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Barbara Roberts, center, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park’s new manager, takes in the sights on a river cruise.Photos by BRENDAN FITTERER | Times

New manager at Weeki Wachee wants to build on park's history

WEEKI WACHEE Barbara Roberts didn't come from her native Miami as a day-tripper to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. She came from career sojourns at 17 sites within the Florida State Parks system over the past 30 years. And she came to stay. On Aug. 1, Roberts, 59, became the new park manager at Weeki Wachee Spring …

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  1. Mom's recipe box is the inspiration for the menu at Eli's Cafe

    Business

    SPRING HILL — "All Food Made from Scratch," the motto at Eli's Cafe, isn't spoken idly.

    From his mother's recipe box, Eli's Cafe owner Eli Sherman extracts her instructions for making one of the soup-of-the-day selections for the breakfast-and-lunch eatery.
  2. Bike ministry at Grace Presbyterian reaches homeless, needy

    Religion

    SPRING HILL — Bob Sieczkowski was traveling along Spring Hill Drive several years ago when he saw a bicycle lying along the side of the road. It had been spray-painted gold and abandoned. He decided to fix it up and donate it to someone in need.

  3. Pasco Things to Do for Sept. 23

    Events

    On stage

    A touch of magic: The Nathan Coe Marsh Comedy Magic Show will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and at 4 and 8 p.m. Saturday at Merlin's Theater, 7148 Congress St., New Port Richey. Guests should be prepared to laugh, eat and enjoy the effects of duct tape and a blowtorch. Tickets are $17.50; …

  4. Hernando Events for Sept. 23

    Events

    Events

    23 Friday

    Toddler Storytime: The program, designed for children between the ages of 18 months and 3 years old, features stories, songs and fingerplays. 10:30 to 11 a.m. Free. West Hernando/S.T. Foggia Branch Library, 6335 Blackbird Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 754-4043.

  5. Brooksville rolls back tax rate to fund status-quo 2016-17 budget

    Local Government

    BROOKSVILLE — The Brooksville City Council has unanimously approved a status-quo spending plan for 2016-17 that includes a small decrease in the property tax rate but a significant increase in the fees paid for fire service.

  6. New manager at Weeki Wachee wants to build on park's history

    Environment

    WEEKI WACHEE

    Barbara Roberts didn't come from her native Miami as a day-tripper to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. She came from career sojourns at 17 sites within the Florida State Parks system over the past 30 years. And she came to stay.

    Barbara Roberts, center, Weeki Wachee Springs State Park’s new manager, takes in the sights on a river cruise.
  7. Two Brooksville Elementary teachers nominated for national honor

    K12

    BROOKSVILLE — Someone apparently believes Brooksville Elementary School teachers Connie Jeppesen and Amy Ellison are doing their jobs well. They have been nominated for the LifeChanger of the Year award, offered through the Life Insurance Company of the Southwest.

    Brooksville Elementary teachers Connie Jeppesen, left, and Amy Ellison are national LifeChanger of the Year award nominees.