Sarah Nachin

Glen Lakes Veterans & Friends Association Raises $50,000 to Aid Disabled Veterans

Retirees Ron Ford and Dennis Blum spoke enthusiastically last week about their 100-member strong Glen Lakes Veterans & Friends Association. Founded just three years ago by the two Army veterans and George Friel, a retired Army major general, the organization began with only eight members.

"We started Glen Lakes Veterans & Friends Association to help out Chapter 67 of the local Disabled American Veterans (DAV). They were in need of operating funds. They needed a new building and the chapter was about to fold," Blum commented.    

Dedicated Publix Employees Volunteer at the Arc Nature Coast

Despite a steady rainfall on Tuesday, April 3, more than eighty Publix employees showed up at 7:30 a.m. at the Arc Nature Coast center in Spring Hill to work outside sprucing up the grounds of the facility. They put in several hours work, taking breaks intermittently under canopies to get out of the rain. It was all part of the annual Day of Caring that Publix sponsors in conjunction with their Publix Serves program. The company launched Publix Serves in 2015 as its community program that unites its associates in community service efforts. 

Chocachatti Elementary School stages Disney's "The Aristocats"

If Walt Disney were alive today, I'm sure he would have been pleased with Chocachatti Elementary School's adaptation of his animated musical comedy, "The Aristocats." The play tells the story of an elderly rich woman, Madam, who decides to leave her wealth to her pet cats when she dies. This sets a plot in motion by her nefarious butler, Edgar, to kidnap the cats and send them to Timbuktu so he can inherit the money.

Jay Blanton overcomes challenges and inspires others

Brooksville resident Jay Blanton knows first hand what it's like to be bullied. Born with a cleft palate that caused a severe speech impediment, he was teased unmercifully when he was a child. But instead of letting his challenges overcome him, Jay overcame them.

One way was by enrolling in a martial arts school. This helped him gain self-confidence and enabled him to protect himself. Eventually, he earned 1st Degree Black Belts in Tae Kwon Do and in Isshinryu Karate. Jay went on to teach self-defense to women and Senior Citizens.

“Triumph and Tragedy,” theme of this year’s history fair


On Saturday, February 23, members of the community, students and teachers gathered at Weeki Wachee High School for the annual History Fair.  History teachers Damien Clark from Weeki Wachee High School, Suzanne Miranda from Springstead High School and Michael Cooper from Winding Waters K-8 School spearheaded the event. The theme of this year’s fair was “Triumph and Tragedy.”