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CONTENTS October 2015 | Volume 14 Issue 10 | focusplantcity.com

18 Local This issue is packed with community “good news� stories such as the Good Cookie 5K Family Fun Day, the Kind Helping the Blind painting event, Calendar Girls and an events list full of concerts, feasts, and festival-type entertainment.

46 Feature: Dancing with the Locals The 8th Annual Dancing with the Locals fundraiser will feature 10 couples willing to move out of their comfort zones, spend time in lessons and practice, and promote the opportunity to help the Rotary gather donations for area charities. Tickets are still available!

74 Dining: Kids Eat Free In addition to those restaurants we reviewed in the September issue for KIDS EAT FREE, this issue shares details of three more that will save families money when they dine out.

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LETTER FROM THE

PUBLISHER Raise your hand if you’ve commented at least once recently about the dropping temperatures, falling humidity levels, and brighter, even more gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. OK, I see you. Mine is raised, too, and there’s a big smile on my face. Even without the brilliant colors of changing Fall foliage, our community’s families are ready to celebrate cooler air, less rain, and all the fun festivals that arrive in Autumn. It’s a very busy season. You’ll notice the Events Calendar is jam-packed with things to do this month, and that’s always a good thing. Opportunities to get outdoors abound in activities such as the Fox Squirrel Corn Maze, Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail, Cracker Country Feast, Hillsborough County Fair, Local Harvest Farmers’ Market and the Fancy Flea. You’ll also notice several concerts!

And let’s not forget all the Halloween parties, Trunk or Treat church gatherings, the CrossFit Plant City FRANkenstein 5K and WOW-o-ween event, and pumpkin patch photo ops. Orange and gold leaves or not, it’s going to be a colorful time in our sweet town. It will also be a choreographic and musical evening at the 8th Annual Dancing with the Locals fundraiser when 10 couples vie for awards for Best Dancers and Most Money Raised. Purchase your tickets now to help Rotary benefit the designated charities in our community. I’d like also to encourage you to cherish most the time you spend with loved ones during these holidays. Let us never take for granted the beautiful life we enjoy here with our wonderful families, friends, and business associates. Make every effort to enjoy every moment of time and energy you can invest in them. And above all, be thankful. Gratitude really can change our lives.

Warmest Regards, Mike Floyd

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individuals in the Plant City community. Many contributed for a chance to win a diamond ring, donated by J & G Jewelers. Mary Bess Thompson was the lucky recipient. 50/50 raffle tickets were sold throughout the evening and garnered $1800 for the hospital and $1800 for the winning ticket holder, Mary Ann Fontaine. The event raised over $100,000 from sponsorships, ticket sales, raffle items, and the live and silent auctions. The money will be designated by the Foundation to go toward the new Charles and Betty Grimes Critical Care Center, which is scheduled to open in Spring 2016 at South Florida Baptist Hospital. All in attendance seemed to enjoy the casual evening spent with friends and family to once again support a wonderful cause.

Diamond ring ice sculpture.

19TH ANNUAL DIAMONDS AND DENIM M BY SHERRIE MUELLER

ore than 650 people donned their best Western-themed clothing recently to attend the 19th Annual Diamonds and Denim event sponsored by the South Florida Baptist Hospital Foundation. The event featured live country music by the band, “Faces South” and station after station of delicious food to please everyone’s palette. Kim McElveen chaired the event with the help of Vice Chairs, Marsha Passmore, Debi Peacock and a committee of volunteers which included: Kathy Baskin, Carmen Brownlee, Frank Cummings, Jean Ann Davenport, David Galloway, Lisa Galloway, Sylvia Knox, Gail Lyons, Cindy Morselli, Brett Mueller, Glenda Raulerson, Bruce

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Rodwell, Margaret Rodwell, Rhett Rollyson, Tina Sikes, Phil Waldron, Faye Wetherington and Lori Yarbrough. Jana Butler is the Executive Director of the South Florida Baptist Foundation. This fun-filled event was moved to a new venue this year to accommodate the increasing demand for tickets by supporters of South Florida Baptist Hospital. The Florida Strawberry Festival Charlie Grimes Family Agricultural Center was the perfect site to handle the growth of this popular fundraiser. The building was transformed into a savvy Western venue and featured a large ice sculpture of a diamond ring. Guests enjoyed foods created by Executive Chef Michael Ambrosino

Pec and Dub McGinnes with Kim McElveen, Chairman of the Event.

Charles & Betty Grimes, contributors to the Plant City community. The new Critical Care Center at South Florida Baptist Hospital will be named after them. The venue for Diamonds and Denim also is named after this couple.


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YOUTH FISHING DERBY

casting game contest was held for the kids while the adults tallied up the rankings for the awards. Kids were separated into two age groups for the awards, 11 to 15 years and 5 to 10 years. Nine year old Kamryn Rinehart won Overall First Bass with her 2.8 pound catch. Lex Palomares achieved Overall First Catfish, with a 1.8 pound catch. In the older age group, 12 year old Luis Palomares won biggest fish with his 2 pound Plako. Matthew Miller,13, won most fish, with 7 bass catches. In the younger age group, Ryland Purdy, 9, won biggest fish with his 1 pound bass, and Jaden McCants, 8, won the Captains award. Seven year old Madisyn Morgan also won the Backyard Bass Casting Game. Jovee Tkach, a 5 year old participant and younger winner for most fish, caught a record 13 total. Prizes were provided by T. A. Mahoney’s. Haldane began hosting these derbies with Parks & Rec in 1997 with the help of volunteer TJ Vail. Though Vail passed away in January of this year, the derbies, which have now gone on for 19 years, continue in his memory. “His passion was

‘Keep kids fishing’ and he was adamant about teaching the next generation of anglers,” she says. The joys of fishing have been proudly and successfully passed down by those who believe it important. The derbies are typically held in March and September, and are made possible by volunteers who assist in the weighing and registration process. Sponsors included T. A. Mahoney’s, the Plant City Water Resource Management Division, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission and Culprit Lures. The Plant City Recreation & Parks Department will hold their next event, a Women’s Halloween All Night Softball Tournament, on October 24-25. Team registration deadline is October 16. The next Youth Fishing Derby is still in the planning stage, but set for April 2016. See more pictures from the event and stay up to date with Plant City Parks & Rec happenings by following on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pcrecandparks/ and Twitter at @PCRecandParks or visit www.plantcitygov.com.

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n a conveniently overcast Saturday in September, the Plant City Recreation & Parks Department held their Bi-annual Youth Fishing Derby. Kids ages 5-15 caught a total of 62 fish from 8:30 to 11 a.m. “With extended family on site and 66 participants, we had approximately 120 guests,” explains Deborah Haldane, founder of the event and program manager for Plant City Parks & Rec. “Everyone had an enjoyable time.” This 18

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free event was held at the pond behind the Plant City Stadium parking lot, off Gordon Food Service Dr. It holds nine varieties of fish. Anglers as young as 5 years old experienced the thrill of a good catch. Participants at this catch and release derby were instructed to bring their own pole and bait, along with a 5 gallon bucket. Several healthy bass were caught, as well as catfish, brim, perch and even one plecostomus. Following the fishing, a

Picture with winners: Winners from Left to Right: Front Row: Jovee Tkach (5 years), Madisyn Morgan (7 years) Back Row: Deborah Haldane (Program Manager), Lex Palomares (8 years), Luis Palomares (12 years), Matthew Miller (13 years), Kamryn Rinehart (9 years) and Ryland Purdy (9 years).


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7TH ANNUAL

GARDEN FEST

PLANT CITY GARDEN CLUB BY ANDREA BARRIOS

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n Saturday, September 26, the Plant City Garden Club hosted their annual Garden Fest at the Plant City Train Depot from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Club members were enthusiastic about the outcome, and vendors were well satisfied with the flow of traffic. “It went fabulous and it gets easier every year,” explains Christy Linke, Secretary and 8 year member of the Garden Club. She also mentions that it was noticeably more attended than in years past. This 7th annual event was free to the public and included 24 naturethemed vendors who were excited to showcase their products. These vendors came from various locations throughout Florida, including Lakeland, Riverview, Winterhaven and Apopka. D&D Growers, J& P Nursery, Repurposed Creations, Blooms Nursery, Bruno’s Orchids, Elting’s Exotic Plants, Sadler Honey Farms, Suncoast Native Plant Society and PJ Crafts World were among them. Flowers of all types were sold, as well as garden statues, décor, hydroponic systems, organically grown herbs, seeds and yard art. The Plant City Rotary Club also sold hamburgers and hotdogs for attendees. The Garden Club, with Jan Griffin

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as president, is involved in a variety of activities throughout the year such as the Strawberry Festival and Junior Gardeners. Their next event is called Sun with Flowers and will be held on December 5. This is a $25 course in flower design which includes lunch. It will be held at The Walden Lake East Community Center where the club holds meetings on the second Monday every month. Their purpose is to learn and teach horticulture, botany, litter control and civic beautification. “I’ve learned so much from this club, so I willingly give back,” says Betty Wise, who has been Chairman of the Garden Fest for the past two years. “I want to thank Betty because this event ran like a fine machine because of her,” stated Linke. The Garden Fest is typically held on the last Saturday in September every year. “We look forward to having it again, so save the date,” advises Wise. For more information on the Plant City Garden Club, visit www. plantcitygardenclub.org or www. facebook.com/Plant-City-GardenClub-231045230241027/. Membership is $25 per year and $35 for two.


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The youth group from Hopewell Baptist Church teamed up to beautify the grounds at Jackson Elementary School on CareFest Saturday 2015.

“BEE CONTAGIOUS” VOLUNTEERS BLESSED CAREFEST 2015 BY CHERYL JOHNSTON

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ore than 150 volunteers from 21 churches, civic clubs, and business organizations teamed up for a very successful CareFest Plant City “Bee Contagious” community outreach day on September 26, 2015. For the past 14 years, Somebody Cares Tampa Bay has mobilized locals for its CareFest projects day to “do all the good we can by all the means we can.” The Christ-centered program unites cities with the purpose of demonstrating God’s love in practical ways to those in need. Volunteers here were among 4,000 people across a four-county region participating in the annual event. “We were thrilled with the outpouring of community support. The Plant City volunteers were angels of life and hope, showing care and concern for our neighbors,” explained Norm Blanton, Director of CareFest Plant City and CareFest South Shore. Shelby Bender, Executive Director of the East Hillsborough Historical Society, described the energy and camaraderie shared. “Plant City is a better place to live and play today because everyone worked so hard to make it happen.” Sonny’s Barbeque provided lunch for the celebration at the 1914 Community Building she oversees. “I know first hand what a huge impact today had on our site,” continued Bender. Volunteer coordinator Judy Beall said of her first CareFest, “I learned so much

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about the great needs in our community. And I was impressed by the variety of churches, clubs, and businesses that came together to lend a hand. They worked hard, got sweaty and dirty, but they smiled a lot.” Walt Thompson, Youth Minister of Hopewell Baptist Church, followed up with kudos for Blanton after his team of 24 worked to beautify the Jackson Elementary School grounds. He wrote: “I cannot thank you enough for the many hours and hard work you put into the organizing Carefest for Plant City.” Participating churches and organizations included: Cedar Grove Baptist, Cork United Methodist, Hopewell Baptist, Knights Baptist, Lone Oak Baptist, Midway Baptist, Plant City’s First Baptist, First Presbyterian PC, God’s Garden Daycare, Gospel Mets Ministries, Plant City Church of God, St. Mary’s Community Church, Victory Worship Center, City of Plant City, East Hillsborough Historical Society, Improvement League of Plant City, PCHS Key Club, PC Police Department, PC Rotary, Sonny’s Barbeque, Focus Magazine and the PC Courier/Tampa Tribune. For a beautiful story and photos highlighting the CareFest day, visit http:// www.flumc.org/newsdetail/2260315. To volunteer for the 2016 effort, please visit www.carefestusa.com or call 813-3260749 or 727-536-2273.


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BACK ROW (Left to Right): Emily Johnson (10-11 girls, 1st place), Shelby Jacobsen (10-11 girls, 2nd place), Libby Johnson (10-11 girls, 3rd place), Anthony Palestrini (10-11 boys, 1st place), Will Pace (10-11 boys, 2nd place), Andrew Smith (10-11 boys, 3rd place), Trey McKinnie (12-13 boys, 2nd place), Gavin Carothers (12-13 boys, 3rd place), Madison Osman (12-13 girls, 1st place), Gemma Stanley (12-13 girls, 2nd place), Anthony Stanley (14-15 boys, 1st place), Joe Jacobsen (14-15 boys, 2nd place FRONT ROW (Left to Right): Gianna Stanley (6-7 girls, 1st place), Brendan Smith (6-7 boys, 1st place), Tanner Gonser (6-7 boys, 2nd place), William Cordle (8-9 boys, 2nd place), Aidan Beachy (8-9 boys, 3rd place)

2015 NFL PUNT, PASS, AND KICK SKILLS CONTEST BY DEANA GARRISON

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he NFL Punt, Pass, and Kick contest was hosted by The Recreation and Parks Department along with the Optimist Club who sponsored the event. Many children came out to compete in this 22nd season competition. The athletes love it and seem to have so much fun. The score is determined by a total of all three events. Once calculated, the winner in each group continues on to the Buc’s Stadium for the sectional competition. Anthony Palestrini, winner of the 10-11 year old group said, “This is one of my favorite events and I look forward to it every year. It took a lot of practice and hard work, but I have won it three years in the years I have been a part of it.” Winning three years says a great deal about Palestrini’s skills on the field. Palestrini offered some pointers. He said you will lose points if the kicks and passes are not straight, so you want to get them as straight as possible. The winners of this exciting event were: • 6-7 year old girls: 1st place, Gianna Stanley; 2nd, Sophie Settles • 6-7 year old boys: 1st place, Brendan Smith; 2nd place, Tanner Gonser;

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3rd, Landyn Jackson • 8-9 year old girls: 1st place, Gracie Edgeman; 2nd place, Nahlia McGrath • 8-9 year old boys: 1st place, Jordan Henandez 2nd place, William Cordie; 3rd place, Aidan Beachy • 10-11 year old girls: 1st place Emily Johnson; 2nd place, Shelby Jacobsen; 3rd place, Libby Johnson • 10-11 year old boys: 1st place, Anthony Palestrini; 2nd place, Will Pace; 3rd place, Andrew Smith • 12-13 year old girls: 1st place Madison Osman; 2nd place, Gemma Stanley • 12-13 year old boys: 1st place, Gavin Hessler; 2nd place Trey McKinnie; 3rd place, Gavin Carothers • 14-15 year old boys: 1st place Anthony Stanley; 2nd place, Joe Jacobsen; 3rd, Michael Stanley If your child is between the ages of 6 and 15 and you missed this event this year, make sure you keep up with it next year. This is one competition you don’t want to miss. Who knows…your child just may come home with a trophy.


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The Plant City Dolphins Cheer Team, of which Morgan Pierce is a member, awaits their turn to start the Good Cookie 5K in the historic downtown.

GOOD COOKIE 5K, BAKE SALE, AND FAMILY FUN DAY

BY CHERYL JOHNSTON

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he 4th Annual Good Cookie 5K, Kids’ Run and Bake Sale on October 3 in Plant City was a wonderful success! The family fun day that supports Cookies for Kids Cancer research raised $6,000 with 220 registrations. The four-year total equals $33.000. Beginning at the Train Depot, runners enjoyed the chip-timed, partially shaded course through historic downtown Plant City. Children ages 4-10 ran the 100-yard “Sprint for Sprinkles.” Participants enjoyed cookies at the finish line, top runner awards, a costume contest, bake sale, bounce

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houses and more. Event sponsors included: items2PromoteU, Seaboard Sales, Abdoney Orthodontics and Pediatric Dentistry, Karl’s Custom Golf Shop, Walden Lake Early Learning Center and Morrow Steel. Organizers Clint and Emily Pierce and their family belong to “the club you never wanted to join, but had to.” That’s because the Pierces’ youngest daughter Morgan, 12, has been battling Stage 4 Neuroblastoma since November 2008. In nearly seven years, she has relapsed 7 times, undergone 38 rounds of chemo, 70-plus rounds of radiation

and 39 rounds of painful antibody treatments, along with various other treatments to try and rid her body of cancer. She receives treatment at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York City, over 1000 miles from home. Cancer strains family budgets, too… big time. With husband Clint as the only wage earner, the travel and medical expenses keep the family in financial distress. They appreciate every donation to Morgan’s treatment trust fund at Hillsboro Bank. Almost 1,500 readers follow Emily’s blog that details the highs, lows and bumps in the treatment

journey road. And Morgan’s personal Facebook page has almost 1,000 likes. “Awareness is key, “ explained Emily, “because kids’ cancers are completely different than adults’. The goal for children’s cancer researchers is to find and fund treatments that aren’t as toxic as adult chemos.” Because of her family’s experience, Morgan’s sister Allison, a Durant High School freshman, is becoming an advocate for siblings of kids with cancer. Despite their own financial hardships, the Pierces are a pay it forward family. Emily shared, “We’ve always tried to teach our girls that, even though childhood cancer is unfair and we should do something to change it, that everyone has hardships in life… This is our lot in life, and we have to deal with it accordingly. We can cry and be sad, but after a while we get up and move forward and do what we have to do.” Childhood Cancer Awareness month is September, but involvement is needed every day. Emily explained, “You can help. Search for an event, hold your own bake sale, and/or donate to one of the reputable childhood cancer organizations such as Alex’s Lemonade Stand, Cookies for Kids Cancer, or Jensen’s Heart of Gold Foundation. The Jensen’s Heart of Gold Gala, scheduled for February 13, 2016 at Keel and Curley Winery, raises money for Central Florida families whose child is in the care of a pediatric oncologist. “Please do something,” Emily pleads. “Only a small percentage of cancer research dollars are spent on children’s cancer. Seven years and seven reoccurrences later, we are so very lucky to still have Morgan. Our kids need a voice to help them live.” To learn more, visit Facebook at Good Cookie 5K Plant City or Emily’s blog at http://www.sparkyflower. wordpress.com


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PLANT CITY HIGH SCHOOL CALENDARS BRING BEAUTY AND SERVICE TO THE STAGE BY SHERRIE MUELLER

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hirty five beautiful junior and senior girls graced the stage in the Plant City High School Auditorium on Saturday, October 3rd to compete for the opportunity to be recognized as a 2016 Calendar Girl. The event was sponsored by the PCHS Athletic Booster Club and all proceeds will be used to enhance the athletic programs at Plant City High School. Donna Keel and Krystal Almon chaired the pageant for the Booster Club. Each of the contestants modeled elegant evening gowns as the Mistress of Ceremony, Dr. Toni Griffin, introduced them and described their interests and involvement in school activities. Dr. Griffin was no stranger to the contestants, as she has been a Guidance Counselor at PCHS for 11 years. All the girls radiated as they gracefully walked across the stage. From this portion of the pageant twenty semifinalists were selected to compete in the next round of the contest. The semifinalists included: Olivia Brosky, Ellie Shouse, Cassidy English, Morgan Langston, Kayleigh Hutchinson, Kaylee Hart, Marlee Arn, Emily Walker, Ashlyn Yarbrough, Morgan Nickle, Kaitlyn Brevik, Lauren Schism, Megan Todd, Ashtyn Steele, Shelby Baerwalde, Ariel Navarrete, Rachael Sale, Caroline Guiddy, Arden White and Taylor Grimes. These lucky girls were busy during the 20-minute intermission, formulating

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individually their answers to a well guarded question that was disclosed to them just moments prior to intermission. The semifinalists were brought back to the stage to once again portray stage beauty and to answer the question selected by the committee. All previous scores were erased. This year’s question was “In High School there are many opportunities of involvement. Tell us about one of your activities.” The girls’ answers ranged from athletic involvement to meaningful community service. Contestant #3, Ellie Shouse, brought laughter to the crowd when she proudly disclosed she was a new member of the Varsity Swim Team. She said, “I won first place in my event at the last swim meet. I guess I should tell you that I was the only one swimming in the race!” Other awards were given prior to the announcement of the new Calendar Girls. Contestants were required to pre-sell 10 calendars. The top Calendar Seller Award was earned by Morgan Nickle who sold 21 calendars. Morgan received a $50 gift card. Contestants were also asked to sell ads for the calendar. Girls selling over $1,000 in ads were entered into a drawing for a mini photo shoot session with Stephanie Humphrey Photography. LaToya McIntyre and Morgan Nickle each sold over $1,000. Morgan Nickle’s name was drawn. Morgan was the top ad seller and received a plaque and a $100 gift card for her efforts. Mr.

Tommy Matthews, President of the PCHS Athletic Booster Club, made the award presentations. While scores were being tallied, the 2015 Calendar Girls were introduced and a slideshow, prepared by Stephanie Humphrey to showcase a year full of activities, entertained the audience. Samantha Sun, 2015 Cover Girl, spoke to the crowd expressing gratitude for a meaningful year representing Plant City High School. Calendar Girls participate in many school and community events including but not limited to the Strawberry Festival Parade, Christmas Parade, Lights of Love and serving as hostesses for PTA and school activities. Finally the scores of the out of town judges were totaled and the results were given to the Pageant’s emcee, Dr. Griffin. She called out the names beginning with Miss December and continued through the months before finally disclosing the identity of the 2016 Cover Girl. The girls’ names were announced to the delight and cheers from family members and friends as follows . . . Miss December; Morgan Nickle Miss November: Kayleigh Hutchinson Miss October: Kaylee Hart Miss September: Olivia Brosky Miss August: Ellie Shouse Miss July: Taylor Grimes Miss June: Megan Todd Miss May: Emily Walker Miss April: Ariel Navarrete Miss March: Marlee Arn Miss February: Arden White Miss January: Ashlyn Yarbrough 2016 Cover Girl: Ashtyn Steele These thirteen young ladies will be featured in the 2016 PCHS Calendar. Stephanie Humphrey, official photographer for the calendar for the past eight years, scheduled a photo shoot for the winners. Cover Girl Ashtyn Steele, a junior, will be presented a $500 Scholarship by the Athletic Booster Club at the Awards Night Program during her senior year. Her crown was sponsored by Billy and Donna Keel. The calendars will be available for purchase December 1, 2015. Calendars will be sold at the school and by the 2016 calendar girls. Congratulations 2016 Plant City High School Calendar Girls!

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Ashtyn Steele


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Ashlyn Yarbrough

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Emily Walker

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Olivia Brosky

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Arden White

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The newly formed Plant City Economic Development Corporation has elected Randy Larson of R Larson Company as the group’s inaugural Chairman.

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he Plant City Economic Development Corporation, a private organization launched September 2, 2015, is focused on growing our community, offering opportunities for new and existing businesses that exceed expectations, and creating success for families. The group of local professionals will work to ensure business leaders around the country understand the benefits of making Plant City the base of their operations. They will also help business owners in Plant City have every tool at

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their disposal to launch and expand their businesses. “Plant City’s proximity to major roadways as well as Port Tampa Bay is ideal for industries such as manufacturing, distribution, and logistics,” said Randy Larson, newly elected chair of the PCEDC. “Many agencies are working together to streamline the process for new commercial development and corporate relocations here, creating a welcoming environment friendly to companies looking to expand their operations and impact on the market.”

He continued, “Our local EDC’s goal is to connect commercial brokers and developers with the opportunities, people, and resources they need to choose Plant City for new and expanding businesses. We really do want Plant City to be known as ‘Central Florida’s Easiest Place to do Business!’” The PCEDC has identified the strengths of Plant City, including location, infrastructure, transportation system, and a favorable tax climate. With these strengths in mind, the PCEDC is now working toward its

goals which include ensuring current and ongoing business success, pursuing redevelopment opportunities, encouraging and supporting the entrepreneurial spirit, promoting and enhancing the skills of the local workforce, and working proactively with city government leadership. One example of space primed for new business development is the County Line Road area. With the extension of utilities and already approved zoning, the nearby Publix and Amazon operations will prove enticing to prospects for the Plant City side of the highway. Yvonne Fry of Fryed Egg Productions was instrumental in the recent joint Economic Development Forum, which offered presentations by various business leaders and influencers from the TampaHillsborough and Polk EDC groups. Naturally, she’s excited for this launch so quickly. She shared, “Great things are happening in Plant City and it’s exciting to see what the future holds with this kind of hyper-local focus on economic development for our city! Stay tuned for information on some successes we are almost ready to release as a result of this partnership!” In addition to Larson and Fry, members of the PCEDC executive board include vice-chairman David Sullivan, secretary/treasurer Keith Smith and Robert Appleyard, Steve Hurley, Karen Kerr, Nate Kilton and Jeff Lucas. Plant City’s Mayor Rick Lott believes “our time is now!” “We welcome companies to become part of our growing community and take advantage of the opportunities that abound here,” he invited. “We will take the necessary steps to provide a smooth transition and a business-friendly environment for those looking for the best location to continue corporate growth and success. If you currently have a local business, desire to start one, or are looking for a location to expand, please contact the PCEDC. We look forward to serving you as you grow.” For additional information, contact info@plantcityedc.com.


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2016 STRAWBERRY CREST CALENDAR GIRL BY DEANA GARRISON PHOTOS COURTESY OF FAGAN STUDIOS

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choices for calendar girls became even more difficult. After the modeling and public speaking, the judges were ready. The audience hushed in anticipation. When the names were called, many yells and whistles were heard from friends and family calling out for their favorite girl. Samantha Maguire was crowned the 2016 Cover Girl. The other calendar girls include: January, Kaylan Kelly; February, Madison Simcox; March, Aileen Cerchiasa; April, Tarra Love; May, Riley Harrison; June, Kailey Locke; July, Celeste Ibarra; August, Marybeth Stewart; September, Emily Gagnon; October, Kayla Troupe ; November, Julia Strickland ; December, Meredith Delcastillo. Professional photographer Torrie Fagan (Fagan Studios) will once again assemble the calendar. She’s widely recognized for her beautiful work and work ethics. Please make sure you grab a copy of the 2016 calendar to see all those beautiful smiles.

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Kaylan Kelly

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Riley Harrison

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Emily Gagnon

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Madison Simcox

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Kailey Locke

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Kayla Troupe

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Pictured with the Lions Club mascot Leo and Amerigroup’s mascot Captain Amerigroup are Jacqueline Cameron and David Stillin from Lions Club District 35 I, along with Plant City Lions Club President David Davenport and Brian Burns from the Tampa Tribune

THE KIND HELPING THE BLIND NATIONAL DAY OF SERVICE 2015

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or the 2015 National Day of Service event, the Lions Club International teamed up with the Anthem Foundation (Blue Cross/ Blue Shield) and its Tampa affiliate Amerigroup to paint homes for blind residents. When Anthem invited the Lions Club to join their day of service, the Plant City and Brandon clubs responded from District 35 I, where David Skillin is District Governor. In the Tampa Bay area, 250 volunteers helped paint 2 homes in Tampa, 4 in Brandon, and 5 structures in Plant City, including the James Ranch Training Center for the Blind. In addition to Lions Club members, volunteers included local businessmen and women, students from Leo Clubs at Durant and Plant City high schools, Key Club members from Armwood High School and Tampa Bay Heat homeschooled students. Karen Crumley, a Governor’s Pin recipient, serves the Lions Club as Membership Director and Community Projects Coordinator. “We’re so pleased with the response from Kind-hearted people willing to help,” she shared. “Today went so well we hope to repeat again next year.” The majority of the project’s financial and material donations came from Plant City businesses and Lowe’s Home Improvement Center offered a 25% discount on the necessary supplies.

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Jarret Scott Ford Wells Memorial Taylor Rental Advantage Restoration Grimes Hardware Eco Pressure Washing Joel Guth Services Plantation Apartments State Farm – Tony Lee Poppell Insurance Volunteers from Courtney Paat State Farm offices in Plant City and Lakeland painted as part of a team building exercise, but according to Veronica Prostko, “We came away with so much more. It was rewarding to help the grateful homeowner on Bay Street and see the home’s curb appeal improve significantly in just a few hours. Getting together away from the office and learning more about each other was enjoyable, too. Our “Capt. Frank” (Cummings) had everything we needed and I would highly recommend this project to others.” Becki Tyree summed up what the day meant to her family when she posted her appreciation on the Plant City Lions Club page on Facebook: “Words can’t adequately express our deep gratitude for the blessing your organization bestowed upon our 81-year old mother. We are truly amazed by the outstanding finished job your group of volunteers accomplished! Thank you Lions Club Plant City.”


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Gil and Shelly at AASLH booth in Exhibit Hall.

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lant City Photo Archives and History Center’s Executive Director and Associate Director recently participated in the nationwide conference held by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) in Louisville, Kentucky. At the conference Executive Director Gil Gott and Associate Director Shelly Drummond attended a number of seminars, plenary and keynote sessions, and met with AASLH officers, staff, many vendors, publishers, authors, and fellow historians. Gott and Drummond also participated in the Small Museums meeting where they discussed the logistics and operations of small history organizations. They also had the opportunity to meet with Bob Beatty, AASLH COO, who previously worked with the Orange County History Center, and Carol Kammen, who has written several books and monthly columns on doing local history. The seminars covered topics from the strategies of community advocacy, federal funding, oral history projects, developing history leaders, historical

thinking, World War I, small organization technology, engaging age diversity in support structures, the application of Common Core theories, and Standards and Excellence in History Organizations. The main speakers included Sam Wineburg, a noted professor at Stanford University; Wendell Berry and Dr. James Klotter, both participants and teachers of museum and history organizations and community interaction; and Carol Kammen, on the need for greater research and archival activities in a world of superficial information glut. Drummond received an AASLH scholarship to attend the conference and the Photo Archives educational development fund provided much needed financial support. The Photo Archives and History Center is a not-for-profit history awardwinning organization located at 106 South Evers Street in downtown Plant City and is open to the public from 9 to 5 Monday through Friday. For more information call 813.754.1578 or email gil@ plantcityphotoarchives.org


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By Judy Ron

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By Judy Ron

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You enjoy cooking and eating healthy, too, right? Yes, we try to be careful with food. We use good oils, grass fed meats and organic everything whenever possible. We try to use non-GMO products. Gluten messes up your head and body. Weight control can be difficult and food sensitivities can result in anxiety, depression, ADD and ADHD and an inability to deal well with stress.

LAUREN BEARDEN

Lauren Bearden is a Florida native “who’s lived all over our great state--born in Miami, raised in Jasper, high school and beyond in Lakeland, and finally settling in Plant City.” She and her husband Mike, a Sergeant with the Tampa Police Department, have lived here 11 years. Together they own CrossFit Plant City, a premier fitness training experience, and have “two awesome dogs and a colony of feral cats.” On Halloween morning the Beardens invite everyone to enjoy their FRAN-kenstein 5K and WOD-o-ween fundraiser at Alderman Ford. Event proceeds will benefit two great local causes. Lauren, what prompted your interest in health and wellness? I’ve always been interested, but the passion eventually grew into personal training and then into CrossFit. I’ve also done a lot of self-study on food and how it effects the body. It’s all fascinating. How has your education prepared you for this work? Well, for the business aspect I have a B.S. in Computer Information Systems and an MBA. As to the fitness expertise, I’m a certified CrossFit Level 1 Trainer with the CrossFit Mobility Certificate and a USAW Sports Performance Coach.

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How do you spend free time? We enjoy traveling, but the business ties us here more now. I love to read, write, and watch movies, as well as enjoy outdoor activities in the mountains or near water. We hike and like to stand up paddleboard. Working out with your loved ones provides a deeper level of relationship that cannot be beat. Any reading and listening preferences? I love all sorts of book and music genres. Curling up with a suspenseful book sprinkled with romance is perfect for a rainy day (or staying up all night). I also like stories that cause me to reflect and grow. I like to read a book and then see the movie, too. My radio station is tuned most often to Spirit FM. So how does Plant City life compare to other places you’ve lived? I love the small town, country feel, the friendly people, and having everything I need right here, with neighboring towns close enough to visit when needed or desired. Mention one thing folks may not know about you. I’m also a writer and endeavor to entertain in a more wholesome, inspirational way. Describe one gift you’d enjoy receiving and one you’d enjoy giving. In a physical sense, books are always great to receive and give. In other ways, I’m a natural encourager, so I like to give support and encouragement to others. We all enjoy and need to be built up so we can best accomplish our purposes in life. Even the smallest show of support can make a big difference in someone’s life.

MIKE BEARDEN

South Georgia native Mike Bearden had planned to join the Army after earning his undergraduate degree from North Georgia College, a military training school. Those plans changed when he completed his law degree at the University of Georgia, worked a year as an Assistant District Attorney, and was sponsored to attend Tampa’s Police Academy. A week after he moved here, mutual friends introduced him to Lauren and the two married in 2001. Now he’s a Sergeant for the Tampa Police Department in Patrol District 1 (South Tampa) and together, the couple owns CrossFit Plant City. What prompted your interest in CrossFit? The training is used regularly by the military and police departments. I discovered CrossFit in 2007 when I tried out for the TPD Swat Team, and then Lauren and I tried to do it on our own. We fell in love with it and thought, “Why not Plant City?” What do you enjoy most about your police work? Being able to help or stand up for people who are unable to help themselves. Any other family here in Florida? No, my parents still live in Cairo in the house where I was born and my older sister is a librarian in Ohio. How do you spend free time? I like physical activities and being outdoors, things like hiking, biking and paddleboarding. Working out, obviously, is something Lauren and I can do together. We like to hang out at home and watch TV with

Keyser, our German Shepherd, and Lilly, a hound mix. I also enjoy reading and watching movies. What’s your current read? The Fifth Assassin by Brad Meltzer. And the best film you’ve seen lately? The Man from U.N.C.L.E. We have also enjoyed the Longmire series on television. What do you enjoy most about life in Plant City? I grew up in a small town and went to college in a small town so I really like the small town feel, people knowing each other and the sense of community. Mention one thing folks may not know about you. That I have a law degree and practiced as an Assistant District Attorney in Georgia for a year before moving to Florida. Describe one gift you’d enjoy giving and one you like to receive. I would like to be a mentor and help guide a younger person to be successful while maintaining integrity. Good, useful knowledge is always a good gift to receive.

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THE DEVANE FAMILY PIONEERS OF SPRINGHEAD AND PLANT CITY

BY PLANT CITY PHOTO ARCHIVES AND HISTORY CENTER

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ny reading of the history of the Plant City, Florida, community will find frequent references to the name DeVane. Real estate developments, banking, government, civic organizations, farming, and their churches – mostly, in the early years, the Mt. Enon Primitive Baptist Church. Here you will find the DeVanes. The DeVane family settled throughout the Springhead area beginning in 1869 and spread through the area including Cork and Plant City proper. They were farmers, served on the Plant City City Commission, Hillsborough County Commission, School Board, and many other entities. They were charter members of the Board of Trade and the Chamber of Commerce that followed. The DeVane Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution was formed in Plant City in the name of John DeVane, a Minuteman, and its charter members were all members of the DeVane family. John DeVane’s son, Benjamin DeVane, was born in North Carolina in 1795, served in the War of 1812, and later served in the Seminole Wars, for

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which he was granted land in Madison County, Florida, where he moved in 1848. Following the Civil War, in which all six of his sons served in the Confederate Army, Benjamin DeVane moved first to the Seffner area, then to Springhead about 1869, homesteading on Wiggins Road. He was the first DeVane in the Plant City area. Benjamin’s son, Samuel Rowan DeVane, was born in Georgia in 1821 and he served in both the Seminole Wars and the Civil War. In 1869 Samuel moved his family to Springhead, settling near his father. That homestead was later known as the Elbert Blanton place. Samuel was the only one of Benjamin DeVane’s sons who followed his father to the Plant City area. Benjamin DeVane’s youngest son, Benjamin Franklin DeVane, who had married Nancy Jane Blanton in 1855, died of a fever, possibly typhoid, in Savannah while making his way back to Florida following the close of the Civil War. Later, all three of Benjamin Franklin DeVane’s sons, George Albert DeVane, Edward Jasper DeVane, known as “E.J.”, and Frank Elbert DeVane, traveled to

and settled in Plant City making great contributions to the development of Springhead and the town of Plant City. The oldest of the three, George Albert DeVane, born in 1856 contracted to work in the citrus groves for George Hamilton in 1874. He walked from Shady Grove, Madison County, Florida, to Cedar Key, caught a boat to Clearwater Harbor, then walked to the Hamilton homestead. After receiving his pay, he returned to Shady Grove, packed everything on a wagon and, with his mother, step-father, and siblings, headed to Lakeland. From there he bought land and settled in Springhead. His farm and orange grove were considered amongst the finest in the county. George DeVane was also an orator and frequently delivered his oratories at political gatherings at Alderman’s Ford. He was also a charter member and a deacon of the Springhead Baptist Church. He was buried at Mt. Enon in 1924. The second of Benjamin Franklin DeVane’s sons, Edward Jasper DeVane, worked in many places, including for the Wilders in the Cork settlement. In 1882 he married Alice Collins, daughter of Enoch and Temperance Collins, and settled in the Springhead area, just east of and over the Polk County line. He moved back to Cork, living on part of the Enoch Collins homestead, then moved into Plant City proper. The Bruton and Bailey book contained this: “Prominently identified with the growth and development of Plant City, Mr. DeVane was one of the most optimistic promoters of this section of the state.” His business activities were vast and varied. In addition to his real estate developments and subdivisions, he and his younger brother Frank were organizers of the Farmers and Merchants Bank. E.J. DeVane was a City Commissioner in 1907, then a County Commissioner for three terms, 19071913. He was a member of the Booster Club that traveled north to promote the Plant City area, a charter member of the first Board of Trade, and an organizer of the East Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce, later known as the Greater

Plant City Chamber of Commerce. E.J. was civic-minded and also a strong believer in his church – the Mt. Enon Primitive Baptist Church. He became a preacher and preached in Plant City, Okeechobee, Largo, Wauchula, and a number of other places. E.J. DeVane passed away in 1933. Frank Elbert DeVane was the youngest of Benjamin Franklin DeVane’s sons and was schooled by his mother, following her in teaching at a school in Winston. He later worked at the phosphate mines in Bone Valley. In 1893 he married Fannie Wheeler and in 1895 bought a 160-acre homestead in the Springhead community. His farm prospered and Frank DeVane became very involved in the community. He was a member of the Booster Club, a charter member of the Board of Trade and later the Chamber of Commerce. Frank DeVane was also a strong supporter of the schools; he donated land to the Springhead School and served for many years as a school trustee. A solid supporter of farming, he was one of the founders of the Plant City Growers’ Association and served as its first president in 1916. He was also a deacon of the Mt. Enon Primitive Baptist Church for the remainder of his life. He died in 1943. George Albert DeVane’s son, George Albert DeVane, Jr., went on to become one of the state’s finest historians of the Seminole tribe and their way of life. Known as Albert DeVane, he became a close friend of Billy Bowlegs III, and through this relationship gained his indepth knowledge of Seminole life. Many of his writings were collected in DeVane’s History of Early Florida, Volumes I and II. The Albert DeVane collection is stored in the University of Florida Smathers Libraries. There is more to the DeVane family history, but it is a long and fascinating story to be told at a later date. Sources: The Ann O’Berry Wilson collection of DeVane papers; Quintilla Geer Bruton and David E. Bailey, Jr., Plant City; Its Origin and History. 1974, and the collections at the Plant City Photo Archives and History Center.


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RIBBON CUTTINGS

The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on September 9, 2015 for Crown Information Management at the Plant City Chamber, 106 North Evers Street, Plant City. Crown Information Management provides document storage, records management, document shredding and electronic information destruction. They are certified, accredited and compliant in information management and they can make sure your business is too! The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting September 14, 2015 for Curves, they are located at 1822 James L. Redman Parkway. Plant City. Established over 15 years ago, Curves is a fitness and weight loss facility specially designed for women. They feature a complete 30 minute workout that is fun, fast and safe. With curves complete, women have a full personalized weight loss and management solution that includes the curves fitness program, customizable meal plans and one-on-one coaching and support. The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on September 15, 2015 for TriNet at the Plant City Chamber of Commerce, 106 North Evers Street, Plant City. TriNet provides small and midsize businesses with an HR solution so they can free themselves from the complexities of HR and focus on their goals. As their trusted HR business partner, TriNet assumes many of the responsibilities of being an employer and helps these companies contain HR costs, minimize employer-related risk, and relieve the administrative burden of HR. The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on September 11, 2015 for Plant City Café at 1701 South Alexander Street, Suite 108, Plant City. This family style restaurant is open seven days a week, and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Plant City Café is a place for everyone, weather you are in the mood for Cuban, Greek or Italian cuisine. As customers arrive, they can choose from the buffet-style hot line outside of the kitchen or order off of the extensive menu. The Plant City Café would like to welcome everyone to come in and try some of their specialty dishes and meet their friendly staff. The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on October 6, 2015 for Krystal Hamburgers at 2709 James L. Redman Parkway, Plant City. Krystal’s is America’s 2nd oldest fast food restaurant, and they are celebrating their 83rd birthday this year. The Star of the show is their famous “Krystal” burger, which is a small, steamy, square of goodness, but Krystal’s menu has evolved to offer customers a variety of unique items perfect any time of the day.

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Dancing Locals with the

By Cheryl Johnston

Each year for the past seven, the Plant City Rotary Club has challenged area folks to help their community by dancing for a cause. And typically, almost 500 well-wishers purchase $100 dinner tickets to cheer on those who said “Yes!” The organization that places “Service Above Self ” will host ten couples in this 8th annual event on Friday night, November 13, from 6:30 to 11:00 p.m. at the John R. Trinkle Center at 1206 N. Park Road. Contestants vie for two awards: Most Money Raised and Best Dancers. Attendees will also help the cause through their bids on silent auction items. Proceeds will benefit charities supported by the Rotary. To put their best feet forward on the big night, the community-minded couples dedicate many hours to professional dance lessons and practice, practice, practice. For most, it’s a step outside of their comfort zone. Tickets are still available for this enjoyable evening of fine food, mesmerizing music and fun with friends. Contact Dancing with the Locals chairperson Jodi Stevens at 813-716-0908 or comment on the event’s Facebook page for purchase information.

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MacKenzie Bonefont Dennis Bonefont

Plant City native MacKenzie Bonefont has a family heritage of residency in this area dating back to the late 1800s. The 2007 Strawberry Festival Queen’s Court member was crowned Miss Central Florida 2008 and competed also for Miss Florida in the Miss America system. She graduated from the University of South Florida in 2009 with a degree in Broadcast Journalism. Upon completion of law enforcement training, MacKenzie became a deputy in 2011 with the Hillsborough County Sheriff ’s Office, where she is currently assigned to HCSO District II Street Crimes. New York native Dennis Bonefont moved with his family at a young age to South Tampa, where he was raised. He joined the Army in 1996 and served in the 82nd Airborne Division. Following his military service, he enlisted in the Hillsborough County Sheriff ’s Office in 2003. His current assignment with HCSO District 1 is as a Field Training Officer. The newlyweds, married in April 2015, enjoy traveling together. This year alone they’ve visited Utah, Colorado, Europe and have an upcoming trip planned to Indiana. As season ticket holders with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dennis and MacKenzie try to attend at least one away game each year. 44

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Tiffany Brock Eric Randall

Tiffany Brock Plant City native Tiffany Brock is the 34-year-old mother of two, Clayton 15, and Bailey, 10. During time off from her job as a hair stylist, she enjoys the outdoors and personal fitness activities. Tiffany was invited to dance by her client Jodi. Since her boyfriend refused to dance, she asked her “bestie and co-worker” Eric Randall to be her partner. Tiffany says she’s excited to be part of this event for two reasons: “to experience something completely out of my comfort zone and to give back to my community.” Eric Randall Plant City native Eric Lee Randall, 27, is a hair and make-up artist at Chevuex Hair and Nail Salon. He graduated from Durant High School in 2007, where he performed with a Hip-Hop and Latin dance group. At the Dancing with the Locals event in 2012, he and his friend Karen Fuentes earned perfect 10 scores from the three judges.

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Heather Dykstra Darry Dykstra

Darry Dykstra is the President of Dykstra Construction, Inc. in Plant City. After high school, he started as a carpenter under his father, Vern Dykstra. He worked his way up in the company, learning the required skills and gaining construction knowledge firsthand before buying out his father and eventually taking over the business in 2002. Since 1997, the company has built hundreds of custom homes and commercial buildings in Plant City and surrounding areas. After the housing market crashed, he concentrated more on commercial construction and has ever since. He currently builds primarily convenience stores like Circle K and RaceTrac gas stations and retail facilities, while still building a custom home here and there. His small, yet successful business has grown three employees to now over 40. Employees travel statewide for jobs from the Panhandle to the Keys. Darry’s hobbies include fishing, camping, LOTS of mudding activities (4-wheelers, side-by-sides and swamp buggies) and spending time with friends and family. Heather Dykstra is a Certified Group Exercise Instructor and an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer. She has worked at the Plant City YMCA for more than 13 years. Currently she teaches group fitness classes such as Les Mills Bodypump, Les Mills Bodycombat and Circuit Training at the YMCA, but also runs her own Tabata Bootcamp business outside of the Y. She writes a bi-weekly fitness column for The Observer, offering tips and advice on health and exercise. In her free time she also likes to sing, dance, go mudding and fishing, and be with friends and family. Darry and Heather have a 14-year-old son, Sebastian, who excels in all honors classes at Plant City High School. He also loves to fourwheeling. The family has two boxers, Jack and Koda, and a mini potbelly pig named Dexter (who isn’t so mini because he loves to eat). Dexter sits for treats (loves apples), gets in the pool, and also barks (because he thinks he’s a boxer too). 46

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April Ferry Michael Ferry

Plant City native April Ferry is a 1997 graduate of Plant City High School. During her senior year, she began working for a local dental practice, which prompted her future career in the dental field. While working as a dental assistant, she earned her Associates of Arts Degree from Hillsborough Community College. In 2004 she graduated from Valencia Community College in Orlando with an Associates of Science Degree in Dental Hygiene. Upon graduation, she immediately started her career as a dental hygienist in Plant City and last year was given the opportunity to serve as a dental hygienist at family member Dr. David S. Ferry’s dental office. She is involved in her church and feels blessed to serve in the Women’s ministry. At the age of three, April began dancing at Jackie’s Dance Studio and continued lessons at Imagination Station. She has always enjoyed dancing and is excited to learn a ballroom dance with her husband. Plant City native Michael Ferry graduated in 1997 from Tampa’s Jesuit High School. He received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida before operating a successful Brandon mortgage business for seven years. The next five years he ventured into the furniture business, moving away to Lafayette, Louisiana. In 2013, he returned to Plant City to begin his career in logistics with Patterson Companies. Michael feels blessed to be back in his hometown, surrounded by family and friends. In his free time, he enjoys fishing, grilling, landscaping, and watching sports. Michael and April attended middle school together and upon his return to Plant City, they reconnected. They were married on the beach in August of 2014. They both enjoy the beach, traveling, working out, spending time with family and friends and serving together at Shiloh Baptist Church. They are excited about the opportunity to dance and help raise money for the Plant City community. FOCUS MAGA ZINE PL ANT CIT Y OCTOBER 2015

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Dr. Helen Hoveida Brandon Osborne

Dr. Helen Hoveida Dr. Helen Hoveida was born and raised in Shiraz, Iran. She moved to Palm Harbor, Florida in 2001, where she graduated from Countryside High School. After earning her Bachelor’s degree in Biology (2007) and Master’s degree in Molecular Medicine (2008) from the University of South Florida, she completed a dentistry degree from the University of Florida. “GOOOO GATORS!” Currently, Helen lives in New Tampa but loves “the very family-oriented community of Plant City” and is “grateful to be a part of such an amazing town.” She also loves her dentistry work and the team at Dental Associates at Walden Woods in Plant City because “we are focused on all aspects of dentistry in order to provide lifetime care to our patients, family and friends.” Helen has been dating her high school sweetheart, Morteza, for 12 years now. The very family oriented dentist loves spending time with family and friends, describing them as “an important aspect of my life.” She also enjoys traveling, reading, party planning and skydiving. Of this annual Rotary Club opportunity, Helen shared: “I wanted to be more involved with the community. I love challenges and love having fun. I feel honored to be participating in this fundraiser and I’m excited to be dancing and competing this year.” Branden Osborne Bartow-born and Lakeland-raised Branden Lee Osborne is a Certified Senior Dance Instructor & Personal Trainer who enjoys” reading to gain extra enlightenment about life.” He teaches kids the ballroom, ballet and contemporary dance styles and also leads Kung Fu, toning and ballroom dance classes for special needs children. While currently focused on completing his educational goals, he directs the after school and special needs programs. Because Branden enjoys freetime spent in helping others reach their own goals for good health, starting a toning course at a local college seemed a natural fit. Over the years, this expert has competed both locally and abroad in such charity events as Starbound, I Love Dance, and Inspire Dance. 48

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Lori Ingram Ethan Rouse

Lori Ingram New York native Lourena Ingram grew up in the Tampa Bay area. In 1998 she graduated from college and began her career in Radiology at South Florida Baptist Hospital, where she has worked for the past 17 years. The Sacred Heart Catholic Church member enjoys life with her husband Kiho and two children, Andrew and David. Lori is very excited to be taking part in the community’s Dancing with the Locals fundraising event. Ethan Rouse Florida native Ethan Rouse grew up in Zephyrhills. Following his ZHS graduation he served in the United States Marine Corps, mostly abroad. After earning a culinary arts degree from Webster Culinary Institute, Ethan studied for six months in France. Currently he is the Sous Chef for South Florida Baptist Hospital. Prior to his past six years with the Baycare organization, he helped to open 42 Bonefish Grill restaurants and created many menu items for the company. Ethan and his wife of seven years, Tamika, have one son Gavin, age 5.

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Nicole Hamilton Tim McArter

Nicole Hamilton The Colorado-born Nicole Hamilton has lived in various places throughout the United States during her life. Marriage in 2002 brought her to Tampa, where she worked for a short time and earned her Master’s degree at University of South Florida. She worked also at Hillsborough Community College, Dale Mabry Campus and currently serves as a Student Services Manager at HCC’s Plant City campus. When not working, the 2014 graduate of the Plant City Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program loves spending time with her two beautiful boys, Austin and Logan. Nicole loved dancing during grade school and is very excited to participate in Dancing with the Locals with her HCC colleague, Tim McArter. Tim McArter Originally from Kentucky, Timothy McArter has lived in Plant City for 39 years. While attending the University of Florida on the HCC Plant City campus, he is pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Education, with hopes of graduation in December. Tim is currently employed as a staff assistant in the disabilities office at Hillsborough Community College, where he has worked 11 years. The Collegiate FFA member co-advises the SPARK club, an HCC student-led organization that promotes disability awareness, and also volunteers with the Special Olympics Florida summer games. He and Jeannette, his “wonderful and supportive wife of 30 years,” have four children and five grandchildren. Tim looks forward to his first participation as a dancer in this year’s Dancing with the Locals fundraiser.

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Freddie Ray John Ray

John and Freddie called Birmingham home until early 2002 when they relocated to Florida. After looking around the greater Tampa area for the better part of that year, they settled in Plant City because of the welcoming community where they have raised their three sons—Corey, Jack and Charlie. John owns and is Webmaster for ILOVEPLANTCITY.COM, the home to his blog and news about community happenings. The Coldwell Banker residential real estate agent enjoys sharing his appreciation of Plant City with future homeowners. In the years prior, John attended the University of Alabama, worked as a weatherman in Tuscaloosa, and was a former News Editor and Photographer for ABC and FOX networks. The avid football fan is a strong supporter of our area’s high school teams, in addition to both the Bucs and Rays. John enjoys cooking and being Dad to the boys. As the CEO of an executive and leadership coaching company, Motivation Coaching, Inc., Freddie specializes in leadership development and growth through people and profitability. She travels frequently throughout North America to meet with clients, speak to organizations, and hold workshops on multiple business related topics. Her degrees include a Masters in Business from the University of Florida and Bachelors in Communications from the University of Tennessee. Locally, Freddie serves with the School Advisory Committee at Strawberry Crest High School, a committee she has served on prior at both Tomlin Middle and Cork Elementary schools. As a past board member of the United Food Bank and SGA parent liaison for Tomlin’s PTSA, Freddie is committed to raising awareness, especially of the needs for children in our area. She enjoys being active and traveling with her family. John and Freddie first became interested in DWTL when they saw local media pictures of participating friends. They particularly enjoy the opportunity to fundraise for the various organizations supported by this event. Their joint goal in giving back is to raise awareness of Plant City, the event’s benefiting organizations, and to express thanks to the town that welcomed them thirteen years ago. FOCUS MAGA ZINE PL ANT CIT Y OCTOBER 2015

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Deanna Rodriguez Tony Rodriguez

Deanna Rodriguez Texas native Deanna Rodriguez has called Plant City home for 16 years. The sister to three brothers and very active Plant City High School senior is dual-enrolled at Hillsborough Community College. The Miss May 2015 Calendar Girl serves her PCHS student body through membership in Civinettes, as PCHS Senior Class President, as VP of Future Business Leaders of America, and as Captain of the Varsity Girls Soccer Team, which has won three district titles. She also captains the school’s Team ToMarrow, which partners with the Be the Match Foundation and Plant City’s Relay for Life. Additionally, Deanna serves the community as First Maid on the Florida Strawberry Festival Queen’s Court. This fall she plans to begin pursuing a business degree at the University of Florida. She looks forward to dancing with her dad in this year’s Dancing with the Locals event. Tony Rodriguez South Florida native Tony Rodriguez is also proud to have called Plant City home for the last 16 years. The “diehard Gator fan” earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from the University of Florida before serving a U.S. Army officer and accomplishing his MBA from the University of Dallas. For the past 20 years, Tony has worked for Verizon. His current position is as Strategy & Planning Manager for the company’s IT & Network Technology Group. Through the years he has coached with various Plant City youth sports programs to include the PC Recreation Department’s basketball league, Little League baseball and Dolphins football. The father of four (Anthony, 23; Nicholas, 21; Deanna, 17; and Christopher, 14) enjoys keeping physically fit and feels fortunate “to have met and worked with so many great kids.” He credits the city’s youth sports programs for “embodying Plant City’s hometown values.” The causes he supports regularly are Team ToMarrow, Relay for Life and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. The St. Clements Catholic Church member considers himself “blessed to have such a wonderful family and great friends.” Tony looks forward to “dancing with my beautiful daughter in support of such a great charity event.”

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Megan Sewell Marshal Sewell

Megan Sewell is CFO of Sewell Farms, LLC. Born in Pinecrest, she and her husband Marc live in Turkey Creek with their two children, Maddox (4) and Macyn (1). Megan is active in both the Hillsborough County Farm Bureau and Florida Strawberry Growers Association. Marshal Sewell, brother-in-law to Megan, works as sales manager for a vegetable seed company. The Dover native is active in the Hillsborough County Farm Bureau, Hillsborough Young Farmers and Ranchers, Florida Fruit and Vegetable Association and the Florida Seed Association. As to why they are willing to dance this year, they wrote: “We were most impressed by the extent to which the Rotary, and this particular event specifically, gives back to the community. We feel honored to be invited to be a part of such a good cause.�

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PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR A PROPERTY APPRAISAL BY NATE DAVIS

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hether you’re selling your home to someone using a mortgage to buy it or thinking about refinancing your current mortgage, one thing many lenders will require is a property appraisal. While the actual inspection make take only an hour or two, the appraiser must go back to the office, do the research and write a hefty report. Here are some tips to help the appraiser with additional information — and in most instances, a faster turnaround time to complete the report. 1. Compile a list of recent improvements. If possible, include “before and after” pictures and copies of paid receipts for work completed. If major updates were made, provide a detailed copy of the bid from the contractor.

2. Make sure all areas are accessible, including the attic, basement and crawl spaces. This includes the garage. 3. If the home is part of a homeowner’s association, include a copy of the fees paid, as well as the name and phone number of the association president or executive director. 4. Straighten up each room. Appraisers are required to photograph each room, and while it may not make a difference to them if the room is messy, there may be an underwriter who is less objective. 5. If there are any unfinished projects, make sure they are completed before the inspection. A little help from you goes a long way to make sure that the appraisal report is complete and accurate.


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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 October 19th and November 16th 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 is moving along nicely at the exit from Timberlane Drive onto Alexander Street. As this continues, please be careful when going through the intersection. Don’t forget to come out to the Polo Field on October 17th from 1:00 to 4:00 for the Kids & Kanine’s Annual HowlO-Ween party. There will be lots of food, prizes, games, crafts and photos for all who attend this fun event hosted by our Homeowners Association. There was a ribbon cutting on September 28th in the Park for the new stage, bridge and pier. Many turned out to see the improvements that were made. If you haven’t been to the park lately, stop by and see some of the ways our dues are used. At the most recent HOA meeting, the Board approved a proposal of $4,519 for cleaning and clearing a portion of land off Airport Road belonging to Walden Lake HOA, where a homeless squatting camp was found. Recently appointed Board of Director, Lynn Buehler, resigned from the Board due to health reasons. A new Director will be appointed during the board meeting on October 19th. 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

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and the City as well as reports, studies and drawings submitted by Visions. During the month of September, there were 16 sales in Walden Lake with an average sale price of $222,703. There were not any sales Walden Lake East. The September sales are as follows: 2905 Chukkar Court $325,000 2704 Forest Club Drive $295,000 3007 Forest Hammock Drive $279,000 2821 Hampton Place Court $275,000 3016 Spring Hammock Drive $258,000 2915 Sutton Oaks Court $255,000 2720 Laurel Oak Drive $250,000 3208 Thackery Way $224,000 1710 Brookstone Way $216,250 2806 Clubhouse Drive $213,500 3210 Stevenson Drive $195,000 4113 Longfellow Drive $190,000 4106 Elliot Place $170,000 3219 Alcott Avenue $155,000 3223 Thackery Way $151,000 104 Seville Court S $118,000 There are currently 40 Active listings for sale in Walden Lake and Walden Lake East with an average list price of $227,915 and an average of 75 days on the market. There are 25 properties Pending Contract with an average list price of $293,344 and average of 85 days on the market. 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 Outside of PCHS swim, Erin also competes for a travel team at Brandon Sports and Aquatic Center. There, she is able to showcase her skills at an even more rigorous level. She describes her BSAC coach, Todd Foley, as one of her greatest motivators. “He is always pushing me to do my best and giving me advice on how to become a better swimmer.” Outside of the pool, Erin volunteers with Trident at BSAC. Trident is a program that works with special needs swimmers and helps them develop into great athletes. Even with her free time completely devoted to swim, Erin still manages to maintain a 4.8 GPA. Between taking

Advanced Placement and Honors classes, spending time at swim practice, and maintaining a ocial life, she has gotten time management down to a “T.” “You just have to get your priorities in line and do your work,” Erin said. “Focus on school first, then swim, and if you have time, then you can socialize.” It is inevitable that Erin will only become an even greater athlete as her years at PCHS progress. She hopes all her hard work will pay off in order that she can obtain a scholarship to swim at the collegiate level. Erin Schulte will continue to make PCHS and BSAC proud with all of her present and future swimming victories!

Erin Schulte swims her favorite event, the 100-meter breaststroke, at the state swim meet as a freshman and placed 14th overall

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individual medley, placing 15th overall. She even broke a PCHS swim record for the 200-meter freestyle relay. All of these outstanding accomplishments were achieved within her first year as a high school student. “The key to my success is staying positive,” Erin expressed. “Sometimes practices can be very hard and you’re going to want to give up. As long as you push through and keep a positive attitude, you will be successful.” Erin mentioned that she wants to encourage other swimmers to not take the sport too seriously. “In the end, having fun is all that matters.”

Erin Schulte set a new record at Plant City High School for the 200-meter freestyle relay.


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Jade Curran, Austin Hauff, and Ashlyn Yarbrough show their excitement before their victorious homecoming game against Tampa Bay Tech.

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pecial Olympics is a well known organization that gives special needs athletes the chance to compete at various levels of the sport they love. Basketball, volleyball, and track are just a few sports Plant City High School special needs students dominate in. A new program recently introduced to the PCHS campus is Sparkle Effect. This national organization builds a bond between special needs kids and high school cheerleaders. PCHS’s branch of Sparkle Effect – Raider Elites – have captivated the school’s football fans on Friday nights with their beaming personalities and dedication to the sport. The Raider Elites have been cheering at PCHS for three years now. Head Coach Karen Snapp is the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) Specialist at the school in charge of special 64

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needs students and their teachers. Her background in ESE and familiarity with the Sparkle Effect organization inspired her to initiate the program here. “I felt it was just natural for us to begin this wonderful program because Plant City does have such a large special needs population,” Snapp explained. The Raider Elites practice every Monday with the PCHS Varsity Cheer team, and also cheer during the second quarter on Friday Nights for every home game. They thoroughly enjoy leading the stretches, calling cheers, and telling the Varsity cheerleaders what they need to improve on. Each Raider Elite pairs up with a Varsity cheer “buddy” on the team. They stick with their buddy throughout football season and cheer next to them during the games. “I have had Tori Selph as my buddy

since my sophomore year,” states Amber Phillips, senior captain of the PCHS cheer team. “She is awesome. She and I definitely know how to break it down on Friday nights!” Cala Calins, also a captain of the PCHS cheer team, has grown close with her buddy, Jaclyn Rust, over the past three years as well. They even competed in the 2015 Calendar Girl together. “Doing Calendar Girl with Jaclyn was such a great experience,” expresses Cala. “We have the best times at the games, too. She even lets me ride on the back of her scooter!” The addition of the Raider Elites has made a huge impact on PCHS. “I think we have brought a healthy awareness to our team and to the school for the special needs kids. The more our students are around these amazing kids, the more

they are able to see they have a lot more in common than what they think,” Snapp described. The Raider Elites have allowed the PCHS cheerleaders to see a different perspective. “I’ve looked at myself differently ever since we began cheering with the Raider Elites,” Amber explained. “Not only am I a cheer captain; but I’m also someone who has made an impact in someone else’s life.” The Raider Elites shine everywhere they go. They are the key element to the PCHS Varsity cheer team. Whether it is leading the PCHS student section in cheering on their football team, or having dance battles on the track, they love what they do and give Plant City High School something to be proud of.


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Hello, it’s Captain Mike Goodwine welcome to Fish Tales. I’ll be giving fishing reports on where the fish are biting and sharing fishing tips. Each month I’m also gonna pick the catch of the month selected from photos emailed to me @Blaclneckadventures.com.

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ovember its time for the negative tides and cooler days with a hot bite. If you’ve never experienced a school of red fish this is the time of year to witness it. As the negative tides drop look for the schools of Reds in the pot holes on the flats. As the bait disappears from the flats it’s a

good time to break out artificial lures. When cold fronts appear Snook will start to migrate towards the rivers. Make sure your knots are tied good and your reels are greased and ready. November also is a good month to catch a trophy fish. Have a productive month of fishing and as always live and let fish!

FISHING TIP OF THE MONTH. Look for the birds! Find the birds and you’ll find fish. When schools of fish attack pods of bait fish, birds will Hoover and eat all the wounded bait. As the school moves, so will the birds. They also will tell you where bait is located even if there’s no school. Next time you see birds working an area, don’t hesitate to investigate.

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E What’s enjoyable about your work? I enjoy studying God Word, sharing it, and watching it produce life change. And Irene’s work? The love of my life is a caring, loving and very godly woman with gifts for teaching, mercy, administration and hospitality. A servant’s heart keeps her very involved in children’s ministry. Irene also directs the People’s Life Institute, a Southern Baptist care ministry. PLI provides: emergency food, clothing, employment assistance, resource referrals, nutrition and healthy living classes, and pastoral counseling. How would you advise those searching for a personal faith? One day everyone will bow their knees and stiff necks to the Lord Jesus. If you cry out in repentance and beg forgiveness now, you may be a part of those He calls His own. It’s not too late, but tomorrow is not promised. Remember the Bible says, ‘Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.’”

LEADERS IN FAITH PASTOR FRED & IRENE WRIGHT CEDAR GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH BY CHERYL JOHNSTON

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he Tampa-raised Pastor Fred and Irene Wright, married 41 years, have served in ministry together since the late ‘70s. Today the Valrico couple leads the Cedar Grove Baptist Church congregation in Plant City. Of their large family, Pastor Fred shared: “We have six wonderful adult children, and fourteen grandchildren (one due at Christmas and one in heaven). “With a growing children/youth ministry, vibrant VBS program, and 66

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magnificent women’s ministry, Cedar Grove is thriving,” he offered. “Recently, our ladies provided school supplies in 185 backpacks to students in need.” Internationally, the church established in 1907 focuses on missions in India, Myanmar and Honduras. What prompted your faith in God? The Lord saved me in 1977. I knew almost immediately He was calling me

to serve Him in the gospel ministry. In 1979, I surrendered to His call and was licensed at Central Baptist Church in Brandon. In 1980, while attending seminary and pastoring my first church, Edison Avenue Baptist Church in Jacksonville, I was ordained. My formal education includes Luther Rice Seminary ( Jacksonville FL) Bible Training Centre for Pastors (Tucker GA), and Campbellsville University in Kentucky. Describe yourself as a pastor? I am a conservative, evangelical minister, preaching and teaching expository, exegetical messages from the never-changing absolute truths of God’s Word, in an ever-changing, relative world system and post-modern culture. My desire is to exalt the Savior, edify and equip the saints, and evangelize the lost.

And advice to those who have? God will reward according to the heart’s motives. So your priority should be: No matter what you do, do it to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10). We all want to be well regarded, but our most important concern should be, are we pleasing to God. To hear the Lord Jesus say “Well done, good and faithful servant” trumps everyone and everything else. Any yet-unfulfilled dreams for your life? I only want one day to hear my Lord Jesus say: “You have fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith. Now enter into My rest.”


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CANDY’S CORNER BY CANDY OWENS

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ot enough hours in the day, we often say. We watch as the business of life allows time to slip away. Before we know it, days turn to months and months into years, “Has it been that long,” we ask. It’s time for the family reunion and a chance to see your loved ones that you don’t want to miss. Webster defines a family reunion as an occasion when many members of an extended family congregate. Sometimes these are held regularly, for example, on the same date every year; an act of reuniting an organized gathering of people who have not been together for a long time. I have always looked forward to gathering with my family for our reunions and enjoy all the fun, fellowship, learning the family history, friends, and food. Oh, the food! My great-great grandparents on my mother’s side: John Isaiah Ergle born in 1857 and Melvina Sylvester Terrell born in 1862 (who were of Russian decent) married back in 1881 and started what my family calls: The Ergle Family Reunion. Their ten children: Ella Clara Ergle Perry ( my great grandmother), Ada Belle Riles (mother of Evalie Riles, a graduate of Plant City High School), Clifford Elmer Ergle (father of Lillian Ergle Boland, a graduate of Plant City High School), Lorena Nancy Ergle Cassels, Zeffie Elizabeth Ergle Carlton (mother of 68

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Supreme Court Justice Vasser Carlton and sister-in-law of former Florida Gov. Doyle Carlton), James Corbett Ergle, John Bert Ergle, Clyde LeVelle Ergel, Lester, and Simmie Hoyt Ergle, along with their spouses and children, began holding our family reunions at Lakeland’s Adair Park back in the late 1930’s. Adair Park was located at 1324 Lakeland Hills Blvd. and was the perfect place for families. There were little league fields, restrooms, picnic pavilions, swings, see-saws, and a municipal swimming pool that was built back in 1938, which provided recreation opportunities to the people of Lakeland and surrounding areas for many years. The year 1961 brought a new and wonderful addition to Adair Park. What we kids back then called: “The Big Choo-Choo Train.” The locomotive was built in 1920 in Patterson, N.J., by the American Locomotive Co. for a sugar company in South America, but the deal fell through and the train was eventually sold to the Virginia-Carolina Chemical Co. which had a plant in Nichols, south of Mulberry. The train hauled phosphate for year until it was donated to the city of Lakeland by the company. I can remember back in the 1960s when my sister and I were little, Mother would always have us dressed in matching outfits for the reunion. We were made to sit on the cement benches inside the pavilion so we could hug, kiss, greet, meet, shake hands

with, and have pictures and movies made with any and all of our relatives arriving at the reunion. Well…I had a problem with that. I was more interested in getting out there on the playground to swing, seesaw, run around, and hop that fence to get up on that “Big Choo-Choo Train.” I was not the least bit interested in sitting “lady-like” on the bench waiting for people to kiss and hug without messing up my hair or getting dirty. Once Mother felt as though enough people had arrived and my sister and I had done enough hugging and kissing, hand shaking, and picture taking, she would release us to go play. Yeah!! But she would always say: “Do not get dirty, stay where I can see you, don’t go near the road, and if I call you then you come!” So off we went! We were on the swings, the seesaw, and over the fence and inside the train, smiling and waving and pretending to drive and shovel coal. We had a wonderful time. Before long, Mother would stand at the edge of the pavilion and yell for us to come see Aunt, Uncle, or Cousin so-and-so. My sister would always hide inside the train and act like she couldn’t hear Mother calling. We would always get in trouble for that, but that’s not the only thing I got in trouble for at reunions. Back then people brought pots and pans filled with the most delicious home-cooked foods. There were pots and pots filled with Chicken and Dumplings (rolled and dropped), Chicken and Rice (yellow and white), Fried Chicken, Baked Chicken, BarB-Q Chicken, Potato Salad, Baked Hams, Roasts, Scalloped Potatoes, Macaroni and Cheese, Conch Peas, Black-eyed Peas, Zipper Peas, Creamed Corn, Casseroles, Fresh Fruits, Marshmallow Salads, Jello Salads, Deviled Eggs, Rolls, Bread, Cakes, Pies, Cobblers, and Cookies. Pots and pans and trays and platters filled the tables from one end of the pavilion

to the other. It was very tempting. In fact, several times Mother caught me lifting lids off the pots looking for the dumplings, trying to steal a chicken leg, or sticking my finger in somebody’s cake. When it was lunch time, we all gathered inside the pavilion to say the blessing and line up to fill our plates. So much food graced those tables you’d have had to drop out of line before you got to the end, because there was no room on your plate for anything else. And that was not even counting the dessert table! We stayed all day, eating and talking, playing and laughing, telling stories and reminiscing, and having the most wonderful time. The best of times! My sister and I are now in our mid-50s and we both agree that if we could go back through those years, we would have spent more time in the pavilion with family. Not just for the dumplings and cake and pies and goodies….Well yes, for more dumplings, cakes, and pies, but for our family: the stories, photos, fellowship and laughter; for the hugs, the kisses, and the time. Yes, more of their hugs, more of their kisses, and mostly…time with them. I will leave you with this prayer. “Father, we thank Thee for the privilege of being together as a family. As the generations grow farther apart, let them be brought together with the memory of the loved ones who were once with us, but now live only in our memories. Strengthen the bond of relationships as we face the future, but always keep with us our ties of the past.”


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all is upon us and the weather is getting a little cooler. Soon it will be time to carve pumpkins for Halloween. Let’s look at some other

uses for pumpkins. Pumpkins are not only filled with beta-carotene, antioxidants, vitamin C and vitamin A but they are a good exfoliator. When you mix Pumpkin puree with natural ingredients like cinnamon and coconut milk you can create products that are good for your skin. They also smell delicious. Soothing scents such as pumpkin can help you relax and sleep better, especially if you add a touch of vanilla or calming lavender. I feel relaxed already. You can create a beautiful centerpiece by cutting a hole in the top of a medium to large pumpkin. Then clean out all the pulp and seeds from within. Place a bowl or glass inside the pumpkin and fill it full of water. Now you’re ready to insert and arrange fall flowers into the bowl. Be sure the bottoms of the flowers are submerged

in the water so that they will last longer. The mini-pumpkins make great place cards or place card holders. You can write directly on the pumpkins or tie little name tags to the stems. Either way is a fun addition to any table. To add a little light to your table simply take a small or miniature pumpkin and remove the stem. You can snap it off or cut it off, but make sure the top is smooth or evenly indented. Place a votive candle where the stem used to be. I like to use the small battery lights in place of real candles. Here’s a fun project for the kids. Do you remember making macaroni art work when you were little? You can do the same with your kids using clean pumpkin seeds. Just color the seeds with markers and glue them to paper. This is a fun project the kids are sure to enjoy. I want to take a moment and wish my younger sister Brenda a very Happy Birthday. You are a gift to all that know and love you. Until next time relax, enjoy and be thankful…

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GIVING NEW LIFE THROUGH ART

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ast month I wrote about one half of a dynamic artistic duo, who have come to make Plant City home and create and share their art. Together they work under the name of Beauty and the Beard. Charles Galvin, leathersmith, is of course the Beard and Rebecca Nipper is the Beauty. For many years Rebecca has been creating art and participating in shows and festivals. In fact, she met her now fiancé, Charles, at a festival. With a strong background and education in Biology and Environmental studies, Rebecca worked with the Department of Environmental Protection for over the past twelve years. Just recently she put aside her career to pursue art on a full time basis. Rebecca draws upon her love and knowledge of nature and combines it with her passion for art. Her two main mediums are painting with watercolor and creating jewelry. Rebecca’s jewelry making is unique in that she not only uses natural gemstones, but occasionally incorporates found animal bone as well. In her own words, she is “giving new life through

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art.” The majority of animal bones she uses are from small animals that have been killed or are dead through natural processes. These she discovers while on nature walks and expeditions. “I am a nondiscriminatory animal lover,” she said, and continued, “If I find an animal I am probably going to feed it.” Her love of animals is exemplified by the types of paintings she completes. Rebecca refers to her art as being “nature-based whimsy.” Rebecca, along with Charles, will become the newest members of the Art Lounge Gallery in November. They plan on displaying their work and will also have a working studio open to the public. Together they will participate in many community events, such as the Downtown Farmers Market held weekly on Thursday evening. You can plan to meet Rebecca in person and view her artwork beginning in November at the Art Lounge Gallery or visit her website at www. rebeccanipper.com


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SENIORS OF THE MONTH

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OLIVIA BROSKY

NICHOLAS SUSTEK

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t is said that the four years you spend in high school are some of the best years of your life; Olivia Brosky is here to prove that. With her ability to juggle sports, academics, club managements, and community service, Olivia does it all. But Olivia couldn’t do it all without the help and support of her family. In the classroom Olivia is one of the top students Plant City has to offer, partaking in multiple AP classes through her years of schooling. She is a part of the Plant City High School Leadership team and is a College Board AP Scholar. With a 4.33 GPA it’s no surprise Olivia took part in Plant City’s National Honor Society, which Olivia is the president of. Not only that, but Olivia is the Reporter for the Senior Executive Council, and S4TL Rotary Delegate. Along with being a fantastic student Olivia also shone on stage in many of the Drama Clubs excellent shows, which Olivia participated in her freshman, sophomore and junior year. Olivia was casted in the ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’ ‘The Diary of Anne Frank,’ and the Drama Clubs One Act Shows her freshman, sophomore, and junior years. Not only did Olivia run the stage but she took part in Plant City’s Cross Country team her freshman and sophomore years. Along with being a well-rounded student Olivia spends her time helping out the community in so many ways. She participates in most of these activities through Plant City’s Civinettes and Interact club. She frequently serves her community whether it be feeding the homeless or spending her days guiding the underclassman around the school and helping them get to know Plant City Highs campus lifestyle. Upon graduation Olivia hope to attend Florida Southern or the University of South Florida to study history, Olivia hopes of attending a law school after she has attained her BA. With her incredible leadership, academic performance and ingenuity Olivia will have to trouble achieving these goals.

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Restaurant: Wasabi Song: Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen Sports team: Boston Red Sox College: Florida Southern Hobby: writing Place to hang out: The movies

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icholas Sustek is Plant City High School’s Senior of the Month for the month of September. He is an accomplished scholar and member of our community. Nicholas is a hard worker in and out of the classroom achieving over a 4.0 GPA which makes him an honor graduate. He is dedicated in everything that he does whether it be at work, at school, or behind a camera. Nicholas has done exceptionally well on rigorous Advanced Placement exams as well as the SAT scoring a 4 on his Advanced Placement Environmental Science exam and a 1700 on the SAT. He has plans to attend the University of South Florida. He would like to major in TV productions and earn a minor in project management. Nicholas has had many accomplishments in his high school career. One that he most proud of is founding the SoS Brigade(Magna Club), where he is currently the president. Nicholas has also been certified in Microsoft Power Point, Excel, and Access. HE is a member of RTV and is instrumental in creating a plethora of videos and PSA’s together. So, whether you see Nicholas in the classroom or behind a camera he will always be dedicated to his work. There is no doubt Nicholas Sustek is the best fit for Plant City Highs School’s Senior of the Month.

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Hobby: Super Smash Bros Restaurant: Wasabi Food: Flautas Band/Artist: Shinedown

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PLANT CITY AWNING & ALUMINUM PRODUCTS INC. What inspires you? I am inspired by the things found in nature. There are so many wonderful things in the natural world. I find that being in that environment helps clear my mind. Whether I’m on my boat or standing on the beach observing the sunset, I can often sort through the various issues that may be on my mind and settle on solutions more easily. What are your aspirations? My goal is to continue to grow my company, adding to its corporate value. I hope to find someone that is interested in carrying on the name and business tradition of a company that has been in Plant City for 54 years. What are your greatest successes? I consider the development of customer loyalty as one of my successes. I have done business with 2nd & 3rd generations of families. I also consider it

a great success that my company survived the “Great Recession” that was at its worst in 2008. It was the most difficult time for the construction industry that I had ever experienced. What do you have planned for your future? Retirement is in the not too distant future. I look forward to doing some travelling, spending more time with family, and getting involved in causes that interest me. How did you get into the business you are in now? My father started Plant City Awning in 1961. I worked in various other industries before I started working with him and learning the business. When my father was ready to retire, I purchased the company in 1992.

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A HINT OF GARLIC BY VICTORIA WATKINS SGRO

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ootball season is finally here! And if you’re anything like me, that really only means one thing: FOOD! But fried chicken, soggy grocery store subs, and greasy pizza aren’t going to cut it this season. Incorporate fresh and local ingredients into your game day menu and spice it up a little with these easy homemade treats.

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can’t miss

events

OCTOBER 15 THURSDAY

• PC Local Harvest Farmers Market McCall Park, 100 North Collins St. Historic Downtown Plant City 813-531-1911 4 – 8PM

• 16 FRIDAY - NATIONAL BOSS DAY • Hillsborough County Job Fair 8:30 AM – Noon HCC’s Dale Mabry Campus 4001 W. Tampa Bay Blvd. 813-930-7868 • Football @7:30PM Plant City vs Durant @ DHS

• Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail 7:30 – 10PM $10 per person Not recommended for children under 12 2837 S. Frontage Rd., Plant City

• 17 SATURDAY • Applebee’s Flapjack Fundrasier Benefits PCHS Golf Team 8AM – 10AM Applebee’s @Townsgate Court $6 ticket = 3 pancakes w/sausage links/beverage • Strawberry Classic Car Show Historic Downtown Plant City 4 – 9PM

• 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

• Free concert: The Walkers 6:00 PM Plant City Foursquare Church 602 S. Evers Street Details: Call Dr. Joe C. Kelley, Jr , 813-759-0528 Visit www.thewalkersonline.com or facebook.com/ walkerministries. • Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail 7:30 – 10PM $10 per person Not recommended for children under 12 2837 S. Frontage Rd., Plant City

18 SUNDAY • 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

20 TUESDAY • Plant City Connection Group Breakfast Speaker: Eric Seidel, Hills.Co. Clerk of Circuit Court Uncle Mike’s Smokehouse 106 E. SR 60 8-9AM; Cost is $5 813-737-4444 or Facebook

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22 THURSDAY

• GFWC Woman’s Club PC BBQ 4 – 6:30PM Meal pickup 102 N. Palmer Street $12 advance tickets required 813-481-0419

• PC Local Harvest Farmers Market McCall Park, 100 North Collins St. Historic Downtown Plant City 813-531-1911 4 – 8PM

• Eastern Hillsborough County Band 7PM Hillsborough County Fairgrounds 215 Sydney Washer Road (off SR60) $1 Gate Admission to Free Concert 813-569-1770 or www.ehcb.org • Hillsborough County Fair 215 Sydney Washer Rd. (off SR60) Open Oct.22-25 & Oct.29-Nov.1

23 FRIDAY • Hillsborough County Fair 215 Sydney Washer Rd. (off SR60) Open Oct.23-25 & Oct.29-Nov.1

• “The Language of Music” concert Plant City Community Chorale 7:30PM First United Methodist Church 404 W. Reynolds St. Advance tickets: $10/Adults; $8/Seniors/Students/ Children www.pccchorale.org or see a member • 5th Annual Cracker Country Feast Plant City Daybreak Rotary Club (Home of George and Cassandra Banning) 2508 Clubhouse Drive, PC 6:30PM 863-660-8979 $75 per person Proceeds support United Food Bank of Plant City • Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail 7:30 – 10PM $10 per person Not recommended for children under 12 2837 S. Frontage Rd., Plant City

24 SATURDAY • Mother Son Bowling Bash (Boys 5-yrs+ & their female relatives) 11AM – 2PM $25 per couple includes lunch PC Family Bowl, 2250 US 92 Register: Planteen Rec Ctr 813-659-4256 or visit 201 N. Dort St. to register by Oct.9 • Hillsborough County Fair 215 Sydney Washer Rd. (off SR60) Open Oct.24-25 & Oct.29-Nov.1

• 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

• Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail 7:30 – 10PM $10 per person Not recommended for children under 12 2837 S. Frontage Rd., Plant City

25 SUNDAY • Hillsborough County Fair 215 Sydney Washer Rd. (off SR60) Open today & Oct.29-Nov.1

• 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

27 TUESDAY • Plant City Connection Group Breakfast Speaker: Janine Nickerson, President of Community Round Table Uncle Mike’s Smokehouse 106 E. SR 60 8-9AM; Cost is $5 813-737-4444 or Facebook

29 THURSDAY • Hillsborough County Fair 215 Sydney Washer Rd. (off SR60) Open Oct.29-Nov.1

30 FRIDAY • Various Trunk or Treat Events at Local Churches • Hillsborough County Fair 215 Sydney Washer Rd. (off SR60) Open Oct.30-Nov.1

• Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail 7:30 – 11PM $10 per person Not recommended for children under 12 2837 S. Frontage Rd., Plant City

31 SATURDAY (HALLOWEEN) • FRANkenstein 5K Fun Run and WOD-O-Ween Registration at 8AM, 5K at 9AM Kids 1-mile Monster Dash at 10AM WOD after 5K (mini-CrossFit throwdown) Alderman’s Ford Park off SR39 South Proceeds benefit the Apache Way Farm Rescue & Jean Croslin’s recently lost battle with stage IV cancer. • Hillsborough County Fair 215 Sydney Washer Rd. (off SR60) Open Oct.31-Nov.1

• Sir Henry’s Haunted Trail Costume Contest: Adult Males & Females (No risqué costumes) 7:30 – 11PM $10 per person Not recommended for children under 12 2837 S. Frontage Rd., Plant City

NOVEMBER 1 SUNDAY • Hillsborough County Fair 215 Sydney Washer Rd. (off SR60)

• Dr. Chuck Seipp in Concert (PCHS ‘75) Renowned trumpeter 6PM Hopewell Baptist Church 6001 SR 39 South, Plant City

3 TUESDAY • Plant City Connection Group Breakfast Speaker: Laura Simpson, Exec.Dir. Main Street Bartow Uncle Mike’s Smokehouse 106 E. SR 60 8-9AM; Cost is $5 813-737-4444 or Facebook

5 THURSDAY • PC Local Harvest Farmers Market McCall Park, 100 North Collins St. Historic Downtown Plant City 813-531-1911 4 – 8PM

• Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Awards 6:30PM Trinkle Center @HCC PC 1206 N. Park Rd.

6 FRIDAY • Fancy Flea 2015 9AM – 4PM Strawberry Festival Grounds $5 admission – Free Parking

• Girls Night Out Shop/Dine Local 5 – 8:30PM Downtown PC & McCall Park

7 SATURDAY • GFWC - Honoring Women Veterans Veterans Monument Memorial Park 9 – 10:30AM 703 N. Wheeler St. • Fancy Flea 2015 9AM – 4PM Strawberry Festival Grounds $5 admission – Free Parking

10 TUESDAY • Plant City Connection Group Breakfast Speaker: James Evans, Human Worth Coach Uncle Mike’s Smokehouse 106 E. SR 60 8-9AM; Cost $5 813-737-4444 or Facebook • Pregnancy Care Center Annual Banquet Keynote: Scott Klusendorf 6PM; $50 (RSVP 10-30-15) Plant City’s 1st Baptist Church| 503 N. Palmer St.

11 WEDNESDAY • Pastors’ Breakfast 8 – 9:30AM Nationally known speaker: Scott Klusendorf Sponsors: All-Pro Pastors, Shiloh Baptist Assn., & Pregnancy Care Center Where: Biblical Leadership Institute 105 E. Baker St., Plant City Info: Call 813-659-1903 or 813-759-0528

• Veterans Day Celebration 10AM - Noon Veterans Monument Memorial Park 703 N. Wheeler St.

12 THURSDAY • PC Local Harvest Farmers Market McCall Park, 100 North Collins St. Historic Downtown Plant City 813-531-1911 4 – 8PM

13 FRIDAY • Dancing with the Locals 6:30-11PM Trinkle Center @HCC 1206 N. Park Road

14 SATURDAY • 5th Annual Empty Bowls Project Benefits United Food Bank 102 N. Palmer Street Historic Downtown Plant City 10:30AM - 1:30PM $10 = (2) 8 oz cups or (1) 16 oz cup


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Wyona Eudora Douglas, 93 of Lithia, FL died September 14, 2015. A native of Tampa, FL, she was the daughter of the late Willie and Margaret Stringfellow McColskey. Wyona was also preceded in death by husbands, Reverend J.W. Ellis (29 years) and Oren Douglas (9 years); sisters, Naomi McColskey, Willie Mae Adams. Survivng are son, James (Irene) Ellis; daughters, Wanda (Charlie) Cox, Sharon Lockyer; sister, Mavis Cleveland; brothers Robert and L.H. (Barbara) McColskey; 6 grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren, and 5 great great grandchildren. Wyona was a war bride, a minister’s wife, was well loved, and mom, grandma and granny. She was a member of Plant City’s First Baptist Church and was a dedicated servant to her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, and started teaching at a young age; she had over 45 years in children’s ministry. She also served in many positions at churches all over Florida as a pianist and organist. A funeral Service will be at 2pm, Friday, September 18, 2015, at Plant City’s First Baptist Church, 503 N Palmer St., with visitation one hour prior. A visitation will also take place from 6-8pm at Haught Funeral Home, 708 W Dr MLK Jr Blvd, Plant City on Thursday evening. Online condolendces may be left for the family at haughtfuneralhome.com

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Carolyn Ann Ferris, 67 of Bowdon, Georgia and formerly of Lakeland, Florida died September 18, 2015 at her home. A native of Tampa, Florida, she was the daugther of the late Oral and Dessie McAlum Clark. She was the wife of the late Leroy Ferris. Surviving are sons, John and Oral Ferris; daughter, Carol Bevel; sisters, Versa Lee Trimm, Sherry Ferris; one grandchild. Carolyn was of the Baptist faith, loved sports, soap operas, crosswords, romance novels, and her dog “Soapy”. A funeral service will be at Noon, Wednesday, September 23, 2015, at Haught Funeral Home, 708 W Dr MLK Jr Blvd, Plant City. A visitation will be for two hours prior at the funeral home. She will be interred at Memorial Park Cemetery in Plant City. Online condolences may be left to the family at haughtfuneralhome.com Barbara Jean Kersey, 73 of Plant City died September 28, 2015. A native of Miami, Florida, she was the daughter of the late Jewell and Nona Mae Williams Graves. She was the wife of the late Ronald Kersey. She is survived by sons, Randall Johnson, Gary (Darla) Geiger; grandchildren, Brooke Nattkemper, Randi Johnson, Jarod Geiger and Hayley Geiger; and a great grandchild on the way, Scarlett. Barbara loved to cook and was a bartender for many years at the Holiday Inn.

The family will be having private services at a later date. Online condolences may be left at haughtfuneralhome.com

Carrie Denice McDaniel, 46, of Dover, FL died October 1, 2015 at her home. A native of Tampa, Florida, she was the daughter of Dennis and Sharon Tolbert Dollar. She was the wife of Patrick McDaniel, he survives. Also surviving are children, Nathan Musselwhite, Candace (Brian) Turner, Bridgete (Dustin) McDaniel, Shannon Simmons; brothers, Douglas (Tina) Dollar, Christopher Dollar; sister, Sandra Dollar; 10 grandchildren. Carrie loved fishing and the Captain, loved her family and especially her grandchildren. Funeral Services will be 11am, Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at Haught Funeral Home Chapel, 708 W Dr MLK Jr Blvd, Plant City, with visitation one hour prior to services at the funeral home. Online condolences may be left to the family at haughtfuneralhome.com Elizabeth Greenan Bates, 92 of Plant City died October 4, 2015. A native of Alexandria, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late William and Elizabeth Grehan Greenan. She was the wife of the late Rollo Bates, Jr.. She is survived by her daughter,

Elizabeth L. Bates. There are no services planned at this time. Haught Funeral Home, 813.717.9300

Billy Smith, 42 of Plant City died October 4, 2015 at his home. A native of Plant City, he was the son of Clayton and the late Elizabeth “Peggy” Davis Smith. Billy was employed as a dispatcher with Loomis Armoured Trucks, graduated from HCC, and attended USF, enjoyed computers and was raised to be a servant to his friends and family. He will be missed. A graveside service will be 11am, Friday, October 16, 2015, at Willow Oak Cemetery, Mulberry. Online condolences may be left to the family at haughtfuneralhome.com

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October 24th 12-4pm

Over 30 craft breweries and more than 100 different beers

Plant City, Florida

$35 General Admission 12-4 $50 VIP Tickets 11-4 FREE PARKING

Live music and events throughout the fest

Limited release of our annual Hurricane #8 Eisbock

Visit twohenrysbiertoberfest.com for details and tickets

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