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CONTENTS September 2015 | Volume 14 Issue 9 | focusplantcity.com

18 Local Fall is always a busy time for local happenings. Enjoy this month’s stories about Plant City’s oldest Strawberry Queen, the 13th Anniversary of Bike Fest, the Fox Squirrel Corn Maze, a new semester at Life Christian University, and Unity’s Stuff the Backpacks effort, among others.

43 Spotlight: Tooth Caboose The Tooth Caboose has been a Plant City landmark since the mid-1980s when it arrived at its new permanent home at the corner of Thonotosassa Road and Baker Street. Today the local practice boasts three highly regarded dental professionals in a “natural marriage of specialties”— pediatric dentistry and orthodontics for children and adults.

46 Feature: Business FOCUS Area businesses have so much to offer that we decided to focus on a number of them in this issue…everything from baseball to water to remodeling. Read to learn something new about commerce in Plant City and then shop local!

74 Dining: Kids Eat Free Feeding your crew can be expensive, for sure. Hopefully, our Kids Eat Free review for Fred’s Southern Kitchen, Johnson Barbeque, and O’Brien’s Irish Pub will help you shave a little money from that monthly food bill.

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LETTER FROM THE

PUBLISHER For our readers with children, back to school means back to routines. From takin’ it summer-easy, we’ve transitioned again to regular bedtimes, homework and weeks framed by curricular activities. Generally, that’s good news because our students are excited to be climbing another rung on their educational ladder of success. They’re also thrilled that despite the still very warm weather, the month of September means we’re headed into autumn. With football games, tailgate parties, and weekend getaways to view colorful leaves, there will be even more memorymaking times with family and friends.

scholars again. Not to be random, but we owe a big THANKS to the “Stuff the Bus” project volunteers from Unity in the Community, Stingray Chevrolet and the Kiwanis Club. These fine folks provided the funds and time to fill supply-stuffed backpacks for more than 1,000 children at 26 district schools. Autumn means back to business as usual, too, which is why our September feature zeroes in on five companies who would appreciate your “shop local” support. Also in this issue, we’re pleased to honor Norma Robinson, who reigned in 1938 as the Florida Strawberry Festival’s third queen and Joseph Sedita, recipient of the 2015 YMCA Strong Leader award. It’s been a great summer for our town and for my family. We’re hoping yours has been the same. For truly, we share in gratitude for life here in Plant City. Enjoy the reads and please, keep those story suggestions coming. To focus on you is what we do.

In fact, I’ve already heard some planning their annual trek to the Fox Squirrel Corn Maze during its October 3-25 weekends. Oh, and thinking of yellow corn reminds me of the yellow school buses filled with

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on his second day there! By his second week in Nashville, he had been hired into the bar circuit downtown where he played for the remainder of his trip. This paid for his entire stay and even made him enough money to record the song he wrote there, “Too Many Miles Away,” which is now available on iTunes. Hard work and dedication lent him the opportunity to spend just a few weeks in Nashville, which seems to have laid the foundation of a future star in the making.

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As the multi-generational son of a farmer, it’s no shock that Sprouse has been working full time since he was only sixteen. It also comes as no surprise that this ambitious young man works full time when he’s not in college. He’s a senior studying criminology at USF, and when he graduates he plans to move to Nashville right away. In the meantime, he is determined to make as many trips up to “Music City” as possible to play and record his own music. Between work and school, the commitment Sprouse shows


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s the exciting fall season approaches, Plant City residents are eager to hasten it along with everything from pumpkin spice lattes to fall fashion. One local event will certainly help. The Fourth Annual Fox Squirrel Corn Maze, hosted by the local Futch family, is sure to provide inspiring agricultural entertainment and nature-inspired fun. As one of Central Florida’s best autumn attractions, this corn maze will include a pumpkin patch, authentic general store and arts and crafts for the whole family. The challenging and twisted pathway, cleverly crafted by Wayne Futch, is an adventure of approximately 1.5 miles with paths cut through five acres of tall stalks. “It’s truly an a”maze”ing experience,” the Futch family exclaims. The ranch on which the maze is placed also offers a relaxing yet entertaining escape from drab city life. Single R Ranch, nestled in the heart of cracker country, has great food, country music, tractor pulled hayrides as well as Squirrely’s General Store which includes homemade goods, antiques and other unique gift items. The pumpkin patch located on the

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ranch is also home to one of the top five pumpkin patches named in Tampa Bay in 2014. With its prime fall photo opportunities and prize pumpkins, it’s no wonder. Attendees are encouraged to look out for Sherman, one of the notorious fox squirrels behind the maze’s name. So keep your eyes open. The Futch Family also hosts other events throughout the year such as strawberry fields in February and Sunflowers on the Ranch, a spring premiere event. This family is proud recipient of the Hillsborough County Harvest Award in the Farm Family of the Year category, which shows their passion for conserving Florida’s agricultural heritage. Florida’s beautiful fall weather can be enjoyed by the whole family at this maze from October 3 to October 25, Saturdays and Sundays only. Gates open at 10 a.m. and visitors may enjoy the attractions until 5 p.m. Adult entry is $11, and child entry $10. For more information, visit www. FoxSquirrelCornMaze.com or www. facebook.com/fscornmaze/. The maze is located at 3002 Charlie Taylor Rd., Plant City, 33565.


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a photograph while displaying his original logo patch. Then he held it next to the current one for comparison. McGucken’s vast experience with waterfowl also includes 28 years of service with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. A social hour and silent auction bidding preceded the delicious meal of pulled pork, smoked chicken, and all the trimmings. More than fifteen guns, as well as coolers, hunts, memorabilia, and Ducks Unlimited merchandise were either raffled or auctioned. Winners enthusiastically claimed their prizes as State Chairman Ron Sanders announced lottery ticket numbers. Sanders also shared an update about several exciting future projects including the Ducks Unlimited license plates available for purchase in January 2016.

He also described the organization’s vision of recruiting younger members by forming new chapters for college students and for high school students. To encourage participation, the group will host a Youth Outdoor Adventure Day for children ages 6-17 on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 1:30 - 6:00PM at FishHawk Sporting Clays in Lithia, Florida. Activities will include firearms and archery safety training, duck hunting introduction, skeet shooting, fishing, building duck boxes, and other instructional programs. Tickets can be purchased online before October 2, 2015. For more information about membership, habitat projects, local events, or volunteer opportunities, please visit their website at www.ducks.org.

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he State of Florida provides a unique winter habitat for the many migrating waterfowl from other areas of the United States and Eastern Canada. Ducks Unlimited, an organization committed to protecting waterfowl habitats, has already conserved since 1985 more than 26,000 acres of Florida wetlands, Here the blue-winged teal, green-winged teal, ring-necked ducks, northern pintails, wood ducks, and Florida’s native mottled ducks gather annually. On September 10, 2015, the Plant City East Hillsborough Ducks Unlimited chapter held its 29th annual dinner and auction fundraiser at Uncle Mike’s Smokehouse Grill. More than 280 supporters, most of them hunting enthusiasts, enjoyed an evening of great food, lively music and fascinating conversation. One attendee was Tom “Duck” McGucken, a founding member of

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the Florida’s second chapter of Ducks Unlimited, established in 1971. “Many people think of hunters as killers, but that isn’t true,” he said. “Hunters are actually the greatest wildlife conservationists.” McGucken went on to explain how hunters and fishermen are paying for licenses and fees, which provide money for the creation and maintenance of projects that protect wetland habitats. “If it weren’t for hunters, there wouldn’t be any wildlife. If no animals were being harvested, the overpopulation problems would encourage disease. Sometimes disease can spread and even cross over to humans.” “Duck” earned his nickname after being publicly recognized as a top identifier of duck breeds. He holds the honor of being Florida’s first to receive a 25-year Silver Anniversary pin for serving 29 years as a Ducks Unlimited committee member. The longtime member posed for

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PLANT CITY BIKE FEST 2015

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n October 3, 2015 from 5:00P.M. through 9:00P.M., thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts and fun lovers will descend upon Plant City for the 13th Anniversary of the Plant City Bike Fest. Bikers aren’t always the burly, hot-heads portrayed in movies. They are doctors, attorneys, mechanics, and everyday Americans who trade their suits and uniforms for leather, and shed the stresses of the work week as they experience the freedom of the open road. The family friendly event is a grand opportunity to showcase the community while extending hospitality to locals and travelers alike. Once the forerunner in bike shows, Plant City aims to rise to the occasion and once again set the standard. The event will not only feature an 8 class bike show but also a motorcycle stunt show by Bryan Marino; live music by Almost There; and a live speed painting by Dale Henry the “Paintman”. The 8 classes of bikes include stock, 26

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trike, Harley, metric, street cruiser/ bagger, custom, anything goes, and bobber/cafe/rat ride. The variety of bikes and creativity of the owners are sure to interest everyone. Rat Ride can be especially eclectic with random parts from other machines used to build a fully functional franken-bike. Metric focuses on bikes built using the metric measuring system, while Cafe style are typically stripped down as much as possible to be light weight and very fast. Bryan Marino, a Tampa based rider, has competed in numerous competitions and stunt shows since his first competition in 2011. He currently travels the US attending Sportbike Freestyle events; regularly sending the hearts of spectators into their throats. According to ReverbNation.com, Almost There croons tunes ranging from Marvin Gaye, Led Zeppelin to Bruno Mars, Luke Bryan and Disturbed. They go on to say, “There’s never a dull moment in this band’s performance. With their captivating

energy, chemistry and progressive yet soulful musicianship, it is hard to glance away.” Dale Henry has been a professional artist for over 20 years and is a renowned speed painter. His website states, “I like to keep the energy level on HIGH, using movement sight and sound, splashing and stroking to the music. In a matter of minutes an amazing piece of art emerges.” The artwork created during the bike show will be auctioned off by world champion auctioneer, Frank Trunzo. Admire the bikes. Shop the vendors ranging from biker gear to leather to jewelry. Play games of corn hole. Enjoy the concessions while trying not to

stare, too much, at the bearded ladies or stilt-walker. And, maybe even walk away with a one-of-a-kind speed painting. This 13th anniversary of the Plant City Bike Fest is geared up to excite and entertain. If you’ve never participated in Bike Fest, now is the time. The Plant City Chamber and the Bike Fest Committee would like to thank the past attendees and this year’s sponsors: The Fran Haasch Law Group, Hillsborough County Government, Harley-Davidson of Lakeland, Fun Bike Center Motorcycles, and Wish Farms. If you could and if you are interested in being a vendor, or volunteering, please call Peggy with the Plant City Chamber at 754-3707.


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In celebration of 20 years of equipping more than 20,000 graduates for ministry, Life Christian University invites students to try their first class for free at its Plant City campus. Register now for the current semester. Classes meet weekly on Tuesdays from 6:30–9:30 p.m., conveniently scheduled to accommodate full time career hours and family responsibilities. Rev. Marie Myers directs the Plant City campus at 600 W. Dr. Martin Luther King Blvd., which is the nineteenth of twenty campuses she and her husband/pastor Dr. Jack Myers have placed within the U.S. “The accredited degree granting university provides courses for audit or for credit,” she offered, “and distance learning is also available for students living an hour or more away from any LCU campus.” 28

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Tuition is only $175 for the undergraduate courses that can be completed in a month. “I had to sell my home and almost everything I owned to attend Bible college,” shared Rev. Marie, “The exceptionally affordable fees at LCU help more people to accomplish their goal of an advanced degree.” At its 240 campuses in 38 states and 17 other countries, faculty members equip students to become effective and morally guided leaders in their communities, churches, and specific ministries. “Our students enjoy the almost 100% live instruction from the Plant City campus instructors, each of whom hold Master’s degrees or above,” Rev. Marie explained. “They love teaching and students. Some previously taken college courses can also matriculate to fulfill LCU degree requirements.” The non-denominational program

of Christian-centered classes offers degree levels from Associates through Doctorate. Programs are available in Theology, Biblical Studies, Christian Counseling, Music Ministry, Church Administration, and Christian Education. The school is accredited through Accrediting Commission International, known for its work with theologically based institutions around the world. After graduation, students frequently find employment as pastors, ministers and chaplains. Some find their calling abroad and work with others in evangelistic and missionary work. Rev. Marie encourages the public to understand the importance of earned degrees. “As local, state, and national regulations for non-profit organizations are becoming more stringent, advanced education is increasingly listed by regulatory agencies as a requirement for employment, permissions to operate, and certifications.” She continued, “Of special concern to many organizations will be the

educational qualifications required of affiliated employees.” Most educators would probably agree that a Master’s degree is the new Bachelor’s. “I’m passionate about education,” declared Myers. “In recent years more than 300,000 non-profit organization applications have been denied status because educational qualifications of the principals involved were less than required. Most ministries and para-church groups are unaware of this change.” “Another common benefit our students have experienced in accomplishing their degree is increased income,” Myers added. Orientation for currently enrolled students is Sunday, September 20 from 4-6 p.m. The first Weekend University is set for September 25-26 and the first night of traditional class for Tuesday, October 6. Please contact Marie Myers at 813-708-2783 or e-mail LCUPlantCity@gmail.com for to begin the application process.


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NORMA ROBINSON 1938 FLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL QUEEN BY CHERYL JOHNSTON Norma Robinson Black Prestidge describes herself as “a happy woman who’s had a good life,” and those who know her best would agree. In 1938, the lovely 16-year-old Norma Robinson was crowned the Florida Strawberry Festival’s ninth queen. Among photos in her room at Coventry Assisted Living is her official portrait. She wore a long white gown and a beautiful red velvet long-trained robe wrapped around her shoulders. In a word, she was regal. Although proud to have worn the 32

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crown for the city she’s “always loved,” Queen Norma explains to those who ask, “I don’t feel like I’ve ever been a big shot.” She and her older sister graduated from Alabama College [now University of Montevallo], where their mother’s oldest brother served as president. After graduation she taught high school many years and more than one subject. Her husband’s naval career also kept her busy. The still gorgeous and photogenic former queen is not big on having her picture taken these days, saying, “I’d much rather talk about God’s blessings.”

“He has taken good care of me, placing good things and good people in my life,” she explained. “The one thing I can bless Him for is I can still laugh. When I do something stupid, I just laugh and try to help others not be so serious.” Despite what she calls “some bumps in the road,” Queen Norma remains an encourager. Her first husband, D.W. Black, died from a rare brain cancer in 1971 and then their daughter Cathy succumbed to the same in her early 40s. When second husband Tom Prestidge died, Norma was widowed once again. “I don’t talk about the bumps,” she said. “There are very few things that I can say were bad. I have been very fortunate and have had a good life.” For the last three years, Norma has lived at Coventry. She credits owners Fred and Nikki Pozeznik and director Jessica Tempfer for wonderful care. “I have a comfortable room and all the food I want to eat,” she said, adding, “but I don’t eat breakfast. I think it’s better to sleep a little longer.”

Norma tries to befriend new residents and enjoys showing them her favorite spots on the back patio or front porch. “We sit in chairs near the front door and count the red cars,” she said. “I am ready to go to the grave to be with my family because I’m the only Robinson left in my generation,” she shared. “But that will only happen when the good Lord tells me it’s my time. I don’t know what He wants of me now, but I’m still happy, and maybe I’m crazy, but I still love to laugh.” “The old gray mare, she ain’t what she used to be,” teased Norma, “but I’m proud I can still laugh. And I would definitely rather laugh than ‘humph’ or be a grump.” Note: On October 21, Norma will be 94. We think it would be fun to fill her mailbox with birthday cards from Plant City well-wishers. If you agree, send yours to Coventry Assisted Living, 415 N. Wilder Road, Plant City FL 33563. Thanks!


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tuff the Bus 2015, a community event to collect school supplies for kids in need, finally came together after many donations and much hard work. This outreach, sponsored by Plant City Kiwanis, Unity in the Community and Stingray Chevrolet, supplied 1,000 backpacks to over 26 schools in Plant City and the surrounding areas. On August 17, the backpacks were delivered to the schools just before the fall term began. “We provided basic supplies such as paper, pencils, markers, crayons, pens and notebooks,” explains Sharon Moody, Secretary of Unity in the Community and Chairman of Stuff the Bus this year. These backpacks were then given to the Guidance Counsellors at each school and distributed to children unable to afford their own supplies. The bulk of the donations for these

products came from Steve and Susan Hurley, owners of Stingray Chevrolet Plant City. “We want to give great thanks to them,” says Moody. “If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have this money to give to those in need.” Other sponsors include the South Florida Baptist Hospital, Sweetbay Supermarket and Southside Farms. For the past eight years, Unity in the Community has been working with Stuff the Bus to provide for the children in Plant City. “Children are my focus and passion, and Unity’s,” explains Moody. Unity in the Community meets once a month at Stingray Chevrolet, and loves to give to those in situations out of their control. Other organizations they support include Meals on Wheels Delivery, United Food Bank of Plant City, Lots of Hugs Summer Reading Program, the YMCA and Trinity Special Sportsman


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defined Joe’s life. Whether climbing to Mt. Everest’s base camp solo, skydiving, or hiking to the Grand Canyon’s bottom, his dreams were frequently realized despite the unknowns. Valuing mentorship greatly, Sedita, 67, invited others into his world often—Boy Scouts, church or disaster relief workers— and mentored them until they confidently walked their own unique paths. From business partners to fellow board members, from his pastor to other scouting volunteers, it was evident how Joe Sedita’s Christian faith promoted his unassuming demeanor, his humility and quiet strength. These led him to raise his family, including two sons, with the same values and a striving for excellence in all things. The traits have molded him into

loved them…and if we don’t do it, who will in today’s changing world?” “Each person has been uniquely gifted by God with talents to be used and if we don’t use our gifts, we lose them,” he passionately declared, further challenging the audience to both embrace those gifts and use them to make Plant City and the world a better place to live. As an integral part of Plant City’s strength and character since 1971, Joe Sedita’s history of leadership and plowing the way for change, along with his Christian values and adventure, have certainly earned him the 2015 Strong Leader award. Congratulations, Mr. Sedita. Your leadership qualities have served you well and may they continue to guide you as you embark this October on your next adventure, climbing Mt. St. Helens.


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By Judy Ron

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By Judy Ron

MAURA SATCHELL Meet Maura Satchell—wife, mother, and writer. She and husband David moved to Plant City in March of 2012 for its charm, friendly residents and slower pace. “We love it!” she shared. “It’s rural, laid back and reminds me of our former hometown outside of Nashville.. We feel safe, comfortable, and enjoy the access to bigger cities without having to battle traffic constantly. Reading the stories in Focus sold us on living in Plant City.” Tell us about your writing. At age six I wrote my first poem. After that I wrote to process feelings and emotions. Eventually I gravitated toward news writing, starting with high school sports coverage in New Jersey so I could learn the craft. I graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a Journalism degree (2004) when my boys were teenagers and wrote for The Tennessean and other daily papers there. Around that time I co-wrote a screenplay with a friend and turned the story into my first novel, Empty Sky. The Trunzos at Krazy Kup recently hosted the book launch for my second novel, The Gray Lady of Long Branch. It was the perfect spot for such an event.

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These days your career work is with Publix, right? Yes. Since the small consulting business I owned was in decline, I needed a job with benefits. I loved Publix and learned they promote from within. So I cashiered nine months and then transferred into a corporate position. How did you become so involved with service to Veterans? As a teenager, I earned my Red Cross 100-hour pin as a Candy Striper, delivering library books to Veterans’ rooms at two Nashville area VA hospitals. Seeing soldiers who had lost limbs for their sacrifice gave me a deeper compassion for the price so many have paid and new eyes to see beyond physical limitations. My father served under General Eisenhower and saw him almost daily. My uncle, Dad’s brother, was killed at Iwo Jima. My two sons served in Iraq. The oldest, Kris served five tours with the Marines and the youngest, Pete, was with the Army’s mechanized infantry. So I have a deep and abiding appreciation for those who have worn the uniform and for their families who sacrifice as well. Current reads and an all-time favorite film? I check out the unabridged audio books from Bruton Library and listen on my short commute to and from work. I just finished The Lincoln Lawyer by Michael Connelly and now I’m listening to Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver. It’s Hope Floats with Sandra Bullock for the film. Since you’re a hockey fan, can you share a fun memory? I prefer college hockey because it’s pure sport, not so much fighting. At one Black Bears’ game my brother, who was the University of Maine head hockey coach, arranged for our seats to be in Stephen King’s box.

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Cuban-born Ross Garcia arrived in the U.S. in 1967 at age five. Raised in Houston, Texas, the middle sibling of two sisters moved to Orlando in 1996. He’s a new resident of Plant City because he fell in love with Renee Gude, the fiance he’ll marry December 19. The father of “three wonderful kids” describes himself as “a happy man” who “can’t live without Espresso” and who loves “to make people laugh.” Work as a Marketing/ Public Relations consultant in the legal services, entertainment and broadcast media industries keeps him busy. His favorite pastime is “spending time at home with Renee, enjoying each other’s company.” So tell us how you spend family time. I love hanging out with my daughter Gabby (19), and her brothers, Chris (17), and Erick (15), as well as Renee’s two sons, Logan (21), and Jordan (17), who I love as my own. I also love, love, love golf and perhaps soon may actually get to play! Work keeps my weekday schedule packed and weekends are busy with kids, errands and church on Sundays. With a grandfather from Spain, I grew up with a Mediterranean pallet for food—love making tapas and sampling foods from that area. Describe your current media project. I am the public relations officer for a film titled “In Search of Liberty.” While not a documentary, it’s a great educational resource, in particular for homeschooling families. It takes place now and is designed to educate the core values of the Constitution. Interested and concerned Americans will crowdfund the film. The PR campaign launches officially on Constitution Day (Sept.17). Anyone can help support the project at insearchofliberty.com.

Any books on your nightstand or films you’d like to see? No time for reading or movies either, although I can’t wait to see War Room. I hear it’s a must see! Any special causes that interest you? Anything related to kids is near and dear to me. What’s this about your sense of humor? I love to make people laugh—should have been a professional prankster, if there is such a thing. Since much of my work is very serious, my biggest thrill is to find humor in the most mundane situations. Laughter seems to unite rather than divide and is as universal a language as it gets. So if we’re ever in a meeting and things are a little boring, expect the unexpected from me. Share you thoughts as a new resident of Plant City. There’s a Starbucks in town! Can’t live without my Espresso. All kidding aside, since moving to PC, life has been a blessing. I call it The City of Hope! With God’s help, one day, I do plan on producing a faith-based film titled “The City of Hope”. I also love attending Plant City Church of God and hearing my favorite pastor, Robert Herrin, most every Sunday. I am delighted to call him friend. If anyone needs to be lifted in prayer, Pastor Herrin is always accessible and able to guide you through your toughest times.

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DID YOU KNOW

L & Pacific Tea Co. National Produce Division office. A photograph in 1937 shows The Great A&P Tea Co. on Collins Street in the Strickland Building at the northwest corner of Collins Street and North Drane Street. By 1948 there is an A&P Food Store at 107 South Evers Street, where it operated until 1957 when the new store was constructed at 502 North Alexander Street. The manager at the Evers Street store had been Forest M. Mathis. In 1957 the new store on Alexander was managed by Haskell B. Woodard, who later, along with this wife Esther, ran Donna’s Toyland & Variety Store, in the same shopping center. The produce division office on Palmer Street was run by Robert E. Grandy, listed as Vice President, and Frank W. Mattioli, Field Manager.

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very town seems to be familiar with some of the old stores – like Sears, Montgomery Ward, and the A&P. They’re gone from Plant City now, but they were here. This is a brief story on The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company, known to us as the A&P. The A&P had its beginnings in New York City in the years 1859 to 1861. In 1869, with the transcontinental railroad in completion the name The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company was adopted. By 1900 there were 400 stores, mostly in New York and the eastern USA. By 1930 A&P stores numbered 16,000 and had spread to the West and the South. In their history of Plant City, David E. Bailey and Quintilla Geer Bruton wrote this: As the recognized capital of winter strawberries, and because of its large volume of produce as well, Plant City

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attracted many carlot buyers, and it became the base for purchase of all fruits and vegetables by The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Company and Kroger Grocery and Baking Company, the two leading pioneers in chain store development of the day. All of the citrus, produce, and strawberries for their stores in the entire state of Florida and Georgia were bought through their Plant City offices. The first sign of the presence of the A&P in Plant City is seen in its presence on Reynolds Street, where it had a store and office in the Young & Moody Building in 1929. The sign reads “The Great Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co.” The Peninsular Telephone Company shows listing for its produce purchasing operation as the Atlantic Commission at 306 North Palmer Street as early as 1939. This was later referred to as the Atlantic

By 1964 the Atlantic & Pacific Tea Co. National Produce Division office was closed. The store on Alexander Street was now under the management of Dennis M. Trite, and by 1965 the new manager was Allen B. Ashby. In 1969 there is no listing for the A&P Food Store nor the produce office. The previous store was now a FoodWay Super Market managed by Glynn Hall, and by 1971 the store was a Felton’s Market. The A&P was no longer a Plant City presence. Sources: Peninsular Telephone Company Directory 1939, 1940, 1941, 1948; Polk City Directory 1956, 1957, 1964, 1969, 1971; Plant City Photo Archives and History Center photographic collections; Quintilla Geer Bruton and David E. Bailey, Jr., Plant City; Its Origin and History, 1984.


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The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on August 6th for Dental Wellness Center, located at 1702 Walden Village Court, Plant City. Dr. Sip and Dr. Moore have had great success finding answers to the problems that face their patients by thoroughly examining them and attempting to find the root cause of the problem, not to just treat the symptom. Dr. Sip’s passion is for harmonizing teeth, joint, and muscles in order to achieve health and stability for his dental patients. He has found that this leads to less work and fewer needs over their lifetime. Dr. Moore, for more than a decade, has focused his practice on the diagnosis and treatment of Migraines, head and neck pains, and TMJ related disorders. He is the only practitioner in the state with both a Fellow and Diplomate status. The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on July 31st for Seniors in Service of Tampa Bay, Inc. Their organization engages volunteers to meet the challenges of our community with volunteer opportunities that offer mentoring and tutoring to children shrugging in school, and companionship and respite to frail, isolated, seniors and their caregivers. Our mission is to engage people in volunteerism, particularly those 55 and over, to help children succeed and elders remain independent by recruiting and training devoted and skillful volunteers. The Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on August 18, 2015 for Obsessive Compulsive Detailing at the Plant City Chamber of Commerce, 106 N. Evers Street, Plant City. Obsessive Compulsive Detailing is a veteran owned and operated automotive care business that services Hillsborough County with everything from simple washes, to full paint corrections. Obsessive Compulsive Detailing is also EcoFriendly and strives to protect the environment while conducting the highest caliber of automotive appearance care. The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on August 17, 2015 for Gemini Technologies, Inc. at the Plant City Chamber of Commerce, 106 N. Evers St., Plant City. Gemini Technologies manufactures and produces safe, simple and superior cleaning products and polishes. They are environmentally friendly and specially designed with anti-static and gel technologies that repel dust, dirt and fingerprints. Gemini products are ideal for restoration, cleaning and/or maintenance of your equipment. They are perfect for industrial, commercial, residential, and auto environments.

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After earning his University of Florida degree and a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from Medical College of Virginia, Dr. Howard Howell, DDS, returned to his Plant City roots. Noting the corner’s visibility, he established his orthodontic practice here in 1977 at Thonotosassa Road and Baker Street. When the “Tooth Caboose” was placed permanently on the site in the mid-1960s, little did Dr. Howell know it would once day become an iconic landmark in the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World. Today three highly regarded dental specialists provide the finest in family dentistry and orthodontic care here. 44

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• Dr. Howell Howell, DDS—orthodontist who treats children, adults and those with Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ) • Dr. Gene Whitehead—board certified pediatric dentist; past president of the Southeastern Society of Pediatric Dentistry • Dr. Steve Slavkin—general dentist for children; served 10 years as the Dental Executive Director of the Children’s Dental Program for Duval County.

Stellar Staff

Invaluable to the practice are the four pediatric dental assistants and two office organizers, whose average length of employment length is18 years. Dr. Howell appreciates their “caring hearts and

passion for community work outside the office as well.” “They make my job easy,” credits Dr. Slavkin. “This exceptionally experienced staff thoroughly enjoys making patients feel relaxed and happy.” And Dr. Whitehead is thankful. “Because of our gracious patients and talented staff, we’re now treating the third generation of many families.”

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Also invaluable are patients’ opinions. For the past two years, Tooth Caboose has earned the Gold Standard award in both Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry from voters in The Courier’s annual reader poll.


Since the the full range of sedation dentistry with a certified pediatric anesthesiologist is available, other dentists refer especially apprehensive patients or those with special needs. Some even travel long distances for treatment. Five star social media reviews are common, too. Deborah Johnston Craig of Lakeland wrote recently on Facebook. “I take my two special needs children here because the outstanding staff goe out of their way to make it a positive experience. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Tooth Caboose!! Ruth Santiago, another 5-star reviewer, agreed. “I’ve been taking my boys here for years, and always recommend them. My youngest was terrified of all doctors and nurses. But thanks to the Tooth Caboose staff, he now loves visiting the dentist.” Karen Rodriguez had orthodontic work here as a young adult. She shared: “We came again for help after my daughter’s traumatizing dental experience in Brandon at age two. Because of the staff, she’s absolutely fearless now and the orthodontic results are beautiful.” Attorney Nancy Pistilli Hurst recommended Tooth Caboose for adult orthodontics as well. “Orthodontic work in my 50s to correct misalignment is the best money and time I’ve ever invested in myself. I love the staff. They have always worked to schedule around my career…At no age do your teeth become less important.”

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A & W REMODELING 902 E. REYNOLDS ST. | PLANT CITY, FL 33563 | (813) 754-6990 | STORE HOURS - MON-FRI 9AM-6PM SATURDAYS 9AM-4PM WAYNEMEREDITH09@GMAIL.COM | 863-661-3686 | 813-334-9634 (ALLEN INLOW)

For more than 25 years, Allen Inlow and Wayne Meredith, have worked together in the construction industry. And today that team of two is stronger than ever. If your home or business is in need of new construction or refurbishing, A & W can do it all—from start to finish. “Allen built his first house when he was just out of high school,” said Wayne. “It’s a good feeling to make a structure take shape from the ground up, and he did a great job.” The lifelong friends graduated from Plant City High School, which means they’ve done cabinetry and construction work in this area for many of their peers. “We always enjoy helping people we know with their home or office projects,” offered Allen. “To know they’re pleased with the finished work inspires us for the 46

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next job.” The A & W Remodeling team is experienced with framing, drywall work, plumbing, electric, painting, windows, doors, flooring, roofs, cabinetry and countertops. “We enjoy designing, building, and seeing the finished product,” added Meredith. “We address each job as if we were doing the work for ourselves or our own families.” Inlow and Meredith are also cabinetry design and installation experts. The company, whose motto is “Where less gets you more,” has helped thousands receive more enjoyment and functionality in their homes and offices with better storage capability. The kitchen is the heart of the home and the most popular gathering spot for entertaining. It’s also a reflection of the

family’s gift for hospitality. And what cook or food enthusiast doesn’t enjoy a beautiful and functional workspace. Your kitchen remodel could still be accomplished before the holidays if you contact A & W Remodeling today! While kitchen and bath remodeling are the most common requests, A & W has seen an increase in inquiries about garage makeovers. “Families want their garages to look clean and organized, but a garage tends to be the catch all space,” Inlow said. “The specialty shelving and industrial quality cabinets available today can help reclaim that valuable storage space. With re-organized areas for tools, luggage, bicycles, the extra frig or freezer, and your holiday decorations, there’s usually even room for that second car to be parked inside.” Stability, strength and storage are

key components of cabinetry, that when selected carefully, will make your kitchen, baths, bedrooms, office space, media room, enclosed patio and garage even more functional for the years to come. Meredith added, “People are always amazed at what a difference a remodel makes. The combination of quality materials, construction experience, and quality workmanship helps home or business owners appreciate their property all the more.” Now is the perfect time for that update or total makeover and this company can do it all. Call 813-7546990 now for a free consultation and estimate. From beginning to end, A & W Remodeling provides the professional touches that result in satisfied customers and referrals for future jobs.


FLORIDA BASEBALL HEAVEN

3406 US HIGHWAY 92 EAST | PLANT CITY FL 33566 | 813-704-6920 | BASEBALLHEAVENPC.COM | OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Florida Baseball Heaven is a dream in progress—for its founder, its coaches, and the boys who benefit from all they receive. “Our programs are set up for development,” explained Mark Persails, who opened FBH in 2010 and moved it recently to eastern Plant City. Inside the facility are five pitching/hitting cages, a workout area and offices. Eventual plans, as funds allow, include an outdoor playing field and an Astroturf practice diamond. In both group and private lessons, FBH’s qualified coaches train, inspire and encourage boys, ages 8-18, to pursue the dream of college scholarships and pro baseball. Over the past five years, youth travel teams in all age groups have garnered more than 100 tournament championships. In his third year at FBH, James Gray plays for the 9U Navy Miracles, coached by KShawn Smith. “James would live at FBH if he could,” his mother Stephanie shared. “Mark and his coaches are so positive while helping each boy improve. Whether your son is just beginning or already in the skill-building stage, we highly recommend the program.” Persails’s passion for baseball and helping young men accomplish their dreams is infectious. More than 100 students have received scholarships in

the last seven years. Fifteen have been drafted into the pros, with three in the first round (Chris Sale, Yordi Cabrera, Carson Fulmer). Recent scholarship recipients include: PCHS senior Billy McKay (UF); PCHS grad Jacob Ralyea (Bishop State); SCHS grad Matt Moclair (University of Tampa); Riverview HS junior Justin Farmer (UF); Bartow HS grad Matt Martin (Lake Sumter CC); Santa Fe HS senior Zack Scott (UCF); Chiles HS senior Jake Hunkiar (Tallahassee Community College). Currently, five others have offers but have not yet committed. Last season in a two-day camp originally scheduled for Southeastern University, 31 college scouts left excited by what they witnessed in viewing 15 of Florida Baseball Heaven’s players, in the 16U-18U groups. “Plant City has a great baseball championship tradition and some tough players,” Persails shared. “Boys willing to do the work to play beyond high school have a good opportunity here.” Tampa student Jamarcus Lyons, 15, is one giving his all— and improving his grades in the process. Sheldon Fulse and Will Smith coach the multi-position player on the 18U Gold travel team and everyone stresses the value of education. His grandfather Ken Lyons offered,

“FBH is family! Meeting Mark when Jamarcus was 10 has been God’s blessing to our lives, and his help one of the greatest things ever for my grandson.” He continued, “Mark is a generous man of his word. We’ve made outstanding friendships with FBH coaches, players and their families.” The coaching staff presently includes: Will Smith, Sheldon Fulse, Steve Dovale, Carl Everett, Terry McGriff, Bobby Green, Corey Freeman, KShawn Smith, Evan Bowles, and Cody Smith, Aaron Iatorola and Ozzie Timmons. Because many boys don’t have

parents to participate or afford the fees, Persails could use the community’s help with contributions or fundraisers for program scholarships. He could also use donation of Astroturf for that practice diamond adjacent to the facility or help with refurbishing the upstairs office space. “Our facility improvements are a work in progress,” he said. “But no matter what, the boys and baseball come first.” To learn more, visit baseballheavenpc. com or e-mail Mark at fbhoffice@yahoo. com.

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ADVANTAGE RESTORATION & CONTRACTING 607 HITCHCOCK ST. SUITE 105 | PLANT CITY, FL 33563 | 813-757-0717 | ADVANTAGE-RC.COM

When a disaster restoration emergency strikes, Advantage Restoration & Contracting is your one stop shop. In the event of water, mold, fire and storm damage, the company provides remediation services coordinated with the reconstruction, renovation and remodeling. Through this “construction after clean-up” combination, Advantage provides its customers with total end-toend services. The company established by owner/ operator Jason Jones in 2005 celebrated its 10-year business anniversary this past January. Named as Plant City’s Small Business of the Year in 2007, Advantage has enjoyed continued growth. With an eye to the future, Jones 48

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and his team plan an open house for the public within the next six weeks at the new property and two buildings purchased in 2014. Located on Hitchcock Street in Plant City, the 20,000 square foot facility will house offices and warehouse space. Advantage is an IICRC Certified firm, Certified Mold Remediation firm and a Certified Building Contractor. Jason himself is IICRC Certified for Water Damage Restoration, Applied Structural Drying, and Fire/Smoke Damage Restoration. In addition to being an EPA-certified Renovator, he is also a graduate of the Dri-Eaz School of Drying and the American Drying Institute. Jason and his family enjoy spending

time together and being involved in the community they love. Stacey Jeffcoat joined the Advantage team as Office Manager in early 2009. With her own prior experience in the restoration field she helps Jason with all aspects of the business. “She is invaluable,” offered Jones. “She knows each job well and keeps our team members organized while communicating with all involved, including the insurance companies.” “I look forward to many years ahead with Advantage,” said Jeffcoat. “Our team of project managers, technicians, detail-oriented cleaning personnel and an inventory clerk are friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. Team members coordinate their work to make

your stressful situation less stressful while we restore your home to pre-loss condition.” Disasters can be expensive, too, but Advantage takes pride in offering customers affordability rates for the restoration process. “We don’t believe in nickel-and- diming customers,” Jeffcoat shared. “Our goal is complete customer satisfaction.” Commercial and Residential Services Offered • Water/Storm Damage Restoration • Fire Damage Restoration • Mold Remediation • Storm Restoration • Restoration Repair Services • Cleaning


The company established by owner/operator Jason Jones in 2005 celebrated its 10-year business anniversary this past January Selecting professionals for your emergency repairs is critical. The Advantage team also believes in educating customers during the remediation process. “We make time to explain the hidden dangers that surround disasters and the steps involved in restoring the damaged property,” explained Jones. “We offer tips on how to prevent them in the future, too.”

Customer Compliments

“Our goal is satisfied customers who are happy to refer Advantage to their friends and family members,” he continued. “Their compliments make our day!” Here follows a few of those: • “Prompt, courteous, efficientexcellent service; extremely knowledgeable and paid attention to every minute detail.” ~Eleanor P. • “Very impressed with response time and professionalism.” ~Randy T. • “Outstanding workmanship and service. I would definitely recommend Advantage.” ~Ernest and Lashawn I. “We understand how important your home is to the stability of your family,” Jones added, “and we provide quality craftsmanship—at a fair price, on time, and with minimal disruptions to your family life. Please call today at 813-7570717 for expert advice and an in-home assessment.”

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CULLIGAN WATER CONDITIONING 2703 AIRPORT ROAD | PLANT CITY, FL 33563 | 813-759-6060

With more than 800 independent dealers in over 90 countries, Culligan is recognized internationally as “the world’s water expert.” Since 1936 the company has grown to serve water treatment needs for customers in their homes, offices, restaurants, and industrial facilities worldwide. In fact, with a complete line of softeners, filtration systems, drinking water systems, and bottled water delivery, Culligan sets the industry standard. Most folks don’t realize they’re already customers—indirectly. Among Culligan’s national accounts are hospitals, universities, medical and dental practices, Walmart, Hilton Hotels and restaurants such as Chili’s, Cracker Barrel, Golden Corral, Pei Wei, Landry’s, Maggiano’s, 50

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Macaroni Grill and many more. Water using businesses in the Tampa Bay area realize that we have extremely hard water. The savings on soap and cleaning products, the greater energy efficiency, and the protection of the appliances guarantees businesses will see a fast return on the investment in a Culligan system. In Plant City and the surrounding Tampa Bay community, Operations Director Brian Kennedy and his 65-member team strive to provide the highest level of service to Culligan’s extensive customer base. “Shinier hair, smoother skin, softer, fluffier laundry, and reduced chlorine taste and odor, are many of the benefits our customers enjoy. Our free in-home

water tests help us determine each customer’s unique needs.” He added, “And whether they choose to do business with us or not, most appreciate what they learn in the process.” In addition to being a wise investment for your family’s health, a Culligan Water System will also help: • Improve Efficiency in Your Home– dishwashers, washing machines, water heaters, and plumbing systems function better with filtered or softened water, resulting in lower utility bills and longer life for your appliances. Conditioned water can save the average household over $60 per month. • Reduce Waste – Drinking water systems reduce the waste and

cost of single-use plastic bottles. Dishwashers and washing machines also require less soap, reducing dirty water discharge. • Reduce cleaning time – When you eliminate hard water scale, cleaning is easier, less frequent, and requires fewer harsh chemicals. • Go Green – The savings in cleaning products and chemicals also means the same reduction in chemicals and detergents being flushed into our environment. “When folks purchase a Culligan Water System, they’ve invested in the finest water treatment available,” continued Kennedy, “and with our Platinum Care program, this can be the


last water treatment system you will ever have to purchase. Our technicians love the fact that, with Platinum Care, everything is covered: salt, parts, trip charges, and labor.” With your Culligan system purchase, the first year of Platinum Care is absolutely free. Every two months your local “Culligan Man” will: • Test water quality, adjust settings, and cycle your system. • Add salt and/or chemicals and perform preventative maintenance. • Make any necessary repairs. • Update the recordkeeping sticker under the salt tank lid and place a copy at your door. “Platinum Care Service ensures customers may enjoy the convenience and benefits of their Culligan Water System for a lifetime,” Kennedy explained. “Customer loyalty and thirdparty recognitions have built our business and for that we are thankful.” Customer Recommendations For over 75 years, customers have trusted Culligan for cleaner, quality drinking water, and Culligan has relied on their referrals. Lorraine Pattee shared: “With a Culligan water softener, your skin feels like silk. Bathtub rings don’t form and we use few cleaning supplies. The reverse osmosis drinking water tastes great and makes a big difference in coffee and cooking. I wouldn’t want to be without my Culligan equipment.” And Joanie wrote: “My Culligan system has worked like a champ for years...I shopped five other companies, but none were as prepared or as professional. The Culligan buying experience was also fun and very educational.” Obviously, Culligan cares about customers, communities, and the environment. To learn more visit online at tampaculligan.com, then take that first wise investment step to better water by calling (813)759-6060 and say ‘Hey Culligan Man’. FOCUS MAGA ZINE PL ANT CIT Y SEPTEMBER 2015

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TONY’S DRYWALL 863-450-0932

After 34 years in the drywall business, Tony Richardson is a Central Florida expert in the field. He learned the trade from the best— his dad. “I worked every summer since age 14 with my father while my friends vacationed,” explained the Plant City High School graduate. “I love this work and enjoy seeing people’s faces when I’m done with what I do.” The other expert at Tony’s Drywall is Richardson’s lifelong buddy, Anthony Griffin. “I’ve taught numerous friends to hang and finish drywall, but Anthony is like me,” he complimented. “He takes pride in the craft.” Richardson believes his company offers the most affordable, reliable and professional drywall service anywhere. He and Anthony can do it all—frame, hang, finish, texture and paint. “When we’re finished, our customers are usually impressed,” said Tony. “We don’t take shortcuts. And if we’re repairing, we don’t ‘cover up.’ We tear it out, re-do it properly and build it back like new.” Richardson and Griffin have repaired or replaced walls and ceilings in many Walden Lake homes, as well as commercial buildings, such as the 52

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historic building formerly occupied by Focus Magazine and Coffee 101 (now owned by the Trunzo family for Krazy Kup). At one time, Richardson did the close-up and repair work on Palm Harbor manufactured homes. He also repaired drywall and painted all six stories of The Towers in Plant City. When Warrick Dunn’s home had skylight leaks, Tony’s Drywall results pleased the Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s family. “We also work with PuroClean (The Paramedics of Property Damage),” added Richardson. “We repair holes in walls, as well as mold and water damage repair. Through experience, I can match any texture.” “If your home or business has popcorn ceilings and you’d like an update to a smoother finish, we’re your team,” said Tony. “One Walden Lake family called us about their leaking sun room. With rotten sidewalls, the job required a complete rebuild, studs and all, except the floors. We re-framed and hung and textured the walls in one day, so we could paint the next. I remember the gentleman being wowed by the effort, the results, and the great price, because he

had expected to pay so much more. That was a good day!” “I don’t try to get rich off of people,” Richardson added. “We work hard, we do it right and we charge a fair price because referrals grow our business.

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savings can vary widely from retail. Why? Because when shopping through a wholesale mortgage outlet, overhead costs such as advertising, buildings, etc. are typically eliminated. The savings are passed onto you, the customer. In fact, I recently saved a client roughly $4,000 in closing costs with the exact same interest rate he was offered by his current bank. This stemmed from “credits” that covered the expense. These credits are often associated with a wholesale lender and are not always offered in the retail world. So let the free market do its work and look at your options when considering a major purchase with a mortgage loan. Feel free to call my team at 813-707-6200 if you have any questions. The more you know about what is available, the better decision you will be able to make.


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he Walden Lake Community Association Board Meetings are the third Monday of each month at the Walden Lake Community Association office building on Griffin Boulevard in Walden Lake. The next meetings are scheduled for September 21st and October 19th at 7:00 PM. The meetings are open to all Walden Lake residents. Watch the announcement boards at all entrances for dates and times for special meetings and events. Construction on the new left turn lane has begun at the exit from Timberlane Drive onto Alexander Street, and will continue until the end of the December. Please plan for extra time and be careful when going through that intersection. It’s time to start planning your Kids & Kanine’s (and your own) costume for the Annual Howl-O-Ween party, which will be held at the Polo Field on October 17th from 1:00 to 4:00. There will be lots of food, prizes, games, crafts and photos for all who attend this fun event hosted by our Homeowners Association. At the August meeting, David Sollenberger resigned from the Board of Directors, stating he and his wife Alise, plan to move close to family. A special meeting was held on September 7th to elect a new Board Member to replace David’s unexpired term. Lynn Buehler, who resides in Forest Park, was appointed to the Board. Dan Orrico was elected to replace David as the Vice-President of

the HOA Board. The best source to know what is happening is to visit the City’s website at www.PlantCityGov.com. On the home page, there is a link that takes you to the communication between Visions Golf and the City as well as reports, studies and drawings submitted by Visions Golf. During the month of August, there were 9 sales in Walden Lake with an average sale price of $213,644. There were not any sales in Walden Lake East. The August sales are as follows: 2875 Hammock Drive 3309 Cummings Place 4116 Kipling Avenue 4121 Kipling Avenue 3456 Silver Meadow Way 2409 Juniper Lake Place 3424 Silver Meadow Way 4317 Kipling Avenue 4133 Barrett Avenue

$325,000 $289,900 $225,000 $209,000 $199,900 $198,000 $172,000 $160,000 $144,000

There are currently 38 Active listings for sale in Walden Lake and Walden Lake East with an average list price of $232,576 and an average of 76 days on the market. There are 21 properties Pending Contract with an average list price of $204,845 and average of 70 days on the market. Showing activity seems to have slowed a bit. If you are considering selling your home, be sure to price it in the market and have it in the best condition possible. We are coming up on the holiday season and the United Food Bank is in need of donations. You can drop any donations of food to the HOA office. This past month the Food Bank picked up approximately 400 pounds of food from the HOA donated by Walden Lake residents. 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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ATHLETE OF THE MONTH

S One of the truly admirable qualities of Carlough is his character on and off the golf course. “Kaelib is a great leader and a great golfer,” states Peyton Martin, a freshman on the PCHS golf team. “He gives good advice to the newer players and sets a good example of what sportsmanship looks like.” The PCHS golf coach, Meg Jordan, only speaks highly of him as well. “He has grown tremendously since last year!” She says. “He carries himself with a maturity that is way beyond his years and holds a pivotal role as our team’s leading scorer.” With the amount of accomplishments that Carlough has had over the past four years, it is evident that

he has found his secret to success. “It’s really important to keep a clear mind and not have any distractions,” he explains. “I have questions that I ask myself on the course so that I can keep my focus on the task at hand.” Carlough will be graduating at the end of next year. He desires to receive a golf scholarship for college, preferably to the University of Alabama or Florida State University. There, he will pursue a degree in Accounting. You will definitely want to keep an eye out on Kaelib Carlough. With his unique talent on the golf course and his hunger for success, the amount of his future accomplishments will be incredible!

Kaelib Carlough placed first in the Greater Tampa Bay Junior Golf tournament; making this his first tournament win!

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olf is a sport of precise technique that requires an abundance of practice. Seventeen-yearold Kaelib Carlough is the model of excellence in this skillful activity. Prior to becoming a golfer, Carlough was an accomplished football player. He played quarterback for seven years with the Turkey Creek Trojans. Unfortunately, he broke his collarbone in the eighth grade while playing football. It was at that time during his recovery that he decided to take up golf to pass the time. He immediately fell in love with it. This was just four years ago, and now Kaelib has developed into an even more outstanding athlete than he was before. Carlough played for the Plant City High School boy’s golf team as a sophomore last year. He averaged a 38.7 for nine holes throughout his matches.

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His incredible skills led him to be picked for 2nd Team All Hillsborough County and placed in the top 20 in the Regional tournament! He kicked off his junior season with a score of 36 while playing against Durant High School and East Bay High School at the beginning of this school year. Carlough mentioned that his goal for this season is to qualify and compete at the state championship. In addition to high school golf, Carlough had a very successful summer. He won his first tournament – Greater Tampa Bay Junior Golf – on July 28, 2015. He also shot his tournament-low score of 70 on August 6, 2015. “I love golf because it is the only sport that you can’t blame other people,” Carlough expresses. “Whether you have a great day or a bad day, the outcome is all on you.”

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The Lady Chargers kick off their 2015 season with a 2-2 record. The athletes are: Nicole Calescibetta, Ashley Hamel, Kayla Farriss, Alexa Petrie, Aubrey Lingo, Kayelyn Salley, Alex Calescibetta, Taylor Davis, Terra Brooks, Danielle Oberle, Sydney Canfield, and Kierstin Salley.

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s a fairly new kid on the block, Strawberry Crest High School has proven itself to hold its own in both academics and athletics. The Lady Charger volleyball team upholds the strong reputation by investing an abundance of hard work into the sport that they love. Morgan Miltner is the head coach of SCHS’s volleyball team and is assisted by her sister Mindy Miltner. Morgan attended Durant High School where she played the position libero for their volleyball team. After graduation, she went on to play at the University of Tennessee. She has now been coaching the sport for ten years, and has been the

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head coach for SCHS since they opened in 2008. The SCHS volleyball team is made up of twelve amazing athletes. Their star senior players – Kayla Farriss (#3), Alex Calescibetta (#12), Terra Brooks (#14), and Danielle Oberle (#15) – lead the team to compete at their full potential. “Our four seniors lead by example and are very encouraging to the rest of us to do our best,” states Ashley Hamel, a junior at SCHS. These girls are great friends on and off the court. Miltner explained how the team has chemistry that a lot of teams don’t have. “I love my close-knit team and I think that we can all agree that there is no better feeling

than making an awesome play together,” describes Hamel. “I think that our team is perfect because we come together as a family, grow as a team, and better ourselves with communication and teamwork. I love my girls!” Last year, the Lady Chargers had an incredible record of 19-5. They dominated their district with a 9-1 record. “One of the greatest features of our team is that they pass very well,” states Miltner. So far, they hold a 2-2 record for their 2015 season. They have recently been moved to a new conference and are facing some unfamiliar competition. Their goal for this year is to hopefully spike the competition in

district games. Not only does the SCHS volleyball team strive to become better athletes, but better people as well. “We aren’t a ‘winat-all-cost’ team, we put a lot of emphasis on becoming better teammates,” Miltner expresses. “We talk a lot about sportsmanship and how to represent our school, families, and community well.” The Lady Charger volleyball team will surely have another successful season this year. It is without a doubt that they will live up to their high expectations and carry on the strong tradition of Strawberry Crest High School.


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uicing. That is the topic of discussion. As out there as it may sound, juicing has a powerful effect on mind, body, and soul. If you haven’t researched it for yourself, I recommend reading up and learning about the health benefits of juicing fresh fruits and vegetable. Juicing is important if your looking to clean your body of toxins, and detox. We live on lovely planet Earth. Lovely planet Earth isn’t always treated the best, therefore there are lots of environmental toxins we breathe in and absorb, from chemicals used to treat produce, to hazardous dumping, to noxious gases and fumes. Although we can’t control these outside influences, they play a role in our health as we are constantly surrounded by it. But, you can control what you put in your body, and your body utilizes what we consume, and it can either thrive or dive. The effects of juicing have been known to show incredible results for common ailments and to even aiding in the treatment of some illnesses. Juicing is removing the fiber from fruits and veggies. Although fiber is important and needed, it’s much easier to absorb the health promoting phytonutrients and enzymes by the

juice. Juicing helps you to absorb all of the nutrients from the vegetables. Most people have some sort of impaired digestion or absorption issue from making not so great eating habits over several years. Juicing will help to pre­digest most of it, and you will receive much more nutrition instead of flushing it down the toilet. Juicing also allows you to consume a wide variety of fruits and vegetables in a timely manner, it’s a very easy way to get your full 6­8 servings per day. The benefits you will enjoy from juicing your fruits and veggies will look like this. (Time to get really excited) • Promotes weight loss • Boosts immune system • Increases energy • Supports brain health • Detoxification The first thing you need to get started with juicing, is to buy a juicer. The prices can range, so do your research to find the best one for you. Then you will need the veggies from your local supermarket or farmers market, remember to support your local farmers! You can find delicious recipes on allaboutjuicing.com and rawforbeauty.com Happy juicing!

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When fishing schooling fish try chumming heavy whenever the school is in casting range. The object is to get the school to settle down in one spot and feed. If you just pluck one or two reds off the school the others keep moving searching for bait. Give it a try and thank me later. Live and let fish.


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have been meaning to write a follow up piece on 9/11 for many years, but honestly I somehow never seem to be able to properly capture how I feel about it, but I am going to give it another try this year. It was October 2001 and I was flying back to Tampa after attending the memorial for my cousin Gary when I first tried to write down how I felt about 9/11, he had last been seen on the 92nd floor of the South Tower of the World Trade Center. I watched that tower come down on television not knowing he was working there, but knowing I had family and friends in the city. If you grew up in NY or NJ the Trade Center was the very symbol of the City, it towered over everything, casting a shadow into the very consciousness of those who lived there. I had been in those towers as a boy with my Father, and had attended a number of business meetings there as an adult; to see them in ruins I honestly was unable to wrap my mind around it. That was a difficult time, my kids were young and didn’t really understand the magnitude of what had happened, my Uncle Ray and his family were deep in their grieving, and the smoke was still rising over the NYC skyline as I flew home that chilly October afternoon. We had begun to rally together as a country, but there was a palpable underlying anxiety as well, soldiers patrolling airports, the constant crush of media coverage and the feeling that things were never going to be the same. We have all come to know more about the events of that fateful day than any of us probably care to, the fingers have been pointed, the conspiracies debated, wars fought over it, governments overthrown,

and even some Old Testament justice delivered by Seal Team Six, and in spite of it all I still miss my cousin. So fourteen years later I still wonder why, was anything really accomplished on either side, how many must we kill of theirs, how many need to be beheaded by this latest incarnation of radicalism and in the end will any of it really matter? I think we all know the answer as this supposed war of faith has been raging for centuries with no abatement in sight and no real answers either. For me the very saddest part of this is that we all believe what we believe but somehow that isn’t enough for any of us, we feel obligated to propagate ours as the superior form of faith, philosophy, belief or even denomination and this in its most radical form requires the conversion or extinction of those that don’t believe as we do. How its possible to reconcile this with any positive interpretation of spirituality escapes me. So it is difficult for me to not harbor outrage at the radicalism of both sides; in my view they appropriate the death of the innocent in their war of ideology. Many of my friends and family have visited the 9/11 Memorial, they say it’s a special place, a solemn place, that the spirits walk there and I am sure its true, but I have not visited. I want to, I have even made my travel reservations, but something holds me back and although I am sure I will eventually make it there and I will close my eyes and speak with my cousin we will share a laugh and the memories of long ago, but not yet, no the sadness is still too deep, too real, and the loss has not faded to a point where I can face it yet. So till then I look at the pictures, listen to the stories of those who make the pilgrimage, and I miss my cousin.

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h, who are the people in your neighborhood? In your neighborhood? In your neighborhood? Say, who are the people in your neighborhood? Well, they’re the people that you meet, when you’re walking down the street, they’re the people that you meet each day! I love that old song! It was written by Jeffrey Moss and sung by Bob McGrath along with the Muppets on Sesame Street back when I was a little kid. This past Labor Day I was standing at my front door looking out at the rain coming down when I heard my cell phone buzzzzing with a new text message. I noticed that the text came from my neighbor of many years Doris Edison. The text said:”I hope you and your Mother can come to David’s house on Sunday the 13th for Kim’s 50th Birthday Party at 2:00p.m.” I quickly replied: “I would look forward to it and Thank You!” I put my cell phone down and as I continued looking out at the rain, the tree tops, and the sky, I started thinking back to where my friendship with the Edison family began. I remember back in the Fall of 1968 when my parents took my sister and I for a Sunday afternoon ride and told us that they had a surprise for us. I remember them driving through a neighborhood that we had visited before, that was new, had big yards, and beautiful houses. My Father slowed the car down and pointed to a certain house and said:” What do you girls think of that house?” My Mother piped in and said:” Isn’t it pretty?” We

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agreed and asked: ”Why?” My parents shouted: “Surprise!!!!!!! We just signed the papers and that is going to be our new house!” My Sister and I were excited and sad at the same time because we did not want to leave our friends in our old neighborhood. We asked to go inside and see our new house, but my Father explained that: a young couple with a little girl were living in the house while their new house was being built across the street. He promised to take us back another time. A few weeks went by and my Father asked my Sister and I if we wanted to ride with him over to the new house. It didn’t take us very long to hop in his 1963 Chevy-Two and off we went to see our new bedrooms. When we pulled up in the driveway, we saw a man standing in the front yard watering flowers along with a little girl with long blonde hair, big brown eyes, and wearing a dress with Cowboy boots. We asked our Father who they were and my Father told us that he was Mr. Robert Edison and the little girl was his daughter. Dad had us wait in the car while he talked with Mr. Edison. The little girl with the Cowboy boots walked over to my car window and just looked at me. I said: “What’s your name?” and she replied: “Kimmmmmeeeeerrrrrrlllllleeee!” I said: “Hi Kimmmeeerrrlllleee!, my name is Candy and this is my sissy Karen! and this is gonna be our new house!” My Dad walked back over to the car and said: “We are not going to be able to go inside the house today because Mrs. Edison just had a little baby boy a few weeks ago and we shouldn’t disturb them.” Mr. Edison looked over at us and said that it was ok for us to come on in and see the house, so out of the car we flew. My Dad looked

at my Sister and I and told us to whisper and tip-toe so we would not wake the little baby if he was sleeping. We went straight to their family room where we saw Mrs. Edison dressed in her housecoat and slippers sitting beside a playpen where her new baby boy was sleeping. I remember my Sister and I bent over the playpen and I whispered to Mrs. Edison: “What’s his name?” and she said: “His name is David! And he is just a few weeks old!” She showed us the rest of the house and we only stayed for a few minutes then left. I think I was more excited about seeing their new baby then I was about seeing my new bedroom! Before too long, our new house was ready for our family to move in. The actual move-in date was: October 30, 1968. From that day forward a great friendship was formed. I probably knocked on their door One Million times throughout my childhood. If I wasn’t over at the Edison’s house playing with Kimberle and David, then I was sick or had been in trouble. HAHA! We got along like Sisters and Brothers. We spent so much time together through the years that I consider them my family. We had so much fun riding bikes, playing Barbies, listening to records, building forts, watching TV shows like: Chips, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, The Monkees, Cartoons, Movies, and my favorite of them all: Dark Shadows! We sold Lemonade, put on puppet shows, chased the Pinky Dinky Man for Ice Cream, played school, sat up in the trees, had funerals for their dearly departed goldfish, then went back the next day to try and dig them up, put on Donny and Marie Skits, had dance contests, sat up in their tower (in the back yard) for hours, rode the school bus together, went Trick-OrTreating together, spent the night with each other, celebrated Birthdays together, and spent our summers together at the Plant City Swim Club. When I was old enough, I babysat Kim and David, took them to the Speedie Shop for candy and goodies, to Dipper Dan for Ice Cream, to the old Plant City Mall for shopping or to see a Movie, and to McDonalds’s for a Quarter Pounder with cheese or David’s favorite: A McRib Sandwich! I even snuck them off when

they were way too young and taught them how to drive in the middle of the ball field at Mike Sansone Park. Before I knew it, Kimberle and David had both graduated College, began their careers, married their Sweethearts, and started having babies. WOW!!!! Where has the time gone? David has two beautiful pre-teen daughters: Peyton and Allie Mae and Kimberle has a grown son Kyle and a daughter Rachel who is now a Senior at Plant City High School. Talk about feeling old!!!! Where did my “Kiiimmeerrrlleeee” and “baby David” go???? On this special occasion, I want to send one of my favorite songs to Kimberle and David, and just maybe, they will pass this song along to their children. The song is: Forever Young by Bob Dylan and sung by Joan Baez. May God bless and keep you always. May your wishes all come true. May you always do for others and let others do for you. May you build a ladder to the stars and climb on every rung. May you stay forever young! May you grow up to be righteous. May you grow up to be true. May you always know the truth and see lights surrounding you. May you always be courageous and stand upright and be strong. May you stay forever young! May your hands always be busy. May your feet always be swift. May you have a strong foundation, when the winds of changes shift. May your heart always be joyful and may your song always be sung. May you stay Forever Young! May you stay Forever Young! Happy 50th Birthday My “Kiiimmmeeerrrllleee!” In my heart, you and David will always be: “FOREVER YOUNG!” I Love You!


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ave you ever wondered why restaurants always have those little peppermints by the register? Peppermints have a long history as being a digestive aid which dates back to ancient Rome and Egypt. Let’s look at a few benefits of using peppermint oil. It can relieve a headache; rub a few drops on the back of your neck and temples. Ladies to relieve hot flashes sip water with a drop of peppermint oil or use peppermint tea. Before a test to increase your performance/mental accuracy and memory suck on a peppermint with real peppermint oil. Another oil with many uses is castor oil. You may have had it when you were younger but it has many uses. Castor oil works great to remove tiredness from around your eyes. Simply rub a little around your eyes before you go to bed. Be careful not to get it in your eyes. It will soak in overnight and leave you looking and feeling more refreshed in

the morning. If you have dry scalp or dandruff just try using castor oil. Rub a little into your scalp and massage to alleviate the flakes and itchiness. Bald spots or just want to have thicker hair, you can massage castor oil into the bald area for about 6 minutes every day to promote natural hair growth. Ladies, you will love this next tip. For a more youthful glow apply castor oil to your skin. The castor oil is great for eliminating and preventing wrinkles. This is sure to fly off the shelves at your local store. You can also use castor oil to help relieve calluses. Just apply the oil to the affected area. You can also massage castor oil into corns to help alleviate the pain and swelling they cause and ultimately make them disappear over time. This takes a few applications but it definitely works. Consult your health care provider before trying anything new. I wanted to send out a special Birthday wish to my Dad who is truly a Blessing. You are greatly loved and appreciated by us all. Until next time relax, enjoy and be thankful…

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n artistic breathe of fresh air has blown into our town of Plant City. Charles Galvin and his fiancé Rebecca Nipper, both established artists have decided to make Plant City their new home. Charles and Rebecca met while doing what they do best, creating art and selling their art at art shows. They struck up an interest in each other and the rest was history. Together they are a dynamic duo creating an artistic buzz that will soon affect our town. Charles has dabbled in many different art mediums including painting, drawing, woodworking and sewing. He earned a degree at USC in Digital Media while living in Orlando. Leather working became an interest of Charles because his best friend worked at a leather shop in Orlando by the name of Tandy Leather. Charles would hang out there every weekend and work on projects and in his own words he said “I became addicted. “ Shortly after moving to Plant City this year, Charles and Rebecca discovered the Art Lounge Gallery in downtown Plant City. Together they have decided to not only become a part of the gallery by renting out space, but they will also have a working studio where both Charles and Rebecca will be producing and selling their artwork. Both were attracted to the slower pace lifestyle of Plant City compared to Orlando and Tampa. Charles describes Plant City as “fun but mellow.” Within their new home Charles and Rebecca have created a wonderful workspace where Charles works on his leather projects and Rebecca is beside him working on her paintings and jewelry. In addition to working a full time job for an engineering company,

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Charles spends on average an additional forty hours working as a leathersmith. Charles and Rebecca both participate in about one show per month which includes local art shows, Comic-con conventions, and music festivals in order to sell their artwork. Out of these shows Charles and Rebecca try to attend at least one very large show every quarter such as the MegaCon Convention in Orlando. As a leathersmith Charles learned his art and passion from taking leathersmith classes as well as watching on-line tutorials. Many of his leather creations are custom made and one of a kind. Some of the various leather items that Charles creates include purses, belts, beer holsters, belt pouches, shackle cuffs, journals, and various other types of special commissioned projects. Everything is made from hand using many different types of tools that are custom to being a leathersmith. In November Charles has a trip planned to Seattle where he will be taking a shoe making class. Many exciting projects and developments are in store for both Charles and Rebecca, which include an upcoming wedding and becoming the newest members of the Art Lounge Gallery. Plant City is prepared to welcome them with open arms and looks forward to receiving the benefits of having such a creative couple share their passions and art with us. For more information on Charles Galvin, Leathersmith you can visit his website at GalvinLeatherworks.com. More information will be written on Rebecca Nipper and her artwork in a following article.


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LEADERS IN FAITH PASTOR DOUG PARETI BY CHERYL JOHNSTON

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ev. Doug Pareti and his wife Roxanne are mission-minded leaders. The new pastor praised Plant City residents and its First United Methodist Church congregation, the seventh they have served. “We have never been so welcomed as here, with more social invitations in our first two months than the six years prior,” he shared. The New Jersey born Pareti earned his Social Science degree from the University of South Florida before graduating from Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in 1987. As partners, the Paretis have ministered 31 years in Florida where their four children live as well.

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Please share your first involvement in ministry. “Church has always been my safe place,” explained Pastor Doug. “I’ve always attended and while in youth ministry, decided to change my major from engineering to attend seminary. My first student pastor appointment was for the Methodist of North Georgia Conference in Jenkinsburg. I fell in love with the pastorate and appreciate being involved with people’s lives. My first senior appointment was in the Nokomis/ Venice church. How did your passion for missions develop? The introduction to missions beyond the local church came through a friend’s work in the Dominican Republic. The

people stole my heart. We also helped in developing the Children’s Worship Center in Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, Costa Rica.” On October 20, I’ll visit our sister church in Cuba to learn how our third set of ministry to children’s team can assist more.” “Locally, our Christ Community Café serves Friday lunch at the Wesley Center to anyone hungry. We fed 125 people the week before school re-opened, including one mother and six children who had not eaten in two days.” “With the help of Bonnie Bullard, my wife Roxanne directs our tutoring outreach with 18 currently registered students. Our team wants to serve those who fall behind or through the cracks. “I am so proud of this church for its Family Promise volunteer work with homeless families (familypromisebrandon.org). FUMCPC is in the rotation to house them while they re-establish their lives. Our third floor becomes sleeping quarters and a community room. Our ‘Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors’ goal is to be the church that IS the community, to be available.”

How would you encourage the people of Plant City? “To the faith inclined, I would say: Find a good church home. FUMPC has welcomed people since 1885 and our 600-seat auditorium at 303 N. Evers Street has room. Church members know community connections are an important part of Christian service. New folks can definitely get involved.” “To everyone, I’d recommend they find their fit and assist one of the civic organizations that welcome help. Toastmasters, Rotary, Lions or Kiwanis clubs, the Plant City Chamber of Commerce, Florida Strawberry Festival volunteers, Unity in the Community and many care-related efforts are a few examples.” “Plant City is such a close-knit community and old-time Southern hospitality lives here. What amazed me is how people greeted me AND remembered me.” For service times and activity schedule, visit in person or at firstchurchplantcity.com. Your visit and “like” on Facebook will also be appreciated.


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KIDS EAT FREE I BY JOE CASTAGNO

t was with a bit of hesitation and dare I say even trepidation that I headed out on my latest Focus assignment… review three of Plant City’s restaurants that offer a “kids eat free” program; now I know this sounds simple enough but my “kid” is a twenty-seven year old man with a huge beard and comparable appetite… I was nervous.

Our first stop was O’Briens Irish Pub located at 1701 S. Alexander Street in Plant City, we were warmly greeted by Mike who happily explained that all day on Wednesday’s with every adult meal customers ordered they could also receive a free “kids meal” for any child up to twelve years old. O’Brien’s offers an extensive kids menu including: chicken fingers, chicken sliders (new), mini corndogs and more, there are also some terrific sides including fries, mashed potatoes, baked beans (new) and the veggie of the day. We tried the chicken sliders, nice large portion of two sliders, tender white meat, gently toasted bun and a side of crispy fries… my “little” man thought it was great! O’Brien’s also has some new offerings for all you adults so stop by and check out the new menu. 74

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Our next stop was Johnson’s BBQ on the corner of MLK and Alexander Street in Plant City, we could smell that sweet smoky goodness from the parking lot. Johnson’s offers families two (12 and under) kids meals for every adult meal on Monday and Wednesday 5PM to close. This is a great deal and the portions are large including a quarter pound pork, beef, or turkey sandwich, house made chips, and soft drink / tea; top that off with an ice cream sundae and let the happiness begin. Once again my kiddo went to town sampling the turkey sandwich, it was delicious with moist and slightly smoky turkey on a soft bun and the chips were great, not sure what happened to the ice cream but it was gone in a flash. Johnson’s will be opening their outside seating area this fall and also offers a 14oz Ribeye special on Friday and Saturday for those special nights without the youngsters.

We finished our tour next door at Fred’s Market Restaurant located at 1401 West MLK Boulevard in Plant City. Fred’s has always been famous for its buffet, but also offers an extensive menu as well. On Mondays and Tuesdays 5PM to close they offer families two (10 and under) kids meals for every adult meal. I asked and they don’t card your kids, but they weren’t letting my bundle of joy anywhere near the buffet either. However, every child that comes in on Monday or Tuesday night is given an opportunity to draw a picture that enters them in a free bicycle give away every month. So not only do you get an excellent meal from one of the great Southern buffets you get the opportunity to win a bicycle, what could be better than that? If you are looking for a family friendly restaurant that understands it’s sometimes tough to take the whole family out, give any of these three a try, they get it and have plenty of menu options for you and the kids.


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Sweet Potato Breakfast Hash

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1 organic sweet potato (I used purple ones!) 2 tablespoons bacon fat or cooking oil 1 tablespoon of your favorite spice mix 3 free-range eggs

• ¼ cup organic heirloom or grape tomatoes • Salt + Pepper • Hot sauce (optional)

Directions

Pre heat your oven to 350 degrees. Add your bacon fat or cooking oil to a cast-iron skillet over medium heat on the stove. Rinse and dice the potato into bite-sized pieces before adding to the warm pan. Season with your favorite spice mix, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper (to taste). Cook your potatoes, stirring occasionally, for about 20 minutes or until softened and browned. Remove from the heat and crack your eggs on the top of the potatoes. Rinse and chop your tomatoes and sprinkle them on top. Bake for 10 minutes, until the eggs are cooked through. Serve warm with hot sauce!

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This dish is packed full of vitamins, protein, and antioxidants to keep you full and boost your metabolism! Try sautéing greens, such as chopped organic kale, with your potatoes for 5 minutes before baking for a nutritional boost!

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17 - THURSDAY

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• Citizenship Day of Constitution Week

• Breast Cancer Awareness Month

• PC Chamber of Commerce 10th Annual BBQ Lunch @11AM

• Local Harvest Farmers Market Historic Downtown Plant City 4 – 8PM

18 - FRIDAY • National POW/MIA Recognition Day

19 - SATURDAY ARE YOU READY FOR SOME

• Mud Titan Mud Run 1500 Prevatt Rd. In its 4th installment, this 5K-30 obstacle course will challenge participants with wind, height, sliding, climbing, and running. A portion of the proceeds benefits The Youth Alliance. Register online at mudtitanrun.com • Strawberry Classic Car Show Historic Downtown 4PM – 9PM

21 - MONDAY • Friends of Bruton Memorial Library Annual Membership Meeting 6:30PM

24 - THURSDAY • Diamonds & Denim Ball

26 - SATURDAY PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL 9/18 @7:30p vs Strawberry Crest @PCHS 9/25 @7:30p vs East Bay @East Bay (Gibsonton) 10/2 @7:30p vs Tampa Bay Tech @PCHS 10/9 @7:30p vs Bloomingdale @Bloomingdale (Valrico) 10/16 @7:30p vs Durant @DHS DURANT HIGH SCHOOL 9/18 @7:30p vs East Bay @DHS 9/25 @7:30p vs Lennard @Lennard (Ruskin, FL) 10/2 @7:30p vs Bloomingdale @Bloomingdale 10/9 @7:30p vs Strawberry Crest @ SCHS (Dover, FL) 10/16 @7:30p vs Plant City @DHS STRAWBERRY CREST HIGH SCHOOL 9/18 @7:30p vs Plant City @ PCHS 9/25 @7:30p vs Tampa Bay Tech @SCHS 10/2 @7:30p vs Lennard @ Lennard (Ruskin, FL) 10/9 @7:30p vs Durant @SCHS 82

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• Carefest 2015 Meet at 7AM for community volunteer effort • Plant City Entertainment Annual English Tea Party 101 N. Thomas Street 2 – 4PM; $25 per person Info: 813-245-2244 or 813-927-0595

31 - SATURDAY • CrossFit Plant City’s FRANkenstein 5K and WOD-O-Ween Registration/Sign In at 8:00AM, 5K at 9:00AM, Monster Dash at 10:00AM Alderman’s Ford Park 100 Alderman Ford Park Dr Plant City, FL 33567 Join us for a fun Halloween 5K run, a kid’s 1 mile Monster Dash, and a mini CrossFit throwdown. Proceeds benefit the Apache Way Farm Rescue and Jean Croslin’s battle with stage four cancer.

02 - FRIDAY • Lions Club Annual Charity Golf Tournament • Florida Inspirational Writers Retreat Cedarkirk Conference Center, Lithia FL

03 - SATURDAY • Florida Inspirational Writers Retreat Cedarkirk Conference Center 1920 Streetman Drive, Lithia FL 8:30AM – 5PM Register by 9-18-15 for $95 Contact Deb Coty: (813) 681-7516 • Fox Squirrel Corn Maze Saturdays/Sundays from October 3-25 10AM – Gate closes @5PM Adults $11; Youth $10 (ages 3-17) 3002 Charlie Taylor Road N, Plant City Email: futchentertainment@comcast.net • 13th Anniversary Bike Fest Historic Downtown 5 – 9PM

08 - THURSDAY • Local Harvest Farmers Market Historic Downtown Plant City 4 – 8PM

10 - SATURDAY • The Kind Helping the Blind Lions Club Annual Housepainting Event Contact Karen Cromley 813-259-7987

12 - MONDAY • Columbus Day

15 - THURSDAY • Local Harvest Farmers Market Historic Downtown Plant City 4 – 8PM • PC Chamber Business After Hours The Hay Exchange 5:15PM

16 - FRIDAY • National Boss Day

17 - SATURDAY • Strawberry Classic Car Show Historic Downtown Plant City 4 – 9PM


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FOCUSOBITUARIES Charlotte Elizabeth Richter, 82 of Valrico died August 18, 2015 at Brandon Regional Hospital. A Native of Phildelphia, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Chester and Margaret Matthew MacDonald. She was the wife of the late Raymond Richter. She was also preceded in death by her brother, Chester MacDonald. Surviving are sons, Richard Daly, Ronnie Kelly, Raymond (Pamela), and Randy Richter; daughter, Beamarie (Tate) Lindsay; brother, Donald MacDonald; sisters, Gloria Yencho, Lorraine Haines, June Crowell; 7 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren. Charlotte worked for the Tampa Bay Lightning for over 20 years in food service, was there when they won the Stanley Cup Championship, and was employee of the year. She worked at the Plant City Stadium when the Reds had spring training, owned Harold’s Fish Market and Richter and Sons Seafood Restaurant, was a Tampa Bay Rays fan, enjoyed bingo and loved her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. The family will be having private services. Online condolences may be left at haughtfuneralhome.com Melvin Paul Norris, 64 of Plant City died August 14, 2015 at his home. A native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, he was the son of the late Kenneth and Willda Evans Norris. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Kenny Norris and Goldie,

his favorite cat. Surviving are sisters, Charlotte Ruiz, Shirley Ramos, Mary Louise Werstein, Dolores McDade, and Anita Dusseau. Melvin was an usher at St Clement Catholic Church for over 20 years and loved MeTV and Wendys. Online condolences may be left to the family at haughtfuneralhome.com

Joseph Geraw age 71, of Plant City Florida passed away Monday, August 17th, 2015 at Lakeland Regional Medical Center. A native of St. Albans Vermont, he was the son of the late Bruce and Celia Martell Geraw. Survivors include his wife, Patricia Peryea Geraw; Children: Peter, Joey and William Geraw, and Serena Domina. Siblings:

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Nancy Sprague, Elaine Dunham, Charlene Sordiff, Deborah Geraw, Shelia Bennett, Vanessa Morgan, Ethan, Ronnie, Timothy and Danny Geraw, 11 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren, preceded in death by siblings: Patricia, Bruce, Larry James, Gerald and Todd Geraw. Joe was a member of the U.S. Army National Guard Services will be private. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.haughtfuneralhome.com. LaJean Turner age 69, of Plant City Florida passed away Wednesday, August 19th, 2015 at her home.. A native of Plant City, she was the daughter of the late S.D.and Bobbie King Eady. Survivors include Children: Shane Turner, and Raven ( Jamie) Turner Smith, Sister: Linda (Billy) Eady Wiggins, Grandchildren: Summer and Faith Smith, LaJean was a member of The First Baptist Church of Plant City. Services will be private. Online condolences may be left for the family at www. haughtfuneralhome.com. Melissa Ann Olague 32, of Plant City, Florida passed away Friday, August 21, 2015 at her home. A native of Winter Haven, Florida, she was the daughter of Olin Britt and Mary Locke Davis. Melissa was preceded in death by her father, Olin Britt and brother,

John Britt. She is survived by her beloved husband, Joe Olague; children, Haleana, Joe and Axton Olague; parents, Sandy Britt, Mary and Jerry Davis, Donna Little and Jeffery Gilamore; siblings, Patricia, Jeffery, Jerrica and Princess Gilamore, and Matthew Britt. Melissa enjoyed photography and her family. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.haughtfuneralhome.com. Bob Smith age 82, of Plant City Florida passed away Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 A native of Alamo, Georgia, he was the son of Claude and Dollie Mercer Smith. Survivors include Children: Robert (Brenda) Smith, Patricia Milam, and Carrie (Hank) Nedlon, Brother: Harlen (Evelyn) Smith, many nieces and nephews and his long time companion Betty Mobley. He was preceded in death by Son: Ralph Edward Smith, Siblings: Jessie C. Smith, Mary Lee Smith, Martha Watkins, Billy, Hilton and Earl Smith. Bob retired

as a store manager from Publix after 40 years of service. He enjoyed fishing, camping and travel. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.haughtfuneralhome.com.

He was a selector for Save-A-Lot, attended St. Paul Lutheran Church, Loved Lighting Hockey and the Green Bay Packers. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.haughtfuneralhome.com.

Jessie Smith age 91, of Plant City Florida passed away Sunday, August 23rd, 2015 at her home . A native of Alamo, Georgia she was the daughter of Claude and Dollie Mercer Smith. Survivors include Brother: Harlen (Evelyn) Smith, and many nieces and nephews she was preceded in death by Siblings: Mary Lee Smith, Martha Watkins, Billy, Bob, Hilton and Earl Smith. Also preceded in death by her longtime companion Howard Drummond. Jessie was the owner of several companies including Minute Maid Meats in Miami, she also owned an apartment complex, worked for Bigby Electrical and Pan Am Chemical. She was a very avid and successful stock trader. She was very proud of her family. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.haughtfuneralhome.com.

Nalee Yang age 37, of Lakeland Florida passed away Saturday, September 5th, 2015 in Plant City. She was the daughter of Poa and Chau Yang they survive other, survivors include Siblings: Mykoue, Paefua, Bee, Fue, and Mongjung Yang. She was the wife or Edward Garrett Gottschall he died with her in the accident. Nalee attended St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lakeland was a Rehab Tech for Select Rehab. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.haughtfuneralhome.com.

Jay W. Granger age 68, of Plant City/Lake Wales Florida passed away Friday, August 28th, 2015 at Tampa’s VA Hospital. A native of Cottonwood, AL, he was the son of James and Georgia Bell Whitehead Granger. Survivors include Children: Jay W. (Shannon) Granger Jr., Dana (Steve) Collier, Michelle and Deana Granger, Siblings: Inez Granger, Audrey Tindle, Patricia Bassett, Michael Granger, 6 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild, and numerous nieces and nephews. Jay W. attended Plant City’s First Baptist Church Jay W. Granger was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was the owner of the Badcock Furniture Store in Douglas, GA, retired after 20 years of service from C.F. Industries, was a member of the Plant City Jay Cees, and the Lake Wales Moose Lodge. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. Online condolences may be left for the family at www. haughtfuneralhome.com. Edward Gottschall age 29, of Lakeland Florida passed away Saturday, September 5th, 2015 in Plant City . A native of Plant City, he was the son of Edward Gottschall and JoAnn Gottschall they survive other survivors include Siblings: Sherrie Sweat, Morgan Barber, Levi Gottschall, Garrett’s wife Nalee Yang was killed in the same accident.

Michael “Mike” Moore age 53, of Plant City Florida passed away Saturday, September 5th, 2015 at Florida Hospital Tampa. A native of Tampa, he was the son of Gene Moore and Barbara Pixton. Survivors include his wife Karen Simmons Moore. Children: Nicholas Wolfgram, Michael Moore, Casandra Flaherty, Michelle Nance, Rachel Middleton, Ryan Simmons, Parents Barbara (Sam) Pixton, siblings: Rhonda Heil, Sandra Damico, Carla Moore, Colleen Moore, Goldie Moore, Earl Moore, Vince Moore, Julie Elrod, Jan Pixton, 8 grandchildren precede in death by his father Gene Moore and brother Eric Levine. Mike worked for White Cap Construction Supply he loved to be on the water and his Budweiser. He was an organ donor that gave the gift of sight. Mike was a veteran of the Marine Corps. Online condolences may be left for the family at www. haughtfuneralhome.com.

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