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CONTENTS September 2014 | Volume 13 Issue 09 | focusplantcity.com

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ONTHECOVER Photography by Mike Floyd

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LETTER FROM THE

PUBLISHER How about that cover photo..huh?

Spending time with the adults who guide our young men and women into adulthood These three young woman represent a perfect through the rigorous route of competitive picture of youth, athleticism, zest for sports is an eye-opener, for sure. life…and high school sports. We truly believe there should be a “National Talk about putting a positive Coaches Day!” face forward, the cheerleaders of Plant City, Durant, and Along with this fun feature, the September Strawberry Crest high issue contains stories about the just-run schools have it going on! Mud Titan race, the new Plant City YMCA Strong Leader, a mission trip opportunity to And if it’s one thing Focus Haiti with the Neriah Community Health promotes, it’s positive Foundation, Arts Council of Plant City’s Jazz community stories. We’re and Java events, and a salute by Governor thankful to be a magazine Rick Scott to military veterans who received that encourages the best the Honorary Medal of Honor. in everyone. No doubt, hometown pride and It’s jam-packed with positives, and if there’s long-term friendships one thing we’ve learned in our 13-year Focus build better businesses, history, it’s that we can never have too much charitable organizations of that. and families. Thanks, as always, for reading and supporting With great delight, we’re our advertisers. Your dollars spent on their pleased this month to products and services keeps Plant City’s feature the teams and coaches economy moving in a positive direction! of our local Friday Night Lights. We’re hoping readers will get a glimpse, not only into the local football teams, but also, through our discussions with the cover girls and their coaches, into the demanding sport of cheerleading. Warmest Regards, Mike Floyd

CREDITS Got a story idea? Looking to advertise in Focus? Contact us for more information. Floyd Publications, Inc. 702 W. Dr. MLK Jr. Blvd. Plant City, FL 33563 Office 813.707.8783 Fax 813.764.0990 www.focusplantcity.com Standards of accuracy: The goal of the writers at FOCUS Magazine is to provide heart-warming stories that are accurate from the start. Being human, however, we sometimes make mistakes. Please forgive us. So if you notice anything that is incorrect, then please do not hesitate to contact the editorial department and inform it about the fact error. To do so, call (813) 707-8783 or e-mail editorial@floydpublications.com. The staff will fix the error in a timely manner.

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NEW ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR ELECTED TO FLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL BOARD A new associate director was recently elected to the Florida Strawberry Festival’s board of directors. Rhett Rollyson, a Plant City resident and festival volunteer, was elected to fill the associate director position that has been vacant since April when one of the board’s associate directors was promoted to director. “The festival is something that is so important to our city and our community, and I’m humbled to be selected to serve among this group,” said Rollyson. For the last 10 years, Rollyson has been an active volunteer in the festival’s information services, having worked in information booths and as a roving hostess. Two years ago, he took on an additional volunteer role in helping with seating and security at the festival’s soundstage. Serving the festival has been a long-standing tradition in his family, Rollyson said. His father, Rolly Rollyson, is a member emeritus of the board of directors, and his father-in-law, Dub McGinnes, is a current director. Other members of his family have served in various volunteer positions. Thirty individuals comprise the festival’s board of directors and govern the 11-day event. Fourteen of those individuals serve as directors, and 16 serve as associate directors. All members must reside within Hillsborough County. “When choosing new members of our board, we look for individuals who are passionate about serving our festival and have a vision for its future,” said Florida Strawberry Festival President Jim Jeffries. “Rhett exhibits these qualities and many more, and we know he will be an asset to our festival.”

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THE UNITED FOOD BANK OF PLANT CITY SERVES MORE THAN 3000 KIDS THIS SUMMER For the past seven years, The United Food Bank of Plant City has been serving free breakfast and lunch to low-income kids in our community during the summer months. This year our Children’s Nutrition Outreach Program served more than 3000 children.

The showing of the dramatic documentary Freedom Riders is scheduled for 7:00PM Tuesday, September 23, 2014, at the Trinkle Center at Hillsborough Community College - Plant City Campus

FLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL NAMED TOP 20 EVENT

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The Florida Strawberry Festival has been named a Top 20 Event for February 2015 by the Southeast Tourism Society for the 13th time. The Southeast Tourism Society, a non-profit organization that promotes and develops tourism throughout the Southeast, annually awards successful fairs, festivals, tourism attractions, special events and more across the Southeast by naming them one of their “Top 20.” “It is humbling when a group as prominent as the Southeast Tourism Society thinks our festival is worthy of being named a Top 20 Event,” said Florida Strawberry Festival General Manager Paul Davis. “We are honored.” In 2014, the Florida Strawberry Festival was also designated as one of the American Bus Association’s Top 100 Events in North America as well as one of the Top 40 Fairs in North America by Venues Today. “Our goal is to always provide a safe, fun, family-friendly atmosphere for our patrons,” said Davis, “and we appreciate when others think that is worth celebrating.”


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YMCA LEADERSHIP AWARD HONORS LONGTIME MEMBER AND PHILANTHROPIST

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itting on the stage at the Plant City YMCA Strong Leader Award dinner were a stationary bike, an old coffee table with a Styrofoam cup and two plastic chairs, a pair of pickleball racquets and a clear award engraved with the name of the Plant City YMCA’s Strong Leader Award recipient. To George Banning, each of these items is uniquely personal. He wakes up in the dew-filled early morning hours to attend the YMCA’s spinning class several days a week. Then he sits at that same coffee table with his friends and fellow YMCA supporters, drinking coffee and joking about whose smart phone is the smartest. He was instrumental in bringing pickleball, a game that combines elements of tennis and ping-pong, to the Plant City YMCA. And he was

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awarded the YMCA’s 2014 Strong Leader Award on Aug. 26 at an elegant dinner and awards ceremony hosted at the John R. Trinkle Center. The event doubled as a fundraiser, with 8-person tables available for $1,000 and single tickets for $75. All proceeds go directly to the YMCA’s various outreach programs, according to Plant City YMCA Executive Director Rick Gould. “The event supports the YMCA as well as honors the honoree, and all the money that we raise tonight stays in the Plant City community,” Gould said. Some of the YMCA programs include scholarships for youth to attend summer day-camps, swim lessons and sports. There’s an outreach program called Livestrong, as well, which helps cancer survivors recover

their strength and get back into shape after the draining rigors of cancer treatment. The YMCA also offers a diabetes prevention program, Gould said, which aims to reduce the onset of diabetes in people who are prediabetic. These programs and more benefit from the funds raised at the YMCA Strong Leader Award dinner. Which is just how Banning would like it. “That’s one of the things that separates the YMCA from other facilities,” he said during an interview at the awards ceremony. “The fellowship and the programs they offer are fantastic.” Banning has been involved with the YMCA organization for over 30 years, with some of that time spent at the Franklin County, Ohio, and Dr. Phillips YMCAs in addition to the Plant City Y. He served on the Plant City YMCA Board from 2001-2010, and he took over the position of YMCA director from Karen Kerr, now president of the South Florida Baptist Hospital, at her request. Banning has also made significant contributions to the Plant City community outside of the Y. He’s been very involved with the Plant City Daybreak Rotary Club, serving as both president and the Rotary’s West Central Florida district governor. Banning has also been an active fundraiser for the Order of the Arrow, the Boy Scouts of America’s National

Honor Society; the United Food Bank of Plant City, where he sits Board of Directors; and Unity in the Community. Banning is the 12th recipient of the YMCA Strong Leader Award, with past honorees including current Plant City Mayor Rick Lott, City Commissioner Mike Sparkman, prominent community leader Cindy Churchill and Plant City College and Career Counselor Sherrie Mueller. “I’m so excited, because I’ve been involved with the Y, and I can’t do enough to promote and inspire other people to come there,” Banning said. “Many of the dinner tables are filled with people who sit around that coffee table every morning.” Banning still makes time to exercise and build fellowship at the YMCA, Gould said. In addition to playing pickleball and climbing onto his spinning bike, Banning volunteers in an informal capacity. Gould remembers how Banning recruited a group of people to buy plants and plant a flowerbed in honor of a YMCA member who passed away. From the many speakers at the awards dinner—including childhood friend Sam Davis and past Rotary district Governor Alan Feldman—it’s clear that Banning is admired and well-liked. “He’s known by all of the leaders and everybody in Plant City,” Gould said. “He’s very active.”

Sponsors and attendees enjoy dinner before the 2014 Plant City Family YMCA Strong Leader Award ceremony on Aug. 26.


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Lee Pearce with daughter, Cheyenne, and son, Bryson

ICE, ICE BABY

Friends and family came together to raise funds for Lee Pearce, a Plant City man battling ALS.

O’BRIENS HOSTS FUNDRAISING EVENT FOR A LOCAL BATTLING ALS BY DARCIE JARRETT | PHOTOS COURTESY OF DEANNA LEMELIN

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ocial media has brought us many crazes through the years..Hashtag, Planking, Tebowing. The current fixation is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Unlike the others, this latest trend is raising awareness, and money for the debilitating disease. On Saturday, August 30th, O’Briens hosted a fundraiser event, coordinated by Deanna Lemelin, and other friends for Jeremy “Lee” Pearce, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2010. Lemelin explained how the illness has affected Pearce, father of two. “Over a rather short period of time,” she said, “he lost the capability to work, to help take care of his family and take care of himself. Since the onset of this disease, he went from having some slight numbness in his limbs, to becoming completely paralyzed and he cannot speak.” Today, Pearce is completely reliant on a wheelchair for mobility and a computer to speak. Lemelin, Pearce and the other friends involved in the planning all met when they participated in the Turkey Creek Trojans Youth Football and Cheer Club. “We pretty much grew up out there together,” shared Lemelin. The group – minus Pearce – met at O’Briens about a month ago and bounced ideas around about what they could do for their dear friend and how to make it fun. They decided to coordinate a fundraiser

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and make it a complete surprise to Pearce. They shared their idea with the restaurant’s manager, Christine Camarda, and she wanted O’Briens to be a part of it. “We like to be involved in community activities,” said Camarda. The restaurant held a 50/50 raffle and supplied ice and buckets for whoever wanted to participate in the Ice Bucket Challenge – where the owner, Mike Goodwin, was matching donations up to $500. Lemelin reported the night was a huge success – with $2,200 raise for Lee Pearce. “There wasn’t a dry eye in the room when he came in and we surprised him. O’Brien’s and business partners made a very generous donation on Lee’s behalf as well,” she continued. “We appreciate everything that they have done from the bottom of our hearts.” If you would like to donate to the ALS Association, Lemelin asks you make your donation in honor of Jeremy Lee Pearce. He has created a team name called “Lee’s Mighty Rams.” If you would like to donate to Lee directly, you can contact Lemelin at deannalemelin@gmail.com. Keep challenging..keep the ice water coming, and together we can make a change..one “Ram” at a time.

Pearce poses for a picture with his parents and siblings


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HOPEWELL BAPTIST CHURCH YOUTH PUMPKIN PATCH SALE Dates for the pumpkin patch: Friday 10/10 - Thursday 10/30 Hours: 10am-7pm Saturday 10/11& 10/18 we have festival hours from 11am-3-pm Festival hours will have a goodie tent, train rides, games, and a kidz corner. Saturday 10/25 from 3pm-7pm Hallelujah Night with all festival fun stuff and much more!

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THE MUD TITAN RUN

A HUGE SUCCESS

BY DEANA GARRISON | PHOTOS BY DREW BIRCHMEIER

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any people came out to explore the Mud Titan Run on September 6th. This 5K run includes many obstacles for runners to test their strength and endurance. This messy course not only puts you to the test, it is loaded with fun. Many friends and family come out to have a good time while putting their bodies to the ultimate challenge. Drew Birchmeier, a Mud Titan runner, says these runs help him to stay in shape. Three years ago, Birchmeier realized that quick fast food meals and

too much TV time had taken its toll. At 335 pounds, he was ready to lose the weight. He set a goal to be skinny by age 38. Cutting out the fast food and smoking and then adding the P90X and Insanity workouts at home contributed to his successful loss. He also uses the “My Fitness Pal” which is an online guide that helps you keep up with your intake. During the last three years, he has lost 100 pounds and keeps it off by participating in runs with several friends and his two sons. He enjoys the Mud Titan Run because it fun and according

to Birchmeier, “What is great about the mud runs are the sense of camaraderie out on the course. Every time you struggle with an obstacle someone is there to cheer you on or help you get past it. The mud run atmosphere is less about competing and more about completing. There is an awesome sense of accomplishment after completing an obstacle you may be unsure of.” Many others are out there doing the same thing. Many people workout and stay at the gym keeping fit, but by participating in these runs, it gives you a

chance to test it all out and see just how much you have gotten your body in shape. It gives you a strength and endurance check. If you are looking for a way to get your body back in shape or just wanting to have a little fun, the Mud Titan should be your next plan of action. Let’s face it, it isn’t going to be a clean run, but a little laughter and cheering on from others never hurt anyone. What a great way to keep your body moving. See you at the next one.

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Motivational speaker/ author Donald Dowridge presented early American history from the viewpoint of Frederick Douglass

A MESSAGE OF HOPE, LIBERTY, VICTORY!

citizens to present solid defense against a socialist approach to government. His passion is to awaken the un-engaged citizenry “to understand we are close to losing the battle between liberty and tyranny.” The program seeks to build a permanent infrastructure of Biblebelieving patriots in every Florida precinct, to engage their liberty loving neighbors, register them to vote, and encourage them to vote for God-fearing, not politically motivated, candidates. Tim Curtis, co-founder of the 2, 000 member Tampa 912 Project (tampa912. org) emceed the event which included encouragement from Smith and from motivational speaker/author Donald L. Dowridge of Tampa who, as Frederick Douglass, shared biographical history of his rise to success (DLDenterprises.org). Present also were State Representative Dan Raulerson and school board candidate Terry Kemple.

For those desiring more involvement, the Tampa 912 Project is a 2,000+ member volunteer nonprofit organization that promotes civic education and advocacy in the Tampa area. The group holds classes on history, politics, economics and current events, hosts candidate forums and debates, conducts research, and promotes social welfare. Members favor economic freedom, a constitutionally limited government, and less taxation and government spending. Twelve values guide the Tampa 912 Project: Honesty, Reverence, Hope, Thrift, Humility, Charity, Sincerity, Moderation, Hard Work, Courage, Personal Responsibility, and Gratitude. Following a Q & A session with Smith at evening’s end, motivated attendees seemed determined to do their part to engage their Plant City area family, friends and co-workers in the fight to right America.

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n evening “Message of Hope, Liberty, Victory” with K. Carl Smith proved to be the perfect wrap up to the 9-11 remembrance events this year. Sponsored by the Friends of K. Carl Smith and the Community Issues Council, his “Message of Hope, Liberty, and Victory” inspired a community-wide audience of all ages to become “truth tellers” and spokesmen and women unafraid to stand up for America’s freedoms. The retired military officer and author/speaker appeared at the Plant City Church of God to describe the eye-opening and life-changing impact

the writings of Frederick Douglas made on his life. Smith, a walking history book, espouses respect for life and the U.S. Constitution and belief in limited government and personal responsibility. He is dedicated now to equipping others to dialogue and take action based on the life-empowering values of the man he identifies as the “original Civil Rights activist.” “We are in a fight for the existence of our country,” he warned. “I want to help reignite American passion for liberty.” Through his book entitled Frederick Douglass Republicans and through half-day training sessions on his www. GiveMeLibertyTour.com, Smith equips

Retired Military officer and “Give Me Liberty” tour organizer K Carl Smith hope to reignite American passion for liberty.

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WWII Silver Star recipient Carl Dekle greets his friend and fellow WWII Veteran, Ephraim Reaves, as he awaits his turn with Gov. Scott.

Gov. Rick Scott presents the Florida Governor’s Honorary Service Award medal to WWII / Tuskegee Airmen veteran Ephraim Reaves, who is accompanied by daughter Peggy Knight

GOV. RICK SCOTT PRESENTS FLORIDA GOVERNOR’S VETERANS SERVICE AWARDS BY CHERYL JOHNSTON

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overnor Rick Scott personally presented the Florida Governor’s Veterans Service Award to 277 men and women on August 14, 2014. Also present at the Lakeland National Guard Armory was State Senator Kelli Stargel [R-Lakeland], State Representative John Wood, Polk Commissioner Ed Smith and and many patriotic friends and family members. The Armory was filled with veterans of all ages and services, from World War II to current ongoing

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operations. To receive the award, honorably discharged veterans needed only to register online and attend the ceremony. Proud family members snapped photos or video as Gov. Scott shook each veteran’s hand and placed the Service Award medal around the necks of their loved ones. The intent was to honor their service and sacrifices for the freedoms Floridians enjoy today. Gov. Scott, a Navy veteran with the 82nd Airborne Division, completed

At Denny’s for breakfast after the ceremony, WWII Veteran Ephraim Reaves met another Plant City recipient, Zach Booth, who served with the Army’s 821st Aviation Engineers.

his service in 1974. He referenced his adopted father’s service, noting that “17% of his company had died on D-Day.” He also recalled a time when servicemen and women couldn’t wear their uniforms off base or talk about their work, and when signs were posted that read, “Dogs and sailors stay off the grass.” In thanking attendees, Scott said, “Your sacrifices far exceed our capacity to express appreciation... We want you in Florida and will treat you with respect. We appreciate your

service because our veterans protected the freedom and democracy of our nation, and Florida families have the opportunity to live the American Dream.” Among Plant City veterans receiving the Service Award were Zach Booth (Army 821st Aviation Engineers; special category attached to Air Force) Carl Dekle (Marines, Silver Star; WWII), and Ephraim Reaves (Tuskegee Airmen Mechanic, WWII).


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PLANT CITY’S GOOD COOKIE 5K RUN A SUCCESS BY MORIAH BARNHART

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hen little Liam Witt was diagnosed with neuroblastoma (a cancer of the nervous system that occurs most often in infants and young children) in 2007 at just two-years-old, his parents were stunned at the lack of safe and effective treatments due to a lack of research funding. In 2008, Gretchen and Larry Witt founded Cookies for Kids’ Cancer. With the help of 250 volunteers, they baked 96,000 cookies and raised an astounding $400,000 for childhood cancer research. Nine new treatments have been developed through the 501(c)3 since! Although little Liam passed away after his courageous four-year battle, his legacy is very much alive. A majority of the funding for the nonprofit comes from events like Plant City’s own annual Good Cookie 5K and Bake Sale. Similar to the Witt’s story, Plant City’s Good Cookie 5K was the result of a local family’s own fight with neuroblastoma. Morgan Pierce was diagnosed at the age of 5. Her family was thrust into the reality of childhood cancer, and the financial requirements of life-saving treatments for their

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daughter. Suffering four relapses in six years, Morgan now travels to New York for a week-long antibody each month. Three years ago Morgan’s mother, Emily Pierce, organized the first race for research to benefit all children suffering the devastation of a cancer diagnosis. They say it takes a village, and we should be that village. Mike Goodwine told me, “Like most people, I’ve seen or read things about kids with cancer and felt sad for them. Feeling sorry doesn’t help the cause. After meeting Morgan my heart was heavy, but this time I felt I had to do something instead of just shedding tears. Any kind of support goes a long way. Then I thought about a Proverb that says: ‘Do not withhold good from those who need it, when you have the ability to help.’ Well I don’t have much, but the little that I have I’ll give to support kids with cancer.” He was quoting Proverbs 3:27, and I couldn’t agree with him more! September 6, 2014 was the 3rd annual Good Cookie 5K held at the Train Depot in downtown Plant City. There was a 7:30 a.m. 5k run through

downtown followed by a 10:30 a.m. Sprint for Sprinkles kid’s run. The event lasted through the afternoon with a bake sale (whose proceeds will also go to Cookies for Kids’ Cancer), live music (including Plant City’s own Dock Seven), bounce houses, haircuts for wig donations, and a raffle. If you paid attention to the details at the booths and throughout the Train Depot, it was obvious that many local young children took part in every aspect of the event. It was heartwarming and encouraging. There was a great turnout, but with Plant City being a tightly-knit community of people who care about their neighbors,

this was not surprising. In time the turnout (along with the awareness) will continue to grow each year. With communities big and small holding events like this around the country, we are undoubtedly creating awareness one person and one community at a time. LINKS For more information about Morgan’s journey and the Plant City annual Good Cookies Run, please visit www.sparklyflower.com For more information about Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, please visit www.cookiesforkidscancer.org


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Darcy Stottlemyer, Marsha Passmore, Billy Passmore and Dodi White enjoy performance of the B&B Jazz Quartet.

PLANT CITY ARTS COUNCIL CELEBRATES

Wenda Trunzo said. “They play a very creative part in all of our lives.” The idea of combining coffee and jazz music into a night of art appreciation came from Marsha Passmore, board member and past president of the arts council. The event comes at the end of the council’s season, and she wanted the night to be a “thank you” to council members. “We thought it would be nice to have Jazz and Java, the two seem to go so well together,” she said. The evening performance was open to anyone, but Passmore said small events like this are usually attended mostly by members. Council membership is open to anyone in the

community, Passmore said, and they keep the membership dues affordable to appeal to a wide variety of people. “Anyone interested in being involved in the arts in Plant City is welcome to join,” Passmore said. The group already has events planned for the new season, which begins in October. One includes a scavenger hunt and stroll through downtown Plant City, and another is the At Home for the Holidays house tour that takes place in early December. “We’ve been around for a very long time, and we just try to keep it going every year,” Passmore said. “It’s really a lot of fun.”

JAZZ MUSIC, THE ARTS AND COFFEE BY KELSEY TRESSLER

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he sultry sounds of jazz blended with the hot roasted scent of coffee during the Arts Council of Plant City’s Jazz and Java event on Aug. 23. Large, black-and-white photos lined the inside of the Plant City Photo Archives and added a visual layer to the atmosphere of the event, which was attended by two dozen or so arts council members. There was a selection of food, dessert and beverages along with the coffee. B&B Jazz Quartet from Lakeland offered a selection of fun, unexpected jazz music, including a crowdrequested piece by Thelonious Monk. The band is comprised of Paul Butcher on piano, Alex Belliveau playing the trombone, Ian Goodman on drums and William Hall on the electric bass. “We’ve used them before in performances in the past and we love them,” said Dodi White, president

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of the Arts Council of Plant City. “They’re so good, they’re so wellreceived, and they’re so easy to work with.” Butcher is an adjunct professor at Florida Southern College, where Belliveau attended before graduating in 2013. The two have known each other since Butcher taught Belliveau at Harrison School of the Arts. The “B&B” in B&B Jazz Quartet comes from their last names. “Anytime I get a chance to come out and play, it’s always fun,” Belliveau said. The coffee was provided by Krazy Kup, a local coffee house owned by Wenda and Frank Trunzo. They provided a smooth, medium-road Arabica coffee blend as well as a decaf blend for attendants, who enjoyed both. “The arts are so important to our children and to the whole community,”

Jazz musicians William Hall (left) and Alex Belliveau perform at the Java and Jazz event on Aug. 23.

Wenda and Frank Tunzo, owners of the Krazy Cup coffee shop, provided the java portion of the Arts Council of Plant City’s Jazz and Java event.


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BAREFOOT BIRTH BY SHERRI ROBINSON

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ne thing we all have in common is being born. How we were brought in this world has changed over the years. In our grandmother’s time most babies were born at home. By the time our mothers had us the norm was to deliver in a hospital, many without the presence of significant other for support. With the development and increase of technology we have access to information to the point of overload. With that technology reaching into the medical field we should be able to expect there to be

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only a rare instance of death, infection and a greater satisfaction in the birth experience. This does not seem to be the case. While there are still some wonderful doctors and staff, the birthing experience can be scary, risky and leave much to be desired. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have less pain or at least the ability to cope and be calm? How about the opportunity to have a birth in a familiar, comfortable setting instead of clinical and still have great care you can trust? Everyone wants to have a healthy

delivery and memories that we enjoy the rest of our lives to share with others. This desire and a bad birth experience propelled Charlie Rae Young to a career that helped to change not only her life, but the lives of those she helps. In 2009 Barefoot Birth was born. Charlie began attending births in 2008 and went on to get her education from the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery and Florida Licensed Midwife in 2013. It is evident that she is passionate about providing an alternate birthing

experience as well as good maternity care before and support after birth. Barefoot Birth provides individualized services according to each pregnancy and desired birth experience. Anyone interested can receive a free consultation and it is recommended to contact them early to assure availability in their program. They only take 5 clients a month. Their doulas support women during pregnancy, assists in labor and delivery as well as help her and her family after the arrival of the baby. Home Birth services, childbirth education, massage therapy, postpartum support, professional birth photography and also resources for dads to be. For a list of additional services refer to the website at www. barefootbirth.com. With changing healthcare costs and concerns Barefoot Birth wants to be there for you and understands the costs can be quite high with traditional medicine costing upwards of $20,000. They do their best by keeping the costs down around $6,000. Now you will be able to save for that new little one’s college. Barefoot Birth is giving you the opportunity to be in charge of your choices for a happy safe birth. Though they provide medical care they don’t take high risk pregnancies such as chronic health issues and multiples. However, they are prepared in case something unexpected were to occur. They are aware many people want to make informed choices of how they want to have their baby and be comfortable with the decision so they recommend doing your research. Enjoy reading the many mom blogs online, joining mom groups and check out Tampa Bay Birth Network. If interested in having your birthing experience with Barefoot Birth they book 5-6 months in advance so call them early. For more information go to www.barefootbirth.com or call 813-515-0825. Carlie Rae Young is also available to speak to groups.


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MY TENNESSEE HOME MUSIC VIDEO BY MORIAH BARNHART

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ocus Magazine recently got word of a music video “My Tennessee Home” being filmed right up the road in Lithia. The movie which inspired this song “An Evergreen Christmas” was filmed in places like Nashville, Tennessee and Charlotte, North Carolina. Its storyline is short and sweet: “An aspiring musician returns to the small Tennessee town she left behind and life on a Christmas tree farm she tried to forget, only to find pieces of herself and her true musical voice along the way.” It is set in the fictional rural Tennessee town of Balsam Falls. The theme seems to be small town and big talent. The star of the movie and music video, Charleene Closshey, is a Plant City native. We absolutely love to hear the success stories of our own so we decided to go check it out. The Southern Barn advertises as a vintage and unique wedding venue. Pulling up, I could envision an

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outdoor wedding being held in the barn; however, I wasn’t quite sure how they were going to utilize the space for a music video. It’s essentially a large farm with an old-time feel. I walked up to what looked like a normal outdoor family picnic in the front yard. But soon, “Cut!” could be heard loud and clear from the sidelines, and as the children silenced and the grandmother reversed course back to her original position, it became very clear that this was a well-staged scene. A few people stood around a camera and a laptop on the outskirts, observing diligently and chiming in occasionally. While this scene ended and everyone prepared to move to another location, I met Charleene Closshey. We made our way from the front of the farm to the back. She took her place on a bridge that backed to what I can only describe as an aesthetic swamp. The scenery was beautiful, it was a hidden little paradise with

lush greenery and a water view in the middle of Hillsborough County. With videography and lighting equipment on one side, dozens of cows just a hundred or so feet away on the other, and no fence in between, it truly embodied the “big city meets country life” feel of the movie. It was obvious that Charleene was very comfortable in front of the camera. Watching her, you couldn’t tell that it was hot and muggy outside, nor that the lighting was adding quite a few additional degrees to the heat directed right at her. Having her photo on Northern bathroom tissue as a baby, being on the queen’s court at the Florida Strawberry Festival, and holding titles such as Miss Tampa have prepped her for work like this since she was very young. She has lived in New York and Los Angeles, although she is originally from right here in Plant City. She has studied and worked all over the world, and has even performed on Broadway. She greeted me warmly. Although her experience and sophistication were evident, she exuded southern charm. She said it was easy to relate to the theme of this film and her character. Having spent a lot of time in big cities, she said there’s always a special comfort in returning home. As comfortable as Charleene was in front of the cameras, everyone

behind them seemed to be just as comfortable on the other side. This was no doubt a team of very experienced professionals who knew what they were doing. I met the producer, Kim Waltrip of Kim and Jim Productions. She was very friendly, but also very focused, sans makeup with her hair pulled back, and was dressed for a long day in the sun and mud. Then Charleene introduced me to Jeremy Culver, the director, co-writer, and Charleene’s fiancé. Culver’s sister, Morgen, co-wrote the film with him. Charleene’s Aunt, Yvonne Fry, owns the local talent agency Fresh Picked Talent, and made the arrangements for the music video and the extras. Keep an eye out for someone you know in this video, as many of the extras are from Plant City! Charleene’s mother, Jennifer Closshey, is the executive producer. Charles Closshey, Charleene’s dad, was also onsite giving her advice and encouraging her. Her dad and aunt also play small roles in the movie. Nothing says downhome as well as the incorporation of our family into our dreams and our endeavors! “An Evergreen Christmas” will be released November 4, 2014. For more information, please visit the official Facebook site: https://www.facebook. com/anevergreenchristmasmovie


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SIMPLE PREVENTION AMOEBA SEASON AWARENESS BY SHERRI ROBINSON

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ids can’t wait until that last day of school and the beginning of summer where they will spend their days enjoying fun activities like swimming and water slides. For those living in the southern states of Florida and Texas it is no longer just fun and games. There is now a risk in our fresh water systems

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that is of great concern. It is a tiny little amoeba called Naegleriafowleri meningitis. The risk is low and has it has been compared to being struck by lightning which kills 10% of people but it is still worrisome. It can strike anyone who spends time in fresh water, but no one knows why some are more susceptible than others.

The entry point of this danger is through the nose when water is forced inside. The amount of time when symptoms would begin are within 7 days starting with loss of smell and advancing to headache, hallucinations and finally death. 99.9% of those who are affected perish. This was 10 year old Philip Gompf ’s story. In August 2009 he spent a day swimming and having fun. Within a few days he came down with a headache and deteriorated quickly. Philip’s parents took him to the emergency room to get care but soon realized nothing could be done and they lost him. Mom, Sandra, is a physician and Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases at USF Morisani College of Medicine in Tampa and father, Timothy is a Pediatrician at Watson Clinic in Plant City and Lakeland. They were devastated, but they have chosen to use their grief to help others. The Gompf ’s have set up the USF Foundation Philip T. Gompf Memorial Fund to increase awareness education. In the last 2-3 years the amoeba season which lasts from July – September, when the water is warmer, has reached states in the north such as Minnesota, Virginia and Indiana. These areas are not places most would expect to find it. In 2011-2012 the first case was found in tap water. The problem is not just located in the United States. Pakistan is at high risk because their water is only about 40% chlorinated

and is not regulated well by the government. Recently a baby died of this disease even though there are no lakes or rivers that could have infected the infant. The good news is a cure is being researched and developed. The CDC has a new treatment but is not confident yet that it will help everyone. Unfortunately it can not be relied on. It is important to get out there and have water fun so make sure to include prevention. Prevention is 100% and so simple . Nose clips will prevent water from entering the sinus cavity. Keep your head above the water and use purified water or boil and cool water before using it to flush nose and sinuses. Check the website www. amoeba-season.com for more tips and information on water safety. The quest to educate continues through fundraising and billboards which grace the Tampa Bay area, website, Facebook and Twitter. The foundation would also love to partner with local businesses to help increase traffic and awareness. Sandy Gompf is available for speaking engagements. She plans to continue awareness campaigns during May – August. Don’t forget to check out www. Amoeba-Season.com to donate and for useful information on prevention as well as their Facebook page with the same name.


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MISSION TRIPS TO HAITI PASSIONATE ABOUT SERVING THE UNDERSERVED BY CHERYL JOHNSTON

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ony Vilma and his wife Ketline Etienne Vilma are helping residents in the impoverished and earthquake decimated Haitian village of Neriah. Their current mission trip extends from September 18-26, 2014. And interested readers are invited to join them on their next mission trip in January. Incorporated by the Vilmas in 2010 and deemed a 501(c)3 nonprofit in August of 2011, Neriah Community Health Foundation serves the needs of Haitian villages with Christian-centered medical care. Thousands live without any healthcare and those sick must walk many miles for medical treatment. NCHF provides primary care for all, dental health services, women’s health check-ups, group training, and a “Community Health-plus Nutrition” program. The dream began while Ketline

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was a high school student in Haiti. “I watched and witnessed the health domain of my country deteriorate bit-by-bit, piece-by-piece. Since then, I decided I was not going to be just a watcher or a witness to failure in my community. I wanted to be a doctor for the unfortunates: to promote health awareness in the communities that need it most, and one that puts health before money.” In 2001, Ketline, along with her parents and siblings, were “heartbroken to leave the only country” they had ever known and move to Massachusetts. Yet they knew, “a brighter future awaited us in the United States.” Ketline earned a BS degree in community health from Worcester State College and is now pursuing a Master’s in Public Health at Walden University. After sharing their idea during her fellowship with Global Health Corps/

Covenant House in Newark, New Jersey, NCHF was born. “Lucky for me, my husband, an agronomist and a veterinarian, had a dream similar to mine,” she explained. “He went to assess and identify Haitian villages where we might place a clinic when the earthquake struck on January 12, 2010. He was unable to leave the country, so he helped quake victims at the local hospital in Cite Lumiere, Les Cayes, by feeding them and buying them clothes, with help also from Abundant Life Church and Stonecrest Community Church.” With Ketline’s background in nursing and Public Health it seemed only natural to establish a medical clinic. While their efforts are helping to make life somewhat better, true progress cannot be achieved until construction is completed on a medically equipped health care facility. NCHF needs more help to finish this life-saving project. “We believe people in these deprived areas can be taught to lead healthy and self -sustaining lives through a comprehensive and vibrant health center,” said Dony. “Our desire is to share the light and love of the Lord while serving in practical ways

by providing medical care, preventative health education, safe water supply, sanitation, food, education and training, and initiating basic agricultural projects as an ongoing source of food supply.” He continued, “The overall plan is to build infrastructure, provide long term health and educational services, and to bear witness to the Gospel of Jesus.” Ketline added, “We also desire to provide volunteer opportunities for Christians to discover and use their God-given gifts and talents.” Local individuals, businesses and other organizations can help NCHF with funding and fundraising/ marketing through concerts or other activities, donating medical equipment or vehicles, volunteering as healthcare professionals, grant and newsletter writers, or by becoming coordinators and Board members. Folks are welcome to travel to Haiti with the Vilmas and see the desperate need firsthand. Donations of any size will help save the lives of many. Send those to P.O. Box 5877, Plant City, FL 33563. For additional information, call Ketline at 857-249-8669 or e-mail neriahchf@yahoo.com.


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A BRIEF LOOK AT ONE OF PLANT CITY’S MOST UBIQUITOUS WRITERS; MARY FRANCES MORGAN, AKA PANKY SNOW BY PLANT CITY PHOTO ARCHIVES AND HISTORY CENTER

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here were many families that were prominent in Plant City’s history; one of them is the Morgan family. Lennox Edgeworth Morgan was born in Moultrie, Georgia, educated in Atlanta and moved to Plant City about 1923. He married Elva Sanderson, who was raised in Keysville, in 1925. They had two children, Gloria, born June 14, 1926, and Mary Frances, born December 9, 1927. Mr. Morgan was active in civic affairs, with the Presbyterian Church, served as city commissioner and mayor, and worked for the railroad for many years. The Sandersons were a prominent family in Keysville, and Elva Sanderson Morgan was active in Plant City social circles. The family went by nicknames and were known as Rat, Sukey, Dodo, and Panky. E.L. Morgan, Jr., was Rat, Elva Morgan was Sukey, Gloria was Dodo, and Mary Frances was Panky. Even when Gloria and Mary Frances were at Plant City High School they were more often known by their nicknames, sometimes even in the school newspaper and the yearbook. Dodo and Panky were

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very well known and were active in most school activities. Dodo leaned to the academic side, Honor Society, etc., while Panky was more the literary and social side, yearbook editor-in-chief, newspaper feature writer, and in 1945 was voted Most Popular. After graduation from Plant City High School in 1944 Dodo attended Florida Southern College and later worked for years for the Farmer’s Home Administration and lived in Gainesville. Panky, on the other hand, graduated Plant City High School in 1945 and attended Florida State College for Women, (later renamed Florida State University), but decided against pursuing the academic program. She returned to Plant City. Panky was a writer. She had written for the school paper, for the yearbook, and stories and poetry on her own, and was driven to be a writer. She began her journalism career as a stringer for The Tampa Tribune and a reporter for the Plant City Courier. She was also a spirited woman, and once, in November 1953, after attending the circus and becoming acquainted with the elephant trainer, she

was permitted to ride an elephant and entered the big top proudly sitting on an elephant – much to the surprise of her parents. Panky stayed with the Tribune for over 20 years and served as the state woman’s editor, feature writer, and reporter. She was proud to say that she once interviewed Clark Gable and frequently told the story how she interviewed Eleanor Roosevelt. That story was unique in that many reporters wanted to interview Eleanor Roosevelt, one of the most admired women in the world, in addition to being the wife of the President of the United States, but Panky had the opportunity to ride to Sarasota to pick up Mrs. Roosevelt and bring her to Tampa. She went with a friend and on the way back she interviewed Roosevelt all the way to Tampa – Roosevelt in the front passenger seat and Panky in the rear, sometimes shouting to each other to be heard. Panky married along the way and had two children by her first husband, Horst Glamsch, and later married Richard Snow. Some of the articles written while with the Tribune are under the name Panky Glamsch, and later Panky Snow. After retiring from the Tribune, Panky wrote many more articles of a historical nature for the Plant City Courier. Panky was a disciplined researcher and her stories were detailed and rich, and were written in a literary fashion and far from the staid academic tones. Some of her later articles written for the Courier were titled Reminiscing with Panky Snow and covered

a great variety and number of topics. Any historical researcher today may want to look to some of Panky’s writings. Here are just a few of her topics: the airport on Coronet Road used in training pilots during WWII; Bealsville and the Glover School; Paul and Johnny Beauchamp; Burney-Simmons School; Cork Academy; Edith Langston; Don and Berta Richey’s floats; and many more. After retiring to her home on Thomas Street in Plant City Panky continued to write and continued to adopt cats, for whom she had a strong attraction and was a loving caretaker. But Panky had always been a writer. We have her collection and her papers and they are filled with poems, and stories, and correspondence with editors and publishers. She also wrote for the Community Helpers series by Bridgestone Books that told about jobs and what those people did, what they wore, the tools they used, their training, etc. For this series Panky authored two books: Chefs and Cooks; and Radio Announcers, which she researched extensively and which can be found in the Photo Archives & History Center research library. Panky Snow sold her Plant City house and moved into an assisted-living facility in east Tampa about 2007-08. Her memory and her many stories and articles will continue to live in Plant City for many years to come. Sources: Plant City Courier; The Tampa Tribune; Panky Snow Collected Papers; Plant City Photo Archives and History Center.


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he Strawberry Classic Car Show will be held on Saturday, September 20th from 4:00 – 9:00 p.m. in Historic Downtown Plant City. The car show features cars that are at least 25 years old, with many classics on hand from the 40’s, 50’s and 60’s. This is a great family event if you’re looking for a relaxing evening. Several of the 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: • Hardee’s joined the chamber in August and recently had their ribbon cutting on September 16th. • Way-Back Burgers, located at 200 W. Alexander Street, will have their ribbon cutting on Friday, September 19th at 11:00am. • Blue Thumb Computer Repairs, located at 116 Reynolds Street, will have their ribbon cutting on Tuesday, September 23rd, at 11:00am. • On Tuesday, September 30th, we will have a ribbon cutting for Eastside Baptist Church, located at 1318 E. Calhoun Street. • Central Florida Speech & Hearing, located at 3020 Lakeland Highlands Road, Lakeland, will have their ribbon cutting on Thursday, October 2nd. • The Ledger Media Group will have a ribbon cutting at the Chamber office, 106 N. Evers Street, on Tuesday, October 7th. • EUS Biblical Institute will have their ribbon cutting on Tuesday, October 14th, at 11:00am.

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Keep an eye on the Chamber calendar for new business ribbon cuttings at www.plantcity.org. Then, make time to come join everyone to learn a little about each business, wish everyone luck, and participate in the ribbon cutting photo. The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce will be holding their monthly Business after Hours on Thursday September 18th from 5:15 – 7:00 p.m. We are pleased that the Plant City Improvement League will be hosting the event at the Bing House which has been renovated over the years. The address of the museum is 205 South Allen Street, Plant City. The Business after Hours is usually held the third Thursday of each month and is hosted by a current Chamber member. The gathering provides an opportunity to network and just spend time with each other in a casual environment. If you’ve never attended a Business After Hours event, come out and join everyone. The 12th Anniversary Plant City Bike Fest will be held on Saturday, October 4th, in Historic Downtown Plant City from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m. There will be plenty of giveaways and prizes so plan on coming out. The show features hundreds of bikes from all over, with everyone riding in for a relaxing afternoon in downtown. For the enthusiast, there are bikes of all styles, makes, models, and both new and old. The show is always a little different, but there are often antique bikes where owners have spent countless hours restoring them to their former glory. And like the Car Show, many of the downtown merchants are open longer hours to accommodate the crowds.


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PLANT CITY RIBBON CUTTINGS The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Marco’s Pizza on August 12, 2014, located at 2909 James L. Redman Parkway, Suite 105, Plant City. Marco’s is committed to making Ah!thentic (authentic) Italian pizza with fresh ingredients. Marco’s was recently voted number 3 by Consumer Reports and is fast becoming recognized as one of the top-performing restaurant franchises in the country. Marco’s pizza has pizza dough made fresh daily in each store, a proprietary sauce recipe which blends imported spices and three types of vine ripened tomatoes, and an exclusive blend of three fresh cheeses (never frozen, unlike other pizza chains). Marco’s works with local communities by sponsoring sports events and school fundraisers. The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Carl Hinson for Circuit Court Judge, Group 8, on August 19, 2014 at the Plant City Chamber. Carl is a small business owner who has practiced law for over 27 years. He has represented thousands of clients throughout Florida and Hillsborough County. He understands how important it is to have fair and experienced judges on the bench. Carl is proud to have the endorsement of Sheriff David Gee, Tampa Firefighters Local 754, and several government and elected officials. The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on September 2, 2014, for HurleyVorce Hands on Training at their new location, 601 East Alexander Street, Unit 643, Plant City. At Hurley-Vorce Hands on Training, they offer private personal training for weight loss, toning, body building, kickboxing, mixed martial arts, and cardio. One on one, partner and group training sessions are available for all ages. By tailoring each program to the individual, they can help you meet your goals. For more information please call: (813) 326-1643. The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on September 4, 2014 at the Plant City Chamber, 106 North Evers Street, Plant City. CPA’s Sharon Burnetti and Margaret Christiano, offer more than 20 years of experience. Sharon is a long time resident of Plant City resident, and manages the Tax Department for McClanathan, Burg & Associates. Margaret manages the Audit Department. Their team has expertise in everything from tax planning for individuals and businesses, financial audits, assert valuation to business consulting. With a commitment to the highest standards of ethics and quality care, MBA is a partner in your long term success.

The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on September 9, 2014 for Macie’s School of Dance & Yoga, located at: 605 East Alexander Street, Plant City. Macie’s School of Dance and Yoga is a professional studio providing dance and yoga education, such as ballet, jazz, hip hop and tap classes. Owner and Artistic Director Macie Zimmerhanzel and Office Manager Mindy Zimmerhanzel are passionate about teaching the highest quality of dance and yoga education. The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on September 11, 2014 for Isabel “Cissy” Boza Sevelin at the Plant City Chamber. Cissy is a sole practitioner, and her areas of practice include, family law, wills and advanced directives, estate planning, special needs trusts, probate, domestic violence, civil, and traffic. She is also a Guardian Ad Litem, which means she is appointed to represent the best interests of a child in a divorce or parental rights and responsibilities case. Cissy is a Florida Supreme Court certified County and Family Court Mediator.

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Platinum Bank is pleased to welcome our new Vice President Commercial Lender, Tommy Pollock. Mr. Pollock, a native of Plant City, has close to ten years of banking experience and a deep desire to be a part of the growth and advancement of the community. With a passion for small business and helping business owners fulfill their goals and dreams, he’ll work with our team of banking experts to grow relationships and serve customers.

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We welcome Tommy to our team! EMAIL: TPOLLOCK@PLATINUMBANK.COM DIRECT LINE: 813-423-7515

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EYE EXPRESS PLANT CITY

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any may not realize, but a trip to the eye doctor can tell you more than if you need glasses or contact lenses to enhance your vision. In addition, an eye exam can detect more than ocular diseases and disorders. Eye exams can reveal other health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and arthritis. “In the short time I’ve been

practicing optometry, I’ve found brain tumors in patients who had no previous visual complaints,” said Dr. Roxanne Buffano, O.D of Eye Express Plant City. “Optometrists can diagnose a lot of diseases before it’s too late—and even before symptoms arise. Just because you’re not seeing well doesn’t necessarily mean there’s not a problem.” If you’ve been taking your vision

for granted too long, Dr. Buffano and the Eye Express Plant City team are ready to serve you. Not only does Dr. Buffano offer routine eye exams—which are recommended yearly—but she also specializes in detecting and treating ocular diseases such as glaucoma, macular degeneration, dry eye, and more. It’s her intense attention to detail and her focus on patient care that caused

the Florida Optometric Association to present her with the 2013 Young Optometrist of the Year award. A Florida native—born and raised in Brandon—Dr. Buffano graduated from Nova Southeastern University with bachelor degrees in Biology and Vision Science. In 2009, she received her Doctor of Optometry from Nova Southeastern and completed her one-year residency in hospital-based optometry/primary care with an emphasis in ocular disease at the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Alabama. She joined Eye Express in 2010 and served at the Winter Haven and Lakeland offices, and has been at the Plant City location for the past three years as the primary optometrist. “I’ve just grown to love this community,” said Dr. Buffano. “Everyone knows everyone. It’s so close-knit.” Although she’s only been a part of the Plant City community for a short time, she hasn’t been afraid to get involved and make a difference outside of her workplace. In October, she will be competing in the Rotary Club’s Dancing with the Locals fundraiser. In addition to community-related activities, Dr. Buffano is an Air Force Captain and spent two weeks of her summer on a Tropicare humanitarian mission, offering healthcare to 9,000 people of need in Hawaii. Whether serving Plant City or others far away, Dr. Buffano has the same mission: “to provide patients with the basic ocular health care they deserve. There’s more to the eye than just glasses.” In addition to eye exams, Eye Express Plant City is a full service eye care center. They have an extensive selection of high fashion frames including Christian Dior, Coach, and Fendi. They offer hundreds of value-priced professional, casual, sport, and children’s frames. Combo packages of frame and prescription lenses start at just $79. Polarized lenses are also available to help protect against UV exposure. Furthermore, well-trained staff members can fit patients for contact lenses. With 12 locations, Eye Express has been serving Central Florida for over 35 years and is one of the most trusted names in optometry. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Buffano or learn more about the services offered at the Plant City location, call 813-704-6090. Walk-ins are welcome!

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or many the thought of visiting the dentist can fill one with thoughts and feelings of apprehension. The team at Dental Associates at Walden Woods make it a priority to make you feel at ease from your very first visit. From the moment you step foot into the office of Dental Associates at Walden Woods you can be assured you will receive the best dental care Plant City has to offer. With an emphasis on life-time care, Dental Associates at Walden Woods specializes in comprehensive care for the whole family. Dental Associates at Walden Woods offers “big city” care with a “small town” feel. When Dentist Ray Gutierrez was asked what set Dental Associates at Walden Woods apart Gutierrez replied, “It’s our customer service, we build relationships with you and our patients become like family.” “We are also the only the only ones that offer IV sedation” stated Gutierrez. The Dental Associates at Walden Woods team consists of two dentists, Helen Hoveida, DMD and Ray Gutierrez, DMD, as well as three hygienists. The whole team from the person who checks you in or makes your appointment to the dentists and hygientists all work together to provide personal one-on-one care in order to meet your needs in achieving your “best smile”.

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Dental Associates at Walden Woods uses only the latest dental technology to provide the most upto-date services. A list of some of the services provided include; gentle, professional cleaning, teeth whitening, exams, x-rays, extractions, dental implants, crowns, dentures, lumineers, invisalign, and oral cancer screening just to mention a few. For a complete list of services visit their website at www. dentalassociateswaldenwoods.com. Dental Associates at Walden Woods is located at 512 E. Alexander St., Plant City. Office hours are from Monday-Thursday, 8am-5pm and Friday, 8am-3pm. Same day appointments are available. Dental Associates at Walden Woods strives to provide lifetime care to the Plant City area because oral health is integral to overall health. Their philosophy is to provide care that will be in your best interest now, and in the years to come, so you have a smile to last a life-time. For more information on Dental Associates at Walden Woods, in order to make an appointment, find out about services offered, or to learn about the team visit www. dentalassociateswaldenwoods.com or you may call 813-752-3030.

Helen Hoveida, D.M.D., General Dentist Ray Gutierrez, DMD, General Dentist I am a patient of dental associates at walden woods. I would like to say that I have a very high opinion of this dental practice. If I am experiencing a problem, need a regular cleaning, check up, or whatever the case may be, they treat me as if I am the most important person in their office. Dr. Ray and his staff take excellent care of me and I feel very lucky to be their patient. - Candy Owens I would like to comment on the Dental Associates at Walden Woods. I am an out of network patient that needed some emergency dental work. My former dental office offered to see me but i waited in their lobby 2 hours before I was cared for. Once I was seen I was seated in the dental chair for 45 minutes with the door cracked open before I saw a dentist. They proceeded to tell me that they could take care of my issue but not at the moment. I then waited 10 more minutes before an appointment was assigned. Needless to say they are my former dental office. The Dental Associates at Walden Woods saw me immediately when I visited them for my emergency. The customer service from greeting of the front desk associate to my departure with billing was very professional. The dental associates cared for my emergency with in my opinion some of the finest equipment and technology. They answered all of my questions and adviced me how to properly care for my issue. Since my initial visit there has been several follow ups. All visits have exceeded my expectations for how to care for patients.

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Dr. Agliano is a facial plastic surgeon who also specializes in ear, nose, and throat with a special interest in nasal and sinus surgery, allergy, smoking cessation, and facial blemish removals. Dr. Agliano has been awarded a Top Physician of Tampa Bay award every year since 1995.

Pamela Baines, M.D.

Dr. Baines specializes in pediatric ENT, allergy, nose and sinus surgery, thyroid surgery, and facial cosmetic surgery for skin cancers. She has been practicing medicine for over 14 years.

Rene A. Boothby, M.D.

Dr. Boothby specializes in pediatric ENT, thyroid surgery, allergy, and sinus surgery. He is fluent in Spanish and English.

Scott A. Powell, M.D., MBA

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ampa Bay E.N.T. has been providing a full spectrum of ear, nose, and throat services for patients of all ages from Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, and Polk counties for over 40 years at its Tampa, Brandon, and Riverview offices. On September 2, the trusted practice opened its fourth location in Plant City and is headed by longtime Plant City ENT specialist, Dr. Frank A. DeRito, M.D. For many years, Dr. DeRito has served as Plant City’s only ENT provider. “Dr. DeRito brings almost 30 years of experience to our practice,” said Tampa Bay E.N.T. physician Dr. Scott A. Powell, M.D. “We are excited to utilize his expertise of the community and the field of ear, nose and throat.” Currently, the Tampa Bay E.N.T. location will only offer ear, nose, and throat services with Dr. DeRito and Dr. Jeremy B. Rogers seeing most of the patients. As time progresses, the practice will expand to include more physicians as well as audiology, speech pathology, and other specializations. However, through the new partnership, Plant City residents will gain access to several other board-

certified providers at the nearby Brandon location if more services are required for diagnosis and treatment of illnesses and disorders. “Working with Tampa Bay E.N.T. is a plus for me because I’ve been in solo private practice since 1988,” said Dr. DeRito. “I now have a greater repertoire of procedures and services to offer to the community such as allergy treatment, balloon sinuplasty, and comprehensive hearing and speech evaluation.” Dr. Powell added, “We have been serving patients from the Plant City community for the past several years at our other locations and hope this expansion will help us better serve those patients by allowing them easier access to the specializations we offer.” Tampa Bay E.N.T. currently provides the following services: pediatric ENT, rhinology (sinus and allergy), otology (ears, hearing and balance), laryngology (voice and swallowing), head and neck surgery, facial plastic and reconstructive surgery, sleep medicine, and allergy. To schedule an appointment, call one of their offices or visit tampabayent.com.

PLANT CITY OFFICE 1601 TIMBERLANE DR. SUITE 500 PLANT CITY, FL 33566 PHONE: 813-717-9810

TAMPA OFFICE 5105 N. ARMENIA AVE. TAMPA, FL 33603 PHONE: 813-884-7494

Dr. Powell is one of “America’s Top Doctors” and is a leader in the balloon sinus procedure. He specializes in pediatric ENT, allergies, and nasal and sinus disorders.

Miguel A Rivera, M.D.

Dr. Rivera specializes in pediatric ENT, thyroid surgery, allergy, sinus surgery, and facial cosmetic surgery, and is fluent in both Spanish and English. Dr. Rivera was named the 2013 Florida Otolaryngologist of the Year by the Network of Florida Otolaryngologists, Inc.

Jeremy B. Rogers, M.D.

Dr. Rogers specializes in thyroid surgery, allergy, pediatric ENT, rhinology, and sinus surgery.

Daniel A. Vincent, M.D

Dr. Vincent specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of voice and swallowing disorders. In 1998, he became the first fellowship-trained laryngologist in Florida.

Frank A. DeRito, M.D.

Dr. DeRito specializes in pediatric ENT, sinus and sleep problems, and swallowing and ear disorders. He has been practicing medicine for over 26 years.

Sophia H. Escobar, Au.D, CCC-A

Dr. Escobar specializes in vestibular testing and treatment, hearing aid prescription and follow up, and community outreach. She was awarded the 2012 Best of Hearing Healthcare Professionals.

Heather A. Hall, Au.D, CCC-A

Dr. Hall specializes in diagnostic hearing evaluations, hearing aid fittings, and vestibular testing.

Monica A. Barnes, Au.D., CCC-A

Dr. Barnes specializes in hearing heath, hearing habilitation and rehabilitation, and vestibular assessment and treatment.

Lordes Gomez-Luaces, M.S., CCC/SLP

Mrs. Gomez-Luaces specializes in pediatric and adult speech, language and swallowing disorders. She is fluent in Spanish and English.

Darla Freeman LeVay, M.A., CCC/SLP Ms. Freeman specializes in voice disorders

BRANDON OFFICE 1139 NIKKI VIEW DR. BRANDON, FL 33511 PHONE: 813-689-9111

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echnology can be daunting to learn, but when there is a problem it can be overwhelming. Not only is there concern that work or those adorable baby pictures may be lost, but who do we trust to take care of our digital world and bring it back to life? Most people automatically think Geek Squad or Staples when considering computer repair, however the cost can be quite pricey and not so personal. There is another option you are going to love. OnPoint IT Solutions is local, fully insured and “offers great service at

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affordable prices.” Currently they don’t work from a store front, but this fact allows them cut the cost of overhead and then pass the savings on to you. They do have plans for moving to a store front in the future, however right now being mobile is working for them. They can come to your home to pick up your computer and return it at no cost to you. When a client is more comfortable meeting in a public place such as Starbucks that can be arranged too. They also provide free diagnostics. What’s not to love about that?

Kim and Alice Bullard owners of OnPoint serve all of central Florida. Son Josh, a certified technician, helps with repairs and daughter Victoria assists with marketing and administrative tasks allowing them to make this a family business. They also enlist the assistance of reliable, certified, technicians that they have previously worked with when business increases and they find they need the extra help. OnPoint prides themselves on being honest and receives lots of referred business that admire them for their

up front and honest attitude. “What separates us from the others is that our company is built on integrity. We will let you know what your best options are and if it’s cost effective for you.” They will tell you if you can continue with your current computer situation and have it repaired or if it would be better to replace it. To make someone feel more at ease about hiring them, they offer a list of references even before booking a job. They are an open book. Many of these references include businesses and people that we are all very familiar with and trust


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OnPoint Staff At March Madness Event At Keel & Curley Winery

such as Keel and Curly and the Plant City Chamber of Commerce. You will be more than a customer to them. Many times people start out being a customer but by the time the repair is completed and computer is returned hugs are exchanged and the business relationship becomes a friendship. “In a nutshell we offer Compassionate Customer Service. You are not just our customer. At the end we are friends.” They prefer it that way. When someone calls they know them by their voice and are familiar with their computer and it’s past issues. It is not uncommon for them to be asked to look at a computer that has already been seen by the Geek Squad or Staples. A common problem they encounter is once someone has taken their computer somewhere else people get home and can’t figure out how to hook it back up again and get online. Hooking your computer back up for you is another nice thing about their service and is included in the price with OnPoint. It would be more than frustrating to pay all that money out to the other guy and still feel stuck and uninformed about what happened with your computer in the first place. OnPoint likes to keep their clients informed and educated about their technology. They are happy to go over the problem and resolve it step by step so no questions go unanswered.

Many people who hire OnPoint tell them that the only thing they know about their computer is how to turn it on. That’s okay. With this in mind, Alice and Kim are aware of how important it is to be a good listener and anticipate the client’s fears. They want to put them at ease by helping to educate the client not just make a sale. Besides free diagnostics and pick up and delivery of your computer, they offer fantastic prices for other services such as Malware and Virus removal for $39.99. This particular issue can be the cause of your system running slow. OnPoint IT Solutions has been awarded Plant City’s Best Kept Secret for 2014 as the Gold Best Winner of Plant City. They are also active in the community participating in many events such as Diamonds & Denim Gala, Lights of Love, Children’s Cancer Center and a Benefit Car Wash. They enjoy being part of The Plant City Chamber of Commerce, Lion’s Club, RGA Network and others. For more information on On Point IT Solutions log onto their website at www.onpointitsolutions. com. If you would like to hire them call 813-986-2172 or email abullard@ onpointitsolutions.com. We serve both residential and commercial clients.

Owner Kim & Tech Josh Bullard

Owner & Lions Club Member Alice Bullard With Marketing Assistant Victoria Mestre

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ITEX BARTER BUT BETTER

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artering used to be a way of life. Everyone was happy until someone got the short end of the stick. Those days are gone but a new way of thinking has brought it back with a twist. Now all the participants are not only happy but excited to share the news. ITEX is that news. It stands for International Trade Exchange. The common response is “what is that?” Jim and Carolyn Young do a fantastic job explaining their business and used this story of going to the dentist to explain it to me. I could never explain it as

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beautifully as they did but I’m sure you will get the idea. If you go to the dentist he/she might find you need a crown which would cost $1000. Usually no one is prepared with that much extra cash on hand because it was unexpected and bills are coming due so automatically one figures it will have to wait. When your dentist asks if the work can be done today, he is turned down, unless….you were a member of ITEX. If you were you would say, “Absolutely!” and you leave the office with a smile on your face because you just paid in ITEX dollars

and your tooth is in tip top shape again. This is an instance that demonstrates how trade is a smart financial business tool. I know you are wondering, “what in the world are ITEX dollars and how can it be that easy?” First let me assure you it is that easy and no strings attached. Paying with an ITEX check (no cash dollars, just value) is a promise that you will pay with your service or product to any member of ITEX at wholesale value to pay off your dentist bill. We mirror the cash world, just a different currency. The cool thing about it is that it doesn’t have

to be the dentist that uses your payment because he/she may not need what you have to offer. They can turn around and spend their dollars on something they do need or want like car maintenance or a vacation at a 5 star resort. After you pay with your ITEX check, ITEX then will offer that $1000 of your services and product to whoever would like to buy them with their ITEX dollars or trading what they have to offer someone else. It’s bartering with a twist. This is by far one of the most interesting and exciting ideas to come to


B Plant City in awhile. What’s even more exciting is that spending your ITEX dollars does not have to stay local. With members everywhere, even Canada, there is a wealth of opportunities for you to enjoy your membership with ITEX and acquire new clients along the way. ITEX is adding a new opportunity for business owners called Co-op Advertising to help increase business. Here’s how it works. If you put an ad in a client magazine or on a billboard, ITEX will pay for 50% of the cost. What is your part? You use 95% of the space for your advertisement and 5% to put the ITEX logo in the corner or somewhere on the ad. What a clever idea! The whole idea is that “by leveraging trade, you can buy at wholesale and no cash out of pocket.” It’s a win-win situation. You’re probably thinking it’s a great idea but it must be expensive to join such an amazing group. This is your lucky day. It costs nothing. That’s right…nada! How can this be you might ask? That’s where Jim and Carolyn come in. They will be more than happy to go over all the details

and get you more acquainted with this great opportunity. They are always looking for new members and those interested in having a franchise themselves. 13 years ago they sold their business and went into ITEX 100%. Currently there are 400 clients in Tampa, 23,000 Nationwide and 95 other franchises. The Youngs have been very excited with their ITEX business. Within 6 months they had $1 Million in trades and by the end of the 1st year $3 Million had been exchanged. That is amazing prosperity but there’s still lots of room to grow with areas that have yet to join in on the benefits of ITEX. With no cold calling, members come to them by referral. The Youngs are looking forward to expand in the Tampa Bay. Lakeland and St. Pete area in the near future. You can help them do that. If you are interested in becoming a part of this valuable and fun opportunity get in touch with them or for more information go to their website at www.itex.com or call Jim at 813-7637004 or Carolyn at 813-763-4519. They can be reached by email at jim.young@ itex.net or carolyn.young@itex.net

Jim and Carolyn with son & beautiful new daughter in law at their wedding (at which we were able to get on trade the photographer, the church, reception hall, wedding cake, tuxes, catered food & the wedding planner.)

Rob Vetzel, owner of Bowman Dry Cleaners in Plant City across from Johnson’s Barbecue, in front of his new sign which he traded his dry cleaning services for without having to pay out of his cashflow.

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PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

Coach Wayne Ward has high hopes for his young ball club this season. “We graduated 16 seniors and two others transferred out, so we’ll be looking for improvement, game by game,” he shared. As a PCHS Class of ’97 and Virginia Tech standout, Ward is thrilled to be coaching in his hometown, working with young men as “disciplinarian, coach and father figure.” “My college coach, Frank Beamer, was a player’s coach. He completely changed my life in a lot of ways,” credited Ward. This probably explains why Ward and the team’s 10 other coaches are also excited their PCHS footballers will have seen the film “When the Game Stands Tall” together the weekend before this Focus issue published. “I’m expecting it to inspire us,” he said. About coaching, he added, “I love for our team to go out and taste success. I enjoy watching them realize that winning is not about the individuals. It’s about the team.” He continued, “This year defense will be our strength because we’re more mature there. We plan to feed off their success in each game.” Senior players to watch include outside linebacker Sawyer Dawson (#22), defensive back and hardworking “grinder” Reaquavious Young (#25), the “quiet leader” Markese Hargrove (#4), and “the vocal guy that holds everyone accountable,” linebacker Dustyn Hart (#77). “More than ever,” Wade appealed, “we need the community’s support this year. Come out and be encouragers. Help these tremendous kids to do their best and experience a winning year.”

CHEERLEADERS

Raider cheerleading coach Karen Snapp cheered three years on varsity for Brandon High School, but opted not to cheer at the University of Florida where she earned both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Snapp shared, “I love the sport of cheer! I enjoy watching the athletes progress in their skills throughout the year and seeing their pride as they accomplish goals as individuals and as a team.” “Cheer is a demanding, difficult, year round sport that takes an amazing amount of dedication,” she added. Most people are probably not aware that the team, selected in June, conditioned throughout the summer and began official practices in August. “They will cheer for football until November and then begin their competition season, which runs through January,” Snapp explained. “Their ‘season’ lasts longer than any other sport and can become quite physically and mentally taxing.” Snapp estimates the weekly time she invests in the squad is “A lot!” She continued, “We practice two hours each day after school, plus game nights run about 4-6 hours. Add extra practices for competitions and the actual competitions to that and I would say it adds 13-15 hours to my week -- all of which I enjoy immensely!” Snapp describes this year’s group as “full of true athletes,” who are “more than ready to commit to making the team’s theme of ‘Commit-Achieve-Succeed’ become a reality.” “The varsity team is a true family. They love each other, are committed to the team, and are ready and willing to work hard to achieve all of our goals. They are also quite a fun bunch that keep me smiling most of the time.”

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RAIDERS NAME # POSITION Studstill, Jacob 2 WR Thompson, Antoine 3 WR Hargrove, Markese 4 WR Whitsett, Javaris 5 DB Faison, Tammarion 6 DB Carswell, Austin 7 WR / QB Navarrete, Jorge 8 WR / K Gatlin, Deondre 9 WR Bond, Dalvin 10 WR Collins, Peyton 11 DB Fluitt, Quest 13 DB King, Corey 14 QB Bennett, Tommy 20 DB Braner, Jared 21 DB Dawson, Sawyer 22 DB Parker,Ge’Shawn 24 RB Young, Reaquavious 25 DB Day, Sterling 28 RB Hawke, Patrick 29 DB Olgetree, Steven 32 LB Ross, Rodney 34 LB Bjelke, Ryan 37 LB Crowell, Josh 38 LB Owen, Zach 40 LB Mull, Justine 42 WR Lott, Chase 44 LB Colleran, Patrick 45 LB Hunt, Steve 46 LB Cotnoir, Cory 48 LB

Tucker, Matt 50 Bradley, Ryan 52 Green, Tyler 53 Coney, Kijafi 55 Fragoso, Alibel 56 Hamilton, Nathan 57 St.John, Cory 58 Hermosio, Jose 60 Cox, Josh 64 Kemp, Russell 65 Glass, Z. 66 Crowell, Evan 68 Alexander, James 69 Emery, Luke 70 Shears, Jordan 72 Green, Ken Kahari 75 Tanner, Eddie 76 Hart, Dustyn 77 Savage, Jamal 78 Phonsana, Chaunthon 80 Hogan, Steven 81 Colding, Cody 83 Smith, Adrian 90 Hargrove, Tyrig 99

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Coaches: Head coach Wade Ward, Josh Ballinger, Patrick Browning, Pat Dooley, Byron Jones, Greg Meyer, Roy Schmidberger, John Thompson

PCHS cheerleader Kionsha’ (Sha) Ragins started cheering at age five for the Plant City Dolphins and continued thru PCHS JV squad and now as “beastie main base” on the Raiders varsity team. “I’ve been main-basing since I started cheering, but I can instep any position,” Sha explained. Of her chosen sport, Ragins shared, “I love Friday nights and cheering on the boys…that’s fun. Then during competition season, it’s time to get with it.” “We are all like a family, not just when we’re cheering,” she added. “We hangout together and Coach Snapp is a good role model.” PCHS squadmembers practice Monday thru Thursday from 3:305:30PM and take tumbling training for 2.5 hours each week at Fierce, a sponsor of the PCHS cheerleading team. Ragins said, “Girls can also go to other gymnastics instructors at their own expense. Additionally some of us practice outside of the regularly scheduled ones, just to make sure we have the moves down.” Sha’s dream is to pursue a major in Legal Studies and Pre-Law at Florida State University, before continuing as a ‘Nole to accomplish her law degree. Athleticism, brains and motivation combine beautifully to see that dream come true.

Abby Almon Samantha Black (Captain; 12) Caroline Brummer (9) Calaydria Callins (11) Courtney Coton (10) Cassidy English (10) Kaylee Hart (10) Anna Heredy (12) Kayleigh Hutchinson (10) Crystal Johnson (Captain; 12) Ashontes Jones (10) Drew Knotts (10)

Savannah Mull (9) Amber Phillips (11) Kionsha’ Ragins (Captain; 12) Megan Rogers (12) Ellie Shouse (10) Quaniyah Thomas (10) Jaidyn Washington (9)A Aalyhia Watson (11) Amaiah Williamson (11) Ashlyn Yarbrough (10) Coach - Karen Snapp FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY SEPTEMBER 2014

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Coach Mike Gottman, now in his 12th year with the Cougars, proclaims his #1 hope for this season is “to beat Plant City!” He explained, “That rivalry is always right on my forehead. It’s a great atmosphere for high school football because there’s always a large crowd and it’s televised. Last year’s score was 1413 and Plant City won by stopping our 2-point try. We have them at home this year. It’s a key game in the whole district and a must have win for us.” Among others, keep your eyes on these four seniors: running back Crispian Atkins (#28), fullback Kadarius Griffin (#4), lockdown cornerback Avry Walden (#5) and strong safety Quenton Williams (#8). After a morning practice on Labor Day, 35 players and coaches enjoyed a great evening together, viewing “When the Game Stands Tall” at the Premier Cinema in Plant City. “I walked away from the film reflecting on giving back to the community and other people who aren’t fortunate enough to have a strong support system,” Gottman explained. “Kids can get lethargic. They think success will just come to them. We want them to have the will to prepare in practice.” He continued, “Ultimately, our goal is getting players prepared for life, whether it’s college or a career…to be a functioning human being who is dependable, accountable to his teammates, program, school and community.”

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Cheer coach Jessica Brower relates also to the rivalry with PCHS, because she cheered for her alma mater. What she enjoys most about working with the Cougar cheerleaders “is being a mentor. I like to be the listening ear, the tutor, or the occasional stern coach!” Regarding the qualities she admires most in this year’s squad, Brower responded, “Wow there is a lot to admire! They all have different qualities that make them unique and make them such great girls to work with. Some are incredibly talented and skilled. They have positive attitudes, they work hard and are definitely dedicated, considering cheerleading is the longest sport in high school with a season that lasts from August to February. There really isn’t much of an off season!” She continued, “These girls have bonded really well. They worked hard at summer camp. Some have learned new stunting positions, some have excelled in their tumbling skills, and they have all improved in some way! Two new coaches (Savanna Sortore with the varsity squad) are working with our teams this season, and the girls have been very welcoming to both, which to me is a reflection of what awesome girls they are!”

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COUGARS # Name 1 Derek Wells 2 Brandon Loudermilk 3 Jalen Forte’ 4 Kadarius Griffin 5 Avry Walden 6 Erick Davis 7 Justin Bayman 8 Quenton Williams 9 Austin Resendez 11 Tracy Watson 12 Noah Johnson 14 Brandon Myers 15 Garrett Rentz 20 Xavier Walden 21 Jaden Garrett 22 Randy Pickford 23 Brandon Cheatham 24 Kameron Joyce 27 Jack Thompson 28 Crispian Atkins 32 Antonio Grimaldi 33 Tanner Jurnigan 35 Brian Atkins 36 Jake Harris 42 Jacob Ross 44 Blake Moody 48 Emilio Bell 51 Justen Shillato 52 D.J. Curry

Position K LB RB FB DB QB DB DB WR WR/DB QB WR WR DB DB DB/WR DB FB/DT LB RB LB LB DB FB LB LB DE DT DE

53 Garrett Waits LB/DT 55 Dustin Miller DT 56 Cody Gregory LB 57 Steven Witchoskey OT/TE 58 Dalton Spare OC 60 Alex Coughlin OG 63 Ricardo Torres OL 66 Christian Valdez OT 68 Cody Johns OL 71 Anthony Washburn OL 72 O’Shay Haynes DT/OL 74 Kensey Davis OG/DT 77 Justin Davis OG 78 Brett Coleman OL 80 Joseph Williamson TE/DE 85 Aaron Zofnas WR 88 Jory Cole WR 89 Jawun Green WR Coaches Head Coach: Mike Gottman 0C/QB Laykeye Cooper RB Tim Martin WR Jackson Barwick TE Jimmy Lawson OL Wesley Wyatt DC/DL Kevin Kelley DB Frank Lane LB Marcus Govenor

Samantha Bonce, a flyer for the Cougars’ cheer team since she transferred from Tampa Catholic in her sophomore year, is one of those awesome girls. She cheered competitively with the Florida All-Star Sharks for 10 years, since age four. “What I love most about cheering is that it’s a team sport, and not just an individual one. We have to depend on others, which builds character in us for when we’re ready to enter the workforce.” “Our coaches are very welcoming and we know we can go to them with anything. They expect a lot and encourage us when they know we can do better.” She explained about the dedication required. “High school cheering is completely different. Some girls think it’s only fun and games, but after our two-hour practices, we head home to do homework. We learn to prioritize because grades are very important.” Bonce hopes to try out for cheerleading at Florida Atlantic University, where she plans to major in Nutrition. Her interest for that field developed during a summer internship and weekly Saturday work with a dietician at the Tampa Nutrition Center. As to game time, Bonce said, “It’s the best. We’ve actually had some compliments from the boys about how much our cheering has motivated them to play harder.”

Durant High School Cheerleading Team Durant Cheerleaders (Listed as shown in team photo) Bottom: Emily Ferren, Madison Reed, Madison Sevigny, Sam Bonce, Payton Astin, Middle: Seida Rodriguez, Marisa Tice, Sam Dudek, Kayla Galarza, Michelle Sevigny, Skylar Mitchell, Top: Elexcia Schommer, Britney Benefield, Emily Bridges, Jensen Bell, Jillian Oddo DHS Cheer Coaches: Jessica Brower and Savanna Sortore FOCUS MAGAZINE PLANT CITY SEPTEMBER 2014

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Coach John Kelly has a big goal for every member of his SCHS varsity team this year: “Go through the door!” As a tight end on the first state playoff team at Armwood, where he later coached two years, Kelly knows how motivating those wins can be. And with four years of Army training, he understands his role in building winners. Describing the current squad, he said, “Although we want to win often, we have no win-loss goals this season. Our goals are not football score related. Instead, we’re focused on building a TIES Team, which stands for team unity, integrity, excellence, and service. We are focused on showing improvement and helping the boys to believe in themselves.” “We’re really, really young,” he continued. “Of the 40 on varsity last year, 22 were seniors. This year some very good leaders are rising up in our smaller senior class and our program is still growing. We’re working now with 102 boys between varsity and JV.” Last year PCHS was in a 3-way tie for 1st place in district but didn’t win the tiebreaker. They started team lifting/running from January 6, 2014 until Spring Football in May, then took a week off and on June 10th began lifting/running four days each week and playing 7 on 7 tournaments. Practice with helmets began August 4th. As the Fellowship of Christian Athletes sponsor, Kelly recently took two assistant coaches and their sons, along with 7-8 players to the preview showing of When the Game Stands Tall. They also responded to survery questions and provided feedback. “The film has a solid message,” he said, “and we enjoyed the time together as men who love the sport.” Senior players to watch this year include wide receiver and “warrior” Clay Cullens (#9), 6’6” offensive/defensive lineman/tight end Cody McDaniel (#73, who also plays basketball), defensive and running back/team co-captain Josh Engram (#2), and linebacker/tight end Farron Rainford (#8). Kelly shared, “Cullens has paid his dues, put in the effort for good grades, and now it’s his time. McDaniel, with solid grades, is starting to realize his potential to use sports in furthering his education. Engram, a varsity starter since his freshman year, has a strong work ethic and earns top grades. And Rainford can play both offense and defense this year..” Before Kelly, the Chargers went 1-9 their first season. Since then, it’s been 4-6 and last year 6-4. “There are always things we can work on and positive things we can apply to the training, so we improve daily.” explained Kelly. “I’m especially proud to be at SCHS where school grades and test scores just keep going up. We are now 4th or 5th of 27 schools. Our IB scores help and we have lots of IB students in the football program. Quaterback Tristyn Hyde, one of the team captains, for example, is extremely intelligent, fierce, competitive & a fantastic leader. Overall, we are looking forward to a great year.”

CHEERLEADERS

SCHS cheerleading coach Loveny Rivas cheered at Grace Christian School, where by age 17 was choreographing routines. In addition to her school teaching position, she now manages her own Cheer Performances Choreography business. Each summer she choreographs for school and competitive teams throughout the U.S. “Building relationships that will last a life time,” are a priority for Rivas. “It is a blessing to mentor children in the importance of hard work, ethics, discipline and commitment through team sports,” she explained. “It is awesome to help athletes understand the connection of hard work and success, lessons valuable not only in sports, but also in life.” Qualities she most admires in this year’s co-ed squad is the encouragement members give each other. “As a coach I see how every athlete has a desire to help the others get to the next level. We are a unit, truly a family. That alone,” she added, “is the most important ingredient to success.” As to the hours involved in the coaching responsibilities for practices, games, and competitions, Rivas commented, “Too many to count! As defending district and regional champions, it takes many hours to train for competitions in order to keep the level of excellence our program is known for.” But obviously for the Chargers squad, those hours are wisely invested.

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CHARGERS # Name Position 2 Joshua Engram DB/PR/RB 3 Anthony Quinn WR 4 Tate Whatley QB/DB 5 Freddie Dixon LB 6 Bryce Blackmon LB/DB/RB 7 Chase Blackmon LB/DB/RB 8 Farron Rainford LB/TE/DE 9 Clay Cullins WR/S 10 Luis Paul Mejia DB/WR 13 Christian Tapper RB/WR 14 John Boscia K/P 15 Tristan Hyde QB 16 Zack Hamel K/P 17 Jean Paul Lafitte-Hall WR 18 Carson Fields WR/QB/DB 19 Kisean Ruth DE/LB 20 Chase Lawson WR 21 Zion Carr WR/RB 22 Stanley Baptiste RB/LB 23 Jordan Zilbar LB/DB 24 Devonte Lowe DB/WR 25 Arjay Smith RB/LB 28 Theo Williams RB/DB 30 Austin Farmer LB/WR 31 Arthur Shephers DB/WR 32 Darius Williams RB/DB 33 Tyler Hood WR/DB 34 Gunner Thomas RB 35 Dylan Traflanstedt WR/DB 36 Greg Griffis DE 40 Jack Morrison DE/TE 42 Trent Swearingen DL/LB 44 Connor Smith LB 47 Andrew Burbridge DL/LB 48 Dennis Mitchell DL/LB

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Jherri Green LB/OL Jonathan Georggi OL/DL Andrew Kinner OL/DL Lane Medina OL/DL Danny Lamb DL/LB Brandon Smith DL/LB Emanuel Meza-Krehn OL/DL Michael Gleason OL Cameron Hinton OL/DL Efrain Ramos OL/DL David Cox OL/DL Tristan Simmons OL Cody McDaniel OL/DL/TE Cole Boozer OL Austyn Garstka OL/DL Tristan Samuel WR A.J. Rahming WR/Kr Cameron Lehtola K Harry Combs WR/DB Austin Eldridge TE/DE Michael Bogart DL/LB Jaime Zamarripa DL/LB

Coaches Head Coach: John Kelly Listed in order shown L-R in team photo Todd Gicker (WR) Travis Austin (Equipment Manager) Luis Mejia (RB’) Gardner Box (OL/DL) John Kelly (Head Coach); Will Terry (OL/DL) Jim Peaden (JV) Carey McCray (DC) Willie Washington (DB)

SCHS cheerleader Kelsey Howard began her cheer career with the Plant City Dolphins at age six. As a base all four years at PCHS, she desires also to cheer in college, either at USF or UCF, where she plans to study psychology. “I love cheering for Strawberry Crest because my team is so motivated and we are truly encouraging to each other,” she said. “The athleticism required for stunts definitely keeps you on your toes.” Cheerleading requires a major time investment, too. In addition to two-hour practice sessions after school, the squad works out at Brandon All Stars on Wednesday afternoons. They attend JV games on Thursdays and the Friday night varsity games keep them busy until about 11 p.m. Howard especially appreciates her cheerleading mentor. “Coach Rivas is like a second mom,” she explained, “always checking our grades, communicating with our teachers, group messaging and having heart to heart talks with us. And she also makes us treats!”

Bottom: Bree Sparks. Megan O’Steen. Kelsey Howard. Halee Dixon. Georgia Foster 2nd row: Elle Cruz. Amber Farmer. Kaitlyn Kubecka. Kayla Watts. Quinn Hyde. Carmen Watts 3rd row: Kyra Cruz. Brooke Conyers. Cassidy Coday. Alyssa Archer. Taylor Fales. Savannah Reagan. Tarra Love Top row: Michael Gleason. Jaime Zamarripa. Sergio Valentin. Devonte Lowe.

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he Walden Lake Community Association Board Meetings are the third Monday of each month at the Walden Lake Community Association office building on Griffin Boulevard in Walden Lake. The next meetings are scheduled for September 15th and October 20th at 7:00 PM. The meetings are open to all Walden Lake residents. At recent HOA meetings, the Board of Directors has been discussing how to increase security and deter non-residents from using our community amenities. One solution the Board is investigating is to close the gates 24/7. The two Timberlane gates would continue to be monitored as they currently are during the evening hours between 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM. The City of Plant City would have to approve this plan since the streets are public and Associa, our management company, is currently obtaining bids on this project. The residents will have access through all gates with a remote or a scanner. A revised plan submitted by Visions Golf was uploaded on August 15th on the City of Plant City’s website. This is a page where anyone can find the most recent information, letters between the City and Visions Golf, and what has been filed with the City on the redevelopment of

the golf course in Walden Lake. The direct link to that page is: http://www. plantcitygov.com/index.aspx?nid=956 . It’s time to start planning your Kids & Kanines (and your own) costume for the Annual Howl-OWeen party which will be held at the Dog Park on October 25th. In August, there were 19 sales in Walden Lake and Walden Lake East with an average sale price of $196,700. The sales are as follows: • 2002 Sycamore Ln. $90,000 • 105 Granada Ct. S. $109,000 • 3330 Steinbeck Pl. $132,000 • 4302 Longfellow Dr. $140,000 • 1406 Sandalwood Dr. $141,000 • 2001 Sycamore Ln. $150,000 • 3305 Silverpond Dr. $164,900 • 3303 Silverpond Dr. $165,000 • 3307 Kilmer Pl. $170,000 • 4305 Barret Ave. $179,900 • 3301 Kilmer Dr. $189,500 • 3448 Silver Meadow Dr. $196,000 • 1800 Hitching Post Pl. $208,000 • 3205 Stevenson St. $219,900 • 3215 Pine Club Dr. $222,000 • 1906 Sweet Bay Ct. $257,000 • 3002 Sutton Woods Dr. $286,000 • 2712 Pine Club Dr. $332,000 • 3036 Sutton Woods Dr. $385,000 Feel free to contact me about any real estate questions or about this article. NSweet@KW.com or 813758-9586.


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rayden Crews has always been a big fan of baseball. When he was too young to play, he would go to his brother’s practices and games to watch and learn. When he was old enough to play t-ball at the age of five, he was ready to jump on the field. He continued playing and developing his skill. Now at the age of 12, he has shown his coaches he has what it takes. Crews not only plays for the regular season Little League, he also plays All Stars and travel ball. He never grows tired of the sport. He loves the action and says, “I like how it is constantly moving.” Constantly moving is definitely the right phrase for his position. He plays shortstop and usually makes an average of four outs a game. This young man not only shows his skill at shortstop, he is also known to pitch and play second base position as well. Crews has batting skills as well. In the last two seasons he has hit eight homeruns. His grand slam sending all basemen home and coming on in for a run, was definitely one play many will not forget. It is quite obvious that Crews contributes a huge amount to his

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team during each game and is definitely one player they can rely on in a tough situation. His amount of determination and drive is what all coaches love to see in their players. The best part about this player is the simple fact that you have to watch him in action to see what he can do. He will never just tell you how great of a player he is on the field. He is very humble and likes to play as a team. He has never been one to brag and always looks out for everyone else. Academics play a strong role as well. Making straight A’s is usually the norm for Crews and he loves to compete in the “Math Bowl” competition. Finding time to make sure his academics are held to a higher standard all while spending a lot of time on the field is not hard for him. His goal for the future is to take baseball just as far as he can go with it. High school baseball is right around the corner for him and he has been building his skills to reach that goal. When he reaches that point, I am sure he will give it his all and help his team succeed. Congratulations Brayden Crews for being this month’s Athlete of the Month! You deserve it.


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Front Row Kneeling: Garrett Gould, Connor Rogers, Dean Collins, Cade Shissler, Coach Steve Shissler Middle Row Standing: Colton Miller, Casey Mawhinney, Caleb Moore, Parker Messick, Jake Stines, Dylan Robinson Back Row Standing: Coach Ian Mawhinney, Coach T.J. Messick, Coach John Moore

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he Plant City Pirates is a Travel Team that was created in the fall of 2013 by Steve Shissler, John Moore, and Ian Mawhinney to help young baseball players transition from the little league playing field to the bigger “High School” size field. With these good intentions came lots of hard work. This kind of team helps the young men develop the skills they need to further their baseball career in High School. So far, the outcome is looking good. Already several players have moved up to High School making the team and reaching that goal. The Plant City Pirates have only

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gotten better with each passing season. When they first began, they were just beginning to gel and get a good understanding of their new team. As the seasons passed by they grew stronger and pulled together as one team. Adding one more coach to the team, T.J. Messick, they now have another knowledgeable leader to help lead them to victory. That all showed at the Labor Day Classic Tournament. In this tournament, they proved to have strong pitching ability. Cade Shissler pitched five innings in the first game with seven strikeouts and no walkers. In this game, they started out losing 4

to 1 but by the end of the game they came back to defeat the Angels Red 5 to 4 proving they had what it takes to pull together as a team and have a strong comeback. In the second game of the tournament, they proved their skill once more by beating Lakeland Gators 5 to 4. Dylan Robinson pitched 6 innings with 9 strikeouts. Parker Messick showed his skill with his three RBI’s. After playing the final game of the weekend, they came in second out of eight teams. This team definitely improved over the seasons and will only continue to improve.

Their goal is to attend the Myrtle Beach, South Carolina Tournament called The Cal Ripkin Experience. This would be an experience they would not only enjoy, but would gain more skill than ever before. They will be holding fundraisers to help with the funds to help these young men gain the experience they deserve. If you would like to contribute to help this team reach their ultimate goal, you can contact Steve Shissler at steveshissler@ gmail.com. This team has the drive and skill they need to succeed. Congratulations Plant City Pirates for being this month’s Team of the Month.


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Share the best book you have read in 2014, and the music you enjoy most? The book is, Pete Wilson’s “Plan B: What do you do when God doesn’t show up the way you thought he would?” Then I don’t listen to radio but I do download lots of contemporary Christian and inspirational music from iTunes.

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If you had one scripture to share with Plant City, what would it be? “God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but to save it.” John 3:17

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What do you believe is the foundational mission of First Methodist Church? To be people who faithfully reach up in worship, reach out in mission, and reach deep in discipleship.

LEADERS IN FAITH: 9 REV EARL SMITH OF FIRST UMC BY DEREK MAUL

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orn and raised in Ohio, Rev Earl Smith first moved to Florida in 1994, when he began ministry in Punta Gorda. In July of 2005 he was appointed to serve Plant City’s First United Methodist Church as senior pastor. Nine years later he’s a fixture in the community he has grown to love.

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What do you believe makes Plant City unique as a community? Plant City has a great “pride of ownership” about it. What I mean by that is it continues to be one of those small cities that seeks to have a vision for its future that develops strong leaders in both industry and social contexts. It does much to insure a safe and friendly environment for families

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and business. While culturally diverse there is a great sense of cooperation and coherence.

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How does First Methodist fit into your vision of a great community? First Methodist reaches out into the community to help be a voice of hope, compassion, and care for the residents and visitors here. Along with exemplifying the gospel of Christ we want to add to the tools that make Plant City a wonderful place to put down roots.

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How would you invite this community to visit First UMC? In a world that often finds itself lost in the trivial pursuit of consumerism, First UMC hopes to

offer to everyone a message rooted in the foundation of faith. That pursuing a life in Christ becomes our greater purpose.

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What gives you the most joy in ministry? Being able to offer Christ to the community in ways that help people open their minds to a God who is greater than our problems and larger than our fears. In him we can find our peace.

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What do you do for fun, beyond the fun you have at church? I do a lot of bicycling for fitness and plans for bike-packing the USA. Also, visiting with family (especially the grandkids) out of state and doing our

What’s the biggest challenge you see for your faith community? The main message America is hearing these days comes from secular media outlets like television, movies, and news networks. The voice of American ideals, morals, and vision used to come from the wisdom of pulpits, educators and community leaders. Today we listen to pundits and commercials that teach a perverted sense right and wrong.

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What’s the biggest challenge you see for Plant City? To hold strong to its past while becoming more visionary for its future. To take the best of what we have been and link it to the best we can become.


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FINDING THE EPICENTER OF HOME BY DEREK MAUL

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ast month, Rebekah and I enjoyed an epic vacation Adventure in Italy. Then, after a long journey home, we walked into a house without a kitchen. Intellectually, we knew this was coming; emotionally, it was still a huge shock. To be fair, our contractor had emailed photographs of the empty space, post-demolition. Plus he moved the refrigerator to the garage, and put up plastic sheeting to protect the rest of the downstairs. We had already moved every piece of furniture to the living room and completely filled our guest room with dishes, utensils, dry goods and sundry, “why do we even own this?” items. RAMEN NOODLES, ANYONE? Regardless of the care involved, fixing meals around here the past two weeks has been like grad school déjà vu; with the exception that this time we can actually afford to eat out once in a while. The old toaster oven still works; plus I have an excellent electric griddle. But it takes forever to do anything. The fridge is in the garage; the dishes are in the guest bath upstairs; nonrefrigerated food is in the living room. The table is in the dining room, but it’s sealed off from the kitchen so we have to go the long way around. The utensils are in the guest bedroom; the toasteroven and general prep area is on a small table near the front door; the garbage is wherever Scout Labradoodle can’t find it (we’re not doing so well in that regard); the coffee is upstairs. Sometimes the best way to get to the milk is to go out through the front door, in through my car window to hit the door opener, on through the pile of debris in the front of the garage and

back to the refrigerator. Consequently, it takes me close to 15 minutes (and around a quarter-mile of walking) to prepare a simple breakfast of cereal, milk, coffee, and fresh fruit. FAITH: So why – other than the fact that it’s interesting – share this story in my column? Well, this morning I’m thinking about the way a good kitchen pulls everything else together in a home; it’s the epicenter of activity. Not just because everyone likes to eat, but because everyone needs nourishment, and everyone needs community; nourishment and community are the functional and spiritual heart of the home. It’s a great metaphor for faith. Faith not only nourishes, it places us in community and it equips us for life. But if faith is not central, if it’s not the epicenter of who we are as individuals and as families, then it’s like having the refrigerator in the garage, the coffee in the upstairs bathroom, the food in the living room, and all the confusion that goes along with fragmentation and dissociation. Jesus said, “My food is to do the will of the Father.” We can dress up our kitchen and organize our home beautifully (and – hopefully by the end of September – transformation will have happened…), but it’s a million times more important to install, and maintain, “the will of the Father” as the nervecenter of life at Maul Hall. Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, “Rabbi, eat something.” But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” So the disciples said to one another, “Surely no one has brought him something to eat?” Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to complete his work.” – John 4:31-34

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CANDY’S CORNER BY CANDY OWENS

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irl Scouting is a circle, one that never ends. A circle of laughter and a circle of friends. From Brownies to Juniors, from beanies to greens, from little girl smiles to bigger girl dreams. Girl Scouting is a circle of lifelong friends, an honor court of standards and a sister hood begins. If you become a Girl Scout, what an adventure your life will be, you will take an oath of promises and grow up with life- long friends. When I was a little girl one of the most exciting times for me was becoming a real life Brownie. Back in the mid 1960’s my Mother was a co-leader for my sister Karen’s troop. I got to tag along with my Mother to the meetings, help with the arts and crafts, decorate for special events, sing the Girl Scout songs, go on field trips, and took part in pinning ceremonies. I watched in wonderment just waiting for the day when I would one day be old enough to become a Real-Life, Honest-to Goodness Brownie. Well that day finally came back in 1968 when I was 6 years old. My Mother along with Mrs. June Tucker and Mrs. Fern Odette co-lead troop 501. Our troop met every other Tuesday at the Girl Scout Hut in Mike Sansone Park. Each girl was expected to come in full dress uniform to each meeting. I remember how excited I was when my Mother took me to J.C. Penney’s in Lakeland to get my very first uniform. I remember I got a little chocolate brown dress, a little orange tie,

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a brown belt complete with change purse to hold my dime for dues, brown knee socks, orange flags for the knee socks, the Brownie beanie, number patches of our troop to sew on the uniform, a matching Brownie sweater with the Brownie crest, a Brownie ring, the Brownie Handbook, and little white gloves for those special occasions. WOW!!! That little trip must have “Broke the Bank” or at least cleaned out my Mother’s checking account! But you know what they say: “A Girl Scout is always prepared!” HAHA! I remember how on the Girl Scout troop meeting days we would wear our uniforms to Jackson Elementary and prance around like Proud Peacocks. Back in those days, it was considered an honor and a privilege to be a part of scouting. When the school bell rang at the end of the day, we would report directly to the Girl Scout Hut. The leaders would call our meeting to order with the whistle and all the girls would proudly assemble in a circle for the flag salute, prayer, and most important of them all: the Brownie Pledge. We would raise two fingers on our right hand and say: “I promise to do my best, to love God and my country, and to help other people every day, and especially those at home”. The leaders would then call roll and each scout would step forward and pull out their shinny dime for dues and place it in the slit of the plastic lid of the Folger’s coffee can that was better known as: “The Troop Kitty”. The scout would then return to the circle and sit “Indian style” on her very own “sit-upon”. (A sit-upon is a home-made, water proof pad used to protect the user’s back side from the cold, damp, and hard while “sitting upon” the ground.) When the roll had been called and the dues had been collected, the troop leaders would discuss the plans for the day such as: crafts, new songs, games, upcoming events, projects, field trips, last week’s news, and any new news that needed to be shared with our troop. Throughout my two years as a Brownie

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Scout, I along with my troop made many and interesting craft items. We made hot plates out of wooden popsicle sticks, flower vases out of hand painted paper towel rolls, paper weights out of molded clay, macaroni covered cigar boxes for our Fathers, and my favorite of them all: a hand-made cook book for our Mother’s. Our troop leaders instructed each girl to bring in one of their favorite recipes from home to put in the cook book. We broke up into groups of two and hand painted a small sheet of construction paper with what we thought was a beautiful picture to go on the cover of our individual cook books. I worked along-side my friend Anne Hull. Anne was a grade ahead of me, but somehow, right off-the-bat she and I just clicked. She and I were always together. We sat together, had our juice and cookies together, worked on crafts together, ran races together, and most-of-all, we talked together. Too much talking that was…. Anne and I got “shushed” at a lot. We even got separated a few times because of too much chatter. A few of the recipes from our troop cook book were: Apple Snow from Sandy Michaels, Strawberry Cake from Kathy Hogue and Shelly Crouse, Tuna Casserole from Leader Fern Odette, Sinful Sundae Pie from Cathy Odette, Shrimp Creole from Pam Redman, Red Velvet Cake from me, Candy Owens, Hamburger Pie from Tammy Smith, Sour Cream Salad from Mrs. Barbara Smith, Candied Fruit Sticks from Susan Walmsley, Sukiyaki from Anne Hull, Date and Nut Roll from Lori Shelton, Chocolate Cheesecake from Karen Holloway, Graham Cracker Cake from Debbie Tucker, Broken Glass Cake from Leader June Tucker, Cranberry Salad from Dennie Jeffries, and Cherry Cream

Cheese Pie from Donna Bush. The cook books that we made so proudly for our Mothers had individually hand painted covers and were filled with hand-typed recipes on little sheets of onion paper that were stapled together at the top and filled with love and admiration for our Mothers. I went on to become a Junior Girl Scout as-well-as a Cadet Scout. I had many happy experiences as a Scout, I learned many things that I would never have learned from just sitting in front of a Televison Set or reading a book, I learned about making promises and keeping promises, I learned about sharing and team building, I learned about First-Aid, I learned about having standards for yourself and for others, I learned about integrity, I learned about getting along with others, and I made life-long friends. I have and always will love Scouting. It has been so many years since I made that little hand painted gift for my Mother and would you believe that she has kept that cook book all these years in her jewelry box? She told me that she kept it there because it was one of her greatest treasures and it meant more to her than diamonds or gold because it was from me and I made it for her. Let me tell you…there is no greater treasure on this earth than the love that I have for and share with my Mother. There just is no greater gift! As for whatever happened to my Brownie Buddy Anne Hull…well, she went on to become an American Journalist on the National Staff of the Washington Post. She won The Pulitzer Prize in 2008 and yes….we still talk, and we still laugh, and we are still Brownie Buddies after all these years.


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YOU ARE INVITED COMMEMORATIVE BRICK DEDICATION CEREMONY The Veterans’ Memorial Monument Park at Courier Field will host a brick dedication ceremony on Monday, November 10, 2014 at 11:30 AM. The ceremony is open to the public. Please join us as we honor US Veterans from all branches of service. The Park is a welcoming place of beauty, serenity, and peace where one can take a leisurely stroll along brick pathways among flowering gardens, beautiful wrought iron benches, and nostalgic decorative lamp posts. The brick dedication area is the most frequented area of the Park. To purchase a commemorative brick use the order form below, or you can find it on our website, at the Park, the water department, and the Plant City Chamber of Commerce. All bricks purchased prior to October 10, 2014 will be unveiled at the dedication ceremony in November. All proceeds from brick purchases are for the expansion and maintenance of the Park.

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WORDS OF WISDOM BY WANDA “LEWIS” ANDERSON

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ootball season is here and whether you’re tailgating or throwing a party at home you’re sure to have a great time. Here are few tips

that may help… When tail gating you want to enjoy yourself and not spend a lot of time packing and unpacking. Instead of lugging around a huge cooler simply take a case of your favorite beverage and remove the bottles or cans. Line the case with 2 garbage bags (so they don’t leak) and as you add the beverages back in layer with ice. When you’re done tailgating just throw it all away, no mess. If you are using a cooler freeze water bottles and use them instead of ice. When the ice melts you have cold water to drink. Store your matches, tongs, plastic forks, spoons and first aid supplies in an old tool box. Keep it stocked and stored so you have everything you need readily available. I don’t like carrying a lot of

bags. So instead of carrying a bag of condiments like small plastic bottles of ketchup, mustard and barbecue sauce, place your favorite condiments in an empty six pack holder. It has a handle so it’s great for displaying the condiments and makes it easier for carrying. An easy tip for keeping flies and bugs from dropping into your glass is to take a paper cupcake liner and fold in half. Cut a small slit in the middle and turn cupcake liner upside down and gently place over the top of your glass. Press it around the top of the glass; it will shape to your glass. Now run a straw through the small slit and you have a nice cover for your drink. You can buy cupcake liners in different colors so use your team colors. My friend Jenny gave me a great tip if you’re having a back yard party, try using your wheel barrel as a cooler. Fill it full of ice and your favorite beverages. It’s easy to move around and when the party is over just dump the ice in the yard. Until next time relax, enjoy and be thankful…

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SENIORS OF THE MONTH

KELLIE PERNULA JARRET GILLMAN

“Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord will be praised.” –Proverbs 31:30 lant City High School is praising this outstanding 17-year-old, Kellie Pernula. This godly young lady radiates excellence through her servant leadership, extracurricular activities, and academic greatness. Kellie is the daughter of Michele Chamberlain and Gregory Pernula. She is also the sister of Meghan (19) and Brian (22) Pernula. When it comes to the classroom, Kellie is a superb scholar. With an incredible GPA of 6.0, she is currently ranked 8th in her class, not to mention that she has never made lower than an A throughout her high school career! This National Honor Society member was also chosen to be the Raider of Excellence in 2012-2013. In college, she plans on majoring in Biology and Pre Veterinary Medicine. Not only does Kellie excel in her schoolwork, she dominates on the volleyball court! Kellie has played for PCHS all four years and is currently

co-captain for the Varsity team. She was awarded the PCHS Varsity Volleyball Hustle Award in 2014 and was featured in the Plant City Observer Athlete of the Week. In addition to high school volleyball, Kellie has also been captain of the Plant City Elite, Tampa Bay One, and Tampa United Volleyball teams. It’s safe to say that this girl is queen of the court! Kellie’s leadership qualities go above and beyond most high school students. She serves as the current Vice President of Civinettes, President of Raider Buddies, and is on the council of Youth Alive. She has also volunteered with the Special Olympics and Baycare Health Systems. Kellie is known for her godly character and great attitude. “I do not let anyone or anything get me down,” She states. And, “I trust God to control the plans in my life.” The many positive attributes of Kellie Pernula are what distinguish her and make her the obvious choice for PCHS Senior of the Month.

FAVORITES School Subject – Science Book – Hunger Games Hobbies – Volleyball Store – Sports Authority Band/Artist – Casting Crowns Song – Voice of Truth Movie – King Kong TV Show – The Voice

Food – Ribs Quote – “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29 Restaurant – Red Robin Hangout – Mike Sansone Park Team – Tampa Bay Rays

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rowing up in a small agricultural town like Plant City, Florida gives you an appreciation for all things agricultural, but for someone like Jarret Gillman, he not only has an appreciation for all things agricultural, he has a passion. Jarret is the son of Lee and Dixie Gillman, and has lived here in our small town his entire life. He is active in the FFA, his church Youth group at Bethany Baptist, and in community events, all while being dual enrolled at Plant City High School and Hillsborough Community College maintaining a 5.2 GPA. Jarrett has been actively serving in the FFA organization since the 6th grade. He has served as a chapter officer in the J.G. Smith FFA chapter, Plant City Senior FFA chapter, and the Hillsborough Federation FFA. He has attended local leadership events that include the COLT conference and the FFA Leadership Summit as well as representing Hillsborough County at the National FFA Washington Leadership Conference. Jarret has also participated in many Career

Development Event (CDE) and Supervised Agricultural Experiences (SAE). These SAE’s, both with swine and steers have helped Jarrett raise more than $28,000.00 to go toward his college education. Through the FFA and his church, Jarrett has also been able to serve his community. He is involved in the Plant City Relay for Life, helping distribute food from his church food bank, and helping with crop production and food delivery to the United Food Bank. He has also participated in Educational fundraising through the Hillsborough FFA Federation, visited with the elderly with his church group, worked with students with special needs, and much, much more. Whether serving with the FFA, his church, or keeping up his grades, Jarrett Gillman is always busy. It is remarkable that he is able to do it all, yet that is what he does. It is an honor for Jarret Gillman to be the Senior of the Month for Plant City High School.

FAVORITES School Subject- AP and History Hangout spot in PC- movie theatre Book- Into the Wild Sports Team-Tampa Bay Rays Hobbies- fishing, swimming, water sports Quote-“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”

Store-Southside Band/Artist- George Strait Ralph Waldo Emerson Movie- Anchorman TV show- Big Bang Theory Food- Chinese Restaurant-Maryland Fried Chicken


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THERE IS NOTHING ELSE I WOULD WANT TO DO BY HEATHER DAVIS

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ost artists today have to be multifaceted in the type of art they create. Living in the age of technology has brought about a whole other layer of art or type of medium known as graphic art or animated. Sarah Hamil is a Plant City High School student in the 11th grade who fell head over heels in love with both drawing and creating anime and graphic art. Sarah is mostly self taught in the type of art she does. She credits a family friend who is also a local artist, Adam Courtney, with encouraging her from an early age to pursue art. Sarah stated, “I looked up to Adam so much, his art is beautiful and he taught me so much.” Sarah also learns from participating in the art classes that are taught at school. “It’s so wonderful to be able to look back and see my improvement over the years.” Sarah explains. Sarah credits Adam, her teachers at school, and her parents for supporting and encouraging her to continue to work at her art and improve.

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In the future Sarah hopes to pursue a career in art as a video game designer. “I love the thought of designing my own games where I can create characters how I imagine them and become immersed in creating the details and plots.” In addition to creating animated art and drawing, Sarah also loves astronomy, creative writing, reading sci-fi, and playing viola in the orchestra. “My mood influences my art,” Sarah stated. “While creating my art I feel relaxed and become completely absorbed.” Sarah’s talent was recognized by the Salvador Dali museum through an art contest of which she won. As a result her art which was a drawing of a marionette covered in roses was featured on a postcard at the Dali museum. When I asked Sarah if she had to do something for a living other then art when she got older, she looked up at me and replied with full conviction, “there is nothing else I would want to do.”


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BIG CITY BURGER TASTE COMES TO A SMALL TOWN BY HEATHER DAVIS

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lant City may not be known as the mecca of providing good eats, but that is slowly changing and progression is on its way. Last month Plant City welcomed with open arms “Wayback Burgers” filling a much needed space for reasonably priced premium burgers and handdipped milkshakes. Wayback Burgers is a franchise with only five locations in the state of Florida. Jim Payne, the owner of our Plant City location has resided in Plant City for many years with his family. Seeing the need for a place to

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get a better burger in Plant City, he convinced the franchise to allow him to open up a location here. “It took some convincing to have Wayback agree to putting a location in Plant City.” Jim said, “but they are very pleased with the outcome.” Although a franchise, Jim along with the assistance of his son Aaron, have been working hard to make Wayback a part of the community. If you like Wayback Burgers of Plant City on Facebook you have the chance to answer a trivia question about Plant City that gets posted every Tuesday. When you come

into the restaurant with the correct answer to the trivia question you will receive 10% off of your bill. Wayback Burgers delivers on fresh taste and flavor. The signature burgers are freshly prepared upon order and will include two patties made with many delicious options for toppings. My personal favorite was the cheesy burger which was prepared with the bun inverted and grilled just like a grilled cheese sandwich. Each burger can be made “our way” with ketchup, mustard, onions, pickles, lettuce, and tomato, or you can choose your own toppings. For those who prefer something other than beef there are other options available such as the Wayback dog, turkey burger, veggie burger, grilled chicken sandwich as well as fresh tossed salads. A must try on the Wayback menu are the sides especially the onion rings and the house-made chips. Do not leave without trying the Irish Nachos which are prepared with the house-made chips, home-style chili, cheddar jack cheese, jalapenos, and onions. What’s a delicious burger without

a milkshake? You will find that the Wayback hand-dipped milkshake prepared and served in a frosty metal cup can’t be beat. Each month Wayback offers a burger of the month and milkshake of the month. This month the burger and shake of the month is the pepperoni pizza burger and rootbeer shake. These items don’t appear on the menu so be sure to ask what the burger of the month is when you visit. Local brewed beer is also available from Two Henrys Brewing which include the 7 mile IPA, and the Golden Gilded Age. On September 20th, Wayback Burgers of Plant City will be having its Grand Opening with prizes, giveaways, and discounts. Come out and enjoy the best burger and milkshake in Plant City. Wayback Burgers is located at 200 W. Alexander Street. Phone Number is: 813-756-6939. Hours are SundayThursday from 10:30am-9:00pm and Friday and Saturday from 10:30am9:30pm. You may order online at waybackburgers.com.


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“SUMMER’S NOT OVER” STRAWBERRY AND WATERMELON SALAD

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ost of the time I hate the Florida heat, but now that autumn is right around the corner and the rest of the country is getting colder, it’s nice that the heat allows us Floridians to pretend that summer is an eternal season. If you’re still entertaining summer dinner parties or just want an easy but summery side dish for your family, fruit salads are a go-to fare. This sweet fruit salad can be made with locally grown produce and has a slight savory kick from olive oil and feta.

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RECIPE: 1 large watermelon 2 pints strawberries 12 oz. crumbled feta 1/3 of thinly sliced fresh mint leaves

DRESSING: 1/3 cup olive oil 4 tbsp. balsamic vinegar 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Cut the watermelon into about ¾ inch cubes and discard the rinds. Put the cubed watermelon into a large serving bowl. Next remove the tops of the strawberries and cut the rest into slices. Put the sliced strawberries in with the watermelon. Crumble the feta on top of the fruit. If you have not done so already, cut the fresh mint leaves into thin strips and add to the bowl. In a separate bowl place all of the dressing ingredients together and whisk thoroughly. Drizzle the dressing on top of the ingredients in the mixing bowl and make sure it is fully incorporated. Toss all of the ingredients until they are completely mixed.


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Adam & Jimbo are proud to begin their third year in business and are especially pleased to offer “always fresh” food and 15 different homemade sauces. For your convenience, Nick’s is open daily and until 11PM on weekends. Delivery service is also available.

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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.

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Break out your best denim for the South Florida Baptist Hospital Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year on Thursday, September 25. Event includes catered dinner, dancing, live entertainment, drawing for a diamond ring, and silent and live auctions. Gifts include a patio set, vacations, and much more. The fundraiser is expected to raise $100,000 for the foundation. Tickets are $60 per person and advance reservations are required. Event to be held at the Florida Strawberry Festival Expo Hall and starts at 6:30. For more information, contact the Foundation at 813-757-8478.

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Youth Fishing Derby Gordon Food Service Drive | 8:30 a.m. The Plant City Parks and Recreation Department continues their 18th season of Youth Fishing Derbies. Thanks to Landshark Charters, the event is free for children ages 5 through 15 and will occur at the Plant City Stadium back parking lot. Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m., the competition will take place from 8:30 to 11 a.m., with an awards ceremony at 11:15 a.m. Pre-registration is accepted at the Recreation Administration offices. Contact Deborah Haldane at dhaldane@ plantcitygov.com or 813-659-4200 ext. 4302 for more information. Strawberry Classic Car Show Historic Downtown Plant City | 4 to 9 p.m. The car show features cars that are at least 25 years old, with many classics from the 40s, 50s, and 60s. This is a great family event if you’re looking for a relaxing evening. Several of the downtown merchants are open longer hours to accommodate the crowds. For more information, contact the Chamber at 813-754-3707.

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Plant City Garden Fest Plant City Train Depot | 9 a.m. 102 N. Palmer St. The Plant City Garden Club, along with the Downtown Merchants of Plant City have teamed up to host this year’s Garden Fest. Add a new dimension to your garden by adding beautiful plants and unique artwork. Vendors will be on hand to answer any of your gardening needs. For more information, contact Betty at 813-7169494. Join Walk with the Doc and Dr. Max Rattes at Walden Lake entrance – Oracle Home Health office 1601 West Timberlane Dr. on Saturday, September 27th at 9 AM. There will be local vendors, blood pressure checks, and door prizes. Walk with the Doc is a free walking program for anyone who is interested in taking strides to improve their heart health. Punt, Pass & Kick Otis M. Andrews Sports Complex 8:30 a.m. 2402 E. Cherry St. This free, family friendly event is sanctioned by the NFL and is for boys and girls ages 6 though 15. Winners of this local contest will then compete in a regional/sectional competition. Register at the event or before at plantcitygov.com. A copy of your child’s birth certificate is required in order to compete. For more information, contact Danny Smith at 813-659-4200 ex. 4313 or dsmith@plantcitygov.com.

OCTOBER 04 SATURDAY Fox Squirrel Corn Maze Opening Day Futch Family Farm 3002 Charlie Taylor Rd. Mark the calendar for this fall favorite. The maze will be open each Saturday and Sunday from October 3 through 26, with Fridays open for groups of 20+ and field trips. Farm will also feature pumpkin patch, butterfly experience, dummy steer ropin’, cornhole, horseshoes, duck races, pumpkin painting, jewelry, florals and more. Prices are $10 (+tax) for adults, $9 (+tax) for youth 3-17, and free for chldren under 3. Visa and Mastercard are accepted. For more information, visit foxsquirrelcornmaze. com. Bike Fest Historic Downtown Plant City | 5 to 9 p.m. The Bike Fest features hundreds of bikes from all over, with everyone riding in for a relaxing evening. For the enthusiast there are bikes of all styles,

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makes, and models, both old and new. Many of the downtown merchants will be open longer hours to accommodate the crowds. For more information, contact the Chamber at 813-754-3707.

RECURRING EVENT Plant City Social Dance Club Stardust Dance Center 1405 S. Collins St. Fridays | 8 to 11:15 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.) Members and Associate Members, $5 | Nonmembers, $7 Third Sunday | 3 to 6 p.m., Covered Dish Dinner 2 to 3 p.m. (Doors open at 1:30 p.m.) Everyone $5, please bring a covered dish to share For more information, call or text Ken Miller at 863-409-7714 or send an email to pcsocialdanceclub@ yahoo.com. Visit stardustdancecenter.com/pcsocial for May’s schedule with bands, themes, attire, and other information. 10/3 - Alibi Duo (Western Theme and Attire) 10/10 - Cyndi Berger 10/17 - Clayton Seawright


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FOCUSOBITUARIES Lourdes Vollmer, 84 of Plant City died August 10, 2014, at her home. Born August 30, 1929 in Bristol, Rhode Island, she was the daughter of the late Placido and Maria Oliveira Correia. She was the wife of the late Harold Vollmer. She was predeceased by son, James Vollmer; sister, Irene Bannister. Lourdes loved spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren, and enjoyed crossword puzzles. Surviving are sons, Richard Vollmer, Michael Vollmer and David Vollmer; daughter, Debbie ( James) Stewart; daughter in law, Sandi Vollmer; brother, Edward ( Jane) Correia; sisters, Hilda ( Joe) Santos, Linda Marshall and Lorraine Capizano; 12 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; and many many nieces and nephews. A Graveside service were be held 11AM, Monday, August 25, 2014 at St Mary’s Cemetery in Bristol, RI, which will be her final resting place. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.haughtfuneralhome.com Calvin Ray Dent, 86 of Plant City, Florida, formerly of Winfield, WVa, died August 19, 2014, at Health Center of Plant City. Born February 9, 1928 in St Albans, West Virginia, he was the son of the late W.H. and Mabel McComas Dent. He was the husband of the late Betty

Graves Dent. He was predeceased by sisters, Glenith Dillmore, Jackie Nida and Donna Treadwell. Surviving are; daughters, Lea Ann (Dale) Goff, Vicki (Mac) Lambert and Deborah (David) Taylor; son Wesley (Doris) Claar; 8 grandchildren; 7 great grandchildren, and his beloved companion, Misty. Calvin was a WWII veteran of the US Army Air Corp, European Theatre, attended Morris Harvey College, was retired after 25 years from Union Carbide, was a member of Plant City’s First Baptist Church, and also a member of Charleston, WVa Masonic Lodge, Scottish Rite, Beni Kadem Shriners, Beni Kadem Patrol, and made several trips to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children. The family wishes to express its sincere thanks to the Health Center of Plant City for their service to their loved one. Final interment will be in Florida National Cemetery, Bushnell, FL. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.haughtfuneralhome.com

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David Lee Eaker, 29 of Plant City, Florida died August 18, 2014, at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. Born April 5, 1985 in San Angelo, Texas, he was the son of Paul Eaker and Margaret Minter. Also surviving are grandparents; H. Lee and Shirley Eaker; sisters, Jamie Eaker, Crystal Eaker and Amanda Eaker; aunt, Paula Eaker, and niece, Alexus Redd David was a member of East Thonotosassa Baptist Church, attended Plant City High School, was an avid hunter, and loved fishing and the outdoors. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.haughtfuneralhome.com Elsie Nora Thomas, 96 of Plant City, Florida died August 29, 2014, at Health Center of Plant City. Born July 24, 1918 in Conway, South Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Edna Glass Jacoby. She was the wife of the late Vernon Thomas. She was also predeceased by sister, Winifred Meredith. Surviving are daughter, Gerri (Bill - deceased) Cannoles; brother, Gordon ( Jeanette) Jacoby; grandchildren, Scott, Kevin, and Chris Cannoles; 4 great grandchildren; one great great grandchild. Miss Elsie loved her cardinals and watched them feed outside her window daily. She also loved her family very much, and was a gardener and worked puzzles. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.haughtfuneralhome.com Dolores Jane Root, 81 of Lithia, FL, and Smyrna DE, died on September 7, 2014. She was born July 16, 1933. She was the wife of the late Leon Root. She was predeceased by brothers, Kenny Aulenbach and Robert Aulenbach; sister, Marian Boyer. Surviving are sons, Leonard (Marjorie) Root Sr. and Kenneth (Sherry) Root; daughter, Brenda (Larry) Cryder; brother, David Aulenbach; 7 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.haughtfuneralhome.com John Samuel “Johnny” Judah, 66 of Plant City, Florida died on September 10, 2014, at his home. Born June 27, 1948 in Plant City, Florida, he was the son of the late N. S. and Eunice Hill Judah. He was the

husband of Linda Tussing Judah, she survives. He was predeceased by sister, Betty Lou Judah Tillman. Also surviving are son, John S. Judah, Jr.; daughter, Jamie Judah (Larry) Farkas; brothers, Harry (Bobbie) Judah and L. S. (Cookie) Judah; 2 grandchildren, Leann and Lindsey Farkas. Johnny was a member of Westside Baptist Church and graduated from Plant City Senior High in 1967. He was also a long distance truck driver, who enjoyed friends, family, and NASCAR. A Funeral service will be at 11:30 AM, Saturday, September 13, 2014, at Haught Funeral Home Chapel, 708 W. Dr. M.L.K. Jr. Blvd. Plant City. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.haughtfuneralhome.com William Howard Witherspoon, 74 of Plant City, Florida died September 10, 2014, at his home. Born September 25, 1939 in Plant City, Florida, he was the son of the late Chester and Cenova Witherspoon. He was the husband of Mary Groves Witherspoon, she survives. He was predeceased by brother, Ardell Witherspoon. Also surviving are son, Jeffery Witherspoon; daughters, Annette (Dave)Dossey and Pam (Mark) Pomfret; brother, Larry Witherspoon; sisters, Louise Brock-Pugh and Judy Bratcher; grandchildren, Gary Kovacs, Ryan Judah. William was a long distance truck driver for over 50 years, and loved his family greatly. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.haughtfuneralhome.com

Ambrose, June Tatlow Didas, passed away from this life on August 30, 2014 June was born on August 21, 1936 in Lyndon Township located in western New York State the youngest daughter of Theodore (Ted) and Mabel (Ruback) Tatlow, attending schools in Ischua and Olean, NY. June was predeceased by her first husband, Karl Didas of Salamanca, NY, and Silver Spring, MD; their daughter, Karen Ann Didas; her parents; and sister, Georgia Furgason McHenry. She was the loving wife of Ralph Ambrose June sadly leaves her daughter, Valerie Hamby of Laurel, MD, her son Tracy Didas of Jacksonville, and step-daughter, Susan Ambrose Miles of Plant City, along with grandsons, Kyle Hamby of Laurel, MD, and Jason Didas of Perth, Australia, and many nieces,

nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and many friends. Added appreciation goes to Cyndi Crownover for her steadfast support during our mother’s recent illness. June worked for Savoy Construction Co., Inc. and Bradbern Construction Co., Inc in Silber Spring, MD for many years and was also associated with Uniglobe Classic Travel in Tampa and Diana’s Travel in Springhill. While living in Olean, NY, she worked for the Darling Shop and Al Cecchi News Service. Donations to your favorite charity in her memory will be appreciated in lieu of flowers. Ambrose, Ralph passed away from this life on August 30, 2014 Ralph was born on September 26, 1930 in Plant City, the youngest son of Robert and Maude Ambrose. He was predeceased by his sons Randy and Tony Ambrose, sister Elizabeth Ambrose Brown and brother Forrest

Ambrose. He was the Loving husband of June Ambrose. Ralph sadly leaves his daughter, Susan Ambrose Miles, step-daughter, Valerie Hamby of Laurel, MD, stepson, Tracy Didas of Jacksonille, along with grandsons, Kyle of Salisbury MD, and Jason of Perth, Australia. He also leaves behind nephew, Robert Ambrose (Sheila) of Plant City, Nieces Kathy Bauman of Spring Hill, Pasty Sjostrom, Ashville, NC and Alice Gold of Jupiter. He served with the famed “Mosquito Unit” of the US Air Force during the Korean War. After returning home from the war, her worked for Kaiser Aluminum until his retirement. Donations to your favorite charity in his memory will be appreciated in lieu of flowers.

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