Michele Miller, Pasco Features Reporter

Michele Miller

Pasco Features Reporter

I’m jack-of-all-trades of sorts, working for the Pasco regional section of the Tampa Bay Times. I plan local education and entertainment coverage and write a fair share of human interest stories. I always have my camera handy because I enjoy taking pictures. I’m passionate about bringing you local news that you won't get anywhere else. I’m a northern transplant who’s been working for the Times for over 20 years, so you could say, I’ve settled in. Your community is my community. Call me any time with a story idea.

New Port Richey museum revamp brings it closer to the community’s true history

MICHELE MILLER | Times
Curator Brian Schmit has big plans for the reorganization of exhibits at the West Pasco Historical Society Rao Musunuru, MD, Museum and Library in New Port Richey.
“It’s going to be completely different than you see now,” said Schmit, a former history teacher and author who started as curator about six months ago.
Curator Brian Schmit plans a new look and new take on history displayed at the West Pasco Historical Society Rao Musunuru, MD, Museum and Library.

Get your tie dye out for the local Spirit of Woodstock Festival

Courtesy of Yesterdayze
Yesterdayze will be one of several bands playing at the Spirit of Woodstock music festival Aug. 16-18 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch in Brooksville. While there will be a fair share of ‘60s cover tunes playing, there will be eclectic lines featuring Americana, blues, rock, reggae and more.
Spirit of Woodstock, a three-day festival, offers a way for locals to commemorate in the rustic setting of the Sertoma Youth Ranch near Brooksville.

'night Mother opens at Richey Suncoast Theatre

Cast members Melody Craven (left) and Patricia Bradford appear in the local production of ‘night Mother which runs Aug. 2- 4 at the Richey Suncoast Theatre in downtown New Port Richey. [Courtesy of Richey Suncoast Theatre]
Richey Suncoast Theatre closes out the 2018-2019 black box season with a thought-provoking production.

Could ghost tours be a thing in downtown New Port Richey? Maybe.

MICHELE MILLER |  Times
Part of the fun of going on a ghost tour is doing some sleuthing yourself. Here, Mailia Bolster, 15, uses a FLIR thermal camera to try to detect paranormal activity in the old Chasco Inn, thought to be the oldest commercial building in downtown New Port Richey. The tours were held in conjunction with the centennial celebration of the old Land Office building on Main Street.
Ghost stories have long been a part of the history of downtown New Port Richey, along with a common telling that starts with the phrase, "Rumor has it..."

Now you see it ... Revolving murals in New Port Richey draw passerby attention.

MICHELE MILLER |  Times
Adonis Hunter, 49, makes a living selling batteries at his New Port Richey store, but would rather be a artist. He’s working his way toward that by creating a series of revolving murals — some with provocative sayings — on the Battery Viking storefront on U.S. Highway 19. Each lasts about a week before he’s out there again, starting anew.
Adonis Hunter, 49, makes a living selling batteries at his New Port Richey store, but would rather be a muralist. He's working his way toward that.