September 2018

Caregivers: Do not isolate yourself

When the phone rang in her home one summer afternoon, Monica knew all too well about the life changes that some phone calls can bring. A few years earlier, shortly after her husband Bob’s retirement, they received a call from the family doctor, advising Bob to report immediately to the local hospital, only days after a routine physical examination. Bob had been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma and passed away within a year.

Two-day district contest dooms Leopards with critical loss

On Friday night, the Crystal River Pirates travelled to Brooksville for a district contest with the Hernando Leopards. Both teams had a critical district loss last week and were looking to bounce back in a must-win game for either side. This game would be contested on two consecutive days, as inclement weather postponed the second half of the contest to Saturday with the Leopards leading 7-0.

Forming a Weeki Wachee River Crime Watch group

Due to the amount of activity over the summer on the Weeki Wachee River, the community of Hernando County and those that live along the river are focusing more on how they can help local law enforcement.

Volunteers have joined together to form the Weeki Wachee River Rangers in order to tackle the excessive amount of litter visitors leave behind and another volunteer project is in the works: Weeki Wachee River Crime Watch.

Ocho Rios Cafe: Authenic Jamaican Restaurant

A trip to Ocho Rios Cafe is cheaper than a trip to Jamaica, but is just as authentic. There are a few booths and a table, but most people their take their food to go. The portions are generous. This is a great place if you want authentic Jamaican food and enjoy 'mom and pop' establishments.

The owner is Rohan Spencer. Rohan is very welcoming. He has owned the Ocho Rios Cafe for 5 years. With a great personality and delicious food - it isn't a wonder that Rohan has a lot of regulars.

Hernando High School Class of 1993 25th Reunion

The 25 year reunion for the Leopard’s class of 1993 was held at the Bistro in Brooksville last weekend. Rocco Maglio, co-founder of The Hernando Sun was a graduate of the Hernando High class of 1993.  There are a handful of his classmates that remember his underground and unsanctioned high school newspaper “The Rebellion” and one classmate even still has an issue. They weren’t too surprised to hear that Rocco has a real newspaper now.  

Tending Her Garden

Many people Bernadette Vaz's age would be content to sit back and take it easy, but the  eighty-eight-year-old Spring Hill resident loves to get her hands dirty and tend her garden. Benedita (Bernadette) spends at least an hour-and-a-half every day from 7:30 a.m. until almost 10:00 a.m. pruning, planting, watering and fertilizing the more than sixty species of plants, shrubs and trees in her yard. She even cuts her own grass on her riding mower.

Port Richey was originally named Hopeville

Hopeville was the early name of the settlement that would eventually become Port Richey. According to Pasco County Historian Frances Clark Mallett, Hopeville was named for members of the prominent Hernando County family the Hopes. David and Henry Hope were involved in the creation of Hopeville near the salt springs. Ms. Mallet stated that according to oral accounts the name Hopeville dated back to the 1850s. It only appears on a few maps around the time that there was a post office at Hopeville.