Business

Tampa Bay Extreme Adventure Course to lease former TreeUmph! Park

By LISA MACNEIL

Commissioners voted unanimously to approve a one-year lease with Tampa Bay Extreme Adventure Course (TBEAC) on Feb. 12, 2019.  

Following the TreeUmph! closure in August 2018, the Board of County Commissioners decided to seek bids from interested entities to continue operations at the 36-acre adventure course at 6440 Cedar Lane, featuring ziplines, ladders, nature trails and balance beams in a natural environment.

'Growing' solar

By ROCCO MAGLIO

On September 1, 2015, the USDA Agricultural Research Service transferred their 3800 acre research facility in Brooksville to FAMU (Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University). It was reportedly “one of the single largest land transfers to a Historically Black College or University in history from the USDA.”

Creative crafting

Article & Photography by SUE QUIGLEY

JAN. 25, 2019- Sue Plumpton and her husband, Robert, musicians for more than 25 years, are pursuing their other artistic talents to create beautiful ceramics, painting them and teaching others how to do it.

The pair, whose professional name is Short Notice, decided it was time to contemplate their other passion of collecting ceramic molds and decided to open their store Ceramics Plus. 

Winemaking the modern way

By SUE QUIGLEY
HERNANDO SUN WRITER

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALICE MARY HERDEN
 
Gone are the days where grape stomping was used in traditional winemaking to release the juices and begin the fermentation process. 

Nowadays, winemaking doesn’t have to be as theatrical or energetic and with absolutely no bare feet involved whatsoever. All one needs are the right ingredients like those sold by Lori Stover and Pat Bassett at Once Upon a Vine in Spring Hill. 

'It's the future of surgery'

For the past two decades, November has been celebrated as the month to raise awareness of men’s health issues, particularly prostate and testicular cancers. Here in the US, as well as several other countries including Australia, New Zealand and the UK, men are encouraged to grow mustaches during November as a way to start conversations about the seriousness of what is the most common cancer in men.

According to the National Cancer Institute, the estimated number of new cases of prostate cancer in 2018 will reach 164,690 and estimated deaths will reach almost 30,000.

Easement changes in preparation for underground power lines

by KATHRYN DENTATO

Hernando Sun Writer

At the Nov. 19 Brooksville Council Meeting, Ginger Broslat, Duke Senior Public Engagement Specialist for the Targeted Undergrounding Program, explained that Duke Energy will be investing more than $25 billion over the next ten years to move power lines from overhead to underground. Following a ten-year study, Duke Energy has identified areas where they will begin the energy grid improvements. The purpose for the presentation was to request new easements to be signed so the work can be scheduled and begun.