These skunks are cuddly, not stinky

Skunks have a reputation that precedes them. And, it’s not particularly flattering. It’s no secret that they are known for their ability to smell up a place with their spray. Florida Skunk Rescue, however, is working to help dispel the negative perception that many have about the furry creatures. Recently, Kat Wysocki, vice president of the rescue organization, brought some skunks … [Read more...]

Under Construction 12/04/2019

Convenience store coming Lutz soon will add a 7-Eleven convenience store, at 19677 State Road 54. The 3,000-square-foot store is expected to be completed in March. An opening date has not been announced.         New banking branch in Trinity Chase Bank customers, in Trinity, will have another service branch. The 3,470-square-foot building is being constructed … [Read more...]

Culinary experts share food business advice

People who want to start a food business — or who already have one and want to make it more successful — received pointers during a SMARTstart program recently at Dade City’s One Stop Shop. The free program, titled “Food is the Biggest Business,” was presented on Nov. 20 by the Pasco Economic Development Council Inc. Chef Jeff Philbin of the PPK company moderated the panel, which … [Read more...]

Helping others at the holidays, and all year-long

As the holidays approach — a big holiday meal — can help create a festive feel. But, for some families, those kind of feasts are beyond their financial reach. That’s where The Neighborhood Care Center, in Zephyrhills, comes in. It has been helping families at the holidays — and throughout the year — for more than two decades. During the holidays, the care center seeks to help its … [Read more...]

Choices abound for holiday fun

The holidays are a traditional time for friends and families to gather, and to seek out ways to enjoy the lights, sounds and treats of the season. If you’re looking to have some old-fashioned fun, to be inspired, or relax, there’s likely an option in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area to suit your fancy. Here’s a listing of some of your options. Lutz – Land O’ Lakes Traditions on the … [Read more...]

A ‘peanut’ roundabout on Van Dyke Road?

Hillsborough County is proposing a $40 million project to ease traffic congestion on Van Dyke Road in Lutz. The project is expected to begin construction in late 2022, and be completed by late 2024. Now in its planning phase, the proposed project calls for widening Van Dyke Road from two lanes to four lanes, in a 2-mile stretch from Whirley Road to the Suncoast Parkway. The plan also … [Read more...]

State college seeks to help students in need

When people think about others in need, they don’t necessarily picture college students. But, Pasco-Hernando State College sees the need and has opened a food pantry to help students who are lacking basic necessities. The Bobcat Food Pantry operates at each of the college’s campuses, which are located in Brooksville, New Port Richey, Dade City, Wesley Chapel and Spring Hill. Sarah … [Read more...]

Under Construction 11/20/2019

Little Owl Learning Academy expansion The Little Owl Learning Academy is expanding its day care with a second building. The 7,500-square-foot structure is being built at 10925 Trinity Blvd., in Trinity. The building will have several classrooms, office space, a nurse’s station, a laundry room and a catering room. Construction began in September and is expected to be completed by March 2020. An … [Read more...]

Benefit to support Lutz cancer patient

Bill Myers, of Lutz, has been diagnosed with stage four lung cancer — and the community has come together to try to help him. A benefit has been planned for Nov. 23 from noon to 6 p.m., at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. There’s no admission charge for the event, which will feature musical performances, a variety of vendors and food … [Read more...]

A blast to the Civil War past

Get ready to travel back in time with the Civil War reenactment, “Raid on the Salt Works.” The three-day event will be held at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road in Dade City. A school field trip will take place on Nov. 22 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Students and their chaperones can take a self-guided tour at numerous stations, depicting the Civil … [Read more...]