March 2019

Ring Video Doorbell Footage Helps Capture Package Thieves in Brooksville

On 03-20-19 at 11:12 a.m., a homeowner living at 472 Howell Avenue in Brooksville was alerted by his Ring Video Doorbell system that someone was at his front door.

The homeowner was not home at the time.

Upon viewing the alert on his phone, the homeowner saw two individuals standing outside of his residence.

He then saw one of the individuals, Rachel Pederson W/F DOB/01-07-2003, walk up to his front door and remove a package from the porch area.

The other individual, Charlene Pederson W/F DOB/1-30-1971, acted as a lookout while her daughter took the package.

Hernando County Sheriff’s Office Cracks Down on Unlicensed Contractors

Recently, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office had received several citizen complaints regarding incomplete and substandard home repairs.

It was discovered through investigation, that the repairs done on these homes were performed by unlicensed contractors. These inadequate repairs ranged from improper electrical wiring to roofs being removed and not replaced, subjecting the occupants to a myriad of safety issues, and the financial impact of repeating the planned work.

Chocachatti Elementary School Stages Disney's "The Aristocats."

If Walt Disney were alive today, I'm sure he would have been pleased with Chocachatti Elementary School's adaptation of his animated musical comedy, "The Aristocats." The play tells the story of an elderly rich woman, Madam, who decides to leave her wealth to her pet cats when she dies. This sets a plot in motion by her nefarious butler, Edgar, to kidnap the cats and send them to Timbuktu so he can inherit the money.

Jay Blanton Overcomes Challenges and Inspires Others

Brooksville resident Jay Blanton knows first hand what it's like to be bullied. Born with a cleft palate that caused a severe speech impediment, he was teased unmercifully when he was a child. But instead of letting his challenges overcome him, Jay overcame them.

One way was by enrolling in a martial arts school. This helped him gain self-confidence and enabled him to protect himself. Eventually, he earned 1st Degree Black Belts in Tae Kwon Do and in Isshinryu Karate. Jay went on to teach self-defense to women and Senior Citizens.

UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County Can Help Solve Your Palm Tree Problems

Is your palm tree dying? Does it really need to be removed? What fertilizer does it need? When can you prune the leaves? These are all common questions UF/IFAS Extension receives monthly throughout the state. Palm trees are without a doubt one of my favorite plants. Although I have been working with palm trees for over 12 years, there is still a lot to learn when it comes to management. In today’s article, I will address the basics of fertilization.

Opponent Interference

I’ve been playing Ping-Pong (the table was my big Christmas present) in the garage with my youngest grandkids, Spud and Rex.  I looked up the instructions for Ping-Pong on my phone, and from one brief description, I devised my own rules. I then sawed apart a game from the toy aisle at Exwork and made a method for keeping score with flip-up tiles.  (I don’t remember the name of the game, but it had dice.) Also, we use the thimbles and other tiny knick-knacks my wife collected over the years to keep track of who won how many matches.