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...]

Comforting kids through teddy bears

For the second year, Lowe’s collected huggable teddy bears for a good cause. Two volunteer deputies with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office stopped by the home improvement store on Sept. 8 to load up about 250 teddy bears. They scooped the plush animals from a table piled high with bears of all sizes and colors. The teddy bears are given to sheriff’s deputies who hand them out to … [Read more...]

Eagle Scout project honors those who served

When Michael Valenti was looking for his Eagle Scout project, he didn’t have to look very far. He belongs to Boy Scout Troop 12, in Lutz, and it meets just a couple of blocks away from the Lutz Memorial Park. The 16-year-old said he had noticed that the Lutz Memorial Park, at 98 First Ave., N.W., needed a bit of sprucing up, and he decided it would be a fitting Eagle Scout … [Read more...]

Super Saturday offers a swingin’ good time

It might’ve been April Fool’s Day, but this softball event was no joke. It’s called Super Saturday, and it’s an annual fundraiser for Lutz Softball, a recreational fast-pitch league for girls ages 5 through 18. On April 1, several hundred softball families gathered to cheer on more than 20 teams, soaking in the daylong festivities at the Oscar Cooler Youth Sports Complex. Besides a … [Read more...]

Timing on traffic signals tweaked

Motorists cruising through the intersection of State Road 54 and U.S. 41 might have noticed some differences in the timing of the traffic signals. The intervals between green lights and red lights have changed there and also in front of Lowe’s home improvement store off State Road 54. Not everyone is happy with the change, especially motorists who say they sit through more than one light … [Read more...]

Retail jobs on the rise

But more jobs are needed to diversify Pasco’s economy Heading south on Interstate 275 into Tampa, and points beyond, cars stack up and slow to a crawl as commuters in the morning rush hour out of Pasco County’s bedroom communities hit the brakes. Motorists going north, mostly zip along at a steady clip. In the afternoon the traffic flow reverses. It’s all about where the jobs are and … [Read more...]

Lowe’s celebrates Land O’ Lakes opening

Lowe’s, of Land O’ Lakes, is ready to throw open the doors to its new home improvement store on State Road 54. Work crews busied themselves last week with last-minute details to spruce up the landscaping and sweep clean what has been an active construction site. A week of celebrations will kick off with a Pro Services Day on April 16, to highlight the services and products that Lowe’s can … [Read more...]

The Laker expands East Pasco edition to weekly

The future continues to brighten for community newspapers as The Laker/Lutz News gets set to expand one of its four editions into a weekly product. The East Pasco edition of The Laker, which serves primarily the Zephyrhills and Dade City areas, will become a larger, weekly publication beginning Jan. 7. It will join both the Land O' Lakes and Wesley Chapel editions of The Laker, as well as the … [Read more...]

New Lowe’s means new traffic light on State Road 54

The newest Lowe’s in Pasco County is set to open its doors in March. But how traffic will be handled in and out of the new store on State Road 54 is still being worked out. The project’s engineer, David Desilet of Lincks & Associates Inc., has requested another meeting with county officials, trying to work out some last-minute details of what will be a new intersection just east of Land O’ … [Read more...]

In Print: New Lowe’s adding traffic light to State Road 54

When the new Lowe's store opens next March, it not only will bring more jobs to State Road 54 in Land O' Lakes, but more traffic congestion as well. To accommodate the new store, Pasco County will link the Lowe's parking lot to the Village Lakes Shopping Center across the street, complete with the first traffic light between Collier Parkway and Land O' Lakes Boulevard. But that does mean … [Read more...]