Coin club offers chance to learn about history, politics, investing

Richard Schmetisch’s fascination with coins began when he was about 8 years old. His dad took him to a flea market, and as they browsed through tools and lawn mowers, Schmetisch spied a coin dealer. And so his passion began. “I just went, ‘Wow!’” the now 51-year-old Land O’ Lakes man said. “I think coins […]

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Steve Azzoli said his electric car creates a buzz when people take a look under its hood. He invested about $23,000 on the car, but gets 110 miles to 120 miles per battery charge, and doesn’t have to spend a dime on gasoline. 
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Interest sparks in electric car conversions

When Steve Azzoli pulls his bright blue car into an auto parts store and pops open his hood, he invariably draws a crowd. That’s because the retired Land O’ Lakes man is tooling around in an all-electric car, and people want to take a look. Azzoli got the car for his project in 2011, and […]


Express route to downtown Tampa in jeopardy, HART says

The number of people who depend on HART’s Route 51X connecting Pasco County to downtown Tampa is dwindling. And so is the organization’s money. So it’s probably no surprise to some of the remaining riders that officials with Hillsborough Area Regional Transit want to make some significant changes to the route, possibly removing the express […]

The Land O’ Lakes Swamp Fest doesn’t have a parade, but it does have rides, games and entertainment for area residents, as well as providing fundraising opportunities for local organizations. 
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Land O’ Lakes resident wants return of Flapjack Festival

For nearly 30 years, Mark Ballard had a routine when it came to the Land O’ Lakes Flapjack Festival. “The kids would go to eat the pancakes in the morning, then we would go and spend pretty much all day on the rides,” he said. “Then we could go home and come back again at […]

Change has been the order of business at Bayfront Health Dade City over the past year, but hospital chief executive Shauna McKinnon feels the community has embraced all those changes as positive, including the recent announcement to expand surgical services. 
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Dade City hospital readies $3M surgical expansion

With a new owner and a new name, change has been a constant for Bayfront Health Dade City. But while some may say too much change is bad, Shauna McKinnon knows that what the Dade City hospital has experienced in recent months will only make it better. And that includes planned major changes coming up […]

Sarah Robison, 11, of Lutz, is one of six national winners in a photo competition sponsored by Ranger Rick magazine.
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Lutz girl’s prize-winning photo is in Ranger Rick magazine

Sarah Robison took a prize-winning photo last fall when she was visiting a park in Rochester, New York. The 11-year-old was admiring some Canada geese when she noticed a young deer just a few feet away. The young shutterbug knew that she had only an instant to react, and she took advantage of that moment. […]

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Gas prices continue to drop as summer wears on

A fear that the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 would push up gas prices didn’t come to pass, and in fact Florida and other states continue to see the amount people pay at the pump falling. Gasoline prices in Florida on Sunday was at $3.46, down nearly a nickel from a week ago, according […]

Adopt a pet for free on Saturday

It was originally intended just for students, but the Pasco County Animal Shelter is expanding its free adoption event at the Land O’ Lakes facility on July 26. “We hope our efforts to allow free adoptions for everybody on Saturday will relieve overcrowding,” said animal services manager Mike Shumate, in a release. “So anyone who […]

Florida Hospital contributes $2M to MOSI theater

It’s been a while since the Imax theater at the Museum of Science & Industry in Tampa had an overhaul. But with a $2 million check from Florida Hospital’s West Florida Region, visitors are expecting a “transformational” experience. The investment, which was announced Friday at the Fowler Avenue museum, will allow MOSI to transform the […]

Visit Florida provides financial boost to Pigz in Z’Hills

The annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Fest is getting a big financial boost after Visit Florida announced it would provide a $2,500 advertising matching grant to the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce. “The purpose of these grants is to help nonprofit entities and local governments stretch their tourism and marketing dollars in an […]

Junior Woman’s Club hosting unique bingo fundraiser

Local woman’s club groups always have found interesting ways to raise money for projects in the past, but the GFWC Pasco Junior Woman’s Club may have discovered the most fascinating way yet. The organization is readying for its summer fundraiser as part of “Drag Queen Bingo” night at Hamburger Mary’s in Ybor City on July […]

Saint Leo University named a great place to work

Saint Leo University might be a good place to go to school, but now it’s being recognized as a great place to work. A new survey from The Chronicle of Higher Education is honoring the St. Leo institution in 10 categories including collaboration and governance, compensation and benefits, senior leadership confidence, facilities, job satisfaction, and […]

Pasco County commissioner Jack Mariano is now hinting he won't support a raised gas tax because a fellow commissioner won't be 'flexible' on the upcoming budget. (File photo)

Mariano’s knee-jerk decision could kill gas tax increase

Jack Mariano might be the chairman of the Pasco County Commission, but his popularity among fellow commissioners might be hitting an all-time low. Mariano was hammered by commissioners Ted Schrader and Kathryn Starkey during Tuesday’s regular meeting in New Port Richey over his promotion of an expanded recreation park on the west side of the county. […]

‘Pretty Little Liars’ star visiting The Shops

Keegan Allen, one of the stars of the ABC Family television series “Pretty Little Liars,” will make an appearance at The Shops at Wiregrass on Aug. 2 as part of the shopping center’s Back-to-School Bash. Allen, who plays Toby on the show, will be available between noon and 3 p.m., where some lucky fans will […]

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