Wingnuts’ First Poker Run Is Nov. 15

BROOKSVILLE –
To recruit more “trikers,” Larry Goulet took an unorthodox approach.

When he passed someone along a two-lane highway, he turned around, coaxed him to stop and gave him his best sales pitch. He was starting a trike club and he wanted more members.

“People would pass us and we’d make a u-turn and flag them down,” Goulet said. “It worked.”

On Saturday, Nov. 15, a large collection of trike riders will be passing through town – stretching from Weeki Wachee to Inverness.

Goulet’s club – the Spring Hill Wingnuts – is organizing its first poker run. The winning hand will win $500. The 82-mile run will end in front of Trikes by Tony, a shop in Inverness where several of the local riders are customers.

The proceeds will benefit the Hernando Food Bank.

In the 1950s, those driving their roadsters with the top down would wave to each other while passing along the highway. If they were pumping gas at the same station, they likely would strike up a conversation about their chrome-wheeled machines.

Nowadays, local trikers are the ones who enjoy a culture that harks back to the roadster days from 50 years ago. When someone sees a Honda Gold Wing parked outside a restaurant, he or she often will circle around it and nod in approval.

A trike is a three-wheeled version of a motorcycle. The most popular “converted motorcycle” is the Gold Wing, Goulet said.

In six months, membership has grown from five members to 75. The Spring Hill Wingnuts is the first and largest trike-riding club in Florida, according to its Web site.

“We have an absolutely delightful club,” said Goulet, who is the club’s president. “We have some nice-looking machines and a great membership.”

Most of the members are retired, including Richard De Angelo, of High Point. He said the club’s long-term goal is to increase its already robust membership and continue raising money for local charities.

Hernando-Pasco Hospice will be among those he hopes will benefit from future poker runs.

“Anything that comes up, we’ll do it,” he said.

For him, triking is a safer way to enjoy the open road. It’s also best-suited for those who are intimidated by motorcycles.

“Most of us are retired. We don’t feel safe on two-wheelers anymore, but this still keeps us young,” De Angelo said.

The Wingnuts regularly take day and overnight trips. A number of them recently returned from Key West, Goulet said.

For more information about the club, visit http://fl-1wingnuts.trisite.org.

Reporter Tony Holt can be reached at 352-544-5283 or wholt@hernandotoday.com.

Another Publix To Open Off County Line Road

SPRING HILL –
The eighth Publix store in Hernando County will be built along County Line Road, a company spokeswoman said.

The Villages of Avalon – a housing development and new plaza opening at the corner of Anderson Snow Road – will include a 45,000-square-foot store with a bakery and pharmacy.

“It’s our typical, average-sized store,” said Publix spokeswoman Shannon Patten.

It will be located less than four miles from the store located at Mariner Boulevard and less than three miles from the one at the corner of Barclay Avenue and Spring Hill Drive.

Despite the proximity to the other stores, there is no fear of overlap.

“It’s not going to be a replacement store,” Patten said. “There are no plans to close any locations there.”

Construction has not yet begun, but stores generally open within nine months of the groundbreaking, she said. That could mean it would be ready to open by summer 2009.

Since Publix announced it would purchase 49 Albertsons last summer, several stores are being transitioned.

In Hudson, the former Albertsons at Tower Oaks Terrace, located at 12101 Little Road, will become a Publix before the end of the year.

The grocery chain is following its pattern of opening new locations within a few miles of existing stores.

The Hudson store will be located less than four miles from the Publix located at the corner of Hudson Avenue.

Reporter Tony Holt can be reached at 352-544-5283 or wholt@hernandotoday.com.

Citrus County Deaths Of Mom, 3 Kids May Be Murder-Suicide

FLORAL CITY – Greg Maslowski called 911 and told them to come quickly. He had just found his stepdaughter and her three boys, all younger than 4, dead in his home.

“I’m outside the house. I’m not going in the house,” he told a 911 operator at about 10 a.m. Friday as his wife screamed and shrieked in the background. “I’m not even going in the room.”

As he spoke with the operator, his wife cried, “Please God. No, no, no.”

The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is treating the deaths at 4983 E. Stoer Lane in Floral City as a murder-suicide, said Heather Yates, a sheriff’s spokeswoman. Authorities said a firearm was recovered nearby.

The woman, 23-year-old Alicia Chomic, was found in a bedroom with her sons, Anthony Michael Lietz Jr., 15 months; Damian Michael Lietz, 2; and Thomas Anthony Goldsmith Jr., 3. Deputies say the four likely died sometime Thursday night.

Chomic, who has recently lived in Pasco County, and her older children were on a bed; her youngest child was in a bassinet.

Citrus County records list Greg and Vickie Maslowski as the owners of the property, identified as a mobile home.

The Maslowskis were taken to an area hospital, suffering from distress after discovering of the bodies, deputies say. They weren’t there when the deaths occurred.Citrus County Sheriff Jeff Dawsy said Chomic’s mother was so upset authorities were not able to talk to her much.

“It’s very tough for us to pull a lot of information out,” Dawsy said. “We will be interviewing her again tomorrow, but we felt right now that we have enough information.”

Deputies said Chomic had moved back to the home of her mother and stepfather with the children in the past week. Public records indicate she had lived for the past several years in Pasco County.

Chomic’s mother, Vickie Maslowski, and stepfather came home Thursday night and noticed that the door to the room Chomic shared with her sons was closed. The stepfather said on the 911 call that the couple thought Chomic and the children were sleeping.

“There was no sort of movement or anything,” Dawsy said. “So they never went in and checked. So we’re taking it from there and moving back on a timeline.”

Friday morning, Chomic’s mother went into the room and found the bodies.

“The problem is, is I’ve got three people that look like they’re passed away in my … three children,” Greg Maslowski, 45, told the 911 operator. “My wife’s going crazy.”

Investigators have contacted the boys’ fathers and said they had not found a suicide note or letter.

Reached Friday evening, Greg Maslowski declined to comment.

Little was known late Friday about Chomic’s background or what might have led her to kill her three children and then herself. Public records show she had lived in Pasco County from at least 2004 to 2007, at several addresses in New Port Richey and Port Richey.

One of those addresses was the Ebenezer Vincent apartments in New Port Richey, a small apartment complex of about two dozen units, populated mostly by lower-income residents. Several neighbors at the complex contacted Friday evening said they did not know Chomic.

Floral City is a rural community about 60 miles north of Tampa. The home where the apparent murder-suicide occurred is on a quiet street near farms and open fields.

Neighbors said they didn’t hear anything unusual Thursday night or Friday morning and couldn’t recall having seen the mother and her children before.

Neighbor Tammy Shelton said she didn’t hear gunshots and that her three dogs – who normally respond to anything, even car lights – didn’t appear to hear anything, either.

Neighbor Alicia Diamond said her own father heard the victim’s first name and rushed home from work, worrying that his daughter was dead.

Tribune reporter Josh Poltilove, and News Channel 8 reporter Peter Bernard contributed to this report. Information from the Associated Press also was used in this report.

Hooters Gal Makes Second Swimsuit Calendar

SPRING HILL –
The scenery is a major draw for any Hooters restaurant.

Beautiful women like 19-year-old Kaylie Kushmer greet you, serve you food and say “goodbye” as you walk out the door.

For a lucky few, they had a close-up view of a photo shoot – one that included the local Hooters waitress in a black, two-piece swimsuit decorated with sparkling rhinestones.

“The customers were coming in and they were getting a behind-the-scenes experience,” said a giggling Kushmer.

They might have had the closest look at the bubbly brunette, but they surely are not the only ones who were able to see her don the skimpy swimwear.

For the second year in a row, Kushmer has been featured in the annual Hooters Calendar. Her latest photo can be found at the bottom of the June page of the 2009 edition, which is on sale at all Hooters locations and online.

The tanned and slender business student stands 5 feet 9 inches tall. She has long curly hair and her bright eyes change color whenever there is a change in her mood, she said.

They were a grayish-blue on a recent afternoon as she gleefully talked about her calendar shoot, her fondness of Hooters and her future.

Kushmer is a full-time student at Pasco-Hernando Community College and plans to transfer to the University of South Florida next year. After that, she wishes to attend law school.

The Central High School graduate was born in Brandon and relocated to Hernando Beach while a sophomore in high school.

Her managers at the Spring Hill restaurant learned of her second consecutive inclusion in the calendar before she did. Instead of simply telling Kushmer, they threw her a surprise party and announced it then.

Up to 15 percent of the waitresses across the country sent photos to the calendar committee. The judges chose about 80 out of the thousands of submitted photos.

Kushmer was not the only one from the Spring Hill location who tried out for a chance to be in the calendar. The competition side was the one thing she found unappealing. Her smile vanished for the first and only time during the interview when she mentioned it.

“There are others here who tried out who should have made it,” she said.

Kushmer first applied at Hooters when she was 16 years old. To be a hostess, one must be 17. The minimum age requirement for a waitress is 18.

The hiring manager politely turned her away following her first visit, but as promised, she reapplied on her 17th birthday and was hired. One year later, on the day she turned 18, she worked as a waitress for the first time. It was a double shift.

She wore a sash that advertised her birthday to everyone. She set a personal record for tips.

Kushmer’s photo is seen by managers as an inducement for customers to spend more money – or at least buy more calendars. She laughs whenever they remind her.

“They try to convince us it helps sales,” she said. “They’ll tell us (before our shift), ‘You have to sell 500 calendars and there’s no excuse not to because Kaylie’s working today.'”

Her inclusion in the 2009 calendar also allows her to take part in activities with the other models. When the group visited Kushmer’s location for a recent appearance, they warmed her heart with compliments about her co-workers and customers.

“They kept saying, ‘That’s the nicest (restaurant) we’ve ever been to,'” she said.

She wasn’t surprised by the comments. She remains employed at the U.S. 19 location because of the comfortable atmosphere. When she attends school in Tampa, she might entertain the idea of signing on at a second Hooters, but she has vowed to continue waitressing in Spring Hill during the weekends.

“This restaurant is much different from the others,” Kushmer said. “It’s a lot more fun and easygoing.”

Because she goes to school during the week, most of her work hours are scheduled for the weekends. Football season is particularly busy and draws the most regulars.

She loves the chain so much she has hopes for a successful, lucrative career as a business attorney that would grant her the capital to purchase her own Hooters restaurant.

In the meantime, she plans to focus on her studies, relish her job and pile on more happy memories.

As long as future calendar shoots remain a possibility, Kushmer’s bosses do their best to ensure she doesn’t detach from her roots. Tampa might be bigger and the lights might be brighter, but Hernando County is home. Those reminders never stop coming.

“They keep telling me that under my name it had better say, ‘from Spring Hill, Florida,'” she said. “It will. I love it here.”

Reporter Tony Holt can be reached at 352-544-5283 or wholt@hernandotoday.com.

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Vedelle G. Dalby, 82, of Spring Hill, died Saturday, Sept. 27, at Hernando-Pasco Hospice Care Unit, Chatman Boulevard, Brooksville. She was born in Federal, Pa., and moved to this area 21 years ago from Pittsburgh, Pa.
Mrs. Dalby was a homemaker, president of the Oakridge Fire Department Auxiliary, a member of the Pennsylvania Bowling League, member and past president of the Pennsylvania Club of Spring Hill, and a Christian by faith.
She is survived by her husband, Wilbert.
Arrangements by Merritt Funeral Homes, Spring Hill Chapel.

Joseph J. Bobak, 81, of Weeki Wachee, died Saturday, Sept. 27.
Survivors include his wife, Mary Esther; a son, Kenneth A. Bobak of Weeki Wachee; four daughters, Cynthia Fletcher, Beverly Ann Marusa, both of Brunswick, Ohio, Teresa DeMarco of Medina, Ohio, and Patricia Jo Kackley of Strongsville, Ohio; a brother, Dr. Edward Bobak of Garfield Heights, Ohio; a sister, Helen Danilowicz of San Diego, Calif.; 12 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Grace Memorial Gardens & Funeral Home, U.S. 19, Hudson.

Mary D. Pallay, 91, of Brooksville, died Saturday, Sept. 27, at her home. She was born in Jersey City, N.J.
Mrs. Pallay worked for a Garage Door Company as a cable roller.
Survivors include her son, Bob Kazmierski of Brooksville; a brother, Edward; two sisters, Jennie and Josephine; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Commercial Way, Spring Hill Chapel.

Elisa Cintron, 83, of Spring Hill, died Sunday, Sept. 28, at Hernando-Pasco Hospice Care Unit, Chatman Boulevard, Brooksville. She was born in Humacao, Puerto Rico, and moved to this area seven years ago from Freehold, N.J.
Mrs. Cintron was a retired gift and card shop owner in Middletown, N.J., and a member of Christian Life Assembly of God.
Survivors include her husband, Angel G. Sr.; a son, Angel G. Cintron Jr. of New Port Richey; a daughter, Lourdes Cintron of Spring Hill; two sisters, Isabelle Flecha of Fort Lauderdale and Felicity Flecha of Atlantic Highlands, N.J.; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Merritt Funeral Homes, Spring Hill Chapel.

William L. White Sr., 75, of Ridge Manor, died Saturday, Sept. 27, at his home. He was born in New York, New York, and moved to this area 16 years ago from Miami.
Mr. White was a volunteer fireman during the ’50s in Zephyrhills. He was a member of Kairos Prison Ministry, the Emmaus Community and Spring Lake United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Lorraine; a son, William White Jr.; four daughters, Denise Flynn, Cindy Burke, Georgette White-Roig and Kimberly White-Pinilla; 12 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Turner Funeral Homes, Brooksville Chapel.

Evelyn Huhn, 82, of Brooksville, died Thursday, Sept. 25, at Kindred Hospital. She was born in Manistique, Mich., and moved to this area 16 years ago from Clearwater.
Mrs. Huhn retired from Honeywell and was a Lutheran by faith.
Survivors include her husband, Robert; two daughters, Sharon Sugamosto of Shelby Township, Mich., and Donna Franz of Brooksville; two brothers, Kenneth Schubring of Atlanta, Ga., and Wesley Schubring of Sarasota; a sister, Marilyn Rudquist of Rochester, Mich.; three grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.
Arrangements by Merritt Funeral Home, Brooksville Chapel.

Alma Fleischman, 88, of Brooksville, died Monday, Sept. 29.
Survivors include a son, Leonard; a daughter, Joy; three grandchildren; and a great-granddaughter.
Arrangements by Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes and Cremation Services, Brooksville Chapel.

To Pull Or Not To Pull The Plug

Today, the most routine medical procedure requires your initials and signature in various places to document you are aware of all the possible death scenarios. After you sign off on these possible tragedies so as to decrease medical liability, you are presented with “living will” documents to fill out.
The instructions to fill out this life-and-death decision are generally as follows. “I, John Doe, want to choose how I will be treated by my doctors and other health care providers during the last days of my life. I do not want to suffer unnecessarily and I do not want to be kept on machines that will serve only to delay the time of my death. My choices about treatments which have little chance of making my condition better, if I am unable to make my own decisions, are listed below.”
This official questionnaire asks you to check box “yes” if you want treatment or “no” boxes if you do not want treatment. The box checked will determine if you receive certain types of treatment to, or not to, preserve your life. In other words: to pull or not to pull the plug — that is the question. Before you rush to automatically pull the plug, remember times are changing.
No one wants to exist permanently in a vegetative state only to die. This dependent quasi-dead life would make the person a burden to family and society without awareness of the world or ability to contribute to others. Few, if any, individuals would see this state as desirable. Everyone would want the plug pulled if there is no chance of being a cognizant, feeling human being.
The question that immediately should strike the person filling out this life or death decision document is who is going to determine that your body and mind cannot heal sufficiently to live a meaningful life? A person in an unconscious or permanently confused state cannot make this decision. The professional assessment that CPR, life support, surgery, blood, tube feeding are only going to “delay the time of death” and have “little chance of making my condition better” will be initially made by medical professionals. A designated surrogate will be the one to integrate this information and make treatment choices.
This life-and-death decision has to be based on assumptions about the probability of one’s health improving. The person who would have your best interest at heart would be your most intimate relationship. This person would be best able to protect you in the hospital and decide what would be the best for you. Leaving the evaluation solely to professionals could eliminate the necessary time for your body to sufficiently recoup to make an accurate decision.
There is no medical staff that can predict with certitude the course of an illness or a traumatic accident. The best a group of professionals would be able to do is to make a series of educated guesses of the probability of a person’s chance of recovery and weigh it against the cost factors of keeping the person alive.
Financial concerns influence our cultural attitude toward life and death. Government pricing of allowances for specific services and procedures directly influences the medical industry’s perspective of long-term care. This medical pricing is influenced by the state of the treasury. As the generational war unfolds, young people’s resentment will increase, as they are required to shoulder the burden of the taxes for the “baby boomers,” who have not saved for their own health and retirement expenses. The flood of geriatric patients will result in radical cutbacks in services, especially for the acute and chronically ill, to avoid bankruptcy. The scarcity of resources makes it more difficult to be on the side of prolonging the patient’s life.
The sanctity of life is under attack — especially for the elderly. Prolonging artificial life at all costs as during the 1970s is over. Suffering is no longer seen as an inevitable part of living but something to eliminate even at the expense of ending life. Euthanasia has been passed in Oregon and is being considered in other parts of the USA. Death is the final answer to physical suffering of the patient and psychological pain of the loved ones. Europe is pulling the plug early and is spending substantially less per patient. There is a real incentive for patients to die early.
Before you check the box for prolonging your life, you may be under the misconception there would be no possibility for your recovery. The “culture of convenience” is making it more likely that our government-dominated medical industry might decide to make sacrificial lambs of people over a certain age to appease a more aggressive and politically powerful segment of voters.
Checking “yes” to treatment and designating a trusted loved one to watch over you when you may be temporarily incapacitated is probably the best way to prevent your meaningful life from being snuffed out before God intended. Although a loved one would be hard pressed to go against the prognosis of the authorities, this individual would have the greatest motivation to exhaust all possibilities before giving up on your life.
Death may be cheaper and a final solution to an aging population. But it should not be left in the hands of a medical establishment that receives its instructions from centralized government bureaucrats.

Dr. Domenick J. Maglio, Ph.D., is the author of “Invasion Within” and “Essential Parenting.” He is a psychotherapist and the owner/director of Wider Horizons School.

Cemex To Idle Brooksville North Plant

BROOKSVILLE –
Faced with a hobbled housing market and plummeting demand for its products, Cemex will temporarily shutter its Brooksville North cement production plant by the end of year, company officials confirmed Monday.

“Most” of the employees will be transferred to Cemex’s Brooksville South plant on Cobb Road, but some will be laid off, Cemex spokeswoman Jennifer Borgen said.

“We’ve had a severe downturn in the housing market, and we’re taking the necessary steps to meet those challenges,” Borgen said. “Now, unfortunately, we made the tough decision to idle our Brooksville plant.”

The company plans to reopen the plant on U.S. 98 north of Brooksville “when conditions improve,” Borgen said.

Borgen, a Houston-based spokeswoman who evacuated to Dallas as Hurricane Ike threatened, couldn’t cite the total number of employees working at the Brooksville North plant, how many will get pink slips or what kind of severance package they will receive, if any. Borgen said she’d heard employees were informed of the move Friday but couldn’t confirm that.

Local Cemex officials directed media inquires to Borgen.

The company is moving forward with a $230 million project to build a new cement kiln at its Brooksville South facility on Cobb Road, Borgen said. The second kiln was expected to add some 30 jobs to the company’s roughly 200-member Hernando work force. It now appears those positions will be filled with existing employees.

The company last year bought out Rinker, the Australia-based maker of ready-mix concrete and aggregates, for $14.2 billion. The Brooksville South Plant had been a Rinker facility.

The mining and cement production industries have been among the county’s most stable, said Mike McHugh, the county’s director of business development who worked in the industry before coming to the county.

McHugh said he doesn’t recall a cement plant ever being idled in Hernando County.

“So it certainly speaks to the difficulties in the construction and housing market right now,” McHugh said.

But it also makes sense that the company is moving operations to its new, more efficient facility, McHugh said.

Cemex last week announced total earnings of some $1.25 billion for the third quarter of this year, a decrease of about 3 percent compared to the same period last year.

The company estimates its earnings for the first nine months of 2008 at about $3.55 billion, an 8 percent decline versus the same period last year. About half of the drop of earnings “is the result of the lower expected performance from our U.S. operations,” the company said in the earnings statement.

“We continue to face a challenging economic environment in most of our markets,” Rodrigo Trevino, CEMEX’s chief financial officer, said in the statement. “Volumes during the quarter have been negatively affected by the continuing downturn in markets such as the United States, Spain and the United Kingdom.”

The company projects its domestic cement volume in the U.S. for 2008 to decrease by around 18 percent; ready-mix volume to decrease by about 28 percent; and aggregate products to decrease by about 28 percent.

The continued decline in the residential construction sector is the main culprit, company officials said. That decline, in turn, affects the industrial and commercial sectors.

Foreign-exchange fluctuations, including the depreciation of the Mexican peso, have also taken a toll on earnings, Trevino said.

The news comes as Hernando’s unemployment rate continues to climb, hitting 8.4 percent in July, according to the state’s Agency for Workforce Innovation. The state’s jobless rate is 6.1 percent.

Reporter Tony Marrero can be reached at 352-544-5286 or lmarrero@hernandotoday.com.

Large Firms Behind Power Plant Proposal

BROOKSVILLE –
The energy investment firm proposing a gas-fired power plant on mining land north of Brooksville apparently has some heavy-duty financial backing.

A spokeswoman for JP Morgan Chase, a global financial services firm, shed some light Friday on the hierarchy of companies behind the plan for a 1,200-megawatt, natural gas-fired power plant on Florida Crushed Stone property between the Suncoast Parkway and U.S. 98.

Florida Power Development LLC is the corporation proposing the plant project that is dubbed SunCoast Power, said Tasha Pelio, a New York based spokeswoman for JP Morgan.

Florida Power Development is a subsidiary of Central Power Holdings, owned by Arroyo Energy Investors based in Houston, Texas.

Arroyo had been owned by Bear Stearns, one of the largest global investment banks and securities trading and brokerage firms before its collapse earlier this year. JP Morgan acquired the firm in May.

Arroyo has interests in natural gas and electric power generation facilities throughout the country and in Florida, including plants in Polk and Orange counties that sell power to Progress Energy and Tampa Electric Company, according to the company’s Web site.

Pelio said the Brooksville plant proposal is still in the early stages and declined to comment further. Florida Crushed Stone officials have not returned calls.

The plant infrastructure would be built on 75 acres of reclaimed mine land on Florida Crushed Stone’s 580-acre property, according to an overview of the project provided to the county planning department. It’s unclear whether the Florida Power Development would lease or purchase the land.

The plant would take three years to build, cost an estimated $1.3 billion, and would employ about 40 full-time employees.

The plan is a response to Progress Energy’s request for proposals for projects to help meet the region’s burgeoning energy needs. The facility needs to produce a minimum of 1,159-megawatts and the power needs to be available for commercial delivery by June 1, 2013.

The overview noted the plant would be supplied with natural gas through a new line built on Florida Crushed Stone property to tap into an existing line to the west.

The project does not require a change to the county’s comprehensive land use map, but the county commission would have to OK the site plan.

The project “needs the blessing of Hernando County to remain competitive in Progress Energy’s selection process,” the overview states.

The plant would be built in Commissioner Diane Rowden’s district. Rowden hadn’t seen the proposal by Friday.

“If it would help lower our power bills, that would be nice, wouldn’t it,” she said.

Reporter Tony Marrero can be reached at 352-544-5286 or lmarrero@hernandotoday.com.

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Willie Smith, 73, of Brooksville, died Thursday, April 10 at his home.
He was born in Uniontown, Ala., and moved to Florida 55 years ago. He was a member of Word of Faith ministries.
Survivors include his former wife, Willie Mae Smith of Brooksville; two daughters, Glorida Hagood and Betty Smith, both of Brooksville; five stepsons, James, Willis and Antonio Register and Giammona and Zachary Griffin, all of Crystal River; four stepdaughters, Rosa Hagood and Catherine Willis of Brooksville and Karen and Dorethea Register of Crystal River; three bothers, Walter Smith of Brooksville and Evan Jr. and James Smith, both of Ft. Wayne, In.; two sisters, Lee Ethel Johnson of Bronx, N.Y. and Ella M. Whitt of Fort Wayne, In. and 36 grand and great-grand children.
Funeral arrangements by Cason Funeral and Cremation Services in Brooksville.

Theresa M. DiCecco, 51, of Spring Hill, died Sunday, April 13, 2008, at her home. She was born in Mineola, N.Y., and came to this area 12 years ago from Long Island, N.Y.
She was a Catholic by faith and was employed by Hernando Correctional Institute for six years as a corrections officer.
Survivors include her children, Peter Sauro, Anthony Sauro, Angelo Sauro, Kathy Jo Sauro, all of Long Island, N.Y., Carmine Sauro, Peter DiCecco, Tara DiCecco, all of Spring Hill; her father, Bill Sipila, of Arizona; a sister, Lynn Giorgi, of Long Island, N.Y; a brother, George Sapila, of California; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements by Brewer & Sons Funeral Homes, Seven Hills Chapel

Anthony Barbaro, 85, of Spring Hill died Monday, April 14, 2008 at Hernando Care Center. He was born in New York, N.Y. and came to this area 22 years ago from Long Island, N.Y.
Mr. Barbaro was a laborer and Roman Catholic by faith.
Survivors include his wife, Grace; a son, John of Babylon, N.Y.; a daughter, Rose Seeger of Gaithersburg, Md.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Arrangements by Turner Funeral Homes, Spring Hill chapel.

Fred B. Replogle, 75, of Spring Hill, died Saturday, April 12, 2008 at Spring Hill Regional Hospital.
Mr. Replogle was born in Port Huron, Mich. and came here 30 years ago from California. He served in the National Guard for more than 20 years in California.
Survivors include a sister, Loretta Bennett of Spring Hilll; and several nieces and nephews.
Arrangements by Brewer and Sons Funeral Homes, Seven Hills chapel.

Aaron Martin Roth, 23, of Tallahassee, died Friday, April 11.
Roth was born in Somerset, N.J., and moved to Florida in 1991 from the Pennsylvania.
He worked as a civil engineer fro Finley Engineering in Tallahassee. He graduated from Central High School in Brooksville in 2003 and Florida State University in 2007.
Survivors include his mother, Susan M. Roth of Ocala; sister and brother-in-law, Melissa and Warren Hatt of Casselberry; his maternal grandparents, William and Kathleen Harnden of Spring Hill; his companion, Jessica Elder of Tallahassee and many aunts, uncles and cousins.
Funeral arrangements by Grace Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home in Hudson.

Peter Mauro, 93, of Spring Hill, died Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at his residence. He was a native of Detroit, Michigan and came here 26 years ago.
Mr. Mauro was a U.S. Army veteran and retired machinist. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Mauro, and two sisters.
Funeral arrangements by Pinecrest Funeral Chapels in Spring Hill

Oral Selliken, 92, of Spring Hill, died April 11, 2008, at Brooksville Healthcare Center.
She was born in Mattoon, Ill., and came to this area three years ago from Peel, Ark. She was a clerk at an army ordinance depot.
Survivors include five children, Jean, Richard, Lois, Phyllis and Judi; 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.

Zydenbos: County Lacks Imagination

Jon Albert Zydenbos said he took the nickname “JAZ” because it fits his initials, not because of any musical acumen.

But he’s hoping voters will remember him more for his political platform when they enter the voting booth Aug. 26 and pick a Republican to represent them in the District 1 County Commission race.

Zydenbos, 63, said he can supply the ingredient missing from county government: The ability to think outside the box.

“We lack imagination in this county,” said Zydenbos, who moved to Hernando County three years ago.

Zydenbos’ Republican challengers are incumbent Jeff Stabins and Michael Burmann.

The current crop of incumbent commissioners is “all out for political self-preservation and not looking out for you and me,” Zydenbos said.

To change that, Zydenbos plans to look at every facet of government to find efficiencies. A good start, he said, is the office of business development. He wants to find a director with more experience who can attract large-scale, high-paying jobs to Hernando County.

The local economy is too dependent on the construction industry, he said.

To save money and increase efficiency, he wants to outsource jobs to local Hernando County contractors.

A New Jersey native, Zydenbos is a local Realtor and mortgage broker. He has never run for office, but said he was involved in the election campaigns of George Bush Sr. and Gov. Jesse Ventura of Minnesota.

If elected, Zydenbos said he will work to make department managers more accountable for their budgets and reduce what he sees as overspending.

He supports the Fair Tax Act which, among other things, would replace all federal income taxes with a national retail sales tax.

Zydenbos believes THE Bus is a failure and needs to be dumped.

As for Spring Hill Fire Rescue, he supports the referendum asking stakeholders if they support independence.

“If people want their own fire department, let them have it,” he says.

But if they vote against independence, he favors consolidation into the county for greater efficiency.

Zydenbos said he expects the job to be full-time, at least the first two years while he gets the county back on track.

County overspending and the failure to run government as a business has led to the current economic problems, he said.

In 1967, Zydenbos was a U.S. Air Force combat engineer in Vietnam.

A businessman for 40 years, Zydenbos has had a varied work background, including a stint as vice president of sales for Gloria Vanderbilt Playwear in New York in the 1980s.

He is secretary of the Hernando Beach Club and a member of VFW Post 10209.

Reporter Michael D. Bates can be reached at 352-544-5290 or mbates@hernandotoday.com.

Jon “Jaz” Zydenbos

Age: 63.

Divorced

Education: Passaic Valley High School graduate; business studies at the University of New Hampshire and the University of Maryland.

Religion: Christian.

Hobbies: semi-pro singer, French-trained chef, photography, boating.

Last book read: “The Secret,” by Rhonda Byrne.

Most Admired: Ronald Reagan.