Remember the FlapJack Festival? It was just one of many area events the chamber has supported in its 40-year history.
(Photos courtesy of Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce)

Central Pasco Chamber celebrates four decades of service

The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 40th anniversary on June 26 with its awards and installation banquet at The Event Factory, 7565 W. Hillsborough Ave. But it originally got its start as the Land O’ Lakes Chamber of Commerce. It was a different name at a different time in the area’s growth. […]

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The GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club members were decked out in a sea of red at a recent general meeting in support of February as Heart Health Month. 
(Courtesy of Patricia Serio)

Local woman’s club named best in state

The GFWC Lutz-Land O’Lakes Woman’s Club has received the Lois B. Perkins Award, which goes to the GFWC Florida Outstanding Club of the Year. This is the third year in a row that the club has received the honor – an unprecedented distinction, according to club members. Winning the award allows the club to retain […]

The cash grab for the Lutz Guv'na race was already in full swing at the debate back in May. Now, the three candidates are ramping up the fundraising as the July Fourth deadline looms. 
(MIchael Murillo/Staff Photo)

Final fundraisers keep Lutz Guv’na hopefuls busy

The race for Lutz Guv’na is wrapping up, but the candidates aren’t ready to pack it in. All three hopefuls are prepping for last-minute fundraising, with some big events in the final days of the race. All the money goes to Lutz organizations, and the candidate who raises the most earns the ceremonial title. So […]

Construction is nearly complete on the new Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant off State Road 56. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for July 3.
(Kathy Steele/Staff Photo)

Restaurant wings into Wesley Chapel

Buffalo Wild Wings will open its doors in time for the Fourth of July celebrations. The ribbon cutting is scheduled for July 3, with the first full week of operation kicking off July 6, said Dana Balch, the restaurant’s general manager. “We are super excited,” he said. “It’s been a long time in the making.” […]

New restaurants planned for Cypress Creek Town Center

BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse and the Panda Express are eyeing retail space at the Cypress Creek Town Center. The proposed mall is located off State Road 56 at the Interstate 75 exchange. Adjacent to the site, the shops at Tampa Premier Outlets are taking form and shape for an anticipated October opening. Representatives for BJ’s […]

Susan MacManus, a political scientist at the University of South Florida, offered insights into the 2016 presidential race to members of the Conservative Club of East Pasco.
(Kathy Steele/Staff Photo)

Florida could decide 2016 presidential election

Predictions as to which Republican candidate will come away with the prize of the national party’s presidential nomination is an impossible task this early in the race. But there is no doubt that Florida will be a pivotal state in a hard-fought 2016 election, according to Susan MacManus, a University of South Florida political scientist. […]

A fence, with a stop sign, blocks vehicles at the former entrance to Hercules Park. A faded sign lists park rules.
(Kathy Steele/Staff Photos)

Developers could buy Hercules Park; donate land

The city of Zephyrhills lost its bid to purchase Hercules Park, but there is hope still that a large swath of the park and its aquatic center can become city property. The Pasco County School Board unanimously voted to begin negotiating the park’s sale with developers from Gh&G Florida LLC. Their bid for $2.3 million […]

Gladys Kuhn, known as Gobby to everyone who knows her, released her debut book at the age of 94. The memoir recounts growing up during the Depression, having a tryout with the Rockettes and Gobby’s many other adventures.
(B.C. Manion/Staff Photo)

94-year-old Lutz woman pens her first book

There was an excitement in the air on a Tuesday afternoon, as people gathered in the reception area in the building on East Chapman Road in Lutz. People had trekked from such places at Georgia and Texas, Wesley Chapel and South Tampa, Carrollwood and Lutz, to be there. They wanted to hear Gladys Kuhn — […]

Children at libraries in Poland lined up to get autographed copies of Wendell Speer’s book, ‘Simon Peppercorn, Log in to Magic Space.’
(Courtesy of Wendell Speer)

Dade City native is a writing wizard

Wendell Speer is a prolific note-taker. Paper and pen are ready at hand. “You’ll get a million ideas wherever you go. If you don’t write them down, you’ll never remember them all,” he said. Notes on slips of paper, written down in quiet moments on walks in the woods or in the hushed quiet of […]

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Golfer's Grail owner Jeff Sproat works in Tampa, but he can take on a driving range, or even Augusta, anytime he wants. Golfers have 66 options on the simulators, plus putt-putt courses and other games. 
(Michael Murillo/Staff Photo)

Real swings on computer courses

When Jeff Sproat was offered a chance to play a golf simulator a few years ago, he wasn’t interested. He was a real golfer who played real courses. What interest could he have in a simulation of the game he loved? Then, he tried it. “I ended up spending about three hours in there. I […]

Kass Pilczuk, left, and her daughter Kathy look at the board commemorating the New Tampa Family YMCA's adaptive program. When Pilczuk first came to the facility as a swim coach 11 years ago, the program didn't exist. Now, she runs it.
(Michael Murillo/Staff Photo)

YMCA’s adaptive programs make strides with swimmers

When Land O’ Lakes resident Kass Pilczuk came to the New Tampa Family YMCA 11 years ago, she was a swim coach. Now she’s the adaptive coordinator, creating and maintaining programs for adults and youth with developmental or physical disabilities. It’s grown a lot over the years, especially considering where the program was when she first arrived. […]

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Sports – Check This Out


Wells Fargo Advisors of Trinity will host its second annual golf tournament on Aug. 29 at Cypress Run Golf Club, 2669 St. Andrews Blvd., in Tarpon Springs. The event benefits Gulfside Hospice. The cost is $125 per golfer ($500 per foursome) and includes lunch, dinner and auction. There also will be prizes and contests. Sponsorships are […]


No Name Volleyball will host its fifth annual summer volleyball camp July 20 through July 23 at Bishop McLaughlin Catholic High School, 13651 Hays Road in Spring Hill. The camp is available for children ages 10 through 14 and runs each day from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $175 per player. There will also […]


Sons of the American Legion Squadron 152 will sponsor a golf tournament benefiting Honor Flight of West Central Florida. It will take place July 25 at the Silver Dollar Golf & Trap Club, 12711 Silver Dollar Drive in Odessa. Honor Flight sends military veterans to Washington D.C., to see memorials of the wars in which they […]

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