Gas thieves hit U-Haul trucks overnight
About 75 gallons of gas was siphoned out of the fuel tanks of three U-Haul trucks, according to a Sheriff's Office report. The trucks were parked Tuesday night outside the U-Haul office at 5908 Land O'Lakes Blvd., the report said. A manager noticed a change in the gas gauges of the three trucks Wednesday, the report said. Authorities are investigating.
Sparklebration back to dazzle
Sparklebration, one of Pasco County's top Independence Day events, starts at 4 p.m. today with games and events, culminating in the big fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. Organizers urge attendees to bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on while they enjoy the show. The event happens at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52. Admission is $3 for adults, free for kids 10 and younger. Parking is $5.
Blue Star Mothers area chapter starts
A chapter of Blue Star Mothers is organizing. The nonprofit group consists of mothers who have or have had children honor ably serving in the military. Members get together to support each other and their children while promoting patriotism. The group is nonpartisan and nonpolitical. Call Lauren Frazier at (727) 849-2732 after 6 p.m.
Where to find holiday picnics
How about a picnic? You've got plenty of options today:
• 2 p.m. at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7987, 7445 Chester McKay Drive, New Port Richey, (727) 376-3502. Menu includes hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken and side dishes. Cost: $3. Music from 3 to 6 p.m.
• 2 p.m. at Tawney VFW Post 4412, 13129 Colony Road, Hudson, (727) 856-0051. Cookout and music. Prices vary.
• 4 to 6:30 p.m. at American Legion Paradise Post 79, 5329 Legion Place, New Port Richey, (727) 842-4378. Menu features barbecued chicken. Entertainment by Marty and the Nice Guys from 5 to 10 p.m. Cost: $7.50.
• 4 p.m. at Moose Lodge 1429, 1936 Abacus Road, Holiday, (727) 937-9030. Menu features barbecued ribs, potato salad, baked beans, corn on the cob and Texas toast. Cost: $7.95. Karaoke at 7 p.m.
• 4 to 6 p.m. at VFW Randolph Ford Post 7845, 6315 Stone Road, Port Richey, (727) 847-6277. Picnic fare; music by Sharon from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: $4.
Ackerly, Elizabeth Gloria
Galli, Sidio A.
Lane, Lisa S.
Lisner, Florence A.
Pfeiffer, Earl Clayton
Pickering, Frederick A.
Richards, William "Billy"
Smith, Virginia Clara
This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.