NEW PORT RICHEY
Veteran police dog dies after tumor found
Lee, a 9-year-old police dog with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, died on Monday. The agency said a veterinarian found a cancerous tumor on Lee's spleen on Friday. The loss is difficult for Lee's partner, Deputy Robert Wilkins, who has been with the agency since 2000. Wilkins, 40, has had Lee since the black German shepherd was a puppy, sheriff's spokeswoman Melanie Snow said. Wilkins and his canine partners have been honored frequently by the Sheriff's Office throughout his career for heroic measures taken to save lives and track lost citizens. Canine Lee worked for seven years with Wilkins on road patrol and in narcotics investigations.
School to host annual EcoFest
Learning Gate Community School will host its 4th annual EcoFest from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 2 at 16215 Hanna Road. The festival is a celebration of the bay area businesses, organizations and individuals dedicated to the principles of sustainability (ecology, equity and economy). The festival includes live music, workshops, demonstrations, informational booths, green living products and services from local artists, green businesses, environmental organizations, alternative health practitioners, renewable energy specialists and organic farms and gardens with fresh local produce.
Learn about being hospice volunteer
HPH Hospice will hold a two-part orientation for adults who are interested in volunteering for the nonprofit agency. Individuals who would like to visit patients, give family caregivers a short break, help with office projects, be greeters at the HPH Hospice Care Center in Dade City, represent the agency at community events, or assist in HPH's Zephyrhills thrift store are encouraged to attend. The orientation will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 7 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 14 at HPH Hospice, 37445 Clinton Ave. Pre-registration is required. Call Katy Geschke toll-free at 1-800-486-8784.
Grants offered for women in business
Women-N-Charge is offering two $1,000 grants this spring for women in business. The Business Advancement grant is for business-related equipment or services, and the Career Advancement grant is for continuing education. Applications must be submitted by March 10 and are available at women-n-charge.com/Grants.html. For information, call Women-N-Charge president Judy Nicolosi at (813) 600-9848, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Donations wanted for new thrift store
SmileFaith Foundation is accepting donations for its new thrift store. All proceeds from thrift store sales go toward helping SmileFaith provide charitable dentistry and life coach counseling to people in need. Donations may be dropped off at 8135 U.S. 19, Port Richey; or for pickup, call (727) 807-7958.
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