These skunks are cuddly, not stinky

Skunks have a reputation that precedes them. And, it’s not particularly flattering. It’s no secret that they are known for their ability to smell up a place with their spray. Florida Skunk Rescue, however, is working to help dispel the negative perception that many have about the furry creatures. Recently, Kat Wysocki, vice president of the rescue organization, brought some skunks … [Read more...]

Lutz shows off its Fourth of July spirit

It may be three-quarters of a century old, but the Lutz Fourth of July Parade showed no signs of slowing down last week. Scores of people came out to this community, north of Tampa, to celebrate the nation’s birthday. Runners endured the morning’s humidity, as they completed the 5K and 1-mile races while being cheered by onlookers. By 8 a.m., pop music blared from the speakers as … [Read more...]

Tracing ancestral photos with modern technology

People who are interested in learning how to trace their own ancestral history have a chance to learn how to go about that, through a series of lectures being offered at the Lutz Branch Library, in Lutz. During a recent lecture on April 8, those attending had a chance to learn about piecing together their heritage through the use of photography. The presentation, “Genealogy: Photo … [Read more...]

Marilyn Wannamaker leaves a legacy of service

She was a fixture for years at Independence Day celebrations in Lutz, overseeing the annual Cake Bake Contest. She was a regular, too,  at the Christmas House at the Old Lutz School, serving up hot chocolate and doling out cookies. But, those are just a couple of the many, many ways that Marilyn Wannamaker served the community of Lutz. She was deeply involved in the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ … [Read more...]

The Lutz Depot, by design

Those wishing to escape the oppressive heat during the Fourth of July festivities in Lutz may have decided to check out a train show inside the Lutz Branch Library. If I they did, they could have seen an exhibit presented by the Suncoast American Flyer Enthusiasts. And, perhaps they would have had a chance to chat with Eugene Vrooman, one of the club’s members. If they did, Vrooman … [Read more...]

Lutz draws a crowd on July Fourth

Whether they were competing in the Cake Bake competition, driving a float in the parade, or checking out the entertainment at the old Lutz Depot — Lutz was a popular place to be on the Fourth of July. Once again, the annual event was a showcase for patriotism — from a rendition of the national anthem, to the traditional raising of the American flag, to a parade which wound its way down Lutz … [Read more...]

Check out information, and fun, at local libraries

A new year always offers a fresh chance to become more disciplined, learn new things, explore new hobbies and have more fun. All that, and more, awaits visitors to local libraries. Besides a vast collection of books, CDs, DVDs and digital offerings, libraries host scores of events every month. So, depending on your interests or your needs, you can often find just what you’re seeking … [Read more...]

Lutz library display honors 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor

One day after the Japanese bombed the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed a joint session of Congress and announced a declaration of war against the Empire of Japan. The surprise attack on Dec. 7, 1941, was a “date which will live in infamy,” said Roosevelt in one of the most remembered speeches in the nation’s history. This year marks the 75th … [Read more...]

Having fun, and learning, at the library

There’s more than just books to check out It won’t be long before school bells ring in a new year, but before they do, there’s still ample opportunity to have fun at local libraries during summer break. There also are plenty of ways — besides books — to learn at local libraries. For instance, people who wanted to learn more about the work that police officers do had a chance to do … [Read more...]

Lutz is gearing up for the Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is just weeks away, and Lutz is gearing up for its annual festivities. This is a place that enjoys its Independence Day traditions, and it likes the community to join in on the fun. So, if you’re thinking about being in the Fourth of July Parade, it’s a good idea to let Cheryl Benton know. She’s the one that makes sure you get your form filled out, so she can reserve you a … [Read more...]