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CONTENTS April 2015 | Volume 14 Issue 4 | focusplantcity.com

18 Local Just because the Florida Strawberry Festival is over doesn’t mean Plant City residents take a break. They’re more active than ever as summer begins to approach. Check out this month’s articles on some great Plant City events from the Blueberry Festival Pageant to the Fancy Flea. Also, check out the latest People of Plant City column. This community is full of interesting people!

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51 Business: Planet Fitness Ready to trek down the road to fitness but don’t know where to start? Planet Fitness is your answer. With the slogan “Judgement Free Zone,” Planet Fitness caters to the everyday person looking to begin a healthier lifestyle. With tons of state-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment, Planet Fitness is a great place to begin your wellness journey.

74 Dining: Mr. Sebas Ice Cream and More Welcome to Plant CIty the newest and freshest addition in icecream. All ice cream and ice cream bars are prepared from scratch every day using the freshest ingredients and fruits. Mr. Sebas puts the More into ice cream and More by also providing unique and wonderful food items and snacks along with an atmosphere that invites family and friends to gather.

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LETTER FROM THE

PUBLISHER With especially gorgeous weather, Spring has definitely sprung to deliver perfect reminders once again of Easter’s renewed opportunities for the abundant life!

Salutes are in order also for Al Berry as the 2015 Heritage Award recipient, for Ann Trinkle as the Stingray Chevrolet Corvette winner, and for Dr. Brenda Duke, who along with her staff, just celebrated 30 years of outstanding chiropractic services to folks in eastern Hillsborough County.

Hopefully you were able to enjoy a few of the many musical presentations and egg-stravaganzas for the local children.

Additionally, we’re pleased to share news of the recent Blueberry Pageant, of the socially enterprising efforts of BamBoost, and of two local Youth in Government clubs that experienced a lawmaking weekend in the Sunshine State’s capitol. Without a doubt, you’ll discover that our young people believe in making a difference!

This community’s annual Relay for Life was another perfect reminder of what many can accomplish when they unite toward a common goal. Each year seems to bring even more creative cancelout-cancer fundraising efforts! We hope you’ll enjoy the story and photos in this month’s issue.

Is this a great place to build a life, or what? Thanks, as always, for doing your part, because only together can we accomplish so much good.

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) 7078783 or e-mail editorial@floydpublications.com. The staff will fix the error in a timely manner. FOCUS Magazine is published monthly and is available through local Plant City businesses, restaurants and many local venues.

by advertisers. All letters and their contents sent to Focus Magazine become the sole property of Floyd Publications, Inc and may be reproduced thereof. All views expressed in all articles are those of the authors and not necessarily those of Floyd Publications, Inc. Use or duplication of material used in this publication is prohibited without approved written consent from Floyd Publications, Inc. Publisher Mike Floyd mike@floydpublications.com Sales Jennifer Chamberlain jchamberlain@floydpublications.com Art Director Anthony Sassano asassano@floydpublications.com Distribution Tony DeVane Staff Writers Cheryl Johnston | Brian West Heather Davis | Joe Bowles | Amanda Deck Deana Garrison | Darcie Jarrett | Taylor Thomas Charlotte Thompson Contributors Gil Gott | Derek Maul | Jo-An Lusk Nate Davis | Candy Owens | Natalie Sweet Gail Jones

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Durant High School is collecting well wishes for graduates to be received as their Senior Breakfast on May 22nd. Deadline to receive letters & cards, no larger than 8x10, is Friday, May 15th. Please address: STUDENT’S FULL NAME, c/o Courtney Singletary, GOLD ENVELOPES, Durant High School, 4748 Cougar Path, Plant City, FL. 33567. *do not send items of value, letters only, school not responsible for cash, checks or gift cards.

Let’s support two PCHS graduates, Trent Lott and Bijen Patel (now University of Tampa students) in their startup company’s effort to win the wild card slot in the million-dollar Hult Prize competition. BamBoost team needs our help with donations at indiegogo and shares/likes/ comments on social media sites. So, let’s do this, Plant City! Visit indiegogo.com, search for BamBoost, and donate today. The May 7 deadline is only three weeks away!

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The Photo Archives and History Center in Plant City is adding an Associate Director to its staff, according to Photo Archives President Ed Verner. Plant City resident Barbara “Shelly” Drummond will join the staff as Associate Director effective Monday, April 13, 2015. Prior to joining the Photo Archives staff, Drummond had been serving as Curator of Education and Programming for the Polk County History Center in Bartow, Florida. She has previously worked with the Photo Archives staff as a consultant for grant writing and as a part-time assistant to the Executive Director 14

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The Civinettes Service Club at Plant City High School rallied together to provide Easter bags filled with goodies for all 39 kids of the Florida Baptist Children’s Home in Lakeland. Under the leadership of the Vice-President, Ashlyn Yarbrough, the service club joined with many businesses in Plant City and Lakeland to provide these gifts. The baskets were filled with books, Target gift cards, candy, toys, makeup, sunglasses, cups, toothbrushes and more all donated from club members and the community. The businesses that supported this effort included: Johnson-Adams & Associates LLC, Publix Supermarkets, South Florida Baptist Hospital, Florida Strawberry Festival, Dental Associates, Plant City Chamber of Commerce, Wen-Lake Corp (Wendy’s) and David & Julie Cole. The Civinettes are sponsored by JoBeth Newsome and Sherrie Mueller.


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The company expanded, then franchised, ultimately the franchise was sold in 1975. There are still some independently owned or franchised restaurants. Ralph and Margaret Redden and Connie and Roy O’Neal enjoyed a recent lunch at Maryland Fried Chicken. Roy stated, “This is the first time we have eaten here, but we’ll be back! We’re snowbirds from Maryland, and getting ready to head back home. The chicken was just delicious.” Another patron, Gigi McQuearg said, “It’s great chicken, fast service, and a very friendly place. The corn dogs are great too!”

Ralph and Margaret Redden plus Connie and Ray O’Neal truly enjoyed their their lunch.

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ried chicken lovers in the Plant City area have been long time aficionados of Maryland Fried Chicken for 46 years. Consistently golden fried in peanut oil and a special blend of spices have made this chicken #1 in Plant City. In fact, the Plant City Chamber of Commerce awarded Maryland Fried Chicken the “MidSized Business Award.” The Plant City store got its start in 1969 when Bill and Beverly Naset, Ercel Smith, Al Berry, and Sarah Copeland bought the local Maryland Fried chicken from Robert Decket. The Naset’s finally bought out their partners, now Bill and Beverly Naset are in partnership with their children Mark and Kim. A true family-run business managed by brother and sister. Both grew up at the restaurant and have worked every job. Kim runs front operations and supervises 18

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26 staff while Mark oversees all food production, orders supplies, bookkeeping, and personally cuts loads of fresh, plump chicken each week to keep up with growing customer demand. Kim always strives for an excellent product plus quick and friendly service. Kim confirmed, “We have many long time loyal customers who have become friends.” In 1959, Albert Constatine move to the Orlando area and opened his first restaurant. Noting long lines outside a Kentucky colonel’s restaurant, Constatine decided he could do that too! Using a broaster, pressure fryer for chicken, peanut oil, plus his own blend of 21 herbs and spices, Constatine was ready! Located near the Maryland based aerospace giant Glenn L. Martin, he exploited the fact that Baltimoreans were moving to Orlando and named his restaurant Maryland Fried Chicken.

You can order barrels or buckets while the most popular dinner is the3 piece chicken dinner at $7.52. Also offered are fried shrimp, fish, scallops, catfish, oysters, and crab rolls plus you can choose two sides from crispy crinkle fries, mashed potatoes, baked beans, potato salad, daily fresh-made coleslaw, plus a dinner roll. Maryland Fried Chicken is located at 315 N. Alexander Street. (813) 752-9200. Hours are 11-9 Monday to Saturday. There is also a convenient take out window. “The Difference is Delicious.”


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“THE TRUNZOS ROCK PLANT CITY ON ROCK N ROLL” AND KOFFEE!

KRAZY KUP, PLANT CITY’S LOCAL COFFEE SHOP, WILL BE PUTTING ON A COUPLE OF CONCERTS IN THE MONTH OF MAY THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT. BLACK COAST ROYALS ON MAY 2ND AND DENIM BLUE AND MICLAIN KEITH ON MAY 18TH BY KELINA NELSON

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lack Coast Royals will be playing outside in front of Krazy Kup on May 2nd, duiring Bikefest. Based out of St. Pete, FL., their original music ranges from Vintage Rock to Americana. They’ve gained quite a following on the other coast and will be releasing their debut album soon. The band, comprised of Jason Trunzo (vocals, guitars, keyboard), Travis Lacey (percussion of every sort),

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Jason Gilbert (bass) and Allie Mink (keyboard, trumpet, vocals, percussion), will be bringing such songs like “The Living” a beauiful and haunting track and so many others you absolutely must hear. For more information on Black Coast Royals go to: www. blackcoastroyals.com Then on May 18th, same spot, same place, Denim Blue and Miclain Keith will be bringing their rockin’ blend of

www.denimbluemusic.com Frank and Wenda Trunzo, the owners of Krazy Kup and proud parents of their talented sons are hosting these events. They have a third son, Joshua Trunzo, who is also a musician. He sometimes fills in and has even played in such venues as The House of Blues in Downtown Disney. With a 1963 Hammond Organ, of Gregg Allman notariaty, always on site, Krazy Kup is a space for good music to flourish. For more information on Krazy Kup go to: www.facebook.com/KrazyKup


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finished up at Life University in Atlanta for her Doctorate of Chiropractic. An avid supporter of the community, she contributes to sponsoring such things like Diamonds and Denim and youth programs like the Steer and Swine events for the Strawberry Festival, while also taking part in the Great American Teach-ins held at multiple local schools. She sees the importance of community. As Dr. Dukes spoke of why she

TO LOVE, TO SERVE, AND TO GIVE OUT OF ABUNDANCE BY KELINA NELSON

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eld at HCC’s Trinkle Center on Thursday March 26th, Dukes Chiropractic Health Clinic, P.A. celebrated their 30th Anniversary amongst friends, family and the clients who have trusted them with their care throughout the years. Dr. Brenda Dukes radiates a good-hearted kindness that you will immediately warm up to. As she made her way around the room, greeting all and making sure all needs were met, I wondered just whom was being honored that night. She, along with her colleague and the event coordinator Brenda Chandler, along with others, wanted the night to be special for everyone in attendance and achieved that in so many 22

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memorable ways. From the photographer they had on hand to snap pictures of each guest upon entering, to the invocation by Rev. Don Mason, the delicious meal, the live music from Jeff Jackson and most notably the salute to each branch of Military Service, the night was an inspiring treat for all. If walking away feeling blessed was their hope for each person, they certainly made it happen. When talking to one of her clients, she told me, “Dr. Dukes nourishes the soul”. A graduate of Plant City High School, Class of 76, Dr. Dukes went on to graduate from Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma with a double major in Biology and Chemistry. She

does what she does, being a Christian and keeping the scripture 3 John 2 close to her heart, she relates the health of the body to the health of the mind and spirit. She also believes that everyone has a calling to answer to. And to help the body heal is indeed her calling. For more information on Dukes Chiropractic visit dukeschiropractichealth.com


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PHOTO ARCHIVES HONORS AL BERRY WITH HERITAGE AWARD

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ongtime Plant City resident Al Berry was presented with the Photo Archives and History Center’s highest award, the Heritage Award, Thursday, March 26, 2015, at a sold-out awards banquet in the intimate setting of the Photo Archives facility in historic downtown Plant City. Ed Verner, Photo Archives President, listed the criteria for the award and said that Berry had met all the requirements and had made an outstanding contribution to the preservation of the history and heritage of the greater Plant City area. Upon arrival guests were treated to a champagne reception outside under the canopies in front of the building and had complimentary photographs taken by Maddock Photography. Inside pianist Lisa Goad entertained the guests with mellifluous background music played on a magnificent 1928 Mason & Hamlin grand piano while sommelier Shannon Moody, of ABC Fine Wine and Spirits, provided his selection of fine wines at the complimentary wine bar.

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During the reception guests were able to move about the room and view the special exhibits which included over 200 black and white 8x10 photos, and a special exhibit of photos of Al Berry over the years. After guests were seated they were treated to a sumptuous meal of a spring salad with strawberries, pork tenderloin, sweet potato soufflé, and southern green beans, with a delicious brownie dessert all prepared and served by Simply Southern Catering. Following the dinner, Executive Director Gil Gott thanked the sponsors, Sunshine Bank, Hopewell Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, George and Cassandra Banning, the Verner Foundation, and ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, and announced the program. The evening’s program began with the traditional Photo Trivia Quiz, moderated by Marsha Passmore with assistance from several guests who volunteered to show the photo quiz enlargements to the audience. Passmore

read the questions pertaining to the photos and solicited answers amidst much laughter. The table with the most correct answers was led by Myrle Henry, Coleman Davis, Cecil Everidge, Don Walden, and Ruby Jean Redman. The prestigious Heritage Award presentation was preceded by Gil Gott’s narrative summary of Al Berry’s life and accomplishments and Gott’s personal comments about the friendship he developed over the years with Al and Patsy and some of the events during that time. He ended with, “Al Berry is a family man, a servant of the community, and a dear friend.” Last year’s recipients of the Heritage Award, Bill and Gwen Thomas, presented the award to Berry as Gott and Verner looked on. Following the award presentation, Berry gave his brief comments, noting the importance of the honor he received and praising the work of the Photo Archives and History Center. He spoke of his love for the community of Plant City and thanked everyone for their efforts in preserving its history and heritage. He concluded with these words: “I wrote two speeches for this occasion; a short one and a long one. Here’s the short one, ‘Thank You!’ And here is the long one, ‘Thank you very much’.” Verner concluded the evening’s event with comments about the strategic planning and changes that were beginning soon in order to upgrade and professionalize the organization’s

operations. He welcomed new board members, Bill Thomas and Marion Smith, and announced the annual membership meeting for “voting” members consisting of those who have paid membership dues of at least $100 was scheduled for Monday, April 6, 2015. He welcomed those who felt it necessary to quickly donate $100 in order to qualify as voting members. Enjoying the camaraderie, guests remained until the rains came and another Photo Archives’ soiree was drawn to a close. The Photo Archives and History Center was founded in 2000 and began holding its annual soirees in 2003. In 2004 the organization instituted the Heritage Award and has been awarding them since. Previous recipients of the Heritage Award include David E. Bailey, Jr.; James L. Redman; Robert Trinkle; B.M. Mac Smith; Betty June Barker Watkins; Dr. Hal Brewer; Gladys Jeffcoat; James “Sonny” Jones; Bob Edwards; Maribeth Mobley, Ph.D.; J. Myrle Henry; and Bill and Gwen Thomas. In addition to its offices, the organization’s facility contains a 1000 square foot Exhibit Gallery and a research library located in its history center. To date the archives contains over 100,000 photographs and numerous documents and publications. For information call 813.754.1578 or visit the website plantcityphotoarchives.org.


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astor Joe Kelley of the Plant City Foursquare Church has a dream to see the community’s youth united in an effort to impact the city for Christ. “The Common Ground Movement isn’t about any denomination,” he explained. “It’s simply about reaching our kids. We’re hoping all churches will participate.” The entire community is invited on Saturday night, April 25 at the Trinkle Center on the Hillsborough Community College campus. Numerous local youth groups will perform in youth bands, vocal solos and ensembles, dramatic presentations, interpretive dance and more. Concessions open at 5PM with music beginning at 5:30PM before the 6:30PM official start. “Our youth will be encouraged, seeing other Christians their age from different churches who live out their faith unashamedly.” My Hope-Billy Graham Ministries, The Gideons, and All Pro Pastors organizations are partnering with the Common Ground Movement, too. Kelley believes this unified effort, planned for about four times each year, will strengthen the resolve of area young people. “These gatherings will be a means to highlight their talents,” he said. “We’ll enjoy those and several youth pastors will speak. We want our students to know they are not alone.” A rally on November 22 and prayer gathering on February 19 have preceded this April 25 event. “I believe denominations don’t matter in this effort. What makes a difference is Jesus Christ! What matters is His crucifixion and resurrection and that He is our personal Savior. He is our Common

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Ground!” The movement’s emblem is a Heart on Fire for God sharing the Message of the Cross. “I believe we’re in the days referenced in Acts 2:17-19 when God wants to pour out His Spirit on all flesh.” Kelley added. “We must be ready to receive and be pointing our kids to the Cross. The world is doing a good job in winning our kids and we need to do a better job of telling them about Christ. I believe we’re on the crest of something awesome in God. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black, white, Asian, Hispanic...what matters is “Do you know God loves you and has a plan for your life?” Along with Kelley, other youth pastors are excited about connecting the teens and seeing God move. “We believe we’ll see 1,000 youth on April 25,” he added, “I urge you to attend and please invite friends. Our hope is these gatherings can really change the atmosphere here in Plant City by encouraging our young people to enjoy the gift of their faith and to share it.” For more information, contact Joe Kelley@pastorjoekelly@yahoo.com or phone 813-344-7361.


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accompanied the Hurleys’ unveiling, which revealed an amount more than any had imagined possible, and almost three times the cost of the car the dealership had so generously donated. “When Linda (Lawson- Unity’s chairwoman) shared her $150,000 goal with me this year, I thought it might not be reachable,” acknowledged Steve. “But Linda’s leadership inspired us to exceed the $112,000 earned in 2014. She pitted the teams against each other and it worked.” “Over the last six years, this annual effort has raised in excess of $600,000 to benefit the communities of east Hillsborough County,” Lawson said. “And the Unity Board of Directors and all those involved couldn’t be more proud of these results.” Every cent of the funds raised from the approximately 32,400 tickets sold will now benefit the not-for-profit fundraising organization established in 1999 by Joyce Jordan, who was also on hand to witness the big reveal. “We’ll continue to assist some of the same projects as in the past,” reported

Lawson, “but we also hope to help other worthwhile causes that can use funding. This check will allow us to do that, and we’re so thankful to Stingray, the Festival and all those many volunteers who made it happen.” Unity in the Community funds have helped support organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Lots of Hugs, Trinity Sports Ministry, Area Six Schools, and college scholarships for local high school students in need. In addition to co-sponsoring the Plant City Christmas Parade, Unity has also assisted families in dire straights and many other worthwhile projects. “Our one goal is to help the truly needy in our area,” added Lawson, speaking of the all-volunteer organization. “Our funds go back into this community, with children being our priority. Without financial compensation for work, gasoline, or mileage,” she continued, “we all do what we do because we care deeply about the less fortunate. And through this community’s generosity, we really believe we’re making a difference.”

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o one was more surprised to win a shiny red 2015 Corvette Coupe than Ann Trinkle. When her daughter Amy’s phone call advised Ann that a five-year-old out-of-towner named Chloe Angle had randomly drawn her name on the last day of the Florida Strawberry Festival, Ann explained, “I couldn’t believe it because we had only purchased one ticket this year. The news was a complete shock!” What might be even more fun for readers to know is that the Trinkles had decided two years ago to downsize in the vehicle department and have shared only one car since. That is until March 16, when the new ‘Vette’s owner drove it away from the car’s donor, Stingray Chevrolet. A well-wishing crowd of family, friends and dealership employees surrounded her to snap photos and trade smiles and waves. 30

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Ann admitted, “I’m driving it every day and will all the time. I’m very excited and feel blessed to have won such a beautiful car.” She credited Robert, her husband of 46 years, for purchasing the $5.00 ticket. “I tried to pay him back with $20,” she said, “but he wouldn’t take it.” She also thanked Stingray salesman Dave Davenport for selling the ticket to a first-time ever Plant City winner. In addition to the excitement of watching a longtime local win the luxury sports car, the Stingray staff had another sweet surprise in store. The dealership’s owners, Steve and Susan Hurley, were thrilled to lift the fabric covering from the oversized, record-breaking $162,000 check, payable to Unity in the Community, which redistributes fund to various local organizations that benefit those in need. Audible “oohs and aahs”

The Corvette raffle effort during this year’s Florida Strawberry Festival resulted in $162,000 for approximately 32,400 tickets sold and monies donated to benefit Unity in the Community.


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ach year the GFWC Woman’s Club of Plant City hosts a spectacular luncheon and fashion show fundraiser to benefit a worthy cause. This year’s event will transport attendees to another space in time and the public is invited to “Your Passport to Fashion in Grand Paree.” On April 24 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., the president, Board of Directors and entire membership welcome guests to Plant City’s First Baptist Church, 503 N. Palmer Street, for the French-themed luncheon. WTSP Channel 10 news anchor Courtney Robinson will emcee and announce the club members modeling accessorized outfits from Chico’s, Cato’s and Versona. The outreach will inspire attendees to shop local and support the efforts of Canine Companions for Independence. This 2015 effort places special emphasis on the Wounded Veterans

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Initiative and the Southeastern Guide Dog Association. Please come and learn more about an amazing opportunity to help those who can benefit from the help of a service dog. Tickets for the luncheon and fashion show are an exceptionally affordable $20. For additional information or to purchase tickets, please call Karen at 813.481.0419 or karengriggsby@gmail. com. The GFWC Woman’s Club of Plant City, Inc. members have provided community improvement through volunteer service since 1922. The club works through six departments to support various projects to benefit our area: Arts, Conservation, Education, Home Life, International Affairs, and Public Affairs. Club meetings are held at the Woman’s Club at 10:30AM on the second Tuesdays monthly from September through May. To inquire, phone 813-752-4871.


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University of Tampa students and Bamboost partners (L-R) Trent Lott, Bijen Patel, Caio Amaral and Vignesh Parameswaren would appreciate funding help to raise $20,000 before May 8 through their indiegogo.com campaign. Lott and Patel are Plant City High School graduates.

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After their enterprise won among ten UT semi-final teams, they placed second among 50 at the Boston Regional, making BamBoost among the top 10 in the world. Since only first placements from the five regionals advance to national, they must earn the only wild card spot through “the most successful crowdfunding campaign” at indiegogo. com. The BamBoost entrepreneurs must raise $20,000 by May 7, 2015. Judges will score for most money raised; largest average donation; most donors; and best promotional use of social media. Obviously, your financial contributions and digital “likes, shares, tweets, forwards, posts and pins” are critical. The group desires to help families in urban slums, like those in India, for example, where a child dies every

15 seconds due to unsanitary living conditions caused by improper waste disposal. Lott shared, “The hygiene products in our $3 monthly packages will help improve health conditions and the curriculum materials allow parents to affect their child’s learning ability.” Each package will contain 100 bamboo-fiber diaper liners for children (ages 0-3), 100 toilet disposal bags for ages 3-6, and 11 sanitary pads for moms. Age-appropriate Florida Department of Education certified lesson booklets, developed by Baby Sign Language, will also help parents teach their littlest children. The BSL curriculum can boost a child’s IQ score by 12 points by age five. For children ages 2-6, the booklets improve fine/group motor skills, visual/auditory processing, letter/word awareness, math/number awareness and social/emotional development. The BamBoost name stems from the inexpensive resource so readily available in developing countries that can improve sanitary conditions. “Bamboo thread is as soft as silk and the plants grow quickly,” explained Patel. “Within two weeks, stalks cut by half their height will grow at the rate of one meter a day. We can use this green sustainability to reduce our production costs 75-to-95 percent.”

Lott, a fifth generation native and Patel, a first generation native and the 2012 PCHS valedictorian, have been schoolmates since first grade. Lott met Amaral playing soccer for UT and Patel met Parameswaran last year at a Diwali (India’s New Year) celebration. Since October of 2014, the four have met almost daily to formulate their business plan, production details and marketing strategies. Their work has impressed UT Associate Professor of Business Law and Entrepreneurship, Giles T. Hertz, JD. He wrote, “Like so many successful entrepreneurs, these young men demonstrate passion for their beliefs, hard work, dedication, perseverance through the many startup challenges, and most important, the value of teamwork and shared sacrifice…They represent the best of the best and because of young people like them, I feel confident in our future.” “We’ve teamed up to help change the world for the better,” said Lott. “We’re hopeful others will help us see our dream become a reality.” So, let’s do this, Plant City! Visit indiegogo.com, search for BamBoost, and donate today. The May 7 deadline is only three weeks away!


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Thirty-three delegates from the student-run, student-led Aletheia and Plant City Youth in Government clubs attended the 58th Annual YIG State Assembly in Tallahassee recently.

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hirty-three student delegates from two local YMCA-affiliated Youth in Government clubs recently attended the 58th Annual YIG State Assembly in Tallahassee. Both the Aletheia and Plant City student-led clubs, comprised mostly of homeschoolers, share Michelle Hanchett as advisor. State Assembly is the annual highlight for students, who prepare all year for roles they’ll play in Tallahassee. These include positions in the Legislative, Judicial, or Executive branches, the Press Corps, or a role similar to lobbyist as Director of Legislative Affairs. The Tampa Delegation of 130 students from several Hillsborough

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County chapters met almost 500 other peers from across the state to be government in action for four days in Florida’s capitol. The gathering that began February 11 was Aletheia Club’s secretary Nicole Gregory’s third year in the Legislative branch. She served also as a Committee Chair at Assembly. She and another delegate wrote similar bills to require labeling of food containing GMOs (genetically modified organism) and combined them for a better chance of passing the bill into “YIG law.” The Gregory triplets, all involved in YIG, are homeschooled high school juniors dual-enrolled at Hillsborough Community College. Nicole’s hallmark moments this

year were presenting the GMO labeling bill. “It was exhilarating to experience the legislative process firsthand.” Their proposition passed through 1st and 2nd Committee, the House and Senate, making it all the way to the Cabinet, before the Governor vetoed it,” she explained. Legislative delegates spent Friday and Saturday debating bills and voting, with the highest of three branch levels enjoyed debating in the actual House and Senate. Meanwhile, Press Corps members collected quotes and wrote articles, while the Directors of Legislative Affairs (DLAs) scurried back and forth between chambers in support of certain bills. The Judicial branch members hear, present, and debate cases.

Stevie Cilenti, 16, an Eagle Scout and junior dual-enrolled full-time at HCC, plans to complete ROTC, graduate in Aerospace Engineering from Embry Riddle, and become an Army officer. “For the past two years, I was too scared to get up and talk,” he shared. Through YIG, I’ve made so many friends and have gained a greater sense of selfconfidence.” Cilenti was in the Williams Senate, which met in the actual Senate room. “The comfortable chairs had about a foot of padding and the desks were huge,” he explained. “We even got to use the microphones and had an awesome Senate President, Noah Rohm. Although my bill never made it to the docket, I still had a good time debating other people’s bills.” Aletheia Club president, Phillip Criss, also a homeschooled dual-enrolled senior, had the honor of motioning to adjourn the 58th State Assembly. “Although I’m not interested in politics much,” he offered, “the whole process of debating solutions to problems intrigues me. I didn’t speak much this year...just enjoyed listening to the back and forth. Even though I’m graduating, I intend to take advantage of opportunities for graduates to stay involved.”Gregory strongly recommends YIG to any high school or middle school students. “I enjoyed the countless hands-on lessons of how government works,” she encouraged. “I learned new ways to confidently use my voice to positively impact others, to express my opinions and passions, and to change the world for the better. I also learned the importance of engaging others with authenticity and integrity…YIG has cultivated amazing friendships in my life that will not be forgotten.” Those interested should e-mail advisor Michelle Hanchett at rmhanch@ verizon.net and visit the Florida YIG website at floridayig.net, the online version of Florida YIG’s newspaper called The Page Note at thepagenote. blogspot.com, or our go-to dashboard during State Assembly at dash.floridayig. net for a schedule and other resources.


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job. There were so many considerations though, like Olivia’s school and her adjustment to a move at her age. Why did you choose Plant City? We knew we wanted to stay in Hillsborough County. We had some friends and family in the area. When we found a house that seemed to fit us right away, it seemed that we were on the right track. We have six acres filled with ancient, sprawling oak trees and a big red barn. The best thing is that the move cut her husband’s commute time down by half. How was your daughter’s adjustment been? Our worry about Olivia’s adjustment was short lived. When asked if she liked her old house or new house better, Olivia said she likes them the same but there is so more to do here in Plant City. She is in the fourth grade at Knights Griffin Elementary, likes her teacher and already has a lot of friends You say Lenny loved the home and Plant City immediately. How about you? The turning point for me came when I was trying to unpack another box and my to-do list was a mile long. Olivia came running in excited about making the barn loft into a special place for her to play. Olivia and her dad were going to make the stairs leading to the loft and wanted me to help. I didn’t have time but I couldn’t say no. This turned out to be the most amazing day of fun, laughter, and closeness for the three of us. As I listened to Olivia and Lenny’s chatter, I realized this was exactly what I had hoped this move would mean. I can’t imagine ever moving again.

JENNIFER CAMPBE Jennifer Campbell never thought about moving from the home she and husband, Lenny, planned and had built. For ten years Jennifer, Lenny, and daughter Olivia, made memories there. Olivia, who is nine, knew no other home. They were more than just comfortable. But they had a problem. Jennifer has a job with the Hillsborough County Sheriff ’s office as a trainer for Child Protection Investigators. She wants every child to have the kind of childhood that she had growing up in Michigan with her parents and sister. She has the perfect career to reflect that dream. Husband, Lenny, has a demanding job that he loves as well. He works for Sunbelt Rentals as a Key Accounts Salesman. What was the problem that would make you want to move? The problem was that Lenny commuted every day to Orlando, FL. The approximately two hours there and two hours back was cutting into our family time. We had to move closer to his

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Richard “Dick” Grant wears many hats even in retirement. At the age of 81 he is into the extreme sport of barefoot water skiing. He’s also a nationally recognized organist who has given more than 1,000 concerts so far. Dick was the owner of Allen Organ Sales, Inc. and sold organs until he retired in 1989. He is a graduate of New England Conservatory and Boston University where he mastered in church music. Since his retirement Dick and his wife, Evelyn, travel from Shapleigh, Maine to Plant City each October to spend their winter months. How did you get interested in barefoot skiing? I’ve skied since I was a child and loved it. I went skiing with my son one day and saw him barefoot skiing. I tried it and fell many times. I was determined to learn. I realized I needed to get professional lessons. I was seventy years old at the time and determined. I signed up to take lessons from Lane Bowers in Winter Haven. For the last ten years I have been barefoot skiing and have even done promotional work. You can see me skiing on youtube.com. Just look for Dick Grant, barefoot skier. It’s amazing to watch you ski. You are an inspiration. How do you stay so active? I know it is important to stay active mentally and physically. When people tell me I am an inspiration, I’m

delighted to hear that. It’s great if what I do inspires someone to find something they love doing at any age. What I don’t understand is when people say something like “you’re amazing”. I’m not. I get up at 5:30 every morning and every joint aches. I get myself to the gym and work out every morning, no excuses. After I work out I find myself more energetic and ready for the day. Do you still play the organ? Oh, yes. I play for a little stone chapel in Kennebunkport, Maine when I’m there. That’s where the Bush’s attend. I’ve also play at Plant City churches while I’m here. How do you stay fit mentally? My music keeps me going and learning. Also, I look forward to every day. I see that as a choice. I could sit down. I could answer the aches and pains and think I can’t do something. But I choose not to do that. We could get a diagnosis that we have no control over. All the more for me to love every day I’m healthy. I wake up and I make the very best of it.

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plantcityphotoarchives.org. The administrative office is open for business Mondays from 10 AM until 4 PM at 106 South Evers Street in downtown Plant City. The office telephone number is 813.754.1578 and the website is plantcityphotoarchives.org. Plant City Photo Archives and History Center is dedicated to the preservation of local history and heritage through the collection and preservation of the community’s historic photographs, and to the educational opportunities provided to the community through the exhibit of these photographic collections and the stories that wrap around these photographs. Hence, the Intern Program will focus on those varied skills required to effectuate the mission and its objectives.

Intern, Sarah T. Roy, a USF graduate student, and Administrative Assistant Tim Grzelczyk work on papers in the Photo Archives History Center.

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to work in a realistic small history center and archives environment, and to facilitate the acquisition of the skills and knowledge of the vast array of both substantive and menial but important tasks, projects, and activities, has established this Intern Training Program. The program is designed to provide students the opportunity to learn archives, museum and history center skills in a real-life setting. The Intern Program was initiated in 2010 and has provided high schoollevel students, college undergraduate students and graduate students learning opportunities in institution operations, historical research and writing, library procedures, and archiving techniques. The Intern Training Program is flexible and will be custom designed for

each individual according to the needs of the intern and of the Photo Archives & History Center. The schedule and task assignments of each volunteer intern will be developed specifically for each individual participant’s situation and the current projects and activities of the Photo Archives & History Center. The intern will be under the supervision of a PCPA employee or another volunteer at all times, and will be under the overall supervision of the Executive Director. After the completion of the schedule the intern is presented with an evaluation and a final report. Interested students can obtain additional information and an application form by visiting the Photo Archives office or by emailing the executive director at gil@

ELIGIBILITY To be accepted into this program, the applicant must: • submit an updated resume or complete the Intern Program Application Form • be enrolled in an upper level high school program, college course of study, or be a college graduate • demonstrate an interest in some aspect of local history, archives, or the operations of a small history museum • submit an essay or statement as to why the applicant is interested in the Intern Program WORK SITE AND SCHEDULE • All work will be performed at the Photo Archives & History Center facility or nearby. Hours are flexible and a schedule will be developed in accordance with each set of requirements. FINAL OR PROGRESS REPORT • At the end of the Intern Program, or at intervals therein, at the request of the intern, the Executive Director will provide the intern with a Final or Interim Report stating the tasks performed and the skills demonstrated. INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS: Contact Gil Gott, Executive Director, (813) 754.1578, gvgott@gmail.com.


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The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on March 17, 2015 for WWBF FM 102.9/AM 1130 at the Plant City Chamber. WBF FM 102.9 & AM 1130 is a family owned and operated radio station in Bartow. They feature Classic Hits, playing the greatest rock and roll hits from the mid to late 60’s, 70’s and into the early to mid 80’s. They are home to the WBF Shopper, NASCAR and Gator Football. As well as being a radio station, WBF is the “On Hold Voice” for businesses locally and nationwide and they can personalize your messages.

The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on March 12, 2015 for Plantation at Walden Lake, 1400 Plantation Circle, Plant City. Plantation at Walden Lake located just off Alexander St and Airport Rd is a wonderful multi-family community which has been providing outstanding resident and community support for over 20 years. We are managed by AllisonShelton Real Estate Services out of Phoenix, AZ. Come visit our amazing office staff lead by Kelli Huffman (property manager), supported by Denise Horton (assistant property manager), and Mackensi Beers (marketing associate). We offer one to three bedroom apartments in 5 different floor plans, something to fit every need.

The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on March 14, 2015 for The Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum Society, Inc. at 102 North Palmer Street, Plant City. The Robert W. Willaford Railroad Museum Society, Inc., a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, has as it’s mission to promote and educate visitors about the railroad history and impact on Eastern Hillsborough County and Plant City in general. They display and maintain a very sizable collection of railroad equipment and memorabilia, including their best known item, a completely restored Seaboard Air Line, no. 5735 caboose.

The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on March 24, 2015 for TJ Stidham Trucking, 2701 Airport Road, Plant City. Founded in 1955 in Plant City, TJ Stidham is a privately held company providing truck load service to 48 states. With a base of 550 leased tractors, 750 state of the art refrigerated trailers and 141 dry trailers, plus 104 teams, Stidham is connected nationwide year round. The company has a dedicated fleet providing point to point service in Florida. Providing a high level of customer service & real time communication tracking of your cargo.

The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on March 27, 2015 for Hallback’s Bar & Grill at the Lakeland Airport, 3900 Don Emerson Drive, Suite 201, Lakeland. Hallback’s Special Service and Catering is an established family-owned and operated business based in Lakeland, specializing in full restaurant service, and buffet style catering. The Hallback family, originally from Plant City, provides home cooked, southern style meals to create an unforgettable dining experience.

The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on March 31, 2015 for Senshi Do Kai MMA, at 2909 James L. Redman Parkway, Suite 107, Plant City. Senshi Do Kai MMA is a family owned and operated business teaching Striking, Karate, Combative Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Self-Defense, as well as boot camp classes and personal training. They also offer plant city kids an afterschool program and summer camp. Shihan “Q” holds a 5th Degree Black Belt with 25 years experience and is a National Competitor and Champion with Bad Boys National Karate Team and Team USA. Their program strives to instill not only discipline, but also confidence, drive, loyalty, humility, and passion.

The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on April 2, 2015 for AIG Financial Network at the Plant City Chamber of Commerce. AIG Financial Network is keenly focused on being the premier provider of protection, retirement income and investment solutions needed for financial and retirement security. Lance is a selfdriven and determined financial services professional. He strives to always provide exceptional service and value through innovative financial solutions. He’s also responsible for identifying, selecting, coaching, and empowering qualified individuals that contribute to the AIG team.

The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on April 9, 2015 for Pilgrim Associates at the Plant City Chamber. Pilgrim Associates focuses on individual consulting and as chairman of Vistage Florida, they provide a program of ongoing personal and professional development through monthly executive peer group meetings, executive coaching and expert speakers. Specific to its client’s objectives, Pilgrim Associates utilizes proven timeline project management skills and analytical facilitation techniques.

The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on April 14, 2014 for Tani’s for Dessert, located in the Village Shopping Center, 2804 James L. Redman Parkway, Suite 106 & 107, Plant City. Tani’s for Dessert is the only truly “dessert only” restaurant in the Tampa Bay Area with standard & classic desserts, while Buttercream Bake Shoppe is a “made from scratch” homemade bakery. Talk about your two-for-one deal! You have got to check out their “Ambie”, a soft, buttery cookie, named after a family member. The staff is constantly baking them just to keep up with the demand.

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FINISH TH Honorary cancer survivor Ava Raab, 6, announced to the crowd of well-wishers that she’s been cancer-free for one year!

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The Florida Strawberry Festival Queen and Court members led the crowd of cancer survivors on their first lap for the night at Plant City High School.


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HE FIGHT By Cheryl Johnston

2015 Sponsors

Suncoast Credit Union South Florida Baptist Hospital Eye Express Highland Packaging Solutions Heysek & Kepes, Radiation Oncology Plant City Imaging Jarrett Scott Ford Sunshine Bank and media sponsor Tampa Bay Times, along with numerous Hope, In-Kind, and Track Marker Sponsors.

Three words encapsulate the essence of Plant City’s life-changing Relay for Life event: Commitment, Community, and Hope. And all three were evident at the Plant City High School football field on April 10-11 when the 17th annual happening inspired those gathered. As of April 12, more than 73 “Superhero” teams and 825 participants raised $206,223.66 for the 2015 effort to raise awareness and funds for research, assistance, and support. Your donations today can help reach our community Relay’s goal of $250,000.

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The Florida Strawberry Festival Queen and Court members led the crowd of cancer survivors on their first lap for the night at Plant City High School.

Thanks to hundreds of committed volunteers, our Plant City Relay is the longest running and one of the top three in Florida for American Cancer Society fundraising. The ACS-trademarked event represents the hope that those lost to cancer will never be forgotten, that those who face cancer will be supported, and that someday soon cancer will be eliminated. The 2015 Relay for Life presented a great opportunity for families to see their neighbors, watch people have good, clean fun for a cause and be a part of something so meaningful that emotions couldn’t contain the enthusiasm. Around the country and for purposes of annually celebrating cancer survivors and remembering loved ones lost, the organized, overnight community fundraising walks engage participant teams to camp around a track at local schools, college or corporate campuses, parks, fairgrounds, and military bases. Because cancer never sleeps, each team strives for representation on the track during the entire 24-hour walk. In the family-friendly environment folks enjoy food, entertainment, games and activities as they raise even more money and build camaraderie.

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Six-year-old Ava Raab is the 2015 Honorary Survivor in Plant City’s Relay for Life.

in one day. Throughout the night, as 340 supporters watched, some paid $25 to run or walk 30 minutes with him, resulting in $27,000 for the cancer fight. In 1986, the 24-hour team-relay he had envisioned hosted 19 groups at the historical Stadium Bowl to raise $33,000. Today, Gordy’s vision has become a nationwide phenomenon, raising nearly $5 billion to fight cancer. Worldwide, the ACS also licenses 20 nongovernmental cancer organizations in other countries to hold Relay events. Sadly, the generous doctor passed away August 3, 2014 at age 71 from heart failure after battling stomach cancer. The gentle healer was memorialized at Plant City’s event with the “Road to Recovery” race in his honor. As he wished, our community plans to “Keep up the fight!”

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The traditions connected to the themes of “Celebrate, Remember, and Fight Back link Relay events across the country and help participants get involved on a more personal level. As is the norm, Plant City’s annual Relay event began with supportive community members lining the track to cheer for those making the inspirational “Survivors Lap.” This vivid visual celebrated the lives being saved each year. Caregivers joined in, too, because everyone enjoys appreciating their sacrifice of time, energy, love and support to their friends, family, neighbors and coworkers facing cancer. Ava Raab, 6, the 2015 Relay Honorary Survivor, was pleased to announce “I’ve been cancer-free for a year.”

After dark, the Luminaria Ceremony slideshow honored those touched by cancer and remembered loved ones lost. Then, in the darkened stadium, lighted candles inside paper bags memorialized a loved one lost as people walked the oval in silent reflection. During the Fight Back Ceremony folks made personal commitments to fight against cancer. Some determined to be screened or forego smoking, while others decided to continue their individual fundraising or to share the mission with others. As for one of our own local traditions in the “race against cancer,” the Sole Sisters 5K Race celebrated its third year at Plant city’s event.

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Cindi Parrish is thankful for the encouragement she experienced at the 2015 Relay. As a caregiver for her mother, Martha Hodge, she knows this disease we love to hate all to well. “What I love about Relay for Life is the hope it gives people in seeing how many have survived. And by sharing our experiences and encouragement with others battling or caregiving, our belief in a cure becomes stronger.” Angie and Amber Rollyson, Parrish’s daughter and granddaughter, walked the survivor’s lap together this year. “Words can’t express how wonderful that made me feel,” said Parrish. “Our family has fought this fight together and, like so many others, we’ve trusted God. Being at Relay helps you know that it’s worth the effort.” “I’m thankful to everyone who works so hard to


Walden Lake Elementary teachers share the joy of a successful Relay for Life fundraising campaign. Pictured L-R are Shauna Obverting & son, Wendy Griffith, Kelsey Johnson, Nicole Reneau & Susan McLeod.

organize, fundraise and participate,” she continued. “We’re proud to call this amazing community our home.”

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From her 17-years of Relay experience, event leader Linda Herman, knows the power of social media for rallying community involvement. And she’s still hoping attendees will continue uploading photos by specifying #pcrfl15 and #relayallinfl. This year, one of the Plant City Relay’s Facebook posts was a call for help when the organizers needed to rebuild a ruined slideshow. Thankfully, many responded by replacing original pictures of those lost to cancer in previous years. Facebook continued to encourage the efforts of area businesses, too, with photo posts such as “Way to go, Winn Dixie, for selling Suns, Moons, and Cupcakes. You’re making a difference.” Keeping up with the “Purple Potty” appearances was fun as well. Wendy Brown of Keller Williams Realty explained how their office participated, describing the “raised eyebrows” of the “clearly confused customers and guests” in the lobby on March 19 who noticed the “purple, bedazzled toilet, gifted by Hillsborough Title.” Brown wrote, “Before we could have it removed we had to raise money to “Flush Out Cancer,,,We quickly raised over $100 and had the potty sent to another business. What a great fundraising idea for Relay for Life!” Another post invited teams to use the new “American Cancer Society Fundraising app, sharing that “Dana Carpenter keeps her daughter’s

The Super Mario team from Walgreen’s received one of the “Most Creative Campsite” awards. Kids could pose for photos with (L-R) Jim Consugar, Katherine Gonzalez, and Jared Winward.

[Megan] memory alive through Plant City’s Relay for Life.” The cyberspace effort continues to boost 2015 donations as teams still collect credit card contributions from anywhere and at any time, even now!

CREATIVITY ABOUNDS

Children love the R4L event because of the carnival atmosphere. With plenty of great music, food, games, space to move, and even our own wild-andcrazy 12-year veteran emcee Mark Hamilton, the smiles and laughter were contagious. Each year Relay for Life offers some of the best photo ops in town, and this year was no exception. Even before the opening ceremonies, participants were sharing their pictures on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter. In one word, “joy” was evident. Hillsborough County School District Area VI schoolteachers and administrators outdid themselves for the “Be a Hero” theme in 2015. The competition is always intense for crowd-drawing displays and new ways to feed the masses, raise funds, and entertain the children. Costumed superheroes were everywhere, including such as the Avengers, Batman, Cat Woman, Incredibles, Kung Fu Panda, Powder Puff Girls, Power Rangers, Super Mario Brothers, Super Minions, Teen Titans, Wonder Woman and many others. The fun made adults want to be kids again. Theresa Rice reported that Tomlin Middle School earned the Platinum Award this year “for raising $15,000 before the April 10 event” through campus activities that began last August. Before 7:30PM at Relay the team had already raised another $1,000

from bidders for their 14 baskets and donated Griffin Designs cooler stand. At the “Princess Makeover” tent, staffed by PCHS cosmetology students in honor of Megan Carpenter, little girls were transformed into beautiful belles through manicures, a touch of makeup, and a blessing from the magical wand-waving Florida Strawberry Queen. Local businesses took the challenge on to raise even more money than the year before. Staffers from Walgreens (Super Mario team) and the Publix Supermarket on James Redman Parkway (Scooby Doo team) had fun with photo ops, a bounce house, and Scooby Dog sandwich sales.

WHAT’S NEXT

The fundraising isn’t over yet. Relay For Life volunteers desire to make this cancer’s last century, so the individuals, schools, and business organizations involved are still accepting donations. Please consider another donation before our community recognizes the dedicated volunteers at the evening Awards Ceremony on May 4, 2015 at Plant City’s First Baptist Church. To continue the fight, please donate at www. relayforlife.org/plantcityfl or via mail by printing the specific donation form and sending your check payable to the American Cancer Society for “Relay for Life of Plant City,” 1462 Oakfield Drive, Brandon, FL 33511. For additional assistance, phone: 813-6850670.

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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 April 20th and May 18th at 7:00 PM. The meetings are open to all Walden Lake residents. The Board of Directors held the Annual Meeting on April 9th. There were approximately 140 residents that attended the meeting. Three Director positions were elected. Jan Griffin was re-elected, Dan Orrico and David Sollenberger will be new Board Members. At the April 20th meeting, the Board will elect officers for the upcoming year. There was time while waiting for the ballots to be counted for open questions as a Town Hall Meeting. The Board answered all the questions possible and President Rich Glorioso requested that the residents with questions that the Board couldn’t answer at this time get back to the Board so they could have the answer once research was done. There was one group and two speakers that were allotted 15 minutes each, along with an additional 15 minutes for questions from residents after each spoke. Two speakers were from the group, Walden Lake Community Preservation, Inc, who are fighting the Visions Golf rezoning application through a lawsuit. Harley Herman, attorney for the group spoke and had charts showing his point of view along with resident, Bruce Garceau. Bill Griffin spoke on behalf of the 80 remaining golf members in favor of rezoning. Carrine Narey read a Letter to the Editor she had written and was published in the Observer following the 2014 Annual Meeting. Her letter was in favor of some rezoning. All speakers, along with the residents that had questions and statements, were passionate about what they feel is best for the community of Walden Lake. You should have the new 2015 decals on your cars. If you need any additional

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decals, they can be purchased at the HOA office. Towing will begin May 1st at the park for any autos without decals. If you plan to have a guest, please get with the HOA office for a temporary parking pass so they will not be towed. The Community Yard Sale was held on April 11th. Many attended and found treasures they could use for themselves at great prices. In March, there were 17 closings in Walden Lake and Walden Lake East with an average sale price of $192,019 and an average of 93 days on the market. The sales are as follows: 103 Dorado Court $55,000 2104 Timberlane Drive $85,000 1420 Sandalwood Drive $206,900 4101 Longfellow Drive $160,000 3108 Emerson Place $159,900 4110 Barret Avenue $164,900 3314 Kilmer Place $165,000 3438 Silverstone Court $175,000 1907 Carriage Court $175,000 1904 Teakwood Drive $193,000 2917 Clubhouse Drive $218,500 2904 Sutton Oaks Court $235,000 2819 Clubhouse Drive $235,000 2906 Clubhouse Drive $238,000 3045 Sutton Woods Drive $271,500 2859 Hammock Drive $288,000 2867 Hammock Drive $300,527 There are currently 33 Active listings for sale with an average list price of $243,218 and 20 properties are Pending Contract with an average list price of $176,053. In the first quarter of 2015, there were 27 single family homes sold in Walden Lake with an average sale price of $226,030 and 3 in Walden Lake East with an average sale price of $141,000. Showing activity has been steady and homes that are well priced and in good condition are going under contract quickly. Feel free to contact me about any real estate questions or about this article. NSweet@KW.com or 813-758-9586.


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music career, he realized that it wasn’t his calling and soon got involved in the business industry. Grant ran a company that sold organs to churches. During this time, he was also enlisted into the United States Armed Forces and served in the Army from 1955-1957. After years of hard work, Grant retired at the age of 56 and has now been retired for 25 years.

Since he grew up on a lake, Grant has been waterskiing ever since he can remember. He was 70 years old when he decided to give barefoot skiing a try. He was inspired when he saw his son barefooting on a lake that they live on for four months out of the year, located in Shapleigh, Maine. When he returned to Plant City, Grant contacted Lane Bowers out of Winter Haven, Florida

– who was a world champion barefoot skier at the time – and began taking lessons from him so that he could master this extreme sport. Barefoot skiing is an aquatic sport that is practiced predominately on lakes. Barefooting requires one to travel behind a boat without the use of water skis at speeds between 30mph45mph. This intense activity can cause potentially serious injuries; even Grant has hurt his eardrum and cracked a rib while developing his barefoot skills. It’s an understatement to say that Grant is an “in-shape” man. “I love barefooting because it is very motivational and keeps me physically healthy,” he expresses. When he is out of the water, Grant pursues his life-long passion of golfing. “When you get old and you don’t stay active, you lose everything,” he explains. Grant believes that once one retires, they must take up an activity to keep themselves mentally and physically healthy to live a longer and happier life. He and his wife have both stayed active throughout their years of retirement. “You just have to be excited about life when you get to be 81 years old,” he states optimistically. Grant’s positivity and excitement for life radiates in everything that he does. “I get my positive attitude from my mother,” he explains. “She was a dynamite person; always serving other people, working hard, and always having a positive attitude and staying active.” Dick Grant is an inspiration to people of all ages. His health, positivity, and fantastic accomplishments have formed an incredible legacy that will carry on for generations to come.


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t’s a small town tradition to sit beneath a spring sunset and watch a good game of baseball. Communities take great pride in their high school sports teams; win or lose. Due to much hard work and talent, the 2015 Varsity Durant High School Baseball team has given Plant City something to be proud of by claiming their rightful place as the number-one team in this year’s district tournament. The evening of March 27, 2015, held an important game for the Durant Cougars. Durant challenged their district rival, East Bay High School. This game was critical for the Cougars. Winning would mean they would claim the first seed in the district tournament. After an intense seven innings, Durant was victorious with a score of 8-0; making their district record 8-0. “Our team was definitely deserving of this crucial win,” stated left fielder, Steven Witchoskey. “We all work so hard on and off the field, every guy is trying their best for the team and not for

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themselves, which is something our coaches teach us day in and day out.” Head coach Butch Valdes, and assistant coaches, Donny Scolaro, Billy Riley, and Ty Sullivan continue to lead the Cougars throughout this dominating season. Valdes was a former baseball player at Jefferson High School and St. Leo University. His baseball career led him to coaching, which he has now been doing for 15 years, ten of them being at Durant. Coach Valdes describes this team as the Tradition of Durant. “There is really no big ‘superstar’ on this team,” he explains. “It’s really just a bunch of guys and one girl playing as a family. They are all young and hungry for victory and their unity is incredible.” The bond that the Durant baseball team has is completely inseparable. From their team-bonding camping trips, to playing for each other on the field, to celebrating wins at Beef-OBrady’s, there is no way these athletes can be broken up. When asked to

describe their team in one word, almost every one of them will reply: family. “There is really no other way to explain it; I love all of those guys,” expressed outfielder and pitcher, Jonah Scolaro. It is evident that the closeness that this team shares is something special. The overall goal for the Cougars this season is to make it to the state finals on May 21, 2015. “Not only do we want to make it there, we want to win,” Valdes

stated firmly. The Cougars will play in the District tournament during April 20-24, 2015, and aspire to take home the championship title for the third year in a row. With the success that this team has already achieved and the hard work and dedication that they pour out on the field, the Durant Cougars should take on numerous victories in the games to come.

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E ARE THERE BETTER MANSIONS FOR BETTER CHRISTIANS?

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’m going to share a story. You’re probably going to laugh; at least I hope you do. You have to laugh - or maybe cry because the alternative it to take it seriously, and there’s no way that could be a good thing. Here’s what happened. A bunch of Christians fell into conversation about what heaven is going to be like. At some point, someone mentioned that Jesus had said, “In my Father’s house are many mansions” ( John 14:2). What ensued was a lively discussion in which several people put forward the belief that there is going to be some kind of mansion hierarchy in the life to come, where some people will get bigger/better/ nicer mansions than others. In other words, a tiered system. GRACE: I’d like to go on record as saying that the only entrance qualification any one of us will ever have for life with God is grace. It was grace when we accepted God’s gift, it is grace now, and it will be grace in whatever fashion we experience the life to come. I understand that Christians disagree regarding many things. But if we were honest we’d have to admit that we’re all wrong a lot of the time. That’s why we’re constantly asking ourselves hard questions, listening to one-another, changing our minds, amending constitutions, and generally making a straightforward Gospel into a complex system of confusing and often self-contradictory doctrines. But we can all agree on our need for grace. There is no way we could be so presumptuous as to point to our standing with God and say, “Look, I did that!” Instead, Paul writes to the church in Ephesus, “We are God’s accomplishment.” Then – and this is a remarkable

passage of scripture – I ran across the following words yesterday, while doing some research for something entirely different. The quotation comes from Titus Chapter Three. “Do not get involved in foolish discussions about spiritual pedigrees or in quarrels and fights about obedience to Jewish laws. These things are useless and a waste of time. If people are causing divisions among you, give a first and second warning. After that, have nothing more to do with them. For people like that have turned away from the truth, and their own sins condemn them.” – Titus 3:9-11 It’s not hard to see that the New Testament version of the gospel calls us to unity rather than lockstep agreement. In the same way that grace irons out any suggestion that some of us may deserve a “better mansion” than others. Discussions about spiritual pedigrees, the Bible says, are useless and a waste of time. I may be wrong about a lot of things (it’s a fact that has been well documented!) but being wrong is something we all have in common. We are all works in progress. God looks at me and – rather than “face-palming,” scratching his head, or opening the trap-door and waving goodbye – God says, “Sweet! Check it out, another one of Jesus’ friends.” I am welcomed, I am embraced, I am loved, I am redeemed. I am perfectly acceptable because of Grace. Grace - God did that! God does not accept me because I am good, or because I’m right about stuff, or American, or Presbyterian, or Baptist, or straight, or gay, or doctrinally flawless, or generous, or really good about following the rules, or anything else that I might be proud of. Instead, I am saved by grace; I am God’s accomplishment.

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t’s Dinner time and what am I hungry for? Should I “Love it at McDonald’s”, go to KFC where it’s “Finger Lickin Good”, “Have it my way” at Burger King, “Think outside the Bun” at Taco Bell, “ Eat Fresh at Subway”, go to Chili’s where they are: “Licensed to Grill”, “Make it Great” at Pizza Hut, or should I pick “Better Ingredients, Better Pizza” at Papa John’s? Decisions, decisions, so many restaurants today, so many choices. If we could hop in a time machine and go backwards to the 1970’s and 1980’s, making a decision of where to eat would not be so difficult. Plant City had some great restaurants that had some great food. You knew exactly where to go if you knew what you wanted to eat. If you wanted an authentic “PhillyCheesesteak Sandwich, Hoagie, or thick piece of “ Real” New York Cheesecake, then you went to Nippy’s. Mr. Tom Rayo owned and operated this jewel of a sandwich shop and deli for many years and was located on Baker Street just a block East of the old Courthouse. Their cheescake was so rich and delicious that everytime my best friend JeanAnn Weaver and I stopped in for a slice after school, JeanAnn would ask for extra napkins because she said that with every bite it made her eyelids sweat! HAHA!!! If you wanted Chinese Food then you went to China Palace on Collins 66

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Street for the best Lemon Chicken or to Ding-Ho Restaurant across the street from Winn-Dixie in the then “Mid-City Center” at 404 E. Baker Street for the best Sweet and Sour Chicken. If you were in the mood for Pizza, and I mean real pizza, then you went to Gino’s on the corner of Alexander and Baker Street (where CVS and Wendy’s now sit) or the new Pizza Hut located across the street from the Plant City Mall and next door to the EagleArmy-Navy Store. Our new Pizza Hut was the first of it’s kind in Plant City with it’s red brick walls, stained glass lamps, juke box, pay phone, salad bar, red “pleather” boothes, and the first PAC-Man Video game machine. It was perfect for all ages or even a teen date. The early 80’s brought us Christy’s Pizza and Restaurant which was behind Firestone Tires in a house with an added on room that served as the restaurant and was run by a Greek family by the name Tryphonos. What a find!!! You could Dine-In or Take-Out the most wonderful Gyros, Grinders, Mousakka, Lasagna, Salads, and Pizza. Their slogan was: “Best Greek Salad in the World!” and boy was it. How about a nice home-cooked, made from scratch meal? Then you went to The Big Apple located by the old Police Station at 625 S. Collins Street. The Big Apple was run by Fred and Kay Bedford and their sons: Freddie, Scottie, Rusty, and Pat. The Bedford family was known around

Plant City for their “Mouth-Watering” menu, such as: All you can eat Salad Bar for $2.99, Fried or Baked Chicken, Roast Beef, Shrimp, Grouper, or Fish Dinners that came with: Soup of the Day, Salad, choice of Potato, and Coffee or Tea for $5.95 to $7.95. Kay Bedford became somewhat famous for her “Mile-High” Apple Pie which was an actual pie that was formulated by her and included enough butter, sugar, apples, and secret spices to weigh 15 pounds before baking. (They actually weighed each pie and there had to be 15 pounds of delicious goodness inside or it was sent back to the kitchen for more filling.) Mrs. Bedford’s pie became so popular that a representative from Walt Disney World contacted The Big Apple Restaurant and tried to talk Mrs. Bedford out of her recipe, but she and Walt Disney World were never able to reach a happy medium. If you were hungry for a burger and fries and wanted something a little different than McDonald’s, then there was Burger Chef which sat in the East parking lot of the old Grant’s Mall. Burger Chef was the nation’s second largest hamburger chain in America and was famous for their Char-Grilled burger which was a unique fast food offering at the time thanks to the flame broiler patented by founding brothers Frank and Donald Thomas. Their menu featured a Double Cheeseburger, the “Big-Shef ” (Burger Chef spelled the name with an “S” as part of their trademark) and was introduced back in 1964. It featured two hamburger patties, cheese, lettuce, and sauce, along with their Fish Sandwich. In the mid 1960’s the Apple Turnover was added as Burger Chef ’s first dessert item. Here are the menu items from 1967: Hamburger-18 cents, Cheeseburger-25 cents, Big Shef-45 cents, French Fries-15 cents, Milk Shakes-22 cents or 30 cents, Fish Sandwich 30 cents, Coffee- 10 cents, Orange Drink, Root Beer, or Coca Cola-10 cent or 20 cents, Apple Turnover- 20 cents.

In the early 70’s the “Super Shef ” was introduced, featuring a 1/4 pound of beef, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onions, and pickles with ketchup. Later in the 70’s came the “TOP-Shef ” which was 1/3 pound of beef, topped with bacon and cheese. You know the “Fixins Bar” that put Fudruckers on the map? Burger Chef pioneered the self-serve “Works Bar” in the 1970’s. They also were the first chain to offer a “value combo” (hamburger, fries, and soda for 45 cents...in the 50’s) and the first to serve a specially packaged all-in-one kid’s meal with a toy called the “FUNMEAL”! Burger Chef actually sued McDonald’s when they introduced their “Happy Meal”, but lost. Honk! Honk! Toot! Toot! OH! the light changed from red to green! The car behind me wants me to move along so I guess I have to come out of this restaurants of yester-year daze! What shall I have for Dinner? Well it won’t be Burger Chef because in 1982 the chain was sold to the parent company of Hardee’s. Many locations were converted or simply shut down. It won’t be “Ding-Ho” or China Palace because they both set sail at least ten years ago. Christy’s...well, the home of “The World’s Best Greek Salad” is now the parking lot for the First Baptist Church. The Big Apple is now a pawn shop. Mr. and Mrs. Bedford passed a number of years ago, but I have a feeling that Fred and Kay’s fellow angels are all feasting on her Heavenly “Mile-High” apple pie, and as-far-as Nippy’s Cheesecake... well, the last time I saw JeanAnn’s eyelids sweat was from standing over a hot stove or from chasing after her two sons Robbie and David!


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WANDA’S WORDS OF WISDOM

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like recycling an item and using it for something totally different. For example an empty plastic milk jug makes a great funnel. Simply cut the bottom off of the milk jug and turn upside down, you now have a handy funnel. If the opening is too large roll up a piece of paper in the shape of a cone and use it as a funnel for dry ingredients. Have you ever purchased a pair of shoes and got them home only to realize they feel a little too tight. I have just the trick; place the nozzle of the blow dryer into the shoe. Turn on low until the shoe feels warm stuff with socks or paper. This will allow the shoes to stretch some for a more comfortable fit. Speaking of shoes, a quick fix for frayed shoe laces is to cut off the frayed tip and dip the ends in clear finger nail polish and let dry. Sometimes I have trouble opening up jars. Try using latex dishwashing gloves.

They offer a firm grip which makes it easier to open. If you don’t have any latex gloves a wide rubber band will do the trick. Place the rubber band around the top of the lid and turn. This is the time of year I spend a lot of time working in my yards. Sometimes I get callouses from racking leaves. If you rub a little Vick’s Vapor Rub on the callouses it helps them disappear. Use at your own risk and be careful not to get in your eyes. When the kids get grass stains on their clothes the best way to get the stain out is with clear Karo Syrup. Simply rub the Karo syrup on the stain let stand a few hours and wash as normal. I sometimes let it stand overnight on really tough stains. The grass stains come right out. I hope everyone had a safe and Blessed Easter. Remembering the true meaning, the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Until next time relax, enjoy and be thankful…

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lisabeth Seifter is Plant City High School’s March Senior of the Month. She is an accomplished scholar and member of our community. Elisabeth is ranked among the top 20 students in the PCHS senior class of 420. She is dedicated in everything that she does both in and out of the classroom. Elisabeth has taken 10 advanced placement classes, and has been awarded many scholarships, including Florida’s Bright Futures Scholarship. She has plans to attend Florida State University in the fall of 2015. Elisabeth is dedicated to our community through service activities at

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her church and with clubs that she is a part of including National Honor Society, Youth Alive, and Civinettes. She has earned over 100 community service hours during her high school career. Elisabeth can be seen feeding the homeless, helping teachers get their classrooms ready for school to start, or helping out at church activities. So, whether you see Elisabeth working hard in the classroom, serving others in the community , or working with her church, there is no doubt that Elisabeth is dedicated to working hard to make a difference in the lives of others. Song: Treacherous by Taylor Swift Sports Team: FSU Seminoles Quote: “Nothing is more impressive than a person who is secure in the unique way God made her.”

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eceiving the title of “Prom King” or “Prom Queen” is an honor that many high school students aspire to achieve. Huriel Perez, not only accepted this award, but his academic brilliance, community service, and outstanding school involvement has made him Senior of the Month. Huriel is an avid scholar. With a GPA of 5.88, he is ranked 25th out of 419 students in his senior class. This National Honor Society member has also accepted the AP scholar award for excellence in his rigorous classes. In addition to excelling in the classroom, Huriel is considered one of the most FAVORITES School Subject: Math Book: Heart of Darkness –Joseph Conrad Hobby: Soccer Band: Metallica Song: “Thunder Struck” –Metallica Movie: Olympus Has Fallen

exceptional students at PCHS. Raider of Excellence, Calendar Guy, and Senior Superlative are just a few examples of the numerous titles that he has been given this year. Huriel is also a member of the Science Club, Special Olympics Club, Student Athlete Club, and leads the Senior Executive Counsel as President. He also represents Raider athletics on the boys Varsity Soccer team. Between balancing extracurricular activities and schoolwork, Huriel makes time in his schedule to give back to his community. He has volunteered at the Plant City United Food Bank, Special Olympics events, and serves as a peer tutor. All of the hard work and dedication that Huriel possesses has come from his family. Huriel stated that his mother had emigrated from Mexico to the United States before he was born in hopes of a better future for her family. Since then, Huriel’s older brothers – Artenio (31), Osiel (27), and Leonel (21) – have all graduated from the University of South Florida. Huriel and his youngest brother, Omero (15), plan to follow in their brothers’ footsteps. Huriel’s plans for the fall are to attend USF and major in chemical or mechanical engineering. With the amount of success that he has achieved already, Huriel Perez will represent PCHS well throughout the course of this school year and his future beyond graduation. TV Show: The Big Bang Theory Food: Tacos Restaurant: Tapatios Sports Team: Barcelona Quote: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” –Neil Armstrong


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E a deep passion for making music as well as the need to meet the responsibilities of life. Recently the tide has turned and art has once more made an entrance back into Zakary’s life. Interestingly enough it was because of Facebook and the photos Zakary’s grandfather was posting of his personal art that once more reignited Zakary’s interest in wanting to pursue art again as a painter. Like his grandfather Zakary enjoys painting using watercolor as his primary medium. Zackary is inspired by nature, specifically trees and the woods. With the exception of what he learned from his grandfather and father, Zachary is completely self taught. Soon after Zakary began to paint again he also posted pictures of his artwork on Facebook that his grandfather was able

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ften in life there can be an ebb and flow of things, situations, and people coming and going. The same can be true for art. There are times when creating or being involved in art is a part of your everyday life and there are times when the act of creating art can seem to ebb away. Zakary Reif is a young man who has always been

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surrounded by artists from a young age. Both his father and grandfather were artists who actively painted. Zakary has fond memories of painting as a young boy with his grandfather en plein air, which is French for in the open air, or outside. As Zakary’s life led him down different paths his interest in art faded in the back ground and was replaced with

to see with his own eyes. Not too soon after Zakary’s grandfather passed away, but not without leaving him a great big stack of his personal watercolor books. Zakary lives by the philosophy that we tend to have a lot of potential that may not go to use. “Always try to encourage yourself to be creative and learn something, ignore the voice that says you can’t do it and be creative, just do something.” As both an artist and musician who taught himself to play the guitar, banjo, mandolin, and piano as well as give music lessons, Zakary is a fine example of someone who takes his own advice to heart and continues every day to live a creative life and quite possibly continues to make his grandfather very proud.


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MR. SEBAS ICE CREAM AND MORE BY HEATHER DAVIS

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here is a new hot spot, or shall we say chill spot that has recently opened up in Plant City, Mr Sebas, Ice Cream and More. Located where Sisters and Company used to reside for many years, Mr Sebas opened up just this year in March. Mr Sebas is operated by the Ruiz family who have already done much to contribute to the community of Plant City as a family. The Ruiz family consists of Sebastion and Claudia who are father and mother to Edna, Sebastian Jr., and Alexa. Claudia is the owner and operator of Claudia’s Boutique in downtown Plant City. The Boutique is established far and wide for providing cakes, gowns, and other items needed for Quinceanera parties and other such celebrations. The inspiration for Mr. Sebas came just last year from family trips to Texas and the border towns of Mexico where food carts provide all kinds of snacks and treats. The Ruiz family always thought

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it would be great to open an ice cream shop so when the space at Sisters became available they decided to open an Ice cream shop that would combine both ice cream and snacks that they loved as a family on their trips. The old location of Sisters provides the perfect location for such a place with its open, airy yet cozy and welcoming feeling. Families and friends love to gather at Mr. Sebas for the after dinner snack, ice cream cone, or ice cream bar. All of the ice cream at Mr. Sebas is prepared fresh and on-site, using equipment that the Ruiz family purchased specifically for that purpose. Every bit of fruit or ingredients that go into making the ice cream and ice cream bars are purchased fresh and prepared from scratch by the hands of the Ruiz family. At this time Mr. Sebas offers over sixteen different flavors ranging from pistachio, mango, lime, pecan, coconut, vanilla, rum, chocolate, coffee,

bubble gum, strawberry cheesecake, strawberries and cream, and cookies and cream to mention a few. The mango ice cream explodes in your mouth with the complete freshness that can only happen from using freshly chopped up mango and real ingredients to make it. Another interesting flavor that is the creation of Sebastian is chimoy, which is extremely unique and definitely worth trying at least once. The more in the ice cream and more comes from the various snacks and food items other than ice cream. I would recommend trying the Chicharron which is prepared using pickled pork rinds, shredded cabbage, tomato, avocado, sour cream, parmesan cheese, and hot sauce. The chicharron can be highly addictive to eat as the flavors meld so well together. Also on the menu is a loaded hot dog created by Sebastian Jr. The name loaded comes from the addition to the hotdog of cabbage, tomato, avocado, jalapenos, mayo, and parmesan cheese, creating another great combination of flavors.

Mr. Sebas 104 E Reynolds St. Plant City, FL 813-756-3463 Monday-Closed Tuesday- Thursday 12:00pm-8:00pm Friday- 12:00pm-9:00pm Saturday- 12:00pm-8:00pm Sunday- 1:00pm-7:00pm My personal favorite was the Elote, otherwise known as Mexican street corn. The elote was an ultimate comfort food consisting of a creamy mixture of roasted corn, mayo, and parmesan cheese. The real beauty and strength which is the backbone of Mr. Sebas is that it revolves around their family and their family values which they invite others who visit Mr. Sebas to connect to. Mr. Sebas is a welcome and needed addition to our community of Plant City and truly puts the More in the Ice cream and More!


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LOQUAT BUTTER BY SAVANNAH JONES

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t’s been a particularly abundant year for loquats. Our backyard trees are heavy with them, and all too often they shrivel and fall to the ground before I can think of a use for them. The fruits are too fragile and too small to be shipped and sold at grocery stores, so they’re a real treat when you only get them once or twice a year. These tart but sweet fruits aren’t all that common in 76

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the kitchen, so I thought the best way to take advantage of them would be to make a jam. Turns out, I’m not very good at canning. Second try ended with a delicious loquat butter instead. Since making it, I’ve used it on quesadillas with grilled onions, sweet crepes, a balsamic glaze for steak, and simply spread across toast.

INGREDIENTS: Loquats (5-6 lbs) ½ lemon ¼ cup water ground ginger cinnamon black pepper allspice ½ cup brown sugar INSTRUCTIONS: The loquats should be washed, halved, seeded, and skinned. Place the skinless and seedless meat of the fruit in a pot. Add the water

and the juice from the lemon (be sure to make sure the lemon seeds don’t fall into the fruit). Half the peel of the lemon and add it to the pot. Bring to a boil and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally for about 30 minutes. Remove the lemon peel. Then puree the mixture together. Add the four spices to taste (I used about ½ tsp each). Add the sugar and cook for another 15 to 20 minutes, or until the mixture has thickened. Let cool and store in the refrigerator or freeze for later use.


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2015 Health and Fitness Team Challenge Mike E. Sansone Community Park 1702 N. Park Rd. Teams of four will compete in main and extreme events during the energetic ourdoor event. From sack races and 50-yard dash to car push and dodgeball, teams will participate in many events for gold, silver, or bronze awards. Proceeds from the event benefit South Florida Baptist Hospital, Kiwanis Club of Plant City, and the Plant City Chamber of Commerce. For registration, email carole.knick@baycare.org or amy@plantcity.com.

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Move over strawberries! It’s time for the annual Tampa Bay Blueberry Festival hosted by Keel and Curley Winery. This three-day event, starting on Friday, April 24 and running through Sunday, April 26, features free admission, free entertainment, and a free kids area. Over 100 food and craft vendors will also provide festivalgoers access to awesome products and services. U-pick blueberries will also take place each morning of the festival, starting at 7 a.m. Keel and Curley Winery is located at 5202 W. Thonotosassa Rd. For more information, contact 813-752-9100.

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Soccer Tri-Star Skills Competition Otis M. Andrews Sports Complex | 9 a.m. 2402 E. Cherry St. The Tri-Star Competition emphasizes the three most important fundamental skills of soccer: dribbling, passing, and shooting. Participants go through a series of three drills in an attempt to achieve a perfect score. Scoring is based on accuracy and speed. Scoring starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 11 a.m. with awards handed out at 11:30 a.m. Event is free and co-sponsored by the Optimist Club of Plant City and the Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, contact Danny Smith at 813-659-4200 or dsmith@plantcity.gov.

24 FRIDAY Plant City GFWC Woman’s Club Passport to Fashion Plant City First Baptist Church | 10 a.m. 503 N. Palmer Support the Plant City GFWC Woman’s Club at a fashion show luncheon. Lunch begins at 10 while the show starts at 11 a.m.

25 FRIDAY 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.

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, 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.

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FOCUSOBITUARIES Robert Edmund DeLong 90, of Lakeland, Florida passed away March 28, 2015 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, he was the son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Traub DeLong. Robert was preceded in death by his son Robert DeLong and daughter Geraldine Atkins. Survivors include son, Richard (Shirley) DeLong; daughters, Margaret ( Jerry) Mims, Cynthia (Ron) Keene; 7 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren. Robert was a member of St Joseph Catholic Church in Lakeland, a retired chemical engineer, and a veteran of the US Army. Online condolences may be left for the family at www. haughtfuneralhome.com. Mary Josephine Petersen age 93, of Plant City passed away April 5, 2015 at her home. A native of Witchita, Kansas, she was the daughter of the late George and Grace Hoenscheidt French. She was preceded in death by son, George Petersen and daughter Debra Newkirk. Survivors include daughters, Anita (William) Hebert, Marcia

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(Tom) Bolton; 19 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and 2 great great grandchildren. Mary was a member of Freewill Baptist Church of Seffner. The family will be having private services. Online condolences may be left for the family at www. haughtfuneralhome.com.

Daniel Patrick McRae, 59 of Plant City died April 8, 2015 after a long, painful battle with cancer which he fought with much courage. He loved his family and enjoyed playing the keyboard, doing geneology research, and making good desserts, especially for his kids. For many years he worked for Eckerd’s in Plant City and Kmart in Lakeland. He was a member of St Clement Catholic Church. He was preceded in death by his son, Jeremy McRae. He is survived by his loving family who will miss him greatly. Survivors include his mother Lucile McRae; brothers, David McRae, Joey (Robin) McRae, Tony (Kris) McRae; sisters, Karen (Wendell) Wells, Mary Ann Greer, Andrea (Lance) Knorr; children, Jennifer (Todd) Malone, Jason McRae, Dustin McRae; grandsons, Jacob

and Tyler. Online condolences may be left for the family at www. haughtfuneralhome.com

Eunice Curl Draughon, 93, of Plant City passed away April 14, 2015 at her home. A native of Medulla, Florida, she was the daughter of late Berry and Annie Curl Draughon. She was the wife of the late Ray Draughon and was also preceded in death by a son, Stephen Draughon. Eunice was a member of First United Methodist Church of Plant City, and was a supervisor and operator with GTE for over 41 years. She is survived by her great nephew, Joe Pinson, who provided her loving care for the last five years. The family will be having private services. Online condolences may be left for the family at www. haughtfuneralhome.com. Charles Clarence Cameron, 62, of Plant City passed away April 14, 2015 at South Florida Baptist Hospital. A native of Tampa, Florida, he was the son of the late William and Rosa Lambert

Cameron. He was the husband of Betty Carmack Cameron, she survives. Also surviving are sons, Charles Cameron Jr., Mark (Traci) Cameron; stepsons, Rodney Crossno, Michael (Lyssa) Townsend; stepdaughters, Karen (Nick) Lia Kos, Hope McClendon; brother, William Cameron; sisters, Betty Rowe, Joyce Cruz, and Elizabeth Clark; 10 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren. Charles loved to fish. Online condolences may be left for the family at www. haughtfuneralhome.com.

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