The West Hernando Athletic League starts the 2019 softball season

Article and Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

It was a beautiful Monday morning for members of the West Hernando Athletic Club for Seniors conducting their 2019 season opener at Veterans Memorial Park in Spring Hill.

“Our events committee is very ambitious this year. We have something planned every month that is related to softball or totally outside of softball. We are hoping that getting the word out, we could increase our membership,” said Al Johnson, President of the West Hernando Athletic Club for Seniors.

Sassy Sewing ~ A Lost Art

No way. At 15 years old, my friends had better things to do.

Such as driving behind the wheel with their freshly printed driver’s license permit. Now that was a good time.

Their idea of fun certainly wasn’t staring into the abyss of a sewing machine, listening to the helicopter noise it blurted out as my grandmother pushed down on her foot pedal, underneath her toes.

No ma’am. That was torture for my teenage friends. They’d rather watch paint dry.

Couple celebrates 75th wedding anniversary

Reg and Elaine Williams were married shortly after Elaine graduated from high school in 1944.  

Surrounded by their three sons, daughters-in-law and other family members, the couple celebrated their 75th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019.  

Mr. Williams served in the Army Infantry division, and the two married while he was home on leave.  Shortly afterward, he rejoined his fellow service members in the Battle of the Bulge during World War II.

Community's Response to Hurricane Dorian

Hernando County is usually threatened by at least one storm forecast during the hurricane season. Often the storms are steered elsewhere, although it has been only two years since a weakened Irma directly hit this area. Last year the community came together to deliver supplies to Mexico Beach, Florida and surrounding communities impacted by Hurricane Michael. There were many local businesses and organizations that delivered needed supplies. The constant threat of being hit by a hurricane, leads residents of this area to feel a kinship with the victims of a hurricane.

Dignitaries and community members gather to remember Sept. 11 terrorist attacks


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.

Local Philanthropic Organization Awards Substantial Grant to Hernando Youth Orchestra

A relatively small group of women that meets only four times a year has had a tremendous impact on the community in the short time they have been operating.   The philanthropic organization called 100 + Women Who Care Florida Nature Coast formed in December of 2016. The group recently awarded a $3,800 grant to the Hernando Youth Orchestra. 

Boys and Girls Club Celebrates Twentieth Anniversary

On Wednesday, August 28, the Boys and Girls Club held an event to celebrate its twentieth anniversary in Hernando County. The festivities took place at the Westside Elementary center. 

The organization now has ten sites to serve school age children and five licensed preschools. Altogether the Boys and Girls Club serves more than 2,000 children from six weeks of age to eighteen years old. 

Noreen St. Jean, Director of Outreach and Donor Relations networks with businesses and community members sharing information about the organization's programming.