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By Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.com
Nature will be an up-close experiencefor strollers, joggers, skaters and cyclists asthey navigate along the newest and mostnorthern segment of the Upper Tampa BayTrail.
Nearly 3 miles of the more than 4-miletrail segment cuts through Brooker CreekPreserve in Hillsborough County, betweenLutz Lake Fern Road and Van Dyke Road.
The ribbon cutting for the $5.6 millionproject will be Aug. 7 at 10 a.m., at the newtrailhead facility at 7020 Lutz Lake FernRoad. Funding came from Hillsborough,South West Florida Water ManagementDistrict (known as Swiftmud), and a federalgrant provided by the Florida Departmentof Transportation.
Its going to be a beautiful trail, said Tina
Russo, Hillsboroughs regional planning co-ordinator. Its really awesome. This is such aunique experience being in the preserve.
It also is a unique design forHillsborough.
The 12-foot asphalt path, with threeconcrete boardwalks through wetlands, isthe countys first paved multi-use trail
through a preserve. The trail also is another link in a master
plan to create a regional trail system, and astatewide system.
The trailhead at Lutz Lake can be a start-ing point south toward Van Dyke or
Fresh trail features preserve
KATHY STEELE/STAFF PHOTOSWorkers are finishing the landscape at the new trailhead facility for Upper Tampa Bay Trail.There will be restrooms, ample parking and a covered picnic pavilion.
See TRAIL, page11A
COURTESY OF EXCITING IDLEWILD BAPTIST CHURCHCampbell Middlebrooks teaches Calvin Montgomery, left, and Oliver Crawford, right, a few of the finer points of fishing.
B.C. MANION/STAFF PHOTOJoshua Barnes tries his hand at the art oforigami at Summer Sing, a weeklong summercamp at Exciting Idlewild Baptist Church.
By B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.com
Hundreds of children and adults spent arecent week at Exciting Idlewild BaptistChurch in a summer camp that combines alove for the arts, with the expression ofChristian values.
The camp began as a singing camp sev-eral years ago and has morphed into afull-scale arts camp.
There were sessions on everything frometiquette, to playing percussion tubes, toscrapbooking and violin.
Singing, acting, harp lessons and choreog-raphy were a few other choices for thecamp, designed for kids who have complet-ed second grade through fifth grade.
Kids were busy making high heels andminions in the cake-decorating class duringone recent morning. Others tried their handat origami, or had the chance to sing aBroadway tune. Some picked up pointers onfishing. Others helped build a theatrical set.Some strummed on guitars.
The campers come from all over to thecamp in Lutz, including some from as faraway as Orlando, said Susan Raabe, a campvolunteer.
Summer Sing is run by teenagers, whoare helped by adult volunteers. SheilaGoskie is the camp director.
In the words of 8-year-old Joshua Barnes:Its really fun.
To find out more about next years camp,go to Idlewilds website at Idlewild.org.
Summer Sing showcasesworship through art
By B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.com
As a very young boy, Tim Beard wouldwalk a mile each way to buy a newspaper atthe store so he could devour stories abouthis beloved St. Louis Cardinals.
He admired such players as Lou Brock,Joe Torre and Bob Gibson and delightedin reading about their pursuits.
He recalled that he was only 5 or 6 yearsold when he was making those treks to thestore.
Literacy and athletics were twin loves inhis life, until Beard decided he would spendless energy on athletics and give his full at-tention to education.
He grew up in poverty in the Panhandletown of St. Joe and now he leads Pasco-Hernando State College.
Before becoming president of the col-lege on July 1, he served as a vice presidentat the college for eight years.
He claimed the role vacated byKatherine Johnson, who retired after adecade at the helm.
Beard is clearly excited about the possi-bilities.
As an internal candidate for the post,Beard said he had the advantage of under-
standing the college and knowing its pulse.I know the institution. I know the flow. I
know the community, Beard said.As PHSCs new leader, hes already start-
ing to carry out his game plan.Hes identified key focus areas. Those in-
clude increasing student retention anddegree completion rates, expanding partner-ships, and securing more funding to supportprograms.
To help retain students, Beard is launch-ing an initiative called Retention BehavioralInventory, or RBI, for short.
New PHSC president drafts game plan for success
B.C. MANION/STAFF PHOTOTim Beard is dressed casually during a sum-mer day at his office at Pasco-HernandoState College. But the new president ofPHSC is anything but casual in his ambi-tions for the college. See PHSC, page11A
Tim Beard bioTim Beard: Holds a bachelors degree, a mastersdegree and a PhD from Florida StateUniversity Has been married to his wife, Wendy, for29 years; they have two daughters,Briana, 20 and Sierra, 17 Joined what was then Pasco-HernandoCommunity College in 2007 Became Pasco-Hernando StateColleges new president on July 1
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Nostalgia, newer songs in Mary PoppinsBy Michael Murillommurillo@lakerlutznews.com
Julie Nelson has a challenge as lead cho-reographer for the latest New Tampa Playersshow.
On one hand, its something most peopleknow.
On the other hand, its something peopledont really know at all.
I think people know the songs morethan anything. I think they remember thesongs more than they remember the story-line, Nelson said.
Shes talking about Mary Poppins, thestory made famous by the 1964 Walt Disneyfilm, and the latest New Tampa Players pro-duction based on the Broadway musical,which runs Aug. 7-9 and Aug. 14-16 at theUniversity Area Cultural DevelopmentCenter.
While the audience will probably recallthe story of the iconic nanny as it goesalong, songs like A Spoonful of Sugar and