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The trees, the tracks and the waterfall give this model train railroad layout a feeling of authenticity.
(Photo courtesy of Suncoast Center for Fine Scale Modeling)

This exhibit will thrill train lovers, model makers of all ages

From the outside, the squat warehouse building housing the Suncoast Center for Fine Scale Modeling is no showstopper. Step inside, though, and it’s an entirely different story. The center is a showcase of the kind of artistry that can be achieved in the world of model making. It has several exhibits, but the centerpiece of […]

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Mike Bishop, co-founder and head brewer at Big Storm Brewing Co., displays some of the tanks used in producing four different brews of Big Storm beer from his Odessa location. 
(Michael Hinman/Staff Photo)

Big Storm offers big brew as beer operations ferment

It all started simple enough. Mike Bishop and Clay Yarn wanted to escape their stuffy office jobs, so they leased some industrial space in Odessa with the hopes of brewing a little bit of beer, and sharing it with anyone who happened to discover their operation. Instead, a 200-barrel operation exploded into a 5,000-barrel one […]

Lakerlutznews is our new ‘handle’

Before reading my column this week, you may want to first read the other story that explains that we’ve changed the ending on our email to make all of our digital addresses uniform. Our goal is to make it easier to find us on the Web, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, LinkedIn and other virtual forums that will […]

After his talk, Philip Gans showed students his concentration camp tattoo, shook hands with students and posed with them for pictures. The students seemed eager to have a personal encounter with someone who had survived one of history’s most horrific chapters.
(B.C. Manion/Staff Photo)

Holocaust survivor shares his story at Land O’ Lakes High

As the speaker wrapped up his talk, Land O’ Lakes High School students streamed down to the front of the auditorium to shake his hand and pose with him for photos. They wanted a personal encounter with Philip Gans, a man who survived the horrors of the Holocaust during World War II. Gans was at […]

Members of the Porter family joined Pasco-Hernando State College president Katherine Johnson at the open house and dedication of Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch. Attending, from left, are J.D. Porter, Bill Porter, Johnson, Don Porter and Quinn Miller.
(Courtesy of Pasco-Hernando State College)

PHSC celebrates opening of new Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch

Pasco-Hernando State College celebrated the formal dedication of its fifth full-service satellite campus, Porter Campus at Wiregrass Ranch, with a ceremony at the campus on April 2. About 400 to 450 guests mingled, toured the campus and enjoyed refreshments at the celebration. It honored the Porter family, who donated 60 acres of land for the […]

Riley Reardon won this year’s $1,000 Pasco Heritage Scholarship for his contemporary dance routine. The Land O’Lakes High School senior choreographed it as well. 
(Courtesy of The Heritage Arts Center Association)

Performers shine, overcome challenges at ‘Spotlight On Talent’

After hours of practice and auditioning before a panel of experts, a select number of singers, dancers and musicians were chosen to perform at the Heritage Arts Center Association’s “Spotlight On Talent” event, now in its 31st year. Getting there was the hard part. The event itself, held in two separate performances on March 29 […]

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Petters, Davidson to speak at Saint Leo commencement

The newest graduates at Saint Leo University will get a sendoff from a native brother and sister duo who have a lot to share about their experiences. C. Michael Petters and U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Susan Davidson will deliver the guest commencement address at Saint Leo May 3 for graduate and undergraduate students at the […]

Courtesy of Southwest Florida Water Management District.

Swiftmud hosting open houses to update floodplain maps

The Southwest Florida Water Management District, commonly known as Swiftmud, is working to identify flood-prone areas in parts of Pasco County during two upcoming open houses. The events will take place at River Ridge High School, 11646 Town Center Road in New Port Richey, on April 29 and May 1. Start time each day is […]

Journey was born without a front left paw, and his prosthetic is a conversation piece when he visits patients with his owner, Ron Graff. (Photo courtesy of St. Joseph's Hospital-North)

In Print: Journey’s hospital journey, along with Easter plans across the area

There’s nothing faux pas about Journey’s faux paw. The 5-year-old Golden Retriever was born without a left paw and uses a prosthetic to get around — especially to visit patients at St. Joseph’s Hospital-North in Lutz. “Everybody enjoys a visit from a therapy dog,” Ron Graff told reporter Michael Murillo. “I get comments from patients […]

Area under strong thunderstorm, lake wind alert

The National Weather Service has issued a strong thunderstorm alert for Southwestern Pasco, Northwestern Hillsborough and Pinellas counties. Meteorologists for the weather service detected thunderstorms three miles southwest of Indian Shores, six miles west of Seminole, moving northeast at 30 mph. Officials say to expect gusty winds 35 to 45 mph, and to slow down […]

Union helps Pasco County employees ratify first contract

The Teamsters Local 79 union in Tampa is celebrating its first Teamster contract with Pasco County public employees the group says will represent 1,100 public sector jobs across the county. A one-year contract was ratified by those employees late last week, according to the Teamsters, and covers workers ranging from road and bridge maintenance, to […]

Coldwater Creek closing doors at Shops at Wiregrass, nationwide

Coldwater Creek is closing its doors, not only at The Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel, but everywhere. The women’s apparel retailer filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Friday, and announced to its investors that it would wind down operations and close more than 350 stores in May, including five in the Tampa Bay […]

Business parks, convention center in Pasco County’s future?

The first dollars expected from a renewed Penny for Pasco program is not expected until next January. But John Hagen says there’s no reason to wait to put those dollars to use. Hagen, president and chief executive of Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., is scheduled to present his economic development ideas involving the tax fund […]

FDOT warns against fake toll collection letters

Some letters may be arriving in mailboxes seeking to collect unpaid tolls from various roadways like the Suncoast Parkway and Veterans Expressway, but not all are as they seem. Florida Department of Transportation officials are asking travelers to be wary of any attempt to collect unpaid tolls by a company calling itself Toll Enforcement LLC. […]

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