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DECEMBER 24, 2014

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Florida Hospital is inching closer to eventually building a new hospital in the Connerton community after developers there got initial approval for a 150-bed facility. Pasco County’s Development Review Committee gave the initial OK last week for Connerton to begin planning its second phase of the project, which could include 3,600 more homes, 190,000 square feet of retail and 725,000 square feet of government space. The revised plan adds another 110,000 square feet of medical office space, bringing that total to 200,000, doubling the nursing home beds to 100, and adding 150 beds for a hospital. Despite the move, Connerton representa-

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tive Stew Gibbons tells The Laker/Lutz News there aren’t any immediate plans to build a hospital at the Land O’ Lakes Boulevard community, located just south of State Road 52. “What we’re doing with now is securing approval of the entitlement limits so that can decide what they can put there, depending on the market at the time,” Gibbons said.“It’s a great location, especially when Ridge Road goes through, which will give you access across the county.“ Florida Hospital — which operates local hospitals in Wesley Chapel, Zephyrhills and the University of South Florida area of Tampa — owns about 34 acres of land in the county, purchased by University Community Hospital Inc., before that hospital chain was acquired by Florida Hospital’s See CONNERTON, page 7A

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Participants in a recent mental health panel at Rasmussen College in Land O’ Lakes didn’t have any easy solutions for problems plaguing the delivery of mental health care to the nation’s most vulnerable people. But they did point out several areas where changes could be made to help improve the level of care for those with mental health conditions, and to improve support for their families and loved ones. The panel, convened by U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, focused on mental health and substance abuse issues. It featured U.S. Rep.Tim Murphy of Pennsylvania, a clinical psychologist and author of H.B. 3717, otherwise known as the Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act. Bilirakis is among the co-signers on Murphy’s bill. Too often people have thrown some money at the mental health care problem, added a program, and then walked away without making any real difference, Murphy told a crowd of about 100. “We have to stop pretending that we can just wish this away,” Murphy said. Like Murphy, Bilirakis said the time has come to find real solutions.The Palm Harbor Republican has learned from constituents that “we have a broken system with too many individuals falling through the cracks and not receiving the help that they need. “We put a Band-Aid on it, but we don’t fix it,” Bilirakis said.“Enough is enough.” Murphy said he’s heard from thousands of families across America, and their constant refrain is that there’s not enough help

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A mental health care panel at Rasmussen College in Land O’ Lakes noted many issues that need to be addressed to improve the quality of mental health care in this country.

for people who are mentally ill. Under the current system, mentally ill people often can’t get help they need unless they go to jail. “On any given day, half-a-million people in this nation are in jail with a mental illness,” Murphy said. The problems of mental illness spill into other arenas, too, he added. The nation’s homeless population continues to swell, its suicide rates have increased, and many people with mental conditions have little or no prospect of work. Panelists at the Dec. 16 session represent-

ed high-ranking officials from the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, the Pinellas-Pasco Public Defender’s Office, Operation PAR, Baycare Behavioral Health, Medical Center of Trinity, the Pasco County Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention, the Pinellas chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, Pasco County Schools, the Trinity Pain Center and an advocate representing veterans needing mental health care. Themes that emerged during the discussion included the need for: See HEALTH, page 7A


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There were no stores or restaurants nearby, just our family spending time together creating wonderful memories. My other favorite Christmas memory is from when my daughter was little. My husband had this terrific idea of having a hayride from our house in Wesley Chapel. It was a great way to bring lots of family and friends together the week before Christmas to just have some fun. After we decorated the trailer with garland, the kids had an awesome time breaking the bales apart and spreading hay everywhere. Sometimes it seemed like there was more hay on our driveway than on the trailer, but it was great to see them have so much fun. We wore Santa hats, rang our jingle bells, and sang Christmas carols while we rode the streets of our neighborhood. Each year it got bigger, and we even had to add another trailer so everyone could ride. After the hayride, we had a big cookout, and to make it even more special, Santa arrived and handed out gifts to all the children. It was such a huge success that we had it for several years. It was a fantastic way to spread holiday cheer. It was intended for the children, but I am pretty sure that the adults had just as much fun. I know I did. — Mary Eberhard joined The Laker/Lutz News in 2003. She is the accounting manager and handles invoicing, accounts payable and accounts receivable.

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Some of my favorite memories of Christmas are the parties that my mom’s company threw every year for children of struggling families. My brothers and my sister and I were always eager for the annual event, which included lunch, a movie with popcorn, and a present from Santa. We would get dressed up for Christmas, and would be excited, never knowing what present we would receive. We lived in Flint, Michigan, the hub of the automobile industry. My mom worked at General Motors and was bringing up four children on her own. She couldn’t afford big Christmas presents, and while we never went hungry, we sure ate a lot of hamburger casserole meals. We loved mom’s company party. We hardly ever got to go to a movie, and if we did, we never got popcorn. Plus, the gifts were always things we enjoyed.

Those holiday parties made a real difference in my life, and to this day, they have inspired me to want to bring cheer to children who otherwise might not receive Christmas presents. For years, my family and I have taken angels from our church’s tree to provide presents for one girl and one boy. It’s been our tradition for my two children to go with me to shop for these presents, because we want to be sure to select the perfect gifts. I also want to teach my children to be aware that there are others who are less fortunate, and the importance of sharing with them. I want the children who receive presents from our family to have the same happy feelings that my mom’s company party gave to me. — Terri Williamson is a senior account manager. She joined The Laker/Lutz News in 2003, and she establishes, maintains and strengthens relationships with local businesses and helps them with their marketing efforts.


Yes, Virginia, he is Santa Claus Getting to know Santa Claus

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What’s your favorite kind of milk? I think 2 percent milk is the best, but never skim milk. It’s just too thin, even for Santa.

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What’s summer like at the North Pole? There’s nothing at the North Pole in the summer. That’s because Santa likes to go to the Caribbean, wearing Bermuda shorts and relaxing. But no matter how far you get into the Caribbean, people still recognize you.

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f you believe 970-WFLA personality Tedd Webb, the radio career of Pat George started simply by being in the right place at the right time. George was a janitor at WDAE in the 1970s when a personality called in sick.And because George could operate the broadcast board, he was allowed to fill in. The rest is history. He officially joined WRBQ-FM — informally known as Q105 — in 1979, and then spent another decade or so at Radio Disney. George is still recognized when he’s out and about — but not so much when he sticks a long white beard to his face, and slips into a bright red costume. It’s then that George becomes Santa Claus, a common visitor to the area — including the Old Lutz School — finding out what children everywhere want to find under the tree come Christmas morning. “I don’t know what it is, the eyes or the smile, but when I watch little kids approach me as Santa Claus, they’re willing to sit on my lap. And some of these are kids who never sit on Santa’s lap otherwise. Maybe it’s because I have blue eyes.Who knows?” Every year, George will dust off the Santa costume at the beginning of December, and make a number of appearances at events and even private homes leading up to Christmas. He takes part in the Christmas festivities at the Old Lutz School because his son is a member of the Civil Air Patrol’s North Tampa-Lutz Squadron, which meets at the historic landmark. He’s been the go-to Santa there the past few years, and families look forward to having him there.

How do you make all your stops on Christmas Eve? It’s very magical, but we also get an early start. We don’t like to waste too much time. Sometimes I might be a little late, but that’s only because some boys and girls don’t want to go to bed early, and I have to wait down the street for them to fall asleep.

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“There are still kids that sit on Santa’s lap and cry, but parents still snap a picture,” George said, with a chuckle.“I don’t understand it at all. But I always try to talk to the kids, I pat them on the shoulder and tell them they are my buddy, and that usually calms them down enough to get a happier picture.” The big item kids want this year are Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, popular toy characters from the 1980s that have been resurrected thanks to the recent movie. Boys in particular, George said, want the Ninja Turtle backpack, which like the turtles

themselves, comes in a hard shell. What girls are asking for, however, is surprising. “A lot of them want guitars,” George said. “I don’t know what it is out there driving it, and I’m pretty up on a lot of music. But it might be because there are a lot of shows on television right now where girls are not only singing, but they’re playing instruments too. So maybe we have Taylor Swift to thank for that.” Of course, the big question Santa always asks children is whether they have been naughty or nice. Many say they’ve been

Who is your favorite reindeer? It’s definitely between Donner and Blitzen. Rudolph gets all the attention and excitement, and the other reindeer are very quiet. But they are all hard-working reindeer. What’s your message to the people of the world? Santa would like peace on Earth, and goodwill to all. And a grilled cheese sandwich when it’s all done.

good, but some will be honest and talk about some of the bad things they’ve done. “I always tell them to be a good example to their younger brother and sister, and be sure to listen to their parents,” George said. “Always look out for your brother and sister, whether it’s at school or at the mall, and go to bed early. And if nothing else, make sure you have a good time, because we’re only kids once.”

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HELP A CHILD, DONATE A BIKE

EMBROIDERS’ GUILD MEETING

Caroline Contractors is hosting its annual Christmas Bike Drive to help less fortunate children this holiday. Donations of new bicycles can be dropped off at Caroline Contractors, 19003 Apian Way in Lutz, or at the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce, 2810 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The goal is 1,000 bicycles. If a bicycle cannot be dropped off, pickup is available. Monetary donations are also being accepted for the purchase of bicycles. For information and deadline, call (813) 931-4611.

The Gulfview Chapter of The Embroiders’ Guild of America will meet Jan. 14 at 10 a.m., at The Lakeside Club, 12606 Shadow Ridge Road in Hudson.After a business meeting, there will be the last session of “The Poppies” class.There will also be a twisted ribbon petite class and a “Serendipity Sudoko” class. For information, call Betty Brandt at (727) 856-3643.

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DONATE TO HELP POOR, HOMELESS

Metropolitan Ministries’ Central Pasco donation tent, 21010 State Road 54 in Lutz, is now accepting donations of nonperishable food, new toys and monetary gifts to help the poor and homeless in Pasco and neighboring counties. For information, call (813) 9484522.

OLD LUTZ SCHOOL CHRISTMAS

The 18th annual Christmas at the Old Lutz School, 18819 U.S. 41, is now open on select dates.There will be music presentations, holiday decorations, hot chocolate and cookies.Admission is free. Canned goods and new toy donations will be accepted. For information and dates, call Phyllis Hoedt at (813) 949-1937, or Suzin Carr at (813) 453-5256.

CHRISTMAS EVE AT KEYSTONE

Keystone Community Church, 21010 State Road 54 in Lutz, will celebrate Christmas Eve services with music and a message Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. For information, call (813) 948-4522, or visit KeystoneCommunity.org.

NORTH POINTE CHRISTMAS EVE

North Pointe Church, 2427 Old Cypress Creek Road in Land O’ Lakes, will host Christmas Eve services at 3 p.m., 4 p.m., and 5 p.m. Services include a candlelight moment, music, a Christmas message, and hot chocolate, coffee, cider and cookies. Childcare will be offered for children ages 3 and younger. For information, call (813) 545-9420.

HOLIDAY TOY DRIVE

The Children’s Home Society of Florida is hosting its annual Holiday Toy Drive through Christmas Day. Unwrapped toy donations can be dropped off at Joshua House, 1515 Michelin Court in Lutz.Toys should be for children ages newborn to 18 years old. For information, call (813) 9498946, or visit CHSFL.org.

TEDDY BEAR ROUNDUP

The Museum of Science and Industry, 4801 E. Fowler Ave., in Tampa, is collecting new teddy bears through Dec. 26 to donate to the Rough Riders Teddy Bear Roundup.The bears will be distributed to children in hospitals and foster care. Donate a new teddy bear to MOSI and receive a free child’s general admission ticket. For information, visit MOSI.org.

SOCIAL SECURITY SEMINAR

The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, is joining the Social Security Office to host a “My Social Security” seminar Dec. 30 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.There will be a local Social Security specialist there to help guests learn how to sign up and use their own Social Security account. For information, call Robert Speich at (813) 929-1214.

CIRCUS XTREME

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey is bringing Circus Xtreme to Amalie Arena, 401 Channelside Drive in Tampa, Jan. 1 through Jan. 4.The show features circus artists, exotic animals, freestyle BMX riders and more.Tickets start at $16. For information, call (813) 301-2500, or visit AmalieArena.com. For group rates, call (813) 301-6900. For tickets, call (800) 745-3000.

DOWNTOWN ICE-SKATING

Tampa’s Downtown on Ice at Curtis Hixon Park is open through Jan. 4.Admission is $10 per person, which includes 90 minutes of skating and skate rental. Concessions are available for purchase. For information, call

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Lake Padgett yoga classes

Yoga classes are being offered in the field north of Lake Padgett Estates recreation center, 4533 Savanah Way in Land O’ Lakes, every Sunday at 5 p.m. Classes are free. Donations will be accepted. For information, call (813) 5463272, or email yumyogaandmassage@gmail.com.

Adult watercolor classes

Pasco County Parks and Recreation is offering ongoing adult watercolor classes at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. The classes are for ages 18 and older, for beginners and experts. The cost is $10 per class. For a list of needed materials, and dates and times, call (813) 929-1229.

Zumba fitness

FlavaFitness, 23600 State Road 54 in Lutz, will offer Zumba Gold classes on Mondays and Wednesdays at 11 a.m., and on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. No dance experience is necessary. This is a slower, gentler Zumba fitness class. Classes are $4. For information, call Emma Fulco at (813) 235-3944.

Local running club

Mentmore Running Group is seeking local runners of all levels to join. The free group runs Monday through Friday at 5 a.m., and 8 p.m., and Saturdays at 6:30 a.m. It starts and finishes behind Wells Fargo, 18975 State Road 54 in Lutz, at Mentmore Boulevard. There will be monthly field trips, couch-to-5-kilometer training, fitness and camaraderie. Strollers are welcome. For information, email Monica Del Re at mdelre@gmail.com.

Learn to tango

The Tampa Bay Tango Club and Tampa Downtown Partnership offer a free weekly tango class at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park, 600 N. Ashley Drive, in Tampa, on Thursdays at 6 p.m., through next March. All skill levels are invited. For information, call (813) 221-3686.

Zumba Gold class

Jill Scott offers Zumba gold classes at the Land O’ Lakes Recreation Complex, 3032 Collier Parkway. The cost is $6 per class, or five classes for $25. For information, call Jill Scott at (813) 205-4248, email jillrscott84@aol.com, or call the recreation complex at (813) 929-1220.

The Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival is planned for Jan. 15 to Jan. 25 at Curtis Hixon Park, 600 N.Ashley Drive in Tampa. The festival includes live entertainment, cultural events, health tutorials, guest speakers, food and craft vendors, and a music festival.Volunteers are still needed and can register at TampaBlackHeritage.org. There will be a mandatory volunteer orientation Jan. 3 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Seminole Heights Branch Library, 4711 N. Central Ave., in Tampa. For information, call (888) 2224-1733, Ext. 3143.

FREE MASTERWORKS FOR KIDS

The Florida Orchestra will offer free tickets for children 18 years and younger to attend the Tampa Bay Times Masterworks concerts, with the purchase of one full-price adult ticket.Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto is slated for Jan. 16 to Jan. 18, and Romeo and Juliet from Jan. 23 to Jan. 25. For information, locations and tickets, call (727) 892-3337.

PIGZ IN Z’HILLS, AVIATION EXPO

The fifth annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest and the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport Aviation Expo is scheduled for Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, 39450 South Ave.There will be live blues music, a car and motorcycle show, kids games and activities, aircraft displays, a business showcase, vendors, refreshments and more.Admission is free with $10 parking. For information, call (813) 782-1913, or email news@zephyrhillschamber.org.

WOMEN’S CONFERENCE IN NPR

Crowns For Christ will present a “Crown of Beauty for Ashes” women’s conference Jan. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the Verizon Event Center, 8718 Trouble Creek Road in New Port Richey. Doors open at 8 a.m. Tickets are $20 in advance, and $35 at the door. For information, call Debbie Yoerg at (813) 300-3825. For tickets, visit CrownsForChrist.info.

FAMILY FAIRE SEEKS VENDORS

Momcierge is hosting a Family Faire Feb. 28 from noon to 4 p.m., at Atonement Lutheran Church, 29671 State Road 54 in Wesley Chapel, and is looking for local businesses that provide goods and services to Pasco County residents.The deadline for applications and fees is Jan. 1. Businesses interested in participating can visit Momcierge.net.

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OLOR CHICKEN DINNER

Knights of Columbus Council 8104 of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church will host a chicken dinner Jan. 9 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the church, 2348 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes.The cost is $8 per dinner, which includes fried or baked chicken, Italian potatoes, bread, a vegetable, and coffee or tea.Wine and beer will be available for an additional $2. Guests can dine in or take out.All proceeds will benefit St.Vincent DePaul and Knights of Columbus charities. For tickets, visit KnightsLOL.org.

HEALING ROOT MINISTRY FUNDRAISER

In honor of Human Trafficking Awareness Month, Healing Root Ministry, a ministry to encourage and empower women who have been sexually abused, will host a fundraiser from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Jan. 9, at 15601 Lake Magdalene Blvd., in Tampa.Tickets are $30 per person, or $50 per couple, and include dinner and dancing.The event is semi-formal. For information and tickets, call (813) 458-5970.

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The Pasco County Extension Office will offer a seminar on Florida trees Jan. 10 at 9 a.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd.Topics will include how to choose the right tree for your yard and how to care for it. For information, call (813) 996-2411.

Victorious Life Church, 6224 Old Pasco Road in Wesley Chapel, hosts the ministry “Buddy Break” the fourth Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.The program pairs a special needs child with a “buddy” to give the child’s caregiver a break. For information, call Tom or Susan Coleman at (813) 997-2233, or email specialcaregiver@yahoo.com.

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Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road in Tampa, will host the North Tampa Market Jan. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.The outdoor market will include fresh food, hand crafts and live music.Admission is free. For information, visit TampaBayMarkets.com. The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society will meet Jan. 13 at 7 p.m., at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. Leslie Newman will present “The Economic Benefits of Land Preservation.”There will be light refreshments and a native plant drawing.The meeting is free. For information, call (727) 207-1853, or visit the chapter’s website at PascoNativePlants.org.

Wesley Chapel Cadet Squadron of Civil Air Patrol, located at the North Tampa Aero Park just off Wesley Chapel Boulevard, meets Wednesdays at 6:30 p.m., next to the airport hangar. Cadets range from 12 to 21 years old. For information and a schedule of activities, visit WesleyChapelCAP.com. Girl Scouts of West Central Florida needs adult volunteers, including troop leaders. Various positions are available to work behind the scenes to support troop leaders, to train other volunteers, and work with girls as program facilitators or camp facilitators at Girl Scout camps.Volunteers also are needed for the Girl Scout Cookie program. For information, call (800) 8814475, or visit GSWCF.org.


Baby’s first Christmas ornaments find new homes By Diane Kortus Publisher

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ne of the most satisfying pleasures of Christmas is taking down my boxes of ornaments from the attic and unwrapping memories of past holidays. The flush of memories, temporarily forgotten, comes rushing back as I rediscover ornaments carefully packed away in old newspapers. The most emotional unveilings are of ornaments given to me the first Christmas after the births of my son and my daughter. My favorites are a little brown ceramic bear with dangling arms that a sister-in-law made for Andy in 1988. And a pink Hallmark carousel pony with Rachel’s name and birthday, May 4, 1992. My Christmas boxes seem to have more ornaments for “Baby’s First Christmas” than any other theme.There is something endearing about the birth of a child that prompts friends and relatives to bestow these special ornaments on parents. And then, in what seems like no time at all, reindeers made out of clothespins

and glitter-globbed Santas with cotton ball beards take over the ornament box. So again this year, a few days before Thanksgiving, I dragged down my Christmas boxes and set them on the edge of my garage. Andy, now 26, was coming home for the holiday with his new wife, Erin. I thought Andy would want to dig through these boxes and take a few ornaments back to hang on his and Erin’s first Christmas tree. So on Saturday afternoon, Andy and Erin went out to the garage to sort through the decorations.When I checked a half-hour later, they had set aside a dozen or so ornaments, including those from Andy’s first Christmas. I felt a real tug at my heart when I saw that little ceramic bear — the one I had cherished almost as long as my son — laying on top of their pile. But I just smiled and said I was sure the ornaments they had chosen would look great on their tree. A few weeks later, my daughter Rachel

was home from Jacksonville to celebrate an early Christmas because both of us will be away with friends for the holidays. Like Andy, Rachel went through our Christmas boxes to find favorite ornaments for her tree in Jacksonville. Even before looking, I knew that the little carousel horse with her name in cursive letters would be in Rachel’s take-home pile. Letting go of Rachel’s carousel horse and Andy’s ceramic bear was a rite of passage — more for me than for my children. I’ve come to realize that parents go through as many rites of passage as their kids — we just don’t talk about it.We anticipate the transitions as our children grow from infants to teenagers, and all too soon leave home for college and jobs with plans and dreams separate from our own. And one of those rites is passing along our most treasured gifts, which for me includes giving my children their first Christmas ornaments. And it is with joy that I share with you this, my newest Christmas memory. — Diane Kortus is publisher of The Laker/Lutz News. She has owned the newspapers since 2000, and has been publisher since 2009.

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nyone remember Christmas Eve 1989 here in Tampa Bay? My husband Gary and I were married for only two years, and it was the first year in our new home in Lutz. It was crazy cold that year.As people switched on their electric heaters, plugged in their Christmas lights, and turned on their electric stoves, the resulting power shortage caused rolling blackouts. The house would be full of light and warmth for about an hour, and then poof — everything was dark.There was no way to know how long we would be without light. Typically the power would be out for an hour or two, but sometimes it would be out for three. We were forced to sit and relax by candlelight, and we found ourselves engaged in pleasant conversation.We had no idea when we would receive the glorious gift of electrical power again. When the power went back on, we

would jump up and do as many tasks as we could that required electricity. I ran the vacuum, cranked up the heat, used multiple burners on the stove, and heated the big oven and the toaster oven at the same time. We didn’t know how much time we had before cold darkness would return. Just as abruptly as lights went on, they’d go out again, and we’d be back in the darkness, fumbling around in a search for lighters, candles and flashlights. While in the throws of it, it felt like the rolling blackouts during the holidays were a curse. Looking back, however, it’s easy to see that the loss of power was not a burden, but a gift. It was a blessing to spend those interludes between our frantic bursts of activity savoring the company of each other. — Suzanne Beauchaine is an account manager with The Laker/Lutz News, joining the paper in 2013. She seeks to listen to customers to ensure their advertising meets their marketing needs.

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Breast Friends Forever recently raised more than $42,000 at its Pink Heals event at Caliente Resort and Spa in Land O’ Lakes. The event included a 5-kilometer walk, raffles, and a silent and live auction. The proceeds were donated to Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation. For information about the November 2015 event, send an email to Pollywhonor@hotmail.com.

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The bloodmobile will be at the following Publix locations from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 30: • 10015 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Tampa Dec. 30 and Dec. 31: • 19221 N. Dale Mabry Highway in Lutz • 19034 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., in Tampa • 16560 N. Nebraska Ave., in Lutz Donors must be at least 16 years of age and weigh at least 110 pounds. All donors will receive a wellness checkup and a $10 Publix gift card. Appointments will be honored.Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, visit OneBlood.org/12daysofgiving.

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The Land O’ Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., will host a free health care event Jan. 5 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guests can get help in choosing and signing up for a health care plan. For information, call (813) 995-0078.

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HEALTH, from page 1A • Better hand-offs between various providers to ensure a continuum of care for people with mental health conditions • Short-term residential treatment centers to provide greater support for the mentally ill • Additional crisis intervention team training to help police and first responders better assist people with mental conditions • Help teaching school district employees how to identify symptoms that may indicate mental illness in its earliest stages • Less bureaucracy in the way programs are administered and funded, so that people can be receive treatment when and where they need it • Additional research to find effective ways to treat mental conditions • Increased support to help families coping with the challenges posed by a family member’s mental condition Some panelists pointed out specific areas that need reform. Pasco County sheriff Chris Nocco, for example, believes changes are needed in the state’s Baker Act, which governs how long a person can be detained for a mental evaluation.The current maximum is 72 hours. That, Nocco said, “is not long enough,” likening it to putting a bandage on a gushing wound. Murphy agreed with that assessment. “Who came up with 72 hours for mental illness?” he said, adding that the time limit “doesn’t make clinical sense.” Medical Center of Trinity chief executive Leigh Massengill said she finds it shameful that, for many patients, the first introduction

The Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, will offer the free Tools to Quit program for tobacco users Jan. 6 at 2 p.m. Participants will set a quit date, make a plan, and work through steps to quit. Those attending also will receive free optional nicotine replacement therapy including patches, lozenges or gum. For information and to register, call (813) 929-1000, Ext. 208, or email kkluttz@gnahec.org.

WOMAN’S CLUB DONATES TO CARES

The GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club recently donated $300 to the CARES Organization in Pasco County. For many years the club has manned the telephone reassurance office, making daily

to the hospital’s behavioral care unit often is by virtue of the Baker Act. One of the biggest frustrations is the lack of hand-offs in the community after these patients have been stabilized and released from the hospital’s behavioral care facility, Massengill said. “That absolutely guarantees that they’re going to come back to us, or come back to somebody else, or wind up dead,” she said. “That’s unconscionable in my mind, in this day and time.” Saybra Chapman, clinical coordinator for Pasco County Schools, noted that a primary issue that keeps surfacing is access to care and timely care. “The problem for us is when students are waiting for care and not able to get ready services,” she said.“They are trying to function in the school setting, which is a challenge for everybody.” While panelists discussed the gaps in services and funding issues, Roy Gifford reminded them hope remains for people with mental conditions.The 38-year-old has suffered from schizoaffective disorder for most of his life. “I have been on almost every kind of medication possible since childhood,” Gifford said. He’s lived in assisted living facilities, foster care homes, jails, and on the street. “I often thought there was no hope for me,” Gifford said, acknowledging it was so bad at some points he tried to end his life. He’s on a new medication now, and has accepted the fact he likely will be on medication the rest of his life. “Remember, there is hope and recovery,” Gifford told those gathered.“I know it can be done. I am living proof.”

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HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR

The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host a “Get Covered, Stay Covered” Health & Wellness Fair Jan. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Premier Community HealthCare Group will host workshops and provide Healthcare Marketplace application assistance. There will be free wellness resources and activities for kids. For information, call Cheryl Pollock at (352) 518-2000, Ext. 9012.

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J.F. Swartsel Lodge, 3309 Lutz Lake Fern Road in Lutz, offers the TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) program every Wednesday. Weigh-in is at 9 a.m., followed by a meeting at 9:45 a.m. For information, call Mary Clark at (813) 908-3587.

BALANCE PROGRAM FOR SENIOR CITIZENS

Anytime Fitness, 7016 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Lutz, is offering an Agility & Balance Program for senior citizens on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. The cost is $5 per session for Anytime Fitness members, and $8 for non-members. For more information, call Tom Marbell at (352) 409-2984, or email trainwithtomm@gmail.com.

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CONNERTON, from page 1A parent. It was part of a $5.1 million land deal the hospital put together in October 2007, just as the housing market was starting to come apart. For the second phase of Pasco’s “new town,” Connerton is looking to focus a little more on multifamily, with about a third of the proposed residential in that phase taking that route.The first phase was primarily single-family homes, with approvals for nearly 4,000 homes. The second phase also would include Connerton’s employment center, which will be a mix of government, office, industrial and medical. “This is an example of how Connerton always has been designed,” said Andrea Zelman, an attorney who represents the community.“We are on the road to creating those jobs.” But to do that, some of the roads in and around Connerton will need to be upgraded. That would include turn lanes for the entrances off U.S. 41 and State Road 52, and also finishing the link with Collier Parkway that has been on the drawing board for years. Pasco’s chief assistant county attorney David Goldstein put emphasis on the stretch of Collier Parkway, proposed to link from Ehren Cutoff, calling it a “crucial piece of roadway that we cannot ignore much longer.” “I wanted to make sure the county people up here understand the importance of

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The Groves Golf and Country Club, 7924 Melogold Circle in Land O’ Lakes, offers a Silver Sneakers Strength & Balance program on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. These are low-impact classes to improve flexibility and balance. Classes are free to Silver Sneakers members, and $5 for non-members. For information, call Tom Marbell at (352) 409-2984, or email trainwithtomm@gmail.com.

OLOR CANCER NETWORK

Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church Family Cancer Network meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month in Rosary Hall, 2348 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes, beginning at 7 p.m. Cancer survivors and caregivers are invited to attend. For information, call (813) 949-4565.

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LifeChoices Women’s Care, 1527 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Suite 101 in Lutz, offers free pregnancy testing and limited obstetrical ultrasounds to teenagers, women and couples facing an unplanned pregnancy. The center is open Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Appointments are recommended. —Health notes are run for free on a space-available basis. Please send all information at least two weeks before an event to news@lakerlutznews.com.

doing something about Collier Parkway,” Goldstein told the committee.“We have to find a way to build that missing gap of Collier, and get that connected up to the employment center.” However, not everyone is for expanding Collier. Stephen Coogle, who owns a 6-acre home on Ehren Cutoff bordering the Connerton project, said neighbors to the development deserve more attention to ensure they don’t lose value in their homes. “We need to have buffers,” Coogle said, which could come primarily by preserving existing tree lines that border his property. Also, drainage from a Collier Parkway extension would need to be properly taken care of, so that it doesn’t flood his property instead. “Our property and wetlands are not being taken into consideration,” Coogle said. “Progress needs to happen, but we should not have to sacrifice what we paid for.” Gibbons said Connerton developers are working to address concerns of neighbors, but that many of Coogle’s concerns are premature. “We are in the timing and phasing process, and we haven’t even designed anything yet,” Gibbons said. When that process does begin, surrounding neighbors would be notified, and have a chance to express concern while those plans are drawn up. Roadway improvements will be funded in part by a nearly $30 million contribution by Connerton, along with another $7.7 million in county incentives.

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APPLICATION PERIOD STARTS FOR MAGNET SCHOOL The application period for Pasco County Schools’ first magnet school, Sanders Memorial Elementary STEAM Magnet School, runs through Jan. 15. The school is located at 5126 School Road in Land O’ Lakes and is scheduled to open August 2015. The focus of the school is on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics. For information, and a virtual tour, visit PascoSchools.org, and click on the Sanders banner at the top.

LOL STUDENTS EXCEL IN WORDWRIGHT

A team of students representing Land O’ Lakes High School excelled in a recent WordWright Challenge. The school’s ninth graders placed eighth in the nation; the 10th graders placed second; and the 12th graders placed sixth. The WordWright Challenge is a national competition in which more than 50,000 students across the nation analyze literature with a focus on perceptive interpretation, sensitivity to language, and an appreciation of style. Students who excelled in the challenge were Tyler Visuvasam, Stutee Achaya, Joshua Brett, Josie Hidalgo, Roshan Kumaraswamy, Nana Kusi, Alison MacDonald, Sarah Bush,

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Interactive teach-in at Watergrass Watergrass Elementary School in Wesley Chapel hosted a variety of presenters at the Great American Teach-In, including Linda and Ed Brunner of Tranquil Pawz Therapy Dogs. Nathanial Wright interacts with one of the therapy dogs.

SCHOLARSHIP ENDOWMENT HELPS VETERAN STUDENTS

The Pasco-Hernando State College Foundation recently received a $1,000 scholarship endowment gift from The Florida Suncoast Chapter of Military Officers Association of America. The scholarship is awarded to eligible PHSC military veteran students and their families. To date, the organization has contributed $14,000 to its scholarship endowment. For information on the PHSC Foundation, call (727) 816-3410, or visit PHSC.edu/foundation.

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Military Advanced Education has awarded Saint Leo University the designation of a top school in its 2015 MAE Guide to Colleges and Universities, measuring the best practices in military and veteran education. The guide contains the results of a questionnaire of the military-supportive policies enacted at more than 600 institutions including private, public, for-profit, nonprofit,

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A group that spent months successfully fighting a privately built elevated toll road through the heart of Pasco County got a bit of a setback last week. But its members seem to be OK with it … for now. Pasco County’s 2040 Long-Range Transportation Plan is on its way to both federal and state authorities, highlighting the county’s plan for roads, transit and sidewalks over the next 25 years.And among the various needs the county’s Metropolitan Planning Organization included in that transportation plan are elevated roads along the State Road 54/56 corridor. “We knew the (transportation plan) would still contain the elevated toll road,” said Jason Amerson, a Land O’ Lakes resident who was one of the key players in the elevated toll road protest group, Pasco Fiasco. “It’s not something we are worried about unless they start actively discussing it again at MPO meetings.” Pasco Fiasco came together last year after some homeowners who live just off State Road 54 learned about a proposal by a private company, International Infrastructure Partners LLC, to build a 33-mile elevated toll road, stretching from U.S. 301 in Zephyrhills to U.S. 19 in New Port Richey.The company had said initially it would fund the estimated $2.2 billion project on its own, but then lost its negotiating power with the Florida Department of Transportation after it requested the state help finance it. That killed the private project, but an elevated road option remained in the county’s transportation plan. While then Pasco County commissioner Henry Wilson Jr., vowed to help Pasco Fiasco and others against an elevated road down State Road 54 remove such projects from the plan, Wilson was defeated in an open primary election last October by Mike Wells Jr. “It’s not a simple task getting it removed,” Amerson said. “Probably even a harder task now that Wilson is gone.” The elevated road remains an option for the county between 2020 and 2040 along the State Road 54/56 corridor as an “alternative improvement.” That could include “premium transit improvements” like toll lanes, overpasses like those used on U.S. 19 in Pinellas County, and elevated lanes.

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DEMOCRATIC WOMEN TO GET HILLARY CONNECTION The Democratic Women’s Club of Pasco County will host its regular meeting and lunch Jan. 10 at 11 a.m., at the Jasmine Lakes Civic Center, 7137 Jasmine Blvd., in Port Richey. Guest speaker is Aaron Darr, founding member and Florida state coordinator for the Ready for Hillary campaign, and effort to “draft” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton into the presidential race. Cost is $5. To RSVP, email jkeener14@msn.com, or call (727) 372-9321.

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Ananth Prasad, who has led the Florida Department of Transportation since Rick Scott was first elected governor, will step down from that job Jan. 2. “Secretary Prasad … has been pivotal to making sure we could make a record investment of over $10 billion in our transportation system this year,” Scott said, in a release.“Secretary Prasad has also helped Florida become a major force in international trade because of his commitment to expanding our Florida ports and airports.” The Florida Transportation Commission is being tasked with recommending Prasad’s replacement, expected next year.

REPUBLICAN WOMEN WELCOME TED SCHRADER

The Pasco Federated Republican Women’s Club will host a luncheon Jan. 9 at 11:30 a.m., at Ciao Italian Bistro, located in The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel. Joining the club is Pasco County commissioner Ted Schrader as the guest speaker. Cost is $20. To reserve a seat, call Fran Scerbo at (727) 597-3727, or you can email her at fmscerbo@yahoo.com.

The elevated road stayed in the plan, but the MPO did make more than 30 other changes to the documents after two months of public hearings.The MPO conducted a 30-day comment period through Nov. 23, as well as public workshops throughout November. It concluded with a public hearing on Dec. 11 where the new transportation plan was adopted unanimously. Many adjustments to the plan were minor, like name changes of some roads at Bexley Ranch near the Suncoast Parkway, and Mitchell Boulevard near the Little Road area. But there also were some larger changes as well.They included: • Moving up the six-lane expansion of State Road 52 from Interstate 75 to Pasco Road from 2040 to 2019. • Delaying another 10 years to 2040 projects like Livingston Avenue from State Road 54 to Collier Parkway, Eiland Boulevard from Handcart to Dean Dairy roads, Curley Road from Wells Road to Clinton Avenue, and Lake Patience Road from Sunlake Boulevard to U.S. 41. • Keeping the State Road 56 expansion from Meadow Pointe to U.S. 301 two lanes instead of four by 2019, but possibly expanding it to four lanes by 2030. That last proposal angered city leaders in Zephyrhills, who wanted four lanes leading into one of its key commercial areas, the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport. Lawmakers like new state representative and former Zephyrhills mayor Danny Burgess said they would work with the city to try and restore funding for a four-lane segment. The MPO also made a number of changes to Tower Road, which runs primarily east to west in Pasco, just north of State Road 54. They include developer-funded improvements like a two-lane stretch from Bexley Ranch to Ballantrae Boulevard, and an expansion to a two-lane road from U.S. 41 to Ehren Cutoff by 2040, paid for by the county. The Federal Highway Administration, the Federal Transit Administration, and the Florida Department of Transportation will now review the plan, and work with the county to help implement it. To read the complete plan, visit Mobility2040Pasco.com.

SCOTT MAKES CABINET, AGENCY APPOINTMENTS Gov. Rick Scott is getting ready for his second term by making some appointments among his cabinet and supporting agencies. • Mike Carroll will become secretary for the Department of Children and Families, after serving as interim secretary since April. He has nearly 25 years of experience with DCF, including work as the regional manager of the organization’s Suncoast region, which spans from Pasco to Collier counties. • Barbara Palmer will remain director of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities. Palmer was first appointed to that job in August 2012 after spending nearly a year as chief of staff. Before all that, Palmer was assistant secretary for administration at the Department of Children and Families. • Julie Jones will become secretary for the Florida Department of Corrections. She was the executive director at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles since 2009, and spent 26 years prior to that at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. • Dr. John Armstrong will remain the state surgeon general and secretary of the Florida Department of Health. Scott first appointed Armstrong to the role in 2012 after serving as chief medical officer of the USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation at Tampa’s University of South Florida. • Timothy Cerio will become general counsel effective Jan. 5, with Pete Antonacci serving as special counsel during the transition period. Cerio is an attorney at GrayRobinson, and was a general counsel to the Florida Department of Health from 2005 to 2007. • Ken Lawson will remain the secretary of the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. Lawson first earned that appointment in 2011, and previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Florida.

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resumed. I was so afraid that my friend would be irritated by my behavior. But as the priest starting speaking again, she leaned over and said, with a mock, angry look,“I can’t take you anywhere.” — Michael Hinman is the news editor of The Laker/Lutz News, joining the staff in 2013. Besides focusing his coverage on local government and development, he’s also responsible for planning every issue of the paper.

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Michael,“What’s your favorite song?” Without missing a beat, Michael said,“Sunshine on My Shoulders.” “Can you sing it?” Tom asked. And, much to the surprise of both my husband and me, Michael began singing — and he knew nearly every word. When he finished, we all applauded, and Michael blushed and raced out of the room. Michael’s performance of that John Denver song made that Christmas one that I’ll never forget. — Kathy Welton joined The Laker/Lutz News in 2007. She handles a wide array of administrative and circulation duties, including dealing with delivery issues, mailing published advertisements to those who placed them, and keeping track of office supplies.

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This Walgreens tree will always remind me of Heather and Bob’s act of kindness to restore my Christmas spirit.

Christmas and all that it means during Anne Marie’s favorite season. — B.C. Manion is community editor of The Laker/Lutz News, joining the paper in 2010. She writes news and features, takes photographs and edits the work of her colleagues.

nce upon a time, in a land far, far away, I dreamed that I was a princess. I was 10 years old, and pink and purple were the colors that shimmered and shined for me. I wanted a bedroom fit for a princess. I wanted pink walls and a fullsized white canopy bed with layers of purple ruffles, white nightstands with small lamps that were fitting, and a white fur rug to place my princess feet upon.This was a Christmas wish. As the gifts started going under the tree, I would try to figure out which part of my princess room could fit into the box. The day arrived when a very large, but flat, gift appeared. Could it be my princess bed? My parents asked me if I really thought a big canopy princess bed could fit into such a box. How could it? I knew they were right: No way a bed could fit into that box. Why should Christmas come to our home when my one and only wish was not coming true? Christmas morning came anyway. The house was full of soft and glowing lights from the tree and decorations, hot chocolate was in our cups, and beautiful Christmas music was playing throughout the house. Everything was beautiful, and we were all happy and dancing around, enjoying our Christmas Day. I told my mom that it didn’t matter too much that I would not have a princess room, and that I still liked Christmas Day. She smiled and winked at me. She told me that I have been a princess since the day I was born, and I didn’t need some silly bed to prove it. We gathered around the tree, and I was instructed to open the first and largest gift. I opened an end and peeked inside. There was a picture of the most beautiful canopy bed I had ever seen. It was not just white, but trimmed in gold. I was so overwhelmed, I cried. There was no way that a bed was inside. My parents had convinced me it could not be. The box was opened, and piece-bypiece, it came out to make my complete full-sized princess bed. Not only that, I had a matching dresser, two bedside stands, white shimmering lamps, and layers upon layers of purple bedding, canopy and curtains. Within a week, my beautiful pink and purple princess room was complete, right down to the white fur rug. I still remember the way it looked. But the best present I received that Christmas was not that, it was the memory of those words my mother spoke. — Carolyn Bennett joined The Laker/Lutz News in 2004. She is responsible for processing advertising copy for production, and ensures ads are scheduled and running correctly in the paper. She also is the paper’s customer service representative and sales assistant.

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Athletes met lofty expectations in 2014 By Michael Murillo

was snapped, and Roberts took his team to the postseason for the first time in his tenure as coach at Zephyrhills.

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Athletic competition typically is marked by athletes and teams with lofty goals for the upcoming year. Many times, however, they fall short of those goals despite a great deal of determination and hard work. But there also are cases where that hard work really pays off, and both individuals and teams meet their goals. Here are a few sports stories that had successful endings across a variety of athletic contests.

GETTING GOLD, AGAIN

As a freshman in 2013, Abbey Duncan was a state champion for Wesley Chapel High School’s swim team, and was even profiled by The Laker/Lutz News in March. But things change from year to year, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that the outcome was a little bit different in 2014. Not the part about being a state champion. Duncan did that again. But this time it was for a different school. Duncan transferred to Academy at the Lakes and helped that program achieve success in her sophomore year. Her state championship also was a little different, claiming the 100-yard backstroke in 2014. Duncan took the championship in a freestyle event last year. She enters 2015 as a two-time state champion, and she’ll only be a junior.

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Before the season started, the Sunlake Seahawks wanted something that had eluded them throughout their history:A district championship. “That’s one of our goals, to win the district title,” Sunlake head coach Bill Browning said last August.“It’s missing right now, but it really just provides more motivation for us.” Middle linebacker and tight end Austin Yeloushan felt the same way. “We’re planning on doing that this year,” he said. “We’ve been working hard in the weight room.” Whether it was the weights or the program’s history of success, Sunlake had another strong year, finishing the regular season at 8-2.They also survived a three-way tiebreaker with Mitchell and Springstead high schools to claim their first-ever championship in Class 6A-District 6. At Zephyrhills High School, Head Coach Reggie Roberts knew people would be focused on the Bulldogs’ rivalry with Pasco High School. But Roberts was concerned about something else:The postseason. “Contrary to what people believe, I’m not worried about Pasco,” Roberts said ahead of the season last August. “We have a lot of games. If we lose all our games and win the Pasco game, we’re still not in the playoffs.” Instead, things turned out almost the exact opposite of Roberts’ hypothesis:The Bulldogs lost to Pasco again, this time a tough 35-34 loss. But they won nearly all of

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Sunlake’s Terrence Jackson and Zephyrhills’ Antwione Sims go up for a ball when the schools met late in the year, a game the Bulldogs won. Both football teams had big plans for 2014, and their hard work paid off during the season.

their other games, finishing the regular season 8-2 and earning a playoff spot through

Class 5A-District 6 in another tiebreaker. As a result, an eight-year playoff drought

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MONDAY, JAN. 5 Girls Basketball Land O’ Lakes at Tarpon Springs, 7 p.m. Boys Soccer Pasco at Sunlake, 7 p.m. Land O’ Lakes at River Ridge, 7:30 p.m. Wesley Chapel at Zephyrhills, 7:30 p.m.

THURSDAY, DEC. 11 Boys Basketball Freedom 76, Steinbrenner 52 Girls Basketball Freedom 60, Steinbrenner 31 Boys Soccer East Lake 2, Steinbrenner 0 Girls Soccer East Lake 1, Steinbrenner 0

TUESDAY, JAN. 6 Boys Basketball Tarpon Springs at Land O’ Lakes, 7 p.m. Zephyrhills at Wesley Chapel, 7:30 p.m. Tampa Bay Tech at Steinbrenner, 8 p.m. Girls Basketball Tampa Bay tech at Steinbrenner, 6:30 p.m. Wesley Chapel at Zephyrhills, 7:30 p.m. Boys Soccer Wiregrass Ranch at Sunlake, 7:30 p.m. Strawberry Crest at Steinbrenner, 8 p.m. Girls Soccer Land O’ Lakes at Fivay, 6 p.m. Strawberry Crest at Steinbrenner, 6 p.m. Wesley Chapel at Ridgewood, 6 p.m.

FRIDAY, DEC. 12 Boys Basketball Strawberry Crest 77, Steinbrenner 54 Boys Soccer Wiregrass Ranch 5, Chamberlain 0 King 4, Steinbrenner 3 River Ridge 1, Pasco 1 Leto 3, Freedom 1 Girls Soccer Land O’ Lakes 7, Sunlake 0 Steinbrenner 5, King 0

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 7 Boys Basketball Mitchell at Land O’ Lakes, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball Land O’ Lakes at Wesley Chapel, 7:30 p.m. Boys Soccer Sunlake at River Ridge, 7 p.m. Tampa Catholic at Wiregrass Ranch, 7:30 p.m. Wesley Chapel at Pasco, 7:30 p.m. Zephyrhills at Land O’ Lakes, 7:30 p.m. Girls Soccer Pasco at Wesley Chapel, 6 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 17 Girls Basketball Land O’ Lakes at Pasco, 7:30 p.m. Boys Soccer Ridgewood at Pasco, 7:30 p.m. Sunlake at Land O’ Lakes, 7:30 p.m. THURSDAY, DEC. 18 Boys Basketball Mitchell at Wesley Chapel, 7:30 p.m. Steinbrenner at Sickles, 8 p.m. Girls Basketball Steinbrenner at Sickles, 6:30 p.m. Wesley Chapel at Fivay, 7:30 p.m. Zephyrhills at Land O’ Lakes, 7:30 p.m. Boys Soccer Wesley Chapel at Wiregrass Ranch, 7:30 p.m. Girls Soccer Academy of Holy Names at Land O’ Lakes, 6 p.m. Wiregrass Ranch at Wesley Chapel, 7:45 p.m. FRIDAY, DEC. 19 Boys Basketball Land O’ Lakes at Dunedin, 7 p.m. Central at Wesley Chapel, 7:30 p.m. Girls Basketball Dunedin at Land O’ Lakes, 7 p.m. Wesley Chapel at Central, 7:30 p.m.

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ADVENTURE RACE/SCAVENGER HUNT An adventure race and scavenger hunt will be held Jan. 17 in Dade City. Two-person teams will be given clues and will head to checkpoints throughout Dade City to complete challenges or take photos. Proceeds benefit the Dade City Center for the Arts. The cost is $40 for a pre-registered team, or $50 on the day of the race. It includes an event T-shirt. For information, call (352)-999-0336, or visit KumquatAdventureRace.com.

On the baseball diamond, the Wiregrass Ranch Bulls had a few question marks as they tried to follow up on their 2013 campaign, which included their first-ever playoff berth and a spot in the regional final. A big one was their coach. Marshall McDougal was not only a new coach at the high school, he had never coached high school baseball before. But as a recently retired professional baseball player, he brought a lot of experience and optimism to the Bulls’ job. “As a whole, our team is pretty solid all the way through,” McDougall said last April during his inaugural season as coach.“It’s a matter of keep pushing the kids, keep improving, and keep playing hard, and I think our kids can go a long way.” McDougal turned out to be right, taking Wiregrass Ranch right back to the playoffs. This time they fell in the regional semifinals, but proved that the program was ready to continue its success streak, even with a new coach at the helm.

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AVAST GOLF TOURNEY MARCH 14

The Amputee Veterans of America Support Team will host its seventh annual golf tournament March 14 at Cheval Golf and Country Club, 4312 Cheval Blvd., in Lutz. The event begins with registration at 11 a.m., opening ceremonies with a color guard at noon, and a shotgun start at 1:15 p.m. Sponsorships are available, including sign, individual and team sponsorships. For information, visit AVASTOnline.org, or e-mail avastvetstampafl@yahoo.com.

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A U.S.Tennis Association tennis tournament will be held Jan. 10 for players 12-18 at Lake Padgett Estates Athletic Complex, 4533 Savanah Way in Land O’ Lakes. For information, call coach Jeanette Marcus at (813) 417-0061, or email jmarcusddm@gmail.com.

Senior Sports is seeking players older than 60 for a number of regular co-ed sporting events, including Slo-Pitch softball for fall and winter competition. Senior Sports has participants who play golf every Wednesday and bowling every Thursday. It also has added tennis and indoor volleyball. For information, call Walt Bockmiller at (813) 527-8211.

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The fifth annual Sporting Clay Shoot will be Jan. 17 at Tampa Bay Sporting Clays, 10514 Ehren Cutoff Road in Land O’ Lakes. The cost is $100 per individual shooter, or $350 for a team of four. It includes a continental breakfast and lunch. Sponsorships also are available. The event begins with registration and breakfast at 8 a.m. For information, contact the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce by calling (813) 9092722, visiting CentralPascoChamber.com, or e-mailing office@centralpascochamber.com.

LOL LITTLE LEAGUE REGISTRATION

Land O’ Lakes Little League currently is having softball and baseball registration for the Spring 2015 season through Dec. 31. The league welcomes boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 18, and is now

The Tri-County Tennis League is looking for individuals, teams and facilities to begin league play. It will include age divisions from 40s and older. League play also will feature ratingsonly play, regardless of age. For information, call Walt Bockmiller at (813) 527-8211.

T-SHIRTS SUPPORT CROSS-COUNTRY COACH

“I Run For Keppel”T-shirts are available to help support Land O’ Lakes High School cross-country coach Kris Keppel, who is battling pancreatic cancer. The shirts are $15 each, with all proceeds going to Keppel. For information or to make a donation, call (813) 406-5730, or email carolyn011jr@hotmail.com or kbdehaas@aol.com.

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Spectators display their delight as “snow” flurries swirl during the Symphony in Lights display at the Shops at Wiregrass. Nadia Cohen, 6, of Tampa, lower right, enjoyed herself along with her mother, Justine Cohen and her grandparents, Theresa and Jack Cohen, also of Tampa. FRED BELLET/PHOTOS

Lucas Smith, right, did not really understand last year what was going on at the Symphony in Lights because he was too young, said his dad, Larry Smith, of Wesley Chapel. The little boy had a much better appreciation this year. The two attended the Symphony in Lights show, which features 250,000 lights.

Lenna Garland, 1, has an excellent view of the action, as she sits on Ken Fields’ shoulders. The little girl came with her grandfather from Seffner to the Symphony in Lights in Wesley Chapel. At left, The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel transforms into a Winter Wonderland each evening during the shoppig mall’s presentation of a Symphony in Lights.


Pet safety tips for the holidays Special to The Laker/Lutz News

Who doesn’t love the sights, sounds and smells of the fall and winter holiday season? Even the shrewdest of scrooges and grouchiest of Grinches can’t help but give into the spirit of the holidays. Your pampered pets are no exception. They, too, can get lost in all of the delicious food, dazzling décor, bright lights and excitement. To assure that this season stays magical and your fur babies stay safe, there are a few holiday dangers that pet owners should be aware of. • The more, the merrier — This is the time of year for the family and friends to get together. Doors are opening and closing more than usual as family and guests are popping in and out. Make sure that your guests are aware of your pet, and know not to let him or her out into the cold. If by chance your pet does wander outside unnoticed, be sure he is microchipped and wearing a current license tag.This will make locating him much easier. • Presents under the tree — Pets love to get gifts, too. Just be sure that when giving a gift, leave the holidays bows and ribbons off the package. If played with and swallowed, items like yarn ribbon or string on gifts can cause intestinal obstruction, requiring surgery. It also is a good idea to remove already opened gifts from under the tree. Some items may be choking hazards to your pets, and fragrant products such as aftershave and perfume contain both alcohol and essential oils.These could be toxic if ingested by a cat or dog. • Oh Christmas tree, Oh Christmas tree — Christmas trees are festive and beautiful, but can present many hazards to both dogs and cats. Make sure that the tree is in a secure stand to prevent tipping. Secure the tree to a wall, window or ceiling with fishing line for added protection against tipping, and keep all animals away from the tree. The needles can be toxic if ingested, and the preservative for the base often contains toxins as well as sugar water, which attracts both dogs and cats. Leave the tinsel off the tree. The shininess is attractive, but tends to cause blockages when eaten, and could require

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Hi, all. I’m Klauser, the handsome one in the picture wearing the Santa outfit. The cutie beside me is my sister, Rosie. We were born in Zephyrhills in January 2006, and were quickly adopted by Canadians, Steve and Nancy Jaeger, who winter down here.That was our lucky day! So we became international pups, spending six months each year in Canada, and the other six months in Florida. We have even been on an airplane … are we spoiled or what? Life was good. We had designer clothes, and even our own golf cart with our names on it. When I was 6, I developed a rare condition called SARDS — sudden acquired retinal degeneration syndrome — which made me blind overnight. There is no known cause, and definitely no known cure. But did that get me down? No! I still ran around everywhere, getting a few bumps now and then. And every afternoon, dad took me on the “brummie,” my golf cart, to the field, and Rosie and I would race everywhere. In December 2012, I developed diabetes, and mom gave me two insulin shots daily. She said I had so much strength and

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courage getting those needles. However, by September 2013, the diabetes had advanced drastically, affecting my other organs and making me very sick. Long story short, I earned my angel wings Sept. 12, 2013, and I am now in Doggie Heaven. Mom, dad and Rosie were heartbroken, we had shared so much love and joy. I had a beautiful life with them, but up here in Doggie Heaven, it’s pretty great, too. I can see again, and I no longer have diabetes. Even my buddy Kaz is now here with me. I wink down every night at mom, dad and Rosie from the heavens above.And you know what? Love never ends!

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NEW MAACO COMING TO LAND O’ LAKES Come January, yet another shop will open where Land O’ Lakes residents can get car work done. New franchise owner Kristen Andreani is opening her first Maaco location at 4107 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., according to company spokeswoman Betsy McDonald. Maaco, founded in 1972, has more than 450 franchises across North America through its Charlotte, North Carolina-based Maaco Franchising LLC. It would become Pasco’s second Maaco location, joining one on U.S. 19 in New Port Richey.The only other close Maaco location is at East Fowler Avenue in Tampa.

ORTHODONTIST LOOKS TO BUILD AT WESLEY CHAPEL HOSPITAL

Developers are looking to build a threestory office building just in front of Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel on land connected to a local orthodontist. Armando Cabre, of Cabre Engineering LLC, is set to meet with county officials behind closed doors next week to discuss plans to build a 16,000-square-foot medical office building on 1.8 acres of land just north of State Road 56 along Bruce B. Downs Boulevard. Cabre doesn’t mention who is interested in developing the land, but it’s owned by Lismark Holdings LLC, a company connected to New Tampa orthodontist Mark Farina, the owner of Farina Orthodontics located on Amberly Drive, as well as a second location in South Tampa.

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Lismark, according to county property records, purchased the land in November 2013 for $1.28 million. The vacant land currently is zoned for commercial, and is part of a larger sector of land the Porter family — who control the Wiregrass Ranch development — have designated for primarily medical uses to help complement the Wesley Chapel hospital. No other details were shared about the facility, except that some of the project would be set aside to construct a drive-thru ATM somewhere in the future. It’s not clear if Farina plans to use space in the office himself, or if he’s building to attract other medical professionals. He did not return an email request for comment last week. It’s likely too early to talk a construction start date just yet, since meeting with county officials typically is a preliminary step in the development process.

Westchase area, according to the restaurant’s website. Developers have not said when construction will begin, or when the restaurant would open.

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Land is getting pretty expensive along State Road 56, which is exactly what the owner of the Buffalo Wild Wings chain found out late last month. AMC Wesley Chapel Real Estate Inc., a company affiliated with Buffalo Wild Wings owner Diversified Restaurant Holdings Inc., purchased a little more than 2.5 acres of land along State Road 56 just east of Cypress Ridge Boulevard for $2.3 million. That’s a price just north of $903,000 an acre. The developer has plans to put the land to good use, however.AMC is seeking final approval to build a 6,400-square-foot restaurant on the site, with an 800-foot patio, with direct access to State Road 56. Buffalo Wild Wings got initial approval from the Pasco County Planning Commission earlier this month, and will seek to get the same from the full Pasco County Commission in January. This would become the second Buffalo Wild Wings in Pasco County after the State Road 54 location in New Port Richey. Other locations are in Ybor City and Tampa’s

Property along Land O’ Lakes Boulevard that has been vacant for more than 30 years may soon get a tenant. Robert Sharp has requested a meeting with Pasco County building officials to discuss a 5,100-square-foot retail building for 3714 Land O’ Lakes Boulevard.That’s property located just north of Copperstone Executive Suites, across the street from the RaceTrac gas station. Sharp didn’t share details on what he had planned for that space, but did ask

Just two months after picking up a new owner,West Winds Assisted Living Facility in Zephyrhills is no more. The 75-bed for-profit facility is now called Rosecastle of Zephyrhills, according to a posting on the facility’s Facebook page. Rosecastle, located at 37411 Eiland Blvd., was sold Oct. 1 to Sabra Health Care Holdings III, which lists its address in Irvine, California, according to Pasco County property records. West Winds Prime LLC was the seller, and managed the property through various companies since West Winds opened in 2008. Sabra is a real estate investment trust that acquires senior citizen housing, memory care and skilled nursing facilities around the country. It purchased West Winds for $10.2 million, adding it to six skilled nursing facilities and three senior housing facilities Sabra purchased through the first half of 2014 for $141.5 million, according to filings at the time with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. It remains Pasco’s third-largest real estate transaction.Topping that list was the $36.1

for drive aisles. The land is a little more than a halfacre, and was sold to the Fay B. Norton Family Trust in 2005 for $375,000. Late last year, the estate of Brendan Norton transferred the land to three members of the Norton family through an executor’s deed. That estate picked up the land through a trustee’s deed in 2012. The land itself is on the market, listed through Bales Properties Inc., for $199,000. million sale of the Arlington at Northwood apartment complex in Wesley Chapel, followed by the $16 million sale of more than 330 acres of land in Wiregrass Ranch to make way for a proposed 550-home subdivision.

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Living Path Nutrition has opened in Wesley Chapel, providing in-home nutrition consultations for individuals, families and groups. Services there include individual and group nutrition coaching, pantry makeovers, and clean-eating parties. A registered and licensed dietitian and nutritionist provides the service. For information, call Kim Chism at (813) 344-6534, or visit LivingPathNutrition.com.

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United Way of Pasco County is looking for help this coming tax season with volunteer tax preparers. Last year, more than 8,000 county residents used United Way’s tax preparation service, and received more than $8 million in total refunds. Those interested in being a tax preparer does not require experience, and comes with comprehensive training. For more information, please visit UnitedWayPasco.org.

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