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Competition Washington D.C.

From left to right:  Madeline Jean-Marie, Jasmine Jean-Marie, Victoria Pereira, Natalia Vargas of Weeki Wachee High School

Two teams will proudly represent Hernando County in Washington D.C. next month.

For many people, history is a boring subject – one of memorizing dates, people, and events that happened hundreds of years ago with no relevance to their daily lives. However, for those students who participated in the National History Day (www.nhd.org) projects at the school, district and state levels, the subject was both interesting and relevant.

“It’s not a Job; it’s a Ministry”

Blessing of the Hands- from left to right: Rachel Provau RN,CNO; Raleifoot Chisholn RN, MBA; Daphne Moise, MD; Sabrina Pistole, RN; Chaplain Jeannie Caamano

National Nurses’ Week is celebrated annually nationwide the first week of May to honor the services that the nursing profession makes to the community.

According to Rachel Provau, Chief Nursing Officer at Bayfront Health Spring Hill, there are a number of ways in which Bayfront t Health Systems takes part in this celebration at both their local branches.

“At the beginning of the week the staff votes on ‘Best of…’ for all nursing categories. On Friday we have a little party in the cafeteria and hand out gift cards to the winners. We also hand out nursing awards.”

"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.”

TREEUMPH! ADVENTURE COURSE BREAKS GROUND

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.

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