Getting them out of the woods


The Hernando Sun’s series on the homeless population within Hernando County and the various organizations helping to mitigate the problem begins with a feature on the Nature Coast Community Services Foundation, directed by Ellen Paul.

Nature Coast Community Services Foundation (NCCSF) is a 501c3 organization which operates through the Unitarian Universalist Church in Weeki Wachee.  There is a core group of volunteers including Ms. Paul: Mary and Bob Tokar, Rose Beal, Evangeline Reid and Dennis C. and Gunnell Perez.

Winemaking the modern way


Gone are the days where grape stomping was used in traditional winemaking to release the juices and begin the fermentation process. 

Nowadays, winemaking doesn’t have to be as theatrical or energetic and with absolutely no bare feet involved whatsoever. All one needs are the right ingredients like those sold by Lori Stover and Pat Bassett at Once Upon a Vine in Spring Hill. 

Up close and Purr...sonal

by Sue Quigley
Hernando Sun Writer
Photography by
Alice Mary Herden

In the midst of the hustle ’n bustle of Tampa Bay lies a peaceful oasis under a 70-acre canopy of shady oaks and palm trees. It’s a place where there is comfort and love and a forever home for tigers and other big cats that have been rescued from horrific conditions.

The Arc goes 'Global'

It was an exciting day for Kathleen and her friends at the Arc Nature Coast.  Kathleen was near tears as she exclaimed, “That is the best thing I’ve ever done in my life!”

It was her idea to let the crew at Global Jetcare load her into their Learjet on a gurney as if she was one of their patients. Global Jetcare flies all over the world in order to transport the ill or wounded for medical treatment.    

A scent to save a life

Linda Boyles, President of Find-M’ Friends and the Vice President Bridget Didsbury traveled from Crystal River to participate in the Hurricane Preparedness Expo at the Lowe’s Spring Hill store in June of 2018. This gave them the opportunity to introduce themselves to staff from the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office who was stationed adjacent to their booth.

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office publishes Sheriff’s Briefing Notes on their public Facebook page and you may have seen alerts of  *Missing Endangered 

Jumping for Joy: The Double Dutch Club

When Vivian Kwarren began homeschooling her daughter Angela, (10) she became generally concerned about her social skills and that thought had brought her back to her hometown of Brooklyn in New York.

“I started thinking about me and when I grew up in New York. I used to jump Double Dutch everyday (coming) home from school. It used to be to a whole bunch of kids,” Kwarren said.

Horse Heaven

There’s nothing quite like the bond between a horse and its owner and Kym and John Holzwart understand that more than anyone. The couple breed Spotted Saddle Horses and own the Spotted Dance Ranch in Brooksville.

Located near the Croom Tract of the Withlacoochee State Forest, close to exit 301 of I75 and Brooksville, the couple’s ranch is also the perfect getaway to stay with your horse and ride Croom’s more than 50 miles of horse trails. 

Fort Taylor: Third Seminole War Fort

The one historical fort in Hernando County that we have sign for, indicating its location  is Fort Taylor. The sign does not actually list the fort but rather Fort Taylor Cemetery. Fort Taylor appears to have been mainly a Third Seminole War fort which lasted from 1855 to 1858. 

It is not mentioned in the list of Second Seminole War forts in Hernando County from the 1830s and 40s which were Fort Cross, Fort Annutteliga, and Fort De Soto. The Second Seminole War lasted from 1835 to 1842.