Region has frigid wake-up call

The new year brought the first blast of winter to Pasco County, and to the Tampa Bay region. Freeze warnings and wind chill advisories rained down daily from the National Weather Service, as frigid air dipped into north and central Florida, and stayed for days. For the first time in decades, Tallahassee had measurable snowfall. Here in Tampa Bay, snow was a no-show, but temperatures … [Read more...]

Shuffleboard player joins ‘1,000 points’ club

Zephyrhills’ Earl Ball has achieved yet another milestone in what’s been a lengthy and historic shuffleboard career. Ball, a resident of Betmar Acres, recently became just the third player to amass 1,000 career points within the Florida Shuffleboard Association (FSA) — joining Clearwater’s Glen Peltier (1,364 points) and fellow Betmar resident Joan Cook (1,049 points). To honor the feat, … [Read more...]

Welcoming Billy Cole on New Year’s Eve

On Dec. 31, we had a New Year’s Eve party at the community center and over 60 residents enjoyed a fantastic show with a variety of music. Billy Cole sang everyone’s favorites, including many requests like “Open Arms,” “YMCA,” “New York, New York,” “Drinkin' Problem” and so much more. The music was played from 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., and there was much dancing. There were fast dances, slow ones … [Read more...]

Grand Horizons hosts Christmas celebrations

Twenty-seven Grand Horizon ladies attended the annual Lunch Bunch Christmas luncheon at The Cheesecake Factory in Brandon on Dec. 12. Since I was unable to attend, Joyce Bell said they all sat together at a large table, which made it nice to socialize. She also said that the menu had many choices, so it was fun making a decision on what to eat. There was a soup, salad and half-sandwich … [Read more...]

Decking the halls at Gem Estates

The Christmas spirit is alive and well in our community. Some of the beautiful decorations were at the homes of Ed Snow and his neighbor, Andy Pratt. There were 96 residents at a recent Thursday morning coffee hour who were surprised with some special seasonal music. Brenda Pickerall, along with her daughter, Maly, and Raquel Kight, members of Renovate Church, sang enthusiastically to the … [Read more...]

A full week on the high sea

Approximately 50 Grand Horizon residents, plus several friends, met at the community center on Dec. 3 to await a brand new bus that took us on a 5-hour bus ride to the port of Miami for a cruise on the Norwegian Getaway. The bus ride was long but passed quickly enough, with all the conversation going on. Some people spent the time reading, working crossword puzzles or doing other … [Read more...]

Pasco County Schools has big plans for 2018

Pasco County Schools expects 2018 to be a busy year for planning, designing, renovating expanding and building new school projects. Among the largest renovation projects are Land O ‘Lakes High School in Land O’ Lakes and Woodland Elementary School in Zephyrhills. John Petrashek, director of construction services for Pasco County Schools, said he expected the first phase of a massive … [Read more...]

2017 had it all: A sinkhole, Hurricane Irma, wildfires and floods

But, it also was a year of significant growth, notable achievements and touching moments, too. It’s not often that Land O’ Lakes makes the international news, but it did just that in July when a massive sinkhole swallowed two homes in Lake Padgett Estates. Then, just a few months later in September, the world’s attention turned to Florida as a potential category 5 Hurricane Irma appeared … [Read more...]

Recalling some top moments in sports for 2017

Coaches were celebrated, state titles acquired and local athletes turned in outstanding performances. The past year brought countless moments and lasting memories in sports, from Lutz and Land O’ Lakes, across to Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills. Here’s a look back at some of the top sports happenings from 2017: Florida Hospital Center Ice opens Hockey and ice-skating enthusiasts rejoiced … [Read more...]

Good food brings residents together

There was a pancake breakfast on Nov. 18 in the community center with 80 people in attendance. It was a fun gathering, and Jim Leitzke said grace before the meal. There were pancakes and French toast, along with sausage and coffee or tea. If you wanted more, you could get seconds. The hosts for the breakfast were Mary and Dave Heim. They had helpers who do a marvelous job, and everything ran … [Read more...]