Rocco Maglio, is a writer and co-founder of The Hernando Sun. He grew up in Brooksville and graduated from Hernando High School, where he ran an underground weekly newspaper, which was comical in nature.
by ROCCO MAGLIO
Hernando Sun Writer
The Second Seminole War was very important to the United States as it opened up a large part of Florida for settlement. The U.S. Army recorded 1,466 deaths in the Second Seminole War, mostly from disease. It was the costliest American Indian War in United States history costing more than $30 million.
Live Oak Conservatory is pleased to announce that their own Elyck (Ely) Walters has been welcomed to the cast of the Camp Broadway Kids Ensemble for an a cappella choral appearance at Sounds of Christmas, opening for the Rockettes at The Radio City Christmas Spectacular in New York, New York.
1. This year will see the return of the famed Tangerine Drop on New Year’s Eve. It was a wonderful custom that had received national attention and only was abandoned in 2009. A 200-pound tangerine was dropped 40 feet at midnight.
Kids Christmas Choir Sunday, December 23rd – 10:00am
Candles and Carols Monday, December 24th – 6pm
6000 Mariner Blvd,
by SARAH NACHIN
HERNANDO SUN WRITER
Last weekend rural Brooksville was transformed into the the towns of Nazareth and Bethlehem when Hillside Community Baptist Church presented The Road to Bethlehem, a live Nativity. Members of the congregation played the parts of Joseph, Mary, the innkeeper, shepherds and angels. A live burro and goats completed the tableau.
Brooksville resembled, to paraphrase the words of Randi Olsen, President and Artistic Director of Live Oak Theatre Company, a “scene from a Hallmark Channel special” on Thursday evening, December 6. Stores were decked out in bright holiday decorations, delicious smells of food wafted through the air, happy sounds of children could be heard, people wore Christmas attire, vendors displayed and sold gifts and Christmas carols were sung. All that was missing was the snow.
Lots more days left to enjoy Christmas shopping and fun in Brooksville. From 5 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2018, there will be a special evening of shopping with Christmas on the Hill shops decked out in the traditional colors of Christmas and bursting with Christmas Spirit.
The word “hero” is usually associated with brave deeds done in combat or by first responders. Hernando County resident, Barbara Lemoine, is a hero of a different sort. On November 27, the Tampa Bay Lightning honored Barbara with its 14th Lightning Community Hero Award for her work in founding and running The Life Center (TLC) of Hernando. Along with a plaque, team owner Jeff Vinik and Left Winger (forward position) Alex Killorn presented Barbara with a check for $50,000.
As the holidays are approaching, warm wishes and holiday decorations fill most homes in our community. Yet some need a little help to be merry and bright - like elderly residents who are homebound, or live alone without relatives nearby.
In 2012 Maureen Riser, a franchise owner with Home Instead Senior Care opened the first office in Hernando County and businesses like this are important for many seniors in our community who are living alone or with family members living away.
The Fourth Annual Shriners Benefit Car Show/Cruise In for the fight against Spina Bifida was held at United Speed World in Tampa on October 27. It was a tremendous success raising $26,000 for the Shriners Hospital for Children-Tampa.