November 2015

Sharks’ Reid and Bears' York have the scoring touch

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Chelsea Reid

Three seasons ago, Chelsea Reid was a freshman, called up to the varsity roster during the stretch run and filling the gap for an injured senior leader. Now Reid is the senior, still making an impact for Nature Coast, as the team’s top scoring threat. “She’s having a senior season, for sure,” Nature Coast head coach Lisa Masserio said. “We have definitely depended on her a lot for scoring, which is similar to last year. She was our leading scorer last year.

Obituaries November 20th through 28th 2015

TREISTMAN, Ethel, age 92 of Dade City, FL died Friday, November 20, 2015 at HPH Hospice Care Center, Brooksville. Born in Brooklyn, New York she came here 4 years ago from Aventura, Florida. She was a retired school secretary and was of the Jewish faith. Survivors include her daughter & son-in-law: Sandra & Fred Terkovich of Dade City; 8 grandchildren and one great grandchild. Mrs. Treistman’s family will honor her with a service 11:00am, Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Brooksville Cemetery. Src: Merritt

Smith not satisfied as season ends

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

In a testament to the sheer volume of DeShawn Smith’s 2015 statistics, Friday night’s Class 5A, Region II final at Green Cove Springs-Clay technically ranks as his worst rushing performance of the season. This happened on a night when the Nature Coast senior still ran 19 times for 131 yards and scored twice, not to mention he caught two passes for 110 yards and a third touchdown – in a third-round playoff game.

36th Annual Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

The Roys at Sertoma Youth Ranch Thanksgiving Bluegrass Fest 2015

The Sertoma Youth Ranch is hosting their 36th Annual Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival. It continues through today, November 28th.

The ranch is filled with campers and Bluegrass musicians as well as vendors selling their homemade crafts to fresh squeezed lemonade.
The festival originally started out country, until a promoter by the name of Steve Dittmas moved them into Bluegrass. They’ve kept those committed followers, however the game plan is to bring in the newer generation.

Update on Lake Townsend Renaming

This is an update on the story about renaming Lake Townsen back to its original name Lake Townsend. To recap Istachatta Historian Melba Ward recently passed away. She wanted the see Lake Townsen have its “d” restored. The lake was named after the town’s founder and postmaster Francis M. Townsend. She said that she “would like to paint a ‘d’ on the signs, but everyone would know it was her.”

Worden and staff are guiding Sharks to success

On Thursday, Justin Worden and his coaches will enjoy a Thanksgiving meal together. On Friday, they hope to celebrate the biggest win in county history. Less than two years removed for his hiring as Nature Coast’s head football coach, Worden leads the Sharks into the Class 5A, Region II final at Green Cove Springs-Clay, kicking off at 7:30 p.m. At 12-0, already owning the county record for victories, Nature Coast has a chance to become the first Hernando County squad to ever reach the state semifinals.

Bringing Joy to Families in Need this Holiday Season

By Kelvin Kay, en:user:kkmd [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Some Hernando County families in need will be receiving Christmas dinners and toys this year, thanks to the joint efforts of local residents with big hearts. Athena Sanchez and Jessica Cecil of AJLV Events will be hosting a Holiday Shopping Event with Mom & Pop Polarbear Helping Families on Sunday November 29th from 10 am to 4 pm at 10181 N. Broad St in Brooksville. The location will be donated by Christina and Alan Jernigan, owners of Jernigan Towing.

Correcting the Historical Mistake at Lake Townsend

Lake Townsen Sign

Istachatta Historian Melba Ward recently passed away. She left behind her book Istachatta: History of the First Hundred Years 1850-1950 as well as a corresponding genealogical anthology of the area that outweighs her history book by hundreds of pages. A few months ago, she remarked that something she wanted to see fixed was the name of Lake Townsen near Istachatta. The lake was named after the town’s founder and postmaster Francis M. Townsend. He built a ferry across the Withlacoochee River in hopes of getting a stagecoach to go through.

Luigi’s Pizza excellent Italian Food

Luigi’s Pizza is an unpretentious restaurant next to Bud Mckethan Park in Brooksville. They offer pizzas, pastas, seafood, sandwiches, and more.

Luigi’s Pizza has been run by the Kirshy family since 1970. They started in a storefront up the road a bit and after a few years moved to their present location. They have been in their present location for around 30 years.

Successful Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway by Luigi's and We Care

The We Care and Luigi’s Thanksgiving meal giveaway was an unmitigated success. The volunteers brought happiness to many people and by the end of the night they were exhausted, but beaming with joy. The unofficial numbers were 75 deliveries, 50 pickup orders, and 60 dine ins. After they tallied the tickets they had served 213 people in total.

They had 3 turkeys totalling more than 50 pounds, two hams, 15 pies, and a ton of sides. They managed to serve all of the apple pie, cherry pie, pumpkin pie, brownies, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, sweet tea, and turkey.