April 2017

Steinhatchee: The old way of life in Florida

A Honeymoon Cottage in Steinhatchee Landing Resort.

If you think Florida is just all about strip malls, Disney and Orlando attractions, think again.

Located in north central Florida, just south of Perry, Steinhatchee depicts the old way of life in Florida. Steinhatchee (pronounced “Steen-hatchee”) is in the Big Bend, midway between Apalachicola and old Suwannee River. Its name “Steinhatchee.” was derived from the Native American “esteen hatchee” meaning river (hatchee) of man (esteen).

Hernando County Rocks!

Colorful variety of rocks found at a local park by AnnMarie Frets

Does your family enjoy Easter Egg Hunting? If so, there’s a new craze sweeping our county that you’ll love: Rock Hunting! It’s a very simple concept: just paint or decorate small rocks and place them outside for others to find. If you find an art rock, you can either keep the rock or re-hide it for someone else to find.

Leopard family enjoying Arroyo’s big-league debut

AP Photo/Jeff Chiu

San Francisco Giants' Christian Arroyo, a Hernando High graduate, celebrates after hitting a two-run home run against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning of a baseball game in San Francisco on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

Before the general public, the media and the world became aware, Brooks Timmons received a group text message that he will likely never forget.
His former teammate, classmate and still current close friend was sharing perhaps the greatest news of his life. On Monday, the San Francisco Giants called up their 2013 first-round draft pick, 21-year-old Christian Arroyo.

Changes for Hernando/Citrus Under Proposed TBARTA Legislation

TBARTA’s Executive Director, Ray Chiaramonte, spoke to the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) last week to share potential changes to the structure and members of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority. His legislative update briefly explained what is in the bills being considered.

Additional funding for several programs is anticipated through one bill. This includes the Vanpool program and One Bus Away, which uses a cellphone app to tell riders when the next bus will arrive, and the Regional Fare card, which can be used like a debit card to purchase bus tickets.

SWFWMD declares phase I water shortage

Lilly Browning is the Florida Friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator

The Southwest Florida Water Management District has declared a Phase One Water Shortage. For the homeowner, this is more or less a warning phase, to prepare you for tighter restrictions if the dry weather continues. But one look around at the brown, crunchy lawns can tell us that we need to start thinking seriously about water conservation.

Michael Albert LaGreco October 22, 1933 - April 21, 2017

Passed away peacefully on Friday, April 21st. Described as ‘a sweetheart of a man, very gentle.’ He will be missed very much. He is predeceased by his wife of 45 years, Dianne LaGreco (nee: Kennedy). Mike is survived by his children, Susan Denelsbeck, (nee: LaGreco), Lisa Bender (nee: LaGreco), Michael H. LaGreco, Colleen Smith (deceased), Jeannine Smith, Christa Reynolds, (nee: Smith) and Jason M. LaGreco. Numerous Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren. Memorial service is scheduled for May 4th 2:00 PM till 5:00 PM.

Photos tell where you have been

'Map' by Aram Bartholl, part of the show 'From Here On' during Rencontres Arles, France 2011 via Wikipedia

Apple and Google phones now add location metadata by default to every photo taken with them. Social media apps then use this data when you share these photos.

Not only are you telling anyone who sees the photo and knows how to view metadata where you took the photo, but now several companies know where you have been if you give them access to your photos. If you share your photos on Facebook, Facebook can determine where you went on vacation, where you hang out with your friends, and where you take your kids to eat.

Astronaut Shane Kimbrough: 173 days in space

Shane Kimbrough, 50th ISS Commander on a spacewalk Jan. 6, 2017 via Twitter @astro_kimbrough

The Kimbroughs are a prominent Hernando County family. Their Hernando County origins trace back to the early 1900’s with Spring Lake cattle and citrus farmer James Walt Kimbrough. James' grandson Pierce Kimbrough served on the Hernando County School Board in the 1950’s. Their great grandson, Jim Kimbrough, is currently the Chairman of SunTrust Bank, Nature Coast region. (Jim is also the son in law of Alfred McKethan who was a prominent businessman and citrus grower.