May 2015

Ebb and Flow of Aripeka's Artists


A small coastal community on the border of Pasco and Hernando County has been called home by several major contemporary artists. The alluring nature of Aripeka, resides in its beauty and isolation, both especially appealing to artists seeking a place for inspiration and contemplation. At one point at least six highly successful artists lived in Aripeka but not many remain. Like the ebb and flow of the Gulf waters, Aripeka is awaiting new talent to emerge from the tide. Leslie Neumann who is an artist as well as a land conservationist still lives and works in Aripeka.

Dodgeball Trying to Carve Niche in County


BROOKSVILLE - Six balls sit lined up at center court of the Jerome Brown Community Center gym. The players sprint to grab them, and quite literally take aim at their opponents.
It's the City of Brooksville Parks and Recreation Department's version of dodgeball, and no it's not broadcast on ESPN 8 The "Ocho." Actors Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn are nowhere in sight.

Masaryktown- A bit of Paradise

Special to Hernando Sun, Elaine Tokos Hogue

I want to share my experience of living in Masaryktown, Florida located 40 miles north of Tampa and 10 miles south of Brooksville on the western coast of Florida. Masaryktown was a small poultry- egg producing farming community, comprised of approximately 300 Slovaks and some Czechs. I say “was” because although the town is the same today, the population and structure are now totally different.

Wood Fire Pizza from the Hot Box Pizza Truck

The Hot Box Pizza Truck grew out of a backyard project. The owner Eric Bates planned to build a oven in his backyard but instead he chose to put a wood fired oven in a truck and make it a business. He bought an authentic wood fired oven imported from Italy rather than build one himself. The oven can cook an authentic neapolitan pizza in as little 90 seconds at more than 800 degrees. You never know where those backyard projects will lead.

Corey Hill remembered fondly by those left behind

Before MMA fans around the country knew Corey Hill as a competitor in the UFC, he was an athletic star at Springstead High School. For those that truly knew Hill, he was much more than a guy who grotesquely broke his leg during a match in 2008, an incident that quickly became a viral video. This past week, many local residents have mourned the passing of Hill, who at age 36 died of health issues related to his lungs.

Coffey comes through for Sharks


BROOKSVILLE - Willie Coffey never anticipated he'd end up leading a potential game-winning drive under center Friday night. Recording a go-ahead safety with a sack in the end zone wasn't a likely scenario, either. Yet the Nature Coast Technical freshman found himself in the middle of both situations in a 34-32 victory over Palm Harbor University. He threw Hurricanes' quarterback Dylan Whitman for a 5-yard loss in the end zone with 1:18 remaining to put the host Sharks in front during the spring classic.

Elaine M. Freund

(October 29, 1926 - May 21, 2015) Elaine Freund went home to the Lord on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Elaine was born in Chicago, Illinois and lived in McHenry, Illinois until 1980 when she and her second husband Swede Freund (deceased 2008) moved to Brooksville, Florida.

She is survived by 5 children; Richard Justen and wife Mary; Sharon Green; Guy Justen and wife Michell; Tammy Horn and husband Bill; and Sheila Powers.

At full health, Hernando's Sternberger focused on field


So far, Austin Sternberger's prep career has gone far from smoothly. First the Hernando High left inside linebacker broke his collarbone two summers ago, costing him his entire sophomore season. Then he broke it again last spring, and though it didn't officially cost him any games, it certainly had an impact.

"I had to overcome a lot. I was smaller than everybody, weaker than everybody," Sternberger said. "I was out a total of 25 weeks. I really never got back to my top strength until way into my junior year.

Mud Endeavor 6 was a hit with the military


Mud Endeavor creates 5k Obstacle Course Races. Their stated goal is “to create a run that appeals to the average runner as well as the elite athlete.” The challenges throughout the course can be accomplished with determination and moderate physical abilities. The courses often feature elevation changes and natural obstacles as well as manmade obstacles. Many of the original mud obstacle courses were designed by military veterans and the courses are popular with current and former military.

SWFWMD Staff Recommending Headquarters Move to Tampa


An email sent out by SWFWMD Executive Director Robert Beltran, P.E., BCEE, on Friday May 15 informed staff there will be a presentation and resolution on the agenda to designate the Tampa Service Office as the District’s headquarters. Currently, the Hernando County Office serves as the District’s principal office and has been for over 50 years.