Baldomero Lopez was more than a local hero

When motorists drive past the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home in Land O’ Lakes, chances are they won’t know much about the history of the man for whom the facility is named. That’s where Bill Dotterer comes in. He’s a volunteer with the Tampa Bay History Center and he shared the story of 1st Lt. Baldomero Lopez’s life and his heroic actions during a talk earlier this year at … [Read more...]

American Legion Post 108 marks 80th anniversary

The group wants a home of its own When American Legion Post 108 formed 80 years ago, it had its preliminary meeting in an old house on Denny Johnson’s old grove, on Lake Fern Road, according to club records. About 10 veterans gathered for that initial 1937 meeting. Next, they met in an old store building on U.S. 41, then known as Route 41, near the Superette. After that, the group met … [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...]

Awards keep coming for Land O’ Lakes student

When it comes to accomplishments, Maxwell William Keenan, or Max, for short, has racked up quite a few. The Land O’ Lakes High senior’s academic credentials are impressive. He ranks 14th out of 4,632 seniors in Pasco County. He’s a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalist. And, he achieved high marks on two leading college admissions tests, scoring a 34 out of a possible 36 on the … [Read more...]

Pasco wants more state funding

Pasco County commissioners have approved a list of local priorities for the 2017 legislative session, seeking to add state funds to the county’s coffers. Commissioners want more state money for road construction, storm water improvements, efforts to fight blight and help the homeless population, and other projects. The list of county priorities is expected to be presented to the local … [Read more...]

Veterans enjoy ‘honor flight’ at home

Hundreds of people turned out to the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home on Aug. 20 to bring “Honor Flight” to veterans unable to travel to Washington D.C., to enjoy the whirlwind experience. Instead of boarding airplanes, these veterans walked down the nursing home’s corridors, or were wheeled down — receiving hearty applause and cheers from well-wishers. “This is your big day,” … [Read more...]

‘Adopt a Hero’ aims to improve veterans’ lives

Some staff members at the Baldomero Lopez State Veterans Nursing Home have come up with an idea they think will enrich the lives of the residents. They’ve launched an initiative they’re calling “Adopt A Hero.” The concept is simple, but they need a corps of volunteers to pull it off, and they’re reaching out to the community to try to bring their vision to life. Rebecca Pinson, social … [Read more...]

Central Pasco Chamber celebrates four decades of service

The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 40th anniversary on June 26 with its awards and installation banquet at The Event Factory, 7565 W. Hillsborough Ave. But it originally got its start as the Land O' Lakes Chamber of Commerce. It was a different name at a different time in the area's growth. "When this chamber first started, (US Highway) 41 was a one-lane roadway … [Read more...]

Local woman’s club named best in state

The GFWC Lutz-Land O'Lakes Woman's Club has received the Lois B. Perkins Award, which goes to the GFWC Florida Outstanding Club of the Year. This is the third year in a row that the club has received the honor – an unprecedented distinction, according to club members. Winning the award allows the club to retain the coveted silver commemorative tea service to use for their club … [Read more...]

First Class: Support the Troops remembers those serving overseas

Mark Van Trees received the Champion of Service Award presented by Gov. Rick Scott on Nov. 12 for his work with Support the Troops. And it would be a good story — except Van Trees doesn’t like talking about it. “It’s certainly not deserved,” the Wesley Chapel organization’s director said. Instead, Van Trees prefers to talk about the dozens of volunteers who stock, store and pack the … [Read more...]