Efforts continue in quest to help Hurricane Michael victims

The death toll continues to climb, as rescuers search for the missing in areas hit hardest by Hurricane Michael. The monstrous storm slammed into Florida’s Panhandle as a Category 4 hurricane, before making its way across Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia, according to CNN reports. As residents try to regroup in communities ravaged by winds clocked at up to 155 mph, storm surge and … [Read more...]

Efforts underway to help Hurricane Michael victims

In the aftermath of Hurricane Michael, some local efforts are underway to help the storm’s victims. Hurricane Michael was monstrous, clocking winds at 155 mph and becoming the first Category 4 storm to slam into Florida’s Panhandle. Its fierce winds and storm surge have reduced coastal communities to rubble, and after wreaking its havoc on the Panhandle, the destructive storm made its way … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes has its own Rotary Club, again

After being a satellite of the Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel Noon club, the Rotary Club of Land O’ Lakes has regained its independent status. The Land O’ Lakes organization had existed for years, then merged with the Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel Noon, and then became a satellite club. It took some time to reach the required membership level, but the Land O’ Lakes Club is a standalone club … [Read more...]

Selena Schulz is Everyday Hero protecting Pasco animals

Selena Schulz is growing up in a family that includes two dogs, and a guinea pig named Desmond. Once in a while, there also are the stray dogs, cats and unexpected critters that her father brings home. One time it was a chicken. But, more likely, it’s a friendless dog or cat that Kurt Schulz found on the side of the road. They are all in need of tender loving care. “He’s a plumber, so … [Read more...]

Rubber ducks create a splashing success

The crowd cheered. The loudspeaker broadcast a quacking-good tune - "Disco, Disco Duck." And, with a quick dumping of about 2,000 rubber ducks into Lake Padgett, the flock of ducks floated off, with a push from a high-pressure fire hose squirted into the water. Prizes went to donors whose ducks were among the first 68 to hit the finish line. But, the true winners were the community … [Read more...]

A year abroad offers student life-changing insights

When Jennifer Roberts returns to classes at Wiregrass Ranch High School next week, she’ll be a far different person than she was when she last attended classes there. Roberts, who is entering her senior year, left the United States last September to take part in the Rotary Youth Exchange program, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Wesley Chapel Noon. Roberts went to high school in Zaragoza, … [Read more...]