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“The Teddy Bear Marine” by MEGAN HUSSEY
Originally Published July 22, 2022.

The Teddy Bear Marine

If you’re a frequent visitor of the Chick-fil-A in Brooksville, you may notice Bob Santoro, also known as Mr. Bob and the Teddy Bear Marine, seated with a smile and a display of uniformed teddy bears ready to spread sunshine in the lives of the community and local Veterans. Throughout the years, Mr. Bob has found numerous and plenty of ways to reach and serve veterans or those in the military. If you would like to hear about the way the Teddy Bear Marine has touched our community, follow the link above.

“This is my legacy piece.” By MEGAN HUSSEY
Originally Published March 18, 2022.

“This is my legacy piece.”

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A local artist, Mary Toth of Brooksville, created a masterpiece wedding dress for her daughter-in-law. This lush ivory-hued creation was worn only once before being placed on display at Panbanged Knits & Fiber Shoppe, located at 100 S Main St. in Brooksville. Toth’s new daughter-in-law, Jesse, wore the grand frock for her wedding to Toth’s son, Erik. To see this divine piece of art, follow the link above for the full article.

“Florida flag traces back to Philip the Handsome” By ROCCO MAGLIO
Originally Published Dec. 31, 2021.

Florida flag traces back to Philip the Handsome

Florida is a state that is rich with history, and there’s no exception to that regarding our state flag either! The Florida state flag is visually distinctive, a white flag with a large red x and the state seal in the middle. The red x has a sawtooth pattern and is known as the Cross of Burgundy. The origin of that Cross of Burgundy can be traced back to Philip the Handsome or Philip the Fair (Philip el Hermoso). To read more about the legacy of Phillip the Handsome, read the full article following the link above.

“Letters Home” By JUDY WARNOCK
Originally Published May 20, 2022.

Letters Home

Take a walk through the past with Judy as she deep-dives into 16 pieces of mail sent from her Uncle John to his sister Sue during his time in the army during WWII. Letters during WWII were a main form of communication. Uncle John wrote at least a dozen letters per week, and he did most of them the old fashioned way with pen and paper, envelope and stamp. To experience a little piece of history and some sweet personal memories, read the full article by accessing the link above.

“Hidden, healthful qualities of passion fruit” BY SUE QUIGLEY
Originally published July 22, 2022.

Hidden, healthful qualities of passion fruit

Passion fruit is widely grown and valued throughout the tropics and subtropics for its antioxidant nutrients. Although still relatively unknown in Florida, locally grown passion fruit is now available at Bramble Creek Farms in Brooksville. Gene, a retired SWFWMD professional engineer, and his wife, Ann, are the owners of Bramble Creek Farms – a 12-acre blackberry farm nestled on the beautiful Brooksville Ridge. The farm was awarded the first “This Farm Cares” award in Hernando County by the Florida Farm Bureau. To learn more about the benefits of passionfruit and Bramble Creek Farms and the other delicious items they produce, follow the link above.

“A Lasting Treasure: Elvis Presley Lives On” By Linda White-Francis
Originally Published Aug. 12, 2022.

A Lasting Treasure: Elvis Presley Lives On

Elvis was and still is an everlasting image of the 1950s, 60s and 70s musical entertainment world. He was the King of Rock and Roll, and on the the 45th Anniversary of his death (August 16, 1977) Linda wrote an incredible tribute to him. To check it out, follow the link above.

“The Versatile Nick White” By Austyn Szempruch
Originally Published Aug. 19, 2022.

The Versatile Nick White

Nick White is a star athlete on the Springstead Eagles football team, a versatile player who could play virtually any position on the field. White primarily played center and offensive tackle over his time with the Eagles’ football team, ultimately being noticed by 29 different collegiate institutions by the end of his high school career. That number is enough to make the future tight end the most offered player in Springstead history. To hear more about the bright future ahead for Nick White, follow the link above to access the full article.

“A wildflower for every day of the week” by Alice Mary Herden and Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ Program Coordinator Lilly Browning
Originally Published April 29, 2022.

A wildflower for every day of the week

In 1987 Charles Spencer of the Secular Franciscan Order National Ecology Commission started the week-long event to bring awareness to the beauty and importance of native wildflowers during the first week of May. With all the lovely flora around Hernando County, we couldn’t help but bring light to such an incredible week. Check out the link above to see seven blooming beauties (one for each day of the week) that were found during a wildflower hunt at a local wildlife management area.

What an incredible year we’ve had, cheers to the New Year and all the new adventures we have in store for us!

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