Community

New vision for Brooksville Blueberry Festival

Last January, Coney Island Drive Inn owner John Lee rallied several local businesses to establish The Brooksville Blueberry Festival.   Following the departure of the Florida Blueberry Festival, Lee was confident that he and members of the community could build a new festival, that he describes as, “very different (from the previous years), with a more Brooksville feel.”    Lee and his crew were able to raise $36,000 from Hernando County donors alone. Lee’s vision for the new festival has taken shape, and its debut will be held on the weekend of April 28 - 29, 2018.

Hernando County Good Neighbor Trail Community Bike Ride

On Saturday March 31, 2018, about 25 riders from the Hernando County area gathered to take part in the 8-mile, Good Neighbor Community Bike Trail Ride.  Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis led the way on the causal, at your own pace ride. The journey began at 70 Russell Street, in downtown Brooksville, and treated riders to scenery of the city otherwise unseen. It offers a way to get out, get active, and remain healthy. This free, family friendly event was designed to celebrate and encourage citizens to see what has been done and the advantages it will have on our community.

Free fishing clinic gives children opportunity to improve skill, enjoy nature

On Saturday, April 7, 2018 the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Weeki Wachee Anglers Inc. & Hernando County Parks & Recreation hosted the 3rd annual free fishing clinic for 200 children 5 to 15 years old at Linda Pedersen Park. This event was coordinated with the help of the members of the Weeki Wachee Anglers Club. This club is a fishing and social club with roughly 300 members. The club was founded by the club president Ronald Auger.

Hernando Bar 5k

This year was the 5th annual Hernando Bar 5k. Erin Daly, a state attorney, has been organizing the Hernando Bar 5k for all five years. She said, "I hope one day I can actually run in the race, although I have run the course hundreds of times already."

High Point's 3rd Annual Jim Breitung Memorial Golf Tournament

A veteran of the U.S. Navy and “great left-handed golfer,” James Paul Breitung moved to Florida in 1996. Jim was a celebrated long-time resident and board member of the High Point Golf Club. Following his death in 2015, his partner in life, Ruth Cassara, along with several individuals and businesses sponsor the annual golf tournament held in Breitung’s honor.

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.

The benefits of Farmers Markets

by Matt Smith, M.S. Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Agent UF/IFAS Extension Sumter, Pasco, Hernando County

The Brooksville Farmers Market, open Sundays from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, 300 S Main St, Brooksville, FL 34601

Farmers markets are among the most recognizable selling tools that small farmers can use when moving their crops. Farmers markets are beneficial because they allow growers to interact directly with customers, building relationships but also allowing their business to command retail prices far above what they would see selling at commodity rates. This is important because the break-even price for small farms is higher than at large farms. Farmers markets also serve as small farm incubators, providing valuable foot traffic and notoriety for new farms.

Cleaning up Coastal Hernando

The Weeki Wachee chapter of the National Honor Society (NHS) has begun a cleanup project that focuses on coastal areas in the county. More than 50 students, teachers and area residents showed up Saturday, March 24, 2018 to remove trash and debris from near the roadway of Shoal Line Boulevard near Linda Pedersen Park and Rogers Park. They’ve recently cleaned up Pine Island and have future plans for the Weeki Wachee Preserve and the Weeki Wachee River.