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Discover Orlando’s Pioneers by moonlight

Curious to experience a cemetery after dusk when the gates are locked and closed? Now you can.

Greenwood Cemetery in the City of Orlando holds monthly moonlight walking tours that take you on a historical stroll through the cemetery. The walk is approximately four miles within the 120-acre cemetery and visits about 100 graves of notable individuals in Orlando’s history.

Established in 1880, Greenwood Cemetery offers scenic views during the day and glimpses of historical dignitaries, but exploring it in the dark by the light of the moon is a totally different experience.

Get to Know Us: Sarah, Clyde and the Newspaper

Meet Sarah Nachin, one busy Hernando Sun features writer and author of several published books.

 

Sarah is a freelance writer and writes articles for our newspaper, the Hernando Sun. She also writes for a weekly newspaper in upstate New York and various magazines.

But her real passion in life is writing books and traveling. Her latest book is “The Odyssey of Clyde the Camel,” that she describes as a humorous travelogue as well as including a few fantasy elements.

The Hernando Sun, now an award winning newspaper

The 2017 Florida Press Association (FPA) Weekly Newspaper Contest winners were announced in random order on Friday, May 4, 2018. The actual awards and whether we placed first, second, or third will be announced noon on Friday, August 10 during the 2018 Florida Media Conference. The Florida Press Association is the preeminent newspaper organization in the state.

Alison Pager semifinalist for Presidential Scholars Program

Alison Pager, a graduating senior at Hernando High School, is part of an elite group of students across the nation.  She is one of 630 semifinalists for the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. There are only 31 semifinalists from the state of Florida.  There was an initial pool of 5300 student candidates from around the country.

Solving the 'connection problem' in foster care adoption

From Left to Right:  Leading the Selfless Love Foundation, is  Dr. Elizabeth Wynter, with over 20 years of experience in working to improve the child welfare system,  Thea Ramirez, founder of  Adoption-Share and Family-Match, Ashley Brown founded Selfless Love Foundation with her  husband Ed Brown in 2015.

Adoption in the state of Florida is about to become a much more efficient process thanks to a software program that will allow agencies to access a statewide database of potential families, but it’s not just a database. It’s also a matching program built by Adoption-Share, a non profit organization, with help from the former lead researchers of e-Harmony. Family-Match which will give caseworkers the ability to match foster children with parents based on markers of compatibility. Typically agencies are looking for potential parents within their local area.

Septic to sewer conversions will be expensive. Who will pay for it and will it work?

In 2016, the Florida Legislature passed the Florida Springs Protection Act. The act called for the creation of Basin Management Action Plans for major springshed systems in the state. Each BMAP is created by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection with input from local governments. The purpose of the BMAP is to create a roadmap for “Total Maximum Daily Load” or TMDL pollutant reduction. The main pollutant of concern for the Weeki Wachee Springshed is nitrates and one of the major sources they found to contribute to groundwater nitrates is septic systems.

Brooksville Legends Clinic offers the next young generation lessons from the greats

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Former Tampa Bay Rays relief pitcher Grant Balfour taught pitching techniques at Tom Varn Park on Sunday during the Legends for Youth baseball clinic. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

When playing baseball, whether for the first time or later in life, young individuals are taught the basics of the game: how to swing a bat, catch a fly ball, and run the bases. The same goes for historic Tom Varn Park in downtown Brooksville, which has been a staple of our community’s athletics, recreational or competitive at the interscholastic level. And on a crisp Sunday afternoon, the park would write another chapter in its legacy.