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.
Mirador Bed and Breakfast had their Greater Hernando Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting Saturday, Nov. 2, 2019. A good sized crowd gathered for the event and the tours of the beautifully restored home that were to follow.
Kala Johnston and Dr. Gerald Johnson restored the unique home to its former glory. This was quite a challenge since the home had reached the point after years of neglect where there was the concern that it might be torn down.
On Wednesday, October 30, 2019 Habitat for Humanity held a groundbreaking at its building site off California Street in Brooksville. Officiating at the ceremony were Richard Sanvenero, Sr., Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity Hernando County, and Assistant Executive Director Cindy Murphy. Habitat board members and volunteers, along with various local dignitaries were also at the groundbreaking.
On Saturday, October 26, 2019, American Legion Post 186 sponsored a Child Safety Awareness Day. Under the direction of Post 2nd Vice Commander, Gary Newell, Hernando County teamed up with Post 186 in support of our children. Members of the Hernando County Sheriff’s office and Fire Rescue service spoke in support of children’s services. With the aid of Catholic Charities and local family aide services Gary was able to identify five families in need of car seats for young children. The seats were purchased with donations from Legion members.
By: Lynn E. Mueller Nissen
Special to Hernando Sun
A beautiful fall morning greeted the students, faculty and honored guests at J.D. Floyd Elementary School in Spring Hill on Friday, November 8. They were gathered outside to pay tribute to our country’s veterans. In attendance were forty-two active and retired military personnel. All of these service people were either teachers, former teachers, or related to students or faculty members. These men and women represented all branches of the military and served from the 1950’s to the present day.
On Thursday evening, November 7, Chocachatti Elementary students presented another impressive and colorful show. The Brooksville school is known for its emphasis on the creative and performing arts and real-life learning experiences. This time it was just the second graders who starred in the show and there was a special purpose behind it – to honor our nation’s veterans. Approximately 140 students with various roles assembled on stage. Some were dancers and some were singers. Others had speaking parts, while other children worked in stagecraft behind the scenes.
On Wednesday, November 6, the students and faculty of Westside Elementary School in Spring Hill held a ceremony to honor our nation’s veterans. Officiating at the event were Ms. Dana Kublick, Assistant Principal, and Mrs. Kristina Stratton, Principal of the school. Hernando County School Superintendent, John Stratton, along with the entire student body, parents and friends attended the ceremony. The children proudly waved small American flags.
On Thursday, October 24, 2019 the Rotary Clubs of Brooksville, Spring Hill and Spring Hill Central held its annual Barktoberfest Paws for Polio event at the Centennial Dog Park in Spring Hill. The event is always held on October 24th, in honor of Dr. Jonas Salk, who developed the polio (poliomyelitis) vaccine.
By ROCCO MAGLIO
On Thursday, October 24, 2019, Interfaith Voices Against Anti-Semitism was held at St. Theresa’s Roman Catholic Church. The event included several local religious leaders including Father Bruce King of St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Spring Hill, Iman Ahmet Aly of the Islamic Center of New Port Richey, Rabbi Paul Schreiber of Temple Beth David, Rev. Giuseppe Mattei of Nativity Lutheran Church of Weeki Wachee, Rev. Thomas Weitzel of Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Spring Hill and Ron Becker, spiritual leader of Congregation Beth Tefillah in Port Richey.