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Phyllis Day, Times Staff Writer

Phyllis Day

Phyllis Day started working at the Times in February 2000. She works for the Hernando Times regional edition, writing entertainment stories for the Hernando Things to Do page, and puts together various listings for clubs, events, government meetings and other happenings in Hernando County.

Phone: (352) 754-6101


  1. Spring Hill to mark golden anniversary with celebration at Lake House



    It was 1967 when the Deltona Corp. began selling homes in western Hernando County, a rural area that previously had been little more than a vast forest of oak and pine trees.

    The small community of Spring Hill included winding roads and small homes, many along lakes. The main hub was Spring Hill Drive, from U.S. 19 to Deltona Boulevard, with Kass Circle its "downtown." Among the community's attractive lures was Hunter's Lake, a deep and large body of water that offered sunset cruises to residents and prospective home buyers....

    This photo, taken in 1967, shows Spring Hill’s signature waterfall at the intersection of Spring Hill Drive and U.S. 19. The community will celebrate its 50th anniversary on July 27.
  2. Pasco Briefs for July 21



    Players sought for youth soccer season

    The Knights of Columbus 5869 Sports League is registering players for its 2017 youth soccer season. There are divisions for various age groups from 4- to 15-year-olds (ages as of Nov. 9). Coaches also are needed; those interested are encouraged to come to registration. Registration will be at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 5850 K of C Drive in Port Richey on the following dates: 9 a.m. to noon July 22, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. July 25 and 9 a.m. to noon July 29. The registration fee is $60 (cash or check), which includes uniform shirt, shorts and socks. Parents or guardians must be present with their children during sign-ups. Team sizes are limited. The 10-game season will be played on Sundays, beginning Sept. 10, at Veterans Memorial Park on Hicks Road in Hudson. The Midget and Minor divisions will play at 1 p.m., Majors at 2:30 p.m. and Seniors at 1 and 2:30 p.m. For information, send email to Visit the website at

  3. Pasco Events for July 21-27


    21 Friday

    Senior Cinema: Senior adults are invited to watch a movie. Popcorn will be served. Call the library for the movie title. 2 p.m. Free. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (352) 567-3576.

    Family Movie Night: Children are encouraged to come dressed in pajamas, with a blanket or stuffed animal, and enjoy a family-friendly feature film. Snacks and refreshments will be provided. Geared for children ages 4 to 12 and their parents. Call the library for the movie title. 5:25 p.m. Free. South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday. (727) 834-3331....

  4. After nearly 38 years, Dade City's Book Shack remains a family operation


    DADE CITY — A year ago, Jo Kassabaum contemplated closing the Book Shack, a small store she had owned since she opened it in 1979.

    The bookstore was suffering after nearby Pasco Motors closed. Also, after nearly 37 years, she frankly was growing tired of running a full-time business. But when she told family members of her plans to close the business, Kassabaum was met with opposition....

    Kristy Kassabaum, right, bought The Book Shack from Jo Kassabaum, her grandmother-in-law.
  5. Pasco Briefs for July 14



    Volunteers sought for Stuff the School Bus for Teachers event

    United Way of Pasco is seeking volunteers to help with the annual Stuff the School Bus for Teachers event, which will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 28 to 30 at Walmart locations throughout Pasco County. The purpose of the event is to help Pasco schoolteachers stock their classrooms with supplies for their students. Volunteers are needed to hand out shopping list to shoppers, help collect the donated supplies and sort supplies on the bus. T-shirts will be provided for all volunteers. Volunteers may work in shifts from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. or from 1 to 4 p.m. Sign up online at Stuff the Bus locations include Walmart stores at: 28500 State Road 54, Wesley Chapel; 12610 U.S. 19, Hudson; 7631 Gall Blvd., Zephyrhills; 8701 U.S. 19, Port Richey; 1575 Land O'Lakes Blvd, Lutz, and 8745 State Road 54, New Port Richey. For information, call (727) 835-2028....

  6. Pasco Events for July 14-20


    14 Friday Used book bazaar

    Buy used books, audio and video media, magazines and related materials. Hosted by Friends of Hugh Embry Library, with money raised to help fund programming at the library. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (352) 567-7449.

    14 Friday

    'Money Management and Resume Building for Teens': This free presentation is presented by the Pasco County Cooperative Extension Service. Teens will learn basic money management, as well as tips for creating a resume that stands out to job recruiters and colleges. 2 p.m. Free. New River Library, 34043 State Road 54, Zephyrhills. (813) 788-6375....
  7. Pasco Events for July 7-13


    7 Friday

    Summer Movie Clubhouse: A family-friendly movie will be shown. Free popcorn and drinks will be provided by Friends of the Hudson Library. Call or stop by the library for this week's movie title. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 861-3040.

    Teen Game Night: Youth ages 12 to 18 are invited to play the hottest new video games and enjoy free snacks. 6 to 9 p.m. Free. Land O'Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O'Lakes. (813) 929-1214....

  8. Pasco Briefs for June 30



    Gulfside Hospice needs volunteers

    Volunteers are needed at all six Gulfside Hospice Thrift Shoppe locations throughout Pasco County. Roles for volunteers include accepting and sorting donations, organizing merchandise displays, greeting customers, operating the cash register and other duties. A minimum time commitment of four hours per week is requested. Volunteers ages 15 and older are welcome. Teens and high school students can earn community service hours. Gulfside Thrift Shoppes are in Dade City, Hudson, Lutz, New Port Richey. Zephyrhills and the new Gulfside Zephyrhills Furniture Shoppe. Volunteers receive discounts when shopping at the stores. Gulfside also has volunteer opportunities at its Centers for Hospice Care to serve meals, answer phones and greet guests, as well as sitting with patients, providing spiritual care and counseling, assisting with the Pet Peace of Mind program and helping in administrative offices. Call toll-free 1-800-561-4883 or complete an online application at

  9. Pasco Events for June 30-July 6


    30 Friday

    Plant sale: The New Port Richey Gardening Club will host the sale, featuring numerous varieties of plants to add texture and color to outdoor spaces. Master Gardeners will be on hand to answer care, planting and garden maintenance questions. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 10271 Casey Drive, New Port Richey. (727) 484-6741.

    Summer Movie Clubhouse: A family-friendly movie will be shown each Friday afternoon throughout the summer. Free popcorn and a drink will be provided by Friends of the Hudson Library. Call or stop by the library for this week's movie title. 2 to 4 p.m. Free. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (727) 861-3040....

  10. Pasco Briefs for June 23



    'Big' mentors sought for Pasco County kids

    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay has scheduled orientations for those interested in becoming mentors to Pasco County children. Those interested in becoming a "big" are encouraged to attend an orientation, which will provide prospective adult mentors with information on the children the organization serves, the requirements to become a "big," how to handle cultural differences, the do's and don'ts of being a big, and the variety of programs offered through the organization. Orientation sessions include:...

  11. It's all about healthy eating at Living Food Bakery and Cafe in Zephyrhills



    Vicky Lin and her husband, Bernard Wong, spent 15 years living in New York City, where she worked as a fashion designer in Manhattan and he ran a successful bakery.

    But with two young children, and growing weary of the fast pace and cold winters, the couple decided that wasn't how they wanted to raise their family. So, in 2015, they left behind city life and purchased a 17-acre farm in the rolling hills near Dade City....

    Bernard Lin moves a tray of baked bread to a cooling rack at Living Food Bakery and Cafe in Zephyrhills.
  12. Pasco Events for June 23-29


    23 Friday

    Rotary hosts commemoration: As an official Vietnam Commemoration Partner, the Wesley Chapel Noon Rotary Land O'Lakes Satellite Club will award the 50th anniversary Vietnam Commemoration lapel pin to retired Army veteran George Voorhes. Voohres retired after 20 years of service in 1974, serving in the Korean War and three tours of duty in Vietnam. Breakfast will be served. 8 a.m. Copperstone Executive Suites, 3632 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes. RSVP to (813) 996-3011....

  13. Pasco Briefs for June 16



    Median work begins along U.S. 19

    Pasco County Engineering Services has begun median landscape design work for the unincorporated areas of U.S. 19, which is being renamed Gulf Coast Highway, in Pasco County. The project spans 20 miles and includes 9.4 miles of sodded and concrete medians. The project will be paid for, in part, with a $1 million grant from the Florida Department of Transportation. The total project cost is estimated at $3.5 million. This first phase of the project will include construction and plantings along primary and secondary gateways on the corridor. Phase 1 construction is expected to begin in early summer 2018. The goal of the project is to enhance areas along the highway, furthering the beautification initiatives in the Harbors West Market Redevelopment Plan developed by the county's Planning and Development Department. For information, visit or call (727) 834-3604....

  14. Pasco Events for June 16-22


    16 Friday

    Piano dedication celebration: The celebration is to thank piano donor Greg Sikosek and Gulfside Hospice volunteer John Poore for their generosity in continuing the tradition of piano music at Gulfside. Light refreshments will be served. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free. Gulfside's Center for Hospice Care, 5760 Dean Dairy Road, Zephyrhills. (727) 222-2979.

    Family Movie Night: Families can come in their pajamas and bring a favorite blanket. Snacks and refreshments provided. The movie that will be shown is appropriate for children ages 4 to 12 and their parents. 5:25 p.m. Free. South Holiday Library, 4649 Mile Stretch Road, Holiday. (727) 8324-3331....

  15. Pasco Events for June 9


    10 Saturday

    'Color Container Gardening': Presented by the Pasco County Extension Service. 9 a.m. Free; registration requested. Land O'Lakes Community Center, 5401 Land O'Lakes Blvd., Land O'Lakes. (352) 518-0156.

    'Attracting Pollinators to the Garden': Participants in this workshop will learn how to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to the garden. Presented by the Pasco County Extension Service. 10 a.m. Free; registration requested. Zephyrhills Library, 5347 Eighth St., Zephyrhills. (352) 518-0156.