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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. Suzanne Natzke, an artist and teacher with the Pasco Fine Arts Council, arranges her watercolor paintings for an upcoming exhibit, 'Moments in Time.' The exhibit will be held through Oct. 21 at the council's new gallery at Avalon Park West in Wesley Chapel.
    The countywide Council will exhibit work at the Avalon Park West community.
  2. Navy JROTC Cadets Tiffany Samson, Elizabeth Stacey and Emily Stacey prepare to raise the flag during a 9/11 commemoration ceremony held Wednesday, Sept. 11 at Gulf High School in New Port Richey.
    Students, faculty, parents and special guests gathered to remember the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks
  3. Local favorites, the Bearded Brothers, will once again perform at the 15th-annual Music & Motorcycles in downtown Zephyrhills.
    The one-day festival brings thousands to the historic downtown area
  4. Florida Orchestra music director Michael Francis quizzes students in the audience about the country origins of composer Peter Heidrich's Happy Birthday Variations, during a youth educational concert program held in 2018 at the Center for the Arts in Wesley Chapel. The concert was once of several educational offerings through the Pasco Schools' 'Learn It Live' series.  The Florida Orchestra will open the 2019-2020 'Learn It Live' series at arts centers on the River Ridge and Wesley Chapel High school campuses.
    The 2019-2020 season starts with a visit from the Florida Orchestra. Tickets are on sale now.
  5. Garbriella Gibson and Edward Drysdale of Holiday load sandbags on Thursday morning at the Pasco County sand bag site on Seven Springs Boulevard in Holiday.
    Do you live in Pasco County? Here’s what you need to know about Hurricane Dorian.
  6. About 60 local actors from six area high schools auditioned for 'Carrie:The Musical' which opens Sept. 5 at Richey Suncoast Theatre in New Port Richey. Here, cast members work out dance steps during a recent rehearsal.
    The community theater has a young cast for the season opener, 'Carrie: The Musical.’
  7. Red Apple student Anna Mattingly, 27, checks out the work of fellow students on display at the Rao Musunuru, MD, Art Gallery at Pasco-Hernando State College. “It’s very nice, especially since all the money goes back to the school for supplies because we do a lot of crafting,” she said. The "Masterpiece" exhibit, on display through Oct. 9, features artwork from students at the school, which serves adults with developmental disabilities.
    Pasco-Hernando State College exhibit featuring artwork created by adult students with developmental disabilities
  8. Michele Miller
    Come fall there’s a mass exodus of children leaving the nest to head off to college. This time for us, though, it’s for good.
  9. MICHELE MILLER | Times Vita, a 7-month-old golden Labrador retriever, takes a ride on a Pasco County public transportation bus during a training exercise with Southeastern Guide Dogs. “It’s great. She is amazing,” said Madison Welch, a volunteer puppy raiser with Southeastern Guide Dogs. Puppy handlers temporarily adopt dogs to help them assimilate to the home environment and obedience training before the dogs more to formal training.
  10. 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.