Wreaths Across America pays homage to fallen veterans

In touching tributes that played out at cemeteries across the country, the nation paused for a moment on Dec. 15 to remember its fallen military veterans through Wreaths Across America. An estimated 2 million wreaths were laid on the gravestones of military veterans, including more than 30,000 at the Florida military cemetery in Bushnell. Thousands arrived to Bushnell early, on a cloudy, … [Read more...]

District park to get recreational center

Back when plans were originally developed for the Wesley Chapel District Park, the intention was to build an indoor recreation center as part of the complex, said Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore. “Over time, with the downturn and people were saving money — cutting budget, it never happened,” Moore said. Now, plans for the indoor center are again proceeding for the district park at 7727 … [Read more...]

Girl Scouts rejuvenate Karina’s Garden

Step into the garden behind the administrative offices of Sunrise of Pasco, in Dade City, and you’ll find a place where flowers, plants, butterflies and statuary offer a place of repose and refreshment. You’ve arrived at Karina’s Garden. The garden initially was established in 2008 to honor Karina Abdul, a former shelter director for Sunrise of Pasco who died unexpectedly at the age of … [Read more...]

Summertime fun with campfire cooking

Those who grew up in the Girl Scouts, or Boy Scouts, have fond memories of cooking over an open fire. For those of who didn’t have those experiences early on, it’s not too late to join in the fun. Don’t be intimidated by your lack of expertise. Here are some fundamentals to help you succeed with campfire cooking. First, be sure to build the right fire in the right place in the … [Read more...]

Guv’na incumbent looks to defend ‘sash’

With three weeks remaining in the Lutz Guv’na race, incumbent candidate Greg Gilbert is looking to defend the ‘sash.’ Gilbert, the managing owner of Beef O’ Brady’s in Lutz, became last year’s honorary mayor of Lutz, raising more than $1,500. But, with two formidable challengers this year — Jessica Sherman, of Pinch A Penny, and Kori Rankin, of Kori Rankin Photography — winning again won’t … [Read more...]

Conservation work yields statewide award

Kaitlyn Greenough has nurtured a curiosity about nature and love of the outdoors since she was very young. She also began her lifelong relationship with girl scouting at an early age. As a matter of fact, she was in kindergarten when she became a Daisy scout. Her love of nature and of scouting both have shaped her life, and offered her opportunities to get involved in volunteer work in … [Read more...]

Guv’na candidate increasing fundraising efforts

Greg Gilbert is new to the area — just like his competitor in the Lutz Guv’na race. And just like his rival, Andre Pamplona of Royal Lanes Bowling, Gilbert was urged by by Suzin Carr, the Lutz Guv’na ambassador, to jump into the 2016 race. “She was relentless,” Gilbert said, describing Carr’s encouragement for him to enter the race. “However, it did sound like a lot of fun to do something … [Read more...]

First-time Guv’na candidate enjoying the ‘campaign’

Andre Pamplona is relatively new to the area, having moved to Lutz from Miami just last June. But, that didn’t stop the general manager of Royal Lanes Bowling from jumping into the race to become Lutz Guv’na. Pamplona was first encouraged to run by Suzin Carr, who serves as ambassador for the annual race for the honorary title. Carr is the only one who has been named Guv’na twice in the Lutz … [Read more...]

These women love to soar

Whether they’re supporting young girls through scholarships to Space Camp, or honoring women pilots who served in World War II, there’s an organization of women that supports the joy of flying in all of its forms. The group, which calls itself The Ninety-Nines Inc., got its start in 1929. It began when some female aviators wanted to have to a long-distance race, said Marilyn Shafer, of Land … [Read more...]

Woman’s Club scrambles for donations

The sinkhole that developed at Lake Park in October hasn’t done anyone any favors, especially the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club. The nearly 6-foot-wide, 100-foot-deep sinkhole forced the closure of the park in early December, forcing the cancellation of what would have been the 36th Annual Lutz Arts & Crafts Festival. The event, which has attracted nearly 30,000 people in recent … [Read more...]