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Blurbs... CHILD PASSENGER SAFETY In recognition of National Child Passenger Safety Week (Feb 9 to 15). South Florida Baptist Hospital joins community agencies throughout Florida in educating families on proper child restraint in cars and safe car seat installation. "According to the National Highway Safety Administration, motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for children age 4 to 14, and in 2000 more than half of all children under 15 years of age killed in car crashes were completely unrestrained", said Tracy Myers, SFBH Community Health Coordinator. Child safety seat check-up events throughout Florida indicate more than 96% of child safety seats are incorrectly installed in one or more ways. Safety seat and vehicle manufacturer's instructions used together hold the key to correct child safety seat installation, yet instructions are often difficult to understand. Plant City area residents can visit South Florida Baptist Hospital for free car seat installations and inspections. The checks occur every Friday and Saturday from 9am to 4 pm. Please call (813) 7544444 for more information.

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Climbing the Highest Mountain Tips from the Top is an appropriate name for a book with quotes from people like local CPA, Joe Sedita. Sedita is a contributor in the recently released book from Alpha Publishing. The book is described as "the first book to offer rock-solid financial advice on all matters relating to money". Sedita not only writes from the top of his profession. He takes it to the top of the world making a trek to climb Mt. Everest in November of 1999. "I wanted to challenge myself to do something....face fears". Sedita climbed Kala Pattar. They were flown into 9,000 feet to climb the 18,500 foot mountain for 2 weeks with 8 trekkers and a guide. "I had a virus and altitude sickness. It was one of the most difficult things I've ever done but I realized I would get through it if I would just take one more small step. I realized that's the way you get to your dreams". "The people of Nepal are beautiful. Kathmandu ranges from the very primitive to the modern....even having cybercafes". What's next on the passion list? "Mt. Kilimanjaro or Machu Picchu. Passion fuels your dreams." He also teaches others to face their fears. He's a motivational speaker who can turn fear into fuel for adventure and life. You can reach him at 7524197.

Check out Joe's complete trip and his 'thoughts for the day' on his website www.sedita.com. Having a dream is not the same as living a dream. The bridge between having and living is a plan. To create your plan, first answer three questions. Why do I want to achieve this d r e a m ? W h a t knowledge, resources, and assistance will I need to achieve this dream? What fears will keep me from this dream? Next, do three things. Commit your dream to writing. Specify a completion date. Identify the actions necessary for success. Now, take some action toward your dream today, be persistent, and review your plan periodically. That's it. Have fun on your journey! Joseph Sedita, CPA/PFS, CFP - Joseph Sedita and Co. Certified Public Accountants Excerpt from Tips from the Top Targeted Advice from America's Top Money Minds

Update on the Flight of the Butterfly By Robin Jewett Emery Photos by John Cross

Sixty-four year old Donna Ashley, best known as the Butterfly lady for her work in releasing and tagging butterflies, is in flight again. She ran in the 5K Gasparilla and is now training for the 26.2 mile Marine Corp Marathon in Washington, D.C. Her reason for migrating north for the marathon is to raise $3000 for Diabetes. Her wings are a special Z-Coil shoe with a spring suspension system which absorbs shock when walking. (She personally wrote to the founder and CEO of Z-Coil, Alvaro Gallegos, and he sent her his own prototype shoe)

this butterfly lady is looking to spiff up her wing s a bit. Sh e's subm itted videos to two t e l e v i s i o n programs- 'Extreme Makeover' and 'Ambush Makeover on Live with Regis and Kelly ' wher e co nt es ta nt s ar e bodily overhauled by plastic surgeons, ph ys ic al tr ai ne rs, and fashion consultants.

Donna is looking for corporate sponsorship of $1000 each to get her to Washington. I asked her how she could possibly get through the whole 26 plus miles. “ Oh, I run then walk. I realized that if you just put one foot in front of the To reach this light hearted lady email her at other you'll finish�. steadfast13@hotmail.com or call 813-659-1194 The beauty of butterflies is unprecedented and


The past 50 years have been wonderful. And South Florida Baptist Hospital couldn’t have done it without you—the community who stands beside us. On our 50th anniversary, we’d like to thank you for your support. Here’s to another 50 years together!

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“Let Freedom Ring”…in Style By Robin Jewett Emery Overalls may be the fashion for the strawberry fields but the trendsetters of Plant City showed that the catwalk belongs in the Our own beauties from the Jr. Royalty country too. Court and Strawberry Royalty Court modeled elegant evening wear. President Robert Trinkle welcomes several hundred invited guests to the 26th Annual Fashion Show & Luncheon on Thursday, The littlest of models clearly stole the show. January 30 th. Chairman Linda Walden and Committee (And there was nary a tear while walking members work to transform the Arthur Boring Civic Center on the down the long runway). Festival grounds into an almost Haute Couture Fashion Show. Lunch, catered by Tony's Airside Restaurant in Lakeland, consists of a delicate fruit and chicken salad plate, and is served prior to viewing the fashions. The Pledge of Allegiance is led by the Plant City High School JROTC Color Guard and the Invocation is given by Rodney Colson. Performers from Jackie's Dance Theater & Gym entertained Mistress of Ceremonies, Debra Schrils and Master of Ceremonies, Brian Fasulo, of WFLA-TV Channel 8's “Daytime” show keeps the catwalk moving with humor and descriptions of the fashions. These Tampa TV personalities were clearly impressed with Plant City's high style. Over 70 models walked the lighted runway displaying fashions from Berry Patch Kids, Beall's, Sisters& Company, Cranberry Frog, Cleghorn's Fine Men's Clothing, Sheryl Hope II at Cleghorn's Ladies Fashion, Mustang Ranch, Tip To Toe, Weekenders, Brigittia's, and Hardee's.

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Communicating Today Your Always-On Connection Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are causing a lot of confusion lately. Both allow you to eighty-six a lot of your cabling at your business or home office, but in different ways. Let's take a look at Bluetooth in this edition and Wi-Fi more in depth later. Bluetooth think limited capabilities at home. It can't support a housewide network, as it doesn't have the capacity or the speed, but it's a convenient way to eliminate some of the wires in your life. Whereas Wi-Fi is a robust format that can accommodate multiple high-speed wireless Internet users, the lower-capacity Bluetooth simply enables some peripheral devices to communicate with each other. Your PDA can sync with your PC without being put in the cradle, your laptop can wirelessly send a print order to the printer, and a tiny earpiece can wirelessly send and receive calls through your mobile phone, all while your phone is sitting in your pocket. Soon enough, perhaps this year, Bluetooth-equipped speakers will hit the streets and you'll be able to play your MP3 collection from any room in the house, directly from your Bluetooth-enabled laptop. If all you want to do is clean up your desk, Microsoft's Wireless Optical Desktop for Bluetooth is just the solution. It's a suite of Bluetooth products includes a keyboard, a mouse and a Bluetooth tranceiver for about $160. The keyboard and mouse use Bluetooth to operate wirelessly with your desktop's hard drive, which, in turn, communicates with other Bluetooth-equipped devices, like PDA's, printers, and cell phones. Adding a Bluetooth printer to the mix keeps the desk all nice and tidy, and also means that one printer can be shared by desktop and portable devices (such as PDA and laptop) without all of the wires. Bluetooth was pioneered by the mobile company Ericsson , so it's no surprise that its cell phones are some of the first to incorporate it. Now linked up with Sony, the Sony Ericsson T68i can wirelessly sync up address and calendar info with your PDA, act as a wireless dial-up modem for your laptop, and access parts of the internet on its own, thanks to it's GPRS (Global Packet Relay Service), which turns your phone into a palm-sized minibrowser. And, the HBH-30 headset allows you to take calls without even touching your phone, and all without fumbling for wires.


In real estate it's location, location, location…..This property has all thatbeing on a lake and golf course lot in the Sutton Woods area of Walden Lake. Plus….. Upgrades, upgrades, upgrades galore….are the words that describe this home. Walk through the beveled cut glass front doors and walk into the living room with step ceiling. No pictures are needed as the pocket sliding glass doors provide a panoramic view of the garden pool, golf course and water. The majority of the rooms in this 4 bedroom, 3 bath, 3,154 square foot home were master planned to face that fabulous view! The large Master bedroom with sitting room overlooks the enlarged heated rock waterfall pool with self cleaning “caretaker system”. New large, mosaic tile covers the floors in higher traffic areas with neutral colors. Carpeting provides warmth and elegance. The bathroom contains large his and her sinks with vanities in cultured marble. Tile climbs up the wall. You'll want to soak a little longer in this beautiful bathroom with large marble Jacuzzi tub. Extra electrical plugs under the sinks keep the clutter of electric toothbrushes off the countertops. Even the window sills have been upgraded to cultured marble. Inlaid Corian and plenty of cabinet space makes doing laundry less of a chore. The oversized 3 car garage with acrylic floor gives space for vehicles and bikes. A central vacuum makes cleaning a breeze so you have time for bike rides along Walden Lakes numerous trails. The spacious, open kitchen/dining/and family room concept provides an open airy ambiance. The kitchen has Corian countertops and cabinets match with identical Corian handles. The dog walk on the side of the house leaves room for even the four footed members of your family. No pets? This can be easily converted to a beautiful garden area. Built in 1998, this home contains upgrades and amenities galore. An elaborate security system keeps you safe. The pool has a dual cross over alarm system that alerts you to any child who might accidentally get into the pool area. Custom valances over windows have been made to quickly be changed. Windows are covered with a 60% grade UV filter hurricane film, which cuts the glare inside and provides privacy from the outside. This is a home to entertain in. The Bonus room, which is currently a game room, keeps both adults and kids happy. Work at home in the office, which looks out on poolside. Cable and phone outlets were added on the lanai so you can even sit outside and conduct business with a glass of sweet tea. Life is everything but tough in this home. This home is on the market to be sold for $379,900. Contact Realtor, Barbara Jean Kulyk at 781-1915 for more information.


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805 South Collins Street 759-0518 Chinese Restaurant and Mongolian Grill. All Day All You Can Eat Super Hot Buffet. Average Price $7 Open 7 Days A Week 11a.m - 9p.m.

5121 West Thonotosassa 752-1957 Homemade Southern Cooking Served up family style Lunch- Average Price $8 Dinner $15 Open Wednesday to Saturday 11:30am to 9:00pm Sunday dinners only 11:30am-8pm

1801 W. Baker St. 717-9785 Breakfast- eggs, hotcakes, omelettes Lunch-hamburgers, sandwiches, daily lunch specials Average Price $4.00 Hours: 7:00am-3:00pm Mon.-Fri. 7-2 Sat Closed Sunday

101 J. Arden Mays Blvd. in Downtown Plant City 719-8345 Serving Gourmet Sandwiches, Vegetarian Dishes, Soups & Salads Open for Continental Breakfast 7am10am Lunch 11am-5pm

315 N. Alexander St. 752-9200 Voted the Fox 13 'Best Fried Chicken' in Tampa Bay in 1998. Maryland Fried Chicken is a Plant City icon established in 1969. Average Price $6 Open 11am-9pm Mon.-Sat.

1401 West MLK Blvd. 752-7763 A local favorite with famous daily Market buffet specials. Average price $7 Open Monday-Saturday 6am-8:30pm Closed Sunday

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Snellgrove's Restaurant 109 S. Collins St. 752-3652 Daily Specials and Sandwiches Average priced meal $6. "Good Home Cooked Meals" Open Mon-Thurs 6am-8pm Friday-Saturday 6am-9pm Closed Sundays

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110 E. Reynolds #500 in Downtown Plant City 754-6566 Giant Subs and Specialty Sandwiches on Fresh Baked Breads, Salads, Soups, and Gourmet Wraps Average Price $5 Open 9am-3pm Mon.-Fri.

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2006 W. Reynolds St. 752-8841 The real thing here, authentic Mexican food. No corporate deal...family run and owned and touted as "The Best Mexican Food in Florida" Average price $5 lunch special, $8 dinner Daily specials. Beer(Cervaza), Margaritas and Sangria served.

(formerly Herring Drug Store) 102 South Collins in Historic Downtown Plant City 752-7340 fresh soups, salads, and sandwiches. Home of the 5 cent Cherry Smash. Live piano music plays during lunch. Average price $6 Open Tue-Fri 10:30- 3 Sat. 10:30-4

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Northwest Corner of I-4 and Park Rd. 754-3433 Catfish, Crab Cakes, Trout, Shrimp, Oysters, Mullet, Grouper, Frog Legs, Ribs, plus sandwiches, Beer and Wine available Average price $8 Open 11am-9pm Tue. thru Thurs. 11am-10pm Fri and Sat. Closed Sun. and Mon.

Hong Kong Buffet 213 West Alexander St. (Next to Kash 'N Karry) 764-8255 Healthy and Delicious Chinese Buffet Restaurant Average Price Lunch- $5.00 Dinner $7$9 Open Sunday 11:30am to 9:30pm Monday-Thursday 11:00am -9:30pm

1505 N. Wheeler Street 752-3779 “The Cuban King” Average Price $6 Open Mon - Sat 9-6 Wed 9-3

2005 W. Baker St. 752-9202 Established in 1957. 120 Sandwich and dinner items Sunday Specials, seafood, steaks, Italian and American Favorites Average Price - $5 Hours - 10am-10pm Drive In 6am10pm Restaurant Open 7 days a week

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Linda's Crab Shack 202 E. Reynolds 754-0492

110 East Reynold's St. in Downtown 707-9037 Continental, Seafood, and German Cuisine; Certified Angus Beef Average Price $6 Lunch $10 Dinner Open Tue.-Sat. 11am-10pm Mon11am-2pm Closed Sunday

Crab Cakes, Shrimp, Grouper, Clams, Oysters, Scallops, Snow Crab Legs Average Price Lunch $5.00 Dinner $8 Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 11:30am9:00pm Lunch menu served 11:30am to 3:00pm

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1701 S. Alexander Street, Suite 108 754-5600 Homemade pizza and specialty Italian dishes Average Price $7 Open 11am-9pm Sun.-Thurs. 11am-10pm Fri.- Sat.

Serving Plant City for over 15 years 1305 East Baker Street 754-6557 Specialty of Cuban sandwiches, Soft hoagie roll sandwiches, and black beans & rice Average price $5 Hours: Mon, Tues, Sat 9:00-3:00 Wed, Thurs, Fri 9:00 to 5:00

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EVENTS EVENTS GUIDE GUIDE Tuesday, February 18 Puppet Show: Flying Tortoise (for ages 3-12) Free tickets will be available January 15. Cosponsored by the Friends of Bruton Memorial Library. This traditional trickster folk tale features Mebeku, the tortoise who wishes he could fly like a bird. He learns the hard way that greed and deceit can cause a lot of trouble. Presented by Creative Arts Theater of the City of Tamp Recreation Department.

Wednesday, February 26 Citizen of the Year Award. Noon at Walden Lake Country Club.

Saturday, March 1 Florida Opry At the Florida Strawberry Festival

Saturday, March 1 Bike Fest In Historic Downtown Plant City

Saturday, March 1 Florida Strawberry Festival Youth Parade Monday, March 3 Florida Strawberry Festival Grand Parade Saturday, March 8 Baby Parade sponsored by the Jr. Women's Club

Wednesday, March 12 Chamber of Commerce Contact Breakfast. RSVP required.

March 12th and 13th An AARP 55 Alive Driver Safety Class Is scheduled to be held in Plant City at South Florida Baptist

Hospital at 301 N. Alexander St. from 9:00am to 1:00pm each day. Insurance discounts may be available to anyone 55 and older, consult your insurance agent for details. Call 7544444 to register.

Saturday, March 15 H.B. Plant Railroad Historical Society Train Show & Swap meet at the 1914 building from 9am3pm. Contact G. Thomas at 863-412-3092 for more information.

Toddler Time, On Tuesday, March 4th & 11th At 9:30 a.m. for ages 15 months 2 ½ years and their caregivers. Stories, finger plays and songs make up this fun 20 minute program. Preschoolers, On Tuesday, March 4th and 11th at 10:30 a.m. for ages 2 ½ - 5 who can sit by themselves in a group. Stories, finger plays, songs and filmstrips make up this fun 30 minute program. A special guest is scheduled for March 18th at 9:30 a.m. Christine Van Horn will present “Books We Love to Sing.” Bruton Memorial Library

Baby Time, On Thursdays, March 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th at 10:00 a.m. for babies from birth 14 months and their caregivers. Share board books, rhymes, songs, games and quality time together while instilling a love of reading and regular library visits in this 20 minute session. Bruton Memorial Library

“Books We Love to Sing” presented by Christine Van Horne, on Tuesday, March 18th at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

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Book Discussion: “Icy Sparks” by Gwen Rubio March 4th at 11:00 am. Come join us for a discussion of Gwen Rubio's “Icy Sparks.” “Growing up in a small town in Kentucky, young Icy Sparks is set apart from her classmates by her weird mannerisms and strange noises. As a child, Icy suffers through taunts and mockery by her classmates. Icy begins to see beyond her own differences to the sufferings of others far worse off than she….” “Booklist, July 1, 1998” Bruton Memorial Library

Master Gardener - Florida Friendly Landscapes: Xeriscape March 10th at 7:30 pm. Narina Pryce, a master gardener, will discuss how you can create a friendly landscape, one that is low on maintenance and uses less water. This program is presented by the Hillsborough County Extension Services Master Gardeners, Remember to bring a plant for exchange. Bruton Memorial Library

Introduction to Computers March 5th at 10:00 am. Learn about the keyboard, mouse, the desktop and windows environment. Basic Computer Skills March 12th at 10:00 am. Learn how to create folders and save items to those folders. Learn how to customize your desktop. Bruton Memorial Library

Troubleshooting and Maintaining Your Computer March 19th at 10:00 am. Learn how to keep your

computer in good working order. Will demonstrate hoe to uninstall programs, delete temporary files and more. Bruton Memorial Library

Introduction to Word Processing March 26th at 10:00 am. Learn the basics of word processing. Will demonstrate typing a letter in Microsoft Word, how to save it and how to print. These are demonstration classes only. Bruton Memorial Library

VITA Tax Preparation Assistance (until April 15th) Bruton Memorial Library Monday 10:00am 2:00pm Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 3:00pm to 8:00pm Friday 12 noon - 4:00pm

La Joie de la Provence Watercolors by Eleanor McDade - until February 28th. Portraits in Acrylic and Pencil by Mike Taylor March 1 through 31st. Book Sale March 28th & 29th. The Friends of the Library are sponsoring their annual book sale at the library. Come join us and find some great treasures. Members only Preview Sale on March 27th. Friends 10th Anniversary Celebration and the Presentation of the Community Partners Quilt

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