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The News of


Sun City Center

June 2019 official publication of the Sun City Center Community Association


JUNE 4 Hurricane Preparedness Meeting (CA Members Only – I/D required) Community Hall – 1 p.m. 10 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Board Room – CA Office - 9 a.m. 12 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. 19 Bandstand Concert Viki Ryan and Sunset Social Club 6 pm. to 7:30 p.m. JULY 4 4th of July Breakfast Community Hall 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Karaoke, Food Service, Music Pool/Bandstand 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 8 Board Workshop to discuss Agenda Board Room - CA Office - 9 a.m. 10 Board Meeting Rollins Theater - 9 a.m. NOTE: Community Leaders Meetings are not held in June, July, or August. Agendas for the monthly Board Meetings will be posted on Official Bulletin Board in the Atrium the Monday before and on the CA website ( – under “Residents” – Upcoming Meeting Agendas). They will also be sent via “What’s New in the CA” email. Every Wednesday: Orientation for new members in the Board Room in the CA office starting at 1 p.m. sharp.

CA Contact Information

Phone: 633-3500 Website: Information Center 813-633-4670

The Fourth of July breakfast committee is ready to serve you.

Have a Fun Fourth of July!

By Diane M. Loeffler Start your Independence Day with the best deal in town. For a mere $5 you will be served sausage, eggs, pancakes, toast, orange juice and coffee in the air-conditioned comfort of Community Hall, 1901 South Pebble Beach. Everyone is welcome to attend this breakfast. Food will be served from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. The Fourth of July and Holiday Breakfasts fund Community Association (CA) events including those happening at the CA’s north campus later in the day.

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Caring for SCC’s Lakes

Part 3 in a series by Ilona Merritt With the first lake being dug in 1961, Del Webb made it possible for many residents to have their dream home on the water at an affordable cost. Throughout our history, the lakes have been cared for by the residents. Some of our new residents have told me that they choose their home because they like the quality of the lake. Real estate agents have repeatedly told us that a nice lake will help sell a house faster and higher. Some of the very large lakes only need treatment from an aquatic service company occasionally, and the cost to the residents who live on the water’s edge is low. However, the smaller lakes also need service. Here personal opinions become a factor. Some folks living on a lake only call an aquatic service company when their lake has a problem, in which case the cost will be higher. At this time, some lakes in SCC are not getting proper care. Some say they are letting the weeds on the edge grow to protect the shoreline. Sounds good until you consider that in Florida it rarely freezes, and the weeds grow and grow. Alligators and other predators like to make their home in those lakes where they can hide and wait. In time, growth can take over, and the lake is gone forever.

I have heard folks say they would never live on a lake because of the alligators. They were here before we came, no one can deny that. Living on a lake, one does have to be vigilant, especially if you have a dog. The other wildlife and a bounty of beautiful birds make it worthwhile. Some lake residents have a regular service to keep their lakes beautiful, pristine, and safe. I live on a smaller lake, and it gets inspected and treated

on a monthly basis. All chemicals which may go into the Florida aquifer are highly controlled by the State. To help with the problem of grasses growing the State will supply grass eating carp, which have been neutered. This service is available through a request of our aquatic company and there is no charge. Our lake has also been stocked with game

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SCC’s Pools: Everything You Need to Know

By Diane M. Loeffler The pools on the main campus of Sun City Center just might be the most popular location in town. The outdoor pool and hot tub open at sunrise and close at sunset. The indoor lap pool, hot tub and the walking pool open at 6 a.m. and close at 9 p.m. The facilities can be reserved by waterrelated clubs. Currently pools are used by Aquasizers for deep and shallow water aerobics classes, Swim Dancers for practices and performances, Water Volleyball Club for games, Arthritis Classes for loosening up, lap swimmers for exercise and training, and residents and their guests for exercise, socializing and relaxation. There are even special hours for our guests between the ages of 3 and 18 — 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Did you know that there is a prescribed temperature for the pools and hot tubs? Maintenance Supervisor Phil Bennett says, “Hillsborough County Inspectors are always pleased with how well we maintain the pools, the water quality, temperatures and every aspect of our pool upkeep.” Rules are designed for the safety of all residents. We need to make sure that everyone, especially those using walkers and wheelchairs, can maneuver safety around the pool area, so we can only use the chairs that are already provided. Rules about throwing balls and other objects in the pool and refraining from bringing floatation devices help insure that the less mobile individuals in our community do not have to worry about trying to move quickly to avoid being hit or bumped. We can order food from Cafe’ Luna’s walk-up window or we can bring our own. Either way, be sure to clean up

Pool supervisor Katie Rathke says, “I love the people!” Recently she had to shoo away seagulls who had discovered some food that was left behind.

Pool attendant Pat Carswell takes a brief break from cleaning to pose for the reporter. He says he enjoys being in the sun and working with people.

afterwards. Others will appreciate having a neat and clean place to go. Recently someone left behind some potato chips. Seagulls somehow sensed there was food available and swooped down for the treat. We all know how seagulls hang around beaches and pester us while we are trying to eat. It isn’t something we want to happen here! Pool Supervisor Katie Rathke and Pool Attendants Bruce Clement and Pat Carswell monitor our pools. When asked about their duties, Rathke says, “We try to keep the pools clean. We try to answer any questions the client might have. The most important thing is keeping everyone happy and making sure they belong here. We do a lot of cleaning. We make sure everyone picks up after themselves. Even a little bit of garbage left can be a problem.” Rathke says, “What I like best about this job is the people. I love the people. 99.9% of the people are lovely to work with. They are smiling, happy and glad to be here. Overall, people thank us.”

Rathke add, “I wish people realized that asking for their ID is part of our job, and that they have to have their ID when on the premises. If they have a picture of their ID on their phone, they can just show that.” Pat Carswell says he enjoys working as a pool attendant. “I like the physical part of the job. I’m in the sun and working with people. I like seeing people and meeting people from all walks of life. The vast majority of people come here to relax and have a good time. For some people, it’s their social life.” Carswell wishes people knew that the Pineapple Plaza, located just west of the pool between the Ceramics Club and Needlecrafters, can be reserved for parties and special events. The Pineapple Plaza, outdoor pool, indoor pool, walking pool and hot tubs are open all year. Follow the rules, keep the areas around the pool neat and clean, enjoy yourself, and say “hello” to our great pool attendants.

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June 2019

The News of Sun City Center

Veterans Wall of Honor in the Atrium


There will be another photo shoot on Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to noon for all CA members who served honorably in any branch of the U.S. Military. This will be held in the Photo Club Lab in the multipurpose building (at the corner of North Course Lane and N. Pebble Beach Blvd. behind the bus stop). Please call Carol Donner in the CA office (813-6422002) to register, along with your CA membership number, by Noon on Friday, the 14th and you will be assigned a specific time.

Trail Blazing By John Lampkin

“Come on in! Door’s open. Don’t bother wiping your feet, and hey, let me take your coating!” says the Largeflower False Rosemary, on the Sun City Center Nature Trails. Mints like this Florida endemic Conradina grandiflora have five fused sepals and five fused petals that form a tunnel with a nectary at the base of the throat. The three-lobed bottom lip is a wide landing strip complete with colored patterns to attract and guide a happy pollinator to its sweet reward. The two-lobed upper lip forms a roof to protect the overhanging male anthers and female stigma. Thus, when a hefty visitor like a scoliid wasp pays a visit carrying a load of pollen from a Rosemary down the road, the sticky stigma gets a dusting and cross-pollination is achieved. The anthers, the male part of the flower then is forced down onto the insect’s back so that when it leaves, it flies dusted with a fresh load for the next flower. The wasp in my photograph is Dielis dorsata (no common name) which is native to countries to our south. As a relatively recent arrival to Florida, it is apparently quite happy here. With our mints laying out welcome mats like these, why shouldn’t it be? The Nature Trails is an ongoing project of the SCC Audubon Club in cooperation with the SCC CA. The trailhead is located opposite North Lake on Del Webb West between Vincennes and Seton Hall. Join us for interpretive walks on the first Tuesday of the month at 9 a.m.


at the Rollins Theater One Showing Only at 1 p.m.

Movies are normally shown the second and fourth Monday each month in the Rollins Theater at 1 p.m. The dates and times may change as necessary. Per the Fire Code of Hillsborough County, seating capacity is limited to 145 attendees. Seating is reserved for Sun City Center Community Association members/guests who present current cards or a Kings Point ID badge. June 10 • The Old Man & The Gun • 1 hour, 33 min. A crime drama based on the life of Forrest Tucker, an infamous septuagenarian robber and escape artist. After escaping from San Quentin State Prison in 1979, he embarks on a spree of solo bank robberies and pursues a late-life romance with a woman who accepts him in spite of his status as a wanted criminal. Starring: Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Elisabeth Moss Director: David Lowery Genre: Comedy, Drama Rating: PG-13 for brief, strong language June 24 • Green Book • 2 Hours, 10 Minutes Bouncer Tony Lip is hired by African-American musician Don Shirley to chauffer him around the Jim Crow South in 1962 for an eight-week concert tour. The mismatched men form a friendship as Tony learns first-hand the racism Don must endure to perform. Starring: Vi g g o M o r t e n s e n , Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Maniscalco Director: Peter Farrelly Genre: Drama Rating: PG-13 for language and thematic elements

Statement of Purpose

The Sun City Center Community Association serves the residents of Sun City Center by providing assistance for the elderly, assistance and essential services to tax exempt entities, and operates in lieu of a municipal government, thereby lessening the burdens of government (Hillsborough County, Florida).

PREPAREDNESS MEETING June 4, 2019 1 p.m. Community Hall

(For CA members only – membership card required)

Property Owners in Sun City Center, FL By Sam Sudman, CA President

The use of realtors outside of the area, such as those online that do not have local offices, to list your property for sale is risky. If your house is sold to someone under the age of 55 who has children under the age of 18, they are not eligible to live in it. This applies to houses used for rental, as well. The age restriction is enforced in Sun City Center. Save yourself, the realtor and the uninformed purchaser much inconvenience and possible legal action.

SCCCA Welcomes “Sunset Social Club” for Bandstand Concert

Viki Ryan and the Sunset Social Club will perform on June 19 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. as part of the summer Bandstand Series. Viki sings a wide range of music, from Sinatra to Streisand, Motown to Uptown Funk! The summer Bandstand concert series continues to be a big hit with SCCCA members. The events were moved to evenings last year to take advantage of cooler temps, while still giving residents enough time to get home on golf carts before the sun sets. Hundreds enjoy the entertainment from lawn chairs or golf carts. It’s an enjoyable way to spend a summer evening. SCCCA gazebo concerts are sponsored by the Community Association, they are free, and open to SCCCA members. The bandstand is located on Cherry Hills Drive.




$138 To offset license fees $100 History Society FUNFEST DONATIONS CLUB/ORGANIZATION AMOUNT CLUB/ORGANIZATION AMOUNT Leathernecks Club $102 Organ & Keyboard Club $123 Men’s Club $170 Woman’s Club $159 Monday Movies Scandinavian Club


List prepared by Linda Bowker from CA staff data. Report corrections, additions to CA at 633-3500.

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June 2019

The News of Sun City Center

May Board Meeting Recap

President’s Report By Sam Sudman, CA President The crosswalk being constructed on N. Pebble Beach is a project of Hillsborough County Department of Public Works. It addresses the needs of our residents under the Americans with Disabilities Act to ensure safe crossing of N. Pebble Beach to access the Community Association campus and to avail themselves of the activities and administration offices. No CA funds were expended on this project. As previously reported, the CA had been approached by the leadership of the United Church of Christ, located at 1501 La Jolla Ave., to see if the CA was interested in purchasing the property since the membership of the Church had determined that they were putting the property up for sale. The CA conducted due diligence by contracting with professional appraiser and inspection companies to guide us in determining what a reasonable offer to purchase would be that would meet the needs of the CA membership. The inspection disclosed the need for repairs and maintenance, which the Church disputed. An offer was subsequently made, which the Church did not accept. We will continue to keep communication lines open, but we will move on with plans to develop ideas and costs based on previous long-range plans developed by the membership. Once we have preliminary design and cost figures we will present them and gather additional ideas and input from the membership before finalizing plans for the next phase of modernization. As noted previously, any final plans including costs will be presented to the membership in a referendum for approval. Construction on SR-674 continues, albeit slowly, because of improvements required from the County on water and sewer changes directly north of SR-674 before the project can continue. The CLD and Assistant CLD, with guidance from the BOD and CA manager, are continuing a detailed review of all clubs and associated organizations documents to be sure they are current and in compliance with CA requirements. New guidelines to establish and for ongoing operation of all clubs are being finalized and will be presented by the CLD in special meetings in the very near future. You will be informed of meeting times and location. Like the SR-674 project, it is the Hillsborough County utility work which is impacting the contractor’s progress on the US-301 project. Two major utilities have been installed as part of the project. Before they can be activated, they undergo a testing and permitting process which has proven to be very lengthy - it began in December 2018 and must be completed before work can proceed. One of the lines, the last section of new 36” water main from Big Bullfrog Creek south to SR674 was successfully tied in two weeks ago. There has been an upswing in activities in that area in the last couple of weeks – removal of the existing water main and drainage installation. As the drainage is completed road building will begin. The other line, the last section of the new 20” force (sewer) main from Big Bullfrog Creek to just south of Balm Road, is approaching the completion of testing with tie-in expected mid-month. After tie-in, there will also be an upswing in activities north of Big Bullfrog Creek.

Fitness Corner

Who hasn’t experienced occasional lower back discomfort, or even chronic back pain and weakness? Strengthening the muscles of the lower back and buttocks can improve these sometime debilitating conditions. The Sun City Center Fitness Center offers a number of back extension devices designed to strengthen these important muscles. Ask a Fitness Center attendant to direct you to these various pieces of equipment. Try them all and determine which best suits your body size and comfort level. Don’t forget to also strengthen your abdominal muscles as well, since they help stabilize the lower back. As with all resistance exercises, remember to breathe properly and move at a slow, steady pace through a full range of motion. Visit the Fitness Center on North Course Lane next to the Atrium building.

By Diane M. Loeffler Community Association (CA) President Sam Sudman says the crosswalk on North Pebble Beach Boulevard should be complete very soon. This crosswalk is equipped with signals and is designed to be handicap accessible. The crosswalk is totally funded by county taxes. No CA money is being spent on this. Remember, the north golf course is private property. We are not allowed on it. Sudman says, “The infrastructure could collapse. There are flags identifying some of the dangerous places. Bridges are now blocked. If you are on this course, you are breaking the law.” The board is in the initial stages of thinking about a new building. Sudman says, “We are starting to look into possibilities.” One resident suggested that a new building might have an indoor running and walking path. Board member Larry Smith agrees that an indoor path would be a good idea. He says that Club Renaissance has a cork walking path. As an aside,

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Smith says that Club Renaissance memberships are available for $200 a month. The board approved the purchase of a new pool lift for the Walking Pool for $10,086. The Men’s Club is donating $5,000 towards the cost of this pool lift. Board members Bob Sullivan and Larry Smith are the board’s liaisons to the clubs of Sun City Center. They make sure all of the clubs are in compliance. If any club officers have questions, they are the people to contact. The “Let’s Dance Ballroom Dance Club” was approved. Its president, Thomas Hart, says the new club is starting out with a hundred members and a new focus. The former ballroom dance instructors are now independently running classes at the Chamber of Commerce. Treasurer Dave Birkett says 41 homes were sold in the past month. Community Manager Lyn Reitz reports that as of April 30, Sun City Center’s population was 11,367.

Scrabble Club

By Diane M. Loeffler We welcome everyone to come to the Heritage Room to play Scrabble. The Heritage Room is on the north side of the Atrium. It is one of the rooms that faces the north parking lot. The Scrabble Club’s focus is on exercising our minds a little while we have fun. No experience is needed. Current players include those who have recently played the game for the first time and one person who has played in tournaments. Most of us are somewhere in the middle. If you have a board bring it. You are welcome to bring a Scrabble Dictionary if you have one. If you don’t own a dictionary, don’t worry. Someone else will let you use theirs if you want to look up a word. We allow players to use Scrabble endorsed ‘cheat sheets’ of two and three-letter words if needed. We usually have an extra one on hand. The Scrabble Club is a very friendly group. We talk and laugh a lot. The only requirement is that you wear your CA badge and sign in each time. We welcome drop-ins. We start play at 6. Usually, we have two or three players per board. A few people play one game a night, most play two or three games before leaving. The club meets all yearround. Some weeks there are 12 people, other weeks there might only be 2, 3 or 4 people. If you play all

seven tiles in one turn it is called a “Bingo.” Anyone who gets a Bingo rings the bell and announces what the word was. About a year ago one player scored three Bingos in one night, so we put her photo in the newspaper. Our president is Joan Juczak. She can be reached at If this sounds interesting, stop by for a game or for the evening any Wednesday.

Tidbits from the Vault Fred Russell: Local Leader in Sun City Center’s History

By Cathy Meyerhoff, History Society Exploring the History Society archives reveals information on topics ranging from developers to businesses, events to amenities. The most interesting articles, however, are on the people who have made this place so special. Fred Russell helped to make Sun City Center the place it is today. Fred was born in 1905 and grew up in Warsaw, New York, the son of Irish immigrants. As a boy, he made his own entertainment. In a 1993 article in the Shopper Observer News he shared childhood memories of jumping from a hayloft and bloodying his nose. Other memories included “borrowing” a local grocer’s horse and buggy without consequences, since his father was a good customer. Baseball games were played with tobacco bags stuffed with grass. Fishing with his father and gardening were other pastimes he enjoyed. He began working at age thirteen in a factory, but soon decided that it was not the job for him. He then became an apprentice bricklayer. To better himself, he took a class in blueprint reading and cost estimating. Marriage to Ann Wenglegin took place when he was twenty-two years old. The couple met at a YMCA dance. He became a general manager and later the president of Alexander Shumbay Utz which did general contracting. He went on to serve first as the Commissioner of Public Works in Rochester, NY and then the Commissioner for State Insurance Funds for the state or New York. Fred moved to Sun City Center in 1969. He bought his home here the first day he saw it and moved in eight days after he retired with his wife of 48 years. In a Tampa Tribune article, he declared that he was determined not to sit in a rocking chair. His achievements reflect the truth of that resolve. He dedicated many years serving in various positions in Sun City Center. He was president of the community-wide Homeowners Association in 1975 and 1976, then as a director of the Civic Association in 1978 and president of that organization in 1979. He was instrumental in bringing

together the two groups into the present Community Association in the 1980s. His first involvement in Sun City Center involved a successful attempt to keep streets from running through the community from Highway 301. He had other memorable achievements as well. As head of the Homeowners Association he spearheaded a drive to create a special taxing district for more police protection here. He raised the first $5,000 for the Security Patrol. He also organized the Sun City Center branch of the volunteer fire department and was a leader in the starting up and maintaining the Sun City Center Emergency Squad. Fred was honored as Man of the Year by the Sun City Center Chamber of Commerce in 1978 and received an Outstanding Citizen award in 1983 for contributing to the betterment of Sun City Center. On December 1, 1992, a Fred Russell Day was celebrated by the Sun City Center Community Association. Fred passed away on April 2, 2005 at age 99. He lived up to the philosophy he had expressed in a 1970s Tribune article when he stated, “I have a philosophy that you only pass through this world once and you should leave something behind.”

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CLUBS The News of Sun City Center

June 2019

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.

SCC Line Dancers

Learn to line dance with the Sun City Line Dancers Club each Tuesday at Community Hall on South Pebble Beach. An hour-long class for “Absolute Beginners” is held at 6:30 p.m. followed by a 7:30 p.m. class for “Beyond Beginners”. Classes also run from 2 until 4 p.m. on Wednesdays at the Atrium Building Dance Studio (next to the “Walking Pool”). Your initial class is free with all others costing $2 per class. Or you can become a full-fledged Line Dancing Club member by paying annual dues of $22 which allows you to attend any and all of the classes you want with no fee payment involved. Hope to see you on the dance floor soon!

Metaphysical Society Fundraiser

10 a.m. Wednesdays in the Heritage Room. Entry fee $1 with love offering requested to benefit our Society. Show your Community ID card. June 5 • “Self-Analysis Through Tarot” June 12 • “Archangels and Source” June 19 • “Mapping the Soul Path through your Astrology Natal chart” June 26 • “Activating the Light Body/Spiritual Alchemy”

The Art Club in Sun City Center Artist of the Month

The Art Club in Sun City Center has chosen Hollie Lynch as Artist of the Month for June 2019. Hollie is an accomplished visually impaired, artist who has earned a place of distinction in the art world. Her paintings express and capture the joyful nuances of people in everyday life. Over the years, her innate gift has been nurtured in painting classes taken in New Hampshire and with instructors at the Art Club in Sun City Center. Currently her paintings hang in the Dunedin Fine Arts Gallery and the Clay Gallery in St. Petersburg, Florida. Her work has also been shown at the St. Thomas Coffee House in Linglestown, PA Gallery and Art Show. Hollie Lynch’s work will be displayed during the month of June at the SCC Library, the SCC Visitor Center, La Beautique Salon, SCC Samaritan Services, Cadence Bank, Fiore’s Sunshine Café and the SCC Art Room Window. Visit www.artclubofscc for more information.

National Adopt a Cat Month

Meow! Cat Lovers Club of SCC would like to remind you that June is National Adopt a Cat Month and encourages you to remember our feline friends when considering a new pet. Shelters are full of cats and kittens in needs of forever homes. These feline fur babies come with as many personalities as they do colors and coats. They curl into our hearts and will just as quickly remind us they decide who they love. Whether they were born in the shelter, surrendered or abandoned, 3.4 million find their way to a shelter. When considering the adoption of a fur baby, take your time. Each shelter animal will touch your heart, so be sure to find a life-long love. If you aren’t able to adopt, consider volunteering or making a donation. If you’ve adopted a shelter cat, share a selfie with your fur baby on social media. Use #AdoptACatMonth to follow throughout the month.

SCC Swim Dancers

By Susan Muise The SCC Swim Dancers show off their new team shirts while visiting their sister synchro team in Palm Harbor. The Swim Dancers will perform in their first ever night-time show in early October. If you are interested in joining the Swim Dancers to have great fun swimming to music while enjoying a wonderful sense of comradery call Sue Muise at 813-633-2479. Practices are Monday and Friday evenings from 7 to 8:30 and Friday mornings from 7:30 to 9. No experience is necessary, only an ability to swim a lap of the pool comfortably.

Computer Club Classes

Organ Keyboard Club

We are a mixed group of musicians: organ players, keyboard artists, accordion players, and piano. The Organ/Keyboard club meets every Thursday in the Armstrong Room at 9 for a group lesson. No instrument is needed and music is provided for you to keep with your notes on from the class lesson. Beginners through advanced students attend. Class size around 20. A professional music teacher begins the lesson at 9:30 on an instrument of their choice. Class is over 11, no registration needed, $3 per class, Kings Point welcome. Benefits of club membership include: the use of four different organs that you can practice on during special times; a library of songs written in EZ play and standard notation that are available; members play out for other clubs’ lunches, dinners, and events; providing entertainment for FunFest and other CA functions; field trips; and being with others who share a common interest in the instrument and learning music. More information: call Barb Carlini at 813.633.2022.

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After the breakfast, jump in your cart or car and head over to the main campus. CA members and their guests can enjoy music at the bandstand, food provided by vendors, and free while-itlasts ice cream provided by the CA with funds generated from the two breakfasts. The pool will be a busy place. Children are allowed to use the pool from 11 a.m. to dusk on July 4. Members and their guests can participate in karaoke and dance to poolside music. See you at Community Hall for the $5 breakfast from 7:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. followed by music and activities at the gazebo and the pool.

fish through the aquatic company who purchased them and put them into the lake. As in the past history of the lakes of SCC, the residents absorbed the cost. The maintenance costs the residents about $5 per month, and the result is a clear and healthy lake. Each lake in SCC, whether small or large, has to be cared for financially by the residents, and failure to do so will result in unsightly bodies of water. To keep our lakes beautiful, someone has to take the initiative. Once a year, a letter is sent to our lake residents regarding the state of the lake with a request for their yearly donation. Of course, records have

There will be no membership meeting in June. Sign up for classes can be done online or in the Computer Lab, (Atrium Building) Monday through Saturday, 12:30 - 5 p.m. Student must be a member in good standing at Sun City Center or Kings Point. Tuition is payable upon registration. For additional information email: Beverly Hiller, Education Director at “”. Listed here are brief descriptions of the classes being offered. For all the details, go to the Computer Club website “”. Detailed information is also available in the Computer Lab. Buying and Using a Chromebook • Tuesday, June 4, from 9 - 11:30 a.m. Buying a Computer • Wednesday, June 12, from 9 - 11 a.m. iPad/iPhone for Seniors • Wednesday, June 5, from 9 - noon Music on your Devices • Friday, June 7, from 9 - 10:30 a.m. Surfing the Web Safely • Monday, June 10, from 9 - 11 a.m. Pain Free Backup for Your Computer • Tuesday, June 11, from 8:30 - noon Tuning Your PC Workshop • Tuesday, June 18, from 8:30 - noon Why Type It When You Can Say It • Wednesday, June 19, from 10:30 - noon Beginners Semi-Private Tutoring • Wednesday, June 26, from 9 - 10 a.m. Introduction to File Explorer • Friday, June 28, from 9 - noon

to be kept, but it is a once a year job, and the beauty of the lake makes it worthwhile.

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South Hillsborough Veterans Clinic Welcomes Patients

Staff, volunteers, and VA ambassadors from the VA South Hillsborough Outpatient Clinic welcomed new and prospective patients to an open house on Tuesday, May 14. Their message: “We are here to offer more convenient access to quality care right here in our community.” As guests streamed into the brand-new building, located at 12920 Summerfield Crossing Boulevard in Riverview, staff offered information about medical services and transportation options, led tours of the facility, and showed guests how to register as patients or select a local Primary Care Provider. VA Ambassador Richard Morrison said it was a privilege to serve new patients. “My dad was a World War II veteran; so, for me, it’s really nice to be part of this.” Speaking to tour guests, Chief of Mental Health & Behavior Sciences Dr. Glenn Catalano said patients should expect

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The newly-opened VA South Hillsborough Outpatient Clinic hosted an open house on May 14. The facility opened May 21.

Chief of Mental Health & Behavior Sciences Dr. Glenn Catalano speaks to tour guests including Benjamin and Elizabeth Padilla.

Group Practice Manager Matthew Simmons, left, and VA Ambassador Maryann Lockard fielded a variety of questions.

Friendly VA Ambassadors Kenny Brown, left, and Richard Morrison greeted guests at the Riverview Clinic open house.

75th Anniversary of D-Day on June 6

South Bay Hospital Take Our Sons and Daughters to Work Day

“That’s All Brother” was the lead ship in her group on D-Day 75 years ago. More than 20 Dakotas will fly across the Atlantic and retrace the invasion flight paths on June 6.

By Kai Rambow Several Dakotas (C-47s/DC3s) were recently at Sun’n Fun in Lakeland promoting their special efforts to honor all Allies involved in the largest seaborne invasion in history. “Some of the C-47s taking part of the D-Day anniversary actually flew on June 6, 1944,” remarked one participant. “It’s amazing.” This June marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Over 20 Dakotas will fly across the Atlantic to England where they


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Dozens of staff children attended National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day at South Bay Hospital recently. This annual event is an educational program in the United States and Canada where parents take their children to work with them for one day. The children toured various departments in the hospital including Food & Nutrition, Laboratory, Materials Management, Plant Operations, Surgery, ED, Diagnostic Imaging,

Outpatient Surgery, Pharmacy, Progressive Care Unit, Med/ Surgery Unit, Telemetry Unit and Rehabilitation to learn about what their parents do every day in a healthcare environment. Team members also helped lead them through some handson activities to focus their energy on learning tasks that help run a hospital and take care of patients. For more information about South Bay Hospital, please call 813-634-0496 or visit

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Golf Carts, Cars and Roads: Update on the Mobility Study

By Diane M. Loeffler On January 3, over 900 area residents attended the first mobility workshop. At that time 308 comment cards were collected. An additional 320 comment card responses were received between February 18 and March 20. Responses indicate a concern for safety, a desire for mixed-use path improvements and additions and requests for access to the retail stores and restaurants along the west end of Sun City Center Boulevard. On May 9, a second meeting was conducted by Kimley Horn consultants, Clarence Eng and Caroline Fraser. Kimley Horn is working with the Hillsborough County Public Works to prioritize projects, meet Hillsborough County design standards, and demonstrate the need for speed reduction and crossing improvements. In order for golf carts to be allowed to travel on a street, that street must have a speed limit of 30 mph or slower. Both the recent online survey and the cards distributed on May 9 asked area residents to rank the following potential projects: a mixed-use path; Cortaro Drive golf cart crossing and intersection improvements; golf cart path resurfacing and sidewalk extension along Upper Creek Drive; golf cart lane striping on North Pebble Beach Boulevard; shareduse lane striping on El Rancho

Several stations were set up for residents to look at maps and to voice their opinions. Residents met on May 9 at 4 p.m. to discuss the Mobility Study and to offer input.

Drive; resurfacing and restriping Rickenbacker Drive; and Cypress Village Boulevard options including on-street golf cart lane and intersection improvements. Eng says, “We have had 900 responses online so far.” Before the meeting, those in attendance had the opportunity to study a map showing all of the potential projects and to voice their opinions. Everyone was given a survey to complete. After the presentation, we had the opportunity to ask questions and to make suggestions. All of this information will be combined by Kimley Horn. Kimley Horn’s next step is to pull together their final mobility concepts in June and submit their plan report in July. Concept design and construction is scheduled to occur between 2020 and 2023.

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Led by Chief Medical Officer Dr. Patricia Mossop, the 50,000-square-foot clinic at the corner of US-301 and Summerfield Crossing officially opened May 21, offering primary care including women’s primary care, radiology, audiology, dietary and mental health counseling, laboratory, pharmacy, physical medicine and rehab, respiratory therapy, social work, prosthetics, telehealth, podiatry, and patient advocacy. The facility is open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tour guest John Yrabek summed up the mood for all the prospective patients: “We’re really excited to see this open up. It’s big thing for us and for this community.” Veterans who are not currently enrolled in VA health care should contact the VA’s Enrollment & Eligibility Office at 813.972.2000 ext. 1710, or visit “www.tampa.” for further information.

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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.

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New members welcome. Come any Monday or Friday 6 to 9:30 p.m. at the Royal room in the Atrium, central SCCCA campus. Our June monthly meeting and high hand night will be Friday, June 28. Refreshments will be served.

Mills Publishes New Book

Bob Mills’ new book, “The TwoParty System Nobody Asked For,” is now available at Amazon. com. Search “Robert Lockwood Mills,” and details will pop up. The book is a critique of our current political environment, and of a system that enables two political parties to thrive through polarization. He’ll soon have signed copies available from his own inventory, which he’ll deliver personally to save everyone a few bucks.

SCC Photo Club June Competition

The Sun City Center Photo Club invites members and their guests to attend their June competition to be held in the Caper Room, located in the Atrium Building on June 11, at 6:30 p.m. All club members are encouraged to submit their digital or print entries to be judged by Fine Art Photographer, Jim Johnson. For more information about our club, please visit our website at

S-Selfless; T-Trustworthy; A-Accomplished; R- Reliable Meet Steve Fontecchio, the STAR Samaritan for the second quarter of 2019. Steve is an intown (Sun City Center) driver for Samaritans and volunteers his services twice a month. He likes the in-town driving since it keeps him busy and able to serve a good number of residents with transportation needs. He started driving for Samaritans 11 years ago after his wife passed away. Steve is a 21-year resident of Sun City Center, and is a native of Albany, NY. A graduate of Cornell University, he retired after a long career as an engineer for several companies, including BASF. He is the father of three children and has five grandchildren and one great grandchild. He is fortunate that his sons live in Florida, and his daughter still resides in Albany. Congratulations to Steve on his STAR Samaritan award and his continued great work for the Sun City Center Community.

Squad’s New Fall Prevention Manager

The Emergency Squad is pleased to announce that Linda Eargle will be managing the Squad’s Fall Prevention Education efforts. Linda is a physical therapist with degrees from the University of Florida, Clemson University, and Regis University. She has certifications from the Academy of Geriatric Physical Therapy as a Certified Exercise Expert for Aging Adults (CEEAA)and Advanced CEEAA. She serves as a trainer for the CEEAA and American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Clinical Instructor courses phase 1 and 2. Dr. Eargle is an onsite visitor for the Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education, for whom she has served as a commissioner and site visitor since 1986. Linda has volunteered on the Squad for five years as an Emergency Medical Responder. Her professional education and career, combined with her years of work on the Squad’s ambulances, makes her infinitely qualified to educate the community about reducing their chances of becoming a fall statistic.

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Sun City Center non-profit Samaritan Services elects board of directors for 2019. Pictured from left to right in the front row: Lee Leverett, Julie Floyd, and Linda Corbin. Back row: Bruce Fraser, Howard Brown, Charlie Cramer, Dolores Berens, John Mayoka, and Cliff Dwyer. Samaritan Services, a 501(c)3 charity, provides many support services needed by residents of Greater Sun City Center. We will transport ambulatory residents to medical appointments between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Brandon, Bradenton, and Tampa, with advance notice of 10 to 14 days. SCC Ride provides transportation for in-town appointments and shopping, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Samaritan Services also coordinate the Meals on Wheels program, and provide Alzheimer’s respite care. For Samaritan Services information call 813-634-9283. For SCC Ride, call 813-633-6111.

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L to R: Vivian Hodgkin, Marcy Fresena (South Bay), Laura Shotzberger (South Bay), Eleanor Toomey and Jean Stellato.

RN Club Celebrates Nurses Day

Nurses in many places around the world celebrate Nurses Day early in May. The date coincides with Florence Nightingale’s birthday, the founder of the modern nursing profession. The Sun City Center Registered Nurses Club celebrated Nurses Day on Thursday, May 2, 2019 with a luncheon in the Florida Room of the Atrium Building. The nurses enjoyed entertainment by Mary from the Organ Club. This will be the last full club meeting until October 3, 2019. The Board of Directors of the RN Club will meet during the summer to plan events for the next “season” in Sun City Center. Our friendship with other nurses in the community was renewed on Thursday, May 9 at South Bay Hospital. We enjoy the camaraderie with our fellow nurses in the community, so each year we try to honor our colleagues at the “neighborhood” hospital with cookie day. Vivian Hodgkin, Eleanor Toomey and Jean Stellato delivered trays of cookies to Marcy Frisena, Chief Nursing Officer at South Bay, and Laura Shotzberger of South Bay, to be delivered to nursing staff throughout the hospital. The SCC Registered Nurses Club meets on the first Thursday of each month in the Caper Room of the Atrium Building from October through May. Questions about the club may be directed to Lynne Murphy, MSN, RN at 813.634.6707.

SCC Woman’s Club Installs New Board

The GFWC SCC Woman’s Club installed the Board of Directors and Officers for the term of 2019 – 2021 at the monthly meeting on Thursday May 16, 2019. We were honored to have Cheryl Benton, GFWC Florida President’s Assistant and Carole Weaver, Past GFWC Florida President at our meeting and they conducted the beautiful installation. The New Officers are Sally Anne Barclay, Club President; Kathy Jones, President Elect; Jeanne Naish, 2nd VP Programs; Joanne Principio, 3rd VP Publicity; Brenda Curvin, 4th VP Hospitality; Karen Sochon, Recording Secretary; Marsha Selman, Corresponding Secretary; Deanna St. John, Sharon Alvarez, Cheryl Benton, Treasurer: Linda Raymond, Carole Weaver, and Sally Anne Membership Secretary; Sharon Barclay. Alvarez and Angie Maze, Directors-At-Large. The club greatly appreciates the terrific work of the former board, and the impact of their leadership on both the club and the community.

What do YOU love about this community?

Earlier this year, Paula Lickfeldt chatted with her fellow News reporters, asking what they enjoyed about being part of this team. Kai Rambow talked about the opportunity to “learn about many different hobbies and activities.” Ilona Merritt said she enjoys “the variety of subjects” she gets to write about, and that the work is “full of surprises and never routine.” Diane Loeffler likes “knowing what is going on in the community” and said she has gained a deeper appreciation for “the many people who are willing to give their time and energy to keep everything running.” Paula said she and her fellow reporters came together as coworkers and have “become very good friends.” Since that article was published, some of you have reached out, inquiring about joining The News’ staff of volunteer reporters and photographers. If that interests you, I invite you to email me at “”. Let me know what you would like to do, and we’ll talk about how you can get involved. Previous journalism experience is NOT required. Whether you live in Sun City Center, Kings Point, Wimauma, Ruskin, or Riverview, all you need is an enthusiasm for your community, a desire to share that enthusiasm, and a willingness to learn. Paula’s absolutely right. This is a great team. We get to share a lot of “good news” stories every month, and we have a lot of fun doing it. Would you like to join us?

SCC Questers Chapter Donates to Veterans Memorial

The Questers Nautilus #909 Chapter in Sun City Center is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. To commemorate this and to honor the local veterans, the chapter purchased a brick to be inscribed and installed at the Veterans Memorial in front of the Community Hall. The inscription will be “Questers Nautilus 909, Preserving Memories since 1979.” Lieutenant Colonel Benny Blackshire, US Army (Retired), accepted the check from Bonnie Galley, president, and Ann Bohachek, treasurer, of the Nautilus Chapter. Mr. Blackshire served in Vietnam and actively supported the construction of the Veterans Memorial as the committee’s recorder. He is the president of the Military Officers Association of America, SCC Chapter. The Questers is an international non-profit organization of individuals who share an interest in history, antiques, preservation and restoration. The chapters hold monthly meetings with short programs on a specific topic, presented by members or invited speakers. Field trips to museums, historic sites and private collections offer exciting opportunities to go behind the scenes. For more information about the SCC Nautilus #909 Chapter, contact Bonnie Galley at 813-938-3777.

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Nearly New Shop: Summer Hours

The Nearly New Shop in the Sun City Center Plaza will be open on Saturdays only for sales during June, July, and August. Sale hours will remain 8 - noon. Wednesday will return to the schedule in September. The shop will be open for donations 8 - 2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. Donations on Wednesdays from 8 - noon during the summer. To learn more, go to www. or call 813-642-9099.

Mary Petro Fund is Moving

After seven years being located and supported by the SouthShore United Church of Christ (SSUCC) on La Jolla Avenue, the Mary Petro Fund office moved to the United Methodist Church (UMC) on West Del Webb on May 1, 2019. As Director of the Fund for the past several years I would like to thank the Tampa Bay Community Foundation for monthly Mary Petro Fund grant support, the office staff at SSUCC, our dedicated volunteers, and all the community clubs, organizations and individuals who helped our neighbors from Sun City Center and Kings Point with their food and medical needs. I am very grateful for the support provided us and will forever be amazed at what tremendous support services are available within our community. I know that the UMC will continue the tradition of providing Mary Petro Fund assistance and will continue to assist our less fortunate neighbors with help in meeting their basic food and medical needs.

Tax Club Aids Community and Needs Community Support

The SCC Tax Club is proud to recognize Cathy Teates as its volunteer of the year for 2019. Marilyn Wilson, club coordinator, lauded Cathy’s dedication, long hours, high quality work, and flair for finding and resolving her client’s most difficult, sensitive tax issues. This year the club, working in Sun City Center and Kings Point, filed more than 5000 returns, assisted 7000 residents, generated $4.5 million in refunds, and paid an additional million dollars to residents in child tax credits and earned income credits. The IRS estimates we saved folks another million dollars in tax return preparation and refund anticipation loan fees. So, in total, we provided at least $6.5 million in benefits to the community, much as we have for more than three decades. We trained 95 volunteer residents who worked more than 7000 hours to achieve these results, making us the largest free tax preparation site in southwest Florida with the highest IRS-measured accuracy rate as well. We filed more non-citizen (ITIN) returns than Tampa’s Hispanic Outreach Center and filed more than 70 shut-in returns. We are losing our principal worksite at the South Shore United Community Church and we appeal to the community to help us find another comparable worksite to allow us to continue the firstclass tax service we have provided for 31 years. We need a room to train 24 volunteers on computers from January 6-23, 2020, and a room to run 10-12 tax workstations weekdays from February 3 through April 18, 2020. For the same period, we need an adjacent waiting room for about 30 clients. The rooms must meet ADA accessibility standards, due to the large number of elderly clients we serve, as well as needing a private phone line and a very robust internet connection. For additional information or to volunteer to help us next tax season, call Marilyn Wilson at (813) 633-5679. Kings Point volunteers should call Ed Sheridan at (813) 634-7965.

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On Tuesday, July 23, 2019, the Security Patrol is inviting residents to join them on another trip to a baseball game. They will be cheering the Rays, who will be playing the Boston Red Sox. The trip includes admission ticket, cap and transportation by chartered bus. Departure is at 5:30 p.m. and the game starts at 7:10 p.m. The bus departs from the Security Patrol office at 1225 N. Pebble Beach Blvd. Tickets may be purchased at the Patrol Office Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Cruising Down the Channel with the Security Patrol

By Ilona Merritt On Thursday, June 13, 2019, members and friends of the Security Patrol will set sail for a 2-1/2-hour Sunset Cruise. Departing from Channelside, the cruise will take the group past unique waterfront locations such as Harbour Island, Davis Island and Downtown Tampa on their dining cruise. Along with magnificent scenery they will also enjoy a delicious dinner with starters, popular entrées, and indulgent desserts. A cash bar will be available to purchase alcohol. For additional entertainment, a D.J. will provide music. To make the evening easy for everyone, a bus has been chartered. The group will depart from the Patrol Office at 1225 N. Pebble Beach at 5:30 p.m. and return at 10:30 p.m. Cruise, Dinner and Transportation are only $77 per person and the tickets are available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon at the Security Patrol Office. (Cruise only $60 per person)

Redeemer Donation

Jane Trefren, chairman of the rummage sale for the Redeemer Lutheran Church Women’s Group (WELCA) presents a check for $2,500 to Walt Cawein, President of the SCC Charitable Foundation, Inc. for the Veterans Memorial Fund. The donation will be used for needed upgrades and continued maintenance of the memorial. The donation was made possible thanks to the generous donors, loyal customers and awesome volunteers who supported the Church’s Woman’s Group Annual Rummage Sale in February. Some of the volunteers include Tina Schwartz, co-Chair; Kathie Hackett, Angela Grill and Jo Anne Owens. The group was kind to make the donation in memory of Mike Trefren, a US Navy veteran who worked 10 years on the sale.

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Hands Only CPR Educational Program

Most people who survive a cardiac emergency are helped by a bystander. In two minutes of time you could learn Hands-Only CPR, and you could be the bystander who provides life-saving care until professional responders arrive. Join Prince of Peace Catholic Church’s Health Ministry on June 11th at 10 a.m. in the Conesa Center where Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue will demonstrate this important skill. HCFR will also demonstrate the correct way to use an Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED). Location: Conesa Center, 702 Valley Forge Blvd, Sun City Center. Registration is required as training equipment is limited. You may register online at, or by leaving a message on the Health Ministry’s phone at 813-634-2328, Ext 206. Last day to register is June 7.

Coffee With a Cop June 25

Deputy Jeffrey Merry would like to invite you to join your neighbors and Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputies for “Coffee with a Cop” on Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 8 to 9 a.m., at the Ruskin Dunkin Donuts location, 717 Cypress Creek Blvd. Deputy Merry says this is an opportunity to have a conversation with your local patrol deputies and detectives. He has invited Sheriff Chronister to attend.

Center 4LifeLearning Open for Business

(Formerly Community Church College) We are now in our new office at the United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, Sun City Center. Our new and updated website is ready for exploring. The work has begun on our Fall Semester and planning is under way for our trips. We have already booked some of our most popular venues and many are still in the planning stage. Trips may be purchased on the website with a credit card. Order forms can be printed from the forms page by clicking “Trip Order Form” at and just mail it in with your check. Please use one of these methods, when possible. Our office hours are not consistent at this time. Please refrain from going to the church office. If you need to pick up an order form, they will be available in the Narthex on a table to the left.

CAHT Donates Tree to Wimauma Elementary School for Arbor Day

Fourth graders at Wimauma Elementary School planted a special Arbor Day tree and read a tree poem called “Trees, Trees, Trees.” Principal LeBron-Bravo and the fourth-grade teachers organized the tree ceremony in recognition of Arbor Day and Campaign Against Human TraffickingSouthShore (CAHT) donated the tree. “The tree planting by the fourth graders and Wimauma’s Honor Society is another learning experience in the importance of nourishing our environment as well as ourselves,” says Annie Garrison, CAHT President. The tree chosen by the faculty is a Southern Magnolia, native to Florida. CAHT’s volunteers are involved in the after-school PCAT program for young readers as well as providing funding for special school projects at our local schools.

Sun City Center Woman’s Club. Inc., Franklin Street Real Estate representatives, and Kelly Kowall Gold Star Mother President and founder of My Warrior’s Place.

The GFWC Sun City Center Woman’s Club, Inc. Help Celebrate Arbor Day

The GFWC Sun City Center Woman’s Club, Inc. donated two Sweet Bay Magnolias trees to be planted at My Warriors Place in Ruskin. The trees were placed in their dog run area for the Veterans and their families to walk their dogs, have some shade and enjoy the flowers when the trees bloom.

Scholarship recipients: top row L to R: Jordan Rutherford, James-Patrick Green, Savannah Rogers, Trinity Rosado, and Alex Henry. 2nd-row L to R: Macy Gardner, Madison Corr, Catalina Street, Ani Hoyt and Oluwatobi Onalaja (Toby). Adults: (far back row) L to R: ABWC member special scholarship donor: Eileen Sengstock; ABWC Scholarship Committee members: Brenda Fricks, Sharon Vasquez, Pat Wilson and Dr. Brenda Harwood; (left front): ABWC Scholarship Committee members: Jeanette Doyle, ABWC Scholarship Chair and Katherine Cintron, ABWC President; (right front) College and Career Counselors: Mia Felix - East Bay and Miriam King – Lennard High Schools. Not pictured: Catherine GoodrichGusler (ABWC special scholarship donor). Bell Creek Academy (Charter School) no representative.

Apollo Beach Woman’s Club Awarded Scholarships

L to R: Mia Felix (East Bay Counselor), Oscar Diaz-Delgado, Savita Singh, Muhammed Alkhatib, Esai Sanchez, Rea Cantwell (President), Ron Banaszak (Scholarship chair).

Sun City Center Rotary Club Scholarship Winners

The Sun City Center Rotary Club presented college scholarships to four outstanding high school senior students from East Bay high school. The SCC Rotary Club meets each Tuesday for lunch at Freedom Fairways. For membership, call Tony at 813-642-8715

Southwest Florida Rheumatology

Introduces PA Victoria Capezza

Victoria joined Southwest Florida Rheumatology in November 2017. She graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and later graduated with Honors from Nova Southeastern University’s Physician Assistant program with a Master’s degree in Medical Sciences. She is licensed as a Certified Physician Assistant by the state of Florida. She is an active member of Florida Academy of Physician Assistants, American Academy of Physician Assistants, and PA Victoria Capezza Florida Society of Rheumatology. Victoria worked for 1 year in the field of Neurology in Tallahassee, FL and then moved back to central Florida. Victoria grew up in Plant City, Florida, the Winter Strawberry Capital of the world, and she likes to spend time with her parents whenever she gets the chance. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with friends, reading, writing, and exercising. Victoria has quickly fallen in love with rheumatology and is excited to be practicing medicine here and giving back to the community.

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Apollo Beach Woman’s Club (ABWC) funded $15,000 in college scholarships this year and all recipients are from East Bay and Lennard High Schools and Bell Creek Academy (Charter School). Each student received a $1,500 scholarship. Seven recipients are attending a four-year Florida University; one is finishing up a twoyear degree at a Community College, then transferring in the spring to a four-year university; and two are specially funded scholarships by Catherine Goodrich-Gusler and Eileen Sengstock, who are ABWC members. Catherine has generously shared her talents as VP of programs, club president and scholarship committee chair over the years. Eileen is honoring her daughter posthumously. If you wish to get acquainted with the club, attend any of our events, or join our club, information can be found on our website

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By Debbie Caneen South County Events is provided by Debbie Caneen, Director of Admissions, Sun Towers from items submitted for publication. To submit events for future publications, send them by the 15th of the prior month. Debbie also publishes Ads and Events, a weekly e-mail containing information about what’s happening in 33573. Your event will also appear in the weekly Ads and Events e-mail and on the website Send all events by e-mail to You only need to submit your Event one time each month for it to appear in both The News of Kings Point and SCC Ads and Events. SPECIAL EVENTS Please include all basic information, especially Price (or list it’s Free) and Contact Information (phone, e-Mail, or website). Six lines maximum. Send to: sccfreeads@ As soon as space permits, we will put it in the weekly e-Mail and it will run until event date passes. You do not need to submit it again. PLEASE NOTE: This area is for SPECIAL EVENTS only. WEEKLY, MONTHLY, or ONGOING EVENTS are listed on our website under WEEKLY & MONTHLY MEETINGS at which is updated every weekend.

SUN. JUN 2 - SUNDAY BRUNCHES AT SOUTH BAY 10:00 - 2:00 p.m. South Bay Hospital Cafeteria 4016 Sun City Center Blvd. Sun City Center, FL 33573. Fried catfish (lunch), mac and cheese, pancakes with strawberry compote (breakfast). Brunch will include one breakfast or lunch entrée, two sides, biscuit/roll, and a fountain drink all for $6. Coffee is complimentary. We hope you can take advantage of this service. MON. JUN 3 - WIDOWER’S GROUP 9:00 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Meeting for widowers only. We invite you to attend a meeting, coffee and donuts on us. You’ll sit and listen as others share their experiences in dealing with the different stages of the tragic loss of losing your spouse. For more information call Tom Harding 813-634-1236. TUE. JUN 4, 11, 18, 25 - LINE DANCING WITH A BALANCE EVERY TUESDAY 9:30 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Sun City Center. Do you like to dance but are worried about falling? Join our free line dancing class lead by trained therapists. This weekly class will improve your balance and reduce your risk of falling. TUE. JUN 4, 11, 18, 25 LIFE CHALLENGES SUPPORT GROUP 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Sun City Center. your life fully with zest and

The News joy! Rid yourself of depression, anxiety, frustrations with family, children, friends, life changes, health problems, finances and more. All are welcome in complete confidence and free of charge. Your facilitator will be Cheryl Lewis, an effective psychotherapist. No appointment is necessary. WED. JUN 5, 12, 19, 26 THERAPEUTIC 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! THU. JUN 6 - SCC HAND AND FOOT 6:30 p.m. every Thursday evening in the Caper Room at the Atrium. Come join us and learn an easy and fast card game that is lots of fun! Beginners are welcome, bring your friends, or come alone, and join us! For more information email Open to all Sun City Center and Kings Point Residents. MON. JUN 10 or JUN 24 - SOUTH BAY HOSPITAL VOLUNTEER MONDAY MIXERS 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Front Lobby at South Bay Hospital. Learn about volunteer opportunities! Meet our volunteers. Light refreshments offered. We have a place for you no matter how much time you have to offer. Showcase your skills and your smile! We look forward to meeting you! If these times don’t work for you, please contact Paula Hange at 813634-0187. MON. JUN 10 - DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT OF A CONTROLLABLE DEMENTIA 1:30- 2:30 p.m. at Sun City Center Community Hall, Room 3, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. Sun City Center, FL 33573. Diagnosis and Treatment of a Controllable Dementia. Presented by Naomi Abel, MD, Director, College of Medicine Neurosurgery, Director of Electrodiagnostic Medicine Lab, Division of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Assistant Professor, College of Medicine Neurology, College of Medicine Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences and College of Medicine Neurosurgery, USF Health Morsani School of Medicine. TUE. JUN 11 - LEARN HANDSONLY CPR AND SAVE A LIFE 10:00 a.m. in the Conesa Center, 702 Valley Forge Blvd, Sun City Center, FL where Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue will demonstrate this important skill. HCFR will also demonstrate the correct way to use an Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED). Registration is required as training equipment is limited. You may register online at, or by leaving a message on the Health Ministry’s phone at 813634-2328, Ext 206. Last day to register is June 7. TUE. JUN 11 - STROKE SUPPORT GROUP 1:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City


Center. Amy Yepez, doctor of physical therapy (DPT) for Sun Terrace Health Care Center will facilitate this monthly group meeting. If you are at risk of a stroke or have had a stroke, this group is for you! Free valet service available at Sun Terrace entrance. Info: 813-892-2990. WED. JUN 12 - VIRTUAL DEMENTIA TOUR “YOUR WINDOW INTO THEIR WORLD” 10:00 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Walk a Mile in the Shoes of a Person Living with Dementia. Created by P.K. Beville, a specialist in geriatrics, this experience is designed to instill hope in professional and family caregivers, providing them with a tool to move from sympathy to empathy and to better understand the behaviors and needs of their loved ones and patients. Free event but RSVP is required to 813-634-3347. WED. JUN 12 - DIABETES EDUCATION SUPPORT GROUP 10:00 a.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. Sun City Center. Sponsored by the Men’s Club of SCC. Have you been given the diagnosis of Diabetes? Are you unsure of your dietary and physical future? Discover options and learn information that will prepare you for a healthy future with Diabetes. MON. JUN 17 - PARKINSON’S SUPPORT GROUP OF SUN CITY CENTER 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement

Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. This month our speaker will be Robin Harrell, Senior Long Term Care Specialist with Acadia Pharmaceuticals for an in depth look into hallucinations and delusions associated with Parkinson’s Disease and the first and only FDA approved medication to treat Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis. If you have Parkinson’s, or are caring for someone with this disease, be sure to attend this support group! Complimentary valet parking available at entrance. For additional info, call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. TUE. JUN 18 - FREE MEMORY SCREENINGS 9:30 a.m. in Creason Hall at the United Methodist Church, 1210 Del Webb Blvd West, Sun City Center. Did you know a vitamin deficiency can exhibit the same symptom as dementia? With annual memory screenings, you will be able to identify a decline in memory in order to address it and hopefully reverse it altogether. Make your appointment today to have your memory screened along with your hearing. By appointment only. To schedule, call the Coalition at 813-4194902. TUE. JUN 18 - ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center for this Alzheimer’s Association

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South County Events from 9. Caregiver Support Group. Bring your loved one for a welldeserved break. Facilitated by Aging Care Advocates. You will receive information while your loved one is cared for in our Secured Memory Care. Please RSVP no less than three days prior to 813-677-1400. WED. JUN 19 - LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. at Sun Towers Retirement Community 101 Trinity Lakes Drive. Do you wonder how others with Low Vision advance through their day? Do they receive care from outside sources? What adaptive vision devices successfully assist them? Each need is different but if we gather to share our resources, we all benefit! Attend this support group where challenges are met with resources and where members inspire others with their successes. Free valet parking for cars and golf carts. If you have low vision, then this meeting is for you! For more info call Debbie Caneen 813-892-2990. THU. JUN 20 - FREE MEMORY SCREENING Beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Coalition office at Sun Towers,101 Trinity Lakes Drive, Sun City Center, Suite 254. Did you know a vitamin deficiency can exhibit the same symptom as dementia? With annual memory screenings, you will be able to identify a decline in memory in order to address it and hopefully reverse it altogether. Make your

appointment today to have your memory screened along with your hearing. By appointment only. To schedule, call the Coalition at 813-419-4902. MON. JUN 24 - CHRONIC PAIN, ARTHRITIS AND NEUROPATHY GROUP 1:30 2:30 p.m. Sun Towers Retirement Community, 101 Trinity Lakes Dr. SCC. Amy Yepez, doctor of physical therapy (DPT) for Sun Terrace Health Care Center will facilitate this monthly group meeting. Learn what you can do to reduce your pain today. Session located in the theater. Questions? Call 813-892-2990. FRI. JUN 28 - VETERANS HISTORY PROJECT 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. by appointment only. The Tampa Bay Chapter of the American Red Cross in partnership with the Veterans History Project, a program of the Library of Congress, is 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. If you are a Veteran or know Veterans that would like to share their stories, please call Sun Towers to schedule your interview time at 813-634-3347.

June 2019

Howdy Celebrates 100 Years

By Kai Rambow Photos by Paula Lickfeldt “You’re supposed to be dead,” exclaimed another sailor to Roy “Howdy” Long. During his service in WWII, Long’s ship was attacked by the Japanese. Long was knocked unconscious and overboard. His life vest saved him from drowning, and when he awoke hours later, he was all alone in the Pacific. Long was rescued about a day later, but his ship had been attacked again and sunk with most of the crew killed. Long has survived and thrived. Long is known locally as Howdy. One of the original Caloosa Golf club members, Long recalls, “I couldn’t remember people’s names, so I would always say, ‘Howdy.’ Soon people started to call me Howdy.”

Howdy took to the dance floor a few times while celebrating his birthday.

Howdy can recall the dramatic as well as the funny. In high school, Howdy kept trying to get a date with a classmate named Dorothy. He wrote a note asking her to go to a show on Saturday night. Dorothy passed the note to girl behind her, also named Dorothy – and she said yes. So, Howdy ended up dating the wrong Dorothy. When Howdy did date the right Dorothy, they ended up being married for 71 years. In Dorothy’s last few years, she suffered from Alzheimer’s. While she could no longer play golf, Howdy would take her with him on the golf course. Well-liked by many, Howdy celebrated with two birthday parties. One in his neighborhood, and the other at Caloosa Golf club, where he has been a member for 40 years.

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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.

Oldies But Goodies Welcome RB and the Gang


Singles Social Dance Club

The Singles Social Dance Club will meet on June 2 and June 23 in the Atrium Building, Florida Room, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Live music for your dancing and listening pleasure presented by Thor Stevens and his saxophone. Members $4, guests $6. BYOB and snacks. Ice, water, cups, and napkins provided on each table. Proper attire requested (please no shorts, jeans). For information call Janet at 813-633-3558.

Rockin’ Thru the Years Dance Club

Saturday, June 22, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Sun City Center Community Hall due to Veterans Theater being closed temporarily for renovations. The Sun City Center Community Hall doors will open at 6 p.m. for the dance. Tickets which are required for this dance were sold at the May 18 Rockin’ Thru the Years dance. Tickets will not be sold at the door the night of the dance. You may BYOB and snacks. The Club provides cups, napkins, water and ice on each table. Music will be provided by The Southshore Cruisers. They play a good combination of fast and slow top 40 hits from the 60’s and 70’s. During their breaks, they will play our favorite line dance music. For more information, email Sandi at “”

Moonglow Dance Club

Moonglow Ballroom Dance Club will feature the Live Music of “Daniel Fugazzotto” from Sarasota at their monthly dance on Thursday June 27 from 7:309:30 p.m. in the SCC Community Hall, 1910 South Pebble Beach Blvd. As a special treat, Daniel and his National Championship Amateur Ballroom Dance partner, Janis Merluzzo, will present an Exhibition at Intermission. The summer attire at Moonglow Dances is smart casual. No shorts or tank tops, please. Members are free, and visitors/guests pay $5 per person at the door. Singles tables are always available. BYOB and snacks. Club provides ice, water, cups and napkins. For more Information, call 813633-1297 or 813-642-8120, or to receive Moonglow information by email, contact “gail3357@gmail. com”.

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The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club will be enjoying the music of RB and the Gang on Sunday, June 9, 2019 at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The cost is free for members and $6 per person for guests. No advance ticket is needed, pay at the door. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m. for members and 6:30 p.m. for guests. The band originally from Memphis and now locally based are making a very welcome return to the Oldies but Goodies dance. The band will be playing 7-10 p.m. BYOB and snacks, the club will provide water, ice, cups and napkins.

Oldies But Goodies Welcome The Dukes

The Oldies but Goodies Dance Club Members will be enjoying a member only party starting at 5 p.m. for which prior reservations are required. After the party the dance will feature the singing of The Dukes on Sunday, June 30, 2019 at Community Hall, 1910 S. Pebble Beach Blvd. The dance cost is free for members and $6 per person for guests. No advance ticket needed for the dance, pay at the door. The doors will open at 5 p.m. for the member only party and at 6:30 p.m. for guests. The band will be playing 7-10 p.m. BYOB and snacks, the club will provide water, ice, cups and napkins. As always residents of Kings Point as well as Sun City Center are always welcome. This is the last dance you can make your reservations for the “Member Only” Party on June 30, commencing at 5 p.m. Please note reservations at $10 per person to be made by check only and your meal selection put on the back of the check. Any questions contact Club President Joanne at 813-728-1147 or email “”. You may also check out our website: “” or join us on Facebook “”.

Entertainment Corner By Renee Bray, SCCCA Entertainment Director

We are pleased to announce the line-up of shows for the 2019-2020 Sunday season. Opening the season on November 10, is “Jukebox 4.” This group of national performers boasts incredible harmonies, infectious stage personas, and playful choreography in a one of a kind show that re-imagines classic Jukebox hits covering all genres of music! On Dec 15, we’ll celebrate that time of the Renee Bray year with the folks who live at Pelican Roost. It’s the holiday party school of retirement communities. In this all-new show, two actors play 18-characters in original songs, sketches, and hilarious parodies. “The Home for the Holidays” is certain to leave you festive and joyful. If laughter is the best medicine, prepare to be heavily medicated for the January 19 show. “Tom Cotter” is high energy, with a rapidfire style of comedy that leaves audiences clutching their sides and rolling in the aisles. Recently, Tom became the first comedian to ever reach the finals of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”. Comic impressionist Ken Block will open up the performance. Our February 16 performance will welcome “Beginnings,” a tribute band that will bring to life the music of Chicago, and exceptionally recreate every decade of the band’s hits. The music of Chicago is truly wonderful, timeless classics that define generations. Wrapping up the season on March 29 will be “Jersey Tenors.” They create an explosive blend of the most iconic Opera classics alongside such industry greats as Queen, ABBA, Journey, Elton John, and Josh Groban to name but a few. These four charming wise guys will raise the roof with their powerful voices. Season tickets will go on sale at the SCCCA Kiosk on September 30 for CA members, and October 7 for Non-CA members. Individual tickets will go on sale October 14 for CA Members and October 21 for Non-CA members. Contact Renee at “entertainment@” for questions. The Friday series lineup will be announced next month.


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Mother’s Day Golf Mixer

Long stem roses were given to each lady golfer at the annual Mother’s Day 18-hole mixer at Caloosa Golf and Country Club. The winning team, with a 73, was (1st row) Mary Ellen Laprade, Shirley & Vince Coniglio; and (2nd row) Roland Laprade, Anne & John Skinner (Photo by Nancy Williams)

Caloosa Country Club Friday Mixer Winners

Coed 9-hole golf mixers are held every Friday evening at Caloosa Golf and Country Club (CCC). Recently the team of Dave & Deb Schulenberg, Roxie & Jerry Gottsacker & Vince & Shirley Coniglio won with a score of 32. For information about CCC visit www.golfcaloosa. com (Photo by Nancy Williams).

The Sun City Center Basketball Club recently donated two Tournament Basketballs to the Ruskin Recreation Center as appreciation for their efforts in tournament sponsorship for seniors 50 and above. Left to right Jim Knight; Kevin Clethen; Bob Monahan, Club President; and Dave Andrews.

Phil LaFleur and Frank Heim

Dale Johnson and Clarence Vance

“Ringers” Sun City Center Horseshoe Association Doubles Tournament

The “Dawgs” Win Spring Softball Session

By Jim Collins Big Jim Blackstone’s the Dawgs chewed up the competition to win the 2019 Sun City Center Spring Softball Session. The Dawgs suffered only one loss en route to winning the session title; two games were cancelled due to inclement weather. Four teams made it into the playoffs. Tom Tierney’s team “The Crew” placed second and played Jim Collins’ third place team the “Rockets” in the first game. The Rockets beat The Crew to advance to the finals. The Dawgs played Tino LeGrand’s 4th place team “Gray Jays” in the second game of the playoffs to secure a spot in the finals. The final game was a defensive struggle. The Dawgs finally gained the advantage late in the game over the Rockets, the only team to beat them during the regular season. The Sun City Softball League is open to all Sun City Center, Kings Point and Freedom Plaza members in good standing. Games are played year-round. The league is coed and open to all skill levels. Residents interested in joining, can go to the club website “” or email “suncitycentersoftball@”.

The Ringers recently held their Doubles horseshoe tournament. We are proud to announce the 1st and 2nd place results. First place was won by the team of Phil LaFleur and Frank Heim and second place was won by the team of Dale Johnson and Clarence Vance. These champs are pictured below, first team on the top and team two below. Stop by and congratulate them. We’d like to get you out here tossing shoes and going for the gold. Come join the Ringers. We’ll give lessons and you can throw a few days for free before you decide on joining. We throw Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday mornings from 8:30 to about 10:45. You can throw on the days you want. We’re located right behind the South Community Center. See you there.

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The Sun City Center Pickleball Club has a special group known as the Sweet Pickles. On April 24, the Sweet Pickles got together at the Florida Room to celebrate with pizza and good music provided by Cassandra Furlong and thank Roxie and Gerry Gottsacker for all they have done to promote the group.

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Senior Summer Basketball Starts June 8

Saturday June 8 is the first scheduled day for “Summer Senior Basketball.” The time slot for SCC Basketball Club will be 12:30 to 2 p.m. If some players wish to participate with the 30-plus group the scheduled time is: 10:30 a.m. to noon also on Saturday. Note: the teams play “full court” and played in game format with refs and time clocks.

SCC Shuffleboard Club Prepares for Summer Season

Thanks to the support of the SCC Community Association and our volunteers, our shuffleboard courts are the best in the Tampa Bay area. To maintain the high quality of the courts requires a schedule of routine maintenance. One of the most important maintenance activities is the waxing of the concrete courts to maintain the smooth surface so that the shuffleboard disks will glide smoothly floating on the thin layer of smooth wax. It takes a team of five wax men to complete the job. This spring’s waxing was headed up by Past President Norm White, assisted by President Jon Harnden, Vice President Rick Robinson, court maintenance manager Bill Dias, and maintenance consultant John Karg. Regular club play during the summer occurs on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Play starts at 9 a.m. and the drawing for courts occurs shortly before that. Membership is open to all Sun City Center CA members, Kings Point residents and Freedom Plaza residents with a SCC pass. Dues for the remainder of this year are $10. Normal annual dues are $20.


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Exploring Newfoundland

By Kai Rambow “Where’s Newfoundland?” was the question. It’s about a thousand miles northeast of Boston, and usually the last point of land in North America for flights heading to Europe. It’s overflown, overlooked, but incredibly rewarding to those who explore. There Be Whales An easy 30-minute drive south of St. John’s leads to incredible views of humpback whales. This is where they feed during summer months and it is literally just off the coast. There were so many whales here it was challenging to decide where to look. While there are a few tour companies, Gatherall’s uses a catamaran. The vessel is more stable and faster, so you have a more comfortable journey and spend more time viewing wildlife. Tip: Check the marine forecast before you go. St. John’s, Up Close and Personal You could pack onto a mini-bus tour – or you could experience St. John’s up close and personal. If you’d like a wonderfully, memorable time, then book with Moe Fitzgerald. He leads customized photographic tours. Instead of just driving by Jellybean Row, we parked, walked the neighborhood and took lots of beautiful pictures. We spent well over two hours here and loved it. Fitzgerald is an affable person, guide, and teacher. If you would prefer to see and photograph iconic landscapes in the area, just ask Moe. You’ll learn what you’re looking at and how to best capture a great image. Fitzgerald grew FONTS USED up here and thoroughly knows the people, culture and history. This is a great departure from a standard tour. Tips for a Great Trip Planning: Even though

Newfoundland is one of the largest islands in the world, it has a relatively small population. This means a limited number of hotel rooms and rental cars. Ideally, plan your trip at least six months in advance. Getting There: There are two options: take your own car on a ferry or fly. The ferries run from mid-June to mid-September. Two ferries depart from Sydney, Nova Scotia; one to Port aux Basques (approx. seven hrs) and the other to Argentia (16 hrs). Since most people want a cabin for overnight crossings, you need to book well in advance. Costs are approximately $210 plus $150 for cabin to Port aux Basques one way and $490 plus $150 for cabin to Argentia one way. Cabins are two to four berths with toilet, sink and shower. Main decks have televisions and restaurants. Note: By sailing to Argentia and departing from Port aux Basques (or other way around) you can travel in one direction around the island. Flying: Newfoundland is not the easiest to reach, even if you’re flying. There are multiple flights daily from Halifax and Toronto with Westjet (similar to Southwest), Air Canada and Porter Airlines. If you’re doing a road trip near those airports, you can include Newfoundland in your travel plans. Tip: For the last two years, Westjet has offered once a week non-stop flights from Orlando to St. John’s during the summer. Clothing: Newfoundland has a cooler climate. Think fall type weather with ranges of warm, COLORS cool, sunny, windy PROMINENT and rainy conditions and pack C=60.58 M=16.17 Y=7.79 K=00 accordingly. R=93 G=173 B=211 NoteHEX =About Time Zones: 5DADD2 Atlantic Canada 60 minutes C=65.68 M=28.59 Y=53 is K=5.57 R=96 G=143 B=127 and Newfoundland is 90 minutes HEXof = 5F8E7F ahead us. C=00 M=11 Y=73 K=00 R=255 G=222 B=98 HEX = FFDD62

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MFST Holds Luncheon for Scholarship Recipients

By B. Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.) The Board of Trustees of the Military Family Support Trust (MFST) held a recognition luncheon honoring its 2019 National Scholarship Recipients at the Sun City Center, Freedom Plaza Club. Two of the scholarship donors were present and were introduced along with the L to R: Ms. Sarah Schneider; Colin board of trustees. Lori Germain, Howgill, Chairman of MFST Board of manager of MFST, presented Trustees; Ms. Jasmine Merry. the names and accomplishments of all the scholarship recipients. There were sixteen recipients from high schools around the nation. Four of the recipients were from Florida high schools. MFST is a 501(c)3 charitable trust established in 1992 and headquartered in SCC Freedom Plaza. Information about MFST can be obtained by calling Lori Germain (813) 634-4675.

MFST Presents Outstanding JROTC Awards to Newsome Cadets

By B. Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.) The Military Family Support Trust (MFST) presented outstanding JROTC Awards to five Cadets at Newsome High School. JROTC Cadet Senior Pierce Gannon was named one of the five outstanding Cadets of the year. Others from Newsome High School given outstanding Cadet awards were: Junior Natalie Bugileski; Sophomore Andrew Caceres; Freshman Elijah Spalding; and Senior Saber Award Lt. Col. Gordon Bassett, USAF (Ret), winner Katherine Metheny. The MFST Trustee, presents Newsome awards were presented by retired High School outstanding JROTC Lt. Col. Gordon Bassett, USAF, a Cadet Award to Senior Cadet MFST Trustee. MFST is a 501(c)3 Pierce Gannon. organization that supports through their grant programs, military families past and present. If you would like more information on making donation to MFST, contact Lori Germain at 813-634-4675.

MFST Recognizes Spoto High School JROTC Cadets

By B. Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.) The Military Family Support Trust (MFST) recognized four Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets from Spoto High School in Riverview, Florida. Retired U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Ron Silva, an MFST Trustee, presented the medals and certificates to freshman, sophomore, junior and senior cadets for their outstanding leadership during the school year as well as a check to junior and senior cadets. The awardees, from left in photo, were Senior Cadet Ailani Maldonato, Junior Cadet Randall Smith, Sophomore Cadet Syndi Smith and Freshman Cadet Carolina Vega. On right is RADM Silva. The Military Family Support Trust is a 501(c)3 organization that, through its grant programs, supports military families, past and present. If you would like more information on making a donation to MFST, please contact Lori Germain at 813-634-4675.

MOWW Presents JROTC Award to Newsome High School Student

By B. Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.) On Tuesday, 30 April, 2019, at Newsome High School, retired USAF Lt Col Jim Warchol, a Military Order of the World Wars Companion, presented JROTC Cadet 1st SGT Zachary Dench with an MOWW Award for her outstanding performance. In addition to recognizing outstanding JROTC students, MOWW serves America’s youth Left Lt Col Jim Warchol, USAF (Ret); by hosting Youth Leadership Newsome HS JROTC Cadet 1st SGT Conference activities throughout Zachary Dench. the United States at no cost to high school students attending. MOWW holds a monthly luncheon that includes various speakers at the Sun City Center Plaza Club. For information regarding membership contact Jim Haney 813-220-8758.

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Garland Awarded Order of the Marechaussee

Congratulations to Master Sergeant (Ret.) Patrick V. Garland. Today he was awarded the prestigious Order of the Marechaussee. A well-deserved award for a #Soldier4Life who continues to serve the Military Police Corps thru research and publishing articles and books. A little more about MSG(R) Garland. His career started in 1954 when he enlisted in the United States Army as an Airborne Infantry Soldier, and only a few years later in 1957, he transitioned and trained as a Military Policeman and later a CID Special Agent, specializing in Firearms Identification. Even beyond his Retirement in 1974, MSG(R) Garland has dedicated his time to researching all aspects of the Military Police Corps Regiment. He is a published author and has written numerous articles that have been published in the Military Police Journal.

MOWW Presents Certificates of Commendation to HCSO and HCFR

By B. Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.) At the Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) luncheonmeeting, four Chapter Law & Order Certificates of Commendation were presented by Companion Ferris Garrett, Chapter Law and Order Chairman, to Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) Community Service Aide Michelle Mortimer; Hillsborough County Fire and Rescue (HCFR) Public Relations Officer Jessica Coy; HCFR Emergency Dispatch Supervisor Daniel Nehrin; and HCFR Captain William Cobb (not present) for their exceptional service and outstanding performance during the past year. Commander Jim Haney then presented Companion John Glynn with his Perpetual membership pin, certificate and card as he upgraded from a Regular to Perpetual membership. MOWW is a patriotic Veterans Service Organization (VSO) whose motto is, “It is nobler to serve than to be served.” The Outreach Programs the organization, and this Chapter, focus on concern good citizenship, patriotic education, and military and public service; specific Programs are patriotic education, ROTC and JROTC, Scouting, law and order, Veteran affairs, monuments and memorials, and national and homeland security. MOWW SCC Chapter 226 meets monthly at 11 a.m. on the third Thursday of the month, except July & August, at the Freedom Fairways GC Plaza Club on Upper Creek Drive. For information regarding membership contact Jim Haney at or call 813-220-8758.

By B. Frank Kepley, CAPT USN (Ret.) Dr. Susan MacManus was the featured speaker at the May Military Officers Association of America (MOAA) luncheon. Dr. MacManus received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan (1969) and her undergraduate (1968) and Ph.D. (1975) degrees from Florida State University. She is nationally renowned for her expert and incisive commentary on public opinion and intergenerational politics and has appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, CNN, Fox News Channel, MSNBC, PBS, BBC, NHK (Tokyo), Australian Television, C-SPAN, National Public Radio, and in various print media. Dr. MacManus discussed various factors pertaining to the 2016 general election as well as the upcoming national election in 2020. She also discussed the recent Florida gubernatorial election, pointing out the impact the various categories of voters, i.e., black, white, Hispanic men and women had on the outcome. Her presentation was compelling, educational and enthusiastically received by the members. Dr. MacManus is an Honorary Member of MOAA and speaks to the group annually. The MOAA luncheon occurs on the first Wednesday of the month at the Florida Room in the North Side Atrium. For information regarding membership contact Frank Kepley at 813-642-0801.

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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.

Singles Mingle of Kings Point Dance

The Kings Point Singles Mingle dance for Monday, June 10, is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Kings Point Banquet Room (1900 Clubhouse Dr., Sun City Center, Fl., 33573) in the North Clubhouse. The admission is $5. The dance is BYOB. Come listen to the music of DJ Ken Miller. If you live outside Kings Point, please call Dottie Beyer at 813-812-6972 (home) to have your name added to the gate list

KP Line Dancers

The KP Line Dancers are having a free social dance on Wednesday, June 19, at 7 p.m., in the Banquet Room (the floor in Veterans Theater is being replaced). Tables will not be available, only chairs due to the size of the room. Water/ice, cups/napkins/plates will be supplied. BYOB. Theme is Unicorns and Cats, pink the color, or costume. Appropriate dance shoes please. Free to KP and SCC residents, guests must purchase a $2.50 pass from Security Guard. Call Jan 634-6226 for more info.

Feline Folks Prepare for Meow Mixer

Thursday, June 6 is the monthly Meow Mixer. Join the group at 4:30 p.m. for the Meow Mixer in the Kings Point 2020 building’s Culinary Room. This is a fun way to learn about the group’s important mission of feeding and spay/ neutering the community cats in Kings Point and the surrounding areas. Light snacks and great conversation are available at this monthly event. Starting at 3:30 is the Board Meeting which is open to everyone. Join them at 3:30 p.m. in the culinary room to hear more about the group. Feline Folks is a not-for-profit all-volunteer job that feeds and cares for the community cats. For information email “info@” You can also visit our Facebook site - “Feline Folks of Sun City Center.”

Kings Point Fall Bowling League Celebrates Another Successful Season

On Friday, April 19, The Kings Point Fall Bowling League celebrated the end of another successful season with a Banquet in the Veterans Theater. The league is comprised of 18 teams with five members on each team. Men and women are on each team and competition is assured with a full handicap based on a First half team winners, L to R: Dave Boyer, Judy Boyer, Connie Clark, theoretical 210 average. For information about the new Judy Beard, and Tom Coons. season starting in September call team Secretary John Photinos 813-419-4683.

Latino Club Enjoys Dance

The second annual Latino Club dance was held at the North Clubhouse in the Banquet Room. Special thanks to organizer Argentina Negri and her husband, DJ Ralphie. (Photo credit: Joe Rivera)

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Creative Person: Ian Donnelly, Woodcarver

By Paula Lickfeldt Ian Donnelly was born and grew up in Scotland. He says he grew up with the smell of sawdust. At the age of fourteen, he and his family moved from Scotland to the United States. They settled in Dearborn, Michigan. Ian met his wife Phyllis in high school, and they were married in 1960. They were raising a family of eight children, ages 2-15, when in 1975, they decided to homestead in Arkansas. They bought 20 acres of land that had nothing on it, no home, no water, no electricity. There was a barn, of sorts, and that was all. They built a home inside the barn and got water and electricity. The family set about living and spent many happy but tough years in Arkansas. They moved from the homestead in Arkansas to Springfield, Missouri. Ian was a toolmaker and he was working

nights. He met a man at work, who taught him to chip carve. He belonged to a chip carving club for ten years. In Missouri, Ian and Phyllis loved to garden. They had gardens that covered 1 and 1/2 acres with three Koi ponds and all different kinds of plants. Their gardens were featured in several magazines and were the venue for many weddings. In 1912, Ian and Phyllis decided to take a road trip around the US. They were looking for their most desired place to retire. Ian had

EMR: A Way to Help the Emergency Squad

By Diane M. Loeffler There are a variety of ways to volunteer at the Sun City Center Emergency Squad. None of them require prior training. Some of the volunteer positions do not involve going on emergency runs. These include volunteers who work with teams in the capacity of cook, maintenance workers and dispatchers. If responding to an emergency is of interest to you, you can volunteer to be a driver, an Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) or an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). No prior medical training or experience is required for these positions. You will receive the necessary training after you volunteer. EMRs ride in the ambulance and record the events of the incident. They keep track of data such as the time and patient information including vital signs. EMRs help EMTs with procedures such as bandaging and splinting. Deputy Chief, Jim Ryan says, “To be an EMR, a person attends three weeks of half-day training at no cost. EMRs work with mentors for a period of time to fine tune their proficiencies. EMRs recertify every two years in house. At that time, they attend four half day trainings.” Although no prior medical experience is required, one EMR, Elaine Elliot has some experience. She is a retired nurse. Elliot says, “I was looking for a volunteer opportunity in the community I could serve at. It is a good group of people. The organization at the training was very impressive.” There are many excellent reasons to volunteer with the Emergency Squad. First of all, you are helping your community continue an amazing program that provides assistance to individuals in Sun City Center, Kings Point and sometimes other areas. To keep this free

always thought he would like to live in Key West, so a visit to Key West was on his bucket list. After traveling around the country, they were headed for Key West. They stopped in Sun City Center for a meal, and they never made it any further. They liked what they saw and felt that they had found the place where they would spend their retirement. They bought a home in SCC, went back to Springfield, sold everything and moved down. When they arrived in SCC, Ian joined the Woodcarvers Club and the Sawdust Engineers. Ian loves to make boxes of all shapes and sizes. He has made many of his boxes from exotic woods that were left over from projects that other people in the woodshop


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service available to all of us, the organization needs more volunteers. Second, you will have the opportunity to work with the same group of people. Talk to Emergency Squad workers. They will all happily tell you that the members of their teams are like family to them. Emily Lahti says, “Some of my best friends come from the squad.” Everyone there seems to agree with her. Finally, your assistance is appreciated by the community. EMT Sally Mabesoone says, “People in town are very grateful. People come and thank us.” Emily Lahti says, “Jim [Lahti) drove an ambulance in a parade. People watching the parade yelled to us how glad they were that we were in the community and how we helped them.” Do you want to learn more about this or other opportunities with the Emergency Squad? At 6 p.m. on the second Wednesday of every month there is an open house at the Emergency Squad Training Center located at 124 South Pebble Beach. The training center is across from the drive behind CVS and just south of West Coast Golf Carts. There is no obligation to join. However, if you do, thank you

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By Kai Rambow Caloosa Golf & Country Club recently celebrated its 40th birthday. Charter member Roy Long joined before the club opened and played a round of golf on the first day in late 1981. Long, at 100 years, still participates in scramble tournaments. “As long as I don’t have to hit every ball, I can still play.” Enthusiasm for the club isn’t just limited to Long. Caloosa is a member-owned club, and members take pride in maintaining a successful club. The golf course is former tomato field with no shrubs or trees. Members bought and planted over 1,200 trees. “In the early days, the trees were really small and you could play your ball right over the trees,” recalled Long, “Now you can’t hit over the top of them.” Other features helped the club develop. “Normally you just see the people ahead of you. The clover leaf pattern of the

Early days at Caloosa: no trees on the course and no homes surrounding the course. Photo courtesy of Caloosa Golf & Country Club.


course means that every four to five holes you come past the clubhouse and meet people,” remarked Loren Hofer, who’s served as club president three times. Draft beer, at a cost of only one dollar, makes the 19th hole (the bar) a very popular spot. It has been and still is on the honor system. Fun, social activities combined with a very friendly atmosphere fuel enthusiasm for club members.








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SCC Potters Wheel Club

By Paula Lickfeldt The Potters Wheel Club was established in 1976 with eighteen members. During the early years, the club shared space with the Ceramics Club. The Potters Wheel Club was given its own space in 1987 and they have been in their present location since 2004. They started with two wheels and have grown to seven wheels, pug mill, extruders, slab roller, and three kilns. They have space for hand building, wheel throwing and making art pottery. Their current membership is 150. In 2007, Kendal and Carol Schwindt who were moving to SCC from Arkansas, called the vice-president of the Potters Wheel and asked if the club could use a large kiln, a slab roller, big blue extruder, P wheel, pugger and 15 commercial glazes. The club will be forever grateful to the Schwindts for their generous donation. Once a year members of the club participate in the “Empty

Bowls Event” in the St. Pete clay center. Bowls of all sizes and shapes are made and sold with all proceeds going to the St. Vincent De Paul Food Bank. This year they are also donating bowls to the SCC United Methodist Church for an “Empty Bowls Event” to benefit the Children’s Ministry, on January 22, 2020. The annual dues for belonging to the club are $20 per year. Beginning Hand Building is required of all new members. It consists of four classes and the cost is $25. Beginning Wheel Throwing consists of six classes and the cost is $30 plus tools. This class is not required of all members. Specialty classes are $5 per class. Specialty classes are for beginners and advanced potters and they include wheel throwing, hand building, glazing techniques, surface design and extruding. Under the sponsorship of the Community Association, The

L to R: Nancy Von Eper, Susan Ronald, Terrie McNamara and Beverly Paulsen.

Potters Wheel Club operates with a board of directors who organize day to day activities and plan social events. The club has LOTS of parties. At the end of each event, they celebrate with a party. They have a “White Elephant” party in February, they always have a party to say goodbye to their snowbirds and of course a welcome home party when they return to SCC. They have an ice cream social in July and a holiday party in December. The purpose of the Potters Wheel Club is to provide a creative learning environment in which to practice the art of pottery. The studio is equipped with top of the line equipment

21 to turn clay into a quality finished product. When a club member makes a project, that member is entitled to keep the project for their own use after paying a nominal fee that covers the cost of the materials. The project can also be donated to the club for sale. There is no requirement for the amount of projects to be donated back to the club. All pottery made by club members is for their own use and not for profit. All pottery sold by the club is made and donated by club members. Ten percent of all of the money that is raised each year by the sale of donated projects is given to charities. Donations, in the past have been given to the CA, The Emergency Squad, they bought a brick for the Veterans Memorial and they contributed to Lifepath Hospice in memory of their member Patsy Last who had passed away. The current president of the club is Terrie McNamara. She says that the studio is a joyful place. Come and make friends and pottery.

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Interfaith Council Helps Kiwanis Backpack Program

By Jay Sparkman The Sun City Center Interfaith Social Action Council recently presented the Kiwanis Club of South Shore with a grant of $9,000 to support the Kiwanis program “Christmas in July” which provides a backpack full of school supplies, personal items including toothbrush, tooth paste, shampoo, clothing, and more for poverty level children starting a new school year.

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L to R: Maryanne Aylesworth, Nearly New Shop Volunteer, Tom Montgomery and Sue Montgomery, Kiwanis Club of South Shore.

Presbyterian Church Provides for Those in Need

Presbyterian Church joined efforts to provide lunch and socialization for those in need in the Sun City Center area for the past three years. Metropolitan Ministries provides a hot meal and St. Andrew’s provides the space and the necessary provisions to serve the meal. Beth Israel’s volunteers greet those coming for lunch, make sure they are comfortable, and enjoy a conversation with the guest who may not have someone to talk to during the week. In addition, Beth Israel provides funds to help offset some of the costs of running the program.

By Jay Sparkman Beth Israel Congregation was the host for a recent meeting of the SCC Interfaith Social Action Council. Guest speaker was Annie Garrison, President of Campaign Against Human Trafficking - SouthShore, Inc. Ms. Garrison spoke about the need L to R: Barbara Nova; Laura to fight the human trafficking, Reuterfors; Sandra Hurwitz; Annie the progress of the effort in South Garrison, CAHT, Guest Speaker; Hillsborough County, and future Erika Beverly; Marty Beverly; Lyn plans to bring the message to the Safian. community through the use of prevention education for all parts of society.

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Singer Eric Lee Returning to SCC

The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, welcomes back local singer, Eric Lee for a 7 p.m. concert Friday, June 7, 2019. The charismatic Lee, previous winner of the Alpha House Restaurant's, Alpha Idol singing contest, was a crowd favorite in 2018 when he gave a concert at the church. Lee has become a local favorite with his covers of songs made famous by a wide variety of vocalists, such as Garth Brooks, Michael Buble, Bobby Darin, Neil Diamond, John Denver, Johnny Mathis Frank Sinatra and many others. A donation of only $5 is requested at the door on the night of the concert.

Plantation UMC Youth Choir in Concert

The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd. West, welcomes the Plantation United Methodist Church Youth Choir for a 6:30 p.m. concert Monday, June 10, 2019. Under the direction of Reverend Kathy Nolasco, the Plantation UMC Youth Choir is in their second year. They will present a 45-minute concert, titled “Heights of Love”. The concert will feature threepart harmony spiritual and praise selections, as well as a guitar solo. The group is on a mini tour of Florida, with several stops along the way. The concert is a free event; there will be a love offering taken.

SCC Interfaith Council Helps Mission Smiles

By Jay Sparkman Mission Smiles, an organization providing free dental care to those citizens who need the service, received an $8,000 grant from the Sun City Center Interfaith Social Action Council. The grant will allow the purchase of a generator and tire for their mobile dental clinic as well as obtaining additional supplies for the dental volunteers. The Interfaith Council L to R: Jeff Holley, Mission Smiles; supports organizations and Corky Stallings, Nearly New Shop provides college scholarships in Volunteer. the South Shore area by using monies from the sale of donated goods at the Nearly New Shop in the Sun City Center Plaza. www. or 813-642-9099.

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By Jay Sparkman The Sun City Center Interfaith Social Action Council recently gave the SCC Samaritan Alzheimer’s Auxiliary a grant of $5,000. The grant will be used to provide respite care for caregivers of Alzheimer’s victims. Services are limited to patients who have a written diagnosis from a certified doctor.

25th Anniversary of Priestly Ordination

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Chapter two of “Sister Act Times Two,” a saga about two sets of sisters living at Freedom Plaza, finds sisters Charlotte Fernandes and Dorothy Nobels (both in their 80’s) preparing to go zip-lining in Alaska while on a cruise there. And not only did the sisters go ziplining, all their ship-board table mates, abashed by these daring L to R: Sisters Dorothy Nobels and octogenarians, joined them! Unlike the set of sisters featured in Charlotte Fernandes, one pair of chapter one of this narrative who sisters living at Freedom Plaza and in the second installment lived relatively close together as featured of “Sister Act Times Two”. adults, Fernandes and Nobels were separated geographically, northern Ohio to southern Florida. They shared occasional visits to their family home back in New York, but never lived close enough for doing things together... that is until they both moved to Freedom Plaza. Here, they have made up for lost “sister act” time. They were born in East Dayton, New York, Dorothy 18 months before Charlotte, and grew up there. After high school Dorothy attended Brockport College, earned her degree and taught physical education and science. Her initial teaching career lasted only until she met Eugene Nobels, married him and moved to Cleveland, Ohio where they made their home and raised three children. Eugene Nobels was a ceramic engineer working for a company that manufactured industrial glass products. Dorothy enjoyed being a full-time home maker, but when her children reached adulthood she resumed her pedagogic career by substitute-teaching. Charlotte chose a nursing career and received her training at Millard Fillmore Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y. She visited Miami to attend a graduation ceremony, sampled Florida’s sand, sun and surf and decided to stay, attaining a job at Doctors Hospital, Coral Gables. It was in Miami that she met and married Orlando Fernandes from Curacao, Dutch West Indies. He had been recruited by, and worked for, Pan-American and later for other airlines. (This was the WWII era when most American aviators were in the military, so commercial airlines went abroad to find qualified personnel.) The Fernandes family expanded to include three children, and when those three left home for college, Charlotte and Orlando “left home”, as well. In their Winnebago, they covered the U.S. and Canada, coast to coast; from their retirement home in the Florida Keys they sailed to numerous islands in the Caribbean, living aboard their boat for weeks at a time. One of Orlando’s relatives owned a home on Lake Como, Italy which the Fernandes rented periodically and explored that country. They eventually settled in Kings Point, Sun City Center. In the meantime, Eugene had retired and the Nobels had moved to Homosassa, Florida—putting the sisters close enough for visits. In 2011, Charlotte and Orlando moved to Freedom Plaza where Charlotte was very soon widowed. Dorothy, by then herself a widow, moved in as well, and the sister-odysseys began. Together they have toured Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons; cruised Alaska, the Rhine, Mosel and Danube Rivers and glided along the Mississippi by paddle-boat; they have embarked on several Caribbean voyages and enjoy the frequent Freedom Plaza overnight excursions, concerts and theater outings. Come July (by then Dorothy will be 90), they will be sailing the Snake and Columbia Rivers via American Cruise Line. Let’s hope the cruise director is prepared for these two adventurous sisters who will be first in line, and probably leave younger trekkers behind, on every exciting shore excursion offered.


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Family Connections to Sun City Center

By Paula Lickfeldt Marian Sorby’s aunt’s motherin-law was the first in the family to come to SCC. She bought a home on Council Drive shortly after the community was opened. After she passed away, her son inherited the home. He was married to Mariam’s mother’s sister. Mariam’s mother, Irene Riha, started coming to SCC to visit her sister in the winters. She fell in love with SCC. She would tell her friends that she believed that living in SCC was like living in heaven. Irene played Duplicate Bridge seven days a week. She earned Life Master status. Irene also loved to do ceramics. In 1989, Irene’s bridge partner called to tell her that the house right across the street from where she lived had just gone up for sale. The next day she called back to say that the house had already been sold. Irene laughed and told her bridge partner that she had been the one to buy the house. She bought her home without even seeing it. Mariam graduated from the University of Michigan. She spent 55 years as a nurse. She was a school nurse in Hastings, MI for eighteen years. When she was not working, she liked to sew and play music. She came to Florida to visit with her mother every chance that she got. Her brother Mark lives in the Upper

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Peninsula of Michigan. He is an outdoor guy. He loved to play golf, and he is an avid hunter and fisherman. Mark worked for the Michigan State government highway department for 24 years and MIOSHA for 10 years. He and Pat would come to SCC to visit with his sister. Mariam lives in the home her mother bought in 1989. She has three daughters and two of them have already bought homes in SCC. Cheryl Sorby and Norman Loney are both engineers and are professors at Cincinnati University. Even though they are still working, they come to SCC as much as they can. Claire and Paul Coulston are both retired Michigan State Troopers and they still return to MI in the summer but are planning on a move to SCC full time in the near future. Brother Mark Melchiori and Pat Passamani also moved to SCC. They rented a home here until the day that Pat went for a walk. She walked past a home that she fell in love

with. Pat says that she loved the home the minute that she saw it. Mark and Pat bought the home. They are all snow birds and spend the summer in Michigan. Mariam says that she is getting closer and closer to living in SCC all of the time. Mariam is very active at the Redeemer Lutheran Church and she tries to walk in the heated pool every day. Mark and Pat play as much golf as they can. They sponsor a “Yoopers and Friends” golf tournament

every year. This past year was their 13th year, and 140 golfers participated in the tournament. Between the three of them they believe they have talked about 50 people into moving to SCC. Mark tells them, “Go to visit any place in Florida that you want. Then spend two days in Sun City Center, and you will want to stay.” Tell us about your family connection to SCC. We would love to hear the story. Call Paula 813-633-6739.

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Hurricane? What did that Forecaster Say?

By Diane M. Loeffler The Atlantic hurricane season is June through November, meaning weather conditions are more favorable for hurricanes to develop. Turn on the radio or the television and listen to the announcers talking about Evacuation Zones, the Cone of Uncertainty, Warnings and Hurricane Categories. What does it all mean? Sun City Center is considered a non-evacuation zone, unless you live in a mobile home. If you live in a non-evacuation zone and plan to leave anyway, remember that in the 3 to 5 days before a hurricane makes landfall, those people who truly have to evacuate will be on the highways, so you should consider leaving a week or so ahead of time. Be aware that hurricanes often follow the same “paths”, I-75 and I-95, that we do. Living in a non-evacuation zone means no hurricane shelter will allow you to stay there. They will check your address and refuse to let you enter. They will be at maximum capacity just with the people who live in areas that are dangerous to be in during a storm. The only shelter that will take individuals who live in a nonevacuation zone is the Sun Dome. If you have a medical condition that requires you to have continuous electrical power to sustain your life and if you have pre-registered through the county, you may go there. Flooding is a separate concern. If you are not sure whether or not you are in a flood zone, contact the Hazard Mitigation Program office at 813-307-4541. If you live near a river you may be in a flood zone. For example, a

Evacuation Zones are shown on this map. Anyone who lives in the colored areas, should evacuate when a hurricane threatens. If you live in the greater Sun City Center area, you are in a non-evacuation zone and only need to leave if you live in a mobile home.

small area of Kings Point on the south side is in an area that may become flooded. Most homes in the Sun City Center area are not in a flood plain. However, if you have ever been to the McDonald’s at the intersection of Routes 19 and 41, you may have noticed a nearby sign that indicates how high the waters have risen there. The path a hurricane takes cannot be predicted with great certainty, so weathermen refer to its path as The Cone of Uncertainty. Four days (96 hours) ahead of time the center of the storm may swing 290 miles to the left or right. Three days (72 hours) it may go 230 miles one way or the other. The Cone (swing) is about 160 miles when the storm is two days (48 hour) away. By the last day (24 hours) the storm

may go 100 miles to the left or right of the projected path. A “watch” means conditions are good for the formation of a weather occurrence. Usually watches are announced about 48 hours in advance. Storm surge watches means there is a possibility of life-threatening rising waters. A tropical storm watch means that sustained wind of 39 to 73 mph might happen. A hurricane watch means sustained winds of 74 mph or greater are possible. A warning means the weather condition is expected, usually within 36 hours. You should have all of your preparations made before a warning is issued. If you plan to leave the area and


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