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By Times Staff Writer
Published January 17, 2008


Old Harbor Bankopens new location

Old Harbor Bank, which is locally owned and operated, opened its sixth location at 5138 Deer Park Drive, Suite 105 in New Port Richey, 727 835-3333. The new office is managed by Robert Winniett, vice president, retail banking executive. Old Harbor provides commercial and retail banking services in Pasco, Pinellas and northwestern Hillsborough. The New Port Richey office is within 4 miles of the Trinity Old Harbor location at 1320 Little Road in Trinity, (727) 835-2265, which has served that community for two years. Old Harbor Bank reports total assets in excess of $215-million. It opened for business in July 2003.

Program will honor the water-wise

A new partnership between the Southwest Florida Water Management District and the Pasco Building Association will recognize building professionals who save water in their model landscapes. The program will offer recognition and support for members of the Pasco building industry who successfully incorporate Florida-friendly landscaping into their 2008 Spring Parade of Homes entries. There is no charge to enter models. Entry deadline is Jan. 31, and the awards will be presented during the Pasco Building Association's Spring Parade of Homes banquet April 10.

Swiftmud partners with the University of Florida's Florida Yards and Neighborhoods program to conduct the recognition program, as well as provide all educational services and materials free of charge. Participants in the program are eligible to receive:

- Education through "how-to" workshops, one-on-one interactions, landscape plan reviews, site visits, design ideas and plant selection lists.

- Florida-friendly landscaping educational brochures for model homes.

- Lawn signage showing Swiftmud recognition.

- Plaques and framable certificates for builders and their subcontractors.

- Recognition of winners and nominees in local newspaper articles, press releases and advertising and on Swiftmud's Web site.

Visit www.WaterMatters.org/conservation/waterwise to learn more about the program and download the self-evaluation application.

For more information, contact Chris Dewey, FYN Builder/Developer Coordinator, at (727) 847-8177 or e-mail cdewey@pascocountyfl.net

Volunteer to be child's advocate

Hundreds of children in Pasco County need someone to stand up and be their voice in the courtroom and to advocate for them in the child welfare system. As a Guardian ad Litem, you advocate for abused, abandoned or neglected children and teens in the family courts and the child welfare system. The average time needed is four to six hours a month.

A Guardian ad Litem visits the child every month, becomes familiar with the case and makes recommendations to the court to help ensure the child has a safe, caring and stable environment.

You must complete 30 hours of training to become certified. Guardians get ongoing assistance to help them make a positive difference in the lives of children. To volunteer and to attend a one-hour orientation, call (727) 834-3493 in west Pasco or (352) 521-5178 in east Pasco. A training schedule and application are at www.guardianadlitem6.org.

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