Time capsule unearths memories in Lutz

A 60-year-old time capsule unearthed at Learning Gate Community School will be a teaching moment for at least one third-grade teacher. The battered metal box held items buried on July 18, 1948 during a ceremony to lay the cornerstone for the First United Methodist Church of Lutz. The congregation now resides in a new church off West Lutz Lake Fern Road. The former church site came into … [Read more...]

Region offers plenty of ‘Independence’ celebrations

Residents within The Laker/Lutz News coverage area will have plenty of options for celebrating the nation’s independence this year. Some festivities are being held before the Fourth of July, some are scheduled on the holiday itself, and there are a couple being held at the end of the holiday weekend. Whether you enjoy watching a parade, like to run, enjoy listening to live music or get a … [Read more...]

Lutz Chiefs at 40: It’s time to celebrate!

For decades, it’s been the place to be on Saturdays — for hundreds of players, cheerleaders, coaches and spectators. The Lutz Chiefs, celebrating the league’s 40th year this season, has offered boys and girls a chance to play and an opportunity to develop their athletic skills, whether it be as football players or as cheerleaders. The league’s cheer squads and teams are open to children … [Read more...]

Partial closure of Suncoast Trail for repairs

Part of the Suncoast Trail will be closed from Feb. 27 through March 9 for repairs and resurfacing, according to a news release from Pasco County. The 42-mile trail winds through Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties. The largest segment of nearly 22 miles is in Pasco. The closure includes trail access south of State Road 52, and north of State Road 54. The project is one of Pasco … [Read more...]

Burglars can’t steal softball league’s spirit

Lutz Softball Inc., formerly known as the Lutz Leaguerettes, isn’t going to let a recent burglary ruin its season. While still picking up the pieces from a March 8 break-in, the league is moving forward with practices and games, as usual. “We are not going to have the girls suffer,” said Mike Cook, president of Lutz Softball. “We’re still going to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off, … [Read more...]

Fundraiser set for local teacher battling ALS

Students and staff at Steinbrenner High School have banded together to help raise money for one of their own. Mike Leist, a history teacher at Steinbrenner, was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as ALS, last spring. His wife, Liz, is a math teacher at Steinbrenner. Their three daughters also attend the school. The condition, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, … [Read more...]