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Jonathon Bermudez helps Students learn teammate go extra mile life lessons By Kyle LoJacono klojacono@cnewspubs.com

Last spring, Sickles High student Jonathon Bermudez was running with a new track teammate, Abdin Fator, when he noticed the freshman had large holes in his shoes. What he did next helped earn him a nomination. Bermudez took Fator to a local sporting goods store and bought him new running shoes with his birthday money. “I had just turned 17 and had some money from that,” said Bermudez, a senior. “I’ve always valued personal enjoyment over money, so it wasn’t a big deal. I didn’t even think about it much because I knew it was the right thing. People save money all their life and then can’t spend it.” Fator, 16 and a sophomore, is a young man of few words, but said he was very grateful for what Bermudez did for him. “It’s nice to have shoes without holes,” Fator said. He then added,“I didn’t know a lot of the other runners and over the season we kind of developed that running bond. I started just running track and he kept bugging me to join cross country. I said I’d give it a try, but my old shoes wouldn’t last running a 5K (five kilometers), so he took me to get the shoes.” Fator was born in the war-torn Sudan and moved to the United States in 2003. Before coming here, his father moved to Egypt to raise money to move them to this country. Bermudez continued to help Fator during the summer. He would drive his younger teammate to cross country practice because he did not have a ride.Then when Fator had no way to get to his physical required to run for the Gryphons, Bermudez stepped in and again chauffeured him.

KIDS ARE HEROES St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital received 91 nominations for this year’s Kids are Heroes campaign. Of those selected, a few are from northwestern Hillsborough County, including Jonathon Bermudez and Colton Sheppard (Meet Colton, page 16). Since 1996, the program has honored more than 1,000 kids ages 5-18 from across Tampa Bay. Winners will be announced this December.

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Shrieks of excitement and the patter of eager feet filled the hallways of area schools as teachers led their young students to different speakers and activities last Thursday. Nov. 18 marked the annual Great American Teach-In, a day during which a wide range of professionals bring their careers to the classroom and share different employment opportunities with students. At McKitrick Elementary School in Lutz, students began a day early with a visiting armored truck on Wednesday, followed by a Drug Enforcement Administration truck on See TEACH-IN, page 16

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“He took Abdin under his wing like he was his little brother,” said Sickles boys cross country coach Gail Bottone, who nominated Bermudez for the award.“Now Abdin is one of the top-three runners on the team up there with Jonathon. It’s amazing because Abdin might get a scholarship to go to college because Jonathon helped him.” Bottone, the Sickles guidance department head, said Jonathon’s actions have helped renew her faith in teenagers. See HEROES, page 16

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The aroma of roasted turkey wafting through the house and a gathering of family and friends – that’s what most people conjure when they look ahead to Thanksgiving. High unemployment and rampant foreclosures, however, have dimmed that happy image. It’s no surprise that people and organizations in the Central Pasco, Eastern Pasco and Northern Hillsborough communities are willing to help people in their time of need. These generous souls help others all of the time, especially during the holidays. Harvester United Methodist Church, 2432 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes, held a food drive to help families in need, said Pastor Sam Maihack. “As a church, we believe we’re on earth as God’s children, to help people who are in need,” Maihack said. ”You have got to start with where people are at – we want them to experience God’s love.” The Lutz Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club made donations to Christian Social Services in Land O’ Lakes to help pay for some Thanksgiving baskets, said Marilyn Wannamaker, a woman’s club member. Christian Social Services will distribute about 100 food baskets to families in need, said Jacquie Petet, executive director. The organization buys the food baskets for $30 each from Share Food Network. Each basket has a frozen turkey, fresh vegetables and canned foods. The Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel is going beyond its usual delivery of holiday meals to people in need. This Thanksgiving the group will debut its Turkey Gobble, an event that some hope will become an annual tradition. See THANKSGIVING, page 16

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Thanksgiving — the day set aside for expressing gratitude for the good things in life — is also the No.1 day nationally for cooking fires, says the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association. Cooking equipment fires also remain the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries, and are the third-leading cause of fire deaths, according to statistics from the NFPA. There are ways, however, for families to avoid the risk of fires at Thanksgiving and through the holidays, local experts say. “The most common cause of fire in the home is cooking,” said Capt. Bill Wade of Tampa Fire Rescue. “Most of the fires that we see are from unattended cooking.They’ll put something on the stove and just forget,” said Amy Schultz, fire inspector/public education for Pasco County Fire Rescue. The dangers of home fires increase during the holidays, when people cook more, use their fireplaces, light more candles, string holiday lights and so forth. “The message we spread is, have fun — but be careful,”Wade said. On Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season, there tend to be more gatherings — with more people coming over and more cooking being done, said Vicky Yeakley, public education coordinator for Hillsborough County Fire Rescue. With so many people around, it’s easy for a cook to get distracted,Yeakley said. So, it’s important to take precautions to avoid potential dangers. If you’re cooking something in the oven, for instance, be sure to check on it periodically and set a timer so you don’t forget, she said. If you’re cooking on the stovetop and the doorbell or telephone rings, or someone needs your attention, be sure to turn the burner off or on low, and carry an oven mitt

or wooden spoon with you to reProtecting yourself and your home mind you that you have something • Every home should be protected by working on the stove,Yeakley said. smoke alarms. At minimum, there should be a When you’re turning a burner smoke alarm on each story of the house and outon, be sure that you’ve turned on side each bedroom. Even better — smoke alarms the right one. It’s easy to make that inside and outside each bedroom. Even better mistake and you could end up with than that — a sprinkler system to put out fires. a fire, she said. It’s also a good idea • Every household should have a fire escape safeto clean up any spills to avoid poty plan and should do a few trial runs. If a fire tential fires in the future. happens, you’ll be ready and will know what to Also, try to avoid cooking when do. you are wearing loose-fitting clothing because the clothing can catch Source:Vicky Yeakley, public education coordinator for on fire,Yeakley said. Hillsborough County Fire Rescue Also be sure to keep anything that could catch fire at least three feet away from the stove,Yeakley added. on children, who tend to be fascinated by Keep kids at least three feet away from candle flames and fires burning in the firethe stove, too. place,Yeakley said. Be sure that candles are Stoves aren’t the only cooking equip- out of children’s reach and be sure they are ment that can cause fires. supervised wherever a fire is burning, she “Turkey frying has become quite popu- said. lar,” Wade said, noting he understands the It’s also important to keep an eye on appeal because the turkey is quite tasty. youngsters near tables that are laden with However, he said, it is important to use the hot foods, Yeakley said. Children who are fryer safely. learning to walk may tug on a tablecloth to “The turkey needs to be completely help themselves up and can be burned by thawed,” he said. hot foods spilling on them, she said. Schultz agreed: If the turkey is not If someone does get burned, the burn thawed, the ice will melt and cause the oil should be cooled down with running tap to overflow. water, Schultz said. Do not use ice as it can “Only put in as much oil as you are sup- cause a frostbite-like injury, and don’t use posed to put in,” Wade said. Otherwise, butter because it seals the heat in, making when the turkey goes in, the oil could the injury worse. splash out potentially burning someone Fireplaces and space heaters are other standing nearby. sources of potential hazards. Besides cooking fires, there are other poWhen burning wood in the fireplace, be tential fire hazards that become more sure it’s the appropriate size,Wade said.Also prevalent at the holidays and during colder be sure there’s a grate in front of the firewinter months. place.“The smallest spark can start a fire.” People tend to light more candles to creAvoid burning Christmas tree branches ate a festive feel, but sometimes they forget or wood in the fireplace,Yeakley said. to blow them out before leaving the house Don’t burn paper in the fireplace either, or going to sleep. Yeakley said. Wade recommends candles with a wide Embers from the fire can float out of the base because they are less likely to tip over. chimney onto the roof or onto nearby trees It’s also important to keep a close watch or bushes, which can start a blaze, she said.

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“If you’ve ever seen a Christmas tree on fire, it almost explodes,”Yeakley said. “If you’re going to have a fire in the fireplace, you can’t go to bed until that fire has gone to ashes,” she added. With space heaters, be sure to leave at least three feet between the space heater and anything that could catch on fire, Yeakley said. Christmas lights can also pose a hazard, if the wiring is frayed or cracked. Be sure to check your lights before you string them up. And, be sure to check for the Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) label, which means they’ve been tested for safety, she said. Finally, if you’re going to put up a fresh Christmas tree in your house, be sure that it’s not dried out when you buy it and be sure to keep it well-watered. For more information about Christmas trees, visit www.christmastree.org.

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(students) like.” For one recent assignment, completed around Halloween, she assigned students to make tombstones of famous Germans, detailing their contributions to society. In another assignment, students wrote poems in German about themselves. During a recent class, she paired students and assigned them to reassemble “The Seven Ravens,” which she had typed up and cut into pieces. Once they put the story together, the pairs practiced reading it because the class might perform the fairy tale for a play.The students also had to answer questions based on the story, which forced them to demonstrate their knowledge of German grammar. Besides challenging her students, Schunemann views herself as a teacher who wants to know her students well enough that she can respond when they need help. Schunemann said being an immigrant and learning English as a second language gives her insight into the challenges of learning a foreign language, which in turn, gives her empathy for her students. “I walk in their shoes,” she said. But that doesn’t mean she considers herself a pushover — in any way, shape or form. “I think I’m kind of tough. It’s not a popularity contest,” Schunemann said. She has some basic rules for her students:“Be on time. Do your work.” “I don’t like to waste time. If they sign up for my class, it means business,” Schunemann said. Schunemann is clearly prepared for her classes — jamming instruction into every available minute. She wouldn’t have it any other way. “They want to learn; I want to teach. “In December, I’m starting my 27th year,” Schunemann said.“I think I could not have picked a career that suited me better. I could not think of anything I would rather do.”

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Wesley Chapel High School students Larissa Farrell,Vince Delacruz and Jimothy Jamison received first place for their public service announcement in Pasco County’s “America Recyles Day”commercial competition.The students are second-year members of the television production sequence at Wesley Chapel High.The winning video can be viewed at http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us/recycle/efforts/contests/.

HILLSBOROUGH SCHOOL CHOICE PROGRAM The Hillsborough Choice Options program gives families an opportunity to apply to a magnet program, a Career & Technical Education program and/or School Choice. District personnel will be available to help parents and answer questions. The first application period begins for all students Dec. 1.The application period for middle and high school options closes Jan. 12; the application period for elementary school options closes March 11. For more information call the Choice Information Line at (813) 272-4692 or go to http://choice.mysdhc.org.

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KUDOS LAND O’LAKES THESPIANS ROCK Land O’ Lakes drama students took home top honors at the District 14 Thespian Festival. Katie Fitzsimmons won the Best of Critics’ Choices with her solo musical performance during the closing competition and will represent District 14 during the opening ceremony at the state festival in front of more than 6,000 people in April. Of nine Critics’Choices awards,the Gators brought home three. In addition to winning the solo musical category, Fitzsimmons paired up with Mimi Mubaidin to capture the duelacting category. Maisha Esdaile,Wail Jihadi, Katie Monds and Megan Presta received the top prized for ensemble acting. Other Gators snaring superiors or excellents were: Kyri Bailey (excellent) and Nick Haley and Mimi Mubaidin (superiors) in monologues;Maisha Esdaile and Katie Monds; Haley Pizzini and Megan Presta; and Adrien Bagdadillian and Haley Penansky (excellent) in duet acting; Oscar Arriaga, Kyri Bailey, Rebecca Hamilton and Ryan Williams (excellent); and Robert Coles, Josh Graves and Nick Haley (superior) in ensemble acting; Rebecca Hamilton (excellent) in solo musical.

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HILLSBOROUGH SUPERINTENDENT WINS BIG AWARD Hillsborough Schools Superintendent MaryEllen Elia recently received the inaugural Governor’s Business Partnership Award at a meeting of the Florida Council of 100 in Orlando. Governor-elect Rick Scott and Council of 100 chair Susan Story presented the award. The Council of 100, formed in 1961, is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that promotes economic growth in Florida. The award is bestowed to someone in the public sector who is deemed to have “spurred innovation in the past year,” or “improved the economic well being and quality of life for Floridians.” Elia was at the meeting to make a presentation on the Empowering Effective Teachers school reform effort in the Hillsborough County public school district.The seven-year reform effort involves a high level of collaboration between the school district and the teachers union.A $100 million grant from

STEINBRENNER HIGH PRESENTS ENTOURAGE DEC. 14 Steinbrenner High School’s ensemble performing group, known as Entourage, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Lutz Community Center, next to the Lutz Branch Library.The free concert features an ensemble made up of 14 singers and a four-piece band, under the direction of JoLinda Crump. They will perform holiday selections.

UPCOMING EVENTS JINGLE BELL FUN RUN A fun run is planned for 8 a.m. Dec. 4 at Hunter’s Green Tennis & Athletic Club to benefit HALO Academy, Inc., a school dedicated to academic excellence for all children, including those with communicated disorders, physical disabilities, learning disabilities and hearing impairments. People of all abilities are welcome to participate.To donate, or register, go to www.active.com and enter ‘Halo Academy’ in key words.

A SAINT LEO CHRISTMAS A variety of performers will present A Saint Leo Christmas at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 in the Student Community Center at Saint Leo University.A variety of performers from various campus groups will perform holiday songs, sacred music and spoken-word selections. Young singers from Saint Rita Roman Catholic Church of Dade City will make a special appearance.At the end of the program, visitors are welcome to stay for the blessing and lighting of the campus Christmas tree.Admission and parking are free. Saint Leo University is four miles east of Interstate 75 (Exit 285) at 33701 SR 52, in the Pasco County town of Saint Leo.

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down to connect with a future Hillsborough system. This would connect Pasco with the future high-speed rail between Orlando and Tampa. Pasco Economic John Hagen Development Council president John Hagen said linking with the high-speed rail would help bring business to the county. “Places like The Shops at Wiregrass could become shopping destinations for places outside of the county,” Hagen said.“It already is for our residents because of everything it has to offer, but with increased travel it could become a regional hub.” Gehring said most cities and counties put similar initiatives on their ballots several times before they pass. Right now the county is focusing on building roads to help move people and goods across Pasco. Such projects include the widening of SR 54 in Wesley Chapel and the future Zephyrhills Bypass to help connect the east Pasco city to the rest of the county. However, Pasco commissioners

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Returning vendors Penny and Chuck DeMarco of Especially 4 U greet customers at the St. Timothy women’s club holiday boutique in Lutz Nov. 13.

Volunteers Kathy Achorn and Pat Smeltzer lend a hand at the St. Timothy women’s club holiday boutique that included vendor goods, music by Jim Dohr and company, baked goods, plants and raffles.

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HEALTHY ORDERING

How to cut calories at Rapscallions K E E W e th f o PET

Eating out is a staple of American life, but it is also one reason why we are heavier than ever before. Samantha Taylor, owner of Pure Health Studios, offers tips on how to make responsible choices while dining out at area restaurants.

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Bo is a Rays fan Bo was born Feb, 13, and while his breed is unknown, he is surely a cute puppy! Bo loves Rays baseball (he is wearing his Rays’ jersey in his picture) and playing with other dogs, especially his buddy Rocco. He also likes chasing kitties and his favorite snack is a piggy ear. Bo is very playful, but also likes to cuddle. Bo is a very special dog because he spends a lot of time smiling, just like in his picture. He also knows cool tricks like how to fist bump. Bo’s proud owners are Jen Whalen and Mitch Stevens of Lutz.

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My next stop was a restaurant nestled a lake in Land O’ Lakes called Rapscallions. They have a wide range of healthy options, including whole wheat bread for sandwiches. The first thing I advise is, tell them not to bring the chips. Oh boy, these have to be the most fattening chips I have ever tasted! I don’t fault them for that since they’re not claiming their chips are healthy. But, make it a point to tell them not to bring the chips. It’s one of those things that can totally derail your healthy eating experience. Instead, skip straight to the black bean soup, which is unbelievably awesome. It’s high in fiber and even higher in flavor, but definitely not too high in fat. It comes with white rice though, so ask for no rice. The other dish I ordered was a salad with an awesome twist. Anyone in the mood for wings? Well, they aren’t really wings, but rather buffalo chicken on a bed of greens. The best part of it is that you can get it grilled, always a good thing. It can satisfy your craving for that wing

sauce flavor and since there is so much of it in its sauce, there isn’t even a need for dressing. As I always recommend, ask to substitute Romaine lettuce, put the dressing on the side and hold the shredded cheese, please. It does come with blue cheese crumbles. It’s OK to have a little fat in your salad since the chicken is grilled and you won’t be using most of the dressing anyway. Don’t use all the crumbles, though; just sprinkle them on your salad. I didn’t do this and figured out it was too much.This delectable salad is so huge, you will have plenty left to take home. It sounds fun that it comes in a tortilla bowl but unfortunately, that adds too many calories to your otherwise healthy meal, so just ask for a regular bowl. Another healthy dish they offer is tilapia, which is available grilled or cajun, with a side of veggies. Anytime you order fish, tell them to cook it dry, meaning it won’t be dipped or basted in butter or oil. Don’t worry, it will still be moist, only with way less fat. Oh, and tell them to not add butter to the veggies. You may not realize it, but these little details could save you from those extra 500 hidden calories! For more information, on healthy ordering, visit Samantha Taylor’s blog at www.thisisfit.com.

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Hardware store a Land O’ Lakes fixture for nearly 50 years By B.C. Manion bcmanion@cnewspubs.com

As patrons approach the entrance to Harvey’s Hardware in Land O’Lakes, they’re greeted by a handwritten welcome scrawled in colored marker across a white board. It encourages them to come on in, sit a spell and pet the cat. And, before they can even cross the threshold, they’re thanked in advance for doing business at the independent shop, a fixture in the community for almost a halfcentury. “Thank you, Land O’ Lakes, for supporting your hometown small business,� the sign reads.“Keep our community strong.� Once inside, customers find plenty of items that can come in handy for just about any imaginable chore or repair around the house, at a business, in the yard, on a farm, in a barn — well, you get the idea. This is a place that carries colored rope by the spool, with customers choosing the color and length that they want.They can select red, yellow, white, black or green rope and a clerk will cheerfully measure and cut what the customer desires.

A wrench that looks made for an industrial-sized job.

Harvey’s Hardware Harvey’s Hardware, 5400 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday; closed Sundays Phone: (813) 996-2400 Emma Lou Harvey took over management of the hardware store after her husband, Ted, passed away in 1994. (Photos by B.C. Manion)

They also carry spools of cable, which also can be cut to order.And many of the nuts, bolts and screws can be bought individually instead of by the package. Harvey’s sells all sorts of tools.There’s a giant wrench that looks like it was made for industrial-sized jobs and a set of pliers that looks like it’s intended for smaller tasks.

Customers can choose various colors of rope and have it cut to the length they want.

The variety of stock in the store seems endless. There are saw blades, wire mesh, a clothesline tightener and rubber basin stoppers. There’s an emergency tow rope, sandpaper, rusty metal primer and contact cement. There’s carpenter’s glue, washboards, wheel barrels and buckets. There are mailboxes, miniature lights, rubber boots and air-conditioning filters of all sorts of shapes and sizes. The list goes on and on and on. And, if the store doesn’t have it, chances are it can get it for you within 24 hours — if you drop by before noon and the warehouse has it in stock, said Emma Lou Harvey, whose late husband, Ted, bought the business on April 1, 1961. Ted ran the business until he died in 1994 and that’s when Emma Lou, Harvey’s Hardware has been a who had been a Pasco County school certified dealer of Case knives teacher for 32 years, stepped in to for nearly 50 years.

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take over. She runs the shop with her son, Paul, and the store’s employees Susi Kottwitz and Dee Dee Amodio. Emma Lou is extremely proud of her employees’ knowledge about the items they sell. The customer base has shifted through the years, Emma Lou said.“We had lots of charge accounts for groves and ranches,� she said.“That’s where they planted houses.� The store still draws a fair amount of business from farmers and ranchers, but other patrons include truckers, lawn and garden lovers, do-it-yourselfers, pocket knife enthusiasts and people needing to make small repairs. Emma Lou said the store draws customers primarily from Land O’Lakes, Lutz and Wesley Chapel, but patrons have been known to come from Dade City, Seminole Heights, south Tampa and other places, too. She thinks good customer service has been the key to her company’s survival. “If you don’t treat them right, they won’t be back.�

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Most thankful for ‘Minnesota Nice’ By Diane Kortus Publisher

One of the more pleasurable aspects of mid life is recognizing that the things I am most thankful for today are markedly different than those in my 30s and 40s. Gone are the thanks for materialistic achievements and welcome are the simplest joys.

Mid life is all about downsizing and simplifying. It’s not until you hit your 50s that you can appreciate the joys you were too busy to see when you were in the throes of raising kids and establishing your career. It is these simplest pleasures that I am most thankful for this Thanksgiving week, joys that include… — My hairdresser at J.Joseph Salon who knows when it’s time to “jazz me up” by adding red highlights to my color. — Discovering that our community editor, B.C. Manion, shares my zeal for Garrison

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Keilor and Prairie Home Companion. B.C. and I had center front seats recently at Keilor’s performance at Mahaffey Theater in St. Pete. If we ever questioned whether Lake Wobegon really existed, we don’t any longer. Garrison made his fictional world as real as our own. — The hour it takes to clean my 1,400 square foot house, versus the Saturday of chores that came with the 4-bedroom, 3-bath house I left behind. — Twenty-two years of parenting that enabled me to keep my mouth shut when my beautiful, longhaired daughter came home from college last month with a Mohawk haircut. Two decades of motherhood has taught me that ranting would only prolong my daughter’s “shock and awe” experiment. Instead, I called the cut “edgy and artistic” and was silently thankful there were no piercings to go with the Mohawk. — At long last to have time to start a book and actually finish it within a week. This week I read “Women Food and God” by Geneen Roth and recommend it to those who want to be free from the power food holds over us. — The ability of Becca, my personal trainer at Pure Health Studios, to get me to laugh at myself as my body does the opposite of what she asks. Becca’s unfailing encouragement keeps me coming back for more pain three days a week. — Zeke, our 11-year-old Yellow Lab, who shows few signs of aging and keeps up with

the pace set by my energetic and much younger Airedale on our daily walks. — My 81-year-old father in Minnesota who, like Zeke, also shows few signs of aging and continues to be the center of the universe for his children and grandchildren. — My pond and its trickling waterfall that my son dug last fall and the “Narnia” light post he installed as my Christmas present that illuminates the pond and front porch. There is no sweeter delight than sitting on my front porch with a cup of coffee and frothy milk on a cool Sunday morning reading the morning papers with the sounds of the pond behind me. — The ease of illuminating my porch with Christmas lights by simply plugging them into the outlet because I no longer bother to take the lights down after the holiday season. — My colleagues here at the paper who are more friends than employees. I treasure how we genuinely care for each other and how well we work together to produce good community newspapers every week. — For the abundance of “niceness” that surrounds me. I am continually amazed at the grace that blesses this world and envelops me with kindness. Some call this karma, others good will. Those of us from my home state call it “Minnesota Nice.” But it is not particular to Minnesotans. I come across it every day, usually many times a day, and hope that it finds you this Thanksgiving holiday.

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Tampa Bay area Goodwill-Suncoast stores will pull out all the stops for shoppers on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving.A selection of Goodwill’s brand new merchandise will be deeply discounted. Bargains will continue with in-store specials all weekend. Fifteen Goodwill-Suncoast stores will open an hour early, at 8 a.m., on Black Friday. For store locations, visit www.goodwill-suncoast.org.

Lake Padgett Estates East clubhouse will host an arts and crafts show from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 27 at 4533 Savanah Way in Land O’ Lakes.Among the artists is international exhibiting photographer Jason Dowd, owner of Dowd Studio; Sherri Lemire, oil painter; Lynn McCray, master potter; and other local area crafters with jewelry, hand painted tote bags, blankets and more.Admission is free. For information, call (813) 443-6849.

ARABIC FESTIVAL MOSI will celebrate the new IMAX film, Arabia, with food, entertainment, arts, crafts and more from the Arabic culture from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12. MOSI is partnering with The Council on AmericanIslamic Relations in Tampa on this event and looking for vendors in all categories. If interested, call Donna McCallister at (813) 987-6077.

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LAKE PARK ARTS AND CRAFTS The GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club will host the 31st annual Lutz Arts and Crafts Festival from 10 a.m-6 p.m. Dec. 4 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 5 at Lake Park.Admission is free but the parks department requires a charge of $2 per car. Over 250 vendors and a food court. Lake Park is located at 17302 N. Dale Mabry Hwy in Lutz.To reserve a space, call (813) 949-1937 or (813) 949-7060.

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HOLIDAY FUN CHRISTMAS AT BUSCH GARDENS Busch Gardens presents several holiday classics now through Jan. 2 including Christmas on Ice at Stanleyville Theater, Christmas from the Heart at Marrakesh Theater and Christmas Celebration in Desert Grill.Visit the park featuring strolling carolers and Christmas characters, spectacular poinsettias, festive decorations and holiday music. For information, call (888) 800-5447 or visit www.buschgardens.com.

Greyhound Rescue and Adoptions of Tampa Bay (GREAT) will have a meet and greet with greyhounds and their adoptive or foster parents from 12-2 p.m. Nov. 27 at Suncoast Crossing Petco, 16248 SR 54. For information, call (813) 971-4732 or visit www.great-greyhound.org.

COMMUNITY SPOTLIGHT FREE PORTRAITS FOR MILITARY A group of local photographers is seeking local military families that have a member or members serving overseas.The group is offering free professional portrait photography and will provide prints and digital files to service members stationed in foreign countries for the holidays. Event date is Dec. 4. Deadline for families to set up an appointment is Dec. 1. Interested families should contact Bill Pierson at (352) 428-3833.

VENDORS NEEDED CHRISTMAS HOUSE IN LUTZ The Old Lutz Schoolhouse is celebrating its 14th annual Christmas House from 6:30-9 p.m. starting Dec. 7. Decorated community trees, model railroad displays, animated figures, 200 nutcrackers, choirs and lights.

Admission is free. Donations are welcome. The schoolhouse is located at 18819 Hwy. 41 in Lutz. If interested in displaying a tree or decorating, call Phyllis Hoedt at (813) 949-1937. If interested in performing, call Bill Westcott at (813) 601-0874.

Emerge Hair Studio in Lutz is looking for your child’s most tangled hair photograph in a contest to promote the release of the new Disney movie,Tangled. Pictures of kids with tangled hair will be displayed at the Grove 16 Cobb Theatre in Wesley Chapel.The child with the most tangled hair will win a free shampoo and deep condition treatment from Emerge. Entries should be submitted to emergehair@gmail.com or dropped off at the salon at 24720 SR 54 in Lutz. Deadline is Dec. 10. For information, call (813) 9489668.

KIDS STUFF CHRISTMAS CAMP Harvester United Methodist Church, 2432 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes, is offering Camp Christmas from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 11. Children kindergarten through fifth grade can be dropped off for this camp-style program to explore the true meaning of Christmas through music, crafts, movies, games and stories.A morning snack and lunch will be provided.A donation of $5 per child is requested.To RSVP by Dec. 3, all (813) 948-2311.

Share your favorite holiday story We’re asking readers to help us spread good holiday cheer. Share your poignant, sweet, funny or inspiring story with your fellow readers of The Laker and Lutz News. We will publish a selection of entries, along with a photo of the person who entered the contest, in our Dec. 22 editions. A professional photographer will be taking photos of our winners. Winners will receive movie tickets to Cobb Theatres in Wesley Chapel. 15 AND OLDER: What was your favorite holiday present? _________________________________________________________________________________________ Who gave it to you? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Why did it matter so much? ___________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Do you have a photo of this gift? _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Name _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone number ________________________ e-mail address __________________________________________________

YOUNGER THAN 15: If money was not a factor and you could give anyone you wanted any gift that you wanted… What gift would you give? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Who would you give it to? ____________________________________________________________________________________________________ Why did you choose this person? _______________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Name _______________________________________________________________________________________________ Age ___________ Grade ____________School_____________________________________________________________ Address _____________________________________________________________________________________________ Phone number ________________________ e-mail address __________________________________________________

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TEACH-IN, from page 1 Thursday. Agents from the Tampa District DEA explained that the truck is used for support in dismantling clandestine labs and showed the children the truck’s first aid equipment, air pressure hoses and shower, as well as their entry equipment, tactical vests and helmets. The rest of the school was buzzing with different activities, as well. Nearby, soccer player Rafael Giraldo taught Cheri Gamm’s and Liisa DiTarando’s kindergarten classes the basics of the game and set up a scrimmage, while fifth-grader Abby Sutch directed speakers to the correct classrooms. Her favorite speaker was a dentist who had her class smell and eat different things to demonstrate how scent changes the taste of food. Guidance counselor Kelly Goforth said her favorite memories of the days’ events came whenever the children become inquisitive.“The kids were … asking questions you and I wouldn’t think of,” Goforth said. “They’re so outside the box.” Students at Denham Oaks Elementary also stayed active, particularly a group of kindergarteners and first-graders who got their own personal trainers for a day. Biko Claxton, Denny Locascio and Daniel Peterson from Sports and Field athletic club shared tips for eating healthy then took the children outside for some exercise.The students, who collectively named themselves “Team Alakazam,” competed in relays followed by a few sets of pushups. “C’mon, let’s see your speed,” encouraged Peterson, while the children ran sprints. Ready for a rest, the students filed back into a classroom for a visit with Deputy Tobias Smith, who has been working at the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for the past 16 years. Smith listed his history working in a jail, on patrol and on special projects, and explained some of the training and other requirements necessary to become an officer. Good driving records and college degrees seemed to be too distant to Smith’s young audience whose attention was immediately drawn to his gun. Smith explained that his gun was just one part of his uniform and proceeded to point out the details on what he was wearing.And the instant the shiny, silver handcuffs came out, Smith had

won the crowd. At Lutz Elementary, students were similarly intrigued by what Dan Harrison was holding.Visiting from Tampa Guitar, Harrison was showing a fourth grade class the basics of playing guitar. He began by asking the students a few questions, and was impressed when many knew the difference between acoustic and electric guitars. Harrison showed them what “fretting a note” was, then let his fingers slither across the fret board to show that chords were “a bunch of different pitches being put together.” With a few more examples and instructions on how to hold a pick, fourthgrader John Anthony Perrone got to strum a few chords on the guitar before Harrison continued his lesson, showing the children just what 10 years of dedication to a craft can create. A little further away at New River Elementary School, members of the Wesley Chapel Athletic Association were outside showing kindergarteners, first- and secondgraders the basics of lacrosse outside, while inside a cosmetologist from a JCPenney Salon shocked students with the news that they each had 100,000 hairs on their head. At Double Branch Elementary School, the horses of Pasco County Sheriff’s Mounted Posse towered above enraptured second- and third-graders, who learned that the most important jobs of the horses and their riders are search and rescue missions. Pre-K students at Chester W. Taylor Elementary School learned that horses come in smaller sizes, too. Bakas Horses for Handicapped brought miniature horse Buddy to the school to teach children the proper way to care for a horse, and to show that regardless of size, horses can be therapeutic. With a multitude of speakers visiting different schools in Hillsborough and Pasco counties on Thursday, and with such a variety of classes and grades within every school, each student participating in the Great American Teach-In was sure to have an individual experience unlike any other child’s. But regardless of whether they saw a miniature horse or a draft horse, ran relays or played lacrosse, every child learned something on Thursday. They learned that everyone is good at something.That thousands of career possibilities exist. And that they can be — and do — anything.

HEROES, from page 1 “I got goosebumps when I first heard about what he did,” Bottone said.“I couldn’t believe a teenager could be so selfless. He didn’t do it for the notoriety.When he first heard about it he said he didn’t know because of the attention. He just did it because he knew it was the right thing.” Fator has continued to be surprised by Bermudez’s generosity. “I keep thinking why would someone do so much for me,” Fator said. “I don’t really think I did anything special,”Bermudez said.“I saw a teammate that needed some help and I gave it to him. I just hope other kids who hear about this will do the same thing the next time they see someone who needs some help.” It was a good thing Colton Shepard decided to wear is brother’s combat boots June 16 because without them, he might not have been able to rescue a mother and child from a burning car. The Gaither High senior was walking home from a friend’s house when he saw the aftermath of a car accident near the intersection of Dale Mabry and North Lakeview Drive, just south of Lutz. Despite the vehicle being on fire and the real possibility of it exploding, Colton jumped into action. “I ran across the road and kicked through the windshield, which was already cracked,” Colton said.“Then I took off my shirt and used it to clear the glass from the opening so I could get the mother and kid out without hurting them or hurting myself.” Colton, 17, does not know the people he saved. He believes the child to be 5 or 6years-old. “They didn’t really say anything to me because I think they were in shock,”Colton said.

Colton stayed with the family until paramedics arrived. When he saw they were being treated by rescuers, he left instead of staying for potential adoration. “I knew they were OK so I just walked home,”Colton said. He then added jokingly, “I still had to get home and I didn’t think they’d be able to take me home on the way to the hospital.” When he got to his house, Colton told his mother Kathy what happened. “I can’t tell you my exact words, I was very surprised,”Kathy said.“We went to the fire station and they told me the same thing he said.” Colton attributes his quick actions to what he has learned in Gaither’s JROTC program. Besides acting fast, he told others on the scene not to throw water on the fire because of all the gas and oil. “That also comes from working at McDonald’s,” Colton said.“A fire like that, water just spreads it around.” Kathy sent a letter to Colton’s JROTC instructors, Senior Chief Edward Donohue and Capt. Sreten Zivovic, along with Gaither principal Marie Whelan.The letter thanked them for helping teach Colton to do the right thing and also to tell them what he had done.After learning about what he did, his instructors nominated Colton. Colton said he wants to join the military after graduating. His older brother, James, served four years in the Middle East, following in the footsteps of Kathy (20 years in the armed forces) and Colton’s grandfather, James, who served four years. Colton is currently the commanding officer of Gaither’s JROTC athletic team and also the executive officer of the academic team. “JROTC is all about working as a team,” Colton said.“When I saw that car on fire I felt like that was a member of my team in trouble. I just acted the way I’ve been taught.”

THANKSGIVING, from page 1 Dan Byrne, Joanne Showalter and Poky Pocorobba are the key organizers of the event that will serve turkey dinners with all of the fixin’s from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thanksgiving at the Dairy Queen at 27328 SR 54 in Wesley Chapel.The meals will be served until they run out.To make a reservation for a meal, call (813) 991-9767. The dinners will be served to people

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Friends of mine in such high-falutin’ places as New York City and California have told me of occasions when they were out and about in their neighborhood, walking the dog or going for a cup of coffee, when they noticed a person they seemed to recognize. Usually that person was trying a little too hard not to be noticed, ala Michael Jackson, when my friend realized that they were in the presence of a celebrity. Someone whose pictures are worth real money to tabloid newspapers! Well, here in Lutz and Pasco County, we have our share of celebrities too, even if their portraits may not be hot commodities. I wrote a few weeks ago of SCUBA legend and spear-fishing innovator Ray Odor. You wouldn’t recognize him walking down the street. But at least one person recognized the man as an old friend whom he had been wanting to get in touch with and called me for contact info. I thought the name sounded familiar and I knew I had to investigate further. Photographs of 83-year-old Burton McNeely probably wouldn’t fetch much, but photos by the man do sell well, and have for decades. He has shot for nearly every major magazine in the country, including Life, National Geographic and Sports Illustrated. McNeely and Ray started diving together in the ’40s.While Ray ended up in the provisioning side of the sport, Burton got into photography and that allowed him to spin off in a direction he could make money in. McNeely has witnessed and documented many historic events. He covered the last Grand Prix race in Havana pre-Castro and was back there among the only Americans at the first Cuban Boat Exodus after Castro with Key West’s Captain Tony as a Life magazine crew. He was an originating photographer for what became Getty Images, a stock photography source for news and stories from around the world. And he lives in Land O’ Lakes. Built his

little A-frame on Lake Dupree more than 41 years ago when “Pasco County didn’t even know how many houses they had.” He cleared an area in the middle of a swamp, had a septic put in, called the electric company for a power pole and started building, little-by-little, between international photo shoots. He didn’t need know stinking permits! In addition to traditional photography and film for magazines, television and commercial advertisers, Burton invented, perfected and hand-built a plexiglass underwater camera housing for medium and large format cameras that he still uses to this day. It allows the photographer to control the camera without losing sight of the image to perfectly capture the shot, without distortion, from both above and below the waterline — at the same time, no less. He is quite well-known for his dramatic fishing photography — and for good reason. His images are striking! One from half-submerged in the Rainbow River’s ginclear water freezes a Florida panther on a log over the water while showing a 12pound largemouth bass in the foreground beneath the surface. In1968-69, Kodak enlisted McNeely to prepare the first underwater scene to be displayed on the 16-by-80 foot Colorama featured then in Grand Central Station. He shot the race riots in 1960s Birmingham, hung out with Jayne Mansfield in Silver Springs before she was famous, and was friends with Wernher Von Braun, whom he took diving right here in Tampa Bay during the middle of the space race. He’s famous! And he’s one of us, doing what he loves — photography and scuba diving. You can see his work at exhibitions or shows, occasionally.You can also see his catalog, order prints of his or get custom and personal work done by Tana Brackens at Beck Gallery here in Land O’ Lakes. Or you can select your favorites and have them put on your own personalized T-shirts, hats, cards, coffee mugs and more. Go to www.zazzle.com/burtonmcneely to view the gallery.And remember, they make great presents for that sportsman in your family. Hint, hint.

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Candlewood Community Church of Land O’ Lakes would like to partner with local nonprofits, schools and businesses to have a community Christmas store this year. The store will be for low-income families and provide a way for them to buy Christmas presents for kids and adults at lower prices than those found in regular stores. Donations of new and gently used items will be collected from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 27 at Hungry Harry’s, 3116 Land O’

Sunrise Shelter donations Cooper Financial Services in Land O’ Lakes is collecting items for Sunrise Pasco County. “Their domestic violence and sexual assault center is in need of all kinds of items,� said Christine Cooper,president.The center can use

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Lifeline for seniors Old cell phones can be a lifeline for seniors. Donate your old phone to the Senior Safety Phone Project that provides seniors in Pasco County with free emergency cell phones.The Area Agency on Aging of Pasco collects donated phones, tests and charges the phones, and distributes them to seniors. For a list of donation and distribution sites in Pasco County, call (800) 963-5337.

North Tampa-Lutz Cadet Squadron sponsors Wreaths Across America The North Tampa-Lutz Civil Air Patrol Cadet Squadron is sponsoring the annual Wreaths Across American project this year. On Dec. 11, all sponsored wreaths will be delivered to veterans’ cemeteries all across the nation and will be placed on the veterans’ grave markers during a special remembrance ceremony. This annual event began in December 1992

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Donate to help ship packages Postage for Patriots will host a 44-cent yard sale from 1-4 p.m. Dec. 12 and is in need of donated items to sell.The organization sends care packages to military personnel for free for their family members and friends. If you would like to donate, call (813) 782-1500 ext. 104.

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There is a coffee house on the block that has the Lutz community buzzing. Felicitous Coffee House opened its doors six months ago, and, although it is new, it has already been awarded “Best of the Bay” by Creative Loafing for its iced coffee. Two friends, Cristie Leacock and Rani Chehal, co-own the busines at 19015 N. U.S. 41, just north of Lutz Lake Fern Rd., in a location that was previously a gas station and a thrift store. Now filled with vintage decorations and artwork, it has become a go-to spot for coffee and pastries. Leacock describes the atmosphere as vintage, artsy and eclectic. “We have always supported small mom and pop shops so we sell their work here,”

Owner Cristie Leacock said the décor is meant to make people feel as if they are at home.

Leacock said. “We have some locally made arts and goods, homemade soups and candles. We want to start selling pottery also.” Leacock said the coffee house’s décor is meant to make people feel like they are at home.There are comfy chairs and couches so people can take off their shoes and relax. Artwork is displayed throughout the coffee house and there are board games for customers to play. Felicitous hosts events such as open mic nights on Wednesdays for local amateur musicians and poetry/spoken word nights on Thursdays. They also have knitting and gaming nights on Tuesdays. Saturdays are Doggy Day at the café, when they provide water and treats for dogs outside on the patio. Spaces can be reserved for events on Sundays. USF students get a discount on Monday nights. In this rough economy, Felicitous tries to keep its prices low.Coffee is $2,cupcakes are $3.50 and muffins are $2.50. Leacock says they are experimenting with new drinks, but a customer favorite is the java chip frap. “The secret is in the way you make it,” Leacock says. Felicitous also serves gourmet sandwiches from Five and Two, a nonprofit Tampa area ministry that helps benefit food pantries. Felicitous is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 12 a.m. It is closed on Sunday except for reserved events. For more information, visit www.felicitouscoffee.com or call (813) 948-6540.

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Steinbrenner boys cross country takes second in state By Zack Peterson Special to The Laker

They call it Little Everglades Ranch, but the site of the state cross country finals was anything but little.With a massive stretch of green pasture-like grass and a subtle, but vicious hill that runners had to battle for the last half mile of the race, the ranch was a giant of a course. But for the Steinbrenner High Warriors, the reward was sweet. The Warriors, representing their secondyear school, placed second in the state for Class 2A. Only Estero High topped them with 87 total points. By the time the sun had fully risen into the sky, the day’s races were concluded and the awards were announced. While some teams groaned in agony over their losses, the Warriors leapt with joy. “I’m overwhelmed,”said Zachary Lima, a sophomore on the team who finished with a time of 17:09. “I didn’t think we would do this well. But our coach was right. He said,‘Run what you can run and you’ll do something big.’” Coming into the state finals, the Warriors were ranked 11th and were hoping for a top-five finish in the overall team rankings. “We expected anywhere from 12th to second place and we would’ve been very happy for a top five [finish],” said Dan Sarver, a senior on the team.“All the hard work helped, and every day paid off.” Lima said the team finished last in the region in its inaugural season. So what were the significant changes between last year and this year? According to sophomore Matt Magee, it was the hard work and coaching. “Between last year and this year, we got separate coaches for the girls’ and boys’ teams.” Furthermore, the varsity team ran roughly 500 miles over the summer. “After that, we were pretty much committed,” Magee said. Coach Bobby McConnell shares the sentiment.As the coach for this young squad, he

Hillsborough County Freshmen/Sophomore Meet. “That’s where out girls started realizing, ‘we can do this,’ ” Baldwin said. Ultimately, they finished 22nd as a team, with Lauren Garris, the team’s leading sophomore, finishing at a time of 19:28. “I wanted a top-20 finish,” said Garris, who finished 21st overall.“But we’ve been bonding so well this year with team activities and I think we’re moving to new places with this The Steinbrenner High boys finished second in the state young team.” The rest of the girls finished Class 2A cross country meet Nov. 20 in Dade City. at assorted times, mainly be(Photo by Rachel Mowat) tween 19-22 minutes.Together, assumed the team had an “outside shot” at their point values added up to 440. At this stage, the next thing on the ranking like they did. “It’s a little bit of a surprise,” McConnell Warriors check list is the AAU National Race said.“But it’s these kids’ work ethic.They do scheduled for Dec. 4. “My goal is to always keep them motivatwhat it takes to win.They’re always there, whether it’s an early morning practice at six ed with what’s next,” Baldwin said. or an evening practice that runs until eight. “I’ll never coach a group of kids who Sunlake’s Fessell in 3A Little Everglades Ranch isn’t just composed worked as hard as they did.” of steep,rolling hills or grassy green flats.In the Steinbrenner girls take positive step wide open pasture, the sun had the chance to For the Lady Warriors, their experience at shine on the whole event with its scorching the states finals was just another stepping rays. By the time several 3A runners took off at stone in a positive direction for their young the sound of the gun, the sun hung high in the team. sky,at its most blaring temperature. “They did really well,” said head coach For junior Sunlake High runner Kenneth Ladd Baldwin.“We’ve got a good, strong fu- Fessel, who’s advanced to states the past ture. States was a nice building bock [for the three years, it was tough not only on his team].” body, but his time. Between this year and last year, the “I trained hard and hoped for the best,” Warriors emphasized more tempo workouts Fessel said.“It just didn’t all come together; and more weekend runs, some that ranged but it was a good experience.” up to eight miles long.Also, the team travOverall, Fessel finished with a time of eled to the Florida State University 17:10, while he was instead hoping to Invitational, and took a trip up to Brevard “break 16 [minutes].” Community College for an exclusive running trip to bring the team together. Sickles at the meet “Last year was about having fun. This Others, like David Piatt of Sickles High, year we still wanted that fun element, but noted the challenging aspects of the course. we stepped up the training,” Baldwin said. “We put all we had into our workouts But the turning point was this year’s and gave it our all to get here,” Piatt said.“But

I’m not really sure what happened.We did a lot worse than I thought. Maybe it was the heat or maybe the course was a little loose.” Sickles coach Gail Bottone offered a different theory. “I think about,‘what did I do personally to prepare them?’” Bottone said. “I think they were prepared mentally, but we hadn’t done a lot of hill training.” “In hindsight, hill preparation is something to work on [for next year].” Sickles ultimately finished 24th in the team rankings after what seemed to be a miracle run to states.According to Piatt,“just being here alone was a big thing for us.” However, Sickles didn’t just send its boys’ squad. They sent Sarah Hartman as well, a sophomore runner for the girls’ team who was the only individual to advance from regionals. For Hartman, the experience was incredibly gratifying. Juggling soccer and cross country, she pushed herself to excel in both, making it her ultimate goal to make it to the state finals. After finishing with a 20:49 minute 5K, the athlete was pleased. “I think I did pretty decent. I’m going to tell everyone how amazing states is and hopefully they’ll be inspired from it,” Hartman said.

Gator runners climb the hill Inspiration at the state finals wasn’t as simple to come by as it may seem, though.The last portion of the course — the most important — was all an up slide.Runners started off the race up-hill and at the end had to push themselves back up the steep monster. In particular, the boy’s at Land O’ Lakes High noticed this. “I didn’t want to do it,” said Dillon Oergel, jokingly, of the last up-hill segment.“But I didn’t — and couldn’t — let my team down.” Oergel and the rest of his teammates combined their efforts to finish 15th in the team rankings at states. “We ran the best we could,” said senior Jacob Morken.“I’m proud of all of us. I know we left nothing out there.”

Zephyrhills Christian Academy brings home state title By Kyle LoJacono klojacono@cnewspubs.com

For the last three seasons the Zephyrhills Christian Academy six-man football Warriors were knocked out of the playoffs in the state semifinals, but something was different about this team. The Warriors (13-0) completed a perfect season after defeating Lakeside Christian High 71-41, claiming the program’s first state championship. “This team was definitely more of a family,” said junior defensive end Josh Dudeck. “We were just more together and more willing to listen to what our coaches had to say. We all wanted to win and did everything we could to do that.” Senior defensive lineman Sean White has been on the team for five years back when the Warriors played flag football. “Every year we felt like we had it, but something would happen to stop us,”White said.“Then this year to be the best all the way to the end, it’s an awesome feeling.” White can point to one game where he and the team knew they could win the title. “After we played Academy at the Lakes, that was our first tough game, but we managed to beat them,”White said.“Most games we’d score first and not give up a point all night, so that showed us we were mentally tougher.” 20

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Coach Mike Smith felt the same about the matchup with the Wildcats, which the Warriors won 54-13. “That’s where we’d have problems in the past,”Smith said.“We’d get scored on or get behind and then we’d just collapse.They’ve learned this year that you can be down and still win if you stick together.” To finish the season perfect, the Warriors had to take down two undefeated teams, the defending state champs Clearwater Academy International in the semifinals and then Lakeside for the crown. “It was a great feeling,” Dudeck said. “Just everything you worked so hard for has happened. Coming out during the summer and sweating and hurting, it was all worth it.” The Warriors have three seniors and could lose another two players to early graduation. Given that a loss could have ended five of the Warriors’ high school careers, it is ironic the team’s quarterback is its youngest player. “I know I’d want to go out my senior year on top, so I was trying to help them get that title,” said eighth-grade quarterback Mikey Smith, who just turned 15. Mikey threw three touchdown passes in the title game, including a 75-yard score to junior running back Josh Roberts. Roberts, who is the brother of Zephyrhills High football player Jamal

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The Zephyrhills Christian football team won the six-man state championship 71-41 Nov. 12. (Photos courtesy of Mike Smith)

Roberts, had eight touchdowns in the championship game, while senior Joel Mobley had three. Roberts got the bulk of the touches in the game, gaining more than 400 yards, while Mobley kicked in 150. The Warriors defense was led by linebacker Dale Smith Jr., who had a team-high 14 tackles and two sacks. Dudeck also had two sacks, while Mobley and junior Jacob Ferrington each had interceptions. Dale had an interesting set of mixed feelings after winning the title.

“I didn’t know what to think,”Dale said. “You’re upset that you don’t get to play anymore that year.You’re done preparing and playing every week, but obviously it’s great because you’re the best. So it’s a good but bad feeling that football is over.” Dale had not played football since his freshman year. “I guess it just comes natural,” Dale said of how he picked the sport back up.“We had a lot of great coaching and good teamwork. It just all came together perfect.”

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Three Seahawks make college commitments By Kyle LoJacono klojacono@cnewspubs.com

Most high school athletes’ playing days end after graduation, but a trio of Sunlake High softball players beat those odds and signed with colleges Nov. 10. Pitcher Tyler Riendeau signed with Landers University,outfielder and shortstop Alex Rogers with University of North Carolina-Charlotte (UNC-Charlotte) and catcher Amanda Solar with the University of Tampa (UT). “Walking into a program that has three athletes gifted enough to sign with college tells me how good the team is,” said firstyear coach Jami Finan, who spent two years coaching junior varsity softball at Wesley Chapel High before moving to Sunlake. “We played against this team last year, so I knew they were good and this just proves that,” Finan continued.“We’ve had a good fall program getting to know the girls and their skills and I think the upper classmen will step up this year.”

Solar picked UT for its journalism program. She wants to work in sports broadcasting for ESPN. She batted .265 and threw out 11 of 25 potential basestealers last year. “I’m so happy to have my letter of intent signed because now I can relax,” Solar said.“I was actually really nervous about it last year, but now that I know I’ve signed I’ll be able to relax and just play.” Riendeau came to Sunlake last year. She throws a fastball, dropball, knuckleball and cutter. Last season she led the team with 10 wins while adding a Front row are Tyler Riendeau, Alex Rogers and Amanda Solar as they sign to play softball in colsave with an earned run average of lege as coach Jami Finan, Sunlake principal Garry Walthall (center standing) and athletic director 2.50. She also had a .349 batting aver- Russ Schenk look on. (Photo by Kyle LoJacono) age, 22 hits and nine RBI. “I’m just ready to go out this season and field to shortstop for the good of the team. Conference first team last year. She batted make it my best,” Riendeau said.“I’ve been “I’ll play wherever coach wants me,” .378 with a team leading 35 runs scored working to make my pitches better and I Rogers said.“I just want to play wherever it while adding 28 hits and 12 RBI. She also can’t wait to get back on the mound.” most helps the team win.” led the team with 14 steals. Rogers made a selfless act for the team last Despite being new to the position, she –All stats as recorded to Maxpreps.com season when she switched from playing out- still made the All-Sunshine Athletic by coaches.

Steinbrenner’s first athletic signings By Kyle LoJacono klojacono@cnewspubs.com

A pair of Steinbrenner High students signed athletic scholarships to compete in college Nov. 12, the first in Warriors history. Alex Witt signed to compete in gymnastics at Penn State University, while Alex Milan picked Florida State University (FSU) for golf.

Alex Milan as she signs to play golf at Florida State University. (Photos by Kyle LoJacono)

“Their abilities have allowed them to get a free education, which is very hard to come by,” said Steinbrenner athletic director Eddie Henderson. “These are the definition of scholar athletes.” Milan was actually the first from the school to commit to a college about a month ago. “I went there and I fell in love with it,” Milan said of FSU.“I got to go to the (football) game against BYU and it was so amazing. FSU won and I had the best time.The coaches and team are fantastic and the facilities are great too. It’s the perfect combination of a great program and incredible atmosphere.” The senior golfer was also a part of the first Warriors team to reach a state tournament this year. She won her fourth straight district championship this season, two at Sickles High and the last two at Steinbrenner. For that whole time her high school coach has been Mark Mann. “She’s been such a hard worker since I meet her four years ago,” Mann said.“She has

From left are Chris, Heidi and Alex Milan as Alex signs with Florida State University Nov. 12.

that rare combination of great talent and work ethic to make herself even better. Then she also worked with the other golfers to make them better too and you don’t have to worry about grades with her.” Mann said it will be hard to replace

Milan next year, but he feels she has established a strong tradition of Warriors golf. “It has been great to be part of a new program,” Milan said.“I’ll always remember it and whenever I can I’ll come back and visit the team.”

Check This Out Thunder dominate in Plant City The Land O’ Lakes Thunder won the USSSA New Era Baseball Championship Tournament Nov. 13-14 in Plant City. The Thunder defeated Citrus Park Select in the semifinal 6-5 coming from behind with a three-run rally in the bottom of the last inning. The squad then won the title game 15-0 against the Bloomingdale Bandits. The team includes Jack Utley, Beau Roberts, Daniel Vassallo, Sean Saccomanno, Jack LeGare, Nic Oparka, Bryson Schramm, Alex Perusek, Max Barile, Josiah Bayona, Trey Torr and Dylan DuPhily. Coaches are Ron Roberts, Tony Saccomanno and Luis Bayona. (Photo courtesy of Ron Roberts)

Phantoms take tournament title The Land O’ Lakes Lady Phantoms won the USSSA tournament in Lakewood Ranch. The new 10U team finished the event with a 3-1-1 record, beating the Clearwater Bombers in the championship game 17-7. Players include Ashley Nickisher, Shelby Westbrook, Kristen Kopp, Meghan Borum, Alexis Buchman, Kylie Coffin, Kyla Huelle, Lauren Lightbody, Serena Cregger, Darcy Gott, Lexee Kilfoyl and Jessi Averitt. Coaches are Michael Westbroook, Jon Nickisher, Kim Coffin and Steve Buchman. (Courtesy of Monica Melendez)

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10U Storm win fall classic championship The Wesley Chapel 10U Storm took home the AAU Sunshine Athletic Fall Classic championship Nov. 13-14.The team’s record in the event was 3-2, claiming the title by defeating the St. Petersburg Sharks 13-3 after battling back from the loser bracket.The team is made up of players from Wesley Chapel and Land O’

Lakes and include Trevor Maxwell, Will Grisack, Andrew Wrage, Hunter Kniskern, Yullean Torrellas, Russell Holland, Max Foley, Paul Sustachek, Daniel Rodriguez, Bryce Torres and Paul Yglesias. Coaches are Scott Grisack, Jeff Wrage, Danny Rodriguez and Carmelo Torres.

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SPORTS

‘Cats and Dogs bring home state title Eastside Bombers take third By Kyle LoJacono klojacono@cnewspubs.com

After professional teams win a championship, the star player will step to a microphone and proudly announce they are going to Disney World.For the ‘Cats and Dogs that is where they claimed their crown. The team won the state Special Olympics softball championship at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex. It is the squad’s first softball title.The team is made up of players ages 22 or younger.All are students at either Zephyrhills High or Moore-Mickens Education Center. “It was quite a celebration afterwards,” said ‘Cats and Dogs coach Belinda Brown, who leads the team with co-coach Judy Brunner.“Judy and I were very proud of this team. They all wore their medals to school after winning.They are walking a little taller that’s for sure.” The squad did win a state soccer championship in May. Brunner has said that showed the team’s athletic ability, but softball is a much different game. “To me softball is the most difficult team sport for these athletes to learn,” Brunner said previously.“They have to catch a small ball, throw to the right base and hit, which

The ‘Cats and Dogs with their gold medals won after claiming the Special Olympics state championship in Orlando. (Photo courtesy of Belinda Brown)

is hard for anyone to do.” The ‘Cats and Dogs have mastered those fine-motor skills and won both games in the tournament after winning all their contests leading up to the event. They defeated a team from Miami 15-5 to get to the title game and had to beat that same opponent 12-10 to win the championship. “The second game was very exciting,” Brown said.“We came out a little flat and we were losing until the fifth inning, but then we started hitting and had some great defensive plays that were the difference. They were very nervous and excited, so I was trying to keep them focused and calm.” Pasco had another team represented at

the event, the Eastside Bombers who are also coached by Brown and Brunner.The team has players older than 22 and also come from east and central Pasco. The Bombers took home the bronze medal for their efforts in the state tournament.

Shortstop Brian Starnes of Zephyrhills helped the ’Cats and Dogs win the state championship. (File photo)

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Wiregrass Ranch best season comes to a close By Kyle LoJacono klojacono@cnewspubs.com

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The Eagles (6-5) defense pressured Tringali all night, sacking him six times, one of which Bulls quarterback James Tringali was sacked six times by caused a fumble that Springstead. (Photos by Glenn Gefers of www.Photosby3g.com) Dylan Gearheart recovered in the Bulls end zone for a touchdown. was the first time they had seen the system The Wiregrass signal caller also threw an all year. interception, but recorded 142 passing The Eagles option attack was led by runyards, including a 52-yard strike to senior ning back Devean Huff, who had 159 Nick Lomba.Tringali then connected with rushing yards on 19 carries and one touchsenior wide receiver Antwan Prince for a down. Quarterback Brian Beeker added 155 two-point conversion. rushing yards and 85 passing yards, includThe Bulls defense had trouble reacting to ing an 11-yard connection to Taylor Minter. the Springstead option offense. Shobe said it Jeremy Junod added two more scoring runs.

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Each of the following foods can be found on many tables during Thanksgiving. Fill in the blanks to name the food.

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Saved by the President

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Answers: 1) Candied Yams, 2) Mashed Potatoes & Gravy, 3) Dressing, 4) Pumpkin Pie, 5) Cranberry Sauce, 6) Turkey, 7) Green Bean Casserole

Every year in November, the National Turkey Federation (NTF) brings two turkeys to the White House. The best turkey is taken to a ceremony, while the other is put someplace safe. At the ceremony, the president meets the turkey and pardons it and the other turkey, saving them from being eaten for Thanksgiving dinner. The NTF has been raising turkeys for the ceremony since 1947, when members presented a turkey to President Harry Truman. The process of choosing the turkey and getting it ready to meet the president isn’t easy. It all starts in April when a large batch of male turkeys hatch from their eggs. The turkeys are raised carefully, and in August when they weigh about 25 pounds, six are chosen as presidential candidates. The lucky six are moved to another building and watched over carefully from August to November. To get the turkeys used to people, workers dress like White House officials, gather around the turkeys, talk loudly, and pet and feed the turkeys. Eventually the two turkeys that look and behave the best are chosen for the White House. The turkeys spend the night before the ceremony at a hotel. The next day, they go to the White House, where the best turkey meets the president. After the ceremony, the turkeys are taken to Frying Pan Park’s Kidwell Farm in Herndon, VA, where they stay until their death.

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Jokes & Riddles Q: Why was the turkey arrested?

A: It got the stuffing knocked out of it!

A: It was suspected of fowl play!

Did you know that cartoonist Charles Schulz was born on November 26, 1922? Schulz grew up in St. Paul, MN, where he did so well in school that he skipped a couple of half-grades. After serving in the army, Schulz created his first regular comic strip, “Li’l Folks,” which was published in 1947. In it, the character of Charlie Brown first appeared with a dog that looked a lot like Snoopy. Three years later, Schulz’s comic strip “Peanuts” debuted on October 2. It became so popular that Schulz gave up another comic strip to focus on it. Here are some questions about other cartoonists and their work. How many can you answer correctly?

Q: What happened to the turkey that got into a fight?

C O LO R I N G P I C T U R E

1) Matt Groening created The Simpsons, an animated TV series featuring dad Homer, mom Marge, son Bart and daughters Lisa and Lily. Fact or Fiction? 2) The Simpsons is the longest-running animated series in television history. Fact or Fiction? 3) Chuck Jones created Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. Fact or Fiction? 4) Jones based the cartoons with Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner on a Mark Twain book. Fact or Fiction? 5) Bill Watterson created “Calvin and Hobbes,” a comic strip featuring six-year-old Calvin and his stuffed bear Hobbes. Fact or Fiction? 6) Watterson no longer draws “Calvin and Hobbes.” Fact or Fiction? 7) Jim Davis created “Garfield,” a comic strip featuring a large, lasagna-loving pig. Fact or Fiction? 8) Davis named Garfield after his grandfather James Garfield Davis. Fact or Fiction? 9) Bill Amend created FoxTrot, a comic strip featuring the Fox family and a pet tarantula named Quincy. Fact or Fiction? 10) Amend set FoxTrot in Kansas City, MO. Fact or Fiction? Answers: 1) Fiction. Groening did create The Simpsons, but the name of the youngest daughter is Maggie, not Lily. 2) Fact. The show has been on the air since 1990. 3) Fact. Jones created many other Looney Tunes characters, including Pepe le Pew. 4) Fact. Jones based the cartoon on Twainʼs book Roughing It, in which coyotes are described as being so hungry they would eat a roadrunner. 5) Fiction. Watterson did create “Calvin and Hobbes,” but Hobbes is a stuffed tiger, not a stuffed bear. 6) Fact. Watterson retired in 1995. 7) Fiction. Davis did create “Garfield,” but Garfield is a cat, not a pig. 8) Fact. Davisʼ grandfather was named after President James Garfield. 9) Fiction. Amend did create “FoxTrot,” and it does feature the Fox family, but pet Quincy is an iguana, not a tarantula. 10) Fiction. While Amend has identified the Fox family home at 1254 N. Elm Street, he has never established what town the family lives in.

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