Community

Job-A-Palooza event offers experience in the world of work

On Saturday, Sept. 15 participants of the Arc Nature Coast along with clients of the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind had the opportunity to experience and learn skills needed for various jobs. Approximately fifty young people ages fourteen to twenty-one  and more than fifty peer mentors ages sixteen to twenty-four participated in the first annual Job-A-Palooza at the Arc Nature Coast campus in Spring Hill. The event was sponsored by the Arc of Florida and funded by a grant from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.

 

Community gathers to say farewell

Family, friends and regulars of Becky Jack’s Seafood Shack gathered on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 to celebrate the life of owner Joe Foster, who passed away earlier in the week. Joe ran the restaurant with his wife Kim Curtis, who died in 2015. 

Inside the restaurant, Doug Swan told the story of a photo of Joe smiling and holding a large grouper.  A longtime friend, Swan reminisced of fishing and boating with Joe and Kim, whom he’d met at Newk’s Cafe in Tampa over a decade ago.  Joe and Kim became regulars of Newk’s, and formed many friendships there.  

Winding Waters K-8 Students hear first hand accounts of 9/11

Everyone over the age of thirty knows where they were and what they were doing on the morning of September 11, 2001. For three Hernando County citizens, it was more than just an event that they watched unfold on television. John Lightsey, Don Barbee Jr. and Deborah Gray felt it personally. They each told their unique 9/11 story to a group of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at Winding Waters K-8 School this past Tuesday, the seventeenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks. None of these students had even been born in 2001. 

Eagle Scout Kyle Walker recognized by county commissioners

The Hernando County Board of County Commissioners recognized Kyle Walker for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.  Walker graduated from Springstead High School in June and will be attending boot camp for the US Coast Guard in October 2018.  

 Potential Eagle Scouts must complete a community project.  Walker chose to build two picnic shelters at the Lake House in Spring Hill after consulting with the Parks and Recreation Department.  He was responsible for the fundraising, documentation and construction efforts.

State of Florida seeks private partnerships for Gopher Tortoise conservation

According to the U.S. census in 2010, the population in Hernando County was estimated at 172,000 and seven years later that number rose to 186,000.

The rise of the population means more land development which in turn means more wildlife habitat lost especially for one particular species that holds an extremely valuable place in our ecosystem: The Florida Gopher Tortoise.

Poultry and Pig Pin Ups

From professional tennis coach and European premier league football referee to local high school soccer coach and a successful poultry and pig breeder, Jonathan Stone leads a very busy and interesting life.

Jonathan, who hails from England, has a history of chicken breeding. He previously ran a show chicken company in the 90s in Kent, England so when he came to the US in 2011, he decided to make raising show birds his life’s calling and began breeding Silkies, originally in Tennessee.

SWFWMD donates shoes to Moton Elementary

The Southwest Florida Water Management District (SWFWMD) Employee Committee completes a couple of community outreach projects per year.  This year, one project was the “Starting Off on the Right Foot Sneaker Challenge” where employees donated sneakers for students during a three week collection period. The 646 pairs of shoes collected were split between two schools where more than 74 percent of the students come from low-income families- one was Moton Elementary in Brooksville and the other was Gocio Elementary in Sarasota.