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.

J.D. Floyd Elementary School Recognizes Veterans in Special Ceremony

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.      

Chocachatti Elementary Salutes Veterans in Colorful Performance

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.   

Westside Elementary School Honors Veterans

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.

Religious groups gather for 'Interfaith Voices Against Anti-Semitism' event


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.

Welcome to the woods, fall wildflowers of the Withlacoochee State Forest

Article and Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

September 23 was the first official day of fall, but here in Florida, fall doesn’t feel like fall until late October. Cool-weather, pleasant breezes that whisper throughout the forest and the colors of fall begin to appear, fade and reappear during the next couple of months.

Vince Morris, Resource Administrator, and Colleen Werner, Biologist II from the Florida Forest Service, took me on a long-awaited trip to their favorite spots to see the fall colors blooming in the Withlacoochee State Forest.

Local rotary club holds seafood festival


On Saturday October 26, the Rotary Club of Spring Hill Central held its second annual Nature Coast Seafood Festival.

Festival at Linda Pedersen Park on Hernando Beach. As the club's annual fundraiser this has become a large event for the county. Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Brooksville and Spring Hill were on hand to help out with activities scheduled throughout the day.