Serving up food — to sustain, comfort

Concerns about the potential spread of coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) has flattened the economy, causing many to seek out help for the first time to put food on their tables. Here is a look at some efforts, to help feed others, across The Laker/Lutz News coverage area. Collecting food to feed the hungry The woman pulls up and pops open her trunk, so volunteers could gather the bags of … [Read more...]

Remembering Pete ‘Hutch’ Brock II, a community servant

Pete Hutchinson “Hutch” Brock II, a former Dade City mayor who was active in community life — passed away on Jan. 26, at age 54. Brock served on the Dade City Commission from 2000 to 2004, then as Dade City’s mayor from 2004 to 2008, according to an obituary posted on the Hodges Family Funeral Home website. “While he was mayor, we had an unprecedented period of annexations – undeveloped … [Read more...]

Pasco County Farm Bureau advocates for agriculture

Protecting the lush farmland in and near towns, such as Dade City and Zephyrhills, has been the focal point, for decades, of the Pasco County Farm Bureau. The grassroots organization supports the needs of farmers and their produce. The agency is just one within 60 statewide counties that fall under the Florida Farm Bureau – an organization that began more than 75 years ago. Allen … [Read more...]

Attend a Kentucky Derby party, and help local groups

Celebrate the Kentucky Derby and raise money for area rotary clubs and the Pasco Education Foundation. The event, which is open to the public, is set for May 4 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Guests will have a chance to roll cigars and dance to music by the Strictly Bizness band. Those who enjoy donning fancy attire can also compete for awards for the best hat or best dressed … [Read more...]

Atmosphere is upbeat on teacher move-in day

Volunteers and teachers were busy on teacher move-in day last week at Cypress Creek Middle High School. Pasco County School Board members, the superintendent of schools, Rotary Club members, members of The Greater Wesley Chamber of Commerce, the Pasco Education Foundation and other community volunteers joined in with teachers to help them get ready for Day 1 at the new school at 8701 Old Pasco … [Read more...]

Students vie in entrepreneurial competition

Timothy Hernandez noticed a problem, and he set about to solve it. Not too long ago, the 17-year-old Zephyrhills High School senior was undergoing safety training as a YMCA pool lifeguard. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) masks kept falling off during tutorials. “It was a real inconvenience,” he said. Strap-based CPR masks didn’t fare much better, said Hernandez, who currently … [Read more...]

Rubber ducks create a splashing success

The crowd cheered. The loudspeaker broadcast a quacking-good tune - "Disco, Disco Duck." And, with a quick dumping of about 2,000 rubber ducks into Lake Padgett, the flock of ducks floated off, with a push from a high-pressure fire hose squirted into the water. Prizes went to donors whose ducks were among the first 68 to hit the finish line. But, the true winners were the community … [Read more...]