God and Country at the Countryman One Room Schoolhouse

Countryman One Room School House

Like many Americans during the first half of the 20th century, especially those who lived in rural communities, Gretchen Countryman attended a one room schoolhouse. Siblings years apart in age would learn alongside other children of varying ages in a simple school with just one room. “A one room school house is like a family,” explained Ms. Countryman. She had the privilege of being educated in this manner for 6 years, between 1946 and 1952. Countryman explained that in 1952, schools began to centralize across the country. Her one room schoolhouse days were over by the seventh grade.

Bringing Joy to Families in Need this Holiday Season

By Kelvin Kay, en:user:kkmd [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Some Hernando County families in need will be receiving Christmas dinners and toys this year, thanks to the joint efforts of local residents with big hearts. Athena Sanchez and Jessica Cecil of AJLV Events will be hosting a Holiday Shopping Event with Mom & Pop Polarbear Helping Families on Sunday November 29th from 10 am to 4 pm at 10181 N. Broad St in Brooksville. The location will be donated by Christina and Alan Jernigan, owners of Jernigan Towing.

Pitbull Awareness Event to Improve Perception of the Breed

Photography by Beverly Stapleton

Dogs for Heroes

When you examine the breeds that are currently in the Hernando County animal shelter, many are pitbulls. According to Emily Weiss, Vice President of Research and Development for the ASPCA, the American Pit Bull is number 1 on the list of the top ten most common breeds in shelters throughout the US:

Streisand Tribute Opens the Season with Class at Hernando Performing Arts Center

Julie B. Maglio

Simply Streisand Performed by Carla DelVillaggio

On Saturday evening at the Hernando Performing Arts Center, the sophistication and talent of Barbara Streisand graced the stage. It was the season opener for the Hernando Performing Arts Center Guild.

Carla DelVillaggio, Barbara Streisand tribute artist, performed a wide range of Streisand songs with impeccable accuracy. She trained as a lyric soprano and has performed for dignitaries around the world.

Hernando County Kennel Club Annual Fall AKC Dog Show

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Hernando County Kennel Club Annual Fall AKC Dog Show

Hernando County Kennel Club held their 21st and 22nd, All-Breed Dog Shows, Obedience & Rally Trials last weekend Nov. 7th and 8th at the Florida Classic Park in Brooksville.

“We have been showing for eighteen years, we do obedience classes, handling classes,” Cathy Choffey said. Choffey is one of the five members on the Board with Hernando County Kennel Club. “It’s a great place to come and meet the breeders.”

The park filled with a variety of breeds from Affenpinschers to Xoloizcuintli.

Humane Society of the Nature Coast

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Lucy Lu and Buddy at Nature Coast Humane Society

Many animals that enter animal services fortunately make their way to the Humane Society of the Nature Coast (, a nonprofit and no time limit organization founded in 1964. They also obtain animals by owner-surrender. When an animal is brought to the shelter there is a process. Some animals go to isolation. During isolation the dog or cat is given a medical overview and spayed or neutered. Those that are owner-surrendered are ready for adoption immediately.

Get Your Tickets!

On Mariner in Spring Hill you can see the bright colored flashing lights illuminating the night sky. St. Frances Cabrini kicked off the 3rd Annual Parish Feast in Spring Hill on Thursday night, the start of four days and nights of great entertainment for the whole family.

Jennifer Vitale, her daughter Alea Spiridako and nephew Jay Morse took on the Magic Carpet, while Sabrina Machado, Jason Rodriguez and Josh Lopez, all friends from Spring Hill took a gentler option, The Fun Slide. “It was nice, we had fun,” Machano said.

Classic Car Club Displays Beauty and Restoration

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Sunshine State Muscle Car Club, Fall Fling

Vintage Classic and Full Breed Muscle Cars filled the parking lots at Brooksville Transmissions Inc. and Complete Automotive Care off of Cortez Blvd in Brooksville, Sunday November 8, 2015.

There are a variety of car shows throughout the county, from Brooksville to Weeki Wachee. Recently Sunshine State Muscle Car Club held their Fall Fling Car Show.
Sunshine State Muscle Car Club has two car shows a year, Spring Fling in April and Fall Fling in November. Owners of vintage Fords to current 2015/2016 Dodge and Chevrolet muscle cars display the sleek designs of their ride.

Harvest in November

Camille Pisarro's "The Harvest"

November is a time when we think about harvesting. Some of us have been lucky enough to have planted a great fall garden, and we are harvesting some fresh veggies for our dinner plates. But there are other resources in our yard we often overlook. Here are some of the treasures we can collect from our own yard:

Harvest branches and leaves: What? Don’t you mean throw them away? Absolutely not! Leaves, twigs, and other yard debris make great compost and mulch material. Don’t send them to the landfill, use them!

Agriculture and Wildlife Celebrated at Expo in Brooksville

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Oliva Mundy competes in the Horse Obstacle, riding Hawk a Blanket Appaloosa

Florida Agriculture and Wildlife Expo kicked off their annual four day event on November 5th, 2015 in Brooksville.

“We wanted to see more agriculture, equine, also educate the public more on agriculture not only just crops and livestock, but hunting, fishing and wildlife portions as well,” said Deanna Naugler, President of the Board.