Sarah Nachin

A love for music and helping people

Local musician, Lenny Nicotri, has had a long career in music and a few ups and downs in his life. Now, he is happily retired from the demanding and hectic life he led for seventeen years. But he didn’t give up music entirely. Lenny plays guitar and sings with a local band called Alabama Rain that is made up of two other musicians – Michael Morelli on drums and Chris VonBartheld who plays keyboard and also sings. 

Second Annual Ride for the Dawn raises money and awareness of domestic violence

On Saturday, September 28, the Dawn Center of Hernando County held its second annual Ride for the Dawn. The organization works with men, women and children who have been victims of domestic or sexual violence. Among the services it offers is a hotline, outreach services and an emergency shelter.

As April Johnson, Community Engagement Coordinator for the Dawn Center, stated, “This whole event was the brainchild of an amazing girl, Alyssa Barocas.” 

Children's Advocacy Center of Hernando County receives grant

The Children's Advocacy Center of Hernando County (CAC) recently received a grant for $2,000. Rodney Tower, a retired police officer who is now a Senior Manager for Law Enforcement Relations with a company called Aftermath presented the check to the organization on Monday, September 16. Several years ago, Aftermath instituted a program called “Why We Serve.” Each year, they hold a contest throughout the United States for community based non-profit organizations to develop a public service announcement (PSA) detailing who they are and what they do.

Hernando High School Senior elected student school board delegate

On Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2019, student representatives from all the local schools gathered at the school board office to vote for their student school board delegate. One student from each of the county schools, elementary through high school, had the opportunity to hear the candidates give a short speech describing his or her  background and experience, reasons for running for the position and his or her platform. The candidates, all Seniors, represented Weeki Wachee High School, Springstead High, Nature Coast Technical High School, Hernando High and Central High School.     

The Tilted Teacup Tea Room – A Bit of Britain in Brooksville

Whether or not you are British, a visit to the Tilted Teacup Tea Room in Brooksville offers a pleasurable and leisurely dining experience. At this unique eatery, you can enjoy a cup of tea, along with fresh-baked scones, cakes and a wide assortment of sandwiches, quiche and other fare. 

For owner Aimee Gans, who had previously run several businesses while raising four children, operating a restaurant was a new venture. 

Local Philanthropic Organization Awards Substantial Grant to Hernando Youth Orchestra

A relatively small group of women that meets only four times a year has had a tremendous impact on the community in the short time they have been operating.   The philanthropic organization called 100 + Women Who Care Florida Nature Coast formed in December of 2016. The group recently awarded a $3,800 grant to the Hernando Youth Orchestra. 

Boys and Girls Club Celebrates Twentieth Anniversary

On Wednesday, August 28, the Boys and Girls Club held an event to celebrate its twentieth anniversary in Hernando County. The festivities took place at the Westside Elementary center. 

The organization now has ten sites to serve school age children and five licensed preschools. Altogether the Boys and Girls Club serves more than 2,000 children from six weeks of age to eighteen years old. 

Noreen St. Jean, Director of Outreach and Donor Relations networks with businesses and community members sharing information about the organization's programming.