May 2020

Show Us Your SunShine: Birthday Celebration

Even in the midst of troubled times, people everywhere are still finding plenty of reasons to celebrate; drawing their own personal sunshine from the celebration of memorable life milestones--with just a dash of divine inspiration thrown in for good measure.

Finding her muse in the spiritual realm, Spring Hill artist Anya Vykhopen of His Vessel Art Co. shares her original artwork, 'His Presence.'  Vykhopen sells her artwork via her Etsy shop,, and is available for commissions via e-mail at [email protected]

Fatal Hernando County Crash CR-574 5/31/20

A vehicle was traveling eastbound on CR-574 (Spring Hill Drive), west of Maguire Avenue. A pedestrian was walking southbound across CR-574 and entered the path of the vehicle. As a result, the vehicle collided with the pedestrian who suffered serious injuries. Following the crash, the driver fled the crash scene on foot. Transported to an area hospital, the pedestrian later expired from the injuries sustained during the crash. FHP troopers are currently searing for Kevin Patrick Benstead, 61, of Brooksville, Florida, identified as the driver of the vehicle.

A “Hidden Gem” Features Local Comedy Magician

They say that “laughter is the best medicine.” Well, if you want a good dose of this remedy, you can find it just forty minutes from Spring Hill down U.S. 19. The Comedy Hall of Fame Museum, housed in a multi-story office building in Holiday is home to more than 800 exhibits containing innumerable pieces of memorabilia highlighting the history of comedy – from the ancient Greeks and Romans to today’s most popular funny people. These include photographs, posters, sound recordings and an old radio.

Offshore Adventure

I stepped way, far out of my comfort zone recently after accepting an invitation from an old friend and hunting companion, to join him in the Gulf of Mexico in pursuit of sharks.  Now folks, if you’ve read a handful of these columns, you’ve probably figured out that I’m a bit of a landlubber.  It’s true, I do enjoy a good fishing trip from time to time, but more often than not, it’s just sitting out on the bank of the Withlacoochee with a cane pole and a can of worms.  Shark fishing though….

‘Shellabrate’ Turtle Day with our Favorite Florida Turtles and Tortoise

In 1990, Susan Tellem and Marshall Thompson co-founded American Tortoise Rescue located in Malibu California. They also created World Turtle Day as a way to bring awareness to the public about turtles and tortoises. Turtle Day was celebrated last week on May 23.

“I have always been an animal person and always had a strong love for animals,” Tellem said. 

A Surprise Graduation

For many students, the 2020 graduation season has arrived in something less than grand fashion--sadly absent of the face to face graduation parties, proms and other public ceremonies that--in the COVID-19 pandemic--have been cancelled or rescheduled for the duration of the year.

Yet the celebration goes on at the Grace World Outreach Church in Brooksville. Here, Youth Pastors Chris and Analysa Fullam, the church's youth ministers in the Ascend Youth Program, recently offered its 'pupil parishioners' a combination graduation ceremony and party--one celebrated at their own homes.

Walk on the Wild Side VIII

As this concludes the spring series of Walk on the Wildside, Lilly and I hope you have enjoyed learning about some of the beautiful and wonderful native flowering plants that thrive in Hernando County.

Whether you are hiking one of Hernando County’s awesome trails through the Withlacoochee State Forest, visiting a preserve or park, take the time to admire nature’s wildflowers.