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CONTENTS June 2015 | Volume 14 Issue 6 | focusplantcity.com

18 Local There’s so much going on in Plant City. From the always anticipated Memorial Day Celebration to the first annual Peach Festival at Keel and Curley Winery, Plant City residents don’t have to go far to have a great time with family and friends this summer. Also check out our latest People of Plant City column to learn more about your fellow neighbors.

43 Feature: 2015 Valedictorians High schools across the nation can bestow no greater honor to a graduate than the title of valedictorian. And to Plant City’s high school valedictorians, earning the esteemed designation indicated that their hard work throughout their high school careers paid off entirely. How did they do it? FOCUS Magazine was able to interview each valedictorian to discover their secrets and learn a little more about their future ambitions.

62 Business: Hydraulic Hose & Cylinder, Inc. Hydraulic Hose & Cylinder, Inc. is a company that supplies hydraulic hoses, hydraulic cylinders, and other hydraulic engineering parts for many applications and is proud to be celebrating 20 years of service to retail industrial and commercial customers in Hillsborough, Polk and Pasco counties. Owner, Glenn Callis and his technically skilled staff of six invite folks to stop in and view the impressive layout, industrial equipment and extensive inventory.

84 Dining: Krystals Krystal’s original founders felt people would want to come to a clean restaurant that maintained courteous service, and a good meal at a fair price. The Krystal name came to being because the founder’s wife admired how crystal clean the restaurant was maintained. Read about Krystals Plant City location in this month’s dining review.

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LETTER FROM THE

PUBLISHER School’s out, and for my sons Zane and Zy, that final school bell always means summer is officially here. Like every other student in our community, they are thrilled for the break in routine and more time to relax with friends and family. We understand most teachers and school administrators feel the same way, too! Our June issue of Focus always represents the “midyear milestone” and reminds us of the importance of education. As we publish the photos of graduating seniors, along with the inspiring stories of the local valedictorians, we remember how quickly those school years zoom by. And once again, the wisdom in those valedictorians’ words has impressed and encouraged us, enough to know our future is in good hands. A book title from Tyndale House Publishers caught my attention recently, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since. I researched to discover the interesting history of Just 18 Summers® and its author, Michelle Cox. On the book’s website she wrote, “During a Sunday church service, my pastor prayed with a couple who were dedicating their infant son to God. As they turned to walk off the platform, Rev. Sexton said

these words, “Don’t forget—you have just 18 summers. Take time to make some memories.” Those words birthed her book and I understand now a feature film may be in the works as well. Although I haven’t read the book yet, I‘ll definitely see summers in a different sense. And now I’m on a mission to make the best of those remaining carefree months with my boys. Among other June stories are the 1st Annual Peach Festival at Keel & Curley Winery, Bealsville’s 150th Year Celebration, the “Plant City. Right. Now” economic development forum, and Principal Colleen Richardson’s retirement after 31 years at Plant City High School. As you enjoy this mid-year month with your family, we hope you’ll capture those summer memories in photos and journals. If you time allows, send us a picture and excerpt about one of your adventures, so we can smile along with you. With your permission, we’d even love to share some online! It’s hard to believe that 14 summers have passed already for Focus and that Zane was only 18 months old when we published our first issue. Where did those summers go? We’re thankful, always, that you continue to include reading in your year-round schedule. Because this we know: Without your support, there would be no us.

Dr. Brenda Dukes Chiropractic Physician

Acetaminophen Ineffective in Reducing Back Pain Commonly Overdosed, Study Shows

Mounting evidence against acetaminophen, sold under common brand names like Tylenol: a recently released report in the prestigious British Medical Journal shows it's ineffective for reducing pain intensity, disability or improving short-term quality of life for those with low back pain. Nonetheless, the drug is widely used in an attempt to relieve symptoms - and it's one of the most commonly overdosed substances in the world. Sixty-thousand Americans end up in the hospital every year due to overdose, and several hundred die. Overdose can cause liver failure. In discussing the report, Dr. Gerald Clum, spokesperson for the foundation for Chiropractic Progress, states: “While many people with back pain traditionally turned to acetaminophen as the first option for pain relief, this new report... is changing public perception and use of this drug.” The study’s conclusion came following the review of 13 studies that looked at which treatment alleviated lower back pain and arthritis. In addition to finding acetaminophen ineffective, the researchers recommended managing pain through exercise and stretching. “Mounting evidence confirms that early use of Chiropractic care for pain management generates optimal patient outcomes," Dr. Clum adds, citing a statement from the American College of Physicians that spinal manipulation is the most effective treatment for acute and chronic low back pain.

Special Note:

On June 21, 2015 is Father's Day on behalf of our office we Pray a special Blessing to all our fathers, grandfathers, and all our men. Blessings Dr. Dukes & Staff

Dr. Brenda Dukes • Chiropractic Physician 752-2524 • 2401 Walden Woods Dr. • Plant City, FL 33566

Dr. Dukes encourages you to write her with any questions concerning chiropractic care. Warmest Regards, Mike Floyd

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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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“Tecca Kilmer, P.E. team leader at Turkey Creek, began this exciting yearly event 12 years ago.”

Maddison Seguin running the final leg of the torch run.

OLYMPIC DAY AT TURKEY CREEK MIDDLE SCHOOL

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very year, the entire student body at Turkey Creek Middle School, gets excited for the annual Olympic Day. Lots of planning and preparation goes into this exciting day. Tecca Kilmer, P.E. team leader at Turkey Creek, began this exciting yearly event 12 years ago. When explaining her idea of Olympic Day, Kilmer said, , “Olympic Day started because I wanted to have an event that embraced the ideals of the Olympic Creed (values I respect and try to teach the kids) and helped teach American Pride (making sure our students know we live in the greatest country and not to take things for granted).” Other members of the P.E. team that helped in carrying out the duties of this special day this year are Marcy Beck, Kim Gerlich, Shane Rawlins, and Ira Shaw. Hillsborough County Sherriff officers and active members of the Air Force from MacDill and U.S. Military Veterans on staff at Turkey Creek took 18

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part in the opening ceremonies. About 125 student athletes followed in making their way to the field. Durant High School color guard presented the colors during the National Anthem. They even included the running of the Olympic torch. Students, Denver Trovanavich, Kayla Swinson, and Madison Seguin passed the torch to area director, Jerry Jackson for the lighting of the cauldron. The Games were declared to begin by Dan Raulerson of the Florida House of Representatives. Abby Shaw read the Olympic creed, “The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part. Just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.” The competition began with events that included the shot put, basketball, archery, long jump, bocce ball and the 100, 200, 400, and 800 meter runs. When the events were over, gold, silver,

and bronze medals were presented on the podium by members of the Air Force to each winner. The closing ceremony included an event where teachers battled by grade level against each other. This year 7th grade won represented by Brian Lindecamp and Angela Doucette. The presentation of the Heart of a Champion award went to Joel Santamaria. The day ended the way it has every year for the last 12 years. While the song “Proud to be an American” by Lee Greenwood played, 100 red, white, and blue balloons were released. It seems nothing was left out of this special day. The students received a funfilled Olympic experience…one they will never forget. This is definitely a Turkey Creek Middle School tradition that is enjoyed every year.


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THE BEALSVILLE COMMUNITY AT 150 YEARS! BY GIL GOTT

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n June 2015 the Bealsville Community looks back at its 150year history since its founding in 1865. A wonderful four-day celebration has been planned featuring activities for young and old starting Thursday, June 26, and running through Sunday, June 28. General registration of $40 for adults and $30 for children (6-12) (special discounts for multiple children) covers all activities except special events such as a bazaar booth, golfing, bowling, or the gala, and includes a souvenir T-shirt. For additional information about the Bealsville 150th Year Celebration visit the website www.bealsville.com or call Bealsville Inc. at the Glover School (813) 737-1352.

Celebrating the Legacy of the Bealsville Community The Bealsville community outside Plant City is unique in American history for the way it was organized and it pre-dates the City itself. Born in Georgia, Peter Dexter, one of the founders of Bealsville, moved to eastern Hillsborough County in the late 1840s to work the plantations. When the

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Hancock, Berry, Hamilton, Branch, Wilder, and Howell Plantations freed their slaves in 1865, a number of families remained on the Howell lands to plan their future settlement. Those twelve original families were: Peter Dexter, Bryant Horton, Roger Smith, Robert Story, Isaac Berry, Mills Holloman, Samuel McKinney, Mary Riddick, Jerry Stephens, Neptune Henry, Steven Allen, and Abe Segenger. Dexter, who had acquired surveying skills, and Smith, Stephens, Reddick, and Horton searched for and selected prospective home sites and, through the Southern Homestead Act of 1866, families were able to homestead property ranging from 40 to 160 acres. The community, which was originally called Howell’s Creek, and later Alafia, founded Antioch Baptist Church in 1868 and almost immediately set up a school within it, with William Glover procuring the first teacher. The land for the church, school, and a cemetery was donated by Alfred Beal and in 1923 the community was named Bealsville in his honor. Beal was also noteworthy for setting a precedent of keeping Bealsville property in the hands of local families. If

a property owner defaulted on mortgage or tax payments, Beal would buy the property and sell it back to residents in smaller parcels. With its traditional focus on education, the black community of Bealsville built a one-room schoolhouse, Antioch School, in 1873. Unable to get the School District to build a new school, in 1932 Bealsville residents raised $1,000 and William Glover donated ten acres of land for the school. This time the School District said yes, and a three-room wood-frame building was constructed in 1933, and was named the William Glover School the following year. The school was expanded in 1945 and again in 1949; the Glover School then included four separate structures.

The Glover School, a “Strawberry School” until 1962, has held a special spot for many in the Bealsville community over the years, and served the black community until 1972, when it became a sixth grade center, serving both black and white children. Over time, the old school became obsolete and was closed in 1980; in 1981 it was donated back to the community, whose area residents had formed a non-profit organization, Bealsville, Inc., to preserve it. Today the Bealsville Glover School sits proudly on Horton Road as an historical site, just a short distance southeast of Plant City. Sources: Bealsville Community 150th Birthday Celebration materials, Bealsville Inc.; Hillsborough County Historic Resources Survey Report; Quintilla Geer Bruton and David E. Bailey, Jr., Plant City; Its Origin and History.

Here is the planned schedule: Thursday, June 25 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM Glover School, 5104 Horton Road, Plant City, FL 33567 Reception and Opening Ceremony Registration and Meet & Greet (snacks & refreshments) Friday, June 26 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM - Diamond Hill Golf Club 13115 Sydney Road, Dover 33527, (813) 689-7219 Golf Outing ($50 per person includes golf and prizes) 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM - Glover School Heritage Festival: BBQ Cook-Off (Booth fee $25) Vendors and Storytelling 5:30 PM - Glover School Community Fish Fry 7:30 PM - Family Bowl Lanes 2250 US HWY 92 East, Plant City 33563, (813) 752-7721 Family Bowling ($80 per group of 4; includes pizza & prizes) 8:00 PM - Bealsville Recreation Center, 5009 Nesmith Road Youth Dance (8th – 12th grades) Saturday, June 27 10:00 AM – 3:30 PM - Bealsville Rec Center – Heritage Festival Heritage Walk: Glover School, 5104 Horton Road to Bealsville Recreation Center, 5009 Nesmith Road Reenactment Presentation 7:00 PM - Florida Strawberry Festival – TECO Expo Hall 2301 West Oak Avenue, Plant City, 33563, (813) 752.9194 Celebrating the Legacy Birthday Gala presented by Publix $35 per person; Black Tie Optional Sunday, June 28 10:30 AM - Bealsville Recreation Center Community Church Service (meal served)


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THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE BUD LEE BY HEATHER DAVIS

In honor of the passing of Bud Lee on June 11th we at FOCUS are reprinting the article that was written and published while he was still alive January of this year. This article and the pictures that accompanied are the last written interview that was done before the passing of Bud Lee. We at FOCUS along with the community of Plant City recognize and respect the great artist, father, and person that he was. Here is to your next adventure Bud Lee! “Early this morning my dad, Bud Lee, picture maker, moved onto his next assignment. The wild, wonderful world of Bud Lee will live on.” Thomas Lee Mr. Lee is survived by his wife, Peggy; children, Charlotte, Steckley, Parker and Thomas Lee; and grandchildren, Ryah,

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ost artists dream of someday making it big and becoming wildly successful in their art form. Although for many that dream may not become a reality, Plant City is home to a local artist who’s business card once read, Plant City, New York, Paris. Photographer Bud Lee made a

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Iba, Eleanor, Madoc and Jack. A service will be held July 11 at the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts, 400 N. Ashley Drive. Family visitation will be at 5 p.m. The service will be at 6 p.m. In Lieu of flowers Bud Lee’s family requests donations be made to The Artist and Writers Group to help fund his archive and the effort to promote his work. Checks should be written to the Artist and Writers Group, earmarked Bud Lee, and mailed to Steckley Lee, 1001 Pinedale Dr. Plant City, FL 33563. A Paypal account is pending and will be linked to his FaceBook page and webpage. The Artist and Writers Group is a 501 c-3 and all donations are tax deductible. Many thanks to everyone for their outpouring of love and support!

name for himself in the 1960’s-70’s as a world renowned and highly recognized freelance photographer for Esquire, Harpers Bazaar, Town & Country, Rolling Stone, The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and Life Magazine as well as numerous other publications. Bud Lee got his start while in the U.S. Army

working as a photojournalist for the Stars & Stripes. In 1966 the Department of Defense and National Press Photographers Association named him U.S. Military Photographer of the Year. This led to a job as a photojournalist with Life Magazine where during the summer of 1967 Lee captured an image during

the civil rights movement of a young boy who was caught in cross fire as a police officer shot a looter. This image became the cover of Life Magazine, July 1967, Lee’s first. In the early seventies, Lee was awarded a National Endowment for Arts grant which led him to begin the Artist Filmmaker in the Schools program in Tampa. During this time, Lee met his wife and started a family. Bud expresses it best by saying “The best thing that ever happened to me was moving to Plant City, I was always running around and Plant City became home.” Bud was instrumental in being the driving force behind the Tampa art scene and founded the Artists and Writers Trust and the Florida Photographers Workshop. In 2003 Bud suffered from a severe stroke that left his left side paralyzed. As a result he is being cared for in a local nursing home here in Plant City. Although no longer actively pursuing art and photography as in the past, Bud has not let his circumstances hinder him from creating art altogether. Within his room, the four walls he calls home, Bud has colorful paintings he creates using oil pastels adorning his walls. Sketchbooks full of quotes and poetry containing thoughts and feelings are stacked upon his bed. Where once Bud found inspiration traveling the world and visiting museums and galleries, Bud has had to find inspiration closer to home and within the family and friends that visit him. Today Bud’s greatest joy is seeing his grandchildren and watching them grow up. Although Bud’s life has narrowed down considerably compared to what it was he still finds so much joy in creating art and sharing and giving his art to others. When asked what does he still have left to do, Bud replied he would like to have an autobiography written about him titled; “The Good, The Bad, The Bud Lee”, which sounds just about right. Bud Lee continues to periodically participate in shows that display his photography in locations such as at the Florida Photography Museum in Tampa. And, if you happen to be lucky enough to visit him around lunch time let me let you into a little secret, “sushi is his favorite food.”


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PLANT CITY. RIGHT. NOW. ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FORUM HIGHLIGHTS OUR BRIGHT FUTURE BY CHERYL JOHNSTON

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hanks to the Plant City Economic Development Forum held May 6 at the Trinkle Center, approximately 400,000 residents within a 12-mile radius should be overjoyed with all the new development and employment opportunities in our area. The promotional collaboration partnered the City of Plant City, the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce, and the Tampa Hillsborough Economic Development Corporation (THEDC). “We are proud to be a part of showcasing Plant City and sharing what’s on the horizon as it’s poised for 24

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smart and sustainable growth,” offered Yvonne Fry of Fryed Egg Productions. “It’s an exciting period with strong and visionary leadership committed to growing job opportunities while maintaining the special attributes of our town. Plant City is Right! Now!” Fry and her staff welcomed guests with a photo shoot and interview area so developers could share their plans on camera. For an impressive peek at our city’s future, don’t miss the engaging video presentations from the forum at plantcityrightnow.com. David Sullivan, Senior Executive VP of Platinum Bank, another title sponsor,

was especially pleased with the turnout. “We were hoping for 75-80 attendees in the real estate and property development industries,” he said, “and we’re thrilled when more than 200 came to learn of the progress Plant City is experiencing.” Mayor Rick Lott moderated the “showcase on the virtues of Plant City and why folks should live, work, and move here.” Compliments from Gordon Gillette, President of Tampa Electric and Peoples Gas, along with Robert Beltran, Executive Director of the South West Florida Water Management District acknowledged the preparations for growth already in place. THEDC Business Development Manager/Plant City liaison Adam Myers presented impressive statistics in his “Why Plant City” overview of developers’ and industries’ attraction to the area. Along with convenient transportation for products and services, a skilled work force can receive training at four local high schools, nearby colleges and a career resource center. With the convergence of the railroad’s “S” and “A” lines, two general aviation air centers, the nationally renowned Tampa International Airport, Port Tampa Bay, and interstate highway proximity, Plant City’s plentiful acreage is perfectly situated with the infrastructure to support tremendous business and residential growth. Couple those advantages with the community’s public safety programs, low crime rate, lovely parks, strong recreation program, top-ranked hospital and medical community, thriving downtown and the convenience of the 13th Judicial Circuit Court, and it’s no wonder folks are eager to claim Plant City as “Home Sweet Home.” Dr. Martyn Clay, President of Hillsborough Community College— Plant City Campus, detailed HCC’s many programs to train future employees for the specialized trades required in development work. Video presentations and representatives profiled companies such as Star Distribution, Highland Packaging Solutions, James Hardie Industries, Toufayan Bakeries and Gerdau Ameristeel. Each illustrated how Plant City’s location, labor force, and the

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The thriving Plant City community provides •

Solid infrastructure

Room for growth

Commerce-welcoming hometown atmosphere

An integral part of the global marketplace with: •

Strategic location on the I-4 tech corridor

Between the Tampa, Lakeland, Orlando metropolitan areas

Alongside a network of U.S. highways, state roads, and rail lines

Perfect location for manufacturing and distribution ventures

Cargo facilities

3 nearby international airports

3 regional airports

Port Tampa

city’s support have contributed to their success. City Manager Mike Herr encouraged, “We are garnering attention because Plant City is sending a message to the private sector that we are open for business!” He continued, “Our City is situated along the I-4 corridor between the two great markets of Lakeland and Tampa. Our city team is ready to facilitate, not regulate, our customers! We offer expedited permitting, a low tax rate, and moderate user fees as we continue to welcome new business opportunities. “ Of Herr’s leadership, Sullivan related: “He’s not a sit-behind-the-desk type of manager and is widely recognized for his economic growth contributions in Lakeland and Polk County. He understands business development and


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helps make it happen.” Bob Appleyard of Transcend Development shared news of the Lakeside Station Logistics Park, another title sponsor. Phase One of the mixed use project’s approximately 1,400 acres, zoned CU for Light Industrial/ Commercial/Residential, is already underway, with parcels available for 200,000 to 1,000,0000 square foot factories, warehouses, or distribution centers. Situated less than five minutes from I-4 via Park Road, the CSX Railroad tracks on the property’s northern border offer another convenient advantage. Other major developments in the works include Varrea, North Park Isles, Midtown Plant City, and Central Florida

Development’s newest projects. John Dicks presented our agricultural industry as an economic driver, with panel members Gary Wishnatzki (Wish Farms,) Ryan Keel (Keel and Curley Winery), and Kenneth Parker (Florida Strawberry Growers Association). Lott concluded the half-day event with compliments to City Commissioners for their “courage to move forward with this vision.” Citing the “Plant City. Right. Now” campaign as a “kick off,” he invited all attendees: “Begin to be engaged in our future.” And from the smiling, energized business professionals as they departed, the consensus seemed, “Our very near future is looking brighter every day!”

“With local and regional agencies and service providers that partner with growing companies wishing to build or relocate in our area, Plant City is poised for growth in Manufacturing, Distribution/Logistics, and Agriculturerelated industries.”

The Greater Plant City Region provides:

We are Plant City! •

Population: 37, 841

Median Age: 34.09

Median Household Income: $46,580

Labor Force: 17,957

1-Year Job Growth Rate: 25.3%

1,070,000 people live within a 20-mile radius of Plant City.

A labor pool of over 520,000 workers

Nearly 18,000 employees in production occupations

Another 21,000 employees in Transportation & Material Moving

Talent Pipeline •

The region is home to nearly 80 colleges, universities & technical schools, such as: University of South Florida

University of Tampa

Hillsborough Community College

Southeastern University

Florida Southern College

Polk State College

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entertainment by Bully for You band. “Especially popular was the trailer pulled by the farms John Deere Tractor,” Mottaz continues. U-pick blueberries, blackberries and peaches were offered as well. Bully for You played a great variety of music. “It was great to see entire families up and dancing on the deck at Keel and Curley,” Alana Hayes commented. The Blueberry Festival at Keel and Curley has always been a hit, but the Peach Festival now follows closely behind. Keel and Curley was thrilled at the success of this first annual event. Next year promises to be even more successful. More accommodations will be added to allow for a greater turnout. “The lines for the ride to the Peach Orchard were a little long, so we will be hiring more transportation next year. We will also have a Kidzone and more vendors. More people attended than we

anticipated; always a good problem to have.” The second annual peach festival will be held towards the middle of May 2016. “It’s really up to Mother Nature,” Mottaz informs. Ryan Keel, co-owner of Keel and Curley, will keep an eye on the peaches and determine when the time is ripe. “We are also planning our Bier Fest November 7, Winery to the Rescue December 5 and our Ninth Annual Blueberry Festival in April 2016.” “Keel and Curley and Two Henrys Brewery employees would like to thank the community for helping us to make this one of the best years ever! We appreciate the support!” Keel and Curley Farms is located at 5210 Thonotosassa Rd, Plant City, 33565. For more information, contact 813-752-9100 or visit www. keelandcurleywinery.com.

FIRST ANNUAL KEEL AND CURLEY PEACH FESTIVAL HELD MAY 16

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n Saturday May 16, the First Annual Peach Festival drew citizens from all over Plant City to taste of the sweet delights found in Keel and Curley’s newest grown crop: peaches.

“Our festival was a huge hit. Plant City and the surrounding area is full of the greatest residents,” explains Lucerne Mottaz of Keel and Curley. Forty five vendors were featured at this event, along with food and beverages, and

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he Arts Council of Plant City will be presenting a live musical performance at the Plant City Entertainment Theater, located at 101 North Thomas Street, on Saturday June 7th at 4:00pm. “Music of the Night,” an annual summer concert put on by the Arts Council, will feature piano virtuoso and vocalist, Johnathan Davis with special guests Emilee Hansom and Rossana Spallino. Johnathan, who is blind and autistic has been playing piano since he was 9 years old. With a repertoire of a variety of music, Johnathan loves preforming and interacting with the audience. It is said that he can play any song and knows the lyrics too. Emile Hansom will be mesmerizing the attendees with her violin and piano playing while Opera singer Rossana Spallino will be serenading all. The Arts Council of Plant City promotes visual and performing arts in the Plant City area. They put on three concerts a year to raise funds for scholarships and other charitable causes like field trips for underpriveldged kids and sponsoring art and dance teachers

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in schools. By doing work with the Macdonald Center, a training center for adults with disabilities, that has headquarters in Tampa and operates James Ranch in Plant City, they meet an array of people with many talents. Thanks to that connection we will be able to see our town’s very own, Johnathan Davis headlining this wonderful fund raising event. At $25 a person, you will enjoy a night of great music while being served heavy hors d’ oeuvres, wine and refreshments. There will be a Fine Arts exhibit on display as well featuring works from various Macdonald Training Center Artists. A raffle will be held with the opportunity to win a one of a kind piece to take home. As it will serve as a beautiful reminder of the great work going on in Plant City. All proceeds go to benefit the Arts Council Scholarship fund. A fund that has awarded $150,000.00 since it started in the early 1970’s. For reservations and more information, please contact the Arts Council’s music programs chairwoman, Cheryl Worsham (813) 973-1770.


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op Shelf Sports Bar & Grill on E. Reynolds Street may have just opened its doors in 2014, but at their one-year anniversary they are already making their mark as a community establishment. When giving back to our communities, we often look first to the causes that have been brought to our own doorsteps. For Top Shelf owners Lawrence and Zee Brown, that cause is autism. Based on their own personal experiences with family and friends that have hit close to home, the Browns are determined to make a difference in the daily and lifelong struggles that autistic people and their families face. It is estimated that more than 1 in 68 people are diagnosed on the autism spectrum. Autism Spectrum Disorder is a rather new category under which a number of distinct developmental and psychiatric diagnoses that affect social and communicative abilities have been grouped together. While some links to genetics and environmental factors have been made, the research is still out on the causes of these disorders. This is an important reason that funding is so important. Additionally, while there is no cure for autism, there are so many programs dedicated to improving the quality of life

of those diagnosed. The Browns wanted to put a positive spin on their campaign for awareness of autism. Ushering in Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Lightning cheerleaders, along with other prominent figures of the community, Top Shelf held what they expect to be an annual “Cheer for Autism” all day event on Saturday, May 23. In addition to meeting the cheerleaders, patrons received door prizes and giveaways, including a three day, two night trip to the Tropicana Resort and Casino in Las Vegas! A portion of all proceeds was donated to Tampabased Warriors for Autism. Warriors for Autism provides services and resources for “enlightening, empowering, and enriching” the lives of those affected by autism spectrum disorders The organization partners with other local community organizations such as horse camps and martial arts academies to provide specialized programs for autistic children. For more information about Top Shelf Sports Bar & Grill, please call (813)704-6994 or visit www.topshelfsportsbarandgrill.com/ For more information on Warriors for Autism, please visit warriorsforautism.org/

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THIRTY YEARS AND COUNTING

FOR A LOCAL BUSINESS AT THE TOP BY KELINA NELSON

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idWorks, located in Plant City on Turkey Creek Road, recently celebrated 30 years of being in the business of innovative lid design and production at their company picnic held on May 30th. With clients like Tropical Smoothie and Foam Aroma, LidWorks designs and produces cup lids that are suitable for either cold or hot beverages. At the top of their game in marketing and working to build quality partnerships with their clients, LidWorks will work to find just the right way to show off your product with eye catching labeling embossed on the lid or in Tropical Smoothies case, a clear lid, that not only shows you the name of the company but how fresh the product is that you are drinking. You don’t get through 30 years of business by accident or even by that rare stroke of good luck. LidWorks has proven that with hard work and continuing innovative ideas as well as efficient engineering, a cup lid company in a small

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town can succeed and succeed well. If a good company is the sum of it’s parts, then it is absolutely no doubt that the employees at LidWorks are hard working and creative individuals. Many of whom we call neighbors and friends, go to work every day, creating a cup lid perfect for the beverage, company and customer they are working so closely with. With many awards and recognitions, LidWorks continues to be the best at what they do. Proving once again, Plant City is adorned with many jewels. With companies like LidWorks leading the way in their profession, we’re lucky to have them and the career opportunities they provide to our neighbors. So the next time you snap a lid on top of your morning to-go coffee just think, that lid could have come from right around the corner. For more information on LidWorks go to www.lid-works.com or give them a call at 888-752-557


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SING OUT LOUD TALENT SHOW

PRESENTED BY NRG BY CHERYL JOHNSTON

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First place Elementary School winner Giselle Guttierez, 10, was also voted “Fan Favorite” for her performance of “Little Talks” in the Sing Out Loud talent show.

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age-division winners Giselle Gutierrez (Elementary and Fan Favorite), Jackson Geach (Middle School), and Benji Padgett (High School) each won a two-hour recording session with NRG’s expertise. Three Hillsborough County school music teachers served as judges: Tausha Honey, La Gretta Snowden and PCHS choir director Nathan Drawdy. Other entrants, in appearance order, included: Marissa Steiner, Jewelia Leon, Zachary Pillai, Dallas Baker, Serena Scott, Cheyenne Cramer, Madison Davis, Shelby Goss, Brandon Cunningham, Tionna Damani, Abbie Hillary, and Xavier Heath. NRG has performed choreographed song and dance routines locally at numerous charity events, festivals and schools over the last five years. They’ve also written/recorded their own music, created a music video, appeared in New York City in Feather and worked in North Carolina on the film, An Evergreen Christmas. Yvonne Fry established the community-minded NRG when son Arie and his friends were sixth graders to provide more positive performance opportunities. Today, students from kindergarten through high school age practice regularly at NRG’s own performance school in Plant City’s historic Lee Building. Those now 16-year-old high school sophomores will shift focus to college preparation, but their NRG legacy continues. “By helping younger performers develop talent, stage presence, and selfconfidence, the originals invested time, energy and experience into the group’s future,” said Fry. NRG has garnered solid support from locals. “In addition to vocal, dancing and speaking skills, our ‘radical’ brand emphasizes good citizenship, personal responsibility, and commitment,” shared Fry. “People will remember talent, but they always remember character more.” For more information about joining the family, e-mail NRG administrator Taylor Baker – tbaker@radgeneration.com


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ummer is here and parents everywhere will soon be bombarded with those two little dreaded words ….. “I’m Bored!” or “I have nothing to do.” Be prepared with an arsenal of Free and Low Cost Family Fun Activities happening locally. Studies have proven children don’t fully retain their academic skills over the summer, unless they use the information obtained throughout that school year, while on summer vacation. To prevent summer educational regression, your family can participate in a weekly event at the Bruton Memorial Library. Every Wednesday from 4pm-5pm. Children of all ages can read one on one with a Therapy Dog named Bonnie. Students can also receive free gifts and books through the Hillsborough County Library Summer Program. www.hcplc.org/hcplc/events/ or Call: Youth Service (813)757-9215 ext. 24 www.facebook.com/ BrutonMemorialLibrary Barnes and Nobles Summer Reading program offers free books to students in grades 1-6. freebies.about.com/od/ familyfreestuff/p/barnes-noblesummer-reading.htm

Pottery Barn offers students free gifts and books through their Summer Reading Club. freebies.about.com/od/summerreading-program/p/pottery-barnsummer-reading-challenge.htm truecouponing.com/free-summerreading-programs-kids/, your child can receive free gifts. Reward your children and grandchildren, while enjoying the air conditioned comfort of your local movie theatre without breaking the bank. The link below list several theatres locally that offer free or small fee admission tickets for children movies throughout the summer. Each theatre offers different movie titles. truecouponing.com/free-summermovies-low-1/ Maybe your family prefers physical activities, such as golf or bowling. Receive free admission to local golf and bowling places throughout the state. truecouponing.com/free-bowlingsummer-register-now/ whatsdoingtampabay.com/2015/05/ free-summer-fun-2015/ Banish the “I’m Bored” words from your house this summer by using the attached links for lots of fun and educational activities for the whole family. Have a safe and enjoyable summer! FOCUS MAGA ZINE PL ANT CIT Y JUNE 2015

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and Cecil Everidge with Chief Judge J. Myrle Henry “had way too much fun squeezing the bicycle horn” when contestants answered incorrectly. Polly Wiggins and Karen Wyckoff served as tellers with official timekeeper Bill Thomas. Upon arrival, contestants drew for places to form evenly matched teams as follows: #1: Captain, Gail Lyons; Marsha Passmore, Al Berry, Lee Williams. #2: Captain, Felix Haynes; David Sollenberger, Bob Edwards, David Miller. #3: Captain, Rick Lott; Jack Gibbs, Terry Ballard, Hugh Gramling. #4: Captain, Michael Cameron; Mike Sparkman, Paul Hetrick, Mac Smith. Although Team #1 had the

History Trivia Challenge Al Berry, Gail Lyons, Lee Williams, Marsha Passmore

1ST ANNUAL PLANT CITY HISTORY TRIVIA CHALLENGE

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staff and other volunteers, organized the event. Those volunteers included Dodie White, Jim Black, Sandy Black, Bill Carr, Marcia Drayer, and Ed Bozeman Contestants studied in advance from two books: Plant City; Its Origin and History, by Quintilla Geer Bruton and David E. Bailey, Jr; and Remembering Plant City: Tales from the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World, by Gilbert Gott. They also gleaned information from In The Field magazine and The Courier and Plant City Times & Observer newspapers. After a moment of silence to honor the memory of Hilman Bowden, a brief business meeting followed. Gil Gott moderated the contest, program coordinator Shelly Drummond kept everyone on track, and in Vanna White style, Kim Hamilton handled the game board, numbers, and questions. According to more than one audience member associate judges Coleman Davis

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distinction of answering the only 5-point question, ultimately Library Director Tonda Morris recognized Team #4 as victors. The name engraved trophy will be displayed at the library. Marsha Passmore hopes the “great first time event for the library,” will becomes an annual event. I love the being part of the future history of Plant City,” shared Gail Lyons. “Plus it was fun and educational. One funny moment came over a baseball question we are still objecting! As an officer on the Friends’ Board, I really appreciate all who attended the membership meeting. Our Library has so much to offer to Plant City and deserves the community’s support.” Donations to Friends of the Library are always welcome, too!


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POET, ADVENTURER

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hen Morgan Davis, author, poet, singer, songwriter left Plant City last June 4th, his plan was to tour 13 states, busking and selling his books. “That’s crazy,” people told him. Morgan was able to well surpass his goal of 13 states and ended up visiting 44 states in 5 ½ months. “The next thing you know I’ve hit 25 states, and then it’s 35, and before I finished it’s 44 states.” said Morgan. 44 states in 5 ½ months. Morgan left Plant City with $800.00 On the road he sold and bartered copies of his books “The Prescribed Life” series. Morgan also collected tips from busking on the streets playing acoustic covers of bands like the Lumineers and Old Crow Medicine Show, in cities like Nashville. Sometimes, those he met tipped him with bus tickets or rides to the next state. As a singer and songwriter, Morgan also writes his own original songs. His songs are statements and stories. From the song “Illusion” by Morgan Davis, you can hear lines such as “a

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wrecked motorcycle split personality in pavement. I guess an urge to roam outweighed a family at home. Just to make a statement. Is it worth an illusion at the end of the day? Are we seeking inclusion or a getaway?” “It sounds a lot like a Jimi Hendrix song” said Morgan. During our interview “Hey Joe” was on the jukebox. I asked Morgan who is only 23, “is Hendrix something you grew up listening to all your life or somebody you discovered later on?” “Nah, just recently” he replied. Once again Morgan has hit the road and left Plant City on June 4th to visit the final 6 states and along the way revisit some now familiar places. From the mind of a 23 year old, it will be interesting to hear his stories and perspectives on life outside of Plant City when he comes home. When Morgan returns, you will be seeing him once again on Collins Street in front of Miss Ruby’s, just before the intersection of Reynolds St.


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Janet Henderson is an artist whether she is creating a new Mexican or Thai dish, photographing a blue heron, or working on her computer. Janet worked at Allan Aircraft for their quality control program. She is proficient in computers and even created a program to scan over blueprints to Lockheed and McDonnell Douglas that they still use today. She has always enjoyed cooking for her family. The biggest benefactors of her love of and abilities in the kitchen are her husband, Tommy, and their two grown children; son Brian and daughter Sarah. They have one grandson, twelve year old, Brandon. How did you learn to cook? It was mostly trial and error until I joined Allrecipes.com. It’s something I’ve always enjoyed doing so I worked at it. What is Allrecipes.com? Allrecipes.com is a cooking website. You can find just about anything you want about cooking there; recipes you thought you’d never find, what to make with the ingredients you have in your pantry, 38 JUNE 2015 focusplantcity.com

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or how to make your favorite dishes better. A friend told me about Allrecipes Allstars so I applied for that and was accepted. What is an Allstar? An Allstar is an Ambassador for the Allrecipes website. We promote different sponsors on Allrecipes. com by using the sponsor’s product in recipes. Then we post photos, rate and review the dish. How have you benefitted by being an Allstar? The friendships I’ve made from all across the country has been the biggest benefit by far. There’s a conference once a year where you can meet a lot of other women and men with an interest in cooking. This year the conference is in NYC. We have contests where we can win some cool prizes. Once a month a gift box arrives at my house from the Allrecipes site or from one of the sponsors. I’ve received everything from a stand mixer to measuring spoons. You never know what’s coming. It’s amazing to think that I’m doing something I love and being rewarded for it. Do you enjoy baking as well? I love to bake. I’m baking a Key Lime Pie this week because it’s my husband’s favorite. What are your other interests? I enjoy photography. I take mostly wildlife photos and photos of the food I make for Allrecipes. I do hope to be a better blogger and explore the opportunities there.

GEORGE BANNING George Banning is a businessman and a philanthropist. He was born and raised in Columbus, OH. His accomplishments are many including meeting and marrying his lovely wife, Cassandra, officer training then serving five years in the Air Force, graduating from Michigan State University, and his distinguished career in commercial real estate development. George semi-retired in 1989 and he and his wife moved to Orlando. In 1994 they moved to Plant City because they thought it was the perfect place for them. By all accounts George’s contributions to Plant City are remarkable. Both he and his wife are involved in local charities and community groups and activities that make a difference. Are you still involved in business? My wife and I own Wendy’s franchises. We do the paperwork but we have a great staff in place. Some of them have been there longer than I have. We have about 300 employees now and we make a good team What are some of your favorite charities? March of Dimes comes to mind because our Wendy’s were involved in raising $27,000 for the cause. I am Vice President of the United Food Bank of Plant City. I am involved in the things that are important to me. For instance, my wife and I are contributors to the Veterans Memorial and Veteran’s park.

Do you belong to any clubs or associations? I have belonged to the Rotary Service Club since 1976. They do so much good not just here but internationally. It would take another page to tell you all that the Rotary does. I have been on the Photo Archives Advisory Board for six years now and I was on the YMCA board for eleven years. Presently I am on the major donor committee at the Y. I have made so many friends from the organizations and committees I serve on. That means a lot to me. What do you like to do in your spare time? I love to garden. A neighbor and I have turned our adjacent back yards into a park like setting. I have flowers that I’ve collected these past 14 years. We also have yard art, a boardwalk, paths to walk, and a big outdoor kitchen. We can entertain up to 300 guests in our garden and we have had fund raisers there for the hospital, food bank, garden club, and others.

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Arcade, Edgar Hull Jeweler, Barber (1962)

THE WRIGHT ARCADE A UNIQUE STORY

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he Wright Arcade sits downtown Plant City on the north side of West Reynolds Street. In its own way it has participated in and has witnessed many years of Plant City’s history. With its arched façade and faux stained glass, it is an interesting and unique structure. Dr. Olin Seymour Wright began his medical practice in Plant City in 1887, moving from Jacksonville where he had gained some experience and knowledge about yellow fever, for the disease had just hit the Plant City area. In September 1888 he married the beautiful socialite Palestine Hamilton Collins, the daughter of George Hamilton, of Polk County. They were active in civic affairs and in real estate, and more. Dr. Wright served on the county Medical Association, the School Board and several terms as Mayor of Plant City. The Wrights owned

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property in Hillsborough, Manatee, and Pinellas counties, including Plant City’s Magnolia Pharmacy, and the White Brick Drug Store. In 1908, Eben Trask, who had again been appointed Postmaster, constructed a new brick building on the NW corner of Collins and Reynolds Streets, and moved his stationery business into it from the wooden structure next door at 104 West Reynolds Street. The Magnolia Pharmacy then moved from Collins Street into the wooden structure at 104 West Reynolds. To the west was the city band stand and, in 1910, the Hotel Colonial occupied much of the south side of Reynolds Street. Eben Trask died in 1921 and in 1922 the post office was moved to the new Lee Building at 110 East Reynolds Street, at the corner of Reynolds and Palmer Streets. Henry Shelton Moody, now the owner of Magnolia Pharmacy, followed

suit and moved his Magnolia Pharmacy into the remodeled Trask Building in 1924, vacating 104 West Reynolds. Dr. Olin Wright and Palestine divorced and he remarried in 1921 and died in 1923. Also, in 1923-24, Col. James L. Young, Dr. Calvin T. Young, and Moreau E. Moody purchased the NE corner of Evers and Reynolds Streets from Palestine Wright, and constructed the glamorous Young & Moody Building, including the new Capitol Theater. With the Trask Building to the east and the Young & Moody to the west, the old wooden structure at 104 West Reynolds looked bleak. Things changed in 1925. The three children of Olin and Palestine Wright, ( Juno, Pallas, and Victor), combined to plan the construction of the unique Wright Arcade building through the executors of the Wright estate, T. E. Moody and Col. V. B. Collins. It was symbolic of the style of their mother, Palestine, who died the same year the new L-shaped malllike building opened in 1926. The Wright Arcade was immediately a hit. The well-known and popular (L. C.) Hull Jewelry shop was one of the first tenants. Others included the Dormanys’ Arcade Tea Room, which space was later occupied by Ray Kramer’s

Photography Studio and, later, Gladys Jeffcoat’s Arcade Camera Shop. There was also a barber shop, a real estate office, and, on the Collins Street side of the “L”, was Harold News Company, a popular news stand. Many other businesses and shops have called the Arcade home over the years. The building was also a good vantage point for viewing the Strawberry Festival or Christmas parades – especially from the ornate rooftop. For years the Christmas parade terminated in Central Park, which was just outside the Arcade’s north entrance and across Mahoney Street from City Hall. That park is now a parking lot. When the Chamber of Commerce was reinvigorated following WWII, it set up in the Wright Arcade. In 1946 one of the year’s biggest events– the reception for the new Chamber Secretary – was held in the interior open areas of the Arcade. The Wright Arcade, at 104 West Reynolds Street, has gone through several face lifts, but its unique architecture still stands out as a reminder of its place in Plant City’s history. Sources: Elizabeth and Jack Cloen, Plant City – Buildings and Businesses. Quintilla Geer Bruton and David E. Bailey, Jr., Plant City; Its Origins and History. 1984. Plant City Photo Archives, Inc. collections.

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The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Plant City Life Improvement Center on May 12, 2015. They are located at 102 N. Collins St, Plant City. Plant City Life Improvement Center has been involved over the past several years hosting events on Drug Awareness and Prevention and held seminars on Human Rights. They have a great interest in partnering with the Plant City Community to bring awareness to others on these topics. Their main focus is on life improvement and they offer many courses to help in all aspects of life. Plant City Life Improvement Center is interested in supporting and helping expand the local business community in order to make Plant City a destination spot all year long.

The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Edward jones – Melissa Haskins Office on May 14, 2015 at 2501 Thonotosassa Road, Plant City. Edward Jones is a full service investment firm since 1922. They deliver personalized investment solutions to help clients work towards their long-term financial goals. Melissa’s team does this by offering quality investments that are diversified, as well as educating and offering sound financial advice to their clients. It’s your retirement on your terms!

The Greater Plant City of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on May 19, 2015 for Remax Real Estate Professionals, at 316 N. Alexander St., Plant City. With over 34 years of combined experience, Mike & Diane Griffin are highly familiar with the local real estate market. They take pride in getting to know their clients and establishing a great working relationship with them. REMAX Real Estate Professionals is a full brokerage firm and works with a wide range of properties, from residential, new home sales, multifamily, vacant land, and commercial. Each month a portion of sales proceeds goes to support Susan G Komen for the Cure, and Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for James Hardie Building Products, on May 19, 2015, at 809 S. Woodrow Wilson St., Plant City. James Hardie Building Products recently completed the first phase of a more than $90 million expansion of their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility located in Plant City, Florida. James Hardie is a world-leading manufacturer of fiber-cement siding and building materials with facilities around the globe and annual sales approaching $2 billion. James Hardie is the largest producer of siding in the United States. The expansion prepares the company for future growth by enlarging the existing plant’s capacity and product offerings. This expansion will give the Plant City facility the largest manufacturing capacity of any fiber cement plant in the world. James Hardie selected Plant City for expansion due to the availability of an excellent workforce and a clear pro-business environment in the city. City officials have built a strong partnership with the company as the business has steadily grown in the community.

The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on May 26, 2015 for Rachel May’s Photography at the Plant City Chamber. Rachel May’s Photography, is a veteran owned and operated on-site photo business. Rachel has been a professional photographer and videographer since 2002, working for newspapers and the US Navy. She specializes in event, portrait, wedding, landscape and architecture photography and can provide video support for events or business advertising. See some of her work @ www.rachelmaysphotography.com The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon on June 4, 2015 for Bealls Outlet, located at 1407 S. Collins St, Plant City. The Bealls stores started in 1915 with the Dollar Limit Store by Robert M. Beall in Bradentown, now known as Bradenton. Bealls is celebrating their 100 Year Anniversary this year! There are store locations across 17 states, with some of the stores under the name of Burkes Outlet. With the remodeling of our Plant City store, they have added 7,000 square feet of space to their existing 16,000 square foot store. This will allow for wider aisles, much more merchandise and faster checkout lanes.

The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Milner Technologies, Inc. on June 9, 2015 at the Plant City Chamber of Commerce. Milner Technologies are experts at designing and implementing complete business solutions to improve the way large and small enterprises operate. They can recommend and supply best-in-brand multifunctional printers, scanners, and other document management equipment and systems, as well as state-of-the-art computer network integration services and communications systems, including telephone, call recording, and video conferencing systems. Their expertise can be the difference between an office of yesterday and a business of the future.

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Each year we become even more amazed at what high school valedictorians accomplish and express about their educational experience. It’s always a treat to share their good news. We hope you’ll enjoy discovering how bright future looks with in determined minds, hearts, and hands.

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Focus: Describe your family’s emphasis on education and your motivation to accomplish valedictorian. Cortes: My family has always placed a huge emphasis on education. Because my parents never had the chance to finish theirs in Mexico due to a lack of financial resources, my dad especially wanted us to do our best and become everything they never had the opportunity to be. My motivation came from wanting to make my parents proud and to be stable. As a kid we moved around a lot, following our income because my parents worked in the fields. I wanted to be able to settle somewhere and plant roots when I grew up. I wanted my children to have a certain stability I never had. Desai: There has been a lot of emphasis on education in our family. My grandmother and aunt became principals for schools in India. From a very early age, my grandmother, Madhubhen Desai, made sure to instill in me the idea that education is vital to one’s future well-being. Stephens: My siblings and I have always worked extremely hard in school, but not because of pressure from our parents. We three work personally for ourselves, rather than for them. The three of us are first generation college students as well. I’m the first to reach the top position. I guess my motivation has stemmed from theirs, but I never worked hard so I could “win.” Womer: Education was always really important in my family. It was always ‘try your best ‘and ‘positive thoughts bring positive results.’ I think those lessons are finally starting to sink in. My motivation came in freshman year when I was urged to switch out of AP biology. I decided to push myself further than I ever imagined. I finished the class with straight As and a 5 on the AP exam.

Anuj Desai, 18, the 2015 International Baccalaureate valedictorian for Strawberry Crest High School, will enter the University of Florida as a mid-year sophomore to major in Biology on the Pre-Med track. He desires a career in neurology. He accomplished his weighted GPA of 8.29 through 12 AP and 12 Dual Enrollment classes. The son of Mahesh and Jigisha Desai has two sisters, Juhi and Shivani, who graduated in the top 10% at Plant City High School (2004 & 2010, respectively). Two male cousins, PCHS graduates Jay and Yash Singh, also grew up in the Desai home. While at SCHS, the orchestra violinist worked at the Kumon learning center in Brandon. He loves “family road trips” to his birth state New York and over the summer plans to backpack through Europe with Shivani. Anuj will be the fifth student in the family to attend UF. 44

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Focus: What made your high school experience special? Cortes: PCHS is home to such a diverse pool of students and a dedicated staff for which I am most thankful. Had I not built the bonds I did with Educators such as Mr. Jeffery Henning (Chemistry Honors) and Mrs. Della Warner (History), I don’t know how I would have accomplished as much as I did. Definitely, my favorite subject was History. I’d like to thank Mrs. Warner for making AP Euro fun, Mr. Henning (Chemistry Honors teacher) for his wisdom and infinite patience in listening to my teenage problems, and finally Mr. Belcher for making AP Calculus AB enjoyable and showing me that failure was indeed possible. Desai: My favorite subjects were Math, Biology, and English. The IB program at SCHS definitely makes the school unique. It has students take on a worldview of the education they are receiving and it focused our minds on the application of knowledge and experiences in order to help others around the world. The time I spent in my orchestra class when we weren’t playing or practicing for a concert was always memorable, too. Stephens: Strawberry Crest is honestly an amazing school. Unlike many other schools, we all treated each other equally. Everyone here is very kind. Science and drama were my favorite subjects. I’d like to thank Ms. Kilduff, AP Environmental teacher, who was a major inspiration and helped me so much in dealing with all this college stuff. I’d also like to thank Mr. Young, AP Literature teacher, because he helped me realize when people ask about me, I don’t


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have to name off a bunch of academic stats. I am more than my academic accomplishments. Performing as Pilar in “Legally BlondeThe Musical” was also a highlight for me. Womer: My absolute favorite class was AP Chemistry, taught by Mr. Lynch. Aside from the cool labs and demos, the material was engaging to my sophomore self. That class led to my choice of majors. The field trip to UF involved an experiment testing for GMOs in one of their science labs, which helped me focus more seriously about college and future plans.

Brandon native and Durant High School valedictorian Ashley Womer, 18, worked throughout high school and also volunteered with Feeding Tampa Bay. She accomplished her weighted GPA of 7.36 with 11 AP and 8 Dual Enrollment classes to enter the University of Florida as a junior chemistry major. Her goal is a Master’s degree in forensic science and a law degree, so she can “be a part of serving justice to those who decide to break the law.” Along with extended family and her parents Rick Womer and Joann Sollitto, Ashley’s graduation dinner was “a blessing with everyone together on such a special night of my life.” Before heading to Gainesville, she’ll camp in St. Augustine and run a 5K cancer fundraiser. Ashley credits the Christian faith she adopted during her freshman year for positive life changes and hopes “to keep on the path of His greatness.” 46

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Focus: What sacrifices were required along the journey to valedictorian status? Cortes: I decided in 8th grade I wanted to be Valedictorian. My AVID teacher, Mrs. Humphrey, had the 2011 PCHS Valedictorian, Nathaniel Cruzado, speak about what the position meant and the hard work and dedication required. I wanted to be in his position someday and set out to accomplish that. I made sure to take only AP and Honors courses and began dual enrollment classes the second semester of sophomore year. I’ve spent summers taking HCC classes and online courses rather than relaxing. Since last June I’ve have balanced all that, plus a job, and somehow still managed a social life. Desai: I never actually decided to pursue valedictorian status. What drove me to take additional classes was learning more than I could in high school level classes. I also tried to take many dualenrollment classes so I could not only skip the entry-level classes for college, but also to have a high college GPA so I could keep any scholarships I received. Stephens: I decided in sophomore year to work toward being valedictorian. My brother had just begun college and my sister was preparing as well. I realized how expensive it was. Due to their hard work, they both received full rides to USF. I knew that if I wanted more, or even the same, I would have to step up my game. The biggest sacrifice was definitely free time and keeping friends who grew tired of hearing “no” to their invites. My best friend, Kim, has stayed with me from the beginning though, and I love her very much. Womer: Although I never decided to pursue valedictorian, I started to push myself freshman year and every year after became just a self-competition to see how far I could expand. I assumed I would end up with the highest GPA since I never saw anyone else take as many AP or dual enrollment classes. I don’t feel I gave up anything because I still had a social life, held two jobs, and spent time with the little ones in my family.


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Who or what has inspired or motivated you to achieve so much? Cortes: Definitely my dad and Mrs. Elisa Humphrey. Both pushed me and believed in me, even when I didn’t. They showed me the amount I could achieve if I just set out for it and put forth the effort and work. Desai: With a background in education, my grandmother has inspired me to achieve as much as I could. During my early years she practically raised me up during my early years and I am forever grateful to her. Stephens: My inspirations are Jane Goodall and Steve Irwin. I want to study the wildlife of Africa and Australia, just like them. The only way to achieve that goal is to attend a good college and work extremely hard in life. I’ve been volunteering at the Hillsborough River State Park since before I can remember and usually participate in their environmental cleanups. Womer: I have been my one and only motivator. Others help when they can, but at the end of the day I am the only person 100% dedicated to my success. I enjoyed being told things like “That would be too hard” or “Don’t worry if you don’t succeed,” because it only made me fight harder and longer to reach my goals. Relate an unusual thing people may not know about you. Cortes: I enjoy watching Japanese anime, listening to Modern Baseball (the band, not the sport), and during the winter I like to crochet. Desai: I enjoy dancing on Bhangra teams. I danced recently with the JDS dance team and filled in for the USF team at a Chicago competition. Stephens: Although I love acting on stage, I am an extremely shy person and hate most attention, which causes my face to turn red as a tomato. If I say something wrong or look goofy in a play, people can only judge my character. But when it comes to presenting a project in class, I’m in front of everyone as myself. All of the judgment is on me. Womer: One passion is cooking. I spend 2-3 hours a day making old favorites and new creations for my family. I also enjoy cooking for friends, baking sweet treats for parties, and searching Pinterest for the latest tips and ideas.

Plant City native Vanessa Cortes, 18, is the first Hispanic valedictorian in Plant City High School’s history. To accomplish this, she completed 9 AP courses and 14 Dual Enrollment classes. Despite her noteworthy 7.41 weighted GPA, Vanessa’s parents didn’t understand the prestige of her position until the PCHS migrant ELL office called to explain the significance. She begins college as a University of South Florida sophomore, majoring in Pre-Nursing with plans to specialize in Neonatal nursing. She will also continue in the management training program at Little Caesars® Pizza. The daughter of Refugio and Leticia Cortes has two siblings: Luis Cortes 20, and Valeria Cortes, 12. 48

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Focus: Define success as you know it. Cortes: Success comes in pieces. You set several goals for yourself throughout your lifetime, and as you accomplish each or several, there is a success. However, true success comes from being happy in life. Success isn’t tangible. Desai: Happiness in what I’m doing. If I make a lot of money, but I don’t enjoy what I do, then I haven’t become successful. Taking pride in what I’m doing and who I am is success to me, and I think I will always be chasing that because it will only make me more happy, and thus more successful. Stephens: A wise teacher once taught me success is not measured by whether you are the best. It’s measured by whether you tried your best. Womer: Success is a daily feeling. When I wake each morning I usually get a cup of coffee and make a mental list of what I want to accomplish that day. The goals I set range from running a mile more than I did yesterday to finishing a season of Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix to getting caught up on that Calculus homework I let off of yesterday. When I shower at night, I always think about whether I accomplished my goals. If I did, that is success. If not, I know what I need to add to tomorrow’s list and I go to bed without worry. Success shouldn’t be measured by your job, wealth, relationship status, or degrees; it’s based on your personal goals (no matter how unimportant they seem) and if you’ve completed them.

Plant City native and Strawberry Crest High School’s traditional valedictorian, Rebecca Stephens, 19, is the daughter of Edel and Johnny Stephens. Her siblings, Will, 21, and Sinead, 20, each ranked #3 in their SCHS class. Becca was “super involved” in the Chargers’ theatre program, while completing 13 AP and 6 Dual Enrollment courses to accomplish her 7.23 weighted GPA. She will enter the University of South Florida as a junior, majoring in biology. If money allows, she will transfer to the University of Alaska for concentrations in ecology and evolutionary biology, eventually earning a Ph.D., so she can one day work as a wildlife research biologist. The self-described “animal lover” considers them “the most interesting things on the planet.” Her family “loves traveling, mainly to Ireland, mom’s home country,” but this summer they’ll visit friends in Switzerland before other European countries. 50

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What advice would you offer parents, teachers, or peers? Cortes: I would like to give the adults who’ve influenced me the biggest thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting me along my journey. To my peers, I’d encourage them to give their all in everything they do and to help the needy. Life is what you make it, so make the most of it and be happy. Hold on tight to your memories, and make plenty more. Desai: I would definitely tell my peers to seek happiness in the experiences, no matter how bad. Gluing to the negative aspects of an experience or time in one’s life is only going to manifest negative actions. So always look to find the good in things and hold on to it and make it something that helps to get through tough situations. Stephens: You can always do more. Every one always tells me ‘Wow I wish I could have been valedictorian,’ but anyone could have been. The only thing that sets me apart from most others at my school is that I worked harder. I am in no way smarter than everyone. Womer: My advice to my parents would be not to worry about me. I know this is most likely impossible, but I hope they don’t worry too much when I’m away. I’ve decided to take life on my own. move myself to Gainesville and attend orientation alone. As I pushed myself in school, I do the same in to be independent and that is my advice to peers: the sooner you learn to fend for yourself, the better off you are in the real world.


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“repair whenever possible.” That skill and attitude have served him well in other businesses he’s owned during his 80 year lifetime. Those included a tree service, a chain saw store and apartment buildings. He’s proud that his company’s technicians thrive on helping customers find solutions. And if you’re in need of tractor hydraulic repairs or pressure washing equipment repairs, this is your place as well. “In addition to repairing hydraulic cylinders, hoses, and equipment,” said shop manager James Intorcia, “we also customize hydraulic, air conditioning, and brake hoses, and rebuild and reseal hydraulic cylinders.” “Our ability to turn critical repairs around quickly means less downtime for vital and expensive-to-operate machinery,” he explained. “Ask us about custom-built hydraulic power units, too.”

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a temporary pass for them at the office during business hours. The $213 semi-annual membership fees are due July 1st and you should be receiving your notice soon. Paying your dues in a timely manner reduces costs for the community. In May, there were 10 closings in Walden Lake and Walden Lake East with an average sale price of $200,030 and an average of 32 days on the market. The sales are as follows: 2912 Aston Avenue $299,900 2803 Forest Club Drive $285,000 3503 Pine Club Drive $235,000 1903 Country Club Drive $224,000 3341 Silvermoon Drive $215,000 2602 Bridle Drive $169,900 4310 Barret Avenue $163,500 3420 Silver Meadow Way $160,000 2006 E Timberlane Drive $146,000 4210 Barret Avenue $102,000 There are currently 28 Active listings for sale in Walden Lake and Walden Lake East with an average list price of $244,130 and an average of 91 days on the market. There are 23 properties Pending Contract with an average list price of $219,313 and average of 40 days on the market. Showing activity has been steady and homes that are well priced and in good condition are going under contract quickly. Feel free to contact me about any real estate questions or about this article. NSweet@KW.com or 813-758-9586.


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he University of Central Florida softball team has had an outstanding season this year. With a 50-9 record, a new school record for softball season wins, the Knights became the first Conference and Regular Season champions at UCF. The team’s victories would not have been as vast without the extraordinary skills of their senior pitcher, and Plant City native, Mackenzie Audas. This woman of God, humility, and amazing athletic ability led her team in a successful season, while setting school records along the way. Audas grew up in the Plant City area. She began her softball career around the age of six and has now, as a 22-year-old, been playing for sixteen years straight. She graduated form Plant City High School in 2011. Where she was on the softball team and played as the pitcher and first baseman. The amount of achievements and records that Audas has set while playing at UCF is remarkable. She was the first 72

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UCF pitcher to win Pitcher of the Year in 2012. Audas is the all-time leader in wins (78), strikeouts (975), and no hitters (5). She has made three NCAA Tournament appearances and eight game appearances within those tournaments. She has received two ACC Regular Season titles and an ACC Tournament title. Audas finished out her 2015 season strong with the 2nd best ERA (earned run average) in the country. In about ten years, she will meet up at UCF to be inducted into the UCF Hall of Fame! The accomplishments that Mackenzie Audas has had are absolutely amazing. Audas mentions that her favorite memory in her softball career has been her entire senior season. They set the record for the fastest time that the school has ever gotten 40 wins. Audas’s co-pitcher, Shelby Turnier, also played a huge role for the team’s successful season. They both had over 20 wins individually and over 250 strikeouts for this season; making this the first time since 2009 that

the NCAA has had two pitchers on the same team with this amount of victories. “The most special part of this season was the group of girls on the team,” Audas explained. “We all knew each other once the season started so we were able to build even stronger friendships. I would consider them my 21 sisters.” Audas’s advice to up-and-coming athletes is to not lose sight that the sport is supposed to be fun. “Once you forget that you’re supposed to be having fun, everything becomes only about wins and

loses and that’s not what it is about,” she expresses. Audas graduated from UCF this past December with a GPA of 3.9 and a major in Early Childhood Education. Even though she’s sad that her softball career has come to an end, she is excited to get a job and get married this coming January! Mackenzie Audas has left an incredible legacy at UCF and will carry her hard work and dedicated spirit into her life after an extraordinary college career.

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game was played in the semi-finals against Chemical Dynamics on May 18, 2015. They started off losing 8-0 in the fourth inning. At the top of the sixth inning, they scored seven runs and were close behind Chemical Dynamics with a nail-biting score of 10-7. Rollyson Fearnow Insurance took the lead in the last inning and proclaimed their victory with a final score of 11-10. Rhett Rollyson stated that it’s the team’s “never give up attitude” that drove them to work hard and achieve success in baseball. Brewington’s Towing had a dominating undefeated season of 20-0. Chad Morrow, DJ Brewington, and Andy Roland all coached this team to be victorious on and off the field. “We coach them in baseball, but we also coach them in life lessons as well,” Morrow explained. “At practice we talk about how to win with dignity and how to have good morals and character. That is very

“Whether it is football, basketball, soccer, or baseball; our small town kids are raised to be the best at what they do.”

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BY COLLEEN STOKELY oa Yoga Studio is Plant City’s first yoga studio to open in our quaint town. I had the privilege to have a one on one yoga lesson with yoga instructor and business owner, Imani Woomera. Imani started our lesson with a brief history and science behind yoga, introducing me to the “ Eight Limbs of Yoga”. Koa mainly focuses on “Asanas” which is correct body postures and “Pranayama” which is controlled breathing techniques. The Asanas and Pranayama in harmony with one another can help one achieve the other 6 limbs. The practice of yoga is an art and science dedicated to creating union between mind, body and spirit. Its objective is to assist the practitioner in using the breath and body to foster awareness of ourselves as individualized beings, intimately connected to the unified whole of creation. Imani is a native Hawaiian who started practicing yoga at the young age of 13. She says, “I just picked up a

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VHS tape we had at home and I got into it.” Imani started teaching others what she had learned from the tape. The name Koa, is a sacred wood from a Hawaiian Acacia tree which is unique to the islands. The tree is highly protected and valued. Koa means brave, bold, warrior. The tree is so sacred to Hawaiian culture that the wood may only be used when the tree dies naturally. The floors of the yoga studio are similar to that of the koa tree. Being conditioned to Americanized yoga, I learned alot from my lesson with Imani. I felt like a new person, my mind had a sacred renewal. “Yoga is for everyone, and everyone will be at a different pace.” says Imani. Whether brand new to yoga or an old pro there is a renewing atmosphere at Koa. Many types of classes are offered at Koa for all ages and needs. Classes include, gentle, teens, hatha, vinyasa, prenatal, yin, kids, and restorative yoga. Visit thekoayoga.com to find out more. FOCUS MAGA ZINE PL ANT CIT Y JUNE 2015

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ow here is the thing about going on a “Rant” there is always someone that gets his or her feelings just a tiny little bit hurt. So let me say right up front that is not the intent of this rant, in fact you should definitely consider this more in the style of say a “Public Service Announcement” (PSA) and if you still think maybe just maybe this hits a little to close to home than by all means feel free to take it to heart, the rest of us are rooting for you! The coffee drive-thru is a unique animal; not at all like the “fast food” drive-thru. For one it’s a beverage, not food, not a meal, no combos, it’s coffee. Count on it being busy in the morning, most people need that caffeine fix as they start their day... interestingly enough it’s pretty busy at night as well... the night-walkers need their caffeine too apparently. So the question I keep asking myself is... why oh why do we insist on acting like the coffee drive-thru is a fast food drive thru? We sit staring at the menu board searching for food, any kind of food? These are coffee shops they don’t do food trust me, donuts or pastry maybe; you can make the case these are coffee’s natural allies, but even that’s a stretch, just accept it, they do coffee. Seems simple doesn’t it, well you would think so, but no the coffee drive-thru has become a chronic source of “road rage” as our orders grow and grow! We have two coffee spots in PC so pick your favorite be it the donut

one or the Seattle one (I don’t need the corporate police knocking on my door) they both have their own set of problems. Lets deal with the donuts first some quick pointers for you: if you want to order a dozen and need to know what color sprinkles they have... GO INSIDE, no really this is not appropriately handled at the drive-thru and secondly they do coffee, regular coffee, not special coffee, not Seattle style secret menu coffee, so order it black, with cream only, or regular which at the donut place means cream and sugar. Your best bet here is to keep it simple and keep that line moving! Now lets say your in your Prius at that Seattle place and you need that double half caff, soy, half caramel, half mocha latte made upside down, do the rest of us espresso fiends a favor and GO INSIDE, and by the way I am not sure that’s even coffee anymore. There is a reason you don’t see that on the drive-thru menu... it takes too long! I want you to be happy though so use one of the many parking spots, go inside, look at the pretty cups, listen to the hipster tunes, and your friendly super chatty barista will make you that special drink, and the rest of us will happily parade through the drive-thru ordering our $5 cups of coffee. Folks its just common sense and courtesy for that matter, keep it simple in the coffee line. Make sure you stay tuned next month we are going to discuss how each of us has a personal “play list” and why you should be singing in the car!

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CANDY’S CORNER BY CANDY OWENS

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oodbye classroom! Goodbye teachers! You can find me at the beach . . . or at the park or at the pool or any place that isn’t school. Goodbye quizzes! Bye reports! Hello days packed full of sports and days when I’m just lazybones while eating melty ice cream cones. Goodbye homework . . . lunchroom too. There’s so so much I wanna do. I know the school year flew on past . . . But please, please summer --- last and last. I was driving through town last week and I decided to turn down Michigan Avenue so I could ride by my childhood alma mater Jackson Elementary School. It has been a few years since I went to Jackson and I must say that I was shocked at how much the campus has changed since I was a student. I circled the block and decided to circle around again. I drove slowly down Michigan Avenue and recalled memories of my five years at Jackson. I stopped for a second on Vermont Street which is the East side of the building and remembered where it all started back in August of 1968. The day I entered first grade that is. I remember how excited I was to go to “ big school” until that afternoon when school let out. My mother was waiting outside in the car for my sister (who was a

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third grader) and me. When I got in the car my mother hugged and kissed me and asked me how my day was. I told her that it was okay, that it was too hot (because there was no air-conditioning back then), and that I was not going back! My sister looked over at me and said, “Well you better start to like it because you have to go for twelve years in a row or you will go to jail!” Then the crying started! I wanted to stay home and play! I guess my parents had to work their magic with words because I was back the next morning, like it or not. I noticed how the front of the school was now blocked off and locked with an iron fence. Wow! Back in our day the teachers and visiting parents would park in front of the school or along the sides of the grass. The staff was not so big back then. Jackson was grades first through fifth and had three teachers for each grade, so about 15 teachers in all. I looked over to the right at what was our school library and remembered how much fun library days were at school. We would have story time, filmstrips, free time to browse and select books, book fairs, and if you were real lucky, the librarian would pick you to help stamp books, shelve books or turn the pages of the book at story time. Our librarians were: Mrs. Smith in 1968,

Mrs. Johnnye Charlow 1969-1970, and Miss Bennett 1972-1973. The field across the street that we used for soccer, archery and flag-football is now a paved parking lot. The school yard on the southwest corner of the campus is where we sat under the trees and read, had class discussions on nature, held our flag day ceremonies and put on the “world’s best” Halloween carnival. It seemed so big back then, but it looks so small today. The west side of the building is where the school’s buses parked. Well, we probably had all of about six buses back then. My bus was #357 and was driven by Mrs. Faitha Schwenderman who the kids affectionally called “granny”. The field in the back was our playground. There was a back stop on the northwest corner where we played kickball and softball. The northeast corner of the yard had a basketball court, swing sets, balance beams, chin-up bars and monkey bars. Oh! How I loved the monkey bars until our class had a contest to see who could hang on the longest without dropping. Yeah! I was one of the winners! But I didn’t get a shiny trophy, what I got was a handful of blisters. Needless to say, I never did that again. In the first grade, which was the 1968-69 school year, we had a young Phys. Ed. teacher by the name of Coach Manley. All the kids liked him and he made our time with him fun. I remember at the end of my first grade year, Coach Manley was called away to serve our country in Vietnam. Our school and especially the students were sad to see him go. We were too young at the time to grasp the fear and danger that Coach Manley was facing. All we knew was that he had to go away and that we were sad. My second grade teacher, Mrs. Thelma Brock helped keep our spirits up by having our class write letters to Coach Manley once a week. I will never forget the day that we got a knock at our

classroom door. Mrs. Brock was at the bulletin board and turned towards the door to see who was knocking. She threw her hands up in the air and started crying. The door flew open and there he was . . . Coach Manley! He was home for Christmas. We all jumped to our feet and ran towards him laughing and screaming! We just about knocked him over with all us kids hugging him. He picked me up and hugged me! He hugged us all! He said he was so glad to be back even if it was for just a few days. He showed us his crew cut and told our class how much he appreciated our letters. We were so happy to see him. We wanted him to stay all day but he couldn’t. He had just enough time to visit the other classrooms and then he was gone. We continued to write letters to him for the rest of the school year. Third grade (1970-71) brought a new coach to Jackson. Miss Judith O’Neal who was this young long-haired gal who wore stop sign shaped glasses and who drove a shiny new red mustang. Coach O’Neal was fun but we never forgot about Coach Manley. So many years have come and gone, since my days at Jackson. I often wonder what happened to Coach Manley. I wonder if he has driven by our old school and stopped his car long enough to look out the window at the old playground and remember? . . . remember us? . . .remember all the fun times? . . . and remember all of our letters? Wherever Coach Manley is today, I hope that somehow, someway he knows that we never forgot that sweet and brave soldier that left our little school to go fight for our country, kept us safe and cared enough about us to come back and thank us for our letters! Coach Manley, you are a true hero!


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chool is out and summer is here. Let’s look at a few fun ideas for the kids and parents. One great way to have fun and give back to nature is to make homemade bird feeders. Here’s what you’ll need 2 packets of Knox gelatin, 2/3 cup water, 2 cups of bird seed, cooking spray, cookie cutters, wax paper or parchment paper, straws and twine. Parents, in a small pan add gelatin to water over medium heat. Stir continuously until gelatin simmers. Remove from heat and stir in bird seed. Mix well and let it cool. While its cooling place your favorite cookie cutters on wax or parchment paper and spray lightly with cooking spray. Fill the cookie cutters to the top and insert a straw towards the top to create a hole for hanging later. Place in refrigerator for 1 hour or until set. Remove cookie cutters and straws and place the twine through the hole and loop it so you can hang the bird feeder. Research shows it is safe for

birds to eat. The little ones will love this; grow flowers in an ice cream cone. It is easy just put dirt in the bottom of the ice cream cone and add a few seeds. Water as needed and watch the little flowers grow. Make sure the kids know you can’t eat this ice cream cone. I love going to the beach but when it’s time to leave I don’t like feeling sticky with sand. Try using baby powder, simply sprinkle on your skin and the sand comes off easily. You’ll never want to be without it again when you go to the beach. Speaking of baby powder you can sprinkle baby powder on a tangled necklace and the knots come out more easily. Great tip for sunburns; keep your Aloe Vera in the refrigerator. When you apply to sunburn it’s nice and cool. Better yet you can freeze Aloe Vera in ice cubes trays and apply. Either way will sooth a sun burn. Until next time relax, enjoy and be thankful…

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KRYSTALS: MORE THAN JUST LITTLE SQUARE BURGERS BY WENDY S. BROWN

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he first Krystal was established on October 14, 1932 by founders Rudy Davenport Jr. and J. Glenn Sherrill opening on the corner of Seventh and Cherry Street in downtown Chattanooga,Tennessee.. Even though many people were disheartened during the Great Depression; Krystal founders truly felt people would still come to a clean restaurant that maintained courteous service, and a good meal at a fair price. The Krystal name came to being because his wife admired how crystal clean the restaurant was maintained. In order to distinguish his restaurant from others, R. B. Davenport Jr. decided to use distinctive lettering. Their first customer was French Jenkins who ordered six classic Krystals and a coffee for a grand total of 35 cents. Today a meal of 4 Krystal burgers, drink, and fries cost $5.69. Back then the restaurant was quite small, and if you 84

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didn’t get a seat back then, you just took home a sack of burgers. You too can purchase a sack of 12 Krystals for $13.49, although there are many special prices throughout the year. Now there are 260 company restaurants with 6000 employees in 11 states. Their new chief people officer is Tom Murrill. The Plant City restaurant opened last year and is located near Lowes. Besides the classic single Krystal which consists of a warm bun, onion, mustard, and pickle, the other varieties are cheese, double Krystal, and double cheese. For all the chicken lovers out there, try the Chik sandwich with seasoned and breaded all white meat chicken breast fried to perfection on a warm bun with mayo, and dill pickle. The Chik Club has melted American cheese, Smithfield bacon, mayo, and tomato on a steamed roll. Small or large Chik’n Bites are bite sized chicken breast fried

nuggets that come with four types of Ken sauces: buffalo, Ranch, BBQ, and Honey Mustard. Salad lovers will be pleased with the offering of a side salad for $2.19 or a Crispy Chik’n Salad which includes shredded cheese, tomato chunks, iceberg lettuce, sliced fried chicken, and lots of crispy bacon. Pups are hotdogs and corn pups are corn dogs. Children will enjoy their own children’s meals of Krystal burgers, Chiks,Pups, or Chik’n bites. Game Time Wings come in a variety of sizes with 5 wings $3.89. According to Andy Brown, “The wings were nice and crisp and really tender with just a little spice to wake your taste buds up.” Krystal also offers three Big Angus Burgers, double, bacon, or chili all on toasted buns. For breakfast you can enjoy the Sunriser: Jimmy Dean sausage patty, scrambled eggs, and melted American cheese on a warm roll. The Breakfast Toast with Smithfield bacon or Jimmy Dean sausage, melted American cheese, and scramble eggs. The Breakfast

Krystals 2709 James Redman Pkwy. 813-754-4100 Daily Hours 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Biscuit has sausage or bacon plus egg and cheese or the Chik Biscuit. There are four Scramblers which are a potable breakfasts. The Original has homemade grits, scrambled eggs, American cheese, and a Jimmy Dean Sausage on top. Low Carb Scramble does not have grits. Pancake Scrambler is layered with scrambled eggs, jimmy Dean sausage, a, fluffy buttermilk pancakes and maple syrup. For your sweet tooth try strawberry shortcake, various frozen slush drinks with pure cane sugar and fruit flavoring. Milk Quakes instead of shakes, try the chocolate, vanilla, or orange whip Stop in and enjoy quick service, friendly staff, free WI FI, or “Take Home a Sack.!”


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Fresh Fruit Custard Tart

My absolute favorite dessert is a custard tart topped with fresh fruit in a shortbread crust shell. I first fell in love with this dessert at a small cafe in New Orleans a few years ago, and I haven’t found one quite as delicious yet. As delicious as they are, these tarts usually require a lot of time and effort. However, I recently discovered a fairly quick and easy recipe, and I couldn’t be more excited. The first time I made this tart, every crumb had been eaten within the first fifteen minutes of serving it. Not only is it beautiful, but it’s light flavor is perfect for any summer gathering.

Ingredients

Crust: 1 1/4 C flour 3 T sugar 1/2 t salt 8 T unsalted butter 3-4 T ice water

Custard Filling: 3 extra large egg yolks at room temperature 6 T sugar 1 1/2 T cornstarch 1 C milk

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1 T unsalted butter 1 T heavy cream 1/2 t vanilla

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Beat egg yolks and sugar on medium-high for about 3 minutes until mixture is light yellow. Mix in cornstarch. Bring milk to a simmer in saucepan and slowly pour warm milk into the egg mixture, whisking steadily. Then pour mixture back into saucepan. Cook over medium heat while stirring constantly with a whisk until mixture is thick, (about 4 minutes). Bring to a boil, then bring heat to low and cook for 3 more minutes. Remove from heat. Mix in butter, vanilla, and cream. Place plastic wrap directly onto custard and refrigerate until cold. Put baked tart shell on serving plate. Assemble tart my spreading pastry cream over tart crust. Place prepared fruit slices casually on top of custard. For the apricot glaze melt jam with 1 T water in a small saucepan or microwave and brush over fruit. Place tart in refrigerator until cool and ready to serve. *Adapted from Ina Garten’s Recipe


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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.

21 SUNDAY Happy Father’s Day

25 THURSDAY Bealsville Sesquicentential Festival 5104 HORTON ROAD, Plant City FL The Community of Bealsville Plant City is proud to announce our 150th Birthday Celebration Festival June 25-28, 2015. Come learn about one of the most historic communities in the United States. • Friday June 26 - Heritage Fest 10:30 am @ Glover School Campus. BBQ Competition, Story Telling & Campus Tours • Saturday June 27 - Heritage Fest 10:30 am @ Bealsville Rec Center. Historic Reenactment, Historic Marker & Family Introductions • Saturday June 27 - Bealsville Gala presented by Publix Supermarket Charities @ TECO Expo Hall Florida Strawberry Fest Fairgrounds. 7:00 pm Tickets $35.00 per person • Sunday June 28 - Community Faith Service 10:30 am @ Bealsville Rec Center. Free to public

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Summer Carnival From 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Sponsored by Plant City Downtown Merchants and Business Association. Featuring: • Jump House • Face Painting • Food Vendors • Craft Vendors Plant City Community Chorale presents SING! AMERICA! Sponsored by Hopewell Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens Directed by Claudia Bolano Saturday, June 27th at 7:30pm located at Trinity United Methodist Church Tickets in Advance: $10.00 Adults, $8.00 Seniors, Children & Students Tickets at the Door: $12.00 Adults, $10.00 Seniors, Children & Students Tickets are available from: Chorale Members, Ticketline at 813-757-0212, www.pccchorale.org

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28 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.

4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS From 6:00 to 9:30 Plant City Stadium Presented by Plant City Recreation & Parks Department Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce Florida Strawberry Festival Free Admission - $5 per car parking. Parking opens at 5:45 PM Grand Fireworks Finale at 9:15 PM Scheduled to appear on stage: Double Barrell Band Lots of fun for the kids on the Stadium turf 50/50 Cash Drawings A FAMILY ORIENTED Please follow Stadium and parking lot policy: No alcohol on the property (sec.10-2). No coolers, glass bottles or open containers are to be brought into the stadium. No pets! No boom boxes or loitering outside the Stadium or in the parking lot.


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FOCUSOBITUARIES Bridgette Louise Corbin, 48 of Plant City died May 17, 2015 at South Florida Baptist Hospital. A native of Seymour, Indiana, she was the daughter of the late Alonzo and Marjorie Thornton Wooley. She was employed by Walmart and loved to photograph flowers and other natural scenes. She is survived by her son, Michael; daughter, Christina Nicole; sister, Rhonda Hyatt; brother, Alan Wooley; grandchildren, Cadance and Camden Shirley.

Linda Kay Alexander, 52, of Plant City died May 19, 2015 at her home. She was a native of Blue Island, Illinois, and the daughter of the late Howard, Jr and Iola LaVielle Alexander. She was also preceded in death by a brother, Mark Alexander. Linda is survived by her mother and siblings, Howard and John Alexander, Deborah Smith, Dianne Partin. Linda was a member of Plant City Church of God, loved to sing, and boat at the lake. Online condolences may be left at haughtfuneralhome.com.

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Monica Cristina Guille, 58, of Palm Harbor died May 15, 2015 at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater. A native of Talca, Chile, she was the daughter of the late Gustavo and Gladys Correa Schleyer. She was the wife of Charles Guille, he survives. Monica was preceded in death by her daughter, JoAnn Solange McDade. She is survived by her daughter, Catherine (Markham) Eaves, Jessica Ambros; brother, Gustavo Schleyer; sisters, Andrea Schleyer, Ximena Schleyer, Muriel Schleyer; grandchildren, Emily, Adin, Mason, Natalie and Tripp Eaves. Monica worked at Oscor Medical Supplies in Palm Harbor and loved to knit. Online condolences may be left at haughtfuneralhome.com Billy Dean Vickers, 76 of Plant City died June 5, 2015 at South Florida Baptist Hospital. He

was a native of Colquitt County, Georgia, and was the son of the late Woodrow and Ada Belle Sumner Vickers. He is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Janet; sons, Richard (Carlye), David, and Scott (Elise); his favorite daughter, Brenda K. Smith; eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren. Billy was a member of the Whitehurst Road Baptist Church, was retired after more than 20 years from Continental Can Company, was a master carpenter, and loved the outdoors; enjoying hunting and fishing. If desired, donations may be made in Billy’s name to the church’s building fund. Online condolence may be left to the family at www. haughtfuneralhome.com Hazel J. Waltman, 81 of Plant City died June 5, 2015 at Wedgewood Health Center in Lakeland. A native of Alamo, Georgia, she

was the daughter of the late Herbert and Maudie Lee Rowland Andrews. She was the beloved wife of Bob Waltman, he survives. Also surviving are son, Arlin (Kelle) Cope; daughters, Marilyn (Ken) Sorah, Diane ( John) Heth; brothers, Donald Andrews, Clayton and J. Freddie Wiggins; sisters in law, Pat and Betty Sue Wiggins; five grandchildren, six great grandchildren. Hazel was preceded in death by siblings, Vern Wiggins, Parklyn Lewis and Jerry Wiggins. Hazel was a longtime member at Midway Baptist Church, and was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church for over 20 years. She was a Quality Assurance Inspector for the fiberglas industry and loved southern gospel music and reading. Online condolences may be left for the family at www. haughtfuneralhome.com

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by Calvin R. & Jackie Mathews 15. Stylishness 16. Items used in pairs 17. “...turtle doves, __ partridge...” 18. Dilemma 24. Board’s partner 26. See 7 Down 29. Singer Billy 32. Garden implements 33. Imitate a jack-in-the-box 34. Edible root 35. Pigtail 36. Fond du __, WI 37. Teases in order to rile 38. Light colors 39. Give a hoot 40. Bartok and Lugosi 41. Papa’s favorite team? 42. Frequently 43. “The __”; 1973 Oscarwinning film 45. Face, slangily 46. Less covered 49. Yenta 51. Prefix for space or gram 53. __ con game; scammed 54. “Doe, __, a female...” 55. Terror 56. Isolated 57. Braggart 63. Sad news, for short 65. Reps. 66. Word with case or way 68. Quick

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