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More schools to get Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

More schools to get Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program

Pasco County (via Pasco County Schools) -- Congratulations to Northwest Elementary, Pasco Elementary, Lacoochee Elementary, and Rodney B. Cox Elementary schools who were awarded a Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant provided by the Florida Department of Education, Food and Nutrition Management Division. 

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grant will introduce students to a variety of fresh fruit and/or vegetables in the classroom during the 2011-2012 school year.

The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 (Farm Bill) authorizes funds for the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable for all states.  Participating schools must offer "fresh" fruits and vegetables as a snack to students during the school day separate from their normal school breakfast and lunch times. 

Pasco residents get fit with free run/walk club

Pasco residents get fit with free run/walk club

Pasco County, FL -- Summer is almost here and everywhere you look, Pasco County residents are finding ways to step up their fitness and get ready for the season.

If you love the great outdoors and have been looking for something to get you off the couch and moving, Pasco Health and Fitness at 23600 State Road may have what you're looking for. 

The facility is located in Lutz but services the surrounding areas of Wesley Chapel, and Land O' Lakes.

Local family hosts 5th 'Alex's Lemonade Stand' fundraiser for cancer

Local family hosts 5th 'Alex's Lemonade Stand' fundraiser for cancer

In their continuing efforts to battle childhood cancer, The Honor Family will host their 5th Annual Alex’s Lemonade/Coffee Stand on Saturday, May 21, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. at The Town Hall Green next to Downtown Longleaf (3141 Deland St.). Along with lemonade, this event will also include lemon themed games for the neighborhood children.  Lydia Honor shared the story of Alexandra “Alex” Scott with her children after seeing an interview that Alex did, and the family has been inspired to be involved ever since.  

After growing up and seeing her brother survive Wilms’ tumor, a type of childhood cancer, Lydia feels that teaching her own children to give back is important.  Five years ago Lydia wanted her children, Holden 12 and Riley 7, to understand how fortunate they were and started a small neighborhood event using a lemonade stand.  They have been hosting the lemonade stand ever since and are pleased to have the support of many local families in the effort.

Hudson woman receives coveted humanitarian award for Cerebral Palsy home

Hudson woman receives coveted humanitarian award for Cerebral Palsy home

Three lucky humanitarians were honored this week with one of the coveted 2010 Frist Humanitarian Awards from the Hospital Corporation of America. One of the recipients was Pauline Shaver, a volunteer at Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point in Hudson, who won one of these national awards that recognize an HCA employee, volunteer and physician each year. She received the award on Tuesday at a ceremony in Nashville, and RMC will be hosting their own reception in her honor locally.

Established in 1971, the awards honor outstanding individuals for their humanitarian and volunteer activities. Employees, volunteers and medical staff members who demonstrate commitment and dedication to providing care and humanitarianism are selected from around the country, and honorees are recognized at the local level. The three national recipients were selected from more than 200 hospital-level honorees.

Pauline Shaver, 73, founded The Angelus, a nonprofit organization that is a home for 35 handicapped adults and children with cerebral palsy, in 1979. She became familiar with Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point because residents of The Angelus were brought to the hospital from time to time.

Senior Health Fair

Senior Health Fair

Land O' Lakes, FL - Seniors in Land O' Lakes and other surrounding Pasco County communities are invited to a free health fair in San Antonio.

Senior Information Resources and WellCare will be sponsoring the free event that will offer health screenings, product samples, door prizes and information about healthy options for active retirees and their family. 

The free health fair is being held from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18 inside the clubhouse of Tampa Bay Golf and Country Club located near SR 52 and I-75 in San Antonio.

In addition, a silent auction to benefit the Pasco Hernando Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will be held.

For more information call Brenda Cassato at 813 949 0752.

Help the hospice - volunteer now!

Help the hospice - volunteer now!

Volunteers are very important to Gulfside Regional Hospice. There are many types of volunteers at Gulfside – there is a job for everyone! Call 727-845-5707 or 813-780-1235 to register for one of these orientations:

East Patient Care Orientation
May 12 and 13, 2011 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Gulfside Center for Hospice Care
5760 Dean Dairy Road, Zephyrhills, FL 33542

Thrift Shoppe Orientation
May 19, 2011 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Lutz Thrift Shoppe
21780 State Road 54, Lutz, FL 33549

Thrift Shoppe Orientation
May 26, 2011 from 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Dade City Thrift Shoppe
37925 Sky Ridge Circle, Dade City, FL 33525

Boil water notice lifted

Boil water notice lifted

Dade City, FL -- The results from the bacteriological testing that was conducted on the water that serves the Dade City area came back clean and acceptable.

Due to repair work on the water system, the City of Dade City recently issued a precautionary boil water notice for the area on Friday, May 6 for all water used for drinking, cooking, making ice, brushing teeth, and washing dishes.

The precautionary boil water notice was lifted today, May 9.