Marilyn Wannamaker leaves a legacy of service

She was a fixture for years at Independence Day celebrations in Lutz, overseeing the annual Cake Bake Contest. She was a regular, too,  at the Christmas House at the Old Lutz School, serving up hot chocolate and doling out cookies. But, those are just a couple of the many, many ways that Marilyn Wannamaker served the community of Lutz. She was deeply involved in the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ … [Read more...]

Fourth of July sparkles with patriotism

Patriotism was on full display at the Independence Day festivities in Lutz. Whether they were part of the parade, or on the sidelines watching, people came wearing red, white and blue — and were ready to celebrate. The nation’s colors showed up everywhere. They were on flags, in hair ribbons, on cowboy boots and emblazoned on the front of semi-trucks. The parade, a community … [Read more...]

Pies, cakes raise $1,100 for local Lutz charities

Picture, if you will, patriotic table settings spread neatly beneath rows of baked pies and cakes in the Lutz Senior Center. The scent of these treats permeates the building as the contest’s judges and former Lutz Guv’na Suzin Carr bite into the delicious array of desserts. That was the scene on the Fourth of July as 44 entries competed in the annual cake and pie contest during the … [Read more...]

Lutz cake and pie contest features new twists

The annual Fourth of July cake and pie contest in Lutz this year will have a few new ingredients. One change attempts to level the playing field. From past experiences, contest coordinator Marilyn Wannamaker said she has observed that it was not fair to have a 4-year-old compete against a 20-year-old. That inspired the addition of a new category. Now there will be three categories … [Read more...]

Lutz to sparkle for this year’s July 4 celebration

Nobody can say Lutz ignores the Fourth of July. A cake decorating contest, 5-kilometer run and a new Guv’na inauguration are just some of the events scheduled for July 4. The Independence Day celebration also includes the annual parade, and this year’s theme is a tribute to the Lutz Volunteer Fire Association, which ceased operations last year and officially went out of business in … [Read more...]

Phyllis Hoedt works hard to keep Lutz traditions alive

Phyllis Hoedt quietly goes about helping to preserve a sense of community that residents cherish in Lutz. Her activities on the evening of Dec. 17 offer a glimpse into the level of her involvement. It was then Hoedt was at the Christmas Card Lane celebration in downtown Lutz. The event featured over-sized Christmas cards made of plywood, representing local organizations and businesses. It also … [Read more...]

In Print: Profiling community leaders who make a difference

When Todd Patrick learned there was a homeless teenager living behind a supermarket about to face freezing cold temperatures, he knew he had to do something about it. Patrick, the director of sales at Hampton Inn & Suites in Wesley Chapel, pulled out his personal credit card and booked the teen a room in his hotel. And that moved earned him one of the top individual awards an employee of … [Read more...]

Old Lutz School turns into Christmas House for holidays

Jason and Jessica Smith have a holiday tradition with their three young children. The Land O’ Lakes couple brings the youngsters to the Christmas House at Old Lutz School where the kids get a giant serving of holiday cheer. As they make their way through the historic building, Maddy, 6; Amelia, 5; and Elliot, 2, have plenty to see. One room in the school at 18819 N. U.S. 41 is filled … [Read more...]