New summer camp aims to offer fun for kids with special needs

A plan that began more than five years ago will finally reach fruition next summer when Camp Idlewild is scheduled to open in Land O’ Lakes. The camp is being developed by The Roach Family Foundation. Irene Roach, founder and president, and her family, intend to provide recreational and camping experiences for children with autism spectrum disorders, who have learning differences and other … [Read more...]

Residents offer opinions on life in Pasco

An annual online citizen survey offers a snapshot in time of how Pasco County residents view their quality of life. And, it turns out that in 2017, about 71 percent of the people living in Pasco considered the quality of life either excellent or good. The survey did spotlight a few negatives, including a frustration with traffic that makes it hard to get around. On that issue, results showed … [Read more...]

Business community weathers Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma left residents and business owners in northern Hillsborough, east Pasco and central Pasco assessing damage, cleaning up the mess, and, calculating their losses and counting their blessings. For business owners, the focus was on reopening and getting Pasco County’s commercial back in motion. The effort goes on. Zephyrhills’ chamber gave shelter With shelters filled to … [Read more...]

Why we printed your newspaper early

As I write this column, it is Friday morning — two days before Irma arrives in Florida, and at least a full day before we know what kind of impact the hurricane will have on Tampa Bay. In the aftermath of Harvey, everyone is on edge because of the stress getting ready for the storm, and the uncertainty of when and where Irma will make landfall. In anticipation of Irma, one way we coped here … [Read more...]

Hurricane Irma: A disruptive force

With Hurricane Irma threatening Florida last week, officials weren’t taking any chances on where or when the massive storm would make landfall. The deadly storm was churning in the Atlantic, when Gov. Rick Scott declared a state of emergency on Sept. 4, warning residents that Irma is a “a massive storm” that could prove devastating. “This storm is bigger, faster and stronger than … [Read more...]

Creating beauty from bits of glass

Fusing glass to create works of art is much like other types of artistic creation, according to Michele Gould, of Purple Cloud Studio, in Land O’ Lakes. “Every glass artist, like every painter, has his own vision,” said Gould, who recently taught a free two-hour Fused Glass 101 class at the Land O’ Lakes Branch Library, at 2818 Collier Parkway. Before the class began, Gould cut big flat … [Read more...]

She hopes her ‘simple witness’ will help change lives

Emily Busch plans to spend the next year of her life as a full-time missionary in the Life Teen program in northern Georgia. She’s confident about committing a year of her life to missionary work. “I’m not even a little bit nervous,” said the 21-year-old from Wesley Chapel. “There’s so much peace.” Part of that is because she’s familiar with the program, after spending a summer there … [Read more...]

More details sought in State Road 54/56 design debate

Task force members want more information before reaching conclusions on future road designs aimed at easing traffic congestion along the State Road 54 and State Road 56 corridor. The task force met Aug. 24 in a public meeting to review 11 road alternatives, and a no build option. Task force members are expected to whittle their road list to three or four plus the no build option. Just … [Read more...]

Roads, beautification among legislative priorities

Funds for the Interstate 75/Overpass Road project and the Land O’ Lakes Boulevard Beautification Plan are among priority requests for the 2018 legislative session. Pasco County commissioners agreed to a wish list for the upcoming session at their Aug. 29 meeting in Dade City. The $15 million sought for I-75 and a new interchange at Overpass Road made it into the state’s 2017 budget. But, … [Read more...]

Helping Hurricane Harvey victims

Area churches, and others, are getting involved to help raise money, or collect goods, to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Bishop Gregory Parkes has asked all 81 parishes and missions in the Diocese of St. Petersburg to hold a special collection the weekend of Sept. 2 and Sept. 3, or Sept. 9 and Sept. 10, for the needs of people affected by natural disasters, including Hurricane Harvey … [Read more...]