Community

Jericho Road Ministries Launches New Mission

In our county recently, faith-based organizations and caregivers following a point-in-time count determined that the number of homeless is steadily on the rise and far outreaches the amount of sheltered accommodation available.

“Homeless” describes people being sheltered in temporary quarters, plus those living 'rough' in encampments throughout the county, mostly along the U.S. 19 and State Road 50 corridors.

Senior Prom: Not just for high schoolers...

by ROCCO MAGLIO
HERNANDO SUN

On Thursday, May 23, 2019 the Enrichment Center held their Senior Prom at the Glen Lakes Country Club. As with many proms, a king and the queen were chosen they were John and Debbie Druzbick. Enrichment Center Director Debbie Druzbick is retiring and the Senior prom was a wonderful sendoff. After a photo op, a new Prom King and Queen were chosen at random.

The incoming director Dell O. Barnes, Sr. impressed the gathering with his skills on the saxophone. There was dancing and camaraderie. 

Winding Waters Students Honor, Learn from Veterans

by LISA MACNEIL
Hernando Sun Reporter

On Friday, May 24, 2019, students at Winding Waters K-8 assembled in the gym to hear award-winning essays by fellow classmates.   Introduced by Army Colonel Jerry Lambert of Timber Pines, the top essayists were awarded cash for their contributions.

Seventh-grader Alex Collito began the program by reciting the Gettysburg Address.

The students of Winding Waters then heard first-hand accounts from those who served during wartime in the United States Armed Forces.

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

by ROCCO MAGLIO

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

by LISA MACNEIL

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.