Alice Mary Herden

Walk on the Wild Side VII

In this segment, we have a few very special flowering plants, the Florida Milkvine and the wild orchid, Rose Pogonia. These flowering plants flourish and thrive right where they are, in the wild. The reason these and any other flowering plants grow in a particular spot or area is because it’s their preferred natural habitat. The soil, the amount of shade or sunlight and other natural factors including wildfire give them life, energy, and nutrients to grow.

A Mission to Save Florida Native Plants

For the past month, Lilly Browning, Hernando County Utilities Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator, and I showcased some beautiful native wildflowers and flowering plants that thrive in Hernando County. 

Luckily these beauties can be found in parks, preserves, wildlife management areas, and environmental areas. But some native plants are not so lucky. 

Umpires Feel the Effects of a Short Baseball Season

Spring Hill, Fla.-- Student-athletes and coaches are not the only ones that have felt the hardship as the baseball season was cut short by COVID-19.  The umpires whose arduous job is to keep the game in check have no games to oversee.

“It’s a segment of sports that people don’t think about,” Kieras said. “We refer to ourselves as the third team.”

A Beautiful Weekend for Pine Island Park to Reopen

PINE ISLAND-- At 8 am on Friday, May 1 a Hernando County Parks and Recreation employee pushed the button to open the motorized gate into Alfred McKethan/Pine Island Beach Park. On Tuesday April 28,  the Board of County Commission voted to reopen all of Hernando County’s parks and recreational areas to the public.

Diane Caputo and her friend, Maryann Cole, drove to Pine Island Park from Pasco County.

Hernando High Softball Seniors Honored in Drive-by Parade

ROOKSVILLE-- On Friday, May 1st, Hernando High girls softball coach Kevin Bittinger and others held a senior softball parade for five of the 2020 graduating players at Tom Varn Park, the Lady Leopards home field.

“It was just sad that these girls didn’t get to finish off what they started,” Hernando High girls softball coach Kevin Bittinger said.