Pasco municipal elections set for June 30

Municipal elections for the cities of Dade City and San Antonio are scheduled for June 30. The local elections — which will decide various city commission seats — originally were  scheduled for April, but were delayed due to COVID-19. The Dade City voting precinct is at First Baptist Church Dade City, 37511 Church Ave., in Dade City. San Antonio’s precinct is at St. Anthony of Padua … [Read more...]

Medical marijuana dispensaries allowed in Dade City

Medical marijuana treatment centers and dispensaries may now set up shop within certain areas of Dade City. Dade City Commissioners on Jan. 28 adopted an ordinance revising the city’s land development regulations to make the treatment facilities a permitted use in the city’s general commercial zoning district, and an allowed use in commercial and employment center planned development … [Read more...]

Love One Another serves up food, and kindness

It’s not uncommon for generous acts to surface during the holiday, especially charitable gestures for those who are less fortunate. But, when you have a group that guarantees a hot plate every Sunday throughout the year, that’s not such a common thing. That’s precisely what an organization called Love One Another has been doing for 10 years. The ministry serves meals every Sunday at … [Read more...]

Lutz Guv’na hopefuls face off in amusing debate

The afternoon was hot and sizzling — and so was the 2018 Lutz Guv’na Debate at the Old Lutz School. So much so that the May 19 event ended in a tie, a first in the debate’s long history. Kandy Sinquefield of American BellyDance Studio and returning candidate Jessica Sherman of Pinch A Penny each earned the same number of “votes” (most guests in the audience)— earning a split of a $100 … [Read more...]

Lessons learned from Hurricane Maria

Hurricane Maria left a trail of death and destruction and continues to impose extreme hardships to those living in its path — and it also offered the Zloty family of Land O’ Lakes, dramatic reminders of the power of faith, the fragile nature of life, and the importance of gratitude. Hurricane Maria’s impact on Colleen and Martin Zloty’s family began on Sept. 18 when they heard a hurricane … [Read more...]

Lutz Guv’na race debate set for May 20

It’s campaign season again — in Lutz, that is. The annual Lutz Guv’na Race is underway. And, it kicks off with the 2017 Guv’na Debate on May 20 at the Old Lutz School, 18819 N. U.S. 41. The event — which runs from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. — is free and open to the public. This year, three candidates will vie to raise the most money for their “campaigns,” with proceeds benefitting local … [Read more...]

2016 marked by rapid growth, touching moments

The national election captured headlines and attention, but 2016 was an eventful year in many other ways, as well, across The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. The big story is the region’s growth. New houses are popping up all over the place, with developments such as Long Lake Ranch, Estancia at Wiregrass Ranch, Connerton, Bexley and Asturia, just some of the residential communities … [Read more...]

Nobody seems to know for sure if Coolidge visited Dade City

About a year ago, my first history column for The Laker/Lutz News posed the question: “Did President Calvin Coolidge have lunch in Dade City?” Since that column published, on Aug. 19, 2015, new information has surfaced that keeps the question open. At the July meeting of the Pasco County Historical Society, I reminded those gathered that Dade City didn’t appear to offer much back in … [Read more...]

Lutz Guv’na candidates square off in amusing debate

There were only supposed to be two candidates facing off head-to-head at the annual Lutz Guv’na debate at the Old Lutz School on May 14. That was until a mystery candidate was revealed prior to the debate: Donald Trump. Or, more accurately, someone dressed in a suit sporting a latex mask in the likeness of the Republican presidential candidate. The entertainment had just begun, as actual … [Read more...]

Tilling the soil to share earth’s bounty

It’s around 8 a.m. on a Saturday, and a volunteer crew is hard at work in a garden at Tims Memorial Presbyterian Church in Lutz. Renee White is yanking plants out of a raised bed, like a one-woman wrecking crew. Her husband Mike is on the other side of the garden trying to make sure that he’s placing a wood post in the right spot for a new raised bed. Eric Kopp is working up a sweat, … [Read more...]