Event honors 78th anniversary of Pearl Harbor

It was 78 years ago — Dec. 7, 1941 — when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, killing nearly 2,500 Americans and wounding 1,000 others. The attack precipitated the entry of the United States into World War II and, as years pass, those associated with the Zephyrhills Museum of Military History believe it’s even more critical to share and preserve the stories of the fateful day. “We can’t … [Read more...]

Lutz library display honors 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor

One day after the Japanese bombed the U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt addressed a joint session of Congress and announced a declaration of war against the Empire of Japan. The surprise attack on Dec. 7, 1941, was a “date which will live in infamy,” said Roosevelt in one of the most remembered speeches in the nation’s history. This year marks the 75th … [Read more...]

Pioneer descendants receive honor

On the momentous occasion when Florida issued its first drivers’ licenses in 1940, Ruth Smith made history. County Judge O. L. Dayton Jr., pulled a desk into the hallway at the Dade City courthouse and plopped the 17-year-old into a chair in front of a manual typewriter. “People lined up and stood as I typed up the first driver’s license in Pasco County,” said Ruth Smith Adams, now age 93. … [Read more...]

Celebrating a half-century of dance

Sally Blackwood was just meant to dance. And at age 79, she is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Blackwood Studios in Dade City with a recital of “The Wizard of Oz”. The journey down the yellow brick road is a tradition begun in 1965 and has been repeated every decade since. “It is our signature piece,” said Blackwood who teaches up to five hours a day. The faces of many of … [Read more...]

In Print: A hospital for Connerton, and a chat with St. Nick

An area has come into its own when it has added a hospital. And Connerton has taken a huge step in that direction. Pasco County's Development Review Committee has given an initial approval on the second phase of Connerton's overall project — and that includes early plans for a 150-bed hospital. "What we're doing right now is securing approval of the entitlement limits so that can decide … [Read more...]

Flags at half staff to remember Pearl Harbor

Gov. Rick Scott has ordered flags Sunday for both the United States and Florida to be flown at half mast in honor of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. "On Sunday, Dec. 7, we will remember and honor the 2,400 American lives that were lost during the sudden attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941," said Scott, himself a U.S. Navy veteran, in a release. "This somber and reflective day remains … [Read more...]

Local Pearl Harbor documentary to air Dec. 7

It's a day that will live in infamy, and one Pasco County Television will remember with a locally produced documentary on Japan's surprise attack of Pearl Harbor. "In Their War: America at War" will air on the government cable channel Dec. 7 beginning at 12:30 p.m. It features two Pasco residents — Werner Klemm of Port Richey and George Kass of New Port Richey. Klemm served on the USS Dobbin, … [Read more...]

Military museum remembers Pearl Harbor Dec. 7

History is filled with dates schoolteachers want their students to remember. But there is one that no one can forget — Dec. 7, 1941. That’s when Japanese forces conducted a surprise air raid on American military installations at Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor. At the time, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said the date would live in infamy, and 73 years later, it’s still being remembered, including Dec. … [Read more...]