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...]

Lutz musician keeps busy with multiple instruments, bands

Fred Chandler relishes a good musical challenge. It is why he’s seemingly always working on the craft — whether it be playing in solo and band shows, tinkering with a new instrument, or laying down new tracks in a recording studio. Sometimes, when he wakes up, he has locked, bloody fingers and a hoarse voice — following a busy week of performances. His creativity, however, is never … [Read more...]

New forensics research center expected to boost local economy

Officials are expected to gather together this week to hold a groundbreaking ceremony for the K9 Tactical Center/Forensic Institute for Research, Security and Tactics in Land O’ Lakes. Pasco Sheriff Chris Nocco is predicting that beyond its other benefits, the new forensics center also will be an economic driver — having wide-ranging impacts on the county as whole, and Land O’ Lakes, in … [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...]

See our state parks, up close, naturally

The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has announced the redesign of the Florida State Parks website. In partnership with Visit Florida, the new parks website features tools and information that will be helpful to the state’s visitors. It also promotes the Florida Park Service, providing visitors with detailed information about all 175 state parks, trails and historic … [Read more...]

Tampa Bay author pens book to inspire teenage girls

After years of struggling to find her own self-worth, Ashley Wichlenski made it her mission to help teenage girls fighting similar battles. So, she decided to write a book to do just that. ‘The Keeper of My Heart” is Wichlenski’s Christian-based, interactive self-help book that strives to build confidence in girls and help them become comfortable in their own skin. Passages focus on … [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...]

Planning Commission recommends approval of controversial tower

The Pasco County Planning Commission has recommended approval of a 110-foot observation tower on the south side of St. Joe Road in Dade City. The approval came despite objections from two planning commissioners, as well as county planners, and an area resident and the owner of some adjacent property. The request now goes to the Pasco County Commission, which has the final authority. Terry … [Read more...]

Rediscovering the fun of fondue

Fondue is more than a recipe — it is a way of cooking that was developed by Swiss peasants back in the 19th century as a way to use hard/dried-out cheeses to make it more appealing. The word fondue comes from a French verb that means to melt or to blend. So, in preparation, the cheese was melted in a communal pot made of heavy earthenware (called a caquelon or fondue pot) and wine (or … [Read more...]

State lawmaker offers overview of past legislative session

This past legislative session — and money flowing into Pasco County from the state’s record $88.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2019 — was the topic du jour for State Rep. Danny Burgess, during a recent appearance at a North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce meeting. Burgess, who represents the House District 38 seat covering east Pasco and portions of central Pasco, highlighted a number of local … [Read more...]