When Moton Elementary School Speech Language Pathologist Maggie LeDoux first met one of her kindergarten students last year, she knew she would have her work cut out for her. The student has cerebral palsy, was on the Autism Spectrum and was born blind. Because of his multiple disabilities, resources that will help him learn are tough to find. “People don’t realize that there is a limited access to materials for multiple disability kids,” said LeDoux.
Not many people would want to be President of the United States. For 13-year-old Preston Hennessey, diagnosed with Obstructive Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and Marfan Syndrome just this past July, spending a week in the Oval Office is his fondest wish.
His mother, Helise Flickstein, has appealed to the Make a Wish Foundation. So far the organization has approved a “Meet and Greet” with President Trump, but Preston would still like to try his hand at governing the United States for a short time. His dream is one day to be President for real.
While council members emphasize that disbanding the Brooksville Police Department is not something they are seeking to do, asking the Sheriff’s Office about what it would cost them to provide a level of service equivalent to the city police force would imply that the option may be on the table. Many community stakeholders came to that conclusion following the Nov. 27 special meeting. Council members stated on Dec. 4 that the inquiry is part of their thorough evaluation of the costs relating to law enforcement, due to the worrisome budget situation.
Family, friends and community members gathered Monday night, Dec. 4, 2017, nearly filling the First Baptist Church of Brooksville to say goodbye to prominent Chiropractor Donald “Doc” Hensley. Doc was also known for his service to Brooksville in other capacities, serving for seven years as Director of Hernando Youth League, a member of the Hernando County School Board for eight years and football team doctor for over thirty years at Hernando High School.
“Mama Allie,” the matriarch of the Lykes Family, mother to seven sons and one daughter, is being honored by the International Museum of Women’s Pillar Program. Almeria Belle Mackay Lykes, youngest child of Captain James Mackay Sr., a Tampa shipping and real estate tycoon and wife to Dr. Howell T. Lykes was known by her family as “Mama Allie.” In order to celebrate her contributions to her community and family, Lykes family members made generous donations to the International Museum of Women Pillar Program in her honor.
Every year millions of Americans watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It has become a tradition for most, and is pure magic seeing all the floats, dancing, singers and music. Knowing that each person who takes part must have put in a lot of hard work to get there and seeing the end result is magical.
I just love this place,” said artist Jeff Guzlas of the 15-acres of natural old Florida land and small RV park he bought 15 years ago.
Located between a golf course community and thousands of acres of nature preserves, his park is located close to Weeki Wachee Springs State Park and the Gulf of Mexico.
A builder by trade from northern Illinois, Guzlas bought the property in 2004 and never wants to leave.
The origin of many of the towns in our area can be traced back to a single family or man. Sometimes it was the first man to make the river crossing easier. The settlers from miles around would use that river crossing and merchants would come to the river crossing and sell their wares. A town would start to grow where all the people gathered. Another origin of the these towns was protection. Newly arrived settlers would want to live near a well established family, so they could gather at that house in case of attack.
One of Florida’s oldest roadside attractions, the Weeki Wachee Springs Mermaid Park celebrates the 70th anniversary of its very first mermaid show.