Learning to prepare delicious, healthy jam

Dade City’s One-Stop Shop recently held a class on how to produce and preserve canned strawberry jam. The art of canning involves preserving foods in jars, to keep them safe for eating for long periods of time. The class, at the One-Stop Shop in Dade City, was presented by the University of Florida-Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) Pasco County Extension. LuAnn … [Read more...]

Under Construction 03/18/2020

Addition to office plaza The Lutz Stonewood Professional Park is currently adding two new buildings to its site. This comes as its first building was erected last year. The structures will both stand at over 3,600 square feet, serving as medical and office space along State Road 54. There are plans to incorporate 10 buildings, in all, within the plaza.       Office … [Read more...]

Project aims to improve emergency access

Construction is underway to make it easier for emergency services to get between New Tampa and Wesley Chapel. Mansfield Boulevard is in Wesley Chapel. Kinnan Street is in New Tampa. An improvement will connect the streets, but will be accessible only to first responders. The Pasco County Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) board approved the connection last June. It was one … [Read more...]

Scout project creates fun options for dogs at park

When Sean Monahan brainstormed ideas to gain the rank of Eagle Scout, he finally settled on a way to help man’s best friend. The scout decided to incorporate new accessories for dogs at the Carolyn Meeker Dog Park in Lutz. The member of Boy Scout Troop 12 – also in Lutz - had to tackle a project that betters his community as one of his requirements to earn the rank of Eagle … [Read more...]

Dade City flood relief in final stages

Construction is nearing completion on a project in downtown Dade City — which aims to address flooding that plagued the area for years. The project involves installing new underground stormwater piping. The concrete pipeline has been lengthened longer than its initial 2,400-linear-foot projections, said Abu Nazmurreza, Dade City’s public works director. New curb drains also have been … [Read more...]

Aldi opens Odessa store

Customers were ready when the Aldi in Odessa had its grand opening celebration on March 12. The Aldi store is one of the grocery chain’s new locations in Pasco County, and new stores are planned off State Road 56, near Wesley Chapel Boulevard, and another off U.S. 301 in Zephyrhills. Patrons were lined up awaiting the store to open in Odessa. Store Manager Katherine Garner oversees … [Read more...]

Students take a stand on the power of voting

Wiregrass Ranch High School’s annual Poetry Slam, for Black History Month, focused on the importance of voting. With the theme “Let Your Voice Be Heard: Vote,” the event also was a tribute to the late Denise Goodridge – the school’s former principal’s secretary. Goodridge passed away last year due to health complications. The Feb. 21 gathering took place in Wiregrass’s … [Read more...]

Enjoy Land O’ Lakes music jams

NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park will be the gathering place for the annual Land O’ Lakes Music Festival. A lineup of bands is set to perform on the stage at the park, at 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Land O’ Lakes. The Greater Pasco Chamber of Commerce is hosting the concert, set for March 21, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The gate opens at 3:30 p.m. Patrons … [Read more...]

78 floors up, blind man and guide dog survive 9/11

Michael Hingson felt a sense of calmness as he walked floor by floor — exiting the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Hingson has been blind since birth and he, with his former guide dog, Roselle, had to work as a team to find their way to safety. Hingson, the author of “Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog and the Triumph of Trust,” recently shared his story at Saint … [Read more...]

Bargain-hunters flock to the annual Lutz flea market

The Fabulous Flea Market, hosted by the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club, will offer patrons plenty of choices. The event will be held at the Old Lutz School at 18819 U.S. 41 in Lutz, and is set for March 6 and March 7, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day. Classrooms will be stocked with items, including home décor, books, clothing, jewelry, linens, kitchen ware and … [Read more...]