PORT RICHEY — Raindrops kept falling on their heads, but that didn’t stop Community Service Council of West Pasco members from completing a free yard makeover for a deserving elderly resident. The outreach committee of the council partnered with Luke Brothers Landscape Services for CSC’s 2014 Senior Spruce Up project at the home of Iselle Baptist on Bahama Avenue. The rain delayed volunteers from starting by three hours until late that Saturday morning. But the workers persevered when Jennifer Selk of Verizon gave the go-ahead signal to defy the drippy skies, since there was no trace of lightning. Among those joining Selk were New Port Richey Police Chief Kim Bogart and Pasco County lobbyist Shawn Foster.
The CARES Chore Team had nominated Baptist among several candidates in the event. Baptist, 80, has experienced hardships from physical disabilities that require her to carry an oxygen tank, CSC publicist Becky Bennett explained. Those limitations limit her mobility to do gardening and yard maintenance as she once could, Bennett added. So volunteers helped by mowing, trimming, weeding, adding mulch and other greenery to Baptist’s yard. CSC leaders thanked Scott Brantley, Pasco/Hernando branch manager of Luke Brothers Landscape Services, for supporting the project. Sharon Tillman, a Medicare outreach specialist for WellCare Health Plans, donated coffee, water and doughnuts. For more information on CSC, go online to communityservicecouncil.org or contact Selk at (727) 698-1171.