Ceremony will honor district award winners
The Pasco County Education Foundation will announce the school district employees of the year at a ceremony that begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Wesley Chapel High School performing arts center. The finalists are:
Teacher — Christopher Gorman, P.E., Wesley Chapel Elementary; Lauren Pantoja, literacy coach, Sunlake High; Daniel Wolfe, math coach, Schrader Elementary.
Administrator — Beth Brown, principal, John Long Middle; George Papaemanuel, assistant principal, Cypress Elementary; Lori Wiggins, supervisor, curriculum and instruction.
School-related personnel — Mark Miller, instructional assistant, Schwettman Education Center; Pamela Paone, instructional assistant, Hudson High; Judy Scavino, secretary, Sunlake High School.
Noninstructional nonbargaining employee — Diane Ford, finance assistant, finance services; Vonnie Maples, food and nutrition services, Watergrass Elementary School; Judith Zollo, payroll coordinator, finance services.
Kumquat Festival may set record
Those attending the Kumquat Festival on Saturday will notice more art vendors this year — folk art, crafts and fine art, said John Moors, executive director of the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce. There are 280 vendors this year, plus live entertainment, fair food and all kumquat specialties imaginable — the famous ice-box pies (with a graham cracker or Oreo crust), smoothies, marmalade, ice cream, salsa. And, of course, fresh kumquats — the healthy, teeny citrus fruits that are packed with vitamins. "You won't hear anybody sneezing in Dade City this weekend," said Moors. He hopes for a record-breaking crowd. It's supposed to be gorgeous weather, so "40,000 may not be a stretch for us," he said. The event is free. It is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in downtown Dade City. For more information, call (352) 567-3769 or go to dadecitychamber.org and click on "Kumquat Festival."
Officials looking for bank robber
Authorities are searching for a man who robbed First National Bank of Pasco, 4518 Gall Blvd. in Zephyrhills. The robber wore a black hooded sweatshirt and a white ball cap when he entered the bank at 12:45 p.m. Thursday and demanded money. He left with an undisclosed amount of cash. There were no reports of injuries. The robber was described by the Sheriff's Office as dark-skinned with medium height and a goatee. His get-away vehicle was a blue mountain bicycle. Anyone with information is asked to call the Sheriff's Office at (727) 844-7711.