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God and Country at the Countryman One Room Schoolhouse

Countryman One Room School House

Like many Americans during the first half of the 20th century, especially those who lived in rural communities, Gretchen Countryman attended a one room schoolhouse. Siblings years apart in age would learn alongside other children of varying ages in a simple school with just one room. “A one room school house is like a family,” explained Ms. Countryman. She had the privilege of being educated in this manner for 6 years, between 1946 and 1952. Countryman explained that in 1952, schools began to centralize across the country. Her one room schoolhouse days were over by the seventh grade.

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.

Bonding with Horses at Serenity Stables in Spring Hill

Photography by Alice Mary Herden and Beverly Stapleton

Serenity Stables Horse Show

Allen Bornscheuer came from Long Island New York and found his home here in Spring Hill, Florida surrounded by land, stables and horses. He has well over 25 years of experience in horse training as well as showing and competition. Bornsheuer and his business partner Cherina Avery aim to enable strong bonds between people and horses. “We are building confidence with every ride,” Bornscheuer said.

Corn Maze and Fall Festival at Richard's Farm

Richard's Farm Brooksville

What better way to enjoy the wonderful weather of fall, than visiting a local corn maze? Off the main roads deep in Brooksville you can experience some wholesome family fun on a working farm. The drive there takes you through some beautiful winding roads in Brooksville, and at the end you find a great way to spend an afternoon or evening. If you are into experiencing all the fun of Halloween their maze turns haunted for a few evening during the latter part of October.

Learning and Creativity Abound at Library's Makerspace

Working on a cell phone

A makerspace is a do it yourself (DIY) place for people to create, learn and invent independently or collaboratively. The popularity of makerspaces have been on the rise for several years. It seems like a number of makerspaces have been popping up all over America following the establishment of the Fayetteville (New York) Free Library Makerspace in 2011. However, the general idea is centuries old. Today makerspace workshops are equipped with a wide variety of tools and resources for DIY projects.

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.


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