Sunday, June 24, 2018
News Roundup

Controlled burn planned today at James E. Grey Preserve

NEW PORT RICHEY

Controlled burn planned in preserve

The Florida Forest Service and New Port Richey Fire Rescue plan to conduct a 25-acre controlled burn in the James E. Grey Preserve today, weather permitting. The burn is a part of a Wildfire Mitigation Project targeting wildland fuels that present a potential wildfire threat in close proximity to bordering communities. The burn areas will be in New Port Richey, south of Plathe Road and west of Rowan Road. Winds are forecast to carry the smoke to the south. Residents within the region bordering the burn location should consider keeping their windows closed if they smell smoke. For information on the planned burn, call senior forester Dave Fogler at (352) 523-5101, or call New Port Richey Fire Rescue at (727) 853-1032.

COUNTYWIDE

Mail-in ballots now available

Vote-by-mail ballots are now available for the April 9 municipal elections. Residents of New Port Richey and Zephyrhills will pick city council members, while St. Leo voters will pick two city commissioners in this year's election. To get a vote-by-mail ballot, call the Pasco Supervisor of Elections Office toll-free at 1-800-851-8754 or mail a request to P.O. Box 300, Dade City, FL, 33526. Written requests must include your name, your residence address, your date of birth, your signature and the address where you would like the ballot mailed. Both written and telephonic requests must come from the voter, or an immediate family member or legal guardian on behalf of a voter. To be counted, mail ballots must be returned to the elections office by mail or hand delivery by 7 p.m. April 9. Voted mail-in ballots may not be turned in at the polls. Residents may also cast a ballot in person at their city hall from now until April 8. On election day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 9. Once the voting ends, results will be posted at www.pascovotes.com.

ZEPHYRHILLS

Register for Elks' summer camp

Zephyrhills Elks Lodge will sponsor children for a summer camp program at the Florida State Elks Youth Camp in Umatilla. The camp is for Elks-sponsored boys and girls ages 9-13. The registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. The Zephyrhills Elks Lodge will have several free "camperships" available. To register a child, call the secretary's office at (813) 782-4604.

NEW PORT RICHEY

Earth Day event needs vendors

The city's Environmental Committee is seeking vendors for the Earth Day celebration, taking place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 20 in the courtyard and surroundings of New Port Richey Public Library, 5939 Main St. The committee is looking for vendors with hand-crafted items, local organic food, native plants and information on organizations and projects that focus on sustainable living and environmental protection and awareness. There is no vendor fee for applications turned in by April 15. After the deadline, a $15 late fee will apply. To request an application or to inquire about sponsor opportunities, contact Kacey Atkinson at (727) 809-2306 or email [email protected]

Pasco deaths

Detailed obituaries can be found in Section B.

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