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Enjoy reading the bios of the beautiful and talented contestants hoping for a scholarship or position on the Court of the Florida Strawberry Festival’s annual Queen’s Scholarship Pageant. Beauty and brains, these lovely ladies have it all.

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LETTER FROM THE

PUBLISHER Here we go again, and how in the world did we get here so quickly? Happy New Year 2016 to our wonderful Plant City readers. Are you ready for the ride? Those who have already signed up for the annual Dean’s Ride to bike around Plant City are! And they’re hoping more will join the effort to fundraise for the LiveStrong program that helps cancer survivors. Come on, get your gear on (including that helmet). As we enter into the very busy Florida Strawberry Festival season, it’s good to express appreciation to the industry professionals who make it happen—the growers, the suppliers, the harvesters and the community volunteers. Their work results in an influx of visitors, vendors, and new residents…all because of our love for those delicious red berries.

The Festival season kicks off with two related pageants. The Junior Royalty Queen and Court are featured in this month’s issue, as are the contestants hoping for a spot on the Court in the FSF Queen’s Scholarship Pageant, to be determined January 23. We hope you’ll enjoy reading the bios and seeing the faces of the lovely ladies from which judges must make their difficult decision. Other stories include one about the Heartland for Children foster parenting organization and another checks in with Erika Kolakowski Jaworski to discover what Plant City High School’s 2010 valedictorian is up to five years later. Thankfully, our city’s economy is growing healthier, so we want to begin 2016 by expressing gratitude once again for your support of hometown businesses. When you shop local and in person, you strengthen the bonds that make this community such a great one. People to people and one transaction at a time makes for an everwidening circle of appreciation. Let’s make this year our best ever!

Warmest Regards, Mike Floyd

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Dr. Brenda Dukes Chiropractic Physician

HEALTH AND FINANCE

Insurance benefits are rapidly changing this year! These changes are managing and even decreasing the amount of benefits available to you for your health and wellness. Chiropractic care is health and wellness for the entire family. Whether you are experiencing nagging symptoms of a cold or daily aches and pains, Chiropractic Care addresses the cause and does not mask the symptoms; regular chiropractic care helps to keep the nervous system functioning at a better level to enhance the opportunity to help improve all aspects of our lives. With all of the concern about health care and how much it will cost, at Dukes Chiropractic Health Clinic, P.A., there is no insurance needed as we offer affordable care that provides wellness which in turn minimizes the major out-ofpocket expenses that everyone anticipates. In addition to chiropractic care ,we also offer alternative homeopathic supplements that work on the cause to enhance recovery and do not cause drug reactions that are currently being experienced by many. The supplements also provide the daily supplementation of vitamins and nutrients to your diet that is needed to stay balanced to maintain all levels of wellness when complying with the recommendations. Other valuable services available massage therapy, customize foot orthotics ,vascular digital pulse analysis (DPA) and rehabilitation to name a few. Special Note: Dr. Dukes and staff pray that each of you have a Happy and Healthy New Year and to acknowledge that it is time to take care of you and your family, to invest in the Value of staying healthy and being able to receive quality and valuable Chiropractic care within your budget.

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Correction to 2015 Year in Review Blueberry Pageant Winners are as follows: Ages16-19: Queen Chloe Tew, First Maid Ellie Shouse, and Fan Favorite Emily Gagnon Ages 13-15: Teen Queen & Fan Favorite Kayla Mosley, first Maid Kayle Stallard Ages 10-12: Pre-Teen Queen Gracie Gainer, First Maid Tori Wegner, and Fan Favorite Kalie Daniels Ages 7-9: Junior Queen Karen Johnson, First Maid Emerson Givens, and Fan Favorites (tie) Emerson Givens and Lauren Terry Ages 5-6: Little Queen Bella Bikowski, First Maid Bailey Keys, and Fan Favorite Erin Brownlee Ages 3-4: Tiny Queen Astin Hallman, First Maid Sutton Duncan and Fan Favorite Brylynn Newsome Age 2: Bud Queen Ava Bikowski, First Maid and Fan Favorite Sophia Kormondy

Helen Parke of Parkesdale Farms will serve as Grand Marshal of the Florida Strawberry Festival Grand Parade. Brian West announced as the Plant City Chamber of Commerce Chairman-Elect for 2016 On December 17, Marion Smith announced her retirement as President of the Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce, a position she has held since 2001. Her effective retirement date is May 27, 2016. YMCA Open House from 8 - 11AM and 5 – 8PM on Tuesday, January 19. Enjoy a carnival style party with refreshments, games and entertainment. Talk one-on-one with Executive Director Rick Gould and Membership Director JJ Myers about the Y’s many programs, events, volunteering opportunities and community engagement. 14

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It was a great start to the New Year as Pastor Brian Stowe and the First Baptist Church of Plant City congregation celebrated the church’s 150th anniversary on January 3, 2016.

Congratulations to the First Baptist Church of Plant City for its 150th Anniversary of service to the community. The faith-filled congregants celebrated this milestone at 10AM on January 3 with special music, dramatic presentations, a slideshow of historic photos and joyful worship.

Saturday, January 23 - Dean’s Ride Dean’s Ride: The Strength and Honor bike ride begins at 7:45AM on Saturday, January 23 at the HCC campus and continues through beautiful Plant City. Participants must be 14-years & older and helmets are required. Proceeds benefit the Plant City Y’s programs, such as Livestrong for cancer survivors. At 7AM, a limited number of bikes will be lent to those who don’t own one. Registration starts at $35 and includes a t-shirt. Lunch and live music follow the event.

The Plant City Photo Archives and History Center (Archives) has expanded

its internship program to assist advanced high school students, current college students and young college graduates develop an interest in local history and to work in a realistic small history center and archives environment. Plant City High School Student Intern, Claire Salo, Citing the need for more training in archival (center), reviews the DeVane Family papers at the techniques, historical preservation, and history Photo Archives and History Center with Archives staff research, along with organizational practices members Kim Hamilton (L) and Gil Gott (R). and procedures, the Archives will be accepting applications for internships beginning January 25, 2016, for the Spring, and Summer terms. Those interested can obtain information and the form by visiting the Archives office at 106 S. Evers Street (M-F from 9-5) or by emailing the executive director at gil@plantcityphotoarchives. org. The telephone number is 813.754.1578 and website is plantcityphotoarchives.org.

Stingray Chevrolet has created a oneof-a-kind Corvette

with custom “Candy Strawberry Red” exterior paint, valued at approximately $70,000, to raffle off at the 2016 Florida Strawberry Festival. Tickets for the drawing are $5 each and are available for purchase through March 11 at www.stingraychevrolet.com and at the dealership located off exit 22 on I-4 in Plant City. Tickets can also be purchased each day of the Florida Strawberry Festival at Stingray Chevrolet’s vehicle display on the event grounds. All proceeds from the raffle benefit Unity in the Community, a Plant City organization that contributes to local youth organizations and other groups who provide assistance to underprivileged families. Stingray Chevrolet has raised nearly $600,000 for Unity in the Community since they began the annual vehicle giveaway seven years ago.

At the 33rd annual Strawberry Jam awards banquet , Sam Astin III and

his wife Buffy were inducted into the Florida Strawberry Growers Association’s “Strawberry Hall of Fame.” Astin’s parents, Sam Astin, Sr. and Betty were inducted in 2001.


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As Civitan’s Outstanding Youth for 2016, Olivia Brosky will be the Grand Marshal of Civitan’s Strawberry Festival Youth Parade on March 5.

2016 CIVITAN’S STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL YOUTH PARADE

encourage parade participation. School PTSAs, clubs, churches and other youth programs are encouraged to apply. Acceptance is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are 18-years or younger, except for the required band directors and chaperones. The “float building” competition allows businesses to get involved by sponsoring a group’s float construction costs with a $300 tax-deductible donation. “Such an event is possible only through the generosity and cooperation of business people in our area,” explained Pogue. Participating businesses are listed on both sides of the float’s sign. The non-partisan judging takes place the south side of South Florida Baptist Hospital. Out-of-town judges are unaffiliated with any local groups. Competition involvement is not required for participants. Award Category prizes are as follows: $100 plus trophy and rosette for Best Club / Group Float and Best Church Float (non-professional); Trophy and

rosette for Best Marching Unit and Best Band Entry. Second and third place winners in each category will receive rosettes. Civitan will announce winners immediately following the parade at the Florida Strawberry Festival Awards Ceremony. The parade route begins at the State Farmers’ Market on MLK, Jr. Boulevard, moves north on Alexander Street and then west on Reynolds, past the festival grounds. Groups and floats disburse near Sammonds Road or at the Market. ”Our Plant City Police Department has always done a terrific job, protecting the safety of all with traffic control” shared Pogue. “We couldn’t accomplish the parade without them!.” Through Civitan and its emphasis on youth, members discover the best in themselves and others. Founded in 1917 in Birmingham, Alabama, where it remains headquartered, Civitan welcomes new applicants. Phone Pat Pogue 813-754-4680 for details.

OLIVIA BROSKY - 2016 GRAND MARSHAL BY CHERYL JOHNSTON

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or 43 years, Plant City’s Civitan Club has recognized our community’s outstanding high school seniors through scholarships and roles as Grand Marshals in the annual Civitan’s Strawberry Festival Youth Parade. The 2016 parade, themed “Royal Fun for Everyone,” is set for Saturday, March 5 at 11:00 a.m. At the club’s February 4 meeting, club president Pat Pogue will recognize Olivia Brosky of Plant City High School as the 2016 Civitan Outstanding Youth. Parents Carl and Patti Brosky, along with PCHS College/Career Counselor Jamie Stephens, will accompany Olivia at Buddy Freddy’s Restaurant. “Our city is blessed with incredible young people, bright and very involved in their school, community, and church,” explained Pogue. “The decision is never easy, but we’re certain Grand Marshal Brosky will represent us well.” Olivia will also be introduced at the

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February 9 Lions Club meeting at Uncle Mike’s Smokehouse Grill, the Chamber contact breakfast on February 10, and the February 17 luncheon for Citizen of the Year. The 2016 PCHS Honor Graduate and 2015 College Board AP scholar is an active member of First Baptist Church of Plant City, the school’s Drama Club, Girls Interact, and was an FFA volunteer for the Summer Salt Day Camp. Her other involvements include: PCHS National Honor Society president; PCHS Leadership Team; Senior Executive Council reporter, InterClub Council member, Invasion crew leader; 2016 Calendar Girl.” Olivia desires to be a criminal defense attorney so plans for a Pre-Law major at Florida Southern College after completing her Associate of Arts degree at Hillsborough Community College. Each year, Pogue visits schools in Brandon, Riverview and Tampa to

Since the Civitan’s Youth Parade inception, the baton twirlers of Patrick’s Patriots have always been excited to participate.

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Shown here with children Destiny and Joshua, Kevin and Rachael Bowen feel blessed as both foster and adoptive parents.

HEARTLAND FOR CHILDREN

acceptance.” Rachael shares. Heartland for Children exists to improve the safety, permanency, and well-being for all children in Polk, Highlands, and Hardee Counties. As the lead agency for community-based care (CBC) in Circuit 10, HFC administers a comprehensive child welfare network that includes protective services, foster care, adoptions, independent living, prevention, family preservation, family support providers and other related services. The county of residence of an individual determines which CBC organization handles inquiries about becoming a foster or adoptive parent in Florida. Families in Polk, Hardee or Highlands work directly with Heartland for Children by calling 1-863-5198900, extension 289, or visiting www. HeartlandforChildren.org. The site’s FAQ tab is a wonderful resource, too. For those in Hillsborough County, families will

contact Eckerd by visiting www.Eckerd. org or by calling 1-866-233-0790. If your family has considered helping children who need a good home, whether temporary or permanent, be encouraged by the remarks from some who have changed a life. “Some people have to travel around the world for their missions; ours came to our home.” -Mike Holt, Foster Parent “…to anyone thinking about becoming a foster parent [I say], go ALL IN. You will never regret the investment of time, love, and compassion you have sown into the life of a child.” -Sarah Stirk Dumas “Do it. It’s the most rewarding thing you could ever do in your life and the impact you’ll make on that child’s life is immeasurable.” -Noelle Santos

AGENCY SEEKS QUALITY FOSTER PARENTS BY CHERYL JOHNSTON | PHOTOS BY RACHAEL BOWEN

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en years ago, Plant City natives Rachael Bowen and her husband Kevin, felt called to help children in great need. As they prayed for God’s will, the couple began to investigate local fostering. The initial motivation was to help children, but what they discovered was even better. “Not only were we providing love and shelter for the children in our community, but hope and healing for their families.” Rachael explained. “We continually heard, ‘I just don’t think I could get attached to the children and then let them go.’” “However, when I saw their mother’s face once they were able to return, when I heard her repeatedly say ‘Thank you… thank you…thank you so much,’ I realized this was not about me. This was about the love of a family that wanted restoration. And foster parents are a part of that love story.” “I believe my position as a teacher greatly prepared me to “Love them and

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let them go,” Rachael continued. “ Many people in my life, even if only for only a short time, have changed my life forever. You will never know how the time you spend with a child, a teen, or even their families will make a difference in their future. Maybe you will spend one week or possibly a year. They will never forget the love you showed.” Considering the increase in the number of children being placed in foster care throughout the state, and in an effort to make a greater difference within the local community, Rachael recently accepted a position with Heartland for Children as a foster home recruiter to help increase the number of quality foster homes. “The greatest need the child welfare system has currently is foster families that are willing to provide safe homes for sibling groups and teenagers. However, children of all ages are placed into foster care and are in need of our safety and

Cuddle time for Rachael Bowen and her daughter Destiny.


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ust in time for our best weather and the sun-seeking folks flocking to Plant City for the winter, Krazy Kup will soon welcome guests to savor their coffee, baked treats, wraps, and

salads in Krazy King Louie’s Courtyard! The Trunzo family, owners, have leased the alley east and adjacent to their historic building at 101 E. J Arden Mays Boulevard. With exterior walls already

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freshly painted, the decorative iron gates to secure the space come next, before the outdoor tables and seating arrive. Anticipated opening is early February. The Courtyard will be as unique outside as Krazy Kup is inside and should attract more crowds for breakfast, lunch, business get-togethers and gatherings with friends. The family loves to showcase musical talent in the loft on Friday and Saturday evenings. Open Mic Night, Christian worship bands, and Bluegrass bands have all been popular. The Trunzos encourage area musicians to inquire about schedule dates. Nashville recording artists and husband-wife duo The Cashmans will make their second appearance on January 15 at 6:33 p.m. Arrive early for the best seats. With exceptionally reasonable prices, Krazy Kup’s food is also gaining a reputation. Kayla Hartman, employee and Life University student, helps create the daily offerings. “We like to hear customers’ remarks and see them return often,” she offered. “The ingredients are top quality and we make everything fresh each morning. This is a great place to eat!” With their investment of time, money and business acumen, Frank and Wenda Trunzo are building something very unique in the historic downtown. Most agree Krazy Kup has been able to

bring a great new flavor, not only to the coffee and pastry lover’s palate, but also to the local area, for those looking for a unique and comfortable place to meet for business or just lay back and chill out. “Politicians, Pastors, Police, Professors, Professionals, Parents and Students” alike visit for a special blend of hot and cold handcrafted delights, along with an atmosphere the family feels is “like nothing you have seen before.” “Our desire is that Krazy Kup will become one of Plant City’s happening hubs—a gathering place where people bring friends to enjoy something tasty,” explained Frank. “We want to be the goto coffeehouse in Central Florida.” He added, “We love this town and enjoy sharing hospitality and music. It’s our family’s way of giving back.” True to its name, Krazy Kup is a “krazy cool” place to come morning, noon or night.

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PLANT CITY YMCA HOSTS 4TH ANNUAL DEAN’S RIDE BY ANDRIA BARRIOS

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aising cancer awareness is just one of the many ways the YMCA serves the community. And it’s been hosting this particular cancer ride for nearly four years. The motto for the event is “Strength and Honor,” and volunteers seek to promote such virtues every year with Dean’s Ride. The best part is, all proceeds will benefit Livestrong and other cancer survival programs sponsored by the YMCA. Livestrong promotes wellness and spans 12 weeks. It’s designed specifically for adults suffering from all types of cancers and their treatments, and is free to all participants. Dean’s Ride is named after Dean Snyder, former citizen of Plant City. “This ride is a great way to remember someone who was a valuable asset to the community,” says JJ Myers, Membership Director at the Plant City Y. “He ran for City Commissioner years ago, and was founder of Snyder Investments &

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Financial Services where his son Brandon now serves as president.” When Snyder died of cancer, his friends sought out a way to acknowledge him and his contributions, and came up with Dean’s Ride. It features a scenic view of the beautiful Plant City, and starts and ends at the city’s Hillsborough Community College campus. It will be held on Saturday, January 23 and begins at 7:45 a.m. Cost for registration is $35 and includes a t-shirt. Participants in this annual event must be 14 years or older. Free bike rentals are available at 7 a.m. on the day of the ride. Route support and sag stops are also provided, as well as a light breakfast and lunch. Helmets are required for all riders. To register, visit www.tampaymca.org or www.active.com or mail a registration form to the Plant City YMCA at 1507 YMCA Pl. Or, for more information, contact JJ Myers at Joshua.jmyers@ tampaymca.org


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FLORIDA INSURANCE CENTER PRESENTS

COMMUNITY GRANTS T BY CHERYL JOHNSTON

wo Plant City organizations received generous charitable donations in December when representatives from Florida Insurance Center and Westfield Insurance Foundation presented checks to the United Food Bank for $12,400 and to the Plant City Fire Department for $6,100. “Thanks to the generous donation, we will be able to increase efforts toward education for parents who visit our United Food Bank,” said Christine Miller, Director. Plant City Fire Department Chief Daniel Azzariti and his staff appreciated the funds that will help a thermal imaging system. This will assist firefighters to find hotspots in homes or buildings ablaze. “We value partnerships with our independent insurance agencies. Through the Westfield Insurance Foundation we are able to help support their communities and charities,” said Ed Largent, Westfield President/CEO and Westfield Insurance Foundation chairman. The Westfield Insurance Foundation,

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a dedicated community and industry partner, was established in 2005 as an independent, private foundation endowed by the 167-year-old customer-focused Westfield Insurance and banking group. With headquarters in Westfield Center, Ohio, the group is one of the nation’s 50 largest property and casualty insurers, represented by more than 1,000 independent agencies. Learn more at www.WestfieldInsurance.com and www. Westfield-Bank.com. The Foundation donates $2 million annually, to include its “Legacy of Caring” grants, to various charities that impact safety, disaster relief, and family stability. “Florida Insurance Center, Inc. and its employees are proud members of the Plant City community,” shared President Dennis Brownlee. “Our collaboration with Westfield helps us further our citizenship efforts and have local impact in critically important initiatives.” Johnny Read, Sr., CIC and Chief Operating Officer, agreed, “The Brownlee family and Florida Insurance Center have been an integral part of Plant City for

two generations. They value the reputation of giving back to the local community, employees, and customers.” Read continued, “Florida Insurance Center is committed to help in support of

those who impact community safety and family stability by partnering with others to provide much needed resources. We appreciate the opportunity afforded us by Westfield.” Connect with Florida Insurance Center by phone at 813-754-3561, online at Facebook and http://www. floridainsurancecenter.com, or in person at 414 N. Alexander Street in Plant City.

Florida Insurance Agency presented checks in December, funded through “Legacy of Caring” grants from the Westfield Insurance Foundation, to the United Food Bank for $12,400 and to the Plant City Fire Department for $6,100.


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NOMINEES VOTE FOR FAVORITES JANUARY 15 - FEBRUARY 5 BY CHERYL JOHNSTON

Dear Readers: January is the month we invite you to tempt your taste buds with fresh visits to our local eateries and then vote for your favorites. Those receiving the most votes in each category will receive a “Readers’ Choice Award” for the BEST from their establishment. Your votes matter and even one vote can make a difference. Please vote for one nominee in each category online at focusplantcity.com between January 15 and February 5, 2016. We love to recognize winners and in this contest, you are the decision makers! Thanks in advance for your help. Winners will be recognized and receive their awards at our 14th Anniversary Party. We hope you’ll join us!

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The 2016 RCA Nominees are: Best Asian • Wasabi Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar • 813 Chinese • China One Best BBQ • Smokin’ Aces BBQ • First Choice BBQ • Johnson Barbeque • Uncle Mike’s Smokehouse Grill • Sonny’s Best Chicken Wings • Smokin’ Aces BBQ • Beef O’ Brady’s • Nick’s Pizza • O’Brien’s • Top Shelf Best Dessert • Dairy Queen • Twistee Treat • Tani’s Dessert Room • Chili’s • Outback Steakhouse

Best Cuban • Strawberry Hut • Brooklyn Bridge • Norma’s Ybor City Cubans • Dairy Queen • Strawberry Town

Best Soup • Panera Bread • Carrabba’s Italian Grill • The Corner Store • Outback Steakhouse • Whistle Stop

Best Italian • Esposito’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant • Carrabba’s Italian Grill • Olde Town Pizzeria & Pasta Co. • Nick”s Pizzaria & Wings • ABC Pizza

Best Overall Service • Olde Town Pizzeria & Pasta Co. • Fred’s Market Restaurant • Johnson Barbeque • Whistle Stop • Brick House Café’

Best Strawberry Shortcake • Parkesdale Farm Market • Dairy Queen • Strawberry Hut • Twistee Treat • Fred’s Market Restaurant

Best Breakfast • Brick House Café’ • Fred’s Market Restaurant • Snellgrove’s Restaurant • Brooklyn Bridge • IHOP

Best Salad • Olde Town Pizzeria & Pasta Co. • ABC Pizza • Johnson Barbeque • Outback Steakhouse • The Corner Store

Best Hometown Cookin’ • Fred’s Market Restaurant • Brick House Café’ • Snellgrove’s Restaurant • Plant City Hometown Buffet • Buddy Freddy’s

Best Coffee • Dunkin’ Donuts • Hole In One • Krazy Kup • Starbucks • Wawa

Best Hamburger • Brick House Café’ • Beef O’ Brady’s • Chili’s • Wayback Burgers • Snellgrove’s Restaurant

Best Fried Chicken • Maryland Fried Chicken • Fred’s Market Restaurant • Popeye’s • Plant City Hometown Buffet • Zaxby’s

Best Milkshake • Dairy Queen • Parkesdale Farm Market • Strawberry Hut • Twistee Treat • Wayback Burgers

Best Mexican • Taco Rey • El Rincon Mexicano • MiCasa Mexican Restaurant • El Mirasol

Best Steak • Outback Steakhouse • Johnson Barbeque • Uncle Mike’s Smokehouse Grill • Smokin’ Aces BBQ • Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Best Pizza • Olde Town Pizzeria & Pasta Co. • ABC Pizza • Esposito’s Pizza & Italian Restaurant • Nick’s Pizzaria & Wings • Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Best Seafood • Linda’s Crab Shack • Outback Steakhouse • Smokin’ Aces BBQ • Uncle Mike’s Smokehouse Grill


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Marsha Passmore of Plant City Entertainment joins playwrights Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten for a little fun outside the theater on their recent tour of appreciation to Florida community theaters that have produced their plays.

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he playwright trio of Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten visited Plant City Entertainment on December 15, one tour stop on their trip to Florida theaters that produce their plays. The Jones Hope Wooten Comedies team describes their work as “Southern Fried Comedy.” Based now in Washington, D.C., since their move from New York six months ago, the three have written 16 plays in their 10 years together. Among those is the ever-popular upcoming PCE presentation “Red Velvet Cake War,” to which Rex’s Exes is a sequel. PCE Director Kay Secord will oversee the production of “Rex’s Exes” in January and February. Approximately three million Americans have attended one or more Jones Hope Wooten productions. Their shows have also been performed in England, Germany, Japan, Mexico, and Taiwan. The playwrights are also especially known for “Dearly Beloved,” “Dixie Swim Club,” “Texas Round-Up of the

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Guacamole Queens” and “Funny Little Thing Called Love.” PCE welcomed their esteemed guests with a tour of the theater, a token of appreciation, and naturally, that Southern dessert staple, Red Velvet Cake. Secord reported, “We are still laughing from rehearsals. The nuances are wonderful.” Kelley Gustafson agreed. “The Jones Hope Wooten comedies are relatable, and easy for everyone to enjoy. People need good entertainment that’s fun!” “We have a theory when we write,” shared Jones. “If you play a part in one of our shows, you will have a good time in rehearsals and a chance to shine, to have ‘your moment’ in the play.” “American community theater is the incubator for professional theater,” offered Wooten. Jones added, “It helps keep the American culture alive. This is a time we need to be stronger, more loving, happier.” All three writers are from small towns. Wooten is from Fremont, Oklahoma; Hope from Center, Texas, and Jones from Dalhart in the Texas panhandle.

Set in modern day Sweetgum, Texas, “Rex’s Exes” shares the story of the three Verdeen cousins who were introduced in “Red Velvet Cake Wars.” Gaynelle, a divorcee turning 50, is addicted to

Reddi-Wip in a can. Peaches’ husband, a mortuarial cosmetologist, has died and disappeared; and Jimmie Wyvette is growing a new business, Wide Brides, gowns for the Texas size bride. Aunt LaMerle is determined to repair the family’s reputation, and Uncle Aubrey, on oxygen no less, is still pursing Mama Doll. The two have “a senior citizen thing going on.” Jones Hope Wooten love stories about “incredibly flawed, self-deprecating” characters, ones like those found in most small towns—ones all audiences can appreciate. “People can leave the theater thinking, ‘My family’s not as crazy as I thought,” explained Hope. Because of the popularity of “Red Velvet Cake Wars,” Plant City Entertainment encourages folks to purchase tickets early for the Rex’s Exes performances from Friday, January 29 to Sunday, January 3 and from Friday, February 5 to Sunday, February 7. Prices are $16 and $14 for seniors 60+/students. The theater is located at 101 N. Thomas Street. Tickets can be purchased online at http://pceshows.com/ticketing-online/ and in advance in cash at Hardee’s Fashions, 1501 N. Wheeler Street. To learn more about the playwrights, visit Facebook.com/JonesHopeWooten or JonesHopeWooten.com

Plant City Entertainment regulars gathered to welcome Washington, D.C. based playwrights Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten during their recent tour of the theater.


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Erika graduated Magna Cum Laude from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomedical Sciences with pre-medical concentration and a minor in Spanish Foreign Language.

VALEDICTORIANS WHERE ARE THEY NOW?

PCHS 2010 VALEDICTORIAN ERIKA KOLAKOWSKI JAWORSKI BY CHERYL JOHNSTON | PHOTOS COURTESY OF ERIKA JAWORSKI

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ince Erika Kolakowski graduated as Plant City High School valedictorian in 2010, the awardwinning runner and scholar hasn’t slowed down. The recent Magna Cum Laude graduate of Auburn University earned her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences with pre-medical concentration and a minor in Spanish Foreign Language. She has also married Griffin Jaworski and donned her white coat at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Des Moines University in Iowa. “I appreciate the emphasis on holistic patient care and Osteopathic Manual Medicine (OMM) at DMU,” Erika explained. “I hope to excel and obtain the OMM 5th year fellowship, an additional training year of hands on techniques beneficial for patient care. She continued, “I’m pursuing an orthopedic/sports medicine career. Although this is the current plan, I know medical school will offer an array of subjects, so I’m keeping an open mind to my future.” At Auburn the University Honors Scholar with Distinction was inducted

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into five honor societies. She served two years as Student Editor for the Journal of Undergraduate Studies and as a COSAM Leader (College of Science and Mathematics) in her senior year. She also studied abroad at the University of Salamanca in Spain, one of Europe’s oldest, with trips to Toledo, Madrid, Granada, Sevilla, and Cadiz. Athletically, the NCAA competitor lettered four years in Auburn Cross Country & Track/Field (indoor & outdoor), serving three as Women’s Distance Captain. Her personal best times were 4:41 for 1500 meters and 17:55 for the cross-country 5k. Experientially, Erika worked 30 months in a College of Veterinary Medicine research lab. “That lab sequenced and identified animals’ genes that would confer bleeding disorders for the purposes of proper breeding, surgical safety and quality of life,” she explained. “I researched Factor VIII in a boxer dog individual and Factor XIII in a cow, but found no genome mutations. I learned to run polymerase chain reactions, gel electrophoresis, and DNA extraction. By the second summer I could run the

laboratory while the manager was away one week.” Erika opted for a nontraditional path her junior year. She chose to forego medical school one year to marry Griffin and gain experience outside the classroom. She offered, “With God’s mercy, I was chosen to learn more under the nurses at Mercy Medical Clinic, my most significant volunteer experience.” Funded solely through civic and private donations, the Christian clinic has ministered low cost primary medical care to uninsured Auburn community citizens for 15 years, physically and spiritually. “During my gap year I worked moreso, taking blood pressure and as chief complaint for patients,” Erika explained. I assisted volunteer doctors/ nurses with paperwork and found low cost medications. In non-clinical hours I helped student volunteers answer calls, prepped charts, and assisted the full-time nurse. What an amazing opportunity to experience medicine and ministry together. I hope to use this experience for future medical missions.”

Erika met Griffin Jaworski of Orlando her sophomore year when both were Auburn cross-country and track/ field team members. After completing his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance, Griffin is now pursuing a Masters of Financial Management from Drake University in Des Moines, where he’ll also complete his fifth year of crosscountry and track. They celebrated their first anniversary January 3, 2016. Together, their promising future still includes running! The Des Moines Triathlon Club member finished first in the 21-25 age group and fifth overall in her first triathlon Labor Day weekend. She plans to continue primarily with 5Ks and half-marathons. Currently looking into potential residencies, Erika hopes for one in family medicine w/OMM and perhaps a sports medicine track. “I’d love eventually to start an OMM clinic with wellness specialists in nutrition, acupuncture, etc., and Griffin will manage the business side. We’re excited to see what the future holds.”

Erika Kolakowski married Griffin Jaworski on January 3, 2015 in Maitland, FL.

Erika’s parents, Keith and Lisa Kolakowski, celebrated with her at the “White Coat” ceremony for the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Des Moines University.


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2016 Junior Royalty Winners: Queen Kendall Gaudens, Princess Peyton Hobbs, Duchess Skyler Barber, and Baroness Aubrey Dunca

2016 JUNIOR ROYALTY QUEEN, PRINCESS, DUCHESS, AND BARONESS

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Pledge and introduced the mistresses of ceremony, all while using sign language. Mrs. Sara Beth Carlton and Mrs. Elizabeth Pierce introduced each contestant as they modeled across the stage in the preliminary competition. The judges definitely had their work cut out for them because each contestant looked amazing.

After the Preliminary Competition, the 2015 winners, Queen-JadeĂ Broome, Princess-Avery Surrency, Duchess-Madelynn Hardwick, and Baroness-Caitlin Davis entertained the audience while the audience waited on the top ten results. Everyone was eager to hear the announcement and cheers went up for

the following contestants in the top ten semi-final portion of the program: Baroness- (ages 5-6) Demi Atkinson, Kennedy Duncan, Amari Jackson, Ivy Garner, Lilyanna Perean, Aubrey Duncan, Bailey Keys, Karlee Stackhouse, Kamdyn Mosley, and Sophia Overstreet Duchess- (ages 7-9) Maya Howard, Lylh Linares, McKena Davis, Layla Lee, Milee Hasting, Abigail Mullis, Brooke Browning, Kendall Spencer, Chloe Shinneman, and Skyler Barber. Princess- (ages 10-12) Giselle Gutierrez, Callie Smith, McKenna Jordan, Kaylee Bowers, Rylie Vasquez, Emmylou Varnum, Peyton Hobbs, Pige Zarecor, Kate Daigle, and Lacie Collins Queen- (ages 13-15) Kiersten Struth, Kamille Long, Haley Lazzara, Hayley Duckson, Olivia Frazier, Sarah Gagnon, Alyssa Grimes, Reagan Ters,


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Queen division (ages 13-15): Pictured L-R are Kamille Long, Kiersten Struth, 2016 Queen Kendall Gaudens, First Maid Olivia Frazier, and Haley Lazzara

Kendall Gaudens, and Kaily Yacinich. Each contestant then answered the question of how it would be if they were “Princess Kate.” The answers were very creative and done with style. Each contestant did an outstanding job. It was then time to announce the top five finalists in each category. The winners were as follows: Baroness, Aubrey Duncan; 1st Maid, Kennedy Duncan; and court members Amari Jackson, Ivy Garner, and Lilyan Perean

Duchess, Skyler Barber; 1st Maid, Abigail Mullis; and court members Maya Howard, Kendall Spencer, and Chloe Shinnerman Princess, Peyton Hobbs; 1st Maid, Kate Daigle; and court members Giselle Guiterrez, Emmylou Varnum, and Lacie Collins Queen, Kendall Gaudens; 1st Maid, Olivia Frazier; and court members Kiersten Struth, Kamille Long, and Haley Lazzara

Duchess division (ages 7-9): Pictured L-R are Chloe Shinnerman, Kendall Spencer, Duchess Sklyer Barber, First Maid Abigail Mllis, Maya Howard

Princess division (ages10-12): Pictured L-R are Giselle Gutierra, Emmylou Varnum, 2016 Princess Peyton Hobbs, First Maid, Kate Daigle, and Lacie Collins

You will be seeing Queen Kendall, Princess Peyton, Duchess Skyler, and Baroness Aubrey in many events throughout the year. The young ladies are looking ahead to the exciting experiences that await. Deanna Rodriquez, First Maid in the 2015 Strawberry Queen Court was very exciting to attend this year’s pageant. I truly loved participating in Junior Royalty over the years as I’ve grown up. I remember looking up to the Strawberry Queen, and her court as

they helped us at rehearsals, in hopes to be in their shoes one day. It is crazy to think I was able to be on the other side of things this year, and mentor these beautiful young girls. They all did a great job.” Each young woman and her family can take pride knowing she gave her best in the competition. During this wonderful evening, every girl had her chance to shine.

Baroness division (ages 5-6) Pictured L-R are Amari Jackson, First Maid Kennedy Duncan, Duchess Aubrey Duncan, Ivy Garner, and Lilyana Perean

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KELLY LINDSEY

With three first names, Kelly Eileen Lindsey, 35, describes herself as “a little selfconscious around new people,” and admits to fascinations for family, creativity, and miniatures. The long-haired beauty likes the quiet life of observing, listening, homemaking, helping her mother, and doing anything artistic. And oh what talent she has—for imagining, crafting, and painting. To see her face light up, just ask about those two kidaroos, nail painting, or the lighted dollhouse with tiny furnishings she’s constructing for her five-year-old Makayla. The mother of two will begin work soon on a train station for three-year-old Trystin. People ask about your attention-grabbing long hair all the time, right? “Yes, just like you when we met in Walmart’s checkout line this week. I have my father’s thick hair and it grows quickly. It was below my knees before I cut it during my first pregnancy. I cut it again when pregnant with Trystin and now it’s mid-thigh. Tell us about your family and home life. “I grew up with divorced parents who shared custody, so by 17 I was working to support myself. Terry’s electrical retrofitting trade keeps him out-of-town regularly on commercial projects, so we family chat by video.

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We’ve been together since I was 17 [in 1997] and were thrilled to finally have children. He never wants me to cut my hair and we have fun imagining ourselves as Powerball winners on his $1 weekly, samenumbers-every-time lottery ticket. A fire destroyed Mom’s home in late 2014, so she moved into ours, as did my brother, but he’ll have his own place soon. Oh, and my godson Dayton, 17, lives here because his mom died. A typical weekday involves getting Makayla to and from school, shopping for whatever we need [usually at Walmart], caring for Trystin, creating or painting something, and cooking. I’m basically a homebody.” What attracted you to fingernail art? “As a heavy teenager, I spent time alone, fixing my hair and painting my nails with special designs. By my 20s when I’d slimmed down, friends and others began asking me to paint theirs. I’m not a nail tech. I just like creating and have about 600 bottles of polish and acrylic paint, too! What are other collections you own? “I collected keychains, miniature tools, and 1980s vintage necklace charms, which I’ll give to Makayla when she’s older. She has tons of unopened Barbies, three houses, and lots of miniature accessories. I collect materials also for scrapbooking and homemade cards.” Is the dollhouse construction from paper and bits of plastic and wood tedious? “I like re-purposing things you usually toss. The house is very special because the window curtains, cushions, and bed linens are made from Makayla’s baby clothing. The house’s backyard has a pool, trampoline, swing set and utility room for storing the tiny Christmas decorations. I handmade the appliances, furniture, a ceiling fan with moving blades and installed lights. Handmade mini-people live in it and own a car with moving wheels. Makayla loves playing house and I love her imagination. I’m excited to see what she’ll eventually create since has an early start on crafting. And I’m gathering materials now for Trystin’s train station.”

JAMES HURLBURT Plant City native James Douglas Hurlburt describes himself as a “growinghusband, worship leader, musician, songwriter, and follower of JesusChrist.” Of his wife Robin, he explained, “She keeps me strong and every day makes me a better man.” The Strawberry Crest High School graduate has a music teaching license as well as eight years of experience in music arts and worship leading. He owns his own business, teaching private music lessons upstairs at the Krazy Kup coffeehouse in downtown Plant City. In addition to vocal training, he enjoys playing and teaching guitar, piano, banjo, dobro, mandolin, fiddle, bass, and other folk instruments. For lessons, contact James on Facebook or by phone at 813-8109231. How do you spend your leisure time? “I enjoy spending quality time with my wife, singing music together, writing music together, and just plain enjoying every day we are privileged with. My sister Emily Hurlburt and I have a Gospel/Alternative Folk Band called the Descendants. I have so much fun enjoying music with her and she is an awesome sister to say the least!” Does the musical gene run in your family? “Yes, my Uncle Andy and Aunt Cindy Kitchens both play and sing--him the banjo and her the piano. She was my music teacher as I was growing up. My dad plays saxophone and harmonica. My parents and grandparents have been a huge support and inspiration for me. Our family performs together in church often, and we have been for a long time.” What do you like most about Plant City? “As to life here, I enjoy the quietness and small town friendliness. It just feels like home.”

Anything unusual our readers should know about you? “Folks would be surprised to know have a strange addiction to Oreo Cheesecake.” How about your personal preferences for reading and music? “I love reading the Bible, and My Daily Pursuit by A.W. Tozer. My music Interests include the Bluegrass genre, Bethel Music, and All Sons & Daughters.” What’s one gift you’d like to receive or give? “One gift I would enjoy receiving is a trip on a cruise ship with my wife, so she can relax and have time away from her rigorous job as an amazing teacher. She puts her whole heart into teaching first grade at Advantage Academy and is such an inspiration to me.” Any guess as to who will sit in the White House next? “I have no idea who the next American president will be. I just hope whoever it is follows our Father in heaven before the world.” Any resolutions or goals for the New Year? “Yes! Be healthy, grow spiritually, and read the Bible more. I wanna learn more about what it means to be a good husband, son, and brother.” What could mankind do to make the world a better place? “I believe we can make the world a better place by looking for the best in one another, while always remembering there will always be something new out there to learn.”

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Photo Archives staff Kim Hamilton and Gil Gott accept donation of family papers from William B. Magann, Jr.

MAGANN FAMILY PHOTOS, PAPERS, AND DOCUMENTS

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he Photo Archives and History Center is currently processing a remarkable addition to the Archives of a collection of photos and family papers from the Magann family. The Magann Collection was preserved by the late William Boynton Magann, great grandson of pioneer Wilbur Fisk Burts, and donated by his son William Magann, Jr., for digitization and preservation at the Photo Archives. This incredible collection includes letters, business papers, autograph books, family photo albums, newspaper clippings, and photographs of the Burts, Magann, and Carney families. William Boynton Magann’s grandfather, Robert Lee Magann, Sr., came to Plant City from Virginia in 1900 and married Sarah Vanderipe Burts, daughter of pioneers Mary Carney and

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Wilbur Fisk Burts. That connection alone brings together a rich part of Plant City’s history which is represented in the collection. Robert Russell Burts moved his family to Florida in the 1850s, settling in what became Manatee County. After the Civil War, his son, Wilbur Fisk Burts, moved to Plant City in the early 1870s from Braden Creek in Manatee County. The Magann Collection has several photos of Braden Castle as a tourist destination that reveal the connection the Burts family continued to have to the Braden Creek area. The castle itself burned down in 1903. Wilbur Fisk Burts was a wealthy agriculturist, a Plant City Mayor, Hillsborough County Tax Collector, and Postmaster for Plant City. In 1887 he

opened the Tropical Hotel in downtown Plant City; unfortunately, later that year Plant City had a yellow fever outbreak. Sometime after Burts’ death, about 1890, his daughter, Ella Rosa, became proprietor of the hotel; she transformed it, greatly enlarged it, and reopened the hotel in 1908 as the Hotel Roselawn. There are several family photos taken at the hotel, and in the orange groves, camping, hunting, and fishing. While she bears the same name as Wilbur Fisk Burts’ first wife, Sarah Vanderipe Burts (Magann) was the daughter of Burts’ second wife, Mary Carney. Mary Carney’s father, John Carney, was killed in 1856 during the Third Seminole War while plowing his field to raise food for the troops. The Carney family fought in the Civil War, and the collection includes a letter from W. Carney to his sister. A William Carney is listed on National Park Service’s Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System registry; he was a private in the Florida 7th Infantry Regiment which fought in Tennessee. Mary Carney’s sister, Margaret Elizabeth Carney, married Elijah Byrd Sparkman, another Civil War Veteran. (She applied for a Civil War Confederate veteran’s widow’s pension in 1909.) The collection includes pictures of the Sparkman family and an 1885 land grant to John Carney ( Jr.) for his service as a Florida Volunteer. After arriving in Plant City in 1900, Robert Magann, Sr., worked at the Warnell Mill, later becoming proprietor of the Magann Store, and he was active in the community. The collection includes images from the Warnell Lumber and Veneering Company and the Magann Store. There are also photos of a mill, (possibly Warnell), one of Plant City’s early industries, which include a water tower, African Americans relaxing in camp, and workers posing for a photo before starting a new job. Sarah Vanderipe Burts Magann had worked at the 1914 Plant City High School in the cafeteria and there are several photos of the cafeteria ladies in the collection. Robert Lee Magann and Sarah Vanderipe Burts Magann had one son, Robert Lee Magann, Jr., (b. 1903) who

married Ruth Boynton. Robert Lee Magann, Jr., owned an insurance agency; he was the organizer and president of the Plant City Association of Insurance Agents and he was active in the Lions Club. Ruth Boynton Magann served as an educator and a librarian. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee Magann, Jr., had two sons; Robert Lee Magann, III, (1933) and William Boynton Magann, (1935). The collection also contains family pictures of reunions, birthday parties, and the Magann family camping. It was William Boynton Magann who collected and preserved the family photo albums, papers, photographs, clippings, and letters over the years. Some parts of the collection include community stories not directly connected to the Maganns, but significant to East Hillsborough County. There is a series of tintypes, for instance, that belong to the Wimbish family. The tintype photos are labeled and probably come to the collection from Ella Rosa Burts Strickland Crum through her marriage to Vincent Strickland. The tintype photos are of the family of Mary Fredonia Wimbish, who was the wife of Vincent Strickland’s brother, Thomas, and include the haunting image of Elizabeth Euphrenia Wimbush, who died of yellow fever on September 22, 1888. There are also the photos of Hazel Brown Archer whose family opened a florist shop on their front porch during the Great Depression. Hazel Brown Archer was a family friend of the Maganns. The Magann Collection creates a portrait of early Plant City and the families that lived here over 100 years ago. It is a lasting gift to the community by William Boynton Magann, and the Photo Archives is proud to be able to offer the collection to researchers. The Photo Archives is currently processing, digitizing, and preserving the Magann family papers, photos, and documents; the collection will be available for research in the near future.

Sources: Quintilla Geer Bruton and D. E. Bailey, Jr., Plant City: Its Origin and History; Magann Collection; National Park Service Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System Registry; Florida Memory: State Library and Archives of Florida; Plant City Photo Archives and History Center.


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The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Independence Academy on November 3, 2015 at 12902 East U.S. Highway 92, Dover. Independence Academy is a SACS accredited charter school located on the Northeast corner of McIntosh and US Highway 92 in Dover. The school serves students in grades Kindergarten through eight with a curriculum focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S.T.E.M.). The school opened in 2007 as Shiloh Charter School in Plant City. The school name was changed in 2014 and then moved to the new site in March 2015 The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Turner Cole Company on November 10, 2015 at the Plant City Chamber of Commerce. The Turner Cole Company is a locally owned commercial real estate company. Based in Valrico, Turner Cole provides expert service in buying, selling, leasing and investing in all commercial properties. Born in Lakeland, Jeff is a retired Army veteran who now looks forward to serving Plant City.

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The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on November 11, 2015 for SK Furniture & Bedding located at 107 1/2 S. Evers Street, across from the Plant City Photo Archives. SK Furniture & Bedding is a newcomer to the downtown business district, which is owned and operated by Sonya and Bryan Dunn and managed by the mother-daughter team Michelle VanDuyne and Monet Iverson. SK Furniture & Bedding provides quality products at greatly reduced prices and in doing so it allows you to furnish your dreams one room at a time! The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on December 8, 2015 for Southern Muscle, located at 2422 James L. Redman Pkwy, Plant City. Southern Muscle was started in Brandon, Florida eight years ago, and we are glad they decided on Plant City for their 2nd location. It started with an idea Anneliese and Jarrod had about the need for people to be educated about supplements, healthy eating and possible lifestyle changes. They are excited to expand the knowledge in the field of supplements and nutrition in the hopes to help as many people as possible reach their fitness goals. The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on December 15, 2015 for Kups Coffee Service at the Plant City Chamber. Kups Coffee is a family owned and operated coffee & beverage service based in Plant City. Steve has been providing breakroom equipment and supplies to the Tampa Bay and Orlando businesses since 2011. There are many products to choose from and they provide excellent customer service! The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting December 16, 2015 for Limitless Fitness Center, located at 1418 South Evers Street. This dream came true for new owner, Tolga Senel, when he took over the gym previously known as Fitness for 10 in October 2015. Limitless Fitness offers complete cardiovascular and strength training equipment, as well as personal training programs, and is the only two story gym in Plant City. With plenty of equipment, the team can help you get in the best shape of your life! The Greater Plant City Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting on December 14, 2015 for Jimmy John’s, Store #3087, located at 2424 James L. Redman Parkway, Plant City. Jimmy John’s was established in 1983 in Charleston, Illinois, by a high school graduate with a dream. They are now 33 years strong! Keeping their sandwiches simple and fresh, every sub is 8 inches of homemade French bread, fresh local veggies and the finest meats and cheeses. Everything is sliced daily in their store. And they deliver, even one sandwich! FOCUS MAGA ZINE PL ANT CIT Y JANUARY 2016

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Royal Fun for Everyone! March 3 –13, 2016 • Plant City, FL

Artists Appearing on the

Charley Pride

Thu. Mar. 3, 3:30 $15 & $20

Josh Turner

Thu. Mar. 3, 7:30 $20 & $25

Cheap Trick

Trace Adkins

Mickey Gilley Fri. Mar. 4, 3:30 $15 & $20

Shenandoah

Sun. Mar. 6, 3:30 $15 & $20

Sat. Mar. 5, 7:30 $20 & $25

Tue. Mar. 8, 7:30 $20 & $25

Soundstage:

Ray Stevens

Wed. Mar. 9, 3:30 $15 & $20

Martina McBride Wed. Mar. 9, 7:30 $20 & $25

BIG & RICH

Fri. Mar. 4, 7:30 $25 & $30

Donny & Marie Sun. Mar. 6, 7:30 $55

Oak Ridge Boys Thur. Mar. 10, 3:30 $15 & $20

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Meet the beautiful and talented young women who will compete in the Florida Strawberry Festival Queen’s Scholarship Pageant on Saturday, January 23 in the Grimes Family Agricultural Center at the festival grounds. The pageant begins at 6:00 p.m., but the anticipation has already begun. The ladies will present themselves in casual wear, business attire, and formal dress. They will also present a 30-second announcement for the business randomly selected to be a sponsor and must respond with poise to a question asked on stage. Needless to say, the judges will have a difficult time narrowing the field from 23 to 10, and then finally to the scholarship winners: the 2016 Queen, First Maid, and three court members. Please show your support for this wonderful event by attending, encouraging the girls, and sharing news of the Florida Strawberry Festival on social media. FOCUS MAGA ZINE PL ANT CIT Y JANUARY 2016

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Kendra Allen

Jailine Alvarez

Alex Aponte

Marlee Arn

Athena Batten

Olivia Brosky

• Parents: Wade and Rhonda Allen • Plant City High School senior • Youth Alive Council, National Honor Society and Young Republicans • Active in First Baptist Church of Plant City • Hobbies include beach trips and hanging out with friends • Plans to major in history at Florida Gulf Coast University

• Parents: Edward and Michelle Arn • Plant City High School junior • First Baptist Church of Plant City- youth worship band and youth leadership team; Plant City High School concert choir, member of Interact Service Club, Plant City High School varsity swim team and Teenage Republican Club • National Honor Society, Youth Alive Council member, all county concert chorus and PCHS Calendar Girl Miss March • Hobbies: singing, performing, traveling, swimming, and volunteering • Plans to major in Vocal Performance and Interior Design at Samford University

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• Parents: Leonel and Patricia Alvarez • Durant High School senior • Member of Leo Club, Spanish National Honors Society & Avid • Plans to attend Florida Polytechnic University and major in Mechanical Engineering

• Parents: Scott and Alison Batten • Durant High School junior • FFA; Criminal Justice SWAT club, Junior Olympics in swimming (7-15-10) • Hobbies include four-wheeling, hog-hunting and jewelry-creating • Plans to obtain a degree in Forensic Science to become a crime scene investigator

• Parents: William and Mary Aponte • Newsome High School senior • President of FFA Chapter, National Honor Society, and Theater • 2015 Rumba Showcase- 1st place, 2014 state winning team– FFA Meat judging • Active in ballroom dancing, local theater performances, raising and showing steers • Plans to major in Biology at the University of Florida to eventually be come a cardiothoracic surgeon

• Parents: Lt. Col. and Mrs. Carl Brosky • Plant City High School senior; Hillsborough Community College freshman • President of National Honor Society, Senior Executive Council reporter, Girls Interact, PCHS Leadership Team, Interclub Council and First Baptist Church of Plant City • PCHS- September Senior of the Month, 2016 PCHS Calendar Girl, Plant City Optimist Club Outstanding Youth, Rotary Club 54TL Delegate, College Board AP Scholar • Hobbies: playing guitar, watching baseball and spending time with friends • Plans to pursue a degree in History and Pre-Law studies at Florida Southern College after accomplishing her Associate of Arts at Hillsborough Community College.


Calaydria Trichelle Callins

Dallas Denise Cline

Madison Dowdy

Kassandra Figueroa

Morgan Gaudens

Allison Lane

• Parents: Pastor Calvin Callins, Sr and Dr. Tandria Callins • Plant City High School senior • President of Student Government Association, Vice President of Senior Class, National Honor Society, 2015-2016 PCHS Homecoming Queen, Captain of Varsity PCHS Cheerleading Team, Youth Mentor at church • Plans to pursue a degree in Sports Medicine and Physical Therapy at Florida State University

• Parents: Noelia and Oscar Figueroa • Hillsborough Community College student • National Honor Society in high school; Received CDA Credential • Hobbies include folkloric dancing, working with children and helping others • Plans to earn an Elementary Education degree and teach

• Parents: James and Sheryl Cline • Hillsborough Community College freshman • Durant High School activities included: flag football, Miss Cougar and orchestra all four years to letter • Hobbies include playing in orchestra, hanging with friends and family • Plans to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy

• Parents: Henry and Melissa Gaudens • Freshman at Hillsborough Community College, Plant City campus • FFA during high school; officer three years • Won state FFA title in Agriculture Issues and competed at Nationals • Hobbies include horseback riding, exercising, and time with family/friends • Plans to earn a Business Management degree from the University of South Florida

• Parents: Barry and Jennifer Dowdy • Senior at Newsome High School/dual enrolled at Hillsborough Community College • Newsome FFA Vice Presdient, National Technical Honor Society, Meats Evaluation Team, FFA OCC Team • FFA Miss Sweetheart 1st Runner Up, 1st place in FFA OCC Competition, 1st place record book winner for Swine Show at the Strawberry Festival • Hobbies include competitive dance, piano, stand-up paddleboarding, raising and showing pigs at local fairs, spending time with family and friends • Plans to attend the University of Tampa of Honors to obtain a bachelors degree in Marine Biology and then attend vet school to become an aquatic veterinarian

• Parents: Emmett and Stephenie Lane • Plant City High School junior • Third generation FFA member; involved in enhancing special need kids through Skills USA; recognized as an academic Raider of Excellence; lettered in FFA as a co-curricular; particpated in public speaking contest and active member of Plant City First Baptist Church of Plant City youth group • Hobbies include shooting bow and hanging out with family and friends • Plans to graduate from PCHS with cosmetology license and use while pursuing a degree in psychology, specializing in counseling. FOCUS MAGA ZINE PL ANT CIT Y JANUARY 2016

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Abigail Miller

Ariel Navarrete

Haley Riley

Kendale Sellers

Carley Smith

Ashtyn Steele

• Parents: Gary and Cherity Miller • Plant City High School senior • Captain of the Girls’ Cross Country team, Track and Field, Youth Alive president, National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Interact Club, Bold, and the Positive Coaching Alliance. 2013 Cross Country Rookie of the Year, Moscow Russian Ballet Company Dancer for 6 years, Cross Country Regional Qualifier, 2015 PCHS Miss August Calendar Girl. • Member of First Baptist Church of Plant City Youth Leadership Team • Hobbies include mission trips, running, skiing, working with children and time with family and friends. • Plans to dual major in public relations and dietary nutrition at a Florida university

• Parents: Kevin and Ellen Sellers • Plant City High School senior • PCHS Calendar Girl- Miss March; Civinettes; Raider Regiment; Color Guard, Winterguard; Weapons captain; cosmetology program; American Sign Language; Shiloh Baptist Church • Hobbies include traveling and spending time with family, beach trips, shopping, learning new hair/makeup techniques, attending classic car shows/competitions with dad • Plans to attend Paul Mitchell- The School of Tampa to become a hairstylist and makeup artist

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• Parents: Juan and Lucy Navarrete • Plant City High School junior • Active in Student Government, leading the school during games and pep rallies as “The Raider” PCHS mascot, Future Business Leaders of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Interact, Teenage Republican Club, Varsity Soccer, JV Cheer team captain, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Hillsborough County 2nd team All Conference for girls soccer, PCHS Lady Raiders- 2015 offensive MVP, Plant City Observer Athlete of the Week • Hobbies include playing soccer, mentoring young girls on mission trips to Nicaragua, playing guitar, teaching Sunday School, interior decorating and making funny videos with her friends • Plans to pursue a degree in Education and possibly play soccer at Southeastern University

• Daughter of Windy Faith Hope Ford • Plant City High School senior • National Honor Society, Debate Club, Basketball, and Track and Field • Enjoys working out, studying and reading • Plans to attend Florida State University in hopes of becoming a Physician’s Assistant

• Parents: Williams and Heather Riley • Durant Senior High School junior • Durant High School’s FFA Chapter- VP, Spanish National Honors Society, Future Medical Leaders of America, Durant Calendar Girl (2 years), Durant FFA Sweetheart court member • Hobbies include public speaking contests with FFA, showing livestock and pageants • Plans to attend the University of Florida and obtain a residency in Pediatric Anesthesiology.

• Parents: Christopher and LaDonna Steele • Plant City High School junior; dual enrolled at Hillsborough Community College • Lead Team member at First Baptist Church of Plant City, National Honor Society, Team Future (Relay for Life) Club • Plans to study Film at the University of Central Florida


Julia Strickland

• Parents: Donnie and Tina Strickland • Strawberry Crest High School senior • Strawberry Crest Calendar Girl– Miss November, SCHS varsity cheerleader, Varsity Captain- flag football, National Honor Society, FFA, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Student Council • The school’s competitive cheerleading team received first place in the district and regional competitions. The Varsity cheer squad made history for Strawberry Crest and received state rings for first place at the state competition. • Attends Salem Primitive Baptist Church; Hobbies include volunteering at local animal shelters, painting pottery, volunteering in her mom’s third grade classroom and riding horses. • Plans to pursue a degree in Forensic Science at Florida State University

Kayla Troupe

• Parents: US Navy Commander Kary Troupe and Kelli Green Troupe • Senior at Strawberry Crest High School, International Baccalaureate Program • SCHS Chargerettes dance team, SCHS Charger Band, Red Cross • Plans to study Neurological Psychology

Aalyhia Watson

• Daughter of Stacey Hunter • Plant City High School senior, dual-enrolled at Hillsborough Community College • National Honor Society, National Technical Honor Society, Leo Club, Civinettes, Vet Assisting program, and Student Government Association • Enjoys representing the senior class, working with organizations that give back to the community and helping animals find their forever home through the SPCA volunteer program. • Bright Future Scholarship recipient, contributed 150-plus hours to Clearwater Marine Aquarium and SPCA

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Arden White

• Daughter of Lisa McGrath • Plant City High School junior, dual-enrolled at Hillsborough Community College • National Honor Society- president, Girl’s Interact- VP, Girls Varsity Golf Team • Founder/President of BOLD; 2016 PCHS Calendar Girl- Miss February • Hobbies include golf, writing for the Plant City Times & Observer, and baking each month for the homeless • Plans to double major in Communications and International Business at the University of Tampa

Ashlyn Yarbrough

• Parents: Mark and Lori Yarbrough • Plant City High School junior • Varsity Cheerleader (3 years); Interact Girls Service Club- president; co-president of Fellowship for Christian Athletes (FCA); National Honor Society; treasurer of Future Business Leaders of America; • 5.37 GPA – ranked in top 10 of class; placed 1st or 2nd in speech contests sponsored by Rotary, Optimist, Florida Farm Bureau and VFW; attended Hoby Leadership Conference and University of Florida Leadership Conference; • Over 400 community service hours, 3 mission trips to Haiti, • First Baptist Church Youth Group leadership team • Focus Magazine writer • Plans to major in Public Relations at the University of Florida

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e represent the lifestyle that people in Plant City live every day.” Can you guess which business stated this? Bass Pro Shops? Walmart? The Goodwill? The answer is one far better: Russell’s Western Wear. It began as a family business in the 1960s and has been run by the same family for over 23 years. From one Tampa location, they’ve now expanded to six throughout the region, as well as a full featured e-commerce website. “Russell’s excels in providing the best customer experience in the industry, which we achieve by offering a product selection that is unmatched in all of Florida and training our staff in knowledge of their product. We like to focus on customers and administering our business with excellence,” explains owner Scott Meister. “I grew up a hard working blue collar kid, but I went to college and tried the corporate world. I was good at it, but I missed my roots. I love to work the sales floor at Russell’s and have real

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conversations with real hard working people,” he says. And it shows. Russell’s six stores are n Lakeland, Dover, Tampa, Ocala, Wesley Chapel and Bradenton, and Meister has been there to build each one. The family-owned chain specializes in boots for men, women and children featuring brands like Justin Original Workboots, Tony Lama, Nocona, Ariat, Corral, Black Jack, Lane Boots and more. Jeans from brands like Wrangler, Levi, Cowgirl Tuff and others are also a hot item, along with cowboy hats, baseball caps, Costa sunglasses and boot accessories. The store even offers year-round 10% discounts to all active and retired military and first responders. They also participate in other charitable endeavors such as fundraisers for St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and support of local FFA and 4H chapters. Each year during the Polk County Youth Fair, they additionally sponsor youth competitions. The values that lie at their core include service to the community and

them shine. A foundation built on hard work and both customer and employee appreciation is why they’re truly successful. “We listen to our customers and cater each store’s inventory to the needs of the area. People appreciate a business that appreciates them.” Russell’s Western Wear makes Plant City into more of what it has always been-- hard working citizens in boots and jeans, with a heart of service. For more information, visit www. russellswesternwear.com or www. facebook.com/RussellsWesternWearInc/. Russell’s Western Wear, Dover is located at 3709 FL-60 in Dover.


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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 on January 18th and February 15th 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. The Annual HOA Meeting will be in April and each year three of the Director positions are up for election. The current Directors are eligible to run for re-election and the Board also seeks nominations from the residents. The HOA Board encourages anyone interested in running for the Board of Directors to respond when you receive the mailing in early February, by completing the notice of intent form and submit it prior to the posted deadline. It’s time to renew your Dog Park Membership. The locks will be changed on January 22nd and only members who have renewed or recently joined will have access to the park. Please get with Bette Guarino at the HOA office for more information 813-7548999. The 2016 semi-annual assessment is $229 for single family dwellings and $172 for condos and should have been paid by this time. Paying your dues in a timely manner is one way we can all help to keep our dues low. If you have a problem with paying your dues, please contact the HOA office. Late fees and attorney charges add up quickly. Have you seen the pavilion being built at the Polo Field? It is just about completed and

The December sales are as follows: 2607 Lakeview Drive $356,800 2703 Forest Club Drive $350,000 2409 Clubhouse Drive $329,900 3903 Fairlea Circle $319,000 2814 Pine Club Drive $299,000 2712 Spring Meadow Drive $299,000 3519 Kilmer Drive $295,000 2907 Forest Club Drive $295,000 3301 Kilmer Drive $202,980 1700 S Golfview Drive $194,000 3006 Spring Hammock Drive $189,000 4203 Longfellow Drive $169,900 1202 Sandalwood Drive $160,000 2103 Preservation Drive $150,000 809 Sandalwood Drive $147,900 306 Valencia Court N $130,000 There are currently 21 Active listings for sale in Walden Lake and Walden Lake East with an average list price of $231,785 and an average of 83 days on the market. There are 23 properties Pending Contract with an average list price of $198,969 and average of 97 days on the market. Considering the low inventory, this could be a perfect time to sell your home. In 2015, there were 154 MLS sales in Walden Lake and Walden Lake East with an average sale price of $212,134. In 2014, there were 133 MLS sales with an average sale price of $189,654. The year over year average sale price increased by 9% and there was an 8% increase in the total number of sales. The best source to know what is happening is to visit the City’s website at www. PlantCityGov.com. On the home page, there is a link that takes you to the communication between Visions Golf and the City as well as reports, studies and drawings submitted by Visions. 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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outstanding accomplishment. The Lady Charger basketball coach, Latosha Lewis, goes on and on when talking about Terra Brooks. “Terra is a force to be reckoned with,” Lewis mentioned. “She’s a great leader, she’s humble, respectful, and she gets the job done. She truly has a God-given talent.” Once volleyball and basketball season come to a close, Terra will spend her off-season running track. She competes in the long jump, triple jump, and 4x100meter relay. As an athlete, jumping came easy to Terra and she sees track as a fun sport with little stress. During her freshman year in high school, she placed 9th in the state championship triple jump event. “My key to success is perseverance,” stated Terra. “I’m also able to work with different people and better my

social skills; that’s what makes a team successful.” When Terra is not at practice, she stays on top of her schoolwork. She strives to maintain a 4.2 GPA even with her busy schedule. When she finally finds time for a break, she enjoys going to the mall and movies with friends. “It’s pretty difficult to find a balance,” Terra expressed. “I always keep my academics first, so normally the only time I can be with my friends is on a holiday break.” Upon graduation, Terra plans to attend Alabama A&M University on a volleyball scholarship and major in Physical Therapy. She will finish her high school career having accomplished what many dream of. She is a product of sacrifice, hard work, and dedication. These qualities have certainly paid off in this stellar scholar-athlete, Terra Brooks.

Triple Threat athlete Terra Brooks competed for Strawberry Crest High School at the state level in track and field, placing 9th in the triple jumps. Volleyball and basketball are her main sports.

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career was winning the district semifinals this past season. Terra closed the game and the Lady Chargers won by two points. “Once we made that last point I just started crying. That was the hardest I’ve ever worked for my team and I was so relieved that we won,” she explained. Not only is Terra amazing on the volleyball court, she dominates in basketball as a Lady Chargers’ power forward. She has served as captain for three of the four years she’s played on the varsity basketball team. “I love being on my team and playing with teammates whom I love,” she stated. Just recently, Terra was recognized for her 1,000-point record at Strawberry Crest High School! She is only the third person in SCHS history to achieve this

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is ‘all gas, no break’,” Lewis stated. “Our girls are hungry and determined. They play every game like it’s their last and fight to the finish.” Each athlete on the team has amazing skills; however, there are a few who really stand out. Terra Brooks – multi-sport athlete and senior at SCHS – leads the team as a three-year varsity captain. Briana and Ayanna Matthews, junior twins at SCHS, also dominate the court. Lewis mentioned that the twins are outstanding and a lot of fun to use while performing trick plays. One of the greatest challenges for the Lady Chargers is keeping the team healthy and injury free. Each girl has a crucial role to the team’s success and it is vital for her to be game-ready. Lewis explained that the keys to their great season are their faith in God, vision for success, and togetherness. The team

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prays before every game and practice. One day before practice, they circled up to say a prayer. Before they started, the SCHS wrestling coach asked if his team could join in with them. Once they gathered around the circle, the cheerleaders and boys basketball team all wanted to be a part of the prayer as well. Before you knew it, there was a circle of athletes that filled the perimeter of the entire gym. “There was nothing but the Spirit of God that brought all of us together!” Lewis exclaimed. “We gathered as one family, one school… that was truly the most memorable moment of my coaching career.” The Lady Chargers hope to win their third district championship in a row this season. Their high level of talent and hunger for success should take them far into the playoffs.

The Strawberry Crest High School Varsity Girls Basketball Team is composed of the following athletes: Laney Mastrovito, Alexis Brundrudge, Sydnie Miller, Elise Harris, Kayla Mullins, Ayanna Matthews, Jordan Snapp, Terra Brooks, Amanda Dasilva, Briana Matthews, India Corbin, and Luz Cruz.

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s a fairly new school, Strawberry Crest High School has grown to make a strong name for its sports teams. The Girls Varsity basketball team has become one source of the school’s pride and joy. With an undefeated record thus far, the Lady Chargers have taken over Hillsborough County with their dominating talents. Head Coach Latosha and assistant coaches Kiana Robinson and Christine Rutledge led the Chargers through their victorious season. Lewis played Division One basketball at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas where her team won four conference titles during her four years there. After graduation she went on to play for the

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Tampa Bay X-Factor. Upon finishing up her career in Tampa, she traveled back to Stephen F. Austin to coach and recruit five years. When she returned to Florida. she coached and recruited for the University of Central Florida women’s basketball team. She has been coaching now at SCHS for seven years. The Lady Chargers currently have a 16-0 record, the first undefeated season in school history. “It’s amazing that we are undefeated this year,” Lewis expressed. “We have truly started from the bottom. Our first team seven years ago had a record of 0-21.” It’s the Chargers’ versatility, unselfishness, and unity that make them so successful. “One of our team sayings

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BY MIKE GOODWINE

Hello, it’s Captain Mike Goodwine. Welcome to Fish Tales. I’ll be giving monthly 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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t’s the new year and time to make your New Year’s fishing resolution. January is the month to kick off Bass spawning season. It’s been an unusual warm winter with only a few weeks of minor cold weather. Once we have a solid cold front, the bass should move in when it warns back up to spawn. Flipping soft plastics in or around buggy whips and cat tails works effectively. Pitching and casting trick worms also works good for skittish

bedding bass. Lake Kissimmee around grassy island holds a lot of spawning bass. Flip the outside grass lines with a 5/16 weight or heavier. If you’ve never caught a 19-pounder, the next few months is a golden opportunity to do so. Also the colder weather should turn on the crappie bite as well. Have a Blessed New Year from Blackneck Adventures and remember to live and let fish.

FISHING TIP OF THE MONTH. When searching for spawning bass, here’s an easy way to find out where the beds are in any lake. Check the bottom with the tip of your pole. Bass love sandy rocky bottoms to make their beds. If you feel sand or rocks, you’re in a good area. If you get mud on the tip of your pole, most likely the bass aren’t gonna spawn in that area. This works great when the water clarity is bad.

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E Tell us about Pamela’s role at St. Mary’s. “My wife is my closest friend and greatest prayer partner. She serves alongside me in the ministry and is always willing to make sacrifices in order to further the gospel. We both believe in giving to others and try to set that example.” Describe a little about how St. Mary’s impacts folks in our community. “St. Mary’s Community Church strives to make a difference in the lives of others, to try and show that God is love. As I have been taught, love is not what it says but what it does. We show His love by serving a free breakfast to the less fortunate or anyone that needs a meal every Sunday morning at eight and lunch on Wednesday. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas we give food boxes to families who could use a helping hand. With plenty of mission work that needs to happen right here in our community, if we Christians would always remember to show God’s love daily, then maybe we can change the world one person at a time. We never know what the future holds, but we should know God will take us through anything life brings.” Pastor Timothy Knighten, Sr. and wife Pamela live to serve others.

LEADERS IN FAITH PASTOR TIMOTHY KNIGHTEN, SR.

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tenure at St. Mary’s, where he’s been a deacon for more than 50 years. How did you know you would be in ministry? “I knew I had a calling on my life but did not fully understand it until later in life. My parents were adamant about attending church and learning to have a relationship with God. I am grateful for their instruction and from other adult church members. Those lessons

of ministering to the less fortunate and needy learned as a child gives me the passion for ministry I have now. I remember thinking: ‘Why are we doing this? I would rather be out having fun with my friends.’ I now understand God was molding me, giving me a passion for service. The satisfaction I receive from serving others is beyond words. To see lives enriched through the teaching of the gospel is both fulfilling and rewarding.”

Do you have a favorite Scripture verse? “Romans 12:1-2 (King James Version) reads: ‘I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.’ “I feel this scripture exemplifies what a Christian should be (a living sacrifice) and how we should live—apply the Bible’s principles in every forum and aspect—at church, work, home or any place or situation we find ourselves. God expects us to always be true to Him and always put Him first.”


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Here’s how my January is shaping up in my personal planner!

THE ROAD TO ORGANIZATION

ORGANIZING FOR A NEW YEAR BY KRISTEN TONEY CAMPBELL

Note to Readers: Focus is pleased to introduce a new column by Kristen Campbell.

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Kristen is the voice behind www.theroadtodomestication.com, where she blogs on all things home and garden, with lots of emphasis on organization! She is married to a very patient man, and together they parent a very mischievous cat, a very happy dog, and they all enjoy home improvement projects and traveling.” We encourage you to visit her blog to learn more.

new year can be exhilarating or daunting; it all depends on your level of preparation. When people tell me they are completely overwhelmed, my first question is: what does your planner look like? I’m a HUGE fan of planners, and here’s why: life is messy, and you can’t control everything. But you CAN control how you REACT to life’s messes...and a planner helps you do just that! Personally, I prefer a paper planner. Call me old school, but in the past I kept a digital planner, and one day, when my phone and computer and tablet refused to sync, I was in BIG trouble. I missed two important appointments, and ultimately lost a client due to the snafu. So it’s pen and paper for me from here on out! Now, when it comes to a paper planner, you don’t have to get fancy. Or, you could get completely fancy. Whatever your preference! When I’m in the market for a planner, I head over to Staples, right here in Plant City. Daily, weekly, monthly, academic planners, and even appointment books are regularly stocked on their shelves. Not to

mention wall calendars, desk calendars and dry erase calendars! But my favorites are the personal organizers. A personal organizer typically comes in the form of a ring binder with a heavy duty snap or zip-up cover. These are easily customizable with a variety of pages and accessories! For instance, in my planner, I have several categories defined, such as: bills, Jerrod (my hubby), me, our household, my business, my blog, and an “other” category, too. You can also organize your planner with things like colored pens, or highlighters, or washi tape, or stickers! It can be as plain or as exotic as you like! So if you’re feeling overwhelmed already this year, I highly recommend you head out NOW and grab yourself a planner. Take a little time to chart out the things that you need to remember, and then, as life gets messy, you already have your helps set in place! If you’d like to see more tips for organization (plus recipes, home decor and DIY solutions) check out Kristen’s blog at www.theroadtodomestication.com

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CANDY’S CORNER BY CANDY OWENS

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ow wonderful to receive a gift from a friend. It always stirs a warm feeling within; and as happy as we are with a gift, it’s the thought behind it that gives us lift, making us so very keenly aware that there are those that truly care. But an even more wonderful thing is when we are on the giving side. Nothing compares with what comes our way, as we reach out a hand to others each day. We f ind it’s not hard to believe, “It’s better to give than it is to receive.” When I was a little girl, three sweet ladies led my fourth grade Sunday School class at the First United Methodist Church: Mrs. Maida Pou, Mrs. Mary Sinnett, and Mrs. Mary Gardner. Those three ladies were so full of life, they worked so well together, and they were always trying to teach our class the importance of loving others. Every Sunday our class would sing songs, have Bible Lessons, work on special projects, have important discussions, and open and close with prayers. When it was holiday time or a member of our church became 58

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ill, or was in the hospital or nursing home, our class would work on special crafts that would be presented to them on our behalf in an effort to spread love and cheer. I remember vividly our Christmas Sunday School project of 1972: “Happy Face Apples”. Mrs. Pou, Mrs, Sinnett, and Mrs. Gardner brought in bags of big red apples, life saver candies, marshmallows, gum drops, and wooden toothpicks and placed them in the center of the Sunday School table. When we walked in our classroom that Sunday morning, we thought we were going to have a grand party with all those goodies. Once we were all seated around the table the ladies explained we were going to make “Happy Face Apples” for our members who were sick or elderly. We were so excited. We polished those apples and then made eyes, ears, noses, lips, and even funny hats with those candies. Needless to say we were very proud of our creations. I can also remember my Girl Scout troop going to visit the residents and staff of the Forest Park Nursing Home, located on the corner of Plant Avenue and Oak Street. We got all dressed up in our uniforms and went from room to room sing Christmas Carols and hand out Danish Butter Cookies. Our troop also collected canned goods, toys, and money for the needy. As kids we felt

we had done the right thing and our hearts were full of joy. Today you can look on Social Media like Facebook and see where people are doing the right thing by reaching out to others with love and compassion. I saw where Plant City residents: David and Susan Edison took their two daughters Peyton and Allie Mae down to Sarasota for the weekend to cook for and serve the less fortunate. They as a family got up early in the morning and set up tables and chairs, rolled silverware in napkins, cooked food, and served the many people lined up for a hot Christmas meal. They sat with the people, shook their hands, and shared positive words of hope. It made me cry to see that David and Susan Edison are such good people and that they are teaching their daughters to be good people, too. I saw where several girls I grew up with like: Marci Frolich Wiggins, Susie Brobst Kimbel, Carol Fritzke Sapp, and Cindy Thayer Merrill, along with their children, their grandchildren, and their spouses like: Summer Merrill Rains, Crystal Wiggins Brown (a former Tampa Bay Lightning Cheerleader and up and coming model) along with her husband Cliff Brown (a rising recording artist), along with friends and family members (which made up a group of about 25 people) went to The Health Center of Plant City on Wilder Road and sang Christmas carols and visited with the many residents, staff members, and guests. They took that nursing home by storm with love, laughter, fellowship, and song! What a wonderful outpouring of compassion for others! And then I saw this…posted by Layla Keeler Drawdy on Facebook. “Good Morning on this eve of

Christmas Eve! If you are out there reading this and you don’t have Christmas plans and don’t want to be alone, you need help, food, a gift for your kids, here’s your sign… please message me. We aren’t rich and we do our best, but we will share whatever we have. Please know God loves you and He hears even the silent prayers. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed; this can be totally confidential!” WOW! WOW! WOW! How selfless is that? What a kind and loving person! I hope the people I’ve mentioned do not mind me writing about them in this article. It seems we hear so much negative stuff in the world, and I felt so overwhelmed when I saw so much good coming from so many people that I just had to say something. The truth is: “Money can’t buy you love”. A holiday is about the time spent together with friends and family. It is about gifts that come from the heart, and it is about the thousands of years of tradition that mark the holiday season. May the New Year bring an abundance of amazing opportunities, beautiful moments, and joyful experiences. May your positive actions and attitude inspire others. May you be brave enough to take on and overcome rewarding challenges. May you find yourself in high spirits and excellent health. May you love with all your heart and find peace in even the most turbulent of times. May the love you give always find its way back to you multiplied. And may you forever be filled with the hope and strength necessary to make your dreams a reality.


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Church Redefined Launching January 31, 2016

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appy New Year…

This time of year I find myself cleaning out closets and re-organizing everything. By the end of the day my feet are really tired. If you have tired/swollen feet I have just the tip for you. Take 4 peppermint tea bags and steep 3 to 5 minutes in 4 cups of hot water. Let it cool to room temperature then pour into a basin and add 2 tablespoons of cinnamon. Soak your tired feet for about 10 minutes. The peppermint is an anti-inflammatory while the cinnamon increases blood flow. Your feet will thank you! Since we’re on the subject of cinnamon here’s a great tip for fuller lips using cinnamon. Simply mix ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon with ¼ teaspoon of coconut oil and rub a thick layer on your lips. Leave it on for 5 minutes then wipe off. Now you’re ready your favorite lip stick. Have you ever had moths in your closets or dresser drawers? A lot of people use moth balls to rid themselves of those

pesky moths. But then you’re stuck with the moth ball odor. I found a great tip which also smells good. All you need is 3 or 4 sticks of cinnamon, ½ cup of whole cloves and ½ cup whole peppercorns. Break the cinnamon sticks and add them to the cloves and peppercorns, mix well and add 1 tablespoon of the mixture to sachets. Place them in your dresser drawers or hang them in your closets. Did you know that cinnamon and honey can sooth an upset stomach? It’s true; the combination of honey and cinnamon is known to help relieve a stomachache. The pair which is packed with anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties not only treats ulcers but also reduces gas in the stomach. Always consult your physician before trying anything new. Please support our local businesses. If you’re in the market for a new sofa/ furniture you have to visit SK Furniture & Bedding on South Evers Street. They have affordable prices on great furniture. Stop in and tell them Wanda sent you. Until next time relax, enjoy and be thankful…

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It’s all in a day’s work.

AWARDWINNING TATTOO ARTIST JOINS THE PLANT CITY COMMUNITY BY HEATHER DAVIS

I American to the Core

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f as a tattoo artist you are booked all they way through to the month of June, you know you must be really good. Such is the case with Veronica Dey of Veronica Dey Tattoo. This past year Veronica has joined with Casper Geist of Dixie Station Tattoo. Together they have over 24 years of experience in the art form. Veronica and Casper met while working for the same tattoo shop in Ybor. When he left to start his own shop in Plant City he told his co-worker, “I’m taking you with me.” It took several years before Veronica made the move, but now she says, “It’s the best move I’ve ever made. I am much busier in Plant City then I ever was in Ybor.” Dixie Station Tattoo is taking up new headquarters this year at 909 E. Reynolds Street. Renovations are currently underway with big plans in the works. What does it take to be a successful tattoo artist like Veronica—one who is booked months in advance? Many years of hard work, apprenticeship, practice and of course passion. Growing up, Veronica always knew she was an artist

but was unsure of how to use her talent. Hanging out in tattoo parlors made her realize it was there she wanted to invest her creativity. “Drawing is my hobby and what I’m good at,” she explained, “but if I didn’t tattoo I probably wouldn’t draw.” These are words spoken by an extremely busy and devoted mom to a two-year-old. “Hours and hours of work goes into a tattoo,” she added. Beginning with the initial consultation and then followed up with research, hours of drawing and design must be done before the tattoo is ready to be applied onto the body. “Every year I get better.” said Veronica. When asked why, she replied, “Because I like to be proud of myself and I love the challenge.” Veronica’s hard work has paid off ! She’s earned an amazing reputation as a tattoo artist and has been honored with several awards in the industry. She performs tattoo work by appointment only. For more information on her art and on how to book appointments, visit online at www.veronicedeytattoo.com.


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KENDALL JOHNSON

J’KHARI WILSON

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rom the putting greens to the classroom, Kendall Johnson is the type of student others strive to be. She challenges herself through many athletic and academic events, with the confidence and determination she needs to do well in all she does. Kendall is an avid scholar, with the hard work ethic and strength of mind to exceed all expectations in her classes. Academically, she is an All American Scholar, National Society of High School Scholar, and a member of the National Honor Society. She received the 2015 AP Student and AP Scholar Award, Norman Schwarzkopf Leadership Award, West Point Society Award, S4TL Future Leaders Award and the Wendy’s High School Heisman. Not only that, Kendall also represented Plant City High School at the Positive Coaches Alliance Leadership Training, as well as the 2015-2016 Math Bowl team. Reigning supreme in school is not all Kendall does; her competitive attitude pushes her to surpass her rivals on the golf course. In 2014, she earned accolades as Athlete of the Week and Athlete of the Month as well as Most Dedicated Golfer and Most Valuable Player. She has competed in the 2013-2015 First Team Western Conference, and was also named the 2014 PCHS FHSAA District Golf Champion, the 2014 FHSAA Regional Golf Champion, and the 2015 Captain of the PCHS Girls Golf Team. Kendall also broke the 9-hole record at Plant City High School. Her superb golf skills make her the first individual from the school to qualify for the girls’ golf state tournament in 30 years. In addition to her many accomplishments, Kendall recently signed with Daytona State College on a full scholarship for Women’s Golf.

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Sports Team: Buccaneers College: Vanderbilt Quote: “In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.

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’Khari Wilson is the Plant City High School Senior of the Month. The son of Yashica and Tracy Wilson is active in many activities, both in and out of school. With a 4.5 GPA and an 1190 SAT score, he will graduate with honors. J’Khari was recently accepted into the University of South Florida where he plans to major in accounting. He says becoming an accountant is his dream and he loves every aspect of the job! J’Khari’s school involvement reaches beyond his academic accomplishments. He participated on the cross country team this fall to prepare him and keep him in shape for the spring track season. For three years he was also a percussionist for the Raider marching band. J’Khari is a member of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and has competed at the state and national level in the accounting competitions. Serving others is important to J’Khari as well. He has volunteered at Brandon Regional Hospital in the maternity ward and the IT department. When you visit the Florida Strawberry Festival, you might also see him serving in the Raider Marching Band Pie Booth. J’Khari is always looking for a way to serve others even as he keeps up with classwork, homework, and extracurricular activities. His involvement and academic achievements make J’Khari the kind of student everyone can look up to.

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Friendly and “freaky fast” sandwiches in a fun environment

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Vegetarians and those preferring less carbs will be pleased to discover “The Veggie” 8” sub and the JJ Unwich Lettuce Wrap, available with the same ingredients at the same price of sub or club, but without the bread. Customers can also tell the sandwich maker to “Jimmy It Up,” to add onion, sauce, peppers, and oregano-basil seasoning. The fun part comes the minute you step in the door at Jimmy John’s. Employees will greet you with a smiling hello and wait patiently while you decide which sub you’ll enjoy today. The fun continues as you read all the encouraging signs covering the walls or impressed on the oversized booth tabletops. There’s even an Instagram “Freaky Fans” page for photos with the hashtag #jimmyjohns. Friendliness, brand-new cleanliness, lots of windows and even outdoor seating if you prefer…what more can a sandwich lover want? To accompany your sub are the optional Jimmy Chips (Regular, BBQ, Jalapeno, Sea Salt w/Vinegar, or Skinny Chips--the low fat choice), chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookies, jumbo

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ating at Jimmy John’s is just plain fun. And after you order at Plant City’s newest sub shop, your sandwich will be ready “freaky fast,” even if you haven’t yet downloaded JJ’s new app on your phone. “We try to have our customers served within 30 seconds of their order placed at the counter,” offered Jesse Neagles, manager of the location in the Walden Woods Plaza at 2424 James L. Redman Parkway. The Jimmy John’s team here in town accomplishes that with a simple menu and a well-trained, industrious staff of 25 employees. They are learning by example from Neagle the principles he learned from founder Jimmy John Liaulaud. Before you visit, please read Jimmy John’s bio and the corporation’s history online at www.jimmyjohns.com. Prepare to be impressed with this all-American story of entrepreneurial success at more than

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2,000 stores nationwide. Three sandwich sizes are available on “bread so fresh it must be liberated”: • Slims for $3.99 (6 choices of sub minus the veggies and sauce) • 8” Subs for $5.29 (6 choices + the JJBLT) on daily fresh-made French bread with veggies and “the finest meat JJ’s can buy” • Giant Club Sandwiches for $6.69 include twice the meat and cheese on choice of fresh-made French bread or fresh-baked, thick-sliced 7-grain bread. And for those with bigger appetites, there’s also the J.J. Gargantuan, the “original gutbustah!” For only $8.69 this sandwich contains Genoa salami, sliced smoked ham, capicola, roast beef, turkey and provolone, “jammed into one of our homemade French buns, then smothered with onions, mayo, lettuce, tomato, and our homemade Italian vinaigrette.”

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Kosher dill pickle, and soft drinks or fresh-brewed Lipton iced tea. Drink aficionados will also love the longerlasting crunchy ice. Jimmy John’s also offers catering and delivery for large gatherings. Call the store or order online. For customer convenience, the website offers an FAQ link for nutritional information and an e-address to request details on allergens. The eco-friendly approach at Jimmy John’s also means you’ll find paper sandwich wrappers and drink cups without lids or straws. Clean, simple, fresh, freaky fast, and exceptionally friendly…we’re betting you’ve just discovered your new favorite sandwich place.


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A HINT OF GARLIC BY VICTORIA WATKINS SGRO

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appy New Year! If you’re getting a slow start on those New Year’s Resolutions, or aren’t sure exactly where to start on the clean eating journey, try adding some new recipes to your foodie cookbook! Make each meal in 2016 an exciting new adventure, and discover just how delicious clean eating can be. Check out more recipes like these on the A Hint of Garlic Blog (ahintofgarlic.com).

MEXICAN EGG BAKE

(serves 3-4)

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BACON SEARED ASPARAGUS

Ingredients

• 1 lb asparagus • 4 slices humane ly raised

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• 2 cloves organic garlic, minced • salt and pepper

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he TASTE OF INDIA offers an exquisite fine dining experience while serving Authentic Indian Cuisine for the past 6 years in Brandon. Some of the most requested dishes include Butter Chicken, Tandoori Chicken, Masala Dosa, Garlic Shrimp, Goat Curry, and Whole Fried Snapper! FULL BAR! Entree prices start at $10.95 and the Lunch Buffet prices are $9.95 weekdays and $12.95 weekends. Military Discounts! Professional Catering Available. Serving Lunch Buffet Mon-Fri 11:30-2:30, Sat/Sun 12-3. Dinner Hours are Mon-Thurs 5-10pm, Sat 5-10:30pm and Sun. 5-9:30. Relax and enjoy the wonderful spices and scents of the Delicious and Delectable Indian cuisine!

902 E. BRANDON BLVD. BRANDON, FL. 33511 813-689-4040

WAYBACK BURGERS

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ayback Burgers offers premium burgers, made from 100% beef, fresh, never frozen, made to order just the way you like it. Our delicious hand dipped milkshakes hit the spot every time you try one.

Every month, Wayback Burgers features a brand new “Burger of the Month” and “Milkshake of the Month”. And burgers are only the beginning; House-made potato chips, all beef hot dogs, chicken sandwiches, turkey burgers, specialty burgers and fresh salads are available. We also feature local brewed beer from Two Henrys Brewing. Wayback, way better!

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• Mondays Weekly Plant City Daybreak Rotary Club 7 AM South Florida Baptist Hospital Community Conference Room Contact: George Banning / 813-759-1638 • 1st & 3rd Mondays Monthly Improvement League of Plant City 7 PM Historic Glover School Conference Room 5104 Horton Road Contact: William Thomas / 813-757-6760 • 2nd & 4th Mondays Monthly Plant City Commission Meeting 7:30 PM City Hall, 302 W. Reynolds St. • 2nd Monday Monthly Plant City Garden Club 10 AM (September through May) For location, contact Christy Linke 732- 322-8392 • Tuesdays Weekly Plant City Lions Club 12 Noon The Catering Company & Cafe é 115 East Reynolds Street Contact: Tony Lee / 813-752-7202 • 1st Tuesdays Monthly Economic Development Corporation Meeting 2 PM PC Chamber unless otherwise announced 106 N. Evers St. • 1st Tuesdays Monthly (Sept-May) Arts Council of Plant City 7 PM Chamber of Commerce Public Meeting Room 106 North Evers Street Contact: Dodie White / 813-752-5156 • 2nd Tuesdays Monthly GFWC Woman’s Club of Plant City 10:30 AM GFWC Clubhouse 1110 North Wheeler Street • 2nd & 4th Tuesdays Monthly American Legion – Norman McLeod Post #26 6 PM American Legion 2207 West Baker Street Contact: 813-752-8608 Contact: Nancy Miller / 813-754-2544 • Wednesdays Weekly Plant City Kiwanis Club 12 Noon Contact: David Wolf / 813-717-9300 • Thursdays Weekly Toastmasters 7:30 AM @ PC Chamber 106 N. Evers St. • Thursdays Weekly PC Local Harvest Farmers Market 4 – 8 PM McCall Park 100 North Collns St. Historic Downtown Plant City 813-531-1811 www.pclocalharvestfarmersmarket.com • 1st and 3rd Thursdays Monthly Plant City Civitan Club 7 AM Buddy Freddy’s Restaurant

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1101 Goldfinch Drive Contact: Pat Pogue / 813-754-4680

• 2nd Thursdays Monthly GFWC Junior Woman’s Club of Plant City 7 PM GFWC Clubhouse 1110 North Wheeler Street Contact: Lisa Rhodes / (813) 376-8294 • 2nd Thursdays Monthly Free Youth Fitness Orientation at YMCA 5:30 PM Wellness staff demonstrates exercise equipment & explains how to start on the road to great health. 1507 YMCA Place 813- 757-6677 • 3rd Saturdays Monthly Strawberry Classic Car Show New winter hours: 4-8 PM Contact: Peggy Wilson 814-754-3707 www.plantcity.org peggy@plantcity.org

JANUARY 15 FRIDAY - FEBRUARY 12 FRIDAY • Daddy-Daughter Dance Registration continues for February 20 event Maximum 150 couples, so hurry! $35 couple +$10 for each additional partner Girls must be 3 years old and up PC Recreation/Parks Dept. 1904 S. Park Road

• MLK Fest Street Festival 11 AM - 8 PM Carnival Midway w/vendors, arts-crafts & live music Plant City MLK Sports Complex • MLK Fest Classic Step Showdown & Custom Car Show 5 PM 94.1 WLLD Radio and Local Talent • Strawberry Classic Car Show New winter hours: 4-8 PM Historic Downtown Plant City Featured: Fords, Lincolns. Edsels, Mercurys Cars must be 1990 or older Contact: Peggy Wilson 813-754-3707 www.plantcity.org peggy@plantcity.org

17 SUNDAY • 30th Annual MLK Leadership Breakfast “Faith, Culture, Community, Unity” Keynote: Dr. Ken Atwater, HCC President Community Awards, Scholarship Presentations, & Graduates of Youth Forensic Science Program 7:30 AM Trinkle Center @HCC Campus 813-757-6760 or 813-752-5277 to RSVP by 1-8-16 plantcitymlkfestival.com ilpc@tampabay.rr.com $30 or $250 seating for 6

• MLK Day Freedom Parade 1 PM thru Historic Downtown Featured: Marching bands from Plant City, Durant, Stawberry Crest, Tomlin, Marshall, and Turkey Creek Parade Marshal: PCHS Raiders Football Program • Plant City MLK Fest Drumline Battle 2:30 - 4:30 PM Battling for $5,000 in cash prizes Plant City MLK Sports Complex PCHS, SCHS, Middleton high schools Dowdell, Marshall & Sligh Middle schools Tampa Bay Posse Corvette Club, Motorcycle Club, Buffalo Soldiers & Cowbros

• 34th Annual Chamber Chairman’s Banquet 6:30 PM John R. Trinkle Center @HCC Campus 2206 E. Cherry Street Reservations Required: 813-754-3707

FEBRUARY 2 TUESDAY • Economic Development Corporation Monthly Meeting 2PM PC Chamber unless otherwise announced 106 N. Evers St.

• Toastmasters 7:30 AM @ PC Chamber 106 N. Evers St.

19 TUESDAY • Free Youth Fitness Orientation at YMCA 5:30 PM Wellness staff demonstrates exercise equipment & explains how to start on the road to great health. 1507 YMCA Place 813-757-6677

21 THURSDAY • PC Chamber Business After Hours at Plant City Entertainment, Inc. 101 N. Thomas Street 5:15 – 7:00 PM Enjoy networking with Chamber members Free of charge RSVP to (813) 754-3707

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• Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. HOLIDAY Day of Service – 8 AM to Noon Call 813-638-2260 to volunteer

• 30th Annual MLK Cultural Arts Festival Visit plantcitymlkfestival.com for info 813-757-6760 or 813-752-5277 Events include- Disco Gala, Opening Ceremony, Talent Search, Carnival/Midway, Freedom Parade, Battle of the Bands, Custom Car Show, Breakfast, Gospel, and Day of Service (community service projects)

• Plant City - Durant After Party Classic Plant City MLK Recreation Center Time: TBA

• City Commission Meeting 7:30 PM City Hall, 302 W. Reynolds Street

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• MLK Fest Opening Ceremony 11:30 AM Plant City MLK Recreation Center Lincoln IB Drummer Ensemble Marshall Middle School Jazz Ensemble Marshall Middle School Gentlemen’s Quest

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• Toastmasters 7:30AM @ PC Chamber 106 N. Evers St.

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• Florida Strawberry Festival Queen’s Scholarship Pageant 6 PM Grimes Family Agricultural Center Festival Fairgrounds

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

23 SATURDAY • Dean’s Ride: Strength and Honor 7:45 AM Participants 14-years & older Helmets required for all Ride begins at HCC campus and continues through beautiful Plant City. Proceeds benefit the Plant City Y’s programs, such as Livestrong for cancer survivors. At 7AM, a limited number of bikes will be lent to those who don’t own one. Registration starts at $35 and includes a t-shirt. Enjoy lunch & live music after the event. • Author Talk w/Tim Dorsey Readings from his Coconut Cowboy book 2 PM Bruton Memorial Library 202 McClendon Street 813-757-9215 for info

• PC Local Harvest Farmers Market 4 – 8 PM McCall Park 100 North Collins St. Historic Downtown Plant City 813-531-1811 www.pclocalharvestfarmersmarket.com

5 FRIDAY • 3rd Annual Kick-off Dinner for Strawberry Picking Challenge T Pepin Hospitality

6 SATURDAY • Futch Farms Picking Challenge 11 AM

8 MONDAY • Plant City Commission Meeting 7:30 PM City Hall 302 W. Reynolds St.

11 THURSDAY • Toastmasters 7:30 AM @ PC Chamber 106 N. Evers St. • Free Youth Fitness Orientation at YMCA 5:30 PM Wellness staff demonstrates exercise equipment & explains how to start on the road to great health 1507 YMCA Place 813- 757-6677 • Friends of Scouting Banquet 6 PM John R. Trinkle Center @HCC Campus 1206 N. Park Road Free admission; attendees will be asked for donation Stingray Chevrolet owner Steve Hurley will receive the Dean Snyder Soaring Eagle Community Service Award • PC Local Harvest Farmers Market 4 – 8 PM McCall Park 100 North Collins St. Historic Downtown Plant City 813-531-1811 http:..www.pclocalharvestfarmersmarket.com


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FOCUS OBITUARIES Jesse Christie age 31, of Seffner, Florida passed away Saturday, December 12th, 2015. A native of Seffner and veteran of the U.S. Navy, he was the son of Charlie Christie and Alicia Hires Christie. Survivors include wife, Brandy Parolini Christie; son, Colton Christie; stepdaughter, Madison Parolini; father, Charlie Christie Jr; grandparents, Charlie (Mary) Christie, Sr, Annie Bartolotti; in-Laws, Norman and Kim Parolini; step-sister, Christyl Zielinski; half-Sister, Ashley Hires; half-brothers, Sam and Micah Christie. Jesse was preceded in death by his mother Alicia Hires Christie. The family will receive friends Thursday, December 17th, 2015 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Haught Funeral Home Chapel, 708 W. Dr. M.L.K. Jr. Blvd. Plant City. Funeral Services will immediately follow at 7:00 p.m. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.haughtfuneralhome.com. Lillie Belle Davis, 91 of Plant City died December 27, 2015 at her home. A native of Plant City, she was the daughter of Maxwell and Lillie Belle House Farmer. She is survived by son, Jack Davis; daughter, Pamela Davis Szydlowski; grandchildren, Kay and Kara Szydlowski, and Kelly Davis; one great grandchild, Mariah Sparks. Mrs Davis was preceded in death by siblings, Mildred Davis, Sarah Sipple, James Farmer, and Maxwell Farmer. Mrs Davis was a member of First

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Baptist church, Plant City, where she attended Sunday school and sang in the choir, was a member of Plant City Women’s Club, a South Florida Baptist Hospital Pink Lady, and also sang on the radio on WPLA’s Sunrise Service. A Memorial Service will be 11:00am, Saturday, January 2, 2016, Haught Funeral Home Chapel, 708 W Dr MLK Jr Blvd, Plant City, with visitation one hour prior to services. Online condolences may be left for the family at haughtfuneralhome.com James Edward “Ed” Hewitt, 89 of Plant City died January 3, 2016. A native of Mayo, Florida, he was the son of Benjamin and Maggie Lee Kirby Hewitt. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Mable Coleman Hewitt. Also surviving are son, Eddy ( Joni) Hewitt; daughter, Malinda (Ken) Pridgen; sister, Gladys Lefler; grandchildren, Michelle Townley, Jim and Jason Hewitt, Melissa Parsons, and Brad McGriff, and 15 great grandchildren. Ed was a charter member of the Springhead Church of Christ in 1953, was a former deacon and served as treasurer for over forty years. He worked for GM for forty-seven years, retiring as a parts manager. A Memorial service will be 11am, Saturday, January 9, 2016, at Haught Funeral Home, 708 W Dr MLK Jr Blvd, Plant City. A visitation will be one hour prior to service at the funeral home.

If so desired, donations may be made in Ed’s memory to the Mt Dora Children’s Home, 301 W 13th Ave, Mt Dora, FL 32757. Online condolences may be left for the family at haughtfuneralhome.com Audrey Johnson, 84 of Dover died December 27, 2015. A native of Dover, Florida, she was the daughter of the late John and Mamie Simpson Haynes. She was preceded in death by her husband of 66 years, Gene Johnson and daughter, Rena McGinnis. She is survived by sons, Ralph Johnson, Roger (Sherry) Johnson; daughter, Reita (Truman) Gillette; brothers, Forrest, John, and Harley Haynes; sisters, Hazel Adcock, Lelia Blevins; 5 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Audrey was a member of First Baptist Church of Plant City, active at the YMCA in water aerobics, loved fishing anywhere anytime, loved her animals, farming and gardening, sewed and did upholstery, became a pilot at the age of 54, and once worked 72 bingo cards at one time; her personal best. A memorial service will be at 4pm, Tuesday, January 5, 2016, at Haught Funeral Home Chapel, 708 W Dr MLK Jr Blvd, Plant City, with visitation one hour prior to service. She will be interred with her husband at Florida National Cemetery at a later date. Online condolences may be left to the

family at haughtfuneralhome.com Randel Arthur Toole, 53 of Winter Haven died September 17, 2015 at his home. A native of Lakeland, Florida, he was the son of John and Carolyn Arthur Toole. He was preceded in death by his mother, Carolyn Toole. Surviving are his father, John Toole; children, Martin (Shelby) Toole, Yiskah Lalit, Erin Cramer, and Brittany (Sean) Jacox; siblings, Andrew, Carolyn, Sherry, Lori and Lynne; five grandchildren. Randel served in the US Navy during the Gulf War, and loved anything outdoors. He was a poultry farmer and music lover. A memorial service will be at 11a.m., Wednesday, December 23, 2015 at Haught Funeral Home, 708 W Dr. MLK Jr Blvd., Plant City, with a visitation one hour prior to service. Online condolences may be left for the family at haughtfuneralhome.com.

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Give Your Heart Some Love

Choose from Convenient Dates and Locations All Events Are 8am–2pm Wednesday, February 3

Morton Plant North Bay Hospital (New Port Richey)

Thursday, February 4

South Florida Baptist Hospital (Plant City)

Saturday, February 6

BayCare Health Center (Largo)

Wednesday, February 10

St. Anthony’s Hospital (St. Petersburg)

Saturday, February 13

Winter Haven Hospital (Winter Haven)

■ Body mass index (BMI)

Tuesday, February 16

Morton Plant Hospital (Clearwater)

■ Cholesterol

Thursday, February 18

St. Joseph’s Hospital-South (Riverview)

■ Screening to assess risk for diabetes*

Wednesday, February 24

St. Joseph’s Hospital-North (Lutz)

Friday, February 26

Bartow Regional Medical Center (Bartow)

Wednesday, March 2

BayCare Outpatient Center (Carillon)

Friday, March 4

Mease Countryside Hospital (Safety Harbor)

Monday, March 7

St. Joseph’s Hospital (Tampa)

Saturday, March 12

BayCare Health Center (Trinity)

The most important thing you have is your health, and healthy living starts with good heart health. BayCare is offering these free screenings at our heart-healthy events: ■ Blood pressure

Plus, there will be a nutrition specialist on hand to answer your questions.

*If the assessment suggests your risk is high, an A1c test will be offered.

Registration required: (855) 546-6304 BayCareHeart.org

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