LARGO - The second anniversary of the Barley Mow Brewing Company July 19 was a testament to the success of a business with humble beginnings, at a time when the business is expanding.
The brewery, at 518 West Bay Drive, began in a home, when Jay and Colleen Dingman started brewing beer for their personal consumption. And while home brewing is fairly common, the growth of the resulting business however is not.
To tell that story, perhaps it is best to go back to the beginning. The Dingmans started brewing as a joint venture, said Jay, 39.
LARGO - About 100 guests attended the inaugural Chef’s Showcase, a culinary extravaganza at the Royal Palms in Largo July 17, to help raise more than $6,000 in scholarships for youth caregivers.
The Goodman Group, developer and manager of The Palms of Largo campus, hosted the event featuring eight well-known Florida chefs from company’s managed senior living communities in Largo, Naples and Spring Hill. These chefs conducted lively cooking demonstrations and food samplings to help raise money for the Caregivers Support Network, a nonprofit organization providing scholarships to youth caregivers.
LARGO - East Lake High School senior Eric Briggs was the featured speaker at the breakfast meeting of the Kiwanis Club of Largo/Mid-Pinellas on July 18.
Briggs spoke about his project as an Eagle Scout candidate. With the help of Largo parks supervisor Greg Brown, Briggs constructed a display board on coyotes and how people should deal with them. Kiwanis club donated $100 to help defray the cost of laminating the display.
LARGO - Largo police and the city’s park supervisor say that Bayhead Action Park is safe, despite a Sunday night shooting that injured a 17-year-old.
Police responded to a call about a shooting just after 7:30 p.m. July 20 and had identified a suspect by Monday night. According to a media release, police are looking for Rion L. Schofield, 23, wanted in connection with the attempted homicide at the park, 375 Seminole Blvd. Schofield is a black male, about 5 foot 5 inches tall, 160 pounds. He wears prescription glasses.
LARGO - As of this week, Largo’s tree count is set to increase by 1,700 trees.
Aspiring Eagle Scout Orion Leavy, 15, of St. Petersburg and Mildred Helms Elementary graduate Riley Browne, 11, of Largo have taken on separate projects with similar missions: planting hundreds of trees to beautify and add more green to Largo’s landscape.
Orion’s objective is to organize enough volunteers to plant 700 trees at Largo Central Park Nature Preserve in one day, on Saturday, July 19. If there’s enough manpower, he’ll add the shell path city officials have envisioned through the area populated by the new trees.
LARGO - Largo commissioners unanimously approved a maximum tax rate July 15 that’s slightly less than last year’s rate.
The rate to be published in the property appraiser’s Truth in Millage, or TRIM, notice mailed out to Largo residents will be 5.19 mills, or $5.19 per $1,000 in taxable property value. Commissioners could decide to further decrease the rate when they approve the final tax rate in September, but it can’t be increased.
The maximum tax rate for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1 is only a slight decrease from the current year’s rate of 5.22 mills. But city management analyst Allison Broihier explained that Largo might be one of the sole cities to decrease their tax rate.
LARGO - Pinellas County Sheriff’s deputies assigned to the Major Accident Investigation Team are investigating a July 16 crash involving an agency vehicle that occurred on Ulmerton Road and 113th Street in Largo.
According to the sheriff’s report, forensic specialist Linda Scire was traveling eastbound on Ulmerton Road in an agency issued 2006 Ford Econoline about 11:48 a.m. Wednesday. At the same time, Francis Barrett, 90, of Largo was driving a 1999 Saturn westbound on Ulmerton. Barrett turned left in front of the van, causing the vehicles to collide.
Scire was transported to a local hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. Barrett was not injured.
LARGO - Local activist Ernie Bach of Largo is recruiting members to reestablish the Florida Silver Haired Legislature, a senior citizen organization that used to boast chapters throughout the state.
Bach, a former executive director of the organization, has resisted the state nonprofit corporation and is planning a statewide tour to media outlets and senior citizen organizations to spread the word.
The first meeting of the Tampa Bay chapter of the organization will be Monday, Aug. 18, 10 a.m., at Suncoast Hospice, 5771 Roosevelt Blvd., Clearwater.
LARGO - Join Largo’s Recreation Parks and Art Department for a free back-to-school open house Aug. 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Highland and Southwest recreation complexes and Largo Community Center.
Visit one facility or all three for back-to-school giveaways, class demonstrations and more. Learn more about Largo recreation membership. Recreation members enjoy access to all recreation facilities and discounted programming for as little at $10 a year.
Highland Recreation Complex is at 400 Highland Ave. Call 518-3016. Southwest Recreation Complex is at 13120 Vonn Road. Call 518-3125. Largo Community Center is at 400 Alt. Keene Road. Call 518-3131.
Kiwanis Breakfast Club meeting
SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Breakfast Club of Seminole meets Tuesdays at 7:15 a.m. in the third floor card room at Lake Seminole Square, 8333 Seminole Blvd.
On the second, third and fourth Tuesdays of the month, the group features speakers from different organizations.
Visit kiwanisseminolebreakfast.com or call 319-8343 for more information.
MLK Neighborhood Center Coalition planning sessions CLEARWATER – The Clearwater Martin Luther King Jr. Neighborhood Center Coalition hosts weekly planning sessions every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 1201 Douglas Ave. It also hosts a neighborhood community market each fourth Saturday, with the June market set for the 28th.
The Community Outreach Team invites people to join them in making phone calls or writing letters to the residents in the neighborhood surrounding the center to inspire neighbors with the progress that is being made.
Qi Gong meditation classes ST. PETE BEACH – Weekly Qi Gong moving meditation classes are held Tuesdays, 8:30 to 10 a.m., at the Warren Webster Center, 1500 Pass-A-Grille Way.
The cost is $10 per class.
Classes are lead by acupuncture physician Joyce Lockwood who studied Qi Gong in China and
is certified as a Qi Gong practice leader in the U.S. through the Institute of Integral Qi Gong and Tai Chi.
Qi Gong is an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates slow graceful movements, breathing techniques and deep relaxation.
Support group for addicted teens meeting
LARGO – Take a Hand, a new support group for parents and caregivers of teenagers suffering from substance abuse and behavioral issues will meet Tuesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in portable 1A of Anona United Methodist Church, 13233 Indian Rocks Road.
The first meeting will be Tuesday, March 4.
The group, started with the support of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, will invite guest speakers to offer advice and support to those caring for addicted teenagers, including information about the judicial system, residential treatment and more. The meetings are designed to be a safe place for parents, relatives and friends.
Wednesday afternoon book club
TARPON SPRINGS – The Tarpon Springs Library offers a Wednesday afternoon book club called “Expand Your Horizons.” Fiction and non-fiction books from a variety of genres are discussed each month. For the date of the next meeting, call 943-4922 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kiwanis Club of Seminole meeting SEMINOLE – The Kiwanis Club of Seminole meets Thursdays, 6:15 p.m., at Freedom Square’s Town Hall.
The group’s next speaker will be Breanne Zsiga, from Career Academies of Seminole, discussing on her steer project.
For more information, call Terry Carr at 394-2582.
LARGO – A Overeaters Anonymous group meets Thursdays, 10:30 a.m., at Aldersgate Methodist Church, 9350 Starkey Road.
Overeaters Anonymous is a program of recovery for eating disorders.
For information, call Jeanette at 392-3108. There are no dues and no fees and a list of meetings may be viewed at oapinellas.org