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Sparklebration to light up Pasco County Fairgrounds on July 3-4


Fairgrounds to sparkle for July 4 holiday

It's not too soon to mark your calendars for Sparklebration, which is slated to run July 3 and 4 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36722 State Road 52. The Star-Spangled Spectacular at 7 p.m. July 3 will present a night of patriotic music and songs featuring conductor Robert Romanski and special guests John and Mary K. Wilson. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; tickets are $12 in advance, $15 at the door (children under 10 free). Gates open at 4 p.m. July 4 for the Sparklebration festivities, which include animal shows, eating contests, live entertainment and the big fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. Admission is $3 adults, children under 10 free; parking is $5. For information call (352) 567-6678 or visit


Swiftmud boards retain tax rates

The Southwest Florida Water Management District basin boards that cover central and east Pasco plan to keep the same tax rates for the coming year. Last week the Hillsborough River Basin Board, which covers all of central and southeast Pasco, adopted a rate of 0.2547 mills, or 25 cents for every $1,000 in taxable property. The board will have a budget of $20-million, which is nearly $2-million more than last year, due to leftover funds. The Withlacoochee River Basin Board, which covers northeast Pasco, adopted a rate of 0.2308 mills, or 23 cents for every $1,000 in taxable property. That board will have a budget of $12.7-million, which is about $800,000 more than last year. Officials expect to collect $2-million in additional revenue from the sale of shell from the Lake Panasoffkee spoil site area. Swiftmud's governing board will hold two public hearings in September before final adoption of the tax rates.


Health fair set at middle school

The Rotary Club of Land O'Lakes, Wesley Chapel Noon and Wesley Chapel Sunrise will host a "Healthy Pasco" Health Fair at Pine View Middle School from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. A health walk will kick off the day; then participants can enter the gymnasium to receive free demonstrations and information. Up to 25 people will be selected to receive three free visits with a registered dietician. The long-term goal is to improve the overall health and well-being of families in the community. The school is at 35334 Parkway Blvd.


Condominium fire displaces residents

Two people were displaced from their condominium Sunday morning after a fire seriously damaged a bedroom, authorities said. Pasco County firefighters were able to contain the blaze to one unit in the two-story building at the Vermillion Condos of Meadowpoint, 1304 Standridge Drive. All of the building's residents were evacuated while fire crews extinguished the fire, and no injuries were reported. The blaze apparently started about 7 a.m. when a mattress in a bedroom caught fire. Two people, who weren't immediately identified, live in the unit, but only one resident was home when the fire started.

Pasco deaths

Franklin, Sharon K.

Haack, Florence E.

Meyers, Elaine Elizabeth

Purdy-Adkins, Kathleen Joy

Shaw, Gerald J.

This list is from detailed obituaries published in Section B.

Sparklebration to light up Pasco County Fairgrounds on July 3-4 06/15/08 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 11:55am]
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