Keeping a piece of Dade City history alive

When Jo and Bob Larkin bought the R.D. Sistrunk House at the corner of 14th Street and Church Avenue, they knew they were buying a property with a rich history — that required a lot of work. “We renovated the house completely,” said Jo Larkin, who has a title company and previously owned an antiques shop. Her husband, Bob, who is a builder, said it was the most extensive renovation project … [Read more...]

Local garden club celebrates National Garden Week

The Dade City Garden Club recently celebrated National Garden Week, with a variety of activities in Dade City. The club received a proclamation from the Dade City Commission in May, asking the club to share their knowledge with Dade City residents. In response, the garden club set up 21 floral displays and three conservation exhibits in 17 Dade City businesses, according to a news … [Read more...]

Buzzin’ about bees at the Hugh Embry Library

Ginny Geiger, a member of the Dade City Garden Club, delivered an entertaining and informative program on the importance of bees at the Hugh Embry Library. Geiger led the “Nature Detectives Bee Workshop,” dispensing information and, at one point, demonstrating how a bee might act, if a wasp — an enemy of the bee — approached the hive. In her hour-long workshop, Geiger talked about the … [Read more...]

These gardeners are breaking new ground, in more ways than one

Community gardens are not a new concept, but the Watson Park Community Garden in Dade City has a new twist. This garden is the first of its kind in Florida, and the people behind it hope it will become a model for others to follow. At a ribbon-cutting and groundbreaking ceremony on Jan. 26, children from Cox Elementary School were among the first to get their hands dirty in the … [Read more...]

Solar co-ops offer savings on solar panel installations

Florida lags behind other states in producing clean, renewable energy from the sun. It doesn’t crack the top 10 in state rankings, even while being promoted nationwide as the Sunshine State. But, Florida, along with other states across the country, is embracing solar power, and other clean energy sources, in ways that don’t always get noticed. Solar panels, wind farms and … [Read more...]

Celebrating a day to honor trees

Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. As a formal holiday, it was first observed in 1872, in Nebraska, but tree planting festivals are as old as civilization. The tree has appeared throughout history and literature as the symbol of life. The idea for Arbor Day in the United States originated in Nebraska City, … [Read more...]

2017 had it all: A sinkhole, Hurricane Irma, wildfires and floods

But, it also was a year of significant growth, notable achievements and touching moments, too. It’s not often that Land O’ Lakes makes the international news, but it did just that in July when a massive sinkhole swallowed two homes in Lake Padgett Estates. Then, just a few months later in September, the world’s attention turned to Florida as a potential category 5 Hurricane Irma appeared … [Read more...]

Dade City Garden Club is a community mainstay

The Dade City Garden Club took root in the home of Thelma Gilbert, on May 9, 1947 — and the organization has been part of the civic and social glue of the city ever since, based on scrapbooks compiled by club members through the decades. Club member Madonna Wise, who happens to be a local historian, gained an appreciation for the role the club has played in community life, as she paged … [Read more...]

Stitching together a life’s big moments

Perhaps it was how she was brought up, or maybe it’s just in her genes, but Sherry Lee Steiert never was interested in being a poster child for polio. Never mind that she’d have made a good one. Struck when she was just 7 years old and paralyzed for a time from the waist down, Steiert survived to create a life that was exceptionally normal — a marriage, four lively children, a career or three — … [Read more...]

Dade City moves to ban fracking

Dade City could soon join other local governments around Florida that are approving laws to ban the practice of extracting oil or natural gas through fracking. Currently, eight counties and four cities in the state have banned fracking, including Seminole and Alachua counties, and the cities of St. Petersburg and Cape Coral. Dade City’s City Commission held a first public hearing on its … [Read more...]