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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.

A Wedding to Remember

Hannah & Shane Walker

Every young woman dreams of a perfect wedding to remember. But few would dream of a wedding taking place in a hospital.

Hannah Bryan and her fiancé, Shane Walker, who live in Aberdeen, Maryland planned to be wed in October of this year, but she wanted her beloved grandfather, Jimmie Nichols, to walk her down the aisle since her father was no longer living.

Private school celebrates 35 years of helping students be the “best independent learners they can be”

The Spring Hill campus didn’t have many trees, when they constructed the first building.

Many years ago there were two educators that became heavily involved in education in Hernando County. They had worked in the Peace Corps in Peru setting up schools and later worked in inner-city schools in New York. Dr. Maglio taught child development and psychology courses in colleges and universities for a number of years. The Maglios often attended the Hernando County School Board meetings, offering suggestions based on their experience. The school board probably felt a sense of relief when they announced that they were opening a private school in Brooksville.

Filling up the mason jars

(L-R): Elijah Torres, Stephania Torres, Jane Russell Geddings (Miss Jane) holding “Mudpie” - the piggy bank, Samantha Sanborn, Aaron Trombley.

Live theater is alive and well in Hernando County. This is evidenced by the fact that Live Oak Theatre is celebrating its eighth year entertaining local audiences and has ambitious plans to expand.

With more than 150 people in its company, most of them young people ages seven to twenty-two, the troupe performs three shows a year. Its last show Annie was such a hit that they held eight performances. This was both a blessing and a challenge.