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...]

A good week to be a newspaper publisher

Some weeks being the publisher of a weekly newspaper is more fun than others. And, the past week was one of them. Let’s begin with the recognition we received at the annual meeting of the Florida Press Association. Led by editor B.C. Manion, our news department received 10 statewide awards for outstanding photography, news stories and feature writing. These awards convey the quality of work … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes community stage is ready for action

After years of persistence, Land O’ Lakes finally has a place where residents can gather to hear concerts, watch plays or gather for other community events. Construction of the Land O’ Lakes Community Stage is completed and the venue is now ready for groups to use it, said Sandy Graves, one of the prime movers behind getting the project done. Graves has been talking for decades about the … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes gets a bus circulator route

Local buses will begin making stops along the first circulator route to serve Land O’ Lakes. For the first week, from May 22 to May 27, rides will be free. A ribbon cutting ceremony at the Land O’ Lakes Community Park at 5104 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., will take place May 18 at 9 a.m. Ceremonies will be in the pavilion by the southwest corner of the parking lot. Buses will run hourly, but … [Read more...]

Heritage Park Foundation plans reorganization

The Heritage Park Foundation — the primary mover behind the construction of a stage at Land O’ Lakes Community Park — is hosting a reorganizational meeting on Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. The foundation has been involved with the park and community center for years. It has hosted family events in the past and brought attention to the Pasco County Commission about needs at the community center. In … [Read more...]

Setting the stage for community gatherings

Someday when the crowds gather to enjoy a school recital, or attend a concert, or watch a play — the stage at Land O’ Lakes Community Park will just be a fixture, a venue for events. But last week, the yet-to-be built stage was the star of the show. That’s when local politicians, community activists and interested residents gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking for the stage, which … [Read more...]

Setting the stage for community gatherings

A groundbreaking ceremony is set for Aug. 16 for a stage to be built at the Land O’ Lakes Community Park, at 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. “It’s been a long wait, but we’re very excited,” said Sandy Graves, of the Heritage Park Foundation, who has played a leading role in helping to bring the vision to life. “It was (state Rep.) Richard Corcoran, working with the governor, to get our cultural … [Read more...]

Easy Business Software wins regional award

A  company that was born out of the necessity to help a sick 2-year-old in the family recently won third place in Bright House Networks Regional Business Awards. This recognition comes in addition to the Land O’ Lakes’ company’s top honors in Business Technology from the Pasco Economic Development Council Inc., last year, and its recent placement on the semifinalist list in the statewide … [Read more...]

2015 marked by growth, loss, compassion

New construction captured many headlines during the year 2015 in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. But, so did traffic issues and changes happening in area schools. Other news chronicled setbacks and tragic losses. But, there were inspiring stories, too. Tampa Premium Outlets, a 441,000-square-foot mall with 100-plus designer brand shops, opened in October off State Road 56, near the … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes stage project makes progress

The Pasco County School Board approved a contract that gives the school district the lead on constructing a stage at the Land O’ Lakes Community Park. The contract between Pasco County and the state Division of Cultural Affairs calls for the construction to be completed by June of 2017. The school board’s vote on Dec. 15 approved an agreement between the board and the county for the school … [Read more...]