The Lutz Depot, by design

Those wishing to escape the oppressive heat during the Fourth of July festivities in Lutz may have decided to check out a train show inside the Lutz Branch Library. If I they did, they could have seen an exhibit presented by the Suncoast American Flyer Enthusiasts. And, perhaps they would have had a chance to chat with Eugene Vrooman, one of the club’s members. If they did, Vrooman … [Read more...]

Two Lutz companies win Florida business awards

Two Lutz-based companies, Dixie Belle Paint Co., and Lap of Love Veterinary Hospice, are among an elite group of 50 finalists named as “Florida Companies to Watch,” according to a news release from GrowFl. “These stand-out companies are all led by entrepreneurs, and have demonstrated their capacity and intent to grow,” Tom O’ Neal said, in the release. “They also all have critical intellectual … [Read more...]

Lutz celebrates July Fourth in grand fashion

People who like to run, enjoy mingling with friends or are attracted to an old-fashioned, small-town parade found all that and more at the Independence Day celebration on the Fourth of July in Lutz. The community, just north of Tampa, is known for its traditional Independence Day celebrations, and once again, it delivered. Carmen Rairigh, of Lutz, was there with a group of about 40 … [Read more...]

Lutz draws a crowd on July Fourth

Whether they were competing in the Cake Bake competition, driving a float in the parade, or checking out the entertainment at the old Lutz Depot — Lutz was a popular place to be on the Fourth of July. Once again, the annual event was a showcase for patriotism — from a rendition of the national anthem, to the traditional raising of the American flag, to a parade which wound its way down Lutz … [Read more...]

Eagle Scout project honors those who served

When Michael Valenti was looking for his Eagle Scout project, he didn’t have to look very far. He belongs to Boy Scout Troop 12, in Lutz, and it meets just a couple of blocks away from the Lutz Memorial Park. The 16-year-old said he had noticed that the Lutz Memorial Park, at 98 First Ave., N.W., needed a bit of sprucing up, and he decided it would be a fitting Eagle Scout … [Read more...]

Laughter fell like dominoes, during these friendly games

If you’re age 50 or older and you enjoy dominoes, the Lutz Senior Center, is a great place to go. One recent day, the winners were clearly enjoying their victories — but even those who didn’t win seemed to be having fun. The center, at 112 First Ave., N.W., in Lutz, draws quite a few competitors to the dominoes games it offers on weekdays. Accounts vary over the origin of … [Read more...]

Serving the community is Rosie Heim’s motto

When Rosie Heim decided to toss her hat into the ring to run for honorary mayor of Land O’ Lakes, she had a purpose in mind. She wanted to raise the profile of the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club in the community of Land O’ Lakes. She wants the club to become “a household name in Land O’ Lakes.” She explained: “We are very well-known in Lutz because we do the parade, we do the … [Read more...]

They’re off to learn the ins and outs of leadership

While some kids are heading to the beach or to a theme park this summer, a trio of girls who just wrapped up fifth grade at Lutz Elementary are gearing up for a trip to Washington D.C. Kylie Flynn, Kaitlyn Britton and Alice Mooneyham will be participating in the Junior National Young Leaders Conference. The students were nominated by their former teacher, Cindy Morrissey. The girls can’t … [Read more...]

Guv’na incumbent looks to defend ‘sash’

With three weeks remaining in the Lutz Guv’na race, incumbent candidate Greg Gilbert is looking to defend the ‘sash.’ Gilbert, the managing owner of Beef O’ Brady’s in Lutz, became last year’s honorary mayor of Lutz, raising more than $1,500. But, with two formidable challengers this year — Jessica Sherman, of Pinch A Penny, and Kori Rankin, of Kori Rankin Photography — winning again won’t … [Read more...]

Lutz robotics team ranks eighth at international event

The Lutz-based Trinity Dragons ended the robotics season on a high note, with another top-10 showing at worlds. Team 6430 ranked eighth among more than 500 teams, during the 2017 VEX World Competition in Louisville, Kentucky; they finished ninth last year. They also earned the Teamwork Award in the event’s Research Division, and were recognized as competition finalists. The world … [Read more...]