School construction activity heating up

Cypress Creek Middle High will be adding a senior class this year, but that isn’t the only change that will be happening at the campus off Old Pasco Road. Cypress Creek Middle School is under design right now, with construction expected to begin in October or November, said Mike Gude, director of construction services and code compliance for Pasco County Schools. The construction budget for … [Read more...]

Donate new shoes and skate onto the Center Ice rink

San Antonio resident Janet Chubinsky is skating her nonprofit Shoes4Schools onto the ice rink at Florida Hospital Center Ice. The skating rink will be hosting a “SkateForShoes” fundraiser for the charity on June 1. The charity collects donations of new shoes every year to give to Pasco County schoolchildren who need them. From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., and from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., individual … [Read more...]

Pasco High student earns top score in nation

Madison Hoyle spent hours upon hours reviewing practice problems and quizlets, so she’d be fully prepared for the Cambridge International AS Psychology exam. It turns out that was time well-spent for the Pasco High senior. Hoyle was recently recognized by Cambridge Assessment International Education for achieving the highest score in the nation on the psychology exam, outperforming all other … [Read more...]

An afternoon of Chinese food and fun

On April 13, approximately 40 residents and friends visited Lings Chinese Buffet in Lakeland. This was our monthly lunch connoisseurs get-together. The luncheon was hosted by Sandy and Al Lindke, and we all had an excellent time. Before the lunch started, Galen Parker was good enough to say grace, while we bowed our heads in a moment of silence. We got there a little early, but the room … [Read more...]

Local educator named a PBS ‘Digital Innovator All-Star’

It’s no secret that educator Bobbi Starling knows her way around technology. When she was a classroom teacher at Woodland Elementary School in Zephyrhills and at Centennial Middle School in Dade City, she was constantly introducing students to technical tools which could enhance their education and broaden their view of the world. Now, as the magnet schools program coordinator for the … [Read more...]

A potluck and ice cream social

On March 25, we had a potluck in the community center. Nancy Huey arranged for this to occur and did a marvelous job of getting everyone together. Unfortunately, she was unable to attend that day, so Ron and Rachel Gamache were kind enough to fill her shoes and get it started. Each table had a number and, before tables were called, Jim Leitzke said grace, while the rest of the people bowed their … [Read more...]

Baseball and magic

Twenty residents from Grand Horizons went to a Boston Red Sox vs. New York Yankees game in Tampa at Steinbrenner field on March 23. The stadium was really nice, and the game was exciting. There is something special in seeing a live game. It started out as a pitching duel, as there were no hits or runs the first several innings but, eventually, Boston broke loose and scored a few runs. It … [Read more...]

Region offers Easter festivities

Easter events are scheduled across the region this week, offering ways for families to have affordable fun, and opportunities for spiritual reflection and celebration. There are also a number of Passover events scheduled, which are included in an accompanying story. Many churches offer Holy Thursday, or Maundy Thursday services, which is March 29 this year, as well as Good Friday … [Read more...]

Farewell to those heading home

Because some of our residents are heading home soon, our spring picnic in the park took place March 22. Keith Babbitt, Ken Mann and Andy Pratt manned the grills, and flipped burgers and prepared hot dogs for everyone. Carolyn Babbitt and Rachel Pratt made sure everyone got a bun! After the awesome picnic, bocci ball and washer games were enjoyed by both players and spectators. By Mabel … [Read more...]

Volunteer teams in action

Sweetwater RV Resort has many teams of people who work hard to make this park the special place that it is. Without dedicated volunteers, we would not have so many special events and activities, I’m sure! The Jam Team this season has gone above and beyond to offer daytime weekly music jams, evening events and special projects. They used some of their proceeds to spray the bandstand field, when … [Read more...]