Local groups partner to address opioid problem

From Left to Right: Steve Snider, Barbara Sweinberg, Tresa Watson, Dr. Linda  Lepik, Adam Shehub, Danish Hasan; Photo provided

There has been a lot of focus recently on the growing “opioid epidemic” in the United States – from politicians talking about how best to solve this serious problem to television networks featuring programs about this important health and social issue.

As the name implies, opioids are drugs derived from opium. They act on the nervous system to relieve pain, but continued use and abuse can lead to physical dependence and withdrawal symptoms. Most such as OxyContin, Oxycodone, Percodan and Tylenol with Codeine are legal, with a prescription. Some, like heroin are illegal.

Local gym offers free membership to Special Olympics athletes

In front: Nick Famiano; Standing from left to right:  Mike Oliva, Jeffery Carver, Nick Young, Mark Fleming (behind), Wayne Reinhardt, John Salomez, Joey D’Antonio (behind) and Jim Coleman

Tired of hearing all the negativity in the news? Here’s a really uplifting story! Lift More Fitness, a gym devoted to power-lifting and bodybuilding, off of SR 50 in Brooksville, is helping some local residents lift their spirits. Owner, Mike Oliva, wanted to do something positive for Hernando county and make a difference, so his gym is currently offering free membership to Special Olympics athletes. They can work out for free any day, any time, but Mondays and Wednesdays are specifically dedicated to them. Most usually show up around 5 pm.

Planting Fall colors in Florida


Firebush Hamelia patens via Flickr

School is in session and Labor Day is fast approaching. What do these two events bring to mind? Changing temperatures and Ah, the glorious colors of Fall! Oh wait, this is Florida. No changing leaves of orange, red and yellow. No brisk evenings requiring fuzzy sweaters and warm cider. Nope. None of that here in Florida. What we do have is sunshine, sandy beaches, sweet iced tea and lots of tropical flora that is as resplendent in its variety as any of the Fall foliage seen in northern climes.

The assassination of Judge William Center: one of many murders after reconstruction

Oldest portion of the current county courthouse, built in 1913 by J.F. Jenkins and Company

County Judge William Center was assassinated outside his home in Brooksville on June 4, 1879 in the early morning. According to his family and newspaper accounts at the time, Judge William Center was about to reveal who had set fire to the Hernando County Courthouse in 1877 when he was assassinated.

Readying reef balls for the water

Finished reef balls of differing sizes to accommodate a range of marine life

On August 4th, The Hernando Sun published an article featuring 19 year old Cole Kolasa and his family. Cole kayaked 788 miles from Pensacola to the Everglades to raise awareness for artificial reefs, and raise money to purchase reef ball molds to create new artificial reefs off the coast of Hernando County. According to the Reef Ball Foundation, “Reef Balls are made of a special, marine friendly, concrete and are designed to mimic natural reef systems. They are used around the world to create habitats for fish and other marine and freshwater species.”

Special Olympics Area Games -SWIMMING-

Nicholas Famiano is pictured here with coaches Jim Coleman and Sherry Honer. 16 year-old Famiano won first place in the 25m assisted swimming category. Photo credit: Dorothy Famiano

On Saturday Aug. 12, 2017, The Special Olympics Florida-Hernando County participated in the Area Games competition at Highlander Pool in Dunedin. The 2017 Area 6 Games featured athletes from Pinellas, Pasco, Sumter, Citrus and Hernando Counties. The Special Olympics organization helps people with disabilities participate as productive, respected members of society. Their goal is to offer all members a fair opportunity to cultivate and exhibit their skills and talents through sports training and competition.

Lake Lindsey Mall under new ownership

Billy and Bridie Jones and their family. The Jones’ and their family are the new owners of Lake Lindsey Mall.

The iconic neighbor-hood store, Lake Lindsey Mall and Deli, is now under new ownership. Billy and Bridie Jones are the new owners. Billy is an electrician by trade who grew up down the road and always wanted to run the store. His wife Bridie is an 18-year veteran of the school system who taught first grade. The couple has 7 children, many of whom are helping out at the shop.


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