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Softball Proving Successful in County

Contributing: Alice Mary Herden, Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

When Harry Johnson joined the Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department in the early 2000s, he wanted to make use of the two public softball fields in Spring Hill. Now, some 14-15 years later, HCRD has a recreational men's softball league that hovers in the neighborhood of 30 teams and around 500 players.

Mud Action and Diehard Fans

Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

It was a day of celebration, a day of rain and a day of demolition at the Hernando County Fairgrounds Smash’m up Fourth of July Celebration in Brooksville, Florida. Richard Klimas, member of Brooksville Pulling Association since 2008, has handled the Demolition Derby event for the past five years and has seen all sorts of themed battered crushed stock cars. During this event, there were some neatly designed cars. “It’s something about destruction.” Richard Klimas laughs. With jammed packed stands, this is just one of Brooksville's events everyone must see.

Legendary Sirens are Mermaids Forever

Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

Recently a unique group of mermaids (pictured above from left to right): Lydia Dodson 69’-72’, Bev Sutton 69’-72’, Lynn Columbo 73’-86’, Susie Pennoyer 71’-73’, Marianne Bennett 69’-75’, Vicki Smith 57’-61’, Rita King 63’-68’ (not pictured) showed their grace and skill at the Weeki Wachee Mermaids’ Legendary Sirens performance. How did these ladies get the chance to be a part of Weeki Wachee’s greatest show? A common thread of the mermaids' various stories is that they each had wanted to be a mermaid since girlhood.

Fluent in Frequencies

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALICE MARY HERDEN

Amateur radio is a worldwide group of people who communicate with each other over a wide frequency spectrum using many different types of wireless transmitting modes. Some people may think amateur radio is a person talking through a mic at a radio station but actually it’s more than that, way more than that. It’s not like pushing a button and saying “Hi Mom!” over the air. There are complicated systems, technical terminology as well as getting licensed by the F.C.C.

Two Weddings and a Fire

Sixty-eight years ago Charles Looper and Leona Brannon were married at Lake Lindsey United Methodist Church. When the couple met, Charles Looper had recently returned from WWII, where he was captured by the Germans in December of 1945. He spent several months in a POW camp in Moosburg called Stalag 7A until he was freed on April 28th, 1945. On that day, the German Compound was taken over by American Troops where he and thousands of other allied soldiers had been kept as POWs.

Mapping the Withlacoochee River Watershed

Imagine tromping through 40 miles of the densest portion of the Withlacoochee River, the roughly one mile wide slow moving Green Swamp. Dr. Mark Fulkerson, Senior Professional Engineer with the Water Management District did so with a small team, in order to map out the bottom and acquire elevations of the river bed. According to Dr. Fulkerson, it took a couple summers to finally get to the Hernando County line, where a surveying company took over. Being so dense, “The survey company would not touch the Green Swamp,” said Dr. Fulkerson at a recent lecture.

City of Brooksville Provides Some Support to HC Fairgrounds July 4th Celebration

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Richard Klimas with Hernando County Fair Association spoke to the Brooksville City Council about the upcoming July 4th celebration at the Hernando County Fairgrounds.
He stated that they reached out to the community and the community has helped out considerably with the fireworks display. So far they have acquired $11,000 out of the $15,000 they are aiming towards.