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Nursing home set to open in 2017; Rays manager recalls north Tampa roots; Local couple shares passion for fossils

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    By B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.com

    Seina Searle will never forget the firsttime she and her husband, Mike, went towhat was then called Fossil Fair.

    We walked around with our jaws open,Seina said. They were in awe of what fossilhunters could find in Florida.

    The Searles had already begun their ama-teur quest to find old bits of bone and teethin a desire to learn more about Floridas pre-historic past, but when they got to FossilFair, she said, they were blown away by thepossibilities.

    That was 1993, and the Searles immedi-ately joined the Tampa Bay Fossil Club.

    Flash forward 23 years. Mike is now pres-ident of the club, which boasts around 600members and Seina is on the board of direc-tors. Shes coordinating a team of about 140volunteers for the 29th annual Tampa BayFossil Fest, set for this coming weekend atthe Florida State Fairgrounds.

    They hope the event will spark an inter-est in others that will lead them to join acommunity devoted to unearthing cluesabout the creatures that roamed the earthmillions of years ago.

    The couples passion for fossils is obvi-ous.

    An entire room in their Lutz home isfilled with shelves of fossils theyve foundwhile diving in rivers and exploring mines.They have stuff in their garage and outback, too.

    Theres one section in their fossil roomdevoted to finds from vacations to Nebraskato go fossil-hunting. Theyve made the trip19 times and are planning to go there againthis year.

    Their passion has evolved through theyears, Mike said.

    At first, they just wanted to find stuff, hesaid.

    Then we wanted to find good stuff. Then,we wanted to find the most stuff, he said.

    Sometimes you get wrapped up in what

    the value of your collection is worth andwhat you find. Weve completely gonethrough all of those emotions. Now, our goalis to find stuff thats scientifically valuable,that will help unravel the picture of whatwas in Florida, he said.

    Seina is fascinated by what Florida waslike millions of years ago.

    It was a lot like Africa now, she said.You had the mammoths. Mastodons.Rhinoceros. Huge Bears. Lions.

    There were armadillos the size ofVolkswagens, Mike said.

    Seina has had a penchant for unearthingburied treasures since her childhood.

    Local couple shares passion for fossils

    B.C. MANION/STAFF PHOTOSSeina and Mike Searle get a thrill out of finding fossils to help unravel the mysteries of theprehistoric past.

    By Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.com

    Construction is under way on anupscale nursing home and assistedliving facility at the corner of HayesRoad and Nebraska Avenue, in Lutz.

    Tampa Lakes Health Care andRehabilitation Center, at 750 HayesRoad, is slated to open in February2017. A groundbreaking for the 179-bed facility took place in January.

    Tallahassee-based Summit CareConsulting is developing the approx-imately 96,000-square-foot centerthat will be built in a neighborhoodstyle layout.

    Each neighborhood at Tampa Lakes willhave its own dining and activities areas, sparoom, tranquility/therapy room, outdoorareas and mobility garden.

    Permanent and temporary residents willbe welcome.

    Summit Care specializes in nursing homefacilities.

    According to its website, clientsinclude New Port Inn in New PortRichey, The Springs at Boca Ciegain St. Petersburg and NorthbrookHealth & Rehabilitation Center inBrooksville.

    In a statement announcing thestart of construction, company offi-cials said they were responding toa customer base that wants toenjoy more of a homelike environ-ment during their stay.

    For instance, residents can dinein restaurant-style settings withfreshly prepared meals. Nutritionalcounseling will be provided by aregistered dietician for residents in

    short- and long-term care.The focus of customized care plans will

    Rays managerrecalls northTampa rootsBy Kevin Weisskweiss@lakerlutznews.com

    Kevin Cash tries not to dwell on the factthat hes in the second year of managing hishometown Major League Baseball team.

    Instead, he separates his duties of beingthe skipper of the Tampa Bay Rays with thenostalgia of growing up in Lutz, playing inNorthside Little League, attending GaitherHigh School and being a one-time catcherfor the Rays in 2005.

    While he admitted theres a lot of excite-ment in having the opportunity to returnhome a year ago, he noted that its more im-portant to have an MLB managerial job,regardless of where its located.

    Whether youre in the town or not,theres 30 of those jobs that are pretty pres-tigious positions, and its an honor to bethere, said Cash, 38. But, it does make it alittle bit sweeter, and you cant deny the factit gets you back home.

    You factor in that it brought my familyback to my hometown, and back to a bunchof family and friends. That just adds to every-thing, he said.

    Over the years, Cash, the youngest manag-er in the MLB, has proven hes willing to moveanywhere to work in professional baseball.

    After an eight-year MLB career as a jour-neyman catcher that sent him to Toronto,Boston, New York and Houston, Cash be-came a bullpen coach for the ClevelandIndians, working under manager Terry

    COURTESY OF TAMPA LAKES HEALTH & REHABILITATION CENTERAn artists rendering shows the neighborhood style designfor Tampa Lakes Health & Rehabilitation Center. The facilitywill offer a homelike setting for permanent and temporaryresidents.

    Nursing home set to open in 2017

    See NURSING, page 11A

    COURTESY OF THE TAMPA BAY RAYSTampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cashembarks on his second season leading theball club. The North Tampa native played inNorthside Little League and graduated fromGaither High School, before attendingFlorida State University and playing eightyears in Major League Baseball.

    COURTESY OF LITTLE LEAGUE BASEBALLAs a 12-year-old, Kevin Cash played on the1989 Northside Little League team thatreached the 43rd Little League World Series.His team fell in the quarterfinals to Eastview(California) Little League 12-5.

    More on Kevin Cash and the Rays inSports, PAGE 12A.

    See RAYS, page 11A

    29th annual TampaBay Fossil FestWHAT: Fossils, artifacts, minerals, shells,workshops, silent auctions, door prizes, andactivities for kids.WHEN: March 12, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; March13, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.WHERE: Florida State Fairgrounds, inter-section of Interstate 4 and U.S. 301, justeast of TampaCOST: $7 for adults, free for children 12and underFor more information, visitTampaBayFossilClub.com.See FOSSILS, page 11A

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