Greater Trilby News

Serving the Tri-Community Area

Vol. 1, Issue 5 –September 2005


Come Join the Activities at the Community Center

Eileen Lamb, activity coordinator for the Greater Trilby Community Association, has quite a line up of events for September at the Trilby Community Center across from the Post Office in Trilby.

The list of activities includes:

Stenciling from 11 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, September 12 and 26.

Etching on glass or creating clay figures from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Monday, September 19

One-stroke painting from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 6 and 20

Elaine’s Cloggers from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. every Monday in September

Oil painting from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. every Wednesday in September

Pioneer Doll Club Tuesday, September 6

Line dancing from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Friday in September

If you are interested in any of these activities, call Eileen Lamb at 352-583-4584 for more information and to register for classes.


From the Chairman’s Desk:
Take Notice of These Fine Folks

By Denny Mihalinec

On behalf of the many great citizens in our communities of Trilby, Lacoochee, and Trilacoochee I want to make sure everyone knows how fortunate we are to have Lacoochee Elementary School filled with outstanding teachers, staff, and a wonderful principal, Mrs. Karen Marler.  Their dedication to the students and the surrounding communities should not go unnoticed, and we, The Greater Trilby Community Association and area residents, are proud to have your professionalism and love for our kids and parents.

Please acknowledge these fine folks when you see them, and let them know they are doing a great service to our communities and to our future, the kids.  Ask how you can volunteer or donate your time and resources.


President’s Corner

By Herb Green

What is the Greater Trilby Community Association?  That’s a fair question, particularly since we came into being just a year ago. Most people have seen the activities of the association from time to time, but I’m afraid that there are some out there who don’t really understand what we are about or who we are.

The Greater Trilby Community Association is a non-profit organization that exists purely to serve and for the benefit of the Tri-Community area.  There are no dues and everyone in the area is considered a member.  We have others who are particularly interested in our community though living outside the area that are also members and serve on our Board of Directors as committee chairmen, etc.  There are no paid members including any that serve as officers or board members, or on committees, etc.  We depend solely on donations to accomplish and fund our many activities.

What are these activities? Social functions, i.e., country/western dances, oil painting classes, bingo, line dancing classes, one stroke painting, stenciling, etc., are one major type of activity.  Other activities include the Greater Trilby Security Patrol, which is a crime watch unit that patrols the area in an effort to reduce crime and make the area a safer place to live. We are starting a First Responder unit which will respond and tend to the “first on the scene” medical needs of people in our area. A 40-hour training session will start on September 17th, 2005.  This unit is headed by paramedic Mike Leone. If you are interested in participating, please give him a call at 352-424-0210 or Herb Green at 352-583-5936 to register.

Your association also assists in distributing food and other emergency supplies and services when a disaster occurs such as the hurricanes of 2004.

We also sponsor a Town Hall Meeting every third Thursday of the month at the Trilby Community Center Building across from the Trilby Post Office. Our programs have been praised for their interesting content.

To sum it up: We exist purely for the benefit of this community which is YOU! The only thing we ask in return is that, when possible, you attend our monthly meetings.

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Marlene Nichols,
Trilby Postmistress

When you visit the Trilby Post Office during office hours, you will be greeted by sparkling eyes and a warm, enthusiastic smile.  The eyes and smile belong to Marlene Nichols, the new postmaster.

 Marlene is a native Floridian, born in Miami, who calls Bushnell home.  “I grew up in Center Hill (just east of Bushnell), but did everything in Bushnell.”  She went to elementary school in Bushnell and had the privilege of having her grandmother, Bertie Kight as a teacher.  “She taught elementary grades for 38 years,” Marlene says proudly, “and kindergarten for ten years in a private school.  I think she might have taught one year in Trilby.”

Most of Marlene’s family lives in Florida.  “I have a brother here in Florida and a sister in Colorado.  My mother is in a nursing home,” she says and then gets a twinkle in her eyes.  “I have a daughter too, Megan Moriah Eddins.  She’s 23 and the light of my life.”

Even though Marlene has worked since she was 17, she didn’t discover the post office until 15 years ago.  Before that, she tried her hand at college when she was 20, but didn’t complete the year and worked with her former husband in the family’s meat market and slaughterhouse.

When she started working for the post office, she delivered mail by car in rural Bushnell for 6 years.  “After a while I couldn’t really maintain two vehicles and it was hard to work in the heat so I decided to become a career USPS employee.”

She retested and, seven years ago, was hired as a clerk in Zephyrhills.  “My first job was running a machine that sorts mail.  It’s called a DPS, a Delivery Point Sequence machine.  It puts a bar code on the mail and then sorts the mail in the order in which it is delivered on a mail route.  For example, here (the Trilby Post Office), I get two trays of mail sorted by box number and a tray of raw mail that I have to sort by hand.”  Then she smiled and said,  “They thought it (the DPS machine) would take away jobs, but it just helped us to stay abreast of growth.”

She worked in Bushnell for about four years before she decided to advance to the supervisor level.  She went to Tampa for the four-month ASP, or Associated Supervisor Program, and passed the program.  She returned briefly to Bushnell and then she got the job in Trilby.

Marlene wants to educate the people of Trilby about how to use the post office to their best advantage.  “If you need stamps, just call me (The number at the post office is 352-583-2282.), and I’ll have them ready for you when you come for your mail.  If I’m not here, just write me a note telling me how many stamps you need and put it with the money for the stamps in an envelope and slip in the mail slot inside.  Don’t put it in the mailbox outside.  If you need to mail a package, don’t just automatically go to Walmart.  We have all the shipping supplies you’ll need right here.”


Editor Kathy Riley purchases stamps from Postmistress Marlene Nicholas at the Trilby PO.


 “People here need to patronize our post office.  The department is always looking for ways to cut costs.  Lacoochee is way too close and (if the Trilby post office isn’t used enough) they could consolidate the two into one Post Office at Lacoochee.”


She has spoken to patrons and residents about repairing and upgrading the bulletin board next to the Post Office.  Mrs. Couey had it put up when she was Postmistress here, but the cover is broken, and the messages get wet and blown away.  She realizes that this is part of the center of town and says that she wants to support it.


During the interview for the Trilby job she was asked why she was willing to go from a Level 17 supervisor to a Level 13 postmaster in Trilby.  Marlene’s face became serious as she related her answer.  “I grew up in Center Hill and have been there or Bushnell most of my life.  The post office in Center Hill was the hub of the community.  People got their first news of the day there.  The veterans used to sit outside and I liked to hear their war stories.  I knew then that I wanted to be a part of a community some day not just a postmaster.”  And, after talking with her, we are sure Marlene will soon be an important person in Trilby.

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Conserve, don't give away Pasco water


By Denny Mihalinec

I want to encourage the county commissioners to say no to Tampa Bay Water wanting more water from Pasco.  I feel that we as citizens, businesses, hospitals, and schools should do more to conserve our water.

We could fix our leaky faucets to save hundreds of gallons of water annually.  Also toilets could get a simple update from 2.5 gallons of water per flush to 1.5 gallons.

We need to xeriscape our lawns. We may need a facility that captures water in communities. We get a tremendous amount of rain during hurricane season and with growth we will need all the water we can get to keep up.

I see no one taking fundamental responsibility in Pinellas or Hillsborough to conserve water. My family lost its business in the 1990s due to the droughts when lakes and rivers dried. So those who have been around a while know that it is just a matter of time until we will be low again.

Swiftmud has great case studies to look at on its website at   Link water conservation case studies.

Say "no" to taking Pasco water and "yes" to conserving water more responsibly. 


Text Box: The Greater Trilby News
“Serving the Tri-Community Area”
The Greater Trilby Community Association
Herb Green, President
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.  Classified ads of 30 words or fewer are free.
Ads and articles must be submitted by the third Monday of the month.  Mail submissions to:  Kathy Riley, Editor, P.O. Box 6, Trilby, FL 33593 or e-mail them to
Awards Dinner September 29


Due to scheduling problems and conflicts, the first Annual Tri-Community Awards Dinner has been rescheduled to September 29, 2005. 

The dinner will be from 6-8 pm at the Trilby United Methodist Church and TAC members are asked to RSVP by Sept. 8 to  

“…Of The Year” Awards will be given in the following categories:  Business, Non-Profit, Citizen, Volunteer, Senior, Youth, Churches, and Security Patroller. 

Trilby, the Movie, Showing Planned

            The October 20 General Meeting will have a showing of the 1915 silent movie version of George du Maurier’s novel, “Trilby.”

            Local historian and new board member, Scott Black will host the presentation that will be held in the Trilby United Methodist Church.  Popcorn and sodas will be available


Scott Black,

New Board Member

As a sixth generation Floridian, it is an even greater honor to be a Trilbian!  My grandfather was section foreman for the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad at Trilby for many years.  My dad was born across the road from the depot and I'm glad that I had the opportunity to grow up in Trilby too.

Even as a boy, working in our pasture by the old town site and plowing up interesting items, I was intrigued by the "metropolis" that had once been there and have always enjoyed learning more about our Trilby heritage.  We had a great network of neighbors during my formative years and I hope that we can nurture and maintain that kind of relationship among the present and future generations also.


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September 2005 Community Events 








CC = Community Center

 TMC = Trilby Methodist Church






Line dancing, 10-11:30 a.m. at CC



5 --- Labor Day ---


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


Pioneer Doll Club at CC

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

Crime Watch, 7:00 pm at TMC


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




Line dancing




Crafts 11-1 at CC

Elaine’s Cloggers

GTCA History Comm. 6 pm at TMC

GTCA board meeting, 7 pm at TMC



Painting class



GTCA general meeting, 7 – 8 pm at CC


Line dancing




Crafts 11-1 at CC

Elaine’s Cloggers


One-stroke painting


Painting class



Line dancing




Crafts 11-1 at CC

Elaine’s Cloggers



Painting class


Awards Dinner

6-8pm at TMC


Line dancing



Evalyne’s Elegant Edibles   by Evalyne Green




2 eggs, slightly beaten                        1 cup sugar

1/4 cup flour                                          2 oz. chocolate (2 squares)

1 stick melted butter                            1 tsp vanilla

1 unbaked pie shell


Mix all ingredients together.  Pour into an unbaked pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes or until set. (30 minutes is perfect for my oven.)  Cool and top with Cool Whip, if desired.




2 pkgs. frozen chipped broccoli         1 jar (4oz) drained pimento

1/2 cup onion                                        1/2 cup chopped celery

1 can mushroom soup                         3/4 cup sour cream

1 cup grated cheese                             1/2 to 1 cup bread crumbs

butter or margarine


Combine broccoli, pimento, onion & celery. Mix well.  Stir in undiluted soup, sour cream and cheese. Mix well.  Pour in casserole dish and smooth top. Sprinkle with crumbs and margarine.  Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees or 15 minutes in microwave on high and run under broiler to brown.

Six Hernandez family members receive food from Denny Mihalinec, Chair of the Trilby Community Association after receiving school supplies as part of the STEPS program for their two students.


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