Savor a slice of ‘Old Florida’ beauty

Residents who live on the eastern side of Pasco County don’t have to travel far to get an idea of what “Old Florida” was like. They can find evidence of that loveliness all around the locale’s corners and bends. Perhaps that’s why those with deep ties to this part of the county fight so fiercely to protect their piece of paradise, and why the area attracts newcomers who want to put their … [Read more...]

Area responds to Hurricane Dorian victims

As the death toll grows and residents of the Bahamas continue to grapple with the devastation caused by Hurricane Dorian — local groups are stepping up to find ways to help those who are suffering. Dorian made landfall on Sept. 1 as a Category 5 Hurricane, flattening homes and causing massive flooding, according to national news reports. The official death toll stood at 50, with an … [Read more...]

Easter events offer religious observances and family fun

Whether they want to celebrate their faith, take the kids for an egg hunt, or just enjoy some fellowship with church friends — there are plenty of seasonal options throughout The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Check out the listings below. LUTZ What: While We Wait Where: Keystone Community Church, 21010 State Road 54, Lutz When: April 19 at 7 p.m. Cost: Free Details: The musical and … [Read more...]

‘Christmas in the Park’ offers a touch of nostalgia

It’s an event that dates back more than half-century, and offers an old-fashioned touch for the holidays. “Christmas in the Park,” presented by The Founders’ Garden Club of San Antonio, provides an evening designed to encourage families and friends to gather together to celebrate the season. The event will be on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m., and is expected to last 1 ½ to two hours, said Donna Swart, … [Read more...]

Celebrating St. Leo’s storied past

On the surface, the town of St. Leo easily could be underestimated. After all, the town’s population is just 1,350, and it has a tiny town hall. But this place of rolling hills recently turned 125, and its history was celebrated with a mass at Saint Leo Abbey, followed by a barbecue luncheon and speeches at Saint Leo University, and then, an ice cream social. Abbot Isaac Camacho … [Read more...]

Saint Anthony’s makes history again

At a place that can trace its history back to the 1880s, Saint Anthony Catholic School marked another milestone on June 3 with a ceremony to bless the completion of a renovated building constructed in 1922. It was the second time in two years that Saint Anthony Catholic School paused to celebrate the completion of a construction project. The first event occurred on Feb. 5, 2015, when the … [Read more...]

Saint Anthony to dedicate renovated school

Saint Anthony Catholic School is planning a dedication ceremony for its renovated school building at 12155 Joe Herrmann Drive in San Antonio. The event is slated for June 3 at 10 a.m., and the ceremony will mark the completion of a project to rejuvenate a three-story brick building originally erected in 1922. “We are so excited,” said Sister Alice Ottapurackal, the school’s principal, … [Read more...]

Historian sheds light on German POWs in Dade City

The recent death of Eva Martha (Goddard) Knapp has sparked memories of the work she did to trace the history of German prisoners of war who lived and worked in the Dade City area during World War II. Knapp, who died on June 20, 2015 in St. Petersburg, was a noted historian in the Pasco County Historical Society. She was particularly known for the research she did about the German POW … [Read more...]

Saint Leo abbot discusses the art of spirituality

For thousands of years before Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press, books were printed and illustrated by hand — a painstaking process often completed within the confines of monastery walls. The St. John’s Bible, a modern version of that ancient practice commissioned by St. John’s Abbey and University, depicts the first handwritten illuminated Bible of a monumental size … [Read more...]

The new Holy Name Monastery: A place for spiritual growth, refreshment

When the Benedictine Sisters of Florida arrived in East Pasco from Elk County, Pennsylvania, in 1889, they lived in a three-story hotel in San Antonio. This week, they’re hosting an open house at their new quarters, marking another major milestone in their 125-year history in Pasco County. The new Holy Name Monastery replaces the sisters’ former quarters, which were in a … [Read more...]