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In this issue of the
Parrish Village News
Iris McClain updates
her story about the old
Parrish Cemetery on
page 3.
Volume 22, Issue 2
February 2015 FREE
Saturday, March 7, 2015
Parrish Heritage Day Parade,
Festival and
Chili Cook Off
Parade starts at 10:30 AM
on 121st Avenue
Festival and Chili Cook Off
at the Florida Railroad Museum
12210 83rd Street East, Parrish
Gates open at 11:00 AM
Adult Tickets $5.00 - Children 12 and under FREE!!!!!
Andrea tells about
Passing the Test
on page 9.
Upcoming Events:
Parrish Civic Association
General Meeting
Thursday, February 12
Parrish Heritage Day/
Chili Cook Off:
March 7, 2015
Florida Railroad Museum
Don’t miss
these events!
you to our
Ed Hunzeker to speak at February 18
Parrish Civic Association General Meeting
Parrish Village
Newsby the Board of
tor is appointed
County Commissioners, and is
responsible for carrying out the
policies and directives of the Commission and for the development
and management of the County’s
annual operating and capital improvement budgets. The Manatee Board of County Commissioners appointed Ed Hunzeker
Please see Manatee County CONTINUED ON PAGE 15
PERMIT # 943
Ralph completes his tour
of Barcelona on page 5.
All proceeds go to
The Parrish Foundation Grant Fund.
Grants were recently awarded
to the following organizations who serve the
Parrish community and residents:
The Duette Education Foundation
Friends of Rocky Bluff Library
The Parrish Y
Boy Scout Troop 41
Cub Scout Pack 41
Manatee County Youth Rowing
Esther’s School
PUMC Food Pantry
Palmetto High School Biomedical Program
Ellenton - Parrish Lions Club
Parrish Arts Council
First Baptist Church Learning Center
Girl Scouts of Gulf Coast Florida
Florida Railroad Museum
Cookie provides you
some wintertime soup
recipes on page 5.
Chili Tasting from over 25 Teams
Face Painting, Miniature Train Rides, Live Music, Pony Rides,
Rock Climbing Wall, Kid’s Bungee Trampoline, Vendors,
Face Painting, Ice Sculpture from Ice Pro,
Food and Drinks - Fun for Everyone!!!!
Parrish Village News page 2
Parrish Village News
Official publication of the
Parrish Civic Association,
a non profit coporation.
P. O. Box 257
Parrish, FL 34219
Cookie Jordan
Publisher and Editor
Volunteer Staff
Advertising Manager
Gene Orlowski
Ralph Bellrose
Mimi Sheffer
Feature Stories
Patrick McGinnis
Pets Plus in Parrish
Stacy McKee
Y News
Ben Jordan
Cookie Jordan
Capt. Ric Liles
Iris McClain
Message from the Editor
A couple of important dates approaching: February 12 - the next General Meeting of the parrish Civic Association. Our speaker will be Ed Hunzeker, Manatee
County Administrator. Ed will address the new Fort Hamer Bridge which is due
to start construction in March of this year, plans for a new park in Parrish and his
thoughts about the future of Parrish. If you have a question for Ed about Parrish,
come and bring it. Now is the time to get it answered.
The other date which is fast approaching is March 7, the date of the Parrish Heritage Day Festival and Chil Cook Off. This promises to be bigger and better than
ever before! The chili teams are refining their chili recipes. Bands are selecting
their numbers to play. Activities have been planned for the children. Arts and
crafts vendors are getting their pieces ready. Business vendors are preparing their
booth displays. Volunteers have been signed up. Tickets are almost ready to be
sold - $5 and children 12 and under are FREE. This is one of the biggest events in Parrish and all the proceeds go right back to
the community -- to support small not for profits who would not normally receive
funds from groups (i.e. Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, Esther’s School, Parrish United Church’s Food Pantry, the Palmetto High School Biomedical Program,
Duette Education Foundation, Manatee County Youth Rowing, the Lions Club,
the First Baptist Church Learning Center, the Parrish Arts Council and the Parrish
Please plan to come on out and support this great event while having a great time
with your family and friends. You will be so glad you decided to come!
Vendors needed for
Heritage Day and
Chili Cook Off on March 7th
If you want to come sell your crafts or
art, sell food or beverages, show off
your company and obtain leads, tell
the community about your services
- the 2015 Chili Cook Off is where
you need to be! Over 5,000 people
attended last year - more are expected
this year!
Go to, click on
the Contact Us tab and then click on
the Vendor Form button. You’ll find
all the information you need. Do it
Brutus is still missing
Brutus has been missing since April 27 from a home on Larson Lane in Kingfield
in Parrish 34219.
He has distinctive marks: his hind quarters show very little fur; his weight was
17 pounds at time of his disappearence; he is a neutered grey Tabby with short hair; his left ear shows a small indentation; the roof of his mouth has a black birth mark; he has green eyes; and he is very shy and may appear frightened.
If you have information as to his whereabouts, please contact Carlo Calanni at
941-480-9476 or cell 941-234-9432. Brutus needs to be home and his owners dearly
miss him.
Did you know . . . The Parrish Village News prints 12,800 copies of the
newspaper each month? All residences in the 34219 zip code, eastern
Ellenton and eastern Palmetto receive copies? County officials read the
newspaper monthly? Newspapers can be found at
the Rocky Bluff Library, the Y, PJ’s Sandwich Shop, Ferraro’s,
Leslie Wells Realty and 1st Manatee Bank?
February Needs for Blood
Leslie Wells
Real Estate
Joann B. Larson
Extension Service
Kathryn Newman
Inspirational Stories
Norma Kennedy
This newspaper is printed by
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Sunday, February 1st: 9:15 a.m.
- 12:45 p.m., Peace Presbyterian
Church, 12705 State Road 64, Lakewood Ranch.
Friday, February 13th: 8:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m., Johns Eastern Co., 6015
Resource Lane, Bradenton.
Saturday, February 14th: 11:00
a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Yacht Club at Heritage Harbour, 6510 Anchor Loop, Bradenton.
Saturday, February 14th: 4:00 p.m.
- 8:00 p.m., Bayside Community
Church, 15800 SR 64 East, Bradenton.
Sunday, February 15th: 8:30 a.m.
- 1:30 p.m., Bayside Community
Church, 15800 SR 64 East, Bradenton.
Wednesday, February 18th: 9:00 a.m.
- 12:00 p.m., Manatee Technical Institute
Palmetto, 801 9th St. West, Palmetto.
Wednesday, February 18th: 4:00
p.m. - 7:00 p.m., New Hope Baptist
Church, 9422 Old Tampa Rd., Parrish.
Sunday, February 22nd: 10:00
a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Woodlands The
Community Church, 9707 State Road
70, Bradenton.
Wednesday, February 25th: 9:00
a.m. - 12:00 p.m., Terra Ceia Village
RV, 9303 Bayshore Rd, Palmetto.
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- 12:30 p.m., Tri Net, 9000 Town Center Pkwy, Lakewood Ranch.
Thursday, February 26th: 2:00 p.m.
- 5:00 p.m., UTC Climate Control,
8985 Town Center Pkwy., Bradenton.
This Old Parrish Cemetery
Follow up and Update
12375 Parrish Cemetery Road
Iris McClain
Parrish Village News page 3
Harris Bank in Ellenton and Palmetto, the Thiers, the Regans, the Turners, Thiers and
Jackie, the Myers, the Dawes, the McAdams, the Reeds and Octavio, the Johnsons,
the Hornes, Ronna, the Mills, Firemen, the Angles, the Elliots, the Ferenczs, several
young people working on their community credit hours, and many, many more that
I don’t have their names.
We will announce the next work day in the Parrish Village News and will e-mail
everyone that we have e-mail addresses for. Please call me 776-0542 or JoAnn Rogers 776-1475, or e-mail me if you would like to help.
Thanks again Parrish Community
for a Job Well Done!!!!!
More photographs on page 33.
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As reported in the January issue of the PVN, several people who live in Parrish
planned a work day to help clean up this Old Historic Parrish Cemetery on Saturday,
January 17th: JoAnn Rogers, Joe Whidden, Sidney and Vivian Buice, Lacy Pritchard
and Iris McClain.
I have changed locations,
At least 65 people came with tools, coffee, water, energy drinks, dozens of dobut you will receive the same,
nuts, cookies and lots of energy. It was an “AWESOME” day for all that attended. great professional service and support.
We visited with people we had not seen in a long time and some that we had never
seen before. People came from Parrish and several towns close by. They had seen
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Duane LaFollett and Jeff Filippi with the Historic Manasota Park and Funeral
Home called to offer their help. Duane met with Joe, JoAnn, Vivian and me at the
of your home.
cemetery and shared several good ideas on how to become designated as a Florida
Don’t delay.
Historical Site and also how to apply for grants to help keep this old historical cemSeasonal buyers have arrived.
etery in good condition. A tremendous amount of work was accomplished and we are planning another
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work day in early spring. Much work is still needed: trees trimmed or removed; repair of head stones, markers and old cement slabs; and uncovering old graves and
cleaning them. There were 25 grave sites discovered during clean up which were
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covered over with bushes, trees, grass and weeds and there may be more.
Jim Jones with the Bradenton Herald had a very good and informative article this
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week with pictures taken on work day showing many of the volunteers at work. It
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was a great article and we “Thank You JIM JONES so very much for this article and
all that you do for Parrish.”
On January 22nd, Summer Smith with Bay News 9, Brighthouse, met with Joe,
JoAnn, Vivian and me at the cemetery. This interview was on Bay News 9, January
23rd, I hope most of you got to see it. It was a wonderful interview and we thank
Summer and Bright House for taking time to get the word out about this very special
project. I have had many e-mails offering help to get this historic cemetery back in
good shape, due to this coverage. Thank you, SUMMER SMITH for all that you do
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Time to Say Goodbye
Leslie Wells
Last week, my husband and I had to
have “the talk.” It’s not a decision we’ve
taken lightly; after all, we have a history
Yes, we’ve decided it’s time to sell
our dream home. I’m a very happy homeowner so the decision to sell our
family home came as a surprise-even to
me! Although we’ve lived here just 10
years, our history with the home goes
back even further. The original owners
listed it with me in 1984 and I LOVED
IT but at the time I wasn’t in a position
to make it my own. By 2004, it was back
on the market. Despite the fact our famLeslie Wells
ily had recently built a new home and we
weren’t really looking, we just had to have it. Call it fate, call it destiny. We knew it
was the one and we purchased it. Our kids spent their teen years here. Our daughter
was married here. Our home has been the backdrop to so many great memories that
I’ve truly lost count of them all. But now that the kids are grown with families and
lives of their own, the house seems just a little too quiet. It’s time to let go and let
someone else have a chance to own this great property!
For some, selling a house is no big deal. It’s just a step forward in life’s next adventure. But for many, selling a home comes with a wide-range of emotions. There
are multitudes of reasons to sell including the need to upsize as your family becomes
larger or downsize if you find yourself an empty nester. It may be a job transfer or the
desire for a new neighborhood. Still, as exciting as change can be, a move represents
a “goodbye” to the home that once housed beautiful memories.
I empathize with sellers who don’t have their entire heart into the concept of
selling. Your home may be the place where you can still visualize your children
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isn’t easy. That house is my home! Once I start to de-clutter, spring-clean and pack
away the trinkets, it will surely hit me. The consolation: My new dream home is
somewhere out there. I can’t wait to find it again! A few words of advice - If you are lucky
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A view of Montserrrat from down below.
Montserrat is a multi-peaked mountain forty miles northwest of Barcelona. Montserrat means “Saw Mountain” in native Catalan and from a distance the mountain does resemble an inverted, serrated, carpenter’s saw. You have to use some
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above sea level, Montserrat is a popular destination for climbers and hikers. It’s most
famous attraction is the Benedictine Monastery of Santa Maria de Montserrat which
is sited near the top.
It was an hour bus-ride from Barcelona to the base of the mountain. There’s also
a train that runs from Barcelona with a stop at Montserrat, for those not on a guided
tour. Options to get to the monastery from the base include hiking (forget about it!),
driving, a cable car, or a narrow gage rack railway. Since we hadn’t had enough
thrills navigating the goat paths in Portugal, we were treated to another white-knuckle, first-gear climb up the narrow, winding, road. Our skilled driver made it, and we
saluted him with a round of applause as we disembarked in the parking lot.
We walked down a wide street to the monastery gate, passing a few curio shops
and the stations for the cable car and the rack railway. If you’re interested (and fearless) you can take a funicular railway from the rack railway station to the very top
of the mountain and view the caves once occupied by some of the more reclusive
monks. It was foggy and cold; I passed!
The religious history of Montserrat dates back to the Romans, who erected a
temple to Venus on the mountain. In the seventh century A.D., Benedictine monks
built a small hermitage and dedicated it to the Virgin Mary. This primitive construction was expanded into a monastery by the Bishop of Vic in 1025A.D. The abbey
became a popular place of pilgrimage in the fourteenth century and by the seven
Please see Montserrat CONTINUED ON PAGE 16
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Renowned author Stephen King’s
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for Manatee County Public Library System, well surpassing the $100,000 goal
event organizers set last summer.
King spoke for more than an hour
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from his career and explaining the creative process that drives him.
The event sold out three weeks after
being announced in August. Proceeds
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Library System’s online operating system, with a private/public partnership to
better serve the library patrons. The new
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the fall.
“Mr. King was so generous with the
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for our Public Library,” said Jane Plitt, Manatee Library Foundation president and
event organizer. “Mr. King was so down to earth. He said downtown Bradenton was
a most charming small town and he loved it.”
“It was amazing,” added Library Services Manager Ava Ehde. “It was true generosity of spirit on Stephen King’s behalf. He not only came and gave of his time and
marvelous talent, he gave 20 copies of books that we were able to raffle.”
Ehde said King exhibited a love of libraries and reading that encouraged the
entire audience.
“The foundation put together this wonderful, impressive event took and they
made it look effortless,” Ehde said. “(Event organizers) Doris Pope, Jane Plitt, the
volunteers from the Foundation, the Manatee Players, all the donors: It wouldn’t
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Passing the Test
On karate exam night, two different students walked up to me and said, “Am I
going to pass this test? How do you know I’m ready?”
One was older than me and one was a child, and yet they both had the very same
question. Something inside made them wonder if they really knew everything and if
they could step up and perform their martial art in front of an audience, under pressure.
Martial artists and instructors have different schools of thought on what a test
should be. Some believe it should be very realistic so a student gets “attacked” out
of nowhere or is put through the paces of every single skill they should know. Other
programs, like mine, use it more as a method to show off what has been learned, spotcheck skills, highlight strengths, and foster just enough nervousness to understand
what adrenaline feels like. How an instructor tests others is often based on how he
was tested. Whatever test style brought
him through the ranks is the one he naturally implements. It is similar to following the traditions to the way you were
raised. Chances are you will carry them
on in your own family.
I understand the fear and worry of
facing a daunting challenge. When I
learned karate, I was enthralled with
every bit of it. When I realized that I
had strength in a physical and a mental
way, I was hooked! Going to classes
each week was exciting, rewarding, and
a great learning experience. I had confidence that I could learn whatever was
presented and I jumped right in whenever I could.
Andrea F. Harkins
Belt tests were a different story. My
Karate Teacher at Parrish YMCA,
husband, David, and I went through the
motivational blogger
ranks together. We went to classes and
tests at the same time. We didn’t necessarily work together in class, but we were always within reach of each other. I never understood why, even though we went every
step of the way together, I was always so extremely nervous on the day of testing and
he was only a little nervous, if that. He would say things like “they wouldn’t ask you
to test if you didn’t know it, Andrea.”
That didn’t help. My stomach churned. I pondered over and over. What if I
miss a step? What if I fall down? What if I don’t win at sparring? What if I don’t
know what to do? What if I am not as good as everyone else?
Ugh! I was miserable. What should have been a good experience was drowning
me. Perspective makes all the difference. While I was focused on what could go
wrong and on potential failure, David was focused on the excitement of finally getting to show off what he learned. While I was facing fear and self-doubt, David was
Passing the Test CONTINUED ON PAGE 19
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Friends’ Author Luncheon scheduled for February 6
Kris Radish to speak at February 6 Luncheon
brary to purchase items for the library and pay for other
projects such as the recent lobby renovation and landscaping renovation in front of the library. In addition,
the Friends are working on a major program to clean up
the ponds in front and beside the library.
You’ll want to purchase a ticket for this event which
includes lunch, an opportunity to meet the author and
have a ticket for a drawing. Don’t miss it! Mark February 6 on your calendar now.
Duke Ellington Program to be presented
on February 11
If you are a fan of jazz and in particular Duke
Ellington, come to the library on Wednesday, February 11. You will experience a great program
and enjoy finding out about the famous musician.
like Denny, however, Stein is able to salvage some dignity from the over-the-top drama.
Garth Stein is the author of four novels: the New
York Times bestselling gothic/historical/coming-ofage/ghost story, “A Sudden Light;” the internationally bestselling “The Art of Racing in the Rain;” the
PNBA Book Award winner, “How Evan Broke His
Head and Other Secrets;” and the magically realistic
“Raven Stole the Moon.” He is also the author of the
stage play, “Brother Jones.” He has a dog, he’s raced
a few cars, climbed a bunch of really tall trees, made
a few documentary films, and he lives in Seattle with
his family. He’s co-founder of, a
non-profit collective of 74 Northwest authors working
together to energize the reading and writing public.
Evening Book Discussion Group scheduled for
February 11
The Evening Book Discussion Group is scheduled
Author Kris Radish.
for Wednesday, February 11at the library. The book is
Kris Radish will be the guest speaker for the The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein.
If you’ve ever wondered what your dog is thinkFriends of Rocky Bluff Library 8th Annual Author Lun- cheon on February 6, 2015. She is an American best- ing, Stein’s third novel offers an answer. Enzo is a lab
selling author, award-winning journalist, and nationally terrier mix plucked from a farm outside Seattle to ride
syndicated columnist. She has written two works of shotgun with race car driver Denny Swift as he pursues
non-fiction, nine novels, and has appeared on several success on the track and off. Denny meets and marries
Eve, has a daughter, Zoë, and risks his savings and his
national television shows.
Please join the Friends and your friends at River life to make it on the professional racing circuit.
Enzo, frustrated by his inability to speak and his
Wilderness Country Club as Kris discusses how she be- came an author with over half a million copies of her lack of opposable thumbs, watches Denny’s old racing
bestselling novels in print. Tickets for this fun-filled videos, coins koanlike aphorisms that apply to both drivevent are $35.00, and are available at the at Rocky Bluff ing and life, and hopes for the day when his life as a dog
will be over and he can be reborn a man. When Denny
Library or from Penny Kobernusz at 941-776-3088.
This is a major fund raising event for the Friends. hits an extended rough patch, Enzo remains his most
All money raised goes directly back to Rocky Bluff Li- steadfast if silent supporter. Enzo is a reliable companion and a likable enough
narrator, though the string
of Denny’s bad luck stories
strains believability. Much
AARP to be at Rocky Bluff to help seniors with
If you need help preparing your taxes and are a
senior, AARP is again offering free assistance to you at
Rocky Bluff Library. The counselors will be available
on Februrary 6, 10, 12, 17, 20, 24 and 26 from 12:00
noon to 5:00 p.m.
Join the Friends of Rocky Bluff Library
Types of memberships
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Dues and contributions may be tax-deductible.
Drop in the box at the library or mail to:
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Valentine’s Trivia
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Jim Casey,
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and Tricare Prime Health Plans
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Thursdays at 9:45
Love is in the air for this month’s column. With
Valentine’s Day around the corner, I thought we’d
have some fun by looking at celebrity marriages
that hardley made it past the “I Do” stage. I
“lovingly” call this “Love Stinks.”
1. As if her first marriage to Michael Jackson for 20 months wasn’t enough, Lisa
Marie Presley was unlucky in love twice
after staying married to this star for 107
days. a. Russell Crowe b. Nicholas Cage
c. Mel Gibson d. Elvis Presley
2. David Gest claimed physical and emotional abuse at the hands of this chronic
a. Lindsay Lohan b. Liza Minelli
c. Barbra Streisand d. Charlie Sheen
3. Dennis Rodman and this former Baywatch beauty had a marriage that made it
to 9 . . . days.
a. Gina Lee Nolin b. Carmen Electra c. Pamela Anderson d. Yasmine Bleeth
4. Pamela Anderson’s marriage to this
rocker lasted 122 days.
a. Vince Neil b. Jon Bon Jovi
c. Bret Michaels d. Kid Rock
5. This show’s famous fans were thrilled
when the adorable co-stars Sophia Bush
and Chad Michael Murray started a real
life romance, but that all crashed and
burned just five months after their seaside
Santa Monica wedding in 2005.
a. Beverly Hills 90210 b. Gossip Girls
c. Gilmore Girls
d. One Tree Hill
6. Kim Kardashian, now happily married
to Kanye West, had a basically fake marriage that lasted 72 days with this athlete.
a. Reggie Bush b. Dennis Rodman
c. Kris Humphries d. Kanye West
7. This once self-balding singer had a Las
Vegas marriage that lasted all of 55 . . .
a. Britney Spears b. Susan Boyle
c. Christina Aguilara d. Rihanna
8. This Baby-faced Saved by the Bell star
married model and actress Ali Landry
in April 2004, but the marriage was annulled 18 days later.
a. Mark-Paul Gosselaar b. Mario Lopez c. Dustin Diamond
d. Mr. Belding
9. In the quickest marriage I could find,
we have to go back to 1919 when an
American actress named Jean Acker married this famous Italian actor - nicknamed
“the Latin Lover.” She quickly regretted
the decision and locked him out of their
honeymoon suite.
a. Zorro b. Ricky Martin
c. Rudy Vallee d. Valentino
10. 2 days after divorcing Sonny Bonoo,
Cher flew to Vegas and married this
rocker, then filed for divorce 10 days later
- although it was not official for another
four years.championships?
a. Gregg Allman
b. Steven Tyler
c. David Bowie
d. Elton John
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Manatee County Extension Service Classes for February
The Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service is offering a variety of free educational classes
during November, 2014. The Extension Service is an
educational program within county government which
brings the resources of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS) to Manatee County to solve local problems, provide educational
opportunities, promote economic enhancement and development, and improve the quality of life for all of our
Registration Instructions
Unless otherwise noted, all classes are free and are held
at the Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service, 1303 17th Street West, Palmetto, Florida 34221.
Minimum workshop size is required; workshop size is
limited. Please register in advance online via our website at (click on Calendar of
Events and then event date) or call 941-722-4524 for
all workshops.
February 21, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Extension Master Gardener Plant ID Tour – Emerson Point Preserve: Stroll through Emerson Point Preserve to learn
more about Florida’s native plants and inhabitants of
a coastal habitat. Suitable for all ages. Tour begins in
tower parking area at 5801 17th Street West, Palmetto.
Call the Extension Master Gardeners to register.
February 15, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Extension Master Gardener Plant ID Tour – Robinson Preserve:
Stroll through the Robinson Preserve’s salt marshes to
learn more about Florida’s native plants and inhabitants
of a coastal habitat. Suitable for all ages. Tour begins
in parking area by main entrance at 1704 99th Street
Northwest, Bradenton. Call the Extension Master Gardeners to register.
Robinson Preserve.
February 12, 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m. - 5:30
p.m. - Landscape Tips and Smart Irrigation: This
class satisfies the irrigation and landscape educational
classes for the Manatee County Outdoor Water Conservation Rebate Program. Two classes in one! Workshop topics will include: Florida Friendly landscape
tips; how to adjust your in-ground sprinkler system
to conserve water; and the benefits of installing smart
irrigation devices. Location: South Manatee Library,
6081 26th Street West, Bradenton. Register online or
call Joann.
February 4, 9:00 a.m. - Noon - Spring Vegetable
Gardening: Find out what type of vegetable garden
will work best for you and get it ready for spring planting! This workshop covers the basics from the ground
up, including soils and amendments, plant selection,
fertilizing, and pest management. Register online or
call the Extension Master Gardeners.
February 6, 9:00 a.m. - Noon - Pressure Canning:
Learn how to preserve food at the peak of freshness to
enjoy later! The class will demonstrate using a pressure
canner to can carrots. You will get directions, recipes,
and resources to take home. The class will demonstrate
how to use a pressure canner and learn the pros and
cons of different kinds of canners. Bring your canner
gauge for testing. Cost: $5.00. Register online or call
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February 10, 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. - Conserving
H2O and Soil Moisture Sensors: Learn how the installation of a soil moisture sensor can conserve water
in your landscape. Tips will be provided to adjust your
irrigation system and make it more efficient in water
conservation. This class satisfies the irrigation educational requirement for the Lakewood Ranch/Braden
River Utilities Soil Moisture Sensor Rebate Program.
Location: Lakewood Ranch Townhall, 8175 Lakewood
Ranch Blvd., Lakewood Ranch. Register online or call
February 11, 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. - 4:30
p.m. - Landscape Tips and Smart Irrigation: This
class satisfies the irrigation and landscape educational
classes for the Manatee County Outdoor Water Conservation Rebate Program. Two classes in one! Workshop topics will include: Florida Friendly landscape
tips; how to adjust your in-ground sprinkler system to
conserve water; and the benefits of installing smart irrigation devices. Location: Island Library, 5701 Marina
Drive, Holmes Beach. Register online or call Joann.
February 18, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Rain Barrel
Workshop: Storing rainwater aids in the reduction of
storm water runoff which can help reduce the levels of
pesticides and fertilizers that drain into ponds, streams,
lakes, and our bays. Learn how to install, paint, and
maintain a functional rain barrel. Start conserving today. Location: Horticulture Learning Center at the Extension Office. Register online or call the Extension
Master Gardeners.
Please see Extension CONTINUED ON PAGE 26
as the County Administrator in November 2006.
The County Administrator is also responsible for
the supervision and management of department directors, and for ensuring that all agreements, leases and
other contractual obligations of the Commission are
properly performed. The Board of County Commissioners may also direct the County Administrator and
staff to complete special projects and assignments that
do not fall within the established responsibilities of
County Departments.
The Manatee Board of County Commissioners appointed Ed Hunzeker as the County Administrator in
November 2006. Hunzeker brought to Manatee County
a mantra of accountability, civility and ethics, ushering
in a more businesslike, customer-friendly county government. He values creative employees who aren’t
afraid to take risks.
Manatee Board of County Commissioners hired
Hunzeker as County Administrator for his solid background in finance and his strong vision for the future of
Manatee County. His intuition, approachability and intelligence make him a natural leader. Senior level staffers describe Hunzeker as “a dignified, polished manager” who is “extremely perceptive with an energetic,
inspiring personality.”
Ed Hunzeker and Manatee County Government
Ed Hunzeker’s tenure at Manatee County has been
an unprecedented period of change for local government. During the peak years of Florida’s real estate
boom, the County Commission and Hunzeker had the
foresight to save heightened property tax revenues,
rather than spend them on expanded government. Their
frugal policy has helped Manatee County Government
maintain public safety while avoiding massive service
reductions to the public during the current economic
Under the Board’s direction, Hunzeker has instituted a new era of scaled-down government focused on
economic development efficiently delivering services
to the community. On Hunzeker’s watch Manatee
County Planning and Building and Public Works departments have all adopted a more customer-friendly
way of doing business, meaning better response time
and less expense to the public.
Under the direction of the Board and Hunzeker,
Manatee County has renewed its focus on economic
development, business retention and job creation. In
the fall of 2014, Hunzeker was recognized by the Bradenton Area Economic Development Corporation for
his leadership in government and for spearheading
Manatee County’s emergence as an economic development powerhouse in the public sector.
He serves on the Board of Directors of the Manatee Chamber of Commerce and on the Board of Directors of the Bradenton Area Economic Development
Corporation. Hunzeker serves on the United Way of
Manatee County Board of Directors and is a member
of the Manatee County CEO Roundtable. Hunzeker
is also a member of the Anna Maria Island Chamber
of Commerce and the Lakewood Ranch Business Alliance.
Ed Hunzeker’s Bio
Ed Hunzeker received both his Bachelor of Accounting and Master of Business Administration degrees from St. Louis University. In the 1970s Hunzeker served as Health Department Administrator at a St.
Louis hospital. In the 1980s he was chief financial officer of a regional transportation authority in St. Louis
and served as county auditor for St. Louis County.
In 1988, Hunzeker was hired as assistant county
administrator of Hillsborough County, a position he
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held for 15 years. He served as Osceola County Administrator before being hired in Manatee in 2006. Hunzeker is married to Sharon. He has three adult
sons and five grandchildren. He enjoys reading, travel
and golf.
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teenth century it was a cultural center for artists, writers, composers and scholars. Napoleon’s
troops razed the monastery in 1811, during the French War, and it was abandoned; but, it was
completely rebuilt and repopulated by 1844. Pope Leo XIII proclaimed the Virgin Mary, the
Patron Saint of Catalonia, in 1881. She is represented by a three foot high, black wooden statue
of a seated Madonna and Child surrounded by an altar of gold, located at the rear of the basilica. Monserrat is Catalonia’s most important religious retreat and the “Black Virgin” is Catalonia’s
favorite saint. Like a pilgrimage to Mecca, Catalonians are expected to visit Montserrat at least
once in their lives.
We had arrived early to beat the crowds. Access to the sanctuary of the “Black Virgin” is
limited to small groups in order to avoid long lines in the narrow passageways. After a short
At right a view of
walk, I climbed a few wooden steps and was in front of the icon which was encased in a glass
the interior of the
cylinder. She holds a small globe in her right hand which can be touched thru a small hole cut in
the glass. The artwork is beautiful. A short prayer for my soul, and I was on my way. We visited
Below left a view
the monastery museum, watched a short historical film, and viewed some paintings by Picasso,
of the Black Virgin
El Greco and Salvador Dali, which are on permanent display. We then exited into the well- inside the monastery.
stocked souvenir shop where you can easily lighten your wallet. There is a publishing house on At right some of the
statuary outside
site which produced its first book in 1499 and contains one of the oldest running printing presses
in the world. The complex also has a large cafeteria which serves mediocre food at reasonable
When we left the monastery grounds the crowds were pouring in. (If you go, go early!) Our
guide surprised us with a special treat. We were able to take the scenic rack railway down the
mountain to meet the bus. Our bus driver was probably saving the brakes for another trip.
That evening we had our farewell diner, exchanged e-mail addresses with our new friends,
and promised to keep in touch, which never happens. We left the next morning and had an uneventful flight home. I’m very glad we got to see Barcelona. I liked Portugal; but, Barcelona
was definitely the highlight of the trip.
Next month, we resume our tour of the Italian Riviera and visit Portofino, Santa Margarita,
and the Cinque Terre.
At left a view
of Montserrat showing
its beauty and
the interesting
rock formation
behind and
beside it.
Are you covered by
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Do you love a parade?
Norma LeGrange Kennedy
If so, the Parrish Heritage Day Parade needs you!
The annual Parrish Heritage Day Parade, Festival and Chili Cook Off will be
held on March 7, 2015. You can join in on the fun by being in the parade or just come
on out to enjoy the festivities. Let’s represent and promote our community.
Almost anything goes for the parade. Here are some examples of the categories:
Floats (full professional, half professional/shared with another sponsor, home made).
Civic groups and churches with handmade floats.
Marching bands.
Vehicles (business, profit and non-profit, queens, multiple queens/princess
es/Little Miss, antique/collector, clubs).
Marchers, walkers, civic groups, clubs, sports groups.
Horses and wagons.
The really good thing about this parade is that there is no need to register. All
you need to do if you want to participate is call Cindy Chin, Parade Chairman at 941776-1571 to let her know you are participating or to obtain more information.
Then, all you do is show up and bring your enthusiasm. The gathering place for
the parade is the field behind the Parrish Fire Station (accessible off 121st Avenue). The parade will begin there at approximately 10:00 a.m., so you need to be there
about 9:30 a.m. The parade will begin at the Parrish Fire Station and end at the Florida Railroad
Museum where you can attend the Chili Cook Off. The Chili Cook Off will provide
fun, entertainment, activities and lots of good chili with bounce houses, a rock climbing wall, a bungee jump, art and craft booths, food and other vendors, live bands with
local musicians and much, much more!
This event is one big one for Parrish. Last year, over 5,000 people attended. Gates for the Chili Cook Off open at 11:00 a.m. and the event lasts until 4:00 p.m. The Budweiser truck will be there (of course, with beer and wine for sale)! Tickets
are $5.00 per person and children 12 and under are FREE.
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Saturday, February 7th 8 AM to 1:30 PM
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embracing his accomplishments with pride and confidence.
The two questioning students who walked up to me at the test and seriously
questioned if they were ready were….me. I was looking right at myself when I heard
them utter the words “how do you know I’m ready?” All the memories poured back.
There is only one way I know a student is ready. I have already observed him in
class and have seen him perform the required proficiency. When he receives a new
belt color, he is now on track to learn the skills required for that belt level. That is it. That is the secret to knowing he is ready. A simple check mark in my head that he
already knows the material. Done. Each student must trust my word.
We all lack trust at times. We hate to give up control about what we are doing or
about what we are talking. It’s hard to be judged by others. What we often forget is
that there are so many more important tests in life than one evening of a karate exam
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bigger life tests we will face. We must determine when to trust and who to trust. In
karate class, I’m her. I’m the one to trust.
The Life Test
Can being asked to perform a kata or a series of drills on a karate test day even
come close to the kind of lifelong, day-to-day tests we constantly face? Think of
all the work and sacrifice it takes to raise a family. Can that ever compare to just
one moment of karate testing? Being a true martial artist is partially performing the
physical karate skills, but, the other important part is being a good person with an
exemplary attitude. Passing the first part of this equation is just as important and just
as difficult as passing the other part.
When you look at your own life, I think you will see that you are constantly passing tests. Maybe the tests cannot be measured with a grade or a ruler, but they make
a difference in your life and the life of others. Don’t others rely upon you at work? Don’t you have constant commitments with the kids or pressing financial responsibilities? We are tested continuously and rigorously, but rarely give ourselves credit
for passing the tests. If you tell me you have never passed a test in your life, then
you are wrong because the life test is the one on which you have achieved the highest
My Tests
Like you, I have many tests and challenges that I have to face and want to overcome. In some settings I get nervous about public speaking. The reason is because
I cannot accept the fact that the audience is going to believe me, accept me, or judge
me kindly. Have you ever faced an audience that must grade you on your delivery
and content? I have had to do that on a few occasions and even though I knew the
content, I could still hear fear manifesting in my voice. In most cases, others cannot detect it as much as I can, but once someone did and called me out as “being too
nervous” on a feedback form.
I suppose there are many worse comments I could have received. It was only
one comment and yet it is still the only one that I remember to this day. I faced a
challenge. I delivered. And most of the feedback was positive. Maybe I got a 90%
instead of 100%. Shouldn’t I focus on the 90% not the 10%?
This is one lesson learned that I want to pass on to you. Don’t concentrate on
the small percentage that you missed. Focus on the percentage that shows the truth
about how well you did. Striving for 100% is the goal and if you achieve it, then
you’ve mastered something and should be proud. If not, do what you need to do to
fix the 10% for next time. If you ever see me driving on the highway you might laugh
because I’m always talking to myself out loud to “practice” that public speaking!
I write on occasion for a well-known martial arts magazine. I was asked by the
editor to be a journalist/reporter for the magazine by interviewing successful school
owners. I could ask myself that same question I was asked at the karate test last
night. How does the editor know I’m ready? Is he sure I can do this? This is a test
of my skill and my abilities to capture information and whittle it down to usable,
interesting, and valuable information. I’m still just a white belt when it comes to this
type of writing.
Just as I know when a student is ready to test, the editor knows I’m ready, too. I’ve already written several articles for him that he has published. I’ve already demonstrated good writing technique so this assignment is just a chance to showcase
more of what I can do. This is just like our karate promotions. I’ve been tested
already, now it is time to perform. I’ve already passed.
Being a karate instructor is a constant test. I have to weigh my knowledge and
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Zach’s phone alarm sounds for the sixth time. Tapping ‘snooze’ gives him a few
more minutes of desperately needed sleep, but each time the alarm goes off, Zach
knows that reality can’t be tapped out for much longer. A million lightning-fast
thoughts race through the pounding ache in his head as he slowly gains consciousness enough to sort out what his mind is screaming at him. “You’re tired…go back to
sleep…” “Get up right now so you have time to take the dog out…” “You feel too
sick to go to work…” “You can’t do these hours forever…”
By the tenth alarm, responsibility takes over and Zach lifts himself from the
grimy sheets that should have been washed a week ago and plants his feet unsteadily
on the floor. He wishes he didn’t want a cigarette, but lately, it’s the only thing that
makes him feel normal…even though he knows the dangers. He’ll smoke one while
the dog goes out, hoping the outdoor air will help awaken him fully.
Back inside, Zach will open the refrigerator and stand there a few moments to
see if anything might prove appetizing knowing full well that the grocery fairy didn’t
come overnight to magically leave any food. He’s grown accustomed to not eating
every day, so no food in the fridge is certainly no surprise. Even if he had the money
to get some groceries, closing 5 or 6 nights a week at the restaurant makes it difficult
to have the time, let alone the energy, to shop for food at 3:00 a.m. in the morning.
Despite the hunger, Zach will pull himself together, make sure the dog is fed and
pray the car makes it one more day to his place of employment where he’ll cook for
other people and make sure his work responsibilities are his highest priority. He’ll
tell himself that this job isn’t forever, though he’s thankful that he has it. He’ll tell
himself that life will improve, even though it feels as if it never will.
Zach is one of many his age that are living on their own in today’s slowly rebounding economy. At 20, Zach has been working as close to full time hours as his
employer will give for over a year. He’s learned practically every aspect of the food
service business and worked his way up to the kitchen. Though his earnings are meager, (pitiful, if you ask me) he pays his rent and car insurance on time. If he happens
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finer technical trappings of life that keep him communicating with the world around
To see him on the street, decked out in his stained-from-work khakis, t-shirt
and hoodie, you might think he’s just some punk kid with tattoos up to no good. To
meet him in person, however, is to find a well-spoken (minus the expletives), polite,
engaging person with a quick wit and a look-you-in-the-eye kind of personality that
lets you know you are in the presence of someone who seems far too intelligent and
charming to be working in a kitchen for long. He seems destined for much greater
things in life, even though being a line cook at a neighborhood restaurant is nothing
for which to be ashamed.
Zach’s parents would like him to take them up on their offer to send him for more
education or some sort of technical training, but Zach is worried he’d only disappoint
them. Due to an early childhood seizure disorder known as Petit Mal Syndrome or
Absence Seizures, Zach spent ages 4-12 heavily medicated to limit the sometimes
200 plus seizures a day. These seizures along with the sedating factor of the two
medications he took daily meant that most of Zach’s days were spent sleeping; thus
making it impossible for him to concentrate on learning.
To explain this seizure disorder, I look it up online since Zach’s memories of it are,
well, less comprehensible. “The hallmark of the absence seizures is abrupt and sudden-onset impairment of consciousness, interruption of ongoing activities, a blank
stare, possibly a brief upward rotation of the eyes. If the patient is speaking, speech
is slowed or interrupted; if walking, he or she stands transfixed; if eating, the food
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Zach’s description? “I would just feel weird and zone out,” he recounts. “Sometimes I could feel it coming and as I got older, I could tell if I’d just had one [a seizure]. My mom said she had to be really close if I was riding my bike or swimming
or something. It probably freaked her out at first, but over the years, everyone knew
what was up. Even the kids in my class were used to it and the chicks became kind
of over protective of me and fought over who got to ‘take care’ of me.” Zach smirks
as he remembers the attention the girls used to give him. From what I witnessed at
his job, the chicks still show ample attention to him.
“It’s the kind you grow out of,” Zach clarifies pertaining to the type of disorder
he had. He’s been seizure-free since he was 12 ½, but by then, Zach was so far behind in school that catching up seemed impossible. “They told me I needed meds for
ADHD, because I couldn’t sit still very long. I was like, Bull%@#, I’m not taking
any more medication.” Zach continued to struggle in school, despite attempts of
extra help and support. “I felt like an idiot,” Zach laughs, “I knew stuff, but I wanted
to be able to tell you what I knew…you know, orally, not by writing it.”
“I was pissed that teachers kept telling me how dumb I was. They kept having
meetings with my parents and talked to me like I was an effin four year old.” Zach
laughs as he shares his memories, though I can tell his wounds run deep as his depiction is passionate. “I’m not stupid, I just learn differently,” he explains. “Just show
me how to do it, then let me do it. If I have a question, I’ll ask.”
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telling her they didn’t think so.” Truth is (and was) that even though it’s the most commonly identified
learning issue and as many as 85 percent of students with learning disabilities have dyslexia, our public
school system as a whole does not have the training to recognize and diagnose it in children nor the resources to accommodate the specialized techniques required to teach those diagnosed.
For Zach, meeting with a tutor familiar in the methods used to teach dyslexics was the only option
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“I don’t want to be one of those 30 year olds still living with his parents. I’m only 20, but I want to be
on my own and have a dog and stuff. My hours at work screw me up so that it’s difficult for me to sleep
when I get home early in the mornings. I don’t want to have this kind of schedule forever, cuz it’s not
healthy and I have no life.” Zach often walks back and forth to work (even if it’s 2:00 a.m.) since his car is
not reliable. “I want to prove I can make it on my own,” he states emphatically, “and I have…even though
my mom still brings me some groceries from time to time. Thanks, mom.”
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Zach definitely hasn’t disclosed his learning disability to his employer because he thinks it’s irrelevant to kind of work he does. “What if it could help you in securing a
higher position with your employer?” I ask Zach, secretly wishing that I could sway him to spill the beans so he had better opportunities for growth in his current job. “Nah,
it’s not worth it,” he replies dismissively, “plus, I want to do something better, something I enjoy more and can make better money and have normal work hours.”
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my ability to perform skills. I have to cultivate a good relationship with my
students. I must impart the right wisdom and share who I am in order to teach
them better. They are, in essence, grading me. If they return to class, I have
passed the test. If they don’t, I need to review the reasons why. If the reasons
are out of my control – they moved, they have other commitments, they can’t
get to class at that time – then those can be ignored; but if it is because they
don’t like the class, the content, the teachers, or the lessons, then I have failed
them and I need to perform better. The bottom line is, there is no need to be
nervous or question yourself. We are all taking important life tests together.
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Plitt said King was thrilled with the community gifts presented to him at the end of his talk. Manatee County Neighborhood Services Director Cheri Coryea presented King with
Spring Training tickets, an “I Geek the Library” T-shirt and a
signed biography of King’s favorite author, John D. MacDonald.
“He was a happy camper,” Plitt said. Shortly after arriving
at the theater, King stopped to connect with theater employees
and event organizers, Plitt said.
‘An Evening with Stephen King’ will air on METV (Bright
House channel 614, FiOS channel 31) beginning Monday evening.
Later this year the Library Foundation will host Lisa Unger,
Jeff Lindsay and Nancy Cohen as part of its Arts and Lecture
Series, Plitt said to “provide stimulating programs to the community while raising awareness for the public library system.”
The Library Foundation was formed in 1985 by concerned
community citizens to assure the Manatee County library system
had the resources to serve the public today and tomorrow. For
more information, visit
For more information on Manatee County Public Library
System, visit To learn more about
Manatee County Government, visit or call
(941) 748-4501. You can also follow us on Facebook at www. and on Twitter, @ManateeGov.
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This newest book by Stephen King,
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February 21, 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Common Snakes in Florida: Come learn
about the native and invasive snakes in Florida, their habitats and personality, and
whether you should have concern if one is in your landscape. Location: Braden
River Library, 4915 53rd Avenue East, Bradenton. Register online or call the Extension Master Gardeners.
February 24, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Orchid Care and Repotting: Do you have
an orchid bursting from its pot and wonder what to do now? Learn the proper way
to care and propagate several varieties of orchids. Bring your orchid and pruners for
a hands-on exercise of dividing the orchid. If you would like us to divide and repot
your orchid, bring a pot and pay a small fee. We have potting media and clips on
hand to help you. Location: South Manatee Library, 6081 26th Street West, Bradenton. Register online or call the Extension Master Gardeners.
February 20, 27, 28, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. - Florida Master Naturalist Program
– Freshwater Systems Module: This Module provides classroom instruction, field
trips, and practical experience on the general ecology, habitats, vegetation types,
wildlife, and conservation issues of Freshwater Wetlands in Florida. This program
also addresses society’s role in wetlands, develops naturalist interpretation skills, and
discusses environmental ethics. Class begins February 20 and continues on February 27, 28, March 6, 7, 13, 14 and 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Graduation will
be on March 24. Cost: $225.00 which includes classroom instruction, all field trips
and student handbook. Register at For more
information, contact Kathy or Cindy.
Located on the Extension Service grounds, the educational gardens are designed
to showcase the different ways Manatee County residents can be more successful
gardeners and make their yards more Florida-Friendly. As you stroll through the
gardens you will notice creative ways to use wheel barrels, a fountain, and a salad
table for your gardening needs along with using rain barrels for plant watering. The
Master Gardeners invite you to come for a tour! To ensure that a Master Gardener
can walk you through the gardens, please make an appointment by calling the Master
Gardeners’ Plant Diagnostic Clinic (941) 722-4524. Staff may not be available for
impromptu visits. Master Gardeners are staffed Monday through Friday, (9:00 a.m.
- 4:00 p.m.) and closed Wednesday.
Additional Information
1. The Manatee County Master Gardener monthly E-newsletter, The Master Gardening Bench,
is available to download at -- look for The Master Gardening
Bench on the right of the page and click on “Monthly E-newsletter.”
2. Can’t make it to the Manatee County Agriculture and Extension Service office to get advice or
to solve your gardening problems? E-mail us at Be sure to include as
much information as you can in your e-mail and include your telephone number in case additional
information is needed. Attach photos if possible. Remember, a photo can be worth a thousand
3. Get FYI from FFL (Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM Program). Visit the Manatee County
Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM Program page on Facebook and “like” us to stay current on
workshops and classes, events, publications, tips for your landscape, plant information, and more.
4. Interested in having a beautiful landscape while saving water? The Manatee County Agriculture
and Extension Service offers a Mobile Irrigation Lab with a FREE evaluation of your landscape
and irrigation system. Call Bob or Martha at 941-722-4524 today to schedule your free evaluation.
5. Ask an Extension Master Gardener! 2nd Saturday (10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.). visit the Master
Gardener information table and get answers to your gardening questions. Location: South MAnatee Library, 6081 26th Street West, Bradenton.
6. Ask an Extension Master Gardener! – Every 2nd and 4th Saturday (10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.),
Visit the Extension Master Gardener information table and get answers to your gardening questions. Location: Rocky Bluff Library, 6750 U.S. Highway 301N, Ellenton.
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Comic detectives, spies and a bultler-in-disguise are the characters in the upcoming Florida Railroad Museum mystery dinner train. The cast of characters includes a hard-boiled detective and a wird inventor. The plot involves the nefarious
Beezle Crittenham who has his own private car on the train. The cast of spieces and
sleuths have arrived, independently, to meet him, but to no avail for Beezle is discovered dead at a table, next to an overteurned cup of tea. Who killed him? What did
he have that this crew of silly sleuths wanted so bad? And whatever it was he had . .
. who took it?
The show runs on February 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and March 1, 6, 7 and 8. Friday
and Saturday shows are at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday matinees are at 2:00
p.m. There are special Valentine’s performances on February 14 at 2:00 and 6:00
p.m. The Florida Railroad Museum is located at 12210 83rd Street East in Parrish,
Florida. For more information, go to their website at or call 941-7760906.
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Is rawhide right for you?
Every dog owner and dog lover knows that treats are a great way to reward your
dog, and keep them happy. But how do you know which ones are the best option for
your loved one? While there’s no exact science to it, there’s a lot of info out there to
help you make such decisions. For many people, rawhide treats are a standard way
to go because of their texture, price, and durability. There are, however, some drawbacks. And if you don’t do your research first, getting a rawhide treat for your dog
could be a mistake.
Fortunately, there are some great alternatives, and many are made right here in
the USA. Here are some things to consider, and what some of your alternatives are:
The dangers of rawhide chews
Choking is probably the biggest danger with rawhide and should really be
watched out for. If you’ve ever watched a dog chew on a rawhide, you know how
stringy, soft, and long it can become. On occasion, a dog will have worked at it long
enough that he’s chewed off pieces small enough to fit into his mouth and even into
his esophagus, but that’s often where the buck stops. If your dog is one who rapidly
works off those pieces, you may want to avoid rawhides or at least only give them
when you can supervise. Rawhide can quickly become lodged in his throat blocking
his airway, and in extreme cases can potentially tear the esophagus’ lining as it works
its way through. Here are signs that a piece might be lodged in his throat:
• Drooling
• Panicking
• Pawing at his mouth
• Not being able to swallow food or water
Another issue that some dog owners may have with rawhide is contamination. Because it is made from animal skins and other by product, salmonella can sometimes be a concern. Did you know that both you and your pet can contract salmonella
from a contaminated rawhide? In fact, between 2008 and 2011, there were six FDA
recalls of rawhide due to salmonella. So pets (or owners) with compromised immune
systems may want to consider other options.
3 great rawhide alternatives
1. Bully sticks. These are made from the pizzle of a bull. Pizzles have his
torically been used for different purposes from walking canes to medicinal powders, and even eaten in their raw or cooked form by humans in parts of
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the world today. In the US, they are primarily used for dog treats. There is almost no
choking hazard, they are digestible, and they come in all the same sizes and shapes
you might expect from a rawhide.
2. Antlers. These are from elk or deer. They won’t splinter or create much odor, and they have nooks and crannies that really help get your dog’s
teeth clean. They are generally one of the friendliest pet treats on your
rugs, furniture and bedding. They also last a VERY long time! Be sure to
get the naturally-shed ones for added kindness. 3. Marrow bones. These are the big guys -- femurs or hip bones that are thick and filled with marrow. Keep them in the freezer, and then offer one to your dog with supervision. Just beware: they can be messy!
To check out these and other options, just visit your local pet store or other pet
product retailer. Be sure to ask questions, and look to see where the product you
are purchasing is sourced. Keep in mind... if a product is made in the USA, it will
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18, 9:00 a.m. to noon – It’s never too late to brush up on your driving skills! RSVP
to Debbie at 941-798-2221 x2263.
Movie and a Meal, Tuesday, February 24, 1:00 p.m. Movie Title, “Dolphin Tale
2”. Along with the movie, guests may enjoy one of three meal options: Bistro Salad
with Grilled Chicken, Quiche with Fresh Fruit or Cup of Soup and Half Sandwich.
Cost is just $6 for members and $8 for non-members. RSVP by February 23 to 941749-0100. No outside food or drinks allowed.
Pancake Breakfast, Friday, February 27, 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. – This monthly
pancake feast includes pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee. In addition to our
Traditional Buttermilk Pancakes, this month’s special flavor is lemon-poppy seed
with strawberries. Cost is just $4 for members and $5 for non-members.
Silver Sneakers Welcome!
Members of the Silver Sneakers program are now welcome to use the fitness center at
Renaissance on 9th and participate in exercise classes at no additional cost. For more
information, call 941-749-0100.
Great Classes!
Yoga For Cancer Patients and Survivors, Tuesdays, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. - Facilitated by the Center for Building Hope and hosted by Renaissance on 9th, this
yoga class is designed for cancer patients and survivors to help cultivate healing and
awareness and to help reduce stress. This class is open only to cancer patients and
survivors and is free to attend. Participants may just show, no RSVP necessary. For
more information, call 941-749-0100.
Italian Study Group – Wednesdays at 10:15 a.m. This class will focus on teaching
participants the frequently used conversational language, travel, culture and history
of Italy. Cost is Free for members and $2 for non-members (per class). For details
and reservations, call 941-749-0100.
Tai Chi for Balance – Mondays at noon (Beginner), 1:00 p.m. (Intermediate),
and 2:00 p.m. (Advanced). During these introductory classes in Tai Chi and Qigong,
participants may build strength, increase balance and flexibility, and improve health
and well-being. Cost is Free for members and $5 for non-members (per class). For
details and reservations, call 941-749-0100.
Tai Chi – Tuesdays (Beginner) and Thursdays (Intermediate) at 11:30 a.m. During these introductory classes in Tai Chi and Qigong, participants may build strength,
increase balance and flexibility, and improve health and well-being. Cost is Free
for members and $5 for non-members (per class). For details and reservations, call
Silver Sneakers Yoga – Mondays at 11:00 a.m. Improve balance, posture and flexibility. Silver Sneakers covered. Cost without Silver Sneakers is $5 for Members
and $7 for Non-Members.
Silver Sneakers Classic – Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. Suitable for
varying levels of mobility. Silver Sneakers covered. Cost without Silver Sneakers is
$5 for Members and $7 for Non-Members.
Line Dancing – Dust off your boots and join us for this fun activity. Free for members, $5 for non-members. Mondays from 9:00 a.m. to noon.
If interested in joining a class, call 941-749-0100 or sign up at the front desk.
February 2, 9, 16, 23 – You’re invited! The Senior Lunch Club now meets on Mondays at 11:30 a.m. for a great meal and to hear about a variety of topics from guest
speakers. $8.00. Call Sheila at 941-747-4655 for more information.
February 4, 11, 18, 25 – “Coffee Talk” - Every Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 10:00
a.m., join us for a casual social, chatting with others over coffee. Free for SEC Members, $5 for Non-Members. Coffee and Danishes provided. First come first served,
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What Does the Future Hold?
People are always trying to get insights into the future. We are curious beings to begin
with, but the uncertainty of life and the various problems with which each of us have to
deal, as well the good things that come along of which we want to take advantage, there
is a heightened interest in the future in each of us. We all seek something better. We all,
generally speaking, want to avoid things, situations, and even people that are unpleasant.
The future, however, is in the hands of but One, God. He is the One who is able to “declare
the end from the beginning” (Isaiah 46:10). While there is much that He has revealed in the
Bible, there is also much that He has reserved unto Himself (Deuteronomy 29:29). Despite
that people frequently speculate about the future and even try to use God’s Word to do so.
The result has been the setting of dates for the time of the coming of the Lord and the end
of the world, as well as many other events.
While the Bible clearly affirms that Jesus Christ is coming again (Hebrews 9:28), it does not
set forth the day or hour of that coming (Matthew 24:36). But it does still have much to say
about the Second Coming of Christ. It also teaches extensively about the final destinies of
all human beings and sheds light on what lies beyond this life. It gives glimpses of the spirit
world that parallels and often intersects are own corporeal realm.
We who are members of the North River Church of Christ strive to understand God’s will
I all things, including what it does teach concerning the future and especially the Second
Coming of Christ. But we do so by letting the Bible be its own interpreter (2 Peter 1:20-22).
By adherence to sound and reasonable hermeneutics – the very same hermeneutics humans apply virtually every day in reading and studying other subjects – we can come to understand God’s will for now and for the future. God repeatedly commends diligent study His
Word (Matthew 4:4; John 5:39; Acts 17:11; 2 Timothy 2:15; 1 Peter 4:11; Revelation 1:3).
Come and study with us at the North River Church of Christ at 13885 U.S. Highway 301 N.
in Parrish, FL 34219. The time of our Bible Studies and Worship Services are as follows:
each Sunday, 10:00 A.M. for Bible Study; as well 11:00 A.M. and 6:00 P.M. for Worship;
and each Wednesday, 7:00 P.M. for Bible Study. We have Bible correspondence courses
available upon request. You may contact as by phone at (941) 776-1134 or visit us on the
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Renaissance on 9th Volunteer Program
Renaissance on 9th has volunteer opportunities that come in many different shapes
and forms – ranging from facility tours, to class instruction, to filing and office work. We will work with you to find a volunteer job that best utilizes your strengths and
skills. For more information on how you can get involved, contact Sue at 941-7490100.
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Don’t forget the Parrish Civic Association
General Meeting, Thursday, February 13, 7 PM
Parrish Y - Community Center
Speaker: County Administrator Ed Hunzeker
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2015 Heritage Day Festival
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Clean Up Day at the Parrish Cemetery
Williams holds Positive Behavior Assembly
Williams Elementary held its 2nd Quarter PBS (Positive
Behavior Support) Assembly on Friday, January 16th. This
quarter’s theme was Sports Day. Students who “paid” 10
wolf howls had the opportunity to participate in games such
as soccer, pitching machine, tug of war, basketball, jump
ropes, hula hoops and music. Students can earn wolf howls
by demonstrating our school behavior expectations of honesty, responsibility, respectfulness, kindness and safety. Congratulations to those students who attended and especially to
our wonderful Parent Volunteers for providing the activities
and supervision for a fun-filled day enjoyed by everyone!
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Robert McCall with a underslot cobia he caught while fishing in Tampa Bay
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I hope everyone had a great New Year and are still holding strong with all the
new resolutions. I usually last about a month and it’s back to the same old routine.
So far, 2015 has brought the warmest January that I can ever remember. Last
month, I tried to share a few cold weather fishing tactics for January fishing but so far
none of it has been of any use. I think it would be hard to find any negative reviews
from anyone about the weather, but it does have the fish a bit confused. Fish are very
habitual and as anglers we develop the same kind of habits as the fish. Meaning we
fish certain areas every year at certain times. You can take any species of fish and they will have pattern changes as the seasons change. A good example of this are the folks that fish for tarpon and kingfish. You will not find anyone with the hook down at the skyway tarpon fishing right now,
same as all the cobia fishermen stay away from the power plants in the summer. When the fish leave, so do the anglers. Most of us fish for whatever is in our area at
the time, but there are a small percentage of water hounds that follow different species all over the place. I kinda chased a rabbit and got off the trail a bit, but my point
is with the weather being much warmer than normal this time of year, to be flexible in
your fishing style and your fishing areas. Learn new water. You might be pleasantly
surprised. I had a question asked by one of the column readers via email. Thanks Harvey,
it’s nice to know that someone is reading the reports. Harvey mentioned that he
recently moved here from the midwest and fished for “river cats” and was curious
about our catfish here. It was not stated but my hunch is that this question was asked
with a possible fish dinner in mind. Bad news for you, Mr. Harvey. Our saltwater
catfish in the bay and surrounding waters are not the same. The catfish that are in the
farm ponds and rivers in the midwest are freshwater and certainly make much better
table fare. I have a friend in Davenport, Iowa that is a catfish angler and he sends
me pics of his catch and raves about the tasty fish fries they have. The catfish we
have do offer a fun fight but are generally considered a trash fish in salt water. We do
have freshwater catfish that are edible, but I am not able to help you with any of that. Sorry!
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 fishing. For charter information you can call
813-601-2900, email, or visit
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Join the
Parrish Civic
for 2015
The Parrish Civic Association welcomes
our new and returning members!
Michael & Caroline Baldassarre
David & Lorene Bauck
Larry & Edie Bustle
Jean M. Cavallari
Gregory & Debra Schultz
Joel & Bonny Whidden
Community Booster
Bill & Jean Clark
Velma M. Gillett
Richard & Daphne-Ann Haynes
Community Patron
Michael & Gracie Johnson
Thank you for your support!
The Parrish Civic Association has been going
strong for over 30 years. In the beginning, it accomplished a really siginficant thing for Parrish - helping to
establish the Parrish Fire Department. This has had so
much importance to Parrish.
After all these years, the Parrish Civic Association
is still working hard for the common good of the community: organizing the Parrish Heritage Day Festival
including the parade and Chili Cook Off, helping with
the Parrish Children’s Christmas Party for needy children and families, helping to get the Y established in
Parrish, developing Overlays to the Manatee County
Comprehensive Plan and the Village, and currently
working with the Parrish Arts Council on cleaning up
the corridor along 301 from CR 675 to Mocassin Wallow Road. We still have work to do.
Help us out in this effort by joining the Parrish
Civic Association in 2015. A form is on page 47. Clip
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The Parrish Arts Council has a new exhibit at
the Rocky Bluff Library. This time, it is a collection
from the group of painters who have been painting en
plein air around the community.
The group painted one Saturday down by the
Manatee River, another Saturday at Brown’s Grove
Family Market and at the concert last fall, Music by
the Railroad. Everyone’s art is differrent and you
will get to see various styles and interpretations of
the same scenes.
Also, some members of the Harrison Ranch Arts
Guild have joined with the Parrish Arts Coucil to display their art on the wall, too.
If you have time over the next couple of months,
stop by the library and view the art. You will see
some interesting pieces and might want to join the
group. Some pieces are for sale are some are NFS
(not for sale) if you are wanting to make a purchase
for your home or for a gift. Check out the listing on
the wall of the artist, the name of the particular piece
and the price.
Every two or three months the Parrish Arts
Council will be changing the display of art and feature either a new group, an individual artist from the
area or a combinations of all of the above. Parrish Village News page 36
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The next gathering of the Parrish En Plein Air will be at the Parrish Y on January 30 starting at 9:30 a.m. It is a beautiful, historic setting for artisits to pain the
building, trees and landcape from many vantage points. The artists who came out to
paint Fort Hamer and Brown’s Grove Farm Market used oil, acrylic and watercolor. Our goal is to have monthly Parrish En Plein Air outings and an annual juried
event. En Plein Air was held at the Music & Art by the Train Concert on Saturday, November 8 at the Florida Railroad Museum and another on September 13 at
Brown’s Grove Farm Market. All events offer a great opportunity to paint a unique
scene in the community! Whether you are an experienced painter or just motivated
to get experience, please consider joining your Parrish artist neighbors in painting
scenes of our area to be displayed at future events, on your walls or sold at your festival booths! Please contact Jerri Phillips on (941) 809-5059 or visit www. parrishartscouncil.
org for Parrish En Plein Air location and other details.
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Adoptions and news from the Humane Society of Manatee County
Why Adopt?
Every time you adopt an animal from the Humane Society of Manatee County,
you enable them to save the life of another animal in need of a loving home. Each
adoption also brings the Humane Society one step closer to becoming a humane community – a community where all adoptable animals find permanent loving homes and
euthanasia is no longer accepted as a means of population control.
The Humane Societty is proud of its efforts, and the Board, staff, and volunteers
of HSMC are committed to placing 100 percent of the animals brought to HSMC for
adoption into permanent, loving homes.
FAQ About Adoptions
What does the adoption fee include?
Not only do you take home your new best friend, but all of the animals are
spayed or neutered, microchipped and up to date on all their vaccinations. Pet insurance for 30 days is also included. Adoption fees are $75 for all the dogs and kittens,
$50 for adult cats 6 months or older.
What is the Selection Criteria?
Pets placed up for adoption need to be of sound temperament and good health.
Pets with a history of severe aggression or untreatable conditions are not suitable for
the adoption program. Many animals undergo substantial medical and/or behavioral
rehabilitation prior to placement for adoption. For example, the dog enrichment and
obedience program, staffed by a group of dedicated volunteers, works with all the
dogs to help them develop good manners as well as special needs dogs in order to
resolve behavior problems that otherwise would be a deterrent to adoption.
Do you ever get purebred dogs or cats?
It is estimated that about 25 percent of the animals brought to the shelter are
purebreds. If you are interested in a specific breed, check the pet lists to see if one
is available. The Humane Society of Manatee County also works with purebred
dog rescue organizations. Many times, these dogs are transferred from the Humane
Society to rescue groups who specialize in adoption of a particular breed. That way
HSMC has more room for mix breeds.
Can I return a pet I’ve adopted?
Yes, the Humane Society of Manatee County wants you and your pet to be a
good fit for each other and recognizes that despite everyone’s best efforts, sometimes
this doesn’t happen. Terms of return are:
The Humane Society of Manatee County will accept your pet back within 10
days of adoption. After 10 days each animal will be evaluated according to the
HSMC selection criteria. The adoption fee is non-refundable.
Please call 747-8808 to discuss your circumstances with a counselor and schedule a date and time for return.
“Like” the Humane Society of Manatee County on Facebook
Take a look at the HSMC Facebook page. You’ll find pets available for adoption, recent adoptions, special events that are coming up soon and many other news
about Society programs. You can also catch up on all the news about the Humane
Society’s programs. There is even a map showing the location.
Be sure to “like” them on Facebook while you are on the site!
Support the Humane Society
of Manatee County
by buying a 2015 calendar
Hot off the press and ready for gift giving - the 2015 Humane Society of Manatee County Calendar! This 13-month calendar runs from January 2015 through January 2016 and contains some wonderful photographs of dogs and cats perfect for each
month. Inside is also some important information about the Humane Society and its
activities as well as Important Animal Contact information.
You can obtain a copy in Parrish at the Dog Grooming Guru located at 12280 US
Highway 301 N in Parrish and also at the HSMC located at 2515 14st Street West In
Bradenton for only $15. All profits go to support the Humane Society’s programs.
Parrish Village News page 39
Steps instrumental in children’s dental care
Did you know that HALF of all school aged children have NEVER had a cavity? Start early with introducing a toothbrush to your
According to the American Association of Pediatric Dentistry, five steps can help child. Begin when your child is able to hold the
your child stay in the 50 percent of school children who have never had dental decay: toothbrush safely. Taking turns, let your child use
a toothbrush in the bathtub to get used to having it
1. Good home dental care
in his or her mouth. Afterwards, it will be “your
2. Fluorides
turn” to actually work at removing plaque from his
3. Sealants
or her teeth. At this point no toothpaste is needed,
4. Limited snacking
since your child probably can’t spit it out. Consider
5. Regular visits to a dentist
impediments to normal growth and development,
like thumb sucking, pacifier use, and bottle habits
It seems like a simple list, but sometimes life gets in the way! My name is Dr. Patty which can lead to orthodontic or decay problems.
Schnur. I’m a general dentist, practicing in northern Manatee County, near the Ellenton Outlet Mall. My practice, Parrish Children’s Dentistry, is limited to children Modeling is a great way to help children understand the importance of taking care of
under 18 years old, and I hope to help parents in this area understand how they can their teeth. Seeing Mom or Dad brushing and flossing goes a long way toward getting
influence the dental health of their children in a positive way! Interested? Keep a child to do the same thing. Talk it up! Children use all of their senses, so let them
watch you, let them smell and taste the toothpaste, and let them hear and feel the vibra
Healthy teeth start at home, just like most other healthy behaviors. Most parents tions of your electric toothbrush! know that it is important to keep their child’s teeth healthy, but they don’t always
know how to do it. Here are a few ways I encourage parents to start:
Making sure children brush long enough is also a concern, so I recommend singing
a song, such as the Alphabet Song, as a way to pass time and make sure your child is
brushing 1.5 to 2 minutes if possible. Dance along, watch yourselves in the mirror,
whatever it takes! Make it a fun game and children will want to join in!
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As your children grow, you will still have to watch them and keep them on track as
they learn to be responsible for their own brushing and flossing. My recommendation
for independence with regard to brushing has more to do with fine motor skills than
age. It is important to make sure that your child has the fine motor skills to brush properly before you give up “your turn” to help him or her brush. A child’s handwriting is
a good clue. Good handwriting indicates that a child has the fine motor skills to brush
properly. My children “graduated” to independent brushing at different ages between
kindergarten and 2nd grade.
Hopefully these insights will be helpful to parents with younger children. Next month
I will continue discussing the five steps to good oral health for your child. If you have
a specific question you’d like to see addressed in this column feel free to contact me
via email at or call my office to suggest a topic at (941) 776-5135.
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12125 71st Street East
Parrish, FL 34219
Rev. Joe Skidmore, Pastor
Sunday Services
Bible Classes, all ages. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9:45 AM
Morning Worship. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11:00 AM
Evening Worship. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6:00 PM
Wednesday Services
Youth Group Meetings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6:30 PM
Prayer Meeting and Bible Study. . . . . . . . .7:00 PM
Parrish Baptist Learning Center
Monday through Friday
6:30 AM to 6:00 PM
@ Williams Elementary School
3404 Ft Hamer Road
Check our website for
Sunday Service Times
Faith Lutheran Church
9608 Highway 301 North
Parrish, Florida 34219
Interim Pastor - Kenneth L. Hinrichs
Saturday Service - 4:30 PM
Sunday Services - 8:00 AM & 10:30 AM
Sunday School / Bible Study - 9:15 AM
Saint Frances Cabrini
Catholic Church
12001 69th Street East
Parrish, Florida 34219
Pastor “Jay” J. Jancarz
“Making Heaven a reality here on earth”
10 AM Sunday
6:30 PM Wednesday
Nursery & Childrens Ministry
5425 39th Street E, Bradenton, FL
9422 Old Tampa Road
Parrish, Florida 34219
Church Office - 776-8687
Kevin Thompson
Senior Pastor
Sunday Services
Everyone Welcome
Reverend Fletcher Lawson, Jr., Pastor
Fellowship Alliance Church
5735 69th Street East
Palmetto, Florida 34221
Phone: 941-723-9593
Pastor Bruce Quackenbush
Sunday Services
Third Friday each month
The cafe offers: praise music, a
Small Groups - call Church Office for times
Crossroads Christian Church
1400 10th Street W, Palmetto, FL
Pastor Jeff Mohler
Bible Study - Sunday 9:00 a.m.
Church Services - Sunday 10:00 a.m.
Bible Study - Wednesdays 10:00 a.m.
Rev. Rick Chaffin, Pastor
Sunday Services
Wednesday Services
7215 US Highway 301 N
Ellenton, FL 34219
Parrish United
Methodist Church
Connecting people with the life-changing
power of Jesus Christ
Traditional Worship 8:15 AM
Contemporary Worship 9:45 AM
Blended Worship 11:11 AM
Sunday School 9:45 AM
12180 Highway 301 North
and CR 675 @ flashing yellow light
Back to the Word Church
Pastor : Dr. Jim Parker
7710 121st Ave. E, Parrish, FL 34219
155 W. Center Ave., Sebring, FL 33870
Spirit-Filled Contemporary Worship
Revs. Robert & Anne Barber (941) 776-9016
Saturday at 10:30 AM - Parrish, FL
Saturday at 5:30 PM - Sebring, FL
Bible-Based - Casual Dress
Nursery Available
There’s a place for you in My Father’s House!
Rev. James W. Berrien, Pastor
New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church
11915 82nd St E
Parrish, FL 34219
Come Check Us Out
Saturday Mass: 4:00 PM
Sunday Masses:
8:00 AM, 10:30 AM and 12:00 noon
(12:00 noon Mass from Christmas to Easter)
Confessions - Saturday 3:00 PM
St. Mary’s Baptist Church
Erie Road
Parrish, Florida 34219
Sunday service at 10:30 a.m.
825 9th Street W, Bradenton, FL 34205
941-776-0026 - email:
Dress Down & Be Yourself
Service Times:
Sunday 9:00 am & 11:00 am
11750 U.S, Highway 301
Parrish, FL 34219
(941) 776-2422
North River Church of Christ
Personal home Bible studies
or correspondence courses
upon request
Don Sturiano - Pastor
Nursery and children’s church provided
1010 24th Avenue West
Palmetto, Florida 34221
(941) 722-5292
Weekly Schedule
7:40 a.m. Holy Eucharist / Rite I
9:00 a.m. Adult & Children’s Sunday School
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist / Rite II
Wednesday: 9:30 a.m.
Holy Eucharist & Healing Service
Smart Guys Tutoring
4:30 p.m.
The Rev. Glen Graczyk
First Baptist Church of Gillette
3301 Moccasin Wallow Road
Palmetto, Florida 34221
(941) 722-1937
Sunday Service
Sunday School - 9:30 AM
Children’s Worship - 10:30 AM
Worship Service - 10:30 AM
Everyone Welcome! (Nursery Provided)
Harvest Field
Community Church
Where you can count on Christ!
Bible based - Christ centered
Worship Services
10:00 AM
Nursery available
7710 121st Avenue East, Parrish, FL
Casual dress, warm fellowship
Music is a combination
of contemporary and hymns
Bible Study 7:00 PM each Wednesday
Rev. Terry L. Cary - 941-725-4150
“Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore to
send out workers into his harvest fields.”
Mat. 9:38 NIV
The Jewish Congregation of Sun City Center
Rabbi: Philip Aronson
Cantor: Dr. Sam Isaac
Parrish Village News page 43
News from Williams Elementary School
February 13
deadline to order
Pasta for Pennies: February 2nd - 6th
Pasta for Pennies is a campaign aimed
Williams Elementary has had amazing successinthepast.In2013,weraised$2,394
fillthemupwithchange.Theclassthatraises the most money will be treated to lunch
Pictured is Mrs. Laura Human and her second
grade students.
WilliamsElementarywelcomesnewBusinessPartners:Just Bounce & Jay Elkins Construction
Pictured is 5th grade student
Jadon Pacuraw.
The deadline to order your yearbook is
February 13th! Order forms are
776-4040 ext. 2003 or go online to apply at ePIE@ Williams Elementary appreciates our Business Partners for their support of our
Thank you Chick-Fil-A for
supporting our school!
Two students win
movie ticket raffle
Teacher Aide
helps with letters
and sounds
Cristal Hernandez, Joslynn Champlain,
Kayda Richey, Ryland Lewis and Anthony
Kindergarten students in Mrs. Josey’s class received a “Chicken Nugget Party” for
having the most families attend Williams Chick-Fil-A Family Night Fundraiser.
Third Grade Class conducts trial
First grader, Izzabelle Wilson and 4th grader
Carson Wagner won the free movie ticket raffle
sponsored by Cafeteria Manager Billie Brinn.
Class creates First Responder
Appreciation cards
Pictured are Mrs. Kate Sinphay’s 4th grade students holding their
appreciation cards.
4thGradestudentsinMrs.Sinphay’sclasscreatedFirstResponderAppreciation Cards for local firefighters, law enforcementandEMTs.Somestudentsmadecardsforspecial
people in their own lives who are First Responders. Our
help keep us safe and wanted them to know they are appreciated.
Parrish Village News page 44
Service Club of Manatee County’s
50th Antiques, Vintage & Collectibles Show makes history
The Service Club of Manatee County celebrates its 50th Antiques, Vintage &
Collectibles Show on February 27, 28, and March 1, 2015, at the Bradenton Area
Convention Center. Over 50 antique and vintage dealers from across the country
will sell their finery of jewelry, art, pottery, oriental rugs, crystal, glassware, vintage
clothing, dolls, post cards, primitives, linens, furniture, and much, much more. In
2014, Service Club distributed $95,000 in proceeds from the Antique Show, in keeping with the Club’s mission to raise and distribute funding toward the support of the
well-being of children who are in need of food, shelter, clothing, health and educational services. The Antique Show weekend opens with a Friday night Gala from 5:30 to 9:00
p.m., featuring dinner catered by Carrabba’s Italian Grill from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. A
silent auction and a history of Service Club will also be featured Friday evening. Come ready to shop! Our dealers will be open the entire evening! The Show is open Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00
a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A weekend lecture series will feature Florida shore and kayak fishing and a floral arranging demonstration. Crystal repair is available Saturday and
Sunday and antique appraisals on Saturday from10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Come share
in this historical event while supporting the underprivileged children of Manatee
Find out more on their website: ,where tickets
are available, or call Susan Mitchell, chairman, at 941-321-1299.
Saturday, February 28th
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Next Manatee Garden Club
Meeting scheduled
for February 18th
The Manatee River Garden Club will have its next meeting on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. The meeting will be held at 3120 First Avenue West in
Bradenton. The topic will be “Restoring Our Reefs” presented by Mike Echevarria.
Echevarria, a Director for the Coral Restoration Foundation located in Key Largo, will discuss how corals are grown in underwater nurseries using cut fragments
from existing healthy corals. Once grown in size, these cultivated corals are transplanted to restore dying and degraded reefs. Contributing to this Foundation is one of
the projects of the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs, which has “adopted” a coral
reef. When these reefs grow, they will provide a habitat for all sorts of marine life
including tropical fish.
There is no charge for the event. For more information or questions, please contact Judy Boehm at (941) 870-2259.
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Parrish Village News page 46
Keeping the Cost of
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We all know that eating right and keeping fit will help us stay healthy and live longer.
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Weatherproof workouts
Weather is nice at this time of year; however, the rainy and hot season will be here
before you know it and you want to make sure you stick with your commitment year
If you typically exercise outdoors, it may take some planning to find out-of-theweather routines that work for you. For safety’s sake, be sure to talk with your doctor
before significantly increasing your level of physical activity. Here are some ideas to
keep moving — even on the most blustery winter day:
1. Be your own in-home trainer. Hold yourself accountable. Write up a weekly plan of what you’ll do and when. Maybe that’s how long you’ll trek on your treadmill and which days you’ll do strength-training exercises. Clipboard and whistle optional!
2. Park your bike. If you love to cycle, don’t stop. Use a training stand to convert your bike into a stationary model that you can pedal indoors. You might watch your favorite action show and stay revved up as you ride.
3. Hit play. Fitness DVDs can be like having personal trainers at your dis-
posal. Rent a few for variety and see what you like. Your public library may also have some available. Or, you might start a workout DVD ex-
change club with friends.
4. Make a deal. Do you avoid joining a gym because you don’t want to pay year-round? Some gyms offer month-to-month memberships or deals that include waiving the joining fee.
5. Follow the leader. How about signing up for a kickboxing, step aerobics, or hip-hop dance class? Having a schedule may keep you motivated and on track.
6. Shake and shimmy. Dancing can be a great in-home workout. So you don’t bow out early, create a lively playlist that keeps you grooving for a certain goal time. Throw in a few classic calisthenics – jumping jacks, push-ups, and sit-ups to make it an even better workout.
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Parrish Civic Association Corner
February 2015
Dear Friends:
PCA General Meeting February 12
County Administrator Ed Hunzeker will be the guest speaker at the
February Parrish Civic Association’s General Membership meeting. The date is Thursday February 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Parrish Y. We have asked him to speak on the status of Fort Hamer
bridge, plans for a new park in Parrish, and his thoughts about the
future of Parrish. If you have other topics you’d like to hear about,
let me know and I will pass your request to Mr. Hunzeker – or you
can just attend the meeting and ask the question yourself.
Heritage Day and Chili Cook Off is March 7
It’s hard to believe, but we are less than five weeks away from the
4th annual Parrish Chili Cook Off. The event became part of the
annual Heritage Day Parade and Festival just three years ago and
it has really grown each year. There is still time to enter a team
in the competition – it’s a great way to let the Parrish community
know that your business or neighborhood supports Parrish. All
proceeds from the event go to the Parrish Foundation’s Grant Fund
which in three years has awarded over $80,000 in grants to the
smaller not for profits serving our Parrish Community.
Mark Saturday March 7th on your calendar and come out for some
great family fun and to sample a wide variety of chili. Come out
at 10:00 a.m. and watch the parade and then come to the Railroad
Museum for the festival and Cook Off. Gates open at 11:00 a.m.
and tickets are only $5 with kids 12 and under getting in free. For
more information check out
Message from the Membership Chairman
Dear Friends:
The Annual Membership Drive for the Parrish Civic Association begins this month
for 2015. You will be receiving a letter telling you it’s time to mail in your annual
dues. Please complete it and mail it along with your check. If you provide your
email, we will send you notices of important meetings about development in the
area, meetings scheduled and events you might like to attend.
We appreciate your generosity and your joining the PCA. The only source of revenue for the Parrish Civic Association is dues. Your dues go to help our organization
in many ways: supporting the Parrish Children’s Christmas Party, funding for the
annual Heritage Day Parade and this year’s fourth Chili Cook Off (signs, posters,
publicity), helping to pay for the Ys Fall Festival held in October, helping pay for
bringing the Board of County Commissioners to our PCA meetings, bringing other
guest speakers to meetings like Manatee County Administrator Ed Hunzeker on
February 12 and many other activities performed by the Parrish Civic Association.
We now have over 400 members of the Parrish Civic Association. That’s a very
good number of people in the community who are interested in the Parrish community and making it the best place to live in Manatee County.
If you are interested in helping out on any of our activities and want to be on a
committee, please contact Ben Jordan, our President, at
We would be pleased if you would like to help. We have already met with several
people new to the area who are getting involved in our community’s activities. It is
a lot of fun and a great group of people who work to make a lot of activities occur.
And, volunteering is also fun. We need people for the Heritage Day Festival and
Chili Cook Off and Parrish Arts Council as well as other activities during the year.
We hope to see you soon in and around our Parrish community!
Cookie Jordan
Membership Chairman
Join the Parrish Civic Association.
Just clip out the form below
and mail it in with a check for your dues.
We’re in the “Season”
You can sure tell that we are in the middle of “season” can’t you.
Saturday morning I was going to a lunch meeting at Peaches and
when I turned onto 301 from Old Tampa Road, traffic was at a
standstill. My first thought was that there was a traffic accident
ahead, but that proved to not be true. The problem was that there
were just too many cars trying to go in the same direction as I was.
Please feel free to contact me with any ideas or concerns about
Ben Jordan
President, Parrish Civic Association or (941) 776-9019
I wish to join the Parrish Civic Association.
Here are my dues.
Mail to Parrish Civic Association,
P. O. Box 257, Parrish. FL 34219.
(Please print.)
City, State, Zip:
Phone No.:
Email Address:
(Above information is for PCA use only. We do not give out or sell to outside parties.)
Please check one:
Amount Enclosed $
New Member
$15.00 Basic Member (Member and Spouse)
$25.00 (Community Booster)
$50.00 (Parrish Sponsor)
$100 or more (Community Patron)
$500.00 or more (Community Sponsor)
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