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County celebrates winners of student poster contest on water conservation

County celebrates winners of student poster contest on water conservation

Pasco County Utilities, the Pasco County Superintendent of Public Schools, and the FGUA collaborated again this year for the annual Water Awareness Poster Contest. 

The contest raises awareness among elementary-aged children on the origins of water and provides a creative outlet for the children to share the “Trip of a Drip” with their teachers and fellow students.  This year’s contest, “Solve the Mystery:  Where Does Water Come From?” was offered to all Pasco Elementary School students from first through fifth grade.

Six schools and over 220 students participated in the contest.  As part of the program, water conservation kits, provided free of charge by the Southwest Florida Water Management District, were sent to participating schools.

Generous prize donations from local program sponsors, including Big Cat Rescue, Clearwater Marine Aquarium, the Florida Aquarium and the Museum of Science and Industry were awarded for first, second, and third place winners for each grade level.  This year’s winners include:

Burn ban in Pasco continues

Burn ban in Pasco continues

The Pasco County Board of County Commissioners has issued an outdoor burn ban for Pasco County.

Under the burn ban all outdoor burning, unless authorized by the Florida Division of Forestry, including, but not limited to, the burning of yard trash, household paper products, bonfires, campfires, warming fires and cooking fires is hereby prohibited.

Outdoor cooking done within a contained gas or charcoal grill (excluding a fire pit) is the only exception.

The burn ban will be in effect until further notice.

New Port Richey City Hall is going green

New Port Richey City Hall is going green

New Port Richey, Florida -- Recycling containers have been placed in several locations in City Hall. 

Empty plastic bottle/aluminum can recycling is now available on both the first and second floors.  Staff will collect these items and take them to the Public Works facility.

Paper recycling has been available for some time in the first floor copy room.  These bins are emptied weekly.  All types of paper items are recycled, including items with staples and paperclips.

Battery recycling is located on the first floor.

Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour, most of them thrown away. A used aluminum can, when recycled, can be back on the grocery shelf as a new can in as little as 60 days, and there is no limit to the number of times aluminum can be recycled.

Land O' Lakes hurricane shelters

Land O' Lakes hurricane shelters

Land O' Lakes, FL -- The 2011 Atlantic Hurricane season is officially underway, and Pasco County is getting prepared.

In the event of a landfalling hurricane over Tampa Bay this season, Land O' Lakes residents have eight shelters within their community to seek refuge:

  • Odessa Elementary School, 1874 Ketzal Drive
  • Sunlake High School, 3023 Sunlake Blvd.
  • Oakstead Elementary School, 19925 Lake Patience Road
  • Pine View Elementary School, 5333 Parkway Blvd.
  • Connerton Elementary School, 9300 Flourish Drive
  • Denham Oaks Elementary, 1422 Oak Grove Blvd.
  • Seven Oaks Elementary, 27633 Mystic Oak Blvd.
  • Veterans Elementary School, 26940 Progress Parkway

Precautionary boil water notice lifted

Precautionary boil water notice lifted

Port Richey, FL -- The "Precautionary Boil Water Notice" issued on June 2 for customers affected by the 8-inch main break on Senic Dr. has been lifted.

The repairs have been completed and satisfactory completion of the bacteriological survey showing that the water is safe to drink has been completed.

If you have any questions, please call the Utility Department at (727) 816-1903.

Brush fire in Lutz comes within 20 feet of homes

Brush fire in Lutz comes within 20 feet of homes

Lutz, Florida -- A small but fast moving brush fire moved dangerously close to a neighborhood of homes Thursday afternoon before Hillsborough Fire Rescue Crews were able to bring the flames under control.

The fire broke out in a wooded area just north of Fern Lake Road around 5:30. Nearby homeowners in the Villa Rosa neighborhood rushed to call 9-1-1 as the flames swept to within 20 feet of a wall surrounding the neighborhood's east side.

"Just amazing flames, just bright orange flames." That's how Stacey Richards describes what she saw when she walked outside her back sliding glass door Thursday. "At that point I just knew, pack up what you can."

Local students create "Solar Tree," win big at world's largest science competition

Local students create "Solar Tree," win big at world's largest science competition

Three elementary school students from Countryside Montessori Charter in Land O Lakes were just announced as national winners in the 2011 Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards, the world's largest K-12 student science and technology competition. 

They are now heading to Washington, DC to meet with Congressional representatives and receive a $5,000 Savings Bond each! 

The team, comprised of 2nd-3rd grade students, earned second place in the K-3rd grade category for envisioning a potential solution for literally “growing” power with The Solar T.R.E.E. (an acronym which stands for Tree generating, Renewable, Energy, and Electricity).