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CONGRATS, GRADS: 2020 VALEDICTORIANS

BY EMILY TOPPER Meet the Class of 2020 Valedictorians of Plant City High School, Durant High School, and Strawberry Crest High School. These young scholars discuss senior year, college plans, and career aspirations.

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For 30 years, Caring Concepts has provided state-of-theart, hands-on, traditional, chiropractic care. Meet Dr. Todd Glenn, Dr. William Garrison and Dr. Alania Edgemon, as they reflect on the past 30 years and discuss the practice’s philosophy of care.

For nearly 70 years, Calhoun Septic Tank Service has served the septic and drain field needs of the greater Plant City area. Third generation owner J.J. Calhoun talks about his residential and commercial services, company values, and introduces the fourth generation owner of Calhoun Septic Tank Service.

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DINING: KEEL FARMS

BY CIERRA CRAFT This summer, dive into delicious dishes made of farm fresh ingredients at Keel Farms. Home to Plant City’s Keel & Curley and Keel Farms Agrarian Ales + Cider, Keel Farms offers pub-style handhelds and crisp salads. Paired with a glass of award-winning wine, ale or cider, guests are in for a unique Plant City dining experience.

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Publisher This month, we have dedicated the June issue to the Class of 2020. This senior class comprises bright, talented, and creative students, making up the best of our community’s youth. Despite the setbacks COVID-19 presented to its school year, the Class of 2020 is in relatively good spirits. This month, we highlight the valedictorians from each of the local high schools and celebrate the graduates with exclusive coverage of the city-wide Senior Parade on May 30th. Check out additional coverage within this month’s issue and on our Facebook page. As I think about these young people, I’ve reflected on my life at 18 and never could have imagined what it has become. When I graduated from high school, I had dreams of being a professional motocross rider. It was the only thing I wanted to do and my mind was made up. After working in the industry for a few years, I realized there was a void of a motocross magazine in Florida. With my background in the industry, I had an inside line to the advertisers and

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the riders, so I dove into creating my first publication, FLMX. Early on in my publishing career, I had to learn all of the skills from the ground up, from design to sales and editorial. As I navigated my way through the publishing industry, I decided to begin FOCUS Magazine. Never did I imagine that I would be working in an office job, let alone the owner of a 20-year publishing company. It just goes to show that you never know where life is going to take you. On the cover, we spotlight Caring Concepts Chiropractic Clinic, as they celebrate 30 years in business. Dr. Todd Glenn, Dr. William Garrison, and Dr. Alaina Edgemon reflect on Caring Concepts Chiropractic Clinic’s journey through the past three decades of helping relieve patients of pain. Warmest Regards,

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Class of 2020 Honored with Parade through Plant City

Worlds of Imagination Executive Director Taelor Highland and her team began searching for a unique way to celebrate VPK graduation for the 43 students that have been at home over a month. They came up with a drive-thru graduation ceremony. With over 3,000 balloons, confetti poppers, and pom poms in hand, the Worlds of Imagination Learning Center staff celebrated this big accomplishment for some of Plant City’s youngest residents. The children, with smiling faces, waved to their teachers Friday, May 29, and received gift packages including a diploma, a balloon, cookie, and a bubble wand. The teachers were also excited about the opportunity to see their students again. “With quarantine, we haven’t seen a lot of the students since about March 12, so it’s been about 2 months and we were having withdrawal from seeing our babies,” said Highland. “We were ecstatic to just see them and I think the parade gave the parents something to look forward to… I think it was special for the parents to be hands-on and a part of the graduation process.” Parents decked out their vehicles with streamers, flowers, and banners, among other decorations. Kona Ice was on hand to pass out snow cones following the procession. “I thought the drive thru parade was so neat,” said Taylor Gaines, whose daughter Kennedi McDonald was among the graduates. “...I love that they still honored them and made us- parents and kids- feel loved and remembered. It was still about the kids and their accomplishments for the year and they did really well with the parade and after party.” Worlds of Imagination Learning Center opened in August 2019 at 402 N. Collins Street, occupying the former First Baptist Church Learning Center. Worlds of Imagination is a faith-based VPK program, where students not only become immersed in the structure of a school setting, but they’re also guided through daily devotional and daily prayer, among the education for Kindergarten readiness. For more information about enrollment, call 813-703-1497 or visit www. worldsofimaginationpc.com.

On Saturday, May 30, 180 graduating seniors were paraded through the city in celebration of their academic achievements. Students from Durant High School, Plant City High School, Strawberry Crest High School, Simmons Career Center, and Lakeland Christian School paraded through historic downtown, headed south on 39, before returning to the east side of Plant City High School. The school year was cut short due to the worldwide pandemic of COVID-19. In order to create a one-of-a-kind experience for local students, the city-wide parade was organized by Plant City Mayor Rick Lott, Plant City High School Principal Susan Sullivan, and Berry Fine Productions, led by director Gail Lyons. “To be able to help provide a celebration of their accomplishments and a one-ofa-kind-event makes me think about an old Chinese saying that goes something like this: ‘If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing, if you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, HELP somebody,’ said Lyons. “I helped with this event in hopes of providing happiness for each one of our graduates, parents, family, the schools, and our community!” The seniors were escorted by the Plant City Police Department and Plant City Fire Department. The parade was led by the top three seniors of Plant City High School: Valedictorian Simran Kumar, Salutatorian Kyle Hamilton, and third in class, Taryn Storter. “It was the first time in a while that I was able to really see some of my friends from school, said Hamilton. “In addition to that, just being showered with love from our amazing community truly made it a once in a lifetime experience.” The parade was the longest parade route in Plant City history. Students gathered at the MADZone Jump House, where The Crossing Church provided each student with breakfast. The students were encouraged to wear their cap and gowns and decorate their vehicles. Some students played off the COVID-19 closures, with one vehicle reading “they shut down the world just for us.” Other vehicles were decorated with banners and balloons representing their future colleges. Friends, family, and neighbors were encouraged to attend the parade, with many lining up along the parade route with homemade signs in support of the graduating class. Once the graduates returned to Plant City High School, they were met by faculty and staff, members of the City Commission members and Hillsborough County School Board leadership, including Superintendent Addison Davis. Graduation ceremonies have been rescheduled for mid-July. For more details, visit sdhc.k12.fl.us.

To see more photos, visit our Facebook page @focusmagazine to view the full gallery.

To see more photos, visit our Facebook page @focusmagazine to view the full gallery.

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Photo By Lisa Ponce

PCHS Hosts Send-Off for Military Seniors Kyoto Palace Opens on Alexander Street Kyoto Palace opened June 6 at 214 W. Alexander Street. Kyoto Palace is an Asian buffet offering unlimited sushi, hibachi, and more. At the time of publication, Kyoto Palace is offering takeout and delivery only due to limited dining room seating per the Governor’s orders due to COVID-19. However, Ying Liu, co-owner of Kyoto Palace, says she and her sisters are excited to bring all-you-can-eat Asian cuisine to Plant City. Liu and her family are the owners of 813 Chinese, one of Plant City’s most beloved Asian restaurants, and they’re proud to offer a new concept for dining in Plant City. Liu says when the restaurant is open to full capacity, guests will be able to visit the Hibachi station, choose their protein, carb, and vegetables and the Hibachi chef will make it to order. Additionally, the sushi bar will be stocked with rolls of all kinds, with a Sushi Chef on site to create rolls with the freshest ingredients. Kyoto Palace currently offers a $7.45 lunch special with a beverage. Choose either two sushi rolls, Teriyaki, or Hibachi entrees, available from 10:30 to 3PM daily. Kyoto Palace also offers Bento Boxes, Poke Bowls, Yakisoba (Japanese Noodles), Katsu, and more. Kyoto Palace is open Sunday to Thursday 10:30AM to 9PM and Friday & Saturday 10:30AM to 9:30PM. Delivery is available via DoorDash and UberEats. Call 813-707-0880 for more information.

American Legion Post #26 Recognizes 14 Outstanding Students Each year, the American Legion Post #26 presents the American Legion School Medal Award to a boy and girl from 8 local schools. The award program places emphasis on the development of the qualities of Courage, Honor, Leadership, Patriotism, Scholarship and Service. The program develops these ideals of Americanism among young people as citizens of the highest caliber. Typically, the awards are presented at each school’s annual Awards Night. Due to COVID-19 and the closure of schools, as ordered by Governor DeSantis, Chairman of the School Medal Program, Ray Cliburn provided each school with the medals, certificates, award programs, and program speeches to present to the winning student. The following outstanding students were presented with the 2020 American Legion School Medal Award Program: Marshall Middle School: Michael Bell & Taylor Smith Tomlin Middle School: Tregg Aguero & Jaida Davis Mulrennan Middle School: Aaron Abraham & Laila Sinkfield Simmons Career Center: Jose Andrade & Luisa Garcia Plant City High School: Carson Magahn & Oliva Charron Durant High School: Vincenzo Interdonato & Miranda Bihler Strawberry Crest High School: Eric Ingersoll & Amber Hatton This year, Post #26 also awarded scholarships to these three high school schools in Area VI: Victoria Leto- Durant HIgh School- $1,000 Mary-Catherine Stephens- Plant City High School- $1,000 Hunter Croslin- Strawberry Crest High School- $1,000

They won’t be able to attend Plant City High School’s Class of 2020 commencement ceremony held in July, but the Plant City High School seniors who are entering the military won’t be forgotten. On Monday, June 8, PCHS gave the school’s future servicemen and women the recognition they deserve with a military senior send-off. The “mini-graduation” was held in the James “Sonny” Jones Auditorium on campus. The students will miss their July 17 graduation, due to orders for service before that date. The seniors honored at the event were Nehemiah Cofield (Marines), Braden Cade Majors (Army), Ariana Velez (Marines), and Ricardo Francisco (Marines). Seniors Dalton Raines (Coast Guard) and Joseph Hendrix (Air Force) are also graduating and going into the military, but were not able to attend the military send-off event. PCHS Principal Susan Sullivan presented the students with their diplomas and posed for a photo with each of the students. She also recognized Hillsborough County School Board Member Melissa Snivley and Area 5 Superintendent Sharon Morris, PCHS administration, staff and teachers. “They’re all strong students, involved in different organizations and some were in JROTC here,” said Mrs. Sullivan. “Nehemiah Cofield was the drummer in our jazz band, so he hopes to continue that in the military, but they all have strengths here they hope to continue into the military career.” Susan Sullivan gave each student a booklet in their graduation bag and reminded the seniors that they are “forever a Raider,” and that the community will pray for them as they go off to service our country. Melissa Snivley also touched on these young people’s decision to make the ultimate sacrifice of service. Thirty students from the PCHS Class of 2020 will be going into the military, according to Mrs. Sullivan. The others have orders to report to boot camp in either the late summer or in the fall. Mrs. Sullivan said she was filled with pride when she thinks about these students choosing a career in the military: “I got kind of teary eyed...these students are saying ‘I’m willing to go off and sacrifice for our country.’ We always ask the students going to the military to stand at graduation to be recognized, but it was neat to have a ceremony for just these students, where I could give specific advice. I told them they’ve already accomplished so much, even when you think about quitting, to remember you’ve accomplished so much already, especially with the last semester of their senior year virtually. It was kind of neat to give specific advice to them.”

Plant City Main Street to host Topics on Tap June 23 Plant City Main Street will host a hybrid Topics on Tap on June 23 from 5:30 to 7:30PM at The Corner Store. Guests can attend the event in person or via Zoom for a virutal option. Plant City Main Street will chat with virtual attendees via Zoom and inperson guests to share updates on our historic downtown and the launch of the merchants' committee. In-person guests can network while enjoying live music from Casey Stidham for the first hour. The event is open to the community and free to attend. Light appetizers will be provided. Drinks will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public. The Corner Store is located at 121 E. Reynolds Street in historic downtown. For more information, please contact Executive Director Jerilyn Rumbarger at director@plantcitymainstreet.com. PAGE

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Charles Boswell Running for Hillsborough County Sheriff

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or over 25 years, Charles Boswell served as a Hillsborough County Sheriff's Deputy, until he retired in 2017. Now, the Plant City resident is running for Sheriff. Boswell says his family has resided in Hillsborough County for four generations. Boswell is an alum of Plant City High School and graduated from St. Leo University with his bachelors and masters of Criminal Justice. He and his wife, Margaret, have two sons. Brice is currently a fire fighter with the Pasco County Fire Rescue. Brett just completed his Associates Degree program and plans to transfer to university. The Boswells live in Turkey Creek. Meet Charles Boswell, as he discusses his decades of experiences while serving as a detective with the Sheriff's Office and his desire to lead our county's highest ranking law enforcement agency. Focus: Please share a bit about your experience in Law Enforcement Boswell: “I started at the Hillsborough County Sheriff ’s Office in 1991, and being in law enforcement was something I was always interested in. I guess you could say it was my calling. I went to the police academy at 21 years old and spent my adult life as a cop. A few highlights of my career that I am proud of including, in 2013 I was named 2013 Taking Action Against Domestic Violence Office of the Year by ABC Action News. In 2012, I was part of the arrest of a known drug dealer whose victim died as a result of the narcotics sold to him by the suspect. This was the first known conviction of such a case in Tampa Bay. In 2010, I tracked down serial rapist Mannot Lusca. The case went unsolved for 10 years and I tracked him to California, got a confession from him and he was sentenced to life. I also was a part of the arrest of Charles Martinez, we solved several murders he

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committed. And I exposed the corruption of the HCSO, which led to my retirement...” Focus: Why are you running for Sheriff of Hillsborough County? Boswell: “I didn’t plan to run, it just fell into place; Divine intervention, I suppose. People reached out to me asking me to run and I said no several times. They knew I would stand against the status quo and wasn’t afraid of the “upper echelon” of the sheriff’s office. Then, in my opinion, the current sheriff made several constitutional missteps, including the arrest of a pastor and the release of criminals without checking their backgrounds... My family grew up in this community, my kids grew up in this community. Focus: What do you think makes Plant City special? Boswell: “The people. We are a wonderful community, a tight knit community and we are family. Despite the changes around us, Plant City maintains that hometown feeling…” Focus: What is your favorite memory of Plant City growing up? Boswell: I have many great memories of growing up in Plant City but if I have to narrow it down, I'd have to say that my favorite childhood memories revolve around my old neighborhood. The 1970's was a great time to be a kid... it was before video games and all that was needed for an adventure was a group of kids and a couple of bicycles to tow each other around. We were a tight knit group neighborhood kids & it seemed as if we never ran out of things to do. Our favorite place to congregate was at our "neighborhood grandmother's" house. Her name was Margaret Howard. Her son was Charlie

Howard who would later be credited with the Sweet Charlie strawberry. She had the patience of a saint and was willing to put up with neighborhood kids coming and going. She had a never ending supply of animal cookies, KoolAid, homemade pizza and an occasional spanking when we got out of hand. I have very fond memories of that time in my life. Those childhood friends have become extended family who I still stay in contact with. Focus: Under your command, how will the Sheriff’s Office work with the Plant City Police Department? Boswell: I believe that the Sheriff's Office and Plant City P.D will work hand in hand. Reciprocity is a large part of having an effective law-enforcement agency. I will go above and beyond to assist Plant City P.D in every way possible. Although Plant City is incorporated and has its own police agency, the citizens of Plant City and all incorporated areas i.e. Tampa & Temple Terrace are also Hillsborough County residents as such, I will be happy to assist with all police departments who require assistance. We all have to cover each other's blind spots... Focus: Why should people vote for you as the next Sheriff? Boswell: “I have the experience, I have the knowledge, I have the integrity and I have the values: I respect the constitution and I respect the law. I am a law man, not a politician chock full of political rhetoric. I am a law man willing to protect the people of this county. To learn more about Charles Boswell and his campaign for Sheriff, visit his website www. votecharlesboswell.com. To contact Boswell, email him at charles@votecharlesboswell.com


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Walden Lake Review BY NATALIE SWEET

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alden Lake Community Association Board Meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 7:00 at the Walden Lake Community Association office building on Griffin Boulevard in Walden Lake although they are currently being held virtually. The next meeting is scheduled for June 15th. Please keep an eye on the announcement boards at all entrances for dates and times of special meetings and events. The Bacon Boss Food Truck was at the HOA/Sports Complex on May 24th. The feedback from all who purchased food said it was great! The next food truck event is scheduled for June 28th from 11:00–7:00. The HOA is looking at possibly bringing back the Bacon Boss as well as another vendor. During the month of May, there were 17 sales in Walden Lake and no sales in Walden Lake East. The average sale price was $269,040 an average of 37 days on the market.

The May sales are as follows: Address / Sales Price / Living Area / Pool / Garage 104 S Capri Court / $177,000 / 1542 Sq’ / Community / 2 Car 1437 Walden Oaks Place / $199,000 / 1413 Sq’ / No / 2 Car 3414 Silver Meadow Way / $205,000 / 1410 Sq’ / No / 2 Car 4310 Barret Avenue / $217,480 / 1616 Sq’/ No / 2 Car 3133 Emerson Place / $227,000 / 1652 Sq’ / Yes / 2 Car 3308 Silverpond Drive / $238,000 / 1656 Sq’ / No / 2 Car 2319 Walden Place South / $239,000 / 1985 Sq’ / No / 2 Car 2313 Walden Place North / $239,900 / 1636 Sq’ / Yes / 2 Car 3426 Silver Meadow Way / $254,500 / 1863 Sq’ / Yes / 2 Car 4012 Concord Way / $254,900 / 1952 Sq’ / Yes / 2 Car 3329 Silvermoon Drive / $270,000 / 1809 Sq’ / Yes / 2 Car 2845 Hammock Drive / $302,000 / 2231 Sq’ / Yes / 2 Car 3019 Sutton Woods Drive / $307,500 / 1990 Sq’ / Yes / 2 Car 2909 Sutton Oaks Court / $317,900 / 2866 Sq’ / No / 2 Car 2621 Hampton Place Court / $325,000 / 2554 Sq’ / No / 3 Car 2004 Masters Way / $399,500 / 3147 Sq’ / Yes / 2 Car 2806 Pine Club Drive / $400,000 / 3046 Sq’ / Yes / 3 Car There are currently 11 active listings for sale in Walden Lake with an average list price of $420,691 and an average of 89 days on the market. Two of the active listings are in Polo Place and when you eliminate those, the average price is $316,411 and 54 days on the market. There are 15 properties Pending Contract with an average list price of $243,307 and average of 27 days on the market. The developer, Walden Lake LLC has filed their plans with the City to try to get approval for developing portions of the golf course. This information is also available on our HOA website, www.WaldenLake.org so be sure you are registered for alerts. Also, please check with the City of Plant City for upcoming information. If you’re interested in viewing the plans provided by the city, please email me at NSweet@KW.com. How is COVID-19 affecting real estate? We do not see a slowdown of our listings going under contract, if they are priced correctly and in good condition. We are seeing fewer homes being listed, so The Sweet Team feels this is a great time to list, as there are buyers out there. 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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Where are you planning to attend college and what will you major in? I’m planning to major in biomedical engineering at the University of Florida What made you decide on your major? Our parents have worked in the medical field. I did an internship at Moffitt on integrated mathematical oncology, which uses math to help solve problems in cancer. It tries to predict what will happen next to help patients. That experience helped reaffirm my interests and directed me toward wanting to study computer science, biology and math in my career. What extracurriculars were you involved in at Strawberry Crest? Beta, Science Competitors Club, Future Business Leaders, HOSA Health Occupation Students What are your study tips for current high schoolers? Time management is really important. Know what to prioritize. Make a schedule to do everything and do all the work that’s assigned. What was your reaction when you found out you were the IB valedictorian? I would say kind of shocked, honestly. I don’t know that I expected it. My twin brother Nick is the IB salutatorian, and it’s great to know all of our work paid off and we were the top of our class. It’s a huge accomplishment.

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Where are you planning to attend college and what will you major in? I am planning to attend Harvard University and major in oncology, the study and treatment of tumors. What made you decide on your major? I was part of the Volunteen program at Moffitt Cancer Research Center. I shadowed the doctors and nurses while they were attending to the cancer patients and found that experience rewarding. I would be so honored and humbled to take care of the medically vulnerable among us. What extracurricular activities were you part of at Strawberry Crest? Since I was attending five different education institutions as in FVLS, Harvard, HCC, USF and Strawberry Crest, plus volunteering at Moffitt Research Center and Feeding Tampa Bay, I was only involved in National Honor Society, Student Council, Leo Club, Science, Forensic Club and Keeping Tampa Bay Beautiful Club. What are your study tips for current high schoolers? Be extremely organized and never procrastinate. Go beyond memorizing, and try to truly comprehend the information. What was your reaction when you found out you were valedictorian? My personal goal was attained, and I was extremely elated to make Strawberry Crest proud.

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toria itional Valedic d ra T lo o h c S st High .4 Strawberry Cre graduation? 9 n o p u A P G r u What was yo What is your favorite high school memory? Meeting such caring and dedicated teachers. Homecoming was also astounding and memorable. What are you most looking forward to at Harvard? When I was at Harvard last year, I met wonderful professors like Dr. Cornell West. I am looking forward to his thought-provoking and invigorating discussions. Was becoming valedictorian a goal? Absolutely. My sister Fatima was also the 2017 valedictorian of Strawberry Crest, and I witnessed how many doors and opportunities that honorable title gave her. What are your hobbies outside of school? Playing the piano and violin, and listening to classical music. What are your plans for the summer before you leave for school? I will be attending Harvard University summer school for the first part of summer, then Columbia and Cornell universities for the middle and last part of summer. What is your advice to the class of 2021? As the Latin phrase goes, make every year in high school your Annos Mirabilis: your amazing and miracle year. PAGE

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Traditional Salutatorian: Arturo Fuentes, Jr.

GPA: 7.12 College & Major: University of South Florida- Pre-Med Sciences


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Where are you planning to attend college and what will you major in? I am planning to major in biomedical sciences at the University of South Florida. What made you decide on your major? I was torn between engineering and the medical path. I always wanted to be a doctor and always loved science, and thought this would set me up for success when I go to medical school. What extracurriculars were you involved in at Plant City? One of my favorites was Robotics Club. I was also involved in Science Club and NCF-Envirothon. I also worked at South Florida Baptist Hospital on Friday nights as a volunteer. What are your study tips for current high schoolers? I would advise them to find a designated time and place to study. Time management is really important, and they should also make sure they find a balance between their friends, activities and school to make sure they’re not overworking themselves.

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What was your reaction when you found out you were valedictorian? I found out at senior breakfast. I had no idea, I was sure that I was salutatorian and I was proud of that. Then, my counselor handed me my card with my final GPA, and it said No. 1 out of 500 or so students. I was shaking. I looked at my best friend Maddie and told her to look at it. Then I immediately called my dad. I was crying, so he thought I had gotten into a car accident. But I told him and he said, “I knew you could do it.” What was your favorite high school memory? I would say winning a competition with my Robotics club, as well as going to Universal with my science club. I was president of science club, and our team worked hard on fundraising to be able to go on that trip. What are you most looking forward to at USF? I’m looking forward to connecting with new people, and making new relationships and friends that will help benefit my character development as I grow up. Was becoming valedictorian a goal? It started the summer of eighth grade. My older sister, Monica, was valedictorian at Plant City. When I started as a freshman, I started putting thought to that idea. Everyone knew I could do it and I wanted to reach that goal. PAGE

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PCHS Salutatorian: Kyle Hamilton

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Where are you planning to attend college and what will you major in? I have a full ride to Stetson University as a J. Ollie Edmunds scholar, and I plan to major in mathematics with a possible minor in Spanish. What made you decide on your major? I’ve loved math ever since I was little, but with math you are automatically pushed to engineering. Since I’ve always had a passion for education, I wanted to do something that could possibly allow me to do that but also be able to do more with it. I’ve always wanted to solve problems. What extracurriculars were you involved in at Durant? I was part of show choir, JV and varsity flag football, varsity swim for two years, Spanish National Honor Society for three years, Senior Council and vice president senior year of National Honor Society. I also work as a lifeguard at the YMCA, and started working at WinnDixie during the coronavirus. What are your study tips for current high schoolers? Don’t wait until the last minute. Learn topics fully as they are presented to you, that way you don’t have to go back and re-learn everything. What was your reaction when you found out you were valedictorian? I would always check my summary sheet when grades were inputed. My college and career counselor at one point kept encouraging me to check, but it was before the grades were officially locked in and I didn’t want to get my hopes up. When I got my final summary sheet, I was in a state of overwhelming joy because my hard work had finally paid off. It was surreal. I ran out into the hallway and gave one of my teachers a big hug.

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What was your favorite high school memory? The seniors won the first pep rally of the season, and we hadn’t won since freshman year. It started the year off with a bang. As a member of senior council, we’d gone all out and it was great to see so many in our class show up in the student section. We ended up waving the spirit stick and singing the alma mater together. We felt unity and pride for both the school and our class. What are you most looking forward to at Stetson? I’m looking forward to the unknowns. I’m a first generation college student, so my family and I are going through this process blindfolded and figuring it out along the way. I might get an internship or start some research. I’m excited to further not only my knowledge, but also to explore what the world holds for me. I know over four years I’ll be able to fine tune my interests and find my passion with all that college offers me. What is your advice to the class of 2021? Things are going to be different, and they were for the class of 2020. Keep your minds open to the new experiences and new opportunities that can come your way. Don’t take any moment for granted just because it wasn’t what you planned originally. The year is going to go by so quickly, so take the moments you get as they are given to you. Was getting valedictorian a goal? When I was a little, I remember driving around with my mom and she said, “If you graduate in the top 10, I’ll buy you a brand new car when you graduate.” As a kid I didn’t think much of it, but it became a goal. Not for the car, but because I set that as a goal. As I moved up through the Top 10, I changed the goal to become valedictorian but knew if I didn’t reach it I would still have met my original goal. As for the car, I don’t need one now. I want to be financially independent, and this summer is strictly a working summer for me. PAGE

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REGAN MESSICK Congratulations! And Best Wishes For A Happy Future! We Are So Proud Of You Regan!

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Where are you planning to attend college and what will you major in? I am going to the University of South Florida. Right now, my plan is to major in quantitative economics.

What was your reaction when you found out you were valedictorian? I kind of expected it, but I was happy when I got it. When you put the work into something, it feels good when you reach that goal.

What made you decide on your major? I love math and I would say I’m pretty good at math. I like doing high-level calculus. I wanted a good balance of something that I enjoy and something that would be good for my future.

Was becoming valedictorian a goal? Certainly not. It wasn’t until junior year when I realized it was possible. That’s when I really focused and started putting more and more work into it.

What extracurriculars were you involved in at Durant? I was in National Honor Society, English Honor Society and I volunteered to tutor English. I also did Oceanic Science Competition Club, and I work at WinnDixie.

What is your advice to the class of 2021? My best advice would be that the first half of senior year is so important for getting into college. If you’re not motivated on applying to colleges, you’ll get behind and the applications won’t get in. Have a plan and stay motivated. Senior year is crucial for making it into college and staying motivated in college.

What are your study tips for current high schoolers? I didn’t study a whole lot, but I was motivated to do the work and that was a big help. My tip would be to keep revisiting what you already know.

What are you most looking forward to at USF? I’m excited to start taking classes at a higher level that are interesting to me, and not being limited by the schedule.

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People of Plant City

Jessica Welch By Angela Ardrey

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have definitely taken my passion and turned it into a career,” she proclaims. “Having the opportunity to make my guests feel beautiful and confident is priceless.” Known by many as a hometown girl with a big dream, meet local freelance artist of the beauty industry, Jessica Welch. “When I began my career as a freelance artist, I would have never believed it would be what it is today.” By staying up-to-date on the latest hair trends and techniques, Welch is accelerating in the beauty industry as a master in hand-tied hair extensions and balayage, which is the art of hand painting highlights onto the hair, creating a sunkissed natural look. When asked about her years in the industry, she states, “As a professional – almost 5 years. But as a non-professional – my whole life.”

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What made you decide to take this career path? I have loved doing hair since I was a little girl. My grandma has been a hairstylist ever since I can remember. I enjoyed watching her create beauty. She could tell I held a desire to do the same. When I was about 5, she got me a Little Tikes Beauty Salon. My grandma would sit in my little salon chair and teach me how to play hairdresser for hours. I felt like a true artist. I must say, I loved cutting new hairstyles on my Barbie dolls. That reminds me, one day I cut my older sister’s long hair off. It only took a few snips with my scissors. Talk about a parent’s nightmare. As a punishment, my mom had my grandma cut my long hair off as well. I certainly learned my lesson.

Some think following your heart leads to immediate success. Was this the case for you? Yes and no . . . Yes – because going after my heart’s desire placed me on the road to success. Currently, I am the creator/CEO of BRUSH, where I specialize in on-location hair and airbrush makeup for special events and photo shoots. I also have the honor of working alongside my grandma and many other amazing women at Martin’s Place for Hair, Skin & Nails here in Plant City. No – because it was not immediate success. I had to work hard for years. It took perseverance, working side jobs to pay my way through college. But I knew if I was going to experience success in the future, I needed to do the hard work up front. Therefore, I spent four years pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. I studied marketing, business policies, managerial accounting, and such – any knowledge I needed in order to become a successful business owner. Once I accomplished that, I then pursued my cosmetology degree from the Summit Salon Academy in Tampa, Florida. COVID-19 mandatory quarantine and closures showed many of us the value of a hair stylist. What advice were you giving your clients? Do not cut your bangs. You do not need any quarantine bangs. You will regret them. For my hair extension clients – do not put a lot of tension on your hair. Do soft braids. Avoid blow-drying or straightening too much. Use this down time to allow the hair to repair itself. Do not worry about styling the hair right now. What advice were you giving yourself during the closures? Breathe. Enjoy. Educate. I used the downtime to enjoy being with my one-year-old son. I also furthered my education in marketing and social media (a must for entrepreneurs). Most of all, I knew I needed to just breathe and trust in my faith. In closing, can you give me a peek into one personal standard you hold yourself to? I believe it is important to be realistic with your clients’ expectations. People respect honesty. It creates trust.


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Did You Know? HIGH SCHOOL EXCHANGE STUDENTS: “PLANTERS” AND “FARMERS” By Plant City Photo Archives & History Center

The 2020 graduating classes will have memories of their own brought on by the arrival of the novel coronavirus. We are taking this opportunity to tell you about some graduates of the Plant City High School class of 1957 who have this interesting memory of their exchange program with the Wheat Ridge High School in Colorado in November 1956 and February 1957.

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ou may remember that in 1956 Plant City High School senior Mary Jane Jackson, who was then the Florida Strawberry Festival Queen, traveled to Glenwood Springs, Colorado, under the sponsorship of the Plant City Jaycees to participate in the National Strawberry Queen pageant. Then, on Saturday, August 11, 1956, the girl from Plant City was crowned the first National Strawberry Queen by Glenwood Springs Mayor J.J. Huntley. But earlier than this, planning was well underway for an exchange program between Plant City High School and Wheat Ridge High School, about 150 miles from Glenwood Springs. Both Plant City and Wheat Ridge were agriculturally based small towns with strong traditions. Now thirty of the Plant City “Planters” were going to spend a week in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, and thirty of the Wheat Ridge “Farmers” were coming to Plant City for a week. Under the direction of Principal Donald Yoho, the faculty pulled together and helped the students prepare and plan for the exciting project. The program itself was under the oversight of History teacher Rodney Colson and English teacher Rubye Wright. The criteria for selection and admission into the program were rigid and students had to meet many goals over nearly a two-year period to be accepted into the program. The plan called for 30 Wheat Ridge High School students to arrive in Plant City via rail on Monday, November 26, 1956, and spend a week in Plant City and depart Monday, December 3, 1956. The Plant City students were to depart from Union Station on Sunday, February 17, 1957, and arrive at Denver’s Union Station on Tuesday, February 19, 1957, at 7:00 a.m., Mountain Time. In addition to the students having to “earn their own money for travel fares, meals,” etc., they had serious planning and preparation to do. Here is part of

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what was required: The members of the exchange group shall conduct a workshop in preparation for the exchange trip. They shall set up their own rules for the workshop and each member shall abide by the rules thus set up….Each applicant must be willing to do intensive outside study and research on at least one phase of our community: such as, resources, problems, institutions, industries, history, geography, racial backgrounds, religious and educational resources, etc. When the Wheat Ridge exchange students and their two advisors arrived in Plant City, members of the Plant City High School exchange group met them and would be their hosts for the week, including having them as guests in their homes. The teachers did the same. Arriving in Plant City the Wheat Ridge students were met at the station and taken directly to Plant City High School for lunch, then attended classes with their hosts, after which they settled into their new homes for the week. After classes each day the students were treated to a complete schedule of activities that included fellowship at Dan Turner’s home, a trip to the Hardees’ place on the lake, a visit to the J. William Horsey plant, dinner at the Country club, visits to phosphate mines, an enjoyable trip to the Gulf beaches, dinner in Ybor City returning from the beach, a PCHS football game and the teen dance that followed. The families were also careful to plan prayer and church time, and the Sunday evening before departing for their homes in Colorado the exchange students were treated to ice cream and cake at the Methodist Church.

By the time February came the Plant City entourage consisting of 20 girls and 10 boys, was ready. They included: Jualina Blanton, Carol Cameron, Mildred Campbell, Tommy Crum, Alan Freeman, Jo Garner, Mary Sue Gresham, Dot Hardee (who was not able to attend), Linda Harkala, Daphne Harvley, Conradine Henderson, Phyllis Hill, John Holmes, Peggy Horton, Bruce Howell, Jill Jayne, Joyce Johnson, Pat Kennedy, Charles McCullers, Kay Merrin, Jim Nunnery, Cynthia Percy, Mary Rogers, Ida Lou Sapp, Harold Smith, Phil Thompson, Talmadge Thompson, Dan Turner, Janice Turner, and Beth Woody. After the long train ride the exchange group from Plant City arrived at the Denver, Colorado, Union Station at 7:00 a.m. (Mountain Time) on Tuesday, February 19, 1957. It was exciting. Most had never traveled so far and now, in mountainous Colorado, they wanted to see the hills and the snow. This is what the Wheat Ridge Advocate newspaper wrote: “Parents of the Wheat Ridge high school students acting as hosts arrived with station wagons and cars to take the Plant City visitors to their homes….A festive occasion was celebrated as the decorated cars made a swing through down town Denver.” The students were treated to a “Pep Assembly” Tuesday morning and then were given a tour of the school. Among the agenda items for the week, in addition to attending classes, the exchange students were treated to a skiing trip to Hidden Valley, tours of Central City, the U.S. mint in Denver, the State Capitol, Mile High Center, and the University of Colorado. Sunday the students spent the day with the host families and Monday visited with newly elected Governor Stephen McNichols in his office in Denver. Tuesday, February 26, the group of travelers left Denver Union Station at 3:30 p.m., Mountain Time, and arrived in Chicago at 8:45 a.m., Central Time. After a tour of the windy city and a movie the group departed Chicago at 11:00 p.m. On Friday, March 1, they detrained for breakfast in Jacksonville and then boarded for the last leg of their journey at 9:50 a.m., arriving home in Plant City at 2:12 p.m. It was an experience neither the “Farmers” nor the “Planters” would ever forget. Sources: Plant City Photo Archives and History Center; Tampa Times; Plant City Courier; PCHS The Spokesman; Carol Cameron.


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30 Years: Caring Concepts Celebrates Three Decades in Business By Cierra Craft

THIRTY YEARS IN BUSINESS. That's a lot of patients. That's a lot of chiropractic adjustments. That's a lot of hard work and grit. Caring Concepts Chiropractic Clinic, at the corner of Baker and Dort street, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this month. Dr. Kohlmeier and Vel Garrison founded the practice in 1990, before Dr. Todd Glenn joined Caring Concepts in 1998 and Vel's son, Dr. William Garrison came to the practice in 2007. In 2015, Dr. Alaina Edgemon joined the team as the acupuncturist. Together, this team of doctors provide chiropractic care, massage, and other forms of natural pain management to residents of the greater Plant City area. The trio and their staff are celebrating three decades of business. Meet Dr. Garrison, Dr. Glenn, and Dr. Edgemon, as they discuss Caring Concept's philosophy of care. Let’s talk about the history of Caring Concepts Chiropractic Clinic Garrison: Caring Concepts began in 1990 by my mother, Vel Garrison, and Dr. Victor Kohlmeier. The office was across the street from O’Brien’s and my mother would not only manage the office but also perform x-rays. Dr. Kohlmeier was in practice over 50 years, which was incredible, and he told me “it’s either [work] or sit at home and watch TV,” so why not help people? Dr. Kohlmeier was a good guy and a good mentor. As their practice grew, they began to hire more staff, and with my mother in the practice, chiropractic care is what I grew up around. I came into the practice in 2007; I like to help people and it’s a noble profession. At Caring Concepts, we offer adjustments, massage therapy, acupuncture, and decompression. We can recommend dietary therapy, physical therapy, stretching and rehab techniques, if that’s what is best for the patient. PAGE

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Glenn: I came into the practice in 1998. At that time, Dr. Kohlmeier had been practicing alone for five years. Chiropractic care is an ever-evolving world, but early on, I was excited to just get in there with the patient and was rambunctious, I would try things. Now, it's knowledge of experience over pure energy. Patients come in with so many different conditions and now, I utilize precision to treat them. Edgemon: In 2015, I wasn’t sure where I would land after getting licensed and saw the sign in front of the building that said chiropractic, massage, and acupuncture. So, thinking they already had an acupuncturist, it was one of the last places I thought to approach. However, Dr. Kohlmeier loved acupuncture, and he was the one who’d administered that modality for the clinic. He had retired and they were left acupuncture-less. A friend encouraged me to reach out to the clinic and Dr. Garrison met with me. There were still patients who wanted that service, and he offered me a trial period. It’s been 5 years, so I guess I passed the trial period. Honestly, I could not be more grateful to be a part of Caring Concepts or the opportunity they extended to me. We’re such a family. Dr. Garrison, you mentioned Dr. Kohlmeier was a mentor of yours. Do you care to talk about his influence on your career? Garrison: Yes, Dr. Kohlmeier was a mentor to me through chiropractic school, he was in the Rotary Club and now, the building we practice in is called the Kohlmeier Building, in his honor. He was nice, smart, and he was always happy and had something positive to say. His biggest piece of advice to me was when the business slows down, then I need to slow down. Taking a little extra time with each patient and getting back to the roots of care and then, the business will grow. What do you think contributes to Caring Concepts longevity? Garrison: I think it’s treating all of our patients with dignity and respect, whether it’s a young man or an old, rich man, everyone is treated with respect and we put their care first. We also know we are not the end all, be all. We refer patience to other providers if that’s the best course of action and will co-manage the patient’s pain with other providers. Our patients are not just another number and we follow up with them after their visit. A lot of my patients become friends; I like fishing, that’s what I do, so sometimes me and the guys I see in the office will go fishing in the Bay or in a fishing hole somewhere and just have a good time. With chiropractic care, you meet a lot of people with different passions. Going back to treating our patients with respect, part of that is we do not perform any kind of treatment that isn’t required and we do not try to sell anything that isn’t necessary. Glenn: We work well together because we have the same philosophy. We don't keep patients coming back if it isn't necessary. Chiropractic is more evidence-based now rather than pain-based. So, with that paradigm shift,

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it's not just about adjusting the joints, but we can also offer things like soft tissue treatments. What does a visit to Caring Concepts consist of? Garrison: When you come in, we sit you down on the table and talk about what the patient can expect during their visit and what’s going to happen. Most common questions I hear are ‘what’s wrong with me?” “Can it be fixed?” “What is the cost?” and “How long will it take to fix?” Those answers are different for every patient, but within three to four visits, I ask them to take note of their pain intensity, pain frequency and the duration of their pain and take note if their functionality is the same or better. When they come in, I’ll ask how they’re feeling today and they may say, ‘I’m in a lot of pain today,’ so when I ask what did they do that caused pain, the patient might say ‘I vacuumed the floor and cleaned the baseboards,’ so they were feeling well enough to do that, so the treatment is working. Maybe they’re having a slip, so we continue to work together. You offer massage therapy, acupuncture, and other treatments here. How do those treatments work together with traditional chiropractic adjustments? Garrison: We will create a treatment plan that may include several different options. For example, if a car accident victim comes in with excruciating pain, I can’t just start spinal manipulation. So we will schedule a massage or if they can’t handle the massage, we will do acupuncture. The condition of the patient will depend on the treatment, but the goal is to help loosen them up and make progress in relieving their pain.

Dr. William Garrison earned his Bachelor of Science from Florida Southern College and attended Palmer College of Chiropractic where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 2007. Caring Concepts was founded by his mother, Vel Garrison and his mentor, Dr. Victor Kohlmeier. Dr. Garrison joined the Caring Concepts team in 2007. He is also a member of the Florida Chiropractic Association.

What is the most common misconception about chiropractic care? Garrison: What I hear the most is ‘once you go, you have to go forever.’ That’s just not the case. I think patients appreciate our honesty, so once they’ve gone one to two visits without pain, then I let them know that it’s their choice and their healthcare, if they choose to come back, great, but it isn’t required. Our main focus is to provide quick, comprehensive treatment, focusing our attention on an area of pain and creating a treatment plan for long term pain relief. Dr. Edgemon, what's the most common misconception about Acupuncture? Edgemon: I get asked 'does this actually work?' all the time. Acupuncture is thousands of years old, it has been tested and tried not just in small practices but also in hospitals. I wouldn't still be in practice if it didn't work. Patients sometimes say, ‘I don't know what you're doing, but even if it's magic, please don't stop.’ And how did you get into acupuncture? Edgemon: I tried acupuncture 17 years ago and fell in love with it. I thought if I can change one person's life like it changed mine, then going to school and becoming an acupuncturist is worth it. In practice, it's a whole body approach- I look at lifestyle, diet, exercise and obviously, the patient’s pain pattern.

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Also on staff are Receptionist Brooke Mizell, Office Manager Miranda Mayo- Lloyd, and Chiropractic Assistant Katie Lombardo. Ashley McMath (not pictured) serves as the practices Massage Therapist.

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My dad was in the Navy for 20 years, so I knew I wanted to work with veterans. I got authorized with the Tampa VA three years ago, so I help veterans from Tampa, Plant City, and Lakeland right here in our office. Being from Plant City myself, I worried initially that patients would not come in, acupuncture sounded so mysterious years ago, but there’s been an incredibly positive response from the community and I treat a lot of locals. What are the most common reasons patients visit a chiropractor? Garrison: The number one physical complaint from patients is lower back pain and followed by a close second are headaches, and we treat both. Often, the cause of lower back pain is the result of damaged intervertebral discs. A successful treatment option we apply is Decompression Therapy, which slowly stretches the spine and helps hydrates the disc, ultimately assisting in relieving pain. What's the most rewarding part of your career? Glenn: When a patient comes in that has seen other physicians and they still don't have answers. When I am able to give them the answers they need and help guide them in the right direction. You’ve reached an incredible milestone of thirty years in business. What does this accomplishment feel like? Garrison: It’s exciting. We are proud to serve the community for three decades. My father, Jack Garrison, was the dean of Plant City and our family has lived here for generations. Our family is proud to serve Plant City and in a way, give back by providing the best possible care. A lot of people come in and say they know my dad or they knew my mom at the old office. So there is a hometown feeling. I’m also proud of my brother, Charles Boswell, who is currently running for Hillsborough County Sheriff. We’ve stood by him, as a family, throughout his 25-year law enforcement career. I am full of pride for him and his pursuit for truth, justice and the improvement of our community.

Meet the rest of the Caring Concepts staff: Ashley McMath: Is the massage therapist, in practice with Caring Concepts since 2013. She specializes in medical massage and patients love combining her treatment with their other therapies such as chiropractic adjustments, decompression therapy or acupuncture. Miranda Mayo-Lloyd: Office manager and billing specialist extraordinaire. She has been holding down the fort since 2017 and can answer any insurance question patients may have about chiropractic care. Katie Lombardo: She is the chiropractic assistant working directly with patients to get them set up with the many modalities offered at the clinic. Her focus is patient based and she helps put the “Care” in Caring Concepts. Brooke Mizell: The newest addition, she assists the front office and is typically the smiling face you will see when you check in and out. If you need an appointment with Caring Concepts, give her a call, 813-7542273, she’ll coordinate all your scheduling needs.

What advice would you give to the Class of 2020 as they prepare to enter college? Garrison: Do something you’re going to love. You probably don’t even know what that is yet, but take courses to earn your A.A. and elective courses to find what you like. Glenn: Every moment of your life is precious. Live every moment like it is your last. Don't waste time, get out there and just do. Find a mentor and coach who has been through your situation and learn from them. Whatever you do, do it with passion. Edgemon: It's cliché, but the stereotypical "be the change you wish to see in the world." Have self-awareness; try to understand your impact on the world around you-even the smallest acts good or bad can affect the whole. So, be more self-aware, and tread lightly. PAGE

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Third generation owner J.J. Calhoun and his son, James Cole Calhoun. Calhoun Septic Tank Service has served the community’s septic needs since 1963.

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Calhoun’s Septic Tank Service BY CIERRA CRAFT

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or nearly seven decades, the Calhoun family has dedicated their lives to serving our community’s residential and commercial septic needs. Built on family values, honesty, and integrity, Calhoun Septic Tank Service is renowned for its quality work at competitive prices. Founded in 1953, Calhoun Septic Tank Service was founded by Junior Calhoun. His son, James Calhoun, Sr. took over the company in 1964, right out of high school. Current and third-generation owner James Jr., better known as “J.J.” to his friends and family, has 31 years of experience in the industry, as his father taught him the trade beginning at a young age. When J.J. was in the eighth grade, his father would pick him up everyday as part of a work release program, where he was able to learn the family business inside and out. “You can’t get that kind of training anywhere else,” said J.J. Calhoun. “He taught me honesty is always the best policy and it’s important to treat people the way you want to be treated.” Now, J.J. is preparing his son, James Cole, to take over the business as the fourth generation. Only three percent of familyowned businesses in the United States operate at the fourthgeneration or beyond, but there is no doubt that the young Calhoun will carry on the same values and principles taught by the three strong men before him. Calhoun Septic Tank Service offers both residential and commercial service, including: Inspections, repairs, installs, and more. When customers are faced with a septic emergency, Calhoun Septic schedules service as quickly as possible. To maximize the life of your system, Calhoun Septic recommends you have your septic system pumped every two to three years. Do not hesitate to call Calhoun Septic Tank Service right away if you experience any of the following: Foul odors, pooling water in your lawn, sewage backup, or slower draining and flushing. Calhoun Septic Tank Service provides septic services to Eastern Hillsborough county, as well as parts of Polk and Pasco counties. When faced with a septic emergency, the Calhouns understand how daunting these unexpected repairs or replacements can be. Customers can have ease of mind with free estimates and quotes, and septic maintenance plans that fit a customer’s needs and budget.


Calhoun Septic Tank Service is proud to support active duty, military veterans and first responders for their service to our community. As such, Calhoun Septic offers a discount to any military or first responders for septic pumping. Calhoun Septic Tank Service is Plant City’s preferred septic company. In 2016, Calhoun Septic Service teamed up with Dykstra Construction to build quality homes and commercial structures with quality septic systems, such as Dollar General locations. Calhoun Septic Tank Service is also working with Joe Golden of Golden Construction Solutions to install septic systems in housing for migrant and seasonal farmworkers. In addition to their 67 years of experience, Calhoun Septic was voted best Septic Company in the 2019 and 2020 FOCUS Magazine Readers’ Choice Awards. Customers rave about the family business in online reviews, stating how impressed they are with the workmanship, punctuality, and exceptional customer service. Calhoun Septic is the only septic company in Plant City with a five star rating on Google. Customer Tracy Chancey shared: “Calhoun's Septic Tank Service installed a new septic tank & drain field for us. James Jr, who is the owner, was very professional & informative. He provided a competitive quote and kept us updated throughout the entire process. We really appreciate his honesty and integrity and highly recommend him.” Jessican Wilkinson was also impressed with Calhoun Septic Tank Service, stating: “Great company to call! They were out to my house within a couple hours and very nice. They figured out my septic issue within 30 mins and fixed it the same day. Very good service!” Sally Sellarres gave Calhoun Septic a five star review and said she was “Very impressed with the response time, service time and their professionalism. Honest about what was needed and exceptional service.” No job is too big or too small for Calhoun Septic, whether its septic tank pumping or installation of a drainfield for developing property, Calhoun Septic Tank Service has the experience, expertise and customer service to get the job done right. 1510 Bonnie Road | Plant City, FL 33565 | 813-752-9505 | Mon-Fri 7AM to 5PM PAGE

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RISING STAR Jacquelyn

Font By Taryn Storter

Jacquelyn Font is a graduating senior from Strawberry Crest High School. She is a wrestler who plans to continue her education and wrestling career at Life University. Font’s family originated in Cuba. She is part of the first generation in her family to be born in the United States. She is blessed with a very encouraging family, she says, “my family is very involved and supportive of my athletic career. They have always tried their best to provide me with everything I need to be successful.” Throughout her childhood, Font was involved in various forms of martial arts and competitions. Starting when she was four years old, she learned kyokushin karate. After taking some time, she then got involved with kickboxing and hapkido in the third grade. Font also practiced judo and jiu jitsu. In high school, she started boxing as a side conditioning sport, but became very focused on wrestling going into her junior year. In wrestling, Font placed three times at the State Championship, she placed fifth at the Super 32 Nationals, and at the National High School Coach’s Association National Competition, she placed sixth. As a Florida National Team Member and Captain, she is ranked 13th in the country by USA Wrestling, and 11th in the country in American Women’s Wrestling rankings. Font has made school history, as she is the first Strawberry Crest wrestler to place at the Super 32 competition. She finds her inspiration from her coaches and her family, as they push her to go far. Font explains that in sports, especially wrestling, you have “to trust the process and never give up on yourself or your goals, because everything happens for a reason.” Since COVID-19 cancelled the rest of the school year, Font expresses that what she has missed most about high school is, “the people and team practices.” She hopes her teammates will remember her as “a loyal, uplifting, and hardworking teammate and friend that they could count on even after we all go our separate ways.” As for the future, Font plans to wrestle in college and make a world team. She hopes to win a team and individual college national championship in wrestling. After she earns her degree, she plans to start a career in MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). PAGE

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Meet the

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ne of the joys of living in Plant City is the magical experience of stumbling across something unique, original, and locally made. It is like finding that hidden gem. This is exactly my feeling when I came across the pottery of Emily Pavlik. I discovered her pottery at The Mercantile in downtown Plant City and fell instantly in love. Earthy, tribal, and at the same time, it’s modern, Emily’s pottery evokes a feeling of travel to distant lands and ancient stories. As a young woman, Emily has led a rich and varied life. Her earlier years consisted of time spent serving in the Navy. After her service with the Navy she worked as an Ophthalmologist. Recently, using her GI Bill, Emily completed her four year degree majoring in Agricultural Education and Communication where she discovered an interest and a new skill set in Photography and Videography. It was during this time she also discovered a passion for pottery. Pottery came to her as a way to deal with anxiety and depression and offered her a creative outlet and form of expression. Emily’s pottery is both beautifully decorative, practical and purposeful. As a self taught Potter, she has learned and fine tuned her craft through hours of practice, reading and YouTube videos. In her capable hands she sculpts clay both on the wheel and through hand building. Much of the look of Emily’s pottery is influenced from stories told to her by her Grandmother about her Alaskan Native heritage. Tribal in design, Emily also incorporates a Mid-Century and Modern feel and aesthetic to her ceramic pieces. Everyone of Emily's pottery creations are unique and one of a kind. She also does commissioned work when asked for a specific style or design. The Pottery of Emily Pavlik can be viewed and purchased at The Mercantile in downtown Plant City or online on her Facebook and Instagram pages as well as LKLDGOODS.com. Empavlik@gmail.com Facebook: Potteryn by Emily Pavlik Instagram: @Pottery_by_Emily_Pavlik

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Leaders in

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at Simmons, President and Founder of the non-profit Bikes For Christ, appreciates his Dover, Florida upbringing by church-going parents who taught their two sons to believe in God. At age nine, Pat invited Jesus into his heart at First Baptist Dover, where he still attends, and has followed Him since. The Plant City High School graduate served as Vice President of Fellowship of Christian Athletes during his senior year. Today, in addition to his ministry work, he enjoys cycling, working out and music. This “beach boy at heart” loves to be anywhere on or near the water and can’t imagine living anywhere other than the West Coast of Florida. Share a little of your history with us. Along the way I pursued a career in music, moving to Nashville in the mid-‘90s, where I started recording on Music Row. In 1997 I released a CD titled “Till Time Is Through” and in 1999 was named “Best of the Bay ‘Best County Act’” in the Tampa area. I also have a background in real estate, finance, marketing and insurance. And although I’ve not married yet, I do look forward to having that special someone to do ministry and mission trips with me. It’s a beautiful thing when I see couples do God’s work together! How did you decide to establish Bikes For Christ? A mission trip with my church to Nicaragua

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in 2015 changed my life. For some time, I’d been trying to find something that combined my love of cycling with something that had purpose. When I returned from that trip, I was on fire to help people after seeing the very real poverty there. I got involved with a few different ministries that worked directly with people in need, and then finally the light bulb went off above my head and I realized, “You can help these people. You can help these people with transportation!” Since 2016, we’ve provided donated bicycles to the needy, veterans, and underprivileged children, while also ministering to their spiritual needs and sharing God's love. Currently we provide bicycles in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Polk and Pasco counties with hopes of one day being nationwide. What do you enjoy most about your work? What I don't like, LOL, is the business side! Everything else I love! So, our organization functions with and works through about 50 partner agencies into parts of four counties. We depend upon their case managers to vet individuals. Once they determine if a bicycle could be life-changing for them, the agencies place a referral order with us. Typically, we don’t have face-to-face contact with the person receiving the bike. But on occasion I can present the bike myself, and it’s a blessing to see how excited and grateful they are. I also share about the Gospel of John that we include with every

bike. It's all about planting seeds and then praying they take root so the individual will grow in Christ. Sharing Jesus is all about making yourself available and being open to possibilities. I’m equipped with the knowledge, so I just have to act when the opportunity presents itself. Always being prepared by keeping Bibles, Gospels of John and other scriptural texts in my vehicles assures I’ll be ready when the moment comes. A perfect example happened one day at a fast food restaurant when a little girl took an interest in me. After conversation with the family, I gave the girl a Bible-based children’s book. The same applies when we give bicycles to children. They aren’t going to understand the Gospels or a King James Bible, so we give them something they can read on their level, or even more importantly, that the parents can read to them. You never know how many lives you might touch with just one book! To learn more, see participating partners or donate to this worthy cause, visit Bikes4Christ. com or call 813-533-9177.


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You’re a grand old flag, You’re a high flying flag, And forever in peace may you wave. You’re the emblem of The land I love. The home of the free and the brave. Every heart beats true ‘neath the Red, White, and Blue Where there’s never a boast or brag. Should auld acquaintance be forgot, Keep your eye on the grand old flag.

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ell, it’s time to flip our calendars to July. Summer is in full swing. It is oh so hot outside and the temperature is on the rise. The hotels at the beach are packed and people young and old are sporting their glowing suntans and a whole lot of sunburns. OUCH!!! Oh! How I love summertime and its-• sounds of lawnmowers cranking and sputterin • smells of freshly mowed grass • beautiful flowers in bloom • cotton candy blue skies • the remarkable scent of fresh peaches• the flavor of piping hot corn-on-the cob with butter dripping down • the salty taste of steamy boiled peanuts • the sound of a chilled watermelon cracking open, the smell of coconut suntan lotion • the sight of juicy ripe blackberries just waiting to be picked • and the wonderfully delicious feeling of freedom. When I was a kid, freedom to me was: • hearing the final bell ring on the last day of school • taking my shoes off and not wearing them again all summer unless absolutely necessary • playing with my Barbies and Board games • coloring in my color books with my sister

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• watching cartoons like The Banana Splits, The Flintstones, and The Jetsons • watching TV shows like The Adams Family, Hazel, Leave it to Beaver, The Andy Griffith Show, Lucy, The Doctors, Love of Life, Somerset, The Edge of Night, Another World, The Guiding Light, Truth or Consequences, What’s my Line, This is your Life, The Monkees, Let’s Make a Deal, Dark Shadows and Shock Theatre • staying up late in the middle of the week • slumber parties • gathering the neighborhood kids for a game of Kickball, Red Rover, Swing the Statue, Simon Says, or softball • climbing trees • selling Lemonade • playing my record player • riding my bicycle • playing my transistor radio • chasing the Pinky Dinky man for ice cream • going to the movies, Toy King, Dipper Dan, or Dairy Queen • playing with my friends • and spending endless days at the Plant City Swim Club On the 4th of July, you would sometimes find our family enjoying a few days at Clearwater Beach. If we decided to stay in town for the holiday, my parents would take us to the Farmer’s Market where the Plant City Jaycees held their annual July 4th Bar-B-Que. And what a celebration it was-- with great food, music, dancing, singing, live bands, fireworks, and fun. People were everywhere! Young or old, everyone was welcome. I can remember loud music, people sitting around in chairs talking and laughing, children running around playing, the wonderful aroma of barbeque, and the smoke. The smoke was coming from the big cookers and grills our local Jaycees used to prepare hundreds of pounds of beef, pork, and chicken for the special event. Our next door neighbor and lifelong friend Robert Edison would always be found standing

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at the helm of those big old smokers and grills with tongs in hand. Every year on the morning of the 4th, he would drive down to the market before daylight to fire up hose smokers and grills. And he’d stand watch over that meat all day long flipping, turning, and basting so it would be just right. Mr. Edison loved Plant City, he loved our country, and he loved to give of himself and his time. In fact, Mr. Edison was such a devoted businessman, husband, father, church member, community leader, Elk, Rotarian, and Jaycee that he was named: “Plant City’s Outstanding Young Man of 1973.” That in itself speaks volumes about Robert B. Edison. Brenda K. Dukes, a Plant City physician who has specialized in Chiropractic health care for over 30 years, considers July 4th to be about “God, Family, and Country and a special time to remember those who helped give us our independence. This year I will probably spend a somewhat quite 4th at home. Much to my dismay, gone are the days of beach trips with my parents and sister, neighborhood kids gathering in my driveway to shoot bottle rockets and light sparklers, and those unforgettable Jaycees BarB-Ques at the Farmer’s Market. My heart hurts to say that we lost our dear friend Mr. Edison seven years ago this 4th of July. But isn’t it just like him, a man that loved his family, his country, his church, his community, his fellow Jaycees, and his freedom, to leave us on the most patriotic day of the year? On this 4th of July, may we fly or flags proud and high. May we always be true to that good old Red, White, and Blue. May the bells of liberty ring as the Star Spangled Banner we sing. As the fireworks light up the night sky may we remember why. So many brave men and women had to fight and die. Thankful we MUST be because FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. As long as the Statue of Liberty stands tall, may there be LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!


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Keel Farms Home to Keel & Curley Winery and Keel Farms Agrarian Ale + Cider BY CIERRA CRAFT PHOTOS COURTESY OF KEEL FARMS

5210 Thonotosassa Rd, Plant City, FL 33565 (813) 752-3892 www.keelfarms.com info@keelandcurleywinery.com Monday- Thursday: 11AM to 9PM Friday & Saturday: 11AM to 11PM Sunday: 11AM to 7PM

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hen Keel Farms President Clay Keel took over operations in January 2019, he brought a passion for fresh, hand-crafted agrarian products and a renewed farm-to-table focus. In keeping with that mission, Keel Farms has set its sights on becoming a destination where visitors are in touch with Central Florida’s agriculture and beauty. Keel Farms creates immersive agricultural experiences such as the Tampa Bay Blueberry Festival, where visitors are encouraged to pick their own blueberries and visit animals around the farm. The family-owned and operated farm built its reputation on its award winning Keel & Curley wines and Keel Farms Agrarian Ales + Ciders. But, Keel Farms also offers a menu of sophisticated pub-style shareables, salads, and handhelds. At Keel Farms, each dish is prepared with farmfresh ingredients, including grass-fed beef from Providence Cattle Company. When dining at a farm-to-table establishment like Keel Farms, guests are boosting the local economy and support farmers. Because Keel Farms works directly with the farmers, guests are reassured that the money spent is going back to helping farmers grow their business. “We are working towards a goal of using all fresh and local ingredients in our products,” says Clay Keel. “We started on this property growing plants and bushes almost 40 years ago and producing items from the land has not let us down yet. Additionally, we love to partner with other amazing local farms like Providence Cattle out of Dade City that provides our grass-fed Angus beef.” Keel Farms grows and uses as many ingredients from their 35-acre farm as possible. When a guests requests a fried egg on their burger, that egg was laid by a chicken at Keel Farms. The farm-to-table philosophy embraces a sustainable approach to dining and agriculture. At its heart, the concept is simple: there is value in eating locally and/or farm fresh. Anything Keel Farms can’t get its hands on nearby is brought in from other sustainable and reputable sources.

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Chef Tyler Storar leads the Keel Farms kitchen staff in creating delicious dishes consisting of fresh from the farm produce and locally sourced meats.

NEW RELEASES: On June 26,

Keel Farms will release their Keel & Curley Winery Watermelon Wine. Made with watermelons grown on premises, Keel Farms is kicking off summer with crisp watermelon wine.

On July 3,

Keel Farms Agrarian Ales + Cider will then release a Watermelon Ale and a Watermelon Cider. The watermelon collection is limited edition for Summer 2020. As part of Keel Farms’ mission to have a positive impact on the community, the farm launched Give Back Mondays. For the month of June, 10% of all proceeds sold at Keel Farms on “Give Back Mondays” will benefit Innovative Academy. In the month of July, “Give Back Mondays” will benefit the GFWC Plant City Junior Woman’s Club. For more information about this special program, contact Keel Farms at (813) 752-3892.


MUST-TRY DISHES & DRINKS Bleu + Blue Burger $15

The finest quality grass-fed Angus beef from local Providence Cattle Company. Smoked bleu cheese, applewood smoked bacon, and house made blueberry chipotle barbecue sauce, and served on a fresh potato bun.

Caprese Platter $12

Fresh mozzarella and tomato slices with basil pesto and balsamic glaze.

Berry Salad $10

Fresh spring mix and romaine hearts topped with blueberries, strawberries, candied pecans, and smoked bleu cheese. Finished with Keel Farm’s house made Strawberry Riesling vinaigrette. Add chicken for $3.

Wine Tasting $10

Sample eight signature wines by Keel & Curley Winery. Keel Farms staff explain how each wine is made and flavor.

The Bleu + Blue Burger consists of grass-fed Angus beef, smoked bleu cheese, applewood smoked bacon, and house made blueberry chipotle barbecue sauce on a potato bread bun. The Bleu + Blue Burger is $15 and pairs perfectly with Keel Farms Agrarian Ale + Ciders.

“The blueberries in our blueberry chipotle barbecue sauce are grown here at Keel Farms,” said Wendy Camacho, Keel Farms Marketing Manager. “The apples in our ciders are from New York. Some items we can’t grow here in Florida, so we work with a lot of farms to put the freshest farm-grown ingredients into everything we serve.” The Keel Farms kitchen is led by Head Chef Tyler Storar. Chef Tyler joined the Keel Farms team in September 2019. Prior to joining Keel Farms, he worked at Airculinaire, Grillsmith and Pebble Creek Golf Course. “Tyler brings an amazing amount of experience to our team and really knows how to run a kitchen,” said Clay Keel. “The amount of quality dishes his team produces out of our tiny kitchen is truly amazing." When dining at Keel Farms, part of that unique dining experience is enjoying a family-friendly atmosphere. Guests have their choice of dining in the Tasting Room, the spacious outdoor patio, or at the picnic table among the grape vines. Additionally, Keel Farms offers a private dining room for groups up to 10 people for $50 per reservation. Camacho says the room is not only great for families, but is an excellent choice for those wanting a private space for a small event such as a wedding shower or anniversary party. On the weekends, guests can enjoy the sounds of local musicians such as Melissa Lee, Birthday Saps, and Oaklee. Friday and Saturday evenings live music starts at 5:30 p.m. and Sundays at 12:30 p.m. on the patio.

Keel Farms offers salads made with crisp leafy greens and consists of toppings grown on the property, including the berries in the Keel Farms Berry Salad ($10).

TAKE IT FROM THE CHEF: Chef Tyler’s Favorite Keel Farms Dish "My favorite menu item is the Keel Farms Cubano. Pork shoulder marinated overnight in a mojo made from fresh herbs grown in our backyard and slow roasted to perfection. A Tampa staple with a Keel Farms twist." PAGE

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Senior Parade On May 30, graduates from the Class of 2020 were honored with a parade through Plant City. Students from Plant City, Durant, Strawberry Crest, and Simmons were paraded through the city streets as friends, family, and neighbors cheered them on. Congratulations to all of the graduates. Event photography sponsored by Hungry Howie's Plant City.

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Hungry Howie’s Kids Pizza Class On Saturday, June 13, Hungry Howie’s Plant City hosted a free pizza-making class for the children of the community. Ali Sobh, owner of the local pizza joint, helped each child fold the dough, place the sauce and toppings. The free event provided not only an experience to work with their hands, but to also enjoy their creation. This event was sponsored by Family Bowl, who provided tickets for one free bowling game and by Pelican’s Snoballs, who gave each kid a ticket for a free snoball.

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e a. The kids were encouraged to come into the Hungry Howie’s kitchen and watch their creation be placed in the oven. b. Hungry Howie’s Plant City owner Ali Sobh (far right) and his team held a success kids pizza class. The little Plant City residents each received a goodie bag and a cupcake to celebrate making their delicious creations. c. Each step had it’s own station: The kids would pat out the dough, add sauce, toppings and then take it to the oven. While it baked, they folded their own pizza box and then with help, cut each pizza into slices. d. Once the pizza came out of the oven, Hungry Howie’s Plant City owner Ali Sobh helped each kid slice their pizza to make it ready to eat. e. Each child was given their own pizza dough to which they kneaded, added pizza sauce and toppings. Each pizza was unique to their liking. f. As the pizza’s baked, the kids were also taught to fold their own pizza box. PAGE

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Worlds of Imagination VPK Graduation On Friday, May 29, 43 students graduated from the Worlds of Imagination VPK program, as its inaugural class. The faith-based preschool held a drive-thru graduation parade, presenting each student with a certificate, a balloon, bubbles, and a cookie.

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