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The Laker – Park News Staff Report In 1947, San Antonio rancher D.E. Cannon, agriculture agent Jimmy Higgins and businessmen George Nikolai, Bob Williams and Joe Collura led a group of local businessmen to start a fair to showcase Pasco’s resources.It seems Pasco’s resources have impressed, because 65 years later and the Pasco County Fair is rolling. The 65th annual Pasco County Fair will run Feb. 20-26. “The Pasco County Fair Association Inc. was chartered with the purpose of hosting an annual fair to promote youth and other county resources,” according to the fair’s website. The first documented county fair was Jan. 20 through 24, 1948. The association has remained an independent, non-profit organization since its founding. In other words, no tax dollars or other government funding is given to put on the annual fair. Rather the fair association relies on memberships, fair revenues and income from rentals of the buildings on the fairgrounds to continue.Fair chairman Tracy J. Thompson, annual fair chair for the past 10 years, released the theme “Ridin’, Rockin’ and Livestockin’,” at the board of the directors meeting on Sept. 8.“This year’s theme was chosen because it reflects many aspects of our county fair — from the rides and entertainment to the many livestock shows that we hold that week,” Thompson said in a press release on Sept. 9, the day after the theme was chosen. This year’s ticket prices are $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 6-12. Children ages 5 and younger get in free. On Tuesday, Feb. 21, the fair is having Three Dollar Tuesday, where gate admission costs $3. There will also be midway ride specials where fairgoers can get wristbands for rides. The midway ride special is $18 from Monday to Thursday and $22 from Friday to Sunday. Fair hours are from 3-11 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. On Friday, the fair is open from 3 p.m.-midnight; 10 a.m.-midnight on Saturday; and noon-7 p.m. on Sunday. Parking is free for this event. “There’s plenty of other shows, exhibits, entertainment, and just downhome fun planned for the upcoming fair,” Thompson said.For a list of events or more information, visit or call the Fair Office at (352) 567-6678. TheLAKER PARKNEWS FEBRUARY 8, 2012 ZEPHYRHILLS SERVING GREATER ZEPHYRHILLSFREE INSIDE KUMQUAT CUTIEHEALTH EXPOGOSPEL GREATS 2 9 15 17COWBOY UP Event honors more than mere passage of timeBy B.C. Manion Balloons tied to pillars bobbed in the breeze, as people streamed into the First United Methodist Church of Zephyrhills. Sunday, Jan. 22 was a very big day for the church at 38635 Fifth Ave. So many people turned out that folding chairs had to be set up along the center aisle and an overflow crowd took its place in the balcony. “It is so nice to see this church filled like this,” said Cliff McDuffie, the mayor of Zephyrhills and a member of the congregation. “The 15 years I’ve been here, I don’t think we’ve ever had the balcony that full.” Then again, it’s not every day that a Pastor Ken Minton (left) accepts a proclamation presented by Cliff McDuffie, the mayor of Zephyrhills, declaring a “day of rejoicing” during a service honoring the 100th birthday of the First United Methodist Church of Zephyrhills. (Photo by Faith Jordan)Church celebrates rich historySee CHURCH, page4 Ridin’, rockin’ and livestockin’


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Earl, 67, claimed his record-setting 16th national title at the Winter National Doubles Championships in Bradenton Jan. 23-25. The Zephyrhills resident has been striving for the mark since he picked up his first trophy in 2000 on the same courts. “I’m just absolutely thrilled to have won 16 national championships,” said Earl, who has won the event four times. “I started out with no idea what shuffleboard was about. I retired to play golf. Shuffleboard is so highly competitive and there are great players playing right now.” Earl first picked up shuffleboard more than 20 years ago after his father-in-law, Paul Bush, introduced him to the game. “He had to drag me there,” Earl said. “I wound up winning and I got hooked.” Shuffleboard scratched Earl’s competitive itch in a way golfing never could. “Golf is noncompetive because you play against the course, not your opponent,” Earl said. “If you make a good shot in golf I can’t do anything about it. In shuffleboard I can knock you off the court. It takes me back to my childhood of playing baseball and football.” Earl’s wife, Vivian, saw his competitive nature when they began dating more than 30 years ago. “It was that way with his work,” Vivian said. “Then when he retired we was supposed to be golfing, but that wasn’t competitive enough for him. Golf went on the backburner. He’s always been a go-getter. He never does anything halfway.” Earl’s drive has earned him dozens of career wins, along with induction into the district, state, national and international halls of fame, but his major goal during the last few years has been getting the national championship record. “It takes a lot of pressure off getting No. 16,” Earl said. “Last year I did not win a national championship, and that’s the first time that’s happened since I won my first one. That might well have been because I tried so hard.” Sarasota resident Jim Miller paired with Earl for the record-breaker because his normal partner, Stan Williamson, couldn’t attend. Miller and Earl had never played on a team before but had played against each other several times. “Whenever I play him he gives me a difficult time,” Earl said. “We’ve split about half the times we’ve played. … I knew he was a good player, and I knew I could count on him to keep the other players off the board.” The finals was a close three-game contest against Henry Strong, a winter resident of Zephyrhills, and Paul Prescott. The second game of the match was the only one Earl and Miller lost at the event. The victory moves Earl back to No. 1 in the world rankings. He had been top ranked for the first year they had the standings, but he dropped last July. “Sometimes when you have a year like I had last year you feel like maybe I don’t have it anymore,” Earl said. “I thought maybe I can’t do it. Probably everyone has that happen at some point.” Earl pushed through that dry spell and past Lary Faris, the previous record holder. “I sent him a note and said that’s No. 16 and he sent me back a note of congratulations,” Earl said. “I would not be surprised if he came up from Sun City to see me and congratulate me in person, which is like him to do.” Earl said he still has a few goals left, but plans on taking more time off now that he has the national titles record. “My goal is to back off the travel I have to do to play national championships, but having said that it isn’t like me at all,” Earl said. “To say that is one thing and to do that is another. Now I don’t have to do it. I probably will, but I don’t have to. There’s a big difference between what you have to do and what you want to do.” Earl Ball, right, displays his 16th national shuffleboard championship. He won the recordbreaking title with Jim Miller. (Photo courtesy of Earl Ball)Winning like no other (813) 909-2800 www.cnewspubs.comThe LAKER/ PARKNEWSis published every other week by Community News Publications 3632 Land O Lakes Blvd., Suite 102, Land O Lakes, FL 34639. All mail: P.O. Box 479, Lutz, FL 33548. No part of The LAKER/ PARKNEWSmay be reproduced or transmitted in any form by any means without the expressed written permission of the publisher. Subscriptions available at $30 per year payable in advance. EditorEugenio Torrens etorrens@cnewspubs.comPresident/PublisherDiane Kortus dkortus@cnewspubs.comDesign/LayoutMatthew Mistretta Stefanie Burlingame SalesStephanie Stephenson Terri Williamson TheLAKER/PARKNEWS


813-909-2800 / THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 8, 2012 4 church turns 100. Pastor Ken Minton presided over a service that paid homage to the special occasion, with performances by all three church choirs, remarks from honored speakers and the unveiling of the contents of two time capsules – both sealed during historic turning points of the church. “Wonderful little treasures were tucked away in these time capsules,” Minton said, describing items dating back to the church’s earliest days and also from the 1960s when the current sanctuary was built. The service was full of bright moments. At one point, the mayor read a proclamation from the city, praising “the values” given to the community by members of the congregation through the years and declaring “a day of rejoicing for the First United Methodist Church of Zephyrhills.” The Rev. Al Brock, pastor of the church from 1986 to 1991, reminisced about his years at the helm. “When we came here, we were told that in the winter months they would be standing in line to get into this church. That’s true. We had over 1,500 people, sometimes 1,800 people on Sunday mornings.” Those seasonal members hailed from such places as Michigan, New York, Indiana, Ohio and Maine, he said. “It was a real joy to come to a place where people wanted to worship,” Brock said. The former pastor also recounted a story he’d heard about the origin of the church’s stained glass windows. When the sanctuary was being built, Alice Hall went to see the Muellers, makers of the stained glass windows and suggested that the company use the church as a showcase for its craftsmanship, Brock said. “That’s why the windows here are so magnificent,” he said. Sharon Austin — the district superintendent of the South Central District of The Florida Annual Conference – also was on hand to celebrate the church’s milestone. “What a delight – 100 hundred years of ministry service,” Austin proclaimed. Throughout those years, she surmised, there have been “many untold stories of service and love that have been rendered by individuals.” She said she witnessed the congregation’s spirit even before she arrived for the service. “I was amazed when we pulled into the area this morning. Before we reached the church, the crowds thronging to this church were apparent,” she said. She also reminded the congregation: “You never know when you will have the opportunity to represent your church. “Planned ministries, schedules in the bulletin, gatherings of groups to serve are wonderful,” Austin said. But there are many ways to be ambassadors for Christ, she said. “We’re always on call for lives that capture the essence of our God’s love in the spirit of Gospel mandates. You have been represented well, this morning, First Zephryhills from those we have had the opportunity to meet. Smiles and hugs and warm words of welcome met us at every turn.” She reminded them: “The witness and the call to a life of discipleship is the same to everyone, regardless of age or hue or class or culture.” During the service, members were asked to raise their hands to signify how many years they’d belonged to the church. The smallest number had belonged more than 50 years; the largest number, less than 20. Austin said that was a good sign. “So often, churches that are a century or better in age fall into a time of decline and not in a spirit of revitalization. You have done something different. You have poured yourself into ministry.” Over time, the church has grown from a charter congregation of 26 members to its current membership of 1,030. Throughout its history, the church has remained true to its mission, Minton said. “We have been called to make a difference. “Every single day, we encounter in our community the lost and the lonely, the homeless and the hopeless … crying out for what we have…. spare change, a little of your time, a helping hand, a second chance, a listening ear, an encouraging word, a prayer for help. “What is to be our response? “As we begin our second 100 years together, as we take those first few steps into a new millennium, we, the people of Christ, we the church, the body of the resurrected one, we should not be hesitant — as the disciples of old did in our story — in inviting others to look at us, to look at us, that they too might be attracted to Jesus Christ.” Minton reminded congregants of the church’s beginning. “All kinds of people with all kinds of reasons and hopes and dreams made their way to this safe haven named Zephyrhills. “And a hundred years ago, the Rev. N.J. Hawley moved among these new residents to see if there wasn’t interest to address the growing spiritual needs of those who had gathered here.” And there was. And that desire continues today, Minton said. “These are exciting days. We carry on a legacy that we’ve been given – a brand new start of a brand new 100 years.” There were so many people at a birthday celebration for the First United Methodist Church of Zephyrhills that the overflow fill ed the church balcony. (Photo by B.C. Manion) The original building used for the First United Methodist Church of Zephryhills. (Photo courtesy of the First United Methodist Church of Zephyrhills. The current building for the First United Methodist Church of Zephyrhills, built in 1963. (Photo courtesy of the First United Methodist Church of Zephyrhills). Here’s a look at one newspaper contained in a time capsule sealed by the church. (Photo by B.C. Manion) CHURCH, from page 1


A Place for WomenBoard Certi “ ed in Gynecology & ObstetricsAnnette Williams, MD, FACOG Jennifer Roller, MD Tymesia Hudson, MD38030 Daughtery Road Zephyrhills813.780.7111Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.5:00 p.m. Advanced € Laparoscopic Surgery Urinary Incontinence € Advanced € Reconstructive Pelvic Surgery Endometrial Ablation € Laparoscopic € Hysterectomy Pregnancy € Well Woman Care € Infertility Care € Menopause Management € High Risk Pregnancy € Professional Services: The passion for what we do transcends to the care we provide.Women caring for Women / 813-909-2800 THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 8, 2012 5 WE S PECIALIZE IN HUMANA GOLD PLUS 23532 State Road 54 Lutz, FL33559To schedule an appointment, please call:(813) 909-1600SŽ Habla Espa–olLAB AND EKG ON-SITE Daniel L. Heinig, M.DBoard Certified in Internal Medicine Your Health Care Guardian Over 22 years of experience in adult medicine Go Painlessly’ withTHERA-GESIC. Maximum strength analgesic creme for temporary relief from: € Back pain € Muscle pain € Arthritis pain € Joint pain THG-11909 By Judy Olsen Happy Days On Monday, Jan. 30, our signature bridge was reopened with a ribbon cutting ceremony by our King Kyle and Queen Mae. This historical event was very well attended by our happy residents. Appreciation and thanks must go out to all of our many volunteers who worked on the project, and to management and corporate for their support. A new activity sign has been completed. Our thanks to Lorraine Gratton, our resident artist, for topping our sign with her art work. Well done! Our park families are pleased and proud with all the progress. You are welcome to take a visit!Happy Days building bridges King Kyle and Queen Mae cut the ribbon at a ceremony to reopen the bridge at Happy Days. (Photos courtesy of Judy Olsen) Reopening the “signature” bridge at Happy Days was not a one-person task. Pictured are volunteers who helped with the project.


813-909-2800 / THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 8, 2012 6 By Anne Astles Leisure Days RV Park Several residents of Leisure Days RV Park recently took part in the Gulfside Regional Hospice orientation program and are now volunteers of the Gulfside Hospice. Heather De Los Santos, volunteer coordinator, gave the presentation at the Leisure Days clubhouse. The residents, all members of the Busy Hands club, are busy quilting, knitting, crocheting, crohooking, sewing, etc. items for Gulfside Hospice, nursing homes, the pregnancy center and the homeless. Since the group was formed a year ago, they have donated over 150 items. One resident has donated a very large quantity of fabric, along with thread, needles, etc. Other residents have donated yarn and everyone is donating their talents and their time. Heather De Los Santos, left, and Kathleen Butts admire one of the quilts made by Leisure Days residents. Butts, a resident of Leisure Days RV Park, donated a large quantity of fabric, thread, etc. and it is being used to make quilts for Gulfside Regional Hospice, nursing homes, the pregnancy center and the homeless. (Photo courtesy of Anne Astles)Busy volunteering at Leisure Days GROUP BASIC OBEDIENCE CLASS$125 for 5 weeks Starts Tues 1/31 € 6:30pm (Vaccine Record Required)Pet Supermaket, 18445 U.S. Hwy 41 N., LutzFREE Dog Socialization Class FREE In-Home Evaluations € Board & Train WE CAN TRAIN ANY DOG! 813-951-4480 € 18875 State Rd 54 at Sunlake Blvd.Next to Publix € 813-949-3644QUALITY DOG & CAT FOOD & TREATSOPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK $5.00 OFFNEXT PURCHASE OF $25 OR MORE Vaccinations, Heartworm Testing, Flea and Heartworm Products Spay & Neuter by Appointment Walk In Shot Clinics on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 12 -2 www.plannedpethoodpasco.org5053 Gall Blvd. Zephyrhills € 813 779 7000 Non-Profit Spay, Neuter and Vaccination Clinic RUTH& JEANARIGGINSYour pets will agree Ruths Place is the Place to be 17824 Eagle Lane € Lutz, Fl 33558 813-920-3615 ~ By Experienced & Loving Professionals ~ R uths PlaceDOG GROOMING & PET SITTING Waggin Tails Pet CareWe keep their tails waggin when We keep their tails waggin when you need to be travelin!Ž you need to be travelin!Ž Maryanne Maryanne Y oung oung Owner Owner 813-786-1476licensed/bonded/insured licensed/bonded/insured 10% of ALL Profits go to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay  Veterinarians  Grooming  Breeding  Training  Supplies  Pet Sitters  Pets 4 Sale PET STATION Place your ad in the PET STATION DIRECTORY TODAY and we will DOUBLE its size atNO ADDITIONAL CHARGE!*Call 813-909-2800 Today!*12 week contract required. Only single and double ad sizes qualify. New clients only.


Zephyrhills Dade City West Zephyrhills 6930 Gall Boulevard 14045 7th Street 36239 State Road 54 Zephyrhills, FL 33542 Dade City, FL 33525 Zephyrhills, FL 33541Phone: (813) 783-8122 Phone: (352) 521-0715 Phone: (813) 783-3664 www.centerstatebank.comFREE CHECKING! FREE DEBIT CARD! FREE GIFT! / 813-909-2800 THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 8, 2012 7 Experienced Merchandise € Used But Not AbusedŽ(813) 355-48078607 Gall Blvd € Zephyrhills, FL33541US 301 1/4 mile north of LowesTuesday Saturday 10am 5 pm closed Sunday & Monday Furniture Antiques Collectibles Tools Household Goods Lawn Equipment Knicknacks Lamps Fishing Equipment and much much more WE AL S O B UY Buy 1 Used Book, Get 1 FREEFor the Love of Reading! Book SwapNEW TA M PA 1946 Bruce B. Downs Blvd. Wesley Chapel(In the Publix / Beall's Plaza)813-929-7490 Mon-Sat 10 to 6 Sun s m Laker/Lutz News Staff Report The Dade City Garden Club is pleased to announce its sixth cooking school, “An Evening in Tuscany.” The event will be held in the gourmet kitchen of Sonny’s Appliances, in Dade City on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 6 p.m. The preparation for each course of the meal will be demonstrated and then served to the guests. Each attendee will receive a copy of the recipes. Seating is limited to 48 guests. Tickets are $45 and must be reserved by calling (352) 5676841. The guest chefs for the evening will be R.J. Webb from Wiregrass High Culinary Arts Academy and Jessica Cooper from Land O’Lakes High Culinary Arts Academy. Webb will demonstrate the appetizer and entre courses and Cooper will perform the intermezzo and dessert demonstrations. Tuscan cooking is about the true essence of the food. The Tuscan region is the home of exceptional olive oils, artisan cheeses and fresh meat. With these simple ingredients, a chef can bring out the natural flavors in a recipe. The chefs have prepared a diverse menu. The appetizers Mozzarella Caprese with Crostini and Ceviche on Endive are followed by an entre of Chicken Roulade with Parmesan Cream Sauce served with Rice Pilaf and glazed baby carrots. A dessert of Tiramisu will follow the palate cleansing intermezzo. The appetizer and entre will be paired with complementary wines selected by Eric Goltry of Lakeland.Delicious food, great chefs, beautiful decorations, and friendly ambiance have made the previous five cooking schools very successful, drawing sold-out crowds. All proceeds from the events benefit the Dade City Garden Club’s “Vision Project” to renovate and restore the Historic Garden Club building and grounds. The event is sponsored by, left to right, Todd Batchelor of Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Dade City, Allen Altman of the Farm Bureau Insurance Dade City, and Jimmy Adcock of TECO.Green thumbs and culinary arts go hand in hand


813-909-2800 / THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 8, 2012 8 By Lee Heffelfinger Gem Estates Nearly 30 people from Gem Estates were among the two bus loads of “cruisers” enjoying the amenities on Royal Caribbean’s Jewel of the Seas for a six-day, five-night cruise to Cozumel and Costa Maya. Lots of wedding anniversaries were celebrated. Ray and Clara Moyer celebrated their 60th, while three couples, Al and Deanie Bennett, Keith and Carolyn Babbitt, and Peter and Valerie Loperiare enjoyed their 50th. Charles and Jeannine Kehn celebrated their 25th anniversary. We had birthdays galore, as Ray Morris, Barbara Durick, Joe Casey, Diane Ziegler, enjoyed the candles on their cakes. The weather was super allowing the waters to be calm and placid while we enjoyed the fantastic food choices like prime rib and lobster tail. The breakfast and noon lunches were buffet style and choices of food were almost boundless. Lots of pool parties and fun around the pool area. Games galore and everyone looked so great at the Captain’s night party, beautiful sparkly dresses, etc. and the guys looked great too. Now the memories are vivid and a lot of the same people are trying to talk us into doing another Royal Caribbean cruise next January. Call me if you are interested in joining us. Our breakfast committee with Jim Nagle as the chief captain, worked extra hard to give us the option of a great breakfast before we boarded the bus for the cruise. Thanks to all who came to the clubhouse early to prepare breakfast for us. I have been telling everyone what a great meal Jim and his crew prepare. Nothing like it in all of Zephyrhills for that low price. We lost two more of our long time residents in the past two weeks: Mary Bradford and Flossie O”Beay. However, we have gained several new neighbors. Seems a lot of people find Gem Estates a favorable place to live or spend the winter. We have added a new feature with several ladies doing Yoga on Wednesday, along with line dancing every Monday. Our master chef, Jim, has decided to do a spaghetti supper on Friday, Feb. 10, and I can hardly wait because we know that will be super. Loretta Green, our Red Hat Society Queen Mother, has informed me there will be a fashion show and tea coming up on Saturday, March 10 from 1-4 p.m. entitled “Second Hand Rose” where she and several models will demonstrate how fashionable and thrifty you can become by utilizing the secondhand stores we have available to us in abundance in our area. This tea will have door prizes and hor d’oeuvres and tea will be served. For more information and tickets, call Loretta at (813) 782-9033. All are invited. We are once again going to spend several days in Biloxi, Miss. and then Valentine’s Day roaming around New Orleans. We always have a good time when we head out to Mississippi. We want to extend a warm welcome to Doug and Larice Ripley from Thomaston, Maine for buying the property on the corner of Elgin and Lombard. The removal of the large trees on the Lombard side really opened up the house to the sunshine. Guess the neighbors are happy that all the leaves will be gone. We’ll be celebrating several birthdays in February: Norma Bowden on Feb. 6, Roger Michaud on Feb. 9, Earl Benedict on Feb. 14, Jeannette Brown on Feb. 17, Jeanne Shutte on Feb. 21, Gerry Shields on Feb. 24, Joyce Knestaut on Feb. 27, Ginnie Zepp on Feb. 28 and Walter Thurston and Joyce Plummer on Feb. 29. Happy birthday to all! Lets hope this wonderful weather stays for the rest of the winter.Cruisin’ and celebrating


Your Community Calendar  Submit to:  All listings free of charge What ’ s HAPPENING YARD SALE CORNER YARD AND BAKE SALETropical Mobile Home Park yard and bake sale takes place Friday, Feb. 10. The park is located on SR 54 W on Lane Road in Zephyrhills. The sale is from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. will include household items, clothing and appliances and bake sale will include pies and cakes. Lunch will be available at 11 a.m.PARK WIDE SALEColony Hills Community Park will have a park wide yard sale on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 8 a.m.-noon. There will also be crafts and they will be on sale in the clubhouse along with lunch.TRASH AND TREASURES SALETippecanoe Village is holding its Trash and Treasures Sale in the clubhouse on Saturday, Feb. 18, from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch, coffee and doughnuts will be available. The park is located on the corner of Morris Bridge and Chancey Road in Zephyrhills, with the entrance off Morris Bridge. CHURCH FUNDRAISERThe Alliance Church of Zephyrhills will be having a yard sale, craft sale and bake sale on Saturday, Feb. 11 to raise funds for a Missions team heading to Mali, West Africa and to help the teens for summer camp. Hot dogs and drinks will also be sold. **Send your yard sale info to** RUN WITH ABEThe second annual Honest Abe 5K Race presented by St. Leo University to benefit the Boy Scouts of America will be Saturday, Feb. 11 at 8 a.m. Runners can preregister at For more information, call Chrissy Kruse at (813) 929-6789.CROSSFIRE AND FRIENDSDean Johnson’s Music Inc. is presenting “Crossfire and Friends” with Nashville sensation Jim Frable on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 6:30 p.m. at the Nazarene Church, 6151 12th St. in Zephyrhills. Advance tickets are $13, $15 at the door. The concert will benefit the Zephyrhills Pregnancy Care Center and a portion of ticket sales will go to the Pregnancy Care Center Ministry.VOLUNTEER FOR HOSPICEHPH Hospice will host a two-day volunteer orientation on Tuesday, Feb. 21 and Thursday, Feb. 23 for adults and teens 14 and older. Class hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and attendance on both days is required. Lunch will be provided. Classes will take place at the HPH Hospice East Pasco team office, 37445 Clinton Ave. in Dade City. Registration is required. Call Diana Unger, volunteer coordinator, at (352) 518-1400. Information is available online at FRIENDSThe Compassionate Friends of Pasco County, a self-help, not for profit organization serving parents, siblings and grandparents after the loss of a child, will meet on Monday, Feb. 13 at 39031 SR 54 in Zephyrhills. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting starts at 7 p.m.BOOK BAZAARFriends of Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth Street in Dade City, is sponsoring a Book Bazaar. The event is scheduled on a monthly basis throughout the year, on the second weekend of every month, except October, where the bazaar will take place the first weekend of the month. The next bazaar at Friends of Hugh Embry Library takes place on Feb. 10 and 11 from 11 a.m.2:30 p.m. This Book Bazaar will feature a diverse selection of slightly used books, audio and videotapes, magazines and related materials. These are available for a modest cost, many at less than $3. For additional information, contact Glen Thompson at (352) 567-7449 or (352) 4670050 or email bookbollard @!The sixth annual Quilt Show sponsored by the Sew and Sews Club of Sundance Park on CR 54 is happening Sunday, Feb. 26 from 1-4 p.m. in the clubhouse. There will be quilted and craft items available for sale and raffle items.ART CLUBZephyrhills Art Club will hold its next meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. The meeting will take place at Alice Hall, located in Zephyr Park on SR 54. Theme for mini art show will be Native American culture. They will be judged by accomplished or amateur. You don’t have to be a member to attend. HEALTHY BRAINHPH Hospice will host a free workshop on tips for maintaining a healthy brain. TaWanna Noel, program specialist for the Alzheimer’s Association, will facilitate the workshop targeted to baby boomers and seniors. Noel will give participants tips for keeping their brains agile, which can help reduce one’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia. “How To Keep A Healthy Brain” is an Alzheimer’s Association program based on the best available science on brain health and focuses on things one can do every day to exercise the brain. The workshop will take place at the East Pasco HPH Hospice team office located at 37445 Clinton Ave. in Dade City from 1:30-3 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Registration is required. Call Jan Double, HPH Hospice community relations coordinator, at (727) 705-0107. Information is available online at PASCO DEMOCRATIC CLUBThe February meeting of the East Pasco Democratic Club will be Monday night, Feb. 20 from 7-8:30 p.m. It will be held in the meeting room of Bentley Commons, 38130 Pretty Pond Road in Zephyrhills. Our speaker this month is Rev. Nathaniel Sims, President of the local chapter of the NAACP. He will be discussing redistricting among other topics. Everyone is welcome. Call Diane Parker, president, at (813) 778-6743 with any questions. COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT GOSPEL SINGSErnie Haase and Signature Sound is putting on a concert on Thursday, Feb. 9 to benefit Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Wellness Ce nter. Tickets can be purchased at the Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Wellness Center, 7050 Gall Blvd. Ticket prices are $15 for overflo w seating, general admission is $25 and costs are $35 in the artist row. For more information, call (813) 788-0411 ext. 1421. Doo rs open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. The show is taking place at the East Pasco Seventh-day Adventist Church, 7330 Dairy Roa d in Zephyrhills. / 813-909-2800THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 8, 2012 9 5K


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Birthday bash, elections and more at Wood DaleBy Janet Nelson Wood Dale Mobile Home Park Wood Dale Mobile Home Park is in full swing for the winter. January has been busy so far and more events are forthcoming. Residents are bowling, shooting pool, shuffling, golfing, playing cards, attending bible study, playing bingo, going to flea markets, shopping, etc. There is always something to do. A delicious hot dog/hamburger luncheon was held on Friday, Jan. 13! Hot dogs and hamburgers were served with macaroni or potato salad, beans, brownie and a drink. The weather was a little cool by Florida standards but that doesn’t stop us from wanting to eat – the turn-out was great. Thanks to all those who attended. The Women of Wood Dale have elected new officers for the 2012-2013 year. President Jane Race, Vice President – Marion Bryan, Secretary – Doris Kepler and Treasurer – Barb Binkley. Congratulation ladies – we are sure you will do a great job! The Shuffle Club also has new officers for 2012-2013. President-Janice Savage, Vice President-Alex Gonzalez and Secretary/Treasurer-Jane Race. The Shuffle Club is very active and they have lots of fun. Can the people in Wood Dale cook? You bet! You should have seen the variety of food for the Pot Luck Birthday Bash. We had to set up another table for the overflow of food. Everything was delicious – each dish as tasty as the previous! After feasting, we celebrated residents’ birthdays. Resident Doris Rahn was showered with numerous cards in honor of her upcoming 90th birthday this year. Congratulations Doris! We wish you a very Happy 90th birthday. As a specific month was called, residents celebrating birthdays that month could go to the front table to pick out a gift or if a gift previously picked by another looked good, they could confiscate that gift instead of going to the table. Pianist Connie Wilbur played a song representing each month. A “gaily wrapped” BIG green box boasting “Guaranteed American made” was passed – sometimes very rapidly – many, many times during the evening! Want to know what was in that BIG box — a guitar-shaped container of popcorn! The recipient of the gift at the end of the evening was Marlene Lipp. Homemade cupcakes and ice cream were then passed out. What a fun evening. Keep your eyes open for future news on Wood Dale Park fun! Lois Dawson, Beverly Monfort and Darlene Hoffman enjoyed the Wood Dale Mobile Home Park hot dog/hamburger luncheon on Friday, Jan. 13. (Photos courtesy of Janet Nelson) Doris Rahn was showered with numerous cards from other residents in honor of her upcoming 90th birthday. Barb Binkley, Doris Kepler, Marion Bryan and Jane Race were all elected as new officers by the Women of Wood Dale. Race was voted president, Bryan was elected vice president, Kepler was chosen as secretary and Binkley was picked as treasurer. 37940 Live Oak Ave € Dade City€ 352.523.0055 € www.kafekokopelli.comHOURS: TUES THURS 11AM-9PM € FRI SAT 11AM-10PM € CLOSED SUNDAY & MONDAY An i ncred i ble d i n i ng exper i ence i n an at m osphere so un i que,you ll never forget i t PATIO NOW OPEN Sunset Menu 4-6pm everyday starting at $7.99 Happy Hour 4-7 Daily extensive Wine List 3rd Wednesday of Every Month house wines $3.00 a glass Magician every Tuesday & Saturday 6 9pmDaily & Weekly Specials on Catering & Party Rooms Available Marlene Lipp was the winner of the mysterious “Guaranteed American made” present, a guitar-shaped container of popcorn. / 813-909-2800THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 8, 2012 11


Kathy Mace Betmar My friend, Mary Ann and I left our husbands behind and went on a five day Technology Cruise this week. Yes, our husbands survived and yes, Mary Ann and I had a great time and learned a few things, too. It was fun being around people who are so knowledgeable about computers and willing to share what they know. My children, the computer whizzes, are very proud of their mom for stepping out of her comfort zone. We are never too old to learn something new and are so blessed to live in a place like Betmar that offers so many activities. Try something new this week, you’ll be glad you did. Bryan Toll, assistant activities director, opened coffee today by leading us in the invocation and the pledge. Bryan reminded everyone that you must be 16 and have a driver’s license to drive a golf cart on our streets. For everyone’s safety, please do not let your young grandchildren drive your cart. There will be a Valentine’s Day Theme Table Dance on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Clubhouse No. 2. Music will be by Allen Chamberlain. Tickets are a donation of $5. Johnny Ellis and the Has Been Band will be performing on Thursday, Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse No. 2. Tickets are a donation of $5. The New England Picnic will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11 from 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. in Clubhouse No. 2. Tickets are a donation of $3. The Multi State Picnic will be held on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 3 p.m. in Clubhouse No. 3. Tickets are a donation of $2. The Jam Club is presenting the 2012 Betmar Opry on Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse No. 2. Tickets are a donation of $5. The Five State Plus Picnic will be held on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 11 a.m. in Clubhouse No. 3. Tickets are a donation of $2 and are only available at the door. The Tennis Club is again offering Pickle Ball on Thursdays at 1 p.m. If you are interested just show up at the courts at this time. Equipment is provided by the club. The Health O Rama Wellness Fair is Thursday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. in Clubhouse No. 2. Many health checks will be available including blood pressure, moles, PSA and hearing. Find out about inhome care, long-term care and other topics. There will be presentations starting at 9:30 a.m. This Health Fair has saved lives. The Bridge Club will be having its second annual Contract Bridge Tournament starting on Feb. 6 and running four consecutive Mondays through Feb. 27. Play will be at Clubhouse No. 3 from 12:15 p.m.-4 p.m. There is a sign-up sheet in Clubhouse No. 3 and the donation fee is $10. Dance lessons are still being held on Fridays at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse No. 3. Bridge winners on Monday, Jan. 30 were 1st Ann Musial, 2nd Joyce Ells, 3rd Sharon Jackson and 4th Keith Todd. Bridge winners on Wed, Jan 25 were 1st Rose Novak, 2nd Gene Martzloff and 3rd Lee Gaynier. Dee Payne, activities director, announced that in sickbay this week are Cecelia Shambo, Myrl Lee Forsyth, Agnes Fiero and Ray and Mary Dixon. Please pray for our Betmar friends. Birthdays this week are Wilma DeMaagd Jan. 25, Marilyn Reiff Jan. 26, Julie Ellis Jan. 28, JoAnne Robertson Jan. 31, Kenn Goddard Feb. 1, Gayle McClelland Feb. 2 and Mary DeLand Feb. 3. Anniversaries are Rose and Bernie Novak 45 years on Jan. 28 and Nancy and Bob Atkins Feb. 3. Ralph Knotts played the piano while we sang to the celebrants.Visitors are Bob Champagne from Michigan visiting Lil and Curt Gossett, Jean Ulrick and Judy Beamer from Michigan visiting Jane Irwin, Leman and Mary Smith from Maine visiting Lee and Grace Hubbard, Dennis and Mimi Carter from Michigan visiting Neil Ernst and Calvin Hall, Jim and Carol Kress from Vermont visiting Al and Carol Farnsworth, David and Ellie Dean visiting Luman and Barb Rockhill, Kevin Stiff from Michigan visiting Elmer Gene. New residents are Tom and Linda Gaffney from Ohio, Michael and Linda Williams from Michigan and Graham and Barb Thompson from Ontario. S HEN YU N For Ch in es e, t he words e vo ke a s en se o f wonder, ma g ic, and the divine. To audi en ce s who haveseenit theyrecalltheexperienceofalifetimea ha ve s ee n it th ey r ec al l th e ex pe ri en ce o f a li fe ti me „a moment so powerfull y beautiful it touches the soul. D iscover the grandeur of a fantasticall y rich culture, that of classical China, brought to life through brilliantl y choreo g raphed dance and mesmerizin g all-ori g inal orchestral compositions. Magni“centl y costumed dancers „ the worlds elite„move in poetic arran g ements that evoke pastoral beaut y imperial drama, and the glor y of an ancient civilization. This season, discover what art was meant to be. D iscover Shen Yun. T h e Five Mil Mil len lenn ia B egin 2009. Anunmatched An extraor d inar y experience... exquisitelybeautiful Ž „ Cate Blanchett, Academy Award-winning actress What Does  Shen Yun Ž Mean? C HINESE IS AN IMMENSELY rich language. Man y ch aracters contain d eep inner meanings an d nuances that are di c ult to translate into En g lish, s uc h as t h ose in our very name: S h en Yun. T h e c h aracter S h en ( ) is a g eneral term for  divineŽ or divine being.Ž Chinese cosmolog y in f act, is re p lete with hundreds of deities, Buddhas, and Taoist immortals who pla y d i e rent roles and c olor the canon of Chinese history with thousands of rich stories This feeling of the divine plays into the second c haracter o f our name: Yun ( ) Its meanin g i s far greater than what literal translation can c apture. YunŽ re f ers to the overall manner o f a d ancer, a d ancers sty l e, an d t h e meaning b e h in d his or her movements. S o, when we put ShenŽ and YunŽ together: i ts about the g race, compassion, and sublime beaut y o f heavenl y realms that are shown t hrough the subtlest expressions and gestures of our dancers. That is t h e essence o f the name  Sh en Yun.Ž  I just feel blessed h avin g been exposed to this level, t his caliber of performance. It was a complete edifying experience o f the human spirit. I come awa y with f eeling l ike a better human being for having experienced this m agni “ cent event. Ž „ Omega Medina, former senior manager of classical music for the Grammy Awards EXPERIENCE THE WORLDS PREMIER CLASSICAL CHINESE DANCE COMPANY. REVIVING 5,000 YEARS OF CIVILIZATION. agerofclassical ALL-NEW SHOW WITH LIVE ORCHESTRA March 3-4, TampaStraz Center | Carol Morsani Hall Hotline: 813.438.2112 TicketingBox:888.974.3698 Presented by the Falun Dafa Association of Florida Straz Center:813.229.Star 813-909-2800 / THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 8, 2012 12 Love, computers in the air at Betmar

PAGE 13 / 813-909-2800 THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 8, 2012 13 StuartJ.Kaufman,M.D.Cataract,Multi-FocalImplant, GlaucomaSpecialist AlsoServingSunCityCenter,BushnellandWesleyChapel TheBestEyeSurgeonIntheSouthShoreArea Dr.Kaufmanhasperformedover35,000 cataractsurgeriesand70,000surgeries. SeeBetter.LiveBetter.’ Calltodayforanappointment. 6329US301(GallBlvd.) Zephyrhills(813) By Donna J MacArthur Morningside RV Estates It was the day before deadline, my laptop was giving me angst and I couldn’t get online. At our regular Monday morning coffee social, I mentioned my dilemma to Dick Thompson. Dick and Art Power, both residents of Morningside, are the park’s two self-professed computer ‘geeks.’ They willingly – and tirelessly – volunteer their technical knowledge and services – both as instructors and as trouble-shooters to other residents, like me, whose cyber savvy is limited, at best.Dick showed up at my door just after lunch that same day, and within minutes my computer was up and running again. His response to my heartfelt thanks was simply, “Hey, we’re all one big family here, and I like to help whenever I can.” And once again, it hit me…the fact that I’m living in a community of relatively new friends, all of whom I fully trust and who, I believe, genuinely care for their neighbors’ well being. Sometimes we tend to become a tad complacent about things like that, so I decided to chat with some of my neighbors just to get their opinions on what it is that makes an RV park “a home,” as opposed to simply a warm place to spend our winters. Joanne Holmes and her husband, John, are first-year Snowbirds. Living in an RV park is a new experience for both of them. The couple, from Northern Maine, moved into Morningside RV Estates last fall. After having been in the park for only two weeks, Joanne was diagnosed with cancer. “Everyone was so concerned for me,” she says. “Even when I was in the hospital my husband would come and tell me that people in our park were asking about me and praying for me. People here are just so friendly; like a close-knit family. I lost my mother a couple years ago, and now I feel like I have lots of ‘mamas’ right here in Morningside,” she said with a smile.Joanne’s cancer treatment warrants that she remains in Florida for the coming summer, rather than return back home like most snowbirds. But the thought of spending all year in Morningside hasn’t dampened her spirits.“You know, I don’t even mind staying here because the park just feels like home,” she says appreciatively. Marilyn Johnson, from Mooretown, Ontario, has been in Morningside 10 years and calls it her “home away from home.” She and her husband, Bob, are very active people, and Marilyn says Morningside meets all the criteria to satisfy their busy lifestyle. “I’m a walker. Living here in Morningside, I can walk anywhere I want to go,” she says, alluding to the park’s central location within the boundaries of Dade City, where every necessary amenity is close by. “Sometimes Bob and I get so busy within the park that a whole week can go by and our car has never been moved. There are just so many interesting and entertaining things to do here.”Marilyn suggests that residents have to “believe in a park” in order to make it a success.“Believing in a park means you support the people and the activities going on in the park. That’s what connects people and makes things work well in any small community,” she offers. Marilyn recalls when her husband had a heart attack a couple years ago. She came home from the hospital one night and found she was out of propane. She vividly remembers the relief she felt when Morningside’s thoughtful maintenance man, Bill Lento, came to her home and simply said, “I’ll take care of it for you. Don’t worry about a thing.” The same kindness was shared by all of the couples’ friends as they rallied around them. “Everyone was so willing to help with anything we wanted or needed done. It’s just such a caring place,” Marilyn says. Sandy Anderson, of Michigan, is leaving Morningside this month, for personal reasons. The thought of leaving the park she has called home for almost 15 years saddens her heart. “My husband and I moved here in 1998. There’s so much of him here; he built this whole piece on,” she sweeps her hand, indicating a spacious, cozy addition to her RV. “This was our first home in Florida. We loved the locationboth the closeness to shopping and being next door to fields of pasture with cows grazing. And we got involved in lots of activities and made many wonderful new friends. I especially loved the pool,” she sighs. Sandy’s husband died a year and a half ago, and now her children want her to move back home to Michigan to live closer to them. “It’s just a fact of growing old,” she says, matter-of-factly. “But I’ll miss the people and all the good times.” In human context, a “family” is a group of people affiliated by consanguinity (common ancestry), affinity (close relationship), or coresidence. I believe Morningside Park meets the criteria to be deemed as a family of friends, and for me it is a pleasure to be a part of this great little community.Although I haven’t related all the ongoing regular activities happening in this great park, it is suffice to say that there was no time for January blahs, and February is slated to be equally as fun-filled. Our park-wide yard sale is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 11, from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., with breakfast served from 7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. This offers a good opportunity for folks ‘from the outside’ to drop by and find some treasures, and perhaps find the home away from home that you have been dreaming of. We’re just friends you haven’t yet met!Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!!! Morningside RV Estates residents, Jacques Levesque, of Edmunston, New Brunswick, Canada, and Bill Lento, formerly of Maine — who now lives in Florida year-round — are ready to enjoy freshly barbequed burgers in the park’s clubhouse. The weekly lunch/social is just one of the many wellattended events that draws the hundreds of residents together to enjoy the winter season. (Photo courtesy of Donna J. MacArthur)What makes Morningside RV Estates ‘Home’?


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RUNNING OR NOT € TITLE OR NO TITLE$400 … $5,000 CASHFREE TOW 24/7 € SE HABLA ESPAOL(352) 260-0144 € MONDAY-SUNDAY 9AM 9PM AUTOMOTIVE RECYCLING Charity dayBy Barbara White Sundance Sundance Mobile Home Park enjoyed the first meeting of the new year on Jan. 9 at 11 a.m. It was ‘Charity Day’ for the club, with representatives from our four charities that we support through the year. Neighborhood Care Center was represented by Patty Mullins. Sara Lawson represented West Zephyrhills Elementary School in place of Becky Bishop who was unable to attend. Ginger Heath represented Hernando Pasco Hospice and Debbie Hower from Meals on Wheels. They each gave info about their given program. There is a definite need for donations and volunteers for these organizations, along with many more neighborhood needs. A $200 check was presented to each of the speakers for their organization from proceeds of our Women’s Club activities through the year. We also provide donation boxes for Neighborhood Care Center and West Zephyrhills Elementary School in the clubhouse. Everyone enjoyed a great soup and salad luncheon planned by Connie Soule and her kitchen committee. We appreciate the efforts that Connie does through the year getting volunteers together to provide these luncheons for everyone. Of course we can’t forget the set-up and cleanup crew as well. It takes everyone and their volunteer efforts to have a successful club. All residents, including the men are invited to attend the Monday, Feb. 13 meeting. There will be a master gardener speaking, explaining Florida planting. Pat Wilson is planning a style show to be held on Saturday, March 24. Tickets will be available for anyone in the community to attend. Watch for further information in the Park News regarding this event. / 813-909-2800 THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 8, 2012 15 By Barbara White Sundance On Tuesday morning, Jan. 17, Sundance Women’s Club Mobile Home Park of Zephyrhills cosponsored its second annual Health and Wellness Expo along with Pasco Regional Medical Center of Dade City. There were 27 vendors presenting their businesses or activities. Some of the services provided were free health screenings, health and wellness information, blood pressure, glucose testing. One provider offered back massages. There were nursing centers giving information about their services. Some of the guests received flu shots while checking out the health information. Pasco Regional Medical Center ( had expertise in many areas such as wound healing, allergies, internal medicine, surgical health, weight loss and women’s health. We wish to thank all of the vendors for their involvement in this event. From left, Connie Soule, Linda Jensen, Iris Burnell, Ginger Heath from Hernando Pasco Hospice, Bev Fick, Debbie Cross and Sara Lawson stand around a check presented to Heath for HPH Hospice. (Photos courtesy of Barbara White) Rae Anderson, left, signs up for the Health and Wellness Expo as Susan Frimmel, director of marketing at Pasco Regional Medical Center, enters information into a computer. (Photos courtesy of Barbara White)Teaming up for health SAVE WATER -G.I.Ž Bathing only, water-soaprinse. -Brush teeth with small cup of water -Save water by remembering that when faucet is bringing up hot water you can use that cool water later for coffee. -Wash dishes with small plastic tub then pour water outside if possible. -Haul extra water 5 or more gallons -Turn hot water heater on 10minutes before use and turn off after use. -Use toilet sprayer if available instead of holding down foot pedal, use public and campground facility when possible. -Save grey water to a blue tote tank and then use it to flush toilet. SAVE GENERATOR FUEL AND PRESERVE YOUR BATTERIES -Use one light at a time and smallest possible to do job. -Use fluorescent lights instead of incandescent -Limit use of TV, microwave, and hairdryer -Turn off inverter when not in use -Turn off all 12 volt loads when not in use, such as clock, radio, computer, cell phone chargers, and TVantenna boosters -Before Boondocking, precook meat and freeze for later use. MANAGE FUEL -Top off fuel in RVand Toad -Carry one empty 5 gallon fuel container -Dont run generators unnecessarily. Boondocking Tips Boondocking Tips Boondocking Tips Boondocking Tips 10301 U S 301 Dade C i ty813-230-2380www.JLP M OTOR S PORT S .CO MLois & Jasen


By Helene Rubenstein Grand Horizons We will start off this newsletter with the final three days of picture taking by Olan Mills for our pictorial directory. The people that were away during the summer months and some others that just missed having their picture taken in the summer took advantage of these days, Jan. 9, 10 and 11, to meet at the community center for their pictures to be taken. Our fun time continues at Grand Horizon with a game of Euchre played on Jan. 12. Since it first began, I am glad to say that it is growing nicely. This particular day finds several beginners and more experienced players, playing together, at several tables. Again, like I have said previously, the people that participated created the atmosphere. The game was held at 7 p.m. and it was a fun time. The following day we had a lively game of shuffleboard even though we only had 12 people. It was a brisk morning and that is the main reason why the turnout was so small. There was much activity, talking and friendly bantering going on throughout the game. It seems that each time we play shuffleboard — whatever the amount of people — we have a good time. Later that day, 52 people went out for a luncheon at Blackstone’s. It was hosted by Bill and Karen Donlon and it was well organized. This is one of the several times that I have gone to Blackstone’s and, it seems, that one time is better then another. The service was excellent and the food was beyond description. Anything and everything came out of the kitchen hot and ready to eat. There also was a huge variety to choose from the menu. There were lively discussions going on at our table, and I am sure, that it was the same for many others as well. We left the restaurant with many people saying, “That’s it for me, no dinner tonight.” We had our famous Egg n’ Bag on Jan. 14 at 8:30 a.m. There was a huge crowd of 86 people and all were treated to an omelet made especially to order, potatoes, delicious muffins and jelly and/or butter. We were also treated to orange juice from a brand new dispenser that made it easy to pour the juice. There were quite a few tables and, once again, discussions at each table, thereby getting to know one another. We had a winner for a free breakfast and the winner was Jim Leitzke. He and his wife, Judi, were pleasantly surprised as they said they usually do not win anything. “Maybe this is the mark of better things to come,” was what they said. We sure hope so— -good luck in the future to Jim and Judi. We also want to thank Linda and Dave Tutin plus their volunteers for a great breakfast and a good time. There were six people who helped out and they were Karen and Bill Donlon, Chris and Rich Fulton and Dave and Jenny Molinek. Thanks to all these volunteers who made things run smoothly. An announcement was made by Linda Tutin to have the Egg n’ Bag on the third Saturday of each month as we have the pancake breakfast on the first Saturday and the lunch connoisseur on the second Friday and therefore the Egg n’ Bag will be on the third Saturday. The following day, at 7 p.m., we had our second session of line dancing. I don’t know if it was my imagination or not but the people attempting the line dance seemed to do a better job then they had last week. From that conclusion, I gather the lessons are doing us some good. There were several new people and, of course, some people who had been here last week that returned. It was a nice turnout and is growing little by little. The following day found several of us at Pinochle having a fun and exciting time while another group is also in the community center playing “pay me.” They are both fun games and I used to play pay me for quite some time, but, when a new game developed, I had to choose. Both games are different and unique in their own way. One thing is the same for both games and that is that whatever game you choose, it will prove to be entertaining. One superb day after another at Grand Horizons Marty Rubenstein and Tom Carter were among the more than 80 people who showed up to the Egg n’ Bag treated to an omelet made especially to order, potatoes, delicious muffins, jelly and/or butter. (Photos by Helene Rubenstein) Judy and Bill Ellsworth, new residents at Grand Horizons, enjoy breakfast at their new home. Joe and Yuko Ouelette and Lynn Dyson enjoy breakfast at Grand Horizons. 813-909-2800 / THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 8, 2012 16


I learned that I have achoice for my post-hospitalrehabilitation. Heartland of Zephyrhills38220 Henry Drive Zephyrhills, FL 33542813.788.7114Call the Admissions Department for more information. By Sandra Abel Rainbow Village To start our busy week, Rainbow Village’s open house was a great fun day at our park. People were going around and checking out the units that were for sale. We had three vendors, Bahr’s Propane Gas, Dueydoesit and Brighthouse. Music was provided by David Teague, a very talented musician who played bluegrass and country music. Hotdogs, cookies, popcorn, ice tea and lemonade were enjoyed by all who attended. It was a great day to meet your neighbors! The bean soup supper was a big success remarked Les Mallory and his great committee. Great soup!! Carefree parks had a shuffleboard tournament for all the carefree parks. Rainbow Village came home with a trophy for second place in the consolation competition. The team of Eugene Hoard and 89-year-old Rick Chisolm won this trophy. Well done gentlemen!!!! A French toast breakfast was served by Doris Adams and John Turner, the chairpersons and their wonderful committee. Thank you for a wonderful breakfast. Winter Wonderland was the theme for our January dance. As you walked into the dance you felt the excitement as you looked at the way the room was decorated. Snowmen were sitting all over the hall and beautiful lights decorated the hall. The persons coming to the dance were ask to bring gloves, hats, scarfs for the homeless. A large tote was full of these donations. Thanks to our new chairpersons David and Carol Halliday for a great evening dancing to the music of Chrissy Harriman. Lauren Harvey and friends that call themselves Rustic Road entertained us at our ice cream social on Jan 22. This was their first appearance together and they got a standing ovation from Rainbow residents. We loved them! On Jan. 29 at our ice cream social we had David Teague playing the electric guitar and singing a beautiful variety of our favorite songs and joining him was our special drummer, Dougie Briggs whom we got to love over the years at Rainbow Village when he played with the Ken McWilliams band. It was a fun night!!!! A turning-70-birthday pot luck dinner was held at our social hall recently. We have a lot of residents turning 70 this year and they decided to celebrate the 70th all together with a dinner. Sue Larkin chaired this event. Happy birthday to all who celebrate their 70th this year!! The Steve Jeffris’s Show was a great night of entertainment at Rainbow. We always look forward to this show. In previous years, Steve would give our manager a gift. One year it was a tree; another year he brought in the Zephyrhills high school band and majorettes; last year a group of barber shop singers; and to top it this year he had two waitresses on roller skates from Sonic Restaurant delivering a peanut butter pie from the Village Restaurant for Sue Flynn our manager and a bouquet of candy bars for the manager’s husband, Bill Flynn. After the break, Steve sang a song “El Paso” in which his Rainbow neighbors portrayed two cowboys and a Mexican senorita. It / 813-909-2800 THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 8, 2012 17 GAME PAGE ANSWERSso funny!! Our manager Sue Flynn and usherettes dressed up in sparkly outfits to escort patrons to their seats. Sue presented Steve with a white rocker for his porch at Rainbow to match the one that he already had on his porch, now he has one for his wife. Steve is a resident at Rainbow. Great job Steve!!! Our next show will be held on February 22, at 7 p.m. It will feature The Browns Family from Branson with gospel music. Tickets are available, call Sue Flynn at (813) 782-5075. Cost is $7 per person. Tickets are also available for our upcoming shows on Wednesday, March 7, the Joe and Jan Edwards Show; Friday, March 16, Scott Woods, the Canadian fiddle champion. All are welcome. Chances of rain were forecast for our park-wide yard sale. It rained during the night and held off for most of the morning. The park was hopping with lots of people coming into our park and most of our residents were out checking the items their neighbors were selling. The social hall held many craft persons and the association had lots of items for sale. Glenna Simco was in charge of the doughnuts and coffee. Great morning for our residents. Thanks go out to Emil Ruhlig, the chairman and his committee. Looking forward to more exciting activities in the weeks to come at Rainbow Village. ‘El Paso’ over the Rainbow John Turner and Jackie Caldwell prepared French toast for the park’s pancake breakfast. (Photo by Sandy Abel) After the break, Steve sang a song “El Paso” in which his Rainbow neighbors portrayed two cowboys and a Mexican senorita. (Photo by Joan Carrick) Steve Jeffris, a Rainbow Village resident, has a history of giving a gift to the park manager. From a tree to waitresses on roller skates delivering a pie, Jeffris has long been a source of enjoyment at the park. This time however, manager Sue Flynn presented Jeffris with a white rocker for his porch. (Photo by Joan Carrick)


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Your Community News Equation 813.909.2800 / www.cnewspubs.comcompelling stories fun things to do+local news that impacts YOU+news from the parks+ = The LAKER/ PARKNEWS / 813-909-2800 THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 8, 2012 19 By David Rushton and Sally Ward Winter’s Park Wow, wow, we had a great turnout for potluck this week — great food and lots of conversation with our winter friends. If you missed this week’s meal, you missed a great time. Of course the card players stayed after and enjoyed lively games of euchre. Diane Tompson, Don Jennings came in first and second with Willis Hassett and Mary Hollingsworth sharing third place, following with Helen Rodenfels in fourth. Tuesday night the winners were Ken Sheldon, Ron Ferry, Helen Rodenfels sharing third with Doris Anderson and Worten Manten and Ev Acker sharing fourth. All the activities are seeing an increase in attendance, which only means more and more are here for the winter. Quilting class with Gaynelle is currently working on quilted table runners. Most of the class has completed their quilted sweatshirts. This week we had a special evening of entertainment with Elvis, (Jimmy Smith) and others. This evening was a great success, with the two entertainers being the best we have ever seen In Winters Park as far as I am concerned. Jimmy Smith was totally awesome as Elvis, and did numerous other well know country stars, such as Conway Twitty, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison and Del Shannon, to name a few. Anyone who missed this show sure missed out on a bargain. Next week we are having a lot of extra activities at Winter’s Park. On Monday, 6:30 p.m. karaoke; Wednesday, Pancake supper 4:30-6 p.m.; before our regular Music Jam session; Thursday, 1 p.m. Music Jam with Moe; and Saturday 1-4 p.m. Music Jam /potluck. All this along with our movie night with Dewey, hymn sing, exercise classes, French classes with Andree, coffee hour, kitty shoot, hoss collar shuffle, and board games. Yes something for everyone. So don’t let the cool weather keep you home, come and spend an evening, morning, whatever your mood, with your friends. Hoss Collar on Friday evening had six full courts with 36 players in attendance. There were 18 winners as follows: (1)David Rushton839, (2)Gordon Thompson-834, (3)Margaret Madill-831, (4)Wout Manten-828, (5)Sue Dungey-792, (6)Ernie Darrow-788, (7)Ron Dumais-774, (8)Bill Hollingsworth-751, (9)Dick Willis-745, (10)Rose Pratt-742, (11)Dini Rushton-731, (12)Donna Willis-730, (13)Joe Krezan-721, (14)Mary Hollingsworth-716, (15)Wayne Church-695, (16)Wilma Bolivard691, (17)Janet Sheldon-689, (18)Gaynelle Pawsey-683. A great time was had by all and everyone really enjoyed Hoss Collar. We will even be trying it on Tuesday afternoon at 1 p.m. so we will see how that goes tomorrow. Elvis, Johnny Cash, more visit Winter’s Park


813-909-2800 / THE LAKER/PARK NEWS February 8, 2012 20 By B.C. Manion Whether they do it to express their creative spirits, calm their souls or welcome new babies into the world quilters have at least one thing in common — when they finish their work, they have something to show for it. The works of quilt makers were on display at the 22nd annual Farm Fest & Quilt Show at the Pioneer Florida Museum. Besides viewing quilts, quilt enthusiasts could purchase items to use in their craft and could bring quilts in to have them appraised. For those interested in quilting, it is never too late to start, said Jim Denison, a sixth-generation quilter who learned how to cut quilt squares at the age of 9. Anybody who wants to learn to quilt, can, the Dade City man said. Sara Ross, who also comes from a long line of quilters, observed “there are probably as many reasons people quilt as there are people who quilt.” “I started sewing when I was about 9 years old at a treadle sewing machine at my mama’s knee,” the Dade City woman said. “I remember going to my aunt Emma’s and the ceiling was open. She had a quilting frame hanging from those rafters and when we would come over she would let that quilt frame down, and whatever quilt was there, they’d quilt or tie it. “The kids would play underneath. Every once in awhile, they’d let us have a needle. Denison’s grandmother had an open ceiling with a quilt frame, too. “When the family got together, the women all gathered around the quilt frame and spread the news and shared recipes and pieced and quilted,” he said. “The kids got put to work cutting out patches or tearing strips or something to keep their little hands busy,” said Denison, who has been quilting nearly 60 years. Donna Lillibridge, who owns a downtown Dade City shop called Quilts on Palm Lane, began quilting after her children were born through private lessons. She opened her shop about nine years ago, after being unable to find what she needed at other shops. Kay Morrow, who divides her time between Dade City and Michigan, said she has sewn all her life but didn’t make her first quilt until February 2004. Since then, she’s made 140 quilts. Morrow said she’s inspired by fabrics and patterns. Denison enjoys the challenge of creating new designs. “I’m a fiber artist,” he said. Lillibridge enjoys having a creative outlet, but also cherishes the sense of serenity that steals over her as she’s quilting. “When I’m making a quilt, I don’t think about paying the bills. I don’t think of other things. It’s very relaxing. I look up and it’s 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning. It’s ‘Whoa, where have I been?’ ” Besides deriving pleasure from making quilts, it’s also satisfying to share them with loved ones, or give them to others in need, the Dade City quilters said. “I practically paid for my high school reunion with quilts that I made and raffled, to cut the cost of people coming,” Ross said. “It has gotten to the point where reunions can be very expensive.” Denison makes them for his grandchildren and for wedding presents. “I also give them to people who I know need something to cling to,” he said, mentioning people with cancer or AIDS. “It gives them a sense that somebody cares about them. “When my wife became bed-bound, she asked for one of my quilts and she kept that quilt until the day she died.” Lillibridge often donates quilts for drawings sponsored by charities. Morrow said she becomes very attached to her quilts and doesn’t part with many. And she never sells them. When a woman told Morrow’s husband she’d like to buy one of his wife’s quilts, he politely informed her: “No. You just have to be a friend, and she’ll give you one.”Stitching together the rhythms of life Donna Lillibridge holds an antique quilt that is valued at around $350. A quilt appraiser was on hand at the 22nd annual Farm Fest & Quilt Show on Feb. 4-5 at the Pioneer Florida Museum. (Photo by B.C. Manion)


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