'Taste of the Fields' set for early November

On Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018, the Kiwanis Club of the Brooksville Ridge will hold its annual Taste of the Fields. The event will take place from 3-7 pm at NJoy Spirits Distillery, a beautiful and unique Hernando County destination. 

NJoy Spirits Distillery is situated on 80 acres,  adjacent to the Chassahowitzka Wildlife Management Area. To gain access to the distillery use the following address: 13243 Commercial Way (US 19 North) Brooksville, FL 34614 or download the printable map at

Spring Hill Christian Academy 'Pink Night Out' fundraiser

Article and Photography by Cheryl Clanton

Spring Hill Christian Academy (SHCA) Tuesday night October 2, 2018 held their third annual Pink Out Night filled with volleyball games against Grace Christian School. Students wanted to bring awareness to not only breast cancer but all cancers. Pink Out Night instills students with a sense of generosity and philanthropy. SHCA Athletic Director and Coach Elsie Morales said they look within the school, then the church and if they are blessed they would find a family within the community that needs help.

And They're Off!

Article & Photography by JULIE B. MAGLIO

It was a hot day, but what a turnout for the 2018 Hernando Beach Cardboard Boat Race! Boats were colorfully crafted with ingenuity and creativity- some were designed for speed and others for show.  There was a big crowd gathered to see the boat race seated in bleachers along the canal and overflowing onto the dock next door, where the Hernando Beach Yacht Club held additional festivities.  Neighbors from across the canal set-up their lawn chairs, a paddle boarder floated in for an up close view.  

Florida Fallen Firefighter to be Honored at  National Memorial  Service on October 7

EMMITSBURG, MD – The U.S. Fire Service will honor a firefighter, who died in the line of duty, from Florida during the 37th National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on Sunday, October 7, 2018. He is among the 80 firefighters who died in the line of duty in 2017 and 23 firefighters who died in previous years who will be remembered at the official national service at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Tending Her Garden

Many people Bernadette Vaz's age would be content to sit back and take it easy, but the  eighty-eight-year-old Spring Hill resident loves to get her hands dirty and tend her garden. Benedita (Bernadette) spends at least an hour-and-a-half every day from 7:30 a.m. until almost 10:00 a.m. pruning, planting, watering and fertilizing the more than sixty species of plants, shrubs and trees in her yard. She even cuts her own grass on her riding mower.

Job-A-Palooza event offers experience in the world of work

On Saturday, Sept. 15 participants of the Arc Nature Coast along with clients of the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind had the opportunity to experience and learn skills needed for various jobs. Approximately fifty young people ages fourteen to twenty-one  and more than fifty peer mentors ages sixteen to twenty-four participated in the first annual Job-A-Palooza at the Arc Nature Coast campus in Spring Hill. The event was sponsored by the Arc of Florida and funded by a grant from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.


Community gathers to say farewell

Family, friends and regulars of Becky Jack’s Seafood Shack gathered on Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018 to celebrate the life of owner Joe Foster, who passed away earlier in the week. Joe ran the restaurant with his wife Kim Curtis, who died in 2015. 

Inside the restaurant, Doug Swan told the story of a photo of Joe smiling and holding a large grouper.  A longtime friend, Swan reminisced of fishing and boating with Joe and Kim, whom he’d met at Newk’s Cafe in Tampa over a decade ago.  Joe and Kim became regulars of Newk’s, and formed many friendships there.  

Winding Waters K-8 Students hear first hand accounts of 9/11

Everyone over the age of thirty knows where they were and what they were doing on the morning of September 11, 2001. For three Hernando County citizens, it was more than just an event that they watched unfold on television. John Lightsey, Don Barbee Jr. and Deborah Gray felt it personally. They each told their unique 9/11 story to a group of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at Winding Waters K-8 School this past Tuesday, the seventeenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks. None of these students had even been born in 2001.