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The public is invited to attend the unveiling of the eight foot bronze sculpture titled Mute Swan Protecting Her Cygnets that will take place at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16th at Main Street Overlook Park (Main Street & Massachusetts Avenue overlooking Lake Mirror).  There will be live music from the Brian Sutherland Trio and refreshments.  There will also be a fireworks show at dusk.  Sandra Trattner and Steve Wolfson generously donated the bronze sculpture in honor of their parents Elaine and Wil Wolfson.

 

Steve Wolfson said, “This piece of art tells our family story with the mother swan protecting her young and where it will stand is near the place where my grandfather stood when he first came to Lakeland in 1909.”  He added, “My sister and I are grateful to dedicate the sculpture in honor of our mom and dad.  Although we don’t live in Lakeland, the City has been such a huge part of our lives.”

 

The Wolfson family has a rich history that starts in Europe with Cy Wolfson emigrating from Russia to Ellis Island, NY and eventually settling in Lakeland as an early pioneer.  He became one of the very first retail shop owners in downtown. In the 1920’s Cy and Frances Wolfson owned and operated the Famous Department Store on the south side of Munn Park. Wil is one of the four Wolfson children who grew up in Lakeland.  He attended the University of Florida Pharmacy School and served his country during WWII.  Wil married Elaine in 1946 and they had two children Sandra and Steve Wolfson.  Wil opened his first Lakeland pharmacy in 1953.

 

As a way of honoring their parents, the Steve and Sandra dedicated the bronze swan sculpture by artist Ian G. Brennan.  Brennan has been a contemporary sculptor and woodcarver to the British Royal Household since 1989.  In the early 1950’s The Queen of England gifted a pair of Mute Swans from the Royal Flock to the City of Lakeland.  The descendent swan population remains a treasure to the community today.

 

Join the Wolfson family at Main Street Overlook Park as they unveil the larger than life Mute Swan Protecting Her Cygnets on Tuesday, October 16th at 6 p.m.


The City of Lakeland Parks Division will be on Lake Morton at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, October 9th for the 32nd Annual Swan Roundup. Crews will be catching and herding the swans as the initial part of their annual veterinary check-up.The swans will be confined in large holding pens on the south side of the lake for inoculations and wellness examinations that will start Wednesday morning, October 10th at 7:30 a.m. with Patricia Mattson, DVM.

The Annual Swan Round-Up allows Lakeland's Parks and Recreation Department to closely monitor the health and vitality of Lakeland’s swan population. On Wednesday morning, each swan will be given a wellness examination by veterinarian Patricia Mattson. They will also be weighed, vaccinated, and given a microchip if necessary so their health can be easily tracked.

The original swans on Lake Morton were donated by Queen Elizabeth of the United Kingdom in 1957. The swans were first cared for by veterinarian (emeritus) and original "Swanvet" W.G. Gardner. As Lakeland’s swan flock grew, it became paramount to give the regal birds an annual health check so the Swan Roundup began. This practice started in 1980 and has continued every year since then.

Dr. Mattson has almost 20 years of experience in veterinary medicine. She the owner of Companion Animal Hospital a full service facility that provides general medical care, preventive medical care, vaccinations, health certificates, caesarean section, diagnostic services, on-site kennel, on-site laboratory testing, flea control, dietary counseling, spay/neuter, declawing, radiology, general surgery, dentistry, emergency services, microchipping, pharmacy services and boarding.


Lakeland Electric will celebrate Public Power Week during October 7-13, 2012 along with more than 2,000 other electric utilities that collectively provide electricity on a not-for-profit basis to 46 million Americans. 

“Public Power Week is a chance for Lakeland Electric to articulate why public power works in Lakeland.  We are absolutely dedicated to providing a high level of service at affordable rates,” said Joel Ivy, Lakeland Electric’s General Manager.

Public Power Week is an annual event that takes place throughout the nation.  It is sponsored in conjunction with the American Public Power Association (APPA) in Washington, D.C.  APPA is the service organization for community and state-owned electric utilities.

“We are proud to have served the customers of Lakeland Electric for over 100 years,” Ivy said.  “Lakeland Electric contributes to the area’s economic vitality.  We understand how critical electricity is for our customers and we strive to find better ways to deliver it efficiently, reliably, safely and with special attention to the environment,”

Lakeland Electric is Florida’s third-largest public power utility and it provides electricity to more than 120,000 customers. Power is generated at Lakeland Electric’s two main power plants, the 941-megawatt McIntosh Power Plant and the 110-megawatt Larsen Power Plant. The utility also operates a group of diesel unit’s capable of producing up to 50- megawatts for emergency purposes.

 


Today, during her State of the University address, USF President Judy Genshaft announced that the university plans to create USF Health System, and looks to Lakeland Regional Health Systems, Inc. to join as its inaugural member.

“The City of Lakeland has enjoyed a long history of having a community of high-quality physicians alongside its excellent hospital, Lakeland Regional Medical Center,” said Mayor Fields.  “We should celebrate the opportunity to continue building upon this history of excellence by adding nationally recognized research and education alongside our exceptional community-based health care delivery system.” 

Lakeland Regional Medical Center, with its 4,500 employees, and its active medical staff of 484 physicians, is the fifth largest hospital in Florida and operates the busiest single site Emergency Department in the entire State.  Elaine Thompson, PhD, FACHE, President and CEO of Lakeland Regional Health Systems, echoed Mayor Fields’ remarks adding, “Mayor Fields has been exceptionally supportive and insightful about the future of the region’s health care. He understands the significance of creating USF Health System, and the economic potential it brings to the City of Lakeland and our community.”

Later this month, Dr. Thompson will seek approval from the Lakeland Regional Health Systems, Inc. Board of Directors to formally join USF Health System.  “Joining USF Health System creates a relationship for the good of the organization, our medical staff, and the community we serve,” said Bill Mutz, Chairman of Lakeland Regional Health Systems, Inc.  “We expect the USF Health System to be a transformational and innovative partnership that will grow to include other hospitals and physicians across the region.” 

During the next several months, Dr. Thompson will be executing an extensive communication plan to share these future plans with the community.  “We recognize that our health care delivery system is on the brink of historic change, and we are already seeing a wave of consolidations and new affiliations across the Tampa Bay and Central Florida region,” said Mayor Fields.  “By joining USF Health System, Lakeland Regional Health Systems, Inc. will continue to strengthen and grow even better, but more importantly, the hospital will remain an asset of the City and it will continue to be led by a local Board of Directors made up of our own community leaders.”