MOSI focusing more on community outreach

In just a few years, the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) has gone from being millions of dollars in debt to being financially sustainable, operating in the black. The turnaround of the North Tampa organization has come under the new leadership of Julian McKenzie, who was promoted as museum CEO in 2017, after serving less than a year as its CFO. The museum leader led a restructuring … [Read more...]

Wreaths Across America pays homage to fallen veterans

In touching tributes that played out at cemeteries across the country, the nation paused for a moment on Dec. 15 to remember its fallen military veterans through Wreaths Across America. An estimated 2 million wreaths were laid on the gravestones of military veterans, including more than 30,000 at the Florida military cemetery in Bushnell. Thousands arrived to Bushnell early, on a cloudy, … [Read more...]

District park to get recreational center

Back when plans were originally developed for the Wesley Chapel District Park, the intention was to build an indoor recreation center as part of the complex, said Pasco County Commissioner Mike Moore. “Over time, with the downturn and people were saving money — cutting budget, it never happened,” Moore said. Now, plans for the indoor center are again proceeding for the district park at 7727 … [Read more...]

110-foot observation tower in Dade City gains approval

The Pasco County Commission has cleared the way for a 110-foot observation tower to be erected on a property off St. Joe Road in Dade City. Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a conditional use request, submitted by Terry D. and Mary McKnight. The application received a recommendation for approval by the Pasco County Commission, on a 3-2 vote, and a recommendation for denial by the county … [Read more...]

Summertime fun with campfire cooking

Those who grew up in the Girl Scouts, or Boy Scouts, have fond memories of cooking over an open fire. For those of who didn’t have those experiences early on, it’s not too late to join in the fun. Don’t be intimidated by your lack of expertise. Here are some fundamentals to help you succeed with campfire cooking. First, be sure to build the right fire in the right place in the … [Read more...]

Guv’na incumbent looks to defend ‘sash’

With three weeks remaining in the Lutz Guv’na race, incumbent candidate Greg Gilbert is looking to defend the ‘sash.’ Gilbert, the managing owner of Beef O’ Brady’s in Lutz, became last year’s honorary mayor of Lutz, raising more than $1,500. But, with two formidable challengers this year — Jessica Sherman, of Pinch A Penny, and Kori Rankin, of Kori Rankin Photography — winning again won’t … [Read more...]

First annual Swing for Scouting set for July 9

An amateur long drive competition will be to raise money for area Boy Scouts. The first annual Swing for Scouting contest takes place on July 9 at The Abbey Course in St. Leo from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. The longest drive competition will have three divisions: Youth (under 18), Adults (18-50) and Senior (over 50). The contest is for amateurs only. Those competing must supply their own clubs … [Read more...]

Guv’na candidate increasing fundraising efforts

Greg Gilbert is new to the area — just like his competitor in the Lutz Guv’na race. And just like his rival, Andre Pamplona of Royal Lanes Bowling, Gilbert was urged by by Suzin Carr, the Lutz Guv’na ambassador, to jump into the 2016 race. “She was relentless,” Gilbert said, describing Carr’s encouragement for him to enter the race. “However, it did sound like a lot of fun to do something … [Read more...]

First-time Guv’na candidate enjoying the ‘campaign’

Andre Pamplona is relatively new to the area, having moved to Lutz from Miami just last June. But, that didn’t stop the general manager of Royal Lanes Bowling from jumping into the race to become Lutz Guv’na. Pamplona was first encouraged to run by Suzin Carr, who serves as ambassador for the annual race for the honorary title. Carr is the only one who has been named Guv’na twice in the Lutz … [Read more...]

Woman’s Club scrambles for donations

The sinkhole that developed at Lake Park in October hasn’t done anyone any favors, especially the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club. The nearly 6-foot-wide, 100-foot-deep sinkhole forced the closure of the park in early December, forcing the cancellation of what would have been the 36th Annual Lutz Arts & Crafts Festival. The event, which has attracted nearly 30,000 people in recent … [Read more...]