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No easy fix for local traffic jams; Land O’ Lakes library opens makerspace; Senior cats retire to the Cats Cradle

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    Land O Lakeslibrary opensmakerspaceBy Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.com

    The Land O Lakes Branch Library offi-cially opens its new makerspace, known asthe Foundry, at a ribbon cutting on Dec. 17at 10 a.m., at 2818 Collier Pkwy.

    It will be the first dedicated makerspacefor a Pasco County library, but likely not thelast. The technology and equipment at theFoundry is the future for libraries that areadapting to the 21st century needs of theirtech-savvy patrons.

    The Foundry will have two 3-D printers,state-of-the-art Computer Aided Design(CAD) equipment, an Oculus Rift virtual re-ality system, and an audio recording studio.

    However, traditional hand and powertools as well as crafting tools and supplies,including yarn and thread, also will be avail-able.

    At the ribbon cutting, there will be toursof the Foundry and demonstrations of the 3-D printer, the virtual reality system, and therecording studio.

    Refreshments will be provided by theFriends of the Land O Lakes Library.

    The Foundry will be open 15 hours aweek, with a librarian available to answerquestions and show how the technologyworks.

    A survey was done to find out how peo-ple would want to use the makerspace, saidKathleen Rothstein, the librarys branchmanager.

    The room already is the meeting place

    for the Edgar Allan Ohms robotics teamfrom Land O Lakes High School. The team isunique in being sponsored by the library.

    However, Rothstein said the room also

    would host other activities.A lot of people want to learn textiles,

    she said. They want sewing basics classes,and to learn how to do small home repairsand woodworking.

    So far, people have used the 3-D printersto do small items, such as figurines,Rothstein said.

    The printers can make items as large as 8inches by 8 inches, she added.

    The robotics team already is finding theCAD system and 3-D printers useful in build-ing its robots. In one instance, the teamproduced a plastic washer.

    It took about 10 minutes including prep-ping and cooling off times, said 16-year-oldPhoebe Mitchell, the robotics teams safetycaptain.

    It was a lot easier than going to a storeto get it, she said. Its cheaper than buyingthem. And, they seem to hold up really well.

    For information about makerspace, callthe library at (813) 929-1214.

    By Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.com

    The secluded backyard in a quiet Lutzneighborhood is a make-believe world thatonce transported the Jenkins children intothe Wild West.

    But Frontierland, with its school house,storefronts and covered wagon, does morethese days than entertain giddy children atfantasy-filled birthday parties.

    A menagerie of geese, roosters, chickens,a miniature horse and a goat live in the yard.

    But, it is Garfield, Moxie, Bumper, Forrestand a dozen or so of their feline friends thatrule this frontier town.

    Frontierland is home to the Cats Cradle, anonprofit sanctuary founded by BruceJenkins.

    He is a savior of sorts taking in oldercats at his nonprofit that no other shelterswill accept.

    These are cats in crisis that have run out

    By Kathy Steeleksteele@lakerlutznews.com

    An elevated toll road flying over U.S. 41could split the community and shut downsome longstanding Land O Lakes business-es, according to area business owners whospoke at a public hearing about redesigningthe intersection at State Road 54 and U.S.41.

    They told representatives of the FloridaDepartment of Transportation that a nobuild option is the best choice, at least fornow. Several suggested that a by-pass to di-rect traffic around the intersection wouldwork better than an elevated State Road 54.

    More than 100 people took part in thepublic hearing on Dec. 10 at the Myrtle LakeBaptist Church, off State Road 54.

    Those attending could see exhibits ofproposed road construction, could watch avideo and could offer public comment.

    We are not against development, but de-

    velopment should not be done for onegroup at the expense of so many others,said Elayne Bassinger, president of theCentral Pasco Chamber of Commerce.

    Bassinger renewed an earlier request forthe state transportation department toschedule workshops to permit a more in-depth discussion of the issues for residentsand business owners.

    While some favor a no-build option, oth-ers want solutions for an intersection thatoften is described as being a nightmare.

    About 99,000 vehicles per day cruisethrough the intersection, according to statedata. By 2040, state highway officials predictthat to more than double with an esti-mated daily count of 208,000 vehicles.

    KATHY STEELE/STAFF PHOTOSForrest lounges next to feeding bowls at Cats Cradle, a sanctuary for senior cats in Lutz.

    KATHY STEELE/STAFF PHOTOSPhoebe Mitchell, 16, shows off a washer made on the 3-D printer for use with a robot madeby the Edgar Allan Ohms Robotics team from Land O Lakes High School.

    No easy fix for local traffic jams

    Senior cats retire to the Cats Cradle

    Parents and children with the Lego robotics team talk about their upcoming projects. Butyarn and thread, shown in the background, are part of the crafting supplies provided by thenew makerspace at the Land O Lakes library.

    See TRAFFIC, page13A

    See CATS, page13A

    KATHY STEELE/STAFF PHOTOSResidents studied maps, and asked ques-tions of state highway representatives, at apublic hearing on ways to ease traffic con-gestion at State Road 54 and U.S. 41.

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    Honoring the memory of Jaret HarshmanBy B.C. Manionbcmanion@lakerlutznews.com

    Members of Wesley ChapelHigh Schools cross-countryteams led a solemn processionaround the schools track onDec. 11 to honor the memory ofJaret Harshman.

    The 15-year-old died from in-juries sustained in a Dec. 9 caraccident.

    Shortly after the accident, hisfather, Mike Harshman, sharedthe news of his sons death onFacebook.

    After first apologizing for theshocking nature of the post,Mike Harshman, of WesleyChapel, wrote: This evening onhis way to church with friends,our oldest son Jaret was killed ina fatal car accident. He was justshy of his 16th birthday on Dec.28. Kristi and I are numb and dis-traught - it seems surreal to us. We love Jaret,and are so proud of him - a terrible hole willbe felt in our family forever, and we are stillin shock over this. But we take great com-fort in our faith, believing he was welcomedhome into the arms of Christ.

    In the post, Mike Harshman, who is apreacher, also asked for prayers for the twoboys that Jaret was riding with, Ryan andMichael Miller, also of Wesley Chapel.

    Michael Miller was in surgery for hoursand appears to have a long recovery fromhis injuries, the post says. It also notes thatRyan Miller will have to deal with the emo-tions he will face. We love t