Springin' for Pollinators

Lilly Browning of Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator at Hernando County Utilities Department held a class about attracting wildlife at Chinsegut Conservation Center. The focus was teaching residents to learn how to create a wildlife haven and with Spring is just around the corner, now’s the time to begin organizing and planning.

There are many reasons why residents should create a pollinator’s garden, and as more areas are developed, natural environs for wildlife are declining.

Fort Dade Capitulation


An important event that happened nearby but has has been largely forgotten is the “Fort Dade Capitulation.” In March of 1837 General Thomas S. Jesup and the Seminole Chiefs Jumper and Alligator met at Fort Dade and signed the Capitulation. The agreement was to end the fighting associated with the Second Seminole War; with the Seminoles agreeing to be relocated to a tribal area in the Oklahoma Territory.

May-Stringer House lovingly tended by restoration artisans

Article and Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

A historic home workshop kicked off at the May Stringer House in Brooksville on Feb. 8, 2019.

Specialized artisans not only shared their knowledge of historic restoration, but also made some repairs to the seven gabled home whose first construction was completed in 1855 by John May. (Dr. Stringer Sr. purchased the home and built an extensive addition in 1903.)

Faith-based group transforming lives


In 2017, a point-in-time count on just one night throughout America, found that more than a half a million people were homeless, according to the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. 

Homelessness is described as “persons without a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence,” as defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. 

Art making its mark


Art. It’s an expression of creativity or imagination and spans all aspects of our lives from the visual and literary arts  to music, theatre, dance and film. Art enhances everything we do through avenues like fashion, architecture or books just to name a few. 

“One of the ways we encourage, promote, and support the creative arts in our county is the annual Art in the Park event,” said Hernando County Fine Arts Council Projects Coordinator Jan Knowles. 

Getting them out of the woods


The Hernando Sun’s series on the homeless population within Hernando County and the various organizations helping to mitigate the problem begins with a feature on the Nature Coast Community Services Foundation, directed by Ellen Paul.

Nature Coast Community Services Foundation (NCCSF) is a 501c3 organization which operates through the Unitarian Universalist Church in Weeki Wachee.  There is a core group of volunteers including Ms. Paul: Mary and Bob Tokar, Rose Beal, Evangeline Reid and Dennis C. and Gunnell Perez.