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Birding is the main focus of those who attend the West Pasco Audubon Society’s morning bird walks at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park in New Port Richey, but other creatures are often out as well. Here a gopher tortoise hangs out in his burrow.MICHELE MILLER | Times

Monthly Audubon bird strolls bring discoveries, but require patience

NEW PORT RICHEY The morning fog had settled in and so had the birds, making it a quiet trek for the dozen or so hikers ambling through a swath of blooming dog fennel along the Bluebird Trail in Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park. Among those who had come out early for the West Pasco Audubon Society's monthly stroll wer …

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  1. Pasco residents play Santa in providing holiday gifts to needy children

    K12

    Christmas came early this year for the Head Start prekindergarten students at Hudson Elementary School.

    Santa Claus, along with some helpers from the Summertree Ladies Golf League, delivered personally selected, wrapped gifts for Head Start students at Hudson Elementary School.
  2. Pasco news briefs: Farm Share Food Giveaway takes place Friday

    Briefs

    New Port Richey

    FARM SHARE FOOD GIVEAWAY TAKES PLACE toDAY

  3. New Port Richey council approves contract to assess Hacienda Hotel

    Local Government

    NEW PORT RICHEY — The New Port Richey City Council has agreed to a contract with an architect to conduct a structural assessment and develop a restoration plan for the historic Hacienda Hotel.

  4. Letters to the Editor: Let's look at PSC members' finances

    Letters

    Let's take a look at PSC members

  5. Hometown Pasco for Dec. 19

    Human Interest

    We want your news!

    Hometown Pasco is devoted to everyday life in our county, whether it's snapshots from your family reunion or a few lines thanking someone for a job well done. Call Hometown Pasco news coordinator Jean Hayes at (352) 848-1438, fax (352) 754-6133, or jhayes@tampabay.com.

    Bible Baptist Church honors veterans: Bible Baptist Church in New Port Richey honored veterans during its annual Veterans Sunday service, which featured New Port Richey Chester McKay VFW Post 7987 honor guard presenting colors and playing taps. Special honor was given to retired Army 1st Sgt. Terry Peterson Jr., left, who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Pastor Matt Stidham, right, shared Peterson’s service testimony and presented him with a plaque to thank him for his service. All veterans received a framed picture of The Spirit of ’76 in recognition of their service.
  6. Pasco school notes: Sanders Memorial magnet school accepting applications

    K12

    Calendar

    • Winter break, Dec. 22-Jan. 2.

    • Teacher planning day, Jan. 5. No school for students.

    Theater/Music/Art

  7. Monthly Audubon bird strolls bring discoveries, but require patience

    Events

    NEW PORT RICHEY

    The morning fog had settled in and so had the birds, making it a quiet trek for the dozen or so hikers ambling through a swath of blooming dog fennel along the Bluebird Trail in Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park.

    Birding is the main focus of those who attend the West Pasco Audubon Society’s morning bird walks at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park in New Port Richey, but other creatures are often out as well. Here a gopher tortoise hangs out in his burrow.