A fond farewell to the snowbirds

The time has come where the snowbirds are leaving their Florida homes to go back to where they reside in the summer. I guess all good things must come to an end, eventually. Before the end of the season, we had a potluck on March 31, and over 122 residents and guests attended. This potluck was hosted by Ilene Nutting and several helpers, and what a superb job they did. The helpers consisted … [Read more...]

Holy Name Monastery: A tranquil place on a hill

Funny how a place can be both otherworldly and so much a part of this world. Holy Name Monastery is like that. It’s a peaceful place where Benedictine Sisters of Florida rise before the birds are up to pray quietly in their chapel, then return for daily Mass and more common prayers throughout the day. Then, rather than sit idly enjoying their monastic peacefulness, they head out into the … [Read more...]

Celebrate Earth Day in the garden: Reduce, reuse and recycle

Rain barrels, compost and using organic matter for mulch are some excellent ways to go green in the garden. But, there also are endless ways to upcycle outdoors to attract wildlife, while reducing, reusing, and recycling more nontraditional items into creative and fun, and practical items. As Earth Day 2019 approaches, which is officially on April 22, consider using those old nylons to tie … [Read more...]

Easter and breakfast: Where are the eggs?

It’s April, which means eggs will begin to make their appearance for Easter egg hunts and Passover Seders. For many cultures and religions, the egg symbolizes the season of spring. Of course, from a food perspective, it’s also associated with breakfast. How did eggs become such a popular breakfast food in the United States? Numerous sources say that advertising and marketing played a … [Read more...]

Winners announced for “Spotlight on Talent”

The “Spotlight on Talent,” a regional performing arts competition for people, has wrapped up its 36th annual competition. The final two shows were held on March 19 at the Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel High School. Hundreds of people attended each show to watch the contestants compete, according to a news release from Barbara Friedman, who oversees the competition. More than 230 … [Read more...]

Grand Horizons thanks its volunteers

There was the first annual Old Tyme Gospel Jamboree at Zephyr Park on March 16. They had several performers and, from what I was told, they were all very good. Paul and Freda Williams, from our park, were there performing, plus several others.  We had other commitments that day so we had to miss it, but we do hope to make it next year. On March 22, we had karaoke, which was started several … [Read more...]

Commissioner suggests making use of ‘on hold’ time

When callers to Pasco County are placed “on hold” they hear music playing, but Pasco County Commissioner Kathryn Starkey would like to change that. “I would much rather hear us talk about our story, when I’m on hold,” Starkey said. “We could talk about our satisfaction survey, or we’re opening up a new park, or things to do this weekend,” she suggested. Her colleague, Commissioner … [Read more...]

Know the dangers of secondhand smoke

The Florida Department of Health in Pasco County and Tobacco Free Florida are working together to reduce tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke, according to a news release. Most people are aware of the dangers associated with using tobacco products like cigarettes, but may not be as familiar with the dangers posed by secondhand smoke. Here are some facts about secondhand … [Read more...]

Visit Asturia’s New Models In Its Final Phase 

There’s a lot happening this spring at Asturia, a master-planned community in Odessa that is beginning its third phase of home construction. Award-winning builders David Weekley Homes and ICI Homes are building new models that will be open for tour later this spring. In February, Ryan Homes launched its elegant townhome community and sold 11 homes during its opening month. And, Ashton Woods has … [Read more...]

Cardel Homes Earns 3 Top Parade Awards

Cardel Homes was recognized at the 2019 Tampa Bay Parade of Homes with three prestigious awards, including a top level “Best In Class.” The builder took the two top honors for homes in the $750,000 and $799,000 class for its models at Bexley. The Grand Award went to its Savannah model, and the Silver Award to its Henley model. Cardel Homes’ “Best In Class” designation was received for its … [Read more...]