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CONTENTS May 2015 | Volume 14 Issue 5 | focusplantcity.com

18 Local Summer is on the horizon and what better way for a child to spend it than at the Plant City Recreation and Parks Department’s annual Summer Youth Program. For 10 weeks, children of all ages can enjoy indoor and outdoor activities as well as field trips to Wet ‘n Wild, Tampa Lowry Zoo, and more. Check out our article on the summer program and other city-sponsored camps and clinics. Also read our article on the Tampa Bay Blueberry Festival, the Little Miss Plant City pageant, and People of Plant City, among others.

43 Feature: Focus on Medical It’s that time of year where we feature some of the area’s choice health care providers. Learn how these practices stand out from the competition by putting you first.

43 Spotlight: Blueberry Farmers Plant City may be known primarily for its strawberries, but our community’s blueberries are definitely top notch. Hear from a few of Plant City’s blueberry farmers on what makes their fruit so special.

51 Business: Hillsboro Bank Welcome to Plant City, Thomas Michael “Mike” Ward. Mike is the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Hillsboro Bank. He comes to Plant City from Dade City where he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Florida Traditions Bank. Read more about Hillsborough Bank’s new President in this month’s Business Profile.

74 Dining: Strawberry Town Cafe Are you hungry? Well you will be after reading this month’s dining profile on the Strawberry Town Cafe, owned by the Grimes family and managed by the lovely and gracious Stacy Grimes-Zemlo. Located on HWY 39 maybe a mile north of I-4, this restaurant is close, convenient, clean, and can cater too!

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LETTER FROM THE

PUBLISHER May is a busy month in Plant City! With the Blueberry Festival and Little Miss Plant City pageants, lots of lovely young ladies competed recently to wear a crown. As you read those stories, notice the confidence you see in those sweet faces. This generation is learning all about stage presence, that’s for sure! Confidence increases in athletes, too, as skills improve and they contend with peers. Thanks to the incredible Plant City Parks and Recreation Department, our children have numerous opportunities to get outdoors for fresh air and exercise. Since summertime is right around the corner, we think you’ll find the Plant City Parks and Recreation Schedule helpful. Remember, healthy kids are happy kids, and we can never have too many of those. And in case you’ve forgotten how much those happy, healthy children love spending time on

the water, why not plan a relaxing day at Reece’s Beach on Lake Thonotosassa. Family fun and good food is only a short distance away. With a focus on healthy lifestyles, May is the month we highlight the area’s medical and dental practices. Women’s healthcare in particular is the focus of the South Florida Baptist Hospital feature. Still another wellness story centers on the Extreme Weight Loss Contestants. Read them all and be inspired—we promise! How is it we’re almost halfway through the year already? And graduations, summer break and vacations just ahead? Are you ready? We hope so. And if not, “On your mark, get set, go!” Time’s a wastin’. Thanks as always for your reads, here in print and online, too. Your likes and shares keep Plant City’s good news circulating (and they make our day!) We’re also pretty certain that turning pages and clicking cursors count as exercise!

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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“Raylynn Nicole Thompson was selected as the 2015 Little Miss Plant City Queen.”

LITTLE MISS PLANT CITY 2015 BY DEANA GARRISON | PHOTO BY KATIE PAGLIARO

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nce again, beautiful eight to ten year old young ladies filled the stage recently to compete for the 2015 Little Miss Plant City title. Getting all dressed up to smile and walk across the stage can be very exciting. The judges had a difficult task this year as each contestant was dressed to impress. The girls were judged on speaking, grooming, stage routine, stage presence, and personality. Each contestant had to show her personality by speaking with the judges backstage before the contest. This is the portion before the pageant even begins that gives the judges a little insight on what each girl is all about. Every one of the girls represented themselves well and talked to each judge with confidence. These lovely ladies also had to speak in front of the large audience. It takes quite a bit of courage for girls at their age 18

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to speak in front of a large audience, but these bright young stars made the public speaking portion of the competition look easy. They displayed tremendous confidence and great poise. Contestants introduced themselves and offered information about their age and grade level in school. In the modeling phase, the girls walked across the stage to show everyone their beauty and poise. During intermission the 2014 Queen and court performed a dance to the remix by Glee called Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend. The group included Tabatha Spinks, Elizabeth West, Queen Lacie Collins, First Maid Bailey Brock and Emmylou Varnum. These girls showed great skill and had a lot of fun performing. This was their last event together. They had a wonderful year attending all of their events as a group which included Relay for Life and the

Strawberry Festival. They made many memories that will last a lifetime. It was time to bring there year to a close and find out who the new queen and court would be. When the time came to call out the winners for this year’s court, everyone in the building grew quiet. Raylynn Nicole Thompson was selected as the 2015 Little Miss Plant City Queen. She was so excited and is eager and ready to perform her duties as queen. The other court members: First maid, Hailey Lanee Pippin ,Grace Elizabeth Pagliaro, Brenna Mae Sturgis, and Alyssa Lee Stahl. These young ladies are very excited to be selected and will definitely represent Plant City well. They starting their new journey by attending important events and look forward to all the upcoming events throughout the year. Congratulations girls. You will definitely represent Plant City well.


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TAMPA BAY BLUEBERRY FESTIVAL BY ANDREA BARRIOS

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lant City may be the strawberry capital of the world, but another savory fruit, also grown here this time of year, follows closely behind. No need to sadden over the closing of strawberry season, when blueberry season is well underway. On the weekend of April 24-26, this delicious berry was heralded at the Eighth Annual Tampa Bay Blueberry Festival which took place at the Keel and Curley Winery in Plant City. Over the course of this free three-day event, at least 10,000 to 12,000 people attended. “The turnout was just a little lighter than last year’s,” explains Ryan Keel, son of Joe Keel. Ryan and Joe both share ownership of Keel and Curley Blueberry Farm and Winery in Plant City. “Overall, we were happy with the turnout,” he says. The Tampa Bay Blueberry Festival has always been held at Keel and Curley. U-pick blueberries were available and 100 food and craft vendors sponsored the festival, including non-profit organizations. Two Henrys Brewing Company beer, rich blueberry wine and delicious cider tastings were offered for adults, with fourteen different varieties of wine, seven

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types of beer and seven types of cider available. Kid’s entertainment was also included, such as bouncy houses, hula hoop contests and face painting. Live music was played by Mark Barrios and six other local bands. “We don’t have a date set for next year’s festival yet, but it is usually always the last weekend in April,” Keel explains. But the fun continues even after blueberry season ends. On May 16, the first annual Peach Festival will take place at Keel and Curley. This will also include U-picks, various vendors, and wine, cider and beer tastings. This festival is a beloved annual tradition for the blueberry-lover. Sweet friends, family and most of all blueberries are celebrated and it remains a Plant City tradition to look forward to all year long. Blueberry season is a special time, with the Tampa Bay Blueberry Festival the highlight. For more information, visit www.tampabayblueberryfestival. com or www.keelandcurleywinery.com. Hand-pick your own blueberries at Keel and Curley Farms from May 2 until the blueberries are gone, for about $4 per pound.


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Photojournalism Contest Winner Ashlyn Yarbrough, P.C. High School, accepts her award and scholarship money from Gil Gott, Photo Archives Director, and sponsor David Wolf, Haught Funeral Home. April 2015.

HISTORY IN WORDS AND PHOTOGRAPHS

Ashlyn Yarborough won the $100 prize for her entry about the community’s family-like atmosphere and certain events centered on schools and PTA/ PTSA involvement. Along with Ashlyn, three additional entrants received Certificates of Participation, which were presented Thursday, April 30, at the school with coordination by Career Counselor Sherrie Mueller. Morgan Napper won $20 and a Certificate of Participation for her entry about the enchantment of the Union Station in downtown Plant City. Nadia Trujillo-Acosta won $20 and a Certificate of Participation for detailing the pleasures and enjoyment of Walden Lake’s natural setting. Abigail Baker won $20 and a Certificate of Participation for her contribution about a decorated Vietnam Veteran who gives of his time to speak to area students.

For Adult Division winners Stephanie and William Varney, it was a team effort. Stephanie wrote about Joseph Howell III of Springhead, who pioneered the area, served in both the County Commission and State Legislature, and died after a long frigid ride back from Tallahassee on his loyal mount. William Varney supplied photographs of Shiloh Cemetery. Eastern Hillsborough County residents are fortunate to have such a heritage-preserving organization in Plant City. Your tax-deductible donations and affordable membership dues will help support the work of this non-profit gem, the Plant City Photo Archives & History Center. Please visit www.plantcityarchives. org online, stop in at 106 S. Evers Street in the historic downtown, phone 813.754.1578 or email gil@ plantcityphotoarchives.org for additional information.

LOCAL PHOTOJOURNALISM CONTEST WINNERS

BY CHERYL JOHNSTON PHOTOS COURTESY OF PC PHOTO ARCHIVES & HISTORY CENTER

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he Plant City Photo Archives & History Center recently announced its photojournalism contest winners. The craft of photojournalism documents life through pictures and accompanying text. Entrants in the annual competition must present some aspect of greater Plant City area’s history using one to four photographs and a narrative of 400-800 words. Oh, and grammar and spelling matter, too! “This year we ran two simultaneous contests,” offered PC Archives Director Gil Gott— “one for Plant City High School students, and one Adult Division category for Plant City area residents 18 or older.” He added, “We’re especially thankful to David Wolf, owner/proprietor of 22

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Haught Funeral Home, who sponsored both contests.” Contestants were instructed their stories could be about “your grandfather’s farm or the piano your aunt gave lessons on for many years…or about the bakery down the street, your uncle’s fishing boat, or a friend’s grandmother who told stories to all the neighborhood kids.” Old or recent photos could be submitted separately or embedded in the typed story, but the originals were required for scanning into the Photo Archives and History Center’s collection of historic photographs. All originals were returned to submitters. After the three judges evaluated and rated the entries, the winners are as follows: Plant City High School sophomore

Plant City High School Students win awards in 2015 Photojournalism contest. L-R Gil Gott, Photo Archives and History Center Executive Director; Morgan Napper, Abigail Baker, Ashlyn Yarbrough, Nadia Trujillo-Acosta, and David Wolf, Haught Funeral Home, the contest’s sponsor.

Photojournalism Contest Adult Division Winners, William and Stephanie Varney, receive their award from Photo Archives Director Gil Gott and sponsor David Wolf of Haught Funeral Home. May 2015


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7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Contact Recreation Supervisor Lillie Brown at lbrown@plantcitygov.com for more information. To register, download the registration form at plantcitygov.com.

Summer Program participants will take a field trip to Wet ‘n Wild this summer.

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ach summer the Plant City Recreation and Parks Department offers affordable youth programs and sports camps, and this year is no exception! Apart from soccer, basketball, and cheerleading clinics led by certified area coaches, the city is hosting its annual summer youth program at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center and Planteen Rec Center. Not only will program participants engage in daily indoor and outdoor activities like board games, arts and crafts, and team sports, but program directors have also scheduled field trips to Lowry Park Zoo, Fun Spot, Wet ‘n Wild, and the local bowling alley. Scavenger Hunts, Water Days, video game competitions, and team-building exercises are also a part of the fun. Recreation Supervisor Jason Hargrove is especially excited about the annual Kickball Challenge between the MLK Summer Camp and Planteen Summer Camp kids. “The winner gets a trophy, and the winning camp director gets to put a pie in the fact of the losing camp director’s face while the kids watch and cheer.” Hargrove leads the Planteen camp 24

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while Lillie Brown heads up the MLK Rec Center site. Both recreational directors are assisted by staff and volunteers who are background checked and interviewed. Hargrove added, “Three things make this camp stand out...safety, fun, and the staff. My staff works hard every day to keep the kids energized. “As camp director, I love to see the kids smiling and having fun...The summer is my favorite time of the year. I enjoy seeing the returning kids come back and eager to pick-up where they left off last summer, and then getting to know the new kids and making them feel ‘at home,’” said Hargrove. For more information on the summer program or the other camps and clinics the city has to offer, check out the listing below or visit plantcitygov.com.

Planteen Recreation Center Site 301 Dort St. Ages 6-15 | $400 registration fee includes field trips, transportation, and camp T-shirt. 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Contact Recreation Supervisor Jason Hargrove at jhargrove@plantcitygov.com for more information. To register, download the registration form at plantcitygov.com. SUMMER YOUTH SPORTS CAMPS June 8-12 Omar Castro’s Soccer Challenge Camp Otis M. Andrews Complex West 9 a.m. to noon Ages 8 through 18 | $125 June 15-18 Summer Basketball Clinic Plant City High School 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ages 6 through 14 | $115

For more information, conatct William Teeden at 813-967-7551 or Wilt Wilkerson at 813-944-8727 July 20-24 | Legendary Ziggy Zagante Soccer Goalkeeper/Shooting Camp Ellis Methvin Fields | 9 a.m. to noon Ages 8 through 18 | $125 July 21 & 22 Summer Cheerleading Clinic Plant City High School 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ages 4 through 13 | $70 For more information, contact PCHS Cheerleading Coach Karen Snapp at Karen.Snapp@sdhc.k12.fl.us or 813757-9370 August 17-21 Soccer Technique/Skills Camp Ellis Methvin Fields | 9 a.m. to noon Ages 4 though 18 | $125 For more information about any of the youth sports camps contact Deborah Haldane at 813-659-420 ext. 4302 or at dhaldane@plantcitygov.com. To register complete flyer at plantcitygov.com and return at least 2 weeks prior to camp date.

SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAM June 8 through August 14 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center Site 1601 E. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Ages 5-11 | $300 registration fee includes lunch, field trips, transportation, and camp T-shirt.

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engineering and math all while having a blast making their own functioning race cart, making their own design from blueprint, taking appliances apart, and building game models. Many ideas will be sparked during this camp session. The campers will have hands on experience to enhance their education. It will definitely give them more background knowledge for the new school year. Don’t miss this great opportunity for your upcoming 1st through 6th grade child.

CAMP INVENTION 2015 GREAT WAY TO HAVE FUN AND LEARN DURING THE SUMMER! BY DEANA GARRISON

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amp Invention has been around for many years; however, this year Plant City will be holding it for the second year in a row. Last summer Paul Coletti led the camp that proved to be a huge success and many campers are looking forward to another great summer of inventions. His excitement for a successful summer is the reason for the camps success last year. Campers learned so much and were eager to register again this year to see what new things

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are in store. The camp will be held June 15th-June 19th at the Plant City HCC campus. The instructors are ready with lots of fun activities. Your child will have so much fun and learn so much at the same time. What a bonus! If your child missed it last year, now is your chance to get them registered for a fun week they won’t soon forget. Hurry, slots are filling up quickly. Your child will be able to use critical thinking in science, technology,

Camp Invention 2015 Information: Where: The Trinkle Center, Hillsborough Community College When: June 15-19, 2015; 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cost:$230 per camper Register: CampInvention.org, or you can call 1-(800) 968-4332 If you have a high school student interested in volunteering, contact Paul Coletti at (813) 951-6266, or email him at pacman1988@hotmail.com.


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ake Thonotosassa is a 942 acre lake with a private beach owned currently by Crystal Gardner and Buddy Cheaves. This also home to Fish Tales Eatery which serves AmericanEuropean Cuisine, co-managed by the DePalo and Mechtler families. The private beach offers chaise lounges and picnic tables for visitors to use during their visit. The DJ booth provides groundskeeper “Junior” a place to play a variety of music for guest’s listening pleasure. Along the water line is a canopy of beautiful flowing trees offering shade to beach goers and people fishing. There is a boat and Jet Ski ramp for easy launching. Also on sight is a full bait shop, with a variety of live bait and tackle. Tubes, kayaks, rafts and life jackets can be rented by the guests. What makes Reese Beach at Lake Thonotosassa stand out is the close knit family atmosphere. Everyone is like family here and will not hesitate to help one another. From the boats experiencing engine trouble while out on the lake to the truck stuck in the mud of the boat ramp, help is only an arm length away. Within seconds of the word spreading like wild fire, of a person in distress, guests will come running from across the beach and the lake to assist in any way

possible. Recently a guest experienced a “No Start” issue with their truck, moments later a certified auto technician, was offering his help, while another man towed the guy’s jet skis to a safe location. Yet another person offered the man a ride home and a cold beverage. The most amazing thing about this lake is the way it transforms people, takes away their worries, even if just for a few hours, while building and renewing old and new friendships. Ramona DePalo who has Autism and other special needs started coming to the lake daily three months ago. Prior to coming to the lake, she was very shy and had social issues. Today she freely talks to the other guest and even helps serve guest in the eatery. From family parties, birthday celebrations, pastors baptizing their members, weddings and more, this is a home away from home for visitors to come enjoy the lake and recharge their batteries. For more information visit Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/ FishTalesEateryatReeseBeach LakeThonotosassa to see up coming events, like Bike Night, Memorial Day schedule of events, Food Specials of the day, as well as special offers.


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Company co-founder and Chief Technical Offer Bob Pitzer (L) and Harvest CROO co-founder and Wish Farms owner Gary Wishnatzki meet regularly for updates on the their robotic strawberry harvester, now in development stages.

HARVEST CROO ROBOTICS DEVELOPS STRAWBERRY PICKER

explained Pitzer. “From our observations the goal was to develop robots to pick as many berries as possible while conserving motion.” Wishnatzki knows the tediousness, speed, and skill required of harvesting workers. “Generally, strawberry fields must be picked 40 times over the course of the growing season,” he explained, “and it’s physically demanding work. Typically it’s every three days because the berries don’t ripen at the same pace and don’t ripen after they’re picked.” Obviously, the process requires precision, reliability and industry support. In Phase I of product development, Harvest CROO raised $1 million through qualified investors, including seven from the strawberry industry. These include Sweet Life Farms and Sam Astin III, both Florida strawberry growers. California investors are California Giant, Inc., Main Street Produce, Inc., Sweet Darling Sales, Inc. Innovative Produce Inc., and DG Berry, Inc. Harvest CROO has filed for the utility and provisional patents. In Phase II, the team will build the Alpha unit, predecessor to a production model. The

Alpha will pick as well as place berries into consumer packs. Lucky Westwood of California Giant Berry Farms, an investor, explained the need for this latest innovation. “For some time, American agriculture as a whole has been suffering from a labor shortage, particularly the hand labor required by berries and many other crops. We have been making our case for reform and relief in Congress for years without results. The shortage is directly impacting supply, which will eventually affect prices.” Westwood added, “We’re very excited about participating in the Harvest CROO development effort. We think this team is on the right track with the robotics concept and are anxious for a chance to try it out ourselves. I doubt we can ever fully replace hand labor in strawberries, but this idea has a chance to make a real impact in this industry.” To learn more about Harvest CROO, including current career opportunities for experienced engineers, contact info@harvestcroo.com or phone 813-752-5111.

THE LATEST ADVANCE IN AGRICULTURAL ROBOTICS BY CHERYL JOHNSTON

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ur strawberry industry friends are excited about the automated strawberry picker now in development stages at Plant City based Harvest CROO Robotics. And those who love to eat the perfectly formed, berry-licious fruit should be, too! More than $750 million annually is spent in America to harvest strawberry crops, with most harvested by first and second generation Mexican immigrants. But due to a steady decline in birth rates in Mexico, coupled with that nation’s improving economy, fewer workers are available. Robotic harvesters may offer an answer to the shrinking labor force. Harvest CROO began in 2012 with Gary Wishnatzki’s vision for a solution to the dwindling labor force. The company’s co-founder and Wish Farms owner has experienced firsthand the imminent need for an automated 30

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strawberry harvesting system. Bob Pitzer, company co-founder and Chief Technical Officer, provides the development expertise for the team’s first Harvest CROO (Computerized Robotic Optimized Obtainer) machines. “Once fully developed, it promises to revolutionize the strawberry industry,” Wishnatzki said. “I charged our engineers with creating a ‘picker’ that does not require a grower to radically change current growing methods. This is a major reason other robotic harvesters haven’t yet been commercialized.” Harvest CROO machines are designed to pick on traditional strawberry beds, a plus for growers. From onsite field studies, Pitzer conceptualized the first prototype, which mimics the ways humans currently pick. “Our biggest challenge with robotic manipulation is minimizing time,”

Gary Wishnatzki and Bob Pitzer were pleased to cooperate with a Lakeland Ledger photographer during a recent demonstration of the robotic strawberry harvester now in development stages.


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A SPECIAL END TO THE HONEY HOLE MARKETPLACE’S SEASON BY KELINA NELSON

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he Honey Hole Marketplace located at 2201 Thonotosassa Rd in Plant City, ended their Spring season with a special three day show that welcomed The Fancy Flea coming to town. The show featured antiques, vintage, handmade, arts and crafts on Friday and Saturday April 24th and 25th and an “anything goes” sale on Sunday April 26th. Local vendors braved the heat and the threat of rain just to offer up goods at great deals. There was vintage furniture for every liking, chairs, tables and even really unique trunks. It was interesting, walking around catching whiffs of homes once occupied, thinking about the stories behind every piece. Families sharing meals at these tables. Children being pushed around in strollers that were 50 years old or more. There was jewelry, mostly silver vintage, that could keep you at the booth for a while talking about. On the property a barn is opened for folks to walk through perusing antique oddlings. Everything from Coca-Cola bottles, old magazines to a metal train set to entice every kind of collector. Just outside of the barn was a table full of vintage housewares

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and just a few steps over were wind chimes upcycled from various things like campfire coffee mugs or a chip platter with the dip cups as the chimes and with a lack of wind the woman selling them was just fine with the kids who walked by, making them chime. Down the walk way, beyond the furniture, I stumbled a booth with the most beautifully quilted pieces. Colorful and vibrant fabrics stitched together to make table top runners and baby blankets and there was even fabric pieces and antique German quilting thread for sale. The booth just beyond that offered handmade jewelry, aprons upcycled from button-up shirts that were beyond adorable and she even made small sized purses that one would use to carry a cell-phone or a wallet in. It was a beautiful time spent at the Honey Hole Marketplace and a great end to the season. While they beat the heat of the summer remember that they’ll be back in the fall with a show every first and third Saturday of the month, so be on the lookout and go over and check out their facebook page for more information. You can find them at www.facebook. com/TheHoneyHoleMarketplace


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hen Yvonne Fry agreed to a recent Pink Wish Foundation speaking engagement, little did she expect a book chapter would result in the organization founder’s newest work, A Heroine in Heels. Ardre Orie, social entrepreneur and author also of Consciously Beautiful: I Am Enough, established Pink Wish as one effort “to create awareness regarding the real struggles many teen girls and women face on their quest to appreciate the reflection they see in the mirror.” Fry’s daughter Barie, a member of Pink Wish club at Lincoln Elementary, was excited to attend the formal luncheon at the prestigious Tampa Club. The mother of two credits the group’s trainings for increasing Barie’s desire to serve others. “That event was one of the most special ever to me,” reported Fry. “Pink Wish focuses on helping inner city girls learn leadership, etiquette, belief in self, and responsibility to others.” As Fry delivered her encouraging message, she realized, “All those young ladies wanted was for someone to speak directly to them in that special moment.” Fry and Orie forged a friendship that day based on their mutual desire to help girls see their own worth and realize their potential. Both experienced difficulties in their younger years. After Fry’s own father died in her fourth grade year, she struggled,

especially in middle school, to feel accepted. And from her work with The Spring of Tampa Bay and the ambitious youngsters in the NRG (Next Radical Generation) and Freshly Picked Talent organizations she’s established, she knows the dilemmas are all too common. Orie can relate as well. “As a product of a single parent home touched by domestic violence, I found myself searching for confirmation through great uncertainty. I learned early the value of mentoring.” The educator’s passion to equip girls for success eventually led her to establish the Pink Wish Foundation. “Now when I look in the mirror,” Orie continued, “I acknowledge I represent a myriad of women and girls who desperately need resources to level life’s playing field, whether through financial or emotional support, such that they will not become reliant on a public system or engage in demeaning or threatening behaviors.” Each chapter in Orie’s latest book presents successful woman and specific emotions. Fry was surprised to learn hers centered on “sadness,” but she’s thankful. “Ardre gave me a platform from my own ‘stuff ’ that I couldn’t have created myself. Now she’s empowered me to use my experiences to help others.” For inspiration and to purchase both books, visit www.iamArdreOrie.com.


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A HOEDOWN FOR THE BIG HEARTS BY KELINA NELSON

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he Wishing Well Barn hosted the 2nd Annual Safe Families for Children Country Hoedown on Friday, May 8th. Host Families and Family Friends were invited to take part in celebrating the growing success of the Tampa Bay Christian organization, Safe Families for Children, whose mission is to find temporary homes for children who would otherwise be put into foster care if the parents don’t have the safety net needed at the time. The celebration kicked off with a pulled pork dinner and a discussion from Debbie, family coach and event organizer, along with Kevin, the Head of Safe Families for Children Tampa Bay. They spoke about the organization, acknowledging and showing gratitude for each participating Host Family and Family Friend. In just it’s second year in the Tampa Bay area, the number of children assisted has grown well over 100% to a total of 52. That’s 52 children kept out of a system that one can so easily get lost in. They are provided for and even loved until their parents are stable enough to have them back. The families, who open their hearts and homes to these kids are all screened and trained to meet the criteria needed to become a Host Family. Their training prepares them to help their kids acclimate to their new living conditions. As well as training

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for the eventual goodbye. And as Kevin shared with me, they never realize how hard it will be, until it actually happens. Family Friends are those who help out with essentials that may be needed. They don’t do any hosting but whether its getting diapers, clothes or if someone needs a Pack and Play, there is usually a Family Friend who can be called on. There were families from Lutz, Odessa, Carrollwood, Riverview and even Citrus Park in attendance. Children ran along with one another happily in the pasture, taking part in lasso lessons and line dancing, they stood in amazement watching a whip popping demonstration by friend and neighbor Eric Singletary. There were babies as well, as young as 4 months old, being cradled in their host parents’ arms, loved on and happy. It was a beautiful and inspiring evening in such a supportive environment. The owners of the Wishing Well Barn, Michelle and Blake Welch, provided the beautiful venue for this event for the 2nd year. The pulled pork dinner was provided by Uncle Mikes Catering. Proving once again what a great community Plant City is. For more information, to volunteer, or donate to Safe Families For Children go to: http://www.safefamilies.org/home. aspx/tampabay


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the Plant City Police Department. What do you like best about being a police officer? Interacting with citizens here. I run into people I know quite often and it feels like I’m home protecting the people that mean so much to me. It’s a tremendous rush to know that I can help. Did you always want to be in law enforcement? WART O C ” N A I always looked YL “D ES M JA up to the police when I was growing up. The presence of law enforcement is something I March of this year, James “Dylan” appreciated and it’s definitely something Cowart was sworn in as the newest I wanted to do. member of Plant City’s Finest. What are your shifts at the station? Dylan was born and raised in Plant We work 12 hour shifts and have City and always dreamed of being a overlapping start times for both day shift police officer for the city he feels at home and night shift. This to ensure that there in. are always officers on the street. Dylan was in the first graduating Is it true that becoming an officer class of Strawberry Crest High School means being a part of a brotherhood? in 2011. He is engaged to Rachael Definitely. You feel it immediately Hamilton, who was also born and raised because we have to have each other’s here. They will be married next year. back. We are a close group; almost like Sergeant Al Van Duyne, an family. You never know what’s going to Administrative Sergeant within the happen when you go on a call and it helps Patrol Division, explains the process to know we have other officers ready and that Dylan is going through before he prepared for whatever happens. is on his own in a squad car and how How did it feel to put on that exceptional he is in all areas of training. uniform for the first time? What process did you go through to Indescribable. My proudest moment become an officer? was when the Chief of Police, Edward I went right into the police academy Duncan, swore me in and my Dad after graduating. When I graduated from pinned my badge on. the academy, I was fortunate enough to pass the State Exams the first try. When an opening became available here, I applied and was able to get on 38

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ERIC JANES What an honor to meet and interview one of Plant City’s heroes; Firefighter Eric Janes. Janes is a modest man with a love for Plant City and the fire department. He has been with Plant City Fire and Rescue for twenty-one years. After five years in the marine corp., Janes married his high school sweetheart, Amy Strickland. Amy is a radiation therapist at Florida Hospital. They have two beautiful daughters, Mandy, who is 18 and a student at HCC, and Kaydee, who is 14 years old. How many fire stations do we have in Plant City? Two. We have six personnel, an engine and a rescue car at both stations. Probably ninety percent of our calls are rescue (medical). We have four firefighters here at firehouse 2, F/M Hill, F/M Powell, F/M Cantalupo, and our new female rookie F/F Skipper. I’m the Driver Engineer, and Captain Jeff Griggs. Battalion Chief Vince Kiffner is over both stations, and the Fire Chief is Chief Daniel Azzariti. What do you like most about the fire department? The camaraderie. We are family. Everything we do, we do as a group and we get things done. Chief Kiffner said you are a great cook. Would you agree? There’s hardly a meal that isn’t interrupted with an emergency run. The only reason I’m a “great cook” is they are

usually starving by the time we eat so whatever I serve is delicious. Do you have any mentors? I have been fortunate enough to have many mentors in my life. My parents were my first mentors. My dad, Mike Janes, retired Pasco County Sheriff ’s Deputy, and my mom, Ann Thompson, who worked at the Pasco County Court House. My father-in-law, Fred Strickland, is a mentor to me. He was Captain on the City of Tampa Fire Department when he retired. Also, the Chiefs, Captain and fellow firefighters here are all mentors. I’ve learned a lot from them. Chief Azzariti announced that you were chosen as firefighter of the year. We work together as a team. I don’t do anything that the others don’t do alongside me. It’s an honor to get the award. Everyone here should be firefighter of the year. Eric Janes is a modest man and a man of honor and expertise. It’s good to know that we are in such capable hands. A special thanks to all our firefighters.

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Photo Archives and History Center Executive Director Gil Gott

PHOTO ARCHIVES AND HISTORY CENTER RESTRUCTURING OPERATIONS BY PLANT CITY PHOTO ARCHIVES AND HISTORY CENTER

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those changes have taken place and the Photo Archives is on target to becoming a renewed professional archives and history organization. In addition to a number of alterations to the by-laws, new members were added to the Board of Directors. Bill Thomas and Marion Smith became new directors in October 2014. Voting membership was expanded to include close to 100 members and the first full membership meeting was held April 6, 2015, under the direction of membership chairman Paul Hackney. Going into the New Year the Photo Archives and History Center was also proud to be honored with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Leadership Award

presented by the Improvement League of Plant City. The Photo Archives had previously been honored with a preservation award from the City of Plant City and a community service award from the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce. In April 2015 the organization brought in a new Associate Director to help strengthen the organization’s professional profile and operations. Barbara “Shelly” Drummond holds degrees in archaeology and folklife studies and has excellent museum management experience. Prior to joining the Photo Archives Drummond was the Curator of Education and Programs at the Polk County History Center and Museum in Bartow. Working with information technology consultant David Patton the Photo Archives has increased its bandwidth, increased its Internet capabilities, was approved for Microsoft Office 365 and is currently installing that platform. It is in the process of redeveloping its website and will make increased use of Word Press to insure its ability to be up to date on events and developments. New hours have been established and the administrative offices are now open 9 to 5 Monday through Friday, with the Exhibit Gallery open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and other times and days by appointment. With a preservation assistance grant received through the National Endowment for the Humanities the Photo Archives is upgrading its physical collection storage capability. Through the employment of the Office 365 technology the digital collection storage capabilities will be increased both in capacity and in security, via cloud storage and technological improvements. The overall intent is to gain intellectual control over the digital collection management process and to use new technologies to improve the capacity, security, and accessibility of the various collections. Additionally, the searchability of the digital collection will be greatly enhanced. The Photo Archives has set up new Facebook and Twitter accounts which will link to its website. The

research library in the History Center is also being upgraded and will soon be available to search the full digital photo and document collection. Additionally, a new emphasis has been placed on the collection of manuscripts, papers, scrapbooks, newspapers, and area publications, as well as official documents. Established partnerships with organizations such as the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce and the Improvement League are being enhanced and new relationships are being developed – including work study programs, internships, writing and research projects on a contract basis, and more. Volunteer positions are also opening up and applications for volunteer work will be available soon. In addition to these programs the Photo Archives is a strong supporter of the Bruton Memorial Library and along with the Friends of the Library are producing the Plant City History Trivia Challenge on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, at the Plant City Entertainment building at 101 North Thomas Street in downtown Plant City beginning at 7:00 p.m. The Challenge event will include 16 community leaders on four teams in an attempt to answer history trivia questions and win the History Trivia Challenge Cup. The Photo Archives and History Center has compiled a number of rigorous and not so rigorous questions for a fun evening in support of the library. The current Plant City Photo Archives and History Center Board of Directors consists of Ed Verner, Robert Trinkle, Jim Shump, Bill Thomas, and Marion Smith. Advisory Council Executive Committee members are Cassandra Banning, Charles Harris, Anne Haywood, James McDaniel, Mac Smith, and Darcy Stottlemyer. The office staff consists of Gil Gott, Executive Director; Shelly Drummond, Associate Director; and Kimberly Hamilton, Administrative Assistant; and several wonderful volunteers. For further information call the Photo Archives office at 813.754.1578.


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RIBBON CUTTINGS The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on April 21, 2015 for Sprint by Maycom Communications, located at 2126 James L. Redman Parkway, Plant City. Sprint by Maycom Communcations is a wireless carrier proudly serving the Plant City Area since 1997 and looking to reinvent the image of their brand in an increasingly competitive market. They have assisted hundreds of customers with their communications needs. They fulfill orders directly from inventory, this allows you walk out the door with your new phone and service in a timely manner. For discounted Corporate and Government accounts, they pass along the same savings to the employees of those entities. Their team of dedicated professionals are at your disposal to assist in training and implementation on an ongoing basis.

The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for K & G Excavating on April 30, 2015, at the Plant City Chamber. K & G Excavating is a small family owned business that specializes in land and property management needs. They provide a wide array of services such as Fill Dirt, Demolition, any Tractor work, and much more. K & G provides their services throughout Central Florida and have been in business for over 20 years. All estimates are free, just contact Kevin for an appointment at (813) 299-3884.

The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Plant City Dermatology on May 5, 2015. The Plant City office is located at 1501 South Alexander Street, Suite 103. Plant City Dermatology is a medical and surgical dermatology practice specializing in disorders of the hair, skin and nails. Staffed by Drs. Andres Tobon and Ricardo Berrios, their board certified physicians have years of experience in addressing the skincare needs of patients of all ages. They offer a range of cosmetic options as well and accept most insurance plans.

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Highly Qualified Physicians Cover Women’s Health Care Needs O B / G Y N , U R O L O G Y, A N D B R E A S T H E A LT H Women are naturally nurturers and can often be found caring for others. Frequently they put others’ needs before their own because that’s just the way they live. Knowing this, the South Florida Baptist Hospital health care professionals and administrators work to offer our community’s women the best medical care for themselves, too. With advanced technologies, an increasingly beautiful facility, and highly trained medical experts, our hospital is accomplishing just that. Concern for women’s health has been a priority here at South Florida Baptist Hospital for years. Recent renovations, technological investments, and a passion to keep women healthy and professional caregivers make this focus possible right here in Plant City. If you haven’t toured the hospital lately, now is the time. South Florida Baptist Hospital offers the finest medical care anywhere. This month, Focus shines a spotlight on several highlights areas of care focused on women’s health at the hospital.

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NATIONALLY RECOGNIZED FOR EMPLOYMENT EXCELLENCE

In late April, Forbes Magazine named BayCare to ‘America’s Best Employers’ List for 2015. Founded in 1997, the not-for-profit BayCare organization operates an integrated, health care delivery system with nearly 300 access points across a four county service area in the Tampa region. BayCare provides a full continuum of care through its inpatient, outpatient, imaging, diagnostic, behavioral health, and laboratory and wellness services. That satisfaction level is evident through conversations with administrators, doctors, nurses, volunteers, technicians, maintenance professionals and food-service workers at the 61-year-old South Florida Baptist Hospital. Each has embraced the mission of providing patients with a positive healing experience. Thanks to the Plant City community’s commitment, the hospital established in the 1950s is now a full-service 147-bed facility, offering all the high-tech services of an acute care hospital, but in a warm and friendly environment designed for more personal attention. These include complete emergency medical care, diagnostic, surgery, rehabilitation, adult acute and intensive care units, radiology, obstetrics, and pediatric/adolescent services. Peace reigns in every department and families testify to that, but it’s also wonderful to be recognized nationally. President Karen Kerr explained, “We have 700 team members plus 200 physicians of all specialties, and our amazing volunteers. Our staff is tops! Our work mindset is that we’re taking care of our family, friends, and neighbors…Frequently patients comment about all the smiles in our ‘Disney environment.’ Team members understand daily that it’s one patient at a time and are continually aware of how words, thoughts and actions can impact patients and their families. We encourage them to be involved in the community also, and they are!”

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throughout the prenatal and expectant states, while gynecologists care for women’s general health when they are not pregnant. OB/GYNs can treat a wide range of conditions and sometimes serve as a woman’s primary care provider. Dr. Carlos Lamoutte, MD - OB/GYN Women First Center, 1601 W. Timberlane Drive, Suite 600, Plant City FL 33563 Phone: 813.719.3380 The board-certified Dr. Lamoutte practices obstetrics and gynecology at Women First Center with his wife, the board-certified Dr. Ana Verdeja, MD and Dr. Eugenio Quinones, MD. He is excited about recent advancements at SFBH, which strives always to offer cutting edge technology, such as robotic surgery. This advancement provides for superior care and patient outcomes. He explains: “My interest in robotic gynecologic surgery is a continuation of our practice’s effort to always offer minimally invasive surgery, even for major surgeries such as hysterectomies. Over our last 17 years of GYN surgery, we have transitioned from mostly open cases to mostly laparoscopic and now to mostly robotic cases.” Two new and larger operating rooms allow the robotic equipment to remain in the room. This technology increases the surgeon’s field of vision from 2D to 3D and provides for a more precise and responsive procedure. Using the robot, the doctors treat such cases as severe adhesions and endometriosis. Robotic surgery results in less blood loss during procedures, a less painful recovery and speedier recover times. This means patients can return sooner to the business of normal life. “Since our South Florida Baptist Hospital recruitment in 2000, we have developed deep roots here in Plant City,” Lamoutte explained. “We love practicing in a hospital with such strong community support in every aspect pretty much all year round. Because we have a smaller patient population, we get to know them and provide better and more personalized OB/GYN care.” “The facilities and advanced technologies here are

state-of-the-art, which allows us to better serve the women in the community we call home. Plant City should be very proud of its first-class hospital.” Alyssa Ta, MD, FACOG – OB/GYN BayCare Medical Group, 1601 West Timberlane Drive, Suite 400, Plant City FL 33563 Phone: 813.321.6677 The board certified Dr. Alyssa Ta welcomes new patients and is also pleased to perform minimally invasive pelvic and advanced laparoscopic surgeries. Her family contains a number of doctors and dentists, so caregiving comes naturally. Previous to her BayCare Medical Group appointment, she spent eight years in private practice in Tampa. She enjoys the hospital’s “small town feel and proximity to Tampa,” and is pleased to grow a strong obstetrics/gynecology program here at South Florida Baptist Hospital, “so women can birth their children closer to home. “ “I can’t express to you enough how much I enjoy working with the staff at South Florida Baptist Hospital and in such a fine facility. The community’s support is a very special gift for health care in our area and I am pleased to practice here.” Schedule your appointment with Dr. Ta at BayCare Medical Group, 1601 West Timberlane Drive, Suite 400 in Plant City or phone (813) 321-6677.

MATERNITY UNIT

The professional and caring South Florida Baptist Hospital staff works in the hospital’s beautifully redesigned maternity unit to ensure each delivery is a comfortable, happy and rewarding experience. From obstetrics to gynecology, South Florida Baptist Hospital is the hospital of choice, featuring: • Unparalleled quality care, personalized to each family’s special needs • Two dedicated operating suites for women’s surgeries • Three labor and delivery suites for low-risk deliveries • Mother/Baby unit with all-private rooms to accommodate mother, baby and family. The Breast Center To Offer 3-D Mammography in June


The hospital is dedicated to providing women of all ages the most advanced breast health services available. The Breast Center at SFBH is equipped with the latest technology for annual screening and for as-necessary diagnostic mammograms. The Center provides mammography, breast MRI and ultrasound services, as well as comprehensive biopsy procedures. The team of radiologists reads the scans and promptly communicates the results. When needed, team members also refer patients to specialists on staff for immediate attention. Dr. Angela Sroufe, PhD, M.D. – Board Certified Radiologist Radiology & Imaging Specialists, 206 W Alexander St, #1, Plant City, FL 33563 Phone: 863.688.2334 Dr. Sroufe, a radiology practitioner for 14 years, is pleased to work at South Florida Baptist Hospital and enjoys “working alongside people who care.” “I am proud to be a part of a team that strives to provide excellent healthcare to the Plant City community,” she said. She’s also excited our hospital plans to be the first in Plant City to provide breast tomosynthesis. This imaging technology provides the radiologist with a 3D view of the breast, which is especially helpful in women with dense breasts, because it can be difficult to see structures with conventional 2-dimensional mammography. “Our Breast Center is continuing to grow,” offered Dr. Sroufe. “Currently we offer services such as digital mammography, high resolution breast ultrasound, breast MRI, Ultrasound and Stereotactic guided biopsies and needle localizations.” “The advantage of having all these services in one location not only helps with patient convenience,” she added, “but provides a continuity of care that is especially important in breast imaging.” Mammography in 3D offers many advantages and early detection of breast cancer is critical. Studies indicate 3D detects 41% more invasive breast cancers and reduces false positives by up to 40%. Traditional 2D mammography reveals the complexities of breast

tissue in a flat image, while 3D reveals fine details no longer hidden by the tissue above or below. 3D mammography is approved by the FDA for all women undergoing a standard mammogram and multiple clinical studies verify the benefits. The process is similar to 2D, with no additional compression required and only a few seconds longer for each view. Very low x-ray energy is used, similar to film mammograms. (Please note: Patients should verify insurance coverage for 3D mammography before their exam appointment, as some companies do not yet cover 3D) The importance of regular exams can’t be overstated, since 8 of 9 diagnosed women have no history in their family. “We also recommend screening mammograms annually, starting at age 40,” she added, “or possibly earlier depending on personal and family history. Based on certain risk factors, some women are also recommended to obtain yearly screening breast MRI.” Ideally, women should talk with their primary care physician about personal risk factors and the right age and frequency of breast cancer screenings for them.

UROLOGY EXPERTS OFFER EVEN MORE SOLUTIONS

Mark B. Baker, MD, FACS Bay Area Urology, Inc. 1601 Timberlane Drive, Suite 500, Plant City FL 33567 Phone: 813.708.0717 So exactly what is urology, you ask? This field of medicine encompasses diagnosis and treatment of the urinary tract and, in the case of women’s health, the female reproductive system. Urologists like Dr. Baker are also very concerned about maintaining the good health of their patients’ urinary and genital organs, which include kidneys, ureter (kidney tube), urinary bladder, urethra (bladder stem), and adrenal glands. For family convenience, the Bay Area Urology physicians treat both adults and children of all ages. Dr. Baker’s excellent training has included work at Tampa General Hospital, James A. Haley VA, Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital, and Moffitt Cancer

Center. In private practice since 2005, Dr. Baker is pleased to serve the Plant City community at its wonderful South Florida Baptist Hospital. This expert doctor’s clinical interests include female urology and voiding dysfunction, minimally invasive therapies and laparoscopic surgery, including robotic procedures. Dr. Baker and other urologists who practice at South Florida Baptist Hospital are engaged in creating better opportunities for the diagnosis of incontinence, pelvic pain issues and urge frequency concerns in women through the development of a BayCare Pelvic Health and Wellness program. Too often, women suffer embarrassment over conditions such as incontinence, infertility, or other reproductive and urinary issues. This program aims to open the door for women to proactively discuss these sometimes stigmatized concerns with their primary health care providers and urological specialists. With treatment and surgical experience of such as Dr. Baker and other urologists at South Florida Baptist Hospital, this need no longer be the case. Conservative, therapeutic and surgical solutions for care in these cases is readily available.

LADIES NIGHT OUT EVENTS

Our community hospital’s team understands knowledge is power—and they believe in sharing it! At the bi-monthly Ladies Night Out events, women learn from experts on interesting health topics created just for them and get answers for their concerns in a fun and relaxed setting. The medical professionals love sharing and interacting with the ladies in the community, too. The most recent event on May 14 featured a physician expert who discussed autoimmune disorders to include symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, and myths versus facts. Check in frequently at BayCareEvents.org or phone to discover upcoming events and some secrets for your best health yet.

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Advanced Diagnostics and Hearing Solutions is the private practice of Dr. Lisa Tanner, a lifelong resident of Plant City, Florida. She received her doctorate in Audiology from the University of South Florida. Dr. Tanner’s passion is to educate the community about hearing and to demystify the selection and purchase of hearing aids. “The public is bombarded with so many advertisements about hearing aids,” she states. “It’s hard to know what to believe and whom to trust. I care so much about this issue that I’ve spent a good portion of my life trying to debunk myths about hearing and hearing aids.” Following are several myths she debunks with facts. Myth 1: We hear with our ears. FACT: We hear with our brain. The ears are just the mechanics to get the signal to our brain. If that signal doesn’t reach our brain, the brain doesn’t receive the necessary stimulation and atrophy can set in. Surprisingly, untreated Hearing Loss and Dementia have the

same symptoms. Myth 2: Hearing Loss is an aging issue. FACT: Multiple causes of hearing loss exist (e.g. heredity, birth defects, noise exposure, diabetes and problems with kidneys, thyroid, or the vascular system, etc.). Even normal aging is on the list, but the list is quite large and covers every age range. Advanced Diagnostics & Hearing Solutions offers comprehensive diagnostic and rehabilitative services utilizing the most advanced, state-ofthe-art equipment available. The goal is to find fitting solutions for each client’s personal needs, lifestyle and budget. Since no two people hear alike, no one particular hearing aid or hearing aid manufacturer will fit everyone’s’ hearing need. Dr Tanner offers free educational seminars and free hearing screenings. For more information or to make an appointment, please call the office at 813-315-9850.


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Plant City Dermatology Welcome to Plant City Dermatology, the area’s newest skincare practice, where a staff of skilled specialists is determined to provide the finest medical, surgical and cosmetic care available. Two board-certified physicians draw on more than 15 years of experience in evaluating, diagnosing and treating virtually every type of skin problem. Additionally, they are assisted by estheticians and laser specialists to offer the latest options in cosmetic dermatology. Their mission is to help you achieve a more youthful, vibrant appearance so you can always look your best. One visit to the Plant City Dermatology website offers great information and insight into care for the body’s largest organ…so much that you’ll probably be excited about making your first appointment. The most commonly treated problems include acne, eczema, hair loss, psoriasis, rosacea, skin cancer, moles and warts, among others. But, Plant City Dermatology offers so much more than most folks even imagine possible. Andres Tobon, D.O, a Board Certified Dermatologist, works in the practice’s state-of-the-art facilities,

which use cutting edge medical technology and procedures to treat a multitude of skin disorders. Today he furthers his knowledge through multiple continuing medical education courses, and he’s active in educating medical students, interns, and residents. Involved in multiple medical societies, he also lectures other health professionals. He works also with Brandon native and Board Certified Dermatologist, Dr. Ricardo Berrios, M.D., who has special clinical interests in medical dermatology, surgical dermatology, contact dermatitis, and phototherapy. The technicians and Dr. Tobon agree with the advice of Dr. Berrios, who encourages, “Skin care is important for patients of all ages. It is never too early or too late to start taking care of the largest organ in your body.” The dermatology practice has been in Brandon for 12 years and opened their Plant City office in January of 2015. In conversation at a recent Plant City Chamber meeting, Dr. Tobon shared, “We are really excited to be in our new Plant City location. We look forward to taking care of families here and we already feel very welcomed by the community.”

To increase your own knowledge your rejuvenating appointment of skin care treatment advancements, today, because it’s never too early, visit the website for the many options or too late, to improve your skin’s available today. You’ll be so surprised at health and appearance. Simply visit the thorough details and explanations. plantcitydermatology.com or call (813) And the Frequently Asked Questions 498-1933. Your healthy glow awaits! will be a big help as well. As you browse, for example, you’ll learn about Ulthera® Skin Tightening, CoolSculpting® (for fat reduction), BOTOX® Cosmetic, Dermal Fillers (Restylane®, Juvéderm™, and Radiesse®), microdermabrasion, laser hair removal, chemical peels, and Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) therapies. There’s fantastic news for acne sufferers, too. Plant City Dermatology offers many treatments, usually showing results in less than 2 weeks, which is amazing. These include: Photodynamic Acne Therapy, Blue Light Treatment, Laser Treatment, Chemical Peel, and Extractions/Medical Facials. Two highly qualified Certified Physician’s Assistants—Shannon Carie, M.M.S., PA-C and Kyle Treesh, M.P.A.S., PA-C—and a Licensed 1501 S. Alexander St., Suite 103 Medical Esthetician, April Plant City, FL 33563 Olesen, complement the (813) 498-1933 practice’s level of care and Web: plantcitydermatology.com compassion. Hours: 8AM-5PM Mon-Thurs; 8AM-Noon Friday Please, schedule FOCUS MAGA ZINE PL ANT CIT Y MAY 2015

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Ameriplan Ameriplan, a Texas-based company in business for 22-plus years, offers discount medical benefit plans through its network of 100,000 providers across the country. Discount benefits plans are NOT insurance, but rather monthly membership plans that entitle discounts of 10% to 85% on certain medical services. They are also a good alternative for folks unable to afford insurance or as supplements to those already insured. Americplan offers three exceptionally affordable plans, and all cover up to 10 people! Thankfully, waiting periods, insurance forms, deductibles, and exclusions or denials for pre-existing conditions are not part of the equation. Ameriplan is a leader in meeting the demand of this rapidly growing type of healthcare. The company’s offerings include: DentalPlus - $19.95/month covers up to 10 people for discounts on dental procedures, vision services, prescriptions and chiropractic care. MDPlus - $29.95/month covers up to 10 people and includes the AmeriDoc feature, Hospital Advocacy, prescriptions and dental services. AmeriDoc allows calls to network doctors 24/7, 365 days a year. Members can consult with the doctor via phone or email, obtain a diagnosis and have a

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prescription phoned in to a pharmacy. No need to spend valuable time driving to a doctor’s office or enduring long waits once there. This increasingly popular plan is perfect for minor medical issues (i.e. sinus infections), as well as for obtaining medication refills without an in-office doctor visit. Healthcare Plan – $49.95/month fee incorporates the DentalPlus and MDPlus plans, PLUS many other healthcare services. These include doctor visits, lab work, testing (such as MRIs and colonoscopies), diabetic supplies, hearing aids, podiatry issues and wellness programs – to name a few! Regional Sales Director Carole Lenhart, a Plant City resident for 28 years, wants folks to know Ameriplan is the largest fee-for-services program of its type in this country. “Ameriplan has saved members hundreds of millions of dollars in discounted healthcare benefits since 1992,” she shared. “It covers more people for less money than the same type of plan offered by the major insurance providers.” Lenhart adds, “This is one instance where even though it sounds too good to believe, it is absolutely true! And for our members’ piece of mind, Ameriplan backs up their mission of saving people money with a 100% satisfaction guarantee – or your money back! It really pays to shop, and we are here to help you. Please call today and discover how Ameriplan can help defray healthcare expenses for yourself and your family.


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Suncoast Community Health Centers, Inc. Great things happen when likeminded, empathetic, and compassionate people “Rethink Community Health.” Suncoast Community Health Centers, Inc. offers medical and dental care to the southern and eastern Hillsborough County. Suncoast is a non-profit with a mission of commitment “to improving the health of our communities,” and a vision to be “the first choice for healthcare in communities we serve.” The entire team of administrators and caregivers enjoy purpose in their work. Two of Suncoast’s 12 clinics are in Plant City. Plant City Family Care at 508 N. Maryland Avenue offers the following services: • Medical - Family Practice, Adult Medicine, Obstetrics-Gynecology, Family Planning • Dental - Restorative, Preventative, Crown and Bridge, Removable Prosthetics, Minor Oral Surgery, Selected Root Canal

• Pharmacy SCHC Pediatrics at 502 N. Mobley Street provides pediatric care and can refer our patients to our pediatric dentists. In 2014, SCHC affiliated with Lutheran Medical Center (NYU) to create a 2-year residency to train dentists to become Pediatric Dentists. Four are currently training with another four beginning in July. In 2016 the program will move to a new, larger, 13-chair dental site in Brandon. South Florida Baptist Hospital partners with Suncoast as well, providing surgical location for pediatric dental surgery. Mr. Herremans reports that in 2016, “Suncoast plans the opening of its 31,000 square foot Brandon Pediatric Center of Excellence for training integrating pediatric dentistry, pediatric medicine, behavioral health, and optometry. Upstairs it will also house adult medicine and OB/GYN and pharmacy.”

Suncoast’s clinics are open to the community, accepting many insurance plans, Medicaid, Affordable Care Act insurance, and Hillsborough County Health Care Plan. Thanks to some funding from federal and state grants, the clinics offer a sliding fee based on income for uninsured individuals— increasing access, reducing disparities, and eliminating barriers to healthcare.

Suncoast Community Health Centers, Inc. welcomes donations from the community and you can help! Visit suncoast-chc.org to contribute online or mail your tax-deductible donations to Suncoast Community Health Centers, Inc., 13110 Elk Mountain Dr., Riverview, FL 33579. There’s no better investment than the health of our communities!

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Smiles Included – Plant City The friendly professionals at Smiles Included Plant City realize that many people avoid the dentist, preferring pain to a simple visit! And they are determined to alleviate those fears and replace that pain with a smiling patient who is happy to refer the office to others. This “gentle dentistry practice” also understands that some may have had negative experiences with other dentists in the past. This is why Smiles Included focuses on comfort and health, making them their top priority. Tampa native Dr. John Carter earned his dental degree from the University of Florida in 1996. His 17 years of experience includes a wide range of treatment skills, for everything from fillings, crowns and gum therapy to dental implants and orthodontics. He and his family enjoy outdoor activities, sporting events and

church involvement at St. John’s Greek Orthodox Church in Tampa, where they live. “Our practice has the expertise to offer comprehensive dental treatment, from family dentistry to cosmetic dentistry,” he explained. “As members of the Smiles Included network, we have access to the latest research and experience of other dental experts. If you have a dental need, we can help!” Perhaps nothing makes a better impression than patient testimonials. In a review on the website by Linda K., she wrote: “I would like to say thank you so much for making my 1st visit so nice. I have not been to the dentist in over 10 years due to a very bad experience with a previous dentist. I was so nervous and anxious. But both the girls and your office manager were so great to talk me thru everything and make sure I was OK. Again, thank you for making me feel like a patient that has been there for a lifetime.” John C: expressed a Dr. John Carter, DMD similar sentiment when 1701 S. Alexander Street he commented, “Every Plant City, FL visit is a pleasure! Yep. 813-343-4977 Never thought going Web: smilesincluded.com/plant-city-dental-office to the dentist could

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be so nice. Pleasant and friendly staff with confident and easy to talk to dental techs (as much as you can talk while being tended to.). Doc Carter has a great personality and also very professional.” In addition to general dentistry, Dr. Carter serves patients needs with root canals, crowns, implants and whitening, too. Another plus of the practice is the comprehensive and user friendly website, which offers extensive information about the more common dental issues and how those can be treated. It’s a great resource for those who like to have a little knowledge in advance of their visit. Affordability is another factor that keeps patients coming back. With fair and competitive pricing, the Smiles Included office in Plant City offers the most value for your money. Couple that with the very efficient insurance experts and dental health is well within every patient’s reach. To encourage new patients, Smiles Included offers a first visit special. For only $50, patients receive a dental exam complete with X-rays. This just might be one of your year’s best investments, so

don’t hesitate. Making an appointment to brighten up your smile is as simple as a phone call or keyboard click away. Visit smilesincluded.com/plant-citydental-office or phone 813-343-3977 to schedule yours.


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Coventry Assisted Living Located at 415 N. Wilder Road in Plant City, Coventry Assisted Living is dedicated to traditional values and providing the requirements needed for a good quality of life for the elderly and those in need of care. Nikki Pozeznik alongside her husband Fred Pozeznik, opened the facility in hopes of providing a place that is almost like home. After 15 years as a caregiver and with encouragement from a boss, Nikki Pozeznik went on to become licensed as a Director and Administrator of the facility she was working at at the time. After the facility was sold, it was her husband who knew that opening their own facility would be the right choice for them, and so they did. In 2004, The first Adult Family Care Home was opened in their own residence with 5 beds available and later they opened a 15 bed facility in 2009. With an environment that provides the feeling of being at home, overwhelming emotions just aren’t as common as they are in larger facilities. With community

involvement from local church groups who come in and offer entertainment and gifts on special occasions, the residents have plenty of reasons to smile. The care provided by Coventry allow residents to live an independent comfortable life, even in their senior years. The staff of Coventry are trained to give special care and attention to residents with dementia. When a resident’s health is declining hospice comes into the facility and takes care of them until the end. That way, the resident doesn’t have to change their environment and they spend the end of their days in the home they have known during their time there. Coventry has a five star rating due largely in part to a staff who genuinely loves to care. That makes all the difference. The dignity and happiness of the individual is the focus of their work. For more information on Coventry Assisted Living go to: http://coventryonline.com or call Nikki Pozeznik at 863-815-6000


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Florry Creative Care The compassionate staff at Florry Creative Care provides personalized care, not only at Florry House, but also in-home for Hillsborough and Polk County residents. Plant City native Cherry Hallback, the corporation’s administrator and a 30-year industry veteran, established the company six years ago, along with her sister, Seberina. The business name combines their two names. They learned compassion from their mother, a pastor, and father, a farmer. To accomplish the dream of caring for the disabled and elderly, Hallback earned a BS from Florida State University, an AS degree from HCC in computer programming, and a Master’s in Computer Information Systems. She delayed doctorate coursework when the business was launched. Previous experience includes social work, management, and teaching college-level courses. Thirteen employees provide in-home care for disabled persons and home cleaning for the general population, as well as their labor of love at Florry House, the newly opened 6-bed retirement and assisted living facility. Residents receive one-on-one care, 24/7 at the ALF, licensed in Florida as a Limited Mental Health and Limited Nursing Services home. “Our home-like environment helps residents feel like family,” Hallback explained. “We offer 24/7 care for persons with disabilities, dementia

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and Alzheimer’s. An on-call nurse and in-house physician handle routine visits and emergencies. Care is tailored to our residents’ needs and we update their involved loved ones. We also coordinate dental, lab, x-ray, vision care and medical appointments and arrange transportation.” Additionally, Florry Creative Services provides: - Nutritious home-cooked meals compliant with dietary regulations - Assistance with applications for eligible resources to help defray cost of care - Daily room cleaning - Staff supervised exercises, movies and games - Outings on special days (i.e, Strawberry Festival Parade, etc.) - In-home visits to assess/serve personal care, respite and homemaking needs Hallback knows personalized attention improves quality of life. “One resident released from a nursing home with a six-month life-expectancy lived three more years because of our extra efforts. This is why we serve.” The company plans eventually to open another facility to serve Veterans. “As I helped care for my son-inlaw Cory Clark’s family after he died serving our country,” said Hallback, “I became even more appreciative of the sacrifices our military personnel make for America, even the ultimate sacrifice.” “We enjoy our work,” Hallback offered. “Our residents and other clients know we love them. Their families tell us frequently, in person and through letters, how pleased they are with our services and how we exceed their expectations.”


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The Health Center of Plant City “The most important aspect of The facility include: flat screen TVs, phones, Health Center of Plant City is our Wi-Fi, pet therapy, onsite beauty/barber people,” offered Thomas Bell, HCPC shop, sitting lounges, and multiple Administrator.” outdoor courtyards/patios. And one visit to the Center’s And the beautiful, peaceful website proves that point! Packed with environment, combined with state-ofinformation and photos illustrating all the-art technology and compassionate the advantages, it’s obvious The Health caregivers, means improved health in Center’s staff takes great pride in every way. providing comprehensive care. Director of Rehabilitation, Erin For over 26 years, THCPC LaVine describes the interdisciplinary has provided quality short-term communication at the family-friendly, rehabilitation and long-term care patient-driven Center as “probably the to Plant City and the surrounding best I’ve ever seen… with nursing, social areas. The Center’s consistently high services, activities and rehab… it’s vital performance standards, expert staff, you come see the whole picture for state of the art equipment and upscale yourself.” environment make it the premiere Susan Brooker, Admissions choice for rehabilitation in Hillsborough Coordinator, is enthused about the County. life enriching and Center people“Our nursing and rehab teams set connecting events. “We organize us apart,” Bell added. “A few years back activities, entertainment and we added a cutting-edge rehab center, celebrations, trying to involve every along with 22 private suites, and the resident, family members and friends. most state of the art equipment a center We celebrate every holiday—up next can have.” are Memorial Day and Fourth of July The Health Center cares for patients cookouts. We take them to ballgames, with conditions including, but not Walmart trips, and even Outback. In limited to: Joint Replacement, Stroke/ November vintage vehicles fill the Neurological Conditions, Pulmonary parking lots and outdoor tents hold live Impairment, entertainment and plenty of food.” Post-surgery Recovery, Oncology Care, Respite/Vacation Care, Orthopedic Injuries, Cardiac701 N. Wilder Road related Problems, Diabetes Plant City, FL 33566 Management, Wound Care 813-752-3611 and Hospice Care. Web: healthcenterofplantcity.com Amenities in the modern

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Heysek and Kepes Radiation Oncology Scared and troubled after receiving a cancer diagnosis, the caring staff at Heysek and Kepes Radiation Oncology will treat you like family not a patient. They’re conveniently located on the SFBH campus operating since March 5, 1996. Once inside, you’ll enter subdued, comfortable rooms with soft lighting, pleasant art work, reading materials, puzzles, goodies, and coffee. Striving to treat the whole person, staff organizes individualized resources: counselors, nutritionists, and appointments. Dr. Randy Heysek and Dr. Kathryn Kepes identify the cancer type, and then create a treatment plan in an effort to overcome the disease. Various forms of radiation therapy are used attempting to prevent cancer cells from dividing. On site nurses, certified radiation therapy technologists, and a medical physicist provide sophisticated treatment. Using individualized radiation therapy, 3-D conformal therapy, high dose radiation for skin cancers, and intensity modulated radiation therapy. AccuBoost is an image guided breast

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irradiation technique. The doctors use Valencia, a skin cancer treatment to spare deep surgery. The center houses Varian 600C linear accelerator, an extremely precise machine. Heysek and Kepes is well equipped and experienced in treating cancers in a compassionate and respectful environment. Dr. Heysek earned a B.S. with honors in biochemistry; continued at U.F. College of Medicine; interned at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, and completed his residency in radiation oncology at the University of Maryland Cancer Center. Dr. Heysek is particularly interested in head, neck, and prostate cancer. He has been the Chief of Staff at Lakeland Regional Hospital, and was a previous board member of the American Cancer Society (ACS). Earning her Doctor of Medicine degree from St. Louis University, Dr. Kepes continued with earning an MBA from the University of Miami. Dr. Kepes is highly interested in breast and lung cancer. She’s also an Honorary Lifetime member of ACS. According to Raquel Fernandes, staff nurse and office supervisor, “We try to make our patients feel like they are a part of our family.” Cancer is a challenge. The Heysek and Kepes team strives to provide total quality care with a difference!


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Now Care Urgent Care and Weight Loss Clinic Now Care Urgent Care and Weight patients control unhealthy eating habits Loss Clinic is conveniently located off and give them the power to attain the Baker Street in the historic district of body they’ve always wanted. Plant City, between the downtown area Whether a patient is seeking weight and Alexander Street. Many residents loss assistance or treatment of a medical remember this as the old Chambersissue, Dr. Strait’s mission is always to Peacock building as it has had a long fulfill the needs of patients and, in doing history of helping people in medical so, exceed their expectations for service, need—which continues today. quality, and value—all with minimal A Florida native, graduate of the waiting time. Furthermore, Now Care University of Florida, and Kansas City, will strive to earn patients’ long-term Missouri medical school graduate, Dr. loyalty by working to deliver more than Stephen Strait—a residency-trained promised, being honest and fair, going and board-certified family physician— the extra mile to provide exceptional opened Now Care Walk-in Clinic in personalized service that creates a February 2005 after serving as medical pleasing medical experience. director at a large urgent care clinic in In many cases, when a regular Brandon. Since then, his facility has physician is booked or an emergency helped patients with anything from the arises, Now Care is there to provide common cold to emergency situations. quick and professional service even after Dr. Strait is able to help treat and hours. Payments may be made with relieve symptoms of sore throats, sinus almost all insurance plans. Medicaid, infections, pediatric fevers, skin rashes Medicare, and workers’ compensation and infections, lacerations, bronchitis, claims are accepted as well. Financing eye emergencies, and much, much more. plans are also available. In addition, school, sport, and DOT physical screenings, flu shots, drug screenings, workers’ compensation injury evaluations, X-Rays, and lab tests are available on site. Currently Now Care Weight Loss and Urgent Care Clinic, 1009 W. Baker St., Plant City, FL 33563 the medical center now Phone: 813-759-1232 supervises programs that Web: nowcareclinic.com include appetite suppressants, Hours: Monday-Friday, vitamin injections, and diet 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. plans. Combined, these help

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Woodside Dental Dr. Pat Almerico, Jr. DDS Located at 704 N. Alexander St., Woodside Dental is home to one of Plant City’s most experienced cosmetic dentists—Dr. Pat Almerico, Jr., DDS. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Dentistry and licensed by the Dental Board of Florida, Dr. Almerico comes from an impressive family of dental professionals. In fact, his grandfather served as a dentist and his sister, Lynne, currently practices in Boston. What makes Dr. Almerico stand out is his distinctive blend of artistic and technical skill. Through a combination of state-of-the-art technology, sensible treatment plans, a keen eye for detail, and a genuine devotion to the unique needs of each patient, Dr. Almerico is able to preserve healthy teeth and gums, alleviate oral discomfort, and improve the appearance of smiles on a daily basis. “I have had dental work done both

here and abroad,” stated Plant City resident Mary Porter on an online testimonial. “Every time I went in, it hurt. Then, I met Dr. Almerico. He assured me that it wouldn’t hurt, and at first I was very nervous...but he was right! It was completely painless. I feel very grateful now because I am not afraid to see the dentist anymore.” Dr. Almerico’s philosophy is geared toward preventive dentistry for patients of all ages. Services include dental cleaning, crowns and bridges, porcelain veneers, cosmetic bonding, sealants, tooth whitening, colored tooth fillings, dentures, implants, root canal, botox, laser gum treatment, and more. Through participation in continuing education courses, Dr. Almerico is able to ensure his patients are receiving the latest, most effective treatments possible. A member of the American Dental Association, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the Florida Dental 704 N. Alexander St., Plant City, FL 33563 Association, you can Phone: 813-752-5554 be sure Dr. Almerico E-mail: almericodds@yahoo.com will provide you with a great results Web: patalmericodds.org and a winning smile. Hours: `Mon-Tues & Thurs-Fri, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Call him today for a Weds, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. routine check-up! 58

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Plant City Discount Pharmacy While Florida continues to grow personalized attention. Many parts into a hub of corporate tourism, Plant of the country are overgrown with City residents still understand and corporate chains, and have all but appreciate the importance of local forgotten the importance of personal business. Meena Kukreja knows this care. While those people might not even to be true. She comes from a family know what they’re missing, the people with a pharmacy background, and of Plant City sure do. Because Meena she personally spent ten years as a owns and manages the pharmacy, she is pharmacist at several CVS locations able to ensure that there is no pricethroughout the State of Florida. As gouging and she offers the best cash a pharmacist, she found it nearly prices. Plant City Discount Pharmacy impossible to provide the type of accepts all private and government one-on-one care she dreamed of insurances, as well as Workman’s Comp. giving every single customer. In 2011, They will work directly with your Meena decided it was time to utilize insurance company and your doctor, her knowledge to give back to the they will help to get your prescriptions community by turning her experience transferred, and have no problem going into entrepreneurship. When she the extra mile to ensure you are taken opened the doors to Plant City care of. Meena’s viewpoint on work Discount Pharmacy on East Alexander and life, and doing what you love every Street, she took on the role of not just day to make a difference in the lives of the store’s owner, but as pharmacy others, make her the ideal candidate manager as well. It’s great to see the to keep the focus of the wellbeing of vested interest she has in the daily local residents out of corporate hands. operations of the pharmacy to ensure Because healthcare is personal. that every patient who depends on her For more information about Plant is always taken care of and completely City Discount Pharmacy, please visit satisfied. www.plantcitypharmacy.com With pharmacies cropping up on street corners around the city, Meena knew hers would Plant City Discount Pharmacy have the competitive edge 607 E. Alexander St. of being a family-oriented and locally-owned small Plant City, FL 33563 business, where customers Phone: 813-703-1500 don’t have to wait in Hours: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; long lines and can get Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Providers names Timothy B. Williams, D.O., M.Ed., F.A.A.P. Chandra R. Williams, M.D., F.A.A.P. Erin P. Kelleher, M.D., F.A.A.P. Emily Buchholz, P.A.-C Noemi Melendez-Kaylor, P.A.-C Steven G. Wallace, Jr., P.A.-C

Plant City Pediatrics Dr. Timothy Williams and the staff at Plant City Pediatrics have worked hard to provide outstanding and compassionate care to their patients. Dr. Williams opened the practice in 2002. The practice has grown, and now consists of three Board Certified Pediatricians, Timothy B. Williams, D.O., M.Ed., F.A.A.P., Chandra R Williams, M.D., F.A.A.P., Erin P. Kelleher, M.D., F.A.A.P., and three Certified Physician Assistants, Emily Buchholz, P.A.-C, Noemi MelendezKaylor, P.A.-C, Steven G. Wallace, Jr., P.A.-C, making a combined staff of 23, working together to meet the needs of the growing practice. The success results from Dr. Williams’ desire to provide quality healthcare, his genuine concern for children (he is a father of five), his down-to-earth personality and a highly qualified

team sharing these same qualities. Plant City Pediatrics is excited to offer their patients and families a beautiful new facility where they can continue to receive quality healthcare. The new office has been designed with their youngest infants, oldest teenagers and parents in mind. Conveniently located for easy access and plenty of parking, the inviting environment offers a large lobby, separate well and sick waiting areas, a Nursing Mom’s room, 15 exam rooms, and 3 vital stations. The hours are convenient too, offering parents early appointments before school and work, during the lunch hour, and later in the day. The heart of the practice is evident by statements on their website, www. plantcitypediatrics.com, “We have truly been blessed and we want to sow back into our patients and community. We are honored 2370 Walden Woods Drive, Suite A you have trusted us with Plant City, FL 33563 the health care of your 813-659-9800 children, because we believe ‘Children are a Website: plantcitypediatrics.com gift from the Lord. Psalm Office Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30AM-6:00PM 127:3.’” Friday 7:30AM-3:30PM

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hough strawberry season is the highlight of the year in Plant City, many are unaware that blueberry season is also an important time for farmers and berry-lovers in the area. This rich fruit is grown at various farms around Plant City, and even made into famous wines in one location. The Annual Tampa Bay Blueberry Festival is also held, where the love of blueberries comes alive each year. Two noted farms, which have a large hand in producing these delicious blueberries, are Big Bear Blueberry Farms and Keel and Curly Blueberry Farm and Winery. Farms like these and many others are honored to provide Plant City and the US with the intense joy found in savoring blueberries.


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ver 25 years ago in 1989, Ken Der began growing blueberries in Plant City. What has now become Big Bear Farms has prospered greatly since then, and in 2004 they became one of two farms that are truly organic and open to the public. “Unlike many farms that only claim to be organic, we are the real deal and have the documents proudly on display to prove it,” the farm announces. With blueberries and other crops growing on 10 fertile acres of land, Big Bear Farms is required to sell commercially. “Our main crops are blueberries,” explains Der, “but we are also selling blackberries and vegetable crops to walkin customers.” “As one of the two USDA approved organic farms, we are required to use the latest cutting edge technology.” This farm must be run by standards set forth by the USDA, and adopt a specific form which allows them to be truly organic. Micro-irrigation systems are used, and Big Bear Farms is one of the first to use this system of watering. “Everyone else just wants to save water,” Der explains. Der’s farm is family owned and the number of employees involved varies

from season to season, ranging anywhere from two to ten people. Prime season, which begins the first week of April and ends the third week of May, is short, but these farmers spend nearly all year in preparation. “We don’t get much time off,” he comically adds, though his success proves it is worth the sacrifice. Six different species of blueberries are available each year, and all are sold in nearly equal amounts. The yearly yield varies dramatically anywhere from 1,000 to 10,000 pounds per acre. According to Der, in the farming business, it is nearly impossible to determine an average yielded per year. “Every season is different,” he explains. Blueberries from Big Bear Farms are shipped to both local companies and across the US, but recently they have begun to specialize in walk- in’s for buying, as well as U-picks. To find out more about Big Bear Blueberry and Organic Farm, visit www.bigbearfarms.mysite.com or call 813- 986-1152. Big Bear Farms is located at 7606 Kinard Rd., Plant City, FL, 33565.


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small plant nursery began in Plant City nearly 35 years ago in 1982. This location was soon converted to a blueberry farm, and the first flat of blueberries was sold in 1997. This farm would grow to sell to vendors all over the US and Canada. “We started with one acre of berries and it took us five years to fill up our 25 acres in Plant City,” Ryan Keel explains, son of Joe Keel. Ryan and Joe now share ownership of the farm. “We’ve also expanded to an additional 10 acres of blueberries which were planted in Lithia in 2005.” Despite the large size of Keel and Curley, the technology used is still oldfashioned. All fruit is hand-picked, and diesel engines are used for irrigation. High density planting is also used at Keel and Curley. “This is very rare in the blueberry business,” says Keel. About three fulltime farmers run the farm year round, and 70-80 employees are hired during harvest. Five different species of berries are sold at Keel and Curley, though the majority sold are of the Jewel and Emerald variety. Season begins towards the end of March and carries on until the first week in May, with peak production around April 20. An average of 100,000 pounds of blueberries are produced

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per year, and these are sold all over the US and Canada each year. Keel and Curley also farms and sells 2 acres of blackberries, all available for U-pick. Blackberry season begins right after blueberry season. Peaches, Keel and Curley’s last crop of the season, follow later at the end of May. But Keel and Curley was not satisfied with merely farming blueberries, they wanted to do something exciting with the huge amount of fruit being produced. “Basically, we had a packing house where we packed for 10 other growers and we just had extra fruit, so my dad started making wine.” The Keel and Curley Winery began in 2003 and full production started in 2005. Three types of specialty blueberry wines are now available, a dry, semidry and sweet. “We focus on U-pick more than other farms. A quarter of our crop, nearly 25-30% of our acreage, is open through May 10 and reserved primarily to serve the public,” Keel informs. For more information, visit www.keelandcurleywinery.com or call 813-752-9100. Keel and Curley Blueberry Farm and Winery is located at 5210 Thonotosassa Rd., Plant City, 33565.


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Plant City by Gary Boothe, the previous President of Hillsboro Bank. Gary Boothe recognized Mike’s abilities and what it could mean for both men. Gary could retire as president knowing the bank was in good hands. Mike intends to keep the bank the way it was handed to him because “it wasn’t broke” and he plans to run it as his predecessor did and offer the same great service of this hometown bank. He wants to be assessable to all of Plant City residents. Mike states, “This isn’t a cookie cutter bank, we are flexible according to what our Plant City customers need,” We will be as active as ever in Plant City. I’m just now able to dig in and see what those opportunities are from the people who have been an intregral part of this city. We are a conservative bank and offer all the amenities that other banks offer but in addition there is a profound appreciation for our customers. We are doing very well here in Plant City. That won’t change. One of Mike’s goals for the future is

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elcome to Plant City, Thomas Michael “Mike” Ward. Mike is the new President and Chief Executive Officer of Hillsboro Bank. He comes to Plant City from Dade City where he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Florida Traditions Bank. Mike and his wife, Dana, have five children; one daughter and four boys. Their youngest son is graduating this year from Florida State, Mike’s alma mater. Dana was born and raised in Dade City and works as an office manager with a trucking firm. They are now looking at houses in the Plant City area. His interest in banking began in 64

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high school. His friend’s father was a bank president and offered Mike a parttime teller’s position. From that point on he knew what he wanted to do, he was hooked on finance and banking. He went on to graduate from Florida State University with a major in finance and a minor in accounting. His first job out of college was as a National Bank Examiner for the US Treasury Department in Tallahassee. He now has thirty-six years’ experience in banking as he worked himself through the ranks to President of Hillsboro Bank. He was fortunate enough to have exceptional mentors along the way. He was given this opportunity in

Mike Ward President/CEO 509 West Alexander Street Plant City, FL 33563 (813)708-0683

to help expand the appeal of Hillsboro Bank’s atmosphere and community flavor to surrounding areas that could benefit from an independent bank. Mike enjoys his leisure time with his wife and family friends fishing, boating, and getting away to their Homosassa Springs home on the river. If you are in the market for a bank that caters to their customers and has Plant City residents on the Board and employed in the bank, stop by Hillsboro Bank and welcome Mike to the community. Check out the many offerings they have such as free banking for seniors and those who keep a minimum amount in their account. Hillsboro Bank has that local, friendly feel we look for in our town.


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CHANGES TO FLOOD INSURANCE BY NATE DAVIS

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eing required to carry flood insurance when only part of a structure lies in a flood zone has driven many home owners crazy. In some similar cases, we no longer require flood insurance for a conventional mortgage. More specifically, if the garage or other non-living structure is in a flood zone, but the rest of the housing structure is not, then flood insurance will NOT be required. There are many people who can benefit from this right now, as the home’s chances of flooding may be slim. In fact, according to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, an area classified as a Special Flood Hazard Area is one “that will be inundated

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WALDEN LAKE REVIEW T BY NATALIE SWEET

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 May 18th and June 20th at 7:00 PM. The meetings are open to all Walden Lake residents. The election of officers took place at the April 20th meeting along with the set up of the nine Committee Chairs and members of the committees. The officers for the next year are now President Bob Hunter, Vice-President David Sollenberger, Treasurer Heather Updike and Secretary Terry Murphy. A special meeting was held on May 4th. At that meeting Attorney Harley Herman spoke asking Walden Lake HOA to request from WCI to turn control of the deed restrictions on the Golf Course property to the Walden Lake HOA so the restrictions can be enforced. The Board went into Executive Session with their attorney to discuss various issues including this request. When they came out of the session, the Board announced that President Bob Hunter would make the request to WCI. In the past, WCI has turned over other property they still held, to the HOA. Also various residents spoke. One resident spoke about a concern over the Board election and the results of the recount being inconclusive.

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Also at the Special Session, the Board unanimously approved a survey to be completed on the Polo Field and to hire an architect for the Polo Field. There were 17 sales in April in Walden Lake and of these one was in Walden Lake East. The average sales price was $195,659. The sales are as follows:

3118 Emerson Place $ 75,000 1416 Walden Oaks Place $125,000 4108 Silvermoon Drive $140,000 3456 Silverstone Drive $144,500 1415 Sandalwood Drive $148,000 2746 Golf Lake Drive $150,000 2636 Bridle Drive $179,900 4120 Longfellow Drive $179,900 3345 Silvermoon Driver $185,000 3316 Kilmer Drive $205,000 3510 Kilmer Drive $222,000 3225 Pine Club Drive $220,000 3018 Forest Club Drive $235,000 2938 Spring Hammock Drive $259,900 3021 Forest Hammock Drive $265,000 2907 Pine Club Drive $265,000 2904 Hammock Place Court $237,000 There are currently 34 Active listings for sale with an average list price of $224,425 and there are 26 properties pending contract with an average list price of $211,550. 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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t is typical for young athletes to set a record or two at their high school; but setting nine out of eleven records is incredibly astonishing. Carson Knox – a senior at Lakeland Christian School and Plant City native – has excelled beyond the norm in his swimming career and plans to take it to the collegiate level. Carson started swimming for a summer league when he was little. He began swimming year-round during his eighth grade year. Carson previously played AAU basketball in middle school and also played for LCS his freshman year. He then realized that swimming was his primary sport and focused his time and ability on that. “I love swimming because it’s very rewarding,” stated Carson. “There are not many sports that you can directly see your hard work pay off. One of the greatest feelings is seeing that I’ve dropped time after a race.” The fact that Carson holds nine out of eleven swimming records at LCS is extraordinary. His records include the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle, 500-meter

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freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 100-meter backstroke, 200-meter individual medley, 200-meter medley relay, and 200-meter freestyle relay. Talk about an accomplishment! He explained that the butterfly is his favorite stoke because it is considered the hardest stroke. It’s also the one that he is naturally best at. Carson mentioned that his most memorable swim meet ever was at the Polk County Championship when he competed in the 100-meter butterfly. He was behind a swimmer going into the last lap who beat him the previous year. He then picked up his speed and won the race by two one-hundredths of a second. Carson’s main inspiration throughout his swimming career has been Anthony Ervin. He is an American swimmer who has obtained two Olympic medals and two World Championship gold medals. Ervin swims sprints and is considered “short” for a sprinter. “One of my biggest challenges in swimming is being undersized,” Carson explained. “Since I’m not very tall, it’s cool to see someone else about my size win at on Olympic

level and compete at the same pace as the taller swimmers.” According to Carson, the key to success for swimming is consistency. He expresses how it’s sometimes a struggle to be fully dedicated to the sport. “I’ve given up multiple social events to go to practice, and it’s pretty tough,” he described. “You have to do things that you don’t want to do on the days that you don’t want to do them; because those days are what matter the most.” One of Carson’s main motivational sources has been assistant coach, Chelsea Nauta. He explained how she has helped him

immensely because of her experience of being on the U.S. National team. She was also a NCAA champion. At the end of the day, Carson gives all of the glory to God for his achievements. “I’ve been extremely blessed and give Him the credit for giving me the ability in the first place,” he states. In the fall, he will be traveling to Jefferson, Tennessee to swim at Carson Newman University. The amount of heart and dedication that Carson Knox has will lead to incredible collegiate accomplishments and make his hometown, Plant City, FL, very proud.

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The Plant City High School Varsity flag football possess with victory after wining the District Championship game against Armwood with a score of 26-0.

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irls can do anything boys can do, right? The Plant City High School Varsity flag football team has proven that girls can dominate the football field just as powerfully and skillfully as the guys. The PCHS Varsity flag football team is lead by head coach Greg Meyer and assistant coach Michael Scott. Steven Eatman and Rabul Cantu coach the JV team. In addition to the main coaches, Plant City football players Evan Crowell and Luke Emery also help out as student coaches. “We are so lucky to have our coaching staff,” stated Meyer. “Each one of them is passionate about the sport and a great teacher.” Greg Meyer was the former tight end and a defensive lineman for Plant High School. He began coaching football in 2000 as a college student at the University of Florida. This is his third year being at PCHS, and his second year coaching flag football. 76

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The girls have had an incredible season with a 12-0 record. They never gave up a single point until their last regular season game against Riverview High School. Meyer mentioned that their best game was the first game of the season against local rival, Durant High School. “There was a lot of anticipation for that game, Durant is a very good team,” he explained. The Raiders closed the Cougars out with a score of 26-0. “I was pretty nervous before our first game,” states wide receiver, Drew Knotts. “However, I felt confident because I knew how great our team was.” On the night of April 28, 2015, the Lady Raiders took an incredible victory over Armwood and claimed the district title. The girls rocked the football field and went home as champions. “I felt absolutely amazing when we won the district championship,” said senior captain, Samantha Black. “Not having

the district title last year really stung. I wanted to go out with a bang this year and so far we’re doing just that.” Since the district championship, they won the first round of the Regional flag football tournament against Apopka with a score

of 7-0. The PCHS flag football team is insanely athletic and are predominately made up of multisport athletes with busy schedules. Meyer explained that the toughest challenge that they have to overcome is balancing the schedules of all of the girls. “We have yet to have a practice or game with each one of out players there at the same time,” he says. These players are beyond outstanding in their academics and sports; that is what makes them so extraordinary. The Lady Raiders have based their whole season off of one motto: pulling flags and catching balls. Meyer described how each of the girls has an incredible amount of heart and athletic ability, and they play for each other. “We have an exceptional quarterback, Avery Brown, (also senior captain), eight players who can catch the ball very well, and an outstanding defense who never gives up points,” he explained. The PCHS Varsity flag football team has made quite a name for themselves this season. Their hard work and dedication is what has made them a legendary team for their school.

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s a new contributor to the FOCUS I thought I would take a moment and introduce myself; I have been a PC resident for 18 years, so yes a relative newcomer. I have raised my kids here, I own a local business, my wife is a school nurse and we consider this home. As a writer I gravitate towards topics that deal with every day life, the joys, heartaches, frustrations, and just plain silly things we run into everyday. So join me every month and we will laugh, shake our collective heads, and maybe even shed a tear or two. Fair warning there are those that say as I’ve gotten “older” I am a bit grumpy and if you can believe it a tad sarcastic, I’ll let you be the judge, personally I think its just young people misinterpreting me. I will admit to struggling a bit with this first article which way to go: hard hitting current event, feel good local story, maybe little controversy. To be honest I had already penned a piece titled: PICNICKING IN THE PARK WITH FOLKS WITH NOWHERE TO GO AND NO WAY TO GET THERE. Problem is the title is really long and I need more than the little space I have here to discuss the homeless situation so I am going to set that one

aside for another time. I happen to travel a bit for work, so I am sitting in a hotel in Birmingham Alabama thinking about this when I get a text message from a friend of mine in Wisconsin, his son lives in Tampa and has been in a car accident. Fortunately the young man is okay, but his mom and dad are flying in to take care of him and its at this point that I realize how disconnected we have become as a society. I am in Alabama, my wife and two of my children are in PC and my other two are in Seattle; I have a sister in Virginia one in New Mexico and a brother in Columbia South America and most of the folks I know have similar situations, well maybe not a brother in South America but you know what I mean. In this digital world we all manage to stay connected either through text messages, Facebook, or email, but it’s not quite the same as actually being together. So if you are in the same situation I am make sure you make that extra effort to stay connected and if you have the good fortune of having your family around you, well give them an extra hug or something your one of the lucky ones. And now that I think about it, I’ll bet those folks I was going to picnic with in the park have become pretty disconnected from everyone, something to think about. Stay tuned next month I feel a coffee drive through rant coming on... FOCUS MAGA ZINE PL ANT CIT Y MAY 2015

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OME TO FLORIDA THIS SUMMER! “It’s summer in Florida. Long lazy days filled with sunshine, star studded tropical nights, and unsurpassed variety of vacation activities for everyone. Best of all, it’s yours to enjoy, so come soak up some sunshine during your Florida Vacation this year”. …Hayden Burns-Governor of Florida 1965-1967. When I was a young girl back in the 1960’s and our family was planning our summer vacation days, my sister and I squealed with excitement as we looked at colorful brochures of the different choices for fun-filled and exciting attractions to visit here in our beautiful state. We looked at: The Miami Seaquarium, Busch Gardens in Tampa, The Fountain of Youth in St. Augustine, Rainbow Springs, Six-Gun Territory in Ocala for the gun fights, Lowry Park in Tampa, Cypress Gardens in Winter Haven for the Belles and gardens, Tiki Gardens at Indian Rocks Beach, Silver Springs for the glass bottom boats, Weeki Wachee for the underwater Mermaid shows, Sunken Gardens for the beautiful landscapes, and the beaches of Pinellas County. There was not even a notion of: Legoland, Universal Studios, or Walt Disney World. We never dreamed that mile after mile of our Florida swamp land would someday be the home of “The Magic Kingdom”. Our family would usually select four to five tourist attractions to visit during summer. Two of my favorites were: Six-Gun Territory and Sea World. Back in the 1960’s TV shows like: Bonanza,

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Rawhide, Branded, Daniel Boone, Gunsmoke, and The High Chaparral were a favorite on television sets across the country. The Owners/Creators of: Six-Gun Territory hoped to capitalize on the popularity of the Western genre... and it worked!!! They purchased land across the street from Silver Springs in hopes of snagging business from their fellow competitors and boy they did by opening their own theme park based on Disneyland’s FrontierLand. At its peak, 10,000 to 20,000 visitors a day crowded Six-Gun’s Hollywood set-like streets and building for a full day and evening of family fun at this 1880’s Western town “Fun-Tier”. Six-Gun was a G-rated attraction. The only beverage served in a frosty mug was root beer from the Palace Saloon. The Can-Can dancers would pose for snap shots with visitors. So would the deputies, cowpokes, Indians, stage coach drivers, and “Digger the Undertaker”. You could be in a shop looking at plastic Sheriff ’s badges, decorated cups and saucers, postcards, posters, record albums, dolls, hats, t-shirts, playing cards, view master slides, and giant pencils, and all of the sudden you’d hear something going on outside. You’d run out and watch as the deputies ran after bank robbers, then there was a gun fight. It happened several times a day in different places, and it was always a surprise because you didn’t know when to expect it. There were cowboys, and real Indians. There were saloons serving refreshments and entertainment like: singers, piano players, and dancing can-can girls. There was a livery stable, a bank, a jail, a stage coach, and an old-fashioned steam train which took you from the parking lot into the

town itself. If you preferred, a sky-ride carried you to the town instead of the train. I can remember walking through the town at about 5 years old with my parents and sister when all of the sudden a shoot-out took place, the Sheriff shot at a bad guy who was up on the roof of the saloon and everyone watched in amazement as the “bad-guy” dropped to his knees clinching his chest and rolled off the roof hitting the ground. Then the Undertaker named: “Digger” ran over and pronounced the “bad-guy” dead. The cowboys carried him away while some of the “Saloon-Girls” followed behind wiping their tears. WOW!!! That scared the tarnations out- of-me! As-far-as I was concerned, it was time to get out of there, or at least hid behind my Daddy!!! SeaWorld was another up-andcoming tourist spot that our family loved to visit. SeaWorld was billed as: The World’s Largest and Finest Marine Life Park and was just 1 hour from Tampa, was open every day from 9 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. , and one admission price covered all shows and exhibits and had free parking. There was so much to see and do at SeaWorld that it was had to choose which way to go first. There was the Whale and Dolphin Stadium where Shamu the two-ton killer whale performed spectacular feats along with Dolphins that trainers rode bareback. There was the World of the Sea Aquarium which was a 150,000 gallon tank that housed the most exotic fish from around the world. This show offered a special narration by Lloyd Bridges explaning the creation of the Reef. There was the Fountain Fantasy Theatre that took your breath away with a synchronized music, water, and light show. A 400 foot Sky Tower, a Seal and Penguin Stadium, a Dolphin Feeding Pool, a deer park, and my very favorite was the Japanese Village which was a peaceful oriental park-like environment where you could watch pearl diving demonstrations, feed duck and Koi fish, or stroll through beautiful gardens while listening to classical Japanese Koto music. They had wonderful a wonderful gift shop with the most beautiful dolls,

jade and pearl jewelry, tea sets, and authentic kimonos. SeaWorld also had several great restaurants such as: Good Time Charlie’s for Fish-N-Chips, The Captain’s Table for Burgers, Hot Dogs, and Salads, The Japanese Patio Restaurant for Beef Sukiyaki and Sweet and Sour Shrimp, and my favorite: The Hawaiian Punch Pavilion, which was nestled in the back of SeaWorld where you could have a sandwich, a banana split, or sip on an ice-cold Hawaiian Punch drink while watching an animatronic show that Punchy the famous Hawaiian Punch cartoon character along with his friends put on. Some of the delicious family-friendly drinks on the menu were: Hawaiian Punch Fruit Juicy Red, Hawaiian Punch Cherry Royal, Sunshine Orange, Great Grape, Cool Citrus, and Great Grape, all for just 30 cents a glass. If you wanted to really go first class then you ordered an Orange Hawaiian for 55 cents which was a mixture of: Sunshine Orange Punch, bananas, and cream which made this freezing cool drink the most popular and luscious drink offered at SeaWorld. SeaWorld accepted: Master Card, Bank Americard, American Express, and Carte Blanche charge cards throughout the park. Back then we had no idea what the future held for tourism in Florida, we had never seen or heard of a theme park that had over 50 million Lego blocks like Legoland, been transported via a “magic” elevator to an indoor interactive theme park housed in a five-story windowless building like Disney Quest, or been swept into the adventures of Harry Potter and his global phenomenon. What we did know and what we did feel back then was the thrill of watching Shamu the Killer Whale jump 12 feet in the air to ring a bell, the thrust quenching taste of an ice-cold root beer served to you in a frosty mug in the all new air-conditioned Palace Saloon, and the proud moment that no kid would ever forget when the town Sheriff walked up to you and pinned you with an official “Deputy of the Day” badge at Six-Gun Territory.


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to purchase a colored snake that you know is “fake” so it doesn’t confuse you with a real snake when you move it. You can use Plastic Owls too. Losing socks in the dryer? Sometimes they cling to the inside of other garments then the clothes get put away. Safety pin your matched socks together prior to washing them. Then just throw in dryer this actual saves you time as the socks are already matched and ready to be put away. Fabric softer sheets are not just for the dryer. You can place in the bottom of any kitchen garbage can between the bottom of the can and the liner. Your bedroom will smell fresh if you place them on top of your mattress before you place your sheets on the bed. I even place them around the house to freshen up my home. I hope all the Mom’s had a wonderful Mother’s Day and a special Mother’s Day wish to my Mother who is dearly loved and appreciated. Until next time relax, enjoy and be thankful…

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Caesar salads plus a stuffed tomato with homemade chicken or tuna salad while the signature strawberry salad comes with homemade strawberry vinaigrette and is topped with candied walnuts, sliced strawberries, and feta cheese for $6.89. The sides of coleslaw, potato salad, and macaroni salad are also made daily. Homemade soups ($3.19) are chicken vegetable, potato bacon, chicken tortilla, Spanish bean, and chili. Check for the daily specials and offerings. Their special ingredient is lots of LOVE in everything they do making customers a priority. Stacy loves to bake using many recipes passed down for generations plus a few new ones she’s created. Strawberry and the chocolate chunk oatmeal cookies

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Plant City of old photos of Plant City buildings, homes, streets, packing houses, and fields with strawberry pickers from the 1800’s to 1900’s. Homemade fixings are the key to success here. Every sandwich is made personally for each customer using high quality ingredients. Sandwiches are served on your choice of hoagie, wrap, white, wheat, marble rye, Cuban, or croissant. The tasty, turkey avocado wrap is layered with spinach, red onion, avocado, crispy bacon, and feta cheese on a white, wheat, or spinach wrap for $5.99. Also enjoy BLT, Cuban, turkey bacon Cuban, club, Reuben, and pulled pork. Customer Allen Inlow states, “I’ve been coming here once a week for about a year. There are good people here and everyone is nice and sweet. My favorites are the Italian Cuban and the potato bacon soup.” Offering typical chef, garden, Cobb,

Strawberry Town Café 3161 Paul Buchman Hwy 813-704-5907 Monday to Friday 10-5:30 Saturday 11-4 Closed on Sunday are specialties along with brownies, delectable milkshakes including peanut butter Oreo, root beer floats, soft serve ice cream, and seasonal desserts like blueberry dump cake. Expect more delectable treats. The staff and owners of the Strawberry Town Café pride themselves in great customer service with a smile, friendliness, and quality food at a good price. Try Strawberry Town Café soon; you’ll be pleasantly delighted!


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Blueberry Lemon Bites

I think we’re all craving summer at this point. And I crave sweets at all points. But in the Florida heat, it’s not exactly satisfying to eat rich baked goods (unless you’re relishing in the air conditioning of course). However, ice cream doesn’t have to be your go-to dessert. Chocolate chip cookies don’t really scream summer, but light lemony cookies do. These little bite-sized cookies have fresh pops of tart blueberries and a sweet lemon base.

Ingredients 1 cup softened butter 1 cup granulated sugar 2 eggs zest of 1 lemon

3 tbsp lemon juice pinch of salt ½ tsp of baking soda ½ tsp baking powder

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pinch of ginger 3 ¼ cups cake flour 2 pints blueberries 2 tsps vanilla extract

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Beat butter and sugar together until fluffy. Mix in eggs along with lemon juice, zest, and vanilla extract. In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients together. Thoroughly combine the dry and wet ingredients. Carefully fold in the blueberries. Place the dough in the refrigerator and let cool for at least an hour, or overnight. Roll the dough into about tbsp sized balls and place on a lined cookie sheet. Bake for about 12-13 minutes. 86

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1ST ANNUAL PEACH FESTIVAL 8am till 6pm Keel & Curley Winery 5210 Thonotosassa Road U-pick available from 7:00am till 7:00pm. Come out for the very first annual peach festival! Join us for crafts, food, live music, and best of all Peach beer, peach cider, and peach chardonnay! Vendors will be open from 8am to 6pm. Visit www. keelandcurleywinery.com for more information.

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PLANT CITY HISTORY TRIVIA CHALLENGE 7pm @ Plant City Entertainment 101 North Thomas Street Longtime residents get to square off in a competition that shows off their knowledge of the history of our hometown! Be present to cheer them on as they rattle off answers to tough jeopardy style questions. No admission but donations are welcome! Sponsored by Hopewell Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens, Plant City entertainment, and Plant City photo Archives & History Center.

20 WEDNESDAY MERIDITH WILSONS “THE MUSIC MAN” AUDITIONS: Saturday May 23rd @2pm for additional auditions Saturday May 23rd @3pm for call backs! SHOWTIMES: July 17th, 18th, 19th, 23rd, 24th, and 25th

Auditions & performance will take place at 101 N. Thomas St. Plant City Fl 33563 There’s trouble in River City when a fast talking salesman gets his heart stolen by the town librarian. “The Music Man “is family entertainment at its best! Meredith Wilsons six time TONY award winning musical comedy has been entertaining audiences since 1957 and is a story to be shared with every generation! Auditioners are asked to prepare one song to show their vocal range.

25 MONDAY ANNUAL PLANT CITY MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY Noram Mcleod American Legion Post #26 2207 West Baker Street, Plant City, Florida American Legion Post #26 will be hosting their annual Memorial Day Ceremony to honor and show respect to those brave military men and women that have paid the ultimate price for the defense of our great country. You are cordially invited to attend and to participate in the ceremony by placing a wreath or floral offering at the American Legion’s flag pole when you are called during roll call of clubs, organizations and/ or business. After the ceremony lunch will be provided at the American Legion Post. *Please make all notifications to American Legion Post #26 of your intent to participate by May 18th. Do so by calling our post office @ 813-752-8608 and leaving a message or by email response to alpost26@gmail.com

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OBRIENS 3RD ANNUAL CRAWFISH BROIL 1701 S Alexander St, Plant City, FL 33566 (813) 764-8818 Join us for a good ole Louisiana crawfish broil right here at your hometown Obriens! Starting at 2pm while supplies last. THE ART COUNCIL OF PLANT CITY CORDIALLY INVITES “MUSIC OF THE NIGHT” Sunday, June 7th, 2015 @ 4:00pm Plant City Entertainment Theatre 101 N Thomas Street Plant City, Florida 33563 $25.00 per person Enjoy hors d’ oeuvres, wine, refreshments, and a live musical performance featuring Jonathan Davis.

Piano virtuoso and vocalist favorites from every genre with special Guest Emilee Hansom and Rossana Spallino. We are proud to present a Fine Arts Exhibit featuring the works of the Macdonald Training Center artist. A raffle will be held and all proceeds to benefit the Arts Council Scholarship Fund. For reservations or more information, Please contact Cheryl Worsham (813) 973-1770.

20 SATURDAY STRAWBERRY CLASSIC CAR SHOW Historic Downtown Plant City. 4 to 9pm. 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.

JUNE 9-13 2015 SUMMER SOCCER CAMP Location: Otis M Andrews Complex West June 9-13/ Ellis Methin Fields for July & August Ages: 8-18 $125.00 per camper. FC Plant City Technical Director Greg Peterson UEFA and USSF Licensed coach Please contact City of Plant City recreation & Parks Department @ www.plantcitygove.com for more information.

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2015 SUMMER BASKETBALL CLINIC Location: Plant City High school Gym Ages: 6-14 Time: 8am-3pm Registration: $115.00 per camp Dates: June 15-18 Monday- Thursday For more informations please contact William Teeden & Wilt Wilkerson @ 813-944-8727

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FOCUSOBITUARIES Terry “Strawberry� Bane, 53, formerly of Plant City died April 18, 2015 in Kentucky. Born September 8, 1961 in Tampa, Florida. Surviving are his mother, Betty Cooper; wife, Laura Ann Bane; son, Terry Bane, II; brothers, Carl

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Robert Bane and Allen Bane; nephews, Paul and Christopher Bane. Strawberry was a truck driver for many years. He enjoyed model trains, going out to eat, and spending time with family and friends. Strawberry really enjoyed making people laugh and pulling pranks. He will truly be missed by

many. The family will be having private services.

Barbara Jean Grimes, 78, of Plant City passed away May 1, 2015 at Community Care Center. A native of Chicago, Illinois, she was the daughter of the late Herman Pittelkow and Bernice Gunderson.

Survivors include her son Troy Karr; siblings, Jack, Ralph, Dick, Candy, Carol Ann, Joyce, Jaquelyn. The family will be having private services. Online condolences may be left for the family at www. haughtfuneralhome.com.


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