Rocco Maglio

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Rocco Maglio is a former Town Commissioner and Mayor of Melbourne Beach, FL. He grew up in Brooksville and is a graduate of Hernando High School as well as PHSC. He current works as a software architect with a strong interest in computer security.

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A list of 2015 Christmas/Holiday displays to checkout

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Around the holidays many people like to visit beautiful displays of lights. Homosassa Springs Park puts on an amazing display of lights. The lights are set to music. The Celebration of Lights can be enjoyed from Saturday, December 19 to Saturday, December 26, from 5:30pm to 9:00pm EST with the exception of Christmas evening.

Christmas Revived Behind the Doors of Rogers' Christmas House

Preperations Underway for Rogers' Christmas House Opening

Rogers’ Christmas House began as a Christmas section within the Rogers’ Department Store in Downtown Brooksville. As the popularity of the Christmas venue grew, Margaret "Weenie" Ghiotto (Rogers) expanded the business into the iconic five cottage complex that many remember with fondness. Ghiotto passed away in 2006 and the Christmas House sadly closed its doors in 2010. However the new owners of the property, Greg and Dorothea Stephens, are ushering in a new era for the Christmas House.

Update on Lake Townsend Renaming

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This is an update on the story about renaming Lake Townsen back to its original name Lake Townsend. To recap Istachatta Historian Melba Ward recently passed away. She wanted the see Lake Townsen have its “d” restored. The lake was named after the town’s founder and postmaster Francis M. Townsend. She said that she “would like to paint a ‘d’ on the signs, but everyone would know it was her.”

Correcting the Historical Mistake at Lake Townsend

Lake Townsen Sign

Istachatta Historian Melba Ward recently passed away. She left behind her book Istachatta: History of the First Hundred Years 1850-1950 as well as a corresponding genealogical anthology of the area that outweighs her history book by hundreds of pages. A few months ago, she remarked that something she wanted to see fixed was the name of Lake Townsen near Istachatta. The lake was named after the town’s founder and postmaster Francis M. Townsend. He built a ferry across the Withlacoochee River in hopes of getting a stagecoach to go through.

Luigi’s Pizza excellent Italian Food

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Luigi’s Pizza is an unpretentious restaurant next to Bud Mckethan Park in Brooksville. They offer pizzas, pastas, seafood, sandwiches, and more.

Luigi’s Pizza has been run by the Kirshy family since 1970. They started in a storefront up the road a bit and after a few years moved to their present location. They have been in their present location for around 30 years.

Successful Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway by Luigi's and We Care

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The We Care and Luigi’s Thanksgiving meal giveaway was an unmitigated success. The volunteers brought happiness to many people and by the end of the night they were exhausted, but beaming with joy. The unofficial numbers were 75 deliveries, 50 pickup orders, and 60 dine ins. After they tallied the tickets they had served 213 people in total.

They had 3 turkeys totalling more than 50 pounds, two hams, 15 pies, and a ton of sides. They managed to serve all of the apple pie, cherry pie, pumpkin pie, brownies, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, sweet tea, and turkey.

Luigi's and We Care team up to provide Holiday Dinners

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Luigi’s Pizza and We Care have teamed up to provide Thanksgiving Dinners Sunday, November 22nd between 5 and 8 to people who are homeless, veterans, homebound, or alone for the holiday until the food they have is gone. We Care and friends of We Care donated food. Luigi’s donated food and prepared the dinners.The two organizations are also planning to provide a Christmas dinner.

Carolina’s Cuban Cafe

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Carolina’s Cuban Cafe is in the Silverthorn Plaza at the corner of Powell and Barclay. They are open for lunch and dinner and they serve excellent cuban fare. They offer a number of options for under ten dollars.

The owners Lissette and Juan Escobar are from Havana, Cuba. They left Cuba around 25 years ago. I spoke with their daughter Carolina.Lissette was the cook in her family. When they had a family reunion everyone wanted her to cook.

It Finally Feels Like Fall

Leaves may still be green, but the weather is finally starting to cool off. We are starting to see highs in the 80s and lows in the 60s. Around the end of the year the averages will cool further and we will see average high in the 70s and lows in the 50s.

There will be periods of cool weather which will be interrupted by warmer weather. October through December is traditionally the driest months of the year. Even though this year is supposed to have a colder and wetter fall and winter because of this year’s El Niño, it should be noticeably drier.

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