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provides English and GED Classes in Trilby
The first day of adult classes this year in Trilby
began on Thursday, September 14 with introductions by Phyllis Proctor, the new
instructor for English and GED classes.
On hand was staff from the Healthy Families program
and the Pasco County District School Board to kick off the registration and
classes. First on the agenda this
day was a pot-luck breakfast of fruits, quiches, pastries, and juices.
Classroom areas in the Trilby United Methodist Church addition have
been equipped with computers and learning stations, and childcare is provided
in adjacent rooms.
On opening day, there were ten families who enrolled in the classes that are held from 9 to 12 on Mondays and Thursdays.
Reaching out and bringing residents of North East Pasco together is coordinated and supported by the Healthy Families Program. Volunteers from the Greater Trilby Community Association and the staff of the Trilby United Methodist Church provide assistance and transportation from and to the families’ homes.
Parents attending will be eligible to attend monthly workshops at
Moore-Mickens Education Center in Dade City for life and literacy skills.
Family and educational support materials will be provided for those
attending the workshops.
Patrol Needs You!
The Greater Trilby Security Patrol (GTSP) is a
volunteer organization supported by the Crime Prevention Department of the
Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and needs more volunteers.
You are elibible if you are 18 years of age or over and haven’t had
any felony or serious misdemeanor convictions.
Selected volunteers go through a 4-hour training
program and two 2-hour patrols with a certified Security Patrol member.
Uniforms and insignia/markings for your car are furnished plus a gas
allowance for each patrol. You determine when and the length of your patrol
with the GTSP Patrol Coordinator.
GTSP has been operational for almost 2 years and has
been working to control crime in the Trilby area but we need to do more by
scheduling daytime patrols and additional night patrols.
We are fully supported by the Sheriff’s Department
and actually operate under its auspices. If we call in suspicious activity, a
Sheriff’s Deputy is usually there in a very few minutes!
Come join us and enjoy the experience!
Call me at 583-5936 or GTCA at 583-4150 during office hours 10 am
to 1 pm Tuesday thru Saturday for more information.
Herb Green, Pres. GTCA
Kountry Kritters 4-H Club meeting is the second Monday of
each month at 7 pm in the Rose Room at the Trilby United Methodist Church.
Contact Dawn or Dan Crouch at 583-4734.
Under the leadership of Karen Marler, Lacoochee Elementary School Principal, thirty area leaders, from parent teams to the local County Commissioner, began another year of discussions about life in the northeast Pasco communities and how to improve it.
“What we are doing here is good, but not good enough,” stated Marler as she set the mood for the two-hour meeting on August 28th. “This is not to be a gripe session, but a solution session. We are here for communications.”
She also spoke about the immediate future and growth of the local facilities and services. She reported that her school was undergoing a $1.3 million renovation in carpeting, lights, ceilings, paint, etc. Plus, she continued, there will be a new million-dollar community center / school multi-purpose building in the near future. The School Board and the Parks and Recreation Department of county government are funding the project.
“This will be administered by both of us, and available day and night and weekends,” she stated. “It can be used for school/community theater productions, family reunions, community events / meetings and anything that the school and community need.”
With a charge of “Without a vision of change, the community cannot change,” Marler opened the floor to other regional leaders on how life and safety in the Tri-Community can change.
Sheriff Captain Drageff told the group that he had increased the number of deputies covering Dade City and northeast Pasco in the past three months, but he has limited resources. He also stated that this area is the largest zone, one of the least populated and has the least number of citizen calls.
Margarita Romo, a Dade City Latino Activist, spoke about how some members of the communities may be afraid to report crime and violence in their homes. She agreed that the problem of people not contacting the Sheriff’s Office for common problems creates a false low statistic of crime in our area.
Sergeant Formoso spoke about the problems with drugs in the area and the slow process of organizing arrests. He emphasized that his team was aware of the drug problem in the area and was working on it.
Herb Green of the Greater Trilby Community Association explained the Crime Watch and Security Patrol programs that are established in Trilby and offered to meet with anybody in the area to work with them in expanding patrols and gaining new Security Patrol members. He also suggested that anyone who had the opportunity to attend the Sheriff’s Citizen Academy in Central Pasco would benefit significantly in their understanding of the duties and capabilities of the Sheriff’s Office.
County Commissioner Ted Schrader helped wrap up the meeting with his statement that this meeting had been an education to him as much as the others around the tables. “I am very impressed with the concern and involvement of all here at the meeting.”
“A long-range solution to part of the problems would be a post-secondary technical school here in East Pasco,” continued Schrader. “There are few resources for the youth of East Pasco, and vocational job training would go a long way to making them more productive citizens.”
Additional meeting of this group will continue through the school year.
who go to Stanley Park in Lacoochee or to Trilby Park in Trilby can play on
the new equipment in both parks. Right
now the paint is still shiny on the jungle gyms, swings and slides that the
Parks and Recreation Department has installed.
The equipment, selected by Parks Manager Supervisor, Richard Barns, has
been in place for about a month.
The access to the Trilby Park
from Powerline Road along Polite Avenue has been improved and limerocked by
the County Parks Department.
from the Board Chair
As the “dog
of the hot summer months linger on for a while yet, here’s hoping that your summer has been a good one.
Remembering back when Labor Day signaled the beginning of the school
it seem too early for school to already be back in session almost a month now?
Quite a few parents were lately counting the days, but I found myself
sympathizing with the children for having to go back so soon!
I know Herb Green, our president, will join with me
in thanking Kathy and Richard Riley for their efforts in writing
this newsletter. What a big job,
but what a great product for our community!
Be sure and thank Kathy and Richard every chance you get.
Other local heroes are our Trilby Crime Watch patrol
members. They stay on the alert
for potential things of concern in our neighborhood and volunteer their time
to patrol the area. Make sure you
thank them, too, for the program they have put together and support their
efforts any way you can. They are
always looking for more volunteers too.
Watch for the upcoming Children’s
Safety Rally and Trilby Fall Festival on Saturday, September 30th.
The committee has been diligently planning this event for the past
several months. Plan now to come
out and join the cause of vigilance for our children and enjoy the fun events
Following in this month’s
newsletter are some rather nostalgic Trilby news items gleaned from old copies
of the former Dade City Banner newspaper, which I hope to share with you on an
occasional basis. This month, I
have gone back 92 years to September 1914, when Trilby was on the rise.
I hope you find this backward glimpse enjoyable, but I hope we can also
each be inspired to join together for a greater Trilby as was once envisioned
by our earlier residents.
As always, remember to say hello to your neighbors,
make attractive your corner of the world, and always be proud to say you’re
a “Trilbian.” See you soon at the Fall Festival!
Black, Board Chairman
Ago, Not far away...
September 1914...92 years ago this month in Trilby
On Tuesday evening a
well-attended social was given at the Hall by Mrs. T.J. Blitch and a neat sum
was raised toward the erection of the new Baptist Church.
On Friday evening, the Methodist ladies will give a pie supper at the
Hall for the benefit of improvements under way at the church.
The Harrison Furniture Co. will
move their stock of goods to Bushnell this week.
W.G. DeVane, mayor of Trilby,
was a visitor to Dade City on business Wednesday.
A representative of the Kreuger
Manufacturing Co. of Atlanta is here installing the fixtures in the Trilby
State Bank. Mosler Safe of
Hamilton Ohio expertly placed the steel lining in the bank vault the first of
The Trilby Glee Club held a
very interesting meeting Monday evening during which three candidates were
initiated into the club. A
literary program will be given at the Hall Friday evening consisting of short
comedy dramas, readings, monologues, and musical numbers.
After a number of very
extensive improvements, the Florida Tuberculosis Sanatorium opened for the
season the fifteenth of this month.
The tank crews are erecting a
new water tank in the ACL (Atlantic Coast Line) yards this week.
Mr. Chas. Branas and Miss Mary
Cameron were married at Tarpon Springs and returned Thursday evening.
An informal reception was given them in their new home.
We extend the best wishes of the community.
Trilby news items unearthed by Scott Black from the former Dade City Banner
newspaper from September 1914)
History and 1931 entertainment were on the agenda for the July Greater Trilby Community Association monthly meeting. It consisted of comments by Trilby Historian Scott Black and a showing of the first “talkies” version of the movie, “Svengali.”
Popcorn, soda and coffee were provided at the second annual showing of a version of the movies that have been made about the novel, “Trilby.” Last year at this time, the 1915 silent film “Trilby” was shown to residents of this area of Northeast Pasco County. Last month, the Association showed the second surviving film, “Svengali,” which was made in 1931, starring John Barrymore and Marion Marsh.
movie was introduced by Black, a Trilbian by birth and now residing in Dade
City. He is known as the Trilby
Historian because of his extensive collection of Trilby artifacts and
knowledge of the lore of the Trilby area.
According to Black, the community now known as Trilby was called Macon around the turn of the century. In order to not confuse it with Macon, GA, it was renamed after a popular literary heroine of the time and the streets were named after characters in the novel. The book, “Trilby,” was one of the first “best seller” novels. One of the characters in the book, a devious and conniving music teacher, was named Svengali. Thereby is the name of this version of the movie.
The movie, which starred one of
the most popular movie actors of the time, John Barrymore, received many
awards and rave reviews for its actors, set design, and special effects.
Sandy Cooper, one of the attendees, won the door prize, a first edition
copy of the Trilby novel.
During intermission, Richard Riley, a resident and reporter interested in Trilby history, showed his collection of materials relating to the George Du Maurier novel. It consisted of five different editions of the novel, published between 1894 and 1932. He also has four surviving versions of the movie, playbills of the play produced around the turn of the century, and photographs of the actors and actresses who have portrayed characters of the book. One of his treasures includes a 1951 “Classics Illustrated” comic book version of the novel.
Supplies Distribution Program Works in Lacoochee
On August 5, 2006, Isa Blanford
and the other workers and volunteers arrived early to the site of the sixth
annual Back-to-School Supplies Distribution in Lacoochee. “If kids don’t start school prepared, everyone notices
and they start out already behind,” Ms Blanford said, examining the 357 book
bags lined up on the floor of the trailer from which she works. ”When they come to school with the right supplies, it gives
them a leg up and puts them immediately into the mainstream of the school.”
Blanford works alongside the Lacoochee Elementary School where applications for the supplies were available to students. Parents also registered their children at the high school in Dade City, the Salvation Army, Harbor Premier Health and the Pasco Sheriff’s Department.
Preparation for the program begins every year in January. Nineteen people meet monthly to line up vendors and gather donations for the program. This year over a dozen vendors were scattered over the green space behind Blanford’s trailer. They included the Pasco Sheriff’s Office doing fingerprinting, WellCare, the Victims of Crime Assistance Program, Bloodnet, USDA’s Rural Development Program and the Moore-Mickens Farmworker Jobs and Education Program. In order to receive their bag of school supplies, the children and their parents had to visit each vendor and get a hole punched in a ticket supplied by Blanford. The “magic” ticket got them into the school supplies trailer where they could pick up the school bags for their age group.
It wasn’t all serious work at this event. There were balloons, popcorn, hotdogs and a bouncing house for the children to enjoy. Some children played with Frisbees and others just sat in the shade enjoying quality time with their parents.