Greater Trilby News

Serving the Tri-Community Area

Vol. 2, Number 4 – April 2006


Second Ladies’ Luncheon

Major Success


Friday, March 31 was the second Ladies’ Luncheon.  Thirty-two attended and contributed a significant amount into the treasury of the Greater Trilby Community Association (GTCA).



The luncheon was prepared by Elaine Lamb, one of the Association’s strongest supporters and an experienced professional cook.  She created the menu, which included Coquilles St. Jacques or beef tips over noodles as entrees, French onion soup, spinach salad, and peach melba for dessert.  As an extra classy touch, she included a small scoop of lime sherbet between the salad and the entrée to clear the ladies’ palates.  She also coordinated the preparation and presentation of the meal.

Attendees consisted of community members, supporters from Blanton, and employees from Pasco’s Kids First who work at the old Trilby school.  Because of the number of attendees, the meal had to move over to the Trilby United Methodist Church as the Community Center wouldn’t hold such a large crowd.  The number of waiters also increased.  Richard Riley, who single-handedly waited at the first luncheon, was helped by GTCA President Herb Green and Denny Mihalinec.

            After the luncheon, Janet Lane, a Mary Kay representative, put on a makeup demonstration and gave door prizes of cosmetics.



Spinach Salad – Serves 4.


½ small onion, 1/3 cup ketchup, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, ¼ cup white vinegar, ½ cup sugar, 1 cup canola oil



1 large bag fresh spinach, 2 hard-boiled eggs, several large mushrooms, 4 to 5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled, 1 container fresh alfalfa sprouts                                                          Continued à

St. Petersburg Times Bike Event
Uses Trilby
As Turn-around Point


On March 12, about 500 biking enthusiasts rode either a 40-mile or 70-mile route through Pasco County, a bike event sponsored by the St. Petersburg Times.  The ride routes began at Pasco-Hernando Community College and used Trilby as the turn-around point.  Participants stopped at the intersection of CR 575 and the Withlacoochee Trail in Trilby to refuel before finishing their rides.

            “The purpose of the ride is to raise money for the Police Unity Tour,” said Chris Jeffords, speaking for the Temple Terrace Kiwanis Club that provided bagels, bananas, Gatorade and other starchy, sugary snacks to the riders.  “In May, the tour rides from Virginia into Washington, D.C. to the National Police Memorial, which has all the names of police officers who have died in the line of duty, and the fees the riders in this event pay will go to the tour.”

When asked why he had joined the ride, Gil McKnight, a member of the St. Pete Bike Club, said,  “I enjoy the health benefits and meeting all the people.”  For most of the event participants, such as Thom Jay, this was their introduction to the Trilby area. “ I enjoy the scenery.  It’s gorgeous out here.  I want to see how far I can push myself,” he said before he began the last half of his 40-mile ride.


For the dressing:  In a food processor or blender, chop onion, add all other ingredients except the oil, and blend.  Slowly add the oil, and refrigerate for one day.

For the salad:  Place ingredients in layers, starting with the spinach, on 4 plates, pour dressing equally into 4 small containers and allow each person to dress his or her own salad.

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Jewelry Class Offered

                Richard Riley is continuing his “Wire Jewelry” class this month at the Community Center for $10 for Trilby residents.  Future classes will depend upon his skills and the interest shown by local residents.  He also teaches similar classes at the “Queen of Beads” store in Dade City.


Community Ads and Announcements


Historic House For Sale

by Owner


Home sits on one acre of land and has 3 bedrooms and 1 1/2 baths. An 800 square-foot workshop is located behind the house. The Withlacoochee State Trail is behind the home and runs 47 miles north.  $160,000.

Call Denny S. Mihalinec, agent, at 352-518-0980 or e-mail him at



Calendar events in April 2006


April 5, 19 – Jewelry classes, 1-3 pm

April 8 – fun day at Stanley Park with an egg hunt, 2 moon walks, dumps, free food, crafts, DJ, raffles and games with prizes, face painting, put on by the Parks and Recreation Department, Sheriff’s Office, and the County.

April 20 – GTCA general meeting, 7 pm

            April 21 – Commodities sale at Stanley Park

            April 21 – Security Patrol Meet, 7 pm

April 22 – Community clean-up

April 28 – “Oh the places I Can Go and the Ways I Can Get There” features motorized vehicles of all sorts, including a helicopter, put on by Lacoochee School and Parks and Recreation Department, Stanley Park

‘Music in the Park’ brings out

the Tri-Community


“In the afternoon there must have been two hundred people,” reported a smiling and sunburned Roger Kaminski of the Tri-Community Fellowship, which is one of the organizers of the Music in the Park series being held in Stanley Park in Lacoochee.  This event, held Saturday, March 25 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., was the second in the series of organized activities in this beautiful park

            Smiles, laughter, the smells of picnic food, and musical variety made this day in the park a success.  Several bands like The Christian Militia, a Hip Hop group from Brooksville, played on the stage set up in one corner of the park.  In another part of the park, Iris Harris of Brooksville was very busy painting faces.  Members of “His Light Dance Ministry” were there with brightly colored costumes ready for dance enthusiasts to use.  Pat Capobianco, founder of the group said,  “We have danced for the homeless, in nursing homes, and even in the women’s prison.”  Kids of all ages happily bounced on three inflated play structures while others lined up for the free food.  John Stewart, owner of the Mosstown Convenience Store, and his daughter donated free food and drinks for the day.  He and his wife also run the J&D Bless a Child Ministry dedicated to helping the kids in the Lacoochee area.

            Although not affiliated with the Tri-Community Fellowship, the next event is a Fun Day from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. on April 8th, which will feature an Easter egg hunt, two moon walks, crafts, face painting, raffles and games with prizes and FREE food and drinks!  It is sponsored by the county’s Parks and Recreation Department in conjunction with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office.  If you have questions about this event, call Dallas Snyder at 352 583-2507.

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Margarita Romo

of Farmworkers Self-Help

Speaks at General Meeting


“I come from a farm worker family and community and I know what it’s like to be poor.  I had to pick onions and hated it because my fingernails got so dirty,” Margarita Romo, Executive Director of Farmworkers Self-Help, revealed at the March general meeting of the Greater Trilby Community Association on March 16th.  “Nothing has changed since I was a child and that’s not right.”

            Ms Romo founded Farmworkers Self-Help, Inc., in 1982 to work with the farm worker community in the Dade City area to educate, advocate for and organize these workers on issues that affect them and their families.  “Farmworkers Self-Help has caused safety nets to be set up for farm workers,”she explained.  “Undocumented farm workers don’t get any benefits so we have set up a free clinic (La Casa de Esperanza y Salud or House of Hope and Health), and there’s a learning center (the Norma Godinez Learning Center), which is open all year because everyone needs to hone their English skills.”  The organization also has a program for the women of the farm worker community, social services, and a program of micro-enterprise development that assists farm workers to create their own businesses.

            The petite Mexican American’s eyes lit up as she talked about the youth of the farm worker community.  “One 16-year-old boy wrote such a beautiful letter to one of our senators.  If you had read it, you wouldn’t believe it was written by one so young.  You see there are bills in Congress that would remove barriers to education for youths who weren’t born here but have graduated from high school and he was hoping to influence the senator.  I sent it for him.”

            “Imagine if you can how frustrated you would be if you were brought here at one month old, lived your whole life in this country, graduated from high school and then were told that you are not an American citizen,” she said, shaking her head.  “These kids can’t get driver’s licenses or scholarships for college.  They have no social security numbers, which means they can’t get jobs, and many have to return to the fields because it’s the only work they can get.”

            Farmworkers Self-Help has created Teen Dream Team to help the community’s youth remain positive.  The Dream Team provides activities and resources to help the youth achieve success in school and the community, serves as a resource for referrals to other appropriate services that youth might need, and teaches students how to organize around issues that affect their lives.  “We want to empower the young people to go forward,” Margarita concluded.

            “Our organization is located in Dade City on Caya de Milagros or Street of Miracles in English,” Margarita concluded.  “We got it changed from Lock Street because it was so negative.  We represent people who really want to be your brother and sisters.  Don’t lock us out.”

            For more information on Farmworkers Self-Help, Inc., call them at 352-567-1432 or visit their website,


The Greater Trilby News

“Serving the Tri-community area”

Publisher:  The Greater Trilby Community Association, (GTCA)

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.

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April 22 - Great American
Tri-Community Clean-up

By Roger Kaminski and Kathy Riley


The Great American Clean-up is Saturday, April 22.  Tri-Community Fellowship (TCF) will be coordinating the clean-up efforts in cooperation with "Keep Pasco Beautiful," which is the Pasco County affiliate for the Great American Clean-up, a part of Keep America Beautiful, Inc.

Keep America Beautiful, Inc., is the nation's largest nonprofit community improvement and educational organization, founded in 1953.  There are three areas of focus: litter prevention, beautification and community improvement, and waste reduction.

Through the 565 Keep America Beautiful affiliates and hundreds more participating organizations across the United States and internationally, Keep America Beautiful, Inc., works with businesses, schools, neighborhood groups and local governments to improve the land and waters and to build the environment.  It provides programs that help communities reduce, reuse ands recycle and teaches young people how to care for, preserve and protect our environment.

Through millions of volunteers and skilled staff of local boards and committees, Keep America Beautiful facilitates and inspires at the most local level the ability for citizens, businesses and governments to work together.

TCF is looking for community volunteers willing to spend a Saturday morning helping cleanup neighborhoods in Trilby and Lacoochee.  Neighborhood and church groups are encouraged to participate.  Interested individuals and groups will meet at the Tri-Community Fire Station on Saturday, April 22, at 8:00 a.m.  Garbage bags, gloves and maps will be provided.  Anyone bringing a trailer or a pickup truck will be doubly welcome!  A free hot dog cook-out celebration will take place at 12:30 p.m. in Stanley Park after the clean-up for all those that helped.

“Since there has been a community group working regularly in the Trilby area to help keep their community clean, our focus on Saturday, April 22 will be Lacoochee where such an effort has not yet been started.  Dumpsters for trash collection will be located on county property at the county fire station on CR 575 just east of US 301,” explained Roger Kaminski, one of the coordinators of the clean up.  “If you have unwanted items in your yard, you are encouraged to bring them to the dumpsters at the fire station or if you need help with items, call us at 583-5786.”

“We see signs all around this beautiful state that read ‘Keep Florida Beautiful’ or ‘Welcome to Beautiful Florida, Vacationers’ Paradise.’  What we forget is that Trilby and Lacoochee are part of Beautiful Florida too, and with a little effort, our neighborhoods can be a little piece of paradise.”

For Earth Day, April 29th, and as a follow-up to the Great American Tri-Community Clean-up, TCF has had 100 trees donated by a plant nursery in Brooksville to be planted in and around the Tri-Community area.  If anyone is willing to help plant trees and help beautify our community, please call TCF at 583-5786.

These 100 trees also need homes!  If you know of a place where trees could be planted that would improve the landscape of our community, let us know.  Finding homes for 100 trees is not as easy as one might think!

“Take pride in our community.  Together we are making a difference,” said Mr. Kaminski.  “ Don't sit back and wait on everyone else to do something.  Call TCF at 583-5786 or Greater Trilby Community Association at 583-4150 and get involved.”



Tampa Bay Closets Looks to
Bring Jobs to East Pasco

By Denny Mihalinec


The boom is on its way. Businesses that thrived in other sections of the bay area are looking this way now. Tampa Bay Closets, Inc., a business that originated in Clearwater, has decided to open up shop right here in east Pasco County.

            Jamie Landerey, 33, has long dreamed of having his own business and looks to bring needed quality jobs to this area.  Since he was eleven years old, Jamie has done woodworking and built all the family cabinets and entertainment centers. 

Right now, the business is located in the Zephyrhills Airport Commerce Center just past the train depot.  Tampa Bay Closets specializes in custom-made closets, desks, entertainment centers, and garage-spaced cabinets.  “Anywhere you need organization-we can custom build it to your specs,” he says.

            The future goals are to join the area’s chambers of commerce, build a website, and work closely with area clubs, and organizations according to Denny, sales rep, marketing specialist, and public relations director as well as a well-known figure in east Pasco County. 

For more information, contact them at 813-788-5150 or Denny Mihalinec at 352-518-0980.


Local Church Listings


Oak Ridge Missionary Baptist Church, Kersey Road, Lacoochee, FL

New Hope Baptist Church, 21431 US Hwy 301, Trilacoochee, FL  583-2002

First Mt. Pleasant MB Church, 20643 Robbins Road, Trilby, FL  583-0019

First Baptist Church of Lacoochee, 21012 Bower Road, Lacoochee, FL

Trilacoochee Church of Christ, 20300 US Hwy 301 North, Trilacoochee, FL  583-2842

Mt. Olive AME Church, 20451 Randleman Road, Trilby, FL   583-3722

Mount Moriah Baptist Church, 20641 Bower Road, Lacoochee, FL  583-4538

New Life Assembly of God, 38012 Trilby Road, Trilacoochee, FL  583-3307

Trilby United Methodist Church, 37504 Trilby Road, Trilby, FL  583-2577

Lacoochee Church of God (Heart Center), 21245 Sanderson Road, Lacoochee, FL  583-3354

Trilby Baptist Church, 37255 Trilby Road, Trilby, FL  583-2281

Glorious Church of God in Christ, 20714 Center Street, Lacoochee, FL  583-2700

New Bethel AME Church, 20653 Floyd Road, Lacoochee, FL  583-2500




lendar events in April 2006      


April 8 – fun day at Stanley Park with an egg hunt, 2 moon walks, dumps, free food, crafts, DJ, raffles and games with prizes, face painting, put on by the parks and recreation department, sheriff’s office, the county.


April 20 – GTCA general meeting


April 21 – commodities sale at Stanley Park


April 22 – community clean-up


April 28 – “Oh the places I Can Go and the Ways I Can Get There features motorized vehicles of all sorts, a helicopter ,put on by school and parks and recreation department


April 29 – Earth Day, planting 100 trees by TCF


Spinach Salad Serves 4.


Dressing:  ½ small onion, 1/3 cup ketchup, 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, ¼ cup white vinegar, ½ cup sugar, 1 cup canola oil


Salad:  1 large bag fresh spinach, 2 hard-boiled eggs, several large mushrooms, 4 t0 5 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled, 1 container fresh alfalfa sprouts


For the dressing:  In a food processor or blender, chop onion, add all other ingredients except the oil, and blend.  Slowly add the oil, and refrigerate for 1 day.


For the salad:  Place ingredients in layers, starting with the spinach, on 4 plates, pour dressing equally into 4 small containers and allow each person to dress his or her own salad.


April 2005 Community Events 








CC =  Trilby Community Center

 TMC = Trilby Methodist Church

TCE = The Christian Edge coffee house







TCE--Open mike and Karaoke, 7:00 to 10:00 pm



-- Oil painting, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at CC

-- FREE after-school tutoring, 4:00 pm to 5:30 at CC

-- Elaine’s Cloggers, 6:30 to 8:00 pm at CC



--- Jewelry class, 1-3 pm at CC

-- Line dancing, 9:30 to 11:30 am at TMC





TCE--Jumpstart, 7:00



-- Oil painting

-- Tutoring

-- Elaine’s Cloggers

-- GTCA executive committee meeting, 7 pm at TMC



Line dancing



GTCA general meeting, 7 – 8:30 pm at CC


-- Lacoochee Commodities (Food) Distribution, 10:00 am to noon at Stanley Park, Lacoochee (for those who qualify)

--GTCA Security Patrol meeting, 7:00 pm at CC


-- TCE --Steve Carroll, 7:00

-- Trilby Clean-up Day, 10:00 at CC



-- Oil painting

-- Tutoring

-- Elaine’s Cloggers



--- Jewelry class, 1-3 pm at CC Line dancing





TCE --Salvation’s Rock, 7:00 at TCE



-- Oil Painting

-- Tutoring

-- Elaine’s Cloggers