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.

Family Struggles with Rare Genetic Heart Ailment

For thirty-one-year-old Dawn and thirty-four-year-old Steven Dybiec finding out that both their young sons, Steven and Gabriel, had Danon Disease, a rare genetic disorder, was devastating. When they discovered that Dawn was not only the carrier but also had the disease it shook their world and drastically changed their lives.

"At first we were in disbelief [when they got the diagnosis] because we didn't want to believe that it was that. It's such a rare thing. It didn't seem right," Steven comments.

Holy Cross Lutheran Church to Host Forum on Hate-Free Zones

On Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019, Holy Cross Lutheran Church will host a forum on Creating Hate-Free Zones in our community. The event, which is open to the public, will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the church located at 6193 Spring Hill Drive. What a hate-free zone is or looks like is open for discussion and will be the focus  of the forum, which kicks off a monthly “Community Topics Series” that is intended to provide help and guidance with issues related to daily living.

Faith and Patience: The Power Duo

“For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.”

(Hebrews 10:36 KJV)


“But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.”

(James 1:4 KJV)


No one likes to talk about “having patience” it seems.

In today’s world, we want it now and don’t want to wait.

But patience is so much more than just waiting for the “sweet by and by”.


What is a Master Gardener? What do they do? Is the program for everyone? Master Gardener program goals are to provide instruction and science-based information to individuals who will, in turn, volunteer in the community to share that knowledge with the public. Florida’s Master
Gardener program is part of the Extension Service of the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS).

To be considered for the Hernando County Master Gardener program, attend the orientation program from 6 to 7:30 PM, February 12, 2019.