Hoping for a home

Article and Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

Four counties joined together and organized a "waived adoption fee" event to give over 300 dogs and cats a new environment surrounded by love and companionship. 

The event began on Friday, May 17 and by Sunday, the last day of the event, only a hand full of dogs and five cats were left without a new home.

Shred a Thon event raises funds for rescue boat


On Saturday May 25, 2019 a Shred-a-thon was held at the Towne Square Mall to help people and businesses get rid of their unwanted financial documents. This helps to prevent identity theft and other types of financial crimes.

A mobile shredding truck from Shred Quick was on hand to shred unwanted documents. The papers were put into a garbage can and lifted into the truck.

Caffe Connection, Connecting People and Memories

Spring Hill is a growing community, with many new places being built and opened daily. Caffe Connection is one of those with a variety of beverages and food to offer. Located in a prime location off Mariner just past Northcliffe, at 4196 Mariner Blvd, Spring Hill. “We picked this location because we live nearby, the community is growing every day, a lot of traffic goes through here daily, and it also has a variety of ages in the community,” Paulo Compesi said.

Suncoast Technical Education Center Car Mania

On Saturday, May 18, 2019, Suncoast Technical Education Center’s (SunTech) Automotive program hosted a car show called Car Mania. On display were approximately fifty cars. There was food, a DJ, raffle, and an information tent about what the automotive program offers. Monster Transmission helped sponsor the event and Crystal Automotive and Register Chevrolet brought a variety of cars to show.

Men bake cakes to raise roofs


Baking cakes to raise some roofs.  Real roofs on real houses.  The Hernando County Habitat for Humanity held their 5th annual fundraiser to put more roofs on more houses. 

This year’s cast of celebrity bakers brought their best cakes.

Before the showcase of celebrity talent, attendees whet their appetites at the Cake Auction where they sampled and bid to take home the best of the home-baked specialties from private submissions.  For $1, cake-tasters could obtain a generous shot of milk, which paired perfectly with any of the cakes up for a sample.

People Helping People celebrates 10 years and Help Center grand opening

Photography by ALEX ANTON

This year marks the 10th anniversary of People Helping People (PHP), a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable corporation dedicated to ending hunger and breaking the cycle of poverty in Hernando County.  A celebration was held on Tuesday May 7, 2019 to recognize this landmark in the organization’s  history and the grand opening of their Help Center.  PHP provides a myriad of programs providing warm food, dry goods and much needed supplies to those in need.

Timeworn finds at 41 & Bird




Nestled under a huge oak tree sits the cute cottage shop “41 & Bird” owned by Staci Lewis-White.

Already a successful business woman with her “The Wired Bird” store in downtown Brooksville, Staci Lewis-White said she was delighted to be able to find another venue to display her vintage, home and garden  finds.

Brooksville Gold Medalist Beats the Odds

On May 11, 1992, Robert Moore was born in a Tampa hospital. After giving birth, his mother wanted nothing to do with him. The boy’s father had abandoned him as well. Because he was left alone, Children and Family services were called and began frantically looking around to find someone to care for him. As the nurses fed him and changed his tiny diapers, the clock started ticking on who would care for him. The maternal grandparents were found and contacted. They didn’t want the baby either.