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Planting trees in your landscape

Dr. William Lester, UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County
Pat Cooke, UF/IFAS Extension Hernando County Master Gardener

New trees form a framework for your landscape.  Hernando County is in USDA’s plant-hardiness zone 9.  Choose varieties of Florida-Friendly or native plants that are suited to grow in west central Florida.  Ask questions and read plant labels.  UF/IFAS has a central Florida tree list with links for details about a number of varieties and site selection criteria.  Go to: http://hort.ifas.ufl.edu/treesandpowerlines/central_florida.shtml. 

Family oriented events on New Year's Eve

By MEGAN HUSSEY
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Although generally associated with sparkly parties and endless streams of champagne, the New Year's Eve holiday also can be regarded as a time of family celebration. And this year in Hernando County, a jubilant trio of family friendly events aim to start off the new year with some good, clean fun--making many memories and starting some new traditions in the process.

Mermaid Trail and mini-murals, among Brooksville Main Street initiatives

by KATHRYN DENTATO
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Natalie Kahler, Executive Director of the Brooksville Main Street Program, reviewed recent activities as well as those in progress and upcoming.  The Main Street designation was granted by the state in 2016.  The purpose of the Main Street program is to revitalize historic downtown areas.  The program is run by the Brooksville Vision Foundation.   

High School Marching Bands Have Reason To Toot Their Horns

As the year draws to a close, many Hernando schools are singing the praises of their band programs--all of whom played, marched and sang their way to an impressive collection of awards and honors in a myriad of competitions.

At Weeki Wachee High School, the Sound of the Hornets band won first place in division 2A, second place overall, and best color guard at the Panther Pride Invitational Marching Band Festival. 

2020 Art in the Park includes competition for local artists

For the past 36 years, the Art in the Park event has served as a rich creative showcase for artists in this area; one that draws about 6,000 attendees each year. And now, for the first time, this popular event is set to include a competitive art contest for locals offering $450 in prize money and numerous promotional opportunities for the winners.

Florida Farm Bureau Federation Educates Students about Agriculture

Third graders at Chocachatti Elementary School, along with members of the 4-H Club were treated to a very special learning experience on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019 to celebrate Ag Literacy Day. Dubbed an Ag Venture program, individuals representing various phases of agriculture paid a visit to the school to demonstrate and explain all about Florida’s agricultural industry.