Two families celebrate new Habitat homes

It’s not every day that a new homeowner moves into a new Habitat for Humanity home, and it’s even less common for two housewarmings to take place on the same day. But that’s exactly what happened on Oct. 2, as Debra Brown turned the key to walk the hallways of her new home. Charles and Megan Free with their children, who live next door, did the same thing. They were celebrating along … [Read more...]

Holy Name Monastery: A tranquil place on a hill

Funny how a place can be both otherworldly and so much a part of this world. Holy Name Monastery is like that. It’s a peaceful place where Benedictine Sisters of Florida rise before the birds are up to pray quietly in their chapel, then return for daily Mass and more common prayers throughout the day. Then, rather than sit idly enjoying their monastic peacefulness, they head out into the … [Read more...]

Stitching together a quilt of creativity, kindness, friendship and fun

When members of the East Pasco Quilt Guild come together, it’s more than a meeting about the best pattern to quilt, or best fabric to buy or best colors to use. It’s a club where members get a chance to showcase their creativity, catch up with each other and share their enthusiasm for a pastime they cherish. The guild’s meetings, which last about two hours, generally feature a chance to … [Read more...]

Neighbors object, but family housing OK’d

The Coalition for the Homeless of Pasco County can move forward with plans to temporarily house homeless families in a building at the former campus of the Boys & Girls Club in Port Richey. The coalition, with support from other social service agencies, also will open the Housing Services Center, which will administratively help families and individuals seeking permanent housing and other … [Read more...]

Rubber ducks create a splashing success

The crowd cheered. The loudspeaker broadcast a quacking-good tune - "Disco, Disco Duck." And, with a quick dumping of about 2,000 rubber ducks into Lake Padgett, the flock of ducks floated off, with a push from a high-pressure fire hose squirted into the water. Prizes went to donors whose ducks were among the first 68 to hit the finish line. But, the true winners were the community … [Read more...]

Eighth-grader receives presidential honor

An eighth grade student at Torchbearers’ Christian Academy in Dade City has received a presidential honor for her volunteer work at a local hospital. Fifteen-year-old Savannah Jones was awarded a President’s Volunteer Service Award for 2015 after she spent the summer doing all sorts of tasks at Bayfront Health Dade City. The President’s Volunteer Service Award recognizes citizens who have … [Read more...]

Speakers present their wish list to lawmakers

Speaker after speaker stepped up to the podium to present their request to Pasco County’s state lawmakers. They wanted funding to help a nonprofit. They wanted lawmakers to put in a good word with state highway officials. Or, they wanted their backing for a special cause. About 100 people gathered on Sept. 29 in the gymnasium of Sunlake High School in Land O’ Lakes for a public forum, … [Read more...]

Children’s Home benefits from their ‘Champion of Service’

When Rachelle Duroseau received the Champion of Service award from Gov. Rick Scott, she didn’t have much advance warning that she was up for the distinction. "I did not know I was nominated. It was a surprise to me," said Duroseau, who volunteers for the Children’s Home Society of Florida and lives in Wesley Chapel. She had just a few days to prepare for the presentation at the … [Read more...]

Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce pays it forward

The scent of barbecue and the sounds of bands belting out the blues aren’t the only sweet things to come out of the fifth annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ and Blues Fest at the Zephyrhills Municipal Airport. There’s also the money that the event generates. This year, the Greater Zephyrhills Chamber of Commerce handed out more than $15,000 in donations to eight civic clubs and youth groups, … [Read more...]

The new Holy Name Monastery: A place for spiritual growth, refreshment

When the Benedictine Sisters of Florida arrived in East Pasco from Elk County, Pennsylvania, in 1889, they lived in a three-story hotel in San Antonio. This week, they’re hosting an open house at their new quarters, marking another major milestone in their 125-year history in Pasco County. The new Holy Name Monastery replaces the sisters’ former quarters, which were in a … [Read more...]