Agriculture and Wildlife Celebrated at Expo in Brooksville

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

Oliva Mundy competes in the Horse Obstacle, riding Hawk a Blanket Appaloosa

Florida Agriculture and Wildlife Expo kicked off their annual four day event on November 5th, 2015 in Brooksville.

“We wanted to see more agriculture, equine, also educate the public more on agriculture not only just crops and livestock, but hunting, fishing and wildlife portions as well,” said Deanna Naugler, President of the Board.

Hernando County Photographers Focus on Community

Article by Hernando Sun Staff; Photography by Beverly Stapleton and Joe DiCristofalo

HCP Members from Left to Right: Alice Mary Herden, Joe DiCristafalo, Beverly Stapleton

There is no lack of photographers in Hernando County. They range from hobbyists to professionals with everything in between. However there is one particular group that is starting to take the spotlight.

The Hernando County Photographers group was formed with a “be different” mind set. Most photography groups have their formats, standards and guidelines. “I wanted a group where you can expand your vision, to step out of the box and discover new perspectives,” explained the group’s founder, Alice Mary Herden. Herden works as a freelance photographer and creative designer.

Hernando Night Out: Strengthening Bond Between Law Enforcement and Community

Photography by Melissa Fordyce

Nat'l Night Out Hernando 2015

Recently, the annual Hernando Night Out event took place at the Target parking lot on Aerial Way. Also known as National Night Out, this event takes place across the country. The purpose of the event is to strengthen the police and community partnership to help build a safer community.

The event was no small affair. There were very few empty parking spots in the Target lot or the Kohl’s lot located across the street. A large portion was blocked off and rows and rows of vendors and interactive areas were set up.

Junior Service League to Host Masquerade Run

Hernando Sun Staff

Last year  Batgirl (Allie Patak) and Nightwing (Evan Patak) were the top female and male 5k finishers respectively.  They celebrated with Ironman (Matthew Laurain), atop his shoulders.

If you enjoy running and dressing up in costume, then maybe you should consider taking part in the 3rd Annual Masquerade Masquerade Madness 5K, 10K, and 1 mile COSTUME run on October 17th. You’ll be able to don your favorite costume garb while running along Brooksville’s idyllic Good Neighbor Trail- both for a good cause. If neither running nor dressing up in costume appeals to you, then you may find some entertainment in watching others do so.

Moon Over Croom Trail Run

Photography by Alice Mary Herden

There is a part of Withlacoochee Forest that is tucked away off of Croom Road in Brooksville, Florida called Tucker Hill. This area has the most amazing natural settings of growing oaks. The secluded area, away from major roadways, makes it a perfect place to have a night trail run.

Andy Mathews and Jim Hartnett are the coordinators for Tampa Races and this is their second year coordinating the Moon over Croom trail run event. With over two hundred and fifty runners signing up for this event, each year this event attracts more runners from all over the state of Florida.

Chick-Fil-A Charity Cruise In: Nice Cars and a Worthy Cause Each Month

Live music, cars, and food, make the perfect combination to end a Tuesday. This monthly event which began in January 2012 is sponsored by Chick-Fil-A and Monster Transmission and Performance. On the first Tuesday of every month from 5-8pm as long as weather is permitting, the parking lot at Chick-Fil-A is transformed, and beautiful classic, muscle, and sports cars are displayed for your viewing pleasure as you listen to the live DJ playing the oldies.

Mud Action and Diehard Fans


Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

It was a day of celebration, a day of rain and a day of demolition at the Hernando County Fairgrounds Smash’m up Fourth of July Celebration in Brooksville, Florida. Richard Klimas, member of Brooksville Pulling Association since 2008, has handled the Demolition Derby event for the past five years and has seen all sorts of themed battered crushed stock cars. During this event, there were some neatly designed cars. “It’s something about destruction.” Richard Klimas laughs. With jammed packed stands, this is just one of Brooksville's events everyone must see.

Legendary Sirens are Mermaids Forever

Photography by ALICE MARY HERDEN

Recently a unique group of mermaids (pictured above from left to right): Lydia Dodson 69’-72’, Bev Sutton 69’-72’, Lynn Columbo 73’-86’, Susie Pennoyer 71’-73’, Marianne Bennett 69’-75’, Vicki Smith 57’-61’, Rita King 63’-68’ (not pictured) showed their grace and skill at the Weeki Wachee Mermaids’ Legendary Sirens performance. How did these ladies get the chance to be a part of Weeki Wachee’s greatest show? A common thread of the mermaids' various stories is that they each had wanted to be a mermaid since girlhood.

Fluent in Frequencies


Amateur radio is a worldwide group of people who communicate with each other over a wide frequency spectrum using many different types of wireless transmitting modes. Some people may think amateur radio is a person talking through a mic at a radio station but actually it’s more than that, way more than that. It’s not like pushing a button and saying “Hi Mom!” over the air. There are complicated systems, technical terminology as well as getting licensed by the F.C.C.


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