Hernando County Fertilizer Ordinance in Effect Jan. 1st through March 31st

by LILLY BROWNING, Hernando County Florida Friendly Landscaping
Program Coordinator

Weeki Wachee River by Robert Stein

Did you know that Hernando County has a Fertilizer Ordinance? This is an attempt to mitigate the amount of nitrates entering our water ways. The Weeki Wachee River exceeds its Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) of nitrates. This means it takes in more nitrates than it can process and dispose of. This results in excessive algae growth. Too much algae can lead to a lack of photosynthesis for the underwater plants. As these plants die, they absorb oxygen, creating a lower count of dissolved oxygen in the water and potentially leading to fish-kill.

Celebrating Lu the Hippo’s 57th Birthday

 Lu, the hippo by Joe Dube

Guest article
by Susan Strawbridge,
Park Services Specialist

State park and local children will celebrate popular hippo’s Birthday

HOMOSASSA—The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will celebrate Lu, the hippopotamus’ 57th birthday with two special birthday parties on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10:00 am and at 12:30 pm. Lu is the oldest living hippo in captivity in North and South America.

Remembering Hernando County Educator Cynthia Moore

On January 7, 2017 Hernando County lost an educator who devoted her life to the students she served. Over Cynthia Moore’s 40 years of service to Hernando County Schools, she taught 5th grade, was the President of the Hernando County Teacher’s Association (HCTA) for two terms, and was a member of FEA-Retired. She served one term as an elected official on the Hernando School Board. Cynthia volunteered at Brooksville Elementary School and often gave to families in need. She was also a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority for 42 years.

Arc Nature Coast unites with Beasley Farms during ‘Days of Service’


The Arc Nature Coast is among 10 chapters of The Arc across the nation selected by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), to plan and execute volunteer projects that will unite Americans in service.

The Arc Nature Coast will partner with Beasley Farms to provide fresh fruits and vegetables to supplement several food pantries in Hernando and Pasco Counties. The Days of Service takes place during the third and fourth weeks of January in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

A Life Experience


Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Tangela Copeland reflecting on life and how she has overcame fear.

While attending the 2015 Christmas Parade in Brooksville,  Tangela Copeland experienced a sensation that she would not forget.
She was born in Miami, graduated with a Bachelor's of Business Administration Degree from University of Miami, where she met her husband, Horace Copeland. Together they raised four children, moved across the country and finally settled down here in Hernando County.
Tangela is a private person. She is a bright, beautiful and a caring woman that dedicates her love to her family and her job.

At the bottom of the sea


Photography by Alice mary Herden

At the bottom of the sea
Saul Mendoza, heavy equipment mechanic, opened the gates to Vulcan Materials in Brooksville for fossil enthusiasts of all ages.  They seek the fossilized remains of what once flew, swam, crawled or even walked on this earth millions of years ago.
The Tampa Bay Fossil Club has been active since 2002 and last Saturday kicked off their first Vulcan Mine field trip for 2017.

In the Mind’s Eye Art Exhibition Features Art Quilter Susan Leslie Lumsden


"Live Water" by Susan Leslie Lumsden

The ethereal and intricate work of seasoned art quilter Susan Leslie Lumsden will be showcased at The Uptown Gallery’s January Exhibition entitled “In the Mind’s Eye.” The exhibition opened January 13th and runs through the end of February. Among the many local artists whose work will be shown, at least a dozen of Lumsden’s large-scale art quilts will be on display.


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