Hernando County

Pigeon racing club draws members from local community, nation and world

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

 Pigeon Transport Trailer

Gulfcoast Homing Club is a local pigeon racing club here in Hernando County.

“We have the largest club in the world,” said Vernon Young, president of the Gulfcoast Homing Club.

Civilizations have utilized homing pigeons for sport, communication and in times of war for centuries. Pigeons can be extremely valuable, some having sold for hundreds of thousand of dollars.

Meditation in Motion

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

TaiChi_Tom Dampman, Instructor for TaiChi Classes being offered at Jerome Brown Community Center in Brooksville, Florida

Check it out: Tai Chi | Meditation in Motion

The City of Brooksville Parks and Recreation offers programs for just about any age. One particular program is Tai Chi.

For the mind, body and soul; Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition. It involves a series of movements at a slow pace as well as balance and deep breathing.

Tom Dampman, Tai Chi instructor, teaches the proper movements which can be beneficial to your health.

According to the Mayo Clinic the benefits of learning Tai Chi may include:

•Decreased stress, anxiety and depression

The "Crown" of Hernando County

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BROOKSVILLE- The Hernando county courthouse has quite a history. Jimmy Carter spoke from the steps of the courthouse while campaigning in 1975. William Jennings Bryan a former presidential candidate and cousin of William Sherman Jennings, the Florida Governor from Brooksville, also spoke from the steps while campaigning in the 1900s.

MLB Legends visit Brooksville

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Butch Benton former MLB player for the New York Mets talks with the kids during the Legends for Youth Clinic at Tom Varn Park in Brooksville Sunday afternoon. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

MLB Legends visit Brooksville

On Sunday young boys and girls put on their "broken-in" gloves, wore their favorite MLB team shirts and waited to step on the field with former Major League Baseball players.

Walking along the fence of Tom Varn Park baseball field here in Brooksville, conversations of baseball techniques, games and plays filled the air.

Since 2006 the City of Brooksville Park and Recreation Department along with Hernando County Mining Association, has offered this free event at Tom Varn Park. In 2008, CEMEX took over the sponsorship.

Check it out: Baton

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Taylor Lanzlero, Ashlyn Masson, Aazsrel Stewart, Rylnn Lanzlero with Diane Sorvillo during Baton Lessons at Kennedy Park in Brooksville. Photo by Alice Mary Herden

Check it out: Baton

Hernando County Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide range of programs for the younger generation as well as the young at heart. Baton is one of the programs that are offered. Diane Sorvillo, a two time national champion twirler and worldwide instructor has been with the recreation department for fifteen years.

Beginners learn the basic twirls like figure eights to horizontals. The advanced level twirlers work with more difficult twirling routines and add dance moves as well as gymnastics.

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