Sarah Nachin

Tending Her Garden

Many people Bernadette Vaz's age would be content to sit back and take it easy, but the  eighty-eight-year-old Spring Hill resident loves to get her hands dirty and tend her garden. Benedita (Bernadette) spends at least an hour-and-a-half every day from 7:30 a.m. until almost 10:00 a.m. pruning, planting, watering and fertilizing the more than sixty species of plants, shrubs and trees in her yard. She even cuts her own grass on her riding mower.

Job-A-Palooza event offers experience in the world of work

On Saturday, Sept. 15 participants of the Arc Nature Coast along with clients of the Lighthouse for the Visually Impaired and Blind had the opportunity to experience and learn skills needed for various jobs. Approximately fifty young people ages fourteen to twenty-one  and more than fifty peer mentors ages sixteen to twenty-four participated in the first annual Job-A-Palooza at the Arc Nature Coast campus in Spring Hill. The event was sponsored by the Arc of Florida and funded by a grant from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation.


People Helping People in Hernando County holds a fun-filled fundraiser

What better way to spend an hour or so than to be amused and amazed by a magician and help a worthy cause at the same time. On Saturday, Sept. 8, People Helping People (PHP) in Hernando County, Inc. held two magic shows at Springstead High School Theater. The purpose was to raise money for the organizations' many social service programs.

Winding Waters K-8 Students hear first hand accounts of 9/11

Everyone over the age of thirty knows where they were and what they were doing on the morning of September 11, 2001. For three Hernando County citizens, it was more than just an event that they watched unfold on television. John Lightsey, Don Barbee Jr. and Deborah Gray felt it personally. They each told their unique 9/11 story to a group of sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders at Winding Waters K-8 School this past Tuesday, the seventeenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks. None of these students had even been born in 2001. 

Rotarian Honored by Local Non-Profit Organizations

Three local non-profit organizations recently honored Mel Greene, a long-time Rotarian, for his generous contributions to their missions. The ceremony was held on Thursday, August 16 at the weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of Spring Hill.

Greene, who has been a Rotarian for forty-seven years, has supported many worthy causes in his lifetime. However, three organizations, in particular, wanted to thank him in a very special way.  

June is PTSD Awareness Month

Although many people associate Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) with veterans, this debilitating condition can occur in anyone who has suffered through a traumatic experience. It could be a young child who has been verbally or physically abused, a police officer or firefighter, a woman who has been sexually assaulted, a student who has witnessed a mass shooting or a veteran who has returned from combat duty. PTSD can happen to anyone. It is not a sign of weakness.

Author Stephen Shaskan Entertains Spring Hill Elementary Students

On Monday, May 14 children's author Stephen Shaskan enthralled the kindergarten classes at Spring Hill Elementary School with animated readings of his books. He also  led the children, while accompanying himself on the guitar, in a spirited sing-along of popular songs like “If You're Happy and you Know It.” Stephen's mother, Karen Shaskan, a member of the Reading Buddies and the Glen Lakes Book Club arranged the visit.