Greater Trilby News

Serving the Tri-Community Area

Vol. 1, Issue 8 –December 2005

ACCESS Florida

Coming to the Tri-Community Area

In the near future, families who are eligible for temporary cash assistance, food stamps, or Medicaid through the Department of Children and Families (DCF) and live in Trilby, Trilacoochee and Lacoochee can apply for those services on a computer right here in Trilby.  This service will also be open to anyone else for whom this location is convenient.

ACCESS Florida Logo

The Community Access Partnership Network, or ACCESS Florida, is coming to the community center in Trilby and will be available for qualified persons in the Tri-Community area.  This network is part of the Department of Children & Families Economic Self-Sufficiency Program and its goal is to make registration for services easier.  Families won’t have to travel to Dade City or Zephyrhills to register.

As a result of Vice-President Kathleen Fink’s previous dealings with DCF, in early November, three representatives of DCF met with President Herb Green and Secretary Richard Riley to work out the details of the Greater Trilby Community Association’s (GTCA) participation in the program.  “Any place that has a computer can become an ACCESS point,” DCF’s Roseann Liriano explained.” In the Tri-Community area, we have many households getting some kind of assistance and some of them have to apply once a year to continue getting that assistance.  Seniors only have to apply once every 24 months.  Having a place right here in this area will make that more convenient for them.”

Once the final details have been worked out, DCF will train local volunteers to work with individuals who need to register for services.  “We will teach the volunteers to help people who are renewing their registrations and those who are applying for the first time,” Dawn Crouch explained.  “You (GTCA) can set up the days and hours you wish to keep the center open for registrations.”

As of publication of this newsletter, this project is still in the planning stage.  At its latest board meeting, GTCA voted to pay for phone service up to $40 per month at the community center but is still negotiating with the county and the phone company for payment of the phone line installation fees.  “We’re making progress on this front, but it is going to take some time to work out the details,” Herb Green explained.

If you have questions concerning the ACCESS program, check out the website at www.myflorida. com/accessflorida or contact Roseann Liriano at (727) 834-3184 or Dawn Crouch at (352) 521-1236.  To get the latest update on when ACCESS will be available in the Tri-Community area, call Herb Green at (352) 583-5936.


Fall Clean Up Day in Trilby

Board Member Cassie Coleman loads her truck with debris from an old building.

Two St Leo volunteers help remove parts of an old building at the home of Mrs. Dorothy Parker on Polite Avenue.


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Expanded Toys for Tots Needs Help in the Tri-Community Area

“It’s a job that turned into a passion that’s turned into a calling, “ said Bob Loring of Toys for Tots of East Pasco as he described his involvement in this familiar charity that has been around for 50 years.  He was speaking to the general meeting of the Greater Trilby Community Association on November 15th.  The program has expanded in the tri-community area of Trilby, Trilacoochee and Lacoochee.  “It’s not enough to give a kid a toy if they’re hungry, “ he continued. “So I asked what else do these kids need?”  This year kids will be able to get new toothbrushes, new shoes, underwear, clothes and a box of food for their families on December 17th at the Trilby United Methodist Church from 8:00 a.m. to noon.

“Each family that would like to participate must fill out a referral form, and if they meet the requirements, we’ll be glad to see them from 8 am to 12 noon on December 17th,“ said Denny Mihalinec, captain of the Toys for Tots campaign in the tri-community area who also spoke at the meeting. 

Mihalinec may be reached at 352 518-0980 or at  Brandy Linville of Lacoochee, who is very active in her community, is co-captain of the campaign in the area.  “We need you on the list.” He continued, adding that the forms people fill out will be used to determine if they meet the requirements.


“We’ll be glad to se those who are eligible on Dec. 17th,” Mihalinec said, adding, “The names on the referral must match the person picking up the toys.”

“We can’t take any walk-ups this year.  We served between 400 and 500 families last year, and we have to be sure all the people who filled out the referral forms get served.”

Pasco Kids First, which is located in the Old Trilby School House on Old Trilby Road across from the Masonic Lodge, is the center for referrals this year.  The deadline for filling out referrals is Friday, December 9th.

 “We also need more businesses in the area to sponsor Toys for Tots this year,” Mihalinec said.  Sponsors allow the program to put a box for toys at their places of business.  “So far The Christian Edge, MCI Metal Structures, Inc., and the Lacoochee Baptist Church have become sponsors.  The Trilby Doll Club is going to contribute toys, and the New Life Assembly of God in Trilacoochee is donating boxes of food.  The tri-community’s Girl Scout Troop 1161 will help collect and distribute toys.”  If there are other groups that want to be sponsors, call him at 352-518-0980.


Volunteers are needed to bag toys on December 10th from 9:00 a.m. to noon at the Trilby United Methodist Church.  If you are interested in helping on that day or on December 17th, call Mihalinec.

If you don’t have the time to become involved on either of those days, help the kids in the tri-community area by donating new, unwrapped toys at any of the sponsors listed in this article.  You’ll feel good and help a child in your own community.



Use it or lose it!

The Trilby Post Office exists to serve local residents.  It is evaluated annually on the volume of mail and services provided. 

Instead of using discount stores or the downtown Post Office, please come, meet Marlene Nicholas, our Postmistress, and help keep our local resource. 

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Different But Delicious Recipes


If you are tired of bringing the same old Christmas cookies and other desserts to holiday celebrations or you need something special just for yourself, try one of these two recipes.  They are a little different but really delicious!


Is It Really Better Than Sex? Cake

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen, Food TV


1 (18.25-ounce) box yellow cake mix, plus ingredients to prepare

1 (20-ounce) can crushed pineapple

1 1/3 cups sugar

1 (3.4-ounce) box French vanilla pudding, plus ingredients to prepare

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1 cup flaked, sweetened toasted coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.


Prepare yellow cake mix as directed using a greased 13 by 9 by 2-inch pan and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. While cake is baking, combine the pineapple and 1 cup of sugar in a saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat stirring constantly. Remove from heat and allow it to cool slightly.

Remove cake from oven and using a fork, pierce holes into cake. Pour pineapple mixture over hot cake and set aside.

Prepare pudding according to package directions. Spread pudding over cake and refrigerate until thoroughly chilled. Whip heavy cream and remaining sugar until stiff. Cover top of cake with whipped cream and sprinkle toasted coconut on top.



Pat’s Pumpkin Upside Down Pie


Mix together until well blended:

3 cups pumpkin (large can)

1 cup sugar

1 large can evaporated milk

1 tsp. vanilla

3 eggs

½ tsp cinnamon

½ tsp nutmeg

Pour into a 9x13 pan lined with wax paper cut to fit the bottom.  Sprinkle 1 box of yellow cake mix over the mixture in the pan.  Sprinkle 1½ cups dry pecans over cake mix.  Press pecans into the mix.  Pour two sticks of melted butter over all ingredients in the pan.  Try to cover the whole top.  Bake 1 hour at 350 degrees (325 degrees for a glass pan) Test for doneness.  Loosen edges.  Cool for 25-30 minutes.

Turn out on a cookie sheet or serving platter.  When cold, ice with the following mixture:

8 oz. cream cheese

8 oz Cool Whip

1½ cups of xxx sugar

1 tsp. vanilla

Sprinkle chopped nuts on top and refrigerate.

Pat Carver of Dade City provided this as a snack at a recent meeting of the Northeast Pasco Concerned Citizens meeting that Richard attended.

If you have any recipes you would like to share, please send them to Kathy Riley, P.O. Box 6, Trilby, FL 33593 or e-mail them to, and they’ll appear in the association newsletter.



The Christian Edge

Coffee House Celebrates the Holidays


On Saturday, December 10th, The Christian Edge Coffee House is presenting the band, “Mo’ Than Concurrers” for your listening pleasure.  December 10th is also Support Toys for Tots night.  If you bring a new toy to donate, you will receive one free drink of your choice from the coffee house’s wide selection of coffees and smoothies.

The coffee house will be closed on Saturday, December 17th and Saturday, December 24th but will be open with extended hours on Saturday, December 31 for a New Year's Eve celebration.  The hours will be from 7p.m.- 1a.m.  Anyone wishing to join in the festivities is invited to bring a snack to share.

The Christian Edge, located at the corner of U.S. Highway 301 and State Road 575 in Lacoochee, is open Saturdays from 7 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and features live Christian music.  To find out more about this organization go online to the website,, call the organizers at 352-583-5786 or e-mail them at


The Greater Trilby News

“Serving the Tri-community area”

Publisher:  The Greater Trilby Community Association,

Herb Green --


Editor:  Kathryn Riley --



The Greater Trilby News is a monthly publication of The Greater Trilby Community Association, Inc., and serves the tri-community area consisting of Lacoochee, Trilacoochee, and Trilby.  This newsletter accepts articles concerning the association’s activities and articles of interest to the area.

Your business or organization can place an ad in the newsletter.  The rates for donations and the sizes of ads are as follows:


1 month

3 months

6 months

 1 year

Business card

(1/10 page)





One-fifth page





This newsletter also accepts free ads describing sale items in 30 words or fewer.

Ads and articles must be submitted by the third Monday of the month.  Mail submissions to:  Kathy Riley



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December 2005 Community Events 








CC = Community Center

 TMC = Trilby Methodist Church





Line dancing

10-11:30 a.m. at CC


Christian Edge 7-10pm



Crafts 11-1 at CC

Elaine’s Cloggers,5:30 to 8:00 pm at CC

Crime Watch, 7:00 pm at TMC


Pioneer Doll Club at CC

One-stroke painting *, 3-5 p.m. at CC


Painting class, 10 am to 2:00 p.m. at CC




Line dancing

10Wrap toys at TMC 9-noon

Christian Edge 7-10 pm



Crafts 11-1 at CC

Elaine’s Cloggers

GTCA Exec. Board 6 pm TMC

GTCA Board Dir. 7 pm TMC



Painting class



GTCA general meeting, 7 – 8 pm at TMC
Christmas Party


Line dancing

17Distribute toys at TMC 8-noon

(Christian Edge Closed)



Crafts 11-1 at CC

Elaine’s Cloggers





Painting class



Line dancing


(Christian Edge Closed)


Christmas Day


Crafts 11-1 at CC

Elaine’s Cloggers



Painting class




Line Dancing


New Year’s Eve – Christian Edge 7-1am

Call Eileen Lamb at 352-583-4584 for information about the crafts, painting and line dancing classes.


From the Chairman’s Desk

--- Scott Black

It is a particular honor to be asked by the Greater Trilby Community Association board to serve as chairman.  With great pride, I always enjoy telling people that I’m a “Trilbian.”  Although I grew up and moved seven miles away “to the big city in search of my fortune” (grin), my heart and soul will always be in Trilby and I look forward to one day coming home to stay.

We owe a debt of gratitude to Denny Mihalinec for his service to the community in helping get GTCA organized and for serving as our first president and then as our first chairman.  On behalf of the board and our association, we all wish him well in his future endeavors.  Of course, we know that he will still be actively involved with us and will continue to volunteer his time and talents.  Thanks Denny!

As we move ahead in our efforts to redevelop and preserve our community, I will enjoy the opportunity to work with each one.  Remember to say hello to your neighbors, make attractive your corner of the world, and always be proud to say you’re a “Trilbian.”

Thank you for allowing me to be of service.



This is your newsletter.  We need more input for stories each month.  Please ask us to cover important events in the communities.  Write them up yourself.  We will edit if necessary.

Upcoming Events and Notes:

There will be a playground construction at the Lacoochee Boys and Girls Club December 15.

On the evening of December 15, 7pm there will be a GTCA Christmas Party.  See notice posted by the Post Office for details.

Focus Magazine now available next to the Trilby Post Office.


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