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High bacteria levels found at three Pasco beaches

COUNTYWIDE

Reports label three beaches as health risk

If you were planning on visiting the beach this weekend, you may want to reconsider. The Pasco County Health Department issued water advisories Friday for three beaches — Hudson beach (officially known as Robert J. Strickland Beach), Oelsner Park Beach and Gulf Harbors Beach — after finding high levels of fecal bacteria in the water. Exposure can cause disease, infections or rashes. The Health Department says the water poses "a potential health risk to the bathing public." An advisory at the Energy and Marine Center has been lifted. Later tests showed lower bacteria counts.

LAND O'LAKES

Youth art classes start in September

The Pasco County Parks and Recreation Department will present art lessons for children ages 5 to 12. Classes will be held on Tuesdays starting Sept. 9. Ages 5 to 7 will have classes from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. followed by ages 8 to 12 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. There is an advance cost of $36 for a four-week session. Classes meet at the Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd. Call the center at (813) 929-1229.

DADE CITY

Enjoy crafting with teen reading club

Metamorphosis, the summer reading club for teens, will present a "Craft, Paper, Scissors" program at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Hugh Embry Branch Library, 14215 Fourth St. Call (352) 567-3576.

Pasco deaths

Burga, Hugo C .

Clark, Rose

Cloutier, Madeleine

Damigos, Aristea

Dustin, Richard

Flaherty, Thelma

Henry, Naonar

Hudson, Michael

Leone, Vera

Mahoney, Patrick Francis

McJunkin, Loyal B.

Rochester, Ester B.

Smith, Herman Jr.

Snowden, Gilbert J.

Teague, Gladys R..

Vergnaud, Guy "Frenchy"

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

High bacteria levels found at three Pasco beaches 07/18/08 [Last modified: Sunday, July 20, 2008 8:22am]
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