Bond referendums will be on 2018 ballot

Pasco County’s jail in Land O’ Lakes is overcrowded. Fire rescue needs new and refurbished stations. And, the upkeep and repairs for parks and libraries are years behind schedule. Annual budgets, however, barely scratch the surface on the costs to fix these deficiencies. So, Pasco County commissioners are hoping voters will approve four general obligation bond referendums in … [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...]

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...]

New River Branch Library stays open, but budget issues remain

Patrons of New River Branch Library can breathe a sigh of relief. The Pasco County Commission voted unanimously last week to keep open both the Wesley Chapel library as well as the Centennial Park Branch Library in Holiday. The decision came after library supporters reminded commissioners how important those libraries are in the communities where they operate. One woman described the New … [Read more...]