Second Annual Veteran's March

The Siloam Lodge #399 of Freemasons hosted the 2nd Annual Veterans’ Appreciation March on Veterans’ Day, Monday, November 11, 2019.  Together with members of the Family Readiness Group and 185th Helicopter Battalion, the group began at Veteran’s Memorial Park in Spring Hill and walked 2.5 miles to their destination at Rookie’s Sports Bar and Grill to enjoy an evening of food, drinks and music.

The group hosted a raffle and games to encourage the community to join in, and the proceeds directly benefit the efforts of the groups to assist Veterans and their families.

$40 produce bundle available for low income seniors

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Produce Bundle-   Additional funding available for low income Seniors to purchase Fresh Local Produce 

Brooksville, Fla. – The Florida Department of Elder Affairs is introducing the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program Produce Bundle to Hernando County Seniors who meet income eligibility requirement for food assistance this USDA program. Maximum income limits can be found at www. 

Active member of Enrichment Centers, Nellie C. Johnston, turns 99

Article and Photography by LISA MACNEIL
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Nellie Johnston of Brooksville turned 99 Nov. 2, 2019, surrounded by friends and colleagues of The Enrichment Center, where she’s volunteered for several years.  She became a member in 2015.

Originally from Alabama near Dothan, Nellie was also active in the local Disabled American Veterans (DAV) organization.  “I was Commander for many years.  I came all the way up through the Chairs, then I was Commander, then just a member, then Commander again!”

Warm farewells to former county commissioner Rose Rocco

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Rose Rocco passed away after a long battle with cancer on Nov. 7, 2019.  A memorial service was held for her on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019.

Rose Rocco loved her community. She served as a Hernando County Commissioner from November 21, 2006 through November 15, 2010. She was concerned with making sure that the community took care of those less fortunate and that our natural resources were preserved for the next generation.

Mirador Beautifully Restored

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. 

“Building” a Better Tomorrow

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.

Child Safety Awareness Day

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.