Sabrina Sivert

Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program

During the second half of November the Hernando County Growers Association assisted the Enrichment Centers at several locations in Brooksville to distribute $8,000 of local fruit and vegetables to lower income Hernando County seniors, closing out the 2019 Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program.

The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program is USDA funded through the Florida Department of Elder Affairs and helps improve access to fresh produce for seniors who may need that extra help.

Operation Backpack in Hernando: giving and growing every year

In recent days, many back to school giveaways have taken place throughout the county offering a wide variety of services to students embarking on a new school year, from free vision tests and physicals to free backpacks. The Hernando County Sheriff's Office ran the Back to School Extravaganza at Anderson Snow Park which drew approximately 3500 people on Aug. 3.  There was also Operation Backpack at the Jerome Brown Center in Brooksville that same day, which aimed to giveaway about 500 backpacks to area children.

Teddy Toye, from Spring Hill to Broadway

By Sabrina Sivert

Many people dream of performing on Broadway, but for Teddy Toye, from Spring Hill, this dream is a reality. 

When Teddy was 18 months old, he sang at the Strawberry Festival where he shocked the audience singing “Minnie the Moocher” an old Cab Calloway song and “Great Balls of Fire,” by Jerry Lee Lewis, without missing a word or beat.  At two years old Teddy stepped on stage with his father Eddie Toye, a musician, and he quickly fell in love with the musical world. 

Spring Hill Farmers Market

On June 1, 2019, the Spring Hill Farmers Market welcomed local produce and food shoppers at the Towne Square Mall parking lot.  It has the same hours and many of the same vendors as was offered at the Hernando County Farmers Market in the Rural King parking lot, which was recently closed. Two of the organizers of the Hernando County Farmers Market now run the Spring Hill Farmers Market, Tammy Patrick, and Desiree Canora. The market has something for everyone. Some of the vendors include Beasley Farm, Growin’ Crazy Acres, and Sierra Rose Reclaimed Wood Sign Company.

YMCA in Hernando County celebrates 30th Anniversary

On Monday, June 3, 2019, the YMCA of the Suncoast on Mariner Blvd hosted their 30th-anniversary celebration. This event was an all-day event with multiple activities including member appreciation, a community open house where anyone could stop in and check out what the YMCA has to offer, tours of YMCA, the anniversary ribbon cutting and to end the day, a social by the pool where many shared what the YMCA meant to them. They had pictures on display to show how far the YMCA has come in thirty years and members shared information and experiences.