Love of community, and chamber, inspires honorary mayor

When Judi Fisher decided to run for the title of honorary mayor of Land O’ Lakes she realized she was making a sizable commitment. That’s because she knew it would require a considerable amount of time and energy to conduct and attend fundraisers to win the title. And, if she won, she knew she would be spending an entire year attending ribbon cuttings, celebrating milestones and showing her … [Read more...]

Chambers on the move

The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce and The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce each now have new homes. The Greater Wesley Chapel Chamber of Commerce is settling into its new location at 1868 Highland Oaks Blvd., Suite A. The office is in the Highland Oaks Medical Center, off State Road 54, in Lutz. The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce has a new address in Harbour Village, at … [Read more...]

Central Pasco chamber is on the move

The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce is looking to expand and relocate after nearly 15 years at its current location, 2810 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. The chamber’s building is on the market. As soon as a sale goes through, plans tentatively are to move to a small medical and business center, off State Road 54, adjacent to Highland Oaks Preserve, west of Livingston Road. “The (current) … [Read more...]

Lutz celebrates July Fourth in grand fashion

People who like to run, enjoy mingling with friends or are attracted to an old-fashioned, small-town parade found all that and more at the Independence Day celebration on the Fourth of July in Lutz. The community, just north of Tampa, is known for its traditional Independence Day celebrations, and once again, it delivered. Carmen Rairigh, of Lutz, was there with a group of about 40 … [Read more...]

Stage is set for another music fest next year

Doreen Armillei and her husband, Ron, were grabbing a bite to eat as they waited for things to get started at the Land O’ Lakes Spring Music Festival & Expo, presented by the Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce. The Land O’ Lakes couple came out to the concert for a simple reason. “I wanted to see Taylor Hicks,” Doreen said. “I like his personality very much,” Doreen added, noting she … [Read more...]

Festival seeks to become signature event

The Central Pasco Chamber of Commerce is launching a new event aimed at giving people an annual music festival they can enjoy, while area businesses showcase their goods and services. The festival is a new take on the chamber’s annual business expo that has been held for two decades at the Land O’ Lakes Parks and Recreation Complex. The event, slated for March 11 and March 12, will be at the … [Read more...]

The Laker staff shares holiday memories

Anyone picking up the print edition of The Laker/Lutz News this week will find a little something special from many of the people who help put the newspaper together each and every week. Everyone here in our Land O' Lakes office was given an opportunity to share a favorite holiday memory, whether it be something recent, or even something from their childhood or past. Nine of our crew here … [Read more...]

Wanted: New bikes to spread Christmas cheer

What began as one couple’s attempt to teach their daughter about the struggles that many families are faced with has broadened into an effort to bring new bicycles to children who have little prospect of ever owning a new set of wheels. Todd and Cindy Caroline of Lutz began providing new bicycles to children from less fortunate families about six years ago. They wanted their daughter Zoye, now … [Read more...]