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Tom Touchton was only about 6 years old when he began working at Touchton Drug Store, in the heart of Dade City. He went to work there because his brother, Charlie, who is 3 ½ years older, already was working there. “I figured if he could work there, I could work there,” said Tom, who decades later would become a prime mover in the creCOURTESY OF MADONNA WISE ation of the Tampa Bay History Center in Touchton Drug Store operated in the heart of Dade City, serving customers and providing downtown Tampa. valuable life lessons for Charlie and Tom Touchton, who worked there when they young. When he started at the store, Tom was just tall enough to wash dishes. The Way We Worked “At some point, I was promoted lecture series to be permitted to clean tables.And then, at another point, I was proWHAT: The Pioneer Florida Museum & moted to be permitted to make Village, in conjunction with the Florida sodas and sundaes,” he said. Humanities Council, is presenting a series Later on, he was given the priviof lectures, in conjunction with the muselege of making tuna salad, chicken um’s display of the Smithsonian salad and ham salad sandwiches, he Institution’s traveling exhibit,“The Way We said. Worked.” “Charlie had done all of these WHERE: Pioneer Florida Museum & things before because he was older, Village, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, and I was always trying to measure Dade City. up to my older brother,”Tom said. B.C. MANION His brother, Charlie, has fond COST: Admission to the museum is $8 for recollections of working in the Charlie and Tom Touchton will share the experiences adults; $6 for seniors; $4 for students, 6 they had while working at Touchton Drug Store at a store. through 18; and free for age 5 and Both men will share their expe- talk on Feb. 18 at 2 p.m., at the Pioneer Florida younger. riences, and what they gleaned Museum & Village in Dade City. DETAILS: The speaker schedule is as folfrom them, on Feb. 18 at 2 p.m., as lows: part of a series of talks being offered by The Both men credit their work at the drug • Imani Asukile,“The Odell Mickens Story,” Pioneer Florida Museum & Village.The talks store for teaching them important, lifelong Feb. 16, 6 p.m. coincide with the museum hosting a travel- lessons. • Tom & Charlie Touchton,“Touchton Drug ing Smithsonian Institution Exhibit called It taught them how to relate to people Store,” Feb. 18, 2 p.m. “The Way We Worked.” from all walks of life, and about the impor• Madonna Wise,“Women and Work,” Touchton Drug Store was a busy place, tance of customer service. March 2, 2 p.m. Charlie recalled. “The same things I learned in the drug • Dr. Steven Noll,“The Way We Worked, FL,” At first, Charlie said, “I worked behind store became relevant, whether you’re sellMarch 4, 2 p.m. the soda fountain, and I washed dishes and I ing a product or you’re selling an idea,” • Nancy Massey Perkins,“Hometown made cokes, and I made sundaes and I made Charlie said. Barber,” March 7, 2 p.m. sodas. “In a small town, the customer is always • Scott Black,“All the Live Long Day Coca-Colas were by far the most popular right because your livelihood depended on (Railroad),” March 9, 6 p.m. drink, he said. those customers,” Tom said. “If they didn’t “The Way We Worked” exhibit will be at “It was automatic, if it was Coca-Cola. have a good experience at Touchton Drug the museum through March 18. The museYou turned a handle. It fed the syrup. It fed Store, then they would go up the street to um’s regular hours are Tuesday through the carbonated beverage,” he said.“If it was another drug store.” Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. anything else, you had to squirt the syrup.” He recalled a customer, named Mr.Ways, INFO: PioneerFloridaMuseum.org People could buy cherry Cokes and lime who refused to pay a newly instituted state Cokes, even ammonia Cokes, which were sales tax. said to relieve headaches. “I went to my grandfather and said,‘What Charlie said he was taught early on not do I do? Mr.Ways is going to leave if I charge ences came in handy when he worked for to mix ammonia with grape juice because him sales tax.’ My grandfather pulled two IBM. that would create a poison. pennies out of his pocket and gave them to me,‘You just ring up 52 cents, you take 50 DEVELOPING SALES SKILLS SELLING COSMETICS WAS FUN At the drug store, Charlie learned about cents from Mr. Ways and here’s the other “Not until I was about 12 or 13, did I real- two cents.’” the art of subtle marketing and about the ly get on to the sundries and goods side,” The store was learning how to deal with concept of upselling. Charlie added, noting he especially enjoyed the new tax, and keeping that customer was It was customary to keep items on the selling cosmetics. counter, such as toothbrushes and Whitman’s important,Tom said. “It was a great place to flirt,” he exBuilding relationships, in any kind of candy, within easy reach of customers, plained. Revlon lipstick, at that time, sold for transactional business, is essential, said $2 a tube. Charlie, noting that his drug store experiSee STORE, page 11A
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Many people brought signs to help communicate their views on the health care issue.
Pasco Government Center in New Port Richey during the Feb. 11 session. They stood in the back of the chamber, and along both walls, and the overflow spilled into government center’s lobby and down a hallway corridor. The crowd was made up of men and women, of all ages and ethnicities. Some came in wheelchairs. Some used walkers or canes. Some carried signs proclaiming such messages such as:“Repair, not repeal.”“The ACA is pro life” and “Health Care is a Human Right.”
From social media to social pressures, the challenges of a teen are unlikely to go away anytime soon. The stresses aren’t going away for parents, either. To help navigate those issues, the Steinbrenner High Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) hosted its fifth annual “World of a Teen” program on Feb. 7, inside the school’s auditorium. An estimated crowd of more than 250 people attended, according to Laura Lopresti, vice president of programs for Steinbrenner High PTSA. Those attending came from numerous
areas public high schools, middle schools, as well as a public elementary, a private school and a public charter school. The award-winning program featured a panel of eight experts, who discussed topics ranging from drug usage and social media habits, to picking the right college. During the 90-minute event, parents and guardians filled out questions on notecards, which then were read anonymously to the panel. The answers were forthright, and panelists had plenty of advice. “I think that a lot of people left here with a lot of questions answered — parents and children— and I think it gave them a lot of content to talk about at home,” said Edgar Guzman, a Tampa-based attorney, one
of the panelists. Drug usage, especially marijuana, was a frequently broached topic. The panelists’ message to the audience: Stay away. Lynn Posyton, community relations specialist for Drug-Free World, said she’s noticed the substance being abused “more and more.” It’s also becoming more hazardous, she said. Posyton noted the levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) have increased over the past several decades. That’s the chemical that’s responsible for most of marijuana’s psychological effects. See TEENS, page 11A
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Redbud trees bloom in winter and spring months. The flowers taste sweet when you first eat them.
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The Carrollwood Toastmasters will meet Feb. 15 and Feb. 22 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., at the Jimmie B. Keel Regional Library, 2902 W. Bearss Ave., in Tampa.The Feb. 22 meeting will include the club speech contest. For information, visit Carrollwood.toastmastersclubs.org.
Hillsborough County Fire Rescue will present “Safety Superhero Academy: Hot, Hot, Hot!” Feb. 21 at 3 p.m., at the New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd., for children ages 3 to 5 and their caregivers. Children can learn how to identify hot and cold objects, and when to call for backup from an adult. Parents can learn tips for keeping their home safe, and first aid for treating scalds and burns. For information, call (813) 273-3652, or visit HCPLC.org.
MOBILE ONE STOP CareerSource Mobile One will make a stop at the New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills, Feb. 16 from 9:45 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Job seekers can search for work, create and print resumes, access local and statewide job listings, and get information about programs provided by CareerSource, for free. For information, call (813) 7886375.
TRAIN SHOW & SALE TEEN ADVISORY MEETING The New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills, will host a Teen Advisory Board meeting Feb. 16 at 6 p.m., for grades six to 12.Teens can get volunteer hours for scholarships and school clubs by attending the meetings.TAB members help to plan and run teen library programs. For information, call (813) 788-6375.
COLORING FOR ADULTS The Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., will host “Color Us Creative” Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., for adults. Guests can bring their own coloring pencils, pages and supplies, or use what is provided. For information, call (813) 7800064.
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Regal Railways will present a Toy Train, Collectible & Hobby Show/Sale Feb. 18 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Columbia Club 1, 5850 K of C Drive in Port Richey.Vendors will be on hand with various model trains, hobbies, collectibles, die cast cars, antiques and more.Admission is $5 for adults. Kids age 12 and younger are free. Early bird admission at 8 a.m., is $7. For information, call (727) 244-1341, or visit RegalRailways.com. The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer a circus craft Feb. 18 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., for kindergarten through fifth grade.The craft will be carnival/circus themed. For information, call (813) 929-1214.
LUTZ SENIOR CENTER The Lutz Senior Center, 112 First Ave., N.W., in Lutz, will host these upcoming events: • Feb. 17 at 1 p.m.: Black Heritage Celebration • Feb. 24 at 12:30 p.m.: Monthly Birthday Celebration for members, with cake and ice cream For information, call (813) 264-3804.
MOVIE NIGHT The Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., will host a movie (rated PG-13) night Feb. 17 at 4:30 p.m. Parents should call for the movie title. For information, call (813) 780-0064.
AARP DRIVER CLASS The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will offer the AARP Safe Driver Class Feb. 17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.To register, call Eugene Pool at (813) 949-8585.
MOVIES AND POPCORN The Hugh Embry Library, 142154 Fourth St., in Dade City, will offer a senior movie and popcorn Feb. 17 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., for adults.There also will be a family movie, popcorn and juice Feb. 18 at 2 p.m., for kids age 12 and younger with a parent or guardian. For information and movie titles, call (352) 567-3576.
HARVESTER CAR SHOW Harvester United Methodist Church, 2432 Collier Parkway in Land O’ Lakes, will host a car show fundraiser Feb. 18 from noon to 4 p.m. Registration is from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All makes, models and years can enter. Onsite registration is $10 per vehicle, and includes a meal ticket. Harvester Youth also will sell hamburgers and hot dogs.Trophies will be awarded at 4 p.m., for first, second and third place. Money raised will support outreach ministries of the church. For information, call Shawn Smith at (813) 9963450.
NEGRO SPIRITUALS The Tampa First Seventh-day Adventist Church, 822 W. Linebaugh Ave., in Tampa, will host “Come Here Jesus, If You Please:An Evening of Negro Spirituals” Feb. 18 at 6 p.m.The concert will celebrate Black History Month.Admission is free. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
HONDURAS FUNDRAISER The Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel Noon will host a fundraiser Feb. 18 from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the Tampa Greyhound Track Poker Room, 8300 N. Nebraska Ave.The poker tournament is a $50 buy-in, with $20 re-buys.There also will be a cash bar.Three ticket options are available.A championship trophy will be awarded.The fundraiser will help Rotary volunteers going to Honduras to provide clean water, latrines and hygiene education to families in remote areas. For information, visit WCRotary.org.
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FREE TAX PREP HELP Hillsborough County Extension will offer free tax preparation help to individuals and families whose adjusted gross income (AGI) is no more than $64,000.Appointments will be available Tuesdays and Thursdays through April 11, between 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday appointments will be on Feb. 18, March 4 and March 18 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. For information and to schedule an appointment, call Denise Kantak at (813) 744-5519, ext. 54141.
CHRISTIANITY EXPLORED Christianity Explored, a free seven-week course for teens and adults to explore Mark’s Gospel, will be hosted by Grace Community Church on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m., at Wesley Chapel Elementary School, 30423 Wells Road.The course starts on Feb. 19, with coffee and refreshments at 10:15 a.m.There also will be a fully staffed program for children from birth to fifth grade. For information, visit ExploreGrace.com.
KOL AMI BOWLING Congregation Kol Ami’s Men’s Club and Sisterhood, 3919 Moran Road in Tampa, will
PLANT PROPAGATION The New River Library, 34043 State Road 54 in Zephyrhills, will offer “Propagation 103” Feb. 21 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Participants can learn new ways to cultivate plants. Bring a small box to carry freebies home.A master gardener will give the free presentation. For information, call (813) 788-6375.
COFFEE BEAN STRING ART The Land O’ Lakes Library Foundry, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host a class on making coffee bean string art Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., for ages 16 and older. Participants can make a decorative board with a mixture of coffee beans and string art.A proper dress code and signed liability waiver are required. For information and to register, call (813) 929-1214.
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The Zephyrhills Lions Club, 5827 Dean Dairy Road in Zephyrhills, will host The Spinney Brothers, Canada’s International bluegrass band, Feb. 20.The group will perform songs from its current CD,“Living the Dream.”Tickets are available at the Lions Hall. For artist information, visit SpinneyBrothers.com. For ticket information, call (813) 788-1441.
The Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., will host a CookBook Book Club on vegetables Feb. 22 at 11:30 a.m.Those interested should visit the library to browse through selected cookbooks, choose a recipe for home, pick a review form to complete, bring your review and recipe samples (optional) to the meeting, and participate in a discussion and tastetesting.There will be a new cookbook each month. For information, call (813) 7800064.
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The Pasco Mobile Vet Center and CareerSource Pasco-Hernando will be onsite at 6038 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills, Feb. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Services provided include counseling,VA enrollment, resources on VA benefits, suicide prevention referrals and more.The services are free to veterans and family members. For information, call AJ Jones at (727) 372-1854.
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THREE LITTLE CIRCUS PIGS The Carrollwood Cultural Center, 5437 Lowell Road in Tampa, will present “The Three Little Circus Pigs” Feb. 21 at 10:30 a.m., and Feb. 22 at 10:30 a.m. and 11:45 a.m.The Crackling Brothers, Boarnum & Pigfeats Circus will retell the story of the big bad wolf.Admission is $7 for members, $8 for general admission, and $28 for a family four-pack. Children age 4 and younger are free, but a seat must be reserved. For information, call (813) 9228167.
TRAIL STUDY OPEN HOUSE The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization will host an open-house style public information meeting on the Withlacoochee Trail Connector Planning Study Feb. 22 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the City Administration building, 38020 Meridian Ave., in Dade City.Anyone interested can drop by and provide input, share information and ask questions. For information, visist PascoMPO.net.
MAKE A JOURNAL The Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, will host a class on making a bullet journal Feb. 21 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., for ages nine and older.The journal will be a to-do list, a planner, a diary and more.A proper dress code and signed liability waiver are required. For information and to register, call (813) 9291214.
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The Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., will offer “Estate Planning 101” Feb. 21 at 6 p.m.Attorney Bret Galbraith, from Fresh Legal Perspective, will answer legal questions at this free workshop. For information, call (813) 780-0064.
The GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club will host its annual flea market on March 3 and March 4, and is accepting donations between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., at the Old Lutz School, 18819 U.S. 41. Donations must be clean and in working order. Large format TVs, appliances and sleeper sofas cannot be accepted. For information, call Patricia Serio at (813) 9484752.
KNITTING CLUB The Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, will host a knitting club Feb. 21 at 12:30 p.m.The club will meet the first and third Tuesday of the month, for an hour. Participants should bring supplies and a bag lunch. For information, call (352) 567-3576.
ZEPHYRHILLS ART CLUB The Zephyrhills Art Club will meet Feb. 21 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., at Alice Hall, 38116 Fifth Ave.There will be a love-themed mini art show for members, and a watercolor demonstration by Anna Bailey, owner of
The New Jerusalem Church of God, 38442 Tuskeegee Ave., in Dade City, has provided a free food and clothing ministry since 1998. The ministry ‘feeds’ both the physical and spiritual needs of others.Those interested in the service should make an appointment by contacting Pastor May Ross at (352) 5679775 or fax (352) 567-2595.
BOOK DRIVE A book drive to support Goodwill’s BookWorks childhood literacy program will take place through March 15.The program helps put books into the hands of children from low-income families. Children’s books in good condition can be donated by attaching a note,“For BookWorks,” and dropping the books at any GoodwillSuncoast store or donation site. For locations, visit Goodwill-Suncoast.org.
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NEW RACE TRAC NEW WIREGRASS RESTAURANT Wok Chi opened at The Shops in Wiregrass, at 28152 Paseo Drive, on Feb. 6, according to a news release from Wiregrass. This is the third location for Floridabased Wok Chi, which offers fast, casual Asian stir-fry and fresh dim-sum. Additional restaurants are slated to open in New York City and elsewhere in Florida in 2017. The restaurant’s first franchise launched in Dubai in 2016. Wok Chi focuses on fresh, healthy foods promising “no batter, just what matters.” The 2,400-square-foot restaurant has wok-shaped light fixtures, red and white tile, and bamboo accents. Diners craft their own bowls of Asian stir-fry cuisine, from a selection of all-natural, hormone-free chicken, beef, pork and shrimp; organic tofu; and,
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SCHOOL JOB FAIR The Pasco County School District will host a Spring Instructional Job Fair on Feb. 23 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Wesley Chapel High School gymnasium, 30651 Wells Road. The district is seeking teachers and student services employees. Positions are available at the elementary, middle and high school levels for reading, math, science, emotional and behavioral disorders/autism spectrum disorder, school nurse and behavioral analyst. Applicants can have on-the-spot interviews. For information, visit PascoSchools.org and click the Job Fair banner, or contact
Join the ladies of Women-n-Charge on March 3 from 11:15 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., at Pebble Creek Country Club, 10550 Regents Park Drive in Tampa.The women share their talents and resources, and they build relationships with other women in business. No guest speaker is planned. Instead, there will be extra networking time. Each attendee also will have a minute to introduce herself and talk about her business. The cost is $15 for members and $18 for non-members. To register, visit Women-n-charge.com. For information, call (813) 600-9848, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BREAKFAST MEETING The East Pasco Networking Group will meet on March 14 at 7:30 a.m., at the Village Inn at 5214 Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills. Guest speaker will be historian and author Madonna Jervis Wise, who will discuss “Women’s History Month:A Look at Women Who Rocked!” For information, contact Chairman Nils Lenz at (813) 782-9491 or Nilslenz@gmail.com, or Vice Chairwoman Vicky Jones at (813) 431-1149 or Donlvicl@yahoo.com.
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St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, 4211 Van Dyke Road in Lutz, will host birth center tours for expectant mothers. Admission is free, but registration is required. Upcoming tours will be Feb. 19 and Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. To register, call (813) 443-2046. For information, visit StJosephsTampa.com.
HEALTH DEPARTMENT RELOCATES The Florida Department of Health in Zephyrhills and Land O’ Lakes will relocate to Wesley Chapel, at 33845 State Road 54. Starting Feb. 15, these services will be available at the new location: family planning, immunizations, child health, adult health, immigration physicals,WIC nutrition services, Healthy Start services and more. To contact clinical offices, call (813) 7800740. To contact the WIC offices, call (727) 619-0129.
ATRIAL FIBRILLATION SEMINAR The Heart Institute at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point will offer a free Tuesday Tutorial on “A-fib:Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation” Feb. 21, at Rao Musunuru MD Conference Center, 14100 Yosemite Drive in Hudson. The guest speaker will be Dr. Raul Jiminez, board-certified electrophysiologist. Registration and lunch begin at 11:30 a.m., followed by the tutorial at noon. Reservations are required. For information and to RSVP, call (727) 869-5498.
HEART HEALTH & EXERCISE Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, 2600 Bruce B. Downs Blvd., will host a free seminar on heart health and exercise Feb. 21 from noon to 1:30 p.m., at the Health & Wellness Center classroom, second floor. Participants can learn how simple exercise and basic nutrition can help lower blood pressure and improve cholesterol profile. Reservations are required. For information, visit FHWesleyChapel.org/Events, or call (844) 504-9378.
SURGERY ALTERNATIVES The Heart Institute at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point will present a wellness community lecture on “An Alternative to Surgery: Explore the Options” Feb. 21 at The Groves Golf and Country Club, 7924 Melogold Circle in Land O’ Lakes. Registration will begin at 5 p.m., and dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m. Reservations are required. For information, call (727) 869-5498, or toll free at (888) 741-5119, or visit RMCHealth.com.
HEALTH SERIES AT LIBRARY The Zephyrhills Public Library, 5347 Eighth St., will host these health lectures on Feb. 16: • Lunch & Learn Health Education: Liver Cancer Awareness, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.The guest speaker will be a community education specialist from Moffitt Cancer Center.A light lunch will be served. Reservations are required. • Healthy Eating & Living Health Series with Sandra Cole, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Participants can learn how to take control of over 90 percent of the factors determining health. Registration is required. For information and to register, call (813) 780-0064.
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The first Saturday in February rolled around, and approximately 106 people gathered at the community center for an egg n’ bag breakfast. It definitely seemed like a large crowd, and everyone was socializing.The breakfast was hosted by Jim and Judi Leitzke and many helpers, which included Galen and Sue Parker, Joan Lawrence, Doris Sutfin, Vic and Lynne-Rae Dyson, and Clayton and Carol George. I know I have said it before, but without all the people volunteering, we wouldn’t have things run so smoothly and efficiently. It started off with Galen Parker saying grace before the meal, and you could literally hear a pin drop. Once grace was said, tables were called up so guests could prepare their omelets. This is done from an assortment of ingredients that includes bacon, ham, cheese, onions, mushrooms, green peppers and Jalapeno peppers. Once you get all the ingredients you desire and everything is put in a bag, you go over to another counter where the bags are cooked. The end result, sometime later, is a delicious omelet. There also are hash-brown potatoes, sausage gravy and biscuits, plus coffee and orange juice. In addition to the lovely breakfast, Gary Wilcox and Chick Shackewyc showed us two promotional videos of the acts that are coming to Grand Horizons. In other words, it was a taste of what’s to come. The first video was of Rich Wilson, and he will be coming to Grand Horizons on March 4. The other video was of Eric Kearns, an impersonator, who will be coming at a later date. The videos looked good, and we sure
hope Marty and I will be available to attend both of these shows. We had our usual entertaining game of dominoes on Feb. 6. Once again, there were several tables and much fun.We always look forward to this night. Twenty ladies from Grand Horizons attended a luncheon at Ford’s Garage, in Brandon, on Feb. 7.This luncheon was hosted by Rosie Semian. The restaurant was quite unique, as it has cars to greet people as they enter the parking lot, and tires that were lined up on a top shelf inside the restaurant. The menu was quite varied, and since a birthday was being celebrated, ice cream on a brownie was served to June Weinle. It was so good that she ate most of it. Everything was delicious, and everyone went home happy and content.
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SHADY HILLS HOSTS FIRST TRACK MEET FIELD TRIP Shady Hills Elementary School hosted its first Track Meet Field Trip Feb. 10 at Crews Lake Middle School. The event was part of the after-school Shady Hills Harrier Running Club, which is in its second year. Since its formation, the club has amassed a roster of 110 students who run every Tuesday and Thursday. The students tally their accumulated miles to earn rewards and participation in Oak Hill Hospital’s Five Points of Life Kids Marathon, in April. Students also receive tips on stretching, nutrition and running techniques.
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Go Green! Live L Green! Be B Green! BILIRAKIS, from page 1A Television reports on the event aired on local and national networks, and excerpts of speakers streamed on social media. The vast majority of speakers protested repealing and replacing the ACA. Speakers told Bilirakis that repealing the ACA will cause chaos. Some told Bilirakis that keeping the ACA, for them, or their loved ones, is truly a matter of life or death. The crowd jeered in reaction to comments by Bill Akins, secretary of the executive committee of the Republican Party of Pasco County, who said:“There is a provision in there (the ACA) that anyone over the age of 74 has to go before what is effectively a death panel.” As the crowd booed and shouted “no,” Akins insisted he was right.“The provision is in there.” As speakers took their turn at the microphone, some folks in the lobby occasionally chanted,“Medicare for all. Medicare for all.” In response, one man counter-chanted: “Make someone else pay. Make someone else pay.” One speaker told Bilirakis that the ACA had not really worked because it was too expensive, and another said he preferred keeping the government out of his back pocket. But, most of the speakers, including Ivana Sheppard, a member of Action Together Tampa Bay, want to see Obamacare improved — not repealed and replaced. “Your job as a congressman is to fix it,” Sheppard told Bilirakis. Insurance companies and pharmaceutical companies should not be involved in reform efforts, she added.“Take their seat from the table.The insurance companies, the pharmaceutical companies should not be at the table,” she said. “We are actively searching for (U.S. Sen.) Marco Rubio,” Sheppard added. Beverly Ledbetter, active in Pasco County Democratic politics, reminded Bilirakis:
STORE, from page 1A Charlie said. The idea was to give them a chance to see and touch items, he said. Suggestive selling was a way to move products. “When somebody was there to get something, (Charlie would say) ‘By the way, do you need a toothbrush?’ “If the person said,‘As a matter of fact, I do,’” Charlie said,“you’d get out another one and say,‘You’d better get two.’” Or, he’d ask a customer: “Do you think you’d want a box of Whitman candy today?” At that time, the candy was $2 a box, he said. Customers could buy a Hershey bar or a single-scoop ice cream cone for a nickel, decades ago. Comic books were a dime. A pack of cigarettes went for 20 cents,
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Zephyrhills girls weightlifting shines at states By Kevin Weiss
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The Zephyrhills High School girls weightlifting team can now lay claim as one of the top teams in the state. Buoyed by the performances of two upperclassmen and an underclassman, the Bulldogs sprung into a tie for seventh place (out of 35 schools) at the FHSAA Class 1A girls weightlifting finals at Belleview High School on Feb. 3. “I did not ever expect to be a top-10 team,” said Joe Rinaldo, in his ninth year at Zephyrhills.“That was surprising.” At the same token, the 2016-2017 team is one of the best he’s ever had. “I would take this team against any of those teams I’ve ever had. They were that good,” he said. Three girls did the heavy lifting for the Bulldogs: senior Sara First (101- pound class), junior Jessica Guadarrama (183) and sophomore Abby Shaffer (unlimited). In the 183-pound class, Guadarrama finished state runner-up with a 175-pound bench press and 175-pound clean-and-jerk for a 350-pound total.Those numbers were a sizable jump from her sophomore year at states, when she put together a 305-pound total (140-pound bench, 165-pound cleanand-jerk). She credits her year-round training. “I worked for what I got,” Guadarrama said, assuredly.“I had a lot of offseason time to practice.” Her mindset during the state finals helped, too. “When I went into the meet, I was focused on myself. I didn’t pay attention to the other (competitors) because that would mess my focus,” she explained.“I came here to do my own numbers and what I know I can do, and whatever place I can get with those numbers.” In the unlimited class, Shaffer placed fourth (185-205—390). Meantime, First placed sixth (120-110—230) in the 101pound class. “At first, you look at it, and it’s like nervewracking because it’s like the best in the state get there,” Shaffer said.“But once you get into it, you realize it’s just like a normal meet — just more schools and more on the line a little bit.” Rinaldo said he expected top-tier finishes for both Guadarrama and Shaffer.Yet, it was his senior—a first-time lifter— that surprised him the most. “She was in a tough spot going into it, and
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BENCH PRESS-CLEAN-AND-JERK—TOTAL CLASS 1A 101 POUNDS Sara First (Zephyrhills High): sixth place; 120-110—230 139 POUNDS Eliahnis Lewis (Pasco High): 140-125—265 183 POUNDS Jessica Guadarrama (Zephyrhills High): second place; 175-175—350 UNLIMITED Abby Shaffer (Zephyrhills High); fourth place; 185-205—390 CLASS 2A 101 POUNDS Shelby Lewis (Sunlake High) 115-120—235 Zeena Zayed (Freedom High) third place; 130-135—265 139 POUNDS Caroline Winstead (Sunlake High); 140-0—140 154 POUNDS Tricia Clifton (Wiregrass Ranch High): 145-135—280
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The Zephyrhills girls weightlifting team placed seventh at the FHSAA Class 1A state finals. The team is only losing four seniors.
between her lifting and other people failing ahead of her, she was able to move up and get on the medal stand,” Rinaldo said, of First. “It was so amazing to see her journey from the start to the ending,” Guadarrama said.“I did not expect her to go to states; it was awesome.” The team’s core development began last summer, when Rinaldo signed up several lifters to compete in a USA Weightlifting club affiliated with Fortitude Fitness in Trinity. It went a long way toward improving lifting technique, especially for Guadarrama and Shaffer. “We made a lot of changes in the cleanand-jerk technique,” Rinaldo said.“Learning to snatch helped immensely with their cleans. ...It was hard at first for them, but once they picked it up and learned how to use it, it made their cleans that much better.” In essence, small changes led to big in-
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Shaffer said.“Some of the freshman this year — they have potential.” Some first-timers, too, could one day make a splash. “The popularity of our team—probably the past few weeks—has grown,” Rinaldo said. “I’ve got people coming up to me in the hallways saying,‘Hey, when do we start back up again? I’ve got girls that want to come out.’ I don’t know how good they are, but what we’re doing is speaking volumes right now.” School system. • Hershel Lyons – chancellor of Florida’s K-12 Public Schools since 2013. Lyons has 28 years of administrative experience in the Alachua County Public School system. • George Tomyn – retired former superintendent of Marion County Schools in Florida. Tomyn has 36 years of administrative experience in the Marion County Public School system.
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Saint Leo University has announced it will induct eight new members into its Athletic Hall of Fame March 30 at the Marion Bowman Activities Center. Inductees for the Class of 2017 are: • Lauren Hudson Daniel ‘09, women’s soccer • Matt Harkins ‘95, men’s soccer • Erin Brunt Kinberger ‘07, softball • Michelle Nogueras ‘09, volleyball • Asmir Pervan ‘06, men’s soccer • Jordan Prais ‘10, men’s basketball • John Semeraro ‘05, men’s golf • Bob Sullivan, coach/administrator “The Saint Leo Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2017 recognizes some outstanding student-athletes from recent years who displayed their abilities on a national level, as well as some individuals who paved the way for that success through their commitment to Saint Leo and Erin Kinberger the student-athlete experience,” according to Saint Leo Athletic Director Francis X. Reidy.“I congratulate the members of this year’s class of inductees, and welcome them into the Saint Leo Athletic Hall of Fame.” Reservations for the induction dinner and ceremony are $35 each, and can be purchased from Erin Mykleby, assistant athletics director, at (352) 588-8223 or email@example.com.
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anch Days offered a weekend of entertainment at the Little Everglades
Ranch. There were tethered hot air balloon rides, tours of the ranch, a high-wire act, a snake show, live music, a petting zoo and other ways to have fun. People could grab a bite to eat, and sit back and relax, or they could be more adventurous. They could watch a chainsaw artist turn a piece of wood into a work of art, they could learn about birds of prey, and they could stick around to see a hot air balloon glow. Over the years, people have visited the 2,100-acre ranch, owned by Bob and Sharon Blanchard, for all sorts of events, including Savage Races, Steeplechase Races, equine events, track meets and other activities. This was first time that tours were offered of the property, at 17951 Hamilton Road in Dade City.
Chainsaw sculptor Brian Ruth, from Pennsylvania, turns a stump of wood into an owl. He carves pine and cypress creations, while inside a protective cage, before an appreciative audience.
A Hot Air Balloon Ride Co. of Orlando (yellow/blue balloon) and American Balloons of Wesley Chapel (red/white/blue balloon) provided tethered balloon views from the Ranch Day site on the Little Everglades Ranch.
Kitty Tolson-Carol, also known as Miss Kitty, brought scores of birds of prey to educate and perform for audiences at the event. An American Barn Owl lands on her hand.
Helen (Flower) and Bob (the Old Hippie) Buyse are musicians of Michigan and Tampa Bay areas. They came in costume to see if they would like to play at Ranch Days next year. He said he was impressed with this first event and will try to be part of it next year.
Tino Wallenda performed on the high-wire for four shows during the weekend. He reported that most of his family that were in the Sarasota Circus accident last week are in good shape, but some are still hospitalized.
Wayne Waxing performs in the band Hymn for Her, at Ranch Days at Little Everglades Ranch.
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Despite setbacks, Carmel is happy Carmel came to Animal Services last summer. She was initially a very sick little girl, having pneumonia and heartworm, and everyone has worked very hard to get her a fresh start to life. Carmel’s last injection for heartworm was done Jan. 5, and she will need a recheck heartworm test in 6 months. Despite her medical setbacks, Carmel is a happy and bright girl with a lot of love to give. If you already have a dog at home, a meet-and-greet is recommended. Come meet Carmel. The staff would be happy to discuss her medical records and possible medical needs in the future.
Springtime is in the air Cheryl Fernandez, of Lutz, snapped this colorful close-up at Treasure Island Beach in St. Petersburg.
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A perfect pair Kali (top) and Chloe are two young girls that came to the shelter together. They get along fantastically, and Chloe even helped Kali with her litter of kittens until they were ready to wean from their mommy. If you are looking to adopt in multiples, you will find a perfect pair in these two. Chloe is a funny girl who likes to greet new people. Kali has lovely flowing hair that you just can’t help be jealous of. If you are interested in meeting these two girls, come by the shelter.
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PET PAWS PETSMART ADOPTION EVENT The New Tampa PetSmart, 6248 Commerce Palms Blvd., will host a PetSmart Charities National Pet Adoption Weekend Feb. 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Feb. 19 from noon to 3 p.m. Cat Crusaders will be available both days with kittens and cats available for adoption. Fees will be $65 for one kitten, or $85 for two. Adult cats age 1 and older will be $35; and, a mother cat and kitten will be $50. All cats and kittens are tested for FIV/FeLV, current on vaccines, spayed/neutered and microchipped. On Sunday, Guardian Angel Dog Rescue will feature dogs up for adoption.
TAILS AT TWILIGHT “Tails at Twilight” will take place Feb. 25 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., as part of Gulfport’s Get Rescued event, the annual street festival and fundraiser on Beach Boulevard. After the pets have gone to bed, guests are invited to stay for an evening of live music and dancing, catered hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and opportunity drawings. Proceeds from ticket sales, after expenses, will be donated to rescue groups participating in the evening event. Tickets for “Tails at Twilight” are $25 and available at the Gulfport Welcome Center,
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With our partner, North Newland Communities is the largest private developer of planneed mixed-use communities in the United States. Wi America Sekisui House, LLC, we believe it is our responsibility to create communities for people to live life in ways that matter most to them. www w..newlandcommunities.com | www w..nashcommunities.com NASH Bexley, LLC (“Fe e Owner”) is the owner and developer of the Bexley Communit y (“Communit y”). Cer tain homebuilder s unaf filiate d with the Fe e Owner or its relate d entities are building homes in the Communit y (“Builder(s)”). Fe e Owner has retaine d Newland Communities solely as the proper t y manager for the Communit y. Nor th A merica Sekisui House has an interest in one of the member s in Fe e Owner. Newland Communities and Nor th A merica Sekisui House are not co - developing, co -building or other wise responsible for any of the obligations or representations of any of the Builder s, and shall have no obligations to any buyer re garding a home purchase from a Builder. Additionally, Fe e Owner may se ek to qualif y its Communit y for of fering and sale of proper t y in states where prior out- of-state re gistration is re quire d before lots, parcels, or interests may be of fere d for sale or lease to residents of such states, which states may have spe cific disclosures that must be delivered to prospe ctive purchaser s before the exe cution of any instrument relate d to the sale or lease any real proper t y interest in the Communit y. Builder s have be en informe d of such state -mandate d re quirements and it is the obligation of such Builder s to comply with all land sale re gistration re gulations as mandate d by their contractual relationships with Fe e Owner and to distribute all applicable disclosures to prospe ctive purchaser s prior to or at exe cution of a contract of sale for real estate. Purchaser s of homes from any of the Builder s waive any claims against Newland Communities and /or Nor th A merica Sekisui House arising out of their purchase transaction. This is not intende d to be an of fer to sell or a solicitation of of fer s to buy real estate in the Bexley Communit y to residents of Conne cticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, New York, New Jer sey, and Ore gon, or in any other jurisdiction where prohibite d by law. © 2017 Bexley. A ll rights reser ve d. Bexley is a trademark of NASH Bexley, LLC, and may not be copie d, imitate d or use d, in whole or in par t, without prior writ ten permission. • EQUAL HOUSING OPPORTUNIT Y
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