Building the community, one check at a time

After the race for the Lutz Guv’na wraps up every year, the money raised is doled out to local groups and causes. This year the race drew candidates Greg Gilbert of Beef O' Brady's Lutz, Jessica Sherman with Pinch A Penny, and Kori Rankin, of Kori Rankin Photography. Ultimately, Rankin won the Guv’na’s sash. Her stepmother, Jennifer Rankin, won the sash in 2015. The 2017 campaign for the … [Read more...]

Trouble at the ‘library’

There’s been some trouble at the library. OK, this library isn’t a lending library, it’s a giving library. Books for Troops promotes literacy by giving reading materials to soldiers, veterans and their families. It ships them to far-off places and delivers them to local nursing homes. But, it has run into a bit of a problem, according to Patricia Murphy, the organization’s executive … [Read more...]

Books for Troops offers peaceful respite during challenging times

Patricia Murphy was delivering magazines to the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa, when a young man in a wheelchair approached her. The man, who had lost his leg in the war, couldn’t have been more than 20 years old, she recalled. But here he was, thanking her for magazines. The young veteran told her that reading the magazines at the hospital was helping him through a tough time, … [Read more...]