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Bids come in too low for Eve’s Garden; Tiny dog’s barking saves family from fire; Famous Tate aiming for fall opening

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  • Tiny dogsbarkingsaves familyfrom fireSadly, Peanut, thedog, doesnt surviveBy Diane Kortusdkortus@lakerlutznews.com

    Peanut, a tiny black Chihuahua, savedthe lives of three generations of a Lutz fami-ly on June 3, when his insistent barkingawakened family members at 3 a.m., alert-ing them to a fire in the rear of their home.

    Peanuts barking from her crate awak-ened Jeff DeRolf and his 26-year-olddaughter, Maria, who together started downthe stairs to see why the dog was barking.

    When I was about halfway down thestairs, I heard my mother scream at the topof her lungs, said Maria. Our French doorsleading to our back patio were engulfed inflames.

    Those screams woke upthe rest of the family Marias 22-year-old brother,Jeff, her 7-year-old daughter,Michelle, and a friend of Jeffswho was spending the night.They all were able to get tothe front of the house and getout safely.

    Sadly, Peanut did not sur-vive.

    My dad and brother start-ed back into the house to getPeanut, but by then thesmoke was thick and waspouring out of the house,Maria said. My brother actual-ly had to hold my dad back tostop him from going back in.

    Peanut, just 6 pounds and still a puppyat a year-and-a-half, was technically herdaughters dog, Maria said. But, everyoneloved Peanut. Her barking saved all of ourlives she is our hero.

    The family escaped from the house with

    just the clothes on their backs.We were able to retrieve my grandfa-

    thers ashes and a few pieces of clothing,but that was all, Maria said.

    That means everything else was gone

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    SUZANNE BEAUCHAINE/STAFF PHOTOFire ravaged the DeRolfs family home in Lutz. Persistentbarking by the familys dog, Peanut, alerted the family tothe fire. Peanut perished from smoke inhalation.

    Seven-year-old Michelle DeRolf holds Peanut.

    By Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.com

    A new Famous Tate could be open assoon as fall.

    Site preparation for the 13,700-square-foot appliance store is underway off U.S. 41in Lutz. The store will sit on an outparcel infront of the Walmart Supercenter, and will bePasco Countys third Famous Tate.

    Famous Tate of New Tampa Inc., pur-chased the 1.5-acre vacant lot in March2015.

    Owner John Horst said at the time thathe wanted his company to be a player inthe growth coming to the area.

    We have a lot of customer base, saidClaude Ward, the companys general manag-er.

    But, growth in the area also will bringmore traffic, he said.

    As traffic becomes a hardship, peopleonly drive so far, so we have to be more cen-trally located for our customers.

    Bulldozers recently cleared the land. Thenext step will be building permits to beginthe stores construction.

    It tentatively is set for a fall opening, saidWard.

    Famous Tate was founded in 1954. ItsPasco locations are 5419 Village Market inWesley Chapel, and 8010 Grand Blvd., inPort Richey.

    The store will have company, as develop-ers are starting to buy more of the outparcelssurrounding the Walmart location.

    The discount store and the County Lineshopping plaza are located in a pie-shapedswath of land between U.S. 41 and NorthDale Mabry Highway, with entrances offboth roadways.

    New Port Richey Hospital Inc., a sub-sidiary of HCA Holdings Inc., recently

    bought a 1.6-acre vacant lot, across fromFamous Tate. Plans are to build a health carefacility, according to a press release from TheLand Sharks LLC, which brokered the sale.

    Another outparcel is slated for a Stor-Kwik Self Storage.

    Mark Cooney of The Land Sharks also an-ticipates a restaurant and automobile storeare potential new tenants on other out-parcels.

    Famous Tate aiming for fall opening

    KATHY STEELE/STAFF PHOTOA new Famous Tate off U.S. 41, in front of Walmart Supercenter, is expected to open by fall.It will be Pasco Countys third Famous Tate appliance store.

    By Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.com

    Auctioneer Marty Higgenbotham called ahalt to the public auction of real estate atEves Garden when it became clear the bidswere too low.

    But, Higgenbotham and owner Evie Lynnsay they will keep working to sell the prop-erty for the best price they can get.

    It was too soon, too quick, said Lynn ofthe auctions scheduled date of June 10.

    Potential buyers didnt have enough timeto review the sites commercial potentialand make an offer, she said.

    Higgenbotham Auctioneers Internationalhandled the auction of real estate, plantsand inventory at Eves Garden, 5602 Land OLakes Blvd.

    After 33 years, Lynn is relocating herbusiness to about 55 acres in Groveland in

    Bids come in too low for Eves Garden

    PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE DEROLF FAMILYThe DeRolf family has lived in Lutz for over 30 years. Front row: Margarita Ruiz and MichelleDeRolf. Other members of the DeRolf family, in the back row, from left, are son Jeff Jr.,mother Carmen, daughter Mariah, father Jeff and daughter Maria.

    See FIRE, page 11A

    KATHY STEELE/STAFF PHOTOSAuctioneer Marty Higgenbotham, left, and Evie Lynn, owner of Eves Garden, confer on priceof a bonsai plant during public auction of real estate, plants and other inventory.See EVES, page 11A

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    By Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.com

    The Lutz Cemetery has been a landmarkin the community for a century, but it oftengoes unnoticed.

    Theres a group of dedicated volunteers,with the nonprofit Lutz CemeteryAssociation, who want to make sure that thegrave sites within the cemetery off U.S. 41are not neglected.

    Donations help pay for upkeep, includingmowing grass and maintaining gravesites.

    Many burial plots over the years weresold without perpetual care plans, accordingto Kathy Vanater, secretary/treasurer of theassociation.

    The group raises money to help maintainthe cemetery. It will have a booth at the an-nual Fourth of July festivities in Lutz, butdonations are welcome any time, Vanatersaid.

    About 1,600 people are buried at theLutz Cemetery, including members of promi-nent families, past and present.

    Among them are Fred Polen, a teacher atMyrtle School, and later a mail carrier;Herbert Vernon, owner of Vernon & Land

    Co.; and, three generations of the Goheenfamily.

    It is also the final resting place of OscarCooler, a champion of Lutz youth sports; andCarolyn Meeker, former president of the LutzCivic Association.

    The hallowed ground is a legacy donatedto Lutz residents by C.E. Thomas, who waspresident of the North Tampa LandCompany in the early 20th century.

    A group of Chicago investors boughtabout 32,000 acres, north of the city ofTampa. They sold vacant lots to some of theearly settlers of Lutz, and made an offer thatanyone who bought 10 acres could have afree lot in town or a burial plot in the ceme-tery.

    For many years after its founding, Lutzresidents would gather once or twice a yearto clean up the cemetery. However, thatpractice ended long ago. In the 1950s, thenonprofit association stepped in to fill thegap.

    For information or to make a donation,people can stop by the associations boothon July 4. Or, donations can be mailed toLutz Cemetery Association, P. O. Box 1353,Lutz, FL 33548.

    Lutz Cemetery Association seeks donations

    FILE PHOTOBill Garrison planted flags at the Lutz Cemetery to honor the many veterans buried there.

    Summer programs feed kidsBy B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.com

    Children who normally eat lunch atschool when classes are in session have afree alternative during the summer months.

    Both Hillsborough and Pasco counties areparticipating in a summer food service pro-gram that provide free lunches and afternoonsnacks at numerous sites around each county.

    The program begins on June 13 and con-cludes on Aug. 3.

    The sites are situated in areas where at

    least half of the children qualify for free orreduced price meals during the school year.The meals and snacks will be offered atlocal parks and other community locationsto all children under 18 in the area.

    No applications are required and sum-mer camp registration is not required.

    The Summer Food Service program isfunded by the United States Department ofAgriculture.

    Here are some sites that are providingfree lunches and snacks. Check with thesites to find out hours of operation.

    Hillsborough County (PARTIAL LISTING): Northdale Recreation, 15550 Spring Pine Drive North Tamp