Showing some appreciation for those who do good

This is a festival that takes time out to celebrate the good that people do in their communities. The name of the event is Appreciate Pasco: A Community Volunteer Appreciation Festival, and it will feature entertainment, food, prizes, awards and recognitions. It also will highlight Good Deeds Day, an international event held in 93 countries, to recognize good works that often go unnoticed, … [Read more...]

Club meetings planned, endorsements announced

Upcoming club meetings Land O’ Lakes Democrats The Land O' Lakes Democratic Club will host Stephen Perenich, who is running for U.S. Congress in Florida District 12, at the club’s April 4 meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. The club meets at Brick City Eatery, 16540 Pointe Village Drive in Lutz. Wesley Chapel Republican Club The Wesley Chapel Republican Club meets April 12 at 6:30 pm at … [Read more...]

Music to fill the air in Land O’ Lakes

The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for its third Land O’ Lakes Music Festival. The event will be held March 24 from noon to 8 p.m., at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, formerly known as the Land O’ Lakes Community Center, at 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. This year, musicians will be able to use Heritage Stage — a community stage that was completed last year, following years of … [Read more...]

Jon’s Gourmet Nutrition dishes healthy meals

Life and retirement don’t always work out as expected. John Richardson packed his belongings and left behind more than 20 years as a firefighter in New Rochelle, New York, and headed for the warm paradise of Florida “I thought I was going to come down here and go to the beach every day,” he said. Richardson pictured himself in a convertible, top down, tooling off to the sandy shores of … [Read more...]

Heritage Stage is becoming a community gathering place

Long before Heritage Stage existed, Sandy Graves envisioned a place where the community would gather, to watch performances and spend time together. The stage was completed this fall and Graves’ vision has begun to take shape. Recently, the stage was the centerpiece for an event to honor area veterans. Shortly after that, entertainers used it for performances during Land O’ Lakes … [Read more...]

She trades Alaska for a floral shop in Pasco

More than 35 years ago, Susan Crenshaw made a life-changing decision. A friend – who later became her husband – urged the New Port Richey native to move from her home base in Pasco County to Alaska. “Alaska is the place you need to be,” he told her. At the time, there weren’t many jobs available at home, so she took his advice. She wound up loving it. “I like the outdoors and … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes park and community center have a new name

The Pasco County Commission has renamed the community center and park in Land O’ Lakes as the Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park. Commissioners adopted the new name on Nov. 7, at the request of Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore. “They are trying to have more of an identity in that area,” said Moore. “I think they’ll be excited by this.” Moore said he consulted with members of the … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes SwampFest looks to take center stage

When the dumpster arrives at Land O’ Lakes Community Park, that’s a sure sign that the carnival equipment to set up the Midway is soon to follow, according to Doug Hutchinson, coordinator for the Land O’ Lakes SwampFest. SwampFest 2017 will feature a few new twists, according to Hutchinson, the longtime coordinator of the community fair. First off, the event will be using Heritage Stage, the … [Read more...]

Local volunteer wins national award

When Courtney Urban began volunteering at the Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppe, at 1930 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., in Lutz, it was just a way to spend some extra time with her grandmother. “The big thing in the beginning was just going with her,” said Urban, who began her volunteer work in 2013. “But then it became my own thing. I loved going there. When I got to be the cashier, it was fun to … [Read more...]

Pasco County approves 2018 budget

Pasco County commissioners approved a $1.3 billion budget for fiscal year 2018, which begins Oct. 1. The budget is slightly less than the 2017 budget, but still has new expenditures for parks, boat ramps and the proposed Ridge Road extension. County commissioners had a final public hearing, and vote, on the new budget on Sept. 26 in New Port Richey. There will be no change in the … [Read more...]