Academy at the Lakes turns 25

The Academy at the Lakes students came striding off the yellow school bus, ready for action. They’d just arrived at the Old Lutz School, and before long, they were yanking weeds, pushing wheelbarrows and spreading mulch at the historic schoolhouse, an icon in the community of Lutz. They were also picking up branches and sticks, strewn about by Hurricane Irma. This crew was just one of … [Read more...]

She hopes her ‘simple witness’ will help change lives

Emily Busch plans to spend the next year of her life as a full-time missionary in the Life Teen program in northern Georgia. She’s confident about committing a year of her life to missionary work. “I’m not even a little bit nervous,” said the 21-year-old from Wesley Chapel. “There’s so much peace.” Part of that is because she’s familiar with the program, after spending a summer there … [Read more...]

The Laker/Lutz News brings home five awards

Work published in The Laker and in the Lutz News brought home five awards from the Florida Press Association 2015 Better Weekly Newspaper Contest. The honors were presented on Sept. 16 during an awards luncheon at The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota. The contest drew a total of 1,670 entries from 65 weekly newspapers across Florida. The work was judged by experienced editors and publishers from … [Read more...]

Papal honors bestowed during special ceremony

The pastors of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Land O’ Lakes and Saint Peter the Apostle in Trinity have received honors bestowed by Pope Francis. The Rev. Ron Aubin and the Rev. Dennis Hughes now have an additional title, besides pastor and father — they now also bear the title of monsignor, a designation that is bestowed on those who have been named a Chaplain of His … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes student captures top art prize

For the second consecutive year, a Land O’ Lakes High School student has won top honors in U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis’ Congressional Art Competition. By winning the competition, Izzie Brown will receive two free airline tickets to Washington D.C., to attend a reception, and her work will be on display at the Capitol building for a year. Last year, Trevor Nichols won the honor for a pencil … [Read more...]

Holy Week ushers in celebrations

Churches across Pasco and Hillsborough counties are gearing up for a wide array of Holy Week events and Easter celebrations. Some churches will do re-enactments of the Last Supper and Good Friday, while others will include egg hunts, pancake breakfasts, barbecue meals and other festivities. Whatever they’re doing, churches are ready to greet regulars and visitors alike, as they … [Read more...]

Coach Kris Keppel exhibits grace to the end

The impact that Joel “Kris” Kristan Keppel’s life had on those who knew him was exhibited in all sorts of ways last week in Land O’ Lakes. Keppel, a revered cross-country coach at Land O’ Lakes High, lost his battle with pancreatic cancer on Jan. 25. Land O’Lakes High Principal Ric Mellin notified the school’s staff and students with this recorded message: “It is with a heavy heart … [Read more...]

New twist to holy wafer

Our Lady of the Rosary offers low-gluten hosts A pivotal moment during the celebration of the Catholic Mass occurs during communion, when believers come forward to receive the Body of Christ. But some members of Our Lady of the Rosary were choosing to stay in their pews, because they have Celiac disease, which means they cannot ingest gluten, a protein found in wheat. “There are … [Read more...]

No tricks, but plenty of free community treats for Halloween

Many families will go door-to-door in local neighborhoods searching for candy this Halloween. But if you’d rather do something different — or don’t want to limit the fun to Oct. 31 — there are several public events to enjoy. Several activities — most of them free — occur the weekend before Halloween, while others are scheduled for the week of the holiday, and the rest on Oct. 31. For … [Read more...]

Mobile medical unit coming to Land O’ Lakes

Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic CHurch will host the mobile medical unit provided by the Pasco County public defender's office, May 29 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The unit provides free health care for the uninsured and homeless, all at no charge. While it does not provide emergency services, the unit does help with the following services: • Treatment for a brief illness • Treatment for a … [Read more...]