News of Sun City Center December 2022

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5 Board Workshop

Rollins Theater – 9 a.m.

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Sun City Center Men’s Club Celebrates 60 Years


Membership Vote

Sandpiper Room

8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


Membership Vote

Community Hall

9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Rollins Theater – 9 a.m.

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26 CA Office & Library Closed

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Facilities Open

4 Annual Membership Meeting

Community Hall – 3:00 p.m.

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During these holidays, the Atrium building, CA offices, Pools, Library, Fitness Center, and Community Hall and the Information Center will be closed with no member access allowed. Access will not be denied for members who, at their own risk, wish to use the outdoor facilities and the dedicated club rooms. The restrooms will not be open and no emergency maintenance will be provided.

Agendas for the monthly Board Meetings will be posted on the Official Bulletin Board in the Atrium the Friday before and on the CA website (www. – under “Residents” –Upcoming Meeting Agendas). They will also be sent via “What’s New in the CA’’ email.

The Men’s Club of Sun City Center celebrated its 60th anniversary in grand style at Community Hall on October 27. As many as 250 people attended the free event, which featured flamenco dancers from the Columbia Restaurant, as well as singing by barbershop quartet Par For The Chorus, and Bill “Elvis” Lindsey. Capping off the event, one lucky person won a drawing for a free cruise for two, courtesy of SCC Travel World.

Men’s Club volunteers scooped eight gallons of ice cream and served 400 brownies to attendees, courtesy of Sun Towers. “We had good success signing up new members and making new

Steve Repaal and his wife Diane, as Mrs. Claus, will throw candy canes to the crowds at the 2022 Sun City Center Golf Cart Parade, scheduled for Saturday, December 3, rain or shine. Carts will start lining up at 8 a.m. in front of the Good Samaritan building parking lot at the corner of N. Pebble Beach Blvd and N. Course Ln. Judging for carts competing for prizes starts at 9 a.m., and the parade kicks off at 10. The three judges this year are: Jo Boggs of Boggs Jewelry Store, Troy Milquist, owner of Jack’s Shack and the new Replays Restaurant, and Melissa Roberts, corporate executive for Woodie’s Wash Shack in Wimauma.

Parade route is as follows: North on N. Pebble Beach, right on La Jolla, right on El Rancho, right on Ojai, left on Cherry Hills and ends at the bandstand. Entrants may compete for cash prizes in one of three categories: Individual, Group (clubs, service organizations & HOA/POAs), and Business. Winners will be announced at the bandstand at the end of the parade. Entry is available to residents of SCC and Freedom Plaza, and registration will be open the day of the event.

Come on out to enjoy the fun, then stick around and do some shopping, as many of our Clubs will be open after the parade.

Lighting Up Sun City Center

The winter holidays are here, and the tradition of decorating with colorful lights makes the season extra special. Residents go out to decorate their neighborhoods, and the lights around the lakes are most impressive. Sun City Center was no exception.

One of the earliest residents, Dr. Walthorn, was so impressed with the use of Luminaria which are popular in Mexico, that he introduced the tradition of luminaries to SCC. In 1968, he presented his idea to the North Lake committee and was made chairman of the project. Luminarias are candles placed inside paper bags that have sand in the bottom. They are placed along the walkway of the homes, to light the way for the Christ Child to find their home.

For many years, the residents of Blue Water Drive decorated their lampposts

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Annual Golf Cart Parade
December 3, at 10 a.m.
Blue Crescent Fountain Blue Crescent Lake Holiday Lights 2021. Lighting continued on page CA-3. Bill "Elvis" Lindsey saluting America. Singing by Par For The Chorus. Barbara Brandoni (2nd from right) won a free cruise in a drawing.


A Year in Review


Eric Porr formed our group in January 2022. He brought us up to date with the history of the community and the outcomes of past LRPC members. In addition to meeting almost weekly, we broke out into subcommittees to review the Rollins Theatre, Landscaping/Signage, Communication, Focus Groups, and Resident Surveys. We conducted multiple surveys and focus groups. We want to thank everyone for your time and input throughout the year. Your input has resulted in a Top 10 List of projects and the Not Top 10 List (i.e. concerns, issues). We’ve been listening and reading to all you suggested.

The Landscape/Signage subcommittee has worked diligently to complete Phase I of landscaping. We’ve received several positive comments about what’s been done. We will be working with the University of Florida on Phase II and a master plan for landscaping our community.

Through input from the surveys and focus groups, we became aware of the need for improvements of our sports complex. We’re in the process of increasing the pickleball courts from six to eight, adding two new volleyball courts, and shaded areas. We’ve hired a very experienced land planner company to create a master plan based on your input and assist with accomplishing the community’s Top 10 List. This company has worked with communities to modernize and/or maintain existing property. The LRPC has given this company all of your input for review and analysis. You may have the opportunity to visit with their staff when they’re onsite. All of the LRPC members are committed to you and the community. All of the LRPC subcommittees continue to meet and move forward with projects at hand.

I would hope that all had a great Thanksgiving Holiday with friends or family. Six years ago, I was sitting in a Board meeting for the Sun City Community Association, while being very involved in the Security Patrol. A neighbor said we should get involved by running for the CA Board. I put my papers in, and he didn’t. Well, that started the six-year dedication of working for this community.

At the point of three and a half years on the board, I was given the opportunity to become the president of our community board. I have worked many weeks giving more than fifty-plus hours in service supporting our great community and the many questions and issues that have been presented to the board over my time in office.

I wish to thank the residents of this community for allowing me to serve on the Board of Directors. I look forward to moving into other supporting roles in the community, as I will support the Men’s Club of Sun City Center with being President of that Club in the upcoming year.

The Election of Directors will be coming to a close, so you need to review the candidates’ videos (on our website) and in the paper and on 96.3 our Sun City Center radio station and make an informed decision as to the members that will run this community next year and the years to come.

Have a safe Holiday Season, I will greatly miss being part of this Board. A paper wasp tries

Trail Blazing

“Food fight!” That’s the battle cry when hot dogs and spaghetti go flying in school cafeterias. However, on the Sun City Center West Campus Nature Trails “food fight” has a different meaning.

Fighting over food is a way of life for many species, and for every hunter or gatherer critter, there is a pirate or two waiting to seize the booty. Sometimes the combat is intraspecies, as when two laughing gulls tussle midair over a fish or crab. Sometimes two different species wrestle in a tug-of-war, as in the photograph. Using its hairy sticky legs, a Milkweed Assassin Bug captured a Blue Bottle fly and has it impaled on its long, slender, black and orange beak. The beak delivers a deadly and gruesome chemical cocktail that both paralyzes the prey and liquifies the internal organs and structures, turning the fly into a bag of goo held together by the exoskeleton. The beak does double duty as both a syringe and a soda straw and the assassin bug was no doubt waiting for the liquification process to finish, anticipating the next fun phase of slurping out the goo.

The paper wasp at the bottom of the image had other plans for the fly, knowing that it would be the perfect meal for her larva back in the paper nest. Ninety-two seconds and three dozen photographs later, the wasp wrested loose the prey and flew off with the meal. The wasp won the battle for several reasons. It can fly, the assassin bug can’t, the main weapon of the bug was otherwise occupied and stuck in the fly, and the legs of the wasp are more muscular and powerful, adapted for carrying heavy loads, making them a strong asset in a tug-of-war. While there are no winners in a cafeteria food fight, in nature the winner gets to eat or feed its family.

The Nature Trails trailhead is located opposite North Lake on Del Webb West between Vincennes and Seton Hall. John Lampkin leads walks on the first Tuesday of each month at 9 a.m. Join us as we marvel at the macro and micro wonders of nature.

Please watch our website “ residents/long-range-planning” for updates and feel free to reach out to any of us at any time. It’s a very exciting time in SCC!


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List prepared from CA staff data. Report corrections, additions to CA at 633-3500. 10/18 thru 11/17, 2022 Local Adress Name Hometown State/Country Phone 1762 Atrium Drive Thomas & Patricia Kruger
706 Balutusrol Way Eugene Little
1524 Belle Glade Avenue Brenda Gilbert/Pamela Swearingen
706 Brockton Place, W. Richard Nowak
501 Chipper Drive Stephen Snow
1716 Danbury Drive Stephanie Adkins
1823 Del Webb Blvd., E. Sheri Creel
2215 Del Webb Blvd., E. Alfred & Diana Herzing
1412 Del Webb Blvd., W. Barbara Sherrow
2323 Del Webb Blvd., W. Michael & Gretchen Allman
708 Desert Hills Way Patrick & Christine Dechello
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to wrestle away a blue bottle fly captured and killed by a Milkweed Assassin bug.

CA Board Approves Land Planning Contract, Other Measures

The Community Association Board of Directors unanimously approved four measures at the November 9 monthly Board meeting held in Rollins Theater. They decided to:

Approve temporary usage of offsite pickleball play at the Apollo Beach Racquet and Fitness Club during construction of the new CA pickleball courts. The CA and the Pickleball Club will each pay $450 per month. Change the first paragraph of the Holiday Facility Use Policy 6.01.B.3.b (see the Policy Manual online) to add Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve as

observed holiday half days starting at 1 p.m. The Atrium, CA offices, pools, library, Fitness Center, Community Hall, and the Information Center will be closed. The only exception will be the New Year’s Eve Dance at the Community Hall. Members may use the outdoor facilities and the dedicated club rooms at their own risk. The restrooms will not be open, and no emergency maintenance will be provided.

Approve a land planning contract with OutsideIn Architecture, LLC of Brooksville, FL, for $128,800 to assist with the Master Plan for Sun City

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Center. The bid specifications were $98,880 for the contract plus $30,000 contingency fee for anything that might be added later. This will be expensed from Capital Account #64390-000-2. Purchase a new storage shed and slab at the Softball field from The Carport Company and Reflection Homes for a total amount of $13,753. This will be expensed from Capital Account #64342000-2.

Treasurer David Birkett reported the following numbers: Operation Fund $2,039,956; Replacement Fund $1,934,770; Renovation Fund $43,382; Capital Fund $4,706,158. House

transfers have been decreasing as expected: July 64, August 55, September 44, October 34.

The CA is still working on numerous projects throughout both campuses and will continue to do so for a couple of months. Lyn Reitz asks that residents be aware of their surroundings and follow signs and stay clear of coned and ropedoff areas for safety purposes.

The total resident count was 11,484 as of October 31, and total membership dues were 11,594. We track the residents and vacancies separately to have a true accounting for our records and budgeting purposes.

On November 9 in Community Hall, Sun City Center residents heard the eight candidates for the Board of Directors answer questions that residents had submitted in advance on index cards. Moderator Vern Hendricks had received 363 questions, he said. He and his wife, Elysa, had previously organized them into categories to ensure that a broad range of topics was covered.

Come Celebrate With The History Society

60 years ago on December 30, our community celebrated its first birthday. The celebration began with a horse show open to the whole community. At the party later there were lots of speeches from lots of dignitaries. There were several performances by the Tampa Chapter of the Barbershop Singing Society, and there was a giant birthday cake! The History Society is hosting a celebration of this event at Community Hall on Friday, December 30, with two showings of our video “The Story of Sun City Center” along with birthday cake and coffee.There will also be a display of artifacts and mementos from each anniversary celebrated here. The video showings will be at 1 and 2:30 p.m. Cake and coffee will be served at 2.

The video is an extension of John

Bowker’s original slideshow and will take about 45 minutes. It begins with information about our founder, Del Webb, and how he came to choose this location to build his third retirement community. It then takes us through the year 1962 up to the first birthday party. The History Society feels strongly that Sun City Center is a most unique community, and we want to share just how special it is with all our residents. We are dedicated to the preservation and presentation of records and artifacts that chronicle this very special history. So come to either showing and enjoy a slice of birthday cake with us. The event is free to all SCCCA members. Questions? Call the History Society at 813-633-3038 or email “scchistorysoc@”

Monday Movies Rollins Theater

Second and Fourth Monday, 1 p.m.

All Sun City Center Community Association members who present current CA ID cards, and their guests who bring a guest pass, are welcome. Capacity is limited to 145 attendees per the Hillsborough County Fire Code, so guests with a guest pass may attend on a space available basis. NOTE: Only one movie in December.

December 12: The War With Grandpa

1 hour, 35 minutes

Peter is not too pleased when his mom makes him give up his beloved bedroom to accommodate Grandpa. Desperate to get his room back, Peter decides to wage all-out war and devises all sorts of wild schemes to make Grandpa give up the room. But, Grandpa refuses to surrender easily and soon takes the fight back to his grandson.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Uma Thurman, Rob Riggle, Oakes Fegley, Christopher Walken

Genre: Comedy, Family Rating: PG for rude humor, language



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with blue lights. To drive down Blue Water was always a special treat. At the same time, El Rancho Drive used colored lights to decorate their houses. Most houses in SCC came automatically with an iron ring to be placed around the lamppost, making it easy to decorate.

Gigi Arthur of El Rancho encouraged

the residents of Blue Crescent Lake to put out lights. Tom Feeman of Sola Lane really went all out. He purchased a fountain which was placed into Blue Crescent Lake. It has been truly a beautiful edition. Thank You, Tom. So, let’s light up SCC and celebrate together this year!

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Tampa mayor Jullian Lane and Mrs. Mary Shelton, center, hold the first piece of mammoth cake. Stan Clark, Sun City activities coordinator, is on the right. estimated people turned out for the SCC Men’s Club 60 years celebration.


NOTICE: Each community and club in Sun City Center and Kings Point has specific rules about membership and attendance. Unless specifically stated or posted, most venues, meetings and events hosted on the Community Association campus and in Kings Point require attendees to bring their SCC CA or KP ID or come with a resident member. When in doubt, contact the club in question - not the venue or association - prior to arrival. Thanks.

Ceramics Raffle

Come to Ceramics, located between Lawn Bowling and the outdoor pool, and buy your $5 raffle ticket for this beautiful snowman or Father Christmas and Princess Christmas!! We’re open from 9 to 4 Monday through Friday! The drawing will be Thursday, December 14. You do not have to be present to win!

Needlecrafters Donate Afghans

The Needlecrafters Club donated 31 hand-knit and crocheted Afghans to Hospice, Palms Gardens and Sun Towers. Needlecrafters is open: Winter hours are MWF from 9 to noon and T/Th from 9 to 2 p.m. 942 Cherry Hills Drive, next to the shuffleboard courts across the street from the Arts and Crafts building.

Needlecrafters Afghans.

SCC Photo Club Best of the Best Competition December 13

Atrium, Caper Room

The SCC Photo club will host the “Best of the Best” competition. The judge will be Bernie Hynes, who will be judging all the winners of the local competitions for the past year. Members of the SCC Photo Club, and their guests, per CA guidelines, may attend.

Multicultural Heritage Club Sweethearts Dance

The Sweethearts Dance held on October 7 was our adult version of a rave. Music was old and new and loud and the couples were diversifying their dance steps and partners. The Community Hall on the South Campus proved to be the perfect venue and a great time was had by all.

Computer Club Monthly Meeting

Wednesday December 7, at 7 p.m.

Susan Mueller, a member of the Computer Users of Erie and lead er of the Genealogy SIG, will present “Beginning Genealogy”, which is designed for the beginning genealogy researcher.

Computer Club Classes

The Computer Club Lab is open from 12:30 to 4:30, every day except Sunday. Sign up for classes can be done online. Students must be a member in good standing at Sun City Center or Kings Point. Tuition is payable upon registration. For additional information email: Pauline Baker, “” or

Intro to Computers (Four Sessions) Nov. 29 & 30, Dec. 13 & 14, from 10 to noon

Buying a Computer Monday, December 5 from 9 to 11 a.m. iPad/iPhone for Seniors Thursday, December 8 from 9 to noon

Metaphysical Society Presentations

Wednesdays, 10 to noon

Atrium Building, Heritage Room Open to Society members and SCCCA residents joining the Club. SCCCA ID is required. Free admission, with a love offering requested. For info call Patti at 813263-4232. For membership info call Pennie at 404-242-7586.

Wednesday, December 7 • Club Election Day

We will meet on Election Day to vote in our Board positions of President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Membership Director, and Program Director. This will be followed by a fun filled time of festivities of food and fellowship with members bringing their favorite dishes for everyone to share.

Wednesday, December 14 • Vicki Atlas Israel Miracle Mindsets Mindset Meditation Coach Vicki Atlas Israel is on a mission to help you discover your inner power for stress relief and empowerment.

Wednesday, December 21 • Vicky Sand Astrology Predictions for 2023 Vicky Sand’s interest in astrology began 72 years ago at the age of 8. Vicky will bring us “2023 Astrological Predictions for You” with valuable information.

Wednesday, December 28 • Ken Wrasse Edgar Cayce Ken will be showing us an informative video on the teachings of Edgar Cayce.

Garden Totems To Be Raffled At Holiday Craft Sale

The Potters Wheel Club is raffling off two of their famed garden totems in conjunction with the Holiday Craft Sale on December 10. More of the Clubs totems, created by club members in teams, will be sold during the Craft Sale. Created by Mary Buccilli, the totems are totally hand-made and glazed. They are carousel-themed, one titled “Flower Power’’ and the other “Life is a Carousel.” The proceeds from the raffle benefit the Potters Wheel Club.

Tickets are available in the Potters Wheel Studio, located directly south of the outdoor pool from 9:30 to 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Cost is $2 per ticket or six for $10. The drawing will be held at the end of the Holiday Craft Sale on Saturday, December 10

Fidget Aprons

Over the years, members of the Sew‘n Sews Club of Sun City Center have made special fidget aprons to donate to individuals coping with Alzheimer’s and Dementia. These photos show a group of Club members who recently joined together to make aprons. If you have a loved one or a friend that could use one of the fidget aprons, please stop by the Club (preferably on a Monday or a Wednesday morning between 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.). There is no charge for the aprons but donations are always appreciated. The Sew‘n Sews Club is located at the back of the Arts and Crafts Building on Cherry Hills Drive. Membership in the Club is open to members of Sun City Community Association in good standing and to Kings Point gold card holders. Info: “” or 813-505-9503.

SCC Swim Dancers

Practice, practice, practice! With the SCC Swim Dancers annual show four months away, March 4, 2023, the gals have taken to the water. As always it will be a show filled with action, beauty, and some surprises. Though the show is in the water, the team spends a lot of time on dry land. All the costumes and props are designed by the creativity of many members. If you are interested in joining this combination sport you must be a SCC resident or have a Kings Point Gold Card. And of course you need basic swimming skills. Info: Sue Muise at 813 633-2479.

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We donated 10 Afghans to Hospice in SCC. Joanne Sudman and Lori Bois presented them to Sally Stammen, a 15year volunteer with Hospice. Palm Gardens Executive Director, Brian Bentz, center, accepted our donation of 10 Afghans. Joanne Sudman and Lori Bois presented them.

Happy Holidays

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"Hi, Neighbor!" is Back!

In an event deserving two exclamation marks in a headline, “Hi, Neighbor!” returned to Community Hall for the first time since 2019. An estimated 700 people attended the two-hour evening event that featured 86 clubs and organizations. “I was delighted with the turnout,” “Hi, Neighbor!” chair Janet Ditmore said, “as we did not know whether or not residents would be interested in having this event continue after so long a hiatus.”

SCCCA event coordinator Claudia Hinson said, “I love this event because it gives the new residents a chance to see what wonderful clubs and organizations we have.”

Owl Visits Audubon Club

Rodent pesticides are killing wild owls. Fairl Thomas gave a very informative presentation on how we are killing wildlife and how we can change what we’re doing. An owl can kill up

to 15 rodents in a single night. That benefits us. Members and visitors loved the presentation and the opportunity to see an owl up close. This is just one of many exciting events put on by a club here in our community.

This past June, when passing through Tampa International Airport, News reporter Andrea L.T. Peterson snapped a picture of an in-progress sculpture that promised to be the “World’s Largest Flamingo.” Now, the giant flamingo sculpture is ready for its closeup. This impressive work can be found on the main concourse, the level used to take trams to the terminals/planes. Whether you’re flying or meeting family or friends, take a moment to enjoy this fabulous addition to Tampa airport.

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Makenzie Shaw and Fairl Thomas with Greta the great horned owl visiting the Audubon club. Ron Clark, left, and Roger Zieg, right, helped manage parking lot information and security for the event. Gary Taylor, Gene Doyle, Dave Devine, Bob Denton, Jeff Williams, and Ron Matelski also assisted.
Flamingo Ready to Fly
Annual Golf Cart Parade Saturday, December 3, at 10 a.m. PARADE ROUTE IS AS FOLLOWS: North on N. Pebble Beach, right on La Jolla, right on El Rancho, right on Ojai, left on Cherry Hills and ends at the bandstand.
More Pictures on page 23. Hi Neighbor Chair Janet Ditmore (left) and CA Event Director Claudia Hinson.

The Editor’s Corner

Peace on Earth

Cruising through town picking up odds, ends, and last minute Thanksgiving stuff, we see decorations going up on homes and businesses celebrating the advent of Peace on Earth. Meanwhile, my truck’s radio is letting us know that, even two thousand years later, peace is more of a pursuit than a destination.

On the radio, a shaken Ukrainian hospital administrator described the moment when rockets struck his hospital, killing a two-day-old child. The infant’s mother, who survived after being pulled from the rubble, is, in the words of the doctor, being “treated for emotional distress.”

The reporter went on to describe how facilities in the city are out of order: no water, very limited electricity. Patients who survived the blasts are being taken to another hospital.

In the passenger seat of my truck, my middle son looked over, said, “Two days old. Fortyeight hours. He didn’t get to do… anything… And, now, he won’t.” He’s an inquisitive, empathetic kid. He’s also intensely curious about military history, thanks in large part to our family’s long history of military service and his Dad’s interest in the subject. We’ve talked a lot about wars, including why they are fought, both historically and currently. A young teen, he is beginning to do the mental-emotional math all of us undertake when exploring the context of current and historical events. My son looks over, says, “Putin wants the energy in Ukraine?” I nod, “That’s one of the reasons geopolitical experts have given for the invasion.”

He’s quiet for a moment, then asks, “Isn’t that why Hitler invaded the Soviet Union? He wanted their oil, their energy?” I nodded. He’s pensive, contemplative. “Russia’s doing what the Nazis did to them. Murdering twoday-old babies for energy?” I say nothing, giving him space to think through this. He thinks for a moment, then adds, “War is terrible.”

I nod, thinking, That’s a simple truth and a gargantuan understatement. It’s why we long for peace in a world where war has been a constant. Since the first human wanted something that belonged to someone else, conflict has been part of the human experience. We strive for peace, pray for it, and work toward it. We shake proverbial bigger sticks, threaten, bribe, and cajole in an effort to push the greedy, the reckless, the desperate, insane, and evil back from the brink. Despite these ongoing efforts, peace remains fleeting and war feels inevitable.

So, while we dress our yards with celebrations of Peace on

Earth, hundreds of thousands of young Americans will miss the holidays with their families this season. My eldest son among them. While he’s not deployed overseas this year, as he has been many times, he’s at a base hundreds of miles away, in class, learning how to diffuse bombs. It’s a skill he’s always had an interest in acquiring, and the transition from engineering to EOD school was a natural one. He’s doing well. He has a clear, calm, ordered mind, an aptitude for electronics and mechanics, and deft fingers, making him a good candidate for a painstakingly difficult, fundamentally dangerous job. It’s also a necessary job. He and his fellow soldiers are learning how to unmake bombs because, in places across the world and even in this country, young men with broken minds and evil intentions are learning how to build them. They are putting their skills—similar in many ways to my son’s talents—to work in the service of murder and terror. As long as they exist, we must have others who will learn how to fight back, to leave their families and their homes in the name of peace. It’s a troubling reality, a dichotomy that every generation of humanity has wrestled with.

Even before “All men are created equal…” was enshrined as a fundamental tenet of our national will, we’ve been at war. The reasons for this near-constant conflict are endlessly debated in academic circles, and around dinner tables at holiday gatherings. I’m not offering an opinion on that here… We have plenty of people who fought in those wars to ask. They will have more interesting answers, because the reasons wars are fought and the reasons people fight them often don’t align.

It’s more often the “reasons wars are fought” that cause hospitals to be bombed and infants to be murdered in their cribs. That leave new mothers in need of “treatment for emotional distress” when they should be nursing their newborn. War, as my son correctly surmised, is terrible. Both in scope and in detail. And yet, peace remains a hope, rather than an achievement. It’s something we do, more than it is something we experience.

Each day, as some of us prepare for war, prepare to wield those bigger sticks and, when necessary, guns and bombs and tanks and planes, we still have the opportunity to invest in peace. Serving those in need. Offering a kind response to an unkind word. Turning the other cheek when we want to raise our fists. Taking a breath when that guy in traffic acts like they own the road. Refusing to rise to the bait when the social media trolls try to get us riled.

It’s not, as the song says, about “giving peace a chance.” It’s about choosing to be peaceful in a world that insists on war. That’s how we can, together, give those signs going up around town real meaning, while, on the far side of the world, bombs are still falling.

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The names and faces of the content creators have changed through the years, but the mission remains the same: Give our readers all the facts and all the fun. Tell them what’s happening in the community and show them the countless ways they can connect with SCC’s unique lifestyle of learning

and leisure. Most of our reporters do not come from a journalistic background. They tried writing a story or two, or covering an event, and found out how fun and rewarding it can be. By volunteering just a few hours each month, they are helping write the history of this standout retirement community.

We have a great team, and they do a great job… Because life happens, we occasionally have a spot open up on the News team. So, here’s our question for you: “Would you like to help tell the story of Sun City Center as it happens?”

If that sounds like it might be fun, reach out to our editor by email at “” or by phone at 813-938-7441.

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2 The News December 2022
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Local Toy Drive

Join the Sun City Center Security Patrol in supporting Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission by donating unwrapped toys, clothing for infants and toys for youths age five and under. Donations will be accepted at the Security Patrol building located at 1225 North Pebble Beach Blvd during normal operating hours. The last day you will be able to drop off a toy will be December 14. Help make sure a local Child receives a present this Christmas.

Campaign Against Human Trafficking Dance and Auction

Sunday, December 4, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd.

There will be dancing, 50-50, snacks, and you will meet Mia – a survivor. The silent auction will include bidding on resort stays, fishing trips, and many other great items! Tickets are $35 pp. The proceeds will benefit CAHT’s Safe Shelter and Victim Services programs.

Tickets are available online at, or call Helen at 813-773-7529.

Planning For Your Pet After Your Death

Tuesday, December 6, at 10 a.m.

Trinity Baptist Church, 702 Del Webb W.

Join Cat Lovers Club for a presentation by Dawn Chapman. Dawn serves as the managing partner attorney for Legacy Law. Her law firm is primarily in elder law which includes estate planning, probate, trust creation and administration, advanced directives and assisting clients with obtaining Medicaid to pay for assisted living or nursing home care. Info: “”.


of Nature” Wildlife Show

Saturday, December 3, doors open at 9:15 a.m.

Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd.

The Sun City Center Audubon Club invites residents of Kings Point and surrounding areas to join club members for a very special fundraising event. The “Wonders of Nature” is a live, fast-paced wildlife show presented by Matt Edmonds. It features the amazing behaviors of animals, such as raptors flying right over your head and parrots imitating human speech. Matt is a long-time animal trainer and a former zookeeper at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. Whenever he presents this program, it’s a hit – and it’s appropriate for all ages. We encourage you to bring friends or family members. The club is suggesting a $3 donation from non-residents of Sun City Center. Funding from these donations and a 50-50 raffle will be used to help maintain the Nature Trails.

Info: Dennis at 570-814-2803.

Kindred Spirits December Meeting

December 7, at 3:30 p.m.

Kings Point North Clubhouse Ripple Room

Hey Ladies! As life changes, we find ourselves missing a companion to be active with. Are you tired of going to restaurants, movies, and events alone or maybe not going at all? We have the solution. It’s the Kindred Spirits Club! Come meet other women to enjoy life with and build friendships. If you are outside of Kings Point let the guard know at the gate you are attending the Kindred Spirits meeting. This meeting is our cookie exchange and ugly Xmas sweater contest. If you are bringing a cookie to exchange please email a copy of your recipe. We are doing an old fashioned cookbook. Questions call Michelle Mason 813-492-8920 or email “mmason@seniorsinservice. org”.

Organ Keyboard Club News

Thursdays at 10 a.m.

Armstrong Room

We will now have lessons by a qualified music teacher three times a month. The remaining fourth week will be scheduled for members playing for each other the songs we have learned. CA, gold card, and Freedom Plaza members are welcome. Info:

KPAL Artist of the Month Shirley Joest

Shirley moved to Kings Point from Punta Gorda in 2009. While residing in Punta Gorda, Shirley had taken advantage of watercolor art classes offered at the Port Charlotte Cultural Center and the Punta Gorda Visual Arts Center. After moving to Kings Point, a visit to an art show at the Manatee Art Center exposed Shirley to colored pencil masterpieces. The result was a stop at an art store on the way home to purchase a shopping basket full of colored pencils. All of the artwork by Shirley on display this month are colored pencil or pastel pencils. When not creating colored pencil art, Shirley enjoys tending her orchids and African violets.

South Bay Genealogy Society

Tuesday, December 20

United Methodist Church, 1971 Haverford Drive 10:30 a.m. Round Table Discussion 12 noon. Luncheon 1 p.m. special speaker Lori Samuelson, who will speak on Educational Records Cost: $18 per person for the meal and the presentation RSVP to Dianna at 864-607-1330. Make your check payable to SBGS and mail it to South Bay Genealogical Society, PO Box 5202, Sun City Center, FL 33571. Your check must be received by December 8.

Flamenco Dancers Entertain Men’s Club 60th Birthday

Flamenco dancers were just one of the highlights of entertainment featured at the 60th birthday party of the Sun City Center Men’s Club held in the SCC Community Hall on October 27. At an occasion where the community was invited the dancers above were very appreciated by the audience. There were also singers on the program and community organizations armed with information for attendees. Club membership info: Jon Lehr, 813-260-3058.

4 The News December 2022 COMMUNITY Community continued on page 6. We Welcome Selina J. Lin, M.D. Dr. Lin is now accepting new patients! 813-633-3065 1515 Sun City Center Plaza
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L to R: Vincente Lopez, President SCC Men’s Club, Jennifer Berrojo; Rachel Nelson; Ed Barnes, VP Programs; Maria Esparza.
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SCC Lions Raffle

52-week raffle to raise money for the SCC Lions Foundation charities. 60 chances for you to win! Tickets are $25 each or five for $100. Info: “”, or call Lion Rich Bothroyd at 603321-0638.

Daughters of the American Revolution Meeting

Wednesday, December 21, at 12 noon

Christmas Luncheon at Aston Gardens at 1311 Aston Gardens Ct. Sun City Center. Cost $26. Your check made it to CGMB with a choice of meal must be sent to: DAR CGMB, PO Box 6343 Sun City Center, FL 33571 and be received by Dec. 12. Open to all DAR members and their guests. We will also be collecting non-food items for the Mary Petro Fund.

GFWC Woman’s Club Luncheon

Thursday, December 15; doors open at 11 a.m. Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd.

Buffet lunch and program. Optional attire patriotic red, white, and blue. The December Program will feature The SCC Woman’s Chorus. RSVP by Dec. 12 to “”. Pay for the catered buffet, $17, at check-in. Info: “” or contact Daisy Vega, 813-546-2329.

SCC Singles Group Holiday Meeting

December 10, at 1 p.m.

Sun City Center Security Patrol Bldg.

The Sun City Center (SCC) Singles Group welcomes all single male and female residents of SCC and Kings Point. We hope to provide enjoyment and entertainment through playing board games, card games, group lunches, dinners and attending events. Through these and other social activities we hope to form bonds, encourage friendships and provide support when needed. RSVP to “” by December 7.

Who Is Watching the Water?

Eagle Audubon Society

Monday, December 19, at 1:30 p.m.

St. Andrew Presbyterian, 1239 W. Del Webb Blvd.

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) is one of five regional agencies directed by Florida state law to protect and preserve water resources. Staff Environmental Scientist, Jaime Swindasz, will give an overview of the water management program for our area. Eagle Audubon Society monthly meetings are free and open to the public. Info: “” or “”.

STAR Samaritan

S-Selfless; T-Trustworthy; A-Accomplished; R- Reliable Meet Julie Floyd, the Star Samaritan for the fourth quarter of 2022. Julie is currently the Meals on Wheels coordinator. She has been active with Samaritans since 2009 as a driver, dispatcher, Board member, vice-president, and president. She is a firm believer in “Pay Forward”, which is why she is such a supporter of Samaritans and volunteering in the community. Originally from Massachusetts, Julie and her late husband, Dave, moved to Tampa from Virginia where they lived on a boat for several years docked in Tampa Bay. In 2005 they bought in Sun City Center, and finally made the move permanent in 2009. She is the proud mother of two sons and daughters-in-law and grandmother of two.

South Shore Democratic Club

First Thursday of the month at 1 p.m.

St Andrew Episcopal, 1239 W. Del Webb Blvd.

The South Shore Democratic Club invites you to join. Open to all Democrats, Republicans, Independents, Progressives, and like minded people. Info: “”.

Dance Club Says “Thanks”

The Sun City Dance Club Board wishes to thank all attendees of our “Salute the Veterans” dance held on 12 November at the fabulous SCC Community Hall. It was exciting to see the dance floor full again with 104 dancers. The club was honored to donate proceeds from the dance, totaling $500, to the SCC Disabled American Veterans Chapter 110.

Emergency Squad New EMRs

The Emergency Squad is pleased to announce its newest Emergency Medical Responders. Emergency Medical Responders go through 54 hours of training including eight hours of CPR class. They must pass CPR in order to become an EMR. After finishing the class, all the volunteers go through mentoring before working on the ambulance or wheelchair van. The EMR is responsible for recording the patient’s medical history, medications, allergies and preparing the Patient Care Report in conjunction with the EMT. They also must be prepared to assist with any patient care as requested by the EMT.

USPS Manager Speaks to Men’s Club

Al Wiggins, Regional Manager, United States Postal Service, was the guest speaker at the October meeting of the Sun City Center Men’s Club. He was accompanied by Stephanie Rivera, Administrative Asst., who also spoke to the group. Mr. Wiggins had many interesting points when discussing the everyday operation of the Postal Service. The USPS receives no funds from taxes, USPS is a not-for-profit corporation, and delivers mail to 160 million addresses.

SCC Rotary Providing Service to the Children

The Rotary Club of Sun City Center continues to be very involved in providing service to the children and citizens of our community. Shown here are club members who have been collecting school supplies, awarding scholarships to high school students, distributing dictionaries to area third graders, organizing Treats for Troops for service members overseas, and planning a complete Thanksgiving dinner for area migrant workers. The Rotary Club meets every Tuesday for lunch at Freedom Fairways Clubhouse, 3932 Upper Creek Drive in Sun City Center.

6 The News December 2022 Community continued from page 4. Driveways • Walkways • Pool Decks • Patios • Lanais • Over 30 Years Experience • Licensed & Insured Schedule your FREE Estimate today 813-685-3900 Community continued on page 7.
L to R: Instructors Betty Richner, April Lester, Nancy McCune. Students Jonie Fleischman, Ray Endrizzi, and Karen Wolf. L to R: Vincente Lopez, SCC Men’s Club President; Al Wiggins, USPS Regional Manager; Stephanie Rivera, USPS Administrative Assistant; Ed Barnes, SCC Men’s Club VP for Programs.

Laugh Along With AAUW

Saturday, December 10, at 9:30 a.m.


Florida Room

Laugh along with comedian Sue Selbin, a comedian that really hits home with stories from home that we can all relate to. Offering of $5 at the door is requested to cover the cost of food. Call Margie at 813-633-8253 for reservations.

Volunteer Opportunity

Florida’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program needs volunteers to join its corps of dedicated advocates who protect the rights of elders who live in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and adult family care homes. The program’s local councils are seeking additional volunteers to identify, investigate and resolve residents’ concerns. Special training and certification is provided. Info:

’66 Mustang Still Cruising

Bill Bassler’s 1966 Mustang, the Roamin’ Oldies November cruiser of the month, has done more cruising than most—a lot more. He bought it in 1982, and it was his daily driver for the next 32 years. Bill, a Gibsonton resident, says he’s kept the Mustang all these years because “It’s a fun car to drive.” Must be--He’s put more than 300,000 miles on the odometer and still counting.

Over his 40 years of ownership, the Mustang has undergone several new paint jobs and other refreshing along the way to keep it on the road and looking good. It’s powered by its second 289 CID V8, with 4-speed transmission, dual exhausts and front disc brakes.

The Roamin’ Oldies host a cruise-in from 1 to 4 p.m. the first Sunday of every month, with a rain date the following Sunday, at the Mira Bay Village Shopping Center on US41 in Apollo Beach. Info: Frank at 856-373-8497. Community continued on page 8.

On Sunday October 30, CHAT, The Campaign Against Human Trafficking and Domestic Violence--South Shore, held a bingo fundraiser in the Florida Room of the Atrium building. The next fundraising event will be “Dancing Through the Decades” and a silent auction to be held at the Community Hall on December 4.

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People playing bingo. Workers, seated Kathy Lippencott, Deborah May and John Mitchell. By Paula Lickfeldt Bingo caller Tanya Lea. Gibsonton resident Bill Bassler’s 300,000-mile 1966 Mustang is the Roamin’ Oldies November cruiser of the month.

Family Connections to SCC: Two Sisters

Two sisters in SCC live in the homes that their mother and aunt owned. The second generation of sisters to live in the houses of sisters.

The mother of Kathy Bizzano and Susan Stanis, Elsie Sholund, moved from Nokomis to SCC to be near her sister, Jerry Opprel. Jerry and Connie Opprel had lived in SCC for years, having been snowbirds from Chicago for the first few years. Susan and Kathy teased their mom and dad about leaving their paradise in Nokomis, for SCC. The girls looked all over to find casual waterfront bars like they found in the Venice/Nokomis area. They finally decided that mom’s porch was the best waterfront

bar around. The whole family spent many holiday vacations visiting SCC.

When Jerry, who had been a widow for a while, died, Kathy and her husband Bob, decided

to retire and buy Jerry’s house to be near Kathy’s mother. They thought they would be snowbirds, back and forth to Ohio, but they loved SCC’s climate, friendly neighbors, and the wealth of activities. They ended up living in SCC yearround. When Elsie, also widowed, died, Susan bought out her sibling’s share of her mom’s SCC home. Until her husband could retire, Susan split time between SCC and San Diego. So these two sisters lived in the older sisters’ respective homes. Jerry’s and Elsie’s parents had been snowbirds in the 1960s between Chicago and Coral Gables, so migrating to Florida was in their blood.

Kathy has been dispatching

at the Security Patrol for over 20 years, and in March she will have been dispatching for the Emergency Squad for 20 years. Since 2003, she has also been active in the writer’s club serving as president for many years. Susan was very active in the Stained Glass Club and taught glass fusing for the club. Many of her creations are in both homes. The younger sisters also became widows. Their mother and aunt led the way to adjusting to whatever life deals you while thriving in this wonderful place with all of its resources and friends, many of whom are also widows. Susan and Kathy love living on the lake, following in the footsteps of the older generation sisters.

Meet Your Neighbors: Chris and Sandra Gibbs

Chris and Sandra Gibbs moved to SCC earlier this year. Originally from Manchester, England, the Gibbs found themselves coming to America back in the early 1990s to answer a call for qualified nurses. Sandra was working as a nurse at the time and discussed the opportunity with Chris, who thought a move to the USA might be exciting.

Sandra was one of about 30,000 English nurses who answered an invitation to come to a hotel in London for ten days of testing and application processing. Half of the applicants who passed were offered jobs in London, the other half were offered jobs in the States. Sandra was one of the latter, and she relocated to Long Beach, California, in August, 1992, where she began her job at Saint Mary’s Medical

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Center. Chris followed a few months later, after which he and Sandra were married at the “Little White Wedding Chapel” in Las Vegas. From there, Chris and Sandra set off for their honeymoon tour of Death Valley in their VW Westfalia camper van, named “Collin.”

Chris, a professional photographer in England, continued that career in the U.S. He says one highlight of his career was seeing his work featured by the Civil War Trust, in their Hallowed Ground Magazine, after covering the 150th Remembrance.

After four years in California, Sandra and Chris moved to Alaska, living first in Ketchikan and then in Eagle River. Eventually, they homesteaded a piece of land in Sutton, Alaska, where Chris and Sandra

cleared their land and built a beautiful home from scratch, without any contractors or tradespeople. Sandra drove the heavy equipment, whilst Chris pounded the nails. Both

continued working full-time in their professions and working part-time to build this lovely home. Later, they sold that home and moved to North Carolina, which was their home base for many cross-country trips.

Chris and Sandra have always loved dogs, especially Alaskan Malamutes, and a canine companion has always joined them on their adventures. Their current dog, George, is a Malamute-Australian Shepherd mix. One of their previous dogs, Cooper, was chosen as a model for a statue to be shown at the Centennial Celebration of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race; it stands at “Mile 0” of the Iditarod Trail, in Seward, Alaska.

Chris and Sandra are an exciting and delightful couple, and it is nice to have them join our SCC Community.

Security Patrol

Volunteer of The Month

Friday Night Euchre

Congratulations to Eva Henriques, our Volunteer of the Month. She volunteered for 17 shifts in October and is one of our

Trainers. She is also a former Captain and has given her time, dedication and


for the past 20 years! Thank you, Eva!

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8 The News December 2022
Susan Stanis and Kathy Bizzano. Sandra and Chris Gibbs with George. The Kiwanis Club of SouthShore recently welcomed Kim Przekop as the new club president for 2022-2023. In the photo: Sharon Moody, Florida Governor; Shawn Robinson, Division 14 Lt. Governor; Susie Breadwinner, Immediate Past President; Kim Przekop, New President; Patsie Ginley, Director; Sharon Braden, Director; Beth Craig, Treasurer; and Karla Nielson, Division 14 Immediate Past Lt. Governor. Info: Dispatch support to Patrol Two characters showed up at Friday night Euchre under the influence… of Halloween. Raggedy Ann (Andy Simmons) and Raggedy Andy (Andy Czyzewski).


Out Of The Blue Band Free Concert

Fridays: November 11, December 9, and 23

Bunker’s Bar, from 4 to 7:30 p.m.

Musicians are Harold Davis, guitar and harmonica; guitarists, Tony Morgera and Dano; Russell Pawlowski, drummer; and returning will be world class lead guitarist, Don Becker. Outdoor tables. Golf carts are welcome.

welcoming back our snowbirds, we can’t let you forget about our 2022-2023 Entertainment Series. All series and individual tickets are currently on sale and available for purchase. Just a reminder that we are transitioning into our new normal post COVID and we have gone back to full seating. Here are a few shows to look forward to in December.



Dance Ballroom Dance Club

Saturday, December 3, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Swing into the holidays with Let’s Dance! A dance lesson will be taught by Bernice DuBro at 6:15 p.m. Then, dance to your favorites with Bernice as your DJ. Dress is casual attire, no shorts! BYOB and snacks. Water and ice will be served. Bring your friends, or come and make new friends. There is open seating (tables of 8) and a singles table is available. Members are free, guests are $6, but you must be a SCC card holder (please show your card). Also, Kings Point residents with a 2022 Gold Card are welcome. There will not be guest passes available for sale at the dance. For additional information: call Tom Hart at 810-923-8446.

Come Dance With Us

December Dinner Dance

Friday, December 9, doors open at 4:30 p.m.

Kings Point North Clubhouse

Dinner will be served at 5:30 and dancing is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Reservations are required which can be made at Kings Point Lobby on December 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. and December 4 from 2 to 5 p.m. Cost $20 per person. Dinner will be served by Banquet Masters. Music provided by LB and Chloe. Info: Ken, 513-582-8449. Only 200 reservations will be accepted.

Senior Social Dance Group

Tuesday, December 15, doors open at 5:30 p.m. St. John Divine, 1015 Del Webb Blvd.

By reservation only. Open to SCC and KP residents and guests. Maximum of 72 guests. No walk-ins. Cost $6 per person. Entertainment by Thor Stevens. Dressy casual, no shorts or jeans. Singles tables available. BYOB, ice, setups, snacks. RSVP to Judy Furman, 425-2143996 or email “”.

Do You Wanna Dance Club

Friday, December 16, from 7 to 10 p.m.

SCC Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd. Live entertainment will be provided by the rocking, classic sounds of “Good Stuff” and will feature many of our favorite tunes! The doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for members and 6:45 p.m. for guests. Admission is $5 for members and $10 for guests. Club membership is available and encouraged for $40 per year. Membership and dance tickets will be available at the kiosk in the Atrium Monday, Wednesday and Friday, December 5 through December 16, from 10 to noon. Tickets and memberships may also be purchased at the door the night of the dance. BYOB and snacks; cups, ice and napkins are provided. Dress is casual. Singles tables available. You must present your valid SCC CA ID, Kings Point Gold Card or Freedom Plaza Access Card, or guest pass for house guests and friends. Contact Kathy at “” for more information.

Swing & Country Dance Club

Free Dance Lessons Every Friday Dance Studio 2 6 p.m. East Coast Swing 6:30 p.m. Individual Instructions

Must have SCCCA membership, Freedom Plaza ID, or Kings Point Gold Card. The lessons will be held in. The studio is north of the Lawn Bowling area on Pebble Beach Drive. Info: Cindy Rohr at 630235-1277.

Tickets can be purchased at the atrium kiosk off N. Course Drive. The kiosk is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10 to noon. These aren’t shows you want to miss. Make sure to mark your calendars for our shows to kick off the New Year as well. In January you can look forward to Celebrate having the dance floor rocking on Friday, January 13, and those tickets are $19. On Wednesday, January 18 at 2 p.m. we will have the William Clare Showcase of Talent and the tickets are $11 general admission. To cap out the month is Absolute Queen on Sunday, January 22 at 2:30 p.m. at $20. All shows are available for purchase – so purchase yours as soon as possible so you don’t miss this great line up. Please feel free to reach out to the Activities Director, Tiffany Rivers at 813-642-2001 or “” if you have any questions.

NOTICE: Each community and club in Sun City Center and Kings Point has specific rules about membership and attendance. Unless specifically stated or posted, most venues, meetings and events hosted on the Community Association campus and in Kings Point require attendees to bring their SCC CA or KP ID or come with a resident member. When in doubt, contact the club in question - not the venue or association - prior to arrival. Thanks. Tiffany Rivers Friday, December 9 at 7 p.m. Billy & The Sweet Talkers Tickets $19 for CA & KP members
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St. Andrew Winter Arts & Craft Fair

December 10, from 10 to 3 p.m. 1239 W. Del Webb Blvd.

Browse about 50 tables of wood items, pottery, sewing, paintings, cards. Enjoy a bake sale, and a hot dog lunch. Info: 813-634-1252.

SCC Dance Club Holiday Dinner Dance

Saturday, December 10, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd.

Catered by Banquet Masters. Music by: LB & Chloe. For dance and buffet tickets: Members free; guests $27. Attendance is limited to SCC residents, Freedom Plaza (FP) residents (with Yellow Access Card), and Kings Point with Gold Card / Dance Card. For dance only (7 to 9 p.m.) Members free; guests $6. Smart casual attire. BYOB. Checks payable to SCC Dance Club. RSVP must be received by Dec 5. Mail to: SCC Dance Club, P.O. Box 6182, Sun City Center, FL 33571-6182. Info: 813-729-3911.

Christmas Magic

With the South Shore Concert Band

Monday, December 12, at 7 p.m.

St. Andrew Presbyterian, 1239 W Del Webb Blvd.

The 36-member band creates an endearing and impressive performance fit for the excitement of your friends and family. The concert will feature traditional Yuletide favorites and whimsical pieces. Enjoy the works of eight different arrangers. The concert is open to the public and a free will offering will be taken.

KP Italian Club Buon Natale Christmas Party

Wednesday December 14, doors open at 4:30 p.m. Food provided by Banquet Masters. Club provides coffee, tea, soda. BYOB. Music by Spirit for your dancing pleasure. Members $25 per person; guests $30 per person. Please make checks payable to Kings Point Italian Club. Tickets on sale December 7 and 8 from 9 to noon in KP North Clubhouse lobby. Tickets must be purchased on those dates. Info: Frank Oleskewicz, 813-300-4010, or www.

Kings Point Ohio Club Holiday Dinner Dance

December 15, from 5 to 9 p.m.

Veterans Theater

Entertainment by Taylor-n-Taylor, a popular duo with multiple instruments and strong vocals. Cost is $28 per member and $30 for guests. Everyone is welcome, you do not need to live in Kings Point or come from Ohio. Tables may be reserved for groups of 8. All names and payment must be sent in together. Reservation may be dropped off at or mailed to 1245 Fairway Greens (off of Acadia in Kings Point), Sun City Center, FL 33573. Make your check out to Kings Point Ohio Club and include a list of names. If you would like to become a member, dues for 2023 are $10 each. Info: “”.

Bill Greer Christmas Concert

Monday, December 19 at 7 p.m.

UMC of SCC, 1971 Haverford Ave. Pianist, organist and composer Bill Greer is an accomplished pianist and organist and currently serves as the organist for Ruskin United Methodist Church, as well as the accompanist for both the Sun City Center Men’s Chorus and Women’s Chorus of Sun City Center. He has been involved in church music for over 50 years and is a graduate of Emory University in Atlanta and a 22 year veteran as a former U.S. Air Force Officer. This will be a fun and family-friendly concert. He will play many favorites of the season, and those attending will hear Bill play both the piano and the organ. There are no advance ticket sales, as there will be a $5 donation per person requested at the door the night of the concert. Info: Kevin Goodenow,

Moonglow Holiday Dance

Thursday, December 22, from 7 to 9 p.m.

Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Live music of “Island Swing”. Moonglow 2022 members free. Everyone else pays $6 per person at the door. Attire is Holiday or Island Style. BYOB and snacks. Ice, water and cups available. Singles tables. Everyone is encouraged to donate a nonperishable, unexpired food item which we will deliver to an area food pantry. If you would like to reserve a table, email “” or call 813-633-1297.

Holiday Highbrow & Humor

The Women’s Chorus of SCC is excited to announce their upcoming performances of Holiday Highbrow & Humor - Favorites for Everyone.

Saturday, December 3, at 2 p.m.

UMC of SCC, 1971 Haverford Ave.

Wednesday, December 7, at 4 p.m.

St. Andrew Presbyterian, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W. Musical selections will include a variety of styles from classical to jazz with a healthy dose of just plain fun and audience participation! Examples of more “highbrow” music include choral arrangements of a Chopin Prelude, the second movement of Beethoven’s beloved “Pathetique Piano Sonata” and one of the most memorable numbers from Britten’s beautiful “Ceremony of Carols.” In addition to arrangements of some annual favorites like “Breath of Heaven,” “Jingle Bells” and “O Holy Night,” the Chorus will be joined by the infamous Chef Wilhelm Turner in their presentation of “Figgy Pudding and Fruitcake.” And you’ll hear what really happened to all those unusual gifts enumerated in the well-known song Twelve Days of Christmas.

Admission is free, but the chorus gratefully accepts free will donations which help to defray operating expenses and the cost of producing the concert. In addition to the two annual concerts, the chorus performs at other venues by request. To inquire about membership or to schedule a performance, please call Jayann Michael at 813-645-2472.

Do You Wanna Dance Club

Saturday, December 31

Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd.

The Do You Wanna Dance Club invites everyone who loves to dance to live music to attend our second New Year’s Eve dance/ fundraiser. A dinner buffet will be catered by Banquet Masters.

The proceeds from the event will benefit the Men’s Club Lifeline Program. “Classix”, a crowd favorite, will provide the dance music. BYOB and snacks.

Dinner and Dancing

Doors open 5:45 p.m. Dinner at 6 p.m. Members $30 • Non-members $40 Dancing Only Doors open at 7:45 p.m. for dancing Dancing from 8 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.

Dance only tickets: $25

All New Year’s Eve tickets will be sold at the Atrium Kiosk on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10 to noon, December 5 through December 28. No tickets at the door. Tables will be reserved with seating for eight. Singles tables available. IMPORTANT NOTE: Dance only tickets will ONLY be sold on Dec. 26, 28, 30. Tickets are non-refundable. Preferred method of payment is personal checks. Holiday attire recommended.

South Shore Concert Band Holiday Concert

December 6, at 7 p.m.

UMC of SCC, 1971 Haverford Ave.

Listen to the South Shore Concert Band bring you favorites such as “God Rest You Merry Gentlemen,” “Celtic Carol,” “The Bells of Christmas” and “C’est Noel.” But you will also hear selections that may not be as familiar, but you will love, such as “When It’s Christmas Time South,” “The Spirit of Christmas,” “A Canadian Brass Christmas” and “Yuletide Tapestry.” Come celebrate with this community band under the direction of Mr. Ken Easton that has become a real treasure. You can experience all this festive holiday music for just a $5 donation per person at the door on the night of the concert. No advance tickets are needed or available. Come early to get a good seat! Info: Kevin Goodenow, Concert Series Coordinator, at 813-362-0956.

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Christmas in the Wild Select nights until December 30

“Even on a chilly night like this,” asserted Mrs. Claus, “it’s still warmer here than at the North Pole.” It was a surprise to see Mrs. Claus. The Clauses were spending some time thawing at Christmas in the Wild at Zoo Tampa.

One of the most rewarding aspects of visiting Zoo Tampa is they are always thinking about how to do things better. For example, there are more lights than ever before. Rather than just putting more lights on more trees, there are more themes for the lights. One guest was absolutely enthralled with the candy cane theme in one section; I loved the presents underneath the tree in another section. The themes range from classic to fun.

There are more singers, entertainers and elves. All are attuned to children, making it engaging for them. If your grandchildren are visiting, they are sure to enjoy participating in singing or getting their picture taken with an elf. And, of course, Santa and even Mrs. Claus were present.

It is best to get a guide, so you can catch the singers or Santa at

the right time. Spend a little time to figure out what you definitely want to see. You can have fun checking everything out. One group of adults seemed to be having more fun than some of the kids. Holiday lights, songs and food will help bring out your Christmas spirit.

There are special holiday foods available. Locations had different selections. I did sample a zoo designed pretzel, however, I felt guilty eating a giraffe. I know, it’s not a real giraffe.

Expect a surprise or two. We heard the roar of a tiger. As we passed through the manatee exhibit, a little light made them appear both magical and mystical. Everyone stopped to look at them. Note: Most of the animals are not visible. Some will get close to the fence out of curiosity to see what’s happening with all the people visiting after sunset.

Tips for a Great Trip: Christmas in the Wild is a special event starting after regular hours at the zoo. This event is not available every night. Tickets can be purchased online through their website.

Build in extra travel time.

These have to be the most energetic elves ever!

Normally it takes one hour to drive to the Zoo. Christmas in the Wild starts at 6:30, so you’re sure to encounter rush hour traffic.

It is a very popular event, so you may need to buy your tickets and hope for good weather. If not, be sure to dress warmly enough. You’ll be glad you did when you stop to listen to singers or watch a show.

This event is so beautifully and well done, you’ll be glad you spent a special evening at Zoo Tampa. Christmas in the Wild Zoo Tampa 1101 W Sligh Ave, Tampa, FL 33604 (813) 935-8552


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You’ll see the traditional along with the inventive. Wonderful surprises are to be found at this event. Beautifully illuminated, these presents take on a magical luminance.

Lawn Bowling Fall League Finals

The Sun City Center Lawn Bowling Club’s “Fall League” drew to close recently with a best-of-three series play-off. Congratulations to Bob Fladung, Dave Wilson and Carl Zajac (the “Lightning Bowls”) who defeated the “Underdogs” (Fred Kalhammer, Mike Mitchell, Rich Maxadon and replacement bowler, Woody Ingram), two games to one. Info: “”. Members of the Sun City Center Community Association welcome. Free lessons!

Welcome Back Tennis Event

The Sun City Center Tennis Association held a Welcome Back blind draw tennis event on Saturday, October 29, at the SCC courts. Over 40 players participated in four rounds of mixed doubles, playing each round with a different partner. Following a fun morning of tennis, the group continued socializing at an afternoon cookout and pool party “”.

Kings Point Pickleball Club Tourney

On Saturday, October 29, The Kings Point Pickleball Club held its second annual Pickleboo tournament and costume contest. Winners of the costume entries were: Peter Mentis as Little Bo Peep, Phyllis Swett was a Deviled Egg, and Marge and Ray Vacarro were The Tin Man and Dorothy. Much fun was had by all and a great morning of competitive Pickleball was played by participating members.

Jack Phillips Memorial Lawn Bowling Tournament

On Wednesday, October 26, the Caloosa Women’s Golf 18 hole league (CWGA-18) met for our quarterly business meeting and luncheon after an ABCD Scramble. We had a wonderful day for golf, a very nice turnout of golfers, a delicious lunch, and an informative meeting. Many thanks to Rose Bryan and her helpers for the festive decorations and the very special luncheon they

Twenty-eight teams played in the prestigious Jack Phillips Memorial Pairs Tournament. This tournament is held annually in memory of Jack Phillips (1934-2016). Jack, and his wife Beverly, were active lawn bowlers, here in Sun City Center and in Pennsylvania. In 2015, Jack was recognized for his many accomplishments and contributions to the sport and inducted into the Bowls USA, Hall of Fame. This year’s tournament winners were Jim and Donna Blaine.

SCC Pickleball Club Donates to the Emergency Squad

On Sunday, October 30, the SCC Pickleball Club hosted a pancake breakfast to benefit the Squad. Through their efforts, the club donated $1,066 to the Squad. Left to right in the photo: Len Lewinski, Marty Gifford, and David Smith.

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Winners Donna and Jim Blaine. Fall League Champions Dave Wilson, Bob Fladung, and Carl Zajac. Winning teams from the ABCD Scramble are Lynne Fandetti, Mary Ellen Laprade, and Alice Friedlein won 1st place with a score of 67. Paula McGlothin, Judy Walters, Karla Pia, and Cindy Saunders
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L to R: ABCD Scramble 1st place team of Lynne Fandetti, Mary Ellen Laprade, and Alice Friedlein.

St. Andrew Church Sale

St. John the Divine Festival

St. John the Divine had their Fall Festival on Saturday, November 19. Members of the church had three booths, a plant sale with all proceeds going to the scholarship fund, a bake sale,

and “Attic Treasures.” There were also 30 vendors both inside and outside, with a nice variety of items for sale. All proceeds from the sale, except the plant sale, will go to the outreach programs of the church.

Lickfeldt St. Andrew held their annual church sale and bake sale. Carol Slagle, chair, said she could not have done it without the wonderful, hardworking

volunteers. The donations for this year’s sale were up 50% from last year. All proceeds go to church projects. Don’t miss their Winter Art and Craft Fair on December 10.

Rotary Special Award Recipient

Rotary International (RI) has a charitable foundation dedicated to supporting major needs in the United States and around the world. These needs include disease prevention, water, and sanitation, women and children health, education and literacy, and economic and community development.

Those members who contribute at least $1,000 over time receive a Paul Harris award. In 2022, the SCC Rotary Club was able to reach this level for its entire membership. Other special awards are available for those Rotary members who make even more substantial contributions to support these worthy causes.

The Sun City Center Rotary Club recognized previous club president and current 2023 District Governor-Elect, Steve Overton. Doug Roderick (right), club RI Foundation representative, presented Steve (left) with a special threesapphire Paul Harris award pin

recognizing his significant RI Foundation contributions.

The SCC Rotary Club meets each Tuesday for lunch at Freedom Fairways (for more information visit its Facebook page at “ RotarySCC” or call Connie at 813-957-6482.

World of Beer

“Kai, have you ever been there?” asked one of our readers. “No,” I replied. “I think you and your readers will like it.” Since the suggestion came from a good cook, I thought I better check it out.

World of Beer passed the taste test. The burgers were yummy and the selection of beers extensive. If you go at the right time, this can be a good outing. Members of my party were already planning to bring visitors before we even left.

Insiders Tip

The time to go is Mondays. Burger Mondays offer the Build Your Own Burger for $6. You order the burger how you’d like it, and decide what toppings you’d like. If you get there during Happy Hour, you also get your beer at a discounted rate. A burger and beer for $10. Pretty good deal.

The menu offers more than just burgers. There are enough food options to satisfy most taste buds. You can peruse more on their website. World of Beer is located in Brandon near

You can have fun just looking at the wide selections of beer and beer handles.

Costco. Recommend looking it up on Google maps before getting in the car, so you know where you’re going.

World of Beer 11 a.m. to midnight or later 2878 Providence Lakes Blvd Brandon, FL 33511 (813) 324-8908 locations/brandon/

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Cam McGary. Judy Stevens and Irene Arnil in charge of the jewelry. Carol Slagle, Bill Stevens and Evelyn McLear. Attic Treasures: Mariel Butts, Yoniece Miller, Janice Robinson, Clare Thompson. Plant Sale: Linda Floyd. Bake Sale: Sandy Powell, Erin Carrano, Deb Wigmore, Barbara Gingrich, Mary Lou Jones.

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9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. The shop carries an array of breast cancer apparel, including a zip-front, postsurgical camisole with drain management; breast prostheses; wigs; mastectomy bras; pocketed swimwear; shapers; and more. Accepted insurance includes Medicare, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Aetna, Tricare, CarePlus and more. For more information, email “” or call 813-661-7465.

MONDAYS, DEC. 5, 12, 19, 26 - PARKINSON’S BOXING CLASSES 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center, FL Join Caroline Futch (Owner/Coach of Southshore PD Fitness & Rock Steady Boxing Southshore). These fitness classes improve quality of life as well as help make new friends in the Southshore community who support and understand each other and PD. Please call Caroline Futch for info and to schedule an evaluation prior to starting classes at 352.274.4883 or email: “southshorepdfitness@” – website: “”.

WED. DEC 7, 14, 21, 28THERAPEUTIC TAI CHI FOR HEALTH 9:30 - 10:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center. Our therapists have advanced training in therapeutic Tai Chi for Seniors and will provide guidance in this healthy exercise. Tai Chi has been proven to increase

strength and balance! You will be required to wear a mask to protect our residents. For more information, contact Debbie Caneen at 813-892-2990.

THU. DEC 8 - SHERIFF’S OFFICE OPEN FORUM “HOLIDAY SAFETY” 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is committed to serving, protecting, and defending the community and is continuing to do so by offering open forums on community topics and issues. In this climate of abundant internet scams, Deputy Jeff Merry will take us through steps to prevent becoming a victim. If you have any questions or comments, please call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990.

THU. DEC 8 - FREE BALANCE SCREENING FOR KINGS POINT RESIDENTS 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. in the Culinary Room at the 2020 Centre, Kings Point. Are you at risk? Our therapists from Sun Towers Retirement Community are on a quest to reduce the risk of falls BEFORE they happen. Have your fall risk screened at no cost to you! This simple screening takes less than ten minutes. See the results before your eyes through biofeedback. Interested in knowing more now? Free screening is offered each month 1:30 - 3:30 p.m.Call to schedule today! (813) 331-3035.

FRI. DEC 9 – LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. AT Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Join Seniors in Service for this monthly group which mixes Support Group with Community resources to improve the lives of blind and low vision individuals. Contact Michelle Mason 813492-8920. These programs are designed to help people gain the skills needed to perform daily living tasks independently through assistive technology and devices.

FRI. DEC 9 - VINCE GUARALDI, CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS WITH ZACH BARTHOLOMEW 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Location: Firehouse Cultural Center. Vince Guaraldi Charlie Brown Christmas with Zach Bartholomew. Book your tickets now! Call in for tickets 813-6457651. Become a FCC member and save! Ticket Prices: $23 members $28 future members. All Reservations are in advance. Call for tickets: 813-645-7651.

SAT. DEC 10 - “CHRISTMAS IN WIMAUMA” 8:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. at the Lake Wimauma Convention Center, 5408 Hwy 674, Wimauma. Bringing you all the fixin’s and trimming’s, arts, crafts, handmade goods, and so much more! There are vendors inside the building and outside as well offering every holiday item imaginable! From hot chocolate to tea and coffee to breads, desserts, and candies. From handmade bath and body products to jewelry, paintings, ornaments, decorations, candles, crafted woodworking items, and very unique gifts for everyone! This is a free event for the entire family!

SAT. DEC 10 - EIREANN’S CALL 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Location:

Firehouse Cultural Center. Eireann’s Call is a classy, powerful band. Their music spans the Celtic nations, with World Music influences from the Middle East, North Africa, Appalachia, Scandinavia and more. Book your tickets now! Call in for tickets 813-645-7651. Become a FCC Member and save! Ticket Prices: $23 members $28 future members. All Reservations are in Advance. Call for tickets: 813-645-7651 Tickets are nonrefundable.

THU. DEC 15 - FREE BALANCE SCREENING FOR SCC 10:00 - 12:00 noon at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center. Are you at risk? Our therapists from Sun Towers Retirement Community are on a quest to reduce the risk of falls before they happen. Have your fall risk screened at no cost to you! This simple screening takes less than ten minutes. See the results before your eyes through biofeedback. Interested in knowing more now? Call to schedule today! (813) 331-3035.

THU. DEC 15 - VETERANS CLUB 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center. Are you a Veteran? Learn about our new Valor Cafe. Join Seniors in Service for this monthly club meeting where Veterans will receive resources and companionship. As we close out the year, we have a very special meeting planned. “Valor Cafés” are social hours during which veterans and first

responders find camaraderie; sharing stories and similar experiences. Because it’s the holiday season we will have light appetizers and beverages appropriate to the season. Questions? Contact Michelle Mason 813-492-8920.

SUN. DEC 18 - BETH ISRAEL TO CELEBRATE HANUKKAH 2:00 p.m. for The annual Sisterhood & Men’s Club Hanukkah Party will be held at the Beth Israel Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center. The event is open to members of Beth Israel Congregation, Beth Israel Sisterhood and Beth Israel Men’s Club and their partners. Cost for the event is $8 per person with a limit of 96 people on a first come, first served basis. Enjoy an afternoon of latkes, donuts, singing and fun. For more information contact Rochelle Lafer at “president@”.

MON. DEC 19 - PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP OF SUN CITY CENTER 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center in the theater. Let’s celebrate the season with some jolly fun and jingle our bells with a Holiday social. Your favorite Therapy OT Elf and facilitator Jennipher Lenoir Robbins will have some games, treats, and presents to share. Complimentary valet parking available at entrance. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990.

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Helen was born to Ruth M. and Boyd F. Reed in Lakewood, Ohio, on October 26, 1922. When she was born, she had one brother, Alvin, who was 19 months old.

In 1927, her father and his brother bought a coal mine in Floyd County, Kentucky, so the family moved to Jacks Creek, KY. Her brother, David, was born in 1928, her sister Marianna was born in 1935, and another sister, Phyllis, was born in 1937.

During high school, Helen was a cheerleader and played on the girls basketball team. Helen and her brother, Alvin, graduated from high school in a countywide graduation ceremony in Prestonsburg, KY, in 1939. She was only 16 years old. After high school, she worked in her daddy’s office in Drift, KY, until she went to college.

Being from a musical family, Helen had taken piano and voice lessons. She enrolled in Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, because of their music program. She was not happy with their music program, but she did earn a degree in Business Administration. While at Baldwin-Wallace, she met Rex Ankrom. They were engaged in 1943, and were married in Huntington, West Virginia, on October 13, Friday, 1944. Who says that Friday the 13th is unlucky? They had four children: Kathy, Connie, Carl, and Christie.

While raising four children and caring for her family, she organized a Women’s Club in Drift in 1951. She was a Girl Scout leader, Sunday school teacher, church pianist, Vice-President of the PTA, Vice-President of the Women of the Church, and an avid golfer.

In 1965, Helen enrolled in Pikeville College, taking classes to get a degree in education. She went on to get a Master’s Degree in Psychology from Marshall University. To receive her Master’s Degree she had to write a thesis. The title of her thesis

was “Do Appalachian people lack trust in Non-Appalachian people?” To gather her research, she devised a test to give to high school sophomores, those who lived in rural Appalachia and those who lived in urban Appalachia. The results of her research can be found online.

After the children left the nest, Helen and Rex did a lot of traveling. They went on cruises in the Caribbean and through the Panama Canal, to Alaska and the Hawaiian Islands and they took the Queen Elizabeth 2 from London to the U.S. Along with traveling during this time, Helen became prolific in the art of stained glass.

The first trip they took after both retiring in 1982 was to Florida. They liked Florida and decided to retire here. In 1983, they bought a home in Bonita Springs, then a home in Naples, and, in 1999, they decided to move to Freedom Plaza in Sun City Center. They chose Freedom Plaza because they wanted a retirement community that was close to a golf course.

Rex passed away in 2015. Helen has had a good life, and she now resides in Cypress Creek Assisted Living.

Revisiting a War Zone

A local family invests time and talent in war-torn Ukraine

Most people would avoid a war zone. Not Southshore resident, Jonathon Tepes Sharkey. He and his wife, Oksana, headed for Ukraine in the middle of March and returned home to Tampa at the end of June. They’re looking to head back soon.

We’ve featured Jonathon here before. A U.S. Army veteran, Sharkey has been helping vets with racing and helping kids with hockey in Ukraine.

This time Sharkey took fifteen thousand dollars’ worth of military equipment: food, vests, helmets, and a whole bunch of night vision goggles. “Nobody, including the Germans, gave us a hard time. Once I showed my military ID, they waved us on,” recounted Jonathon.

Once at the Ternopil region, located about six hours west of Kyiv, Jonathan and Oksana tried to do what they could to help. “In April, a Russian chemical missile hit near us. A lot of people got sick. Russia has been bombing the Hades out of many parts of Ukraine. It looks like a scene out of World War II. It’s surreal when areas that you know are bombed,” recalled Sharkey.

“I pulled out my hockey stick, ball, and net. Kids gathered

around because all they can do is walk around. I had a hockey jersey given to me by one of the teams that practices at the Lightning training center. The kid was walking around like he’d been given gold. ‘This is from America,’ he exclaimed. I started teaching him how to play hockey.

“The children have nothing and they have to stay close to home. Music was my minor at university. ‘Why don’t we teach how to play guitar or a snare drum?’” thought Sharkey. He wanted to give them an outlet, so they have something that will help them develop their creativity.

“I approached Fender, Sweetwater Music, Ddrum in Tampa and Pearl Drums. People realize that the children in Ukraine don’t have anything. Children are living a nightmare; it’s a horrible way to live. We’re going back in November to start a music school. I know people in the area who can teach the guitar. I can do the bass and drums.

The Sharkeys are looking forward to other opportunities to help. Oksana is a nurse, and plans to help wherever she can.

Jonathon hopes to brighten children’s lives which have been impacted by this war.

Capturing the Perfect Shot

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SCC Men’s Chorus Practicing Up to Usher in Another Christmas Season By Kai Rambow Selby Gardens has carried the theme of photography throughout the year. This year’s orchid show features the beautiful as well as the not often seen orchids. Sprinkled in the show are amateur photos by enthusiastic members of Selby. The show runs through December 4. Note: As a quick reminder, plan on arriving for the opening time of 10 a.m. to get parking and enjoy cooler temperatures.

Samaritan Services is Vital to SCC

Given its position as one of the United States’ retirement capitals, it should be no surprise that Florida is one of the oldest U.S. states regarding life expectancy, median age, and other demographic factors. The 8.6 million Florida residents 50 and older is the secondlargest such population, behind only California. About four in 10 residents of Florida are over 50, which is the fifth-highest percentage in the country. It is safe to say that most of us chose to move to Florida’s pleasant climate. Some of us may even have taken the time to research what different areas have to offer besides golf or tennis, and that is the best part of Sun City Center. There are many opportunities for fun and activity. However, another side to retirement is inevitable when the aging process moves forward. It is then that many realize that we may need help, and where do we look for it?

The residents of Sun City Center are very fortunate. Not only do we have an excellent hospital within the boundaries of our community, but we also have many medical facilities with welltrained staff so that we don’t have to travel far. But what makes this community special is the free help available thanks to many volunteers.

Samaritan Services, for example, provides several vital services to residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point. All the services are free thanks to

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donations from the community, and the workers are resident volunteers.

Samaritan Services is located at 1207 N. Pebble Beach Blvd., Samaritan Services, a 501(c)3.

They offer Transportation: 813634-9283. They will transport ambulatory residents to medical appointments in Brandon, Bradenton, and Tampa, with advance notice of 10 to 14 days.

SCC Ride: 813-633-6111 provides transportation for in-town appointments and shopping from 9 to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. Samaritans Alzheimer’s and Dementia respite care: 813634-9283. If you need respite care for your loved one to get a break, Contact the Samaritans.

Meals on Wheels: 813-6349283. Samaritan Services, along with South Bay Hospital and the GFWC SCC Woman’s club, provide evening meals to those unable to prepare regular meals for themselves. S.H.I.N.E. Additional S.C.C. Community Service 813-634-9283. SHINE provides help in solving your medical insurance questions. Call SHINE to schedule an appointment. The workers from SHINE come to the Samaritan Service Office in SCC to help our residents.

It is understandable that an organization that offers many personalized services also needs many volunteers. If you like to help people, stop at their office on N. Pebble Beach Blvd. Kirk Warren would love to meet you and answer any questions you may have.

TUE. DEC 20 - SUN CITY CENTER HUMAN HISTORY 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center. Do you really know your neighbor? No, this is not the opening of a scary movie but rather the goal of our newest club. There is so much history to be shared in the varied backgrounds of our Sun City Center neighbors and we want to uncover and celebrate that history! Join us for a fun round of meet your neighbor (and they meet you). Our end goal is bringing our community closer together and unearthing our history will do just that! Questions? Call Debbie 813-892-2990.

WED. DEC 21 - VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT, A PROGRAM OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. by appointment only at Sun Towers Retirement Community. In partnership with the Veterans History Project, a program of the Library of Congress, we are seeking Veterans to participate in this project. The program captures through a video interview, firsthand account of Veterans who served in any branch of the US military in any capacity, from World War I through the present, and are no longer serving are eligible to participate. Civilians who served in support of a US war effort in a professional capacity are also welcome to participate. Call Chris Clermont at Sun Towers to schedule your interview time at 813-634-3347.

16 The News December 2022 Call Now 813-384-4324 SUN CITY CENTER FACIAL BEAUTY SEMINAR YOU ARE INVITED CLUB RENAISSANCE Wednesday, December 7TH @ 2 pm 2121 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. EXCLUSIVE SEMINAR PRICING! SKIN CARE CONSULTATIONS BY LICENSED AESTHETICIAN results are typical and do vary Must have reservation to attend patient and any other person responsible for payment has a right to pay, cancel payment, or be reimbursed for payment for any other service, examination, or treatment that is performed as a result of any within 72 hours of responding to ad for the free, discounted fee, or reduced fee service, examination, or treatment. Your #1 FaceLift and Filler Destination DR. RICH CASTELLANO THE FACIAL SPECIALIST Surgical or Non Surgical Congratulations to Dr. Richard Castellano for being named as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor for 2022!
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The poem, “A Visit from St. Nicholas” is familiar to all, yet Freedom Plaza has its own version: and it’s true! It is offered here, along with holiday greetings!

T’was four weeks before Christmas of 1992, when Freedom Plaza, itself, was relatively new; the doors had been opened only four months before, with folks still unpacking their boxes galore.

Now, the Crafters Club members, new though they might be, were determined that Freedom Plaza’s first Christmas tree would be one of grandeur, and of a size that would truly amaze and bedazzle the eyes. So, a BIG tree was ordered (artificial, that’s true) but it met their requirements, which were quite a few!

They purchased elaborate ribbon by-the-ream and gold beading by-the-mile, or so it did seem. Then into the craft room they went, never shirking, just snipping and gluing away, ever working.

They made petite parasols, posies and such (like Victorian ladies had treasured so much). They made feathery fans, little angels of lace and miniature dolls showing fashion and grace. They made big bows and small bows, beribboned bouquets and bright, shiny baubles, working both nights and days. Then, when the craft room was filled to overflowing, they took a satisfied look and closed the door, knowing that their hand-made creations would very soon be adorning Freedom Plaza’s first Christmas tree!

December had come; a “Tree Lighting” date slated, and there in the craft room the ornaments waited… and waited… and waited. Where on Earth was that tree? It was long overdue! If it didn’t come quickly, what were they to do? Frantic phone calls were made, only to discover that the truck with the tree had received the wrong order, wound up in Ohio, but was now on the way and would arrive at Freedom Plaza just any day.

It did: and when it was finally unloaded, the boxes all opened, minds nearly imploded! There were hundreds of branches on the Atrium floor: open another box; find even more. The tall metal pole, where those branches fit in, reached above the second floor…oh, where to begin?! It was “all-hands-on deck!” plus hard work, unabated, that got the tree up: on time; decorated.

The great day arrived and the tree finally lit to resounding applause: it was truly a hit! Christmas carols were sung; the eggnog was flowing and the merry event gave all signs of showing-- with echoes of laughter and sounds of good cheer—that Freedom Plaza’s first Christmas Season was here!

“O, Christmas Tree” was never sung so sincerely, for it might have turned out (and did, very nearly) that this festive affair was ill-fated to be a Christmas Tree Lighting…minus the tree!

Freedom Plaza’s 30th annual Christmas Tree Lighting will take place (with tree) on December 5, 2022.

Lifeline Program! How Can They Help?

Medical alert systems connect users in an emergency with immediate assistance. And that’s something we definitely should not take for granted… A lesson I was reminded of firsthand, recently.

There have been many times that I’ve found myself saying, “Why do I need a medical alert Lifeline? I have a husband who is with me all the time. If he can’t help, he can certainly call for help!” While that had been true, it wasn’t always true… and this past October, I paid for being so assumptive.

My husband was in the hospital, and I had come home for the day. I lost my balance getting out of the car in our garage and fell, getting stuck between the car and our golf cart. I tried to stand, but my legs would not push, and my arms would not pull. I lay there, thinking, “I need help. I need to call someone.” Except my cell phone was inside the house. I tried to get up again, and I couldn’t.

I sat on the floor and counted the cars which drove past. Being Saturday afternoon, only a few came by. When it got dark enough, I would wave a large flashlight, but not a single driver detected it. I thought I might flag down a neighbor out for a stroll, but no one came by. I called out, but no one heard. I could see my neighbors through the windows across the street, but they did not hear me. Midday turned into night. Now it was dark, and my very vivid imagination started to work.

What if one of the wild animals who hang around SCC decided to visit? Horrible thought. Even the idea of a lizard crawling on me could freak me out. Yes, I was paying the price for procrastination, for putting off something that could have helped.

Suddenly, I heard the voice of a beautiful dog named George. I have always loved dogs, and this one has got to be the best dog. He heard me and pulled his master to my garage. Two best neighbors got me up, into the house, checked me out, and helped me to bed. They are two wonderful people, and you will meet them in our next “Meet Your Neighbor” column.

I’m very grateful for their help… and lessons learned. You better believe I called the Men’s Club Lifeline the very next day!

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Redeemer Lutheran Church Holds 3rd Annual Arts And Crafts Fair

Would You Like To Help Tell The Story of SCC as it Happens?

The News of Sun City Center has been the news and events publication of record for the Sun City Center Community Association for decades. Through more than 30 years, our team of volunteer reporters and photographers has always been there to get the scoop, grab the quote, and capture the joy, the fun, and the inspiration.

The names and faces of the content creators have changed through the years, but the mission remains the same: Give our readers all the facts and all the fun. Tell them what’s happening in the community and show them the countless ways they can connect with SCC’s unique lifestyle of learning

and leisure. Most of our reporters do not come from a journalistic background. They tried writing a story or two, or covering an event, and found out how fun and rewarding it can be. By volunteering just a few hours each month, they are helping write the history of this standout retirement community.

We have a great team, and they do a great job… Because life happens, we occasionally have a spot open up on the News team. So, here’s our question for you: “Would you like to help tell the story of Sun City Center as it happens?” If that sounds like it might be fun, reach out to our editor by email at “” or by phone at 813-938-7441.

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On November 5, Redeemer Lutheran Church held their annual arts and crafts fair. There were many different vendors, raffle baskets, baked goods, and a food truck. All proceeds from the day go to fund church projects.
Jeanne Potochny on the right and Jenise German on the left. Jeanne made all of the raffle baskets. Marion Bailey Giblin chairwoman of the fair & owner of Marion’s Fine Art. Goodies at the bake sale.

American From Ukraine Rotary Speaks on the War

David Wolfe gave a Ukrainian war presentation to a full house at the Sun City Center Rotary Club. David is an American currently living in Prague in the Czech Republic. He is a member of the “Ukraine Unity“ Rotary club in Lviv, Ukraine. He, with his family, is in Sun City Center to visit his mother, Idalea Rubin. Idalea is a Sun City Center resident in Freedom Plaza. She was married to Bob Rubin, a prior member of the Sun City Center Rotary Club.

David has spent much of his adult life in Europe, including Germany, the Czech Republic, Kazakhstan, and in Moscow, Russia for six years. While in the U.S. Army he functioned as a Russian expert while residing in West Berlin. He was in West Berlin during the fall of the Berlin Wall and participated in its destruction. Following his military career, he has worked as an investment banker, specializing in increasing East/West trade activities.

At the start of the Russian invasion into the Ukraine in February, David had to cancel plans to travel to Odessa on the Black Sea. He had intended to help resolve problems with the unloading of coal at the shipping terminal there. These problems were caused by Russia’s earlier takeover of Crimea in 2014.

At that point, David and his associates stopped their business and began working full time to provide needed equipment and supplies to those resisting the Russian troops in Odessa, and subsequently Kharkiv. As the huge scope of the effort was recognized, they had to expand sources of assistance, including the international

support structure of Rotary.

Lviv is the largest city in western Ukraine, with a population increasing significantly as people escape the east. Even though it is in far western Ukraine, it has been subject to ongoing Russian missile strikes. David showed a Ukraine map depicting the many reported missile strikes in cities literally throughout the entire country. He showed photographs of damage to hospitals and community center buildings, as well as mass graves discovered following Russian withdrawals.

As has been reported widely, the Ukrainians have been fighting back using supplies and military equipment provided by many European countries and the U.S. David showed pictures of a variety of personal equipment provided to support military activities, including shoulder belts, water filters, night vision goggles, boots, and medical kits. He identified the current high priority needs as diesel generators (40% of Ukraine’s electricity generation

is out of service), winter thermal underwear, first aid kits, and ambulances.

Perhaps less known are humanitarian aid activities driven by the many Rotary clubs from all over the world. Rotary has clubs in over 200 countries, with 1.4 million members in 46,000 Rotary clubs all around the world. Ukraine itself has more than 90 Rotary-related clubs. Given Rotary’s purpose as a service organization, the war has actually increased the amount of Rotary club activity within Ukraine since the war began. David’s Ukraine Unity Rotary Club in Lviv has helped deliver more than a half million dollars of aid to front line hospitals and troops (for more information see “facebook. com/RotaryClubUkraineUnity”).

As of the end of April this year Rotary had raised more than $15 million in contributions to provide essential items such as water, food, shelter, medicine, and clothing. In addition, the 501(c)(3) Rotary Foundation, which supports Rotary’s many

national and international service projects, has generated 337 Ukrainian humanitarian disaster response grants, totaling $11 million supported via 29 countries.

More than 12 million people have been displaced by the war. As Ukrainians come back to their homes they are finding their towns and cities in ruins. Rotary’s Ukrainian magazine, Rotariets, states that Rotarian efforts are focused on three main activities: supplying medicines and electricity to hospitals where wounded civilians are seeking care, finding shelter for displaced families, and managing the flow of incoming humanitarian aid.

For more information on how Rotary is organizing to provide Ukraine humanitarian aid see: “”. If you would like to support these efforts, contact the SCC Rotary President, Bill Cox, on 813-6343936.

The SCC Rotary Club meets each Tuesday for a lunch meeting and topical presentation at Freedom Fairways. For more information visit its Facebook page at “ RotarySCC” or call Connie at 813-957-6482.

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David Wolfe with his mother Idalea Rubin, a resident of Freedom Plaza. David with his family and friends, including his wife, son, daughter and mother Idalea Rubin. American David Wolfe, member of Ukraine Rotary Club addresses the Ukrainian war at SCC Rotary Club.

FAITH &service

Christina’s Smile Donates $15,000 to Our Lady’s Pantry

For 33 years, the folks at Christina’s Smile, a non-profit dentistry, in Austin, Texas, have been providing free dental services to disadvantaged children throughout the country in two 48-ft. mobile dental clinics.

“Christina’s Smile has been so generous to our Pantry, ‘’ says director Tom Bullaro. “This is the third gift we have received from them, in fact. These gifts have totaled a stunning $52,500 in three years!”

SouthShore Christian Women “Stepping Out in Style”

Wednesday, December 14, from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. United Methodist Church, 1971 Haverford Ave.

All women are invited to Join in the fun on for a delicious lunch (and dessert), a fashion show by Mary & Martha House, hear the United Methodist Women’s Choir, and meet best-selling author and international speaker, Carol Kent. The title of her talk is “A New Kind of Normal”. Reservations are required by December 7 by emailing “” or calling Amy at 317-414-9062 and mailing your $19 check to Nancy Decker at 5203 Admiral Point, Apollo Beach, FL 33572.


Andrew Presbyterian December Events

1239 Del Webb W. Info: 813-634-1252

Qigong Classes

Mondays at 1 p.m. and Thursdays at 11 a.m. A $5 donation suggested Info: 860-605-7868

Free Hot Lunch Every Wednesday 11:30 to 12:30 p.m. RSVP to 813-634-1252

Free Christmas Concert

Wednesday December 14, at 7 p.m. Enjoy Riverside Jukebox, a fun swing band Collecting food and money for Beth El Mission Pizza and a Movie

Thursday December 15, at 5 p.m.

AYCE pizza, plus cake

Cost: $7, purchase at church office, M-F 10 to 1p.m.

Hope Fund Bingo

The Hope Fund for Children thanks everyone who supported our bingo fundraiser. It was a lot of fun. We look forward to our next bingo fundraiser in the spring. Are you looking for a chance to improve a child’s future? Volunteer to work, after school, with a child on a one-to-one basis, one hour a week. Opportunities to read, tutor and mentor are available. Call Carla Miles, at 813-5908488 for more information. “”.

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Have you ever wondered what would happen if you lived alone and there was an emergency? Or do you like to take your dog for a walk but are concerned about falling and no one being there to assist you? For Greater SCC residents who think they need a medical alert button and don't believe they can afford it, the Men's Club of Sun City Center would like for you to contact our office.

Because the Men's Club is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit club, we offer the Philips Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) at a more competitive rate than what Philips charges at the national level. Our pricing is comparable to other systems in the market as well – just compare systems with similar capabilities. Installation and all service calls are completed by Men's Club volunteers at no charge to the Subscriber.

The Men's Club was formed in the early 1960's. In 1991, the Men's Club decided to offer Philips Lifeline Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) to residents of Sun City Center and Kings Point with no annual contract.

The PERS offering began with the purchase of four units with installation provided by Men's Club volunteers. This offering continues today with multiple systems from which to choose - including one that will work anywhere in the U.S., a dedicated office staff, and over 25 trained Men's Club volunteers who provide personable and knowledgeable service for our Subscribers.

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Cozy Up With These Fun, Engaging Mysteries

Santa’s Little Yelpers, Dashing Through Snowbirds, and Bones of Holly

Winters in SW Florida rarely mean cozying up under a warm fleece blanket in front of the fire, but that doesn’t mean getting cozy with a good book is entirely out of the question. In fact, a “cozy mystery” might be just the thing. All the trappings and trimmings of the holiday season without the snowdrifts, perpetually gray skies, and ice. Just what is a cozy mystery? Well, those in the know say it’s a mystery without the blood and gore, the convoluted psychological twists, or the sexual romps and exploits. In my mind, it’s a nice easy read, and perfect for a holiday vacation or travel. So, if all the crime thrillers have become a bit too much for you, let me recommend a few seasonally appropriate cozies to load into your luggage or onto your e-reader.

David Rosenfelt is at the top of my list with this year’s holiday mystery: “Santa’s Little Yelpers.” Andy Carpenter and Tara, the Immortal, are dragged, practically kicking and screaming, out of retirement once again, when co-worker Chris Myers is charged a second

time with another murder he swears he had nothing to do with. When Chris discovers that the key witness in his earlier trial had committed perjury, he gets Carpenter to agree to take his case. What should be a quick overturning of Chris’s earlier conviction and a dismissal of the current charges is anything but.

The latest addition to Donna Andrews’s 30+ Meg Langslow Mystery series is “Dashing Through the Snowbirds.” When the rude and obnoxious boss of a private Canadian forensic genealogy and DNA analysis company insists his employees all take a holiday (and complete a major project the company has been working on) in the States, things don’t turn out so well for him, his employees, his company, or those hosting the group.

The boss is murdered. One employee is being stalked. A man previously convicted of a murder as a result of the company’s DNA findings is seeking revenge. And any attempt to create a festive holiday atmosphere is nearly foiled. Can the murderer be found? Can the stalker be caught before she creates

further problems for the programmers and their hosts? And what are the chances of a white Christmas this year in rural Virginia?

To the more than two dozen Sarah Booth Delaney Mystery and another dozen novels by Carolyn Haines comes “Bones of Holly.” Private investigator Delaney and her partner Tinkie are spending Christmas in Mississippi this year where they’ve been invited to join two resident authors, Sandra O’Day and Janet Malone, as guest judges of the Bay St. Louis (MS) annual tree decorating contest. The two equally successful authors share the same town, the same readers, and having grown up in MS, they know the same people and share much of the same history, but the women have what appears to be a bitter rivalry.

O’Day, whose most recent non-fiction work chronicles Capone’s rum-running network and his ties to the Mafia, has purchased the home built by Al Capone rumored to have so many hidden rooms and secret exits that Capone’s (also rumored) hidden treasures could be anywhere—

or nowhere. There’s some interesting history here, and there’s even the presence of a “haint”—a specific kind of ghostly being familiar to readers of tales of the southern United States—that frequently visits Delaney.

O’Day throws a big holiday bash at the mansion and just before the planned book signing where O’Day and Malone plan to sign and sell hundreds of books, O’Day and her assistant Daryl disappear. Malone hires Delaney and Tinkie to find the missing pair. Suspecting that this is just a publicity stunt, no one is taking their disappearance too seriously, but as several days pass and assaults are made on several townspeople as well as Delaney and a few of her companions, a series of possible explanations emerge: could treasure hunters have kidnapped the pair to force them to reveal the location of Capone’s treasure?

Described in the Kirkus Review as “Stephanie Plum meets the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,” this investigative duo are mature women with a playful side to match the serious demands of their P.I. firm.

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Military News

Veterans Day Remembrance Made Special

“War memorials are not there to celebrate war,” reflected keynote speaker Bob Black, “They are there to remember those who were impacted by it.” Black, himself a Korean War veteran, gave an appropriately somber and dignified address. Somber because as Black noted, those who served put their lives at risk for this country, and some paid the ultimate price.

Two events at this year’s ceremonies were extra special. Students from Sumner high school had prepared special blankets for the veterans. Veterans were given a blanket embroidered with their branch of service. These young students enthusiastically expressed their appreciation with this special touch.

Gary Mull, once again played “Taps.” He stepped into one of the smaller rooms where the sound would echo well into the main auditorium. A tradition done beautifully.

Laurel Woods Honors WWII Veteran Ed Mahoney

On Veterans Day we honor the people who served in the U.S. Armed Forces. Here in Sun City Center, we have many who served. One of our Laurel Woods vets is 98-year-old World War II Veteran, Ed Mahoney, who has lived in Laurel Woods for the past 23 years. In September of 1942, At the age of 18, he was hitchhiking to California from his home in Dexter, Missouri, to join his friend who had survived the sinking of the USS Lexington in the battle of the Coral Sea. He was planning to join the Navy, but he stopped in Oklahoma City, where he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. Following training in San Diego, and Camp Pendleton, he deployed to the South Pacific. During the next 30 months, he made amphibious landings on Bougainville, Guam, and Iwo Jima, where he fought and survived combat. Near the end of the war, he left for the States on April 7, 1945. It took two weeks by troop ship to reach Naval Air Station Melbourne, Florida, where he was separated from the Marines and allowed to return to his home in Missouri.

Ed was recently presented with a U.S. flag that flew over the US Capital. In a ceremony attended by residents of Laurel Woods including a number of other veterans, he raised this flag on Veterans Day in honor of all the veterans in Sun City Center. His flag was flown

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Front Row: Dan Mabesoone, U.S. Army; Earl Pasono, U.S. Army; Elsil Chase, U.S. Army; Ed Mahoney, USMC; Jon Harnden, USN (Ret.); Zane Lucas, USAF; Barbara Newman, U.S. Army (JAGC); Roger Kennicutt, USN (Ret.). Back Row: Sherman Riley, USN; Mary Ann Harnden, USN. Students from Sumner high school enthusiastically thanked veterans by giving each veteran a blanket reflecting their branch of service. Korean War veteran Bob Black’s keynote address reflected both the day and what it means to have served.
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