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TreeUmph! representatives toss shovel loads of dirt in the air in celebration of their Brooksville location ground breaking on Wednesday May 3rd.

On Wednesday, May 3, an enthusiastic crowd was on hand to witness the groundbreaking of TreeUmph! Adventure Course’s newest expansion located on a 46 acre property on Cedar Lane, 6 miles west of I75/SR50 Intersection. Modeled after their Bradenton park, the Brooksville location will feature over 130 games, including wobbly bridges, hanging nets, bungee swings, ZIP lines and more. Children over the age of seven can participate in age appropriate activities and adults can choose activities to match their skill or bravado level.

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).

Inmates prepare for their future

Hernando County Detention Center aims to curb recidivism rate

Top Row (left to right) Jennifer Johns, Patricia Gioia and Patricia Dickensheet receives their restart certificates  Bottom row (left to right) Janice Sandoval; Lisa Collier and Jenne Barker receive their certificates.

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office has inaugurated a program that aims to curb recidivism for prisoners who are released from jail. Project Restart is a joint venture between CareerSource Pasco/Hernando and the Hernando County Detention Center.

According to Major Michael Page, Detention Center Administrator, “People being released from jails and prisons, recidivate far too frequently. This is attributable to a lack of follow-up programs in the community that were started while the offender was incarcerated.”

Brownie troop gives to Operation Heart F.E.L.T

Brownie troop teamed up with Operation Heart F.E.L.T. to provide food for kids on the weekends. From Left to Right:   Alexis Shelby, Isabella Mott,  Lillie Garrett,  Ava Raposo,  Grace Finnan,  Audrey Sokolowski,  Cambria Myers,  Eirinn Farrell,  Josephine Porzio, Macy Thompson, Olive Caruso

The motto of the Girls Scouts of America (GSA) is “Do a Good Turn Daily.” The GSA believes that “Every girl [no matter how young she is] can do something to make the world a better place.”

Co-leaders Stacie Garrett and Nikki Mott are putting these beliefs into practice with their second grade Brownies. The troop, made up of eleven girls, has donated $200 to Operation HeartF.E.L.T. This represents over 10% of the proceeds from their 2016 Girl Scout Cookie sales.

Time capsule unearthed at Explorer K-8

Teacher Rebecca Honey-Baroudi, front, and inaugural year kindergarten students, now in eighth grade go through the contents of the time capsule they buried eight years ago.

On Friday, March 24 the inaugural class of kindergarteners who are now in eighth grade, unearthed a time capsule that they had buried in 2009. Fifty-three of the original class of 187 students who started school when Explorer K-8 opened are still attending the school.

Their current classmates and teachers; eleven of the original kindergarten teachers who are still teaching at the school; Stacy Tarbox, yearbook supervisor who worked with the students on the project; and Chris Healy, Assistant Principal joined these first “explorers” at the ceremony.

To age is a blessing

Marcy Schwabenbauer

You wouldn’t think looking at the trim, smartly dressed 92 year old woman that she was raised on a farm during the Depression and routinely transformed roosters into capons. For those of you who don’t know what a “capon” is, just “Google” it.

Marcy Schwabenbauer gave a talk to a group of senior citizens at the Bayfront Enrichment Center in Spring Hill on Tuesday, March 7. The name of her talk was “Be still and know that I am God” and the theme was “I’m not done yet.”

How to respond to an active shooter situation

No one expects to be at the scene of a Pulse Night Club incident, but unfortunately these “active shooter” incidents seem to be happening more frequently.

On March 14, the Hernando County Sheriff’s office held a seminar for citizens detailing what to do if you find yourself in the midst of any type of mass assault. These don’t always involve firearms. It could be a bomb, a box truck or even a fire. They can occur in a mall, workplace, or an open public area.


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