Rocco Maglio, is a writer and co-founder of The Hernando Sun. He grew up in Brooksville and graduated from Hernando High School, where he ran an underground weekly newspaper, which was comical in nature.
When you attend a high school football game, you see some amazing athletes, but many more people work behind the scenes to allow the football game to take place. There is the stadium ground crew, the volunteers manning the ticket booth and concession stands. The chain gang is another group that receives little recognition.
It seems that many journalists struggle with the balance between reporting on what is happening and attempting to affect change. Often the choice of stories seems to coincide with legislative agendas. If congress is discussing prison sentencing reform there are many articles on individual cases where the outcome seems unfair.
On Friday, September 6th the community gathered at Crews Lake Park to celebrate the life of beloved local pediatrician, Dr. Heather Schramm. Dr. Schramm was an avid cyclist who enjoyed the park and connected trails. At her celebration of life, many spoke of fond memories they had of her as an athlete, friend and doctor.
By ROCCO MAGLIO
Sept. 11, 2019
SPRING HILL- It does not take a large crowd of people in Hernando County to find someone who was deeply affected by the attacks on September 11, 2001. We have residents who worked in the buildings, others who lost relatives and friends. Many of our residents are from the New York area and still have family and friends living there.
Sunshine laws provide insight into the deliberations of elected officials. At one point public meeting were meaningless, because the decisions were already hammered out in smoky back rooms and the meetings were a formality. The discussions in the meetings were meaningless since the decision had been made.
On Saturday, September 14, 2019 the Friends of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park is holding an event to harvest the history of Weeki Wachee Springs. They are interested in items related to the history of Weeki Wachee such as photos, postcards, tickets, written remembrances, souvenirs, posters, newspaper articles, costumes or even stories. UCF staff will be onsite to make digital copies of items and they will return the originals. They will also record stories and conduct interviews.
Hernando County Government has decided to contract with the Clerk of the Court's office to provide information technology services starting October 1st. There will be a savings by a reduction of staff as only some of the current positions in County Information Technology department would have equivalent positions in the Clerk's office. The additional work from the county would be picked up by the current information technology staff at the clerk's office.
Many of us continuously get calls informing us that "Our records show you have not updated your free Google listing." The caller id origins of the spam call is usually unavailable. If you speak to the person, they act as if they work for Google and you need to buy services to improve your Google listing.
Locks of Love is a charity that provides wigs for Canadian and American financially disadvantaged children who have lost their hair due to medical conditions or medical treatments. The program is free of charge. They accept donations of ponytails that are at least 10 inches tip to tip according to their website.
The technical skills training program T-Volt needed $1,500 dollars to purchase liability insurance that would allow them to use a portion of the Quonset hut at the fairgrounds to provide basic skills in rough carpentry. The Quonset hut has the necessary ventilation to handle the sawdust generated by carpentry.