Julie B. Maglio

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Julie B. Maglio has experience in art, graphic arts, web design and development. She also has a strong scientific background, co-authoring a scientific paper on modeling the migration and population dynamics of the monarch butterfly, while attending the Mathematical and Theoretical Biology Institute at Cornell University. She holds a B.A. from New College of Florida, majoring in Biology.

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Nick Ruggiero was dedicated to community, country and family

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Nick Ruggiero, far left, former Spring Hill Fire Chief

Nick Ruggiero oversaw the growth of the Spring Hill Fire Department from "meager beginnings" to the establishment of three fire stations with paid staff, dispatchers, EMTs and up to date fire engines and ambulances.

Looking at the statement above in the year 2016, without prior knowledge of those meager beginnings, it is difficult to understand the progress that was made between the time Ruggiero started as a volunteer with the Department in 1968 and when he resigned as Fire Chief in 1985.

Improvements at Citrus Way and 98 Intersection

Citrus Way and 98, Brooksville

We have received additional details from the county on steps that are currently being taken to avert additional crashes at the intersection of Citrus Way and 98. County Engineer, Mark Guttman explained that they will be installing rumble strips north and south of US 98 on Citrus Way as well as 48" stop signs. Currently vehicles traveling east and west have a yellow flashing light, while Citrus Way vehicles have a red flashing light and stop sign. There is also a warning device installed for the upcoming stop on Citrus Way.

Have a Good Day Thai has new chef

Have a Good Day Thai has been open for a several months, providing authentic Thai food to Spring Hill and even travelers commuting to and from Tampa.

In hiring a chef, Mr. and Mrs. Nontavatit, owners of the fast casual restaurant felt that they needed to bring in a chef directly from Thailand, to prepare truly authentic Thai cuisine.

The process to get Chef Patinya Areerom to the U.S. was lengthy, but Mr. Areerom brings with him a solid background in Thai culinary arts.

A love story with a model A, a gas station and a big oak tree

Patti and Elwood "Buster" Webb celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary on June 24, 2016 with a gathering of family and friends at Papa Joe's, a popular local restaurant. The couple met as sophomores in Hernando High School in October of 1952. Patti and Buster said they were extremely pleased with the hard work their daughters did to put the event together. They were also happy to see good friends they hadn't seen for years.

Oak Hill Maternity Suites to deliver family centered care

Hernando County expectant mothers and fathers now have an additional local option to choose from when deciding where to bring their baby into the world. Located on the 3rd floor of the North Tower at Oak Hill, there are six Labor and Delivery Suites, ten Postpartum Recovery Suites, two Antepartum Labor Suites, and a Cesarean Surgical Suite located in Labor and Delivery in the event a surgical delivery is necessary.

Why having a newspaper is wonderful

In our last article about starting a newspaper, "What does it take to be a newspaper," we focused on some of the requirements that a newspaper has to fulfill in order to be considered a newspaper. This week, I wish to write about some of the positive outcomes that starting a local newspaper has produced. These are the reasons we started a newspaper and the reasons we continue printing.

Brooksville Restaurant Brings Flavor of the Caribbean

Photography by Julie B. Maglio

Tamara and Jim Ferguson opened their restaurant in January of 2016 off of 41 in Brooksville. The sunny, brightly colored exterior caught my eye and I decided to give the place a try. Tamara, the cook, is originally from Jamaica. She begins preparing her family recipes early each morning, so there is time for the ingredients and flavors to simmer and meld together before their lunchtime crowd.

Sculpture of Confederate General to be removed from Statuary Hall in D.C.

The bronze sculpture of Confederate General Edmund Kirby Smith by artist C. Adrian Pillars, will be removed from National Statuary Hall Collection at the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C. The State of Florida gave the sculpture to Statuary Hall in 1922. A statue of the inventor of air conditioning, Dr. John Gorrie, will remain in Statuary Hall. Each state displays two statues within the Hall's collection.

Celebrating the 65th Annual National Day of Prayer

Pastor Hal Hester of Vineyard Christian Church delivers a prayer for the Mayor of Brooksville.

On May 5th, 2016 religious dignitaries and community leaders gathered at Brooksville Commons to pray for our nation. Stephanie Sager sang an opening hymn. Local church leaders delivered prayers for the President, Governor of Florida, Mayor of Brooksville, Congress, Supreme Court, Presidential elections, local officials, community/church relations, military, schools, children, culture, colleges, terrorism, law enforcement/fire rescue, economy, churches as well as the spiritual condition of our country.

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