Tribarticle.htm    September 29, 2006  Return to Festival Page

Great story.  Only it came out on Sept 29 and said the rally was "today".  Really should have been printed on Saturday.



Children's Safety Rally Today Offers ID Services

By GEOFF FOX The Tampa Tribune

Published: Sep 29, 2006


TRILBY - Motorists traveling on Trilby Road have seen the banner announcing today's Children's Safety Rally for about a week and a half.

Richard Riley, a member of the Greater Trilby Community Association, hopes the large sign draws at least 200 people to the community center beside Trilby United Methodist Church.

The free event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The church is on Trilby Road, just west of U.S. 98. The purpose of the festival is to help parents with identification and other services for children.

The rally includes a noon ceremony during which a plaque memorializing abducted children in Florida will be presented at a park on the Withlacoochee Trail, where memorial magnolia trees also have been planted.

"The money [for the plaque] was donated by an anonymous donor," Riley said. "Another person is donating two bicycles for two children who will have their names drawn at 2 p.m."

Participants are expected to include the Pasco County Supervisor of Elections Office, whose representatives will demonstrate the county's voting machines; the county sheriff's office; BloodNet's mobile blood donation unit; and various social service agencies.

Coffee and snacks will be provided by Christian Edge Coffee House in Lacoochee. Hot dogs and soda will be provided by Mosstown Convenience Store, also in Lacoochee.

Hayrides to a county-maintained park at Power Line Road and Polite Avenue in Trilby also are planned.

"The county has really done a lot of work on the park," Riley said. "Hopefully, this will help people realize the park is there."

Reporter Geoff Fox can be reached at (813) 948-4217 or