Honoring the anniversary of September 11

Flag-wavers held their flags high, as drivers passing by on U.S. 41 honked their horns in support. The red, white and blue draped with stars has always symbolized America, but on this particular Tuesday, it held a much more significant meaning. It was 17 years to the day of the 9/11 attacks. Local members of the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club, and other members of the community, stood … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel schools earn national PTA distinction

Wesley Chapel’s Double Branch Elementary School and Dr. John Long Middle School each have been named a 2018-2020 National PTA School of Excellence. The National PTA organization has a program with specific criteria, allowing schools around the country to be acknowledged for their service to students. The year-long process includes choosing one of three areas of focus: education, health and … [Read more...]

Class provides advice on healthy cooking

Shari Bresin understands the challenge of finding the time to prepare healthy foods, while having a busy schedule. Bresin, the Family and Consumer Science agent for the Pasco County Extension Office, said she can relate to that challenge. “I know what it’s like to be on the go,” Bresin said. A class she’s now teaching at the Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., in Dade City, aims to help … [Read more...]

Wesley Chapel Girl Scouts empower other youths

Ask members of Girl Scout Troop 473 what they’ve been up to this past year, and they’ll tell you — they’ve been putting smiles on other kids’ faces. The Wesley Chapel troop, comprised of eight girls, has been working toward getting its Silver Project Award since August of 2017. The award requires 50 community service hours, and the young ladies decided to focus on charitable work that was … [Read more...]

Local companies pitch in to help Boy Scouts in Lutz

It was just 9 a.m., but the humidity was already oppressive, as Jake Smith and Ralph Rodriguez began unloading their truck filled with supplies. The constant pulling and shifting, however, was not just the sound of a typical construction job, it was also the sound of a generous act. On the morning of Sept. 7, the men were among a number of workers giving back to an organization that … [Read more...]

Exhibit proves that ‘selfies’ are not exactly a new thing

The ‘selfie’ trend of the day has revolutionized how photography is consumed. However, the gap between modern-day self-portraits and those spanning more than 150 years ago, may not be so broad. St. Petersburg’s Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) is featuring an exhibit that sheds light on how artists have embraced self-portraits long before smartphones and social media became a thing. The MFA is … [Read more...]

San Antonio Farmers Market makes its return

The San Antonio Farmers Market is making its return, for its second year, beginning on Sept. 8. The event runs on the second Saturday of the month, from September through May, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at San Antonio City Park, 12202 Main St., San Antonio. The event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of San Antonio. The market features vendors who set up around the park, offering a variety of … [Read more...]

‘My job is to care for everybody,’ local pastor says

Sometimes Jordan Kassabaum does a double-take when someone calls him “pastor.” “I’m just not used to it,” said the 27-year-old pastor of the First United Methodist Church of Land O’ Lakes. “It seems surreal when I’m standing in front of a congregation.” Kassabaum, a native of Dade City, was named pastor of the Land O’ Lakes church on July 1. He is gradually getting to know his new … [Read more...]

Market Place at Hibiscus Park prepares for new season

The Market Place at Hibiscus Place in Dade City will be marking its fifth season, with its first event this year set for Sept. 1. The market is held on the first Saturday of each month, September through May, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free, and both people and pets are welcome. Shoppers will have plenty of choices, said Lucy Avila, event coordinator. “We have a variety of … [Read more...]