior left guard Randy Silverwood and jun-
ior left tackle Canon Clark.The big five helped the Seahawks
win a program record eight games.

OFFENSIVE SECOND TEAM
-Quarterback: Jacob Guy,Jr., Pasco. Completed 106 pass-
es for 2,014 yards and 27 touchdowns while guiding the
Pirates to the regional semifinals.
-Running back: Rashaud Daniels,Jr., Sunlake. Gained 543
yards on 78 carries and found the end zone 11 times.
-Running back: Nick Lomba, Sr.,Wiregrass Ranch. Had
670 yards on 71 carries and 11 touchdowns in helping the
Bulls win their first district championship.
-Wide receiver: Mike Clower, Sr., Pasco. Had a team-high 658
receiving yards on 23 catches, including eight for touchdowns.
-Wide receiver: Robert Lohnes, Sr., Freedom. Probably
the fastest player on theAll-Laker team, racked up 596 yards on
37 catches and five touchdowns.
-Tight end: Kent Taylor,Jr., Land O' Lakes.Was second on
the Gators with nine receiving touchdowns and added 571
yards on 35 catches.


CROSS


COUNTRY


GIRLS
-Lauren Garris, So., ~ciiibrciiicr
Finished seventh in the regional event with a
time of 20:24.
-Ariel Grey, Sr.,Wiregrass Ranch. Came
in 12th place individually in regionals with a
time of 19:20.
-Evyn Moon, Fr., Steinbrenner. Her 20th
place finish helped the program advance to
their first state tournament.
-Nikita Shah, So., Wiregrass Ranch.
Helped lead the Bulls to conference, district
and regional championships.


Defensive Player of the
Year: Josh Scarberry.
The Gaither defense was
the squad's strength and
Scarberry was the leader
of that unit. He shined
with both his play on the
field, but also because of
his leadership. Opposing
coaches spoke of how he
never takes a play off.


-Linebacker: Jackson Cannon,
Jr., Land 0' Lakes. Led the Gators
with 123 tackles and 15.5 sacks.
-Linebacker: Josh
Scarberry, Jr., Gaither. Led the
Cowboys with 75 tackles, nine
sacks and three forced fumbles.
-Linebacker: Shadow
Williams, Jr., Land O' Lakes. Had
121 tackles, 11 sacks and three
forced fumbles.
-Defensive line: Chadd
Hannah, Sr., Gaither. Had 48 tack-
les and seven sacks this year and
has several scholarship offers
from Division I schools.
-Defensive line: Mark Landry,
Sr., Pasco. Recorded 61 tackles com-
ing off the end with seven sacks.
-Defensive line: Spencer
Michelson, Sr., Land O' Lakes.The
team captain moved to the line
to help the team and still had 82
tackles and 9.5 sacks.
-Defensive line: Nick


Wilson,Jr., Pasco. On a Pirates team that put constant pressure
on opposing quarterbacks, he led Pasco with 9.5 sacks.
-Defensive back: Tyler McCollum,Jr., Gaither. His five in-
terceptions and three passes defensed made quarterbacks
throw to the check down option.
-Defensive back: Max Pautler,Jr., Gaither. Pautler had four
interceptions, but could easily have had many more if opposing
quarterbacks threw his way.
-Defensive back: Eddie Burgos, So., Sunlake. Had four in-
terceptions and 13 passes defensed.
-Defensive back: Justin Tello, Sr., Land O' Lakes. Came up
with five interceptions and 45 tackles.

DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM
-Linebacker: Alex Bombino, Sr., \rcllbrciiiicr Was the
heart and soul of the Warriors defense,making big plays and
not allowing any teammates to quit.


Runner of the Year:
Nikita Shah, Wiregrass
Ranch. Despite being only a
sophomore, Shah became
the Bulls No. 1 runner this
season. Her times helped
Wiregrass Ranch win the
Sunshine Athletic Conference,
953 the Class 3A-3 district and
3A-2 regional championships.
She ran the 10th fastest time
in regionals, finishing in
19:51. She has plenty of time
to get even faster.

-Nicole Solmonson, Jr., Zephyrhills.
Made it to the regional tournament as an indi-
vidual this year.
Coach of the Year: Don Howard,Wiregrass
Ranch. Howard led the Bulls to conference, dis-
trict and regional titles this year, but also
showed his leadership in rallying the team be-


Coach of the Year: Bill Browning, Sunlake. In the pro-
gram's fourth season, Browning guided the team to an 8-2
record, the first winning season in program history. The
competition in Class 3A, District 7 was so tough that the
Seahawks just missed the playoffs, but the growth in the
program is evident.

-Linebacker: Jack Fisher, Sr.,Wesley Chapel. Recorded 120
tackles, 50 more than any other Wildcat.
-Linebacker: Dale Smith Jr., Zephyrhills Christian.Was the
leader of the state championship team despite taking a year off
from the sport the previous year.
-Defensive line: Craig King, Sr., Sunlake. Led the
Seahawks with seven sacks and added 42 tackles.
-Defensive line: Frank"Duke" Morrison, Sr., Zephyrhills.
Probably the most respected by his teammates, Morrison's lead-
ership was evident in practice and games.
-Defensive line: Noah Ravenna, Sr.,Wiregrass Ranch.
Recorded 31 tackles and two sacks while drawing double
teams all year.
-Defensive line: Angel Alvarez, Sr., Gaither. Had 36 tackles
and was named to the All-Western Conference Football
American Division first-team.
-Defensive back: JohnAyers, Sr.,Wesley Chapel.The safe-
ty came up with four interceptions and 70 tackles.
-Defensive back: Chris Reaves, Sr., Zephyrhills. Reaves' play
in the secondary was one of the bright spots for the Bulldogs.
-Defensive back: Wesley Moore,Jr., Land O' Lakes. Led
the Gators with seven interceptions while adding two sacks
and 92 tackles.
-Defensive back: Raymond Powell, Sr.,Wiregrass Ranch.
Led the Bulls with four interceptions and added 48 tackles.

DEFENSIVE HONORABLE MENTION
-Linebacker: Levon Brookins,Jr., Gaither. Brookins had 71
tackles and forced a fumble.
-Linebacker: Keith Lewis, Sr., Freedom. Lewis had some
injuries this season, but managed 104 tackles and three sacks.
-Defensive line: Max Osnos,Jr.,Academy at the Lakes. Osnos
played at many positions, but made the biggest difference up front.
-Defensive back: Dillon Floyd,Jr., Carrollwood Day. Had a
team-high six interceptions while adding six passes defensed
and 35 tackles.
-Defensive back: Jordan Michelson, So., Land O' Lakes.
Picked off two passes, but had 15 passes defensed to lead all
defensive backs on the All-Laker team.

SPECIAL TEAMS
-Kicker: Adrian Krupka, Sr., Sunlake. Had 32 touchbacks
out of 63 kickoffs and 40 made extra points.
-Punter: Jacob Guy, Jr., Pasco. Along with running the
Pirates high powered offense, Guy averaged more than 40
yards a punt.
-Returner: Robert Lohnes, Sr., Freedom.Averaged 12 yards
a punt return and 33 yards per kick return.


hind a fallen teammate. Lexi Ulrich would have
been a junior on the team, but was killed with
her family in a plane crash earlier in the year.
He and the team dedicated the season to her.

BOYS
-Kenneth Fessel, Jr., Sunlake. Was the
only member of the Seahawks to advance to
states with a time of 16:12 in regionals,good
enough for fifth place.
-Hendrix Lafontant, Sr., Land O' Lakes.
No. 1 runner on the Gators team that ended
up second in both districts and regionals.
-Alex Newby, Sr., Steinbrenner. No. 1 runner
on the Steinbrenner team that won its district and
finished second in Class 2A state event.
-Anthony Plourde, Sr., Pasco. Qualified
for states individually and came in 35th place
with a time of 16:49.
-Joshua Reilly, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch.
Finished third individually in regionals with a
time of 16:08.


Runner of the Year:
Alex Newby,
Steinbrenner. Newby
went out with a bang this
year, helping the Warriors
program win its first dis-
trict title in surprising
fashion. After taking first
in Class 2A, District 5,
Steinbrenner came in
second in the state event.
Newby posted a time of
16:26, good enough for
15th fastest in the state.


Coach of the Year: Bobby McConnell.
McConnell came to 'qcllbrciiillcr from Gaither
and won a district title in his first campaign.
Even more surprising, the Warriors leader got
the squad in good enough shape to finish sec-
ond in the Class 2A state finals. Things look
good as ,[tcinlbrcuucr races into the future.


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Shuffleboard king returns with two more titles


Earl Ball ties record for
national championships

By Kyle LoJacono
Originally published Sept. 22
When it comes to shuffleboard na-
tional championships, no one has more
than Zephyrhills resident Earl Ball.
Ball, 66, won two of the three titles
at the Eastern National Shuffleboard
Championship in Hendersonville, N.C.,
bringing his total title count to 15.That
ties him with Lary Faris, who has re-
tired from the game.
"It's exciting to have the opportuni-
ty to win so many titles," Ball said."I've
really enjoyed chasing this record be-
cause the guy who had the record and I
go back and forth with it. I wrote him e-
mails saying that's number 14 and that's
number 15. He typically comes back
and says he's going to come out of re-
tirement to stay on top."
The weeklong championship fin-
ished Sept. 7. Ball, 66, took home the
men's singles and doubles Eastern
National titles, but was eliminated in
the semifinals of the mixed doubles
event.
Helping Ball bring home the dou-
bles event was Stan Williamson, who
now has won eight championships.
Seven of those titles came as a doubles
team with Ball.
"I really went and played for Earl,"
Williamson, 63, said. "He plays a lot
more than I do and is much more into
getting the most titles, so I did it for
him.
"When we go anywhere people al-
ways know Earl," Williamson added.
"He's the person everyone knows and
is trying to beat. That makes it harder
for him because everyone is gunning
for him."
Williamson is three years younger
than Ball. Because of that,Williamson
said he is like Tiger Woods chasing
down Ball who is Jack Nicklaus for the
most titles. Nicklaus has the most major
championships in professional golf his-


sran vviiiamson (leTt) ana Earl ball display
the titles won in Hendersonville. Williamso
has the doubles title the two claimed and
Ball has the singles championship trophy.

tory with 18, while Woods is chasing
him with 14.
"When you're the person doing it
you don't even feel it," Ball said."Other
people see it.When I look at what Tiger
Woods does or what Jack Nicklaus has
done I'm amazed, so it's the same thing.
When you're the actual person, it's just
part of what you're doing."
Ball first started playing in 1997, so
he has averaged more than one national
championship per year. His main goal
has been to track down the record for
most national titles. He also wants the
all-time wins crown in Florida.
"The person with the most has 85
and that's by Glenn Peltier," Ball said."I
am third with 58 and won 10 last years.
So I'm chasing that. I'm also about 20
points behind Faris for total national
points. So I've still got that to chase


down too."
S Players receive points for finish-
ing near the top of various events.
Ball said he wants to continue
playing as long as he can to reach
those last goals and stretch out a
lead in the number of national
championships.
"Every now and then I consider
reducing the amount of play be-
cause I always feel it wear on me at
S the end of the season in March and
April, but come October you get ex-
cited after you start playing some
tournaments," Ball said. "It's the
mental part that really gets you. It's
not so much physical, but it's the
combination of the travel and play-
n ing four and five days a week in
heavy competition."
At the Zephyrhills Shuffleboard
Club most people said they look up
to Ball on the courts, including Tom
Churchill.
"He's a great player," Churchill said."I
wish I was half as good as him because
he's the best in the city and really in the
country."
The next chance for Ball to take the
overall lead in championships is in
November in Bradenton for the
National Singles Championship. If he
does not win there, Ball and Williamson
will team up for the National Doubles
Championship in January, also in
Bradenton.
"That's where I won my first title
with Stan," Ball said. "It was the first
championship of the new millennium
in January of 2000 and it would be fit-
ting if we could win that to set the
record. Of course I want to win in
November too."


Earl Ball's total title count is still
at I5. His next chance to take the
record for his own is in February in
Bradenton at the Winter National
Doubles tournament. He will again be
paired with Stan Williamson.


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Sisters reunited in college


By Kyle LoJacono
Originally published Aug. 18

For just one season sisters Kayli and
Meghan Keough played basketball together
through the highs and lows as student-ath-
letes at Land O' Lakes High.
That single season was the 2007-08
school year, when the Gators went 25-4 and
reached the second round of the playoffs.
Kayli was a senior and Meghan a freshman.
The two never thought they would have an-
other opportunity to play together once
Kayli left to play at Florida State University
(FSU), but they will be reunited this year at
the University of Central Florida (UCF).
"I loved playing with her that one year,"
Meghan said."It was easy for us to play to-
gether because we know exactly what the
other is going to do. I thought it was only a
one-time thing, but I guess we got lucky."
Kayli decided to transfer from FSU to UCF
for this school year after playing two seasons
with the Seminoles. She will have to sit out
one season because of NCAA transfer rules,
but she will be eligible to play two more
years with the Golden Knights in Orlando.
She has already left for her new school.
Kayli said she wanted a little more play-
ing time and she liked the fit and coaches at
UCEAlso, Meghan had verbally committed
to the school and will sign with them in
October.The appeal of playing with her sis-
ter was a key reason for switching to the
school.
"I consider her my best friend," Kayli said
of Meghan."As kids we bickered a lot, but


that changed when we were in high school
together. Now we are best friends and love
being around each other."
The two grew up in Land O' Lakes.Their
father, Mike, was also an athlete with the
Gators. He was part of the second graduat-
ing class at Land O' Lakes and received a
scholarship to play quarterback at
Tennessee Tech University. He was also a
volunteer football coach with the Gators for
12 years.
"Athletics has been very important in our
lives and we really enjoy watching the two
of them play," said their mother Lisa."It's re-
ally exciting to watch their games. It was a
longer drive to Tallahassee than it will be to
Orlando, so we'll be able to get to many
more of their games."
The two first started playing basketball a
little later than most Division I athletes. Kayli
picked it up around age 13 while playing at
Pine View Middle, while Meghan began at 10.
"I started playing because my sister
played," Meghan said."I'd see her playing in
the backyard and I'd want to come out and
play too. Now I can't imagine not playing."
Kayli plays both forward and on the
wing. She is 6-foot-1 and her ability to play
inside and out has made her difficult for op-
ponents to match up against. At Land O'
Lakes she averaged a team-high 18.9 points
per game, 104 blocks, 89 steals and 240 re-
bounds as a senior while adding 50 assists.
Meghan is a point and shooting guard.
The 5-foot-7 perimeter player says she most
enjoys driving to the basket and kicking the
ball out to a teammate ready to sink an


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Drew Weatherford earns


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Former Land O' Lakes QB throws
first Arena League touchdown

By Kyle LoJacono
Originally published July 14

A few years ago DrewWeatherford was
leading the Land O' Lakes High Gators to nu-
merous touchdown drives on Friday nights,
but his most recent score was different for
him.
That latest touchdown was his first as a
professional football player with the Tampa
Bay Storm of the Arena Football League.The
score came on a 24-yard pass to Hank
Edwards in a 78-39 win over Bossier-
Shreveport June 25.


Former Land O' Lakes football coach John Ber
Drew Weatherford after a Gators game.


"I'm just loving the opportunity to play,"
Weatherford said."Ever since I was little I
wanted to play professional football. I didn't
think it would be in arena football, but it's
still great to be able to play. I mean, they pay
me to play football."
It is not Weatherford's only job as he
works full-time with Imperium
Development, which is currently building a
large renewable energy facility in Dover.
After working all day he drives to practice
to live out his football dreams.
"He certainly does whatever he can to
promote the sport while helping us on the
field and holding down a full-time job," said
Storm head coachTim Marcum."We see that
with his willingness to play special teams
while also developing into a top-notch quar-
terback in this league."
Weatherford is the
backup quarterback for
the Storm (10-3), but also
leads the team with 14
tackles on special teams,
according to the team
spokesman Jim
Robinson.
"To be honest I just
love playing football,"
Weatherford said. "I al-
ways considered myself a
football player first who
just happened to be a
quarterback.
"I've played quarter-
back since I was
12-years-old and I actually
played linebacker in mid-
edetto (left) an dle school, but I couldn't
nedetto (left) and
do that in high school,
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Drew Weatherford of the Tampa Bay Storm makes a special teams tackle against the
Orlando Predators this season. (File photos)


"I did get to play safety
during my senior year at
Land O' Lakes.Then it was
five or so years of just
playing quarterback and
being the one getting hit.
Now I get to return the
favor and hit people in-
stead of getting hit."
Weatherford has com-
pleted six of four passes
for 64 yards and that one
touchdown through the
Storm's first 13 games.
He first started playing
football with the Citrus
Park Bills of the Tampa Bay
Youth Football League at
Skyway Park near the
Veterans Expressway and
Tampa International
Airport. Those were the
same fields Weatherford's
tryouts were when he
made the Storm's roster.


The Storm reached the
Arena Football League's
championship game this
year, but were defeated by
the Spokane Shock 69-57.
DrewWeatherford is still
working with Imperium
Development and decid-
ing if he wants to play the
upcoming season for the
Storm.


Weatherford was the third of six broth-
ers to play for the Land O' Lakes High
football team.As a senior he led the Gators
to a 12-1 record with 2,639 passing yards
and 20 scores.
"My high school experience couldn't
have been better,"Weatherford said."I was
the water boy for the team when I was little
and I got to play with my older brother Sam
when I was a freshman. Playing at Land O'
Lakes is something I'll never forget."
Weatherford's younger brother, Stevie,is
the Gators current starting quarterback and
will be a senior next season.
"I wasn't at the game he threw the
touchdown, but I got to see it on TV and I
was very happy to see him," Stevie said."I've
gotten to some of the games and it's great to
watch him, but it is kind of weird but really
cool to see him running down the field on
special teams."


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Weatherford attended
Florida State University
(FSU) after graduating from
Land O' Lakes. He took a
medical red during his first
season, but became the
Seminoles' starting quarter-
back the following year in
2005.
FSU won the inaugural
Atlantic Coast Conference
his first year quarterbacking
the Seminoles while setting
a conference record for a
freshman with 3,208 passing
yards while adding 18 touch-
downs, according to Florida
States' sports information de-
partment. He finished with
37 career touchdowns and
nine 300-yard passing
games.
After graduating from
FSU,Weatherford got an invi-
tation to a Chicago Bears


rookie minicamp in 2009, but nothing came
of it.Then he got his shot with the Storm be-
fore this season and quickly found the game
to be different than what he has played his
whole life.
"The speed is much faster here than in
high school or college,"Weatherford said.
"The biggest thing for me is the angles with
the smaller field.The windows to throw the
ball into are much tighter, so I need to be
more accurate."
Weatherford lives in Odessa, just minutes
from his old high school. He plans on
watching Stevie play during his senior year
and said being able to stay close to home is
very special to him.
"God works in funny ways sometimes,"
Weatherford said."I get to play for my home
team and am getting a chance to do what I
love. I couldn't really ask for more than
that."


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Benedetto's switches up


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By Suzanne Schmidt
Originally published May 19

Ben Pumo, owner of Benedetto's
Ristorante Italiano, has changed the seafood
dishes at his restaurant to bring in fresh fish
from other areas like Maine and Hawaii due
to the recent Gulf oil spill.
"We have stocked up on shrimp and
once we run out, we will get it from the east
coast," Pumo said."We are now serving mon-
chong from Hawaii, which is a buttery,
meaty fish with a texture almost like chick-
en and an unbelievable taste.We are also
bringing in fish from Maine where it comes
from our own dock. We have haddock,
Ipswich clams, and Maine lobster."
The restaurant is also serving mahi-mahi
and big eye tuna from Hawaii and Chilean
sea bass. Sean O'Connor, general manager of
the restaurant, said he thinks it is a good
idea.
"People won't want to eat seafood as
much with the oil spill," O'Connor said."We
are getting our seafood now from all over
the place."
Pumo said his restaurant is different from
others for a number of reasons.
"The uniqueness of the piano bar and


Grouper Bianco


the type of cuisine we offer sets us apart,"
Pumo said."Everything we serve is so fresh.
We also have a lot of talent here with the
chefs and the servers."
Vito Martucci, a chef at the restaurant,is
from Italy and has worked in and owned a
few Italian restaurants through the years.
"We have contemporary Italian cuisine
with a flair of French and Latin influences,"
Martucci said."The atmosphere is nice since
we have live music every night.The piano


Although there are still millions of gallons of oil in the gulf,Tampa
restaurants have returned to business as usual. Benedetto's owner Ben Pumo
began buying seafood from the East Coast after the spill, but as of a month
ago, he is buying shrimp and grouper from Tarpon Springs again.Pumo said that
even after the spill, the number of seafood orders
stayed the same.
"I think a lot of people respect my judgment, and
my customers know I would never serve anything
that wasn't the best possible quality," said Pumo, who
buys his seafood directly from the ship captains.


Ben Pumo, Vito Martucci and Dustin Funderburg take a break from cooking at Benedetto's
Ristorante Italiano in Land O' Lakes. (Photos by Suzanne Schmidt)


adds a NewYork flair to the atmosphere."
The restaurant can also serve up made-
to-order dishes.
"A lot of people think eating Italian
means that they have to eat garlic, but every-
thing we make is made-to-order," Pumo said.
"We can make something special for people
who are lactose-intolerant or we can make
it with wheat pasta.Also most of our dishes
are vegetarian or can be made that way.We
truly try to have something for everyone."
Lillian Stark of Land O' Lakes has been
eating at Benedetto's since it opened. She
said she keeps coming back because the
staff is so inviting, the atmosphere is cozy
and the food is excellent.
"He has a real knack for coming up with
creative and delicious dishes," Stark said."It
is a place I like to go weekly to just hang


out. I am from NewYork and it is hard to
find an Italian restaurant that can deliver
such great food. Plus I love the piano bar, it
makes it so much fun."
The restaurant is also offering early din-
ner specials from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday
through Thursday. For $14.95 customers get
a beverage, house or Caesar salad, a choice
from eight entrees and either key lime pie
or spumoni for dessert.
"It is a good deal and that is what people
are looking for," Pumo said.
The restaurant, 21529 Village Lakes
Shopping Center Drive in Land O' Lakes, is
open from 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through
Thursday, from 4 to 11 p.m. Friday and
Saturday and from 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
For more information, call (813) 909-
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From old metal to new beauty

Lutz artist transforms rusted railroad spikes, old
nuts and bolts and cast-off metal chairs into art


By B.C. Manion
Originally published Sept. 15

Sparks fly as Karyn Adamek grinds the
surface of a rusted railroad spike as she
works to create Fancy Dancer, an equestrian
metal sculpture.
Smoothing metal surfaces is a basic part
of the artist's job.
"You can't weld rust on rust,"Adamek ex-
plains, as she prepares the surface for
welding.
"Since I work with found metal objects,
everything is usually rusted. So, I try to get it
into some welding condition," she said.
The makings for her artworks include
brake pads, nails, hammers, nuts, bolts,
screws, springs, sheet metal, horseshoes,
rods and other items.
The stuff comes from all sorts of places.
Flea markets.Thrift stores. Friends'yards.
Even from junk piles she sees on the side of
the road.
All of the railroad spikes in Fancy
Dancer, for instance, came from an aban-
doned railroad track on a friend's private
land.
"They had torn up some track on his
property and it was in a big pile rotting
away," said Adamek, 52.
"Most of the stuff that I work with -
that's what is happening to it. So, I recreate
it and reincarnate it. Certain pieces of metal
will inspire me to make a certain creation,"
she said.
Recently, she spied a metal chair that had
been set out for trash collectors. She
plucked it up and gave it new life. She
turned it into a plant holder and took it to
sell at Annie's Garden Shed in Lutz, where
she works part-time.
Working with metal can be dirty, hot and
hard. It's time-consuming, too.
ButAdamek loves it.
""It is a spiritual thing for me,' she said.
When she's out in her workshop, she can
work 12 or 13 hours at a stretch. She be-
comes so absorbed in what she's doing, she
often loses track of time.
But there's a feeling of deep satisfaction


when she finishes a piece, she said.And, that
feeling can turn into pure joy, when her
work is on display and she sees people re-
sponding to it.
Her largest metal art works are of horses,
which weigh hundreds of pounds and are
close to actual life-size.
"They're a little surreal in a way, in that
they are not exactly proportioned," she said.
She also makes the horse in a modular
form, so the head and the tail come off.That
makes it easier to transport if she's taking
one to an art show, or if one of her patrons
wants to move the horse into a different
place in the yard.
Adamek also makes much smaller ver-
sions of horses and other sculptures, and
she makes functional art, too. For instance,
she made a round table from a circular
piece of glass, supported by three giant
leaves that she cut from metal and bent to
hold up the glass.
Through the years,Adamek has explored
several artistic mediums including throwing
clay, painting and doing sculpture, stained
glass and murals.
She doesn't use mechanical drawings to
create her metal art, but instead works from
sketches,photographs and paintings.
When she is welding or grinding metal,
she is careful to protect herself. She wears
gloves, a helmet, long pants, boots and a fire
retardant shirt. She also uses good tools to
help prevent injuries.
Adamek said she comes by her love of
metal work naturally.
"My grandfather worked at J & L Steel in
Pittsburgh," she said."That's where I grew
up.
"My dad was an amazing auto body man.
He made things in our driveway that looked
like they came out of the factory."
The artist did not fully appreciate her fa-
ther's or grandfather's skills when she was
young. Indeed, it was just a few years ago
when she studying welding that she realized
the opportunities she had missed.
She laments the fact that she did not rec-
ognize their talents and did not tap into
their expertise while they were alive.


Karyn Adamek continues to create beautiful
pieces of metal art. One of her works, "Wave of
Emotion," received the People's Choice Award at Great
Art & Frame's "Magic, Masks and Fantasy 2010" held in
November at the gallery which is located in Westchase.


Karyn Adamek grinds rusted metal to create a smooth surface for welding work.


"They had all of this knowledge. I didn't
even pay attention to it,"
Strange as it may seem, her work with
hard metals began with an interest in gar-
dening.
Adamek was studying horticulture when
someone handed her a topiary book.
She decided she wanted to learn how to
weld, so she could create topiaries - which
are metal structures designed to support
plants.
It was like an entirely new world had
opened up for her.
She went from learning how to weld at a
trade school into working in the real world
as a volunteer at a shop in Channelside
where they make gates and railings. She
wanted to hang out at the shop so she could
learn more about working with metals.


Gradually, she began buying pieces of
equipment and creating her workshop at
home.
She still makes topiaries, but has
branched out into all sorts of garden decor,
yard art and creative pieces intended for ju-
ried art shows.
She won an honorable mention at the
Wesley Chapel Celebration of the Arts, a
show sponsored last year by the Wesley
Chapel Chamber at the Shops atWiregrass.
At the 43rd Annual Fine Arts for Ocala,
she won best of show, picking up $3,000 in
prize money.
Prices for her pieces range from around
$75 to more than $5,000 for the large
equestrian pieces.Adamek also does custom
work on request. For more information
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Cancer survivor pursues
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By Sarah Whitman
Originally published May 26

Accelerating to 100 mph around the
Daytona Speedway racetrack, Land O' Lakes
resident Tom Harrison felt his pulse race. He
pressed down hard on the gas, remember-
ing a few months before when he was too
sick to get out of bed.
"I was going around at top speed and I
pictured myself lying bald with a chemo
needle in my arm," Harrison, 56, said."At that
moment, I thanked God for my life."


"The story gets better,"Tom Harrison notes. He and Alex continue
their work installing windows, but Eaglespeed also buys old cars, fixes them
Sup, sells them and uses the profits to finance the race
team.Alex recently completed driver training and an-
other son, soon-to-be- 15 Westley, has also taken an
interest in racing. Harrison notched a pair of third-
place finishes at an event in Daytona Beach.
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future, he made a list of things he wanted to
accomplish in life. Getting his race car dri-
ver's license was at the top.
He underwent surgery to have a tumor
removed; then endured the pain of radiation
and chemotherapy.
The treatments worked and Harrison
went into remission. InApril, he hit the track
at driving school and walked away carrying
a dream come true, a regional Sports Car
Club ofAmerica racing license.
"It was exciting, exhilarating and a little
bit scary my first time on the track,"
Harrison said."You're going really fast and I


wondered if I'd actually have what it took to
not be afraid, to just pay attention and drive.
I was surprised how well I did."
He was laid off from his job around the
same time he was diagnosed with cancer.
"It couldn't have happened at a worse
time," Harrison said."I'd been laid off from
work. I had no job and no insurance. I was
faced with my own mortality and I realized
there were a lot of things I wanted to do in
my life, all the would of, could of, should of
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Harrison decided to pursue life's what-
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Alex wanted to help his dad achieve
those dreams. Alex, like his father, is a long-
time NASCAR and Dale Earnhardt fan.
So,he was excited to accompany his dad
to driving school in Daytona and stand on
the same track where Earnhardt raced.
Alex acted as his dad's pit crew at the
weekend-long school.
Alex and his dad are also in business to-
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View into the horror of Port-au-Prince


Heart condition 'helped' Nelson Ryman evacuate Haiti


By Kyle LoJacono
Originally published Jan. 20

When Nelson Ryman traveled to Haiti
Jan. 12 he could never have expected to ex-
perience a 7.0 earthquake.
"It was just a normal day with the sun
shining bright," Ryman, 71, said."I was in my
hotel room at the time, when all of a sudden
it felt like I was on the deck of a ship with
50 foot waves."
Ryman arrived in Port-au-Prince, Haiti's
capital, around noon Jan. 12. The largest
earthquake to hit the nation in more than
200 years happened at 4:53 p.m. Ryman
was one of the fortunate ones.
"I was able to get downstairs and outside
without getting hurt," he said.
The Zephyrhills resident travels to the
village of Simonette about every six and a
half weeks. He has done so for the last six
years to visit Tytoo Gardens, an orphanage
he supports. During the last 10 years,he has
developed a bond with the children.
"I was so happy that (Tytoo Gardens)
and all the kids survived the earthquake and
the aftershocks,"he said."I've watched some
of them since they were 1-year-old. For
them to still have a place to live is a miracle
because most people in the village lost their
homes."
Ryman, who has lived in Zephyrhills
since 1969 and owned H&R Interstate


Mobile Homes, has a heart condition, which
he takes blood-thinning medication for. He
has had three angioplasties performed and
recently had an aneurism repaired. He had
planned to stay in the country until Jan. 15
and had enough medicine to last him until
Jan. 17, but his condition made him a special
case for local government officials.
"After numerous calls and e-mails from
the public, we felt we needed to try and
rush him out of Haiti because of his age and
heart condition," said Joy Hampton, con-
stituent services representative and grants
coordinator for Rep. Ginny BrownWaite of
Congressional District Five.
"We got his personal and passport infor-
mation from his family and worked with the
United Nations and the Haitian authorities
to get him out of the country as safely as
possible," Hampton continued."The prob-
lem was the area he was in was ten to 15
miles away from the airport, and with his
heart condition he couldn't safely get there."
Ryman said State Rep.WillWeatherford
also worked to get him out of Haiti.
While his location was a problem in get-
ting him to the airport, Ryman could not be
happier that the village was ten miles out of
harm's way.
"That is probably what saved the orphan-
age," he said. "It was also good that it
happened when it did. In Haiti, people
spend most of the day outside because the


Since first published, Nelson Ryman and the two
Rotary clubs of Zephyrhills collected several thou-
sands dollars to rebuild houses in the island nation.
He has returned to Haiti several times and has over-
seen the completion of about I 0 homes. Ryman
remains committed to helping those in Haiti.


houses are small. If it had happened later a
lot more people would have been inside
their houses when they collapsed."
Ryman said the people of Simonette
made tents to sleep in with bed sheets fol-
lowing the earthquake. Ryman himself slept
in an abandoned pool Jan. 13 to protect
from falling debris from the aftershocks.
The next night, Ryman was able to stop
some UN trucks delivering relief supplies to
the surrounding area. The truck drivers
agreed to pick Ryman up on their way back
to Port-au-Prince, where he could get on a
plane out of Haiti.
"I know people were very worried about
me being kidnapped, but that wasn't my
main concern because the UN had really
cracked down on that and thrown the gang
leaders in jail after gaining some control in
the country a few years ago," Ryman said."I
was just worried about everyone I knew in
Haiti...There is a little store that I stop in for
supplies each time I'm in the country. I was
there the first day and later learned that
everyone there was killed when the store
collapsed."
While Ryman worried about his friends
in Haiti, his family back in Zephyrhills wor-
ried about him.
"The worst thing is not knowing what
happened," said Ryman's son Kevin."We did-
n't know if he was OK or hurt or worse for
a day.That was terrible to not be able to tell
anyone anything because we just didn't
know."
Ryman's wife, Dottie, said she was able to
speak to him for less than a minute Jan. 13.
Ryman eventually got on a U.S.Air Force
cargo plane that flew him to Puerto Rice
Jan. 14 and arrived at the Homestead Air
Force Base Jan. 15. A colonel at the base
drove him in his Cadillac to the Miami
International Airport, where he got on a
plane to Tampa InternationalAirport.
"I just thanked God that I got home safe,"
Ryman said."Now we need to help the peo-
ple of Haiti rebuild because what they need
most now is shelter.They are very resource-
ful and can find food almost anywhere, but
they don't have homes left to protect them
from the rain and the sun."
While Ryman is already trying to stir up
support for the poorest country in the
Western Hemisphere, his family is looking


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Photos taken by Nelson Ryman during his
time in Haiti after the recent earthquake.
Seen is the village of Simonette the day
after the disaster. Ryman supports an
orphanage, Tytoo Gardens, in Simonette.
. .


The abandoned pool Nelson Ryman and
several of the villagers of Simonette slept in
after the earthquake in Haiti. The pool
offered protection from aftershocks.

for him to take it easy for a little while
"Selfishly we try and get him to go there
less often because we are always worried
about him," Kevin said."We want him to sup-
port the orphans, but we are always afraid
of what could happen.We never thought an
earthquake like that would hit with him
there though. Now we have another thing
to worry about."
It seems unlikely Ryman will stop his
trips to the nation on the west side of the is-
land of Hispaniola.
"I've grown to love all those kids down
there that are in the orphanage," Ryman
said. "Just sending them money and supplies
doesn't impact them as much as me being
there."
To help Ryman rebuild some of the
homes and shelters in Haiti, send checks
made out to Jesus In Haiti Ministries to
CenterState Bank, 6930 Gall Blvd. in
Zephyrhills.


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Readership of free community papers is now higher
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Steinbrenner death felt in area


By Suzanne Schmidt
Originally published July 21

From South Tampa to the Bronx, the
death of George M. Steinbrenner triggered
reminders of what he meant to the commu-
nity. That impact was felt straight up Dale
Mabry Highway into the Lutz area.
Steinbrenner, 80, suffered a fatal heart at-
tack last week.
Many people might remember him from
owning theYankees or even from the char-
acter that was supposed to be him on the
show"Seinfeld."
But locally, he is remembered more as a
generous person who asked for nothing in
return.


Susan Valdes, chairwoman of the
Hillsborough County School Board, said this
generosity is what inspired the board to
name the high school onW Lutz-Lake Fern
Road after him.
"There was a part of him I think many
people may not have realized,"Valdes said.
"He did so many things for Hillsborough
County. If it had to do with kids and there
was something he could do to help them,
he did it. I miss him already."
[ciiilrciiiicr did a lot to help the com-
munity and the schools in Hillsborough
County, according to Valdes.
"There was the time when the kids at
Gaither High School were invited to go to
the inaugural parade and they were strug-


George Steinbrenner's legacy will have a permanent place in Pasco
County. He was laid to rest in a mausoleum at Trinity
I� Memorial Gardens, just off SR 54.A NewYorkTimes
report quoted one New Jersey resident who stopped
to take a picture of Mr. Steinbrenner's final resting
place."George has done a lot for everybody," Paul
Reed of Freehold, N.J. told the Times."The least I can
do is stop and take five minutes to pay respect."


in Lutz. (File photo)


gling to get the money to go,"Valdes said."It
was a dream come true for those kids to be
able to go. That is what he did, he made
dreams come true for kids."
Brenda Grasso, now principal at
[cilnbrciincr koI Gaither at the time.
"The turnaround time was very short so
it was difficult to raise the money in a short
time," she said in an e-mail. "The Band
Boosters appealed to the community and
when Mr. Steinbrenner heard of the matter,
he provided the rest of the money needed."
Grasso said r~cinblrciicr also gave about
one-third of the total cost to help Gaither


build a rubber track in its stadium.
"He did prefer to remain anonymous as a
contributor but these two acts are known
and have been previously made public," she
wrote.
Valdes said her favorite thing
\rcimbrcinicr did was the yearly Christmas
concert.
"He had so many different contribu-
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who would not have the opportunity to go
to the theater to see the Florida Orchestra
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Lutz house gets 15 minutes of fame


By Sarah Whitman
Originally published June 9

A Lutz home is about to be famous.
A 4,000-square-foot home at 1308
Anglers Lane was selected to appear on Sell
This House,A&E's home makeover show
with a twist. The show's hosts, Tanya
Memme and Roger Hazard, visit homes
throughout the country and do makeovers
designed to help the homes sell.
The Lutz home, a four bedroom three bath
on 1.3 acres behind the Publix at Dale Mabry
and Lutz Lake Fern, will appear on a June 26
episode.The asking price is $499,500.
Owners Ralph and Peggy Watts can't
wait for the show to air.
"It's a dream come true," Peggy Watts
said. "They had great ideas and made big
changes.We'd watched the show before and
it's exciting to be on it."
The SellThis House crew came to Lutz in
mid-May and spent two days working their
magic. The Watts are both art teachers, so
the home was a creative hodge-podge with
different wallpaper at every turn, mis-
matched antiques and even aVegas-style slot
machine. The couple gave the show free
reign to make changes.
Led by Hazard, the designers stripped
wallpaper, repainted, redecorated and even
created a home theater. They emphasized
the homes spacious rooms and hardwood
floors, getting rid of unnecessary furniture
and other items like faux flower arrange-


This Lutz Home will appear on Sell This
House on A&E. (Photos courtesy of Keller
Williams Realty)
ments.They went for a clean and modern
look.
Thousands of people submit their homes
to appear on Sell This House.To qualify, a
home must currently be on the market and
the owners must be living in the home with
furnishings.Applicants send in photos with
a story about the house.
Keller Williams realtor Elizabeth Flach said
producers selected the Lutz home based on
its potential. She said the house's best quali-
ties were hidden and the show's designers
knew how to make those features pop.
"They removed the clutter from the
house," Flach said. "They put chair railing
and added other new accessories."
The Watts purchased the home, which
was built in 1982,12 years ago.
They remodeled the inside and built a
life there, spending many weekends relax-
ing on the lake.They put the house up for
sale because they plan to retire from teach-
ing soon.


Homeowner PeggyWatts loves her new house inWesley Chapel,
thanks to A&E's Sell This House.The Watts' old house in Lutz was featured on
the home makeover show and after some renova-
I| tions, it was able to sell.A family with three kids
moved into the home, and Watts said it's a perfect
m match. "There's a lot of room, it is a great place to
raise a family," she said.Watts and her husband enjoy
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By Kyle LoJacono
Originally published Aug. 11

Each year thousands of children, parents
and friends pile into Oscar Cooler Sports
Complex to watch youth athletics.Al those
people walk by the park's sign, including
Oscar Cooler himself.
Cooler, 81, has lived in Lutz since 1963


and was instrumental in bring-
ing the first version of the
park to Lutz in 1975.
"I think kids need to have
a safe place to learn about
teamwork," Cooler said.
"That's why I worked to get
the first park built all that
time ago.
"If kids don't have some-
thing like this then they
usually get into a lot of things
they shouldn't be doing,"
Cooler continued."I think the
most important thing for a
community are its athletic
fields for the kids. I'd say the
park has helped keep thou-
sands of kids, if not millions
of kids, off the streets."
Now the current park will
be 33 acres larger after the
grand opening of the $3.9
million expansion at 9 a.m.
Aug. 14.
"That's great that the new
part of the park is opening,"


new soccer program is called FC Tampa
Lutz Rangers, which will have competitive
and recreational soccer for children ages 4-
18.
The park was originally built in 1975 and
had three baseball fields only. Before it was
built, the area was mainly orange groves.
Cooler was one of the key people in getting
the first park built. He and worked for about


Since the expansion
of Oscar Cooler Sports
Complex, the FC Tampa
Lutz Rangers soccer
program has completed
its first year, as did the
Lutz Chiefs football and
cheerleading organiza-
tion in its new home.A
future project will reno-
vate the older baseball
and softball portions of
the complex.


two years to convince the
county to buy the land and
build the park.
Brill did not know when
the park was renamed after
Cooler, but said it was given
the name because,"He was
a major player is getting the
original park put in the area
as a place for the Lutz com-
munity kids to play."
Cooler has been a big
supporter of the youth
sports programs at the park
during the last 35 years. He
was the Lutz Little League
president for 15 years and
still goes to the games
when he can.
Cooler continued by say-
ing he wished he had a
park like the complex
while he was growing up.
He said after the county
bought the land more than
three decades ago he got
local people to volunteer to


Cooler said."Now we can get more kids into do as much of the building as possible.This
our programs." allowed the first park to open much sooner
Hillsborough County Parks, Recreation than was originally anticipated.
and Conservation
Department spokesman John *
Brill said the expansion will
allow more than 500 addi-
tional athletes to participate
in sports programs at the
park.A future project will im-
prove the existing football
and baseball facilities as well
as adding more parking.
"It's going to be one of the
best field locations in our
league," said Tampa BayYouth
Football League president
Scott Levenson."The county
really went above and be-
yond making the park a great
place for youth football and
cheerleading."
Also part of the expansion
was adding a soccer game Lutz resident Oscar Cooler was key to bringing the Lutz com-
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Wiregrass Ranch name a throwback to area's early days


By Kyle LoJacono
Originally published Sept. 1

The Shops atWiregrass,Wiregrass Ranch
High and the future Pasco-Hernando
Community College's (PHCC) Wiregrass
Campus all got their names from a ranch
owned by the Porter family.
Don Porter said his father, uncle and
grandfather - James, Bob,J.B. Porter, respec-
tively - bought 14,000 acres of land in
1941.
"Originally we had a smaller piece of
land where the Zephyrhills (Municipal)
Airport is," Don said. "When World War II
happened, the government bought the land
for the Air Force training base. They used
that to buy the land."
Don said the family first came to
Zephyrhills in 1937.
The Porters first moved onto the land in
1946.At that time, Don said the area was
known as Gatorville, which was what they
used to mail things.
The original home Don grew up in with
his brothers,Tom and Bill, was on the south
side of SR 54 across from where Heritage
Ford is today.The original land went south
to the area between 30th Street in Lutz to
Bruce B. Downs in NewTampa, up to their
homestead and to the east into where New
River is today.
The family raised cattle on the land,
which is where the ranch part comes from.
Wiregrass is a kind of bunchgrass that grows
in the area, according to Mimi Williams,
plant materials specialist with the Natural
Resource Conservation Service.
Williams said the grass grows about 20-
30 inches long. It is native to Florida and has
virtual no use to people except as a food
source for grazing animals like cows.
However it is not the most nutritious food
for livestock. It is a favorite food for gopher
tortoises and quail.


The Shops at Wiregrass got its name from the ranch owned by the Porter family in the
area. (File photo)


Don said his father would burn the wire-
grass on a regular basis to try and keep it in
check as much as possible and also to en-
courage younger and tenderer growth that
is easier for the cattle to eat.
Don and his family called the area
Gatorville for years. It was not until 1950
when a family friend, Ed Madill, sent the
Porters a postcard while on vacation in
Mexico. Don said Madill did not have the
Porter's address, so he sent it to Wiregrass
Porter, Gatorville, FL USA. The name stuck.
While Don was growing up, there was
only a one-room schoolhouse. He said every-
one just called it"the schoolhouse," which
was located south of SR 54 across from
Boyette Road. Don remembered about 13
students who shared the school.
Don, who was born in Plant City, married
his late wife Lajuana and built a house for
their new family on the ranch in 1970.The
couple have two children,J.D. and Quinn.
"I grew up in a house right by where the
new Wesley Chapel (Medical Center) will
be,"J.D. said."Back then when we wanted to
go for pizza we had to drive south on Bruce
B. Downs to Fletcher Avenue.There weren't


Pasco County has approved the rezoning of
many acres of land around Wiregrass Ranch to allow
the construction of a hospital and other improve-
ments to the area.Additionally, Don Porter continues
to be happy with the development of his home.


lights all the way down and there was an
ABC's pizza there."
J.D. was born in 1979 and went to Quail
Hollow Elementary,Weightman Middle and
finished up high school at Zephyrhills High.
The family started selling large parts of
the original ranch in 1972, with
Saddlebrook Resort as the first buyer.The
next year the land of Meadow Pointe was
sold to a developer.
Don said the family now owns about
5,000 acres and still raises cattle and orange
trees on the property. He said he envisioned
an area with schools, shopping centers,
recreation, neighborhoods, businesses and a
hospital decades ago.That vision is coming
true.
The Shops at Wiregrass opened in 2008
and has more than 100 businesses.
Saddlebrook has become known across the
nation for its tennis and golf programs and
large developments like Meadow Pointe, New
River Township and Seven Oaks have built up.
The educational center of the area has
grown around Mansfield Boulevard where
Dr.John Long Middle andWiregrass Ranch
High currently sit.
John Petrashek, Pasco County director of
construction services and code compliance,
said the family sold the land to the county's
school district around 2004. Both Petrashek
and Don said the Porter family worked with
the Pasco school board to come up with the
high school's name.
"Other names were proposed, but
Wiregrass Ranch made the most sense,"
Petrashek said.


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In 2012, the education in the area will
progress further when construction begins
on PHCC'sWiregrass Campus. It will be lo-
cated just north ofWiregrass Ranch High on
Mansfield and is scheduled to open in 2013.
Within the next few weeks the Wesley
Chapel Medical Center, a full-service hospi-
tal, will also break ground on the east side of
Bruce B. Downs north of SR 56.The facility
will take 18 months to build.
Wiregrass Ranch has progressed far from
the Gatorville of Don's youth, but it is the
same place he knows and loves.
"I've grown up here and I can't imagine
living anywhere else," Don said. "There's
been a lot of progress and that's needed. I'm
glad I've been able to see the area build up
into what it is today."


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Man attempts to defy

gravity with plane

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By Suzanne Schmidt
Originally published May 5
To most people a bunch of leftover signs
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"I know how an airplane works and
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Price and Stephens and some of their
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(Photo by Suzanne Schmidt)
of the airplane.
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Model boat club stuck on dry land


By Suzanne Schmidt
Originally published Feb. 10

In a town known for its many lakes, a
local club is having a hard time finding one
it can use.
Jim Slaughter, of Land O' Lakes, said he is
hoping to find a local place for members of
the West Florida Model Boat Club to prac-
tice racing their model boats. He said the
boats are all electric so they do not cause
any harm to the lake or the wildlife.
"They are all electric so they don't make
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boats don't pollute the water or the air and
it doesn't hurt the fish."
There are boats of different scale and
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60 miles per hour.
"We have races just like if the boats were
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boat to pull a boat or do precision
maneuvering."
Slaughter said he enjoys racing the boats
as well as putting them together.
"We can buy the fiberglass hull or make
one from wood and then put all the equip-
ment inside;' Slaughter said."It is a challenge
to put them together but then you have the
pleasure of seeing something you made rac-
ing along the water."
Just maneuvering the boat can be a chal-
lenge according to Slaughter.
"It is very technical," Slaughter said."You
have to have the boat set up


Jim Slaughter of Land O' Lakes holds up
one of the model boats he races in the
West Florida Model Boat Club. (Photo by
Suzanne Schmidt)
right and have things like the angle of the
propeller just right. It is something that is a
lot of fun for technical minded people."
Mike Harvey, of Land O' Lakes, said he
likes the competitive side of the racing.
"It is your equipment and skill vs theirs,"
Harvey said."It is just as much fun as racing
the full-scale boats, but without the danger."
For more information or if there is a lake
available, contact Slaughter at (813) 966-
7529 or Jim@Slaughter.org.


No news was bad news for Jim Slaughter this year, as he re-
ports the club is still looking for a home nearly a year after this
article was published. Model boat enthusiasts must drive to
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813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com THE LAKER / LUTZ NEWS • SPECIALYEAR-END EDITION December 29,2010 2 About this IssueThink of "2010 Again"as your time capsule for the year in our community. Our team of reporters and photographers documented hundreds of stories in Lutz,Land O'Lakes,Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills and Dade City this year,and this guide offers a cross section of those reports. We've included some of the more important news of the year,including a look back on significant developments in medicine (a new hospital) and transportation (the longawaited,life-changing extension to SR 56). We selected some stories because they're touching Ñ a community rallying to help keep an injured Marine in his home,a look at a cancer survivor who now drives racecars.Others earned a spot because they made us laugh Ñ the story of a blue heron that visits the same man every day,or made us cry Ñthe memorial for a Wesley Chapel family killed in a plane crash this summer. We also offer a special look at some local entrepreneurs making their mark with cake pops,hot sauce,cookbooks and more.We have a few other items of interest in this issue,including a chance for you to meet the people who bring you the The Laker/Lutz News every week,a look back on some of our favorite "pets of the week"and Sports Editor Kyle LoJacono's inaugural "AllLaker/All-Lutz News"teams for fall sports.I'm proud of the work this community newspaper presents each week.We thank you for reading and look forward to continuing to present compelling stories and photos about our little slice of Florida in the year ahead. Joe Humphrey Associate Editor jhumphrey@cnewspubs.com By Kyle LoJaconoOriginally published Sept.22At 12-years-old Nate McCoole's life changed forever when his father,Michael, died from cancer.The loss was difficult, but with the help of his family and sports he has become star on the Seahawks football team. "I remember he was the best dad," Nate,16,said."He was really involved in everything me and my sister did.It was very hard to see him so bad."Michael came home from work one day in 2002 with what he and his family thought was the flu.They never expected the diagnosis to be terminal cancer in his abdomen."He was wonderful,"said Michael's wife,Laura McCoole."He was very involved in our children's lives.They waited for him at the door to get home from working at Gaither every day." Michael worked at Gaither High School as a science teacher for 17 years.When he became sick Laura,who was a stay-athome mother,went back to school for her master's degree in reading education from Saint Leo University.She has been a thirdgrade teacher for the last five years at Maniscalco Elementary in Lutz. While Laura was going back to school, her children,Nate and Micah,had to take care of Michael until he died in 2006. Laura said she would set out the things for dinner and Nate would make it for his father and sister when he got home. Laura said the family's faith in God and closeness helped them get through losing Michael.Additionally,Nate,a junior,has found a sanctuary on the football field as the starting right tackle on the Sunlake High football team. "I most like the camaraderie with my friends on the line,but I also like driving people into the dirt,"Nate said. Also on the line this year with Nate are right guard Matt Sanders,center Josh Nobles,left guard Randy Silverwood and left tackle Canon Clark. "He's a very hard worker,"said Sunlake coach Bill Browning."He leads by example in the weight room and is probably the strongest guy we have.I can't say enough about him because he's a great example of a young man." Clark said off the field Nate is one of the most mellow guys he knows,but when he straps on his helmet he switches into another mode.Laura,meanwhile,is the Sunlake team mom and supports the team however she can."Almost every weekend we all go to Nate's house and hang out and his mom makes us food,"Clark said."His mom is really amazing and she's like my second mom." Those meals do not come cheap. "Those are big shopping bills when they come over,"Laura said jokingly."They can really eat and I make sure to get them only the best steak to keep them strong." Nate's work ethic and by Laura's choice of meat has helped him on the Seahawks weightlifting team as well. His best lift in the bench press is 425 pounds and can also put up 445 in the squat and 540 in the powerlift,also called deadlift. Sunlake weightlifting coach Matt Smith,also the offensive line coach,went with Nate to the national weightlifting event,and Nate called the coach the biggest male influence on his life since his father died. Nate is not just about athletics.His parents made it clear how important education is and he has responded with a 3.83 weighted grade point average.He is also not far from his Eagle Scout award from Boy Scout Troop 212 in Lutz. Nate also volunteers at his church's vacation Bible school,at Maniscalco and at the Relay for Life event at the Lutz Train Depot. "I do the relay each year,"Nate said."It's a good way to remember my father and help other people with cancer." The McCooles in their last family photo before Michael died in 2006. 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CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 THE LAKER / LUTZ NEWS • SPECIALYEAR-END EDITION December 29,2010 3 Students say, ÔSave a spot for me in Heaven'By Sarah WhitmanOriginally published June 23Alexa Rae Ulrich will not be forgotten. More than 600 people gathered Friday night at Wiregrass Ranch High School for a vigil remembering Alexa,15,her little sister Carlie,5,and their parents,Jeff and Ronni.The family was killed last week when their single-engine plane inexplicably crashed into an Arizona high school.They were headed to the Grand Canyon for vacation.Instead,the week ended with a funeral service at Congregation Kol Ami in Tampa.Alexa,known to her friends as Lexi,was an honor-roll student,a cheerleader and a cross country athlete.She was well known for her upbeat attitude and infectious smile. Classmates described her as happy,kind and full of energy. "She was the most amazing girl I've ever met,"said David Villarreal,one of the students who helped organize Friday's vigil."It's only fitting we do something to honor her and her family.They meant so much to all of us." Villarreal,who wore a shirt reading ÔSave me a spot in Heaven,'was one of several people to speak at the flashlight vigil.Wiregrass principal Raymond Bonti,teachers and friends stood one by one at a podium looking out at the football field. They spoke about the family and what they meant to the community.They spoke about Alexa and what she meant to the Wiregrass alma mater. Alexa's friend and Wiregrass graduate Nicole Phillips,struggled to speak through her tears."We were best friends,"Phillips said."Her family was like my second familyÉBefore Lexi left she was making a scrapbook with pictures of us and she said she would finish it would she got back.It was going to be filled with pictures of us from summer. Now it will be filled with pictures from tonight."Principal Bonti remembered Lexi's school spirit and passion for cross country."In a school with more than 2,000 students,everyone knew Lexi for all the right reasons,"he said."She loved life,school, cross country and cheerleading. Most of all she loved her friends and her family.Her ever shining light will live in all of us forever."Teacher Frank Shearrow also shared his memories of Lexi. "Lexi lived it to its fullest,"he said."Her smile was untamed by the troubles of this world.When she left school for the summer, the last thing I said to her was ÔI'll see you later'Lexi knew I didn't like goodbyes.So tonight I won't say goodbye,I'll say ÔI'll see you later'." Class of 2010 graduate Jack Whidden, who co-organized the vigil,remembered Lexi by talking about the good times. "Thank you Lexi for always making my day brighter,"he said."Thank you for being an amazing friend that will never be replaced." Students at Wiregrass Ranch High have not forgotten Alexa "Lexi" Rae Ulrich.The Class of 2012 dedicated its powder puff game at this year's Homecoming events to Lexi and wore the Ulrich name on the back of their shirts.Key Club assisted with the Ulrich Scholarship garage sale.A boys' basketball tournament will raise money for the scholarship fund.The football team wore an Ulrich Family memorial sticker on their helmets and had a moment of silence before the first home game. The cross country team's T-shirt has a dedication to Lexi and her family on the back and runners hung Lexi's jersey in the team camp before each competition."She really is still running with all of us," said coach Don Howard. 2010 agani Friends honor the life of Alexa Rae Ulrich and her family during a vigil this summer at Wiregrass Ranch High School. Alexa Rae UlrichOn the field,mourners held pink balloons given out before the ceremony.The balloons were released into the sky at sunset.As they drifted away into the clouds,the people below looked up. "We'll see each other again Lexi," Villarreal said at the podium."We just have to wait.One day,we'll all get back in touch. Rest in paradise." Under a clear night sky,the flashlights were turned on and shined as bright as Alexa's smile. At Round Valley High School in Arizona, where there were no injuries due to the crash,the school has started a scholarship fund in Alexa's honor.Ulrich family remembered at Wiregrass vigil Compassion, communication, preventive care and patient satisfaction are the principles of our practice. Dr. Mahmood specializes in Pediatrics, Womens Health and Cosmetic-Dermatology, including Botox® and Juvederm®.Jazbeen Mahmood, MD 4450 E. FLET CHER AVE| SUITE C|TAMPA 813.975.1727A Community Doctor You Can Trust www.floridamedicalclinic.com Call Today for an Appointment! Now Accepting New Patients

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They will ask City Council to lift laws that limit alcohol sales on Sunday morningsBy B.C.ManionOriginally published July 21In a place perhaps best known for its bottled spring water,the Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce and some local business owners want to let liquor flow a bit earlier on Sundays. They want the Zephyrhills City Council to allow alcohol to be served and sold beginning at 11 a.m.on Sundays,two hours earlier than currently allowed.It's not a matter of preferential treatment, it's an issue of equal treatment,Mikkelsen said."It's just making a fair playing field for the businesses,"agreed Mike Mira,president of the Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce, and owner of Maine-ly New England,a restaurant at 5039 First St."For me,it's not going to make or break me Ð selling alcohol two hours earlier,"Mira said.But changing the start time for alcohol sales would make a huge difference for Kenny Patel,who owns Time Saver Food & General Store at 37853 SR 54 and Time Saver Liquors,right next door. "Previously everyone was to sell their beer and alcohol at 1 o'clock,"Patel said. That was fine,when everyone played by the same rules,he said. But Pasco County changed the rules in 2004,allowing alcohol sales to begin in the county at 11 a.m.on Sundays.The law did not impact Zephyrhills,which sets the law within the city limits. New Port Richey,Port Richey and Dade City also follow the 11 o'clock rule and San Antonio is even less restrictive,allowing alcohol sales to begin at 8 a.m. Patel said the county's change caused sales to drop off at his convenience store because people who wanted eggs,bread, milk and a six-pack of beer began bypassing his store to get everything they wanted in a single shopping trip. "I lose business on liquor,beer and my groceries,"said Patel,whose stores are less than a block from the city limits. Just on the other side of the boundary, where alcohol can be sold at 11 a.m.on Sundays,there's a competing lounge and package store within three blocks and a Quick Mart,which sells beer and groceries, within a mile. Cheryl and Bob Maxon,owners of John's Steak & Seafood Restaurant,38361 CR 54, have similar complaints. "You can go to Saddlebrook and get anything you want,and here we sit with our hands tied,"Cheryl Maxon said. "It's not like somebody is trying to come in and get loaded at 11 o'clock in the morning,"Bob Maxon said. However,when people go out to eat Ð especially on holidays,anniversaries,birthdays and other special occasions Ð they often want a glass of wine,a mimosa,a Bloody Mary,or a beer to go with their meal,the couple said. "I don't want anything (to drink) at 11 o'clock,but there are people who do,and I want to offer it,"Bob Maxon said.Finally 56!Walk/run celebrates opening of SR 56 extensionBy Maggie SchillerOriginally published Aug.4To celebrate the long-awaited opening of the SR 56 extension,Wiregrass Ranch and the Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce held a celebratory Walk/Run on Saturday,July 31. Despite the sweltering heat,nearly 400 community members,along with several local businesses came out to support the cause. "This is the day that many people thought would never come,"said David West,executive director of the Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce."Many people built their houses expecting this road to come through and make it convenient to get to their home.It has been delayed quite awhile,but I am glad so many people came out to witness and actually see the barricades removed and the road actually opened for traffic." The walk/run was a four-mile loop,with an optional two and one mile loop,beginning at the intersection of Mansfield Boulevard and the new extension of SR 56. Kurt Stone,8,who ran alongside his brother,Evan Stone,10,said the run was a lot of fun. "It was hot and sweaty,"he said."But I made it." Wiregrass Ranch developer J.D.Porter said that the completion of the project is godsend for anybody living in the Wesley Chapel area. "Basically the way we are looking at it is that it is a gateway that has opened up a lot more business opportunities,a lot more traction opportunities and a lot more things the community has been screaming for,"he said."A lot more things that Wesley Chapel people have been wanting we are going to provide off of a major highway.It kind of opens up everything that has been back here for so long,"added Porter,who helped turn a simple ribbon cutting into something more.Alexandra Williamson,from Meadow Pointe,ran in the event with her husband and said she thinks SR 56 will do many positive things for the community. "For one it alleviates all the traffic,especially with all the construction that is going on at Bruce B.Downs,so this is going to be a big plus just with the shortcut going through Meadow Pointe,"she said. "Plus all the nice walkways that they have along the road brings people out on long walks,more bike riding.Just for that aspect of it I love it." The road will alleviate traffic along construction-heavy SR 54 and cut miles off the drive from locations such as deep inside Meadow Pointe. "I drive to work downtown and I currently live on the northeast side of Meadow Pointe,so I take 54 which is currently under construction and sometimes it takes about 15 to 20 minutes just to get to the interstate,"said Michael Ruiz."I can take this road which cuts in through Meadow Pointe over to the interstate 75 and it should cut my time back a lot." Now that SR 56 it is open more people can move across Pasco County.Also,county school buses going to and from Wiregrass Ranch High and Dr.John Long Middle have a shorter route to drop off students who live in Meadow Pointe and the surrounding neighborhoods.Pasco County plans to eventually take SR 56 all the way to US 301 in south Zephyrhills. The Zephyrhills City Council voted to allow alcohol sales earlier on Sunday morning after the Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce and local business owners complained they were at a competitive disadvantage.Kenny Patel,a convenience and liquor store owner,said the change has made a positive difference."That was a good thing that they passed it," he said."It gives me peace of mind that at least we are on an equal playing ground with all of the other stores in Pasco County." 2010 agani Supporters want earlier drinking hours STOREWIDE SAVINGS!50% Off Entire Stock of Christmas Decorations, Trim & Motiffs The Shops at Wiregrass FREE SEMINARproudly presented by Land O'Lakes Primary Care Wellness Center and Rx Express Compounding Pharmacy Peggy Watson, M.D.Land O'Lakes Primary Care Wellness CenterRay PatelOwner & Pharmacist Compounder at Rx Express Compounding PharmacyBIO-IDENTICALHORMONE REPLACEMENTTHERAPYSafety & Effectiveness of HRT How does compounded HRTwork?• Menopause • Perimenopause • Hot Flashes • Night Sweats • PMS • Insomnia • Decline in Libido • Moodiness • Mid-life Weight Gain • Anxiety • Fatigue • Loss of Muscle Mass TUESDAY, JANUARY25, 2011 6:30 PM-8:30 PM Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Activity Center 20735 Leonard Rd. • Lutz, FL 33558813-949-2950R.S.V.P. to Mandy Saunderson Bring a Friend Guest Speaker: Elena BensonoffPresident & Founder of Wholistic Nutrition For Better SkinTopic: Risks of Skin Care Products Franklin JewelersSince 1946MON-FRI 10AM-6PM • SAT 11AM-5PM6 YEARS IN LOL AREA 2153 COLLIER PKWY • LAND O'LAKES(AROUND THE CORNER FROM PUBLIX IN COLLIER COMMONS)813-909-4888 813-909-4888 GIA & EGL Diamonds Available Jeweler on Premises• Expert Watch & Jewelry Repair • Pre-Owned Rolex Watches & Repairs WE BUY GOLD & DIAMONDS 10% OFF jewelry repairWatch Batterylimit 1 per customer $5 Off 813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com THE LAKER / LUTZ NEWS • SPECIALYEAR-END EDITION December 29,2010 4

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CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 THE LAKER / LUTZ NEWS  SPECIAL YEAR-END EDITION December 29, 2010 5 By Kyle LoJacono Originally published Sept. 8 University Community Health (UCH) and the Adventist Health System (AHS) have completed the merger that started months ago when the two signed a letter of intent to combine the two healthcare systems. The merger will create one organization with 43 hospitals, combining the 37 from AHS including Florida Hospital Zephyrhills, UCH’s five and the future Wesley Chapel Medical Center that was to be jointly owned by the two. “AHS and UCH are committed to enhancing the accessibility and quality of medical care to the Tampa Bay area,” AHS president and CEO Don Jernigan said. “After working so closely together on the joint venture for the past three years, we have decided to explore opportunities that allow (us) to deliver heightened healthcare services to our expanding patient population,” Stein said previously. “It helps that we already are working together and have like-minded missions that stress patient-centered services.” The first act of the new board was to appoint current Florida Hospital Zephyrhills president and CEO John Harding to the same position for the Tampa Bay region. He was replaced in Zephyrhills by Doug Duffield, previously the hospital’s chief operating officer.AHS is affiliated with the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It already had the most hospitals of any nonprofit protestant health care company in the United States, but Florida Hospital Zephyrhills was the only facility in the Tampa Bay area.New facility will help patients and the environment By Kyle LoJacono Originally published Jan. 13 It is not every decade that a new hospital opens in Hillsborough County. In fact, when St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, 4211Van Dyke Road in Lutz, opens on Feb. 1, it will be the first new full-service hospital in the county in 30 years. That distinction would be enough to make the hospital unique, but the new facility will not just be giving a boost to the health of north Hillsborough and south Pasco county residents. “Buildings are one of the largest consumers of resources and energy in the country,” said Paula McGuiness, chief operating officer of the hospital. “St. Joseph’s Hospitals and Bay Care Health System believe in being leaders of environmental stewardship, innovation and corporate responsibility.” The 350,000-sqaure-foot, $225 million hospital was designed to both treat patients while reducing its effect on the environment. “The environmentally friendly building is made of materials that support energy conservation and clean air with low chemical emissions and recycled content,” said hospital spokeswoman Jacqueline Farruggio. Besides using more environmentally friendly building materials, the hospital has: —Installed lighting and heating systems that use about 12 percent less energy than standard ones. —Selected refrigerants that minimize the impact on ozone layer depletion. —Installed water fixtures that use 20 percent less water than standard ones. —Uses only reclaimed water from retentions ponds to maintain its landscaping. —Used only building materials produced within 500 miles of the hospital to reduce transportation. —Will offer preferred parking to lowemission and fuel-efficient vehicles. “It’s the new direction of healthcare facilities because of how the industry can impact nature, Farruggio said. “St. Joseph’s Hospital-North will be a leader in both patient care and helping the environment.” By Kyle LoJacono Originally published May 5 Wesley Chapel doesn’t have its own hospital — yet — but plans are in the works to change that. The Wesley Chapel Medical Center is about two years from completion, but the plan for its construction is starting to take shape. The facility, which will be located one half-mile north of SR 56 and the Shops at Wiregrass on the east side of Bruce B. Downs Boulevard, will be run by Adventist Health System (AHS). The hospital had not announced a groundbreaking as of August 2010. “We are still waiting for the permits to be accepted before we can set the date to break ground,” Jan Baskin, Florida Hospital Zephyrhills assistant vice president of marketing, said in summer 2010. “From that point it will take 18 months for the whole facility.” The Agency for Health Care Administration is the governing body that will give final approval before the Wesley Chapel facility is built. Agency spokeswoman Shelisha Durden said the preliminary approval for the facility came in December 2009, but final plans cannot be finalized until the local government approves the permits. The original plans were for the facility to cost $121 million, but that number could change based on the final plans. Once completed, the facility will have 80 beds and offer obstetrics, pediatrics, women’s and men’s services, general surgery, an emergency department with helicopter pad, a comprehensive medical fitness program, orthopedics and sports medicine.Florida Hospital parent, UCH complete merger Since the merger of University Community Health and the Adventist Health System, the new company has broken ground on the Wesley Chapel Medical Center. Since first published, the Wesley Chapel Medical Center has cleared both the Pasco County Planning Commission and Board of County Commissioners and broke ground Dec. 14. It will take about two years to complete and will bring about 450 jobs to the area. St. Josephs Hospital-North opened its doors in February. The first baby was born at the facility on Sept. 15 „ Michael Boria III. 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Gena Crowder Name:_____________________________________________________________ Address:___________________________________________________________ City: ________________________________State:_______Zip:____________ Phone:____________________________________________________________We're the folks who work together every week to put out your community paper. We want to tell you a bit about ourselves and invite you to guess our hometowns.Enter our contest and you'll have a chance to win two movie passes to the Grove 16 Cobb Theatre in Wesley Chapel. Entries with seven or more correct hometowns will be added to our movie ticket raffle. Tickets will be mailed to winners in January.Take the letter from the box under the staff member and place it in the box of the City & State where you think he/she was born... Then mail to: Who's From Where ContestThe Laker / Lutz News1930 Land O' Lakes Blvd, Suite 14 • Lutz, FL 33549(MUST BE POSTMARKED BY JAN 10, 2011) Answers will run in the January 19th edition of The Laker / Lutz NewsClassified Manager and Customer Service Employee since March 2005 Best kept secret: Sharp and quick wit makes her the Tina Fey of the office. What she loves best about her job: "I love the people I work with and the relationships I've developed with clients." If she could do anything: "I'd take my 15-year-old son, who is a Civil Air Cadet, to Hawaii to tour Pearl Harbor." Carolyn Bennett Customer Service Rep Employee since September 2004 Best kept secret: Was 1st runner up in the Miss Florida sweetheart pageant in 1978. What she loves best about her job: "I love working with the big accounts. When we got Publix in the paper this year, it was so exciting." If she could do anything: "I'd take all my kids to Mexico to tour the Mayan ruins"Guess Who's From Where Guess Who's From Where Guess the hometown of The Laker / Lutz News employees Mary Eberhard Accounting Manager Employee since December 2004 Best kept secret: Likes to enter contests and wins a couple every year. What she loves best about her job: "I majored in advertising in college and I am so happy to have a job in my field." If she could do anything: "I would travel more." Shelley Ketchum Senior Account Manager,Land O'Lakes Employee since October 2002 Best kept secret: Wanted to attend Julliard School in NYC to study classical ballet and piano. What she loves best about her job: "Knowing so many people for so many years because of The Laker." If she could do anything: "Sail the San Juan Islands in Puget Sound with my brother." Chris Drews Automotive and Zephyrhills Account Manager Employee since April 2005 Best kept secret: Newspaperman all his life, starting out as a paperboy when he was 10. What he loves best about his job: "I can make a difference by connecting people who can support one another and getting their stories in the paper." If he could do anything: "Being a car guy I'd buy a '57 T-Bird and travel Route 66 across the country." Stefanie Burlingame Graphic Designer Employee since June 2008 Best kept secret: Was a star soccer player in high school. What she loves best about her job: "The satisfaction of being able to create beautiful ads from the Ôscribbles'that sales reps often turn in." If she could do anything: "I'd hire a crew and travel the world by sea on a massive sailboat. The kind that looks like a pirate ship." Joe Humphrey Associate Editor Employee since June 2010 Best kept secret: Fan of Glee, Fox TV's hit series about the interactions of a high school show choir. What he loves best about his job: "Being part of an amazing team that strives to tell interesting and important stories about what is happening in our community each week." If he could do anything: "Lots of traveling. I would take my son on a tour of all the great baseball and college football stadiums of America and my wife to see the Pacific Northwest and Broadway shows." Diane Kortus Publisher Since June 2009 Best kept secret: She is a Trekkie Ð favorite character is T'pol. What she loves about her job: Seeing employees learn and grow personally and professionally, If she could do anything: "I'd buy a cabin on a lake in northern Minnesota and listen to the loons all summer long."Sarasota, FL Lexington, KY Effingham. IL Omaha, NE Reading, PA Flint, MI Orlando, FL St. Paul, MN Kenosha, WI Buffalo, NY Climbing Hill, IA Albion, MI Worcester, MA Temple Terrace, FL Ocala, FL Columbus, OH A B CD EF GH 813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com THE LAKER / LUTZ NEWS • SPECIALYEAR-END EDITION December 29,2010 6

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Rachel Mathes College Intern Employee since June 2010 Best kept secret: Plotting to take Zeke, her yellow lab, back to Stetson University. What she loves about her job: "People appreciate what I do, because no one else wants to do it." If she could do anything:"Time travel, definitely time travel." Kyle Lojacono Sports Editor Employee since October 2009 Best kept secret: Member of Cub Scout Pack 12 and Boy Scout Troop 12 in Lutz from grades 1 through 12. He is an Eagle Scout. What he loves about his job: "I've always been passionate about sports and never tire of writing about sports." If he could do anything: "Take my mother to all 30 baseball stadiums in the country. We're big baseball fans and so far we've visited 17." Mary Rathman Park News Editor and Editorial Assistant Employee since December 2002 Best kept secret: Wrote a children's alphabet book 15 years ago and collects Santa Clauses (she has a couple hundred). What she loves most about her job: "I'm a perfectionist and I love proofreading, so I feel a little joy in catching mistakes." If she could do anything: "I'd make sure my sister is set for life and vacation in Greece and visit Poland to see where my ancestors came from." Kathy Welton Editorial Assistant and Receptionist Employee since June 2007 Best kept secret: Has more than 75 teddy bears Ñ the soft and fluffy kind Ð and names every one. What she loves most about her job: "I love the people here. It's a great group to know each other well and get along." If she could do anything: "I'd host a family reunion for everyone in my family Ð probably about 100 people Ñ to a resort, someplace warm." Matthew Mistretta Art Director Employee since August 2005 Best kept secret: Has played the drums for almost 10 years. What he loves about his job: "The satisfaction of producing something every week that is read by thousands of people." If he could do anything: "I'd like to take a double-decker bus to every major music festival in the country." BC Manion Community Editor Employee since August 2010 Best kept secret: Had a greeting card verse she wrote published by Blue Mountain Arts. What she loves about her job: "The gratification I get when I know that a story I wrote made a difference in someone's life, informed our readers or helped improve the community." If she could do anything: "I'd like to own my own greeting card company so I can control the quality of the design, the paper that's used and the message that's sent." Tammy Struble Staff Writer Employee since August 2010 Best kept secret: Has driven tractors of every size and purpose. What she loves most about her job: "Meeting all the people with interesting stories to write about." If she could do anything: "I'd motorcycle across the country following US Hwy 20, from Boston to the West Coast." Terri Williamson Major Account Manager,Lutz and Wesley Chapel Employee since November 2003 Best kept secret: Wanted a career in broadcast; Barbara Walters was her role model. What she loves most about her job: "Building relationships with all the business owners in our community. We have a lot of wonderful people here that I feel privileged to know." If she could do anything: "I would like to be a philanthropist and support research to find a cure for Spinal Muscle Atrophy, a disease my nephew suffers from."OP MN KL I J Is your Wednesday complete?Yes, if it includes The LAKER/ Lutz NEWS!The best community coverage, year round. The LAKER/ Lutz NEWS813.909.2800 www.cnewspubs.com statefarm.com®When it comes to great service at a great price, nobody takes care of Florida drivers like State Farm.®CALL TODAY AND LET ME PROVE IT. P060206FL 7/06State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company € Bloomington, IL Jerry McCarthy, Agent 1531 N Dale Mabry Hwy Lutz, FL 33548 Bus: 813-949-3669 jerry.mccarthy.b0ep@statefarm.com CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 THE LAKER / LUTZ NEWS • SPECIALYEAR-END EDITION December 29,2010 7 33273 Cortez Blvd, (Near Hwy. 50 & 98)Ridge Manor, FL 33523 38180 Medical Center Ave. (Blue Bldg. next to Florida Hospital) Zephyrhills, FL 33540

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Hero's wife thinks his police training and instincts kicked inBy B.C.ManionOriginally published Sept.15Carolyn and Joe Sentelik of Zephyrhills had just bought a boat and were scouting out a marina where they could use it. They decided they would spend part of their Sunday just watching boaters at a marina and then grab a bite to eat. They had intended to go to Clearwater, but while en route decided instead to go to Dunedin. "There's some sort of divine intervention as to why it happened the way it did,"Joe said. "I think things happen for a reason," Carolyn agreed. The couple had spent some time on the morning of Aug.29 looking at boats and watching people launch them,before heading to Bon Appetit Restaurant for lunch, Carolyn said. They had just ordered their drinks when they heard a terrible noise,she said. "We heard a screech and a thump.It was a very odd sound,"she said.It was the kind of sound that signals "something very,very horrible had happened." "We heard a woman scream,"Someone call 911." Joe,a former police officer,didn't hesitate.He took off running toward the sound, and when he got there,he saw a 1995 white Mercury Marquis had plunged over the seawall into the water. The driver was 89-year-old Joseph Schlesselman,who was accompanied by his 86-year-old wife,Ruth. As the car began to sink,Joe Sentelik dove into the water to attempt a rescue. Another man also jumped in, and as both men attempted to get into the sinking car, a third man with a boat came along and hurled a fire extinguisher through the rear window Ð creating a hole the size of a dinner plate,Carolyn said. "I could see a person in the car,in the front," Carolyn said."I thought I was going to see a man die right in front of me.It made me feel sick." After the fire extinguisher broke through the window,Joe used his hand and his fist to break away enough glass to get his body through,Carolyn said. Once he got in,he tried unlocking the backseat doors,but was only able to get the backseat door on the passenger seat unlocked. "It was chaotic and crazy and traumatic," Carolyn said. "He went down three times,"she said,tugging at the driver Ð but couldn't get him loose. "I was screaming for him to get out.I was afraid he was going to be killed," Carolyn said.She was especially worried because Joe suffered a heart attack in May and because he's on blood thinners,he was bleeding profusely from cuts that he got from the glass. Joe said everything happened so quickly he's not sure exactly who did what. He knows another rescuer was able to get in and to cut the driver and his wife free from their seatbelts. That man also helped to push the driver out of the car,and Joe pulled the driver out the rest of the way Ð loading him onto a nearby boat. Someone else pulled the woman to safety. The elderly woman was so small,Carolyn didn't even realize there was anyone else in the car. Once the couple was safe,Joe used a rope to pull himself out of the water.He cut his feet on the barnacles as he climbed the marina wall. There was blood gushing everywhere, Carolyn said."It was kind of gory." After the rescue,the driver told deputies he had pulled into a handicapped parking space and his foot slipped from the brake pedal onto the gas,causing the car to plunge into the water,according to a Pinellas County Sheriff's Office report. The report also identified the other rescuers.They were Eric Corum,42,of Tarpon Springs and Courtney Douthit,32,of Dunedin. Once they were out of the water,the couple was transported to Mease Dunedin Hospital,where they were treated and released. Joe was taken to the same hospital,where emergency room personnel scrubbed out the tiny pieces of glass that were embedded in his skin,and used tweezers to take out the larger pieces. Besides hospital bills the couple expects to receive, Joe's cell phone was ruined Ð and his contact list was destroyed. Carolyn said they received a thank you note from the couple's son. The Aug.31 letter,from James J.Schlesselman,of Pittsburgh,Pa.,expressed deep appreciation from himself and his brother.In part,it notes that without the rescuers'intervention,"Our mom and dad would have undergone a terrifying death,drowning while trapped in their car under water." The son also volunteered to cover any of the Senteliks'expenses,but the couple declined the offer. "I'm just glad they're all right,"Joe said. "For the last 10 seconds their heads were under water." Carolyn,executive director of the Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Foundation,said she is tremendously proud of her husband. She said she told him:"You are a much better person than I could ever hope to be because I'm not sure I could do what you did." Besides having the sheer pleasure of knowing he helped to save the lives of two people,Joe Sentelik also received some public recognition for his quick and selfless action from the Dunedin City Commission.He was honored at a meeting in September,where he heard words of praise and received a certificate of recognition signed by Dunedin Mayor Dave Eggers. 2010 agani Joe Sentelik sits on his 22-foot angler holding a letter he received after helping to rescue a Clearwater couple. (Photo by Glenn Gefers of www.photosby3g.com)Zephyrhills man helps save Clearwater couple813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com THE LAKER / LUTZ NEWS • SPECIALYEAR-END EDITION December 29,2010 8 Leonard L.Britten,D.D.S. 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Sharing recipes is a source of joy for mother and sonBy B.C.ManionOriginally published Oct.13They don't have a fancy test kitchen,sophisticated equipment or years of formal culinary training,but this Lutz mother and son have big dreams. They're aiming for their own cooking show. Years ago,they would have never pictured themselves having such lofty ambitions,but that was before they turned their hobby into a publishing venture that they hope will lead to bigger things. Indeed,it already has. Iris and Michael Raie are scheduled to appear Oct.15-17 at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.They will be talking about their cooking techniques and recipes and signing copies of their book,"No Place Like Home:Southern Cooking with a Latin Flair." The mother and son say their love of cooking is rooted in generations of good cooks in their family. "My mother was an excellent cook,"Iris said.Her grandmother was too,she said."My mom grew up in the kitchen cooking.I grew up in the kitchen cooking." Michael has cooking in his genes too."I grew up in a household that cooked.I fell in love with it." When he was just 4,Michael said,Iris caught him standing on a chair near the stove frying bacon. "I came downstairs and I smelled bacon," Iris said.When she went to see what was going on,she saw that Michael had the task well under control. "Most boys like playing with cars and trucks,but my love was cooking"Michael writes in the cookbook."My toys were an Easy Bake Oven,play stove and pots and pans." While the mother and son said they have always loved to cook,decorate and entertain,neither expected to turn their passion for making delicious foods into a larger pursuit. The family used to live in South Tampa, Iris said.They decided to move out to Lutz several years ago after suffering some personal losses. Michael's big brother,Scott,who had epilepsy,died suddenly while he was sleeping.That happened in July 1997. "I almost had a nervous breakdown,"Iris said. Three years later,Iris'husband,Jack,suffered a stroke that left him disabled. The family decided to move to Lutz to begin making new memories,Iris said.Her mother,Lillie Pope,moved with them Ð and at 85 she was still cooking. "Shortly after we moved here,we started seeing her decline," Lillie said.In 2006, Lillie died,and while Iris knew her mother's recipes by heart,they were not written down anywhere. Friends encouraged Iris to compile the recipes in a book,and after she'd begun the project she decided to branch out and add her own recipes and some from her friends. Creating the book was a monumental task. As Iris and Michael made Lillie's dishes, they had to constantly measure ingredients that for years they'd added by a pinch or a handful.The project was pricy.Buying the ingredients to make all of the recipes was expensive. It also was time-consuming.They spent many long days prepping the ingredients, preparing the dishes and then cleaning up afterwards.Ultimately,they decided to selfpublish the book. Now the pair plans to self-publish a series of five cookbooks.Once they sell enough volumes they will recoup the money they have paid to the publishing company,Iris said. Already,they are tasting more success. They've been on radio and television programs and will be featured in a podcast out of Iowa. They recently taught a cooking class on southern cuisine at The Rolling Pin in Brandon.They demonstrated how to make fried green tomatoes,chicken and dumplings,skillet cabbage and country-fried apples.They hope the Epcot talks will open many new doors. Their next cookbook,slated to come out next year,will be called "No Place Like Home:Holiday Creations."Other books are planned on children's recipes,desserts and international foods. Sharing recipes is a source of joy,Iris said.She said she doesn't understand why some people want to keep them secret. "There was a lady at the church where we used to go and she made the most delicious pickles and the most delicious apple butter,"Iris recalled."I said,"I would love to have that recipe" "She said,ÔHoney,I don't give my recipes out to nobody,'"Iris said. Michael added:"She said,"I'm taking them to the grave with me." "And she did,"Iris said."To me,that is a waste.I would want to share Ð (so that) our recipes live on."For more information about the cookbook go to http://noplacelikehome.tatepublishing.net.ÔMaking Life Saucier'is Michele Northrup's mottoBy B.C.ManionOriginally published Sept.1Michele Northrup stands in her kitchen, dicing jalapeno peppers and cloves of garlic,and mixing them into a sauce that is simmering in a pan on her stove. She's experimenting on a new recipe for her gourmet hot sauce business called Intensity Academy.The company's name pays homage to the fact that Northrup was inspired to begin her business while in the garden at Learning Gate Community School,where she works in Lutz.The vegetable of the week that week was carrots and everyone was encouraged to come up with a new way to serve carrots,Northrup said.She concocted a gourmet hot sauce,combining the sweetness of carrots and the heat of peppers. The sauce was such a hit,Northrup decided to try her hand at creating a gourmet sauce company. Since then,her sauce line has evolved into tea-infused marinades,ketchups,dipping sauces and hot sauces.She uses organic teas as additives in her sauces. Besides concocting the sauces,she designs the labels on her bottles and does all of her marketing.The sauces are made and bottled at a bottling plant in Clearwater. Northrup's company has not gone unnoticed. She has won a slew of national and local awards.Her Chai Thai Teriyaki sauce received the Golden Chili award at the 2010 Chili Pepper Magazine competition in Fort Worth and her Chai Chipotle Chup was voted the No.1 ketchup in the nation in the 2010 Scovie Awards Fire Foods magazine competition.Most recently,she won the manufacturing category in the Tampa Bay Business Journal's 2010 Business Woman of the Year competition.Winners in various categories were announced at a black-tie gala on Aug.20.She was delighted and surprised."I didn't really think I was going to win. Some of these companies that I was up against were really big,"said Northrup,whose work force consists mostly of her three sons, her husband and her father-in-law.Northrup's sauces are sold at about 90 stores across the nation,including all of the Whole Foods stores in Florida,some Walgreens locations in Hillsborough and Pasco counties and numerous independent shops.She also sells her sauces online,promotes them vigorously through Facebook and Twitter,and markets them at the Zephyrhills Celtic Festival,San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival,the Kumquat Festival in Dade City, and at festivals and street markets in Lutz, Land O'Lakes,Tampa and St.Petersburg.Northrup also makes deliveries.She'll put out the word that she'll be out on the road and people will send her requests. Northrup is widely known in Lutz,as the former Guv'na,who still holds the record for raising the most money by a candidate seeking the honorary post.Information: www.intensityacademy.com.CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 THE LAKER / LUTZ NEWS • SPECIALYEAR-END EDITION December 29,2010 9 By B.C.ManionOriginally published Sept.8Melissa Ramacco didn't set out to become a cake pop queen. It just happened. Now,the Land O'Lakes woman who drives a van with a "Got Cake"license tag keeps busy creating her clever confections for customers of all ages. When Ramacco,the owner of Island Girl Cakes,began her business she specialized in custom-designed and decorated cakes. She got her start in the cake world before shows like Cake Boss,the Ace of Cakes and DC Cupcakes became the rage.Her foray into the field,however,was not part of any grand design.She began simply with a cake expressing a New York Yankees'theme that she made for her dad for Father's Day.The response was so positive,she decided to begin taking orders to make cakes for family and friends.As her business evolved,she became more and more immersed in all things cake Ð reading blogs,scouring the Internet for information and perfecting all sorts of techniques by following directions in how-to articles.For awhile,her elaborate cakes were fetching anywhere from $100 to $250 each on a regular basis,and even up to $500 for a really big job. But as the economy slowed,so did her orders. Patrons loved the cakes,but either couldn't or wouldn't pay for them,she said. So,she shifted to smaller cakes and matching cupcake tiers.That gave kids a chance to blow out candles and to hand out the coordinating cupcakes. Then she read about cake pops. She loved the idea.They looked fun and she wasn't aware of anyone else in the area that was making them. So,she focused her efforts making and marketing cake pops.She is totally sold on the value of social media,such as Twitter and Facebook,and relies heavily on word-ofmouth marketing. The cake pops took off and she's not looking back. "Cakes are really labor intensive.I don't think people realize how much labor goes into those cakes,"said Ramacco,noting she has no plans to return to custom cakes. Making cake pops offers plenty of opportunities for creativity,she said. They can be dipped and left to dry upright,like a traditional candy apple or can be air-dried by poking their stick into a plastic foam form. The upright technique produces a pop with a flattened bottom;the air-drying approach produces a perfectly rounded pop. The pops typically are wrapped individually,and can be presented on a tray,in a bud vase or as a bouquet. They also can be put on longer sticks with a name card attached.These can serve double duty at weddings and other events: They're a party favor and they let people know where to sit. To learn more about the business go to www.IslandGirlCakes.com or call (813) 6999866. Melissa Ramacco's Island Girl Cakes has branched out,offering her cake pops at a location in Pinellas County.She also has received mail orders from as far away as Seattle. Michele Northrup continues concocting new sauce recipes and expects to release a new sauce to the market,Chai Sweet Chili,in the spring. She's also writing a cookbook. Iris and Michael Raie are still sharing the joy of cooking.They'll appear soon at a food show in Atlanta and as guests on Ch.10. 2010 agani Michael and Iris Raie, cookbook authors who live in Lutz, will speak at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. (Photo by B.C. Manion) Melissa Ramacco shows off some of her handiwork. (Photo by B.C. Manion) Michele Northrup takes a break from stirring jalapeno peppers and garlic cloves into a gourmet sauce that she is concocting, with the intention of adding a bit more heat to a previous recipe. (Photo by B.C. Manion)What happens when a cupcake meets a lollipop? Cake pops Lutz family tastes cookbook success

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813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com THE LAKER / LUTZ NEWS  SPECIAL YEAR-END EDITION December 29, 2010 10 By Diane KortusPublisherMy favorite part of the week is Wednesday morning when I get together with my group of 15 employees to reflect on what we’re doing well and what we could be doing better. We talk about what we like best about that week’s papers and Monday-morning quarterback on how they could have been better. Reporters tell us about their stories for the next issue and the rest of us add our two bits to their ideas. We recap our sales numbers and talk about the challenges and opportunities our sales people face in this difficult economy. We go over production deadlines and how we plan to cover when someone is taking time off. Before we end with our recognition awards, we share personal and family news. We have been meeting every Wednesday for more than a year. Everyone attends, including part-time employees and student interns. We’ve learned that the best ideas often come from colleagues outside our area of expertise because they offer valuable perspectives we may have failed to consider. It is somewhat unusual for a small business like ours to be so diligent. We never cancel our weekly staff meeting and we adhere to the rules that it starts on time and is kept to an hour. I’ve talked to many business owners who have the same good intention of conducting weekly employee meetings. But they tell me their meetings often run out of momentum and wane after just a few months. So why does our staff meeting have such staying power? One reason is because we begin each week with a quote. In the course of a year these quotes have helped to define our vision of who we are as a company and what we hope to become. Everyone is encouraged to bring quotes to our meeting. Some weeks several employees bring quotes and other weeks there is just the one from me. We post our quotes on a wall that’s on the way to the restroom, so they get plenty of visibility. This wall has become thick with what I’ve come to think of as our company graffiti. As I pulled them down to select the best quotes to share with you this week, I was struck by how well they capture the beliefs and values that bind us together as colleagues and friends. Our quotes fall into three main areas of thought: -The attainment of goals is possible only if people care deeply and believe in a shared vision. -Nothing is more important than kindness and abiding by the Golden Rule. -You can only live in the present, so make the most of it. Of the 14 quotes on the facing page, three have been guiding principles as I lead this company. “Determination, energy and courage appear spontaneously when we care deeply about something. We take risks that are unimaginable in any other context.” –Margaret Wheatley “Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” –Mother Teresa “Stop a minute, right where you are. Relax your shoulders, shake your head and spin like a dog shaking off cold water. Tell that impervious voice in your head to be still.” –Barbara Kingsolver These wise words help me lead our company to produce community newspapers that make a difference. We want to connect you to your community through the stories we tell about your neighbors and the businesses who reach out with their advertisements. Some weeks it is easier to make these connections than others. It is the weeks that we struggle that I turn to these quotes to give me courage to overcome adversity, to find the kindness that surrounds me and to reflect on the peacefulness that only the present can provide.Famous quotes or company graffiti? 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CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 THE LAKER / LUTZ NEWS • SPECIALYEAR-END EDITION December 29,2010 11 "Determination, energy and courage appear spontaneously when we care deeply about something.We take risks that are unimaginable in any other context." ~ Margaret Wheatley Author,Leadership and the New Science"Stop a minute, right where you are. Relax your shoulders, shake your head and spin like a dog shaking off cold water. Tell that impervious voice in your head to be still." ~ Barbara Kingsolver Author, The Poisonwood Bible"We may have all come on different ships, but we're in the same boat now."~ Martin Luther King Jr."We must be dreamers as well as doers. The gap between what can be imagined and what can be accomplished has never been smaller. But it takes great goals to lead us out of everyday limits into accomplishing more than we ever thought we could or would." ~ Robert Cohen Business consultantBefore you speak, listen. Before you write, think. Before you spend, earn. Before you invest, investigate. Before you criticize, wait. Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give." ~ William A. Ward American author, 1921-1994"We often spend so much time coping with problems along our path that we forget why we are on that path in the first place. The result is that we only have a dim, or even inaccurate, view of what's really important to us." ~ Peter Senge Author, The Fifth Discipline“Life is available only in the present. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us to the here and the now.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh Vietnamese Zen Buddhist Monk"Don't tell people how to do things.Tell them what to do and let them surprise you with the results." ~ George S.Patton"Man can live about 40 days without food,about three days without water, about eight minutes without air,but only for one second without hope." ~ Bill Watterson Creator of Calvin and Hobbs“Every now and again look at something not made with hands – a mountain, a star, the turn of a stream. There will come to you wisdom and solace and, above all, the assurance that you are not alone in the world.” ~ Rev. Sidney Lovett Chaplain at Yale University, 1890 1979 “Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.” ~ Henry Van Dyke American author and educator, (1852-1933)"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow." ~ Albert Einstein "The most wasted of all days is one without laughter." ~ E.E. Cummings"Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless." ~ Mother Teresa

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813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com THE LAKER / LUTZ NEWS • SPECIALYEAR-END EDITION December 29,2010 12 By Shannon EdingerOriginally published Oct.18Fishing is more than just a hobby for Wayne Rogers.It is a way for him to bond with his buddy,Elvis. What makes their relationship unique? Elvis is a Great Blue Heron.Rogers,67,has lived in the area for 19 years now.Elvis first came by his Land O' Lakes house five years ago and,Rogers said,has returned every day since. Rogers'wife,Kitty,says Elvis showed up a week after their dog died."After losing my dog,I kind of took him in as a pet,"he said.Rogers is not entirely sure if Elvis is a male or female,but he named him Elvis and refers to him as a he.Elvis initially got Rogers'attention by flying around outside his back window.He also walked around and pecked on the roof to make noise. To this day,Elvis still uses these techniques to get Rogers'attention when he is hungry. "The hungrier he is,the braver he is,"Rogers said.In the winter,Elvis is more aggressive because there are fewer fish to catch than in the summer.Great Blue Herons primarily feed on small fish. Neighbors have seen Elvis walk up to Rogers'back door and patiently wait for him to come outside. When Rogers walks outside,Elvis follows him down the back walkway to the dock.There,the bird quietly stands,waiting for Rogers to catch him some fish.Once Rogers catches a fish,he will hold the fishing pole up with the fish dangling so Elvis can grab the fish off the line."I don't want to try feeding him by hand,"Rogers said."He's still a wild animal and that long bill could cut one of my fingers off."Rogers usually spends about an hour on the dock, but Elvis will remain outside until dark. "Once it's dark,he will fly off somewhere.I'm not sure where he goes,but I've always been curious about it,"Rogers said. Sometimes,Rogers will go out on his boat to go fishing and Elvis will stand on the front of the boat. "If I'm not careful,he will get into the bait well and eat all the bait,"Rogers said.Elvis has become territorial of Rogers'dock."He won't let any other birds on the dock,"Rogers said.Elvis started a fight with a hawk one time for coming too close to the dock."This is his territory." Elvis is shy around people he does not know.He keeps a safe distance when there are strangers around,but he always keeps a watchful eye on Rogers and the dock. It is uncertain why Elvis chose Rogers' home,but Rogers is certain of one thing:"He is a happy camper." This was the staff's "you've got to see it to believe it" story.Some of us weren't so sure this could be real,but writer Shannon Edinger and photographer Glenn Gefers hit the lakes and got to "meet" Elvis, proving that even the oddest tips can sometimes turn out to hold a compelling tale. 2010 agani Wayne Rogers with his buddy, Elvis, a Great Blue Heron who stays by his side while he fishes. They have grown closer since Wayne lost his dog a few years ago. (Photos by Glenn Gefers of www.photosby3g.com)Elvis the Heron finds a friend 1-888-206-0054 or go to www. FloridaCancerInstitute-NewHope.comCall today for an immediate appointment and treatment plan. Youdeservethe latest treatment optionsIn a community settingƒclose to home. Our patients receive the bene “ t of the most advanced cancer treatments and technologies.At Florida Cancer Institute … New Hope, we participate in clinical trials directly through pharmaceutical companies and our a liation with one of the nations cancer health care networks, US Oncology. If you or your loved one has been diagnosed with cancer we believe that you deserve an immediate consultation from our team of specialists, with treatment beginning in a timely manner. BROOKSVILLE € HUDSON € INVERNESS € NEW PORT RICHEY € SPRING HILL € THE VILLAGES € ZEPHYRHILLS Our physicians and sta have the background, training and experience needed to bring patients in our community the latest in cancer treatment CALL FOR A FREE CONSULTATION CALLFORAFREECONSULTATION CALL FOR A FREE CONSULTATION CALLFORAFREECONSULTATION Christina M. Martin, DDS, MSORTHODONTICSChildren & Adults www.christinamartindds.com2234 Native Woods Lane • Wesley Chapel, FL 33543 813.929.6700BEHIND SAM'S CLUB TITLE LOANS Use your title to GET CASHyou need today • Cars • Trucks • ATV's • RV's • Boats no credit check cash today Call: 813-788-1366

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813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com THE LAKER / LUTZ NEWS • SPECIALYEAR-END EDITION December 29,2010 14 By B.C.ManionOriginally published Aug.25It's Day 1 of the 2010-11 school year,and Principal Dave Estabrook wants to make sure it gets off to a smooth start. "It's a big day for setting the tone for the year,"said Estabrook,as he greets students filing into Charles S.Rushe Middle School in Land O'Lakes. As students pass by,some say hello to the principal,others stop to ask him questions. One girl tells him,"Nice tie,Mr.Estabrook." Opening day is always special for educators,but this one in particular,has even more meaning for Estabrook:It will be the last time he rings in a new school year as a Pasco County educator. Estabrook is set to retire in midDecember from his 35-year career in the county's public schools. He chose a mid-year departure to try to ease the transition,he said. But nothing will make his departure easy,said Lorraine Majowicz,registrar and class sub coordinator. "I'm really sad that he's going to retire. We're all going to cry,''she said.Estabrook treats others with respect,is an excellent listener,is fair-minded and is compassionate with his staff when they have family issues, she said. He is able to see the big picture,while still responding to individual needs,said Assistant Principal Ron Michalak. "I'm going to miss his strength and his wisdom,"Michalak said. "He's an icon in the community," Michalak continued,which gives Estabrook great credibility among parents and staff. "The trust is there." Estabrook inspires loyalty because he sincerely wants to help other people grow,said Vicky Hill,a reading teacher. "He's always trying to find everybody opportunities to advance,to try to do something new,"Hill said. "You can't even imagine how many people respect him and really enjoy working for him and with him,"Majowicz added. When Estabrook was tapped to open Rushe Middle three years ago,lots of teachers and staff from Pine View Middle Ð his previous school Ð followed him. "That says a lot,"said Mindy Turba,president of the Parent Teacher Student Association,who also knew Estabrook at Pine View. "He's very accessible,"Turba said."He will make time for people.He will listen." He's cordial,but no pushover,she added. "We know how far we can push.If he's against it,he's not going to sugarcoat it," Turba said. Being able to communicate is perhaps the most important aspect of a principal's job,Estabrook said. The days of a school leader are filled with communications Ð with administrators, teachers,instructional assistants,custodians, cafeteria workers,office staff,parents,students and virtually everyone else on the school campus,he said. On top of all that,there's a need to reach out to the community,said Estabrook,who has mastered that as an active board member and former president of the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce. "We're here for the curriculum,the instruction,the teaching and the learning,No. 1 Ð but that still involves tactful communication,in order to get the job done,"he said. The principal is adept at reaching kids, said Majowicz,who used to be directly involved with school discipline cases. When dealing with students who were in trouble,Estabrook was firm,she said.But he also is skilled at building rapport with students Ð talking to them to find out about their interests and strengths. 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CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 THE LAKER / LUTZ NEWS • SPECIALYEAR-END EDITION December 29,2010 15 By Suzanne SchmidtOriginally published July 28An injured war veteran living in Wesley Chapel needs the community's help to stay in his home. Alex Altenhoff,co-owner of Weck's,said from the moment he met Pequeno he knew he wanted to help him. "We wanted it to be a nice backyard shindig where whole families can come and eat together,"Altenhoff said."This is not about whether you are proor anti-war.Jose made his decision to fight for America and he needs support." Altenhoff said he was inspired by the strength and determination he sees in Marine Staff Sgt.Jose Pequeno,36.It has been more than four years since he returned to the states after that fateful day in Iraq when a grenade was thrown into the Humvee he was riding in.He suffered a severe brain injury along with a number of other injuries.Since then he has had 21 surgeries and spent a total of 34 months in the hospital.The day his mother,Nellie Bagley,received the call he was injured is one she will never forget.It was March 1,2006 when her whole life turned upside down. "They told me that my son had been in an accident,but they wouldn't give me details,"Nellie Bagley said."When that happens,you imagine the worst.When you get a call like that you lose a piece of yourself.That phone call is always in the back of my mind.They said they didn't think he was going to make it." Pequeno either damaged or lost 50 percent of his brain on the left side.Bagley and her daughter Elizabeth Bagley traveled to the Navy National Medical Center in Maryland to see him as soon as he got back to the states. "When we were allowed to see him,we took our gloves off and touched his shoulder in the only place we could,"Nellie Bagley said."We looked at him and told him that we care for him and that if he wanted to let go he can.We said if he wants to stay and fight that we will be there for him.We told him he will never be alone." His mother and sister have kept that promise by taking care of him everyday since he cannot take care of himself and he still cannot speak.Up until the last year and a half,they stayed with him while he was in and out of several hospitals.Since December 2008,they have been living with him in a home in Wesley Chapel.Now it is time to buy the house they have been renting,but they do not have the money."I started looking for a rental house that would allow me to fix the bathrooms and install ramps and widen the doors,"Nellie Bagley said."The goal was to get him into a house and out of the hospital so he could get better.I found someone who would let me rent the home and we had all of the modifications done but I had to sign a contract stating I would buy the house in a year."Heroes to Hometown with The American Legion did all of the $60,000 worth of modifications to the home but now the family is struggling to be able to buy it. "Over a year has gone by and we haven't had any success in raising money for the house,"Nellie Bagley said."Being out of the hospital is the best thing for him.No medication can replace the love and attention of a family around him.If we get the house secured that would be one big weight off my shoulders.We have to keep the house,because Jose has to stay out of the hospital. The difference in him since he has been out is unbelievable." Elizabeth Bagler said her brother knows what's happening around him. "We are typical brother and sister,"Bagley said."I will give him a hard time about the outfit he is wearing and he will make a growling noise or make a face as if he is retorting.It may take time but I have no doubt in my mind one day he will communicate with us down the line." He has been improving thanks to the physical,speech,occupational and pool therapy he has been doing five days a week and to the love and support of his family. For more information or to donate,call (813) 948-1615 or visit www.wecksamericangrill.com. Former Marine Jose Pequeno,who suffered serious injuries while serving,is now almost $80,000 closer to owning his home due to a fundraiser held by a local restaurateur. Weck's American Grill owner Alex Altenhoff hosted The Meet Jose silent auction and,despite torrential downpours of rain,managed to gather 500 people for a successful night.Though Altenhoff's original goal was $10,000,the auction attendees exceeded his expectations and raised $27,000,plus another $50,000 donated by the Semper Fi Fund. According to Altenhoff, Penqueno's home is around $250,000,so there is still a little way to go. 2010 agani Marine Staff Sgt. Jose Pequeno with his mom Nellie Bagley and Alex Altenhoff, co-owner of Weck's American Grill. (Photo by Suzanne Schmidt)Lutz restaurant benefit to help injured Marine keep home ACADEMY AT THE LAKES 2331 Collier Parkway Land OLakes, FL 34639 PreK3 Grade 12 Whats your dream? 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CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 THE LAKER / LUTZ NEWS • SPECIALYEAR-END EDITION December 29,2010 17 Zephyrhills High School's roots date back 100 yearsBy B.C.ManionOriginally published Oct.20When students and alumni of Zephyrhills High celebrate homecoming this week Ð they will be marking 100 years of public education in a place that prides itself on strong ties between the community and its schools. The homecoming game and its festivities,dubbed "A celebration of the generations,"promise to offer opportunities not only for current faculty and students at Zephyrhills High but also for decades of alumni and former school staff to create new memories and demonstrate school pride. The roots of today's Zephyrhills High go back a century,when small nearby schools closed and a new school opened in 1910 to accommodate children in grades one through 11. Madonna Jervis Wise has chronicled the city's history in "Images of America, Zephyrhills"published by Arcadia Publishing.She also gathered memories about the school in "Zephyrhills Ð An Anthology of its History Through Education." In "Images of America,Zephyrhills,"Wise described the first public school in the city: "It had four rooms on the first floor with a wide hall and stairway leading to the second floor." That structure was built behind the present-day Clock restaurant,Wise said,during a recent interview with Wise,Ron Cherry, Clereen Morrill Brunty and Caroline Marlette,all members of the ZHS 100 Centennial Committee. As homecoming festivities kick into high gear,many alumni will be sharing fond memories of the good old days at Zephyrhills High. While it began as a school for students in grades one through 11,the school went through many changes over the years. The original two-story wooden school burned down and was replaced by a twostory stucco school.That school also had a fire,which caused extensive damage and forced students to be split up and taught at a bakery,a hotel, a grocery store,City Hall and a schoolhouse annex until repairs were completed through the Works Progress Administration. Wise marvels at how the city banded together to make sure students had places to learn while awaiting the revamped school. "Can you imagine a city Ð all those businesses Ñ to show that kind of love and support?"Wise asked. The school moved to its current location in 1975,with the former high school building becoming Stewart Middle School. Ron Cherry has spent the better portion of his life walking the corridors of Zephyrhills schools.He spent a combined total of more than 48 years as a teacher,student and assistant principal. He recalls when Pasco County had just three high schools,and those attending Zephyrhills High came from an area roughly bounded by Greer Hill and the Pasco County line,the Cypress Creek area and the Polk County line. Cherry played on the high school's basketball team during its glory days.He recalls basking in the glow of the community's love when he and his teammates won the state championship in 1964. As the team was heading back home,it was greeted by sheriff's deputies at the county line and given an escort into the city where nearly half of the town was there to celebrate. "We thought we were heroes,"Cherry said. Cherry also remembers the introduction of technology into Zephyrhills High.The mathematics teachers were ecstatic when they learned they were getting a half-dozen calculators made by Texas Instruments,he said. But the school quickly became a leader in technology,said Caroline Marlette,bragging how Zephyrhills High was the first school in Pasco County to have its own computer network. Clereen Brunty,of the school's alumni association,said thousands of people have attended Zephyrhills High through the years.She said there's roughly 11,000 names of alumni in a database and she's still looking for more. Brunty is excited about the upcoming festivities,where old friends,classmates and faculty members will have a chance to mingle and share memories. Unlike many homecoming dances, which are exclusively for current students, Zephyrhills High will have two dances this year. The students'dance will be in the school's activity center,while the ZHS 100 Social and Dance will be in the school's commons area. A photographer will be on hand,too,to capture the event in photos. 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football coach Sam Sirianni,"said Seth Polansky,FHSAA spokesperson."Permuy and the others are all very deserving new members of the hall of fame." Permuy,67,was born in Ybor City and grew up playing baseball,football and many other sports.After a short career in the minor leagues was cut short because of knee problems, he took over as the skipper at Leto High School for the 1971-72 school year. "We won our district my first year at Leto and I'm proud of that,"Permuy said. He then coached at the University of Tampa for four years before moving to Tampa Catholic High School.He guided the Crusaders to the 1982 Class 3A state championship.Permuy took the coaching job at Gaither when the school opened in 1984.He was a physical education teacher for most of that time,but retired from teaching three years ago."Now I just coach and it's a little different,"Permuy said."Before I could deal with problems as soon as they happen.Now I wait until I come in and get my mail to hear if there are any problems." The Cowboys have won eight district titles under Permuy,who was also named the 2007 National Federation of State High School Association's coach of the year. Gaither's best finish under Permuy was the 2005 6A state runner-up.He has won more than 500 games during his high school coaching career. "We went 2-20 my first season at Gaither and that's the only losing season I've had here,"Permuy said."The next year we won the district,so we got things going in the right direction fast. "I want to keep coaching because I think I can contribute and help the kids,"he continued."Although my wife (Danae) might tear the uniform off me before I'm ready. She thought it was time years ago." During his career at Gaither,Permuy has coached several players who were drafted by Major League Baseball franchises.Of those,Kevin Cash,who played last season for the New York Yankees,and Chad Zerbe, who played four years for the San Francisco Giants,reached the big leagues.CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 THE LAKER / LUTZ NEWS • SPECIALYEAR-END EDITION December 29,2010 19 By Kyle LoJaconoOriginally published Aug.25For years,Gaither High's football stadium has been known as Death Valley,but this season the field will have a name for the first time Ñ Ron Allen Field. Allen was Gaither's first principal when the school opened in 1984.He came to the school after being the principal at Chamberlain High. "I wasn't expecting it and I'm very humbled to have such an honor,"said Allen,who has lived in Lutz for the last 32 years."I've spent a lot of time as an administrator in Hillsborough County and I will always remember the time I spent at Gaither." Gaither's current principal was a student there when Allen led the school. "Mr.Allen is an important part of our local community in northwest Hillsborough County,"said current Gaither principal Marie Whelan,who is Gaither's fourth principal. "Mr.Allen was my principal when I was a student at Gaither,so this is even more special for me." One current teacher at Gaither has even more history with Allen. "Mr.Allen hired me in 1978 to teach and coach at Chamberlain High School,"science teacher Karen Haag wrote in a letter to the Hillsborough County School Board."He was a tremendous principal and an amazing leader of a severely overcrowded school. "I transferred to Gaither in 1984 not only to work at a new school,but because I could not imagine going to work with anyone else at the helm,"Haag continued. Whelan,Haag and other Gaither employees and current students,such as student senate president Shelby Masuck,wrote letters to the school board requesting the field be named after him.The board approved the motion Aug.10. School board chairwoman Susan Valdes said the board saw how obvious the Gaither community supported the motion and was happy to honor Allen.The school will officially honor Allen at a home football game this season. Allen said he remembers the first day of school at Gaither.He said there was no intercom or bell system,so faculty had to use bullhorns in the halls to let people know to move to the next class. "We opened the school on time and had very few problems,"Allen said."We had more than 2,000 students that first day and things went smoothly." Allen also recalls how the school got its mascot Ñ the Cowboys.Before the first day of class in 1984 he got 30 incoming students to discuss what would be a good name.They decided on the Cowboys because it was then very rural in north Hillsborough and no other county school had a similar mascot. "He loved this school,"Whelan said."He would wear a huge cowboy hat and cowboy boots and ride onto the field on a horse (Spirit) during football games.He was the original Gaither Cowboy." Allen left Gaither in 1993 to become an administrator for Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA).Allen's wife Nancy said it was very hard to leave Gaither because they both love the school very much.He retired from FHSAA in 2003 and was inducted into the organization's hall of fame the next year. Besides his position with FHSAA,Allen was also a high school track and field,football and basketball coach.He also received the 2003 Honor,Courage and Commitment Award from the U.S.Marines,a partner of FHSAA. Allen and Nancy will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary next month. By Kyle LoJaconoOriginally published March 10During the 26-year history of Gaither High School,only one man has managed the Cowboy's baseball team.Now Frank Permuy will live forever as a hall of famer. Permuy was named to the Florida High School Athletic Association's (FHSAA) Hall of Fame Feb.25. "When the FHSAA called me I was actually worried because they usually will only call if you've broken some rule,"Permuy said jokingly."When they told me I was named to the hall I was very surprised and extremely honored.There are so many great coaches in the FHSAA Hall of Fame and it's a pleasure to be among them." It is the second hall of fame the coach has been inducted into.The first is the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame,which he was named to last year. "The FACA is for coaches only,so this one is even a little more prestigious you could say," Permuy said."The FHSAA has officials,student-athletes and other athletic personnel along with coaches." The 2010 class is the 18th group named to the FHSAA hall.The group will be officially inducted at a ceremony April 25 in Gainesville. "Frank Permuy will join official Clement Brooks,former swimmer Andrew Coan, baseball coach Pat McQuaid,writer Larry Blustein,former football coach Harry Jacobs,the late baseball coach Guy Garrett, official Joseph Rider and the late formerNew Gaither field name honors ÔOriginal Cowboy' Gaither's first principal Ron Allen looks at the plans for the school before it was built in 1984. (Photo courtesy of Allen) Ron Allen is still living with his wife Nancy in their Lutz home.Gaither High officially renamed the field after Allen at the Cowboys home football game Oct.24.Gaither defeated Freedom High in the contest 17-10. 2010 agani Frank Permuy is devoting his life to teaching area children baseball.He is currently getting his Cowboys ready for the 2011 season.Several of his former players are doing the same as coaches for other area teams. 2010 agani Hall of fame calls for Gaither coach Frank Permuy Frank Permuy Gentle Dentistrywith a Woman's Touch Sandra Aljure-Estrada, DDS LAND O'LAKESDENTAL CARE813-949-742421533 VILLAGELAKESSHOPPINGCENTERDRIVEOn Hwy 54, just 1 block east of Hwy 41Keep a bright white smileFAMILY & COSMETIC DENTISTRY KIND AND CARING STAFF IN-HOUSE FINANCING Se Habla Espa–olExamD0150 •XraysD0210 •ConsultationD9310 NEWPATIENTSPECIAL only $45 a $257 valueRestrictions may apply* PLUS a FREE Whitening Kit (Includes pre-anesthetic exam,anesthesia,pain & antibiotic pre-medication) Dogs & cats must be healthy and current on vaccines & at least 3 months old but not more than 5 years old.Dogs should be at least 5 lbs.,Cats,3 lbs. 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THE LAKER / LUTZ NEWS  SPECIAL YEAR-END EDITION December 29, 2010 20 CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800THE LAKER / LUTZ NEWS  SPECIAL YEAR-END EDITION December 29, 2010 21 GIRLS —Ellen Crowley, Jr., Academy at the Lakes. Leader of the team that won the first district championship in school history. —Hana Lee, Fr., Wesley Chapel. Only a freshman, but was the No. 1 golfer on the squad and shot an 86 to qualify for regionals as an individual. —Kellianne May, Jr., Pasco. Shot a 79 in districts, helping the Pirates earn runner-up in Class 1A, District 8. She followed up with a 79 in regionals, good enough for third place. —Alex Milan, Sr., Steinbrenner. Won her fourth straight individual district championship. —Lauren Riehle, Jr., Saddlebrook Prep. Won her second straight individual district championship despite being the only member on the team.Coach of the Year: Mark Mann, Steinbrenner. Mann became the Warriors coach when the school opened last year. Most of his new players at Steinbrenner came over with him from Sickles and he has helped turn the second-year school into a girls golf contender. His team will likely return four players who competed in this year’s Class 1A state tournament and the squad will likely be a factor for years. FALL TEAMS FALL TEAMS The Laker and the Lutz News has named its inaugural All-Laker/All-Lutz News teams for the 2010 fall high school athletic seasons. Members of the team were selected based on their skill, value to their team, final statistics and head-to-head matchups. Teams in the coverage area include Academy at the Lakes, Carrollwood Day, Freedom, Gaither, Land O Lakes, Pasco, Saddlebrook Prep, Steinbrenner, Sunlake, Wesley Chapel, Wiregrass Ranch, Zephyrhills and Zephyrhills Christian. Only sports sanctioned by the Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) are eligible for the team, not recognized sports. Sports Editor Kyle LoJacono selected the team. All stats were as recorded to Maxpreps.com by coaches and all playoff performances are as recorded by the FHSAA. 2010 agani AllLaker AllLutz News AllLaker AllLutz NewsFIRST TEAM —Libero: Cary Ann Bame, Jr., Steinbrenner. Led the Warriors with 217 digs while adding 43 aces and helped the squad win its second district title and first regional match. —Middle hitter: Chelsea Violenes, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch. Her 1.5 blocks per game was 11th most in the state. Had 138 blocks, a team-high 152 kills and 103 digs. —Middle hitter: Nicole Woodard, Sr., Land O’ Lakes. Her 136 blocks was tied for third most in Florida. She also added 186 kills and 20 aces. —Outside hitter: Morgan Crescent, Sr., Land O’ Lakes. Named the Sunshine Athletic Conference East Co-Player of the Year after putting down a teamhigh 221 kills and adding 97 aces. —Outside hitter: Natalia Ortiz, Sr., Steinbrenner. The co-captain put down 84 kills while adding a team-high 31 blocks. —Outside hitter: Teresa Della Penna, Jr., Land O’ Lakes. Played both outside hitter and setter this year and led the Gators with 284 assists and 112 aces while adding 208 kills. —Setter: Erin McMurtry, Sr., Steinbrenner. Along with her 613 assists, she had 79 digs, 70 aces, 37 kills and 17 blocks. SECOND TEAM —Libero: Helen Marte, Sr., Land O’ Lakes. Finished the year with 371 digs and also contributed 19 aces. —Middle hitter: Megan Moyer, Sr., Steinbrenner. Led the Warriors with 128 kills and contributed 25 aces and 22 blocks. —Middle hitter: Tori Quaglia, Jr., Wiregrass Ranch. Led the Bulls with 83 blocks and also added 135 kills and 41 digs. —Outside hitter: Kaylee Gaskin, Sr., Zephyrhills. After losing three key starters to graduation, Gaskin stepped up and was the frontline leader for the Bulldogs. —Outside hitter: Ashley Wilson, Fr., Freedom. Led the Patriots with 295 kills and chipped in 205 digs and 25 aces. —Setter: Kelly Schaller, Fr., Freedom. Racked up 645 assists and a team-high 82 aces. Also had 97 digs, 39 kills and 18 blocks. Coach of the Year: Laurie Fitzpatrick, Land O’ Lakes. The first-year coach came in and made a mark on the program quickly. The Gators were 11-9 last season, but improved to 19-4 this year. Land O’ Lakes was knocked out of the district semifinals in a four-set match against Hernando, but were headed in the right direction. Given a few more years she will likely end the Gators 21-year district tournament drought. GIRLS —Nicholette Clark, Sr., Zephyrhills. Qualified for states in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 2:00 and won the race in districts in 2:01.—Lindsay Gorgen, Sr., Zephyrhills. Won the 100-yard freestyle in districts with a time of 56.71 seconds. —Megan Huynh, Sr., Sunlake. Won the 50-yard freestyle race in districts with a time of 27.44 seconds. —Rebecca Pindral, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch. Came in sixth in the state in the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 1:07.—Makayla Strickland, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch. Key member of the Bulls 200-yard freestyle relay team that took first in districts in 1:49.Coach of the Year: Jennifer Ordetx, Steinbrenner. Despite coaching a program in its second year, Ordetx took several swimmers to regionals. She was only the girls coach in name, but did everything she could to help the boys as well. Given a couple more years Ordetx will likely add some banners in the Warriors gym. BOYS —Alex Hill, Sr., Wesley Chapel. Came in second overall in the Class 2A state diving finals with 17 points. —Nick Keach, Sr., Sunlake. Finished second in districts with in the 100-yard freestyle in 50.05 seconds and part of the 200 freestyle relay team that finished second in the event. —Matt Menendez, Fr., Wiregrass Ranch. Placed second in the 100-yard butterfly event in districts with a time of 59.32 seconds. Also came in third in 200-yard free in 1:54. —Giorgi Meyer, Jr., Steinbrenner. Took first place in diving in the Class 1A, District 7 and followed that up by finishing third in regionals. —Kyle Shaffer, Sr., Sunlake. Won the 200yard individual medley in districts with a time of 2:11 and part of the 200 freestyle relay team that finished second in the event. Coach of the Year: Tanner Schmitz, Wiregrass Ranch. Schmitz had never coached swimming before this season, but he handled the Bulls team like a seasoned professional. He played and coached football and brought a new level of work and commitment to the boys and girls squads’ practices this year. GIRLS —Lauren Garris, So., Steinbrenner. Finished seventh in the regional event with a time of 20:24. —Ariel Grey, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch. Came in 12th place individually in regionals with a time of 19:20. —Evyn Moon, Fr., Steinbrenner. Her 20th place finish helped the program advance to their first state tournament. —Nikita Shah, So., Wiregrass Ranch. Helped lead the Bulls to conference, district and regional championships. —Nicole Solmonson, Jr., Zephyrhills. Made it to the regional tournament as an individual this year.Coach of the Year: Don Howard, Wiregrass Ranch. Howard led the Bulls to conference, district and regional titles this year, but also showed his leadership in rallying the team behind a fallen teammate. Lexi Ulrich would have been a junior on the team, but was killed with her family in a plane crash earlier in the year. He and the team dedicated the season to her. BOYS —Kenneth Fessel, Jr., Sunlake. Was the only member of the Seahawks to advance to states with a time of 16:12 in regionals, good enough for fifth place. —Hendrix Lafontant, Sr., Land O’ Lakes. No. 1 runner on the Gators team that ended up second in both districts and regionals. —Alex Newby, Sr., Steinbrenner. No. 1 runner on the Steinbrenner team that won its district and finished second in Class 2A state event.—Anthony Plourde, Sr., Pasco. Qualified for states individually and came in 35th place with a time of 16:49. —Joshua Reilly, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch. Finished third individually in regionals with a time of 16:08. Coach of the Year: Bobby McConnell. McConnell came to Steinbrenner from Gaither and won a district title in his first campaign. Even more surprising, the Warriors leader got the squad in good enough shape to finish second in the Class 2A state finals. Things look good as Steinbrenner races into the future. OFFENSIVE FIRST TEAM —Quarterback: Stephen Weatherford, Sr., Land O’ Lakes. Led Pasco County with 2,136 passing yards and 30 touchdowns while adding another eight rushing scores. —Running back: David Emmanuel, So., Pasco. Racked up 1,046 rushing yards on 145 carries and 16 scores. —Running back: Josh Roberts, Jr., Zephyrhills Christian. Was the leading rusher and scorer on a Warriors team that won the six-man football championship. —Wide receiver: Trey Dudley-Giles, Jr., Pasco. Led the Pirates with nine receiving touchdowns while adding 547 yards on 24 catches. —Wide receiver: Will Irwin, Sr., Land O’ Lakes. Brought in 18 touchdowns and 46 catches for 1,018 receiving yards. —Tight end: Jason Tello, Sr., Land O’ Lakes. Was the underneath threat for the Gators, catching 58 passes for 846 yards and five scores. —Offensive line: Sunlake. The unit includes junior right tackle Nate McCoole, junior right guard Matt Sanders, senior center Josh Nobles, junior left guard Randy Silverwood and junior left tackle Canon Clark. The big five helped the Seahawks win a program record eight games. OFFENSIVE SECOND TEAM —Quarterback: Jacob Guy, Jr., Pasco. Completed 106 passes for 2,014 yards and 27 touchdowns while guiding the Pirates to the regional semifinals. —Running back: Rashaud Daniels, Jr., Sunlake. Gained 543 yards on 78 carries and found the end zone 11 times. —Running back: Nick Lomba, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch. Had 670 yards on 71 carries and 11 touchdowns in helping the Bulls win their first district championship.—Wide receiver: Mike Clower, Sr., Pasco. Had a team-high 658 receiving yards on 23 catches, including eight for touchdowns.—Wide receiver: Robert Lohnes, Sr., Freedom. Probably the fastest player on the All-Laker team, racked up 596 yards on 37 catches and five touchdowns. —Tight end: Kent Taylor, Jr., Land O’ Lakes. Was second on the Gators with nine receiving touchdowns and added 571 yards on 35 catches. —Offensive line: Carrollwood Day. The unit includes junior right tackle Chance Furman, sophomore right guard Collin DeBossier, sophomore center Jarrod Smith, sophomore left guard Adam Morsel and senior left tackle Mak Djulbegovic. OFFENSIVE HONORABLE MENTION —Quarterback: Jacob Jackson, Sr., Sunlake. Stepped up as a passer this season, throwing for 1,258 yards on 82 completions and 18 touchdowns while adding a team-high 1,058 rushing yards on 138 carries and another 12 scores. —Running back: Robert Davis, So., Carrollwood Day. Ran for 1,523 yards on 124 carries and 15 touchdowns. —Running back: Janarion Grant, So. Pasco. Picked up five touchdowns and 434 rushing yards on 41 carries and added another seven receiving scores. —Wide receiver: Tobi Antigha, Sr., Steinbrenner. Most reliable target on the Warriors team that finished 5-5 after not winning a varsity contest the year before. —Offensive line: Wiregrass Ranch. The unit had six players who rotated as starters, including senior tackle Noah Ravenna, junior tackle Justin Scamardo, junior tackle Jacob Sniezyk, senior guard Frankie Walther, senior guard Jared Cameli and junior center Travis Whiddon. DEFENSIVE FIRST TEAM —Linebacker: Jackson Cannon, Jr., Land O’ Lakes. Led the Gators with 123 tackles and 15.5 sacks.—Linebacker: Josh Scarberry, Jr., Gaither. Led the Cowboys with 75 tackles, nine sacks and three forced fumbles. —Linebacker: Shadow Williams, Jr., Land O’ Lakes. Had 121 tackles, 11 sacks and three forced fumbles. —Defensive line: Chadd Hannah, Sr., Gaither. Had 48 tackles and seven sacks this year and has several scholarship offers from Division I schools.—Defensive line: Mark Landry, Sr., Pasco. Recorded 61 tackles coming off the end with seven sacks.—Defensive line: Spencer Michelson, Sr., Land O’ Lakes. The team captain moved to the line to help the team and still had 82 tackles and 9.5 sacks. —Defensive line: Nick Wilson, Jr., Pasco. On a Pirates team that put constant pressure on opposing quarterbacks, he led Pasco with 9.5 sacks. —Defensive back: Tyler McCollum, Jr., Gaither. His five interceptions and three passes defensed made quarterbacks throw to the check down option. —Defensive back: Max Pautler, Jr., Gaither. Pautler had four interceptions, but could easily have had many more if opposing quarterbacks threw his way. —Defensive back: Eddie Burgos, So., Sunlake. Had four interceptions and 13 passes defensed. —Defensive back: Justin Tello, Sr., Land O’ Lakes. Came up with five interceptions and 45 tackles. DEFENSIVE SECOND TEAM —Linebacker: Alex Bombino, Sr., Steinbrenner. Was the heart and soul of the Warriors defense, making big plays and not allowing any teammates to quit. —Linebacker: Jack Fisher, Sr., Wesley Chapel. Recorded 120 tackles, 50 more than any other Wildcat. —Linebacker: Dale Smith Jr., Zephyrhills Christian. Was the leader of the state championship team despite taking a year off from the sport the previous year. —Defensive line: Craig King, Sr., Sunlake. Led the Seahawks with seven sacks and added 42 tackles. —Defensive line: Frank “Duke” Morrison, Sr., Zephyrhills. Probably the most respected by his teammates, Morrison’s leadership was evident in practice and games. —Defensive line: Noah Ravenna, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch. Recorded 31 tackles and two sacks while drawing double teams all year. —Defensive line: Angel Alvarez, Sr., Gaither. Had 36 tackles and was named to the All-Western Conference Football American Division first-team. —Defensive back: John Ayers, Sr., Wesley Chapel. The safety came up with four interceptions and 70 tackles.—Defensive back: Chris Reaves, Sr., Zephyrhills. Reaves’ play in the secondary was one of the bright spots for the Bulldogs.—Defensive back: Wesley Moore, Jr., Land O’ Lakes. Led the Gators with seven interceptions while adding two sacks and 92 tackles. —Defensive back: Raymond Powell, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch. Led the Bulls with four interceptions and added 48 tackles. DEFENSIVE HONORABLE MENTION —Linebacker: Levon Brookins, Jr., Gaither. Brookins had 71 tackles and forced a fumble. —Linebacker: Keith Lewis, Sr., Freedom. Lewis had some injuries this season, but managed 104 tackles and three sacks.—Defensive line: Max Osnos, Jr., Academy at the Lakes. Osnos played at many positions, but made the biggest difference up front.—Defensive back: Dillon Floyd, Jr., Carrollwood Day. Had a team-high six interceptions while adding six passes defensed and 35 tackles. —Defensive back: Jordan Michelson, So., Land O’ Lakes. Picked off two passes, but had 15 passes defensed to lead all defensive backs on the All-Laker team. SPECIAL TEAMS —Kicker: Adrian Krupka, Sr., Sunlake. Had 32 touchbacks out of 63 kickoffs and 40 made extra points. —Punter: Jacob Guy, Jr., Pasco. Along with running the Pirates high powered offense, Guy averaged more than 40 yards a punt. —Returner: Robert Lohnes, Sr., Freedom. Averaged 12 yards a punt return and 33 yards per kick return. GOLFVOLLEYBALLSWIMMINGCROSSCOUNTRY Offensive Player of the Year: Stephen Weatherford. Despite missing the Gators last two games for undisclosed reasons, Weatherford’s 30 passing touchdowns was still tied for third most of any quarterback in Florida. His 237.3 passing yards per game was also the eighth most in the state. He added a team-high 476 rushing yards and eight touchdowns on 62 carries and brought in one catch for five yards and another score. Coach of the Year: Bill Browning, Sunlake. In the program’s fourth season, Browning guided the team to an 8-2 record, the first winning season in program history. The competition in Class 3A, District 7 was so tough that the Seahawks just missed the playoffs, but the growth in the program is evident. FOOTBALLBOYS —Jacob Fleck, Sr., Wesley Chapel. No. 1 golfer on the first Wesley Chapel boys team to reach the state tournament in program history. —Jon Kopsell, Sr., Land O’ Lakes. Was the individual runner-up in districts and helped the Gators reach the regional tournament. —Dylan Larson, Sr., Wiregrass Ranch. Leader of the first boys Bulls team to win a district championship in program history and was also the individual champion. —Brandon Mumaw, Sr., Wesley Chapel. Four-year member of the Wildcats team and finished as the individual runner-up in districts with a 76.—Jimmy Stranger, So., Gaither. His 77 was tied for the lowest in districts and helped the Cowboys finish as the runner-up in the event.Coach of the Year: Alan Black, Wesley Chapel. Black has been the only boys golf coach at Wesley Chapel since it opened in 1999 after coaching at both Pasco and Land O’ Lakes and he saved his best team for his last year. While he had taken individuals to states before, including Cameron Knight who won the 2004 Class 2A state title, this was the first time he had taken a team to the event. THE BEST PLAYERS OF 2010 SELECTED BY SPORTS EDITOR KYLE LOJACONO Defensive Player of the Year: Josh Scarberry. The Gaither defense was the squad’s strength and Scarberry was the leader of that unit. He shined with both his play on the field, but also because of his leadership. Opposing coaches spoke of how he never takes a play off. Runner of the Year:Alex Newby, Steinbrenner. Newby went out with a bang this year, helping the Warriors program win its first district title in surprising fashion. After taking first in Class 2A, District 5, Steinbrenner came in second in the state event. Newby posted a time of 16:26, good enough for 15th fastest in the state. Runner of the Year: Nikita Shah, Wiregrass Ranch. Despite being only a sophomore, Shah became the Bulls No. 1 runner this season. Her times helped Wiregrass Ranch win the Sunshine Athletic Conference, the Class 3A-3 district and 3A-2 regional championships. She ran the 10th fastest time in regionals, finishing in 19:51. She has plenty of time to get even faster. Player of the Year: Alex Milan, Steinbrenner. Milan brought home her fourth straight district tournament and competed in states for the third consecutive season, but for the first time, her team came with her. Milan was the leader of the first Warriors team to reach states and was like a second coach for the squad. She has already signed her letter of intent to play at Florida State University next year. Player of the Year: Jacob Fleck, Wesley Chapel. Besides being the No. 1 golfer of the first team in program history to reach the state tournament, Fleck won the individual Sunshine Athletic Conference tournament. His 78 was good enough for third lowest in districts and followed that up by winning the individual crown in regionals with a 70. Player of the Year: Erin McMurtry, Steinbrenner. McMurtry had not played setter since middle school but had to relearn the position this summer to fill a team need. She did not miss a beat and helped guide the Warriors to their second straight district championship and first regional tournament win. McMurtry was also a co-captain and was a leader on and off the court. Swimmer/Diver of the Year: Rebecca Pindral, Wiregrass Ranch. Besides being a part of the Wiregrass Ranch 200-yard freestyle relay team that took first in districts, Pindral also won the 100 backstroke. Pindral has been on the team for four years and was also a leader of the team that started to make a name for itself in the school’s fifth year. Swimmer/Diver of the Year: Alex Hill, Wesley Chapel. Coming in first in diving in the Class 2A, District 5 tournament was just the beginning for Hill. He followed that up by placing second in regionals and matched that finish in states. Unfortunately for the Wildcat senior, he was runner-up to Cole Maffeo in both events, but made his mark on state diving in his last year.

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813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com THE LAKER / LUTZ NEWS • SPECIALYEAR-END EDITION December 29,2010 22 Earl Ball ties record for national championshipsBy Kyle LoJaconoOriginally published Sept.22When it comes to shuffleboard national championships,no one has more than Zephyrhills resident Earl Ball. Ball,66,won two of the three titles at the Eastern National Shuffleboard Championship in Hendersonville,N.C., bringing his total title count to 15.That ties him with Lary Faris,who has retired from the game. "It's exciting to have the opportunity to win so many titles,"Ball said."I've really enjoyed chasing this record because the guy who had the record and I go back and forth with it.I wrote him emails saying that's number 14 and that's number 15.He typically comes back and says he's going to come out of retirement to stay on top." The weeklong championship finished Sept.7.Ball,66,took home the men's singles and doubles Eastern National titles,but was eliminated in the semifinals of the mixed doubles event. Helping Ball bring home the doubles event was Stan Williamson,who now has won eight championships. Seven of those titles came as a doubles team with Ball. "I really went and played for Earl," Williamson,63,said."He plays a lot more than I do and is much more into getting the most titles,so I did it for him. "When we go anywhere people always know Earl,"Williamson added. "He's the person everyone knows and is trying to beat.That makes it harder for him because everyone is gunning for him." Williamson is three years younger than Ball.Because of that,Williamson said he is like Tiger Woods chasing down Ball who is Jack Nicklaus for the most titles.Nicklaus has the most major championships in professional golf history with 18,while Woods is chasing him with 14. "When you're the person doing it you don't even feel it,"Ball said."Other people see it.When I look at what Tiger Woods does or what Jack Nicklaus has done I'm amazed,so it's the same thing. When you're the actual person,it's just part of what you're doing." Ball first started playing in 1997,so he has averaged more than one national championship per year.His main goal has been to track down the record for most national titles.He also wants the all-time wins crown in Florida. "The person with the most has 85 and that's by Glenn Peltier,"Ball said."I am third with 58 and won 10 last years. So I'm chasing that.I'm also about 20 points behind Faris for total national points.So I've still got that to chase down too." Players receive points for finishing near the top of various events. Ball said he wants to continue playing as long as he can to reach those last goals and stretch out a lead in the number of national championships. "Every now and then I consider reducing the amount of play because I always feel it wear on me at the end of the season in March and April,but come October you get excited after you start playing some tournaments,"Ball said."It's the mental part that really gets you.It's not so much physical,but it's the combination of the travel and playing four and five days a week in heavy competition." At the Zephyrhills Shuffleboard Club most people said they look up to Ball on the courts,including Tom Churchill. "He's a great player,"Churchill said."I wish I was half as good as him because he's the best in the city and really in the country." The next chance for Ball to take the overall lead in championships is in November in Bradenton for the National Singles Championship.If he does not win there,Ball and Williamson will team up for the National Doubles Championship in January,also in Bradenton. "That's where I won my first title with Stan,"Ball said."It was the first championship of the new millennium in January of 2000 and it would be fitting if we could win that to set the record.Of course I want to win in November too." Earl Ball with the two national titles he won in Hendersonville, N.C. (Photos by Kyle LoJacono)Shuffleboard king returns with two more titles Earl Ball's total title count is still at 15.His next chance to take the record for his own is in February in Bradenton at the Winter National Doubles tournament.He will again be paired with Stan Williamson. 2010 agani Stan Williamson (left) and Earl Ball display the titles won in Hendersonville. 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CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 THE LAKER / LUTZ NEWS • SPECIALYEAR-END EDITION December 29,2010 23 By Kyle LoJaconoOriginally published Aug.18For just one season sisters Kayli and Meghan Keough played basketball together through the highs and lows as student-athletes at Land O'Lakes High. That single season was the 2007-08 school year,when the Gators went 25-4 and reached the second round of the playoffs. Kayli was a senior and Meghan a freshman. The two never thought they would have another opportunity to play together once Kayli left to play at Florida State University (FSU),but they will be reunited this year at the University of Central Florida (UCF). "I loved playing with her that one year," Meghan said."It was easy for us to play together because we know exactly what the other is going to do.I thought it was only a one-time thing,but I guess we got lucky."Kayli decided to transfer from FSU to UCF for this school year after playing two seasons with the Seminoles.She will have to sit out one season because of NCAA transfer rules, but she will be eligible to play two more years with the Golden Knights in Orlando. She has already left for her new school.Kayli said she wanted a little more playing time and she liked the fit and coaches at UCF.Also,Meghan had verbally committed to the school and will sign with them in October.The appeal of playing with her sister was a key reason for switching to the school. "I consider her my best friend,"Kayli said of Meghan."As kids we bickered a lot,but that changed when we were in high school together.Now we are best friends and love being around each other." The two grew up in Land O'Lakes.Their father,Mike,was also an athlete with the Gators.He was part of the second graduating class at Land O'Lakes and received a scholarship to play quarterback at Tennessee Tech University.He was also a volunteer football coach with the Gators for 12 years. "Athletics has been very important in our lives and we really enjoy watching the two of them play,"said their mother Lisa."It's really exciting to watch their games.It was a longer drive to Tallahassee than it will be to Orlando,so we'll be able to get to many more of their games."The two first started playing basketball a little later than most Division I athletes.Kayli picked it up around age 13 while playing at Pine View Middle,while Meghan began at 10."I started playing because my sister played,"Meghan said."I'd see her playing in the backyard and I'd want to come out and play too.Now I can't imagine not playing." Kayli plays both forward and on the wing.She is 6-foot-1 and her ability to play inside and out has made her difficult for opponents to match up against.At Land O' Lakes she averaged a team-high 18.9 points per game,104 blocks,89 steals and 240 rebounds as a senior while adding 50 assists. Meghan is a point and shooting guard. The 5-foot-7 perimeter player says she most enjoys driving to the basket and kicking the ball out to a teammate ready to sink an open shot.She played her first two seasons at Land O'Lakes,but transferred to Tampa Catholic High for her junior season because she felt the academic reputation would help her get into a better college. In that first season Meghan played mostly point guard and guided the Crusaders to a Class 3A championship,the first state title in the program's history. "She did a great job handling the ball and stepping into a roster that had four returning players,"said Tampa Catholic coach Nancy Kroll."As the point guard she runs the offense and she made it look easy to step right in and do just that." Meghan averaged 12 points per game, 110 assists,96 steals and 79 rebounds last season. Kroll said Meghan is very coachable and is a great student as well. "I don't have to ever worry about her grades,"Kroll said."She'll get straight As every time." While basketball is a large part of their lives,the two actually started out as swimmers on the Land O'Lakes Lightning swim team.They then started playing volleyball and Kayli received scholarship offers to play middle blocker in college. Kayli is double-majoring in sociology and psychology and plans to eventually attend law school.Meghan is still undecided what kind of career she will pursue.Professions are still many years off and the two are just looking forward to playing together again next year. 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813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com THE LAKER / LUTZ NEWS • SPECIALYEAR-END EDITION December 29,2010 24 Former Land O'Lakes QB throws first Arena League touchdownBy Kyle LoJaconoOriginally published July 14A few years ago Drew Weatherford was leading the Land O'Lakes High Gators to numerous touchdown drives on Friday nights, but his most recent score was different for him. That latest touchdown was his first as a professional football player with the Tampa Bay Storm of the Arena Football League.The score came on a 24-yard pass to Hank Edwards in a 78-39 win over BossierShreveport June 25. "I'm just loving the opportunity to play," Weatherford said."Ever since I was little I wanted to play professional football.I didn't think it would be in arena football,but it's still great to be able to play.I mean,they pay me to play football." It is not Weatherford's only job as he works full-time with Imperium Development,which is currently building a large renewable energy facility in Dover. After working all day he drives to practice to live out his football dreams. "He certainly does whatever he can to promote the sport while helping us on the field and holding down a full-time job,"said Storm head coach Tim Marcum."We see that with his willingness to play special teams while also developing into a top-notch quarterback in this league." Weatherford is the backup quarterback for the Storm (10-3),but also leads the team with 14 tackles on special teams, according to the team spokesman Jim Robinson. "To be honest I just love playing football," Weatherford said."I always considered myself a football player first who just happened to be a quarterback. "I've played quarterback since I was 12-years-old and I actually played linebacker in middle school,but I couldn't do that in high school," Weatherford continued. "I did get to play safety during my senior year at Land O'Lakes.Then it was five or so years of just playing quarterback and being the one getting hit. Now I get to return the favor and hit people instead of getting hit." Weatherford has completed six of four passes for 64 yards and that one touchdown through the Storm's first 13 games. He first started playing football with the Citrus Park Bills of the Tampa Bay Youth Football League at Skyway Park near the Veterans Expressway and Tampa International Airport.Those were the same fields Weatherford's tryouts were when he made the Storm's roster. Weatherford was the third of six brothers to play for the Land O'Lakes High football team.As a senior he led the Gators to a 12-1 record with 2,639 passing yards and 20 scores. "My high school experience couldn't have been better,"Weatherford said."I was the water boy for the team when I was little and I got to play with my older brother Sam when I was a freshman.Playing at Land O' Lakes is something I'll never forget." Weatherford's younger brother,Stevie,is the Gators current starting quarterback and will be a senior next season. "I wasn't at the game he threw the touchdown,but I got to see it on TV and I was very happy to see him,"Stevie said."I've gotten to some of the games and it's great to watch him,but it is kind of weird but really cool to see him running down the field on special teams." Weatherford attended Florida State University (FSU) after graduating from Land O'Lakes.He took a medical red during his first season,but became the Seminoles'starting quarterback the following year in 2005. FSU won the inaugural Atlantic Coast Conference his first year quarterbacking the Seminoles while setting a conference record for a freshman with 3,208 passing yards while adding 18 touchdowns,according to Florida States'sports information department.He finished with 37 career touchdowns and nine 300-yard passing games. After graduating from FSU,Weatherford got an invitation to a Chicago Bears rookie minicamp in 2009,but nothing came of it.Then he got his shot with the Storm before this season and quickly found the game to be different than what he has played his whole life. "The speed is much faster here than in high school or college,"Weatherford said. "The biggest thing for me is the angles with the smaller field.The windows to throw the ball into are much tighter,so I need to be more accurate." Weatherford lives in Odessa,just minutes from his old high school.He plans on watching Stevie play during his senior year and said being able to stay close to home is very special to him. "God works in funny ways sometimes," Weatherford said."I get to play for my home team and am getting a chance to do what I love.I couldn't really ask for more than that." The Storm reached the Arena Football League's championship game this year,but were defeated by the Spokane Shock 69-57. 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CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 THE LAKER / LUTZ NEWS • SPECIALYEAR-END EDITION December 29,2010 25 By Suzanne SchmidtOriginally published May 19Ben Pumo,owner of Benedetto's Ristorante Italiano,has changed the seafood dishes at his restaurant to bring in fresh fish from other areas like Maine and Hawaii due to the recent Gulf oil spill. "We have stocked up on shrimp and once we run out,we will get it from the east coast,"Pumo said."We are now serving monchong from Hawaii,which is a buttery, meaty fish with a texture almost like chicken and an unbelievable taste.We are also bringing in fish from Maine where it comes from our own dock.We have haddock, Ipswich clams,and Maine lobster." The restaurant is also serving mahi-mahi and big eye tuna from Hawaii and Chilean sea bass.Sean O'Connor,general manager of the restaurant,said he thinks it is a good idea. "People won't want to eat seafood as much with the oil spill,"O'Connor said."We are getting our seafood now from all over the place." Pumo said his restaurant is different from others for a number of reasons. "The uniqueness of the piano bar and the type of cuisine we offer sets us apart," Pumo said."Everything we serve is so fresh. We also have a lot of talent here with the chefs and the servers." Vito Martucci,a chef at the restaurant,is from Italy and has worked in and owned a few Italian restaurants through the years. "We have contemporary Italian cuisine with a flair of French and Latin influences," Martucci said."The atmosphere is nice since we have live music every night.The piano adds a New York flair to the atmosphere." The restaurant can also serve up madeto-order dishes. "A lot of people think eating Italian means that they have to eat garlic,but everything we make is made-to-order,"Pumo said. "We can make something special for people who are lactose-intolerant or we can make it with wheat pasta.Also most of our dishes are vegetarian or can be made that way.We truly try to have something for everyone." Lillian Stark of Land O'Lakes has been eating at Benedetto's since it opened.She said she keeps coming back because the staff is so inviting,the atmosphere is cozy and the food is excellent. "He has a real knack for coming up with creative and delicious dishes,"Stark said."It is a place I like to go weekly to just hang out.I am from New York and it is hard to find an Italian restaurant that can deliver such great food.Plus I love the piano bar,it makes it so much fun." The restaurant is also offering early dinner specials from 4 to 7 p.m.Sunday through Thursday.For $14.95 customers get a beverage,house or Caesar salad,a choice from eight entrees and either key lime pie or spumoni for dessert. "It is a good deal and that is what people are looking for,"Pumo said. The restaurant,21529 Village Lakes Shopping Center Drive in Land O'Lakes,is open from 4 to 10 p.m.Monday through Thursday,from 4 to 11 p.m.Friday and Saturday and from 4 to 9 p.m.Sunday. For more information,call (813) 9099694 or visit benedettoitaliano.com. Although there are still millions of gallons of oil in the gulf,Tampa restaurants have returned to business as usual.Benedetto's owner Ben Pumo began buying seafood from the East Coast after the spill,but as of a month ago,he is buying shrimp and grouper from Tarpon Springs again.Pumo said that even after the spill,the number of seafood orders stayed the same. "I think a lot of people respect my judgment,and my customers know I would never serve anything that wasn't the best possible quality," said Pumo,who buys his seafood directly from the ship captains. 2010 agani Benedetto's switches up seafood dishes due to oil spill Ben Pumo, Vito Martucci and Dustin Funderburg take a break from cooking at Benedetto's Ristorante Italiano in Land O'Lakes. (Photos by Suzanne Schmidt) Grouper Bianco

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813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com THE LAKER / LUTZ NEWS • SPECIALYEAR-END EDITION December 29,2010 26 By B.C.ManionOriginally published Sept.15Sparks fly as Karyn Adamek grinds the surface of a rusted railroad spike as she works to create Fancy Dancer,an equestrian metal sculpture. Smoothing metal surfaces is a basic part of the artist's job. "You can't weld rust on rust,"Adamek explains,as she prepares the surface for welding. "Since I work with found metal objects, everything is usually rusted.So,I try to get it into some welding condition,"she said. The makings for her artworks include brake pads,nails,hammers,nuts,bolts, screws,springs,sheet metal,horseshoes, rods and other items. The stuff comes from all sorts of places. Flea markets.Thrift stores.Friends'yards. Even from junk piles she sees on the side of the road. All of the railroad spikes in Fancy Dancer,for instance,came from an abandoned railroad track on a friend's private land. "They had torn up some track on his property and it was in a big pile rotting away,"said Adamek,52. "Most of the stuff that I work with Ð that's what is happening to it.So,I recreate it and reincarnate it.Certain pieces of metal will inspire me to make a certain creation," she said. Recently,she spied a metal chair that had been set out for trash collectors.She plucked it up and gave it new life.She turned it into a plant holder and took it to sell at Annie's Garden Shed in Lutz,where she works part-time. Working with metal can be dirty,hot and hard.It's time-consuming,too. But Adamek loves it. ""It is a spiritual thing for me,"she said. When she's out in her workshop,she can work 12 or 13 hours at a stretch.She becomes so absorbed in what she's doing,she often loses track of time. But there's a feeling of deep satisfaction when she finishes a piece,she said.And,that feeling can turn into pure joy,when her work is on display and she sees people responding to it. Her largest metal art works are of horses, which weigh hundreds of pounds and are close to actual life-size. "They're a little surreal in a way,in that they are not exactly proportioned,"she said. She also makes the horse in a modular form,so the head and the tail come off.That makes it easier to transport if she's taking one to an art show,or if one of her patrons wants to move the horse into a different place in the yard. Adamek also makes much smaller versions of horses and other sculptures,and she makes functional art,too.For instance, she made a round table from a circular piece of glass,supported by three giant leaves that she cut from metal and bent to hold up the glass. Through the years,Adamek has explored several artistic mediums including throwing clay,painting and doing sculpture,stained glass and murals. She doesn't use mechanical drawings to create her metal art,but instead works from sketches,photographs and paintings. When she is welding or grinding metal, she is careful to protect herself.She wears gloves,a helmet,long pants,boots and a fire retardant shirt.She also uses good tools to help prevent injuries. Adamek said she comes by her love of metal work naturally. "My grandfather worked at J & L Steel in Pittsburgh,"she said."That's where I grew up. "My dad was an amazing auto body man. He made things in our driveway that looked like they came out of the factory." The artist did not fully appreciate her father's or grandfather's skills when she was young.Indeed,it was just a few years ago when she studying welding that she realized the opportunities she had missed. She laments the fact that she did not recognize their talents and did not tap into their expertise while they were alive.From old metal to new beautyLutz artist transforms rusted railroad spikes, old nuts and bolts and cast-off metal chairs into art Karyn Adamek grinds rusted metal to create a smooth surface for welding work."They had all of this knowledge.I didn't even pay attention to it," Strange as it may seem,her work with hard metals began with an interest in gardening. Adamek was studying horticulture when someone handed her a topiary book. She decided she wanted to learn how to weld,so she could create topiaries Ð which are metal structures designed to support plants. It was like an entirely new world had opened up for her.She went from learning how to weld at a trade school into working in the real world as a volunteer at a shop in Channelside where they make gates and railings.She wanted to hang out at the shop so she could learn more about working with metals.Gradually,she began buying pieces of equipment and creating her workshop at home. She still makes topiaries,but has branched out into all sorts of garden dŽcor, yard art and creative pieces intended for juried art shows. She won an honorable mention at the Wesley Chapel Celebration of the Arts,a show sponsored last year by the Wesley Chapel Chamber at the Shops at Wiregrass. At the 43rd Annual Fine Arts for Ocala, she won best of show,picking up $3,000 in prize money. Prices for her pieces range from around $75 to more than $5,000 for the large equestrian pieces.Adamek also does custom work on request.For more information about her work,go to karynsart.com. 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CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 THE LAKER / LUTZ NEWS • SPECIALYEAR-END EDITION December 29,2010 27 Cancer survivor pursues race car dreamsBy Sarah WhitmanOriginally published May 26Accelerating to 100 mph around the Daytona Speedway racetrack,Land O'Lakes resident Tom Harrison felt his pulse race.He pressed down hard on the gas,remembering a few months before when he was too sick to get out of bed. "I was going around at top speed and I pictured myself lying bald with a chemo needle in my arm,"Harrison,56,said."At that moment,I thanked God for my life." Harrison,a family man and proud patriot, was diagnosed with throat and tongue cancer last September.Uncertain about the future,he made a list of things he wanted to accomplish in life.Getting his race car driver's license was at the top.He underwent surgery to have a tumor removed;then endured the pain of radiation and chemotherapy. The treatments worked and Harrison went into remission.In April,he hit the track at driving school and walked away carrying a dream come true,a regional Sports Car Club of America racing license."It was exciting,exhilarating and a little bit scary my first time on the track," Harrison said."You're going really fast and I wondered if I'd actually have what it took to not be afraid,to just pay attention and drive. I was surprised how well I did." He was laid off from his job around the same time he was diagnosed with cancer. "It couldn't have happened at a worse time,"Harrison said."I'd been laid off from work.I had no job and no insurance.I was faced with my own mortality and I realized there were a lot of things I wanted to do in my life,all the would of,could of,should of dones." Harrison decided to pursue life's whatifs.What if he'd pursued racing? What if he'd spent more time building a family business? Alex wanted to help his dad achieve those dreams.Alex,like his father,is a longtime NASCAR and Dale Earnhardt fan. So,he was excited to accompany his dad to driving school in Daytona and stand on the same track where Earnhardt raced. Alex acted as his dad's pit crew at the weekend-long school. Alex and his dad are also in business together.They own Eaglespeed US,a company specializing in door and window replacements.The company operates online at www.eaglespeed.us. Cancer survivor Tom Harrison and his son, Alex, are now in the race car business. 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813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com THE LAKER / LUTZ NEWS • SPECIALYEAR-END EDITION December 29,2010 28 By Kyle LoJaconoOriginally published Jan.20When Nelson Ryman traveled to Haiti Jan.12 he could never have expected to experience a 7.0 earthquake. "It was just a normal day with the sun shining bright,"Ryman,71,said."I was in my hotel room at the time,when all of a sudden it felt like I was on the deck of a ship with 50 foot waves." Ryman arrived in Port-au-Prince,Haiti's capital,around noon Jan.12.The largest earthquake to hit the nation in more than 200 years happened at 4:53 p.m.Ryman was one of the fortunate ones. "I was able to get downstairs and outside without getting hurt,"he said. The Zephyrhills resident travels to the village of Simonette about every six and a half weeks.He has done so for the last six years to visit Tytoo Gardens,an orphanage he supports.During the last 10 years,he has developed a bond with the children. "I was so happy that (Tytoo Gardens) and all the kids survived the earthquake and the aftershocks,"he said."I've watched some of them since they were 1-year-old.For them to still have a place to live is a miracle because most people in the village lost their homes." Ryman,who has lived in Zephyrhills since 1969 and owned H&R Interstate Mobile Homes,has a heart condition,which he takes blood-thinning medication for.He has had three angioplasties performed and recently had an aneurism repaired.He had planned to stay in the country until Jan.15 and had enough medicine to last him until Jan.17,but his condition made him a special case for local government officials. "After numerous calls and e-mails from the public,we felt we needed to try and rush him out of Haiti because of his age and heart condition,"said Joy Hampton,constituent services representative and grants coordinator for Rep.Ginny Brown Waite of Congressional District Five. "We got his personal and passport information from his family and worked with the United Nations and the Haitian authorities to get him out of the country as safely as possible,"Hampton continued."The problem was the area he was in was ten to 15 miles away from the airport,and with his heart condition he couldn't safely get there." Ryman said State Rep.Will Weatherford also worked to get him out of Haiti. While his location was a problem in getting him to the airport,Ryman could not be happier that the village was ten miles out of harm's way. "That is probably what saved the orphanage,"he said."It was also good that it happened when it did.In Haiti,people spend most of the day outside because the houses are small.If it had happened later a lot more people would have been inside their houses when they collapsed." Ryman said the people of Simonette made tents to sleep in with bed sheets following the earthquake.Ryman himself slept in an abandoned pool Jan.13 to protect from falling debris from the aftershocks. The next night,Ryman was able to stop some UN trucks delivering relief supplies to the surrounding area.The truck drivers agreed to pick Ryman up on their way back to Port-au-Prince,where he could get on a plane out of Haiti. "I know people were very worried about me being kidnapped,but that wasn't my main concern because the UN had really cracked down on that and thrown the gang leaders in jail after gaining some control in the country a few years ago,"Ryman said."I was just worried about everyone I knew in HaitiÉThere is a little store that I stop in for supplies each time I'm in the country.I was there the first day and later learned that everyone there was killed when the store collapsed." While Ryman worried about his friends in Haiti,his family back in Zephyrhills worried about him. "The worst thing is not knowing what happened,"said Ryman's son Kevin."We didn't know if he was OK or hurt or worse for a day.That was terrible to not be able to tell anyone anything because we just didn't know." Ryman's wife,Dottie,said she was able to speak to him for less than a minute Jan.13. Ryman eventually got on a U.S.Air Force cargo plane that flew him to Puerto Rice Jan.14 and arrived at the Homestead Air Force Base Jan.15.A colonel at the base drove him in his Cadillac to the Miami International Airport,where he got on a plane to Tampa International Airport. "I just thanked God that I got home safe," Ryman said."Now we need to help the people of Haiti rebuild because what they need most now is shelter.They are very resourceful and can find food almost anywhere,but they don't have homes left to protect them from the rain and the sun." While Ryman is already trying to stir up support for the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere,his family is looking for him to take it easy for a little while "Selfishly we try and get him to go there less often because we are always worried about him,"Kevin said."We want him to support the orphans,but we are always afraid of what could happen.We never thought an earthquake like that would hit with him there though.Now we have another thing to worry about." It seems unlikely Ryman will stop his trips to the nation on the west side of the island of Hispaniola. "I've grown to love all those kids down there that are in the orphanage,"Ryman said."Just sending them money and supplies doesn't impact them as much as me being there." To help Ryman rebuild some of the homes and shelters in Haiti,send checks made out to Jesus In Haiti Ministries to CenterState Bank,6930 Gall Blvd.in Zephyrhills. Since first published,Nelson Ryman and the two Rotary clubs of Zephyrhills collected several thousands dollars to rebuild houses in the island nation. He has returned to Haiti several times and has overseen the completion of about 10 homes.Ryman remains committed to helping those in Haiti. 2010 agani View into the horror of Port-au-Prince Photos taken by Nelson Ryman during his time in Haiti after the recent earthquake. Seen is the village of Simonette the day after the disaster. Ryman supports an orphanage, Tytoo Gardens, in Simonette. The abandoned pool Nelson Ryman and several of the villagers of Simonette slept in after the earthquake in Haiti. The pool offered protection from aftershocks. Heart condition Ôhelped'Nelson Ryman evacuate Haiti D D i i n n e e e o o v v e e r r l l o o o o k k i i n n g g g t t h h e e e F F a a i i r r w w w a a y y s s ! ! 996-712223253 Plantation Palms Blvd. Land O'Lakes Daily Specials. 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CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 THE LAKER / LUTZ NEWS • SPECIALYEAR-END EDITION December 29,2010 29 By Suzanne SchmidtOriginally published July 21From South Tampa to the Bronx,the death of George M.Steinbrenner triggered reminders of what he meant to the community.That impact was felt straight up Dale Mabry Highway into the Lutz area. Steinbrenner,80,suffered a fatal heart attack last week. Many people might remember him from owning the Yankees or even from the character that was supposed to be him on the show "Seinfeld." But locally,he is remembered more as a generous person who asked for nothing in return. Susan Valdes,chairwoman of the Hillsborough County School Board,said this generosity is what inspired the board to name the high school on W.Lutz-Lake Fern Road after him. "There was a part of him I think many people may not have realized,"Valdes said. "He did so many things for Hillsborough County.If it had to do with kids and there was something he could do to help them, he did it.I miss him already." Steinbrenner did a lot to help the community and the schools in Hillsborough County,according to Valdes. "There was the time when the kids at Gaither High School were invited to go to the inaugural parade and they were struggling to get the money to go,"Valdes said."It was a dream come true for those kids to be able to go.That is what he did,he made dreams come true for kids." Brenda Grasso,now principal at Steinbrenner,led Gaither at the time. "The turnaround time was very short so it was difficult to raise the money in a short time,"she said in an e-mail."The Band Boosters appealed to the community and when Mr.Steinbrenner heard of the matter, he provided the rest of the money needed." Grasso said Steinbrenner also gave about one-third of the total cost to help Gaither build a rubber track in its stadium. "He did prefer to remain anonymous as a contributor but these two acts are known and have been previously made public,"she wrote. Valdes said her favorite thing Steinbrenner did was the yearly Christmas concert. "He had so many different contributions,"Valdes said."He would send the kids who would not have the opportunity to go to the theater to see the Florida Orchestra play at Christmas time.You could look at his face and see how much he enjoyed it." George Steinbrenner's legacy will have a permanent place in Pasco County.He was laid to rest in a mausoleum at Trinity Memorial Gardens,just off SR 54.A New York Times report quoted one New Jersey resident who stopped to take a picture of Mr.Steinbrenner's final resting place."George has done a lot for everybody," Paul Reed of Freehold,N.J.told the Times."The least I can do is stop and take five minutes to pay respect." 2010 agani Steinbrenner sits with his family at the dedication of George M. Steinbrenner High School in Lutz. 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813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com THE LAKER / LUTZ NEWS • SPECIALYEAR-END EDITION December 29,2010 30 By Sarah WhitmanOriginally published June 9A Lutz home is about to be famous. A 4,000-square-foot home at 1308 Anglers Lane was selected to appear on Sell This House,A&E's home makeover show with a twist.The show's hosts,Tanya Memme and Roger Hazard,visit homes throughout the country and do makeovers designed to help the homes sell.The Lutz home,a four bedroom three bath on 1.3 acres behind the Publix at Dale Mabry and Lutz Lake Fern,will appear on a June 26 episode.The asking price is $499,500.Owners Ralph and Peggy Watts can't wait for the show to air. "It's a dream come true,"Peggy Watts said."They had great ideas and made big changes.We'd watched the show before and it's exciting to be on it." The Sell This House crew came to Lutz in mid-May and spent two days working their magic.The Watts are both art teachers,so the home was a creative hodge-podge with different wallpaper at every turn,mismatched antiques and even a Vegas-style slot machine.The couple gave the show free reign to make changes. Led by Hazard,the designers stripped wallpaper,repainted,redecorated and even created a home theater.They emphasized the homes spacious rooms and hardwood floors,getting rid of unnecessary furniture and other items like faux flower arrangements.They went for a clean and modern look. Thousands of people submit their homes to appear on Sell This House.To qualify,a home must currently be on the market and the owners must be living in the home with furnishings.Applicants send in photos with a story about the house.Keller Williams realtor Elizabeth Flach said producers selected the Lutz home based on its potential.She said the house's best qualities were hidden and the show's designers knew how to make those features pop."They removed the clutter from the house,"Flach said."They put chair railing and added other new accessories." The Watts purchased the home,which was built in 1982,12 years ago. They remodeled the inside and built a life there,spending many weekends relaxing on the lake.They put the house up for sale because they plan to retire from teaching soon. By Kyle LoJaconoOriginally published Aug.11Each year thousands of children,parents and friends pile into Oscar Cooler Sports Complex to watch youth athletics.All those people walk by the park's sign,including Oscar Cooler himself. Cooler,81,has lived in Lutz since 1963 and was instrumental in bringing the first version of the park to Lutz in 1975. "I think kids need to have a safe place to learn about teamwork,"Cooler said. "That's why I worked to get the first park built all that time ago. "If kids don't have something like this then they usually get into a lot of things they shouldn't be doing," Cooler continued."I think the most important thing for a community are its athletic fields for the kids.I'd say the park has helped keep thousands of kids,if not millions of kids,off the streets." Now the current park will be 33 acres larger after the grand opening of the $3.9 million expansion at 9 a.m. Aug.14. "That's great that the new part of the park is opening," Cooler said."Now we can get more kids into our programs." Hillsborough County Parks,Recreation and Conservation Department spokesman John Brill said the expansion will allow more than 500 additional athletes to participate in sports programs at the park.A future project will improve the existing football and baseball facilities as well as adding more parking. "It's going to be one of the best field locations in our league,"said Tampa Bay Youth Football League president Scott Levenson."The county really went above and beyond making the park a great place for youth football and cheerleading." Also part of the expansion was adding a soccer game field for the first time.The new soccer program is called FC Tampa Lutz Rangers,which will have competitive and recreational soccer for children ages 418. The park was originally built in 1975 and had three baseball fields only.Before it was built,the area was mainly orange groves. Cooler was one of the key people in getting the first park built.He and worked for about two years to convince the county to buy the land and build the park. Brill did not know when the park was renamed after Cooler,but said it was given the name because,"He was a major player is getting the original park put in the area as a place for the Lutz community kids to play." Cooler has been a big supporter of the youth sports programs at the park during the last 35 years.He was the Lutz Little League president for 15 years and still goes to the games when he can. Cooler continued by saying he wished he had a park like the complex while he was growing up. He said after the county bought the land more than three decades ago he got local people to volunteer to do as much of the building as possible.This allowed the first park to open much sooner than was originally anticipated. Since the expansion of Oscar Cooler Sports Complex,the FC Tampa Lutz Rangers soccer program has completed its first year,as did the Lutz Chiefs football and cheerleading organization in its new home.A future project will renovate the older baseball and softball portions of the complex. 2010 agani Lutz house gets 15 minutes of fame HomeownerPeggy Watts loves her new house in Wesley Chapel, thanks to A&E's Sell This House.The Watts' old house in Lutz was featured on the home makeover show and after some renovations,it was able to sell.A family with three kids moved into the home,and Watts said it's a perfect match."There's a lot of room,it is a great place to raise a family," she said.Watts and her husband enjoy being in the country and surrounded by nature. 2010 agani This Lutz Home will appear on Sell This House on A&E. (Photos courtesy of Keller Williams Realty) Lutz resident Oscar Cooler was key to bringing the Lutz complex to the area 30 years ago. 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CnewsPubs.com / 813-909-2800 THE LAKER / LUTZ NEWS • SPECIALYEAR-END EDITION December 29,2010 31 By Kyle LoJaconoOriginally published Sept.1The Shops at Wiregrass,Wiregrass Ranch High and the future Pasco-Hernando Community College's (PHCC) Wiregrass Campus all got their names from a ranch owned by the Porter family. Don Porter said his father,uncle and grandfather Ñ James,Bob,J.B.Porter,respectively Ñ bought 14,000 acres of land in 1941. "Originally we had a smaller piece of land where the Zephyrhills (Municipal) Airport is,"Don said."When World War II happened,the government bought the land for the Air Force training base.They used that to buy the land." Don said the family first came to Zephyrhills in 1937. The Porters first moved onto the land in 1946.At that time,Don said the area was known as Gatorville,which was what they used to mail things. The original home Don grew up in with his brothers,Tom and Bill,was on the south side of SR 54 across from where Heritage Ford is today.The original land went south to the area between 30th Street in Lutz to Bruce B.Downs in New Tampa,up to their homestead and to the east into where New River is today. The family raised cattle on the land, which is where the ranch part comes from. Wiregrass is a kind of bunchgrass that grows in the area,according to Mimi Williams, plant materials specialist with the Natural Resource Conservation Service. Williams said the grass grows about 2030 inches long.It is native to Florida and has virtual no use to people except as a food source for grazing animals like cows. However it is not the most nutritious food for livestock.It is a favorite food for gopher tortoises and quail. Don said his father would burn the wiregrass on a regular basis to try and keep it in check as much as possible and also to encourage younger and tenderer growth that is easier for the cattle to eat. Don and his family called the area Gatorville for years.It was not until 1950 when a family friend,Ed Madill,sent the Porters a postcard while on vacation in Mexico.Don said Madill did not have the Porter's address,so he sent it to Wiregrass Porter,Gatorville,FL USA.The name stuck. While Don was growing up,there was only a one-room schoolhouse.He said everyone just called it "the schoolhouse,"which was located south of SR 54 across from Boyette Road.Don remembered about 13 students who shared the school. Don,who was born in Plant City,married his late wife Lajuana and built a house for their new family on the ranch in 1970.The couple have two children,J.D.and Quinn. "I grew up in a house right by where the new Wesley Chapel (Medical Center) will be,"J.D.said."Back then when we wanted to go for pizza we had to drive south on Bruce B.Downs to Fletcher Avenue.There weren't lights all the way down and there was an ABC's pizza there." J.D.was born in 1979 and went to Quail Hollow Elementary,Weightman Middle and finished up high school at Zephyrhills High. The family started selling large parts of the original ranch in 1972,with Saddlebrook Resort as the first buyer.The next year the land of Meadow Pointe was sold to a developer. Don said the family now owns about 5,000 acres and still raises cattle and orange trees on the property.He said he envisioned an area with schools,shopping centers, recreation,neighborhoods,businesses and a hospital decades ago.That vision is coming true.The Shops at Wiregrass opened in 2008 and has more than 100 businesses. Saddlebrook has become known across the nation for its tennis and golf programs and large developments like Meadow Pointe,New River Township and Seven Oaks have built up.The educational center of the area has grown around Mansfield Boulevard where Dr.John Long Middle and Wiregrass Ranch High currently sit. John Petrashek,Pasco County director of construction services and code compliance, said the family sold the land to the county's school district around 2004.Both Petrashek and Don said the Porter family worked with the Pasco school board to come up with the high school's name. "Other names were proposed,but Wiregrass Ranch made the most sense," Petrashek said. In 2012,the education in the area will progress further when construction begins on PHCC's Wiregrass Campus.It will be located just north of Wiregrass Ranch High on Mansfield and is scheduled to open in 2013. Within the next few weeks the Wesley Chapel Medical Center,a full-service hospital,will also break ground on the east side of Bruce B.Downs north of SR 56.The facility will take 18 months to build. Wiregrass Ranch has progressed far from the Gatorville of Don's youth,but it is the same place he knows and loves. "I've grown up here and I can't imagine living anywhere else,"Don said."There's been a lot of progress and that's needed.I'm glad I've been able to see the area build up into what it is today."Wiregrass Ranch name a throwback to area's early days Don Porter Pasco County has approved the rezoning of many acres of land around Wiregrass Ranch to allow the construction of a hospital and other improvements to the area.Additionally,Don Porter continues to be happy with the development of his home. 2010 agani The Shops at Wiregrass got its name from the ranch owned by the Porter family in the area. 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Family Medicine strives to care for you through all stages of life. Let our oce assist in managing the healthcare needs of your family.Same day and Saturday appointments are available and we accept most insurances Same Location. New Phone Number!813.712.5718Imran Kayani, MDBoard Certied Family MedicineStephanie Passafume, MS, ARNP, FNP-BCBoard Certied Family Nurse Practitioner www.floridamedicalclinic.comThe Doctor is In 2100 VIA BELLA BOULEVARD| SUITE 102 | LAND OL AKES, FLORIDA By Suzanne SchmidtOriginally published May 5To most people a bunch of leftover signs would just be a bunch of trash,but to Marcus Price it is an opportunity. Price,co-owner of Goin'Postal and Life Size Greetings in Zephyrhills,ended up with lots of scrap material while making signs through his company,Life Size Greetings. One night he and one of his business partners,Bob Stephens,decided it would be a great idea to build an airplane out of those scrap pieces. "We had all of this spare plastic and we were looking for a way to use it,"Marcus Price said."I originally drew the plan on a napkin and then Bob went through and put the pieces together and fixed the design as we went along." Now the airplane is almost complete and he plans to fly it to see how well it works. "I know how an airplane works and what shape they should be,"Marcus Price said."When we have an engine the idea is to be able to fly at about 20 miles per hour.We figured all of that out on a napkin too." About 99 percent of the plane is made up of the recycled plastic signs including the wheels,the body of the plane and the wings.PVC piping is used to make the controls and to reinforce some of the structure of the airplane. In the next couple of weeks,Price and Stephens plan to build the control surfaces and then at some point they will take it for its maiden voyage.Since the plane will not have an engine,it will be towed behind a truck just to see if it is able to fly. "For the first flight,it should only be about six or seven feet off the ground," Marcus Price said."If anything happens,it should be OK since we won't be that high up." Stephens said over the last couple months,he and Price have spent about 24 hours total building the plane. By Suzanne SchmidtOriginally published Feb.10In a town known for its many lakes,a local club is having a hard time finding one it can use. Jim Slaughter,of Land O'Lakes,said he is hoping to find a local place for members of the West Florida Model Boat Club to practice racing their model boats.He said the boats are all electric so they do not cause any harm to the lake or the wildlife. "They are all electric so they don't make noise like gas boats do,"Slaughter said."The boats don't pollute the water or the air and it doesn't hurt the fish." There are boats of different scale and sizes and types.Some boats can go as fast as 60 miles per hour. "We have races just like if the boats were full-scale,"Slaughter said."We put buoys in the lake and we have rules like full-scale boat races have.We like to race them but we also do different events like we use the tugboat to pull a boat or do precision maneuvering." Slaughter said he enjoys racing the boats as well as putting them together. "We can buy the fiberglass hull or make one from wood and then put all the equipment inside,"Slaughter said."It is a challenge to put them together but then you have the pleasure of seeing something you made racing along the water." Just maneuvering the boat can be a challenge according to Slaughter. "It is very technical,"Slaughter said."You have to have the boat set up right and have things like the angle of the propeller just right.It is something that is a lot of fun for technical minded people." Mike Harvey,of Land O'Lakes,said he likes the competitive side of the racing. "It is your equipment and skill vs theirs," Harvey said."It is just as much fun as racing the full-scale boats,but without the danger." For more information or if there is a lake available,contact Slaughter at (813) 9667529 or Jim@Slaughter.org.Man attempts to defy gravity with plane made from signsModel boat club stuck on dry land Jim Slaughter of Land O'Lakes holds up one of the model boats he races in the West Florida Model Boat Club. (Photo by Suzanne Schmidt) Price and Stephens and some of their employees help to flip the plane over. (Photo by Suzanne Schmidt) So what happened? "The engine overpowered the rudder,so we couldn't get it going straight enough,long enough,to get it going," Price explained. A new prototype,an ultra-light,can be flown by anyone without the need of a pilot's license."We already have about a dozen people lined up for a nicely designed ultra-light at an affordable price of $9,950," stated Mr.Price. No news was bad news for Jim Slaughter this year,as he reports the club is still looking for a home nearly a year after this article was published.Model boat enthusiasts must drive to Sarasota."For now,we have to drive 1.5 hours each way to run our boats.No fun!" 2010 agani 813-909-2800 / CnewsPubs.com THE LAKER / LUTZ NEWS • SPECIALYEAR-END EDITION December 29,2010 38

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Private w no neighbors in back! $22k.Patti Webster 310-02157 acres!Build your dream home in Wesley Chapel. Power, well & septic. $199kRuby Barness 624-2875.99 acre!Beautiful country surroundings, yet close to LO'L conveniences. $49.9kCarmen Velez 417-35291.86 acres!Treed lot in Wesley Chapel. Horses ok. Hurry only $40k.Patti Webster 310-02153 acres!Zephryhills lot w large trees, zoned MH use, horses okay. $89kBob Peercy 629-4333San Antonio! Zoned light industrial. Good frontage, high & dry 1.59 acre. $425k.Mark Willett 731-1516Lake Front property!Ready to build your dream home on Lake Thomas. Smith Team 263-9476.82 acre!Zoned multi family but many possible uses. $139kCall owner/agent Amy Manion 454-7139 VACANT LAND 1022 Land O' Lakes Blvd. • Lutz, FL 33549(at the corner of US41 & County Line Road) Property Management Services 813-949-5842 LAND O' LAKES/LUTZ/WESLEY CHAPEL • CALL 949-7444 x100 JUST LISTED THESE LISTINGS ARE NOT SHORT SALES ORPRE-FORECLOSURES! FAST RESPONSE TIMES! 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