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LAKERLUTZNEWS.COMLutz NEWS SERVING LUTZ/ODESSA Lutz NEWSFreeMARCH 7, 2018 Get all your favorite local news stories online. Auto Accident? Slip and Fall? FREE CONSULTATIONNo Fees Or Costs Unless You Win Walk-Ins 18920 N. Dale Mabry Hwy Ste 101 Lutz, FL (Corner of Sunlake & Dale Mabry) HOLLIDAY KARATINOSLAW FIRM, P.L. I Will Aggressively Fight To Protect Your Legal RightsŽCall AttorneyJIM HOLLIDAY813-868-1887 CORNERSTONEPROS.COM813-990-0561 Service the Way it Oughta Be! $25 OFF SERVICE REPAIRA/C, Plumbing or Electrical $39.95 Service callMon-Fri 7am-5pm LK/LZ LK/LZ Same-Day Service Free 2nd Opinion* Free Estimates** 24/7 Emergency**Free estimates for new A/C, water heater, water treatment and electrical panel upgrade. *Free second opinion with written diagnosis from another company.CAC1816647 CFC1428982 EC0001103 Must present coupon. cannot be per visit. exp. 3/31/18 Must present coupon. cannot be per visit. exp. 3/31/18WINNER 2012-2017 Air Conditioning € Plumbing € Electrical By Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.comJust days removed from celebrating a gold medal win in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, the USA women’s ice hockey team returned to where their remarkable journey all began — Wesley Chapel. It’s where the team spent more than five months getting prepared for the Winter Olympics, training at Florida Hospital Center Ice and lodging at Saddlebrook Resort. It’s also where daily practices, off-ice testing and intrasquad scrimmages were used to determine the 23 players selected for the Team USA roster back in May. The team spent the better part of an hour on the afternoon of Feb. 28 greeting fans, posing for pictures and signing autographs at the Center Ice facility. The surprise visit was part of a nationwide media blitz that took them to Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and New York City. A week earlier, the team defeated Canada By B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.comLutz, Maniscalco and Pizzo elementary schools will begin converting to pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade schools beginning this fall. The change will start with each of the elementary schools adding sixth grade in the fall. The following year, seventh grade will be added, and the following year, eighth grade. The idea is to make the transition gradually. Students living in those attendance zones will have the option of attending their zoned middle school, or staying in their current schools, under the district’s School Choice option. Priority will be given to students who currently reside within the school boundary, followed by students currently attending the school via the choice process, then students who live outside the boundary and are not currently enrolled at the school. Applications are available at each school in a 3-2 shootout to win gold, ending a 20year drought for the women’s hockey program. Moments since have been nothing short of surreal for Team USA, from celebrating the victory to the fan support. “It’s been overwhelming, exciting, just a whirlwind,” said two-time Olympian and forward Kendall Coyne. “It’s been truly an honor to bring home this gold to the United States, and to see the reaction from everybody and the support.” “It’s been crazy,” added 19-year-old defenseman Cayla Barnes, the youngest member of Team USA. “This has been a goal of ours for so long, and it just proves you can do whatever you set your mind to.” Their time spent in Wesley Chapel won’t soon be forgotten, either, from top-flight training digs and hospitality, to the warm, sunny weather. “These facilities were awesome, the staff here was amazing, and they really helped us with everything we needed,” Barnes said. “It was great to be down here, such nice weather, and really nice to train out here in preparation for the games.” “Hockey in Florida was new to a lot of us, but I don’t think it took long for us to realize that hockey is serious in Florida,” said Coyne. “The growth is amazing, and just to see the growth in the short six months we were here just shows how much more there can be.”KEVIN WEISSThe U.S. women’s national ice hockey team posed for pictures on Feb. 28 at Florida Hospital Center Ice, in Wesley Chapel. The t eam spent more than five months training at the facility and lodging at Saddlebrook Resort. USA Women’s Hockey, fans celebrate gold in Wesley ChapelSee HOCKEY, page15A Lutz families will have more middle school options B INSIDE, PAGE 1B Two-time Olympian and forward Kendall Coyne shows off her Olympic gold medal. She is one of 23 players on the U.S. women’s national ice hockey team. By Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.comA park that has played a historic role in Land O’ Lakes now has a name to reflect that fact. Officials gathered on March 1 for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the renaming of the former Land O’ Lakes Community Center. The center and adjacent park is now known as Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park. On March 1, elected officials and community leaders gathered at the park for the site’s renaming. A new marquee has been unveiled near U.S. 41, which reflects the new name. See PARK, page15A Park’s name reflects its historic role KEVIN WEISSA new marquee sign with the masthead ‘Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park’ overlooks U.S. 41. B.C. MANIONLori Branham, Monique Helms, Remi Helms, Riley Silkworth, Bryce Henry, David Henry, Tammy Reale and Joshua Phillips stand in front of a photograph of Mary Maniscalco, for whom Maniscalco Elementary School is named. The Lutz school is transitioning to a prekindergarten through eighth-grade campus. It will begin by adding sixth grade there this fall.See SCHOOL, page15A


A top-notch volunteer The GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club announced that its past president, Edwina R. Kraemer, was nominated as an honoree and placed as a top finalist in the 2018 WEDU-PBS ‘Be More Involved’ Mason Dixon Award for Volunteerism. Kraemer was nominated on the basis of her years of commitment on behalf of Canine Companions for Independence and her volunteerism in the General Federation of Women’s Clubs. Although she did not win the top spot, she did place in the final six, among a wide field of outstanding candidates, in an online poll covering the entire WEDU-PBS viewing area. The club salutes and congratulates Kraemer for her outstanding achievements and accomplishments. Optical $50 OFF2100 Via Bella Blvd Land OLakes Suite 105 813.972.4444 2018 COLLECTIONSGUCCI | COLUMBIA | NINE WEST | VERSACE KATE SPADE | JUICY | RAY BAN | COACH Valid on one complete pair of prescription eye glasses or prescription sunglasses. THOMAS PUSATERI, MD American Board of Ophthalmology MARK L. AREY, MD American Board of Ophthalmology LEONARD CORTELLI, JR., MD American Board of Ophthalmology ALLEN PUSATERI, MD American Board of Ophthalmology 2A March 7, 2018 The edinForbes Featur Innovative New Sellin g co nvenie n S ell y o ur h o A G EN T Y Y y our hom e o rl d W s & a ll W Process NAR y y o me ntl A O in the C ALL U S BEF OR A P TER T A ee t Jour S t r Featur SMAR P AN O RDI N OU CALL O R E P PROACH to sell N e w s S na l a n d U r The ed in Forbes, Y P7Di Home Sales P 181 0 182 3 123 7 250 2 197 0 Add r P ast 7 D ays i n $30 0 2,792 Pl Grove ecan P 0 6 $31 0 2,283 Dr Lake Clear 3 9 $29 8 2,139 y a W Bend w Willo 7 $28 2 2,095 Dr Glen Derby 2 $30 0 2,017 r. 0 8 Pric e SF r ess Wyndham Lakes Dr A rea O ur No 3 4 0 ,000 No 2.5 3 0 ,000 s e Ye 2.5 3 8 ,000 No 2 4 2 ,000 s e Ye 2 4 0 ,000 ool P Bths Bds e Y Y 1107 354 4 191 0 551 1 187 0 131 3 186 3 188 0 $610 3,593 Dr Oxbridge 7 $48 3 2,353 Rd. ield F Wicket 4 $44 2 3,715 Ct. Cove Harbor 0 8 $42 4 2,898 Soleil Du Avenue $36 5 2,222 Dr Chopin 0 8 $36 3 2,788 Loop Multiflora 3 $33 3 1,7546 Pl. Dauphine Le 3 5 $34 5 2,323 Antibes Place 0 2 s e Ye 3.5 5 0,000 No 3 3 3 ,947 s e Ye 2.5 4 2 ,000 s e Ye 3.5 4 4 ,900 s e Ye 3 4 5 ,000 No 3 4 3 ,390 s e Ye 2 3 3 ,000 No 2 3 5 ,000 Y Y Y Y Y 170 0 170 21107 $1,6 5,760 Avila 0 1 Candeleda De $72 4 4,792 Avila 2 7 Candeleda De $610 3,593 Dr Oxbridge 7 s e Ye 5 4 50,000 s e Ye 4.5 4 4 ,000 s e Ye 3.5 5 0,000 Y Y Y www.Li gh tnin g 8 13.7 66 L ig h tnin g g -Rea l m 6 .1501 g Rea l ty gg SUNDAYMARCH € € EMBER 2018 H11TH4 5 : 30PM FL 33548 € ) MARCH DECE A A W eg $58 ) (r5 classes for $40NEW STUDENT SPECIAL: Diversity council looking for volunteers to serveThe Laker/Lutz News Staff ReportHillsborough County is looking for interested residents to serve on the Diversity Advisory Council, which was created to facilitate communication between Hillsborough County government and diverse populations. The council also addresses matters related to diversity that affect county government and its citizens. The council is appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and is comprised of two individuals from each of these categories: African American; Caribbean; Far East Asian; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender; Hispanic/Latino; Indian Asian; Middle Eastern; Native American; North and Southern European; People with Disabilities; and AtLarge (Identification with a specific category is not required.) There are four positions available. Three terms expire Aug. 31, 2018 and one term expires Aug. 31, 2019. The vacant positions are specified as these individual categories: African American; Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender; Native American; and, Indian Asian. All nominees must reside in and be registered voters in Hillsborough County. Appointments are voluntary positions, which means members serve without compensation. The deadline to apply is March 14. Citizens that are interested must submit an essay, a completed questionnaire, and a Standards of Conduct Form. All questions must be answered. Applicants denying to submit an essay will be eliminated. Forms are available on the county website at, by calling (813) 272-5826, or on the second floor of the County Center, 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., in Tampa. COURTESY OF ASHLEY DAVIS Service with an Italian flair Chef Ashley Davis from Bexley’s Twisted Sprocket Caf, second from left, served up authentic Italian flavors at the Food Network’s Barilla’s Bites on the Beach event, at the South Beach Food and Wine Festival. Davis made 1,500 portions of rotini pasta with Italian sausage and a roasted red pepper ragu. Davis works for Rizzetta & Company, which manages Bexley’s community district development, homeowner’s association and amenities. From left are Carlos Gonzalez, Davis, David Sias, Alissa Pekrul and Kateri Davis.COURTESY OF PATRICIA SERIO


Moonshine, Turpentine and TimberThe theme of this years 108th Founders Day in Zephyrhills is Timber, Turpentine and Moonshine.The trio of products played an important role during Zephyrhills early days. Vast pine and cypress were abundant throughout the area and provided raw materials for building. Besides timber, they provided turpentine and related products. Greers Lumber Mill, operated by Jim Greer, was the largest employer for the first two decades and fortified settlers with resources to build their cracker homes. The Great Depression closed Greers Lumber Mill. But, the town began to flourish again after 1932, when I.A. Krusen purchased 13,000 acres and opened the Krusen Land & Timber Company. Later, Camp Number 39 of Hercules Powder Company was opened in Zephyrhills and had the distinction of being the largest employer in the city from 1946 until its closing in 1962. Farmers and ranchers within a 35-mile radius contracted with Hercules to remove pine stumps, which were processed into products such as rosin, turpentine and pine oil, as well as byproducts used in paper, paints, varnishes, adhesives, asphalt emulsions, gun powder and dynamite. Although Zephyrhills was less distinguished for moonshine than neighboring communities, such as Wesley Chapel, an occasional settler turned to moonshine stills, as well as charcoal kilns and cash-crops, to subsist. When Prohibition banned the manufacture, transportation and sale of alcohol, moonshine stills provided an alternative source of liquor. Even after Prohibition ended, occasional moonshining continued until the 1950s. Several families still hold moonshine recipes. Marlo Hilton, a hometown girl and 1998 Zephyrhills High School graduate, remembers using a metal detector at her familys ranch to explore the area to the west of her home, where Stanley Ryals, her great-grandfather, had his moonshine still. They were a tough breed, said Hilton, who spoke lovingly of her iconic great-grandfather, who died in 2000. Ryals used profits from bootlegging, as well as the sale of sweet potatoes, to purchase 640 acres in the Zephyrhills area. Later, he opened Zephyr Lumber and Saw Mill where he logged, cut and sanded timber. Ryals contributed much to the city, serving as president of the chamber of commerce in the late 1950s and as a founding member of Zephyrhills Noon Rotary Club, where he had a 30-year perfect attendance record. Ryals father-in-law was Wesley Wells, the chief of police in Zephyrhills. His grandson, Boe Hilton (who is Marlos father and a 1971 graduate of Zephyrhills High) observed that his grandfather understood people and knew how to build upon their strengths. The most notorious bootlegger in the area was Clarence Lane, who described himself, in a 2005 interview, as one of the top 10 moonshiner/bootleggers in Florida. Lane said during the 1930s many of his customers were law enforcement officers and judges. Lane said he began moonshining as a teenager, learning the skills from his father. His first still was in Kathleen. Later, he moved to Zephyrhills. At age 19, Lonnie Tucker from Wesley Chapel, worked in Zephyrhills for I.A. Krusen during the day in the Lumber Company. He also operated a still near the current location of Saddlebrook Resort. Tucker later worked at Moodys Hardware, in Zephyrhills, for more than a quarter-century. His daughter, Anna Jo Bracknell, will be on hand at Founders Day for one of the porch talks at the Howard B. Jeffries house. She plans to share stories about moonshining during her 1 p.m. talk on March 10. 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EASTER SUNDAY : GOOD FRIDAY : MA U NDY TH U R S DAY : MID-WEEK LENTEN W m C H U R CH R I N ITY W EDNESDAYS : hol y trinit y l L U THERA N C H O LY T R 24416 State Road 54, Lutz 33559  813-428-6994At the corner of SR 54 and Oak Grove  EXAMS € VACCINES € WELLNESS PLANS € DENTAL CLEANING SURGERY € PET BOARDING € HOUSE CALLS € TENDER LOVING CARE (TLC) Open Monday-Friday 8am-6pm  Saturday 8am-4pm  VACCINE HOURS: WEDNESDAY 2-4 Dr. Moses Kawalya, DVM, DABVP(Board Certified by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners) $29.00 EXAM FOR ALL NEW CLIENTS MULTI-PET DISCOUNT DOG FLU VACCINE AVAILABLE 4A M arch 7, 2018 Your Co mm un i ty Calendar  S ub mi t 2 weeks i n advance to: m  All l i st i ngs free of charge Whats Happening What  s Happening INTERACTIVE ART MURALMain Street Zephyrhills and Anything Art will present “Splash on 5th Ave” March 8 at 5:30 p.m., with the reveal of an interactive art mural. The new community mural was inspired by “The City of Pure Water,” and will be unveiled at Pocket Alley, next to Cuttin Up Fabrics, 38434 Fifth Ave., in Zephyrhills. For information, call Anna Stutzriem at (813) 780-1414, or email GARDENER MEET-AND-GREETThe UF/IFAS Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service will offer a meet-andgreet session for potential master gardener training applicants March 8 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. Preregistration is required at GROUPA casual genealogy group will meet March 9 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Church of Latter-day Saints, 9016 Fort King Road in Dade City. The group meets every Friday, and will run through the end of the school year, and then pick up again in September. The group discusses ongoing research, assists others with obstacles, and helps preserve family histories for the future. For information, call (813) 715-6097.FAMILY SHABBATCongregation Kol Ami, 3919 Moran Road in Tampa, will host family Shabbat services March 9 at 6:30 p.m. There will be guitar music, tambourines, shaker eggs, singing and storytelling. For information, contact Mitchell Weiss at (813) 962-6338 or CREAM AND COMPLAINThe New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills, will host “Ice Cream and Complain” March 9 at 3:30 p.m., for teens to complain and vent about school, eat ice cream, and meet others going through the same emotions. For information, call (813) 788-6375.OTSEGO COUNTY PICNICThe 2018 NY Otsego County Picnic will take place March 9 from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., at Country Aire Manor, 10249 U.S. 98 S., in Dade City. Guests should bring a dish to share, a serving spoon and their own table setting. Coffee and lemonade will be provided. For information or to RSVP, call Sharon Scofield at (607) 435-4561 or Faith Yurenka at (607) 437-9870.BOOK BAZAARThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host a book bazaar March 9 and March 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be a diverse selection of books, audio and video media, magazines, and related materials available for a modest cost. For information, call Glen Thompson at (352) 567-7449.CHURCH FISH FRYOur Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 2348 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes, will host its annual Fish Fry every Friday from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., through Lent. Upcoming dates are March 9, March 16 and March 23. The cost is $9 for adults, $5 for children, and $30 for a family (parents and three children age 13 and younger). Dessert, beer and wine are available for an additional cost. Credit cards accepted.CHASCO FIESTAThe Chasco Fiesta will take place March 9 to March 17 in and around historic downtown New Port Richey. There will be nine nights of entertainment (most of them free), including rock-and-roll, classic rock, bluegrass, blues, oldies and country music. There also will be a coronation ball; carnival; street parade; car, truck and bike show; boat parade, a Native American festival, and more. The West Pasco Sertoma Club also will serve barbecue in Sims Park. For information and a complete schedule, visit, or call (727) 8426055. BAMBOO SEMINARUF/IFAS Pasco Extension will offer a free seminar on “Bamboo: The Good, Bad & Ugly” March 10 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway. Participants can learn which bamboo species can be an asset to your landscape, which are invasive, which should be planted, and how to grow and use clumping bamboo. To register, visit OF WOMEN VOTERSThe League of Women Voters will meet March 10 at 2:30 p.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, 2818 Collier Parkway. Participants can learn how to become an informed voter and an advocate. To RSVP, email Mike McKinney at BOOK SALEThe New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., will host a Spring Book Sale March 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and March 11 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the library’s afterschool and summer reading programs, as well as ongoing events and classes. For information, call (813) 758-7419, or email SEMINARUF/IFAS Pasco Extension will offer a free seminar on propagating from seeds March 10 at 10 a.m., at the Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St. Participants can learn the tricks of the trade to germinate seeds and raise the seedlings to plants. To register, visit MARKETThe San Antonio Farmers Market will take place March 10 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at San Antonio City Park. The market will have an Easter theme. There will be an Easter basket/cake walk with prizes; Easter crafts, games and treats; a drawing for an Easter basket filled with goodies; vendors, food and more. For information, contact Winnie Burke at (352) 437-5161 or WITH OUR STARS“Dancing with Our Stars” will take place March 10 starting at 5:30 p.m., at the Tampa Bay Golf & Country Club, 10641 Old Tampa Bay Drive in San Antonio. This annual dinner and fundraiser will benefit the Benedictine Sisters of Florida and its ministries. Tickets are $50 per person. For information, call (352) 588-8320.BOARD GAMESThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host “Bored? Try Board Games” March 10 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There will be prizes for all participants. For information, call (352) 567-3576.STORYBOOK FORESTThe Early Learning Coalition of Pasco and Hernando counties will present “Storybook Forest” March 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Crews Lake Wilderness Park, 16739 Crews Lake Drive in Shady Hills. There will be storytellers; story-themed crafts; and literary characters such as Elsa, Curious George, Elmo, Daniel Tiger and more. Admission is free. There is no on-site parking, but guests can use the shuttle pickup at Crews Lake Middle School, 15144 Shady Hills Road. For information, call (727) 233-8291.DINNER AND DANCEThere will be a Sweetheart Dinner and Dance March 10 from 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Dade City VFW 4283, 12735 VFW Road. Dinner will be served until 6:30 p.m., for $15 per person, followed by music and dancing. There is a $5 cover charge for the dance, with no dinner. For information, call (352) 567-0508.FINE ART SHOW & SALEThe Zephyrhills Art Club will host a Fine Arts Show and Sale March 10 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., and March 11 from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., at Elks Lodge, 6851 Wire Road in Zephyrhills. Admission is free. Refreshments will be available. ART IN THE PARKThe Hernando County Fine Arts Council will present “Art in the Park” March 10 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and March 11 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Tom Varn Park, 301 Darby Lane in Brooksville. There will be more than 100 exhibitors. Admission is free. Parking is $5. Proceeds will fund a community grant program for school art programs, art leagues, youth orchestras and the Hernando Symphony Orchestra. There will be a free children’s art activity tent, and a festival food court. For information, visit, or call (352) 279-5182.MONASTERY CONCERTThe Benedictine Sisters of Florida will present a concert March 11 at 2 p.m., in the chapel at Holy Name Monastery, 12138 Wichers Road in St. Leo, featuring The House Band from Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church. There will be a social after the concert. Donations will be accepted. For information, call (352) 588-8320.GARDENING WORKSHOPThe Hillsborough County Extension Service will offer a gardening workshop March 12 at 6:30 p.m., at the Lutz Branch Library, 101 W. Lutz Lake Fern Road. Topics will include innovative and easy projects for lighting, pathways, plantings, container gardens, hedges, fences, gates, themed garden beds, and garden rooms. For information, call (813) 744-5519, or visit PREPAREDNESSThe Hernando County Sheriff’s Office will host an information session on “Active Shooter Preparedness” March 12 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in its main training room at 18900 Cortez Blvd., in Brooksville. There will be information from the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA and the FBI, along with videos on how to react to an active-shooter threat. Participants must be at least 15 years old, and should bring a notepad and pen to take notes. No firearms will be permitted in the building. To reserve a seat, visit ClassSignup. SHOW AND TELLThe Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will present “Makerspace Show and Tell” March 12 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., for participants to share their Open Build and class projects that were made in the Makerspace. Light refreshments will be served. For information, call (813) 9291214.GARDEN CLUBThe Land O’ Lakes Garden Club will meet March 13 at 10:30 a.m., at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. Members will be completing an art project. For information, call Marie Woody at (813) 961-2697.NATIVE PLANT SOCIETYThe Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will meet March 13 at 7 p.m., at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. The guest speaker will be Jackie Rolly on “Landscaping for Pollinators.” There will be light refreshments and a native plant drawing. For information, call Sandy Vanno at (727) 207-1853.PI DAYThe New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills, will host “Pi Day” March 14 at 4 p.m. Participants can eat pie and hang out. There will be no math involved. For information, call (813) 788-6375.IRISH & SCOTTISH MUSICThe Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host “The Kilted Man,” a traditional Irish and Scottish music concert, March 14 at noon. For information, call (352) 567-3576.ZEPHYR SOUNDThe Zephyr Sound, an informal ladies barbershop chorus that entertains at parks in the area, is looking for new members, of all ages. Practices are every Monday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., at the Zephyrhills Wesleyan Church, 38924 C Ave. For information or to book a performance, call Peggy Shear at (813) 991-9326, or visit a rehearsal. VOLUNTEERS NEEDEDGulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppes is looking for volunteers for all its locations. Volunteers must be age 15 and older. Teens and high school students can earn community service hours. Volunteers receive discounts at the thrift shops. Other opportunities at Gulfside also are available. For information, call (800) 561-4883. To apply online, visit Document shreddingShred 360, Stream Recycling and the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office will present free document shredding and electronics recycling March 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Myrtle Lake Baptist Church, 2017 Reigler Road in Land O’ Lakes. The event is in recognition of National Consumer Protection Week and to bring awareness to identify theft protection. For paper: Participants are limited to three boxes (copy paper box or smaller) or bags (kitchen trash bag or smaller) per vehicle. There is no need to remove or separate binders, clips, rubber bands, wire folders, CDs or DVDs. For electronics: Participants may bring laptops, desktops, printers, phones, keyboards, cords, rechargeable batteries, notebooks, e-readers, flat-panel monitors, cellphones, game consoles, wires/cables and cable boxes. Not acceptable: TVs, CRT monitors, smoke detectors, car batteries, mercury-containing devices, or household appliances. For more information, please visit, or call (813) 9442223. The 31st annual “FossilFest: The Ice Age Returns!” will take place March 10 and March 11 at the Florida State Fairgrounds. Ther e will be educational activities; displays of gems, minerals, fossil shells and antique bottles; vendors; workshops, door prizes, sile nt auctions, raffles, and a kids’ Fossil Mine at Paleo Park where kids can dig through a sand pit (for a small fee). For information and a schedule, visit FossilFest


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This column also will announce upcoming meetings of political parties, if they are submitted in a timely manner and there is space available. This column is not a forum for posting fundraising events. The column will run periodically, depending on the volume of submissions. There is never a guarantee of publication, but we do consider each item we receive.Anyone who would like an item to be considered should email it at least two weeks prior to the desired publication. Our newspaper publishes on Wednesdays. Send your submissions to Here are the candidates for Pasco County Commission, Pasco County School Board, as well as state and federal races that Pasco voters will vote on, according to websites maintained by the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections and Floridas Division of Elections. Future columns will cover other races.Candidates file for local, state and federal races Candidates who have filed for Pasco County Commission seats:PASCO COUNTY COMMISSION, DISTRICT 2 Mike Moore, Republican Kelly Smith, Democrat PASCO COUNTY COMMISSION, DISTRICT 3 Brandi Geoit, Democrat Mike Wells, RepublicanCandidates who have filed for Pasco County School Board:PASCO SCHOOL BOARD, DISTRICT 1 Allen Altman, No Party Affiliation Kenneth J. Mathis, No Party Affiliation Brian Staver, No Party Affiliation PASCO SCHOOL BOARD, DISTRICT 3 Cynthia Armstrong, No Party Affiliation Heide R. Janshon, No Party Affiliation PASCO SCHOOL BOARD, DISTRICT 5 Mike Aday, No Party Affiliation Megan C. Harding, No Party AffiliationKathryn Kassie Hutchinson, No Party AffiliationTara M. O Connor, No Party AffiliationFEDERAL ELECTIONS U.S. REP. DISTRICT 12 Gus M. Bilirakis, Republican (Incumbent) Stephen M. 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Walker, DemocratSTATE RACESSTATE SENATE RACES DISTRICT 10 John Legg, Republican Wilton Simpson, Republican (Incumbent) DISTRICT 16 Bernard Bernie Fensterwald, Democrat Ed Hooper, Republican DISTRICT 20 John Houman, Republican Tom Lee, Republican (Incumbent) Kathy Lynn Lewis, Democrat STATE HOUSERACES DISTRICT 36 Linda Jack, Democrat Amber Lynn Mariano, Republican (Incumbent)DISTRICT 37 Ryan Patrick Boney, Republican Tammy Garcia, Democrat Bill Gunter, Republican Ellie Rudisill, Republican Ardian Zika, Republican DISTRICT 38Daniel Wright Burgess Jr., Republican (Incumbent)John David Hayes, No Party AffiliationUpcoming meetings and eventsLand O Lakes Democratic ClubThe Land O Lakes Democratic Club will have its next meeting on March 7 at 6:30 p.m., at Brick City Eatery, 16540 Pointe Village Drive, Suite 108, in Lutz.Republican ClubThe Wesley Chapel Republican Club will meet March 8 at 6:30 pm at Lexus of Wesley Chapel, 5350 Eagleston Blvd., in Wesley Chapel. The guest speaker will be Baxter Troutman, former state representative from Polk County and candidate for Florida Agriculture Commissioner. For more information, contact Peter Cracchiolo at (813) 360-9813 or and GreetDavid TK Hayes, candidate for the Florida State House District 38, is hosting a meet and greet March 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at The Brass Tap, 37916 Pasco Ave., in Dade City. POLITICALAGENDA


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Two shows will give students a chance to shine, and offer the audience the opportunity to be entertained by accomplished young singers, dancers and musicians. More than 170 students, making up 90 acts, auditioned during a 12-hour day for the producers for the opportunity to be named a finalist. A total of 65 acts, consisting of 142 students, were chosen to perform at the finals, according to a news release. Two shows are planned to give finalists a chance to compete for honors. The Heritage Arts Center Association, which produces the show, will again be presenting a $1,000 Pasco Heritage Scholarship to the graduating Pasco County senior who receives the highest scores from the judges. Last years scholarship recipient was Jessica Twitmyer, a singer. Both shows will be on March 10 at Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road in Wesley Chapel. Act I begins at noon, with the younger solos and groups. Act II begins at 7 p.m., and will feature older solos and groups. Tickets are $12 for adults per show, or $20 for both shows; $6 for students through high school, or $10 for both shows; and free for children under $5. Tickets are available for purchase at the door. The emcee for the show is Grace Badillo. The competition draws contestants from across the region, representing numerous performers from a variety of studios and instructors. Two professional panels of judges will select winners for cash prizes. A total of more than $4,000 in cash, trophies, and ribbons will be presented to winners in eight categories. Performances will vary from jazz to classical, Broadway to rock. Piano selections will range from Chopin to Hamilton to the Greatest Showman. There will be Cirque du Soleil number, a trumpet solo, and a flag dance, to name just a few. Spotlight is a family affair, with three sets of sisters competing, one family with three siblings competing; husbands and wives who volunteer together; and, producers who are mother and daughter. The competition is celebrating its 35th season and has come full circle, with Spotlight alums now handling various responsibilities for the production. Three of those alums sit on the Heritage Arts Board of Directors, and the two assistant producers, Michael Roberts and Rebecca Friedman Groomes, were annual contestants from the age of 5. The Spotlight competition costs more than $18,000 to produce, and would be impossible without the support of area businesses and individuals. Barbara Friedman is the executive producer of the annual talent showcase.Regional talent show lets area youths take center stage FILE 35th annual Spotlight on TalentWHERE: Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel, 30651 Wells Road in Wesley ChapelWHEN:Act I, noon on March 10; Act II, 7 p.m. on March 10COST:$12 for adults per show, or $20 for both shows; $6 for students through high school, or $10 for both shows. Free for children under 5. 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patterns, he said. Behavioral symptoms can include crying spells, withdrawal from others, neglect of responsibilities, loss of interest in personal appearance, loss of motivation, slow movement, or use of drugs and alcohol. They may also exhibit feelings of guilt, confusion and low self-esteem. In addition to serious mood, cognitive and physical symptoms, depression is associated with higher rates of chronic disease, increased health care utilization, and impaired functioning. Daniels said the impact of moderate and severe depression is comparable to someone with multiple sclerosis, asthma, chronic hepatitis B, and even someone whos quadriplegic. We dont think in those terms of how depression shuts us down, but it does, he said. The speaker cautioned against bombarding depression sufferers with intrusive questions. He also noted that constantly watching them could create anxiety, and cause them to feel more helpless and hopeless. Do not keep asking them, Whats wrong? People that suffer with depression half the time they cant even tell you whats wrong with them because they dont even know, Daniels explained. The speaker also said family and close friends need to determine if a depression sufferer is getting enough sleep. Lack of sleep, he said, can exacerbate depression symptoms and cause psychotic-like behavior because they cant shut themselves down. He offered several best practices in helping someone deal with depression: Dont touch the person, unless they give you permission Avoid direct eye contact, and refrain from staring Avoid sudden or rapid movements Dont make promises you cannot keep Be genuine with them Talk calmly to them, and ask what you can do to help Depression-related suicide was also broached during the seminar. Daniels said a red flag to watch out for is sudden mood changes such as overt happiness as it may indicate theyve made up their minds to complete the suicide. Said Daniels, All along theyve been depressed, they talk about it, all of a sudden one day they say, Im OK now. Everything is fine. We miss it by thinking, Theyre OK now. Theyre doing so much better. Thats when you need to ask questions. Daniels also urged students dealing with mental disorders to not be afraid to seek help. His life improved after he sought treatment, he said. I had to understand what I was dealing with and how to deal with those situations in my life. Theres nothing wrong with being transparent and letting people know certain things, he said. All of us go through problems in life., Daniels said. Theres no shame in that. 8A Tracy Daniels knows what its like to battle mental health issues. A retired combat war veteran, Daniels spent seven years in therapy following his second tour in Iraq. Following a 37-year military career, Daniels now seeks to help others who are dealing with mental health issues. Daniels is a master-level practitioner at Baycare Behavioral Health. He was the featured speaker at a depression awareness seminar at Pasco-Hernando State College. The Feb. 21 event was part of the state colleges ongoing Community Awareness Series, open to the public, students, faculty and staff. The talk touched on how to recognize signs and symptoms of depression, risk factors, and ways to cope with the disease. The speaker touched on the stigma associated with mental disorders, such as depression and the belief from some that sufferers are crazy, psycho or just plain attention-seeking. Those attitudes are often because people are ill-informed about mental health problems, and they base their thinking from whats portrayed in media. If theres something going on with me, it does not mean Im a crazy individual. It means that I need some help, Daniels said. We think people that have mental issues are going to do things and act in a certain way, and thats the furthest thing from the truth, he added. Daniels steered much of the conversation toward depression. As it turns out, that illness is widespread. The National Institute on Mental Health estimates that in the United States, 16.2 million adults over age 18 had at least one major depressive episode in 2016. This number represents nearly 7 percent of all U.S. adults. Additionally, one in five adults in the U.S., display some sort of mental health disorder each year. Anxiety is reported as most common, followed by major depression and substance use disorder. Depression can drastically affect a persons ability to work, carry out daily activities, and engage in satisfying relationships, Daniels said. Physical symptoms can range from fatigue and lack of energy, to unexplained aches and pains, as well as irregular sleeping and eating Possible signs and symptoms of depressionPhysical: Fatigue Lack of energy Irregular sleep patterns Irregular eating patterns Constipation Changes in weight Headaches Irregular menstrual cycles Loss of sexual desire Unexplained aches and painsBehavioral: Crying spells Withdrawal from others Neglect of responsibilities Loss of interest in personal appearance Loss of motivation Slow movement Use of drugs and alcoholPsychological Sadness Anxiety Guilt Anger Mood swings Lack of emotional responsiveness Feelings of helplessness or hopelessness Irritability Frequent self-criticism, self-blame, pessimism Impaired memory and concentration Indecisiveness and confusion Tendency to believe that others see you in a negative light Thoughts of death and suicideSource: Baycare Behavioral HealthInternet providers will be able to compete for up to $2 billion in federal dollars to bring high-speed Internet to underserved rural areas across the country, according to a news release from the Federal Communications Commission. The funds will be divvied up in the Connect America Fund Phase II auction on July 24. Providers who want to participate in the auction must apply between March 19 and March 30. Participants include phone companies, fixed wireless service providers, satellite providers, cable companies and electric utility broadband providers. The goal is to expand broadband access to as many as one million homes and locations nationwide. In Florida, there are an estimated 13,000 rural homes and businesses that lack that service, according to data provided by the FCC. Polk County has the highest number, at 3,145 homes and businesses, and Union County, the fewest, at three. Nearly 160 homes and businesses in Pasco County are considered underserved. 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Her determination and never-give-up attitude has resulted in the company growing from six to sixty employees, and serving more than 40,000 customers. It is also evident by Cornerstones new 6,000-square-foot warehouse that is currently under construction at its Land O Lakes location on U.S. 41. Dana attributes much of her companys success to being a womanowned business. Women understand that nothing is more important than being customer centered. Its the little things that we do in the first 30 seconds that sets the tone for exceeding customer expectations, said Dana. When people call, they assume we have the technical expertise to solve their problem, she continues. What they remember is how they felt when they first talked to our customer service rep, or first meet our technician at their door. Its the kind, helpful voice, the clean uniform, the shoe covers, that set us apart. Every Cornerstone employee is trained to the companys high customer service standards. As a wife and mom of five, I know how it feels to allow someone into your home, Dana explains. When we send a tech to a customers home, I feel just like I am sending them to my own home. Over two-thirds of our calls y, and as a woman, I fully understand her concerns and expectations when she allows someone into her home. Cornerstone was founded in 2006 as an air conditioning service company. In 2012, it expanded into plumbing services, and two years later added electrical services. We expanded because our customers kept asking if we could provide other home improvement services, said Dana. They trusted us and were comfortable having us in their homes, and we wanted to accommodate them. All of Cornerstones technicians are specialists who have specific training in their field. This means our A/C guys are experts at air conditioning, and do not go out on plumbing and electrical calls, said Dana. We have certified plumbers and electricians for those calls. Cornerstone warranties all of its work, and has a dedicated team of experienced technicians who follow up on any warranty problem. There is no charge for this service, and techs keep coming back until the problem is 100 percent resolved. Cornerstone also maintains a separate maintenance department for customers who want regular cleaning services and preventative checkups. y, and do not promote additional services or products during their visits. We are successful because weve built our business trust, said Dana. behind the work o f go above and expectations. Ev e employees strive t o every day. Cornerstone ph 24/7, and techni c around the clock, and holidays. C a anytime, day or information, visi t CornerstonePros.c o Dana The Many Benefits of a Woman-Owned Bu s on reputation and We always stand f our employees, and beyond customer f Spears s iness e ry one o f our o make this happen ones are answered c ians are available including weekends a ll (813) 949-4445 night. For more t their website at o m.Paid Advertisement Special to The Laker/Lutz News Its been just a few weeks since the opening of ER 24/7 In Lutz, and already its staff is seeing more patients than anticipated over 30 people a day and growing. Its evident by the number of folks coming in that there is a real demand for community-based emergency services in this area, said Christine Sanchez, director of emergency services for the new facility that operates under the auspices of Medical Center of Trinity. The most common reasons people come to the new ER facility, which is located at 1430 Dale Mabry Hwy, next to Walmart, is for chest pains, stroke symptoms, respiratory failure, blood clots and the flu. The emergency services we provide here are no different than those at our main campus in Trinity, said Sanchez. However, our care here is faster because we have fewer patients and urgent medical situations. Like all emergency rooms, ER 24/7 In Lutz uses a triage system, which treats patients with life threatening situations first, explains Sanchez. But even with triage, patients are usually seen within five or 10 minutes. We find freestanding ERs to be a much calmer, less stressful environment than a hospital emergency room, said Sanchez. This makes it a much better environment for patients and their families, and is conducive to making patient care more streamlined and efficient. Efficiency also comes from the facilitys on-site, full service laboratory and diagnostic equipment, including CT Scan, Ultrasound and X-ray, all available 24 hours a day. Because we are not sharing our lab and diagnostic tools with an entire hospital, our patients get their results back very quickly, said Sanchez. Often times the reason behind long waits at a hospital ER is because they are waiting on a patients test results. That is never a problem here. Freestanding ERs also offer more personal care. Our employees are dedicated to our Lutz facility they live in the same community as our patients, and sincerely care about their neighbors, said Sanchez. Sanchezs staff of 22 includes 12 nurses all whom have five or more years of emergency care experience and certifications and physicians who are all Board Certified in Emergency Care. It is important to understand, Sanchez explains, that a freestanding ER is not the same as a walk-in or urgent care clinic.ER 24/7 In Lutz is no different than an ER at a hospital, said Sanchez. By comparison, an urgent care center is for someone who would normally see their family doctor for a medical situation that happens after their doctors office is closed.The new ER center, which opened in late January, is 11,200 square feet and a $10.3 million investment by the facilitys parent company, HCA Healthcare. The building shares the same entrance and exit as the Walmart Supercenter at the Dale Mabry and U.S. 41 apex, located a half mile south of State Road 54. To limit the spread of contagious illnesses, there are separate entrances for adults and children. The childrens waiting area is delightful space with hand painted murals portraying Lutzs rural heritage, including scenes of the Old Lutz Schoolhouse (1927) and the Lutz Train Depot (1909) both still standing today just a few miles down the road on US 41 in downtown Lutz. Christine Sanchez, director of emergency services at ER 24/7 In Lutz, shows off the hometown murals in the childrens waiting area.ER 24/7 In Lutz Provides Convenient, Expert Care Do You Need An ER? Asthma, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath Bone fractures, concussions, injuries needing pain management Coughing or vomiting blood Chest pains that last two minutes or more Severe or persistent vomiting or diarrhea Urinary tract and other infections Change in mental state (confusion) Sudden dizziness, weakness or change in vision Uncontrolled bleeding 1430 Dale Mabry Hwy | Lutz, FL 33548 (813) 953-3900 PAID ADVERTORIAL


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The class is taught in seated and standing positions, using a chair as a prop. Those interested should bring water, wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat, towel or blanket if you want to participate in the final pose on the floor. For information, call (813) 929-1214.OPIOID DISCUSSIONThe Law Offices of Lucas/Magazine will sponsor a community discussion on opioid overdose prevention March 8 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., at North Tampa Behavioral Health, 29910 State Road 56 in Wesley Chapel. The moderator will be Judge Shawn Crane, Sixth Judicial Court. There will be light refreshments and a vendor fair. For information or to RSVP, email EVENTSThe Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, will offer these community events: Chatterboxes, March 8 at 3 p.m. Saturday Super Prep Childbirth Class, March 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lymphedema Support Group, March 15 at 3 p.m. Huntingtons Disease Support Group, March 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Newborn Care Class, March 21 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Compassionate Friends Support Group, March 21 from 7:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. Infant CPR, March 28 at 6 p.m. Reservations are required. For information, call (727) 834-5630, or visit SCREENINGSt. Josephs Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz, will offer a heart-healthy screening March 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., in Garden Classroom A. Participants can have blood pressure, body mass index and cholesterol checked, as well as a diabetes risk assessment. Fasting is not necessary, although blood test results will be more accurate with fasting. The A1c test will only be offered if an individuals pre-diabetes risk is high. Admission is free. Preregistration is required by calling (813) 443-2046.HEALTH & FINANCIAL FITNESSSamantha Taylor Fitness, 2206 Knight Road in Land O Lakes, will host a Health & Financial Fitness Seminar March 10 at 12:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Barbara Sekeley, financial advisor for Waddell & Reed. Light snacks and gourmet coffee will be provided. Admission is free. To reserve a spot, please visit CHI WITH MUSICSun Yoga, 19026 Geraci Road in Lutz, will offer Bonnie Birdsalls Tai Chi with Crystal Singing Bowls Workshop March 11 from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The workshop will focus on gentle stretching, breath, walking, sitting and lying down, along with transcendent meditations with harmonizing crystal bowl music. Participants should wear comfortable clothing. Preregistration is $25, or $30 the week of the event. Signup is online at, or in the studio. HATHA YOGAThe Land O Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer Hatha yoga March 12 at 6 p.m., for beginners. Guests should bring water, wear comfortable clothing, and bring a yoga mat, towel or blanket. A signed liability waiver is required. For information, call (813) 929-1214.DIABETES LECTUREAccess Health Care Physicians, 5382 Spring Hill Drive in Spring Hill, will offer a lecture on Complications of Diabetes March 12 at 1 p.m., for anyone diagnosed with diabetes mellitus and family. Reservations are required. Call (352) 200-2190.ENDOMETRIOSIS SEMINARFlorida Hospital Wesley Chapel will offer a seminar on Breaking the Silence on Endometriosis March 13 at noon, in the fourth-floor classroom. Dr. Terri McEndree, board-certified obstetrics and gynecology, will host an open conversation about the symptoms and treatment options. A light lunch will be provided. Admission is free. For more information and to RSVP, please call (844) 504-9378, or visit 101The Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host Medicare 101 March 14 at 1 p.m., to answer Medicare questions, help with filling out forms, and more. For information, call (352) 567-3576.CARES JOB FAIRCommunity Aging & Retirement Services (CARES) will host a job fair at CARES Crescent Center, 13906 Fifth St., in Dade City, March 14 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Positions will be available in the Home Health Department for certified nursing assistants, home health assistants, homemaker/companions and registered nurses. There is also a position open for a licensed practical nurse in Adult Day Care, and a full-time chore worker. Immediate interviews will be available. For those that cannot attend, applications are online at Resumes also can be forwarded to Marianne Urban at, or faxed to (727) 862-6013. For additional information, call (727) 378-6244. Health & Wellness


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LOCAL STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTSThese local students have been named to honor lists at their respective schools for the fall semester: Deans List Matthew Berube, of Lutz, Gettysburg College (Pennsylvania) Kelsey Bognar, of Lutz, Hofstra University (New York) Caleb Brian, of Lutz, Tallahassee Community College Rachel Carlson, of Lutz, University of Maine Amanda Clifford, of Lutz, University of Alabama Mackenzie Morgan Cuffe, of Odessa, Clemson University (South Carolina) Nicole Elizabeth Davis, of Lutz, Tallahassee Community College Seriah Groen, of Odessa, Wheaton College (Illinois) Gabrielle Harrison, of Lutz, University of Alabama Stuart Hernandez, of Lutz, Florida Institute of Technology Clare O Keefe, of Lutz, Endicott College (Maine) Grace Kortz, Mercer University, Stetson School of Business and Economics (Georgia) Katie McCleese Law, of Odessa, Tallahassee Community College Garren Lewis, of Lutz, Seton Hall University (New Jersey) Rachael Theresa Martin, of Odessa, Tallahassee Community College Julianna Mitten, of Odessa, Cedarville University (Ohio) Alwina Mohamadali, of Lutz, Lincoln Memorial University (Tennessee) Sydney Briana Navarro, of Lutz, Tallahassee Community College Julia Elizabeth Peacock, of Lutz, University of the South/Sewanee (Tennessee) Vinayak Ruia, of Lutz, Georgia Tech Andrew Schwitzgebel, of Lutz, University of Alabama Nathan Shane, of Lutz, The Citadel (South Carolina) Daniil Shcherbinin, of Lutz, Wittenberg University (Ohio) Jolene Swift, of Lutz, University of Alabama Presidents List Alexia Acebo, of Lutz, University of Alabama Kelly R. Barry, of Odessa, Clemson University (South Carolina) Natalie Dambrosio, of Lutz, Tallahassee Community College Ashley Kubel, of Odessa, Georgia Southern University Elizabeth Moore, of Lutz, Tallahassee Community College Emma Williams, of Land O Lakes, Mercer University, Stetson School of Business and Economics (Georgia) 14A 813-996-1211 4005 Land O Lakes Blvdon U.S. 41 in Land O Lakes Monday Night BUFFET$7.995pm-8:30pm Neck & Back Pain ReliefTHE PATIENT AND ANY OTHER PERSON RESPONSIBLE FOR PAYMENT HAS A RIGHT TO REFUSE TO PAY, CANCEL PAYMENT, OR BE REIMBURSED FOR PAYMENT FOR ANY OTHER SERVICE, EXAMINATION, OR TREATMENT THAT IS PERFORMED AS A RESULT OF AND WITHIN 72 HOURS OF RESPONDING TO THE ADVERTISEMENT FOR THE FREE, DISCOUNTED FEE, OR REDUCED FEE SERVICE, EXAMINATION, OR TREATMENT. Auto Accidents Treated Immediately Accepting Florida Blue, United, Medicare, Medicaid and Cigna. DR. LESLIE HORNE2414 Raden Drive Land O Lakes, FL 34639 www.lolchiropractic.com813-948-2225The ChiroTrust Pledge TMTo the best of my ability, I agree to provide my patients convenient, affordable, and mainstream Chiropractic care. I will not use unnecessary long-term treatment plans and/or therapies. $10 Off*MASSAGE THERAPY*UP TO 1 HOUR EXP. 3/31/18$35 FIRST VISIT($150 VALUE)INCLUDES EXAM, CONSULTATION, 2 XRAYS (IF NEEDED) & SPINAL ADJUSTMENT. EXP. 3/31/18Dr. Leslie Horne, Doctor of Chiropractic Short-Term Care for Your Neck & Back Pain Accepts M.D. Referrals Affordable / Insurance Accepted Be Seen Today. No Appointment Needed Member of ChiroTrust( Walk-Ins Welcome COURTESY OF THE GREATER ZEPHYRHILLS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Citizens of the Month


Basic Wash Wash & Wax Full Detail Home Pressure Washing Also AvailableKeep your car looking great.Call Curtis for Appointment813.347.0502$55.00WASH & WAX $75 Value $65.00 HEADLIGHT RESTORATION up to $100 Value 15A Festivities included a presentation of colors by American Legion Post 79 and a variety of speakers, who detailed the history and significance of the park. Were thrilled about the renaming of this park, said Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore, who served as master of ceremonies for the event. Its important that we recognize the history of the area, and recognize the citizens that came forward and actually put a lot of effort into the park, he said. The name change has been known for some time. The Pasco County Commission adopted the new name of the community center and park in November, at Moores request. Moore consulted with members of the board of directors for the Heritage Foundation before making the suggestion. That was after the newly built Heritage Stage made its debut in August at the park. The completion of the stage resulted from years of effort and partnerships between government, businesses and community volunteers. For years, the Land O Lakes Community Center has been located at 5401 Land O Lakes Blvd., while the Land O Lakes Recreation Complex, at 3032 Collier Parkway.The similarity of names has been a source of confusion. It is not uncommon for folks to get mixed up with the two facilities, said Brian Taylor, Pasco Countys parks and recreation manager. Heritage Park Foundation president Sandy Graves acknowledged the community center and park probably shouldve been renamed long ago. We always thought that it needed a name change because it needed branding on its own, and now it has it, she said. Terri Dusek, of the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce, is credited with initially coming up with the Heritage Park moniker. She said the name change marks the final touch on the parks recent upgrades. Besides the new stage for community events, the park has undergone $2.3 million worth of improvements since 2015. Other additions have included new ball fields, a playground, a concession stand and restrooms, and a walking trail. Our community already has a very rich heritage, and I feel like now were adding to it. For me the only fitting name was Heritage Park, Dusek said. Coyne added, the gold medal victory provides a huge opportunity to further the sport in the United States, particularly among young girls. The 25-year-old herself was inspired by Hall of Famer Cammi Granato and the 1998 U.S. Olympic Womens Ice Hockey, the last team to win gold. With our win, I think we can get more girls playing across the United States, Coye said. If you look at our team currently, a lot of us are playing because we saw the team win a gold medal. So, knowing that feeling and knowing personally I was one of them I saw Cammi Granato, and seeing her gold medal made me want to become one of them. Having Team USA train in Wesley Chapel was likewise beneficial to Florida Hospital Center Ice and the Tampa Bay hockey community, said Gordie Zimmerman, managing partner and developer of Florida Hospital Center Ice. The $28 million,150,500-square-foot complex was picked as Team USAs training ground over such hockey facilities in Boston, Chicago and others. Its been terrific on every front for the development of hockey for the girls and the boys, and just the awareness and having the girls here in the facility, explained Zimmerman. I think there was a lot of pressure on them and where they trainand it turned out to be a great experience for everybody. This wave is going to continue, and you can see like with the girls (programs) and thats what its all about. As one of dozens of fans at the meet-andgreet, Wesley Chapel resident Rob Simonelli just couldnt pass up the chance to take photos and chat it up with the newly crowned Olympic gold medalists. He found out about the teams surprise appearance at Center Ice through a friend who caught wind of the event. I had a feeling because they had been here for a couple months with their training that theyve got to come back and take a look at the people at the rink, said Simonelli, who plays recreational hockey at Center Ice along with his son. Theyre really friendly, and its nice that they decided to come and just kind of say Hey to the people. Simonelli said he watched much of the Olympic coverage on television, and even attended some of the teams tryouts and international games at Center Ice last year. Besides national pride, he felt some local pride, too. I just was excited that this was their home base. Just following them when they made this their home was kind of cool, Simonelli said. Another exuberant fan, Tampa resident Chad Courson, came to the event equipped with a Team USA jacket and a Gold Medal edition box of Corn Flakes featuring a cover picture of USA womens gold winning hockey star Meghan Duggan. He brought both items to get signed. He also bought about 40 other boxes of the limited-edition Corn Flakes to get signed later that night at Amalie Arena as part of another Team USA appearance. I met the team on previous occasions, but its still cool, Courson said of the teams stop in Wesley Chapel. As for the teams run in PyeongChang? It was amazing, Courson said. office or on the schools websites and will be accepted daily at the schools through March 23. Each of the schools will be able to accommodate 110 sixth-graders. Reaction to the new option has been positive, said Tammy Reale, principal at Maniscalco Elementary, and Lori Branham, principal at Lutz Elementary, during a joint interview with The Laker/Lutz News. During the interview, parents and students from Maniscalco Elementary, 939 Debuel Road, expressed positive feedback about the plan. Monique Helms, who lives in Carrollwood, said her daughter, Remi, already attends Maniscalco through School Choice. A lot of kids from Kiddie Campus University (KCU) attend Maniscalco, Helms explained. Shes delighted that Remi will be able to stay at Maniscalco for middle school. I love the culture here. The teachers here are amazing. And, so are Mr. (Joshua) Phillips (assistant principal) and Miss Reale (principal). Weve just been very fortunate, she said. I used to be a middle school teacher many, many years ago, and its a really tough transition. So, we were happy that theyre adding sixth grade. David Henry, whose 10-year-old son, Bryce, attends Maniscalco, is enthusiastic about the new option, too. This is a great environment for Bryce, Henry said, noting his son also is from KCU. Hes been here since kindergarten and has thoroughly enjoyed it. And, we look forward to him being here as a sixth-grader, Henry said. Henry, who attended a K-8 school when he was young, likes that approach to education.I think its a great opportunity for the kids. I think the transition, from eighth to ninth grade, is much easier than from fifth to sixth, and from seventh to eighth, he said.Ten-year-old Riley Silkworth, a current fifth-grader at Maniscalco, is happy that shell be able to stay there next year. I like that Maniscalco is going to do K-8 because its way closer for me. I live 3 minutes away, she said. We are going to know most of the people who are already going to be here, because most of the people are going to stay. Were still going to have the same teachers around us, she added. Remi and Bryce also had good things to say. Were going to be able to stay with our friends, Remi said. The only thing I dont like about it is that its going to be even sadder when we have to leave in eighth grade. Bryce said he likes knowing his way around campus. He said he cant think of anything that would be a downside from the schools transition to a K-8 campus. Helms said the only concern that shes heard expressed was whether students leaving a K-8 environment would make a smooth transition into high school. Shes confident that Remi will. District officials say that the curriculum offered will be consistent with other K-8 schools and there will be after-school activities, but there wont be athletic teams until there are students in grades six through eight on the campuses. Traditional middle schools in Hillsborough County are scheduled to begin the school day at 9:25 a.m. next year, but these K-8 schools are expected to start their days at 7:40 a.m., which is on the same schedule as the districts middle schools. All three also will continue to offer pre-K programs. The schools are able to transition to a K8 program because they are currently operating under capacity. 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16A PUBLIX DELI HOT & SPICY CHICKEN WINGS It didnt take long for Keymo Pearson to realize Arielle Boone oozed potential when she joined his AAU track club last spring.Day 1, when I saw herI said, Hey, if this girl stays with the team, shes going to be great. My exact words were, She has the chance to be one of the best jumpers in Pasco County history, said Pearson, an assistant track coach at the Wesley Chapel-based Speed Starz Track Club. Turns out the coachs assessment is pretty spot on.Boone will compete this weekend in both the high jump and triple jump events in New Balance Indoor Nationals at the Armory Track and Field Center in New York City. A senior at Sunlake High School, Boone will join more than 3,500 of the countrys best track and field student-athletes, from more than 40 states and Canadian provinces each looking to run, hurdle, jump, throw and walk their way to titles and All-American honors in 48 boys and girls championship events. The event runs from March 9 through March 11. Boone qualified for the prestigious competition after posting elite qualifying marks in triple jump (39 2.5) and long jump (18 2.5) at recent AAU meets in Orlando and Birmingham, Alabama. She is believed to be just the second track and field athlete from Pasco County to ever compete in the national event. The other is former Pasco High star Alfreda Steele, who qualified in 2014. Steele now is a sprinter and jumper at the University of Miami. Boone isnt nervous about the big stage, despite squaring up alongside countless future Division I track starts and possibly some Olympians-in-the-making. Instead, shes poised to hold her own especially after going toe-to-toe with such athletes at AAU meets throughout the summer and fall. Im not worried about it. Im just there to compete and to get my marks, said Boone, who acknowledged she used to be intimidated, when she first began training for AAU meets in the spring and summer. A former gymnast, Boone joined her high school track team as a freshman at the behest of former Sunlake track coach Nick Carroll, now the head football coach at Zephyrhills High School. Coach was like, If youre one of my fastest girls, you have to run for me, OK? Like, he really pursued me. He wanted me to run track. And, I was like, You know what? My dads been telling me that for years, so Ill try it, and I ended up being pretty decent, so I stuck with it, Boone explained. Early on in her high school career, Boone mainly competed in sprints, such as the 100meter and 200-meter dash, and the 4x100 relay. It wasnt until last season she took field events seriously. The leap into those events especially the triple jump was bred out of pure curiosity. Said Boone, Triple jump seemed so complicated and just difficult, which it is. Its the hardest event track puts on your body. I just wanted to see how it works; I had no idea. Sunlake girls track coach Trey Burdick said Boones jumping numbers really took off toward the end the 2017 season. Something clicked at districts last year, Burdick said. All of sudden, Boone started hitting personal records of 2 feet, then 4 feet in the triple jump, and thats something you dont see, Burdick added. Boone firmly solidified herself at the Class 3A state championships as one of the states top jumpers after securing a ninthplace finish in the triple jump (then a 36 11.25), just one spot away from podium honors. She was also named named the Sunshine Athletic Conferences Girls Field Athlete of the Year. I was just like, Wow, I have been doing this event for not even six months, and I got this close. Next year Im going to wreck it. Thats what I really want to do, Boone said. After the season Boone joined Speed Starz to work one-on-one with Pearson, himself a former college track and field standout at Kansas-based Friends University and Independence Community College. He serves as an assistant with BB Roberts, who founded the AAU club in 2013. Pearson trained Boone on core strength, plyometric movements, and shoring up her bounding technique to make her an even better jumper. I saw that she was very explosive, and that was really what drew my attention, Pearson said. Just seeing the talent that she had without an offseason training, it just was like, Wow, I know the drills that Im going to give her is going to make her that much better as an athlete. I had to bound my way into becoming a really good triple-jumper, Boone said. Its a lot of training involved. Its an event that you cant play with it. You have to do a lot. After the national competition, Boone will go back to focusing on her final high school season. In addition to Sunlake High records in the triple jump (38 9.5) and high jump (17 9.75), Boone also claims school records in the 200 meters (26.32 seconds) which shes owned since her freshman year and as a leg on the 4x100 relay (49.55 seconds). Burdick noted Boone could soon own the school record in the 100 meters, once she gets the chance to run the event. High school track athletes are allowed to compete in a maximum of four events per meet. Shes probably the reason why were the favorite to win conference this year, Burdick said. Shes one of those athletes that if I could put her in six (events) Id put her in six. Shes a guaranteed first place in at least three of her events every meet, and most of the times its four. Boones recent emergence, meanwhile, has the caught the eyes of multiple Division I college track programs statewide. Shes picked up scholarship offers from South Florida, Central Florida, Florida Atlantic and Florida International universities. Boone said she plans to spend the next month visiting colleges before making a decision by the time the spring singing period begins on April 11. Whichever program Boone chooses, those coaches will be getting a dedicated and focused athlete. She catches on really fast thats whats great about her. She listens, shes disciplined, and she actually works on those things on her own so it makes it that much easier, Pearson explained. Motivations never been an issue for her, Burdick said. Shes always came to practice everyday and is just like strictly business, This is what we need to get done today and boom thats what shes doing. She knows (the) drills, she picks up on them, and she knows how to go out there and do it without me telling her, he added. 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Bucenell is a 2015 graduate of Wiregrass Ranch High School. Wiregrass Ranch High senior wide receiver/cornerback Daniel Biglow signed to play college football at Division I Florida Atlantic University. The 6-foot-2 Biglow was among the teams leaders on offense (20 receptions for 346 yards, three touchdowns) and defense (33 tackles, two interceptions) in 2017. He transferred from Academy at the Lakes his junior year. Wiregrass Ranch High senior midfielder Ryan Al-Khatib has signed to play college soccer at NAIA Florida College in Temple Terrace. The 5-foot-8 Al-Khatib posted 11 goals and 32 points this season, helping the Bulls to the Class 5A regional semifinals and a 24-6-1 mark. Zephyrhills High senior quarterback Charles Harrison III signed to play college football at Division III Brevard College in North Carolina. This past season the 5-foot-11 signal-caller led the county in passing (over 2,300 yards, 47 total touchdowns) and helped guide the Bulldogs to its first 10-win season since 2002.Track and field standout leaps into nationals Heavy Haul! their own clubs, as well. For information, visit, or call (813) 238-7320.ODESSA SOCCER CLUB SPRING REGISTRATIONRegistration is open for the Odessa Soccer Club spring season, which begins March 24. The club will offer three coed age divisions: 5 through 7, 8 through 9, and 10 through 12. Teams will play a seven-game season on Saturdays, ending with a championship tournament. All Saturday games and practices will be at 18105 Gunn Highway in Odessa. The league offers an open league play platform, where tryouts are not required for players to be on a team, and all teams compete in the championship tournament at the end of the season. For more information and to register, visit, or contact league director Jim Young at or (813) 920-0505.WESLEY CHAPEL YOUTH SOCCERRegistration is ongoing for the Wesley Chapel Soccer Club Spring League, with opportunities available for boys and girls, with birth years between 2004 and 2013. The eight-game season runs through April and May, with games played on Friday nights. Cost is $95 for all players and includes a team T-shirt. The league is designed to provide players of all skill levels an opportunity to learn and play soccer in a fun, structured format. Teams will be divided by gender and age. For information, visit, or email questions to YOUTH SWIM LESSONSThe Tampa Metropolitan YMCA, in partnership with the Tampa Bay Rays, is offering a free four-day swim course to children from March 12 to March 15 at its various YMCA locations. The Safety Around Water program is offered annually in the spring to keep kids safe at the beach, pool, lake and while boating. Its open to the entire community, beginners and nonswimmers, ages 3 to 12. During the four-day course, certified instructors teach children a sequenced set of skills to help reduce the risk of drowning, and give them confidence in and around water. Local YMCA branches participating in the event include East Pasco Family YMCA, Bob Sierra YMCA Youth & Family Center, and New Tampa YMCA. Preregistration is required due to limited space. Participants must be present on the first day of class, and bring their own swimsuit and towel. Times vary based on location. For more information, visit GOLF CLINICS IN LAND O LAKESFirst Tee of Tampa Bay, a program of the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA, is hosting group junior golf lessons each Saturday through April 21 at The Groves Golf & Country Club, 7924 Melogold Circle in Land O Lakes. Classes meet once per week for seven weeks, and are available for boys and girls ages 5 through 18. All levels are welcome, from beginners to advanced players. During small group sessions, First Tee of Tampa Bay instructors will teach participants rules, fundamentals and etiquette of the game. Cost for the program varies, based on family income. Lessons range from $2/class ($14 total) to $12/class ($84 total). First Tee of Tampa Bay will provide all the necessary golf equipment for the classes, but participants are welcome to bring


INSIDE: Directories, Classifieds, Games & More B RICHARD K. RILEY The 71st annual Pasco County Fair, which wrapped up on Feb. 25, offered spectacle, entertainment, challenging competitions, and, of course, fair food. The event gave artists a chance to exhibit their work, gave livestock owners an opportunity to compete with their animals, offered fair-goers an assortment of amusement options, and gave the young and old alike a place to spend some time simply enjoying themselves. Fair offers heaping helpings of fun


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For additional information, visit Central Permitting at TAMPA LUNCHEONThe North Tampa Chamber of Commerce will have its March 2018 Momentum Thursday on March 8 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Brookdale of Lutz, 414 Chapman Road in Lutz. Guest speaker will be North Tampa chamber president Jody Fowler, who will discuss how to use LinkedIn Live. For early bird registration, RSVP online with credit card or to the chamber office at by 5 p.m., March 7, at the discounted rate of $15 (whether you eat or not). After that date, the cost is $20 (whether you eat or not), payable at the door by cash, check or credit card. For more information, please call the chamber at (813) 563-0180, or visit ANNIVERSARYThe Land O Lakes Winery will have its third-year anniversary celebration March 11 from noon to 8 p.m., at 3901 Land O Lakes Blvd., in Land O Lakes. Enjoy wine specials, appetizers and door prizes. 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