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Candidate's campaign total surpasses $176,000

Countywide

Primary rivals' wallets swell in home stretch

Pasco County Commission candidate John Nicolette loaned his campaign $70,000 over the final three weeks of his race to unseat Commissioner Ted Schrader, new election finance reports show. Nicolette, who blasted Schrader in several mailings, added nearly $10,000 more in donations to raise his overall fundraising past $176,000. Schrader reported raising another $20,000 in August, boosting his total contributions to more than $132,000 with no loans. Their closely watched contest in Tuesday's Republican primary will essentially decide the next commissioner from east Pasco. No Democrat ran, only a write-in candidate.

It's not too late to register for PHCC

Classes for the fall term begin Monday at Pasco-Hernando Community College, but there's still time to register. Late registration runs through Friday, with an extra $20 fee. The regular application fee is $25, and orientation and placement testing are free. The college has added new programs including associate in science degrees in business administration, industrial quality and industrial management technology, as well as a geographical information systems certificate program. For information, contact the student development office at any PHCC campus from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, or call toll-free at 1-877-879-7422.

DADE CITY

A fun way to learn about pioneer life

It's almost time for the annual Pioneer Florida Days Festival hosted by the Pioneer Florida Museum. The two-day event features a Civil War re-enactment, a mock court-martial, an 1860s fashion show, living history exhibits and more. Festivities run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and Sept. 1 at the museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road (off U.S. 301, a mile north of downtown). Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for ages 10 to 17, $2 for ages 5 to 9 and free for children younger than 5. Call (352) 567-0262 or visit www.pioneerfloridamuseum.org.

PORT RICHEY

Senior event reset for Tuesday

Because of Tropical Storm Fay, the SASSY (Seniors Are Someone Special Year-round) event at Gulf View Square mall has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday. It features free health screenings courtesy of Morton Plant North Bay Hospital. Call Sue Campbell at (727) 378-4976.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Watch convention with Democrats

The Pasco County Democrats are holding a party at 8 p.m. Thursday to watch the televised speeches at the Democratic National Convention, including Sen. Barack Obama's acceptance speech for the nomination. The party will be at the new headquarters, 3050 Starkey Road. Free. RSVP by calling (727) 844-3367.

Pasco deaths

Colebrook, Paul R.

Maynard, Donald A.

McNally, Dorothy A.

Starr, John S.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

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