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Overpass at State Road 54 and U.S. 41?; Getting up close and personal with potters; Hanukkah combines history and Jewish holiday spirit

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    By Kathy

    The Florida Department ofTransportation is hosting a meeting to gath-er public comments on a proposedoverpass at the intersection of U.S. 41 andState Road 54.

    The event, which includes an openhouse and formal presentation, will be onDec. 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., atMyrtle Lake Baptist Church, at 2017 RieglerRoad in Land O Lakes.

    The presentation will be made at 6:30p.m. The state is seeking public commenton two recommended options to addresstraffic problems at the intersection.

    Both options would elevate State Road54 over U.S. 41, and would require relocat-ing some businesses and purchasing land

    for the project.Businesses that could be in the path of

    the roadwork include Tibbetts Lumber Co.,the CVS pharmacy, MCOR Automotive, a dis-count mattress shop, and Pinch A Penny

    patio and pool supply shop.The state department of transportation is

    conducting a study to evaluate the project

    Overpass at State Road 54 and U.S. 41?Traffic zips andrumbles throughthe intersectionof State Road 54and U.S. 41. Aproposal toimprove theintersectioncould affect areabusinessesincludingTibbetts LumberCo., seen in theleft background.

    Getting up closeand personalwith pottersBy B.C.

    If youre curious about the art of pottery,you can satisfy your desire for knowledgeduring the 2015 Tampa Bay Tour de Clay.

    This is the eighth Tour de Clay, which isalways held during the second weekend inDecember. Its an event that gives visitors achance to see potters in action at four pot-tery studios and the opportunity toexperience a kiln opening at each.

    It creates a situation where people cancome in and talk to the artist, said JackBoyle of San Antonio Pottery, owner of oneof the studios on the tour.

    All four of the studios are hosting theirkiln opening on Dec. 12.

    The first kiln opening is at 9 a.m., atPottery Boys Studio, 30 Bogie Lane in PalmHarbor.

    The next opening is at noon at HiddenLake Pottery, 16705 Hutchison Road inOdessa.

    Then, there will be an opening at 2 p.m.,at Wellman & Welsch Pottery, 17202 WhirleyRoad in Lutz.

    And, finally, there will be a 4 p.m. open-ing at San Antonio Pottery in San Antonio, at11903 Curley Street.

    It is rare that people get a chance to seea kiln opening, said Glenn Woods of PotteryBoys in Palm Harbor. Potters work forweeks to create enough pieces to fill theirkiln. When its finally time to open the kiln, after days of firing, its always exciting to

    see, because the artist never knows exactlyhow a piece will turn out, or how a glazewill look, until the kiln is opened.

    He likens the experience of opening akiln to that of opening presents onChristmas morning.

    Sometimes you get a shiny new bike,and other times you get socks and under-wear, he said.

    After a piece is taken from the kiln, it ispassed around to those gathered, so they

    can see and feel it. Sometimes, the newlyfired piece is still warm.

    We talk about the results, Woods said.Sometimes, the effects are intentional; some-times, theyre a surprise.

    The tour gives people a greater under-standing of the art of pottery, Woods said.

    I think its really important to see that apiece of handmade pottery isnt just anoth-er pot sitting on a shelf, thats been made ina factory. These are all individually made,hand-crafted items, Woods said.

    To encourage people to visit all four stu-dios, visitors can pick up a Tour de Clay

    By Michael

    Most people dont know a lot aboutHanukkah. They know its a Jewish holiday.They know that there are candles, and thatit goes on for several days. They know it in-volves presents and usually occurs aroundChristmas.

    But, its a lot more than that, saidMitchell Weiss, executive director forCongregation Kol Ami.

    Its a story of miracle. Its a story of sur-vival, he said.

    Its a story that dates back many cen-turies, when the Maccabees reclaimed atemple that had been defiled by the SyrianGreeks in Jerusalem. There was only one jarof oil, enough to keep the lamps lit for oneday. Instead, the oil lasted for eight days,which was enough time to replenish theoil.

    This event was hailed as a miracle, andHanukkah, which can be spelled differentways, is celebrated as the Festival of Lights.

    Jews acknowledge the holiday by light-ing a menorah (a candelabrum, also called aHanukkiah) for eight nights, adding a can-dle each day until all eight, plus a head

    PHOTOS COURTESY OF TOUR DE CLAYGlenn Woods demonstrates the skill involved in carving work on a piece of pottery.


    See OVERPASS, page13A

    Hanukkah combines history and Jewish holiday spirit

    MICHAEL MURILLO/STAFF PHOTOHanukkah makes use of a menorah to light candles in observance of the Festival of Lights.According to Mitchell Weiss from Congregation Kol Ami, they can be simple, elaborate, dec-orative or even homemade. See a list of Hanukkah events on page 13A. See HANUKKAH, page13A

    At left, a couple of finished works by JackBoyle, of San Antonio Pottery. See moreabout Boyle on page 1B. See POTTERS, page13A

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    2A www.LakerLutzNews.comDecember 2, 2015

    Richard K. Rileys photographs are on display at Pasco-Hernando State Colleges East Campus.

    Photographs of northeast Pasco showcasedThe Laker/Lutz News Staff Report

    What began as a missionto document the conditionsin Trilby and neighboringLacoochee turned into alabor of love for local pho-tographer Richard K. Riley.

    Rileys work displayed inan exhibit called North EastPasco Captured includesscenes taken in Trilby,Lacoochee and Dade City.

    The works are on displayat Pasco-Hernando StateColleges East Campus, at36727 Blanton Road, in thelobby of the Charles E.Conger Library.

    The exhibit is open, withfree admission, through Jan. 29. Exhibithours are Mondays through Thursdays, from8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. to4:30 p.m.

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    By Kathy

    Another residential and commercial proj-ect is proposed for development on theState Road 54/State Road 56 corridor, nearTampa Premium Outlets and the CypressCreek Town Center.

    Pasco County planners are reviewing azoning request for about 32 acres owned byHighway 54/56 LLC. The sale of the proper-ty is pending approval of the project.

    Lutz businessman Carl Anderson is thecompanys manager, according to staterecords.

    The site named Brightwork Crossing is north of State Road 54 and State Road56, and west of County Road 54, also knownas Wesle