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Toys for Tots greatly needs donations of unwrapped gifts and books for needy children ages 1 to 14. The Marine Corps Reserve Unit hopes to bring holiday cheer Dec. 16 to about 3,000 Pasco children but did not get as many toys as hoped through the annual mailbox collection. There are Toys for Tots dropoff boxes all across the county. For a list of locations, visit www.toysfortots


Lift your voice on insurance solution

Do you have a solution to Florida's insurance crisis? If so, state Rep. John Legg wants to hear from you. Legg, R-Port Richey, wants residents to send him their proposed solutions as the Legislature prepares for a special session starting Jan. 16. He also will seek ideas from people who have already contacted his office about the problem. The e-mail address is For standard mail, his district office is 10014 Grove Drive, Port Richey, FL 34668.


Farmers to share through giveaway

Florida's farmers will give some of their crop to low-income residents from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 18 as part of the annual Farm Share Holiday Food Giveaway. The giveaway will be in the old Kmart parking lot at the Center of Seven Springs Shopping Center at Little Road and Old County Road 54. To receive the food, residents must be low-income, on Medicaid, on Supplemental Security Income or on food stamps. For information, call state Sen. Mike Fasano at (727) 848-5885 or state Rep. John Legg at (727) 869-8600.


Applications for pageant accepted

Applications are available for the 16th annual Miss Heart of Florida Pageant, to be held Feb. 23 in conjunction with the 60th annual Pasco County Fair. The pageant is open to girls ages 6 through 17 who have lived in Pasco County for six months prior to the date of the event. Contestants will be judged in the age groups of Wee Little Miss Heart of Florida, ages 6 through 8; Little Miss Heart of Florida, ages 9 and 10; Junior Little Miss Heart of Florida, ages 11 and 12; Junior Miss Heart of Florida, ages 13 and 14; and Miss Heart of Florida, ages 15 through 17. Complete rules and regulations, along with applications, are available online at or at the Pasco County Fair Office, 36722 State Road 52, Dade City. The deadline to enter is Jan. 31. There is a $35 nonrefundable entry fee. For information, call the fair office at (352) 567-6678.