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CONTENTS | November 2012 | Volume 11 Issue 11

14-16 Talk Of

The Town

18-41 Local 42 Did You Know? 44 Plant City Chamber Of Commerce

50 Spotlight:

Christine Miller

55 2012 FOCUS

Holiday Shopping Guide

86 Sports 88 Athlete Of The Month

91 Baseball Team Of The Month

100 Enduring

Friendships

103 Candy’s Corner 107 Recipe of the Month

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ONTHECOVER Photo by Anthony Sassano

Christine Miller Executive Director of United Food Bank of Plant City


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LETTER FROM THE PUBLISHER

Welcome to the month of Gratitude and Thanksgiving. Are you thankful the elections are over? Whether your candidate won or lost, don’t miss reading Al Ruechel’s commentary “If I Were King” as a good wrap up on changes he’d make to the entire political campaign process. We think he’s on to something. No matter the results, life goes on … and now we can all get back to being grateful for everyday things like family, work, food and shelter, and faith in the future. If you haven’t yet read the book, A Simple Act of Gratitude by John Kralik, I highly recommend you do. His true story, subtitled, “How Learning to Say Thank You Changed My Life” contains some powerful life lessons. One was a simple spelling lesson. During the process of writing one thank you note a day for a whole year, Kralik discovered he’d been misspelling grateful all his life. He writes, “I had been spelling it as if a greatful person was a person full of greatness, rather than a person full of gratitude.” It’s a quick read and I promise, one you’ll never forget. You might even want to consider it for those on your Christmas list. This issue includes special stories about people and events that make Plant City such a heartwarming place to live. We hope you’ll enjoy reading about the annual Pioneer Days and Veterans Day celebrations, as well as the story about the Kicklighter family’s adoption of Ethiopian children. In addition to the feature focused on local businesses, you won’t want to miss the story of a local’s new invention for bowlers that’s quickly becoming the talk of that industry. The November spotlight shines on Christine Miller of the United Food Bank and we’re proud to announce that Tommy Warnock is the well-deserving first recipient of the annual Mike Storter Award presented by The Youth Alliance. Thank you, Plant City readers, for sharing your lives with us and for supporting these and other local efforts. You’re great encouragers and for that, we are especially grateful. May this Thanksgiving season be one of your best ever.

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Strawberry Festival Announces Part of Everyday Hero! it’s Headline Talent Gary Wishnatzki for 2013 Talk of the Town

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Gary Wishnatzki, owner of national produce grower and marketer, Wish Farms, was chosen to be one of Bay News 9’s Everyday Heroes for his work in the Tampa Bay community and dedication to the Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA). This organization provides quality child-care and early education for the children of migrant farm workers and rural, low-income families throughout Florida. Since 1997, Gary Wishnatzki and Wish Farms have raised over $330,000 for the RCMA.

“I still stay in touch with some of the first recipients of our scholarship,” said Gary Wishnatzki. “It makes me proud to see all the good they are doing in the community and how they can pay it forward.” Prior to Gary’s involvement at RCMA, the Wishnatzki family started a scholarship fund at the University of South Florida College of Education to assist the funding of a graduate degree for a student from a migrant or seasonal farm worker family. Through this program, he recognized an imminent need to help the younger generations with their education in preparation for college. “It’s such a good feeling to be able to give back to these children,” said Gary Wishnatzki. “I think America is about giving people opportunity and I feel that everyone should have a chance to succeed in this country.”

Partial list of Headline concerts being held at the February 28-March 10, 2013 Florida Strawberry Festival. Concert tickets prices have not yet been announced. All headline concerts are performed on the Wish Farms Soundstage at the Florida Strawberry Festival. Tickets go on sale Monday, December 3 at 8 am. Thursday, February 28, 2013 3:30 pm: Chubby Checker 7:30 pm: FOREIGNER Friday, March 1, 2013 7:30 pm: Casting Crowns Saturday, March 2, 2013 7:30 pm: Justin Moore Tuesday, March 5, 2013 3:30 pm: Bobby Vinton 7:30 pm: Martina McBride Wednesday, March 6, 2013 3:30 pm: Neal McCoy 7:30 pm: Trace Adkins Thursday, March 7, 2013 7:30 pm: Brantley Gilbert Friday, March 8, 2013 7:30 pm: Scotty McCreery Sunday, March 10, 2013 7:30 pm: Blake Shelton *all dates & acts subject to change

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LOCAL » FOCUS Sized Business, Large Business and Special Business. Each nominee is presented through a brief video in which owners briefly describe their business and share a few things they feel make theirs unique.

Steve Solomon, WorkComp Partners, accepts the Growing Business award. Photo by Amy Nizamoff

THEY BUILT THEIRS… LOCAL BUSINESSES AND BUSINESS OWNERS EARN RECOGNITION WRITTEN BY: BRIAN WEST

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012 marks the 20th anniversary that the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce and the Plant City Economic Development Council have recognized local businesses through the Business Awards banquet.

Center, located on the Plant City campus of Hillsborough Community College. Former Mayor and current City Commissioner Dan Raulerson served as emcee for the evening and Catering by the Family treated guests to a great meal.

The event recognizes exemplary community This year’s event was held Thursday, contribution of businesses in five categories: November 1st at the John R. Trinkle Growing Business, Small Business, Mid-

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charities can opt to advertise with a run of 10,000. Nominees for Large Business were Gordon Food Service – specializing in food service for restaurants and schools; Paradise, Inc. – a local landmark for fruit processing and packaging; and Stingray Chevrolet – one of the largest Chevrolet dealers in Central Florida. This award went to Paradise, Inc., with Randy Gordon accept the award for the company. Gordon shared that the employee count at Paradise can range from about 175-275 depending on the season, but he was already looking forward to getting back to the office that next morning, calling everyone together to celebrate the win.

This year’s nominees for Growing Business were: Helicon Foundation Repair – specializing in foundation repair work resulting from sink holes; Plant City Handyman – performing all kinds of handyman work but offering a unique home maintenance plan that allows customers to pay a monthly fee; and WorkComp Partners – specializing in insurance for injured workers. WorkComp Partners was named the winner with owner Steve Solomon accepting the award by thanking his staff and family for all their support. Finally, Plant City Entertainment, Inc. was recognized as the Special Business of The nominees for small business were: the year. Plant City Entertainment has Brewington’s Towing & Recovery – a delighted and entertained for years through family owned business with a few decades community theatre presentations. Dodie of experience; Homestars Insurance White, President, was on-hand to accept – specializing in auto, home, business the award. It was a great experience to see life and flood insurance; and On-Site White’s reaction. She was truly surprised. Accounting – offering general accounting services and more the unique “forensic Sponsors play a big role in making this kind accounting” services. Brewington’s Towing of event possible. Brown’s Floral Shop, and Recovery won this category and a very Hillsborough Community College, CF excited David Brewington was there to Industries, South Florida Baptist Hospital, accept the award. Suncoast Community Health Centers, Sunrise Homes, Jarrett-Scott Ford, Bright Mid-size Business nominees were GT House Networks, Dinosaur World, Inc. Grandstands – designs and builds custom and Sunshine State Federal Savings and grandstands for venues all over the nation; Loan were supporters of this year’s event. Mi Casa Mexican Restaurant – serving Al Berry and J-Slac Nursery were “in-kind” fresh and authentic Mexican food; and sponsors, with Berry spending many hours Myers Cleaners – a dry cleaning service interviewing the candidates and editing the located on Grant Street. Myers Cleaners video used in the presentation. was also a winner and a very humble Greg Myers accepted the award and thanked Congratulations to all each of the nominees his staff and daughter for their support. and winners. Myers offers a very unique way to advertise by using the paper shoulder cover. Local


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LOCAL » FOCUS verses like those she creates for her children and grandchildren. The family lives to embrace their destiny using the four M motto: Master, Manual, Mindset and Mission. She explained that with God as master and the Bible as life’s manual, one’s mindset is always prepared to “think like a servant and focus on eternal things.” She encouraged all to “be on a mission of good works.”

Pam Tebow and Pec McGinnes take time for a photo during the Pregnancy Care Center’s Annual Banquet. Photos by: Sherrie Mueller

PAM TEBOW SPEAKS AT CELEBRATION OF LIFE BANQUET A WRITTEN BY: SHERRIE MUELLER AND CHERYL JOHNSTON

near capacity crowd listened spellbound as national spokesperson for the pro-life movement, Pam Tebow, shared her heart through “God stories”, Scripture songs and family memories at this month’s annual Celebration for Life Banquet to benefit the Pregnancy Care Center of Plant City. She spoke also of her decision to go against her doctor’s advice to abort her son. “Timmy.”

answered, as Tim grew and developed into one of the nation’s finest college football players and received the Heisman Trophy as a University of Florida sophomore.

Since that time and as a result of a 2010 Super Bowl commercial featuring Pam and Tim Tebow as mother and son, an estimated 5.5 million people have changed their stance on abortion from pro-choice to pro-life. Despite losing sponsorships and endorsements, Tim remains strong on his After the Tebows’ youngest son Tim was pro-life platform, preferring instead the born premature and malnourished, the eternal rewards of following his God-filled family asked for prayers across the nation heart. for their little one who was diagnosed as “failure to thrive” to become big and Pam emphasized her family’s faith by strong. And obviously, those prayers were sharing “God stories” and singing Scripture

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Bob Tebow, Pam’s husband, was able to attend the fundraiser, too, which is a rarity because of their busy ministry schedules. In his appeal for funds, Bob encouraged everyone to “trust God as He would lead” in their pledge support for the Pregnancy Care Center.

Dr. Peter Alvarez, a Lakeland OB-GYN and Medical Director of PCC of Plant City shared a moving account of his own commitment to pro-life as a young intern, when even before his personal relationship with Christ began, he opted to not participate in the medical procedure of abortion, choosing instead to offer compassionate care to women who had made that choice.

Describing a young abortion-minded mother who chose life after seeing her baby on a sonogram and hearing the heartbeat, Alvarez said, “This experience dispelled the myth that she was carrying simply ‘tissue’ and showed her ‘life’ in her baby, even though she was only a few weeks pregnant.” Alvarez went on to explain that the Center Renovations begun in April and completed desperately needs $22,000 for a new in November 2012 have made it possible ultrasound sonogram machine to replace for the non-profit PCC to serve 1,468 the original that no longer works. clients since the 2011 banquet, more than ever before. The event also provided a reunion opportunity for Pam Tebow and her Following the steak dinner, Davis took time UF Alpha Delta Pi sorority sisters, Pec to thank the many generous donors, service McGinnes and Carol Moody. At evening’s providers and volunteers, calling them “a end, Pam and Bob Tebow graciously gift from God.” She also introduced the greeted guests to sign autographs and take Lovelace family - Scott, Jessica and 7-week- photos. old Brooklyn Faith - who shared the extent to which the Center had helped them this Davis invited everyone in town to visit year. Seventy-five clients attended PCC’s the newly remodeled and refurnished “Earn While You Learn” parenting classes Pregnancy Care Center of Plant City in 2012, more than double the amount last at 304 N. Collins Street and to get year. involved physically and spiritually with the Center’s pro-life work to save babies, Dr. Michael Lewis of Plant City’s First develop families and help clients grow in Baptist Church emceed the “Embrace Christ. Volunteer training begins again in Destiny” themed banquet, while JD and December. Contributors may donate by Angie Woodside of Plant City Church phone at 813-759-0886, online at www. of God provided special music. Al supportplantcitypregnancycenter.org or Higginbotham was pleased to present the by mail to P.O. Box 2552, Plant City, FL Center with a proclamation signed by all 33563. the County Commissioners.


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LOCAL » FOCUS Many essays featured historic facts concerning Veterans Day. For example, Ethan McLeod, a student from Pinecrest Elementary, discussed the significance of the iconic red poppy flowers and the WWI poem, “In Flanders Fields.” Walden Lake Elementary student Jack Maguire highlighted interesting facts. Did you know Roald Dahl, Elvis Presley, Bill Cosby, and Dr. Seuss were all war veterans?

The Springhead Elementary chorus entertains the audience with a performance of “This Flag We Fly.”

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early all Americans agree they wouldn’t be able to enjoy the freedoms they have today if not for the efforts of courageous veterans. To pay tribute to those who have served and are currently serving in the U.S. military, the Hopewell Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens sponsored their 27th annual Veterans Day Appreciation Program at the Veterans Memorial Monument Park located in Courier Field on Saturday, November 10.

Michael Sparkman opened the program, while Florida National Guard Chaplain Ken Kerstetter delivered the invocation and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

card from Navy Lt. Cmdr. Mac Smith, the service concluded with a beautiful rendition of “Taps” by the father-son duo Mitch and Riley Kerwin.

Marsha Passmore, community service coordinator for Hopewell Funeral Home, specifically thanked Blue Bell Ice Cream— who donated frozen treats to student speakers and singers—and the Plant City Photo Archive and History Center, where Other students, like Abigail Ortiz from student essays will be displayed in the Jackson Elementary, focused on family museum’s Veterans exhibit throughout members who served in the military. She November. told a very moving story about her uncle who missed the birth of his daughter “This is a way of furthering what has been accomplished today,” said Passmore. “These because he was fighting overseas. children are our future, but they have Because of this kind of sacrifice, Nathan reflected on our past.” Payne from Tomlin Middle School believes Americans should spend more than one Haney agreed it was important children day of the year honoring veterans: “They were involved in the ceremony. The essays have served years for us and they should be gave them opportunities to interview honored more than one day. Veterans Day or learn about family members who should be a huge celebration. They make us experienced war firsthand. proud, and may we make them proud, too.” “We think this program helps them connect The final speech was presented by PCHS with what Veterans Day is all about,” said freshman Samantha Sun. She encouraged Haney. the audience to not only honor those who have served, but to also pray for those who Even though Veterans Day has passed, continue to take time to honor past and are serving today. present military personnel. In addition to the speeches, the Springhead Elementary chorus, directed by Charla “The freedoms we enjoy should never be Kerwin and Jennifer Burrows, performed taken for granted,” said Passmore. four songs, including “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Apart from the several veterans in attendance, the stars of the program were student speakers from Pinecrest, Bailey, Walden Lake, Springhead, and Jackson elementary schools, Turkey Creek and Tomlin middle schools, and Plant City High School. Each student was chosen by his or her respective teachers to prepare and Hopewell Funeral Home President read an essay about “What Veterans Day After each student speaker received a certificate and a Barnes and Noble gift Edwena Haney and Plant City Mayor Means to Me.”

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Responding to recent news, at the time, in October 2012 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(CDC) that the fungal meningitis outbreak attributed to a Massachusetts compounding pharmacy amounted to 257 cases in 16 states with 20 deaths- and those numbers continue to climb with the possibility that 13,000 patients might have received products from the company- The Foundation for Chiropractic Progress (F4CP), a not-for-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about chiropractic care, today issued a paper: A Safer Approach to Long-Term Relief from Back Pain: Understanding the role of chiropractic care as the first option in providing drug-free,non invasive effective back pain management. The paper also points to overuse of cortisone injections, dangers of addiction to prescription drugs such as Methadone and other opioids for musculoskeletal problems such as back pain and arthritis, as well as mounting evidence that for many patients, surgery is no better at relieving pain than non-invasive care options. “While Americans continue to battle back pain with sophisticated and expensive drugs,diagnostics, physical therapies, and surgical techniques, they are now reexamining the safety of these high-tech, invasive medical interventions-which are often worse than the disease and don’t seem to be getting individuals any closer to relief than then they were decades ago,”says Gerard

W. Clum,D.C., spokesperson,F4CP. “Chiropractic care is a conservative, evidence-based approach, which include manual or instrument spinal care postural advice,excercise and stretching counsel-along with general lifestyle suggestions and feedback-that holds the potential to help individuals avoid these negative outcomes. It may allow individuals to sidestep many of the pitfalls associated with recovering from-or at least managing-back pain,and is fast becoming the first option in providing a drug-free, non-invasive approach.” “While we live in a society where we expect to live painfree, Americans may now be convinced that there needs to be a safer way to address back pain, with chiropractic care becoming the preferred option,” continues Dr. Clum. “Clearly, the use of prescriptions as well of many of the over-the-counter pain products is not only out-of-control, but is also having deadly consequences. Both physicians and consumers have long underestimated and downplayed the damage caused by these medications and to a large extent , ignored the effects of the life-altering addictions that accompanies their utilization.”

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LOCAL » FOCUS floor also housed a 1927 Ford Model T and Florida outdoor living history museum, a military exhibit with old uniforms, news also featured at the Florida State Fair, gave visitors a small glimpse of the pioneer clippings, and propaganda fliers. lifestyle. On the third floor, gowns and crowns from past Florida Strawberry Festival queens “You can learn so much from the past,” said were on display, and visitors could journey interpreter Betty Fletcher.” Whether she’s through a medical museum and railroad making candles or doing laundry the oldfashioned way, “it’s fun showing how we exhibit. lived in the past.” People of all ages enjoyed examining historical artifacts and learning more about Other forms of entertainment included their heritage, including Nicholas, Joshua, performances by the Strawberry Express and Matthew Jones along with their Cloggers, Dancing Connection, NRG, Dunn Deal, and many more on the outdoor grandparents Kay and Jack Jones. stage. In addition, the Pioneer Heritage “[My grandchildren] are proud to be at least Sweetheart Pageant, conducted by Inner sixth-generation Plant City area residents,” Beauty Concepts Director Sheri Lynne said Kay Jones. “Their great, great, great, Ray, took place in the second floor school great grandfather’s last name was Alderman auditorium. from the Alderman’s Ford area.” It is apparent the EHHS-sponsored Outside of the museum and among the event was successful in communicating countless craft vendor booths, visitors the importance of preserving the past, but could learn even more about the past from maybe the greatest achievement of the day costumed interpreters and skilled artisans was its ability to bring families together, at the Cracker Country tent. This rural giving them an opportunity to better understand and appreciate one another.

Photographer Richard Denton, along with his wife Betty Denton, a chair caner, showed off their unique skills at the Pioneer Heritage Festival. Photo by: Amanda Furmage-Deck

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he East Hillsborough Historical Society, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of the historical and cultural heritage of Plant City and eastern Hillsborough County, allowed visitors to take a step back in time by sponsoring the 35th annual Pioneer Heritage Day Festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 10. The celebration took place at the 1914 Plant City High School Community Center, a National Register Historic Site and perfect place to experience the development of Plant City.

“The idea behind this event is to focus attention on our past and give people an opportunity to step back in time,” said EHHS board member Jim Pollard. The second floor of the school was filled with artifacts and antiques of local and regional significance, including items from Magnolia Pharmacy, Plant City Growers, and Black’s Department Store. Additionally, curious visitors could view old schoolhouse memorabilia (including collections of real PCHS class rings and yearbooks) and vintage clothing, household items, furniture, and photographs. The second

Nicholas, Joshua, and Matthew Jones enjoyed surveying the historic artifacts displayed throughout the 1914 Plant City High School. These 6th generation Plant City residents came to the Pioneer Festival with their grandparents Kay and Jack Jones. Photo by: Amanda Furmage-Deck

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Kiwanis Club volunteers are looking forward to serving up an all-youcan-eat pancake breakfast again this year on Sat., December 8. Photo by: Earl Burkett

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anta Claus will be taking a break from his routine shopping mall tour again this holiday season to participate in Plant City’s traditional winter festivities. After starring in the Christmas parade on Friday night, Jolly Old St. Nick will make a quick morning pit stop at the downtown Plant City Community Bingo hall for the second annual “Photos with Santa” event on Saturday, December 8 from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.

Along with telling Santa what’s on their Christmas lists, children will be able to get a picture with him for $10. And for just $5 more per person, families can feast on delicious all-you-can-eat pancakes and sausage. The event is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Plant City, and as always, all proceeds will be donated toward a great cause. Throughout the year, the Kiwanis Club of Plant City organizes different fundraisers to help children in the community. In August, for example, the volunteer organization raised thousands of dollars during a backto-school campaign to help purchase new school supplies and book bags for students in need. They also arranged drop-off sites at area businesses where giving individuals could donate new, much-needed materials.

Furthermore, the Kiwanis Club hosts a “Secret Santa” program each year where volunteers purchase gifts for elementary school students. The “Photos with Santa” event will help college-bound high school students. “The goal of this fundraiser is to raise enough money to give out to the Plant City area high schools in the form of scholarships,” said Michael Lopez, club vice president. Over 50 children received an 8x10 photograph with Santa Claus last year, and many more Plant City residents attended the all-you-can-eat breakfast. Lopez hopes even more will come out to the event this December so the Kiwanis Club can increase the amount of scholarships they can provide to deserving high school students. Through all of their combined fundraising efforts in 2011, the volunteer organization touched over 6,000 children in the area. Make this holiday season about giving. Help the Kiwanis Club assist even more children in 2012 by visiting the downtown Plant City Community Bingo hall on the second Saturday morning in December.


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2013 DURANT CALENDAR GIRL W confidence of each young lady. Contestants were well prepared and the audience showed much interest in their answers. However, one contestant’s answer made the audience respond with excitement. Her answer was unique and strong. When Courtney Linsenby spoke of Tyra Banks as her person of choice, “Because she taught Durant High School’s 2013 competition her that it doesn’t matter what size you are was held Friday, October 19, 2012 in the in order to have beauty,” the crowd went school auditorium. Family and friends wild. Continuing, she said she owed her looked on admiringly as 43 contestants confidence to Tyra. Then she walked across paraded down the aisles and onto the stage the stage with such confidence and poise, it to show off their beauty and glamorous was obvious her answer was heartfelt and attire. The selected judges watched intently, meaningful. Lisenby was later announced looking for their choice. as Miss January. hether it’s the glamour, the dressed up experience, the pampered treatment, or just good ole competition, the high school Calendar Girl Contest is always an exciting event to attend.

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The 2013 Calendar Girls are: Cover Girl, Sara Kate Snapp; Miss January, Courtney Lisenby; Miss February, Haley Smith; Miss March, L’Achelle Jean Jacques; Miss April, Macaley Barrow; Miss May, Zuhaily Smith; Miss June, Marissa Thompson; Miss July, Michaela Day; Miss August,

Lauren Mosher; Miss September, Nikki Haonaker; Miss October, Madison Astin; Miss November, Alexis Johns; Miss December, Vanessa Braico. Once again, the DHS Calendar Girl Competition was a huge success.

Each contestant introduced herself to the audience after walking through a saber sword salute presented by the Durant Saber Sword Team. Then members of The Gentleman’s Club of Durant escorted each contestant onto the stage to model while their information was read aloud to the audience.

Sara Kate Snapp was announced as the calendar’s Cover Girl. The finger snap she used when introducing herself connected with the audience and she also showed grace and beauty that glowed on stage. To the win, Sara responded, “I was already crying. I have been a participant for three years. I was overwhelmed with excitement.” Sara is the daughter of Scott and Karen Snapp After the 25 finalists were called out, and serves SCHS as the “Spirit Stick Girl,” those contestants responded on stage among other involvements which include to the question: “If you could choose Brandon Allstars cheerleading, the LEO anyone in the world to narrate your life, Club, Future Farmers of America, Students who would that be and why?” This part All Connected, Best Buddies, Young Life, of the competition shows the poise and and Grace United Methodist Youth Group.

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Miss January Courtney Lisenby

Miss February Haley Smith

Miss March L’Achelle Jean Jacques

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Miss May Zuhaily Smith

Miss June Marissa Thompson

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Proud FFA members of Tomlin’s team display their first and third place ribbons won in the recent Forestry District competition. (Back row) Cameron Hinton; (Center row, L-R)): Brien Johnston, Daylon Flowers, Bailey Stallard, Eric Gruber, McKenzie McCullough and Jacob Richie; (Front row, L-R): Jacob Sweat, Ethan Fernandez and Shaun Sullivan.

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wo teams from the Turkey Creek FFA chapter earned accolades and ribbons at the recent 2012-2013 District Forestry Career Development Event (CDE), held October 16 at the Hillsborough River State Park. The purpose of the Forestry CDE is to stimulate student interest in forestry, to promote forestry instruction in the agricultural education curriculum, and to provide recognition for those who have demonstrated skill and competency as a result of forestry instruction. This event is made possible by a strong partnership between the Florida FFA Association and the Florida Division of Forestry. Turkey Creek’s B team consisting of Bailey Stallard, Eric Gruber, Ethan Fernandez, and Daylon Flowers placed 3rd overall in the District. The A Team consisting of Cameron Hinton, Brien Johnston, Jacob Richie, and Shaun Sullivan won 1st place overall.

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Jacob Richie won 3rd place high individual for Tool Identification. Brien Johnston won 2nd place high individual for Compass and Pacing. Cameron Hinton won 1st place in Timber Cruising, 1st place Tool Identification, 1st place General Knowledge, 2nd place Tree Identification, and 3rd place in Compass and Pacing. The team and their advisor, Ms. Allison Sparkman, will travel to the State FFA Forestry CDE on November 15 and 16 in Perry, Florida. Sparkman said, “I couldn’t be more proud of these students. Their hard work and efforts are a credit to our chapter and I believe they will represent us well at the state competition.” Turkey Creek FFA would like to offer special thanks to Arthur Clothier, Jim Fleming, R. J. Nathe & Son, Inc. (Dade City) and all the foresters and businesses that make it possible for students to compete at no cost to them.


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BILLY KEEL ACCEPTS APPOINTMENT AS PLANT CITY COMMISSIONER WRITTEN BY: CHERYL JOHNSTON

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lant City native and community activist Billy Keel accepted the appointment as Plant City Commissioner to replace the vacancy created as a result of Dan Raulerson’s recent election as Florida State Representative. In filling the vacancy, the 43 year-old Keel will serve until June. At that time he plans to file and run for election to a following three-year term with the City Commission. The University of Florida graduate (1991Business Finance) lives in Plant City with his wife Donna and sons Justin, 18, now attending Santa Fe College in Gainesville and Bryson, 13, an 8th grader at Tomlin. Together with his strong family, Keel enjoys UF games, saltwater fishing and traveling. Although his work as Chief Financial Officer and Partner in Matrix Medical keeps him very busy, Keel believes making time to serve the City he loves is important. Having been heavily involved in the community for “years and years,” his positions have included director and past chairman of the Plant City Chamber of Commerce. Currently, he is President

of the Plant City Noon Rotary Club and continues in his 12 years of service as an associate director of the Florida Strawberry Festival. With regards to City government, Keel served as chairman for two of his five years on the planning board. Additionally, he now serves on the Police and Fire Pension board. Previously, he has also served on various other committees for the City, including a time as chair for the sign ordinance review board. As to the appointment, Keel said, “I’m proud to have this opportunity. The city commissioners were looking for someone who was already up to speed on City operations and I’m pleased to be appointed and ready to serve.” Regarding his love for our community, Keel said, “What I really love about Plant City is the real sense of community here. In so many other cities, you don’t find that cohesiveness. Everyone here is willing to get involved, to help out, to do their part. And I am very grateful for another chance to do mine.” FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY NOVEMBER 2012

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LOCAL » FOCUS officials, teachers and coaches, other youth and civic leaders, and the list goes on and on. None of us are accomplishing anything alone. Mike Storter was a tool of God in my life.” Tommy added, “2 Corinthians 1:4 says God comforts us so we can offer comfort to others. God doesn’t give so we may have, but that we will, in turn, minister the same to those He sends our way. That’s what Mike Storter did and that’s what I am trying to do.” Laura Storter called the Gala “an amazing event.” She explained, “We were so humbled by the entire night and overwhelmed by everyone’s generosity. Mike would be so happy that Tommy received the first award. They were truly best friends. When I told Mike about the Gala and award before he died, he was extremely humbled and grateful.” Before dinner, attendees collected autographs in the “Meet and Greet” with pro athletes and offered silent auction bids for some serious sports memorabilia. The youthful NRG (Next Radical Generation) entertained with their audience-engaging performance of “Beautiful.”

Tommy Warnock, first recipient of the Mike Storter Award, said, “None of us are accomplishing anything alone. Mike Storter was a tool of God in my life.” He also credits his wife Pam for “calling our family to a higher standard” of service and faith.

JEANS AND JACKET GALA AWARDS 1ST ANNUAL MIKE STORTER AWARD TO TOMMY WARNOCK

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pproximately 300 generous supporters enjoyed the inaugural Jeans and Jacket Gala at the Strawberry Festival Expo Hall on October 27, 2012 to benefit The Youth Alliance (TYA).

Pasco, and Polk counties. TYA teambuilder/teacher and COO Mike Nelson hopes to make an even greater impact because he and his wife Peggy dream big.

Tommy’s efforts as a church staffer since 1983 and as PCHS football team chaplain are well known. As he and wife Pam accepted the award, he credited Storter’s constant mentoring efforts, saying, “I certainly thank Mike Nelson and Youth Alliance, but mostly for seeking out those who love and invest in our kids and especially for honoring Mike Storter as the award’s namesake.”

Gala special guests included radio host Mark Cook, former Tampa Bay Lightning Annually and nationally, the 501(c)3 non- player Jassen Cullimore and inspirational profit organization presents encouraging speakers such as former Harlem assemblies on character, choices, and Globetrotter Seth Franco, Reggie Dabbs, motivation to approximately 1.5 million Chris Hollyfield and former Tampa Bay students and their families. Through Buccaneers Anthony McFarland, Earnest He continued, “This award is really not collaboration with qualified teachers, Graham and Tony Mayberry. about me. I’m just a clod kicker from counselors, executives, musicians, Memphis who has been afforded an professional athletes, clergy and business Tommy Warnock, associate pastor at Plant overwhelming opportunity to be used of owners, TYA inspires students to City’s First Baptist Church, was honored as God in a place like this, Plant City. So, accomplish goals and encourage them to the 1st annual recipient of the Mike Storter Jesus Christ is my reason. As far as any discover, develop, and apply their strengths, Award. Designed to spotlight someone accomplishments, all have been due to talents and abilities. who works tirelessly to encourage local great partnerships with wonderful people youth, as Storter did, this recognition is along the way. I also credit Pam for calling In the weeks surrounding the Gala, speakers destined to become a community tradition. our family to a high standard. Many others addressed 30 schools in Hillsborough, help: church staff and members, school

From his experience volunteering alongside the PCHS football staff, Nelson knew Plant City folks would be supportive. “We were extremely pleased to honor Mike Storter and his family and to recognize Tommy Warnock, a long-term giver and encourager to our youth. We also appreciated the community embracing our goals to inspire youth to become all they can be, despite obstacles that might stand in their way.” Thankfully, as Reggie Dabbs explained, “Accomplishing big dreams is a team effort. We can’t all do everything, but we can each do something.” To help, contact Nelson via e-mail to Mike@youthalliance. com or phone 1-888-480-SJYA. Mail taxdeductible donations to P.O. Box 5017, Plant City, FL 33563.

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Anthony Cogswell invented the Equalizer, a mechanical bowling aid for those with physical disabilities and injuries.

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“Equality, for them, is to use an Equalizer in former bowlers back to the lanes. His already established leagues with their family product has already helped hundreds and friends,” said Anthony. of individuals, including those who use wheelchairs or suffer from arthritis, carpel For the first time in seven years, the tunnel, and joint pain. Equalizer inventor hopes to join a league at Family Bowl in January. However, it’s Anthony is also working with Plant City already so popular that he was placed on the resident Sharon Flowers to establish an waiting list. Anthony believes others who Equalizer fundraiser at Family Bowl for can’t bowl traditionally but want to join the Wounded Warriors. The event would give league with an Equalizer are waiting as well. former military personnel the opportunity to participate in a challenging activity, build Because Plant City holds such as special camaraderie, and be social. Anthony also place in his heart, Anthony hopes Family hopes to form Wounded Warrior Equalizer Bowl will be home to the first Equalizer leagues that would allow participants to get league: “For something to come out of together on a weekly basis. It is apparent the Plant City this big, I wanted to share it with possibilities are endless with the Equalizer my hometown first—the first leagues, the and its ability to get people bowling again. first units. My hometown is the reason I’ve accomplished this. They all inspire me to do “You go out to do something great, and you this, always giving me the right words of end up doing something greater. I believe encouragement.” the Equalizer is bigger than just a bowling device,” said Anthony. As interest in a possible Equalizer league builds, Anthony is committed to bringing

BOWLERS BACK TO THE LANES WITH HIS UNIQUE INVENTION WRITTEN BY: AMANDA FURMAGE-DECK

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fter an unfortunate accident, Plant City resident Anthony Cogswell could no longer participate in his family’s favorite pastime—bowling. Holding the heavy ball and performing the complex motions forced too much pressure on his injured right arm.

the ramp serves a great purpose, allowing individuals with physical disabilities to bowl, it’s not accepted in leagues and tournaments. Realizing the need for an approved mechanical aid, the inventor took his product to the United States Bowling Congress where rulemakers granted bowlers with disabilities and inhibiting injuries permission to use Equalizers in leagues and tournaments. The USBC agreed Anthony’s device didn’t add to or take away from a bowler’s delivery.

However, Anthony refused to be defeated by his disability. With a “don’t tell me I can’t” attitude, he invented a solution— “the Equalizer,” a handcrafted device that allowed him to play the game he loved without pain. He immediately took this new gadget to the local bowling alley and Since its inception, Anthony has donated put it to the test. countless Equalizer products to area alleys and bowlers. The product is currently being “Initially, I made the Equalizer for myself,” offered at all three Pin Chaser locations and said Anthony, “but then other people started Plant City’s Family Bowl—like the ramp— coming up to me saying ‘I haven’t bowled for no rental fee. since my injury’ or ‘I haven’t bowled since my surgery.’” Anthony’s latest goal was to create an Equalizer league at Family Bowl. However, Anthony donated unit after unit to hopeful he had to reroute his approach to better bowlers until he finally faced his first real serve the demands of his customers. competition, the bowling ramp. Although

Anthony Cogswell takes a shot at the pins using his Equalizer.

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LOCAL » FOCUS The National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame recognized Mr. Smith, Jr. with the Distinguished American Award. He lives in Tampa and serves now as Chair Emeritus with Carlton Fields, a firm of 300 lawyers with multiple offices. Prior to the game, Dub and Pec McGinnes hosted a dinner at their home for classmates and friends of Mr. Smith. The Plant City Photo Archives had a complimentary display of pictures from the 1942-43 era as well as early childhood pictures of Mr. Smith. Mr. John Germany, the 2011 Hall of Fame inductee and member of the PCHS Class of 1940 took part in the festivities as well. At the dinner, Mr. Germany was presented a 2012 PCHS Yearbook that contained pictures and a write up of his induction.

Reece Smith, Jr. stands with his PCHS Hall of Fame plaque. Photo by: Sherrie Mueller

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Plant City High School is proud of the accomplishments of its graduates. To nominate a graduate for the PCHS Hall of Fame send in a letter or resume of the individual to Hall of Fame, Plant City High School, One Raider Place, Plant City, FL 33563.

Congratulations to William Reece Smith, Jr. for your many accomplishments and your for legal assistance to the economically continued love and support of the Plant disadvantaged. This service to mankind City community. earned him many Humanitarian Awards. He served as Chair of the Florida Commission on Post Secondary Education.

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the Plant City High School Hall of Fame in a presentation made by Principal Colleen Richardson. They were joined on the field with Mr. Smith’s son, William Reece Smith III. The crowd celebrated the occasion with a standing ovation and the students chanted over and over again, “Reece . . .Smith . . . Reece . . . Smith . . . Reece . . . Smith.” A William Reece Smith, Jr., Quarterback for beaming Mr. Smith acknowledged the the PCHS 1942-43 football team and Joe crowd with a wave and was truly touched Brown, the Co-Captain of the 1942-43 by his warm welcome back to PCHS. team, participated in the coin toss to begin the football game between Plant City High The announcer for the presentation gave School and East Bay High School. As some of the highlights from Mr. Smith’s they stood at centerfield the announcer three-page resume. He graduated first in exclaimed that the1942-43 team was one his class from the University of Florida of the most celebrated teams in school Law School. He was selected as a Rhodes history. The most notable accomplishments Scholar and studied at Oxford University in were the defeat of powerhouse Plant High England. He is the only American to have School and the success that 10 of the 11 been President of the Hillsborough County starters from the team became college Bar Association, the State of Florida Bar graduates. Mr. Smith went on to play Association, the American Bar Association quarterback for the University of South and the International Bar Association. Carolina and played in the first Gator Bowl He traveled the world as President of the for the Gamecocks. Mr. Brown played for International Bar Association. Georgia Tech and now resides in Atlanta, but he made the trip to Plant City to Mr. Smith served our country as an Ensign celebrate with his classmate. in the United States Navy. He served as Interim President of the University Between the first and second quarters of of South Florida. He has 12 honorary the Homecoming Game, Mr. William Doctorate Degrees. He contributed Reece Smith, Jr. was officially inducted into numerous hours developing programs lant City High School Homecoming 2012 had an extra special flair this year as members from the Class of 1943 gathered for a reunion and celebration because one of their own was inducted into the PCHS Hall of Fame.

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Classmates attended a dinner in honor of Reece Smith. Seated Bonnie Ellis, Reece Smith,Jr. and Joe Brown. Standing: John Germany (2011 Hall of Fame inductee) and Hilman Bowden. Photo by: Sherrie Mueller


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LOCAL » FOCUS has not affected who he is as a person, but instead, has significantly influenced the people around him, especially those who knew the difficulties he faced along the way to his achieving his dream.

Viewings are scheduled this month at Shiloh Baptist Church and Greater New Hope Ministries. In addition, Cooper will be going on tour throughout 2013, promoting his film across the Bible Belt region. Furthermore, if Generation Curse The novice filmmaker also believes the sales are successful in local Walmarts and film will allow him to touch the hearts and Targets, both chains will distribute the film minds of even more people. in stores nationwide. “There’s realism in this film everyone will be able to gravitate toward,” said Cooper. “It has a raw message—to be mindful of our actions, to really follow the path of God and live righteously, and to always strive to do the right thing for our children and our children’s children. There are always consequences when making bad decisions.” Now that the post-production process is complete, Cooper and his team have been focusing on marketing Generation Curse.

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a movie script, his research on the process discouraged him. The cost to produce a film was extremely expensive, so he decided to pen his first novel, Generation Curse, based on his observation of troublesome behaviors being passed down from generation to generation. Cooper soon earned enough money to publish his book through A&A Printing’s self-publishing service in Tampa, and self-distributed the novel out of the Generation Curse is based off Cooper’s trunk of his car. novel of the same name, which he wrote during the hot summer months of 2008 One Generation Curse reader was Derek inside his car on the streets of Plant City. Youngblood, who was so inspired by This car also served as Cooper’s home as the book that he decided to financially a tough economy caused him to lose his support Cooper’s aspiration of becoming a construction job. However, with a little filmmaker. The two men worked together direction from God, Cooper began to to secure several locations throughout Plant overcome obstacles. City for filming—including South Florida Baptist Hospital, Shiloh Baptist Church, “I rededicated my life back to the Lord,” and Twistee Treat—and began shooting the said Cooper, “and through a lot of prayer first scenes on July 1, 2012 with the help and fasting, God revealed to me to become of cameraman, editor, and sound technician a writer.” Dean Grimmel. Kingdom Films was born. everal DVDs will finally be available in stores this November including the summer blockbusters Disney/ Pixar’s Brave and Marvel’s The Amazing Spider-Man. Among these popular, familyfavorites will be Generation Curse, a fulllength feature film produced by Plant City native Mills Cooper.

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After the promotional tour, Cooper will continue making entertaining Christian movies. And although most filmmakers find success in Hollywood or New York, Cooper hopes to build a production studio right in the heart of Plant City. “With God, all things are possible,” said Cooper.


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LOCAL » FOCUS “We sewed dresses and shorts from pillowcases, in part, to also let the African children know that they were already loved and prayed for daily. Since then, clothes have been twice distributed to two Ethiopian missions, No Ordinary Love Ministries and Embracing Hope Ministries,” said Anne Doak, circle coordinator.

children who had been through great hardship and traumatic experiences. Dawn has begun to write a compassionate blog, partakersofgraceblog.blogspot.com, about those challenges they are all facing and giving advice based on their learning process.

“No matter how supportive your immediate family, parents or friends may be; everyone should do their homework before adopting, especially in a foreign country. I look at the pictures of all of us together and see a representation of what God is going to make our family into. A cohesive unit. A loving family. I believe in this and in them,” Back home, the family began to understand says Kicklighter. there were difficulties in transplanting Close friend Sheri Dusse and her daughter Hannah helped make some of the dresses and flew to Ethiopia the final two weeks so they could visit the missions who received clothing, food and medical supplies from their church.

KICKLIGHTER FAMILY PARTAKERS OF GRACE A WRITTEN BY: CHERYL KUCK

lan and Dawn Kicklighter have a family with deep roots in the Plant City community. They were born and raised here. Both are Plant City High School graduates. Recently they made several 16,000 mile round-trips to adopt two brothers living in the African continent.

as Deacons. My husband and I both have held regular Bible study classes in our home. “Our study of the Bible has led us to envision a blended family reflecting no racial bias and is like our view of heaven,” says Dawn.

They have acted on their vision. What caused this couple who have threenatural born children; Jayde age-13, Easton One that developed into an 18-month age-8, and Alana age-11, to decide on this journey which included: meeting the amazing venture? children in their country, making the decision to adopt, raising funds for legal They are basically rural people living on work and transportation costs, filling out what Dawn calls a hobby farm. “Both reams of paperwork, and making several of my parents, Jim and Robyn Jeffries, court appearances in both countries in retired from the school system. My mom order to adopt the two brothers, Paulos, was a kindergarten teacher and my father age-6 and Yohannes age-11, and then was Supervisor of Agri-business for bringing them from their native Ethiopia Hillsborough County Schools (a former approximately 8,000 miles in an 18 hour Ag teacher). He is now the Vice-President flight to their new home in Plant City. with Florida Strawberry Festival and tends his family’s orange grove in Lakeland. “Many people have wondered why we adopted children from another country. In “Alan owns a company called CIF America, it is more difficult since we already Distributing, Inc. He specializes in storm have a family with several siblings and did water drainage products. His father Avery not want to go through the trial periods Kicklighter has a lawn service and his wife involved with foster care,” said Dawn. Barbara retired two years ago from the transportation department of Hillsborough Ladies of The Evangelical Presbyterian County. We are a close family and are all Church Dorcas Circle introduced the “Little dedicated to our church, The Evangelical Dresses for Africa” project in late March as Presbyterian Church, 1107 Charlie Griffin a connection with the Kicklighter’s since Rd, where my father has been an active they would soon be traveling to Ethiopia. elder with both Alan and his father serving

Dawn Kicklighter Blog Cover. From the left back row, Alan Kicklighter holds his wife Dawn Kicklighter. Flanking Dawn from the left, Yohannes age-11, Jayde age-13, Easton age-8, and Alana age-11 Front row, in Jayde’s lap is Paulos, age-6.

Children of No Ordinary Love Ministries with daughter Meg Gross of founders and Ethiopia Photo

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LOCAL » DID YOU KNOW

Norman McLeod WWI KIA 1918 Photo courtesy of Plant City Photo Archives

PRIVATE NORMAN E. PLANT CITY & MCLEOD: THE GREAT WAR I SUBMITTED BY: PLANT CITY PHOTO ARCHIVES & HISTORY CENTER

t was a short Western Union telegram received that day by the Roderick D. McLeod family on January 24, 1919. It was from Washington, D.C. and read: “MR. R.D.MCLEOD, PLANT CITY FLA, DEEPLY REGRET TO INFORM YOU THAT PRIVATE NORMAN E. MCLEOD, INFANTRY, IS OFFICIALLY REPORTED AS KILLELD IN ACTION JULY NINETEENTH. LETTER FOLLOWS. HARRIS THE ADJUTANT GENERAL.” Norman was 18 years old.

Born in Turkey Creek October 29, 1899, McLeod was a member of an old Florida family that had obtained a land grant in north Florida through the 1842 Armed Occupation Act. His family had moved south and settled in the Plant City area. Norman’s father, Roderick D. McLean, later worked as a foreman at the Coronet Phosphate Company. After Norman’s death the family moved to Bartow about 1920-21.

that “he was a good boy, esteemed by all who knew him.” At just 16 years of age he joined the Plant City Rifles, Second Florida Regiment (National Guard), June 13, 1916. On the 19th of June the Second Florida Regiment was mobilized for service on the Mexican Border by President Wilson, who was eager to pursue Pancho Villa. Wednesday, June 21, 1916, the Plant City Rifles, some eighty strong, paraded through the city streets led by the Plant City band. Nearly the whole town turned out – the streets were lined solidly as Plant City’s sons marched to the armory on South Collins Street for an informal reception before boarding the train at Union Station.

The final farewells were said to these loyal sons of Plant City as they pulled out of the station heading for camps near Laredo, Texas. McLeod was listed as a bugler, but as all the others, he took part in the training, patrols, and close order drills on this desolate desert border. They returned to Florida in the late spring of 1917 after America’s entry into the Great War, and very quickly found themselves mobilized for active duty in the Norman E. McLeod spent his boyhood in war in Europe as part of the 124th Infantry Plant City. The Plant City Courier reported Regiment, 31st Division – known as the

Dixie Division because it was formed from Alabama, Georgia, and Florida National With the confusion brought about by the Guard units – and sent to Camp Wheeler, war, the news of Norman McLeod’s death in Georgia. was not received in Plant City until January 24, 1919. The following May Plant City Young McLeod chose to go to France veterans met at City Hall and organized an sooner than the Dixie Division was American Legion Post. It was Post 26 and scheduled to go and secured a release they voted to name it in honor of Norman from bugler rating and transferred to an E. McLeod, “the only Plant City boy who infantry regiment in the 26th Division. was killed in action in the war against McLeod sailed for France June 19, 1918, as Germany.” Dr. John W. Alsobrook, a Major part of the American Expeditionary Force in the Army Medical Corps during the war, fighting alongside the experienced French was elected as the first Post Commander. and British troops. He was transferred and became part of Company L, 103rd Infantry Norman E. McLeod returned to Plant Regiment, 26th Division, known as the City one last time when his remains were Yankee Division because the troops were shipped home from France, arriving July mostly from New England. 19, 1921, three years after he was killed in action in France. The Plant City Courier, The German infantry attacked the 26th Tuesday, July 19, 1921, reported the news: Division, 103rd Infantry, near Xivray-etMarvoisin about June 16th. When McLeod “The body of Norman E. McLeod is joined the unit it had just moved to an area expected to arrive over the Atlantic Coast northwest of Chateau Thierry. McLeod’s Line tonight at 7:14. R.D. McLeod, unit began an offensive, the Aisne-Marne father of the deceased, received a telegram Campaign, advancing up the Marne salient from New York yesterday, stating that the and pushing through Belleau Wood, remains arrived there from France Sunday moving 10 miles from July 18-July 25. The and were being forwarded to Plant City at Germans were heavily engaged in the use 1:10 p.m. that date. Private McLeod was of mustard gas and heavy artillery along the only Plant City soldier killed in action this front and the battles were furious and in the Great War.” unrelenting. “Funeral services will be held Thursday McLeod’s only letter from the war was to afternoon at 2 o’clock from the First his mother and was dated July 17. On July Methodist Church. The local Norman 18, early in the offensive, Private McLeod McLeod Post of the American Legion will was killed by an artillery shell not far from have full charge of the burial. Interment Chateau Thierry. He had been in the war will be made in Oaklawn Cemetery.” less than one month. American Legion members, veterans, and Today the Aisne-Marne American local area residents were requested to be Cemetery contains the graves of 2,289 war present at the Wells & Sons’ undertaking dead, most of whom fought in the vicinity parlor on Evers Street at 1:30 o’clock and in the Marne Valley in the summer of Thursday afternoon, in uniforms if possible. 1918. The Legion prepared and presented an impressive ceremony befitting the occasion. Norman McLeod had last been in Plant City on a four-day furlough in May 1918 According to the July 19, 1921, article, and returned May 30th. The Plant City McLeod’s father, mother, two sisters, and Courier reported the departures of McLeod a brother survived him. The parents were and other Plant City boys this way: Roderick and Hattie McLeod, the sisters were (Hazel) Mrs. R.R. Combee, of Tampa, “Last night a large crowd at the station bid and Miss Ethel McLeod, of Bartow, and the au revoir to soldiers who were…allowed the brother was Earl McLeod, also of Bartow. privilege of visiting their homes on fourday furlough. Of all those at the station Sources: Quintilla Geer Bruton and D.E. the soldiers were the jolliest, evincing the Bailey, Plant City: Its Origin and History; wonderful power of men to bear their Plant City Courier; Ancestry.com; WWI burdens in the midst of most crucial tests- Army Service Card; MyFlorida.com; 26th parting with relatives.” Infantry Division history; Florida Memory; personal effects from family members. “Without exception the soldiers expressed pleasure that they are to leave soon for the other side of the Atlantic.” FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY NOVEMBER 2012

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LOCAL » CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

GREATER PLANT CITY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE SUBMITTED BY: BRIAN WEST

The Strawberry Classic Car Show to be held Saturday, October 13th from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. in downtown Plant City features cars at least 25 years old, with may classics on hand from the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s. This is a great family event if you’re looking for a relaxing evening. Several downtown merchants are open longer hours to accommodate the crowds. You’ll probably run into many of your friends and neighbors. There are several food vendors, and the atmosphere is great. The new Chamber members this month include: • Strong Tower Insurance held their ribbon cutting at 1:30 p.m. on November 7th at 103 S. Alexander St., Suite 11 • Saving Grace Moving & Thrift held their ribbon cutting at 11:00 a.m. on November 12th at 1705 James Redman Parkway, Suite C • Dental Associates at Walden Lake will hold their grad re-opening and ribbon cutting at 11:15 a.m. on November 27th at 512 East Alexander St. • Rail Town Building Services will hold their ribbon cutting on at 11:00 a.m. December 6th at the Chamber Come join everyone to learn a little about each business, wish them luck and participate in the ribbon cutting.

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show features hundreds of bikes from all over, with everyone riding in for a relaxing afternoon in downtown. For the enthusiast, there are both new and old bikes of all styles, makes and models. The show is always a little different, but often features antique bikes on which owners have spent countless hours restoring them to their former glory. And like the Car Show, many downtown merchants are open longer hours to accommodate the crowds. The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce will present its monthly Business After-Hours on Tuesday December 4th from 5:15 – 7:00 p.m. at the Platinum Bank, 1804 Jim Redman Parkway. Usually held the third Thursday monthly, the December event had to be moved to an earlier date. The Business After-Hours, hosted by a current Chamber member, allows Chamber members an opportunity to network and spend some time with each other in a casual environment. If you’ve never attended a Business After-Hours event, come out to the Platinum Bank and meet your local business peers. The annual Lights of Love fundraiser sponsored by the South Florida Hospital Foundation is scheduled Thursday evening, December 6th in the historic downtown’s McCall Park. The event provides people the opportunity to make donations to the SFBH Foundation and see to enjoy a great community holiday celebration. Free to the public, the event features music by the children’s choir from Plant City’s First Baptist Church and the lighting of the park’s Christmas tree.

Pig Jam, the Chamber’s largest attended event, will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on November 17th at the Randy Larson Four-Plex next to the Plant City Stadium. Pig Jam draws thousands of visitors to enjoy great barbeque. Teams travel to Plant City from all over the country to participate in the KCBS sanctioned event with hopes Plant City will welcome Santa Claus to of winning and competing in the next town at the annual Christmas Parade on National Championship. Friday evening, December 7th at 7:00 p.m., which wraps up in the historic downtown. The Bike Show will be held Saturday, Bring the family out for some good oldDecember 1st in Historic Downtown fashioned fun. Plant City from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. The


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Tammy Tammy Wilder, Wilder, Christine Christine Miller Miller & & Tom Tom Faas Faas


CHRISTINE

MILLER Executive Director of United Food Bank of Plant City Interview by Amanda Furmage-Deck Photos by Anthony Sassano

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, over 50 million Americans do not have access to enough food to maintain a healthy lifestyle. That’s one in six Americans going through each day on an empty stomach! And this alarming number includes millions of hard working and collegeeducated Americans. In other words, people all around the nation are feeling the devastating effects of the poor economy, even those located right here in Plant City. The United Food Bank of Plant City is just one group dedicated to serving others in the community. FOCUS Magazine had the opportunity to interview United Food Bank executive director Christine Miller and discover how her volunteer organization hopes to eradicate this hunger crisis.


for the UFB. On a personal level, one of my most important roles is to ensure that we, as an organization, continue to be good stewards of the funding and that all monies are used to directly serve the community. FOCUS: Do you partner with any area businesses on a consistent basis? CM: Yes. And not one of the successes experienced this year could have been accomplished without the dedication and commitment of our caring partners. The United Way and Unity in the Community provide funding dollars for the purchase of food and operational expenses and we are official partners to their organizations. Gordon Food Service and Sweetbay Supermarkets generously provide a weekly source of fresh meats, fruits and vegetables. Publix supports the UFB with a regular supply of fresh bread and pastries, as well as bags for the groceries. ButterKrust Bakery, Toufayan Bakery, the United States Postal Service, Area VI schools, Plant City Daybreak Rotary, O’Brien’s, HCC and many more wonderful organizations support us with food and/or services annually.

ONE OF THE MANY UNITED FOOD BANK OF PLANT CITY VOLUNTEERS. FOCUS Magazine: Describe your educational and career background and how that experience helps you lead this organization. Christine Miller: I graduated with honors from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. I joined this organization after previously holding positions at the State Farm Insurance Regional Office in Winter Haven, as an owner of a State Farm Insurance Office in Valrico, and as well, working as Recycling Coordinator for Pasco County. I have proven experience running organizations in competitive industries and a track record for improving business performance and service delivery to the public.

FOCUS: What kind of items and services do you offer to those in need? CM: First and foremost, we provide emergency food for individuals and families in Eastern Hillsborough County. In addition, we provide our clients with other services to give them a “hand-up” in these hard times. For example, South Florida Baptist Hospital provides a free seasonal flu shots and Suncoast Community Health Centers provides free health screenings. We offer a couponing class, and a financial planning seminar is coming soon. A great example of a “win-win” is our partnership with Focus 4 Beauty Career Center. Our clients are provided with first-class salon services, completely free of charge, and the students are gaining the hands-on experience necessary for graduation.

FOCUS: How did you get your start at the United Food Bank of Plant City? CM: I had worked with several board members through various volunteer organizations in the past. I was asked to come in and interview for the position, and well, here I am. I believe I was chosen for this role because it was evident I have a heart for serving others, a strong desire to fulfill the organizational mission and the ability to inspire others to achieve the many goals of the United Food Bank. FOCUS: Describe your duties as executive director. CM: Simply, I manage the day-to-day functions of the facility. I assist with the processing of clients paperwork, loading cars with groceries, paying the bills, and working alongside our volunteers, etc. However, as the director, my main responsibilities are to educate the community, increase awareness of our services and secure funding

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FOCUS: What are some outreaches or events you do throughout the year and how do they benefit the food bank? CM: We have the Cracker Country Feast, Empty Bowls, Celebrity Chef, and several others. These events are hosted by board members and supporters of the United Food Bank. In addition to raising funds to buy food for our clients, these events provide the opportunity to increase awareness of the goods and services our organization provides to the very needy in our community. FOCUS: Do you recall any specific moments that stick out since you’ve been food bank director? CM: I have known for the last 15 years I was living in a very special town, but I had no idea the depth of the generosity and kindness of its people. This role has given me a special opportunity to see first-hand how the people of our community take care of one another. I have a Board of Directors that deeply care about the UFB and actively works to make us better each day. As you have read above, we have an incredible list of community partners. Each provides a good or service, without requiring recognition in return. I have volunteers who show up each and every day to selflessly serve others and donors who show up with a check or canned goods because they heard about our growing need or read about our depleting resources in the local paper. I am constantly amazed and inspired to personally do more and be more. All of this leads to an answer: Yes. I can recall a moment when a little girl looks up at her mommy and asks, “Oh, we get to have breakfast today?” and her mother gets to answer, “Yes.” Or that moment I get to offer reassurance to a father feeding his family, who I know would rather work to put food on the table, but must use our services until he has work again. These moments aren’t rare. They are a reality of our workday. The UFB is a vehicle for our community to directly take care of others within our community, thereby affecting change in that moment. FOCUS: What is the best part of your job? CM: The best part of my job is getting to make a difference every day! Being able to actually see the bags of


food going out the door to those who truly need it makes any day worth all the hard work. FOCUS: What do you enjoy outside of work? CM: I have been blessed with an amazing husband, Les, and two incredibly kind, loving, thoughtful and smart children, Colton and Emma. I enjoy spending quality time with them. We love to travel, ride horses, play with the dogs and hang out at Grandma’s house. FOCUS: How do you balance work and family life? CM: With this being our busy season, it’s definitely been a balancing act. I do what is most important in that moment, whether it’s preparing a speech or cheering Emma on at her horse show. I just try to be 100 percent focused, so all that I do in a day gets the attention it deserves. FOCUS: How are you preparing for the upcoming holiday season at the Food Bank? CM: Preparations for the upcoming holiday season are in full-swing! The turkeys and all the sides have been ordered, the volunteers are ready to pack and serve. I certainly could not do it alone. We have two amazing, full-time team members on staff, Tom Faas and Tammy Wilder, who do the bulk of the day-to-day work. Without their dedication to the United Food Bank and the direction they provide to our volunteers, it would not be possible.

TAMMY WILDER- FRONT OFFICE SUPERVISOR

FOCUS: How can people get involved at the United Food Bank? CM: The United Food Bank is completely dependent on the generosity of our community. We are only able to continue feeding the hungry through your donations of groceries, money and volunteer service. We need volunteers of all ages to help with food distribution, clerical duties, loading and unloading of food, organizing incoming food, etc. If you have hours that can be donated, we hope you will contact us at 813-764-0625 for more information. We are located at 702 E. Alsobrook Street, Suite H, and are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist the public and take in donations. Our food distribution times are as follows: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. FOCUS: How can people get involved at the United Food Bank? CM: The United Food Bank is completely dependent on the generosity of our community. We are only able to continue feeding the hungry through your donations of groceries, money and volunteer service. We need volunteers of all ages to help with food distribution, clerical duties, loading and unloading of food, organizing incoming food, etc. If you have hours that can be donated, we hope you will contact us at 813-764-0625 for more information. We are located at 702 E. Alsobrook Street, Suite H, and are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to assist the public and take in donations. Our food distribution times are as follows: Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. FOCUS: Thank you to Christine Miller, United Food Bank staff members and volunteers, and generous donors committed to the residents of this wonderful community. We urge every one of our readers to get out there and lend a helping hand this holiday season, whether at the United Food Bank or other charitable organizations.

TOM FAAS- WAREHOUSE SUPERVISOR


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Kids Boots Largest selection of kids boots in town! Prices starting at $39.99

Purses & Wallets Great purse and wallet selection at Plant City’s only western store!

Montana Silversmith’s Handcrafted jewelry, buckles & watches are traditional western designs with unique modern flair

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Brown’s Jewelers

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BUSINESS » BUSINESS PROFILE and children of all ages and life stages enjoy contracting for commercial and film work. The Andersons have supplied talent for more than 100 major motion pictures, including Bodyguard, Birdcage, Cape Fear, Scarface, Parenthood, My Girl, Ace Ventura, The Punisher and Bad Boys. Actors have also been featured on the hit TV series Miami Vice (1984-1989), and a number worked this past year on Burn Notice, the popular series filming in Miami. Additionally, Jess and Sue have worked with thousands of major corporations like Disney World, Sea World, Carnival Cruise Lines, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, McDonald’s, Burger King, KFC, Pizza Hut, Tony Roma’s, Long John Silver’s, BlueCross/ BlueShield, Adidas and Nike. Professionally, they take pride in guiding and serving clients in exploring specific work interests. Sue explained, “We represent ordinary people and we focus on their extraordinarily unique qualities.”

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already experienced ‘once in a lifetime events’ such as meeting the USAF Thunderbirds, working on a new Starz “Magic City” TV show, flying in a T-6 with Shell’s Aeroshell Aerobatic team at Sun n’ Fun, and having fun in a Beall’s fashion show. Through an additional Tampa agency Jess referred, I landed a job with HSN representing Lancome products.” As Polk County’s only licensed talent and modeling agency, the highly regarded and increasingly influential force in their industry grows daily, one client at a time. Jess encourages. “We are always searching for new, enthusiastic, and unique talent for work in TV, commercials, print, fashion shows and major motion pictures. Your dreams and desires to act or model can be accomplished. Come and see.”

Call 863-688-9939 to schedule your free consultation with the Jess Anderson Talent and Model Agency at 1037 S. Florida Ave., Suite 115 in Lakeland, 33801. For an extensive list of agency projects, visit www. Take 20-year-old Nathan Moore, for jessandersontalentandmodelagency.com example. The Florida Southern College Sigma Chi junior moved here in 2010 from Pennsylvania. Although his partial INFORMATION academic scholarship helps, the marketing Jess Anderson major/criminology minor works full time Talent and Model agency with AT&T to pay expenses. Furthermore, 1037 South Florida Avenue, Suite two days after his September 2012 115 registration with the Jess Anderson Agency, Lakeland, FL 33801 Moore was cast in a new Brandon Caskey 863-688-9939 music video. “I was really impressed to be selected so quickly,” recommended Moore. “Jess and Sue are so personable and easy to reach. We already feel like family.”

Moore‘s quick success encouraged other students, too. “My only or 32 years, Jess and Sue Anderson prior experience was school plays, have helped clients earn extra income student government roles and through their Jess Anderson Talent and extracurricular activities. I learned Model Agency. the industry is always looking for the next big thing and always open Through their lifetime of promoting to new faces.” He continued, “My thousands of real people desiring to act friends are pretty much like me. or model, the Andersons have confirmed, It’s something they’ve wanted to “True beauty comes from within.” Tomlin Middle School eighth grader do, but had just never taken that Arie Fry recently worked in a Disney first step. Jess and Sue made it “And,” Jess added, “We believe in giving commercial. Arie’s mom Yvonne has been easy.” people opportunities to pursue their pleased. “Jess is enthusiastic and passionate interests in this industry.” about his work,” she said, “and a great Vicki Hawthorne agrees. “Our relationship has been extremely advocate for you in the business.” Sue agrees, “We want those we represent to positive because Jess and Sue are experience confidence, professionalism and Since 1979, the Lakeland agency that organized professionals sincerely inner beauty. If they are willing to learn, we started in Miami has helped men, women interested in their clients. I have can help.”

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In hopes of building her college expense fund, Plant City High School junior Karaline Hayes recently became one of the willing. In her first month of agency registration, she received call outs for Disney, Pinch-a-Penny and Redken. “Who knows where this will lead,” she said. “But regardless, it should be great fun.”

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bout half the country is disappointed in the election results, and slightly more are pleased by President Obama’s reelection. But almost everyone is relieved that the election is over – in fact, it appeared the market celebrated on Election Day when the Dow rose 133 points. However, stocks have reversed course sharply, as investors refocused on the year-end fiscal cliff, Europe’s debts and other concerns that had been temporarily overshadowed by the election. Whether you’re elated or distressed by the election outcome, there are some investment decisions you may want to consider – and a few lessons to learn, too. The most important thing to remember is that it’s not a good idea to make emotional investment decisions based on your fears or excitement about the election or short-term market moves. Your financial future is more likely to be determined by your actions than the election results.

MORE OF THE SAME DIVIDED GOVERNMENT CONTINUES

Republicans control the House, and Democrats control the Senate, so the actual party in the White House may not have as big an impact as many people believe. Much of the gridlock is likely to continue. As a result, few of the promises made during the campaign will be passed into law. The country’s system of checks and balances has historically moderated extreme changes.

likely to continue, creating opportunities for investors who take a long-term view.

FOCUS SHIFTS TO THE FISCAL CLIFF

Now that the election frenzy is over, the focus will almost surely shift to the possible fiscal cliff -- the automatic tax increases and spending cuts that take effect at the end of the year if Congress fails to act. If you haven’t already reviewed your tax and financial situation, before the end of the year you may want to consider: Estate tax exclusion - The impact of the reduction in the federal estate tax exclusion from more than $5 million to around $1 million. Tax diversification - You can achieve this through owning investments taxed in a variety of ways, which may help you address the possibility of higher tax rates on different types of income in the future. Rebalance - Reduce any over-concentrated positions and rebalance back to your target investment mix. Review gains and losses - Reviewing gains and losses as part of your year-end tax planning. Although most expect Congress will act to avoid the fiscal cliff, or at least reduce its impact, no one can be sure, and we think it’s prudent to prepare today.(1)

WHAT LESSONS CAN BE LEARNED?

The election results were a major lesson The two major policy trends we can expect in the fallacy of making decisions based over the next four years are: on short-term predictions -- they remind us of the reasons we avoid short-term Higher taxes, especially on higher-income investment predictions. But the election taxpayers resolved some uncertainty, and that’s good news for investors, even with some shortContinuing increases in government term volatility going forward. Historically, regulations stocks have gained an average of 4.4% during the final two months of presidential However, many major issues were not election years, so don’t let your reaction to resolved by the election, and the country the election keep you on the sidelines.(2) remains fairly evenly divided politically. Just like the candidates, who are moving So expect the brinkmanship and partisan forward whether they won or lost, you need divisions to continue. At the same time, to review your financial goals and move the underlying trends of slow but persistent forward with your investment portfolio economic and earnings growth also appear designed to help you achieve them.


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far is even being able to start our own business. It was very risky for us to put out so much money to open our own dealership, but it was an even greater risk to open our doors in a town where there is a dealer on every comer. Like with any other business, there was no guarantee, but we had hope and faith that our investment would pay off in the end and so far we have been right, thankfully.

WHAT DO YOU HAVE PLANNED FOR YOUR FUTURE?

We have talked about a lot of different plans for the future. Our ultimate goal is to open at least 2 more dealerships. We have another location opening at the beginning of December in Brooksville. Our Plant City location carries more vehicles that are offered on a Buy-Here-Pay-Here program with low money down. Our Brooksville location will specialize primarily in vehicles that will either be bank financed, or will involve more money down. On the same note, we can provide any car in any price Every day, when we open our doors, we hope range at any of our locations; we just carry to set ourselves apart from the competition. certain types of vehicles at each specific We strive to provide quality vehicles for location. the best prices. In theory, any automobile dealer would probably say the same thing, but we have set out to prove to consumers that we are on their side. We have no dealer Brent has always had an interest in vehicles. fee, no interest financing, and no hidden He loves the Motor Trend and Off Road fees. We spell every little thing out for our magazines. When he quit working for the customers, that way when they leave our railroad in 2002, he began to buy and sell office, they are completely satisfied with cars from the auction under another dealer. our company. Word of mouth is the most The more auctions he went to, the more he powerful form of advertisement and we feel became interested in the industry. When all of our customers would recommend us we married, he was working as a General to their friends and family. Manager in Tampa for a dealer that did a

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THE POWER OF A REFERRAL I SUBMITTED BY: JO-AN LUSK

f you are in any kind of business, you most certainly realize that word-ofmouth is the best way to get more business. In some cases, that word-ofmouth will get you less business! Referrals are vital to sales, whether it’s a tough economy or a competitive market. For Real Estate Sales Agents, there’s an old saying: “The first 2 years, you are chasing the business; then the business should start to chase you.” That only works if you are doing a good job – going above and beyond what’s expected. It not only includes satisfying the customer, but it’s also about how you worked with another agent on the other side of the transaction.

no longer about a transaction; it’s about relationship. When we show how much we care, it doesn’t matter how much we know. A satisfied customer will tell others, and that is powerful in business. We rely on referrals from customers, and we should be grateful that someone has mentioned our name in a good way. A bad referral is bad for business.

We are all customers. We all want and need to be treated with respect. I know…there are times when you must bite your tongue. That’s another article which I’m sure would not get printed. My dad always said “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” But, if you have something nice to say…you better tell everyone! It will Over the past several years, I have witnessed hopefully go a long way. customers hugging a Sales Associate, and others sharing stories about hard times So, with your next transaction, take note and the challenges they are facing. It’s of what you would tell someone else about rewarding to see an agent do what’s needed your experience. If you are the Sales Agent, to take care of their customer. Sometimes ask for a referral. You never know how far it has nothing to do with real estate but your name will go in business. everything to do with relationship. It is


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Cutest: Landon Cornelius as Mario Prettiest: Kailyn Blain as Genie Scariest: Randal Calder as a Headless Boy Best Homemade: Abby Wade as an RC Cola bottle. At the October meeting, the Board approved to patch approximately a 1600 square foot section of path that runs along Laurel Lake and Timberlane Drive. The All the Kids and Kanines enjoyed the Board is concerned the area is an accident fourth Annual Howl-O-Ween Party at waiting to happen and approved a budget the Dog Park on October 27, 2012. There of $3,000 to have it fixed. were lots of games, crafts, a bounce house, food and prizes. Prizes for best Kanine Soon we will see Walden Lake lit up costumes were awarded to the following: with lights and decorations at each of the 1st prize for Small Dogs: Jackson and neighborhood entrances. The HOA Board owners Patti & Andy Giangreco of Aston judges for the best entrances each year and Woods were dressed as The Tortoise & The the judging will be held from December Hare. 14th through the 16th. Get with your 1st prize for Large Dogs: Molly, dressed as neighborhood board and ask how you can a pirate by her loving owner, Loretta Scott, help win this prestigious honor and beat out of Forest Club. the other neighborhoods. Several dogs earned Honorable Mention: Diana Townsend’s dog, Be, was dressed In December you will be receiving your as a Witch and lives in Spring Meadow. two decals and a Homeowner’s Association Desi, dressed as a Jockey, is the pet of Dr. Semi-Annual Invoice for $213, which is Brian & Connie Korte of The Hammocks due by January 1st. Please thank the HOA and Chloe, pet of Melissa Hobkirk of Board for their hard work on the budget Westwood, was dressed as an Alligator. this year and for keeping the dues the same for the third year by making your payment Prizes for the Best Kids costumes were on time. awarded in the following categories: Ages infant to 2-year: Tyler Hearly who At this time of year, there is a real concern was a Pirate and Morgan Korte dressed as to help the hungry. The Board is collecting Ariel. for the United Food Bank to help fill Ages 3-4: Maddox Eben dressed as a their shelves. Non-perishable items are Pinata and Ann Raab was a Flapper. desperately needed and you are welcome Ages 5-6: Andrew Raab was a Mobster to drop off at the HOA office on Griffin and Alivia Eben was a Paper Doll. Boulevard during business hours. Ages 7-8: Mason McDaniel was a Pirate and Luana McDaniel was a Witch. If you have any questions on this column, Ages 9-10: George Harty-Wolf was a would like to see a particular topic covered Ninja and Sara Demlli was Googles and or have any questions regarding real estate, Steam. please feel free to contact me at 813-758Ages 11-12: Hunter Arkins dressed as 9586. Austin Powers and Emma Arkins as Mrs. Kensington. he Walden Lake Community Association Board Meetings, open to all Walden Lake residents, are the third Monday of each month at the Walden Lake Community Association office building on Griffin Boulevard in Walden Lake. The next meeting is scheduled for November 12th at 6:00 p.m.

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REAL ESTATE » MORTGAGE

THE TRUTH O SUBMITTED BY: NATE DAVIS

ABOUT A “NO COST” REFINANCE

Paying closing costs is not necessarily a ften, people think they have a no-cost bad thing, nor is adding them to your loan closing on their refinance mortgage balance. loan. It’s understandable since many lenders advertise it. But are “no closing cost” refinances bad? No, as long as you know what you are Just know that if someone says there are agreeing to and understand the pros and no closing costs with their loan option, it’s cons. simply not true. For example: First, understand that any time someone refinances a home, there are inherent third- If you’re not going to stay in a home long party costs that will have to be paid at enough to save the costs associated with a closing – title fees, recording charges and standard refinance through your monthly government taxes such as doc stamps, etc. savings, it may make sense to consider a no-cost refi even when a standard refinance Take the government. It always charges may not make sense. In other words, if taxes on real estate transactions. I can assure your cost basis is $0, how many months of you the policy makers in Washington D.C. savings do you need to come ahead? will never say, “Don’t worry about it, this one is on us.” If you’ll be in the home for a longer period, refinances with closing costs almost always When lenders offer no costs at closing, they make sense. make up for the amount elsewhere. They give higher interest rates than you could It’s important to know these options have otherwise qualified for in exchange to because while the “no-cost” option may be pay for some or all of the closing costs. an easier “sell” for your lender, it may not be in your best interest… literally. Another way is to add the costs to the loan balance.

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SPORTS » BASEBALL 51 games per year. On three occasions, he pitched more than 120 innings in a season. In 1986, when called upon as a starter, he posted a 10-5 record with a 2.65 ERA. In 1991, McGaffigan retired to this area with his wife Jill and their three children: Robin, Drew, and Joshua who are now 29, 25 and 21 respectively. Jill has recently published her first book entitled “Run with Abandon” in which she weaves in many of her experiences as the wife of a major leaguer with a message that offers a path to intimacy with God. Andy, now a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual, believes his career in the majors has been a wonderful platform to be able to share his faith with others. Andy and Jill McGaffigan 2012 Photos courtesy of Andy and Jill McGaffigan

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ndy McGaffigan’s world was rocked when he was drafted out of high school in the 36th round of Major League Baseball’s 1974 amateur draft by the Cincinnati Reds. You see, he had no idea that anyone was even interested in him. In fact, whenever he saw scouts at his high school games in West Palm Beach, he assumed they were there to see somebody else. But scouts know what they were looking for and they found it in McGaffigan.

After graduation, in June of 1978, the McGaffigan was the New York Yankees sixth round draft choice. This time he accepted their offer. After a short threeyear minor league stint, he found himself playing in Yankee Stadium.

“It was like a dream. Everything was awesome. You’re in Yankee Stadium and you’re in the locker room with all these guys that you have been following. Plus, it was the culmination of many years of sweat and hard work and sacrifice. Everything was better than I could have ever imagined. McGaffigan turned down Cincinnati’s When people ask me what it was like in the offer and accepted a scholarship to Palm big leagues, I tell them that everyday in the Beach Junior College. After graduation, big leagues is like Saturday. You know when McGaffigan was drafted a second time. you were a kid and all week you looked This time by the Chicago White Sox. Once forward to Saturday. Well, that is the again, he turned down the offer to accept feeling that I had being in the big leagues. a scholarship to Florida Southern. At the You get to do what you have always wanted time, some wondered at his decisions, but to do, and you are getting paid to do it. I looking back, it was the right choice. loved every single day in the majors. It was worth every ounce of sweat and blood that At Florida Southern, McGaffigan posted I sacrificed to get there.” a 16-2 record with a 2.79 ERA, made First Team All-American, and helped lead McGaffigan played eleven seasons in the the Moccasins to the NCAA Division II majors with five different teams: New York, national title. In 1983, he was inducted into San Francisco, Cincinnati, Montreal and Florida Southern’s Hall of Fame. Kansas City. For eight of those seasons (1983-1990), he was one of the most dependable relievers in the game, averaging

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McGaffigan pitching for the Kansas City Royals in 1990. Photos courtesy of Andy and Jill McGaffigan

“Because of my status in baseball, I feel like it has given me an opportunity and a certain amount of credibility to be able to share my faith in Christ. It’s been a great responsibility… and for the most part, I feel like I’ve represented Christ well.”


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SPORTS » ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

WRITTEN BY: JOE BOWLES

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shley Murray was reaching her stride this fall when the doctor broke the news to her that she had a stress fracture. It is one of those injuries that can only be treated by rest. Rest is not what Ashley wanted to hear. “After my x-ray, the doctor pulled this boot out of the closet and I knew what that meant. I was devastated. I didn’t want to wear that boot and I also knew that I wouldn’t be able to run the rest of the season. I just cried.” Ashley had looked forward to her senior cross-country season for the Strawberry Crest Chargers. Two months earlier on August 17, Murray, won the “Hit the Trails Classic Cross-Country 5K” at FishHawk. The annual event benefits the FishHawk Roadrunners High School Scholarship Fund. Murray won the woman’s division with a time of 6:51 bettering her nearest competitor by 18 seconds.

On October 17 at Wiregrass High School, Ashley, the Chargers’ team captain, established a personal best time of 21:08 in the “Running with the Bulls Cross-Country Classic,” multi-team meet held during the regular season. Unfortunately, that was the last meet she will be able to participate in until track season begins in late December. It was a personal blow for Murray as she was expected to bring home an individual district title, but it was also a blow for the Chargers who were projected to vie for the team title, as well. Other than a few years in gymnastics while in elementary school, Murray did not participate in team athletics until her freshman year in high school when she joined the track team as a hurdler. In the fall of her sophomore year, she joined the cross-country team. Gradually her personal times improved and she became more competitive in the meets she participated in. She also credits her personal coach, Steve Dunn, with her improvement. Before her injury, she met with him twice a week. In the spring, Murray plans to run the one-mile, the two-mile, and the 4 x 800 meter relay. The relay is a favorite of Ashley’s. It has provided her with the highlight of her high school experience. “Last year at the “Jack Rice Invitational” at East Bay I was the anchor leg of our 4 x 800. When I got the baton, we were way behind so I had a lot of ground to make up. I finally moved ahead in the last 50 meters and we set a new school record!”

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On October 17 at Wiregrass High School, Ashley, the Chargers’ team captain, established a personal best time of 21:08 in the “Running with the Bulls Cross-Country Classic.” Rest is not what Ashley wanted to hear, but until she is able to compete again, Ashley keeps in shape by running in the YMCA pool five days a week. One day a week, she does strength and conditioning and she takes Sundays off. That is not exactly resting, but at least she is slowing down. Murray, the daughter of Jeff and Lindy Murray and sister of Jeffrey (15) is also utilizing this time preparing for college. She is heavily involved in the International Baccalaureate (IB) program, the National Honor Society and her volunteer work with Metropolitan Ministries and Tampa Bay Watch Coastal Clean-up. Lately she has garnered some interest from a few colleges, but is weighing her options for the best fit educationally and athletically toward her goal to be a physical therapist.


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SPORTS » SPORTS TEAM OF THE MONTH

Front row from left to right....Kasi Maguire, Alex Arnold, Coach Jessica Thornton, Emily Fry, Noelle Dietrich Back row from left to right....Jessie Moore, Erica Lott, Kellie Pernula, Michelle Daubach, Kelly Drake, Danielle Rodriguez. Photo by: Jessica Thornton

SPORTS TEAM OF THE MONTH PLANT CITY RAIDERS VOLLEYBALL F WRITTEN BY: JOE BOWLES

The Raiders then lost the final two sets by identical scores of 26-24, giving the Sharks the title. The Raiders second-place finish, however, qualified them to advance to the regional tournament to play against a scary Jenkins’ squad on Halloween night. Jenkins with a record of 25-3 and a District 7 championship under their belts, were also the #1 ranked 7A team in Florida. Unfortunately, the Raiders fell to the In the first round of the district tournament Eagles by a score of 3-0. October 22, Plant City knocked off Tampa Bay Tech 3-0, pitting the Raiders against All year, the Raiders faced a tough schedule second-seeded Hillsborough the following and even in the few losses they have had, night. The Raiders then avenged an earlier every set was close. The experienced Eagles, season loss to the Terriers by shutting them however, proved too much to handle for out 3-0 and setting up a championship the Raiders, who have no seniors and only match against top-seeded and regular four juniors on their roster. After the loss, season champ Riverview. Thornton used the post-game meeting as a teaching moment to help her players focus In the championship match, the Sharks on next year. and the Raiders split the first two sets. irst-year coach Jessica Thornton’s young Plant City squad put together an impressive showing at the District 8 volleyball tournament held October 2225, advancing the runner-up Raiders to the regional quarterfinals before a tough loss to Lakeland’s George Jenkins High School sent them home.

“After the game, we talked about vision and where we go from here. The way we played last night did not depict the way our season went. That was the only time this year that our team has been blown out. I knew when I walked into Jenkins’ gym that they were a good team. They were well prepared and well coached, with a good tradition. You could walk into the gym and feel it. There was this sense of tradition. That is what I want to develop here at Plant City. And we will.” Thornton knows what she is talking about. The University of South Florida graduate and three-sport high school athlete from Wheaton, Illinois, came to Plant City from Ft. Myers Cypress Lake High School after compiling a 48-27 record over three seasons. Before that, she had a two-year coaching stint at East Bay.

Thornton had plenty of praise for her players and their parents. “From the very beginning of the season, this team has been a wonderful coachable group of kids with great parents who have allowed the coaches to coach the team.” Thornton, who was assisted this year by Denise Rodriguez, credits the Raiders’ success to a team effort, but was eager to praise three players for helping the team to improve as the season progressed. Noelle Dietrich was the team’s most consistent player, Alex Arnold provided leadership, and Danielle Rodriguez, the team’s libero, was a testimony to the value of hard work and dedication. “It was not easy at first to take over a program and have them buy into everything I was teaching,” said Thornton. “But I am trying to instill in our team a mindset of ‘hard work, dedication and togetherness.’ I am also trying to build a program that stresses more than just volleyball, but values, morals, and life lessons. That is what I want this program to be.”

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EXTRA » SENIOR OF THE MONTH

TAYLOR ADAMS SENIOR OF THE MONTH

WRITTEN BY: CHELSEA TALAVERA girls visited Walden Lake neighborhoods to advertise that on Halloween night they would be “Trick or Treating for cans” instead of candy. Through this effort in years past, PCHS Civinettes have raided hundreds of pounds of non-perishable food items for the United Food Bank’s pantry. Taylor is also a member of the varsity tennis team. She shines in this sport of which she’s been a participant since her freshmen year. She was selected “Rookie of the Year in 2010 and the MVP in 2011. Both years she was also selected for the second team in Western Conference. Taylor also volunteers for the Plant City Tennis Center. Additionally, Taylor is also on the varsity swim team.

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cadmeics, tennis and the Plant City High School Civinettes are key aspects of senior Taylor Adams’ life. She is one girl who continues to push forward toward her goals. As president of the very active Civinettes service club at PCHS, Taylor’s reports: “I am really proud of all the girls who are members of Civinettes. We are always trying to do what’s right and help out anyone who needs it.” Members participate in many community events and are always ready to extend a helping hand. This past month they began their annual canned food drive. Along with the boys of the school’s Jr. Civitan Club, the Civinette

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With a perfect 4.0 unweighted GPA and a weighted score of 5.88, the National Merit Scholar finalist is ranked 5th and in the top 1% of the 404-member PCHS senior class. Taylor was named as an AP scholar with Distinction because of scores she earned on five Advanced Placement course exams. She has earned a school letter in academics, the Rensselaer Award for outstanding achievement in math and science, and is nominated for the Jefferson Scholarship at the University of Virginia. Taylor is among an elite group of students at Plant City High School, someone on whom her peers and teachers can always count. She will always be known as the girl who reaches for the stars.


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NICHOLAS RODRIGUEZ SENIOR OF THE MONTH WRITTEN BY: CHELSEA TALAVERA

National Honor Society in his freshman year, he has earned academic honor roll status every semester throughout high school. Leadership also comes naturally for Nick. As President of Students Against Destructive Decisions, he encourages peers to avoid alcohol and to make right choices. He’s been busy recently in his role as Senior Class VicePresident with organizing the Calendar Guy competition. He is even a contestant this month! Additionally, he serves the school’s Jr. Civitan Club as Sergeant-at-Arms.

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ne of the highlights of this year’s Friday night football games at Plant City High School is watching the Raider’s senior quarterback, Nick Rodriguez. Named the team’s MVP in his sophomore year, the athletic Rodriguez has also played for the school’s baseball team since his freshman year. In addition to the demands of schoolwork, club participation and volunteer work in the field of bone marrow swabbing, these days the academic scholar and school leader is busy preparing for life after high school. His current 5.77 GPA places Nick in the top 1% of his class, ranking him 8th of the 404 PCHS students. This puts him in the honor circle, which is comprised of the top 10 seniors. Academics have always been important to Nick and he challenges himself by taking the most rigorous Advanced Placement and honors courses. Last year Nick was named as an AP Scholar for his high AP exam scores. Inducted into the

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During his junior year, Nick teamed up with the “Be the Match” foundation and created a team called Team Tomarrow (for bone marrow). The first event in which the team participated was a 5k run. After the team kept growing and going, Nick chaired the team’s participation in Relay for Life, during which they swabbed people willing to be added to the national bone marrow registry. Because of the great response, Nick will Continue Team Tomarrow at the 2013 Relay for Life outreach. He looks forward to establishing a chapter at the university he will attend next fall. He hopes to be representing the orange and blue as a University of Florida Gator. If accepted in the UF honors program, he will work towards a career as sports physician. Nick Rodriguez is a wonderful representative for all that is great about Plant City High School. He invests time, intelligence and energy into everything he does. Surely, he’s made his parents and the Raider Nation especially proud of his efforts and accomplishments.


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EXTRA » AL REUCHEL Fifth, I would ban the words: flip-flop. I hate those words because changing your mind about an issue should not be considered a fault. Only an idiot stands in the middle of a road and waits for a car to hit him because he told somebody last week he wasn’t going to move. I want a President who can change his mind if someone offers a better argument, or a better solution to a problem, which is something our forefathers understood so clearly when they had to compromise on how the states would be represented in new government. Sixth, I might want to rethink the Electoral College. Hear me out. What happened this year is that so much emphasis was put on certain swing states, like Florida, I can’t help but think a lot of folks felt left out of the process. The game plan for both sides was to win the electoral race and not worry about the popular vote. To me this focus is very troubling in a nation where every vote is supposed to count, expect when it doesn’t in the Electoral College. Seventh, I would institute some kind of universal fact checking organization to oversee all the TV, print and radio ads that spent more time twisting the truth then telling it. Again, I don’t know how to make that happen and most of my journalism buddies think I’ve totally trashed the freedom of speech part of our Constitution.

IF I WERE KING! T he election is over. We have a President. I don’t know who it is as of this writing but I’m not waiting for him to institute changes in the way we elect the President in this country. If I were King for a day, here are some of the changes I would make in the way we elect our Commander-in-Chief. First, I would limit the length of campaigning, so we don’t all want to shoot ourselves. This election season was just plain painful. Too many of us got to the point we just wanted it over and didn’t care

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THANK HEAVEN I’M NOT!

Eighth, I would institute national election standards for all 50 states and some kind of national ID card. It’s crazy that some states don’t report those provisional ballots until 10 days after the election. When it’s a close race time does matter. I would require the same voting procedures in all states instead of touch screens here, marked ballots there, an “x” on a napkin, you catch my drift.

And finally, I would come up with a universal voting period that doesn’t last a trillion days. who won. I would limit campaigning to no to concentrate more on how they move, or Voting in my kingdom would take place over more than one year, including the primaries. their body language, or did they remember the weekend, not in the middle of the week. the name of the person asking the question. There is no evidence that adding a day or Second, I would put a cap on spending for The new normal, as it’s sometimes called, is two here or there increases voting turn out the final election. This season the candidates all about picking apart the candidate based by more than a few points. And contrary will have spent in excess of 2-billion dollars on looks, quirks and zingers, and not on to many party leaders, making voting easy was never a requirement of our forefathers. to tell us how bad the other guy is and how content. Voting should cost us something. Voting the other guy wants to kills us either by starting another war or putting our fate in Fourth, I would get rid of the super PACs. has a value. Voting should be something we the hands of a medical review board that Those are the political action committees all treat as important as breathing, eating, will deny us the medical care we need. that put out the ridiculous ads which seem sleeping. You don’t vote, you don’t have a to focus on fear rather than fact. I don’t voice in my kingdom. Thus it is spoken, so Third, I would scrap the town hall format in want one person to have more free speech shall it be! the debate. It turned into such a show this rights simply because he can buy 20,000 last time around. The candidates are forced commercials on TV and I can’t.

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EXTRA » DEREK MAUL We have beds that insist on producing thick, healthy grass; then we have adjacent areas of “lawn” where grass flatly refuses to grow. So we’re not going to fight it any more; the new design will simply follow the lines of least resistance. Hence the multiple bags of good soil and cow manure. Plus, also, the digging out and removal of countless shrubs, and then the relocating of more, countless, thorny things. Thanks to the demise of the wheelbarrow I got a great workout via hauling instead of wheeling. But later – when it’s time to come inside, jump in the shower and then cook supper – it just feels good to be dog-tired, boneweary and grime-dirty. I’m not saying I’ve stopped thinking about a condo with a patio and a container-garden, it’s just that there’s still a lot of nourishment in the soil, and I understand – on a foundational level – that gardening is good for the soul.

PILGRIM IN PROGRESS: I talk a lot about Garden Theology in my 2008 book, “The Unmaking of a PartTime Christian” (Upper Room Books). The book follows the idea that we all own an innate yearning to return to The Garden of Eden, in one way or another. And not by going backwards, but via our faith-directed pilgrimage of moving forward in Jesus.

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I’m captured by the garden theology idea that growth is not limited to a linear movement in a straight line through time. “In a sense pilgrimage is an experience designed to take humankind full circle. Because, if this pathway is to lead us any place at all, then that place is the garden” (p. 11).

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from the real world that surrounds me that two 50-somethings with questionable I find I have nothing useful to say. backs and too many other commitments to allow enough time to play in the dirt. But That’s why, once in a while, it’s good to Rebekah really does love her plants, and spend a few hours in the garden. I’m there sure is a lot of good theology out there talking about digging, planting, hauling in the vegetation and the soil. dirt, lugging huge bags of cow manure, balancing large pieces of timber on my shoulder, and then running to the garden store and back for more. Sometimes, sitting in front of a computer The past few weekends have been all and mulling over words and such in my Rebekah and I have a garden that’s about re-landscaping a couple of the large, head, I so thoroughly disengage myself probably too big and complex now for rambling bedding areas in the back garden. hey heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden at the time of the evening breeze, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, and said to him, ‘Where are you?’ (Genesis 3:8-9).

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Sometimes I need to play in the dirt for a few hours to remember the kind of story that God invites me to live . “But still, pushing to the surface like insistent growth on a hopeful spring morning, my promise to follow Jesus finds its way, often one tentative footfall at a time. But it’s progress all the same and I know where I’m going; finding my way full circle; onward back to the garden” (p. 142). Blessings, always, and peace on the journey – DEREK You can keep up with Derek Maul’s daily musings at www.derekmaul.wordpress.com


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EXTRA » ENDURING FRIENDSHIPS

Surrounding basket winner Jonisha Vickers and her children Kenny, 10, and Darquasia, 6, are Wells Memorial and Event Center staff members (from L-R): Christina Ludwig, Tonya Rogers, Alan Orr, and Verna McKelvin. Photo by Tina Wall Sanders

WELLS MEMORIAL & EVENT CENTER AWARDS WINNER OF BREAST CANCER AWARENESS BASKET

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erna McKelvin and the generous staff at Wells Memorial and Event Center would like to thank the many who supported their Breast Cancer Awareness efforts during the month of October. The company engaged the community in a unique way to raise funds for a cure. And in the process, many who contributed and visited made new friends, heard some great stories and helped a great cause. Each Wednesday in October, Wells Memorial hosted a special guest and invited folks to “meet, greet, have coffee and eat” (Starbucks and Otis Spunkmeyer cookies). Those guests included Paul Davis, Marion Smith, and Dan Raulerson. McKelvin appealed to local businesses to donate items, services and gift cards to fill a basket that would ultimately be valued at more than $1,700. The company also recruited help from anyone willing to sell raffle tickets for chances to win the basket. When Jonisha Vickers purchased two tickets for $5 at her son Kenny’s Plant City Dolphins midgets’ football game, little did

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she know hers would be the one drawn as winner. “Oh, I am so happy,” she said, upon arrival at Wells to retrieve her prize, accompanied by Kenny and his younger sister Darquasia. Among the basket’s many great items were free meals from area restaurants, beauty treatments, jewelry, car wash, oil change, an AC tune-up, dental exam with xrays and teeth whitening and a concealed weapon permit class plus private lesson. Along with the fundraiser’s finale on October 31st, the Wells staff honored breast cancer survivors and supportive guests with a luncheon. Licensed massage therapist Melinda Corder attended because she has survived cancer three times herself and lost two aunts to cancer. She explained, “We moved here a year ago from Jacksonville and just love Plant City. I came today because I thought it might help someone who just wanted to talk and have someone listen.” Her advice to anyone battling the dreaded disease currently - “Persevere and seek support from compassionate friends, family or church members. Never, ever give up!”


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EXTRA » CANDY’S CORNER When we finally reached our destination, which was a parking space on Reynolds or Collins Street, we would get out of our car to the sweet smell of Kirby’s Bakery. My sister and I would race to their window and just stare at the beautiful wedding cakes, cookies, and mouthwatering pastries. We waited for our mother to catch up, so we could go inside and pick out a treat or two. At eight years-old, I often tried to think of ways to get myself locked up in the bakery at night so I could eat everything in the entire bakery. To this day, I am sure this is what heaven must smell like! We would next venture across the street on our way to McCrory’s, but not without stopping first at my father’s office, which was then the Neighborhood Service Center (now the Trinkle law firm) for a quick visit, hug and kiss, and just maybe a shiny quarter for spending next door. Now then, if you happened to be out on the street corner at the right time, the bells from the First Baptist Church would ring at precisely noon. You could set your watch by it.

CANDY’S CORNER I got a phone call here at the photo archives a few weeks ago from Mike Floyd, editor of focus magazine. I thought Mike was just requesting some old photos as in the past. But instead he presented me with the opportunity to write a monthly column for his magazine. I was born and raised in Plant City and at the end of this month, November 27th to be exact, I will turn the big five-0. It feels a little scary but I thought to myself that in my 50 years, I have had a happy life, met some unforgettable people, and have seen some amazing things. Therefore, I accepted Mike’s offer.

When I was a little girl I knew that assure-as the sun would come up, several things would happen every day here in Plant City.

At long last, we made it to McCrory’s! When we entered through those big glass front doors we had entered the one place in the world where you could buy practically anything. The first step in and those wooden floors would pop. Take a right and there was the luncheonette. Meatloaf and mashed potatoes, chicken and dumplings, burgers and fries, banana splits, ice cream in a cone or in a dish. Vanilla, chocolate, rocky road, even on pie ala mode. Reach up and pop a balloon hanging from the string. See how much your treat would be. Go to the left and look at the pillowcases, hand towels, and handkerchiefs to embroidery. Head to the back and see the latest wigs and hats. Rows of plastic flowers and funeral wreaths. Shirts and shorts, socks and slippers, hairbrushes and combs, school supplies, record albums and clock radios to name a few. Then there it was ... the big glass candy counter filled with chocolate-covered raisins, peanuts, and stars and the sound of the metal scoop dipping into those delicious confections. Could I have 25 cents worth please? My little white paper sack was filled just for me.

First of all, when my mother, my sister Karen, and I would load up in our family’s brand new 1968 olive drab in color Pontiac Catalina ( which by the way came from Charles Harris Pontiac in Clearwater) to go downtown to shop, we would turn on our car radio and hear Al Berry from WPLA radio and the “This and That” show. For some reason, I was positively sure that Al sat way up high in a tower and could see all that was Time to go. Could we have spent nearly happening in our fair city. an hour looking at all the wonderful

things? Just then you would smell the fresh popcorn that Mrs. Evelyn Lampkin had made. Did I make the right choice? How will I spend my quarter next visit? Today McCrory’s is long gone, those church bells no longer ring, and WPLA radio is off the air. But at almost the big five-0 there are some things that are going to happen for sure in Plant City: I will hear Al Berry on the radio, the church bells will ring at noon, and the floor at McCrory’s will pop. That is if I close my eyes.

INSIDE THIS ARTICLE: CHARLES HARRIS PONTIAC was located in Clearwater, Fl. Owned by the Harris family for 3 generations and closed it’s doors after 50 years of service. Charles Harris III is now the owner of the Holiday Inn Express here in Plant City. MCRORY’S opened in Plant City in 1918 and closed it’s doors in 1985. Ms. Lampkin was a beloved employee and was the first African American cashier. Employed throughout the Civil Rights era Ms. Lampkin worked for McCrory’s for more than 30 years. Working her way up from keeping the store clean to serving its customers at the register. We all remember Ms. Lampkin with joy in our hearts.

KIRBY’S BAKERY, owned by Kirby and Hattie Pitts, was located for more than 30 years in the building that is now home to Sister’s and Company

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EXTRA » AUTO REVIEW

MARTIN-ESQUE FUSION SURE TO TURN FORD REVAMPS 2013 FUSION HEADS I SUBMITTED BY: BRIAN WEST

n 2006, Ford introduced the Fusion. The Fusion wasn’t much to look at the first few years. Then, in 2010, the Fusion received a slight facelift. The look was definitely an improvement. For 2013, Ford has unveiled a complete makeover of the Fusion that greatly increases it s visual appeal.

The new Fusion looks much sportier, maybe even upscale. The front end has definitive similarities to the Aston Martin. If the Fusion were an animated character, it could easily be depicted as an angry catfish. The grill looks just like the low, wide-opened, mouth of a shark. And that’s not a dig; the car is beautiful. Under the hood, there are three engine options, all delivering better than 30mpg: a 2.5L 4-cylinder, a turbo-charged 1.6L

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4-cyliner and a turbo-charged 2.0L 4-cyliner that delivers 240hp. This engine delivers quite a kick for those looking for more performance. Time in 0-60 is about 7 seconds, which is competitive for it’s class, and moving from 40-60 happens in a flash. It’s a great measure for the ease of merging into interstate traffic.

remote ignition. For those unfamiliar with this feature, it allows you to start the car remotely. Think of those hot summer days in Florida. You’re approaching the car through the parking lot, dreading climbing inside, because you know the heat is there and it’ll take a moment to cool the car down. Not now. Remotely start the car as you approach and the A/C will be running Three trim levels available: S, SE and before you climb in. Nice! Titanium – which I think may be a first in the automotive industry. If nothing else, it The interior is stunning. The types of sounds tough. The noticeable difference on controls and overall layout of the center the exterior with each trim package (aside console and dash are uncluttered, especially from the trim badges), are the wheel sizes. compared to many other imports. Ford They range from 16”-18”, with 17” or 18” again incorporates its “efficiency leaves” on available on the SE model. The 18” wheels the right hand side of the dash to let the paired with a low-profile tire look great on driver know when the car is performing this car. The Titanium model also features efficiently. Think of the leaves as visual all-wheel drive, which really helps with the encouragement for driving carefully. In overall handling. The Titanium also offers other words, the leaves aren’t looking their

best when you’re pushing the car to its limits. At least one of the exterior design elements made an impression on the interior. The chrome trim ring on the inside of the dash, center console A/C grills and the CD player – incorporating the power and eject buttons, all mimic the front-end. At the end of the day, the 2013 Fusion is a giant leap from the Fusion introduced just a few years ago. This may be the quickest improvement in a model by any manufacturer, at least in recent history. If you’re interested in the new Fusion, or looking for a mid-sized sedan and just haven’t made up your mind, stop by and see the folks at Jarrett-Scott Ford. Tell them you read about the 2013 Fusion in Focus Magazine.


SHOOTING WITH GUTS AND HEART LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER AND PHOTOJOURNALIST CREATES STORIES WITH PICTURES WRITTEN BY: HEATHER DAVIS

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n old Chinese proverb “A picture’s meaning can express Ten Thousand Words”, which now has come to be said as “A picture is worth One Thousand Words”, gives us literal meaning to what a picture is capable of expressing. It is for this reason that photographer and photojournalist Cindy Skop has made a life dedicated to telling stories with pictures. With a degree in Photography and Journalism Cindy quickly found herself working in the male dominated field of photojournalism doing what she loved for a local newspaper in North Carolina. Four years later Cindy accepted employment with the New York Times, which relocated her to Louisiana and then to Florida where she eventually began work for the Lakeland Ledger. Sadly after many years of working

as a photojournalist, Cindy found herself a casualty of the declining interest in print and newspaper due to the internet. She stopped working as a photojournalist for the Ledger in 2010. Cindy is currently is working on a new project as a stay at home mom to her 15-month-old son, as well as working as a freelance photographer.

which displayed in full size sheets at the Polk Museum of Art. The show titled “Aftershots, Images of Desperation and Dignity” was able to raise more than 7,000 dollars in order to assist in the building of three homes in Haiti for those in need.

It is amazing what a picture can move a minds and hearts of viewers. Such was the human heart to feel, do, and express and this case with her photography from Haiti, is exactly the reason Cindy Skop continues to find ways to make stories from pictures.

As a photojournalist Cindy has given us a legacy of thousands of award winning pictures representing her priority in photography, which is to create a visual message that people could learn from. Whether she was photographing the pet of the week for the Humane Society or in Haiti documenting the aftermath of the devastation brought about by the earthquake, to the slums in Kingston, Jamaica, or on the field at a Bucs game, Cindy created pictures to open up the

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INSPIRED DIETING M WRITTEN BY: GAIL JONES

y husband has spent the last nine months losing a kindergartener. Not literally. He hasn’t been dragging Hansel and Gretel into the woods and leaving them with a slice of bread and nothing else to help negotiate their way home.

What he has done is something much more difficult---and considerably less demonic. He has lost almost 50 pounds, or the equivalent of a small child, by exercising and moderating his diet. And I am so proud of him.

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serving it alone as a dip for oven-baked tortilla chips or sliced vegetables; bell peppers, cucumbers, broccoli, and some sliced hard boiled eggs and red-skinned potatoes. Then mix some of the leftovers with pesto, or pureed roasted red peppers for a pita sandwich spread. And finally, take the rest of the hummus…one cup to one beaten egg, and mix up a batter. Heat a little oil in a skillet, and pan fry small spoonfuls as fillings for sandwiches or as light appetizer.

some cherry-chocolate bread pudding for Now like all regional and ethnic specialties, there are almost as many different recipes for dessert.” hummus as there are people who love it. Below is my version. I use dried chick peas…feel “Veggies are fine,” he replied. “And could free to substitute canned, and I throw in the unorthodox jalapeno, because our household you chop up some lettuce with cucumbers likes a little spice. Experiment for the taste and texture you prefer. And always remember, that no matter what some purists will tell you, no recipe was ever handed down from the too.” heavens with the commandment “Thou shalt not change one darn thing!” “Uuuurgh! How exciting,” I thought. “So much to look forward to.” I would cook a delicious meal that my husband wouldn’t eat. Then I’d watch him rush through the rabbit food that he was using as basic, calorie-killing sustenance, stare in disbelief as he fled the temptation of the kitchen, while I packed up the leftovers for a long rest in the freezer.

But he makes me kind of angry too. As someone who loves to cook, culinary “Yeah, that is so not going to happen,” I limitations can be a real mood killer. thought--- possibly out loud. There had to be something creative I could make for him “Oh-h-h Honey,” I said as we walked that wouldn’t undo all his hard work. through the produce market on a recent Sunday…our only full day together that Enter hummus. It’s on almost every diet week, “what about seared pork tenderloin plan I’ve read in the past five years: loaded with a balsamic-peach glaze on a bed of with protein, while limited in the bad garlic mashed potatoes, and some roasted fats. Plus…it’s really tasty. And best of all, veggies?” I paused and waited, hoping that hummus is so versatile. I have learned to he would forget about his diet on our last make a huge batch and divide it up into night before he took off for yet another a variety of main courses. You can start by weeklong business trip. “And maybe

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y dining partner Edward and I recently visited Taco Rey at 1818 James Redman Parkway in Plant City. The quaint restaurant’s welcoming Mexican style wall murals captured our attention the moment we stepped inside. With an open kitchen we were also able to see that the food is obviously cooked fresh.

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sauce on the side so you can decide just how spicy to make yours. The prices are very reasonable and the quantity served for that price is unbelievable. Abdel says, “If you are going to feed someone, make them full.” Although the prices are already great, the restaurant offers extra savings to those who text the message “2100 Rey” to 247411. This sets your number up for monthly coupons on your phone. Diners simply come in and show the coupon message from their phone to receive the discounted price.

With a location in Dover since 2004, owner Feras Abdel added his new Plant City location seven months ago. The word Rey means “King,” and the name fits this place perfectly. Taco Rey has become the place to go for authentic Mexican food. Since Taco Rey makes meals fresh when ordered, Abdel says it is a good idea to call One of the dishes we ordered was of course ahead of time if you are in a hurry. This tacos…we couldn’t resist. Ordered with will help you get the fresh food you want fajita beef, they were delicious. I didn’t without the wait. Some customers order realize the difference between the meat ahead every day. choices for tacos. Taco Rey offers Jamon y Ques, Barbacoa, Chorizo, Lengua, The friendly service is outstanding here, Carnitas, Bistec, Fajita De Bistec, Fajita De too. Abdel goes out of his way to make Pollo, Al Pastor, and Milanesa. sure customers are satisfied. You are not just another customer here. Taco Rey wants We also ordered the Carne Asada, which your repeat and regular business. is grilled shoulder steak with peppers and onions. Ours was served with rice and This restaurant really impressed us. We will frijoles churros, which were my favorite. definitely be making another visit soon and we recommend you give it a try. Locate If you like spicy…this is your place. Just let the coupon in this issue of Focus, cut it out them know how spicy you want it and they and hurry on down to Taco Rey for some will serve it right up. They will also provide outstanding Mexican food. We believe you’ll discover your new favorite place.

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lant City Hometown Buffet is a family owned and operated business started by Elaine Vo, a resident of Plant City for the last 24 years. They offer a wide variety of items spanning the five buffet bars, including seafood and steak. There is certainly something to fit every taste preference, especially if you’re looking for seafood with their catfish, stuffed crab, buttered shrimp and much, much, more.

1914 JAMES L REDMAN PARKWAY PLANT CITY, FL 33563 813-754-4488

TACO REY

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hether you’re in the mood for soup & salad or the tastiest mexican food in town, Taco Rey Mexican Grill is the King! We are 100% authentic and here to serve you 7 days a week. Our food is freshly prepared for your viewing pleasure and with only the finest ingredients. We offer daily lunch specials and call to order service! Adults and kids will love our menu and Aguas Frescas De Sandia, traditional natural home made drinks.

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ENTERTAINMENT » KEEL AND CURLEY

The tables set up on the lawn allowed more folks to enjoy good food, company and entertainment. Photos by: Deana Garrison

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Many people sat and enjoyed their meal, entertainment, and the company of others. Photos by: Deana Garrison

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eel and Curley Winery hosted its especially well attended Bluegrass, Blueberries, and BBQ event from 3-10 p.m on October 27, 2012.

Entertainment for the event included national recording artist, Mountain Heart, and three other local bands: Applebutter Express, Cotton Eyed Does, and Southern Express. Each band gave an excellent performance before Mountain Heart’s grand finale appearance. One attendee commented, “This was an awesome event. The talent from the entertainment was clearly top shelf. Hats off to Clay Keel for all the promotion, organizing and making it happen.”

Many came simply to feast on the tastetempting food. Guests selected from the choices of BBQ sandwich, pulled pork, or chicken and sides included potato salad and baked beans. Judging from the aroma and all the happy faces, it was obvious the meals were delicious. And although the lines for the food were long, everyone agreed it was Many people have asked Keel to host well worth the wait. another event very soon. If you’d like to add your name to that list, visit www. As to the crowd, their cars filled the parking keelandcurleywinery.com for upcoming lot across the street from the winery and events and leave a comment. The Keel & traffic overflowed into the pasture on the Curley Winery has something for everyone, corner of the block. Inside, the house was plus the entertainment and food vendors packed, as well as on the patio and the change from week to week, so regulars are lawn, where many relaxed in their own never bored with the same-old, same-old. lawn chairs. Some paid extra to sit in the Locally and beyond, Keel & Curley is a patio’s shade with a better view of all the “happening!” great entertainment. Included in the price was opportunity to purchase two-dollar beer and four-dollar wine throughout the afternoon.

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Plenty of hungry people line up to get their delicious food at the Bluegrass, Blueberries, and BBQ Festival. Photos by: Deana Garrison

The food was enjoyed by many on the lawn as they listened to the entertainment coming from the patio. Photos by: Deana Garrison


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ENTERTAINMENT » EVENT CALENDAR

PLANT CITY

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 17

Mary Ann Fontaine at 813-717-3294 or Carol Rodriguez at 813-727-5214

» 10th Annual Pig Jam

10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Randy L Larson Softball Four-Plex 1500 S. Park Road $5.00 per vehicle For more information: Plant City Chamber of Commerce 813.754.3707 » Strawberry Classic Car Show

4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. Historic Downtown Plant City For more information: 813.754.3707

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24 TO DECEMBER 30 » Nights of Shimmering Lights

6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. $20 per car Thursday through Sunday until December 17 then nightly Located at the Hillsborough County Fair Grounds For more information: 813.389.6858

THURSDAY,

NOVEMBER 22

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9 THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6 » Lights of Love Christmas Tree

Lighting Sponsored by: South Florida Baptist Hospital 6:00 p.m. For more information: SFHB Foundation 813.757.8478

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7 » Plant City’s Annual Christmas

Parade 7:00 p.m. The annual Plant City Christmas Parade will start at Collins and Alsobrook Streets, travel north on Collins through downtown, turn right onto Reynolds Street, and end at the court house For more information: Plant City Chamber 813.754.3707

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8 » Holiday Gift Expo

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23 » Black Friday! Annual Shopping

Day Remember to BUY Local

» St. Clement Catholic Church

6:30 p.m. Centennial Celebration Cronin Hall For more information: Please call

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SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1 » Comedian Tim Hawkins

Shiloh Baptist Church 7:00 p.m. Tickets $20 in advance and $25 at the door For more information: 813.752.8345 or visit their website www. discoversomethingdifferent.com

Strawberry Festival Expo Building 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. You Will Find That Perfect Something! This shopping event features more than 70 specialty merchants offering unique gift items. The Holiday Gift Expo includes merchants selling everything from clothing, jewelry, handbags, food, art and children’s items. Holiday characters will be visiting the festival and the hall will look like Christmas so bring your cameras. Come experience the best Holiday Gift Expo. Free in Advance $3.00 at the door Ages 6 and under are free 2301 W. Oak Ave For more information:

Season of Joy a Celtic Christmas Celebration Plant City Church of God 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. 2103 Mud Lake Road For more information: 813.752.4591

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 16 Plant City Church of God Christmas in the Country presented by “Kids Church” 10:15 a.m. 2103 Mud Lake Road For more information: 813.752.4591

ONGOING EVENTS Duplicate Bridge, a low key bridge game for beginners as well as skilled players, meets on Friday at 1:00 p.m. at St Peters Episcopal Church. You must have a partner. For more information call Walt Arnold at 752-1602. The Republican Club of Plant City meets the 4th Tuesday of every month, 7:30-9:00A.M., at Buddy Freddy’s Restaurant, 1101 Goldfinch Drive, Plant City. The next meeting is March 27th. Cost of breakfast is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Come network with your neighbors in the conservative group. Strawberry Square, 4401 Promenade Blvd., Plant City A full schedule of Square and Round Dancing is happening every day at Strawberry Square. We have many callers and cuers on the schedule. Visit our website: www.strawberrysquaredancing.com or call the office: 813-752-0491


ENTERTAINMENT » CROSSWORD

LET’S TALK TURKEY CREATED BY: CALVIN R. AND JACKIE MATHEWS LET’S TALK ACROSS 1. Fashionable 5. Destinies 10. Heartless 14. Game site 15. Eased up 17. Nut variety 20. Turkey 23. Switch positions 24. “__ be in England...” (Browning) 25. See 32 Down 26. Yuletide sounds 28. Butterfly catcher’s need 29. Umpire’s call 31. Responds to an invite, for short 34. Corp. head, perhaps 35. TV’s Belknap 36. Waiter’s hope 39. DI and DI 40. Finest 41. Turkey 48. Reddish dye 49. Give; grant, as knowledge 50. Bananas 54. French designer 55. Environment 58. Cry of discovery 60. See eye to eye 61. Denials 62. Suffix for Paul or Max 63. Of the ear 65. Water lilies 67. Terrain feature 70. Candidate 72. Train’s end 75. Heat units, familiarly 77. 12/24, for one 78. Garland 81. Brontë or Dickinson 82. Genetic matter 84. Elbows 86. Colorful flowers, for short 87. Tripoli’s nation 88. “Let __ Be Your Umbrella” 90. Means of communication 91. Turkey 97. Root beer maker 100. Yellow or Black 101. Bedtime for some 102. Make progress 103. Mine car load 104. Russian edict 106. Goof 107. Head topper 110. Desi Arnaz, e.g. 112. Misanthropes 117. Transcript abbr. 119. Go quickly 120. Turkey 125. Clothing

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In an Emergency

You Need a Real ER

One that’s located in a hospital with... • On-site operating rooms • On-site team of physician specialists • On-site Heart Center • On-site Intensive Care Unit

With minimal wait times, our ER is designed to treat your little emergencies as well.*

For a physician referral or more information:

(813) 443-2037 or

PlantCityEmergency.org

Support your local community hospital *Your individual wait time may vary.

301 N. Alexander St. • Plant City

REDMAN EMERGENCY CENTER REDMAN EMERGENCY CENTER BC1203678_0912

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Life is better in the Quick Lane. Auto service just got better! Quick Lane® at Jarrett-Scott Ford provides all the services your car or truck needs most. All our services are performed by factory-trained experts and on your schedule. No appointment necessary and you’ll get service while you wait, even on evenings and weekends. We’ll take care of any make or model, using quality parts from trusted brands like Motorcraft® and name-brand tires from Goodyear, Continental, Michelin and more.

$

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MAIL IN REBATE

when you purchase four select tires

Must present coupon at time of write up. May not be used with any other coupon or store special. Shop supplies and installation extra. Expires 11/30/12

THE WORKS PACKAGE

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29.95

Includes up to 7 quarts of synthetic blend oil, 31 point VCU inspection, Check and top off all fluids, Tire presure check, Balance check, Four Tire rotation

Must present coupon at time of write up. May not be used with any other coupon or store special. Shop supplies and tax extra. Most cars and light trucks excludes diesels. Expires 11/30/12

813-757-6429 2000 East Baker Street Plant City, FL 33563 Service Hours Mon-Fri 7am-7pm Sat 7am-3pm

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25.00 MAIL REBATE

on motorcraft tested tough max and plus batteries. Must present coupon at time of write up. May not be used with any other coupon or store special. Shop supplies and installation extra. Expires 11/30/12

ALL MAKES AND MODELS! WE’LL BEAT YOUR BEST TIRE PRICE GUARANTEED! 120

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