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Hurricane season begins. Here are some ways to ready yourself

Hurricane Frances from the International Space Station 2004

In a press conference last week, Governor Rick Scott stated, “Last year, our state was impacted by two hurricanes … We haven’t experienced something like this in over a decade. These hurricanes clearly heighten the awareness for everybody in our state about the need to be prepared, and the damage it can do to your house, or to your business and our economy.”
With so much at stake, a solid preparedness plan is important.

How To Prepare

Will you need to evacuate? Do you have pets? How much food and water will you need for an extended power and water outage?

Our way of life preserved by some willing to give all

by ROCCO & JULIE B. MAGLIO

Memorial Day at Florida National Cemetery, May 29, 2017

Memorial Day celebrations in the area ranged from somber ceremonial events to eclectic and iconic expressions of American culture.

We should all be thankful to those willing to sacrifice their lives to serve our country. Because of them, we have the opportunity to live in freedom.

The roads were packed with bikers on Monday, many of whom converged upon the Florida National Cemetery’s annual Memorial Day Ceremony. A group of bikers sponsored by Tampa Bay Defenders met at the rest area near marker 277 on I-75 to make the trek.

"Broadway" comes to Brooksville Chocachatti Elementary students give stellar performance of Peter Pan, Junior

Peter Pan played by Isabella Diaz defeats Captain Hook played by Andrew Clarkson.  Lost boys, pirates and Wendy look on.  From left to right:  Payton Griffith, Ellas Neesham, Alexandria Lagness, Brendan Shannon, Chesney Alvardo

I’ve never been to a Broadway show or even an off-Broadway show, but the rendition of classic Peter Pan given by students at Chocachatti Elementary School on Monday, May 8 could give any of these venues a run for their money.

Under the direction of teachers Rhonda Bowers, Irmarie Kraft and Nancy Kraus, the cast of “dozens,” made up of third through fifth graders performed on a professional level – proof that seven months of three-times-a-week rehearsals paid off.

Retired Army Sergeant pays tribute to Veterans with yard display

David L. Beckner's yard display on Barclay.

While driving down Barclay in Brooksville last week I spotted something that made me stop. It was a display made out of plywood depicting two soldiers kneeling down in front of three wooden crosses. I was curious about it and wanted to take a picture. I pulled into the driveway and waited until someone came out of the house so I could get the homeowner’s permission to take the photo. Little did I know that I would get more than just a “photo op.”

The Bradley massacre: "last such attack east of the Mississippi"

Billy Bowlegs, Seminole Chief from History of the Indian tribes of North America (1872) McKenney, Thomas Loraine, 1785-1859; Hall, James, 1793-1868

The Bradley massacre was an indian attack on a Capt. Robert Duke Bradley's homestead during the Third Seminole War. Two of Bradley's children were killed in the attack which happened in Hernando County on May 14, 1856. On June 2, 1887, Hernando county was split into three counties the site of the Bradley massacre was located in the new Pasco county. It is located about five miles south of Hernando county on Bellamy Brother's Road. There is a historical marker on the east side of the road just past Darby Road as you head south.

From Hernando County to Mars; an interview with astronaut Shane Kimbrough

This photo was taken by astronaut R. Shane Kimbrough on the International Space Station.  You can see Southern Hills Plantation on the bottom right corner and the CEMEX-Brooksville Mine in the center.

On Friday May 12th, while his colleagues Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer were performing the 200th spacewalk at the International Space Station, astronaut Robert Shane Kimbrough was able to find some time to speak with us at The Hernando Sun. We ran an article last month about his time on the International Space Station.

Shane Kimbrough has a lot of family in the area. James Walt Kimbrough came to Hernando County in the early 1900’s and was a cattle and citrus farmer in Spring Lake. Recently, many of Shane’s cousins have appeared in The Hernando Sun high school sports section.

Film brings closure to Tampa Tribune family

The former building of the Tampa Tribune newspaper located on Parker Street in Tampa photographed Sunday, March 19, 2017 Photo by Jack Cormier

It was a bittersweet evening. I attended the showing of "Stop the Presses" at the Tampa Theatre this past week on May 3rd. Filmmaker Deborah Kerr intended it to be a documentary about the Tampa Tribune, filming a day in the life of a newspaper. However, it became much more than that. She was able to chronicle the last press run at at 202 S. Parker Street (March of 2016) and follow the last few months of the Tampa Tribune. Her husband Buddy Kerr, a 30 year operations employee, had a front row seat for the end of the paper.

K-9 Partners for Patriots: A Local Program Empowering Veterans and Saving Lives

David, 29 year old Army Veteran with his K-9 Annie.

Their names are Cai (short for Mordecai), Annie, and Tohopka (“Wild Beast” in Hopi). They are just three of the select group of rescue dogs being trained for the K-9 Partners for Patriots (K9P4P) program.

These are service dogs for veterans suffering from PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder). Not all dogs can make the cut. They need to have a built in instinct to sense adrenaline. Jeanne White who is in charge of canine acquisition and the rest of the team try to match the dog with the individual veteran’s personality to make sure they are compatible.

Peace through Understanding: Springstead students hold fundraiser event

Students perform a dance at the Ethnic Festival on 4/21/17

What do a group of teenagers in Spring Hill, FL have in common with refugees in Tanzania, Africa? Nothing much, except a bond of friendship.

People to People International (PTPI) is world-wide in scope, having branches in 160 countries on six continents – North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Australia, and Zealandia (where New Zealand is located).

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