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By B.C. Manion firstname.lastname@example.org A child's hearing difficulties are not always easy to spot. That's why volunteers like Alice Jones of Zephyrhills can play such an important role in a child's life. Jones recently named Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation of Florida's volunteer of the month has spent the past several years traveling to various Pasco County schools to conduct hearing tests for children. The 76-year-old goes to schools within roughly a 20-mile radius of her home, sitting with children who are wearing earphones, and asking them if they can hear the sounds coming through the wires. When they can't, Sertoma lets the school know, so they can inform the child's parent. Most of the time the youngsters can hear. But when they can't, there are places where they can plug in for help, said Barbra Antonelli, an audiologist at the New Port Richey site for All Children's Outpatient Care Center of Pasco. Children can be born with hearing loss or it sometimes develops as they grow older, said Judith Reese, an audiologist at JC Audiology in Lutz. Federal law requires screening of infants. That typically occurs before the baby leaves the hospital, or during a follow-up visit soon after. Some Pasco County public schools have staff members who conduct hearing screenings, but others use volunteers to do the checks. Sertoma volunteers, like Jones, conduct hearing tests for kindergarten, firstand sixth-graders in Pasco County public schools. The organization always is looking for more help, Jones added. She got involved because a member of the Zephyrhills Noon Rotary Club asked members to volunteer. There are various causes of hearing loss, Reese said. "One of the things that happens most often in children is a temporary hearing loss that is due to ear infections or even a build up of fluid in the ear," Reese said. "Those are easily treated by medical professionals." 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For more than three decades, even before Ballard moved to Land O' Lakes, the Flapjack Festival was a community event that included a parade, pageant and rides. Businesses had booths, food trucks served customers, and children played games. And everyone ate flapjacks. Over the years it became an annual staple in the community and was a popular destination for area residents. In a way, it was too popular: The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce decided to move the festival from the Land O' Lakes The Flapjack Festival was a popular annual event for decades, as long as it stayed in Land O' Lakes. Once it moved to Dade City, it quickly faded away. Land O' Lakes resident wants return of Flapjack Festival See FLAPJACK, page11A B.C. MANION/STAFF PHOTO Alice Jones was recently honored for her volunteer work for the Sertoma Speech & Hearing Foundation of Florida. By B.C. Manion firstname.lastname@example.org When Jennifer Roberts returns to classes at Wiregrass Ranch High School next week, she'll be a far different person than she was when she last attended classes there. Roberts, who is entering her senior year, left the United States last September to take part in the Rotary Youth Exchange program, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel Noon. Roberts went to high school in Zaragoza, Spain the country's fourth largest city situated between Barcelona and Madrid. The 17-year-old said the experience was nothing short of life-changing. When she arrived there, Roberts barely knew enough Spanish to introduce herself and to say that she's from Florida. "At first, it was really difficult," she said. Even a simple conversation was challenging. "It makes you miss your native language, because you really have to think when you are speaking another language," Roberts said. She mastered some coping skills, to help her through. "You learn how to just smile and nod," Roberts said. She was thrilled when her Spanish-speaking skills had improved to the point where she understood what was going on. When that clarity came, "You just get the moment of joy, Oh, I can understand you,'" she said. Despite the initial language barrier, Roberts said she felt welcome from the moment she arrived. "I stayed with two different host families," she said. "They were amazing. They just accepted me." The kids she met at school were nice, too. When they found out she was from the United States, some told her: "Oh, that is so cool." Some had misconceptions about Americans, Roberts said. Rampant media reports about guns in the United States have painted the wrong picture. "They think that Americans just carry guns in their purses," she said. Some even asked if she had a gun, and if she was carrying one around Spain. "I was like, I don't actually know anyone that has a gun in their house,'" Roberts said. Of course, because she's a Floridian, some wanted to know if she had alligators as pets. When Roberts told them there was an alligator in the pond of her backyard, some wanted to know how she wasn't killed by it. On the pop-culture front, Roberts said, the music and movies are exactly the same. In fact, "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" came out a week earlier in Spain than it did COURTESY OF JENNIFER ROBERTS Jennifer Roberts wraps herself in an American flag and poses with the Eiffel Tower in the background. Her experiences abroad changed her life, she says. A year abroad gives student new insights on life See HEAR, page11A See ABROAD, page11A B ROCK OUT WITH STONEGREY INSIDE, PAGE 1B Hearing loss symptoms and getting help Hearing loss can happen when any part of the ear is not working properly, including the outer ear, middle ear, inner ear, acoustic nerve and auditory system, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The losses can vary greatly and can be due to a number of causes, the CDC says. Here are some facts from the CDC to help you learn more about symptoms of hearing loss and what to do when they appear. Signs in babies They do not startle at loud noises They do not turn to the source of a sound after 6 months of age They do not say single words, such as "dada" or "mama" by 1 year of age They turn their heads when they see you, but not if you just call their name They seem to hear some sounds but not others Signs in Children Speech is delayed Speech is not clear They do not follow directions They often say, "Huh?" They turn the television up too high The signs and symptoms of hearing loss are different for each child. If you think that a child might have hearing loss, ask the child's doctor for a hearing screening as soon as possible. As new school year begins, be sure kids can hear teachers
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And while it's tough to get out from under the shadow of his father, the younger Wells still aspires to be just like his dad, a respected government leader who is currently the county's property appraiser. Mike Wells Jr., has worked to establish his own credentials over the years, leading a regional office for Enterprise Rent-A Car, and now working as a Realtor to help families find homes. Like his father, Mike Wells Jr., has worked to develop strong leadership skills, and that's exactly what he wants to bring to the county commission. "We need leadership there, and we need it right now," said Wells, who is running for the District 4 seat currently held by Henry Wilson Jr. "We lost Ann Hildebrand on the commission a few years back, and now Ted Schrader says he is retiring in a couple years. Quite frankly, that creates a vacuum that needs to be fixed." The political bug first bit Wells when he was 12 and his father decided he was going to run for county commission. Now, three decades later, Wells is running for a seat on that board himself, getting support from his own 12-year-old son, Cole. "I remember going to events and meeting people all the time," Wells said about his father. "It gave me a true look at how people can be involved in government, as long as you have leaders willing to listen." One thing potential voters have told Wells on the campaign trail is that they don't want new taxes, even as the county struggles to continue providing services many have come to expect. "We went through the most harsh economic times, and it's only now that the real estate market is finally starting to come back," he said. "This is just the wrong time for property taxes to be going up." Instead, the rise in property values should help provide the extra funding the government needs, Wells said, as the prosperity there can be passed along to much-needed government programs. Of course, that does mean continued economic development, and what Wells sees as a greater role for the independent Pasco Economic Development Council in government. The organization had presented some ideas earlier this year on how the county could manage some of its Penny for Pasco money to fuel economic development, but the commission started pushing in a different direction that doesn't necessarily include the Pasco EDC. "We are all in this together, we're all on the same team," Wells said. "We have to work together, and Penny for Pasco is there to use, and we need to use it right." It also means getting residents more active in government, starting with the commission itself. It's one thing for a commissioner to reach out whenever possible, but meetings need to be accessible as well. Wells plans to push the commission to have at least some of its meetings in the evening, so that people who work can also participate in the process. He also wants to find ways to streamline meetings that right now can typically run for six or seven hours at a time. "I'm not saying that we should necessarily do this, but when my dad was a commissioner, that board met at least once a week," Wells said. "The county is now three times larger than what it was back then, and the commission only meets every other week. That's something I really think we need to look at." MIKE WELLS JR. Republican candidate for Pasco County Commission, District 4 OCCUPATION Realtor, F.I. Grey & Son Residential Inc. FAMILY Tiffany Wells, wife Cole Wells, son RESIDENCE New Port Richey, 8 years Pasco County, lifelong FUNDRAISING, THROUGH AUG. 1 $74,680 Wells seeks next generation of commission leadership County Commissioner Henry Wilson is profiled on page 6A. M i ke Well s Jr.
www.LakerLutzNews.com August 13, 2014 3A B.C. MANION/STAFF PHOTO Pasco County Cooperative Extension master gardeners Juanita Fawley and Mary Ellen Gotto help Makenzie Haworth, 7, build a worm condo. By B.C. Manion firstname.lastname@example.org The room at the rear of the Land O' Lakes Community Center was buzzing with chatter as children made their way around the various stations creating caterpillars out of egg cartons, turning peanut butter jars into terrariums, and creating worm condos out of recycled soda bottles. Master gardeners from Pasco County Cooperative Extension shared their enthusiasm for gardening as they talked to the youngsters about worms, air plants and compost. Master gardeners Mary Ellen Gotto, Juanita Fawley and Stan Groves helped Makenzie Haworth, 7, of New Tampa, as the young girl built a worm condo. Amy Perkins, who is Makenzie's mom, said the event helps connect kids with nature, and gives them a chance to experience gardening. "It's great exposure," Perkins said. "We put this on every year for children," Gotto said. "It's educational for children." Master gardener Chris Storch helped Caleb Hicks, 9, as he assembled his terrarium. The Connerton Elementary School student attended the event last year and wanted to come back when he heard it was being held again, said Land O' Lakes resident Ted Beason, the boy's grandfather. Storch enjoys seeing the children's delight. "They love it, getting their hands dirty and digging into it," the Lutz woman said. Vicki Arndtz, a Pasco County master gardener from Zephyrhills, thinks the event gives children from all backgrounds a chance to learn the love of growing plants and vegetables. "Not every child has an unlimited budget to experiment with gardening," Arndtz said. At the terrarium station, children could choose from a wide assortment of recycled containers. There were recycled peanut butter jars, a cheese puff container, pretzel jars and Beanie Babies collectible cases. After selecting the container, the children added rocks, a weed cloth, soil, plants and decorative items, such as colored stones, gems and coins. Carolyn Watson, of Land O' Lakes, was there with her granddaughter, Grace Heller. "My granddaughter and I love to plant plants together," Watson said. The 7-year-old, who attends Corbett Preparatory School, said she's grown carrots, impatiens and miniature sunflowers with her grandmother. The master gardeners share a passion for gardening, Arndtz said, and enjoy sharing their enthusiasm. "Only an eclectic group like this could get excited over worm compost," she said, laughing. There's always something new to learn, Storch said. For instance, gardeners who move to Florida from northern states have to learn about the spring and fall gardening seasons, she said. 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SHARK WEEK AT AQUARIUM The Florida Aquarium is offering a kids' admission discount during Shark Week through Aug. 16. Kids 11 and younger wearing a make-it-yourself shark week mask or glasses will receive a $5 discount on a regular paid ticket. There will be shark-themed activities throughout the week, including mermaid appearances, scavenger hunts, games, and guest speakers. For a mask or glasses template and complete schedule of events, visit FlAquarium.org. BENEFIT BARREL RACE Double R Arena, 32640 Amberlea Road in Dade City, is hosting Kristy's Can-Cer Vive Benefit Barrel Race Aug. 16, to benefit Kristy Flynn. There will be an exhibition at 4 p.m., and a show at 6 p.m. Entry fee is $40 per horse. Exhibitions are $4 each. The event also will include a silent auction, raffles, concessions and vendors. All proceeds benefit Flynn's medical and household expenses. For information, call Dennis or Tammie Rogers at (813) 2415931, or Tanya Dadez at (813) 787-6448. PLANT, GARDEN SHOW Lutz Nature Park, 770 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road, will host a summer plant and garden show Aug. 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event will include hand-painted items, yard art, pottery, nature photos, floral arrangements, garden signs, easy-care plants, butterfly and hummingbird attractors, lilies, bromeliads, iris, flowering vines, and more. For information, email email@example.com. BACK TO SCHOOL AT WHOLE FOODS Carrollwood Whole Foods Market, 3802 Northdale Blvd., is hosting its Back-toSchool Bash Aug. 17 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. There will be free samples, face painting, build-your-own trail mix station and fire truck tours. Starting at 1 p.m., the first 100 children in line at the lunch station will receive a free healthy prepacked lunch to carry for the first day of school. For information, call (813) 264-3600. 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www.LakerLutzNews.com August 13, 2014 5A By Samantha Taylor Pure Health Studios It is always great to find a place that has many healthy options to choose from, and I found one in Land O' Lakes. The great thing is it's a family restaurant owned by three brothers who just opened this year. I know they will be successful for they have great home-cooked food and phenomenal prices. I also appreciate large windows that encourage looking at our beautiful Florida weather. It's called Eatery 41, and it's located on U.S. 41, just outside of Connerton. As I talked to Steve Houvardas, one of the brothers, he smiled as he pointed out some of the meals his mom makes. I just love family-owned businesses, probably since I have one of my own, and I know it's run more from the heart than a corporate agenda. I haven't reviewed a salad in a long time, so I thought this would be a good place to do so, as well as highlighting many other options, too. I ordered their Buffalo chicken salad with one main modification: I had the chicken grilled instead of fried. With this salad, you can enjoy the experience of having Buffalo wings without all the extra breading and the frying. I was shocked when Steve put the salad before me. I couldn't believe how much came with this meal for the price. I knew I was going to get a good to-go meal out of that one. It's not the fat I shy away from, because I believe in eating a higher fat diet as long as you are monitoring your carbs. I fry food at home, but I do it in grain-free crumbs, and don't fry in vegetable oil. Keep in mind it has been proven to be completely inaccurate knowledge that eating fat causes heart disease. That is completely not true. The main fats you want to stay away from are trans fats, partially hydrogenated oil and vegetable oils. Another meal I noticed on the menu is the Cobb salad. But order the chicken grilled and tell them to leave off the corn. Many meals are served with bread, so just ask them not to bring that to the table, so you aren't tempted. Many of these meals I'm about to share come with a choice of salad and vegetable, so be disciplined and get the veggies instead of fries. And remember, you can have butter on those veggies you actually absorb more of the nutrients in the veggies when there is fat on them. A few other items of the many to point out are the Mediterranean fish filet topped with feta cheese and basil, as well as the grilled salmon with sun-dried tomatoes in a lemon butter sauce. And if you like liver, it's known to be very healthy. However, I have never tried it. Steve said the liver and onions is their most popular item. It's also nice to know that they serve breakfast all day where one of my favorite all-around meals is a veggie omelet with the yolks you do not raise your cholesterol by eating cholesterol. That also is a myth. So you can enjoy their delicious garden omelet filled with veggies at any time of the day. Check out Eatery 41 near Connerton, and try that awesome Buffalo chicken salad. You will not only be amazed at their prices, but also at the quality home-cooked food. HEALTHY ORDERING Samantha Taylor is a weight-loss expert, personal trainer and owner of Pure Health Studios in Land O' Lakes. Finding that healthy salad right here at Eatery 41 COURTESY OF SAMANTHA TAYLOR It's time to go back to salads, but they don't have to be boring. Check out what Eatery 41 offers. Editor's Note: Eating out is a staple of American life, but it is also one of the reasons why we are heavier than ever before. The challenge is to determine the calorie and fat content of menu items and make healthy choices. Samantha Taylor offers her tips on how you can make responsible choices while eating out. Her opinions and statements are her own. I would appreciate your vote on August 26th! 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At least that's what Henry Wilson Jr., believes when it comes to his campaign to keep his seat on the Pasco County Commission. But then again, it was probably only God that could've got him in that seat in the first place. Few people were looking at the District 4 commission race in 2010 when the last remaining Democratic commissioner, Michael Cox, appeared to be on his way to a comfortable re-election win. He had amassed nearly $163,000 double that of the second highest fundraiser, Pat Mulieri easily dwarfing the $8,700 and some change Wilson put together. Yet, it was an election probably best described as a miracle. Wilson won by more than 6,000 votes, and took over Cox's chair a short time later. "My faith has kept my actions in check," Wilson said. "I know that God is in control of my campaign, and that he knows the results already. I sleep well at night, knowing that I make decisions for what's best for the county as a whole." And Wilson hasn't been afraid to go against the grain. His vote was just enough last year to kill an increase in the local gas tax that commissioners say would've helped fund road maintenance and construction. And he's been one of the strongest voices in his efforts to streamline the private companies going through neighborhoods collecting trash. In the upcoming budget cycle, commissioners are faced with the question of how they are going to pay for a hugely underfunded streets and roads department. Solutions have included charging up to a nickel more in taxes per gallon at the gas pump, or an increase in property taxes, to raise the needed $8 million extra. Wilson, however, isn't interested in either. "We built roads over the last 30 years, and never had the operations or the budget to maintain those roads," Wilson said. "What I've talked about is looking at the real estate transfer fee, the doc stamp tax. There is a fund in Tallahassee with $20 million in it that we would split with the school board. All we have to do is have the Legislature change two sentences in the law that manages it." One of those sentences is on what the county can spend the money, collected each time a piece of land changes hands. Critics have said it would raid money earmarked for affordable housing. "Right now, we don't need more affordable housing," Wilson said. "A lot of our community development is funded by federal funds already. We need to have the option to use those dollars for roads instead of affordable housing." Those road projects would not include the more than 500 miles of dirt roads in the county, which right now are only paved after homeowners along those roads are hit with special paving assessments. "The people who live on the dirt roads like the dirt roads," Wilson said. "At least the ones who have come talked to me about it say they live on dirt roads for a reason." Maintaining a dirt road is more expensive than paving a road, Wilson said. Yet, if residents like the road, they shouldn't have to be compelled to pave it. Plus, there is no money for paving dirt roads anyway. "Right now, there is no other option on the table to pay for it except with a paving assessment," Wilson said. Although taxes are expected to hold steady for the most part this coming year, Wilson believes it's only a matter of time before some tough choices have to be made. "When I ran four years ago, I said the millage rate was too low to maintain the current level of service we're at," he said. "We can only tread water for so long." Parks and libraries are being hit the most from a reduced budget, Wilson said. "Those are quality of life issues we need in order to grow as a community," he said. "We want services, but we also have to realize that somebody is going to have to pay for them." HENRY WILSON JR. Republican candidate for Pasco County Commission, District 4 OCCUPATION Pasco County commissioner ELECTED OFFICE Pasco County Commission, 2010 FAMILY Rita Wilson, wife Christopher Wilson, son Cailin Wilson, daughter RESIDENCE New Port Richey, 32 years FUNDRAISING, THROUGH AUG. 1 $36,515 Wilson depends on divine hand in re-election bid Henry Wilson Jr.
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For information on both seminars, call (813) 929-5432. MEDICAL IDENTIFIERS SESSION FOR PROFESSIONALS Saint Leo University is hosting a free half-day training session on recognizing medical identifiers Aug. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the Tampa Education Center, 1120 E. Kennedy Blvd., Suite 238, in Tampa. The program is for medical professionals and will cover how to recognize a potential victim of human trafficking. For information, or to register, call Dr. David Persky at (352) 588-8916, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Those interested also can call Kenneth Gonzalez at (813) 226-2775, or email him at email@example.com. OBSTETRICS PROGRAM OFFERS CLASSES The obstetrics program at Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, is offering the following: Aug. 16 at 9 a.m., pediatric/infant CPR course. Cost is $15 per person, or $25 for two. Aug. 16 at noon, tour through the mother-baby and birthing suites. Aug. 16 at 1 p.m., breast-feeding class with a focus on fundamentals and how to access support. Reservations are required for all classes. For information, call (727) 834-5630. HEALTH CARE ROUNDTABLES U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis will host two "21st Century Cures" roundtables to discuss the ways to get better treatments, medications and devices to patients more quickly. Both roundtables will be at 1:30 p.m., at The Bethany Center, 18150 Bethany Center Drive in Lutz. Dates and topics are: Aug. 19: "Patients and the Patient Perspectives" Aug. 22: "Spurring Innovation, Advancing Treatments & Incentivizing Investment" To RSVP, call Ian Martorana at (202) 2255755, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. DIABETES SELF-MANAGEMENT The Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, is hosting a diabetes self-management workshop on Mondays at 9 a.m., between Aug. 18 and Sept. 22. Topics include symptoms of diabetes, fatigue, pain, hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia, stress, and emotional problems, exercise, and use of medication. Seating is limited, and reservations are required. For information or to register, call (727) 834-5630. VEGETARIAN COOKING DEMO The Health & Wellness Center at Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, 2700 Healing Way, will have a vegetarian cooking demo Aug. 19 at 6 p.m. Guests can learn to cook healthy vegetarian dishes, how to prepare a plant-based menu, and taste samples. Space is limited, and reservations are required. Cost is $5 for members, and $10 for non-members. To register, call (813) 929-5432. MOFFITT RECRUITING PATIENTS FOR RESEARCH H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute is recruiting male patients and their caregivers for a research study that takes a closer look at the uptake of prostate cancer information and health services. 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Superintendent Kurt Browning issued a letter to the media Aug. 5 saying he is abandoning any further efforts at this time to explore the place singling out the top academic performers in each class has in education overall. "After much reflection and discussion, I have made the decision to preserve the valedictorian and salutatorian titles while we look at the underlying issues with our grading and grade weighting processes," Browning wrote. "The (student progression plan) the school board will consider (at the Aug. 12) final public hearing will not include the original recommendation to remove the val/sal titles." Browning said his position on the matter was mischaracterized on a local television station, which generated a number of emails coming out against it. The interview took place after the school board's first public hearing on revisions to the student progression plan, which at the time included removing valedictorian and salutatorian titles. "I want Pasco principals, school leaders and teachers to know that I still think changing how we honor our best and brightest is the right thing to do," Browning said. "I believe there is a better way to recognize the highest achievers, encourage more students to strive for excellence, and eliminate the practice of recognizing only two students per school year." Browning, however, wanted to make it clear that he did not advocate "giving a trophy to every student." The issue might be dead for now, but Browning said he plans to resurrect it next year when it comes time to talk about the 2015-16 school year. By then, he is hoping that a panel of academic experts will have weighed in with recommendations for improvement. In the meantime, principals at Pasco schools have the flexibility to determine how valedictorians and salutatorians will be recognized and who will speak at graduation, Browning said. He also encouraged those principals to consider using titles similar to what colleges use like cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude, which he advocated in his student progression plan. Pasco schools to keep valedictorians, salutatorians Don't recognize a number? Don't call it back The Laker/Lutz News Staff Report A new scam involving "one ring" of a cellphone could end up causing unauthorized charges appearing on monthly wireless statements, according to a new report from the Better Business Bureau. The "ring and runs" on cellphones have occurred when someone from an unknown number calls, allows the phone to ring once, but then stops. Curious people will return the call to try and find out who it is, and instead are billed just under $20 for the international call fee. Callers may hear music, then advertising, while they are unknowingly connected to a caller-paid toll service or chat line located outside the country that could cost up to $9 per minute. They typically carry area codes from the Caribbean island like 809, 876, 284, 473 and 767. The practice of third parties placing unauthorized charges on wireless accounts is known as "cramming." Those who have fallen for this scam are urged to alert their cellphone carriers immediately, and keep an eye on cellphone bills. The earlier such fraud is caught, the better the chances of having some or all of the charges removed. The BBB offers the following tips: When in doubt, don't pick up or call back. If the number is not recognized, and it's out of state, ignore it. Understand mobile bills. Be sure to keep track of what services are typically paid for, so that anything out of the ordinary can be quickly identified. Keep a close eye on monthly statements. Anyone can become a victim of bill cramming. Monitoring bills is the best way to determine whether such things are occurring. The sooner unexpected charges are spot, the sooner they can be stopped. Add restrictions to phone accounts. Contact service providers to see about restricting third-party billing. Inform other users on mobile phone plan. It's important to let other friends and family members on the same plan know about the scam, so they, too, can ignore phone numbers they do not recognize.
parents become aware of it because it hurts. "So, they're crying or their ears are real red," Reese said. "But if it's just a build up of fluid, they may kind of just disengage, or tug at their ear." But sometimes fluid inside the ear doesn't hurt, but is hindering a child's hearing. In a case like that, a parent may think that their child is refusing to behave, or lagging behind in school because they're not trying, Reese said. In fact, it may be that the child didn't hear his parents or teacher, or didn't hear them accurately. Some signs that children may have a hearing loss include errors in articulation, Antonelli said. It also may seem that children don't listen well or have trouble following directions. Or, they may want the volume on the television turned up. When children don't get help, they can experience academic and social difficulties. If the hearing loss is spotted early, though, those problems can be avoided. Even newborns can be fitted with hearing aids, Antonelli said. "Basically, they'll never fall behind," she said. For more information, call Sertoma at (727) 834-5479, or visit online at FamilyHearingHelp.org. Community Center on U.S. 41 instead to a place that could accommodate its growth and parking needs. In 2008, the Flapjack Festival flipped over to the Pasco County Fairgrounds in Dade City. But the public didn't support the festival at the new location. A year later, it shut down for good. And Ballard still isn't happy about the move that ended an annual tradition. "If somebody came down there and took the Gasparilla parade away from Tampa and said they were going to move it to New Orleans, people would say what's going on there?'" he said. The Flapjack Festival was more than a community event. It was a community fundraiser, with local schools and churches benefiting financially. The year after the festival left Land O' Lakes, one of the recipients of those funds decided to fill that gap in the schedule. The Land O' Lakes High School Athletic Booster Club began an event that's now known as the Land O' Lakes Swamp Fest, held at the same location and also with rides, games and an opportunity for local organizations to make some money. But there's no parade and no flapjack theme. It's a smaller event as well. But according to coordinator Doug Hutchinson, that's the way they want it. "Swamp Fest is more like a community fair, more so than the Flapjack Festival," he said. Hutchinson believes that a smaller event can still be a fun destination for residents, but not get so big that it might grow out of its current location. Hutchinson, a member of the booster club for decades, was also a coordinator with the Flapjack Festival during its heyday. And like Ballard and others, he didn't want to see it moved to Dade City back in 2008. "In my opinion, you can't have a community event and not have it in the community," he said. But now that it's gone, Hutchinson feels Swamp Fest maintains a strong area presence like its predecessor. Ballard believes that others share his desire to see the Flapjack Festival return, even if it means just seeing the name and theme make a comeback. But Hutchinson said they've worked to create something the community could embrace, the event is growing, and they never considered adopting the Flapjack Festival name. "Flapjack was Flapjack. We wanted our own identity and our own little event," he said. Ironically, Swamp Fest itself is in jeopardy this year, and the venue is again the issue. Scheduled to begin Oct. 31, that timeframe could coincide with much-needed improvements to the Land O' Lakes Community Center the county has budgeted and planned. While the upgrade should be good for Swamp Fest and other area events in the future, Hutchinson isn't sure if it will go on as planned this year, possibly facing cancellation until the work is completed. His organization should have a clearer picture of the county's plans next month, he said. Ballard has attended Swamp Fest, and said many elements of the Flapjack Festival are still there. But it's not the same to him, and even though it's been several years and a replacement is in place, the loss of the Flapjack Festival has left a bitter taste in his mouth. "It just seems like the identity was stolen from the community," he said. www.LakerLutzNews.com August 13, 2014 11A Worry-free Pet Solutions From yard to door to couches and more. Guaranteed. Invisible Fence of Florida 813-854-4014 Florida.InvisibleFence.com Exceptional LASIK and Refractive Surgery At St. Luke's, we o!er solutions from a surgeon you can trust. 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When you order off the menu, it has three options for the courses. It's a set price for everything." Meals are leisurely affairs, too. "If you go to lunch, it's usually a fourto five-hour process," she said. "Or if they're trying to rush it, it would be two hours." Other differences? There are no drink refills or ice, Roberts said. While in Spain, she craved fast food and Starbucks. "Before I left, I was not a big fast-food person, but after you're away, you kind of miss it," Roberts said. "You kind of miss things like Chick-fil-A." She was never so happy to see a taco in her life as she was when a Taco Bell opened in the Spanish city where she lived. "The only time I got to go to Starbucks was when I was in Madrid, Barcelona or at the airport," Roberts added. During the school year, she studied nine subjects, with different classes on different days. At her school, the students stayed in a group together throughout the day, while teachers changed classrooms. Besides her time in Spain, Roberts had the chance to tour other European countries, including stops at the Berlin Wall, and in Paris where she got to see the Eiffel Tower and the "Mona Lisa." As she traveled about, Roberts noticed how similar Spanish is to French and Italian, and now she wants to learn those languages, too. Roberts thinks her experiences abroad will help her in a future career, whether it be law, politics or international affairs. She thinks they will help in her day-today life, too. "After being an exchange student, you don't sweat the little moments," Roberts said. ABROAD from page 1A COURTESY OF JENNIFER ROBERTS Jennifer Roberts poses at an overlook in Spain where she studied abroad as part of the Rotary Youth Exchange program. The Laker/Lutz News Staff Report It might be difficult to pronounce, but it's easy to die from it. It's Naegleria fowleri, a killer amoeba that can be found in lakes, rivers and ponds during warmer temperatures. Although there are only 34 reported cases of infection from this amoeba in the state since 1962, the Florida Department of Health is cautioning those who swim in places where the amoeba can be found to avoid nasal contact with the waters. Otherwise those exposed to the amoeba risk primary amebic meningoencephalitis, a disease that usually leads to death once infected. Health officials recommend the following: Avoid water-related activities in bodies of warm freshwater, hot springs, and thermally polluted water such as those found around power plants. Avoid water-related activities in warm freshwater during periods of high water temperature and low water levels. Hold the nose shut or use nose clips when taking part in water-related activities in bodies of warm freshwater, such as lakes, rivers or hot springs. Avoid digging in or stirring up the sediment while taking part in water-related activities in shallow, warm freshwater areas. Exposure to the amoeba can also occur when using neti pots to rinse sinuses or conducting religious rituals with tap water. Use only boiled and cooled, distilled or sterile water. Symptoms of exposure include headache, fever, nausea, disorientation, vomiting, stiff neck, seizures, loss of balance and hallucinations. Anyone who experiences any of these symptoms after swimming in any warm body of water should seek immediate medical help. Swimmers need to be wary of killer amoebas COURTESY OF HAROLD NILES Court of Honor for local scouts Local Troop 148 and Scoutmaster Bryan Noll recognized some of its members with awards, rank advancements and merit badges at a recent Court of Honor June 17. The troop is made up of boys from New Tampa and Wesley Chapel, and meets every Tuesday at 7 p.m., at St. Mark Evangelist Catholic Church on Cross Creek Boulevard, in New Tampa. Interested families can stop by a meeting, or call the church at (813) 907-7746. 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Our Gigantic Celebration The Laker/Lutz News celebrated its new, bigger size hot off the press last Tuesday with community and business leaders. About 200 people gathered for the unveiling of the paper's new XL size in Wesley Chapel at Pasco Hernando State College Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch. The crowd embraced the event's dinosaur theme. A video parody of Jurassic Park introduced Publisher Diane Kortus, who said The Laker/Lutz News is now the T-Rex of newspapers and its future anything but extinct. Coming together for the celebration were the five chambers of commerce in central and east Pasco County. A GIGANTIC THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce Dade City Chamber of Commerce Pasco Hernando Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Pasco-Hernando State College Pinchers Restaurant Dash of Salt n Pepper RP&G Printing Ierna's Heating & Cooling We're In Stitches L.D. Productions Some of TheLaker/ LutzNews staff having fun in photo booth provided by Ierna's Heating & Cooling. 813-909-2800 www.lakerlutznews.com 12A www.LakerLutzNews.com Augu s t 13, 2014
www.LakerLutzNews.com August 13, 2014 13A Closer Look AN ADVERTISER PROFILE B y Mi ke M atthew Special to The Laker / Lutz News Jeffrey Webb, owner of Grey Wolf Armory, has a tactical mindset when it comes to a customer's needs for home defense. He takes the time to find out what each person wants to be able to do and what their real concerns are. Then he'll help them to choose the right firearm. Grey Wolf Armory is a family owned and operated business. They opened their doors on July 1, bringing a full-featured gun shop to the area. "There are no other firearms shops in Wesley Chapel other than a few big box retailers that offer very limited choices," says Jeff. "Your local sporting goods counter can't give you the knowledge and expertise we can provide." "Our goal is to give everyone the best value for their money," says Jeff. "We have the expertise to answer our customer's questions whether it's about hunting, target shooting or personal protection. We're here to serve the community's needs." "Everything we sell is something I'd put my own money into," says Jeff. "I'd use it all myself. The firearms we sell are all high quality and reliable. With a little bit of care, they'll be working reliably for years." They cater to lady shooters with designs and colors suited to ladies and a variety of handguns sized to comfortably fit smaller hands. "It's important to select a handgun that properly fits your hand," says Jeff. "You'll have a harder time shooting and your hand will get fatigued if the gun doesn't properly fit your hand." Jeff starting shooting as soon as he was old enough to hold and aim a gun. Responsible care and handling of the firearm is ingrained. To further assist his customers, he offers periodic safety classes and provides recommendations to instructors and shooting ranges for new shooters. Grey Wolf Armory covers all categories of shooting, from hunting to target to professional and career needs. Jeff is a certified gunsmith and law enforcement armorer. "I believe I'm the only certified gunsmith in the area," says Jeff. They provide on-site repairs, modifications and restorations. They also give first responder discounts on firearms, ammunition and accessories. Special orders are not a problem. Most items can be ordered and in the store in 1 or 2 days. As part of their grand opening and July 4 celebration, they gave away a Ruger 10/22 50th anniversary edition rifle with 325 rounds of Federal match-grade .22 LR ammunition. They will be featuring additional giveaways in the future. Before opening Grey Wolf Armory, Jeff was an information technology professional for 23 years. "The time was right for me to leave IT and open Grey Wolf Armory," says Jeff. His father, working alongside him, is a former U.S. Secret Service agent and deputy sheriff for Palm Beach County. Jeff has a wealth of information for anyone looking to purchase a firearm, especially if this is their first firearm. Home defense experts in Wesley Chapel 32733 Eiland Blvd. #104 Wesley Chapel, FL 33545 www.GreyWolfArmory.com 813-782-4624 GUNS AMMO SURPLUS MILITARY GEAR Hours: 9am-7:30pm TuesSat 10am-5pm Sun Closed Mon Invite you to C OPPERSTONE E XECUTIVE S UITES & Fr i day, Augu s t 15 6-8p m Copperstone Executive Suites 3632 Land O' Lakes Boulevard Land O' Lakes, FL 34639 AN OPEN HOU S E FOR THE ENTIRE CO MM UNITY COME MEET OUR TENANTS AND TOUR OUR EXECUTIVE SUITES Beer Wine Food Giveaways S PON S ORED B Y Lillian Cucuzza 813-929-7722 The L AK E R Lutz N EWS MICHAEL HINMAN/STAFF PHOTO Diane Kortus, publisher of The Laker/Lutz News, holds up a brand new larger version of the paper, which launched Aug. 6. The Laker/Lutz News Staff Report Are newspapers turning into dinosaurs? It may appear the Internet is forcing a lot of newspapers to cut back, but the exact opposite is happening at The Laker/Lutz News. During a special celebration Aug. 5 at the Porter Campus of Pasco-Hernando State College, The Laker/Lutz News unveiled its new size and design, entering the world of broadsheet papers. The change makes the paper the same size as daily newspapers in the area, and provides even more room for local stories and photos relevant to the communities of Land O' Lakes, Lutz, Wesley Chapel, New Tampa, Odessa, Zephyrhills and Dade City. The Laker/Lutz News publisher Diane Kortus appeared Aug. 6 on "Your Wake Up Call" on WWBA-AM 820 with Alex Hinojosa and Jenna Laine to talk about the new Laker newspapers, and where the industry is going. "The daily newspapers have had lots of challenges, both on the local level and national level," Kortus said. "On the weekly level, the community newspaper industry is stronger than ever. We give readers the kind of news they can't get anywhere else." Delivering news in the 21st century may mean having an online presence, like at LakerLutzNews.com, but true success at the community level is still making sure that there is a newspaper readers can hold in their hands. "People who read community newspapers, whether it be weekly community newspapers or daily newspapers, they only go to that paper's website once a month," Kortus said. "People want to get this news in the traditional newspaper format. "The news is important to them, but it's not earth-shattering. They don't need to know it immediately. They like to sit down with a cup of coffee and read it." To hear the entire interview on News Talk Florida, visit tinyurl.com/LakerXLRadio. To see a video featuring the new size, visit tinyurl.com/LakerXLVideo. For pictures of the launch event at PHSC, visit tinyurl.com/LakerXLPics. This newspaper keeps growing The Laker/Lutz News Staff Report Business and community leaders, as well as readers and other neighbors, joined The Laker/Lutz News at Pasco-Hernando State College's Porter Campus on Aug. 5 to celebrate the launch of the new broadsheet edition of the newspaper. The event drew more than 150 people, and was sponsored by the five local chambers of commerce: Central Pasco, Greater Dade City, Greater Wesley Chapel, Greater Zephyrhills, and the Pasco Hernando Hispanic. Since the event, a number of people have shared their comments on both the new size of the newspaper and the party itself. Here is a sampling of those comments sent to publisher Diane Kortus and to the staff. Pat Mulieri, Pasco County commissioner I would like to extend my sincere congratulations to The Laker/Lutz News on its steady growth and continued success over the past few years. Pasco County actively encourages economic growth, especially with small businesses that continue to expand and create jobs. You are the quintessential success story. Vonnie Mikkelsen, executive director for the Zephyrhills chamber It was a phenomenal presentation, all the way around. Your team did a fantastic job. Lots to be proud of. Charlie Reese, JC Audiology Congratulations on achieving a new era in The Laker/Lutz News story. The papers have come a long way under your leadership, and you have assembled a fine team of professionals. John and Diana MacDiarmid, ambassadors for the Zephyrhills chamber Thanks for a great time Tuesday night. You sure know how to throw a great party. Love the new paper. Thanks for all you do for our chambers of commerce. Rose Vasilakis, Future Home Realty It was fun and food was yummy. Happy happy for your bigger and better paper. My hubby was very happy too. Ron Ludwin, Land O' Lakes I really love the new size and the feel of this "full-sized" newspaper. No more calling it the "little Laker news" or "that tiny community newspaper." Thanks very much for this much-needed improvement, and we're all looking forward to the enhancement to all our communities The Laker will bring. Pat Serio, Lutz-Land O' Lakes Woman's Club How wonderful that we can enjoy a new and improved community paper. Thank you for a most enjoyable evening, and for including us in your fun celebration. Sandy Graves, Land O' Lakes Your event was spectacular. I stopped by the office and picked up the new and improved Laker and love it. I am not worthy to be quoted in your first edition, but honored. Kayla Howard, Bayfront Health Dade City I just wanted to send you a quick note to let you know how great I thought the event was last night. What a wonderful way to kick off the launch of the larger paper. Roger Kasouf, The RPM Group Just wanted to let you know what a great event you had last night. Rhonda Buckley, American Home Title of Land O' Lakes Inc. Thank you for the invite to the party last night. The event was wonderful and lots of fun. COURTESY OF RICHARD K. RILEY It was a full house at Pasco-Hernando State College's Porter Campus Aug. 5 when The Laker/Lutz News launched its new larger edition. Community shares kudos on the new Laker/Lutz News
By B.C. Manion firstname.lastname@example.org Lots of people don't know a thing about barrel racing. There are probably even fewer who have heard of Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia, a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma. But even if those who don't have a clue about either of those, chances are they've had a friend or two in life that has made them feel special. And, along the way, if that friend were in trouble, they have wanted to be there to help. That's what motivated San Antonio resident Tanya Dadez to organize Kristy's Can-Cer Vive Benefit Barrel Race. She hopes the event will ease some of the financial burdens the disease has caused to Kristy Bryant Flynn, her lifelong friend. Part of the event's name is a play on the words "can survive." Slated for Saturday, the barrel race is expected to draw at least 100 competitors. It's a timed race, and those clocking the fastest finish by racing through the course without hitting a barrel will win cash awards. In addition to the races, spectators can see riders and their horses checking out the arena in exhibitions that begin a couple of hours before the competition kicks off. Many riders will compete with more than one horse, Dadez said. Admission is free, but barbecued meals will be available for purchase, at $7.50 a plate, including drinks. There also will be vendors and a silent auction, with bidders vying for about 50 different items. Planning for the event began months ago when Dadez began discussing the idea with Dennis and Tammie Rogers, owners of Double R Arena in Dade City. They generously agreed to host the event, Dadez said. Ierna's Heating & Cooling, Chandelle Veterinary Associates and Embroider Too all stepped up to contribute funds to sweeten the purse for the barrel race winners. Charlene Ierna was quick to help out, Dadez said. She's also been a dear friend of Flynn's for years as they both played on the same softball team when they were kids. Ierna also asked Hungry Harry's Family Bar-B-Que to get involved, Dadez said. The popular barbecue restaurant agreed, donating meals and drinks, with proceeds to benefit Flynn's family. Dadez said she felt compelled to find a way to help. "Kristy and I have been best friends since kindergarten. We went to Sanders Elementary, Pine View Middle and we both graduated from Land O' Lakes High School," she said. Flynn began noticing symptoms she didn't understand when she was in her 20s. She couldn't take hot showers, for instance, because they nearly knocked her out. She frequently dropped dishes and other items, because she couldn't get a tight grip on them. And then, when she bent over to pick up the items, she felt nauseous when she began to straighten up. Flynn was diagnosed with her condition in 2008. The disease is a form of blood cancer, and there is no known cure. It is especially rare for someone as young as Flynn to have the condition, according to medical websites. There has been progress in developing medications, but so far Flynn has not responded well to drugs now available for long-term treatment. Dadez, who is a barrel racer herself, said she knew that barrel races sometimes are hosted for charitable causes, so she decided to organize this one. She hopes the fundraiser will lessen the financial pressures that Flynn, her husband, Scot, and the couple's children have faced since Flynn had to stop working. "She's just the epitome of innocence and wholesome and everything good that you could possibly imagine," Dadez said. "She never says an ill word about anybody. She's an angel, really. I just love her to death." Dadez said Flynn wanted to pitch in when she heard about the fundraiser. "She said, I feel really bad. I feel like I need to be doing something,'" Dadez said. "I said, This is for you and your family. I want you to come out and enjoy, have a good time. This is all about you. You don't have to worry about anything. We've got everything covered.'" Even though Flynn wants to help, she acknowledges she probably wouldn't be able to do much. On some days, just making breakfast is about all she has the energy to do. On other days, she runs out of breath just walking out to the family's mailbox. Flynn would like to work, but she can't because she never knows from one day to the next how much energy she'll have. When she has done a few hours of work, she has found herself wiped out for days afterward, she said. Despite the challenges, Flynn remains upbeat. Besides helping to raise money for Flynn, Dadez said she thinks the event will be fun for the entire family. Those attending will have a chance to see horses up close, watch competitive races, eat a nice meal, check out the vendors, and bid on items at the auction. Spectators should be sure to bring lawn chairs to the event, Dadez added. Initially, Dadez was hoping to raise at least $3,000 for her friend. 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If you go WHAT: Kristy's Can-Cer Vive Benefit Barrel Race, featuring about 100 racing around barrels, vying for the fastest time and cash prizes WHERE: Double R Arena, 32640 Amberlea Road, Dade City WHEN: Aug. 16, exhibitions begin at 4 p.m., show begins at 6 p.m. COST: Admission for spectators is free. Entry fee for riders is $40 a horse. Event also features barbecued dinners, vendors and a silent auction. INFO: Tanya Dadez, (813) 787-6448 Kristy Bryant Flynn, front, and Tanya Dadez enjoy Busch Gardens during Flynn's healthier days. Charity barrel race reveals friendship
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The analysis, reported by Florida TaxWatch, says the state could reach its goal of attracting 100 million visitors annually by 2015. "Florida's thriving tourism industry provides extraordinary opportunities for economic growth," said Dominic Calabro, president and chief executive of Florida TaxWatch, in a release. "By increasing the number of visitors to Florida, the state is on track to reach this important milestone, providing jobs to hardworking taxpayers along the way." The report reveals that the number of visitors to Florida increased by more than 2.8 million in 2013 alone, continuing a trend of steadily increasing visitor numbers, according to a release. Because of that increase, Florida added 38,400 tourism-related jobs. That should induce or indirectly result in 37,400 non-tourism jobs. In all, it added nearly 76,000 jobs, with an annual salary of $43,000. "Florida's tourism industry is responsible for far more than lowering the tax burden for the state's residents," said Jerry Parrish, chief economist for Florida TaxWatch, in a release. "Expanding tourism has a direct impact on job creation in the state, and the economic impact can be felt in many of Florida's other industries." Visit Florida, the state's official tourism marketing corporation, reports quarterly visitation and tourism industry employment figures to the state economist's office. The latest figures from the first quarter of 2014 showed that 26.7 million visitors came to Florida, and that 1.13 million people are employed in the tourism industry. That is the largest quarter for visitation the state has ever experienced, according to the release, beating the 26.2 million who visited a year before. The average number of direct travel-related jobs in the first three months of this year also was a record high, up 3.5 percent from the same period in 2013. "Coming off of three consecutive record years for visitation and employment, and experiencing the largest first quarter for the industry in our state's history, proves the power of tourism as a way to sustain Florida's economic growth," said Will Seccombe, Visit Florida's president and chief executive, in a release. "With Florida tourism maintaining this type of strong momentum, we are well on our way to welcoming 100 million visitors, and making Florida the No. 1 travel destination in the world." The non-tourism jobs being created are in areas like retail trade, administrative services, construction, transportation and warehousing, Florida TaxWatch said. The additional marketing investment by the Legislature along with investments by private-sector companies have helped to create the new jobs. Florida ready to welcome 100 million tourists yearly
Coupons r eady? Let's do this. Your Neighborhood Sports Source Community Sports Community Sports 16A www.LakerLutzNews.com August 13, 2014 CENTRAL FLORIDA OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP Lake Jovita Golf & Country Club, 12900 Lake Jovita Blvd., in Dade City, will host the Central Florida Open Championship Sept. 18-19. Up to 144 of the top professional and amateur golfers in central Florida are expected to compete on the club's South course. Tee, range and custom flag sponsorships are available. For information, call Rick Weber at (352) 588-9200, or email email@example.com. SPORT ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE FOR SENIORS Senior Sports is seeking players older than 60 for a number of regular co-ed sporting events, including Slo-Pitch softball for fall and winter competition. Senior Sports has participants who play golf every Wednesday and bowling every Thursday. It also has added tennis and indoor volleyball. For more information, call Walt Bockmiller at (813) 527-8211. REGISTRATION FOR ADULT SOCCER LEAGUE STARTS AUG. 15 The New APSL, a recreational but competitive league for men and women, will have registration for fall leagues Aug. 15-30. The season begins Sept. 7. Men's, women's and co-ed games are played Sunday afternoons at Benito Middle School, 10101 Cross Creek Blvd., in New Tampa. For information, visit NewAPSL.com, or call (747) 999-5425. DOUBLES TENNIS PLAYERS SOUGHT Tennis 4 u/Tennis Para Ti is looking for doubles tennis players for matches in Dade City. The organization also is offering private and group tennis lessons for players of all ages and skill levels. For information, call Jeanette Marcus at (813) 417-0061, or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org. NEW TENNIS LEAGUE The Tri-County Tennis League is looking for individuals, teams and facilities to begin league play. It will include age divisions from 40s and older. League play also will feature ratingsonly play regardless of age. 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SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SPORTS SEND SPORTS NEWS TO MMURILLO@LAKERLUTZNEWS.COM CHECK THIS OUT By Michael Murillo email@example.com After back-to-back 0-10 campaigns, the Wiregrass Ranch Bulls turned things around in 2013 with a respectable 4-6 record. As a result, they lost the losing mentality that comes with winless seasons. Heading into 2014, however, they've lost something else: their head coach. Mike Lawrence parlayed his successful year with the Bulls into a position with Bethany College in Kansas. That leaves Arturo Meza at the helm, who was co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach for the Bulls last year. Before that, his resume includes Zephyrhills, East Bay and Spoto high schools. And the United States Marine Corps. Meza said his background will factor into the Bulls' philosophy this season. "We have a saying, Discipline is the key.' You have to say it, you have to think it, you have to believe it," Meza said. "Discipline is going to be a big thing in continuing to move forward." The players already believe it as they move forward with their preparations. At Wiregrass Ranch High School, practice includes a lot of whistles, horns and players rotating to different sections of the field, working hard at drills and remaining in constant motion. And last week, Meza had representatives from the Marine Corps visit the team to instill some mental toughness and add a little something to their physical regimen. According to Austin Stroup, a senior who plays on the offensive line, the team is feeling the effects of Meza's approach. "We run so much," he said. "We run more than any team I've ever been a part of. Everyone's going to be so disciplined. There are going to be less mistakes." Mistakes and a lack of conditioning are part of what prevented Wiregrass Ranch from turning a respectable year into an excellent one last season. Close games and early leads turned into disappointment as the team failed to keep up with their opponents as the games progressed. "In the Steinbrenner game, we just fell apart," said senior quarterback Shane Bucenell, recalling how a 17-7 halftime lead against the Warriors turned into a 27-20 defeat last season. "We have to put in the work every single day and make sure that we finish all our conditioning drills." Yori McMillan, a senior who also will protect Bucenell on the offensive line, believes Meza is the right coach to make sure the team puts in the necessary effort to limit errors and advance as a program. "Coach Lawrence was big on discipline, but Coach Meza, he really wants to enforce that we don't make mistakes," McMillan said. In addition to the Steinbrenner defeat, Meza pointed to the game against Gaither High School as a missed district opportunity, which they lost by 20 points. While the Bulls went 4-6 last year, they were 0-5 in Class 7A-District 7. One of the team's goals is to become a force in their district, where they haven't won in three seasons. To achieve their goals, Wiregrass Ranch will need steady production from their offense, which Meza considers to be improved over last year, but suffered some losses due to graduation. Meza isn't as concerned with the offensive line, which lost a few starters, and he has confidence in his quarterback and receivers. But he admits the running game lost quality players who will be a challenge to replace. "The running back position is the question mark," Meza said. "That's where we're trying to solidify some things." The Bulls' off-season program has included elements of CrossFit training for strength and conditioning, agility drills and plenty of running. And while it hasn't been easy, the players have bought into the hard-work philosophy, and are confident in the results it can bring. Even if they don't like all the running while they're doing it. "I hate it," Stroup said. "But I know at the end of the season I'm going to be looking back and be like I'm glad we did that.'" MICHAEL MURILLO/STAFF PHOTO Yori McMillan, left, and Austin Stroup will be part of the offensive line assigned to protect quarterback Shane Bucenell this s eason. WIREGRASS RANCH BULLS LAST YEAR: 4-6 0-5 in district play Sixth place in Class 7A-District 7 KEY RETURNING PLAYERS Jay Minor: linebacker and wide receiver Austin Stroup: offensive line and defensive line Yori McMillan: offensive line and defensive liner PLAYER TO WATCH Shane Bucenell, quarterback "He has prepared and studied very hard for the upcoming season, and we expect big things out of him." Coach Arturo Meza 2014 Bulls Schedule 8/29 Gulf 9/5 at Hudson 9/12 at River Ridge 9/19 Tampa Bay Tech 10/3 Gaither 10/10 at Ridgewood 10/17 at Steinbrenner 10/24 at Sickles 10/31 Freedom 11/7 Wesley Chapel D' stands for discipline' at Wiregrass Ranch The Laker/Lutz News Staff Report The community came together to vote for Kris Keppel, but in the end getting the most votes was just not enough for the Land O' Lakes High School cross-country coach as he just misses winning a national award. Instead, Brooks Running Co. named Renee Williams-Smith of Manhattan Beach, California, as its Inspiring Coach of the Year. Williams-Smith joined what was then a male-dominated cross-country team at Mira Costa High School 40 years ago, and helped launch the girls program there that she coaches today. She has maintained an inclusive coaching philosophy and a steadfast commitment to daring girls to strive for greatness, according to a release. "Running is a sport of firsts," said Brooks Running chief executive Jim Weber, in a release. "Whether it's your first step out the door, signing up for your first race, crossing your first finish line, or bringing home your first medal, achieving new things is in the DNA of our sport. Renee's track record of firsts in the running world and her passion to create opportunities for all young athletes to experience success in cross-country and track inspired each one of us at Brooks." Part of the contest included a chance for fans to vote for their favorite coach through a Facebook campaign that Keppel ultimately won with more than 13,000 votes. He traveled to Seattle for the ceremony, which honored all the nominated coaches for the work they put into their sports. "Coach Keppel did not win the Brooks award," Land O' Lakes principal Ric Mellin said on Twitter. "He did win the national popular vote, and is the uncontested winner in our eyes." Williams-Smith and her Mira Costa Mustangs receive $10,000 in Brooks performance running gear, and $2,500 cash to use for team expenses. She also will become a member of the Brooks Inspire Daily program comprised of coaches, elite runners and other running influencers, as well as a trip to the 2015 Brooks PR Invitational, a national track meet that showcases the fastest high school running talent in the country. Finalists like Keppel receive $5,000 in Brooks performance running gear, and $500 cash for team expenses, as well as membership into the Brooks' Inspire Daily program. Brooke chose Williams-Smith from a group of 25 finalists after current and former athletes, parents, fellow coaches, faculty and community members cast more than 45,000 votes via social media for the coach they found most inspiring. Keppel uncontested winner in our eyes,' principal says FILE PHOTO Kris Keppel, right, was nominated for the Brooks Running Co. Inspiring Coach of the Year by his girls cross-country coach Karen DeHaas. Keppel has coached the Land O' Lakes High School cross-country team for 20 years.
AUGUST 13, 2014 The L AKER / INSIDE: Directories, Classifieds, Games & More The L AKER / Lutz N EWS Lutz N EWS B Rock lives again as Stonegrey takes local stage By Michael Hinman firstname.lastname@example.org Guns N' Roses. Pearl Jam. Nirvana. For music lovers in their 30s or 40s, these were bands that helped define a generation, and continue to influence rock to this day. And that's precisely where the members of the local rock revival band Stonegrey draw their inspiration. Except there's one thing the musicians behind Stonegrey may have forgotten to mention: Those inspirational bands had their heyday before these young rockers were even born. The oldest members of the Land O' Lakes-based band lead singer Eric Whitener and drummer Tyler Dusek are just 20 years old. Tyler's brother, guitarist Tristan Dusek, is a recent Land O' Lakes High School graduate and is 18, while bass player Nick Mitchell is the youngest at 17. "The biggest challenge we face out there is how young we are," said Whitener, who works a day job as a marketer for Magical Butter, a food company in New Port Richey. "We get up there on stage, and at first it looks like just some kids playing. But when we get off the stage, they are usually in awe, and that's when they start taking us seriously." The band formed in 2010, playing mostly cover songs in smaller venues under the name Culprit. Before long, however, the band made some changes to both some of its members and its name Stonegrey and started to focus more on original music. They self-produced an album with songs like "Rearview," "Hold On" and "Leave Me Bleeding." They practice in a spare room at the Dusek house in Land O' Lakes, surrounded by pictures of the band on stage, sound equipment, and a life-size cutout of former Guns N' Roses guitarist Saul "Slash" Hudson in the corner. Jay and Terri Dusek never tell the boys to hold the music down. In fact, they're the first to make them crank it up. The Duseks along with Angela Whitener and other parents, have been tireless supporters of their children. They're at nearly every show, help fund new projects, and are their ambassadors out in the community. Terri Dusek, a Realtor who currently is the Central Pasco honorary mayor, is always sharing the band's music and show dates with nearly everyone she sees. The band's approach, however, practically markets itself. But that's because all the attention is on the music, and not gimmicks, popular with many recording artists today, the members said. "It's not that we don't like mainstream music," Tyler Dusek said. "The thing that we try to do is take what we feel is good about what's going on, and ignore what we feel is not good, and make it into something that is different. And let's be honest, something is hipster' because no one has ever heard of it. We don't want to be something that people never heard of." Performers like Miley Cyrus try to get attention with antics both onand off-stage. "Are they really performing music, or are they just putting on a show for entertainment purposes?" Tristan Dusek asked. "We just play music. As far as gimmicks go, we have light boxes we stand on, and then there's our hair, but we don't do anything that overpowers anyone." Oh, that's right. The hair. The first thing many fans notice is the long hair both Whitener and Tristan Dusek sport. It sets the mood for the style of music Stonegrey plays, but it's also one of the many things people remember when they think of the band. Despite what anyone might think, Tristan says his curls are natural. His brother Tyler decided it was time to grow out his hair, and in just a couple months, he may have to deal with the same thing. Although some band members might stand out more than others, everything Stonegrey does is a group effort. Everyone takes equal credit for all the work the band does, including songwriting. "It's all 25 percent each, no matter what," Whitener said. "Just like with Tyler, if he doesn't like a drum part, he'll say something. If I come up with some lyrics these guys don't like, we'll talk about it. They might have something in their brains they like better, and we'll at least try it." Upcoming shows include the highly anticipated Battle of the Bands at the Ritz Ybor on Aug. 30, as well as a set at Hogan's Beach in Tampa's Rocky Pointe on Sept. 18. Yet, Stonegrey still enjoys the local hometown crowds that have supported them from the beginning, playing at the Beef O' Brady's at Lake Wilderness. "Personally, I don't care how much money we make, and I don't care how famous we are in the public eye," Mitchell said. "I just want to get a chance to do what I love in front of people who appreciate what I am doing." COURTESY OF TERRI DUSEK Stonegrey is inspired by 1990s rock bands like Pearl Jam, Guns N' Roses and even a hint of the grunge style of Nirvana. Find music from Stonegrey's first album on Apple's iTunes Store by visiting tinyurl.com/StonegreyAlbum Get a look at a music video for the song "Stop Me" in this YouTube clip at tinyurl.com/StonegreyVid And learn more about upcoming shows from the band's website at StonegreyBand.com Presenting the Past By Michael Murillo email@example.com Finally, honoring some of the area's early pioneers MICHAEL HINMAN/STAFF PHOTOS The signage is really the only thing that lets you know that this piece of land off Ehren Cutoff is the Mount Carmel Cemetery. The Mount Carmel African Methodist Episcopal Church was one that served the African-American community, and they had their own cemetery. So workers and their families would attend the church and were eventually laid to rest there. In 1920, a fire destroyed the sawmill. Back then, that usually meant the community was destroyed with it. The church eventually closed, but many AfricanAmericans stayed and worked at nearby mills or companies. They had the Oak Grove Baptist Church to serve their spiritual needs, but the old A.M.E. cemetery was still used as a burial site. The Oak Grove Baptist Church itself closed a couple decades later, and the last person was buried at the Mount Carmel cemetery in the mid-1950s. And by the looks of things, that was the last anyone thought of the cemetery for several years. It wasn't maintained, cows from a nearby pasture would trample the headstones, and fallen trees would just lie there rotting. It wasn't a cemetery the way you'd think of one today. It was a forgotten piece of land that was supposed to be a place where loved ones wouldn't be forgotten. That was basically how things stood until 2006, when a cleanup and preservation project finally got underway. Think about that: A decade ago, it was still ignored and overrun. It took more than a half-century after the last burial for somebody to finally get around to maintaining it. During the cleanup work, the county found broken headstones and other debris littering the ground. But they got it cleaned up, documented what remained, and even did radar tests to confirm that there were more burials there than are marked currently. Today there are supposed to be seven headstones in the cemetery it's locked so I couldn't go inside to verify but dozens more are laid to rest there. Exactly who they all are, nobody can say. We don't even know how long they've been there. Some documentation suggests there were graves decades before the sawmill came into existence, meaning the use of the land as a cemetery predates the town proper. But most headstones were made of wood, and have since decayed away. The few stone headstones that do exist stick up from the ground like broken teeth, and many of those only hint at who lies at rest there. Some have names but no legible dates. One has a name with a single date, so we don't know if that's the date of birth or death. Another is an infant from the Horton family. And there are many more beneath the earth. They all have stories; we just don't know what they are. Unfortunately, this isn't one of those "go see this place" stories. The gates are locked. Barbed wire designates the cemetery's boundaries, and there's nowhere to park but the open field by the side of the road. If you were to walk up to it and didn't read the signage, you'd have no idea it was a cemetery. There are no benches and no pathways. I think in the very back you can see one of the headstones, but driving by in your car it would just be a blur of trees and grass. It's more than that, of course. It's the final resting place of hard-working people who lived during a difficult time, kept their faith, and were buried close to where they lived. And it's good that the cemetery is finally cleaned up, designated and protected. But you get the feeling that those laid to rest there deserved better over the years. The decades weren't kind to the Mount Carmel Cemetery, and the situation only improved a few years ago. The word "Ehren" is of German origin, and it means "to honor." But when it comes to the deceased buried at the cemetery, it took decades to begin to live up to that word. E very city has cemeteries. It's a natural part of life, and the end of it. People go there to visit lost loved ones and reflect, and you've probably seen the well-manicured grounds, rows of granite headstones, and elaborate tributes to friends and family. There are many cemeteries like that in the area. The Mount Carmel Cemetery isn't one of them. The African-American cemetery, located off Ehren Cutoff, is a throwback to a different time a time of segregation, and later, a time of neglect. It's in better shape now, thanks to the Pasco County Black Caucus, but it's clear that this is not a modern burial site. If you drove past it, you'd probably never know what it was. First, a little history. The community of Ehren yep, that's where the road's name comes from was a sawmill town in the late 1800s. There were white mill workers and African-American mill workers. They had separate living areas, separate churches, and separate cemeteries. The k i d s are go i ng back to s chool... SPECIALS 1817 coll i er parkway, lutz cameosalonspa.com 8139487411 ha i r na i l s m a ss age fac i al s full body wax i ng s pa package s ha i r exten si on s kerat i n Jane Iredale m ake-up and Der m alog i ca S k i n Care 813 948 7411 Celebrate You! cameo c a m e o salon and spa cut and color W i th s elect s tyl is t. New cl i ent s only. 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Special to The Laker/Lutz News The majority of pet owners say they have at least one dog or cat with behavioral problems, which easily can be exacerbated by such startling things as fireworks and thunderstorms. And unfortunately, behavioral issues are the top reason for euthanasia in dogs and cats, resulting in the death of approximately 15 million pets each year. "Summer can be an especially tough time for pets and pet owners when thunderstorms, fireworks displays and travel can cause distress and bad behavior," said Carolyn Stichler, vice president of marketing for Sergeant's Pet Care Products. Some 73 percent of owners say they have a pet that is scared of fireworks, and they are the first who should try and create a plan to help keep their pet calm, Stichler said. Here is a guide for a happier, healthier cat: Safe Space Create a safe space for pets to seek refuge. This area should be comfortable as well as secure so he can't escape and wreak havoc or leave home. Provide toys and other distractions. Stay Calm Even if a cat is flipping out, remain composed. Doing so will help send the message that there's nothing to fear. Also, exhibiting anger could contribute to a pet's stress and make the problem worse. Be There No one can be home all the time, but if there is going to be a fireworks display in a community, or there's a stormy forecast, don't leave a pet home alone. Stay in or consider asking a neighbor, friend or cat sitter to come over. Make sure they know what to expect, and coach them on how to keep the cat calm. Ask A Vet It never hurts to check in with a veterinarian and explain a pet's behaviors and symptoms. A vet can offer tips, and let an owner know whether the behaviors are normal. Summertime is known for fun, sun and relaxation. But for pet owners and their furry friends, this is not always the case. Take steps to help cats feel safe and secure in the face of seasonal stresses. StatePoint Fireworks and thunderstorms: Here's how to keep cats calm COURTESY OF BASNIK BNA FOTOLIA.COM Turn a scaredy-cat into a calm cat by following a few simple steps. Special to The Laker/Lutz News More than 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported each year, making it the most commonly reported vector-borne illness in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But it's important to make sure the family isn't part of that number. As the warmer months coax people outside, reducing the rick of tick bites is essential to protecting the family from Lyme disease and its potential long-term, devastating effects. Lyme disease can cause facial of Bell's palsy, severe headaches, neck stiffness, heart palpitations, and pain and swelling in large joints. However, it's difficult to diagnose, as symptoms can be attributed to other health problems. 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Use a mirror to see hard-to-reach places, such as the underarms, belly button, scalp and behind the knees. For pets: Check pets for ticks daily, and remove them as soon as possible. Talk with a veterinarian about using tick preventatives on a pet. Watch pets closely for changes in behavior or appetite. This may indicate Lyme disease infection. In the yard: Place a wood chip or gravel barrier between the lawn, patio and play equipment, and any wooded areas. This will restrict tick migration into recreational areas. Mow the lawn frequently, and keep leaves raked. Keep playground equipment and patios away from yard edges and trees, and place them in sunny locations, if possible. Pet control products can help protect the family from tick bites. This season, take charge of the backyard and protect the family. -StatePoint Avoid diseases carried by ticks
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813-948-ELSA (3572) Elsas.net BadJuan.com 18450 North US 41, Lutz 1. The Laker/Lutz News for being bigger and better. Not many communities in this day and age can boast they have a local paper that's growing in size. We're proud to advertise Elsa's in The Laker and Lutz News, which like our restaurant, continue to make improvements and investments to our community. 2. PHSC and its new Wesley Chapel campus. We're proud to own a business in a community dedicated to the education of our young people and adults wanting to advance in their careers. The new satellite campus of PascoHernando State College, Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, has exceeded its enrollment projections since opening its doors earlier this year something we should all be very proud of! 3. Our Tex-Mex Restaurant with great food, drink and sports for people in Lutz. We're celebrating our third anniversary this summer at Elsa's 41 Tex-Mex Sports Grill in downtown Lutz. We're a locally owned, neighborhood restaurant perfect for families looking for great food, great service and great prices. Plus, we have a fullservice bar and super happy hour prices for those wanting a beer, margarita or cocktail with their meal, or while watching a game on our 29 flat screens in our sports bar. Three things to celebrate Dear Friends, I am so glad to be writing this letter to our friends in Lutz, Land O' Lakes and Wesley Chapel. I'm sure you don't know me, but hopefully you know about the Tex-Mex restaurant I own in Lutz that is managed by my son, Justin. After 35 years in Dayton, Ohio, we opened our first Elsa's Tex Mex Sports Grill outside of our home city. That restaurant opened in Lutz three years ago, and we were welcomed by its residents with open arms and big hearts. It's been rewarding to provide our new community an affordable restaurant with great food that's perfect for family dining or happy hour at our sports bar. In case you have not yet given us a try, I want to extend this personal invitation to do so. I know you will be glad you did. We are located in old Lutz at U.S. 41 and Sunset Avenue, in an island oasis that some find hard to find. So here's a fun way to remember where we are exactly 62 steps behind McDonald's and Lumber Liquidators. I promise it's no further than that, because I was the one who walked off the steps! Justin and his staff look forward to giving you an outstanding dining experience at our restaurant. We'll see you soon! My best, Bill Hemmert, President and Owner If you haven't visited us yet, please do. We love Lutz and know you will love Elsa's! www.LakerLutzNews.com Augu s t 13, 2014 8B