Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Plant City digest: Strawberry farming pioneer dies at 96

Lakeland

Strawberry farm pioneer dies at 96

Lester Wishnatzki, a former executive of the company that came to be known as Wish Farms, died Sunday in Lakeland where he lived. He was 96. Mr. Wishnatzki, along with his brother Joe, served as co-president, taking over the family business in 1955. The two were pioneers in the use of mechanical refrigeration to cool packinghouses and trucks and worked to create a market for strawberries in the Northeast. Begun in 1922 by Brooklyn, N.Y., pushcart vendors Harris Wishnatzki and Daniel Nathel, the Wishnatzki and Nathel families split the company in 2001, and in 2010 the Wish Farms brand was launched. Mr. Wishnatzki was the uncle of Wish Farms owner Gary Wishnatzki. Funeral services were held Wednesday at Temple Emanuel in Lakeland.

Plant City

'Brooks Circle' named for retiree

Eddie C. Brooks, the longtime city employee and first supervisor of what became known as the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center, will be honored today when the city names the drive that surrounds the center as the Eddie C. Brooks Circle. The ceremony is set for 11 a.m. at the center, 1601 E Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. A fixture there, Mr. Brooks was instrumental in bringing girls softball to Plant City. He retired from the city in 2008 after 46 years.

Hospice looking for volunteers

LifePath Hospice is seeking volunteers for Plant City. Call Vicki McDonald at (813) 984-2299.

Plant City digest: Strawberry farming pioneer dies at 96 05/23/13 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 4:32pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. All-eyes photo gallery: Florida State Seminoles loss to the N.C. State Wolfpack

    News

    View a gallery of images from the Florida State Seminoles 27-21 loss to the N.C. State Wolfpack Saturday in Tallahassee. The Seminoles will face Wake Forest on Saturday, Sept. 30 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

    Florida State Seminoles fans sing the fight song during the Florida State Seminoles game against the North Carolina State Wolfpack on September 23, 2017, at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla.  At the half, North Carolina State Wolfpack 17, Florida State Seminoles 10.
  2. Encounters: Trial by storm for a rookie principal

    K12

    DUNEDIN — When he nodded off to sleep, the hallway lights outside Michael Vasallo's office were on, so the sudden darkness woke him.

    The glow of his desk phone dimmed.

    Michael Vasallo, right, the first-year principal at Dunedin Highland Middle School, talks with the school's head plant operator Clint Case near the back-up generator on campus. The generator failed just as Hurricane Irma passed through Pinellas County, making for a stressful night. The experience made Vasallo long to return to his regular job, educating middle schoolers. [COLEEN WRIGHT   |   Times]


  3. Who is in charge during a hurricane? Hillsborough County and Tampa still can't agree

    Hurricanes

    TAMPA — Who has the authority to order an evacuation during a hurricane?

    Mayor Bob Buckhorn says he has evacuation authority.
  4. Gators rally past Kentucky, streak hits 31

    Blogs

    LEXINGTON, Ky. — For the second week in a row, Florida found itself storming the field in a game that came down to the last second. A 57-yard field-goal attempt by Kentucky kicker Austin MacGinnis came just a few feet short of making history and snapping a 30-year losing streak, as the No. 20 Gators escaped a …

    Florida wide receiver Brandon Powell (4) scores a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Lexington, Ky.
  5. Pen makes it way too interesting as Rays hang on for 9-6 win

    Blogs

    A couple of home runs provided the news pegs of the night for the Rays, but it was more topical to talk about what nearly happened as they hung on for a 9-6 win over the Orioles.

    Lucas Duda's three-run homer in the third inning was the Rays' record-breaking 217th of the season, as well as his …

    Lucas Duda's three-run homer in the third inning was the Rays' record-breaking 217th of the season.