Miss Alison bids Dade City adieu

Alison Graham has been a mainstay in the Dade City musical community for more than two decades. She operates Graham Music Studios, which offers private lessons and group music lessons. The 50 girls that she coaches are broken into three age groups, and they’re widely known locally, from their appearances at The Pasco County Fair, Church Street Christmas, The Kumquat Festival, Dade City … [Read more...]

Meals on Wheels East Pasco looks to expand reach

Meals on Wheels East Pasco executive director Beth Aker paid a visit to the East Pasco Networking Group’s Nov. 12 breakfast meeting at IHOP in Dade City, to give some updates on the 501c3 nonprofit organization and its upcoming initiatives. Each day, Meals on Wheels East Pasco provides hot, balanced and nutritious meals to seniors, people with disabilities and other members of the Dade City and … [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...]

Crowd is enthusiastic at Alpaca Open House

Brisk weather didn’t deter a large crowd from showing up to Sweet Blossom Alpacas’ fifth annual Alpaca Open House, in Dade City. Visitors could get a close-up look at alpacas and llamas, feed the animals and pose for photographs with the animals near them. The event was held on a 15-acre farm, at 37543 Pappy Road, just minutes off of Interstate 75. Besides checking out the animals, … [Read more...]

Community development grants on the way?

Talks are underway in Zephyrhills to offer a greater variety of business grants within the city’s CRA (Community Redevelopment Agency) district. At last month’s CRA board meeting, Zephyrhills CRA director Gail Hamilton pushed for a wider range of incentives to help encourage new business investment in the 500-plus acre district. The district encompasses the center spine of the city, … [Read more...]

Improvements continue on State Road 54 in East Pasco

A project to widen a stretch of State Road 54 in East Pasco, and to improve the road’s intersection with Eiland Boulevard and Morris Bridge Road, is making progress. The improvement calls for two left-turn lanes on State Road 54 onto Eiland Boulevard and two through lanes heading east. A right-turn lane, also heading eastbound, will be incorporated on the state road, turning onto Morris … [Read more...]

Rattlesnake Festival makes gains despite ‘Nestor’

The Rattlesnake Festival had its biggest year since The Thomas Promise Foundation took over, despite the appearance of Tropical Storm Nestor, event organizers say. “We’ll be able to provide 100,000 lunches as a result of this years’ Rattlesnake Festival,” Joe Simmons, executive director for The Thomas Promise Foundation, said in a news release. “That’s more than the last two years. Imagine … [Read more...]

Loving hands lift up men in need

When Gustavo Cabrera arrived at the Loving Hands Ministries campus in Dade City, he had no idea about the kind of impact it would have on his life. His path to the ministry began while he was in Miami. He had taken up with bad company there and was implicated in a robbery. After the incident, he began a spiritual quest to get his life in order and came across a pamphlet about Loving … [Read more...]

Dade City has location for downtown splash park

The Dade City Commission has approved a land purchase that may finally bring a splash park/bike hub to the city’s downtown area. The city has targeted a 2.23-acre parcel that borders the Hardy Trail on Eighth Street. The property, at 3772 Church St., is owned by local businessman Otto Weitzenkorn. The real estate’s 2018 appraised value is $1.168 million, but city officials say the … [Read more...]

Mayor delivers ‘State of Dade City’ address

A newly passed budget and some corresponding reorganization in city hall was a forefront topic for Dade City Mayor Camille Hernandez in her annual “State of the City” address at The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce October breakfast meeting, at AdventHealth Dade City. Dade City Commissioners last month passed a $19.3 million budget by 4-1 vote. The 2019-2020 budget is based upon a 7.14 … [Read more...]