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PUSH-UP FUNDRAISER Wrestlers from Zephyrhills High do push-ups for pledges to raise money for Special Olympics and the school wrestling program. PAGE 8B
COMMENTARY Columnist Dave Walters echoes the sentiments of many Christians and other folks when he wishes a Merry Christmas, instead of happy holidays, to everyone.
FHZ flips switch for Christmas season Annual Tree decorating and lighting is enjoyed by thousands at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills By Dave Walters News Reporter
Mayor Cliff McDuffie and several thousand others counted down from 10. When they collectively hit zero, the lights of 53 Christmas trees glowed and the skies over Florida Hospital Zephyrhills lit up with fireworks Sunday. The joyous occasion was the 27th Annual Tree Decorating and Lighting at Florida Hospital. Trees representing all 50 states along with an international tree, a Canada tree and a tree honoring our troops were decorated by local groups and individuals. ñ IÍ ve been honored to do this nine times and it just kicks off the season in Zephyrhills,” McDuffie said. “It is a very valuable part of Zephyrhills and I am proud to be a part of it.î For some it is a labor of love. Charlie Grigelevich and her friends took their love for their home state of Rhode Island and put it into the Rhode Island Christmas Tree. ñ Most of us lived in Rhode Island and others were from nearby Connecticut and Massachusetts. Last year we saw many
➤TREE LIGHTING: See Page 6A
Four-month-old Mia Rose Summers meets Santa Claus for the first time at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Sunday afternoon.
For the second time in four years, unbeaten Pasco earned a berth in the state football tournament. The Pirates, who lost in the 2008 state semifinals, visit Crawfordville Wakulla Friday. Zephyrhills drops its seasonopening wrestling match to rival Pasco. Bulldogs place 17 male and female athletes on the AllSunshine Athletic Conference lists.
Festival of Lights festivities make downtown brighter for many By Dave Walters News Reporter
Zephyrhills kicked off the Christmas season with an all-day event that featured games, elephant rides, food and fun. All of that was culminated with the Annual Festival of Lights Parade that brought nearly 3,000 people to 5th Avenue in the historic district. ñ This is the biggest parade and the most people IÍ ve seen in years,î said Nora Davis, who has been coming to the Zephyrhills event for six straight years. ñ I remember when the parade was over pretty quick. ñ This year was absolutely wonderful. ItÍ s a great way to bring everybody together for the holidays.î The event was presented by Zephyrhills Main Street and sponsored by GoinÍ Postal, The Zephyrhills News, Pasco Times, City of Zephyrhills, Progress Energy, CF Industries, Walmart, CraddockÍ s Air Conditioning and Heat and San Antonio Citizens Federal Credit Union. Main Street events are to give back to the community while attracting people to the businesses in the downtown shopping district. Main Street accomplished both as people milled around 5th Avenue all day taking in shopping and family fun until the parade started at 6 p.m. When the parade concluded, the crowds didnÍ t thin out very much.
The Gulfside Regional Hospice Bereavement Program recently held a Feast of Remembrance for East Pasco residents. PAGE 2B
Three of Santa’s Elves -- Cynthia Binka, Kaylin Miller and Madison Rogers -- marched in the downtown parade.
➤FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: See Page 10A
Dade City parade becomes a Magical Night
Handpick your own Christmas tree at Ergle’s
Thousands turn out to kick off the Christmas season
Ergle Christmas Tree Farm makes for wonderful holiday memories
By Dave Walters
Hey kids, do your best in the Christmas Coloring Contest for a chance to receive a prize. PAGE 8A
’Tis the season in Zephyrhills
FEAST OF REMEMBRANCE
By steve lee
The Dade City Annual Magical Night Christmas Parade had it all Friday night. Horses, dozens of floats, elves, monster trucks and Santa Claus made their way down 7th Street where thousands cheered throughout the 90-minute parade. Stacked 10 deep along the sidewalks and intersections, the crowd was estimated to be nearly 7,000. Frank VanScoyk was one of many who had a front row seat for the festivities that helps Dade City kick off the Christmas season. ñ We got to see all of this stuff going on
Bringing home a sweet-smelling tree is only the half of it at the Ergle Christmas Tree Farm. Train rides, barnyard animals, Christmas cactuses and strawberries also are part of the memorable experience. Rick and Ann Denz, a couple from Saint Leo, recently made their annual visit to ErgleÍ s to purchase a Christmas tree. Their children are grown now, but the DenzÍ s fondly recollected family trips there with daughters Eliza, now 22, and 21-year-old Rebecca when both were little. ñ We love it,î Ann said. ñ It supports local business and the trees are always fresh and beautiful.î
➤DADE CITY PARADE: See Page 7A INDEX Church Classifieds
Bentley Linville has yet to turn 2, but he already has helped pick out the family Christmas tree. The child and his family are among many folks who handpick their trees at Ergle’s. JAN LINVILLE
➤ERGLE: See Page 2A 2A
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Fifth Annual Lake Jovita Reindeer Run, Dec. 10. Registration the day of the event will start at 7 a.m. with the race beginning at 8 a.m. The run will take place through the Lake Jovita Golf and Country Club. Registration is $25 and can be made online at www.active.com or at the Lake Jovita Fitness Center, 12900 Lake Jovita Blvd. Proceeds will beneﬁt the American Cancer Society. The registration fee includes a race t-shirt, while supply lasts, and entry into drawings for various prizes. For more information contact Suzanne Hollis at (352) 588-2233, extension 316. Walk Through Bethlehem, Dec. 9 - 11, 6 p.m. nightly, at Richland Baptist Church, located at 40443 Stewart Road, Zephyrhills. Starting with the Census Taker, visitors will be taken on a journey back in time in a guided tour through a re-creation of First Century Bethlehem. The reconstructed city will be much as it would have been at the time of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. As visitors walk through the city, they will listen to the conversations between their guide and the cityÕ s inhabitants as the story of the birth of Christ is told. This is a free event. Please call (352) 567-2990 for the time of the last tour or for more information.
Above: Visitors take a train ride at the Ergle Christmas Tree Farm. Right: Customer Riley Pajerski and Val Elder, head wreath maker and elf, make a wreath at the farm.
Symphony in Lights, through Dec. 31, at The Shops at Wiregrass. The holiday light show is held every hour on the hour from 6 – 9 p.m. every night. The light show is choreographed to music and features over 250,000 LED lights. There will even be snow. The Shops at Wiregrass are located on State Road 56.
Top: Owner Tony Harris displays a Christmas cactus. Above: Spring HIll neighbors loading Christmas trees are the Zielesch’s and Mann’s.
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Tractor Pulls, Dec. 10, at 12 p.m. The weigh-in starts at 9 a.m. There will be youth and adult classes on how to modify your own tractor. The classes are $10 per day. For more information on classes call Lester Fisher at (727) 5147948. Normal rules and insurance apply. For more information about the tractor pulls call the Pioneer Florida Museum at (352) 567-0262.
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Above: Franco Herrera, who has worked at the tree farm for seven years, cuts a tree for customers Christopher and Ashley Sepulveda.
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➤ERGLE: From Page 1A On the other end of the spectrum were newcomers Christopher and Ashley Sepulveda. Supporting local businesses, as well as a desire to get a real tree instead of the usual fake one they put up, lured the Wesley Chapel couple to the tree farm located at 3325 Treiman Blvd. in Ridge Manor, about eight miles north of Dade City off US 301. Ò Trying to bring back childhood memories,Ó was another reason cited by Christopher. Customers are encouraged to choose and cut their own Christmas trees with plenty of varieties Ñ cedar, sand pine, Leyland cypress and Carolina sapphire Ñ to name a few. The interactive facet adheres to the farmÕ s philosophies of tradition, family and making memories. For 20 years folks have visited the farm at Christmas time. Owners Tony and Debra Harris often present the GovernorÕ s Christmas tree as well as a tree for the Dade City Historical Courthouse. The HarrisÕ are among the stateÕ s numerous growers that produce 200,000 live or freshly cut trees each season. On a national level, 30 million trees are harvested annually and 85 million are planted in soils generally considered unsuitable for other crops. Two neighboring couples from Spring Hill are among Ergle’s regular customers. They purchased their trees last week and would never consider getting an artiﬁcial tree for Christmas. Ò ItÕ s no comparison,Ó said Ron Mann, who was with his wife Phyllis. “You can come out in the countryside, in the fresh air.Ó
Not to mention the freshness of the trees. Franco Herrera, who has been cutting trees at the Ergle farm for seven years, said most of the feedback centers around the freshness of the trees. For the MannsÕ friends, Sharon and Richard Zielesch, itÕ s all about walking through the six greenhouses totaling 15,000 square feet to make their selection from among more than 3,000 trees. “It’s just like walking in the forest,” Sharon said. “And there’s no needles.Ó A welcome sign encourages visitors to: feel free to breath deeply. Justiﬁably so since an acre of Christmas trees produces enough oxygen for 18 people and the Ergle property sits on 26 acres. While media attention is generally welcomed, Harris said it has backﬁred at times. With a chuckle he recollected a visit from a Tampa Bay televisionÕ s helicopter that resulted in numerous trees blown over one year. As for the other amenities, the train carries mostly youngsters around the property on weekends. Ò The grownups want to go to, but we have gotten stuck,Ó Harris said. Among the barnyard animals in the past have been goats, sheep and ducks. This season, however, there are just two goats, which keeps Harris from having to chase animals that get out of their pens for a change. Prices generally range from $25$40 for trees in the 5-8-foot range. One customer, however, recently paid $275 for a 17-foot tree. Operating hours at ErgleÕ s are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily through Dec. 23. Ò WeÕ ll be open till Santy Claus comes,Ó Harris said.
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7th Annual David Reutimann Charity Cookout, Auction and Golf Tournament Dec. 9 10. NASCAR driver David Reutimann, will be hosting his 7th Annual Charity Golf Tournament, Cookout and Auction at the Silverado Golf and Country Club. The cookout and auction will take place on Friday at 6 p.m. followed by the golf tournament on Saturday morning. Proceeds from all activities will be donated to numerous Florida-based charities. Hole sponsorships are still available for the golf tournament, and tickets are now on sale for the charity cookout/auction. For more information on attending, call (813) 788-1225. Movie in the Park, Dec. 17, 7 p.m. The movie is free and located at the Agnes Lamb Park, Dade City. Come at 6 p.m. and enjoy the Wii games sponsored by the Pasco County Hugh Embry Library. Remember to bring your chairs or blanket. Movie will be, The Grinch. For more information call (352) 523-5052. Tuba Christmas Concert, Dec. 17, 7 p.m. A free outdoor concert of Christmas music by volunteer musicians playing tubas and euphoniums will be presented by the First United Methodist Church in Times Square, 5th Avenue in downtown Zephyrhills. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the music. If you play one of these special instruments join other performers at Cooper Hall at the First Methodist Church 38635 5th St., Zephyrhills at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 17. A registration fee of $5 will be collected from the performers and they will receive a commemorative Tuba Christmas button. For more information contact John Wheeler at (813) 788-7408. Church Street Christmas, Dec. 21 Ð 23, 7 Ð 9 p.m. The residents of Church Avenue, neighbors, area churches and the business community, have combined their efforts to continue this traditional, non-commercial event that so many people look forward to each year. With the holidays right around the corner, itÕ s time to begin working out the details of this yearÕ s event. The committee hopes to expand the number of participants from Dade City and the surrounding communities. If a church or organization has a choir, drama team, or childrenÕ s group that would like to perform, call Harriet Riddaugh at (352) 521-0308 or hriddaugh@ tampabay.rr.com.
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First Christian Church, 6040 8th St. continues with a special Advent Christmas message, A Misﬁt Christmas and the third Sunday advent. The message on Dec. 11 is Joy in the Lowest at the 10:05 a.m. service. Coffee and cookie fellowship follow each Sunday morning service. Bible study is available for all ages at 9 a.m. The prayer group meets every Monday at 10 a.m. Bible study is offered Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Christmas Eve Service will be at 7 p.m. and Christmas Day Service will be at 10:05 am. Communion is available at each of our services throughout the year. For more information about the church call (813) 782-1071 or visit ﬁrstchristianzhills.org. First Presbyterian Church of Zephyrhills, 5510 19th St., invites everyone to attend worship services every Sunday at 10 a.m. Communion is observed the ﬁrst Sunday of each month. Sunday School for adults is at 8:30 a.m. Children and youth are dismissed to classes during the 10 a.m. worship. Choir practice is held Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Bible study at 7 p.m. Handbells are held Mondays at 4:30 p.m. The FRESH Youth Group (Friends Respecting Each OtherÕ s Special Harmony) includes middle and high school-aged youth and meets on Wednesdays at 5 p.m. Single Seniors meet the second and fourth Sunday of each month following the worship. The Christmas Cantata will be Dec. 18 at 4:30 p.m. Mark your calendar and bring your friends and neighbors. Refreshments will be served following the Cantata. There will be a Presbyterian womens gathering, Christmas Tea, Dec. 18 at 3 p.m. Bring a tea cup and if you have a tea pot, bring that too. The Christmas Eve Candlelight service will be at 7 p.m. First Presbyterian Church of Zephyrhills is a Stephen Ministry Congregation. For more information visit www. ﬁrstpcz.org. First Congregational Church, 7900 Fort King Rd., service begins at 10:30. Winter is right around the corner and
many of our snowbirds will be returning very soon. In fact, some are already here. If you are new to the area, we welcome you to worship with us.
Trinity Church of Wesley Chapel, 33425 State Road 54, invites you to a special Christmas program. The ﬁrst presentation will be held Saturday Dec. 10, 7 p.m. in the sanctuary and the second service will be Dec. 11, 10:15 a.m. Please note the new time for SundayÕ s service. The presentation is titled, Both Sides of Christmas, and will delight the entire family. The Trinity WomenÕ s Group will be holding their Christmas social and installation of ofﬁcers Dec. 13, 10 a.m. in the fellowship hall. All ladies in the community are invited to this special Christmas program. The evening, Joy Circle, will meet this evening to hold their Christmas meeting at the home of Dorothy Brown at 7 p.m. Call the church ofﬁce for directions. The Trinity Choir has been invited to share their Christmas program at Wiregrass Dec. 14, 7:15 p.m. If you missed it over the weekend, donÕ t miss this performance. There will be breakfast with Santa Dec. 17, 8 Ð 10 a.m. at a cost of $3 per person. Bring the children to meet Santa and be sure to bring your camera to catch some Christmas memories. For more information call the church at (813) 788-2898 or visit www.trinitychurchnow. com. Zephyr Christian Church, 5940 Dogwood St. Thursday school and classes are from 9:30 Ð 11:30 a.m. Thursday school is a free program for 3 - 4 year-olds (must be potty trained) to experience a positive school setting to learn social skills, alphabet, numbers, shapes and much more in a Christian setting. They are accepting applications and space is limited as there will only be 16 children allowed. For more information call (813) 782-8893 between 9 a.m. Ð 12 pm. First Baptist Church of Zephyrhills, 38231 Fifth Ave., the downtown church, one block from the red light at US 301 and Fifth Avenue, invites everyone to visit a going church with a coming Savior. The Christmas Cantata, Down From His Glory, will be
Dec. 17 and Dec. 18, at 6 p.m. Church visitation is every Monday at 5 p.m. The childrenÕ s choir, under the direction of Dawn Paul, meets Sunday at 6 p.m. The Sunrise Prayer Warriors meet in the conference room of the church ofﬁce weekday mornings from 6 - 7 a.m. Jerry Korusek is the Prayer Warriors Leader. If you know of someone who serves with any of our Armed Forces, police department, ﬁre department or paramedics and would like for us to pray for them, call the church with their names. We will place them on our Honor Board. The Sunday services are: Sunday school for all ages 9:30 a.m.; worship service, 10:45 a.m.; evening service, 6 p.m.; and Wednesday mid-week service, 6:30 p.m. ChildrenÕ s activities and choir practice are at 6:30 p.m. For more information call the church at (813) 782-5574.
Lovehouse Mission Ministries, 12th St. and CR 54, an exciting Full Gospel course of real action for hurting people and a hurting church, includes nightly classes in every walk of life recovery, i.e., drugs, alcohol, co-dependency, pain and unforgiveness. Classes and groups are as follows: Overcomers 12-Step, Monday and Friday, 7 - 9 p.m.; Anger Management, Tuesdays; and anger management, Wednesday. Sundays, donuts and coffee fellowship, 9:30 a.m.; testimonies and/or life application teaching, 9:45 - 10:30 a.m.; praise and worship, including ole-time religion, gather style country gospel, contemporary, inviting the Holy Spirit to take control, heal, deliver and set free; and Revival Service, 10:45 and 6 p.m. Sunday morning service begins a prophetic teaching on the entire book of Revelations. We are excited to announce that Hope House Recovery is now Hope Safe House, due to the drastic changes in the economy. We offer housing to anyone who wants a safe, clean, Christian home for $75 weekly donation. For those who need food, we are also able to supply those who reside at the ministry. There will be a rummage sale at the center every Wednesday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. clothing, as well as most
OBITUARIES items, are limited to $1. All donations will be greatly appreciated. It is time we all cross community denominational lines to bring the body together for a central goal, to better lives, families, community and the church. If anyone is interested in taking positive community action, we are offering our building for gatherings during the day for a minimal donation. For more information call Pastor Marie at (813) 997-3679. Dade City Grace Bible Church, 15000 Citrus Country Dr., Suite 403, has been preaching and teaching GodÕ s message of grace and peace under the pastorate of Willard L. Sessoms and wife, Virginia, for the past several years in the community. GodÕ s message for today is written to all nations and people. Sunday fellowship and get acquainted time begins at 9:30 am with light refreshments. The Bible study and worship is at 10 a.m. There also is a childrenÕ s Bible study class. There are other local Bible studies, conferences, youth camps and functions associated with our church work. This year marked the 23rd Annual Florida Regional Grace Conference with messages and teaching concerning the 400th Year Anniversary of our Authorized King JamesÕ Bible. These are on our church web site link. On the Internet, Thursdays at 7 p.m., the church hosts a live Bible study chat room through www/PalTalk. com with Pastor Willard Sessoms. The PalTalk chat room is free. You must ﬁrst register by choosing a nickname for yourself, which will be your name in the room. Then create a secure password. Then go to the PalTalk Messenger icon on your desktop, you will ﬁnd our room in the Christianity room listed as: Bible Truth For Today. The current Bible study is on Basic Bible Doctrines. All the meetings are free. There are Bible studies in Zephyrhills and Brooksville as well as other grace churches. If you would like more information regarding our church and meetings call (352) 567-3955 or visit www.BibleTruthForToday.com. East Pasco Seventh-day Adventist Church has a mission to reach others by living
William “Bill” R. Rice
and sharing GodÕ s love. The Bible study is Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. and the church service begins at 10:50 a.m. Our programs include: East Pasco Adventist Academy, which is an accredited, private VPK through 10th grade school with all certiﬁed teachers, whose goal is to provide excellence in education, not only in academics, but also in building positive relationships and compelling experiences in a Christian atmosphere. For more information call Stephen Herr at (352) 567-3646. The Adventurer and Pathﬁnder Program is part of a worldwide organization, designed for children ages 6 through 16. This groups meets on alternate Tuesday evenings, from 6:30 Ð 8 p.m. Alcoholics Anonymous Group has open meetings on Fridays, from 10 Ð 11 a.m. in the fellowship hall. Community Supper is a free supper Wednesdays, from 5 Ð 6 p.m. in our fellowship hall. The doors open at 4:45 p.m. Food Addicts in Recovery Group will meet Thursdays, from 7 Ð 8:30 p.m. in the fellowship hall. Overeaters Anonymous Group meets Fridays, from 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the adult IV classroom. The Vegetarian Food Store is open Wednesdays, from 3 Ð 6 p.m. The store is stocked with Worthington, Loma Linda and Cedar Lake canned and frozen products. Fresh local honey is also available. The Prophecies Decided Series, Does the Past Reveal Your Future, will be presented in January. Ron Clouzet, presenter, with his dynamic, multi-media presentations will make the Bible come alive and show how prophecies and other Bible teachings relate to contemporary trends and worldwide events. Beginning Jan. 13 at 7 p.m., this program will continue every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday evening through February. Vegetarian Taste Fest is held annually on the third Sunday of March. Watch the newspapers and community signs for more information in the spring. For more information about the church call (813) 782-2000 or visit epsdachurch.org.
RICE, William Ò BillÓ R. of San Antonio, Fla. passed away at his home with his family by his side on Nov. 29, 2011. He was the son of Jack and Marie Rice who preceded him in death. He was born on May 25, 1941. Bill was married to Lauretta Tate Rice of Hamilton, Mont., his wife of 40 years, who preceded him in death in 2002. His younger brothers Jacky and Johnny Rice also deceased. Bill graduated from Pasco High in 1959. He served in the US Navy from 1960-1964. He loved spending time with his family and outdoors with his horses. His grandchildren were the sparkle in his eyes. Bill was a friend to all and a stranger to none. Bill is survived by his daughter, Lauretta and Stephen Kleiber; sons, Wade and Tonia Rice, and Frank J. Rice; his grandchildren, Sarah Novak, Jonathan Groover, Jennifer Novak, Stephanie Kleiber, Frank Rice, Theresa Rice, Jack Rice, Christine Rice; and Shandi Gardner; his stepfather Thomas Best; sisters, Mary Alice, Ronnie Lethco, Margaret Hinson and Sandra Jean Rice; and many nieces and nephews. Graveside services were held Dec. 4 at Williams Cemetery with Deacon Rob Gaskin ofﬁciating.
Ruth M. Johnson
JOHNSON, Ruth M., age 91, died peacefully Thanksgiving Day in Zephyrhills, Fla. Before retiring to Florida, Ruth owned and operated RuthÕ s Beauty Shops in several Dayton, Ohio locations. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arch and Lavada Mays; a sister, Thelma Sullivan; two brothers, Arvel and Earl Mays; two brothersin-law, Robert Calico and Larry Sullivan; and special friend, Jackie Kite. She is survived by a sister, Opal Calico of Dayton, Ohio; two sisters-in-law, Lillian Mays of Minnesota and Bertie Mays of North Carolina; and numerous nieces and nephews. Ruth was a very special person who cared deeply about her family, her many friends and her dog Carol. The family wishes to thank Doris and Boonie Baker, Sandy Carr and Cathy Sargent of Zephyrhills for the many kindnesses and caring that allowed Ruth to live independently. Plans for a private memorial service are pending. Whitﬁeld Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
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HOPE “SAFE” HOUSE 6440 12th St. (813) 997-3679 Pastors Wyley & Marie Johnson Sunday: Donut & Coffee Fellowship ......................... 9:30am Teaching ...................9:45-10:30am Praise & Worship............ 10:45am ............................................ 6:00pm Mon./Fri. Overcomers 12-Step Group .......................... 7-9p.m. Tues. “Anger Management Class” ........................ 7-9pm Wed. “$1.00 Remmage Sale Center”.....10am-2pm
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38231 Fifth Avenue Zephyrhills, FL 33542 • 782-5574 Pastor Robert McKinney Sunday Sunday School ................... 9:30am Worship ............................10:45am Evening Worship................6:00pm Children’s Choir ..................6:00pm Wednesday Service.................................. 6:30pm Choir Practice ....................6:30pm Children’s Activities ...........6:30pm
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3514 Allen Rd. (Corner of Chancey & Allen Road) (813) 782-6592 Don Walton, Senior Pastor Steve Wright, Minister of Worship Sunday Sunday School (all ages)...9:45am Morning Worship .................11am Choir Practice .......................4:30pm Awana ..................................5:30pm Evening Worship.......................6pm Wednesday Youth - The Edge.......................7pm Prayer & Bible Study.................7pm Nursery for all services.
Corner 16th Street & 5th Avenue Reverend Theobald Weria, Pastor (813) 782-2813 Fax: (813) 788-1036 Sunday Masses: Saturday Vigil.....................4:00pm (December - Easter) ...........6:00pm Sunday.......7:00, 9:00, & 11:00am Weekday Masses: M, T, R, F.............................8:00am Wednesday .....8:00am & 7:00pm Saturday & Holidays .........8:30am The Sacrament of Reconciliation: Saturday Morning..............9:15am Thur. before 1st Fri............ 8:45am Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration: Thursday ....................8:30-9:30am Saint Joseph Novena: Wednesday ........................7:30am Charismatic Prayer Group: Sunday................................6:30pm Youth Mass Last Sunday Each Month........................9:00am
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5th Ave & 10th St (813) 782-5645 Dr. Kenneth Minton, Pastor Traditional Worship ...... 8 & 11am Contemporary Worship .....9:30am Sunday School .................. 9:30am Wednesday Children/Youth ............... 6:00pm Nursery provided. Activities for all ages provided throughout the week. www.fumczhills.com
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36322 SR 54 W. (813) 788-3490 Pastor Anthony Graffam Service ...................................10am Sunday Evening .....................6pm ADVENTIST BAPTIST Wednesday Family Night.......7pm EAST PASCO FAITH Tiny Treasures Christian Daycare SEVENTH-DAY BAPTIST CHURCH & Learning Center ADVENTIST CHURCH 38634 C.R. 54E • (813) 782-0880 Offering VPK (813) 715-4440 7333 Dairy Rd. • (813) 782-4000 Senior Pastor: Tom Kesinger Music Minister: Clyde Mathewson Senior Pastor (in transition AssoYouth Minister: Timothy Batchelor CHRISTIAN ciate Pastor (in transition) Sabbath School .................9:30am Sunday School .................. 9:00am FIRST Worship Service..............11:00am Worship & Praise............ 10:15am Evening Service ................ 6:00pm CHRISTIAN CHURCH firstname.lastname@example.org Wed. Teen Program.......... 6:30pm www.epsdachurch.org (Disciples of Christ) Wed. AWANA .................. 6:25pm Corner of 8th St. & North Avenue Prayer 'n' Praise ................ 7:00pm
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5521 23rd Street • Zephyrhills (813) 782-8772 • Rev. Joe Horger Sunday School ...................9:45am Morning Worship ............10.45am Evening Service .................6:00pm Wednesday Service ..........6:00pm Everyone Welcome
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6 A Thursday, December 8, 2011 | Zephyrhills News Left: The Wesley Chapel Wind Ensemble performs Christmas songs. Right: Local children help spell out Christmas during Shirley Sherry’s musical performance at the Florida Hospital Zephyrhills Tree Decorating and Lighting Ceremony Sunday.
Left: The Dade City Animal Clinic group put the final touches on the Alaska tree. Right: Residents of Southport Springs decorate the Rhode Island tree at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills. Above: An overwhelming crowd of thousands pack the lawn at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills for the Annual Tree Decorating and Lighting event. DAVE WALTERS
➤TREE LIGHTING: From Page 1A trees decorated very state-speciﬁc and we decided to do one this year,” said Grigelevich, who was joined by her fellow New Englanders from Southport Springs. “We are transplants now. “We are more Sunbirds than Snowbirds and this is a great way to spend the holidays.” The spirit was contagious as groups piled on the garlands, handmade ornaments and tree toppers. The Dade City Animal Hospital group took on the Alaska tree and it has an igloo around the trunk of their tree. “This is our gift to the community,” said FHZ Marketing Director Brenda Welcher. “The trees look gorgeous. The community does a great job to add that festive touch. They all do such a great job.” In the middle of the circle of trees, Santa set up shop to meet hundreds of children from Zephyrhills and the sur- Above: Trees representing all 50 states are decorated on the lawn of Florida Hospital. rounding area. Some teenagers and parents even took a turn Right: Fireworks light up the night sky to celebrate the Christmas season at Florida on Santa’s lap to tell him what they want for Christmas. Dozens of volunteers kept the event running smoothly Hospital Zephyrhills. with many manning the tent providing free hot chocolate and cookies for everyone in attendance. “Christmas has a lot of different traditions and this hospital “The primary reason as a faith-based hospital, we do this to in- has been part of the tradition and fabric of this community for 30 vite the community out to share in our Christian faith and we have years. It’s a privilege and responsibility to do this for this great coma huge lawn and we want to share the season with our community,” munity.” said CEO Doug Dufﬁeld. “I think they took us up on our invitation because I see 3,000 to 4,000 people out there.
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Zephyrhills News | Thursday, December 8, 2011 7 A Left: The Centennial Middle School Cyclone Band makes their way down 7th Street in Dade City. Right: The Pasco County Fair Queens wave to the parade crowd. Below: Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco walks the Dade City Magical Christmas Parade route with his daughter Gabriella.
Above: The crowd, estimated to be over 5,000, lined 7th Street for the Dade City Magical Christmas Parade.
Right: No Christmas parade would be complete without an adorable group of elves.
Right: Members of the Richland Baptist Church Walk Through Bethlehem wave to the crowd.
Below: The Pasco Middle School Marching Band makes their way down 7th Street.
Below: The players of the Dade City Little League ride the float in the Dade City Magical Christmas Parade. DAVE WALTERS
➤DADE CITY PARADE: From Page 1A all these kids,Ó said VanScoyk, who comes down to Dade City with his wife Judy as winter residents from Ohio. Ò WeÕ re just out here having fun and enjoying the weather. I canÕ t stand the cold, thatÕ s why I am down here.Ó Others had bigger reasons to sit on the curb and watch the parade. Ò I come for Santa Claus. He brings us presents,Ó said 4-year-old Bryce Whidden of Dade City. Ò I love Santa Claus.Ó Who doesnÕ t? The jolly man from the North Pole was on the traditional ﬁnal ﬂoat of the night. For parents, there are bigger reasons to come to the parade year-after-year. Ò ItÕ s our family time with our family and
kids,Ó said BryceÕ s mom, Melanie. Ò ItÕ s a family tradition for us. We love to see the Christmas ﬂoats and lights. We also get to show the kids that Jesus is the reason for the season. Ò We love it. We come out every year. We adore it.Ó While smiles, laughter and cheers dominated the night, a near-tragic event occurred midway through the parade when a 5-year-old boy who was walking alongside a ﬂoat in the parade was struck by the ﬂoat. The boy was part of the group with the ﬂoat. Police are expected to meet with ofﬁcials from the Dade City Chamber of Commerce to determine if any safety changes are necessary. The parade was delayed roughly 45 minutes while the boy was treated and later transported to St. JosephÕ s Hospital.
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LEO (July 23 to August 22) The upcoming holiday season gives the Big Cat much to purr about. Relationships grow stronger, and new opportunities loom on the horizon, just waiting to be pounced on. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) A changing situation brings conflicting advice about how to go forward with your holiday plans. Your best bet: Make the decision you feel most comfortable with. LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Holiday plans get back on track after some confusion about the direction you expected to take. A potentially troublesome money matter needs your immediate attention. SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) Your holiday preparations are on track. But you need to confront a personal situation while you can still keep it from overwhelming everything else. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Tight financial matters ease a bit during this holiday season. But the sagacious Sagittarian is well-advised to keep a tight hold on the reins while shopping for gifts.
ARIES (March 21 to April 19) Make your holiday preparations one step at a time in order to avoid being overwhelmed and leaving things undone. That confusing family situation continues to work itself out. TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Ease this yearÕ s holiday money pressures by letting your thrifty side guide you as you look for those perfect gifts that typically reflect your good taste and love of beauty. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) YouÕ ll have a good handle on potential holiday problems if you delegate tasks to family members, friends or co-workers -- most of whom will be more than happy to help out. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Right now you are especially vulnerable to holiday scams that seek to take advantage of your generosity. Best advice: Check them out before you send out your checks.
CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) DonÕ t put off making decisions about this yearÕ s holiday celebrations, despite the negative comments youÕ ve been getting from several quarters. Do it NOW! AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) The holidays will bring new friends and new opportunities. Meanwhile, be careful to use your energy wisely as you go about making holiday preparations. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) ThereÕ s good news coming from a most unlikely source. And it could turn out to be one of the best holiday gifts you have had in years. Remember to stay positive. BORN THIS WEEK: You are respected for your honesty and loyalty. You make friends slowly -- but with rare exceptions, theyÕ re in your life forever. (c) 2011 King Features Synd., Inc.
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10 A Thursday, December 8, 2011 | Zephyrhills News Right: The Abbott Station 4-H group comes down 5th Avenue in the Festival of Lights Parade in Zephyrhills.
Above: The R.B. Stewart Middle School Band performs as they make their way down the parade route. Above right: Baton Twirlers from Helen’s School of Dance are all smiles as they perform in the parade in Zephyrhills. Right: Dale Barnett sits high and proud in the seat of the Zephyrhills Fire Rescue American LaFrance Steamer. Below: The Zephyrhills Bulldog Marching Band, voted the best marching unit, makes their way down 5th Avenue.
Above right: Riders, horses and ponies from the Technicolor Horse Farm were a crowd favorite at the Festival of Lights Parade in Zephyrhills. Right: Santa Claus fulfilled tradition as he waves to the children from the last float in the parade. DAVE WALTERS
➤FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS: From Page 1A Ò TheyÕ re still here,Ó said a smiling Gina Granger, Main Street Executive Director. Ò I want to keep them down here. We are so pleased with the way this turned out.Ó Granger did have some concerns roughly 30 minutes before the parade started when the crowds were lighter than expected. Ò All of a sudden, there they were,Ó Granger said. Ò I turned around for a minute and the streets were packed. It was like a ﬂash mob. It was great. The timing of this event is a great ﬁt. ItÕ s a great way to kick off the holiday season.Ó The ﬂoats and other units were all judged in various categories. The 2011 Festival of Lights Parade winners
are: best display of theme Ò Over the River & Through ZephyrhillsÓ went to Dale Complete Landscaping; best business entry, Pasco Turf & Tractor; best youth organization, Zephyrhills Bulldogs; best marching/walking unit, Zephyrhills High School Band; best equestrian unit, Technicolor Horse Farm; best miscellaneous car/truck, Holden On Motorsports; best club entry, American Cancer Society; best religious organization, First United Methodist Church; and best overall entry, GoinÕ Postal. The business decorating awards went to ﬁrst place, Lamplighter Furniture; second place, K & M Travel; and third place, JudyÕ s Boutique.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING LEGAL NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Zephyrhills, Florida will hold a public hearing on Monday, December 12, 2011 in the Robert H. Johnson Council Chambers, City Hall, 5335 8th Street beginning at 6:00 p.m. and will consider the adoption of an ordinance adopting a Future Land Use Map Amendment and Rezoning of the following described areas shown on the generalized map in the advertisement. The property is located in the incorporated area of the City of Zephyrhills. ORDINANCE NO. 1069-11 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ZEPHYRHILLS, FLORIDA, APPROVING A LARGE SCALE FUTURE LAND USE MAP AMENDMENT TO THE CITY’S COMPREHENSIVE PLAN; CHANGING THE FUTURE LAND USE MAP DESIGNATION FOR THE TERRITORY HEREINAFTER DESCRIBED FROM COUNTY FUTURE LAND USE MAP DESIGNATION IL (LIGHT INDUSTRIAL) TO CITY FUTURE LAND USE MAP DESIGNATION CITY PSP (PUBLIC SEMI-PUBLIC), CONSISTENT WITH THE GOALS, OBJECTIVES, AND POLICIES OF THE ADOPTED COMPREHENSIVE PLAN, AS REQUIRED BY THE GROWTH MANAGEMENT ACT OF 1985; AMENDING THE ZEPHYRHILLS LAND DEVELOPMENT CODE TO CHANGE THE ZONING ON LAND HEREINAFTER DESCRIBED FROM COUNTY ZONING CATEGORY COUNTY AC (AGRICULTURAL CONSERVATION) TO CITY ZONING AP-1 (AIRPORT), IN ACCORDANCE WITH PROVISIONS OF SECTION 166.041, FLORIDA STATUTES; PROVIDING FOR CODIFICATION, CONFLICT, SEVERABILITY, AND AN EFFECTIVE DATE. DESCRIPTION/PURPOSE OF PROPOSED TEXT & MAP AMENDMENTS Future Land Use change, proposed land use designation change from County IL to City PSP (Public SemiPublic) for approximately 17.5 acres located north of Chancey Road and east of Sam Pasco County Park. The property is owned by the City of Zephyrhills, 5335 8th Street, Zephyrhills, FL 33542. Ordinance No. 1069-11 All members of the public and interested parties may appear at the Public Hearing and be heard regarding these proposed amendments to the Zephyrhills Comprehensive Plan. Comments may be made orally at the hearing or in writing if submitted on or before the hearing dates. Written comments can be sent to Todd Vande Berg, Director of Planning, 5335 8th Street, Zephyrhills, Florida. 33542. The proposed amendment to the Comprehensive Plan may be inspected by the public in the City Clerk’s office, 5335 8th Street, Zephyrhills, Florida. 33542, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday except holidays. For further information, call Todd Vande Berg, Director of Planning, (813) 780-0006. If you are a person with a disability who requires reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this meeting, please contact the City Clerk at (813) 780-0000 at least 48 hours prior to the public hearing. Any person who might wish to appeal any decision made by the Zephyrhills City Council regarding any matter considered at the forthcoming public hearing is hereby advised that they will need a record of proceedings, and for such purpose, will need to ensure that a verbatim record of the proceedings is made which will include the testimony and evidence upon which such appeal is to be based. Published: December 8, 2011
Commentary “Merry Christmas” isn’t offensive
BY DAVE WALTERS
The words I write in this space on this page every week are strictly my opinion and I thank the management and owners of the paper for giving me this forum. IÕ m not always agreed with, but people at least respect my opinion. IÕ m told by some of my readers that they read this editorial because IÕ m a straight shooter. I’m ﬂattered by the compliment and they will be pleased with this column, I have taken aim and I am nailing the bulls-eye. It takes a lot to offend me and hopefully by the time IÕ m done here, I donÕ t offend too many people. IÕ m not offended when someone wishes me Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanza or any other holiday related to their faith. I wish it right back to them. ItÕ s the right thing to do. So why is politically correct to say, Ò Happy HolidaysÓ instead of Ò Merry Christmas.Ó Why is wishing someone Ò Merry ChristmasÓ offensive? When a store manager orders employees to say Ò Happy HolidaysÓ instead of Merry Christmas in our Christian society, it is a travesty. While our society embraces diversity and multiculturalism, we have abandoned our faith, our tradition and our upbringing. You want to see me get ﬁred up? Call a Christmas Tree a Holiday Tree or call Christmas lights, holiday lights and call a Christmas Parade anything but a Christmas Parade. During the Christmas season, IÕ m not supposed to be this angry, but I know many of you feel my pain. Those trees lighting up the lawn at Florida Hospital Zephyrhills are Christmas Trees. The lights lining my house and in my yard are Christmas lights and the parades I covered in Dade City and Zephyrhills last weekend were Christmas Parades. When I see someone on the street, I wish them a Merry Christmas. IÕ m not going to sit back and wonder what their spiritual beliefs are and then try to give the correct expression of good will. Ò Merry Christmas,Ó as an expression of good will toward each other is not offensive under any circumstances. The expression of oneÕ s self in a nonviolent matter is free speech at its essence and few would argue free speech is un-American.
If you donÕ t celebrate Christmas, wishing you a merry one isnÕ t an attack on you, your beliefs or your lifestyle. If someone wishes you a Merry Christmas, simply respond with Ò Happy Hanukkah, Ò Happy Kwanza,Ó Ò Happy New Year,Ó Ò Happy Holidays,Ó or any other statement of good will from our mixed bag Ô o holidays. IÕ m not pushing my religious beliefs as a Catholic on you by wishing you a Merry Christmas. I have no intention of dragging you kicking and screaming to midnight Mass because you donÕ t share my beliefs. Would Ò Happy Labor DayÓ offend Canadians? Would a Brit take offense to Ò Happy Thanksgiving?Ó Likely, not. Those interactions would almost certainly lead to dialogue where the parties could share their culture with each other as they work toward mutual appreciation and acceptance. How often do you intentionally offend someone? WouldnÕ t it be great if we could stop being afraid to be nice? In a world where people are growing increasingly detached, itÕ s a shame to see a time of year grounded in togetherness slowly pulled apart at the seams. When a cashier says Ò Have a nice evening,Ó nobody has a problem with it, but as soon as they say Ò Merry ChristmasÓ theyÕ re oppressing and insensitive? Why canÕ t we just relax? Merry Christmas is not the same as Ò merry holiday-that-provesmy-beliefs-are-right-and-yoursare-wrong.Ó In our discussion, we agreed we would love, and draw as much joy from, being wished a Ò Happy HanukkahÓ as a Ò Merry Christmas.Ó In fact, we thought a Happy Hanukkah might be better, as itÕ s eight days long, and therefore eight times as happy. The holidays arenÕ t about right and wrong. TheyÕ re about embracing the people you care about and starting a new year together. ThatÕ s something we can all identify with, regardless of how we acknowledge it, or why weÕ ve chosen to acknowledge it. I know many people share my opinion and if you do, send me a Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza or any other greeting to email@example.com. Oh, by the way, from my family to yours, Ò Merry Christmas.Ó
Students appreciate holiday breaks SCHOOL DAZE By Haley Freeland, Student Columnist
The long Thanksgiving weekend is past while an even longer break lies ahead with local students of all ages getting some extended time off for Christmas and New YearÕ s. The recent three days off from Zephyrhills High, where I didnÕ t have to wake up before the sun came up and used some of that time to ﬁnally catch up on a mountain of laundry, have come and gone; same with the 30-pound turkey. For us teens, the holiday breaks in November and December are times to refresh for a while before heading back to school for the winter term. For some it was a relaxing peaceful three days without a care in the world. Others had to go to work, but in the end everybody is thankful for the longawaited break. The best part was relaxation that was so desperately needed in order to keep going. Besides the entire break was meant to not only give thanks but allow students to breathe a little bit without thinking about school. Ò Normally, Thanksgiving at my house can be pretty loud,Ó senior Alex Kitchen said, Ò but thankfully this year it was calm and afterwards I got to eat my turkey sandwich in peace without any interruptions,Ó Another student caught up on her beauty sleep during the break. Ò I never thought that I would value sleeping in so much until I ﬁnally got the chance to,Ó said senior Aman-
da Shea. Ò I guess I am sort of rested up now, I suppose IÕ ll get back to my studies.Ó Yes, it seems as though most of the students are ready to go back to sleep in their ﬁrst periods. However, give them some time and they will get right back into their grooves. Although some students were not granted the pleasure of being able to sleep in as late as they would have liked. Some had to part with their warm beds and head out to work. Ò I donÕ t mind working over my break since IÕ m getting paid and everything, but I would rather be asleep or hanging out with my friends at like McDonaldÕ s or something,Ó senior Kristina Eastep said. Even though some kids didnÕ t have to work through their entire break they were put on Christmas decoration duty. Ò I put up lights on our house and I guess it was entertaining Ñ better than sitting inside all day,Ó freshman Ryan McCormick said. Yes, thatÕ s right. Now that weÕ re in December itÕ s time to dust off those old Christmas decorations lodged deep in the back of just about everyoneÕ s shed. Even though the break is over and school is back in session, in just three short weeks it will be winter break. For one thing, I cannot wait for the most anticipated break of the entire school year, short of spring break in April. We teens are back into our old routine of waking up before the sun comes up to head to school. Some of us are also counting the days until the next break.
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SIDEWALK SURVEY Christmas Card Day on Dec. 9 honors Sir Henry Cole (1818-74) of England, who created the ﬁrst commercial Christmas card in 1843. While some people still send them through the mail, others recently have switched to e-cards. How do you send Christmas cards if you send any at all?
“I don’t really send cards, my mom does.” — Dailyn Humphreys, Zephyrhills resident
“I send Christmas cards through the mail.” — Betty Lollo, Zephyrhills resident
“I mail them. I handwrite them.” — Gail Squires, Zephyrhills resident
“I mail. I’m illiterate to the computer.” — Maria Knight, Zephyrhills resident
“I don’t do either.” — Victor Corona, Zephyrhills resident
“I mail them through the mail.” — Jack Johnson, Zephyrhills resident
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The Kiwanis Super Kids from West Zephyrhills Elementary School are (left to right) Cheyanne Phillips, Marissa Villarreal, Emily Kirk, Kayden Hill, Chloe Isaacs and Esmeralda Flores. Also shown are Kiwanis representative Nadine Seely and school sponsor DeAnn Ainsworth. PHOTO PROVIDED
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SPORTS SCHEDULES DEC. 8-14 DEC. 8
Zephyrhills wrestling hosts Mulberry, 6 p.m. Wesley Chapel wrestling at Anclote, 6 p.m. Wesley Chapel girls weightlifting at Sunlake, 4 p.m. Stewart Middle girls basketball at John Long, 6 p.m. Centennial Middle girls basketball at Pasco, 6 p.m. Stewart Middle boys soccer hosts John Long, 6 p.m.
Pasco football in state semiﬁnal at Crawfordville Wakulla, 7:30 p.m. Zephyrhills boys basketball hosts Anclote, 7:30 p.m. Pasco boys basketball at Wesley Chapel, 7:30 p.m. Wiregrass Ranch boys basketball at Chamberlain, 8 p.m. Zephyrhills girls basketball at Anclote, 7 p.m. Pasco girls basketball hosts Wesley Chapel, 7:30 p.m. Wiregrass Ranch girls basketball at Chamberlain, 6 p.m. Zephyrhills boys soccer at Sunlake, 7:45 p.m. Pasco boys soccer hosts Land OÕ Lakes, 8 p.m. Wiregrass Ranch boys soccer hosts Wesley Chapel, 7:30 p.m. Pasco girls soccer at Land OÕ Lakes, 8 p.m. Wiregrass Ranch girls soccer at Wesley Chapel, 8 p.m.
Pirates earn first state berth since 2008 Pasco defeats Tampa Jesuit 31-7 in Class 5A region ﬁnal, aims for second state championship BY STEVE LEE Sports Reporter
Not since the Class 3A state football championship game in 1992 had there been as much at stake in a postseason clash between Pasco and Tampa Jesuit. The Pirates jubilantly ran off the ﬁeld in celebration of a 28-16 win 19 years ago for what still is the countyÕ s lone state title. The Pirates aim to repeat history and have a chance to do just that after last FridayÕ s 31-7 rout of the Tigers in a Class 5A, Region 2 ﬁnal at W.F. Edwards Stadium. Five-time district champion Pasco, which has six shutouts this season, will visit Crawfordville Wakulla in Friday’s state semiﬁnal. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m. The Pirates (13-0) last played in a state semiﬁnal in 2008. This year, they have followed up a perfect 10-0 regular season with postseason victories over Alachua Santa Fe, Citra North Marion and Jesuit. “Excellent job,” Pasco coach Tom McHugh told his players as cheerleaders and fans milled around a postgame huddle. Ò YouÕ re not supposed to beat that team on a cow pasture in Pasco County. State ﬁnal, nothing but that; no excuses to lose.” As for Jesuit, that teamÕ s only loss before being ousted from the playoffs Friday came against perennial state contender Plant during the regular season. While Pasco County teams do not usually fare
Pasco football players, cheerleaders and coaches gather round head coach Tom McHugh for a postgame speech following an impressive win over Tampa Jesuit in a Class 5A region final. The Pirates visit Crawfordville Wakulla for Friday’s state semifinal. STEVE LEE well when going up against opponents from neighboring Hillsborough, the Pirates ensured this time would be different by clinching their victory with 17 points in the fourth quarter. Pasco led 14-7 at halftime and neither team scored in the third quarter. “They never quit,” said McHugh, who has just 10 losses in ﬁve seasons coaching the Pirates.
“They’re ﬁghters. They have heart.” In front of a sold-out crowd and in a game televised by Bright House Networks, the Pirates struck ﬁrst on Jacob Guy’s plunge into the end zone from a yard out on a quarterback keeper. Guy connected
Smith’s homecoming spoiled by Pasco First-year coach loses season opener 48-36 to rival Pirates BY DAVE WALTERS Sports Reporter
What looked to be dominance by Pasco early turned into a tight wrestling match, but Zephyrhills came up short falling 48-36 in their season opening match. With a big crowd on hand for head coach Mike Smith’s debut at the helm at ZHS, the Bulldogs put on a middleweight rally to win ﬁve of seven matches and drew within just six points of the Pirates with three matches to go. The Pirates won two of the ﬁnal three matches to get the 48-36 win and spoil SmithÕ s homecoming as coach of the Bulldogs. Smith wrestled at ZHS in the early 1990s, graduating in 1994. “We didn’t give up,” said Smith. “We were tough out there and thatÕ s what I asked of them.”
Zephyrhills boys basketball at McKeel Academy, 7 p.m. Zephyrhills wrestling in Raider Invitational at Plant City, 8 a.m. Wiregrass Ranch wrestling in Brandon tourney, 7:30 a.m.
Zephyrhills boys soccer at Ridgewood, 7 p.m. Pasco boys soccer at Wesley Chapel, 7:45 p.m. Zephyrhills girls soccer hosts Ridgewood, 7:45 p.m. Pasco girls soccer hosts Wesley Chapel, 7:30 p.m. Centennial Middle girls basketball at Stewart, 2 p.m.
Zephyrhills boys basketball at Pasco, 7:30 p.m. Zephyrhills girls basketball hosts Pasco, 7:30 p.m. Stewart Middle boys soccer at Centennial, 6 p.m.
Zephyrhills boys soccer hosts Land OÕ Lakes, 7:45 p.m. Zephyrhills girls soccer at Land OÕ Lakes, 8 p.m. Pasco girls basketball at Land OÕ Lakes, 7:30 p.m.
Cheerleading coaches Spring Becker and Amber Merritt were omitted in last weekÕ s story about PPAL playoffs.
➤PASCO FOOTBALL: See Page 6B
Zephyrhills wrestling coach Mike Smith (right) addresses his team after a 48-36 loss to Pasco Thursday night.
➤WRESTLING: See Page 7B
17 Bulldogs named to All-SAC boys and girls lists Volleyball co-player of the year Kaitlyn Blount and footballÕ s Jamal Roberts are ZephyrhillsÕ only ﬁrst-teamers BY STEVE LEE Sports Reporter
The postseason awards are out with 17 male and female athletes from Zephyrhills High being named to the All-Sunshine Athletic Conference teams chosen by Pasco County coaches from 13 public schools. Overall, thatÕ s one fewer than last fall when 18 Bulldogs made All-SAC in ﬁve sports — cross country, football, golf, swimming and volleyball. Leading the way this year for the Bulldogs were ﬁrst-teamers Jamal Roberts, a senior quarterback for the football team, and volleyball co-player of the year Kaitlyn Blount, who shared that honor with Hudson setter Lacey Carley. “That’s a real honor for her,” Zephyrhills volleyball coach Dan Muir said of Blount, a three-year varsity player. A senior middle hitter who had been an outside hitter as a sophomore and junior, Blount switched positions to ﬁll a void in the lineup and proved to be one of the teamÕ s leaders.
➤ALL-SAC: See Page 9B
Coach Dan Muir, the SAC Coach of the Year in each of the previous two seasons, guided the Zephyrhills volleyball team to a district championship and first-round playoff win this season. STEVE LEE
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Children that attended the Feast of Remembrance from East Pasco County. More than 20 people gathered on Nov. 17, which is National ChildrenÕ s Grief Awareness Day, at Gulfside Regional HospiceÕ s Bereavement Center to honor their loved onesÕ memory at a Feast of Remembrance as part of GulfsideÕ s Mending Hearts ChildrenÕ s Program. The children were encouraged to bring food to share that reminded them of their loved ones. Ò This is a time of year to give thanks,Ó said Sonia Quinones, director of bereavement and volunteers at Gulfside. Ò Often families remember a special dish that their loved one once prepared or enjoyed eating. The food and Feast of Remembrance helps the children remember their loved ones and starts dialogue with others facing the same issue in a non-traditional way.Ó GulfsideÕ s bereavement staff also encouraged the children who attended the Feast of Remembrance to write what they are thankful for this year. Common answers included family, friends and good health.
Ò Sitting down together for the Feast of Remembrance helps reinforce the idea of being a family and being connected,Ó said Quinones. Ò ItÕ s special that we were able to hold the Feast this year in New Port Richey on ChildrenÕ s Grief Awareness Day, since the ChildrenÕ s program is such an important part of our bereavement department.Ó Another Feast of Remembrance was held for families that live in East Pasco County. All of GulfsideÕ s support groups are free and open to the public for anyone who is experiencing grief from the loss of a loved one. All groups are led by a trained grief counselor. Prior association with Gulfside Regional Hospice is not needed to attend any of the support groups. For more information about any of the support groups or the Mending Hearts Children’s Program, call (727) 844-3946 or (813) 7801235.
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Many people know that stress can be bad for your mental health, but as it turns out, it can also be bad for your physical health. Researchers have linked behaviors associated with stress, such as drinking alcohol, using drugs, or even binging on comfort foods, with the deterioration of the adrenal gland. The adrenal gland releases stress hormones that signal to the body whether to ﬁght or get out of the situation (ﬂight). If mollifying substances are introduced into the body, it negatively affects the delicate way the stress system works, and the adrenal gland eventually putters out. That means the body can be in a constant level of stress, or a person can feel stressed even over minor things. This also impacts the heart, liver, blood pressure, and a number of other factors. Keeping stress in check is important, but it shouldnÕ t be done in a way that does more harm than good.
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HealtH Briefs Low income mammograms
Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Florida Suncoast affiliate, is offering women no-cost screening mammograms through Pasco County Health Department. If you live in Pasco County, are low income and uninsured, and between the ages of 40 and 49, you may qualify. Exceptions may be given if the client has a breast abnormality suggestive of cancer; and is a female 19 - 39 years of age, or male over 19 years of age. This program can be accessed at one of the five health department sites: Dade City, Hudson, Land O’ Lakes, New Port Richey or Zephyrhills. For more information call (727) 861-5661, extension 1016.
Gulfside Regional Hospice bereavement seminar
Gulfside Regional Hospice will be hosting a special bereavement seminar in Zephyrhills this fall called “Getting Through The Holidays.” The seminar will offer specific ways to help family members and other loved ones through the holidays, which can be difficult for survivors. Seminar date for Zephyrhills is Dec. 8 at both 3 and 5 p.m. at West Winds Assisted Living Facility, 37411 Eiland Blvd. For more information about the holiday seminars or to make a reservation call Shirley Bever at (727) 844-3946.
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(727) 844-3946. All of Gulfside’s support groups are free and open to the public for anyone who is experiencing grief from the loss of a loved one. All groups are led by a trained grief counselor. Prior association with Gulfside Regional Hospice is not needed to attend any of the support groups. For more information about any of the support groups, call (727) 844-3946 or (813) 780-1235.
Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous
Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Are you underweight or overweight? Obsessed with weight or dieting? You are not alone. Today, there is a solution. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous – no dues, no fees, no weigh-ins. Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous has moved to a new location and day. Meetings will be Thursdays, 7 - 8:30 p.m. at East Pasco Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 7329 Dairy Rd., Zephyrhills. For more information, visit www.foodaddicts.org or call Roz at (813) 355-4197.
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TOPS Chapter 722 meets at Zephyrhills Community of Christ Church, 7334 16th St., Zephyrhills. Meetings are held Mondays at 9:30 a.m. with weigh-ins at 8:45 a.m. For more information call Marion Ferguson at (813) 788-9000.
During this holiday season, isn’t this the best time to give a gift of yourself to someone who needs your compassion? Our patients and families need you to help with in-home patient support visits, at our Hospice House and Care Center. Our office needs your clerical support. HPH Hospice needs you; not only during the week, also on weekends. Learn about volunteer opportunities during our two-day volunteer orientation Dec. 13 and Dec. 15 for adults and teens 14 and older. Class hours are 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. and attendance on both days is required. Lunch will be provided. Classes will be held at the HPH Hospice East Pasco office 37445 Clinton Ave., Dade City. Registration is required by calling Diana Unger at (352) 518-1400. Information is available online at hph-hospice.org.
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Eat Right/ Think Right/ Move Right classes
Good Health Movement, a local information support source that focuses on ways to reduce stress, is offering community members an opportunity to learn some easy and quick ways to help deal with the anxiety that accompanies caring for family members, work overload and health challenges. Good Health Movement is offering complementary information classes including topics about mindfulness, breathing, label reading, gentle movement and bio-energetic conditioning. These classes are free of charge and are located at: Pasco Regional Medical Center, 13100 Ft. King Rd., Dade City, classroom B, Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m.; Bentley Commons Senior Living Facility, 38130 Pretty Pond, Zephyrhills, every second Tuesday at 2 p.m.; Westwinds Assisted Living Facility, 37411 Eiland Blvd., Zephyrhills, third Tuesday at 1 p.m.; and Florida Hospital Wellness Center, 7050 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills, fourth Tuesday at 2 p.m. For more information call Nancy Finck at (727) 643-7159.
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A delicious dinner was served on Thanksgiving by Russ Heffelfinger and his crew. There were 114 residents and guests present and we enjoyed the fellowship we have when we get together. Russ thanked everyone who had a hand in serving the dinner. Activities are really picking up speed here. Line dancing is Mondays at 10 a.m.; and euchre Monday evening. The craft ladies meet on Tuesdays and Tuesday evening the residents play marbles. Bingo will start after the first of the year. On Thursday coffee and doughnuts were served by Dororthy and Jack Massoll; and Ellen and Ron Raymond. Eighty-eight people were present. There are still several residents who are not well and need to be remembered. Mary Kay Lynch and Al Bennett will be celebrating birthdays this week. Lee Heffelfinger reminded those who are interested that there are trips planned. Helen Springer told us of the plans the Maine people have for our Christmas Dinner. There will be a potluck dinner on Tuesday at 5 p.m.
By DaviD rushton anD sally WarD This week has been very busy at Winters Park. It seems that November closed with us being thankful for all the blessings of the Thanksgiving season, and looking forward to the Christmas season to celebrate with our winter friends. This week coffee hour entertainment was supplied by Willis Hassett, doing an excellent job of playing guitar, and harmonica, with the odd story thrown in. It was a special week for Willis as he took first place in euchre on Tuesday and Saturday. Other winners were Sue Dungey, Alberta Diehl, Lois Measer, Larry Heyman and John Woodbury. Hoss Collar on Friday had four full courts with 12 people in the money. The winners were: Carol Jones, 847; Jerry Jones, 841; Ernie Darrow, 769; David Rushton, 756; Gaynelle Pawsey, 753; Pat Vona, 751; Jean Peck, 733; Dini Rushton, 724; Sally Ward, 721; Donna Willis, 709; Sue Dungey, 690; and Phylis Huyck, 687. There will be a Turkey Shoot Dec. 17.
By Kathy Mace I have been getting calls from my family in Michigan letting me know that it is 32 degrees with two inches of snow on the ground and another four inches expected. The calls came as I am sitting at my desk looking out the window at the beautiful Florida sunshine with a slight breeze coming in the window, knowing it is 78 degrees outside. I am so glad I am in Florida. We are all so blessed to be able to enjoy this Florida experience at Betmar. Bryan Toll, assistant activities director, opened coffee today. The snowbirds have been arriving in huge flocks the last couple weeks and clubhouse 2 is starting to fill up. Everyone is so happy to finally be back in Betmar with all of our friends. Salvation Army Bell Ringers are still needed for Walmart. Please call Linda LaForest if you have a few hours to donate. The game club is having a pizza sale. To order a pizza, contact a game club member. Pizzas will be delivered on Dec. 11, 3 – 5 p.m. Please place your nominations for Betmar royalty in the ballot boxes on the stage during coffee. This year the king and queen are not married and the prince and princess are married. The drawing will be held during coffee on Dec. 13. There will be a general admission dance Dec. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in clubhouse 2. Music will be by Mark Coolidge. There will be a $5 donation. The dance club will be offering basic ballroom dance lessons beginning Jan. 6 in clubhouse 3 from 1 - 2:30 p.m. The Music and Entertainment Christmas Show will be Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. All seats are reserved and are a $4 donation. Fred Fletcher, head of our Support the Troops, announced that 1,000 gallon bags of items
needed to send to the troops have been prepared and need to be sent. Money for postage is needed. Fred also reports that to date 2,250 wool hats have been knitted and sent to the troops and many more are needed. There are many angels in our midst. Fred is also asking you to send a Christmas card to a recovering soldier. The address is on the bulletin board. High scorers for fun darts on Nov. 29 were: Jerrie LaFever, 134; Isla Estabrook, 128; Mike Mosscrop, 124; and Fred Leger, 100. Winners of the stars games were: Isla Estabrook, Norm Duprey, Judy Leger, Ray Dixon, Sue Lane, Bill Dill and Fred Fletcher. Square dances for mainstream and plus levels are Wednesdays from 7 – 9 p.m. in clubhouse 2. Everyone is welcome. The winners of the Hobby Bazaar’s Support the Troops raffle were: Les Banks, Black & Decker tool set; Art Gugerty, cigar humidor; June Eaton, Starbucks coffee gift set; and Barbara Klunder, framed painting. The Goldwing Motorcycle Parade through Betmar will take place March 10. Time will be announced at coffee. Shuffle lunch is Dec. 12 and Dec. 13 starting at 11 a.m. A Christmas Dinner is planned for Dec. 25 at 2 p.m. in clubhouse 3. Anyone in Betmar who would like to participate, sign up on the bulletin board in clubhouse 2. Turkey and ham will be provided so bring a side dish. Bocce ball is Mondays at 1 p.m. at the courts by the gazebo and pool area. Everyone is welcome to participate. There are a lot of people out walking at night. Please wear light-colored clothes and carry a flashlight or wear a reflective vest (for sale at the golf house). With our newly sealed black streets it is hard to see people. Cars need to be aware that the speed limit is 20 mph and at night drive with extra caution. Dee Payne, activities director, announced that in sickbay this week are: Shirley LaChance and Caswell Wood. Birthdays this week are: Lavon Lapree, Gerrie Heyl, Terry Bosley, Betty Haskins and Wayne Toll. Anniversaries this week are: Larry and Shireen Voss; Bob and Norma Gannon; Sid and Linda LaFayette; and John and Pat Chese- bro. Visitors to Betmar are: David and Susan Hendon visiting Larry and Shireen Voss; Don Helzer from New Mexico visiting Dean and Jean Baumgartner; and Carol and Dick Phelan. New residents in Betmar are: Chet and Doreen Cutshall from North Carolina; and Caroline Rodgers from Ontario. November coffee workers were: Clarence and Pauline Brown; Carol Tarvin, Millie Sandleben, John and Bev Campochiaro; Shirley Sell, Ann Jones, Di Barrett, Bill and Irene Manning; Lloyd and Shirley Kreider; Charlotte Vosburgh, Robert and Eunice Miller; Donald and Lois Bower; Bernie Bur and Eleanor Mahoney.
Club News Zephyrhills Garden Gate Club The Zephyrhills Garden Gate Club will hold their Dec. 15 meeting at the home of Vicky Keffer, at 9:30 a.m. The program will be, Deck the Halls, with Pat Bailey and Emilie Mastin showing how to arrange silk flowers and other designs for the holidays. Joan Hall and Tracy Sullivan will be hosts. The Christmas luncheon will be at Lunch on Limoges, Dade City at 11:30 a.m. For more information and directions call Vicky at (813) 7828004.
Zephyrhills Art Club The Zephyrhills Art Club will be holding their next meeting Dec.13, 11 a.m. at Alice Hall. The Christmas dinner will be at 6 p.m. The time change is just for this meeting. Bring a dish to pass and a place setting. The topic for Mini Art Show is something old. Everyone is welcome.
Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society The Nature Coast Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society is moving. Starting in January 2012, the second Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m., the group will meet at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, Land O’ Lakes. Enter the rear meeting room from the courtyard on the south side of the building. Join us at this new location in central Pasco County for in-
By Martin anD helene ruBenstein There was no clubhouse for some time as a new one was being built. Now that it is built I can safely say that it was worth the wait. The reason why I say this is because on Thanksgiving Day Andy and Margaret Castonguay hosted a Thanksgiving Dinner that was too wonderful for words. Even with the crowd of 95 people, everything went smoothly. There were several helpers and each person had a job to do and they concentrated on what had to be done. The helpers were Chick and Annmarie Shackewyc; and Dudley and Carol Newzine. There were numbers on the tables and when your table number was called, you went to get your dinner. If anyone left feeling hungry, it was their fault. Andy and Margaret also had a drawing for a dinner to take home and the winner was Jerry Raffa. A Mayberry RFD Ho-Down Potluck was held and everyone brought a dish. A television set was brought in and a disc was playing showing the Andy Griffith Show and snippets of country stars of the past. This event was hosted by Chris and Jerry Buckley. Some people remarked that such a good time was had by everyone that we should have something like this once a month. The country jam came on and the performers were first-class. At one point they played a Christmas song and everyone who cared to, formed a line and danced around the outside of the tables.
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East Pasco Retired Educators Association The East Pasco Retired Educators Association will have a luncheon at Blackstones Reef & Grill in Zephyrhills, Dec. 15 at 11:30 a.m. All retired school personnel and friends are welcome. Please call Joyce Snow in Dade City at (352) 567-5050 or Joan Knowles in Zephyrhills at (813) 788-4980 for reservations by Dec. 12.
Ladies Oriental Shrine Cairo Court of the Ladies Oriental Shrine of Zephyrhills is hosting a Christmas Home Tour. Three homes are open to enjoy their Christmas decorations Dec. 11, 1 – 5 p.m. Refreshments will be served. A $5 donation is requested. The homes on the tour are: Nancy LeBel at 7601 Weehawken Dr.; Patty Thompson at 5024 20th St.; and Catherine Parker at 3328 Coats Rd. of Zephyrhills. Tickets can be purchased at the door of the homes. Cairo Court of LOS works to help the Shriner’s Hospital. A public card party will be held at Bahr’s Mobile Home, the second Thursday of the month from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. There will be lunch and door prizes for a donation of $4. All donations benefit The Shrine Hospital of Tampa Unit. We are looking forward to buying a child a wheelchair. For more information call Carol Miller at (813) 996-1416.
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Top: Players, cheerleaders and coaches from both teams line up at midfield for traditional postgame handshakes following host Pasco’s 31-7 win over Tampa Jesuit in Friday’s Class 5A region final. Above: The Pirates await the snap of the ball from the Tampa Jesuit offense.
➤PASCO FOOTBALL: From Page 1B with Trey Dudley-Giles on a 21-yard pass play and David Emmanuel had a 20-yard run on that scoring drive. But Jesuit (11-2) went ahead 7-6 early in the second quarter when Tommy Eveld, who entered the game with 2,145 passing yards and 19 touchdowns, completed a 51-yard scoring pass to Bryce Walker. That lead was short-lived as the Pirates scored on the ensuing possession. Jacob Guy threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to DudleyGiles before that pair reversed roles on a successful two-point conversion play with Guy hauling in a ﬂoater from Dudley-Giles in the right corner of the end zone. For Guy, it was his 37th touchdown pass, two shy of the county single-season record held by 2004 Land OÕ Lakes graduate Drew Weatherford. Ò We want to make big plays weÕ ve made
all our lives,Ó Dudley-Giles said, alluding to himself, Guy, Emmanuel and teammate Janarion Grant, who all won numerous championships for Dade City in the Pasco Police Athletic League. In the fourth quarter, freshman Brandon Ray, whose 21-yard ﬁeld goal the previous week clinched a 31-28 playoff win over Citra North Marion, kicked a 42-yard ﬁeld goal before Grant scored on a 6-yard run and a 102yard interception return. With the Pasco offense coming through with clutch scoring drives, the defense made its contribution as well. Dudley-Giles and Grant each had two interceptions off of Eveld, who had just six picks entering the region ﬁnal. Ò TheyÕ re big-time football players,Ó McHugh said. Ò ThatÕ s what you expect them to do.Ó Guy and Dudley-Giles are seniors and Division I recruits. Grant is a junior and already on college coaches radar.
Zephyrhills News | Thursday, December 8, 2011 7 B Left: Zephyrhills wrestler Matt King gets his arm lifted after picking up a victory against Pasco. Below: The Bulldog wrestlers get psyched up before facing backyard rival Pasco last Thursday night.
Above : Zephyrhills’ Brian Matthews has Pasco’s Malik Dockins in a headlock enroute to a pin.
Above: Bulldog senior Jake Smith prepares to square off with Pasco’s Niko D’Augustino. Left: Senior Jacob McLaughlin sticks Tyler Norrell to win the match at 182 pounds. Below: The 2011-12 Zephyrhills Bulldog wrestling team.
➤WRESTLING: From Page 1B SmithÕ s lineup is loaded with potential young talent with six freshmen and a sophomore making up half of the weight classes. Ò The future is bright for ZHS,Ó Smith added. “We have freshmen in our ﬁrst four weight classes and two others in our middle weights. Then we have a sophomore at heavyweight. Ò Pasco jumped out to a 24-0 lead with four straight pins from Kevin Tipton (106), Kurtis Boas (113), J.P. Gomez (120) and Skylar White (126). Zephyrhills answered back at 132 pounds when Nathan Master battled his way to a pin against PascoÕ s Andrew Riddagh. Brian Matthews added another at 138 when he pinned Malik Dockins. The match of the night came at 145 when Zephyrhills Jake Smith squared off against Niko DÕ Augustino. Smith manhandled
DÕ Augustino and jumped out to a 10-2 lead. In the second period, Smith got himself out of position and DÕ Augustino capitalized and registered the pin. Lauren Parker put the Bulldogs on the board again with a pin at 152, but Mike Smith dropped a tough match to PascoÕ s John Brown at 160 to allow the Pirates to jump out to a 3618 lead. Veteran wrestlers Joel Morrison (170) and Jacob McLaughlin (182) helped the Bulldogs narrow the gap picking up big pins to pull the Bulldogs to 36-30. Pasco sealed the win with wins at 195 and 220 and Bulldog heavyweight Dalton Henderson picked up a pin to close out the night. Ò We got to get the young kids going,Ó Smith said. Ò We canÕ t give up 24 straight right off the bat. If we keep that up, itÕ s going to be a long year.Ó
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High school wrestlers pump out thousands of push-ups for Special Olympics BY DAVE WALTERS News Reporter
A high school athlete doing 1,300 push-ups in an hour sounds more like punishment than it does a triumph, but Zephyrhills wrestlers did Ò Push-Ups for a PurposeÓ to help raise money for their program and, more importantly, Special Olympics. The Nov. 29 event honored former Zephyrhills Special Olympian Ryan Smith, the nephew of Zephyrhills’ ﬁrst-year coach Mike Smith. It raised $2,200 with nearly half of that going to Special Olympics. Ryan Smith, who had Downs Syndrome, passed away at age 24 last year. Ò Honestly it was devastating,Ó said coach Smith. Ò He was one of my closest friends and he was a rock to our family. We miss him deeply and wanted to honor him for the rest of our lives. We felt this could be one small way of doing that.Ó Senior captain Jake Smith, Ryan SmithÕ s cousin, hit the 1,300 push-up mark exceeding his total last year of 1,025 and credits his increase to trying to raise as much money as his body would
let him for Special Olympics. Ò It gave me extra motivation to do it,Ó said Smith, whose arms ached so much he couldnÕ t tie his shoes. Ò I raised about $200 and itÕ s for a good cause.Ó Coach Smith proposed the idea to his team and they jumped right in and were ready to pump it up for Special Olympics. Ò Everyone at this time of year is getting hit up for money to sponsor this and sponsor that,Ó coach Smith said. Ò This year I wanted to show the kids that itÕ s important to get, but more important to give back to our community as well. These kids worked very hard to get pledges. Ò Ryan will never be forgotten. These kids are unique and special to us. I told the kids we are doing push-ups for a purpose. I just want them to know that there is a bigger purpose in life than wrestling and sports.Ó It is a lesson that sits very well with Special Olympics coordinator Judy Brunner. Ò Ryan is still a part of us.Ó Brunner said. Ò I just think that itÕ s special that they are doing that for our special athletes. This is fantastic that they did it in memory of Ryan. Everything helps.Ó
Above: Alyssa Smith, front, holds a photo of late brother Ryan, a former Zephyrhills Special Olympian. She is joined by Tammy Hochstetler, Paul and Darci Smith, Belinda Brown, Judy Brunner, Dale Smith and Mike Smith. All took part in supporting the Zephyrhills High School Wrestling Push-ups for a Purpose to benefit ZHS Wrestling and Special Olympics.
Above: No worse for wear, the Bulldog wrestlers get together after pumping out thousands of push-ups to raise money for their team and Special Olympics. Below: Bulldog wrestlers pump out push-ups for a purpose to raise money for their program and Special Olympics. DAVE WALTERS
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Zephyrhills News | Thursday, December 8, 2011 9 B Right: SAC Runner of the Year Nikita Shah, of Wiregrass Ranch, is shown with Gulf standout Kari Grippo after the conference race. Far right: Pasco’s Trey Dudley-Giles is the SAC Offensive Player of the Year.
➤ALL-SAC: From Page 1B Ò She really stepped up from her junior to senior year,Ó Muir said. Ò Kaitlyn has always been a consistent hitter. I just challenged her to take a few more risks.Ó That challenge paid off in the form of some impressive statistics for Blount, who had 351 kills, 183 blocks, 166 service points (including 35 aces) and 100 digs. Ò SheÕ s an all-around player. She never comes off the ﬂoor,” Muir said. Joining Blount on the All-SAC list were teammates Sierra Bahr, a libero, and setter Danielle Muir, the coachÕ s daughter. That trio helped lead the Bulldogs to an 18-9 record as well as their ﬁrst district championship and second-round playoff berth since 1999. Ò The whole team was successful, because they were willing to do whatever was best for the team,Ó said Muir, who in 2009 and 2010 was the SAC Coach of the Year. As for Roberts, the senior ranked among the countyÕ s top rushers and was instrumental in the teamÕ s resurgence as the Bulldogs went 6-4 overall, which included a fourth-place conference ﬁnish with a 6-3 mark. Ò I think it was a mindset change, for one thing,Ó Zephyrhills football coach Reggie Roberts said of his quarterback stepping up and taking charge of the triple-option offense this past season. Ò He worked hard this summer. I think he took it seriously.Ó Roberts, who had also played running back and wide receiver as a versatile offensive player in the past, relished his full-time role at quarterback this fall. He gained 1,030 yards on the ground while passing for 542 with ﬁve interceptions. Of his 26 touchdowns only six came through the air. RobertsÕ top rushing performance was 206 yards with three touchdowns in a loss to Fivay. In all, he topped the 100-yard rushing mark in ﬁve games, had at least three rushing touch-
downs in six contests and passed for more than 100 yards twice. Ò I told him, Ô ItÕ s my program, but itÕ s your team,Õ Ó the coach said of a preseason pep talk with his starting quarterback. Ò He did very well. It just came to him. He basically ran the offense. He made the choices (to run or pass) and he took it when it came to him.Ó Also making all-conference in football were: Devon Long, Jacob McLaughlin, Devon Brockington and Antoine Carr. ZephyrhillsÕ other athletes on All-SAC lists included: Golf Ñ Tiffany Bahr, Karisten Deem, Sydney Owens, Danielle Bahr, Corey Bahr, Cody Nichols; Cross country Ñ Jared Hussey and McKenzie Meek; Swimming Ñ Ashley Morris and Samuel Rockhill. Additionally, there were several top athletes and coaches from other area schools honored. That group included boys and girls cross country coaches of the year Chris Loth and Don Howard from Wiregrass Ranch, along with the BullsÕ Nikita Shah being the girls cross country runner of the year. PascoÕ s Trey Dudley-Giles was chosen offensive player of the year in football. Giles and All-SAC teammates Jacob Guy, David Emmanuel, Janarion Grant, Nick Wilson, Aryn Strickland, Mike Tarver, Joey Ivie and Phillip Thompson led the Pirates to their second straight unbeaten season and state semiﬁnal berth.
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CRIME REPORTS Burglary, criminal mischief and petit theft
A 53-year-old man with no listed address was arrested Nov. 14 for breaking into two downtown businesses. According to a Zephyrhills Police report, Dale Edward Wilcox broke windows to gain entry into Manolo’s Restaurant and Nelson’s Barber Shop. Wilcox took a bottle of liquor from Manolo’s valued at roughly $200 and various items from the barber shop valued at roughly $20. Wilcox was found in Manolo’s, by police, hiding under a table. The estimated damage to the windows at both locations is $2,100. He was processed at ZPD and taken to the Pasco County Jail.
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A 26-year-old Wesley Chapel man, who was a manager at Tire Kingdom, was arrested Nov. 26 for grand theft after selling $900 worth of tires and pocketing the money. According to a Zephyrhills Police report, Anthony Mark Ford of 30249 Augustine Dr. made a sale of four BF Goodrich All Terrain Tires for $900 and put the money directly in his pocket instead of the register. The report states Ford admitted to the incident. He was processed at ZPD and later taken to the Pasco County Jail.
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A 24-year-old Zephyrhills man was arrested Nov. 23 for tampering with a witness and domestic battery after he hit his girlfriend with a bat and broke the phone so she couldn’t call for assistance. According to a Zephyrhills Police report, Marshall Allen Pate of 6822 Oakcrest Way was in-
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A 31-year-old Zephyrhills woman was arrested Nov. 24 for driving under the inﬂuence after Pasco Fire Rescue personnel found her slumped over the steering wheel of her car asleep in the McDonalds parking lot in Zephyrhills. According to a ZPD report, Jessica Marie Velasquez of 38511 6th Avenue was asleep in her Toyota with the engine running and two bags of prescription pills on the passenger seat of the car. Velasquez performed poorly on ﬁeld sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI. She was taken to Florida Hospital Zephyrhills for a urine test. She was then processed at ZPD and taken to the Pasco County Jail.
A 26-year-old Zephyrhills man was arrested Nov. 29 for grand theft after he took items from an apartment that didn’t belong to him. According to Zephyrhills Police, Ian Michael Mulligan of 6034 12th St. lived in the apartment and moved out. He returned and took a queen sized bed, a ﬂoor lamp and two heaters that did not belong to him. He was processed at ZPD and later taken to the Pasco County Jail.
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Ford 4DR, 1FAFP53U3XA248968 107251 / 1995 Nissan 4DR, JN8HD17Y8SW021918 100815 / 1995 Nissan 4DR, 1N4BU31D2SC203432 Published: December 1 & 8, 2011. IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR PASCO COUNTY, FLORIDA PROBATE DIVISION IN RE: ESTATE OF JACK GEORGE LEHECKA, Deceased File No.: 51-2011-CP001139-XXXX-ES DIVISION: A NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of JACK GEORGE LEHECKA, deceased, whose date of death was September 5, 2011, File Number 51-2011-CP-001139XXXX-ES, Division A, is pending in the Circuit Court for Pasco County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Clerk of the Cir-
cuit Court, Pasco County Courthouse, 38053 Live Oak Avenue, Dade City, FL 33523-3894. The names and addresses of the petitioner and the petitioner’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice has been served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE TIME OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must file their claims with this Court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT
SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is December 1, 2011. Attorney for Petitioner: TIMOTHY G. HAYES, Esquire Law offices of Timothy G. Hayes, P.A. 21859 State Road 54, Suite 200 Lutz, Florida 33549 Telephone: (813) 9496525 Florida Bar Number: 356476 Petitioner: ANTHONY MACK LEHECKA P.O. Box 374 Fields Landing, CA 95537 Published: December 1 & 8, 2011. IN THE CIRCUIT COURT FOR PASCO COUNTY, FLORIDA
PROBATE DIVISION IN RE: ESTATE OF JAMES F. POWERS, Deceased File No.: 51-2011-CP001141-XXXX-ES DIVISION: X NOTICE TO CREDITORS The administration of the estate of JAMES F. POWERS, deceased, whose date of death was January 14, 2011, File Number 51-2011-CP-001141XXXX-ES, Division X, is pending in the Circuit Court for Pasco County, Florida, Probate Division, the address of which is Clerk of the Circuit Court, Pasco County Courthouse, 38053 Live Oak Avenue, Dade City, FL 33523-3894. The names and addresses of the petitioner and the petitioner’s attorney are set forth below. All creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate on whom a copy of this notice has
been served must file their claims with this court WITHIN THE LATER OF 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE OR 30 DAYS AFTER THE TIME OF SERVICE OF A COPY OF THIS NOTICE ON THEM. All other creditors of the decedent and other persons having claims or demands against decedent’s estate must file their claims with this Court WITHIN 3 MONTHS AFTER THE DATE OF THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF THIS NOTICE. ALL CLAIMS NOT SO FILED WILL BE FOREVER BARRED. NOTWITHSTANDING THE TIME PERIODS SET FORTH ABOVE, ANY CLAIM FILED TWO (2) YEARS OR MORE AFTER THE DECEDENT’S DATE OF DEATH IS BARRED. The date of first publication of this notice is December 1, 2011. Attorney for Petitioner: TIMOTHY G. HAYES, Es-
quire Law offices of Timothy G. Hayes, P.A. 21859 State Road 54, Suite 200 Lutz, Florida 33549 Telephone: (813) 9496525 Florida Bar Number: 356476 Petitioner: MARY P. McCONKEY 1357 Sussex Rd. Naperville, IL 60540 Published: December 1 & 8, 2011.
partment of State, Tallahassee, Florida. Dated at Zephyrhills, Florida, this 2nd day of December, 2011. MAURICE S. HUMPHRIES, JR. Published: December 8, 2011
been made by you concerning the above by January 19, 2012, the matter of the Administrative Complaint will be presented at an ensuing meeting of the Board of Nursing in formal proceeding. In accordance with NOTICE OF ACTION the Americans with DisBEFORE THE BOARD OF abilities Act, persons NURSING needing a special acIN RE: The license to commodation to participractice nursing of pate in this proceeding Wanda J. Willis, C.N.A., should contact the indi6009 Montana Avenue, vidual or agency sendNOTICE UNDER New Port Richey, Florida ing this notice not later FICTITIOUS NAME 34653 than seven days prior LAW PURSUANT CASE NO.: 2010-07014 to the proceeding at the TO SECTION 865.09, LICENSE NO.: C.N.A. address given on the notice. Telephone: (850) FLORIDA STATUTES 190979 The Department 245-4640, 1-800-955NOTICE IS HEREBY of Health has filed Ad8771(TDD) or 1-800-955GIVEN that the underministrative Complaint 8770(V), via Florida Resigned, desiring to enlay Service. gage in business under against you, a copy of which may be obtained Published: December 8, the fictitious name of by contacting, Michael 15, 22 & 29, 2011 PAT’S PLACE - ZEPHYRHILLS located at 37640 G. Lawrence, Assistant General Counsel, ProsSR 54, in the County ecution Services Unit, of Pasco in the City 4052 Bald Cypress Way, of Zephyrhills, Florida 33542 intends to regis- Bin #C65, Tallahassee Florida 32399-3265, ter the said name with the Division of Corpora- (850) 245-4640. If no contact has tions of the Florida De-
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