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LOCAL • REAL ESTATE • BUSINESS • SPORTS • DINING • ENTERTAINMENT VOLUME 6 NUMBER 4 • APRIL 15, 2007 - MAY 15, 2007

At 200+ Locations In Plant City

PLANT CITY EDITION

Steve, Deborah and Jack The Plant City

PARKS AND RECREATION

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Did you know April is Child Abuse Prevention month? We took a close look at an organization right here in Plant City, dedicated to making sure parents are taught to care for their children in the proper manner. Since 1977, The Spring in Plant City has provided sanctuary and services to more than 30,000 abused adults and their children and also focuses on outreach programs in order to bring awareness to the community that there is a place to go, and there is someone to talk to.

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It’s Little League time again! Joe Bowles gives us a look into how Little League nationwide started, how it was begun in Plant City, and what we can look forward to this season!

business profile Kimberly’s Infant Care Center

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For great live music, dancing, gourmet dining, and the finest service in town, The Red Rose Dining Room at the Ramada Inn Plantation House should top your bay area favorites list. Whether it’s small group entertaining or celebrating special events, you’ll impress and delight guests. No wonder central Florida folks are flocking to this culinary treasure. This month, we tell you all about the Bachelors, and their appearance at the Red Rose.

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How many miles does your car have on it? Check out our local section for a story on a Corvette with 563,000 miles on it! We also give you an update on the Bread of Life Mission here in town, tell you about a couple who will climb a mountain to benefit cancer research, and give you a little-known fact about a well-known crossing guard at Lincoln Elementary School.

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For those who do not have family members or resources to hire an in-home caregiver, what options are left when maternity leave is up and mom must return to work, leaving baby behind? Kimberly’s Infant Care Center offers a wonderful alternative!

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The Plant City Parks and Recreation Department heads up most of the recreational activities that people in the area are involved in; flag football, basketball, soccer, softball, and several others. We talk with Jack Holland, Director, Steve Rossiter, Special Events Coordinator, and Deborah Haldane, Program Manager, all from the PCPRD. From grandparent, to parent, to child, to casual observer, these three make an impact on all of our lives here in Plant City.

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98 ..................... Al Ruechel 100 ..................... From the Commissioner’s Desk

(Left to right) Steve Rossiter, Deborah Haldane and Jack Holland.

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I recently heard a story about a little boy who had a bad temper. His father gave him a bag of nails and told him that every time he lost his temper, he must hammer a nail into the back of the fence. The first day the boy had driven 37 nails into the fence. Over the next few weeks, as he learned to control his anger, the number of nails hammered daily gradually dwindled down. He discovered it was easier to hold his temper than to drive those nails into the fence. Finally the day came when the boy didn’t lose his temper at all. He told his father about it and the father suggested the boy now pull out one nail for each day he was able to hold his temper. The days passed and the young boy was finally able to tell his father that all the nails were gone. The father took his son by the hand and led him to the fence. He said, “You have done well, my son, but look at the holes in the fence. The fence will never be the same. When you say things in anger, they leave a scar just like this one. You can put a knife in a man and draw it out. It won’t matter how many times you say I’m sorry, the wound is still there.” A verbal wound is as bad as a physical one. I believe we live in a time where people become too angry too easily. See if it isn’t true the next time you find yourself in a traffic jam! The world may end if you drive too close to the person in front of you, and you may get a nasty finger if you ever get the chance to pass them. Don’t you dare try to drive slowly and safely; you’ll soon hear a honk from behind demanding you speed up. And God forbid you should let someone in before you; the entire section behind you may begin to yell insults out their windows. The words you say are important. Even if they don’t seem anything special to you, they can make or break someone. Remember the old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words can never hurt me”? I’m not entirely sure that’s true. Words have an incredible power in our lives. Our feature this month talks about people who have turned anger around and have produced something beautiful from it. Since 1977, The Spring in Plant City has provided sanctuary and services to more than 30,000 abused adults and their children and also focuses on outreach programs in order to bring awareness to the community that there is a place to go, and there is someone to talk to. Our spotlight interview this month is with three people who affect the lives of all of us here in Plant City on a daily basis, whether we know it or not. Each time you pass a park or recreation area, you have these three to thank. Each time your children enjoy a little league game, soccer tournament or tennis match, and for all the great events Plant City enjoys, such as the Easter Egg Hunt, the 4th of July celebration and the Winter Lights Spectacular, you have these people to thank. This month we hear from Deborah Haldane, Jack Holland and Steve Rossiter. The next time you have the urge to allow your anger to get the best of you, remember that you have the power to turn that anger into something beneficial, not just for you, but for those around you. How many nails are in your fence?

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Focus Magazine wants to know what is going on in YOUR life. People have exciting things happen to them every day and sometimes wish they could tell everyone. Well, now you can! If you have an announcement you would like to share with Plant City, tell us, and we will put it in our Talk of the Town section. There are drop-off boxes and notepads located around town for your convenience. Right now a couple box locations are at Grandpa Johnson’s and Natural Creations. More locations are to come, so keep your eye out for the Talk of the Town boxes. If you would prefer to call in your exciting news, the number is (813) 707-8783 X 24. Focus Magazine cares about you and wants to share in your excitement.

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Grandma Sherri, Uncle Tim and Aunt Cindy would like to welcome Timothy Wayne Carr, Jr. (TJ) to Plant City! TJ was born to Timothy and Elizabeth Carr on March 14, weighing in at an even 8 pounds and was 19 1/4 inches long.

The GFWC Woman’s Club of Plant City held a fundraiser for the “Making Dreams Come True” Scholarship. The fundraiser luncheon was held at Carrabba’s, with 163 in attendance. All proceeds from the luncheon will be given to the Making Dream Come True scholarship program, which is for Florida kids who have been identified with cancer and want to attend a Florida college or technical institute. Thanks to these ladies for caring about our kids in need! The Plant City Women’s Club is celebrating Federation Day on April 24th, and the continuation of their 85th anniversary celebration by planting two trees at city hall as part of the beautification program of the Conservation Department. The ladies in the early days of 1924 organized a beautification program for the city and set out to make the town more attractive by planting trees and bushes. They persuaded the city to hire a landscape architect who designed a plan for the city streets and the ladies organized the residents who planted trees according to the plan. Since April is national Arbor Day month, these ladies are honoring the tradition!

Many thanks to all who participated in the automobile accident reenactment at Plant City High School last month, warning our teens of the dangers when it comes to driving. We appreciate all who partnered together to give our kids tools to make good decisions! If you would like to buy an ad to congratulate your High School Senior upon their graduation, please call us at (813) 707-8783. This summer, Ms. Dixie’s Aurora Music & Performing Arts will be making a movie! The 45-minute film stars an all-youth leading cast with special appearances from local business owners and government officials. The film will tell the story of a group of students searching the city for clues that will lead them to the “City Stockade”, a piece of the city’s history that is still standing. Congratulations to Bill Ulbricht, the CEO of South Florida Baptist Hospital, who recently was appointed as the new president of St. Anthony’s Health Care. Ulbricht will assume his new position on the 30th of April.

Plant City won Board of the Year at the annual Boys and Girls Club Meeting in Tampa. Congrats on a job well done!

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Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice

PLANT CITY JUNIOR WOMEN’S CLUB HOSTS ITS 39TH LITTLE MISS PLANT CITY CONTEST

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of the lovely girls explaining their wishes for cures for cancer, saving the Florida panther, and simply spreading more smiles.

ugar and spice and everything nice is certainly what Little Miss Plant City is all about. On March 31st, the Junior Women’s Club of Plant City hosted its 39th annual Little Miss Plant City (LMPC) contest at Plant City High School, featuring 28 contestants of girls ages 8-10 years old dressed to the nines and showing off their beautiful smiles. Although Plant City is host to many pageants, the LMPC contest is different because the girls are not judged on beauty, but rather on personality, confidence, and stage presence. “All girls who enter our contest are beautiful; we know that and so do their families. We could never select a queen and court on beauty alone,” says Bobbie Ehrenfeld, LMPC Chairperson. The selected queen and her court also become “goodwill ambassadors” of sorts, says Ehrenfeld, and the girls help raise money around the community for things such as the American Cancer Society to providing shoes for needy children.

Carly Knox is crowned 2007 Little Miss Plant City

Going back to January, the girls prepared for this fun-filled night with workshops and thought-provoking questions. These questions prepared at the workshop were used at the contest and the top ten

The exciting night was kicked off with all the young ladies making their first appearance in the packed auditorium as they walked out with bright lights and glitter filling every inch of the stage. Prior to walking on stage, each contestant had time to interview with the judges in a comfortable setting to show off their dynamic personalities. This is a wonderful time for the “girls to demonstrate their uniqueness,” says Ehrenfeld. After their initial interviews and walk on the stage, each contestant was brought back to introduce themselves to the judges and audience. Spunky and fearless, each young lady picked up the microphone and spoke with ease and confidence.

Carly poses with last year’s LMPC, Denna Lemelin

finalists were presented with one of those questions: “If you could wish upon a falling star, and could make a difference in someone’s life, what would you wish for and why?” Heartfelt responses came from each

The first half of the 2007 LMPC contestants

First Maid Mandy James, Brianna Lee, Kaitlyn Brevik, and Megan Rogers watch as Carly Knox is crowned

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After a short break, and a tearful presentation honoring last years’ LMPC and her court, the judges were ready to announce Miss Congeniality and the top five contestants. The night turned out to be altogether wonderful for contestant number 20, Miss Carly Michelle Knox. She was not only awarded the title of Miss Congeniality by her peers’ votes, but the judges voted her Little Miss Plant City! First Maid went to contestant 30, Miss Mandy Lynn James, and Brianna Nicole Lee, Kaitlyn Brevik, and Megan Page Rogers followed suit, making up the court. Decked from head to toe with flowers, a red robe, and a trophy almost as tall as she was, 2007’s Little Miss Plant City, Carly Knox, was all smiles. Friends and family rushed to the stage to embrace the young girls for their achievement and hard work. But the hard work isn’t over. LMPC and her court are now on a mission of fundraising and community support, which the young girls pioneer all by themselves. Last year, LMPC Denna Limelin and her court of Samantha Black, Sara Brummer, Jamee Townsend, and Allyson Glover, raised a total of $1,562 to buy shoes for needy children in the community. So, beyond fundraising, the new 2007 Little Miss Plant City and her court will find themselves attending parades and many events throughout the area. As this night showed, the fun has just begun!


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Chamber of Commerce By now, I am sure you have heard the news. Our Plant City hospital, SOUTH FLORIDA BAPTIST, performed above the national average in treating heart attacks, heart failure and pneumonia. The nation’s leading hospital accreditation agency, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), provided its first assessment of how the nation’s hospitals stack up when treating the three conditions mentioned above. JCAHO gathered the data and our hospital was the only one in the Tampa Bay area to receive aboveaverage marks for its handling of these life threatening conditions. South Florida Baptist Hospital is part of the nine hospital network that makes up the BayCare Health System. Bill Ulbricht, CEO, stated he is very proud of all the team members that make our hospital the outstanding facility it is. The Joint Commission evaluates and accredits nearly 15,000 health care organizations, including nearly 5,000 hospitals. These evaluations are done during unannounced, on-site surveys. The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce wants to express their congratulations to Bill Ulbricht and his wonderful team for achieving this recognition. Our hospital is truly outstanding! ★★★★★★★★★★ How about a walk on the wild side? You can accomplish this by taking an Ecotour with Alligator Bob, Master Naturalist. He will guide you through Trout Creek Wilderness Park. Bob can arrange a private or small group tour on one of 52 natural areas in Hillsborough County. Did you know that more than 43,000 acres have been set aside for conservation of our freshwater wetlands, coastal marine habitats and sandhill scrubs? These natural areas provide an exceptional refuge for a wide variety of native plants and animals for your viewing pleasure. Alligator Bob can arrange nature based tours, educational programs, guided field trips or speaker programs. You can contact him at 813-986-3008 or via e-mail at gatorbob@gatorbob.com. To learn more you can log onto his web site: www.gatorbob.com/ecotours. ★★★★★★★★★★ Can you believe the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce Strawberry

Classic Car Show will be celebrating its 10th anniversary on Saturday, April 21st? Because this is a special event, the starting time will be 2 PM instead of the usual 4 PM. There will be displays by Plant City Fire & Rescue and entertainment by Kenney Flint & the Rough Diamond Band at 4:00, 5:30 and 7:00 PM. Admission is free. There will be a 50/50 drawing, lots of vendors and remember, the specialty shops and restaurants in Historic Downtown Plant City will stay open late for this great family event. See you there…Downtown Plant City at McCall Park.

★★★★★★★★★★ The 20th Annual Rainbow Ball is being held at the Red Rose Ballroom in the Ramada Inn Plantation House, 2011 N. Wheeler Street on April 21st from 6:30 to 11:30 PM. This gala event benefits the Plant City Rainbow Learning Program. Plant City’s very own Charleene Closshey will emcee and perform at the event. Attendees will enjoy hors d’oeuvres, wine, dinner and dancing with music provided by the Music Express Band. For tickets and information, call Jessica Whisenant at 813-673-4646, extension 225.

As in the past, this year’s event will be held at the Walden Lake Golf & Country Club. Check in and registration takes place starting at 11 AM. All participants are in for a fun filled day with many activities including a clubhouse lunch provided by Fred’s Market Restaurant, access to practice range, beverages, Hole-In-One, Closest to Pin, Longest Drive and Putting contests. Golf gets underway with a shotgun start – 4 person scramble starting at 12:30 PM. Following the afternoon of golf, participants will be treated to a poolside steak dinner provided by Outback Steakhouse. Awards and door prizes follow dinner. If you would like information on being a tournament sponsor or player, contact Jack Vasconcellos at 813-757-1286. This event fills up fast and space is limited to the first 288 players. If you want to participate, call Jack at the above number. This event is always great fun. ★★★★★★★★★★ You won’t want to miss the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours” on Thursday, April 19th. It is being held at the brand new City Crossings Plaza on James L. Redman Parkway, just south of Sonic. It is sponsored by Alltel Communications, Great Clips of Plant City, Panera Bread, Sassi Nail Bar & Spa and Planet Beach. This is a free event and open to the public. All we ask is that you call the Chamber at 813-754-3707 to RSVP.

For more information you can contact the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce at 813-754-3707 or 800760-2315. Information is also available on the Chamber’s web site at www. plantcity.org or amy@plantcity.org. ★★★★★★★★★★

★★★★★★★★★★ It’s time once again for the IKON Children’s Classic Golf Classic. The date is Friday, April 27th. This great event is sponsored by South Florida Baptist Hospital, The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce, Plant City Kiwanis Club, and IKON Office Solutions, Inc.

sponsored by The United Food Bank of Plant City. You will be able to enjoy samples of food from the menus of local restaurants. Wristbands will be available at the door at a cost of $12.00 or in advance for $10.00 at the Chamber, The United Food Bank and Photo Archives.

★★★★★★★★★★ Want to learn all about Plant City’s past? The Plant City Photo Archives has a book available that was put together by Gil Gott, with a forward by David E. Bailey, Jr. This book gives the reader an overview of Plant City’s unique history. There are 38 stories about the Florida Strawberry Festival, Joe McIntosh, E. L. Bing, WPLA, the Bruton Memorial Library and much more. You will want to have a copy of this great book. Stop by the Plant City Photo Archives at 119 North Collins Street and pick up your copy. Speaking of the Photo Archives, their annual event, “An Evening of Picture Perfect Memories”, will be held Saturday, April 28th at the Red Rose Ballroom, Ramada Inn Plantation House, Plant City. This gala evening starts off with a Champagne reception at 6:30, followed by an elegant hors d’oeuvre buffet and desserts. Entertainment will follow. For tickets and information, call 813-754-1578. ★★★★★★★★★★ Here is a date you want to be sure and put on your calendar….May 3rd. This is the date of the Plant City Community Expo and The Taste of Historic Plant City. This is the very first time these two events will be combined. It is taking place at the new John R. Trinkle Center and Hillsborough Community College.

It’s some two and half months away, but the Recreation & Parks Department is looking for sponsors for the spectacular JULY 4TH CELEBRATION at Plant City Stadium. This event has drawn a capacity crowd for the past five years. All sponsors will be listed on the Event Banner, which will be on display throughout the evening. Whether you make a small or large contribution, financial or in-kind-gift, each one will be greatly appreciated. Contact Stephen Rossiter, Special Events Coordinator for the Plant City Recreation & Parks Department, at 813-659-4255, or you can e-mail him at srossiter@plantcitygov.com. ★★★★★★★★★★ Interested in taking the AARP Drive Safe Course? On May 15 and 16 from 12:30 to 4:30 PM this course will be offered at Tile Barn. Call Vera Small at 813-707-0975. ★★★★★★★★★★ As of March 15th the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce membership totaled 757. This is due to the great work of Susan Wilson, Membership Director and Rick Lott, Vice Chairman of the Membership Division. If your business is not a member, you should consider joining. You can call Susan at 813-7543707 or 800-760-2315 for membership information.

This event is open to the public with free admission to the Community Expo. There will be over 70 local businesses showing their latest products, services and information. The Expo is sponsored by The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce. The Taste of Historic Plant City is

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Bread of Life Mission GIVING ANYONE A HELPING HAND

The Bread of Life also has a Wednesday morning chapel service to help them connect to each other and to give them something to build on. Although the Bread of Life Mission is unashamedly Christianbased, Pedro Santana has no qualms about who they are. “Yes, we are Christian-oriented. But we don’t demand people change to receive help, or make them feel guilty about where they are in life. We’re just here to offer a hand in friendship to help them along in life.”

Bread of Life has impacted children’s lives and helped to create connections and lasting bonds between kids.

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n Plant City, there are many organizations that abound when it comes to helping citizens who have been down and out, and one of those programs that display such dedication and devotion to the people that it helps and does so with so much compassion is the Bread of Life Mission. In August 1993, founders Reverend and Mrs. Santana established the Bread of Life Christian Mission in Plant City to respond to the immediate needs of low-income families in the area. Their heart to help the homeless or those from the migrant farm working population was evident in the programs they began, to help ease the large distances that these families were traveling every week to find food and clothing. Since that time, the Bread of Life Mission has expanded into several programs to reach out where Reverend Santana’s heart truly lies:

to the children. Along with an after school program called Club 245 that provides a place for kids to go after school, the Mission seeks to further the children’s school education and to provide them with one-on-one attention that low-income children might need. Cooperating with Jackson Elementary, volunteers work after school with around 30 children on Tuesdays and Thursdays to teach respect and good behavior toward one another and to work on the basics of class homework, such as reading comprehension. The Mission also extends its hands out to those who need help in the way of clothing and food, by handing out a food basket to any family that needs one, every six months. Since 2000, Bread of Life Mission has had a thrift store on site that gives 10 pieces of clothing per family member when they come

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into the mission asking for help, so far giving out over 11,000 pieces of clothing to date. “We reach out to anyone who needs food and clothing, regardless of income and race. Someone who makes $40,000 a year can make some bad decisions and may need food at some time for their kids. We understand this and seek to help anyone who needs it,” says Pedro Santana - the son of Reverend and Mrs. Santana - who has recently become the executive director of Bread of Life Mission. Besides reaching out to children through after school programs and the handing out of food baskets, Bread of Life Mission also extends its hand during the tighter seasons of the year, and has given 300 backpacks with supplies for Back-toSchool, 400 Christmas presents, and bused over 200 children to their own VBS camp during the summer.

Besides offering help to the almost 3,000 people that walked through their doors last year, the Bread of Life Mission is seeking to widen their already growing programs. Looking to renovate their current location, as well as start a new young adult after school program, Santana remarks that they are “becoming a family for those who are hurting, the very same people we walk by every day and that they are simply just letting them know that they are all worthy of respect and love, regardless of where they are in life.”

Bread of Life Mission has given over 400 Christmas gifts to those families who are in need.

About thirty elementary school kids participate in Club 245, an afterschool activities and learning group.


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These Days with Larry Martin AN UPDATE ON THE ICON FROM HIS SON

“Hey Dad, how’d ya play?” “I played ok.”

just say: I played “ok”. But, that’s my dad. He has always had very high standards, whether it’s on the golf course, coaching or his career.

“What did ya shoot?” “71” “You did it again?!” All golfers know that shooting your age is one of those magical things we can only dream of doing one day. If we are still walking when we hit our late 60’s and early 70’s, our skills on the course will surely have diminished greatly. We will barely hit it out of our shadows and definitely have the “yips” on the putting green. We will probably be happy shooting in the 80’s with an occasional 78 on a good “Advil” day. And that’s if we are scratch golfers when we are in our 30’s and 40’s. I read the other day that 72% of all golfers shoot in the 90’s or higher and that only 8% of all golfers can break 80. When you are 73 you’re not supposed to be firing 69’s and 70’s on a regular basis! And when you do, you are supposed to be ECSTATIC – not

He is 73 and has been retired from the Hillsborough County School System for eight years now. He ended his career of 39 years as the Area Director for Southeastern Hillsborough County. Early in his career he coached the Plant City High School (then the “Planters”) basketball team. They won the state championship. Tomlin Junior High, which used to be Plant City High, recently named it’s gymnasium “The Larry Martin Gym”. Back in the day, it was packed for every home game. He stays in shape by working out several times a week at the YMCA with my mom, Diane. They also walk a lot. They’ve been married for 45 years and are still going strong. He has been my nephew, Kyle’s golf coach since Kyle was eight. Kyle will be a junior next year at Plant City High School and hits it a mile. The sky is the limit if he keeps practicing hard. Our six year old, Peyton, is next. He’s a lucky kid!

I’ve wanted to write this article for a while now. My best guess is that my dad has shot his age or better 40 to 50 times now at Walden Lake. The first time was when he was 67. He has a great group of friends out there who play on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. They always have competitive matches between themselves. He’s never been able to play for “fun”. He’s just too competitive. He plays in Florida State Golf Association tournaments on a regular basis. He also plays in various Father/Son tournaments with my brother Greg and me. Last weekend he and his slightly younger friend Clint Burrows beat Doug Jones and me in a match. They are

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a combined 52 years older than us! Dad shot 71 and made it look easy. Retirement is great for Larry Martin.

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KENNY ROBERTS LOSES OVER 100 LBS. his oldest daughter, who started in January, about 43. The difference the loss has made in his life has been great. Besides being more self confident and no longer having to take blood pressure pills, he no longer gets as tired. “I have more energy now than I’ve ever had in my life!” said Kenny, who tries to walk three miles a day with his wife.

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A PLANT CITY COUPLE RAISES CANCER AWARENESS

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magine your summer vacation. What are you doing? Sunning at the beach, lounging out by the pool…climbing a mountain? While the latter may not appear on the usual summer vacation to-dolist, that’s exactly what Paul and Katy Noble are doing. You may think, “So what? What’s so special about climbing a mountain?” Well, the Nobles just so happen to be climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro for a noble cause (pun intended): cancer awareness. A month and a half ago, Paul and Katy made a decision to make a difference and impact someone’s life. Having seen the effects of cancer in their families, they chose to aim their efforts at a cancer foundation, finally settling on the

Climb for Cancer Foundation. Since then, the Nobles have been busy setting up fundraisers to raise money for their cause. From parties to contests, the Nobles have pretty much thought of everything. There was even a Spirit Night at the Chic-Fil-A in Valrico on April 2nd. Fifteen percent of each purchase went directly to the Climb for Cancer Foundation. Paul and Katy’s selfless quest has generated quite a buzz, prompting coverage by both Fox 13 and Tampa Bay’s 10 News. They have also been sending out letters to friends, family and businesses, trying to gain as much support as possible. This unique trek up 5,895 feet of mountain will be dedicated to two people chosen by Paul and Katy.

Paul will dedicate his climb to Deni Lota, a teacher at Turkey Creek Middle School, who lost her battle with leukemia. Katy’s dedication goes to Adam Alexander, a young boy who is fighting ependymoma, a rare cancer that affects the brain and spine. Paul and Katy Noble with their sons R.J. and Truman

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Celebrating Mom

AREA KIDS SHARE GIFT GIVING IDEAS

Virginia Griffin (center) is celebrating Mother’s Day with three generations of her family this year

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holiday devoted to motherhood and celebrating the special women in our lives, this year Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 13th. Kids across the community are already searching for that perfect gift and are making plans for creating a special day for their moms. Kids like Selena Berrios, age seven, of Plant City, shared that she usually makes a card at school for her mom, Katina Berrios. This year she hopes to buy

her mom jewelry, which she plans to wrap herself.

to have a dolphin on it…because his mom “really likes dolphins.”

Owen DeShong, age three, son of Becky DeShong, wasn’t sure what he would be buying for his mom this year. Becky recalled how special last year was, though. It seems that Owen and his dad surprised mom with flowers, and a special “Happy Mudders Day, Momma” was the best part of the gift.

Kayla Madill, age 13, daughter of Linda Madill, has already made plans for mom’s gift this year. Kayla shared that it is her wish to send her Mom on a trip to Hawaii (lucky Mom!) Kayla may also purchase a purse for her Mom as well. Vera Bradley ® (although she hasn’t decided on the pattern) was at the top of her list!

Alexandria Harrington, age 12, also of Plant City, recalled that last year she made her mother, Tammy Harrington, a very special gift. She took photos of herself and younger sisters, Madi (age 11) and Olivia (age six) and placed them in a photo album. She also made her mom “breakfast in bed”, which consisted of eggs and toast. This year she plans to honor her Mom by composing a song she will play on her violin. She and her sisters will work together to create a special Mother’s Day card as well. It was clear that each child had their own idea of just what would make Mom smile on her special day. Whether their plans include a traditional floral gift, a piece of jewelry or a trip to the spa (or to Hawaii), there is no need for them to travel far. Plant City is filled with uniquely different shops and restaurants from which to choose.

Shelby Keely, age 10, daughter of Selina Keely, would really love to give her mom “A gold cross necklace with silver diamonds in the middle.” Shelby added that she “usually makes a homemade card using markers, construction paper and a stamper.” While the cross necklace will be from Shelby, the card will be from her younger sister Jenna Rae as well. Shelby also shared that Mother’s Day will be made special by the family “going to church together.” After church, the family will “go out to eat” somewhere locally.

Selena Berrios, age 7 of Plant City, with Mom Katina

McKenzie Griffin, age 11, shared that he would like to buy his mom, Melissa Connell, a necklace this year. While he wasn’t sure if this necklace would be “silver or gold”, he did add that he would like for it

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Linda Hughens (left), is celebrating her first Mother’s Day as a grandmother this year with daughter Tiffany Rothfeld and grandson Ben Rothfeld.


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The Life and Art

OF DAVID “LETTERFLY” KNODERER he continued painting murals. Word spread quickly about his unique form of art and he was soon asked by Lazydays to become their artist in residence. As an artist for Lazydays, Letterfly has the opportunity to meet and get to know many motor home owners through interviews. Based on this meeting, he is inspired to create unique and individual custom art. It is during the actual mural painting process that he draws a crowd, providing live entertainment to spectators watching the artistry on display. “Letterfly” and an example of his hand-painted advertising

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any of us may have noticed driving through town a yellow Volkswagen bus with hand painted murals and Letterfly painted on the side. Who is the man behind this bus? It is local Plant City artist, David “Letterfly” Knoderer, who can also be described as an adventurer, traveler, and entertainer.

Starting out as a young art and music major, Letterfly was awarded an Art Scholarship, but turned it down to travel with the circus. It was during his circus traveling days that he fell in love with entertaining. Letterfly eventually left the circus and began to pursue his interest in art through an apprenticeship and career in sign painting and advertising.

Never limiting himself, Letterfly has been commissioned by Harley Davidson to paint murals, by interior designers and home owners to paint Trompe L’oeil, and by motorcycle owners looking to have their bikes specialized, as well as continuing to work on projects in his own studio. As a specialist in his field, Letterfly has been asked to provide seminars to the East Hillsborough Art Guild, at motor home rallies, and Hog Chapter meetings nationwide. Examples of Letterfly’s work are currently on display in the Blood Bank at 1902 James Redman Parkway in Plant City. So the next time you’re out on the highway take notice, you may see a piece of Letterfly’s art work drive by you on a motor home or a motorcycle.

Always an adventurer, Letterfly traveled far and wide and eventually found a way to combine his love of art with entertaining. He began by hand painting his first mural twenty years ago upon the sides of a motor home. This soon led to Letterfly following motor home travelers to their “Art on Wheels” Letterfly with his custom-painted Volkswagon gatherings where

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ALISHA JOHNSON EARNS SOUTHEASTERN U.S. WOMEN’S DIVISION TITLE So, what prompts a young lady to throw knives and tomahawks, anyway? Answer – “It’s a family thing!” Parents Ricky and Debbie Johnson, with daughters Alisha and Shannon, have enjoyed camping since the girls were toddlers. The whole family competes, but only Alisha has earned top honors. Shannon, who’s 24 and married, still attends outings when work allows. Alisha graciously acknowledges, “If she were able to compete regularly, I’d have a run for my money.” Alicia in action!

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Alisha learned hawk and knife throwing at age four. As members of Florida Frontiersmen (a 501c(3)-nonprofit fostering pioneer skill preservation and historical appreciation), the family attends the annual Alafia River Rendezvous, the Southeast’s largest pre-1840 interpretive encamp-

ment. More than 1,200 camped this year. The Johnsons also assist area churches with Royal Rangers boys’ scouting programs.

height and an 8” knife blade, six steps are all she needs. A final round ends three days of throwing games, and this year Alisha is the victor.

“Studying history is especially fun outdoors. Curiosity and competitions challenge us to learn the old skills, too.” A young woman with diverse interests, Alisha maintains top grades at Durant, while she practices archery, guitar, and sign language interpretation. At the Alafia encampment, she discovered the art of burning images into wood using a magnifying glass.

If camping, history and family fun appeal to you, discover future events and friendly help at www.floridafrontiersmen.com. Although Miss Johnson practices regularly, she’s open to all challengers in 2008.

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Senior HAWKS

HAPPY ADVENTUROUS WISE KNOWLEDGEABLE SENIORS

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hose of us who live in Florida know this sunny state as a paradise of warm weather, pristine beaches, swaying palms and many opportunities for leisure activities. Our own hometown of Plant City and surrounding towns are definitely paradise to several thousand winter visitors who can’t wait to escape dreary, cold winter weather in the northern states and Canada. Maintaining second homes in the winter strawberry capital of the world, these snowbirds fly south to enjoy sunny skies and warm weather while enjoying all the amenities our area offers to tourists and locals alike. These seniors come from all walks of life, but have many things in common. They all love to have fun and need to socialize with others.

Our city commission has long recognized that the Plant City community has a need for recreation and activities for all ages. Yes, our community has a superb golf course, tennis courts, and is close to Disney World and major shopping areas. But being so far from home, many individuals tend to feel isolated or lonely and just yearn for companionship and want to feel part of something special. Deborah Haldane, the program manager for the Plant City Recreation and Parks Department, organizes a vibrant “active senior program” from November to April for our winter visitors. Deborah states, “Many winter visitors don’t know a soul in town and are starved

for activities and friendship.” The H.A.W.K.S. program allows seniors to be engaged in interesting day trips and interact with other people at least twice a month. H.A.W.K.S. stands for Happy Adventurous Wise Knowledgeable Seniors. More than six hundred active seniors are on the HAWKS mailing list. The city commission budgets transportation costs for this community program. Charter buses are hired for air-conditioned comfort and for safety on the road. Many seniors do not feel comfortable driving in unfamiliar areas, so bus transportation to and from a destination increases the number of attendees. Besides, socialization to and from each adventure is half the fun! The 2006-2007 season included succulent food and shows at Arabian Nights and Pirates Dinner Adventure, where everyone could be a kid again. At the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center seniors enjoyed the glitzy musical Cinderella. Music lovers greatly enjoyed Andre Rieu in concert at the St. Pete Times Forum. Not every activity is a show. One tour included Fantasy of Flight in Lakeland, where seniors walked through a diorama of a World War II bombing mission, experienced an

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aerial dogfight, and toured hangers of vintage aircraft. Marie Selby Botanical Gardens in Sarasota offered spectacular bay views while strolling through lush gardens fluttering with butterflies. On March 22, 55 seniors went to watch Damn Yankees at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theater in Fort Myers. If you are an active senior, 50 and over, the HAWKS group offers lots of fellowship and day trips. Seniors even suggest trip ideas. To be included in the active senior trips, all you have to do is contact Deborah Haldane at (813) 757-9166, or by email at dhaldane@plantcitygov.com for more information. Pre-registration is required for each scheduled event and most travel is during the winter months when more winter visitors are in the area. Do you have to be a winter visitor to be in this program? No, the HAWKS are open to any active senior 50 and over who wants to experience more out of life and likes to fellowship with others. If you’re ready for an adventure in April, join the HAWKS now for great fun!

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Cruisin’ in a Classic 1958 Corvette

ENJOYING LIFE IN THE SLOW LANE

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ames Anderson describes himself as “an old man having a good time.” He believes it’s important to enjoy life because “nobody’s guaranteed tomorrow. If you want to do something, do it now!” Good times for the now-retired Anderson have included providing for family, following the rules, and having some fun with his 1958 Corvette (and six motorcycles). A passion for engines developed when he began selling Chevrolets after the family business, Anderson’s Sporting Goods, burned down in Newark, Ohio. Remarkably, the still all-original red and white Corvette’s odometer registers 563,000 miles. Anderson purchased the new car for $4,822 on July 19, 1958. Trophies fill his home, including best of class for eight years running in the “Vintage Driven” category for the Florida/ South Georgia region of a popular 400 to 600 car competition. It’s also a consistent winner of Webster’s first Sunday monthly show and “Best of the Best” competition in April.

McCall Park. Anderson and his friend, Larie Jones, trailer a 1991 Harley Ultra Classic show bike, the “Blue Angel”, with the “Vette” and park in the lot by the train depot. As a volunteer photographer for Florida’s Full Throttle Magazine, Anderson enjoys meeting bike enthusiasts to snap shots of creative modifications and paint schemes. Although they have thoroughly enjoyed their engine-driven vehicles, this couple now plans to explore Florida’s waterways by canoe. Anderson is concerned about recent injuries and deaths of motorcycling friends. However, one goal involving the car still remains. “When Larie hits the lottery, you’ll find us cruisin’ Route 66 across the U.S. This car still has plenty of life left in her, and we still have plenty to do and see!”

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George Garcia Visits THE ARTISTRY SALON AND SPA

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eorge Garcia made an entrance at the Artistry Salon and Spa on March 18th to instruct a private class of 20 people. Garcia was asked to do the class after the group saw him in Las Vegas at the National Redken Symposium, which took place in January. George Garcia is no small name when it comes to talent. He is one of Redken’s most sought after artists and was featured at the Redken

Symposium as one of the “premier artists.” Garcia lives in San Francisco and has been a colorist for over 18 years. His work can be seen in national and international publications such as Passion, Modern Salon, and American Salon. In 2001, Garcia was voted one of the top 10 colorists in the United States by Celebrity Styles 101 and he is a Facilitator at The Redken Exchange in New York. Today, Garcia continues to inspire hairdressers with his cutting-edge approach to color and inventive techniques. Working with Redken, Garcia travels one week out of the month doing classes and such and spends 15 days in his salon, George Garcia at the Loft. Garcia is married to his wife, Monica and has six children

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color. Step out of the box and do something extreme and different. Take classes constantly to stay on top of the industry. Use the other twenty percent of your clientele to be bold and adventurous.”

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Volunteer Vacation

HOMES OF AREA SENIORS GIVEN FRESH LOOK

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he ElderLink Consortium Hillsborough County recently collaborated with College Pro Painters and their community service program. Through this program, college students from various out-of-state colleges spent their spring breaks painting the homes of several Plant City ElderLink clients – all free of charge to the homeowner. In addition to exterior paint, each homeowner was left with a carefully chosen “Above and Beyond” gift from the students. This included everything from new mailboxes or house lettering to new windows. Plant City residents, such as Ms. Gracie Wimbley, were thankful for being able to participate in the project. “I am so appreciative… this is just beautiful! I hugged everyone until I just gave out!” exclaimed Ms. Wimbley. The students in turn shared

their own gratitude for the experience – including the phenomenal way they were welcomed into the Plant City community. Lyle Estell, Vice President with College Pro Painters, stated that it is through the generosity of a whole host of individuals that the event was made possible. He first expressed gratitude to ElderLink Coordinator Vergena Jordan for her hard work. He also thanked Sherwin-Williams Paint, who donated both the paint and equipment. Estell made special mention of Trey and Dean at the Plant City store, who even helped move the students from house to house. Thanks went out to TECO Representative Diane, from Plant City. She ensured that the students worked safely by arranging for the “wrapping

Plant City resident Gracie Wimbley and ElderLink Coordinator Vergena Jordan, along with volunteers from recent College Pro Painters’ Community Service Program.

of power lines.” The group further expressed appreciation to the pastors and members of both Emmanuel Baptist Church of Thonotosassa and the New Grace Chapel of Plant City for their support. And to Plant City resident Prince Turner – the students say “Thanks for the great BBQ!” As they packed up to return to their respective colleges, it was certain that

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The kids get off to a great start in the Shamrock run

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he Spring Berry Boogie was held on March 17th at Mike Sansone Park, and adults and kids were welcome to participate. You could choose from three races: the 5K run, the one-mile fun run/walk and the kids’ quarter mile shamrock run. To participate in the 5k run was fifteen dollars, for the fun/run walk eight dollars and the kid’s race was five dollars. The 5k run winners were awarded by top male or female runners overall, according to the age group they were in. The female first place overall runner was Amanda Forshaw, with the time of 24 minutes and 8 seconds. The male first place overall runner was Pat Hicks, whose time was 20 minutes and 6 seconds. These top runners received plaques. The one-mile run top ten participants received trophies. The top ten starting from first place to tenth place were PJ Flores, Steven Williamson, Timothy London, Ce-

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linda Flores, Caleb Lahaie, Katie Lahaie, Ryan Thibodeaux, Logan Thompson, Tomas Stephenson, and Rosemary Flores. PJ Flores’s time was 6 minutes and 40 seconds. Rosemary Flores time was 10 minutes and 3 seconds. There were 18 people that participated in this mile race. The kids’ quarter mile shamrock run was for kids up to the 5th grade. All the kids received a medal for running in this race. There were 11 kids involved in the Shamrock run. Nehiel Rosa finished in first, Savannah Lingo came in second and Ashley Rosa came in third place. The participants were excited to get their awards. They also were mailed certificates with their time and place in the race. Participants received a t-shirt with the package. It was a neat family recreational activity and everyone seemed to have a good time. Great job, everyone!

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Baseball and Family

THE TWO LOVES PLANT CITY RESIDENT, TERRY THOMAS At the age of 15, Terry not only played baseball, but also tried his hand at football. He played offensive guard for the Plant City Trojans, a local travel football team. That same year, Terry was picked up by Tampa’s PepsiCola Giants and began touring local baseball parks, playing a game that came natural to him. Terry’s big break came in 1945 when, at the age of 16, he joined the New Orleans Black Pelicans of the Southern Association. At 5’ even and 150 lbs., Terry began playing all Terry Thomas is now a crossing guard at Lincoln Elementary School over the country. In spite of his size, Terry could hit the s cars arrive to pick up their long ball, as well as hit for average. children buses roll away from the campus at Lincoln Elementary Later, the Black Pelicans disbanded School, no one suspects that the and the core of the team merged crossing guard who keeps their with one of the most successful children safe was once a barnstorming professional baseball player in the now historic Negro Baseball League. Lincoln’s crossing guard, Terry Thomas, at age 78, is one of less than 50 players still alive who played in the league prior to 1950.

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Thomas’ story begins at the age of 13 when the Plant City Aces, a local black semi-pro team playing out of Marie B. Ellis Park, asked him to join them when their right fielder was late for a game.

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Negro teams of that era, the Atlanta Black Crackers. The counterpart of the Black Crackers was the all-white Atlanta Crackers, a high profile minor league team that shared the finest minor league facility in all of baseball, Ponce De Leon Park, with the Black Crackers. His salary peaked at $100 a month with all of his expenses taken care of. Terry was well aware of the segregation issue in baseball and has seen his share of inequities, but at the time, “All I was concerned about was playing baseball. We were always treated real well. The only time I was ever scared was in Meridian, Mississippi when white fans began yelling at us and calling us names.” Terry played until 1949. “I loved traveling and the Lord knows I loved baseball, but there is nothing more important than family. I got to play with and against some of the greatest ballplayers of all time, like Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige, and Jackie Robinson, but it was time for me to come home.” Other than a brief stint with the Homestead Grays, who lured him back to help them on an extended road trip, and a tryout with the Detroit Tigers in 1953, Terry has settled into a lifestyle here in Plant City

where few know about his exciting past. Terry married the former Ruby Williams, now deceased, and together they had five children. Terry is a committed Christian, active in his local church and proud of his heritage and community. His grandson, William Thomas, has been busy searching historical records and trying to gather additional information concerning life in the Negro Baseball League during his grandfather’s career, but little information has been attained and still fewer photographs exist. Other than a photograph of Terry’s Trojan football team, there are no photographs of Terry during his playing days, nor have they found any team photos. This past October, Major League Baseball National Historian, Dr. Revell Negro, came to the area and interviewed Terry, who is the only living resident from Plant City that played Negro League baseball at both the minor and national levels. Even though Terry had an exciting past, he understood his priorities. “Man, I loved traveling and I loved baseball, but you know when you start having kids, they’re the most important thing.”

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Administrative Professionals Week RECOGNIZING HARD WORK AND DEDICATION

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dministrative professionals are often described as the “glue that keeps a business together.” Throughout Administrative Professionals Week ™ – April 22-28 – the work and dedication of these individuals will be celebrated during what the International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) calls “one of the world’s largest workplace observances.” Broadened to include support staff members that perform an array of tasks in a variety of settings, administrative professionals will be recognized throughout the Plant City community as well.

Administrative Professional, Courtney Olmos, Keller Williams Realty, Plant City.

One such shining example is Courtney Olmos, Call Coordinator with Keller Williams Realty

in Plant City. According to Keller Williams’ Managing Broker, Nicole Adams, Olmos is truly a “valuable member of our team.” Nearly every task performed is “time essential” and she never disappoints. Olmos is also referred to as their “Director of First Impressions.” She is the first face seen (and often the first voice heard) by those seeking services. She also manages to keep up with the “comings and goings” of 53 sales associates – a feat in itself. Nick Ganey, one of those very same sales associates, shared that Olmos “makes everyone’s job easier.” “She really does give a wonderful first impression to our customers.” Asking Olmos to describe a “typical day” on the job is sure to

make your head spin. Her days are jammed full of answering/transferring phone calls, taking messages, making copious amounts of copies and folders, handling faxes, distributing mail, assisting in the ordering of office supplies, collecting rent payments, dealing with new real estate listings, preparing materials for meetings and helping train new associates. She also leads a variety of training classes, such as “Office Equipment” and “Website,” as well. Without a doubt, Administrative Professionals like Courtney Olmos are vital to the success of our overall community. For more information on ways in which you can honor their work and commitment, you may visit www.iaap-hq.org.

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Turkey Creek FFA Officers

OUTSTANDING LEADERS IN FFA ARE TAKING THE CLUB FAR THIS YEAR

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uture Farmers of America, or FFA, is a club that you cannot overlook when you live in Plant City. Turkey Creek Middle School has, for many years, been held in high esteem when it comes to its FFA organization, and has always consisted of outstanding students who take part in the program. This year comes as no exception whatsoever. Not only do the young men and women leading it excel in school, they go above and beyond in their leadership skills in the club. They are certainly representing Hillsborough County well. Led by teachers Elizabeth Pierce and Michael Drake, the club has taken part in many activities thus far and numerous competitions. Just recently, the students were featured on FFA Today on RFDTV, widely known as “Rural America’s Most

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Important Network”. This is a station viewed nationwide about farming and ranching. What an honor for one of our middle schools to have the opportunity to appear on such a well-known and watched television network. The officer team will be representing the Hillsborough County District to compete for the Florida state title in OCC (opening and closing ceremonies). This will be held in June at the Future Farmers of America State Convention in Orlando. They certainly have a lot of supporters and people cheering them on. The best of luck to them! Plant City has every reason to be very proud of its Turkey Creek FFA Club and its hardworking officers. They clearly have a bright future ahead of them.

Turkey Creek Middle School FFA Officers: Kaitlyn Gill (President), Calli Jo Parker (Vice President), Bailey Harrel (Secretary), Kori Lane (Treasurer), Seth Poppell (Reporter), Andi Butts (Sentinal), Tori Shepard (Parlimentarian), Clay Varnum (Chaplain), Caleb Jordan (Historian), Dylan Landers (Student as Advisor) and Bianca Johnson (Student Advisor).


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ooking outside on the morning of March 16th, one would not have even considered playing golf with the rain and humidity. However, the United Food Bank had other plans. They hosted the Second Annual Drive to Feed Golf Tournament at Walden Lake Country Club golf course to raise money for the food bank, and fortunately the weather cooperated.

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Sign-in began at noon and a total of 72 golfers from various Plant City businesses competed. Upon signing in, each player received a raffle ticket (extras could be purchased) for the raffle that took place after the round. The players were also able to participate in a silent auction for sports memorabilia, including autographed pictures, footballs, and baseballs. Before the round began everyone was given the opportunity to warm up with putting. There was also a putting challenge set up. Each golfer was given three shots to make the putt. However, there was a catch. The putters were required to use

compromised clubs, which made the putting a bit trickier. Many came close, but only the lucky Brandon Pittman made the challenging putt. Tee-off was at one o’clock and, just in the nick of time, the rain subsided and the sun began peeking from behind the clouds. The fundraiser round took up 18 of the 36 holes on the course. Posted at each hole were business signs of the sponsors. After the round of golf, the players all rendezvoused at the club house for the banquet, which preceded the raffle drawing. All of the proceeds from the event went to the United Food Bank to help purchase a larger work space than their current base of operations on Alsobrook. A larger building would be much appreciated, considering that over the past seven and a half years the food bank has helped 41,000 people in Plant City get back on their feet again. By offering a “hand-up, not a hand-out” the United Food Bank is making a positive impact on the community.

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New Choice in Education

COMES TO PLANT CITY AT SHILOH ELEMENTARY CHARTER SCHOOL an administrator and for the last 5 he’s been the Assistant Principal for Administration at Armwood High School. He’s taught not only social studies classes, but also Bible History classes. “The kids climbed the walls to get in there,” said Pickern, speaking of his Bible History class. “They just really enjoyed that class and I enjoyed teaching it.” Pickern was also a coach for baseball and basketball at Plant City High, and is a product himself of Plant City schools. He has been married to Ginger for 27 years and has two children, a 24-year-old daughter and an 18year-old son.

Danny Pickern is excited about being the pioneer principal of Shiloh Elementary Charter School.

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very parent wants the best for their child, and sometimes that means they will go to extreme lengths in monetary expenses and travel time in order to make that happen. There are families who must include a daily commute to a private school outside of Plant City, as well as the tuition matching the drive. Starting in August of this year, there will be a new scholastic opportunity for parents of elementary-aged children: Shiloh Elementary Charter School. Mark Jordan spent more than 18 months investigating an alternative to the public school system that was also not an added expense to families, and a charter school is what he came up with.

“We wanted to create a place similar to a private school, where kids can reap the benefits from that kind of environment, but also something that was not requiring the cost that an average private school would,” Jordan commented. He brought the idea to Joe Bowles, pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church in Plant City, and Bowles jumped at the idea immediately. “We’ve accomplished a lot here at the church,” Bowles commented, “But one thing was still missing. We’ve always wanted a school. We wanted to have a school and use it to do more for the community.” Although the school is indeed

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named for the church, and the two are connected in a sense, Shiloh Baptist Church and Shiloh Elementary Charter School are two separate entities, and the school recently confirmed its fast-approaching inception with the naming of its principal: Danny Pickern. “Joe Bowles has been a friend of our family for years,” Pickern said. “The fact that he’s involved and it’s a part of his vision and lifetime goal to have a school, it’s easy to gravitate toward a decision when you know that it’s God’s will. The fact that Joe Bowles is involved was enough for me.” Pickern has been an educator for 25 years; for the last 11 he’s been

In his own words, Pickern “never has been a fan of being second best.” His goal for the school is to have not only the best performing students in the county, but also the best teachers. Believing the personality of the school is a reflection of the personality of its teachers, he is currently searching for those who have high values and integrity. “This was an easy decision for me,” Pickern said of the move to Shiloh Elementary Charter School. “I believe everything I have done in my life has prepared me for this. I’m so excited about being the founding principal of Shiloh Elementary Charter School.” For more information on Shiloh Elementary Charter School, call (813) 707-1060 or check out their website at www.shilohcharterschool.org.


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Send in Your Nominations NOW!

TIME TO NOMINATE SOMEONE FOR THE “FOCUS ON YOU” MAKEOVER

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t’s that time of year once more: Focus on You Makeover time! If you know someone, male or female, who is in need of a makeover, we want to make it happen! Send a 300 word nomination in for them via mail, e-mail or fax. All nominations must be received by midnight May

17. Four winners will be chosen and notified on May 18.

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The day begins with a breakfast and then the winners will be whisked away to pick out a brand new outfit. Then they will be taken for a relaxing massage. After the massage, the staff of Focus will sit down for lunch with the winners and present each of them with a month’s membership to a fitness center.

Remember, tell us why your nominated person deserves this makeover and mail it to FOCUS Magazine, “FOCUS ON YOU” Makeover, 101 E. J Arden Mays Blvd, Plant City, FL 33563. You may also send your entries by e-mail to KToney@Floydpublications.com. Place “FOCUS ON YOU” Makeover in the subject line and send your entry in the body of the e-mail (no attachments, please). Be SURE to include name, address, home phone number and work phone number, and e-mail address, if you have one. You may also fax a nomination to 813-764-0990, Attn: Kristen.

The fun jump starts again while the winners finish out the day with a facial, manicure, pedicure and haircut. The girls will also have their makeup done.

Amy Tummel, one of last year’s winners

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Eric Gregorisch, Program Supervisor at the Spring

PHYSICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY DISTRESSED, VICTIMS OF SPOUSAL OR CHILD ABUSE AND VIOLENCE SOMETIMES FEEL LIKE THEY HAVE NO PLACE TO GO. SINCE 1977, THE SPRING IN PLANT CITY HAS PROVIDED SANCTUARY AND SERVICES TO MORE THAN 30,000 ABUSED ADULTS AND THEIR CHILDREN AND ALSO FOCUSES ON OUTREACH PROGRAMS IN ORDER TO BRING AWARENESS TO THE COMMUNITY THAT THERE IS A PLACE TO GO, AND THERE IS SOMEONE TO TALK TO.

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Community education presentations are frequently held at clinics, missions, churches, etc. to raise awareness on domestic violence. From there, case workers are on hand to make appointments with people who feel a need to discuss their situation further. “It’s also a safety plan,” says Eric Gregorisch, Program Supervisor, who’s been in Plant City at The Spring for five years, since 2002. “It’s planning on how they are going to stay safe, or safer, in their current situation, should they decide to stay in their current relationship. Or, so they can plan if they have to leave.” Domestic violence counseling is also a big part of The Spring and lets people who are struggling with an abusive situation know what their options are. The counseling process is also about “listening to what they have to say,” says Gregorisch, “because oftentimes they really won’t have the opportunity to talk about it.” The employees at The Spring who provide direct services have completed 24 hours of core training on issues surrounding domestic violence and most of the case managers have at least a bachelor’s level degree in the human service field. These case managers are “trained to deal with the specifics of domestic violence,” says Gregorisch, thus helping the survivor or the victim to overcome the situation. Support groups are also available out in the community, and the work of the case manager focuses on linking the victim to other resources and making sure that they are getting the help they need. Community education is a big part of The Spring. Regularly being out in the community is important because “a person that gives a presentation at a mission once a week for a while, and being a part of that environment,

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might have someone approach them and say, ‘This is what is going on with me,’” explains Gregorisch. The small staff at The Spring finds it challenging to maintain a regular presence in the community, but is dedicated to preventing domestic violence, protecting victims and providing services, and promoting change in lives, families, and communities.

THE CHILD ABUSE COUNCIL AT THE SPRING The Child Abuse Council offers a couple programs at The Spring, Inc. in Plant City to assist young families in abuse prevention, support, and planning. The Healthy Start program is dedicated to training young and inexperienced parents to build up their parenting skills through hands-on visits to the home. The program is available to all pregnant women and families with babies less than one year old, and helps with having a healthy pregnancy, eating healthy, stopping smoking, breastfeeding, and caring for the new baby. The Rainbow Program is another hands-on parenting development program where parents

are required to attend two days a week for a whole day to learn parenting skills and other programs that address pertinent topics. “Some of the people going through the program are victims of domestic violence, and we provide some classes on those topics,” says Gregorisch. The rest of the week the children will be taken care of in the daycare at The Spring.

EVERY CASE IS DIFFERENT The people that make up a community have their different backgrounds and cultures, and the domestic violence cases that are brought to The Spring are just as vast. Working at The Spring, Gregorisch has seen a wide range of situations and has seen his share of challenges. But he is also amazed at the “perseverance that folks have, and their ability to ride things out, because there is that sense of hope that things are going to get better. They are there to make their lives better, and the lives of their kids better, so that’s certainly encouraging,” he says. “A person who is in a situation where they are experiencing domestic violence and doesn’t necessarily know what to do about it, and are not sure whether they should leave the relationship, may feel like they can’t leave because they don’t have a job or have any resources, and don’t know how their kids are going to be taken care of,” says Gregorisch, “but The Spring helps people in these situations look at their options and tap into community resources, if available.” The Spring also sees instances where people who have been to a presentation pass the word along to family members who are in abusive situations, thereby assisting them with case managers who develop safety plans and arrange their relocation to a safer place, sometimes even in another state. Cases like these really show the “power of getting the word out,” he says.

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Just last year, there were 76 cases which were brought into The Spring here in Plant City that completed an intake, providing the case managers with information concerning the situation. Even though 11 of the residential counselors working the 24-hour hotlines are deputized by the Clerk of the Circuit Court to process paperwork for Injunctions for Protection when the clerk’s office is closed, many

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people are hesitant to go in and complete an intake.

HOW DID THE SPRING, INC. BEGIN?

“That number tends to be underreported, because oftentimes they will meet someone out in the community after a presentation, for example, and they may not want to sit down for a full intake and open up a file,” explains Gregorisch. Traditionally, a couple of reasons for the hesitancy have been because the person is undocumented and they are leery of disclosing identifying information about themselves for fear of being deported, “which certainly wouldn’t happen,” he says. He goes on to explain that The Spring interfaces with more people out in the community than are actually documented in files. “Some people are afraid to go out for help, and I think [domestic violence] happens a lot more frequently than the number of people who come forward and ask, ‘What do I do about it?’”

The Spring, Inc. has had a long history since 1977 with furthering the safety and education of those who are in abusive situations. In 1986, The Spring opened the nation’s first public school located in a domestic violence shelter and still today, their K through 8th grade Hillsborough County Alternative Public School has teachers, social workers, and volunteers who provide abused children with the extra instruction they need. The child-care center at the shelter earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), a distinction that only the top 7% of centers can claim. The Spring, Inc. has the highest standards so that any child that arrives can receive quality instruction for their age-group.

HOW DOES THE SPRING, INC. OPERATE? The Spring is the largest of Florida’s 41 certified domestic violence shelters and the first in the United States to have an accredited school on site, which obviously costs money to operate. The nursery where Since The Spring, Inc. is the Rainbow Program actually takes place a non-profit organization which is run mostly from private donations and government grants, almost half of their budget comes from private sources including corporations, individuals and charitable foundations. Most of any non-money donations go directly to victims, while the remaining is sold to the public and those proceeds go directly back to support the programs. The Allegany Franciscan Mission grant was awarded to The Spring last year, which has helped them to continue their mission of providing the services in Plant City. The Simply Spring Thrift Store & Warehouse is donations-based, and profits go towards assisting survivors in getting a fresh start by furnishing their new home with basics like pots and pans, linens, and furniture.

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In 1989, The Spring started the Victim Outreach Program. They claim that this grew “from the realization that our clients needed support and understanding, community resources and safety planning—even if they were not in need of shelter.” The program has expanded from Tampa to Plant City and now

helps an average of 1,500 victims every year nation-wide. In 1995, the Aftercare Transitional Housing program began after Hillsborough County helped The Spring to renovate an abandoned apartment complex. The Aftercare program mimics the support that the shelter would give

for up to two years, allowing these residents the chance to pursue their educational or job-related goals. The Spring believes that many of their success stories come from this program. Also in 1995, The Spring began a working partnership with Hillsborough County’s Hotel and Motel Association, called Project Debby. Project Debby begins when the shelter is at full capacity and un-booked hotel rooms are made available for those in need until the shelter can find space for them. This is vital to The Spring since statistics show that 42% of all women murdered in the United States are killed by a partner, and they feel glad that they have had such support from the county so they never have to turn away anyone who is in immediate danger. In 1998, The Spring remodeled a 12,000 square-foot brick warehouse in Tampa to create two offices, a donation center and a thrift store. Donated clothing, furniture, household goods and toys from Simply Spring Thrift Store help residents in various ways. A closet full of donated clothing is kept at the shelter for families who come to them with nothing but the clothes on their backs. The shelter also gives families furniture, pots, pans, linens and other household items to help them become established in the community. The Spring, Inc. also founded Peace in Action, which is a juvenile domestic violence intervention program designed to help children from ages 10 – 17 learn, according to The Spring’s website, that “violence is not acceptable and that there are better, more peaceful ways of resolving conflicts.” The Spring exists to restore peace to violent families and provides specialized services for all victims to aid them in rebuilding their lives. The program seeks to reduce problems in school, crime and domestic and/or other violence. Peace in Action also utilizes “anger management” referees and takes a more comprehensive approach to educating those who need it.


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In 2000, The Spring joined in an effort that was underway in Hillsborough County. Through a cooperating program called Parents as Partners of Hillsborough, The Spring case managers provided concentrated case management to families in danger of losing their children to the foster-care programs. Through early intervention, The Spring believes it can keep an overwhelming number of families dealing with child abuse and neglect intact and end the foster-care cycle in this area. Most of those families are also experiencing domestic violence; the collaborative effort is seen as something beneficial to the society, to keep the families of Hillsborough County together.

Spring Thrift Store/Donation Warehouse on 209 N. Willow St. in Tampa, a transitional housing apartment complex, two Outreach centers in Tampa and Plant City, and the Spring Vintage Boutique.

In May of 2002, after years of fundraising and meetings, The Spring opened the doors of its 13,000 square-foot multi-service facility, The Spring in Plant City. This building is home to many of its partners: Bay Area Legal Services, a law enforcement room for officers with Plant City Police Department, Healthy Start Program for mothers and children, and the Child Abuse Council. Those victims in rural east and south Hillsborough County who do not have the ability to reach the multiple service providers now have the ability to ride the bus to access one of the many social services that are offered. The Spring’s rural outreach is also providing vital information to many who need it, in their places of worship, their homes, their work, and other areas of their life in which they might need the help.

Case management: Bay Area Legal Services attorney and a paralegal assistant provide legal advice and representation to clients; as well as leading legal group workshops and also work for referral and linkage to other providers in the community.

PROGRAMS THE SPRING OFFERS* Survivors of domestic violence can come to The Spring at Plant City and be assisted with the following programs free of charge. Domestic violence counseling: Survivors can meet individually with a counselor for safety planning, needs assessment, moral support, etc.

of the Hillsborough County Family Justice Center, a new program funded by a nearly $1.1 million federal grant received in the summer of 2004. In addition to this, there will be nearly two dozen agencies that will team with The Spring to offer a myriad of services under one roof at the main building and at two remote locations in north Tampa and Plant City. Today, after many expansions, The Spring now has six service sites: the shelter with an on-site school and child care center, Simply

Love Shouldn’t Hurt, a program created in 2003, along with The Hillsborough County DoThe playroom where the Rainbow Program actually takes place mestic Violence Task Force provides prevention-minded educational teachings for teenagers and young adults. This program seeks to help adolescents identify possible dangerous situations in dating and other relationships and help them to explore their emotions about their closer relationships. The goal of this program is to let teenagers know that there is more to solving their problems than using violence against someone else. Soon The Spring will be operating as the lead agency

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Shelter placement: The Spring can facilitate emergency placement in their shelter for individuals and their families who are in immediate danger. Domestic Violence Prevention Classes/Support Groups in English and Spanish: These offer the opportunity to share feelings, increase self-esteem, and raise awareness of domestic violence in a safe environment. They also help individuals to identify the signs of a potentially abusive relationship as well as what constitutes a healthy relationship. Parents as Partners: An early intervention child welfare program designed to increase stability in the home in order to avoid unnecessary foster home placement. They also provide community presentations on domestic violence to raise public awareness on its effects. *Listing courtesy of The Spring at Plant City. 701 Tillman Place, Plant City, FL 33566. 813-759-0000. 24-Hour Crisis Line: 813247-SAFE or 247-7233.


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The Plant City Parks and Recreation Department heads up most of the

recreational activities that people in the area are involved in; flag football, basketball, soccer, softball, and several others. Growing up in Plant City, my brother and I both played basketball and soccer for several years, just like the thousands of other kids doing the same thing today. The only difference is that the city has grown, along with the number of children involved, and so have the activities offered through their programs. I recently got a chance to talk with Jack Holland, Director, Steve Rossiter, Special Events Coordinator, and Deborah Haldane, Program Manager, all from the PCPRD.

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Holland. Yes. My grandparents were the Chapman family in the Knights area just outside of town. My great grandparents homesteaded land out there. I lived in Tampa for a short while, basically from birth until I was about 6 years old, and then we moved to Plant City.

Rossiter: I’m the Special Events Coordinator for the events we do for the community. I work on events such as our July 4th celebration, the Halloween event we did last year, Winter Lights Spectacular, which is our Christmas event that we hold in down town Plant City. We also do fishing derbies, soccer camps and Easter egg hunts. I also solicit funds from local businesses to support these efforts through sponsorships and marketing.

Haldane: I was born and raised in Lakeland. Rossiter: I was born in Tampa and my family moved here when I was about six or eight months old, and I’ve been here every since. Focus: What are your roles and responsibilities with the Parks and Recreation Department? Holland: My role is Director of the Parks and Recreation Department. My job is to make sure everything runs smoothly from both sides of the department. The parks side is mostly park maintenance, landscaping and park development, but we also manage the cemeteries and the tree trimming crew that trims the trees on city right-of-ways. The recreation side is the programming arm of the department. I make sure both groups run smoothly and that we’re meeting the needs of the community. Haldane: My role is the Program Manager. As Program Manager I am responsible for the staff at our two recreation centers. I also handle purchasing and organizing to provide them with the materials and supplies they need for the programs. I also implement programs, specialty-type programs such as our Start Smart program, which I’m currently working on; it’s for younger kids. We do programs for a variety of ages from younger kids to senior adults. We do field trips for our senior adults, who we call HAWKS – Happy Adventurous Wise Knowledgeable Seniors. We do these through the winter months and then over the summer we have different programs. Right now we’re working on the Summer Youth

Focus: How long have each of you been involved with the Parks and Recreation Department? Holland: I started with the department on June 1, 1979 – full-time. And I was here two years prior to that part-time. Haldane: I started on February 12, 1996, so I’m starting my twelfth year with the department. Rossiter: They’re both better than me. I’m going into my sixth year with the department. Holland: But Rossiter was here a while working part-time. Rossiter: Yes. I started part-time with the department when I was 14 years old. I was

Holland a referee with the soccer program and then started working at the Planteen Recreation Center my senior year of high school. Focus: Did any of you grow up playing sports through the recreation department? Haldane: No. I grew up doing things with the City of Lakeland. I knew most of the recreation staff there because of my dad. And I did my internship with their recreation department. Rossiter: I did; me and my brothers. Just about my whole family was involved. Focus: What got each of you interested in this type of work? Holland: For myself, I was in college at the University of South Florida. The youth soccer program was just starting up in 1977. I had a love for soccer. I played in elementary and junior high school at Berkeley Prep in Tampa. I left there to come to Plant City in 10th grade; the first year that Plant City High School was in their new building. There wasn’t a county soccer program at that time, so when I got out of school I went to Hillsborough Community College and we formed a club team. That was in 1977, the same year that the youth program was starting here in town. So I got involved with that program. That’s where my part-time work with the department started. Then I got involved with the summer programs and then basketball and it just kind of snowballed from there. Haldane: I was the youngest of two and was involved with sports; my dad was an official and my brother played sports, so of course I tagged along anywhere I could. Since my dad was so involved, he got me involved. I went to school at Florida Southern for Recreation Management and here I am. Rossiter: When I started here out of high school, just working part-time, I was helping Deborah and really had no

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idea I’d still be here. Then when I got into this department working with special events, I just fell in love with it. I had a lot of fun. To me, seeking sponsorships is a lot of fun. I also work with CBS radio doing their events and everything just kind of fell together and I’ve been doing it ever since. Focus: What is new with the Parks and Recreation Department? Haldane: We diversified. I was doing a lot of the events when Rossiter started. But in the last few years since Stephen went full time, more of the special events are on him. We keep trying new programs at the Planteen. Our new Center Supervisor, Chris Washburn, has done a fantastic job bringing in new classes, like the Tai Chi class, the belly dancing class and Yoga. Our MLK center took on the Christmas in the Park event. La’Tosha Lewis is the Center Supervisor there and she did a fantastic job. Ivan Brooks is the Athletic Coordinator at the MLK center and is getting ready to start an adult basketball league. And since Ivan came on board, he’s also been taking some of the youth to the First Tee center in Lakeland.

we have a good crowd. The afternoon block is tough to fill, but the center is doing really well. Shane Johnson is our Tennis Pro and he’s got programs going from beginners and up and they’re doing quite well. Focus: A couple of years ago there was talk of plans for the tract of land immediately west of the stadium on Park Road. Are those plans underway? Holland: That’s the Urban Forest. That tract of land has wetlands that we can’t use for activities. We will have some type of walk-

Focus: How are things moving along with Ellis-Methvin Park? Holland: We’re in the process of developing the new park, just south of the Otis Andrews Park on Cherry Street and Wilder Road. There will be 8 soccer fields, 4 multi-purpose baseball/softball-type fields, a pond with a fishing pier, benches and pavilions for passive recreation and lots of parking. We’re hoping to break ground on that this spring or early summer – definitely this year. We’ve obtained two different grants from the State of Florida; the Florida Recreation Development Assistance Program - $200,000 from them with matching money from the city, and the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which is a federally funded program administered by the state – another $200,000 grant matched by the city. So we’ve got $800,000 that we’re working with to get the park started. This money will get the complex usable, and then later we’ll add amenities to it; field lighting, a concession stand, restrooms and things like that. Focus: Is the new tennis center meeting your expectations? Holland: The Plant City Tennis Center is doing really well. In the mornings and evenings

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Focus: I would imagine that after working with children for so many years that you’ve all seen some interesting situations. Haldane: When I worked with the Polk County Parks and Recreation Department we had a fishing derby where a child hooked her mother in the ear as she was casting her line. Holland: In the youth soccer program we start with 4-year-olds. Some of the kids are older 3-year-olds. There will be times when they’re out on the field doing whatever and they just decide that they want to go over and see mommy and daddy. We actually had one child that decided he had to go pee, so he just dropped his pants and did it right there. There are things that happen with kids that you just can’t script. One of the neat things for me after being here for 30 years is seeing the children that were here years ago come back with their own children. There are also kids that we’ve worked with that we’ve kind of taken under our wing; troubled kids, kids in one parent families who need the other role model. We try to point them in the right direction, and many more times than not, it’s a positive. And sometimes these kids will come back later and say, “Wow. If you hadn’t done what you did…” That’s very rewarding. Focus: If someone wants to get involved, whether as a coach or referee, or whatever, what is the process?

way around the wetland areas, but the rest of the property will have pavilions and picnic areas. We used that tract of land this past year for our Halloween event – Jack-O-Bury. We had about 3000 people go through it and we tied that in with a kiddies program – Trick-orTreat Pirate Island at Plant City Stadium. We put that on in conjunction with WQYK radio. They brought over the pirate ship and there were stations for the kids to run around and collect candy.

Holland: There are multiple ways to contact us. You can just stop by the recreation centers or call our administrative office at 813-6594255, but we’d really like to push our website. It is www.plantcitygov.com/rec which will take you to our home page and everything you could want to know to get involved. It contains information on programs we offer, and even some independent programs that we do not administer, like Plant City Dolphin’s tackle football, if those programs provide us their information. If you or your children would like to get involved in something fun that will give you memories and valuable learning experiences for the rest of your lives, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department. They’re wonderful people and they’re working hard to make our community a better place to live.


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W.B. Herring and the Central Pharmacy his activities shortly before his death in 1926.

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he Camellia Rose Tea Room and Gift Shop is the latest occupant in the storefront located at the historically popular southeast corner of Reynolds and Collins Streets. That site is best known and remembered as White’s Central Pharmacy. Paul Gary White (1887 – 1950) came to Plant City in 1902, at the age of fifteen. After graduating from Plant City High School, he attended the Max Morrison School of Pharmacy in Macon, Georgia, completing his degree in 1908, and returned to Plant City to work with his brother-in-law, Wesley Benjamin (“W.B.”) Herring. Paul White became owner/proprietor of the Central Pharmacy in 1912 and operated the drug store until his death in 1950; Paul’s wife, Bertha Hull White (1889 – 1964), then managed the drug store until her death in 1964. Paul and Bertha Hull White’s sons, Jack Hull White and James Richard “Dick” White, both graduates of the University of Florida School of Pharmacy, purchased the Central Pharmacy from the estate in 1964; they expanded the business in 1971, adding “The Other Brother Card and Gift Shop.” Paul White was creative and personable. He spent many hours at the store, which became known as the

place “Where Paul White Stays.” The store opened at 7 a.m. and closed at 11 p.m. He made his own ice-cream for the busy soda fountain, made his own “simple syrup” and added the flavors. The Central Pharmacy was known for the small pretzel hung on the straw in glasses of Coca-Cola, or, the favorite – Cherry Smash! A popular spot after school, cars parked on both Collins Street and Reynolds Street for “curb service.” Wesley Benjamin, “W.B.”, Herring, (1871 – 1926), began his career as a teenager, working for C.S. Lowry, who ran a drug store, (Lowry’s Drug Store), at the southeast corner of Collins and South Drane Streets. In 1891, W.B. was admitted to the School of Pharmacy at Northwestern University in Illinois, attending night classes and working during the day to pay expenses, and graduated and obtained his license in 1893. Following this, he operated a drug store in Wildwood, Florida, and one in Plant City. W.B. Herring married Lelia Stewart White in 1896, shortly after purchasing the drug store from Lowry, who returned to medical school to become a doctor. Herring became one of the leading druggists and a leading citizen until illness curtailed

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In 1904, W.B. recruited John Walter Alsobrook, a recent graduate of Vanderbilt University’s School of Medicine, and set up Dr. Alsobrook’s practice in a lean-to building added to the current drug store. Herring’s Drug Store was destroyed by the raging fire of October 1907, taking with it the Plant City Opera House that had been housed on Herring’s second floor. Herring rebuilt on the site, constructing a two-story brick building. A fire in 1910 destroyed part of the building, including the second floor which housed The Courier and the newspaper lost most of its files and equipment. Herring rebuilt again, and the second floor became the office and private hospital for Dr. T.C. Maguire, (1881 – 1954), who arrived in Plant City about 1908 and practiced until about 1950. In 1908, W.B. purchased a second drug store from S.C. Wells, located in the three-story Wells Building on Collins Street. He renamed it Central Pharmacy and moved it to a building he constructed for it at the southeast corner of Collins Street and Reynolds Street. Dr. Alsobrook moved into the quarters on the second floor, set up his office and “hospital”, and practiced here for nearly forty years. Herring also helped organize the Bank of Plant City in 1908, and was involved in the construction of the two-story brick building adjacent and to the south of the Wells Building. This was the first home of the Bank of Plant City. W.B. was also involved in real estate; he grew and marketed cotton, and later established the W.B. Herring subdivision on North Wheeler Street. The city later purchased Courier

Field from the Herring estate. He also served Plant City’s council and was mayor 1912-1913. In 1912 he organized the First National Bank of Plant City and located it in a building he constructed at the northeast corner of Collins and Haines Streets. Having many interests and investments, W.B. sold an interest in Herring’s Drug Store to one of his druggists, Will Griffin, and Dr. T.C. Maguire. He also sold the Central Pharmacy to his brother-in-law, Paul G. White. About 1919 he folded the First National Bank into the Bank of Plant City and moved the Bank of Plant City to the site of the Central Pharmacy, relocating the drug store one door to the south. Then, in 1920 he helped organize Farmers and Merchants Bank and located it in a new brick building constructed on the northeast corner of North Drane and Collins Streets, later the site of Hooker’s Department Store. When W.B. died in 1926, he was operating the Herring Finance Company and owned a number of commercial buildings along Collins Street and throughout the downtown area. After the Bank of Plant City closed, about 1929, the Central Pharmacy moved back to its corner location at Collins and Reynolds and remained there until it closed in 1991.

Sources: Plant City Photo Archives, Inc., Plant City Photo Archives’ Oral History Project 2007, Quintilla Geer Bruton and David E. Bailey, Jr., Plant City; Its Origin and History. 1984, and Mr. Louis McGrath.


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side of Trapnell Road just east of Walden Lake. Nestled in a picturesque setting of trees, pastures, and a small pond, Walden Reserve boasts 52 gorgeous home sites and is the perfect sought after location. Walden Reserve combines the charm of historic Plant City with the convenience of living just 10 minutes from Brandon. Paragon Homes’ designs offer a sense of comfort and elegance in which the homeowners can live, work and relax. The designs are luxurious, spaciously balanced and are perfect for growing families

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or those who simply demand a bit more room. From the large lots and brick paver driveways to the classic lamp-posts in each front yard, this subdivision offers an array of pleasing features for those who appreciate the details. Located near three top-ranked schools (Walden Lake Elementary, Tomlin Middle School and Plant City High School) security for a family goes well beyond the community’s gated entrance. Jeni Eldridge Chatraw is the Home Mortgage Consultant with Wells Fargo, who partners with Paragon Homes in the selling process.

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“Paragon Homes is a notch above other builders I work with, for the simple fact that they focus on their customers and make sure they’re completely happy,” she commented. Kendra Waterman, one of the dedicated on-site Sales Associates at Walden Reserve says, “We have many creative financing opportunities available for people looking to move into this area. Also, we do not have CDD fees in Walden Reserve, only a $350 annual HOA fee.” With a history built on experience and integrity, Harvey Tucker


bath countertops, upgraded kitchen and bath cabinets, upgraded floor and wall tile and exterior stone elevations. The largest of the floor plans currently offered is the Fletcher II at 3390 square feet of living space, which includes all of the above plus four bedrooms, four bathrooms, a spacious upstairs bonus room with a breathtaking balcony, decorative tile inlay in the foyer, an upgraded front door with a glass inset, custom interior paint throughout, custom interior trim work and acrylic decking on the lanai.

(President and Founder of Paragon Homes) has one goal: to ensure Paragon Homes far exceeds its home-buyers needs and expectations. “Paragon Homes started in 1998,” said Craig Contos, Sales Manager for Paragon Homes. “Both Harvey and his brother Riley Tucker, our VP of Land and Production, have been building in Eastern Hillsborough County specifically since the 1970’s, so there’s a combined experience of over 60 years in this region.” Contos continued on regarding himself and the entire Paragon Homes staff, “Most of us grew up around here, so we’re very familiar with the area, and we care about this community.” One family who knows just how much Paragon Homes cares is the Dickey family. Yolanda Dickey was nine months pregnant through the closing process, and had nothing

but good to say about working with Paragon. “The house is wonderful, and it was a great transition,” she enthused. “I would recommend the company to anyone. Any time there was an issue, I had an immediate call back; they were so attentive to our needs! I never had to chase anyone down…they never missed a beat.”

“Paragon Homes built my home,” commented Kelly Rivera, another dedicated onsite Sales Associate at Walden Reserve. “Seeing their work first-hand greatly influenced my decision to come work for them.”

Now is the time to check out all Walden Reserve and Paragon Homes has to offer! They currently have four “move-in ready” homes for sale and are offering great PreGrand Opening pricing on these homes. Prices start in the 300’s. They hold an Open House each weekend from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. The sales office is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sundays. Walden Reserve is located on the north side of Trapnell Road between Turkey Creek Road and Mud Lake Road, just east of Walden Lake. For more information, call Kelly or Kendra at (813) 754-3513, or visit their website at www.ParagonHomesFL.com.

There are currently six floor plans to choose from in Walden Reserve: the Fletcher II, Holly II, Avalon, Jacaranda, Live Oak I, and Live Oak II. They range in size from 2421 square feet up to 3390, all with a minimum of four bedrooms and three baths. All homes offer a bonus or media room option, threecar garages, and plenty of storage space. Standard features include Corian brand kitchen and master

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The Walden Lake Review As of this printing, the Walden Lake Community Association Membership Meeting would have taken place. It was scheduled for April 12th. There are amendment changes that will have been voted on, as well as elections to the Board and for the Officers of the Board. I will report the results in the next Focus Magazine.

Association dues are not paid, the association puts a lien on the property and begins the legal process of collecting the dues. This puts your home in jeopardy and the assessment will then include all attorney fees and court costs. Walden Lake has

We should see work being done by the lake for the new Butterfly Garden soon. The grass is being sprayed and will be removed and planting will begin. The Plant City Garden Club is assisting the Association with this project. Also, the new irrigation along Timberlane from Trapnell Road should be completed soon. The Board would like me to remind the residents that if the Homeowner’s

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been able to keep the Association dues very low. If you were to check around at other communities with similar amenities, you would see that Walden Lake is a DEAL! Walden Lake Golf & Country Club

is looking forward to a great summer. The pool is opened and they are offering a seasonal membership from April 15th through October 31st. This membership will include the pool, fitness center, social activities and discounts on golf. A family membership is only $450 plus tax. WLG&CC is also offering summer camp for ages 6 through 17. You can choose from swim, tennis or golf camp or do a combo program of all three. There is a new swim coach, Tom Schmelz, who is the head swim coach for Florida Southern. He is also offering swim lessons and instruction as well as the coach for swim camp. For more information on the seasonal membership or summer camps, call Sherry at 752-1171, extension 221.


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ricing a home is perhaps one of the most controversial steps to the real estate process, and can often become a point of contention between home-owner and realtor. The difference between the time and money you’ve poured into your home and what the market says your home’s value is may be far apart in your mind, and that can lead to a lot of confusion and hurt feelings. The balancing act here is clear. If you price your home too low, it will sell very quickly, but you will lose some of the equity you’ve worked so hard to build up in your property. If you price the house too high, your home could sit on the market for an extended period of time, and while you may end up getting more than a low-ball offer for the home, you will have to go through months of waiting to do so.

Establish Your Needs By telling your realtor exactly the kind of real estate transaction you are looking for, you can make the pricing process much easier on your agent. If you are looking for a speedy transaction above all else, your realtor may feel a bit better about pricing the home aggressively. You may not get as much as you could for the property, but the pricing technique would fulfill your primary objective. Conversely, if you are more than prepared to wait out a better price, tell your realtor that this is the case. The default strategy for many realtors is to set the price of your property a little higher than what the market would really dictate with the knowledge that it can always be lowered later if interest is not sufficient. You can support this strategy if you make it clear that you don’t mind the wait.

Keep Your Competition Close Pricing a home is most often an exercise in determining where the property fits amongst all of the other homes on the market. If your home is a little bit nicer than one priced at $300,000, maybe your realtor can use that as a basis to price it at $320,000. The actual process is much different, but the idea is basically the same. However, when your realtor does this comparative market analysis, make sure that all factors are taken into account. It is, of course, possible for a home near yours to be overpriced, and if you put too much credence on that one comp, you could similarly overprice your property. Make sure that your agent is doing the proper homework to include not only homes on the market, but those that have sold and those that have been withdrawn, while paying attention to the time spent on the market for each. FOCUS PLANT CITY EDITION • April 15, 2007 - May 15, 2007 • PG 78


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The Littlest of These KIMBERLY’S INFANT CARE CENTER GIVES INFANTS SPECIAL ATTENTION the center, are also added perks the facility has to offer. The babies at Kimberly’s Infant Care Center must graduate from her facility by their third birthday. Currently Kimberly’s houses two 2-year-olds (the oldest) and many one year olds, all the way down to 12 weeks (the youngest), making 14 in all.

Infants up to age three are welcome at Kimberly’s

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imberly Garrett remembers when her two children (now ages 15 and 20) were tiny, and the joy it was for her to be at home with them on a daily basis. However, Kimberly also knows that these days the benefits of a stay-athome mom are not always possible for every family to experience. For those who do not have family members or resources to hire an in-home caregiver, what options are left when maternity leave is up and mom must return to work, leaving baby behind?

tor with years of experience and training in childcare), Lucille Reece (with years of motherly experience) and Annete Kessler (with years of motherly experience and retired from the Hillsborough County school system.)

According to Kimberly, there is a shortage of child-care centers with infant openings. This is a growing problem; many care centers are no longer accepting infants. Because of shortages in openings, and after years of looking for the right place to open a facility to house only infants, Kimberly’s Infant Care Center opened on January 8.

“I’ve always been a stay-at-home mom, a babysitter for everyone,” Kimberly continued. “I also do foster care for infants. Babies are my passion, and there is such a great need.” Kimberly also feels her infant care center is safer for the little ones in the sense that there are no older kids bringing in germs from schools or other more-grownup places. Her facility has split air systems to limit the amount of air shared between the smallest baby and the biggest toddler. Air purification systems in each room to kill germs and viruses, and cameras to monitor every room from inside

Although the date may seem recent, there are already a good number of families who place their tiny tots in the hands of Kimberly and those who assist her. The staff consists of Jessica Lyons (assistant direc-

“I don’t want this to feel like a day care center to the kids,” Kimberly commented, as she gazed around a room decorated with a beach theme. “I want them to feel at home here. I want them to feel like they’re in their own nursery.”

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Kimberly says it really is harder on the moms than on the babies to leave them in her care. “The moms call throughout the day to check on their babies,” she commented. “I have moms who cry when they leave them here in the morning, too, and I just try to comfort them as best as I can.” During the day the tots enjoy activities like music time, dress up, alphabet games and outdoor time. Although her experience is already extensive, and the hours for her business are long (6:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays) that’s not enough for Kimberly, who is currently enrolled in a class to learn even more about

Kimberly with one of her tiny tots

The décor of Kimberly’s is meant to be more like home than daycare

curriculum for the youngest of students. “They’ll be at school soon enough,” she said, smiling down at a two-year-old. “Here they just need to learn how to play. I treat them all like they are my own kids. And the parents know that. They know they aren’t just here sitting in a playpen. They’re being held and they’re being loved on, just like they would be at home.” To experience and tour the facility at Kimberly’s, just stop by at 605 South Drane Street in Plant City, no appointment needed, or visit their web site at www.Kimberlysicc.com.

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SPORTS

BASEBALL

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame SEASON BEGINS FOR PLANT CITY LITTLE LEAGUE

All photos are from Spring Training Camp and the First Little League game of the season at Mike Sansone Park

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n 1938, Carl Stotz had no clue when he organized a baseball league for children in his hometown of Williamsport, Pennsylvania that nearly 70 years later his idea would become the world’s largest organized youth sports program with 200,000 teams, in all 50 U.S. states and in more than 80 countries. Youth from league age 5 to 16 kicked off another season with opening day ceremonies February 17th at Mike Sansone Park. According to league president, Dave Byars, Plant City is the home to the second oldest Little League program in Florida. Former major league AllStar pitcher, Rip Sewell, a resident of Plant City following his retirement until his death in 1989, was instrumental in getting Plant City’s Little League charter approved in 1953. The year that Plant City fielded its first teams was also the first year that the Little League World Series was televised, with Jim McKay handling the live broadcast and Howard Cosell handling the radio duties.

Since then, Plant City Little League has grown to more than 750 boys and girls competing in baseball and softball. “Never turn a child away,” has been the motto for Plant City Little League over the past few years. Everyone who attends the try-outs is placed on a team, regardless of their skill level. No one is ever refused because of their finances. Byars is especially grateful for local businesses that carry the burden of sponsorship with their generous donations. Byars also related that “Plant City Little League All Star teams have always been formidable in post-season play and three teams have become state champions. The 1995 National League Major Boys (11-12 year olds), the 2002 Major Girls, and the 2002 Minor Girls (9 -10 year olds) all captured state titles. The 2002 Major Girls team missed competing in the Softball World Series by one run.” Several changes have posed some challenges this season. A new pitch

count rule aimed at limiting the number of pitches a child throws in a game, a precautionary measure geared toward protecting a child’s arm from injury, has been instituted. Additionally, this year Plant City is experimenting with their schedule by starting the season following the Strawberry Festival and spring break. In the past, the season began a few days following opening ceremonies, but this year almost five weeks elapsed before the first game was played on March 26th. This enabled teams to have more practice time before the season began and it also allowed for uninterrupted play, rather than having competition suspended during the festival and spring break. During spring break, a three day Spring Training Baseball Camp was conducted at Mike Sansone Park to give Little Leaguers the opportunity to hone their skills before their first game. This camp was a joint effort of the Plant City Patriot Baseball Association made up of six travel

youth baseball teams, the Plant City Little League, and the Parks and Recreation Department of Plant City. It was led by former major league pitcher Jim Osting and former minor league pitcher and present coach of the Plant City High School Raiders, Mike Sodders. Byars feels that having youth involved in Little League, “helps build character. Baseball teaches kids about life. They learn that life is about winning and losing, about working as a team, being a part of an organization, having a respect for others, and excelling together for a common goal.” Most weeknights and Saturday mornings until the end of May, Mike Sansone Park will be overflowing with youth and their families enjoying time together as adults work with young people in an effort to reemphasize the initial goals of its founder, Carl Stotz, “sportsmanship, fair play, and teamwork.”

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HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

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e’s the guy that everyone’s got their eyes on at the game - the hub of the baseball field, and in his third year of playing for the Raider team, you’re sure to have heard of Aaron Gerbasi. Well known for his long standing position as pitcher, he’s really done an outstanding job of it, and has only made his coach, team, and all of the Raider fans proud.

Before playing for the high school, baseball was still “his sport”, and Gerbasi, now 17, was a part of the Plant City Little League from the age of 8-13, as well as playing for a few travel teams, such as the Plant City Spurs and Tampa Bay Raiders. The position he holds now has always been his niche. “He’s the dominant pitcher, and has pitched against some of the best teams in the district,” said Coach Sodders, “He’s carried the team.” Although Gerbasi is home schooled himself, he and the guys on the field are close. From practicing every day after school to coming together for games, it would be hard not to become good friends. “It’s like another family,” he said of the team, “We have a lot of fun together.” Although the team is made up of a great group of athletes, it’s certain they’d all agree that Gerbasi is someone they couldn’t do without. When asked if baseball holds a spot in his future, he does plan to continue with the game in college, wherever that may be. And as far as the pros, he’s “going to have to see what happens.” Gerbasi has done and is doing an excellent job as pitcher for the Raider baseball team, and the best of luck to him, and the team, as they finish off the year!

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come out of place). Sometimes overhead athletes acquire instability over time due to repetitive stress. When the problem is instability, the cartilage in the shoulder called the labrum can become injured. The treatment for instability varies with the number of instability episodes, the age of the patient, the activity level of the patient and if there is damage to the labrum. In the older population, rotator cuff problems are typically the cause of pain. Note ROTATOR CUFF, not rotary cup. The rotator cuff is a group of 4 muscles surrounding the shoulder joint. A rotator cuff tendonitis and bursitis is a frequent cause of pain. Typically there is pain in the front of the shoulder, pain with over head activities and is usually achy in nature. Sometimes there is a specific injury and other times there is not. Not to worry, there are lots of treatments for this problem. The first course of

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Are You Dry Rotting? cells that live mostly for a few weeks or months, die and are replaced by new cells in an endless cycle...even your bones dissolve and are replaced, over and over again. A few stem cells in each organ and your brain cells are the only ones that stick around for the duration...

Dr. Henry S. Lodge is on the faculty of Columbia Medical School and is co-author of “Younger Next Year”. The Parade magazine recently published an article written by Dr. Lodge. I think it explains one of the most compelling reasons to exercise, be happy, and eat well that I have seen in writing. The habit of eating well, regular exercise and maintaining a positive mental attitude not only prolongs life, but improves the quality also. As Dr. Lodge writes, “Most aging is the dry rot we program into our cells by sedentary living, junk food and stress.” Again, to quote Dr. Lodge, “The hard reality of our biology is that we are built to move. Exercise is the master signaling system that tells our cells to grow instead of fade. When we exercise, that process of growth spreads throughout every cell in our bodies, making us functionally younger. Not a little bit younger - a lot younger. True biological aging is a surprisingly slow and graceful process. You can live out your life in a powerful, healthy body if you are willing to put in the work. Let’s take a step back to see how exercise works at the cellular level. Your body is made up of trillions of

You replace about 1% of your cells every day. That means that 1% of your body is brand-new today, and you will get another 1% tomorrow. Think of it as getting a whole new body every three months. It’s not exactly accurate, but it’s pretty close. Viewed that way, you are walking around in a body that is brand new since Christmas, new lungs, new liver, new muscles, and new skin. Look down at your legs and realize that you are going to have new ones by the Fourth of July. Whether that body is functionally younger or older is a choice you make by how you live. You choose whether those cells come in stronger or weaker. You choose whether they grow or decay each day from then on. Your cells don’t care which choice you make. They just follow the directions you send. Exercise and your cells get stronger; sit down and they decay. When you exercise, your muscles release specific substances that travel throughout your bloodstream, telling your cells to grow. Sedentary muscles, on the other hand, let out a steady trickle of chemicals that whisper to every cell to decay, day after day after day.” Dr. Lodge reports that men who go from sedentary to fit cut their risk of dying from a heart attack by 75% over five years. Women cut their risk by 80%! He also writes that both men and women can double our leg strength with three months of exercise, and most of us can double it

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again in another three months. According to Dr. Lodge: “The other master signal to our cells equal and, in some respects, even more important than exercise, is emotion. One of the most fascinating revelations of the last decade is that emotions change our cells through the same molecular pathways as exercise.” Exercise is one of the leading methods we have to reduce stress. Exercise increases those feel good endorphins that make us feel good. I have often remarked that if I could bottle and sell the emotional high after a good workout I would be worth millions. People who exercise usually eat a much better diet. It goes back to what Dr. Lodge said at the beginning; “Most aging is just the dry rot we

program into our cells by sedentary living, junk food and stress.” Several months back I wrote some articles about how we think and how we can change our thinking. If you would like copies of these articles I can email them to you. Please contact me at: curvesplantcity@aol. com (subject: Focus Article). We are each responsible for our exercise habits, our emotional well-being, and our diets. There is no one who can do any of this for us. So why are you still sitting there reading this? Get up and go exercise, find something to be joyful about and eat well. Start today. I leave you with my usual wish for each of you; to your health, Sherry Nueesch.


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The Killer of Teenagers Have you seen them along the highway? Makeshift memorials seem to be popping up everywhere you go. In urban areas you see them at nearly every major intersection. It is a fact we cannot escape. Car crashes have claimed more lives than all the wars we’ve ever fought. They affect more people than cancer or heart disease. And here’s the stat that brings me to tears: car crashes are the number one killer of teenagers. We’ve all known someone who died before their time. When I was a freshman in high school, three of my sister’s close friends were killed in an accident as they headed out of town for the wedding of a favorite teacher. It was grisly. The funerals were anything but comforting. High school kids visited the crash site on weekends, keeping vigil. You didn’t know what to say to the surviving brothers and sisters in their families. For months afterwards, everyone seemed to drive more carefully, or at least talk about driving better. But inevitably, as teens, we all think we are going to live forever, so the speeding and drag racing and general horse play returned.

When I finally saw the flashing lights, my heart sank even deeper.

Back to the present day; last week I saw no less than three cars with the letters “R.I.P” and a name and a date written in white shoe polish on the back windows. All three of the victims were just 16 years old. That translates into a mom and a dad who will never know a full day of happiness ever again. That translates into lost teens gathering at crash sites trying to come to grips with the unthinkable. In many of these accidents the teen drivers are directly at fault. Nearly one third of all teen deaths occur in single vehicle accidents. Alcohol is involved in another third of the accidents. Teenagers just don’t have the skills and reaction time of older drivers. It’s not their fault. It’s just a fact. And you wonder why many states would like to raise the legal driving age to 17? My own daughter had a terrible accident a couple of years ago in which her car was totaled. I will never forget her call to me, her voice quivering, the sound of sirens in the background. She was okay, but needed me to come get her at the crash site. Traffic was backed up for about a mile as I laid on my horn trying to get there as soon as I could. The traffic reporter on the radio said a car was on fire on the side of the road. Dear God, don’t let that be my daughter’s car. Please, let me get through the traffic! When I finally saw the flashing lights, my heart sank even deeper. The car was crushed into the ditch. Steam was still pouring out of the buckled roof and the rear tie was completely sideways in the crumpled frame. The other car was in a million pieces all over the roadway. My daughter was wrapped in a blanket, sitting on the rear bumper of the ambulance. As our eyes met, we both started crying. I have never been so thankful in my entire life. She was all right and that’s all that mattered. Which makes it all the more difficult for me to see those markers and read the stories on the news of accidents that didn’t turn out well. These aren’t just names, but real people who lived and loved and laughed and had dreams to fulfill. I cannot imagine the pain a parent must feel driving past their child’s fatal accident site. Some tell me the place is special because they feel that’s where their loved one crossed over into heaven. Others say they feel the spirit of the lost loved one’s lingering, as if to say, “I’m okay. It’s alright!” It just reminds me how precious life is; how complicated and treacherous it can be on our highways; and how teenagers and cars have always made for a dangerous, yet unavoidable, mix.

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Welcome to my first article written from the perspective of a City Commissioner elected to represent the citizens of Plant City. FOCUS Magazine has invited me to become a regular contributor to allow you an opportunity to learn about all sorts of issues affecting the city. As I intend to address items of interest from my point of view, I thought it would be a good idea to share with you a little bit about myself. My wife, Wendy, and I moved to Plant City in 1985. We both graduated from USF in 1981, the same year we were married. I have an Accounting Degree and am a licensed CPA. We have two adult children, Andrew and Pamela, who both graduated from Plant City High School and currently attend HCC (Andy) and USF (Pam). I have worked for Sunshine State Federal Savings and Loan Association for 22 years and am their Executive Vice President & Treasurer. Wendy recently “retired” from teaching high school English at Durant to pursue writing and volunteer activities. My family is very active at First Baptist Church and I serve with many community organizations such as the Kiwanis Club, South Florida Baptist Hospital Foundation, and the Boys and Girls Clubs. Early last year I was diagnosed with a melanoma (cancer) inside my left eye, which required removal of the eye. Fortunately, the cancer was contained within that eye and no further treatment was required. God has been very good to me and I am forever grateful for all the prayers, cards and calls I received from my friends in Plant City. Recently I had my first annual PET scan since the surgery to determine if there was any additional cancer. I am very relieved that this important test revealed no cancer.

The five commissioners serve staggered, three-year terms and represent the entire city...

That’s enough about me for now. I would like to tell you a little about the people who I serve with on the City Commission. The most senior member and our Mayor, John Dicks, has an attorney background, but travels throughout the world as a professional speaker. John and I have been friends for a long time, as our oldest sons were in the Boy Scouts together and both received their Eagle Scout rank at the same ceremony. Our Vice-Mayor, Rick Lott, is a fascinating entrepreneur who has varied business interests in auto sales (Lott-Mather), office equipment (Zeno) and medical supplies (Matrix Medical), to name but a few. Mary Thomas-Mathis works for the school system at Marshall Middle School and Bill Dodson is an executive at Florida Brick and Clay and is married to a former Strawberry Festival Queen, Sylvia. Our newest member, Dan Raulerson, is a partner in a local CPA firm and will be sworn in at our first meeting in June. He will be replacing John Dicks who decided not to seek reelection after nine years of public service. The five commissioners serve staggered, three-year terms and represent the entire city, meaning none of us represent any particular section or area within the city limits. The city uses the City Manager form of government, which means the Mayor runs the commission meetings, but has no administrative day-to-day functions. Instead, the commission hires a City Manager as its executive to carry out the direction set by the commission. In addition, the commission hires the City attorney and the City Clerk. All other hiring and personnel matters are handled by the City Manager. I look forward to future articles where I will delve into the issues affecting the city and its citizens and describe further the role and duties of a commissioner. God Bless.

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proclaims, “I love it! Outside of preaching, teaching and my family, this is where I love to be, and I love what I do here.”

A little over four months ago, Pastor Evonn Reaves of the Wisdom Center Place of Fellowship Church (located at 2303 Mud Lake Road) had an idea he believes was straight from God; a way to bring money in to the church to build a new and desperately needed facility.

Reaves has been in the ministry for 12 years, and it was no surprise to him that opening this restaurant posed very few problems. “For the most part, the city and the people who owned this building, everybody cooperated, and here we are.”

“I had no idea I was going into the restaurant business,” Reaves chuckled. “It just turned out this way.” Having never been involved in food service at all, Reaves now

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Pastor Evonn Reaves

area, “barbeque southern soul food cookin’, which means you’ve got your collards, you’ve got your smothered pork chops, you got your baked chicken, you’ve got your beef tips, you’ve got your pulled pork, you’ve got your ribs, lima beans, baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad…you’ve got all of this.” The meat is smoked using either wood or coal, directly in back of the restaurant where a large fenced piece of land offers more expansion room for the future. However, the Wisdom Center Smokehouse already has a few indoor expansions planned for the near future.

While on a tour of the facilities, Reaves pointed out rooms that will eventually become a nail salon, barber shop and clothing closet for the needy. Although the top three requested items are the sweet potato pie, the ribs and the greens, the restaurant is open to anybody who loves good food, and Reaves states, “Can’t nobody do collards and ribs – just for the record – like we can!” With the convenience of eat-in or to-go always available, as well as the ability to cater for your event, the Wisdom Center Smokehouse has it all, in a relaxed and peaceful atmosphere. Reaves summed it all up by saying, “It’s an unforgettable experience where your taste-buds are concerned!”


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A chorus line of friends formed when The Bachelors sang “New York, New York.”

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Be sure to reserve with friends now for the “Doo-Wop Weekend,” the coolest happening in town on April 27th, 28th, and 29th. Classic cars, contests for best dressed and great dancers, a Saturday afternoon Beach Blanket Bingo poolside party, and entertainment by some of Doo-Wop’s greatest groups await those smart enough to make reservations early. This is sure to be a weekend party that may evolve into an annual tradition. Call 813752-3141 or visit their wonderful website at www.ramadaplantation. com to discover top-drawer fun in Plant City. A delightful meal, great music and future memories await you!

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PLANT CITY APRIL 15, SUNDAY: The Beginner Round Dance Ball will be held from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Strawberry Square. For more information, call (813) 752-0491 or visit their website at www.floridadanceweb.com/strawberry.

APRIL 19, THURSDAY: You won’t want to miss the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce “Business After Hours.” It’s being held at the brand new City Crossings Plaza on James L. Redman Parkway, just south of Sonic. This is a free event and open to the public. All we ask is that you call the Chamber at 754-3707 to RSVP. Art Class will be held at Coffee 101 in downtown Plant City, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. For more information, call (813) 659-0101 or visit www.espressyourself101. com.

APRIL 20-21, FRIDAY-SATURDAY: The Florida Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union is bringing their 2007 Celebration of Missions to the First Baptist Church. Admission is free and all are invited, men and women, from the entire state of Florida. The celebration sessions are Friday, 1:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., and 6:45 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. For more information call 759-1897 or email lucille31hall@tampabay.rr.com. The Ms. Dixie’s Aurora Music & Performing Arts children’s theater performance of High School Musical will be held in the Shiloh Baptist Church gymnasium, 7:00 p.m. Friday and 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Saturday. For more information, please call (813) 717-9575.

APRIL 20, FRIDAY: Ralph Allocco and The Second Wind will be in performance at the Ramada Inn Plantation House in the Red Rose Dining Room. For reservations call 813-752-3141 or visit the website at www.RamadaPlantation. com. Drum Circle will be held at Coffee 101 in downtown Plant City. For more information, call (813) 659-0101 or visit www. espressyourself101.com.

APRIL 21, SATURDAY: The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce Strawberry Classic Car Show will be celebrating its 10th anniversary. Because this is a special event, the starting time will be 2 p.m. instead of the usual 4 p.m. There will be displays by Plant City Fire & Rescue and entertainment by Kenney Flint & The Rough Diamond Band at 4:00, 5:30, & 7:00 p.m. Admission is Free. There will be a 50/50 drawing, lots of vendors and remember, the specialty shops and restaurants in Historic Downtown Plant City will stay open for

this great family event in McCall Park. For more information, contact the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce at 813754-3707 or log onto www.plantcity.org. The Monthly Kid’s Night Out will take place at the Planteen Recreation Center for Children ages 6-11 from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. The cost is $5 per child and includes three hours of chaperoned evening activities, including watching movies, playing games, doing crafts and eating pizza. If you have any questions about the monthly Kid’s Night Out, call the Planteen Recreation Supervisor, Christine Washburn at 813-757-9166 during the day or email her at cwashburn@plantcitygov. com. The 20th Annual Rainbow Ball is being held at the Red Rose Ballroom at the Ramada Inn Plantation House, from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. This gala benefits the Plant City Rainbow Learning Program. Plant City’s very own Charleene Closshey will emcee and perform at the event. For tickets and information, call Jessica Whisenant at 673-4646, ext. 225. The Flamingos will be in performance at the Ramada Inn Plantation House in the Red Rose Dining Room. For reservations call 813-7752-3141 or visit the website at www.RamadaPlantation.com. Antioch Days Parade and Event Day will take place on the campus of East Thonotosassa Baptist Church on Knights Griffin & Machintosh Rd. The event features a parade, exhibits, crafts, machinery, and hay rides to help attendees step back in time to relive what early settlers faced here in East Hillsborough County. Admission is Free. For more information call 924-6251 or send an email to pastorjim@etbchurch.org. The Edge Student Ministries of Church on the Rock of Plant City will be having its 8th Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 21st at 7:15 at Walden Lake Golf Club (2001 Clubhouse Drive, Plant City). Call the church office at (813) 752-3740 with any questions or to register for this event. The Plus Level Square Dance will be held from 7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. at Strawberry Square. For more information, call (813) 752-0491 or visit their website at www. floridadanceweb.com/strawberry. Musical guest Grande Tourismo will be at Coffee 101 in downtown Plant City. For more information, call (813) 659-0101 or visit www.espressyourself101.com. There will be instructional Heart Saver CPR from 8 to 10 a.m. in the Community Conference Room of South Florida Baptist Hospital. Registration and pre-payment required -- $25. Please call (813) 7544444.

APRIL 22, SUNDAY: Church on the Rock of Plant City will be offering the movie “Facing the Giants,” on the big screen to the community at 6:00 p.m. Free admission to all, and free soda

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Event Calendar & popcorn will be offered while supplies last during the movie’s intermission in the church’s fellowship hall. For more information, please contact the church office at 752-3740.

Art Class will be held at Coffee 101 in downtown Plant City, from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. For more information, call (813) 659-0101 or visit www.espressyourself101. com.

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APRIL 27- 28TH, FRIDAY-SATURDAY:

Infant and Car Safety Checks from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the South Florida Baptist Hospital Main Lobby. Appointments required – Free. Please call (813) 754-4444.

APRIL 24, TUESDAY: South Florida Baptist Hospital is offering Cholesterol Screenings (Total, HDL and Glucose) from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Community Resource Center (South Florida Baptist main hospital lobby). No appointments necessary - $20.

APRIL 25, WEDNESDAY: Infant and Car Safety Checks 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the South Florida Baptist Hospital Main Lobby. Appointments required – Free. Please call (813) 754-4444.

APRIL 26, THURSDAY:

Ramada Inn Plantation House hosts the Doo-Wop Weekend Extravaganza in the Red Rose Dining Room. Special Guests include The Legends of Doo-Wop and Joey Dee along with The Mystics, The Crewcuts and Destiny. For reservations call 813-752-3141 or visit the website at www.RamadaPlantation.com.

APRIL 27, FRIDAY: It’s time once again for the IKON Children’s Classic Golf Classic. This year’s event will be held at the Walden Lake Golf & Country Club. Check in registration takes place starting at 11:00 a.m. All participants are in for a fun-filled day with many activities including a clubhouse lunch provided by Fred’s Market Restaurant, access to practice range, beverages, Hole-In-One, Closest to Pin, Longest Drive and Putting Contests. Gold gets underway with a shotgun start – 4-person scramble starting at 12:30 p.m. Following the afternoon of golf, participants will be

APRIL 29TH The internationally-acclaimed Tampa Bay Children’s Chorus will be performing a free community concert in Plant City on Sunday, April 29, 2007 at The Evangelical Presbyterian Church, 1107 Charlie Griffin Drive, Plant City. The concert will begin at 2:00 p.m. Admission is free, and donations to support the chorus will be accepted. The concert will feature a variety of classical and multicultural music performed by some of the area’s most talented young singers. The Tampa Bay Children’s Chorus, founded in 1989 by Dr. Averill Summer, is dedicated to providing outstanding music enrichment and education opportunities for children in grades 3-12. Through the study and performance of quality music literature, our program allows children to develop poise, confidence, and self-discipline through participation in the performing arts. For more information, please call 813-977-5558 x 1 or visit www.TBCChorus.org.


PLANT CITY treated to a poolside steak dinner with awards and door prizes to follow. If you’d like information on being a tournament sponsor or player, contact Jack Vasconcellos at 813-757-1286. Walden Lake Elementary will host its annual Eagle Extravaganza from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. Come join the fun at this exciting event, featuring a wide variety of fun carnival games and activities for children. In addition, a silent auction will offer “one of a kind” offerings of artwork and projects created by classrooms. Proceeds from the Eagle Extravaganza go towards updating school technology, as well as other school-wide needs. For more information contact Walden Lake Elementary at (813) 757-9433. Musical Guest Pedro Santana will be at Coffee 101 in downtown Plant City. For more information, call (813) 659-0101 or visit www.espressyourself101.com.

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MAY 3, THURSDAY: The Plant City Community Expo and the Taste of Historic Plant City will be combined for the first time at the new John R. Trinkle Center and Hillsborough Community College. The event is open to the public with free admission to the Community Expo. There will be over 70 loyal businesses showing off their latest products, services, and information. The taste of Historic Plant City is sponsored by The United Food Bank of Plant City and you will be able to enjoy samples of food from the menus of local restaurants. Wristbands will be available at the door at a cost of $12 or in advance for $10 at the Chamber, The United Food Bank, and Photo Archives. For more information you can contact the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce at 754-3707 or 800-760-2315. Information is also avail-

donation you will receive a Fairy Princess Makeover by Cosmetology Students, and for a $20 donation you will receive Salon Services by The Artistry and Salon 607. This event is being held in memory of Megan Carpenter. Salon service tickets for the event can be purchased from the Artistry or Salon 607. Fairy Princess Makeover tickets can be purchased from PCHS Cosmetology by calling (813) 757-9370 X 238 or e-mailing laurel. ritenbaugh@sdhc.12.fl.us.

The Plant City Photo Archives is hosting their annual event, “An Evening of Picture Perfect Memories,” at the Red Rose Ballroom, Ramada Inn Plantation House. For tickets and information, call 754-1578.

MAY 5, SATURDAY: Ralph Allocco and The Second Wind will be in performance at the Ramada Inn Plantation House in the Red Rose Dining Room. For reservations call 813-752-3141 or visit the website at www.RamadaPlantation.com.

PJ Leary and the Las Vegas Sounds will be in performance at the Ramada Inn Plantation House in the Red Rose Dining Room. For reservations call 813-752-3141 or visit the website at www.RamadaPlantation.com.

MAY 13, SUNDAY: There will be a Mother’s Day Buffet held at the Ramada Inn Plantation House in the Red Rose Dining Room. For more information, call (813) 752-3141 or visit the website at www.RamadaPlantation.com.

The Plus Level Square Dance will be held from 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Strawberry Square. For more information, call (813) 752-0491 or visit their website at www. floridadanceweb.com/strawberry.

APRIL 30, MONDAY Infant and Car Safety Checks 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the South Florida Baptist Hospital Main Lobby. Appointments required – Free. Please call (813) 754-4444.

MAY 1, TUESDAY: Bruton Memorial Library will be hosting a learning session “Hands on Searching the Internet.” The two sessions take place at 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. and the deadlines to register end one hour before the program begins. For more information call the Bruton Memorial Library at (813) 757-9215. The South Florida Baptist Hospital Diabetes Support Group Series meets from 5 to 6 p.m. Call (813) 757-8202 to register.

MAY 2, WEDNESDAY: Enjoy a fun-filled morning at Remedi MediSpa & Chiropractic Center’s Ladies’ Morning Out! Dr. Jeffrey Dunn, D.C. invited everyone to attend this exciting special event from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Indulge in mimosas, coffee and festive breakfast goodies, tour the state-of-the-art medispa and learn more about Remedi’s many beauty and health enhancing services. Each guest will receive a complimentary gift, may register for a door prize and can take advantage of special discounts available for that morning. For more information please contact Remedi Spa & Chiropractic Center at 752-2440.

MAY 12, SATURDAY The Plus Level Square Dance will be held from 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Strawberry Square. For more information, call (813) 752-0491 or visit their website at www. floridadanceweb.com/strawberry.

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Ralph Allocco and The Second Wind will be in performance at the Ramada Inn Plantation House in the Red Rose Dining Room. For reservations call 813-752-3141 or visit the website at www.RamadaPlantation.com.

MAY 4,5,11 & 12

The National Space Society is proud to announce its third annual Space Day event. The event is free and open to the public. It will include prize giveaways, contests, experiments, free drinks and snacks and presentations by the co-founder of 4Frontiers, Mr. Joe Palaia and NASA’s Director of the International Space Station/Spacecraft Payload Directorate, Mr. Russell Romanella. This year its grand prize package includes a Maximum Access Pass to the Kennedy Space Center! The event will be held May 19th, at the Bruton Memorial Library from 10:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. For more information contact Jason Rhian at (813) 235-3983 or by email at jaserhian@hughes.net. able on the Chamber’s website at www. plantcity.org. National Day of Prayer will be celebrated in several places around the city with the theme of “America, Unite in Prayer.” A Prayer Breakfast will be held at Shiloh Baptist Church with speaker Sheriff David Gee. Sheriff Honor Guard tickets for this event are $5 and a table of 8 is $40. The City Hall Hour of Prayer will be from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Evening Hour of Prayer will be held at the Plant City Church of God from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

MAY 4, FRIDAY: The Plant City High School Cosmetology program will host a benefit for the PCHS Relay for Life Team from 6:00 p.m. until midnight at the PCHS Stadium. For a $10

The Plus Level Square Dance will be held from 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. at Strawberry Square. For more information, call (813) 752-0491 or visit their website at www. floridadanceweb.com/strawberry.

MAY 11, FRIDAY: Plant City Recreation & Parks Department will be hosting a Teen Night at the Planteen Recreation center for teens ages 12-15 (Middle School). The event will include pizza, music and fun from 7:00 – 11:00 p.m. For more information, call Planteen Recreation Supervisor, Christine Washburn at 813-757-9166 during the day or email her at cwashburn@plantcitygov. com.

Steel Magnolias will be performed by Plant City Entertainment, Inc. at the Hillsborough Community College Trinkle Center, at 8:00 p.m. May 4, 5, 11 & 12. Ticket prices are: $10.00 General Admission and $8.00 Seniors 55 and older AND students through 12th grade. Tickets available at the door prior to each performance. Group rates are available by calling Hardee’s Fashions at (813) 754-4929. Individual advance tickets may also be purchased at Hardee’s Fashions about 2 weeks prior to the play’s opening.

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