County weighs buying land for conservation
The County Commission will consider a proposal Tuesday to buy 116 acres of conservation land on the east side of Strauber Memorial Highway, across from Eagle Point Park in New Port Richey. The property, owned by Pasco Palms of Gainesville, contains a mix of forested wetlands, mangroves, tidal flats and hardwood forest, and is a significant feeding ground for wading and migratory birds, according to a county memo. The $700,000 purchase price would be covered by revenue from the Penny for Pasco sales tax. The commission meeting starts at 10 a.m. at the historic courthouse, 37918 Meridian Ave. in Dade City.
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Donate a toy, enjoy rodeo fun and food
The Smokehouse Creek Rodeo Arena is hosting a Toys for Tots drive at 2 p.m. Dec. 6. This year the need is much greater, and no family should go without on Christmas. The entry fee to the event is $10 per person and a new, unwrapped gift. Kids ages 12 and younger get in free. The entry fee entitles you to all activities for the day, including food. There will be a chili, wing and barbecue cook-off, with a $100 entry fee for each team participating. There will also be a greased pig contest for children, a bounce house and live entertainment all day long. To learn more, visit www.smokehousecreek rodeo.com.
Display lights up mall every night
Symphony in Lights is scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. every day through Dec. 31 at the Shops at Wiregrass, State Road 56 and Bruce B. Downs in Wesley Chapel. This free holiday light show features 250,000 LED lights choreographed to the holiday music of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
Beck, John Joseph
Faurot, Linda Mae
Herrmann, William Robert
Pfister, Arthur C.
Pluta, Edward S. Sr.
St. George, Donald
Wilckens, Linda Lou
This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.