Sue Quigley

Flu Prevention

The winter months are approaching and along with it the influenza (flu) season. 
Flu, a contagious respiratory illness triggered by viruses, infects the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and can lead to death, especially in the young or elderly.
Between December and February every year, flu leaves thousands of Americans needing life-or-death treatment in an intensive care unit (ICU) even if the virus is circulating at unusually low levels.

The Joy of Toys

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Being admitted to hospital can be very scary for children, especially for younger children who don’t understand why they have to stay in the hospital and away from home.

To help make a child’s hospital stay less frightening, a group of local volunteers is helping our smallest patients by making simple wooden toys.

35 years and counting

Since 1984, The Flower Shop in Spring Hill has been supplying our community with blooms, floral arrangements and a lot more. 

“I’m incredibly proud that The Flower Shop is celebrating 35 years in business this month,” said owner Albert Tavolaro. “I’m so fortunate to be able to share this accomplishment with family, staff, friends and customers,” he said.

To mark the occasion, The Flower Shop is offering 35 percent off everything in the shop during the weekend of October 19, 2019.

Healing with love

Americans have struggled for decades to afford health care and it's not uncommon for many of us who can't afford health care or insurance to end up in hospital emergency rooms — particularly as their health problems deteriorate and become more difficult to treat. 

In Hernando County, residents are fortunate to have the Crescent Community Clinic. 

Belgium: Land of beer, pommes frites and chocolate


Belgium: A tiny little country but huge on beer!

When you think of Europe and beer, Germany springs to mind, Ireland or even the Czech Republic, the ancestral home of Budweiser. 

But Belgium has probably the widest selection of beers in the world and can brew delicious, fruity beers from practically anything — cherries, raspberries, strawberries, apricots, honey, orange peels, cinnamon, black pepper, nuts, chocolate and even wheat. So many of these wheat beers can now be seen to be gracing the shelves in Publix.

Brighter future for girls

Oak Hill Hospital, a major sponsor of the Pace Center for Girls in Hernando County, recently hosted an inaugural breakfast with more than 160 community members attending the event. Diana Jerome is the Community Engagement Manager for the Pace Center for Girls in both Pasco and Hernando counties. “Pace is a free and voluntary year-round program,” she said.