Winn-Dixie’s salute to strawberries
The Winn-Dixie store at 205 W. Alexander St. celebrated Plant City strawberries on March 9 with plenty of free food for the public.
The event, which ran from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., featured strawberry-themed giveaways, gift cards, photo opportunities with a strawberry character and plenty of free food samples throughout the store with strawberry themes: barbecue sauce on pulled pork, flavored cream cheese spread on bagels, milkshakes, salsa and, of course, three large sheets of strawberry shortcake with berries donated by St. Clement Catholic Church.
U.S. Chief Agricultural Ambassador visits Florida Strawberry Festival
U.S. Chief Agricultural Ambassador Gregg Doud met with local agricultural producers at the Florida Strawberry Festival on March 10.
Joining the strawberry, vegetable and cattle producers were U.S. Rep. Ross Spano, State Rep. Lawrence McClure and Plant City officials. Doud discussed international trade policies and opened the floor for the guests to speak on agricultural issues and the state of international trade negotiations, among other things.
Doud also visited local produce and cattle farms.
Camp Invention to return
Local students in kindergarten through sixth grade can have a ton of fun studying STEM this summer.
Camp Invention will be back in Plant City from June 10 through 14 at the Arthur Boring Civic Center at the Florida Strawberry Festival grounds. The camp gets kids’ creative juices flowing and allows them to find their “inner inventor” through hands-on learning exercises and group activities. This year’s action-packed activities will teach kids about intellectual property and the U.S. patent system, how to survive on an island, coding, DNA syntheses, robot engineering and more. All campers will get to bring home their very own robots on June 14.
For more information or to sing up, visit invent.org/camp.
PCHS Class of 1956 reunion
Plant City High School’s Class of 1956 is planning a lunch meet-up for 1 p.m. March 28.
The lunch will be served at Brick House Cafe, 206 S. Evers St., and anyone interested in attending is asked to RSVP in advance.
To do so, call Barbara Miller at 813-752-2847 or Mary Jane Jackson Parolini at 813-754-0313.
Hunter selected for transportation committee
Plant City resident Robert Hunter was named to Hillsborough County’s Transportation Tax Oversight Committee.
He recieved the prestigious appointment on March 6 from the board of county commissioners.
Hunter was one of two “experts” tapped for the committee, joining Audrey Moore.
Hunter owns and operates Robert Hunter Sustainable Solutions, LLC, and has also served as Executive Director of the Hillsborough County City County Planning Commission for 26 years. He has been involved in planning committees and institutes around America.
Other Plant City residents involved with the committee are Dan Raulerson, CPA and attorney Jay Hollenkamp.
The committee will oversee the distribution of the one percent surtax proceeds as mandated by the “All for Transportation” ballot item that passed in the November 2018 election.