Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Michele Miller, Times staff writer

Michele Miller is a Tampa Bay Times writer in Pasco County. Miller coordinates and provides stories and photographs for Pasco entertainment features as well as the Top of the Class education feature.



MICHELE MILLER |  TIMES
Weightman Middle School students Cynthia Brinker (left) and Jacob Heffelfinger (right) pour through fishing nets looking for small creatures they plucked out of a river at the Cross Bar Ranch and well field  in north/central Pasco. Each year seventh grade students from middle schools throughout the county visit environmental centers at the ranch or Jay B. Starkey Park in New Port Richey, as part of the Pasco County schools Wetland Ambassador Program

In Watershed Ambassadors Program, Pasco students learn about natural Florida

SPRING HILL — On a small wooden dock at the Cross Bar Ranch, Cynthia Brinker gingerly pokes through the trappings in her fishing net, plucking out a tiny creature to examine close up.
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Tampa Bay Tour de Clay offers artistic journey to local studios

This weekend marks the 10th anniversary for the Tampa Bay Tour de Clay, which gets underway Saturday for a two-day jaunt through five clay studios in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties. Whether as a first-time experience or an annual...
Published: 12/06/17
Updated: 12/07/17

Tampa Bay Tour de Clay offers artistic journey to local studios

This weekend marks the 10th anniversary for the Tampa Bay Tour de Clay, which gets underway Saturday for a two-day jaunt through five clay studios in Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco Counties. Whether as a first-time experience or an annual...
Published: 12/06/17

Winterfest and Cotee River Christmas Parade converge on Saturday in New Port Richey

NEW PORT RICHEY — Northern chill meets balmy south when two local holiday traditions converge on Saturday for a celebration along the Pithlachascotee River.Thirty tons of "snow" will be blown in for Winterfest, a free, family-friendly event...
Updated one month ago
MICHELE MILLER |  TIMES
 Shorty, a Welsh corgi-border collie mix and certified therapy dog, sits quietly as Daniel Buckman, (right) reads a book aloud while  his friend, Mason Starnes, 7, (left )waits his turn to read during the Paws for Friendship reading program, held each Thursday at the Centennial Park Library in Holiday.

Dogs are all ears at Pasco library’s Paws for Friendship youth reading program

HOLIDAY — Thursday at 4:30 p.m. is a standing work date at the Centennial Park Library for Shorty, a Welsh corgi-border collie mix and certified therapy dog that’s part of the Paws for Friendship reading program. He appears to be all ears when...
Updated one month ago
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper will be a highlight at this year's Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival, which will take place from Nov. 23 to 25 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, south of Spring Lake. [Photo courtesy of Trina Wallin]

Bluegrass and a traditional Thanksgiving meal on tap at annual Sertoma festival

SPRING LAKE — When it comes to traditional fare, picking, fiddling, harmonizing and a whole lot of foot-stomping make for the main course at the annual Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival.Since 1980, the event, which will be Nov. 23 to 25 at the...
Updated one month ago
MICHELE MILLER |  TIMES
 Gail Casalini, (left) of New Port Richey, gets a brief lesson in the techniques of aquaponic gardening from Julie McCullough, (right) at the Tasty Tuesdays community market held weekly at the New Port Richey Public Library.

Tasty Tuesdays organic market serves up fresh, locally-grown produce

NEW PORT RICHEY — The cooler temps are kicking in and that means things are heating up at the Tasty Tuesdays organic market.The year-round market, held from 10 a.m. to noon each Tuesday in the courtyard outside the New Port Richey Public...
Updated one month ago
MICHELE MILLER |  TIMES
Joseph Scagliozzi, 60, (left) loads up on his monthly allotment of food with the help of volunteer, Ray Michnener, 74, at the Volunteer Way, a non-profit, faith-based charity in Port Richey, that distributes close to 7 million pounds of food to the poor each year.

The Volunteer Way strives to fight hunger in Pasco

PORT RICHEY — On the second Monday of the month, Joseph Scagliozzi lines up early for a box of food at The Volunteer Way warehouse on Congress Street. It’s a modest offering — a godsend of donated canned goods, peanut butter, rice, pasta, sweets,...
Updated one month ago
Gabriella Angotti-Jones  | Times
Terri Zaccone, left, and Marc Talerico, right, listen to a live performance of the song

Vigil calls attention to overdose victims, and brings hope

NEW PORT RICHEY — The room was filling up fast. For Monica Rousseau, the sight of so many people searching for a seat at the annual Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education candlelight vigil was both heartbreaking and uplifting. "I can’t...
Updated one month ago
MICHELE MILLER |  TIMES
Jacob Little, 10, gets a chance to stand in for Florida Orchestra music director Michael Francis during an educational traveling youth performance program at Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel.

Students get an opportunity to make music with Florida Orchestra

WESLEY CHAPEL — The excitement was palpable as students hopped off their school buses and streamed into the Center for the Arts at River Ridge. "We’re packed, sold out," said the center’s director, Rick D’Onofrio, sporting a wide grin as he...
Updated: 2 months ago