Chance conversation leads to permanent memorial

What began as an idea to host a  9/11 Memorial Mile, quickly turned into something bigger because of a chance conversation. In recent years, the Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel has been honoring the anniversary of Sept. 11 by serving breakfasts to area first responders and by passing out American flags at Tampa Premium Outlets. This year, the club decided to stage its first run to … [Read more...]

Veteran’s gratitude for new face, new friend

When Veteran Don Clough looks in the mirror, he says he’s now satisfied by what he sees. That’s after undergoing multiple surgeries over the course of the last seven decades. The surgeries were required after he suffered serious facial wounds while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean War. Born on the Fourth of July, the Missouri native felt an obligation to serve his … [Read more...]

Teen’s health struggle makes her a national voice

When Mark and Kelly Dees of Land O’ Lakes decided to name their unborn daughter Hope, it was a sign of their unwavering optimism despite devastating news. What was supposed to be an exciting reveal of their baby’s gender, soon became a moment of sadness after Hope was diagnosed with congenital heart defects. “We were told by the first doctor that she wouldn’t live to see her first … [Read more...]

Congressional aide offers dialogue on veteran issues

Rob Fleege, veterans liaison for U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, recently updated members of American Legion Post 108 and other veterans about what the congressman is doing to address issues facing former soldiers. And, he gave the veterans a chance to share what was on their minds, during a Jan. 12 session at the Harvester United Methodist Church in Land O’ Lakes. Fleege, a veteran himself, … [Read more...]

‘Traditions’ goes on, despite rain

Traditions on the Green didn’t let the forecast of a rainy day wash out the Dec. 1 event. Instead, it shifted from its planned location at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park to  Sanders Memorial Elementary School, at 5126 School Road in Land O’ Lakes. The Rotary Club of Land O’ Lakes, which hosts the free holiday event, made the call to bring the concert indoors — instead of cancelling … [Read more...]

Political Agenda 10/17/2018

Trinity Democrats The Trinity Democratic Club’s Oct. 24 meeting will feature Jeremy Ring, the Democratic candidate running for Florida’s Chief Financial Officer. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m., at Fox Hollow Golf Club, at 10050 Robert Trent Jones Parkway in Trinity.  Doors open at 5 p.m., for dinner and happy hour (self-pay) with food and beverages available for purchase throughout the … [Read more...]

Cheaper EpiPen efforts

Congressman Gus Bilirakis has been working to reduce the cost of prescription drugs for several years. He has authored multiple provisions within H.R. 2430, which was signed into law last August. One of the provisions created an expedited approval process for generic drugs when no competitor exists on the market. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced last week that it approved … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills chamber presents awards, installs board

The Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce presented its 2018 Business and Community Awards last week at the annual Member Appreciation and Awards Banquet held at St. Joseph’s Parish Center, in Zephyrhills. The event, dubbed “ZEPHYROPOLY,” attracted more than 200 business and community leaders, according to a chamber news release. This year’s theme focused on what makes Zephyrhills … [Read more...]

Bilirakis focuses on veterans at chamber stop

U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, who represents Florida’s 12th Congressional District, emphasized efforts he’s making on behalf of veterans during a recent appearance at a North Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce meeting. The congressman indicated “a top priority” is fighting to improve and expand veterans’ health care benefits and offerings. “The veterans are a big deal for me,” said Bilirakis, the … [Read more...]

Military academy appointments include soccer standout

Growing up, Victoria Mitchell always knew she wanted to serve her country with a career in the military. She’ll soon get the chance, when she’s officially inducted into the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on June 28. The 17-year-old recent Wesley Chapel High School graduate received her official appointment to the Navy in late March — about 10 months after she verbally … [Read more...]