Dade City remembers Chief Raymond Velboom

It was standing-room only at the Army National Guard building in Dade City, as police officers in dress uniform and members of the community turned out to honor the life of the community’s Police Chief Raymond E. Velboom, who passed away on Oct. 27. Velboom’s death, at age 67,  followed a lengthy battle with throat cancer. The celebration of Velboom’s life began with the solemn presentation of … [Read more...]

Cancer survivor wins scholarships, offers prevention advice

Cailyn Ruff was a senior at Sunlake High School, in Land O’ Lakes, when she felt an odd bump on her head. That was about a year-and-a-half ago. “It was like a big mole,” the 19-year-old said. “I saw it through my part line. It looked funny. It would bleed.” As it grew, she became concerned and brought it to the attention of her dermatologist. Next, came a biopsy. “It was a good … [Read more...]

This kiosk offers a dough-licious new treat

Trey Seaholm and Cary Sanchez weren’t looking for a life-changing leap into adventure. He’s an electrician. She’s a clinical technician. And, they’re the new owners of The Happy Dough. The couple sells edible cookie dough by the ice cream scoop at a kiosk at Tampa Premium Outlets, off State Road 56. Eat it raw. Take it home to bake. Or, mix it with other desserts. Cookie … [Read more...]

Lutz pilot honored for his angel flights

When Larry Marlewski flies his Mooney M201 out of Tampa Executive Airport, he’s often on a mission. He’s one of 650 volunteers who makes sure that Angel Flight Southeast passengers get the care they need. The pilots transport patients who have rare or complicated medical conditions and who have to travel hundreds of miles to and from their medical appointments. Marlewski, like the other … [Read more...]

Tiny dog’s barking saves family from fire

Peanut, a tiny black Chihuahua, saved the lives of three generations of a Lutz family on June 3, when his insistent barking awakened family members at 3 a.m., alerting them to a fire in the rear of their home. Peanut’s barking from her crate awakened Jeff DeRolf and his 26-year-old daughter, Maria, who together started down the stairs to see why the dog was barking. “When I was about … [Read more...]

Local woman’s club named best in state

The GFWC Lutz-Land O'Lakes Woman's Club has received the Lois B. Perkins Award, which goes to the GFWC Florida Outstanding Club of the Year. This is the third year in a row that the club has received the honor – an unprecedented distinction, according to club members. Winning the award allows the club to retain the coveted silver commemorative tea service to use for their club … [Read more...]

Boothe kicking cancer for herself, unborn child

Ashley Boothe has been engaged in a battle with breast cancer for the last seven months, but she wasn’t just fighting it for herself. The Wesley Chapel woman was also battling for her unborn child. On Oct. 4, at 10:17 a.m., she won part of the fight. She delivered her son, Scott Gregory Booth III. He weighed 4 pounds, 8 ounces, and was 18.5 inches long. “Mom and dad and everything is … [Read more...]

Traditional party-turned-fundraiser hauls in $3,600 for cancer

By Marcia Stone After six years of having a summer party, long-time Land O’ Lakes resident Gary “Cuz” Mincin learned he had prostate cancer and decided to try to raise funds for the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center. The first fundraiser brought in $460. The next year, the Krewe of Blackbeard’s Revenge joined in and matched Mincin’s $900, for a total of $1,800. Mincin and the Krewe worked … [Read more...]