March 2016

Unveiling the Layers: Oriole

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Dave Thomas, Chris Harbig , Joe Dunn, Robert Bechard and Frasier Mountain. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Unveiling the Layers: Oriole

In a recent article, I met with three history hikers in the town of Oriole, Robert Bechard of Taped From Florida, Chris Harbig of Dirt Medic and Joe Dunn of Florida Trailblazer. This sparked my interest in discovering a little more about the forgotten town. So, on the property of Dr. William LaRosa and his wife Dorothy which encompasses part of the town, I spoke with two Hernando County residents who have an extensive background of Hernando County history, Frasier Mountain and Dave Thomas.

Take a Hike: Perry Oldenburg Wildlife and Environmental Area

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Resurrection Fern. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Take a Hike: Perry Oldenburg Wildlife and Environmental Area

Hernando Audubon Society offers free field trips to different areas here in Hernando County and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation has some amazing properties that are open to the public for the whole family to enjoy and explore.

Training Facilities, Burn Building Approved for Hernando County Fire-Rescue

On March 8, Public Safety Director and Fire Chief Scott Hechler asked the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) to direct financial staff to develop a funding plan for new facilities and Capital Improvement Plan. The commission asked Chief Hechler to list priorities to be discussed at the meeting on March 22.

Sports notebook: Springstead reaches Farm Bureau semis

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Springstead battled Bishop McLaughlin on its home field Tuesday night during the Farm Bureau Insurance Classic. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

It was a busy week for Hernando County’s prep baseball programs, as they played host to the Farm Bureau Insurance Classic. The five-day long tournament came to an end on Friday night, with Mitchell defeating South Sumter in the final at Hernando’s Emerson Field, 2-1.

Among the county schools, Springstead came within a game of reaching the championship contest, falling to South Sumter in a semifinal on the Eagles’ field on Thursday, 6-5 on a walk-off in the seventh inning. Springstead (14-4) had defeated Wesley Chapel on Monday, 11-1, and Bishop McLaughlin on Tuesday, 3-1.

Sharks senior Willey hopes to go out strong

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Nature Coast senior Dakota Willey has gone 15-1 in singles play this season out of the No. 1 spot. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

On Wednesday, something happened to Dakota Willey and the Nature Coast boys tennis team that hadn’t all season. They lost. It took a private school out of Tampa with a traditionally stout program, Jesuit, to finally hand the Sharks their first loss of 2016, 7-0. Willey, their senior No. 1 singles player, also went down for the first time, falling to Gantt Meredith, 6-1, 6-1.

Sharks senior Willey hopes to go out strong

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Nature Coast senior Dakota Willey has gone 15-1 in singles play this season out of the No. 1 spot. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

On Wednesday, something happened to Dakota Willey and the Nature Coast boys tennis team that hadn’t all season. They lost.
It took a private school out of Tampa with a traditionally stout program, Jesuit, to finally hand the Sharks their first loss of 2016, 7-0. Willey, their senior No. 1 singles player, also went down for the first time, falling to Gantt Meredith, 6-1, 6-1.
“You never like to lose. But it’s not a big deal,” Willey said. “It happens to everybody sometimes. I’ll move on and learn from it.”

Rezoning Proposal Approved for Ridge Manor Oaks and Country Club

Ridge Manor Oaks and Country Club Rezoning

The Hernando Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) voted 3-2 on March 8 to approve a request (H1510) for Master Plan Revision and rezoning submitted by Just So You Know, LLC. The Hernando County Planning and Zoning commission voted 5-0 to recommend denial of the motion.

The President of Just So You Know, LLC, Bob Carson, purchased the bankrupt golf course at Ridge Manor Oaks and Country Club in 2009,and restored it to a playable course. Carson testified before the BOCC that the plans for the park were purely for the sake of profitability and keeping the golf course viable.