Volunteers find tons of trash in coast's cleanup
Hundreds of volunteers picked up nearly 18 tons of garbage across the county Sept. 20 as part of the annual Coastal Cleanup. Participation was up 50 percent over last year, with 600 more volunteers, said Pasco recycling coordinator Jennifer Seney. Among this year's finds: a dump site of bleach bottles, a pile of tires, a recliner, used engine oil and other car parts, a decaying deer carcass and cigarette butts, said Betsy Crisp, one of the volunteer coordinators. "We had a lot of dedicated regulars that come back year after year, and several others read about it in the newspaper and just showed (up) that morning to pitch in and help clean," she said. Cleanup sites included Hudson and Green Key beaches, Sims Park, Anclote River Park, Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park and Wesley Chapel Regional Park, as well as parts of Dade City, Land O'Lakes and San Antonio.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Gospel, folk bring event to a close
Founders Day concludes today at Sims Park with more live music, carnival rides, the arts and crafts village, Miss Daisy boat tours and various children's activities. From 10 a.m. to noon, there will be a gospel and folk sing-along with Friends of Florida Folk, featuring Art Crummer & Friends, followed by various live performers from noon to 5 p.m., including the Wayne Pearson Quartet. Peace Hall will feature live performances of folk music from 1 to 5 p.m.
Gardeners offering plants, free advice
The 7th Annual Pasco Master Gardeners Plant Sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 11 at the Pasco County Fairgrounds, 36702 State Road 52. There will be a variety of annuals, perennials, herbs, fruit trees, native plants, house plants, vegetable plants, water garden plants, butterfly attractors, ornamentals and more. Melaleuca mulch, an environmentally friendly alternative to native cypress tree mulch, will be available. Master gardeners will also be on hand to answer questions and give advice. For information, call the Pasco County Extension Office at (352) 521-4288.
NEW PORT RICHEY
Looking for the perfect canine?
Animal Hospital of New Port Richey will host a seminar at 2 p.m. Oct. 11 on "Choosing the Right Dog for your Family." Dog trainer Cynthia McCollum will provide information for people to help them make an informed decision on which dog breed is right for their family and their lifestyle. The Animal Hospital is at 8117 Little Road. Call (727) 842-7350 to reserve a spot.
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