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Michele Miller - Pasco Features Reporter

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.

  1. Local duo Julie Black and Dave Eichenberger live-stream a Sunday afternoon set last month from their front porch in downtown New Port Richey.
  2. On Monday, faculty, students and former students from Nature Coast Technical High held a parade celebrating the life of David Feinberg, a science teacher at the Spring Hill school. Feinberg, who taught at the school for 16 years, was diagnosed with liver cancer in October and recently entered hospice care.  "Best teacher I ever had," Justin Mergal (left) calls out to Feinberg as Tiana Mergal holds up an encouraging sign.
  3. Server Emily Boone rings up a take-out order for customer Justin Miller at Craft Street Kitchen in Trinity. Miller, a regular customer, said he is trying to support local restaurants during a time of social distancing.
  4. Beasley Farms in Brooksville provides a needed getaway for locals who come for fresh produce and eggs and to visit with goats, chickens and a horse named Katie that live on the family farm. A golden Lab named Georgia gets some love from 3-year-old Sarah Faulkingham as her mom, Charity, pays for her purchase inside.
  5. When the marathon she was supposed to run was canceled, Kristin Parmenter, 39, decided to create her own, mapping a route that began and ended at her New Port Richey driveway. She ended by crossing a toilet paper finish line at the "Coronavirus Social Distance Classic."
  6. Sidewalk chalk drawings from the neighborhood kids brings levity in a time of isolation.
  7. Cadynce Nettles, 4, bounds down the park trail to read the next page from a book called 'The Busy Tree' during the opening of a permanent installation called StoryWalk at the James E. Grey Preserve in New Port Richey.
  8. Aerial "Celestial" King dances with open wings at the ChasGlo pop-up art event held March 6 in downtown New Port Richey. King is a flow performer with The Hoopy Place.
  9. Artist Peter Gerbert has spent 25 years painting the wildlife and fauna he encounters throughout Florida, including this painting "Spoonbill Lagoon," inspired by a trip to Fort DeSoto Park. Gerbert will be exhibiting and selling his work March 14-15 at the 36th-annual Art in the Park in Brooksville
  10. Jacqueline Ortiz and Francisco Medero were the first couple to exchange wedding vows during a special Valentine's Day ceremony held in historic Courtroom 1 at the Hernando County Courthouse in Brooksville. County judges Kristie Healis (pictured) and Kurt Hitzemann took turns officiating the ceremonies that were scheduled at 15-minute intervals throughout the day.
  11. Iriann Paynewhite of Dade City enjoys a ride on a lady bug on opening day at the Pasco County Fair. The fair continues through Feb. 23 at the county fairgrounds in Dade City.
  12. Lisa Langford opened her artisan boutique, Lis's Pieces, in March of 2019 on Grand Boulevard in downtown New Port Richey. She recently expanded, remodeling an upper floor to use for crafting workshops. Future plans include using the space for small weddings and other intimate occasions, Langford said.
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Raelynn Reagan offers bits of hay to a heifer named Ariel on opening day of the 2019 Pasco County Fair in Dade City.
  14. Feb. 10, 2020• Pasco
    "Nicky as Carol Channing," features former New Port Richey resident Nicky Ciampoli. The show will be on Feb. 20 at the Richey Suncoast Theatre in New Port Richey.
  15. Kathryn Sharkey, 9, of Masarkytown, proves to have a swift hand in casting at the Family Fishing Festival held Jan, 18 at Withlacoochee River  Park in Dade City. Looking on, is her dad, Devon Sharkey (right).
  16. Members of the community march down Pine Hill Road from the Union Baptist Church to the African American Club of Pasco, as part of the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. event held Jan. 20.
  17. Kumquats that are yet to be harvested in the groves at Kumquat Growers, Inc. in Dade City. The local agriculture business provides fruit for the annual Kumquat Festival to be held Jan. 25 in downtown Dade City.
  18. Raising Cane — A Sweet and Spice Event will be held Jan. 11 at the Pioneer Florida Museum in Dade City.
  19. Myrah Almestica, 4, (left) and Alexandra Evelyn, 4, (right) make miniature snowmen out of a mixture of baking soda and hair conditioner during a special winter activity held over winter break at the Fox Hollow Elementary PLACE program.
  20. Ashley Durand of Tampa and her children, Vianne, 6, (foreground) and Ciaran, 3, say a prayer during the annual Wreaths Across America event held on Dec. 14 at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.
  21. More than 1,300 summer and fall graduates were eligible to participate in the morning or afternoon commencement ceremonies Dec. 11 at the Pasco-Hernando State College New Port Richey campus. Approximately 345 degrees and certificates were conferred.
  22. Brett Griest, 61, and his wife, Shannon, are the proprietors of the East Main Street Coffee Shop & Sandwich Shop in New Port Richey. The coffee, specialty sandwiches and a neighborly feel keep customers coming back.
  23. Jan Knowles is the tour guide of a new walking Murals Tour in downtown Brooksville. The one-hour tour is sponsored by the Hernando County Fine Arts Council and features eight murals, including this one painted on the Historic Woman's Club on Main Street.