Vol. 30 • No.

3 ComplimeNtary Copy marCh 2010
Florida’s Leading Newspaper For Active, Mature Adults
Dealing with Frost Damage ......2
Health Roundup .................... 4-7
Living ................................... 8-10
Support Our Troops .................9
Crossword ...............................11
Website of the Month ..............11
Classifed Ads ..........................12
Service Guide ..........................13
Travel Scene ...................... 14-15
Entertainment ................... 16-19
Senior to Senior .....................20
Judi’s Gems .............................21
Fishing .....................................21
Senior Gourmet ......................22
Senior Happenings .................23
Most seasonal residents come to
Florida to get away from the cold. And
while our climate lately has been milder
than the Northeast’s, it’s still been one
for the record books.
Over a two-week period in early
January, the average temperature was
the coldest in 100 years. On 12 of 14
days, Florida saw freezing temperatures.
One community near Jacksonville saw a
low of 17° on Jan. 11. That’s the lowest
temperature ever recorded in Florida.
Morning frost, frozen and cracked
windshields, day after day of freezing
temperatures… It’s enough to make you
want to book a fight to Jamaica.
With the bitter cold hopefully behind
us, it’s time to go outside, where you’ll
fnd lots of brown grass and dead shrubs.
It’s time to get dirty.
What Happened?
Meteorologists say our record cold
snap was caused by a shift in upper
level winds. Cold Arctic air that nor-
mally falls on the Midwestern states
got pushed East, leaving the Pacifc
Northwest mild and dry. If you watched
the Olympics last month, you know a
lack of snow and mild temperatures in
Vancouver presented some challenges
for the Games hosts.
As Senior Voice goes to press, the
upper-level winds are still distorted
Eastward from their average, but
hopefully we are done with freezing
temperatures till next year. Expect some
crazy weather this summer, too.
The Bright Side
Even though many Tampa Bay Area
residents will have to replace lawns,
shrubs and plants, there is a bright side:
Florida has been invaded over the cen-
turies with exotic plants and animals,
some of which are considered “invasive”
or “nuisance” species. These were the
hardest hit. Your Oaks and Slash Pines
and Palmetto will all be fne. In fact, they
will thrive — especially if you plant na-
tive species near them when you go to
work on the yard.
Use Native Plants
Native plants resist the cold, they
tolerate direct sun, freezing tempera-
tures and the occasional dousing with
salt water. Native plants also cost less to
buy and they often require little watering
beyond what we get naturally.
With proper planning and careful
selection, you can design a beautiful
Florida garden that does not need a
traditional sprinkler system. There’s
some work involved, but with a rain
barrel (See Page 10), you can save rain
water for irrigation later.
Also, the University of Florida says
that most people over water anyway,
particularly native pants — to the point
where they do more harm than good.
“We fnally have our irrigation rec-
ommendations for establishing shrubs
backed up with science. We need less
irrigation than many people think,”
says Ed Gilman, a UF Institute of Food
and Agricultural Sciences environmen-
tal horticulture professor who led the
research study.
The six-year study’s objective was to
determine how best to irrigate shrubs
during “establishment” — the 20- to
28-week period when shrubs’ roots
grow until the plant can survive without
The research examined irrigation
frequency and volume on the quality,
survival and growth rates of three-
gallon, container-grown shrubs. Plants
were examined in Fort Lauderdale,
Balm, Apopka and Citra, locations that
span three water management districts
Brrringing Your Florida
Garden Back to Life
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in Florida and have varied growing conditions.
Some of the state’s most popular ornamental shrubs
were evaluated, including both native and non-native
species, such as yaupon holly and gardenia.
“One of the results that we noted was that there
are no differences between native and non-native spe-
cies for amount of water required for establishment,”
Gilman says. “This often surprises people, but it em-
phasizes that the Florida-friendly principle — right
plant, right place — is worth following.”
Florida-friendly gardening means planting that
accounts for site conditions, maintenance needs and
local climate. If you do choose non-native plants, make
sure they are not an invasive species.
Regular irrigation in the months after planting helps
shrubs remain healthy and attractive as they establish.
But one eyebrow-raising study fnding is that light,
frequent watering is much more effcient and effective
than applying large volumes less frequently.
In our area, Gilman says, we need 1 gallon of water
per shrub every 4-6 days.
More frequent irrigation, does result in more vigor-
ous plant growth.
“Results showed that applying large volumes of
water cannot compensate for infrequent irrigation,”
Gilman said. “This means that you should water more
often, but with less water at each irrigation event. That
helps the plants achieve proper establishment and, in
turn, means less watering in the long run.”
As you replant UF recommends these simple steps
to help ensure your plants get established.
• Consider planting at the start of the rainy season.
• Irrigate based on location, weather and desired
plant vigor.
• Apply water directly to the rootball.
• Use low-volume irrigation. Don’t irrigate if a
quarter-inch or more rain fell in the last 24 hours.
• After establishment, irrigate when there are signs
of wilting, but before leaves begin to die.
Dealing with
Frost Damage
Dealing with cold temperature damage to plants
in your Florida yard involves patience. Plant experts
at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and
Agricultural Sciences offers some ideas on what
can be done to help frost damaged plants recover
from the jaws of old man winter.
Getting the Lawn Green
UF specialists offer many ideas on how to prepare
a lawn or landscape to handle cold temperatures.
Dealing with damage is different. The best course of
action for turf and other ornamental plant recovery
is to wait for warmer conditions to return and then
resume normal but not excessive amounts of water
and fertilizer.
Water Needs
Plant water needs should be checked after a
freeze. The leaves will continue to release water
vapor, especially on those clear sunny days after a
freeze. However, if water in the soil or a container
is frozen, it will not be able to move up into the
plant. Wilted plants will be the result.
In the short term, applying water to the soil will
help thaw it out and provide available water for the
plant. Water may actually serve to warm the roots
and get them to work better. Be certain not to add
too much water — over watering can reduce the
amount of air space in the soil and can encourage
soil borne root diseases.
Severe pruning should be delayed until new
growth appears. However, dead, unsightly leaves
may be removed as soon as they turn brown. If pos-
sible, wait until they naturally fall if the appearance
factor is not critical.
Before the pruner touches the plant, be sure that
the place where the cut is to be made will be in
live wood. Do not remove living plant parts that
contain stored up food reserves. Remember that
pruning scars will only heal if the cuts are made
into living tissue.
Cold injury may appear as a lack of spring bud
break on a portion or on all of the plant. Some
may show an overall weak appearance. The outer
branch tips may be damaged, while older wood
can be free of injury.
The “line” between dead and live wood will
eventually be “marked” by the growth of a new
bud. If you are still not sure, a small scrape of the
bark with a sharp knife will show either a green or
darkened growth layer. Cold-injured cambium lay-
ers under the bark will be black or brown in color;
live tissue is green. Prune these branches behind
this point of discoloration.
In some cases, it will take some time for the buds
to break after cold damage, so be patient before
going crazy with winter-kill pruning.
Right Plant / Right Place
Finally, consider that a plant damaged beyond
repair is actually an opportunity to try something
Florida homeowners enjoy a vast array of plant
material choices. We often choose the more exotic
tropical appearance in our Florida yards and now
we pay the price.
Plants are rated by their cold tolerance and the
USDA Hardiness Zone Map (http://www.usna.
usda.gov/Hardzone/ushzmap.html) gives garden-
ers guidance on choosing the right plant based on
cold temperatures.
Enthusiastic gardeners often plant past the
northern limit in Florida. For our area, dependably
hardy plants are those rated for USDA Hardiness
zone 9b or less.
These hardiness zones are guidelines, as the
microclimates in your area may differ dramatically
because of nearby windbreaks or bodies of water.
Tropical and subtropical plants can be used ef-
fectively in Florida yards, but they must be protected
in cold years, or the homeowner must be prepared
to replace them when the law of averages catches
up with over-enthusiastic tropical tastes.
How about a compromise with Jack Frost: choose
a combination of tender and hardy plants.
In this manner, should a hard freeze occur, the
total devastation of the landscape by extremely cold
weather is avoided.
gArdeN, From Page 1.
These Ixora bushes were frosted. While the top
foliage has been burnt back, there is plenty of
green stems below which allow for recovery.
Photo by dan Culbert, UF/IFAS.
Only the top layer of this Surinam Cherry
hedge was burnt by cold. Photo by dan Cul-
bert, UF/IFAS.
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and inserts designed to address your particular
foot shape and problems. Come see us in Largo,
Palm Harbor and St. Petersburg for better health
through your feet.”
Foot Solutions is located in Largo, (727) 585-4200,
in the Largo Mall, at the corner of Ulmerton Road and
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the corner of U.S. Highway 19 North and Curlew Road
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The stores are open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.
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Many of
the patients
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see me in my
vein practice
are motivated
by their dis-
pleasure with
their spider
veins, which
a r e s ma l l
branch like
venous struc-
tures that are particularly prominent
in the calf and thigh region.
Although these are usually sim-
ply treated with injection therapy
or sclerotherapy the appearance of
these veins may represent the “tip of
the iceberg.” Venous insuffciency is
a progressive process that can worsen
over time.
Veins have valves, which promote
the fow of blood in one direction
from the lower extremities back to the
heart. If these valves are damaged,
blood seeps backwards, which leads
to increased venous pressure, which
at its most severe results in big vari-
cosities, leg swelling and ultimately
ulceration of the skin.
One of the frst signs may simply
be the appearance of so called spider
veins, which represent the expansion
of the normally invisible cutaneous
veins that have now become engorged
with blood because of the high venous
Those at risk for venous insuf-
fciency include particularly women
who are twice as likely as men to
experience vein issues particularly
with multiple pregnancies.
Those with a family history of vein
disease as well as being overweight
contribute to increasing venous pres-
Vein valves can also be damaged
from episodes of phlebitis or infam-
mation of the vein or trauma to the
vein such as orthopedic injuries.
Even though the patient with a
complaint of spider veins thinks this
is simply a cosmetic issue I always
recommend an ultrasound to be per-
formed in my offce by a registered
vascular technician to evaluate venous
anatomy and to make certain that
venous insuffciency or refux does
not exist.
If this is the case, initial therapy
should be directed towards this prob-
lem, which usually involves an offce
based procedure whereby a catheter
is inserted through the vein through a
needle puncture and the vein is sealed
utilizing radio frequency energy un-
der local anesthesia.
These veins do not need to be
ligated or stripped, requiring hos-
pitalization, multiple incisions and
signifcant discomfort.
The majority of patients with leaky
veins can now be treated in the offce
without any special preparations and
indeed for those patients on blood
thinners, these do not normally to be
The beneft is that these patients are
able to ambulate immediately, return
to their activities and for those who
wish to do so, can return to work the
same day.
If feasible I like to treat the leaky
vein with a catheter and inject the
most obvious spider veins in the same
setting. This way the patient can have
both healing concurrently and is saved
another offce visit. My analogy to the
patients is that if they have venous
insuffciency and this is not treated
prior to the treatment of spider veins
it is analogous to continuously replac-
ing stained sealing tiles from a leaky
roof without addressing the leak in
the roof itself.
Pre-treatment ultrasound, which is
also done in the offce, is painless and
looks completely at the venous anat-
omy and puts the patients through
maneuvers to see whether refex can
be elicited. This is an important part
of our treatment algorithm that seeks
to provide the best possible outcome
for our patients.
In addition by demonstrating that
venous insuffciency is present, this
uncovers what is truly a medical con-
dition that requires treatment to avoid
longer-term complications, even if
the patient’s motivation is simply for
treatment of the spider veins.
Because of this, for the vast majority
of the patients that do have refux, this
treatment is covered by their insurance
companies, leaving them with little to
no out of pocket expense.
Dr. Izzo and Dr. Alkire are Board Cer-
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registered vascular ultrasound technicians
in their practice.
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You may not be able to afford a
new home, but you can make your
old one feel brand new. It’s time to
freshen up your home’s exterior and
give it a welcome layer of beauty,
especially if you’ve been living in it
for a while.
There are many ways to enliven
your home and beautify its exterior
— from new paint and decorative ac-
cents to attractive awnings to simply
power washing away years of grime.
Refresh and Revive
A new paint job for your home is
akin to new clothes and a haircut for
you. Try new color schemes featur-
ing accented trims. If new paint isn’t
in your budget, pressure wash your
home siding and dingy deck. Each
year, remove mildew or mold on
your home’s exterior, as well as your
sidewalk and driveway.
Focus on Your Door
It’s the frst thing people see when
entering. If you can afford a new front
door, choose one with decorative ele-
ments, such as leaded glass inserts.
If you can’t spring for new doors,
add new hardware and fresh paint
to your existing doors. New knobs,
hinges, mail slots and knockers make
a big difference.
Consider installing new mold-
ing around your front door to make
it pop. Or add a fabric awning or
canopy. Not only will it set your house
apart from others on the street, it will
protect you and your guests from the
elements when coming and going.
Create an Outdoor Oasis
No longer relegated to a few fold-
ing chairs, backyards are becoming
true outdoor living rooms. Install
awnings to create an outdoor oasis,
while saving money on cooling costs
and reducing your home’s carbon
footprint. A retractable awning over
a deck or back window creates a
comfortable seating area in which
to enjoy a cool drink, a family meal
or simply the great outdoors. And
on hot days, shading your windows
with awnings can reduce cooling
energy consumption by 25 percent
or more, according to the Center for
Sustainable Building Research at the
University of Minnesota.
“Homeowners needn’t make dras-
tic changes to beautify their homes
and reduce their environmental im-
pact,” says Michelle Sahlin, managing
director of the Professional Awning
Manufacturers Association. “Aw-
nings are an easy, economical upgrade
to enhance livability while reducing
the load on home air conditioning
For more information on choos-
ing awnings, including those with
high-tech sensors and push-button
controls, visit www.awningstoday.
com, which is maintained by PAMA.
Add New Accents
Decorative accents can lend a
home new attitude. Consider lighting
sconces or planters on either side of
your front door, or new shutters and
awnings on windows. And experi-
ment with colorful paint trim.
Even a new mailbox can add fair.
Choose one that refects your person-
ality or complements design elements
of your house, such as its architectural
style or prominent features.
“Whether you’re simply trying
to make your house more comfort-
able for your family or if you enjoy
entertaining guests, there are many
ways to enhance your home and
its outdoor living spaces,” stresses
PAMA’s Sahlin.
This spring and summer, your home
could be under attack by termites,
known as “silent destroyers” because of
their ability to quickly and quietly cause
serious property damage. As the tem-
perature increases, so does the potential
for termite swarms and infestations by
other insects seeking to chew up your
home and its value.
In fact, according to the National
Pest Management Association, termites
cause more than $5 billion in property
damage each year all across the country.
What’s worse is that damage caused
by these wood-destroying insects is
typically not covered by homeowners’
insurance policies.
“No matter where you live, wood
destroying insects pose serious property
risks and can seriously compromise the
structural stability of a home. Homeown-
ers need to regularly inspect their homes,
as these hungry pests typically remain
hidden until damage to your house be-
comes visible,” says Missy Henriksen,
Vice President of Public Affairs for the
The key to preventing pests from at-
tacking your home is to eliminate their
access to food, water and shelter:
• Carefully inspect the perimeter of
your home for rotting wood, mud tubes
or a visible termite presence. Be vigilant!
• Eliminate any sources of moisture or
standing water, as water attracts termites
and other insects.
• Divert water away from your
property through properly-functioning
downspouts, gutters and splash blocks.
• Seal cracks and small openings
along your house’s foundation and
screen windows and doors.
• Keep tree branches and other plants
cut back from the house.
• Keep kitchens clean by wiping
counters and emptying the garbage
• Keep all food containers sealed and
avoid leaving pet food dishes out for
long periods of time.
• Keep trash containers clean and
sealed, both indoors and outdoors.
• Do not stack frewood or lumber
near your home and inspect it carefully
before bringing it indoors.
• If your home is newly constructed,
remove old form boards and grade stakes
left behind.
• If you see signs of an insect or ter-
mite infestation, contact a licensed pest
professional promptly to treat it.
“Remember, a termite colony can
chew 24 hours a day, seven days a week,
so if you see signs of a problem move
quickly to contact a pest professional to
eliminate it,” urges Henriksen.
For more tips on seasonal pests, visit
www.PestWorld.org, where you also can use
the site’s “Find a Pro” zip code locator if you
have a problem that needs professional help.
First established by the Coinage Act
in 1792, the U.S. Mint became the frst
federal building erected under the Con-
stitution. Starting with the circulation of
11,178 copper cents in 1793, the Mint has
been issuing a variety of interesting
limited-edition coins for over
two centuries.
Since this past holiday
season, the U.S. Mint
has launched a number
of intriguing coin cam-
The Christmas holi-
days saw the launch of
a special commemorative
silver dollar honoring the
100th anniversary of the Boy
Scouts of America.
The U.S. Mint has also unveiled
designs and plans for a variety of spe-
cial coins honoring the First Spouses
(including Jane Pierce and Mary Todd
Lincoln), Zachary Taylor and historical
Native American fgures.
The Zachary Taylor one-dollar coin
was frst circulated in November 2009,
but now is available in a special limited-
edition coin cover that provides a nice
presentation for collectors.
The Native-American-themed one-
dollar coins come on the heels of
the 2008 Native American
One-Dollar Coin Act, which
looks to celebrate the con-
tributions of Indian tribes
and individual Native
Americans to the history
and development of the
United States.
February saw the U.S.
Mint release a stylish lim-
ited-edition set featuring four
separate Presidential one-dollar
coins honoring Millard Filmore, Franklin
Pierce, James Buchanan and Abraham
Lincoln. These impressive designs are
quite popular among collectors and can
possibly accrue value as the U.S. Mint
cuts down on its coin production.
At the very least, it’s an interesting
way to honor America’s storied history.
How to Beautify Your
Home’s exterior
Prevent Insects and termites
from attacking Your Home
u.S. unveils new Coins
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Before family and friends take to
your deck or patio for barbecues,
parties and other seasonal fun, you
need to make sure it’s safe and in
good shape.
While the outdoors can be terrifc
for fun and relaxation, the elements
can wreak havoc on decks, causing
old or unprotected wood to warp,
crack and grow mold or mildew.
And age, moisture and wind can
cause railings, fooring or steps to
It’s time to inspect your deck or
patio and get it in shape.
“Now is the perfect time to take
advantage of warmer days to inspect
and revitalize your deck,” says
Susan Uram of Olympic Exterior
Stains. “And it shouldn’t take you
that long if you know what to look
for and have the right tools and
products on hand.”
Safety First
Inspect your deck, patio or porch
for split or rotting wood, loose
railings or handrails and damaged
support beams and planking. Repair
any structural damage. Replace or
hammer in nails or tighten loose
screws, bolts and spindles. You’ll
also want to check outdoor benches,
chairs, tables and planters to make
sure they are stable.
Apply Protection
The wood on your deck has
many small pores that can fll with
water and dirt, causing warping,
discoloration and splintering. Mold
and mildew also can break down
structural integrity. First, give your
deck a facelift by cleaning it with a
suitable deck cleaner. Then protect
it with a high-quality stain, such as
those from Olympic Exterior Stains,
which will penetrate and enhance
the beauty of your wood for years.
Be sure to choose appropriate deck
cleaners and stains, such as those
from Olympic, which clean properly
and protect against water, mildew,
scuffs and UV damage from the sun.
“If you’re unsure if it’s time to
stain or seal your deck, pour a small
cup of water on a few horizontal
surfaces. If water is absorbed in less
than 10 minutes, or if the surface
color darkens, it’s time to stain or
seal,” points out Uram.
Beware Of Grills
Everything you put on your
deck can affect it. Your grill can
drip grease, staining or eroding
your deck’s fnish. Position grills
carefully, placing a hard rubber
mat beneath them. Also be mindful
of welcome mats. They can collect
moisture, leading to wood damage.
Always dry out mats after it rains,
allowing the deck’s surface to dry
before replacing them.
Complement with Accents
Liven up your deck by using
stains with accent colors on railings,
spindles, step risers and treads. Get
creative with wooden furniture and
accessories. Try staining planters
or benches with vibrant colors. For
inspiration, you can visit www.
Olympic.com for a how-to guide
for garden DIY projects. Experi-
ment and create distinctive looks
showcasing your personality.
Nothing beats sitting out on your
newly stained deck, soaking in the
great outdoors.
It’s a good time to have four furry
legs. Pet ownership has surged over the
past 20 years and dogs in particular are
enjoying major popularity. But whether
you already own a pooch or are searching
for one that’s right for you, it’s interesting
to note which are the most popular dogs
in America.
For the 19th consecutive year, the
Labrador Retriever is the most popular
purebred dog in America, but could this
be the last year for the Lab’s reign?
According to American Kennel Club
2009 registration statistics, the German
Shepherd overtook the Yorkie and is
now ranked second most popular in the
nation for the frst time in more than
three decades.
An American favorite since the time of
Rin Tin Tin, the German Shepherd became
the number one breed of the 1920s, but
slipped in popularity until after World
War II.
“Labs have been America’s top dog for
nearly two decades due to their loyal and
gentle nature,” said AKC Spokesperson
Lisa Peterson. “But the German Shepherd
has gained ground recently, quite possibly
due to the increased attention they receive
for their security efforts.”
The most popular dogs in the country
according to the AKC are:
1) Labrador Retriever
2) German Shepherd Dog
3) Yorkshire Terrier
4) Golden Retriever
5) Beagle
6) Boxer
7) Bulldog
8) Dachshund
9) Poodle
10) Shih Tzu
The type of dog you choose can say a
lot about your personality.
Labrador Retrievers are an ideal sport-
ing and family dog.
Millions of Americans own and love
Labs because of their even temperament,
trainability and family-friendly nature.
German Shepherds are hailed as the
world’s leading police, guard and military
dog, however this dependable breed is
more than its nine-to-fve job.
Energetic, approachable and fearless,
German Shepherds are loyal family pets
and good guard dogs, the ideal choice
for many families.
Yorkies offer big personalities in small
packages. They serve as great companions
for all ages, due to their loving personality
and convenient, portable size.
With their friendly temperament,
intelligence and eagerness to please,
Golden Retrievers are popular as family
This active and energetic Sporting
breed can adapt to many different living
situations but requires daily exercise in
order to thrive.
Beagles make wonderful family pets
due to their merry personalities, compact
size and easy-care coat.
Curious and comedic, they often follow
their noses, which can sometimes lead to
a little mischief.
Selecting the right dog for you can be
a rewarding journey.
It is important to consider size, energy
level, grooming needs, trainability and
temperament and choose a dog that best
fts your lifestyle.
For more information on all 164 dog breeds
the AKC registers, visit www.akc.org.
With hundreds of thousands of U.S.
troops continuing to be stationed ev-
erywhere from Iraq and Afghanistan to
Germany and Japan, American citizens
at home are continuing to mobilize to
show their support of our men and
women overseas.
Individuals and businesses are
doing everything from organizing
donation drives and sending care
packages to actually getting involved
in developing medicines for soldiers on
the front lines or working to fnd homes
for disabled troops when they return.
Some of the more popular things
you can do to help include donating
computers, frequent fier miles, DVDs
and phone cards, or sending care pack-
ages and letters to the front lines.
To help people learn how to get
involved with donation drives and
troop outreach programs, the U.S.
Department of Defense has set up a
Web site, listing such initiatives by
type. Visit www.ourmilitary.mil/ help.
shtml to peruse the ways you can help.
Many are choosing to not only get
involved themselves, but to organize
their co-workers to help out. This can
increase the effectiveness of a donation
drive, as many employers are choos-
ing to match donations or simply to
donate resources like computer and
phone time or stamps to help expand
a donation drive.
Some small businesses are taking the
patriotic call a step further by creating
much-needed products for the troops.
One such company, PolyMedix, Inc. , a
biotechnology company that develops
drugs for infectious diseases and car-
diovascular disorders, has turned its
attention on helping the armed services
by creating drugs and other treatments
that soldiers can use against anthrax
and other biowarfare pathogens.
And the company’s work is being
recognized by the U.S. Government,
which has awarded it several grants
and research contracts through the
Defense Threat Reduction agency,
the Offce of Naval Research and U.S.
Army Research Offce to help PolyMe-
dix develop new drugs for the troops.
“We sincerely appreciate the sup-
port of the U. S. Army Research Offce
and its recognition of the signifcance
of our work,” said Nicholas Landekic,
President and CEO of PolyMedix. “We
are making good progress towards de-
veloping new types of antibiotic drugs
which may be useful against infec-
tions caused by biowarfare pathogens
and other serious infectious agents.
We have received eleven grants and
research contracts from different orga-
nizations, including DTRA, the Navy
and the Army, which all are going to
support work that we would otherwise
not be able to pursue.”
So, when looking for ways to help
out, consider things you can do at home
and at your job with the participation
of your employer.
Of course, most citizens don’t have
the resources to develop medicines or
ship lots of goods overseas. But there
are many ways individuals and fami-
lies can help out.
If you are getting involved in any
initiative to help the troops, consider
asking friends and family for assistance
and for participation from local com-
munity and religious organizations.
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Decide where to place the
barrel — many people put them
under a downspout for easy
attachment. Also consider the
distance to your plants, gardens
and fower beds.
If you don’t have gutters, put
the barrel under a valley in the
roof that sheds a lot of water.
Be sure to put a screen over the
open barrel to keep out debris,
small animals and insects. This
will take a lot longer to fll, but
may be more practical for your
Step 1. Clean the barrel — Use
food-quality containers, not ones
that held harsh chemicals. Rinse
the inside of the barrel with a
mixture of 1/8 cup of bleach and
5 gallons of water to wash away
food or juice remnants.
Step 2. Install a hose spigot
— To install a 3/4” hose spigot,
drill a 15/16” hole for the spigot
threading just a few inches from
the bottom of the barrel. This will
provide a few inches of clearance
for attaching a hose or flling a
watering can and will allow for
debris to settle below the outlet
to reduce clogging.
Step 3. Build a platform —
Concrete cinder blocks provide a
strong, stable and level platform
for your rain barrel. If you use
more than one layer of blocks,
stack them in a crisscross pattern
so they won’t tip over.
Step 4. Connect downspout
to barrel — Position the barrel at
its set height and measure where
you need to cut or disconnect
your downspout. Often you can
disassemble the downspout at
the gutter by taking out screws or
drilling out rivets. If you do have
to cut it off, use a fne-toothed
hacksaw blade or tin snips.
A fexible downspout extend-
er makes an easy transition from
the downspout to your barrel
lid and eliminates the need for
exact measurement because it
bends and stretches to the length
you need.
Step 5. Cut barrel opening —
Place the downspout connection
in the barrel. If your barrel comes
with a lid, or if it has a sealed top,
you will need to cut a hole in it.
Overfows and multiple bar-
rels — You may want to connect
an overfow pipe or link multiple
barrels together. An overfow
pipe will carry excess water that
would normally overfow the
barrel to another part of the yard
or into another rain barrel. This
is a great way to reduce water
around the foundation of your
house during rain.
Source: Southwest Florida
Water Management District
Each water bottle you recycle might not
seem like much, but don’t undervalue your
efforts. Those bottles you drop in the recy-
cling bin can be made into dozens of useful
items, from new bottles to t-shirts, carpeting
and even automotive parts.
Recycling can help save energy, money
and land space, create new green jobs and
reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By getting
your whole family involved in the process, it
can also be a fun way to do more to protect the
environment. And it’s easier than you think.
A national survey sponsored by Plastics
Make it Possible, an initiative of the plas-
tics industries of the American Chemistry
Council, found that nearly 70 percent of
households make an effort to recycle. Inter-
estingly, of those homes that make recycling
a priority, more than two out of three rely
on the women of the house to serve as “re-
cycling enforcers.”
What better time than now for moms —
and dads — to get their families recycling?
“It’s encouraging that a majority of Ameri-
cans are making an effort to recycle at home,
but our goal is to get everyone recycling,”
said Steve Russell, vice president of plastics
for the American Chemistry Council. “Many
plastics can be easily recycled and given a
second life as carpet, clothing, furniture,
backyard decks, new bottles and bags and
other products we use every day.”
Here are some helpful recycling tips from
• Do Your Homework: Find out what
is accepted for recycling in your area.
Though recycling varies nationwide, most
community programs collect plastic bottles
and many large grocery chains offer bins
for recycling used plastic bags and product
wraps. Web sites like www.earth911.com
allow you to enter your zip code to locate
recycling centers closest to you.
• Check the Neck: For recycling pur-
poses, a bottle is any container with a neck
or opening smaller than its base. Be sure to
put these items in your recycling bin: milk
jugs and beverage bottles; bottles from
shampoo, toiletries, laundry detergent and
other household cleaners; bottles from salad
dressing, cooking oil and condiments; and
don’t forget to include jars from things like
peanut butter and mayonnaise.
• Bring Empties Back to the Bin: Many
bottles and bags are used on the go, so re-
member to bring them back to where you can
recycle them. When you’re out and about,
store empties in a backpack or briefcase, or
leave them in the car.
• Store Bags in a Bag: Many large grocery
stores offer collection bins so you can bring
back used bags and product wraps. These
programs allow you to recycle plastic shop-
ping bags, newspaper bags, dry cleaning
bags and bread bags (with crumbs shaken
out). Even plastic wraps from paper towels,
bathroom tissue, napkins, diapers and cases
of soda qualify. For neat, convenient storage,
place bags and wraps in a used shopping
bag until your next trip to the store. Visit
www.plasticbagrecycling.org for more in-
• Reuse: There are many ways to reuse
things we often toss out. Used bags can be-
come wet umbrella covers, suitcase savers
for shoes, hand protectors when handling
home messes, waste basket liners and more.
Get creative with your bags and containers!
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Brighter days are ahead. That’s the
message coming from many econo-
mists, weather forecasters and even
designers of outdoor furniture for
decks and patios.
It couldn’t have come at a better
After hunkering down for months,
many homeowners say they’re plan-
ning to liven up their outdoor living
spaces around the same time they cast
off those long-sleeve shirts.
So, in designing for the 2010 outdoor
season, manufacturers of outdoor
furnishings have been focusing on
dazzling color to brighten moods,
plush comfort to ease tension and in-
creased value to minimize the impact
on wallets.
“Small improvements can have a
big impact on outdoor spaces,” says
Jackie Hirschhaut, vice president of the
American Home Furnishings Alliance,
“and that’s just the kind of psychologi-
cally rewarding purchase many of us
are ready to make.”
Nothing brightens a patio faster than
a splash of color and warm, cheerful
red is the color of the moment. Some
outdoor furniture makers are letting
red stand alone, such as Laneventure,
which has set rich cherry blossoms
against a near-white background.
Others are complementing reds with
other colors.
For instance, Agio International
is showcasing its new Disney Yacht
Club collection in red, accompanied
by nautical stripe accent pillows; while
Veneman is swirling a deep crimson
background with crisp, white vines.
Calming shades inspired by nature,
including leaf green, sunshine yellow
and watery blue, also offer dashes of
color this season.
Plush cushioning is fashionable
and affordable, as manufacturers take
specially-engineered outdoor foam to
new heights. From deep club chairs to
generous chaise lounges to sumptuous
daybeds, homeowners seeking sanctu-
ary in their outdoor spaces will fnd
many lush choices.
Motion is increasingly popular,
adding comfort to new designs. For
example, a three-position recliner
from Pride was added to six different
collections; Barlow-Tyrie has added
its “Infnity” backrest adjuster (which
positions the backrest at any angle) to
multiple new sun loungers; and Domus
Ventures even has added massage
features for two of its lounge chairs.
In all price points and styles, design
details are exceedingly important
because manufacturers are seeking to
offer something extra to lure consumers
back into stores.
Gracefully-curved stainless steel
and artful wrought iron metal furniture
now is being accompanied by elegant
upholstered embellishments, such as
rope trim, fringed pillows and lush
outdoor throws.
In wood outdoor furnishings, new
options range from clear finishes
showcasing the beauty of natural wood
to smooth, high gloss, marine-grade
In the woven category, manufactur-
ers continue to transform synthetic
resin into the look and feel of natural
materials, including willow, banana
leaf and even birch twigs. This results
in detailed and delicate patterns, but
with unprecedented durability.
“I truly believe this season is the
perfect time for making a quality in-
vestment in new outdoor furnishings,”
concludes Hirschhaut. “The selec-
tion of stylish and functional pieces
is tremendous, with designs at very
reasonable prices.”
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Get Your Family Recycling
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What’s bugging you? A site designed
for children can actually help you identify
the creepy crawlers in and around your
home. It’s also a lot of fun to explore
with kids.
The Florida 4-H Bug Club site,
at http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/
bug_club, has been greatly expanded
to provide a wealth of information for
youngsters ranging from elementary
through high school ages.
“You could spend days going through
the information on the site now,” says
Rebecca Baldwin, an assistant extension
scientist with the UF’s Institute of Food
and Agricultural Sciences.
Originally designed to help 4-H
members participate in entomology
competitions, the site now includes a
locator map that shows where insects are
likely to be found in various landscapes,
overviews of 100 common Florida insects,
videos demonstrating how to collect and
display insects, reviews of feld guide
books, and an identifcation key that
lets users identify insects by answering
questions about their appearance.
Parents and teachers can beneft, too.
There are pages with teachers’ guides
and lesson plans, information on how to
request live presentations by the depart-
ment’s outreach program, and a gallery
with artwork and stories submitted by
One page at the site is devoted to 4-H
insect-collecting competitions, complete
with rules and detailed advice on build-
ing a frst-rate entry. Another provides
state and national 4-H insect-collecting
In its frst month, the new site received
about 12,000 page views, Baldwin says.
The web team plans to expand the most
popular features.
“It’s like a big publication and we’ll
keep working to improve it,” she says.
“We hope that by educating kids at this
level, hopefully when they grow up
they’ll have a better understanding of the
impact that insects have on our lives.”
1) Not fnal or absolute
5) Arabic garment
8) Christopher Plummer’s role
11) Core remover, as in for apples
12) This McKellen was nominated twice
13) Bird of prey nest
15) Ancient Greek marketplace
16) Banned pesticide
17) They are lifted at weddings
18) She played an abusive mom
20) Barest or scantiest
22) Shark sign
23) Abnormal body growth
24) Brassiere
27) Farmer’s storage
29) Kind of metrical foot, poetry
34) ”____ Dance”won for music and
lyrics in 1978.
36) Chinese-American secret society
38) This Fiennes was nominated for “The
English Patient”in ‘97
39) 2009 movie “He’s Just Not That ____
40) Traditionally heard in the mountains
42) Between larva and adult
43) Stallion’s cry
45) Opposite of knit
46) Button on the radio
47) Cause to run of tracks
49) Prayer leader in mosque
51) 1989’s “A ___ White Season”received
one Oscar nomination
52) It is typically written versus oral
54) Barkeeper on “The Simpsons”
56) Directors Jason or Ivan
60) Tarantino’s character
64) Love intensely
65) E.T) transporter (1982)
67) Spasms of pain
68) Tennessee footballer
69) This Mr) is Fantastic
70) Popular disinfectant
71) Gregory Hines’ skill
72) A fast food staple
73) Big bang theory’s original matter
1) Cancelled
2) Type of ore
3) Sans-_____ font
4) Inhabitants of country north of Saudi
5) ____-de-camp
6) He has a crazy heart
7) Opposite of calm
8) Suggestive look
9) Cleveland, OH lake
10) Olive and canola ____
11) Computer-Aided Manufacturing
13) It received nine nominations
14) NYC time
19) Oneness, as in state
21) Pressure unit
23) Passage
24) ”_____ Side”
25) Wife of a raja
26) On the move
28) Pilot’s stunt
30) Atlas contents
31) “..._____ and tattooed”
32) Like the highest deck, e.g.
33) Like nervous person’s hands
35) “Animal House”party
37) Cold transmitter
41) South American camelid
44) Nicholson in “Prizzi’s Honor”and
Bardem in “No Country for Old Men”,
48) Actress Thompson
50) More often than not
53) Type of flm to be avoided
55) _____ alcohol, a.k.a) ethanol
56) ”Ratatouille”(2007) chef
57) You can win if you act, direct, write or
do this
58) Tiny amount
59) Mouse catcher
60) Square looking
61) Gaelic
62) Dining ____
63) Ctrl+Alt+___
66) ”No Country ___ Old Men”won 4
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Are you fnally ready to tackle all that
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Here are some of their wiser tips that
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• focus. Before starting, identify the
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free up time for what matters most, like
your family or hobbies? Is it to be able
to keep mail organized so you can pay
bills on time? This motivation will help
you power through the tasks at hand.
• Defne. Identify the mess that’s
causing the biggest problems in your
daily life. That’s a great place to begin.
• Get realistic. Things don’t need to
be as perfect as the photos in all those
Martha Stewart magazines and books.
Most of us have busy lives, kids and
modest budgets. Develop a system that
gets clutter out of the way and organizes
things easily.
• Have the right tools available. To
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and markers or a label-maker; drawer
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• Purge the unnecessary. Follow that
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skimpy yard into a gorgeous lawn worth
showing off to the neighbors.
“A lawn-care regimen is important,”
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sales and marketing at Agri-Fab, a lead-
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“But in recent years homeowners have
been opting out of expensive landscaping
services and looking to DIY tools that are
affordable and easy to use.”
A gorgeous lawn won’t grow on its
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can make it much easier to do without
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with tools of the past:
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Maintaining a proper mowing routine
is key to a healthy lawn. Grass is typically
ready to be mowed once it reaches a height
of about three inches. Before bringing
out the mower, make sure it’s in proper
working order. If you use a rider mower,
change its motor oil and spark plugs
while cleaning the flters, lubricating the
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Reseeding areas of your lawn that might
have trouble is particularly important at
the beginning of warmer seasons. While
this helps repair damaged parts of the
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ensure the seeds stay moist and the lawn
grows in evenly. Agri-Fab in particular of-
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To Aer is Human
Grass and plants don’t just require
water and the occasional trim. Punching
holes in the soil to properly aerate allows
for greater fertilizer absorption. Water
and air circulation also help prevent the
spread of fungus while promoting healthy
microorganisms that keep lawns vibrant.
Gauge your yard’s need for aeration by
poking a screwdriver in its soil. If it doesn’t
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Thatch can hide between layers of soil
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Last month I talked about the Mem-
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business executive Ted Lindsay when
he became primary caretaker for his
mother with Alzheimer’s. Lindsay soon
realized that this web-based smart phone
application could also be a valuable tool
for active, independent seniors.
This month I’d like to consider how
this technology can be used in conjunc-
tion with the kind of in-home assistance
many independent seniors choose to re-
ceive and how the resulting benefts can
be greater than the sum of the benefts
supplied by each individually.
Better Living Senior Assistance Ser-
vices is a leading provider of in-home
services to Tampa-area seniors who
prefer living on their own to moving
into assisted living facilities. These cli-
ents look to Better Living for help with
the diffculties routinely associated with
aging — reduced eyesight and dimin-
ished mobility, for example — which,
in combination with inevitable lapses
in memory, can result in signifcant chal-
lenges in organization, communication
and household management.
In spite of these challenges, some se-
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even if only for a couple of hours each
day, fearing a loss of independence. In
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point made clearer when MemoryMate™
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MemoryMate™ uses technology to
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By Kimberly Thompson
Since I moved to Tampa 16 years ago,
the only thing I have ever done in Polk
County is drive through it on my way
to Orlando. After four days touring the
county with a group of women writers
and photographers, I am humbled and
Together, we traversed the lake-
riddled county each day stopping at
hidden gems, tucked away treasures and
public jewels that my eyes were seeing
for the frst time.
I soon began to notice that every per-
son I met in Polk County — from Smilin’
Jack at the Fantasy of Flight to Cowboy
Ray at the Westgate River Ranch — was
impassioned about the work they were
doing and bubbling over to share it.
I kept thinking, why are these people
so darn happy? Business owners, vol-
unteers, waitresses alike could barely
contain themselves as they relayed facts,
anecdotes and idiosyncrasies of their
Central Florida niche.
Polk County is roughly the size of
Rhode Island, boasts 554 lakes and sits
between Tampa and Orlando, with I-4
bisecting it. To learn more about the
area, visit Polk Outpost 27, the county’s
Visitor’s Information Center just off I-4
at Exit 55.
Contempo Vacation Home rental
opened two of their 5-bedroom houses
in Davenport to our clan. They were
stunning homes on a golf course with
pools, hot tubs and just 20 minutes from
Orlando’s theme parks. A house this size
runs $200 a night and may include a golf
package. Perfect for a family reunion!
A local concierge, In & Out Hospital-
ity Concepts, treated us to a private chef
our frst evening. We all got acquainted
while dining on a variety of tasty dishes
that would suit any palate.
The development’s Providence Golf
Club serves breakfast, lunch and din-
ner in an ornate dining room or on an
outdoor deck that overlooks the links.
The next morning in Lakeland, we
enjoyed Eggs Benedict, specialty omelets
and their signature hot chocolate at the
Garden Bistro, which sits adjacent to
the city’s prized botanical garden and
overlooks Lake Mirror.
The Hollis Garden was named after
Mark Hollis, former president of Pub-
lix, which is based in Polk County, for
donating one million dollars to create
this masterpiece.
The Neo-classic infuence is expressed
in the architecture, the fountain, fora
and vegetation, as well as the ambient
sound of classical music.
An enchanting place for a wedding!
Trees planted from seedlings of fa-
mous places like Graceland’s Weeping
Willows make this garden even more
Opposite the amphitheater is a
promenade and beautiful view from
the French windows of the historic Ter-
race Hotel.
Originally built in 1924, the booming
hotel closed during the Great depression.
A native Lakeland Investor renovated
and reopened The Lakeland Terrace in
Our group dined at the stately Terrace
Grill sitting below the 30-foot ceiling
among the original baluster and col-
umns imagining the bustling hotel of
the roaring ‘20s.
The waitress recommended the Herb
Crusted Rack of Lamb, the Grilled Veni-
son Chops, the Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes
and then everything else. She giggled
realizing she loved all the dinners!
We were off to see Lily Tomlin at
the Lakeland Civic Center. Each of the
theater’s 2,300 seats were flled.
Acts like the Travel Channel’s No Res-
ervations:, Frankie Avalon and Cirque Le
Masque all appear at the Center.
A smattering of painted porcelain
swans dotted Lakeland’s streets. The city
became a swan sanctuary, later making
the swan the city’s mascot.
Lake Hollingsworth (situated in front
of the chamber offce) is home to Eng-
lish White and Australian Black swans.
We meandered and photographed the
swans, along with pelicans, geese and
Our host whisked us to Lake Alfred
to the family-owned establishment
called The Barn. After browsing the
Barn Antiques, The Stable (I bought
two necklaces!) and the Backyard Gar-
den Shop, we settled in the Back Porch
Tearoom for lunch.
Served in wooden baskets (Teddy
Bear Picnics for the kids), the food is
simple, the atmosphere natural and the
company delightful.
Later, we indulged desserts and and
blackberry tea at The Lavender ‘n Lace
Tearoom, also in Lake Alfred.
The Victorian ambiance enchanted
us, as did their “Hospitality Award-
winning” waitress with her bright smile,
lacy apron and butterfy earrings!
After a brief respite, we tooled off to
a charming and quirky place nestled in
100+ acres in Lake Wales.
With the setting golden sun, we ap-
proached a village of pink homes with
the largest being the Chalet Suzanne
Country Inn.
More than 75 years ago, Bertha and
Polk County, Florida
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Formerly Known as
Imperial Palace
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Spa • Salon
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Carl Hinshaw began their vision of creating a destina-
tion resort named after their daughter.
Uneven foors, colorfully painted doors and wash-
rooms with the original tile from Bertha’s travels abroad
make each of the 30 chalets entirely unique.
We wound around the eclectic village on the cobble-
stone path that led us to the gazebo (where weddings
are held), to the Swedish tavern (where guests can play
games), through the courtyard to the pool, past the
Spa house and on to the Chalet Suzanne Restaurant
for dinner.
I stopped to peruse the collection of old photos of
the money magnates (Duncan Hines), famous actors
(Robert Redford), astronauts (Jim Lovell), kings and
politicos who stayed at the Chalet.
As I approached the large wooden dining table, I
noticed each chair, table and lamp were different —
there was simply nothing the same.
Our host, third generation owner Dee Henshaw,
shared the stories of how each of the fve courses
served was created often by happenstance from Ber-
tha’s whimsical nature.
I enjoyed the Carmelized Grapefruit topped with
Organic Chicken Liver and their famous Moon Soup
that was served in a bowl modeled after a Norwegian
ashtray Bertha picked up along the way (snuck it out
from under her skirt, they say).
We dined on Curry Saffron Shrimp and the tradi-
tional Chicken Suzanne while Dee shared the amusing
anecdotes of the Chalet.
Filled with rich imagination, acreage of conserva-
tion, a working soup cannery and so much more, it
deserved a longer visit!
Brunch at the Stanford Inn in Bartow was a morn-
ing of true girl fun! It had me at “wraparound porch!”
All the modern conveniences are tucked among this
Victorian-style home dating back to 1900. Each of the
fve guest rooms has a freplace, an antique bed set
and a story. Your stay comes with a breakfast of egg
souffé, a delicious French toast with mixed berry
syrup and a game of BINGO! There were surprises at
every turn and innkeeper Becky Grainger, was usu-
ally at the source of it. After breakfast, she escorted
us to the dining room and pulled out a deck of “Miss
High Cotton!” We fipped cards, sipped champagne
and cheered the winner of Miss High Cotton. I was
ready to lounge poolside in the hammock, but it was
time to go.
In April, more than 20,000 aviation enthusiasts will
visit Central Florida for the SUN & FUN Fly in Fest.
Many of those will tour Fantasy of Flight in Polk
City. Kermit Weeks, visionary, aircraft collector and
award-winning pilot shares his collection of over 40
vintage airplanes at this attraction. Smilin’ Jack, be-
lievable as a “barnstormer” from the ‘20s, guided us
through the history of aviation.
I was surprised to learn that 14 years after the
Wright Brothers lifted off in 1904, their invention was
used in WWI.
We explored the insides of the planes, but I found
myself attracted to the video about Jackie Cochran, the
woman who began WASPs (Women Airforce Service
Pilots) in 1943.
Having been in the Air Force, I was grateful to Jackie
for her passion, courage and leadership.
Treat yourself to an unforgettable ride in an old
time bi-plane for just $69!
Lunch at Lang’s Sun Country Groves proved to be
yet another delicious meal and inspiring story.
Third generation owner, Debbie Brozio, was clearly
impassioned about her grandmother’s (Mary Lang)
business, opened in 1952 as a roadside stand.
She shared about the sweet taste of Honeybell
Tangelos, the Temple Orange (her dad’s favorite as it
is easy to peel, very fragrant and has a unique favor)
and their prized Grapefruit Pie! The lunchroom was
jam-packed. The locals obviously love this citrus haven.
To further our citrus experience, the gang stopped
at Davidson’s of Dundee, where the famous Alice (a 43
year employee who appeared on the Food Network)
explained how they make their citrus candy.
After we purchased our candies and fudge, Alice
shoved a box of candy in a bag, handed it to me and
said to give it to my son. That’s just the kind of place
this is.
Did our host say horseback riding?
As we approached the Westgate River Ranch, a dude
ranch on 1,700 acres, the butterfies in my stomach
began to futter. However, once I met Cowboy Ray, I
knew I was in good hands.
He led us cowgirls through the woods, along the
pond and down the dirt road sharing interesting nug-
gets (his 12 year old daughter rides my horse Magic
in their weekly Rodeo) of ranch info.
We toured the ranch from a golf cart starting at the
Saloon (line dancing is taught Friday nights) to the
skeet shooting range, the nine-hole golf course, event
center, rental cabins and to the Texas Longhorn buffalo
pen. Next, it was time for our air boat ride.
As we careened atop the waterways through the
swamp, Captain Ben pointed out the three-legged,
12 foot alligator and a host of wild birds and unusual
ducks. It was nature at its most pristine!
“Make you the world a bit better or more beauti-
ful because you have lived in it,” said Edward Bok’s
grandmother, a native of the Netherlands.
Mr.Bok, 30 year editor of the Ladies’ Home Journal,
lived true to his grandmother’s words.
Inspired by the carillon towers of his homeland, he
erected Bok Tower on Lake Wales’ scenic Iron Moun-
tain. Crowned with 60 singing bells, Bok Tower is the
focal point of a sprawling garden.
Patricia, an enthusiastic volunteer, guided us along
the winding paths while pointing out colorful Camel-
lias, clumps of Bamboo and the Refection Pool (a haven
for migrating birds) before taking us back to the Blue
Palmetto Cafe for lunch.
We could have spent an entire day here in this
natural beauty never mind a lifetime experiencing the
treasures of Polk County. I was smitten!
Never again will I simply drive through Polk County.
It has become a destination point for me — the perfect
“stay-cation” for any day or weekend, as a family, with
friends or as a romantic getaway.
As a matter of fact, we have a friend coming in to
town in a few weeks and guess where we’re going to
take him. You guessed it… Polk County!
hollis gardens is free for all to stroll. Check out their calendar of events
to enjoy a summer concert lakeside, you can bring a blanket, a bottle of
wine and enjoy. The French Silk at The Lavender ‘n Lace Tearoom was our favorite.
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Asolo Reperatory Theatre
Through April 1
This bubbly and whimsical comedy is
the perfect thing to warm up your winter!
Two bickering co-workers unknowingly
exchange love letters as anonymous pen
pals. Come fall in love with this heart-
warming story all over again!
Asolo Reperatory Theatre is located at
5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets
are priced from $26. For more information,
visit www.asolo.org/ or call (800) 361-8388.
dirty rotteN SCouNdrelS
The Show Palace
Through April 18
Based on the popular 1988 MGM flm
starring Michael Caine and Steve Martin,
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels centers on two
con men living on the French Riviera —
the suave and sophisticated Lawrence
Jameson, who makes his lavish living by
talking rich ladies out of their money;
and a small-time crook named Freddy
Benson, who, more humbly, swindles
women by waking their compassion
with fabricated stories about his grand-
mother’s failing health. After meeting
on a train, they unsuccessfully attempt
to work together only to fnd that this
small French town isn’t big enough for
the two of them. So they make a bet:
the frst one to swindle $50,000 from a
young heiress, triumphs and the other
must leave town. What follows are a
series of schemes, masquerades and
double-crosses in which nothing may
ever be exactly what it seems.
The Show Palace is located at 16128 U.S.
Hwy. 19, Hudson. Tickets are priced from
$37 for the show and from $48 for the show
and dinner. For more information, visit
www.showpalace.net or call (727) 863-7949.
Jaeb Theater
Through May 16
One of the biggest off-Broadway and
Broadway successes of all time, this
modern and newly updated Godspell,
based on the Gospel According to St.
Matthew, is ultimately a story of coming
together to create a loving community
embraced by all. Featuring a sparkling
score by Grammy- and Oscar-winning
composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz,
Godspell boasts a string of popular
songs, led by the international hit, “Day
By Day.” Audiences will be touched by
the parables and last moments of Jesus
Christ, all set to a moving contemporized
soundtrack of uplifting and heartfelt
musical numbers. Come enjoy this in-
novative, new Godspell.
Jaeb Theater at the David A. Straz Jr.
Center for the Performing Arts is located at
1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa. For more
information, visit www.tbpac.org or call
(813) 229-7827.
li’l aBNer
Golden Apple Dinner Theater
Through April 4
The Tony Award winning musical hit
Li’L ABNER based upon the Al Capp
comic strip, which many consider the
greatest of all time, is a fun-flled, foot-
stompin’, side-splitting extravaganza for
all. It is a satisfying mixture of hillbilly
nonsense and sharp, critical humor that
appeals to the sophisticated theatergoer
as well as the child within us all.
Golden Apple Dinner Theater is located
at 25 N Pineapple Ave., Sarasota. For more
information, visit www.thegoldenapple.com
or call (941) 366-5454.
Florida Studio Theatre
Through April 3
2009 Pulitzer Prize Winner. A glimpse
into the Congo during a decade of civil
unrest. Mama Nadi, owner of a canteen,
serves up everything from a cold beer
and a warm meal to the company of a
woman. The women overcome adversity
of war through hope, love and survival.
Florida Studio Theatre is located at 1241
North Palm Ave., Sarasota. For more infor-
mation, visit www.foridastudiotheatre.org
or call (941) 366-9000.
death By ChoColate
Early Bird Dinner theater
March 4 to April 25
Members of the newly renovated
Meadowbrook Health Resort are drop-
ping like fies, including famed chef
Edith Chiles! On the eve of the grand
re-opening, this is not the best advertise-
ment. It’s up to John Stone, the manager,
to fnd the cause and the murderer.
Delightfully sarcastic and cynical, Stone
fnds himself teaming up with Ed Parlor,
mystery writer and amateur sleuth, in a
wacky race against time.
Early Bird Dinner Theater is located
at 200 South McMullen-Booth Road,
Clearwater. Tickets for dinner and the show
are priced from $30. For more information,
visit www.earlybirddinnertheatre.com or
call (727) 446-5898.
Shimberg Playhouse
March 10-28
A grad student’s personal ad lures
a randy journalism coed to his subter-
ranean lab, where he studies the sleep
cycles of fsh for signs of the apocalypse.
Will their “intensely signifcant cou-
pling” lead to another big bang, or is
mankind’s fate in the hands of someone
watching from outside the fshbowl?
Shimberg Playhouse at the David A.
Straz Jr. Center for the Performing Arts is
located at 1010 N MacInnes Place, Tampa.
For more information, visit www.tbpac.org
or call (813) 229-7827.
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gordoN lightfoot
Mahaffey Theater
March 12
Canadian singer/songwriter Gordon
Lightfoot has received international
acclaim in folk, country and popular
music. Lightfoot came to prominence in
the 1960s and entered the international
music charts in the 1970s with songs
such as “If You Could Read My Mind”
(1970), “Sundown” (1974), “Carefree
Highway” (1974), “Rainy Day People”
(1975) and “The Wreck of the Edmund
Fitzgerald” (1976).
Mahaffey Theater is located at 400 First
St S, St. Petersburg. For more information,
visit www.mahaffeytheater.com or call (727)
you CaN’t take it With you
Gulfport Community Players
March 4-14
Set in New York City during the
Great Depression, You Can’t Take it
with You is a classic American comedy.
The play revolves around the very ec-
centric family of Martin Vanderhof, a
former Wall Street tycoon, who spends
his time playing darts and going to col-
lege commencements throughout the
city. His daughter, Penny, is currently
a playwright, while her husband Paul,
manufactures freworks in the basement.
Their daughter practices ballet in the liv-
ing room, under the tutelage of a Russian
instructor while Essie’s husband, Ed,
plays the xylophone and runs a printing
press. In other words, everyone does
exactly what they “want” to do. Throw
in another love affair, a dinner party gone
wrong, some exploding freworks, some
federal agents and a night in jail and
you have a very entertaining comedy
that has entertained millions of people
for ages and ages.
Gulfport Community Players is located
at 4919 17th Ave S, Gulfport. For more in-
formation, visit gulfportcommunityplayers.
org or call (727) 322-0316.
murdered to death
Carrollwood Players
March 19 to April 11
This hilarious spoof of the best of
Agatha Christie traditions is set in a
country manor house in the 1930’s, with
an assembled cast of characters guar-
anteed to delight. The play introduces
the inept and bungling Inspector Pratt,
who battles against the odds to solve
the murder of the house’s owner. It
soon becomes clear that the murderer
isn’t fnished yet, but will the miscreant
be unmasked before everyone else has
met their doom, or will the audience die
laughing frst?
Carrollwood Players is located at 4333-5
Gunn Highway, Tampa. Tickets are priced
from $13 for seniors. For more information,
visit www.carrollwoodplayers.com or call
(813) 265-4000.
dueliNg diVaS
Venue Ensemble theatre
March 5-14
Salerno Theatre returns with their
cabaret concert series. Shows are Fridays
at 8 p.m., Saturday at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m.,
Sundays at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20.
For more information or to order tickets,
visit www.SalernoTheatre.com or call the
Salerno Theatre box offce at (877) 275-7050.
Venue Actor Studio is located at 9125 U.S.
19 N, Pinellas Park.
Largo Cultural Center
March 12-18
Set during the vaudeville era, Gypsy
is about a relentless stage mother who
travels the country with her two daugh-
ters, June and Louise and their manager,
Herbie. Considered to be in the best book
and score of any American musical.
Largo Cultural Center is located at 105
Central Park Drive. Tickets are $26 for
adults and $16 for children. For more in-
formation, visit www.largoarts.com or call
(727) 587-6751.
driViNg miSS daiSy
American Stage
March 12-28
Driving Miss Daisy tells the
post-World War II story of a rich,
sharp-tongued Jewish widow and her
new black chauffeur. Over a series of
absorbing scenes spanning 25 years, the
two grow close and even dependent on
one another, becoming one of theatre’s
great odd-couples.
American Stage is located at 163 Third
St. N, St. Petersburg. For more information,
visit www.americanstage.org or call (727)
amaziNg teChNiColor dreamCoat
Tarpon Springs Cultural Center
March 12-14, 19-21, 26-28
One of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most
popular musicals, the story Joseph and
his coat of many colors comes to vibrant
life in this delightful parable. Set to an
upbeat cornucopia of musical styles,
from country and calypso to pop and
rock ‘n’ roll, this Old Testament tale is
both energetic and fun.
Tarpon Springs Cultural Center is located
at 101 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. For
more information, visit www.tarponarts.org
or call (727) 942-5605.
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Tampa Bay Opera
Giuseppe Verdi’s
La traviata
Artistic Director
Mario Laurenti
Saturday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 14 at 2:30 p.m.
Pinellas Park
Performing Arts Center
4951 78th Ave N
For ticket information, Call
(727) 547-0396 or (813) 385-3092
What iS letterBoxiNg?
Letterboxing is an outdoor hobby that com-
bines elements of orienteering, art, and puzzle
Letterboxers hide small, weatherproof boxes
in publicly-accessible places (like parks) and
distribute clues to fnding the box in printed
catalogs, on one of several web sites, or by word
of mouth.
Individual letterboxes usually contain a note-
book and a rubber stamp.
Finders make an imprint of the letterbox’s
stamp, either on their personal notebook or on
a postcard, and leave an impression of their
personal stamp on the letterbox’s “visitors’
book” or “logbook” — as proof of having found
the box and letting subsequent letterboxers see
who have visited.
Many letterboxers keep careful track of their
“fnd count.”
There are letterboxes all over the world. If
you’d like to give it a try, visit http://www.
NormaN roCkWell’S ameriCa
Ringling Museum of Art
Through April 25
In Search of Norman Rockwell’s America is a
groundbreaking exhibition that pairs the work of
American icon Norman Rockwell with images by
award-winning photojournalist Kevin Rivoli. Unprec-
edented in concept, this exhibition features thirty-fve
black and white photographs alongside Rockwell origi-
nals: paintings, drawings and limited artist’s prints.
Twenty years ago, while working as a photo-
journalist, Kevin Rivoli began taking “slice of life”
photographs— images of family, community, patrio-
tism, milestones, rites of passage and people enjoying
simple pleasures. It was not until many years later that
he realized their similarity to Rockwell’s work, not
only in mood and subject, but often in composition
as well. Rockwell, who was and remains, immensely
popular in American culture, is often dismissed by
critics who claimed his work was too idealistic, sen-
timental and nostalgic. Rockwell was often accused
of creating moments that didn’t exist, or, as one critic
alleged, for “creating an America that never was and
never will be.” Rockwell disagreed, saying he “was
showing the America I knew and observed to others
who might not have noticed.” Rivoli’s photographs
disprove critics’ claims that Rockwell created moments
that never were, showing us that the America Rockwell
painted is still alive and well.
Ringling Museum of Art is located at 5401 Bay Shore
Road, Sarasota. For more information, visit www.ringling.
org or call (941) 351-1660.
la traViata
Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center
March 13-14
Giuseppe Verdi’s La Traviata is based on the novel
La dame aux Camélias by Alexandre Dumas, published
in 1848. The title “La Traviata” means literally The
Woman Who Strayed, or perhaps more fguratively,
The Fallen Woman. It was originally titled Violetta,
after the main character.
Pinellas Park Performing Arts Center is located at 4951
78th Ave. N, Pinellas Park. For information, call (727)
547-0396 or (813) 385-3092.
iriSh teNorS
Ruth Eckerd Hall
March 14
Whether singing the traditional Danny Boy, My
Wild Irish Rose, Fields of Athenry, My Heart Goes On,
Fairytale of New York or even South of the Border,
Finbar Wright, Anthony Kearns and Karl Scully breathe
life into all the songs in their diverse repertoire. These
gifted interpreters have gained global recognition
since bursting onto the scene in 1998. Experience the
amazing voices of this dynamic trio.
Ruth Eckerd Hall is located at 1111 N. McMullen Booth
Road, Clearwater. For more information, visit www.rutheck-
erdhall.com or call (727) 791-7400.
kym purliNg
Palladium Theater
March 18
Jazz pianist Kym Purling, a Side Door favorite,
returns with his trio and a new show. Tickets are $18
in advance and $20 the day of show.
Palladium Theater is located at 253 Fifth Ave. N, St.
Petersburg. Tickets are priced from $20. For more informa-
tion, visit www.mypalladium.org or call (727) 822-3590.
miCk moloNey aNd frieNdS
Tarpon Springs Cultural Center
March 14
The performance brings together the extraordinary
talents of some of Ireland’s fnest instrumentalists and
one of the greatest dancers of our time. Mick Moloney,
Athena Tergis and Jerry O’Sullivan play a variety of
instruments including the fddle, uilleann pipes, fute,
tenor banjo, octave mandolin and guitar and are ac-
companied by the dazzling dancing of Niall O’Leary,
the World Champion of Irish step dance.
Tarpon Springs Cultural Center is located at 101 S
Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. For more information, visit
www.tarponarts.org or call (727) 942-5605.
Cirque le maSque
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall
March 14
In their newest production Carnivale, Cirque Le
Masque brings an exciting new dimension to circus
arts. Drenched in colorful light and oblivious to the
forces of gravity, Cirque Le Masque is a European-style
circus complete with lavish costumes and props, music
and special effects. Carnivale follows the journey of
a young artist with big city dreams. Through various
trapeze and high-fying acts, aerial twirling and feats
of strength, the story evolves. Cirque Le Masque is a
perfect blend of live theatrical entertainment and cut-
ting edge special effects to thrill audiences of all ages.
Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall is located at 777 N
Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more information, visit www.
vanwezel.org or call (800) 826-9303.
Craig ferguSoN
Ruth Eckerd Hall
March 17
Late night talk show host, comedian and actor Craig
Ferguson makes his debut at Ruth Eckerd Hall when
he brings his stand-up comedy act for one incredible
show Wednesday, March 17 at 8 p.m.. Ferguson entered
the world of late night comedy following a diverse
and eclectic career that encompasses flm, television
and the stage.
Ruth Eckerd Hall is located at 1111 N. McMullen Booth
Road, Clearwater. For more information, visit www.rutheck-
erdhall.com or call (727) 791-7400.
fiddler oN the roof
The Players Theatre
March 18 to April 3
The classic, poignant story of a milkman and his
family. Memorable songs include Sunrise, Sunset; If I
Were a Rich Man; Do You Love Me; Tradition, Match-
maker. Tickets are $23 for Adults and $12 for Students.
The Players Theatre is located at 38 North Tamiami Trail,
Sarasota. For more information, visit www.theplayers.org
or call (941) 365-2494.
Jazz With Jim
Carrollwood Cultural Center
March 19
Enjoy a relaxing evening with Jim Burge and the
Jazz Directions. This month, Jazz with Jim will feature
originals by Ron Delp. The Jazz Directions feature
Jim Burge on saxophone, Ron Delp on keyboard, Jeff
Henson on percussion and Mike Ruvin on double bass.
Carrollwood Cultural Center is located at 4537 Lowell
Road, Tampa. Tickets are $7 at the door. For more informa-
tion, visit www.carrollwoodcenter.org or call (813) 269-1310.
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Let the fascination begin...
Marvin Hamlisch
For more information call: 1-800-662-7286
Or visit: www.FloridaOrchestra.org
Marvin Hamlisch
Marvin Hamlisch returns with his wit, charm, flair
and talent as pianist extraordinaire in a night of his
award-winning film scores, dazzling pop tunes and
amazing piano improvisations.
Mar 13 & 14
Mendelssohn’s Elijah
Mendelssohn’s Elijah takes flight with soaring
lyrical arias and choral passages of overpowering
beauty, reaching such levels of intensity that it
blurs the lines between angelic qualities and pure
savage power. Featuring The Master Chorale of
Tampa Bay. Stefan Sanderling conducts.
Mar 19 - 21

A Century of Broadway
With hits spanning from George M. Cohan to
Andrew Lloyd Webber, it’s a celebration of a
century of Broadway’s best from Desert Song,
Naughty Marietta, Showboat, My Fair Lady, West
Side Story, Chicago, Jesus Christ Superstar, Cats,
Phantom of the Opera, Sweeney Todd and more.
Apr 10 & 11
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meNdelSSohN’S eliJah
Florida Orchestra
March 19
A musical experience of dramatic and
even operatic proportions, Mendels-
sohn’s Elijah takes fight with soaring
lyrical arias and choral passages of over-
powering beauty, reaching such levels of
intensity that it blurs the lines between
angelic qualities and pure savage power.
David A. Straz Jr. Center for the
Performing Arts is located at 1010 N
MacInnes Place, Tampa. For more informa-
tion, visit www.foridaorchestra.org or call
(727) 898-2100.
CarmeN CiriCillo
The Players Theatre
March 22
Nationally touring comedian Car-
men Ciricillo returns to the Players to
perform his stand up comedy routine for
one night only. Carmen takes on topics
of daily life, slanting them toward the
absurd with hilarious results. He has
performed at every major comedy club
in the United States and on national TV.
Tickets: $15
The Players Theatre is located at 38
North Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. For more
information, visit www.theplayers.org or
call (941) 365-2494.
Florida Studio Theatre
April 7 to May 29
National New Play Network World
Premiere. Place: A little shotgun apart-
ment in New Orleans. Time: Four
months post-Katrina. Action: In the
wake of natural disaster, the drama is
just beginning. Families clash and racial
tensions rise. A play of love, hope and
humor in celebration of the human spirit.
Florida Studio Theatre is located at 1241
North Palm Ave., Sarasota. For more infor-
mation, visit www.foridastudiotheatre.org
or call (941) 366-9000.
By henry Adams
At The Florida Orchestra’s next
Masterworks concert, Music Director
Stefan Sanderling leads the orchestra
in a unique concert with George
Gershwin performing his efferves-
cent Rhapsody in Blue via a piano
roll performance from the late 1920s,
which has been digitally mastered to
be performed on a Yamaha Disklavier
concert grand piano.
The evening’s wonderfully var-
ied program also includes Webern’s
extraordinarily colorful Passacaglia,
Schubert’s ever-popular Symphony
No. 8, Unfnished, and Ives’ quintes-
sentially American Symphony No. 3,
The Camp Meeting. Concerts are
March 5-7 in Tampa, St. Petersburg
and Clearwater.
Taking place in a relaxed setting
with lively commentary by conductor
Alastair Willis, it is a morning Coffee
Concert of music from romantic Bo-
hemia with such favorites as Brahms’
Hungarian Dance No. 3 and Smeta-
na’s Moldau, along with music by
Dvorak, Schubert and Kodaly. Prior
to the concert, complimentary coffee
and donuts are served in the lobby
and a pre-concert talk takes place in
the hall one hour before curtain time.
This concert is Thursday, March
11, at 11 a.m., at the Progress Energy
Center for the Arts — Mahaffey The-
ater in St. Petersburg.
At the next Raymond James Pops
concert, Marvin Hamlisch returns
with his wit, charm, fair and talent
as pianist extraordinaire in a night of
his award-winning flm scores, daz-
zling pop tunes and amazing piano
Of his performances, The Toronto
Globe/Mail hails him for “a won-
derfully varied and entertaining
evening” and The New York Times
calls his performances “brilliant…
clever,” adding that “he had everyone
in stitches.” There are two concerts
only: March 13 in St. Petersburg and
March 14 in Clearwater.
Stefan Sanderling conducts The
Florida Orchestra and The Master
Chorale of Tampa Bay in a musical
experience of dramatic and even
operatic proportions, Mendelssohn’s
Elijah, overflowing with soaring
lyrical arias and choral passages of
overpowering beauty, reaching such
levels of intensity that it blurs the
lines between angelic qualities and
pure savage power.
Sung in English, this is the Biblical
story of the prophet Elijah, of abusive
power struggles and righteousness
and of despair and angelic hope.
Concerts are March 19, 20 and 21 in
Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater.
The Florida Orchestra regularly
performs at the Straz Center for the Per-
forming Arts in Tampa, Progress Energy
Center for the Arts — Mahaffey Theater
in St. Petersburg and Ruth Eckerd Hall in
Clearwater. For a free season brochure or
to order tickets, visit www.foridaorches-
tra.org or call (727) 892-3337 or (800)
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activities. PO Box 7805, St Petersburg, FL 33734.
W F S ND 65, 5’5“, 125lbs, ISO WM, 55-70. I like
crafts, dancing, live shows, hockey, baseball, walks
on the beach and dinner. No games please. (727)
581-2991, Largo.
W F D ND NS Honest and sincere woman seek-
ing a real honest loveable gentleman that has lots
of love to give. I’m tired of being alone, so if you
are looking for an honest woman, please call me
at (813) 802-5640.
W F NS SD D I enjoy classic cars, day trips, al-
most all music especially doo-wop; travel, nature,
animals, walking, photography and I am an avid
reader. Part time Alaska resident. ISO friends with
a great SOH. (727) 289-1385, St. Petersburg.
75, 5’4“, 147lbs, great SOH. Loves ballroom
dancing, eating out, warmer weather, etc. ISO a
Jewish man. (727) 441-2428, Clearwater.
S W F NS late 70s. ISO a friend and companion.
I am attractive and enjoy the theatre, music, mov-
ies and dining out. (727) 864-4942, St. Petersburg.
S W F NS 60, Looking for a LTR. No Games. Look-
ing for a man 60-70. I like theme parks, long walks,
holding hands, craft fairs, fishing, country music,
movies and football games. You must like animals.
(727) 531-7295, Largo.
maN SeekiNg WomaN
Retired Doctor 69, Fun, active NS. Loves fine
dining, dancing and quiet home dinners. Seeking
sweet shapely lady and other nice friends. Please
call in the mornings. (813) 727-2176, Largo.
W M 74, ISO roommate to spend time with. Have
fun. Share expenses. (813) 938-3926, Ruskin.
Looking for a friend. I come with baggage,
but I’m a good person. I am 63. (727) 768-2328, St.
NS 67, Robust NS, loves dancing, travel and
romantic home dinners. ISO sexy shapely 60s lady
and other Largo friends. (727) 260-1341, a.m. only,
D W M 80s, retired scientist ISO cultured, cos-
mopolitan female, 65-75, with a liberal outlook and
romantic aspirations to share my love for classical
music and the arts. (727) 576-6784, Pinellas Park.
S W M NS ND 70, 5”9’, I am retired, like beach
walks and traveling. ISO LTR with a SWF 60-72,
honest, romantic and into metaphysics. (727) 479-
4421, evenings, Largo.
S W I am educated, healthy, active and 65 years
old. (727) 522-2646.
S W M 60s, tall, slim, active and healthy. ISO
honest, sincere, attractive NS lady. Any national-
ity with friendly personality. (727) 522-6012, St.
W M 70s, 5’8“, 180 lbs, ISO LTR, ND, NS who
likes movies, good music, travel and intelligent
discussions. (727) 726-8421, Safety Harbor.
Lady wanted I am looking for a lady 70 years or
older. Someone who likes to be loved and knows
how to like life. Do you enjoy travel? Call me and
lets talk. (727) 585-3926, Clearwater.
Aging Rebel, 66, ISO woman who came of age in
the expansive ‘70s. Must bring unconventional SOH.
Write to PMB 224; Palm Harbor, FL 34663.
S B M NS SD 54, 5’ 9,” I am very romantic. I like
candlelit dinners. Call me. (813) 732-1055, Tampa.
Honest, Nice Looking Male 73, 5’ 5,” Looking for
a nice lady. I’m in god health. I like going to church,
walks on the beach, movies and much more. Call
me after 7 p.m. and before 11 p.m. during the week.
Any time on the weekends. (727) 458-4619, Dunedin.
WD S M C 63, 6’, 195lbs , I am handsome and ft.
I like tennis, golf and church. ISO ft christian who
likes music and dancing. NS. (727) 519-5597, Largo.
S W M 5’6“, ISO Slim S W F under 65 who likes
to travel, dine out and enjoy life. (727) 398-3034,
St. Petersburg.
S W M 61, 5’ 8“, 165, ISO kind, slim lady 50-60
for romance and possible marriage. P.O. Box 10181;
St. Petersburg, FL 33733. Email greenhornet068@
yahoo.com. (727) 524-3137, Largo.
frieNd to frieNd
D WD M slim, ft, sensitive youthful naturalist.
I enjoy animals, parks, beaches, class flms and
music. I am into natural living, natural healings and
self actualization. ISO friend to enjoy and explore.
(727) 384-4908, St. Petersburg.
Looking for a friend who likes to go shopping,
eat out or going to theme parks. I have my own car
and money. I am looking for a lady to go out with
me and enjoy life. (813) 802-5640.
Live in Companion Serbian lady will clean, run
errands, appointments, etc. (727) 576-7958.
Questing Free Spirit S W M, 65, slim, fity, healthy.
Sensitive naturist enjoys natural living, massages,
animals, parks, classical music. Seeks friend to ex-
plore and enjoy. (727) 384-4908, St. Petersburg.
Retired Licensed Massage Therapist Male, 65,
ISO licensed massage therapist (male or female) to
exchange treatment. Leave as message. (727) 584-
6124, Largo.
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marCh 2010 SeNior VoiCe page 21
By Judith Sabghir gannon
Young people today work in
many different venues — fast food
restaurants, movie theaters, gro-
cery stores, clothing outlets and
malls, to name just a few.
Teenagers of all backgrounds
either support themselves with
the money they earn, or help sup-
port themselves. Others work so
that they can have extra money to purchase items they
want or pay for things they want to do.
A recent excursion to a local card shop has really
reinforced my positive feelings for today’s youth.
Unlike the many negative images we see on certain
TV programs, many young people still do exhibit good
manners. That particular day, I saw this frsthand.
As I fervently combed the aisles for packages of
thank you notes, I became increasingly annoyed that I
could only fnd singular cards that expressed gratitude
for all types of reasons.
I needed approximately 20, and I had no intention
of purchasing individual cards. Upon mentioning this
dilemma to the young female clerk, she voluntarily of-
fered to remind the manager to restock this commodity.
The clerk also mentioned that she hadn’t seen any
I thanked her for her assistance and proceeded to
leave the store.
As I neared the exit, I saw another card display.
Lo and behold, I spotted an array of packaged thank
you notes.
Triumphant with my fnd, I chose three packages
of eight cards and headed to the register.
When it was my turn to pay, I noticed that the clerk
who helped me was nowhere to be found. I had wanted
to show her what even she had missed. I dismissed her
oversight since she may have been a new employee.
Giving her the beneft of the doubt, I asked the regis-
ter clerk to make my apologies since I had complained.
Sheepishly I admitted that somehow I had overlooked
an entire display at the front of the store. Assuring me
that he would convey my sentiments, he totaled my
bill to be $15.06. He started to bag my purchase and
then declared, “Oops, I made a mistake. That will be
$13.56.” I thought nothing of it and left the store.
When I arrived home, I casually glanced at the
receipt. Unbeknownst to me, the clerk had issued a
senior citizen discount, never once verifying my true
age. I certainly hadn’t asked for the discount. It never
even occurred to me since many establishments dif-
fer on their policies. While some honor 55 years plus,
others recognize 65 and over. Actually I didn’t know
whether I should laugh or cry. Did I really look like I
already carry Medicare? Now I faced a true dilemma.
Should I return the difference which amounted to $1.50?
Searching my conscience, I opted not to pocket the
money; rather, I would deposit the $1.50 to one of those
small charity boxes we see on counters everywhere.
In recalling this incident, I knew I would be forever
grateful to this polite young man. Since he had chosen
not to publicly ask for my age, my faith in today’s youth
remains intact. I am also grateful to all those parents,
grandparents, clergy and teachers who remind young
people to always respect their elders.
Judith Sabghir Gannon is a freelance writer who resides
in Wesley Chapel. She spent many years teaching adults
and children in the public and private sector. For the past
20 years, she has devoted herself to improving the quality of
life for senior adults. Jewish liturgical singing and leading
prayer services is her passion.
Is It ever
Going to
By Capt. ric Liles
I do not
know if I have
ever looked for-
ward to Spring
as much as I am
this year. The
cold weather
has me aggra-
vated and I’m
tired of wear-
ing so many clothes. It’s Florida!
I know that we are about to turn
the corner on the cold temps and that
means we are about to turn the corner
on the fshing as well. I can’t say that
we have not been catching fsh because
we have; we have just been limited to a
fewer number of species than normal.
I have been continuing my assault
on the Sharks and will continue that
game until the bigger Trout and Redfsh
start to eat.
I have gone out a few times on my
own to do some scouting and was
able to catch some small Redfsh and
Trout, but not good enough fsh to run
a charter.
If someone wanted to fsh for them
and did not care if they were small I
would but I like big fsh.
Luckily for me, in my last half dozen
trips, I had clients that really got a
kick out of the Sharks and enjoyed
We have been getting a few other
species of fsh to the boat but they have
not been our target and have come as
a by catch.
Some of those fsh include Permit,
Pompano and Jack Crevalle. The Per-
mit and Pompano are not a bad by
catch at all, just not as consistent as
the Sharks.
When the winds lay down and the
weather warms the fshing spectrum
will enlarge and the bite should go
I hope this happens before I go crazy.
I do not know how many more days
I can take wearing four layers.
Until next time, good luck and be
safe on the water. Remember: don’t
let your kid be the one that got away,
take them fshing.
Capt. Ric Liles offers fshing charters
out of Ruskin, Fla. You can reach him by
calling (813) 645-6623 or (813) 601-2900.
You can email him at captainric@msn.
com. His website is www.reelsimplechar-
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v Anniversary
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v Confirmation
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v Wedding
For a Special Time, Create a Special Rhyme!
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Jay Wright with a small Bonnethead Shark he caught while fshing
with Capt. ric Liles and reel Simple Fishing Adventures.
loWer your tax Bill
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methods to help you save money on
this year’s tax bill.
For example, if you open an in-
dividual retirement account before
fling your taxes, you can save up to
$1,500 on this year’s return, while
investing in your future.
Out of all households fling taxes,
85 percent have at least one person
who qualifes for an IRA, yet most
don’t take advantage. With this in
mind, Mint.com, an online personal
fnance service, has launched an IRA
center at https://wwws.mint.com/
ira.event to help taxpayers open
these tax-free accounts, even sending
them there from within TurboTax.
make floWerS laSt loNger
It’s the time of year to give and
get fresh fowers. So how can you
make them last longer?
Here are a few tricks of the trade
from the Flowers & Plants Associa-
Be sure your vase is very clean
and use fresh lukewarm water with
some commercial cut fower food
added. Regularly top-up the water,
adding fower food in proportion.
Remove all leaves below water
level. Cut at least one inch off stems,
cutting on an angle with a sharp
knife or scissors.
Avoid direct heat, sunlight or
drafts, taking care to keep fowers
away from fruit. Remove fowers
that fade as they occur.
page 22 SeNior VoiCe marCh 2010
SenIoR GouRMet
Fine Dining Pared Down
A special occasion calls for candles, fne china and a marvelous meal. You
can enjoy fne dining without adding to your guests’ waistlines when you
try these recipes.
Pamper friends and family with these elegant but light recipes for Flank Steak
with horseradish Sauce, raspberry Cream Cake and Vegetable Couscous.
recipes courtesy of Country home.
flank Steak with Horseradish Sauce
An overnight marinade from our Test Kitchen gently favors and
tenderizes this lean cut of beef. It can be grilled to perfection in only
Using a sharp knife, score the surface of the steak with shal low diagonal cuts at
1-in. intervals, making diamond shapes. Repeat on other side. In a large resealable
plastic bag, com bine the next fve ingredients. Add steak. Seal bag and turn to coat;
refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight. Combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl;
cover and refrigerate.
Drain and discard the marinade. Grill the steak, covered, over medium-hot heat for
7-9 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for rare, a meat
ther mometer should read 140˚; medium, 160˚; well-done, 170˚). Thinly slice steak
across the grain; serve with the sauce. Yield: 4 servings.
1 beef fank steak (1 pound)
3 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/8 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
Horseradish Sauce:
1/4 cup fat-free mayonnaise
1/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 green onions, fnely chopped
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
Vegetable Couscous
Our Test Kitchen came up with this different way to serve vegetables.
These tiny pasta granules pull together the favors of the chicken broth
and vitamin-rich veggies. Carrots, celery, peppers and zucchini add
crunch and color.
In a large skillet, saute the carrots, celery, onion and pep pers in oil for 5-6 minutes
or until crisp-tender. Add the next fve ingredients; mix well. Stir in the couscous. Add
broth; bring to a boil. Cover and remove from the heat; let stand for 5-8 minutes. Fluff
with a fork and serve immedi ately. Yield: 4 servings.
2 medium carrots, diced
1/2 cup diced celery
1 medium onion, diced
1/4 cup julienned sweet yellow pepper
1/4 cup julienned sweet red pepper
2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
1 medium zucchini, diced
1/4 cup minced fresh basil or 4
teaspoons dried basil
1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
Dash hot pepper sauce
1 cup uncooked couscous
1-1/2 cups chicken broth
Raspberry Cream Cake
Guests will say this stunning dessert from our Test Kitchen looks too
pretty to eat. But the combination of golden cake, vanilla cream, fresh
raspberries and chocolate glaze will prove too tempting to resist.
1 package (18-1/4 ounces) reduced-fat
yellow cake mix
1/4 teaspoon baking soda 1-1/3 cups
2 tablespoons baking fat replacement*
4 egg whites 1-1/3 cups cold fat-free milk
1 package (1 ounce) sugar-free instant
vanilla pudding mix
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1-1/2 cups unsweetened raspberries,
1/2 cup fat-free hot fudge ice cream
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
In a mixing bowl, combine cake mix and baking soda. Add water, fat replacement
and egg whites; beat on low speed for 2 minutes. Pour into two 9-in, round baking
pans coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake at 350˚ for 28-32 minutes or until a
toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire
racks to cool completely.
For flling, beat milk, pudding mix and vanilla in a mix ing bowl on low speed for 2
minutes. Let stand for 5 min utes. Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread
with pudding mixture; sprinkle with 3/4 cup raspberries. Top with second cake layer.
Combine ice cream topping and corn syrup to achieve a glaze consistency; spread
over top of cake, letting glaze drip over sides. Arrange remaining berries on top.
Yield: 14 slices.
*Editors Note: This recipe was tested with Smucker’s Baking Healthy. Look for it
in the baking aisle of your gro cery store.
Crumb-Coated Tomatoes
In a shallow bowl, combine the cracker crumbs, salt and pepper. Dip tomato slices
into egg, then into crumbs. In a skillet, cook tomatoes in butter for 2 minutes on each
side or until golden brown. Serve immediately. Yield: 2 servings.
1/2 cup crushed butter-favored
crackers (about 13)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 medium tomato, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons butter or margarine
marCh 2010 SeNior VoiCe page 23
marCh 6
Kids Fit Fest
Largo Central Park
Kids can participate
in fun ftness games and
nutrition activities. First
350 to complete the ftness
challenge get a free back-
pack flled with goodies.
Largo Central Park is
located at 101 Central Park
Drive. For more information,
visit http://www.largo.com
or call (727) 587-6775.
marCh 7
GM “Cruise in”
Car Show
The Pier
The Florida Pontiac
Oakland Club of Tampa
Bay hosts this “All GM”
car show with oldies mu-
sic, caricature paintings
and much more.
The Pier is located at 800
Second Ave. NE, St. Peters-
burg. For more information,
visit www.stpetepier.com or
call (727) 821-6443.
marCh 9-10
Red Hat Garden Party
Ulmer Park
It’s back! The oh-so
popular Red Hat Garden
Party returns for its fourth
year. Red Hatters will
enjoy a catered lunch, live
entertainment, dancing
and door prizes under the
shady trees of charming
Ulmer Park in downtown
Largo. Mingle with other
chapters and make new
friends. Bring a little
purple notebook so you
can contact them again.
Most of all, be sure to wear
your best red hat and be
ready to strut your stuff
because we’ll be taking
lots of pictures to com-
memorate the occasion.
Ulmer Park is located at
301 West Bay Drive, Largo.
For more information, visit
marCh 12-14
Florida Antiquarian
Book fair
The Coliseum
More than 115 dealers
from the U.S. and Europe
sell rare and out-of-print
books, frst editions, fne
bindings, paper collect-
ibles and more.
The Coliseum is located
at 535 Fourth Ave. N, St.
Petersburg. For more infor-
mation, visit www.stpete.
org/coliseum or call (727)
marCh 12
Sunset Sounds
Ulmer Park
This free concert series
reveals the diversity of
local musicians from 7-9
p.m. on the second Friday
of every month.
Indulge yourself at any
of the many wonderful
restaurants conveniently
located only blocks away
along West Bay Drive,
Seminole Boulevard and
Clearwater-Largo Road.
Ulmer Park is located at
301 West Bay Drive, Largo.
For more information, visit
marCh 13
Sounds of Saturday
The Pier
The outdoor music
series in the waterside
courtyard features folk
The Pier is located at 800
Second Ave. NE, St. Peters-
burg. For more information,
visit www.stpetepier.com or
call (727) 821-6443.
marCh 13-14
Tampa Theatre
Jewish Film Festival
Saturday’s films in-
clude Matter of Size at 7
p.m. and Jerusalem Syn-
drome at 9 p.m. Sundays
flms are Got Next & Holy-
land Hardball at 1 p.m. and
For My Father at 3:30.
Tampa Theatre is located
at 711 Franklin St. For more
information, visit www.tam-
patheatre.org or call (813)
marCh 13-14
La Traviata
Pinellas Park
Performing Arts Center
Giuseppe Verdi’s La
Traviata is based on the
novel La dame aux Camé-
lias by Alexandre Dumas,
published in 1848. The
title “La Traviata” means
literally The Woman Who
Strayed, or perhaps more
fguratively, The Fallen
Woman. It was originally
titled Violetta, after the
main character.
Pinellas Park Performing
Arts Center is located at 4951
78th Ave. N, Pinellas Park.
For information, call (727)
547-0396 or (813) 385-3092.
marCh 14
Music Fest on the Water
The Pier — St. Pete
The Pier hosts local
bands and musicians from
a four-county area at the
Waterside Courtyard,
featuring Top 40, Southern
Rock, Classic Rock, Jazz
and other types of music
for your listening and/or
dancing pleasure.
The Pier is located at 800
Second Ave. NE, St. Peters-
burg. For more information,
visit www.stpetepier.com or
call (727) 821-6443.
marCh 20-21
Artists Market
Largo Central Park
Spend the weekend
outdoors at beautiful
Largo Central Park while
shopping for unique origi-
nal works of art. Local
artists are joined by oth-
ers from all over the
country to sell their ex-
pressive creations. From
captivating paintings to
intricate sculptures, there
is bound to be something
that interests the fnicky
connoisseur as well as
the casual admirer. Ad-
ditionally, aspiring youths
will showcase their com-
petition submissions and
For more information
visit http://www.largo.com
or call (727) 587-6775.
marCh 20
Sounds of Saturday
The Pier
The outdoor music
series in the waterside
courtyard features Irish
The Pier is located at 800
Second Ave. NE, St. Peters-
burg. For more information,
visit www.stpetepier.com or
call (727) 821-6443.
marCh 21
Music Fest on the Water
The Pier — St. Pete
The Pier hosts local
bands and musicians from
a four-county area at the
Waterside Courtyard,
featuring Top 40, Southern
Rock, Classic Rock, Jazz
and other types of music
for your listening and/or
dancing pleasure.
The Pier is located at 800
Second Ave. NE, St. Peters-
burg. For more information,
visit www.stpetepier.com or
call (727) 821-6443.
marCh 24
Computer Class:
Travel Websites
Safety Harbor Library
Discover the world
through your computer
and learn how to book
your own travel.
Safety Harbor Library
is located at 101 Second St.
N, Safety Harbor. For more
information, visit www.
cityofsafetyharbor.com or
call (727) 724-1525.
Tai Chi/Qi Gong
Largo Community Center
Learn this ancient re-
laxing form of exercise
taught by Bob Ailes. This
is a low impact exercise
based Chinese Tai Chi
(Yang style) principles.
You’ll learn short forms,
Nu Moom, Sh Kyu, QI
Gong Healing/Anti-Ag-
ing as recommended by
Dr. Oz on OPRAH. A great
class for energy, mental
and physical ftness.
Four week sessions,
Mondays , 10: 30 t o
11:30 a.m. $20 for Largo
residents, $25 for non-
residents, $37 without
recreation card.
The Largo Community
Center is located at 301 W
Bay Drive. For more infor-
mation, visit www.largo.com
or call (727) 587-6740.
Rhythm Kings
Pinellas Park
Senior Center
Senior Center partici-
pants must be age 50 or
older. Registration fees
are $5 for Pinellas Park
residents, $25 for non-
The Pinellas Park Senior
Center is located at 7625 59th
St. N. For more information,
visit www.pinellas-park.com
or call (727) 541-0776.
Ball Room Dance
Pinellas Park
Senior Center
Senior Center partici-
pants must be age 50 or
older. Registration fees
are $5 for Pinellas Park
residents, $25 for non-
The Pinellas Park Senior
Center is located at 7625 59th
St. N. For more information,
visit www.pinellas-park.com
or call (727) 541-0776.
fresh Market
Gulfport Art Village
Fresh fruits, vegetables
and seafood in a festive
For more information,
visit www.gulfportforida.
market or call (727) 667-7531.
tueSdayS aNd thurSdayS
Walk On the Wild Side
Boyd Hill
Evening Fitness Walk.
6-7 p.m. Join Holly Har-
riman, a Neuromuscular
Massage Therapist, on
Tuesdays and Thursdays
from 6 to 7 p.m. in a 45
minute walk designed for
the working professional
to work on the stiffness
that comes from sitting or
standing too long. Walk
includes warm-up and
cool down. $4 each day.
Boyd Hill Nature Pre-
serve is located at 1101
Country Club Way S, St.
Petersburg. For more infor-
mation, visit www.stpete.
org/boyd/ or call (727) 893-
Havest Marketplace
Ulmer Park • Largo
Outdoor shopping in
charming Ulmer Park
offers healthy choices of
fresh produce for your
body, specialty foods
and delectable sweets for
your taste buds; green
themed goods for our
environment; and original
creations by local artists
and craftsman to inspire
your mind and your spirit.
Ulmer Park is located at
301 West Bay Drive, Largo.
For more information, visit
Creative Cooking Show
Largo Community Center
For more information,
visit www.largocommuni-
tycenter.com or call (727)
Artists Market • Largo Central Park
Spend the weekend outdoors at beautiful
Largo Central Park while shopping for unique
original works of art. Local artists are joined
by others from all over the country to sell their
expressive creations.
Additionally, aspiring youths will showcase
their competition submissions and winners.
For more information visit http://www.largo.com
or call (727) 587-6775.
eVeNt of the moNth • marCh 20-21
If you have any Senior Happenings that you’d like
to include in our next issue, please email them to edi-
tor@seniorvoiceforida.com. Be sure to include the date
of the event, cost, time, location, contact information
and any other pertinent information. The deadline for
the April issue is March 15.
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