Dade City Scarecrow Festival aims to be fun

The Pioneer Florida Museum and Village in Dade City is gearing up for its annual Scarecrow Festival, set for Oct. 13. An array of live performances will be given throughout the day, including the East Pasco Gymnastics Team and songs by Mr. Tommy. Food concession stands will be available, as well as vendors offering items such as jewelry, beauty products, clothing and crafts. Professional … [Read more...]

Military academy appointments include soccer standout

Growing up, Victoria Mitchell always knew she wanted to serve her country with a career in the military. She’ll soon get the chance, when she’s officially inducted into the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, on June 28. The 17-year-old recent Wesley Chapel High School graduate received her official appointment to the Navy in late March — about 10 months after she verbally … [Read more...]

Making a difference through Special Olympics

For these teachers, Special Olympics is a longtime passion. With nearly 15 years combined as volunteer coaches, Connerton Elementary’s Jean Howey and Jenna Moore have experienced the positives of the world’s largest sports organization that serves people with intellectual disabilities, and strives to “transform lives through the joy of sport, training and competition.” Together, the teachers … [Read more...]

Plans call for aquatics center in Land O’ Lakes

Conceptual drawings have been done for the Christopher N. Chiles Aquatic Center in Land O’ Lakes that could become a magnet for swimming tournaments, and would provide a wide range of services for swimmers of all ages and abilities. It would cost about $8 million for the facility, without a complete roof system, said Scott Sutek, executive director for the envisioned aquatic center. Backers … [Read more...]

It’s prom time at the Spring Fling Buddy Ball

Octavia Frost sat patiently through make-up and hair styling, as her Best Buddies’ student volunteer, Zyandria Vega, created just the right look for a special occasion - the Spring Fling Buddy Ball. She wore a dark blue gown of her choosing for the annual prom at Wesley Chapel High School. And, when she walked into the school's gymnasium, Frost, 18, was no wallflower. She and dozens of … [Read more...]

Young golfer hits links, brings home hardware

Kailey Kleinatland is 9 years old, and she already loves golf. Besides practicing and playing, she loves what comes afterward. "The fun part is you get trophies," she said. Not everyone wins trophies when they hit the links, but not everyone has Kleinatland's skills. In just two years, the Lutz resident has won tournaments at places like Westchase Golf Club, Carrollwood Country … [Read more...]

Aiming to touch the sky at new skate park

The first skateboarder to roll through the new Zephyrhills Skate Park earned his sweet ride. Dalton King, 10, dropped his board’s wheels onto the concrete surface as dozens of skateboarders gathered to christen the city’s skate park, said Shane LeBlanc, public works director for the city of Zephyrhills. A crowd of more than 400 people turned out for the grand opening on Jan. 31, … [Read more...]

Fun to spare: Special Olympics hosts county bowling competition

If you wanted to do some bowling in Zephyrhills on Sept. 19, you probably had a long wait. Around 200 Special Olympics bowlers were knocking down pins, laughing and showing off hard-earned ribbons at Pin Chasers, 6816 N. Gall Blvd., in Zephyrhills. Athletes from eight area middle and high schools packed the lanes in two sessions at the event, which was part of Special Olympics’ Fall … [Read more...]

Little Women take home big service awards

The Little Women aren’t so little anymore when it comes to statewide awards. The GFWC Little Women of Lutz, a club for girls ages 12 through 18 sponsored by the GWFC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club, earned multiple awards at their Juniorette Annual State Meeting in Lakeland. The event, held June 12-14, is an annual gathering of Florida’s General Federation of Women’s Clubs Junior … [Read more...]

Special Olympics athletes shine in Wesley Chapel

Before any ribbons were handed out. Before any competitions. Before the Special Olympics Summer Games began at Wesley Chapel High School on March 1, every athlete enjoyed rousing cheers and applause. The opening ceremonies included a lap around the track for the approximately 475 athletes who participated — walking, waving and proudly representing their respective schools. The actual … [Read more...]